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Jun
11

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making


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Natural Exfoliants for Soap MakingNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making

If you want some tips on how to make homemade soap that exfoliates, then you are going to want to check out our list of natural exfoliants for soap making. Whether you are looking for a delicate face scrub or an effective foot scrub, we have the soap making supplies that you need for your handmade soap! These herbal ingredients are great soap supplies because they are natural and have great benefits for the skin!

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: What is an Exfoliator?

We know that an exfoliant is an ingredient that some bath and body products have, but what does it do? Well, these exfoliating products contain an ingredient or two that makes them more scrubby. This means that the product will be able to help remove grime and dead skin cells. Basically, an exfoliant is just another way to say skin scrubber! It removes that outer layer of bad stuff that would just get in the way and it leaves the living cells fresh and open for your skin loving bath and body products.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Cosmetic ClaysNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Cosmetic Clays

If you are looking for a gentle and sensitive way to exfoliate your skin, then a cosmetic clay is the way to go. Plus, clay powder is safe to use in facial recipes, as it is gentle enough to care for your face.  So, anyone wondering “How to exfoliate dry skin on face?” should know that this is a great option! These wonderful ingredients are perfect homemade soap making supplies for removing dead skin without causing any harm. After the dead skin is moved out of the way, your product will be able to nourish the new layers below. 

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Bentonite Clay Powder

First, we have the lovely Bentonite Clay Powder for your all natural homemade soap recipes. Not only is this cosmetic clay a light exfoliant, but it is great for helping your soap glide. This glide is due to the slippery texture this soapmaking clay gets when its wet. One soap that benefited from this property was the Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe, which uses an abundance of different clays to swirl the melt and pour soap.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Rhassoul Clay PowderNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Rhassoul Clay Powder

Another great choice for your soap-making is the Rhassoul Clay Powder. This clay is full of skin-loving minerals and is perfect for helping to cleanse the skin. We used this cosmetic clay in our own recipe, which is the Chamomile Clay Soap Recipe.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Dead Sea Clay PowderNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Dead Sea Clay Powder

Next, you could try out the Dead Sea Clay Powder in your soap recipes. This cosmetic clay is amazing for the skin, as it exfoliates dead skin as well as helps to remove toxins. Further, this soap-making ingredient is full of vitamins and minerals that provide your skin with nourishment. We included this clay in the Mechanics Soap Recipe.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Kaolin White Clay PowderNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Kaolin White Clay Powder

If you have sensitive skin, then Kaolin White Clay Powder is perfect for you. This cosmetic clay is gentle is perfect for removing toxins and dead skin from your body. We used this gentle clay in our Swirled Melt and Pour Soap Recipe, but you can use this ingredient in any kind of bar soap and many kinds of natural cosmetics.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Red Moroccan Clay PowderNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Red Moroccan Clay Powder

Also, you can try out our Red Moroccan Clay Powder. This cosmetic clay is one of the purest forms of clay ever found. Not only does it gently exfoliate, but this cosmetic herb is able to remove toxins from the skin and moisturize! So, this is an amazing ingredient to add to home made soaps.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: French Green Clay PowderNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: French Green Clay Powder

The French Green Clay Powder is most commonly used by health professionals and spas for treating skin conditions, nourishing the skin, and removing impurities. Much of the nutrients for your skin comes from the composition of the clay, which is partially plant material. So, this clay is wonderful for skin care and nourishment.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Rose Clay PowderNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Rose Clay Powder

Pink Clay, or Rose Clay Powder, is another gentle cosmetic clay that contains kaolin, so it is perfect for caring for sensitive skin. Plus, this soaping ingredient is useful for exfoliation, drawing out toxins, and reducing irritation and inflammation. Further, this pretty clay adds a gorgeous, natural color to your homemade soaps.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Whole Flowers and HerbsNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Whole Flowers and Herbs

There are many herbs that you can use to exfoliate your body. Some are more on the abrasive side and others are more delicate, but they all can be used to remove the outer layer of junk on your skin that you just don’t need. Although you can find all of the herbs you need under the Herbs & Spices tab of the NG site, we would like to share some of our favorite herbs to use as exfoliants in our homemade bath and body recipes. Depending on certain properties, like hardness, the exfoliating herbs may have different levels of effectiveness.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Poppy Seeds Whole

On great herb that you can use to create strong scrubs is the Poppy Seeds Whole. These seeds are hard enough to get a good scrub, which is perfect for feet and hands. Also, many people prefer this to salt for their more abrasive scrub recipes because you can use less and get similar results. This means less scrubby feeling with the same benefits. If you want to try this herb in soaps, then check out our Peppered Poppy Seed Cold Process Soap Recipe.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Juniper Berries Whole

