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Mar
26

Spearmint Soap

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spearmint soapSpearmint Soap

Doesn’t the scent of spearmint just completely delight you? I know it’s an aroma that can instantly lift my spirits! This is one scent that everyone you know is sure to adore, and one that you can easily fill your home with! We’re bringing you a brand new free recipe, and it is for our beautiful new Spearmint Soap! Doesn’t this amazing combination of green, gray, and white just make you extremely happy? We have used our Shea Butter Soap Recipe for the base.

Ingredients:

272 grams of Shea Butter

181 grams of Palm Oil

272 grams of Olive Oil

181 grams of Coconut Oil

125 grams of Lye

345 grams of Distilled Water

30 grams of Titanium Dioxide

68 grams of Spearmint Fragrance Oil

4 drops of Neon Green FUN Soap Colorant

2 drops of Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Other Ingredients Needed:

Spearmint Leaves

Square Loaf Mold Market Molds

Safety Glasses

Safety Gloves

Safety Mask

Thermometer

Scale

Vinegar

Mixing Bowls

Spatulas

Stick Blender

 

Directions:

spearmint soap

Always start with safety first! Make sure you are wearing your safety glasses, gloves, and mask! Once you are protected, you can prepare your lye water. Measure and weigh out 345 grams of distilled water. Then measure and weigh out 125 grams of lye, and add it to your water. Always add lye to water, never add water to lye as this can cause an explosion! Mix your lye water together thoroughly, and then set it aside to cool down.

 

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While you are waiting for your lye water to cool, you can get your oils and butters ready. Measure and weigh out 272 grams of Olive Oil, 181 grams of Palm Oil, 272 grams of Shea Butter, and 181 grams of Coconut Oil. Then completely melt these down, and set them aside to cool as well.

 

 

spearmint soapAs you’re waiting for your butters and oils and lye water to cool, you can prepare your colorants. In separate mixing bowls, add 4 drops of Neon Green colorant to one, and 2 drops of Black Oxide to another. Then measure and weigh out 8 grams of Titanium Dioxide in a bowl and pour just a little bit of your oils into it. Mix it together until it has become a paste-like consistency. This will be for your white swirl. For your white top, in a separate bowl, measure and weigh out 22 grams of Titanium Dioxide and pour a little bit of your oils, again making a paste-like consistency.

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Using your thermometer, keep checking the temperatures of your lye water and oils until they have reached around room temperature (72 degrees Fahrenheit) and are within ten degrees of each other. Then carefully pour your lye water into your oils, and thoroughly mix them until they have come to a light trace.

 

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After you have come to trace, pour 461 grams of your mixture into a another mixing bowl and add your Titanium Dioxide paste with 22 grams. Mix it thoroughly and then add 23 grams of Spearmint fragrance, once again thoroughly mixing. Then set this bowl aside to let it sit and set up to become your topping.

 

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Next, into the bowls with your green and black colorants, add 308 grams of your mixture to each. In a third bowl, add 308 grams of your mix and add your white paste with the 8 grams of Titanium Dioxide. Thoroughly mix these together until you have achieved an all over gray color, all over mint green, and an all over white.

 

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Add 15 grams of your Spearmint fragrance to each of these and mix them together thoroughly.

 

 

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Then using the in the pot swirl method in another bowl, pour each of your three colors into the bowl. pouring each into a separate section.

 

 

 

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Using a spatula, start at the edge of the bowl and drag it in a straight line all the way across.

 

 

 

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Then place the spatula right where two colors begin to mix and drag it in a full circle around the bowl.

 

 

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After you have swirled your soap, you can begin to pour it into your mold. If you carefully pour it from side to side using the “granny pour” method, this will help you achieve an even prettier swirl!

 

 

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Once your soap is completely poured, make sure your topping is set up to about the consistency of cake frosting and then pour it on top of your soap. You can peak it with your spatula.

