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Nov
26

What is Bee Pollen Powder?


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What is Bee Pollen Powder?What is Bee Pollen Powder?

If you have been wondering “What is bee pollen powder?”, then you may want to stick around for this blog. This Natures Garden herb is made up of ground up bee pollen granules, which makes it easy to add your homemade soaps and cosmetics. Further, the herb powder is a perfect way to naturally color bath and body recipes. Also, the bee powder is full of vitamins and nutrients that a healthy body needs! We utilize these nutrients to create bath and beauty products that are amazing for the skin. But, there are those that use the bee pollen granules to provide benefits to the inside of their body, too. You can learn about all the beneficial properties that bee pollen has for both your homemade products and your whole body in one of our homemaking blogs for bath and body products!

What is Bee Pollen Powder?: What is Bee Pollen Made Out Of ?What is Bee Pollen Powder?: What is Bee Pollen Made Out Of?

While bees collect pollen from plants, like flowers, this pollen alone is not bee pollen. Now, you may be asking “Well then, what is what is bee pollen made from?”. This process starts with the plant pollen and nectar that the bees collect for food. The type of pollen differs based on the on the area, as there will be different types of flowers available.

Then, the bees mix the collected pollen with nectar from its honey sacks. This creates the bee pollen, which are larger granules that make it easier to transport pollen back to the hive. So, the bees will store the bee pollen in a special pouch in their hind legs to transport it back to their home. Then, the bees will transport this to the hive where they can enzymes to it.  The bees will digest the bee pollen to turn it into honey, which has all the nutrients needed to feed young bees and worker bees alike.

What is Bee Pollen Powder?: How is Bee Pollen Harvested?

Well, how is bee pollen gathered before the bees turn it into honey? Obviously, the bee pollen would need to be collected before the bees take it into their hive. After this point, it will be in the process of becoming honey. So, beekeepers will use a special comb-like device that bees have to pass through before getting into the hive. As a bee passes through the comb some of the pollen will be pushed out of the bee’s pouch. This allows a portion of the bee pollen to be collected while leaving some for the bees to turn into honey.

What is Bee Pollen Powder?: Industrial Uses

We know that bee pollen is used to make food for the bees, but how is bee pollen good for you? Bee pollen is full of all kinds of nutrients that your body needs, which makes it amazing for giving your body a revitalizing boost. Since bee pollen is full of vitamins and nutrients, there are many industry uses for this lovely product. This means that there are all kinds of ways that people have found to include use this natural wonder. Whether you use bee pollen for cosmetic purposes or include a bee pollen supplement in your diet, there are many beneficial properties for your body.

What is Bee Pollen Powder?: Foods and BeveragesWhat is Bee Pollen Powder?: Foods and Beverages

Many people enjoy adding bee pollen to their food or smoothies as a nutrition boost. In fact, the abundance of nutrients are useful for combating fatigue and stress by supporting your nutrition levels. Since the vitamins and nutrients in this supplement support healthy body function, you are sure to feel more lively. Plus, bee pollen will help you ward off sickness, as it has been shown to boost the immune system. Also, this natural supplement has been useful in reducing nutritional deficiencies, which would lead to negative consequences. These consequences could include health problems or poor development in children. This is just a few of the reasons why adding bee pollen to healthy food is something that many people enjoy!

What is Bee Pollen Powder?: What Does Bee Pollen Taste Like?What is Bee Pollen Powder?: What Does Bee Pollen Taste Like?

Of course, anyone considering adding a new food to there diet would be curious about the taste. We have been told that bee pollen is an acquired taste, so some healthy eaters will disguise it in their food. Further, the taste can differ slightly depending on the pollen sources available around the hive. This means that both the color and taste can change slightly based on location and time of year. Some bee pollen has a nut-like flavor that is a little sweet and other times it can be more bitter. While some people will eat the bee pollen on food or like a pill with water, others may hide the flavor in a smoothie. It all depends on your preference and the time of year you get your bee pollen.

What is Bee Pollen Powder?: Bath and Body ProductsWhat is Bee Pollen Powder?: Bath and Body Products

Bee Pollen Powder is a wonderful herb that provides all kinds of benefits to natural bath and body products. First, this herb can be used as a natural colorant. The pretty yellow color is perfect for creating bath and body products that are light, warm, and natural. So, this cosmetic herb is great for adding to your bath and body supplies, as it provides you with perfect hues for wholesale body products using natural bee ingredients.

