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Jul
17

Spearmint Leaf Benefits


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Spearmint Leaf BenefitsSpearmint Leaf Benefits

There are many beneficial properties in spearmint leaves that you can use for your whole body. There is spearmint that you can use to create food and herbal teas. Also, there are herbs like ours that you can use to nourish your body from the outside in. Further, there are tons of beneficial properties that can be utilized. Whether you are looking for a natural remedy for a cold or just love the aroma of spearmint, you are sure to enjoy this cosmetic herb. The Natures Garden Spearmint Leaf Cut and Sifted herb is perfect for creating herbal spearmint soap and so many more wholesale bath and body products. So, try out some of these spearmint leaf benefits in your own natural bath and body recipes.

Spearmint Leaf Benefits: Growing ConditionsSpearmint Leaf Benefits: Growing Conditions

While spearmint can be grown either in a garden outside or in a planter inside, you will likely what to plant it in a pot This mint plant can grow quickly and possibly over take other plants in a garden. Further, this plant is considered invasive in many areas outside of the Mediterranean and could harm the local environment. The root system of a mint plant is dense and can stretch out many feet and pop up all over the place. So, proving borders for you plant is a safe way to prevent your delicious mint from becoming a pesky weed. Many gardeners will use a hanging basket or separate containers for their mint.

Since spearmint is popular for cooking, it is a perfect plant to add to the herb garden anyways. The plant will prosper in partial shade and a pH of 6.5 or 7. Also, the spearmint plant requires moist soil that drains well. Once your plant has sprouted, you can water the plant one or two times a week, just be careful not to water too often. It is believed that infrequent, thorough waters are better than a shallow watering that occurs more often. Also, you can fertilize the soil but be care to avoid getting the fertilizer on the leaves. You could dilute the fertilizer to help reduce or eliminate the possibility of burning your spearmint leaves.

Spearmint Leaf Benefits: Industry Uses

Spearmint is great herb with a bright, minty aroma and some wonderful properties for the body. Both the aroma and natural properties of this mint provide benefits for the body. You can use spearmint in natural home remedies for feeling sick. Also, you can use this wholesale mint herb to create bath and body products that care for your skin and hair as well as help to relieve congestion. Plus, spearmint is perfect for adding flavor to delicious foods, like ice cream or candy. So, there are many ways to use the beneficial properties of this herb.

Spearmint Leaf Benefits: Bath and BodySpearmint Leaf Benefits: Bath and Body

Also, this wonderful cosmetic herb has many wonderful properties for your body. These properties are perfect for providing you skin and hair with wonderful benefits. Plus, the aromatic scent of spearmint is useful for your respiratory system. So, this is an especially great herb for anyone that is sick or has allergies. However, healthy people will enjoy the properties of this herb just as much! So, check out all the properties that the spearmint leaves has for your body.

Due to this herb’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti fungal properties it is great for creating effective bars of soap. Further, the antibacterial properties are beneficial for treating and naturally disinfecting minor cuts and scrapes. Also, many have found that spearmint was useful for some skin conditions. Another bonus is that the spearmint herb has a cooling and refreshing feeling for the skin. Some people have found that spearmint was effective for treating their acne. So, this is a perfect ingredient for making spearmint soap or even lotion recipes. Also, you can include this cosmetic herb to create cleansing hair care products. This herb would be perfect for a natural lice remedy recipe. Plus, the soothing properties are useful for reducing the irritation of an itchy, dry scalp.

Spearmint Leaf Benefits: How to Add Herbs to Recipes

If you are interested in adding this cosmetic herb to your homemade bath and body products, there are a few ways you can do it. First, you can add the whole herbs to the recipe. This can be especially useful for creating a light exfoliation in your final product. However, this isn’t the only way to include this natural herb. Anyone that wants a smooth product can use a teabag to hold the herb and soak them in the ingredients. If your recipe uses water, then you can create a tea. Similarly, you can soak the herbal tea bag in your melting oils for recipes that don’t use any water. This will allow the beneficial properties to escape form the herb to incorporate into your natural recipe.

Spearmint Leaf Benefits: Natures Garden RecipesSpearmint Leaf Benefits: Natures Garden Recipes

We included this wonderful herb in our own bath bomb supplies wholesale to create the Sinus Relief Bath Bomb Recipe. This recipe uses both peppermint leaf and spearmint leaf to enhance the scent of our Sinus Relief Fragrance Oil. This fragrance oil has a cool, crisp blend of camphor, eucalyptus, and mint that makes it perfect for clearing your sinuses. In fact, it smells just like Vick’s Vapor Rub! So, the mint herbs blended perfectly to add a stronger mint note to the fantastic aroma. 

Spearmint Leaf Benefits: Medicinal UsesSpearmint Leaf Benefits: Medicinal Uses

Not only is spearmint enjoyed for its flavor, but it has some medicinal properties that many people enjoy. Often, people will create a tea with spearmint to benefit from these properties. This will allow the body take in a larger amount without too much extra other stuff. But, you can also add spearmint to a sweet tea or even food. So, there are plenty of options for you to get these beneficial properties into your system. Check out all the potential benefits for you body before you look into the different types of food that you can create!

