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May
26

Salt Water Taffy Soap Recipe

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Salt Water Taffy Soap RecipeSalt Water Taffy Soap Recipe

Salt Water Taffy Soap Recipe is sure to take you back to your childhood.  Not only does it have a great candy scent, but it also shows you an adorable way to package soap.  We took these fun soaps to a couple soap gatherings over the past couple months and they were a huge hit!  We had many soap makers ask how exactly we made these.  So by popular request here are the instructions for this unique salt water taffy fragranced soap.

Things you will need:

Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap

FUN Soap Colorant- Neon Blue

FUN Soap Colorant- Neon Orange

FUN Soap Colorant- Neon Pink

FUN Soap Colorant- Neon Green

Salt Water Taffy Fragrance Oil

Silicone Soap Mold- 4 Loaf Mold

8 oz. Clear PET Bullet Bottle

White Fine Mist Sprayer 24/410

4 Microwave Safe Containers

Scale

Mixing Spoons

Cutting Board

Knife

Rubbing Alcohol

Parchment Paper

Twist Ties

Total Amounts for Blue Soap:

219 grams Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap

10 grams Salt Water Taffy Fragrance Oil

3 drops FUN Soap Colorant- Neon Blue

Total Amounts for Orange Soap:

219 grams Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap

10 grams Salt Water Taffy Fragrance Oil

4 drops FUN Soap Colorant- Neon Orange

Total Amounts for Pink Soap:

219 grams Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap

10 grams Salt Water Taffy Fragrance Oil

2 drops FUN Soap Colorant- Neon Pink

Total Amounts for Green Soap:

219 grams Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap

10 grams Salt Water Taffy Fragrance Oil

3 drops FUN Soap Colorant- Neon Green

Salt-Water-Taffy-Soap-Recipe

 

Begin with four heat safe bowls.  Place 219 grams of Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap in each bowl.  Use a microwave to melt the soap.  We recommend melting the soap base 30 seconds at a time until it is completely melted.

 

 

Salt-Water-Taffy-Soap-RecipeOnce it is melted, add 10 grams of Natures Garden’s Salt Water Taffy Fragrance Oil to each bowl.  Stir well to fully incorporate the fragrance oil.

In the first bowl, add three drops of the neon blue soap colorant.  To the second bowl, add two drops of the neon pink colorant.  The third bowl will need four drops of the neon orange colorant.  In last bowl, place three drops of the neon green soap colorant.  Stir each bowl well to incorporate the colors.

 

Salt-Water-Taffy-Soap-Recipe

Once the color is mixed,  pour your soap.  Pour each color into its own cavity of the mold.  Once the soap has setup, you can go ahead and remove the melt and pour soap from the mold.  Cut it into three equal sections.

Lastly, it is time to wrap your soap.  Using scissors, cut strips of parchment paper.  They need to be 6 inches long and 7 inches wide.  Wrap the soap with the parchment paper and use a twist ties to close the sides.  It will look similar to wrapped piece of salt water taffy.

This recipe is not only simple and fun to make, it also gives you an easy, inexpensive, and creative way to package your soap.  It’s the perfect craft to do with your kids as well!  We hope that you  have as much fun making this recipe as we did!  For even more fragrance fun visit all of our free craft recipes!   Keep watching for even more creative soap and candle making ideas.

May
19

Hot Pink Lime Scent

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hot pink lime scentHot Pink Lime Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Are you ready for a scent that is refreshing yet sweet at the same time? One that is sure to excite your senses while still being soft and feminine at the same time? Well our Hot Pink Lime scent is just what you’ve been looking for! This wonderfully unique aroma is sure to be one that leave all of your friends and family feeling totally jealous from the amazing fill that has filled your home! This scent is the perfect blend of lime and citrus mixed with a touch of wonderful femininity.

What Does Hot Pink Lime Smell Like?

