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Use Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes

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Use Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes

Cosmetic clays are wonderful for creating bath and body products that care for your body. We at Natures Garden carry several kinds of nourishing clays that can be used to create some amazing products. If you would like to use cosmetic clay in your recipes, then it may be helpful to learn a bit about each of the clays that you could use. Each clay is made of different minerals. So, each clay will provide slightly different properties for your skin and hair. Plus, you can combine a few of your favorite clays to create the perfect recipe! Some cosmetic clays are best suited for those with sensitive skin and others are perfect for reducing signs of aging. But, no matter which properties that you prefer, you are sure to find a clay that suits you and your homemade body products best.

Use Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Bentonite Clay PowderUse Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Bentonite Clay Powder

Bentonite clay is a naturally occurring clay that has some wonderful cosmetic properties. This clay is very absorbent and has been known to be an effective healing clay for ailments like cuts, burns, or insect bits. So, this cosmetic clay can be used to remove oils, clean impurities, and soften the skin. Also, this clay can be used to soothe many skin irritations, such as eczema, chicken pox, or psoriasis. Further, this cosmetic ingredient can be included in powder recipes to reduce redness and irritation. These useful skin care properties make this cosmetic ingredient perfect for creating homemade bath and beauty recipes.

Use Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap RecipeUse Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe

One great homemade soap recipe that you can create with this cosmetic clay is the Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe. This melt and pour soap recipe uses several skin loving cosmetic clays to add to its lovely design and skin loving properties. First, the bentonite clay is combined with a few other cosmetic clays to create a swirled design. Unlike cold process soaps, it can be very difficult to swirl melt and pour soap. So, the clays are necessary to prevent your colored soap from mixing as you swirl. Also, this clay is wonderful for your skin! Not only is this cosmetic ingredient useful for absorbing oils and impurities, but this clay is useful for soothing certain skin irritations and leaving your skin soft. So, this cosmetic ingredient is perfect for creating a melt and pour soap recipe that is gorgeous and cares for your body.

Use Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Lavender Sage Bath Bomb RecipeUse Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Lavender Sage Bath Bomb Recipe

Another amazing product that you can create with bentonite clay is the Lavender Sage Bath Bomb Recipe. This lovely bath bomb recipe includes lovely herbs and clays that enhance the experience of your bath. The herbs, lavender flowers and rose petals, are used to provide a strong, gorgeous aroma. So, these herbs will enhance the scent of the Lavender Sage Fragrance Oil. Then, the cosmetic clay is included to soften, cleanse, and soothe the skin. This will provide you with a bath and body product that smells lovely and really cares for your body!

Use Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Kaolin White Clay PowderUse Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Kaolin White Clay Powder

Kaolin white clay powder is a wonderful cosmetic clay for creating bath and body recipes. First of all, this cosmetic ingredient is perfect for sensitive skin, as this is a gentle cosmetic clay. This means that this is a cosmetic clay that nearly anyone can enjoy in their bath and body products, which is why this is one of the most commonly used cosmetic clay. Plus, this white clay can be used to create mineral makeup, like eyeshadow or blush. Also, kaolin clay can be used to cleanse, exfoliate the dead skin, and stimulate circulation. So, it is a great choice for creating a variety of bath and body products.

Use Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Wild Bath Bomb RecipeUse Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Wild Bath Bomb Recipe

Kaolin white clay can be used to benefit both your body and your products. First, this cosmetic clay can provide some beneficial properties for your bath and body products. In the Wild Bath Bomb Recipe, this lovely cosmetic ingredient is included to nourish the skin and benefit the product. This cosmetic clay will create a harder bath bomb that will last longer in the tub and have a stronger integrity. Plus, White clay can be used on even the most sensitive skin to nourish and cleanse. So, this cosmetic ingredient is great for creating bath and body products, like bath bombs!

Use Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Rhassoul Clay PowderUse Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Rhassoul Clay Powder

Another lovely cosmetic ingredient is the Rhassoul clay powder. This ingredient is amazing for both skin care and hair care. First, you can use this luxurious cosmetic ingredient to prevent dry, flaky skin, improve firmness, increase skin elasticity, soften the skin, and help with oily skin. Additionally, this cosmetic clay can be used to benefit your hair, as well. Using this ingredient will allow you to rejuvenate and cleanse your hair follicles. So, this cosmetic ingredient can be used for all kinds of bath and body products.

