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Mar
08

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap


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Soap Colorants in Cold Process SoapSoap Colorants in Cold Process Soap

Have you ever noticed, that when a chef serves up a beautiful plate of food to, it will most likely has some colorful food displayed on a plain white plate. Don’t you instantly want it, regardless if you are truly hungry or not?  This is because you always “eat with your eyes first”. When you are setting out to make masterpieces of soap for your customers, you want them drawn to the colors of your soap. Soap colorants in cold process soap (or in any type of soap you make) can add another dimension to your creation. It’s the first thing everybody will see.

There are so many options out there when it comes time to color your soap. You have soap dyes, in liquid or powder form. Micas are also a colorant choice. Some micas will add sparkle and color at the same time.  Then, there is the option of natural colors using herbal powders. If you are trying to achieve a more simple, rustic look to your soaps, herbal powders are a wonderful way to go, however, natural soap colorants are a topic for another day. 

Typically, you will have a recipe that can be any basic, everyday cold process soap or it can even be your own favorite cold process soap recipe. The next step is to decide your fragrance. This will always depend on your customers, a season, holiday or even a personal choice.  So, next comes the artistic part. The coloring and designing part. How will you design it? Will it be a solid color? Swirls of multiple colors? Plain, uncolored soap is an open canvas to create with. I always believe the colors depend on the fragrance. But, I also have coworkers that love having the option to create soap to match the room, using any fragrance you would like.  Take for example, Melissa, she has red soap to match one of her bathrooms scented with blueberry fragrance oil.  What colors do you see when you smell your scent of choice? 

No matter what type of colorant you chose, you have the opportunity to create something that will be almost to beautiful to use. They can be true works of art.

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: About Natures Garden’s FUN Soap Colorants

Before we get started talking about how to use our Fun Soap colorants though, let’s get the details about what they are like. Fun Soaps are actually colored pigments that are dispersed in vegetable glycerin. There are absolutely no chemical preservatives added.  All of our FUN Soap Colorants are vegan.  Using liquid soap pigments which have already been dispersed in vegetable glycerin helps to prevent pigments from clumping in your soap. In addition, it’s already mixed for you, saving you time and frustration. All of these soap colorants work well in melt and pour soap as well as cold process soap.  They are non-bleeding, perform well in high pH environments, and do they not morph during the saponification process. These Fun Soap colorants can also be used in any bath or body product. 

 

 

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Pastel FUN Soap Colors

For example, say you have chosen Nature’s Garden Awapuhi Seaberry fragrance oil. With fresh sea air and notes of water lilies, I picture blues and greens. With a few drops of Fun Soap colorants like ultramarine blue, teal and neon green soap colorants, you can achieve some pretty swirls of blue, green, and teal! You can create this fun Awapuhi Seaberry Cold Process Soap Recipe!  How beautiful your soaps can be! Fun Soap Colorants will make it stand out first and when your customer gets a smell, they will be hooked. 

 

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Neon ColorsSoap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Neon FUN Soap Colors

If you would rather go bright and vibrant, another choice of an artistic creation could be a cold process soap using our Cannabis Flower fragrance oil.  Use some of our Neon FUN colors such as, blue, pink, green, and yellow and you will take what could have been a plain, white bar of soap and turn it into a psychedelic palette of colors! Just like our Hippies & Hemp Cold Process Soap!

 

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Oxide ColorsSoap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Oxide FUN Soap Colors

Now, not all soaps have to be bright and colorful. When you are looking at a plate of brownies or chocolate cake, what comes to mind is yummy, sweet and chocolaty, right? When your products are geared more towards men then you will want something a little more masculine, if you will. The oxide colorants are going to give you deeper, richer colors. These are also perfect if you are in need more “fall-like” colors. Frankincense and Myrrh soap uses a few of the Fun Soap oxide colors, in yellow, brown and orange. These colorants are perfect for creating the colors one would associate with the fragrance oil,  Frankincense and Myrrh. A rich woodsy scent of myrrh, vanilla with a touch of floral to it.

You are only limited by your imagination with Nature’s Garden FUN Soap colorants! Our Creative Team has been hard at work testing all 21 vibrant soap colorants in cold process soap. Each color was tested with 1 drop, 3 drops, 6 drops, 12 drops and 18 drops. That’s a total of 105 different shades of colors! That only leaves an unlimited amount of shades you can explore and create!  Below we will talk about these amazing colorants and give you ideas on how to achieve any color you could possibly want under the Fun Soap rainbow!

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Cold Process Soap Testing Recipe

We used a specific cold process soap recipe for testing purposes. The recipe we used is as follows:

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: The Water Phase

  • Water-144 grams
  • NaOH Lye-53 grams
  • Sodium Lactate-8 grams (added to the cooled lye solution)

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: The Oil Phase

  • Apricot Kernel Oil-28 grams
  • Shea Butter-49 grams
  • Palm Oil-57 grams
  • Coconut Oil-113 grams
  • Mango Butter-53 grams
  • Castor Oil-14 grams
  • Sunflower Oil-63 grams

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: How Our Testing Was Performed

  • We soaped at 100 degrees.
  • When the soap batter reached emulsification, we separated it.
  • We separated each batch of soap into 5 bowls.
  • Each bowl contained 116 grams of soap batter.
  • We added various amounts of colorants to each bowl. We gave each testing bowl a specific number of drops. 1 drop, 3 drops, 6 drops, 12 drops and finally 18 drops. However, there were two exceptions to the number of drops we used, these differences are noted in FUN Soap Colorant testing videos.

