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Excellent Seller

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Excellent SellerJungle Love Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

When you smell this excellent seller for the first time, what comes to mind is a big bowl of all the freshest, tastiest, and prettiest fruits known to man.  Every kind of citrus fruit you can imagine; the sweet, the tangy, and the scrumptious.  This tropical scent has dually earned an overwhelming following from our customers, and it is well known as an excellent seller.  Our customers simply LOVE this scent.  In fact, the aroma from Jungle Love is so delicious; you will have to remind yourself that it is not edible.  That’s how realistic this tropical fragrance oil is.  Beautifully created with just the right blend of fruity scents you will want to make sure it is in your spring and summer line of products.

What does Jungle Love smell like?

This wonderful fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a combination of tropical and citrus scents.  This scent is a combination of fresh squeezed oranges, pineapples, bananas, coconut, and fresh kiwi.  A Best Seller!  An NG Original Fragrance!

How do our customers use Jungle Love Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters out there; Jungle Love Fragrance Oil is used in Soy, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  This fragrance is said to be an excellent seller and is very aromatic.  In fact Jungle Love has great throw both hot and cold.  As for home scenting ideas to make your house smell good, this tropical fragrance oil also works well for room fresheners, odor eliminating sprays, oil burners, reed diffusers, smelly jellies, and sachet beads.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is an excellent seller!  The usage rate for Jungle Love is 5%.  This amazing fragrance is used to scent a ton of products including: solid lotion bars, bath bombs, body scrubs, spray lotions, perfumes, melt and pour soaps, body sprays, bath gels, whipped body butters, and salt bars.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance oil is award winning.  Here are the official results: Great tropical blend, perfect pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration, best fragrance ever, excellent seller in CP.

Sugar Cube Recipe

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

easy sugar cube recipeSour Watermelon Sugar Cube Recipe

This sugar cube recipe is not only super easy to make, but it also takes very little time, and absolutely smells delicious.  With the pampering elements of exfoliation, skin loving oils, and gentle cleansing foam, these sugar scrubs are the perfect little bath time treat for yourself.

In all, this recipe will give you about 5 sugar cube clamshells (a total of 30 bath tub cubes), so technically you can stock yourself up well or treat your family and loved ones to a spectacular bath scrub.

To make the sour watermelon sugar cube scrub recipe, here are the supplies you will need.  Many of the items can be purchased at Natures Garden.

As for the skin loving oils, you will need- Sweet Almond Oil, Argan Oil, and Avocado Oil.

For the gentle foaming cleanser, we will be using Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap.

To exfoliate the skin we will also be using some Poppy Seed in addition to the sugar.

As for color and scent, these fun little sugar cubes are scented in playful  Sour Watermelon Candy Fragrance Oil, and colored with both FUN Soap Colorants-  Neon Red and  Tomato Red.  This combination will give your sugar cubes the perfect watermelon hue.Finally, one awesome concept that this recipe has is that we will actually be using Clamshell Containers to both achieve our sugar cube shape as well as package our scrubs.  Bonus!Now, there are some other supplies/utensils that you will need to make this recipe.  These items would include: gloves, scale, microwave safe bowl, mixing spoon, mixing bowl, and spatula.Once you have everything ready to go… lets get started!clamshells ready to fill
Step 1:
 Once your work area is cleaned, lay out your 5 clamshell containers.  You will want to be these in the area where you are going to be filling them.  Then, put on your gloves.stirring the exfoliants
Step 2:  
Next, in your mixing bowl weigh out 340 grams of sugar and 5 grams of poppy seed.  Now, gently stir the ingredients together with your mixing spoon.  When done, set this bowl aside.

melt and pour soap
Step 3:  
In your microwave safe bowl, weigh out 175 grams of diamond clear melt and pour soap.  Melt the soap in the microwave using 30 second bursts until all of the soap is melted.  Remember to stir the soap gently in between.

scented and colored soap

Step 4:  When the soap is melted, add 10 drops of FUN Soap Colorant Neon Red and 11 drops of FUN Soap Colorant Tomato Red.  Then, quickly add 18 grams of Sour Watermelon Candy scent.  Use your spatula to stir the colorant and scent into the soap.

