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Jun
18

Green Clover and Aloe Fragrance Oil

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Green Clover and Aloe Fragrance OilGreen Clover and Aloe Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Green Clover and Aloe Fragrance Oil is a fresh scent by Natures Garden. This beautiful scent would be perfect for a clean, green scented bar of soap, a fresh unisex perfume, and a variety of other crisp scented products.  Our customers use this fresh and clean fragrance oil is homemade craft projects.  Green Clover and Aloe scent is a wonderful unisex scent that both men and women agree on.  This fragrance oil is used to create strongly scented homemade candles, melt and pour soap, cp soap, air fresheners, and lotions.

What Does Green Clover and Aloe Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a terrific unisex scent. Green Clover & Aloe is a fresh, green fragrance that reminds us of wild summer herbs growing in a field. This fragrance is much more complex than it’s name sounds. A floral fruity combination of fresh citrus and jasmine petals on a woodsy, sweet musk background.

How Do Our Customers Use Green Clover and Aloe Fragrance Oil?

Our customers can use this green scent in a variety of bath and body products. Bath gels, bath oils, soaps, lotions, and many other kinds of bath and body products will perform well with a 5% maximum of this fresh fragrance oil included. Also, perfumes will perform perfectly for this scent as long as no more than 5% of this fragrance is added. Additionally, cold process soaps can be created using this green fragrance oil. Our Cold Process Soap Testing Results  have revealed to us that this fragrance works perfectly for this method of creating soap! The soap batch will have no acceleration, no separation, and  no ricing. Further, the final product will have no discoloration in the soap bars and a very strong scent retention after the curing process. If you want to color your bath and body products, then we suggest using green liquid soap dye and yellow liquid soap dye in the amount you desire.  Never use candle dye in any body products.

Our customers can use this fresh fragrance oils to create great, fresh room scents. Potpourri and incense can be created using a maximum of 50% for this green scent. Also, homemade cleaning products can be created using 5% of this clean scent. Moreover, this fragrance will be nice and strong in aroma beads. While this scent is gel wax compatible, it is the customers responsibility to test each fragrance purchase. Additionally, homemade candles can be created using this fragrance oil. Candle products that use either vegetable waxes and paraffin wax can include up to 10% of this fragrance oil. Joy wax and wow wax will perform perfectly for this fragrance oil. Also, the crisp scent will be nice and strong in soy wax. If you want to color your candle products, then we suggest using either two drops of green liquid candle dye along with one drop of yellow liquid candle dye or a small amount of shredded green and yellow color block per four pounds of wax. Never use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

Green Clover and Aloe Fragrance Oil CandleIf you are looking for a new idea for a candle creation, then feel welcome to check out one of our free recipes. Our Pot o Gold Candle Recipe is a great step by step instruction for creating a unique candle with this fresh, green fragrance oil.

Jun
03

Grape Fragrance Oil

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Grape Fragrance OilGrape Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Grape Fragrance Oil is a sweet fruit scent by Nature Garden.  This true straight grape aroma will keep your customers coming back for more.  One of our fabulous customers reviewed our Grape Fragrance Oil and said, “I had a customer request a grape scent for a shop she owns. I found this grape fragrance and thought I’d give it a try after reading the other reviews. All I can say is WOW, the candles smelled wonderful. The customer was sooo pleased she bought all the candles after burning the first and now has her customers inquiring about the grape candles. Thanks for carrying such an awesome fragrance.”  You definitely want to get this one right away!

What Does Grape Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This wonderful fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a strong, sweet and sour grape aroma. Great by itself or use for mixing other complex fragrances.

How Do Our Customers Use Grape Fragrance Oil?

Our customers can use this great grape fragrance oil in a variety of bath and body products that will perform well. First of all, bath gels and bath oils can be created with this fruity scent at a maximum usage rate of 5%. Perfumes and lotions can be created using 5% of this scent, as well, with perfumes performing perfectly.  Additionally, various methods of soap making can use this sweet and sour fragrance oil to make great smelling soaps. One such soap making method that could incorporate this fragrance well is cold process soap making. In fact, our Cold Process Soap Testing Results have revealed that our Grape Fragrance Oil will perform fairly well in soap. Although there is some slight acceleration, there will be no ricing and no separation. The final product will discolor to an apricot color with a very strong scent retention. Although Vanilla White Color Stabilizer can prevent discoloration in certain cases, this fragrance oil doesn’t have a vanillin content meaning that this discoloration is due to other ingredients that Vanilla White can’t influence. If you wish to add color to your bath and body products, we suggest using purple liquid soap dye along with blue liquid soap dye in an amount that you desire.  Remember that you should never use candle dye in any body products.

