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Mar
08

Lotion Recipe

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Homemade Tropical Lotion RecipeThis amazing Tropical Lotion Recipe is filled with skin loving and moisturizing elements.  But, not only does this lotion sink right into your skin, it smells like a tropical paradise.  Just the perfect thing to snap you out of the winter blues, and get you ready for summer!

To make this lotion, there are some supplies you will need.  To heat and melt the oils/butters, you will be using a double boiler method on your stovetop.  You will also need a larger mixing bowl to combine the water and butters/oils, as well as a stick blender to encourage the emulsification process.  Other than that, the rest of the supplies are pretty standard:  a scale, a mixing spoon, a spatula, and a funnel (optional).

As for the rest of the ingredients in this lotion recipe, they can all be found at Natures Garden.  You will also be able to find the bottles and lids to package your lotion in by clicking on this link.

Here is the lotion recipe to make (2) 8 oz. bottles:
Water Phase:
425 grams Distilled Water
8 grams Sodium Lactate
Oil Phase:
24 grams BTMS 25
10 grams Mango Butter
28 grams Rice Bran Oil
30 grams Fractionated Coconut Oil
6 grams Vitamin E Oil 
To Scent and Preserve:
10 grams Optiphen Preservative 
12 grams Papaya Dragon Fruit Fragrance Oil 
To get the same color pictured, you will need:
5 drops Da Bomb Soap Dye Yellow
7 drops Da Bomb Soap Dye Blue

It is suggested before starting this recipe to prep your area with all of the supplies that you will need.  Also, clean and sanitize your work area as well as your packaging materials.

And now, the steps:

The Water Phase:
Step 1:  Using your scale, weigh out at least 525 grams of distilled water.  Even though you will only be using 425 grams for this lotion recipe, you want to account for evaporation while heating.  Place your water in a pot.  Place the pot on the stove top.  Heat the water to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once the water hits that temperature, hold it there for 20 minutes.  This step will eliminate any bacteria that may be in the water.

heat your distilled water

Step 2:  When the time has elapsed, remove the water for the stove top/heat. Weigh out 425 grams of the water.  Then, add the sodium lactate.  Stir and set aside.

adding sodium lactate to lotion recipe
The Oil Phase:
Step 1:  Grab a larger pot.  Place a few inches of tap water into this pot.  Put this pot on to the stove top on medium heat.  Now, weigh out and combine the following:  Mango Butter, BTMS, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Rice Bran Oil, and the Vitamin E.  Place all of the ingredients into a smaller pot.  Then, place this smaller pot in to the larger one.  This is the double boiler method.  As the ingredients melt, stir occasionally.  Heat the ingredients in the smaller pot to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

double boiler method for the lotion ingredients

The Mixing Phase: Get ready to move!
Step 1: Double check that your water and your oils are both around 140 degrees Fahrenheit.  Then, in a large mixing bowl combine the oil mixture and the water.

adding the oil phase to the water phase
Step 2:  Using your stick blender, begin to emulsify.  This will become apparent when your mixture turns white in color.

emulsifying lotion recipe

The Cooling Phase:
Step 1:  Now, allow your mixture to cool.  The temperature that you are looking for is 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once your lotion is this temperature, add the Optiphen preservative, colorant, and fragrance oil.  Once again, using your stick blender, mix.

preserving your lotion
Step 2:  Finally, let your lotion cool to room temperature and then place it into your bottles.

packaging your lotion

You have now turned your Tropical Lotion Recipe into Homemade Tropical Lotion.  You will just love how truly amazing this lotion is!  Enjoy the tropical fruits of your labor!

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients.

Mar
07

Sugar Cube Scrubs

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homemade sugar cube scrubSugar Cube Scrubs Recipe

In this blog, you will learn how to make your very own sugar cube scrubs.  And, to do this is really very easy; taking only a few simple ingredients.

You can cater your sugar cube scrubs with various skin loving oils.  For this recipe, we will be using Apricot Kernel Oil-  a luxurious, conditioning oil that absorbs very nicely into your skin.  Grapeseed Oil- a natural oil that is filled with antioxidants (great for anti-aging products) and an oil that is also moisturizing.  Then, finally Sesame Seed Oil- another conditioning oil with the benefits of both antioxidants and vitamins.  To view the complete list of oils that can be used and their benefits, please click on this link

Besides the sugar which works to exfoliate, the other solid in this recipe is soap.  Cocoa Butter melt and pour soap; the one that was used in this recipe, provides a very nice lather.  To see the full list of the variety of melt and pour soap that could be used, please click on this link.

Mold wise, the 24 brownie bites silicone mold was used to make 12 sugar cubes.  But, any mold, even an ice tray will work for this recipe.  However, please note:  using a different mold will vary your total number of sugar cubes output.

