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Oct
18

Castor Oil Benefits


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Castor Oil BenefitsCastor Oil Benefits

We at Natures Garden would like to share with you some awesome castor oil benefits that could work for your entire body. So, this oil could benefit certain aspects of your body on both the inside and the outside. There are benefits to be had for areas like the skin, hair, and even your well being. You can use castor oil to create luxurious bath and body products or you can simply use this oil on its own.  Regardless of how you use this cosmetic oil to help, you are sure to benefit from the amazing qualities of this oil. This oil has moisturizing benefits, hair growth stimulation, and much more!

Castor Oil Benefits Where Does this Oil Originate?Castor Oil Benefits Where Does this Oil Originate?

Castor Oil is a type of vegetable oil that comes from a specific species of plant. This plant is often called Castor Bean, but its scientific name is Ricinus Communis. The castor bean plant, which is featured to the left, produces the seeds that are pressed to create this wonderful oil. Many believe that this oil has some properties that our bodies can benefit from.

Further, it is thought that this plant originated in tropical Africa and that the Egyptians were among the first to utilize this oil. While we have come a long way from that time, castor oil has become widely used for cosmetics, soap, and other products. So, the beneficial properties of this oil have become more widely sought after and used as the years have progressed. So, check out this oil’s benefits in a variety of areas to determine whether you could benefit from this cosmetic oil in some way.

Castor Oil Benefits for Homemade ProductsCastor Oil Benefits for Homemade Products

Homemade products are only as good as their ingredients. It is important to know exactly what you are looking for to select the ingredients that will provide you with your desired properties. Each oil is unique, so castor oil’s properties may or may not be what you are looking to add to your product. While it is a thicker oil, it is an amazing moisturizer with some beneficial properties for various products. So, here is how this oil will act in certain products that you can make at home.

Castor Oil Benefits in Soap MakingCastor Oil Benefits in Soap Making

This lovely cosmetic oil is great for creating luscious, handmade soaps. For example, our Blackberry Sage Soap Recipe contains castor oil. Since castor oil naturally contains a variety of fatty acids that are great for the skin, this is a perfect soaping oil. First, adding this oil to soap will create a bar that is more conditioning, so your hands will be left softer after using. Plus, this means your body will be better moisturized and more nourished due to this oil. Also, this oil provides a more bubbly and creamy lather in your finished soaps.  However, you do want to be careful not to add too much.   Soap recipes can contain 5-7% of this wonderful oil. Some will add as much as 10%. However, adding more than 10% castor oil in
soap can produce a sticky soap.

Castor Oil Benefits Lotion and Body ButterCastor Oil Benefits Lotion and Body Butter

Also, you could use this cosmetic oil to create lotions, creams, or body butters like our Natural Facial Night Cream Recipe. This oil has properties that are perfect for skin care products. Castor oil is a very conditioning oil that reaches deep into the skin to nourish your body. So, your skin will be softened all the way through and fully hydrated. Further, this oil helps stimulate the production of elastin and collagen, which are very important for beautiful skin. So, this oil can help maintain a more youthful appearance for your skin.

Castor Oil Benefits Natural MakeupCastor Oil Benefits Natural Makeup

Anyone creating natural cosmetics could include Castor Oil in some of these products. First, many have found homemade mascara can be made perfectly with this oil. Plus, some believe that castor oil will lead to growing thicker, darker eyelashes over time. Alternatively, you can use castor oil to create an eye makeup remover.

Castor Oil Benefits Lip Balm Castor Oil Benefits Lip Balm

Castor Oil is a perfect cosmetic oil for creating lip balm. This thick, moisturizing oil is perfect for locking in exactly what your lips need. Plus, this oil is perfect for adding extra power to your lip balm recipe that can help bring cracked, dry lips back to life. While you can apply this oil on its own to your lips, we’d recommend adding this oil to other amazing oils to create a perfect lip balm! Be sure to check out our Silky Vegan Lip Balm Recipe, not only is it amazing, it also contains castor oil.

