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Nov
05

Uses for Sage

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uses for sageUses for Sage

Hello everyone! Are you into crafting or making new projects? Are you just looking for something new to try or maybe a new product to intrigue your customers with? Have you ever used sage in any of your products? If you haven’t, you need to get on that! Sage is such an awesome product, and there are so many different species and uses for sage! Sage can be used for so many different products and industries like soaping, bath and body products, skin care, hair, cosmetics, medicinal purposes, and even foods and beverages! White sage was even used by the Native Americans for smudging ceremonies to cleanse people of negative energies, relax the body and clear the mind!

There are so many different uses for sage. It can be used in many different bath and body products such as lotions, creams, ointments, eye pillows, bath bombs, scrubs, bath teas, facial masks, incense, and shampoos and conditioners. When used in these products, it bring many skin care benefits like making the skin look lighter and younger, treating cold sores, stimulating new cell growth, improving blood circulation, reducing redness and treating signs of aging. It is also great for hair care because it stops hair loss, stops premature graying, and it bring better blood flow to the scalp. When used for soaping, sage relieves itchy skin and works as an astringent. Sage is also a natural disinfectant and deodorizer. It helps to eliminate body odor and dry up perspiration. It also helps to reduce overproduction of saliva.

When used for all of its medicinal purposes, the many species of sage have many different benefits. Lyreleaf sage for example is used to treat colds, coughs, and diarrhea while scarlet sage is used to treat diabetes. Hummingbird sage is used as a sedative and baby sage can treat fevers. Pineapple sage has been used as an antidepressant, has anti anxiety properties, and helps to lower blood pressure. Common sage, or otherwise known as kitchen sage is great for women. It helps to treat the pain caused by menstrual cramps, regulate blood flow, and reduce menopausal hot flashes. However pregnant women should avoid it as it stimulates the muscles of the uterus and could cause a miscarriage.

There are even uses for sage for culinary purposes! Sage tea is great for relieving the itching caused by poison ivy and sage is also used in pork casserole, Derby cheese, and Lincolnshire sausages! Are you wondering how to get this awesome product? Well just type “sage” into the search bar on our site and it will show you many different options including our Sage Smudge Incense Wand, our Cut and Sifted Sage Leaves, and our Whole Leaves of White Sage. It will also show you some of our great free recipes like our Lavender Sage Bath Bombs or our Blackberry Sage Soap recipe! Make sure to try out all of these amazing products! Did you know you can even freeze sage and use it in ice cubes? How much more amazing can this product get? Make sure to try it as soon as you can! Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any thoughts or questions you may have, and make sure to watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Sep
22

30 Free CP Soap Recipes

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cold process soap recipes30 Free CP Soap Recipes

Hello everyone! For all you cold process soapers out there, don’t you just love finding new recipes? Or maybe you’re just tired of making the same old soaps over and over. Well do I have a solution for you! Here at Nature’s Garden we offer tons of free recipes for many products! And come on, who turns down free? Here are 30 free CP soap recipes available for you!

 

 

 

1. Beginner’s Soap A great recipe if you are just starting out in your soap making!

beginners soap

2. World Peace Soap Your kids will love these tie dye colored peace signs!

world peace soap

 3. Hippies and Hemp Soap Another great tie dye recipe that everyone will love!

hippies and hemp soap 4. Soap Frosting This frosting looks good enough to eat! Yummy and delicious!

soap frosting

 5. Lemonade Soap A favorite drink for a hot day, and an awesome soap for bath time?

lemonade soap 6. Fruit Frenzy Soap For all the health fanatics out there, this soap is sure to inspire you!