We have also included a video of our soap colorant testing in cp soap on our YouTube Channel! So, watch and see how the whole process was done. There are other fun videos on our Nature’s Garden YouTube Channel you can take a look at too!

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Neon Red FUN Soap ColorantSoap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Neon Red FUN Soap Colorant

First, Neon Red Fun Soap doesn’t have to be just bright and eye-popping!

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Neon Pink FUN Soap Colorant Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Neon Pink FUN Soap Colorant

Here is Neon Pink. As you can see you can have a range of pinks from a pastel baby girl pink to a neon screaming teenage girl pink! A truly fun color!

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Jailhouse Red FUN Soap ColorantSoap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Jailhouse Red FUN Soap Colorant

Jailhouse Red has a much lighter tone to it then the neon red. You can get a range of color from a pale pink-orange to a brighter tone of a red-orange.

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Neon Green FUN Soap ColorantSoap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Neon Green FUN Soap Colorant

As with all the other neon colors we will explore, Neon Green Fun Soap you will get the prettiest pale, spring green to a bright tree-froggy green!

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Kelly Green FUN Soap ColorantSoap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Kelly Green FUN Soap Colorant

Kelly Green has a beautiful, rich color that can range from a soft, pale green to the deep green color of a shamrock.

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Ultramarine Blue FUN Soap Colorant

This Ultramarine Blue FUN Soap Colorant is by far one of my favorites! You can have yourself a Periwinkle Blue or even more of deep ocean blue with this color!

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Neon Orange FUN Soap ColorantSoap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Neon Orange FUN Soap Colorant

Also, Neon Orange Fun Soap is the perfect rendition of Traffic Cone Orange to a creamy, pastel orange that reminds me of the colored chalk we used to draw with when we were kids.

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Eye Poke Orange FUN Soap Colorant

I’m not sure if your eye would really look orange if you got poked, but with Eye Poke Orange you do get the palest, pastel orange to a lovely bright pumpkin color, perfect for jack o’lanterns or fall leaves.

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Lime Green FUN Soap ColorantSoap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Lime Green FUN Soap Colorant

Now, here’s a fun Lime Green that will give you colors ranging from a light, little boy green to a bright margarita color!

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Neon Blue FUN Soap ColorantSoap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Neon Blue FUN Soap Colorant

Of course, Neon Blue doesn’t have to be so neon! You can achieve a sweet, pastel baby blue all the way to a color that reminds of a Blue Raspberry Slushy!

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Ultramarine Violet FUN Soap ColorantSoap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Ultramarine Violet FUN Soap Colorant

With Ultramarine Violet you can have the most perfect shade of pale Lavender to the color of the brightest hyacinth purple!

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Yelp Yellow FUN Soap ColorantSoap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Yelp Yellow FUN Soap Colorant

Yelp Yellow is a good color that will give you an array of yellows to chose from. From a soft, light daffodil yellow to the brightest lemonade yellow!

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Red Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Next, Red Oxide is a wonderful way get a deep, rusty red to an almost blush color.

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Neon Yellow FUN Soap ColorantSoap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Neon Yellow FUN Soap Colorant

Next, just like all the other neon soap colorants, Neon Yellow will give you will a beautiful, soft pastel yellow all the way to a So-bright-I-gotta-wear-shades sunshine yellow!

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant

Tomato Red Fun Soap is going to give you a true red that says Fire Engine Red all the way down to a soft pale pink.

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Black Oxide FUN Soap ColorantSoap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Black Oxide Fun Soap will give you a range starting at a soft pearl gray all the way to midnight black and everything in between!

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Brown Oxide FUN Soap ColorantSoap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Brown Oxide is going to give you anywhere from a pale beige to a deep, rich teddy bear chocolate brown.

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Teal FUN Soap ColorantSoap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Teal FUN Soap Colorant

Teal Fun Soap is also one of my favorites! From a pale, spring teal-blue all the way to a bright Caribbean ocean blue. This would be a beautiful color to add to your collection!

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Deep Purple FUN Soap ColorantSoap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Deep Purple FUN Soap Colorant

Deep Purple Fun Soap will give you a hue of pale, lilac lavender to a beautiful deep purple, that makes the purple soap colorant perfect for your floral fragrance oils!

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Orange Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Orange Oxide Fun Soap will give your soaps or bath bombs a very pretty shade of pale orange, all the way to a deep russet orange that makes me think of fall leaves and pumpkins!

Soap Colorants in Cold Process Soap: Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Lastly, Yellow Oxide Fun Soap has a range of soft, pale yellow shades all the way up to a deep yellow!

 

So, there you go! There are an incredible amount of colors to explore and many endless color possibilities for creating a beautiful soap! No matter if you are going for simple and elegant or something more wild and eye-popping, the sky is the limit! We at Nature’s Garden hope you enjoy exploring all these colors and creating amazing soaps as well as other bath and body products! Feel free to give us a call or send an email if you have any questions. Also, if you are looking for some cool new recipes that use any of these colorants then check out our FUN Soap category on our website. Click on the tab marked recipes and you will have a plethora of new creations to explore.

Do you have some amazing colored soaps? Have you used any of our fragrances or any other Nature’s Garden products in any of your creations? Well, we have a Show & Tell section on our website! So, if you feel like showing off any type of candle, soap, body or bath creation, go ahead and let us know!

