Posts Tagged ‘cold process soap’

Argan Soap

Friday, April 11th, 2014

argan soap Hello everyone, today I made Argan Soap!

I am here to share my recent adventure in the world of soap making.  Today I made CP soap.  For those of you that are new at this, CP means cold process.  This is soaping without adding any additional heat.

I made this soap by creating my own recipe using the soapcalc.  This wonderful soaping tool was able to help me find ingredients and exact percentages for my homemade soaping recipe.  All of this information assisted me in producing my latest project.

For this soap cleverly named “Argan Soap”, I used Mango butter, Avocado oil, Coconut oil 76, Argan oil, and Sunflower oil.  To add a vibrant and tropical look to my soap, I selected Fun Colorants:  Neon orange and Neon blue.  I thought that these colors would look nice in combination with white.  So, I decided to also use titanium dioxide to get a nice bright white soap color.  I really felt that these colors captured the tone of the scent Kulu Bay, which I was using to fragrance my soap.

Due to the fact that I am SO over winter (clearing throat); I decided to try a soap with a summery feel.  Sorry, was venting (smiley face).   Also, I was going to try something new with this soap recipe.  For my very first time, I was doing the “in the pot swirl” technique using 3 colors.  I do have to say, I was beyond excited to get this going since I created this soap from beginning to end all by myself.

That is the moment I quickly became aware that I was DOING THIS BY MYSELF….Oh boy I thought.  No supervision, no guidance, nobody standing next to me for support, only my directions.

Ok, so, after getting all of my supplies, I put on my safety gear and began the first step.  Lye and water.  I want to caution any new soapers reading this:  Please remember to wear your gloves, mask, and safety glasses when handling the Lye and lye solution.  It is also just as important to have vinegar by your side (as your best friend) throughout your whole soaping process.  Vinegar is used in case the Lye or soap batter gets on your skin.

Once I melted all of my oils and butter, I waited for my Lye solution and oils to reach their desired temperature.  I then proceeded to put it all together and stick blended quickly to emulsification.

Being it was an in the pot swirl soap, I did have to put some of my soap batter into 2 smaller bowls and mix my colors really good.  That way I was ready to accomplish the swirl.

Moving quickly, I “plopped” globs of the orange and blue soap batter into the white batter.  I did this until it was all gone.  And, let me just tell you how fast you have to move to color, mix, and plop when using more than one color…holy cow!  You need to fly!  At this point, I was wondering why I used 3 colors….what was I thinking?  Creativity, that’s what!  Now not all recipes will do this, but it seems the one I chose was just that…FAST!

I did however get everything together and really enjoyed seeing my white, neon blue, and neon orange soap come together as I “swirled” around and through my colors.  After using my spatula to make this pretty cool design, I poured it into my silicone mold.  But, I poured it slowly back and forth from end to end.  I was mesmerized at how cool the colors were as they moved about inside the mold.

After the soap  in the mold had set up enough, I used the remaining batter to get an awesome heaping loaf of soap.  When I was done, I was happy with what I created.  A little stressed but only because I wanted it to be perfect.  I strive for perfection and unfortunately for me, I will fail at this (and have) a few times before I perfect it.  I am glad that I will fail however, only because it will make me a better soaper.  This is how you will learn, right?

When I tell my friends what I do here at Natures Garden, they are like, “wow, that sounds like so much fun”, and it is, creating and making your own stuff, heck ya!  Sometimes these recipes may seem a bit intimidating, but, be aware of your ingredients, and know their personalities and how they work together.  We have “fool” proof instructions, we HAVE failed too.  This is the best ways to become experts on what works.  When it comes to the free recipes that Natures Garden provides, what we present to you, is easily understood with virtually no guess work needed.

If you would like to see the full Argan Soap Recipe, please click on this link.

In closing, I can still say, it was a lot of fun making this soap; even if I did stress myself out.

We kids, until my next adventure, have a FABULOUS day!

Cindy

Tie Dye Soap

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

cup column swirl soapWatching all of the cool Youtube videos on making column swirl soap, we had to give it a try.  We thought that the column concept would make a great tie dye soap.  This soap recipe was our attempt at doing a column swirl soap.  Since we did not have wooden columns at our disposal, we thought we would improvise and try disposable cups.

To make this recipe, the majority of the ingredients and supplies can be found at Natures Garden.  You will however have to have water, lye, and your disposable cups- these items can not be purchased there.