Use Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Chamomile Clay Soap RecipeUse Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Chamomile Clay Soap Recipe

This luxurious cosmetic clay is a perfect ingredient for the Chamomile Clay Soap Recipe. Adding this cosmetic clay to your recipe will provide your soap with some extra skin care benefits. So, your skin will be rejuvenated and nourished due, in part, to this lovely cosmetic ingredient. Further, this clay can be useful for adding to the cleansing ability of the soap and can help to reduce oily skin. So, this cosmetic clay would make a perfect addition for creating homemade soaps.

Use Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Red Moroccan Clay PowderUse Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Red Moroccan Clay Powder

Another great ingredient for bath and body products is the red Moroccan clay powder. First of all, this ingredient can be used to enhance your hair care products. This clay will add to the cleansing properties of homemade shampoos. Additionally, this cosmetic clay can be used to enhance your skin care products. This ingredient is perfect for removing toxins, moisturizing the skin, shrinking pores, improving elasticity, drawing out excess oils, stimulate circulation, exfoliating the skin, and cleansing. So, you are sure to love this cosmetic ingredient in your own bath and body products!

Use Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Firming Facial Mask Recipe Use Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Firming Facial Mask Recipe

This lovely cosmetic ingredient is perfect for creating a lovely facial mask, as it will provide your skin with many benefits. So, adding some red Moroccan clay to your facial masks, like the Firming Facial Mask Recipe, will create a perfect cosmetic product. The red Moroccan clay will improve your complexion and leave your face feeling rejuvenated. Plus, this recipe includes hibiscus flower powder and adds to the beneficial properties of this cosmetic face mask. So, this would be a perfect facial mask for periodic skin care or rejuvenating your skin as it needs the extra care.

Use Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Rose Clay PowderUse Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Rose Clay Powder

Also, you can include some rose clay powder in your bath and beauty products. You can use this cosmetic ingredient to provide a pretty, natural color of pink to products. Not only is this a gorgeous cosmetic ingredient, but this clay has some benefits for the body. This cosmetic ingredient can be used to exfoliate the skin, reduce inflammation, promote new cell growth tighten pores, rejuvenate elasticity, remove harmful toxins, and remove wrinkles. Also, this clay can be used to reduce wrinkles, scarring, and hyperpigmentation. This means that adding this cosmetic oil to your bath and body products will benefit your skin and leave your skin looking amazing!

Use Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Whipped Rose Clay Shaving Cream RecipeUse Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Whipped Rose Clay Shaving Cream Recipe

You can create some wonderful bath and body products with this pretty cosmetic ingredient. You are sure to have a gorgeous pink color after adding the rose clay powder to this Whipped Rose Clay Shaving Cream Recipe. Not only will rose clay provide a gorgeous body product, but this cosmetic will provide your body with some benefits. This clay will exfoliate and cleanse your skin. Plus, this cosmetic clay will nourish your skin as the product helps protect your skin as you shave. The Whipped Soap Base will protect your skin and the cosmetic clay will nourish your skin. So, you will have skin that is smooth and gorgeous.

Use Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Dead Sea Clay PowderUse Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Dead Sea Clay Powder

Dead Sea clay powder is a perfect cosmetic ingredient for creating your bath and body product. First, this clay is known for helping issues, like fibromyalgia, joint inflammation, muscle aches, and stiffness. So, this cosmetic ingredient would be useful for creating products you can use to soak in the tub, like bath bombs! Also, this cosmetic clay is perfect for reducing dry skin, eczema, and acne. Further, this clay can be used to create hair care products, as this ingredient can promote hair growth, strengthen hair growth, and preventing hair loss. These properties make this cosmetic ingredient perfect for all kinds of bath and body products.

Use Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Mechanics Soap RecipeUse Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Mechanics Soap Recipe

One fun way to incorporate Dead Sea clay into your products is the Mechanics Soap Recipe. This melt and pour soap uses clays and herbs to naturally color and swirl this lovely soap. Not only does this soap use cosmetic ingredients for aesthetic, but these ingredients care for your skin. The Dead Sea clay will care for your skin. So, this bar of soap is helpful for treating dry skin or eczema. These properties and the other ingredients’ properties create a perfect soap for your soap.

Use Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: French Green Clay PowderUse Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: French Green Clay Powder

French green clay powder is perfect for creating lovely bath and beauty products that your body is sure to love. First, this cosmetic ingredient has a high absorption and is great for detoxifying the skin. Plus, this clay is useful for treating sore muscles, arthritis, bruises, cuts, stings, and insect bites. This cosmetic clay is great for skin care, so this ingredient is perfect for shrinking pores, removing impurities, and relieving the pain of sunburn. So, this cosmetic clay is amazing for creating luxurious bath and body products.