Nov
27

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe


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Rustic Tree Trunk Soap RecipeRustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe

Lately, we have been looking to bring the outdoors in with some of our fragrance fun recipes.  Well, this soap recipe does just that.  Our next soap making recipe was inspired by, what else, nature.  Natures Garden is getting back to nature with this tree trunk inspired soap scented with Cracklin Birch Fragrance Oil.  So, read below to find out how we made our Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Some of the Ingredients We Will Be Using

Before we begin, we will talk about some of the ingredients we will be using.  It is important to understand the importance of some of the ingredients in this recipe.  Each item we will be using has a purpose and we will talk about some of these below.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Crackling Firewood Fragrance OilRustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Crackling Firewood Fragrance Oil

Cracklin Birch Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden is a masculine arrangement that begins with top notes of herbaceous pine, balsam, and citrus bergamot; leading to middle notes of white flowers and earthy sandalwood; sitting on base notes of woodsy patchouli and violet.  Cracklin Birch Fragrance Oil is one of our best selling candle and soap scents.  It is popular all year long, but is even more popular in the fall and winter months.

Top Notes: pine, balsam, bergamot
Mid Notes: white flowers, sandalwood
Base Notes: patchouli, violet

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Soya Milk Melt and Pour Soap Base

Next, we will talk about the soap base we will be using in this soap recipe.  Our Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe uses Natures Garden’s Soya Milk Melt and Pour Soap Base.  This soap base is wonderful.  It will leave you with a fabulous squeaky clean feeling.  Our soya milk melt and pour soap comes in a two pound slab that has guide lines to help you cut.  In addition,  this base contains no SLS and no added detergents. Of course, none of our products are tested on animals.   Finally, all of our soap bases are gluten-free.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: FUN Soap ColorantsRustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: FUN Soap Colorants

First, you should know that the FUN Soap Colorants are simply pigments dispersed in vegetable glycerin.  They are my favorite colorants to work with.  One half ounce of a FUN Soap Colorant will color about ten pounds of soap when used in a white soap base.  The main reason why these are my favorite colorant is because it is so easy to get a nice bright color in white melt and pour soap.  In addition, these soap dyes a perfect in cold process soap.  They come through true to color in any type of soap.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Vanilla White Color StabilizerRustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Vanilla White Color Stabilizer

Natures Garden is often asked about Vanilla White Color Stabilizer.  So, I thought I would take a minute to talk about our vanilla white.  This is used in a variety of bath and body products, but it is not for use in candles.  When used in a body product, it will help prevent discoloration when it is caused by the vanillin.  While there are a ton of ingredients that can cause discoloration it is most often the vanilla content that causes it.  So, vanilla white will prevent this type of discoloration.  However, it will not prefect discoloration caused by other ingredients.  So, if the fragrance oil does not have a vanillin content listed in the description, do not use vanilla white.

We are also asked about the usage rate and the aroma of the Vanilla White Color Stabilizer.  First, our recommendation usage rate for vanilla white is one part fragrance oil to one part vanilla white.  So, in this recipe, we use 58 grams of the Cracklin Birch Fragrance Oil, so we use 58 grams Vanilla White Color Stabilizer.  In addition, I would like to mention that yes, the vanilla white does have an aroma to it.  However, we have never experienced a time that the aroma of the stabilizer over-powered any of our fragrance oils.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Glad Press'n SealRustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Glad Press’n Seal

Next, let’s talk about the Glad plastic wrap that we used.  Now, we tried a few different methods, including regular plastic wrap to achieve the tree trunk look in our soap.  However, since the plastic wrap is thicker, it worked perfectly.  The Pess’n Seal Wrap creased perfectly and allowed us to create folds in the wrap that looked like tree bark.  The Glad Press’n Seal Wrap can be purchased at your local grocery store.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Vegetable GlycerinRustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Vegetable Glycerin

In this recipe, we use vegetable glycerin for our Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe.  We use the vegetable glycerin to make the melt and pour soap pliable.  We will start by pouring the brown soap into a cake pan, then, it will be removed and placed into the mold.  The addition of vegetable glycerin allows us to shape the brown soap, bending it to the shape of the mold without breaking or cracking.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Ingredients Found at Natures Garden

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Other Ingredients and Soapmaking Supplies That You Will Need

Mixing Bowls
Microwave Oven
Scale (set to weigh in grams)
Mixing Spoons
Rubbing Alcohol (in a spray bottle)
Cutting Board
Knife
Glad Press’n Seal Plastic Wrap
9×13 Cake Pan

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Total Recipe Weight for Brown Colored Soap

300 grams Soya Milk Melt and Pour Soap
15 grams Cracklin Birch Fragrance Oil
7 grams Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
4 grams Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
30 grams Vegetable Glycerin

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Total Recipe Weight for Cream Colored Soap

1162 grams Soya Milk Melt and Pour Soap
4 drops Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
58 grams Cracklin Birch Fragrance Oil
58 grams Vanilla White Stabilizer

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Prior to Starting

Before you begin preparing this melt and pour soap recipe, we recommend wearing protective clothing along with a hair net and gloves.  Also, go ahead and clean your work area and place all of your supplies in the area that you will be working.  Finally, in your bullet bottle, add rubbing alcohol and place one of your fine mist sprayers on top.  Now, you are ready to begin making your tree trunk melt and pour soap.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Prepare Your Cake PanRustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Prepare Your Cake Pan

Prior to melting your soap, you will need to prepare you cake pan for your rustic tree trunk soap.  This pan will be used for the brown portion of the soap once it is melted.  So, place your pan in front of you.  Then, cover the bottom of the pan with the Press’n Seal Wrap.  Next, you want to bunch the plastic wrap up a bit.  The goal is to create vertical creases in the wrap.  This is what will create the bark like look in the soap.  Once you have prepared your pan, go ahead and move on to preparing your soap.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Prepare Your Brown SoapRustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Prepare Your Brown Soap