Now, here is the recipe, steps, and photos of how to make homemade sugar cube scrubs.

Supplies Needed
Scale
Microwaveable Safe Bowl
Spoon
Spatula
Mixing Bowl

Recipe

170 grams Sugar
28 grams Apricot Kernel Oil
21 grams Grapeseed Oil
7 grams Sesame Seed Oil
85 grams Cocoa Butter M&P Soap
10 grams NG Warm Vanilla Sugar Scent (or any body safe fragrance oil)
2 grams Vanilla Powder
10 grams Vanilla White Color Stabilizer (used to stabilize any discoloration that may occur in the sugar cubes.  This is due to the vanillin content of Warm Vanilla Sugar.)
1 drop of any FUN Soap Colorant (We used Yellow Oxide)

Step 1:  Have your mold ready in your work space.  Then, weigh out your sugar in a bowl.  Set this aside.

sugar cube scrubs mold

Step 2: 
In your microwave safe bowl, weigh out the melt and pour soap.  Place the bowl in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds at a time.  Stir gently.

sugar cube scrubs recipe

Step 3:  When the soap is liquid, add the color, scent, and vanilla white color stabilizer (if using).  Stir.

scenting and coloring sugar cube scrubs

Step 4:  Next, add to the mixing bowl the oils: Apricot Kernel, Grapeseed, Sesame Seed.  Also add the vanilla powder.  Stir well.

adding vanilla powder

Step 5:  Now, quickly pour the sugar into the mixing bowl.  Use your spatula to fold the sugar among the rest of the mixture.

homemade sugar cube scrub

Step 6:  Finally using your spoon, scoop the mixture into the mold openings and press down.

scooping out sugar scrub

Step 7:  Allow this to harden.  Then, carefully pop the sugar cube scrubs out of the mold.  Place them into a jar until you are ready to use them.

molding sugar cube scrubs

To use:  In the bath or shower:  Grab one cube, slightly wet it.  Then, begin rubbing it all over your skin.  The soap will cleanse, the sugar will exfoliate, and the oils will moisturize and condition your skin.

Enjoy your homemade sugar cube scrubs!

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations if applicable. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients. We also do not offer any advice on formulating or altering recipes.

Mar
06

Tie Dye Soap

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cup column swirl soapWatching all of the cool Youtube videos on making column swirl soap, we had to give it a try.  We thought that the column concept would make a great tie dye soap.  This soap recipe was our attempt at doing a column swirl soap.  Since we did not have wooden columns at our disposal, we thought we would improvise and try disposable cups.

To make this recipe, the majority of the ingredients and supplies can be found at Natures Garden.  You will however have to have water, lye, and your disposable cups- these items can not be purchased there.

For this soap, the scent that was selected was cannabis flower.  Now, since this scent has a vanillin content of .2%, we also included vanilla white color stabilizer in the recipe.  This decision was made after checking the cold process soap results for discoloration in this fragrance.  We saw that naturally without this additive the bar would discolor to a very light beige.  Considering we did not want our tie dye soap colors affected by this, it was a smart choice.  Also, since the mold that we are using is the 18 bar rectangle grid tray, we also decided to add sodium lactate to our recipe.  Not only will this allow the soap to be removed more easily from the mold, but it will also provide our finished bars with additional moisturizing aspects.

As for the colors in this soap, you can add as many or as few as you want.  Any of Natures Garden FUN Soap colorants will work!

So, lets get started in making tie dye soap.

Here is the recipe:
582 grams of water
215 grams of lye

413 grams of Shea Butter
306 grams of Coconut Oil 76
153 grams of Safflower Oil
107 grams of Rice Bran Oil
245 grams of Olive Oil pomace
184 grams of Meadowfoam Seed Oil
122 grams of Fractionated Coconut Oil
96 grams of Cannabis Flower Fragrance Oil
48 grams of Vanilla White Color Stabilizer
63 grams of Sodium Lactate

Now, if you would like to use the same colors shown in the steps, below are the weights.

Tie Dye Soap Colors:
6 grams of FUN Soap Colorant Neon Red
6 grams of FUN Soap Colorant Neon Yellow
6 grams of FUN Soap Colorant Neon Orange
6 grams of FUN Soap Colorant Neon Green
8 grams of FUN Soap Colorant Neon Blue
12 grams of FUN Soap Colorant Ultramarine Violet

If this is your first time making cold process soap, please Click Here For Basic CP Soap Making Class. Also, before attempting to make any cold process soap, please become familiar with Soap Making Safety Class.

