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Mar
30

Tiger Stripe Soap Recipe

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tiger stripe soap recipeTiger Stripe Soap Recipe

What inspires you? Well, here at Nature’s Garden, we are inspired by pretty much everything, but lately we’ve been on a serious animal print kick! We found this amazing picture of this gorgeous tiger and couldn’t wait to get started on making a tiger stripe soap recipe! And we of course have used our Animalistic Instinct Fragrance, I mean how could we not? It’s absolutely perfect!

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Our wonderful inspiration!

 

 

 

animalistic instinct fragrance oil

 

 

 

Make sure to try out our amazing Animalistic Instinct scent!

 

 

 

Ingredients:

272 grams of Olive Oil

272 grams of Shea Butter

181 grams of Palm Oil

181 grams of Coconut Oil

70 grams of Animalistic Instinct Fragrance Oil

15 grams of Titanium Dioxide

7 grams of Neon Orange FUN Soap Colorant

5 grams of Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

125 grams of Lye

345 grams of Distilled Water

Other Ingredients Needed:

Square Loaf Mold Market Mold

Thermometer

Safety Mask

Safety Glasses

Safety Gloves

Stick Blender

Scale

Vinegar

Spatulas

Mixing Bowls

 

Directions:

animalistic instinct soap

 

Always make sure to protect yourself first with your gloves, glasses, and mask! Then you can prepare your lye water. Weigh 345 grams of distilled water, and 125 grams of lye. Carefully pour your lye into your water. Never pour water into lye! This can cause an explosion! Thoroughly mix your lye water and then set it aside to cool down.

 

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Next, you can get your butters and oils ready. Weigh out 272 grams of Shea Butter, 272 grams of Olive Oil, 181 grams of Palm Oil, and 181 grams of Coconut Oil 76. Melt these down completely and then set them aside to cool as well.

 

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While you are waiting for both of these to cool, you can get your colors ready. In separate bowls, add 5 grams of Black Oxide colorant, and 7 grams of Neon Orange. Then in another bowl, measure out 15 grams of Titanium Dioxide, mixing this thoroughly with just a little bit of your oils from your base bowl until you have achieved a paste-like consistency.

 

animalistic instinct soap

 

Make sure to keep checking your oils and lye water temperatures using your thermometer, until they have reached about 72 degrees Fahrenheit (room temperature) and are within ten degrees of each other. Then carefully pour your lye water into your butters and oils, mixing it together very thoroughly with a stick blender until you have come to a light trace.

 

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When your mixture is at a light trace, pour 400 grams into the bowl with black colorant, 500 into the orange, and 500 in a separate bowl, adding your titanium paste to this last bowl. Then thoroughly mix each color. Make sure to add 20 grams of your Animalistic Instinct fragrance to your black bowl, and 25 grams to the orange and white. Again, make sure to mix them thoroughly!

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Once your colors are completely mixed, you can begin to pour them into your mold. We started with our orange, carefully pouring just a little bit in a straight line all the way across the mold.

 

 

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Then we alternated all three colors until the mold was almost full, leaving just a little bit of each color in our bowls.

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With the remaining colors, we splattered it over the top of the soap into gorgeous designs! Splatter the rest of your soap however your heart desires!

 

 

Once you have finished your soap, it will need to sit to set up for at least 24 hours before removing it from the mold. Once it is removed, your new Tiger Stripe Soap will need to sit for at least 4 to 6 weeks to give it enough time to cure and become less alkaline. After that, your soap will be ready for you to use and enjoy! Check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
28

Aqua di Gio Soap

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aqua di gio soapAqua di Gio Soap

What do you think of when you hear “Aqua di Gio?” Beautiful blue waters and hot summer nights maybe? And don’t forget about the hot man coming out of the crystal blue water.  LOL! Well, here at Nature’s Garden, we’ve come up with the perfect soap recipe to capture the feeling of a romantic summer night spent with a man so hot it raises the temperature in the atmosphere! We’re introducing our new free recipe for our Aqua di Gio Soap!