First, we will prepare our brown soap.  So go ahead and get your cake pan out.  Then, cut up, weigh, and melt 300 grams Soya Milk Melt and Pour Soap.  You want to melt your mp soap base in thirty second intervals in the microwave until the soya milk soap is in a liquid state.  Make sure you are using a microwave safe dish.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Prepare Your Brown SoapOnce your soap is melted, add 15 grams Cracklin Birch Fragrance Oil.  Then, add your colorant.  You will need to add 7 grams brown oxide FUN Soap Colorant and 4 grams black oxide FUN Soap Colorant.  Mix to incorporate your colorant.  Finally, add 30 grams of your vegetable glycerin.  Stir to fully blend all of your ingredients.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Pouring Your Brown SoapRustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Pouring Your Brown Soap

Once your pan is prepared, lined with wrap and your soap is ready, it is time for your brown tree trunk soap to be poured.  So, now, we will be pouring your brown soap.  Place your pan in front of you and pour the melted soap into the cake pan.  You want to fill the about half of the pan.  Then, spray the poured soap with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles that have formed in the soap base from pouring.  Finally, allow the soap to setup before moving on.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Placing Your Brown Soap Into the Round MoldRustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Placing Your Brown Soap Into the Round Mold

Once your brown soap has setup, go ahead and remove it from the cake pan.  You will notice that the soap is flexible, this is due to the addition of the vegetable glycerin.  We will trim and shape this to the shape of round loaf mold.  It will need to be the exact size of the mold.  So, trim the soap to the length of the soap mold.  Then, place it inside the round loaf soap mold and press it inside the mold.  You want to make sure that the soap fits tightly in the mold.  Finally, trim the edges of the soap so that it is the same length and width of the soap mold.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe:  Prepare the Cream Colored SoapRustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe:  Prepare the Cream Colored Soap

Now, we will prepare the cream colored portion of our soap in our Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe.  This portion will be the remaining portion of the soap.  The cream soap will be poured on top of the brown soap and create the inner part of the tree trunk.

First, weigh out and melt 1162 grams Soya Milk Melt and Pour Soap.  Melt the soap base in the microwave in 30-second intervals.  Melt it until it is in a liquid state.  Be careful not to over-heat the base.

Next, we will color the melted soap.  You will need to add 4 drops Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant.  Then, stir to disperse to colorant.  Now, add the fragrance oil and vanilla white.  You will need to add 58 grams of Natures Garden’s Cracklin Birch Fragrance Oil and 58 grams Vanilla White Stabilizer.  Finally, mix the base to fully incorporate the fragrance oil.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe:  Pouring the Cream Colored SoapRustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe:  Pouring the Cream Colored Soap

Once your soap has been colored to a cream color, and scented with Cracklin Birch Fragrance Oil, it is time to pour the melted soap into the round loaf mold.  Prior to pouring the cream colored soap, you will want to spray the brown layer with rubbing alcohol.  This will help the two layers adhere to each other.  Make sure you spray the previous layer thoroughly.  So, once you have sprayed the brown soap, pour the cream soap right on top.  Finally, once again, spray the soap with rubbing alcohol to release any air bubbles that may have formed.  Then, allow the soap to setup before moving on.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Slicing the Soap

Once your soap has setup, you can remove it from your round loaf mold.  Then, go ahead and slice the soap loaf. We recommend using your soap making mitre box and mitre box cutter.  So, place your soap in the mitre box.  Then, use the mitre box cutter to slice your rustic tree trunk soap.  After you have sliced your tree trunk soap, it can be used right away.

We at Natures Garden hope that you have enjoyed creating the Cracklin Birch Fragrance Oil scented Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe with us.  How have you been inspired by nature?  We would love to see how you are using nature in your handmade soap, handcrafted candles, and homemade cosmetics.  Post pictures of your finished creations on our Facebook page.  In addition, you can also tag us on Instagram and Twitter @ngscents.  For even more fragrance fun, check out our free classes and recipes.  All of these classes and recipes are available in PDF form right on our website.

Nov
18

Lumps of Coal Bath Bomb Recipe


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Lumps of Coal Bath Bomb RecipeLumps of Coal Bath Bomb Recipe

The tradition of putting coal in the stockings of  children Santa has on his naughty list is a tradition that goes back centuries.  Inspired by this long running tradition, we created our Lumps of Coal Bath Bomb Recipe.  This bath fizzy recipe uses Natures Garden’s Elf Sweat Fragrance Oil.  In addition, this recipe also includes coconut oil, Hawaiian black salt, and activated charcoal.  These bath bombs will be a perfect homemade gift for your kids, friends, or family.  It doesn’t matter if they’re naughty or nice!  Either way, they are sure to love these bath fizzies!

 

Lumps of Coal Bath Bomb RecipeLumps of Coal Bath Bomb Recipe Natures Garden Ingredients

Baking Soda – Sodium Bicarbonate
Citric Acid
Corn Starch
Bentonite Clay Powder
Coconut Oil 76
Hawaiian Black Salt Fine Ground

Activated Charcoal
Hawaiian Black Salt Coarse Ground
Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Elf Sweat Fragrance Oil
8 oz Clear PET Bullet Bottle
White Fine Mist Sprayer 24/410
Safety Gloves

Lumps of Coal Bath Bomb Recipe Other Ingredients and Equipment Needed

Scale
Witch Hazel
Large Round Acrylic Fillable Ornaments (2)
Mixing Bowls
Mixing Spoon
Spatula

Lumps of Coal Bath Bomb Recipe Preparing the Mixture

First, prepare a bottle of witch hazel.  Fill the 8 ounce bullet bottle with witch hazel.  Then, place the lid on top.  You will need this later in the recipe.

