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Apr
11

Melt and Pour Soap Kit


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Melt and Pour Soap Kit

Melt and Pour Soap KitThe Melt and Pour Soap Kit provides you with everything that you need to create two pounds worth of melt and pour soaps. Not only will you be able to create about sixteen individual bars of melt and pour soap, but this kit provides you with everything from the ingredients to the soap molds. So, making these soaps could not get any easier! Simply melt the soap base, add a few ingredients, and pour the soap into the molds. Plus, this Natures Garden kit comes with your choice of one of two soap bases. You also receive four different scents and two different soap dyes to use. So, you can make a couple of batches of soap that are the color and scent you’d prefer. Overall, this kit is a great choice for a beginner soap maker or someone looking for a simple and fun craft to make.

Melt and Pour Soap Kit Ingredients Included

Complete Step by Step Soap Making Instructions

2 pounds of Melt and Pour Soap Base (you can choose one of two types)
Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap Base
Diamond Clear Soap Melt and Pour Soap Base

Four 1 oz Samples of Fragrance Oils (currently the fragrances listed below)
Sweet Pea Fragrance Oil
Best Friends Fragrance Oil
Oatmeal Milk and Honey Fragrance Oil
Lavender Flowers Fragrance Oil

Two Liquid Soap Dyes (Currently the two listed below)
Da Bomb Soap Dye Blue
Da Bomb Soap Dye Red

Two Soap Molds (Currently the two listed below)
Oval Decorative Soap Mold
Heart with Angels Soap Mold

Melt and Pour Soap Kit Other Ingredients and Equipment Needed

Pyrex Glass Measuring Cup
Microwave
Refrigerator (optional)
Pam Cooking Spray (optional)
Tablespoon
Stainless Steel Mixing Spoon
Rubbing Alcohol

Melt and Pour Soap Kit Clean and Sanitize

Before you start your project make sure that you are truly prepared. First fill a bullet bottle with rubbing alcohol and place a fine mist sprayer on top. Then, not only should you sanitize your work space, but you should retrieve and clean your equipment. The creation of this kit will require a clean counter space and an available microwave. Also, collecting the equipment needed to complete the project will help the process go smoother. Since everything will be within an arm’s reach, you won’t need to spend time and energy to locate certain tools to finish. Plus, pausing part way through may cause your soap to cool before it is time to pour into the molds. So, preparing ahead of time can save you time and prevent you from messing up your creation.

Melt and Pour Soap Kit Preparing and Melting Your Soap Base

Melt and Pour Soap Kit Preparing and Melting Your Soap BaseFirst, you are going to want to prepare your provided soap base. Since melt and pour soap has already undergone the saponification process, all you’re are going to need to do is melt the soap. Also, our kit contains the Goats Milk Soap Base. However, you can choose the clear soap base if you’d like, the process is going to be the same either way. So, cut your slab of soap in half, which will be about a single pound of soap. Then, cut your soap into smaller chunks to fit the soap into your glass measuring cup. After, you will place your filled measuring cup in the microwave for a minute. If the soap is not entirely melted after a minute, then heat the soap again in 30 second intervals until the soap base is entirely melted. You need to melt in intervals to avoid overheating the soap, as it could potentially boil.

Melt and Pour Soap Kit Scenting Your Melted Soap

Melt and Pour Soap Kit Scenting Your Melted SoapNext, remove your soap from the microwave. Then, you will want to choose one of your four fragrance oils to add to your melted soap. While we chose to use the Lavender Fragrance Oil, any of the scents will work perfectly. Now, measure out a single tablespoon of your preferred fragrance and mix it into the melted soap.

Melt and Pour Soap Kit Coloring Your Melted Soap

Melt and Pour Soap Kit Coloring Your Melted SoapAfter you add the fragrance oil, it’s time for color.  You will need your Da Bomb Soap Dyes.  Then, you will want to add some of the liquid soap dye to the scented soap. While you can add either color you’d like, we chose to use two red and two blue to create a light pastel purple shade for our soap.  Add your soap colorant and mix.