For this soap, the scent that was selected was cannabis flower.  Now, since this scent has a vanillin content of .2%, we also included vanilla white color stabilizer in the recipe.  This decision was made after checking the cold process soap results for discoloration in this fragrance.  We saw that naturally without this additive the bar would discolor to a very light beige.  Considering we did not want our tie dye soap colors affected by this, it was a smart choice.  Also, since the mold that we are using is the 18 bar rectangle grid tray, we also decided to add sodium lactate to our recipe.  Not only will this allow the soap to be removed more easily from the mold, but it will also provide our finished bars with additional moisturizing aspects.

As for the colors in this soap, you can add as many or as few as you want.  Any of Natures Garden FUN Soap colorants will work!

So, lets get started in making tie dye soap.

Here is the recipe:
582 grams of water
215 grams of lye

413 grams of Shea Butter
306 grams of Coconut Oil 76
153 grams of Safflower Oil
107 grams of Rice Bran Oil
245 grams of Olive Oil pomace
184 grams of Meadowfoam Seed Oil
122 grams of Fractionated Coconut Oil
96 grams of Cannabis Flower Fragrance Oil
48 grams of Vanilla White Color Stabilizer
63 grams of Sodium Lactate

Now, if you would like to use the same colors shown in the steps, below are the weights.

Tie Dye Soap Colors:
6 grams of FUN Soap Colorant Neon Red
6 grams of FUN Soap Colorant Neon Yellow
6 grams of FUN Soap Colorant Neon Orange
6 grams of FUN Soap Colorant Neon Green
8 grams of FUN Soap Colorant Neon Blue
12 grams of FUN Soap Colorant Ultramarine Violet

If this is your first time making cold process soap, please Click Here For Basic CP Soap Making Class. Also, before attempting to make any cold process soap, please become familiar with Soap Making Safety Class.

Step 1:  Put on your safety gear:  This would include your safety gloves,  apron, safety mask, and safety glasses.

cp soap making safety gear

Step 2:  In your mold, space your 6 disposable cups equally apart from one another.

prepping your mold

Step 3:  In a small bowl, weigh out your lye.  In a separate bowl, weigh out your water.  In a well ventilated area, slowly pour the lye into the water.  Use a spatula to stir slowly.  Avoid breathing in any of the lye water fumes.  Keep stirring the lye water until there are no lye granules are left in the water.    Allow this to cool to 90-100 degrees F.

stirring the lye water

Step 4:  According to the recipe listed above: in a pot weigh out the Shea Butter and coconut oil 76.  Melt these two ingredients down on low heat until each one is in a liquid state.  Stir.  Then, add the safflower oil, rice bran oil, olive oil, meadowfoam seed oil, and fractionated coconut oil.  Stir again.  Remove from heat.  Then, transfer all of this into a large mixing bowl.

mixing your oils

Step 5:  Next, get your 6 mixing bowls.  Assign each bowl a color.  Then, weigh out the appropriate color amount for each bowl.

colorants in bowls

Step 6:  Using your thermometer, check the temperature of the lye water.  When it has cooled to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, add your Sodium Lactate.  Stir carefully.  Now, once the temperatures of the lye water and the soaping oils and butters are within 5-10 degrees of one another, it is time to move on to the next step.

adding sodium lactate to the recipe
Step 7:   Now, slowly pour the lye water/sodium lactate into your oils and butters bowl.  Use a spatula to get all of this out and into the other bowl.

adding lye water to the soaping oils

Step 8:  Using your stick blender, carefully mix everything together.  You will notice your batter will begin to look creamy and thicken slightly.  Now, stop blending.

blending the soap batter

Step 9:  Next, add the fragrance oil.

scenting the column swirl

Step 10:  Then, add the Vanilla White Color Stabilizer.  Once added, stick blend to incorporate.

adding vanilla white color stabilizer
Step 11:
  Now, place 405 grams of the soap batter into each bowl.  Stir each bowl with a spoon.  This will help slow down trace.

spoon stirred colored soap
Step 12: 
Starting with any one of your colors, begin to pour about half of the batter over 3 cups.  Repeat with a second and third color.  Then, using a new color, pour about half of the batter over the 3 cups that do not have soap over them yet.  Repeat this with your two remaining colors.  Then, with the remaining batter, keep covering different cups.  While you are doing this step, if any cups move, use your spatula to put them back into place.  When all of the pourable batter is out of your bowls, use your spatula to scrape the soap from the cups.  Then remove them.

column swirl pour
Step 13:  Now, using your spatula, scrape the colored bowls.  Then, splatter this soap over the mold.

splattering the soap
Step 14:  When all the soap is in the mold, insulate it and allow it to harden for 24 hours.

insulating your soap
Step 15:  After 24 hours, remove your soap from the mold.  Carefully, using a knife or a mitre cutter, slice the soap bars.  Once all of the soap is sliced, allow it to fully cure.

cutting your soap

After the cure time has elapsed, enjoy your Tie Dye Soap!

