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Jan
26

Goat’s Milk Soap

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goats milk soapGoat’s Milk Soap

Hi everybody! Hope you’re all having an awesome day! For all you melt and pour soapers out there, what is your favorite kind to use? Maybe it’s Shea Butter or Diamond Clear? Have you ever tried our Goat’s Milk Soap? This is one amazing melt and pour soap, and one that you should definitely be using for any upcoming projects and creations you may be working towards! Goat’s Milk is a wonderful kind of melt and pour soap, and one that we just happen to have many free recipes for! Make sure to try all of these out as soon as possible!

Are you curious as to all of the ingredients in Goat’s Milk soap? Allow me to explain! Goat’s Milk melt and pour soap includes the following: coconut oil, palm oil, titanium dioxide, sunflower oil, purified water, sodium cocoate, sodium myristate, sodium stearate, vegetable glycerin, Germall Plus, and of course goat’s milk. Each of these ingredients brings its own special purpose to the soap!

Coconut Oil: Coconut oil actually helps to soften and smooth your skin.

Palm Oil: Palm oil helps to bring a great lather to the soap as well as working to help harden the soap. It also helps to remove oils and dirt from your skin.

Titanium Dioxide: Titanium dioxide works to whiten the soap and can sometimes be used as a wonderful sunscreen, helping to protect the skin from any harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Sunflower Oil: Sunflower oil is great for treating many skin conditions like eczema and acne. It also works to help the skin retain moisture.

Purified Water: Purified water is another great treatment for skin conditions, helping to treat psoriasis, eczema, and acne. It also helps to hydrate and soften your skin.

Sodium Cocoate: (derives from coconut oil) Sodium cocoate works as a surfactant, helping to cleanse the skin and making it easier to remove oils and dirt.

Sodium Myristate: (the sodium salt derived from myristic acid) Sodium Myristate removes dirt and cleanses the skin, working as an emulsifying agent.

Sodium Stearate: (the sodium salt that comes from stearic acid) Sodium stearate works as another surfactant to make it easier to remove dirt and grime.

Vegetable Glycerin: Vegetable glycerin keeps the skin moisturized and cool, and also pulls in oxygen.

Germall Plus: Germall Plus works as a natural preservative for your soap.

Goat’s Milk: Goat’s Milk helps with treating many skin conditions like acne, reduces inflammation, and soothes damaged and dry skin. It also softens the skin as well as working as a natural moisturizer.

 

Are you just dying to try out our Goat’s Milk soap now? Check out some of our awesome recipes made with our Goat’s Milk soap! When you go to our Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap page, click on the little “Recipe” tab above the picture. This will show you all of our free recipes made with goat’s milk soap, like our Floating Noah’s Ark Soap, our Solid Sugar Scrub, our Raspberry Zinger Bath Fizzies, and many many more! Make sure to check out all the rest of our free classes and recipes as well! Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns, and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Jan
23

Shea Butter Soap

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shea butter soapShea Butter Soap

Hello all of you amazing people! I hope this finds you all having a fantastic day! For all you soap makers out there, what is your absolute favorite kind of soap to make? Maybe you’re more into cold process soap making, or melt and pour soaping, or maybe your favorite is even to make your own hot process soap recipes? No matter what your favorite kind is, each kind is unique and wonderful! Let’s talk about melt and pour soap right now, specifically Shea Butter Soap! This is one wonderful kind of soap that you’re sure to want to use as soon as possible!

Are you wondering about the ingredients in our Shea Butter Soap? Well, let me tell you all about them! Shea Butter melt and pour soap contains the following: vegetable glycerin, titanium dioxide, coconut oil, sodium stearate, sodium myristate, palm oil, sodium cocoate, purified water, sunflower oil, and shea butter. Each of these ingredients bring their own special benefits to your skin when used in soaps.

Vegetable Glycerin: This helps to cool the skin, pulls in oxygen, and retains moisture in the skin.

Titanium Dioxide: This is will whiten soap.  Also, it is sometimes used to help protect the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, working as a great sunscreen.

Coconut Oil: Coconut oil helps to smooth and soften skin.

Sodium Stearate: This ingredient is the sodium salt that comes from stearic acid.  It works as a surfactant, and emilsifying agent, and helps to thicken the soap.

Sodium Myristate: This ingredient is the sodium salt derived from myristic acid.This works as an emulsifying agent, also helping to cleanse the skin and remove dirt.

Palm Oil: Palm Oil helps to remove oils and dirt from the skin, as well as working to restore natural oils within the skin.

