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Oct
24

Epsom Salt

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Hey everyone! Are you adventurous? Do you love to experiment with different ingredients for your products? Or are you an experienced crafter? Have you used Epsom salts? Do you like to? Epsom salt has many many benefits for many different products and industries! It is great for bath and body products, hair care, skin care, gardening, and cleaning products. It also has many medicinal purposes! This awesome product is something you just have to try! Fun fact! Did you know that besides all of those wonderful purposes, it can also even be used in processing beer? It promotes a desired flavor profile by adjusting the ion content of the brewing water and enhancing the enzyme action!

Epsom salt, or also known as magnesium sulfate or epsomite, is a naturally occurring mineral made of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen. While it is naturally occurring, it can also be made by neutralizing sulfuric acid with oxide or magnesium carbonate. Epsom salt can be used for many cleaning purposes. It can be mixed with liquid dish detergent and used to clean bathroom tiles. When sprinkled near entry ways, it helps to prevent slugs and burned food can be removed from pots and pans when they are scrubbed with Epsom salt. It also helps to break up detergent build up in washing machines when mixed with water.

There are many bath and body products that can use Epsom salts as well. As a bath salt, it helps to soothe muscles and relieve stress. Do you suffer from dry lips? Epsom salt can help by removing the dead and dry skin and making the lips look healthier and fuller. It has many anti-inflammatory problems as well. Athletes use it in ice baths to help with inflammation. Epsom salt has many skin benefits as well. It is a great exfoliator, helps to smooth rough patches, and it prevents wrinkles. It is also a great treatment for sun burns, acne, and blackheads. It also can give the hair more volume!

Ready for many of the fantastic medicinal benefits? Epsom salt is very rich in magnesium which regulates enzymes, boosts moods, controls energy production, and it eliminates toxins from the body. It is also rich in sulfates which help to form joint proteins, brain tissue, and proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract. Epsom salt can help to protect the heart by lowering blood pressure, preventing arteries from hardening, reducing blood clots, improving circulation, and reducing irregular heartbeats. Splinters can even be removed from the body using Epsom salt! For pregnant women, it helps to treat preterm labor, edema, and pre-eclampsia. Celebrity trainers even recommend it for celebrities to lose weight faster! But please don’t take this blog as medical advice, we only sell epsom salt for external purposes! Always check with a doctor before using anything in place of medical treatment!

These are just a few of the many ways to use Epsom salt! Check out our free Epsom salt class to learn about many more! The easiest way to find this awesome product on our site is by typing “Epsom salt” into the search bar. That will take you directly to a page that offers our Epsom salt, bulk Epsom salt, and the free class! We also offer some great free recipes made with Epsom salt like our Refreshing Foot Soak, our Monster Bath Cookies, or even our Snake in the Grass bath fizzie! Please contact us with any concerns or questions you have, and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Oct
22

Basil

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basil Basil

Hi everyone! Are you looking for new crafts? Maybe a new herb to use in your bath and body products? Or maybe it’s your first time making soaps or bath and body products and you’re looking for a good herb to use? Well here it is! How about basil? Basil is a wonderful herb that can be used in a variety of ways in many different products and industries! It is most well known for being used in foods and for culinary purposes, but it can also be used for medicinal purposes, skin care, hair care, bath and body products and even soaping!

Basil, or otherwise known as ocimum basilicum, is an herb in the family Lamiaceae that is mainly used for culinary purposes. It is native to India, New Guinea, Southeast Asia, and China. It was first domesticated in India and has been cultivated for over 5,000 years there. The word basil comes from the Greek word βασιλεύ, meaning “king.” In India, it is believed that placing basil in the mouths of the dying ensures that they will reach God. Ancient Egyptians believed that basil would open the gates of heaven for their loved ones and in Europe, basil is placed in the hands of the dead to ensure a safe journey.

There are many medicinal benefits to using basil as well. There are anti-septic properties in the leaves that help treat wounds, ulcers, and cuts. It is also rich in vitamin A which helps to treat many eye problems such as sore eyes and blindness. Basil also helps to prevent glaucoma, cataracts, and degeneration of the eyes. Basil tea is said to help promote milk production in nursing mothers and it is said that mothers should take basil right before or after birth to promote blood circulation. The leaves are rich in phytonutrients and healing oils that treat malarial and dengue fevers. The leaves also help the body to form new blood cells and renew energy levels that can help stop weight gain. Basil can also be used to treat colds, sore throats, throat and mouth infections, headaches and migraines, restlessness and the pain caused from chicken pox, measles and small pox. It also helps to sharpen the mind and is a great stress reliever.

