Category Archives: cold process soap

May
24

Renewing Scent

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renewing scent Spring Rain Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

As spring awakens outside, the world around us becomes alive and thriving with new life.  Everything begins to grow, and spring rains are abundant.  In fact, is often believed that spring rains are necessary to wash away the old and make way for all things new.  And, with spring rains the air seems fresher.  The renewing scent of spring rain fragrance oil is just that; a breath of fresh air.  With the scent of fresh vibrant flowers tickled with musk, this is one pleasing fragrance.  Spring Rain Fragrance Oil has always been at the top of the list for our customers.  It is such a lovely floral scent that even the men love it.  Definitely an NG Best Seller!

What does Spring Rain Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a musky accord enhanced with a fresh floral bouquet of carnations, tiger lilies, alyssum, orchids, and roses, with hints of fresh greenery. A Best Seller!

How do our customers use Spring Rain Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters this renewing scent is a huge hit.  Our customers use the scent of spring rain in their soy tarts, tea lights, Palm Container wax, WOW wax, gel wax, and Joy wax.  This soft feminine scent has great hot and cold throw too, definitely making your house smell good.  As for other home scenting ideas; this renewing scent has been used in diffusers, oil burners, wax dipped animals, and room refreshing sprays.

On the bath and body end of products this renewing scent is captivating.  The usage rate for Spring Rain fragrance oil is 5%.  And, is used to make:  melt and pour soaps, bath bombs, shampoos, shower gels, body sprays, lotions, and body butters with a nice and feminine long lasting scent.  For those of you that are cold process soapers, this renewing scent soaped beautifully.  Here are the official results: Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration, no separation.  This scent is a nice and clean one.  Very refreshing!  No discoloration.

May
23

Royal Scent

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royal scent Queen of the Nile Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Cleopatra who was the Queen of the Nile, was the last acting pharaoh of ancient Egypt.  She was very powerful and knew exactly what she desired.  She had many conquests that included the most powerful of men, such as Caesar and Marc Antony who could not escape her sexual and aesthetic appeal.  But it wasn’t just them, her subjects were also awed with her immaculate beauty.    Queen of the Nile Fragrance Oil holds true to the alluring Cleopatra.  This exotic and royal scent is so lovely that the attraction is effortless before you too are conquered.  And when it comes to this royal scent in homemade products, it is by far one of NG’s favorite feminine fragrances.

What does Queen of the Nile Fragrance Oil smell like? Exotic and fragrant, this fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a glorious night blooming lily which exudes notes of a sensuous floral musk paired with cassis and ripe berries.

How do our customers use Queen of the Nile Fragrance Oil? For all of you candle crafters out there; Queen of the Nile Fragrance Oil is used in Soy, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  This royal scent is very aromatic and has fabulous hot and cold scent throw.  But, it doesn’t stop there!  Queen of the Nile fragrance oil also works very well for room fresheners; whether it is oil burners, smelly jellies, or sachet beads. For bath and body end of things, this royal scent is a dominating one!  The usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5% and does contain a .68% vanillin content.  However, our testing of this fragrance showed no discoloration in soap; therefore use your own discretion as to whether or not to add Vanilla White Color Stabilizer. This amazing and feminine fragrance is used to scent: solid lotion bars, bath bombs, body sprays, spray lotions, perfumes, melt and pour soaps, body scrubs, bath gels, whipped body butters, and salt bars.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is awesome.  Here are the official results:Very slight acceleration.  No separation.  A good scent, pretty and feminine.  No discoloration.

heavy whipping cream soap recipe If you are interested in a Natures Garden recipe using this royal scent, please click on this link to view the Cleopatra Heavy Cream Cold Process Soap Recipe.

 

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May
15

Superfood Scent

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superfood scentAcaiBerry Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Acai berry has been around for literally thousands of years.  However, it was not until the 1990’s when Americans quickly discovered the astounding benefits of this amazing fruit.  Some of these health benefits would include:  lowered cholesterol, improved digestion, increased energy, and mental clarity.  In a nut shell, acai berries are considered a super food!  Acai Berry Fragrance Oil is considered to be a different berry scent, more unique than the typical berry scents you are familiar with.  And, just like the actual Acai Berry, once you see how fantastic this superfood scent is you will be addicted.  This scent is a must have in your product line because this scent is in high demand.

