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Feb
03

Orange Juice Cake Soap Recipe


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Orange Juice Cake Soap RecipeOrange Juice Cake Soap Recipe

If you are looking for a great melt and pour soap design, then you will love this Orange Juice Cake Soap Recipe! This is a brand new soap that is a cosmetic representation of a traditional dessert in the Natures Garden family. This was a super fun recipe to create that we really enjoyed decorating as well! We took a few extra steps in order to make these look even more realistic. It is a great melt and pour soap recipe to try out with your kids for an at home project as well. These can also be a really nice display in the bathroom for yourself or for guests. Let’s get started on showing you how you can make them!

Soap Making Ingredients Found at Natures Garden:

Mango Butter Melt and Pour SOAP
Orange Juice Cake Fragrance Oil
Vanilla White Color Stabilizer
Cocoa Powder Organic
Vegetable Glycerin
FUN Soap Colorant- Yellow Oxide 1 oz.
FUN Soap Colorant- Orange Oxide 1 oz.
Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant- 1 oz.
Orange Peel Cut & Sifted
Silicone Soap Mold-4 Bundt Cake Molds
8 oz. Clear PET Bullet Bottles
Black Fine Mist Sprayers 24/410
Silicone Flexible Mat

Other Ingredients and Equipment You Will Need:

Mixing Bowls
Stainless Steel Mixing Utensils
Cutting Board
Large Knife
Microwave
Rubbing Alcohol
Glass Plate
9” x 13” baking pan

Total Recipe Amounts for Bundt Cake:

680 grams Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap
34 grams Orange Juice Cake Fragrance Oil
34 grams Vanilla White Color Stabilizer
2 grams Cocoa Powder Organic
8 grams Vegetable Glycerin
15 drops Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
8 drops Orange Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
2 drops Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant 

Total Recipe Amounts for Icing:

236 grams Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap
11 grams Vanilla White Color Stabilizer
11 Orange Juice Cake Fragrance Oil
4 heaping teaspoons Orange Peel Cut & Sifted

Clean and sanitize your work area and all of your packaging materials. It is suggested that you wear gloves, an apron, gloves, and a hair net while preparing this recipe. Also, prepare your PET bullet bottle with rubbing alcohol. 

Orange Juice Cake Fragrance Oil

Orange Juice Cake Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden Soap Making Supplies is the aroma of buttery pound cake. Then, you will find middle notes of orange zest. This orange bakery scent finishes with base notes of vanilla,  creamy coconut, and warm caramel. Anyone who has tasted Deborah’s mom’s famous orange Juice cake will love this one! Orange Juice Cake Fragrance Oil is not only a Natures Garden original fragrance oil, it’s also a best selling aroma.

Cut the Mango Butter Soap BaseCut the Mango Butter Soap Base

To begin creating our soap recipe, we need to prepare our slab of melt and pour soap base. Any of the white bases sold at Natures Garden will be sufficient for making this soap recipe. We sell 11 melt and pour soap bases, 8 of which are white in color that you can choose from. However, for this soap making recipe, we used the mango butter mp soap base. With your digital scale, weigh out 680 grams of soap for the cakes. This is equivalent to about 30 cubes from the slab. The remaining 10 cubes, or 236 grams, will be used at the end of this recipe.

Melt the SoapMelt the Soap

Next, place the cubes in a microwave safe bowl and melt them in 30-second increments. Stir gently in between each 30-second burst to check if there are any chunks of soap lingering. Once it is in a fully melted liquid state, you can pull the bowl out of the microwave.

Add Fragrance Oil and Color StabilizerAdd Fragrance Oil and Color Stabilizer

In the next step, we are going to add scented oil to our soap. Using the digital scale, you will need to measure out and add 34 grams of the Nature’s Garden Orange Juice Cake Fragrance Oil. In addition to that, you will want to match it up by adding 34 grams of Vanilla White Color Stabilizer. This step is necessary because some fragrance oils will discolor your products just due to the way they are made or mixed. This fragrance oil, in particular, discolors to a dark chocolate shade due to its vanillin content. Adding in the vanilla white color stabilizer can help us to prevent our soap from discoloring due to the vanilla content. After you add that, stir until it is evenly distributed. 

Incorporate the Brown ColorantIncorporate the Brown Colorant

Now, take out a small glass bowl. We are going to mix 4 grams of the Cocoa Powder Organic with 8 grams of Vegetable Glycerin. This mixture is going to form a nice dark brown colorant for our soap. Once it is mixed together and liquefied, add it into the melted soap and stir to incorporate.

Mix in the Other Soap ColorantsMix in the Other Soap Colorants

Next, we need to get the other colorants out for our soap. We used the yellow oxide, orange oxide, and black oxide shades from our FUN Soap Colorants. Take the mixture and add 15 drops of yellow, 8 drops of orange, and 2 drops of black. Then, take a spoon and stir everything evenly together to incorporate the colors with your soap base. After you are finished stirring your soap, the shade should look somewhat similar to our picture to the left. We wanted these to resemble actual orange juice cake, and we liked the shade that this combination of colorants produced. You can always adjust how the color looks if you are not satisfied or would like to make it your own!

Pour the Mixture into the MoldsPour the Mixture into the Molds

Once your melted soap is fragranced, colored, and evenly mixed, you can get the bundt cake silicone soap mold ready. Pour the mixture up to the top of three of the cavities. You will have enough soap to fill up three out of the four bundts.

Spray the SoapSpray the Soap

Now, grab your bullet bottle with rubbing alcohol in it that you prepared earlier in the recipe. Spray your soap in each of the bundts with the rubbing alcohol. This is going to remove any air bubbles that formed. Then, allow some time for all three of the cakes to completely set up before moving onto the decorative toppings!

Remove Soap from MoldsRemove Soap from Molds

Once some time has passed, you can go ahead and remove the soap bundts from their molds. You can either place them on a plate or on the flexible silicone mat from Natures Garden. We decided to use the mat because the next step is going to get a little messy. Place it on a 9″ x 13″ baking pan to give you stability and an easier cleanup. Alternatively, you can line the pan with wax paper, if you prefer.

Melt Down Soap for the IcingMelt Down Soap for the Icing

For the next step, you will need to retrieve the remaining 10 cubes (236 grams) of the melt and pour soap base from the first step. In another microwave safe bowl or glass container, melt the soap down in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time. Continue melting until your mango butter melt and pour soap base is in a completely liquid state. Then, add in 11 grams of Orange Juice Cake Fragrance and match it with 11 grams of the Vanilla White Color Stabilizer. Once again, this will help our soap to stay white, which is necessary in order for it to look like icing. Stir well to blend these ingredients. 

Pour Icing onto the SoapsPour Icing onto the Soaps

Now, you will want to use your bottle of rubbing alcohol once again to spray the tops of the bundts. This is going to allow the layer of icing to stick when it is poured over the bundts, as well as for the orange peel to stick in the next step. Carefully drizzle the melted soap base over them back and forth to look like icing. 

Apply the Orange Peel FinishApply the Orange Peel Finish

Since traditional orange juice cake is topped with nuts, we wanted to make sure we depict that in this soap recipe. So, top your soaps off by sprinkling on some pieces of orange peel cut & sifted to resemble the nuts. Orange peel is loaded with vitamins and nutrients that are great for the skin. It can also be used as an anti-bacterial. These qualities make it a great ingredient to add to soap and various other bath or body products. It can be used in bath tea, facial masks, bath salts, shampoo, bath bombs, and lotion. Once the icing has set up and dried, the soap will ready to use!