Use Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Golden Clover Bath Bombs RecipeUse Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Golden Clover Bath Bombs Recipe

The Golden Clover Bath Bombs Recipe is a great product to include French Green Clay Powder. Adding this cosmetic clay to your bath bomb will provide your skin with nourishment and care. As you soak in the tub with your gorgeous bath product, the cosmetic clay will work to shrink your pores and remove your toxins. Plus, soaking in this clay could help to reduce pain from certain issues, like sore muscle or arthritis. Not only will this product be gorgeous and glittery, but the clay will help to make this product amazing for your body.

Use Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Other Clay Uses

Not only can clay be amazing for achieving flawless skin, but clays can be used for pottery, too. In fact, the Chinese often use Kaolin White Clay for making porcelain and this clay is sometimes referred to as China Clay or Ceramic Clay. If you are interested in learning about more ways to use clay, then check out The Basics of Pottery Clay article by The Spruce. This article talks about the basics of pottery and mentions the way that Kaolin Clay can be used to create your projects.

Use Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Share with UsUse Cosmetic Clay in Your Recipes: Share with Us

We hope that you have enjoyed learning about our various cosmetic clays and the recipes that we have incorporated them into. If you would like to find more recipes that use cosmetic clays, then you can check out our Cosmetic Clays Class and learn about all of the cosmetic clay we have to offer. Then, click on your favorite clay to find the recipes that we have used it to create. Also, those that have questions can find us on one of our social media pages. We have a Natures Garden Facebook page. Also, we are on Twitter and Instagram, @ngscents. We can’t wait to hear from you!


Lucky Leprechaun Face Mask Recipe

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Lucky Leprechaun Face Mask Recipe




Our next recipe is our Lucky Leprechaun Face Mask Recipe.  Natures Garden is going green for Saint Patrick’s Day!  This facial mask recipe will have your friends green with envy over your glowing skin!  In addition to French green clay and bentonite clay, it contains nutrient rich powders that will leave your skin absolutely radiant!  In addition, we have added spirulina powder, alfalfa powder, and spinach leaf powder.  So, whether your just looking to unwind or you’re having a spa day with your friends, this recipe is for you!


Lucky Leprechaun Face Mask Recipe Ingredients Available at Natures Garden

French Green Clay Powder
Bentonite Clay Powder
Spirulina Powder
Alfalfa Leaf Powder
Spinach Leaf Powder
Sweet Fennel Oil
Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil
Vitamin E Oil (Tocopherol T-50)
Vegetable Glycerin
Disposable Pipettes
2 oz Clear PET Jars
Black Smooth Straight Lids 48/400
1 oz. Clear PET Bullet Bottles
Black Smooth Disc Top Lids 20/410

Lucky Leprechaun Face Mask Recipe Other Equipment and Ingredients You Will Need

Mixing Bowls
Mixing Spoon
Distilled Water

Lucky Leprechaun Face Mask Recipe Weighing Out the Clays and Powders

Lucky Leprechaun Face Mask Recipe Weighing Out the Clays and Powders
Step one:  We will begin by weighing out the two clays we included in this recipe.  First, weigh out the French green clay.  You will need 112 grams of your French green clay.  Then, add 112 grams of your bentonite clay.


Step Two:  Now, let go ahead and add your Spirulina Powder.  You will need 32 grams of this green powder.  Spirulina powder not only helps to give the mask its color but also is known to contain many vitamins and minerals.


Step Three:  We also added alfalfa powder to this mask.  So, using your scale add 32 grams of your alfalfa leaf powder.



Step Four:  Next, we added spinach leaf powder.  We used 32 grams of the spinach powder.  So, let’s add the 32 grams of the green powder to the mix.  Then, go ahead and mix to combine all of the ingredients.


Lucky Leprechaun Face Mask Recipe Adding the Oils

Step Five:  We also added vitamin E oil.  We used Natures Garden’s Vitamin E oil.  It is the purest form of vitamin E, it is Tocopherol T-50.  It is not tocopherol acetate.  Go ahead use a pipette to add 24 drops of the pure vitamin E oil.


Step 6:  We added two essential oils to our mask.  First, we will be adding Nature’s Garden’s sweet fennel essential oil.  Add 16 drops of your sweet fennel essential oil using a disposable pipette.


IMG_20170131_122935679-2Step 7:  Next we added Nature’s Garden’s lavender 40/42 essential oil.  So, go ahead and get another transfer pipette.  Add 16 drops of the lavender essential oil.


