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Jul
08

What is Trace in Soap Making?

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What is trace in soap makingWhat is Trace in Soap Making?

What is trace? Baby, don’t blend me; don’t stir me, just pour. Trace is when you’ve reached emulsion- your oils are blended with your lye mixture and are no longer capable of separating. How can you tell when your mixture is at trace? The easiest way is to use your stirring utensil: hold it a few inches above your mixing container and move it back and forth. If the soap batter dripping off the stirring utensil leaves little lines that sit on top of the mixture in the bowl- that’s trace. It can be difficult to capture in photographs, but you’ll know it when you see it in motion.

heavy traceSo I reach trace and that’s it? Well, yes and no. There are different degrees of trace, but the important thing to remember is that once a mixture has reached trace- it’s only going to continue to solidify from there. Light trace is considered the bare minimum. Light trace is helpful when you’re looking to make swirls or other designs that require easily pourable, almost-liquid soap. Moderate trace is in the goopmiddle and means you’re ready to pour your soap into the mold. Heavy trace is when your soap gets thick. The picture above shows heavy trace. A soap batter at heavy trace is resistant to change shape and almost impossible to pour into a mold. Heavy trace may result in the need to scoop your soap into the mold, seen in the photo on the left. Not a pretty sight. Work quickly to ensure the soap does not set before you are ready.

What Causes Different Levels of Trace?

Trace can be affected both by your ingredients and your blending method.

Ingredients:

  • ‘Hard’ oils, including palm oil and coconut oil, and butters will reach trace much faster. Using softer oils such as olive oil or canola will decrease the speed of trace, but your end product soap will be much softer. Increasing the amount of oil to superfat your recipe will also slow down trace. (Be careful not to add too much or you’ll have an excess of unreacted oils.)
  • In addition, fragrance oils can accelerate trace. (Check out our CP Soap Testing results to see how our fragrance oils perform in the CP soaping process.)
  • Inversely, the more water you use, the slower your soap will reach trace. A water discount (using less water than the recipe called for) will accelerate trace and is recommended for only advanced soapers when they see fit.

Blending:

  • The speed at which you blend can accelerate trace. Using a stick blender as opposed to stirring manually with a spatula will increase the speed of the reaction and trace will be reached faster. If you suspect that the mixture will accelerate, stir it manually to slow the rate of trace.
  • Furthermore, the temperature at which you blend your ingredients will affect trace. Higher temperatures accelerate trace. If you wish to slow down trace, let your lye mixture cool down to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit before you add it to your oils.
  • The order also matters. If the fragrance oil you’re using is known to have a tendency to accelerate trace, be sure to add it last, after you’ve made your soap mixture and added any colorant, and be ready to move.

False Trace

All this talk about trace and the need to rush your soap process may have you running around like a chicken with its head cut off- but BEWARE FALSE TRACE. False trace usually occurs when oils in your mixture begin to cool down and solidify without going through emulsion or saponification. So, much like Goldilocks, you don’t want your mixture to be too hot or too cold, but juuuuust right.

Ahhh!

I know it seems like a lot- but if you pay attention to the factors listed here- you should be alright. Remember to have all of your ingredients ready before you start soaping (always, but especially) in case of any unexpected trace acceleration. You can do this, I promise. And if something goes wrong, you can always melt down your soap and try again. Thanks for reading and happy soaping!

Jul
07

Katie’s Favorite Scents

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Katie's Favorite ScentsKatie’s Favorite Scents: Katie Smells

Today I visited our store on the southwest corner of Whitehead and Route 18. We have over 800 fragrance oils at our fragrance bar, and I smelled every one. Every. Single. One. All for you, dear reader. So I could tell you about my top ten favorite scents – Katie’s Favorite Scents. (I’m Katie; hi!)

BACONBacon

I bet you can figure this one out. We have a fragrance oil that smells like sweet, savory baconIt doesn’t smell like REAL bacon, I’ve heard people say, but it comes pretty darn close. The only way it could smell more like “real” bacon is if it were an actual bottle of bacon grease. But who’s using bacon grease to make soap or candles when you can use bacon grease for BACON?! Man, I really want some bacon. If you want soap or candles that smell like bacon- this is your best bet.

