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Jul
02

Coconut Oil 76 in CP Soap

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

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

Coco Clean

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

Coco Cream

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

Coco – What the heck does that mean?

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

Coco No-no

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

Cococonclusion

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

Jun
19

Cinnabun Fragrance

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cinnabun fragranceCinnabun Type Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

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

What Does Cinnabun Type Smell Like?

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

How Do Our Customers Use Cinnabun Type Fragrance Oil?

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

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

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

 

Jun
04

Bronzing Lotion Recipe

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Bronzing-Lotion-RecipeBronzing Lotion Recipe

Bronzing Lotion Recipe

Do you desire a soft, sun-kissed glow for your skin without spending innumerous hours sunbathing? If so, then our shimmering bronzer lotion recipe may be just what you’ve been looking for. We’ve included ingredients such as cocoa power and mica to create an natural bronzing lotion that is soft and shines. Not only can you obtain a light summer glow, but a touch of sparkle as well.

Materials need for this recipe:

Sweet Almond Oil

Shea Butter Unrefined

Cocoa Butter Golden Natural

Sun Your Buns Fragrance Oil

SODIUM LACTATE

BTMS 25 Emulsifier

FRACTIONATED COCONUT Oil

VITAMIN E OIL (Tocopherol T-50) Natural

Cocoa Powder

24K Gold Mica

OPTIPHEN – Preservative

Disposable Pipettes

THERMOMETER

8 oz.  White PET Bullet Bottles

White Lotion Pumps 24/410

Distilled Water

Mixing Bowls

Stainless Steel Spoon

Stovetop

Melting Pot

Stick Blender

Scale
Begin by getting your work area ready. You will want to clean and sanitize your area and all of your packaging supplies. We also suggest that you wear you’re a hair net, gloves, and protective clothing while preparing this shimmering bronzing lotion recipe.
DSC_0592First prepare your water.  Some water will evaporate during this process.  For this reason you will want plenty of extra water.  You will need to have 425 grams of distilled water when you make the lotion.  Heat the water to at least 180 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once you water reaches this temperature, keep it there for at least 20 minutes.  Doing this will destroy any bacteria that is in the water.  After 20 minutes has passed, remove the water from the stove top and use a scale to weigh out 425 grams.  To the bowl containing the water add 8 grams of Sodium Lactate.  Once added, mix well to combine the sodium lactate and water.  Set this mixture aside for the moment, you will need it a bit later.

DSC_0594Now, in a separate pot, weigh out 30 grams of the Fractionated Coconut Oil, 28 grams of the Sweet Almond Oil, 28 grams of the BTMS, 5 grams of the Golden Natural Cocoa Butter, 5 grams of Unrefined Shea Butter, 6 grams of Vitamin E.  Melt these ingredients using a double boiler.

 

Once the oils are melted and the temperature has reached around 140 degrees Fahrenheit, work quickly to add 14 grams of Natures Garden’s Sun Your Buns fragrance oil, 10 grams of Cocoa Powder Organic, and 5 grams of our 24K Gold Mica.

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You will once again need to move quickly for this next part.  You want to be certain that the oils and butters are both around 140 degrees Fahrenheit. If they are not around the same temperature they may not emulsify.  Using a large mixing bowl, combine the oil mixture and the water mixture.   Using a stick blender, begin mixing.

 

DSC_0577When the mixture has reached 120 degrees Fahrenheit, add the optiphen preservative.  Again the temperature is very important.  If you add the preservative when the temperature is too hot, it will burn off.  However, if the temperature is too low, it will separate out of the lotion.  So, at 120 degrees Fahrenheit, add 10 grams of the Optiphen preservative.  Once again, use a stick blender to fully incorporate the Optiphen.

Finally, let your bronzing lotion cool to room temperature and then place it into your white PET bottles and place a white pump on top.

With summer on the horizon, this is perfect for anyone looking for a light golden glow. This shimmering bronzer lotion recipe is perfect for a shimmer and bronze glow without sunbathing. We hope you enjoy making this recipe just as much as you enjoy using it. For even more fragrance fun visit all of our free craft recipes! Keep watching for even more creative soap and candle making ideas.

Jun
03

Summer Fragrance Oils

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summer-fragrance-oilsSummer Fragrance Oils

Are you ready for summer fragrance oils? Well, so are we! Here is a great way to start it off. These Natures Garden fragrance oils are perfect for soaps, candles, or any other scented homemade craft project.