Lucky Leprechaun Face Mask Recipe Packaging Your Facial Mask

IMG_20170131_122330027_BURST000_COVER_TOP-2Step 8:  Finally, mix all of your powders and oils together.  Once you have them all blended, place the mixture in your jars.  You will need eight of the two ounce clear PET jars.  Then, place a black smooth straight lid 48/400 on each of your jars.  Each 2 ounce jar will allow you to create about 4 facial masks.  Each mask will use about 12 grams of powder.

Lucky Leprechaun Face Mask Recipe Using Your Facial Mask

IMG_20170131_133619294-2Step 9:  When using your Lucky Leprechaun Facial Mask, you will need to mix the powder mixture with vegetable glycerin and water.  However, by keeping it in a powdered mixture, and mixing it with the water as needed, you will not need to add a preservative and it will not require heating.  Plus, it is a nice quick project to add to you line.  One tablespoon is about 12 grams.  You will need to mix it with water and vegetable glycerin.  Mix one tablespoon of the powder with 24 grams, or two tablespoons of water.  Then, add 3 grams, about half a teaspoon of vegetable glycerin.  Mix well, until smooth.

Now, If you plan to sell this product you can use the one ounce clear PET bottles to package the vegetable glycerin.  Also, our black 20/410 flip lids will fit these bottles.  You will need to add about 12 grams of vegetable glycerin in each 1 oz plastic bottle.  You can then sell one two ounce jar along with one of the bottles of vegetable glycerin.

Step 9:  To use your mask apply a thin layer of the mask to your face.  Allow the mask to completely harden.  This will take some time, so have patience, it is well worth the wait!  Then, rinse with warm water.  Use a washcloth to gently remove your facial mask.  Finally, look in the mirror and admire your beauty!

So, go ahead, become one lucky leprechaun this Saint Patrick’s Day!  Are you brave enough to show us pictures of you transforming into a lucky leprechaun!  Show us your before, during, and after pictures by tagging us on Instagram or on our Facebook page at Natures Garden.


Kelp Body Wrap

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body wrapKelp Body Wrap

Hello everyone! For all you crafty and creative people out there, are you into spa treatments? You know, like mud masks, face masks, body wraps…the works! Are you looking for the perfect recipes that you can make at home to make yourself feel like you’ve just been transported right to an amazingly peaceful spa? Well, here is our awesome new recipe for a Kelp Body Wrap. This is one recipe that is sure to bring the amazing feeling of just relaxing at a spa, plus it works to tighten your skin, remove toxins from the skin, and bring it a warm and healthy feeling!  This kelp body wrap will help to reduce water retention and swelling, allowing you to reduce inches before that special event you plan to attend.



123 grams of Kelp Powder

405 grams of Bentonite Clay

295 grams of Dead Sea Salt

1000 grams of Distilled Water

Mixing Bowl

Mixing Spoon

Saran Wrap



First, weigh out 1000 grams of distilled water. Then measure out 295 grams of Sea Salt and 405 grams of Bentonite Clay. Also make sure to measure out 123 grams of your Kelp Powder. Then you can pour all of these ingredients into your water and mix it thoroughly together.

kelp body wrap

kelp body wrap

kelp body wrap

kelp body wrap

Let the mixture sit and thicken.

kelp body wrap

When your mixture has thickened, you can begin to cover your body in it. (It will be much easier for you if you start from your feet and work your way up your body.) When you are fully covered with the mixture, wrap plastic saran wrap around yourself. Again, starting from your feet will make it much easier for you. Then go ahead and sit in your bathtub for about half an hour to an hour. Make sure the tub is empty, no water! However, make sure to cover yourself in warm towels to help the wrap draw out toxins and water retention! Once your time is up, go ahead and remove the saran wrap and then wash the mixture off of your body! These results should last for a few days! This body wrap will help to reduce your water weight as well as bringing many wonderful benefits for your skin! If you want to make this wrap to repackage and sell it, you will need to use Optiphen to preserve it!

Doesn’t this wrap just sound amazing? Do you know what all this wrap can do for your skin? Kelp actually helps to moisturize your skin, helps to slow down the aging process, combats discoloration, and it also works to draw out any impurities! The Bentonite clay has many great skin benefits as well! It actually helps to soften and tighten the skin, as well as removing any excess oils! This wrap is the perfect way to make you feel like you’ve just taken a girls day right to the spa! This wrap is sure to bring a feeling of relaxation to your life! You could even have a girls’ day with all of your best girl friends right at home with this amazing recipe!  Make sure to check out all the rest of our wonderful free recipes and classes as well! Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden with any thoughts, questions, or concerns you may have! Enjoy this fantastic product and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Rhassoul Clay Uses

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rhassoul clayRhassoul Clay Uses

Hello everyone! Are you in the mood for something new and exciting to try for your next project? Maybe you’re just looking for something to spice up all of your homemade cosmetics? Or perhaps you’re looking for a new product that is sure to entice your customers? Well, have you ever tried any projects using cosmetic clay? Yes, clay! Cosmetic clay actually has so many uses, and so many wonderful benefits to using it in your products! Here at Nature’s Garden, we actually offer seven different cosmetic clays, but I’m actually going to talk about our amazing Rhassoul Clay! This is one product that you should try in your products as soon as possible!