Hot Pink Lime Scent by Nature’s Garden is a tantalizing blend of tangerine, lemon, Japanese grapefruit, and an accord of lovely Kaffir lime. This scent has middle notes of strawberries and bergamot, as well as sitting on base notes of oakmoss and brown sugar.

How Do Our Customers Use Hot Pink Lime?

Hot Pink Lime is a scent that is sure to assault your senses with its amazing combination of different notes. It is a fragrance that will your home with the feeling of total femininity, one that all of your guests are sure to adore! For all the candle makers out there, our Hot Pink Lime scent is just what you need! This fragrance works nice and strong in soy wax, as well as performing perfectly in wow wax as well as joy wax. For all of the incense and potpourri makers out there, our Hot Pink Lime scent has a maximum usage rate of 50%. You can easily scent your home with this lovely aroma by using it to create some nice and strong handmade aroma beads.

For bath and body products, our Hot Pink Lime scent has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this great scent are lotions, soaps, perfumes, bath oils, and bath gels. Our Hot Pink Lime fragrance does not have any vanillin content, which means that this scent will not tend to discolor any of your homemade soaps or other homemade bath and body products. For all of the cold process soap makers out there, Hot Pink Lime is just what you’ve been looking for! Our cold process results for this fragrance are: there is no discoloration as well as no separation. This fragrance does have a slight acceleration, but the scent of a delicious sugared lime.

Aren’t you just dying to get your hands on this amazing fragrance as soon as you can? Well hold on just a second there because it keeps getting better and better. We offer many great free classes and recipes here at Nature’s Garden, and our free recipe for our adorable Pigs in the Mud Candle is actually made with our Hot Pink Lime Scent. This is one candle that everyone you know is sure to absolutely adore! Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns, and keep watching for more.

 

May
13

Bacon Scent

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bacon fragrance oilBacon Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Mmmm…bacon! Just the name of this scent makes it one that you just won’t be able to turn down! This amazing fragrance will fill your home with the aroma of bacon frying up in a pan, just waiting to be devoured for breakfast. You can almost taste the crunch of a crispy piece of wonderful bacon gracing your tongue. Our Bacon scent perfectly captures the aroma of this delicious favorite food, and is sure to be a scent that will leave everybody you know craving the taste of some freshly made bacon and eggs!

What Does Bacon Smell Like?

Bacon Scent by Nature’s Garden is the authentic aroma of bacon frying fresh in a pan, a scent that is sure to make your stomach rumble with hunger.

How Do Our Customers Use Bacon Fragrance Oil?

If you’re looking for a scent that people won’t be able to resist, then this is it. Absolutely no one can say no to the smell of frying bacon, it’s an aroma that alone can draw people right to the kitchen searching for the heavenly scent! This is a scent that is sure to set all of your creations and products high above all of the rest. For all of the candle makers out there, our Bacon scent is sure to be exactly what you’ve always needed. This fragrance works perfectly in wow wax and joy wax, as well as being nice and strong our soy wax. You can easily fill your home with this savory aroma by using this fragrance to create some super homemade aroma beads. For all of the potpourri and incense creators out there, this is a scent that you won’t be able to pass up. Our Bacon Fragrance Oil has a maximum usage rate of 50%.

For bath and body products, our amazing Bacon scent has a maximum recommended usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this fragrance are lotions, soaps, bath oils, perfumes, and bath gels. Our Bacon fragrance does happen to have a slight vanillin content of .003%, meaning that there is a slight possibility that it could discolor your soaps and other bath and body products. Just make sure to test it thoroughly before using it in your finished products. For all of the cold process soapmakers out there, this deliciously smelling fragrance is absolutely perfect for you. Our cold process results are: there is no acceleration or ricing and it has a perfect pour. It does discolor to a slightly beige color, however it smells exactly like real bacon!

