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Oct
09

Oils For Soap Making


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Oils For Soap MakingOils For Soap Making

There are quite a few different kinds of oils for soap making. Each type of cosmetic oil has different properties that can be used to create batches of soap with different qualities. The main qualities that these oils can provide for your soap are hardness, cleansing, conditioning, bubbly lather, and creamy lather. Whether you are in interested in creating a moisturizing bar of soap, extremely cleansing bar of soap, or want to create a different kind of soap there are a few things you will need to know, a bit about the oils you are using is just one of those things. So, it can be useful to understand the impact that each of these cosmetic oils can have on your soap batch. At Natures Garden you can find all kinds of bulk oils for soap making that would be wonderful for making your own soap recipes! So, we will go over a few of the soaping oils that you could use to create your homemade soap making.

Oils For Soap Making Apricot Kernel OilOils For Soap Making Apricot Kernel Oil

First, we have a lovely cosmetic oil that is perfect for moisturizing the skin. Apricot kernel oil will easily absorb into your skin and provide your skin with the deep nourishment that it deserves. This oil is perfect for soap making and can be used in either cold or hot process soap with a recommended usage rate of 5%-10%. This oil is excellent, luxurious, and very conditioning! In fact, this oil will provide you soap bars with some amazing conditioning properties. Since this oil is such a skin loving cosmetic ingredient, it is sure to transfer this ability to your handmade soaps. Also, this oil will provide your bars with a slightly harder finished soap with a creamier lather.

Oils For Soap Making Avocado OilOils For Soap Making Avocado Oil

Another great soaping oil that you can add to your homemade recipes is avocado oil with a usage rate of 5%-30%. This lovely oil is perfect for skin care and would be wonderful in your homemade cold process soap. Not only is this oil wonderful for moisturizing your skin, but this cosmetic oil is gentle enough for even sensitive skin. Further, this soaping ingredient will provide a creamy lather as well as a conditioning properties that you will love in your homemade products! 

Oils For Soap Making Castor OilOils For Soap Making Castor Oil

Also, you can use castor oil to create lovely soap by adding this oil to your own recipes. Castor oil is a humectant so, it will attract moisture to your skin. This oil provides your soap with conditioning properties as well as a lather that is both very creamy and bubbly! You will love this oil in your homemade recipes. You can use about 5%-7% to get these lovely properties in your bars. Just make sure that you don’t use too much because more than 10% could make your soaps sticky.

Oils For Soap Making Coconut OilOils For Soap Making Coconut Oil 76

Further, you can incorporate coconut oil 76 in your homemade soap recipes. Coconut oil 76 will stay in a solid state in temperatures below 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Coconut oil will provide you with a harder and whiter soap bar with a bubbly lather. Also, this cosmetic ingredient is a very cleansing oil that is perfect for soap making. While this oil is not very conditioning, this can be countered by superfatting the recipe. Since this oil can strip the skin of natural oils and leave the skin dry when used above 30-35%, you can use a higher amount of other oils that are highly conditioning for the skin. This will allow your bar to be cleansing as well as moisturizing. We recommend no more than 20% of oil for soap making in your recipe.

Oils For Soap Making Coconut Oil FractionatedOils For Soap Making Fractionated Coconut Oil

Although, fractionated coconut oil has similar properties to coconut oil 76 in a bar of soap, there are also some differences. Fractionated coconut oil will contribute to making a bar of soap that will both be cleansing and provide a more bubbly lather. Furthermore, this cosmetic oil will provide you with a bar soap that is harder. While this oil won’t provide your bar of soap with any conditioning properties, you can easily pair this oil with other ingredients that are more conditioning. Combining ingredients with differing traits will make sure that you have a bar of soap with properties that are well-rounded. In addition, fractionated coconut oil contains only the medium-chain triglycerides of coconut oil making it liquid at room temperature. Finally, it has an almost unlimited shelf life.

Oils For Soap Making Grapeseed OilOils For Soap Making Grapeseed Oil

Also, you can use grapeseed oil in your own homemade recipes for making soap from scratch. This cosmetic oil is useful for adding some extra conditioning properties to your soap bars. In fact, this oil is typically used to superfat a recipe. So, this oil would be great for pairing with coconut oil to create a cleansing recipe that won’t dry out your skin. Plus, grapeseed oil will absorb easily into the skin. This means that your skin will be perfectly moisturized without a greasy feeling.  Further, this cosmetic ingredient will provide your recipe with a bit of a creamy lather and a slightly harder bar. Our recommended usage rate for grapeseed oil is up to 5%.

Oils For Soap Making Jojoba OilOils For Soap Making Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is another lovely cosmetic oil that can be used for soap making. Plus, this ingredient is a luxurious oil that is perfect for conditioning your skin. So, this oil will provide your soap with a bit of a conditioning property. Not only is this ingredient perfect for moisturizing the body, but this oil has remarkable absorption and will sink deep down into the skin. While this lovely oil is great for creating deeply moisturizing bars of soap, this ingredient may speed up trace, so you will want to be prepared to work a bit quicker with this batch. You can use 5-10% of this carrier oil in your soap making recipe. Further, jojoba oil has a long shelf, which is uncommon for luxury oils, of about 1-2 years. 

Oils For Soap Making Macadamia Nut OilOils For Soap Making Macadamia Nut Oil

Next, you can use macadamia nut oil for soap making. Macadamia nut oil provides wonderful nourishment for aging skin. In addition, this skin loving oil will easily absorb into your skin without a greasy feel left behind. This lovely carrier oil is is high in both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Since the levels of antioxidants are high, macadamia nut oil is not prone to rancidity. We recommend using no more than 10% of this oil in your handmade soap recipe.

Oils For Soap Making Meadowfoam Seed OilOils For Soap Making Meadowfoam Seed Oil

Furthermore, you can use meadowfoam seed oil for soap making. Adding this soaping oil to your soap from scratch will provide both conditioning and a bit of cleansing properties. While this oil has no fatty acids, it is still quite conditioning for the skin. In fact, this oil is so conditioning that meadowfoam seed oil is often used to superfat the soap batch. Also, this oil has an excellent resistance to oxidation and is not prone to rancidity. Additionally, this cosmetic oil can be used as a binder that may help to increase the life of fragrance oil. So, this oil is perfect to make scent in soap last longer. You can use this cosmetic oil at about 5-10%.

Oils For Soap Making Olive OilOils For Soap Making Olive Oil

Olive oil is a very popular cosmetic ingredient that can be used to create homemade soap. This oil is a very conditioning oil that is perfect for creating a moisturizing bars of soap. Due to this property, many people can use this cosmetic ingredient to create Castille Soap, which is also referred to baby soap. This soft baby soap is made from olive oil with no other cosmetic oils added. Another type of soap that this oil is used to create is Marseille soap, which is made with 72% or more of this oil. This second type of soaping recipe is created to add other oils and create a better lather. Since Olive Oil can leave a lather that is a bit “slimy” with limited bubbles, many would prefer to add other oils to create a better kind of lather. Also, this soap making oil can be used to add some hardness to the bar and a bit of a creamy lather to your batch.   

Oils For Soap Making Palm OilOils For Soap Making Palm Oil

Additionally, you can use palm oil to create your homemade soap recipes. In fact, this oil, along with olive oil and coconut oil, is one of the most common oils that is used for making soap. This cosmetic additive will provide your batch of soap with a few different beneficial properties. Due to the properties of conditioning, a creamy lather, and a hard bar that are added to the bar from the soaping oils, this batch of soap is commonly enjoyed by soap makers. It is solid a room temperature. Although this cosmetic ingredient is great for making quality bars of soap, you need to be ready as it can speed up trace.

