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Oct
24

Witches Brew Fragrance


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Witches BrewWitches Brew Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Witches Brew Fragrance Oil is a popular Halloween scent from Natures Garden. Our customer adore this fragrance oil, yet can’t quite agree on exactly what they smell.  However, one thing they can agree on, they LOVE this mysterious scent!  One stating, “As a child I can remember coming home from my trick or treating extravaganza on Halloween night and sticking my head in my pillowcase to breathe in the plethora of candy. This is exactly what that smells like! And everyone who has smelled has smelled something different. I smell black licorice, my boyfriend smelled molasses candies, my best friend smelled chocolate and my mom smells pumpkin! It’s definitely a challenge and I cannot wait for my customers to tell me what they smell! Excellent cold throw and hot throw in soy wax candles.”

What Does Witches Brew Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

A secret blend that is mystical…try some.

How Do Our Customers Use Witches Brew Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Recipes?

Witches Brew Fragrance Oil Candle Color SuggestionCandles! This mysterious scent performs perfectly in Joy Wax and WOW Wax and it is nice and strong and soy wax. The maximum recommended usage percentage for this secretive scent in vegetable waxes and paraffin wax is 10%. Our coloring suggestions for candles are to use 8 drops black liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax. Color blocks do not come in black- so for this one- stick with the liquid stuff. Never color your candles with crayons as this will clog the wick!

Room scents! This fun fall fragrance comes across nice and strong in aroma beads and its maximum recommended usage percentage in incense and potpourri is 50%. (Try a reed sticks for easy room scenting!)

How Do Our Customers Use Witches Brew Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Recipes?

Soaps! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this elusive autumn aroma in bath oils, bath gels, and soap is 0.5%. Due to the low usage rate, the Natures Garden creative team did not test Witches Brew Fragrance Oil in cold process soap. Our coloring suggestions for bath and body products are none. However, if you’d like to make black soap to match your black candles- you can use black soap colorant or go the natural colorant route with activated charcoal powder. Activated charcoal powder has the additional benefits of being a detoxifying agent and a natural odor absorber. Never color your bath and body products with candle dye or they will end up coloring you!

If you’d like to make a soap shaped like a witch’s cat- try our Fat Cat Soap Mold.

Body products (outside of the bath)! This magical fragrance performed perfectly in perfumes and its maximum recommended usage percentage in lotions and body sprays is 0.1%.

Cleaning products! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this supernatural scent in cleaning products is 0.5%.

Check out our Unscented Bases for an easy way to create the array of products listed above- just be sure to follow the aforementioned guidelines relating to maximum usage percentages when using this enchanting aroma.

Oct
14

Pepperberry Wreath Fragrance Oil


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Pepperberry Wreath Fragrance OilPepperberry Wreath Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Pepperberry Wreath Fragrance Oil is a sweet scent by Natures Garden. This aroma is a concord of juicy fruit scents with sweet vanilla and almond notes as well as fresh greenery. Bring the delightful aroma of a pepperberry wreath into your home.  Create strongly scented candles, soaps, cosmetics and much more.

What Does Pepperberry Wreath Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

In this fragrance oil by Natures Garden, juicy orange, fresh pineapple, and sweet almond form a lively accent for this fruity blend.  A heart of creamy apricot intertwines with fresh berries while a complex accord of fantasy greens surround the fruity tones.  Orange blossom is sweetened with vanilla for a rich base note that supports the fruity green blend.  An NG Original Fragrance!

How Do Our Customers Use Pepperberry Wreath Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Products?

All kinds of natural bath and body products can be created by our customers with this fruity fragrance oil. Bath gels, bath oils, lotions, scrubs, perfumes, soaps, hair products, and so many other kinds of bath and body creations can include up to 3.3% of this sweet scent. If wish to color your bath and body products, then we would suggest using some red liquid soap dye in the amount that you would prefer. Just make sure that you don’t use any candle dyes if your choose to stray from our suggestion.

Further, this fragrance oil can be used in recipes for making soap from scratch. Our Cold Process Soap Testing Results have shown that this scent is successful for this method of making soap. A batch containing this scent will have no acceleration and no separation. However, there is some ricing with this fragrance oil, but it is still a solid bar with its integrity intact. The final product will have a strong scent retained and the soaps will discolor to a light tan hue. Due to the 1% vanillin content, adding vanilla white stabilizer may help. However, there are more than forty ingredients used in fragrance manufacturing that may contribute to discoloration of products.