Another fun herb that you can add to your homemade soaps is Juniper Berries Whole. These seeds are similar to the poppy seeds in abrasiveness, but they are a bit larger. The size can be used for a different appearance or to increase the exfoliation slightly. While the poppy seeds have a hard protective shell, these larger berries are hard and will be able to exfoliate a bit better. You could use this herb in your feet scrubs instead, or you could even add some of these berries to a recipe that used poppy seeds, too.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Calendula Flowers Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Calendula Flowers

Also, you can use Calendula Flowers in your handcrafted soaps for a lovely, light exfoliant. This is perfect for providing a lighter exfoliation for the body. Plus, this herb has some added benefits of nutrients that are useful for nourishing the skin. We used this lovely herb in our Calendula Swirl Soap Recipe, which is both for decoration and to provide a soft exfoliation for the body.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Lavender Flowers WholeNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Lavender Flowers Whole

Next, we have a fragrant herb that is great for exfoliation, which is the delightful Lavender Flowers Whole. These flower buds provide a more gentle exfoliation that would be perfect for the body. So, your body will feel and smell great! We included this lovely herb in our own recipes like the Lavender Luxury Cold Process Soap Recipe where we sprinkled Lavender Flowers Whole and Rose Petals Pink on top to provide a surface for exfoliation. Just note that incorporating this flower buds into your cold process soap recipes could result in the lavender turning a brown color. They are still good to use, but they may not match your colors.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Cosmetic SaltNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Fine Cosmetic Salt

Also, you can add on of our cosmetic salts to provide an exfoliant in your homemade soaps. These are on the abrasive side so be sure that you are using your soap on an area that is not sensitive. You can use Hawaiian Black Salt Fine Ground, Himalayan Pink Salt Fine Ground. or Dead Sea Salt High Minerals Fine Ground to add some nice exfoliating power to your homemade recipes. We have used fine ground salt in recipes like the Total Hot Man CP Soap Recipe and it turned out great!

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Ingredients from Around the HouseNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Ingredients from Around the House

While there are many wonderful cosmetic grade ingredients at Natures Garden that you can include in your home made soap recipes, there are some ingredients you can find around the house that are perfect for exfoliation. If you don’t have a specific herb in mind, then you might as well try out the idea with something from home. There are even some instances where these house hold ingredients pair perfectly with your fragrance oil. Take a look at our ideas for homemade exfoliants and see what you think!

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Oatmeal Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Oatmeal

One way that you can have a soap that exfoliates naturally is by adding oatmeal. Embedding a bit of this ingredient into your soap will help you to scrub dead skin and toxins from your skin. Plus, you can change the intensity of the scrubbing power by different amounts of grinding. This means that coarse ground oatmeal will be more scrubby than fine ground oatmeal, which would be very mild.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Coffee Grounds

Another way to naturally exfoliate is by adding fresh ground coffee to your recipe. We did this in our Coffee Melt and Pour Soap Recipe and it turned out great.  Not only do the coffee grounds provide some mild exfoliation power, but the scent blends beautifully with the fragrance oil. We included a Fresh Brewed Coffee Fragrance Oil along with the real coffee ground and was blown away by the authenticity of the scent.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Granulated Sugar Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Granulated Sugar

Next, you can use some granulated sugar in your various homemade soap recipes. While this ingredient won’t make your scrubs as abrasive as a salt scrub, the sugar is great for exfoliation! One melt and pour recipe idea we had with this ingredient is the Gumdrop Melt and Pour Soap Recipe, which make it lightly exfoliating and looking cute!

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Coconut FlakesNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Coconut Flakes

Another fun idea for exfoliants is using coconut flakes in your homemade soap recipes. This would be perfect for soaps that use tropical fragrance oils, like the Coconut Craziness Fragrance Oil or the Coco Mango Fragrance Oil. This natural exfoliant would pair perfectly with these scents to create a perfect tropical themed soap.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Natural LoofahNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Natural Loofah

Also, you can include your own loofah in your homemade soap recipes. This is perfect for creating homemade body soap. If you don’t have one yet, you could buy a Natural Loofah from the Natures Garden website. We included our loofahs in a few melt and pour soap ideas. Both the Loofah Honey Melt and Pour Soap Recipe and the Mango Loofah Melt and Pour Soap Recipe are great soap recipe for exfoliating dead skin while cleaning!

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: What are the Benefits of Exfoliating?Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: What are the Benefits of Exfoliating?

We have all heard what an exfoliator is and looked at different types exfoliation, but what is it good for? While you don’t want to exfoliate every day, doing it a couple times a week can have a lot of great benefits for your skin! This is useful for reducing blemishes, unclogging pores, solving ingrown hairs, and so much more! If you are interested in learning about these benefits and others in a bit more detail, then take a look at The Importance and Benefits Of Skin Exfoliation article by Truly Scrumptious Beauty!

