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Mar
26

Spearmint Soap

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spearmint soapSpearmint Soap

Doesn’t the scent of spearmint just completely delight you? I know it’s an aroma that can instantly lift my spirits! This is one scent that everyone you know is sure to adore, and one that you can easily fill your home with! We’re bringing you a brand new free recipe, and it is for our beautiful new Spearmint Soap! Doesn’t this amazing combination of green, gray, and white just make you extremely happy? We have used our Shea Butter Soap Recipe for the base.

Ingredients:

272 grams of Shea Butter

181 grams of Palm Oil

272 grams of Olive Oil

181 grams of Coconut Oil

125 grams of Lye

345 grams of Distilled Water

30 grams of Titanium Dioxide

68 grams of Spearmint Fragrance Oil

4 drops of Neon Green FUN Soap Colorant

2 drops of Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Other Ingredients Needed:

Spearmint Leaves

Square Loaf Mold Market Molds

Safety Glasses

Safety Gloves

Safety Mask

Thermometer

Scale

Vinegar

Mixing Bowls

Spatulas

Stick Blender

 

Directions:

spearmint soap

Always start with safety first! Make sure you are wearing your safety glasses, gloves, and mask! Once you are protected, you can prepare your lye water. Measure and weigh out 345 grams of distilled water. Then measure and weigh out 125 grams of lye, and add it to your water. Always add lye to water, never add water to lye as this can cause an explosion! Mix your lye water together thoroughly, and then set it aside to cool down.

 

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While you are waiting for your lye water to cool, you can get your oils and butters ready. Measure and weigh out 272 grams of Olive Oil, 181 grams of Palm Oil, 272 grams of Shea Butter, and 181 grams of Coconut Oil. Then completely melt these down, and set them aside to cool as well.

 

 

spearmint soapAs you’re waiting for your butters and oils and lye water to cool, you can prepare your colorants. In separate mixing bowls, add 4 drops of Neon Green colorant to one, and 2 drops of Black Oxide to another. Then measure and weigh out 8 grams of Titanium Dioxide in a bowl and pour just a little bit of your oils into it. Mix it together until it has become a paste-like consistency. This will be for your white swirl. For your white top, in a separate bowl, measure and weigh out 22 grams of Titanium Dioxide and pour a little bit of your oils, again making a paste-like consistency.

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Using your thermometer, keep checking the temperatures of your lye water and oils until they have reached around room temperature (72 degrees Fahrenheit) and are within ten degrees of each other. Then carefully pour your lye water into your oils, and thoroughly mix them until they have come to a light trace.

 

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After you have come to trace, pour 461 grams of your mixture into a another mixing bowl and add your Titanium Dioxide paste with 22 grams. Mix it thoroughly and then add 23 grams of Spearmint fragrance, once again thoroughly mixing. Then set this bowl aside to let it sit and set up to become your topping.

 

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Next, into the bowls with your green and black colorants, add 308 grams of your mixture to each. In a third bowl, add 308 grams of your mix and add your white paste with the 8 grams of Titanium Dioxide. Thoroughly mix these together until you have achieved an all over gray color, all over mint green, and an all over white.

 

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Add 15 grams of your Spearmint fragrance to each of these and mix them together thoroughly.

 

 

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Then using the in the pot swirl method in another bowl, pour each of your three colors into the bowl. pouring each into a separate section.

 

 

 

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Using a spatula, start at the edge of the bowl and drag it in a straight line all the way across.

 

 

 

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Then place the spatula right where two colors begin to mix and drag it in a full circle around the bowl.

 

 

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After you have swirled your soap, you can begin to pour it into your mold. If you carefully pour it from side to side using the “granny pour” method, this will help you achieve an even prettier swirl!

 

 

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Once your soap is completely poured, make sure your topping is set up to about the consistency of cake frosting and then pour it on top of your soap. You can peak it with your spatula.

 

 

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After all of your topping is on your soap, lightly sprinkle some Spearmint leaves over top!

 

 

Once your soap is finished, you will need to let it sit to set up for at least 24 hours before removing it from your mold. Once it is removed, let your soap sit for at least 4 to 6 weeks, giving it enough time to fully cure and become less alkaline. Be sure to check out all the rest of our wonderful free recipes and classes, and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
21

Lime Cupcake Soap

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cupcake soapLime Cupcake Soap

Lime cupcakes…doesn’t the name just get your mouth watering? The taste of sweet cupcakes mixed with a twist of yummy fresh lime! I’m sure your taste buds are going insane at just the thought of such a delectable treat! Well, we have brought you our new Lime Cupcake Soap, even though you can’t eat it, you will be able to fill your home with the aroma of this delicious treat!

