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Mar
20

Five Bath Salt Recipes


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Five Bath Salt RecipesFive Bath Salt Recipes

We are excited to be sharing five new bath salt recipes with you all today! Each of these bath salts use only a few ingredients and they have very simple steps to follow along with. These are a fun way to incorporate natural flowers, herbs, and powders into your handcrafted recipes. The herbal ingredients we chose to use contain a lot of benefits and are sure to soothe you and your skin during bath time. We also use these herbs from Natures Garden to make massage oil, bath melts, and sugar scrubs. Many other recipes use our powders as well, including facial masks, bath bombs, and cold process soap. You can also check out some of our soap making recipes to make your own soaps too. Now we can get started on making these five bath salt recipes!

The Benefits of Using a Bath Salt Recipe

If you have never used a bath salt before in your bath, then we will give you benefits that bath salts can provide to you. There are many natural minerals that are used in bath salts, and one of the benefits that you can get from using these is to draw out impurities from your skin. Also, if you are always working in outdoor environments, there are certain bath salts that you can make that will draw out different toxins, oil, and dirt from your skin. This will leave you with a sense of always feeling squeaky clean after every use. If you also have issues with blood circulation and are always feeling drained, then some bath salts can help circulate blood through your body.

Different Herbs that you Can Use in Your Bath Salt Recipe

Your options aren’t limited when it comes to the number of different herbs that you can use with your bath salts. Each herb contains its own share of benefits, and there are many available for you to use. One of the more popular herbs that you can use in your bath salts is lavender. Lavender, when used in bath salts, has been known to remove nervous tension, and relax the user. Another herb that can be used is rose petals. Rose petals have a natural oil that is secreted in warm water that keeps skin moisturized, soft, and glowing. There are many other herbs you can use and try to experiment with to create your own bath bomb recipe!

Pink Salt Bubble Bath RecipePink Salt Bubble Bath Recipe

This first recipe that will be showing you is meant to keep your skin feeling smooth and silky after taking a bath. The pink salt bubble bath recipe is wonderful. They only take a few ingredients, which have great benefits for the skin. To make this bath salt recipe, you will need to get the following ingredients, which can be found on the Natures Garden website:

  1. Himalayan Pink Salt Coarse Ground
  2. Epsom Salt
  3. Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate- SLSA
  4. Hyacinth Fragrance Oil
  5. 8 oz. Clear PET JAR
  6. White Straight Smooth Lid 70/400

Himalayan pink salt is known for its purity and for having so many minerals. There are also a lot of medical benefits believed to be associated with this salt. In this industry, it is commonly added to facial scrubs, salt scrubs, and bath bombs, such as with our Sangria Shimmer Bath Bomb. SLSA is a natural surfactant that provides plenty of foam and lather to cosmetic products, which are simply the perfect qualities to have for any bath. This pink salt bubble bath recipe is layered with one portion of Himalayan salt and the other portion a mix of Epsom salt and SLSA, each scented with Hyacinth fragrance oil.

Lavender and Rose Bath Salts RecipeLavender and Rose Bath Salts Recipe

Our next recipe is this beautiful bath salts floral combination. It brings together roses, lavender flowers, as well as elderflowers. These are just some of the herbs sold by Natures Garden.

  1. Epsom Salt
  2. Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate- SCI
  3. Rose Buds & Petals Red
  4. Lavender Flowers Whole Select
  5. Elder Flowers Whole
  6. Mica- DIAMOND DUST Pigment 1 oz
  7. Chance of a Lifetime Fragrance Oil
  8. Fillable Teabags

One of the main components of the floral bath salts recipe is roses. Roses are used all of the time in cosmetic products, soap, lotion, potpourri, and even in lip balms. They are so widely used since they are thought to induce relaxation, as well as for having anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. We mentioned fillable teabags in the ingredients because of the flowers in these bath salts. Some people prefer to use a teabag with recipes like this in order to avoid herbs going down their drain. This is optional and is completely up to your personal preference. Another unique feature about this bath salt recipe is that it also uses whole lavender flowers. As mentioned above, lavender flowers can be used to reduce anxiety and induce a calming sensation for you. So, if you are ever stressed, then this bath salt recipe is perfect for soothing your mind.

Chamomile Bath Salts RecipeChamomile Bath Salts Recipe

1. Dead Sea Salt High Minerals Course Ground
2. Vanilla POWDER
3. Cashmere Type Fragrance Oil
4. Da BOMB Soap Dye- YELLOW 1 oz.
5. Chamomile Flowers German Whole
6. Calendula Flowers- Whole
7. Fillable Tea Bags with Pull Strings

Next, let’s look at the relaxing bath salts recipe. The Da BOMB soap dyes at Natures Garden perform phenomenally. They are water soluble liquid dyes that are safe to be used to color soap, slime, smelly jellies, as well as some bath products. For now, we sell these in blue, red, and yellow, which could also be mixed together to form additional colors. Once again, you can use a fillable tea bag to put the chamomile and calendula flowers so they do not go down your drain. An amazing benefit of using chamomile flowers in your bath salt is that it contains many great antioxidants. These antioxidants will help with protecting your skin from any external free radicals. Also, the chamomile will help you to relax when in the bathtub if you’ve had a rough day.

Bubble Bath Salts RecipeBubble Bath Salts Recipe

This bubble bath salts recipe is the perfect recipe to create if you enjoy dark hues of blue. The ingredients that make this amazing bath salt include:

Hawaiian Black Salt Coarse Ground
Epsom Salt
Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSA)
Mica- DIAMOND DUST Pigment 1 oz
NG Blue Hydrangea Type Fragrance Oil
Da BOMB Soap Dye- Red 1oz.
Da BOMB Soap Dye- Blue 1 oz.
FUN Soap Colorant- Ultramarine Violet 1oz.
8 oz. Clear PET JAR
White Straight Smooth Lid 70/400

These bath salts use really unique shades of blue. You can create these shades of colors using Da BOMB Soap Dye Blue colorant. Also, it blends well with the ultramarine fun soap colorant to make spectacular layers in the bath salt. A unique feature of this bath salt is the use of Hawaiian Black Salt Coarse Grounds. These coarse grounds are rich in potassium which is great in relaxing muscles and reducing the effects of muscle cramps. You will not want to get out of the bathtub after using this spectacular bath salt recipe. Also, to add a unique shiny gleam to the bath salt, we use Mica Diamond Dust Pigment to really make your bath shine with sparkly blues. So, try making this inexpensive bath salt recipe yourself from the comfort of your home, and reap in the benefits of this amazing bath salt.

Epsom Salt Bubble Bath RecipeEpsom Salt Bubble Bath Recipe

Lastly, the final recipe we want to share in this blog is our Epsom salt bubble bath recipe. The ingredients needed to make this recipe are:

Hawaiian Black Salt Coarse Ground
Epsom Salt
Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate- SLSA
NG Blue Hydrangea Type Fragrance Oil
FUN Soap Colorant- Ultramarine Violet 1 oz.
Da BOMB Soap Dye- RED 1oz.
Da BOMB Soap Dye- BLUE 1oz.
MICA- DIAMOND DUST Pigment 1oz
8 oz. Clear PET JAR
White Straight Smooth Lid 70/400

The Hawaiian black sea salt sold at Natures Garden is completely natural. This sea salt derives from the Pacific sea which allowed it to absorb many natural minerals. This bath salt uses NG Blue Hydrangea Type Fragrance Oil which will add a great floral scent to your bath. This fragrance oil captures the scent of a sun kissed hydrangea flower that perfectly replicates the Yankee scent. This recipe is wonderful to make in the springtime, because it will smell just like a flower bed in your bathroom while you are soaking in this bath salt. Just like all of the other bath salts, this bubble bath salt recipe will leave you feeling relaxed when you are finished using it.

Enjoy Your Bath Salts!

We hope that you enjoyed following along with us and learning how to make these five bath salt recipes! When you are ready to use them, simply pour some into your warm bath water and watch them dissolve into your water. As you can see, many of these bath salts contain their own unique colors and traits. There are many different benefits that many different herbs can bring to your bathing experience, and you can see them in the above descriptions. It’s not only as fun making these bath salt recipes, but you will enjoy soaking in them too, and we hope you enjoy these recipes!