 

 

asian-pear-lilyASIAN PEAR AND LILY FRAGRANCE OIL

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a beautiful, complex accord containing top notes of Nashi Pear, Apple, and Leafy Greenery; followed by middle notes of Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, and Rose Petals; all sitting on base notes of Pear Nectar, Musk, and Peony Blossoms.

 

sun-your-bunsSUN YOUR BUNS FRAGRANCE OIL

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a twist on a tropical treat.  Bananas with tangy pineapple, juicy peaches and sweet coconut milk infused with vanilla.  An NG Original Scent!

 

breezes-and-sunshineBREEZES AND SUNSHINE FRAGRANCE OIL

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an aromatic blend of citrus, fresh marine notes, and summer flowers.  Sure to make you feel a sense of happiness and freedom.  Natures Garden’s breezes and sunshine fragrance begins with top notes of blood orange blossoms and sea waves; followed by rose, and sitting on base notes of sea lily flowers and woody notes.

peach-magnolia-raspberryPEACH MAGNOLIA RASPBERRY FRAGRANCE OIL

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an absolutely succulent blend of Lemon, Grapefruit, Peach Nectar, Raspberry, Pink Tulip, Soft Jasmine, Magnolia, Wild Honeysuckle, and Sheer Musk.

 

WEEKEND IN M300x300-Weekend-in-MauiAUI FRAGRANCE OIL

An NG Original Scent!  Imagine a weekend getaway to a tropical island…the fresh fruits, floral blossoms and warm air of this fragrance set the tone for a mini escape.

 

Honeysuckle

 

HONEYSUCKLE FRAGRANCE OIL

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a fresh ozonic honeysuckle blend with hints of jasmine, rose, and lilac.   A Best Seller!

 

butterfly-flowerBUTTERFLY FLOWER FRAGRANCE OIL

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden has fresh ozone notes that lead to this light hearted green floral bouquet. A blend of lily and sage is twisted with shimmering greens as tangy tones of cassis create a bright accent for the floralcy. Sweet amber and crisp orange flower are blended with musk at the base of the scent.

blue-hawaiianBLUE HAWAIIAN FRAGRANCE OIL

We at Natures Garden have tested numerous Blue Hawaiian fragrance oils before finding the one that we fell in love with!  High content of essential oils allows this fragrance to have the crisp, juicy top notes we were looking for!  Blue Hawaiian begins with mouth-watering top notes of juicy orange, lemon, and maraschino cherries; followed by tangy pineapple, acai berry, and sea spray; well rounded with base notes of sweet coconut, vanilla rum, and fresh ozonic notes.  It has quickly become a favorite fragrance for many of our staff members!  Cheers!

daisy-typeDAISY TYPE FRAGRANCE OIL

Compare Natures Garden’s Daisy Type Fragrance Oil to the popular Daisy fragrance created by Marc Jacobs.  Our rendition begins with top notes of tangy lemon and jasmine; followed by middle notes of muguet lily, rose petals, African violet, and daylily;  sitting on base notes of cedarwood, patchouli, and musk.

mango-peach-salsaMANGO PEACH SALSA FRAGRANCE OIL

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden has luscious tones of fruit which are blended with warm spicy accents in this tempting creation. Bright citrus notes of tangerine balance with fresh cherry for the tangy top note. A heart of ripe peach mingles with strawberry, as hints of spice add delightful texture to the blend. Floral undertones are enveloped in a clean musk base to complete the fruit sensation.

These warm, summer fragrance oils are a perfect way to start off this season. We hope you enjoy these fragrances and have a wonderful summer!

Apr
23

Cheesecake Scent

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Cheesecake ScentHomemade Cheesecake Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Our Cheesecake scent is a fragrance that is sure to make your mouth water. It will fill your home with the aroma of freshly baked creamy delicious confection. You will not be able to resist running to the kitchen searching and searching for the source of this heavenly smell! Our Homemade Cheesecake scent perfectly captures the scent of this wonderful dessert, one that tastes as though it is a gift straight from the gods! This is such an amazing scent that you will want to devour an entire cheesecake all by yourself!

What Does Homemade Cheesecake Smell Like?

Homemade Cheesecake Scent by Nature’s Garden is a mouth watering fragrance that starts wit base notes of sweet cream butter and graham crackers. These lead to middle notes of creamy vanilla, cream cheese, and sweet condensed milk, with just a hint of almond as a top note!