Castor Oil Benefits for External CareCastor Oil Benefits for External Care

Castor oil cosmetic oil is full of nutrients that your skin and hair can benefit from using. This oil is moisturizing and full of nutrients. Plus, this oil has been known to have antiviral, anti-inflammation antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties for the skin. In addition, this oil is great for hair growth and conditioning power. Since this oil is fairly thick, some may find it easier to mix this oil into homemade cosmetics before applying. But, you can use castor oil on it own, as well.

Castor Oil Benefits for Skin InflammationCastor Oil Benefits for Skin Inflammation

Your skin can become inflamed for a variety of reasons. This could be due to a  recent sunburn, stubborn acne, dry skin, or many other reasons. Regardless, castor oil is great for relief inflammation based issues. This cosmetic oil is a good choice for soothing these dilemmas because it has anti-inflammatory properties that can be utilized by directly applying the oil to the afflicted area. While you can directly apply this oil, you could incorporate this oil into your handmade skin care products.

Castor Oil Benefits for Wrinkle ReductionCastor Oil Benefits for Wrinkle Reduction

Also, castor oil is great for reducing wrinkles! This oil nourishes the deeper layers of your skin to rejuvenate the skin. This will lead to healthier skin and reduced wrinkles for some after a few months of applying this oil. This cosmetic oil would be perfect when added to homemade night cream recipes. This way you can add a few other beneficial ingredients to the cream and create the perfect wrinkle reduction. Plus, you will be able to leave this thick, moisturizing oil on your face overnight, so you will get the full benefits of this oil!

Castor Oil Benefits for Brittle NailsCastor Oil Benefits for Brittle Nails

Not only is this oil great for the skin, but your nails can benefit from castor oil, too. If you have brittle or cracked nails, then this oil is perfect for you. After about a week or so, you should be able to notice a difference. The oil provides your nails with nourishment, which for some, helps them be stronger and healthier. Furthermore, this oil can be used to nourish your cuticles, too. So, you’ll have healthy nails in no time.

Castor Oil Benefits for Soften CallusesCastor Oil Benefits for Soften Calluses

Due to castor oil’s strong moisturizing power and anti-inflammatory properties, it is a perfect oil for home callus treatment. While this alone won’t remove these hindrances, it certainly helps. First, the oil moisturizes deep into this rough, callused skin to provide a softer feel. Also, the anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce the pain and swelling. So, this oil may make a callus a bit more manageable. Simply soak a cotton ball in castor oil and tape it to the affected area for several hours. Personally, I’d recommend wearing this to bed to get all the benefits without being annoyed by this treatment all day. Also, it may help to pull a sock or glove over the cotton ball after it has been taped.

Castor Oil Benefits for Hair CareCastor Oil Benefits for Hair Care

Not only is castor oil good for the skin, but your hair can benefit, too! This conditioning oil is perfect for moisturizing and caring for the scalp. So, this oil is great for helping treat dandruff. Plus, the healthy acids in this oil restore the roots of your hair and increase circulation. This will stimulate hair growth and help reduce hair loss. Further, this natural hair conditioner it perfect for locking in moisture. This hydrates hair and reduces split ends simultaneously. Furthermore, this moisture locking property makes the hair thicker and darker, which would enhance naturally darker hair colors. Thus, this oil would make a great addition to homemade hair products for certain hair types.

Castor Oil Benefits for Growing EyebrowsCastor Oil Benefits for Growing Eyebrows

When it comes to eyebrow growth some believe castor oil is one of the best. Whether you are wanting to regrow your eyebrows or wanting help with your thin eyebrows, this oil is just what you need. Castor oil benefits your eyebrows with the same amazing hair growth benefits as it does for the hair on your head. So, this oil will nourish the deeper levels of your skin and stimulate the follicles. This will lead to thicker, lashes because Castor Oil provides the nourishment to stimulate healthy hair growth.