 

 

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After all of your topping is on your soap, lightly sprinkle some Spearmint leaves over top!

 

 

Once your soap is finished, you will need to let it sit to set up for at least 24 hours before removing it from your mold. Once it is removed, let your soap sit for at least 4 to 6 weeks, giving it enough time to fully cure and become less alkaline. Be sure to check out all the rest of our wonderful free recipes and classes, and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
25

Lilac Fragrance

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Lilac Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Spring is upon us and that means it’s almost time for some new lovely and beautiful spring flowers! I just can’t wait to be able to smell all of those fresh growing beauties, can you? Well, let’s talk about a fragrance that will definitely make you feel like you’ve just stepped right into a gorgeous spring day, our Lilac Fragrance Oil! With this wonderful spring scent filling your home, you’re sure to make everyone you know feel as if they have just stepped into a field full of amazing freshly grown spring lilacs! This is one floral scent that you definitely don’t want to miss out on!

What Does Lilac Smell Like?

Lilac Scent by Nature’s Garden is the perfectly captured aroma of new freshly blooming lilac bushes that surrounds you with the wonderful feeling of a lovely breeze-filled spring day.

How Do Our Customers Use Lilac Fragrance Oil?

Are you looking for the perfect flower fragrance to fill your home with the scent of a glorious spring morning? One that is sure to bring the warmth of the sunshine to all of your products and yet still make them extremely feminine? Well, our Lilac fragrance oil does all of that and more! For all you candle makers out there, our Lilac scent is just what you need! It works perfectly in joy wax and wow wax, as well as performing nice and strong in soy wax. You can easily fill your home with this glorious floral aroma by using it to create some nice and strong homemade aroma beads. For all of the incense and potpourri makers out there, this amazing fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 50%!

For bath and body products, our Lilac fragrance oil has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include our Lilac scent are soaps, perfumes, bath oils, bath gels, and lotions. This fragrance oil does actually happen to have a slight vanillin content of .2%, which means that it may tend to discolor any of your soaps or other bath and body products. Just be sure to use our Vanilla White Color Stabilizer, which will help with discoloration and make sure to test this scent thoroughly before using it in any of your finished and final products. For all of the cold process soap makers out there, our Lilac fragrance is just what you’ve been looking for! Our cold process results are: there is no discoloration, however there is a slight acceleration. Soap at a cooler temperature, however it has an amazing scent!

This fragrance is sure to bring the scent of a favorite spring flower right into your home! It will make your products smell as though you’ve taken them right from the middle of a field of beautiful lilacs! But it just keeps getting better and better! We offer many free recipes and classes here at Nature’s Garden, and our Spring Smelly Jelly is actually made with our Lilac scent! This is the perfect recipe for the season! Enjoy these wonderful products and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
24

Coconut Soap for Cleaning

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coconut-soap-for-cleaningCoconut Soap for Cleaning

Recipes for Homemade Coconut Soap

Do you want to make your own homemade soap? There are many recipes out there, but the base of the whole project is mostly the same, so we will focus on a single project so we can cover it, allowing you to understand how things are made.  You can use the newly made soap for  many types of cleaning, such as kitchen cleaning, oven cleaning, washing dishes and of course hands and so on if you feel you need to, the choice is yours. From then on you can experiment on your own or find other recipes, but it all starts with the following ingredients:

  • 33 oz of coconut oil
  • 83 oz of lye
  • 54 oz of water

Three simple ingredients are all it takes to create soap, but you will need the following equipment to make it happen:

  • A crock pot
  • Stick blender
  • Thermometer
  • A digital scale
  • Glass measuring cups
  • Glass bowls
  • A long-handled plastic or wooden spoon
  • Rubber spatula
  • A sink or a bowl filled with a mix of vinegar and water to wash lye away from objects or yourself
  • Rubber gloves, long-sleeved shirt and even protective glasses
  • A soap mold
  • Parchment paper

Weigh your ingredients after you have them and set the crock pot to its low setting. Once that is done you need to add water to a glass or a ceramic bowl and take it outside with your lye and spoon. Make sure you do so outside to avoid the vapors of the process, and then slowly add the lye to the water while you mix it. Keep in mind it will get hot, so once it turns clear you can bring it inside. Let it cool off before you move on to the next step.

