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Sep
22

30 Free MP Soap Recipes

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free soap recipes30 Free MP Soap Recipes

        All Melt and Pour soapers out there! Are you looking for new recipes? Tired of the same old recipes you’ve been using over and over again? Well, here are 30 free MP soap recipes for you from us here at Nature’s Garden!

 

 

 

 

1. Crayon Soap What kid doesn’t love to color? Yours will go nuts with this fun soap!

crayon soap 2. Fish Kiss Soap Your kids will absolutely adore the idea of getting to “swim with the fishies!”

fish kiss soap 3. Floating Noah’s Ark Soap The kiddos can put the animals wherever they want and make each one different!

noahs ark soap

4. Happy Hippo Soap Like the name says, they’re happy! And they’re hippos. How much more fun can it get?

happy hippo soap

5. Play Dough Soap Play Dough is classic. Kids will love having a soap reminiscent of one of their favorite things to do!

play dough soap 6. Play Dough Embed Soap It’s a way for your kids to decorate their soaps however they want!

play dough embed soap

7. Cinnabun Soap All the childhood memories of cinnamon rolls baking in the oven! Yum!

cinnabun soap

8. Watermelon Soap A definite summer favorite. The thought of this fruity taste will make your taste buds go crazy!

watermelon soap

9. Lemon Meringue Pie Soap Lemon Meringue Pie is a thought that is sure to craze your sweet tooth!

lemon meringue pie soap 10. 7 Up Bundt Cake Soap Possible party favors to go with a favorite cake at a party?

7 up bundt cake soap 11. 4 Leaf Clover Soap An awesome and fun way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day!

4 leaf clover soap

12. Easter Bunny Soap This soap is a cool gift to include during your egg hunts!

easter bunny soap 13. Dracula’s Denture’s Soap This soap is sure to spook everyone around on the scariest day of the year!

draculas dentures soap 14. Hearts a Flutter Soap A romantic way to show your love for your significant other.

hearts a flutter soap 15. Mechanics Soap A manly one for all our dudes out there!

mechanics soap 16. Potted Sunflower Soap Isn’t it just beautiful?

potted sunflower soap 17. FUN Swirl Soap We named this soap FUN. It’s obviously loads of it!

fun swirl soap

18. Fresh Fallen Leaves Soap This will bring all the warmth of fall into your house.

fresh fallen leaves soap 19. Zebra Print Soap My absolute favorite, this is perfect for all you ladies who are animal print obsessed, just like myself!

zebra print soap 20. Banana Pudding Soap Your mouth is sure to water with the thoughts of this dessert alone!

banana pudding soap 21. Candied Apple Soap All the ghouls and goblins of Halloween love these!

candied apple soap 22. Floating Ducky Soap A fun soap for kids at bath time!

floating ducky soap

23. Lollipop Soap Another fun party favor for kids maybe?

lollipop soap

24. Peppermint Fluff Soap Everybody loves peppermint, this has a fun twist to it!

peppermint fluff soap 25. Orange Cream Cupcake Soap A fruity twist on the classic cupcake.

orange cream cupcake soap 26. Honeycomb Soap Bees will be buzzing with excitement!

honeycomb soap 27.Chocolate Orchid Soap A deliciously beautiful thought!

chocolate orchid soap 28. Coconut Lime Verbana Soap The thought of having a cool drink in your hand on vacation.

coconut lime verbana soap 29. Coffee Soap The perfect way to wake yourself up in the morning with your favorite drink!

coffee soap 30.Gummy Bear Soap Gummy soap will be a definite treat, just like gummy snacks!

gummy bear soap

These recipes are sure to excite you and get your soap making wheels turning! Be sure to try at least one if not all of them! You can’t go wrong with whatever you choose! And be sure to watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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May
07

The Perfect Man Scent

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the perfect man scent

 

The Perfect Man Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

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

What does The Perfect Man smell like?

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

How do our customers use The Perfect Man Fragrance Oil?

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

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

Apr
25

Rose Fragrance

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Rose FragranceFresh Cut Roses Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Roses come in a variety of beautiful colors and sizes, but the rose scent always stays true.  Roses have always been a very popular gift to both give and receive too.  In fact, the top two holidays for roses are Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day.  So, why not use this scent in your products. If you are looking for the perfect rose fragrance to scent in your homemade items, you have got to try Fresh Cut Roses. This true to life rose fragrance is incredible in bath products and candles.

What does Fresh Cut Roses Fragrance Oil smell like?