Oils For Soap Making Pumpkin Seed OilOils For Soap Making Pumpkin Seed Oil

Also, pumpkin seed oil is a great soap making oil that you can use for your handcrafted bars of soap. This cosmetic ingredient is a dark oil that contains nutrients to the skin, like vitamins A,C,E,K, and zinc. As well as providing nutrients to the skin, this oil can provide some lovely qualities to the batch of soap. This cosmetic oil mostly provides conditioning properties. Further, the oil can provide a bit of hardness and a creamy lather and has a slight nutty aroma. Finally, the recommended usage rate is 5-10%.

Oils For Soap Making Rice Bran OilOils For Soap Making Rice Bran Oil

Further, you can use rice bran oil in your homemade soap making recipes, containing lots of antioxidants and vitamins. This cosmetic oil is perfect for mature and sensitive skin types. Not only is this oil great for more sensitive types of skin, but rice bran oil can provide your bars with some lovely properties. First, this oil can give your bar conditioning properties. Also, this oil can give your bar wonderful creamy lathering properties. So, soaps that use this cosmetic oil will create a soap batch with a conditioning, rich, creamy lather.

Oils For Soap Making Safflower OilOils For Soap Making Safflower Oil

Also, safflower oil is a lovely cosmetic oil that can be used to create nice bars of homemade soap. First of all, this soap making oil is very conditioning. Plus, oil can provide slight properties of hardness and creamy lather to the soap. So, you can create a mild and very moisturizing bar of soap with this oil. You can use up 5-15% of this ingredient.

Oils For Soap Making Sesame Seed OilOils For Soap Making Sesame Seed Oil

Another great oil for soap making is sesame seed oil. This lovely ingredient is said to be helpful in treating eczema and psoriasis. Further, this cosmetic oil will provide conditioning power, a creamy, stable lather, and a silky feel. Furthermore, this ingredient can be used to slow down the trace in your batch. Also, sesame seed oil has a natural, nutty aroma with a long shelf life, this oil is not prone to rancidity. You can use 5-10% of this oil in your batch.

Oils For Soap Making Sunflower OilOils For Soap Making Sunflower Oil

Furthermore, you can add sunflower oil to your soap making recipe. This cosmetic ingredient is most commonly chosen to slow down trace, which is very helpful for creating some swirled soap. So, you will have more time to work with your batch and get creative! Also, this cosmetic oil can provide lovely properties of this batch of cold process soap. This oil will add conditioning properties, a creamy lather, and a silky feel. Further, Sunflower Oil can naturally resist rancidity due to its high vitamin E content. If you choose to use this oil in your soap batch, then you can use up to 25% in soap batches. Just realize that using a high percentage of this oil will create a softer bar. So, it may be helpful to pair this oil with another ingredient that will strengthen your bar.

Oils For Soap Making Sweet Almond OilOils For Soap Making Sweet Almond Oil

Another cosmetic oil that you can include in your homemade soap making recipes is sweet almond oil. This ingredient is a light oil that is perfect for adding some skin care qualities to the soap bars. This soaping oil is perfect for conditioning purposes. Furthermore, this oil will absorb perfectly into your skin and provide your deepest layers with nourishment. Also, you can use 5-10% of this cosmetic oil in your soaping batch.

Creating Your Own Homemade Soap

Now that you have learned a bit more about the soaping ingredients can impact your final product, it would be a great time to create you very own soap recipe! You can choose a few of your favorite cosmetic oils and use the Recipe Calculator on Soapcalc to perfectly formulate the perfect soap making recipes. While it is super fun to make your very own recipe, you can check out our formulations. The Cold Process Soap Recipes page on the Natures Garden website has quite a few different types of soap recipes that may be great for you. All you have to do is take a look through the recipes we created and try your favorites.

Sep
18

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe


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Bamboo Hemp Soap RecipeBamboo Hemp Soap Recipe

Check out a melt and pour soap recipe that is decorative and simple to create! There are so many reasons why this handmade soap recipe is a great choice. The first great part of this handmade soap recipe is that it uses Natures Garden’s melt and pour soap base. So, this layered soap is easy to create and you don’t have to deal with lye. Plus, the whole star anise provides a simple way to decorate your lovely soaps. Together you have a perfect method for creating adorable soaps. Furthermore, the soap smells fantastic! This recipe uses our Bamboo Hemp Fragrance, which is a well-balanced blend of bamboo stalks, vetiver, and patchouli, with undertones of hemp seed and oakmoss. The Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe will also show you how to layer melt and pour soap and add herbal embeds. So, this is wonderful melt and pour soap recipe for homemade soap makers!

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Star Anise and Potential Skin Benefits

Whole star anise is a great cosmetic herb for nourishing your skin. There are many that have found that star anise is great for keeping your skin healthy and glowing, as it is known to soften and nourish your skin. This makes this herb perfect for the addition of melt and pour soap. Plus, this cosmetic herb has been said to be wonderful for reducing wrinkles. Also, some have found that this wonderful herb is great for reducing acne or dry skin related issues. So, this ingredient may be as beneficial to your skin as it is pretty for the top layer of your soap!

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Ingredients Available at Natures Garden

Bamboo Hemp Fragrance Oil
Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap
Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap
Star Anise Whole
Small Square Tray Mold
Cutter for Mitre Box
Natures Garden Soap Apron
1 oz. Black Bullet Bottles
Black Fine Mist Sprayer 20/410

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Other Necessary Ingredients and Equipment You Will Need

Two Microwave Safe Mixing Bowls 
Mixing Spoons
Microwave
Scale 
Knife 
Rubbing Alcohol
Cutting Board

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Weights and Amounts of Your Ingredients

400 grams Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap
590 grams Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap
29 grams Bamboo Hemp Fragrance Oil
16 Whole Star Anise

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Necessary Preparations Prior to Starting

First of all, you are going to want to clean all of your equipment and your work station. This will make sure that your finished product is clean and free of contaminants. This process isn’t difficult and will absolutely benefit your homemade products. So, sanitize the counter top or the table that you are going to work on. In addition, clean and sanitize all of the equipment you will be using.

Also, you may want to get all of your supplies together and within reach of your work space. This way you will have all the equipment ready to use for creating the melt and pour soap. You will also want to fill your spray bottle with rubbing alcohol so that you can spray the freshly poured melt and pour soap quickly. This will release any air bubble that pop up when pouring your mp soap base.  In addition, rubbing alcohol will help the layers adhere to each other.

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Getting the Whole Star Anise ReadyBamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Getting the Whole Star Anise Ready

First, you are going to get your whole star anise herb ready for later use in the homemade soap recipe. Since you are going to need this cosmetic herb for your clear layer of melt and pour, it will help to have the stars ready. Since it will save you time to get this herb ready, you should pick out your Star Anise before you begin the recipe. So, look through your bag of Whole Star Anise to find some whole pieces of the Star Anise that you would like to use in the soap. Although you can use broken pieces as long as you don’t mind that ascetic in your final bars of soap. Regardless of your preference, you will need to get together 16 individual whole star anise pieces for this melt and pour soap recipe.

