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Aug
28

Finding the Perfect Soap Recipe

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Soaping with knowledge, experience, and confidence.

With such a variety of soaping bases, fats, and oils available in the market, one can easily see where the excitement can collide with frustration, especially if you are new to soaping.  We strive for a perfect recipe, but where to begin, the possibilities are endless.  From this soap making blog series, we have already gone over the different types of soaping processes, soap safety, and soaping terminology.  Now, we seek out creating the perfect soaping recipe.

Soap is made by the chemical reaction that occurs when mixing fatty acids, lye, and water.  The lye component actually works as an emulsifier, bonding the fatty oils and water together.  Without the lye, this bond would never form.  These 3 elements, fatty acids, lye, and water are all essential components to the saponification process.

Each soaping oil/butter has a fatty acid composition, and since every oil/butter is different, so is their fatty acid composition.  It is through the variance of each fatty acid composition that important soaping characteristics and qualities are found.   Let’s briefly look at some of the most common fatty acids, as well as, the qualities that are provided by them in a cured bar of soap.

Lauric Acid:  Provides hardness, cleansing, and bubbly lather.

Linoleic Acid:  Provides conditioning

Myristic Acid:  Provides hardness, cleansing, and bubbly lather.

Oleic Acid:  Provides conditioning

Palmitic Acid:  Provides hardness and a creamy lather

Ricinoleic Acid:  Provides conditioning, bubbly lather, and a creamy lather.

Stearic Acid:  Provides hardness and a creamy lather.

As you can see, each and every element that is put into your soaping recipe has distinct benefits or uses, and some ingredients can also inhibit certain soap bar qualities.  Please also notice, that none of the fatty acids allow for all five of the soaping qualities that you are looking for in a bar of soap.  This is why; in order to find a good symmetry among these qualities, a soaping recipe usually contains several different oils (fatty acids).

In order to create a quality bar of soap, it is necessary to find a balance between hardness, cleansing, conditioning, bubbly lather, and creamy lather. This usually involves using a combination of oils/butters in your soap recipe. A typical bar soap recipe calls for 38% water content, and a 5% superfat (the percentage of oils that do not saponifiy).

Here are the values for a typical bar of soap; they are presented in a range:

Hardness 29 to 54
Cleansing 12 to 22
Conditioning 44 to 69
Bubbly lather 14 to 46
Creamy lather 16 to 48

There is however, one example of a soap recipe that can be done with just one oil.  For people who are allergic to nuts, olive oil soap can be made with just that…olive oil.  No allergen worries.  Once this bar has cured though, you have a nice conditioning soap bar that will not leave your hands dry, but, that same soap bar also will not produce a nice lather, and will be very limited in cleansing ability.  This is why being aware of all of the capabilities of your oils, fats, butters, and additives will give you a distinct advantage over other soap bars in the market.

Remember, since all oils have their own fatty acid makeup, they also have specific saponification or SAP values.  This is why it is extremely important that once the ingredients of your soaping recipe are calculated, you MUST use those oils.  They cannot be exchanged out for other soaping oils without recalculating your recipe.

Feeling overwhelmed yet?  Don’t!  We know that this is a lot of information to grasp.  This is why if you are new to soaping, it is our suggestion that you try a recipe that has already been tried and tested.  Doing this will allow you to initiate yourself with the soaping instruction and procedure.  Performing the steps from beginning to end will also give you a firsthand experience of the soaping method and key properties of the saponification process like trace or gel phase.

Congratulations Newbies!  Now is the time where we are actually going to make our first batch together.

If you have not read our blog on soap making safety, please do so now

http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/blog/soap-making-safety/

Working with lye can be very dangerous!

We have already went slightly ahead, and provided you below a recipe for your 1st time soaping.

Here is what you will need for a 2 pound batch:

6 ounces of Coconut Oil, 76 degree

8.4 ounces of Olive Oil Pomace

8.4 ounces Palm Oil

1.2 ounces of Castor Oil

1.5 ounces of a body safe fragrance oil ie Oatmeal Milk & Honey

9.12 ounces of Distilled Water

3.393 ounces of lye (NaOH)

This recipe range for soap bar quality is:

Hardness 43
Cleansing 17
Conditioning 54
Bubbly lather 22
Creamy lather 31

As you will notice all of the qualities fall within the suggested range nicely.  This soap recipe will give you a balanced overall bar of soap.

