Posts Tagged ‘cold process soap’

Soap Making with Milk

Monday, October 14th, 2013
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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.

Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap Recipe

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

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Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap Recipe by Bailey…

The staff members at Natures Garden are having a challenge!  Each staff member has to come up with their own recipe using various Natures Garden supplies.  The project has to be made with one of their favorite Natures Garden fragrance oils, and they are encouraged to be as creative as possible.  Bailey was the first staff member to partake in the challenge, and her recipe is what she calls: Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap.  girl-copy2

When asked why she chose to make lemonade soap, Bailey replied, “Lemonade reminds me of summertime; sitting on a porch and drinking an ice-cold glass of lemonade”.

Why did she decide to make soap as her project?  Bailey said that since she has experience working with both cold process and melt and pour soap, she wanted to create a recipe that involved the usage of both.  The base of her lemonade soap is made of cold process soap, while the top portion of her soap is made with melt and pour soap.  Bailey used the soap calculator to create her very own cold process soap recipe, checking the values to ensure she was within the range for a typical bar of soap.  She also incorporated beeswax in her soap to make the soap a little bit harder.  To give her soap more bubbles, she added castor oil to her recipe.  Bailey is a big fan of cocoa butter, so she added that to provide the skin with conditioning aspects.

How would Bailey describe herself?  Bailey says she is the type of person who loves to make people laugh. Bailey said, “Wherever Bailey goes, the fiesta follows her”.    What a FUN person to work with!

If you are interested in making this recipe, please click Here To see Bailey’s Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap Recipe.

 

Black for Men Type Fragrance Oil

Monday, August 5th, 2013
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Natures Garden’s Black for Men Type Fragrance Oil was a highly requested designer fragrance oil.

 

Black for Men Type Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Quite possibly one of the sexiest male fragrances that Natures Garden carries, Black for Men Type Fragrance Oil is bold, sexy, and strong.  This scent is very clean and refreshing.  If you are looking to add a great complex scent to a male marketed product, this fragrance oil is one worth considering.  Black for Men Type Fragrance Oil is sophistication at its finest!

What does Black for Men Type Smell Like?

A highly-requested designer fragrance!  Natures Garden’s Black for Men Fragrance is a modern, classy, sexy, complex blend of the following fragrance notes:  bergamot, lemon, silver fir, and geranium;  all sitting on intoxicating notes of woods, leather, and musk.  A man wearing this is sure to get attention! Natures Garden’s Black for Men Type resembles the popular Black fragrance on the market, but we are in no way associated with the company, nor do we suggest that our fragrance is an exact duplication.

How Do Our Customers Use Black for Men Type Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters, this fragrance oil can be used in a variety of waxes including:  Joy wax, soy wax, soy blends, pillar of bliss, Palm wax, WOW wax, and beeswax.  For anyone who is a home scent crafter, Black for Men Type Fragrance Oil works great in aroma beads, odor eliminator sprays, potpourri, and hanging air fresheners.

For the bath and body market; this fragrance oil can be used in endless possibilities.  The usage percentage for Black for Men Type is 5%.  This manly fragrance oil can be used to scent:  homemade lotions and creams, aftershave bars, body sprays, shower gels, melt and pour soap, and shampoos.  For anyone that is curious about this fragrance’s performance in cold process soap, this scent scored phenomenally.  Here are the official testing results:  Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration.  Soaps great!  No discoloration.  Soap holds scent wonderfully!

Sherlock Homie Fragrance Oil

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013
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Sherlock Homie Fragrance Oil is definitely an intriguing and captivating scent that pops with a refreshing allure.

 

Sherlock Homie Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Soon to be a best-selling fragrance oil, Sherlock Homie is undeniable.  Categorized as refreshing and mysterious, this fragrance has just the right amount of sexy strength; especially if you are looking for a great male type fragrance oil.   The unique combination of fragrance notes leaves a sophisticated and smart appeal in your finished products.  This scent should not be overlooked!

What does Sherlock Homie Smell Like?

A mysterious blend of watery notes with secret spices surrounded by precious woods.  With top notes of cucumber, lemon, lime, ozone, and grapefruit.  Middle notes of neroli, cumin, and coriander.  And, base notes of musk and patchouli.

