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Mar
05

Toning Facial Mask Recipe


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Toning Facial Mask Recipe

If you are looking for a bath and body recipe that will help to both cleanse and moisturize your skin, then you may want to try out the Toning Facial Mask Recipe from Natures Garden. This cosmetic facial mask is perfect for cleansing your skin with cosmetic clay ingredients. Plus, this facial mask recipe will nourish your skin with cosmetic oils and the various cosmetic herbs. So, you can create your own natural face mask recipe that will care for your skin and have your very own diy facials right at home!

Toning Facial Mask Recipe: Supplies and Materials

Barley Grass Powder
Bentonite Clay Powder
French Green Clay Powder
Marshmallow Root Powder
Slippery Elm Bark Powder
Vitamin E Oil
Vegetable Glycerin
Disposable Pipettes
2 oz Clear PET Jar
White Straight Lids 48/400
1 oz. Clear Bullet Bottles
White Disc Top Lids 20/410

Toning Facial Mask Recipe: Equipment You Will Need

Mixing Bowls
Scale
Mixing Spoons

Toning Facial Mask Recipe:

32 grams of the Barley Grass Powder
112 grams of the Bentonite Clay Powder
32 grams of the Marshmallow Root Powder
112 grams of the French Green Clay Powder
32 grams of the Slippery Elm Bark Powder
24 drops of the Vitamin E Oil
16 drops of the Peppermint Essential Oil
16 drops of the Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil
84 grams of the Vegetable Glycerin (You will need 12 grams per bottle)

Toning Facial Mask Recipe: Prepare and Sanitize

Before you get started on creating your homemade face mask recipe, you will want to make a few preparations. First, you will need to make sure that your equipment that is clean and ready to use. Of course, any of your cosmetic supplies that may be dirty will need to be washed with soap and water. Also, you will want to make sure that you have a work space that is clean and ready to use. Plus, you will want to gather all of the supplies for this cosmetic recipe. Now you are ready to begin creating your cosmetic recipe.

Toning Facial Mask Recipe: Why Separate the Ingredients?

For many of our homemade facial recipes, we will keep the vegetable glycerin separate from the rest of the cosmetic ingredients. So, the vegetable glycerin will be packaged in a bottle. Then the rest of the wholesale ingredients are mixed together and put in small jars. We chose to package these ingredients separately to prolong the shelf life without needing to add a preservative. If you want to sell this recipe, you can combine these ingredients shortly before reselling your finished product. Or, you can sell both the containers together with short instructions on how to mix the facial recipe when ready. Either way, you will not have to worry about whether the preservative would irritate the sensitive skin of your face.

Toning Facial Mask Recipe: Preparing the Powdered Mixture

First, we are going to be preparing the powder mixture for this facial mask recipe. This mixture will include most of the cosmetic ingredients for your facial mask. Once these wholesale cosmetic ingredients are combined you will package them in a jar. So, you will be saving this blend of ingredients until you are ready to mix up and use your facial. So, let’s get started with preparing the cosmetic ingredients that you will need to create the powdered mixture for this face mask recipe.

Toning Facial Mask Recipe: Combining Your Powdered Herbs

So, you are going to want to prepare your powdered herbs for this cosmetic recipe. You will need to measure out these cosmetic herbs into one of your mixing herbs. So, weigh out 32 grams of the barley grass powder, 32 grams of the marshmallow root powder, and 32 grams of the slippery elm bark powder. After all of these cosmetic herbs have been measured you will want to add them to your mixing bowl. Then, you will want to stir them to combine these ingredients thoroughly.

Toning Facial Mask Recipe: Barley Grass Powder

The Barley Grass Powder herb is a create cosmetic herb to include in this face mask recipe. This powdered herb contains various nutrients, like vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, beta carotene, pantothenic acid, and folic acid. Also, this herb contains iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, chlorophyll, and amino acids. Since barley grass is so high in nutrients, it is a perfect cosmetic ingredient for nourishing the skin. Also, this cosmetic herb is known for its anti inflammatory, anti oxidant,  and anti aging properties. Plus, this herb has anti acne properties. So, there are all kinds of benefits that you can get by adding this herb to cosmetics.

