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Nov
20

Bentonite Clay

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Hello everybody! Is your house all decorated for Christmas yet? Are you ready for the holiday season to arrive? Well, it is just around the corner! Yes, it is almost time for Santa to come and to open all those wonderful presents around the tree! I’m sure Santa is getting all of his reindeer ready for their famous night as we speak! It’s time for Christmas caroling and delicious Christmas cookies, and time to celebrate the day of Jesus’ birth! Are you still looking for some awesome cool gifts or projects to give all of your loved ones for the holidays? Well, have you ever tried anything with cosmetic clay before? Bentonite clay to be specific. If you haven’t, you should definitely get on that! We also have many fantastic free recipes made with Bentonite clay that would make the perfect and unique Christmas gift!

Bentonite clay is a naturally forming impure absorbent aluminum phyllosilicate clay that contains high amounts of sodium. In 2011, the United States was the top producer world wide for Bentonite clay. Bentonite clay was named in 1898 by Wilbur C. Wright after the Cretaceous Benton Shale that is near the city of River Rock, Wyoming. It is often referred to as Montmorillonite and is one of the most powerful and effective healing clays on the Earth. It is normally a grayish or beige color, but turns an olive color when water is added to it.

There are many different cosmetic and bath and body products that can include Bentonite clay. Common products it can be used in are bath bombs, lotions, soaps, and face masks. Since it is one of the most effective and powerful clays in the world, it has countless health and medicinal benefits. Bentonite clay can be used as a treatment for many conditions such as diarrhea, colitis, anemia, ulcers, cataracts, arthritis, and many food allergies and parasites. It has many skin care benefits such as cleaning impurities, removing oils, and softening the skin. It helps with many irritations like burns, cuts, and even insect bites. Bentonite clay even helps to relieve the itching caused by chicken pox, many rashes, eczema, and psoriasis. Pregnant women can use bentonite clay to help ward off morning sickness. Your teeth can even benefit from the use of bentonite clay. It whitens them and provides them with many essential minerals. When used in baby powder, the clay helps with the problems caused by infection and reduces redness.

Make sure to check out all of our awesome free recipes made with Bentonite clay! We have our Hatching Dinosaur Egg Bath Bombs recipe, our Whipped Shaving Cream recipe, our Fish Toy Bath Bomb recipe, our Cold Process Shaving Cream recipe, and our Freshly Ground Coffee Bath Bombs! They are all wonderful recipes that would be the perfect gift for all of your friends, family and even your customers for this Christmas season! Don’t pass up on this awesome product, try it out as soon as you can! Just type “bento” into the search bar on our site and it will take you directly to our Bentonite Clay Powder page! On top of the picture is a green box labeled “Recipe” that shows the names and pictures of the free recipes. Those pictures will link to those recipes! Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns, or thoughts, and make sure to watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Dec
14

Whipped Shaving Cream

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whipped shaving soapIf you are looking for a great homemade whipped shaving cream recipe, Natures Garden has one for you!  With a wonderfully rich and creamy lather, this thick shaving cream will leave your skin feeling smooth and rejuvenated.  In fact, after you make this shaving recipe, you will love it so much that you may never buy the store bought version again.  Plus, since this recipe is a homemade one, you can scent your shaving cream to your liking.  Natures Garden has a wonderful selection of body safe fragrance oils both feminine and masculine, and even a few truly unique ones too.

This light and fluffy cream will give you a close shave every time, and you only need a very small amount of the shaving cream to accomplish this.  Because this homemade shaving cream contains the ingredient Bentonite Clay, it makes the shaving lather slicker, allowing the razor a slippery layer to provide a sleek, nick free shave.  But, the bentonite clay benefits do not stop there.

Bentonite Clay also helps to sweep away impurities on the skin.  It can add a silky, polished feel to a product.  But, for scenting purposes in a finished product, the best benefit of Bentonite Clay is the fact that this clay allows for an even dispersion of scent throughout the whole product; working as a fixative.

Rich and exotic Mango Butter is also another stellar ingredient in this recipe.  Mango Butter is a luxurious butter that melts on the skin allowing for great moisturizing and softening effects.  The addition of this ingredient in your body products is even believed to reduce wrinkle development.