Berry Bewitching BrewBerry Bewitching Brew

Fun to say, even more fun to smell. Berry Bewitching Brew is full of fruity fragrances that are not overpowering- a hint of woodsy musk serves to balance the scent. Fruits in this fragrance include peach, apricots, and blackberries. This scent makes me think of a secluded house near the woods with the windows open. Perfect to use in homemade soap or candles if you have such a house. Or if you don’t, you can let it transport you to a place of peace. Almost like magic.

Iced PineappleIced Pineapple

Speaking of clean, fruity smells, how about some pineapple? All the smell of fresh pineapple without having to do all the work of cutting an actual pineapple. It may seem a little tropical or summery, but this scent smells great year round – like a vacation for your nose! This is another one of those mouth-watering scents that you’ll just want to bite into–but please don’t. If you feel so compelled, go out and by fresh pineapple, or canned pineapple.

Pumpkin Apple ButterPumpkin Apple Butter

Let’s face it, unfortunately, summer is over for soap-makers and it’s time to start making soap that will cure by the Fall. Fret not, readers – I have found yet another delicious scent, but this one embodies autumn: Pumpkin Apple Butter. Do you like making baked goods with pumpkin? How about apple? How about butter? How about the smell of those delicious treats together?? No need to stick your head in the oven, this scent smells just like Grandma’s kitchen during dessert on Thanksgiving.

NG Baby Graceful TypeNG Baby Graceful Type

As a former professional sitter, lemme tell you, babies do not always smell great. In fact, they rarely do, if ever. NG Baby Graceful Type smells like the babies that dreams are made of. It’s fresh and clean with a hint of fruit and sweetness. And look at how cute that baby is in the photo. She’s a butterfly princess! What a sweetie. This fragrance will make you forget that real babies are loud and smelly, and instead invoke thoughts of cherubs who help you with housework. Can you imagine if real babies did that?

Smoke EliminatorSmoke Eliminator

Okay, so this one doesn’t have the most flowery or imaginative name, but it smells great. Smoke Eliminator fragrance oil is loaded with lemon and lime to give you a fresh fruit scent. Like a refreshing lemon-lime soda. Even if you don’t need to eliminate the smell of smoke, a fragrance this strong could help clean air against other odors as well (wet dog? smelly cat? stinky babies?).  I’d call this another mouth-watering scent, but the cigarette in the picture is kind of ruining it for me. Don’t eat cigarettes.

SpearmintSpearmint

Alright, reader. I’m going to level with you. I chose most of these scents because they hold a position near and dear to my heart. I love spearmint. Once upon a time, a certain company used to make bite-sized mint candies, and I would eat at least a pack a day. I cannot get enough mint. Spearmint helps stimulate brain function, circulation, and can even work to provide relief from digestive and menstruation issues. Plus, it smells nice and clean. Cooling, relaxing.

RootbeerRootbeer

Speaking of sweet treats that I once was obsessed with- ROOTBEER! This fragrance oil smells just like the real thing. Or- like the bacon fragrance oil- as close as possible to the real thing without actually being the real thing. Mmm. A nice, vanilla-y scent, this smell takes me back to when I consumed any and all things rootbeer-related. My younger sister was mistakenly under the impression that rootbeer was alcoholic and thought I indeed had a serious problem. (If you’re looking for the smell of actual beer – we have that, too.)

NG Vanilla Lace and PearlsNG Vanilla Lace and Pearls

We have got plenty of vanilla-scented fragrance oils, but NG Vanilla Lace and Pearls is by far my personal favorite. As a child, I had a body spray that smelled very similar to this scent. I had one bottle and I saved it for only the most special occasions. This was the scent of the woman I wanted to be: a princess. Look at that picture – sweet and delicate yet refined and beautiful. Warm vanilla with a hint of sweet flower and musk. We also have a Princess Type fragrance oil, but I personally prefer lace and pearls.

Moonlight PomegranateMoonlight Pomegranate

Okay, so Moonlight Pomegranate reminds me of the body spray I preferred as a teen. More sexy, more mysterious, accentuated by the moonlight. Wildly inappropriate in context, but as far as the person you aspire to smell like, not bad at all. This scent is fruity yet spicy and even a little woodsy. Like eating a pomegranate in a moonlit clearing in the forest. Don’t believe me? Go try it during the next full moon. Wear a silky, dark red dress. Sweet, sexy, mysterious.

Katie Smells and So Can You!

