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Jul
08

What is Trace in Soap Making?

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What is trace in soap makingWhat is Trace in Soap Making?

What is trace? Baby, don’t blend me; don’t stir me, just pour. Trace is when you’ve reached emulsion- your oils are blended with your lye mixture and are no longer capable of separating. How can you tell when your mixture is at trace? The easiest way is to use your stirring utensil: hold it a few inches above your mixing container and move it back and forth. If the soap batter dripping off the stirring utensil leaves little lines that sit on top of the mixture in the bowl- that’s trace. It can be difficult to capture in photographs, but you’ll know it when you see it in motion.

heavy traceSo I reach trace and that’s it? Well, yes and no. There are different degrees of trace, but the important thing to remember is that once a mixture has reached trace- it’s only going to continue to solidify from there. Light trace is considered the bare minimum. Light trace is helpful when you’re looking to make swirls or other designs that require easily pourable, almost-liquid soap. Moderate trace is in the goopmiddle and means you’re ready to pour your soap into the mold. Heavy trace is when your soap gets thick. The picture above shows heavy trace. A soap batter at heavy trace is resistant to change shape and almost impossible to pour into a mold. Heavy trace may result in the need to scoop your soap into the mold, seen in the photo on the left. Not a pretty sight. Work quickly to ensure the soap does not set before you are ready.

What Causes Different Levels of Trace?

Trace can be affected both by your ingredients and your blending method.

Ingredients:

  • ‘Hard’ oils, including palm oil and coconut oil, and butters will reach trace much faster. Using softer oils such as olive oil or canola will decrease the speed of trace, but your end product soap will be much softer. Increasing the amount of oil to superfat your recipe will also slow down trace. (Be careful not to add too much or you’ll have an excess of unreacted oils.)
  • In addition, fragrance oils can accelerate trace. (Check out our CP Soap Testing results to see how our fragrance oils perform in the CP soaping process.)
  • Inversely, the more water you use, the slower your soap will reach trace. A water discount (using less water than the recipe called for) will accelerate trace and is recommended for only advanced soapers when they see fit.

Blending:

  • The speed at which you blend can accelerate trace. Using a stick blender as opposed to stirring manually with a spatula will increase the speed of the reaction and trace will be reached faster. If you suspect that the mixture will accelerate, stir it manually to slow the rate of trace.
  • Furthermore, the temperature at which you blend your ingredients will affect trace. Higher temperatures accelerate trace. If you wish to slow down trace, let your lye mixture cool down to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit before you add it to your oils.
  • The order also matters. If the fragrance oil you’re using is known to have a tendency to accelerate trace, be sure to add it last, after you’ve made your soap mixture and added any colorant, and be ready to move.

False Trace

All this talk about trace and the need to rush your soap process may have you running around like a chicken with its head cut off- but BEWARE FALSE TRACE. False trace usually occurs when oils in your mixture begin to cool down and solidify without going through emulsion or saponification. So, much like Goldilocks, you don’t want your mixture to be too hot or too cold, but juuuuust right.

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I know it seems like a lot- but if you pay attention to the factors listed here- you should be alright. Remember to have all of your ingredients ready before you start soaping (always, but especially) in case of any unexpected trace acceleration. You can do this, I promise. And if something goes wrong, you can always melt down your soap and try again. Thanks for reading and happy soaping!

Jul
06

Animalistic Instinct Fragrance

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animalistic instinct fragranceAnimalistic Instinct Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Animalistic Instinct fragrance is a scent that is sure to get your juices flowing. This aroma is sure to make you want to find your significant other as soon as possible. With the echo of multiple animal roars echoing in your mind, this scent is sure to fill your home with the exhilarating feeling of having stepped right out of the jungle itself. This is one fragrance you definitely don’t want to miss out on, it is sure to be an experience that will get your blood flowing!

What Does Animalistic Instinct Smell Like?

Animalistic Instinct fragrance oil by Nature’s Garden is a scent that is sure to intoxicate you. Starting with clean citrus notes of lemon and orange, that are surrounded by spicy notes of clove, rose, pepper, and anise. An unforgettable finish is brought on by notes of balsam, leather, warm musks, and vanilla.