Melt and Pour Soap Kit Pouring Your Melted Soap

Melt and Pour Soap Kit Pouring Your Melted SoapNow, you are going to pour your soap into the provided molds. While your melted soap is still hot, pour the soap into the molds. You should have enough melted to fill all the cavities in both molds. After your soaps set up you can create a second batch of soaps with the other half of your melt and pour soap slab. Additionally, you can spray a paper towel with Pam Cooking Spray then wipe inside each cavity of your mold before pouring your melted soap. This will make removing the hardened soap from the molds easier, but will not harm the soaps. Once you pour the melted soap into the molds spray any air bubbles you see with rubbing alcohol to release them.

Melt and Pour Soap Kit Finishing Your Soaps

Melt and Pour Soap Kit Finishing Your SoapsFinally, you are going to finish your melt and pour soaps. First, you will need to wait a half hour before moving your soap molds. Since the soap will be in a cooling process, moving the soaps could cause them to wrinkle or spill before they set up entirely. After this time passes, you can move the soap molds into the refrigerator for about an hour, or you can wait for them to setup naturally. Either way, allow the mp soap to finish the cooling process before removing your soap from the molds. Next, once the soap is setup, turn your mold upside down on a counter and press on the back of the soap cavity until your soap is released. Repeat the steps above with the remaining soap base. After, your soaps are complete and removed from the molds they are ready for immediate use!

Melt and Pour Soap Kit Other Ideas

If you are looking to kick your handmade soap up a notch, you can always use additives. You have many options when it comes to additives. My favorite is mica which can be dusted on your soap once they setup. This will give the soap a shimmering bling. Also, dried flowers like lavender or calendula can be added to the melted soap. Perhaps you want to add coffee grounds for exfoliation. These are just a few ways to make your soap stand out but the options really are endless. We hope that you enjoy the melt and pour soap kit. For other mp soap ideas, be sure to check out all of our free melt and pour soap recipes.

Sep
08

Wild Currant Sandalwood Fragrance Oil


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Wild Currant Sandalwood Fragrance OilWild Currant Sandalwood Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Wild Currant Sandalwood Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden is a well balanced scent consisting of distinguished fruity currant notes and soft precious woods.  In addition, the enticing blend has received a perfect 5-star rating from our customers, who absolutely love this scent!  One customer, from Muskego, WI, writes “Wow – I just used this scent in candles. I am in love – Cold throw is really great. I hope the hot throw is just as good. It is a lovely scent! I am sure it will be a huge hit and can’t wait to get them tested and out to customers. Will definitely be re-ordering.”  Try Wild Currant Sandalwood Fragrance Oil today and see all of the delightful ways you can use this scent!

What Does Wild Currant Sandalwood Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Wild Currant Sandalwood Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden is an amazingly well balanced fragrance accord.  Top notes of clementine, grapefruit, and blackberries mix with middle notes of wild fig, black currant, and passion fruit.  Smooth base notes of precious woods, sandalwood, vanilla, and metallic musk round off this fruity fragrance.

How Do Our Customers Use Wild Currant Sandalwood Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Recipes?

This fresh, fruity accord is bright and juicy enough for a luscious lather and soft enough for a warm, spa-like essence.  First, bath fizzies, gels, and oils perform nicely when the maximum recommendation of 5% fragrance oil is added.  Wild Currant Sandalwood can be used to create a garden of refreshing products!  Handmade perfumes perform well with this fragrance when a maximum of 5% fragrance oil is used.  Also, homemade lotions can be created using this fragrance oil.  We recommend lotion recipes use no more than 5% fragrance oil.  Homemade cleaning recipes can also be created using a maximum of 5%.

Soap making recipes can use 5% fragrance oil in hot process soap, melt and pour soap base, or cold process soap recipes.  Our cold process soap testing results show that this fragrance oil performs nicely in soap!  There was no acceleration, ricing, or separation.  Cured soap did not discolor and had a strong scent retention.  If you wish to color your bath and body products, you may use red or burgundy liquid soap dye in the amount that satisfies you.  Remember not to use candle dye in any of your bath and body products as they are not body safe.