I’m sure you’re dying to get your hands on the aroma of freshly cooking bacon as soon as you can, and you know what would go absolutely perfect with it? Our Buttermilk Pancakes Fragrance Oil. How can you turn down the aroma of pancakes and bacon? What a combination, the aroma is sure to make your family’s mouths water for a taste! Make sure to check out our new  Bacon Fragrance Video and all of our other videos on our YouTube channel!

 

May
11

Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcake Scent

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chocolate cream cheese cupcake scentChocolate Cream Cheese Cupcake Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Doesn’t that name just make your mouth water? Just the sound of chocolate and cream cheese anything definitely makes my taste buds go insane! But chocolate cream cheese cupcakes, how much better could it get?! Can’t you just imagine the taste of all that chocolatey goodness? Well, before your stomach starts growling, are you looking for a bakery scent that is sure to make everyone you know crave the taste of these amazing treats as much as you are? Well then our Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcake scent is sure to do just that.

What Does Chocolate Cream Cheese Cream Cupcake Smell Like?

Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcake Scent by Nature’s Garden is a cupcake fragrance that has a beginning top notes of creamy delectable coconut, followed with a warm middle note of fresh buttercream. This fragrance is well rounded with its wonderful base note of yummy dark cocoa.

How Do Our Customers Use Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcake Fragrance Oil?

How could you not want to use this fragrance as soon as you can? It is literally the scent of a deliciously warm chocolate cupcake baked with fresh and yummy cream cheese. It’s an aroma that you won’t be able to help wanting to sink your teeth right into just for a taste of this tantalizing confection! For all you candle makers out there, this scent is just what you need! Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcake performs nice and strong in soy wax, as well as working absolutely perfectly in joy wax and wow wax! For people who like to make their own incense or potpourri recipes, this scent has a maximum usage rate of 50%. You can easily fill your home with the aroma of this delicious treat by using this bakery fragrance to create some nice and strong handmade aroma beads.

For bath and body products, our Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcake Scent has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this fragrance are soaps, bath gels, bath oils, lotions, and perfumes. This fragrance does happen to have a vanillin content of 3.35%, 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 any of your finished and final products, and use a Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to avoid any discoloration. For all of you cold process soap makers out there, our Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcake scent is just what you’ve been searching for! Our cold process results are: there is no ricing or acceleration and it has a perfect pour! This scent is very strong! However it does discolor to a milk chocolate color.

Are you ready to sink your teeth right into a delicious chocolate cream cheese cupcake? Before you do, make sure to check out all of our free classes and recipes, especially since our Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcake Soap Recipe is actually made with this amazing fragrance! This is one recipe you definitely don’t want to pass up on! Enjoy this great fragrance and keep watching for even more.

 

May
08

Pittsburgh Soapmakers Gathering

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Pittsburgh Soapmakers GatheringPittsburgh Soapmakers Gathering

The 2015 Pittsburgh Soapmakers Gathering was the soaping conference held on Saturday May 2 at the Shaler Library in Pennsylvania.  There were about 25 participants at this event.  Nature’s Garden was one of the lucky vendors that donated to this soaper’s gathering.  It was an opportunity for the participants to get new soaping ideas, learn new techniques, and hopefully make some new soapmaking friends. The one day event included soap making and candle making presentations and workshops.  Each of the guests were given an opportunity to learn a variety of soap making styles.  During the conference some of the events included demos and sessions involving specialty oils like cocoa butter and almond oil, how to creatively use embeds, and how make your products SPARKLE!!!  The participants were also shown techniques for adding various soap colorants including micas and oxides, all natural colorants, and liquid colorants.  Of course, they didn’t leave out candle making!  There was even an informative demo on how to make a coconut and beeswax candle.

Pittsburgh Soapmakers GatheringNature’s Garden was honored to donate door prizes for this fabulous soaping conference.  These door prizes were raffled off at the gathering.  Our door prizes included soaping fragrance oils, a Natures Garden t-shirts, sodium hydroxide, and Nature’s Garden Shopping Bags.  These goody bags were given away at the one day event.  Who wouldn’t love that!?!