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients.

 

 

Handmade Soap

Monday, January 13th, 2014

handmade soap My name is Amy Garrett, and I own Alberta Handmade Soap Co. It’s a tiny “just me with the support of my family” company located in rural Alberta so it’s been a lot of work getting seen, but I love my work and products, and my customers really make it worthwhile for me!

I am an American from Oregon who married a Canadian from Alberta, which is what started my soap making adventure (and living in Alberta) – I wanted to make handmade soap wedding favours, and it turned into a major part of my life! There was no way I could do it as a hobby, there is too many soaps to make in a week and my house couldn’t contain them all, so once we finished the immigration process into Canada and got moved up here, *and* learned all the Canadian legalities, I formed Alberta Handmade Soap Co. and it just keeps growing. It wasn’t long after bar soap that I started expanding what I make – it makes me very happy to make bath and body products that my customers love.

My specialty is cold process handmade soap, but I also make lotions and body butters, lip balms, bath bombs, and more, with more products on the horizon. I’m a new customer to Nature’s Garden, and the fragrance oils have been so well received in all my products – I am so happy with the quality! I use a few suppliers but can easily say that Nature’s Garden has replaced a large portion of my regular scents, and I’m adding so many new ones, they are all so nice; Pink Sugar and Pumpkin Apple Butter sold huge this season, what I thought would last me til spring is just about out of stock from just a month of holiday sales!

Fragrance Oil and Candle Making

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

fragrance oilWhen it comes to candle making, in order to have the best smelling candles, you must use concentrated fragrance oil.  There are a vast number of fragrance oil companies in the market, many of them sell good quality oils for candle making, and on the other hand there are some companies that sell lower cost fragrances which are usually diluted.  Never use any fragrance oils that are alcohol based for candle making.  Caution- there are companies that sell “potpourri fragrance oils”, these fragrance oils are about 50% concentrated.  They are cut with a product called DPG.  DPG (or dipropylene glycol) is used to dilute fragrance oils.  Do not use these types of fragrance oils for candle making, they will inhibit your candles from burning properly.

Once you have found a company that sells concentrated fragrance oils, you will only want to use 1 ounce to 1.5 ounces of candle scent per pound of wax.  As long as you have selected the right kind of wax- a high quality one- you will never need to use more than 1.5 ounces of candle scent per pound of wax.  Using more than the stated amount of fragrance oil in your candle wax will result in unused fragrance in the bottom of your pouring pot or candle container.  This is wasted fragrance oil that was not absorbed by your wax.

Natures Garden supplies 100% concentrated fragrance oils to its customers.  These scents were formulated by master perfumists, using aromatic chemicals and essential oils to create wonderfully smelling fragrances that can be used to make candles.  In fact, about 99% of Natures Garden’s fragrance oils also work in other applications besides candles.  This includes:  cosmetics, bath and body products, and even cold process soap.  Natures Garden is dedicated to providing its customers with unique, fine, fragrance oils at wholesale prices not retail prices.  Our company is able to sell these high quality oils at great prices because we are the largest supplier of fragrance oils in the USA, which has allowed us to achieve bulk buying power from our perfumists.  And then, we pass the savings on to our customers.  Our high quality, affordable-priced fragrance oils allow our customers to maintain high profit margins on their finished products.

Chemistry of Fragrance

Essential oils are 100% natural (usually plant derived).  These scenting oils are commonly attained by a process known as steam distillation.  Essential oils are very costly as compared to fragrance oils.  Fragrance oils came into existence because of these high costs.  Perfumists started replicating the aroma of certain essential oils by mixing the right combinations of over 3,000 various aromatic chemicals.  These aromatic chemicals are known as aldehydes and ketones.  Aldehydes and ketones are all polar to some degree.  It is actually impossible for fragrance oils to be NON Polar.  Every fragrance oil has some degree of polarity to them.  Yes, it is true that some fragrance oils will be more polar than others, but a fragrance oil can never be completely NON Polar.  Perfumists are able to create a fragrance oil that is less polar by using isopar solvents, but once again, there will still be a small degree of polarity from the aromatic chemicals used to form the fragrance oil.

