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Aug
15

White Gardenia Fragrance Oil

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White Gardenia Fragrance OilWhite Gardenia Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

White Gardenia Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden is a floral fragrance with a regal appeal.  It has been reported that Kate Middleton wore a fragrance named White Gardenia Petals when she married Prince William.  Therefore, we worked tirelessly to create a scent that would represent this royal aroma.  Appealing to the likes of royalty is no easy task, but the kings and queens of our customer base have given this fragrance a perfect 5-star rating.  A valued customer from Eatonton, GA writes “This is a wonderful Gardenia. Can’t do much better then this. Awesome throw in soy. Even people that don’t like floral have loved this one.”

Try White Gardenia Fragrance Oil today!

What Does White Gardenia Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

White Gardenia Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden is an opulent, luxurious floral fragrance that was designed to appeal to the likes of royalty!  Top notes of citrus, lily of the valley, and aldehydes begin this bright scent.  Middle notes of white gardenia, jasmine, and muguet rest on subtle notes of amber woods to create a warm floral base like no other!

How Do Our Customers Use White Gardenia Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Products?

Indulge in a touch of luxury by creating bath and body products with White Gardenia Fragrance Oil.  Bath bombs, gels, and oils perform nicely when the maximum recommendation of 5% fragrance oil is added.  White Gardenia Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden can be used to create a bouquet of refreshing products!  Handmade perfumes perform well with this fragrance when a maximum of 5% fragrance oil is used.  Homemade lotions can be created using White Gardenia Fragrance Oil.  We recommend lotion recipes use no more than 5% fragrance oil.  Homemade cleaning recipes can also be created using a maximum of 5%.

Soap crafters can use 5% fragrance oil in hot process soap, melt and pour soap, or cold process soap recipes.  Our cold process soap testing video shows that this fragrance oil behaves nicely!  There was no acceleration, no ricing, and no separation.  Cured soap did not discolor and maintained a very strong scent retention.  We do not recommend a colorant for your bath and body products when using this fragrance.  However, if you wish to color your soap, we recommend using liquid soap dye in the amount that satisfies you.  Remember not to use candle dye in any of your bath and body products as they are not body safe.

How Do Our Customers Use White Gardenia Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Products?

White Gardenia Fragrance Oil creates a blossoming scent for any space.  Those creating homemade air fresheners can incorporate up to 50% of White Gardenia Fragrance Oil in their projects.  You can use this floral fragrance oil in incense and smelly jelly recipes.  This fragrance oil was also found to create strongly scented aroma beads.

Candles and wax tarts can be made using up to 10% fragrance with vegetable and paraffin waxes.  It does nicely in Joy Wax, Wow Wax, and even Pillar of Bliss.  Additionally, customers can use this strong floral scent in gel wax candles.  We do not recommend a colorant for your wax products when using this fragrance.  However, if you do wish to color your candles or tarts, you may use a small amount of Spectrum Liquid Candle Dye or shredded color blocks.  Do not use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

 

Jul
29

Love Juice Fragrance Oil

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Love Juice Fragrance OilLove Juice Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Love Juice Fragrance Oil is a fruity and floral fragrance oil by Natures Garden. This spunky scent is a fun blend of juicy fruits with fresh floral and musk notes. This strong citrus scent is a highly recommended addition to your product line. Be sure to put it on your must have candle and soap supplies list! You most definitely cannot go wrong putting this fun, flirty aroma in homemade scented recipes.

What Does Love Juice Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a flirtatious fragrance that is reminiscent of a couple that is in love, having fun, living life.  This fragrance is an orange bouquet with the nectar of juicy peaches and soft musk.  Notes include orange, peach, apricot, gardenia, jasmine, and dry musk. An NG Original Scent!

How Do Our Customers Use Love Juice Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Recipes?

Our customers can use this sweet fragrance oil to create all sorts of fun bath and body recipes. Bath gels, bath oils, and bath fizzies, and other bath recipes can include a maximum of 5% Love Juice scent. Additionally, homemade body cream, body lotions, and perfume body sprays can include 5% Love Juice Fragrance Oil as well.

Also, this fruity and fun aroma would be a great addition to a variety of soaping methods. In fact, our Cold Process Soap Testing Results have shown that this flirty fragrance oil is absolutely perfect for this method of soaping. Not only will a batch containing this fragrance have no ricing, no acceleration, and no separation, but the batch will have a perfect pour as well. The finished cold process soaps will maintain a strong scent and they will not have any discoloration. If you are unsure what to use to color your bath and body products, then we would suggest using orange liquid soap colorants in an amount that you are satisfied with. Remember not to use candle dye in body products as they may dye the skin.