Lumps of Coal Bath Bomb Recipe
Also, we will go ahead and prepare the fillable ornaments molds.  First of all, you will need half of each ornament.  To each one, we added 8 grams of Hawaiian black salt coarse ground, but you can use less if you’d like.  Set these aside for now while we prepare the bath fizzy mixture.  We will come back to them.

 

 

Lumps of Coal Bath Bomb Recipe

 

Next, weigh out your dry ingredients.  In your mixing bowl, add 263 grams of baking soda, 68 grams of cornstarch, 30 Hawaiian black salt fine ground, 5 grams bentonite clay, and 1 gram activated charcoal.  Use your hands to mix the ingredients, breaking up any clumps as you mix.

 

Lumps of Coal Bath Bomb Recipe

 

Now, weigh out your oils and black oxide soap colorant.  You will need a second small mixing bowl.  Use your scale to weigh out 30 grams of coconut oil 76, 8 grams of black oxide FUN Soap Colorant, and 1 gram of Elf Sweat Fragrance Oil.

 

Lumps of Coal Bath Bomb Recipe

 

Then, use a spatula to add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.  Using your hands, mix them together completely.  Again, breaking up any clumps.

 

 

Lumps of Coal Bath Bomb Recipe

 

Finally, add the citric acid.  Weigh out 132 grams of citric acid, place this in the bowl with the other ingredients.  Once again, use your hands to mix the ingredients.  Also, make sure you are breaking up any clumps.

 

Lumps of Coal Bath Bomb Recipe Filling Your Molds

Lumps of Coal Bath Bomb Recipe
This is when you will need the bottle of witch hazel you prepared earlier.  Spray a small amount of witch hazel into the bowl.  Also, using your hands mix as you spray.  You want to continue spraying a bit, then mixing until you get the perfect consistency.  You want it to feel like wet sand.  You will be able to squeeze it and it will pack, yet it will still crumble a bit.

 

Lumps of Coal Bath Bomb Recipe

 

Next, begin filling your molds.  Place the mixture into one half of each mold.  In addition, you want to make sure you press down firmly.  In fact, if the mixture is too loose, it will crumble when you remove it from the molds.

 

Once you have the mixture packed into the molds, you will attach them.  However, prior to putting the ornaments together spray each side with witch hazel.  Then, put them together.

Finally, let the bath fizzies set up.  Then, remove them from the molds.  Also, make sure you remove them carefully and slowly.

Your Lumps of Coal Bath Bombs are now ready for use.  So, place an activated charcoal bath fizzy in your tub and let the fizzing begin!  Have you made an activated charcoal bath fizzy too?  Show us what you’ve made by posting them to our Facebook page or tagging us on Instagram @ngscents!

Oct
24

Witches Brew Fragrance


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Witches BrewWitches Brew Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Witches Brew Fragrance Oil is a popular Halloween scent from Natures Garden. Our customer adore this fragrance oil, yet can’t quite agree on exactly what they smell.  However, one thing they can agree on, they LOVE this mysterious scent!  One stating, “As a child I can remember coming home from my trick or treating extravaganza on Halloween night and sticking my head in my pillowcase to breathe in the plethora of candy. This is exactly what that smells like! And everyone who has smelled has smelled something different. I smell black licorice, my boyfriend smelled molasses candies, my best friend smelled chocolate and my mom smells pumpkin! It’s definitely a challenge and I cannot wait for my customers to tell me what they smell! Excellent cold throw and hot throw in soy wax candles.”

What Does Witches Brew Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

A secret blend that is mystical…try some.

How Do Our Customers Use Witches Brew Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Recipes?

Witches Brew Fragrance Oil Candle Color SuggestionCandles! This mysterious scent performs perfectly in Joy Wax and WOW Wax and it is nice and strong and soy wax. The maximum recommended usage percentage for this secretive scent in vegetable waxes and paraffin wax is 10%. Our coloring suggestions for candles are to use 8 drops black liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax. Color blocks do not come in black- so for this one- stick with the liquid stuff. Never color your candles with crayons as this will clog the wick!

Room scents! This fun fall fragrance comes across nice and strong in aroma beads and its maximum recommended usage percentage in incense and potpourri is 50%. (Try a reed sticks for easy room scenting!)

How Do Our Customers Use Witches Brew Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Recipes?

Soaps! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this elusive autumn aroma in bath oils, bath gels, and soap is 0.5%. Due to the low usage rate, the Natures Garden creative team did not test Witches Brew Fragrance Oil in cold process soap. Our coloring suggestions for bath and body products are none. However, if you’d like to make black soap to match your black candles- you can use black soap colorant or go the natural colorant route with activated charcoal powder. Activated charcoal powder has the additional benefits of being a detoxifying agent and a natural odor absorber. Never color your bath and body products with candle dye or they will end up coloring you!

If you’d like to make a soap shaped like a witch’s cat- try our Fat Cat Soap Mold.

Body products (outside of the bath)! This magical fragrance performed perfectly in perfumes and its maximum recommended usage percentage in lotions and body sprays is 0.1%.

Cleaning products! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this supernatural scent in cleaning products is 0.5%.

Check out our Unscented Bases for an easy way to create the array of products listed above- just be sure to follow the aforementioned guidelines relating to maximum usage percentages when using this enchanting aroma.