Step 1:  Put on your safety gear:  This would include your safety gloves,  apron, safety mask, and safety glasses.

cp soap making safety gear

Step 2:  In your mold, space your 6 disposable cups equally apart from one another.

prepping your mold

Step 3:  In a small bowl, weigh out your lye.  In a separate bowl, weigh out your water.  In a well ventilated area, slowly pour the lye into the water.  Use a spatula to stir slowly.  Avoid breathing in any of the lye water fumes.  Keep stirring the lye water until there are no lye granules are left in the water.    Allow this to cool to 90-100 degrees F.

stirring the lye water

Step 4:  According to the recipe listed above: in a pot weigh out the Shea Butter and coconut oil 76.  Melt these two ingredients down on low heat until each one is in a liquid state.  Stir.  Then, add the safflower oil, rice bran oil, olive oil, meadowfoam seed oil, and fractionated coconut oil.  Stir again.  Remove from heat.  Then, transfer all of this into a large mixing bowl.

mixing your oils

Step 5:  Next, get your 6 mixing bowls.  Assign each bowl a color.  Then, weigh out the appropriate color amount for each bowl.

colorants in bowls

Step 6:  Using your thermometer, check the temperature of the lye water.  When it has cooled to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, add your Sodium Lactate.  Stir carefully.  Now, once the temperatures of the lye water and the soaping oils and butters are within 5-10 degrees of one another, it is time to move on to the next step.

adding sodium lactate to the recipe
Step 7:   Now, slowly pour the lye water/sodium lactate into your oils and butters bowl.  Use a spatula to get all of this out and into the other bowl.

adding lye water to the soaping oils

Step 8:  Using your stick blender, carefully mix everything together.  You will notice your batter will begin to look creamy and thicken slightly.  Now, stop blending.

blending the soap batter

Step 9:  Next, add the fragrance oil.

scenting the column swirl

Step 10:  Then, add the Vanilla White Color Stabilizer.  Once added, stick blend to incorporate.

adding vanilla white color stabilizer
Step 11:
  Now, place 405 grams of the soap batter into each bowl.  Stir each bowl with a spoon.  This will help slow down trace.

spoon stirred colored soap
Step 12: 
Starting with any one of your colors, begin to pour about half of the batter over 3 cups.  Repeat with a second and third color.  Then, using a new color, pour about half of the batter over the 3 cups that do not have soap over them yet.  Repeat this with your two remaining colors.  Then, with the remaining batter, keep covering different cups.  While you are doing this step, if any cups move, use your spatula to put them back into place.  When all of the pourable batter is out of your bowls, use your spatula to scrape the soap from the cups.  Then remove them.

column swirl pour
Step 13:  Now, using your spatula, scrape the colored bowls.  Then, splatter this soap over the mold.

splattering the soap
Step 14:  When all the soap is in the mold, insulate it and allow it to harden for 24 hours.

insulating your soap
Step 15:  After 24 hours, remove your soap from the mold.  Carefully, using a knife or a mitre cutter, slice the soap bars.  Once all of the soap is sliced, allow it to fully cure.

cutting your soap

After the cure time has elapsed, enjoy your Tie Dye Soap!

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients.

 

 

Feb
27

Easter Egg Fizzies

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steps for making easter egg bath fizzesEaster is quickly approaching, and although typically Easter gifts exchanged between loved ones are filled with chocolates and sweets; sometimes you just want to think outside of the candy wrapper.  This is where the entertaining bath bomb can come into play!

Bath fizzies can be enjoyed by everyone young and old!  But, there is just something about them that amazes children.  This is most likely the fun fizzing action that occurs when the bath bombs hit the water.

One of the most unique aspects of bath bombs is that they can be scented, colored, and molded into any shape.  And, one of the best things about bath bombs is that they are a great project to make with your kids for a fun family activity.

If you are looking for a great spin on Easter basket gifts, using this recipe you can now make your very own Easter Egg fizzies.

Besides the ingredients that are needed to make the Easter egg fizzies (which can all be purchased at Natures Garden), you will also need (10) regular sized fillable Easter eggs, baking soda, and some witch hazel in a spray bottle.  If you do not have any leftover plastic eggs from last year, these eggs can be purchased almost anywhere including Walmart or even your local Dollar Store.  The witch hazel that is called for in this recipe is used to help get the crumbly consistency of the mixture as well as to adhere both sides of the Easter eggs together in the final steps.

