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Holiday Ribbon Melt and Pour Soap Project

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Holiday Ribbon Melt and Pour Soap ProjectHoliday Ribbon Melt and Pour Soap Project

Natures Garden has come up with a brand new recipe for all of our customers to try out this Christmas season! We love this time of the year because there are many different recipes we all can make, that our Christmas fragrances add the perfect touch to. This Holiday Ribbon Melt and Pour Soap Project will throw you right in the spirit of Christmas. Creating new ideas and finding crafts that are going to excite and inspire people is always a goal of ours. This is especially important around the holiday season, at a time of giving to the people you care about most. People are constantly searching for interesting gifts to give to family and friends, which homemade crafts provide the perfect fix for!  We hope that this unique melt and pour soap can be the inspiration you have been looking for. It is super fun to make and will provide you with 32 soap ribbons! Let’s go ahead and get started with this project.

Ingredients Found at Natures Garden

Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base
Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap Base
FUN Soap Colorant Tomato Red
FUN Soap Colorant Neon Green
Holiday Pomegranate Fragrance Oil
FUN Soap Colorant Kelly Green
FUN Soap Colorant Black Oxide
8 ounce Clear PET Bullet Bottle
White 24/410 Fine Mist Sprayer

Other Ingredients & Equipment You Will Need:

Cutting Board
Microwave safe containers
Large Knife
13 x 9″ Pan
Rubbing alcohol (in the bullet bottle)

Diamond Clear Melt and Pour SoapDiamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap

The first step in this recipe is to prepare the red soap portion. We will need to weigh out the 456 grams of the Natures Garden Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap. This soap base of ours is made up of 99.5% glycerin and pure deodorized, double distilled, coconut oil. These ingredients give excellent qualities to this soap. Glycerin helps the skin to retain moisture that is naturally made, soap that contains glycerin in it is gentler on the skin than other types of soap are, and it is great for more dry and sensitive skin.

Coconut oil contains many healthy saturated fats, it is a natural anti-fungal product, and it is also naturally anti-bacterial. Another great property of coconut oil is that it is highly moisturizing, which makes it a popular ingredient in soap and lip balm. Natures Garden also sells Coconut Oil 76 along with Fractionated Coconut Oil, both of which are used in several of our other homemade recipes. Also, if you really enjoy the scent of coconut, you might want to check out the coconut-related fragrance oils that we carry. Some of these are Coconut Cream Pie, Creamy Coconut, and Natures Garden Coconut Vanilla Type

Melting the Soap Base and Adding the Fragrance OIlMelting the Soap Base and Adding the Fragrance Oil

Now that we have discussed some of the properties of this soap base, we can begin melting it to make our soap. Melt the 456 grams that we measured out. You can melt the soap in either a microwave or using a double boiler. After the soap has completely melted, the next ingredient we are going to be using is the Holiday Pomegranate Fragrance Oil. Weigh out 23 grams of it and add that to the melted Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap. 

holiday pomegrante fragrance oilThis Holiday Pomegranate Fragrance Oil has definitely been a popular scent in the products and crafts that we have been creating for this holiday season. The other recipes that we have used it in so far are the Holiday Pomegranate Candle, Holiday Air Freshener, and the Holiday Pomegranate Cold Process Soap. As with many others, this fragrance oil is versatile to use in many types of products. We have been using it so much because it smells so delicious! It contains an arrangement of pomegranate, dewberries, blackberries, sparkling citrus, sheer musk, iris, jasmine, red cassis, and finally, sandalwood. It brings together all of these elements in a way that makes it a great ingredient to add to Christmas products!

Making the Red Portion of the SoapMaking the Red Portion of the Soap

Stir the melted soap and Holiday Pomegranate fragrance oil mixture together to incorporate them before moving on. Next, add 35 drops of the tomato red FUN soap colorant. Additionally, use a toothpick to add just a tiny amount of the black oxide FUN soap colorant. Fully stir it together until it is completely red, without any streaks of white.

Allowing the Soap to Set UpAllowing the Soap to Set Up

Next, we are going to pour the red soap onto one of the two pans. In order to release any air bubbles, spray the red soap with rubbing alcohol. When it has had approximately twenty minutes to set up, you can then remove it from the pan. However, the time that it takes for the soap to set up may vary, depending on different conditions. If the temperature of the room that you are working in is too hot or too cold, set up time could be affected. Another factor that may affect set up time is the temperature at which you poured it. When you are removing it from the pan, it should still be warm to the touch at that point.