Place the coconut oil in a saucepan and heat it up to about 120°F and move on with the rest of the work, just make sure you have the thermometer away from the bottom of the pot. You can then put the coconut oil in your crock pot and on the low setting. Once that is done you can add the lye to it and stir it a few times carefully so it won’t splash outside.

Use a stick blender to mix it until it has the consistency and texture of pudding, which would be a sign you need to move on with the next step by covering it and letting it cook on the low setting. The oils will rise on the sides and then once again fold into the mix as it works, but it will take a varying amount of time, so make sure you check on it as you go.

The soap will be ready once it turns relatively translucent with no puddles of oil in its middle. You can use a pH test strip and wait for a few minutes to see whether it changes color. The pH needs to be around 7-10 with anything higher than that indicating it’s not done yet. You can also test it between your fingers to see whether it feels waxy – if it does then this means you’re good to go. Always make sure all lye has been converted or your brand new soap may end up burning you, so this is no joking matter.

Pour the mixture into your mold and let it cool, speeding things up in the fridge if you feel you need to. You would do well to cut the bar as soon as it is cool and firm, otherwise it will harden too much to be able to do so safely. You need to also let them dry and harden for at least two weeks if you want them to be in perfect condition for when you need them.

Read more tips and tricks at: Pimlico clean and Care tips for Carpet

 

Mar
24

Soap Dye Color Morphing

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soap dye color morphingSoap Dye Color Morphing

We’ve been experimenting with our soap colorants lately here at Nature’s Garden, going between our dyes and pigments. We’ve talked about our blue dye and how it can morph your cold process soap, but have you tried our reds or yellows? Well we have! Like with the blue colorants, we used our red and yellow FD&C Da Bomb dyes in cold process and melt and pour soap to show you the differences! As we all know, our pigmented colorants, or FUN Soap colors, will not cause any morphing problems in melt and pour or cold process, and we have conducted this experiment to see if the same is true for our yellow and red FD&C dyes!

Our red FD&C dye was experimented with in both our melt and soaps as well as cold process. In melt and pour, it brought an awesome bright red color as soon as it was added! However, when used in cold process at first we were concerned that it may have the same problems as our blue FD&C dye with color morphing. When I first mixed it into the soap, it was definitely red! However, after I poured it into the mold, it did start to look like an orange color! But after we let the soap sit for the required 24 hours we realized that it was a brick red. So don’t be concerned if you use our red FD&C dye in cold process and it looks orange at first! It does not color morph as badly as the blue! We do recommend using our FUN Soap pigmented colorants over the FD&C dyes for cold process soaps however since the Da Bomb soap dyes can bleed and fade over time.

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Melt and Pour Soap using FD&C Dyes

 

 

 

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Cold Process Soap Using FD&C Dyes

 

 

 

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Cold Process Soap Using Pigments

 

 

 

With our yellow FD&C dye, as you can see in the pictures above, we have tried it out in both melt and pour soap and cold process. It brought a beautiful bright yellow to our melt and pour, and the same goes for our cold process. There was no doubt that it was yellow in cold process! Both of our yellow colorants, FD&C and FUN Soaps, work very well in melt and pour and cold process soap.

