Archive for the ‘bath and body’ Category

Bath Bomb Tips

Monday, June 30th, 2014

bath bomb tipsBath Bomb Tips

Recently, the creative team at Natures Garden has been working on various bath bomb/ bath fizzy recipes.  As with anything homemade it seems like there are endless possibilities.  Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Natures Garden carries over 800 fragrances, so it is totally viable to really achieve some super unique bath bomb concepts.

Needless to say, in our quest to discover new and interesting concepts within the realm of bath bombs; we stumbled upon amazing tips and interesting concepts.

For anyone that has never made a bath bomb, that oh so enjoyable fizz that the bath bomb gives off when added to water is produced by a reaction between the baking soda and the citric acid.  Once these two ingredients are met with water, fizzing ensues.

A bath bomb recipe broken down into percentages is largely dry ingredients, usually around 90-98%.  The other remaining 2-10% is liquids, whether that be distilled water, witch hazel,  skin loving oils or butters, colorants, fragrance; or a combination of them.  Depending on the amount of fizz that you are looking to attain in your bath bomb, the ratio of baking soda to citric acid is about 2 to 1.  That means that for every 454 grams of baking soda, you will add 227 grams of citric acid.

Generally, for our bath bomb recipes, we try to keep our dry ingredients around 95-98% of the total recipe.  This leaves a 2-5% liquid content.  We have found that this ratio does produce a drier bath bomb mixture to work with; but it also produces a bath bomb that is packed full of fizz.  When going this route, the key to remember is to spritz witch hazel into the ingredients only as needed to get the mixture to be a crumbly dough consistency.

When using a fillable ornament as a mold, spritzing both ends of the bath bomb with witch hazel before connecting allows just the right amount of reaction to occur in order to bind the two halves together.  There are also many bath bomb crafters that unmold their bath bombs and then spritz with witch hazel.  With this method, as the bath bomb dries, and the water portion of the witch hazel evaporates, a harder bath bomb is created.  This little tip comes in handy for both display ideas and shipping reasons.

As for when a bath bomb recipe calls for the addition of water, there is also a little trick of the trade that can be used.  Completing all of the bath bomb steps but withholding the addition of citric acid until the very end helps to reduce the amount of premature fizzing in the bowl.  The end result is still the same; a hard bath bomb.  However, since the citric acid is added after the liquids have already been introduced and incorporated into the mixture, only a very small amount of fizzy action occurs in the bowl; increasing that wonderful fizz for your bathtub.

 

For anyone that is interested in making bath bombs, or currently makes them; these little tricks do work.

Bath Bomb

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

bath bomb recipeHello everyone, my name in Christian.

You are probably wondering where I came from.  Well, this summer in order to save for college in the fall; I am helping out my Aunt and Uncle at Natures Garden.

Recently for the first time, I was approached with a recipe challenge.  I had been asked to make a body product.  I have to admit that I was overwhelmed when I first looked at the recipe.  I had never made a bath bomb, so this was something completely new to me.

I glanced at the recipe and the steps, and then I reaffirmed myself that I could totally accomplish this.  The task at hand did seem excruciatingly daunting.  However, now I can admit that I actually found the process to be a lot easier than I had originally anticipated.

After finding all of the supplies and ingredients that were needed for the recipe, I cleaned up and sanitized my work area.  I was then officially ready to start the process.

In case you are wondering exactly which recipe I created, it was the Cotton Candy Bath Bombs.

Here are the supplies and ingredients that I used:
The Dry Ingredients:
Citric Acid , Corn Starch, Baking Soda, and Bentonite Clay Powder
The Wet Ingredients:
Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Oil, and Cotton Candy Fragrance Oil
As for the color:
Fun Soap Colorants:Neon Pink and Neon Blue
Other Items Needed:
Scale, 4 mixing bowls, witch hazel in a spray bottle, and 8 fillable acrylic ornaments.