Here is the rest of the ingredients and supplies that you will need to make this recipe:
Citric Acid
Bentonite Clay Powder
Arrowroot Powder
Castor Oil
Olive Oil- Pomace
For this project, any body safe fragrance oil will work.  We suggest: Jelly Bean Fragrance Oil to match the theme of Easter.
For the color of the Easter egg fizzes, any of the FUN Soap colorants will work.  For this project, we selected the colorants: Neon Blue, Neon Red, Neon Yellow, and Ultramarine Violet to achieve somewhat of a pastel color in the eggs.
Disposable Pipettes
Mixing Bowls (5)
Large Mixing Bowl
Spoon

Once you are ready to get started, here are the steps (pictures included):

Step 1: In your large mixing bowl, place 184 grams of citric acid, 265 grams of baking soda, 11 grams of bentonite clay, and 90 grams of arrowroot powder.  Thoroughly mix these ingredients.  If you have any clumps, break them up using your fingers and thumb.  Set this aside for now.

how to make easter fizzes

Step 2: Now, in a separate bowl, weigh out 26 grams of castor oil and 21 grams of olive oil.  Then, carefully pour this over your dry ingredients, mixing well with your hands.

mixing ingredients for easter bath fizzes

Step 3: Next, place 30 drops of Jelly Beans scent into the mixture using a pipette.  Stir this again using your hands.

making scented bath fizzes

Step 4:  Now, slowly spray the mixture with a few squirts of witch hazel.  Mix the mixture between each spritz.  Continue until the mixture is like crumbly dough in your hands.  Do not over spray. 

making easter bath bombs

Step 5: Now, lay out your other 4 mixing bowls.  Into each bowl place approximately 150 grams of the mixture.

making different colored bath fizzes

Step 6: In the first bowl place 4 drops FUN Soap Colorant Neon Blue.  Mix this thoroughly with your hands until all of the mixture is light blue.  Then, set it aside.

blue bath bomb

Step 7: In the second bowl place 6 drops FUN Soap Colorant Neon Red.  Mix this thoroughly with your hands until all of the mixture is pink.  Then, set it aside.

pink bath bomb

Step 8: In the third bowl place 4 drops FUN Soap Colorant Neon Yellow.  Mix this thoroughly with your hands until all of the mixture is yellow.  Then, set it aside.

yellow bath bomb

Step 9: In the final bowl place 5 drops FUN Soap Colorant Ultramarine Violet.  Mix this thoroughly with your hands until all of the mixture is light purple.  Then, set it aside.

purple bath bomb

Step 10:  Now, count out 10 of your fillable Easter eggs.  If the eggs halves that you have are connected together by a small piece of plastic, break them apart now.

prepping your bath fizzy mold

Step 11:  Each colored bowl of the mixture will fill (2.5) whole eggs.  To fill the eggs, press the mixture down firmly into each egg half.  Once both of the halves are completely filled, spritz each one with witch hazel.  Then,  close the egg.  Repeat this step until all eggs are filled and sealed together.

prepping easter bath fizzy

Step 12: Once all eggs are sealed, allow them to harden overnight.

allowing your easter egg fizzes to harden

Step 13: When the eggs are ready, using a spoon gently tap several times on the outside of the oblong egg half.  This will help release the bath fizzy from the mold.

Step 14:  Carefully slide the plastic egg (oblong side) off first.  Then, slide the bottom portion of the plastic egg off.  If the bath fizzy egg is not  stuck together, spritz each half with the witch hazel then place the two halves together.  Gently hold these two halves in place, and using your thumb, reinforce the seam of the egg halves until they do stick together.  Then set aside and allow to harden for about 15-20 minutes.

connecting your easter egg fizzes

The Easter egg bath fizzes are now ready for use.  If you want, place the fizzy eggs into an Easter basket and give as basket to give as an Easter gift.

Easter bath fizzy basket

If you are looking for other unique projects to make visit Natures Gardens free recipes page by clicking on this link!

Dec
09

Top 45 Natural Beauty Blogs

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award-natural-beautyReady to discover the world of natural beauty but don’t know where to start? Welcome to some of the most highly regarded and informational blogs out there. I wanted to offer a one-stop resource for readers new to all the benefits, brands, and tips behind natural beauty, so I have compiled what I have found to be some of the best natural beauty blogs around.

I support them so much that I’ve created a badge for them to display and be endorsed as one of the top natural beauty blogs on the Internet. There is no particular order to the list below, so feel free to start from the bottom up. Truly, they will all offer you a wonderful resource on your natural beauty journey.

1. ABlogAboutLove.com – Fall in love all over again with this heart-warming blog written from true accounts. She shares the secrets to loving yourself, discovering your own natural beauty, and how she attracted the love she deserved. Beautifully inspiring, uplifting, and a bit of a tear-jerker.

2. Patrice – Known as the ‘Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging,” Patrice has been sharing the tips of the trade for natural hair and beauty tips for years. She has been featured in dozens of magazines, radio shows, and covered the red carpet at some of your favorite award shows. It seems the world can’t get enough of Patrice, and neither can we.

3. Alison Claire – Alison has over 30 years experience as a natural health practitioner. She has specialized in working with clients with skin sensitivities, and helping them discover natural alternatives to otherwise harsh treatments. Alison loves helping women discover their natural beauty, and has created a place to share the joys of her career.

