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Nov
20

Soap Embed Ideas


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Soap Embed Ideas

Soap making is an art form that takes some creativity and skill. There are many different ways that you can create homemade soap. Not only are there many different processes, like melt and pour soap or cold process soap, that you can use to make soap, but there are different ways to create gorgeous designs in your bath and body products. We at Natures Garden love to come up with fun, new ideas for making fun, unique soaps homemade. One method that we enjoy for creating our homemade soap recipes is embed soap. Whether you are embedding herbs in your products or embedding differently colored soap in your soaps, this form of creating homemade soap is perfect for creating unique designs. So, here are some of our favorite soap embed ideas that we have used in our own soap recipes.

Soap Embed Ideas Bamboo Hemp Soap RecipeSoap Embed Ideas Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe

The star anise is a great herb that you can use in your homemade soap recipes. This lovely herb can be used as an embed in your melt and pour soap recipe. It is perfect for decorating the soap and is great for adding something new and a little more rustic to your product line, too. The Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe is simple with an elegant design and will leave you feeling clean and fresh!

Soap Embed Ideas Chocolate Orchid Melt and Pour Soap RecipeSoap Embed Ideas Chocolate Orchid Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

While many embeds are created with a mold, the Chocolate Orchid Melt and Pour Soap Recipe is a perfect example of cut soap embeds. Instead of adding in a predetermined shape into your base soap, this method gives you the freedom to create embeds that are unique. This soap has you create brown swirls and purple slices to decorate the fronts of your sliced soaps. It is a wonderful way to create more creative and interesting finished products within a typical soap loaf!

Soap Embed Ideas Mango Papaya Melt and Pour Soap Recipe Soap Embed Ideas Mango Papaya Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

Another fun soap making idea that was created by Natures Garden is the Mango Papaya Melt and Pour Soap Recipe. This homemade soap recipe perfectly uses embed soap to create an adorable melt and pour soap recipe. The bright colors and fun shapes of this melt and pour soap are absolutely adorable! Plus, this lovely soap recipe includes triangle shaped soap embeds that add to the design. Plus, these triangle soaps top the soap loaf, as well. So, the design of this soap is perfect for creating soap that is both decorative and effective!

 

Loofah Honey Melt and Pour Soap RecipeSoap Embed Ideas Loofah Honey Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

Another great idea for creating homemade embed soaps is scrubby loofahs! In fact, soap and loofahs are a perfect pair. Since you’d use a loofah to clean and exfoliate your skin, combining the two just makes your bath and body product more effective. The lovely Honey Melt and Pour Soap base in this recipe will cleanse and moisturize your skin as the loofah exfoliates your skin. So, the Loofah Honey Melt and Pour Soap Recipe is a wonderful choice for creating bath and body products that are adorable and perfect for cleaning.

Soap Embed Ideas Easter Confetti Soap RecipeSoap Embed Ideas Easter Confetti Soap Recipe

Everybody knows that confetti is a festive way to add some color and fun to your activities. But, the Easter Confetti Soap Recipe brings in all the fun of confetti without any of the mess afterward. This simple embed melt and pour soap recipe uses sliced up chunks of colored melt and pour soap. All you have to do is sprinkle your diced and mixed up soap into a mold and pour in the regular soap base. It is super simple and leaves you with a batch of gorgeous homemade soaps!

Soap Embed Ideas Watermelon Soap RecipeSoap Embed Ideas Watermelon Soap Recipe

Also, embed soap can be the creative aspect that makes your soap design come to life. In the case of our Watermelon Soap Recipe, the embed soap was perfect for making the product look like a slice of freshly sliced watermelon. The black pieces of embed melt and pour soap looked just like the seeds of a watermelon. So, the embed soap really pulled the whole design together to create an amazing soap!

Soap Embed Ideas FUN Swirl Soap RecipeSoap Embed Ideas FUN Swirl Soap Recipe

Another wonderful embed soap creation that you can make is the FUN Swirl Soap Recipe. Of course, adding an embed soap design to your recipe is the perfect way to add some fun to your products. Instead of having a single color bar of homemade soap, you can add a clean soap design exactly where you want it. So, you should absolutely create the swirl embed for your own recipes!

Soap Embed Ideas Hearts a Flutter Soap RecipeSoap Embed Ideas Hearts a Flutter Soap Recipe

Another fun soap embed that you can try out for your homemade soap recipes is a heart! In the Natures Garden Hearts a Flutter Soap Recipe we molded a heart shape for the center of the soap. The heart goes amazingly with the smaller heart embeds that were put on top with the fluffy pink topping. Plus, this sweetheart soap embed is the perfect way to add some love to your bars.

Soap Embed Recipe Gummy Bear Soap RecipeSoap Embed Ideas Gummy Bear Soap Recipe

Further, you can create a fun, bright melt and pour soap that is absolutely adorable! The Gummy Bear Soap Recipe uses a blue and pink soap swirl as an embed to add some fun to the soap. Plus, the soap has gummy bear shaped soap on top of the loaf. This combination of colors and shapes creates a super fun design. You are going to love this design for your homemade soaps!

Soap Embed Ideas Dracula's Dentures RecipeSoap Embed Ideas Dracula’s Dentures Recipe

Since embed soap is perfect for creating fun designs, this soap making method is perfect for creating Halloween soaps! If you are looking for some unique products to use this October, then you may want to try out our Dracula’s Dentures Recipe. So, you will want to use the embed mold Vampire Teeth to create some fun soap recipes. This soap recipe is a funny and cute homemade soap recipe that is perfect for Halloween soap ideas.

Soap Embed Ideas Lollipop Soap RecipeSoap Embed Ideas Lollipop Soap Recipe

Are you ready to try out an adorable and unique homemade soap recipe? The Lollipop Soap Recipe is made to look like real, sugary sweet Lollipops. First, the swirl is created to act as a soap embed. Then the swirl is put in a circle mold and the bright candy colored soap is poured in after. So, this candy themed soap is perfect for your next homemade soap craft.

 

 

Soap Embed Ideas Mango Loofah Melt and Pour Soap RecipeSoap Embed Ideas Mango Loofah Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

Of course, this embed loofah soap is a way an effective soap. This is just another great way to incorporate a loofah into your soap is the Mango Loofah Melt and Pour Soap Recipe. So, this lovely bath and body creation incorporates the exfoliation power of a loofah with the cleansing and conditioning abilities of Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap. Furthermore, the cut loofah looks absolutely gorgeous in the soap. You will love how this soap recipe cares for your skin!