Fragrance oils that are used to scent gel wax have to be on the lesser side of being polar.  A great tip for testing if a fragrance oil will work in gel wax is to first check the flashpoint.  The flashpoint of the oil has to be above 170 degrees Fahrenheit.  Then, see if the fragrance oil will mix in mineral oil, if the solution becomes cloudy, the fragrance oil will not work.  If the solution is clear, the fragrance oil is gel wax compatible.

MSDS/IFRA/RIFM

We at Natures Garden want to keep you informed on every single fragrance oil we carry.  All of the fragrance oils sold by Natures Garden abide by the safety recommendations set forth by the IFRA and RIFM standards.  Natures Garden also supplies the MSDS information for each and every fragrance oil as well.  The MSDS and IFRA Certification of Compliance can be found on the website, under the fragrance performance- testing in various applications section.  Each MSDS and IFRA certificate can be easily printed right off the Natures Garden website.  EU customers are now provided EU allergen reports for all of our fragrances.

Gifts for Guys

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Dude Fragrance Oil On the hunt for gifts for guys? 

This holiday season show those special men in your life just how much you appreciate them with a homemade gift.    Homemade gifts are heartfelt, memorable, and are way less expensive than department store presents.  Plus, being that your gift is homemade, you can cater it exactly to the person whether it is your boyfriend, husband, grandfather, brother, uncle, etc.

These easy to make recipes are written with step by step instruction, and are tried and true being formulated, made, and tested.

Hydrating Hand SticksHydrating Hand Sticks-  Perfect for your man in the elements, this recipe provides skin conditioning, moisturizing elements, and a “weather proof” coating for the skin, especially skin that is chapped and windburned.  A great gift idea for mechanics, construction workers, hunters, or anyone that enjoys the outdoors; these hydrating hand sticks are the perfect size to stay on the move with your busy man.

rejuvenating foot balmRejuvenating Foot Balm Recipe-  Great for tired and achy feet, this foot balm recipe will be heaven on earth for the men in your life that need a little pick me up.  With energizing essential oils and conditioning ingredients this recipe is awesome for any man on the move.

edible massage barSexy Edible Massage Bar-  A wonderful gift for any man that deserves a massage at the end of the day, this recipe is one you can both enjoy!  This massage bar is the answer if massage oils are a little to messy for you or the man in your life’s liking.

whipped-shaving-soap-pic2Whipped Shaving Cream-  A solution for any man of shaving age on your holiday gift list, this shaving cream recipe provides an excellent sleek shave free of nicks and cuts.   Plus with a rich lathering foam, this whipped shaving cream makes a wonderful gift for a ideal shave every time.

Winter Body Butter RecipeWinter Body Butter-  Winter can do a harsh number on the skin with the wind, low humidity, and bone chilling temperatures.  This winter time body butter recipe is especially moisturizing and nourishing.

beer candleBeer Candle-  What man would not love this beer candle?  Perfect for any manly man on your list, this gel wax candle smells and looks just like beer (it even has froth).  A great addition to any man cave!

green camoGreen Camouflage Candle-  If your man is the outdoors type, this granulated candle done in camouflage fashion is your answer.  Easy to make and fun to design, this scented candle will really stand out!

Cold Process Beer SoapBeer Cold Process Soap Recipe- If cold process soaping is nothing new to you, this beer soap recipe is a true winner.  With it’s thick and creamy lather, these soap bars are worth the extra effort.

Cold Process Shaving SoapCold Process Shaving Soap Recipe-  If the men on your holiday gift list hold grooming high in priority, this shaving soap will be exactly want they want.  With skin loving benefits and amazing lather, this easy to make shaving soap will have your man grinning from ear to ear.

Hunters Cold Process SoapHunter’s Cold Process Soap-  Receiving rave reviews, this cold process soap recipe is loved by every man, especially the “hunting crowd”.

On a special note:  Because you are making these recipes from scratch, you are able to scent these items with any fragrance oil (body safe fragrance oil if it is a body product).  To see a full list of all the fragrance oil possibilities please click here.  If you are interested in masculine type fragrance oils like designer scents, or man themed aromas, check out Natures Garden’s Masculine Category of fragrances.

 

Strawberry Passion Fragrance Oil

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Strawberry Passion Fragrance OilStrawberry Passion Fragrance OilFragrance Oil Spotlight

Rated by our customers as the “perfect strawberry scent”, Strawberry Passion fragrance is the real deal when it comes to authenticity.  This sweet and amazing scent smells just like fresh cut strawberries, with no artificial notes on this yummy fragrance.  A mouth watering and well rounded aroma, strawberry passion fragrance oil is a best seller year round, but especially moves for Valentine’s Day!