fruit frenzy soap

7. Hot Fudge Brownies Soap Your sweet tooth will go nuts at the name alone!

hot fudge brownies soap

8. Oatmeal Milk Soap Oatmeal milk is a soap that is sure to relax you after a long day!

oatmeal milk and honey soap

9. Royal Honey Bee Soap You will become the queen bee in your house with this soap.

royal honey bee soap

10. Caramel Custard Soap The name alone sounds delicious enough to eat, doesn’t it?

caramel custard soap

11. Baby Shower Soap What an adorable gift for the mom-to-be, or even fun baby shower favors!

baby shower soap

12. St. Patty’s Day Soap Let yourself  go crazy with some green fever!

st pattys day soap

13. Carrot Soap A fun “treat” for your kids to leave on Easter for the Easter bunny!

carrot soap

14. Pumpkin Puree Soap A homey fun way to celebrate the fall season and the spookiest day of the year!

pumpkin puree soap

15. Beer Soap Let’s not forget about our lovable men! Beer Soap is perfect for a bachelor party or a special game!

beer soap

16. Blueberry Cheesecake Soap Doesn’t it just make your mouth water?

blueberry cheesecake soap

17. Wine Soap Another perfect soap to help unwind from a long day.

wine soap

18. Total Hot Man Soap Hot Man. Ladies, what more explanation do you need?

total hot man soap

19. Hunters Soap For all those manly hunters out there!

hunters soap

20. Blackberry Sage Soap Another relaxing addition to your home with it’s special scent.

blackberry sage soap

21. Calendula Sunshine Soap Warm and happy thoughts of sunshine will surround you!

calendula sunshine soap

22. Cleopatra Heavy Cream Soap Pyramids and ancient Egypt will invade your thoughts!

cleopatra soap

23. Energize Soap Anyone need an energy boost? Your loved ones are sure to love this boost!

energize soap

24. Argan Soap The beautiful designs of our argan soap recipe are sure to make everyone happy!

argan soap

25. Creamy Cocoa Craziness Soap Cocoa=chocolate. Just yum!

creamy cocoa craziness soap

26. Manly Soap Another one for all our manly men out there!

manly soap

27. Peppered Poppy Seed Soap These flowered shapes soaps are sure to remind you of new Spring flowers!

peppered poppy seed soap

28. Pineapple Paprika Soap One spicy unique combination that is sure to be remembered!

pineapple paprika soap

29. Sweet Wheatgrass Soap Another calming and relaxing soap to help you unwind!

sweet wheatgrass soap

30. Sweet Orange Chili Pepper Soap With such an intriguing name you just have to try it!

sweet orange chili pepper soap

You should definitely try each and every one of these! You just can’t go wrong! And make sure to watch for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Sep
22

30 Free MP Soap Recipes

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free soap recipes30 Free MP Soap Recipes

        All Melt and Pour soapers out there! Are you looking for new recipes? Tired of the same old recipes you’ve been using over and over again? Well, here are 30 free MP soap recipes for you from us here at Nature’s Garden!

 

 

 

 

1. Crayon Soap What kid doesn’t love to color? Yours will go nuts with this fun soap!

crayon soap 2. Fish Kiss Soap Your kids will absolutely adore the idea of getting to “swim with the fishies!”

fish kiss soap 3. Floating Noah’s Ark Soap The kiddos can put the animals wherever they want and make each one different!

noahs ark soap

4. Happy Hippo Soap Like the name says, they’re happy! And they’re hippos. How much more fun can it get?

happy hippo soap

5. Play Dough Soap Play Dough is classic. Kids will love having a soap reminiscent of one of their favorite things to do!

play dough soap 6. Play Dough Embed Soap It’s a way for your kids to decorate their soaps however they want!

play dough embed soap

7. Cinnabun Soap All the childhood memories of cinnamon rolls baking in the oven! Yum!

cinnabun soap

8. Watermelon Soap A definite summer favorite. The thought of this fruity taste will make your taste buds go crazy!

watermelon soap

9. Lemon Meringue Pie Soap Lemon Meringue Pie is a thought that is sure to craze your sweet tooth!

lemon meringue pie soap 10. 7 Up Bundt Cake Soap Possible party favors to go with a favorite cake at a party?

7 up bundt cake soap 11. 4 Leaf Clover Soap An awesome and fun way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day!

4 leaf clover soap

12. Easter Bunny Soap This soap is a cool gift to include during your egg hunts!

easter bunny soap 13. Dracula’s Denture’s Soap This soap is sure to spook everyone around on the scariest day of the year!

draculas dentures soap 14. Hearts a Flutter Soap A romantic way to show your love for your significant other.

hearts a flutter soap 15. Mechanics Soap A manly one for all our dudes out there!

mechanics soap 16. Potted Sunflower Soap Isn’t it just beautiful?

potted sunflower soap 17. FUN Swirl Soap We named this soap FUN. It’s obviously loads of it!

fun swirl soap

18. Fresh Fallen Leaves Soap This will bring all the warmth of fall into your house.

fresh fallen leaves soap 19. Zebra Print Soap My absolute favorite, this is perfect for all you ladies who are animal print obsessed, just like myself!

zebra print soap 20. Banana Pudding Soap Your mouth is sure to water with the thoughts of this dessert alone!

banana pudding soap 21. Candied Apple Soap All the ghouls and goblins of Halloween love these!

candied apple soap 22. Floating Ducky Soap A fun soap for kids at bath time!

floating ducky soap

23. Lollipop Soap Another fun party favor for kids maybe?

lollipop soap

24. Peppermint Fluff Soap Everybody loves peppermint, this has a fun twist to it!

peppermint fluff soap 25. Orange Cream Cupcake Soap A fruity twist on the classic cupcake.