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Preparing the Clear Layer of SoapBamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Preparing the Clear Layer of Soap

Next, you are going to get the clear melt and pour soap ready to use for your first layer. So, grab your scale and weigh out 200 grams of your Natures Garden Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap into a microwave safe bowl. After, you will need to use your microwave to melt your clear soap base. Melting your soap base should be done in short bursts. You want to use thirty second busts in the microwave until all of the soap is completely melted. This method of melting your soap will prevent you from accidentally over heating your mp soap base.

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe After the Soap has Melted

Now, that your melt and pour soap has finished melting you are going to be ready to pour the soap into your mold. You don’t need to add any color to this layer because you will need to see the Star Anise Whole through the melt and pour soap. Further, we don’t need to add fragrance oil to this layer. But, don’t worry about your soap because the bottom layer will be scented. We just can’t scent this clear layer or the fragrance would add a yellow tint to the layer. This is because the soap doesn’t have a color and the Bamboo Hemp Fragrance Oil has a slight yellow tint. So, this layer of your soap should remain unscented and uncolored.

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Pouring Your First Soap LayerBamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Pouring Your First Soap Layer

After your clear, unscented melt and pour soap has entirely melted, you are ready to pour your melted soap. Be sure to move quickly as you pour your soap as you are going to need to place in the herbs before your soap sets up. So, retrieve the soap mold and the star anise that you have chosen for the top layer of your melt and pour soap. Now, pour your melt and pour soap into your soap mold.

Next, take your whole star anise and place each individual star anise into the center of each cavity in the soap mold. After all of the star anise has been placed, spray the top of your soap layer with the rubbing alcohol. This will release bubbles in the melted soap and help your layers to stick together better. Now, make sure that your layer is completely set up before moving on to the next step.

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe After the Clear Soap Layer is Completely Set UpBamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Pouring the Second Clear Soap Layer

Now, you will see that your first clear layer has not completely covered the entire whole star anise. This amount of melt and pour soap was intentional, as it will help with the placement of the star anise. Next, we will be pouring the second half of the clear layer to completely cover the star anise whole. The thought process behind this method of embedding the herb was that this will help to hold the herb in place. So, this means that your stars will be less likely to be crooked or start to float. So, your star anise will be better at staying where you put it, in the center and top of your bars of soap.

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Pouring the Second Clear LayerBamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Pouring the Second Clear Layer

Next, you are going to pour the second half of the clear melt and pour soap layer. So, melt another portion of 200 grams of clear melt and pour soap. You are going to want to melt this batch the same way that you did before to prevent burning the soap. So, use your microwave in 30 second increments. Before you pour this portion of clear melt and pour soap make sure to spray the previous layer with rubbing alcohol. After, pour the second clear layer onto your previously set up soap layer. Then, spray the top of the melt and pour soap layer with the rubbing alcohol.  Allow the final clear layer to completely setup before moving to the next step.

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Preparing the Second Layer of Your SoapBamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Preparing the White Layer of Your Soap

Next, you are going to be preparing the white layer of your melt and pour soap bars. So, grab your scale and weigh out 590 grams of the Natures Garden’s Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap Base. Next, you will need to melt your soap base with a microwave. Again, we recommend that you use 30 second increments until the soap is entirely liquid. After your soap is entirely melted you are ready to add the fragrance oil. So, weigh out 29 grams of Natures Garden’s Bamboo Hemp Fragrance Oil. Then, you are going to add this refreshing fragrance oil to your melted soap base. Stir in the fragrance evenly to make sure that all of the scent has been incorporated. After, you are ready to move on to the next step.

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Pouring the White Layer of Your SoapBamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Pouring the White Layer of Your Soap

Now, you are ready to pour your white layer of Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap Base into your soap mold. This white melt and pour soap will be the bottom layer for your finished soap bars. After this final layer is poured, you will want to spray the top with some of the rubbing alcohol. This will help to remove the air bubbles that may be trapped under the surface of this soap layer. Once you spray the soap, wait for this layer to entirely set up. After this white soap layer is entirely hardened, you will be ready for the next step in this process.

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Slice Your Finished SoapBamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Slice Your Finished Soap

Next, you are going to want to slice your finished slab of soap into individual bars. First, remove the melt and pour soap from your mold. Place the mold on the table or counter top, flip it over, and gently press to release the bamboo hemp soap from the mold. Then, turn the soap over so you can see the top clear layer. You will notice, the mold that you have used will provide you with a single slab of soap, but there are indented portions that are designed for easy cutting. Before you cut, you are going to want to set your slab of layered soap onto the cutting board. Now, you can cut your soap using a knife, or the soap cutter typically used with a mitre box for soap making. So, use your chosen cutting implement to slice along the lower sections of the melt and pour soap slab. Once you cut along each line you will end up with 16 individual soap bars that each soap embedded with a whole star anise. Now, you have completed your melt and pour soaps and are ready to use your finished soap!

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Share Your CreationsBamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Share Your Creations

Finally, your melt and pour soap creation is ready for you to use. We hope that you enjoy your finished products! This finished soap is great for use as lovely decoration or a wonderful skin loving soap recipe. If you would love to share your experience, we would love to see your finished products! If you would like to share pictures, share stories of your experience, or even ask some questions, then you can find us on our Instagram and Twitter @ngscents or you can follow us on our Facebook page! Also, you can easily find our Facebook page by clicking here. We would love to hear from you and see your handmade candle, soap, and cosmetic creations!

 

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Jul
20

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits


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Melt and Pour Soap BenefitsMelt and Pour Soap Benefits

We at Natures Garden would like to share some of the melt and pour soap benefits with customers that may not know too much about soaping. There are quite a few different methods one can use to create soaps, so it can be a bit overwhelming for new soapers. Every method has some benefits that you may enjoy, but you must choose the method that will be best for you and the situation you are in.

While many find melt and pour soap to be one of the easier ways to make soap at home, even the most experienced soapmaker may come back to this method. Honestly, it all depends on what the soaps are needed for and the time you have available. So, at one point or another, anyone can benefit from knowing a bit about this method. If you have never used melt and pour soap or are thinking about trying this method again, then we’d like to share with you all of the great things about melt and pour soap. So, here is why melt and pour soap is a great soap making method!

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Great for Beginning Soap MakersMelt and Pour Soap Benefits Great for Beginning Soap Makers

Due to a few different aspects of this soap making method, beginning soap makers may want to start with this method. This is an easy way to introduce soap making into your crafting. This method won’t have you working with lye right out of the gate. This can help prevent you from feeling overwhelmed with everything all at once. Instead, a new soap maker can get used to the time sensitive nature of cooling soap, adding fragrance oils, and coloring soap. Plus, this method skips right to the fun of creating to let you experience all the fun. Melt and pour soap allows you to have fun trying out soap making before jumping into more complex methods. You can create very simple soaps that are still cute with this method without taking too much time or skill to complete.

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Creativity and Additional Ingredients

There is so much that you can do with melt and pour soap! As long as you have some molds, additives, and a creative mind you can make anything you want. Further, you can look to our Melt & Pour Soap Recipes page for soap making inspiration and ideas. In addition, you can print out the step by step soap making tutorials for each project on that page. While melting soap and pouring it into molds may sound like it is simple and boring, we can show you that there is so much that you can create with this method of soap making.