The Finished ProductThe Finished Product

After you have applied the icing and the orange peel to your soap, they should look like this picture here. The icing will probably have made a mess and spread like ours did. So, once your soap icing has finished setting up, you can remove the excess icing surrounding the soap cakes. It will not take long for the soap to harden and become easier to remove than it would when it is still wet.

Your soap cakes will be ready to use after that! You can set them on the shelves in the shower or the edge of the tub for a nice display. We hope that you had a fun time following along with us making this Orange Juice Cake Soap Recipe.

Orange Juice Cake Recipe

If you are interested in baking an actual orange juice cake for dessert, we have a yummy recipe to share with you! Although this is not the family recipe that our fragrance oil was inspired by, it is still a great version of this type of cake. This particular Orange Juice Cake recipe comes from the user jennambrai on the site Tasty Kitchen. Tons of users post delicious homemade recipes to this site to share with all the cooks and bakers out there. This cake recipe is simple to make, it only takes one hour to complete, and there are not a ton of ingredients used in it. If you love cake and love to bake, you have to try this recipe out!

How to: Fresh Orange Juice

When searching on Pinterest, we came across a recipe relevant to what we are talking about here! It is a homemade fresh orange juice recipe. It comes from the blog “Create Mindfully” and was created by the user Willow Moon. Her recipe is a healthier version of the ever popular drink Orange Julius. This is also a completely gluten free and vegan drink recipe, which is great for catering to specific diets people are on. It is made from a few ingredients, including oranges of course, pineapple juice, unsweetened almond milk, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. This sounds delicious! It is a simple drink to make that hardly takes any time at all to throw together. Another great benefit of this is that it can be added to your orange juice cake! This can make for a bright, flavorful addition to any orange juice cakes that you come across.

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If you had fun making this orange juice cake soap recipe, we would love to see how it turned out for you! If you added extra things to your soap cakes, it would be great for us to know about it. Making other recipes your own can be one of the best ways to get creative! If you would like to share with us, you can find us on our many social media platforms. Our Twitter page can be found with the handle ngscents, our Facebook page is Natures Garden Company, and our Instagram page also has the handle ngscents. We are excited to get to see all of the products that you create and share!

 

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is the responsibility of our customers. If you plan to resell any of the recipes that we provide, it’s your responsibility to follow all FDA regulations. We cannot offer any advice on where to buy the products and ingredients listed in our recipes if they are not sold by Natures Garden. When you use our recipes and/or raw ingredients, you are agreeing to indemnify Natures Garden against any liability of performance, any lack of performance, or any problems that you encounter with the finished products.

Jan
09

Sangria Scoopable Bubble Bars Recipe


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Sangria Scoopable Bubble Bars RecipeSangria Scoopable Bubble Bars Recipe

If you are interested in finding new ways to create your favorite homemade bath and body recipes, you should definitely tune in to this blog! We are going to be showing all of you how to make this Sangria Scoopable Bubble Bars Recipe today. These work great as an adorable gift to give friends and family all year round. This specific bubble bar is going to add so many extra bubbles to your baths, which is why we love them. These bath scoops are made using quality cosmetic ingredients that are great for the skin, such as SLSA, vegetable glycerin, and jojoba oil. We will be going into a bit of detail about the new product, SLSA, how it can be used, and what sort of properties it is sure to add to your future recipes!

Ingredients Found at Natures Garden:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
Baking Soda- Sodium Bicarbonate
Cream of Tartar
Corn Starch
Vegetable Glycerin
Jojoba Oil
Sangria Punch Fragrance Oil
Vitamin E Oil Tocopherol T-50 Oil
Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant
Diamond Dust Mica Pigment
Safety Gloves
Natures Garden Soap Apron
Safety Mask
Safety Glasses
Silicone Flexible Mat
Stainless Steel Scoop

Other Ingredients and Equipment You Will Need:

Mixing Bowls
Mixing Spoon
Scale

Total Recipe Amounts:

205 grams Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
230 grams Sodium Bicarbonate- Baking Soda
112 grams Cream of Tartar
36 grams Corn Starch
100 grams Vegetable Glycerin
12 grams Jojoba Oil
7 grams Sangria Punch Fragrance Oil
5 grams Vitamin E Oil
3 drops Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant

Ingredients Spotlight: SLSA

Before getting into the recipe, we wanted to give you some more information about some of the ingredients that we are going to be working with. The first one that we will be talking about is Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, which can be abbreviated as SLSA. This is a new product that we recently brought to Natures Garden Wholesale Supplies. It is a surfactant that can be used as an alternative to other surfactants such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Cocoyl Isentionate (SCI). These Sangria Scoopable Bubble Bars are one of the three different recipes we created to showcase this new product. When compared to other surfactants like these, SLSA provides a lot more of foaming and lathering qualities to different types of bath and body products. It is most commonly added to recipes like bubble bars, bath bombs, bubble baths, and also body and facial washes. Since it derives from coconut oil and palm oil, SLSA is very cleansing and moisturizing for the skin. We are excited for you all to try this new ingredient out in your upcoming recipes!

We will be sharing all three of the recipes that we made using SLSA for, all in separate blogs. The other ones are a sangria body scrub, pink sangria soap, and sangria bath bombs. We hope that you will enjoy working with this new surfactant as much as we did.

Ingredients Spotlight: Jojoba OilIngredients Spotlight: Jojoba Oil

The next ingredient that we want to tell you about is Jojoba oil. It is used in countless types of recipes, including cold process soap, lip balm, lip stick, emulsified scrubs, and bath bombs. This oil is extremely versatile because of the positive benefits it brings to different body products and cosmetic formulations. Jojoba oil has anti inflammatory and moisturizing properties in it that reduce redness, dry skin, and other sensitive skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea. There are a lot of benefits to using it, it is an easy oil to work with, as well as to create recipes with. In addition to this one, we have used it in an Activated Charcoal Scrub, a Honey Vanilla Lip Balm, and our Sandalwood Bath Bomb. Each of these is cleansing, moisturizing, and will make you and your skin feel nice and rejuvenated!

Ingredients Spotlight: Sangria Punch Fragrance OilIngredients Spotlight: Sangria Punch Fragrance Oil

Lastly, we wanted to talk about the fragrance oil that we are incorporating and highlighting in today’s recipe. We call this Sangria Punch, which is actually one of the many Natures Garden original fragrance oils. Sangria punch fragrance oil is a complex scent, starting with very fruity top notes that to us, truly resemble a homemade sangria. There are hints of apple, lemon, lime, orange and grape. Following that are the scents of blackberries and pomegranate, which really compliment one another. These fruity notes sit on a base of sugar. We think that this fragrance definitely captures the smell of real sangria and makes for a great scent to add to girly bath product recipes. We have used this fragrance oil in four products that we have made using. Once again, the other craft recipes we created are the Pink Sangria Soap Recipe, Sangria Bath Bombs Recipe, and the Sparkling Sangria Body Scrub Recipe.

Before we get started, it is important to clean and sanitize your work area and all of your packaging materials. It is suggested that you wear gloves, an apron, gloves, a face mask, and a hair net while preparing this recipe.

Mixing the Dry IngredientsMixing the Dry Ingredients

For the first part of this recipe, we will be preparing the dry portion of our ingredients. You will want to get out a regular mixing bowl that is only used for soap making, candle making, etc. Then, you can take out your scale and weigh out the 205 grams of Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate we will need. Add it to your mixing bowl. Next, we will measure out and add to the same bowl 230 grams of Baking Soda, 112 grams of Cream of Tartar, and 36 grams of Corn Starch. The powders from these can really kick up in the air, so make sure that you are wearing a mask. Mix each of these ingredients together until the dry mixture is smooth. We find it easier to break up all of the clumps in the mixture when we use our hands instead of using a spoon or a spatula.