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Find Us OnlineNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Find Us Online

If you want a few more ideas for exfoliants, then check out the list of Exfoliants In Soaps & Other Bath Products from our Exfoliant Class. Also, you can ask us any other questions that you may have about adding exfoliation to bath and body products. You can ask us in the store, on the phone, or online. If you want to reach out online, then I would suggest either Facebook, Twitter (@ngscents), or Instagram (@ngscents). Hope to hear from you soon!

May
04

Fresh Air Fragrances


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Fresh Air FragrancesFresh Air Fragrances

Spring is officially here! I, for one, thought that winter was never going to end. It was like the 100 years of Winter from the book, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe! A very good read for young and old, I might add..  So now that the perma frost has finally thawed, we can look forward to some warmth and sunshine! Since today is May 1, or May Day as it has been known since ancient times, I thought it fitting to talk about some of Nature’s Garden’s most popular Fresh Air Fragrances. These fragrances are sure to put you into a springtime mood, whether you use them to create a spring line of bath and body products, or for candles, waxes and air fresheners.  We are sure you will find something that is pleasing to the senses.

 

Fresh Air Fragrances: Aloe Vera & Cucumber Fragrance OilFresh Air Fragrances: Aloe Vera & Cucumber Fragrance Oil

This fragrance oil is a perfect fresh scent for any kind of bath and body product. Aloe Vera & Cucumber has perfect tone of crisp, cool cucumbers, refreshing green aloe and a touch of fresh citrus blended together to create a scent as light as a summer breeze.

Not only did the fragrance do well in candles and room fresheners, it performed perfectly in our cold process soap testing. There was no ricing, accelerating or separating. Also, there was no discoloring either! Perfect for some springtime soaps!

Fresh Air Fragrances: Aloe Vera & Cucumber Fragrance OilLooking for a fresh new hair conditioner? Making your own conditioner is really very easy. Our Aloe Vera and Cucumber Hair Conditioner recipe is a perfect try! Your hair will be left soft and shiny with no heavy or greasy residue left behind!

 

 

Fresh Air Fragrances: Aloha Fragrance OilFresh Air Fragrances: Aloha Fragrance Oil

Vacationing in Hawaii isn’t always an option for us. However, Aloha fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a tropical delight that combines sweet coconut and juicy island fruits with exotic, and delightfully fragrant native flora of tiare and plumeria flowers. You can create some beautiful lotion or body spray with this fragrance oil and give the impression that you are a Hawaiian Native.

Aloha fragrance oil worked perfectly in our cold process soap testing. There was no ricing, accelerating or separating. Also, there was no discoloring and the scent retention stayed strong and true though its cure! A perfect fragrance for all bath and body products, Aloha did equally well in candle waxes and air fresheners.

Fresh Air Fragrances: Aloha Fragrance OilOur Psychedelic Suds Soap Recipe is a fun project that even the kids can help you make! Using melt and pour soap bases in Diamond Clear and Goat’s Milk, you will create a fun, crazy and colorful soap that looks complicated and intricate, but is really as simple as melting soap, and layering the fun colors to create a crazy patchwork of neon colors both inside the soap and outside the soap!

 

Fresh Air Fragrance: Aromatherapy Energizing Fragrance OilFresh Air Fragrance: Aromatherapy Energizing Fragrance Oil

Those that work with fragrances a lot can attest to how important aromatherapy can be. This fragrance oil is a truly energizing  combination of fragrance oils and essential oils. An uplifting blend of fresh airy notes combined with lemon, garden peppermint, spearmint, and wintergreen; balanced with floral notes of gardenia, jasmine, and rose.  Your products will get a truly positive fragrance to help uplift anybody’s spirits.

Aromatherapy Energizing Fragrance Oil is a soaper’s dream! This fragrance oil was a perfect pour! No ricing, separating or discoloring. The scent stayed so strong and true throughout the cure! A definite must have for your fragrance collection!

Fresh Air Fragrance: Aromatherapy Energizing Fragrance OilIf you need some inspiration in the soap department, our Calendula Swirl Soap Recipe is a good one to try. This soap batter is perfect for swirling some bright, sunny yellow and orange FUN soap colorants. On top is a sprinkling of sweet, smelling calendula flowers and of course our Aromatherapy Energizing Fragrance Oil will help open your eyes during that morning shower!

 

Fresh Air Fragrances: Baby Clean Fragrance OilFresh Air Fragrances: Baby Clean Fragrance Oil

Baby Clean fragrance oil is a perfectly light, fresh scent for any kind of delicate soaps or bath and body products you are creating. This unique and calming fragrance oil by Natures Garden takes baby powder to a higher level.  This wonderful scent has top notes of granny smith apple, lemon zest, and hints of mint, rounded out with blossoms of spring wildflowers, butterfly violets & honeysuckle. Simple, sweet and perfect, just like a newborn baby.