After searching many years for a true, fresh-cut rose scent, we have accomplished it!  Natures Garden’s Fresh cut roses fragrance oil is the truest fresh cut rose on the market! NG Original Fragrance and a Best Seller!

How do our customers use Fresh Cut Roses Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters; it is time to think and scent spring with this fragrance. Many of our customers use Rose fragrance oil in their soy, Palm, parasoy blends, Joy, Gel and Pillar of Bliss waxes. But, not only is this scent fresh and clean, customers attest that Fresh Cut Rose fragrance has phenomenal hot and cold scent throw! As for the home scenting realm, this aroma is just terrific, making your house smell so good. The performance is remarkable in aroma beads, diffusers, oil burners, and incense.

On the bath and body end of products, celebrate because this beautiful scent is one great seller! With a recommended usage rate of 5%, this fabulous fragrance is used to make: lotions, perfume oils, foaming body butters, melt and pour soaps, body scrubs, and body sprays. In fact, many of our customers state that their customers simply adore this fresh cut rose fragrance in the finished products. Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is very lovely. Here are the official results: Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration, very strong scent retention. Soaped well.

Apr
20

Juicy Scent

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juicy scentCucumber Cantaloupe Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This juicy scent brings you right into summertime.  Cucumber Cantaloupe Fragrance Oil is famously balanced between two of the best summer scents: cucumber and cantaloupe.  And, in this delicious, juicy scent you can even smell each aromatic note.  When in products, cucumber cantaloupe really turns heads.  Rich and full of the most mouth watering notes, this fragrance is rated 5 stars from everyone.  A juicy scent that works beautifully in every aspect of the customer demands from candles, to body products, to car fresheners.  This very fresh scent is a classic!

What does Cucumber Cantaloupe Fragrance Oil smell like?

Oh what a wonderfully fresh fragrance oil by Natures Garden! An aromatic blend of ripe cantaloupe, with base notes of juicy cucumber and fresh green notes. A Best Seller!

How do our customers use Cucumber Cantaloupe Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters; our customers use this juicy scent in their soy waxes like 464 and 415.  It also works well in Joy wax, WOW wax, pillar of bliss, and Palm wax.  And, Cucumber Cantaloupe scent has good hot and cold scent throw.  As for home scenting ideas; this fragrance oil has been used to make smelly jellies, aroma beads, reed diffussers, oil burners, and odor freshening sprays.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%.  This fabulous and juicy scent is used to make:  melt and pour soaps, body butters, body frostings, bath salts, body creams, and handmade lotions.  And, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this juicy scent is amazing!  Here are the official results:  A great classic.  Juicy and fruity.  So rich and full.  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  This was cp phenomenal!!!  Very pale creamy discoloration if any at all in final soap.  Scent stayed super strong throughout cure.

Apr
11

Sweet Treat

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sweet treat scentTooth Fairy Taffy Fragrance Oil Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Thoughts of a major sweet tooth come to mind with this sweet treat fragrance oil.  This beautiful aroma is a full and robust combination of berries, sugars, citrus, bubblegum, and musk.  Tooth Fairy Taffy scent is all the sweetness you can handle in your finished homemade products and more.  Our customers state this fragrance oil smells awesome in everything!  Plus, it is a big hit with the kiddies and those that are young at heart.  As a matter of fact, many of our customers say not only is this scent “very yummy” but it flies off the shelves!

What does Tooth Fairy Taffy Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a luscious blend of confectionary Sugar paired with Fruit Syrup of Wild Berry, Orange Crush, Black Cherry & Tangerine which are molded into Vanilla Taffy to create a sweet tooth, Bubble Gum dream! An NG Original Fragrance!

How do our customers use Tooth Fairy Taffy Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters; this fragrance oil is used in Joy wax, WOW wax, and in Soy waxes, all with a scent throw that seems to last forever!  As for home scenting ideas; this sweet treat fragrance oil works great in oil burners, and has been used to make smelly jellies and aroma beads.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%.  However, Tooth Fairy Taffy scent does contain a 3.5% vanillin content, so vanilla white color stabilizer is highly recommended to stabilize discoloration in your finished products.  As for body products, this sweet treat scent is also used to make homemade: lotions, melt and pour soaps, foaming body frostings, body butters, creams, solid perfumes, bath bombs, and sugar scrubs.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance soaps like a dream.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour.  Soaps great!  No acceleration, discolors to a beige. Scent holds well.

