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Feb
26

How to use Castor Oil in Soap


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How to use Castor Oil in Soap

There are a lot of different oils available that you can use to add to your soap recipe. Soap contains fatty acids which these oils make up. One oil that stands out is Castor Oil, and I’m going to explain how to use castor oil in soap. Castor Oil is commonly used in cold process soaps to give it a very lathery feel, and is all around a wonderful product to use. You aren’t only limited to soaps though, castor oil can be used in different cosmetic skin oils, bath products, lip products, and many other different products. Explained below are a lot of different benefits you can get out of castor oil, and some of our recipes that we’ve created using it.

 

Castor Oil Usage Rates in Cold Processed SoapCastor Oil Usage Rates in Cold Process Soap

The basic foundation of making any type of soap is mixing fatty acids, lye, and water. For cold process soaps, or any soap in general, NaOH is the preferred lye compound to use. Castor oil is used in the category of fatty acids, as it is made up of three different acids. The fatty acids are identified below with their percentage amount used in the castor oil composition. It is recommended that 5%-8% of castor oil is used in any cold process or hot process soap recipe. Using anywhere above 10% is known to make your soap really stick and unappealing to use.  Also, to saponify one gram of Castor Oil, you need to add .128-.180mg of NaOH for cold processed soap. Castor oil is also known to have a shelf life of one year after opening.

Ricinoleic – 90%
Oleic – 4%
Linoleic – 4%

Properties of Castor Oil

There are many unique properties associated with castor oil that make it a great oil choice to use in cold process soap. Castor Oil is a humectant, which means that it attracts moisture to your skin. Due to this property, it’s great to use in cold process soap, because it’ll allow you to retain moisture when using.  You can also add castor oil to lip balms and massage oils to create a silky glide. The silky glide will make applying the product way easier. On top of its moisturizing qualities, this oil is also known to provide hair growth stimulation as well. Just add the oil to any of our soap or conditioner recipes to see it’s full effects. Adding this oil to cold process soap will also make it more conditioning, thus allowing your hands to be softer after use.

 

Castor Oil for Soap and CosmeticsBenefits of Using Castor Oil

There are many benefits to using castor oil in any of our recipes. This oil is a thicker oil, so any product that it’s used in will be an excellent moisturizer. There are also a lot of natural fatty acids that make up this oil. This makes the oil great for use with the skin.  Castor oil will not only moisturize you, but will nourish your skin as well. When used in lotions and body butters, this oil is also known to make your skin appear more youthful. This oil can also be used in cosmetics, like for example in mascara. When used in mascara, castor oil is believed to be contributed to growing darker, more full eyebrows over time. When applied directly to the skin, this oil is also known to be antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory.

 

Castor Oil in Soap: Tuscan Wine CP Soap RecipeCastor Oil in Soap: Tuscan Wine CP Soap Recipe

Tuscan Wine Cold Process Soap is a creative soap that we’ve created here at Nature’s Garden. This soap captures the colors of wine, and the dark purple colors of grapes. Something unique about this recipe is that it uses real wine in the soap. With the castor oil being used in the soap recipe, it will create a lot of conditioning and lather from the soap. On top of the castor oil, this recipe contains 5 different types of oils. Have fun when making this recipe using real wine.

 

Castor Oil in Soap: Beard Oil RecipeCastor Oil in Soap: Beard Oil Recipe

The Bear Oil Recipe is perfect for maintaining any type of beard or facial hair. You want to make sure your beard is ran under warm water before using this recipe, to allow your beard to absorb all the nutrients. This recipe also makes a great gift for your man if you’re looking for something easy to make. This recipe also contains castor oil. Castor oil is great for skin nourishment and moisturizing in beard oil. You can also soothe your skin with the natural herbs that are located in this recipe.

Castor Oil in Soap: Lime Cupcake CP Soap RecipeCastor Oil in Soap: Lime Cupcake CP Soap Recipe

The sweet taste of a cupcake, with the tart finish of a fresh lime. This delicious looking recipe is fun to make. You can also show this recipe off in your house when finished. Nature’s Garden’s Lime Cupcake Soap Recipe is a very colorful recipe, and features cute limes on top of the cupcakes. The fun part, you can apply this frosting  just like real frosting. You pour whipped white soap batter into a bag, and can squeeze it through any cake decorating tip that you choose to use. The castor oil in this recipe also allows the soap to give your skin a nourished and moisturized finish. You can also use this soap as a fun bathroom or kitchen decoration.