And, here is what I did:

making bath bombs

First, in one of your mixing bowls, weigh out and add 292 grams of citric acid, 134 grams of cornstarch, 596 grams of baking soda, and 12 grams of bentonite clay.  Mix.  If you see any clumps, break them up.

 stirring the wet ingredients

Next, in another one of your mixing bowls, weigh out and add 6 grams of castor oil, 2 grams of sweet almond oil, and 40 drops of cotton candy fragrance oil.  Stir these liquids together to incorporate.

dispersing colorant

Now, in the last two remaining bowls, add 150 grams of the dry ingredients mixture to each one.  Then, to one  bowl add 4 grams of neon blue colorant.  To the other bowl add 4 grams of neon pink colorant.  Carefully disperse the color among the dry ingredients using your hands.  

drizzle the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients
In a drizzling manner pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.  Then, using your hands, mix the ingredients together.

crumbly dough consistency

Next, begin to lightly spritz the mixture with witch hazel.  Then stir.  Continue spritzing and stirring until the mixture feels like crumbly dough.

combining the colors
Now, add some of the blue and pink mixtures to the rest of the mixture.  Slightly rotate the mixture, then add more pink and blue.  Continue doing this until all of the colored mixtures are added.

pressing the halves together
Next, get your fillable ornaments and begin pressing the mixture into both halves.  Fill them firmly.  Once filled, spritz both halves with witch hazel, then quickly attach the halves together.

allow your bath bombs to set

Finally, allow your bath bombs to set.  Then, carefully remove them from the mold.

In the end, I found the bath bomb making process to be simple, straight-forward, and actually enjoyable.  I really appreciated the opportunity to watch chemistry at work first hand.  I enjoyed the way my finished bath bombs looked and now know how they are made and used in the real world.

Hair Gel Recipe

Friday, June 20th, 2014

hair gel recipe Hair Gel Recipe Using Flax Seed

Making homemade hair gel has been on the creative teams list for some time now.  However, now knowing how easy this recipe is to make, we are overcome with all of the possibilities that this simple hair gel recipe provides.  In fact, one of the best aspects of this natural hair gel recipe is that it can be customized specifically for your hair type.

The basic recipe has 4 ingredients.  They are flax seed, distilled water, optiphen, and fragrance.  That is it!  Although as mentioned earlier other additives can be introduced.   Some of these examples would include:

Epsom Salt can be added to your recipe to intensify curls
Honey can be added to increase your hair gels hold
Jojoba Oil or Shea Butter are two great ingredients to provide moisturizing elements to your gel
Slippery Elm Bark can be added to increase your gels slip

Through our research, we have found that there are 2 options when it comes to creating your very own hair gel.  What it breaks down to basically is soaking overnight vs. boil time.  By soaking your flax seed the night before you decrease the amount of cooking time the hair gel is on the stove top.  Soaking will also boost your gel output.

This hair gel recipe is perfect for wavy or curly hair.  Not only will this gel moisturize and help define the curls, but it will not leave your curls stiff or crunchy.

There are currently 3 different versions of the hair gel recipe available on Natures Gardens website.  They are Silky Hair Gel Recipe, Curl Pop Hair Gel Recipe, and Shea Butter Hair Gel Recipe.  Each one is very easy to make and the recipes do vary slightly.  Although each one of these recipes do call for a recommended fragrance oil for scent, you can use any body safe fragrance oil that Natures Garden carries.  Just check out the Recommended Fragrance Usage for Bath Oils, Soaps, and Bath Gels (IFRA category 4) for the percentage rate of usage (located under the fragrance oil description area).

So, if you are ready to give this really easy to make recipe a try, let’s get started!  Today we will be making 8 ounces of Curl Pop Hair Gel.