Remember – this list is nowhere near exhaustive! These were just my top ten favorites, and I honestly had a very difficult time picking only ten. Stop on by our store and smell for yourself. We have over 800 scents – you’re bound to find one that you absolutely love. I challenge you to write your own top ten; it’s a lot harder than you’d think. Thanks for reading!

Jul
06

Animalistic Instinct Fragrance

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animalistic instinct fragranceAnimalistic Instinct Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Animalistic Instinct fragrance is a scent that is sure to get your juices flowing. This aroma is sure to make you want to find your significant other as soon as possible. With the echo of multiple animal roars echoing in your mind, this scent is sure to fill your home with the exhilarating feeling of having stepped right out of the jungle itself. This is one fragrance you definitely don’t want to miss out on, it is sure to be an experience that will get your blood flowing!

What Does Animalistic Instinct Smell Like?

Animalistic Instinct fragrance oil by Nature’s Garden is a scent that is sure to intoxicate you. Starting with clean citrus notes of lemon and orange, that are surrounded by spicy notes of clove, rose, pepper, and anise. An unforgettable finish is brought on by notes of balsam, leather, warm musks, and vanilla.

How Do Our Customers Use Animalistic Instinct Fragrance Oil?

You definitely won’t be able to keep your hands off of your man with this tantalizing masculine scent around. It is sure to be like nothing you’ve ever come across before and an experience that you’ll never be able to forget. For all the candle makers out there, our Animalistic Instinct fragrance is just what you need. You can easily fill your home with this amazing aroma by using it to create some strong homemade aroma beads. For all of the incense and potpourri makers out there, our Animalistic Instinct fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 50%.

For bath and body products, this wonderful fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this scent are perfumes, lotions, bath gels, bath oils, and soaps. As this fragrance does have just a slight vanillin content, we suggest testing it thoroughly before using it in any of your finished and final products so as to avoid any discoloration. For all the cold process soap makers out there, our Animalistic Instinct fragrance oil is exactly the fragrance that you’ve been searching for. Our cold process results are: this fragrance has no acceleration or ricing, and it has an absolutely perfect pour. The scent is amazing and we had no discoloration.

I’m sure you’re just dying to get your hands on this fragrance as soon as you possibly can. But hold on just one minute because it just keeps getting better. We offer many amazing free classes and recipes here at Nature’s Garden, and our free Tiger Stripe Soap recipe is actually made using our Animalistic Instinct fragrance oil. This is one recipe you need to try out just as soon as you can, it is a soap that is sure to get your blooding boiling and your juices flowing. Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns. Enjoy this amazing fragrance oil and make sure to keep watching for even more fragrance fun ideas!

 

Jul
02

Coconut Oil 76 in CP Soap

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Coconut-Oil-76-in-CP-SoapCoconut Oil 76 in CP Soap

You’ll go coco-nuts for coconut oil 76 in CP soap. What does the ’76’ mean? It simply denotes that this type of coconut oil has a melting point of 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Coconut oil has many beneficial properties for use in all sorts of products–it’s even edible!!–but for our purposes, we’re going to discuss coconut oil 76 in CP soap. (Please do NOT attempt to eat the soap.)

Coco Clean

Our cold process soap testing recipe features coconut oil as the second most abundant ingredient (by weight) after water. Rightfully so, for you see, coconut oil is comprised primarily of lauric and myristic fatty acids which are characterized in soap-making by providing cleansing properties, a bubbly lather, and hardness. Coco-o is a surfactant, meaning it reduces the surface tension of a liquid when it is dissolved, allowing the dirt and impurities to be rinsed off of the skin.

Coco Cream

In addition, the high content of saturated fat serves to give coconut oil a higher SAP value (the number of milligrams of lye that is needed to completely saponify, or turn into soap, one gram of a specific oil, butter, or fat. — Lye, while generally thought of as a bad guy, is a necessary evil for the saponification process. Always remember to follow safety procedures when handling lye. [Add lye to water, the mixture will get hotter; add water to lye, you’ll probably die]). Remember that rhyme to ensure safety.  While you will likely NOT actually DIE, you can certainly get hurt from the lye volcano you will create if you add water to lye.  SO… Don’t ever do that!  Always add your lye to your water.  The high SAP value of coco-o helps to superfat the soap (the amount of lye used is less than the given SAP value), giving it a nice, creamy texture and more lather ability. You can thank coconut oil for making your homemade CP soap clean and bubbly.

Coco – What the heck does that mean?

