Posts Tagged ‘cold process soap recipe’

Rain Scent

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

rain scentRain Barrel Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The thought of falling rain water is soothing all by itself.  But, imagine a rain scent that you can smell even if it was not raining outside.  This fragrance is just that; a rain scent that will immediately take you to that special place, that place of your own personal “Zen”.  Rain Barrel fragrance is a combination of watery tones, with citrus, warm cedar, and other peaceful aromas perfectly coming together to.  This clean, crisp fragrance works in an array of homemade products and will be one of your favorites from Natures Garden line.

What does Rain Barrel Fragrance Oil smell like?

This intriguing summer fragrance oil by Natures Garden opens with fresh watery tones, crisp ozone and highlights of lemon. Leafy greens balance with lavender and warm cedar wood for the fragrance heart. Sensuous amber undertones and clear musky elements complete the fresh sensation. An NG Original Fragrance!

How do our customers use Rain Barrel Fragrance Oil?

For candles, tarts, and air fresheners, this rain scent performed perfectly in Wow, Joy, Ecosoya, and Gel waxes.  Rain Barrel fragrance oil also has a very nice, strong hot throw from soy waxes.  And, when it comes to room fresheners; this fragrance performs fabulous in aroma beads, room sprays, smelly jellies, and oil burners.

On the bath and body end, this fragrance passes with flying colors.  The usage rate for this rain scent is 5%, and is used to make:  bath fizzes, shower gels, melt and pour soaps, foaming body butters, lotions, bubble baths, lotions bars, and sugar scrubs.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers; this fragrance received awesome reviews.   Here are the official results: Perfect Pour. No ricing, no acceleration. No discoloration. Nice clean scent!

If you are interested in using this rain scent in a recipe, please click on this link to view the Beginners Cold Process Soap Recipe.

Peace Scent

Monday, March 31st, 2014

peace scentPeace Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This “peace”ful scent is a winner across the board.  Appealing to a wide variety of customers, Peace Fragrance Oil is hands down one great exotic type scent.  With a down to earth aroma; one whiff and it is like you have been whisked away to a calm and relaxing state.  There are endless possibilities when using this peace scent.  This scent is certainly a must have for your fragrance collection and your customers will love it.  Many of our customers give peace scent a “thumbs up” for being a pleasing, relaxing, and unique scent.

What does Peace Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a duplication of Pacifica’s Tibetian Mountain Temple.  This fragrance is a wonderful blend of ginger, carnation, orange, vetiver, and musk.  This fragrance smells amazing in cold process soap!  Don’t judge this one out of the bottle.  The natural oils really come alive in finished products. NG Original Scent!  A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Peace Fragrance Oil?

If you are a candle crafter, or if you are in the home scenting industry; this scent is delightful.  With an aroma that travels throughout the whole house, Peace scent makes awesome candles and tarts with incredible scent throw.  This scent works marvelously well in Joy, Soy, paraffin soy blends, Palm, Wow, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  Peace can even be used in potpourri, oil burners, and smelly jellies.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance oil is divine.  The usage rate for Peace scent is 5%, and the Vanillin Content is .09% so Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is advised by our customers to stabilize discoloration in finished products.  This fresh and exotic scent is used to make: body scrubs, lotions, melt and pour soaps, liquid hand soap, foaming body butters, and bath jellies.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance soaps like a dream.  Here are the official results: WOW!  The fragrance is amazing, unique, and remains strong after cure.  Perfect pour.  No ricing or acceleration.  Turns brown sugar color after cure.

world peace soaps
If you are interested in using Peace Scent in a cold process soap recipe, please click on this link to view the vibrant World Peace CP Soap recipe.

 

Adding Beeswax to a Soaping Recipe

Thursday, October 17th, 2013
beeswax

Adding beeswax to your cold process recipes provides a harder, long lasting bar of soap.

So, we had a brilliant idea, and we ran with it.  But, as we learned having a brilliant idea does not always equate to a brilliant end result.  Instead, our brilliant idea was a learning experience!

