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Shea Melt and Pour Soap

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

shea butter melt and pour soap It is really easy to make Shea melt and pour soap!

Melt and Pour Soap is one of the easiest and most fun ways to make a homemade product.  This type of soap making is an ideal venture for many reasons.

Melt and Pour soap projects are a great family activity to do with children; creating an enjoyable family time crafting together.
These soaps are a remarkable and memorable treat to give out as party favors, or gifts for loved ones and friends.
And, the fact that melt and pour soap is so easy to work with; no matter what your skill level you can create extraordinary works of art that are fun to wash with too.

So, regardless of the reason for making Melt and Pour Soap, one thing is for sure; you will love how the finished product leaves your skin feeling clean, soft, and supple.

Shea melt and pour soap differs from store bought brands in that it is not drying or harsh on your skin.  This soap base is detergent free, SLS free, and gluten free.  The Shea Butter melt and pour soap base is filled with superb skin loving agents like:

  • Shea butter which is ultra conditioning and nourishing.
  • Coconut oil which provides a wonderful bubble filled lather.
  • Sunflower oil, which acts as an amazing moisturizing agent for your skin.  In fact, sunflower oil also adds an even bigger element of a rich, creamy, and bubbly lather.
  • Glycerin, which works as an astonishing cleansing emulsifier.  It helps to lift dirt, oil, and impurities up and away from your skin.  This allows the everyday dirt and grime to easily be whisked away.  Plus, glycerin is also a humectant.  This means that it can actually drawl moisture from the air and pull it to the skin.

Besides all of the healthy and nourishing aspects to Shea melt and pour soap; there is also a beautiful artistic side to it too.  The adventure as to where you take your soaps is defined only by you; the crafter.  Shea melt and pour soap is fool proof.  It can be heated time and time again, without losing its integrity.

You can cater your soap to your specific like through shape, color, and scent.  You can even take your soap making skill to the next level by the addition of other skin loving attributes or additives.  Natures Garden carries all of the ingredients you need to add luxurious elements like rich cocoa butter or antioxidant packed vitamin E.  Through the addition of herbs like oatmeal, calendula flowers, rose petals, lavender flowers, paprika powder, or poppy seed, you can provide natural exfoliation.  Not only will your soap bar benefits exceed expectations, but you will also be adding a unique look, feel, and dimension to your soaps.

If we have you super excited about the possibility of making Shea soap or possibly other body products; but you still have unanswered questions, Natures Garden is here to help.  You can visit our website for free creative recipes and tips that have been tried and tested.  We also have in depth classes with step by step instruction for beginner soap makers.  And, you can always contact us via email, or connect with us on Facebook.

Great Cake Scent

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

a great cake scent7-UP Pound Cake Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This mouth watering, delicious scent is a winner across the board.  Appealing to a wide variety of customers, 7-UP pound cake is hands down one great cake scent.  Smelling just like a cake that is baking in the oven, many of our customers claim this cake scent smells good enough to eat.  With sweet, buttery notes and a splash of citrus, this scent will have people coming back for seconds.  In fact, the aroma of this cake scent is so strong, many people say it smells better than the real thing.

What does 7-UP Pound Cake Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a perfect blend of warm cake, almond, lemon, lime, vanilla, and sugar.  An NG Original Scent!  A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use 7-UP Pound Cake Fragrance Oil?

If you are a candle crafter, or if you are in the home scenting industry; this cake scent is amazing.  With an aroma that travels throughout the whole house, 7-UP Pound cake makes awesome candles and tarts with an incredible, yummy scent throw.  This scent works marvelously well in Joy, Soy, paraffin soy blends, Palm, Wow, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  This scent can even be used in potpourri burners and smelly jellies.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance oil is scrumptious.  The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 3%, and the Vanillin Content is 4% so Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is advised by our customers to stabilize discoloration in finished products.  This fresh and creamy cake scent is used to make: body scrubs, lotions, melt and pour soaps, liquid hand soap, foaming body butters, and bath jellies.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance behaves beautifully.  Here are the official results:  No acceleration. Discolors to a brown color.