Here is the list of ingredients and supplies you will need:
Scale
Distilled Water
Flax Seed Whole
Glass Bowl
Mixing Spoon
Pot
Spatula
Epsom Salt
Knee High Pantyhose (brand new)
Thermometer
NG Biolage Matrix Type Fragrance Oil
OPTIPHEN – Preservative
Whisk
Funnel
8oz. Purple PET Bullet Bottle
Black Lotion Pumps 24/410

soaking the flax seed overnight
Step 1:
 Place your glass bowl onto your scale and tare out the weight.  Then, carefully weight out 43 grams of flax seed and tare out the weight again.  Next, to the bowl add 440 grams of distilled water.  Using your mixing spoon, give these two ingredients a quick stir.  Finally, cover the bowl and place it into the refrigerator overnight.

adding epsom salt to the flax seed mixture
Step 2:
 After your flax seed has soaked overnight, take the bowl out of the fridge.  Remove the cover.  Using your spatula, scrap all of the mixture into your pot.  Now, to the mixture weight out and add 3 grams of Epsom Salt.  Once added, place the pot on the stove top and set the heat to high.  Generously stir the mixture as it is heating.

heating up the flax seed gel

Step 3:  Once the mixture is at a consistent boil, reduce the heat to a medium setting.  Keep stirring the mixture.

flax seed suspended in the gel

Step 4:  Let the mixture cook for 5 minutes on the medium heat setting.  Remember to keep the mixture moving by stirring.  When you see the flax seed staying suspended in the mixture, remove the pot from the heat source and turn it off.

straining out the flax seed

Step 5:  Now, get a container and place your brand new pantyhose over the opening.  Carefully pour the gel into the hosiery.   Once the mixture is all there, immediately rinse out the pot (this will save you scrubbing time later).

natural flax seed hair gel

Step 6:  Caution the mixture is hot!  Now, apply pressure to the pantyhose to strain out as much gel as possible (if you use tongs, just be careful not to put a run in your pantyhose).  You will notice that you really have to apply force to get the gel out among all of the flax seed.  When finished, remove the pantyhose.

monitor your hair gel temperature

Step 7:  To make this step less messy, we transferred the gel back into the mixing bowl.  Temperature is very important to this step, so place your thermometer in your hair gel now.  Once the temperature of the gel reaches 120 degrees Fahrenheit, quickly add 3 grams of Optiphen and 13 grams of NG Biolage Matrix Type Fragrance Oil.

scenting and preserving your hair gel
Step 8:  Slowly and carefully, use your whisk to incorporate the fragrance oil and Optiphen into the gel.

bottle up the hair gel

Step 9:  Once the hair gel has cooled, place your funnel into your bottle, and fill.   Then,  lid with a pump.

Your Curl Pop hair gel is now ready to use.  Simply pump the gel into the palm of your hand and apply as you normally do.  You are going to love how great your hair smells and looks all day long!

 

Fresh Apple Scent

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Fresh Apple ScentApple Orchard Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

With this fresh apple scent in the air, it will be as if you were visiting an apple orchard. Bursting with the crisp and unforgettable scent of just picked apples, Apple Orchard Fragrance Oil is perfect for anytime of the year.  This best selling fragrance is mouth watering and works extremely well in homemade products.  Simply adored by all apple lovers, many of Natures Gardens clientele feel this is the perfect apple scent that they have sought after.  Used straight or as a mixer, this fresh apple scent is considered a 5 star keeper!  If your customers are looking for a fresh and fruity scent that reminds them of the sun kissed days of summer, this fresh apple scent is it.

What does Apple Orchard Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a perfect combination of Cameo, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Fuji, and Granny Smith apples.  So refreshing, you will think someone just peeled a fresh apple in your house.  Now with an even stronger scent throw!  A Best Seller!

How do our customers use Apple Orchard Fragrance Oil?

For anyone who is a candle crafter or home scenter; this fresh apple scent is used in Soy, parasoy blends, paraffin, WOW, Palm, and Joy waxes.  This very aromatic scent is crisp, clean and has incredible hot and cold scent throw.  In fact, Apple Orchard Fragrance Oil was selected by our customers as one of the top soy candle scents based on performance!  As for home scenting ideas with this fresh apple scent, it also works amazingly well in electric warmers, reed diffusers, smelly jellies, and sachet beads.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is perfectly apple!  The usage rate for this fresh apple scent is 5%.  Apple Orchard Fragrance Oil is used to make an array of body products including: shower gel, solid lotion bars, bath bombs, sugar scrubs, lotions, melt and pour soaps, body sprays, foaming hand soap, and whipped body butters.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is crisp.  Here are the official results: Slight acceleration. Nice scent.  No discoloration.