How Do Our Customers Use Animalistic Instinct Fragrance Oil?

You definitely won’t be able to keep your hands off of your man with this tantalizing masculine scent around. It is sure to be like nothing you’ve ever come across before and an experience that you’ll never be able to forget. For all the candle makers out there, our Animalistic Instinct fragrance is just what you need. You can easily fill your home with this amazing aroma by using it to create some strong homemade aroma beads. For all of the incense and potpourri makers out there, our Animalistic Instinct fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 50%.

For bath and body products, this wonderful fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this scent are perfumes, lotions, bath gels, bath oils, and soaps. As this fragrance does have just a slight vanillin content, we suggest testing it thoroughly before using it in any of your finished and final products so as to avoid any discoloration. For all the cold process soap makers out there, our Animalistic Instinct fragrance oil is exactly the fragrance that you’ve been searching for. Our cold process results are: this fragrance has no acceleration or ricing, and it has an absolutely perfect pour. The scent is amazing and we had no discoloration.

I’m sure you’re just dying to get your hands on this fragrance as soon as you possibly can. But hold on just one minute because it just keeps getting better. We offer many amazing free classes and recipes here at Nature’s Garden, and our free Tiger Stripe Soap recipe is actually made using our Animalistic Instinct fragrance oil. This is one recipe you need to try out just as soon as you can, it is a soap that is sure to get your blooding boiling and your juices flowing. Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns. Enjoy this amazing fragrance oil and make sure to keep watching for even more fragrance fun ideas!

 

Jun
19

Cinnabun Fragrance

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cinnabun fragranceCinnabun Type Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Mmm…do you smell that? The delicious scent of fresh sticky ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls baking in the oven? Isn’t your mouth starting to water just thinking about sinking your teeth right into one these freshly baked amazing treats, the taste of hot yummy frosting covering this amazing cinnamon flavored bun. Our Cinnabun fragrance perfectly captures the mouth watering aroma of these delicious treats and will leave you and your family wanting to make of them as soon as you possibly can.

What Does Cinnabun Type Smell Like?

Cinnabun Type Scent by Nature’s Garden is the tantalizing aroma of freshly baked cinnabun rolls that are covered in yummy mouth watering flowing streams of cream cheese icing!

How Do Our Customers Use Cinnabun Type Fragrance Oil?

If you’re looking for a fragrance that is sure to leave your mouth watering, then this is the one. Our Cinnabun fragrance is sure to fill your home with the aroma of these delicious treats and bring the feeling of being right inside the bakery while these are being baked fresh in the oven. For all the candle makers out there, this fragrance is just what you’ve always been looking for. Our Cinnabun fragrance works nice and strong in soy wax, as well as performing perfectly in joy wax and wow wax. For all of the incense and potpourri makers out there, this fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 50%. You can easily fill your home with the aroma of these amazing sticky treats by using this fragrance to create some nice and strong homemade aroma beads.

For bath and body products, our Cinnabun fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this fragrance are lotions, bath oils, soaps, bath gels, and perfumes. This fragrance does happen to have a vanillin content of 5.01%, meaning that it may tend to discolor your soaps and other homemade bath and body products. Always make sure to test this scent thoroughly before using it in any of your final and finished products, and be sure to use a Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to avoid any discoloration problems! For all of the cold process soap makers out there, our Cinnabun fragrance oil is exactly what you always needed! Our cold process results are: there is no acceleration or ricing and this fragrance has a perfect pour! The soap does turn to a cinnamon brown color, but this scent is very strong and sticks very well!

I’m sure you’re wondering how long it would take to get your hands on a delicious cinnamon roll as soon as you can, but hold on just a second! This bakery fragrance actually gets better! We offer many great free classes and recipes here at Nature’s Garden, and our Cinnabun Melt and Pour Soap is actually made with our amazing Cinnabun Type fragrance oil. How much more amazing can this fragrance get? Enjoy this wonderful scent, and keep watching for even more postings.