How Do Our Customers Use Love Juice Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Recipes?

Homemade room scenting products can be created using this fruity and floral fragrance oil. Potpourri and incense can be created using 50% of this scent and not a drop more. This citrus fragrance oil is great in reed diffuser recipe as well! Also, this super fun fragrance oil can be used at a rate of 5% to concoct perfect household cleaning products. Sachet bead bags and ornaments will maintain a strong citrus aroma.

Additionally, this floral and fruit fragrance oil can be used to create flirty and fun scented candles. Any of these candles that use either vegetable waxes or paraffin wax can incorporate a maximum of 10% of fragrance oil for this scent. Joy wax and wow wax will both perform perfectly for this lovely fragrance oil and soy wax candles that use this scent will maintain an aroma that is both nice and strong. If you want to add colorant to your candle products, then we suggest using either four drops of orange liquid candle dye along with one drop of red liquid candle dye or a small amount of shredded red and orange color blocks in your preferred amounts per four pounds of wax. Just remember not to use any crayons for coloring your candles as they will clog your wick.

We hope that you enjoy this fruity and floral blend of a fragrance oil and are able to create your own fun and flirty crafts or products!

Jul
12

Indian Summer Fragrance Oil

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Indian Summer Fragrance OilIndian Summer Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Indian Summer Fragrance Oil is a complex scent by Natures Garden. Not only is this fragrance oil magnificently complex, but it is a best seller as well! This aroma is a skillful combination of juicy, fresh fruits, fresh green notes, and a slight touch of a floral scent. This creates a perfect scent for those who are not quite ready to let go of the summer warmth, but still love the fall time of year.

What Does Indian Summer Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden has strong top notes of strawberries and green apples and pears; middle notes of geranium and basil; bottom notes of oak and fresh greenery. Very Complex! A Best Seller!  

How Do Our Customers Use Indian Summer Fragrance Oil?

Bath and body products can be created using this complex Indian summer aroma. Bath oils, bath gels, soaps, lotions, and so many more bath and body creations can be made with a maximum of 5% fragrance. Also, perfumes will perform wonderfully with this fragrance, as long as no more than 5% is used in the formulation. Moreover, this fragrance oil can be used in a variety of soap making methods. In fact, our Cold Process Soap Testing Results have revealed that this fragrance is perfect to include in cold process soap making. The test batch containing this scent soaped beautifully, with no acceleration, no separation, and no ricing. The final product will have a nice and strong fruity scent after cure and the bar will have no discoloration. If you want to color your soap creations, then we would suggest using orange liquid soap dye in an amount that you desire.  Just remember to never use candle dye in any bath and body products.

Homemade room scenting products can be created using this warm autumn fragrance oil. Potpourri and incense can include a maximum of 50% of this autumn scent in their recipes. Any household cleaning product can use this scent, as long as no more than 5% of Indian Summer Fragrance Oil is added. Also, the scent remains nice and strong in aroma beads. While this fragrance oil is gel wax compatible, it is the customers responsibility to test each fragrance purchased.

Our customers who enjoy creating their own candle products can use this beautifully complex fall fragrance oil in their recipes. Any candle product that is made of either vegetable waxes or paraffin wax can use a maximum of 10% for this scent. Pillar of Bliss, Joy Wax, and WOW Wax will both perform perfectly for this fragrance oil. Also, this fragrance oil’s scent will remain nice and strong in candle products made with any of our soy waxes. If you want to add colorant to your candle creations, then we suggest that you use either five drops of orange candle colorant along with two drops of brown liquid candle dye or a small amount of shredded orange color block and brown color block per four pounds of wax.

May
28

French Market Fragrance Oil

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French Market Fragrance OilFrench Market Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

French Market Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden is a floral fragrance like no other!  Immaculate floral notes deliver a bright, wonderful aroma to this fragrance oil.  French Market has long been a favorite of those looking to create strong floral products.  The blend of floral scents encompassed in this fragrance are both powerful and enchanting, creating a desirable aroma that is useful in all applications.  A customer from Wooster, AR writes “I got this scent free when I purchased my smelly jelly kit. I absolutely love it. I can smell the gardenia which is also one of my favorites. I would highly recommend this fragrance to anyone. Great for soy candles, smelly jelly, and I also use this scent for my body massage candles.”  This is someone who has truly embraced the versatility of this fragrance! Try it for yourself today and send your customers on a trip through a French Market!