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If you are looking for a succulent soap project using Natures Garden’s 7-Up Pound Cake scent, check out Natures Garden’s free recipe section for the 7 Up Bundt Cake Soap Recipe, or just simply click on this link.

Heart Soap

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

heart melt and pour soapThis Valentines Day lets celebrate the ones we love by making them homemade heart soap.

This heart soap project uses almost 4 pounds of melt and pour soap.  Although for this recipe, we suggest using Shea butter soap, any white soap base will work.  To view the multiple melt and pour soap bases Natures Garden carries, please click on this link.  Please Note:  You will also need a very small amount of diamond clear soap base.  This will be used to help keep the heart soap in place once it is folded.

The fragrance that we selected for the heart soap was Lick Me All Over.  Really any one of your favorite body safe fragrance oils from Natures Garden will work to scent this homemade project; just keep the vanillin content in mind.  If you choose to use a scent that does contain vanillin, you may want to consider using Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to reduce discoloration in your finished heart soap.  For the heart soap you will need to have at least 4 ounces of fragrance.  To see a list of other Valentines Day themed scents, please click on this link.

When it comes to color for the heart soap, we selected Tomato Red Fun Soap Colorant.  In order to achieve a nice, bold red you will need to use about one ounce of colorant.

Other ingredients that you will need for the heart soap project are:  Vegetable Glycerin and Whipped Soap Base.

The following molds were also used:  Love Heart Embed Mold and Square Loaf- Mold Market Molds

Before starting this project you will also need the following items:  Scale, Cutting Board, Knife, 9 x 13 Cake Pan, Wax Paper, Ruler, Rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle, Microwave Safe Glass Containers, Spatula, Mixing Spoons, Mixing Bowl, a hand held mixer, and 2 disposable cups.

Now that you have everything that you need, let’s get project heart soap underway!

Step 1:  Measure out 8.5 inches in length on your cake pan.  You will want to mark this point by placing your loaf mold there.  Next, tear off a piece of wax paper long enough to cover this area.  Lay the wax paper down and tuck it loosely into the corners.

Step 2:  In your microwaveable container, weigh out  500 grams of Shea Butter Soap.  Place this in the microwave and start melting it in 30 seconds increments. Stir gently in between.  Stop melting once the soap is in a liquid state.

Step 3:  Next, add 20 grams FUN Tomato Red Soap colorant, 14 grams vegetable glycerin, and 26 grams fragrance oil to the melted soap.  Stir well.  Now, pour all of the soap into the wax paper. Spritz with alcohol and allow this to fully set up.

heart soap

Step 4:  Once the red soap has set up, weigh out 20 grams of Diamond Clear soap.  Melt this for 30 seconds in the microwave or until it is in a liquid state.  Then, set it aside.

Step 5: 
In a large microwaveable bowl, weigh out and melt  1200 grams of Shea Butter Soap. Stir gently in between each round of melting. Keep melting until all soap is in a liquid state.  This will take some time.

Step 6:  Now, get the red soap and carefully remove the wax paper.  With one of the shorter edges facing you, lay the soap onto a cutting board.

red soap

Step 7:  Next, grab the loaf mold and mark it’s length using a knife.  Cut off excess soap and place it in a separate bowl.

making heart soap

Step 8:  Now, fold your red soap in half (long ways).  Using your fingers, gently curl the edges to meet.

how to make heart soap

Step 9:  Once you have a heart shape, slide one edge firmly into a disposable cup.  Repeat for the other side.  Now, pour some of the melted diamond clear soap down the center of the fold.  Don’t forget to move the soap so that the melted soap is able to reach under the cup portion too.  Then, set aside.

folding heart soap

Step 10:  Now that all of the white soap is in a liquid state, add 60 grams of fragrance Oil.  Mix well and set aside.  Next, get the loaf mold.  Remove the cups from the heart soap and gently place the heart upside down in the loaf mold.  Spritz generously with alcohol.