 

Jun
18

Bubble Luscious Scent

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bubble luscious scentBubble Luscious Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Our Bubble Luscious scent is one fragrance that will transport you right back to your childhood memories. It is the aroma of a piece of yummy bubblegum,and will remind you of all of the fun times you had in the past just blowing bubbles with your friends. This is sure to be a scent that everyone you know will love, it will flow through your home and fill it with happiness. Our Bubble Luscious scent perfectly captures the aroma of a piece of newly-opened bubblegum just waiting to be devoured.

What Does Bubble Luscious Smell Like?

Bubble Luscious scent by Nature’s Garden will immediately bring you right back to childhood. You won’t be able to resist blowing bubbles with some fluffy, pink, luscious bubblegum! This wonderful fragrance begins with top notes citrus, strawberry and aldehydic effervescent notes that are followed by middle notes of clove and coconut. These are all sitting on a base of crisp vanilla. Bubble Luscious is a Nature’s Garden original fragrance!

How Do Our Customers Use Bubble Luscious Fragrance Oil?

If you’re looking for a fragrance that will make you just like a kid again, then you have definitely found it. This fragrance is the perfect representation of everything you loved as a child all wrapped up into one! For all the candle makers out there, our Bubble Luscious scent is absolutely perfect for you. It performs nice and strong in soy wax, as well as working perfectly in wow wax and joy wax. For all of the incense and potpourri makers out there, this fragrance is just what you’ve always needed. It has a maximum usage rate of 50%. You can easily fill your home with this amazing scent by using this fragrance to create some nice and strong homemade aroma beads.

For bath and body products, our Bubble Luscious scent has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this fragrance are perfumes, lotions, bath oils, bath gels, and soaps. This fragrance does not have any vanillin content contained within it, meaning that it will not tend to discolor your soaps and other homemade bath and body products. For all of the cold process soap makers out there, this fragrance is exactly what you never knew you always needed. Our cold process results are: there is no discoloration problems, as well as no acceleration or ricing. This fragrance has a perfect pour, as well as a wonderful scent and is a very delicious aroma in cured soap.

Are you overjoyed at the thought of getting your hands on this amazing childhood fragrance? Well hold on just a second, because this fragrance just keeps getting better and better! We offer many awesome free classes and recipes here at Nature’s Garden, and our free MP Embed CP Soap recipe is actually made with our Bubble Luscious Fragrance Oil. This is one unique recipe that you don’t want to miss out on. Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden with any thoughts, questions, or concerns and keep watching for even more fun fragrance ideas.

 

Jun
17

Cold Process Soap Testing Videos

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Cold-Process-Soap-Testing-VideosCold Process Soap Testing Videos

Here at Natures Garden we realize that choosing the most perfect fragrance oil for cold process soap can be quite challenging.  Well, we have the solution.  We recently decided to begin retesting each of our more than 800 fragrance oils!  Over the years we have had multiple people testing the fragrances which might mean multiple result interpretations.   In addition, we have masterbatched to test the soap scents.  This time around, we have decided to test each of our fragrance oils individually, giving each scent its very own batch.  We also have Bailey testing each scent and guess what….we’re taking videos the entire time!  This means not only will you be able to read the results, but you can actually see it with your own eyes.  There will be no more guessing how much time you will have to work.  Have you ever wondered what exactly is a light tan or dark beige?  Well, no more guessing on our interpretation of the final discoloration.  We show you all of this right in a cold process soap testing video.  How cool is that?!?

Now, let me explain the process and recipe we are using to create these wonderful cold process soap testing videos.  Let’s start with our recipe.

Lye Solution

Water 144 grams

Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) 53 grams

Sodium Lactate 8 grams (added to cooled lye solution)

Oil and Butters

Apricot Kernel Oil 26 grams

Mango Butter 53 grams

Shea Butter 49 grams

Castor Oil 14 grams

Sunflower Oil 63 grams

Palm Oil 57 grams

Coconut Oil 76 113 grams

Fragrance Oil 29 grams (Amount reduced if mandated by IFRA)

Here is our process.  We are allowing our lye solution to cool to about 100 degrees.  Then, we incorporate our sodium lactate.  Once that is done, we go ahead and combine our lye solution and oils.  We use a stick blender to emulsify the batter.  The fragrance is incorporated and we observe any ricing or acceleration.  The soap batter is then poured into one of our Silicone 6 Cavity Flower Mold at trace.  After about 24 hours we remove the soaps from the molds and allow them to cure.  Once the soap has cured, we note any discoloration.

