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My First Attempt at Soapmaking

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Enji Natures GardenHi, I’m Katie from Nature’s Garden. (That’s me and Enji!) We’ve got a great team here, and my role largely involves writing fragrance blogs and rendering videos. I’ve been working here for a little over two months, and I’ve watched Bailey make a LOT of soap (you can, too, if you click that link)! Until I started working here, I had very little knowledge of soapmaking (and I still have a LOT to learn), but you bet your bippy I like crafts of all kinds, and I’ve been itching to get my hands on some soap. This past weekend, a friend asked me to house-sit and I had a rare opportunity: an entire kitchen at my disposal. (I live with my folks, two teenage siblings, and a large puppy [keep reading for pic], so the kitchen can be a little crowded.) On Friday, I frantically purchased soapmaking supplies from our store, and soon after started my first foray into melt-and-pour.

Katie’s Impulsive Orange Soap

Truthfully, I don’t trust myself with anything too potentially hazardous. While I’ve read all about lye safety and its proper handling, I still don’t trust my clumsy self. Melt and pour seemed to be the way to go. We use mango butter in our cold process soap-testing recipe because of its moisturizing properties, so I decided to buy some Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap.

Natures Garden Reed Diffuser KitOn a separate note, I am absolutely obsessed with Blood Orange Essential Oil. Pictured to the right is the reed diffuser that sits in my office, filled with blood orange essential oil (and reed diffuser baseReed diffuser kits come plain- I just painted mine to match the workplace). It smells insanely amazing and its considered aromatherapy benefits are as a stimulant and an anti-depressant (an aphrodisiac, too, but that’s not important at work). IMPORTANT NOTE ON USING CITRUS ESSENTIAL OILS IN BATH AND BODY PRODUCTS: Citrus fruits contain compounds designed to help them absorb sunlight to ripen. Citrus essential oils are likely to increase the photosensitivity- or sensitivity to sunlight- of your skin. I’m already as white as ghost, so I need to be especially careful not to use this soap on body parts that will see a lot of sun. I already get sunburnt pretty easily, and overuse of citrus essential oil on sun-exposed skin can lead to a type of super-sunburn. No thank you.

My idea quickly became centered around making an energizing soap with mango butter melt and pour and blood orange essential oil- but what else? I looked up natural soap colorantsOrange Peel Powder, rich with vitamins and a citrus aroma, seemed like an obvious addition, and for extra orange color, I included skin-nourishing Carrot Powder and cleansing Red Moroccan Clay Powder. Let me remind you again that I pretty much have no idea what I’m doing. –Since I was a kid, I’ve loved making my own recipes. Even if they were terrible. I once put cinnamon squares cereal in a bowl with ripped up bread and orange soda pop. I have no idea why. I can’t imagine anyone ate it. (I’m not sure how those fragrances would smell together, either.)– But no one’s going to eat this soap, so I figured I couldn’t go too terribly wrong, right?

To recap, here’s my recipe (and a picture of me and my dog for fun):

Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap – 1lb
Blood Orange Essential Oil – ~32 drops
Orange Peel Powder – 2 tbsp
Carrot Powder – 1 tbsp
Red Moroccan Clay Powder – 1 tbsp

Other Supplies:

Cutting board
Small sauce pan
Glass 2-cup Measuring Container with spout
Tbsp measuring spoon
Small bowl
Stainless steel spoon
Disposable pipettes
Bite-sized daisies mold

Making it:

First, gotta cut up those lil melt and pour squares. I cut my soap along the lines laid out and then I cut those pieces into halves or even quarters for faster melting. You can use a microwave, but I wanted more time to add my herbs and oil so I used the double boiler method to melt my mango butter base (or something very similar- I just googled “double boiler method” and that’s not exactly what I did. Oops.) In the little bowl I mixed 1 tbsp of each of my powders with the whisk, being sure to break up carrot powder clumps. Once my soap base was good and melt-y, I stirred in my powders and began mixing with a whisk. Shortly thereafter I used a pipette to add my blood orange essential oil. I didn’t measure this one out exactly, but a friend suggested I use no more than a few drops of essential oil per ounce of base, so initially I went with about 1 drop/oz. It didn’t smell orange-y enough to me,Impulsive-Orange-Two so I added an extra tbsp of orange peel powder and upped my essential oil to 2 drops/oz base. Once I got my batter thoroughly mixed, I poured it into that *cute little flower mold,* very messily, I might add, and very carefully laid the filled molds on paper towels on a flat shelf in the fridge. I waited a while for them to set up, at least a half hour, and then popped them out and put them in a zip-seal bag. THEY SMELL GREAT. I cannot get over how much I love this soap. I have never smelled anything like it before- it’s orange-y and herbal-y and the soap turned out to be a tan-orange color- and I LOVE IT.