How Do Our Customers Use Wild Currant Sandalwood Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Recipes?

Wild Currant Sandalwood Fragrance Oil makes room scents that both soothe and grab your attention!  Those creating homemade air fresheners can incorporate this fragrance oil up to 50% of in their projects.  Furthermore, you can use this balanced blend in incense and smelly jelly recipes.  This fragrance oil was also found to create strongly scented aroma beads.

Finally, candles and wax tarts can be made using up to 10% fragrance with vegetable and paraffin wax.  It does nicely in Joy Wax, Wow Wax, and even Pillar of Bliss.  If you wish to color your candles, we recommend using 4 drops of red and 1 drop of burgundy liquid candle dye.  You can also shred a small amount of red and burgundy color blocks into your melted wax.  However, do not use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

 

Aug
17

Watermelon Taffy Fragrance Oil


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Watermelon Taffy Fragrance OilWatermelon Taffy Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Get your sweet tooth ready, because Watermelon Taffy Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden is ready to rock your world!  Watermelon Taffy is mouthwateringly potent.  This rich sugary scent will elicit vivid childhood memories of enjoying this succulent watermelon taffy treat!  Our customers absolutely love this scent, and we think that yours will, too!  A valued customer from Birmingham, AL writes “This smells so good. It smells like watermelon taffy and it works well in bath and body products. Has a nice tart scent to it making if different from fresh watermelon. You can smell the taffy. This did great in bath products.”  Try this delectable, chewy candy scent today!

What Does Watermelon Taffy Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Watermelon Taffy Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden is a sugary candy scent that embodies childhood wonder!  Top notes of watermelon, lime, lemon, and bergamot are followed by middle notes of marigold and sweet, juicy melon.  Base notes of white musk and vanilla make this Nature’s Garden Original Fragrance incredibly fun and appealing!

How Do Our Customers Use Watermelon Taffy Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Recipes?

Close your eyes as this fragrance emanates from your bath and body products, and you’ll be instantly flooded with refreshing feelings of fun and happiness; you’ll be like a kid in a candy store!  Bath fizzy recipes, gels, and oils perform nicely when the maximum recommendation of 5% fragrance oil is added.  Watermelon Taffy Fragrance Oil can delivery a sugary-sweet scent to any product in your line!  Also, handmade perfumes perform well with this fragrance when a maximum of 5% fragrance oil is used.  Homemade scented lotions can be created using  this fragrance oil.  We recommend lotion recipes use no more than 5% fragrance oil.  Homemade cleaning recipes can also be created using a maximum of 5%.

Soapmakers can use 5% fragrance oil in hot process soap, melt and pour soap, or cold process soap recipes.  Our cold process soap testing results show that this fragrance oil performs nicely in soap!  There was no acceleration or ricing.  Although, there was separation ,it did reabsorb.  Cured soap discolored to a caramel color with a very strong scent retention.  If you wish to color your bath and body products, you may use red liquid soap dye in the amount that satisfies you.  However, remember not to use candle dye in any of your bath and body products as they are not body safe.

How Do Our Customers Use Watermelon Taffy Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Recipes?

Watermelon Taffy Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden creates mouthwatering candy-store room scents!  Those creating homemade air fresheners can incorporate this fragrance oil up to 50% of in their projects.  You can use this sugary scent in incense and smelly jelly recipes.  This fragrance oil was also found to create strongly scented aroma beads.