Baby Clean Fragrance oil worked perfectly in our cold process soap testing. There was no ricing, acceleration or separating. There was no discoloring either. Also, there was good scent retention during and after its cure time. Baby Clean also did wonderful in all candle waxes and air fresheners.

Fresh Air Fragrances: Baby Clean Fragrance OilNature’s Garden is a perfect place to go when looking for a unique idea for a gift or a special request. Our Floating Ducky Melt and Pour Soap is a fun and easy recipe to create for that certain child or an expectant mother. Using goat’s milk melt and pour soap base and whipped soap base to make this adorable floating duck, it will look like it took hours to make. With the fresh scent of Baby Clean, it enhances the simplicity of this recipe.

 

Fresh Air Fragrances: Bamboo and White Grapefruit Fragrance OilFresh Air Fragrances: Bamboo and White Grapefruit Fragrance Oil

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is one of the most amazing fragrances we have ever smelled!  This fresh, complex fragrance begins with top notes of White Grapefruit, Petitgrain, and Tangerine; leading to middle notes of Mandarin, Tangerine, and Mimosa Petals; and balanced with base notes of Rainforest Bamboo, Juniper Berries, and Musk.

This fragrance oil behaved perfectly in cold process soap testing. No ricing, separating or accelerating. With no discoloring and a nice scent retention, Bamboo and White Grapefruit Fragrance Oil is a dream. It also did wonderful in candle waxes and air fresheners.

Fresh Air Fragrances: Bamboo and White Grapefruit Fragrance OilThis summery, citrusy-green fragrance is perfect for any type of bath and body product. Our Shampoo Bar Cold Process Soap recipe is a wonderful showcase for this scent. Shampoo bars are very popular. Using simple hair-loving ingredients, you will have a lovely, bubbly shampoo bar that will leave your hair soft, shiny and smelling good!

 

Fresh Air Fragrances: China Rain Fragrance OilFresh Air Fragrances: China Rain Fragrance Oil

This unique fragrance oil is refreshing and clean with notes of rose, wysteria, sandalwood and vanilla. Makes a wonderful scent for all kinds of bath and body products. This is a perfect fragrance for a summertime line up!

China Rain did very well in our cold process soap testing. No ricing, separating or accelerating as well as no discoloring. The scent retention was nice and strong through it’s cure time. It also performed very well in candle waxes and in air fresheners.

Fresh Air Fragrances: China Rain Fragrance OilOur Refreshing Cold Process Soap recipe is perfect for those who like to experiment with colors and swirling. The soap batter and fragrance oil allow you to add some pretty green swirls and get creative. Scented with our China Rain, you will have a lovely summery soap to help brighten your morning showers!

 

 

Fresh Air Fragrances: Clean Crisp Air Fragrance OilFresh Air Fragrances: Clean Crisp Air Fragrance Oil

Here we have one of Nature’s Garden best sellers! Clean Crisp Air is perfect if you are looking for a fragrance that reminds you of fresh clean air filled with hints of greenery and soft florals.  This complex fragrance begins with top notes of fresh clover and ivy. Middle notes of baby’s breath, periwinkle, and lily of the valley. Base notes of ozony fresh notes.

When we tested Clean Crisp Air in cold process soap, there was some acceleration, no seperating or ricing. The scent retention stayed strong and true, smelling fresh and clean from start to finish! Also, it did very well in candle waxes and made perfect air fresheners to help brighten up any stinky, stuffy areas.

Fresh Air Fragrances: Clean Crisp Air Fragrance OilVotive candles can get a bit boring as far as looks go. Aside from simple layering of colors there really isn’t much more you can do to get creative. This Chunky Votive Candle Recipe is perfect for adding a bit of fun to some simple candles. Creating chunks of dark blue scented wax to add to a base of white scented wax, you will get a candle with some dimension. Of course Clean Crisp Air is perfect for this votive, matching the colors of a bright blue sky and white, fluffy clouds.

 

Fresh Air Fragrances: Crystal Blue Waters Fragrance OilsFresh Air Fragrances: Crystal Blue Waters Fragrance Oils

Bring the scent of the outdoors, in with this refreshing fragrance oil by Natures Garden. This oil has the aroma of hyacinth, hydrangea flowers, and lily of the valley; rounded out with ozony notes of fresh green ferns, vetiver, and cyclamen. Crystal Blue Waters is actually a duplication of Bath and Body Works Crystal Blue Waters. This is a lovely clean crisp fragrance that smells of outdoors in the summer!

Crystal Blue Waters did have a couple of issues in our cold process soap testing. There was some acceleration and separating, but it did stick blend back together. However, there was no discoloring or ricing. Still, it held its wonderful scent, nice and strong throughout it’s cure. It also did wonderful in candle waxes and in air fresheners.