adding the oils

Step 5:  Now to the soap, weigh out and add 50 grams of Sweet Almond Oil, 38 grams of Argan Oil, and 10 grams of Avocado Oil.  Stir once again.

adding the sugar

Step 6:  Moving quickly, pour the sugar and poppy seed mixture in with the soap and oils.  This time use your gloved hand to incorporate it all together.

packaged sugar cube scrub

 

Step 7:  Finally, begin scooping the mixture into the containers.  Use your fingers to work the sugar scrub into each clamshell opening.  When all 6 cavities of the clamshell are filled, place more of the mixture on top and flatten it down.  Repeat for the remaining 4 clamshells.  Then, close the lids.  Allow the sugar cubes to fully set up overnight.


Making this fun little sugar cube recipe is just that easy.  Enjoy!

 

Spring Scents

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

spring scentsBest Spring Scents 2014

Spring time is a transition period.  Following the daunting months of cold and still winter, yet before the long and carefree days of summer; the season of spring resides, full of optimism and youthful changeover.

Spring, a time full of beauty, abundance of new life, and hope also offers a new captivating fragrance line up of spring time scents.  With all of the change that is occurring outside, too must come the changes in how people also want their homemade products and homes to smell like.

With all of the new life materializing and flourishing many people are prone to capture the renewed freshness of the outdoors.  It is now time to open the windows and air out their houses, and spring scented items are what is on every purchasers agenda.

With this concept in mind, Natures Garden would now like to present to you our list of the best spring scents for 2014.  These scents are fresh, floral, and clean.  Some of them are tried and true being known as top sellers and some are phenomenal florals that rock in bath and body products.  But, no matter which of these scents spark your interest, they all work in a vast amount of unique homemade products with great results.  In fact, every spring scent listed below has an average customer rating of 5 stars.

The below list of best spring scents are not listed in any particular order.  Accompanying the fragrance oil is also customer reviews about that scent.

Pink Sugar Type Fragrance-  “I’ve tried 3 different Pink Sugar formulas from 3 different retailers, this is the best! Great in soy and CP soap.”

Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub
You can also click on this link to see the Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub recipe using this fragrance oil.

Fresh Cut Roses Fragrance-  “Not too sweet, not too overpowering….exactly like freshly cut pink roses. It soaps well in CP…and I also use it in bath salts, sugar scrubs and lotions. An added bonus is that this scent blends wonderfully with many other scents…”

NG Island Fresh Gain Type Fragrance-  “Once again, I have found a better replacement for a more expensive oil at NG!  This is an intense oil that my clean scent lovers can’t resist.”

Air Freshener Recipe
You can also click on this link to see the Island Fresh Air Freshener recipe using this fragrance oil.

Lily of the Valley Fragrance-  “What a beautiful scent! Bought it on request and after making soap and candles with it my house smells wonderful! Very strong scent throw. Very clean and floral and fresh!”

Black Raspberry & Vanilla Fragrance-  “Wow I love this scent! Perfect combination of berries and sweet vanilla. Great throw in soy candles and awesome in B&B products.”

Body Butter Recipe
You can also click on this link to see the Black Raspberry Vanilla Body Butter recipe using this fragrance oil.

Monkey Farts Fragrance-  “This is easily the most popular scent of everything I have. It’s requested frequently as much for the name as the scent! The fragrance is bubblegum banana fruity fun and is nice and strong in MP soap, lotion, scrubs, and in soy wax tarts. Great all around scent and a wonderful soap/product to have at a show.”

Lilac Fragrance-  “Many, many customers have told me this smells like “real” lilacs, not imitation fragrance oil. I must agree, as lilac is my favorite floral.”

kid smelly jelly recipe
You can also click on this link to see the Spring Smelly Jelly recipe using this fragrance oil.

NG Loving Spell Fragrance-  “This smells sooooo good. Exactly like the real thing. This has quickly became my top seller. Great in lotion, bath gel, and spritzers.”

Honeysuckle Fragrance-  “This is the BEST Honeysuckle available. I have tried several and I will never use any other but this.”

Clean Cotton Type Fragrance-  “This is the best dup you can find! I have tried other suppliers but NG’s Clean Cotton (type) is right on the mark!! Strong throw, wonderful clean fragrance!”

In closing if you are looking for that great pick me up scent (in more ways than one), any one of these spring scents will work for you or your homemade products.