Castor Oil Benefits for Beard CareCastor Oil Benefits for Beard Care

Due to Castor Oil’s wonderful benefits for healthy beard growth, this oil was specifically chosen to be included in our recipes for beard soap and beard balm. First, this oil’s antibacterial properties and antifungal properties are perfect for helping to keep facial hair clean. Also, the nutrients in the oil are perfect for stimulating growth and leading to a thicker, fuller beard. Also, its conditioning strength perfectly reduces split ends and softens hair. This will lead to more luscious, touchable facial hair that everyone is sure to love. So, adding this to your homemade beard soap or beard balm will keep you looking fresh.

Castor Oil Benefits Castor Oil PackCastor Oil Benefits Castor Oil Pack

Many have found Castor Oil to have beneficial properties for the inside of the body. It is thought that allowing castor oil to sit on your skin for long periods of time could sink into your body and begin to work for you. This is thought to detox your liver, reduce inflammation, and improve lymphatic function. While this has not been officially certified, many people swear by this method of detox. They simply create a pack by soaking a cloth in castor oil and allowing it to set on their skin for between thirty minutes and an hour. Also, they use plastic to wrap the cloth and place heat over the plastic. This could be an electric heat pad or even a hot water bottle.

Castor Oil Benefits Sore MusclesCastor Oil Benefits Sore Muscles

Also, this oil has been said to be great for relieving sore muscles. Since Castor Oil is a warm oil, it promotes circulation in the body. So, adding this oil to your aching body may reduce the pain of overworked muscles. All you need to do is apply the oil and it will absorb and work its magic. You can either rub this oil into the target areas or create a massage oil with other beneficial ingredients. Either way, the soreness should be reduced by this oil.

Castor Oil Benefits for Internal CareCastor Oil Benefits for Internal Care

This naturally derived oil is a perfect addition to any healthy lifestyle. Not only does this oil care for your body externally, but there are many that believe that Castor Oil has some beneficial properties for your insides, too. Some use this oil as a natural way to detox and clean out the body. So, depending on your body’s needs this could be a great oil for you to use.

Castor Oil Benefits for ConstipationCastor Oil Benefits for Constipation

In the past, this oil has been medically used to treat constipation. Now, there are those that continue to use castor oil as a laxative. This oil can be used as a stimulant laxative for those that need the assistance. This oil will increase the movement of the intestines, which will help reduce constipation. So, Castor Oil is perfect for those who are a bit backed up and need help moving things along. Just make sure to not take too much at one time, as laxatives have the potential to dehydrate you from extreme cases of diarrhea. This oil is safe in regular doses, but overdoing it can be dangerous. So, you will most definitely want to consult a doctor before ingesting this natural laxative.

Note: Natures Garden sells castor oil for external use only. We do not sell this cosmetic oil as a food item. The information that we provide about this oil is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Jul
31

Castor Oil Recipes


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 CASTOR OilCastor Oil Recipes

This lovely oil has quite a few of beneficial qualities for the skin. This oil nourishes and moisturizes the skin beautifully. While many cosmetic oils are good for moisturizing, this oil is one that reaches down deep into the skin. In fact, as you can see below there are many benefits to using castor oil. So, Natures Garden has gathered the best castor oil recipes into one easy blog! These recipes vary from soap making recipes to lip balm recipes and many types of creative recipes in between. These bath and body products are sure to be great for your skin, so check out the recipes we have created with this oil.

Castor Oil Recipes Blackberry Sage Soap RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Blackberry Sage Soap Recipe

First, we have the luscious Blackberry Sage Soap Recipe. Not only does this soap include great oils, like castor oil, but this cp soap recipe is super cute! This moisturizing bar of soap uses an in the pot swirl to create this gorgeous white, green, and purple design. Plus, the bar is topped with a melt and pour blackberry that compliments the aroma of Blackberry Sage Fragrance Oil perfectly!

