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Mar
18

Color Morphing in Soap

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color morphing in soapColor Morphing in Soap

For any new soap makers out there like myself, do you have specific questions? For example, do you know which kind of soap colorant to use when you are coloring cold process soap? Or have you ever wondered about color morphing in soap? Here at Nature’s Garden, we offer two different kinds of colorants for soap: one being a our FD&C Da Bomb Soap Dyes, and one being our FUN Soap Colorants which are pigments dispersed in vegetable glycerin. The use of each kind of colorant is based on pH levels and the actual saponification process. The saponification process is considered the creation of soap by combining oils/butters and water with lye (which has a high ph). Throughout this process as the soap cures, the pH level (alkalinity) become lower.  It is important to understand that pigments tend to withstand higher ph levels better than dyes (especially when dealing with the color blue).  In our experiment, we show how blue dye and blue pigment perform in both melt and pour soap (soap that has already been saponified) and cold process soap (soap that is made from scratch and will undergo the saponification process).

In melt and pour soap, because it is technically already soap, it has already gone through the saponification process;  so the alkalinity is lower. The dyes, our Da Bomb colorants, do not cause any color morphing problems when used in melt and pour soap. They will color beautifully, as well as our pigments, or FUN Soap Colorants. In the picture below, this light blue colored bundt soap is made with melt and pour soap, as well as our Blue Da Bomb colorant. You can see how nice and pretty this blue coloring is. When melt and pour soap is colored with blue FD&C dye, it will produce a beautiful blue colored soap since the dye never has to encounter a high ph.

color morphing in soap

color morphing in soap

However, when different colorants are used in cold process soap, as seen below, the outcome is very different. Because cold process is made completely from scratch, it must undergo the entire saponification process.  This means that the pH levels are much higher in cold process soap. In the pictures below, the darker blue soap was made using our pigmented, Ultramarine Blue FUN Soap Colorant. The purple soap, (started as gray and turned to reddish-pink-purple as it sat) was created using our Da Bomb blue dye. (We have used our Shea Butter Cold Process Soap recipe for this part of our experiment).  It is evident that blue FD&C dye (our Da Bomb blue dye)  will morph in color when exposed to a high ph.

color morphing in soap

color morphing in soap

color morphing in soap

In conclusion:  When desiring a nice blue color for your cold process soap, it is wise to use blue pigments instead of blue FD&C dyes.  While the blue FD&C dyes work wonderfully in melt and pour soap, they will indeed morph in color when making cold process soap.

Please contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any questions, comments, or concerns at all! We are here to help you and to make sure you succeed at all of your creations! Make sure to check out all of our amazing free recipes and classes as well, especially all of our soaping classes! And keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
17

Oatmeal Honey Soap

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Oatmeal-Butter-Honey-SoapOatmeal Honey Soap

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

 

Ingredients:

Brown Layer:

559 grams of Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap

28 grams of Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil

Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Middle Honey Layer:

120 grams of Honey Melt and Pour Soap

6 grams of Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil

Cream Layer:

590 grams of Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap

8 grams of Deodorized Cocoa Butter

30 grams of Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil

Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Neon Yellow FUN Soap Colorant

Top Honey Layer:

140 grams of Honey Melt and Pour Soap

7 grams of Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil

 

Other Ingredients Needed:

Square Loaf Mold Market Mold

8 oz. Bullet Bottle

Black Fine Mist Sprayer 24/410

Rubbing Alcohol

PAM or other cooking spray

Mixing Bowls

Mixing Spoons

Paper Towels

Rolled Oats

Scale

Toothpicks

 

Directions:

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

oatmeal honey soap

 

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

 

oatmeal honey soap

 

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

oatmeal honey soap

 

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

oatmeal honey soap

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

oatmeal honey soap

 

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

oatmeal honey soap

 

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

oatmeal honey soap

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

oatmeal honey soap

 

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

oatmeal honey soap

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

oatmeal honey soap

 

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

oatmeal honey soap

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

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Mar
10

Melt and Pour Soap Problems

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melt and pour soap problemsMelt and Pour Soap Problems

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

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

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

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

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Mar
09

Layering Melt and Pour Soap

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layering soapLayering Melt and Pour Soap

Hey everyone, let’s talk about melt and pour soap! Specifically, how to layer your soap. For any new makers out there, I promise this is a very easy process! Especially with making this simple Easter Egg Soap, the process of layering can easily be done! This soap is perfect for the upcoming holiday!