How Do Our Customers Use Homemade Cheesecake Fragrance Oil?

This fragrance will make you feel as if you’ve stepped right into an episode of the classic “Golden Girls,” devouring a homemade cheesecake for comfort food and venting with friends! Our Homemade Cheesecake fragrance is sure to fill you with all the comforts of being surrounded by your best friends, and make you feel right at home! For all of the candle makers out there, this fragrance is everything you’ve always been looking for! It performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax, as well as working nice and strong in soy wax. You can easily fill your home with this yummy smelling aroma by using this fragrance to create some fabulous homemade sachet beads. For all of the potpourri and incense makers out there, this scent is exactly what you need! It has a maximum usage rate of 50%!

For bath and body products, our Homemade Cheesecake scent has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Our customers have used this fragrance oil in bath and body products such as perfumes, bath gels, soaps, lotions, and bath oils. This fragrance does happen to contain a vanillin content of 2%, meaning that it may tend to discolor your soaps and other homemade bath and body products. Just make sure to test it thoroughly before using this scent in your finished and final products, and be sure to use a Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to avoid any discoloration problems. For all of the cold process soap makers out there, this fragrance is absolutely perfect for you! Our cold process results are: there is no acceleration or separation, and this fragrance has a very good scent retention! However, it does discolor to a light caramel color.

I’m sure you’re dying to get your hands on this fragrance as soon as you possibly can! How could you not want to fill your home with the aroma of this deliciously amazing dessert? It’s like all the goodness of comfort food without the calories! Make sure to check out all of our great free recipes and classes! Enjoy this wonderful fragrance and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Apr
13

Orange Soda Pop Scent

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orange soda pop scentOrange Soda Pop Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Summer is coming! Ice cream, beaches, hanging out with friends, and of course delicious cold drinks while lounging and relaxing every day! Do you have a favorite summer drink that gets you through each and every hot and sticky day? How about a yummy orange soda pop? One of the most refreshing drinks around, with all the fizziness and deliciousness of a can of soda pop with just the right amount and combination of amazing citrus orange flavor! Our Orange Soda Pop Scent perfectly captures the aroma of this tantalizing drink, and just the aroma alone will quench your thirst for one of these bad boys!

What Does Orange Soda Pop Smell Like?

Orange Soda Pop Scent by Nature’s Garden is is a fizzie citric aldehydic explosion of Californian orange, lemon zests, Japanese grapefruit, and strong Brazilian orange peel that all sit on a wonderful base of creamy vanilla.

How Do Our Customers Use Orange Soda Pop Fragrance Oil?

This Orange Soda Pop fragrance is sure to leave you craving the first satisfying taste of this amazing drink. It will make you want to run out and buy a whole pack of orange soda pops just for yourself so you alone can experience the yummy combination of fruity citrus that has all the fizziness and tastiness of a cold glass of soda pop! For all of the candle makers out there, our Orange Soda Pop scent is just what you’ve always been looking for! It performs perfectly in wow wax and joy wax, as well as working nice and strong in soy wax. For anyone who likes to make their own potpourri or incense recipes, this charming fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 50%. You can easily fill your home with this great aroma by using this fragrance to create some nice and strong homemade aroma beads!

For bath and body products, our Orange Soda Pop scent has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this fragrance are lotions, perfumes, bath gels, bath oils, and soaps. This fragrance does happen to have a slight a vanillin content of .2%, meaning that there is a slight possibility that it could discolor your soaps and other homemade bath and body products. Just make sure to test it thoroughly before using it in your finished and final products. For all of the cold process soapers out there, this scent is perfect for you! Our cold process results are: there is no discoloration or ricing, however it does accelerate trace. It is an extremely strong scent in cold process soap.

I’m sure you’re thinking about how you can try out this scent as soon as possible, and I have the absolutely perfect way for you! We offer many wonderful free classes and recipes here at Nature’s Garden and our free Gummy Bears Candle recipe is actually made with our Orange Soda Pop fragrance oil! This adorable candle is sure to be one that everyone you know will adore! Have fun with this awesome fragrance and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Apr
09

Fragrance Testing in CP Soap

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fragrance testing in CP soapFragrance Testing in CP Soap

Hello everyone! Do you have any questions about what happens when we test our fragrances? Specifically with fragrance testing in CP soap? Well, we actually go through this process with all of our fragrances and there are quite a few specific things we look for throughout.