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Next, comes the fun part…putting the video together!  You will see in these videos Bailey has tested the fragrance especially for you, our customers.  We felt it was important so you could see exactly what the fragrance did in cp soap from beginning right to the end.  This will give you a better idea of how much time you will have to work….or how much FUN can you have with the scent!  We will also show you what the final soap looks like after cure.  You can see just how the soap discolored.

Are you wondering just where you can find these videos???  Well, once a video is completed for a fragrance, it is added right to the website, on the page for that scent.  This way you will be able to see the fragrance oil’s performance as you are shopping.  We already have a video added for our Almond Fragrance Oil.  We will use this scent for an example.

You will not only see a picture on this page of the finished CP soap discoloration, but notice the blue tab right above the picture that says “Video”?  Click on that tab.

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Clicking on the tab will bring up videos related to our Almond Fragrance Oil.  You will notice two videos on this particular scent.  One is our video describing the fragrance oil (you should totally watch that one as well…it’s awesome too!).

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The other video is the one we are  will be focusing on today.  It show you how the fragrance performs in soap.  Click on the second video.  You will then see the video pop up and be able to watch it.

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We already have many videos posted and many more to come.  If you don’t see a video for the fragrance you are looking for, make sure you check back often as we are adding new videos each day.  Bailey is working very hard to get each Nature’s Garden scent tested again in CP soap just for you.  Our hope is that these cold process soap testing videos will make your shopping experience much easier.  We hope that you enjoy these cp soap testing videos.  Make sure you stay tuned for more fragrance fun!

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Jun
12

Honeycomb Scent

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honeycomb fragrance oilHoneycomb Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Spring is here! Don’t you just love hearing the birds chirping, the bees buzzing, and feel the warm spring air moving around you? I know I can hardly wait for the warm weather and I’m sure you can’t either. With the warm weather bringing those buzzing bees, you know what that means. It’s almost time for fresh honey. Our Honeycomb scent perfectly captures the wonderful aroma of a freshly made honeycomb, you can almost hear the busy bees buzzing around it. This fragrance is sure to fill your home with all of the excitement of spring and the aroma of freshly made honey just waiting to be eaten.

What Does Honeycomb Smell Like?

Honeycomb Scent by Nature’s Garden is a fragrance that is like a spring garden fresh in bloom. It is a floral classic fragrance that starts with opening notes of geranium, rose petals, and velvety violets that are surrounded by fresh orchard fruits and sweet honey nectar.

How Do Our Customers Use Honeycomb Fragrance Oil?

If you’re looking for the perfect fragrance to bring the beauty of spring time to your home and into your projects, then our Honeycomb scent does just that! It is sure to fill your home with the warm feeling of happiness and all of the excitement of spring. For all of the candle makers out there, our Honeycomb scent is everything you’ve ever wanted. This fragrance works nice and strong in soy wax, as well as performing perfectly in joy wax and wow wax. For all of the potpourri and incense makers out there, this scent is absolutely perfect for you. It has a maximum usage rate of 50%. You can easily fill your home with this deliciously fun aroma by using this fragrance to create some nice and strong homemade aroma beads.

For bath and body products, our Honeycomb fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this lovely scent are perfumes, lotions, bath gels, soaps, and bath oils. This fragrance does not have any vanillin content contained within it, meaning that it should not tend to discolor your soaps and other homemade bath and body products. For all of the cold process soap makers out there, this wonderful fragrance is exactly what you’ve always been searching for. Our cold process results are: there is no acceleration or ricing and this fragrance has a perfect pour. It also does not have any discoloration problems and the scent is totally awesome.