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Manipulating the Shape of the SoapMelt and Pour Soap Benefits Manipulating the Shape of the Soap

Since melt and pour soap will take on the shape of whatever it sets up in, it is pretty easy to shape the soap into whatever you’d like. For example, our Lollipop Soap Recipe used a flat shaped soap layer and cut it into strips that we curled to create a lollipop appearance. Also, the Fresh Fallen Leaves Soap Recipe used straws to have soap shaped like a tree trunk. This along with the melt and pour soap leaves created a very pretty soap! Plus, you can make more simple soaps that are super cute like the Neapolitan Cupcake Soap Recipe, which uses a layered cupcake base and whipped frosting on top.

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Adding Herbs and MicaMelt and Pour Soap Benefits Adding Herbs and Mica

Also, you can incorporate micas and even herbs into your soap! You can take your chosen additives and include it right into your melted soap. We have done this with our Blarney Stone Soap Recipe. Gold mica was added to the clear melt and pour soap base and can be seen incorporated right into the soap bar. So, you can use this technique to create a prettier appearance for your soaps. Additionally, you can add herbs or powders to provide your soap with certain properties. For example, we created the Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe with activated charcoal powder to provide a more cleansing bar of soap that provides a deep pore clean. Regardless of why you want to add herbs, mica, or other powders, the best part is that you have the option to if you need it!

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Making Embed SoapMelt and Pour Soap Benefits Making Embed Soap

Additionally, you can add soap embeds to your melt and pour soap bars. This technique gives you the freedom to create even more creative kinds of soap. This would have you create a smaller soap prior to creating your soap bar so that you can add shapes into the soap bar itself.

While it will all be melt and pour soap, you will be able to use the embedded soap to create designs or certain effects. For example, creating the swirl for the Cinnabun Melt and Pour Soap Recipe. We wanted to add a swirl to make the soap bar look more like a cinnamon roll and less plain after we cut our soap loaf. Plus, it just looks so cute! Also, we used this embed soap idea to make the seeds for our Watermelon Soap Recipe. Otherwise, our soap wouldn’t have looked like a slice of watermelon! Sometimes the embed soap really pulls your soap idea together!

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Option to Make Clear Soap

Another creative option unique to melt and pour soap is creating a bar that you can see straight into. We all know that we can see embed soaps by cutting a loaf of soap into a few individual bars. However, diamond clear melt and pour soap offers another way to get creative with embed soaps. You can create a bar of soap with solid shapes and colors inside that you will be able to see without cutting.

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Mango Loofah Melt and Pour Soap RecipeSimply add a layer of diamond clear soap, place your solid object or colored soap inside, and add your top layer. This leaves you with a solid bar of soap with a fun design inside. We have used this method to create the Mango Loofah Melt and Pour Soap Recipe, where you can see the loofah inside the soap bar. Another idea is to use this soap technique to create kids toys with fun little toys inside. 

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Some Choice with the Ingredients

While you aren’t in complete control of the ingredients that are in your soap base, there are some things that you can do. First of all, you can choose your type of soap base. There are a lot of different melt and pour soap bases to choose from that all have different ingredients. For example, you can choose the SLS FREE Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap if you are looking for soap base without SLS. We have a lot of different types that may suit your individual soaping needs on Natures Garden’s Melt and Pour Soap page. Some of my favorites are our Shea Butter MP Soap Base and the Honey MP Base. Whether you are looking for a with a little extra of something, soap without a certain ingredient, or a base with a certain appearance, you can find all our soap bases on our site.

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Controlling Certain IngredientsMelt and Pour Soap Benefits Controlling the Ingredients

Not only can you choose different types of soap base to control the ingredients, but you are in control of scenting and coloring. If you have sensitive skin or allergies, then you can create melt and pour soaps that agree with your skin. First, those with sensitivities to fragrances and essential oils can leave the bar unscented. Also, those that would rather not use liquid soap dye can use natural herbs to color the soap or leave the soap it’s natural color. Thus, you do have some control over the content of your soap bars.

Furthermore, you can add a little bit more of your favorite oils of butters to the soap base you choose. If you find a soap base that has all the ingredients you like, but you wish that it included another ingredient, you have the freedom to add something else. However, you need to be careful not to add too much as this can change the bar and could lose its lather. So, we would not recommend introducing more than a tablespoon of your added oils or butters per pound of mp soap. But, you can play with your recipe to find the right proportion for your soap bars.

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Convenience of this Method

Another great reason to work with melt and pour soap is that it is super easy to create soaps! This soap making method is very simple in every way from prepping to create the soap to the clean up process. So, let’s go over all the ways that melt and pour soap making saves you time and effort.

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Can Use the Soap Immediately

Also, you can use your soaps immediately after you make them. Obviously, the melt and pour soap base has been previously created and gone through saponification before you buy the melt and pour soap base. While you don’t have to worry about the lye, the soap already has it in the soap. But, the lye that was used to make the soap has already had time to fully react before the soap bases were sold. This means that the curing process has already completely finished before you even open the soap package. So, no need to wait after you form your masterpieces! As soon as your soaps are colored, scented, and out of their molds it can go straight into the bath tub! This is wonderful because you don’t have to worry about waiting long enough to prevent irritation and you can use the soap right away with no waiting.

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Quick, Easy, and Fun

Furthermore, this soap making method is perfect for those that are in a hurry to have their soaps done. If you need to get your soaps ready quick for a gathering, a gift, or just excited to use it yourself, then this is a good soaping choice. Everything about this soaping method is quicker. In the beginning, there are fewer preparations and after you finish there is no curing time before using the soap. So, you will have your finished soaps ready as soon as everything has set up and popped out of the molds.

Also, melt and pour soap making is perfect for those that are in the mood to skip right to the creative part of soap making. Since melt and pour soap already has the first few steps of the soaping process complete, you don’t need to worry about these. So, you will have more time and energy to focus on creating super cute soap! You are left with the coloring, scenting, and shaping of your soaps. Simply melt the soap, fill your molds, and get creative.  This soap method is an easy way to get right to the fun part of soap making!

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits No Need to Deal with LyeMelt and Pour Soap Benefits No Need to Deal with Lye

While lye is safe with the necessary safety precautions, sometimes it is just easier to let somebody else do all the leg work. In this case, our melt and pour soap base lets you buy your slabs of soap after they have cured. Thus, there is a lot less to prepare when working with melt and pour soap. For example, you won’t need to take as many safety precautions or wear as much protective clothing during the creation of your soap. Also, you won’t have to deal with making the lye water solution or combining the oils at the right temperature. So, no need to have vinegar handy because lye burns won’t ever happen with this soaping method. Thus, melt and pour soap making is just that much easier to work with!

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Clean Up Is Easy

Further, the clean up for this method is very easy. Since this the melt and pour soap base is already completed soap, all you really need to do is wash your utensils with water. No need to worry about unreacted lye and no intense scrubbing or vinegar required. Just like soap, your left over base will rinse right out of your bowl.

Jun
28

Soap Making Molds


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Soap Making MoldsSoap Making Molds

Are you new to soapmaking or just looking for something new to do with your craft? Sometimes a new type of soap mold is just the creative touch you need to get going. We at Natures Garden have many different kinds of Soap Making Molds that you can use to make unique handmade soaps! Regardless of what method you use for soaping we have just the mold for you.

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First, we have a perfect mold for all kinds of soapmaking methods. These soap molds are sturdy enough for cold process soaps and still perfect for melt and pour soap. If you like to make soap loaves, then this is the mold for you! You can create swirls, embed, and anything else you can imagine. Then, you just cut your slices and you have bars ready to use. It is so easy!