If you are interested in a Natures Garden recipe using this fresh apple scent, please click on this link to view the Pure Soy Wax Candle recipe.

Summer Recipes

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

summer recipes Best Summer Recipes

The creative team at Natures Garden works diligently everyday creating tried and true recipes for crafters to try.  Whether you are looking to dabble, just starting out, or wanting to try something new; these recipes offer uniqueness, fun, and as always strong and incredible scent.

If you have not seen Natures Garden’s free recipes and classes page, please click on this link.  There you will find hundreds of free recipes for you to use.  Each recipe is categorized accordingly to make it easier to find exactly what you are looking for.

We however wanted to help spotlight some of our favorite summertime recipes.  These recipes have the theme of summer whether it is through the use, the scent, or the concept of the recipe.

After polling the Natures Garden staff, the votes are in and have been tallied.  So, without further adieu; here is Natures Garden’s top picks for best summer recipes and why they are so loved!

The Body Care Category
Cotton Candy Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe-  “Not only do I absolutely adore how this sugar scrubs looks, but after washing with it your skin just feels amazing!”  -Deborah
Shea Lotion with Herbal Infusion-  “I am a huge Shea fan, I love the natural color, the scent, and the silky smoothness of my skin after I apply it.”  -Melissa

The Soap Category
Energize Cold Process Soap Recipe- “Beautiful, clean, and energizing scent to say the least.  With this recipe and scent combination there is tons of time to make beautiful and brightly colored swirls.  A really great wake me up shower scent for those mornings where you are just not feeling it.”  -Nicole
Watermelon Soap Recipe- “First, melt and pour soap is really easy to work with.  Secondly, nothing screams summertime like watermelon!  This project is just too cute.”  -Marsha

The Candle Category
Day at the Beach Candle Recipe- “Hello, this is a vacation in a candle.  It smells and looks just like the beach!”  -Zack
Smores Candle Recipe- “When the weather warms up I am all about being outside.  Having a bonfire is one of my favorite things to do in the summertime, and that just goes hand in hand with smores.”  -Josh

The Lip/Cosmetic Category
Natural Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe- “I have a niece that is a total girly girl.  One weekend we made this together.  It was a breeze.  She really liked the unique flavoring too.  She is a big slushie fan!”  -Atheena
Natural Beet Blush Recipe- “I never knew making your own natural cosmetics like blush was this easy.  It is the perfect hue too.”  -Tammy

The FUN Category
Scented Nail Polish Recipe  “I love to paint my nails and now with this recipe my nails can be scented in whatever I want. I can now scent my nails to match my mood.”  -Bailey
Rainbow Sherbet Bath Fizzies Recipe  “Rainbow Sherbet is a go to classic for my family during the summer.  This bath fizzies look and smell just like rainbow sherbet.  Easy to make too!”  -Pam

These highly recommended summer recipes are bursting full of summertime fun.  Each one is hyper linked to the individual recipe where will find all of the supplies, weights, and steps.

Enjoy!

Candy Store Scent

Monday, June 16th, 2014

candy store scent Jammin Rock Candy Fragrance Oil Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This is one great candy store scent!  Jammin Rock Candy Fragrance Oil is chocked full of sweet and sugary berries, berries, berries with a hint of citrus.  It will definitely take you back to your childhood days, remembering all the sweet goodies you loved best.  This fragrance is a true candy store scent.  You know the one, that sweet aroma that you instantaneously breathed in   as soon as you opened the door.  Well, this candy store scent will certainly bring the sweet memories of little brown bags filled with your favorites.  One thing is for sure, the sweetness of Jammin Rock Candy will be the one scent you will not want to be without!  It is absolutely loved by everyone that smells it!