The usage of each different kind of colorant for your soaps is based on the pH levels as well as the actual saponification process. Melt and pour soap is technically soap that has already gone through the process of saponification, so it is only slightly alkaline. However, since cold process is made completely from scratch the pH levels are very high initially. Pigmented colors can withstand higher pH levels much better than dyes. The red and yellow soap dyes will not cause major color morphing, but we do recommend using our FUN Soap Colorants for cold process over our FD&C dyes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any thoughts, concerns, or questions! Make sure to check out all of our fantastic free recipes and classes, especially our soap classes! You can learn so many valuable things about the soap making process! Watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

Mar
22

Fresh Outdoors Scent

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fresh outdoors fragrance oilFresh Outdoors Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

All of the warm weather is right around the corner, and you know what that means! Beautiful flowers, beach time, birds singing, and the wonderful smell of the fresh outdoors! I can hardly wait to be able to step outside and breathe in that amazing aroma! Wouldn’t you love to fill your home with this great scent? Or include it within all of your products? Well, you can! Our Fresh Outdoors Scent perfectly captures the feeling of standing outside and just breathing in the aroma of a fresh summer day!

What Does Fresh Outdoors Smell Like?

Fresh Outdoors Scent by Nature’s Garden is the perfect combination of the fresh outdoors, you can smell the grass, the air, the dirt, and be surrounded by the feeling of nature’s beauty! This crisp fragrance creates a wonderful natural sensation. It has breezy tones of bright orange oil and ozone that highlight a great floral blend of lily and jasmine that are at the heart of the blend. The floral accord is accented by clean woody elements of pine and cedar that are balanced by just a hint of spice. There is a clear musk undertone that envelopes the shimmering sweetness of the sensation of the outdoors.

How Do Our Customers Use Fresh Outdoors?

This fragrance is sure to thrill your senses with the aroma of breathing in the scent of fresh cut grass, dirt, and the amazing mixture of beautiful spring and summer flowers! Can’t you just hear the birds chirping? For all the candle makers out there, this fragrance is absolutely perfect for you! It works perfectly in joy wax and wow wax, as well as performing nice and strong in soy wax. You can easily fill your home with this awesome scent by using it to create some nice and strong homemade aroma beads! For all the potpourri and incense makers out there, our Fresh Outdoors scent has a maximum usage rate of 50%!

For bath and body products, this great fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include our Fresh Outdoors scent are bath oils, lotions, perfumes, bath gels, and soaps. There is no discoloration in this fragrance, so you do not have to worry about it discoloring any of your soaps or other homemade bath and body products! For all the cold process soap makers out there, this scent is just what you’ve been looking for! Our cold process results are: there is no discoloration with just a slight acceleration. It soaps very nicely and the scent stays true!

I’m sure you’re just dying to get your hands on this wonderful fragrance, but hold on because it just gets better! We offer many awesome free classes and recipes here at Nature’s Garden and our Green Camouflage Candle just so happens to made with our Fresh Outdoors fragrance! This is one candle you won’t want to miss out on! Please contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any questions or concerns! Keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
21

Lime Cupcake Soap

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cupcake soapLime Cupcake Soap

Lime cupcakes…doesn’t the name just get your mouth watering? The taste of sweet cupcakes mixed with a twist of yummy fresh lime! I’m sure your taste buds are going insane at just the thought of such a delectable treat! Well, we have brought you our new Lime Cupcake Soap, even though you can’t eat it, you will be able to fill your home with the aroma of this delicious treat!

Ingredients:

For Limes:

112 grams of Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap

6 grams of Agave Lime Fragrance Oil

5 drops Lime Green FUN Soap Colorant

4 drops Kelly Green FUN Soap Colorant

For Cupcakes:

136 grams of Coconut Oil

98 grams of Castor Oil

136 grams of Mango Butter

91 grams of Palm Oil

2 grams of Titanium Dioxide

35 grams of Agave Lime Fragrance Oil

6 drops Lime Green FUN Soap Colorant

5 drops Kelly Green FUN Soap Colorant

65 grams of Lye

172 grams of Distilled Water

Other Ingredients Needed:

Round Cupcake Silicone Soap Molds

Safety Glasses

Safety Mask

Safety Gloves

Thermometer

Stick Blender

Spatulas

Lime Mold from Flexible Molds

Mixing Bowls

Vinegar

Scale

Rubbing Alcohol

Ziploc Bags

 

Directions:

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Start out making your limes. Measure and weigh out 112 grams of Diamond Clear soap, and melt it down in the microwave.