What does Acai Berry smell like?
The acai berry grows in the Amazon Rainforest on acai palm trees.  It is known for its high levels of antioxidants, and is becoming quite popular around the world for its health benefits.  Acai berries have a unique tropical berry taste, which our perfumist was able to recreate in Natures Garden’s Acai Berry Fragrance.  An NG Original Scent!  A Best Seller!

How do our customers use Acai Berry Fragrance Oil?

For those of you that are candle crafters; our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy, para-soy blend, Palm, paraffin, WOW, and Joy wax candles.  The scent is amazingly strong in the cold and hot throw.  Some of our customers even make tarts, reed diffusers, aroma beads, home deodorizers, and electric burner oils with this superfood scent.  In fact, acai berry fragrance oil really travels and is fragrant throughout the whole home.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance oil is popular.  The usage rate for this superfood scent is 5%, and it is used to make:  shampoos, conditioners, sugar scrubs, melt and pour soaps, body butters, bath bombs, herbal infused lotions, shower gels, and body splashes just to name a few items.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance received great reviews.  Here are the official results: Perfect Pour.  Some acceleration, no ricing, no discoloration.  Excellent.

May
12

MP Embed CP Recipe

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mp embed cpMP Embed CP Recipe

There have been a few times that we have made a recipe that involved both melt and pour soap and cold process soap.  The first was Baileys Spotlight Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap and the second time was Cindy’s Blackberry Sage Soap.  However, both times the melt and pour soap was placed on top of the cold process soap.  This time, we wanted to create a recipe using melt and pour soap inside of cold process soap.

The theme of this mp embed cp recipe was centered around Natures Garden’s Bubble Luscious Fragrance Oil.  With summer time quickly approaching, we thought this would be a wonderful fragrance oil to spotlight in a fun recipe.

Now since Bubble Luscious Fragrance Oil is a childhood memory scent, we wanted to visually capture the essence of fun, carefree, summertime memories.  Plus, Bubble Luscious scent is loved by children and adults alike, so we wanted a soap recipe that would appeal to all ages.

Once we figured out what we wanted the soap to look like, it was then time to figure out the specifics.  We knew that we would have a creamy look from the cold process soap. This would be the perfect look for the main portion of the loaf, including the creamy, whipped looking top.  But, in order to accomplish a transparent look in the soap curls, we needed to use the Melt and Pour Soap.SLS Free Clear .  You can also use our diamond clear melt and pour soap (however, we are currently waiting for a shipment of it to arrive).

Now, these transparent curls would be used both in the cold process soap and also for a decorative topping to the soap.  However, since we also wanted to include a white swirl in the soap, Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap  was also included in the mp embed cp portion.  We felt that through the combination of both soap mediums (cp and mp), we would be able to present a really fun project to match this really fun scent and quite the playful and swirly design too.

So, if you are interested in making your very own homemade MP embed CP recipe like this which makes a total of about 4.5 pounds of soap; here are all of the ingredients and supplies that you will need:

For the Cold Process Portion of the Soap, you will need:
Water
Lye
Avocado Oil 
COCONUT Oil-76
Shea Butter
Cocoa Butter
CASTOR Oil- 16 oz.
Sodium Lactate 
Bubble Luscious Fragrance Oil

To achieve your bubble gum colors for the cold process soap, you will need:
Fun Soap Colorant Neon Pink
Titanium Dioxide (for the white whipped topping)

As for the other supplies and soaping utensils, you will need:
Safety Gear:  Safety GlassesSafety GLOVESSafety MASK
THERMOMETER 
Square Loaf Mold
Scale
Stick Blender
Mixing Bowl
Spatula

For the Melt and Pour Portion of the Soap, you will need:
SLS Free Clear Melt and Pour Soap
Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap
Bubble Luscious Fragrance Oil

To achieve your colored curls here are the Fun Soap Colorants you will need:
Fun Soap Colorant Deep Purple
Fun Soap Colorant Tomato Red

Other utensils you will need for the melt and pour soap portion will be:
Cutting Board
Knife
Microwave
Microwave safe glass container
Mixing Spoon (wood or stainless steel)
Rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle- to eliminate any bubbles in your soap
Wax Paper
Ruler

Now, here is the step by step instruction with pictures included:

lay out your wax paper
Step 1:
  On a flat surface, cut and lay down 3 larger pieces of wax paper.