Soap Embed Ideas MP Embed CP Soap RecipeSoap Embed Ideas MP Embed CP Soap Recipe

Also, you can create the delightful MP Embed CP Soap Recipe from Natures Garden. This soap recipe uses swirled soap as embeds in the soap loaf. While there are some lovely soaps that include a single, large soap swirl, this recipe uses a few small, cute swirls that are differently colored. Plus, these swirls match the swirled soap that tops the loaf. This will make your homemade soap absolutely adorable.

Soap Embed Ideas Cinnabun Melt and Pour Soap RecipeSoap Embed Ideas Cinnabun Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

Further, you can create a scrumptious looking soap at home with the use of a soap swirl embed. If you think that this homemade recipe looks nearly good enough to eat, then you are certainly going to want to try out the Cinnabun Melt and Pour Soap Recipe. The swirl embed is meant to look like a yummy swirl of sweet frosting on a fresh, warm cinnamon bun. So, try out this yummy soap idea!

Soap Embed Ideas Psychedelic Suds Soap RecipeSoap Embed Ideas Psychedelic Suds Soap Recipe

Further, you can create the Psychedelic Suds Soap Recipe using embed soap! This unique and colorful soap recipe is a truly fun homemade soap making idea. This soap recipe uses straws to leave an opening in the clear soap base that is perfect for embedding colorful soap. While this isn’t the typical way to embed differently colored soap in your bar, it is the perfect method for creating fun, brightly colored soap!

 

 

Soap Embed Ideas Clamshell Kiwi Sugar Cubes RecipeSoap Embed Ideas Clamshell Kiwi Sugar Cubes Recipe

Also, you can create some lovely embed soap with the Clamshell Kiwi Sugar Cubes Recipe. This soap recipe uses poppy seeds and sugar to create a bath and body recipe that exfoliates the skin. Plus, the soap is moisturizing and cleansing. So, this poppy seed embed soap is perfect for cleaning your body and taking care of your skin.

 

Soap Embed Ideas Peppermint Fluff Soap RecipeSoap Embed Ideas Peppermint Fluff Soap Recipe

The Peppermint Fluff Soap Recipe is another fun melt and pour soap recipe that you can create using embeds in the soap. This delightful soap recipe has a decorative swirl that resembles a real peppermint, which matches the fragrance oil perfectly. All you need to do is create a red and pink swirl, set it in your mold, and pour in your base color. Truly, this is the perfect addition to your product line this winter!

 

Soap Embed Ideas Fish Kiss Melt and Pour Soap RecipeSoap Embed Ideas Fish Kiss Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

Another fun soap making recipe that you can create is the cute Fish Kiss Melt and Pour Soap Recipe. Unlike most embed soaps, this fun fish soap isn’t completely embedded into the bar of homemade soap. Instead, the 3-D fish is half embedded into the bar. So, this soap bar is fun and looks just like a little fish poking out from the water. It is the perfect craft for bath time and is sure to be a hit with the kids!

 

Soap Embed Ideas Snowball Soap RecipeSoap Embed Ideas Snowball Soap Recipe

Further, you can create a fun soap recipe that is perfect for the winter season. The Snowball Soap Recipe uses embed soap, essential oils, and fluffy whipped soap to create an amazing soap. Plus, the soap recipe uses circular soap embeds to create a design that looks like snow balls! So, this homemade soap recipe is truly a  winter wonderland made from soap.

 

Soap Embed Ideas Play Dough Embed Soap RecipeSoap Embed Ideas Play Dough Embed Soap Recipe

Plus, you can create another very fun homemade soap idea. The Play Dough Embed Soap Recipe by Natures Garden is a perfect way to get a bit more creative with your homemade soap. First, you can create a soap recipe that is malleable like play dough! So, you can create a fun, little design and set it in your mold. This will give you the perfect way to create unique embed soaps with your own various designs!

 

Soap Embed Ideas Peppered Poppy Seed Cold Process Soap RecipeSoap Embed Ideas Peppered Poppy Seed Cold Process Soap Recipe

Finally, you can use the poppy seeds herb from Natures Garden to decorate your own homemade soap recipes. This nice herb is perfect for adding a pretty design to your unique bath and body product. Plus, the poppy seeds are perfect for adding a bit of exfoliation to your homemade bath creation. So, the Peppered Poppy Seed Cold Process Soap Recipe is sure to be a perfect soap recipe for creating gorgeous homemade soap that is wonderful for your skin.

 

Soap Embed Ideas Share Your Own Soap CreationsSoap Embed Ideas Share Your Own Soap Creations

Although we have quite a few fun ideas that you can use to create your own beautiful soaps, some of you creative soap makers may have amazing ideas, too. We would love to hear from you and see your own embed soap recipes. Alternatively, we would love to hear about your experiences with this method of soap making. Whether you have suggestions, questions, or comments, we would love to talk to you about them! You can find us on the Natures Garden facebook page or on our Instagram at @ngscents.

 

Nov
14

Grapeseed Oil Benefits


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Grapeseed Oil BenefitsGrapeseed Oil Benefits

There are many kinds of grapeseed oil benefits that can be had for both your handmade products and your body. We at Natures Garden would like to share with you all of the wonderful benefits that this cosmetic oil can have for you. This oil is perfect for creating perfectly crafted bath and body recipes that will care for and nourish the body. Not only is this lovely oil perfect for nourishing the skin, but there are plenty of beneficial properties that can be had for your homemade products. So, we will discuss the properties and benefits that come with this cosmetic ingredient within the blog below.

Grapeseed Oil Benefits How Grapeseed Oil is MadeGrapeseed Oil Benefits How Grapeseed Oil is Made

This delightful cosmetic oil is a perfectly moisturizing oil that is perfect for your skin. Not only is this conditioning oil is perfect for the skin, but this lovely oil is created in an interesting way. In fact, this cosmetic oil is sometimes created after wine making. The grapes are used to create wine and the left over product from this process can be used to create grapeseed oil. This cosmetic oil is just as beneficial to your body as the good properties of wine, along with the skin conditioning ability and other wonderful properties for the skin.

Grapeseed Oil Benefits for Your Homemade Products

Grapeseed oil is a great ingredient that you can use to create your homemade bath and body products. Not only is this cosmetic oil perfect for adding some conditioning power to your creations, but this ingredient will add some wonderful properties to your homemade recipes! You are going to love the different kinds of properties that you can have by adding this cosmetic oil. We will go over a few of the benefits that you can have in various types of homemade cosmetic products using grapeseed oil.

Grapeseed Oil Benefits for Making Lotion and CreamsGrapeseed Oil Benefits for Making Lotion and Creams

This cosmetic oil is amazing for creating your own homemade lotion! Adding this delightful ingredient to your lotion and cream recipes it a perfect way to bring moisture to your skin. In addition, grapeseed oil is a wonderful oil for both moisturizing and nourishing your skin. Plus, this oil will sink into the skin and help condition deep down. Further, this oil won’t leave behind a greasy feeling, as it will absorb easily into the deeper layers of your skin. If this ingredient seems like your kind of oil, then you may want to try out our Raspberry Vanilla Body Butter Recipe.

Grapeseed Oil Benefits for Making Cold Process SoapGrapeseed Oil Benefits for Making Cold Process Soap

Also, you can use this lovely cosmetic ingredient to create some luxurious homemade soap recipes. If you are looking for a soap recipe that is both cleansing and moisturizing, then you are going to love this cosmetic oil in your homemade soap! This cosmetic oil has high conditioning properties. Plus, this oil has some added benefits of a creamy lather and adding to the hardness of your soap bar. Additionally, this oil can be used to create a soap that is anti-acne. Further, the properties of this oil would work amazingly with other cosmetic ingredients to create some fantastic soap! One great soap recipe that includes this oil is Nature’s Garden’s Blackberry Sage Soap Recipe.

Grapeseed Oil Benefits for Homemade Bath ProductsGrapeseed Oil Benefits for Homemade Bath Products

Next, this cosmetic oil is perfect for creating your very own homemade bath and body recipes. You can use this amazing ingredient while you create all kinds of different bath and body creations. Whether you’d like to make some bath bombs, bath melts, or any other amazing bath products, you will love the properties of this oil in your creations. One of these various creations that you can create with this ingredient is the Foaming Rose Petal Bath Bombs Recipe.

Grapeseed oil Benefits for Making ConditonerGrapeseed Oil Benefits for Making Conditioner

Another great way that you can use this cosmetic oil is adding it to your homemade conditioner recipes. Since this lovely cosmetic oil is great at absorbing, your hair can truly benefit from the benefits that this cosmetic ingredient has to offer. Plus, this conditioning oil is lighter than Olive Oil, which means it  can moisturize without weighing down the hair. So, this cosmetic oil is perfect for those with thin hair, as the oil will nourish the hair without holding down your hair. Further, this cosmetic oil has a light scent that won’t overpower any fragrance oils that you may want to add. So, this oil can be used to moisturize and rejuvenate your hair. Not only will you love your homemade conditioner recipes, but the way that your hair looks and feels after using it!

Grapeseed Oil Benefits for Homemade Lip Care ProductsGrapeseed Oil Benefits for Homemade Lip Care Products

Plus, you can use Grapeseed Oil to create some wonderful lip care products. This cosmetic oil ensures that your lip products will moisturize and care for your lips. This cosmetic ingredient will sink down deep into the skin to moisturize and soften your luscious lips. Plus, this delightful oil is sure to leave your lips protected and softened as the delightful oil will absorb easily and last long. You will love the way your lips feel after you try out Grapeseed Oil in your homemade lip products. One amazing way that you can try out this cosmetic oil is in the Natural Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe.

Grapeseed Oil Benefits for Your Whole BodyGrapeseed Oil Benefits for Your Whole Body

Of course, you want your products to love and nourish your body. So, its perfect that this homemade cosmetic ingredient is wonderful for skin and hair. This lovely ingredient will perfectly condition, nourish, and truly love your body from your toes to the ends of your hair. As you use your homemade products with this cosmetic oil your body will absorb and benefit from the nutrients in this oil. Below we will share with you a variety of benefits that your body will achieve from using this cosmetic ingredient.

Grapeseed Oil Benefits for Reducing Wrinkles and ScarsGrapeseed Oil Benefits for Reducing Wrinkles and Scars

Also, you can use this lovely cosmetic oil to help reduce any of your wrinkles or scars. Since this cosmetic oil contains a variety of nutrients that healthy skin needs, like Vitamin D, this is the perfect oil to add some nourishment to your skin. This cosmetic oil will sink down deep to rejuvenate your skin cells, which will allow your skin cells to rejuvenate and heal. So, this cosmetic oil will help your skin to be clear and blemish free.

GGrapeseed Oil Benefits for Reducing Dark Circlesrapeseed Oil Benefits for Reducing Dark Circles

Plus, this cosmetic oil can be used to reduce any under eye circles. Whether you are actually tired or just have stubborn, dark circles, nobody wants to be seen with bags under their eyes. So, this cosmetic ingredient can be added to a homemade facial product or added directly to the area underneath your eyes. Either way, you can enjoy the benefits of adding this nutrient rich, conditioning oil.

Grapeseed Oil Benefits for Conditioning Sensitive SkinGrapeseed Oil Benefits for Conditioning Sensitive Skin

Another great property of this conditioning cosmetic ingredient is that this oil is gentle. This means that this cosmetic oil can be used in recipes that are intended for those with sensitive skin. Using this cosmetic oil will provide all the moisturizing benefits for your body without worrying. This oil won’t leave you with annoying breakouts or irritated skin. So, you can make bath and body products that are wonderful for your skin and can be used by even the most sensitive of skin types.

Grapeseed Oil Benefits for Tightening the SkinGrapeseed Oil Benefits for Tightening the Skin

Plus, you can use some Grapeseed Oil in your cosmetic products to reduce certain signs of aging. If you are looking for a way to reduce some signs of aging, then this is the perfect way for you achieve the skin you want without using chemicals. Meaning that you can use this cosmetic oil to naturally and gently tighten your skin to create a more youthful appearance. So, you can use this cosmetic oil to help nourish your cells while tightening your skin.

Grapeseed Oil Benefits for Reducing Stretch MarksGrapeseed Oil Benefits for Reducing Stretch Marks

Also, there is another great way that this cosmetic oil is able to help you improve your complexion. You can use grapeseed oil to reduce the visibility of these stretch marks, as this cosmetic oil is perfect for rejuvenating your skin cells. This cosmetic oil can reduce the appearance of stretch marks by providing the skin with exactly what it needs. This oil will provide your body with the nutrients it needs to rejuvenate the skin and help reduce any stretch marks on the skin.

Grapeseed Oil Benefits for Balancing Oily SkinGrapeseed Oil Benefits for Balancing Oily Skin

Furthermore, you can use this moisturizing cosmetic oil to help create a balance with the natural oils in your skin. It is thought that the skin has the potential to over produce the natural oils in certain situations, This overproduction can happen when the skin feels that it is too dry. So, using an absorbent oil that won’t clog your pores, like grapeseed oil, will help you maintain a healthy balance of oils. This will leave your skin with the perfect balance that isn’t too oily or too dry.

Grapeseed Oil Benefits for Balancing an Oily ScalpGrapeseed Oil Benefits for Balancing an Oily Scalp

Not only is this cosmetic oil perfect for balancing out the oils in your skin, this ingredient will help you get an oily scalp under control. Grapeseed cosmetic oil is perfect for nourishing the scalp and balancing the natural oils. This means that grapeseed oil is perfect for helping to nourish and deeply moisturize your scalp. So, your conditioned scalp will feel wonderful and conditioned. This means that your scalp will be perfectly balanced where it isn’t too oily and doesn’t become dry and itchy.

Grapeseed Oil Benefits for Sunburn ReliefGrapeseed Oil Benefits for Sunburn Relief

Also, you can use this lovely oil to relieve the burning pain after a sunburn. That’s right! This cosmetic oil isn’t just great for moisturizing skin, it has some beneficial properties for calming sunburn. There are nutrients in this oil, like Vitamin E, are perfect for finding some relief after a sunburn.

Grapeseed Oil Benefits for Preventing DandruffGrapeseed Oil Benefits for Preventing Dandruff

Plus, you can use this cosmetic oil to reduce any of your dandruff or dry skin. Since this cosmetic ingredient contains conditioning and nourishing properties, your scalp will be perfectly cared for and hydrated. This oil has been known to increase blood flow to the scalp and moisturize the scalp to rejuvenate the skin cells. This oil is perfect for nurturing the scalp and providing it with the oils that it needs to be healthy. So, your scalp is sure to be free of dry, flaky skin.

Grapeseed Oil Benefits for Hair GrowthGrapeseed Oil Benefits for Hair Growth

Faster hair growth is another great benefit that grapeseed oil can have for your body. Using this cosmetic oil will help strengthen your hair and give it some extra nourishment. Due to the amazing nutrients in this cosmetic oil, your hair will reap the benefits of this cosmetic oil. Grapeseed Oil is perfect for growing long, healthy locks of hair that are simply gorgeous. Your hair can use these beneficial nutrients, like Vitamin E, to grow faster and look healthier!

Grapeseed Oil Benefits More Recipes from Natures Garden

If you enjoyed the benefits that this cosmetic oil has to offer, then you should check out some of the other recipes that include Grapeseed oil. You can find these additional Grapeseed Oil recipes under the recipe tab on the Grapeseed Oil page. Of course, you can find this page on the Natures Garden website. These various bath and body recipes are perfect formulations that harness the properties of this cosmetic oil to create lovely products for the body.

Grapeseed Oil Benefits Show Us What You’ve Created

Furthermore, you can share your handcraftedcreations with us at the Natures Garden Facebook page or on Instagram @ngscents. Whether you create your own candle, soap, or cosmetic recipes or use one of our formulations, we would love to hear about your handmade projects. We hope to hear from you soon!

Natures Garden sells our grapeseed oil for external use only. We do not sell it as a food item. While we talk about both external and internal benefits, the information we provide is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Natures Garden accepts no responsibility (written or implied) for any products you make. All testing is the responsibility of the customer.

Oct
05

Cold Process Soap Benefits


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Cold Process Soap BenefitsCold Process Soap Benefits

With all the effort that comes along with making your own soap from scratch, it is nice to know the cold process soap benefits. We at Natures Garden would like to remind you about all the wonderful reasons why homemade soaps are the best.

Further, if you are a looking to become a soap maker, we’d like to share the advantages of making your own soap. Depending on what you are looking for in a soap, you may find different aspects of homemade soap appealing. Those that have a difficult time finding soaps that don’t irritate their skin will rejoice after using this soap. People that enjoy crafting and would like to make soaps that are more fun and creative than the typical bar will enjoy this method of soaping. Not only can you combine any scent with any color, but you can create crazy fun designs that are not not often found in soaps. Regardless of what you are looking for in a soap, I’m sure you will be able to find something special in cold process soap!

Cold Process Soap Benefits Main Reason to Soap At Home

The biggest reason you should want to create your own soaps from scratch is that they are better than store bought. It all boils down to quality and making your own soaps is the best way to ensure a quality product with total control of the ingredients. We will discuss exactly what we have found to convince us that homemade soaps are better for the skin.

Cold Process Soap Benefits Better for Skin Than Commercial SoapCold Process Soap Benefits Better for Skin Than Commercial Soap

When you can simply go out and buy a bar of soap, there are some benefits from making your own soap. Though both bars will get you clean, many store bought soaps aren’t as nice for your skin. Cold process soaps can be made with skin nourishing oils, butters, and herbs that really work well for your skin.

On the other hand, commercial bar soaps can contain ingedients that leave your skin dry. Further, store bought soap could have some of the natural moisturizing elements removed. For example, the glycerin in store bought soap, which is created during the saponification process, could be removed in these bars. Thus, leaving you with a bar that really dries out your hands. So, creating your own soap will leave you with a creamy lather that is softening and provides amazing moisture for your skin.

Cold Process Soap Benefits Get Ready For Softer Hands

Since you will have a bar of soap that is more moisturizing than those soaps at stores due to the glycerin content remaining, you will have softer, more moisturized hands! So, say farewell to your lotions and creams because you may not need them as much as you used to need them. These soaps will care for your skin and make sure that they don’t dry out your hands. While your soap will still clean hands effectively, it won’t dry out your skin. Also, you won’t need to buy as much lotion due to your soap extra moisturizing power! So, this is the best soap recipe to create for hands that will help your skin hydrate and heal.

Cold Process Soap Benefits Freedom to Control All Ingredients

When you make your soap at home you have all the control. You can create any kind of soap that your skin could possibly need. You can easily account for sensitivities, allergies, and your skin type. No need to find a specialty bar of soap at the store, you can simply leave out or swap ingredients to create your perfect bar of soap.

Cold Process Soap Benefits Crafting the Perfect Bar of SoapCold Process Soap Benefits Crafting the Perfect Bar of Soap

Since you are going to control exactly what is in your soap bars, you have the power to create a soap that cares for your skin exactly right. You know your skin best and can learn about the properties of different oils to create the perfect soap! Whether you have oily skin, sensitive skin, or dry skin it is within your ability to make kinds of soap, as well as many others, to formulate the bar that will fit your skin type perfectly. Changing the types and amounts of oils in your recipe will impact the bar’s appearance and how it treats you.

An easy way to create the exact soap recipe that you need is to enter in different oils into a soap calculator. This program will tell you exactly what kind of bar your recipe will create. It does help to know a bit about the oils. You can learn quite a bit about soaping oils through our Soaping Oil Properties class.

Cold Process Soap Benefits Soaps that Care For Your Skin

Further, you can choose from a wider variety of soaps when you have control of your ingredients. Stores don’t often have a wide selection of soaps. Often, there are different brands of the same old, generic kind of soap. Additionally, those that do find the rare, more natural bar of soap are likely to find it to be too expensive. So, you are more likely to be stuck with very little choice regarding your soap. However, creating your own soap from home will open the door to so many possibilities. You can literally make any kind of soaping recipe to find the exact recipe you enjoy best. No more waiting and hoping in the cosmetics aisle, it’s time for you to get more and better choices regarding you skin care!

Cold Process Soap Benefits Potential to Create All Natural SoapCold Process Soap Benefits Potential to Create All Natural Soap

Since you can control all of your ingredients, you have the option to create soap bars that are fully natural. For those that prefer to live on the more natural side, you can create soap without anything synthetic at all. You can include some herbs and spices to naturally enhance your soap with some nice properties. For example, you can add Chamomile Flowers to your soap for its relaxing and skin softening properties. There are so many herbs that provide different kinds of benefits that are explained for each one on the Natures Garden website.

Further, you can use powdered herbs to naturally color your soap, such as Beet Root PowderSpirulina Powder, or Cocoa Powder Organic. Additionally, an additive like Activated Charcoal has both deep pore cleansing properties and the ability to color your soap! You won’t have to turn to unnatural colorants or additives if you don’t want to, because there are plenty of options. All the decisions on ingredients are up to you!

Cold Process Soap Benefits Can Make Sensitive Soaps

As I mentioned before, you are able to create bars of soap that are perfect for sensitive skin. So, those that have had a difficult time with typical bars of soap may have more luck creating their own bars of soap. There is no fear of the recipe being changed all of a sudden to add an ingredient you are avoiding and no worries about finding the exact right product, because you control it all. If you have sensitivities to certain colorants, fragrance oils, or other ingredients, then just leave them out of your soap batch and enjoy the freedom!

First, there are many substitutes for colorants that have been mentioned and you can even leave the soap batch uncolored. Also, you can either create an unscented bar of soap or add one of our all natural essential oils. This option can be easier for sensitive skin and allows you to still scent your bar. Lastly, you don’t have to worry about unnatural ingedients in a natural soap bar! You can make everything homemade from natural ingredients to create a sensitive bar that will be gentle on your skin.

Cold Process Soap Benefits Creating Soaps With PurposeCold Process Soap Benefits Creating Soaps With Purpose

Plus, you can create soaps with a specific function. Instead of looking for a product that will fit the needs of a certain situation, why not create exactly what you need? We have a few recipes that were made with a specific activity in mind. So, all of the ingredients were researched to ensure that they would work properly for their intended use. For example, the Cold Process Shaving Soap Recipe was specifically formulated with the intention of creating a rich lather for shaving. So, every ingredient has a purpose and they work together to create the desired effect, which you can see on our blog for this recipe.

Cold Process Soap Benefits Total Creative Freedom

Or course, with full control over the ingredients comes full creative power. Since you are making your soaps from scratch you can make any kind of shapes or designs that you’d like. Some designs and techniques take more skill to master, but even the soaps you use to practice these techniques can be used. So, you won’t lose too much from working on your soap making abilities.

Cold Process Soap Benefits Ability to Make Creative SoapsCold Process Soap Benefits Ability to Make Creative Soaps

Another benefit of creating cold process soap is that it is a form of art. There are many different ways to change the appearance of you cp soap whether you are using swirls, layers, or a modeling soap recipe. You can get in touch with your inner artist and create something beautiful. While it can take time to get really good at making pretty soap,  eventually you will be able to make any kind of soap you’d like!

First, you can create swirled soaps like the Lavender Cold Process Soap Recipe or the Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe. While swirled soaps are lots of fun, you can create more simple recipes that are just as cute. For example, the Peppered Poppy Seed Cold Process Soap Recipe is a solid color with poppy seeds that was placed in a flower shaped mold. While this recipe looks more fun than a typical bar, it is very simple to create differently shaped soaps. Further, we have even more cold process soap recipes that you could look through on our webpage.

Cold Process Soap Benefits Customizing Your Soaps

Another great benefit of creating cold process soap is creating any style you’d like. Ever have the problem of trying to find soap you like that actually matches your home? With cold process soap making, you can create soaps to match your home or make them your favorite color. But, there is one twist that makes homemade soap making better than store bought soaps.

This twist is that you will be able to create any kind of scent and style combination. For example, you can create a blueberry scented soap that is colored red. While it’s unlikely that you would would want this exact soap, you have to admit it would be pretty hard to find this exact soap in stores. This is just a single example of all the fun combinations you can get into. All you have to do is pair a favorite scent with a fun recipe or design! So, if you want a unique scent and color combination this is the best option! Never settle for soap when you can create cold process soap with your favorite scents that match your bathroom perfectly. This gives you the opportunity to use you favorite scents in soaps without compromising the soap’s appearance.

Cold Process Soap Benefits Additional Fun with Soap Making Cold Process Soap Benefits Additional Fun with Soap Making

We aren’t kidding when we say that you can add many fun things to your soaps! The possiblites are endless. In fact, we created a Wine Cold Process Soap Recipe that used real wine to add some authenticity and create an even better scent with our fragrance oil. Also, we added real, raw honey to our Oatmeal Milk Honey Cold Process Soap Recipe to add the beneficial properties of honey to our bars of soap.

We would love to see your cold process soap creations!  Show us what you have created by tagging us on Instagram or Twitter @ngscents. You can also post pictures of your handmade soap on our Facebook Page!

Oct
03

Rice Bran Oil Benefits


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Rice Bran Oil BenefitsRice Bran Oil Benefits

This lovely oil from Natures Garden is perfect for making all kinds of homemade cosmetics. Not only can this oil be used in your homemade products, but rice bran oil contains various nourishing vitamins and minerals that are wonderful for the skin. So, there are many rice bran oil benefits that you can utilize in your handcrafted products. This means that your products will be able to utilize this oil’s properties and become more beneficial to the body!  So, let’s check out all of the wonderful properties of rice bran cosmetic oil and see exactly how this ingredient can fit into your products!

Rice Bran Oil Benefits Where Does This Oil Come From?Rice Bran Oil Benefits Where Does This Oil Come From?

This lovely, cosmetic oil is derived from the brown rice chaff. Actually, it is created from the inner husk of the rice. This portion of the rice is cold pressed into the wonderful oil we all know and love. This rice based oil is used in many different kinds of recipes. Everything from cooking to making soap can effectively use rice bran Oil. This widely used ingredient contains all kinds of nutrients that your body can benefit from both on the inside and outside. So, adding this oil to your homemade bath and body products would be a fantastic idea!

Rice Bran Oil Benefits For Your ProductsRice Bran Oil Benefits For Your Products

One way that you can benefit from the qualities of rice bran oil is to incorporate it into your amazing bath and body products.  This cosmetic oil is perfect for adding some nourishment to your body.  While this oil is amazing on its own, rice bran oil is perfect for adding to products. The only thing better than a single oil that contains nutrients for your body is a perfectly crafted product that includes this lovely oil! So, check out some of the benefits that this cosmetic oil can provide to your bath and body products.

Rice Bran Oil Benefits Making Cold Process SoapRice Bran Oil Benefits Making Cold Process Soap

Rice bran oil will be perfect for creating handmade soaps. Just like any other soap ingredients, this soaping oil provides unique properties for your recipes. Specifically, this oil will provide all kinds of amazing qualities for your bars. For one, this cosmetic oil will provide conditioning properties. This property will moisturize and care for your skin perfectly! Also, you will find soaps with this oil to have a creamier lather. Finally, this oil adds a bit of hardness to your bar. Many soap makers have found that this oil is similar to how Olive Oil works in soap. Additionally, rice bran oil is a soaping  oil that is nice for sensitive skin. So, you will have a more nourishing and creamy bar of soap!

Rice Bran Oil Benefits Creating Lotions Rice Bran Oil Benefits Creating Lotions

Also, adding this cosmetic oil to your homemade lotion would be a wonderful idea! Anyone that is making their own body lotion recipe has one goal in common. We are all looking to create a recipe that will effectively moisturize your skin. Luckily, rice bran oil benefits your lotion perfectly as it is a great choice for moisturizing the skin. Rice bran oil will sink deep into the skin and nourish your skin cells. Further, this oil is known to absorb fairly quickly. So, you won’t end up with a greasy film on the top layer of your skin. This means that rice bran oil would make a perfect addition to a lotion recipe that would moisturize and nourishing without leaving an oily residue.

Rice Bran Oil Benefits Making Homemade Hair ConditionerRice Bran Oil Benefits Making Homemade Hair Conditioner

Since rice bran oil is wonderful for the skin, you can imagine that its impact on your scalp and hair would be great, too. Also, you would be so right! This cosmetic oil is perfect for promoting healthy hair. First of all, this oil is wonderful for the scalp. This cosmetic ingredient will level out the natural oils on your scalp, lead to thicker hair, and nourish the roots of your hair. Second, the nutrients in this oil will positively impact your hair, too. This cosmetic oil will reduce split ends and strengthen your strands. So, rice bran oil will strengthen your hair and lead to healthy hair growth!

Rice Bran Oil Benefits For Your BodyRice Bran Oil Benefits For Your Body

Another fantastic reason as to why you should use rice bran oil is all the benefits that it contains for the body. In fact, this should be one of the most important reasons because these products should be all about caring for our body! The benefits in this potential ingredient come from the various vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats that this cosmetic ingredient contains. This means that you can use these various nutrients to perfectly nourish your skin and hair. So, you can check out some of the ways that this cosmetic oil can benefit your skin, hair, and entire body.You will love how rice bran oil benefits your body! 

Rice Bran Oil Benefits Solution for Dry SkinRice Bran Oil Benefits Solution for Dry Skin

First of all, rice bran oil is perfect for moisturizing your skin. Your stubbornly dry skin doesn’t even have a chance! This cosmetic ingredient will provide your skin with a deep conditioning nourishment. In fact, this oil is able to sink down deep into your skin to take care of it all. This will leave you with healthy, smooth skin that you will love! Plus, this cosmetic oil is not as oily or greasy as many other oils. This means that rice bran oil will not leave the oily residue on the surface of your skin. This moisturizing oil will sink in quickly. So, you get all the moisture without leaving your skin oily afterward. Between quickly sinking into the skin and its moisturizing power, this cosmetic oil is perfect for providing your skin with the nourishment that it truly deserves!

Rice Bran Oil Benefits Anti Inflammatory Rice Bran Oil Benefits Anti Inflammatory

Further, it is thought that the addition of this cosmetic oil would make an effective anti inflammatory product for your skin. So, rice bran oil can really come in handy for those dealing with this uncomfortable issue. Many believe that some of the nutrients in the rice bran oil, which includes the Phytosterols, are perfect for soothing the skin. These nourishing properties can help to reduce issues like eczema, poison ivy, rashes, and many other skin ailments that involve inflammation for some. So, take a chance on the lovely rice bran oil benefits to soothe the itching, dryness, pain, and constant desire to scratch!

Rice Bran Oil Benefits Speed Up Hair GrowthRice Bran Oil Benefits Speed Up Hair Growth

Also, this cosmetic oil is perfect for promoting faster, healthy hair growth! The components in this oil perfectly nourish the hair to ensure that your hair is strong enough to grow out long. First of all, this cosmetic oil will strengthen your individual strands. This will allow your hair to grow longer and faster than when it was damaged or lacked nourishment. Further, the nutrients in this oil will lead to more nourished roots and stronger hair. So, the Ferulic Acid, Esters, and Vitamin E Oil are perfect for stimulating your roots and hair growth. You are going to love the benefits that this oil has for your hair!

Rice Bran Oil Benefits Normalize Hair Oil

Do you have to wash your hair every day just to keep up with your oily scalp? Your hair may even start to get greasy before your day is over! You may think that you are just cursed with super oily hair, but some of this issue may be able to be reduced. All you need to nourish your scalp, which you can do with the help of rice bran oil! Now, this may seem crazy, like you are just adding more oil to an oily situation, but it’s what is in this cosmetic oil that counts! You can use this cosmetic oil perfectly on your scalp, as this oil will help your natural oil reach a better balance. This will lead to a more normal production of your own natural hair oils. Thus, breaking the so called curse!

Rice Bran Oil Benefits Anti-Aging Effects on the HairRice Bran Oil Benefits Anti-Aging Effects on the Hair

Not only is rice bran oil great for growing your hair out, but this cosmetic oil will help reduce your hair’s natural signs of aging. Some of the nutrients in this cosmetic oil, like the Vitamin E Oil, are perfect for helping keep grey hairs at bay. This oil allows you to provide the right nutrients to protect against premature grey hair. So, you don’t have to worry about any grey hairs. Although you can’t entirely prevent the process of natural aging, you can put off getting grey hair for some time. So, you can put off getting your grey hair for the time being! 

However, don’t feel as though you have to hide from your grey hair, embrace it! In fact, grey hair can be beautiful! It’s all about what you are comfortable with for yourself. These lovely women, which you can see at 60 Gorgeous Grey Hair Styles, decided to be bold and chose to embrace their grey hair! You can keep your hair looking as it has in the past or you can rock this new life change. Either way, love your gorgeous locks! 

Rice Bran Oil Benefits Wrinkle Reducing in SkinRice Bran Oil Benefits Wrinkle Reducing in Skin

Furthermore, these anti aging effects can be beneficial for your skin! While wrinkles will naturally happen over time, there are a few things that we can do to reduce their effects. The nutrients in the oil will sink deep down into your skin to create healthier skin that is able to fight wrinkles. For example, the Vitamin E in rice bran oil is great for reducing wrinkles and fine lines, This vitamin is able to help reduce these signs of aging because Vitamin E boosts important skin functions, like cellular regeneration. This leads to healthier skin that is able to retain a more smooth complexion

Rice Bran Oil Benefits Far More Than HypoallergenicRice Bran Oil Benefits Far More Than Hypoallergenic

Another wonderful benefit of this cosmetic oil is that it is sensitive enough for all skin types. So, this oil is a more versatile option for your products that is more likely to agree with all skin types. Further, this lovely oil is even said to lower your body’s response to your normal allergies. It is said that eating  rice bran oil can lead your body to be less sensitive to any allergens that you may have hyper-sensitivity to. However, we highly suggest that you only use this oil as a precaution. It would not be wise to actively seek out any allergens after ingesting this oil. While it may be true that this oil reduces your body’s reaction, we can’t guarantee that your body would have no reaction at all.

Rice Bran Oil Benefits Using This Oil in Room Scenting RecipesRice Bran Oil Benefits Using This Oil in Room Scenting Recipes

Finally, this cosmetic oil can even be used in your room scenting recipes.  You can add rice bran oil to melted candle wax.  The oil will thin the wax out enough to create a gel potpourri that can be added to your room scenting burners. Two examples of this are the Shimmer Gel Potpourri Recipe and the Vanilla Liquid Potpourri Recipe from Natures Garden. This gel is so easy to use, just squeeze a bit of the gel into your burner, and turn it on. Click on the links for a step by step tutorial for each of these room scenting ideas.

 

Natures Garden sells our cosmetic oils, like rice bran oil, for external use only. We do not sell them as food items. The information that we provide is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Keep all cosmetic ingredients out of reach of children and pets. Special care should be taken by pregnant and/or lactating women when handling cosmetic oils. Natures Garden accepts no responsibility (written or implied) for any products you make with our Rice Bran Oil. All testing is the responsibility of the customer.

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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Nov
02

Making Your Own Soap Recipe


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Making Your Own Soap Recipe

As a newbie, it may be difficult to figure out your soaping recipe, especially if you do not have a starting point.  Or, maybe you are a veteran that is just looking to expand your recipes, catering to new cliental with special skin needs.  Well, we at Natures Garden want to help you produce the best soap bars on the market.  Whether for personal use or for selling, let’s talk recipes!

After you have decided which method of soaping you are going to choose, the next step will be determining the purpose of your soap bars.  Soap bars have 5 distinct qualities that you are looking to have a nice range or balance in.  They are:  Hardness, Conditioning, Cleansing, Bubbly Lather, and Creamy Lather.  Additives such as fragrance (scent) and color (or appearance) of bars should also be considered when trying to determine a soap recipe.

After you have a good idea as to what type of soap bar you would like to achieve, it is time to configure a recipe.

There are various soaping calculators available on the internet; however, SoapCalc provides a FREE, comprehensive, easy to use soaping calculator.  Not only is it  known as one of the best, but this site is also improved and updated frequently.

For this post, we will be looking at how to use the SoapCalc.  Below is the link.  Feel free to go ahead and save it to your favorites:

http://www.soapcalc.net/calc/SoapCalcWP.asp

Note:  In order for the SoapCalc to work, your computer must have JavaScript enabled.

Now, remember that it is imperative that all the correct information is given to calculate the proper saponification totals needed.

Once you are on the SoapCalc website, you will enter various items.  Starting from left and proceeding to the right, the first information needed is the type of lye.  If you are making bar soaps, you will need to ensure that the NaOH button is selected.  If you are making liquid soaps, you will need to ensure that the KOH button is selected.  Yea, the first step is done.

The next step is to calculate the weight of oils.  These will be based on the weight solely of the oils; do not include water or lye into this total.  You will have to select the button in pounds, ounces, or grams.  Our suggestion is that it is easiest to use ounces for this category.  However, regardless of which weight unit you select all 3 (pounds, ounces, and grams) will be presented on your printable recipe.  As a rule of thumb, using 16oz of soaping oils will produce about 20 oz of soap.  This however, may vary.  It is completely dependent on the types of oils used, any additional additives, and the amount of water used.  We have found that 48 ounces of soaping oils typically create 4 pounds of finished bar soap; allowing you to fill all 4 loaf molds in our 4 Loaf Silicone Mold.

For the third section of the soaping calculator, you will be entering the water.  This can be a little confusing.  If you are a beginner, it is best if you select the water as % of oils button.  This automatically fills in a default of 38%.  This number can be changed, but if you are new, this is a standard suggested by the soap calculator.  Once you have accomplished making your first few batches of soap, you may want to start to decrease this percentage little by little until about 33%.  For the advanced soaper and those with soaping experience you also have the option of entering a lye concentration percentage or an option for entering a water to lye ratio.

The next section is the super fat and fragrance.  If you recall from the earlier soap making blogs, a super fat pertains to the amount of soaping oils that is unsaponified by the lye.  This could also be considered the surplus of oils.  Since the soaping calculator provides your calculated recipe, you may want to deliberately leave a certain percentage of your soaping oils in your bars of soap.  SoapCalc automatically has a default of 5%, but this can be changed.  Some soapers choose to do this to add certain skin benefits such as creaminess or conditioning to their finished products.   However, be careful not to over super fat your soaps.  While saponified  oils in soap typically do not become rancid, the extra oils in your soap that were not saponified can overtime become rancid; producing the Dreaded Orange Spots.

As for the fragrance per pound section, it is not mandatory to enter something here.  If you do not plan on adding any fragrance to your recipe, the soap calculator will still produce your recipe.  However, if you do plan on adding a body safe fragrance oil to your soap recipe, you will want to add the weight of the fragrance oil per pound of soap.  A general starting point is .8 oz per lb, or 50 gm per kg.  Also, before using a fragrance oil in soap, make sure that the fragrance oil  was formulated for soap making, and check its IFRA maximum safe usage percentage (category #9).  At Natures Garden, we like our soap very fragrant, so if IFRA allows for it, we use 1 oz. fragrance per pound of soap in our recipes.

For the next section of the soaping calculator you will be selecting your soaping oils.  There is a list provided of common soaping oils used.  By double clicking on the specific oil that you would like or by clicking the oil once (to where it is highlighted) and then clicking on the plus sign (to the right of the list of oils), you will notice two things.  First, the oil name will appear in the next section, Section 6; as well as numbers will appear under the soap qualities and fatty acids box.  Each time you select a new oil to your recipe, the soap quality and fatty acid numbers will change.   This is a great section to review the soaping qualities of certain oils, as well as explore possibly adding some new oils to your recipe.  A quick tip:  by placing your icon over the soaping qualities listed in section 5, a green box will appear with a general range guideline.  This is for reference only.  Once you feel comfortable with your soap making skills, you may want to go above or below the ranges.

Other important information that is provided with each oil that you select is the SAP value.  This is the amount of lye that is required to saponify that specific oil.  The values will be located directly below the list of commonly used soaping oils.  The Iodine value of each soaping oil selected will also appear.  It is located directly under the 5 soaping qualities.  This number is a general gauge for the hardness of the soap bar supplied by that oil.  Always remember:  the lower the Iodine number, the harder your bars will be.

The final number that you need to acknowledge is the INS value.  This value is decided based on the Iodine value and the SAP value.  The optimal number here is 160 for your total recipe oils value.  Although it is not yet concrete, studies have been conducted to show that reaching the ideal INS of 160 in soaping recipes, improves trace, gel phase, and total saponification time.

If at any time you accidently select the wrong soaping oil, or change your mind on which oils you will be using, there are plus and minus signs to the left of the listed oils in section 6.  By simply clicking the minus sign, the soaping oil that you had selected will now be removed.

Once you have all of the soaping oils you would like included in your recipe listed in section 6, the final step in this section is to add the amounts.  You can do this in two ways.  The first is by percentage.  You do this by clicking the circle above the symbol %.  Please note the total amount of weight for your soaping oils must equal 100%.  The actual weight based on the percent of the oil that you would like to use will be calculated for you once you view your recipe, but let’s not get too far ahead.  The other possible way to enter your amounts of oils is by clicking the weight button.  This will either say lb (pound), oz (ounce), or gm (gram), depending on which weight unit you selected in section 2- weight of oils.

In the seventh section of the soaping calculator, you will click the calculate recipe button.  Once this button is selected, the soaping calculator fills in information about your total recipe.  If there is anything off with the recipe, an alert will appear on your screen.  An example of one of these messages would be if your recipe contains a high lye to water percentage.  Usually, a percentage of 40 or higher is considered not safe, but the soaping calculator will still present your recipe.  The soaping calculator will also provide you with a solution and an explanation as to why there may be issues with your recipe.

Once any problems are acknowledged or solved, it is time to take a look at what characteristics your soap recipe provides.  There are 3 categories that you will want to review:  the soap bar qualities, the percentages of fatty acid, and the ratio of saturated to unsaturated fats.

If you are a newbie:  Remember, you may want to reference your ranges for qualities on a nice balanced bar of soap, making sure you have oils that accommodate nicely among all 5 of the distinct soaping qualities.

If you are unhappy with your recipes results, modifications can be made until you are.  It is as simple as correcting the area you are not happy with and selecting the calculate recipe button until your results are where you want them to be.  When you are ready to print your recipe, simply select the View/Print Recipe button.  This button will become active after the calculate button has been selected.  The recipe will be viewed in two ways.  You will either have a new window pop up, or a new tab appear.   This will show you the recipe with amounts, plus give you some other useful information where you can reference the total soaping qualities of the recipe.

If you would like to compare several recipes against one another, you will want to click the multiple tabs button next to the view/print recipe button.  This will allow you to either have multiple screens or tabs to compare with ease before you print.

Now let’s take a quick look at the information that the printable recipe page provides.

The top portion (blue boxes) of the page provides a quick look summary of your recipes parameters.  The next section (pink boxes) references the required amount of lye and water that is necessary for your recipe.  This section’s information is provided in pounds, ounces, and grams.  The soaping oils section (green boxes) also is provided in pounds, ounces, and grams.  The soaping qualities range is provided in the next section (yellow boxes).  Your recipes total is configured right next to the range, as is the fatty acid profile of your recipe.

When you are ready to print, select the print recipe button.  There is one button in the top right corner, and there is a second print button in the bottom right corner as well.

And, that it is.  Don’t be afraid to get out there and explore with all of your new found soaping information.

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Have fun!

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Sparkles!!! Nicole

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