What does Strawberry Passion Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a rich ripened strawberry fragrance with bottom notes of cotton candy and French vanilla. Your customers will love it! A Best Seller!  An NG Original Fragrance!

How Do Our Customers Use Strawberry Passion Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters out there; strawberry passion fragrance oil is used in Palm, soy, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  If you are looking for a cute and creative spin, this scent also makes awesome pie candles.  Strawberry Passion has a strong and steady hot throw and a divine cold throw.  This fragrance oil also works great in oil burners, as well as for room fresheners, whether it is odor eliminator, smelly jellies, or sachet beads.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is a winner!  The usage percent of Strawberry Passion Fragrance Oil is 5%, and the Vanillin Content is 8.3% so Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is advised by our customers to stabilize discoloration in finished products.  This amazing fragrance is used to make: liquid soaps, solid lotion bars, bath bombs, body scrubs, lotions, perfumes, melt and pour soaps, body sprays, bath gels, whipped butters, body mists, and massage oils.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance did awesome.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration.  Discolors to a dark chocolate.

Top Fragrance Oils for CP Soap

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

eaarly-sunsine-soapWhen it comes to cold process soaping, there are several factors that many soapers take into consideration.  The ingredients of each soap recipe is well thought out, calculated, and tested to ensure the very best end bar.  However, sometimes when fragrances are introduced to the mix, there are still even more factors that need to be considered.

How will the fragrance oil perform?

Depending on the components that actually comprise the fragrance oil, several things can occur to your soap batter.  Sometimes, fragrance oils are considered “Perfect Pours”.  This is the introduction of the fragrance to the soap batter that does not change the physical consistency.  Perfect Pours are great.  They are easy to work with, giving a nice amount of time for beautifying the batter with color, micas, or swirls.  But, on the other end, there are some types of fragrances that will cause the batter to change.  These main effects are ricing, acceleration, seizing, separation, and discoloration.

Now, in order to ease the minds of many soapers, Natures Garden has tested every fragrance oil we carry in the cold soap process.  If you are interested in reading these results, you can click on this link or find it on the Natures Garden’s website under Fragrance Oil Testing Results in Cold Process Soap in the Fragrance Classes.

But, in order to further help you find great fragrances that perform well we have researched, asked, and polled many CP soapers for their opinions.  Here is a list of the top 35 Natures Garden fragrances for soaping.  These fragrances have great scent retention, are easy to work with, and were selected as favorites among crafters in the soaping community.  We hope you enjoy!

Please Note:  These fragrances are documented in alphabetical order, not in order of popularity.