To start off, when making a normal soap recipe, we recommend soaping at room temperature (72 degrees Fahrenheit). However, for fragrance testing, we soap at 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Using this temperature will give you less time to “play” with the soap, and will basically force the fragrance to show any problems it may have more quickly.

For fragrance testing, we use our free recipe for our Shea Butter Soap; a recipe that includes Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, and Palm Oil.

Step 1:  Determining if a fragrance sample designed by our perfumist smells good enough for us to soap test.  We call this stage “Test Stripping”.  We start by putting a little bit of each fragrance onto a test strip (blotter paper) and smell them.  The initial smell of scent on a test strip allows us to see how strong the “top notes” of a fragrance is.  Then we let the test strips sit for about half an hour, then check to see if the scent has stayed, lessened, or gotten stronger. During this stage of smelling, we are able to notice more of the middle notes and base notes of the scent.  You see, at Natures Garden, we typically reject hundreds of scents each year during the test stripping alone.  For scents that do make the cut, we move on to step number 2.

Step 2:  Testing the fragrance in soap.  Once we have made our recipe and have added the correct amount of fragrance (typically 5% fragrance per batch unless IFRA is less), there are quite a few things we look for. We look for and record if there is any acceleration.  Acceleration is when a fragrance oil causes the soap to trace at a faster rate than soap without fragrance would.  When a fragrance oil causes accelerated trace, a soap maker must move faster when working with the soap.  This can also make it more difficult to create colored swirls in your soap.

We also look for ricing, (soap batter that looks like rice pellets).  Typically soap that rices can be beat into submission with a stick blender.  We look for separation (fragrance will not mix with the soap, oils keep separating from the soap).

Sometimes fragrance oil will separate out of the soap batter.  Usually fragrance oil will absorb back into the soap during cure, but if the oil separation is full-blown, it may cause even cured soap to be oily.

We also look for seizing (fragrance causes the soap to set up as soon as it as added).  Soapers refer to this as “Soap on a stick”.  Sometimes soapers are able to beat the batter back into submission with a stick blender, and other times it is impossible.  Seized soap is not ruined soap, it is just soap that is no longer pliable.  If allowed to cure, seized soap can be used just like soap that you had no problems making.

While cold process soap normally should cure for about 6 weeks, we oven-process soap for our fragrance testing. Oven-processing the soap in molds for about 2 1/2 hours on a temperature of about 170 degrees Fahrenheit will help the soap to cure faster, and you will only need to let it cure for about 4 weeks. When oven-processing the soap, you may see some separation. The fragrance may rise to the top of the soap and separate, but most of the time, the soap will reabsorb the oil.  Oven processing also allows us to see some discoloration (if the soap is going to discolor).  Typically, if a soap shows discoloration after oven processing, it will continue to discolor more during the cure phase.

After the soaps have finished their oven-process time, they can be unmolded 24 hours later. If any of the fragrances have separated during this process, wait until they reabsorb to unmold the soap. If they never reabsorb, you will know that that fragrance has a separation problem.

There are a few other things that we look for once we have taken them from the oven. We check for if the scent of each fragrance has changed or morphed throughout the saponification process. However, always remember not to judge the scent right away. Even if it has changed throughout the saponification process, wait to judge until after it has had enough time to fully cure, as it may change back.

We also look to see if there is any fragrance burn off that occurs during saponification, meaning that the fragrance may not smell as strong anymore or the notes you noticed in the beginning no longer exist. Usually, fragrance oils will not have a  major burn off problem as they contain fixatives that help to anchor the scent. However, lower flash point scents have a higher chance of some burn-off than higher flash point scents.  Some soapers add clay to their soap batter to help anchor their scents.  Essential oils do not contain fixatives, so if you are testing essential oils, you will have more of a chance of burn-off than you would with fragrance oils.

Another thing we check for after unmolding is for discoloration. Fragrances that contain vanillin can cause discoloration, but it is mainly with fragrances that have a content of above .5%.

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Oven Processing

 

 

 

Soaps for fragrance testing should sit and cure for about 4 weeks. Throughout that time period, we check to see if the scent of each fragrance sticks and stays strong throughout the whole time. Once in a while, a fragrance may come along that will not work in cold process soap and never will. Make sure to remember that if you come across a fragrance like this, it will work in hot process soaps! Once the 4 weeks has passed, we check again to see if any final discoloration or separation has happened and how well the fragrance has stuck. Make sure to check out our free class for our Fragrances Tested in Cold Process Soap. This class gives a full list of all of our fragrances that we have tested, as well as the recipe for our Shea Butter Soap that we use for testing.