How Do Our Customers Use Pepperberry Wreath Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Products?

Homemade room scenting products can be made by our customers and scented with this complex and sweet fragrance oil. Both potpourri and incense can be made with a maximum of 50% for this NG original scent. Additionally, home cleaning products can be made with a maximum of 5%. Also, this fragrance oil can be use in aroma beads, which retain a nice, strong scent.

Furthermore, our Pepperberry Wreath Fragrance Oil makes a great addition to candles, wax tarts, and all sorts of other wax creations. Products are made of either vegetable waxes or paraffin wax can include as much as 10% of this scent. If you are still thinking about which color and shade would be best for this fragrance oil, then allow us to suggest that you either use six drops of red liquid candle dye for every four pounds of your wax or add a small amount of shredded red color block in your wax. Just make sure to not use crayons to any candle products, they have been known to clog candle wicks.

Oct
05

Passionate Kisses Fragrance Oil


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Passionate Kisses Fragrance OilPassionate Kisses Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Passionate Kisses Fragrance Oil is an alluring scent by Natures Garden. This aroma is a perfect and fun blend of yummy fruits, fresh roses, and sexy bottom notes that create a very loving fragrance oil. Our customers give this fragrance oil five stars across the board.  One reviewer has said, “this scent is a year round best seller for me!! Great for Valentines, or any time a year!! I did notice it seems to turn gel wax a slight tint of yellow but not much of a problem. Very strong hot and cold scent throw in candles. It’s a keeper for me in my scent line!”

What Does Passionate Kisses Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

A playful fragrance oil by Natures Garden which is alluring, energetic, and fun. This fragrance begins with top notes of raspberry, blackberry, and fresh strawberries. Followed by mid notes of coconut milk and freshly picked roses. Ending in bottom notes of Egyptian vanilla and amber musk.  A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Passionate Kisses Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Recipes?

Bath and body product creators can use this sweet and alluring fragrance oil in their various recipes. A maximum concentration of 5% for fragrance can be included in bath and body products. These products include bath gels, bath oils, lotions, perfumes, soaps, and other related creations.

Soap can be created well with this scent, whether it is melt and pour, hp soap or cold process soap recipes. In fact, soap being made from scratch can include this scent very well. Our Cold Process Soap Testing Results have revealed to us that this fruity and fun fragrance oil in soap will have quite a bit of great characteristics. Moreover, a soap batch that uses this scent will have no acceleration, no ricing, and no separation. Also, the final soap product for this scent will have a strong scent after cure and a light beige shade of discoloration. If you are thinking about adding colorants to your bath and body products and have yet to chose a shade, then we would like to suggest using red liquid soap dye in the amount that would be most preferable to you.

How Do Our Customers Use Passionate Kisses Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Recipes?

Customers who enjoy creating their own room scenting products may be pleased to know that this best selling fragrance oil can be included in their recipes. Both potpourri and incense can use the 50% maximum of this scent in their formulations. Also, homemade cleaning products can be scented with no more than 5% of this fragrance oil. Aroma beads that use this fun fragrance will have a nice and strong scent last in these products.

Further, different kinds of wax creations, including wax tarts and candles, can be made using this fruity fragrance oil. Are you making candles or wax melts? Then you can include up to 10% of this lovely scent. If you want to have your wax creations be a shade that is appropriate for this scent, then we would like to suggest using six drops of red liquid candle dye. Alternatively, a small amount of red color block can be shredded into your melted wax. Natures Garden bases the recommendation on a four pound batch. Just remember to never use crayons as a substitute for coloring your candles, as they have been known to clog the wicks of candles.

Passionate Kisses Fragrance Oil Heart Soap RecipeFinally, are you looking for a FUN way to use Passionate Kisses Fragrance Oil in your products? Whether you’re sharing a little love with someone or keeping it all for yourself, our Heart Soaps with Love Massage Recipe is the perfect choice!

Sep
09

Sugar Corn Pudding Fragrance Oil


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Sugar Corn Pudding Fragrance OilSugar Corn Pudding Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Sugar Corn Pudding Fragrance Oil is a sweet corn scent by Natures Garden. This aroma is a tasty blend of sweet corn and creamy butter with milk in sugar to create a fragrance oil that is as delicious as sugary corn pudding. One specific customer review has described this aroma as sweet corn bread and vanilla pudding, not only that but this individual found this scent to be one of their favorites!