Additionally, bee pollen has all kinds of wonderful properties to benefit your skin. First, using this cosmetic herb for making lotion from scratch is a perfect way to introduce these beneficial properties to your skin. The high levels of antioxidants in this cosmetic herb are able to help reduce aging, as it reduces the effect of free radicals, UV light, and pollutants. Further, bee pollen has an antibiotic effect that will help to reduce acne break outs. Plus, some research has shown that bee pollen can be used on the skin to speed healing and prevent infection due to its antibacterial properties.

How to Use Spirulina Powder: Natures Garden RecipesHow to Use Bee Pollen Powder: Natures Garden Recipes

Also, you can incorporate bee pollen power in a wonderful cold process soap recipe! Our Royal Honey Bee Cold Process Soap Recipe combines the beneficial properties of real honey and raw bee pollen to create an amazing recipe for the skin. Since much of the antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties are from the bee pollen, this combination enhances the honey’s properties to new levels. This soap can be useful for moisturizing the skin, reducing wrinkles, and even preventing acne break outs. Plus, some cases of eczema have been reduced after regular use, as it reduces inflammation and soothes the skin.

What is Bee Pollen Powder?: MedicinalWhat is Bee Pollen Powder?: Medicinal

Throughout history, there is evidence of humans incorporating bee in medical practices. There were ancient civilizations, including Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, American Indian, and many more, used bee pollen to create rejuvenating blends. These blends varied from the Greek and Egyptians using it to increase stamina before battle to the medicinal tonics of ancient Chinese civilizations. Further, bee pollen has even been referred to as “Ambrosia” by some civilizations, which means food of the Gods. Today, we still utilize the natural properties of bee pollen to provide our bodies with a nutrient boost and enhance our health. In fact, it is considered a superfood that is often used in smoothie blends.

What has continued to make bee pollen popular for improving health is its many natural, beneficial properties for the body. First, it has vitamins that are useful for boosting the immune system, which protect you from diseases or infections. Also, bee pollen has anti-inflammatory properties that can be used for reducing the symptoms of arthritis, gout, or even menstrual cramps. Another benefit is that bee pollen promotes liver health with its high level of antioxidants that are able to help your liver detox the body. Additionally, bee pollen powder has been linked to a reduction in bad cholesterol, which has led to better cardiovascular health and even suggested a decreased risk of blood clots.

What is Bee Pollen Powder?: Other UsesWhat is Bee Pollen Powder?: Other Uses

Another benefit of bee pollen is that it can be used to help reduce minor seasonal allergies. Many people will find local beehives to find bee pollen harvested from the area. You can take this region specific bee pollen every day to help build up an immunity to the pollen that you experience in your area. You will want to start with a small amount and work your way up to a slightly larger amount. Also, you will want to begin this process a few weeks before pollen season begins.

Eventually, you won’t have as bad of a reaction from seasonal allergies caused by the pollen in your area. However, anyone with serious allergic reactions to honey, pollen, or bee stings as well as anyone taking regular medications should all consult a doctor before committing to taking bee pollen. If you would like to learn more about how to take bee pollen, then check out this article called How Bee Pollen Could Cure Your Allergies by Mind Body Green. This article talks about how bee pollen wards your body from your allergies and gives a suggested amount for daily use.

What is Bee Pollen Powder?: Get Healthy with Bee Pollen

If you want to try adding granules of bee pollen to your diet, then Healthy Smoothie Headquarters is a great place to start. They have an article with a recipe for creating a smoothie that is absolutely scrumptious. Recipes like these are extremely useful for anyone that would love to reap the benefits of bee pollen but hate the taste. Plus, this article even talks about a few more benefits and bonuses of eating bee pollen regularly. So, check out the Blissful Bee Pollen Smoothie and see what all the buzz is about!

If you are curious about all the nutrients in bee pollen, then you may want to check out an article by Bee Pollen Buzz. This article, called What is Bee Pollen?,  perfectly answers the question of “What nutrients does bee pollen contain?” and shows you exactly what is known to be in bee pollen that is just so good for us. In fact, this article breaks down the good stuff in bee pollen, like all the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Plus, they go into the number of calories, fats, carbs, and protein, too. So, this is a perfect break down for any curious healthy eaters out there.