What does Jammin Rock Candy Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an explosive blend of the sweet jammin’ berry trio of juicy ripe cherries, strawberries, and raspberries harmonized with hints of tangy citrus brought together by icy peppermint and sugary hard rock candy.  This fragrance truly “Rocks the House”.  An NG ORIGINAL!

How do our customers use Jammin Rock Candy Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters out there; This candy store scent is used in a variety of waxes including:  Soy, paraffin, soy blends, Gel, WOW, Pillar of Bliss, and Joy.  Jammin Rock Candy Fragrance Oil is strong and has no problems with scent throw.  In fact, this sweet fragrance also works well for home scenting products like oil burners, reed diffusers, smelly jellies, and aroma beads.

For bath and body crafters, this store candy scent is a huge hit for teens and the little ones!  The usage rate for Jammin Rock Candy Fragrance is 5%.  It does contain a vanillin content of .02% so vanilla white color stabilizer is recommended to offset discoloration in your finished products.  This sweet treat fragrance is used to scent: solid lotion bars, bath bombs, body scrubs, spray lotions, perfumes, melt and pour soaps, body sprays, bath gels, and whipped body butters.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance did awesome.  Here are the official results: No ricing, no acceleration, no separation.  Discolors to a very, very light tan color. Scent is AMAZING!

If you are interested in a fun and easy Natures Garden recipe using this store candy scent, please click on this link to view the Lollipop Soap recipe.

Best Summer Scents

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

summer scentsBest Summer Scents 2014

Summer will officially be here in one week.  School is out of session, many are preparing for their family vacations, and the gardening and outdoor grilling season has begun.  The much anticipated carefree days of summer are near.

Summer, longer days full of sunshine, warm breezes, and happiness.  In all honestly, after the brutal winter many of us experienced, we are even accepting of the humidity summer brings over the bone chilling cold.

So it’s now time to bring out the sundresses, bathing suits, and shorts.  But, a change of the seasons not only means a change in the wardrobe, but also a change in the scents that people prefer.  Summertime brings with it a longing for crisp, clean scents, sweet fruity aromas, and soft blends.

With all of this in mind, Natures Garden would like to present to you our list of the best summer scents for 2014.  These scents encompass both classic summertime favorites, as well as new fun in the sun aromas.  In fact, some of these summer scents should come to you as no surprise because they are known as top selling fragrances no matter what time of the year it is.

This list of the best summer scents was based off their purchase popularity, performance in both candles and bath and body products, as well as the reviews that the customers have given them.

It is a remarkable feat for these 15 fragrances to be listed as one of the best summer scents 2014.  Natures Garden currently carries 816 different fragrance oils; so, quite literally they are in the top 2%.

Please Note:  These best summer scents are not listed in any particular order.

In the Fruity and Sweet Category

Butt Naked Fragrance Oil

Cucumbers & Melons Fragrance Oil

Monkey Farts Fragrance Oil

Fluffy Pink Candy Fragrance Oil- If you are interested in using this summer scent in a recipe, please click on this link to see the Cotton Candy Emulsified Sugar Scrub recipe.

Blue Hawaiian Fragrance Oil

Pink Sugar Type Fragrance Oil- If you are interested in using this summer scent in a recipe, please click on this link to see the Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub recipe using this fragrance oil.

Blue Raspberry Slushie Fragrance Oil

Black Raspberry & Vanilla Fragrance Oil-  If you are interested in using this summer scent in a recipe, please click on this link to see the Black Raspberry Vanilla Body Butter recipe.

Coconut Lime Verbana Fragrance Oil- If you are interested in using this summer scent in a recipe, please click on this link to see the Coconut Lime Verbana Soap Bowl recipe.

NG Loving Spell Fragrance Oil  

Sweet Orange Chili Pepper Fragrance Oil- If you are interested in using this summer scent in a recipe, please click on this link to see the Sweet Orange Chili Pepper Cold Process Soap recipe.

In the Crisp and Clean Category

NG Aqua Di Gio Type Fragrance Oil

NG Island Fresh Gain Type Fragrance Oil-  If you are interested in using this summer scent in a recipe, please click on this link to see the Island Fresh Air Freshener recipe.

