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Jun
09

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics


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Herbs for Soap and CosmeticsHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics

We at Natures Garden love the benefits of our many Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics. Each cosmetic herb has its own unique set of benefits that enhance the products they are used to create. So, adding cosmetic herbs to recipes can lead to a whole bunch of beneficial properties. Some herbs work well to naturally color your products. Some herbs are wonderful for relaxing and stress relief. Other herb additives will provide benefits to the skin, such as reducing acne or soothing irritation. Plus, there are herbs that contain a variety of healthy minerals and vitamins that are very beneficial. So, you can see why natural additives can be so great for your products and why we use them in our recipes whenever we can!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Activated Charcoal PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Activated Charcoal Powder

Activated Charcoal makes a wonderful addition to cosmetics and soaps, as it has a few different benefits. First, this herb is a perfect natural colorant. The color that it provides is a dark black shade that is bold and true. Since the color is natural you can use this instead of adding soap dye or another colorant. Also, this activated charcoal powder is a natural detoxifier! Not only will activated charcoal attract and adsorb grime as you use your product, but the activated charcoal will provide a deep pore clean. Plus, it is a natural odor absorber as it will cling to and remove odor as well. We have created recipes, such as the Activated Charcoal Mask Recipe and  the Total Hot Man CP Soap Recipe, with activated charcoal that you can try out.

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Aloe Vera Leaf Powder Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Aloe Vera Leaf Powder 

Next, we have an herb that is very well known for its healing properties. Of course, we are referring to the Aloe Vera Leaf Powder! This healing cosmetic herb is perfect for helping your skin better deal with irritation, sunburn, or inflammation. This herb is soothing and contains antioxidants, vitamin C, and other minerals which allow the skin to heal faster than it normally would. We have tried this herb out by creating the Sunburn Relief Bath Tea Recipe and it worked wonderfully! This creation was perfect for soothing a sunburn disaster! Plus, we added this herb to the Pampered Foot Scrub Recipe to help heal cracked and dry skin on feet, which was a great success. So, this herb is truly a nourishing and helpful herb.

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Beet Root PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Beet Root Powder

This next  natural cosmetic additive is a perfect natural colorant! The Beet Root Powder is a lovely herb that is perfect for achieving shades of pinks and light reds. This natural colorant can be used in anything from bath products like our Watermelon Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe and our Beet Root Facial Soap Recipe to lip products. like our Natural Beet Root Lip Gloss Recipe. This herb is really the best natural colorant for pink! Plus, it is full of nutrients, such as beta carotene, vitamin B5, vitamin B1, vitamin C, glycine, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, tryptophan, tyrosine, and zinc.  Herbalists recognize beet root powder for its ability to help the liver metabolize fats, its ability to help reduce LDL in the blood, and to reduce blood pressure. So, this is pretty and good for you to use in bath and body products!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Orange Peel PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Orange Peel Powder

The Orange Peel Powder is a great herb for your skin care products. This  powdered herb has a lovely citrus scent and is full of great vitamins for your skin! In recipes, this herb is said to have anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties. So, this herb would make a great addition to soap recipes! For example, you could create recipes like the Fruit Frenzy Cold Process Soap Recipe or the Orange Dreamsickle Bath Bomb Recipe.

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Burdock Root PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Burdock Root Powder

The Burdock Root Powder is an herb that is known for treating chronic skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, boils, styes, herpes, carbuncles, cankers, and syphilitic sores. SO, this herb would be very beneficial in creating soothing recipes to treat skin issues. For example, you could create a product like the Soothing Facial Mask Recipe to potentially reduce acne or other skin problems.

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Pomegranate Fruit PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Pomegranate Fruit Powder

Pomegranate fruit powder is an amazing herb for the skin! This powder has a high level of antioxidants and vitamins, which leads to promoting healthy cell growth by nourishing the skin. Plus, this fruit powder herb has been known to exhibit anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. So, this herb is perfect for skin care recipes!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Green Tea PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Green Tea Powder

While this herb is more commonly used in tea form, the Green Tea Powder herb is perfect for bath and body products. This herb has both antioxidant properties and gentle exfoliation abilities that make it nice for softening skin. Plus, this powder will provide a natural green color in cp soap batches.