Fresh Air Fragrances: Crystal Blue Waters Fragrance OilsLooking for a sweetly, unique candle to create? How about our Ducks on the Pond Candle? We used gel wax which is perfect for the pond part of the candle. On the very bottom of the candle container we used our Pillar of Bliss candle wax to help give the look of a sandy bottom! Then on top of the “water” we have placed some cute waxy ducks for the finishing touch! Of course, we have scented the whole thing with our Crystal Blue Waters. This would make a lovely baby shower gift!

 

Fresh Air Fragrances: Cucumber Splash Fragrance OilFresh Air Fragrances: Cucumber Splash Fragrance Oil

Cucumber Splash is a beautifully crisp, refreshing fragrance oil is a Nature’s Garden best seller! This complex, refreshing fragrance oil has an aroma beginning with top notes of cucumber, bergamot, aloe, and grapefruit; followed by middle notes of freesia, melons, paperwhites, and jasmine; well-rounded with base notes of teakwood, sandalwood, fern and oakmoss. This fragrance oil is a perfect addition for those looking for Spa-type fragrances.

Cucumber Splash did wonderful in cold process soap testing. It gave no issues with ricing, separating or accelerating. There was no discoloring and the scent stayed strong and fresh throughout it’s cure. This fragrance oil also did well in candle waxes and in air fresheners.

Fresh Air Fragrances: Cucumber Splash Fragrance OilOur Cucumber Cream Recipe is a perfectly simple, light and non-greasy recipe that you make from scratch! Only a few skin-happy ingredients went in to make this cream, such as, fractionated coconut oil, vitamin E, mango butter and rice bran oil. You will have a lovely cream to add to your line of bath and body products. Of course, Cucumber Splash gives this cream a wonderful spa-like scent.

 

Fresh Air Fragrances: Fresh Outdoors Fragrance OilFresh Air Fragrances: Fresh Outdoors Fragrance Oil

This GREEN fragrance oil by Natures Garden is for those who absolutely love the outdoors! You’ll smell the air, the grass, the dirt, and all of nature’s beauty. This crisp fragrance creates a natural sensation. Breezy tones of fresh ozone and bright orange oil highlight a floral blend of jasmine and lily at the heart of the blend. Clean woody elements of cedar and pine balance with a hint of spice to accent the floral accord. A clear musk undertone envelops the outdoors sensation with shimmering sweetness.

Fresh Outdoors soaped beautifully in our cold process soap testing. With no accelerating, separating or ricing it is a soaper’s dream! Also, there was no discoloring and the scent stayed beautifully throughout its cure.

Fresh Air Fragrances: Fresh Outdoors Fragrance OilFresh Outdoors has received a lot of reviews stating how the “dirt” note really comes through. Many customers have used this as a “camouflage” for products made for hunters. Nature’s Garden got creative with this fragrance oil and created a Green Camouflage Candle that is perfect for young men or even the outdoors-man in your life. Using Pillar of Bliss and different shades of “green camo” candle dye, this would make a fun addition to a men’s line of products.

 

 

 

Fresh Air Fragrances: Seaside Fragrance OilFresh Air Fragrances: Seaside Fragrance Oil

Seaside Fragrance Oil is where tender beach floras are lightly misted with the refreshing scent of ocean air, ripe succulent summer melon and the subtle familiar scent of suntan lotion. This fragrance oil would be a perfect addition to summertime bath and body products.

When we tested Seaside in cold process soap, it aced all categories! No ricing, accelerating or separating. The scent was amazing in the soap and there was no discoloring. It also it wonderful in candle waxes and made amazing air fresheners.

Fresh Air Fragrances: Seaside Fragrance OilAre you looking for a new type of scrub to add to your Spa-line of products? How about our Seaside Spa Scrub? Made with ingredients you find in those high-end spa products, such as Kelp powder, spirulina powder and Dead Sea Salt, you can have a wonderful product for a relaxing scrub at half the cost of those expensive ones! Your customers will be thanking you!

 

There you have it folks! Just a few of our Fresh Air Fragrances to add to your “must try” list. While we have many, many more to be sniffed and explored, these fragrances are a good place to start. However, no matter what type of fragrance you are looking for, whether it’s a duplication, a fresh air fragrance, or a bakery type fragrance, a good place to look and get a first impression on that fragrance oil is in the customer comment section. We look for our customers to be honest and open about their experience with that oil. Whether it has been used in candles, lotions, Cold Process soap or even in room fresheners, you can get a better look at how the fragrance oil smells out of bottle or in a product.

We hope you enjoyed reading about some of our popular fresh scents. Remember, Nature’s Garden is always here for ideas, questions, answers and inspiration! Reach out to us on our Facebook page, Twitter (@ngscents) or Instagram (@ngscents).