 

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.

Feb
01

Shea Melt and Pour Soap

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shea butter melt and pour soap It is really easy to make Shea melt and pour soap!

Melt and Pour Soap is one of the easiest and most fun ways to make a homemade product.  This type of soap making is an ideal venture for many reasons.

Melt and Pour soap projects are a great family activity to do with children; creating an enjoyable family time crafting together.
These soaps are a remarkable and memorable treat to give out as party favors, or gifts for loved ones and friends.
And, the fact that melt and pour soap is so easy to work with; no matter what your skill level you can create extraordinary works of art that are fun to wash with too.

So, regardless of the reason for making Melt and Pour Soap, one thing is for sure; you will love how the finished product leaves your skin feeling clean, soft, and supple.

Shea melt and pour soap differs from store bought brands in that it is not drying or harsh on your skin.  This soap base is detergent free, SLS free, and gluten free.  The Shea Butter melt and pour soap base is filled with superb skin loving agents like:

  • Shea butter which is ultra conditioning and nourishing.
  • Coconut oil which provides a wonderful bubble filled lather.
  • Sunflower oil, which acts as an amazing moisturizing agent for your skin.  In fact, sunflower oil also adds an even bigger element of a rich, creamy, and bubbly lather.
  • Glycerin, which works as an astonishing cleansing emulsifier.  It helps to lift dirt, oil, and impurities up and away from your skin.  This allows the everyday dirt and grime to easily be whisked away.  Plus, glycerin is also a humectant.  This means that it can actually drawl moisture from the air and pull it to the skin.

Besides all of the healthy and nourishing aspects to Shea melt and pour soap; there is also a beautiful artistic side to it too.  The adventure as to where you take your soaps is defined only by you; the crafter.  Shea melt and pour soap is fool proof.  It can be heated time and time again, without losing its integrity.

You can cater your soap to your specific like through shape, color, and scent.  You can even take your soap making skill to the next level by the addition of other skin loving attributes or additives.  Natures Garden carries all of the ingredients you need to add luxurious elements like rich cocoa butter or antioxidant packed vitamin E.  Through the addition of herbs like oatmeal, calendula flowers, rose petals, lavender flowers, paprika powder, or poppy seed, you can provide natural exfoliation.  Not only will your soap bar benefits exceed expectations, but you will also be adding a unique look, feel, and dimension to your soaps.

If we have you super excited about the possibility of making Shea soap or possibly other body products; but you still have unanswered questions, Natures Garden is here to help.  You can visit our website for free creative recipes and tips that have been tried and tested.  We also have in depth classes with step by step instruction for beginner soap makers.  And, you can always contact us via email, or connect with us on Facebook.

Jan
28

Great Summer Scent

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summer scentCoco Mango Fragrance OilFragrance Oil Spotlight

If you are looking for the perfect summer scent with sultry notes that will whisk you away; coco mango fragrance oil is a big hit.  An aroma that smells just like a Caribbean vacation, this tropical scent is sure to please with its perfect balance of mango and coconut aroma.  A personal favorite among many of our customers, this tropical scent will exceed expectations.  Coco Mango fragrance with its rich, warm, and creamy fruit blend; does not smell like suntan lotion, so get ready to fall in love.

What does Coco Mango Smell Like?

In this fragrance oil by Natures Garden, we have taken this highly requested scent and made it better than ever thought possible! This complex fragrance begins with fruity notes of mango, fresh strawberries, elderberries, and ripe papaya. This scent is completed with rich vanilla and toasted coconut with just a hint of soft musk.  An NG original!  A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Coco Mango Fragrance Oil?

For those of you that are candle crafters; our customers consider this fragrance amazing in both candles and tarts.  They use this summer scent in their WOW, soy, pillar of bliss, palm, Joy, and blended waxes.  The scent throw from this fragrance is fantastic, but is also long lasting.  A best selling summer scent for them, this fragrance oil can even be used make aroma beads, room spray, diffuser oils, car fresheners, and smelly jellies.

On the bath and body end, this clean summer scent is advised as a must have and will make for repeat customers.  The usage percent for Coco Mango is 5%, and the Vanillin Content is 7% so Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is advised by our customers to stabilize discoloration in finished products.  Some of the products this summer scent is used for are:  Melt and pour soaps, lotions, body butters, bath melts, bubble baths, shower gels, perfume oils, body sprays, and body creams.  In fact, many of our clientele say their customers rant and rave over this scent.    Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is perfect; not too sweet and not candy like either.  Here are the official results:  Finally a coco mango that does not separate!  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, YUM!  Discolors to a chocolate brown after cure.

how to make bath meltsIf you are interested in trying Coco Mango Fragrance Oil in a product, Natures Garden has a wonderful Rose Petal Bath Melt Recipe using this amazing scent.  You can just simply click on this link, or find the recipe under the Free Recipes and Classes section of the website.