Toning Facial Mask Recipe: Marshmallow Root Powder

The Marshmallow Root Powder herb is another lovely herb to include in your cosmetic recipes. This cosmetic ingredient can be used to soothe skin and to help heal wounds. The soothing properties of this cosmetic recipe are perfect for your diy facial. So, the nourishing and conditioning properties of this wholesale herb will be used to care for your skin.

Toning Facial Mask Recipe: Slippery Elm Bark Powder

Lastly, the Slippery Elm Bark Powder herb is another great herb that was included in this cosmetic recipe. This wholesale herb has anti-inflammatory properties to benefit your skin. Also, the emollient properties in this cosmetic ingredient will make your skin more soft and supple. Further, this herb has astringent properties that reduce any redness in the skin. So, the benefits of this herb is perfect for including in your bath and body recipes.

Toning Facial Mask Recipe: Adding Your Cosmetic Clay Powders

Next, you are going to need to add your cosmetic clay powders to your mixing bowl. So, weigh out 112 grams of the bentonite clay powder and 112 grams of the French green clay powder.  These cosmetic clays will help to cleanse and nourish your skin. Now, you will need to add these powdered clay herbs to your bowl of combined herbs. Once again, you will need to stir to combine all of your powder ingredients.

Toning Facial Mask Recipe: Including the Essential Oils

Now, we are going to add the essential oils to our powdered mixture. So, retrieve some disposable pipettes You will need to add 16 drops of the peppermint essential oil. The peppermint oil said to be beneficial for dealing with oily or acne prone skin. Also, you will need to add 16 drops of the lavender essential oil. This essential oil can be used to cleanse and care for your skin. Once these natural scents have been added to your mixture, then you will need to mix these ingredients well. 

Toning Facial Mask Recipe: Adding in the Vitamin E Oil

The last cosmetic ingredient that you are going to include in with your essential oils and powdered ingredients is the Vitamin E Oil. You will want to use another pipette to add in 24 drops of this cosmetic oil. Once this cosmetic ingredient is included into your mixture you will want to stir all of these ingredients together. Since this is the last ingredient for this portion of the recipe, you will want to make sure that you mix these ingredients very well.

Toning Facial Mask Recipe: Packaging Your Powder Mixture

Now you will need to gather your wholesale packaging supplies for this portion of the facial mask recipe. You will want to line up your 2 oz PET jars on your work space. So, you can scoop your powdered mixture into these jars. Once all of your mixture has been packaged, you can place the lid on to your cosmetic jars. You should end up with eight of the filled 2 oz jars. Each of these jars can be used to make four face masks.

Toning Facial Mask Recipe: Preparing the Liquid Portion

Now we are going to prepare the other portion of this cosmetic recipe. Since we are keeping the vegetable glycerin separate from the other cosmetic ingredients, we are going to prepare this cosmetic ingredient next. You are going to package this cosmetic ingredient using small bullet bottles.

Toning Facial Mask Recipe: Weighing and Packaging Vegetable Glycerin

So, you are going to add this cosmetic ingredient to your 1 oz clear bullet bottles. You are going to need to line up your bottles to prepare them for the vegetable glycerin. Once your wholesale packaging supplies are prepared, you will need to add 12 grams of the vegetable glycerin to each of the bullet bottles. In total, you will need to fill up about 8 ounces of your clear bullet bottles. Ultimately, you will want to have a bullet bottle full of 12 grams of this ingredient for each of your jars of your powder mixture.

Toning Facial Mask Recipe: Mixing Your Facial Mask

Now you have everything that you need for your facial packaged up and ready for when you need it.  If you are ready to use your homemade facial mask right now, then you are going to need to mix everything together! So, you will need to have a small mixing bowl. Then, add one tablespoon of your powdered mixture, two tablespoons of water, and about 1/2 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin. Now, you will need to mix these three ingredients together thoroughly.