What is Bee Pollen Powder?: Talk to UsWhat is Bee Pollen Powder?: Talk to Us

We hope that you’ve enjoyed learning a bit about this wonderful cosmetic herb. If you want to include even more herbs in your wholesale bath and body supplies, then check out some of our other Herbs and Spices. You can create some skin-loving products with a blend of fantastic herbs.  If you have questions about bee pollen powder or any other herbs that we carry, then please ask us! You can always ask us questions in store, on the phone, and on social media. We have a Facebook page that you can use to reach us. Also, we have a Twitter account and an Instagram account (@ngscents) . We hope to hear from you soon!

What is Bee Pollen Powder?: Reminder About Our Herbs

Note: Natures Garden sells our bee pollen powder for external use only. While you can purchase food grade bee pollen elsewhere, we do not sell them as food items. Also, the information that we provide is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease and this information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. We suggest that you keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets. Also, pregnant and/or lactating women should take special care when handling herbs. Natures Garden accepts no responsibility (written or implied) for any products you make with our herbs. The responsibility of the customer is to test all of their own created products.

Dec
05

25 Ways to use Grapeseed Oil


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25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil

How awesome is it to create amazing smelling bath bombs, sugar scrubs, soaps and lotion? Whether you make them for gifts or for your own personal use, here are some amazing soap and cosmetic recipes using Grapeseed Oil and incorporating some of our popular fragrances.  We at Nature’s Garden Candles hope you enjoy discovering the benefits of grapeseed oil and using it in these fun, sweet-smelling recipes. Below, with 25 ways to use grapeseed oil, you are sure to find a bath and body recipe that you will love!

25 Ways to use Grapeseed Oil Black Raspberry Vanilla Body Butter Recipe25 Ways to use Grapeseed Oil Black Raspberry Vanilla Body Butter Recipe

Our first recipe is a favorite of many of our customers. This Black Raspberry Vanilla Body Butter that incorporates the awesome Grapeseed Oil and our very popular Black Raspberry Vanilla Fragrance Oil is thick and rich without being greasy or heavy all the while smelling sweetly of black raspberries with a hint of vanilla.  It is a very luxurious-feeling body butter recipe and would make a thoughtful gift with the love of being homemade!   

25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Blackberry Sage Soap25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Blackberry Sage Soap

Next up is the Blackberry Sage Soap!  The Grapeseed oil in this purple and green swirly soap will add some amazing lather and will also add hardness to your soap. It is moisturizing and is often used in anti-acne soap recipes. The sweet scent of blackberries, vanilla and fresh green sage of the Blackberry Sage Fragrance Oil enhances the pleasure of using it during bath times!

25 ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Foaming Rose Petal Bath Bombs Recipe25 ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Foaming Rose Petal Bath Bombs Recipe

Grapeseed Oil that is used in these sweet little Foaming Rose Petal Bath Bombs will help you soak that dry, winter skin away! You will definitely come out of your bath smelling like you spent your day at a luxurious spa! Our Moonlight Tuberose Fragrance Oil that is used smells of apples, Lily of the Valley and Jasmine and we added just a hint of added sparkle to set off your glowing, soft skin! Taking a bath never felt nor smelled so good!

 

25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Natural Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Natural Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe

Sugar Scrubs are the rage! So once you try this mighty little Natural Lip Scrub that is infused with the beneficial Grapeseed oil, and our all-natural lip balm base you will wonder where this has been all your life! It will help soften up those dry, chapped lips! The sweetness from a fun Blue Raspberry Slushie flavor oil, sugar and a little lip tint for color and your lips will be in heaven! Your taste buds may even like it too!

 

25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Peeps Bunny Bath Bombs Recipe25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Peeps Bunny Bath Bombs Recipe

PEEPS!! Yes kids, just like the peeps the Easter Bunny brings us. Only these cute little bunnies are for bath time not for eating! These bath fizzy, colorful little bunnies will make your kids want to take a bath for sure! The Peeps Bunny Bath Bombs uses Grapeseed Oil for moisturizing, some super Fun Soap colors and our sweet Honey Almond Fragrance Oil! Very easy to create! So pop a couple of bunny Peeps into your kids’ bath, grab a couple of the marshmallow Peeps to snack on and watch the kids have fun and get clean at the same time!