Our customers can include this fruity fragrance oil in any of their room scents. Room scent products, such as potpourri and incense, can use up to 50% of this scent. Also, bath oils and bath gels can use up to 5% of this fragrance for bath and body products. Additionally, this fragrance performs nice and strong in aroma beads. Further, homemade cleaning products can use up to 5% of this scent.

Candles can use up to 10% of this sweet and sour fragrance oil in products that include vegetable waxes and paraffin wax. Also, Joy Wax and WOW wax can include this scent and perform perfectly. Further, soy wax that use this scent are nice and strong. If you wish to add color to your candle creations, then we recommend five drops violet liquid candle dye along with three drops blue liquid candle dye or a small amount of shredded violet color block along with blue color block for every four pounds of wax.  Remember to never use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

Grape Fragrance Oil Spider Venom RecipeIf you are looking for an interesting and creative idea for this fragrance oil, then feel free to check out this interesting idea compliments of Natures Garden! Our Spider Venom Soap Jelly Recipe is a great bath time recipe utilizing melt and pour soap.  Create this jelly soap recipe kids who love bugs, perfect for Halloween, or anyone who just loves the smell of fresh grapes.

 

Jan
13

Caramel Fragrance

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Caramel FragranceCaramel Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Spotlight

Caramel is often regarded as a staple for nearly every single delectable dessert. Whether it is drizzled over a cheesecake or gushing out of an oven fresh brownie, caramel never seems to disappoint a crowd. Heck, it has even been known to transform healthy foods into tasty treats that are worthy of the biggest sweet tooth. Not only can you sweeten the deal on a big green apple, but caramel has a scent just as delicious as its taste. The Caramel Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden is so true to this decadent aroma, that you might just think you opened a fresh bottle of homemade caramel syrup.

What Does Caramel Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Natures Garden’s Caramel Fragrance Oil is a buttery, toffee caramel aroma.  Great to use by itself or to mix for creative fragrance blends.

How Do Our Customers Use Caramel Fragrance Oil?

Whether you’re a seasoned soap maker or one of the new soapers on the block, our Caramel Fragrance Oil is a great fragrance to use for your soap making recipe. This candy scent can be added to bath oils, soaps, and bath gels at a maximum recommendation of 5%. The Natures Garden cold process soap testing results have shown that our caramel fragrance oil works well in homemade soaps. Not only did this fragrance produce a perfect pour, but there wasn’t any ricing, acceleration, or separation. A bar using this scent has the potential to discolor to a beige and will maintain a light scent retention. However, a lighter bar is possible for those who desire one. Since the vanillin content is 2.6%, vanilla white stabilizer can be used to achieve a lighter bar. Further, we recommend using brown soap colorant and orange soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you for this fragrance. Never use candle dye in any body products.

Homemade scenters may find our Caramel Fragrance Oil to be a perfect addition to any candle, perfume, or cleaner. First, candle makers may add this fragrance to either vegetable waxes or paraffin wax at a maximum usage of 10%.  This sugary scent performs perfectly in joy wax, wow wax, and soy wax. Also, it is nice and strong in both aroma beads and soy wax. We suggest using 2 drops brown liquid candle dye and 1 drop orange liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax or to shred a small amount of a brown color block and an orange color block into your melted wax. Remember, crayons aren’t sufficient substitutes for colorants and will clog your wick. Second, those making lotions, perfumes or cleaning products can use up to 5% of this fragrance oil.  Also, this fragrance will perform perfectly in perfumes. Lastly, do-it-yourself room scenters can use this scent at a 50% usage rate for potpourri, reed diffusers, or incense.

So what are you waiting for? Natures Garden’s Caramel Fragrance Oil is a delectable scent that not only works well in soaps, candles, and a multitude of other delightful homemade products, but it smells great too!