Did you know that rhassoul clay actually has many other names? While best known as rhassoul, it is also called Ghassoul Clay, Oxide Clay, and even Red Clay. While it is very similar to Red Moroccan Clay, don’t let yourself get confused between the two! In Arabic, rhassoul literally translates to “that which washes.” Rhassoul is found in the Atlas Mountains all the way in Morocco. Did you know that due to its’ amazing therapeutic benefits, rhassoul clay has actually been used for just that purpose for over 1400 years? It offers many minerals that are very important and essential to the body such as sodium, iron, potassium, silica, calcium, and magnesium!

There are so many fantastic benefits from the Rhassoul Clay uses. Besides all of the wonderful minerals it has, it has many other benefits to your body. For all of you crafters out there, this cosmetic clay can be used in many different bath and body products such as bath bombs, body masks, face masks, shampoos, skin conditioners, salt scrubs, mud baths, sugar scrubs and soaps. When you use it in these products, rhassoul clay offers many medicinal benefits. For example, when used for hair care, it helps to cleanse and refresh your hair follicles. For skin care benefits, rhassoul clay can be used to reduce pores, remove dead skin cells, refresh and cleanse the skin, and also tone and smooth out the skin. It also helps to remove excess oils from the skin, improve skin elasticity, reduce dryness, improve the firmness of the skin, reduce flakiness, and it also works as a detoxifying agent for the skin!

Are you completely intrigued with this great product now? Wondering how to get your hands on it as soon as possible? Well, all you have to do is type “rhassoul” into the search bar on our website and it will take you directly to our Rhassoul Clay Powder page! But while you’re there, make sure to check out all of our amazing free classes and recipes and the rest of our wonderful cosmetic clays as well! I’m sure that you will love each and every one of them! They are all sure to be instant hits with your customers and your friends and family! Please make sure to contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any thoughts, concerns, or questions and be sure to watch for more Enlightened by Layla!


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Dead Sea Clay

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dead sea clayDead Sea Clay

Hello everybody! For all you crafters out there, are you looking for something new and exciting to try out for your next projects? Or maybe you’re looking for something unique and different to make for your friends and family? Maybe you’re just looking for a new product for all of your great customers to try? Well, have you ever done any kind of project with clay? Dead Sea Clay specifically? Here at Nature’s Garden we actually offer seven different cosmetic clays, each with their own amazing advantages! Let’s focus on Dead Sea Clay, you just won’t be able to stop yourself from wanting to try it out as soon as possible!

Did you know that Sea Clay, or more commonly known as Dead Sea Clay, actually originated from the Dead Sea? It was found on the floor of the actual Dead Sea in Israel. Dead Sea Clay is a greenish-gray colored clay that is known for its healing powers. People actually used to visit the Dead Sea just to bathe, hoping for the possibility that its powers would work on them!  It’s “powers” are a result of the fact that it contains such high clay and salt levels. Did you know that because of its’ different color, it has been used as a colorant for crayons?

Dead Sea Clay is has many benefits for the body. It contains many important nutrients such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, sulfate, aluminum, and iron. For all you crafters, it can be used in many different bath and body products such as soaps, bath bombs, herbal teas, face masks, salt scrubs, sugar scrubs, and mud baths. It has many medicinal benefits and has been used to treat many different ailments such as joint inflammation, arthritis, rheumatism, fibromyalgia, stiffness and muscle aches. Dead Sea Clay even has many benefits to hair care, helping to strengthen hair roots, enhance hair growth, and prevent hair loss. For skin care, Dead Sea Clay is used to hydrate and moisturize the skin, improve blood circulation, remove dry skin, and it also treats acne, psoriasis and eczema.