Unique Uses for your Everyday Herbs

Since many of these bath salt recipes use herbs, here we are going to talk about many other unique uses for herbs that you can use for yourself. This article called “12 Unusual and Interesting Uses For Herbs” mentions different ways that you can use herbs, and some of them you probably haven’t ever heard of. Oregano is a common household herb that many people always use in their cooking, but little did they know it can be used to combat the common cold. The oil in oregano leaves can aid in the process of clearing your sinuses. Also, this oil has been known to aid in reducing inflammation. Also, if you always have a tendency to suffer from headaches, then peppermint is the right choice for you.

Disclaimers

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of these recipes that are 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 your responsibility to follow all FDA regulations. We cannot offer advice on where to purchase products and ingredients listed in our recipes that 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 may encounter with the finished products.

The herbs sold by Natures Garden are for external use only. We do not sell them as food items. The information we provide is for educational purposes only. None of this is intended to treat, cure, diagnose, or prevent any disease. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets. Pregnant women or women who are lactating should take special care when handling herbs. Natures Garden does not accept any responsibility, written or implied, for the products you make with our herbs. Prior testing is the responsibility of the customer.

Nov
22

Melting Snowman Candle Project


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Melting Snowman Candle ProjectMelting Snowman Candle Project

In this blog we are highlighting a brand new homemade candle that we recently made! This is a recipe original to Natures Garden, as we have not seen it done before. We wanted to try something new and make a cute craft for the holidays! This melting snowman candle project was the perfect Christmas creation for our vision. Our candle project is an added bonus for anyone out there who loves snowmen decorations as well. The scent from the Snowman Balls Fragrance Oil really gives it the smell of a minty Christmas! It can be used as a decorative candle around the house, or it could be given as a cute, fun, unique gift to any friends, family, coworkers, teachers, and more! Although this is a newer recipe of ours, the Natures Garden website carries MANY homemade products such as embed molds, fragrances, and ornaments that are related to Christmas. These can be used to make several more fun, homemade, Christmas recipes! We even have a free class section dedicated to all sorts of Christmas Craft Recipes, including cold process soap, bath bombs, potpourri, and candles. Now we can go ahead and get started with this melting snowman candle project!

Ingredients Found at Natures Garden:

Joy Wax- 1 SLAB
BEESWAX White Pastilles
Snowman Balls Fragrance Oil
Yellow Color Blocks Dye
Orange Color Blocks Dye
Spectrum Liquid Candle Dye- BLACK 1 oz.
CD Candle Wicks (100 wicks)
POURING POT
Flexible Silicone Mat

Directions:

Other Ingredients & Equipment You’ll Need:

(4) 16 oz Glass Apothecary Jars
Scale
Bowls
Stove-top Pot
Hand Mixer
Mixing Spoons
Knife
Hot Glue Gun and Stick

Before we begin, it is important to make sure that you have a clean work space to create this project. Sanitize all of your packaging materials before using them. As you should know, only use materials that are for soap making and candle making. Do not ever put food or anything like that in these same packaging materials. Especially with soap, since lye can be deadly if ingested. It is suggested that you wear gloves and protective clothing when preparing this recipe.

This recipe will make approximately 4 scented candles.

Prepare the Double BoilerPrepare a Double Boiler

As usual, we are going to be using the double boiler method to make this recipe. Grab a normal stove-top pot that you use only for soap making and candle making. You will also need a pouring pot. Place a couple inches of water in the stove-top pot and put it on the burner to heat it up. Then, each time you need to melt an ingredient for this recipe, add it to the pouring pot and place that inside of the stove-top pot. The first thing we need to melt is the Beeswax.

Melting the Beeswax

To begin, we need to weigh out 5 grams of the Beeswax White Pastilles. This type of wax is extracted and filtered from the honeycomb of a beehive. Beeswax is commonly used in cosmetics, toiletries, and candle making. As we mentioned, this will be the first ingredient that we melt using the double boiler method. Place the beeswax into your pouring pot and add that to the heated water that is in the stove-top pot.

Incorporating the Orange and Yellow ColorantsIncorporating the Orange and Yellow Colorants

Once the beeswax white pastilles have completely melted, we are going to incorporate the colorants. These will be essential for the faces of the snowmen. Using the color blocks dye, shave off a tiny piece of the yellow color dye and a very tiny piece of the orange color dye. Add both of them to the melted beeswax. After everything has fully melted together, transfer the mixture to a plate to allow them to set up for about a minute.

Wipe out the contents from the pouring pot that are left over from creating the orange colorant. Next, measure out an additional 5 grams of the beeswax white pastilles. Put them into a pouring pot and melt them down again with the double boiler method. Then, add one drop of the black spectrum liquid candle dye. Once it has evenly mixed in with the beeswax, pour it out onto a plate just as we did before. Give this about a minute to set up.

Pouring Out the ColorantsCreating the Facial Pieces of the Snowman

Once the color blocks are set up, it is time to cut our pieces out! Using a knife, we are going to cut out snowman noses with the orange portion. All you need to do is angle the knife to create a long triangular shaped nose. Then, we need to shape the snowman eyes and mouth out of the black portion. To do this, take the knife and hold it vertically. Place it in the black portion and move it in a circular Creating the Facial Pieces of the Snowmanmotion. We made four black circles for the mouth and obviously two for the eyes. Now you will have all of the parts to their faces that you need! We will of course place each of these onto the snowmen heads in a later step so hang tight!

Weighing Out the Joy WaxWeighing Out the Joy Wax

Now, weigh out two pounds of the Natures Garden Joy Wax. This was created by Natures Garden and is only sold here! Joy Wax is a great container candle wax which provides both hot and cold scent throw. It also requires zero curing time! Fragrance holds much more to Joy Wax than other types of wax on the market, and there is no seeping. It only requires a single pour, it clings to jars really nicely, and its appearance is both glossy and creamy. When you weigh it out for this recipe, it does not need to be exact–as you can see from the picture, we measured a little bit over two pounds. Put the Joy Wax into the pouring pot, place it in the stove-top pot with heated water once again, and melt it down.

Incorporating the Fragrance OilIncorporating the Fragrance Oil

Measure out 2.5 ounces of Snowman Balls Fragrance Oil. We have not gotten to use this fragrance in many recipes, so we decided to incorporate it into this one. It is very fitting for a melting snowman candle and fits right into winter and the holiday theme! This fragrance oil is an original scent made by Natures Garden. It blends together the scents of peppercorn, nutmeg, fresh clove, elderberries, blackberries, plums, green oak moss, carbonated pop, and to top it off, cool mint. The main element of this scent that comes through is the cool mint, which fits right in with winter. It is also a great fragrance to use in body perfume, soap, bath oils, lotions, potpourri, and incense! After you measure out the 2.5 ounces, add them to the melted Joy Wax.

Combining the MixtureCombining the Mixture

Once you have taken the melted mixture of the Joy Wax and Snowman Balls Fragrance Oil off of the burner, pour it into a mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer with attachments, begin stirring the mixture back and forth. Doing this step will prevent any clumps from forming at the bottom of the bowl. Once this has been done for a minute or so, set the electric mixer to the side. Then, get a larger mixing bowl and put some ice cubes in it. Place the smaller bowl with the mixture in it inside of the larger bowl. Doing this with the ice in the larger bowl will allow the mixture to cool down much more quickly.

Forming the MixtureForming the Mixture

Once you have your bowl with the mixture inside of the larger bowl with ice, it will begin to cool down. Start by stirring it with a mixing spoon every once in a while. Then, use the electric mixer once again to begin thickening the mixture. Continue stirring until it becomes the consistency of a thick frosting.

Setting Up the WicksSetting Up the Wicks

Meanwhile, you can start setting up the CD candle wicks in the candle jars while you wait for the mixture to keep cooling down. We used the Natures Garden CD candle wicks in 100 count. We also sell Hemp, Zinc Core, and HTP candle wicks in sample size, 100, and 1000 count. Take your candle wicks and get a hot glue gun with a hot glue stick. Squirt a small amount of the glue onto the silver part of the wick. Then, stick them to the bottom of each of the candle jars, quickly, before the glue dries. Make sure to center them.