First, many people use spearmint on its own or in teas to settle their stomachs. This mint herb is useful for soothing your stomach during digestion and dealing with indigestion. Further, some studies have shown that spearmint can be used to reduce nausea due to illness, morning sickness, or even motion sickness. Not only will spearmint help to calm your sick stomach, but it has been known to be beneficial for treating respiratory problems, like colds. Plus, there is evidence that the aroma of spearmint is useful for allergies and asthma.

Spearmint Leaf Benefits: Spearmint Tea Hormones

Additionally, spearmint has been found to help regulate the hormones that may throw our periods out of wack. So, any ladies out there that are frustrated with irregular periods may want to give spearmint a try. Not only do some people find that this herb is able to help stabilize irregular periods, but some women have been able to solve their issue of early menopause. Further, many women have found spearmint tea useful for relieving symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. The spearmint has been known to help balance the excess androgens produced by the body by suppressing testosterone a bit. So, this may be useful for keeping the hormone imbalances in check and remedying the symptoms.

Spearmint Leaf Benefits: Food and BeverageSpearmint Leaf Benefits: Food and Beverage

Spearmint is one of the most beloved types of mint, as it has cool and crisp notes  a  peppermint with a sweeter, smoother taste. Since spearmint is about as popular as peppermint, it has been incorporated into quite a lot of different types of food. First, spearmint has been used to flavor different candies and desserts, which is perfect for achieving a great, mint taste that is sweet and delicious. If you are looking for a yummy dessert recipe to try using fresh spearmint at home, then check out Martha Stewart’s Fresh Spearmint Ice Cream recipe! This ice cream recipe uses natural ingredients to create a scrumptious dessert without ever leaving the comfort of home.

Also, spearmint is used to create teas or naturally flavor drinks like sweet tea. Although many people prepare spearmint this way to enjoy its medicinal properties, as it is simple to make, it is actually tasty, too. Plus, spearmint is even occasionally used as a garnish or a flavoring in certain recipes. So, there are tons of ways that spearmint has been integrated into our foods. Further, spearmint is used in gum, mouth wash. and tooth paste. The spearmint is added  both the cool, refreshing flavor and the benefits it can provide for your mouth. Spearmint has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that are useful for killing bad bacteria in your mouth. So, spearmint will keep bad breath away as well as help to promote healthy teeth and gums.

Spearmint Leaf Benefits: OtherSpearmint Leaf Benefits: Other

Also, you can use spearmint to create a homemade mosquito repellent recipe, as it has been known to repel various insects. So, you can create a natural lotion recipe that is both loving for the skin and repels pesky bugs. Also, it thought that the herb may repel other pests, like moths, flies, and ants. Although you may not need to repel these bugs from swarming you, the spearmint can be useful for creating natural bug repellent for your home.

Additionally, some people believe that the aroma of spearmint has relaxing properties that are useful for dealing with some negative emotions. You can use the oil to relieve stress. It is said that spearmint helps to relax you by reducing headaches and by helping to promote overall brain health. Also, some have found that this was able to help with anxiety and depression. Plus, using spearmint as aroma therapy is thought to improve alertness too. This is useful for periods of heavy work, or feeling tired, and lose of motivation. So, you can use this herb to combat the stresses of being overworked.

Spearmint Leaf Benefits: History of Spearmint

Spearmint originally began growing in Mediterranean. It was initially used to scent bath water, clear the voice, cure hiccups, and more. Plus, it was used as an aphrodisiac in Greece. Later, it spread to other areas in Europe, including Great Britain. Then, spearmint was brought to American by the pilgrims for aromatic and herbal purposes. Although this plant is useful for us and has many benefits, spearmint is considered an invasive species in many places outside of the Mediterranean.

Spearmint Leaf Benefits: Ask Us Your QuestionsSpearmint Leaf Benefits: Ask Us Your Questions

We hope that you enjoyed this cosmetic blog on spearmint and learned something about its uses and benefits. You can use this herb in your natural bath and body products and enjoy the wonderful benefits. Plus, you can mix it with other Herbs and Spices from our website. If you have any questions about using this herb, then please reach out to us. We are available on the Natures Garden Facebook page and you can find us on Twitter or Instagram using @ngscents. Also, feel free to share your opinions on this herbs and your favorite recipe to include spearmint in. Good luck with your wonderful recipes and we hope to hear from you soon.

Spearmint Leaf Benefits: Reminder About Our Herbs

Note: Natures Garden sells herbs, like our Spearmint Leaf Cut & Sifted, for external use only. Although some people use spearmint leaves in food, we do not sell our herbs as food items. So, the information that we provide about our herbs is only for educational purposes. We do not intend for you to use this information to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated any of this information. Make sure that you keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets. Also, pregnant and/or lactating women should take special care and attention when handling any of our herbs. Natures Garden accepts no responsibility (written or implied) for any products you make with our herbs. Also, all product testing is the responsibility of the customer.