Creating the Red Strips For Your SoapCreating the Red Strips For Your Soap

For the next step, we are going to place the red soap onto a cutting board. Place it in front of you horizontally. Then, using a knife that you have, begin slicing the soap into vertical strips. Cut them so that they are all about ¼ inch wide. Use and cut the entire portion of the red that you have made, since we are going to have some of them left over. Set them to the side for now and we will come back to them in a later step. 

Preparing the Green Portion of the SoapPreparing the Green Portion of the Soap

Grab your second pan for this next step. It is time for us to prepare the green portion of this holiday ribbon melt and pour soap! Once again, you will need to weigh out 456 grams of the Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap. Then, in exactly the same way as before, melt it down. Once the soap has completely melted, we are going to repeat another step from earlier. Measure out and add 23 grams of the Holiday Pomegranate Fragrance Oil. You can stir it together to incorporate it before adding the colorants. Then, add 20 drops of the neon green FUN soap color along with 3 drops of the Kelly Green FUN soap colorant. Once again, we used a toothpick to add just a small amount of the black oxide FUN soap colorant to the bowl. Stir all of the ingredients together so that they are fully combined. 

Setting Up the Green SoapSetting Up the Green Soap

Next, pour the green soap onto one of your pans. Spray with rubbing alcohol to release air bubbles. You will want to remove the soap from the pan when it has setup but is still warm to the touch. Once again, this will take approximately 20 minutes. However, setup time can vary depending on the temperature that you poured as well as the temperature of the room you are working in.

Slicing the Green Soap into StripsSlicing the Green Soap into Strips

Once again, after you have removed the soap from your pan, place the soap on a cutting board. Have it facing horizontally in front of you. Then, just as before, we are going to slice it into vertical strips that are about ¼ inch wide. They should look exactly the same as the red strips we cut previously.

Making the White Portion of the SoapMaking the White Portion of the Soap

Now, we can prepare the last portion of our holiday ribbon melt and pour soap project. This will be the white portion of the soap, which will follow very similar steps as the red and green soap portions did. However, instead of using the Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap, we are going to be using the Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap. Start by weighing out 655 grams. Once it has melted, add 32 grams of the Holiday Pomegranate Fragrance Oil. Incorporate everything together by stirring. 

This base is unscented with no Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS), or any other added detergents. The ingredients in this base are glycerin, sodium stearate, sodium cocoate, and sodium myristate,. It also contains coconut oil (cocoa nucifera), palm oil (elaeis guineensis), sunflower oil (helianthus annus), purified water, mango butter (mangifera indica), and titanium dioxide. Mango butter has several beneficial properties to it such as soothing and softening the skin. Eczema and dryness of the skin can be helped by mango butter. Additionally, it cleanses the surface of the skin from blemishes or impurities, and helps to unclog pores. 

Spraying the Strips of SoapSpraying the Strips of Soap

At this time, you will need one of your empty pans and the red and green strips that we previously created. Place the strips in the pan, leaving about ¼ inch gaps in between each. The soap is going to be white in color where the ¼ inch gaps are when we are finished pouring. Due to this, it does not matter how you choose to lay down your strips. You can lay them in whatever order you would like. We created variations when making this recipe. Some of our ribbon soap simply had green and white lines, while others had only red and white lines. We also created some with both green and red strips, as you can see in the picture. How you choose to do it is completely up to you! Once you have your strips laid out on the pan how you would like them to be, spray the soap strips in the pan with rubbing alcohol. This will help to ensure that they will adhere to the white soap we are about to pour on top of them. 

Incorporating the White SoapIncorporating the White Soap

Then, we are going to finish off our strips by adding the white portion. Pour the melted soap into the pan where you have left the gaps in between the green and red. These gaps will be filled by the white soap and will eventually harden. Once you have done this, spray the soap with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles again. Just as you have before, remove the soap from the pan while it is still warm to the touch. Make sure that it has had enough time to set up. When it is at this stage, the strip will still be flexible, which makes it much easier to work with. This flexibility is essential for the final step, so the timing is very important.