Oct
15

Sleigh Ride Fragrance Oil


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Sleigh Ride Fragrance OilSleigh Ride Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Sleigh Ride Fragrance Oil is a holiday scent by Natures Garden. This aroma is a wonderfully jolly Christmas blend of pine trees, holly berries, cinnamon sticks, and sweet vanilla with a few other notes. This scent is not only a perfect holiday scent for Christmas time, but this fragrance is an Natures Garden original as well! We hope that you are happy with this aroma and have a happy holiday season!

What Does Sleigh Ride Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a Christmas Scent. A wonderful blend of pine, apples and cinnamon, bayberry, holly, and a hint of vanilla. An NG Original!

How Do Our Customers Use Sleigh Ride Fragrance Oil in Air Freshening Products?

Create beautiful and seasonally appropriate room scenting products of all kinds. Room scenting products, such as potpourri, incense, and reed stick diffusers, can have this Christmas scent included in their recipes at a rate of 50% overall.  Also, aroma bead products that use this pine tree, vanilla, and cinnamon fragrance oil have a nice and strong scent retained.  Another option is creating homemade smelly jelly jars.  Our smelly jelly crystals allow you to create adorable air freshening jar that are perfect for school dorms and bathrooms.

How Do Our Customers Use Sleigh Ride Fragrance Oil in Handcrafted Candles?

This holiday season get swept away on a scenic sleigh ride by creating handcrafted candles with our magical Sleigh Ride Fragrance Oil.  Candles and wax melts can include up to 10% of this fragrance oil. Pillar of Bliss, WOW Wax, as well as our Joy Wax all will perform perfectly for this scent.  Also, if you are looking for a natural wax, try one of our soy waxes.  We have found that all of the Golden Brands perform wonderfully with Sleigh Ride Fragrance Oil.  This includes the 100% Soy Wax 415, Golden Foods 464, and Golden Brands 444. Lastly, our palm waxes.  Both our palm container and our palm pillar waxes perform amazingly well with this scent.  With the wax having a crystallized effect, it reminds me of a blanket of snow covering the candle.  Not only that, but our palm waxes are eco-friendly, coming from sustainable sources.

How Do Our Customers Color Their Room Scenting Products Using Sleigh Ride Fragrance Oil?

Are you undecided on how to color your products using Sleigh Ride Fragrance Oil?  Our recommendation is using eight drops of green candle colorant and two drops of black liquid candle dye.  Alternatively, you could use an ample amount of shredded green and black color blocks in the wax.  We have chosen these suggestions for a four pound batch.  When coloring your candles and melt with crayons you do risk clogging your wick.  For this reason, we never recommend crayons as a suitable candle colorant.

How Do Our Customers Use Sleigh Ride Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Products?

While this holiday fragrance oil can be included room scenting products, this scent is not body safe.  Therefore, it can not be used to create bath and body products.  Since this Christmas time fragrance oil is not a body safe scent, bath oils, bath gels, soaps, lotions,  and other related bath and body products can not safely include this fragrance oil.  Even though homemade cleaning products are not meant to be used directly on the body, it is unable to contain this scent due to the opportunity of it coming into contact with skin.

Whether you are using this fragrance oil to add a bit of cheer to your holiday products or just enjoying this scent in your everyday products, we hope that you enjoy this fragrance oil!

Oct
02

Toxic Trance Fragrance Oil


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Toxic Trance Fragrance OilToxic Trance Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Toxic Trance Fragrance Oil is a sensual scent by Natures Garden. This aroma is a sexy blend inspired by the alluring appeal of Edward Cullen. This fragrance oil captures everything about this sensual and seducing character from his enticing gaze to his glistening body. Our customers have described this scent as a male cologne scent that has some powdery notes.

What Does Toxic Trance Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

When we asked our perfumist to create some new Halloween/Gothic scents for us, he created a sexy scent that he referred to as “Intoxicating Edward”.  We love the Twilight series, and we were simply amazed at how well the perfumist captured the charming charisma of Edward in this fragrance;  his alluring eyes, his flawless, metro-sexual appearance, and even the way he glistened like gold when we was in the sun.  However, we chose to give this fragrance a name that lasted beyond the Twilight phenomena; thus we renamed this fragrance “Toxic Trance”.   NG Original Scent!

How Do Our Customers Use Toxic Trance Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Recipes?

Our customers can successfully include this masculine fragrance oil in their soap making supplies. Meaning that cold process soap making recipes can be created with this scent. Our Cold Process Soap Testing Results have shown that this aroma will work well for this method of soaping. A batch of cold process soap that uses this scent will have no ricing, no acceleration, and no separation. The final soap result will have a very strong scent and the fragrance will have a yellow discoloration after cure. If you would like to color your soap creations, then we’d like recommend that you use blue liquid soap dye in your preferred amounts. Any soap creations can use different methods of coloring, just as long as you don’t use candle dyes as they lack body safeness.

Other bath and body products can be created with this sensual aroma. Bath oils, bath gels, soaps, lotions, perfumes, bath teas, bath bombs, and other related bath and body creations can be made of no more than 5% of this aroma. Similarly to soaps, these products can use blue liquid soap dye and not candle dyes.

How Do Our Customers Use Toxic Trance Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Recipes?

Our customers can include this sexy fragrance oil within their various room scenting products. Homemade potpourri and incense sticks can use this scent at a concentration of 50% and no more. Also, homemade household cleaners that work can be scented with a maximum of 5% of this scent. Sachet beads can be scented perfectly with this fragrance oil. Although this fragrance has been know to be successful in gel wax, it is still the customers responsibility to test each fragrance oil.