Pouring the Mixture Into JarsPouring the Mixture into the Jars

After you have your candle wicks set up and centered in the jars, pour your thick frosting like mixture into each of the candle jars. Try your best to avoid pouring it over the candle wicks. Now your candles can have a bit of time to set up while we make the snowman heads!

The first thing we need to do is to weigh out one pound of Natures Garden Joy Wax. Put it into the pouring pot once again, in the stove-top pot with the heated water and melt it. We are going to use this portion of Joy Wax for the heads of the snowmen. When the wax has fully melted, add in one ounce of the Snowman Balls Fragrance Oil once again.

Forming the Mixture to Create the Snowman HeadsForming the Mixture to Create the Snowmen Heads

Next, transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and place it inside of a larger bowl with ice once again. It will cool down much faster with this method, which we need to happen in order to add them onto the candle jars. You can alternate between the electric mixer and a mixing spoon to stir it all up. Continue to stir and mix until it finally becomes thick enough to roll into balls. This step may take a while because it takes time for the mixture to become that thick for the snowmen heads. Keep working with it and it will eventually become as thick as the picture shows!

Rolling Out the Snowman HeadsRolling Out the Snowmen Heads

The next step is to actually create the heads of the snowmen with that thick mixture of Joy Wax and Snowman Balls Fragrance Oil. Take out a silicone mat to make it easier to roll these into balls. Roll your wax into four balls, one head for each jar. Decorate them with the eyes, nose, and mouth pieces that we cut out. Allow the balls to set up in the freezer for about ten minutes to harden. Since Joy Wax is so soft and smooth, touching it can quickly cause it to start melting. Placing them in the freezer after they have been formed will help to make it easier when placing them in the candle jars.

Using a straw, poke holes through the center of the snowman heads. Push the straw completely through each of the heads. This step is necessary in order to feed the candle wicks through the heads.

Finishing the Melting Snowman Candle ProjectFinishing the Melting Snowman Candle Project

Finally, you can place each of the balls on top of the melted snowman bodies in your candle jars. Feed the CD candle wicks through the hole in the snowman heads. Trim the candle wicks and your project is all finished! Although this picture only depicts three candles, the recipe does make enough for a fourth candle. Thanks for following along and we hope that you enjoyed making these adorable Melting Snowman Candles!

Reach out on our social media to share with us your own Melted Snowman Candle Project! Our Facebook page is under Natures Garden, and the handle @ngscents can be searched to find us on either Instagram or Twitter.

Trying Out a Recipe for Melted Snowman Cookies

Not only can you create these awesome melted snowman candles, but you can also try out a cookie recipe for the holidays! These are Melted Snowman Sugar Cookies from a recipe by Betty Crocker. They are simple to make with only six ingredients. We think that this would be the perfect dish to bring to family gatherings this Christmas if you would like to try it out for yourself!

Nov
14

Olive Oil in Soap Making


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Olive Oil PomaceOlive Oil in Soap Making

At Natures Garden we have many different methods for soap making, which we like to share with our customers through website descriptions, recipes, pictures, and videos. You can hot process soap, cold process soap, or make melt and pour soap, as some examples. We also sell many different waxes, butters, and oils that you can use to make your soap. For instance, we have Joy Wax, Pillar of Bliss Wax, Shea butter, cocoa butter, castor oil, and what we will be discussing today: olive oil. You will be learning a lot about our Pomace Olive Oil and how to use olive oil in soap making. There are so many recipes on our website that use this product, which we will introduce you to. Whether you are trying this method out for the first time, or you are an experienced master at it, there is a lot to learn!

Pomace Olive Oil

Using olive oil in soap making is actually a very common method. It is generally the number one oil used in most soap makers’ recipes! This oil is easily available, easy to use, and highly beneficial, which is why it is so common. Pomace olive oil is both thick and rich in texture. It has a greener shade than some other olive oils out there that are more yellow in color. Extra virgin olive oil and Grade A oils are made from the pits of olives that go through solvent extraction. Once there have been multiple pressings and extractions, what is left over is what makes up the pomace grade olive oil.

There are multiple reasons that this is such a common ingredient in soap making. Many essential fatty acids are present in olive oil including palmitic, stearic, oleic, linoleic, and linolenic. Olive oil is rich in antioxidants and these ingredients provide benefits for the hair and the scalp when used in shampoo. They help promote health of the scalp, treat dry scalp, and can treat hair loss. It boosts hair growth because it massages and increases blood flow to the hair follicles as well. There are additional benefits that olive oil provides to the skin. It is incredibly moisturizing, which makes it a popular element of massage oils. Olive oil is used to make bars of soap that are a good hard texture. You can also use olive oil to make lip balms, scrubs, lotions, and more!

Castile Soap

Castile is one type of soap that is made from 100% olive oil. This type of soap contains only olive oil, lye, and water. There are many benefits to using this product. A major benefit of soap containing olive oil is that they are great for sensitive skin and dry skin. Castile soap is typical to use on babies because they have sensitive skin and this type of soap is highly conditioning and super gentle. Olive oil gives soap a moisturizing texture, nourishes and restores skin by making it feel extra smooth. Different kinds of soap have certain properties about them. Castile is made with 100% olive oil, which means it is not a cleansing soap. Other types of soap blend a few types of oils to balance out different properties, such as cleansing and conditioning. Bastille soap, for example, blends separate oils together to do this.

Bastille Soap

Another type of soap made from olive oil is called Bastille Soap. Unlike Castile soap, which is made with 100% olive oil, Bastille is made up of 75%. The olive oil is mixed with other oils as well, including coconut oil and castor oil. It is made up of water, lye, olive oil (75%), coconut oil 76 (20%), and castor oil (5%). As previously mentioned, olive oil is highly conditioning but not cleansing. Coconut oil is highly cleansing, but not conditioning, which causes this soap to balance itself out. The castor oil is high in conditioning, bubbly lather, and creamy lather. This helps the soap bubble better, have a softer texture for your skin, and nourishes dry skin. Without this balance, your soap could leave your skin dry and dehydrated. We have a list of soaping oil properties that you can help you understand the properties of soaping oils.

Marseille Soap

A third type of soap that contains olive oil is called Marseille. This type must contain at least 72% olive oil. Marseille soap is composed of some other vegetable oils, palm oil, and coconut oil. Palm oil adds hardness and creamy lathering properties to this soap, balancing out the conditioning of the olive oil. There are also benefits such that it is an anti-bacterial and it being a very gentle type of soap, which are both bonuses for your skin. This soap can also be used in shampoos, shaving soaps, and shower gels. There are many other products that it can be used to create as well, like laundry detergent, a jewelry cleaner, or a detergent for your dishwasher. Now we will get into some recipes from Natures Garden that contain olive oil that we would like to share with you!

Cold Process Soap Making Class

We are going to be mentioning some of our recipes that use olive oil and are cold processed soap. Before we begin, we would suggest taking a look at our FREE class for making cold process soap. If you are unfamiliar with this process and would like to gain a better understanding of it before attempting it yourself, this class can help with that. Cold process soap is made with fresh lye, which can be highly dangerous if it is not handled properly. Lye is used to make all soap and you need to be sure that you are taking the proper precautions. This is why it is important to educate yourself about the ingredients that you will be working with.

Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process SoapRecipes with Olive Oil: Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process Soap

We would like to talk about using olive oil to make cold process soap. This is our handcrafted recipe for Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process soap. This will provide you with four pounds of soap. In this recipe you are going to combine the olive oil with palm oil, coconut oil 76, fractionated coconut oil, castor oil, safflower oil, and Shea butter. Most soaps combine several oils with butters just like this one does. This mixture creates the soft and moisturizing properties that customers desire in soap and other products. The perfect blue swirls in this cold processed soap make the finished product look so beautiful. Another bonus is that it smells delicious because it is made with our Blueberry Cheesecake fragrance oil. This handcrafted cp soap recipe is unique in that we have used milk instead of water for a portion of our lye solution.

Doggy Shampoo Cold Process SoapRecipes with Olive Oil: Doggy Shampoo Cold Process Soap

This is such a fun recipe that anyone out there can create. We actually got this recipe idea when we saw cute cupcakes with dogs on them and thought we could turn it into soap! You will be able to get three doggy shampoo soaps out of this. They make the perfect addition to your shower routine and can also add something cute to your bathroom counter or shower shelf. It can be a cute gift to give to a friend as well.