4. Annie – Annie loves animals about as much as she loves makeup. She’s a professional makeup artists with a contagious smile and addicting affinity for all things natural. She loves to share what products she loves, and hates, and how to achieve the best you, naturally.

5. Bailey Rose – This beauty is a certified Makeup Artist, Skincare and Fragrance Specialist, with a love for all things natural. Since she began her employment with an Integrative Pharmacy, she became a natural beauty advocate. She specializes in natural health alternatives, as well as natural and organic beauty products, and believes in the true benefits of both.

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7. BeautyHigh – Fashion tips and beauty secrets from celebrities to every day people. ‘Beauty High,’ is a great source for all things beautiful and natural, and how to achieve them at any age with any income. Discover secrets for perfect eyebrows, and what you don’t know about straightening your hair.

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9. Sue – Sue is a charming Irish mom that shares her whit and charm in this catch-all blog. A mom to teenage boys, she shares the clarity turning 30 brought her, as a teen-mom. Enjoy her movie and product reviews, things that make her laugh, and beauty and nails.

10. Ann Colville Somma – Cult of Pretty,’ is the result of Ann’s love for all things beautiful. She does development and innovation in the beauty industry, and has tried and tested famous brands to ‘never-heard-of-em,’ brands and shares the low-down on both. Ask Ann you burning beauty questions, or follow along as she shares tips and reviews as a beauty insider.

11. Danielle – Danielle’s mission is a truly beautiful one, ” Inspire you to embrace the natural wonders beneath the surface of the earth. Let nature in and toxins out!” Follow Danielle’s advice for discover the key components to a naturally beautitful lifestyle, and how all we really need we’re given by Mother Earth.

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13. EccoBella.com – Ecco Bella,’ was started out of protest of using makeup tested on animals, with a mission that expanded to inventing glorious natural beauty products from the universe of organics and nutraceuticals as well. Ecco Bella has been a pioneer in natural beauty since 1992, and has since then obtained the bragging rights that 50-70% of their products are organic. A wonderful place to shop and support natural beauty.

14. Laura Klein – If you consider yourself a conscious consumer, than Eco Salon is for all your culture and fashion needs. Considered the number one most read conscious culture and fashion wesbite, this is a brilliant hub of resources sure to educate and delight your conscious consumer pallet.

15. Charmaine Leah Cianciullo – Charmaine Leah Cianciullo is a professional esthetician and skin therapist with a deep passion for beauty and living a natural lifestyle. Charmaine is a former model and is an advocate for a positive body image and a balanced lifestyle. She hopes to share her belief that what we put on our bodies is just as important as what we put in them.

16. Sophie Uliano – New York Times best-selling author,Sophie Uliano, is a healthy beauty advocate, and passionate environmentalist. Though she has been a “green girl,” for nearly three decades, she said her epiphony happened when she was pregnant with her daughter. She came to realize as she scrutinized over labels and ingredients, that it is our god-given right to have clean air, water, and food. Read her inspiration posts, and discover the passion behind an eco-friendly lifestyle of this natural beauty.

17. Huda Kattan – This natural beauty has the brains to boot; A hollywood trained celebrity makeup artist has become an award winning blogger with her beauty tips and tricks, and sure-to-love natural beauty that shines through every post. Follow Huda around the world through products, reviews, and her personal life.

18. Iona – Iona’s blog is beautifully humble and wildly educational to those that are passionate about finding the balance between natural products and maintaining their sanity. She doesn’t limit her posts to products, she also shares her thoughts around internal beauty, practical and spiritual elements, and a taste of the “urban yogi” lifestyle.

19. Indie – Quite possibly one of the most inspirational start-up stories I’ve ever read; Indie isn’t just a blogger, she’s a hero. After she conquered a life-threatening brain tumor, she awoke with a new take on life, and the environmentally toxic lifestyle that was believed to be the culprit of her illness. She put her passion to work and created a chic and eco-friendly namesake collection made of the finest ingredients on earth.

20. Aleigh – It’s so lovely when someone shares their passion in a way that feels like their just giving it away. Aleigh is a talented writer that has an affinity for natural beauty products, DIY’s, beauty inspiration and so much more to fit into her blog. A nationally published writer, stop by and see what products Aleigh is loving, or not, and where to find them/

21. Jessa – Jessa Blades is a one-woman show. She ditched her toxic makeup routine in 2008 and founded Blades Natural Beauty, where she shares her natural beauty expert tips while calling attention to the importance of natural ingredients. As if that doesn’t keep her busy enough, she’s also a women’s health advocate, where she works closely with The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and Turning Teens Green.

22. Kim Wallace – This busy beauty addict shares a glimpse into her life through pictures and posts that we can’t seem to get enough of. A natural beauty advocate, Kim shares her natural and organic product reviews, her must-have, and even dumps out her purse on occasion to show you what she travels with.