preparing the purple swirls

Step 2:  Prepare the Purple Swirls:  Weigh out and melt 200 grams of Clear M&P Soap.  Stir gently.  Once your soap is melted, add 35 drops of fun soap colorant deep purple and 10 grams of bubble luscious fragrance oil.  Stir well.

pouring the purple soap

Step 3:  Next, pour all of the purple soap unto one sheet of wax paper.  If you have any air bubbles, spritz the soap with alcohol. 

preparing the red soap
Step 4:  Prepare the Red Swirls:  Again weigh out and melt 200 grams of  Clear M&P Soap.  When melted, this time add 10 drops of fun soap colorant tomato red and 10 grams of Bubble Luscious fragrance oil.  Stir.

pouring the red soap
Step 5:  Once scented and colored, pour the red soap onto another piece of wax paper.  Spritz with alcohol if needed.

preparing the white soap
Step 6:  Prepare the White Swirls:  Weigh out and melt 200 grams of Goats Milk M&P Soap in the microwave.  Once melted, add 10 grams of  bubble luscious fragrance oil.  Stir well.

pouring the white soap

Step 7:  Finally, pour the white soap unto the last sheet of wax paper.  If necessary spritz with alcohol.

For now, this is all the melt and pour steps you can do.  It is now time to start the cold process steps.

Here is the cold process soap amounts:
431 grams of Water
154 grams of Lye
238 grams of Avocado Oil
238 grams of COCONUT Oil-76
295 grams of Shea Butter
283 grams of Cocoa Butter
79 grams of CASTOR Oil- 16 oz.
40 grams of Sodium Lactate 
71 grams of Bubble Luscious Fragrance Oil

safety gear
Step 1: 
Put on your safety gear.

adding titanium dioxide to soaping oils

Step 2:  First, make your lye solution.  Then, weigh out and melt the soaping ingredients.  Once melted, separate out 30 grams and place it in one of your mixing bowls.  To this add 7 grams of titanium dioxide.  Stir well.  Completing this step will help you smoothly incorporate the titanium dioxide in the soap batter.  Set this bowl aside.

adding the sodium lactate

Step 3:  Once the lye solution has cooled, stir in the 40 grams of sodium lactate.

the melt and pour embeds

Step 4:  Back to the Melt and Pour Soap:  Remove the purple, red, and white soap from the wax paper.  Then, trim off any jagged edges.  Next, cut 3 x 3 inch squares out of each color.  Make as many 3 x 3 squares as possible until all of the soap has been used.  Then, gently curl the soap in a loose fashion.  The one thing we can not stress enough is loose.  This will help the soap batter fill the embeds so that you do not have air pockets. Once all of the soap has been loosely curled, place all 3 colored curls into your square loaf mold.  With the jagged leftovers of the soap, make as many curls as you can.  These will be used to decorate the whipped topping.

adding the fragrance oil
Step 5: 
When both the soaping oils and the lye solution are ready, combine them together.  Then, using your stick blender, emulsify.  Next, add your fragrance oil.  Stick blend again to light trace.

coloring the soap

Step 6:  When your soap batter is at light trace, get your bowl with the titanium dioxide.  Now, place 400 grams of soap batter into it.  Then, to the remaining soap batter, add the 10 grams of fun soap colorant neon pink.  Use your stick blender to incorporate, but do not mix too long; you still want your soap batter to be on the thin side.

pouring the soap into the mold

Step 7:  Slowly pour the soap batter into the mold.  This will also help to eliminate air pockets in your soap.  When the mold is filled, gently tap it to release any air pockets.

placing the whipped topping

Step 8:  Next, stick blend the white soap bowl.  Then, set aside.  Once the pink soap has thickened enough, start to carefully heap the white soap on top to resemble whipped topping.

decorate the whipped topping
Step 9: 
Finally, place some of the m& p curls (red and purple) on top.

Step 10:  After 48 hours, place the soap into the freezer for about 4 hours.  Then, remove the soap from the mold and let it reach room temperature.  When ready, cut the soap into slices.  Allow them to further cure before using.

That is it.  Although this post may seem daunting, it really is not that bad, especially if you have soaped before.  In the end, this homemade project is totally worth it.  You will love how delicious your soap looks and smells!

 

May
09

Manly Scent

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manly scentFerocious Beast Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This amazingly strong manly scent works for a vast  array of male themed products.  However, Ferocious Beast scent is highly sought after by both men and women.  The women love this manly scent on their men.  The men love it because the scent is sexy and confident.  Ferocious Beast is a light musk and woodsy scent with a touch of floral.  This addicting combination of aromas is the key to why everyone loves this manly scent.