Ingredients:

For Limes:

112 grams of Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap

6 grams of Agave Lime Fragrance Oil

5 drops Lime Green FUN Soap Colorant

4 drops Kelly Green FUN Soap Colorant

For Cupcakes:

136 grams of Coconut Oil

98 grams of Castor Oil

136 grams of Mango Butter

91 grams of Palm Oil

2 grams of Titanium Dioxide

35 grams of Agave Lime Fragrance Oil

6 drops Lime Green FUN Soap Colorant

5 drops Kelly Green FUN Soap Colorant

65 grams of Lye

172 grams of Distilled Water

Other Ingredients Needed:

Round Cupcake Silicone Soap Molds

Safety Glasses

Safety Mask

Safety Gloves

Thermometer

Stick Blender

Spatulas

Lime Mold from Flexible Molds

Mixing Bowls

Vinegar

Scale

Rubbing Alcohol

Ziploc Bags

 

Directions:

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Start out making your limes. Measure and weigh out 112 grams of Diamond Clear soap, and melt it down in the microwave.

 

 

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Once it is fully melted, go ahead and add 5 drops of Lime Green FUN Soap Colorant, and 4 drops of Kelly Green. Mix it together thoroughly. Then add 6 grams of Agave Lime Fragrance Oil and mix it together thoroughly.

 

 

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Once you have completely mixed your soap, begin to pour your soap into the Lime Mold from Flexible Molds.

 

 

 

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When it is fully poured, make sure to spray your soap with rubbing alcohol to avoid any air bubbles.

 

 

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Then you can get your lye water ready. Measure and weigh out 172 grams of distilled water. Then add 65 grams of lye to your water. Make sure to mix it together thoroughly. Set your lye water aside to cool down. While you’re waiting for the lye to cool, you can get your butter and oils ready. In a mixing bowl, measure out 136 grams of Mango Butter, 136 grams of Coconut Oil, 91 grams of Castor Oil, and 91 grams of Palm Oil. Then go ahead and melt them down completely.

009While you are waiting for these to cool, you can get your titanium dioxide ready for your white frosting. Mix 2 grams of titanium dioxide and 7 grams of Castor Oil together in a bowl until you have achieved a paste like consistency. Make sure to regularly check their temperature using your thermometer until they are both around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, within 10 degrees of each other. Then go ahead and pour your lye water into your bowl with your butters and oils. Mix it together thoroughly until you have brought it to a slight trace.

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Once it is at trace, pour 230 grams of your mixture into a second mixing bowl. This will be used for your white frosting. Then in your original bowl, add 5 drops of Kelly Green and 6 of Lime Green. Mix it thoroughly. Once you have thoroughly mixed your color, add 23 grams of your fragrance oil to the bowl. Make sure to mix everything together thoroughly.

 

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In the bowl for your white, add your titanium paste and mix it thoroughly.

 

 

 

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Once it is mixed, go ahead and add 12 grams of fragrance, once again mixing thoroughly together.

 

 

 

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Then take 3 of your Cupcake Molds, and with your green soap, fill each mold. What does not fill your molds will be used for the green frosting.

 

 

 

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Next, take two Ziploc bags and cut just the tip off of one corner of each. In one bag, pour your white soap in, and pour the rest of your green into the other. Then take the bag with the white soap and begin to frost your soap.

 

 

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Once you have finished the white frosting, do the same with the green frosting, styling them both however you want!

 

 

 

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When you have finished frosting, take your lime soaps out of their mold and stick one into the top of each soap! Then make sure to allow your soap to sit for at least 24 hours before removing it from the molds.

 

 

Once you have removed the soaps from the molds, they will need at least 4-6 weeks before you can actually use them, giving them enough time to cure. But once those few weeks have passed, your soaps will be ready for you to enjoy! Make sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes as well! Keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
20

Making In the Pot Swirl Soap

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swirled-soapMaking in the Pot Swirl Soap

Hello everyone, I’m back with my fixed Nature’s Garden’s colors soap! And I’m even bringing you the easy free recipe so you can make it yourself! For this recipe, I have used our recipe for our Shea Butter Cold Process Soap. Learning from the mistakes I made the first time, I made sure to thoroughly mix my colors as well as bringing my colors to trace. This soap has turned out so beautifully and I am so excited! I also added more color to make the colors even brighter!