Many bath and body can contain basil as well. Many common products are lotions, ointments, creams, massage oils, bath teas, bath bombs, bath teas, facials tonics and masks, and shampoos and conditioners. Basil is a great exfoliant for the skin, and also helps to treat acne and prevent blackheads, and treats many skin infections and even ringworm. It can prevent gray hair and hair loss and also gives hair a better luster when used as an infusion in shampoos and conditioners. Basil also helps to strengthen the hair and rejuvenate the hair follicles. When basil is used for soap making, it gives the soap a wonderful aroma, is a gentle skin exfoliant and treats acne problems.

Wondering how to find this awesome product on our site? Just type “basil” in the search bar! That will take you directly to a page titled “Search Results for “Basil.”” It shows our ground basil leaf, and all of our wonderful basil fragrances! Our basil class is also available right there! Enjoy! And watch out for more Enlightened by Layla! Looking for new recipes? Check out all of our free classes and recipes!

basil results pageNote: Natures Garden sells our herbs for external use only. We do not sell them as food items. (The information we provide is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration). Keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets. Special care should be taken by pregnant and/or lactating women when handling herbs. Natures Garden accepts no responsibility (written or implied) for any products you make with our herbs. All testing is the responsibility of the customer.

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Sep
30

Cocoa Butter

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cocoa butter Cocoa Butter

For all you crafters out there, do you like to use cocoa butter in your products? Well guess what? We offer cocoa butter here at Nature’s Garden! Awesome right? We offer natural cocoa butter, (not deodorized so that it still smells faintly of chocolate) and we also have deodorized cocoa butter. But hold on, it gets even better! We also offer Cocoa Butter Melt and Pour Soap for all of you soap makers out there!

Cocoa butter is considered a luxury butter that is actually a saturated, very hard fat. It can be used be in very many products. The obvious, chocolate, is just pure delicious. I couldn’t help but mention it, what girl doesn’t love chocolate! Now that I got my chocolate thoughts out, it can also be used in very many of our products here at Nature’s Garden. Cocoa butter can be used in bath and body products such as lip balms, lotions, soaps, scrubs, massage bars, and lip gloss.

There are many benefits to your skin when using cocoa butter in your bath and body products. Cocoa butter is very high in antioxidants which helps fight signs of aging and many skin stressers. Come on ladies, who doesn’t want to look younger? It helps fight signs of aging, how awesome is that? Many people also use cocoa butter to help reduce their stretch marks, however there are no guarantees that it actually helps. Cocoa butter also helps to keep your skin hydrated and some people also use to help with skin irritations like dermatitis and eczema. See why so many bath and body products contain cocoa butter? It’s just amazing!

Our cocoa butter at Nature’s Garden is consisted of many essential fatty acids: palmitic (28%), stearic (33%), linoleic (3%) and oleic (35%). For all the soap makers, when using cocoa butter in your products, make sure to use the right amount. If too much is used, it can result in a very hard and dry soap. Use it in conjunction with unsaturated oils like castor oil or olive oil or with sticky ingredients like lanolin or shea butter. The easiest way to get to our cocoa butter on our website, is to type “cocoa butter” into our search bar at the top of our site. It will take you right to a page titled “Search Results for “Cocoa Butter.”” That page shows all of the cocoa butter products we offer. You can choose from our Golden Natural Cocoa Butter or our Deoderized Cocoa Butter. Our cocoa butter melt and pour is also available on that page as well.

Cocoa butter is awesome to use in your bath and body products! It is a fat actually taken from cocoa beans! Come on ladies, if you don’t already use it, I’m sure you’re dying to now! It actually helps signs of aging and I know you just can’t get the thought of that out of your head! This is a great product to try in your next projects, and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla! Please Don’t hesitate to contact us with any thoughts, questions, or concerns you may have! Looking for more fun projects? Try one of our free classes or recipes!