What Does Sugar Corn Pudding Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is sweet corn, creamy buttery notes with hints of milk and sugar.

How Do Our Customers Use Sugar Corn Pudding Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Recipes?

Homemade room scenting creations can be made by our customers with this deliciously sweet fragrance oil. Potpourri recipes, reed diffusers, and incense can each be scented with up to 50% of this corn aroma. Further, homemade cleaning supplies as well as unscented store bought cleaners can all be scented by no more than 5% of this fragrance. Also, nice and strong aroma beads can be made with this fragrance oil.

Another kind of room scenting ideas are candles and wax tarts, which can use this corn pudding aroma. When using either vegetable waxes or paraffin wax, then you can use a maximum of 10% for this fragrance oil. Candles and melts made of joy wax or wow wax will each be perfect after the addition of this scent. If you want to make strongly scented soy candles, then this fragrance oil is a good choice as well. This includes any of our soy waxes including 100% soy wax, soy wax 444, or soy wax 464. If you want to color your wax creations, then we would suggest that you use an ample amount of shredded yellow color block. Although, if you would rather use liquid candle dye, we suggest one drop of yellow candle dye.

How Do Our Customers Use Sugar Corn Pudding Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Recipes?

Bath and body products can be created with the incorporation of this sweet corn pudding fragrance oil.  Bath recipes can be scented with up to 5% of this fragrance. This includes products such as, bath fizzies, bath teas, and bath oils.  In addition, our Sugar Corn Pudding Fragrance Oil can be incorporated into body products that remain on the skin. These are products like lotions, body butters, and body sprays. They can also include up to 5% of this sugary fragrance oil.

Our Sugar Corn Pudding Fragrance Oil can be used to create homemade soap recipes. For instance, our Cold Process Soap Testing Results have shown this scent is great for creating soap through this method. A batch that includes this scent will have no acceleration, no separation, and no ricing. This fragrance oil will retain a good scent in soaps and will have a brown discoloration after cure. Whether you are creating melt and pour soap, hp soap, or other types of bath and body recipes, you may choose to color them. If you want to add colorant, we suggest using yellow liquid soap colorant in an amount you prefer. Whether you follow our suggestion or go with a different method for coloring these products, you shouldn’t include any candle dyes in them as they aren’t body safe.

Jul
05

God’s Love Fragrance Oil


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God's Love Fragrance OilGod’s Love Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight 

The God’s Love Fragrance Oil is a heavenly aroma that is  a is Natures Garden original scent as well! Our customers are intrigued by this powder aroma, not only because of it’s strong hot and cold scent throw in candles, but also because of its amazing performance in handmade cold process soap.  One customer reviewing this glorious fragrance said, “There is something very captivating about this fragrance… I thought it smelled like twizzlers at first, and as it cured, more of the baby powder aroma came out of it. At shows, everyone is drawn to this one. I was able to make a very complicated 7-color CP elemental swirl with this one (behaved so well!)”

What Does God’s Love Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the ozony aroma of soft baby powder with just the right amount of ripened sweet mulberries. An NG Original Fragrance!

How Do Our Customers Use God’s Love Fragrance Oil?

Homemade candle makers can make their own recipes using this fragrance oil. The candle products that use vegetable waxes and paraffin wax can include up to 10% of this scent overall. This scent will perform perfectly in joy wax and wow wax. Also, the fragrance will perform nice and strong in soy wax. Further, this fragrance oil is gel wax compatible. We suggest using two drops of blue liquid candle dye or a small amount of shredded blue color block per four pounds of wax.  Never use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

Those of our customers who enjoy creating their own unique room scents can use this fragrance oil in your air freshener recipes. First, this scent can used up to 50% for potpourri and incense products. Also, this scent is nice and strong in aroma bead air fresheners.

Our customers use this fragrance oil to make handmade soaps, which can include a maximum of 4% for this scent. Our Cold Process Soap Testing Results have shown that this fragrance soaps beautifully! The batch experiences no ricing, no acceleration, and no separation. Further, the final bar will discolor to a tan color and the maintain a nice, strong scent. If you wish to remove the discoloration, then you could attempt adding vanilla white color stabilizer. Since the vanillin content is 2% there is a chance it is contributing to the discoloration, but it could be caused by other ingredients as well. This means that our Vanilla White Color Stabilizer may help with discoloration, but might not completely prevent it. Additionally, we recommend using blue liquid soap dye in an amount that you desire. Remember that you should never use candle dye in any body products.