Slicing and Bending the Finished ProductSlicing the Finished Product

For this next step, quickly and carefully slice the soap the way that we did for the green and red strips. However, this time we want to have eight strips. Once you have cut them, trim around the edges to remove any excess or jagged pieces. 



Shaping the Ribbon Soap

For the final step in creating this holiday ribbon candy project, we are going to bend the strips of soap. We created a zig zag texture to resemble ribbon candy. The shape of this soap makes it that much cuter! Allow enough time for it to finish cooling down before use.

As we mentioned earlier, you are going to notice that you still have left over green and red strips of soap. All you have to do is simply repeat the steps, beginning when you make the portion for the white soap. This way, you can find a way to utilize the remaining strips and avoid any waste. It is also a great idea to use all of the extra pieces that you can make as a gift for someone this holiday season! We ended up having enough strips to create a total of four pans of striped soap! This will obviously vary depending on how thick you decided to cut your strips of green and red soap. 

After you have made as much soap as you would like to, your Holiday Ribbon Melt and Pour Soap Project is now ready to be used! We hope that you enjoyed making this new and fun holiday themed product! If this soap making recipe has you hungry for the real thing, you can find it at the Vermont Country Store!


How to Use Kaolin Clay

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How to Use Kaolin ClayHow to Use Kaolin Clay

If you have very sensitive skin, and need a recipe that will work with it, then check out these recipes by Nature’s Garden. We will talk about kaolin clay benefits, and different attributes that make up this wonderful clay. There are a lot of different minerals that make up kaolin clay that make it productive in any skin application. There are also a lot of different applications for this clay as it can be used in bath bombs, powders, and soap applications. The application for the clay is going to depend on it’s mineral composition. The best part about this clay is that it’s naturally occurring as well. So, you get the benefits of 100% natural minerals being present in the clay powder. We hope you enjoy learning about and seeing bath and body recipes involving this wonderful substance.


What is Kaolin Clay?

Kaolin Clay is a white, soft clay powder that is commonly used for people with sensitive skin. This clay is a type of silicate that was named “Gaoling” by the Chinese, then later adapted as “Kaolin” by the French. This clay is derived from the mineral called Kaolinite which is a soft, white, earthy mineral found from within the ground. In the United States some of the largest deposits of Kaolinite can be found in central Georgia. There’s a town in Georgia called Sandersville that is known as the “Kaolin Capital of the World”. Kaolin clay is commonly used in both cosmetics as well as soaping. This clay has the ability to harden different bath products as well as cleanse the skin.


Uses for Kaolin Clay outside of Cosmetics and Soap

While Natures Garden sells kaolin clay for use only in cosmetics, it has benefits in other industries as well. Kaolin Clay can be mixed with water to create a poultice for treating minor wounds. Another interesting use for Kaolin Clay is as a fruit fly repellent. All you need to do is add 2 tablespoons of Kaolin Powder for every 12 ounces of water into a water bottle. Afterwards, go around and spray any areas where you don’t want fruit flies. When Kaolin Clay is made, it’s tested for mineral content afterwards to see if it can be used for cosmetic, medicinal, or industrial purposes. Usually, Kaolin Clay is more commonly used in cosmetics though.


How to use Kaolin Clay in Different Cosmetics

Kaolin Clay poses a lot of different benefits when used in cosmetic recipes. For example, in bath bombs, Kaolin Clay is known to be a good color fixative which allows the color to show and not fuse within the bath bomb. It also acts as a hardening agent for bath bombs. When used in any bath fizzes or bath bombs, kaolin clay is a great way to soften the skin once you get out of the bathtub. Kaolin Clay is even used in deodorant recipes. When used in deodorant, this clay may help detoxify the skin underneath as well. You can also take advantage of the natural mineral makeup of this clay and use it in eye shadows, foundations, and blushes. This will allow you to get the true color that you’d desire.


How to use Kaolin Clay in Different Soaps

When used in soap, this clay is wonderful for those with sensitive skin. Kaolin Clay is rich in potassium, titanium, and silicon which when wet, will give your soap a smooth, silky, and creamy feel. Kaolin clay is also useful in retaining moisture when applied. The direct result of this is skin that is left moisturized and not so tight when you are done cleaning it. Also, this clay can be used to exfoliate your skin, leaving it smooth and clean.