 

Ingredients:

181 grams of Coconut Oil

181 grams of Palm Oil

272 grams of Olive Oil

272 grams of Shea Butter

69 grams of NG Aqua di Gio Type Fragrance Oil

125 grams of Lye

345 grams of Distilled Water

17 grams of Titanium Dioxide

8 grams of Sodium Lactate

6 drops of Neon Blue FUN Soap Colorant

7 drops of Teal FUN Soap Colorant

Other Ingredients Needed:

Square Loaf Mold Market Mold

Thermometer

Safety Gloves

Safety Mask

Safety Glasses

Stick Blender

Vinegar

Scale

Mixing Bowls

Spatulas

Barbecue Skewers

 

Directions:

aqua di gio soap

 

Safety first! Always make sure you are wearing your protective glasses, gloves, and mask! Then begin by preparing your lye water. Weigh out 345 grams of distilled water and then weigh out 125 grams of lye. Carefully add the lye to your water, never add water to lye as this can cause an explosion! Mix thoroughly and then set it aside to cool.

 

aqua di gio soap

 

 

While you’re waiting for that to cool, go ahead and prepare your butters and oils. Weigh out 272 grams of Shea Butter, 272 grams of Olive Oil, 181 grams of Palm Oil, and 181 grams of Coconut Oil. Melt them down completely and then set them aside to cool as well.

 

aqua di gio soap

 

As you are waiting for those to cool, go ahead and get your colors ready. In two separate mixing bowls, measure out 6 drops of Neon Blue colorant and 7 drops of Teal. Then measure out 17 grams of Titanium Dioxide and pour just a little bit of your oils into the bowl with the titanium, mixing them together until you have achieved a paste-like consistency. This will be your color for your white swirl.

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Using the thermometer, check the temperatures of your oils and lye water until they have reached about room temperature (72 degrees Fahrenheit) and are within ten degrees of each other. Once they are at the correct temperature, pour 8 grams of Sodium Lactate into your lye water and mix it together thoroughly.

 

 

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Then go ahead and carefully pour your lye water into your oils. Mix them together thoroughly.

 

aqua di gio soap

 

 

 

Then pour 459 grams of your mixture into the bowls with your colorants, mixing them thoroughly with a stick blender. In your base bowl with the remaining mixture, add your titanium dioxide paste and mix. In each bowl, add 23 grams of your NG Aqua di Gio Type fragrance and stick blend.

 

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Next, in a separate bowl, pour each of your colors into separate sections of the bowl.

 

 

aqua di gio soap

 

 

Once they are completely poured, place a spatula at the edge of the bowl and drag it all the way across in a straight line. Then place the spatula right where two colors begin to mix and drag it around the bowl in a full circle.

 

aqua di gio soap

 

 

When you are finished swirling your soap, you can begin to pour it into your mold. Carefully pour it from side to side in the mold, helping to achieve an even better swirl! Make sure to leave just a little bit of each color so that you can swirl the top of your soap!

 

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Taking the last of your colored soap, pour each color in a straight line across the top.

 

 

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Then with your skewer, swirl the top of your soap!

 

 

 

Make sure to let your soap sit for at least 24 hours before removing it from the mold. Once it has been removed from the mold, your new Aqua di Gio Soap will need to sit for at least 4 to 6 weeks before using; giving it enough time to cure and become less alkaline. Then it is ready for you to use and enjoy! Make sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes as well, and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
27

Sodium Lactate in Soap

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sodium-lactate-in-soapSodium Lactate in Soap

Hello everyone! I’m sure you’ve seen from most of my recent blogs that I’ve been experimenting with making many different soaps lately. I recently attempted making a Tiger Swirl Soap, and I actually had one major problem with it! While it was a beginner’s problem, I’m actually glad it happened so that I could learn from it! Have you ever experienced any problems while using sodium lactate in soap? For the base of this soap, I used our Shea Butter Cold Process Soap recipe, which happens to have 181 grams of Palm Oil in it. The palm oil actually contributed to the problem I had with using a high amount of sodium lactate in the soap.