Sodium Cocoate: Sodium Cocoate derived from coconut oil, it helps to cleanse the skin and works as a surfactant, helping to make it easier to remove dirt and grime from your skin.

Sunflower Oil: Helps to retain moisture in the skin, as well as helping to treat conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

Purified Water: Purified water helps to soften and hydrate the skin, as well as working to treat eczema, dry skin, psoriasis, and many other skin conditions.

Shea Butter: Shea butter works to hydrate the skin, as well as working as a sunscreen, helping to heal cuts and burns, and helps to treat wrinkles and fine lines.

 

Here at Nature’s Garden, we offer many free recipes and classes. Are you looking for some cool new projects to try using Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap? Well, when you’re on our Shea Butter page, make sure to check out all of our awesome recipes under the Recipe tab on top of the picture! I recommend our Zebra Print Soap…but what can I say? I’m a sucker for animal prints! We have many others as well, like our Fish Kiss Soap, our Clamshell Kiwi Sugar Cubes, and be sure to try out our delicious looking 7 Up Bundt Cake Soap! These projects and creations will definitely be ones that all of your friends, family, and even your customers will love and adore! These are definitely ones that you can’t pass up! Enjoy this wonderfully amazing soap and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Oct
07

Citric Acid

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citric acidCitric Acid

Hey everyone! Do you love all citrusy kinds of foods? Or maybe you just like the smells of them? Well here at Nature’s Garden we actually offer citrus acid for you to add to your products. Citrus acid is a weak, natural, and organic acid generally found in fruits, such as lemons, oranges, limes, tangerines, and grapefruit. It can be used for soaps, cosmetics and for awesome bath bombs. (Come on, we all know how much fun bath bombs are!) However, it can also be used in food production and has many other uses as well.

Citric acid is in most fruits and vegetables and is found in the metabolisms of most living things. When being used in cosmetic products it helps to lower the ph formulation. When being used to make soaps, it generally provides better foam for the soap and helps it to soften in water. It is also an active ingredient in cleaning solutions for kitchens and bathrooms. When making bath bombs, combine the citric acid with baking soda. Did you know that every year around the world, about one million tons of citric acid are produced commercially? Can you even picture that much? Neither can I! Another fun fact, citric acid can be used in shampoos to wash waxes and coloring out of your hair!

This acid is found in many different fruits and some vegetables. It can be used in food production as well. Citric acid is a natural preservative and can be used to add a sour taste to food and drinks. However it is also used in ice cream! Do you know what it is used for? It is used to keep the “fat globules” separated! A weird thought, but still cool! However, here at Nature’s Garden, we sell our citric acid for uses in cosmetics, soaps, and bath bombs.

I hope that you all have figured out everything on our new site! Well if you haven’t figured it all out yet, and still need a little help navigating everything, don’t worry! We’re here to help you! The easiest way for you to get to our citric acids on our website is to type “citric acid” into our search bar at the top of the site. That will take you directly to a page titled “Search Results for “Citric Acid.”” We have two different options there. You can either purchase just regular citric acid, or you can purchase it in bulk.

citric acid page

Citric acid is definitely a neat and fun product! If you are looking for something new for your next project, or even future ones, try something with citric acid! Maybe some of our awesome bath bomb recipes? Or you can add it in for the next time you’re making soap! Have fun! Please let us know if you have any thoughts, questions or concerns! Are you in the mood for even more fun? Check out all of our free recipes and classes! If you want to try something new but aren’t sure how, don’t be afraid! Try one of our classes! And make sure to watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Oct
03

Cinnanut Coffee Soap

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056Cinnanut Coffee Soap

Hey all you soapers out there! Are you a constant coffee drinker like we are? Did you read my blog about Coffee Fragrances? Well you need to! It coincides perfectly with the awesome recipe I’m about to give you! Now I know we all love free recipes, but a coffee one? How fantastic is that? Yes, we have created a Cinnanut Coffee Soap using our Cinnanut Columbian Cafe fragrance. If you’re looking for a new soap to make that smells just pure heavenly, this is definitely the one for you! You and your loved ones are sure to love the delicious aromas of this soap!