 

Castor Oil in Soap: Beginners Cold Process Soap RecipeCastor Oil in Soap: Beginners Cold Process Soap Recipe

Are you new to soap making? This Beginners Cold Process Soap Recipe is perfect for beginners with no soap making experience to understand the concepts behind soap making. One makes soap with three fundamental ingredients: fatty acids, water, and lye. This recipe uses castor oil as one of its fatty acids which allows the soap to have a high moisturizing content. Rain Barrel Fragrance Oil is used in this recipe, and this fragrance features fresh watery tones, crisp ozone, and hints of lemon. So, not only does this simple soap recipe feel amazing, but smells fresh. Like any soap recipe, it’s also advised to practice safety before making this recipe by following our Basic CP Soap Making Class. Practicing appropriate safety will allow you to keep harmful chemicals away from your skin.

 

Castor Oil in Soap: Bastille Cold Processed Soap RecipeCastor Oil in Soap: Bastille Cold Processed Soap Recipe

Looking for a masculine, yet simple soap for your shower? Bastille Cold Processed Soap is great for a simple soap that is great to have around in your shower. This soap features The Fastlane Fragrance Oil which embodies a great masculine scent. This soap is easy to make and incorporates castor oil as one of its fatty acids. The castor oil adds a lathering effect to the soap that makes it very bubbly when applied to the skin. On top of it, this soap has a great glide effect which makes it easy to apply to the skin without sticking. One fun feature about this soap is that you have the versatility to color it however you please. We hope you have fun making this creative soap idea!

 

Castor Oil in Soap: Pooch Smooch Solid Shampoo Bar RecipeCastor Oil in Soap: Pooch Smooch Solid Shampoo Bar Recipe

Are you having issues with your puppy or dog running outside and getting dirty. There are even soap recipes that you can make to keep your loyal canine companion clean. Nature’s Garden’s Pooch Smooch Shampoo Bar Recipe uses a lot of different ingredients. The ingredients used in this recipe are harmless to pets. You can make this recipe home alone by yourself. This recipe uses Oatmeal Melt and Pour soap which contains no scents, and won’t irritate your pet when using it. We make this scent with notes of citrus, fresh cucumber, and floral. To the knowledge of Nature’s Garden, we are the only supplier to carry a line of fragrances specially designed for your furry companions. You can also use this fragrance in human products as well.

 

Lavender Sage Bath BombCastor Oil in Soap: Lavender Sage Bath Bomb Recipe

After a long day, there is nothing more soothing than soaking in a bath bomb infused bathtub. Now not only do you get the soothing effects of the bath bomb, but the lavender herbs should help you to relax. This recipe is not only very creative, but easy to make. The Lavender Sage Bath Bomb Recipe features our Floral Musk Fragrance Oil which complements the scent of the lavender flowers. This fragrance oil features a lot of different floral and herbal scents like patchouli, fern leaves, and lavender. When making this recipe, you should be very careful with packing the bath bomb together. Adding too much witch hazel will cause it to activate too soon, and packing it too tight will cause it to fall apart on you. But, if you can get down how to create this recipe, then it will be a perfect recipe to have around when you come home.

 

Silky Lip Butter RecipeCastor Oil in Soap: Silky Lip Butter Recipe

Castor Oil gives any lip balm a silky glide sensation. Nature’s Garden’s Silky Lip Butter Recipe is perfect for dry lip, as the castor oil helps in allowing it to glide along your lips. Any kind of chapped lips shouldn’t be a problem for this lip butter, due to the castor oil allowing it to have a silky texture. This product uses Powdered Stevia Powder as a sweetener, which gives the lip butter a sweeter taste to it. Not only do you get the sweetness of the sweetener, but you also get fruity flavors of the Tropical Paradise Flavoring that is used. You will enjoy this lip butter any time of the year, and is wonderful to use in the dry winter season. On top of the amazing flavors, this recipe also uses natural Beeswax, Coconut Oil, and Cocoa Butter.

 

Sinus Relief Bath Bomb RecipeCastor Oil in Soap: Sinus Relief Bath Bomb Recipe

There is nothing more annoying than when your sinuses get congested from the colder weather. This Sinus Relief Bath Bomb will help to no only soothe, but will help in clearing out your nasal passages. All you have to do is put the bath bomb in a hot, brewed bath, and just breathe. This bath bomb uses a lot of different natural herbs that aid in the beneficial features of this product. One of the herbs is Spearmint Leaf Cut and Sifted. When you add these leaves directly to the bath bomb, you give the bath bomb an exfoliating factor. Not only do you have to use spearmint leaf in bath bombs, you can also use it in scrubs, bath salts, soaps, etc.