Pittsburgh Soapmakers GatheringEach lucky participant was also able to take home a 4 ounce bottle of one of Natures Garden’s 828 fragrance oils.  Some of the scents included Champagne Pear, Coconut Lime Verbana, NG Aqua di Gio Type, and Capri Olivo.  Each of these fragrances have been tested thoroughly and perform amazingly well in soap.   We are hoping that they enjoy soaping with them and are able to find some new soaping favorites!

Pittsburgh Soapmakers GatheringThe conference also included a vendor review time.  During this time, all those who attended, were given the opportunity to learn more about our company and our variety of soaping products.  As you can see, it seems everyone involved had a great time.  To see even more photos and information about the Pittsburgh gathering, check out their Facebook page.

This event was coordinated by the lovely Lori Chandler of Ashgrove Soaps.  I just have to say, what an amazing woman!  I had the pleasure of meeting Lori at the 2015 HCSG Conference which took place in April in Indiana.  She is an absolute doll!  It was a pleasure to meet her.  Clearly, she has done a wonderful job coordinating the 2015 Pittsburgh Soapmakers Gathering and worked very hard preparing.  It looks like everyone had a blast.  Thank you so much for letting us donate to this event.  Also, a big thanks to all those involved in making this gathering possible.  Nature’s Garden is very grateful to all those who participated.  We would also like to thank Stu Chandler for the amazing photos.  He is a very gifted photographer and he did a great job.  It is truly appreciated.  If you attended the Pittsburgh Soapmakers Gathering, we would love to hear about your experience.

 

Apr
28

Crystal Blue Waters Scent

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crystal blue waters scentCrystal Blue Waters Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Summer time is coming and you know what that means. Time for vacations! You know what I’m thinking the perfect vacation would be this year? Something laid back and peaceful, maybe just spending some time with my loved ones up in the beautiful mountains, surrounded by nature and the trees and hopefully a gorgeous crystal clear lake! Well, our Crystal Blue Waters scent captures that amazing aroma of feeling the crisp fresh air flowing around the beauty of a gorgeously blue crystal clear lake. Can’t you hear the birds chirping and singing?

What Does Crystal Blue Waters Smell Like?

Crystal Blue Waters Scent by Nature’s Garden is the aroma of fresh hydrangea flowers, lily of the valley, and hyacinth, that are rounded out by notes of ozony vetiver, fresh green ferns, and cyclamen.

How Do Our Customers Use Crystal Blue Waters Fragrance Oil?

This fragrance perfectly captures the feeling of breathing in fresh air that can only come from being one with nature. With this scent filling your home, you’ll almost be able to hear the birds chirping and the sound of the waters of the lake rippling. For all the candle makers out there, this fragrance is just what you need! It performs nice and strong in soy wax, as well as working nice and strong in wow wax and joy wax. For all of the potpourri and incense makers out there, our Crystal Blue Waters scent has a maximum usage rate of 50%. You can easily your home with the feeling of having stepped right into the beautiful outdoors by using this fragrance to create some nice and strong homemade sachet beads.

For bath and body products, our Crystal Blue Waters scent has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this fresh scent are bath gels, perfumes, lotions, soaps, and bath oils. There is no vanillin content contained in this fragrance meaning it should not discolor your soaps and other homemade bath and body products! For all of the cold process soap makers out there, our Crystal Blue Waters scent is just what you’ve always been searching for! Our cold process results are: there is no discoloration and it just has a slight acceleration. This scent is still nice and fresh once your soap has finished the curing process!

Are you dying to get your hands on this amazing fragrance as soon as you possibly can? I’m sure you are! How could you not want to fill your home with the scent of the gorgeous outdoors? Well, before you rush off to get it, hold on just a second because it gets better! Here at Nature’s Garden we offer many amazing free classes and recipes, and our free Ducks on the Pond Candle recipe is actually made using gel wax with our Crystal Blue Waters fragrance oil! Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns! We just know that you will enjoy this wonderful fragrance.

 

Apr
23

HSCG 2015 Conference

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HSGC 2015 Conference

HSCG 2015 ConferenceLast week both Shannon and I attended the HSCG 2015 Conference.  The event was held at The Westin in Indianapolis, Indiana April 17-20.  While it was Natures Garden’s second year attending the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild Conference, this was the first time Shannon and I were lucky enough to be there.  I just have to say…WHAT A BLAST!  We truly had the most amazing time and will remember it always.

Once we arrived, we anxiously prepared our booth….and yes, we brought a sniffy sample of each of our 828 fragrance oils!  We even debuted 13 HSCG 2015 Conferencebrand new fragrances including Yummy Gummy, Apple Happy Camper Candy, and Sugary Lollipop; along with many others.  Our booth even had a candy theme to go right along with the new fragrances. Our display was complete with bubblegum, rock candy, lollipops, and M&Ms!

The HSCG 2015 Conference was packed full of good times and memories.  Natures Garden hosted a Caribbean themed welcoming party on the very first night.  We excitedly wore our sparkly scented shoes and beautiful Caribbean style dresses and made our way to the party!  This was our first opportunity to meet many of our amazingly talented customers and new friends!  It truly meant the world to us to see not only guests from across the country, but the world.  It was a great feeling to finally be able to put faces to the names of so many of the wonderful people we have talked to.

HSCG-2015-ConferenceAs the weekend continued, we had many visitors at our booth.  We even had a chance to see some of the projects they have created using our products!  Our customers have made some fabulous soaps!  We had a chance to receive feedback on favorite scents and products, as well as suggestions for new ones.  Some of their favorites soap scents are fragrance oils like Blue Hawaiian, Bite Me, The Perfect Man, and NG Aqua Di Gio Type.

The HSCG 2015 Conference offered crafters and business owners a chance to attend a variety of classes and listen to several speakers.  In addition, we were able to attend meet and greets, luncheons, and super fun parties each night.  It was an absolutely fabulous experience.

On the final night we attended an awards banquet.  This banquet recognized many soapmakers HSCG 2015 Conferencewho had entered their creations in a contest.  Each HSCG 2015 Conference attendee was given the opportunity to vote on each category throughout the weekend.  Some of the categories included Something Different, Best Packaging, Best MP Scent, and Best CP/HP Scent;  just to name a few.  At the awards banquet, they also announced the location for the HSCG 2017 Conference…..VEGAS BABY!!!  Yes, it’s two years away, however the 2016 HSCG Conference will be held in Tampa, Florida and its location was announced at last year’s soap conference.  For those who are interested, the 2016 HSCG conference in Tampa will be May 19-21.

HSCG 2015 ConferenceWe would like to thank everyone who attended the conference, as well as the staff members and volunteers from the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild for all of your support.  It was so very nice to meet each and every one of you.  If you didn’t attend this year, we highly recommend coming to  next year’s event.  You will not regret it!   We had the time of our lives and enjoyed the laughs and have made some amazing memories.

 

 

 

Apr
07

Fresh Brewed Coffee Scent

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fresh brewed coffee scentFresh Brewed Coffee ORIGINAL Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

How many of you out there are just like me and can’t function without that first cup of coffee early in the morning? I know I have to have that cup before I can have an actual conversation with someone. Does your morning start with the aroma of a freshly brewing pot of amazing coffee filling your home? Can’t you almost taste that first sip burning your tongue with all of its caffeine filled glory? Our Original Fresh Brewed Coffee Scent perfectly captures the delicious aroma of that first cup of morning coffee!

What Does Fresh Brewed Coffee Smell Like?

Original Fresh Brewed Coffee Scent by Nature’s Garden is the strong aroma of freshly brewed black Arabica coffee beans. This original fragrance has some vanilla notes contained within in that may make it smell chocolatey to give you an extra boost!

How Do Our Customers Use Fresh Brewed Coffee Fragrance Oil?