This creation uses coconut oil 76, palm oil, castor oil, fractionated coconut oil, and of course, the olive oil. The combination of each of these oils makes this soap into a buttery, smooth texture. The overall product definitely has a strong conditioning component added to it by the olive oil. Our Sage Leaf Fragrance Oil adds scent to it, which is reminiscent of fresh sage leaves. You can also switch this recipe up and make it your own by shaping the dog however you want, or by adding different FUN soap colorants if you would like to.

Other Recipes That Use Olive Oil

Although olive oil is very common when making cold process soap, it can be used for other things as well. Many of our other homemade recipes use it as well, other than those with soap making. We have a large variety of these listed on our website, but the possibilities are endless when you have the creativity! The ones that we are going to be talking about today are our Black Cherry Bath Bomb and Fruity Rings Sugar Scrub.

Black Cherry BombBlack Cherry Bath Bomb

Taking a bath from time to time can be relaxing and rejuvenating to the body and the mind. You might even enjoy adding a bubbly bath bomb to the hot water. We have created many of these on our website with multiple fragrance oils, other types of oils, powders, and soap colorants to give them some color. To create your bubbly bath, hold the bath bomb underneath the hot water as you are filling up the tub. It will begin disintegrating, fizzing, and forming into a swirling bubble bath full of color and a strong, yummy scent. This recipe uses one of the Natures Garden original fragrances and this one is one of our top sellers: Black Cherry BOMB. It has a VERY strong scent of black cherry that is sweet but not overly sweet.

To make this, you will mix the olive oil in with the fragrance oil and the castor oil. These ingredients will moisturize your skin when you are taking a bath using this bath bomb. There are some dry ingredients that contribute to the softening of the skin and provide other benefits as well. The Beet Root Powder gives the pink and red color to the bath bomb and provides multiple nutrients such as beta carotene, vitamins B5, B1, and C. It also contains selenium, potassium, phosphorous, glycine, tyrosine, zinc, magnesium, and tryptophan. Bentonite Clay Powder helps clean skin impurities, helps with oily skin, and in this case, makes the bath bomb harder and more durable in order to disintegrate better. This recipe makes five large bath bombs, which lasts for a while!

Fruity Ring Sugar ScrubFruity Rings Emulsified Sugar Scrub

This Fruity Rings Sugar Scrub recipe will make eight 4 ounce jars of product, which is a lot! The directions are simple to follow, and the results will definitely leave your skin feeling silky smooth and rejuvenated. To make this scrub, combine the olive oil with sweet almond oil, cocoa butter deodorized, Shea butter, beeswax, and the emulsifying wax. Each one of these ingredients will help to create a sugar scrub that moisturizes exceptionally and thoroughly nourishes the skin on a deeper level.

Shea butter actually contains many of the same essential fatty acids that olive oil does. It has palmitic, stearic, linoleic, and oleic. We use Shea butter in many of our products because it has the perfect texture for loads of recipes. We use it to make lip gloss, lip balms, and many bath and body products including lotion, body scrubs, and of course, soap. When it is used to make soap, it can add really great conditioning and creamy lathering properties to it. There are some added aesthetic benefits to this sugar scrub as well, which we all love. It has a rainbow look to it when placed in the jar in layers, and give off the delicious scents of lemon, verbena, vanilla sugar, and grapefruit that flow wonderfully together!

All of the recipes we have mentioned in this blog are our very own and have all been handmade. We hope that you have enjoyed getting to learn more about pomace olive oil and how useful it can be for your soap making!

Aug
03

What are Cosmetic Waxes?


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What are Cosmetic Waxes?What are Cosmetic Waxes?

If you have been asking “What are Cosmetic Waxes?”, then this is the perfect cosmetic blog for you! Simply, cosmetic waxes are wholesale natural cosmetic ingredients that you can use to create fantastic bath and body recipes. However, there are a few different options with slightly different properties. Adding any of these cosmetic ingredients to your homemade bath and body recipes will provide your products with some great properties. These cosmetic waxes are useful for improving the consistency and integrity of your products. Often, our customers will use these ingredients to harden a more solid recipe or thicken a lotion recipe. While these particular waxes aren’t able to emulsify, they can be useful for supporting the emulsifier in holding everything together.  However, we will briefly talk about emulsifying waxes later in this article.

So, using cosmetic waxes can really improve the quality of your products, especially for lip balm recipes or lotion recipes. If you are interested in using some of these cosmetic ingredients, then we have a variety of our own formulated cosmetic recipes that you can create with these quality waxes. Of course, you can use Natures Garden cosmetic waxes in your own recipes as well.

What are Cosmetic Waxes?: Rice Bran WaxWhat are Cosmetic Waxes?: Rice Bran Wax

One cosmetic wax that you can use in your homemade cosmetic recipes is our Rice Bran Wax. This wonderful ingredient is a pale yellow colored wax that is extracted from rice bran oil. This waxy substance is naturally rendered through batch chromatography technology to achieve the light yellow color. So, you will find that this product is a superior quality compared to others that are solvent extracted. Further, this light color is useful to allow you prevent discoloration in your products.

You can use this cosmetic wax to add some integrity to your various bath and body recipes. Plus, this wholesale wax has a lovely, non-sticky feeling that you will enjoy in your various cosmetic products wholesale. You can use this cosmetic wax to create all kinds of recipes, like lipstick, lip balm, make up, mascara, or even sun care products. Plus, this bath and body ingredient is often used in oil based products or in emulsions. Although the wax is not able to emulsify your recipe, it has shown to be useful for helping to stabilize your emulsions.

What are Cosmetic Waxes?: Using Rice Bran WaxWhat are Cosmetic Waxes?: Using Rice Bran Wax

While you can use this natural wax to create room scenting recipes, there are many cosmetic uses for this bath and body ingredient, too. One way that you can use this wholesale cosmetic wax is to create our Lip Balm Recipe Without Beeswax recipe. Adding this recipe to your lip care recipe is perfect for creating a lip balm that is moisturizing yet sturdy. So, your lip balm products with this wax will have a fantastic glide and be able to retain its integrity.

What are Cosmetic Waxes?: Sunflower WaxWhat are Cosmetic Waxes?: Sunflower Wax

The next wholesale cosmetic wax can be created by removing the wax from sunflower oil. This wonderful wax, Sunflower Wax, can be used to create all kinds of bath and body recipes, like lip stick, mascara, lip balms, and other cosmetics. Our wholesale wax is a granulated solid that has a light color and a low odor. You can add this lovely wholesale wax to your bath and body products to regulate the consistency of lip balms and add some integrity to your bath and body recipes. Plus, this cosmetic wax can be useful for improving the texture and glide of the final product. However, this isn’t the only way that you can use this cosmetic ingredient. Since this wax has a high melting point, you can add these  granulated wax crystals to your recipes whole to create a natural exfoliant.

What are Cosmetic Waxes?: Using Sunflower WaxWhat are Cosmetic Waxes?: Using Sunflower Wax

One cosmetic recipe that you can create with Sunflower Wax is the delicious Mango Madness Lip Balm Recipe. This smooth, nourishing lip balm recipe uses lip loving oils and butters that will protect your lips. Further, the cosmetic wax is included to make sure the lip balm remains stable and not too soft. Not only does this wax help your lip care products maintain integrity, but it can be useful for making it easier to use the lip balm tubes, as some recipes may stick to the tube.

What are Cosmetic Waxes?: Candelila WaxWhat are Cosmetic Waxes?: Candelilla Wax

Next, we have a wonderful wax for your homemade creations, which is Candelilla Wax. This cosmetic ingredient is extracted from the candelilla shrub, which is most commonly found in Mexico, North Central Plateau, and Southeastern Texas. These plant extracts are boiled until the wax separates from the rest of the plant material. This is possible because water based and oil based materials will separate from one another. Then, the wax is skimmed away from the rest of the plant material. After, this collected wax will be filtered and bleached until it reaches a pale yellow color.