Making the Liquid PortionMaking the Liquid Portion

Next, take out a second mixing bowl. Get the scale out once again and weigh out all of the liquid ingredients for this recipe. First, weigh out 100 grams of the vegetable glycerin. Then, measure out and add to the same bowl 12 grams of jojoba oil, 5 grams of vitamin E oil, and 7 grams of the Sangria Punch Fragrance Oil. Blend them all together seamlessly. The vegetable glycerin, jojoba oil, and vitamin E oil all provide benefits for the skin, which make them perfect for this and other bubble bar recipes. Vegetable glycerin gives you moisturized and resilient skin, and jojoba oil and vitamin E oil will reduce skin irritation, moisturize, as well as minimize the appearance of scars and wrinkles.

Combining the Liquid Ingredients and the Dry IngredientsCombining the Liquid Ingredients and the Dry Ingredients

Then, pour your wet ingredients into the mixing bowl that contains the dry ingredients. Our next step is to create the fun pink color for these sangria bubble bars. You are going to add three drops of the tomato red FUN Soap Colorant. This small amount will give you the light pink color that we are looking for and which you can see in the recipe picture. Add more of the colorant if you prefer a more deeper pink shade or red shade for your bubble scoops. Using your hands, mix all of the ingredients together. Once mixed thoroughly, it will morph into the consistency of dough.

Rolling the DoughRolling the Dough

Once your wet and dry ingredients have been mixed together to form the dough. We used our hands to squeeze the dough and form it into a big ball. Keep on repeating the process of squeezing and rolling until you are sure the pink color is visible everywhere and there are no uncolored white parts left. Doing this will make the next step easier, when we pack the dough and create the actual bubble bar scoops.

Packing and Scooping the Dough Onto the MatPacking and Scooping the Dough Onto the Mat

Now, we get to do the fun part of the recipe! Make sure to have your flexible silicone mat ready for this step. The dough should already be in your mixing bowl. Using your hands, start by pressing down and packing the bubble bar dough tightly in the mixing bowl. This is going to make it easier when using the ice cream scoop. Now that the dough is ready to be scooped, use your stainless steel ice cream scoop to form the bubble bars. As you scoop, place each of them on your flexible silicone mat. This is the easiest place for them to have the time they need to set up without getting in the way of other projects.

Finishing the Sangria Scoopable Bubble BarsFinishing the Sangria Scoopable Bubble Bars

To finish off the bubble bar scoops, take out the diamond dust mica pigment. Sprinkle it all over your bubble bars to decorate them a little bit. We love working both with the 24K gold mica pigment and the diamond dust mica pigment because when a little glitter is added, projects come to life! Finally, set the silicone mat aside on a countertop to allow your sangria sparkle bubble bars to set up. If completely undisturbed, they should harden enough and be fully set up after 24-48 hours.  

Share with usSangria Scoopable Bubble Bars: Share With Us

Once they have finished setting up, your sangria scoopable bubble bars are ready to add to the bath! When you are ready to use them, simply run a couple of the scoops under the bath water. They will start bubbling and fizzing right away, which will give you a wonderful bubble bath. If you enjoyed making these bubble scoops, we have plenty of other bubble bars and bubble scoop recipes that you can check out. The pumpkin roll bubble bar and blackberry bling bling bubble scoops are some of my favorites! After you have finished making this recipe, we would love to hear your thoughts on working with SLSA and how you think it compares to SLS or SCI. We love the extra bubbles that these scoops created in comparison to some other types we created. You can reach out to us on Facebook at Natures Garden as well as Twitter and Instagram @ngscents!

Homemade Winter Sangria Recipe

Before you go, we wanted to share a recipe with you for homemade sangria! This is a recipe that was adapted for the winter season, specifically for the winter citrus season. Since we are right in the middle of the winter, we wanted to share this one. This recipe comes from the blog Julie’s Eats and Treats. Julie writes this blog to give all sorts of breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert recipe ideas and tutorials. Her main idea is to make mealtime easier and less stressful for full time workers. This Winter Sangria recipe from her website uses delicious fresh fruits including pomegranates, pink grapefruits, lemons, blood oranges, and pears. She chose to use sauvignon blanc in her sangria, but the choice is yours when it comes to the wine you want to add. There are many sangria recipes out there for both red and white wine! Julie also has more sangria recipes for other times of the year that she has blogged about, including a Rainbow Sangria, a Blueberry Sangria, and a Peach Rosé Sangria! We hope that you get to create and enjoy this yummy winter drink too!

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is always the responsibility of our customers. If you plan to resell any of the recipes that we provide, it is also your responsibility to follow all FDA regulations. We cannot offer any advice on where to buy the products and ingredients that are listed in our recipes if they are not sold by Natures Garden. When you use Natures Garden recipes and/or raw ingredients, you are agreeing to indemnify Natures Garden against any liability of performance, any lack of performance, or any problems that you encounter with the finished products.

Aug
11

Whipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe


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Whipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap RecipeWhipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe

We at Natures Garden have formulated yet another wonderful bath and body product recipe! Introducing our Whipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe! This shaving cream recipe is an amazing recipe that is perfect for nourishing your skin. The shea butter, rose clay powder, and our whipped soap base create a perfect blend of ingredients that will leave your skin feeling cared for and so very soft. This recipe is everything you need in a bath product as it is a cleansing, soothing and moisturizing shaving product. Plus, this recipe is quick and easy to make. Finally, we add in Natures Garden’s wonderful Strike a Pose Fragrance Oil. If you haven’t smelled this glorious fragrance oil you are missing out!

This rose clay shaving cream recipe can be completed in six quick steps. You will have a finished and packaged product that couldn’t be easier to make.  All you really need to do is whip your five ingredients together with a hand mixer. Then, you will have yourself a batch of amazing shaving soap! So, try this wonderful recipe out for yourself and see just how simply amazing it is to use and create. Not only will you enjoy the process of creating this shaving soap, but you are going to adore the skin softening properties of this product!

Whipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe What is Rose ClayWhipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe What is Rose Clay

Rose clay powder is a natural cosmetic clay that contains the mineral kaolinite. Just like kaolin clay, which is what rose clay is primarily made of, this lovely mineral is skin loving, gentle, and natural. So, this pretty pink clay is a perfect addition to your homemade products. Our rose clay powder is perfect for skin care and has a few benefits that it will be able to provide to the body. Rose clay is a perfect cosmetic ingredient for recipes that need some extra skin care strength without being too harsh for sensitive skin. Plus, this is a cosmetic clay that has a pretty pink color. So, you can use this cosmetic ingredient perfectly for naturally coloring your homemade soaps and bath bombs, or any other bath and body product. 

Whipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe Benefits of Rose Clay Powder

Rose clay, often referred to as pink clay, is a lovely ingredient for cosmetics. Since this clay contains kaolinite, it is a perfect ingredient for sensitive skin types. Not only is this clay gentle enough for most skin types, but it provides quite a few benefits to the skin. First, rose clay provides some very light exfoliation. This will remove dead skin and help clean your body. Plus, this cosmetic clay will help to draw toxins out from the skin. So, this clay can help you get a deeper clean without drying out your skin. Further, rose clay powder will help to reduce any skin irritation or inflammation. So, this product will be perfect for your shaving cream recipe! This clay will help your shaving soap clean your skin and reduce irritation from shaving at the same time! Ultimately, this is pink clay a great choice for body products and will perform wonderfully in your homemade shaving soap creation. 

Whipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe Ingredients Available at Natures Garden

Strike a Pose Fragrance Oil

Whipped Soap Base

Shea Butter 

Rose Clay Powder

Optiphen Preservative

4 oz. Clear PET Jar

White Dome Lid Smooth 58/400

Whipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe Equipment Needed

Scale (units in grams)

Small Bowls (2)

Deep Mixing Bowl

Mixing Spoons

Rubber Spatula

Hand Held Mixer

Whipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe Weights of Ingredients

4 grams Rose Clay Powder

454 grams Natures Garden Whipped Soap Base

12 grams Shea Butter

4 grams Strike a Pose Fragrance Oil

4 grams Optiphen Preservative

Whipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe Clean and OrganizeWhipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe Prepare to Create

Before you begin creating your skin loving shaving soap recipe, you need to make sure that you are fully prepared to create bath and body products. First, you are going to want to get together all of the supplies and ingredients that you will need to create this product. You are not going to want to have to stop working half way through your project to look for a mixer or a clean bowl. Plus, locating everything prior to working ensures that you will have everything you will need to finish your recipe. You don’t want to be half done and realize you are missing a key ingredient. So, get together everything you need and set it all near your work space.

Not only do you want to have a fun time creating this project, but you are going to want to make sure that your body product is clean. While this seems obvious, mistakes can happen if you are not prepared prior to working. So, you should make sure all of your equipment is cleaned and sanitized before you begin working. This means washing the bowls, mixing utensils, and the hand mixer. Furthermore, you will want to clean the surface of your work space. This can prevent contamination of your product from setting down your spatula between mixing stages. So, cleaning your equipment and work space will ensure that your product will

Whipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe Weigh Ingredients for LaterWhipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe Weigh Ingredients for Later

First, you are going to weigh out a few of the ingredients that you are going to need in a later step. So, retrieve the shea butter, the Strike a Pose Fragrance Oil, the Optiphen Preservative, and one of your small sized bowls. Then, tare out the weight of the small bowl on your scale and add your ingredients. You will need to include 12 grams of the shea butter, 4 grams of the Strike a Pose Fragrance Oil, and 4 grams of the Optiphen Preservative. Now, you are going to set this bowl aside for a later step. We weighed these ingredients first because it will be easier to mix in later if it is pre-measured and ready to add to the mixture.

Whipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe Preparing the Whipped Soap BaseWhipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe Preparing the Whipped Soap Base

Next, you are going to prepare your whipped soap base. So, retrieve your deep mixing bowl and the container of whipped soap base. Now, tare the weight of the bowl on the scale. Then, weigh out and add in 454 grams of this Whipped Soap Base. After, you are going to have to whip your weighed soap base. So, grab your hand held mixer and begin whipping the soap base. Continue whipping the whipped soap base with your hand held mixer until your whipped soap base begins to look like a bowl of fluffy whipped vanilla frosting. Once you get your soap base to this frosting like consistency, you can stop mixing, you are ready to move to the next step.

Whipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe Adding in the Rose Clay PowderWhipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe Adding in the Rose Clay Powder

Then, you are going to add the Rose Clay Powder into your freshly whipped soap base. So, take one of your small mixing bowls and weigh out the rose clay powder. Remember that it should be 4 grams of this powder. Now, retrieve your spatula and the bowl with your mixture. You will begin to fold this powdered pink clay into your whipped mixture. You need to make sure that everything is mixed together very well. Also, be sure that you scrape the sides of your bowl as you work. Paying attention to this will make sure that you have incorporated any of the powder that may have collected on the edges.

Whipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe Combine Weighed IngredientsWhipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe Combine Weighed Ingredients

Now, you are going to add in the rest of your  ingredients for this recipe. These are the three ingredients that you had saved in your small bowl. So, put these into your clay and whipped soap mixture. Now, grab the small bowl of shea butter, Strike a Pose Fragrance Oil, and Optiphen Preservative. Then, grab your spatula to help you mix in this bowl of ingredients. Again, you are going to need to fold these previously weighed ingredients into your whipped soap base mixture. Make sure that everything is thoroughly mixed together before you move on to the next step. After everything is mixed in well, you are ready to move on to the next step.

Whipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe Whipping the Full MixtureWhipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe Whipping the Full Mixture

After all of your ingredients have been added and mixed in the bowl, you are going to whip the mixture one more time. Everything should be folded well and mixed together, but you will need to whip the batter one more time. So, grab your bowl and the hand held mixer. Now, you are going to need to whip your mixture for the final time. This will be the last time before you will package up your finished Whipped rose clay shaving soap, so be sure to mix well. Once your shaving soap mixture is at the whipped frosting consistency, again, you can stop. Now, your product is ready for you to use! You can try it out now or just move on to the next step for packaging.

Whipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe Packaging Your MixtureWhipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe Packaging Your Product

Finally, your homemade shaving soap is completely finished. So, get ready for some skin softening goodness! Now, you are going to begin packaging your finished homemade shaving cream. So, grab the bag of the 4 oz. Clear PET Jars and the White Dome Smooth 58/400 Lids. You should need about seven of the jars, so get these ready on your work space. Now, take your spoon and start scooping your whipped mixture into the 4 ounce jars. After, place the lids on all of your jars. Finally, your Whipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap is completely finished and packaged! Now, these jars of whipped shaving soap are ready for you to either use or store. Either way, this is the most exciting part of this whole process. Everything has finally come together!

Whipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe Using Your Whipped Rose Clay Shaving SoapWhipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe Using Your Whipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap

Now that your homemade shaving soap is finished, you may be wondering how to use your newly created Whipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe. Well, you won’t have to worry too much because it is a super simple product to use! You can use the Whipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap the exact same way that you use commercial shaving cream! So, you can use this product to protect and nourish your skin perfectly. All you need to do is rub the whipped shaving soap on the area that you want to shave, like your legs. Then, use your razor and some water to get rid of all your unwanted hair. After everything is all washed off, you will be left with smooth, softened skin that is perfectly nourished.

Whipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe Share with UsWhipped Rose Clay Shaving Soap Recipe Share Your Creations with Us

After you finish making your products, we would love to see your creations! Whether you have added your own twist or followed our instructions exactly, we would be excited to see what you have made. We always enjoy receiving pictures and stories from our customer’s creative endeavors. Personally, I have fallen head over heels in love with our whipped rose clay shaving cream. I used this recipe for shaving my own legs and it was absolutely perfect! This product really helped with razor burn and even left my skin feeling silky and smooth! I usually moisturize after shaving, but I didn’t need to at all! My legs were already super soft and not irritated from my recent shave. It was absolutely wonderful and had me ready to strike a pose! If you would like to share your own experience with us, then you can find us on social media! We would love to know how this recipe worked for you! You can share with us on the Natures Garden facebook page. Also, you can share your pictures on Instagram and tag us with @ngscents. We can’t wait to hear all about it and see your gorgeous creations!

Jun
22

Lemon Squares Soap Recipe


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Lemon Squares Soap Recipe

If you are looking for cute melt and pour soap ideas, then you have come to the right place! These little soaps are super cute and look just like some real lemon desserts! Also, anyone looking for easy melt and pour soap recipes are in luck, too! This melt and pour soap recipe creates 24 individual soap squares, is easy, creative, and super cute! Further, they are very easy to use and perfect for making cute guest soaps. Since this soap making recipe uses the brownie bites mold, the soaps are small enough to work for individual use. Whether you use them as decorative soaps, set them out for guests, or take one with your to the shower, these soaps are a perfect convenient size!