The Scenario

It all started out with the scent Nectarine and Honey, which by the way happens to be a fabulous scent.  In true Natures Garden form, we wanted to take this fragrance oil and kick it up a notch.  So, to the brainstorming mobile we went- hello think tank!  Back and forth the creative ideas started flowing- anything that was related to nectarine and/or honey was noted.  What resulted was a cold process soap recipe focused around the scent Nectarine and Honey that would incorporate bee products; Honey, Beeswax, and Bee Pollen Powder.  Once we knew how luxurious this soap was going to be, the clever name Royal Honey Bee Soap seemed to be the perfect match.

The Special Bee Ingredients

Honey was an easy choice.  We know that honey contains awesome skin loving benefits.  It is a detoxifier, loaded with antioxidants, and it’s very moisturizing.  After using body products with honey your skin feels extremely soft and supple.  Through our research we found that even Cleopatra herself bathed in honey and milk to supplement her natural loveliness and beautiful, soft skin.

Bee Pollen Powder was also chosen for the benefits it provides to the skin.  Bee pollen is rich in vitamins, amino acids, and minerals.  Products with bee pollen powder leave your skin feeling naturally soft and smooth.

Beeswax was selected as our warrior.  Although this ingredient is commonly used to help harden soaps, (making them last longer) we wanted it for a different reason. It also brought another element to the table- it locks in moisture for your skin.  Besides helping to keep your skin moisturized, after using products that include beeswax- a thin protective layer is left- a shield for your skin against the harsh outside elements of your environment.

We were set.  Super excited about how magnificent this recipe was going to be, we happily plugged our ingredients into Soap Calc, double checked our values, and moved on to the testing stage.

The Creation

Everything was set.  The lye solution was cooling.  The beeswax, butters, and oils were melted.  We were just waiting on the green light (temperatures).  The excitement was thick in the air.

Finally, the time had arrived.  The soaping procedure was normal.  Really, the only changes were: honey was added at light trace, and the bee pollen at trace.  This was easy!

The soap batter was beautiful- thick, creamy and smelled divine.  There was no denying it; you could just envision how great these bars were going to turn out after cure.  Seeing this gorgeous masterpiece coming together was intoxicating.  The anticipation of molding this batter was building, and we couldn’t wait to get started.

Since Nectarine and Honey fragrance oil naturally discolors to a creamy peach and the addition of bee pollen powder will add somewhat of a yellow hue, we thought this final color would be perfect.  So, really the only thing we wanted to accomplish was a heaped loaf with peaks.  Easy, right?

Yes, it was… so easy!  The batter was poured and heaped through the center of the mold.  We felt like Pablo Picasso working on a yet to be viral masterpiece.  Everything was going as planned.  Once we started peaking with a spatula, it was perfection in its finest hour.  Each peak held to the spatula and gracefully formed the most breath-taking, stunning crests.  The playful batter was alluring, begging for more peaks, and we did just that.  We peaked and played until it was perfect.  The soap batter was not only enchanting, but also captivating visually.  It was quite possible that we may have just stumbled upon a divine soap recipe- one to go down through the ages. 

After waiting the 24 hours to remove the soap from the mold, it was almost too much to handle.  We couldn’t wait to get these beauties out and cut; let alone the rest of the cure time.  But, we did- that’s soaping 101; it comes with the territory.

Finally- the Cure is Over

The first day that the soap was finished, we couldn’t wait to give it a try.  The bars were angelic.  The color was flawless, the bars were nice and hard, the scent retention was amazing!  We just had to try them out.  To the sink we went, and this is where our demise met us.

We soaped, and we were heartbroken.  Although everything seemed to be perfect throughout this whole process, our soap bars were crumbly.  Too crumbly!  We were defeated, and it was the beeswax that was the culprit.  The same ingredient that memorized us with its playful nature in the soap batter was now our arch enemy in the final product.  We felt as though we were victims to the sirens of the soaping world.  Back to the drawing board.

Analysis

After reviewing our notes and recipe, we found that the percentage of beeswax we used in the original recipe was too high (10%).  Investigating further, we found that the normal usage rate for this ingredient was a mere 1-2%.  Yikes!

honey soap

This is a finished and cured bar of Royal Honey Bee Soap by Natures Garden.