Castor Oil Recipes Lavender Sage Bath Bomb RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Lavender Sage Bath Bomb Recipe

Another amazing recipe that includes this nourishing oil is the Lavender Sage Bath Bomb Recipe. Also, this bath bomb recipe uses various herbs that are either calming aromas or softening for the skin. In addition to the lovely aroma of whole flowers, the Lavender Sage Fragrance Oil fills the bathroom with the unique scent of French Lavender, lime, sage, and fern leaves; followed by middle notes of dill, pepper, moss, and ginger; and well rounded with base notes of pine, musk, and patchouli. All together, this is a pretty great bath product!

Castor Oil Recipes Bastille Cold Process Soap RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Bastille Cold Process Soap Recipe

Also, you can create the very conditioning Bastille Cold Process Soap Recipe. Not only is this recipe moisturizing, but it is simple to create. Just whip up the soap batter, add The Fastlane Fragrance Oil, and pour the soap into your mold. Further, the soap has a strong, masculine scent that possesses a blend of lavender, citrus, spicy berries and sandalwood. If you are looking for masculine soap recipes, then this is for you!

Castor Oil Recipes St Pattys Day Cold Process Soap RecipeCastor Oil Recipes St Pattys Day Cold Process Soap Recipe

The St Pattys Day Cold Process Soap Recipe is a great soap-making recipe that is moisturizing and super cool! This soap is both nourishing for the skin and well scented. The aroma of this bar is the fresh and clean English Ivy Fragrance Oil, which is very strong in cp soap. Plus, this soap has a green swirled design with a golden mica swirl shimmer of 24K Gold Pigment that is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

Castor Oil Recipes Natural Salve RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Natural Salve Recipe

Another great idea for incorporating this conditioning oil into skin care is the Natural Salve Recipe. This is a perfect way to moisturize your skin and leave your skin feeling healthy. Plus, this salve uses the refreshing and herbal Rosemary Mint Type Fragrance Oil, that is cool peppermint and spearmint leaves, makes for a very awakening combination of herbs and mint.

Castor Oil Recipes Lime Cupcake CP Soap RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Lime Cupcake CP Soap Recipe

Next, check out a super cute and creative soap recipe. Our Lime Cupcake CP Soap Recipe combines the best of melt and pour soap and cold process soap. The base of this soap cupcake uses luscious butters and oils to create quality cp soap. The top uses perfectly piped cold process soap that forms the frosting. Then, an embed lime is placed strategically on top. Plus, these cute soaps are scented with the delicious citrus Agave Lime Fragrance Oil. So, those looking for an amazing soap with a creative twist may enjoy creating these three bars of soap.

Castor Oil Recipes Calendula Swirl Soap RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Calendula Swirl Soap Recipe

The Calendula Swirl Soap Recipe is a perfect and gorgeous batch of soap! The orange and yellow hues that are swirled perfectly are an amazing match for the fresh, whole Calendula flowers. Plus, this beautiful bar of soap uses Aromatherapy Energizing Fragrance Oil, which is an uplifting blend of fresh airy notes combined with lemon, garden peppermint, spearmint, and wintergreen; balanced with floral notes of gardenia, jasmine, and rose.

Castor Oil Recipes Sinus Relief Bath Bomb RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Sinus Relief Bath Bomb Recipe

Plus, you can create a great bath bomb with the Sinus Relief Bath Bomb Recipe. This recipe utilizes strong, cleansing scents that are designed to clear out your sinuses. This recipe uses both real mint herbs and the Sinus Relief Fragrance Oil. This fragrance oil smells similar to the aroma of Vicks VapoRub with a cool, crisp blend of camphor, eucalyptus, and mint scent. Plus, this bath bomb includs castor oil to nourish the skin, too. Not only is this recipe great for your body, but the bath bomb itself is pretty cute!

Castor Oil Recipes Game On HP Soap RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Game On HP Soap Recipe

Also, the Game On HP Soap Recipe is a fun soap recipe that would make some great bars of handmade soap! This bar contains moisturizing butters and oils just like any quality soap made from scratch. Plus, this soap uses the masculine Game On Fragrance Oil. But, this is a hot process soap batch. This means that you are heating the soap before it goes into the mold. Therefore, you won’t have to wait as long for curing.