This wax is another create choice that you can use in your homemade bath and body recipes. The cosmetic wax will provide your products with more of a glossy appearance and is water repellent, which can keep moisture from escaping your lips and skin. Also, this cosmetic ingredient is useful for helping provide a firm, or thick consistency, with a higher melt point. So, you can use this fantastic cosmetic ingredient to create sun screen, lip stick, lip gloss, emulsions, and lubricants

What are Cosmetic Waxes?: Using Candelila WaxWhat are Cosmetic Waxes?: Using Candelilla Wax

You can use cosmetics supplies, like the Candelilla wax, to create various cosmetic recipes, like our lovely Green Apple Lip Balm Recipe. Further, this wax is often a perfect substitute for beeswax in lip care recipes. So, anyone avoiding animal products may enjoy the Vegan Lip Butter Recipe as well as the Vegan Silky Lip Balm Recipe. Both of these lip balm recipes are just as good as those that include beeswax, but they use plant based sources instead of bees wax.

What are Cosmetic Waxes?: Beeswax White PastillesWhat are Cosmetic Waxes?: Beeswax White Pastilles

Plus, you can use Beeswax White Pastilles to create some fantastic bath and body wholesale recipes. This cosmetic wax is created by bees and beekeepers can harvest some of the wax from the bee hives. This natural wax can range in color from a clear- white color to a light golden yellow or even brown color. However, our white beeswax pastilles are purified and naturally bleached by the sun. So, you won’t find any color variation. Although our product is bleached, we didn’t use chemicals, as the wax was exposed to air and sunlight for a period of time to provide the desired effect.

This wholesale wax can be used to make all kinds of cosmetic recipes, whether it be homemade candles or natural cosmetics. The beeswax wholesale is a well loved additive to many bath and body recipes. Also, beeswax can help to protect and soften the skin. Further, this cosmetic wax is often included in lip care products, as it can promote healing and help prevent you from getting chapped lips! So, there is a lot of benefits for adding bees wax to your bath and body recipes. If you want to learn more about bees wax is used and naturally made, then check out our Beeswax Class!

What are Cosmetic Waxes?: Using Beeswax White PastillesWhat are Cosmetic Waxes?: Using Beeswax White Pastilles

There are all sorts of bath and body recipes that have beeswax included. This cosmetic wax is a quality ingredient that is perfect for adding some structure of thickness to a recipe. First, we included this cosmetic recipe in the Pink Lemonade Scrub RecipeAlso, you can make beeswax body lotion that is very skin loving, like the Rejuvenating Foot Balm RecipeFurther, this cosmetic ingredient is used to create the scrumptious Chocolate Covered Strawberries Lip Balm Recipe, and the lovely Kahlua and Cream Lip Balm Recipe, as it strengthens the lip balm and makes it easier to use. If you want to check out even more of the many bath and body recipes that use beeswax, then check the recipe tab on the Beeswax White Pastilles page!

What are Cosmetic Waxes?: NG 100% Soy WaxWhat are Cosmetic Waxes?: NG 100% Soy Wax

Lastly, you can use NG 100% Soy Wax to create some fantastic cosmetic recipes. Our wholesale soy wax flakes are pure soy wax that are extracted naturally from the plant. This wonderful wholesale ingredient can be used cosmetically or to create quality homemade candles. This wax can be used cosmetically because it is pure 415 soy wax with no preservatives and no additives. If you want to use this all natural soy wax to create cosmetic recipes, then there are many options for what you can create. This kosher soy wax is perfect for making lip balms, lotions, and all kinds of other cosmetic recipes. In fact, you can even create your very own soy wax massage candles.

What are Cosmetic Waxes?: Using NG 100% Soy WaxWhat are Cosmetic Waxes?: Using NG 100% Soy Wax

Although this cosmetic wax can be used with your candle making supplies, soy wax can be used to create various bath and body recipes, too. In fact, you can make 100 soy wax candles that are safe enough to use on the skin. So, one recipe that we have formulated with this cosmetic ingredient is the Massage Candle Recipe. Plus, you can use a scented soy wax to create skin loving, homemade lotion recipes. Also, you can use lip balm flavorings to create lip care products that are great for the skin and taste scrumptious.

Although you can use our pure soy wax to create cosmetic recipes, it is our recommendation that you only use pure soy wax to create body safe cosmetic recipes. The additives or preservatives in other soy waxes may not be body safe, so we suggest sticking with the pure soy wax that is guaranteed to just be soy wax without any random additives.

What are Cosmetic Waxes?: Emulsifying Waxes for Cosmetics

Another great cosmetic wax that you can use to create fantastic recipes is emulsifying wax. This ingredient is crucial for recipes that use both oil and water based ingredients. Otherwise, your ingredients will separate overtime. So, you will want to include this ingredient in recipes, like homemade lotions, conditioners, and scrubs. We at Natures Garden have a few different types of emulsifying wax that you can use to homogenize your products, which are BTMS 25 Emulsifier, Traditional Emulsifying Wax NF, and Silky Emulsifying WaxIf you want to learn a bit more about the qualities of these different waxes and a few other options, then be sure to check out our Types of Emulsifying Wax blog. This is a perfect blog to learn about the different options for emulsifying wax to create perfectly tailored recipes.

What are Cosmetic Waxes?: Different Beeswax Uses in the Home

Of course, cosmetic waxes, like our Beeswax White Pastilles, can be useful for creating amazing  bath and body recipes. However, there are even more creative uses that you can take advantage of to help in daily life. One specific cosmetic wax that people have found many uses for is beeswax. You can use this cosmetic wax to create a variety diy solutions, like homemade crayons, diy cling wrap, itch relief, and so much more! If you enjoy easy home diy for around the house, then you should check out 17 Cool and Unusual Uses for Beeswax from Naturally Loriel as there are many ideas that are pure genius!

What are Cosmetic Waxes?: Reach Out to UsWhat are Cosmetic Waxes?: Reach Out to Us

We hope that you learned a bit about our various cosmetic waxes that you can use to make amazing bath and body products. Anyone that has more questions about these cosmetic making supplies, should feel free to reach out to us with any questions. You can talk to us in the store, on the phone, or on our social media pages. You can reach out to us on our Facebook page. Also, you can use our handle @ngscents to find us on either Instagram or Twitter. Further, you can use this platform to share your own favorite creations that include any of these cosmetic waxes. We hope to hear from you soon!

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
27

Anti Inflammatory Smoothie Recipe


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DSC_0002Anti Inflammatory Smoothie Recipe

Deborah has been dealing with a lot of pain lately and has decided to look towards natural remedies to reduce some of this pain she has been experiencing. Her largest problems have been the inflammation in her joints and back that has been barely tolerable for her. This smoothie has been a perfect remedy for her and is what she has decided to drink once everyday to deal with these lingering issues.

Ingredients for the Anti Inflammatory Smoothie Recipe

2 Green Apples

1 1/2 cups prune juice or 7 pitted prunes with 1 1/2 cups of water

1 tablespoon turmeric

1 inch peeled ginger root

1 whole squeezed lemon

1 tablespoon Maca Root Powder

1/8 Teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil

 How to Create the Anti Inflammatory Smoothie Recipe

DSC_0030Simply combine the apples, turmeric, ginger root, lemon juice, maca powder, black powder, and coconut oil with either prune juice or seven prunes and water. Add all of these measured ingredients into a blender. Then, blend everything until it appears to be the constancy of a smoothie and enjoy all of your health benefits!

How Does our Anti Inflammatory Smoothie Recipe Work?

DSC_0010First of all, turmeric is a strong, natural anti-inflammatory with a plethora of health benefits. Due to the active ingredient Curcumin, this bright yellow herb has pain relieving properties and tons of benefits. Some of these benefits include easing the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, or other issues caused by inflammation.

DSC_0023DSC_0027Both black pepper and coconut oil are elements that will help your body absorb turmeric into your system to gain the maximum benefits from this herb. First, black pepper has a component called piperine that increases turmeric absorption by over 100%. Second, coconut oil is needed for turmeric to dissolve. Since turmeric is oil soluble, a natural fat is necessary for the herb to fully dissolve.

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Ginger root was included in this recipe as a second anti-inflammatory agent and an aspirin mimicking herb. Similarly to turmeric, ginger has quite a bit of pain relieving benefits. The reason ginger root was included in this smoothie was because it is a natural suppressant of toxins in the body that have been known to cause inflammation and damage in joints.