Finally, candles and wax tart recipes can be made using up to 10% fragrance with vegetable and paraffin wax.  It does nicely in Joy Wax, Wow Wax, and even Pillar of Bliss.  If you wish to color your candles, we recommend using 5 drops of red liquid candle dye.  Alternatively, you can also shred a small amount of red color blocks into your melted wax.  Do not use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

 

Apr
18

Cucumber Fragrance Oil


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Cucumber Fragrance OilCucumber Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Cucumber Fragrance Oil from Natures Garden is a wonderfully clean cucumber fragrance that is sure to brighten your products!  Enjoy the comfort of knowing that each time you use this amazing fragrance, your products will be given an uplifting boost of sweet and sour cucumbers, green notes, and subtle hints of violet.  Cucumber Fragrance Oil receives five star reviews across the board.  One customer, from Kansas City, MO praises “This is truly a great cucumber melon fragrance. I have been searching for just the right one and I know I have found it. It has an awesome throw. This was a hit with my customers!!!”  If that gleaming review doesn’t speak to you, try a bottle of this oil today and let the scent do the talking!

What Does Cucumber Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil from Nature’s Garden is the aroma of sweet and sour cucumber and a deep green oily note with hints of violet.  A crisp, refreshing fragrance that is sure to satisfy!

How Do Our Customers Use Cucumber Fragrance Oil?

Our customers make attractive room scents using Cucumber Fragrance Oil.  Potpourri and incense can be made with a maximum recommended level of 50% fragrance oil.  This fragrance also performs nice and strong in aroma beads.  If you find yourself making homemade candles, you will be happy to learn that this fragrance performs perfectly in Joy Wax and Wow Wax.  Cucumber Fragrance Oil also does well in Soy wax.  Candle crafters should note that the recommended maximum usage for this fragrance oil is 10% when used with vegetable wax or paraffin wax.  We suggest using one drop of green liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax.  You can also shred a small amount of green color block into your melted wax.  Never use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

Cucumber Fragrance Oil can be used to created stunning, clean bath and body products.  Bath gels and bath oils have been shown to perform well with 5% of fragrance added.  Soap makers can use up to 5% fragrance oil in cold process soap or melt and pour soap recipes.  Our Cold Process Soap Testing Results show soaps made with Natures Garden’s Cucumber Fragrance Oil have a perfect pour and phenomenal scent retention.  The soap exhibited no ricing, no acceleration, and no separation.  There was no discoloration after curing.  If you wish to color your soap, we recommend using green soap colorant in the amount of your liking.  Remember never to use candle dye in bath and body products as candle dyes are not body safe.

Our customers create a wide variety of products using this fragrance oil.  With a maximum usage of up to 5%, Cucumber Fragrance Oil performs perfectly in homemade perfumes.  Silky smooth lotions pair nicely with this scent, which can be used at a maximum of 5% fragrance oil.  Customers also create homemade cleaning products which can incorporate a maximum of 3.8% fragrance oil.

Let Cucumber Fragrance Oil bright up your day!

 

Mar
10

Coconut Craziness Fragrance Oil


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Coconut Craziness Fragrance OilCoconut Craziness Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The Coconut Craziness Fragrance Oil is a Nature’s Garden original fragrance! Which may sound like downright craziness, but it’s absolutely true. This scrumptious coconut scent is wholly original and not something you will ever want to miss out on. A succulent concoction of nectar, tropical flowers, and coconut milk infused with a breeze of sweet vanilla that dances across your senses. You can add a touch of the tropical lifestyle right into your own home, it’ll be like vacation every day. Well, not quite but definitely close!

What Does Coconut Craziness Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden embraces summertime, and that is just one thing we are crazy about here!  Coconut craziness fragrance oil begins with top notes of lemon, orange, pineapple, and lime;  rounded-out with middle notes of caramel and coconut, with base notes of buttercream, coconut milk, vanilla bean, and musk. Surfs up!  An NG Original Fragrance!

Top Notes:  orange, peach nectar, lemon, pineapple, lime
Mid Notes:  heliotrope, gardenia, coconut
Base Notes:  vanilla bean, amber, musk, caramel, buttercream, coconut milk

How Do Our Customers Use Coconut Craziness Fragrance Fragrance Oil?