Ingredients:

125 grams of Lye

272 grams of Olive Oil

181 grams of Palm Oil

181 grams of Coconut Oil

272 grams of Shea Butter

345 grams of Distilled Water

69 grams of Aqua Di Gio Type Fragrance Oil

4 grams of Neon Blue FUN Soap Colorant

2 grams of Kelly Green FUN Soap Colorant

3 grams of Neon Green FUN Soap Colorant

4 grams of Yelp Yellow FUN Soap Colorant

4 Loaf Square Mold

Safety Glasses

Safety Mask

Safety Gloves

Thermometer

Vinegar

Mixing Bowls

Spatulas

Stick Blender

 

Directions:

072Always start with safety first, especially when working with lye as it can cause burns when it comes in contact with your skin! Make sure to wear your safety glasses and gloves! Once you are protected, you can go ahead and prepare your lye water. Measure and weigh out 345 grams of water into a mixing bowl. When making your lye water, always remember to pour your lye into your water, not water into lye as this can cause an explosion! Weigh out 125 grams of lye, pour it into your water, and mix it together thoroughly. Let your lye water sit to cool down.

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While your lye is cooling, you can get your oils ready. In a mixing bowl, measure out and weigh out 272 grams of Shea Butter, 181 grams of Palm Oil, 181 grams of Coconut Oil, and 272 grams of Olive Oil. When you have all of your oils ready, go ahead and melt them down completely. Then let them sit to cool as well.

 

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While you are waiting for your oils and lye to cool, you can get your colors ready. Using three separate mixing bowls, add 6 grams of Yelp Yellow colorant to one, 4 grams of Kelly Green and 5 grams of Neon Green to another, and 7 grams of Neon Blue to the last.

 

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Using your thermometer, check the temperature of both your lye as well as your oils. Once they are both around 72 degrees (room temperature) or so and the temperatures are within 10 degrees of each other Fahrenheit, you can pour your lye water into your oils. Soaping at this lower temperature will give you a lot more time to work.

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Using your stick blender, thoroughly blend it together until you have completely emulsified it and have brought it to a light trace.

 

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Then go ahead and pour 459 grams of your soap into each bowl with your colorants. Add 37 grams of fragrance to each bowl. Thoroughly mix each bowl until you have achieved an all over green color, blue, and a bright yellow!

 

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Once your colors are mixed, you can begin to pour them into a clean mixing bowl. Pour each color in separate sections of the bowl.

 

 

 

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Using a spatula, starting at the edge of the bowl, drag it in a straight line all the way across.

 

 

 

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After you have done the straight line, place the spatula right where two colors begin to mix and drag it around your bowl in a circle.

 

 

 

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Once you have finished swirling your soap, you can begin to pour it into your mold. Carefully, and slowly pouring it from side to side in the mold using the “granny pour” (as we call it)  will help you achieve an even prettier swirl. Once it is all poured, you will need to let your soap sit for about 24 hours.

 

 

After the 24 hours, you can remove your soap from your molds and slice.  We like to allow our cold process soap to cure for about 4 weeks to allow it to become harder and less alkaline. Make sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes as well! Keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
17

Oatmeal Honey Soap

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Oatmeal-Butter-Honey-SoapOatmeal Honey Soap

Mmm…oatmeal and honey. Doesn’t the name just make your mouth water? It sounds so delicious, isn’t your stomach just growling with hunger? Well, we are bringing you a brand new free recipe for this wonderfully amazing Oatmeal Honey Soap, made with our awesome Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil! This is one soap that is sure to get your taste buds going!

 

Ingredients:

Brown Layer:

559 grams of Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap

28 grams of Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil

Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Middle Honey Layer:

120 grams of Honey Melt and Pour Soap

6 grams of Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil

Cream Layer:

590 grams of Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap

8 grams of Deodorized Cocoa Butter

30 grams of Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil

Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Neon Yellow FUN Soap Colorant

Top Honey Layer:

140 grams of Honey Melt and Pour Soap

7 grams of Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil

 

Other Ingredients Needed:

Square Loaf Mold Market Mold

8 oz. Bullet Bottle

Black Fine Mist Sprayer 24/410

Rubbing Alcohol

PAM or other cooking spray

Mixing Bowls

Mixing Spoons

Paper Towels

Rolled Oats

Scale

Toothpicks

 

Directions:

Start by measuring and weighing out 559 grams of Oatmeal Soap into one mixing bowl, and 590 grams into another. Then spray your cooking oil onto a paper towel and rub it around on the inside of your mold. This will help the soap to remove easier when it is finished. Then go ahead and melt down the bowl of 559 grams of soap in the microwave until it is completely melted.