 

 

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Once it is fully melted, go ahead and add 5 drops of Lime Green FUN Soap Colorant, and 4 drops of Kelly Green. Mix it together thoroughly. Then add 6 grams of Agave Lime Fragrance Oil and mix it together thoroughly.

 

 

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Once you have completely mixed your soap, begin to pour your soap into the Lime Mold from Flexible Molds.

 

 

 

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When it is fully poured, make sure to spray your soap with rubbing alcohol to avoid any air bubbles.

 

 

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Then you can get your lye water ready. Measure and weigh out 172 grams of distilled water. Then add 65 grams of lye to your water. Make sure to mix it together thoroughly. Set your lye water aside to cool down. While you’re waiting for the lye to cool, you can get your butter and oils ready. In a mixing bowl, measure out 136 grams of Mango Butter, 136 grams of Coconut Oil, 91 grams of Castor Oil, and 91 grams of Palm Oil. Then go ahead and melt them down completely.

009While you are waiting for these to cool, you can get your titanium dioxide ready for your white frosting. Mix 2 grams of titanium dioxide and 7 grams of Castor Oil together in a bowl until you have achieved a paste like consistency. Make sure to regularly check their temperature using your thermometer until they are both around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, within 10 degrees of each other. Then go ahead and pour your lye water into your bowl with your butters and oils. Mix it together thoroughly until you have brought it to a slight trace.

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Once it is at trace, pour 230 grams of your mixture into a second mixing bowl. This will be used for your white frosting. Then in your original bowl, add 5 drops of Kelly Green and 6 of Lime Green. Mix it thoroughly. Once you have thoroughly mixed your color, add 23 grams of your fragrance oil to the bowl. Make sure to mix everything together thoroughly.

 

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In the bowl for your white, add your titanium paste and mix it thoroughly.

 

 

 

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Once it is mixed, go ahead and add 12 grams of fragrance, once again mixing thoroughly together.

 

 

 

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Then take 3 of your Cupcake Molds, and with your green soap, fill each mold. What does not fill your molds will be used for the green frosting.

 

 

 

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Next, take two Ziploc bags and cut just the tip off of one corner of each. In one bag, pour your white soap in, and pour the rest of your green into the other. Then take the bag with the white soap and begin to frost your soap.

 

 

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Once you have finished the white frosting, do the same with the green frosting, styling them both however you want!

 

 

 

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When you have finished frosting, take your lime soaps out of their mold and stick one into the top of each soap! Then make sure to allow your soap to sit for at least 24 hours before removing it from the molds.

 

 

Once you have removed the soaps from the molds, they will need at least 4-6 weeks before you can actually use them, giving them enough time to cure. But once those few weeks have passed, your soaps will be ready for you to enjoy! Make sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes as well! Keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
20

Making In the Pot Swirl Soap

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swirled-soapMaking in the Pot Swirl Soap

Hello everyone, I’m back with my fixed Nature’s Garden’s colors soap! And I’m even bringing you the easy free recipe so you can make it yourself! For this recipe, I have used our recipe for our Shea Butter Cold Process Soap. Learning from the mistakes I made the first time, I made sure to thoroughly mix my colors as well as bringing my colors to trace. This soap has turned out so beautifully and I am so excited! I also added more color to make the colors even brighter!