Furthermore, coconut oil serves as an emulsion stabilizer. What the heck does that mean? You may already know, but I just learned about this today, so I’m going to recap for myself and the benefit of anyone out there who’s not entirely sure. An emulsion is a mixture of two things that don’t really want to go together– for instance, oil and water. Water is the number one ingredient (by weight) in our CP soaps, and just about everything else is some type of oil (apricot kernel oil, castor oil, sunflower oil, palm oil, fragrance oil, and- of course- coconut oil 76). An emulsion stabilizer helps to keep this mixture from separating. This means, not only will it help hold your soap together, it will also help hold the fragrance. (Don’t worry, the coconut oil itself has been refined so it is odorless. Unless you ARE looking for a coconut fragrance in your soap. If so, we’ve got ten coconutrelated scents you may enjoy using!)

Coco No-no

Oh, wow, you’re thinking. Coconut oil 76 in CP soap is so great, I want to use as much of it as possible! And of course you do, but how much is too much?  A typical soap recipe calls for 20-30% coconut oil. It’s important not to use more than 30% coconut oil. Why? Is it possible to be TOO clean? The excess coconut oil 76 in CP soap will interact with the natural oils on your skin and dry it right out. But if you use the appropriate amount of coconut oil, it works in the soap to help clean skin and even reduce inflammation.

Cococonclusion

Coconut oil 76 in CP soap is awesome as long as you’re careful not to use too much in your recipe. So go ahead– what are you waiting for? Follow the links above to purchase coconut oil 76 and other ingredients for our CP soap testing recipe or one of our other fun CP soap recipes. Browse our wide array of fragrance oils to find a scent that you love. Thanks for reading and happy soaping!

Jul
01

Hot Orange Danish Scent

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Hot Orange Danish ScentHot Orange Danish Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Mmm… the name alone makes you want to bite right into one of these deliciously hot confections, doesn’t it? Just the thought of one of these flaky, warm, amazing danishes is making my mouth water for a taste. And if danishes weren’t already yummy enough, they went and added orange to them–the citrus giving it just that much more yumminess. Our Hot Orange Danish scent works to perfectly capture the aroma of these delicious treats; it almost smells too good to be true. You’ll feel as if you’ve just stepped right into your own personal bakery with a whole batch of hot orange danishes baking away in your oven!

What Does Hot Orange Danish Smell Like?

Hot Orange Danish Scent by Nature’s Garden is a fantastic bakery scent that goes the extra mile to provide you with a truly fresh-baked aroma. It has notes of orange zests, freshly baked danish, and the delicious aroma of drizzled cream frosting.

How Do Our Customers Use Hot Orange Danish Fragrance Oil?

Our Hot Orange Danish fragrance will almost allow you to taste the amazingly flaky, warm deliciousness of a freshly-baked danish. With its wonderful kick of citrus, this is one fragrance that you’ll never be able to forget! For all of the candle makers out there, this fragrance is just what you’ve been looking for. It performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax, as well as working nice and strong in soy wax. For all of the incense and potpourri makers out there, this amazing scent is perfect for all of your upcoming projects. It has a maximum usage rate of 50%. You can easily fill your home with the aroma of these delicious treats by using this fragrance to create some nice and strong homemade aroma beads!

For bath and body products, our Hot Orange Danish scent has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this wonderful scent are bath gels, soaps, perfumes, lotions, and bath oils. This fragrance does happen to have a vanillin content of 10.6%, meaning that it may tend to discolor your soaps and other homemade bath and body products. Just make sure to test it thoroughly before using this scent in any of your final and finished products and use a Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to avoid any discoloration problems. For all of the cold process soap makers out there, this amazing scent is just what you need! Our cold process results are: it has a very good scent with no acceleration as well as no separation. However, it does discolor to a brown color.

I’m sure you’re dying to get your hands on this mouth watering aroma as soon as you can; you know your home is going to smell absolutely amazing once it is filled with this aroma. Make sure to go and check out all of our great free classes and recipes as well. Enjoy this awesome fragrance and keep watching for fragrance fun!

 

Jun
29

Vanilla Buttercream Scent

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vanilla buttercream fragrance oilVanilla Buttercream Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

A deliciously warm cake baking in the oven, homemade frosting waiting for its time to be added on top…mmm aren’t your taste buds just watering at the thought of a warm freshly baked cake? I bet you can just smell the mouth watering cake baking in the oven? And you know what my absolute favorite frosting flavor for cake is…vanilla buttercream of course! The delicious combination of moist cake topped with vanilla is just too yummy to resist. Our Vanilla Buttercream scent perfectly captures the aroma of that tantalizing frosting, and will fill your home with the scent of a cake baking in the oven that you just can’t wait to frost.