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People don’t say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” for no reason. Apples have a lot of amazing health benefits! Whether you want to reduce your risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and hemorrhoids or want to reduce cholesterol and detox your liver, apples seem to have your back. These under appreciated little wonders are the perfect addition for this health smoothie.

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The prunes were included to this smoothie to increase the overall benefits. First, prunes are high in fiber, which assists with digestion. Second, this fruit has a lot of natural sugars. While this fruit does provide energy and have sugars, the high fiber prevents the a high blood sugar increase. Lastly, this component is great for iron intake for red blood cells and boron for strong muscles and bones.

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The lemon in this recipe was added for its health benefits as well. This simple citrus fruit has a wide variety of helpful components for your body. Most obviously, they contain Vitamin C to boost the immune system. Also, they contain Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B6 that are vitamins the body needs but can’t produce on its own. Further, lemons detoxify your liver and balance your internal pH levels.

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This powder was added as an amazing supplement for women health, especially those with menstrual issues or menopause. Further, this herb is another good source of iron. This has been a good supplement for energy and stamina, too. Additionally, maca contains vitamins C, B3, and B6 as well as calcium and potassium.

Feel free to replace or add elements of this smoothie to create a drink that is best for your health needs. Also, make sure to check that these herbs won’t interfere with your current medicines or conditions. This is simply the recipe Deborah has found to work for her pain and hopes it will help some of you as well!

This smoothie recipe is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women.  We provide this data for educational purposes only. Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice. Please consult your doctor before using these products or any of this information for treatment purposes.

Jan
07

Top 24 Natural Food Blogs


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There is a lot of talk over here about making your own soaps, lotions, fragrances, body scrubs, lip balms, etc. using natural ingredients to avoid some of the chemicals we are exposed to with commercial products many people use every day. I wanted to take the time to acknowledge that using natural ingredients to make candles and skincare products absolutely goes hand-in-hand with a diet that is based in natural ingredients as well.

Therefore, I have compiled a list of some of the best Natural Foods blogs and websites out there to help you on your quest for using natural ingredients in every aspect of your life. These blogs are some of the most reputable and informative Natural Foods blogs I could find and I wanted to take the time to endorse them to help my followers achieve the natural living lifestyle they deserve.

1. Jules Clancy – Jules Clancy, author of The Stone Soup blog, shares quick and simple recipes that are also based on real, whole food without processed ingredients, intimidating instructions, or fancy equipment. She prefers recipes with 5 ingredients are less to make healthy eating more accessible, but with a degree in food science, you know the recipes are also delicious.

2. Andrea Beaman – After being diagnosed with an “incurable” disease, Andrea knew she had to make some changes in her life in order to avoid invasive procedures and take control. She found that poor quality food creates a poor quality lifestyle, and once she began infusing her life with whole foods and ingredients, she found her cronic illness begin to fade. Now she is a Holistic Health Coach helping other people achive health naturally.

3. Ashely – Ashley believes in REAL food, meaning food that is whole, unprocessed, and healthy. However, she has a passion for baking and doesn’t believe that leading a healthy life means giving up delicious baked goods. Instead, she creates and refine recipes to make (primarily) baked goods from whole and unprocessed ingredients.

4. Angela – Angela’s blog is a mixture of her life adventures as a mother of two and a lover of travel, infused with her passion about living a life that gives back through recycling, composting, and making meals from natural, seasonal ingredients.

5. Erin – Erin lives her life on a primarily plant-based diet and limiting her intake of processed food. After her father had a heart attack at the age of 45, she and her family realized how important whole and healthy eating truly is to live a long and happy life.

6. Betty Bake – What you put into your body is what you get out, and that’s the motto that Betty Bake bakes by. She focuses on fresh, natural, and organic ingredients that are gluten-free, corn-free, and preservative free. But she also understands the importance of not denying yourself treats every now and then, which is why she enjoys chocolate and coffee in moderation.

7. Andrew Olson – The One Ingredient Chef lives by two simple rules, 1: Eat foods that start out as “one whole ingredient” that you can hold in your hand, and 2: Eat plants and avoid animal products. However, living by the one ingredient rule doesn’t mean that you can only munch on carrot sticks. The One Ingredient Chef shares delicious and wholesome meals you can make that follow this simple rule.

8. Kim Wilson – Kim is interested in a gluten-free lifestyle after realizing that her skin problems were actually a result of a gluten allergy. Through researching a diet that excludes gluten, she also learned the benefits of eating a diet consisting of primarily whole and natural foods.

9. Lisa Leake – 100 Days of Real Food is about a family who is looking to escape a world of processed foods by taking a pledge of living 100 days without any processed food to prove how possible it is for anyone who wishes to make a healthy lifestyle change. Now they provide meal plans and information for anyone who wishes to take a pledge for eating real food from 10 days to 100 days to for life!

10. Winnie Abramson – Winnie is a recipe developer with a degree in naturopathic medicine and a passion for holistic nutrition and green living. She shares her favorite recipes as well as her adventures in organic gardening, keeping backyard chickens, and even beekeeping.

11. Kristen Michaelis – Kristen is a self-proclaimed food rebel. She chooses not to believe what food labels tell her and instead focuses on common sense: that fresh, traditional, and wholesome foods are what is best for maintaining a healthy life. She wants to empower others to rebel against the dominant and unhealthy food culture we find ourselves in today and instead choose a way of eating and cooking that leaves the mystery out of foods and allows a diet that is simply nutritious.

12. Kelly Mulcair – After dealing with chronic migrains and IBS, Kelly realized that she could not continue living her life in the high-stress and unhealthy way she was. So, she ditched her stressful job as a lawyer and instead pursued a life as a health educator and holistic nutritionist. Now, she educates others on how to live a healthy and wholesome life with simple recipes that are minimally processed and refined.

13. Emily Davidson – Emily is a specialist in natural and holistic nutrition and uses her blog as a place for anyone interested in eating well whether that be through a diet of organic foods, vegetarian recipes, low-sugar, low-carb, gluten-free, or simply focusing on weight loss. She hopes to communicate a message of living healthily and positively to achieve your nutrition goals.

14. Elizabeth Yarnell – Elizabeth uses her blog to share wholesome recipes, healthy eating tips, and naturalistic remedies to common ailments. She believes simply that healthy food and medicine are one and the same and has used a dramatic improvement in her diet to help combat her struggle with Multiple Sclerosis.

15. Eve Fox – The Garden of Eden is a blog about all aspects of wholesome food: growing it, producing it, procuring it, cooking it, and finally eating it. She shares recipes based on simple and wholesome ingredients.

16. Kath – Kath started her blog with a mission: to lose 30 pounds. Along the way, she discovered the world of healthy, wholesome, and natural eating, and has since become a registered dietician who blogs about healthy eating, delicious recipes, and sprinkles bits of her personal life in from time to time.

17. Debbie – Debbie’s blog focuses on foods made at home and based with wholesome and natural plant and animal ingredients. She only uses traditional fats and natural sweeteners and works to share recipes that encompass all of these qualities, but are still quick and easy to make and incorporate into a busy lifestyle.

18. Christy Pooschke – After realizing that their diets were ruining their health, Christy and Chad began to pay more attention to what they were putting in their bodys. After only a few months of eliminating additives such as MSG and Aspartame, they noticed that some of their chronic health problems had completely disappeared. Over the years they have researched countless other additives that contribute to chronic health conditions and have collected natural recipes that avoid these dangerous chemicals.

19. April Mims – April is a certified Health and Wellness Consultant and Life Coach. She lives a life choosing foods that are as close to nature as possible and strives to create recipes that are quick and nutritious for her family. She wishes to help other families become healthy as well.

20. Amy, Natalie, and Jackie – Super Healthy Kids is a blog run by three mothers who strive to help other families feed their kids nutritious meals by making it easier to prepare, more delicious, and fun. This blog helps parents teach kids the values of healthy eating to develop habits that will carry on throughout their entire lives.