Ingredients:

125 grams of Lye

272 grams of Olive Oil

181 grams of Palm Oil

181 grams of Coconut Oil

272 grams of Shea Butter

345 grams of Distilled Water

69 grams of Aqua Di Gio Type Fragrance Oil

4 grams of Neon Blue FUN Soap Colorant

2 grams of Kelly Green FUN Soap Colorant

3 grams of Neon Green FUN Soap Colorant

4 grams of Yelp Yellow FUN Soap Colorant

4 Loaf Square Mold

Safety Glasses

Safety Mask

Safety Gloves

Thermometer

Vinegar

Mixing Bowls

Spatulas

Stick Blender

 

Directions:

072Always start with safety first, especially when working with lye as it can cause burns when it comes in contact with your skin! Make sure to wear your safety glasses and gloves! Once you are protected, you can go ahead and prepare your lye water. Measure and weigh out 345 grams of water into a mixing bowl. When making your lye water, always remember to pour your lye into your water, not water into lye as this can cause an explosion! Weigh out 125 grams of lye, pour it into your water, and mix it together thoroughly. Let your lye water sit to cool down.

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While your lye is cooling, you can get your oils ready. In a mixing bowl, measure out and weigh out 272 grams of Shea Butter, 181 grams of Palm Oil, 181 grams of Coconut Oil, and 272 grams of Olive Oil. When you have all of your oils ready, go ahead and melt them down completely. Then let them sit to cool as well.

 

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While you are waiting for your oils and lye to cool, you can get your colors ready. Using three separate mixing bowls, add 6 grams of Yelp Yellow colorant to one, 4 grams of Kelly Green and 5 grams of Neon Green to another, and 7 grams of Neon Blue to the last.

 

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Using your thermometer, check the temperature of both your lye as well as your oils. Once they are both around 72 degrees (room temperature) or so and the temperatures are within 10 degrees of each other Fahrenheit, you can pour your lye water into your oils. Soaping at this lower temperature will give you a lot more time to work.

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Using your stick blender, thoroughly blend it together until you have completely emulsified it and have brought it to a light trace.

 

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Then go ahead and pour 459 grams of your soap into each bowl with your colorants. Add 37 grams of fragrance to each bowl. Thoroughly mix each bowl until you have achieved an all over green color, blue, and a bright yellow!

 

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Once your colors are mixed, you can begin to pour them into a clean mixing bowl. Pour each color in separate sections of the bowl.

 

 

 

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Using a spatula, starting at the edge of the bowl, drag it in a straight line all the way across.

 

 

 

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After you have done the straight line, place the spatula right where two colors begin to mix and drag it around your bowl in a circle.

 

 

 

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Once you have finished swirling your soap, you can begin to pour it into your mold. Carefully, and slowly pouring it from side to side in the mold using the “granny pour” (as we call it)  will help you achieve an even prettier swirl. Once it is all poured, you will need to let your soap sit for about 24 hours.

 

 

After the 24 hours, you can remove your soap from your molds and slice.  We like to allow our cold process soap to cure for about 4 weeks to allow it to become harder and less alkaline. Make sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes as well! Keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
19

Swirl Soap Problems

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swirl soap problemsSwirl Soap Problems

I have recently been experimenting with making all kinds of soap, but I had quite a few problems making my first batch of in-the-pot swirl cold process soap. I was attempting to make a soap with the signature colors of Nature’s Garden swirled into it. Wouldn’t that be so cool? We thought so, and I was so excited to try it out! However, as I’m still a newbie to the soap making process, I had quite a few problems!

One of the first problems I had was getting my colors to thoroughly disperse in my soap mixture. After having completely mixed the oils and butters with my lye water and pouring into separate bowls to mix colors, I was having problems with getting my colors mixed thoroughly. Especially the blue. As you can see in the picture below, my blue pigment ended up not mixing completely, which left little blue speckles throughout my finished soap. This is possibly caused by the color separating within its bottle. Do you know what to do if this happens to you? Deb has taught me that if I notice my color has separated, that it can be fixed by mixing it with vegetable glycerin and agitating.

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See all the blue speckles?