Jul
11

Types of Cosmetic Salt


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Types of Cosmetic SaltTypes of Cosmetic Salt

There are a many different types of cosmetic salt that you can use to create some fantastic bath and body recipes. These wholesale salts have different minerals and properties that you can use with other bath and body supplies to nourish your entire body. These cosmetic ingredients available at Natures Garden can be used to exfoliate and detoxify the skin. Further, many of these wholesale bath salts have different properties that can be used to add some nourishing properties to your whole body. So, you can use this blog to learn about the different benefits of these salts and we will even share some recipes that you can create with these cosmetic salts!

Types of Cosmetic Salt: Epsom SaltTypes of Cosmetic Salt: Epsom Salt

Epsom Salt naturally occurs when naturally formed chalk meets non porous London clay in Surrey England. This natural salt can be used to care for the body. Some people soak in Epsom salt in the tub to reduce pain from muscle soreness, cramps, bruises, or strains. Also, insect bites and stings have been known to be relieved by this salt. After using this salt, your skin will be left feeling soft and clean. If you want to learn about some other uses for this cosmetic ingredient, then you may want to check out our Epsom Salt Class to learn about all the Epsom salt products that you can create.

Types of Cosmetic Salt: Epsom Salt RecipesTypes of Cosmetic Salt: Epsom Salt Recipes

You can buy bulk Epsom salts to create all kinds of wonderful handcrafted bath and body recipes. First, you can use this cosmetic ingredient to create the Green Apple Candy Bath Bomb Recipe. This wonderful cosmetic ingredient is useful for soaking in the tub to relax and soothe your aches and pains. Also, you can use this cosmetic ingredient in a handmade salt scrub, like the Chocolate Bath Butter Scrub Recipe. You can use a salt scrub recipe like this to exfoliate the dead skin and renew the skin underneath with the properties of the cosmetic oils and butters.

Types of Cosmetic Salt: Dead Sea Salt

Another salt that you can use in your cosmetic recipes is the Dead Sea Salt. This salt is almost exclusively used for cosmetic recipes and beauty supplies, as this salt contains many minerals that are beneficial for the skin. So, you can perfectly incorporate this recipe in your own cosmetic recipes. This cosmetic salt is said to be help with healing for the skin. This wholesale bath salt is known to decrease water retention, reduce signs of aging, relax muscle tension, and increase circulation. Additionally, it is thought that this salt can be useful for dealing with dry skin, eczema, and psoriasis.

Types of Cosmetic Salt: Dead Sea Salt Fine GroundTypes of Cosmetic Salt: Dead Sea Salt Fine Ground

First, you can use the Fine Ground Dead Sea Salt with your other bath and body supplies to create some skin loving recipes. The fine ground sea salt can be used to make great exfoliating recipes that can easily remove dead skin and help rejuvenate the new skin. Plus, you can use this salt to create a nice salt soak through bath and body recipes, like bath bombs or fizzies.

Types of Cosmetic Salt: Dead Sea Salt Fine Ground RecipesTypes of Cosmetic Salt: Dead Sea Salt Fine Ground Recipes

You can use this fine ground salt in all kinds of recipes. First, you can use this dead sea salt in the Margarita Salt Scrub Recipe. This salt scrub is perfect for exfoliating your skin as well as nourishing the body with beneficial minerals. Plus, this recipe is perfect if your are looking for sea salt scrubs to tighten skin. Additionally, you can add this salt to the Mint Chocolate Chip Chip Ice Cream Bath Fizzies Recipe, which is perfect for adding to a bath. So, you can enjoy the relaxing benefits as you lay back in the tub.

Types of Cosmetic Salt: Dead Sea Salt Coarse GroundTypes of Cosmetic Salt: Dead Sea Salt Coarse Ground

Another way to gain the benefits of this salt is by using Coarse Ground Dead Sea Salt. This cosmetic ingredient has all the same wonderful benefits in a slightly larger form. So, you can perfectly use this salt for things like decorating the tops of your recipes or to soak in the bath. Plus, these larger bath salt crystals are perfect for nourishing your body and relieving stress.

Types of Cosmetic Salt: Dead Sea Salt Coarse Ground RecipesTypes of Cosmetic Salt: Dead Sea Salt Coarse Ground Recipes

One recipe that we used the wholesale Dead Sea Salt is our Rainbow Bath Salts Recipe. This bulk sea salt, combined with our other bath and body supplies, is perfect to create a gorgeous and effective bath recipe! Adding a scoop or two to your bath will provide you with fun bubbly .  In addition, it is scented with the gorgeous aroma of Celestial Fragrance Oil. Furthermore, this coarse salt is able to provide the body with some fantastic benefits.

Types of Cosmetic Salt: Himalayan Pink Salt

Next, we have a gorgeous salt that was created in an ancient sea near the Himalayan mountains. Overtime this sea began to disappear and now the salt has been left behind. Now, this mineral rich sea salt is mined right near the beautiful mountain range. So, you can use this fantastic salt to create all kinds of wonderful cosmetic recipes.

Some have found that using this cosmetic ingredient in a salt soak can be beneficial for detoxifying the body, as the salt helps release toxins as your skin absorbs the minerals in the salt. Also, some have found that pink salt can be useful for clearing out your nasal passages using a Neti Pot. Plus, the pink salt can be useful for shrinking pores, reducing oily skin, promoting healing, and exfoliating dead skin. Further, this salt has been thought to be useful for killing bacteria that causes acne. So, this salt is a beneficial cosmetic supply for your recipes.