How Do Our Customers Use Sherlock Homie Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters; our customers use this fragrance oil in their tarts, votives, Palm Container wax, WOW wax, Joy wax, and soy.  The hot scent throw is remarkably strong.  As for other home scenting ideas; this fragrance oil has been used to make aroma beads and smelly jellies.  This fragrance oil can also be used in oil burners and odor eliminators or room re-freshening sprays as well.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5%, and is used to make:  Goat’s Milk melt and pour soaps, body butters, shampoo, shower gel, and body sprays.  And, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is a must have for male marketed soaps.  Here are the official results:  Perfect pour.  No acceleration, no ricing, no separation, no discoloration.  Nice, strong scent.

Lemon Sugar Fragrance Oil

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
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If you are seeking out that extra special sweet scent to add to your product line; a scent that is very similar to lemonhead candies; Lemon Sugar Fragrance Oil may be your answer.

Lemon Sugar Fragrance Oil

Lemon Sugar Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Recently, Lemon Sugar Fragrance Oil was a top 10 Customer Selected Favorite Fragrance Oil.  This was not without good reason.  Lemon Sugar Fragrance Oil truly captures the sugary sweetness of youthful memories with a twist of tart lemon harmoniously joined together for one fragrance that will keep you coming back for more again and again.  Nothing says summer sweetness like Natures Garden’s Lemon Sugar Fragrance Oil.

What does Lemon Sugar Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Natures Garden Lemon Sugar Fragrance: A Fresh Duplication.  Remember the taste of childhood lemonhead candy? This fragrance takes it up a notch with citrus top notes of real lemon, and warm base notes of vanilla and sugar.

How Do Our Customers Use Lemon Sugar Fragrance Oil?

Many of our candle crafters use this fragrance oil in their Joy Wax, Wow Wax, and Soy Wax.  Great reviews were also given on scented aroma beads with this fragrance oil, as well as using this fragrance oil to make Air Fresheners and Odor Eliminators since it has a very clean fresh aroma to it.

For you bath and body crafters out there this fragrance oil is right up your alley.  The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5%.  Many of our customers love this fragrance and use it to make lotion bars, lotions, melt and pour soap, body butters, perfume, and body sprays.  For the cold process soapers, reviews came back with high recommendations such as; “rocking in CP soap”, soaping “like a dream”, “the best lemon scent”.  One of our customers was even able to make leopard spots in her cold process soap.  The official results for this fragrance oil are:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, discolors to a cream, great lemon scent retention.

How To Make Soap

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

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How to Make Soap from Scratch 

The earliest recorded proof of soap making, saponification, was found around 2800 BC in ancient Babylon.  The recipe for this soap-like substance consisted of water, alkali, and cassia oil.  Years later, in ancient Rome, soap was made using tallow, tree ash, and water.  Fast forward to today, soap is made using vegetable or animal fats/oils, and an alkaline mixture of lye and water.  One thing is for certain:  soap cannot be made without lye.  Even when soap was made with tree ash, water, and tallow, the tree ash contained lye.  You see, fats and water do not mix together, therefore, lye works as an emulsifier that allows these polar opposite ingredients to combine to make soap.

Before you make soap, make sure that you become familiar with the safety precautions to follow when handling lye.  Natures Garden provides a Soap Making Safety Class that will explain the hazards of soap making, and the necessary safety gear that you should wear when making soap.

Now that you understand how important safety is when making soap, you will need to buy the equipment and soap making supplies you need to make homemade soap.

Equipment you will need for soap making- By the way, once your equipment comes into contact with lye, you can NEVER use this equipment for food contact again!  Ingestion of lye can kill you.

1.  Heavy duty plastic bowls
2.  Plastic spoons or Silicone spatulas
3.  Whisk or Stick Blender
4.  Thermometer
5.  Soap Safe Molds- such as plastic or silicone (never allow lye to come into contact with aluminum)
6.  Scales to weigh out your ingredients
7.  Plastic wrap to insulate your soap while it cures
8.  Safety goggles, safety gloves, safety mask, and wear long sleeve clothing to protect skin from being burned.
9.  Spray bottle containing vinegar.  Keep a bottle of vinegar with you when mixing your lye just in case; it will neutralize the lye and stop the burning process immediately.