The Perfect Man Scent

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

the perfect man scent

 

The Perfect Man Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Every women out there has in mind what the perfect man should look like. And, when it comes to looks, celebrities like Sean Connery, Brad Pitt, Mathew McConaughey, or even the most recent sexiest man alive, Adam Levine come to mind. However, there is also a perfect man scent. When it comes to this fragrance, it is a chart topper. We have received many comments on how amazing and long lasting the perfect man scent is. So, needless to say when your perfect man uses your product with this scent, it stays with him all day. Now, no matter what your perfect man has been doing, he will smell amazing. The perfect man scent is not overpowering but very sexy! In fact, many of our customers say you can’t go wrong with this scent. Looks like the Perfect Man is in high demand, on several levels!

What does The Perfect Man smell like?

With this fragrance oil by Natures Garden, imagine, a man who is Confident, Trustworthy, Successful, Romantic, Sexy, Sensual, Daring, and has a great sense of humor.  Would you call that…The Perfect Man? We wanted to create a fragrance that would represent The Perfect Man in every way.  After smelling many famous male fragrances on the market, Bleu de Chanel made us smile!  We quickly had our perfumist work on creating a fragrance that was similar to Blue de Chanel, but different enough to call it our own:  The Perfect Man.  Using only the finest, expensive fragrance notes, our perfumist created what we consider to be the best male fragrance we carry at Natures Garden!  The Perfect Man fragrance begins with fresh, daring notes of Japanese grapefruit, bergamot, and lemon; followed by middle notes of peppercorn, ginger, jasmine, aquatic marine notes, and a hint of peppermint; sitting on expensive base notes of natural patchouli, cedar, vetiver, labdanum, and frankincense.  Now this is The Perfect Man!  An NG Original Scent! NG Best Seller!

How do our customers use The Perfect Man Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters the perfect man is a huge hit. Our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy tarts, tea lights, Palm Container wax, WOW wax, gel wax, Joy wax, and soy wax. And, this phenomenal fragrance has a great throw too. As for other home scenting ideas; this fragrance oil has been used in oil diffusers, electric burners, and aroma beads.

On the bath and body end of products the perfect man scent has immense appeal. The usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5% and is used to scent quite the variety of body products. These homemade items include: melt and pour soaps, shampoo, shower gel, body sprays, creams, and deodorants; all with a nice long lasting scent. And, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is amazing for your masculine line. Here are the official results: Perfect pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no separation.  The scent is to die for!  An awesome, PERFECT man fragrance.  Discolors to a light beige.

Romantic Scent

Monday, May 5th, 2014

romantic scentLunar Eclipse Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

A lunar eclipse is one of natures most spectacular events to experience during a life time. If you get lucky enough to see one occur, it will be something you will not forget. Well, the same can be said about the romantic scent of Lunar Eclipse Fragrance oil. With enticing and alluring fruits, floral, and a pinch of sweetness; this romantic scent is loved by both men and women alike. The first time you smell this awesome fragrance, you will not want to stop. Our customers are pleasantly surprised at how popular this romantic scent is. So much so, that when this fragrance is in a product, the products sell themselves.

What does Lunar Eclipse Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an alluring fragrance filled with fruits of nectar and exotic florals blended with sweet vanilla and honey for an evening filled with romance.

How do our customers use Lunar Eclipse Fragrance Oil?

For candle makers and home scent crafters, this fragrance is divine. Performing well in various waxes such as soy, palm, pillar, Joy and WOW candles, this romantic scent is one big hit. Lunar Eclipses scent is wonderful in both the hot and cold throw. And, when it comes to making your house smell good, some of our customers use Lunar Eclipse Fragrance Oil for room sprays (using odor eliminator) and absolutely loved the outcome. They even report using this romantic scent in their oil burners, smelly jellies, and aroma beads.

On the bath and body end, this romantic scent is used to make an array of wonderful body products. The usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%, and is used to make: 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 awesome. Here are the official results: No acceleration, no ricing, no separation, and no discoloration. Very nice scent.

draculas dentures soap
If you would like to use Lunar Eclipse Fragrance Oil in an amazing melt and pour soap recipe, please click here to view how to make Dracula’s Dentures.