In my Tiger Swirl Soap, I included Sodium Lactate in my recipe. Since Sodium Lactate helps to make your soap easier to remove from your mold, it seemed like a wonderful ingredient to include in my recipe! I added 55 grams of our Sodium Lactate to my lye water and thought that I was going to be so much better off! I finished my soap and it came out quite beautifully, beautiful bright orange, white, and bright green swirls! This was one soap that all of us here at Nature’s Garden were extremely excited about!

However, when we finally removed my Tiger Swirl soap from its mold and attempted to cut it, it just kept falling apart. This soap would literally just crumble in our hands. We were so disappointed, but then we tried to figure out what our problem might have been. First we thought maybe our calculations were off? But then we got to thinking about the Sodium Lactate since this was the first soap I’ve ever made with that particular ingredient. Sodium Lactate is used in cold process soap to help make a harder bar of soap. It can also be used to help your soap set up faster, so that you can remove it from your mold sooner!

After some research, we finally figured out my problem! Because I already had a high amount of Palm Oil in my soap, the addition of high levels of sodium lactate actually hardened the soap more than what we would have liked. This was caused because the combination of Palm Oil and Sodium Lactate made my soap way too hard and crumbly.

Don’t worry, these beautiful orange and green swirls will be back! I’m going to remake this soap without the Sodium Lactate and see how it turns out then! I will be back to report! While using a high amount of Sodium Lactate with Palm Oil is apparently not a good idea, you can still use just a small amount. For example, in the Aqua Di Gio soap I made after the Tiger Swirl, I only used 8 grams. (I still used our Shea Butter Soap for that base.) That soap turned out absolutely perfect! However, now we do recommend using Sodium Lactate mainly in palm-free recipes. Have you ever had any problems using sodium lactate in soap? I would love to hear from you! Make sure to check out all of our free classes and recipes, and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
24

Soap Dye Color Morphing

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soap dye color morphingSoap Dye Color Morphing

We’ve been experimenting with our soap colorants lately here at Nature’s Garden, going between our dyes and pigments. We’ve talked about our blue dye and how it can morph your cold process soap, but have you tried our reds or yellows? Well we have! Like with the blue colorants, we used our red and yellow FD&C Da Bomb dyes in cold process and melt and pour soap to show you the differences! As we all know, our pigmented colorants, or FUN Soap colors, will not cause any morphing problems in melt and pour or cold process, and we have conducted this experiment to see if the same is true for our yellow and red FD&C dyes!

Our red FD&C dye was experimented with in both our melt and soaps as well as cold process. In melt and pour, it brought an awesome bright red color as soon as it was added! However, when used in cold process at first we were concerned that it may have the same problems as our blue FD&C dye with color morphing. When I first mixed it into the soap, it was definitely red! However, after I poured it into the mold, it did start to look like an orange color! But after we let the soap sit for the required 24 hours we realized that it was a brick red. So don’t be concerned if you use our red FD&C dye in cold process and it looks orange at first! It does not color morph as badly as the blue! We do recommend using our FUN Soap pigmented colorants over the FD&C dyes for cold process soaps however since the Da Bomb soap dyes can bleed and fade over time.

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Melt and Pour Soap using FD&C Dyes

 

 

 

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Cold Process Soap Using FD&C Dyes

 

 

 

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Cold Process Soap Using Pigments

 

 

 

With our yellow FD&C dye, as you can see in the pictures above, we have tried it out in both melt and pour soap and cold process. It brought a beautiful bright yellow to our melt and pour, and the same goes for our cold process. There was no doubt that it was yellow in cold process! Both of our yellow colorants, FD&C and FUN Soaps, work very well in melt and pour and cold process soap.

The usage of each different kind of colorant for your soaps is based on the pH levels as well as the actual saponification process. Melt and pour soap is technically soap that has already gone through the process of saponification, so it is only slightly alkaline. However, since cold process is made completely from scratch the pH levels are very high initially. Pigmented colors can withstand higher pH levels much better than dyes. The red and yellow soap dyes will not cause major color morphing, but we do recommend using our FUN Soap Colorants for cold process over our FD&C dyes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any thoughts, concerns, or questions! Make sure to check out all of our fantastic free recipes and classes, especially our soap classes! You can learn so many valuable things about the soap making process! Watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

Mar
21

Lime Cupcake Soap

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cupcake soapLime Cupcake Soap

Lime cupcakes…doesn’t the name just get your mouth watering? The taste of sweet cupcakes mixed with a twist of yummy fresh lime! I’m sure your taste buds are going insane at just the thought of such a delectable treat! Well, we have brought you our new Lime Cupcake Soap, even though you can’t eat it, you will be able to fill your home with the aroma of this delicious treat!