 

Soap Making Molds Silicone Soap Mold - 4 Loaf Molds Energize

 

We used this mold to create our very pretty Energize Cold Process Soap Recipe! This loaf mold was used to create this vibrant in the pot swirl soap and it is perfect!

 

Soap Making Molds Silicone Soap Mold - 4 Loaf Molds Sunflower

 

Also, our Sunflower and Sunshine Soap Recipe was created using this soap mold! We layered three different colors in the loaf and cut the bars to get this pretty design.

 

 

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Also, you can use this cupcake shaped mold to create some really adorable soap! This mold has two cavities where the cupcake bottom is 2 3/4″ in diameter (top of cupcake base) x 1 1/4″ deep. So, it is a pretty good sized cupcake soap. Plus, it is perfect for adding whipped topping to create a more realistic design!

 

 


Our Peeps Bunny Cupcake Soap Recipe Is a bright, fun soap that perfectly uses this cupcake mold! Plus, this recipe uses the Silicone Soap Mold- 12 Peeps Bunny Mold to create perfect peeps to top the cupcake!

Soap Making Molds 6 Cavity Star - Silicone Soap MoldSoap Making Molds 6 Cavity Star – Silicone Soap Mold

Also, you can use one of our fun shaped silicone molds for soaping.  This mold creates six 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/4″ star-shaped soaps. This mold would work perfectly for any kind of soap making method. Plus, they are freezer, refrigerator, oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe. So, you can cool your soap quicker and cleanup is easy!

 

 

Soap Making Molds 6 Cavity Star - Silicone Soap Mold Layered

 

Also, this soap mold is perfect for Fourth of July creations, which you can see with our Layered Melt and Pour Soap Recipe! These awesome starts are striped with the signature red, white and blue to create perfect soaps for the fourth.

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While you may need to watch the temperature at which you pour your soap, this mold can be used for all methods of soap making. As long as you pour below 145 degrees Fahrenheit, your mold will hold up. These pretty lips have three cavities that are each  4″ X 2.4″ X 1.3″ deep so they will make some pretty good sized soap.

 

 

Soap Making Molds Lips - Mold Market Molds Kiss Soap

 

Further, you can use this soap mold to create the Metallic Kiss Soap Recipe. Not only are these soaps kissy lips, but they have shimmery mica, too! These are too cute to not have!

Soap Making Molds Basic Rectangle - Mold Market MoldsSoap Making Molds Basic Rectangle – Mold Market Molds

Next, we have a mold that is perfect for making smooth bars of soap. The mold has three cavities that are 3.4 ” X 2.3 ” X 1″ deep. Unlike bars form a loaf, this mold provides you with a more even bar. Plus, you don’t have to worry about cutting smooth or straight because they are already individual bars!

 

 

Soap Making Molds Basic Rectangle - Mold Market Molds Graffiti

 

One fun recipe for this mold is the Graffiti Melt and Pour Soap Recipe! This fun soap recipe uses drizzled soap to add various colors to a white bar of SHEA BUTTER Melt and Pour SOAP.

 

Soap Making Molds Basic Rectangle - Mold Market Molds Honeycomb

 

Also, the Honeycomb Soap Recipe is another awesome idea for this soap mold. We used some bubble wrap to create an appearance of a honeycomb to perfectly match this scent!

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Another great mold for making nice bars of soap. This mold has three cavities that are each 3.7″ X 2.5″ X 1″ deep. Also, make sure to watch the temperature that you are pouring. Once your soap sets up you will have perfectly rounded bars of soap that are ready to use!

 

 

 

Plus, you can use this mold to create our Tea Tree Soap Recipe! This recipe uses real tea tree essential oil that is perfect for defeating fungus and other skin issues!

Soap Making Mold 6 Cavity Flower - Silicone Soap MoldSoap Making Mold 6 Cavity Flower – Silicone Soap Mold

Further, you can try a mold that shapes your soap like flowers! This mold has six 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/4″ deep cavities. Plus, the mold is made of silicone, which makes removing your soap easier.

 

 

 

 

One soap recipe that demonstrates the cute, flower shape is our Peppered Poppy Seed Cold Process Soap Recipe. Further, all of our soap testing for every fragrance oil used this very same soap mold, which you can see on our YouTube Channel. It was easy to use and removing the soap was super simple!

 

Soap Making Molds Peace Sign- Mold Market MoldsSoap Making Molds Peace Sign – Molds Market Molds

Alternatively, you can use the Peace Sign soap mold for your creations. This mold has three cavities that are 3 x 3 x 1 1/8 inch deep. Also, this mold is made of a high-quality plastic that will hold up to all types of soap, as long as you pour below 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

 

Soap Making Molds Peace Sign - Molds Market Molds Recipe

 

Our World Peace Cold Process Soap Recipe uses this soap mold wonderfully and would be perfect for celebrating the International Day of Peace! Plus, they almost look like tie dye soap from our fun in the pot swirl!

Soap Making Molds Square Loaf - Mold Market MoldsSoap Making Molds Square Loaf – Mold Market Molds

Another mold you can try is our classic square loaf mold. Whether you are making cp soap, hp soap, or melt and pour soap, this mold is a nice choice as it is a high quality plastic soap. Also, it is 9 1/4 inches long, 2 3/4 deep, 3 1/4 at widest point.

 

 

 

 

One Melt and Pour Recipe that uses this mold perfectly is the Psychedelic Suds Soap Recipe! Each bar has this wild, colorful appearance and you get quite a few bars of soap out of a single loaf

 

Soap Making Molds Square Loaf - Mold Market Molds Lavender Soap

 

Also, the Lavender Cold Process Soap Recipe works out perfect with this soap making mold. These bars are gorgeously swirled and topped with fluffy whipped soap and real lavender!

 

Soap Making Molds Square Loaf - Mold Market Molds Cinnanut Coffee Soap

 

Another super cute melt and pour soap recipe that uses this soap mold is the Cinnanut Coffee Soap Recipe. This soap has coffee layers with a creamy, foam topping and has a sprinkling of real cinnamon on top! Plus, this soap looks super cute!

 

Soap Making Molds Shamrock - Silicone Soap MoldSoap Making Molds Shamrock – Silicone Soap Mold

Also, you can you this shamrock-shaped silicone mold to create some creative soaps! This mold has six 2.5 x 2.75 x 1.5″ deep that are all shaped like clovers! Plus, the silicone is easy to work with for soap makers.

 

 

 

Soap Making Molds Shamrock - Silicone Soap Mold layered Soap

 

Our 4 Leaf Clover Layered Soap Recipe is great for this mold! Also, they are super cute for St. Patrick’s Day!

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If you are making soap with honey, you may want to consider using the honey bee mold. It would be a perfect match! This mold is a high quality plastic soap mold with three cavities. Each cavity is 3 1/2 inch diameter x 1 inch deep.

 

 

 

 

Our Loofah Honey Melt and Pour Soap Recipe is a great soap recipe for this mold. It uses our Honey Melt and Pour Soap, which contains real honey!

Soap Making Molds 4 Bundt Cake  Molds - Silicone Soap MoldSoap Making Molds 4 Bundt Cake  Molds – Silicone Soap Mold

Another unique mold that you can use is the silicone bundt cake! This mold can be used for any method of soap to create four 1/2 pound soap loafs. Plus, the silicone material makes it super easy to use and clean!