Not only are these soaps cute and convenient to use, but they are nearly a perfect match for the real lemon squares dessert that inspired this soap! We all know that lemon squares are delicious, so, it makes sense that our Lemon Squares Soap Recipe would smell and look pretty tasty, as well! This recipe uses a Natures Garden original scent, Lemon Squares Fragrance Oil, to provide a true, mouth-watering scent. Also, this soap recipe uses the silicone brownie bites molds and powdered sugar to mimic the dessert perfectly! Plus, this recipe uses melt and pour soap, which means that this recipe should be fairly easy to do yourself. So, use our recipe to create some perfect lemon squares soaps!

Lemon Squares Soap Recipe Ingredients Available at Natures Garden

Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap Recipe
Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap
Lemon Squares Fragrance Oil
FUN Soap Colorant Neon Yellow
8 oz.  Clear Bullet Bottle

FUN Soap Colorant Yelp Yellow
Brownie Bites Silicone Molds
FUN Soap Colorant Yellow Oxide
24/410 White Fine Mist Sprayer
FUN Soap Colorant Brown Oxide

Lemon Squares Soap Recipe Other Ingredients Needed

Powdered Sugar
Rubbing Alcohol (for your 8 oz spray bottle)

Lemon Squares Soap Recipe Equipment You Need

Two Mixing Bowls
Mixing Spoon
Knife (to cut up your soap base)
Cutting Board
Microwave
Toothpick (for adding a smaller amount of colorant)

Lemon Squares Soap Recipe Weights and Amounts of Ingredients

270 grams of the Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap Recipe
270 grams of the Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap
26 grams of the Lemon Squares Fragrance Oil
1 drop of the FUN Soap Colorant Neon Yellow
2 drops of the FUN Soap Colorant Yelp Yellow
3 drops of the FUN Soap Colorant Yellow Oxide
1 toothpick of the FUN Soap Colorant Brown Oxide
A few grams of the Powdered Sugar

Lemon Squares Soap Recipe Clean and Prepare

Before you begin this recipe you may want to clean and prepare both your workspace and the equipment you will be working with for this recipe. Since crafting can take most of your attention, it may be more likely for dirt to find its way into your finish products. So, just clean and wipe everything down before you start.

First, find a workspace that provided you with plenty of room and access to a microwave. So, sanitize the surface you will be working on to prevent anything from getting picked up as you lay down your utensils. Also, make sure to wipe out the microwave you are going to use to make sure nothing falls into your bowls as your heat the soap base. Next, you will want to clean all your equipment you will be using for the recipe. This will allow you to be sure that nothing will get into the melted soap as you mix the ingredients together. In addition, set out your Brownie Bites Silicone Mold and make sure it is wiped out well. Do all of this and your soaps are sure to come out perfectly clean and adorable!

Lemon Squares Soap Recipe Weighing Soap for the First LayerLemon Squares Soap Recipe Weighing Soap for the First Layer

Initially, we are going to create the first layer of our melt and pour soap lemon squares. This will end up being the layer on the top of our soap when we are finished. So, weigh out 270 grams of the Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base into a clean, microwave safe bowl. Now, you are going to melt your weighed out soap in the microwave. Take the bowl and heat your mango butter soap in 30-second increments until all the soap has completely melted. Once all the soap is in a liquid state, you can move on to the next step.

Lemon Squares Soap Recipe Preparing the First LayerLemon Squares Soap Recipe Preparing the First Layer

Next, we are going to add the lemon fragrant oil and create the color for our first soap layer. So, grab your bowl of melted Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base. Now, add 13 grams of Natures Garden’s Lemon Squares Fragrance Oil to your clear, melted soap base. Then, add two drops of the Yelp Yellow Soap Colorant and 1 drop of the Yellow Oxide Soap Colorant to the melted soap mixture. Make sure to mix everything thoroughly to incorporate all of the scent and colorants throughout the soap. After it has been evenly mixed, you can move on to the next step.

Lemon Squares Soap Recipe Pouring the First LayerLemon Squares Soap Recipe Pouring the First Layer

Now, you are going to pour this completed soap mixture into the mold to complete your first layer. So, fill each of the 24 cavities about halfway with your soap mixture. Just make sure that you don’t fill the mold cavities too high! Pouring too much into one cavity will prevent you from having a good-sized second layer. Also, you would be more likely to run out of your diamond clear melt and pour soap mixture before you finish filling all the cavities that you need to fill! So, try to keep the mold cavities filled as close to halfway as you possibly can.

Lemon Squares Soap Recipe Spraying the First LayerLemon Squares Soap Recipe Spraying the First Layer

Then, you are going to quickly finish off this first layer. After you have poured everything into the mold you are going to lightly spray the tops of your soaps before they start to set up. This is done to release any air bubbles that could be trapped. This air comes from the pouring process. So, grab your spray bottle of rubbing alcohol and give your soap a few good spritzes. Once this is done you will want to wait until this layer is entirely set up before moving on to another step. This will prevent unwanted mixing of layers and you are going to want two separate and straight layers

Lemon Squares Soap Recipe Weighing Soap for the Second LayerLemon Squares Soap Recipe Weighing Soap for the Second Layer

Next, you will be getting the second soap layer ready. After the first layer has set up completely it is time to start preparing the second layer. Once we pop out the finished soaps, this will become the bottom layer in the finished soaps. So, weigh out 270 grams of the Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap into a clean, microwave safe bowl. Now, use the microwave oven to heat this soap base in 30-second intervals and stir quickly between each interval. After all the soap is in liquid form, you are ready for the next step of this process.

Lemon Squares Soap Recipe Preparing the Second LayerLemon Squares Soap Recipe Preparing the Second Layer

Now, you are going to be adding the lemon squares fragrance oil and soap colorant to your melted soap base. So, take your bowl of melted mango soap base and add 13 grams of the Lemon Squares Fragrance Oil. Then, you are going to add 1 drops of the Neon Yellow FUN Soap Colorant, 1 drop of the Yellow Oxide Soap Colorant, and a tiny amount of the Brown Oxide Soap Colorant. You can add this tiny amount of Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant with a toothpick.  Simply dip a toothpick into your bottle of brown soap colorant. Then, dip the toothpick into the soap. This will swirl a very tiny amount into your melted soap base. After, mix everything together thoroughly until it is evenly dispersed in your soap mixture.

Lemon Squares Soap Recipe Pouring the Second Layer

Next, you are going to take your soap mixture and pour it into each of the cavities of the brownie bites silicone mold. Since your first layer is entirely set up, it is safe to pour this second layer of soap. First, you are going to spray the first layer one more time with the rubbing alcohol. Doing this will help the two layers stick together better and also help prevent the layers from breaking apart later on. After, fill the remaining half of each of the 24 cavities in your mold. After you finish you should have all 24 of the cavities completely filled to the top.

Lemon Squares Soap Recipe Spraying the Second LayerLemon Squares Soap Recipe Spraying the Second Layer

Again, you will be spraying the top of your freshly poured soap in the mold. So, grab your spray bottle of rubbing alcohol. Then, lightly spray the tops all your soaps before they start to set up. Since this removes all the trapped air bubbles, spraying the rubbing alcohol should leave you with smooth soap. After you spray, you will wait a while to allow this layer to completely set up. Later, you will be removing all of your lemon squares from their cavities in the silicone soap mold. Once everything is removed you can move on to the final step!