Furthermore, candle making supplies can successfully include this manly fragrance oil. These scented candles for men and scented wax tarts can each include up to 10% Toxic Trance Fragrance Oil.  This includes candles and wax melts made of vegetable waxes or paraffin wax. In addition, Joy Wax, Pillar of Bliss and our crystallized Palm Wax will each perform perfectly for this scent. Also, soy candle wax will retain a nice, strong scent with this fragrance. Candles and wax tarts can be colored with six drops of blue liquid candle dye with two drops of black liquid candle dye. Alternatively, a blue color block can be used. Our recommendations are based on a four pound batch of wax. Remember that crayons aren’t great colorants as they are likely to clog your candle wick.

Sep
26

Polo Match Fragrance Oil


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Polo Match Fragrance OilPolo Match Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Polo Match Fragrance Oil is a masculine scent by Natures Garden. This aroma is an amazingly male blend of leather, woodsy, tobacco, basil and oakmoss notes which create a fragrance oil that is perfect for men and their products. This fragrance oil encompases the essence of a polo match.  A masculine and sophisticated fragrance oil that is sure to please you customers.  In fact, every customer review I’ve seen for this scent have exclaimed how perfect this scent is for men! So, why not try out what everyone seems to love in your own homemade products?

What Does Polo Match Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Natures Garden’s Polo Match fragrance oil is classified as a sharp, woody, dry fragrance. This masculine scent possesses a blend of leather, wood, tobacco, basil and oakmoss.  Compare Natures Garden’s Polo Match to the popular Polo fragrance.

How Do Our Customers Use Polo Match Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Products?

Our customers can use this male fragrance oil to create all sorts of different room scenting products.  Both potpourri and incense can be made with no more than 50% for this fragrance oil. Also, any household cleaning supplies can be made with a maximum concentration of 5% in the recipe. Further, products made of aroma beads can use this fragrance oil and they will retain a nice, strong scent.

Moreover, candles and wax melts can be created with this fragrance oil. Whether that are made from vegetable waxes or paraffin wax, then they can use up to 10% fragrance oil. Both Joy wax and WOW wax can use this scent perfectly. Additionally, soy wax products can use this fragrance and retain a nice, strong scent. If you want to know how we would color room scenting products using this scent, we would use four drops of green liquid candle dye along with two drops of black liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax or green and black color blocks in the melted wax.

How Do Our Customers Use Polo Match Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Products?

Homemade bath and body products can be made with this extremely manly fragrance oil. Bath gels, bath oils, perfumes, lotions, perfumes, soaps, scrubs, and other related products can use up to 5% of this fragrance oil. If you wish to color any of your bath and body products, then we would recommend using green soap colorant and black liquid soap dyes in your products. Just remember that you should never use any candle dyes in any body products as that dye is not body safe.

Further, our Cold Process Soap Testing Results have revealed that this fragrance oil would be a great choice for this method of creating soaps. A batch containing this fragrance oil will have no separation and no ricing. However, this batch will have some acceleration due to this scent. Therefore, we recommend soaping at room temperature. The final product will have no discoloration and the bars will have a very true, strong scent retained after the soaps cure. 

Sep
20

Spiced Cranberry Fragrance Oil


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Spiced Cranberry Fragrance OilSpiced Cranberry Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Spiced Cranberry Fragrance Oil is sweet and spice scent by Natures Garden. This aroma is a best selling blend of tart cranberries with spicy ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon that creates an amazing fragrance oil for all sorts of spice incense, homemade candles, homemade soap, and so many other creations. We hope that your enjoy this scent in all of your products!

What Does Spiced Cranberry Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a refreshing blend of cranberry relish and orange zests with hints of ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Spiced Cranberry Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Products?

Our customers can create all kinds of different types of bath and body creations this cranberry spice fragrance oil. Bath oils, diy bath bombs, cranberry perfume, spicy soap, and diy lotions can all be made with up to 0.1% of this fragrance oil.

While this fragrance oil is a body safe scent, there is a very small quantity allowed to be used in bath and body products. Therefore, we chose not to test this fragrance oil in cold process soap batch to keep our standard consistent. If you desire this fragrance oil in your own soaps, then feel free to try out. We would love to hear how it performs for you! If you want to add color to bath and body recipes, then you can use red liquid soap dye. As always, avoid using candle dyes in any of these products.

How Do Our Customers Use Spiced Cranberry Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Products?

All kinds of diy room scents can be created with this spice and cranberry fragrance oil. Potpourri, reed diffusers, and incense can each be made with a fragrance oil concentration of 30% and no more. Also, homemade house cleaning solutions can be scented with up to 0.1% of this strong, spice aroma. Also, aroma bead products will have a great scent retained for this fragrance oil.

Further, spice scented candles and other wax based room scenting products can use this fragrance oil in their recipes. Scented wax cubes and scented candles are made of either vegetable waxes or paraffin wax, then the can use up to 10% of this fragrance oil. Both Joy Wax and Pillar of Bliss Wax will perform perfectly for this scent. Also, you can make strongly scented soy candles with this fragrance oil. If you want to add colorant to your candle products, then feel free to use eight drops of red candle colorant with six drops of black liquid candle dye As always, this is based on four pounds of wax.  Alternatively, shredded red and black color blocks will also work nicely. If you want to chose other candle making supplies to color your products, then just make sure not to include crayons in this list as they clog wicks.

Lastly, if you have been left with a craving for spiced cranberry, try this Spiced Cranberry Sauce Recipe. If you like a little spice with your cranberries, you are sure to love it!