Name of Fragrance Oil Description of Fragrance Oil Performance of Fragrance Oil in Cold Process Soap
Bamboo Hemp Fragrance Oil An incredibly well-balanced blend of bamboo stalks, vetiver, and patchouli, with undertones of hemp seed and oakmoss. No ricing, slight acceleration, stick blend and soap at cooler temps. Discolors to a cream color.  Very well liked, especially by males.  Fresh and clean. 
Black Raspberry Vanilla Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an enticing blend of blackberries and raspberries, with middle notes of white floral greenery, and bottom notes of musk and vanilla.  Highly requested fragrance!
Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration, scent is good. 
Bite Me Fragrance Oil Fresh citrus notes of lime and orange sparkle with effervescent highlights as they lead to a luscious blend of berry and cherry in this playful scent. Leafy green accents add intensity as a base of vanilla creates sweet tones for the fragrance.  An NG Original Fragrance! Wow, Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration, very strong, a must have for all lines.   
Camu Camu Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is sweet and tangy.  The scent is an abundance of tart red berries, juicy orange and peach nectar blended with a twist of lime.  Perfect pour.  No acceleration, no ricing, no separation.  Discolors to a butter color.  Smells AMAZING in cured soap!
Capri Olivo Fragrance Oil Capri Olivo is a culturally complex aroma of tart Japanese grapefruit, Fresh Osmanthus (Sweet Olive), and dew-covered watercress;  followed by middle notes of rose, jasmine, and cassis.  To create subtle ecstasy, Capri Olivo sits on a dry down of fresh amber and myrrh.  An NG Original Fragrance!  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration.  Excellent spa scent. 
Champagne Pear Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an effervescent blend of citrus and melon notes that are accented with crisp greens to create a champagne accent for this fruity scent. Orchard pear and fresh apple balance at the heart of the fragrance, while a hint of apple blossom creates texture for the fruity accord. Luxurious musk undertones soften the blend.  An NG Original Fragrance! Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  Thought it may separate but it held together great!  This is tart and effervescent… nice!!  No discoloration.
Coconut Lime Verbana Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is very fresh! A citrus bouquet of lime, kumquat, grapefruit, lemon, with a soft floral undertone of jasmine, on a background of musk and sandalwood. Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration, smells just like the original, very clean and very fresh. 
Country Bumpkin Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a wonderful complex blend of apples, candied yams, marshmallows, sweet cream butter, brown sugar, nutmeg, crushed cinnamon bark and fresh cloves.  Bring the country home to you.  An NG Original!  No ricing, no acceleration, discolors to a reddish orange. 
Country Garden Fragrance Oil This fresh, romantic, floral fragrance oil by Natures Garden is fantastic during the whole year! This fragrance begins with top notes of fresh green clover, and ivy with middle notes of romantic snapdragon, rose petals, and carnations; ending with base notes of white musk and fig leaves.  An NG Original Fragrance! Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  Immediately turned to a lemon pudding color, but it will likely have a final discoloration to a beige.  This is super strong and really rich.  Quite Gorgeous!
Cracklin  Birch Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is outdoors on a winter day…Simply amazing if we may say so ourselves!  Cracklin Birch fragrance begins with top notes of bergamot, orange, and lemon; with middle notes of geranium, lily, and rose; and base notes of patchouli, vetiver, and tonka beans.  This fragrance is one of the most well-rounded fragrances we have ever smelled. An NG Original Fragrance! No ricing, no acceleration.  Scent retention is very strong.  Discolors to a very light beige.
Cucumber Wasabi Cilantro Fragrance Oil A refreshing spa-like fragrance oil by Natures Garden with top notes of aldehydic fruit notes of grapefruit and lime, with middle notes of fresh cucumber, guava, and passionfruit, and base notes of wasabi, cilantro, and fern.    Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, interesting and many layered.  Yummy scent.  Fragrance is nice and strong.  No discoloration.
Dragon’s Blood Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden smells just like the essential oil. Dragon’s blood truly has a smell all its own.   Very, very strong scent.  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  Final discoloration is a nice milk chocolate.  Beautiful. 
Grapefruit Ruby Red Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a juicy, ruby red grapefruit aroma. Very true to its name!   Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration, perfect scent. 
Goldie Dreadlocks Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is our rendition of a famous scent.  A complex arrangement of citrus top notes, combined with fruity florals, while sitting on sweet vanilla bean and a faint woodsy patchouli base. This fragrance does not smell like oatmeal or porridge, and is not a bakery type fragrance. We would consider this a complex fruity floral arrangement. Some acceleration.  Scent stays strong.  Final discoloration is a peanut butter. 
Honey Vanilla Love Dust Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the incredibly sexy aroma of raw honey, cocoa butter, and chocolate. No acceleration, may be oily in CP, discolors to brown. 
Hot Pink Lime Fragrance Oil This refreshing fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an accord of Kaffir lime, Japanese grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon; middle notes of bergamot and strawberries; sitting on base notes of brown sugar and oakmoss. An NG Original Scent!  Slight acceleration.  No separation.  No discoloration.  Yummy scent of sugared lime.
Lavender Martini Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is where Gin martini meets lavender in this creative aroma.  We’ve successfully captured the effervescent carbonation in this unique fragrance.  Natures Garden’s lavender martini fragrance begins with top notes of tangy lemon zests, orange, and carbonation; followed by middle notes of spicy bergamot, mint, and lavender; sitting on a base note of rosewood.  Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration.  Very great unique scent.  No discoloration.  Scent is clean. 
Lotus Blossom Fragrance Oil The lotus flower is a symbol of beauty, purity, and fertility.  Lotus flowers are water-fresh, clean, and slightly powdery in nature.  Not too sweet, absolutely perfect!  Even people who do not like florals will love this aroma!  This unique floral aroma is used in many upscale fragrances to create the most luxurious blends.  Soaped like a dream!  No ricing, no acceleration, scent holds beautifully, a very popular seller.  Very true scent and very strong also. This scent is gorgeous!  Final color after cure is a very light pale beige. 