orange cream cupcake soap 26. Honeycomb Soap Bees will be buzzing with excitement!

honeycomb soap 27.Chocolate Orchid Soap A deliciously beautiful thought!

chocolate orchid soap 28. Coconut Lime Verbana Soap The thought of having a cool drink in your hand on vacation.

coconut lime verbana soap 29. Coffee Soap The perfect way to wake yourself up in the morning with your favorite drink!

coffee soap 30.Gummy Bear Soap Gummy soap will be a definite treat, just like gummy snacks!

gummy bear soap

These recipes are sure to excite you and get your soap making wheels turning! Be sure to try at least one if not all of them! You can’t go wrong with whatever you choose! And be sure to watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Sep
17

Soap Making Made Easy

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soapsSoap Making Made Easy

 

        Hey you! Do you like soaps? Oh, you do? Well then you are in the right place! Let me take it a step further. Have you ever made your own soap? You haven’t?! Then what in the world are you waiting for?! I’m telling you, making your own soap will be one of the coolest things you’ve ever done. Forget about all that store bought soap. Stay with me, and I will teach you soap making made easy! Or even if you don’t want to make soap for yourself, you can learn to make it for others! It can be a great birthday gift, Christmas gift….you get the picture. The best gifts are always the ones that come from the heart and something that you actually made for your loved one is always the best.

Here at Nature’s Garden, we have everything you will need to start your soap making. On the homepage of our site, on the top left, you will see a section called Soap Supplies. If you look at all the options under Soap Supplies, we have everything from Discount Soap Supplies to Soap Making Safety Gear. If you’re new to the site and to soap making, click on any of the options to explore all of our awesome soap making products. Can I make a suggestion though? If this is your first time trying soap making, check out our Melt and Pour Soap kit! Soap Making Kits is one of the options under Soap Supplies, and it will take you directly to the Melt and Pour kit. The kit will include everything you need to get started creating your soaps! It is great for someone just starting out, not only does it come with everything you need, it also includes complete how-to instructions!

soap drop box

If you want to be more adventurous though, we also sell all of our products separately. Buying everything separately gives you the chance to explore more of our website and choose whatever fragrances you would like as well. We have over 800, so it is certain that we will have something that you will love! Also be sure to check out our fun and friendly soap recipes!

Now that you’ve chosen your products, I’m sure you’re wondering how to actually get started! That is why Nature’s Garden is so awesome, we only sell ingredients so that you can succeed at your creations or business! We offer classes on our website to teach you how to make your soaps. On the left side of our home site, you will see a section titled Free Classes and Recipes. In the Free Classes and Recipes section, you will see a Soap Making Classes option. We offer everything from The History of Soap Making to Making Your Own Soap Recipe.

free classes and recipes

Once you’ve experimented and finished your soaps, let us know how they turned out! We would love to hear from you, we love when we get feedback! Your soaping creations are sure to be a great gift for your loved ones, or awesome for yourself! It will definitely be a new treat for you to enjoy! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden! We are here to help you succeed! Have fun with your soaping experience and keep watch for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Sep
10

Fresh Fallen Leaves Soap Recipe

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We are currently in week 4 of the Natures Garden staff member challenge.  Everyone is excitedly working on their creative projects at Natures Garden and they are having a blast creating them.  For the challenge, each staff member has to come up with their own recipe using Natures Garden supplies.  The project has to be made with one of their favorite Natures Garden fragrance oils, and they are encouraged to be as creative as possible.  Melissa was the fourth staff member to partake in the challenge, and her recipe is what she calls: Fresh Fallen Leaves Soap.

Melissa has been a customer service representative for Natures Garden for years.  She is quite possibly one of the happiest and outgoing people around.  She is bursting with positivity and cheerfulness, and she is always willing to help.  Melissa loves people, especially those that are different than her.  Melissa says she likes to see things from others’ perspective.  It opens her eyes to new experiences she might have missed out on.autumn-soap1

melissa picAs for her other loves, Melissa loves shopping and finding good deals!  Her first addiction is zebra, as well as zebra print, although she admits some call her love for zebra an obsession.  This is followed closely by her love of shoes.  This girly girl is currently sitting on 150 (yes that is 150) different pairs of shoes!  Melissa’s third addiction is coffee.

In her spare time, Melissa loves to ski.  She has been skiing her whole life.  She also has a passion for singing.  Melissa openly admits that she can not sing well, but radiantly says, “if I turn the radio up loud enough, no one know the difference.”  Going hand in hand, another thing that Melissa loves to do is dance in the rain.  She has even been known to dance in the rain in the parking lot outside of Natures Garden.