 

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Calendula Flowers Whole Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Calendula Flowers Whole

The whole Calendula Flowers herb is a lovely flower that some wonderful properties for the skin. We have previously used this cosmetic herb in our Natural Facial Night Cream Recipe and our Calendula Bath Melts Recipe due to these wonderful properties. The Calendula Flowers are believed to reduce inflammation, reduce acne, and promote healthy skin and hair, which means that this herb is perfect for bath teas, soaps, lip balms, ointments, lotions, face toners, after shave formulas, scrubs, massage oils and some bath bombs. Further, this herb for bath and body products is great for helping acne issues, burns, rashes, bruised or inflamed skin. Also, this herb has been know to help to reduce varicose veins after a few weeks use.

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Hibiscus Flowers PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Hibiscus Flowers Powder

You ready for a cosmetic herb that is both pretty and powerful? Check out our Hibiscus Flowers Powder because it is just that! First of all, this powder is a gorgeous colorant! This floral powder provides a pretty pink color that is vibrant and beautiful. Second, this herb has some pretty amazing natural properties. Hibiscus flowers are high in antioxidants and amino acids, and also contain oligopeptides that have been shown to have wrinkle-smoothing properties. We have seen with our Foaming Hibiscus Scrub Recipe that this natural cosmetic additive is perfect for wrinkle reducing! This herb has been referred to as a natural Botox and we can definitely see why! This stuff is amazing!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Carrot PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Carrot Powder

Carrot powder is a perfect herb for skin care recipes! This powder has been know to repair and tone the skin, reduce wrinkles and scars, and increase elasticity. These benefits come from the the abundance of vitamins and minerals that this powdered herb possesses. Plus, this herb can be used to provide a natural orange color in products. So, this would be perfect for creating scrubs or lotion products!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Lavender Flower PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Lavender Flower Powder

Also, we have a wonderful herb that is fragrant with many beneficial properties. The Lavender Flower Powder is has a lovely and strong scent that is loved by many. These flowers have been used for everything from perfumes, bathing, wound healing, to use as a natural insect repellent. Plus, this herb has some great uses in bath and body products. For example, this herb is perfect for skin care products as it has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, toning, and healing properties. The lavender flower powder works to treat acne, eczema, psoriasis, and oily skin. We have used this fabulous powder in our own Lavender Sage Bath Bomb Recipe to create a bath bomb that cares for the skin and smells lovely. So, this truly is a perfect herb for bath and body products!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Lavender Flowers WholeHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Lavender Flowers Whole

Further, you can try out a similar herb to our lavender flowers powder, which is the Lavender Flowers Whole. This herb has all the same wonderful properties with the same beautiful aroma, but this herb maintains the pretty flowers! So, this herb would work wonderfully in a recipe with the lavender powder. So, you can have the benefits of this plant all the way through your product as well as have some pretty flowers sprinkled in. We have used these flowers in a few different recipes, such as  the Lemon Lavender Bath Melts Recipe and the Lavender Cold Process Soap Recipe, to add another gorgeous element to the recipe. While these products would’ve been fairly pretty on their own, adding flowers on top made the product truly desirable.

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Oat Straw Green PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Oat Straw Green Powder

Next, we have an herb that is great for cosmetic creations. The Oat Straw Green Powder has some lovely skin care properties that will leave your body feeling soft and rejuvenated. This cosmetic herb has long been used in skin, hair, and nail care recipes for its rejuvenating and softening qualities. So, adding this herb to your own products can only benefit your recipe. We have used this herb in our own recipes, such as the Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe and the Burgundy Rose Bath Milk Soak Recipe. This made our bath and body recipes much more softening and caring for the skin.