Mango Papaya Fragrance Oil A tropical delight fragrance oil by Natures Garden! You will fall in love with this fruity blend of ripened mango and juicy papaya. Your product line is not the same without this fragrance!  Soaps with a little acceleration.  Soap at a lower temp.  Final scent is a yummy, fresh, mango papaya.  Nice and strong.  No discoloration. 
Misbehavin Fragrance Oil A flirtatious, fruity, sexy fragrance oil by Natures Garden. A tantalizing aroma of sweet juicy candied apples and pomegranate, with nuances of fresh ivy and oakmoss.  Wonderful in cp.  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  Final color after cure is a medium beige.  Scent stays strong and lasts in cured product.  A must have.  
Nag Champa Fragance Oil This wonderful fragrance oil by Natures Garden has the aroma of incense; patchouli, sandalwood, and dragon’s blood working together to create this wonderful blend. A very nice Nag Champa!  Not too overpowering, not too medicinal, not too powdery.  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  Discolors to a light beige color.
Nectarine Mint Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the shimmering citrus blend of lemon and orange which is cooled with a hint of mint as this fruity blend begins its enchantment. Fresh juicy nectarine gets natural accents of leafy greens for the fragrance signature. Woody undertones support the fruit sensation with deep richness as a base of musk finishes the fresh blend. No acceleration.  No discoloration. Very strong when cured.
Oatmeal Milk-n-Honey Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the wonderful fresh aroma of hawthorne, with nuances of creamy French vanilla, soy milk and a base note of nutty almond.
Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, honey really popped when added to the soap, discolored to a golden yellow, scent is rich and delicious. 
Pearberry Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a  Bath and Body Works duplication. A fruity fresh fragrance blend of ripened pear, raspberries, strawberries, and gooseberries, with slight musk undertones. An old favorite that is dead on to BBW.  Absolute perfect pour!  Scent is nice and strong.  There is minimal discoloration to a light creamy color.
Pink Sugar Type Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a rendition of Pink Sugar Type. A fruity blend of cotton candy, lemon drops, caramel and raspberry jam on a dry down of musks.  Soaps beautifully, no ricing, no acceleration, discolors to a dark chocolate brown. 
Rainbow Sherbet Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden was tested by over 80 customers of ours who gave it fabulous reviews!  The aroma of fresh lime, pineapple, orange, and raspberry, with creamy base notes of vanilla.  Mouth watering! Very slight acceleration.  No separation. No ricing.  No discoloration.  Fabulous scent retention.
Sea Salt & Lotus Blossoms Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the scent of fresh air, sea salt, ocean mist and aquatic florals which come together to create a sexy, modern twist on this fresh & clean fragrance, complete with tender green notes and beachy musks. An NG Original Fragrance!  Soap beautifully!  No acceleration.  No discoloration.  Very strong!
Snowman Balls Fragrance Oil Snowman balls fragrance is a sexy, spicy blend of peppercorns, nutmeg, and fresh clove; embodied with notes of elderberries, blackberries, plums, and fresh green oakmoss; with magical, effervescent top notes of carbonated fizzy pop and just a hint of cool mint.   NG Original Scent!  Soaps great, no ricing, no acceleration, discolors to a reddish tan.
Strawberry Cheesecake Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the perfect aroma of cheesecake with nice thick strawberry sauce. Handles very well, no ricing, no acceleration.  Discolors to a light beige.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Fragrance Oil In this fragrance oil by Natures Garden, southern baking comes alive! The aroma of sweet fresh strawberries mixed with sour rhubarb marmalade, with a base note of flaky pie crust. Very unique!  Not only does this scent not accelerate, but it slows down trace.  Very strong scent retention.  No discoloration.  Wow! 
STUD Fragrance Oil A raw, yet reserved fragrance oil by Natures Garden with notable masculinity that draws you in. A true classic, fresh and fruity male fragrance of watery top notes, and citrus nuances infused with white flowers of muguet and jasmine. Undeniably sexy notes of coumarin and fresh mint finished with soft woody notes of sandalwood and sweet musk. An NG Original Scent! Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  This is a very sexy scent.  Very indepth.  The final color is a pale beige.  Scent stayed super strong throughout cure and is amazing.
Sweet Orange Chili Pepper Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the sassy, saucy combination of Valencia Orange, Sparkling Bergamot, Tangerine Zest, Tart Cassis, Orange Juice, Neroli, Ground Pepper, Fiery Chili Pepper, and Sheer Musk. Awesome soap scent, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration.
Teakwood & Cardamom Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is our rendition of Partylite’s Teakwood & Cardamom fragrance.  An exotic, masculine blend of teakwood surrounded by rich spices of cardamom, cinnamon, and clove; sitting on base notes of cedar, amber, sandalwood, and patchouli. A masterpiece scent.  Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration.  Soaps like a dream.  Very strong during the gel phase.  A high end luxury fragrance.  No discoloration.
The Perfect Man Fragrance Oil  The Perfect Man fragrance begins with fresh, daring notes of Japanese grapefruit, bergamot, and lemon; followed by middle notes of peppercorn, ginger, jasmine, aquatic marine notes, and a hint of peppermint; sitting on expensive base notes of natural patchouli, cedar, vetiver, labdanum, and frankincense.  Now this is The Perfect Man! An NG Original Scent!  Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration, no separation.  The scent is to die for!  An awesome,  PERFECT man fragrance.  Discolors to a light beige.
Wild Elderberry Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is delicious and fruity; a fragrance to make your mouth water with notes of tart, wild elderberries and huckleberries, combined with the sweet nectar of peach and apricot. A floral woody heart of violet and white florals, wrapped in a sandalwood base balances the natural, fruity goodness of this yummy blend. Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, juicy sweet when added to the soap, fabulous scent.  Discolors to a creamy beige.