I’m sure you’re anxious to get your hands on this amazing fragrance as soon as you possibly can, but hold on just a second because it gets better and better. Here at Nature’s Garden, we offer many great free classes and recipes, and our free Honeycomb Soap recipe is actually made with our Honeycomb fragrance oil. This is one recipe you won’t be able to resist. Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any questions, concerns, or thoughts, and enjoy this amazing scent! Keep watching for even more fragrance fun!

 

May
18

Oceans Fragrance

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oceans fragranceOceans Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Have you ever tried lifting a huge shell to your ear to see if you can hear the ocean? The sound of the waves crashing and birds singing, can’t you just taste the saltiness in the air? While you’re thinking about the wondrously unique feeling of being transported to a gorgeous beach, have you ever thought about the ocean actually smells like? Well, our Oceans Fragrance Oil perfectly captures the scent of that beautiful ocean and is an aroma that is sure to delight all of your senses! This is one scent that all of your friends and family are sure to adore.

What Does Oceans Smell Like?

Oceans Scent by Nature’s Garden is a clean and refreshing blend that has subtle notes of citrus combined with combined with lovely floral notes of lavender and jasmine. This amazing fragrance also has a background of wood notes and musk.

How Do Our Customers Use Oceans Fragrance Oil?

This fragrance is sure to transport your mind right to a beautiful sandy beach. The feeling of the cooling wind just hitting your face, the taste of sea salt on the air just tickling your tongue, as well as the sounds of seagulls calling and children laughing! For all the candle makers out there, this glorious scent is just what you’ve been looking for! Our Oceans fragrance works perfectly in joy wax and wow wax, as well as performing nice and strong in soy wax. For all of the incense and potpourri makers out there, this great fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 50%. You can easily fill your home with this amazing aroma by using it to create some nice and strong homemade aroma beads.

For bath and body products, our Oceans fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this scent are soaps, bath gels, lotions, bath oils, and perfumes. There is no vanillin content in this fragrance, meaning that should not discolor any of your soaps or other homemade bath and body products! For all the cold process soap maker out there, our Oceans fragrance is absolutely perfect for you! Our cold process results are: there is no discoloration and just a slight acceleration. This fragrance is very clean, and has a very refreshing scent.

I’m sure you’re dying to get your hands on this amazing fragrance as soon as you can, but hold on just a second because this fragrance just keeps getting better and better! Here at Nature’s Garden, we offer many wonderful free classes and recipes, and our adorable Fish Kiss Soap Recipe is actually made with our Oceans fragrance. This is one recipe you’ll want to try out as soon as you can and one that the kiddos are sure to absolutely love! How could they not? Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any thoughts, concerns, or questions. Enjoy this amazing fragrance and keep watching for even more.

 

May
01

Buttercream Fragrance

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buttercream fragrance Buttercream Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Buttercream Fragrance Oil is a scent that will mesmerize you with its aroma of delicious buttercream frosting. It will leave your home smelling as if you’ve just created your very own bakery, making all of your taste buds go insane! You will be transported right back to your childhood, with the feeling of wanting a taste of this delicious confection so badly that you won’t be able to hold it in! Can’t you just feel the taste of the warm creamy buttercream frosting gracing your tongue? This scent perfectly captures the aroma of this yummy treat!

What Does Buttercream Smell Like?

Buttercream Scent by Nature’s Garden is a best selling scent, that is a Yankee duplication. It is the perfectly balanced combination of hints of vanilla mixed with the aroma of buttery, buttercream frosting to create an enticing fragrance.

How Do Our Customers Use Buttercream Fragrance Oil?

If you’re looking for an aroma that will make your house smell just like home, this is it. It will bring the aroma of a delicious cake baking in the oven, and the scent of the warm buttercream frosting ready to be added on top. Our Buttercream fragrance is sure to be one that you won’t soon forget, as it will leave you craving the taste of this yummy goodness. For all of the candle makers out there, this fragrance is just what you need! It works nice and strong in soy wax, as well as performing perfectly in joy wax and wow wax. You can easily fill your home with the aroma of tantalizingly warm buttercream frosting by using this fragrance to create some nice and strong homemade aroma beads. For all of the incense and potpourri makers out there, this wonderful fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 50%.