The Perfect Man Fragrance Oil

In the Soft Blends Category

Lotus Blossom Fragrance Oil

That concludes the list of Natures Garden’s Best Summer Scents for 2014.  All of these scents work amazingly in your homemade products.  However, if you are wondering what other summer scent Natures Garden carries, simply click on this link to view the Spring Summer Scents Category.

Spa Scent

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

spa scentSpa Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Everyone loves a spa treatment!  Regardless of whether it is a facial, a manicure, a pedicure, or a deep tissue massage; the overall good feeling of being pampered is a treat.  The aroma of Natures Garden’s spa scent allows you the same feeling.  Fresh, clean, and relaxing, this spa scent will improve your mood just like a spa treatment.  A soothing and inviting fragrance, this spa scent is an amazing addition to scenting any product line.

What does Spa Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the floral blend of jasmine, rose and neroli with hints of violet on a background of Tonka beans and fresh green ferns.  We carried our Spa fragrance long before Spas were popular in the US.  An NG Original Fragrance!

How do our customers use Spa Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters out there; Spa Fragrance Oil is used in various soy and soy blend waxes, WOW wax, paraffin wax, Joy wax, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  This fragrance is very soft and soothing yet still has a great cold and hot scent throw in wax.  This spa scent also works very well for oil burners, sachet beads, and calming room sprays.

For bath and body crafters, this spa scent is amazing!  The usage rate for spa fragrance oil is 3%.  It does contain a 1.3% vanillin content, so Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is advised by our customers to stabilize any discoloration in finished products. This amazing spa scent is used to make: solid lotion bars, bath bombs, body scrubs, spray lotions, perfumes, melt and pour soaps, body sprays, bath gels, whipped body butters and emulsified sugar scrubs.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is well worth the effort.  Here are the official results:  NICE fragrance!  Large tapioca ricing with moderate acceleration.  Add at light trace with no water discount.  Stick blend fast to smooth, and pour quickly.   Discolors to a light beige.

Musk Scent

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Jovan Musk Scent Jovan Musk for Women Type Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

If you have been on the hunt for a Musk Scent, look no further.  Natures Gardens Jovan Musk Scent is the real deal in homemade products.  In fact, many of our customers find that this much sought after scent increases their sales.  Not only do they love this gorgeous smell, but it is just fabulous in candles and bath and body products.  Jovan Musk for Women Type Fragrance Oil is a classy scent that is feminine, and chic.  This scent is strong and is a perfectly lovely aroma addition to any feminine product line.

What does Jovan Musk for Women Type Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a Jovan Musk for Women Type duplication. A luxurious, gentle, floral fragrance. Blend of spices, lavender and citrus, with rich musky bottom notes.

How Do Our Customers Use Jovan Musk for Women Type Fragrance Oil?

For candle makers and home scent crafters, this fragrance is great.  This fragrance performed well in gel wax, soy wax, palm pillar, Joy wax and WOW wax candles.  The scent throw is wonderful in both the hot and cold throw.  Some of our customers even use this Jovan Musk scent in odor eliminator to make linen sprays, loving the outcome.  But, it does not stop there.  This fragrance is also used in their oil burners and to make sachet beads to wonderfully scent clothes in closets and dressers.

On the bath and body end, this feminine scent is used to make an array of products.  The usage rate for Jovan Musk scent is 5%.  It is used to scent:  body sprays, lotions sprays, melt and pour soaps, body butters, lotions, shampoos, conditions, and roll-on perfumes.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is absolutely amazing.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration, awesome duplication, scent stays strong.

CP Soap Frosting

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

cp soap frostingHow to Make CP Soap Frosting

Recently, we tried a new endeavor… CP Soap Frosting.  To be completely honest, this was not our first time attempting this recipe.  It did take a few times to perfect the recipe, consistency, and steps.

If you are interested in making approximately one pound of your own Soap Frosting this recipe is for you!  Everything will be spelled out from ingredients to weights, and will even include steps and pictures.  Now, if you want to frost soap cupcakes or cakes (or really anything you want to frost), you will need to have your bases already poured and set up ready to go.