25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Wine Sugar Scrub Recipe25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Wine Sugar Scrub Recipe

This next recipe actually uses wine in it. Wine to use in a scrub? YES PLEASE! Not only will this Wine Sugar Scrub help get off those dead skin cells, your skin will be smelling sweet with the amazing Christmas Cabernet Fragrance Oil! Cabernet, vanilla and a hint of oak permeates the air along with a splash of real red wine of your choice to add! I mean wine obviously isn’t just for drinking, but why not have a sip of a good red while you scrub your pores? The glow your skin is going to have will not be from having too many glasses, but from the Grapeseed Oil that will leave your skin soft and moisturized and from the exfoliation from the sugar!

 

25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub

Up next is another awesome sugar scrub for those that like things to smell a little sweet and a little mellow.  Our Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub will leave your skin smooth, satiny and sweet- smelling just by the Grapeseed Oil, the sugar and the Vanilla Extract Fragrance Oil, oh and the vanilla powder that you add to this scrub. Vanilla powder? It smells AMAZING in itself! Yummy is the only thing I can think to say about this brown sugar scrub.

25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Mistletoe Cold Process Soap25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Mistletoe Cold Process Soap

When you’re a cold process soap creator, you should always have some good Christmas soap recipes on hand. You can never have too much festivity added to the Christmas season! Here’s a pretty Mistletoe Cold Process Soap that your guests will oooh and ahhh over at your parties during the holiday season. This is a cp soap that smells of our Mistletoe and Ivy Fragrance Oil. It has a musky scent with a touch of cool camphor and of course English Holly. The Grapeseed Oil used in this will help your skin stay moisturized and soft. You may even have to create enough of this soap for gifts for your friends!

25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Wine Lotion Recipe25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Wine Lotion Recipe

Next in our plethora of amazing bath and body recipes is our Wine Lotion.  Grapeseed Oil, Vitamin E and Reservatrol Powder, which by the way is known to have excellent antioxidant qualities, helps make up this soft and silky lotion for that rough and dry skin. The scent of our Shiraz Fragrance Oil that smells of blackberries and plums will lend a sweet perfume to the air and your skin. This lotion would pair nicely with the Wine Sugar Scrub and make an awesome gift for somebody who appreciates the grape at its finest.

 

25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Natural Face Night Cream25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Natural Face Night Cream

Women are always on the look out for a good face cream.  A natural one is even better. Add the fact that it’s homemade and that you know the ingredients that you put into it is the cherry on top! This Natural Facial Night Cream that uses Grapeseed Oil, Calendula flowers, and cocoa butter will help replenish your skin while you sleep.  Since Grapeseed Oil is natural in antioxidants and Calendula can help reduce inflammation and help produce healthy skin, all you need is to have a good night’s rest and let this night cream do its job!

 

25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Vanilla Sugar Scrub Cubes25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Vanilla Sugar Scrub Cubes

Next, we have our Vanilla Sugar Scrub Cubes. These sweet little scrubs will not only get those pores and skin exfoliated, the Grapeseed Oil will leave your skin soft and replenished! With a base of Cocoa Butter Melt and Pour soap, some yummy vanilla powder and NG Warm Vanilla & Sugar fragrance Oil this recipe is super easy and makes a great gift for your friends! They look so sweet and edible, but we don’t recommend snacking on them during bath time!

 

25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Fizzies25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Fizzies

Ice Cream Fizzies? Oh, yes! Not just any old bath fizzies though, BUT Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Fizzies.  Not only are they adorable, but they look like real scoops of ice cream!  You will have to warn yourself not to eat them they look so good. However, your skin will thank you with Grapeseed Oil that is used to help soften and hydrate your skin, and the Dead Sea Salt that can help exfoliate out those pores. The Peppermint Patty Fragrance Oil and the cocoa powder added will make your bathroom smell like a candy factory and will most likely have you digging into the freezer looking for a quart of the real thing once you’re done soaking!

 

25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap Recipe25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap Recipe

Fresh, Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap! I would definitely set up a lemonade stand to hand  these out to those who want a fun, summertime soap. They smell just like the real thing with the Lemon Sugar Fragrance Oil, sweet, tart and just a hint of vanilla!  Plus, the Grapeseed Oil will help keep your hands soft if you’re working in the kitchen and needing to wash your hands a lot. The sunny yellow color will brighten up your bathroom or kitchen and look! There’s even a fun pink soap straw poking out of the soap “ice cubes”! Very, very fun and cute!