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Once it is melted, add 28 grams of Buttered Maple Honey Oats fragrance and mix it thoroughly.

 

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Using a toothpick, add small drops of your Brown Oxide colorant to your soap, mixing it thoroughly until you have achieved a warm light brown color. Once it has turned brown, carefully pour your soap into your mold. Pouring into the middle of the mold will help the soap to spread straighter across the mold.

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Once it is poured, make sure to spray your soap with rubbing alcohol to defeat any air bubbles that may occur. Then make sure to let that layer sit until it has hardened and set up.

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After your first layer has hardened, go ahead and measure and weigh out 120 grams of Honey soap into a mixing bowl and melt it down in the microwave.

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When it is melted, add 6 grams of fragrance to your bowl and mix it together thoroughly.

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Then carefully pour your soap on top of your first layer, again pouring to the middle. Once it is completely poured, spray it again with rubbing alcohol. Make sure to give this layer enough time to sit and set up.

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When your first layer of honey has set up, take your bowl with 590 grams of Oatmeal Soap, add your 8 grams of cocoa butter, and melt it down in the microwave. Once it has melted, go ahead and add 30 grams of your Buttered Maple Oats Honey fragrance and mix thoroughly. Then carefully with toothpicks, add drops of Brown Oxide and Neon Yellow colorants to your soap, mixing it very thoroughly until you have achieved a slight cream color.

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Once your soap has become cream, go ahead and pour it on top of your first honey layer pouring to the middle of the mold. Once it is completely poured, make sure to spray this layer with rubbing alcohol. Then let your soap sit to set up.

oatmeal honey soap

After your cream layer has has enough time to set up, weigh out 140 grams of Honey Melt and Pour Soap and melt it down in the microwave. When it is melted, add 7 grams of your fragrance and mix it together thoroughly. Then carefully pour this final layer on top of your cream layer. As soon as it is poured, make sure to spray with rubbing alcohol.

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Then, work fast to sprinkle as many oats as you want on top before it hardens! Once you have sprinkled your oats, let your soap sit until it has completely hardened!

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Once your soap has hardened, remove it from your mold. Once you cut it, your new Oatmeal Honey Soap is ready to use! Enjoy! Check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes, and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
16

Making Whipped Cupcake Soap

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Whipped-Cupcake-SoapMaking Whipped Cupcake Soap

It’s almost spring time, and we’ve all been in the spring mindset here at Nature’s Garden! So we’re bringing you another wonderful free recipe, perfect for the upcoming spring season! We will be making Whipped Cupcake Soap with our Daisy Type Fragrance! This is a unique soap that looks delicious enough to eat, but smells just like a lovely spring morning! This is the perfect twist for anyone who is more into the floral scents but loves yummy looking soaps!

 

Ingredients for the Base:

1370 grams of Cocoa Butter Melt and Pour Soap

69 grams of Daisy Type Fragrance Oil

Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

 

Ingredients for the Whipped Top:

300 grams of Whipped Soap Base

300 grams of Cocoa Butter Melt and Pour Soap

34 grams of Vegetable Glycerin

31 grams of Daisy Type Fragrance Oil

10 drops of Neon Pink FUN Soap Colorant

Other Ingredients Needed:

Square Loaf Mold Market Mold

8 oz. Bullet Bottle

Fine Mist Sprayer

Decorating Sprinkles

Toothpicks

Scale

Mixer

Mixing Bowls

Mixing Spoons

Rubbing Alcohol

Pam or other cooking spray

Paper Towels

 

Directions:

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You can start to make your soap base by measuring and weighing out 1370 grams of Cocoa Butter Melt and Pour Soap into a mixing bowl. Then spray just a little bit of cooking oil onto a paper towel and wipe it around the inside of your mold. This will make it easier for you to remove the soap in the end. Go ahead and begin to melt down your soap in the microwave, stirring occasionally.