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Cornsilk PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Cornsilk Powder

You can use cornsilk powder to naturally enhance your bath and body products. This herb is known to reduce inflammation and soften the skin. So, this would be great for skin care. Plus, this herb is perfect for hair care, too! Cor nsilk powder will leave hair smooth and soft!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Camu Camu Fruit PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Camu Camu Fruit Powder

Another wonderful herb for products is the Camu Camu Fruit Powder. This cosmetic ingredient has  vitamin C, vitamin B1, B2, B3, beta-carotene, amino acids, phytochemicals, bioflavanoids, phosphorus, potassium, iron, antioxidants, and calcium, which are wonderful for the body. Plus, this cosmetic ingredient is wonderful for the skin. Due to the high levels of antioxidants in camu camu, it is used in cosmetic products to reduce free radical attacks; protecting the skin from premature aging. Plus, camu camu has been said to help whiten dark patches on the skin when used in skincare products. We have used this powdered herb in Acai Berry Smoothie Sugar Scrub Recipe and in the Blueberry Bath Bomb Recipe. These recipes are great for the skin and are very nourishing!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Comfrey Root Powder Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Comfrey Root Powder 

Another great addition to a bath and body product would be the Comfrey Root Powder. This herb has quite a few beneficial properties for the skin. Comfrey root has been known to help expedite the healing process of wounds, stop bleeding, relieve pain, and help prevent infection. Plus, this herbal powder can be added to lotions and creams to help reduce the pain associated with arthritis, sunburn, or other skin irritations. Further, creams containing comfrey root are also recommended for diabetic sores to promote healing. So, this is a great herb for healing cuts, burns, or irritations.We utilized this healing herb to create a Soothing Facial Mask Recipe. While this mask would be perfect for those with sunburns or skin irritations, it is also great as a face mask on a typical day to leave your skin feeling refreshed and happy.

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Organic Cocoa PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Organic Cocoa Powder

Not only is this cocoa powder rich in many vitamins and minerals, but this cosmetic herb smells fantastic! Our Organic Cocoa Powder is a lovely herb that is perfect for any kind of bath and body product. First of all, cacao beans are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E and pantothenic acid. Plus, they are rich in magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese and potassium.  Furthermore, this herb contains caffeine, which is actually beneficial to the skin.

So, cocoa powder is already winning on its beneficial vitamins and minerals for your skin, but you must remember that this is basically powdered chocolate! How does chocolate lip balm sound to you? Chocolate facial masks? Yummy!  I mean, we used this powder in Hot Fudge Brownies Cold Process Soap Recipe,  in our Chocolate Sugar Scrub Recipe, and in our Gourmet Chocolate Bath Melts Recipe. All of these turned out perfectly and were great for skin!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Vanilla PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Vanilla Powder

The Vanilla Powder is a unique ingredient for cosmetics with a scent that is absolutely mouth watering. This white colored herb won’t alter the color of your product, but it will add a strong dose of sweet vanilla goodness. The scent is so strong and smells exactly how you would expect vanilla to smell. Thus this scent is strong, true, natural, and perfect for bath and body products. We have used this fantastic bath and body additive in the  Vanilla Sugar Scrub Cubes Recipe, the Natural Vanilla Body Powder Recipe, and a few other recipes. All of them had that amazing vanilla scent mixed in with their fragrance oils that added to the existing scent to create something even better!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Interested in More Herbs

We hope that you enjoyed this list of some of our favorite herbs to use in our own creations. These are some of the herbs that we carry and have found to be exceptional in some way. However, there are many, many more herbs that you can use to create products that are absolutely amazing and all natural. There are some that we have not yet used in our own recipes, that could still help you create lovely and beneficial products. While we have yet to use some of these herbs ourselves, we have researched each and everyone to understand exactly how the herbs will enhance your products. So, you will be able to create a recipe that is perfectly fit to your needs. If you are interested in looking through all the herbs that we carry, then check out the Herbs and Spices Page on the Natures Garden website.

Nov
09

Pumpkin Sugar Scrubs


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Pumpkin Spice ScrubsWhat a fun time I had with the Pumpkin Sugar Scrubs Recipe as my first solo attempt at melt and pour homemade soap making.  We have a wide variety of pumpkin products such as molds, pumpkin fragrance oils, pumpkin powders, and even pumpkin recipes to satisfy your craving for this seasonal scent.  For now, I’m all about making melt and pour soaps and learning all I can about the different products here at Natures Garden, learning the techniques, and trying out the fabulous recipes.  I decided that making small, solid pumpkin sugar scrubs as my first official project was appropriate for this time of year.