Castor Oil Recipes Natural Facial Night Cream RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Natural Facial Night Cream Recipe

The Natural Facial Night Cream Recipe is an amazing home recipe for your face. This recipe uses a variety of natural oils and a Calendula flower infusion that are great for skin care. For example, Castor Oil is a deep conditioning moisturizer that has been known to reduce wrinkles after a few uses. Plus, this recipe is sensitive enough to care for your more sensitive skin. So, you can trust this lotion on your face to restore moisture, increase health, and reduce wrinkles.

Castor Oil Recipes Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process Soap RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process Soap Recipe

The Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process Soap Recipe is a fun soap recipe that is great for skin care. These oils combined with the In-the-Pot Swirl makes for an awesome soap batch. Not only does this soap recipe use a fun design, but it smells great, too. This soap uses the Blueberry Cheesecake Fragrance Oil, which has the scent of sweet, yummy decadence. It starts with Tahitian vanilla, rich creamy butter and ripe blueberries atop a crumbly graham cracker crust.

Castor Oil Recipes Beard Soap RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Beard Soap Recipe

Next, we have a bar of soap from scratch that is quicker to finish. Since this batch is created using a crockpot, the soap will finish curing sooner than cp soap. While you still use lye and a variety of butters and oils, you heat the soap before moving it into the molds. This way the lye reacts faster and you can use your soap quicker! Not only is this a crockpot soap recipe, but this bar was specifically formulated for beard care! This bar will soften the hair as it cleans your beard and leaves a nice scent. This scent is from the manly aroma of pure, all natural Gurjun Balsam Essential Oil.

Castor Oil Recipes Beard Balm RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Beard Balm Recipe

Additionally, we created the Beard Balm Recipe to pair perfectly with our beard soap bars! After you wash up with the beard soap and dry your home grown masterpiece, you can work this balm in to provide some amazing qualities. This hair product will make your facial hair softer, thicker, and all around healthier. Every single oil and butter in this balm was selected to help your beard in one way or another. All together this blend of nourishing oils and butters is perfect for beard care.

Castor Oil Recipes Caramel Custard Cold Process Soap RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Caramel Custard Cold Process Soap Recipe

Also, you can create our Caramel Custard Cold Process Soap Recipe with the luscious Castor Oil. This soap recipe includes a variety of nourishing butters and oils, as well as real milk! This is great for skin and is perfect for repairing and soothing damaged skin. Plus, bars of soap from this recipe include the scrumptious Caramel Custard Fragrance Oil. This fragrance oil is a mouth-watering combination of Caramel, Maple Leaf, French Vanilla, Rum, Caramel Creme, Brown Sugar, Heavy Cream, Caramelized Sugar, and Vanilla Extract. So, this recipe creates some amazing scented soap!

Castor Oil Recipes Silky Lip Butter RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Silky Lip Butter Recipe

Instead, you could create the nourishing Silky Lip Butter Recipe. This homemade lip care product is perfect for treating dry, cracked lips with its various butters and oils. These combined ingredients will restore your lips and protect them from drying out. Not only is this recipe great for moisturizing, but it tastes good. This lip balm uses the Tropical Paradise Flavoring, which tastes exotic, fruity, and delicious. This flavor is because the aroma is of exotic tropical fruits, which includes coconut, pineapple, goji berries, dragon fruit, star fruit, papaya, mango, and kumquat.

Castor Oil Recipes Carrot Cold Process Soap RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Carrot Cold Process Soap Recipe

Another unique cold process soap recipe that you can create with moisturizing oils, like Castor Oil, is the Carrot Cold Process Soap Recipe. These oils keep your skin nourished, which will keep them soft and moisturized. Plus, these bars are scented with the delicious Frosted Pumpkin Type Fragrance Oil. This scent is a famous duplication that begins with fresh top notes of citrusy lemon, leading to middle notes of creamy pumpkin and hints of nutmeg and ginger; sitting on base notes of maple sugar and vanilla frosting. Furthermore, this soap uses real carrots, which helps to nourish the skin. Plus, this creates an authentic batch of carrot cp soap.