 

 

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When your soap is completely melted, add 69 grams of Daisy Type Fragrance Oil and mix it in thoroughly.

 

 

 

 

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Using a toothpick, carefully add just a little bit of the Brown Oxide colorant to your soap, just enough for it to reach a cream color. Mix thoroughly.

 

 

 

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Once your soap is cream colored and thoroughly mixed, go ahead and carefully pour your soap into your mold. Pour it into the middle of the mold, this will allow the soap to spread more evenly throughout the entire mold. However, make sure your soap is not too hot! If it is too hot, it can warp and ruin your mold!

 

 

 

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Once you have finished pouring, make sure to spray your soap with rubbing alcohol! The alcohol will work to get rid of any air bubbles that may form. Leave your soap to sit until it has cooled down and hardened.

 

 

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After the soap has hardened, you can weigh out 300 grams of your Whipped Soap Base, and 300 grams of Cocoa Butter Melt and Pour in a separate bowl.

 

 

 

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Then, take the bowl with the whipped soap and add 34 grams of Vegetable Glycerin, 31 grams of your fragrance oil, and 10 drops of Neon Pink FUN Soap Colorant. Using a hand mixer, mix this all thoroughly together until it becomes very fluffy. Putting the fragrance and glycerin in at this point will make it easier once you are ready to add the melt and pour soap.

 

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Then go ahead and melt down your melt and pour soap. Once it is fully melted, add it to the bowl with the whipped base. You will need to move very fast at this point as this sets up extremely fast.

 

 

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Again, using a hand mixer, mix it all together thoroughly and then work fast to pour it onto the top of your soap. Once you have it all on top of your soap, go ahead and sprinkle as many sprinkles as you want across the top.

 

 

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After you have let your soap completely set up and harden, your new Whipped Cupcake Soap is ready to be removed from the mold and cut!  Once cut, it is ready for you to use and enjoy! This deliciously feminine soap is one that all of your friends and family are sure to love! Make sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes! Keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

 

Mar
12

Easter Confetti Soap

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easter confetti soapEaster Confetti Soap

The Easter Bunny is coming! He’s just around the corner! Are you and all of your kiddos ready for his appearance? We certainly are here at Nature’s Garden! We have come up with the perfect free soap recipe that the Easter Bunny himself is sure to adore! Our Easter Confetti Soap is like an Easter party explosion! Scented with our Sweet Pea fragrance, this is a soap that everyone of all ages is going to love!

 

Ingredients for the White:

656 grams Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap

18 grams Sweet Pea Fragrance Oil

Ingredients for the Colors:

Each color will need:

175 grams Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap 

6 grams Sweet Pea Fragrance Oil

Pink: 10 drops Neon Pink FUN Soap Colorant

Orange: 16 drops Neon Orange FUN Soap Colorant

Blue: 17 drops Neon Blue FUN Soap Colorant

Purple: 17 drops Ultramarine Violet FUN Soap Colorant

Green: 10 drops Neon Green FUN Soap Colorant

Yellow: 10 drops Neon Yellow FUN Soap Colorant

Other Ingredients Needed:

Square Loaf Mold Market Mold

Rubbing Alcohol

8oz Clear PET Bullet Bottle

White Fine Mist Sprayer 24/410

Stainless Steel Mitre Box

Stainless Steel Cutter for Mitre Box

PAM or other cooking spray

paper towels

Mixing Bowls

Mixing Spoons

Knife

Scale

Pans or Cooking Sheets

Silicone 4 Loaf Mold

 

Directions:

Start by measuring and weighing out 6 separate bowls of 175 grams Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap, and another with 656 grams. Go ahead and melt down your first bowl of 175 grams of soap. Once that is fully melted, add 6 grams of of your Sweet Pea fragrance, and 16 drops of Neon Orange FUN Soap Colorant. Mix it together thoroughly and then carefully pour it into your Silicone 4 Loaf Mold. Repeat the same process with the other 5 bowls with 175 grams of soap, adding 6 grams of fragrance to each, 10 drops of Neon Yellow to one bowl, 10 drops of Neon Pink to one, 10 drops of Neon Green to another, 17 drops of Ultramarine Violet to another, and 17 drops of Neon Blue to the last. After you have made each of these soaps, let them sit for enough time to set up and harden.

easter confetti soap

easter confetti soap

Once your colored soaps have hardened, go ahead and cut up each bar into different shapes. we cut them up into little tiny chunks to make it look more like confetti, but you can cut them into whatever shape and size you want! After they have been cut, mix all of your confetti into a bowl so that you don’t end up with more of one color! Next, spray your cooking oil onto a paper towel and rub it on the inside of your Square Loaf Mold. This will help to make the soap easier to remove once it is finished.