21. Wendy Schnitzer – Wendy hopes to help introduce people to the delicious possiblity of real and healthy food to boost overall energy and improve overall health. She wants to banish common misconceptions that low-fat, artificial food is healthy, and instead focus on educating others to create a lifestyle with a healthy balance of natural and whole foods and regular exercise.

22. Jill Dumas – After trouble with IBS, Jill went to the doctor only to be told that she would need to undergo invasive tests and be put on anti-depressants. She began to research alternatives and realized that some of the toxic foods she was consuming were the culprits. She began creating a healthy lifestyle build around whole foods and natural health remedies without completely cutting out certain foods from her diet, but instead living a life of healthy moderation.

23. Tatiana Barrera – Eat Alkaline Foods has made it a mission to become a resource for making healthy eating easier and more accessible to the everyday person. They focus on creating a lifestyle of respect for ourselves, our health, for others, and our planet.

24. Robyn Openshaw – Robyn used to weight over 200 pounds with numerous chronic health problems. After realizing that the drugs weren’t working, she took matters into her own hands and worked to build a healthy lifestyle through wholesome and natural eating (and plenty of green smoothies). Now she lives a life free of health problems without relying on drugs and living a life as a competitve athlete.

Aug
16

How to Make Scented Markers


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Making scented markers is easy and fun. This is a great project for your little ones to let their creative drawings soar in color and scent.

It is time to celebrate!  The start of a new school year is quickly approaching and with that, it is also time to purchase your children’s school supplies.  So, why not add that little extra creative care to make your kids feel special!

Here is what you need: 
Crayola Markers TM (not the washable kind)
Disposable Pippettes
Fragrance Oil  (Choose any of Natures Garden’s Fragrance Oils to Coordinate with the colored markers you have.)

Although any of Natures Garden Fragrance Oils will work, here are a few of the favorites from the childhood scents category:
Best Friends Fragrance Oil– color suggestion Teal
Black Licorice Fragrance Oil– color suggestion Black
Blue Cotton Candy Fragrance Oil– color suggestion Blue
Bubblegum Fragrance Oil– color suggestion Pink
Chocolate Chip Cookies Fragrance Oil– color suggestion Brown
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Fragrance Oil– color suggestion Purple
Dreamsickle Fragrance Oil– color suggestion Orange
Easter Bunny Burps Fragrance Oil– color suggestion Gray
Green Apple Candy Fragrance Oil– color suggestion Green
Jammin Rock Candy Fragrance Oil– color suggestion Red
Sugar Cookies Fragrance Oil– color suggestion Yellow

Here are the Steps:

Step 1: One marker at a time, remove the bottom of the plastic marker encasement.

Step 2: Remove the long, cylinder-shaped marker ink pad from the plastic encasement.

Step 3: Using a transfer pipette, place at least 8 drops of fragrance oil onto each end of the marker ink pad, and place ink pad back into marker encasement. Place end cap back on the marker.

This will allow you to scent your markers whatever fragrance you would like them to be, and actually helps to refresh markers that are beginning to dry up. We have not tested this on washable markers since we believe that they are water soluble and won’t mix with fragrance oil; but we are not 100% sure that they would not work. If you find that washable markers also work, let us know!

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations if applicable. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients. We also do not offer any advice on formulating or altering recipes.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Jul
30

Best Window Cleaner Ever


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clean window

This recipe will amaze you! Using this cleaner will leave you super clean glass with unbelievable shine.

Best Window Cleaner Ever

I stumbled up this recipe from a friend’s post on Facebook.  After reading the short description, I knew I had to give this recipe a try.  My dad has always been very strict when it came to having clean windows.  In his mind, a window should sparkle and gleam.  He was the first person to show me the trick of cleaning windows with old newspaper; a trick of the trade I still use today.  So dad, I dedicate this recipe to you.

If you are looking to have the clearest and the cleanest windows in your neighborhood, this is the do it yourself recipe for you.  Your windows will shine to perfection.

Ingredients and Supplies:
Distilled Water
Vinegar
Arrowroot Powder
Newspaper
Bottle with sprayer
Mixing Bowl
Fork
Funnel

The addition of vinegar to this recipe will remove almost anything off your windows.  The arrowroot powder will give your glass a shine that is unmatched by store bought cleaners.

One of the best ways to clean windows is using old newspaper.  Not only for recycling reasons, but also because newspaper will not leave any paper lint behind like paper towels do.  Plus, newspaper is absorbent so why waste when you do not have to.  As a secondary measure, unused coffee filters will work as well for cleaning windows, without leaving lint behind.

Instructions:

1.  Weigh out 2 cups of distilled water.  If you do not have any distilled water, you can boil tap water on the stove top for 20 minutes to destroy any bacteria.  Although you may use tap water, chances are using tap water for this recipe will leave additional residue on your windows; resulting in streaks.

2.  Once you have the correct amount of water in your mixing bowl, add 1tablespoon Arrowroot Powder.  Stir with a fork until completely incorporated, your mixture will be cloudy.

3.  Next, add the ¼ cup vinegar, stir again.

4.  Then, grab your funnel and pour your glass cleaner into your bottle with sprayer.

5.  Finally, shake your heart out on the spray bottle.  You really want to agitate the liquid so that all the ingredients are equally dispersed.

That is it, it is just that simple.  You will need to shake the solution each time that you go to use it.  You just want to shake long enough to re disperse the arrowroot among the liquid mixture.  If the arrowroot is not shaken, it may clog your sprayer.  If this does occur, simply run hot water over the opening of the nozzle, and this should unclog the buildup.

Using this glass cleaner will give you streak free windows every time!  In fact, we even put this recipe to the test with professionals.  In order to get unbiased reviews we asked 3 different professional cleaners to swipe out their name brand window cleaner with this one.  The results are in, and all three unanimously chose this window cleaner over the brand name.  Some of their reasons included:

“Steak Free the first time, no need to keep wiping.”
“Love how it got everything up and off with just a few squirts.”
“The mirrors have never sparkled like this before.”
“I have got to make this for myself at home, I am going to need this recipe.”
“Wow, I don’t even like cleaning windows, but with this stuff, it’s a breeze!”
“For cost effectiveness and crystal clear windows; this is the route I am taking from here on out.”

Please Note:  This recipe does not include a preservative.  It is NOT intended to be made for resale reasons, we are just sharing a wonderful window cleaner that works every time.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations if applicable. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients. We also do not offer any advice on formulating or altering recipes.

 

Mar
01

What is a Surfactant?


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Have you ever tried to wash dirty dishes equipped only with a sponge and water?  This can be quite a feat.  You will notice that it takes a lot more time and elbow grease to get the job done.  Wondering why this is?  The answer as you will notice right away is that the dish soap is missing.

Did you know that the most eminent surfactant in existence is soap?

Surfactants seem to always get the bad rap.  Many people associate surfactants as bad ingredients to have in your recipes, but truth be told, this statement is not true!  Yes, SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) is a surfactant, and it can be more irritating to your skin than other surfactants, but is it as bad as what you read in the media lately?  It is an urban myth that Sodium Lauryl Sulfate causes cancer.  Read the truth for yourself.   In fact, many of the surfactants that will be listed in this class are derived from a natural source and they work to improve the integrity and performance of your cosmetic formulations.

Surfactants work with various liquids and substances; including oil and water.  Much like that of the role of the emulsifiers, surfactants have a hydrophilic (water-loving) head, and a lipophilic (oil-loving) tail.  In fact, emulsifiers are surfactants, and surfactants are vital to the industry of bath and body products too.  They comprise the largest category of cosmetic chemicals, and seem to have an endless list of cleansing capabilities.  So, needless to say, there is quite a variety to select from when seeking the perfect surfactant for your recipes.

The main qualifier in deciding which surfactant to use is all based upon the benefit that each surfactant provides.  Just like cold process soaping or any homemade bath and body products, the components that you choose to use in your recipes have a direct beneficial affect on the skin when the recipe is transformed into a finished product.  Therefore, when selecting which surfactant to use; it is just as equally important as to what you are looking to achieve in your finished product.  Each surfactant has key functions in which it will excel and equivocally each will also have other functions where it will be lacking.