Castor Oil Recipes Peeps Cold Process Soap RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe

This next soap making recipe is absolutely adorable! The Peeps Cold Process Soap Recipe uses bright colors for a pretty soap design and super cute peeps shaped soap to create a batch that is irresistibly cute! Plus, the pretty swirled portion is made from scratch with ingredients that are great for your skin.  Not only is this soap pretty and moisturizing, but it smells great! This soap uses the sweet Yummy Gummy Fragrance Oil, which is a childhood favorite for many with the essence of chewy gummy candy bursting with fruity goodness.

Castor Oil Recipes Mothers Day Bath Bomb RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Mothers Day Bath Bomb Recipe

Also, you can create our Mothers Day Bath Bomb Recipe! This bath bomb was created to look just like a flower. Plus, this recipe uses real Calendula Flowers. Further, the bath bomb includes our refreshing, flowery Happy & Free Fragrance Oil.  This feminine scent possesses a blend of floral jasmine, lily of the valley, carnation.

Castor Oil Recipes Beginners Cold Process Soap RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Beginners Cold Process Soap Recipe

Also, you can create a very simple soap recipe with this luscious oil! Obviously, the Beginners Cold Process Soap Recipe was created to be simple enough for an inexperienced soaper. This recipe is especially great for a soap to use for their first batch. Not only is this recipe super simple to create, but it is great for your skin. Plus, this soap uses the refreshing and intriguing Rain Barrel Fragrance Oil.

Castor Oil Recipes Cotton Candy Bath Bomb RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Cotton Candy Bath Bomb Recipe

Also, you can use Castor Oil to create a more moisturizing Cotton Candy Bath Bomb Recipe! This bath bomb recipe is fun, fizzy, and cute. The cute pink and blue colors blend perfectly like cotton candy, which pairs perfectly with the aroma. This bath product uses the sweet Cotton Candy Fragrance Oil

Castor Oil Recipes Column Swirl Cold Process Soap RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Column Swirl Cold Process Soap Recipe

The Column Swirl Cold Process Soap Recipe is another great soap recipe that you can create with Castor Oil. This cold process soap recipe is amazing for the skin, like many homemade soaps. Also, this soap is scented with the NG Magnolia & Orange Blossom Type Fragrance Oil, which is a delightful, spa floral scent. Further, this soap creates a fun design with a column swirl.

Castor Oil Recipes Awapuhi Seaberry Cold Process Soap RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Awapuhi Seaberry Cold Process Soap Recipe

Next, we have the Awapuhi Seaberry Cold Process Soap Recipe. This soap recipe is a gorgeous blend of blues and cream colors, which is reminiscent of waves and seafoam. This appearance goes well with the tropical marine notes of Awapuhi Seaberry Fragrance Oil.

Castor Oil Recipes Herbal Soap RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Herbal Soap Recipe

The lovely Herbal Soap Recipe is another option for those hoping to utilize some Castor Oil soap benefits. This soap uses this oil as well as other skin nourishing ingredients. Plus, this soap bar uses real Chamomile Flowers and the lovely Dandelion Pear Fragrance Oil.

Castor Oil Recipes Mistletoe Cold Process Soap RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Mistletoe Cold Process Soap Recipe

Also, you can check out a perfect holiday batch of soap. The Mistletoe Cold Process Soap Recipe is perfect for Christmas time. This batch both uses the cheerful Mistletoe & Ivy Fragrance Oil and has a perfect mistletoe design on the top of the loaf. This recipe is perfect for creating decorative Christmas soaps!

Castor Oil Recipes Frankincense and Myrrh Soap RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Frankincense and Myrrh Soap Recipe

Another great Christmas scented soap idea is the Frankincense and Myrrh Soap Recipe. This recipe was inspired by the three gifts that the wise men brought to baby Jesus. Further, this soap includes the realistic Frankincense & Myrrh Fragrance Oil.