 

 

 

Soap Making Molds 4 Bundt Cake  Molds - Silicone Soap Mold Cake

 

The 7 Up Bundt Cake Soap Recipe is a perfect recipe for making these cake shaped soap! This recipe even uses a soap based glaze to make it really look like cake!

 

Soap Making Molds Dome Top Oval - Mold Market MoldsSoap Making Molds Dome Top Oval – Mold Market Molds

Furthermore, you can create some rounded soaps with this dome top oval mold. This soap mold will create three individual bars with its 4.2″ x 2.8″ x 1.4″ deep cavities. Plus, it is made from high-quality plastic, which can withstand cp and hp soap at temperatures lower than 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

 

 

Soap Making Molds Dome Top Oval - Mold Market Molds Beet

 

This Beet Root Facial Soap Recipe can be created with this mold. Each bar is a sensitive, natural, and smooth soap that will truly care for your soap!

 

Soap Making Molds Dome Top Oval - Mold Market Molds Easter

 

Also, our Easter Egg Soap Recipe is a cute soap idea for colorful, individual bars of rounded melt and pour soaps.

Soap Making Molds Silicone Soap Mold - Round CupcakesSoap Making Molds Silicone Soap Mold – Round Cupcakes

Additionally, you can use these silicone cupcake soap molds for your recipes. This soap mold comes in a set of twelve, easy release molds that are great for making cupcake soaps! Also, each individual silicone cupcake wrapper is  2 x 2 x 1.25″ deep.

 

 

Soap Making Molds Silicone Soap Mold - Round Cupcakes Lime Cupcake

 

Now, check out a cold process soap cupcake recipe. The Lime Cupcake CP Soap Recipe is made with an entirely cp soap base and melt and pour topping.

 

 

Soap Making Molds Basic Circle - Mold Market MoldsSoap Making Molds Basic Circle – Mold Market Molds

Also, this basic circle mold can be used to make some creative soaps! Whether you just want a soap that has a different shape or you have a super cool idea in mind, this circle is a perfect mold to get started on your craft.

 

 

 

Soap Making Molds Basic Circle - Mold Market Molds Loofah

 

The Mango Loofah Melt and Pour Soap Recipe is a fun soap that has part of a loofah embedded inside. Since the loofah was circular, this was a perfect match for creating soap!

 

 

Also, we used this soap mold to create the Lollipop Soap Recipe! We thought that this basic circle was the perfect shape for lollipops, so we added a soap swirl and it turned out perfect!

 

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Also, you can use this mold to create fifteen sections of soap that you can easily cut into separate 2 oz square bars. This large square is  8″ X 8″ X .75″ deep total and is made of high-quality plastic. So, make sure to watch your temperatures when pouring the soap.

 

 

 

Soap Making Molds Small Rectangle Tray - Mold Market Molds Activated Charcoal

 

We created the Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe with this mold. This soap uses melt and pour soap and some fresh herbs to create a simple soap bar that is very cleansing!

 

 

Soap Making Molds Just For Melt and Pour Soap

While you can use any method of soap in the molds above, the next type of molds will only work for melt and pour soap. This is because the embed molds are made of a thinner plastic that can be melted easier than other molds. So, hot process soap and cold process soap both get too hot for these molds. However, you can use these cute melt and pour shapes to top or decorate your other soapmaking creations.

Soap Making Molds Love Hearts - Embed MoldSoap Making Molds Love Hearts – Embed Mold

There are many different ways to use melt and pour embed soaps. While you can simply use them as cute guest soaps, it can be fun to use them to top soap, too. Especially, when the soaps are cute little hearts! Whether you are making cp soap or easy melt and pour soap recipes, you can totally top your creation with these Love Heart Embed soaps!

 

 

 

The Hearts a Flutter Soap Recipe was a creative melt and pour loaf where we added a cute topping and a heart inside. Plus, the topping used adorable pink fluff and these cute embed heart soaps!

Soap Making Molds Peanut Butter Cup Molds - Embed MoldSoap Making Molds Peanut Butter Cup Molds – Embed Mold

This embed soap mold is perfect for both making mini peanut butter cups and cute little soap cupcakes! We have loved using this mold to create tiny cupcakes with whipped soap topping! They are so adorable! Plus, one of these molds contains 10 of these little cups so, you can make quite a few of these little cuties at once!

 

 

Soap Making Molds Peanut Butter Cup Molds - Embed Mold Chocolate Cupcake

One recipe that you can use this mold to create is the Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcake Soap Recipe! These super cute cupcakes use the delicious Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcake Fragrance Oil to create the perfect soap recipe. Plus, these soaps are topped with real cocoa powder to create a more real chocolate cupcake!

 

Soap Making Molds Peanut Butter Cup Molds - Embed Mold Orange Cupcake

 

The Orange Cream Cupcake Soap Recipe is another of the many different kinds of mini cupcakes that you can create with this mold. While you could use the larger cupcake mold to make these, the miniature cupcake soaps are so much cuter!

Soap Making Molds Smile Faces - Embed MoldSoap Making Molds Smile Faces – Embed Mold 

Also, you can use these super cute smiley embed soaps to decorate your soaps, too! These happy little embed soaps are a perfect way to brighten up your soapmaking! Plus, you could use this mold to create single use soaps. They would be a cute way to use bar soap without the worry of gathering germs between uses. So, there are a few different way that you can use this soap.

 

 

Our Herbal Soap Recipe perfectly uses these little smile face soaps to create a fun, natural bar of cold process soap topped with cute melt and pour.

 

 

Soap Making Molds More Fun Soap Molds

While we shared a variety of our best soap molds, there are still a ton of great molds that you can use for soapmaking! Check out the rest of our selection at the Natures Garden website on our Soap Molds page.

May
25

Beard Soap Recipe


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Beard Soap RecipeBeard Soap Recipe

We at Natures Garden combined the benefits of various oils to create the perfect Beard Soap Recipe! Not only will this clean your scruff, but the oils that are included were specifically chosen to enhance your beard and promote healthy growth. These oils work from the root of each follicle all the way to the tip to create the healthiest facial hair possible. Plus, this recipe soothes the skin beneath your facial hair if it is irritated from dryness or ingrown hairs. Overall, this recipe will take your beard game to a new level of awesome.

Beard Soap Recipe Ingredients Available from Natures Garden

Silicon Soap Mold – 4 Loaf Molds
Lye
Coconut Oil 76
Jojoba Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Olive Oil Pomace
Castor Oil
Lanolin USP Liquid Oil
Sesame Seed Oil
Cocoa Butter Golden Natural
Shea Butter
Gurjun Balsam Essential Oil
Safety Gloves for Soap Making – 1 Pair
Mitre Box – Stainless Steel
Safety Glasses for Soap Making
Cutter for Mitre Box – Stainless Steel
Safety Mask for Soap Making – 2 count

Beard Soap Recipe Other Ingredients & Equipment Needed

Crockpot
Silicone Mixing Spoon
Two Large Mixing Spoon
Stick Blender
Scale
Distilled Water

Beard Soap Recipe  Total Weights for All Ingredients

182 grams of the Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
517 grams of the Distilled Water
340 grams of the Coconut Oil 76
68 grams of the Jojoba Oil
163 grams of the Sweet Almond Oil
68 grams of the Olive Oil Pomace
68 grams of the Castor Oil
41 grams of the Lanolin
68 grams of the Sesame Seed Oil
272 grams of the Cocoa Butter Golden Natural
272 grams of the Shea Butter
100 grams of the Gurjan Balsam Essential Oil

Beard Soap Recipe Get Familiar with the Soap Making Process

If this is your first time creating soap with lye, then you may want to read over a few of our classes for beginner soap makers. First, this Soap Making Safety class shares some basics, such as safe soapmaking practices, clean up, and the curing process. Additionally, the Soap Making Terminology class briefly shares soaper lingo and abbreviations that you may come across.