Types of Cosmetic Salt: Himalayan Pink Salt Fine GroundTypes of Cosmetic Salt: Himalayan Pink Salt Fine Ground

Another great cosmetic salt that you can use in your recipes is the Fine Ground Himalayan Pink Salt. This beautiful pink salt is perfect for providing your skin with beneficial properties and your products with a lovely appearance. So, you can easily create recipes that are pretty, pink, and wonderful for skin care.

Types of Cosmetic Salt: Himalayan Pink Salt Fine Ground RecipesTypes of Cosmetic Salt: Himalayan Pink Salt Fine Ground Recipes

You can use pink Himalayan salt to create some fantastic recipes for your skin. Both the Solid Pink Salt Scrub Recipe and the Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub Recipe can be useful for rejuvenating the skin. Further, these scrubs contain oils that can be useful for nourishing the skin after the salt exfoliates and nourishes the skin with minerals.

Types of Cosmetic Salt: Himalayan Pink Salt Coarse GroundTypes of Cosmetic Salt: Himalayan Pink Salt Coarse Ground

Additionally, you can use Coarse Ground Himalayan Pink Salt to create your cosmetic recipes. This salt contains all the fantastic benefits of the fine pink salt with larger, crystal appearance. So, you can easily add this salt to decorate your bath and body products and add some extra nourishment. Additionally, the Himalayan pink salt wholesale is one of our coarse salts that is known to help purify the air. So, it can be beneficial to use this salt in wax melt recipes. 

Types of Cosmetic Salt: Himalayan Pink Salt Coarse Ground RecipesTypes of Cosmetic Salt: Himalayan Pink Salt Coarse Ground Recipes

The gorgeous Pink Salt Bath Bomb Recipe uses both fine and coarse salts to create a bath bomb recipe that will care for your entire body. Plus, these differently textured salts are able to create beautiful effect in the final product. Additionally, you can use this coarse pink salt to create the Pink Salt Potpourri Recipe. This salt is mixed with a scrumptious fragrance and DPG Solvent Liquid to create a fantastic potpourri recipe. So, you can take a scoop and add it to your potpourri burner to enjoy a clean, spice aroma in your home.

Types of Cosmetic Salt: Hawaiian Black Salt

The Black Hawaiian Salt is sometimes referred to as Lava Salt and has a unique color. Although it is called black salt, the natural form is actually a reddish black color. This unique color comes from the presence of various minerals, which provide some wonderful properties. This salt is thought to relieve pain of sore muscles as well as from a sunburn. Also, this cosmetic herb will slow signs of aging and promote healthy cell activity. Further, our cosmetic Hawaiian Black Salt contains activated charcoal powder to create a dark black appearance. Not only does this create a gorgeous appearance, but it adds some cleansing and detoxifying properties to the herb.

Types of Cosmetic Salt: Hawaiian Black Salt Fine GroundTypes of Cosmetic Salt: Hawaiian Black Salt Fine Ground

Also, you can use the Fine Ground Hawaiian Black Salt to create some wonderful bath and body recipes. Both the salt and the activated charcoal will work together to care for your skin. You can use the cosmetic salt to reduce inflammation, promote healthy skin growth, and reduce muscle soreness. Further, the activated charcoal will help the salt pull toxins from your skin and clean your body.

Types of Cosmetic Salt: Hawaiian Black Salt Fine GroundTypes of Cosmetic Salt: Hawaiian Black Salt Fine Ground

This blend of natural salt and activated charcoal is fantastic for cleansing the body. So, it would be perfect to include in cp soap recipes, like our Total Hot Man CP Soap Recipe. This homemade soap recipe includes a dusting of this cosmetic salt to provide extra cleansing and exfoliation properties to the bar. So, you will have a soap that will leave your skin feeling fantastic.

Types of Cosmetic Salt: Hawaiian Black Salt Coarse GroundTypes of Cosmetic Salt: Hawaiian Black Salt Coarse Ground

Additionally, you can use the Coarse Ground Hawaiian Black Salt in many of your handcrafted recipes and still maintain all of the same benefits. Of course, this black salt uses both the lava salt and the activated charcoal. However, the coarse is larger and can be used to enhance the design as well as care for the body.

Types of Cosmetic Salt: Hawaiian Black Salt Coarse Ground RecipesTypes of Cosmetic Salt: Hawaiian Black Salt Coarse Ground Recipes

For example, the coarse salt was perfect for creating the Lumps of Coal Bath Bomb Recipe. This bath and body recipe includes both the fine and coarse black Hawaiian black salt, but the coarse salt is perfect to make the lump look more like real coal. So, both of these salts can be useful for creating a recipe that is unique, skin loving, and beautiful!