Are you totally in love with this product now? Wondering how to get your hands on this amazing cosmetic clay as soon as possible? All you have to do is type “dead sea clay” into the search bar on our website and that will take you directly to our Dead Sea Clay page! But hold on just a second because this product just keeps getting better! We offer many free recipes and classes here at Nature’s Garden and our free recipe for Mechanics Soap is actually made with Dead Sea Clay! When you are on our Dead Sea Clay page, on the top of the clay picture, there is a little green box that say “Recipe.” That link will show you the name and picture of our Mechanics Soap. If you click on that, it will take you directly to our awesome recipe! Make sure to check out all the rest of our wonderful cosmetic clays as well! Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any thoughts, concerns, or questions you may have, and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Bentonite Clay

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bentonite clayBentonite Clay

Hello everybody! Is your house all decorated for Christmas yet? Are you ready for the holiday season to arrive? Well, it is just around the corner! Yes, it is almost time for Santa to come and to open all those wonderful presents around the tree! I’m sure Santa is getting all of his reindeer ready for their famous night as we speak! It’s time for Christmas caroling and delicious Christmas cookies, and time to celebrate the day of Jesus’ birth! Are you still looking for some awesome cool gifts or projects to give all of your loved ones for the holidays? Well, have you ever tried anything with cosmetic clay before? Bentonite clay to be specific. If you haven’t, you should definitely get on that! We also have many fantastic free recipes made with Bentonite clay that would make the perfect and unique Christmas gift!

Bentonite clay is a naturally forming impure absorbent aluminum phyllosilicate clay that contains high amounts of sodium. In 2011, the United States was the top producer world wide for Bentonite clay. Bentonite clay was named in 1898 by Wilbur C. Wright after the Cretaceous Benton Shale that is near the city of River Rock, Wyoming. It is often referred to as Montmorillonite and is one of the most powerful and effective healing clays on the Earth. It is normally a grayish or beige color, but turns an olive color when water is added to it.

There are many different cosmetic and bath and body products that can include Bentonite clay. Common products it can be used in are bath bombs, lotions, soaps, and face masks. Since it is one of the most effective and powerful clays in the world, it has countless health and medicinal benefits. Bentonite clay can be used as a treatment for many conditions such as diarrhea, colitis, anemia, ulcers, cataracts, arthritis, and many food allergies and parasites. It has many skin care benefits such as cleaning impurities, removing oils, and softening the skin. It helps with many irritations like burns, cuts, and even insect bites. Bentonite clay even helps to relieve the itching caused by chicken pox, many rashes, eczema, and psoriasis. Pregnant women can use bentonite clay to help ward off morning sickness. Your teeth can even benefit from the use of bentonite clay. It whitens them and provides them with many essential minerals. When used in baby powder, the clay helps with the problems caused by infection and reduces redness.

Make sure to check out all of our awesome free recipes made with Bentonite clay! We have our Hatching Dinosaur Egg Bath Bombs recipe, our Whipped Shaving Cream recipe, our Fish Toy Bath Bomb recipe, our Cold Process Shaving Cream recipe, and our Freshly Ground Coffee Bath Bombs! They are all wonderful recipes that would be the perfect gift for all of your friends, family and even your customers for this Christmas season! Don’t pass up on this awesome product, try it out as soon as you can! Just type “bento” into the search bar on our site and it will take you directly to our Bentonite Clay Powder page! On top of the picture is a green box labeled “Recipe” that shows the names and pictures of the free recipes. Those pictures will link to those recipes! Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns, or thoughts, and make sure to watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Firming Facial Mask

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make your own facial maskFirming Facial Mask

Whether you are looking to spend some quality time with the girls, or just wanting to treat yourself; using a homemade facial mask is the route to go.

Not only is making a facial mask super easy, it is also a great way to tone, firm, and even revitalize your face.  There are a variety of herbs and clays that you can use to make your very own facial masks.  Each herb or clay has its very own distinctive skin loving benefits that you can introduce into your facial masks.  The herb and clay that you select is dependent upon what you want the end results of your mask to have.

For this firming facial mask recipe, the herb that was focused on was Hibiscus.  This includes both hibiscus flowers and hibiscus flower powder.

Hibiscus is quite the amazing flower and has even been affectionately named “the botox plant”.  Used in skin and hair care for thousands of years, this amazing herb is a natural source of alpha hydroxy acids (Vitamin C).  These acids can gently exfoliate your skin while encouraging the replacement of dead and dull cells with new ones.  This herb also has anti aging properties with the capability of soothing, smoothing, and firming the skin.

As for the main ingredient for the firming facial mask, Red Moroccan clay was selected.  This clay is one of the purest forms of cosmetic clays available.  With the ability to draw out toxins and impurities, Red Moroccan clay also acts as a moisturizing agent for your skin.

To help to keep the skin moisturized vegetable glycerin is also used in this recipe.  Vegetable Glycerin  is a humectant.  What this means is that this ingredient will help to draw moisture to your skin and keep it there.