Soap Making Recipe and Exact Amounts that you will need to make soap:

The recipe we use at Natures Garden to test our fragrance oils is listed below.  We use this recipe because it allows you to make colorful swirled soap once you have more experience.  We also love this recipe because it is very moisturizing to the skin, yet still provides a creamy lather.  This recipe makes 3 pounds of soap.

12.16 oz Water (345 grams)
4.4 oz Lye (125 grams)

9.6 oz Olive Oil (272 grams)
9.6oz Shea Butter (272 grams)
6.4 oz Coconut Oil 76 (181.5 grams)
6.4 oz Palm Oil (181.5 grams)
2 oz. Copperhue Suntan Lotion Fragrance Oil
FUN Soap Colorant (optional- but if you use color, we suggest using orange color)

Instructions for making soap:

  1. It’s important to prep your area with the equipment and items you will need before you start. You don`t want to have to stop half way through and run to go get something!
  2. You should be mixing your lye solution in a well-ventilated area. No kids or pets anywhere nearby! Lye is very caustic and will create fumes that should not be inhaled as they can burn the tissue of your lungs. Also if it gets splashed on you, it can cause a nasty burn on the skin.
  3. Make sure that you have your bottle of vinegar handy if you get lye solution on your skin.
  4. Weigh out your lye
  5. Weigh out your distilled water
  6. Slowly add lye to your distilled water and stir until lye is dissolved.  NEVER EVER add your water to the lye!  It will produce a hazardous volcano scenario.
  7. Set you water/lye solution somewhere safe where kids and pets cannot get to it or knock it over.  Allow this solution to cool to around 90-100F.
  8. Weigh out your oils and butters.
  9. Melt your oils and butters until they are completely melted, but be careful not to get them too hot or they may burn.
  10. Allow your oils/butters to cool to around 100F.
  11. Add your lye/water solution to your oil/butter solution and mix with a whisk or a hand blender until the batter is emulsified.
  12. Add color to your soap mixture
  13. Add fragrance oil to your soap mixture and bring to trace.  (Trace is a pudding like soap consistency).
  14. Pour soap mixture into soap molds (my favorite molds are silicone loaf molds).
  15. Cover molds with plastic wrap, and place molds somewhere that they will not be disturbed.
  16. Allow soap to remain in covered molds for 24-48 hours.
  17. Remove soap from the molds.  Slice.
  18. Allow soap to cure in a cool, ventilated area for 2-6 weeks.
  19. After soap has fully cured, you can use it.

Check out Natures Garden Soap Making Supplies

For awesome ideas in soap making please check out Natures Garden’s Free Recipes and Classes.

 

Soap Cake with NG Fragrance Oil

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  Maria Sanabria/ Sanabria’s Beauty Store

I started making jewelry and was looking on YouTube and came across a soap making video ,I went home and try it and I was hook , I stated making for me and my family and surprisingly my family was like you need to sell them there are good and that is how my company started.

I make soaps cold process , hot process, glycerin and candles , I used the soy wax, wicks, and fragrances from Natures Garden  my favorite is cashmere type fragrance.  The soap cake is made with Natures Garden’s Euphoria Type Fragrance Oil.

Your Website: www.handcraftedhomemadesoaps.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HandcraftedHomeMadeSoaps

Twitter: https://twitter.com/homemadesoap201

Blog: http://www.handcraftedhomemadesoaps.com/blog.html

YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/sanabriasbeautystore?feature=guide

Pinterest Page: http://pinterest.com/mariasanabria/

Art, Soap, Candles, and Fragrances

Monday, April 29th, 2013

fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  My name is Johna Gibson Bowman and my company is The Art of Johna Gibson Bowman and Hazel Fern Candles and Soap.

Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I always knew that I wanted to make a living as an artist. I have a fine art degree and after I graduated I started making candles and soap to give as gifts to my family and friends. Everything kind of melded together from there. I’ve been doing what I do for many years now, but 2011 is really when things began to take off for me.

What products do you make and sell?  In addition to my paintings, photography, drawings and other art I make 100% soy wax container candles and wax melts and HP & CP soap, incense, perfume and more.

What are your business goals?  To continue doing what I love and to continue growing.

What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  I use some fragrance oils & cosmetic additives. My favorite products are the fragrance oils. I love to visit NG just to sniff all of the wonderful scents in person.