Types of Cosmetic Salt: Using Salts for Cooking

There are many different types of salt that you can incorporate in your bath and body creations. Each of these beautiful salts have a slightly different mineral content that can be used to nourish the body. However, skin care isn’t all that these salts are good for. The food grade salts are each unique and have a slightly different flavor. So, each type of salt can be perfect to add to specific dishes to enhance them better than any other. For example, the black Hawaiian salt would be amazing for pork and seafood and the bold flavor of Pink Himalayan salt is perfect for cooking. So, check out The 12 Different Types of Salt + How to Use Each by Wide Open Eats to learn a bit more about the flavor of a few different kinds of salts.

Types of Cosmetic Salt: Ask Us Your QuestionsTypes of Cosmetic Salt: Ask Us Your Questions

If you have any other questions about these cosmetic salts, then you can check out our Cosmetic Salts Class. Also, you can ask us any of your questions about these cosmetic supplies or any other herbs, too! You can find us online, in the store, or on the phone. Anyone that wants to find us online can use any of our social media pages. We have a Facebook page that you can contact us through. Also, we are on both Twitter and Instagram using the handle @ngscents. We hope that you enjoy these cosmetic salts and have fun creating your very own bath and body recipes!

Jul
03

Common Cold Process Soap Questions


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Common Cold Process Soap QuestionsCommon Cold Process Soap Questions

We at Natures Garden love to supply our customers with the best soap making ingredients and soap equipment that they need to succeed. But, you can’t utilize these tools if you don’t know how to. So, we want to answer some of the most common cold process soap questions that we get. This way we can help make your soap making experience as fun and exciting as possible!

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: What is the Shelf Life of Lye?Common Cold Process Soap Questions: What is the Shelf Life of Lye?

The shelf life of lye, sodium hydroxide, when properly stored is one year. After a year it is possible for your lye to work, but you should do a small batch to test whether the lye is still good. If it is actually expired, then it may not come to trace quickly or could separate after it is poured or set up. So, you will be able to notice an obvious difference if you make a small testing batch,

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: How Do I Make My Cold Process Soap Last Longer?

There are a few things that you can change to make your homemade soap last even longer. First, you can use additives, like sodium lactate or stearic acid, to harden the bar. Also, harder oils, like palm oil, can be helpful. Lastly, increasing the cure time, as water evaporates out, and decreasing the time in the shower will create a harder bar.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Is It Possible to Use Baby Oil as One of the Oils in a Soap Recipe?

No, you shouldn’t use baby mineral oil in your soap recipe for two reasons. First, it has already been scented. Second, the mineral oils won’t saponify.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: How Do Your Make Cold Process Soap?Common Cold Process Soap Questions: How Do Your Make Cold Process Soap?

If you ever wondered how to make soap from scratch, then this is the answer. Before you begin you will either need to formulate a recipe or choose a recipe already formulated, we suggest using our Beginners Cold Process Soap Recipe if this is your first time. We also recommend reading through our cold process soap making classes, especially the soap making safety class. While there is a little more detail and safety practices to follow, this is the most basic method for soaping. First, you create a lye solution by slowly adding lye to water. In a separate bowl, you will have your weighed and melted oils and butters. You will combine these ingredients at a similar temperature and mix until your batter trace, which is a thicker consistency.  The soap is then poured into a soap mold. Once it has setup, it is removed from the mold and allowed to cure.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Why Are My Citrus Scents So Light in my Cold Process Soap?

Citrus scent oils often have a low flash point, so they are more likely to burn off the fragrance during the saponification process. During this process, the soap will reach very hot temperatures, which are able to burn off certain scents. It is common for citrus scents to be affected by this issue. How can I prevent this? First, make sure that the maximum amount for fragrance has been added. Also, you can anchor the scented oil by using a scent with a that is heavier, like vanilla. Alternatively, some soapers use kaolin clay to enhance the scent, but it can make your soap too slick.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Are Fragrance Oils or Essential Oils Better for Cold Process Soap?

You can use both essential oils and fragrance oils to scent cp soap. However, fragrances tend to hold better and the scent lasts longer. This is because fragrance oils have top, middle, and base notes that will hold up better together. On the other side, some single note oils whether they be essential oils or fragrance oils, are more likely to burn off. So, you will want to test each oil in cold process soap.

 

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Can Cold Process Soaps Be Molded into Different Shapes?Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Can Cold Process Soaps Be Molded into Different Shapes?

Of course! There are many different styles of molds that you can use for soap making. Just don’t forget that this type of soap gets very hot. So, you need to make sure that you either use a silicone soap mold or a very thick plastic mold, like some of our Mold Market Soap Molds. However, plastic embed molds are not thick enough to hold your soap without melting and making a big mess. If you are unsure about a certain mold, it might be best to just save that shape for melt and pour soaps.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: When Can I Cut Cold Process Soap?

Before you can cut your finished soap loaf, you need to wait for a bit. While the exact time varies for each batch depending on size and ingredients, we suggest waiting for 24-48 hours before removing and cutting your nearly finished soaps. However, you can use a gloved hand to check the soap to determine whether the soap is too soft. On the other hand, you don’t want to wait too long or the soap may dry too much and crumble as you cut.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: How Long Does Soap have to Cure?

The exact amount of time your soaps take depends on your recipe that the amount of lye in it. However, most batches take about 2-6 weeks for the soaps to fully cure and be safe to use.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Does Natures Garden Offer Cold Process Soap Making Recipes?Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Does Natures Garden Offer Cold Process Soap Making Recipes?