When selecting your body safe fragrance oil, please take the time to review the CP soap results.  We have a link with all of our fragrance oils listed alphabetically with the CP results:

http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/mas_assets/pdf/fragrtest.pdf

Good Luck and remember, once you feel confident with your testing recipe, it is time to break the mold and explore the realm of crafting your own soap recipe.  Soap that is completely made by scratch, every ingredient controlled by you!

A very informative class has been created to help you find exactly which ingredients you may want to consider using in your recipe.  Here is the link:

http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/mas_assets/pdf/soapoils.pdf

As you looking at all of the various fats/oils/butters that are capable for soaping recipes, jot down or note any of interest.

In the next class, we will review how to use the soap calculator!

Jun
26

Homemade Facial Mask Recipe

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I have come to a grave realization lately.  An awkward awareness that I would rather keep locked up and to myself.   I am trying to embrace this change, and I feel that sharing this with you may be the first step in my acceptance.  Although, let the record state that there still is a fight left in this dog.  I have hit an unwritten milestone in my life.  It may not be a celebrated achievement, but part of me has always known that this was inevitable.   I am old!

I know, I know, some people may look at me (at age 31) and say… “No honey, you are still young…”, but I know that you are slightly stretching the truth.  But, thanks for trying to make me feel better!  The real truth is, for the first time in my life, I am no longer in the young crowd.

To get down to the nitty gritty, the signs have been evident for quite some time now.   I have lost my touch with understanding the generation below me.  I look at them, like what they are wearing specifically, and ask myself when did this become the hip thing.  See, right there, I used the word hip… is this yet another sign?

To give you a little more insight, one of my guilty pleasures is gossip magazines.  I thoroughly love reading  the buzz on celebrities, even though I know it may not be true.  I just enjoy being in the know of the rumor mill.  But, now I feel betrayed.  As I fervently flip through the pages, scanning each headline and photo, I am coming to grasp that I do not know these people.  They are not my regular celebrities.  In fact, who are these kids… and when did they start gracing the pages.  Did I fall off the face of the planet and someone forget to tell me?

More than feeling out of touch, I am lost in general when it comes down to it.  My youngest sister is 19.  She is currently living with me.   We have a blast together, just like the old days when we were all growing up in the same house.   Yet, there is an adult part of me that just does not understand her.  The music she listens to, the zany hairdo’s, and the vibrant colors embellishing her face and nails.  I am so out of the loop.

More than the outside world, I seemed to be obsessed with my own physical aging.  It is almost as if I am trying to win an uphill battle.  When did this all happen?  I see myself every day, and I never noticed any of this.  I see wrinkles on my face.   There are numerous, very evident gray hairs that daunt me.  Sometimes, when I walk past a mirror, I even see my mother’s face.  (I meant that nicely, love you mom.)  Just the other day, I noticed crumpled, puckered skin above my knees.  This all has to stop!

Visualize the famous oil painting The Scream of Nature by Edvard Munch, and you will see how I am feeling right now; out of place, unsure, lost, unrecognizable, scared.

So, I am calling myself to arms.  I am not going to sit back and watch myself grow old without a war.  This fight is about to get physical, and I am engaging the first round of battle myself.  I am smart, sophisticated, and ready to face the aging battle.  Here come the facial masks.

Skin care is super important, as I am sure you all know.  Youthfulness is wasted on the youth, boy if that ain’t the truth.  I can actually remember distinctly not listening to adults who told me to take care of myself when I was young… I always thought that I had more time.  But, isn’t that the story for everything.

So, now I am taking action.  And in true perfection, Natures Garden has just ventured into the realm of herbs.  How exciting is this.

I decided among the long list of things to youthfulize myself (yes, I did in fact make that word up), I would start with my face.  I figured this would be as good as any aspect to start on since my face is what everyone sees.

Making a facial mask is super easy, quick, and very rewarding.  It just so happens that Natures Garden carries all of these supplies too!

Here are the ingredients for a Refreshing Green Clay Mask:

24 grams French Green Clay powder

6 grams vegetable glycerin

2 grams peppermint leaf powder

2 grams of peppermint leaf cut and sifted

Step 1:  Weigh out and mixed the dry ingredients together and set aside (except for the peppermint leaves cut and sifted).