For bath and body products, our Buttercream fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this scent are lotions, soaps, perfumes, bath oils, and bath gels. This fragrance does happen to have a vanillin content of 8.2%, meaning that it may tend to discolor your soaps and other homemade bath and body products. Just make sure to test it thoroughly before using it in your finished and final products, and be sure to use a Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to avoid any discoloration. For all of the cold process soap makers out there, our Buttercream fragrance is just what you’ve been looking for. Our cold process results are: there is no separation as well no acceleration and it has a very good scent. However, it does discolor to a dark chocolate color.

I’m sure you want to get your hands on this delicious aroma as soon as you can, but hold on just a second because it gets even better. We offer many awesome free classes and recipes here at Nature’s Garden, and our free Soap Frosting recipe is actually made with our amazing Buttercream fragrance oil! This is one recipe you won’t want to pass up on! Enjoy this great fragrance and keep watching for more.

 

Apr
06

Making Taiwan Swirl Soap

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making taiwan swirl soapMaking Taiwan Swirl Soap

For all the soap makers out there, have you ever tried making Taiwan Swirl soap before? I’ve been experimenting with making so many soaps lately, and this one turned out absolutely beautifully! We’re bringing you the free recipe for this wonderful soap so that you can make it yourself! This is one soap that your friends, family, and even your customers are sure to love! We have used our Shea Butter Cold Process Soap recipe for the base.

 

Ingredients:

125 grams of Lye

272 grams of Shea Butter

272 grams of Olive Oil

181 grams of Palm Oil

181 grams of Coconut Oil

345 grams of Distilled Water

72 grams of NG Water Lily & Jasmine Type Fragrance Oil

11 grams of Titanium Dioxide 

11 drops of Neon Pink FUN Soap Colorant

10 drops of Neon Blue FUN Soap Colorant

10 drops of Ultramarine Violet FUN Soap Colorant

Other Ingredients Needed:

Square Loaf Mold Market Mold

Thermometer

Safety Gloves

Safety Mask

Safety Glasses

Vinegar

Scale

Stick Blender

Barbecue Skewers

Spatulas

Mixing Bowls

Cardboard or Straight Dividers for Soap Making

Directions:

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When working with lye, always make sure to wear your protective glasses, mask, and gloves! Start by preparing your lye water. Measure and weigh out 345 grams of distilled water and 125 grams of lye. Carefully pour the lye into the water. Never pour water into lye as this can cause an explosion! Mix thoroughly and set your lye water aside to cool.

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While you’re waiting for that to cool, go ahead and get your butters and oils ready. Measure and weigh out 181 grams of Palm Oil, 272 grams of Olive Oil, 181 grams of Coconut Oil, and 272 grams of Shea Butter. Melt them down completely and set them aside to cool as well.

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You can also prepare your colors as you’re waiting for those to cool. In three separate bowls, measure out 11 drops of Neon Pink colorant, 10 drops of Ultramarine, and 10 drops of Neon Blue. In another bowl, measure out 11 grams of Titanium Dioxide and pour in just a little bit of oil. Mix them together until it has a become a paste-like consistency.

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You can also prepare your diving tool. We have used just regular cardboard to divide our soap, however you can also use a straight soap divider! Place your division tool inside your mold at this point to make it easier for you later!

 

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Keep checking the temperatures of your lye water and oils using your thermometer. Once they have reached around room temperature (72 degrees Fahrenheit) and are within ten degrees of each other, they are ready to combine. Carefully pour your lye water into your oils and mix them together thoroughly.

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When they are completely mixed, pour 358 grams of the mixture into each colored bowl. In a separate bowl, pour the last 358 grams and add your titanium paste. Mix all of these thoroughly until you have achieved all over white, pink, blue, and purple colors.

 

 

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Then add 18 grams of Water Lily & Jasmine Type fragrance to each bowl, again mixing them thoroughly.

 

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Now your soap will be ready to pour. Make sure your dividers go all the way to the bottom of the mold. We poured our pink first, into the first division on our mold. Leave a little bit in the bowl for the top of the soap. Repeat this will each other color.

 

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Once you have finished pouring your soap, carefully remove your dividers from your soap. Once we removed our dividers, we used a skewer to swirl the base of our soap going in a mantra swirl from side to side across the whole soap.