Yes, we have all kinds of cold process soap recipes under the Cold Process Soap Recipes parts of the in the Free Recipes and Classes section of the NG site. There are so many options that it can be difficult to choose!

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: What Kind of Conditions Does CP Soap Need to Cure After it is Removed From Mold?

After your soap has been removed from the mold and sliced into bars, you will need to allow them to cure for a while. First, you will want to make sure that they are in a cool, dry environment. Also, you want to make sure that the bars a few inches apart. This will expose more of the bar to the air, which allows them to dry and set up properly.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: What Will Make Cold Process Soaps Freeze or Set Up too Soon?

The oils that you use will come into play. Too much of some harder oils and butters can cause the soap to set up faster than others.  Additives can also cause your batter to accelerate.  However, often, this is an issue caused by the fragrance oil. Each fragrance performs differently in cp soap and the ones that cause too much acceleration can lead to seizing, or a sudden setting up, in the soap batter before it has made it to the mold. Further, there are some fragrance oils that will actually slow down the process and give you time to really work on a recipe.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Do You Have Any Tips for Working with Problem Fragrance Oils in Cold Process Soap?Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Do You Have Any Tips for Working with Problem Fragrance Oils in Cold Process Soap?

It’s always a bummer when a scent you enjoy is a “problem fragrance oil”, but there are some things that will allow you to work with this fragrance oil anyway. First, we have the issue of acceleration. While we can’t fix the fragrance, we can cool our oils and lye water to room temperature before we start the saponification process. The cooler temperature takes longer to get to trace, which will help balance the acceleration from the fragrance oil. Also, you can formulate a soap recipe with oils that will slow trace, like sunflower oil. Although these two tricks can be used to slow an accelerated trace, it can’t stop a soap from seizing.

Second, we have the issue of separation. Sometimes a fragrance that separates from the mixture can be stick blended back in with enough effort. Also, it is possible for the scent to reabsorb during the curing process. You just need to keep an eye on these to determine whether the fragrance is worth using in cp soaps. Third, we have the issue of ricing, which is when little chunks form in your batch. While this can’t be prevented, it can be stick blended until the ricing is smoothed out. However, this only works in some cases.

Finally, some fragrance oils can cause your soap to discolor. Some scents can’t be prevented, but there are some cases when a soap additives can do the trick. If the description of your scent says it contains vanillin, it will discolor your soap to a shade of brown. However, you can use Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to help lessen any discoloration due to vanillin. Other kinds of discoloration will just have to be included into the soap design.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: What is the Best Way to Clean Up Cold Process Soap?Common Cold Process Soap Questions: What is the Best Way to Clean Up Cold Process Soap?

After you pour your batch into the soap mold, you may realize that you have a mess on your hands. Whether you spilled a few drops, made a complete mess, or only have the bowls to wash out, you are going to need to know how to safely clean up your lye mixtures. Before you get started, it is extremely important to have something on hand to neutralize the soap batter. So, you will need vinegar, which we prefer to have in a spray bottle to make it easy to apply in case of skin contact. After all the batter on the counter and soap equipment has been neutralized, you can begin cleaning with soapy water, we use dawn dish soap, to clean everything up again.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Is it Okay to Use My Soaping Bowls and Utensils for Cooking After Using it for CP Soapmaking If I Prewash It and Then Run It Through the Dishwasher?

No, it is very unsafe to use your soap making equipment in the kitchen. After you’ve used a bowl, mold, or other utensil for soaping you should never use it for anything other than soapmaking. Lye is very reactive and has the potential to do some serious harm after ingestion. So, it is a horrible idea to put this soaping equipment in contact with food or cooking utensils.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: What Would Cause a Batch of Soap to Erupt While in the Soap Mold?Common Cold Process Soap Questions: What Would Cause a Batch of Soap to Erupt While in the Soap Mold?

Natural sugars in soaping ingredients can lead to an eruption, as  the soap gets hotter than it typically does. CP soap can erupt due to improperly  adding things like beer, wine, or milk. First, freezing these ingredients before adding them is helpful. If you are using beer, then make sure that you release all of the carbonation before including it in soap. Also, you will want to boil wine before adding it to your soap.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Can I Use Cup Measurements for Soap Making?

For soap making, we would recommend using weighted measurements . Using a scale is much more accurate and will ensure that you have a quality batch of soap. Otherwise, you may accidentally do something to mess up your soaps. For example, you could add to little oils and create a lye heavy batch.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Can You Make Good Quality Soap Using the Cold Process Soap Method Without Palm Oil?Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Can You Make Good Quality Soap Using the Cold Process Soap Method Without Palm Oil?

Absolutely. One of the best parts about making cp soap is that you can include whatever oils and butters you want. You can use SoapCalc to combine your favorite soaping ingredients in a perfect batch of soap! If you would rather follow a recipe that we have formulated, Natures Garden has a few recipes under Free Recipes and Classes that are made without palm oil. For example, there is  our Calendula Sunshine Cold Process Soap Recipe and our Argan Soap Recipe.