Note: Natures Garden sells our butters for external use only. We do not sell them as food items. (The information we provide is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration). Keep all butters out of reach of children and pets. Natures Garden accepts no responsibility (written or implied) for any products you make with our herbs. All testing is the responsibility of the customer. 

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May
15

Addicted to Creative Soap Making

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Fragrance Oils1.      What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Liz Holding, L.H. Soaps & Sundries

2.      Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I decided to go into business for a silly and simple reason… I love to make soap, and I am really addicted to it.  If I didn’t share what I make, I would probably drown under bars and bars of soap!  I also love the spectrum of fragrances, playing around with different things, and seeing what I can come up with.  Motivation?  Well, I have always loved to make things with my hands.  As long as I can remember, I have fiddled with various things… I have always had a right-brained curiosity for art, design, and creations, yet as I got older, I developed a very left-brained analytical mind as well.  One year, I channeled this energy into mischievously cross-breeding my mom’s favorite rose bushes into an odd new breed.  From there, I knew I had a love for science.  I got a degree in chemistry and got my first job as a formulation chemist.  I learned how to make soap in my college chemistry class, and I learned all about emulsion science in my formulation job.  Since then, I have honed my soap making skills, and because of my knowledge of emulsions, have been able to create an incredible set of lotion formulas.  Soap making is the perfect craft for a right-left brainer, because it allows me to stay artistic while using science and analysis.  I actually learned how to make soap back in 2002 during chemistry class.  I have made batch after batch since then, and decided that I have sufficient knowledge of the craft to begin selling.  10 years after beginning, I began to seriously sell, so I have really only been in business for maybe a little less than a year.

3.      What products do you make and sell?  My shop has a few staple items in it, such as soap, lotions and creams, lip balm, shower gel, etc.  However, I am always experimenting and have been known to pull out some custom creations including sugar soaps, bath syrup, face masks, and more.

4.      What are your business goals?  Ultimately my goal is to be able to quit my day job and focus on L.H. Soaps full time.  I would like to procure several wholesale accounts and attend many more craft fairs and events than I already do.  I love custom creations for special occasions as well, which is another aspect of my business that I would like to develop more. 

5.      What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  I have actually only ever gotten Nature’s Garden fragrance oils, because I have heard so many wonderful things about them.  The extensive reviews and testing for each fragrance is so incredibly helpful.  Currently, I am loving the Vanilla Pear and Vanilla Bean fragrances, although every single one I received is amazing.

Your Website:  http://lhsoaps.weebly.com

Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/lhsoaps

Blog:  http://lhsoaps.weebly.com/blog.html

Apr
17

Home Crafted Soaps

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fragrance oils1.      What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Eric & Sherry Rossignol of  Rossignol Farm Soaps

2.      Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  My wife, Sherry, came home with a home crafted soap and I (Eric) couldn’t get enough!  YouTube, the Internet and everything else consumed both of our waking days and nights to learn how to make our own.  From there, Sherry and I have created our own products based on natural, simple and “local” body healing ingredients that our family could use without all those “manufactured ingredients”.  We have been crafting our products for almost two years and there is no end in sight. 

3.      What products do you make and sell?  We make cold process soap, soy candles, lip balm, lotions, body balms and ointments.

4.      What are your business goals?  We would like to be able to grow our business so Sherry can stay at home and care for our two girls. 

5.      What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?   We really love your fragrance oils. They are all high quality and the price is wonderful. Our favorites and best sellers are Balsam & Cedar, Seaside Cotton, Spiced Cranberry and Christmas Memories. We used them in both our soaps and candles. We also love to use your flavorings in our lip balm.

Your Website:   http://www.etsy.com/shop/rossignolfarmsoaps

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/RossignolFarmSoaps

Apr
04

American Made Natural Dog Products

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SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name :  The Purple Peke, for dogs naturally

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I have rescued dogs all of my adult life.  Because I would receive dogs in all different conditions, mentally and physically, I wanted them to achieve a healthy restart in life, so I studied canine aromatherapy and holistic care for companion animals, dogs specifically, became certified and began caring for them naturally.  My motivation for the business and the reason I founded The Purple Peke is my passion for dogs and a better way to care for them with safe, American made products.  The Purple Peke was officially formed in 2005.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I make all natural shampoos, massage shampoo bars, flea preventatives, ear, eye, mouth and paw care, wellness products, doggie dream pillows, calming products, grain and dairy free dog cookies and new for 2013 all natural, pet friendly household cleaners.