Lemon Squares Soap Recipe Adding the Powdered SugarLemon Squares Soap Recipe Adding the Powdered Sugar

Finally, you are going to be adding the powdered sugar topping to your finished lemon square soaps! At this point, the second layer you poured should be completely set up and you will remove all your soap from the mold. This will leave you with 24 bright yellow squares that are super cute! Now, each of these square soaps will be topped with the powdered sugar to give a more realistic effect. First, make sure that each lemon square scented soap has the side that has the brighter yellow, which was created with the diamond clear soap, facing up. Otherwise, you could end up with upside down lemon squares! Nobody wants that, so make sure to pay close attention.

Then, take a spoon and scoop some of the powdered sugar. Now, sprinkle this sweet powdered sugar onto the tops of your little soaps. Then, shake off any excess powdered sugar. The sugar should stick to the tops without rubbing alcohol. It seems to stick just like it would on a real lemon square!

Lemon Squares Soap Recipe Using Your Lemon Square Soaps

After your soaps all have their powdered sugar topping put on, they are finished and you are officially done with your soaps. Finally, these little dessert soaps are ready to use! Unlike with cold process soap, there is no cure time. This is because the soap had already been through the saponification process and given time to cure before you purchased the soap. So, your creations are ready to use as soon as they set up! Obviously, you can use your lemon square soaps just like you would a typical soap bar. Since everything, including the powdered sugar, is body safe. So, you can use these soaps as a hand soap or a shower soap. Regardless, you’ll get clean and smell like delicious lemon squares!

Lemon Squares Soap Recipe More Fun Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

If you are interested in trying out more of our creative melt and pour soap design ideas, then check out the Melt and Pour Soap Recipes page on the Natures Garden website. This page is full of all our recipes that we have formulated with melt and pour soap base. We have recipes like cupcake scented soaps, cute little gumdrop soaps, fun sliced soap loaves, and everything in between! You will be sure to find so many more recipes that you will love because we have tons of creative recipes to choose from and these are the best melt and pour soap recipes out there!

Once you have created your own melt and pour soap recipe, be sure to show us what you’ve made!  We love seeing our customer’s creativity!  Post a picture of your melt and pour soaps on our Facebook page, or tag us on Instagram @ngscents.

 

May
03

Bubble Bar Recipe


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Bubble Bar RecipeBubble Bar Recipe

Our next recipe is a homemade bubble bar.  Natures Garden has had a lot of requests for a bubble bar recipe.  Well, look no further read on for some bubbly fun!  For those of you that have never used a bubble bar, bubble bars are used to create a bubble bath.  However, instead of using a liquid bubble bath, they’re a solid bar that can be crumbled and added to your bath water.  They foam like crazy and are super fun to create.  I will say it takes some practice and can be tricky to roll out, but once you perfect your technique making them becomes an addiction.  You will find your creative juices are flowing and you can’t wait to make your next batch of bubble bars.

Bubble Bar Recipe Ingredients and Supplies Available at Natures Garden

Safety Gloves
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate- SLS
Sodium Bicarbonate- Baking Soda
Cream of Tartar
Corn Starch
Vegetable Glycerin
Mango and Mandarins Fragrance Oil
Avocado Oil
FUN Soap Colorant Yelp Yellow
FUN Soap Colorant Jailhouse Red
Safety Mask
Safety Glasses
Natures Garden Apron

Bubble Bar Recipe Other Equipment and Ingredients Needed

Scale or Measuring Cups and Spoons
Mixing Bowls
Mixing Spoons
Rolling Pin
Parchment Paper or Silicone Baking Mat

Bubble Bar Recipe Total Recipe Weights

Note:  While we are giving both weight and volume measurements, we high recommend weighing the ingredients out.  This provides more accurate measurements and will give you better results when making your bubble bars.

272 grams (1 cup) Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
230 grams (1 cup) Sodium Bicarbonate – Baking Soda
112 grams (1/3 cup) Cream of Tartar
36 grams (1/3 cup) Corn Starch
110 grams (1/3 cup) Vegetable Glycerin
12 grams (1 TBSP) Avocado Oil
3 grams FUN Soap Colorant Jailhouse Red
3 grams FUN Soap Colorant Yelp Yellow
7 grams Mango and Mandarins Fragrance Oil

Bubble Bar Recipe Preparing the Dry Ingredients

Bubble Bar Recipe Preparing the Dry IngredientsBefore you begin you want to put on your protective clothing.  So, make sure you put on your gloves, glasses, and mask.  First, we will weigh out your dry ingredients.  In a deep mixing bowl weigh out 272 grams sodium lauryl sulfate or 1 cup, 230 grams or 1 cup Sodium Bicarbonate – Baking Soda, 112 grams Cream of Tartar or 1/3 cup, and 36 grams Corn Starch or 1/3 cup.  Next, use your hands to mix the ingredients together.  As you are mixing you want to make sure you are breaking up any clumps of powder you find.

Bubble Bar Recipe Adding the Wet Ingredients

Bubble Bar Recipe Adding the Wet IngredientsNow, we will add our wet ingredients.  First, add about 12 grams of avocado oil, which is the same as about 1 tablespoon.  Then,  add your vegetable glycerin.  You will need to add 110 grams or about 1/3 cup.  Next, add your fragrance oil. You will need to add 7 grams of the Mango and Mandarins Fragrance Oil.  Finally, use your hands to mix the ingredients together.  Make sure the ingredients are thoroughly and evenly combined.  You will end up with a dough like consistency.

Bubble Bar Recipe Coloring Your Dough

Bubble Bar Recipe Coloring Your DoughNow, we will begin dividing our dough.  For this recipe, we chose two colors.  So, go ahead and divide the dough into two equal parts.  We will need one half to be yellow and the other half a red-orange color.  Once you have divided your dough, place them in separate bowls.  Then, to the first bowl, add 3 grams of Jailhouse Red FUN Soap Colorant.  Use your hands to mix the dough and incorporate the colorant.  Then, roll the dough into a ball.  This will make it easier to roll out evenly.

 

Bubble Bar Recipe Coloring Your Dough

 

Next, to the other bowl with the remaining dough, you will be coloring, add about 3 grams of the Yelp Yellow FUN Soap Colorant.  Again, use your hands to incorporate the yellow colorant.  Once you have incorporated the colorant, you will want to roll the yellow portion into a ball as well.  Set this one aside, for now, we will come back to it after we roll out the jailhouse red dough.

 

Bubble Bar Recipe Rolling the Dough

Bubble Bar Recipe Rolling the DoughNext, we will begin rolling out our dough.  You want to place your dough on either a piece of parchment paper or a silicone rolling mat.  Dust the parchment paper with baking soda.  This will prevent the dough from sticking to the paper.  Be careful not to use too much.  Do the same with your rolling pin.  Now, flatten your coral colored dough a bit and then use your rolling pin to finish rolling out the dough.  If you would like, you can place a piece of parchment paper on top of the dough and roll.  This will help make the dough a little bit smoother.  You want to roll your dough out, creating a rectangular shape.  Then, place the yellow dough right on top of the coral colored dough.  Finally, roll the yellow dough out to match the shape and size of the previous layer as closely as you can.  It is okay if the layers don’t match up perfectly, just get as close as you can.

Bubble Bar Recipe Rolling the Dough into a Loaf

Bubble Bar Recipe Rolling the Dough into a Loaf

 

Finally, we will be rolling our dough.  First, we recommend transferring your dough to a clean piece of parchment paper or mat.  You want to start with the side closest to you.  Use your parchment paper to help you roll.  Roll a little, then pull the parchment paper back.  Then, roll a bit more, and again, pull the paper back.