 

Ingredients for base layer:

570 grams of Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap

6 grams of Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

4 grams of Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

29 grams of Cinnanut Columbian Café Fragrance Oil

 

Ingredients for second layer:

570 grams of Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap

29 grams of Cinnanut Columbian Café Fragrance Oil

1 gram of Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

 

Ingredients for whipped top layer:

150 grams of Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap

150 grams of Whipped Soap Base

17 grams of Vegetable Glycerin

18 grams of Cinnanut Columbian Café Fragrance Oil

 

Ingredients for cinnamon sticks:

300 grams of Clear Diamond Melt and Pour Soap

5 grams of Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

15 grams of Cinnanut Columbian Café Fragrance Oil

Equipment and Other Ingredients:

Deep Mixing Bowl

Hand Mixer

Mixing Spoon

Cookie Sheet

Ground Cinnamon

Rubbing Alcohol

8oz. Clear Bullet Bottle

24/410 Black Fine Mist Sprayer

1 Square Loaf Mold Market Mold

 

Directions:

  1. Weigh out and melt down 570 grams of Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap in the microwave. This should take about a minute and half, however if it is not completely melted you can put it back for about 30 seconds.

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  1. When your soap is completely melted, add 6 grams of Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant, 4 grams of Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant, and 29 grams of Cinnanut Columbian Cafe Fragrance Oil.

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3. Mix everything thoroughly.

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4. Carefully pour the mixture into the mold.

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5.Spray it with rubbing alcohol so the layers will not mix with eachother and then let it sit for about 15 minutes until the layer is hard.

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6. To start your second layer, measure out and melt down 570 grams of Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap.

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7. Next, add 1 gram of Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant and 29 grams of Cinnanut Columbian Café Fragrance Oil and mix it very thoroughly.

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8. Make sure that your first layer is hardened and then pour the second layer on the top.

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9. Spray the second layer with the rubbing alcohol and then let it sit again for another 15 minutes or so until it becomes hard.

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10. While you are waiting for that layer to harden, you can make your cinnamon sticks. First, weigh out and melt down 300 grams of Clear Diamond Melt and Pour Soap. This should only take about 45 seconds.

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11. Once it is completely melted, add 5 grams of Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant.

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12.  Then add 15 grams of the Cinnanut fragrance oil and mix it thoroughly.

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13. Pour the mixture onto a cookie sheet and spray it with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any air bubbles and then let it sit until it hardens.

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14. Once it hardens, cut it in half and then roll it in pieces to form the cinnamon sticks.

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15. Once your cinnamon sticks are finished and your layers are completely hardened, you can start on the whipped top base. Weigh out and melt down 150 grams of Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap.

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16. Next, weigh out 150 grams of Whipped Soap Base and pour 17 grams of vegetable glycerin and 18 grams of the Cinnanut fragrance oil into the whipped base. With a hand mixer, mix your mixture together with the melt and pour soap.

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17. Quickly pour the mixture on top of the second layer of your soap and shape it to look like whipped cream on top.

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18. Then arrange your cinnamon sticks on top and sprinkle with cinnamon.

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19. Let your soap sit for about 15 minutes (or it can be refrigerated) and then it will be ready to enjoy!

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Your delicious new Cinnanut Coffee Soap is now ready! The yummy scent of cinnanut will delight everyone you know! Please contact us if you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns! And don’t forget to watch for more Enlightened by Layla!

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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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Sep
17

Soap Making Made Easy

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soapsSoap Making Made Easy

 

        Hey you! Do you like soaps? Oh, you do? Well then you are in the right place! Let me take it a step further. Have you ever made your own soap? You haven’t?! Then what in the world are you waiting for?! I’m telling you, making your own soap will be one of the coolest things you’ve ever done. Forget about all that store bought soap. Stay with me, and I will teach you soap making made easy! Or even if you don’t want to make soap for yourself, you can learn to make it for others! It can be a great birthday gift, Christmas gift….you get the picture. The best gifts are always the ones that come from the heart and something that you actually made for your loved one is always the best.

Here at Nature’s Garden, we have everything you will need to start your soap making. On the homepage of our site, on the top left, you will see a section called Soap Supplies. If you look at all the options under Soap Supplies, we have everything from Discount Soap Supplies to Soap Making Safety Gear. If you’re new to the site and to soap making, click on any of the options to explore all of our awesome soap making products. Can I make a suggestion though? If this is your first time trying soap making, check out our Melt and Pour Soap kit! Soap Making Kits is one of the options under Soap Supplies, and it will take you directly to the Melt and Pour kit. The kit will include everything you need to get started creating your soaps! It is great for someone just starting out, not only does it come with everything you need, it also includes complete how-to instructions!

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If you want to be more adventurous though, we also sell all of our products separately. Buying everything separately gives you the chance to explore more of our website and choose whatever fragrances you would like as well. We have over 800, so it is certain that we will have something that you will love! Also be sure to check out our fun and friendly soap recipes!