Common Cold Process Soap Questions: Reach Out to UsCommon Cold Process Soap Questions: Reach Out to Us

We hope that you learned something useful for making cold process soap in this blog. If you have any further questions, you can reach out to us in the store, on the phone, or online. If you want to reach out to us online, then try out social media. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter (@ngscents), and Instagram (@ngscents). Have fun soapmaking!

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Common Candle Making Questions


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Common Candle Making QuestionsCommon Candle Making Questions

All of us at Natures Garden understand that it can be difficult to create perfect candles. Especially if you have serious scent throw issues popping up, it can be frustrating to put time and money into candles that don’t work that way you want. So, we want to answer some common candle making questions to prevent confusion and save you from all that extra troubleshooting. So, let’s talk about common problems so we can get back to creating gorgeous homemade candles!

Common Candle Making Questions About Candle Wax

First, we are going to talk about questions that often come up in relation to candle wax.

Common Candle Making Questions: How Do You Melt Candle Wax at Home?Common Candle Making Questions: How Do You Melt Candle Wax at Home?

You can use a pouring pot and a stove top to melt your wax at home. Also, we recommend using a double boiler method where you have a larger pot with water in it and set your pouring pot full of wax inside. Turn the stove on to medium and allow the water in your pot to boil. This will safely heat your wax without letting it get too hot.

Common Candle Making Questions: Which is the Best Wax for Candle Making?

Choosing the best wax all depends on preference of what you prefer in a finished candle. First, we have soy waxes that are vegan, gluten free, and natural candle waxes. This is the least expensive wax, has a fantastic cold throw, and has a cleaner burn, but it is tricky to get a great hot throw with some fragrances. Also, Soy Wax often has frosting and a rougher finish.

Next, we have paraffin wax, which has the best scent throw, and is in both the Wow Wax and Joy Wax. The Joy wax uses a mixture of paraffin and soy, so it has a cleaner burn due to the soy wax and a really good hot scent throw due to the paraffin wax. Also, it clings to the candle containers better and has less frosting. An option for creating a translucent candle is gel wax, but it isn’t compatible with all fragrances.

Additionally, you can use palm wax, which comes from sustainable sources, has a beautiful crystal finish, and has a great scent throw. Natures Garden carries sustainable palm container and pillar wax. Lastly, Pillar of Bliss Wax and Palm Pillar wax are great options for creating pillars or wax tarts.

Common Candle Making Questions For Making Soy Candles

Since soy wax is so popular among our customers, we wanted to answer some of the most common questions asked about making soy candles.

Common Candle Making Questions: What is the Best Temperature to Pour Soy Wax?Common Candle Making Questions: What is the Best Temperature to Pour Soy Wax?

This temperature depends on the type of soy wax being used. We recommend pouring our 100% soy wax at 110 degrees Fahrenheit. For the Golden Brands 444 or Golden Brands 464, we suggest pouring at 135 degrees Fahrenheit

Common Candle Making Questions: What is the Best Temperature to Add Fragrance to Soy Wax?

For heavier fragrance oils with high flash points, we recommend adding the scented oil at 185 degrees Fahrenheit. However, lighter fragrances with lower flash points, Ike citrus scents, would be added around 160 degrees Fahrenheit

Common Candle Making Questions: Which Wick is Best for Soy Candles?

Many customers perfer to use a cotton wick for their soy candles. We have two types of cotton wicks available, which are HTP and CD candle wicks.

Common Candle Making Questions: How Do You Make Soy Wax Melts?

Although we don’t carry soy wax in a pillar form for melts, you can still create soy wax melts with container wax. Often, customers will use individual portion cups to package wax melts like these, which can be used to squeeze the wax into the wax burner. This is because it is softer than pillar wax and is difficult to get out of clamshells. However, this wax will not hold the shape from a mold. In fact, it will get stuck in your mold and be difficult to clean.  Another option when making wax melts with a container wax is to add stearic acid to the wax to harden it.

Common Candle Making Questions About Candle Fragrance

Fragrance is important for creating great scented candles, so its important to know how to get your scented candle oil to work for you!

Common Candle Making Questions: Why Don’t My Candles Have a Good Scent Throw?

This issue could have a few different possible causes. First, you may not have added enough fragrance, which should be 1 oz. per pound on average. However, Natures Garden waxes will allow you to add up to 10% in most cases.  Also, your candle may have a clogged wick. This could be due to adding too much fragrance, vybar, or another additive. Also, additives like mica and crayons will clog your wick.

Another possibility is the type of wax you are using. A wax like paraffin will have a better scent throw than soy waxes. Finally, it is possible that you have the wrong size wick. If you wick is too small, then the flame will not be hot enough to get the aroma into the air. On the other hand, a wick that is too large will burn the scent oil before it can be released into the air.

Common Candle Making Questions: What is Vybar Used for in Candle Making?Common Candle Making Questions: What is Vybar Used for in Candle Making?

If you have a poor scent throw and you have tried trouble shooting, then you may want to use vybar. The vybar can be used to increase scent throw by adding some amount between a fourth and a half teaspoon per pound of wax. Just be cautious not to add too much or it can clog your wick and reduce your scent throw. We suggest using Vybar 103 for pillar candles and Vybar 206 for container candles.