Melissa’s inspiration for her spotlight creation project was her love of autumn.  Besides loving the bold and beautiful colors of a northeastern fall, she adores dressing up for Halloween.

Melissa’s motto for life is:  “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

For the complete instruction for Melissa’s Fresh Fallen Leaves Soap Recipe, please click here

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Nov
02

Making Your Own Soap Recipe

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Making Your Own Soap Recipe

As a newbie, it may be difficult to figure out your soaping recipe, especially if you do not have a starting point.  Or, maybe you are a veteran that is just looking to expand your recipes, catering to new cliental with special skin needs.  Well, we at Natures Garden want to help you produce the best soap bars on the market.  Whether for personal use or for selling, let’s talk recipes!

After you have decided which method of soaping you are going to choose, the next step will be determining the purpose of your soap bars.  Soap bars have 5 distinct qualities that you are looking to have a nice range or balance in.  They are:  Hardness, Conditioning, Cleansing, Bubbly Lather, and Creamy Lather.  Additives such as fragrance (scent) and color (or appearance) of bars should also be considered when trying to determine a soap recipe.

After you have a good idea as to what type of soap bar you would like to achieve, it is time to configure a recipe.

There are various soaping calculators available on the internet; however, SoapCalc provides a FREE, comprehensive, easy to use soaping calculator.  Not only is it  known as one of the best, but this site is also improved and updated frequently.

For this post, we will be looking at how to use the SoapCalc.  Below is the link.  Feel free to go ahead and save it to your favorites:

http://www.soapcalc.net/calc/SoapCalcWP.asp

Note:  In order for the SoapCalc to work, your computer must have JavaScript enabled.

Now, remember that it is imperative that all the correct information is given to calculate the proper saponification totals needed.

Once you are on the SoapCalc website, you will enter various items.  Starting from left and proceeding to the right, the first information needed is the type of lye.  If you are making bar soaps, you will need to ensure that the NaOH button is selected.  If you are making liquid soaps, you will need to ensure that the KOH button is selected.  Yea, the first step is done.

The next step is to calculate the weight of oils.  These will be based on the weight solely of the oils; do not include water or lye into this total.  You will have to select the button in pounds, ounces, or grams.  Our suggestion is that it is easiest to use ounces for this category.  However, regardless of which weight unit you select all 3 (pounds, ounces, and grams) will be presented on your printable recipe.  As a rule of thumb, using 16oz of soaping oils will produce about 20 oz of soap.  This however, may vary.  It is completely dependent on the types of oils used, any additional additives, and the amount of water used.  We have found that 48 ounces of soaping oils typically create 4 pounds of finished bar soap; allowing you to fill all 4 loaf molds in our 4 Loaf Silicone Mold.

For the third section of the soaping calculator, you will be entering the water.  This can be a little confusing.  If you are a beginner, it is best if you select the water as % of oils button.  This automatically fills in a default of 38%.  This number can be changed, but if you are new, this is a standard suggested by the soap calculator.  Once you have accomplished making your first few batches of soap, you may want to start to decrease this percentage little by little until about 33%.  For the advanced soaper and those with soaping experience you also have the option of entering a lye concentration percentage or an option for entering a water to lye ratio.

The next section is the super fat and fragrance.  If you recall from the earlier soap making blogs, a super fat pertains to the amount of soaping oils that is unsaponified by the lye.  This could also be considered the surplus of oils.  Since the soaping calculator provides your calculated recipe, you may want to deliberately leave a certain percentage of your soaping oils in your bars of soap.  SoapCalc automatically has a default of 5%, but this can be changed.  Some soapers choose to do this to add certain skin benefits such as creaminess or conditioning to their finished products.   However, be careful not to over super fat your soaps.  While saponified  oils in soap typically do not become rancid, the extra oils in your soap that were not saponified can overtime become rancid; producing the Dreaded Orange Spots.

As for the fragrance per pound section, it is not mandatory to enter something here.  If you do not plan on adding any fragrance to your recipe, the soap calculator will still produce your recipe.  However, if you do plan on adding a body safe fragrance oil to your soap recipe, you will want to add the weight of the fragrance oil per pound of soap.  A general starting point is .8 oz per lb, or 50 gm per kg.  Also, before using a fragrance oil in soap, make sure that the fragrance oil  was formulated for soap making, and check its IFRA maximum safe usage percentage (category #9).  At Natures Garden, we like our soap very fragrant, so if IFRA allows for it, we use 1 oz. fragrance per pound of soap in our recipes.