Now that you’ve chosen your products, I’m sure you’re wondering how to actually get started! That is why Nature’s Garden is so awesome, we only sell ingredients so that you can succeed at your creations or business! We offer classes on our website to teach you how to make your soaps. On the left side of our home site, you will see a section titled Free Classes and Recipes. In the Free Classes and Recipes section, you will see a Soap Making Classes option. We offer everything from The History of Soap Making to Making Your Own Soap Recipe.

free classes and recipes

Once you’ve experimented and finished your soaps, let us know how they turned out! We would love to hear from you, we love when we get feedback! Your soaping creations are sure to be a great gift for your loved ones, or awesome for yourself! It will definitely be a new treat for you to enjoy! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden! We are here to help you succeed! Have fun with your soaping experience and keep watch for more Enlightened by Layla!

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May
05

Our First Stick Blender

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our first stick blender

 

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

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

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

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

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

He was the best stick blender.

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

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

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

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

Apr
24

Insulate Soap

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insulate soap As soap crafters, there are hundreds of variances allotted to us that allow our soaps to be special. Maybe it is the combination of oils in your recipe, the process to which you soap, your unique scents, your particular decorating method, or really any number of things that makes your soap exclusive. Well, in this blog post, we are going to throw a new option into the mix.

To insulate or not to insulate that is the question.

As with many aspects of soap making; when it comes to insulation, it is really a personal preference.

Being new to soap making, a lot of research is involved. You read, read, and read some more in order to learn everything you can about soap making. Well, as many of us found, insulating is always advised.

The insulating step involves taking your freshly poured, molded soap, and surrounding it with layers. These layers help to keep the soap at an even heat while the batter goes through the saponification process. During the saponification process, as the lye reacts with the various soap making ingredients, soap (and glycerin) is produced. The process itself is an endothermic reaction, meaning that it absorbs heat from the surroundings.

This “heat stage” of soap making is commonly called the gel phase. During the gel phase, saponification works at an accelerated rate, hardening the fats of your recipe. This phase will also be the time where any discoloration of ingredients or colorants will occur from the heat.

Keeping the soap uniformly heated will prevent a partial gel from occurring. Not keeping the soap uniformly heated allows for the soap that is in the center of the mold to stay hot, while the soap on the outside loses heat rapidly. And, since the saponification process is endothermic, it needs to be able to draw heat from its surroundings. What this results in is an off colored look in the center of your soap, usually in an oval like shape. This shows that the center of the soap gelled, and the outside of the soap never reached gel phase.

Speaking in terms of soap, gel phase or not reaching gel phase does not harm the soap itself. The soap will still function after cure; it is only an aesthetic issue. So, it is for this reason that it is often believed that insulation is vital to an amazing looking bar of cold process soap. But, there is an alternative.

Lets look at the flip side.  If you do not want to insulate the heat in the soap, what would happen if you chilled the soap instead?

Chilling your molded soap would prevent the gel phase from occurring. This would be a handy trick of the trade for a few reasons. It should however, be noted though that in order for the gel phase prevention to occur, you need to be able to control the area. Operating out of a loaf mold for example, still allows enough soap in the middle for a partial gel to occur. You want to keep the size of the soap easily manageable for temperature reasons. Remember, because saponification deals with heat, while the lye and fats are reacting, heat will be present. To completely increase your chances of preventing the gel phase, you must minimize the area that needs chilled, aka use smaller molds.

Not insulating your soap, and instead placing your freshly molded soap into the fridge or freezer for 24 hours will help to prevent the gel phase from occurring. But, please note the size of your soap will directly determine whether the gel phase will occur or not.   This also rings true for the soaping ingredients that are in your recipe. Chilling your soap is not a guarantee, partial gelling can still transpire.

In closing, there is another option if you choose not to insulate your soap. There are benefits and drawbacks to chilling your soap. Stay tuned for a future blog posts discussing preventing gel phase and what the outcome will be.

 

Apr
11

Argan Soap

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argan soap Hello everyone, today I made Argan Soap!

I am here to share my recent adventure in the world of soap making.  Today I made CP soap.  For those of you that are new at this, CP means cold process.  This is soaping without adding any additional heat.

I made this soap by creating my own recipe using the soapcalc.  This wonderful soaping tool was able to help me find ingredients and exact percentages for my homemade soaping recipe.  All of this information assisted me in producing my latest project.

For this soap cleverly named “Argan Soap”, I used Mango butter, Avocado oil, Coconut oil 76, Argan oil, and Sunflower oil.  To add a vibrant and tropical look to my soap, I selected Fun Colorants:  Neon orange and Neon blue.  I thought that these colors would look nice in combination with white.  So, I decided to also use titanium dioxide to get a nice bright white soap color.  I really felt that these colors captured the tone of the scent Kulu Bay, which I was using to fragrance my soap.