Cold Process Shaving Soap Recipe

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

shaving-soap-pic1When it comes to grooming for a man, one of the most important aspects is a nice, clean, close shave.  But, did you know that each time you shave, your facial skin loses sebum?  It is these very same natural oils that help reduce your facial skin from drying out (chapping).  That is why when shaving facial hair, it is important to use a shaving cream or gel.  These products are used to create a barrier to help reduce the friction on the skin from the razor’s sharp edge.  What using a shaving cream or gel will do is prevent those pesky red shave bumps from appearing.  Therefore to prepare for a clean shave, a good lathering shaving cream is a necessity in any shaving arsenal.

We have been playing around with a few different shaving cream recipes for a while.  We wanted to make sure that when we did create a finalized recipe not only would it have skin loving benefits, but also have amazing lather too.  And, the great news is- we nailed it.

The first step in creating a rich lathering shaving cream is to select the right kind of ingredients for this cold process recipe.  The two biggest categories that were important to this recipe was lather and glide.

To help assist the lathering aspect, we selected:

Coconut Oil 76-  a staple in soap making.  This oil adds tremendous bubbles to soap- aka lather.
Palm Oil-  another list topper in soap making.  This oil adds a rich, creaminess to the lather.
Castor Oil- another oil that adds to a rich and creamy lather.  And, this oil also helps to attract moisture to the skin.
Lanolin Oil-  great lathering ability in soap.  Also provides moisturizing elements to the skin.
Shea Butter-  this butter provides a wonderful creamy lather and has the bonus of conditioning aspects for the skin.

When it came to a smooth glide, we knew that Bentonite Clay was the go to ingredient for this.  Bentonite Clay provides for a very nice glide on the skin’s surface.  This was a no brainer to include.  The Bentonite Clay in the finished shaving soap will make for a more comfortable shave with no irritation.

Making a cold process shave soap is really very simple.  The soaping procedure pretty much stays the same, however, there are a few differences for this recipe.  First, we decided to add sodium lactate to the recipe.  The addition of this ingredient provides for natural moisturizing elements in the finished product, which is great for shaving soap.  On the soapers end, Sodium Lactate also helps the soaps to unmold easier, which brings us to the second difference.

Instead of using a loaf mold for this recipe, you pour the soap batter into basic circle molds.  The first time that we tried this recipe, we did not include the sodium lactate.  And, although the open portion of the soap in the mold was beautiful; once we popped the soaps out of the mold, let’s just say we knew we could do better (that is with sodium lactate).

As for the Bentonite Clay, this is added to the soap batter at emulsion.  You will want to ensure that this clay is incorporated throughout the whole mixture.  The best way that we found to do this is to use a stick blender, as well as a spatula.  You will have to scrap the sides of the bowl several times and stick blend in between when mixing.  Once you notice all clumps of clay are broken up and your batter is smooth; you are safe to pour.

The shaving soap recipe is just that simple.  We did stick the molds in the freezer before popping the soaps out.  The addition of sodium lactate and freezing did help to remove the soaps from the molds with ease.  We found that these two little steps made a world of difference when it came to unmolding.  It was just hands down a way better route to go.  After the long awaited cure time, the result of the shaving soap is absolutely phenomenal.  The lather is truly rich, creamy, and plentiful.  The soap is smooth and really provides a nice gentle glide for the razor.  The final conclusion that we had for this recipe is once you try a bar, you will never go back to store bought shaving creams again.

If this blog has peaked your interest in trying to make your very own shaving soap, check out the Cold Process Shaving Soap Recipe.  You can either click on the link, or find the recipe under the cold process soap in the Free Recipes and Classes section of Natures Garden’s website.  You will not be disappointed.

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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.