What does Ferocious Beast smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden has citrusy top-notes of orange, lemon and lime, leading to middle notes of rosemary, jasmine, lily of the valley, vetiver and rose and finishing with a woody, oakmoss and white musk base note.

How do our customers use Ferocious Beast Fragrance Oil?

For those of you that are candle crafters; our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy, pillar of bliss, WOW, and Joy wax candles.  This manly scent is amazingly strong in both the hot and cold throw.  Some of our customers even use Ferocious Beast Fragrance Oil in their oil burners with great results.  In fact, this manly scent can even be used to fragrance room deodorizers, reed diffusers, and aroma beads.

On the bath and body end, the possibilities for this manly scent are unlimited.  The usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%, and is used to make many manly products like:  Melt and pour soaps, body sprays, hand creams, after shave butters, shaving soaps, whipped shaving creams, shower gels, and shampoos.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance received awesome reviews, and is perfect in every way.  Here are the official results:  Perfect pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration after cure.  Scent stayed nice and strong!

May
08

Spring Scents

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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.

May
07

The Perfect Man Scent

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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.

May
06

Jersey Soap Recipe

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jersey soap recipe

 

This manly themed Jersey Soap Recipe is easy and fun to make if you have soaped before.  Perfect for a Fathers Day gift or a gift for your favorite sports fan; using a combination of both cold processed and hot processed soap, you will be able to create a manly scented soap that looks very similar to a sports jersey.  In creating this masterpiece, feel free to swap out the colors to select ones that batter fit the theme of the end product you are looking for.

Please Note:  To complete this homemade project, it will take two days to create.  Day one will be the cold process soap steps.  Then, you will have to wait 24 hours before unmolding this soap.  Once that time has elapsed, the second day will involve the hot process soap steps.  Then, of course there is cure time involved due to the fact that there is cold process soap in your end product.  But, you will have nice and firm bars when finished.

The majority of the ingredients and some of the supplies used in this recipe can be purchased at Natures Garden.

Here are the ingredients that you will need to make the cold process portion of this recipe:
For the lye solution:
65 grams Water
24 grams Lye
For your soaping ingredients:
60 grams Shea Butter
50 grams Coconut Oil 76
33 grams Apricot Kernel Oil
21 grams Grapeseed Oil
9 grams Castor Oil
6 grams Sodium Lactate
11 grams Game On Fragrance Oil
2 grams Titanium Dioxide

As for the mold, you will need to have the Mold Market Square Loaf mold.  This mold is also available at Natures Garden.

Once you have everything and you are ready to start soaping, here are the steps, complete with pictures to show you how it is done:

make your lye solution

Put on your safety gear, and prep your area. Then, make your lye solution.

melting down your soaping ingredients

Now, melt and combine your Apricot Kernel Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil 76, and Castor Oil.

adding sodium lactate

Once the lye solution has cooled add the sodium lactate and stir.

titanium dioxide paste

Next, remove 8 grams of the melted soaping ingredients, and place it into a separate mixing bowl.  Then, add your titanium dioxide to this and stir in to make a paste.   Set aside.

emulsify soap batter

When ready, combine the lye solution and soaping ingredients together. Stick blend to emulsify.

scenting and coloring the batter

Next, add titanium dioxide paste and stick blend to make the whole batter white in color.  Then, add the fragrance and stick blend.

pouring your soap

Once you have reached trace, pour the white soap batter into the 4 pound mold.  Please Note:  The batter will NOT fill the mold.  This is done intentionally.  Insulate.

measuring out your embed

After 24 hours:  Carefully remove the white soap from the mold.   Place it down flat and horizontally in front of you. Then, using a ruler, measure out 2 inches in height and mark it.

the number in your jersey soap
Now, using a knife, cut the soap so that you have one long bar.  This will be the number one in your jersey soap.  Then, set aside.