Popular Fragrance

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Popular ScentYuzu Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Traditionally, when you think of citrus fruit, you think lemons, limes, or oranges. But, one that should come to mind is the Yuzu fruit. This fruit is pretty hardy and can grow in even the coldest temperatures. Typically found in the Asian markets, Yuzu is quickly becoming more and more popular. As for aesthetics, they look similar to a small grapefruit with bumpy skin. And, as for the aroma, Yuzu has a floral scent very similar to an orange blossom. Yuzu scent is as hardy as the fruit; a bit tart with a sweet finish. This popular fragrance is clean, crisp, and refreshing, making it a frequent request by many. Yuzu scent is pleasing but not overpowering, and you will never get tired of the yummy Yuzu aroma.  And, as a bonus this popular fragrance works great in everything.

What does Yuzu Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is most likely the most popular scent on the market. Also referred to as Japanese Grapefruit, Yuzu is not your ordinary grapefruit scent. Yuzu begins with top notes of mandarin, tangerine, lemon satsuma, and ruby red grapefruit, middle notes of bergamot, and base notes of oakmoss. Yuzu can also be mixed with other tropical notes to create a very complex scent of your own. Your line won’t be complete without it!

How do our customers use Yuzu Fragrance Oil?

For candles, tarts and air fresheners; Yuzu Fragrance Oil performs perfectly. This popular fragrance works extremely well in soy, Palm Pillar, Wow, and Joy waxes. As for throw, this fragrance has great scent throw both hot and cold, and is considered a crowd pleaser. Yuzu fragrance oil also performs extremely well in aroma beads, smelly jellies, incense, and room and linen sprays.

On the bath and body end, this fragrance is a true winner. The recommended usage rate for this popular fragrance is 5%. This fabulous fragrance is used to make: sugar scrubs, liquid hand soaps, lotions, body sprays, shampoo, conditioner, melt and pour soaps, and foaming body butters. Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this sweet citrusy fragrance oil is fantastic. Here are the official results: Soaps very nicely. No acceleration, no discoloration. Scent is just amazing.

Ohio Soapers Gathering

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

cindy ohio soapers gatheringHello everyone!

Well I made it through my first ever Ohio Soapers Gathering! I have to say, it was great to meet the people who love soaping as much as we do. They are a fantastic group of individuals. I was however a bit nervous being my first gathering, but, upon my arrival the coordinator of the gathering, Jackie Harris greeted me with such warmth how could I not feel welcomed? She was just so thrilled we were able to attend, what a lovely lady she is. I set up my tables and waited for the event to begin. Every one of my booth visitors were just as excited as ever that we had attended the gathering for the day with some of our products. So much so that even those who preordered, bought more stuff while I was there. There was no stopping them!

Our Facebook followers told me how excited they were about the opening of our store and that the pictures were amazing! I told them the pictures don’t do it justice and that they will just have to come down in person. They fully and enthusiastically agreed, saying a road trip is definitely in the near future. Several of my customers that had already been there, raved to the others standing nearby.

Throughout the event there were informative demonstrators. Bobbie Eastman with hair shine, Kim Craig with handmade cream, Kristy Schemrich with laundry soap, and a few others. I am glad they held these demos in the same room, otherwise I would have missed out. Even though I could never get away from the table due to my fabulous customers, I could still hear and gather information from the demos. I even got a few samples!

They had a “garage sale” table which I thought was cute (I should have brought my stuff of odds and ends to sell). These were things the donators couldn’t use anymore but knew someone else could. Then there was a table called the “swap table.” You donate stuff you made, up to 5 things and you received as many in return. How fun is that? I can only imagine what kind of things were made by these amazing crafters. Everyone was so creative, I was in awe!

The door prizes were great too, there was everything from Tickets to Kalahari Water Park, gift certificates, several soaping products, and of course Natures Garden shopping bags and Tshirts! All of the winners were so happy to come away from the gathering with new knowledge, new products, winnings, and a full belly. All in all I believe it was a great success for everyone all around.

natures garden winners
I can’t wait for the next one because I will get to meet a whole new realm of awesome people. Their creativity inspires me and it’s good to know there are people out there using their knowledge for things that are good and can offer information that will help others. Whether it is to teach them, save them money, or inspire THEIR creative juices, soaping is a great artistic field to venture into. The avenues are endless…seriously!