If you want to make this recipe, all ingredients can be found at Natures Garden.

Now, on to the firming facial mask recipe:
This easy homemade recipe will make 2 facial masks.  The total time the masks take to make is about 45 minutes.  Game on wrinkles!

Step 1:  In a pot, weigh out 120 grams of distilled water.  Then, place the water on the stove top and heat it until it reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once you hit this temperature, allow the water to hold for an additional 20 minutes.

Step 2:  Weigh out 2 grams of Hibiscus flowers.  Place the dried flowers into an empty tea bag and tie it shut.  Place the tea bag into a coffee cup.

Step 3:  When the 20 minutes have elapsed, remove the water from the heat source.  Now, carefully pour the hot water into the coffee over.  Using a spoon, hold the tea bag down into the water until it is completely saturated.  Then allow the tea bag to steep for about 10 minutes or so.  Occassionally while the tea bag is steeping, use a spoon to press the tea bag.  This will ensure you have a nice and strong Hibiscus Tea.

Step 4:  In a small bowl, weigh out 23 grams of Red Moroccan clay and 3 grams of Hibiscus flower powder.  Break up any clumps you may have.  Then, gently stir these two ingredients together.

Step 5:  When your hibiscus tea is finished steeping, in a separate bowl, weigh out 18 grams of the tea.  To this add 6 grams of vegetable glycerin.  Stir.

Step 6:  Now, carefully scoop the clay/flower mixture into the tea/glycerin bowl.  With each scoop that is added, stir well to fully incorporate.  Keep adding the clay/flower mixture until it is all in the tea/glycerin.    Keep stirring this until there is no visible powder left.

Note:  If you plan on selling this mixed facial mask, you will need to add 1% optiphen preservative to the mask at a temperature that is not higher than 140F.  This will help prevent bacterial growth.  If you are making this recipe for self use, but do not plan to use all of it at one time, place the remainder in the refrigerator up to 1 week.  Throw away after 1 week if the mixture is not properly preserved.

Now, to use your firming facial mask:

Once the mixture has cooled, start applying it generously to your face.  Once the mask is completely applied, allow it to fully dry.  This drying process will take about 20 minutes to complete.  As the mask dries, you will notice a color change in the mask itself.  Your face will also begin to feel tighter.

When the mask has dried, wash it off with warm water.  Then, pat your face dry with a towel.

Please Note:  Hibiscus WILL stain your clothes/towels.  It is advisable to wear clothes and use towels that can be stained.  Also, there will be a slight stain left on your face once the mask is removed.  This stain will disappear after an additional wash or two.

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.


Whipped Shaving Cream

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whipped shaving soapIf you are looking for a great homemade whipped shaving cream recipe, Natures Garden has one for you!  With a wonderfully rich and creamy lather, this thick shaving cream will leave your skin feeling smooth and rejuvenated.  In fact, after you make this shaving recipe, you will love it so much that you may never buy the store bought version again.  Plus, since this recipe is a homemade one, you can scent your shaving cream to your liking.  Natures Garden has a wonderful selection of body safe fragrance oils both feminine and masculine, and even a few truly unique ones too.

This light and fluffy cream will give you a close shave every time, and you only need a very small amount of the shaving cream to accomplish this.  Because this homemade shaving cream contains the ingredient Bentonite Clay, it makes the shaving lather slicker, allowing the razor a slippery layer to provide a sleek, nick free shave.  But, the bentonite clay benefits do not stop there.

Bentonite Clay also helps to sweep away impurities on the skin.  It can add a silky, polished feel to a product.  But, for scenting purposes in a finished product, the best benefit of Bentonite Clay is the fact that this clay allows for an even dispersion of scent throughout the whole product; working as a fixative.

Rich and exotic Mango Butter is also another stellar ingredient in this recipe.  Mango Butter is a luxurious butter that melts on the skin allowing for great moisturizing and softening effects.  The addition of this ingredient in your body products is even believed to reduce wrinkle development.

These two powerhouse ingredients together along with a few other necessities produce a whipped shaving cream that is very easy to make, very easy to use, and is a fraction of the cost of store bought kind.

To view the complete whipped shaving cream recipe, you can simply click on this link.  If you are interested in other easy to make, homemade bath and body products, candles, or home scenting products, please visit Natures Garden’s website.  The projects and instructions are listed under the Free Recipes and Classes area, and can be scented in an array of various fragrance oils; so there is something for everyone!


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. – 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.