There are a lot of other methods that you can use to relieve your sinuses. Many methods are all homemade, and this article, How to Relieve Sinus Pressure, from Medical News Today outlines some home remedies for sinus relief. One of the more commonly used methods mentioned in the article is steam inhalation. This method helps to open the pores in the nasal passages, and allows the build up to flow out the nose. Another method is by using essential oils, and burning them through a diffuser. The diffuser will create a vapor cloud that is healthy to breathe, and great for opening up the nasal passages.

 

Oct
10

Pumpkin Bath Melts Recipe


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Pumpkin Bath Melts RecipePumpkin Bath Melts Recipe

When summer starts to melt into fall, crafters of all kinds start looking for new things to create for their friends, family or customers. When it comes to bath and body products, Nature’s Garden always has some fun, new ideas to help inspire you! This Pumpkin Bath Melts recipe is a perfect example! They are super simple and quick to make! This recipe makes 13 bath melts. Not only would these make adorable gift bag treats, but they could also enhance a pumpkin-themed gift basket.

These shimmery pumpkins are full of skin softening ingredients such as Mango, Cocoa Butter and Pumpkin Seed Oil. They also smell of our yummy Caramel Apple Fragrance oil and a little bit of pumpkin pie spice blend to help enhance the scent of fall! Plus, these little guys have some mica for added color and pop! We are sure that you will be hooked on making these sweet little guys for everybody around you!

Pumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: A little Bit of Pumpkin HistoryPumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: A little Bit of Pumpkin History

Pumpkins have been a part of history for quite sometime. In fact, they were a staple in early American diets and not in pumpkin pie! The oldest evidence of pumpkins were in pumpkin-related seeds dating between 7000 and 5500 B.C. and were found in Mexico. Then, only the seeds were eaten as the pumpkins flesh was too bitter to be eaten. However, with cultivation, pumpkins began to develop a sweeter taste and became a Native American staple. Pumpkin was dried, stewed, baked and roasted. When the pumpkin had been hollowed out, they could be used as a water vessels, storage containers or even bowls.

Pumpkins were such a large part of some Native American food culture. They were actually part of a growing process the Indians called “The Three Sisters”. The sisters were corn, pumpkins and beans. These vegetables were planted together, each one benefiting the other as they grew. Nowadays, pumpkins are a natural fall icon, used mostly for Jack O’ Lanterns, or fall decorating. These pumpkins are mass produced and not edible in the least, although there are still pumpkins grown strictly for eating. These are smaller, denser and sweeter tasting and perfect for those Thanksgiving pumpkin pies and cakes!

Pumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Some of The IngredientsPumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Some of The Ingredients

Before we get started on the bath melts, let’s get familiar with some of the ingredients! Mango Butter is a luscious ingredient when using in bath and body products. It has a nice, silky texture that will add some wonderful skin softening and hydration to your bath treats! Plus, this butter is said to reduce signs of aging by reducing wrinkle formations!

Pumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Pumpkin Seed OilPumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Pumpkin Seed Oil

What better oil to put in your pumpkin bath melts than Pumpkin Seed Oil. This is actually a very good oil for bath products. Pumpkin seed oil is loaded with nutrients:  Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, Vitamins E, A, and C, and it is rich in the mineral zinc. This oil absorbs beautifully in to your skin and will not leave a greasy, oily feeling.  Pumpkin seed oil is also helpful in repairing dry, damaged skin.

Pumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Pumpkin Seed PowderPumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Pumpkin Seed Powder

You don’t often see recipes that use Pumpkin Seed Powder, but this powder is a wonderful addition to bath and body recipes. Not only are pumpkin seeds yummy to snack on, but they contain an array of nutrients which are beneficial to your body, inside and out! Pumpkin seeds contain 18 amino acids, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, zinc, iron, copper, and vitamin K.  When used in cosmetics, pumpkin seed powder is perfect for its antioxidant, nourishing, and skin softening properties.

Pumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Spice PowderPumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Spice Powder

Pumpkin Pie Spice Powder doesn’t have to be saved for baking anymore! This yummy spice blend of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger can add wonderful natural color and scent to soaps, bath bombs and even soaps!

Pumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Caramel Apple Fragrance OilPumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Caramel Apple Fragrance Oil

Natures Garden’s Caramel Apple fragrance oil smells like the real thing! A big, juicy red apple dipped in warm, buttery caramel! In fact, the fragrance oil makes these bath melts smell like candy that you could eat! Don’t be tempted to take a lick!

 

 

 

Pumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Ingredients Available At Nature’s Garden

Pumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Other Ingredients and Equipment You Will Need

  • Scale
  • Pots (2 for double boiler)
  • Spatula
  • Stovetop

Pumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Total Recipe Weights

  • 57 grams Palm Oil
  • 42 grams Mango Butter
  • 113 grams Cocoa Butter Golden Natural
  • 15 grams Pumpkin Seed Oil
  • 6 grams White Beeswax
  • 4 grams Caramel Apple Fragrance Oil
  • 2 grams Pumpkin Seed Powder
  • 2 grams Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend Powder
  • 1 gram Diamond Dust Mica
  • 1 gram 24 K Gold Mica

Pumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Before You Get Started

Prior to starting on your bath melts, it’s always a good idea to take a few precautionary steps. First, clean and sanitize your work area. Make sure that you have all your ingredients within easy reach and that you also have enough room to work in. Also, make sure your equipment and utensils are also clean and sanitized. We also suggest wearing a hair net and protective clothing when preparing this recipe.  These steps will ensure that you can work smoothly without any interruptions in your creating. Now, we can get started on your recipe!

Pumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Prepare Your Double Boiler

You will be using a double boiler to melt your waxes and butters, so you will want to get that ready. If you are familiar with how a double boiler works, you can skip this part and move on to the next step. If not, we can give a quick tutorial on setting one up. Double boilers are easy to create. You will need 2 different sized pots, preferably ones that you no longer use for cooking. One pot should be smaller than the other, so that it can fit inside the larger one. In the larger pot, place a few inches of water. To the smaller pot, you will add your waxes and butters. Then you will place the smaller pot into the larger pot to allow the butters and waxes to melt.

Pumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Prepping the Wax, Oils and ButtersPumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Prepping the Wax, Oils and Butters

Once you have the outside pot heating on the heat source, you will weigh out the wax, oils and butters to the smaller pot. Place your clean pot on the scale, tare out the weight and weigh in 57 grams of Palm Oil, 42 grams of Mango Butter, 113 grams of Cocoa Butter Golden Natural, 6 grams of White Beeswax and 15 grams of Pumpkin Seed Oil.

 

 

Pumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Melting the Wax, Oils and Butters

Place the smaller pot inside the larger pot. Now you will melt the oils, butters and wax on a gentle heat, stirring occasionally, until everything is melted and combined. Once everything is nicely melted, you can turn off your heat and remove the inner pot and set it aside for the moment.

Pumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Prepping the Powders, Micas and Fragrance OilPumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Prepping the Powders, Micas and Fragrance Oil

While you are waiting for the butters to melt, you can prep the powders and micas. So to a small bowl that is placed on your scale, weigh in 2 grams of pumpkin seed powder, 2 grams of pumpkin pie spice blend powder, 1 gram of Diamond Dust Mica, 1 gram of 24K Gold Mica and 4 grams of Caramel Apple fragrance oil.  Mix this together using a spoon until everything is incorporated.

 

Pumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Combining All the IngredientsPumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Combining All the Ingredients

Now that your butters and waxes are melted, you can combine the mixed powders and fragrance oil in with the butters. Stir this mixture well until everything is well incorporated.

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Pouring the Bath MeltsPumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Pouring the Bath Melts

Now that everything is fully mixed, you will be pouring them into the mold. Have your mold setting in front of you and carefully pour the mixture into each cavity.

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Allowing the Melts to Set Up

Next, you will need to allow your bath melts to set up a bit. You want them to have a “film” over the top before attempting to move them. This should not take very long. Once they are set, you can move them to the freezer. Allow the bath melts to set in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Then, you can remove them from the freezer and pop them out of their mold.

 

 

Pumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Ready to UsePumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: Ready to Use

Your Pumpkin Bath Melts are ready to use! Simply place one melt under warm, running bath water, sit back and unwind after a long day! Enjoy the scent of spice and caramel in the air! Use bath melts with caution, however! They can and will make your bath tub slippery! Also, we do not recommend shipping these to your customers in warm climates. Bath melts will simply melt with skin contact due to body heat.