Your Website: www.johnagibsonbowman.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/hootsgallery

Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnaleeart

Blog: alandcalledjohnalee.wordpress.com

 

Organic Products with Essential Oils

Friday, April 19th, 2013

fragrance oils1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Caryn Stockwell, Second Star Designs

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I have been a professional seamstress and clothing designer for over 20 years, starting and closing a number of companies over the years.  In 2008, at the behest of a local store, I launched Second Star Designs with my line of children’s clothing – providing quality products that my customers could afford; clothing that could be handed down generation after generation instead of ending up in landfills.  In 2011, my skin developed a sensitivity to certain chemicals and fibers.  This led to the creation of clothing produced using only natural fibers and eventually, only organic materials.  This sensitivity increased to a point wherein I even became sensitive to the chemicals found in commercially produced body products. 

In 2012, out of concern for the environment and the toxins used in the majority of the products found on the store shelves, I created an organic healing salve for use in our home.  I shared this new product with friends and family.  Those using this salve responded with excitement over its healing properties, asking where they could purchase it in bulk.  Within a few short months, four stores in the Portland/Vancouver Metro area were carrying my healing salve and requesting additional products along similar lines.  These requests led to my Barista Blend lip balms, Aromatic Tub Teas, and organic MP soap bars, which were released in December 2012.

With the onset of 2013, I was accepted as an Official Designer for Fashion Week San Diego.  The organizers were interested in both my organic, bio-friendly adult clothing line and my small line of organic body products; asking me to bring both product lines to San Diego this coming Fall.  In the meantime, I was receiving requests from stores to add additional products to the body products line.  Always willing to try something new, I created my first loaf of cold process soap toward the end of January.  Much in the same way that one tattoo leads to another, one loaf of soap has led to another and another and another … with people wanting to purchase bars of soap simply from seeing photos posted on my Facebook Fan Page.

In the last three months, I have discovered a new passion in the creation of organic body products; products that we personally love to use.  In addition to the soaps, healing salve, and tub teas, I have added a number of organic products that consist of 98% to 100% organic ingredients, packaged in recyclable/biodegradable packaging.

3.  What products do you make and sell?   I have a line of clothing for infants and children.  I am designing and manufacturing a line of bio-friendly adult clothing.  Under the raison éthique™ by Second Star Designs label, I have added a line of organic body products to my repertoire:  CP soap, lip balms, tub teas, scented bath salts, chocolate solar salts, healing salve, capsaicin cream, whipped body soufflés, massage oil lotion bars, foaming liquid hand soap, bath truffles, and glycerin soap.  In the next two months, along with creating our own glycerin soap base, we anticipate offering massage oil candles which will be hand-crafted using a proprietary blend of GMO-free, non-soy, vegetable wax.

4.  What are your business goals?   We are hoping to grow both business divisions into self-supporting entities providing wonderful products that our customers’ skin will love to live in.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?   I use a number of essential oils from Natures Garden; my favorites being their Natural Vanilla Infusion.  I have also recently discovered that NG carries a number of oils, butters and clays that are difficult to find anywhere else … which I plan on adding to my shopping list.

Your Website:  http://www.secondstardesigns.com

Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/2ndStarDesigns

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/tinksecondstar

Blog:  http://2ndstardesigns.blogspot.com/

Home Crafted Soaps

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

fragrance oils1.      What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Eric & Sherry Rossignol of  Rossignol Farm Soaps

2.      Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  My wife, Sherry, came home with a home crafted soap and I (Eric) couldn’t get enough!  YouTube, the Internet and everything else consumed both of our waking days and nights to learn how to make our own.  From there, Sherry and I have created our own products based on natural, simple and “local” body healing ingredients that our family could use without all those “manufactured ingredients”.  We have been crafting our products for almost two years and there is no end in sight. 

3.      What products do you make and sell?  We make cold process soap, soy candles, lip balm, lotions, body balms and ointments.

4.      What are your business goals?  We would like to be able to grow our business so Sherry can stay at home and care for our two girls. 

5.      What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?   We really love your fragrance oils. They are all high quality and the price is wonderful. Our favorites and best sellers are Balsam & Cedar, Seaside Cotton, Spiced Cranberry and Christmas Memories. We used them in both our soaps and candles. We also love to use your flavorings in our lip balm.

Your Website:   http://www.etsy.com/shop/rossignolfarmsoaps

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/RossignolFarmSoaps