So, if you are ready to get started… lets go.  As always before starting any cold process soap recipe, you will want to properly clean and sanitize your work area; as well as put on your safety gear.  This will include safety goggles, safety mask, and safety gloves.

Here are the ingredients and weight you will need to make CP Soap Frosting:

For the lye water
129 grams of distilled water
53 grams of lye

As for the soaping ingredients:
170 grams of Palm Oil
170 grams of Coconut Oil 76
21 grams of a body safe fragrance oil

Please Note:  For this recipe, we selected Almond Marzipan Fragrance Oil.  This is because the fragrance is considered a Perfect Pour with no discoloration.  Since we wanted to show both white CP Soap Frosting and colored CP Soap Frosting, we wanted a fragrance oil that did not have a high vanillin content (which may cause discoloration in soap).

If you are interested in coloring your CP Soap Frosting, any of the FUN Soap Colorants will do the trick.  To view the full list of all of the FUN Soap Colorants that Natures Garden has to offer, please click on this link.

Also, it should be noted that you will NOT be using a stick blender for this recipe.  Instead, you will need a hand held mixer with either whisk attachments or beater attachments.

Now, for the CP Soap Frosting, room temperature is the key to mastering the frosting.  This is why your soaping ingredients typically consist of butters and oils that are of a solid consistency at room temperature.

So, now that you have some of the basics down, here is the rest:

soap frosting lye water

Step 1:  You will want to make your lye solution.  To accomplish this, using two separate containers, weigh out the lye in one and the water in another.  Then, take the 2 bowls into a well ventilated area.  Sprinkle a small amount of lye into the water an stir with the spatula.  Repeat this manner until all of the lye is in the water.  Stir until you can not feel the granules anymore.  Next, set aside to cool.

soap frosting ingredients
Step 2:  
Now, weigh out your two soaping ingredients.  You do not want your ingredients to be in liquid form, but instead more of a soft butter consistency.  (You an easily accomplish this by allowing your ingredients to set out at room temperature.)

room temperature lye water

Step 3:  Allow your lye solution to reach room temperature as well.

beat the soap frosting ingredients

Step 4:  While you are waiting for your lye solution to cool, use your hand held mixer to start blending the two ingredients together.  You will sporadically want to use your spatula to rotate the mixture.  Stop beating when you are able to achieve peaks in the mixture.

adding the lye water and beating

Step 5:  When the lye solution is at room temperature, you will now add it in small increments to the soaping ingredients.  You will want to aim for about 20 grams at a time.  While you are adding the lye solution to the soaping ingredients, keep mixing the mixture with your hand held through out the whole process.  When the mixture is able to create peaks again, it is time to add more lye solution.  Keep repeating this process until all of the lye solution has been added and incorporated.  This will take some time.

adding scent to soap frosting

Step 6:  When your mixture is ready, add the fragrance oil.  Once all of the fragrance oil has been added and the mixture is thick enough to be peaked, you can stop using the hand held mixer (unless you are coloring).

adding color to soap frosting

Step 7:  Optional:  If you are adding a FUN Soap Colorant to the mixture, you will do it in this step.  Once added, you will mix the colorant in with the hand held mixer.

filling your frosting bags

Step 8:  Now that your CP Soap Frosting is ready, it is time to bag it up.  If you have a decorating bag, these work great; especially if you are going with a special tip look.  If you do not have a decorating bag, simply place an open Ziploc bag inside a cup.  The mouth of the cup should align with the opening of the Ziploc.  Then, you can easily scoop the soap into the bag.  Seal the bag, and cut the tip of one corner to create an opening.

frosting your cupcake soap

Step 9:  Start to frost!

Step 10:  Once all of the soap that you are frosting is frosted, all your soap to cure.

That is it.  Like mentioned earlier, you can cater your CP Soap Frosting to be any color, or scent (with a body safe fragrance oil).  You will just want to double check the vanillin content and the soaping results to know exactly how the fragrance is going to behave in your soap batter.

Happy Soaping!