 

Pumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: That’s All For Today

We hope you enjoyed reading and learning about our newest fall bath treat! These Pumpkin Bath Melts are sure to please everybody that appreciates wonderful products that help nourish your skin and smell amazing!  Whether you create these little pumpkins for yourself, family, friends or clients, they are sure to be an annual treat that everyone will love and want.

Pumpkin Bath Melts Recipe: More Fun Pumpkin Treats

If you are looking for some more fun pumpkin themed bath and body recipes, Nature’s Garden has a plethora of recipes to choose from. From body scrub to soaps, they are easy to make and would make a lovely fall themed gift basket!

Pumpkin Eggnog Foaming Sugar Scrub RecipePumpkin Eggnog Foaming Sugar Scrub Recipe

This Pumpkin Eggnog Foaming Sugar Scrub is quick and easy to make! Our whipped soap base and a bit of sugar, you can have this scrub whipped up in no time. The inspiration for this sugar scrub is our Pumpkin Eggnog fragrance oil. It has a wonderfully warm, sugary pumpkin vanilla scent!

Pumpkin Puree Cold Process Soap RecipePumpkin Puree Cold Process Soap Recipe

If you like to make Cold Process soap, we have a lovely Pumpkin Puree Cold Process soap recipe that uses real pumpkin puree as one of the ingredients. Pumpkin puree adds a wonderful natural, deep orange color to the soap. The pumpkin fragrance we chose is our yummy Pumpkin Apple Butter. This scent is a wonderful combination of apples, pears, cinnamon, clove and vanilla.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Wax Melts RecipePumpkin Cheesecake Wax Melts Recipe

If you are looking to have a candle addition to your bath time gift basket, our Pumpkin Cheesecake Wax Melts are perfect! Simple and quick to make, these wax melts look like a pumpkin treat to eat and they smell just as delicious! We used our Pillar of Bliss for the “chocolate crust” and “cheesecake” part of the wax melt and for the “whipped topping” we used Joy Wax! Of course we used our Pumpkin Cheesecake fragrance oil! A delicious scent of cinnamon, whipped cream, vanilla and rum!

Pumpkin Pie Candle RecipePumpkin Pie Candle Recipe

If you like to make candles, we have a Pumpkin Candle that is sure to make somebody think you made a Pumpkin Pie for dessert! This layered candle is easy to create using Joy Wax for the base of the candle and for the “whipped topping”. The finishing touch is a cute little pumpkin embed perched on top. The fragrance we scented this candle with is, of course, our Pumpkin Pie Spice. A true to it’s name scent that smells like the spice blend you add to the traditional fall treat.

We hope we have inspired you to create some fun pumpkin themed products for fall line-up! Check out some more pumpkin-themed bath and body products, or even some wax melts to help get you into the spirit of fall!

If you want to show off any creations that you make using any Nature’s Garden products give us a holler! You can post your products on our Facebook page, or find us on Instagram (@ngscents) or on Twitter (@ngscents) Nothing makes us more excited then seeing what our customers have been up too! We can’t wait to hear from you!

Mar
30

Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe


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Giraffe Bubble Bar RecipeGiraffe Bubble Bar Recipe

Did you know? The CEO of Nature’s Garden, Deborah Ward and her love for giraffes is the inspiration behind this creative and unique bubble bar? Bubble bars are a fun way to have a nice long soak in a warm tub. Simply, crumble up your bubble bar into some warm water and enjoy the abundance of bubbles that fill your tub! Whether you create this for personal use, friends and family or are just looking for a new addition to your line of bath and body products, we at Nature’s Garden hope you will enjoy creating our newest recipe to join the bubble bar family! Enjoy our Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe!

Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Let’s talk About the Ingredients

Before starting on our recipe, we’ll talk about some of the ingredients we are using. The first ingredient is what gives the bubble bar its bubbles! Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, or SCI.  This gentle surfactant is derived from coconut. It is a foaming and cleansing agent that will leave your skin silky and smooth!

Baking soda is best know for it’s cleaning and deodorizing properties. This gentle alkaline is amazing at leaving the skin soft and smooth, as well as your hair too!

Cream of tartar will give your product a light and fluffy feeling. It acts as a stabilizer and helps the other ingredients adhere to each other.