Due to the fact that I am SO over winter (clearing throat); I decided to try a soap with a summery feel.  Sorry, was venting (smiley face).   Also, I was going to try something new with this soap recipe.  For my very first time, I was doing the “in the pot swirl” technique using 3 colors.  I do have to say, I was beyond excited to get this going since I created this soap from beginning to end all by myself.

That is the moment I quickly became aware that I was DOING THIS BY MYSELF….Oh boy I thought.  No supervision, no guidance, nobody standing next to me for support, only my directions.

Ok, so, after getting all of my supplies, I put on my safety gear and began the first step.  Lye and water.  I want to caution any new soapers reading this:  Please remember to wear your gloves, mask, and safety glasses when handling the Lye and lye solution.  It is also just as important to have vinegar by your side (as your best friend) throughout your whole soaping process.  Vinegar is used in case the Lye or soap batter gets on your skin.

Once I melted all of my oils and butter, I waited for my Lye solution and oils to reach their desired temperature.  I then proceeded to put it all together and stick blended quickly to emulsification.

Being it was an in the pot swirl soap, I did have to put some of my soap batter into 2 smaller bowls and mix my colors really good.  That way I was ready to accomplish the swirl.

Moving quickly, I “plopped” globs of the orange and blue soap batter into the white batter.  I did this until it was all gone.  And, let me just tell you how fast you have to move to color, mix, and plop when using more than one color…holy cow!  You need to fly!  At this point, I was wondering why I used 3 colors….what was I thinking?  Creativity, that’s what!  Now not all recipes will do this, but it seems the one I chose was just that…FAST!

I did however get everything together and really enjoyed seeing my white, neon blue, and neon orange soap come together as I “swirled” around and through my colors.  After using my spatula to make this pretty cool design, I poured it into my silicone mold.  But, I poured it slowly back and forth from end to end.  I was mesmerized at how cool the colors were as they moved about inside the mold.

After the soap  in the mold had set up enough, I used the remaining batter to get an awesome heaping loaf of soap.  When I was done, I was happy with what I created.  A little stressed but only because I wanted it to be perfect.  I strive for perfection and unfortunately for me, I will fail at this (and have) a few times before I perfect it.  I am glad that I will fail however, only because it will make me a better soaper.  This is how you will learn, right?

When I tell my friends what I do here at Natures Garden, they are like, “wow, that sounds like so much fun”, and it is, creating and making your own stuff, heck ya!  Sometimes these recipes may seem a bit intimidating, but, be aware of your ingredients, and know their personalities and how they work together.  We have “fool” proof instructions, we HAVE failed too.  This is the best ways to become experts on what works.  When it comes to the free recipes that Natures Garden provides, what we present to you, is easily understood with virtually no guess work needed.

If you would like to see the full Argan Soap Recipe, please click on this link.

In closing, I can still say, it was a lot of fun making this soap; even if I did stress myself out.

We kids, until my next adventure, have a FABULOUS day!

Cindy

Mar
24

Sinus Relief Scent

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Sinus ReliefSinus Relief Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Sinus Relief scent is great for personal use or for scenting your marketable products.  In fact,  this fragrance is considered a must have by many of our clients because it works in everything from candles to bath and body products.  This highly recommended sinus relief scent smells just like the popular rub.  Many of our customers state not only do products scented in this fragrance oil sell out, but it also brings many people coming back for more.  If you are looking for a soothing type fragrance oil that really impresses, sinus relief should be on the top of your list.

What does Sinus Relief Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Ever smell the scent of Vick’s Vapor Rub?  This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a cool, crisp blend of camphor, eucalyptus, and mint. Great for stuffed up noses!

How Do Our Customers Use Sinus Relief Fragrance Oil?

For crafters in the candle making realm or home scenting realm; Sinus Relief is a definite for anytime of the year!  Many of our customers rave about this fragrance oil and use it in their Joy wax, WOW wax, palm wax, and Soy waxes.  Both the hot and cold scent throw are nice and strong, filling the whole house!  As for other home scenting ideas; this fragrance oil has been used to make aroma beads, reed diffusers, smelly jellies, and works exceptionally well for oil burners too.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%.  Sinus Relief fragrance is used to make:  bath salts, bath bombs, shower steam melts, body rubs, and body creams.  For those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is soothing and performed very well.  Here are the official results: Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  Scent is wonderful.  The perfect soap for sinus problems.  No discoloration.

If you want to try an amazing recipe using this great sinus relief scent, please click on this link to view Natures Gardens Sinus Relief Bath Bomb Recipe.  These bath bombs are quite simply the best.