This scent is sure to make any bad mood dissolve with its aroma of a freshly brewed pot of yummy coffee. This fragrance will move throughout your home and is sure to lift the spirits of everyone you know! For all the candle makers out there, this fragrance is just what you’ve been looking for! Our Fresh Brewed Coffee scent works nice and strong in soy wax, as well as performing nice and strong in wow wax and joy wax! For all of the potpourri and incense makers out there, this fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 50%! You can easily fill your home with this delicious aroma by using it to create some nice and strong homemade aroma beads!

For bath and body products, our Fresh Brewed Coffee scent has a maximum usage rate of 5%! Some common bath and body products that can include this wonderful fragrance are bath oils, bath gels, perfumes, lotions, and soaps. This fragrance does happen to have a vanillin content of 7%, 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 any of your finished and final products, and use a Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to avoid any discoloration! For all of the cold process soap makers out there, our Fresh Brewed Coffee scent is just what you need! Our cold process results are: there is no separation or ricing! There is no acceleration and it has a perfect pour! However, it does discolor to a milk chocolate color.

I’m sure you’re wondering how you can get your hands on this delicious fragrance as soon as you possibly can, but hold on! It gets even better! Here at Nature’s Garden we offer many great free classes and recipes, and our free Freshly Ground Coffee Bath Bombs recipe is actually made with our Fresh Brewed Coffee fragrance oil! Please 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 Enlightened by Layla!

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Apr
06

I’m Too Sexy Scent

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i'm too sexy scentI’m Too Sexy Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

“I’m too sexy for my shirt…so sexy it hurts…” Now come on, you can’t tell me that I’m the only person in the whole entire world who instantly thinks of this song whenever I hear the phrase “I’m Too Sexy”! There’s no way to forget Right Said Fred and the amazing insanity that went with this song! I know all of you were thinking it too! Well, here at Nature’s Garden our I’m Too Sexy Scent perfectly captures the essence of that classic song, it is sure to follow suite with the song and be a fragrance that you will never be able to forget!

What Does I’m Too Sexy Smell Like?

I’m Too Sexy Scent by Nature’s Garden is a fragrance that is full of attitude and glamour! It begins with spicy notes and hints of fruit that lead right into a luxurious floral signature. Hints of lily balance out a blooming rose accord with patchouli warming up the florals tones. Soft musky vanilla, warm woody notes, and precious amber surround this bouquet. This dramatic fragrance is Academy Award worthy and boasts “I’m too sexy to just be a fragrance!”

How Do Our Customers Use I’m Too Sexy Fragrance Oil?

With the rhythm of “I’m Too Sexy” playing in your mind, this Hollywood worthy scent is sure to make you feel as though you’ve just been transported right onto the Red Carpet! The sounds of the paparazzi’s cameras will echo in your ears and make you feel just like a megastar! For all the candle makers out there, this scent is perfect for you! It works perfectly in wow wax and joy wax, as well as performing nice and strong in soy wax. For all of the potpourri and incense makers out there, this fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 50%. You can easily fill your home with this luxurious aroma by using it to create some nice and strong homemade sachet beads!

For bath and body products, our I’m Too Sexy Scent has a maximum usage rate of 1%. Some common bath and body products that can include this fragrance are lotions, bath oils, bath gels, perfumes, and soaps. I’m Too Sexy does happen to have a vanillin content of 3.3%, 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 use a Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to avoid any discoloration. For all of the cold process soapers out there, I’m Too Sexy scent is just what you’ve been looking for! Our CP results are: there is no ricing or acceleration and it has a perfect pour! This fragrance has an awesome scent! However, it does discolor to a light brown color.

Before you run to get this fragrance as soon as you can, make sure to check out all of our wonderful free classes and recipes, especially since our Glamour Aroma Bead Air Freshener recipe is made with our I’m Too Sexy scent! Enjoy this amazing fragrance and keep watching for even more Enlightened by Layla!

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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.

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