What Does French Market Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

French Market Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden is an outstanding floral fragrance that is comprised of roses, magnolia, gardenia, tuberose, and iris blossoms.  This bright and inviting floral aroma is both a Nature’s Garden Original Fragrance and A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use French Market Fragrance Oil?

Our customers can use this inviting fragrance oil perfectly to craft homemade scented products. You can use this floral fragrance oil in reed diffusers, potpourri, or incense recipes at a rate of 50% for this fragrance.  Additionally, this fragrance provides a very strong scent in aroma beads.  Candles and wax tarts can use this bright floral fragrance at a maximum of 10% with vegetable waxes and paraffin wax.  The scent will work wonderfully in Joy Wax, Wow Wax, and natural soy waxes.  If you want to color your candles, we would recommend using one drop of purple and two drops of red liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax. Alternatively, you could color your melted wax with small amounts of red and purple color blocks. Just don’t use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

Customers can use this blooming fragrance to create luscious bath and body products.  Bath gels, bath bombs, and oils will perform perfectly when the recommended maximum of 5% fragrance oil is used. Soap makers can use 5% fragrance oil in both cold process soap recipes and melt and pour soap recipes.  Our Cold Process Soap Testing Results show that soaps made with this fragrance oil will have an absolutely gorgeous scent after curing. There was no ricing, slight acceleration, no separation, and the soap discolored to a slight beige. If you wish to color your bath and body products, we would recommend using purple and red soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you.  As always, do not use candle dyes in your bath and body products.

This lovely bouquet fragrance oil can be used to create a plethora of gorgeous products. Handcrafted perfumes, body sprays, and lotions will all perform wonderfully when incorporating this fragrance at 5% of your total recipe.  Also, household cleaning supplies can be created using a maximum fragrance usage of 3.9%.

May
14

English Ivy Fragrance Oil

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English Ivy Fragrance OilEnglish Ivy Fragrance OilFragrance Oil Spotlight

English Ivy Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden is a wonderful green fragrance that is gentle and shimmering.  This scent is a very natural-smelling aroma, reminiscent of walking through the forest on a warm, humid day, or a visit to a botanical greenhouse.  This is a favorite of customers who are looking for a true-to-name leafy fragrance!  Receiving 5-star reviews across the board, this fragrance is popular with customers regardless of the products they are making.  A valued customer from Ferndale, WA described the scent of this aroma as “just like if you were to take a leaf and smash it up to get all the juices and smell out. It’s very clean, fresh and earthy.”  Experience this clean, green scent today!

What Does English Ivy Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

English Ivy Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden has shimmering tones of morning dew which surround this lush green blend.  A botanical accord of forest fern, green leaves, and cut stems is blended with a soft floral bouquet at the heart of the scent.  Base notes of musk add a soft, earthy end to this scent.

How Do Our Customers Use English Ivy Fragrance Oil?

Customers use English Ivy Fragrance Oil to create earthy, botanical room scents.  Room scenters can incorporate this fragrance oil up to 50% in scenting recipes such as Smelly Jelly air fresheners and room sprays.  This green scent also performs exceptionally in aroma beads.  Homemade candles and tarts can be made using vegetable wax or paraffin wax and will perform wonderfully when this fragrance oil is used.  The recommended maximum usage is up to 10%.  This fragrance oil performs perfectly in Joy Wax, Pillar of Bliss Wax, and Wow Wax.  It will also perform well in soy wax.  If you want to add a little color to your candles, we recommend 5 drops of green candle dye per four pounds of wax, or your could shred a small amount of a green color block into your melted wax.  Remember, never use crayons to color your wax as they will clog your wick.

English Ivy Fragrance Oil can also be used to create natural smelling bath and body products.  Bath gels, bath bombs, and bath oils were found to perform well with up to 5% of this fragrance oil added.  Homemade soap makers can use up to 5% in cold process soaps or melt and pour soap recipes.  Our Cold Process Soap Testing Results have shown that soaps that incorporate this fragrance did not discolor.  There was no ricing or separation.  This fragrance did accelerate trace, so soap at room temperature!  After curing, the scent is gorgeous and strong!  If you wish to color your soap, we recommend using green liquid soap dye according to your specification.