 

 

 

 

 

Continue rolling until your bubble bar dough is a completely rolled loaf.  Once you have finished it will look sort of like a pumpkin roll or jelly roll, except a very pretty bright coral and yellow color.  One you have rolled the loaf carefully transfer it to a clean piece of parchment paper.

 

 

Bubble Bar Recipe Slicing Your Dough

Bubble Bar Recipe Slicing Your Dough

 

Now, you will begin slicing the dough.  You want to slice them in about 1 to 2 inch sections.  Once you have sliced your loaf you will need to wait for it to harden.  This will take about 24 hours.  However, it can take longer a few days.

 

 

Bubble Bar Recipe Using a Bubble Bar

Bubble Bar Recipe Using a Bubble Bar

 

Lastly, once your bubble bars have hardened, they are ready to use.  For the best results crumble your bubble bar under warm running bath water.  Then, sit back and enjoy a nice, relaxing bubble bath.  Show us your bubble bar creations!  We always love seeing how our customers have used our products.  Tag us on Instagram @ngscents or post pictures on our Facebook page.  For even more recipe ideas and classes, be sure to check out our recipe box here.

 

Aug
28

Finding the Perfect Soap Recipe


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Soaping with knowledge, experience, and confidence.

With such a variety of soaping bases, fats, and oils available in the market, one can easily see where the excitement can collide with frustration, especially if you are new to soaping.  We strive for a perfect recipe, but where to begin, the possibilities are endless.  From this soap making blog series, we have already gone over the different types of soaping processes, soap safety, and soaping terminology.  Now, we seek out creating the perfect soaping recipe.

Soap is made by the chemical reaction that occurs when mixing fatty acids, lye, and water.  The lye component actually works as an emulsifier, bonding the fatty oils and water together.  Without the lye, this bond would never form.  These 3 elements, fatty acids, lye, and water are all essential components to the saponification process.

Each soaping oil/butter has a fatty acid composition, and since every oil/butter is different, so is their fatty acid composition.  It is through the variance of each fatty acid composition that important soaping characteristics and qualities are found.   Let’s briefly look at some of the most common fatty acids, as well as, the qualities that are provided by them in a cured bar of soap.

Lauric Acid:  Provides hardness, cleansing, and bubbly lather.

Linoleic Acid:  Provides conditioning

Myristic Acid:  Provides hardness, cleansing, and bubbly lather.

Oleic Acid:  Provides conditioning

Palmitic Acid:  Provides hardness and a creamy lather

Ricinoleic Acid:  Provides conditioning, bubbly lather, and a creamy lather.

Stearic Acid:  Provides hardness and a creamy lather.

As you can see, each and every element that is put into your soaping recipe has distinct benefits or uses, and some ingredients can also inhibit certain soap bar qualities.  Please also notice, that none of the fatty acids allow for all five of the soaping qualities that you are looking for in a bar of soap.  This is why; in order to find a good symmetry among these qualities, a soaping recipe usually contains several different oils (fatty acids).

In order to create a quality bar of soap, it is necessary to find a balance between hardness, cleansing, conditioning, bubbly lather, and creamy lather. This usually involves using a combination of oils/butters in your soap recipe. A typical bar soap recipe calls for 38% water content, and a 5% superfat (the percentage of oils that do not saponifiy).

Here are the values for a typical bar of soap; they are presented in a range:

Hardness 29 to 54
Cleansing 12 to 22
Conditioning 44 to 69
Bubbly lather 14 to 46
Creamy lather 16 to 48

There is however, one example of a soap recipe that can be done with just one oil.  For people who are allergic to nuts, olive oil soap can be made with just that…olive oil.  No allergen worries.  Once this bar has cured though, you have a nice conditioning soap bar that will not leave your hands dry, but, that same soap bar also will not produce a nice lather, and will be very limited in cleansing ability.  This is why being aware of all of the capabilities of your oils, fats, butters, and additives will give you a distinct advantage over other soap bars in the market.

Remember, since all oils have their own fatty acid makeup, they also have specific saponification or SAP values.  This is why it is extremely important that once the ingredients of your soaping recipe are calculated, you MUST use those oils.  They cannot be exchanged out for other soaping oils without recalculating your recipe.

Feeling overwhelmed yet?  Don’t!  We know that this is a lot of information to grasp.  This is why if you are new to soaping, it is our suggestion that you try a recipe that has already been tried and tested.  Doing this will allow you to initiate yourself with the soaping instruction and procedure.  Performing the steps from beginning to end will also give you a firsthand experience of the soaping method and key properties of the saponification process like trace or gel phase.

Congratulations Newbies!  Now is the time where we are actually going to make our first batch together.

If you have not read our blog on soap making safety, please do so now

http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/blog/soap-making-safety/

Working with lye can be very dangerous!

We have already went slightly ahead, and provided you below a recipe for your 1st time soaping.

Here is what you will need for a 2 pound batch:

6 ounces of Coconut Oil, 76 degree

8.4 ounces of Olive Oil Pomace

8.4 ounces Palm Oil

1.2 ounces of Castor Oil

1.5 ounces of a body safe fragrance oil ie Oatmeal Milk & Honey

9.12 ounces of Distilled Water

3.393 ounces of lye (NaOH)

This recipe range for soap bar quality is:

Hardness 43
Cleansing 17
Conditioning 54
Bubbly lather 22
Creamy lather 31

As you will notice all of the qualities fall within the suggested range nicely.  This soap recipe will give you a balanced overall bar of soap.

When selecting your body safe fragrance oil, please take the time to review the CP soap results.  We have a link with all of our fragrance oils listed alphabetically with the CP results:

http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/mas_assets/pdf/fragrtest.pdf

Good Luck and remember, once you feel confident with your testing recipe, it is time to break the mold and explore the realm of crafting your own soap recipe.  Soap that is completely made by scratch, every ingredient controlled by you!

A very informative class has been created to help you find exactly which ingredients you may want to consider using in your recipe.  Here is the link:

http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/mas_assets/pdf/soapoils.pdf

As you looking at all of the various fats/oils/butters that are capable for soaping recipes, jot down or note any of interest.

In the next class, we will review how to use the soap calculator!

Jun
26

Homemade Facial Mask Recipe


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I have come to a grave realization lately.  An awkward awareness that I would rather keep locked up and to myself.   I am trying to embrace this change, and I feel that sharing this with you may be the first step in my acceptance.  Although, let the record state that there still is a fight left in this dog.  I have hit an unwritten milestone in my life.  It may not be a celebrated achievement, but part of me has always known that this was inevitable.   I am old!

I know, I know, some people may look at me (at age 31) and say… “No honey, you are still young…”, but I know that you are slightly stretching the truth.  But, thanks for trying to make me feel better!  The real truth is, for the first time in my life, I am no longer in the young crowd.

To get down to the nitty gritty, the signs have been evident for quite some time now.   I have lost my touch with understanding the generation below me.  I look at them, like what they are wearing specifically, and ask myself when did this become the hip thing.  See, right there, I used the word hip… is this yet another sign?

To give you a little more insight, one of my guilty pleasures is gossip magazines.  I thoroughly love reading  the buzz on celebrities, even though I know it may not be true.  I just enjoy being in the know of the rumor mill.  But, now I feel betrayed.  As I fervently flip through the pages, scanning each headline and photo, I am coming to grasp that I do not know these people.  They are not my regular celebrities.  In fact, who are these kids… and when did they start gracing the pages.  Did I fall off the face of the planet and someone forget to tell me?

More than feeling out of touch, I am lost in general when it comes down to it.  My youngest sister is 19.  She is currently living with me.   We have a blast together, just like the old days when we were all growing up in the same house.   Yet, there is an adult part of me that just does not understand her.  The music she listens to, the zany hairdo’s, and the vibrant colors embellishing her face and nails.  I am so out of the loop.