These two powerhouse ingredients together along with a few other necessities produce a whipped shaving cream that is very easy to make, very easy to use, and is a fraction of the cost of store bought kind.

To view the complete whipped shaving cream recipe, you can simply click on this link.  If you are interested in other easy to make, homemade bath and body products, candles, or home scenting products, please visit Natures Garden’s website.  The projects and instructions are listed under the Free Recipes and Classes area, and can be scented in an array of various fragrance oils; so there is something for everyone!

Oct
24

Cold Process Shaving Soap Recipe

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shaving-soap-pic1When it comes to grooming for a man, one of the most important aspects is a nice, clean, close shave.  But, did you know that each time you shave, your facial skin loses sebum?  It is these very same natural oils that help reduce your facial skin from drying out (chapping).  That is why when shaving facial hair, it is important to use a shaving cream or gel.  These products are used to create a barrier to help reduce the friction on the skin from the razor’s sharp edge.  What using a shaving cream or gel will do is prevent those pesky red shave bumps from appearing.  Therefore to prepare for a clean shave, a good lathering shaving cream is a necessity in any shaving arsenal.

We have been playing around with a few different shaving cream recipes for a while.  We wanted to make sure that when we did create a finalized recipe not only would it have skin loving benefits, but also have amazing lather too.  And, the great news is- we nailed it.

The first step in creating a rich lathering shaving cream is to select the right kind of ingredients for this cold process recipe.  The two biggest categories that were important to this recipe was lather and glide.

To help assist the lathering aspect, we selected:

Coconut Oil 76-  a staple in soap making.  This oil adds tremendous bubbles to soap- aka lather.
Palm Oil-  another list topper in soap making.  This oil adds a rich, creaminess to the lather.
Castor Oil- another oil that adds to a rich and creamy lather.  And, this oil also helps to attract moisture to the skin.
Lanolin Oil-  great lathering ability in soap.  Also provides moisturizing elements to the skin.
Shea Butter-  this butter provides a wonderful creamy lather and has the bonus of conditioning aspects for the skin.

When it came to a smooth glide, we knew that Bentonite Clay was the go to ingredient for this.  Bentonite Clay provides for a very nice glide on the skin’s surface.  This was a no brainer to include.  The Bentonite Clay in the finished shaving soap will make for a more comfortable shave with no irritation.

Making a cold process shave soap is really very simple.  The soaping procedure pretty much stays the same, however, there are a few differences for this recipe.  First, we decided to add sodium lactate to the recipe.  The addition of this ingredient provides for natural moisturizing elements in the finished product, which is great for shaving soap.  On the soapers end, Sodium Lactate also helps the soaps to unmold easier, which brings us to the second difference.

Instead of using a loaf mold for this recipe, you pour the soap batter into basic circle molds.  The first time that we tried this recipe, we did not include the sodium lactate.  And, although the open portion of the soap in the mold was beautiful; once we popped the soaps out of the mold, let’s just say we knew we could do better (that is with sodium lactate).

As for the Bentonite Clay, this is added to the soap batter at emulsion.  You will want to ensure that this clay is incorporated throughout the whole mixture.  The best way that we found to do this is to use a stick blender, as well as a spatula.  You will have to scrap the sides of the bowl several times and stick blend in between when mixing.  Once you notice all clumps of clay are broken up and your batter is smooth; you are safe to pour.

The shaving soap recipe is just that simple.  We did stick the molds in the freezer before popping the soaps out.  The addition of sodium lactate and freezing did help to remove the soaps from the molds with ease.  We found that these two little steps made a world of difference when it came to unmolding.  It was just hands down a way better route to go.  After the long awaited cure time, the result of the shaving soap is absolutely phenomenal.  The lather is truly rich, creamy, and plentiful.  The soap is smooth and really provides a nice gentle glide for the razor.  The final conclusion that we had for this recipe is once you try a bar, you will never go back to store bought shaving creams again.

If this blog has peaked your interest in trying to make your very own shaving soap, check out the Cold Process Shaving Soap Recipe.  You can either click on the link, or find the recipe under the cold process soap in the Free Recipes and Classes section of Natures Garden’s website.  You will not be disappointed.

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients.