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Feb
02

Chocolate Lovers Type Fragrance

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Chocolate Lovers Type FragranceChocolate Lovers Type Fragrance – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Ah love is in the air! With Valentines Day right around the corner how could it not be? It’s officially the time of year for romance, intimacy, and best of all chocolate! Natures Garden’s Chocolate Lovers Type Fragrance Oil is the perfect scent for this holiday that is as sugary sweet as your sweetheart.

What Does Chocolate Lovers Type Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a fusion of lemon, orange, bergamot and mandarin, lily of the valley and coriander emerged with unmistakable notes of sweet chocolate, along with warm vanilla and musk.

Top Notes: bergamot, orange, lemon, mandarin
Mid Notes:  lily of the valley, honeysuckle, coriander
Base Notes:  chocolate, vanilla, musk, cashmere woods

How Do Our Customers Use Chocolate Lovers Type Fragrance Oil?

Various homemade products can be made using this scrumptious scent, including perfumes, lotions, and cleaners. Perfumes will perform perfectly when using this chocolate fragrance. Both perfumes and lotions can use a maximum of 5%. Cleaning products made with this chocolate scent can use no more than 4.3% of fragrance.

Homemade candles and room scents can be created using this romantic fragrance. Incense, potpourri, and reed diffusers are all room scents that can use up to 50% of this fragrance oil. Also, aroma beads will have a nice, strong performance with this scent. Lovely hand crafted candles containing vegetable waxes or paraffin wax can be made using up to 10% of this fragrance. Soy waxjoy wax, and wow wax have all been found to perform perfectly with this scent. Further, it is nice and strong in soy wax. We recommend that you use five drops of brown liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax. Alternatively, you could shred a small amount of brown color block into the melted candle wax. Please note that crayons are not a viable substitute for a candle colorant as they will clog your wick.

Fabulous bath and body products can be created with Chocolate Lovers Type Fragrance Oil. Bath gels and bath oils will perform well with a fragrance concentration of 5% or less. Homemade soap crafters can use this scent in a variety of products, such as melt and pour soap or cold process soap. Regardless, the fragrance concentration we recommend for any soap recipe should be no more than 5%. Our cold process soap testing results show that Natures Garden’s Chocolate Lovers Type scent worked very well! Adding the fragrance to our soap recipe resulted in no ricing, no acceleration, and no separation. The bar will have a good scent retention and discolor to a milk chocolate hue. This discoloration is partially due to a vanillin content of 8.75% and will likely be counteracted by adding our Vanilla White Color Stabilizer. However, there are more than forty ingredients used in fragrance manufacturing that may contribute to discoloration of products as well. So, the bar may not become entirely white after adding the stabilizer, but it should still produce a lighter color in the bar. For coloring we recommend using brown soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you.  Never use candle dye in any body products.

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Are you looking for a fun way to incorporate this chocolate scent into your homemade crafts? Why not try our Chocolate Dipped Bath Fizzies Recipe!  This is a recipe any chocolate lover is sure to appreciate.

Feb
01

Extremely Sexy for Women Fragrance

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Extremely Sexy For Women Fragrance OilExtremely Sexy for Women Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Spotlight

Extremely Sexy for Women Fragrance Oil is a gorgeous fragrance duplicate of a sexy designer perfume that is hard to beat. This amorous aroma is so tempting that it is just incredibly impossible to resist. Between the sweet, seductive top notes and sensual base notes, this scent is hard to beat. So why not make yourself and your products absolutely irresistible this sexy Nature’s Garden fragrance!

What Does Extremely Sexy for Women Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This is a very vibrant fragrance oil by Natures Garden! With notes of cactus flower and clementine, blackberry, and vanilla orchid. Base notes of white amber and pimento. Makes any woman feel very sexy!  Compare NG’s Extremely Sexy for Women Fragrance Oil to Very Sexy for Women perfume.

Top Notes: mandarin, tangerine, blackberry, clementine
Mid Notes:  jasmine, honeysuckle, lily, violet, cactus flower, vanilla orchid
Base Notes:  blonde woods, musk, white amber, pimento

How Do Our Customers Use Extremely Sexy for Women Fragrance Oil?

Homemade room scents and hand crafted candles can be created using this sensual scent. Room scents can use up to 50% of this exotic fragrance in products like reed diffusers, incense, and potpourri. Further, aroma beads will be nice and strong for this scent. Candle crafters can use up to 10% of this scent in products containing vegetable waxes and paraffin wax. The fragrance will perform perfectly in joy wax, wow wax, and soy wax. In soy wax the scent will be is nice and strong. Also, Extremely Sexy for Women Fragrance Oil is compatible with gel wax, but it is still the customers responsibility to test each purchase. We suggest adding no color when using this  fragrance oil , but you can use any liquid candle dyes or color blocks. Just pick the most tempting tint and go wild!

Amorous bath and body products can be created with this feminine fragrance oil. Handmade soap makers can utilize this scent in their cp soap or melt and pour soap recipes at a maximum recommendation of 5%. Our cold process soap testing results show that this soap will have no ricing and no separation, but there is a slight acceleration. Although this mild acceleration will occur, the soaps can still look nice as long as you work fast. Also, a bar using this scent won’t have any discoloration and will retain a good scent. We suggest not coloring soaps that contain this fragrance oil. However, you can still use any hue of our various soap colorants if you desire to do so. Additionally, bath gels and bath oils will perform well as long as the fragrance is not more than the recommended 5%.

A wide variety of products can be created with this sexy scent, including lotions, perfumes, and even cleaning products. In fact, we at Natures Garden have come up a sexy body spray recipe specifically for this gorgeous scent! If you create a perfume with this scent, then it will perform perfectly when 5% or less of this fragrance is included. We also recommend a maximum of 5% in lotions and cleaning products.

Jan
25

Caramel Custard Fragrance

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Caramel Custard FragranceCaramel Custard Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Spotlight

Nature’s Gardens Caramel Custard Fragrance Oil has been described by our customers as a rich, creamy fragrance oil that smells wonderful.  Others have stated that the smell of caramel and the sweetness of the custard is a definite must.  Our customers agree that this caramel custard scent is sweet, but not too sweet.  If you’re like me, you’re going to try this out on your own to see what all the talk is about.

What Does Caramel Custard Fragrance Oil Smell Like? 

Caramel Custard Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden is the mouth-watering combination of Caramel, Maple Leaf , French Vanilla, Rum, Caramel Creme, Brown Sugar, Heavy Cream, Caramelized Sugar, and Vanilla Extract.  An NG Original Scent!

Top Notes: rum, maple
Mid Notes: caramel, brown sugar
Base Notes: vanilla, creamy custard

How Do Our Customers Use Caramel Custard Fragrance Oil?

Let’s start with homemade soap.  The maximum recommended usage for this caramel fragrance oil is 5% in cold process soap or melt and pour soap.  This also includes bath and body products such as bath bombs, homemade sugar scrubs, bath oils, bath gels, lotions, and perfumes.  Natures Garden’s cold process soap testing results shows that this creamy fragrance has no ricing, no acceleration, and no separation.  It discolors to a medium brown and has a good scent retention.  The vanillin content of our Caramel Custard Fragrance Oil is 4%.  Vanilla White Color stabilizer may help prevent discoloration due to vanilla.  However, there are more than 40 ingredients used in fragrance manufacturing that may contribute to discoloration of products. The color suggestion for your homemade soaps and other homemade bath and body products is to use brown soap colorantorange soap colorant, and yellow soap colorant in the amounts that satisfy you.  Please remember to never use candle dye in any homemade bath and body products.

Caramel Custard Cold Process Soap RecipeWhether you’re a seasoned soap maker or a newbie, you will definitely want to check out this Caramel Custard Cold Process Soap Recipe by Natures Garden.

For homemade cleaning products the maximum recommended usage rate is 5%.  Room scenters make homemade reed diffusers, incense, and potpourri.  The maximum usage rate for this nice, warm caramel scent is 50%.  In aroma beads, the scent is nice and strong.

For homemade candles, the maximum usage is 10%.  In homemade candles our Caramel Custard Fragrance Oil performs perfectly in joy wax, and wow wax.  This creamy scent is also nice and strong in soy wax.  Coloring suggestions for your homemade candles are to use 2 drops of brown liquid candle dye plus a little bit of orange liquid candle dye and yellow liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax.   Another suggestion is to shred a small amount of a brown, orange, and yellow color block into your melted wax.  Just a friendly reminder, never use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

If you’re ready to get started with Caramel Custard Fragrance Oil, just type “caramel custard fragrance oil” into the Natures Garden’s search bar and ordering page will appear.  Place your order today!

 

Jan
22

Class and Sass Fragrance

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Class and Sass FragranceClass and Sass Fragrance Oil– Spotlight Fragrance

This fragrance is an iconic scent and a long time duplicate of an elegant, well-loved fragrance. Even though the name has recently changed, the scent we carry has remained exactly the same. Class and Sass Fragrance Oil may have a brand new name, but this scent is virtually timeless. Not only has this fragrance persisted for decades, but it is similar to scent that was a favorite of Marilyn Monroe.  Why not try this sophisticated scent and smell for yourself?

What Does Class and Sass Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

A truly classy, feminine, timeless scent that is sassy at the same time.  A gorgeous array of fresh floral ylang ylang, rose petals, and French jasmine. Lovely notes of vetiver and sandalwood, provides a woodsy bottom.

Top Notes:  bergamot, fresh air
Mid Notes:  rose, violet, lily, jasmine, ylang-ylang
Base Notes:  musk, vanilla bean, sandalwood, vetiver

How Do Our Customers Use Class and Sass Fragrance Oil?

Many of our customers use this fragrance to make perfumes, natural cleaners, and lotions. We recommend using a maximum of 5% in these your handmade products. Also, this fragrance will perform perfectly in a perfume.

Homemade bath products, and body products can be crafted using this feminine fragrance and will perform well. Homemade cp soap, melt and pour soap, bath oils and bath gels should be made in accordance with the maximum usage rate of 5% for this fragrance. Soapers should be glad to know that our cold process soap testing results found this this scent to be a perfect pour! Not only that, but there is no ricing, no acceleration, and no separation. The bar will discolor to a light tan, but has a strong scent retention.  If you wish to acquire a lighter bar, then vanilla white stabilizer may be the solution. The vanillin content is 1% and has the potential to discolor soap. However, there are more than 40 ingredients used in fragrance manufacturing that may contribute to discoloration of products. Even though we recommend you to not use any coloring this fragrance, you can add either color blocks or liquid candle dye if you so choose.

Hand made candles and room scents can be created using this classic fragrance oil. Room scenters can use up to 50% of this fragrance in potpourri and incense. Also, this scent will perform nice and strong in aroma beads. Candle makers can use a maximum of 10% in vegetable waxes or paraffin wax. Our Class and Sass Fragrance Oil performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax. Further,this scent is nice and strong in soy wax. Although we recommend not to not use color for this scent, feel free to color your products. If you wish to add color, you can use any desired soap colorant.

Our customers use this feminine scent for a variety of products and crafts. No matter how complex or simple the project, you almost always have room to add a great scent. Although this is how most of our customers use this Nature’s Garden scent, feel free to make anything and let your imagination roam!

 

Jan
19

Dare To Be Sexy Fragrance

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Dare To Be Sexy FragranceDare To Be Sexy Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Spotlight

Dare To Be Sexy Fragrance Oil from Natures Garden is a scent for the most confident, fearless and seductive creatures. This is a fragrance  will tease the senses and leave your mind craving more. Do you dare to try?

What Does Dare To Be Sexy Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a naughty blend of sweet sensuality and sinful fruits starring in this Oh So Sexy fragrance. Luscious peach nectar, red delicious apple and ripe blood orange lead you to the sensual floral heart. Delicate muguet and pretty pink peonies are teased by a tempting black plum, and tickled with notes of musky vanilla.

Top Notes: Peach Nectar, Apple, Blood Orange
Mid Notes: Muguet, Pink Peony, Black Plum
Base Notes: Musk, Precious Woods, Vanilla

How Do Our Customers Use Dare To Be Sexy Fragrance Oil?

This fragrance oil works well when making homemade room scents and hand crafted candles. When making room scents, including reed diffusers, incense, and potpourri, can use up to 50% of this feminine fragrance. Also, this fragrance oil is nice and strong in aroma beads. Homemade candle makers can make use of this daring fragrance as well. Vegetable waxes and paraffin wax can use up to 10% of this aroma in their products. This fragrance oil will perform perfectly in joy wax, wow wax, and soy wax. Additionally, it is nice and strong in candles made from soy wax. We recommend coloring your candles with three drops of red liquid candle dye with three drops purple liquid candle dye. Another option would be adding a small amount of shredded red color block and purple color block per 4 pounds of wax used. Remember to never use crayons to color your candles as they will clog the wick of your candle.

Gorgeous bath and body products can be created using Dare To Be Sexy Fragrance Oil. Any bath gels and bath oils will perform well with this sexy fragrance oil with a recommended usage rate of 5%. Homemade soap makers can use this fragrance to make either melt-and-pour soaps or cold process soaps. This fragrance has shown to perform amazingly in cold process soap! Our cold process soap testing results show no acceleration, no ricing, and no separation. Since the fragrance contains nearly no vanillin, at 0.04%, a bar of soap using this fragrance should have no discoloration. Also, the soap will retain a great fragrance! Overall, Dare To Be Sexy Fragrance Oil is absolutely perfect for cold process soap. If you wish to color your products, we recommend red soap colorant and purple soap colorant in any amount that produces the shade you desire. Be sure to never use candle dye in any body products.

There are so many other great uses for this amazing feminine scent! A few ideas are homemade lotions, perfumes and all natural cleaning products. You could also try Natures Garden’s free recipe using this very fragrance oil.  Check out our Valentine’s Day Bouquet Recipe.

Jan
13

Caramel Fragrance

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Caramel FragranceCaramel Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Spotlight

Caramel is often regarded as a staple for nearly every single delectable dessert. Whether it is drizzled over a cheesecake or gushing out of an oven fresh brownie, caramel never seems to disappoint a crowd. Heck, it has even been known to transform healthy foods into tasty treats that are worthy of the biggest sweet tooth. Not only can you sweeten the deal on a big green apple, but caramel has a scent just as delicious as its taste. The Caramel Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden is so true to this decadent aroma, that you might just think you opened a fresh bottle of homemade caramel syrup.

What Does Caramel Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Natures Garden’s Caramel Fragrance Oil is a buttery, toffee caramel aroma.  Great to use by itself or to mix for creative fragrance blends.

How Do Our Customers Use Caramel Fragrance Oil?

Whether you’re a seasoned soap maker or one of the new soapers on the block, our Caramel Fragrance Oil is a great fragrance to use for your soap making recipe. This candy scent can be added to bath oils, soaps, and bath gels at a maximum recommendation of 5%. The Natures Garden cold process soap testing results have shown that our caramel fragrance oil works well in homemade soaps. Not only did this fragrance produce a perfect pour, but there wasn’t any ricing, acceleration, or separation. A bar using this scent has the potential to discolor to a beige and will maintain a light scent retention. However, a lighter bar is possible for those who desire one. Since the vanillin content is 2.6%, vanilla white stabilizer can be used to achieve a lighter bar. Further, we recommend using brown soap colorant and orange soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you for this fragrance. Never use candle dye in any body products.

Homemade scenters may find our Caramel Fragrance Oil to be a perfect addition to any candle, perfume, or cleaner. First, candle makers may add this fragrance to either vegetable waxes or paraffin wax at a maximum usage of 10%.  This sugary scent performs perfectly in joy wax, wow wax, and soy wax. Also, it is nice and strong in both aroma beads and soy wax. We suggest using 2 drops brown liquid candle dye and 1 drop orange liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax or to shred a small amount of a brown color block and an orange color block into your melted wax. Remember, crayons aren’t sufficient substitutes for colorants and will clog your wick. Second, those making lotions, perfumes or cleaning products can use up to 5% of this fragrance oil.  Also, this fragrance will perform perfectly in perfumes. Lastly, do-it-yourself room scenters can use this scent at a 50% usage rate for potpourri, reed diffusers, or incense.

So what are you waiting for? Natures Garden’s Caramel Fragrance Oil is a delectable scent that not only works well in soaps, candles, and a multitude of other delightful homemade products, but it smells great too!

Jan
11

Total Hot Man Fragrance

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Total Hot Man FragranceTotal Hot Man Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

What’s better than a genie in a lamp? How about a total hunk of a man in a bottle! Even though you could get three wishes, genies always seem to twist them into a disaster. On the other hand, what could go wrong with a totally hot man? Plus, you know exactly what you’re getting: a complete hottie! This Nature’s Garden original scent is the only wish you’ll need granted this Valentines Day, so try out our Total Hot Man Fragrance Oil

What Does Total Hot Man Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the confident, enticing aroma for today’s modern man.  This fragrance is centered around a note of patchouli, balanced by fresh sage, crispy green notes, and freshly sliced mango; all sitting on base notes of earthy sandalwood and tonka bean.  An NG Original Fragrance!

How Do Our Customers Use Total Hot Man Fragrance Oil?

Nature’s Garden customers can use this sexy fragrance in numerous kinds of projects. For example, lotions, perfumes, and all natural cleaners can all be created with our Total Hot Man Fragrance. These perfumes will perform perfectly! Just remember not to go over the 5% usage rate for any of these products.

Both hand crafted candles and homemade room scents can incorporate this totally hot masculine scent! Room scents, such as reed diffusers, incense, and potpourri, can use up to 50% of this fragrance. Also, this scent will perform nice and strong in aroma beads. Homemade candle makers can use a maximum of 10% in vegetable waxes and paraffin wax. Also, the fragrance will perform perfectly in joy wax, wow wax, and soy wax. The Total Hot Man Fragrance Oil has been noted as a nice, strong scent in soy wax. For optional coloring, we suggest that coloring be done by adding two drops blue liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax. Alternatively, adding a small amount of shredded blue color block to the same amount will create a nice color. No matter how you choose to color your products just remember that crayons will clog your wick and shouldn’t be used.

Different kinds of bath and body products can be made using this fragrance. Bath oils and bath gels will perform well as long as the fragrance is 5% or less of the total weight for the recipe. Various kinds of hand crafted soaps can be created using this fragrance oil. The maximum use for this manly scent in soaps is 5%. Our cold process soap testing results revealed that this scent produces no acceleration, no ricing, and no separation. Also, a bar containing Total Hot Man Fragrance oil will have zero discoloration and have a strong scent retention. If you wish to color, then we recommend the use of blue soap colorant in an amount that suits you. Just make sure to never use candle dye in any body products.

Are you looking for the perfect recipe for this masculine scent?  Why not try our Total Hot Man CP Soap Recipe. Natures Garden’s Total Hot Man Fragrance Oil is the perfect scent to make any man smell absolutely irresistible.

 

Oct
14

Pumpkin Roll Fragrance

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Pumpkin Roll FragrancePumpkin Roll Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Pumpkin Roll is an amazing dessert generally reserved for Fall time. The whole season is a big ol’ pumpkin party. This delicious treat is made using pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, and sugar, then covered in a mix of cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar before being rolled into the shape that gives it its name. The Pumpkin Roll is also the name of an annual class prank played by seniors of Chagrin Falls High School (Ohio) in which they dump pumpkins down Grove Hill (the steepest part of Main Street) and it has evolved to include students sledding down the hill after their pumpkins. This has been an annual tradition since 1969. I personally prefer delicious pumpkin dessert to potentially dangerous pumpkin-related high jinks.

What Does Pumpkin Roll Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Comfort food at its best: sweet sugar pumpkin puree spiced with hints of cinnamon, and nutmeg layered onto a warm, sweet-butter crust, drizzled with maple and honey. Yummy!

Top Notes: Sugar Pumpkin, Orange, Sweet Butter
Mid Notes: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Maple
Base Notes: Vanilla

How Do Our Customers Use Pumpkin Roll Fragrance Oil?

Candles! This sumptuous scent performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax and is nice and strong in soy wax. It is not gel wax compatible. The maximum recommended usage for this fall fragrance in vegetable waxes and paraffin wax is 10%. Our coloring suggestions for candles are to use 5 drops orange plus 1 drop brown liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax or shred an ample amount of orange and brown color block into your melted wax. Never color candles with crayons; it will clog the wick!

Room scents! This freshly-baked fragrance comes across nice and strong in aroma beads and its maximum recommended usage percentage in incense and potpourri is 50%.

Soaps! This spicy, sweet scent performs well in bath and body products and its maximum usage percentage in bath oils, bath gels, and soaps is 5%. Our cold process soap testing found that this mouth-watering aroma had a perfect pour in CP soap: no acceleration, no ricing, no separation, and strong scent retention after cure. It did, however, discolor to a tan color. This is possibly due to the fragrance’s 2.6% vanillin content. Vanillin may discolor bath and body products to varying shades of brown; the higher the vanillin content, the darker the discoloration. To combat discoloration due to vanilla, try Vanilla White Color Stabilizer. Remember, you are responsible for the results in your finished products. Our coloring suggestions for bath and body products are to use orange and brown soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you. Never color bath and body products with candle dye or they will end up coloring you!

We’ve also got this cute recipe for Pumpkin Puke Soap Jelly– perfect for kids and just in time for Halloween! There is no lye involved- so older kids could definitely help with the measuring and mixing of ingredients: melt and pour soap, optiphen, soap colorant, and fragrance– just be sure to be careful not to ingest fragrance- no matter how good it smells! Kids of all ages can help decorate the outside of the jars that will hold the soap. You can make them look like jack-o-lanterns in the picture included with the recipe, or any other fun. spooky Halloween decoration you can imagine!

Body products! This autumn aroma performs perfectly in perfumes and its maximum usage percentage in body sprays and lotions is 5%.

Cleaning products (not for your body)! The maximum usage percentage for this seasonal scent in cleaning products is 5%.

Check out our Unscented Bases for an easy way to create a variety of products using this delicious dessert scent– just be sure to follow the guidelines above!

Sep
27

Natural Soap Colorants: Katie Makes Soap Part 2

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Natural Soap ColorantsHi, there! It’s me, Katie, again. I’ve already told you about my first attempt at soapmaking. and guess what? I made more soap! Or at least tried to. This time I decided to experiment with natural soap colorants in melt and pour soap. (Different soap processes can affect natural colorants differently, but you’re generally OK with melt and pour- read the pages on the colorants for more information.) I wanted to make a color gradient with natural soap colorants, and I had the following powders: Red Moroccan Clay Powder, Orange Peel Powder, Carrot Powder, Rose Clay Powder, and Lemon Peel Powder. I used red clay, orange peel, and carrot in my first soap, and I got rose clay and lemon peel for a pink lemonade soap idea that I had (didn’t work out, going to try again- that blog will be coming soon!).

So, when you want to disperse a powder evenly in soap for coloring purposes, you want to ‘wet’ it with vegetable glycerin. Soap loves glycerin. I got a two pound slab of Shea Butter Melt and Pour, and first cut it in half because I was using a 1lb loaf mold. Then- lucky me- that slab was divided evenly into 20 squares- five rows of four- and I had five powders- so I separated my melt and pour base into five cups of four squares each. Then I measured out 0.1 oz of each powder into separate lil glass bowls. (One tenth of an ounce is the smallest amount [in ounces] that my scale would register.) I added 0.1 oz of veggie glycerin to each of my fruit and veggie powders, but the lemon peel powder was not mixing well- so I added more! I used 0.2 oz veggie glycerin for my fruit and veggie powders. I had to beat out the lumps of the carrot powder but with the extra veggie glycerin, it ended up being a very thin liquid. The others were more like pastes. I added 0.1 oz of veggie glycerin to my clay powders and that was enough to turn them into a workable texture. Woohoo! Here are my powders lined up:Powders

Out of habit, I had originally thought the lemon peel mixture would be the lightest- yellow, right? But it was actually a light brown. Hmm. Well. My eyes didn’t lie. So I lined the powders up this way since it seemed to be the most aesthetically pleasing- looked like a gradient and that’s what I was going for.

This time, I used the microwave for my melting and wow, that was so much faster and easier than trying to use the stove. I still wasn’t 100% sure on my carrot, orange, and lemon powders being in the correct order for a proper gradient (lemon = yellow, right, brain?) so I put my four squares each of melt and pour (cut up, of course, for easier melting) into three glass containers with spouts and thoroughly stirred in my powder-glycerin mixtures.

Natural Soap Colorants

Lemon was clearly the darkest of the three. It was a close call between carrot and orange, but orange was definitely closer to the color of the lemon powder soap. Well, alright. I had to melt them again because melt and pour isn’t really designed for stopping and taking photos and then I began pouring them into the mold one layer at a time. I poured my carrot layer first and sprayed the top with rubbing alcohol to get rid of air bubbles. I let that sit for.. I’m not sure exactly- about half an hour? It was only 1/5 of a pound so it didn’t take too terribly long to set up. Then I sprayed the top of that layer with rubbing alcohol (it evaporates out- so no worries there) and poured the next layer, sprayed it with rubbing alcohol, and let it set up. I repeated these steps for all five layers.

Natural Soap ColorantsI let the soap sit for a while before I popped it out of the mold to admire it, and then waited even longer before I cut it. I ended up with five ~1″ thick bars. I just cut it on a cutting board with a big knife- nothing fancy, so it’s not exact. And behold these beauties: the dark spots in the middle layers are likely spots where my powder clumped up but the carrot powder also seemed to settle into little specks on the bottom. I like it. It’s super cute. The lemon layer is also the most malleable, the other layers are quite hard and the lemon layer has a small bit of give. This bar smells slightly citrus-y near the lemon and orange layers, but overall, no overwhelming scent – I was more focused on the appearance anyway. It lathers like a dream, though. <3

Natural Soap ColorantsWhat did I learn? Well, the concentration of your powder is very important in determining coloring. That failed soap I mentioned above? I used the same amount of rose clay powder (and veggie glycerin to color an entire pound of it and you can really tell the difference 5x colorant concentration makes. The red clay layer actually looks closer to the solid-colored soap. Interesting. I think if I made another gradient soap, I would pick one colorant and do the different layers in different concentrations. No guess work when it comes to the proper order that way. It’s also been brought to my attention that certain non-clay powders may have the tendency to oxidize and eventually turn brown. I think they worked well in this soap not to mention the added benefits, but I may stick with clay for colorants in the future.

Here’s my first soap side-by-side with my second soap. So cute! Different combinations and different concentrations make different colors. I can’t wait to experiment with this further!

SidebySide

Sep
12

My First Attempt at Soapmaking

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Enji Natures GardenHi, I’m Katie from Nature’s Garden. (That’s me and Enji!) We’ve got a great team here, and my role largely involves writing fragrance blogs and rendering videos. I’ve been working here for a little over two months, and I’ve watched Bailey make a LOT of soap (you can, too, if you click that link)! Until I started working here, I had very little knowledge of soapmaking (and I still have a LOT to learn), but you bet your bippy I like crafts of all kinds, and I’ve been itching to get my hands on some soap. This past weekend, a friend asked me to house-sit and I had a rare opportunity: an entire kitchen at my disposal. (I live with my folks, two teenage siblings, and a large puppy [keep reading for pic], so the kitchen can be a little crowded.) On Friday, I frantically purchased soapmaking supplies from our store, and soon after started my first foray into melt-and-pour.

Katie’s Impulsive Orange Soap

Truthfully, I don’t trust myself with anything too potentially hazardous. While I’ve read all about lye safety and its proper handling, I still don’t trust my clumsy self. Melt and pour seemed to be the way to go. We use mango butter in our cold process soap-testing recipe because of its moisturizing properties, so I decided to buy some Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap.

Natures Garden Reed Diffuser KitOn a separate note, I am absolutely obsessed with Blood Orange Essential Oil. Pictured to the right is the reed diffuser that sits in my office, filled with blood orange essential oil (and reed diffuser baseReed diffuser kits come plain- I just painted mine to match the workplace). It smells insanely amazing and its considered aromatherapy benefits are as a stimulant and an anti-depressant (an aphrodisiac, too, but that’s not important at work). IMPORTANT NOTE ON USING CITRUS ESSENTIAL OILS IN BATH AND BODY PRODUCTS: Citrus fruits contain compounds designed to help them absorb sunlight to ripen. Citrus essential oils are likely to increase the photosensitivity- or sensitivity to sunlight- of your skin. I’m already as white as ghost, so I need to be especially careful not to use this soap on body parts that will see a lot of sun. I already get sunburnt pretty easily, and overuse of citrus essential oil on sun-exposed skin can lead to a type of super-sunburn. No thank you.

My idea quickly became centered around making an energizing soap with mango butter melt and pour and blood orange essential oil- but what else? I looked up natural soap colorantsOrange Peel Powder, rich with vitamins and a citrus aroma, seemed like an obvious addition, and for extra orange color, I included skin-nourishing Carrot Powder and cleansing Red Moroccan Clay Powder. Let me remind you again that I pretty much have no idea what I’m doing. –Since I was a kid, I’ve loved making my own recipes. Even if they were terrible. I once put cinnamon squares cereal in a bowl with ripped up bread and orange soda pop. I have no idea why. I can’t imagine anyone ate it. (I’m not sure how those fragrances would smell together, either.)– But no one’s going to eat this soap, so I figured I couldn’t go too terribly wrong, right?

To recap, here’s my recipe (and a picture of me and my dog for fun):

Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap – 1lb
Blood Orange Essential Oil – ~32 drops
Orange Peel Powder – 2 tbsp
Carrot Powder – 1 tbsp
Red Moroccan Clay Powder – 1 tbsp

Other Supplies:

Knife
Cutting board
Scale
Stove
Small sauce pan
Glass 2-cup Measuring Container with spout
Water
Tbsp measuring spoon
Small bowl
Whisk
Stainless steel spoon
Disposable pipettes
Bite-sized daisies mold

Making it:

First, gotta cut up those lil melt and pour squares. I cut my soap along the lines laid out and then I cut those pieces into halves or even quarters for faster melting. You can use a microwave, but I wanted more time to add my herbs and oil so I used the double boiler method to melt my mango butter base (or something very similar- I just googled “double boiler method” and that’s not exactly what I did. Oops.) In the little bowl I mixed 1 tbsp of each of my powders with the whisk, being sure to break up carrot powder clumps. Once my soap base was good and melt-y, I stirred in my powders and began mixing with a whisk. Shortly thereafter I used a pipette to add my blood orange essential oil. I didn’t measure this one out exactly, but a friend suggested I use no more than a few drops of essential oil per ounce of base, so initially I went with about 1 drop/oz. It didn’t smell orange-y enough to me,Impulsive-Orange-Two so I added an extra tbsp of orange peel powder and upped my essential oil to 2 drops/oz base. Once I got my batter thoroughly mixed, I poured it into that *cute little flower mold,* very messily, I might add, and very carefully laid the filled molds on paper towels on a flat shelf in the fridge. I waited a while for them to set up, at least a half hour, and then popped them out and put them in a zip-seal bag. THEY SMELL GREAT. I cannot get over how much I love this soap. I have never smelled anything like it before- it’s orange-y and herbal-y and the soap turned out to be a tan-orange color- and I LOVE IT.

But melt and pour comes in two pound slabs.. so what did I do with the other pound?

Bacon-SoapBACON SOAP

This one was more simple and scientific. One pound = 16 oz.  and (16 x 0.05 = 0.8). I measured out 0.8 oz Bacon Fragrance Oil and.. I’m not sure sure how much Red Moroccan Clay Powder I used.. maybe 3 or 4 tbsp? But I used the same melt and pour method described above and ended up with a pound of bacon soap! Woohoo! Be sure to keep this soap away from your puppy- he might mistake them for treats- they are bite-sized and they smell like bacon. Though honestly, my goofy dog will try to eat anything.

I can’t wait to create another soap recipe with herbs and essential oils!