What Does Vanilla Buttercream Smell Like?

Vanilla Buttercream Scent by Nature’s Garden is the wonderful combination of Tahitian vanilla, butterum, and powdered sugar that are all whipped with sweet churned butter to create the most perfect decadent and fluffy delicious confection.

How Do Our Customers Use Vanilla Buttercream?

Our Vanilla Buttercream scent is sure to make your home fill as you’ve just opened your own bakery, with the scent of delicious cakes waiting to be frosted in the oven! It will make all of your family and friends mouths water for a taste! For all of the candle makers out there, this scent is just what you’ve been looking for. It performs nice and strong in soy wax, as well as working perfectly in joy wax and wow wax. For all of the potpourri and incense makers out there our Vanilla Buttercream fragrance is just what you need! This fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 50%! You can easily fill your home with this tantalizing aroma by using this fragrance to create some nice and strong homemade aroma beads.

For bath and body products, our Vanilla Buttercream scent has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this yummy smelling fragrance are soaps, bath oils, bath gels, lotions, and perfumes. This fragrance does have a vanillin content of 10.63%, meaning that it may tend to discolor your soaps and other homemade bath and body products. Just make sure to test it thoroughly before using it in your finished and final products, and be sure to use a Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to avoid any discoloration. Our cold process results are: there is separation and just some acceleration. It has a very nice vanilla scent, however it does discolor to a dark chocolate color.

I’m sure you’re dying to get your hands on this wonderful vanilla scented fragrance as soon as you possibly can! Well, hold on just a minute because it gets even better! We offer many great free classes and recipes here at Nature’s Garden, and our free Vanilla Foaming Body Frosting recipe is actually made with our wonderful Vanilla Buttercream fragrance oil! Enjoy this amazing fragrance and keep watching for more fragrance fun!

 

Jun
19

Cinnabun Fragrance

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cinnabun fragranceCinnabun Type Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Mmm…do you smell that? The delicious scent of fresh sticky ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls baking in the oven? Isn’t your mouth starting to water just thinking about sinking your teeth right into one these freshly baked amazing treats, the taste of hot yummy frosting covering this amazing cinnamon flavored bun. Our Cinnabun fragrance perfectly captures the mouth watering aroma of these delicious treats and will leave you and your family wanting to make of them as soon as you possibly can.

What Does Cinnabun Type Smell Like?

Cinnabun Type Scent by Nature’s Garden is the tantalizing aroma of freshly baked cinnabun rolls that are covered in yummy mouth watering flowing streams of cream cheese icing!

How Do Our Customers Use Cinnabun Type Fragrance Oil?

If you’re looking for a fragrance that is sure to leave your mouth watering, then this is the one. Our Cinnabun fragrance is sure to fill your home with the aroma of these delicious treats and bring the feeling of being right inside the bakery while these are being baked fresh in the oven. For all the candle makers out there, this fragrance is just what you’ve always been looking for. Our Cinnabun fragrance works nice and strong in soy wax, as well as performing perfectly in joy wax and wow wax. For all of the incense and potpourri makers out there, this fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 50%. You can easily fill your home with the aroma of these amazing sticky treats by using this fragrance to create some nice and strong homemade aroma beads.

For bath and body products, our Cinnabun fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this fragrance are lotions, bath oils, soaps, bath gels, and perfumes. This fragrance does happen to have a vanillin content of 5.01%, meaning that it may tend to discolor your soaps and other homemade bath and body products. Always make sure to test this scent thoroughly before using it in any of your final and finished products, and be sure to use a Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to avoid any discoloration problems! For all of the cold process soap makers out there, our Cinnabun fragrance oil is exactly what you always needed! Our cold process results are: there is no acceleration or ricing and this fragrance has a perfect pour! The soap does turn to a cinnamon brown color, but this scent is very strong and sticks very well!

I’m sure you’re wondering how long it would take to get your hands on a delicious cinnamon roll as soon as you can, but hold on just a second! This bakery fragrance actually gets better! We offer many great free classes and recipes here at Nature’s Garden, and our Cinnabun Melt and Pour Soap is actually made with our amazing Cinnabun Type fragrance oil. How much more amazing can this fragrance get? Enjoy this wonderful scent, and keep watching for even more postings.