 

Ingredients for each layer:

Blue Layer:

120 grams Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap

12 drops Neon Blue FUN Soap Colorant

6 grams Best Friends Fragrance Oil

6 grams Vanilla White Color Stabilizer

Purple Layer:

120 grams Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap

15 drops Ultramarine Violet FUN Soap Colorant

6 grams Best Friends Fragrance Oil

6 grams Vanilla White Color Stabilizer

Pink Layer:

120 grams Hemp Oil Melt and Pour

10 drops Neon Pink FUN Soap Colorant

6 grams Best Friends Fragrance Oil

6 grams Vanilla White Color Stabilizer

Yellow Layer:

120 grams Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap

10 drops Yelp Yellow FUN Soap Colorant

6 grams Best Friends Fragrance Oil

6 grams Vanilla White Color Stabilizer

 

Other ingredients needed:

Dome Top Oval Mold Market Mold

Rubbing Alcohol

4 Mixing Bowls

Mixing Spoons

Scale

Directions:

First, you’ll want to start by measuring and weighing out 120 grams of Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap into each bowl. Each bowl will become a different layer for your soap. Then take your first bowl and begin to melt down the soap in the microwave until it is fully melted. When it is melted, add 12 drops of Neon Blue FUN Soap Colorant, 6 grams of Best Friends Fragrance Oil, and 6 grams of Vanilla White Color Stabilizer. Mix it together very thoroughly. Once it is fully mixed, pour your soap into your molds about ¼ of the way full, leaving enough room for the other colors. To make it more straight across, make sure to pour the soap into the middle of the mold and letting it move to the edges itself. Then make sure to spray it with rubbing alcohol. This will get rid of any air bubbles that may form. Then let that layer sit.

layering melt and pour soap

layering melt and pour soap

 

 

Once the blue layer has sat and hardened, put your second bowl of soap into the microwave and completely melt it down. Once it is melted, add 15 drops of Ultramarine Violet FUN Soap Colorant, 6 grams of fragrance, and 6 grams of stabilizer. Mix together thoroughly. Before you pour in the purple layer, make sure to once again spray the blue layer with alcohol so the layers will successfully adhere to each other. Then carefully pour the purple on top of the blue, filling the mold another ¼ full. Spray this layer with alcohol to defeat the air bubbles and let it sit.

Once that layer has sat, repeat the same process for the next two layers! Don’t forget to spray each layer before adding the next so that they will adhere to each other! And also make sure to remember to let each layer sit and harden before adding the next! Once you have finished your last layer, make sure to let the soap sit in the mold, giving it time to harden. Then your new Easter Egg Soap is ready to enjoy!

Be creative! You do not have to do the layers in the exact order we have! Do whatever your heart desires! Enjoy this awesome recipe and 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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Feb
23

Tea Tree Soap

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tea tree soapTea Tree Soap

Hey all you crafty people out there, we’re bringing you a brand new unique free soap recipe, and it is actually made with amazing tea tree essential oil! Tea Tree Soap! This wonderful soap is made with actual tea tree essential oil, and is sure to delight you and all of your friends and family!  Deborah makes this soap for her family to help dry skin during the winter months.  So she wanted me to share this recipe with all of you!  This soap has a beautiful teal and white swirl to it, which is actually achieved very easily! The swirl is brought on by using cosmetic clay. The clay actually works as a barrier between the different soap mixtures, allowing them to swirl around each other!

 

Ingredients:

Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap

Kaolin Clay Powder

Tea Tree Australian Essential Oil

Teal FUN Soap Colorant

Basic Oval Mold Market Mold

Vegetable Glycerin

Rubbing Alcohol

Glass Mixing Bowls

Mixing Spoons

Scale

 

Total Weights for White Layer:

288 grams of Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap

7 grams of Tea Tree Australian Essential Oil

7 grams of Kaolin Clay Powder

15 grams of Vegetable Glycerin

 

Total Weights for Teal Layer:

288 grams of Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap

7 grams of Tea Tree Australian Essential Oil

10 drops of Teal FUN Soap Colorant

 

 

Directions:

Start by weighing out the amounts of soap for each layer in two separate bowls. (Using glass bowls is better for insulation, it helps the soap to stay melted longer once it has been melted down.) Then go ahead and measure out the amount of Kaolin Clay Powder in a bowl. Once you have measured out your clay, add 15 grams of vegetable glycerin and mix them together thoroughly until they become a paste.

tea tree soap

Next, go ahead and begin to melt down your soap. When the soap is partially melted, pour the clay and vegetable glycerin paste into one bowl of soap. Then add 10 drops of Teal FUN Soap Colorant into the second bowl of soap. Mix each bowl and then continue to melt them. You want to do these steps when the soaps are only partially melted because once it is fully melted, it sets up very fast. The only thing you should have to do when they are completely melted is adding the tea tree oil.

tea tree soap

Once your soaps are completely melted down, add 7 grams of Tea Tree Australian Essential to one bowl and 7 grams to the second bowl. Mix thoroughly. You’ll want to work quickly at this point as the soap tends to set up very fast.