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Now you can prepare the bowl with 656 grams of white soap, melting it completely in the microwave. Once it is melted, add 18 grams of Sweet Pea fragrance and mix it together thoroughly. Next, start to pour your soap into the mold. Fill it only about 1/4 of the way full, adding confetti chunks while it is still melted. Make sure to spray it with rubbing alcohol to release any air bubbles that may form. Repeat this process until you have filled your mold! When the mold is full, make sure to add some confetti chunks to the top too!

easter confetti soap

Make sure to give your soap enough time to set up and harden and then your Easter Confetti Soap is ready for you to enjoy! Make sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes as well and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

Mar
10

Melt and Pour Soap Problems

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melt and pour soap problemsMelt and Pour Soap Problems

It’s time to talk about melt and pour soap again! For any new soap makers out there, like me, do you wonder about what some of the problems are? Recently, I have been getting a lot more involved in the soap making process, and even I have had some questions! There are many things that can go wrong, but there are so many ways to easily avoid these problems! For example, did you know that reheating your soap too many times can actually eventually cause the soap to break down?

Have you ever warped a mold? Molds can actually be warped by pouring soap that is too hot. Warping will ruin your mold and you will not be able to use it correctly anymore. When adding fragrance to your soap, first check the recommended usage chart to make sure that it is body safe.  The easiest way to figure out how much to add is by checking the maximum usage rate on our website. For example, our Best Friends scent has a maximum usage rate of 5% for soaps. Now when making your soap, take the weight of soap you’re using overall and multiply it by the 5%, or .05. Now, when mixing in the amount of fragrance, you need to make sure you have mixed it thoroughly. When the scent is not mixed in completely, this can cause your soap to have pockets of pure fragrance or separation. When adding colorant or dye to your soap, always make sure to completely mix them in as well! If not fully mixed, the color will not fully incorporate into your soap, and if using a white base melt and pour soap, you will possibly see streaks of white throughout the color in the finished product. Not fully mixing your color can also cause possible speckles throughout your soap instead of a smooth all-over color.

When making layered melt and pour soaps, the layers need to properly adhere to each other. This can be achieved simply by using rubbing alcohol. After you have poured one layer, make sure to allow it enough time to set up enough that it has cooled down and will not mix into the next layer. To get the layers to adhere, just make sure to spray the first layer with the rubbing alcohol! Make sure to spray each layer with rubbing alcohol right after pouring it as well, so as to get rid of any air bubbles. Once your soap is completely finished, make sure not to remove it from your mold too soon, give it enough time to completely set up and harden! If you remove it too soon, some of the soap may stick in your mold and break apart! Or if you remove it when it is too soft, you can get fingerprints or indents in your soap!

There are many other melt and pour soap problems as well! Once your melt and pour soap is fully set up, make sure to wrap your soap. If a soap is not wrapped, it can absorb any moisture that is in the air, which will cause the soap to sweat. It’s like what happens to a pop can when it sits outside, the condensation builds on the outside, making it sweat! So make sure to wrap your soap right away so that no moisture or air can get to it. Do you know how to properly cut a loaf of soap? To keep your soap from streaking, make sure to turn it on your side and slice it! Do not cut it from the top down! If you have any other questions about melt and pour soap problems, please contact us! And keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Feb
06

Hot Fudge Brownies Scent

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hot-fudge-brownies-fragrance-oilHot Fudge Brownies Scent

Hot Fudge Brownies Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Hello everyone! Do you have a favorite snack? Something that even just when it’s mentioned, your mouth begins to water with anticipation? Maybe it’s some kind of cookie? Or a certain flavor of potato chips? Or of course, the most obvious, chocolate? How about brownies? Hot fudge brownies to be exact? Just the thought of sinking my teeth into a delicious hot fudge brownie is making my taste buds go insane! Are you looking for the perfect fragrance to capture the aroma of some of those yummy delights baking in your oven? Our Hot Fudge Brownies scent does just that! How can it not, the name says it all!

 

What Does Hot Fudge Brownies Smell Like?