Step 2:  Make a strong peppermint tea infusion by pouring a small amount of hot water over the peppermint leaves cut and sifted and allow them to steep.

Step 3:  Strain the peppermint leaves infusion through a coffee filter to remove the leaves.

Step 4:  Using 18 grams of the peppermint tea, add 6 grams of vegetable glycerin to it and stir.

Step 5:  Now, pour this mixture over the dry ingredients and stir.

Step 6:  Apply generously to your face and allow to dry completely.

Now, I am not going to lie to you, this mask gets tight.  I couldn’t move a single muscle in my face once the mask hardened, but it was so worth the slight discomfort.  I left the mask on for about 20 minutes.  I waited until it was completely dry and hard.  Then I simply washed it off with warm water.  What was left was a rejuvenated, younger looking face; my new face.

My skin was baby butt soft.  My pores, especially the ones on and around my nose, were tiny again.  My T-zone area was not shiny at all.  It was face perfection for me.  I am now a huge fan of Natures Garden facials!

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Mar
02

New Body Butter Recipe

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Trying the homemade conditioner recipe 2 weeks ago has kick started my crafting gears into full force.  I had so much fun making my own hair conditioner from scratch that I decided that I was going to ride this wave for awhile.  I mean, making your hair smell like Monkey Farts, now that is a conversation piece.

Made from scratch, there is something about that statement that just makes me feel proud.  To create something from scratch and have it actually work is such an amazing feeling.  Items that are created this way almost take on a life of their own.  In fact, I am nearly tempted to slap a huge giant sticker on my containers screaming… “Yes, I made this from scratch.  I know, sometimes I don’t believe it myself but it is so true!”  I do realize that this is a lot to have on a sticker, but I want to shout it from the roof tops anyway.

Seeking bragging rights over my sisters, I shared my new homemade recipe delight with my mother.  She was very pleased and quite impressed.   To let you in on a little secret, I must admit that I haven’t even made dinner from scratch in 2 years.  The last recipe I tried was a homemade chicken paprikash that did not really turn out.  It was more of a chicken cream soup with dumpling like foam.  And, in case you are wondering, being members of the clean plate club, I did make my family eat it anyway.

Well, this week I wanted to give a from scratch body butter a try.  I turned to the bath and body recipe link on the Natures Garden’s Homepage to find something that was not too daunting, yet still contained elements of a challenge.    The Depth of Winter Body Butter caught my eye.  To give you a little background on why, my skin lately has been very dry even though I lotion constantly.  I have struggled to find a good quality body butter that will quench my skin’s thirst.  I was hoping that this recipe would solve my skin’s issue.

Spoiler Alert…Oh yes, I am in love again!  Hey, what can I say, the heart (skin) wants what it wants.

The recipe has a total of 4 ingredients and of course the plastic containers.  As a side note, I would suggest the low profile jars for these body butters.  They are the perfect purse size, and they just look so adorable on the bathroom counter.  I even hot glued a fake flower to the top of the straight smooth lid for an added touch of cuteness; showboating my anticipation for the spring season, HOLLAR!

The overall ease of the recipe, I would have to say, is simple.  The hardest part of the whole recipe is to watch the clock and remember to whip the butter every 20 minutes.  Staying true to form, I found the perfect song to listen/dance/sing while you prepare this body butter; the 1980 hit Whip It, by Devo.  It will have you rocking your new body butter all day.

Now, I realize that this is a Depth of Winter Body Butter, so I playfully renamed mine “Spring Fling Body Butter”.  My intention is to prep my skin to seeing the sun again.  I know that they have missed each other profusely.  Feel free to use the name too!

I used Smiley Face fragrance oil in my body butter.  However, you may use any of Natures Garden body safe fragrance oils, but get a fragrance that you know that you love, because once you start putting this butter on your body, it is going to quickly become a ritual.

On a final note, my favorite aspect of the body butter is how quickly it absorbs into my skin, and how smooth and gorgeous I look after applying it.  This is one 5 star recipe that you are not going to want to miss out on.

If you are interested in other fun recipes, check out the recipe box on Natures Garden Homepage.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Jan
06

Valentines Day Bouquet

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VALENTINE’S DAY BOUQUET

A fragrant assortment of soap on a stick, aroma buds, and aroma bead ornaments on a stick.