Corn Starch is the perfect ingredient to help sooth irritated skin and it also leaves your skin soft! The fragrance we chose was our Cucumber Fragrance Oil. This is a popular seller here at Nature’s Garden. True cucumber scent with an undertone of violet.

Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Ingredients Available at Nature’s Garden

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
Sodium Bicarbonate- Baking Soda
Cream of Tartar
Corn Starch
Cucumber Fragrance Oil
Sesame Seed Oil
Vegetable Glycerin
Red Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Orange Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Safety Gloves
Safety Glasses
Natures Garden Apron
Safety Mask

Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Other Ingredients Needed

  • Mixing Bowls (you will need 2)
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Parchment Paper or Silicone Baking Mat
  • Scale
  • Knife
  • Rolling Pin

Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Total Weights and Amounts

  • 410 grams (2 cups) Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
  • 460 grams (2 cups) Sodium Bicarbonate- Baking Soda
  • 224 grams (2/3 cup) Cream of Tartar
  • 72 grams (2/3 cup) Corn Starch
  • 200 grams (2/3 cup) Vegetable Glycerin
  • 24 grams (2 TBSP) Sesame Seed Oil
  • 14 grams Cucumber Fragrance Oil
  • 3 drops Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
  • 6 drops Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
  • 3 drops Orange Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
  • 6 drops Red Oxide Fun Soap Colorant

Note: While we give you both weight and volume measurements, we highly recommend using a scale as the weight measurements will be more precise amounts.

Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Prepping Your Supplies and Work Area

As with any recipe you should always prep your supplies and work area. This helps in creating your craft without stopping to look for your ingredients. First thing is to clean your work space and ensure that you have enough room to work and lay your dough down. Next, give your utensils and scale a quick clean with some soap and water. Lastly, have all your ingredients ready for measuring and withing easy reach! For sanitary reasons go ahead and put your rubber safety gloves on.  Just a few preventative steps will help things move along smoothly!

 

Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Weighing and Combining the Dry IngredientsGiraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Weighing and Combining the Dry Ingredients

Our first step will be measuring and combining our dry ingredients. You will need a large mixing bowl and your scale. Set your scale to grams.  Next, weigh out 410 grams of Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, 460 grams of Sodium Bicarbonate- Baking Soda, 224 grams of Cream of Tartar, and 72 grams of Corn Starch. Give these ingredients a nice mixing with your hands, breaking up any clumps as you go.

 

Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Weighing and Combining the Wet IngredientsGiraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Weighing and Combining the Wet Ingredients

Next comes the wet stuff! You will need another mixing bowl ( or you can simply add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredient bowl) and your gram scale. Now weigh out 200 grams of Vegetable Glycerin, 24 grams of Sesame Seed Oil and 14 grams of Cucumber Fragrance Oil.

 

Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Mixing Everything Together

Let’s add the wet and dry ingredients together! If you have mixed your wet ingredients separately go ahead and dump them in with your dry. If you add your wet straight to the dry you can start mixing with your hands making sure that you are breaking up any lumps as you go. Mix until you have the right consistency (you should have a nice, smooth workable dough). If your dough is to crumbly after mixing together, you can add a bit more vegetable glycerin. Be careful to not add too much or the bubble bar will not set up properly.

 

Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Separating the Bubble Bar Dough

The third step in our recipe will be separating the bubble bar dough. For this you will need your 2 mixing bowls. You will divide the dough into 2 equal portions. Each portion will be a different color. We have included a color chart to help you achieve the correct color for the spots and the “skin” of the giraffe.

Bowl 1:

  • Brown Oxide- 6 drops
  • Orange Oxide- 3 drops
  •  Black Oxide- 6 drops
  •  Red Oxide- 6 drops

Bowl 2:

  • Yellow Oxide- 3 drops

 

Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Making the Brown Colored PortionGiraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Making the Brown Colored Portion

Now that your dough is separated, let’s start adding color.  We will work on the spots and inner color of the bubble bar. To the first bowl, add your 6 drops of Brown Oxide, 3 drops of Orange Oxide, 6 drops of Black Oxide and 6 drops of Red Oxide FUN Soap Colorant. With your gloved hands mix the colorant into your dough until you have achieved an orange brown color.  Roll the dough into a ball and set it aside, for now.

 

Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Making the Yellow Colored PortionGiraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Making the Yellow Colored Portion

Next, let’s create the “skin” color of the giraffe. For this you will add 3 drops of Yellow Oxide FUN Soap colorant to your second bowl of dough. With clean gloved hands mix this colorant into your dough until you have a nice, pale yellow color. 