So my friends, if you have never been to a gathering, go! If you know someone who makes soap, learn! If you don’t personally know somebody, come out to our website at naturesgardencandles.com and look at our blogs, show and tells, all of our free recipes, or, check out our starter kits. It may seem intimidating but know we are always here to help…always!

Although I had a blast in Sandusky at the Ohio Soapers Gathering, I was past exhausted! It was a good exhaustion and I came away from it with more then I went there with…I am glad I was a part of it.

Well kids until the adventure, have a fabulous day!

Cindy

Surprising Scent

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Surprising ScentSand Castles Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Sand creations have been in existence for a long time.  Rumor has it the Egyptians recreated the pyramids and other shapes in the sand.  In the 14th century a poet named Balaram Das made the first know sand castle that was of a devotional theme.  In 1897 a man by the name Philip McCord created an amazing replica of a woman and her baby.  A creation so stunning  that it sparked the fascination known as sand sculptures.  Today, there are contests all over the country for the best, most creative sand sculptures.  And, just like the creativity and wonder that sand sculptors provide, sand castles fragrance oil will leave you breathless.  This surprising scent is full of wonder and is truly a work of art.  In fact, with Sand castles scent, people will awe in the beauty of your homemade masterpiece.  This surprising scent is the peacefulness of the beach amazingly captured with unique notes.  According to our customers, this fragrance is wonderfully stunning and amazing in products too.

What does Sand Castles Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a secret unique combination of rich fruity aromas with herbal base tones and a slight touch of citrus. An NG Original Fragrance!

How do our customers use Sand Castles Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters; this surprising scent is used in Joy wax, WOW wax, Gel wax, Pillar of Bliss wax, and Soy wax.  Sand Castles Fragrance Oil has a very strong scent throw that seems to last forever!  As for other home scenting ideas; this fragrance oil has been used to make sachet beads, smelly jellies, air fresheners, and also works fabulously well in electric oil burners.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage rate for this surprising scent is 5%. And, when it comes to homemade bath and body products, Sand Castles Fragrance Oil is highly recommended.  This unique scent is used to make: lotions, bath bombs, body sprays, body butters, body creams, sugar scrubs, and M&P soaps. Unfortunately, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this scent is not suggested for cold process soaping.

Color Dispersion

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

color dispersionColor Dispersion in Soap

This picture shows the same exact recipe using two different methods of color dispersion in soap. Once the soap was poured, we noticed that some of the colorant was still on the sides of the bowls instead of actually incorporated into the soap (as shown in the soap on the right).  In addition, we noticed concentrated pockets of colorant in this cut soap.   Mainly, it is the difference between hand stirring the colorants in verses stick blending the colorants in, and failure to scrape the sides of the bowls to incorporate all of the coloring.  Regardless of the method that you choose, there are distinct advantages and disadvantages. The key to knowing which method works best for you is knowing your soap recipe and the time that it allows you.

Color Dispersion in cold process soap making can be a tricky aspect. After you figure out your color scheme for your recipe and the technique as to how you are adding your color, it then comes down to the actual challenge.

Really there are three options to color dispersion in your soap. They are hand stirring the colorant into the batter with a spoon, stick blending the colorant in, or the combination of both. The correct decision relies on a few factors though. These factors are: your recipe, time, and the number of colorants you want to add.

Hand Stirring
The best advantage of hand stirring colorants into soap is that it does not speed up trace. This allows you the perfect fluid soap batter for accomplishing a multi color swirl in your soap. But, hand stirring the colorant into your soap batter is slightly more time consuming because you really have to stir for some time to get the colorant dispersed. So, this is where knowing your recipe and window of time, especially if you are using multiple colorants, comes into play.

You will also have to be ready to move. When hand stirring, you have to stir, and stir quickly to get the full color dispersion of the soap colorant. And, do not forget to have your spatula ready to clean the sides and rotate the soap from the bottom of the bowl to make sure all of the colorant is evenly dispersed.

However, not all colorants can be hand stirred. Some of the colorants do not disperse as well as others with this method. The examples of these types of colorants would be titanium dioxide and the ultramarines. Colorants like these often need to be stick blended in order to get the full color dispersion among all of the soap.