Ingredients:

For Limes:

112 grams of Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap

6 grams of Agave Lime Fragrance Oil

5 drops Lime Green FUN Soap Colorant

4 drops Kelly Green FUN Soap Colorant

For Cupcakes:

136 grams of Coconut Oil

98 grams of Castor Oil

136 grams of Mango Butter

91 grams of Palm Oil

2 grams of Titanium Dioxide

35 grams of Agave Lime Fragrance Oil

6 drops Lime Green FUN Soap Colorant

5 drops Kelly Green FUN Soap Colorant

65 grams of Lye

172 grams of Distilled Water

Other Ingredients Needed:

Round Cupcake Silicone Soap Molds

Safety Glasses

Safety Mask

Safety Gloves

Thermometer

Stick Blender

Spatulas

Lime Mold from Flexible Molds

Mixing Bowls

Vinegar

Scale

Rubbing Alcohol

Ziploc Bags

 

Directions:

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Start out making your limes. Measure and weigh out 112 grams of Diamond Clear soap, and melt it down in the microwave.

 

 

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Once it is fully melted, go ahead and add 5 drops of Lime Green FUN Soap Colorant, and 4 drops of Kelly Green. Mix it together thoroughly. Then add 6 grams of Agave Lime Fragrance Oil and mix it together thoroughly.

 

 

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Once you have completely mixed your soap, begin to pour your soap into the Lime Mold from Flexible Molds.

 

 

 

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When it is fully poured, make sure to spray your soap with rubbing alcohol to avoid any air bubbles.

 

 

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Then you can get your lye water ready. Measure and weigh out 172 grams of distilled water. Then add 65 grams of lye to your water. Make sure to mix it together thoroughly. Set your lye water aside to cool down. While you’re waiting for the lye to cool, you can get your butter and oils ready. In a mixing bowl, measure out 136 grams of Mango Butter, 136 grams of Coconut Oil, 91 grams of Castor Oil, and 91 grams of Palm Oil. Then go ahead and melt them down completely.

009While you are waiting for these to cool, you can get your titanium dioxide ready for your white frosting. Mix 2 grams of titanium dioxide and 7 grams of Castor Oil together in a bowl until you have achieved a paste like consistency. Make sure to regularly check their temperature using your thermometer until they are both around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, within 10 degrees of each other. Then go ahead and pour your lye water into your bowl with your butters and oils. Mix it together thoroughly until you have brought it to a slight trace.

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Once it is at trace, pour 230 grams of your mixture into a second mixing bowl. This will be used for your white frosting. Then in your original bowl, add 5 drops of Kelly Green and 6 of Lime Green. Mix it thoroughly. Once you have thoroughly mixed your color, add 23 grams of your fragrance oil to the bowl. Make sure to mix everything together thoroughly.

 

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In the bowl for your white, add your titanium paste and mix it thoroughly.

 

 

 

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Once it is mixed, go ahead and add 12 grams of fragrance, once again mixing thoroughly together.

 

 

 

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Then take 3 of your Cupcake Molds, and with your green soap, fill each mold. What does not fill your molds will be used for the green frosting.

 

 

 

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Next, take two Ziploc bags and cut just the tip off of one corner of each. In one bag, pour your white soap in, and pour the rest of your green into the other. Then take the bag with the white soap and begin to frost your soap.

 

 

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Once you have finished the white frosting, do the same with the green frosting, styling them both however you want!

 

 

 

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When you have finished frosting, take your lime soaps out of their mold and stick one into the top of each soap! Then make sure to allow your soap to sit for at least 24 hours before removing it from the molds.