Jun
09

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics


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Herbs for Soap and CosmeticsHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics

We at Natures Garden love the benefits of our many Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics. Each cosmetic herb has its own unique set of benefits that enhance the products they are used to create. So, adding cosmetic herbs to recipes can lead to a whole bunch of beneficial properties. Some herbs work well to naturally color your products. Some herbs are wonderful for relaxing and stress relief. Other herb additives will provide benefits to the skin, such as reducing acne or soothing irritation. Plus, there are herbs that contain a variety of healthy minerals and vitamins that are very beneficial. So, you can see why natural additives can be so great for your products and why we use them in our recipes whenever we can!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Activated Charcoal PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Activated Charcoal Powder

Activated Charcoal makes a wonderful addition to cosmetics and soaps, as it has a few different benefits. First, this herb is a perfect natural colorant. The color that it provides is a dark black shade that is bold and true. Since the color is natural you can use this instead of adding soap dye or another colorant. Also, this activated charcoal powder is a natural detoxifier! Not only will activated charcoal attract and adsorb grime as you use your product, but the activated charcoal will provide a deep pore clean. Plus, it is a natural odor absorber as it will cling to and remove odor as well. We have created recipes, such as the Activated Charcoal Mask Recipe and  the Total Hot Man CP Soap Recipe, with activated charcoal that you can try out.

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Aloe Vera Leaf Powder Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Aloe Vera Leaf Powder 

Next, we have an herb that is very well known for its healing properties. Of course, we are referring to the Aloe Vera Leaf Powder! This healing cosmetic herb is perfect for helping your skin better deal with irritation, sunburn, or inflammation. This herb is soothing and contains antioxidants, vitamin C, and other minerals which allow the skin to heal faster than it normally would. We have tried this herb out by creating the Sunburn Relief Bath Tea Recipe and it worked wonderfully! This creation was perfect for soothing a sunburn disaster! Plus, we added this herb to the Pampered Foot Scrub Recipe to help heal cracked and dry skin on feet, which was a great success. So, this herb is truly a nourishing and helpful herb.

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Beet Root PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Beet Root Powder

This next  natural cosmetic additive is a perfect natural colorant! The Beet Root Powder is a lovely herb that is perfect for achieving shades of pinks and light reds. This natural colorant can be used in anything from bath products like our Watermelon Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe and our Beet Root Facial Soap Recipe to lip products. like our Natural Beet Root Lip Gloss Recipe. This herb is really the best natural colorant for pink! Plus, it is full of nutrients, such as beta carotene, vitamin B5, vitamin B1, vitamin C, glycine, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, tryptophan, tyrosine, and zinc.  Herbalists recognize beet root powder for its ability to help the liver metabolize fats, its ability to help reduce LDL in the blood, and to reduce blood pressure. So, this is pretty and good for you to use in bath and body products!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Orange Peel PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Orange Peel Powder

The Orange Peel Powder is a great herb for your skin care products. This  powdered herb has a lovely citrus scent and is full of great vitamins for your skin! In recipes, this herb is said to have anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties. So, this herb would make a great addition to soap recipes! For example, you could create recipes like the Fruit Frenzy Cold Process Soap Recipe or the Orange Dreamsickle Bath Bomb Recipe.

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Burdock Root PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Burdock Root Powder

The Burdock Root Powder is an herb that is known for treating chronic skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, boils, styes, herpes, carbuncles, cankers, and syphilitic sores. SO, this herb would be very beneficial in creating soothing recipes to treat skin issues. For example, you could create a product like the Soothing Facial Mask Recipe to potentially reduce acne or other skin problems.

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Pomegranate Fruit PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Pomegranate Fruit Powder

Pomegranate fruit powder is an amazing herb for the skin! This powder has a high level of antioxidants and vitamins, which leads to promoting healthy cell growth by nourishing the skin. Plus, this fruit powder herb has been known to exhibit anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. So, this herb is perfect for skin care recipes!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Green Tea PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Green Tea Powder

While this herb is more commonly used in tea form, the Green Tea Powder herb is perfect for bath and body products. This herb has both antioxidant properties and gentle exfoliation abilities that make it nice for softening skin. Plus, this powder will provide a natural green color in cp soap batches.

 

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Calendula Flowers Whole Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Calendula Flowers Whole

The whole Calendula Flowers herb is a lovely flower that some wonderful properties for the skin. We have previously used this cosmetic herb in our Natural Facial Night Cream Recipe and our Calendula Bath Melts Recipe due to these wonderful properties. The Calendula Flowers are believed to reduce inflammation, reduce acne, and promote healthy skin and hair, which means that this herb is perfect for bath teas, soaps, lip balms, ointments, lotions, face toners, after shave formulas, scrubs, massage oils and some bath bombs. Further, this herb for bath and body products is great for helping acne issues, burns, rashes, bruised or inflamed skin. Also, this herb has been know to help to reduce varicose veins after a few weeks use.