 

Jun
18

Bubble Luscious Scent

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bubble luscious scentBubble Luscious Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Our Bubble Luscious scent is one fragrance that will transport you right back to your childhood memories. It is the aroma of a piece of yummy bubblegum,and will remind you of all of the fun times you had in the past just blowing bubbles with your friends. This is sure to be a scent that everyone you know will love, it will flow through your home and fill it with happiness. Our Bubble Luscious scent perfectly captures the aroma of a piece of newly-opened bubblegum just waiting to be devoured.

What Does Bubble Luscious Smell Like?

Bubble Luscious scent by Nature’s Garden will immediately bring you right back to childhood. You won’t be able to resist blowing bubbles with some fluffy, pink, luscious bubblegum! This wonderful fragrance begins with top notes citrus, strawberry and aldehydic effervescent notes that are followed by middle notes of clove and coconut. These are all sitting on a base of crisp vanilla. Bubble Luscious is a Nature’s Garden original fragrance!

How Do Our Customers Use Bubble Luscious Fragrance Oil?

If you’re looking for a fragrance that will make you just like a kid again, then you have definitely found it. This fragrance is the perfect representation of everything you loved as a child all wrapped up into one! For all the candle makers out there, our Bubble Luscious scent is absolutely perfect for you. It performs nice and strong in soy wax, as well as working perfectly in wow wax and joy wax. For all of the incense and potpourri makers out there, this fragrance is just what you’ve always needed. It has a maximum usage rate of 50%. You can easily fill your home with this amazing scent by using this fragrance to create some nice and strong homemade aroma beads.

For bath and body products, our Bubble Luscious scent has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this fragrance are perfumes, lotions, bath oils, bath gels, and soaps. This fragrance does not have any vanillin content contained within it, meaning that it will not tend to discolor your soaps and other homemade bath and body products. For all of the cold process soap makers out there, this fragrance is exactly what you never knew you always needed. Our cold process results are: there is no discoloration problems, as well as no acceleration or ricing. This fragrance has a perfect pour, as well as a wonderful scent and is a very delicious aroma in cured soap.

Are you overjoyed at the thought of getting your hands on this amazing childhood fragrance? Well hold on just a second, because this fragrance just keeps getting better and better! We offer many awesome free classes and recipes here at Nature’s Garden, and our free MP Embed CP Soap recipe is actually made with our Bubble Luscious Fragrance Oil. This is one unique recipe that you don’t want to miss out on. Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden with any thoughts, questions, or concerns and keep watching for even more fun fragrance ideas.

 

Jun
17

Cold Process Soap Testing Videos

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Cold-Process-Soap-Testing-VideosCold Process Soap Testing Videos

Here at Natures Garden we realize that choosing the most perfect fragrance oil for cold process soap can be quite challenging.  Well, we have the solution.  We recently decided to begin retesting each of our more than 800 fragrance oils!  Over the years we have had multiple people testing the fragrances which might mean multiple result interpretations.   In addition, we have masterbatched to test the soap scents.  This time around, we have decided to test each of our fragrance oils individually, giving each scent its very own batch.  We also have Bailey testing each scent and guess what….we’re taking videos the entire time!  This means not only will you be able to read the results, but you can actually see it with your own eyes.  There will be no more guessing how much time you will have to work.  Have you ever wondered what exactly is a light tan or dark beige?  Well, no more guessing on our interpretation of the final discoloration.  We show you all of this right in a cold process soap testing video.  How cool is that?!?

Now, let me explain the process and recipe we are using to create these wonderful cold process soap testing videos.  Let’s start with our recipe.

Lye Solution

Water 144 grams

Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) 53 grams

Sodium Lactate 8 grams (added to cooled lye solution)

Oil and Butters

Apricot Kernel Oil 26 grams

Mango Butter 53 grams

Shea Butter 49 grams

Castor Oil 14 grams

Sunflower Oil 63 grams

Palm Oil 57 grams

Coconut Oil 76 113 grams

Fragrance Oil 29 grams (Amount reduced if mandated by IFRA)

Here is our process.  We are allowing our lye solution to cool to about 100 degrees.  Then, we incorporate our sodium lactate.  Once that is done, we go ahead and combine our lye solution and oils.  We use a stick blender to emulsify the batter.  The fragrance is incorporated and we observe any ricing or acceleration.  The soap batter is then poured into one of our Silicone 6 Cavity Flower Mold at trace.  After about 24 hours we remove the soaps from the molds and allow them to cure.  Once the soap has cured, we note any discoloration.