Step 11:  Using a spatula, carefully pour the white soap into the loaf.  Do not pour the soap onto the red heart directly.  Make sure to pour soap along the width edges to completely fill the inside opening of the heart.   Once the mold is filled, spritz with alcohol to reduce any bubbles.

homemade soap

Step 12:  Allow your soap to fully set up at room temperature, or to speed things up place your soap loaf in the refrigerator.  When the soap is completely set up, take it out of the mold and make sure you turn it back to right side up.  Set aside.

Step 13:   Now, take the bowl that has the scrap red soap.  Place it in the microwave, and remelt.  Next, pour the soap into the love hearts embed mold.  Allow this to fully set up, then pop them out.

heart soap embeds

Step 14:  Soap Frosting Steps:  Once the soap loaf is completely set up (which will take some time), weigh out 114 grams of Whipped Soap Base and 14 grams of vegetable glycerin.  Place both of these ingredients into a mixing bowl.  Set aside.

Step 15:  Now, weigh out 114 grams of Shea Butter soap.  Melt all of the soap down in the microwave, then pour it into the mixing bowl with the two other ingredients.

Step 16:  Using your hand held mixer, start to whip the ingredients together.  As you mix, watch for the ingredients to look like whipped frosting.  Stop mixing.

how to make soap frosting

Step 17:  Now working quickly, add 12 grams of fragrance oil and 2 drops Tomato Red Fun Soap Colorant to the mixing bowl.  Clean the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Then, start whipping the mixture. Make sure the mixture is well blended.  When the mixture begins to look like pink whipped frosting again, stop beating.

soap frosting

Step 18:  Using your spatula place the soap frosting evenly onto the loaf.  Now, place the love heart embeds into the soap frosting.  Allow this to set up.

embed heart soap

Your Bleeding Heart Soap Loaf is now ready to use.  Simply cut the loaf into bar size!  Now, depending on the size of the bars that you slice the loaf into; it will vary your total amount of bars made.  Enjoy!
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Please Vote for Natures Garden

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

natures gardenPlease take the time to vote for Natures Garden for FEDEX Small Business Grant!

We entered this contest last year, but when we found out that others in our industry entered, we decided not to ask for votes.  This year, we decided….Let’s Go For it….so we are asking for your help!

You can vote one time per day through February 23!

We were asked the following questions by FEDEX in order to enter their contest:

1.  If you could quickly summarize your business, how would you describe it?  Natures Garden builds lasting relationships with our customers by supplying high quality, affordable, candle, soap, and cosmetic supplies.

2.  What inspired you to get into the business you are in today?  We began making and selling candles to supplement our family income. We noticed during that time that the needs of candle makers were not being fully satisfied by the companies that sold candle making supplies. We started selling supplies to candle makers because the industry needed a company who was dedicated to providing free classes and recipes, offering high quality products at affordable prices, ensuring fast shipping, and promoting a “win-win” relationship with customers.

3.  How do you define success for yourself and for your business?  Success in business is a concerted effort of a winning “team” of individuals who are passionate about fully satisfying the needs of their customers; going above and beyond customer expectations. Success should never be about the owner of the company. Success comes when you know your collective team is making your customers happy. The best rewards that a company owner can receive is the praise of a happy staff, and most importantly, the praise of happy customers.

4.  How would you use the FedEx SMB Grant money to make a significant impact on your business and/or on others?  Natures Garden team works very hard to provide high quality products at affordable prices to our customers who in turn make and sell finished candles, soaps, and cosmetics. We currently offer free online classes and recipes that help our customers expand their product lines. Currently, those classes are in pdf format on our website. We would love to be able to build a room at Natures Garden that allowed us to begin shooting videos for our customers, and that allowed us to hold on-site classes.

Thank you for helping us!!  We sincerely appreciate your vote!!

Berry Bewitching Bath Brew Recipe

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Jenny1Here at Natures Garden, we are currently having an employee challenge.  For this spotlight challenge, we have asked each staff member to choose one of their favorite Natures Garden’s fragrance oils and create a project pertaining to that fragrance.  