Customers can incorporate English Ivy Fragrance Oil into a wide variety of products.  Create a delightful, earthy aroma by incorporating this fragrance up to 5% in your perfume and body spray recipes!  Customers also make their own lotions with a maximum of 5% fragrance oil,  and household cleaning supplies with a maximum of 5% fragrance oil.

Jul
02

Coconut Oil 76 in CP Soap

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Coconut-Oil-76-in-CP-SoapCoconut Oil 76 in CP Soap

You’ll go coco-nuts for coconut oil 76 in CP soap. What does the ’76’ mean? It simply denotes that this type of coconut oil has a melting point of 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Coconut oil has many beneficial properties for use in all sorts of products–it’s even edible!!–but for our purposes, we’re going to discuss coconut oil 76 in CP soap. (Please do NOT attempt to eat the soap.)

Coco Clean

Our cold process soap testing recipe features coconut oil as the second most abundant ingredient (by weight) after water. Rightfully so, for you see, coconut oil is comprised primarily of lauric and myristic fatty acids which are characterized in soap-making by providing cleansing properties, a bubbly lather, and hardness. Coco-o is a surfactant, meaning it reduces the surface tension of a liquid when it is dissolved, allowing the dirt and impurities to be rinsed off of the skin.

Coco Cream

In addition, the high content of saturated fat serves to give coconut oil a higher SAP value (the number of milligrams of lye that is needed to completely saponify, or turn into soap, one gram of a specific oil, butter, or fat. — Lye, while generally thought of as a bad guy, is a necessary evil for the saponification process. Always remember to follow safety procedures when handling lye. [Add lye to water, the mixture will get hotter; add water to lye, you’ll probably die]). Remember that rhyme to ensure safety.  While you will likely NOT actually DIE, you can certainly get hurt from the lye volcano you will create if you add water to lye.  SO… Don’t ever do that!  Always add your lye to your water.  The high SAP value of coco-o helps to superfat the soap (the amount of lye used is less than the given SAP value), giving it a nice, creamy texture and more lather ability. You can thank coconut oil for making your homemade CP soap clean and bubbly.

Coco – What the heck does that mean?

Furthermore, coconut oil serves as an emulsion stabilizer. What the heck does that mean? You may already know, but I just learned about this today, so I’m going to recap for myself and the benefit of anyone out there who’s not entirely sure. An emulsion is a mixture of two things that don’t really want to go together– for instance, oil and water. Water is the number one ingredient (by weight) in our CP soaps, and just about everything else is some type of oil (apricot kernel oil, castor oil, sunflower oil, palm oil, fragrance oil, and- of course- coconut oil 76). An emulsion stabilizer helps to keep this mixture from separating. This means, not only will it help hold your soap together, it will also help hold the fragrance. (Don’t worry, the coconut oil itself has been refined so it is odorless. Unless you ARE looking for a coconut fragrance in your soap. If so, we’ve got ten coconutrelated scents you may enjoy using!)

Coco No-no

Oh, wow, you’re thinking. Coconut oil 76 in CP soap is so great, I want to use as much of it as possible! And of course you do, but how much is too much?  A typical soap recipe calls for 20-30% coconut oil. It’s important not to use more than 30% coconut oil. Why? Is it possible to be TOO clean? The excess coconut oil 76 in CP soap will interact with the natural oils on your skin and dry it right out. But if you use the appropriate amount of coconut oil, it works in the soap to help clean skin and even reduce inflammation.

Cococonclusion

Coconut oil 76 in CP soap is awesome as long as you’re careful not to use too much in your recipe. So go ahead– what are you waiting for? Follow the links above to purchase coconut oil 76 and other ingredients for our CP soap testing recipe or one of our other fun CP soap recipes. Browse our wide array of fragrance oils to find a scent that you love. Thanks for reading and happy soaping!

Oct
17

Black Walnut Hulls

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Black Walnut HullsBlack Walnut Hulls

Hello everyone! Are you adventurous? Are you a crafter? Do you like to try new and exciting things with your crafts? Have you ever used black walnut hulls in your crafts? If you haven’t yet, get on that! Black walnut hulls are amazing! They can be used in a variety of different ways in many different industries! They can be used for medicinal purposes, skin care, cosmetics, bath and body products, and even food and wood working! They are such versatile ingredients that after reading this, you won’t be able to resist trying them!