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Next, comes the fun part…putting the video together!  You will see in these videos Bailey has tested the fragrance especially for you, our customers.  We felt it was important so you could see exactly what the fragrance did in cp soap from beginning right to the end.  This will give you a better idea of how much time you will have to work….or how much FUN can you have with the scent!  We will also show you what the final soap looks like after cure.  You can see just how the soap discolored.

Are you wondering just where you can find these videos???  Well, once a video is completed for a fragrance, it is added right to the website, on the page for that scent.  This way you will be able to see the fragrance oil’s performance as you are shopping.  We already have a video added for our Almond Fragrance Oil.  We will use this scent for an example.

You will not only see a picture on this page of the finished CP soap discoloration, but notice the blue tab right above the picture that says “Video”?  Click on that tab.

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Clicking on the tab will bring up videos related to our Almond Fragrance Oil.  You will notice two videos on this particular scent.  One is our video describing the fragrance oil (you should totally watch that one as well…it’s awesome too!).

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The other video is the one we are  will be focusing on today.  It show you how the fragrance performs in soap.  Click on the second video.  You will then see the video pop up and be able to watch it.

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We already have many videos posted and many more to come.  If you don’t see a video for the fragrance you are looking for, make sure you check back often as we are adding new videos each day.  Bailey is working very hard to get each Nature’s Garden scent tested again in CP soap just for you.  Our hope is that these cold process soap testing videos will make your shopping experience much easier.  We hope that you enjoy these cp soap testing videos.  Make sure you stay tuned for more fragrance fun!

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Jun
16

Mexican Fried Ice Cream Scent

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mexican fried ice cream fragrance oilMexican Fried Ice Cream Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Whenever anyone mentions going out for Mexican food, what’s the first item you think of? Perhaps it’s tacos, rice, maybe margaritas. What about a delicious huge bowl of Mexican fried ice cream? If you’re like me, you just love the mouth watering combination of ice cold creamy vanilla ice cream with that hard crispy crunch. It’s such a wonderful dessert, and one that just the scent alone is sure to make your mouth water. Our Mexican Fried Ice Cream scent perfectly captures the tantalizing aroma of this delicious treat, and is sure to make you crave the taste of one.

What Does Mexican Fried Ice Cream Smell Like?

Mexican Fried Ice Cream Scent by Nature’s Garden is a yummy accord of creamy vanilla bean topped with rich and buttery whipped cream. It has hints of grated cinnamon and toasted nut that work to tease the senses as a base of wonderfully melted marshmallows brings this fragrance to a sweet finish.

How Do Our Customers Use Mexican Fried Ice Cream Fragrance Oil?

Our Mexican Fried Ice Cream scent is one that you won’t be able to resist. You’ll feel as if you’ve just been transported right into a beautiful Mexican restaurant with a big bowl of fried ice cream right in front of you just waiting to be devoured. For all of the candle makers out there, this mouth watering fragrance is absolutely perfect for you. It works nice and strong in soy wax, as well as performing perfectly in joy wax and wow wax. You can easily fill your home with this yummy aroma by using this fragrance to create some nice and strong homemade aroma beads. For all of the incense and potpourri makers out there, this scent is just what you need for your new projects. It has a maximum usage rate of 50%.

For bath and body products, our Mexican Fried Ice Cream scent has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this amazing scent are perfumes, lotions, bath gels, soaps, and bath oils. This fragrance does happen to contain a vanillin content of 3%, meaning that it may tend to discolor your soaps and other homemade bath and body products. Make sure to test this fragrance thoroughly before using it in any of your finished and final products. Also be sure to use a Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to avoid any discoloration problems. For all of the cold process soap makers out there, our Mexican Fried Ice Cream fragrance is just what you’ve been looking for. Our cold process results are: there is no acceleration or ricing, and this fragrance has a perfect pour. However, it does discolor to a caramel color.

I’m sure you’re anxious to get your hands on this mouth watering scent as soon as you possibly can. But make sure to check out all of our free classes and recipes we offer here at Nature’s Garden. Please enjoy this amazing fragrance and keep watching for more fragrance fun postings.