Finally, the classes of Making Your Own Soap Recipe  and Soap Making- Finding the Perfect Recipe explain the steps to creating a perfect bar of soap and creating your very own soap recipe. Further, the Soaping Oil Properties class goes over the impact different oils have on a bar of soap. On another note, you could create this beard soap recipe using a cold process method.  You would use the same ingredients, just a different process.  If you have never made cold process soap before, check out our Cold Process Soap Class 101.

 Beard Soap Recipe Soaping From Scratch Safety Reminders

First, you should always wear the appropriate protection when making soap from scratch. Lye that has not fully become soap can react with skin and cause damage. Plus, you will want to avoid breathing in the fumes created as you make your lye water So, you will want to wear a face mask to protect your lungs and keep you aware. Also, it is in your best interest to wear protective clothing, eye protection, and gloves.

You also want to make sure all of your materials needed are prepared prior to starting. Make sure that anything you use to create soap is never used for cooking or in other body products. Meaning, your crockpot should remain as your soaping crockpot. Simply find or buy a cheap device that you won’t miss in the kitchen.

Finally, never ever add the water to your lye. Adding water to the lye could be very dangerous, creating a volcanic effect! Instead, remember that you should slowly add your lye to your water slowly. Stirring the water slowly as well.

Beard Soap Recipe Explaining the Beneficial Properties of the Ingredients Used

If you are curious as to why we’ve used some of these oils in this soap, then check out the following explanation of our reasons for choosing these specific ingredients. First of all, coconut oil is wonderful for facial hair as it will condition hair all the way down to the roots, which softens and will make your beard appear healthier. Plus, you won’t have to deal with an oily residue feeling, since this oil isn’t as greasy as many others. Additionally, this recipe uses Jojoba Oil, which is very similar to oils in the skin, which makes Jojoba Oil a great facial moisturizer! Plus, we included another great oil that can get all the way down to the pores, olive oil pomace. This oil not only helps repair follicles, but leaves a nice shine.

Next, shea butter is wonderful for repairing hair damage, moisturizing, and promoting healthy growth. Also, we included sweet almond oil to help with any ingrown facial hairs and reducing hair loss. Plus, castor oil was added as it contains vitamin E, minerals, antibacterial properties, and anti-fungal properties. Plus, it can help reduce split ends and lead to a thicker beard, due to its conditioning strength. Further, cocoa butter is perfect for healthy facial hair as it strengthens the hair and add volume. Then, we used Lanolin to care for the skin beneath your beard  to protect against dry skin and burns. Additionally, the Gurjan Balsam Essential Oil is very beneficial for eliminating and preventing dandruff from your beard by cleansing the scalp of this dry skin. Finally, we added sesame seed oil to act as a natural sunscreen as well as prevent premature graying of hair and help darken your hair.

Beard Soap Recipe Weighing and Melting Your Soaping OilsBeard Soap Recipe Weighing and Melting Your Soaping Oils

First, you are going to prepare all of the beneficial soaping oils and butters for this hot process soaping recipe. So, you are going to tare the weight of one of your mixing bowls on the scale. Then, weigh out 272 grams of the Shea Butter, 272 grams of the Cocoa Butter Golden Natural, 163 grams of the Sweet Almond Oil, 68 grams of the Olive Oil Pomace, 68 grams of the Sesame Seed Oil, 41 grams of the Lanolin, 340 grams of the Coconut Oil 76, 68 grams of the Castor Oil, and 68 grams of the Jojoba Oil into the same bowl.

Now, you are going to melt all of your weighed soaping oils and butters. So, you will turn your crockpot on to a low setting. Then, place all of your oils and butters into this crockpot. You will heat the oils until they are all in a liquid state. You may want to stir these ingredients as they are melting to be sure the oils do not burn. While you are waiting for the oils and butters to melt, you may want to start creating your lye water mixture.

Beard Soap Recipe Creating Your Lye WaterBeard Soap Recipe Creating Your Lye Water

Next, you will be creating the lye water phase for your hot process soap recipe. You will want to do this in a well ventilated area. If you are not in a vented area, then go to one for this step. Also, make sure that you are wearing the necessary skin, safety gear. Then, separately weigh your 517 grams of the Distilled Water and your 182 grams of the Lye in two small bowls.  After, place your lye water in front of your and grab a rubber spatula. Gently stir the water as you slowly add the previously weighed amount of lye. This will create fumes, so make sure you are wearing your safety mask. Also, remember that you should never add water to the lye.

Beard Soap Recipe Mixing Your Oils and Lye SolutionBeard Soap Recipe Mixing Your Oils and Lye Solution

Now, you are going to begin combining the lye water with your melted oils in the crockpot. When combining the lye solution and oils it leads to a chemical reaction that makes soap. As you create this soap, be careful as you take your lye water and add it to your crockpot with the melted oils.

While we would normally worry about the temperatures of the oil and water phases in cold process soap, we are using hot process soap. This means that the ingredients can be combined at different temperatures as they will be heated together in the crockpot anyways. Now, stick blend the mixture as it is in the crockpot until the batter reaches trace. If you aren’t sure, trace is the point in which the soap batch begins to get a bit thicker and an almost pudding-like consistency. Typically, I will take some of the batch up in a spatula and allow it to fall as I move the spatula back and forth across the top. If there is a slight line left on top of your batter, then you are at trace. If not, keep on mixing until you can see the trace!

Beard Soap Recipe Placing the Lid on the CrockpotBeard Soap Recipe Placing the Lid on the Crockpot

After you reach trace, you can place the lid on your crockpot to allow the batch to cook. However, you won’t simply leave the batch entire unattended. But, you will want to stir your batch periodically to allow the batter to be heated evenly. Otherwise, the bottom of your batch may burn. So, not stirring could lead the soap to not form correctly.

Additionally, the time that it will take for your soap to finish could vary. Typically, it should take about an hour to finish cooking, but this depends on each individual crock pot and the exact temperature that is given on the low setting. So, you will need to determine the end point by the appearance of the soap batch as it is cooking. You will need to wait for the batter to look like mashed potatoes and the consistency will feel as thick as mashed potatoes as well. Now, you’ll be ready for the next step.

Beard Soap Recipe Adding the Essential OilBeard Soap Recipe Adding the Essential Oil

Once your soap batter takes on the appearance of mashed potatoes, it will be time to incorporate the scent. Not only does the Gurjan Balsam Essential Oil add a nice, manly scent, but this ingredient provides some benefits to your beard, which were described above. Now, weigh out 100 grams of the Gurjan Balsam Essential Oil. Then, mix this essential oil into the batter well to ensure that it is fully incorporated.

Beard Soap Recipe Placing Your Soap Batter into the MoldsBeard Soap Recipe Placing Your Soap Batter into the Molds

Next, you are going to take the finished soap batter and fill your silicone soap molds. So, retrieve your clean 4 cavity silicone soap mold and place it on the surface of your work space. Then, fill each of the mold cavities with your hot process soap batter to create four individual loaves of Beard Soap.