4.  What are your business goals?  My goal is to educate dog parents of alternative ways to care for their dog in a safe and better way that is very cost effective and to provide made in America dog products, so pet parents do not have to worry about imported goods that seem to continually be recalled as unsafe and harmful to dogs.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  I use Natures Garden essential oils, soap bases, packaging and now citric acid, herbs and spices.Pet Care Products

Your Website:  My website is currently information only as I build my online market places.  The website is www.thepurplepeke.com

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Purple-Peke/326825917429931

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/ThePurplePeke

Blog:   http://ramblingsofapurplepeke.blogspot.com/

 

Mar
20

Sugar Scrubs and Bath Bombs

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LucyI focus on creating all-natural bath bombs and soaps. Simple, fun little luxuries to make bath-time a little more special. :)

1. What’s your name & Your Company Name:  My name is Lucy and my company name is Sweetbath Confections.

2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business?  I used to buy bath  bombs from a chain store and I wanted to learn how to make then for myself with better ingredients and higher quality.  It started out as a fun hobby, but my main motivation was to grow a profitable business to help support my family.  I’ve been in business since 2010.

3. What products do you make and sell?  I make and sell bath bombs, all-natural glycerin soaps and sugar scrubs.

4. What are your business goals?  I hope to continue to grow my business and reach more customers who truly appreciate the art, creativity and work that goes into making handmade bath products.  And of course, one of my major goals is to keep learning and creating!

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  Fragrance oils and Essential oils and these are also my favorite!  They provide inspiration for my end products, by inspiring the visual outcome and indulging the senses as well.  Natures Garden Candles has such an amazing variety of scents, it’s so wonderful!

Website:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetbathConfections

Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweetbath-Confections/397338800049

Twitter:  @sbc_tweets

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Mar
13

Melt and Pour Soap Interview

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photoI started a couple years ago, and I love art and crafts. I have always loved bath products, color, and fragrances. What better than soaps where you get all that! I figured I’d play around making melt and pour, since I didn’t need to experiment with lye, and have the fun of creating. I needed some other things in my hair salon, besides shampoo, and jewelry, plus my customers are always asking me “what’s next? What’s new?” I thought I’d do a few soaps…well, I started ordering fragrances, etc. And I was hooked. And so were my customers. They wouldn’t let me stop making them. I’m now at the point of expanding my soap business, starting with Etsy. So far it’s been fun talking with people from all over!

Wow! What do I most like about your company? That’s a hard one. Besides customer service, wonderful fragrances, and value… I’d have to say the one thing I love love love, is your vanilla stabilizer. I was having a heck of a time with my soaps turning brown from vanilla. This has worked beautifully in my melt and pour soaps. A big “Thank you!”

I don’t have a website, and haven’t really been on Facebook much, but will be. Cindy Tedeschi is my face book name.

I haven’t been on twitter yet… I’m too busy checking out YouTube videos. It’s like having a craft class as often as you like. I have learned so much from so many talented people out there!

I’d like to make my soap business a part time hobby for now, eventually perhaps, more full time. I’ve been a hairdresser for 30 years, and love it. My joints from all the years are starting to get old, and one day, I might not be able to make an income doing hair any longer, and soaps is just a great thing to do!

My store name on Etsy is CLTCRAFTS

My hair salon is Tahoe Hair Co. South lake Tahoe , Ca. Where this soap picture was taken from.

Thank you again for taking the time to read this, and thank you for all you do.

Sincerely, Cindy Tedeschi

Mar
01

What is a Surfactant?

This entry was posted in adsorption, bath and body, cleansing, cosmetic ingredients, cosmetic recipe, emulsifier, Natures Garden, Natures Garden Fragrance Oils, recipes, soap, Soap making supplies, surfactant and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on by .

Have you ever tried to wash dirty dishes equipped only with a sponge and water?  This can be quite a feat.  You will notice that it takes a lot more time and elbow grease to get the job done.  Wondering why this is?  The answer as you will notice right away is that the dish soap is missing.