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Hibiscus Flowers PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Hibiscus Flowers Powder

You ready for a cosmetic herb that is both pretty and powerful? Check out our Hibiscus Flowers Powder because it is just that! First of all, this powder is a gorgeous colorant! This floral powder provides a pretty pink color that is vibrant and beautiful. Second, this herb has some pretty amazing natural properties. Hibiscus flowers are high in antioxidants and amino acids, and also contain oligopeptides that have been shown to have wrinkle-smoothing properties. We have seen with our Foaming Hibiscus Scrub Recipe that this natural cosmetic additive is perfect for wrinkle reducing! This herb has been referred to as a natural Botox and we can definitely see why! This stuff is amazing!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Carrot PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Carrot Powder

Carrot powder is a perfect herb for skin care recipes! This powder has been know to repair and tone the skin, reduce wrinkles and scars, and increase elasticity. These benefits come from the the abundance of vitamins and minerals that this powdered herb possesses. Plus, this herb can be used to provide a natural orange color in products. So, this would be perfect for creating scrubs or lotion products!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Lavender Flower PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Lavender Flower Powder

Also, we have a wonderful herb that is fragrant with many beneficial properties. The Lavender Flower Powder is has a lovely and strong scent that is loved by many. These flowers have been used for everything from perfumes, bathing, wound healing, to use as a natural insect repellent. Plus, this herb has some great uses in bath and body products. For example, this herb is perfect for skin care products as it has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, toning, and healing properties. The lavender flower powder works to treat acne, eczema, psoriasis, and oily skin. We have used this fabulous powder in our own Lavender Sage Bath Bomb Recipe to create a bath bomb that cares for the skin and smells lovely. So, this truly is a perfect herb for bath and body products!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Lavender Flowers WholeHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Lavender Flowers Whole

Further, you can try out a similar herb to our lavender flowers powder, which is the Lavender Flowers Whole. This herb has all the same wonderful properties with the same beautiful aroma, but this herb maintains the pretty flowers! So, this herb would work wonderfully in a recipe with the lavender powder. So, you can have the benefits of this plant all the way through your product as well as have some pretty flowers sprinkled in. We have used these flowers in a few different recipes, such as  the Lemon Lavender Bath Melts Recipe and the Lavender Cold Process Soap Recipe, to add another gorgeous element to the recipe. While these products would’ve been fairly pretty on their own, adding flowers on top made the product truly desirable.

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Oat Straw Green PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Oat Straw Green Powder

Next, we have an herb that is great for cosmetic creations. The Oat Straw Green Powder has some lovely skin care properties that will leave your body feeling soft and rejuvenated. This cosmetic herb has long been used in skin, hair, and nail care recipes for its rejuvenating and softening qualities. So, adding this herb to your own products can only benefit your recipe. We have used this herb in our own recipes, such as the Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe and the Burgundy Rose Bath Milk Soak Recipe. This made our bath and body recipes much more softening and caring for the skin.

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Cornsilk PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Cornsilk Powder

You can use cornsilk powder to naturally enhance your bath and body products. This herb is known to reduce inflammation and soften the skin. So, this would be great for skin care. Plus, this herb is perfect for hair care, too! Cor nsilk powder will leave hair smooth and soft!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Camu Camu Fruit PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Camu Camu Fruit Powder

Another wonderful herb for products is the Camu Camu Fruit Powder. This cosmetic ingredient has  vitamin C, vitamin B1, B2, B3, beta-carotene, amino acids, phytochemicals, bioflavanoids, phosphorus, potassium, iron, antioxidants, and calcium, which are wonderful for the body. Plus, this cosmetic ingredient is wonderful for the skin. Due to the high levels of antioxidants in camu camu, it is used in cosmetic products to reduce free radical attacks; protecting the skin from premature aging. Plus, camu camu has been said to help whiten dark patches on the skin when used in skincare products. We have used this powdered herb in Acai Berry Smoothie Sugar Scrub Recipe and in the Blueberry Bath Bomb Recipe. These recipes are great for the skin and are very nourishing!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Comfrey Root Powder Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Comfrey Root Powder 

Another great addition to a bath and body product would be the Comfrey Root Powder. This herb has quite a few beneficial properties for the skin. Comfrey root has been known to help expedite the healing process of wounds, stop bleeding, relieve pain, and help prevent infection. Plus, this herbal powder can be added to lotions and creams to help reduce the pain associated with arthritis, sunburn, or other skin irritations. Further, creams containing comfrey root are also recommended for diabetic sores to promote healing. So, this is a great herb for healing cuts, burns, or irritations.We utilized this healing herb to create a Soothing Facial Mask Recipe. While this mask would be perfect for those with sunburns or skin irritations, it is also great as a face mask on a typical day to leave your skin feeling refreshed and happy.