23. Kate – Kate gets personal with her readers, and we love the honesty behind her writing, and sharing her passion for natural beauty. She’s following the footsteps of her mother, a natural beauty advocate that did her research and spent some time studying with naturopaths to teach her daughter, ” what goes in must come out.” Kate believes that natural beauty radiates when we take care of ourselves properly, and that starts with being aware of what we’re putting in our bodies.

24. MakeupMoxie.com – What a goldmine of beauty tips right at your fingertips! ‘Makeup Moxie,’ started as a hub of trials and errors; favorites and less-than crowd pleasing products were tried and tested to save readers their time and money with a one-stop resource. A culmination of style, spirit, intelligence, and always a sense of humor, a go-to blog for all things beautiful and honest.

25. Michelle – Michelle has faced her share of beauty-woes, and hopes to share her lessons with her readers to spare them the troubles she faced. Her secrets? Well, you’ll have to read to find out, but I’ll give you two hints: beauty sleep and natural cosmetics.

26. NaturalBeautyLifestyle.com – Finally, a holistic beauty site that sees the whole picture! ‘Natural Beauty Lifestyle,’ believes natural beauty starts way before what products we put on our skin; It starts with a healthy, active lifestyle with a positive view on life. Learn the tips and tricks to shine your natural beauty with out having to invest a fortune to do so.

27. NaturalBeautyWorkshop.com – Handmade, natural beauty products, articles, tips, interviews, reviews, recipes, and resources all in one place. Share your thoughts, questions, and feedback in a welcoming environment where consumer meets producer for trust and honesty. Shop with confidence, and let your inner beauty shine.

28. NaturalHairBeauty.com – If you’re tired of damaging and destroying your hair, then ‘Natural Hair Beauty,’ is the place for you. Share, learn, and share your stories with readers that face the same struggles and successes as you. Stay tuned for updates, spot-light artists, new talents, products, and more.

29. NoMoreDirtyLooks.com – Discover the truth about beauty products and let Siobhan and Alexandra be your expert guides to safe and clean cosmetics. These clean beauty experts don’t just know natural beauty, that live it. With media gigs and speaking engagements, they still humbly say they are just two regular women trying to look their best and helping women do the same.

30. OrganicBeautyView.com – Are you curious about all the hype about the natural beauty world, but not sure how or why to make the crossover? ‘Organic Beauty View,’ is a timeless resource for those new to exploring the benefits of a natural lifestyle, what it entails, and how to start the sometimes daunting transition.

31. Brandie – Brandie is out to dispel the myth that organic and natural is only for tree-hugging granola bar eaters. Brandie shares how she navigates through a toxic-indundated society with her 11 years of experience, dating back to pre-smartphone-era when she used to carry around her ingredient list of “things to avoid.”

32. Mehak – Peaches and Blush,’ started two years ago as an Indian beauty and makeup blog and quickly became one of the most popular sites for Indian beauty, fashion, and brides. Follow Mehak on her international travels, beauty trials and reviews, and all things Indian beauty and bridal.

33. Rachel Odem – Model and “mommapreneur,” Rachel Odem is a name to know. After marrying the love of her life and having three beautiful babies, Rachel took a leap and started her own beauty line, Rachel O. Beauty, in effort to spend more time with her family. How did she do? Well, to say the least, you could say it was a successful leap. Check her out and discover why she’s become an international source for true beauty.

34. Refinery29.com – For all things fashionable and beautiful, ‘Refinery 29,’ is the United States largest independent fashion and style website. Their ever-growing audience calls for an ever-expanding staff with different niche audiences, experiences, and tastes. Follow new trends and pick up some great how-to tips along the way.

35. Renata Helfman – Renata is practically the poster child for eco-beauty. Internationally published in dozens of magazine, Renata has made a name for herself beyond a celebrity makeup artist. She has made her biggest mark in offering celebrity faces alternatives to unhealthy, chemical laden personal care. Her passion led her to open Vert, the first eco-chic boutique in the nation, in Los Angeles.

36. Purely Posh – Did you know the average each woman applies 12 different products to her skin each day, totaling about 500 different chemicals? ‘Purely Posh,’ is passionate about bringing awareness to the dangers of chemicals we put on, and in, our skin. Explore their educational blog to learn about products, ingredients, and tips to apply your makeup beautifully and easily. Then shop to purchase products with the finest ingredients, tried and tested.

37. Ayesha – Ayesha takes a break from her career as a Pharmacist to share her love of beauty products. Her videos feature her monthly favorites, along with tutorials and reviews of her favorite, and not so favorite, natural hair, beauty, and nail products.