I am brand-spanking-new to the wonderful world of soap making and part of the fun is figuring it out! I did some research on Pinterest and looked over a couple of our solid sugar scrubs recipes before coming up with this ridiculously fun recipe:

Ingredients used:                                                                                            

 

Tools needed:Silicone Soap Mold - 24 Mini Pumpkins

I included turmeric and carrot powder in the recipe both for their coloring properties and skin-loving benefits.  As this was my first attempt to make this recipe, I carefully prepped my work area and laid out all of the ingredients and tools I would need for this recipe.   Below is the step-by-step instructions that I followed:

Step 11. Place the silicone pumpkin soap mold off to the side.
2. Measure out your powders! I did this by placing one of my glass measuring containers on the scale, taring it to 0, then adding my powders one at a time (tare in between the powders if you’d prefer not to do any math).
3. Add 30g vegetable glycerin to your small glass bowl with your powders and stir until it is thoroughly mixed and you have created a paste free of lumps.  Place to the side.
4. Measure out your sugar and place to the side.
5. Measure out your oils.
6. Cut 175g of your melt and pour base and place in you microwavable bowl.
7. Microwave your soap in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, making sure it is melted. If you have a more powerful microwave, you can do it for shorter bursts of time.
8. Once that soap is completely melted, add your Pumpkin Walnut Biscotti Fragrance oil and your sweet almond and pumpkin seed oil; stir thoroughly.
9. Then pour your powder paste and add your 20 drops of orange oxide into the bowl all while its wet.Step 4
10. Then add the sugar and stir, stir, stir.
11. Once you’ve completely mixed your soap, oils, and sugar pour mixture into the mold and allow the little pumpkin bars (this recipe makes about 24) to set up for 4 hours. Ta-da!

Things got a little weird for me around step 11.   As I was mixing the mixture, it began to harden.  As you will see in the picture, I attempted to pack the mold versus pouring.  I decided to go ahead and re-heat it in the microwave for another 30 seconds.  When I took it out, it was a thick liquid that I stirred with the spatula (just to remix) and then began to poor into the mold.  It poured beautifully into each mold.  As excited as I was that this project seemed to turn out just right , I immediately decided it was time to put them to the true test.  I used a couple of these and they worked really well!  The bar held its shape despite the fact that anytime you add water to sugar, it breaks it down.  I hope you have as much fun as I did using this recipe.

Sep
27

Natural Soap Colorants: Katie Makes Soap Part 2


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Natural Soap ColorantsHi, there! It’s me, Katie, again. I’ve already told you about my first attempt at soapmaking. and guess what? I made more soap! Or at least tried to. This time I decided to experiment with natural soap colorants in melt and pour soap. (Different soap processes can affect natural colorants differently, but you’re generally OK with melt and pour- read the pages on the colorants for more information.) I wanted to make a color gradient with natural soap colorants, and I had the following powders: Red Moroccan Clay Powder, Orange Peel Powder, Carrot Powder, Rose Clay Powder, and Lemon Peel Powder. I used red clay, orange peel, and carrot in my first soap, and I got rose clay and lemon peel for a pink lemonade soap idea that I had (didn’t work out, going to try again- that blog will be coming soon!).

So, when you want to disperse a powder evenly in soap for coloring purposes, you want to ‘wet’ it with vegetable glycerin. Soap loves glycerin. I got a two pound slab of Shea Butter Melt and Pour, and first cut it in half because I was using a 1lb loaf mold. Then- lucky me- that slab was divided evenly into 20 squares- five rows of four- and I had five powders- so I separated my melt and pour base into five cups of four squares each. Then I measured out 0.1 oz of each powder into separate lil glass bowls. (One tenth of an ounce is the smallest amount [in ounces] that my scale would register.) I added 0.1 oz of veggie glycerin to each of my fruit and veggie powders, but the lemon peel powder was not mixing well- so I added more! I used 0.2 oz veggie glycerin for my fruit and veggie powders. I had to beat out the lumps of the carrot powder but with the extra veggie glycerin, it ended up being a very thin liquid. The others were more like pastes. I added 0.1 oz of veggie glycerin to my clay powders and that was enough to turn them into a workable texture. Woohoo! Here are my powders lined up:Powders

Out of habit, I had originally thought the lemon peel mixture would be the lightest- yellow, right? But it was actually a light brown. Hmm. Well. My eyes didn’t lie. So I lined the powders up this way since it seemed to be the most aesthetically pleasing- looked like a gradient and that’s what I was going for.