 

25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Oatmeal Milk Honey Cold Process Soap Recipe25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Oatmeal Milk Honey Cold Process Soap Recipe

Unlike a lot of Cold Process soap recipes, this Oatmeal Milk Honey Cold Process Soap makes a small batch. Perfect if your wanting to start out making soap and need some practice. Using Grapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil 76 along with real honey and oats, your skin will be soft and sweet! When you add the always popular Oatmeal Milk-n-Honey Fragrance Oil that smells exactly like it says will be a soap that will be a keeper in your recipe box!

 

25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Game On HP Soap25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Game On HP Soap

Women aren’t the only ones that like to smell amazing. Guys like a good, masculine scent and our Game On Fragrance Oil is definitely that! It has a woodsy scent of rich oak, and sandalwood. Use this scent in our Game On HP Soap. It uses Grapeseed Oil that will help keep their skin soft. They may not think they need soft, hydrated skin, but we ladies know they do!

 

25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Fruity Frenzy CP Soap25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Fruity Frenzy CP Soap

Fresh fruit overload in this Fruit Frenzy CP Soap recipe! Here we have a cold process soap that is using some very natural ingredients. Orange Peel Powder, Grapeseed Oil and mango butter. The Fresh Fruit Slices Fragrance Oil gives this soap a major fruit explosion! Your skin will feel soft and your senses will be awakened by this yummy-smelling soap.

 

25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Manly Soap Recipe25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Manly Soap Recipe

Sometimes we forget that maybe our guys want a good smelling soap that won’t leave their skin feeling dry. Try making this Manly Soap recipe for the man in your life (or your customers who are men). It incorporates our popular Grapeseed Oil so their skin will be left feeling soft and clean. Natures Garden’s Game On Fragrance Oil will leave a woodsy, strong oak with bergamot on their skin.

25 Way to Use Grapeseed Oil Calendula Swirl Soap Recipe25 Way to Use Grapeseed Oil Calendula Swirl Soap Recipe

 

So let’s talk some Calendula Swirl Soap! Made with grapeseed oil, Calendula and Olive Oil this soap has a multitude of benefits going for it! This soap has antioxidants from the Calendula, the anti-inflammatory properties of the Grapeseed Oil and the Olive Oil lend to the moisturizing category. The fragrance used is our Aromatherapy Energizing Fragrance Oil, an airy, uplifting scent of lemon, peppermint with hints of floral!  This is a very positive-smelling soap to use in your daily morning routine.

 

25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Clamshell Kiwi Sugar Cubes25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Clamshell Kiwi Sugar Cubes

Clamshells are not just for candles! Use them for making Clamshell Kiwi Sugar Cubes. These sweet looking little green cubes smelling of our Kiwi Fragrance oil will smell like the actual kiwi! When you add some poppy seeds in for looks you actually are getting some extra-exfoliation! Grapeseed oil lends its moisturizing hand to scrubbing those dead skin cells away, leaving you feeling smooth and supple!

 

25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Caramel Custard Cold Process Soap Recipe25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Caramel Custard Cold Process Soap Recipe

Mmmmmm! Caramel Custard! Rich, creamy caramel custard tasting of the sweet-warm flavor of brown sugar, maple and vanilla and rum. If you like Caramel and custard this is a definite must-try! Using the Caramel Custard Fragrance Oil, you may have the urge to give this soap a lick it smells so good! We advise you not to do so! However, this soap is eye-catching with its yellow and white swirls adding a rich, warm scent to the air and to your bath time. The Grapeseed Oil will help leave your skin feeling soft and not greasy. Give this Caramel Custard Cold Process Soap a try. We’re sure you’ll love it!

 

25 Ways to use Grapeseed Oil Energize Cold Process Soap25 Ways to use Grapeseed Oil Energize Cold Process Soap

We all need help waking up in the morning. Coffee will help. A LOT! Our morning routine also helps us shake the sleep off. Try this Energize Cold Process Soap to help perk up those senses. Using Grapefruit Lemongrass Fragrance Oil with its eye-opening scent of grapefruit, lemongrass, and light floral tones will have you awake and saying, “Good Morning!” With the benefits of Grapeseed oil to help moisturize your skin and the vibrant scent will help your body move into overdrive!