Common Candle Making Questions: Why Is Fragrance Oil Settling to the Bottom of the Candle?

If you notice that fragrance is settling at either the top or bottom of your candle, then there could be a few reasons to explain it. First, you’ve added too much fragrance oil. Another option is that the wax you are using isn’t porous enough and you may need a more porous wax. Along with this idea, waxes that have been burned or heated too much may reduce in their ability to hold fragrance.  Finally, you may have not stirred enough to fully incorporate the fragrance oil.

Common Candle Making Questions: Can You Use Essential Oils in a Wax Warmer?Common Candle Making Questions: Can You Use Essential Oils in a Wax Warmer?

While some essential oils can be used in wax warmers, it can be a bit tricky. You need to make sure that they are diluted with either a carrier oil or DPG. Additionally, some essential oils have flashpoints that are too low for a wax warmer. So, you will want to do some testing with the essential oils that you choose.

Common Candle Making Questions About Candle Wicks

Choosing the right wick is another important part of candle making. Otherwise, your candle might not be as effective as it could be.

Common Candle Making Questions: Why is My Candle Wick Drowning Out?Common Candle Making Questions: Why is My Candle Wick Drowning Out?

This could be due to either a small wick or a high candle. First, the wick you used may be too small for a candle of this diameter, which you can use our Candle Wick Chart for reference. Also, your wick could be drowning if you poured your candle wax up too high. You should stop pouring before the wax passes the part of the candle jar that changes shape and begins to curve for the lip.

Common Candle Making Questions: Why Isn’t My Candle Wax Not Burning Evenly All of the Way Down?

Uneven burning could be due to either the wax or the wick. First, the wick may be too small for your candle’s size. Also, the wax that you chose could be too hard. While you could use a softer wax instead, you could also switch to a hotter wick.

Common Candle Making Questions About General Candle Making

Lastly, we have some general questions about making candles that could be useful for crafting perfect candles.

Common Candle Making Questions: Sometimes I Follow All Recommendations and I Still Can’t Seem to Get it Right. Why is That?

There are many factors that can influence the outcome of your homemade candles. First, fragrance oils can impact a candle, as thicker scented oils require you to wick up to get a hotter burn. Also, the room temperature can effect your candles. If the room is too cold, then you can have more issues with glass adhesion and frosting because your candle will setup very quickly.

Additionally, you could have an issue where the scent doesn’t smell as strong because you are used to it. When you are around a scent for too long, your nose will adjust and you won’t notice it as much. If this happens to you, then don’t worry too much just take a break from the scent for awhile and your nose will recognize it again after a long enough break.

Common Candle Making Questions: Why are My Layers Bleeding in my Candle?

This color issue could have one of a few different causes. First, the layers were too hot. If you don’t wait long enough or pour your wax too soon, then the layers can melt one another and start to run into one another. Also, it could be due to over saturating your candle with fragrance, as the extra scented oil will blend with colorant and bring the color with it as it seeps out of the candle.

Common Candle Making Questions: Can I Use Mica in Candles?Common Candle Making Questions: Can I Use Mica in Candles?

We recommend that you don’t mix mica into the candle itself, because it will clog the wick. But, you can use mica to decorate the outside of pillar candles! After your pillar is created you can then, use the mica on the outer portion of your candle. This shimmery mixture can be used to provide a beautiful sparkle on the outside of your candles.

Common Candle Making Questions: Can Mica be used in Wax Melts?

Sure! Since we don’t have to worry about clogging the wick, you can mix it straight into the candle wax.

 

Common Candle Making Questions: How Do I Get Rid of the Air Bubbles in My Candles?

There are a few reasons why air bubbles could get trapped in your candles, which include water exposure and pouring at a cooler temperature. So, how do you prevent air bubble in a homemade candle? First, keep water away from your work station. Also, you can try pouring your wax at a hotter temperature. Further, pour your candle wax slowly and make sure to stop before you hit pour point where your jar begins to change shape. 

Common Candle Making Questions: Can You Melt Old Candles to Make New Ones?Common Candle Making Questions: Can You Melt Old Candles to Make New Ones?

We don’t recommend re-purposing old candles to make new ones. While this may seem like a create idea to take all you half used candles and make a new one, the scent is a big concern in this case. If these candles are scented, then they will already contain fragrance oil. Once you melt your old candles, the scent may fade, but many of the wax particles are still holding on to some of the scent oil. This means that you won’t be able to add enough fragrance oil without over saturating your candle. Since the candle already is holding scent, this extra fragrance will seep out and sit on the top of your candle, which is dangerous and can result in a flame that is too large.

Common Candle Making Questions: Reach Out to UsCommon Candle Making Questions: Reach Out to Us

Hopefully, we were able to get some of your more pressing questions answered. If you have any more questions or concerns about making your own candles, then please reach out to us. We are always happy to help! You can stop by the store, give us a call, or talk to us on social media. If you want to find us online, we have a Natures Garden Facebook page, Twitter (@ngscents), and Instagram (@ngscents). Good luck and have fun with candle making!