Nov
21

Blueberry Cobbler Fragrance


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Blueberry Cobbler Fragrance OilBlueberry Cobbler Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Spotlight

Customer reviews are in and Blueberry Cobbler Fragrance oil from Natures Garden is the real deal and smells exactly like freshly baked blueberry cobbler!  Yum!  Hopefully we can all look back and remember that fabulous smell of grandma’s home baked blueberry cobbler.  The buttery scent of those sweet tasting blueberries hiding under that buttery biscuit topping.  The smell alone had our mouths watering and wanting the ooey gooey goodness before it was even finished baking!  The best part of this sinful dessert was that it could be eaten warm or cold and plain or topped with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream.

What Does Blueberry Cobbler Fragrance Oil Smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden has top notes of butter and juicy blueberries with a background of freshly ground cinnamon bark and warm vanilla.

Top Notes:  blueberry, strawberry, coconut
Mid Notes: butter, apple, grape
Base Notes: French vanilla, baked cobbler, cinnamon

How Do Our Customers Use Blueberry Cobbler Fragrance Oil?

From our veteran candle crafters and home scenters to our newbies just starting out, Blueberry Cobbler Fragrance Oil is the scent for you.  Per our customer reviews, this particular scent has a very strong hot and cold throw and just POPS!  The maximum usage is 10% and performs perfectly in pillar of bliss wax for candle wax tarts as well as in wow wax, joy wax, and is super nice and strong in soy wax.  As it is never recommended to use crayons for candle coloring as it will clog your wick, lets talk about color suggestions.  It is suggested to use 6 drops of blue liquid candle dye plus 1 drop black liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax or shred an ample amount of a blue and black color block into your melted wax.

For room scenting purposes the maximum usage is 50% and for homemade cleaning products purposes the maximum usage rate for this Blueberry Cobbler Fragrance Oil is 5%.  In aroma beads, reed diffusers, incense, and potpourri this delectable, buttery aroma is nice and strong.

Soapers, whether you prefer melt and pour or cold process soap making, you will definitely enjoy this scent for all your bath and body products needs.  The maximum usage is 5%.  Our in house cold process soap testing results show that it has a perfect pour with no ricing, no acceleration, and no separation with with a strong scent.  It does discolor to a medium brown.  The vanillin content of Blueberry Cobbler Fragrance Oil is 5%.   Fragrances containing vanilla ingredients may discolor soap. Vanilla White Color stabilizer may help prevent discoloration due to vanilla.  However, there are more than 40 ingredients used in fragrance manufacturing that may contribute to discoloration of products.  Never use candle dye in any body products.  We here at Natures Garden suggest using blue soap colorant and maybe a dash of black soap colorant for darker color using amounts that satisfy your color preference.  Blueberry Cobbler performs perfectly in perfumes and performs well in other bath and body products such as bath oils, bath gels, and lotions.

To bring back the days of enjoying freshly baked blueberry cobbler, just go to Natures Garden’s web site and type “blueberry cobbler fragrance” into the search bar and order today.

 

Nov
20

Blueberry Flapjacks Fragrance


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Blueberry Flapjacks Fragrance OilBlackberry Flapjacks Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Spotlight

A Natures Garden original fragrance, Blueberry Flapjacks Fragrance Oil has been described by our customers as very accurate to the smell of its name right down to the maple syrup aroma.  With crazy/hectic work schedules in combination with kids schedules, this scent will have the entire family sprinting to the kitchen for rich, thick, and delicious blueberry flapjacks.  It is my personal recommendation to NOT use this fragrance oil too early in the morning, unless you plan on backing that scent up with the real deal.

What does Blueberry Flapjacks Fragrance Oil Spell Like?

Blueberry Flapjack Fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the aroma of blueberry buttermilk pancakes drenched with savory maple syrup; topped with pecans. The reviews for this fragrance were fantastic!  AN NG Original Fragrance!

How Do Our Customers Use Blueberry Flapjacks Fragrance Oil?

Homemade soap makers, the maximum usage is 5% for your bath and body products needs. Blueberry Flapjacks fragrance oil performs perfectly in perfumes and performs well in such products as lotions, bath gels, and bath oils .  Our cold process soap testing results shows no ricing, no acceleration, and no separation with with a very strong scent.  It does discolor to milk chocolate.  The vanillin content of Blueberry Flapjacks Fragrance Oil is 6%.  Fragrances containing vanilla ingredients may discolor soap. Vanilla White Color stabilizer may help prevent discoloration due to vanilla.  However, there are more than 40 ingredients used in fragrance manufacturing that may contribute to discoloration of products.  Never use candle dye in any body products.  A color suggestion for your bath and body products is to use blue soap colorant with a splash of black soap colorant for a darker blue color the amounts will vary depending upon the color that satisfies you.

Attention candle makers, Blueberry Flapjacks Fragrance Oil is perfect for making the entire house smell like Saturday or Sunday mornings.  For candle making purposes, the maximum usage is 10% and performs perfectly in wow wax, joy wax, and the scent is nice and strong in soy wax as it is when making homemade candle wax tarts using pillar of bliss wax.  For color ideas, it is suggested to use 5 drops of blue liquid candle dye plus 1 drop black liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax or shred an ample amount of a blue and black color block into your melted wax.  It is never recommended to use crayons for candle coloring as it will clog your wick.

For your home scenting needs such as room scenting purposes the maximum usage is 50% and for homemade cleaning products purposes the maximum usage rate for this Blueberry Flapjacks Fragrance Oil is 5%.  In reed diffusers, incense, potpourri and aroma beads, the aroma is nice and strong.

Are you interested in trying out a Natures Garden recipe for candle wax tarts?  Please click on this link to download it.

To place your order for this delicious Blueberry Flapjacks Fragrance Oil, just go to Natures Garden’s web site and type “blueberry flapjacks fragrance” into the search bar and place that order today!