Other bath and body products can be created in addition to soap and will perform well. Bath gels and bath oils can use up to 4% of this loving scent in their recipes. Also, perfumes, lotions, and all natural cleaning products can be created using 4% of this fragrance oil. It should be noted that perfumes will perform perfectly for this popular Easter fragrance oil.

God's Love Fragrance Oil Soap RecipeIf you are looking for creative inspiration for melt and pour soup, then check out this great recipe that incorporates our God’s Love Fragrance Oil! This adorable floating soap project is a fun toy boat that doubles as a cleansing bar of soap, which is a perfect for children. Not only is it a fun bath idea, but this depiction of Noah’s Ark could be an adorable decoration for a bathroom. The Floating Noah’s Ark Soap Recipe is a perfect melt and pour soap for bath time and decoration alike.

Jun
25

Heavenly Fragrance Oil


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Heavenly Fragrance Oil Heavenly Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Heavenly Fragrance Oil is a fruity floral scent by Natures Garden. This aroma skillfully blends the scent of sweet ripened fruit with the scent of freshly picked flowers to develop a beautifully complex bouquet that works beautifully for all sorts of products. Many of our customers have already fallen for this scent. In fact, a few customers have reported to us that this scent smells just like a well known and beloved perfume! So, it sounds like this scent may create great Heavenly scented perfume oils. Regardless of how you intend to use this scent, this heavenly blend of floral and fruity notes creates a fantastic fragrance oil for those interested in sweet and complex scents.

What Does Heavenly Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an enticing romantic blend of juicy McIntosh apples enhanced and sweetened by rich French jasmine, cyclamen, and fresh rose petals. Very Complex!

How Do Our Customers Use Heavenly Fragrance Oil?

A variety of homemade bath and body products can be created using this blended fruit and floral scent. Scented bath oils, bath gels, soaps, lotions, and many other related handmade bath and body products can be created using up to 5% of this complex scent. Further, homemade perfumes will perform perfectly for this strong fragrance, as long as no more than a 5% fragrance concentration is included. Additionally, any kind of soap products can be successfully created using this floral fruit scent. In fact, our Cold Process Soap Testing Results have revealed that this fragrance oil’s performance is absolutely perfect for this method of soap making. The fragrance oil provides a batch that has no ricing, no acceleration, and no separation. Not only does this batch have nice aromatic qualities, but this scent provides a perfect pour! The final product will have a strong scent retention and the bar will not have any discoloration. We suggest using no colorants for the bath and body products that you create with this scent, but you can feel free to add any color soap dye to provide the perfect hue for your products.

Homemade room scent creators can use this floral fruit scent in their own products. Potpourri and incense can both be created with as much 50% of this fragrance oil. Any household cleaning products can be made using no more than 5% of this scent. Also, the scent will maintain a nice and strong scent in aroma beads. While this scent is gel wax compatible, it is customer’s responsibility to test each fragrance. Moreover, Heavenly fragrance oil can be used to create homemade scented candles. Any candle recipes that use either vegetable waxes or paraffin can include up to 10% of this scent. Joy wax and wow wax will perform perfectly for this scent. Also, soy wax candles hold a  strong scent when created using Heavenly fragrance oil. We suggest not using any color for candle products that use this scent, but you can feel free to color your creations with any shade of either liquid candle dye or color block.

Sep
30

Beach Daisies Fragrance


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Beach Daisies FragranceBeach Daisies Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The beach daisy is an adorable little flower known for being a fast-spreading groundcover. It can grow to be up to 18 inches tall and flowers year round in the southern parts of Florida. This plant thrives in mostly dry and even slightly salty environments– ideal for the beach! It even helps keep sand from eroding. Both butterflies and birds are attracted to this beautiful beach bloom.

What Does Beach Daisies Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Imagine sweeping yourself away to the beach; where you will smell the aromas of fresh spring flowers and green grass while walking on the warm sands.  Natures Garden’s beach daisies fragrance begins with top notes of Asian lemongrass, dune grass, and daisy petals; followed by middle notes of gardenia bloom, ylang ylang, and clove leaf; sitting on base notes of blond woods, amber sands, and sheer musk.

How Do Our Customers Use Beach Daisies Fragrance Oil?

