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Jun
28

Goddess of the Universe Fragrance Oil

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Goddess of the Universe Fragrance OilGoddess of the Universe Fragrance Oil -Fragrance Oil Spotlight 

The Goddess of the Universe Fragrance Oil is a sexy scent available at Natures Garden. This sensual aroma is for strong women who know what they want in life and know how to get exactly that. The women purchasing this wonderful feminine aroma agree, this scent is a hit!  One customer stated, “I can’t explain how much I love this fragrance, it’s exotic, sweet, and clean all at the same time. I used it in our bath bombs as a limited edition & now will be adding it to our permanent fragrance line!” Try it for yourself and let us know what you think!

What Does Goddess of the Universe Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is one of the sexiest, come-hither, arrangement of sensual musks and floral powdery notes in a fragrance oil that we have ever smelled!  The ultimate in femininity;  Subtle white flowers of jasmine, ylang ylang and honeysuckle delicately pair with an airy white musk that imparts a clean powdery finish.  I named this scent Goddess of the Universe as a joke.  Mike, my husband, nicknamed me “The goddess of the universe” because I tend to like to “run” everything my way.  LOL!  I am betting that many of you women out there could be referred to as a goddess of the universe too.  This particular scent is our rendition of the popular Egyptian goddess scent worn by women all over the world.

How Do Our Customers Use Goddess of the Universe Fragrance Oil?

Homemade candle makers can create their products with this gravitating fragrance oil. Candle recipes that use vegetable waxes or paraffin wax can include up to 10% of this commanding scent. Pillar of Bliss Wax, Joy wax and WOW wax will both perform perfectly. Also, the scent is nice and strong in soy waxes. We suggest using one drop of red liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax to color your Goddess of the Universe scented candles. You can also use color blocks to color your wax. We suggest you shred a small amount of a red color block into your melted wax.

In addition to candles, other homemade room scenting recipes can be created with this attractive fragrance oil.  Goddess of the Universe scent is nice and strong in aroma beads. Potpourri and incense can include up to 50% of this scent. However, this fragrance oil is not gel wax compatible.

Our customers can use this sexy fragrance oil in a variety of bath and body products that perform well for this scent. Our soap making customers can use up to 5% in their recipes. According to Our Cold Process Soap Testing Results this scent performs pretty well in soap. Although the fragrance causes some slight acceleration to occur, the batch will experience no ricing and no separation. The final product will have no discoloration and the bar will have a very strong scent throw! You can always soap at room temperature, this may help with the acceleration. Other products that could be created are scented perfumes and homemade lotions, which perform perfectly with this exotic fragrance oil at a 5% maximum usage recommendation. Also, homemade cleaners can be created using a 5% maximum fragrance usage rate. Bath oils and bath gels will perform well as long as the total amount of fragrance included is 5% or less. If you wish to color any of your bath and body products, then we suggest using red soap dye in the amount that satisfies you.  Remember that you should never use candle dye in any body products.

Jun
25

How To Make Soap

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Soap Making Supplies

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.

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