The cold process steps are now complete.  You are now half way there.  The next step is the Hot Process and here is the recipe (using the same ingredients with the addition soap colorant).
For the Lye solution:
420 grams Water
153 grams Lye
For your soaping ingredients:
387 grams Shea Butter
321 grams Coconut Oil 76
210 grams Apricot Kernel Oil
133 grams Grapeseed Oil
55 grams Castor Oil
35 grams Sodium Lactate
69 grams Game On Fragrance Oil
15 grams Ultramarine Blue Fun Soap Colorant

meling your ingredients for hp recipe

Set your crock pot to a low heat setting. Next, place all of your oils and butter into the crock pot. Heat and occasionally stir them until melted.

adding the sodium lactate to hp

While you are melting the soaping ingredients, make your lye solution.  Also, add the sodium lactate. Stir in to incorporate.

combining the soap ingredients

Once all of the soaping ingredients are melted, slowly pour the lye mixture into the crock pot.

coloring the hp soap

Next, in short bursts, stick blend directly in the crock pot. Once you have the batter at light trace, add the ultramarine blue soap colorant. Then, stick blend to incorporate throughout the whole batter.

hp soap pudding like state
Now, keep blending in short bursts with your stick blender until the batter reaches a pudding like state.  Remember to periodically stir the soap in between with your spatula.  Once the batter has reached this state, lid the crock pot.

hp soap with waxy appearance
Allow the soap mixture to cook, and periodically stir it. Doing this will prevent the soap from scorching.  As the soap cooks, the soap will start to dry out and take on a waxy appearance.

hp soap that has consistency of mashed potatoes
Remember to stir occasionally, but allow the soap to cook for about 2 hours.  You will know that your soap has cooked long enough once it has the consistency of mashed potatoes.

adding the scent and stirring it in
Next, quickly add the Game On scent to the soap.  Then, stir well throughout the whole batter.

about one inch of soap in the mold
Now, get your mold and place about one inch worth of the soap into it.  Gently tap the soap in the mold to remove any air bubbles.

placing the number 1 in the soap
Once the mold has been tapped, vertically place the white soap into the mold.  Using your fingers, gently wedge the soap into place.  Try to keep the white soap centered.  This will be the number 1 on the jersey soap.

filling in the rest of the mold

Once the number 1 has been set into the soap, begin to carefully fill in the open sides with soap.  As you are doing this, remember to gently tap the soap mold to remove any trapped air.  Please Note:  Due to the tapping  of the mold, you may have to recenter the number 1 in the soap if it becomes askew.

heap the top of the soap
Once the mold is filled, heap the top lip portion with the remaining soap.

how to get the jersey shape

Now, using your ladle, carefully run it down the center of the mold and remove the excess soap.  Place the excess soap along the sides.  This scooping manner will give your jersey soap its neck line.  Allow the soap to mold overnight.

removing the soap from the mold
The next morning, remove the soap from the mold.

cut your jersey soap

Finally, cut the soap into bar sized slices. Allow the soap to cure further (because of the cold process soap) before use.

That is it!  You have just accomplished the jersey soap recipe.  Enjoy your new soap!

 

May
05

Our First Stick Blender

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our first stick blender

 

This blog is dedicated in remembrance of our first official soap making utensil, Mr. Smooth Operator.

3 years ago, we started to dabble into the wonderful world of soap making. As we learned all about this art, researching the steps, ingredients, and supplies; we welcomed a new soaping utensil into our lives. It was lovingly named: Mr. Smooth Operator. He was our first stick blender.

Today, with tears in our eyes; we lay Mr. Smooth Operator to rest.

Mr. Smooth Operator was an extremely hard worker, who took on each soaping endeavor with vigor and vitality. He was there for us through thick and thin batch, and never blinked an eye when it came to having to put forth extra effort; asking for nothing in return.

Looking back, there were times when we took Mr. Smooth Operator for granted; especially early on when we were new to the soaping game. But, he never held that against us. He was a happy, go getting fellow, who lived a life of sacrifice. He would take on the task of hard labor and getting dirty; all in order for us to be clean with our soap.

He was the best stick blender.

Strongly rooted in a family that strives on performance, the Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Blender series should be proud. Not only did Mr. Smooth Operator fulfill his calling as a stick blender, but he willingly exceeded expectations every day. And boy, were there some days that he put in the overtime.

Through all of these amazing qualities, Mr. Smooth Operator quickly became a part of our soaping family. He has set the standard of quality work (and easy clean up), leaving behind an awful big pair of shoes for the next stick blender to fill.

Mr. Smooth Operator will truly be missed by everyone on the creative team at Natures Garden.

We hope that in his passing, he is out there somewhere blending huge batters of joy and happiness. Achieving immersions, young and fresh as the day he was first opened and used.

May
01

Ohio Soapers Gathering

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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