Toning Facial Mask Recipe: Using Your Face Mask

Once your wholesale cosmetic ingredients have been mixed together thoroughly, you are ready to use your diy facial mask! You will want to add a thin layer of your freshly made diy facial mask to your face. After applying your mask, let the face mask stay on and rest as it hardens. Once you face mask has completely hardened you will be ready to rinse off your face mask. So, you will need plenty of water to rinse it off. Now that you have used your homemade face mask, you can enjoy the benefits that this lovely facial mask recipe has to offer!

Toning Facial Mask Recipe: Benefits of Skin Toners

If you are curious about how a facial toner could benefit you, then you may be interested in learning more about what a skin toner is and what it is used for. You can check out Cleure’s article on Guide to Skin Toners: Do You Need It & How to Use It. First, this article will share with you what a skin toner is used to do. Also, this article will go into the best type of toner ingredients for a few different skin types. Further, this bath and beauty article shares that tones are a wonderful way to cleanse sensitive skin without removing your natural oils and nutrients. So, feel free to check out some of the reasons why toners are beneficial for your skin!

Toning Facial Mask Recipe: Ask Us Your Crafting QuestionsToning Facial Mask Recipe: Ask Us Your Crafting Questions

We hope that you have enjoyed creating this diy facial recipe as well as using your own homemade facials. If you have any questions about how you can create this cosmetic recipe, then you can absolutely reach out to us! You can find us on the phone, at the NG store, and online. An easy way to find us online is through our social media. You can reach out to us on our Facebook page. Plus, you can use our @ngscents handle to find us on both Twitter and Instagram. Not only can you use these platforms to reach out for advice, but you can share your own ideas with us as well as other homemade craft makers! We hope to hear from you soon and that you have enjoyed this lovely bath and body recipe!

Toning Facial Mask Recipe: A Note About Our Free Craft Recipes

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

Jun
11

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making


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Natural Exfoliants for Soap MakingNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making

If you want some tips on how to make homemade soap that exfoliates, then you are going to want to check out our list of natural exfoliants for soap making. Whether you are looking for a delicate face scrub or an effective foot scrub, we have the soap making supplies that you need for your handmade soap! These herbal ingredients are great soap supplies because they are natural and have great benefits for the skin!

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: What is an Exfoliator?

We know that an exfoliant is an ingredient that some bath and body products have, but what does it do? Well, these exfoliating products contain an ingredient or two that makes them more scrubby. This means that the product will be able to help remove grime and dead skin cells. Basically, an exfoliant is just another way to say skin scrubber! It removes that outer layer of bad stuff that would just get in the way and it leaves the living cells fresh and open for your skin loving bath and body products.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Cosmetic ClaysNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Cosmetic Clays

If you are looking for a gentle and sensitive way to exfoliate your skin, then a cosmetic clay is the way to go. Plus, clay powder is safe to use in facial recipes, as it is gentle enough to care for your face.  So, anyone wondering “How to exfoliate dry skin on face?” should know that this is a great option! These wonderful ingredients are perfect homemade soap making supplies for removing dead skin without causing any harm. After the dead skin is moved out of the way, your product will be able to nourish the new layers below. 

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Bentonite Clay Powder

First, we have the lovely Bentonite Clay Powder for your all natural homemade soap recipes. Not only is this cosmetic clay a light exfoliant, but it is great for helping your soap glide. This glide is due to the slippery texture this soapmaking clay gets when its wet. One soap that benefited from this property was the Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe, which uses an abundance of different clays to swirl the melt and pour soap.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Rhassoul Clay PowderNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Rhassoul Clay Powder

Another great choice for your soap-making is the Rhassoul Clay Powder. This clay is full of skin-loving minerals and is perfect for helping to cleanse the skin. We used this cosmetic clay in our own recipe, which is the Chamomile Clay Soap Recipe.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Dead Sea Clay PowderNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Dead Sea Clay Powder