tea tree soap

Using your Basic Oval Mold Market Mold, quickly but carefully pour each bowl into the mold at the same time so as to achieve your swirl effect. You will have some soap left over after you have filled the mold. This is so that you will have enough time to fill the molds because the soap sets up very fast.

tea tree soap

Let your soaps sit until they have completely set up and hardened and then your Tea Tree Soap is ready to use! This is definitely one recipe you just can’t pass up, check out our free Tea Tree Class for all of the wonderful benefits tea tree oil can bring to your skin! Make sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes as well! Enjoy this fantastic soap and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Apr
22

Using 200 Varieties of NG Fragrances

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fragrance oils1.     What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Taleda Giallanza – Bliss Body & Bath ~ Scentsational Sundries for Mind Body & Spirit

2.      Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I’ve been making body products for my massage business for about 10yrs, starting with body butters, adding salt scrubs, sugar scrubs, black sea mud for detox wraps and sea algae toning wraps. Making the products I used on my clients was inevitable; I didn’t like the feel of name brand creams/butters/oils or the lengthy list of ingredients including a lot of preservatives and chemicals.  Also, I found it embarrassing to ask my clients if they’d care to wipe down before they dressed and left; that was a waste of my money and their time. So I began teaching myself the fun but precise art of crafting homemade body products for use on my massage patrons. My aromatic butters, the vast variety thereof and knowing they wouldn’t have to wipe off greasy oily goo from the bodies or risk staining their clothes was the seal on the deal. Their appreciation of my efforts encouraged me; when I fell into making many of my products Organic & Vegan word spread and I found more and more appointments booked via referrals. Their obvious approval of my Path took a turn when they began asking “Can you make me a jar of this butter? How much would you charge for a big jar of this scrub? I simply love your scentsational sundries!” And so, here I am using their words as part of my business name byline.

3.      What products do you make and sell?  Well, the question really is: What DON’T I make and sell!!  I don’t do CP or any other type of soap except M&P. I want too but my love affair with M&P hasn’t run its course and quite frankly I simply don’t have any room left for supplies!  Let’s see we’ll start with the bath/shower then move to the body starting with the head: all types of M&P soap, bath bombs, bath bomb melts, shower fizzers, bubble bath, bath oil, bath milks, 2 types of hair masques, for the face: 4 face cleansers, 4 toners, 4 serums, 3 day creams, 3 night creams, 4 different bases for about 200 different (so far) body butters, butter salt scrubs, butter sugar scrubs, body mud masques, body sea algae masques, yogurt body puddings, super skin conditioners with a lanolin base, heavy duty foot balms, cracked foot creams, foot baths/soaks, body splashes or spritzers, men’s shaving soap mugs, men’s face splash, Mother Earth Face Powders (most of the powders come from Nature’s Garden), Cleo Milk Powders, lip gloss flavored, non-flavored, Aromatherapy Oils, Feng Shui Oils and another type but I’m not telling!  I’m learning how to make bronzers as Spring is here and Summer is coming!  Did I leave anything out? LOL … having a sense of humor is vital in our business otherwise what’s the point?
 
4.      What are your business goals?  To rely on my body product business as my only source of income which means being successful enough that I may retire from Massage Therapy.

5.      What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  Well, I counted all the Fragrance Oils and Essential Oils I have, (I try to keep a current list), and the last date was March 6th, 2013 ending total of 260. I’d safely say that 200 of them came from Nature’s Garden, about 30 of them I blended NG’s FOs to create my own blends and the rest from another supplier that I of course blended up with NGs FOs to make even more aromas. You simply can’t have too many, in my humble opinion anyway.  Nearly all the A-Z powders I have (Botanical, Clays, Foods, Fruits, Herbs, Muds) came from Nature’s Garden.  I LOVE the Yogurt Base – I call it Pudding – because to me when I whip mine up, that’s exactly what it looks like and feels like, and my clients agree.  The only thing that hasn’t worked out for me is when I fall in love with one of your FOs and then you discontinue it – I am left wondering what the heck to do!
 
Your Website: I don’t have a website per say at the moment I do own my domain name thru GoDaddy.  Of course I’m Trademarked. I mainly sell thru my massage spa room, thru Etsy and thru word of mouth that trickles around Facebook.  I just discovered Storenvy and I am selling there; I started a Blog thru Google and WordPress and my massage website also is home to my products. I am really all over the place, like FOs, you simply can’t be in too many places! Sadly due to time, I haven’t developed any place I am selling to its full potential; that also is a goal of mine.
 
Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/blissbodyandbath
 
Twitter:  @BlissBodyBath 
 
Blog:  www.blissbodyandbath.wordpress.com
 
YouTube Channel:  Sadly I have yet to make a BBB video but it’s on my list somewhere between 1 and 999!!  I do have an account though; love to see what Kim is up too!!
 
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