Nov
17

Butter Brickle Fragrance

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Butter Brickle FragranceButter Brickle Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Spotlight

Butter Brickle Fragrance Oil is a Nature Garden’s Original!  This scent has been described by our customers as “mouth watering”.  I did some investigating into why it would be described in such a way.  Have you ever tasted a Heath bar?  You know that addicting toffee-center??  Butter Brickle is very similar to that and was also a registered trademark of a toffee ice cream flavoring which has been used in everything from ice-cream, cake recipes, candy recipes, and even an ice cream pie!!  And believe you me, it DOES have my mouth watering for that delicious flavor.

What Does Butter Brickle Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Butter Brickle Fragrance Oil is an extremely buttery and creamy smelling fragrance oil by Natures Garden and has strong base notes of vanilla, with hints of almond.

How Do Our Customers Use Butter Brickle Fragrance Oil?

For your room scenting needs the maximum usage is 50% and for homemade cleaning products purposes the maximum usage rate for this Butter Brickle Fragrance Oil is 3.9%.  In reed diffusers, incense, potpourri and aroma beads, this toffee scent is nice and strong.

For our soapers, regardless of whether you prefer melt and pour or cold process soap making, you will definitely find this scent to be great for your bath and body products needs.  The maximum usage is 5%.  Our in house cold process soap testing results show no acceleration, no separation, and no ricing.  Butter Brickle Fragrance Oil has a good strong scent.  YUMMY!  This fragrance oil has a vanillin content of 12% and discolors to a dark chocolate.  Vanilla White Color stabilizer may help prevent discoloration due to vanilla.  However, there are more than 40 ingredients used in fragrance manufacturing that may contribute to discoloration of products.  Never use candle dye in any body products.  We here at Nature’s Garden suggest using a small amount of yellow soap colorant and brown soap colorant.  Never use candle dye in bath products.  Butter Brickle performs perfectly in perfumes and performs well in other bath and body products such as bath oils, bath gels, and lotions.

And last, but not least, for our homemade candle makers, the maximum usage is 10% and performs perfectly in wow wax, joy wax, and the scent is nice and strong in soy wax.  Butter Brickle Fragrance Oil is also excellent in candle wax tarts using pillar of bliss wax.  For color ideas, it is suggested to use a small amount of yellow liquid candle dye and brown liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax or shred a small amount of a yellow color block and brown color block into your melted wax.  Never use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

Would like to give this smellicious fragrance oil a try?  Do you need new idea or recipe to try?  I have the perfect Natures Garden’s recipe for you, our Cocoa Dream Cream Recipe.

To get your hands on this scrumdiddlyumptious fragrance oil, go to Natures Garden’s search bar and type in “butter brickle fragrance oil”.  It will take you directly to the page you need to be in order to place your order now!

May
08

Pittsburgh Soapmakers Gathering

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Pittsburgh Soapmakers GatheringPittsburgh Soapmakers Gathering

The 2015 Pittsburgh Soapmakers Gathering was the soaping conference held on Saturday May 2 at the Shaler Library in Pennsylvania.  There were about 25 participants at this event.  Nature’s Garden was one of the lucky vendors that donated to this soaper’s gathering.  It was an opportunity for the participants to get new soaping ideas, learn new techniques, and hopefully make some new soapmaking friends. The one day event included soap making and candle making presentations and workshops.  Each of the guests were given an opportunity to learn a variety of soap making styles.  During the conference some of the events included demos and sessions involving specialty oils like cocoa butter and almond oil, how to creatively use embeds, and how make your products SPARKLE!!!  The participants were also shown techniques for adding various soap colorants including micas and oxides, all natural colorants, and liquid colorants.  Of course, they didn’t leave out candle making!  There was even an informative demo on how to make a coconut and beeswax candle.

Pittsburgh Soapmakers GatheringNature’s Garden was honored to donate door prizes for this fabulous soaping conference.  These door prizes were raffled off at the gathering.  Our door prizes included soaping fragrance oils, a Natures Garden t-shirts, sodium hydroxide, and Nature’s Garden Shopping Bags.  These goody bags were given away at the one day event.  Who wouldn’t love that!?!

Pittsburgh Soapmakers GatheringEach lucky participant was also able to take home a 4 ounce bottle of one of Natures Garden’s 828 fragrance oils.  Some of the scents included Champagne Pear, Coconut Lime Verbana, NG Aqua di Gio Type, and Capri Olivo.  Each of these fragrances have been tested thoroughly and perform amazingly well in soap.   We are hoping that they enjoy soaping with them and are able to find some new soaping favorites!