38. SkinKissedNatural.com – Skin Kissed Naturals,’ is a full line of premier quality, natural skin care products for the face and body. Pure, simple, and naturally beautiful are some descriptors I think every woman wouldn’t mind using. Discover the simple beauty in chemical-free products, and educate yourself through the SKN blog filled with wonderful resources and learning materials.

39. TheBeautyShortList.com – The Beauty Shortlist,” is 100% behind ethical, green, cruelty-free beauty brands such as Weleda, Dr Haushka, Balance Me and Green People. Discover natural beauty through aromatheraphy, oils, and chemical-free products that will make you feel as beautiful on the outside as your do consciously with your purchase.

40. TheCleanBeautyBlog.com – The Clean Beauty Blog,’ is about beauty in it’s purest form; untainted and unharmed by chemicals and toxins. They’re passionate about makeup without fillers or parabens that deliver clean, natural beauty that’s good for your health and the environment. Read reviews, get the look, follow trends, or discover how eating clean effects your beauty factor too.

41. Natasha Uspensky – After facing a bit of a health scare a few years back, Natasha overhauled her lifestyle and embarked on a journey to become a true organic beauty. As a Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor, she specializes in weight loss, digestive and gastrointestinal problems, and hormonal imbalance. She uses her blog as a way to share what she’s learned through her reserach, her own trials and errors, recipes, and tips to help her readers maximize their energy and their health.

42. Audreiana – Like most of us, Audreiana found herself relying on online reviews before making a purchase. When she found herself in the dark purchasing green beauty products, she decided to start ‘True Beauty By Nature,’ where she shares her honest reviews to help keep her readers informed to make worthy purchases. Follow her to discover natural must-have products like soy-based nail polish remover, and the hard-to-find natural volumizing shampoo’s that actually work.

43. Cori – Cori relates to her readers as a typical girl that loves beauty, food, and shopping but admits she’s always been a hippie at heart. Her passion for natural beauty stemmed out of her love for the earth, and her friend encouraging her to do some research on the products she was using. Well, parrabens led her to a cosmetic overhaul from lotions to makeup, and she generously shares what she’s learned and still learning with her readers.

44. Katie – Katie, also known as the ‘Wellness Mama,’ offers her charm and knowledge to help you sort through the wonderfully-overwhelming world of bad healthy advice to help you life a healthier life. Katie shares what she’s learned in her research to provide her family the healthiest life possible, so that you can offer the same to yours.

45. Dima Al Mahsiri – Dima is like most women looking for the smoothest, healthiest, clearest, most beautiful looking skin we can achieve. At what cost? Well, Dima says she’s tried everything and she’ll share her golden rule: “the more natural, the better.” Follow her tips for your healthiest looking skin without suffering through ingredient lists you can’t pronounce.

Dec
09

Colorants and Candle Making

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Spectrum Liquid Candle DyeThere are a variety of different colorants available to candle makers.  Each different colorant form has its own positives and negatives.  Finding the correct candle colorant for you is up to a little research and testing in your candle wax.

Color Blocks-  Color blocks contribute to a rich color in candle wax, especially if you are trying to achieve a dark color in your candles.  Of the different colorants available, color blocks are the most cost effective with one block coloring as much as 15 pounds of candle wax.  However, because color blocks arrive in block form, it is very hard to reproduce the exact same color every time.  If color accuracy is important to your candles, color blocks may not be your answer unless you purchase a gram scale for candle making.  In order to use color blocks in candle wax, the blocks have to be shaved down into smaller amounts.  These smaller amounts would then be weighed out and documented in your testing notebook before adding them to the melted candle wax.

Liquid Dye- Liquid candle dye is the answer to your colorant selection if candle coloring accuracy is important to your candles.  Because liquid candle dye is easy to administer and record (since it is in liquid form), color accuracy time and time again is no longer an issue.  The negative to liquid candle dye is the slight chemical smell it has to it.  Through our testing, we have found that anything over 10 drops of liquid dye in 4 pounds of candle wax will present a slight chemical smell in your finished candle.  Make 10 drops of liquid candle dye your cut off for using this colorant.

Color Chips-  Color Chips are color blocks that have already been broken up for you.  The negative to this colorant is the cost.  The other problem that color chips present is that fact they are not broken up in a fine enough matter to be readily used for some color hues.  And, once again we have an issue if color accuracy is important unless you are weighing and documenting.

Crayons-  No matter what the brand of the crayon is, crayons never make a good candle colorant.  Although it is tempting with the amazing color spread that crayons provide, do not give into temptation.  Using crayons as your candle wax colorant will clog your wick and prevent your candle from burning properly.  Candles that have been colored with crayons also have a tendency to smoke.  You are better off not even acknowledging crayons as a wax colorant.