 

 

Once you have removed the soaps from the molds, they will need at least 4-6 weeks before you can actually use them, giving them enough time to cure. But once those few weeks have passed, your soaps will be ready for you to enjoy! Make sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes as well! Keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
20

Making In the Pot Swirl Soap

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swirled-soapMaking in the Pot Swirl Soap

Hello everyone, I’m back with my fixed Nature’s Garden’s colors soap! And I’m even bringing you the easy free recipe so you can make it yourself! For this recipe, I have used our recipe for our Shea Butter Cold Process Soap. Learning from the mistakes I made the first time, I made sure to thoroughly mix my colors as well as bringing my colors to trace. This soap has turned out so beautifully and I am so excited! I also added more color to make the colors even brighter!

Ingredients:

125 grams of Lye

272 grams of Olive Oil

181 grams of Palm Oil

181 grams of Coconut Oil

272 grams of Shea Butter

345 grams of Distilled Water

69 grams of Aqua Di Gio Type Fragrance Oil

4 grams of Neon Blue FUN Soap Colorant

2 grams of Kelly Green FUN Soap Colorant

3 grams of Neon Green FUN Soap Colorant

4 grams of Yelp Yellow FUN Soap Colorant

4 Loaf Square Mold

Safety Glasses

Safety Mask

Safety Gloves

Thermometer

Vinegar

Mixing Bowls

Spatulas

Stick Blender

 

Directions:

072Always start with safety first, especially when working with lye as it can cause burns when it comes in contact with your skin! Make sure to wear your safety glasses and gloves! Once you are protected, you can go ahead and prepare your lye water. Measure and weigh out 345 grams of water into a mixing bowl. When making your lye water, always remember to pour your lye into your water, not water into lye as this can cause an explosion! Weigh out 125 grams of lye, pour it into your water, and mix it together thoroughly. Let your lye water sit to cool down.

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While your lye is cooling, you can get your oils ready. In a mixing bowl, measure out and weigh out 272 grams of Shea Butter, 181 grams of Palm Oil, 181 grams of Coconut Oil, and 272 grams of Olive Oil. When you have all of your oils ready, go ahead and melt them down completely. Then let them sit to cool as well.

 

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While you are waiting for your oils and lye to cool, you can get your colors ready. Using three separate mixing bowls, add 6 grams of Yelp Yellow colorant to one, 4 grams of Kelly Green and 5 grams of Neon Green to another, and 7 grams of Neon Blue to the last.

 

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Using your thermometer, check the temperature of both your lye as well as your oils. Once they are both around 72 degrees (room temperature) or so and the temperatures are within 10 degrees of each other Fahrenheit, you can pour your lye water into your oils. Soaping at this lower temperature will give you a lot more time to work.

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Using your stick blender, thoroughly blend it together until you have completely emulsified it and have brought it to a light trace.

 

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Then go ahead and pour 459 grams of your soap into each bowl with your colorants. Add 37 grams of fragrance to each bowl. Thoroughly mix each bowl until you have achieved an all over green color, blue, and a bright yellow!

 

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Once your colors are mixed, you can begin to pour them into a clean mixing bowl. Pour each color in separate sections of the bowl.

 

 

 

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Using a spatula, starting at the edge of the bowl, drag it in a straight line all the way across.

 

 

 

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After you have done the straight line, place the spatula right where two colors begin to mix and drag it around your bowl in a circle.

 

 

 

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Once you have finished swirling your soap, you can begin to pour it into your mold. Carefully, and slowly pouring it from side to side in the mold using the “granny pour” (as we call it)  will help you achieve an even prettier swirl. Once it is all poured, you will need to let your soap sit for about 24 hours.

 

 

After the 24 hours, you can remove your soap from your molds and slice.  We like to allow our cold process soap to cure for about 4 weeks to allow it to become harder and less alkaline. Make sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes as well! Keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
19

Swirl Soap Problems

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swirl soap problemsSwirl Soap Problems

I have recently been experimenting with making all kinds of soap, but I had quite a few problems making my first batch of in-the-pot swirl cold process soap. I was attempting to make a soap with the signature colors of Nature’s Garden swirled into it. Wouldn’t that be so cool? We thought so, and I was so excited to try it out! However, as I’m still a newbie to the soap making process, I had quite a few problems!