Make sure to check out all the rest of our free classes and recipes as well! Keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Apr
06

Making Taiwan Swirl Soap

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making taiwan swirl soapMaking Taiwan Swirl Soap

For all the soap makers out there, have you ever tried making Taiwan Swirl soap before? I’ve been experimenting with making so many soaps lately, and this one turned out absolutely beautifully! We’re bringing you the free recipe for this wonderful soap so that you can make it yourself! This is one soap that your friends, family, and even your customers are sure to love! We have used our Shea Butter Cold Process Soap recipe for the base.

 

Ingredients:

125 grams of Lye

272 grams of Shea Butter

272 grams of Olive Oil

181 grams of Palm Oil

181 grams of Coconut Oil

345 grams of Distilled Water

72 grams of NG Water Lily & Jasmine Type Fragrance Oil

11 grams of Titanium Dioxide 

11 drops of Neon Pink FUN Soap Colorant

10 drops of Neon Blue FUN Soap Colorant

10 drops of Ultramarine Violet FUN Soap Colorant

Other Ingredients Needed:

Square Loaf Mold Market Mold

Thermometer

Safety Gloves

Safety Mask

Safety Glasses

Vinegar

Scale

Stick Blender

Barbecue Skewers

Spatulas

Mixing Bowls

Cardboard or Straight Dividers for Soap Making

Directions:

making taiwan swirl soap

 

When working with lye, always make sure to wear your protective glasses, mask, and gloves! Start by preparing your lye water. Measure and weigh out 345 grams of distilled water and 125 grams of lye. Carefully pour the lye into the water. Never pour water into lye as this can cause an explosion! Mix thoroughly and set your lye water aside to cool.

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While you’re waiting for that to cool, go ahead and get your butters and oils ready. Measure and weigh out 181 grams of Palm Oil, 272 grams of Olive Oil, 181 grams of Coconut Oil, and 272 grams of Shea Butter. Melt them down completely and set them aside to cool as well.

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You can also prepare your colors as you’re waiting for those to cool. In three separate bowls, measure out 11 drops of Neon Pink colorant, 10 drops of Ultramarine, and 10 drops of Neon Blue. In another bowl, measure out 11 grams of Titanium Dioxide and pour in just a little bit of oil. Mix them together until it has a become a paste-like consistency.

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You can also prepare your diving tool. We have used just regular cardboard to divide our soap, however you can also use a straight soap divider! Place your division tool inside your mold at this point to make it easier for you later!

 

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Keep checking the temperatures of your lye water and oils using your thermometer. Once they have reached around room temperature (72 degrees Fahrenheit) and are within ten degrees of each other, they are ready to combine. Carefully pour your lye water into your oils and mix them together thoroughly.

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When they are completely mixed, pour 358 grams of the mixture into each colored bowl. In a separate bowl, pour the last 358 grams and add your titanium paste. Mix all of these thoroughly until you have achieved all over white, pink, blue, and purple colors.

 

 

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Then add 18 grams of Water Lily & Jasmine Type fragrance to each bowl, again mixing them thoroughly.

 

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Now your soap will be ready to pour. Make sure your dividers go all the way to the bottom of the mold. We poured our pink first, into the first division on our mold. Leave a little bit in the bowl for the top of the soap. Repeat this will each other color.

 

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Once you have finished pouring your soap, carefully remove your dividers from your soap. Once we removed our dividers, we used a skewer to swirl the base of our soap going in a mantra swirl from side to side across the whole soap.

 

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Then pour the rest of each color on top in a straight line.

 

 

making taiwan swirl soap

 

 

 

Using a skewer, place it down into just the top of your soap and begin to swirl, again in a manta swirl from side to side.

 

making taiwan swirl soap

 

 

 

After your manta swirl, place the skewer in a corner of your soap and drag it from end to end in a Taiwan swirl across the whole top of your soap.