 

25 Ways to use Grapeseed Oil Chamomile Light Lotion Recipe25 Ways to use Grapeseed Oil Chamomile Light Lotion Recipe

Chamomile has been around for thousands of years! This flower can be used in anything beginning with natural medicines, to food and beverages and all the way to bath and body products. This lotion, which does not use the actual flower itself, uses our Chamomile Fragrance Oil. A soft, floral slightly herbal smell that will calm your senses just by using the Chamomile Light Lotion that has the skin-softening agents of Grapeseed Oil. So just like the title says, it is a light, non-greasy, easily absorb-able lotion. Perfect for summertime to help keep your skin hydrated but not weighing you down.

 

25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Royal Honey Bee Cold Process Soap Recipe25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Royal Honey Bee Cold Process Soap Recipe

Bee Pollen? In a soap? Are you scratching your head over this? Bee Pollen isn’t  just something some are allergic to. There are many wonderful attributes to it such as vitamins A, C, D, and E.  It contains 22 amino acids, 27 mineral salts, hormones, carbohydrates, and more than 5,000 enzymes.  It is used in cosmetics as an antibiotic, anti-itch, and an anti-inflammatory agent. Bee Pollen has also been known to help treat acne. So making Royal Bee Cold Process Soap will not only have your skin buzzzzzzing with joy, but you will beeee smelling bee-utiful with the Nectarine & Honey Fragrance Oil that is added but the bee pollen will feed your hungry, vitamin-deficiency skin. Don’t forget! Skin needs nourishment too! When you add in the benefits of Grapeseed Oil then I would say you have one buzz-worthy soap to try!

 

25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Sweet Wheatgrass Cold Process Soap25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Sweet Wheatgrass Cold Process Soap

Wheatgrass is an herb with an abundance of vitamins A, C, and E, amino acids, phytosterols, and minerals. It’s also used in cosmetics to treat skin conditions such as acne, athlete’s foot, eczema, chapped lips, wounds, psoriasis, and hemorrhoids. Also, wheatgrass is used as a natural green colorant in soap. Who knew, right?  Plus, the Grapeseed Oil helps out with moisturizing. So when you set out to make this Sweet Wheatgrass Cold Process Soap just know that you are going to make your skin happy with its natural benefits, and who doesn’t like something all-natural? Use our Sweet Grass Fragrance oil that smells like summer with its scent of clover, fresh-cut grass and a touch of wisteria and you will be pleased with this soap to keep in your collection of cold process soap recipes.

 

25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Clamshell Bath Melts Recipe25 Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil Clamshell Bath Melts Recipe

Did you know that lavender is one of the most fragrant of all herbs? Lavender has been used since ancient times for perfumes, for bathing, for wound healing, and as a natural insect repellent.  American Indians also used it for incense smudging. Lavender flowers can also be used in cosmetic and soap recipes. This little flower is also known to help reduce depression and sorrow. It is such a versatile little flower when it has dried and can add purpose to all your creative soap, candle and cosmetic creations. Try creating these Clamshell Bath Melts sometime. Drop one of these little squares in your tub and soak away your stress. The Kismet Fragrance Oil that smells of lavender and sweet orange will scent the air. With Grapeseed Oil added into the recipe you will get the benefits of soft, hydrated skin without the oiliness, and you will leave your bath tub feeling relaxed, clean and smelling sweet and stress-free.

Oct
17

Adding Beeswax to a Soaping Recipe


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Adding beeswax to your cold process recipes provides a harder, long lasting bar of soap.

So, we had a brilliant idea, and we ran with it.  But, as we learned having a brilliant idea does not always equate to a brilliant end result.  Instead, our brilliant idea was a learning experience!

The Scenario

It all started out with the scent Nectarine and Honey, which by the way happens to be a fabulous scent.  In true Natures Garden form, we wanted to take this fragrance oil and kick it up a notch.  So, to the brainstorming mobile we went- hello think tank!  Back and forth the creative ideas started flowing- anything that was related to nectarine and/or honey was noted.  What resulted was a cold process soap recipe focused around the scent Nectarine and Honey that would incorporate bee products; Honey, Beeswax, and Bee Pollen Powder.  Once we knew how luxurious this soap was going to be, the clever name Royal Honey Bee Soap seemed to be the perfect match.