 

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Then pour the rest of each color on top in a straight line.

 

 

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Using a skewer, place it down into just the top of your soap and begin to swirl, again in a manta swirl from side to side.

 

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After your manta swirl, place the skewer in a corner of your soap and drag it from end to end in a Taiwan swirl across the whole top of your soap.

 

 

After you have swirled your soap, it will need to set up for at least 24 hours before removing it from the mold. Once your Taiwan Swirl soap has been removed from its mold, it will need to sit for at least 4 to 6 weeks, giving it enough time to cure and become less alkaline. Make sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes as well! Watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
30

Tiger Stripe Soap Recipe

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tiger stripe soap recipeTiger Stripe Soap Recipe

What inspires you? Well, here at Nature’s Garden, we are inspired by pretty much everything, but lately we’ve been on a serious animal print kick! We found this amazing picture of this gorgeous tiger and couldn’t wait to get started on making a tiger stripe soap recipe! And we of course have used our Animalistic Instinct Fragrance, I mean how could we not? It’s absolutely perfect!

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Our wonderful inspiration!

 

 

 

animalistic instinct fragrance oil

 

 

 

Make sure to try out our amazing Animalistic Instinct scent!

 

 

 

Ingredients:

272 grams of Olive Oil

272 grams of Shea Butter

181 grams of Palm Oil

181 grams of Coconut Oil

70 grams of Animalistic Instinct Fragrance Oil

15 grams of Titanium Dioxide

7 grams of Neon Orange FUN Soap Colorant

5 grams of Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

125 grams of Lye

345 grams of Distilled Water

Other Ingredients Needed:

Square Loaf Mold Market Mold

Thermometer

Safety Mask

Safety Glasses

Safety Gloves

Stick Blender

Scale

Vinegar

Spatulas

Mixing Bowls

 

Directions:

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Always make sure to protect yourself first with your gloves, glasses, and mask! Then you can prepare your lye water. Weigh 345 grams of distilled water, and 125 grams of lye. Carefully pour your lye into your water. Never pour water into lye! This can cause an explosion! Thoroughly mix your lye water and then set it aside to cool down.

 

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Next, you can get your butters and oils ready. Weigh out 272 grams of Shea Butter, 272 grams of Olive Oil, 181 grams of Palm Oil, and 181 grams of Coconut Oil 76. Melt these down completely and then set them aside to cool as well.

 

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While you are waiting for both of these to cool, you can get your colors ready. In separate bowls, add 5 grams of Black Oxide colorant, and 7 grams of Neon Orange. Then in another bowl, measure out 15 grams of Titanium Dioxide, mixing this thoroughly with just a little bit of your oils from your base bowl until you have achieved a paste-like consistency.

 

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Make sure to keep checking your oils and lye water temperatures using your thermometer, until they have reached about 72 degrees Fahrenheit (room temperature) and are within ten degrees of each other. Then carefully pour your lye water into your butters and oils, mixing it together very thoroughly with a stick blender until you have come to a light trace.

 

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When your mixture is at a light trace, pour 400 grams into the bowl with black colorant, 500 into the orange, and 500 in a separate bowl, adding your titanium paste to this last bowl. Then thoroughly mix each color. Make sure to add 20 grams of your Animalistic Instinct fragrance to your black bowl, and 25 grams to the orange and white. Again, make sure to mix them thoroughly!

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Once your colors are completely mixed, you can begin to pour them into your mold. We started with our orange, carefully pouring just a little bit in a straight line all the way across the mold.

 

 

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Then we alternated all three colors until the mold was almost full, leaving just a little bit of each color in our bowls.

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With the remaining colors, we splattered it over the top of the soap into gorgeous designs! Splatter the rest of your soap however your heart desires!

 

 

Once you have finished your soap, it will need to sit to set up for at least 24 hours before removing it from the mold. Once it is removed, your new Tiger Stripe Soap will need to sit for at least 4 to 6 weeks to give it enough time to cure and become less alkaline. After that, your soap will be ready for you to use and enjoy! Check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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