 

 

After you have swirled your soap, it will need to set up for at least 24 hours before removing it from the mold. Once your Taiwan Swirl soap has been removed from its mold, it will need to sit for at least 4 to 6 weeks, giving it enough time to cure and become less alkaline. Make sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes as well! Watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Apr
06

Taiwan Soap Problems

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taiwan soap problemsTaiwan Soap Problems

Hello everyone! As I’m sure you all know, lately I’ve been experimenting with making many different soap recipes. One of the recipes I made this week was actually a Taiwan Swirl Soap. It seemed like such a gorgeous idea and I figured I could handle that! Well, I actually ended up making this soap twice, because the first time I tried out this recipe, I ended up having quite a few problems! However, being a beginner, these problems were actually a great learning experience.

One of my first problems was temperature. In cold process soap making, you have to wait for your lye water and oils to cool down to the right temperature before creating your soap. The most common temperature used is around 100 degrees Fahrenheit. However, for cold process soaping, if you wait until your lye and oils have gone down to room temperature (72 degrees Fahrenheit) and are within ten degrees of each other, the lower temperature will actually give you more time to work and create your soap. On my first batch of this soap, I did not wait to soap at 72 degrees. Instead, I began the soap making process at 100 degrees. The higher temperatures gave me less time to work and my soap ended up setting up much faster than I wanted!

Because my soap set up faster than I wanted, I had problems creating my swirls in this batch of soap. By the time that I was pouring the top of the soap, it had already begun to harden and clump. As you can see in the picture below, by the time I was able to begin swirling the top of the soap, the blue topping was already setting up. This caused the swirling effect not to turn out.

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I also colored the base the exact same blue as the blue on top. In theory, we thought a blue base with blue, pink, purple, and white on top would be beautiful! In reality, because they were the exact shade of blue, it was not an appealing look. For the second batch, I added all four colors throughout the entire soap and swirled them. This gave a gorgeous effect instead of just having random colors on only parts of the top of the soap.

Always remember, soaping at a lower temperature will give you so much more time to work to create your soap! If you soap at higher temperatures, you will have to work faster to create it all. While my Taiwan Soap problems were minor, I thought you would all like to know what happened! For all the experienced soap makers out there, I would love to hear about any problems you’ve encountered making a soap like this! Please contact us here at Nature’s Garden! You can always contact us if you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns as well! Make sure to go and check out all of our amazing free recipes and classes! Remember to keep watching for even more Enlightened by Layla!

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Apr
01

Spearmint Soap Problems

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spearmint soap problemsSpearmint Soap Problems

Hello everyone! As you know, I’ve recently been making many different soap recipes and learning more and more about the soap making process. We posted a blog about the wonderful Spearmint Soap I made using our Spearmint Fragrance Oil, and now I’m back to tell you all about some of the problems I had making that gorgeous gray and green soap. That beautiful soap was actually my second time making this recipe, and as I’m sure you’ve figured out, the first time didn’t go so well! In the first recipe, instead of doing green and gray swirls, I instead tried out just an all-over green base.

One of my first problems was with my white topping for the soap. I had researched so many different pictures and had seen so many lovely whipped soap toppings that I thought this was one soap I could easily whip up and create myself! However, once I had prepared and poured my green soap base, I was waiting for my white topping to set up to a frosting consistency so that I would be able to fluff it all over the top of the soap. However, while I was waiting, I panicked and poured the white on top way too soon. This caused my top to not be able to peak as well as not being fluff-like. Because I poured too soon and my topping was still not fully set up, this also caused part of the white to sink into the green soap since the green soap was not fully set up either. You can definitely see the sinking after the soap was cut, there were no straight lines and you can see the spots where the topping sank right in! So for all of you other soap makers out there, always make sure to give your topping enough time to set up, or else you will end up with your topping sinking into your base! You also won’t be able to peak the top like you want!

Another big problem I had was using way too much green colorant for the base of my soap. Instead of coming out with a beautiful mint green color like the remake, the green of my first Spearmint Soap was a dark hunter-like green. While there is nothing wrong with a hunter green, this color did not go with the Spearmint theme. Once I completed the remake, this soap turned out absolutely beautiful! Have any of you experienced soap makers out there had any mistakes like these? I would love to hear about them! Please contact me here at Nature’s Garden, or you can always contact us here with any thoughts, concerns, or questions that you may have! Make sure to check out all of our wonderful free recipes and classes! You’re sure to adore each and every one of our recipes! Make sure to check out all of our Soap Classes as well to help you along! Make sure to keep watching for even more Enlightened by Layla!

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