 

 

 

One of my other swirl soap problems was that I did not mix my colored soap batters long enough. While this does coincide with not mixing my blue thoroughly, it did cause a completely different problem apart from the speckles. When the colored batters were still in their separate containers, I should have kept mixing them until they came to a slight trace. (Trace happens when the batter has begun to thicken. If you hold your spoon or mixer over your bowl with some batter still on and it leaves little trails on top, then it is at trace.) Instead of bringing each colored bowl to trace, I only brought them to the emulsification stage. This caused my colors to dissolve into each other while they were in the mold instead of producing an actual distinctive swirl.

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There should have been a swirl instead of how the colors have just blended into each other here.

 

 

I would love to hear about any problems you’ve had with in the pot swirl technique, or just soap making in general! I’m just a newbie at this, so I am actually glad that I have been having these problems so I can learn from them! Soap making is so much fun! I’m getting ready to remake this recipe so I’ll be back to let you all know what happens! Please contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns!

Make sure to check out all of our wonderful free recipes and classes, you’re sure to find some awesome recipes that you’ll absolutely adore! And our classes are perfect for any new soap makers out there like myself, I highly recommend reading through them all, as you can learn so many valuable things about soap making! I’d love to hear all of your feedback on any soap making problems so that I can learn from them as well! Keep watching for even more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
18

Color Morphing in Soap

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color morphing in soapColor Morphing in Soap

For any new soap makers out there like myself, do you have specific questions? For example, do you know which kind of soap colorant to use when you are coloring cold process soap? Or have you ever wondered about color morphing in soap? Here at Nature’s Garden, we offer two different kinds of colorants for soap: one being a our FD&C Da Bomb Soap Dyes, and one being our FUN Soap Colorants which are pigments dispersed in vegetable glycerin. The use of each kind of colorant is based on pH levels and the actual saponification process. The saponification process is considered the creation of soap by combining oils/butters and water with lye (which has a high ph). Throughout this process as the soap cures, the pH level (alkalinity) become lower.  It is important to understand that pigments tend to withstand higher ph levels better than dyes (especially when dealing with the color blue).  In our experiment, we show how blue dye and blue pigment perform in both melt and pour soap (soap that has already been saponified) and cold process soap (soap that is made from scratch and will undergo the saponification process).

In melt and pour soap, because it is technically already soap, it has already gone through the saponification process;  so the alkalinity is lower. The dyes, our Da Bomb colorants, do not cause any color morphing problems when used in melt and pour soap. They will color beautifully, as well as our pigments, or FUN Soap Colorants. In the picture below, this light blue colored bundt soap is made with melt and pour soap, as well as our Blue Da Bomb colorant. You can see how nice and pretty this blue coloring is. When melt and pour soap is colored with blue FD&C dye, it will produce a beautiful blue colored soap since the dye never has to encounter a high ph.

color morphing in soap

color morphing in soap

However, when different colorants are used in cold process soap, as seen below, the outcome is very different. Because cold process is made completely from scratch, it must undergo the entire saponification process.  This means that the pH levels are much higher in cold process soap. In the pictures below, the darker blue soap was made using our pigmented, Ultramarine Blue FUN Soap Colorant. The purple soap, (started as gray and turned to reddish-pink-purple as it sat) was created using our Da Bomb blue dye. (We have used our Shea Butter Cold Process Soap recipe for this part of our experiment).  It is evident that blue FD&C dye (our Da Bomb blue dye)  will morph in color when exposed to a high ph.

color morphing in soap

color morphing in soap

color morphing in soap

In conclusion:  When desiring a nice blue color for your cold process soap, it is wise to use blue pigments instead of blue FD&C dyes.  While the blue FD&C dyes work wonderfully in melt and pour soap, they will indeed morph in color when making cold process soap.