The term surfactant is actually a combination of its meaning:  surface acting agent.  Let’s look at it again: surfactant = SURFace ACTing AgeNT.  But the term surfactant is not always the one that everyone sticks with.  It seems that surfactants have several names that all become applicable depending of the role of the surfactant in a specific recipe.  For example, in recipes where foam is the finished product, the surfactant used maybe referred to as foaming agents.  Surfactants used in body recipes, can even be termed as detergents or soaps.  Or, in the example of shaving creams, surfactants are considered lubricants because they protect the skin from irritation and the razor’s sharp edge while still allowing the removal of all of the unwanted hairs.

Everything that a surfactant does occurs at the surface levels of the liquids.  The biggest role that a surfactant has is the capability to lower the surface tension of a liquid.  The reaction which then occurs is the conversing of the liquid (with the lower surface tension) and the additional substance.  To break this down in simpler terms; a surfactant has the power to change the properties of a substance.  This process is known as adsorption.  The term adsorption means:  the gathering of gas or liquid in a condensed layer on the surface.  This condensed layer creates a film which is why the surface tension is lowered.  There are four different categories of classification for surfactants based on their interfaces and charges.  They are: Anionic, Nonionic, Cationic, and Amphoteric.

Education is always a powerful thing, and it is not necessary to completely know the ins and outs of everything surfactants.  But, you will want to have a general idea of each group of surfactants and how they play a role in your finished product.  This is especially true if you are looking to accomplish a “made from scratch” recipe.  It is also beneficial to know a few other things about surfactants too.  This would include information like why the surfactants are grouped or classified together or how/if surfactants work with additional groups of surfactants in a collaborate manner.  Spoiler alert:  Not all surfactants play nice with one another!

Anionic surfactants are considered to be the go to surfactant for many formulations.  This group of surfactants is also the most commonly used among foaming product productions, like shampoos or body washes.  The reasoning for this is because the anionic surfactant’s primary functions are creating high foam, high cleansing, and high washing capabilities in a finished product.

Anionic surfactants have a negatively charged water-loving head.  Anionic surfactants work very well in recipes which have a reaction between a chemical (like lye) and fatty acids or alcohols (like animal lard or vegetable based oils).  Hand processed soap, whether it is CP, CPOP, or HP, are all examples of anionic surfactants.  Other examples of anionic surfactants are Sodium sulfates, Ammonium sulfates, sulfosuccinates, sarcosines, sarcosinates, isethionates, and taurates.

One of the drawbacks of using an anionic surfactant relates to skin sensitivity.  Due the high foaming, cleansing, and washing capabilities, skin irritations can occur.  It is for this reason that if you are looking to create a handmade recipe it is best to choose another category of surfactants, or balance the anionic surfactants with amphoteric surfactants.

Amphoteric surfactants are the go with the flow surfactants.  They have the possibility to either have a positive or negative charge.  Their charge is all based on the pH or alkalinity of your finished product.  Hence the amphi prefix.

When an amphoteric surfactant is used in a recipe where the end result of a finished product has a lower pH, the amphoteric surfactant takes on a more conditioning and nourishing role.  On the other hand, when an amphoteric surfactant is used in a recipe where there is a higher pH in the end product, it resembles more of an anionic surfactant with high foaming and cleansing capabilities.  Neither option is necessarily bad; they are just on two different planes of the beneficial skin aspects.

Amphoteric surfactants are the most docile of the surfactants.  They are also the second most used surfactants in the industry.  This is because when used alone, they are able to provide a gentle aspect to the nature of your end product.  Adversely, when an amphoteric surfactant is coupled with an anionic surfactant, the amphoteric surfactant mellows the harshness of the anionic surfactants.  In fact, amphoteric surfactants can be used solo and in conjunction with any other of the surfactant groups.  There adaptability is just one of the reasons why they are so widely used.

Some examples of well know amphoteric surfactants are Coco Bentaine, Lauryl Bentaine, and Hydroxysultaines.

Cationic surfactants are the opposite of anionic surfactants.  They have a positively charged water-loving head.  It is because of this positive charge that cationic surfactants can offer many skin loving, nourishing benefits to the skin and body.  These surfactants are best used in recipes where foaming is not necessarily mandatory such as hair conditioners.  Cationic surfactants alone do not allow for ample foaming capabilities.

Cationic surfactants work well with 2 of the 3 remaining surfactant groups.  Both amphoteric and nonionic surfactants will be compatible with cationic surfactants with no problems.  However, because of the opposing charge cationic (positive) and anionic (negative) surfactants will not combine.

Some common cationic surfactants used in bath and body recipes are your chlorides (Benzalkonium, Stearalkonium, and Centrimonium), Trimethyl Ammoniums, and Methyl Sulfates.

Nonionic surfactants have no foaming capabilities which is why this group of surfactants are rarely used as a recipe’s main surfactant.  Evident by the prefix non, these surfactants do not have a charge in their water-loving heads.  The end result of using a nonionic surfactant will allow for a finished product that has a very gentle cleansing ability.   But, just because it doesn’t foam, it doesn’t mean it does cleanse.

Psychologically speaking, there is a direct mental correlation between foaming and cleansing.  We as a race have somehow inherently made this connection.  Whether it is a physical view of suds equating to cleanliness, or simply urban myths that have taken on a life of their own, the reality is; it could not be further from the truth.

Nonionic surfactants, or at least some of them, are ethoxylated.  What this means is that the nonionic surfactants have had some reaction to the addition of ethylene oxide.  With this reaction comes an even more water-loving head, almost as if it has been supercharged.  This then makes nonionic surfactants (like Polysorbate 20) perfect solubilizers.

But, don’t just disregard this category of surfactants yet.  Nonionic surfactants can also be used in formulations to reduce irritants, due to their gentle cleansing ability.  They also have the capability to be used as an emollient, softening or soothing skin.  Not to mention, these surfactants can be used to stabilize foam in recipes.  Hold on to your seats though folks, because it gets a little better!  Due to its lack of a charge, nonionic surfactants love every other category of surfactants; you can consider them the peacemakers!

Some common nonionic surfactants used in bath and body recipes are your Polysorbates, Emulsifying Wax NF, E-wax, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, ingredients with the prefix PEG, Ceteareths, Oleths, Sorbitans, Lauryl Glucoside, and Polyglycose.

In summary, surfactants are amazing little compounds found in many items we use every day like adhesives, bath gels, creams, lotions, frozen foods, chewing gum, inks, and fabric softeners; just to name a few!  There are four main applications of surfactants particularly in just bath and body recipes.  They include: cleansing, solubility, emulsifying, and conditioning.

Some other additional aspects of surfactants to bath and body recipes include:  the potential to increase stability of a product; certain surfactants can be used as thickening agents; due to the composition of a surfactant, some maintain anti-microbial elements and therefore can be used as preservatives; there are even some that have the capability to reduce irritation allowing for a milder product on the skin.

Interested in adding some surfactants to your recipes?  Below is a list of some commonly added surfactants to bath and body recipes:

sodium lauryl sulfate (can be derived from coconuts)  Produces High Foam; easy to thicken. Strong Anionic Surfactant; can cause irritation
ammonium laureth sulfate (derived from coconuts) Produces High Foam; easy to thicken.  Strong Anionic Surfactant; can cause irritation
disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate (derived from coconuts)  Foaming agent, Mild Anionic Surfactant; gentle on the skin
Cocoamphocarboxyglycinate  (derived from coconuts)  Mild, Amphoteric Surfactant
decyl Polyglucoside (vegetable derived, used in baby shampoos for its gentleness)
cetearyl alcohol
stearyl alcohol
Cocamidopropyl Betaine (derived from coconut oil) Amphoteric Surfactant
Decyl Glucoside (derived from sugar)
Glyceryl Cocoate (derived from vegetables)
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (derived from coconuts)
Almond Glycerides (derived from vegetables)
Sodium Lauryl Sulphoacetate (much milder surfactant than SLS)
Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate (derived from vegetables and is a natural substitution for SLS) 
sodium methyl cocoyl taurate
(derived from coconut)
Sucrose Cocoate (derived from sugar)
polysorbate 20 (vegetable derived)
polysorbate 80 (vegetable derived)

If you formulate your own cosmetics, please visit our customer suggestion page and let us know which surfactants you would like to see Natures Garden carry.  We will be increasing our line of natural cosmetic supplies.