Did you know that the most eminent surfactant in existence is soap?

Surfactants seem to always get the bad rap.  Many people associate surfactants as bad ingredients to have in your recipes, but truth be told, this statement is not true!  Yes, SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) is a surfactant, and it can be more irritating to your skin than other surfactants, but is it as bad as what you read in the media lately?  It is an urban myth that Sodium Lauryl Sulfate causes cancer.  Read the truth for yourself.   In fact, many of the surfactants that will be listed in this class are derived from a natural source and they work to improve the integrity and performance of your cosmetic formulations.

Surfactants work with various liquids and substances; including oil and water.  Much like that of the role of the emulsifiers, surfactants have a hydrophilic (water-loving) head, and a lipophilic (oil-loving) tail.  In fact, emulsifiers are surfactants, and surfactants are vital to the industry of bath and body products too.  They comprise the largest category of cosmetic chemicals, and seem to have an endless list of cleansing capabilities.  So, needless to say, there is quite a variety to select from when seeking the perfect surfactant for your recipes.

The main qualifier in deciding which surfactant to use is all based upon the benefit that each surfactant provides.  Just like cold process soaping or any homemade bath and body products, the components that you choose to use in your recipes have a direct beneficial affect on the skin when the recipe is transformed into a finished product.  Therefore, when selecting which surfactant to use; it is just as equally important as to what you are looking to achieve in your finished product.  Each surfactant has key functions in which it will excel and equivocally each will also have other functions where it will be lacking.

The term surfactant is actually a combination of its meaning:  surface acting agent.  Let’s look at it again: surfactant = SURFace ACTing AgeNT.  But the term surfactant is not always the one that everyone sticks with.  It seems that surfactants have several names that all become applicable depending of the role of the surfactant in a specific recipe.  For example, in recipes where foam is the finished product, the surfactant used maybe referred to as foaming agents.  Surfactants used in body recipes, can even be termed as detergents or soaps.  Or, in the example of shaving creams, surfactants are considered lubricants because they protect the skin from irritation and the razor’s sharp edge while still allowing the removal of all of the unwanted hairs.

Everything that a surfactant does occurs at the surface levels of the liquids.  The biggest role that a surfactant has is the capability to lower the surface tension of a liquid.  The reaction which then occurs is the conversing of the liquid (with the lower surface tension) and the additional substance.  To break this down in simpler terms; a surfactant has the power to change the properties of a substance.  This process is known as adsorption.  The term adsorption means:  the gathering of gas or liquid in a condensed layer on the surface.  This condensed layer creates a film which is why the surface tension is lowered.  There are four different categories of classification for surfactants based on their interfaces and charges.  They are: Anionic, Nonionic, Cationic, and Amphoteric.

Education is always a powerful thing, and it is not necessary to completely know the ins and outs of everything surfactants.  But, you will want to have a general idea of each group of surfactants and how they play a role in your finished product.  This is especially true if you are looking to accomplish a “made from scratch” recipe.  It is also beneficial to know a few other things about surfactants too.  This would include information like why the surfactants are grouped or classified together or how/if surfactants work with additional groups of surfactants in a collaborate manner.  Spoiler alert:  Not all surfactants play nice with one another!

Anionic surfactants are considered to be the go to surfactant for many formulations.  This group of surfactants is also the most commonly used among foaming product productions, like shampoos or body washes.  The reasoning for this is because the anionic surfactant’s primary functions are creating high foam, high cleansing, and high washing capabilities in a finished product.

Anionic surfactants have a negatively charged water-loving head.  Anionic surfactants work very well in recipes which have a reaction between a chemical (like lye) and fatty acids or alcohols (like animal lard or vegetable based oils).  Hand processed soap, whether it is CP, CPOP, or HP, are all examples of anionic surfactants.  Other examples of anionic surfactants are Sodium sulfates, Ammonium sulfates, sulfosuccinates, sarcosines, sarcosinates, isethionates, and taurates.

One of the drawbacks of using an anionic surfactant relates to skin sensitivity.  Due the high foaming, cleansing, and washing capabilities, skin irritations can occur.  It is for this reason that if you are looking to create a handmade recipe it is best to choose another category of surfactants, or balance the anionic surfactants with amphoteric surfactants.