Hand crafted candles can be created using this tropical scent. Candle crafters can use no more than 10% in their products. This beachy scent performs perfectly in joy wax, wow wax, and is nice and strong in soy wax.  Although we don’t have a specific color recommendation to use with this fragrance, you can use liquid candle dye or some shavings of a color block, if you so choose, in any shade and amount that is desired for your product.

Aromatic room scents can be made using this fragrance. These room scents can be made using a maximum of 50% for potpourri and incense. Further, this scent has shown to be gel wax compatible and is nice and strong in aroma beads. Additionally, lotions, perfumes, and cleaning products can include up to 5% of this fragrance.

Homemade cold process soap and melt and pour soaps can be made using Coconut Craziness fragrance oil. Our cold process soap results revealed no ricing or no separation. Also, the bar has good scent retention. However, the fragrance causes some slight acceleration and discoloring to a tan shade. If you wish to have a lighter bar, then vanilla white stabilizer may be able to counteract any of the discoloration caused by the 2% vanillin content. Although this should help correct the problem, there are more than 40 ingredients used in fragrance manufacturing that may contribute to discoloration of products. We don’t have a certain color recommendation for this fragrance. If there is a certain color is desired, then feel free to use either soap colorant to achieve the perfect shade of your chosen color.

This is just one coconut from the tree, there are so many more fun and interesting variations to these basics of what our customers are able to do with this fragrance and others. Just open up your mind up to these beachy vibes and get creative!

Feb
26

Uses for Horsetail


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horsetailUses for Horsetail

Have you ever used horsetail in any of your projects? This wonderful herb is one you should definitely take advantage of if you haven’t yet! While it is most well-known for its many medicinal purposes, there are so many other uses for horsetail in different products and industries! Horsetail can bring many skin care and hair care benefits when used in bath and body products, and it can even be used for culinary purposes! Did you know that the stems of the horsetail plant can even be used to shape the reeds of many instruments like the saxophone or clarinet?

Common bath and body products that can include horsetail are shampoos and conditioners, soaps, massage oils, lotions, bath bombs, creams, ointments, facial toners, bath teas, lip balms, aftershaves, scrubs, and natural nail care products. There are many wonderful hair care benefits to using horsetail. This great herb works to treat frizzy or dry hair, as well as helping to make the hair silky and soft. Horsetail even fights dandruff and split, promotes new hair growth, reduces hair loss, treats itchy scalp, and works to cure baldness! When used for skin care, horsetail helps to treat acne and the signs of aging, heals any cuts or wounds, treats any rashes that were caused from allergies, and works to tighten and tone the skin. Horsetail also helps to form new skin collagen and treat burns and skin lesions!

There are many amazing medicinal benefits to using horsetail. In South America, it is used to reduce any swelling from excess fluid retention and to treat kidney and bladder disorders as well as urinary tract infections. Some Indian tribes have used a drink made from horsetail to treat venereal diseases. For women, horsetail can help to treat any hormonal or metabolic edemas caused by menopause as well as working to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding. Ancient Romans and Greeks even used horsetail to stop any bleeding and to heal any wounds or ulcers. They also used this herb as treatment for tuberculosis and kidney ailments. Horsetail can be used to treat a variety of other conditions as well including diarrhea, dysentery, fever, bronchitis, brittle fingernails, joint diseases, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, eyelid swelling, dyspepsia, cardiovascular diseases, malaria, muscle cramps, prostate problems, tumors, cysts, carbuncles, boils, herpes, hemorrhoids, gout, jaundice, hepatitis, incontinence, frost bite, ulcers, fistulas, prostate problems, and even chilblains and athlete’s foot.

Do you know how this plant actually ended up being called “horsetail?” It literally got its name because it literally resembles the tail of a horse! Are you still curious about this fantastic herb? Then make sure to check out our cut and sifted horsetail herb! While you’re there, don’t forget to check out all the rest of our free classes and recipes as well! Here at Nature’s Garden, we only sell horsetail for external purposes. We do not sell it as a food item or anything else. Please don’t take this blog as medical advice, it is for educational purposes only! Enjoy this great herb and keep watching for even more Enlightened by Layla!

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