Next, you could try out the Dead Sea Clay Powder in your soap recipes. This cosmetic clay is amazing for the skin, as it exfoliates dead skin as well as helps to remove toxins. Further, this soap-making ingredient is full of vitamins and minerals that provide your skin with nourishment. We included this clay in the Mechanics Soap Recipe.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Kaolin White Clay PowderNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Kaolin White Clay Powder

If you have sensitive skin, then Kaolin White Clay Powder is perfect for you. This cosmetic clay is gentle is perfect for removing toxins and dead skin from your body. We used this gentle clay in our Swirled Melt and Pour Soap Recipe, but you can use this ingredient in any kind of bar soap and many kinds of natural cosmetics.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Red Moroccan Clay PowderNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Red Moroccan Clay Powder

Also, you can try out our Red Moroccan Clay Powder. This cosmetic clay is one of the purest forms of clay ever found. Not only does it gently exfoliate, but this cosmetic herb is able to remove toxins from the skin and moisturize! So, this is an amazing ingredient to add to home made soaps.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: French Green Clay PowderNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: French Green Clay Powder

The French Green Clay Powder is most commonly used by health professionals and spas for treating skin conditions, nourishing the skin, and removing impurities. Much of the nutrients for your skin comes from the composition of the clay, which is partially plant material. So, this clay is wonderful for skin care and nourishment.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Rose Clay PowderNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Rose Clay Powder

Pink Clay, or Rose Clay Powder, is another gentle cosmetic clay that contains kaolin, so it is perfect for caring for sensitive skin. Plus, this soaping ingredient is useful for exfoliation, drawing out toxins, and reducing irritation and inflammation. Further, this pretty clay adds a gorgeous, natural color to your homemade soaps.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Whole Flowers and HerbsNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Whole Flowers and Herbs

There are many herbs that you can use to exfoliate your body. Some are more on the abrasive side and others are more delicate, but they all can be used to remove the outer layer of junk on your skin that you just don’t need. Although you can find all of the herbs you need under the Herbs & Spices tab of the NG site, we would like to share some of our favorite herbs to use as exfoliants in our homemade bath and body recipes. Depending on certain properties, like hardness, the exfoliating herbs may have different levels of effectiveness.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Poppy Seeds Whole

On great herb that you can use to create strong scrubs is the Poppy Seeds Whole. These seeds are hard enough to get a good scrub, which is perfect for feet and hands. Also, many people prefer this to salt for their more abrasive scrub recipes because you can use less and get similar results. This means less scrubby feeling with the same benefits. If you want to try this herb in soaps, then check out our Peppered Poppy Seed Cold Process Soap Recipe.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Juniper Berries Whole

Another fun herb that you can add to your homemade soaps is Juniper Berries Whole. These seeds are similar to the poppy seeds in abrasiveness, but they are a bit larger. The size can be used for a different appearance or to increase the exfoliation slightly. While the poppy seeds have a hard protective shell, these larger berries are hard and will be able to exfoliate a bit better. You could use this herb in your feet scrubs instead, or you could even add some of these berries to a recipe that used poppy seeds, too.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Calendula Flowers Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Calendula Flowers

Also, you can use Calendula Flowers in your handcrafted soaps for a lovely, light exfoliant. This is perfect for providing a lighter exfoliation for the body. Plus, this herb has some added benefits of nutrients that are useful for nourishing the skin. We used this lovely herb in our Calendula Swirl Soap Recipe, which is both for decoration and to provide a soft exfoliation for the body.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Lavender Flowers WholeNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Lavender Flowers Whole

Next, we have a fragrant herb that is great for exfoliation, which is the delightful Lavender Flowers Whole. These flower buds provide a more gentle exfoliation that would be perfect for the body. So, your body will feel and smell great! We included this lovely herb in our own recipes like the Lavender Luxury Cold Process Soap Recipe where we sprinkled Lavender Flowers Whole and Rose Petals Pink on top to provide a surface for exfoliation. Just note that incorporating this flower buds into your cold process soap recipes could result in the lavender turning a brown color. They are still good to use, but they may not match your colors.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Cosmetic SaltNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Fine Cosmetic Salt

Also, you can add on of our cosmetic salts to provide an exfoliant in your homemade soaps. These are on the abrasive side so be sure that you are using your soap on an area that is not sensitive. You can use Hawaiian Black Salt Fine Ground, Himalayan Pink Salt Fine Ground. or Dead Sea Salt High Minerals Fine Ground to add some nice exfoliating power to your homemade recipes. We have used fine ground salt in recipes like the Total Hot Man CP Soap Recipe and it turned out great!