Black walnut hulls, or otherwise known as Juglans Nigra, are actually the outside shells or coverings of black walnuts. They are a species of the walnut family Juglandaceae and native to North America and some parts of Canada. They are found in Texas, Florida, Georgia, South Dakota and Ontario, Canada. During the 17th century, black walnut was used for many hard wood products like flooring, gunstock, building furniture, and even making coffins. They were used for these purposes because of their great grain and luster and its dark-red-brown color. Romans actually called black walnut the “imperial nut”!

There are many medicinal benefits to using black walnut hulls as well! It can treat many skin conditions like eczema, acne, warts, psoriasis, cold sores, herpes, athlete’s foot, and even inflamed tissues. When used as a cosmetics ingredient, it treats all of those things as well as yeast infections and even ringworm. One thing contained in black walnut hulls is called tannin. Tannin helps to reduce excessive sweating and shrink the sweat glands. Many other ailment can be treated with black walnut hulls as well such as balancing blood sugar, lowering serum cholesterol, getting oxygen into the blood, lowering blood pressure, helping to detoxify the body, and it has been said that they can even help to “kill” cancer cells! For women, they help to regulate the amount of blood loss during periods. However, pregnant women are recommended not to use black walnut hulls because they could possibly cause the child birth defects or even cause the mother to have a miscarriage. Please do not take my blogs as medical advice though! Always consult your doctor before using anything as replacement for medical treatment!

Bath and body products can include black walnut hulls as well! When used in a face mask, they help to soothe the skin. They can also be added to bath bomb recipes and massage oils. When used for soap making, black walnut hulls are used to color the soap a natural dark brown color. They can also be added to primary colored soap to bring the color down to a more natural, muted level. Wondering how to find this great product on our site? Just type “black walnut” or “black walnut hulls” into the search bar and it will take you directly to our Black Walnut Hulls Powder! Did you know that black walnut trees are also used as timber trees? And they can be added to a variety of foods! Also, black walnuts used to be used as hair dye because of its rich dark brown-black color! Make sure to try out this awesome product as soon as possible! And keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla! Looking for new things to try? Check out all of our free classes and recipes including our Black Walnut Hulls Class!

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May
06

Jersey Soap Recipe

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jersey soap recipe

 

This manly themed Jersey Soap Recipe is easy and fun to make if you have soaped before.  Perfect for a Fathers Day gift or a gift for your favorite sports fan; using a combination of both cold processed and hot processed soap, you will be able to create a manly scented soap that looks very similar to a sports jersey.  In creating this masterpiece, feel free to swap out the colors to select ones that batter fit the theme of the end product you are looking for.

Please Note:  To complete this homemade project, it will take two days to create.  Day one will be the cold process soap steps.  Then, you will have to wait 24 hours before unmolding this soap.  Once that time has elapsed, the second day will involve the hot process soap steps.  Then, of course there is cure time involved due to the fact that there is cold process soap in your end product.  But, you will have nice and firm bars when finished.

The majority of the ingredients and some of the supplies used in this recipe can be purchased at Natures Garden.

Here are the ingredients that you will need to make the cold process portion of this recipe:
For the lye solution:
65 grams Water
24 grams Lye
For your soaping ingredients:
60 grams Shea Butter
50 grams Coconut Oil 76
33 grams Apricot Kernel Oil
21 grams Grapeseed Oil
9 grams Castor Oil
6 grams Sodium Lactate
11 grams Game On Fragrance Oil
2 grams Titanium Dioxide

As for the mold, you will need to have the Mold Market Square Loaf mold.  This mold is also available at Natures Garden.

Once you have everything and you are ready to start soaping, here are the steps, complete with pictures to show you how it is done:

make your lye solution

Put on your safety gear, and prep your area. Then, make your lye solution.

melting down your soaping ingredients

Now, melt and combine your Apricot Kernel Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil 76, and Castor Oil.

adding sodium lactate

Once the lye solution has cooled add the sodium lactate and stir.

titanium dioxide paste

Next, remove 8 grams of the melted soaping ingredients, and place it into a separate mixing bowl.  Then, add your titanium dioxide to this and stir in to make a paste.   Set aside.

emulsify soap batter

When ready, combine the lye solution and soaping ingredients together. Stick blend to emulsify.

scenting and coloring the batter

Next, add titanium dioxide paste and stick blend to make the whole batter white in color.  Then, add the fragrance and stick blend.

pouring your soap

Once you have reached trace, pour the white soap batter into the 4 pound mold.  Please Note:  The batter will NOT fill the mold.  This is done intentionally.  Insulate.

measuring out your embed

After 24 hours:  Carefully remove the white soap from the mold.   Place it down flat and horizontally in front of you. Then, using a ruler, measure out 2 inches in height and mark it.

the number in your jersey soap
Now, using a knife, cut the soap so that you have one long bar.  This will be the number one in your jersey soap.  Then, set aside.