Please contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any questions, comments, or concerns at all! We are here to help you and to make sure you succeed at all of your creations! Make sure to check out all of our amazing free recipes and classes as well, especially all of our soaping classes! And keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
17

Oatmeal Honey Soap

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Oatmeal-Butter-Honey-SoapOatmeal Honey Soap

Mmm…oatmeal and honey. Doesn’t the name just make your mouth water? It sounds so delicious, isn’t your stomach just growling with hunger? Well, we are bringing you a brand new free recipe for this wonderfully amazing Oatmeal Honey Soap, made with our awesome Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil! This is one soap that is sure to get your taste buds going!

 

Ingredients:

Brown Layer:

559 grams of Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap

28 grams of Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil

Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Middle Honey Layer:

120 grams of Honey Melt and Pour Soap

6 grams of Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil

Cream Layer:

590 grams of Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap

8 grams of Deodorized Cocoa Butter

30 grams of Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil

Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Neon Yellow FUN Soap Colorant

Top Honey Layer:

140 grams of Honey Melt and Pour Soap

7 grams of Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil

 

Other Ingredients Needed:

Square Loaf Mold Market Mold

8 oz. Bullet Bottle

Black Fine Mist Sprayer 24/410

Rubbing Alcohol

PAM or other cooking spray

Mixing Bowls

Mixing Spoons

Paper Towels

Rolled Oats

Scale

Toothpicks

 

Directions:

Start by measuring and weighing out 559 grams of Oatmeal Soap into one mixing bowl, and 590 grams into another. Then spray your cooking oil onto a paper towel and rub it around on the inside of your mold. This will help the soap to remove easier when it is finished. Then go ahead and melt down the bowl of 559 grams of soap in the microwave until it is completely melted.

oatmeal honey soap

 

Once it is melted, add 28 grams of Buttered Maple Honey Oats fragrance and mix it thoroughly.

 

oatmeal honey soap

 

Using a toothpick, add small drops of your Brown Oxide colorant to your soap, mixing it thoroughly until you have achieved a warm light brown color. Once it has turned brown, carefully pour your soap into your mold. Pouring into the middle of the mold will help the soap to spread straighter across the mold.

oatmeal honey soap

 

Once it is poured, make sure to spray your soap with rubbing alcohol to defeat any air bubbles that may occur. Then make sure to let that layer sit until it has hardened and set up.

oatmeal honey soap

After your first layer has hardened, go ahead and measure and weigh out 120 grams of Honey soap into a mixing bowl and melt it down in the microwave.

oatmeal honey soap

 

When it is melted, add 6 grams of fragrance to your bowl and mix it together thoroughly.

oatmeal honey soap

 

Then carefully pour your soap on top of your first layer, again pouring to the middle. Once it is completely poured, spray it again with rubbing alcohol. Make sure to give this layer enough time to sit and set up.

oatmeal honey soap

When your first layer of honey has set up, take your bowl with 590 grams of Oatmeal Soap, add your 8 grams of cocoa butter, and melt it down in the microwave. Once it has melted, go ahead and add 30 grams of your Buttered Maple Oats Honey fragrance and mix thoroughly. Then carefully with toothpicks, add drops of Brown Oxide and Neon Yellow colorants to your soap, mixing it very thoroughly until you have achieved a slight cream color.

oatmeal honey soap

 

Once your soap has become cream, go ahead and pour it on top of your first honey layer pouring to the middle of the mold. Once it is completely poured, make sure to spray this layer with rubbing alcohol. Then let your soap sit to set up.

oatmeal honey soap

After your cream layer has has enough time to set up, weigh out 140 grams of Honey Melt and Pour Soap and melt it down in the microwave. When it is melted, add 7 grams of your fragrance and mix it together thoroughly. Then carefully pour this final layer on top of your cream layer. As soon as it is poured, make sure to spray with rubbing alcohol.

oatmeal honey soap

 

Then, work fast to sprinkle as many oats as you want on top before it hardens! Once you have sprinkled your oats, let your soap sit until it has completely hardened!

oatmeal honey soap

Once your soap has hardened, remove it from your mold. Once you cut it, your new Oatmeal Honey Soap is ready to use! Enjoy! Check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes, and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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