 

Jan
23

Heart Soap

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heart melt and pour soapThis Valentines Day lets celebrate the ones we love by making them homemade heart soap.

This heart soap project uses almost 4 pounds of melt and pour soap.  Although for this recipe, we suggest using Shea butter soap, any white soap base will work.  To view the multiple melt and pour soap bases Natures Garden carries, please click on this link.  Please Note:  You will also need a very small amount of diamond clear soap base.  This will be used to help keep the heart soap in place once it is folded.

The fragrance that we selected for the heart soap was Lick Me All Over.  Really any one of your favorite body safe fragrance oils from Natures Garden will work to scent this homemade project; just keep the vanillin content in mind.  If you choose to use a scent that does contain vanillin, you may want to consider using Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to reduce discoloration in your finished heart soap.  For the heart soap you will need to have at least 4 ounces of fragrance.  To see a list of other Valentines Day themed scents, please click on this link.

When it comes to color for the heart soap, we selected Tomato Red Fun Soap Colorant.  In order to achieve a nice, bold red you will need to use about one ounce of colorant.

Other ingredients that you will need for the heart soap project are:  Vegetable Glycerin and Whipped Soap Base.

The following molds were also used:  Love Heart Embed Mold and Square Loaf- Mold Market Molds

Before starting this project you will also need the following items:  Scale, Cutting Board, Knife, 9 x 13 Cake Pan, Wax Paper, Ruler, Rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle, Microwave Safe Glass Containers, Spatula, Mixing Spoons, Mixing Bowl, a hand held mixer, and 2 disposable cups.

Now that you have everything that you need, let’s get project heart soap underway!

Step 1:  Measure out 8.5 inches in length on your cake pan.  You will want to mark this point by placing your loaf mold there.  Next, tear off a piece of wax paper long enough to cover this area.  Lay the wax paper down and tuck it loosely into the corners.

Step 2:  In your microwaveable container, weigh out  500 grams of Shea Butter Soap.  Place this in the microwave and start melting it in 30 seconds increments. Stir gently in between.  Stop melting once the soap is in a liquid state.

Step 3:  Next, add 20 grams FUN Tomato Red Soap colorant, 14 grams vegetable glycerin, and 26 grams fragrance oil to the melted soap.  Stir well.  Now, pour all of the soap into the wax paper. Spritz with alcohol and allow this to fully set up.

heart soap

Step 4:  Once the red soap has set up, weigh out 20 grams of Diamond Clear soap.  Melt this for 30 seconds in the microwave or until it is in a liquid state.  Then, set it aside.

Step 5: 
In a large microwaveable bowl, weigh out and melt  1200 grams of Shea Butter Soap. Stir gently in between each round of melting. Keep melting until all soap is in a liquid state.  This will take some time.

Step 6:  Now, get the red soap and carefully remove the wax paper.  With one of the shorter edges facing you, lay the soap onto a cutting board.

red soap

Step 7:  Next, grab the loaf mold and mark it’s length using a knife.  Cut off excess soap and place it in a separate bowl.

making heart soap

Step 8:  Now, fold your red soap in half (long ways).  Using your fingers, gently curl the edges to meet.

how to make heart soap

Step 9:  Once you have a heart shape, slide one edge firmly into a disposable cup.  Repeat for the other side.  Now, pour some of the melted diamond clear soap down the center of the fold.  Don’t forget to move the soap so that the melted soap is able to reach under the cup portion too.  Then, set aside.

folding heart soap

Step 10:  Now that all of the white soap is in a liquid state, add 60 grams of fragrance Oil.  Mix well and set aside.  Next, get the loaf mold.  Remove the cups from the heart soap and gently place the heart upside down in the loaf mold.  Spritz generously with alcohol.

Step 11:  Using a spatula, carefully pour the white soap into the loaf.  Do not pour the soap onto the red heart directly.  Make sure to pour soap along the width edges to completely fill the inside opening of the heart.   Once the mold is filled, spritz with alcohol to reduce any bubbles.

homemade soap

Step 12:  Allow your soap to fully set up at room temperature, or to speed things up place your soap loaf in the refrigerator.  When the soap is completely set up, take it out of the mold and make sure you turn it back to right side up.  Set aside.