One of the first problems I had was getting my colors to thoroughly disperse in my soap mixture. After having completely mixed the oils and butters with my lye water and pouring into separate bowls to mix colors, I was having problems with getting my colors mixed thoroughly. Especially the blue. As you can see in the picture below, my blue pigment ended up not mixing completely, which left little blue speckles throughout my finished soap. This is possibly caused by the color separating within its bottle. Do you know what to do if this happens to you? Deb has taught me that if I notice my color has separated, that it can be fixed by mixing it with vegetable glycerin and agitating.

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See all the blue speckles?

 

 

 

One of my other swirl soap problems was that I did not mix my colored soap batters long enough. While this does coincide with not mixing my blue thoroughly, it did cause a completely different problem apart from the speckles. When the colored batters were still in their separate containers, I should have kept mixing them until they came to a slight trace. (Trace happens when the batter has begun to thicken. If you hold your spoon or mixer over your bowl with some batter still on and it leaves little trails on top, then it is at trace.) Instead of bringing each colored bowl to trace, I only brought them to the emulsification stage. This caused my colors to dissolve into each other while they were in the mold instead of producing an actual distinctive swirl.

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There should have been a swirl instead of how the colors have just blended into each other here.

 

 

I would love to hear about any problems you’ve had with in the pot swirl technique, or just soap making in general! I’m just a newbie at this, so I am actually glad that I have been having these problems so I can learn from them! Soap making is so much fun! I’m getting ready to remake this recipe so I’ll be back to let you all know what happens! Please contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns!

Make sure to check out all of our wonderful free recipes and classes, you’re sure to find some awesome recipes that you’ll absolutely adore! And our classes are perfect for any new soap makers out there like myself, I highly recommend reading through them all, as you can learn so many valuable things about soap making! I’d love to hear all of your feedback on any soap making problems so that I can learn from them as well! Keep watching for even more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
18

Color Morphing in Soap

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color morphing in soapColor Morphing in Soap

For any new soap makers out there like myself, do you have specific questions? For example, do you know which kind of soap colorant to use when you are coloring cold process soap? Or have you ever wondered about color morphing in soap? Here at Nature’s Garden, we offer two different kinds of colorants for soap: one being a our FD&C Da Bomb Soap Dyes, and one being our FUN Soap Colorants which are pigments dispersed in vegetable glycerin. The use of each kind of colorant is based on pH levels and the actual saponification process. The saponification process is considered the creation of soap by combining oils/butters and water with lye (which has a high ph). Throughout this process as the soap cures, the pH level (alkalinity) become lower.  It is important to understand that pigments tend to withstand higher ph levels better than dyes (especially when dealing with the color blue).  In our experiment, we show how blue dye and blue pigment perform in both melt and pour soap (soap that has already been saponified) and cold process soap (soap that is made from scratch and will undergo the saponification process).

In melt and pour soap, because it is technically already soap, it has already gone through the saponification process;  so the alkalinity is lower. The dyes, our Da Bomb colorants, do not cause any color morphing problems when used in melt and pour soap. They will color beautifully, as well as our pigments, or FUN Soap Colorants. In the picture below, this light blue colored bundt soap is made with melt and pour soap, as well as our Blue Da Bomb colorant. You can see how nice and pretty this blue coloring is. When melt and pour soap is colored with blue FD&C dye, it will produce a beautiful blue colored soap since the dye never has to encounter a high ph.

color morphing in soap

color morphing in soap

However, when different colorants are used in cold process soap, as seen below, the outcome is very different. Because cold process is made completely from scratch, it must undergo the entire saponification process.  This means that the pH levels are much higher in cold process soap. In the pictures below, the darker blue soap was made using our pigmented, Ultramarine Blue FUN Soap Colorant. The purple soap, (started as gray and turned to reddish-pink-purple as it sat) was created using our Da Bomb blue dye. (We have used our Shea Butter Cold Process Soap recipe for this part of our experiment).  It is evident that blue FD&C dye (our Da Bomb blue dye)  will morph in color when exposed to a high ph.

color morphing in soap

color morphing in soap

color morphing in soap

In conclusion:  When desiring a nice blue color for your cold process soap, it is wise to use blue pigments instead of blue FD&C dyes.  While the blue FD&C dyes work wonderfully in melt and pour soap, they will indeed morph in color when making cold process soap.