Dec
04

Soaping with Cream Cheese

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blueberry-cheesecake-soap-pic1We were in the cold process soaping kind of mood, and we were inspired by the scent Blueberry Cheesecake Fragrance Oil.  We wanted to do something different and add a little extra element to the recipe really challenging our soap making capabilities.  Obviously, since the scent was a cheesecake type fragrance oil, the go to ingredient in our minds was Cream Cheese; a vital piece to any cheesecake recipe.

The first step we took was to set the cream cheese out for a few hours so that it would be room temperature when we added it to the soaping oils (before the addition of lye water).  We figured this was a logical step since you do the same thing when you make real cheesecake.  In the first recipe that we tried, the cream cheese portion was 25% of our water amount; we figured we would go for the gusto.

We had already made our concentrated lye solution; it was cooling down.  Our soaping butters and oils were also in a melted state.  So, while we played the waiting game; we placed the cream cheese into the melted oils to allow the heat to soften up the cream cheese even further.   And, it did just that.  Using a spatula we were further able to break up the cream cheese.  This was the first real visible hitch that we had.  Once the cream cheese was broken up in our soaping oils the appearance was a little different than what we had anticipated.  The cream cheese basically looked like it was ricing in our bowl.

We still proceeded as normal, and once the temperatures were correct to add the lye solution into the soaping oils, we did just that.  Once the stick blender was introduced into the equation, the riced look was no longer a problem.  The cream cheese was completely emulsified as was the rest of the soaping batter.  We were golden.

As for any other special elements for this recipe; due to the fact that Blueberry Cheesecake Fragrance Oil discolors, we also added vanilla white color stabilizer to help reduce discoloration in our finished soap.  This was added at a 1 to 1 ratio.  We also desired to make this soap look identical to real blueberry cheesecake.  So, besides the colorants used to make the deep bluish hue, we also used titanium dioxide to whiten the “cheesecake” portion of the soap.

There were no other hiccups as we proceeded with the rest of the soaping recipe.  Once the batter was pot swirled and poured into the molds, we allowed it to sit undisturbed; playing the waiting game once again.

Flash Forward:  After the soap sat in the mold for 24 hours, we unmolded it.  The soap showed promise with beautiful outside coloration.  We were very excited to cut the loaf and see how the pot swirl had turned out.  After slicing a few of the bars, we were in awe of the delightful thick swirls running throughout each bar we sliced.  That was when we noticed the foul smell coming from the freshly sliced soap.  The blueberry cheesecake scent was very evident, but the soap also had a strange aroma to it.  Our first thought was the cream cheese.  Was it possible that the cream cheese had some kind of reaction during the soaping process?  We were not sure.  So, we reviewed the recipe, ran it through soap calc again, and came to the realization that 25% was too high of a percentage of cream cheese.  So, we were going to try the recipe again.

The next day we reworked our numbers.  This time we only added 20% cream cheese, and we corrected our water portion amount.  Everything else was exactly the same.  After the soaping process and mold time, once again we were in the same boat.  The new cut soap also had that strange foul odor to it.  Another great learning experience for us; but it was still a failure when it came to mastering the cream cheese recipe.

Not wanting to throw the proverbial towel in yet; we tried the cream cheese soap recipe one last time.  For this we held the cream cheese at 20%  but this time we soaped at the lowest temperature possible.  Knowing the the third time is a charm, and hyped that we may have just salvaged the soap recipe, we anxiously sliced the first piece… and with the bar came that smell.

Finally, we decided that soaping with cream cheese is a lot like soaping with butter; finicky butyric acid!

Taking a step back, we still really liked the quality of the bars, even with the smell.  We noticed that the bars from our first recipe still had the odor, but it was not as strong.  It seemed to dissipate as the bars cured; saving us from complete disaster.  However, not wanting to settle, the Blueberry Cheesecake Fragrance deserved a much better recipe to truly highlight its mouth-watering aroma.

We ended up making the Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process Soap Recipe again.  However, this time we used 2% milk instead of cream cheese.  Since we had soaped with dairy before with the Cleopatra Cold Process Soap Recipe (heavy whipping cream) and the Caramel Custard Cold Process Soap Recipe (evaporated milk), we went with a 50% water and 50% frozen milk portion.

In true soaping with dairy fashion, we froze the weighed out milk portion and added it straight to the melted butters and oils.  We then proceeded with adding the lye water and so on.  There were no issues with this recipe.   We were very happy with the in pot swirl and final colors in our soap bars.  With all of the coloring practice we had with this recipe; it was spot on!  The performance of the finished bars themselves were great; full of lather, lightly exfoliated, and moisturized the skin.  Overall, even with the few hiccups we had with the cream cheese, it was all worth it in the end.

To view the full Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process Soap Recipe, you can simply click on the link.  This recipe or any of the recipes mentioned in this blog post are also listed under the Free Recipes and Classes Section of Natures Garden’swebsite categorized under Cold Process Soap Recipes.