Step 13:   Now, take the bowl that has the scrap red soap.  Place it in the microwave, and remelt.  Next, pour the soap into the love hearts embed mold.  Allow this to fully set up, then pop them out.

heart soap embeds

Step 14:  Soap Frosting Steps:  Once the soap loaf is completely set up (which will take some time), weigh out 114 grams of Whipped Soap Base and 14 grams of vegetable glycerin.  Place both of these ingredients into a mixing bowl.  Set aside.

Step 15:  Now, weigh out 114 grams of Shea Butter soap.  Melt all of the soap down in the microwave, then pour it into the mixing bowl with the two other ingredients.

Step 16:  Using your hand held mixer, start to whip the ingredients together.  As you mix, watch for the ingredients to look like whipped frosting.  Stop mixing.

how to make soap frosting

Step 17:  Now working quickly, add 12 grams of fragrance oil and 2 drops Tomato Red Fun Soap Colorant to the mixing bowl.  Clean the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Then, start whipping the mixture. Make sure the mixture is well blended.  When the mixture begins to look like pink whipped frosting again, stop beating.

soap frosting

Step 18:  Using your spatula place the soap frosting evenly onto the loaf.  Now, place the love heart embeds into the soap frosting.  Allow this to set up.

embed heart soap

Your Bleeding Heart Soap Loaf is now ready to use.  Simply cut the loaf into bar size!  Now, depending on the size of the bars that you slice the loaf into; it will vary your total amount of bars made.  Enjoy!
heart soap loaflove heart soap

Oct
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Titanium Dioxide

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Whether you are a candle, soap, or personal care products crafter, chances are you have run across Titanium Dioxide in your field.

Sometimes, you just want your products to be so wonderful that they can sell themselves.  Usually, the look your product has is the turning point as to whether someone’s interest is peaked enough to further investigate.  Instantly, your first urge is to make a product that is beautifully fragranced and colored, therefore snatching the potential sale.  But, what if your end goal was a finished product that was white in color?  Ahhh, the elusive white product- clean, pure, brilliant.  This my friends is where Titanium Dioxide comes into play.

Titanium Dioxide is a naturally occurring mineral that appears with the oxidation of titanium.  Once these minerals are collected, they are then processed and refined to remove any impurities.  What this all results in is a whitening product that can be used in a wide array of mediums.  In fact, Titanium Dioxide is the most widely used whitening pigment for many industries.

The additive itself is without odor and has excellent absorbing properties.  Titanium Dioxide is not only noted for its whitening power in products, but also for its thickening capabilities as well.  Yet, another notable property of Titanium Dioxide is its light reflection potential.  It’s no secret that Titanium Dioxide is a well known ingredient in many sunscreen applications.  This is due to its light reflection properties of reflecting, scattering, and absorbing sunlight therefore protecting the skin underneath from any harmful rays.

When to add it:  Titanium Dioxide can be oil based or water based.  If using water based titanium dioxide in your bath and body recipes, you will want to incorporate this ingredient during the water phase of your recipe.  If using the oil based titanium dioxide, you will incorporate it during the oil phase of your recipe.  If using titanium dioxide for candles, it can only be used for the overdips of the candles.  Incorporating this additive to your melted candle wax, will clog your wick in a finished product.

How Much to Add:  When integrating titanium dioxide in your products, remember testing is key to finding your perfect recipe.  However, Natures Garden suggests the following usage rates for titanium dioxide.  In cosmetics, Titanium dioxide is used in mineral makeup as your matte base. It allows your product to flow nicely. For candle making, typical usage of titanium dioxide for dipped candles is 1% titanium dioxide to 3%-6% stearic acid.  In everything else bath and body, usage level is no more than 1 teaspoon per pound of soap/cosmetic product.

But, What If:  If you are considering Titanium Dioxide in your recipe, but would still like to maintain some colored aspects to your finished product, this can be done as well.  Incorporating titanium dioxide to certain parts of your product offers a great contrast of white and color; making the colored aspects of your product even more vibrant, bold, and eye catching.

In closing, regardless of whether you are seeking out that perfect white bar of soap, mastering a body care product that effectively shields skin from harmful UV rays, or even giving the outside of your candle that clean white look, Titanium Dioxide is your solution.