The cold process steps are now complete.  You are now half way there.  The next step is the Hot Process and here is the recipe (using the same ingredients with the addition soap colorant).
For the Lye solution:
420 grams Water
153 grams Lye
For your soaping ingredients:
387 grams Shea Butter
321 grams Coconut Oil 76
210 grams Apricot Kernel Oil
133 grams Grapeseed Oil
55 grams Castor Oil
35 grams Sodium Lactate
69 grams Game On Fragrance Oil
15 grams Ultramarine Blue Fun Soap Colorant

meling your ingredients for hp recipe

Set your crock pot to a low heat setting. Next, place all of your oils and butter into the crock pot. Heat and occasionally stir them until melted.

adding the sodium lactate to hp

While you are melting the soaping ingredients, make your lye solution.  Also, add the sodium lactate. Stir in to incorporate.

combining the soap ingredients

Once all of the soaping ingredients are melted, slowly pour the lye mixture into the crock pot.

coloring the hp soap

Next, in short bursts, stick blend directly in the crock pot. Once you have the batter at light trace, add the ultramarine blue soap colorant. Then, stick blend to incorporate throughout the whole batter.

hp soap pudding like state
Now, keep blending in short bursts with your stick blender until the batter reaches a pudding like state.  Remember to periodically stir the soap in between with your spatula.  Once the batter has reached this state, lid the crock pot.

hp soap with waxy appearance
Allow the soap mixture to cook, and periodically stir it. Doing this will prevent the soap from scorching.  As the soap cooks, the soap will start to dry out and take on a waxy appearance.

hp soap that has consistency of mashed potatoes
Remember to stir occasionally, but allow the soap to cook for about 2 hours.  You will know that your soap has cooked long enough once it has the consistency of mashed potatoes.

adding the scent and stirring it in
Next, quickly add the Game On scent to the soap.  Then, stir well throughout the whole batter.

about one inch of soap in the mold
Now, get your mold and place about one inch worth of the soap into it.  Gently tap the soap in the mold to remove any air bubbles.

placing the number 1 in the soap
Once the mold has been tapped, vertically place the white soap into the mold.  Using your fingers, gently wedge the soap into place.  Try to keep the white soap centered.  This will be the number 1 on the jersey soap.

filling in the rest of the mold

Once the number 1 has been set into the soap, begin to carefully fill in the open sides with soap.  As you are doing this, remember to gently tap the soap mold to remove any trapped air.  Please Note:  Due to the tapping  of the mold, you may have to recenter the number 1 in the soap if it becomes askew.

heap the top of the soap
Once the mold is filled, heap the top lip portion with the remaining soap.

how to get the jersey shape

Now, using your ladle, carefully run it down the center of the mold and remove the excess soap.  Place the excess soap along the sides.  This scooping manner will give your jersey soap its neck line.  Allow the soap to mold overnight.

removing the soap from the mold
The next morning, remove the soap from the mold.

cut your jersey soap

Finally, cut the soap into bar sized slices. Allow the soap to cure further (because of the cold process soap) before use.

That is it!  You have just accomplished the jersey soap recipe.  Enjoy your new soap!

 

Apr
28

Too Much Castor

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too much castor

The following blog was written by a new employee of Natures Garden who is doing her best to learn the science and art of soap making.  Please take that into consideration before commenting on her experiences, successes, and yes…failures.

Hello everyone!

The other day I wrote a blog about how I figured out my own recipe and all the details of my soap. I was so very excited about this project. I did really well throughout the whole process and was happy with the outcome of my soap. My soap bars were gorgeous and I was  officially a successful soap maker!