Please contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any questions, comments, or concerns at all! We are here to help you and to make sure you succeed at all of your creations! Make sure to check out all of our amazing free recipes and classes as well, especially all of our soaping classes! And keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
17

Oatmeal Honey Soap

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Oatmeal-Butter-Honey-SoapOatmeal Honey Soap

Mmm…oatmeal and honey. Doesn’t the name just make your mouth water? It sounds so delicious, isn’t your stomach just growling with hunger? Well, we are bringing you a brand new free recipe for this wonderfully amazing Oatmeal Honey Soap, made with our awesome Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil! This is one soap that is sure to get your taste buds going!

 

Ingredients:

Brown Layer:

559 grams of Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap

28 grams of Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil

Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Middle Honey Layer:

120 grams of Honey Melt and Pour Soap

6 grams of Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil

Cream Layer:

590 grams of Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap

8 grams of Deodorized Cocoa Butter

30 grams of Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil

Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Neon Yellow FUN Soap Colorant

Top Honey Layer:

140 grams of Honey Melt and Pour Soap

7 grams of Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil

 

Other Ingredients Needed:

Square Loaf Mold Market Mold

8 oz. Bullet Bottle

Black Fine Mist Sprayer 24/410

Rubbing Alcohol

PAM or other cooking spray

Mixing Bowls

Mixing Spoons

Paper Towels

Rolled Oats

Scale

Toothpicks

 

Directions:

Start by measuring and weighing out 559 grams of Oatmeal Soap into one mixing bowl, and 590 grams into another. Then spray your cooking oil onto a paper towel and rub it around on the inside of your mold. This will help the soap to remove easier when it is finished. Then go ahead and melt down the bowl of 559 grams of soap in the microwave until it is completely melted.

oatmeal honey soap

 

Once it is melted, add 28 grams of Buttered Maple Honey Oats fragrance and mix it thoroughly.

 

oatmeal honey soap

 

Using a toothpick, add small drops of your Brown Oxide colorant to your soap, mixing it thoroughly until you have achieved a warm light brown color. Once it has turned brown, carefully pour your soap into your mold. Pouring into the middle of the mold will help the soap to spread straighter across the mold.

oatmeal honey soap

 

Once it is poured, make sure to spray your soap with rubbing alcohol to defeat any air bubbles that may occur. Then make sure to let that layer sit until it has hardened and set up.

oatmeal honey soap

After your first layer has hardened, go ahead and measure and weigh out 120 grams of Honey soap into a mixing bowl and melt it down in the microwave.

oatmeal honey soap

 

When it is melted, add 6 grams of fragrance to your bowl and mix it together thoroughly.

oatmeal honey soap

 

Then carefully pour your soap on top of your first layer, again pouring to the middle. Once it is completely poured, spray it again with rubbing alcohol. Make sure to give this layer enough time to sit and set up.

oatmeal honey soap

When your first layer of honey has set up, take your bowl with 590 grams of Oatmeal Soap, add your 8 grams of cocoa butter, and melt it down in the microwave. Once it has melted, go ahead and add 30 grams of your Buttered Maple Oats Honey fragrance and mix thoroughly. Then carefully with toothpicks, add drops of Brown Oxide and Neon Yellow colorants to your soap, mixing it very thoroughly until you have achieved a slight cream color.

oatmeal honey soap

 

Once your soap has become cream, go ahead and pour it on top of your first honey layer pouring to the middle of the mold. Once it is completely poured, make sure to spray this layer with rubbing alcohol. Then let your soap sit to set up.

oatmeal honey soap

After your cream layer has has enough time to set up, weigh out 140 grams of Honey Melt and Pour Soap and melt it down in the microwave. When it is melted, add 7 grams of your fragrance and mix it together thoroughly. Then carefully pour this final layer on top of your cream layer. As soon as it is poured, make sure to spray with rubbing alcohol.