Amphoteric surfactants are the go with the flow surfactants.  They have the possibility to either have a positive or negative charge.  Their charge is all based on the pH or alkalinity of your finished product.  Hence the amphi prefix.

When an amphoteric surfactant is used in a recipe where the end result of a finished product has a lower pH, the amphoteric surfactant takes on a more conditioning and nourishing role.  On the other hand, when an amphoteric surfactant is used in a recipe where there is a higher pH in the end product, it resembles more of an anionic surfactant with high foaming and cleansing capabilities.  Neither option is necessarily bad; they are just on two different planes of the beneficial skin aspects.

Amphoteric surfactants are the most docile of the surfactants.  They are also the second most used surfactants in the industry.  This is because when used alone, they are able to provide a gentle aspect to the nature of your end product.  Adversely, when an amphoteric surfactant is coupled with an anionic surfactant, the amphoteric surfactant mellows the harshness of the anionic surfactants.  In fact, amphoteric surfactants can be used solo and in conjunction with any other of the surfactant groups.  There adaptability is just one of the reasons why they are so widely used.

Some examples of well know amphoteric surfactants are Coco Bentaine, Lauryl Bentaine, and Hydroxysultaines.

Cationic surfactants are the opposite of anionic surfactants.  They have a positively charged water-loving head.  It is because of this positive charge that cationic surfactants can offer many skin loving, nourishing benefits to the skin and body.  These surfactants are best used in recipes where foaming is not necessarily mandatory such as hair conditioners.  Cationic surfactants alone do not allow for ample foaming capabilities.

Cationic surfactants work well with 2 of the 3 remaining surfactant groups.  Both amphoteric and nonionic surfactants will be compatible with cationic surfactants with no problems.  However, because of the opposing charge cationic (positive) and anionic (negative) surfactants will not combine.

Some common cationic surfactants used in bath and body recipes are your chlorides (Benzalkonium, Stearalkonium, and Centrimonium), Trimethyl Ammoniums, and Methyl Sulfates.

Nonionic surfactants have no foaming capabilities which is why this group of surfactants are rarely used as a recipe’s main surfactant.  Evident by the prefix non, these surfactants do not have a charge in their water-loving heads.  The end result of using a nonionic surfactant will allow for a finished product that has a very gentle cleansing ability.   But, just because it doesn’t foam, it doesn’t mean it does cleanse.

Psychologically speaking, there is a direct mental correlation between foaming and cleansing.  We as a race have somehow inherently made this connection.  Whether it is a physical view of suds equating to cleanliness, or simply urban myths that have taken on a life of their own, the reality is; it could not be further from the truth.

Nonionic surfactants, or at least some of them, are ethoxylated.  What this means is that the nonionic surfactants have had some reaction to the addition of ethylene oxide.  With this reaction comes an even more water-loving head, almost as if it has been supercharged.  This then makes nonionic surfactants (like Polysorbate 20) perfect solubilizers.

But, don’t just disregard this category of surfactants yet.  Nonionic surfactants can also be used in formulations to reduce irritants, due to their gentle cleansing ability.  They also have the capability to be used as an emollient, softening or soothing skin.  Not to mention, these surfactants can be used to stabilize foam in recipes.  Hold on to your seats though folks, because it gets a little better!  Due to its lack of a charge, nonionic surfactants love every other category of surfactants; you can consider them the peacemakers!

Some common nonionic surfactants used in bath and body recipes are your Polysorbates, Emulsifying Wax NF, E-wax, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, ingredients with the prefix PEG, Ceteareths, Oleths, Sorbitans, Lauryl Glucoside, and Polyglycose.

In summary, surfactants are amazing little compounds found in many items we use every day like adhesives, bath gels, creams, lotions, frozen foods, chewing gum, inks, and fabric softeners; just to name a few!  There are four main applications of surfactants particularly in just bath and body recipes.  They include: cleansing, solubility, emulsifying, and conditioning.

Some other additional aspects of surfactants to bath and body recipes include:  the potential to increase stability of a product; certain surfactants can be used as thickening agents; due to the composition of a surfactant, some maintain anti-microbial elements and therefore can be used as preservatives; there are even some that have the capability to reduce irritation allowing for a milder product on the skin.