Pittsburgh Soapmakers GatheringThe conference also included a vendor review time.  During this time, all those who attended, were given the opportunity to learn more about our company and our variety of soaping products.  As you can see, it seems everyone involved had a great time.  To see even more photos and information about the Pittsburgh gathering, check out their Facebook page.

This event was coordinated by the lovely Lori Chandler of Ashgrove Soaps.  I just have to say, what an amazing woman!  I had the pleasure of meeting Lori at the 2015 HCSG Conference which took place in April in Indiana.  She is an absolute doll!  It was a pleasure to meet her.  Clearly, she has done a wonderful job coordinating the 2015 Pittsburgh Soapmakers Gathering and worked very hard preparing.  It looks like everyone had a blast.  Thank you so much for letting us donate to this event.  Also, a big thanks to all those involved in making this gathering possible.  Nature’s Garden is very grateful to all those who participated.  We would also like to thank Stu Chandler for the amazing photos.  He is a very gifted photographer and he did a great job.  It is truly appreciated.  If you attended the Pittsburgh Soapmakers Gathering, we would love to hear about your experience.

 

Apr
01

Spearmint Soap Problems

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spearmint soap problemsSpearmint Soap Problems

Hello everyone! As you know, I’ve recently been making many different soap recipes and learning more and more about the soap making process. We posted a blog about the wonderful Spearmint Soap I made using our Spearmint Fragrance Oil, and now I’m back to tell you all about some of the problems I had making that gorgeous gray and green soap. That beautiful soap was actually my second time making this recipe, and as I’m sure you’ve figured out, the first time didn’t go so well! In the first recipe, instead of doing green and gray swirls, I instead tried out just an all-over green base.

One of my first problems was with my white topping for the soap. I had researched so many different pictures and had seen so many lovely whipped soap toppings that I thought this was one soap I could easily whip up and create myself! However, once I had prepared and poured my green soap base, I was waiting for my white topping to set up to a frosting consistency so that I would be able to fluff it all over the top of the soap. However, while I was waiting, I panicked and poured the white on top way too soon. This caused my top to not be able to peak as well as not being fluff-like. Because I poured too soon and my topping was still not fully set up, this also caused part of the white to sink into the green soap since the green soap was not fully set up either. You can definitely see the sinking after the soap was cut, there were no straight lines and you can see the spots where the topping sank right in! So for all of you other soap makers out there, always make sure to give your topping enough time to set up, or else you will end up with your topping sinking into your base! You also won’t be able to peak the top like you want!

Another big problem I had was using way too much green colorant for the base of my soap. Instead of coming out with a beautiful mint green color like the remake, the green of my first Spearmint Soap was a dark hunter-like green. While there is nothing wrong with a hunter green, this color did not go with the Spearmint theme. Once I completed the remake, this soap turned out absolutely beautiful! Have any of you experienced soap makers out there had any mistakes like these? I would love to hear about them! Please contact me here at Nature’s Garden, or you can always contact us here with any thoughts, concerns, or questions that you may have! Make sure to check out all of our wonderful free recipes and classes! You’re sure to adore each and every one of our recipes! Make sure to check out all of our Soap Classes as well to help you along! Make sure to keep watching for even more Enlightened by Layla!

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May
05

Our First Stick Blender

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our first stick blender

 

This blog is dedicated in remembrance of our first official soap making utensil, Mr. Smooth Operator.

3 years ago, we started to dabble into the wonderful world of soap making. As we learned all about this art, researching the steps, ingredients, and supplies; we welcomed a new soaping utensil into our lives. It was lovingly named: Mr. Smooth Operator. He was our first stick blender.

Today, with tears in our eyes; we lay Mr. Smooth Operator to rest.

Mr. Smooth Operator was an extremely hard worker, who took on each soaping endeavor with vigor and vitality. He was there for us through thick and thin batch, and never blinked an eye when it came to having to put forth extra effort; asking for nothing in return.

Looking back, there were times when we took Mr. Smooth Operator for granted; especially early on when we were new to the soaping game. But, he never held that against us. He was a happy, go getting fellow, who lived a life of sacrifice. He would take on the task of hard labor and getting dirty; all in order for us to be clean with our soap.

He was the best stick blender.

Strongly rooted in a family that strives on performance, the Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Blender series should be proud. Not only did Mr. Smooth Operator fulfill his calling as a stick blender, but he willingly exceeded expectations every day. And boy, were there some days that he put in the overtime.