The Special Bee Ingredients

Honey was an easy choice.  We know that honey contains awesome skin loving benefits.  It is a detoxifier, loaded with antioxidants, and it’s very moisturizing.  After using body products with honey your skin feels extremely soft and supple.  Through our research we found that even Cleopatra herself bathed in honey and milk to supplement her natural loveliness and beautiful, soft skin.

Bee Pollen Powder was also chosen for the benefits it provides to the skin.  Bee pollen is rich in vitamins, amino acids, and minerals.  Products with bee pollen powder leave your skin feeling naturally soft and smooth.

Beeswax was selected as our warrior.  Although this ingredient is commonly used to help harden soaps, (making them last longer) we wanted it for a different reason. It also brought another element to the table- it locks in moisture for your skin.  Besides helping to keep your skin moisturized, after using products that include beeswax- a thin protective layer is left- a shield for your skin against the harsh outside elements of your environment.

We were set.  Super excited about how magnificent this recipe was going to be, we happily plugged our ingredients into Soap Calc, double checked our values, and moved on to the testing stage.

The Creation

Everything was set.  The lye solution was cooling.  The beeswax, butters, and oils were melted.  We were just waiting on the green light (temperatures).  The excitement was thick in the air.

Finally, the time had arrived.  The soaping procedure was normal.  Really, the only changes were: honey was added at light trace, and the bee pollen at trace.  This was easy!

The soap batter was beautiful- thick, creamy and smelled divine.  There was no denying it; you could just envision how great these bars were going to turn out after cure.  Seeing this gorgeous masterpiece coming together was intoxicating.  The anticipation of molding this batter was building, and we couldn’t wait to get started.

Since Nectarine and Honey fragrance oil naturally discolors to a creamy peach and the addition of bee pollen powder will add somewhat of a yellow hue, we thought this final color would be perfect.  So, really the only thing we wanted to accomplish was a heaped loaf with peaks.  Easy, right?

Yes, it was… so easy!  The batter was poured and heaped through the center of the mold.  We felt like Pablo Picasso working on a yet to be viral masterpiece.  Everything was going as planned.  Once we started peaking with a spatula, it was perfection in its finest hour.  Each peak held to the spatula and gracefully formed the most breath-taking, stunning crests.  The playful batter was alluring, begging for more peaks, and we did just that.  We peaked and played until it was perfect.  The soap batter was not only enchanting, but also captivating visually.  It was quite possible that we may have just stumbled upon a divine soap recipe- one to go down through the ages. 

After waiting the 24 hours to remove the soap from the mold, it was almost too much to handle.  We couldn’t wait to get these beauties out and cut; let alone the rest of the cure time.  But, we did- that’s soaping 101; it comes with the territory.

Finally- the Cure is Over

The first day that the soap was finished, we couldn’t wait to give it a try.  The bars were angelic.  The color was flawless, the bars were nice and hard, the scent retention was amazing!  We just had to try them out.  To the sink we went, and this is where our demise met us.

We soaped, and we were heartbroken.  Although everything seemed to be perfect throughout this whole process, our soap bars were crumbly.  Too crumbly!  We were defeated, and it was the beeswax that was the culprit.  The same ingredient that memorized us with its playful nature in the soap batter was now our arch enemy in the final product.  We felt as though we were victims to the sirens of the soaping world.  Back to the drawing board.

Analysis

After reviewing our notes and recipe, we found that the percentage of beeswax we used in the original recipe was too high (10%).  Investigating further, we found that the normal usage rate for this ingredient was a mere 1-2%.  Yikes!

honey soap

This is a finished and cured bar of Royal Honey Bee Soap by Natures Garden.

We did recalculate and remake the Royal Honey Bee Soap Recipe.  However, this time we decided to leave out the beeswax.  The bars were still gorgeous, soothing, and the scent retention was phenomenal.  After using it our skin did feel soft, supple, and nourished.  The honey added an extravagant element of luscious royalty.  The soap bars were still a win even without the beeswax.

In hind sight- we will try again to create a soap recipe that includes beeswax just not at 10%.  Sometimes, the most memorable lessons in life are the ones that you have to see for yourself- even if they result in less than desirable outcomes.