Using Kaolin Clay to Help With Acne

When you use Kaolin Clay in body products, it not only can help some fight acne, but will do so in a smooth way that isn’t painful to your natural skin. This white clay, when used in soaps, is really good at picking up any oils. Some people will use this clay for types of skin conditions. Examples including: acne, skin irritations, skin inflammation, and dry flaky skin.


Hawaiian Splash Bath Bomb Recipe Using Kaolin ClayHow to Use Kaolin Clay: Hawaiian Splash Bath Bomb Recipe

There is nothing more soothing then kicking back and listening to the waves of the ocean crash on the shore. The Hawaiian Splash Bath Bomb Recipe captures many distinct features of the beach from it’s colors to it’s scent. This bath bomb recipe uses Hawaiian Splash Fragrance Oil that contains a variety of fruity notes. We at Nature’s Garden have used this fragrance oil in this recipe to capture the childhood memory of drinking Blue Hawaiian Punch. Another interesting feature of this bath bomb recipe is that it calls for natural fruity powders. This recipe is also fun for anyone of any age to make at home and use in the bathtub. We hope that when you use this bath bomb, that it brings back soothing memories of the ocean in the comfort of your bathtub.


Dreama Bubble Bar Recipe Using Kaolin ClayHow to Use Kaolin Clay: Dreama Bubble Bar Recipe

Nature’s Garden’s Dreama Bubble Bar Recipe is a really fun recipe to make at home. This recipe depicts that of that of a flower, which is decorative for the home. This recipe involves you creating a green flower petal base, then adding the center and petals on the top of it. There is a fun aspect to this recipe. You can also use different colors other than the white and yellow used in this recipe. You can choose from any range of different FUN soap colorants. This soap coloring class is focused on coloring different soap recipes, but can also be applied to bubble bars as well. With the addition of the kaolin clay in this recipe, this bubble bar will leave your skin feeling smooth and soft coming out of the bath.


Pumpkin Latte Bath Bomb Recipe Using Kaolin ClayHow to Use Kaolin Clay: Pumpkin Latte Bath Bomb Recipe

This recipe is perfect to make for the autumn weather, when it’s cool and pumpkins are just now starting to ripen. Everyone has a lot of fun carving pumpkins during this time of the year, and this bath bomb recipe attempts to capture those same sensations. The Pumpkin Latte Bath Bomb Recipe is really easy to make as it involves creating two distinctly colored bath bomb layers. The two layers depict that of a latte. For the orange layer, this recipe calls for a natural ingredient, Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend Powder. The Kaolin Clay used in the bath bomb allows the bath water that you bathe in to smooth your skin and leave it moist.


Lavender Facial Mask Recipe Using Kaolin ClayHow to Use Kaolin Clay: Lavender Facial Mask Recipe

This tranquil lavender facial mask recipe is wonderful to use on your face for relaxing and exfoliating your skin. Lavender is a great ingredient in trying to relax or even help you sleep. That’s why this face mask is usually used right before you are ready to go to bed. It can also help with sleeping conditions too and falling asleep earlier. The kaolin clay used in this recipe makes it wonderful for those with sensitive skin. On top of the kaolin clay, this recipe also calls for Vitamin E oil as well. Vitamin E oil prevents other oils from oxidizing when used in bath and body recipes. We hope that you enjoy relaxing with this recipe!


Christmas Tree Bath Bomb Recipe Using Kaolin ClayHow to Use Kaolin Clay: Christmas Tree Bath Bomb Recipe

There is nothing more exciting than Christmas Spirit! Kids waiting on Santa to deliver their presents, and the scent of a freshly cut pine tree in the house. The Christmas Tree Bath Bomb Recipe brings to life the spirit of Christmas. Anyone can make these bath bombs, and they make for a wonderful bathroom decoration as well. These bath bombs use decorative sprinkles as the design for the Christmas ornaments. You can use whatever sprinkles look the best to you. This recipe uses a very festive Kringleberry Fragrance Oil for its scent. The scent is very fruity, spicy, and festive. The scent this bath bomb recipe gives off will make your bathing experience seem very jolly. The Kaolin Clay uses in this bath bomb will also make it wonderful to soak in the bathtub, and soak into the skin. This bath bomb is the perfect combination of comforting and fun.