Well, the following day, I was assigned a new project: to write another recipe from start to finish. This would include everything from ingredients, to scent, to color, whether or not to add sodium lactate or color stabilizer, the swirl technique (aka design), and the mold. We are talking about EVERYTHING! I said, OK, I can do that!

The only difference between this assignment and my last project was this time there was not going to be a double check. Yes, the last few times I embarked on this journey, my work was double checked. I am in training, and there are a lot of things you need to know about the soap making process and everything that comes along with it. With all of that being said, I felt confident I could do this…really! So off I went.

I figured out my recipe, gathered all of my ingredients, put on my safety gear, and prepped.

Once I melted all of my oils, put together my lye solution, emulsified and scented, I was ready to design. I placed my colors in their bowls, and I was ready for the in the pot swirl. If you have not noticed, I am fond of this technique! Everything was going smoothly!

I took the colored batter that I was using and plopped it into my main soap batter and began the swirling technique. And, let me just tell you, my soap looked beautiful. I couldn’t even get over how nicely it poured into the silicone loaf mold. I was excited!

Now this was on Friday so I had to play the waiting game all weekend. By Sunday night, I couldn’t wait to see my masterpiece. When Monday morning finally arrived, I was ready to unveil my homemade soap. I picked it up and started to the chopping block. Hmmm, this soap seemed a bit squishy. I thought this can’t be good.

Starting to work the soap out of the mold, I realized that now it seemed sticky. This was not at all what I was hoping for. Finally, I got the soap out of the mold, and proceeded to cut it. That was when the soap stuck to my knife…just great! Despite the fact that the colors were awesome and it smelled great, I had messed up somewhere.  My soap bars were tacky and very soft.

So, I checked my weights and percentages. Everything was good. Then, I had my recipe double checked by someone else. They pointed out their opinion of what the problem could be.  I had too much castor oil in my recipe. Oopsy! I had totally overlooked the frequently-held opinion that when making soap that contains  Castor Oil , you may want to stay at 8% or less castor oil in your formulation.   My addition was 20%.

In the end, I felt defeated, and was totally bummed! I did however, make a note to self: while Castor oil is good for the “bubbly” in your soap, my experience showed me that using too much castor oil may produce soap that is tacky and hard to remove from the mold.  In the future, if I want to produce a harder bar of soap, I may want to increase my percentages of oils that are known to produce harder bars of soap such as coconut oil, palm oil, palm kernel oil.

I predicted I was going to fail…and when I do, I do it right…lol.

So my epic failure is a lesson learned. And, even though I am hard on my little feelings, don’t be too hard on yourself for your mistakes. My advice to any new soapers: Turn setbacks into future achievements, and lessons to be taught to others so they don’t make the same boo boos.

Until next time, have a fabulous day!

Cindy

 

 

Apr
14

Brittle Soap

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soap that has too much sodium lactate
Warning, the following pictures may disturb some soapers!

Here was the scenario:  Using a Hot Process Recipe, we made a soap batch that we thought would work.  However, we got a little too sodium lactate happy.  As a result, our soap bars were not functional.  And, to be completely honest, some of our soap could not even be classified as a bar.

Can you feel the soaping life lesson coming on?

Our hot process soap was molded and ready to be removed and sliced.  The end was trimmed off, and we went in for our first cut… that was when the slice fell, and broke into two pieces.

brittle slice of soap

Again we tried, but to no avail…

crumbly soap

That was when we thought to slice the bars thicker.  Still the same result, a broken bar of soap.

high amount of sodium lactate

Heart broken, we came to the conclusion that there was too much sodium lactate in our recipe.

Yes, sad but true; we have brittle soap.  And, a 4 pound batch at that!  Even though the soap was brittle, we still wanted to find out how it performed.  So, we washed our hands with the bar pieces.  This action made the finished bars completely crumble as we rubbed them together under the running water.

testing the processed soap

The original recipe was a failure, but not a complete one.  We were able to see first hand what happens to soap when too much sodium lactate is added.

soap that needs a rebatch

In one of the earlier Natures Gardens blog posts, we wrote that using too much sodium lactate in your soap recipe will produce finished bars that crumble or are brittle.  This soap is the perfect example of exactly how this worked.

The recipe that we used contained 1 ounce of sodium lactate per pound of soaping oils in our recipe.  We thought that this would help harden the bar, especially since the soap was made from very soft oils.

Well, we were wrong.  This is why testing is highly suggested when dealing with soaping additives like sodium lactate.