Also, you will want to try to eliminate any are pockets that could be created as you transfer the soap. So, lift and tap the filled molds on the table top a few times. This will help release any air bubbles that may be trapped under the surface. Then, just let your soap loaves harden and cool in a place where they won’t be moved.

BBeard Soap Recipe Finishing Up the Hot Process Soapseard Soap Recipe Finishing Up the Hot Process Soaps

Finally, you can remove your hardened soaps from their molds. While cold process soaps need to cure for a about a month, this recipe is made using the hot process soaping method. This method will speed up the curing process with heat to make sure that all of the lye has reacted with the oils and butters. Thus, the lye will not be able to cause damage to the skin. Meaning, this awesome beard soap will be ready for immediate use! After, you can cut your soap loaves into usable sized bars of beard soap. Also, the mitre box and cutter will be helpful in cutting your finished soaps. These tools make it easier to cut your loaves and keep the cuts sharp and even. Also, using these will help to cut the loaf into more evenly sized bars. Now, your hot process beard soaps are ready to use, wash, and protect your beard!

As you can tell from this blog, we only included the best oils for your beard! So, clean and care for your beard at the same time with this amazing beard soap!

May
26

Salt Water Taffy Soap Recipe


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Salt Water Taffy Soap RecipeSalt Water Taffy Soap Recipe

Salt Water Taffy Soap Recipe is sure to take you back to your childhood.  Not only does it have a great candy scent, but it also shows you an adorable way to package soap.  We took these fun soaps to a couple soap gatherings over the past couple months and they were a huge hit!  We had many soap makers ask how exactly we made these.  So by popular request here are the instructions for this unique salt water taffy fragranced soap.

Things you will need:

Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap

FUN Soap Colorant- Neon Blue

FUN Soap Colorant- Neon Orange

FUN Soap Colorant- Neon Pink

FUN Soap Colorant- Neon Green

Salt Water Taffy Fragrance Oil

Silicone Soap Mold- 4 Loaf Mold

8 oz. Clear PET Bullet Bottle

White Fine Mist Sprayer 24/410

4 Microwave Safe Containers

Scale

Mixing Spoons

Cutting Board

Knife

Rubbing Alcohol

Parchment Paper

Twist Ties

Total Amounts for Blue Soap:

219 grams Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap

10 grams Salt Water Taffy Fragrance Oil

3 drops FUN Soap Colorant- Neon Blue

Total Amounts for Orange Soap:

219 grams Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap

10 grams Salt Water Taffy Fragrance Oil

4 drops FUN Soap Colorant- Neon Orange

Total Amounts for Pink Soap:

219 grams Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap

10 grams Salt Water Taffy Fragrance Oil

2 drops FUN Soap Colorant- Neon Pink

Total Amounts for Green Soap:

219 grams Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap

10 grams Salt Water Taffy Fragrance Oil

3 drops FUN Soap Colorant- Neon Green

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Begin with four heat safe bowls.  Place 219 grams of Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap in each bowl.  Use a microwave to melt the soap.  We recommend melting the soap base 30 seconds at a time until it is completely melted.

 

 

Salt-Water-Taffy-Soap-RecipeOnce it is melted, add 10 grams of Natures Garden’s Salt Water Taffy Fragrance Oil to each bowl.  Stir well to fully incorporate the fragrance oil.

In the first bowl, add three drops of the neon blue soap colorant.  To the second bowl, add two drops of the neon pink colorant.  The third bowl will need four drops of the neon orange colorant.  In last bowl, place three drops of the neon green soap colorant.  Stir each bowl well to incorporate the colors.

 

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Once the color is mixed,  pour your soap.  Pour each color into its own cavity of the mold.  Once the soap has setup, you can go ahead and remove the melt and pour soap from the mold.  Cut it into three equal sections.

Lastly, it is time to wrap your soap.  Using scissors, cut strips of parchment paper.  They need to be 6 inches long and 7 inches wide.  Wrap the soap with the parchment paper and use a twist ties to close the sides.  It will look similar to wrapped piece of salt water taffy.

This recipe is not only simple and fun to make, it also gives you an easy, inexpensive, and creative way to package your soap.  It’s the perfect craft to do with your kids as well!  We hope that you  have as much fun making this recipe as we did!  For even more fragrance fun visit all of our free craft recipes!   Keep watching for even more creative soap and candle making ideas.

Apr
23

HSCG 2015 Conference


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HSGC 2015 Conference

HSCG 2015 ConferenceLast week both Shannon and I attended the HSCG 2015 Conference.  The event was held at The Westin in Indianapolis, Indiana April 17-20.  While it was Natures Garden’s second year attending the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild Conference, this was the first time Shannon and I were lucky enough to be there.  I just have to say…WHAT A BLAST!  We truly had the most amazing time and will remember it always.

Once we arrived, we anxiously prepared our booth….and yes, we brought a sniffy sample of each of our 828 fragrance oils!  We even debuted 13 HSCG 2015 Conferencebrand new fragrances including Yummy Gummy, Apple Happy Camper Candy, and Sugary Lollipop; along with many others.  Our booth even had a candy theme to go right along with the new fragrances. Our display was complete with bubblegum, rock candy, lollipops, and M&Ms!

The HSCG 2015 Conference was packed full of good times and memories.  Natures Garden hosted a Caribbean themed welcoming party on the very first night.  We excitedly wore our sparkly scented shoes and beautiful Caribbean style dresses and made our way to the party!  This was our first opportunity to meet many of our amazingly talented customers and new friends!  It truly meant the world to us to see not only guests from across the country, but the world.  It was a great feeling to finally be able to put faces to the names of so many of the wonderful people we have talked to.

HSCG-2015-ConferenceAs the weekend continued, we had many visitors at our booth.  We even had a chance to see some of the projects they have created using our products!  Our customers have made some fabulous soaps!  We had a chance to receive feedback on favorite scents and products, as well as suggestions for new ones.  Some of their favorites soap scents are fragrance oils like Blue Hawaiian, Bite Me, The Perfect Man, and NG Aqua Di Gio Type.

The HSCG 2015 Conference offered crafters and business owners a chance to attend a variety of classes and listen to several speakers.  In addition, we were able to attend meet and greets, luncheons, and super fun parties each night.  It was an absolutely fabulous experience.

On the final night we attended an awards banquet.  This banquet recognized many soapmakers HSCG 2015 Conferencewho had entered their creations in a contest.  Each HSCG 2015 Conference attendee was given the opportunity to vote on each category throughout the weekend.  Some of the categories included Something Different, Best Packaging, Best MP Scent, and Best CP/HP Scent;  just to name a few.  At the awards banquet, they also announced the location for the HSCG 2017 Conference…..VEGAS BABY!!!  Yes, it’s two years away, however the 2016 HSCG Conference will be held in Tampa, Florida and its location was announced at last year’s soap conference.  For those who are interested, the 2016 HSCG conference in Tampa will be May 19-21.

HSCG 2015 ConferenceWe would like to thank everyone who attended the conference, as well as the staff members and volunteers from the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild for all of your support.  It was so very nice to meet each and every one of you.  If you didn’t attend this year, we highly recommend coming to  next year’s event.  You will not regret it!   We had the time of our lives and enjoyed the laughs and have made some amazing memories.