Yet, another week has passed and we all know what that means!  It is time to get super excited to see this week’s Spotlight Creation.  Jenny, who has only worked for Natures Garden a few months, was the lucky Natures Garden employee selected for this week, and her spotlight creation is cleverly called “Berry Bewitching Bath Brew“.

Jenny is no newbie when it comes to crafting.  She enjoys spending her free time using jewelry crafting as her creative outlet.  Although, she enjoys beaded jewelry; her passion involves making jewelry with glamorous gemstones- adding a little bling to life.Bath-Brew1

When she is not designing beautiful jewelry, Jenny likes to spend time with her family.  Jenny is a newly married wife and also has a daughter.  She and her husband Scott will be celebrating their 1st year anniversary this Sunday.

Jenny, who has the sign Cancer, enjoys being outdoors.  She is a nature lover and animal lover too!

When it comes to leisure time, Jenny enjoys reading.  Her favorite author right now is Dan Brown.  Jenny thinks he is a great author because it’s a combo of “history, mystery, and a little bit of action.  It’s fun.”  Besides Dan Brown books, she has quite a collection of books in her personal library-sci fi, horror, and mystery.  But, she has a special liking for culture, history, and especially genealogy.

Jenny also enjoys listening to cultured music, and is patiently waiting for the new season of The Walking Dead to start.

Jenny loves the color purple and when it comes to Jenny’s life motto she reinvented an age ole adage:  “Knowledge is empowerment!”

For complete instructions for Jenny’s Spotlight Creation, click here or view it under Natures Garden’s free classes and recipes section of the website.

Fresh Fallen Leaves Soap Recipe

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

We are currently in week 4 of the Natures Garden staff member challenge.  Everyone is excitedly working on their creative projects at Natures Garden and they are having a blast creating them.  For the challenge, each staff member has to come up with their own recipe using Natures Garden supplies.  The project has to be made with one of their favorite Natures Garden fragrance oils, and they are encouraged to be as creative as possible.  Melissa was the fourth staff member to partake in the challenge, and her recipe is what she calls: Fresh Fallen Leaves Soap.

Melissa has been a customer service representative for Natures Garden for years.  She is quite possibly one of the happiest and outgoing people around.  She is bursting with positivity and cheerfulness, and she is always willing to help.  Melissa loves people, especially those that are different than her.  Melissa says she likes to see things from others’ perspective.  It opens her eyes to new experiences she might have missed out on.autumn-soap1

melissa picAs for her other loves, Melissa loves shopping and finding good deals!  Her first addiction is zebra, as well as zebra print, although she admits some call her love for zebra an obsession.  This is followed closely by her love of shoes.  This girly girl is currently sitting on 150 (yes that is 150) different pairs of shoes!  Melissa’s third addiction is coffee.

In her spare time, Melissa loves to ski.  She has been skiing her whole life.  She also has a passion for singing.  Melissa openly admits that she can not sing well, but radiantly says, “if I turn the radio up loud enough, no one know the difference.”  Going hand in hand, another thing that Melissa loves to do is dance in the rain.  She has even been known to dance in the rain in the parking lot outside of Natures Garden.

Melissa’s inspiration for her spotlight creation project was her love of autumn.  Besides loving the bold and beautiful colors of a northeastern fall, she adores dressing up for Halloween.

Melissa’s motto for life is:  “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

For the complete instruction for Melissa’s Fresh Fallen Leaves Soap Recipe, please click here

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Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap Recipe

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

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Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap Recipe by Bailey…

The staff members at Natures Garden are having a challenge!  Each staff member has to come up with their own recipe using various Natures Garden supplies.  The project has to be made with one of their favorite Natures Garden fragrance oils, and they are encouraged to be as creative as possible.  Bailey was the first staff member to partake in the challenge, and her recipe is what she calls: Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap.  girl-copy2

When asked why she chose to make lemonade soap, Bailey replied, “Lemonade reminds me of summertime; sitting on a porch and drinking an ice-cold glass of lemonade”.