 

Castor Oil Recipes Pooch Smooch Solid Shampoo Bar RecipeCastor Oil Recipes Pooch Smooch Solid Shampoo Bar Recipe

Finally, we have the Pooch Smooch Solid Shampoo Bar Recipe! This is perfect homemade dog shampoo recipe. This shampoo is made with Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap and uses the Pooch Smooch Fragrance Oil! So, your dog will be clean and smell fresh!

 

 

Before you go, meet my new doggie! This little guy’s name is Jax and he’s a Shih Tzu puppy. He is very active and loves to play. But, this means he is always getting into something and getting dirty. So, this homemade soap definitely came in handy! Plus, he smelled so good! This dog shampoo bar is definitely Jax approved!

Apr
28

Too Much Castor


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too much castor

The following blog was written by a new employee of Natures Garden who is doing her best to learn the science and art of soap making.  Please take that into consideration before commenting on her experiences, successes, and yes…failures.

Hello everyone!

The other day I wrote a blog about how I figured out my own recipe and all the details of my soap. I was so very excited about this project. I did really well throughout the whole process and was happy with the outcome of my soap. My soap bars were gorgeous and I was  officially a successful soap maker!

Well, the following day, I was assigned a new project: to write another recipe from start to finish. This would include everything from ingredients, to scent, to color, whether or not to add sodium lactate or color stabilizer, the swirl technique (aka design), and the mold. We are talking about EVERYTHING! I said, OK, I can do that!

The only difference between this assignment and my last project was this time there was not going to be a double check. Yes, the last few times I embarked on this journey, my work was double checked. I am in training, and there are a lot of things you need to know about the soap making process and everything that comes along with it. With all of that being said, I felt confident I could do this…really! So off I went.

I figured out my recipe, gathered all of my ingredients, put on my safety gear, and prepped.

Once I melted all of my oils, put together my lye solution, emulsified and scented, I was ready to design. I placed my colors in their bowls, and I was ready for the in the pot swirl. If you have not noticed, I am fond of this technique! Everything was going smoothly!

I took the colored batter that I was using and plopped it into my main soap batter and began the swirling technique. And, let me just tell you, my soap looked beautiful. I couldn’t even get over how nicely it poured into the silicone loaf mold. I was excited!

Now this was on Friday so I had to play the waiting game all weekend. By Sunday night, I couldn’t wait to see my masterpiece. When Monday morning finally arrived, I was ready to unveil my homemade soap. I picked it up and started to the chopping block. Hmmm, this soap seemed a bit squishy. I thought this can’t be good.

Starting to work the soap out of the mold, I realized that now it seemed sticky. This was not at all what I was hoping for. Finally, I got the soap out of the mold, and proceeded to cut it. That was when the soap stuck to my knife…just great! Despite the fact that the colors were awesome and it smelled great, I had messed up somewhere.  My soap bars were tacky and very soft.

So, I checked my weights and percentages. Everything was good. Then, I had my recipe double checked by someone else. They pointed out their opinion of what the problem could be.  I had too much castor oil in my recipe. Oopsy! I had totally overlooked the frequently-held opinion that when making soap that contains  Castor Oil , you may want to stay at 8% or less castor oil in your formulation.   My addition was 20%.

In the end, I felt defeated, and was totally bummed! I did however, make a note to self: while Castor oil is good for the “bubbly” in your soap, my experience showed me that using too much castor oil may produce soap that is tacky and hard to remove from the mold.  In the future, if I want to produce a harder bar of soap, I may want to increase my percentages of oils that are known to produce harder bars of soap such as coconut oil, palm oil, palm kernel oil.

I predicted I was going to fail…and when I do, I do it right…lol.

So my epic failure is a lesson learned. And, even though I am hard on my little feelings, don’t be too hard on yourself for your mistakes. My advice to any new soapers: Turn setbacks into future achievements, and lessons to be taught to others so they don’t make the same boo boos.

Until next time, have a fabulous day!

Cindy