Through all of these amazing qualities, Mr. Smooth Operator quickly became a part of our soaping family. He has set the standard of quality work (and easy clean up), leaving behind an awful big pair of shoes for the next stick blender to fill.

Mr. Smooth Operator will truly be missed by everyone on the creative team at Natures Garden.

We hope that in his passing, he is out there somewhere blending huge batters of joy and happiness. Achieving immersions, young and fresh as the day he was first opened and used.

Oct
14

Soap Making with Milk

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This cold process soap was made with heavy whipping cream. These bars have a very luxurious, creamy, lather and is super nourishing for your skin.

Soap Making with Milk

In today’s market, some of the most popular cold process soap recipes are the ones that involve dairy products such as milks, creams, and yogurts.  The reasoning behind this popularity is the fact that cold process soap recipes that use dairy products actually result in finished bars that are very creamy, luscious, soothing, and moisturizing.  In fact, milk itself is a gentle exfoliant- a perfect remedy for any sensitive skin types.  This is because milk contains lactic acid, which slightly reduces the alkalinity of soap.

When it comes down to making the cold process soap recipe, dairy products can be added (if applicable) in 3 forms:
1. Fresh (can be added as water for the lye solution, part of the water for lye solution, added to your room temperature oils before the lye solution, or  added at light trace.)
2. Powdered (combined with a small amount of oil or water to make a liquid- then added at light trace and hand whisked in until incorporated.)
3. Canned (used as half the water amount of the water ratio.  This is usually added to oils before the lye solution to make the soap batter.)

With the exception of the powdered, both the fresh and canned are commonly used in a frozen or slushy (almost frozen) state.  This is done for two reasons.  The first is to help control the lye solution temperature and the second is to help prevent the dairy product from burning.  Burnt dairy products have a very distinct smell and will turn your soap batter a bright orangish color.  This is due to the heated lye solution caramelizing the sugars in the milk.  A great step to help minimize this reaction is to give the container you are mixing your lye solution in an ice bath.  The other option that you have is to add the frozen/slushy dairy product at trace, allowing the batter to thaw the frozen like diary product.  Then, blend well with a stick blender to incorporate.

Temperature is everything.

One of the most important things to realize when working with dairy products is their sensitivity to heat.  This comes into play if you are mixing all or some of the dairy product to make the lye solution (which heats as the reaction is taking place.)  Dairy products will burn and/or curdle if not combined correctly.  The best way to combat this is to closely monitor the temperature of the lye solution using a thermometer.  You never want the temperature to go above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.  The other tip to help control the heat of the lye solution is to take your time when adding the lye.  Sprinkle in small amounts and stir.  The key is to wait a few minutes in between the next small addition of lye again.  Do not be afraid to truly take your time with this step.  A good time gauge to set for yourself is 10-15 minutes to add all of the lye to the lye solution.  This will help control the overall temperature of the lye solution.

There is no set rule as to how much of the dairy product to use as the water portion of the lye solution.  Some soapers prefer to use the dairy as the full water portion.  Others play it safe by using a 50% ratio (half milk and half water.)  This works by making a super concentrated lye solution (the full amount of lye the recipe calls for; then split the water amount in half.  Mix the lye into the water.  Let cool.  Add the rest of the unused water portion as the milk- which is added to the room temperature oils before the lye solution is added to make the batter.  The last option is the dairy product at 25% of the water ratio.  This is done the same way as the 50% ratio, only it is 25% of the total water amount.

The rest of the soaping recipe is done normally.

Other things to consider:

Superfatting may be affected.  Do not forget to figure in the fat percentage of the dairy product.  For the most part, general milk products (where the fat percentage is 4-6%), really won’t affect your end bar.  However, using a product like heavy whipping cream (which has a fat of 36%) will directly affect your end bar.  In this instance, you may what to use the dairy portion of 25% of your water ratio.  That is unless you play with your superfatting percentage number.

Rancidity of your soap is always a possibility when using larger portions of dairy products in your recipe; especially those that have high fat content.

Our Findings:

Recently, we tried our hand at making cold process soap with the addition of heavy whipping cream.  For our recipe, we selected the cream to be 25% of our water ratio since we did not want to majorly superfat our soap.  The frozen heavy whipping cream was added to our soaping oils/butter before the lye solution.  We found that this method worked perfectly.  We had no issues with the remaining soap procedures.