Why did she decide to make soap as her project?  Bailey said that since she has experience working with both cold process and melt and pour soap, she wanted to create a recipe that involved the usage of both.  The base of her lemonade soap is made of cold process soap, while the top portion of her soap is made with melt and pour soap.  Bailey used the soap calculator to create her very own cold process soap recipe, checking the values to ensure she was within the range for a typical bar of soap.  She also incorporated beeswax in her soap to make the soap a little bit harder.  To give her soap more bubbles, she added castor oil to her recipe.  Bailey is a big fan of cocoa butter, so she added that to provide the skin with conditioning aspects.

How would Bailey describe herself?  Bailey says she is the type of person who loves to make people laugh. Bailey said, “Wherever Bailey goes, the fiesta follows her”.    What a FUN person to work with!

If you are interested in making this recipe, please click Here To see Bailey’s Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap Recipe.

 

Lemon Meringue Pie Soap

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

lemon meringue pie soapIt is simply AMAZING what you can create using melt and pour soap bases!  In this project, we desired to make a soap that looked so realistic to lemon meringue pie that it would be difficult to tell the difference.  Nicole accomplished just that!  Achieving just the right color for the graham cracker crust took several attempts, but we finally got it right.  This is great news for YOU because you won’t have to waste your precious soap base figuring out the color, and you can use this graham cracker colored soap to make an array of different types of soap pies!  Just imagine:  Strawberry pie soap, coconut cream pie soap, chocolate cream pie soap, key lime pie soap…and the list goes on and on!  Aren’t you EXCITED!?!

Our FREE recipe also teaches you how to make FABULOUS whipped meringue soap for the tops of your pie soaps as well!  This meringue soap looks just like real meringue, it firms up nicely, and clings to the layer of soap underneath it nicely!  lemon-pie-whole1

So, are you ready to try your hand at making your own Pie Soap?  If you are, here is our FREE RECIPE for Lemon Meringue Pie Soap.  Be sure to post pics of what you make on our facebook page during show and tell (every Thursday night at 9:30 pm est)!  We would love to see what you create!

Deborah Ward

Natures Garden

Black for Men Type Fragrance Oil

Monday, August 5th, 2013
black for men

Natures Garden’s Black for Men Type Fragrance Oil was a highly requested designer fragrance oil.

 

Black for Men Type Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Quite possibly one of the sexiest male fragrances that Natures Garden carries, Black for Men Type Fragrance Oil is bold, sexy, and strong.  This scent is very clean and refreshing.  If you are looking to add a great complex scent to a male marketed product, this fragrance oil is one worth considering.  Black for Men Type Fragrance Oil is sophistication at its finest!

What does Black for Men Type Smell Like?

A highly-requested designer fragrance!  Natures Garden’s Black for Men Fragrance is a modern, classy, sexy, complex blend of the following fragrance notes:  bergamot, lemon, silver fir, and geranium;  all sitting on intoxicating notes of woods, leather, and musk.  A man wearing this is sure to get attention! Natures Garden’s Black for Men Type resembles the popular Black fragrance on the market, but we are in no way associated with the company, nor do we suggest that our fragrance is an exact duplication.

How Do Our Customers Use Black for Men Type Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters, this fragrance oil can be used in a variety of waxes including:  Joy wax, soy wax, soy blends, pillar of bliss, Palm wax, WOW wax, and beeswax.  For anyone who is a home scent crafter, Black for Men Type Fragrance Oil works great in aroma beads, odor eliminator sprays, potpourri, and hanging air fresheners.

For the bath and body market; this fragrance oil can be used in endless possibilities.  The usage percentage for Black for Men Type is 5%.  This manly fragrance oil can be used to scent:  homemade lotions and creams, aftershave bars, body sprays, shower gels, melt and pour soap, and shampoos.  For anyone that is curious about this fragrance’s performance in cold process soap, this scent scored phenomenally.  Here are the official testing results:  Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration.  Soaps great!  No discoloration.  Soap holds scent wonderfully!