Really? You know it’s going to smell absolutely sinful. Hot Fudge Brownies by Nature’s Garden is the delightful aroma of freshly baked chocolate brownies that are just smothered in warm hot fudge sauce with just a hint of vanilla.

 

How Do Our Customers Use Hot Fudge Brownies Fragrance Oil?

If you’re looking for the perfect fragrance to completely entice everyone you know, this is it. Hot Fudge Brownies will definitely leave all of your family and friends craving the taste of delicious chocolate dropped with dripping hot fudge. For all the candle makers out there, this fragrance is nice and strong in soy wax, as well as performing perfectly in joy wax and wow wax. If you’re more into making your own incense and potpourri recipes, Hot Fudge Brownies scent has a maximum usage rate of 50%. Easily fill your home with this amazing aroma by using it to make some nice and strong aroma beads!

For bath and body products, Hot Fudge Brownies scent has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Common bath and body products that can include this fantastic fragrance are soaps, bath gels, perfumes, soaps, and bath oils. Hot Fudge Brownies does happen to have a vanillin content of .65%, meaning that it may discolor your soaps and other homemade bath and body products. For any cold process soap makers out there, this scent is just what you’ve been searching for! Our cold process results are: there is no acceleration as well as no ricing, and this fragrance has a perfect pour! The scent holds fabulously and soaps very nicely! However, it does discolor to a very light tan color, so just be sure to thoroughly test this fragrance before using it in any of your final and finished products!  You may also want to pick up some Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to help with the discoloration.

 

I’m sure you can hardly wait to get your hands on this amazing fragrance, but hold on one minute because it just keeps getting better! When you are on our Hot Fudge Brownies Fragrance Oil page, you will see a little green link on top of the picture labeled “Recipe.” When you click that link, it will show you the name and picture of our Hot Fudge Brownies Soap, which is made with, what else? Our Hot Fudge Brownies scent! That is actually a direct link straight to the great free recipe! Make sure to check out all the rest of our free classes and recipes as well! Enjoy this fabulous scent and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Jul
22

Soap Making: Never Add Water to Lye

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lye volcanoWhy You Never Add Water to Lye in Soap Making

Caustic Soda or lye is a necessary ingredient in the soap making process.  However, it is this same ingredient that prevents most people from attempting cold process soap making.  Most lye solutions consist of lye and distilled water.  When making the lye solution there are a few key tips you want to remember.  They are:

Wear your safety gear: safety goggles, mask, long sleeve shirts, pants, and gloves.

Always mix your lye solution in a well ventilated area (open windows, outside, garage, turn on the exhaust fan).

NEVER use glass or aluminum items for your soap making mixing containers or utensils.  Glass can break, and aluminum does not play nicely with lye.  It will cause a toxic, chemical reaction.

Lye is extremely caustic and can do severe damage.  When water and lye are mixed together this is known as a lye solution.  This mixing will also cause an exothermic reaction, this means that heat is given off as a byproduct of the chemical reaction occurring.  Once the lye and water are stirred to make the lye solution, lye solution will become very hot, sometimes reaching 200 degrees.

When you are ready to make the lye solution, ALWAYS pour the lye into the water.  One of the best tips that we have found to remember the order is to envision “a light snow falling into a pond.”

When incorporating the two ingredients together you want to do it in a slow manner.  You must sprinkle the lye in small doses into the water.  In between each sprinkle, you will want to stir, stir, and stir.  The lye mixture will become cloudy, and may give off fumes.  Do not inhale these fumes.  They are extremely hazardous.

NEVER POUR WATER INTO LYE!!!  And NEVER ADD TOO MUCH LYE TOO FAST!!!  Doing either one of these things will create a violent reaction known as a volcano effect.  This happens because the water starts to dissolve the lye, forming a crust.  This crust then seals in the chemical reaction occurring beneath it.  The reaction can only handle being restrained from its own crust before the build-up of pressure and heat creates a burst or eruption.  Hence the term- volcano effect.

If a volcano effect does occur, immediately spray your work area with vinegar.  Vinegar will neutralize the caustic lye.  Proceed by washing the area down with hot soapy water.  Rinse area, and wash again with hot soapy water.  Use paper towels to dry area.

So, to sum up this lesson in soap making:  NEVER POUR WATER ONTO LYE….YOU WILL CREATE A LYE VOLCANO!!!!  Create your lye solution by adding small amounts of lye to water and stir.

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.