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Mar
24

Coconut Soap for Cleaning

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coconut-soap-for-cleaningCoconut Soap for Cleaning

Recipes for Homemade Coconut Soap

Do you want to make your own homemade soap? There are many recipes out there, but the base of the whole project is mostly the same, so we will focus on a single project so we can cover it, allowing you to understand how things are made.  You can use the newly made soap for  many types of cleaning, such as kitchen cleaning, oven cleaning, washing dishes and of course hands and so on if you feel you need to, the choice is yours. From then on you can experiment on your own or find other recipes, but it all starts with the following ingredients:

  • 33 oz of coconut oil
  • 83 oz of lye
  • 54 oz of water

Three simple ingredients are all it takes to create soap, but you will need the following equipment to make it happen:

  • A crock pot
  • Stick blender
  • Thermometer
  • A digital scale
  • Glass measuring cups
  • Glass bowls
  • A long-handled plastic or wooden spoon
  • Rubber spatula
  • A sink or a bowl filled with a mix of vinegar and water to wash lye away from objects or yourself
  • Rubber gloves, long-sleeved shirt and even protective glasses
  • A soap mold
  • Parchment paper

Weigh your ingredients after you have them and set the crock pot to its low setting. Once that is done you need to add water to a glass or a ceramic bowl and take it outside with your lye and spoon. Make sure you do so outside to avoid the vapors of the process, and then slowly add the lye to the water while you mix it. Keep in mind it will get hot, so once it turns clear you can bring it inside. Let it cool off before you move on to the next step.

Place the coconut oil in a saucepan and heat it up to about 120°F and move on with the rest of the work, just make sure you have the thermometer away from the bottom of the pot. You can then put the coconut oil in your crock pot and on the low setting. Once that is done you can add the lye to it and stir it a few times carefully so it won’t splash outside.

Use a stick blender to mix it until it has the consistency and texture of pudding, which would be a sign you need to move on with the next step by covering it and letting it cook on the low setting. The oils will rise on the sides and then once again fold into the mix as it works, but it will take a varying amount of time, so make sure you check on it as you go.

The soap will be ready once it turns relatively translucent with no puddles of oil in its middle. You can use a pH test strip and wait for a few minutes to see whether it changes color. The pH needs to be around 7-10 with anything higher than that indicating it’s not done yet. You can also test it between your fingers to see whether it feels waxy – if it does then this means you’re good to go. Always make sure all lye has been converted or your brand new soap may end up burning you, so this is no joking matter.

Pour the mixture into your mold and let it cool, speeding things up in the fridge if you feel you need to. You would do well to cut the bar as soon as it is cool and firm, otherwise it will harden too much to be able to do so safely. You need to also let them dry and harden for at least two weeks if you want them to be in perfect condition for when you need them.

Read more tips and tricks at: Pimlico clean and Care tips for Carpet

 

Mar
12

Herbs in Melt and Pour Soap

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herbs in melt and pour soapHerbs in Melt and Pour Soap

Hello everyone, it’s time for a new creation!! We have created our new Chamomile Clay Soap using dried chamomile flowers & Rhassoul Clay to create a soap that exfoliates your skin while removing toxins! There are many amazing benefits to having herbs in melt and pour soap, especially as they work as an exfoliant for your skin! Chamomile actually helps to make your skin softer, reduce wrinkles and stretch marks, as well as working to heal flaky skin!

 

Ingredients:

Clay Soap Layer: 

120 grams of Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap

6 grams of Watercress and Aloe Fragrance Oil

7 grams of Rhassoul Clay Powder

11 grams of Vegetable Glycerin

Chamomile Flower Layer:

180 grams of Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap

9 grams of Watercress and Aloe Fragrance Oil

10 grams of Whole Chamomile Flowers

Other Ingredients Needed:

Rectangle Dome Top Mold Market Mold

8 oz. Clear Bullet Bottle

White Fine Mist Sprayer 24/410

Rubbing Alcohol

Pam or other cooking spray

Mixing Bowls

Mixing Spoons

Paper Towels

Scale

Directions:

Start by spraying a paper towel with your cooking spray and then gently rubbing your paper towel into your mold. The cooking spray will help to make the soap easier to release from the mold when it is finished. Next, go ahead and weigh out 180 grams of Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap into one bowl, and 120 grams of Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap into another. Then into a third bowl, measure out 7 grams of Rhassoul Clay Powder and 11 grams of Vegetable Glycerin. Mix the clay and glycerin together thoroughly to make a paste.

herbs in melt and pour soap

Take the bowl with the Oatmeal Soap and in the microwave, melt down your soap. When it is fully melted, add your clay and vegetable paste mixture to the melted soap, as well as 6 grams of Watercress and Aloe Fragrance Oil. Make sure to mix it all together thoroughly. Once this is fully mixed together, pour your soap equally into 2 cavities of your mold. (Hint: If you pour into the middle, it will spread out more evenly!) Make sure to spray this layer with rubbing alcohol directly after pouring to defeat any air bubbles! Now let your soap sit, giving it enough time to set up and harden. If you pour the next layer too soon, the separate layers may combine with each other, and you may have brown coming into your clear layer.