More than the outside world, I seemed to be obsessed with my own physical aging.  It is almost as if I am trying to win an uphill battle.  When did this all happen?  I see myself every day, and I never noticed any of this.  I see wrinkles on my face.   There are numerous, very evident gray hairs that daunt me.  Sometimes, when I walk past a mirror, I even see my mother’s face.  (I meant that nicely, love you mom.)  Just the other day, I noticed crumpled, puckered skin above my knees.  This all has to stop!

Visualize the famous oil painting The Scream of Nature by Edvard Munch, and you will see how I am feeling right now; out of place, unsure, lost, unrecognizable, scared.

So, I am calling myself to arms.  I am not going to sit back and watch myself grow old without a war.  This fight is about to get physical, and I am engaging the first round of battle myself.  I am smart, sophisticated, and ready to face the aging battle.  Here come the facial masks.

Skin care is super important, as I am sure you all know.  Youthfulness is wasted on the youth, boy if that ain’t the truth.  I can actually remember distinctly not listening to adults who told me to take care of myself when I was young… I always thought that I had more time.  But, isn’t that the story for everything.

So, now I am taking action.  And in true perfection, Natures Garden has just ventured into the realm of herbs.  How exciting is this.

I decided among the long list of things to youthfulize myself (yes, I did in fact make that word up), I would start with my face.  I figured this would be as good as any aspect to start on since my face is what everyone sees.

Making a facial mask is super easy, quick, and very rewarding.  It just so happens that Natures Garden carries all of these supplies too!

Here are the ingredients for a Refreshing Green Clay Mask:

24 grams French Green Clay powder

6 grams vegetable glycerin

2 grams peppermint leaf powder

2 grams of peppermint leaf cut and sifted

Step 1:  Weigh out and mixed the dry ingredients together and set aside (except for the peppermint leaves cut and sifted).

Step 2:  Make a strong peppermint tea infusion by pouring a small amount of hot water over the peppermint leaves cut and sifted and allow them to steep.

Step 3:  Strain the peppermint leaves infusion through a coffee filter to remove the leaves.

Step 4:  Using 18 grams of the peppermint tea, add 6 grams of vegetable glycerin to it and stir.

Step 5:  Now, pour this mixture over the dry ingredients and stir.

Step 6:  Apply generously to your face and allow to dry completely.

Now, I am not going to lie to you, this mask gets tight.  I couldn’t move a single muscle in my face once the mask hardened, but it was so worth the slight discomfort.  I left the mask on for about 20 minutes.  I waited until it was completely dry and hard.  Then I simply washed it off with warm water.  What was left was a rejuvenated, younger looking face; my new face.

My skin was baby butt soft.  My pores, especially the ones on and around my nose, were tiny again.  My T-zone area was not shiny at all.  It was face perfection for me.  I am now a huge fan of Natures Garden facials!

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Feb
15

New Homemade Conditioner Recipe


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In case you haven’t noticed yet, I am a huge advocate of trying new things.  Recently, I had the chance to expand my knowledge and crafting skill to a new level.  Spoiler Alert:  I am in love!

With all the fun and exciting recipes that are filling up Natures Garden’s recipe box on the homepage, I decided that I would take a chance and try something new myself.  I was quite intrigued by several of the recipes; however, I wanted to choose something that was going to be a little challenging.  It was while I was looking over the various recipes that I realized I have actually never made anything bath and body from scratch.

We have been working with Kim (our CP tester) from Natures Art for the last few months, so I decided that I was going to try one of her recipes.  As I am sure that you can already tell by the picture, I selected the conditioner recipe to try my hand at.

Embarking on a new creative journey, I anxiously prepped my crafting area, read through the directions (another spoiler alert… super easy), and grabbed all of the supplies that I needed.   Wow, making homemade conditioner is quite rewarding.  The most time consuming part of the whole recipe was the boiling aspect.  After that is was amazingly simple.

As soon as I finished, I rushed to the bathroom to quickly wash my hair and give the conditioner a try.  The silkiness and warmth (since I had literally just finished making it) was heavenly.  Not only did my hair smell amazing (I used Vandra Orchid Fragrance Oil), but I was really taken back by the lack of tangles.  My hair is quite lengthy and on the thin side, brushing it after a shower has been something that I’ve hated to do since I was a small child.  However, with this new conditioner… I was able to comb straight through, no brush required.  Not wanting to count my chickens before they hatch, I waited to see how my hair felt after it had dried… my results were that my hair had never been so shiny and soft.

Mad kudos to Kim Sanchez of Natures Art for the fabulous recipe.  I was so excited about this new product that I decided to share it with all 5 of my sisters; and needless to say I will be hosting a conditioner party at my house this weekend. I am even going to make special conditioner for my girls scented in the fun Fruity Rings Fragrance Oil.  They are going to love it!

This recipe is one that I highly recommend to everyone.  It is easy, has very few ingredients, and is definitely worth the time and effort.  Plus, for an added bonus, after you are finished testing your new hair conditioner; may I suggest jamming to Willow Smith’s Whip My Hair for added fun!  It is a blast!

Have hair that is sleek, sexy, sassy, and smells sooooo good.

To view the recipe (you know that you want to), click Aloe Cucumber Hair Conditioner.  Feel free to swap out the Cucumber Aloe fragrance oil for another, just pay attention to the IFRA percentage for safe recommended usage.

If you are interested in other fun recipes, check out the recipe box on Natures Garden Homepage.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Jan
09

Soap Hearts with Love Messages


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SOAP HEARTS WITH LOVE MESSAGES

Stackable soap hearts with a hidden, laminated love message.

INGREDIENTS:
Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap
Natural Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap
Neon Pink FUN Liquid Soap Colorant
Tomato Red FUN Liquid Soap Colorant
Passionate Kisses Fragrance Oil
Stackable Hearts Mold
Transfer Pipettes
Glass Pyrex Measuring Cup with spout
Ribbon for Decorating
Love Messages
Laminating sheets

Directions:
Note: Each block of Natures Garden’s Melt and Pour Soap is perforated into 40 cubes. Each cube is approximately 1 oz.
1. Prepare Red Heart:
A. Melt 2 cubes of glycerin melt and pour soap in microwave in 15 second increments until completely melted. Add ½ teaspoon of passionate kisses fragrance oil and 2 drops of tomato red FUN liquid soap color. Stir. Pour mixture into largest heart mold. Spritz with alcohol to remove air bubbles.
2. Prepare Pink Heart:
A. Melt 1 ½ cubes of Natural Goat’s Milk melt and pour soap in microwave in 15 second increments until completely melted. Add ¼ teaspoon passionate kisses fragrance oil and 1 drop Neon pink FUN liquid soap color. Stir. Pour mixture into medium sized heart mold. Spritz with alcohol to remove air bubbles.
3. Prepare White Heart:
A. Melt 1 cube of Natural Goat’s Milk melt and pour soap in microwave in 15 second increments until completely melted. Add 1/8 teaspoon passionate kisses fragrance oil . Stir. Pour mixture into small sized heart mold. Spritz with alcohol to remove air bubbles.
4. Allow soap to set up. We allow our soap to set up in the refrigerator or freezer so that it releases more easily from the molds. Pop out of molds.
5. Prepare your love messages by printing out the free love messages we provided, laminate them, and carefully cut them out.
6. Place a love message between the large heart and the medium heart.
7. Place white heart on top.
8. Tie ribbon around all three hearts.

Natures Garden Candles and Soaps Supplies