Candles! This refreshing floral fragrance performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax, and is nice and strong in soy wax. It is gel wax compatible! This means you can put adorable wax embeds in your gel wax candles; we’ve got a cute retro flowers embed mold and even a daisies embed mold! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this inviting aroma in vegetable waxes and paraffin waxes is 10%. Our coloring suggestions are to use 3 drops of yellow plus a little orange liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax or shred an ample amount of yellow and orange color block into your melted wax. Never use crayons to color your candles; it will clog the wick!

Room scents! This sunny scent comes across nice and strong in aroma beads and its maximum recommended usage percentage in incense and potpourri is 50%. We’ve got an adorable daisy cookie cutter– ideal for making aroma bead air fresheners

Soaps! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this alluring aura in bath gels, bath oils, and soaps is 5%. Our cold process soap testing found that this vacation fragrance caused acceleration in CP soap, so we recommend soaping this scent at lower temperatures. Otherwise, there was no discoloration, no ricing, no separation, and very strong scent retention! Our coloring suggestions are to use yellow and orange soap colorants in the amount that satisfies you. You’re welcome to try natural soap colorants, but pay close attention to the description on the individual pages, some colorants may be affected by different soapmaking processes.

We’ve also got some awesome flower-shaped soap molds: the tried and true flower-shaped mold Bailey uses in our soap testing videos, another marvelous mold for making large retro flowers, a mold for making small retro flowers, and my personal favorite the bite-sized daisy mold. We have a couple of sunflower soap molds as well– beach daisies are often called beach sunflowers, so it works out perfectly!

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

Cleaning products! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this summer-y scent in cleaning products is 5%.

Sep
28

Bay Rum Fragrance


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Bay Rum FragranceBay Rum Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Ahoy, mateys! Rum is commonly thought of as the drink of choice of pirates. And why wouldn’t it be? They made careers off of rum-running: transporting alcohol overseas to colonies where drinking was prohibited. Pirates often consumed rum as bumbo- a drink made from rum, water, sugar, and nutmeg or cinnamon.

Bay Rum, more specifically, is a product with high-alcohol content made in the Caribbean using rum and the leaves or berries of the appropriately named bay rum tree. It’s often used in aftershave, cologne, and lotions (hint, hint, nudge, nudge, you can use this fragrance oil to make your own). Not as pirate-y, but I already wrote most of this post with pirates in mind, so I’m gonna leave it as is. And surely, pirates had to shave their faces, too? (Unless their pirate name had the word “beard” in it.) Why not with bay rum-scented products?

What Does Bay Rum Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

It be a spicy, cultural blend of crushed cloves, cinnamon sticks, patchouli, and crisp pine needles, with a sweet orange freshness.

Top Notes:  orange, apple
Mid Notes:  cinnamon, clove, cool mint
Base Notes:  pine, cedarwood, vanilla, musk, patchouli

How Do Our Customers Use Bay Rum Fragrance Oil?

Candles, o’ course! This swashbucklin’ scent performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax and is nice and strong in soy wax. ‘Tis not gel wax compatible. . The maximum recommended usage percentage in vegetable waxes and paraffin wax be 10%. Our coloring suggestion for candles arrr to use 3 drops of blue plus a small amount of black liquid candle dye (dip the tip of a toothpick in it) per 4 pounds of wax, or shred a small amount of blue color block into your melted wax. Black candle colorant only comes in liquid dye form. Don’t color your candles with crayons unless ye be lookin’ fer trouble–it’ll clog the wick!

Robust room scents! This seafaring scent comes across nice and strong in arrroma beads and the maximum recommended usage percentage in incense and potpourri is 50%.

Soaps! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this complex accord in bath oils, bath gels, and soaps is 5%. Our cold process soap testing found that this fragrance caused slight acceleration of trace, but no ricing, no separation, and discolored to a light butterscotch. Scent retention was wonderful. This fragrance has a 0.3% vanillin content, so it may slightly discolor your bath and body products. If ye’d like to defend against this, try our Vanilla White Color Stabilizer. Our coloring suggestions for bath and body products are to use black and blue soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you. You can also try activated charrrcoal as a natural black soap colorant. Never color ye bath and body products with candle dye- ye’ll color yerself!

Check out arrr Jolly Roger and doubloon molds for shapin’ up yer soap!

Body products! This spicy scent performed perfectly in perfumes and the maximum recommended usage percentage in lotions and body sprays is 5%.

Swabbin’ the deck! The maximum recommended usage percentage fer this hardy aroma in cleaning products is 5%.

~Nature’s GARRRden!

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!

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