But melt and pour comes in two pound slabs.. so what did I do with the other pound?


This one was more simple and scientific. One pound = 16 oz.  and (16 x 0.05 = 0.8). I measured out 0.8 oz Bacon Fragrance Oil and.. I’m not sure sure how much Red Moroccan Clay Powder I used.. maybe 3 or 4 tbsp? But I used the same melt and pour method described above and ended up with a pound of bacon soap! Woohoo! Be sure to keep this soap away from your puppy- he might mistake them for treats- they are bite-sized and they smell like bacon. Though honestly, my goofy dog will try to eat anything.

I can’t wait to create another soap recipe with herbs and essential oils!


Apple Cinnamon – Body Safe Fragrance

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Apple Cinnamon - Body Safe FragranceApple Cinnamon – Body Safe Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Finally done with almond scents, we move onto apple fragrances. Trust me, there are plenty more apple fragrance blogs to come. But why wouldn’t there be? Apples smell absolutely delicious. Not to mention the taste, but no matter how good fragrance oil smells, we never eat it. Apple Cinnamon – Body Safe is a perfect autumn aroma. As fall approaches, it’s heartwarming to smell the sweet, spicy scent of apples and cinnamon, reminiscent of a nice, hot cup of apple cider.

What Does Apple Cinnamon – Body Safe Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

If you’re looking for a wonderful blend of apples and cinnamon without an overkill of bakery base notes, then our apple cinnamon fragrance oil is just for you!  The aroma of a red juicy McIntosh apple, sprinkled with freshly ground cinnamon sticks.  Best of all, this fragrance is body safe!  It is both an NG Original Scent and a best seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Apple Cinnamon – Body Safe Fragrance Oil?

Candles, of course. This apple cinnamon aroma is ideal for creating succulently-scented decorative candles. Apple Cinnamon fragrance oil performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax, and is nice and strong in soy wax. The maximum recommended usage percentage in vegetable waxes and paraffin wax is 10%. Apple Cinnamon – Body Safe is not gel wax compatible (but it is body safe- and we’ll get to that). Our coloring recommendations for candles are to use two drops of red liquid candle dye and two drops of brown liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax or shred a small amount of cinnamon color block into your melted wax.

Surely they make sweetly, spicy-scented soaps, and other bath and body products. This is where the “body safe” part is important. The maximum recommended usage percentage for this fruity fall fragrance in soaps, bath oils, bath gels, and cleaning products is 5%. We’ve found that Apple Cinnamon – Body Safe performed well in bath and body products. Our cold process soap testing results found that in CP soap, Apple Cinnamon – Body Safe caused slight acceleration, no ricing, no separation, and discolors to a light beige, with good scent retention. Our coloring recommendations for soap are: use red soap dye in the amount that satisfies you (of our four red soap colorants, I would recommend Tomato Red or Red Oxide- but it’s ultimately your decision, so do whatever you’d like!)

We’ve got this awesome 3D Apple Mold (that I’m going to be pushing a lot with all of the upcoming apple aromas) that you can use to make life-sized apple soaps! You could even get crafty and use this mold to make an apple-shaped candle. Simply use wick pins in the mold while pouring your wax (I’m not sure how simple it is, I just thought it was a neat idea, maybe someday I will have time to test it out! I’ll get back to you on that.)

This amazing autumn aroma is also perfect for perfumes and lotions. It performed perfectly in perfume and the maximum recommended usage percentage for lotions and perfumes is 5%.

Why not fill your whole house with this sweet cinnamon scent? The maximum recommended usage percentage for Apple Cinnamon – Body Safe fragrance oil in incense and potpourri is 50%. It comes across nice and strong in aroma beads.


Soap Molds Featured in Polyvore

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Blue beauty

Natures Garden Soap Molds found in a polyvore set.  This Polyvore set really stands out with its beautiful circular, blue and teal design.      We have listed all of the products used in this design below.   Natures Garden Soap Molds are frequently used by designers on Polyvore to create their “sets”.  Come join us on Polyvore and design your own!

Natures Garden Angel Wings Soap Mold is shown in this polyvore.


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