oatmeal honey soap

 

Then, work fast to sprinkle as many oats as you want on top before it hardens! Once you have sprinkled your oats, let your soap sit until it has completely hardened!

oatmeal honey soap

Once your soap has hardened, remove it from your mold. Once you cut it, your new Oatmeal Honey Soap is ready to use! Enjoy! Check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes, and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
16

Making Whipped Cupcake Soap

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Whipped-Cupcake-SoapMaking Whipped Cupcake Soap

It’s almost spring time, and we’ve all been in the spring mindset here at Nature’s Garden! So we’re bringing you another wonderful free recipe, perfect for the upcoming spring season! We will be making Whipped Cupcake Soap with our Daisy Type Fragrance! This is a unique soap that looks delicious enough to eat, but smells just like a lovely spring morning! This is the perfect twist for anyone who is more into the floral scents but loves yummy looking soaps!

 

Ingredients for the Base:

1370 grams of Cocoa Butter Melt and Pour Soap

69 grams of Daisy Type Fragrance Oil

Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

 

Ingredients for the Whipped Top:

300 grams of Whipped Soap Base

300 grams of Cocoa Butter Melt and Pour Soap

34 grams of Vegetable Glycerin

31 grams of Daisy Type Fragrance Oil

10 drops of Neon Pink FUN Soap Colorant

Other Ingredients Needed:

Square Loaf Mold Market Mold

8 oz. Bullet Bottle

Fine Mist Sprayer

Decorating Sprinkles

Toothpicks

Scale

Mixer

Mixing Bowls

Mixing Spoons

Rubbing Alcohol

Pam or other cooking spray

Paper Towels

 

Directions:

022

 

You can start to make your soap base by measuring and weighing out 1370 grams of Cocoa Butter Melt and Pour Soap into a mixing bowl. Then spray just a little bit of cooking oil onto a paper towel and wipe it around the inside of your mold. This will make it easier for you to remove the soap in the end. Go ahead and begin to melt down your soap in the microwave, stirring occasionally.

 

 

025

 

 

When your soap is completely melted, add 69 grams of Daisy Type Fragrance Oil and mix it in thoroughly.

 

 

 

 

027

 

 

Using a toothpick, carefully add just a little bit of the Brown Oxide colorant to your soap, just enough for it to reach a cream color. Mix thoroughly.

 

 

 

030

 

Once your soap is cream colored and thoroughly mixed, go ahead and carefully pour your soap into your mold. Pour it into the middle of the mold, this will allow the soap to spread more evenly throughout the entire mold. However, make sure your soap is not too hot! If it is too hot, it can warp and ruin your mold!

 

 

 

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Once you have finished pouring, make sure to spray your soap with rubbing alcohol! The alcohol will work to get rid of any air bubbles that may form. Leave your soap to sit until it has cooled down and hardened.

 

 

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After the soap has hardened, you can weigh out 300 grams of your Whipped Soap Base, and 300 grams of Cocoa Butter Melt and Pour in a separate bowl.

 

 

 

078

 

Then, take the bowl with the whipped soap and add 34 grams of Vegetable Glycerin, 31 grams of your fragrance oil, and 10 drops of Neon Pink FUN Soap Colorant. Using a hand mixer, mix this all thoroughly together until it becomes very fluffy. Putting the fragrance and glycerin in at this point will make it easier once you are ready to add the melt and pour soap.

 

083

 

 

Then go ahead and melt down your melt and pour soap. Once it is fully melted, add it to the bowl with the whipped base. You will need to move very fast at this point as this sets up extremely fast.

 

 

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Again, using a hand mixer, mix it all together thoroughly and then work fast to pour it onto the top of your soap. Once you have it all on top of your soap, go ahead and sprinkle as many sprinkles as you want across the top.

 

 

104

 

 

After you have let your soap completely set up and harden, your new Whipped Cupcake Soap is ready to be removed from the mold and cut!  Once cut, it is ready for you to use and enjoy! This deliciously feminine soap is one that all of your friends and family are sure to love! Make sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes! Keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!