Interested in adding some surfactants to your recipes?  Below is a list of some commonly added surfactants to bath and body recipes:

sodium lauryl sulfate (can be derived from coconuts)  Produces High Foam; easy to thicken. Strong Anionic Surfactant; can cause irritation
ammonium laureth sulfate (derived from coconuts) Produces High Foam; easy to thicken.  Strong Anionic Surfactant; can cause irritation
disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate (derived from coconuts)  Foaming agent, Mild Anionic Surfactant; gentle on the skin
Cocoamphocarboxyglycinate  (derived from coconuts)  Mild, Amphoteric Surfactant
decyl Polyglucoside (vegetable derived, used in baby shampoos for its gentleness)
cetearyl alcohol
stearyl alcohol
Cocamidopropyl Betaine (derived from coconut oil) Amphoteric Surfactant
Decyl Glucoside (derived from sugar)
Glyceryl Cocoate (derived from vegetables)
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (derived from coconuts)
Almond Glycerides (derived from vegetables)
Sodium Lauryl Sulphoacetate (much milder surfactant than SLS)
Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate (derived from vegetables and is a natural substitution for SLS) 
sodium methyl cocoyl taurate
(derived from coconut)
Sucrose Cocoate (derived from sugar)
polysorbate 20 (vegetable derived)
polysorbate 80 (vegetable derived)

If you formulate your own cosmetics, please visit our customer suggestion page and let us know which surfactants you would like to see Natures Garden carry.  We will be increasing our line of natural cosmetic supplies.

Jan
11

Acacia Gum- the Gift that Keeps On Giving

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In what seems to be a never ending list of uses, Acacia gum tops the herb charts with its versatility.
 

History has long seen Acacia Gum as a prized export among many countries.  The acacia gum is a natural gum that is produced from the sap of acacia trees. Harvested during the rainy season, acacia trees discharge the gum, which then collects in the furrows of the bark, as well as on the branches and stems of the tree.  Once exposed to the air, the gum begins to harden; a process that takes about 15 days.  The hardened gum which is either in tear drop shape or vermicular (worm shape) is then collected by hand.

Thriving in unfavorable conditions, the Acacia trees yield more gum where there is excessive heat, drought, or poor soil.  In fact, damaged Acacia trees actually produce more abundant gum then the healthier trees.  The most bountiful harvest of the Acacia tree gum is generated in Sudan.

Medically speaking, Acacia gum has been used for years in herbal medicine.  Safe for ingestion, the herb is easily digested by humans and is colorless, flavorless, and odorless.  Externally, this herb is limitless although allergens can play a role for certain people.

Until 1940, Acacia gum was seen as the go to remedy for any ailment needing a coating of alleviation.  Prime examples of this would include laryngitis, UTI’s, sore throats, IBS, and diarrhea.  Acacia gum powder mixed with water was even highly recommended for the early stages of typhoid.  This medical marvel was even used in bandages for burns, rashes, and diseases of the skin, as well as inflammations of the body.

Nutritionally, Acacia gum was often consumed by many Nomadic tribes as a form of food supplement since fresh fruits and veggies were scarce.  Today many of our foods contain Acacia gum for various reasons.  For example, soda pops that contain flavoring oils (lemon/lime) use the addition of acacia gum to help keep the flavor evenly suspended among the beverage.  In the baking world, Acacia gum is used in making gum paste, whipped creams, sweet syrups, and candies.  Acacia gum can even extend the shelf life of some foods.

For bath and body products or cosmetic recipes this ingredient is a dream come true.  It can be used to make a medium for applying oils (like essential oils or musks), stabilizer, thickener, emulsifier, demulcent, suspending agent, emulsion stabilizer, and foam stabilizer.  Acacia gum can even be added to lose powder cosmetics to prevent clumping.  Other bath and body items that can be made with Acacia gum at a usage rate varying for 1-10% (of the formula) include:  lotions, creams, pomades, shampoos, body washes, balms, and mascara.

Note: Natures Garden sells our herbs for external use only. We do not sell them as food items. (The information we provide is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration). Keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets. Special care should be taken by pregnant and/or lactating women when handling herbs. Natures Garden accepts no responsibility (written or implied) for any products you make with our herbs. All testing is the responsibility of the customer.