 

Giraffe Bubble Bar: Getting Ready to Roll the Layers

Now that our dough is separated and colored, we are ready to start rolling the layers. For this step you will use your silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Dust whichever you have chosen to use with some baking soda. This will help keep the dough from sticking when it is time to roll the dough. You should also dust your rolling pin with some baking soda to help prevent sticking.

 

Giraffe Bubble Bar: Rolling out the First LayerGiraffe Bubble Bar: Rolling out the First Layer

Our first layer will be the yellow layer. Go ahead and take your yellow dough ball and lay it in the center of the surface of your mat or paper. Now roll your ball into a flat, rectangular shape.  You will want this layer about 1/4 inch in thickness.

 

Giraffe Bubble Bar: Laying Down the Second LayerGiraffe Bubble Bar: Laying Down the Second Layer

Next up is our Orange brown layer. Before you start rolling, however, you need to pull of about 30 grams of the dough and set this aside. This portion will be for the spots. Place the remaining dough in the center of the yellow rectangle dough and start rolling this layer out. You may add some baking soda to your rolling pin before you start to prevent sticking. Roll this layer out to the size or as close to the size of the yellow layer and at 1/4 inch thick. Once you have finished, you will be all set to move onto rolling the bubble bar dough into a loaf.

 

Giraffe Bubble Bar: Rolling Up The Bubble Bar

Now that your layers are rolled out, you are ready to roll them into a loaf. Turn your silicone mat or parchment paper so that the mat or paper is vertical. Lift up on the edge of the paper or mat that is closest to your body. Begin to carefully roll the dough in the same way you would a pumpkin roll. Slowly roll the dough evenly as you go, watching to make sure everything stays lined up.

 

Giraffe Bubble Bar: Adding the spotsGiraffe Bubble Bar: Adding the spots

Now that your dough is in its rolled up completely, we will begin using the orange brown colored dough we set aside to create our “spots”. Giraffe spots are not perfect in size and shape. This is the look you will want to go for. Pull off irregular size pieces of the reserved dough and add it to the yellow portion of your bubble bar. (Having trouble getting a good pattern in your head? Try Googling “giraffe” and find a pattern you can follow!)  Once your loaf is completely covered you will be ready to slice it up into individual bars.

 

Giraffe Bubble Bar: Slicing your Finished ProductGiraffe Bubble Bar: Slicing your Finished Product

Let’s cut this loaf into slices! This recipe will make about 8 slices, depending on how thick you choose to slice your loaf. Using a sharp knife, slice the bubble bar into 1-2 inch slices. Once your loaf is completely sliced, lay the portions out on a flat surface to set up. Our bubble bars took approximately 48-72 hours to set up completely. This may take longer, depending on the climate of your  environment.

Your Giraffe Bubble Bar is ready to use! When it’s bath time, simply crumble a slice of bar under warm, running bath water and enjoy the bubbles that will froth up into your tub and have a nice, long soak! You will emerge from your bath smelling sweet, fresh and feeling soft and clean!

 

Did You Know?Did You Know?

Have you ever looked at the beauty of a giraffe? I mean, really watched them when you visit a zoo?  They are amazing creatures! Majestic in their movements, they roam the open grasslands in small groups. A giraffe’s height is both an advantage and a disadvantage. While towering at a height ranging from 14 to 18 feet tall they have the ability to spot predators. Their height helps them eat from the leaves of trees since the disadvantage in their height is bending down. It is incredibly difficult for them and it leaves them in a vulnerable state to be attacked.  Luckily, giraffes only need to drink once every several days since most of their water intake is from the leaves they consume. They can also run a steady 35 miles an hour over short distances and comfortably at 10 miles per hour over longer distances. 

Giraffes are truly beautiful animals and their eyelashes! They are to die for! Another fun giraffe fact is that a group of giraffes are called a tower! Kind of fitting, right? Towers usually consist of females and babies, however genders will vary and they can come and go as they please.

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

Giraffes Can’t Dance! Maybe they can! Follow the link to listen and watch this adorable read-along. Take a 15 minute break to listen to a fun story written by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees, about inspiration and perseverance! Gerald, the giraffe loves to dance, but he is a little shy about showing off his moves at the jungle dance! With a good friend to inspire Gerald to strut his stuff, you have a sweet tale that shows you that we all are unique in how we dance, it’s all about feeling the music and following your own vibe no matter what!

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