This time, I used the microwave for my melting and wow, that was so much faster and easier than trying to use the stove. I still wasn’t 100% sure on my carrot, orange, and lemon powders being in the correct order for a proper gradient (lemon = yellow, right, brain?) so I put my four squares each of melt and pour (cut up, of course, for easier melting) into three glass containers with spouts and thoroughly stirred in my powder-glycerin mixtures.

Natural Soap Colorants

Lemon was clearly the darkest of the three. It was a close call between carrot and orange, but orange was definitely closer to the color of the lemon powder soap. Well, alright. I had to melt them again because melt and pour isn’t really designed for stopping and taking photos and then I began pouring them into the mold one layer at a time. I poured my carrot layer first and sprayed the top with rubbing alcohol to get rid of air bubbles. I let that sit for.. I’m not sure exactly- about half an hour? It was only 1/5 of a pound so it didn’t take too terribly long to set up. Then I sprayed the top of that layer with rubbing alcohol (it evaporates out- so no worries there) and poured the next layer, sprayed it with rubbing alcohol, and let it set up. I repeated these steps for all five layers.

Natural Soap ColorantsI let the soap sit for a while before I popped it out of the mold to admire it, and then waited even longer before I cut it. I ended up with five ~1″ thick bars. I just cut it on a cutting board with a big knife- nothing fancy, so it’s not exact. And behold these beauties: the dark spots in the middle layers are likely spots where my powder clumped up but the carrot powder also seemed to settle into little specks on the bottom. I like it. It’s super cute. The lemon layer is also the most malleable, the other layers are quite hard and the lemon layer has a small bit of give. This bar smells slightly citrus-y near the lemon and orange layers, but overall, no overwhelming scent – I was more focused on the appearance anyway. It lathers like a dream, though. <3

Natural Soap ColorantsWhat did I learn? Well, the concentration of your powder is very important in determining coloring. That failed soap I mentioned above? I used the same amount of rose clay powder (and veggie glycerin to color an entire pound of it and you can really tell the difference 5x colorant concentration makes. The red clay layer actually looks closer to the solid-colored soap. Interesting. I think if I made another gradient soap, I would pick one colorant and do the different layers in different concentrations. No guess work when it comes to the proper order that way. It’s also been brought to my attention that certain non-clay powders may have the tendency to oxidize and eventually turn brown. I think they worked well in this soap not to mention the added benefits, but I may stick with clay for colorants in the future.

Here’s my first soap side-by-side with my second soap. So cute! Different combinations and different concentrations make different colors. I can’t wait to experiment with this further!

SidebySide

Sep
12

My First Attempt at Soapmaking


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Enji Natures GardenHi, I’m Katie from Nature’s Garden. (That’s me and Enji!) We’ve got a great team here, and my role largely involves writing fragrance blogs and rendering videos. I’ve been working here for a little over two months, and I’ve watched Bailey make a LOT of soap (you can, too, if you click that link)! Until I started working here, I had very little knowledge of soapmaking (and I still have a LOT to learn), but you bet your bippy I like crafts of all kinds, and I’ve been itching to get my hands on some soap. This past weekend, a friend asked me to house-sit and I had a rare opportunity: an entire kitchen at my disposal. (I live with my folks, two teenage siblings, and a large puppy [keep reading for pic], so the kitchen can be a little crowded.) On Friday, I frantically purchased soapmaking supplies from our store, and soon after started my first foray into melt-and-pour.

Katie’s Impulsive Orange Soap

Truthfully, I don’t trust myself with anything too potentially hazardous. While I’ve read all about lye safety and its proper handling, I still don’t trust my clumsy self. Melt and pour seemed to be the way to go. We use mango butter in our cold process soap-testing recipe because of its moisturizing properties, so I decided to buy some Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap.