We did recalculate and remake the Royal Honey Bee Soap Recipe.  However, this time we decided to leave out the beeswax.  The bars were still gorgeous, soothing, and the scent retention was phenomenal.  After using it our skin did feel soft, supple, and nourished.  The honey added an extravagant element of luscious royalty.  The soap bars were still a win even without the beeswax.

In hind sight- we will try again to create a soap recipe that includes beeswax just not at 10%.  Sometimes, the most memorable lessons in life are the ones that you have to see for yourself- even if they result in less than desirable outcomes.

Making Cold Process Beer Soap

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
Cold Process Beer Soap

Soaping with beer involves a few extra steps, but is totally worth the effort!

Some times the littlest things- like the addition of a unique ingredient to your recipe- converts to major sales of your product.  Beer would happen to be one of those ingredients.

But, what exactly is it about Beer in Soaps?

There is no straight forward answer to this question.  Some people are just amazed by Beer Soap because it was made with beer.  For some, they look at beer soap and can instantly list 10 people that love beer and therefore would get a kick out of beer soap.  For others, they seek out the thick and super creamy elements that a bar of beer soap provides them every time they wash.  And, even still there are others out there that know the great conditioning aspects that beer soap contributes to their skin.  The list of reasons is limitless, but one thing is for sure… Cold Process Beer Soap does get attention!

Soaping with Beer

Please Note:  Soaping with beer is a more advanced process.  Therefore, if you are new to soaping, you may want to sidebar this recipe until you are completely comfortable with the soaping process and have a few cold process soap batches under your belt.

Recently, we decided that we had to give cold process beer soap making a try.  As we found out, the addition of beer to a soaping recipe is not something that can be taken lightly or on a whim.  First things first; one of the most important steps in prepping your beer soap recipe is removing all of the carbonation from the beer itself.  This is extremely important to the soap recipe because beer is used to replace the full water portion of your recipe.  When adding the lye to a beer that is still carbonated you just don’t get a volcano, the volcano you get is supercharged with bubbles (carbonation.)  This is why you want a flat beer before beginning to soap.

One of the best ways to remove the carbonation from the beer is to let it set out for 3 days.  You do this by opening the can, pouring it into a bowl, and occasionally stirring it throughout the 3 days.  A good rule of thumb to use is every time you enter the room that the beer is setting in, give it a stir.

The next step in preparing your beer is the boil.  After the three days have elapsed, place your beer into a pot on the stove top and boil it and simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.  This step is also taken as a precaution to eliminate any leftover carbonation.

The final step after the boil is to freeze the beer.  Let the beer temperature drop to room temp, then carefully place the beer in an empty ice cube tray and freeze overnight.  This step is beneficial in two ways- eliminating carbonation (once again) and offsetting the high temperature for when the lye is added to the frozen beer.

Once the beer is frozen, it is now ready for soaping use.

Now, when adding the lye to the frozen beer, the best precaution to take (besides the regular safety gear and steps) is to mix this portion of the recipe in a deep bowl or pitcher in the sink.  This way, if there is any chance of a volcano effect taking place the sink will minimize the affected area.  Now, the other special note to be aware of in this step is the adding of the lye.  Because the beer is frozen, the lye (as it reacts) will melt the beer.  You want to constantly stir the beer cubes around after each small spurt of lye is added.  This will become easier as the frozen beer melts into a liquid.  Keep adding the lye in small amounts until all is used.  And, stir until you are sure that all the lye is dissolved.  Also, it should also be noted, there is quite a distinctive odor that is given off by the beer/lye solution- you will want to definitely want to make sure that you are in a well ventilated area.

The rest of the soaping recipe steps take place as normal.

In the End

Soaping with beer was a new experience!   The end results are simply amazing.  The color of the bars is a perfect beer hue.  The lather of the soap bar truly is thick and creamy.  And, after bathing with it, your skin feels soft and supple.  Cold Process Beer Soap is worth the extra steps.

Since the beer is added as the water portion of the recipe, you can use your favorite cold process soap recipe.  However, if you would like a Cold Process Beer Recipe, Natures Garden has one listed under their free recipes and classes section of their website.  Or, you can simply click here to see the 4 pound Beer Soap Recipe.