Stick Blending
Stick blending your colorants in soap batter is ideal for true color dispersion. But, with stick blending time is a major factor. Stick blending will speed up trace (or the saponification process) in your soap. If too much time elapses while stick blending your colorants into the batter; certain swirling techniques cannot be accomplished. This is because the soap batter will be too thick, especially if you are using more than two colors in your soap recipe.

Besides speeding up trace, there is another factor to consider. When using multiple soap colorants and stick blending you will have to quickly clean your stick blender in between colors. But, you do have a few options when it comes to this. Some soapers keep a small bowl of water by their coloring station to quickly clean their stick blender in between colors. And, some just stick blend their colors in the correct order, but gently tap the stick blender to remove as much colored batter as possible before moving on to the next color. For example if you are coloring your soap green and yellow; you would start by stick blending the yellow first. This is because the yellow color is the lightest, and then move to the green.

The Combo
For the situations where you want to use ultramarines which almost require a stick blend to get the best color dispersion, but you still want several other colors in your soap; you can combo the blend. You would start by stick blending the colorants that need it, and then move on to the hand stirred colorants. If the stick blended colorants become too thick, simply stir them by hand and the soap batter will thin out slightly (or enough to pour). Just remember, you must move quickly.

What this really all comes down to is testing. Through making various batches of soap, you will be able to find exactly which method of color dispersion is best for you and your soaping recipe. There really is no right or wrong answer as to which method to use. Each soap recipe will vary.

Natures Garden offers FUN Soap colorants for soap making.  We even carry multiple neon colors to really make your soap “come alive”.

Insulating Soap

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

insulating soap In an earlier blog post, we discussed how insulating soap to promote gel phase was a matter of personal choice. Whether you insulate or choose not to, your soap will still be soap.

When it comes to whether you choose to insulate or not, really there are only two factors that will change. The first is the amount of cure time. Due to the fact that the saponification process is slowed down by the prevention of gel phase, your soap may need extra cure time before use. On the other hand, promoting a full gel phase for your soap means an accelerated saponification process with a normal cure time. And, the second difference is an aesthetic one.

The finished look of your soap will differ slightly based upon whether you choose to prevent gel phase or encourage it. By preventing gel phase (sticking your molded soap in the fridge or freezer), your finished soap will have a matte look to it. By promoting gel phase, your finished soap will have a slight translucent, shiny look to it. Again, however, please remember regardless of which method you choose either method results with finished soap.

When making soap, it is important to remember that the gel phase occurs during the saponification process. While your soap is in the mold, the various soaping ingredients react with the lye mixture, and heat is used to help the acceleration of the whole saponification process. When choosing to promote gel phase during saponification, it can be accomplished through means of insulation.

Insulating your soap means wrapping the soap with various layers in an attempt to keep the heat within the soap. Because the saponification process is endothermic (meaning the process pulls heat from its surroundings), keeping the soap insulated is the best means to successfully promoting gel phase throughout your whole soap. It will also help to prevent a partial gel. If you remember, a partial gel is where the center of your soap achieves gel phase, but the outside areas do not. This typically occurs because the outside of the soap looses heat in a quicker fashion therefore inhibiting the ideal environment for a full gel phase to occur.

Through the means of insulation, you can provide your soap with its ideal environment (heat wise).  And, when it comes to insulation for your soap, there are many different items you can use.  These items would include: newspaper, cardboard, blankets, towels, etc.  Practically, you can use any layer type material that will keep the heat in the soap (but never aluminum foil).

Many soapers will use various items in combination such as: wrapping the soap with saran wrap (especially if the soap has a decorated top), then covering it with newspaper, surrounded by towels, and finally placed under a box. There really is no limit for insulation. And, many believe that over insulating can never be done. Remember the key to insulating, if you are choosing to promote the gel phase; is to keep as much heat in the soap as possible.

However, please note: If you are soaping a recipe that does contain sugar or dairy products, you may want to go a little on the lighter side of insulating due to the fact that these items in your recipe will increase heat during the saponification process. Extreme insulating in these examples may cause the ingredients to “burn”, possibly resulting in discoloration and an off smell in your finished soaps.  It can also cause your soap batter to begin to bubble out of your mold.  You do however have the choice of preventing the gel phase for these types of recipes, and sticking your molded soap in the fridge or freezer.