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Organic Cocoa PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Organic Cocoa Powder

Not only is this cocoa powder rich in many vitamins and minerals, but this cosmetic herb smells fantastic! Our Organic Cocoa Powder is a lovely herb that is perfect for any kind of bath and body product. First of all, cacao beans are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E and pantothenic acid. Plus, they are rich in magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese and potassium.  Furthermore, this herb contains caffeine, which is actually beneficial to the skin.

So, cocoa powder is already winning on its beneficial vitamins and minerals for your skin, but you must remember that this is basically powdered chocolate! How does chocolate lip balm sound to you? Chocolate facial masks? Yummy!  I mean, we used this powder in Hot Fudge Brownies Cold Process Soap Recipe,  in our Chocolate Sugar Scrub Recipe, and in our Gourmet Chocolate Bath Melts Recipe. All of these turned out perfectly and were great for skin!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Vanilla PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Vanilla Powder

The Vanilla Powder is a unique ingredient for cosmetics with a scent that is absolutely mouth watering. This white colored herb won’t alter the color of your product, but it will add a strong dose of sweet vanilla goodness. The scent is so strong and smells exactly how you would expect vanilla to smell. Thus this scent is strong, true, natural, and perfect for bath and body products. We have used this fantastic bath and body additive in the  Vanilla Sugar Scrub Cubes Recipe, the Natural Vanilla Body Powder Recipe, and a few other recipes. All of them had that amazing vanilla scent mixed in with their fragrance oils that added to the existing scent to create something even better!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Interested in More Herbs

We hope that you enjoyed this list of some of our favorite herbs to use in our own creations. These are some of the herbs that we carry and have found to be exceptional in some way. However, there are many, many more herbs that you can use to create products that are absolutely amazing and all natural. There are some that we have not yet used in our own recipes, that could still help you create lovely and beneficial products. While we have yet to use some of these herbs ourselves, we have researched each and everyone to understand exactly how the herbs will enhance your products. So, you will be able to create a recipe that is perfectly fit to your needs. If you are interested in looking through all the herbs that we carry, then check out the Herbs and Spices Page on the Natures Garden website.

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Hello everybody! Are you getting ready for Halloween? Have your own little ghosts and goblins chosen their costumes yet? I can’t believe Halloween is only weeks away! Well, for all you crafters out there, are you looking for a good natural herb to include in your soaps or bath melts? Have you tried calendula? Calendula is a great herb that is more commonly known as the marigold flower. It can be used in many different industries such as cosmetics and soaping. So get ready, calendula is pretty awesome and would be a great addition to future projects!

Calendula is a very well known therapeutic herb. The word is a modern Latin diminutive of calendae which means “little calendar” or “little clock.” The flower goes along with its name because it usually blooms every month or every full moon. Another name for it is “Mary’s Gold,” referring to the Virgin Mary. Some Catholic ceremonies use the flower as a way to honor her. The flower is typically bright yellow, orange or gold. In existence, there are over 100 varieties of calendula. Egyptians considered it to have rejuvenating powers. It possesses anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties and is a big help with keeping skin smooth and healthy. Calendula is used in many industries such as bath and body products. It is great for people who suffer from varicose veins. After applying calendula to the affected areas for a few weeks, the veins have been known to shrink down. It also helps with dermatitis and acne problems. It also helps to heal minor cuts and bruising as well as some bug bites and stings and even burns. Here’s a cool use, if you use calendula as a hair product, it helps to improve your hair’s shine and makes it softer. It also will bring out blonde or brunette highlights!

This herb is a great ingredient for cold process soap. In fact, we have a recipe here at Nature’s Garden for Calendula Sunshine Cold Process Soap. Not only can it be used in soaps, calendula can also be used a decorative element for soaps. We also have a great recipe for Calendula Bath Melts. We also sell Calendula Flowers Powder and even whole Calendula Flowers. On our homepage, if you just type Calendula into our search bar it will take you right to a page titled “Search Results for Calendula.” All of our recipes and products with calendula are right there available for purchase. Did you know that in the 18th and 19th centuries calendula was used to color cheese? Neither did I! Neat though, right? However, here at Nature’s Garden we only sell calendula for external purposes only, not for food. And please do not take my blog as medical advice! Always make sure to ask your doctor before using anything as a substitute for medical treatment!

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Have I convinced you that calendula is just pure awesome! There are so many different uses for it, even in food! Did you know that marigold leaves are completely edible? Some people use them on a salad as garnish to spruce up the color! It was even once used as a dye for fabrics! Now come on, this product is purely awesome, make sure to add it to your future projects and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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