In the end, the bars that resulted were exactly as we imagined- pure creamy bliss!  And, with all of the wonderful nourishing benefits that dairy products have; our skin loved it too.

Too see the full recipe for Natures Garden’s Cleopatra Heavy Cream Cold Process Soap Recipe, click on the link.  Or, you can also find the recipe on Natures Garden’s website under the Free Recipes and Classes area.

Jul
22

Soap Making: Never Add Water to Lye

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lye volcanoWhy You Never Add Water to Lye in Soap Making

Caustic Soda or lye is a necessary ingredient in the soap making process.  However, it is this same ingredient that prevents most people from attempting cold process soap making.  Most lye solutions consist of lye and distilled water.  When making the lye solution there are a few key tips you want to remember.  They are:

Wear your safety gear: safety goggles, mask, long sleeve shirts, pants, and gloves.

Always mix your lye solution in a well ventilated area (open windows, outside, garage, turn on the exhaust fan).

NEVER use glass or aluminum items for your soap making mixing containers or utensils.  Glass can break, and aluminum does not play nicely with lye.  It will cause a toxic, chemical reaction.

Lye is extremely caustic and can do severe damage.  When water and lye are mixed together this is known as a lye solution.  This mixing will also cause an exothermic reaction, this means that heat is given off as a byproduct of the chemical reaction occurring.  Once the lye and water are stirred to make the lye solution, lye solution will become very hot, sometimes reaching 200 degrees.

When you are ready to make the lye solution, ALWAYS pour the lye into the water.  One of the best tips that we have found to remember the order is to envision “a light snow falling into a pond.”

When incorporating the two ingredients together you want to do it in a slow manner.  You must sprinkle the lye in small doses into the water.  In between each sprinkle, you will want to stir, stir, and stir.  The lye mixture will become cloudy, and may give off fumes.  Do not inhale these fumes.  They are extremely hazardous.

NEVER POUR WATER INTO LYE!!!  And NEVER ADD TOO MUCH LYE TOO FAST!!!  Doing either one of these things will create a violent reaction known as a volcano effect.  This happens because the water starts to dissolve the lye, forming a crust.  This crust then seals in the chemical reaction occurring beneath it.  The reaction can only handle being restrained from its own crust before the build-up of pressure and heat creates a burst or eruption.  Hence the term- volcano effect.

If a volcano effect does occur, immediately spray your work area with vinegar.  Vinegar will neutralize the caustic lye.  Proceed by washing the area down with hot soapy water.  Rinse area, and wash again with hot soapy water.  Use paper towels to dry area.

So, to sum up this lesson in soap making:  NEVER POUR WATER ONTO LYE….YOU WILL CREATE A LYE VOLCANO!!!!  Create your lye solution by adding small amounts of lye to water and stir.

Jul
10

Where Can I Buy Soap Making Supplies

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If you are looking for high quality soap making supplies, Natures Garden is your solution. We offer everything you need whether you are just starting your soap making craft or if you are a veteran soap crafter!

Where Can I Buy Soap Making Supplies

Deciding to venture into soap making can sometimes leave you with more questions than answers.  Where do I begin?  Where can I find informative classes and recipes?  Where is the best place to purchase soap making supplies?  We can understand that there are probably tons of these questions whirling around in your head.

Well, at Natures Garden Candle and Soap Supply; we have your answers.  Our staff has put in countless hours testing, researching, and writing informative soap making classes, tried and true soap recipes, and in the case of Cold Process Soaping; even tested every fragrance oil that we carry so that you have some insight as to how the fragrance oil behaves.

Providing soap making supplies to everyone- hobbyist and small business owners alike, if you are in the market for soap making supplies, Natures Garden is your answer.  We carry many soap making supplies like fragrance oilssoap colorants, molds, waxes/ butters/oils, additives, equipment, and even herbs and spices.

In fact, Natures Garden also carries several varieties of melt and pour soaps where the saponification process has already been done for you.  With melt and pour soap, it can be as simple as using the soap as is, or scenting and molding the soap to give it your true unique touch.

If you are still are seeking a place to start your soap making skills, a great place to start looking is at Natures Garden’s Soap Classes.  Not only are they super informative, they are FREE, and free reputable information is never a bad thing.