INGREDIENTS:
Aroma Buds (2 dozen total)
Aroma Beads (2 lbs)
Natural Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap
Diamond Dust Mica Pigment
Red Liquid Candle Dye
Neon Pink FUN Liquid Soap Colorant
Victorian Heart Soap Mold
NG Angel Type Fragrance Oil
Fresh Cut Roses Fragrance Oil
Dare to be Sexy Fragrance Oil
Transfer Pipettes
Glass Vase
Kabob Skewers
Babies Breath
Heart Shaped and Cupid Cookie Cutters
Metal Baking sheet that you do not plan to cook food on again
Large Glass Pyrex Measuring Cup with spout
Ribbon for Decorating
Small Paint brush for applying mica pigment

1. Prepare the Aroma Bead Ornaments:
A. Pour ¼ cup Angel Type fragrance oil into the Ziploc bag. Add 3 drops of Red Liquid Spectrum Candle dye. Never use food coloring or soap dyes to color aroma beads. Seal the bag. Gently shake.
B. Pour 1 cup Aroma Beads into the Ziploc bag. You will want to shake the bag until all of the liquid is evenly dispersed among all of the beads. Allow aroma beads to thoroughly absorb fragrance oil (this may take days). Add a
pinch of Diamond Dust mica pigment. This will make your heart ornaments look like rubies.
C. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
D. Place 6-7 metal cookie cutters (hearts and cupid) on the cookie sheet.  Take the prepared aroma beads and carefully fill each cookie cutter approximately 1/4 inch. You will want to spread your prepared aroma beads evenly throughout the cookie cutter.
E. If you would like to have a hole in your air fresheners (for hanging purposes), you will need to use screws/nails. Place a ¼ inch diameter screw/nail head-down in the spot where you want the hole to be located. Leave the
screw/nail in during the whole cooking process.
F. Bake aroma beads in oven for about 5-6 minutes (or until the beads have melted together). It is normal to experience some smoking.
G. When the beads are melted together, remove the cookie sheet from the oven.
H. Allow the air fresheners to cool. Remove the cookie cutter and screw/nail from the air freshener.
I. Carefully peel the air freshener off of the cookie sheet.
J. Poke the pointy end of a kabob skewer into the base of each ready made ornament.
2. Prepare the Aroma Buds:
A. Using a transfer pipette, place 2-3 drops of fresh cut roses fragrance oil on the very tips of the aroma buds. Do not spray aroma buds, and do not place fragrance oil close to the base of the bud, or the petals may fall off.
3. Prepare Victorian Heart Soaps on a Stick:
A. Each block of Natures Garden Natural Goat’s Melt and Pour Soap is perforated into 40 cubes. Each cube is approximately 1 oz. Melt a total of 15 cubes of soap in microwave. Heat the base for 30 seconds at a time until it is
completely melted.
B. Once soap is completely melted, add 4 drops of Neon Pink FUN liquid soap color, plus 1 Tablespoon Dare to Be Sexy Fragrance Oil. Stir.
C. Pour mixture into Victorian heart soap molds. Spritz with some alcohol to remove any air bubbles. We allow our soap to set up in the refrigerator or freezer so that it releases more easily from the molds.
D. Once soap is set up, pop out of molds.
E. Using a small paint brush, apply a small amount of diamond dust mica pigment to the detailed areas of the soap. This will give the soap some bling bling!
F. Poke pointy end of kabob skewer into the base of each of these soaps.
4. Add some unscented aroma beads to your vase before adding your arrangement parts.

Add your aroma buds, aroma bead ornaments on sticks, babies breath, and scented soap on sticks to the vase. Decorate vase by adding a bow.

 

Natures Garden Candles and Soaps Supplies

http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/

Aug
01

RECIPE MONDAY!

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Hey friends of NG!

Let’s start the week off right with two new BRAND-NEW recipes!

 

GLAMOUR AROMA BEAD AIR FRESHENER

Scent your room in style with these glamorous scented air fresheners!

[Download the recipe]

And our second recipe this week:

Kiss of Death Lip Butters

 

KISS OF DEATH LIP VENOM

 

A FUN, glittery twist on boring lip balm. You’ll love it!

[Download the recipe]

 

 

 

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Have an AWESOME week! Smiles!!

– Deborah