6. Ms.Toi – Ms. Toi is a one-stop natural beauty source. She posts helpful tutorial videos to teach you the tips and tricks of the latest looks, while helping you navigate those overwhelming makeup aisles to get the best products at the best price. Shop her site, and stay in the comfort of your own home with products you can trust.

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.

8. – Customers have been trusting ‘Botanic Choice,’ for their natural lifestyles since 1910! If that’s not impressive enough, they host everything you could need from vitamins, to natural beauty products, with exclusive products you won’t find anywhere else. Did I mention a money-back guarantee? What could be better?

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.

12. Tiffany – Tiffany is a wife, mom, but most notably a concerned citizen with a teency addiction to natural beauty products. She considers her blog a tool to help her readers navigate the overwhelming jungle of natural beauty products. She hopes to teach them how to transition into a safer, healthier beauty routine that can be as easy as it can be inexpensive and beneficial.

13. – 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. – 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. – 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. – 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. – 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. – 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. – 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. – 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. – 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. – 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. – 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.


Cold Process Shaving Soap Recipe

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shaving-soap-pic1When it comes to grooming for a man, one of the most important aspects is a nice, clean, close shave.  But, did you know that each time you shave, your facial skin loses sebum?  It is these very same natural oils that help reduce your facial skin from drying out (chapping).  That is why when shaving facial hair, it is important to use a shaving cream or gel.  These products are used to create a barrier to help reduce the friction on the skin from the razor’s sharp edge.  What using a shaving cream or gel will do is prevent those pesky red shave bumps from appearing.  Therefore to prepare for a clean shave, a good lathering shaving cream is a necessity in any shaving arsenal.

We have been playing around with a few different shaving cream recipes for a while.  We wanted to make sure that when we did create a finalized recipe not only would it have skin loving benefits, but also have amazing lather too.  And, the great news is- we nailed it.

The first step in creating a rich lathering shaving cream is to select the right kind of ingredients for this cold process recipe.  The two biggest categories that were important to this recipe was lather and glide.

To help assist the lathering aspect, we selected:

Coconut Oil 76–  a staple in soap making.  This oil adds tremendous bubbles to soap- aka lather.
Palm Oil–  another list topper in soap making.  This oil adds a rich, creaminess to the lather.
Castor Oil– another oil that adds to a rich and creamy lather.  And, this oil also helps to attract moisture to the skin.
Lanolin Oil–  great lathering ability in soap.  Also provides moisturizing elements to the skin.
Shea Butter–  this butter provides a wonderful creamy lather and has the bonus of conditioning aspects for the skin.

When it came to a smooth glide, we knew that Bentonite Clay was the go to ingredient for this.  Bentonite Clay provides for a very nice glide on the skin’s surface.  This was a no brainer to include.  The Bentonite Clay in the finished shaving soap will make for a more comfortable shave with no irritation.

Making a cold process shave soap is really very simple.  The soaping procedure pretty much stays the same, however, there are a few differences for this recipe.  First, we decided to add sodium lactate to the recipe.  The addition of this ingredient provides for natural moisturizing elements in the finished product, which is great for shaving soap.  On the soapers end, Sodium Lactate also helps the soaps to unmold easier, which brings us to the second difference.

Instead of using a loaf mold for this recipe, you pour the soap batter into basic circle molds.  The first time that we tried this recipe, we did not include the sodium lactate.  And, although the open portion of the soap in the mold was beautiful; once we popped the soaps out of the mold, let’s just say we knew we could do better (that is with sodium lactate).

As for the Bentonite Clay, this is added to the soap batter at emulsion.  You will want to ensure that this clay is incorporated throughout the whole mixture.  The best way that we found to do this is to use a stick blender, as well as a spatula.  You will have to scrap the sides of the bowl several times and stick blend in between when mixing.  Once you notice all clumps of clay are broken up and your batter is smooth; you are safe to pour.

The shaving soap recipe is just that simple.  We did stick the molds in the freezer before popping the soaps out.  The addition of sodium lactate and freezing did help to remove the soaps from the molds with ease.  We found that these two little steps made a world of difference when it came to unmolding.  It was just hands down a way better route to go.  After the long awaited cure time, the result of the shaving soap is absolutely phenomenal.  The lather is truly rich, creamy, and plentiful.  The soap is smooth and really provides a nice gentle glide for the razor.  The final conclusion that we had for this recipe is once you try a bar, you will never go back to store bought shaving creams again.

If this blog has peaked your interest in trying to make your very own shaving soap, check out the Cold Process Shaving Soap Recipe.  You can either click on the link, or find the recipe under the cold process soap in the Free Recipes and Classes section of Natures Garden’s website.  You will not be disappointed.

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.