herbs in melt and pour soap

Once your first layer has set up, go ahead and melt down your Diamond Clear soap in the microwave. When it is fully melted, add 9 grams of our Watercress and Aloe fragrance. Mix them together thoroughly. Before you pour it however, make sure to once again spray your first layer with rubbing alcohol, this will help each layer to adhere to each other. Then, go ahead and pour your clear layer on top of your brown layer. Once that is poured, you will need to work quickly to add your chamomile. Make sure to get your herbs down into the soap as much as you can, but do it quickly to get them in there before your layer hardens. (We have used 7 grams of chamomile for our soap, but you do not have to! Use as much or as little as you want!) Then leave your soap to sit until it has completely hardened.

herbs in melt and pour soap

herbs in melt and pour soap

Once it has hardened, your Chamomile Clay Soap is ready for you to use! Make sure to carefully remove it from your mold, and enjoy it! Make sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes as well! Keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Jun
17

Summer Recipes

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summer recipes Best Summer Recipes

The creative team at Natures Garden works diligently everyday creating tried and true recipes for crafters to try.  Whether you are looking to dabble, just starting out, or wanting to try something new; these recipes offer uniqueness, fun, and as always strong and incredible scent.

If you have not seen Natures Garden’s free recipes and classes page, please click on this link.  There you will find hundreds of free recipes for you to use.  Each recipe is categorized accordingly to make it easier to find exactly what you are looking for.

We however wanted to help spotlight some of our favorite summertime recipes.  These recipes have the theme of summer whether it is through the use, the scent, or the concept of the recipe.

After polling the Natures Garden staff, the votes are in and have been tallied.  So, without further adieu; here is Natures Garden’s top picks for best summer recipes and why they are so loved!

The Body Care Category
Cotton Candy Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe-  “Not only do I absolutely adore how this sugar scrubs looks, but after washing with it your skin just feels amazing!”  -Deborah
Shea Lotion with Herbal Infusion-  “I am a huge Shea fan, I love the natural color, the scent, and the silky smoothness of my skin after I apply it.”  -Melissa

The Soap Category
Energize Cold Process Soap Recipe- “Beautiful, clean, and energizing scent to say the least.  With this recipe and scent combination there is tons of time to make beautiful and brightly colored swirls.  A really great wake me up shower scent for those mornings where you are just not feeling it.”  -Nicole
Watermelon Soap Recipe- “First, melt and pour soap is really easy to work with.  Secondly, nothing screams summertime like watermelon!  This project is just too cute.”  -Marsha

The Candle Category
Day at the Beach Candle Recipe- “Hello, this is a vacation in a candle.  It smells and looks just like the beach!”  -Zack
Smores Candle Recipe- “When the weather warms up I am all about being outside.  Having a bonfire is one of my favorite things to do in the summertime, and that just goes hand in hand with smores.”  -Josh

The Lip/Cosmetic Category
Natural Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe- “I have a niece that is a total girly girl.  One weekend we made this together.  It was a breeze.  She really liked the unique flavoring too.  She is a big slushie fan!”  -Atheena
Natural Beet Blush Recipe- “I never knew making your own natural cosmetics like blush was this easy.  It is the perfect hue too.”  -Tammy

The FUN Category
Scented Nail Polish Recipe  “I love to paint my nails and now with this recipe my nails can be scented in whatever I want. I can now scent my nails to match my mood.”  -Bailey
Rainbow Sherbet Bath Fizzies Recipe  “Rainbow Sherbet is a go to classic for my family during the summer.  This bath fizzies look and smell just like rainbow sherbet.  Easy to make too!”  -Pam

These highly recommended summer recipes are bursting full of summertime fun.  Each one is hyper linked to the individual recipe where will find all of the supplies, weights, and steps.

Enjoy!

Sep
29

Banana Pudding Soap Recipe

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Banana Pudding Soap Recipe

The Natures Garden staff is at it again, and this week Afshan (our graphic artist) joined our Staff Project Challenge.  Her project is called Banana Pudding Soap.  afshan pic

Hi everyone! my name is Afshan. I’m a web designer by profession and really love what I do. I’ve been working for Natures Garden for the past 3yrs and although I work offshore from my country Pakistan and haven’t met the staff , the CEO Deborah and the company I feel like I’m a part of Natures Garden too. I felt greatly honored when Deborah asked me to do the Staff Challenge and here I am with my first soap ever, a Banana Pudding Soap.banana pudding soap

In my spare time I like to do baking, sketching and photography. I just love animals and have kept a goat, chickens, cats, sheep and a turtle as pets at different times. My dream is to one day be on board the National Geographic Explorer Tour and see the wildlife up at the North Pole plus the Aurora Borealis. I can speak 3 languages. I’m a Libran and like balance and organization in my life. I love watching TV Series, these days I’m hooked to Homeland. My purpose in life is to be good human being and be useful to as many people as possible. My life motto is “I can do it” and I believe that even a little bit of kindness never goes unrewarded.homemade banana pudding recipe

Afshan was inspired to make banana pudding soap after she read the Banana Pudding Recipe Deborah posted on her facebook page.  Banana pudding is one of Deborah’s family favorites, and Afshan had never eaten banana pudding.  So, in addition to sending Afshan everything she would need to make the banana pudding soap, Deborah also sent her the ingredients not found in Pakistan that she would need to make edible banana pudding.  Afshan loved making the soap, and she said that her family loved eating the real banana pudding!  You can find Deborah’s Edible Banana Pudding Recipe Here.  Hope you enjoy it!