Why Does M&P Soap Sweat

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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Why Does M&P Soap Sweat?

Melt and Pour Soap Bases contain high levels of vegetable glycerin.  Glycerin is a natural byproduct of the saponification process.   The ingredient glycerin is a humectant.  A humectant is a substance that can retain and preserve moisture, therefore also preventing loss of moisture as well.  Humectants are very important in bath and body products.  Having a moisturizing aspect to your products is especially crucial for the dry skin type products.

Sometimes, during the manufacturing process of melt and pour soaps, extra glycerin is added.  Glycerin is a key ingredient for making clear soaps.  Some types of melt and pour soaps even have up to 20% of pure glycerin in them (this would be why glycerin is listed so highly on the ingredients label).  But remember this glycerin is what gives melt and pour soap some of its highly sought after qualities, easy to color and mold, skin loving nature, mild and gentle soap (good for children and sensitive skinned), and very highly moisturizing naturally.

In fact, it is believed that in theory when you wash your hands with glycerin soap, there will be a thin layer of glycerin that is left behind after you rinse off the lather.  This layer of glycerin then does its humectant job and pulls moisture from the air, keeping your hand moisturized until the next wash.  But, it is also this same ingredient which is causing your melt and pour soap to “sweat”.  Some people believe that m&p sweat is inevitable, but there are some steps you can take to help avoid and reduce sweat.

Because glycerin is a humectant, the sweat that is produced after m&p soap in unmolded is actually condensation from the air that the glycerin drew out unto itself.  This is a very important element to remember if you live in an area with high heat and high humidity, or if you are soaping while it is raining outside.  Humidity is the number one cause for sweat.

How to Reduce M&P Soap Sweat

One of the best suggestions that we have for reducing the amount of sweat on your soaps is to have a dehumidifier in your soaping area.  You also want to keep the temperature of the room where you are soaping constant.  Drastic changes in temperature will also enhance soap sweat.

The first option in reducing sweat on m&p soap, especially if you live in a very humid area, is to store unmolded soaps in an airtight container.  By doing this, you are eliminating any extra moisture to be retained by the glycerin.  One tip we have learned from our customers is to spread a thin layer of aroma beads into the bottom of the air tight container.  Since aroma beads absorb liquid, this will also better your chances of having an air tight moisture free environment for your soaps to dry and harden.

In addition to the aroma beads, you will want to use drying racks in your containers if possible.  Setting your soap directly on top of the aroma beads for long periods of time will also dry out your soaps.  The time limit that the soaps can be in the air tight container is 2 hrs.  The soaps should also be checked and rotated every 30 minutes.

Some soap crafters use muslin bags to lay their soap out to dry, rotating them once a day.  This however will only work if you live in an area that does not have high humidity.

Although there is some debate as to when you can wrap your soap to avoid sweat, the general consensus is to wrap your soaps immediately after unmolding, if you are not storing them in an airtight container.   Regardless of whether you are using, plastic wrap or saran wrap (sealed with a heat gun), or shrink wrap, the sooner you get the soaps covered, the less chance glycerin has to draw moisture to the outside of the soap.

Another way to reduce sweat forming on the soap is to allow the soap to cool and harden naturally.  You want your soaps to harden at room temperature (70-72 degrees).  Even though you can speed up the hardening process by placing your molds in the fridge/freezer, it should NEVER be any longer than 15-20 minutes depending on the size of your mold.  Also, this step should never occur right after you poured the hot melted soap in the mold.  Wait until your soap has already started to harden.  The drastic temperature change from piping hot to freezing cold will lead to soap sweat.  And, you never want to completely freeze soap.  When the frozen soap thaws, you can almost guarantee soap sweat.

On a closing note, soap sweat does not affect any of the soap’s abilities.  Soap sweat happens naturally in humid environments that the soap is in.  Although using the preventative measures listed above will help to reduce the amount of soap sweat that occurs on your bars of soap, soap sweat may still appear.  The humectant agents in your soap are just doing their job, collecting moisture from the air, just as it will to moisturize your skin.