Natures Garden Reed Diffuser KitOn a separate note, I am absolutely obsessed with Blood Orange Essential Oil. Pictured to the right is the reed diffuser that sits in my office, filled with blood orange essential oil (and reed diffuser baseReed diffuser kits come plain- I just painted mine to match the workplace). It smells insanely amazing and its considered aromatherapy benefits are as a stimulant and an anti-depressant (an aphrodisiac, too, but that’s not important at work). IMPORTANT NOTE ON USING CITRUS ESSENTIAL OILS IN BATH AND BODY PRODUCTS: Citrus fruits contain compounds designed to help them absorb sunlight to ripen. Citrus essential oils are likely to increase the photosensitivity- or sensitivity to sunlight- of your skin. I’m already as white as ghost, so I need to be especially careful not to use this soap on body parts that will see a lot of sun. I already get sunburnt pretty easily, and overuse of citrus essential oil on sun-exposed skin can lead to a type of super-sunburn. No thank you.

My idea quickly became centered around making an energizing soap with mango butter melt and pour and blood orange essential oil- but what else? I looked up natural soap colorantsOrange Peel Powder, rich with vitamins and a citrus aroma, seemed like an obvious addition, and for extra orange color, I included skin-nourishing Carrot Powder and cleansing Red Moroccan Clay Powder. Let me remind you again that I pretty much have no idea what I’m doing. –Since I was a kid, I’ve loved making my own recipes. Even if they were terrible. I once put cinnamon squares cereal in a bowl with ripped up bread and orange soda pop. I have no idea why. I can’t imagine anyone ate it. (I’m not sure how those fragrances would smell together, either.)– But no one’s going to eat this soap, so I figured I couldn’t go too terribly wrong, right?

To recap, here’s my recipe (and a picture of me and my dog for fun):

Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap – 1lb
Blood Orange Essential Oil – ~32 drops
Orange Peel Powder – 2 tbsp
Carrot Powder – 1 tbsp
Red Moroccan Clay Powder – 1 tbsp

Other Supplies:

Knife
Cutting board
Scale
Stove
Small sauce pan
Glass 2-cup Measuring Container with spout
Water
Tbsp measuring spoon
Small bowl
Whisk
Stainless steel spoon
Disposable pipettes
Bite-sized daisies mold

Making it:

First, gotta cut up those lil melt and pour squares. I cut my soap along the lines laid out and then I cut those pieces into halves or even quarters for faster melting. You can use a microwave, but I wanted more time to add my herbs and oil so I used the double boiler method to melt my mango butter base (or something very similar- I just googled “double boiler method” and that’s not exactly what I did. Oops.) In the little bowl I mixed 1 tbsp of each of my powders with the whisk, being sure to break up carrot powder clumps. Once my soap base was good and melt-y, I stirred in my powders and began mixing with a whisk. Shortly thereafter I used a pipette to add my blood orange essential oil. I didn’t measure this one out exactly, but a friend suggested I use no more than a few drops of essential oil per ounce of base, so initially I went with about 1 drop/oz. It didn’t smell orange-y enough to me,Impulsive-Orange-Two so I added an extra tbsp of orange peel powder and upped my essential oil to 2 drops/oz base. Once I got my batter thoroughly mixed, I poured it into that *cute little flower mold,* very messily, I might add, and very carefully laid the filled molds on paper towels on a flat shelf in the fridge. I waited a while for them to set up, at least a half hour, and then popped them out and put them in a zip-seal bag. THEY SMELL GREAT. I cannot get over how much I love this soap. I have never smelled anything like it before- it’s orange-y and herbal-y and the soap turned out to be a tan-orange color- and I LOVE IT.

But melt and pour comes in two pound slabs.. so what did I do with the other pound?

Bacon-SoapBACON SOAP

This one was more simple and scientific. One pound = 16 oz.  and (16 x 0.05 = 0.8). I measured out 0.8 oz Bacon Fragrance Oil and.. I’m not sure sure how much Red Moroccan Clay Powder I used.. maybe 3 or 4 tbsp? But I used the same melt and pour method described above and ended up with a pound of bacon soap! Woohoo! Be sure to keep this soap away from your puppy- he might mistake them for treats- they are bite-sized and they smell like bacon. Though honestly, my goofy dog will try to eat anything.

I can’t wait to create another soap recipe with herbs and essential oils!