For the next section of the soaping calculator you will be selecting your soaping oils.  There is a list provided of common soaping oils used.  By double clicking on the specific oil that you would like or by clicking the oil once (to where it is highlighted) and then clicking on the plus sign (to the right of the list of oils), you will notice two things.  First, the oil name will appear in the next section, Section 6; as well as numbers will appear under the soap qualities and fatty acids box.  Each time you select a new oil to your recipe, the soap quality and fatty acid numbers will change.   This is a great section to review the soaping qualities of certain oils, as well as explore possibly adding some new oils to your recipe.  A quick tip:  by placing your icon over the soaping qualities listed in section 5, a green box will appear with a general range guideline.  This is for reference only.  Once you feel comfortable with your soap making skills, you may want to go above or below the ranges.

Other important information that is provided with each oil that you select is the SAP value.  This is the amount of lye that is required to saponify that specific oil.  The values will be located directly below the list of commonly used soaping oils.  The Iodine value of each soaping oil selected will also appear.  It is located directly under the 5 soaping qualities.  This number is a general gauge for the hardness of the soap bar supplied by that oil.  Always remember:  the lower the Iodine number, the harder your bars will be.

The final number that you need to acknowledge is the INS value.  This value is decided based on the Iodine value and the SAP value.  The optimal number here is 160 for your total recipe oils value.  Although it is not yet concrete, studies have been conducted to show that reaching the ideal INS of 160 in soaping recipes, improves trace, gel phase, and total saponification time.

If at any time you accidently select the wrong soaping oil, or change your mind on which oils you will be using, there are plus and minus signs to the left of the listed oils in section 6.  By simply clicking the minus sign, the soaping oil that you had selected will now be removed.

Once you have all of the soaping oils you would like included in your recipe listed in section 6, the final step in this section is to add the amounts.  You can do this in two ways.  The first is by percentage.  You do this by clicking the circle above the symbol %.  Please note the total amount of weight for your soaping oils must equal 100%.  The actual weight based on the percent of the oil that you would like to use will be calculated for you once you view your recipe, but let’s not get too far ahead.  The other possible way to enter your amounts of oils is by clicking the weight button.  This will either say lb (pound), oz (ounce), or gm (gram), depending on which weight unit you selected in section 2- weight of oils.

In the seventh section of the soaping calculator, you will click the calculate recipe button.  Once this button is selected, the soaping calculator fills in information about your total recipe.  If there is anything off with the recipe, an alert will appear on your screen.  An example of one of these messages would be if your recipe contains a high lye to water percentage.  Usually, a percentage of 40 or higher is considered not safe, but the soaping calculator will still present your recipe.  The soaping calculator will also provide you with a solution and an explanation as to why there may be issues with your recipe.

Once any problems are acknowledged or solved, it is time to take a look at what characteristics your soap recipe provides.  There are 3 categories that you will want to review:  the soap bar qualities, the percentages of fatty acid, and the ratio of saturated to unsaturated fats.

If you are a newbie:  Remember, you may want to reference your ranges for qualities on a nice balanced bar of soap, making sure you have oils that accommodate nicely among all 5 of the distinct soaping qualities.

If you are unhappy with your recipes results, modifications can be made until you are.  It is as simple as correcting the area you are not happy with and selecting the calculate recipe button until your results are where you want them to be.  When you are ready to print your recipe, simply select the View/Print Recipe button.  This button will become active after the calculate button has been selected.  The recipe will be viewed in two ways.  You will either have a new window pop up, or a new tab appear.   This will show you the recipe with amounts, plus give you some other useful information where you can reference the total soaping qualities of the recipe.

If you would like to compare several recipes against one another, you will want to click the multiple tabs button next to the view/print recipe button.  This will allow you to either have multiple screens or tabs to compare with ease before you print.

Now let’s take a quick look at the information that the printable recipe page provides.

The top portion (blue boxes) of the page provides a quick look summary of your recipes parameters.  The next section (pink boxes) references the required amount of lye and water that is necessary for your recipe.  This section’s information is provided in pounds, ounces, and grams.  The soaping oils section (green boxes) also is provided in pounds, ounces, and grams.  The soaping qualities range is provided in the next section (yellow boxes).  Your recipes total is configured right next to the range, as is the fatty acid profile of your recipe.

When you are ready to print, select the print recipe button.  There is one button in the top right corner, and there is a second print button in the bottom right corner as well.

And, that it is.  Don’t be afraid to get out there and explore with all of your new found soaping information.

Visit Natures Garden’s website for soap making supplies!

Have fun!

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Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

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