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Ingredients from Around the HouseNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Ingredients from Around the House

While there are many wonderful cosmetic grade ingredients at Natures Garden that you can include in your home made soap recipes, there are some ingredients you can find around the house that are perfect for exfoliation. If you don’t have a specific herb in mind, then you might as well try out the idea with something from home. There are even some instances where these house hold ingredients pair perfectly with your fragrance oil. Take a look at our ideas for homemade exfoliants and see what you think!

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Oatmeal Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Oatmeal

One way that you can have a soap that exfoliates naturally is by adding oatmeal. Embedding a bit of this ingredient into your soap will help you to scrub dead skin and toxins from your skin. Plus, you can change the intensity of the scrubbing power by different amounts of grinding. This means that coarse ground oatmeal will be more scrubby than fine ground oatmeal, which would be very mild.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Coffee Grounds

Another way to naturally exfoliate is by adding fresh ground coffee to your recipe. We did this in our Coffee Melt and Pour Soap Recipe and it turned out great.  Not only do the coffee grounds provide some mild exfoliation power, but the scent blends beautifully with the fragrance oil. We included a Fresh Brewed Coffee Fragrance Oil along with the real coffee ground and was blown away by the authenticity of the scent.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Granulated Sugar Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Granulated Sugar

Next, you can use some granulated sugar in your various homemade soap recipes. While this ingredient won’t make your scrubs as abrasive as a salt scrub, the sugar is great for exfoliation! One melt and pour recipe idea we had with this ingredient is the Gumdrop Melt and Pour Soap Recipe, which make it lightly exfoliating and looking cute!

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Coconut FlakesNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Coconut Flakes

Another fun idea for exfoliants is using coconut flakes in your homemade soap recipes. This would be perfect for soaps that use tropical fragrance oils, like the Coconut Craziness Fragrance Oil or the Coco Mango Fragrance Oil. This natural exfoliant would pair perfectly with these scents to create a perfect tropical themed soap.

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Natural LoofahNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Natural Loofah

Also, you can include your own loofah in your homemade soap recipes. This is perfect for creating homemade body soap. If you don’t have one yet, you could buy a Natural Loofah from the Natures Garden website. We included our loofahs in a few melt and pour soap ideas. Both the Loofah Honey Melt and Pour Soap Recipe and the Mango Loofah Melt and Pour Soap Recipe are great soap recipe for exfoliating dead skin while cleaning!

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: What are the Benefits of Exfoliating?Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: What are the Benefits of Exfoliating?

We have all heard what an exfoliator is and looked at different types exfoliation, but what is it good for? While you don’t want to exfoliate every day, doing it a couple times a week can have a lot of great benefits for your skin! This is useful for reducing blemishes, unclogging pores, solving ingrown hairs, and so much more! If you are interested in learning about these benefits and others in a bit more detail, then take a look at The Importance and Benefits Of Skin Exfoliation article by Truly Scrumptious Beauty!

Natural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Find Us OnlineNatural Exfoliants for Soap Making: Find Us Online

If you want a few more ideas for exfoliants, then check out the list of Exfoliants In Soaps & Other Bath Products from our Exfoliant Class. Also, you can ask us any other questions that you may have about adding exfoliation to bath and body products. You can ask us in the store, on the phone, or online. If you want to reach out online, then I would suggest either Facebook, Twitter (@ngscents), or Instagram (@ngscents). Hope to hear from you soon!

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!

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