Silky Shimmering Body Powder Recipe Using Kaolin ClayHow to Use Kaolin Clay: Silky Shimmering Body Powder Recipe

Kaolin Clay was the perfect choice for The Silky Shimmering Body Powder Recipe. Due to it’s natural tendency to have a soft feel to the skin, this clay powder is perfect for applying to sensitive skin. The ingredient that gives this recipe it’s shimmer is Nature’s Garden’s Mica Diamond Dust Pigment. This pigment has a very shiny color by itself, and when added to the body powder gives it that extra level of sheen. This recipe also uses Lovely in Lace Fragrance Oil to scent it. This fragrance oil uses a complex blend of floral notes all combined with base of musk.

Tea Tree Soap Recipe Using Kaolin ClayHow to Use Kaolin Clay: Tea Tree Soap Recipe

Finally, we will look at the Tea Tree Soap Recipe. This melt and pour soap recipe not only uses kaolin clay, it also uses Natures Garden’s pure tea tree essential oil. In this hemp mp soap making project, we show you how to use the white clay to allow you to swirl melt and pour soap. One half of the soap is scented and simply colored. The clay is added to other half of the soap. By adding the clay to half of the soap, it will make this portion a slightly thicker consistency. This creates a tension barrier, preventing the two colors of soap from mixing together. Instead of blending together, it creates swirls within each bar of soap.


Kaolin Clay comes from Kaolinite, which is a naturally occurring mineral. I’m going to discuss the process of how they extract these minerals. Understanding Kaolin Clay uses, also involves understanding where it comes from. This koalin clay article was used as a basis to understand the operations involved in mining this mineral. You can find the largest deposits of Kaolinite in the United States in Georgia. By itself, Kaolinite serves little to no purpose when extracted as a raw material. Before they start drilling for this material, land analysts research the land and make calculations on where the best location would be to find deposits. Afterwards, they drill 200 foot deep holes. They drill around 50-100 holes for every 100 acres to get a reasonable sample. This sample set will allow the miners to understand the quality of the Kaolinite in the area.




Bubbling Reindeer Poo Bath Salts Recipe

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Bubbling Reindeer Poo Bath SaltsBubbling Reindeer Poo Bath Salts Recipe

The best time of the year is almost here! Spending time with family and exchanging gifts is always a huge part of the holidays. We at Natures Garden wanted to bring some joy to the holiday season this year and show you some fun recipes that you can create with your family! Our Bubbling Reindeer Poo Bath Salts recipe is the perfect Christmas craft to make for yourself, a family member, or a friend. These bath salts smell minty and refreshing while leaving your skin feeling super soft and silky. What could be better than that? Let’s get started on making these Bubbling Reindeer Poo Bath Salts!

Dead Sea SaltDead Sea Salt

In this recipe, you will be using Natures Garden’s Dead Sea Salt High Minerals Fine Ground salt. Dead Sea Salt is a dry, white crystal. This type of salt is named after the Dead Sea, which is found in Israel. The Dead Sea is made up of 29% salt, compared to a 4% salt content in oceans. It is known both for the health and medicinal benefits it brings, as well as the therapeutic effects and benefits it has. Each of these come from the minerals Dead Sea Salt consists of.

Benefits of Dead Sea Salt

Many properties and minerals that are beneficial to the human body can be found in Dead Sea Salt. These are magnesium, zinc, calcium, bromide, and potassium. Magnesium can help combat aging and stress and can calm the nervous system. Zinc is an anti-inflammatory, which soothes skin and helps reduce itching and any inflammation. Calcium can prevent water retention and increase circulation in the body. Bromide helps to reduce built up muscle retention. Lastly, potassium can provide energy to the body.

These minerals make it possible for Dead Sea Salt to be used in many different cosmetic products: soap bars, salt scrubs, bath bombs, air fresheners, and bath salts, which is what we will be discussing today. It is great for skin care treatment as well, including eczema, acne, psoriasis, and wrinkles. Natures Garden sells many other salts to make products from, including Epsom salt, Himalayan pink salt, and Hawaiian black salt. Now that you have a better understanding of the type of salt that will be used in this recipe, we can get into more details of the other ingredients involved.

Diamond Clear Melt Diamond Clear Melt and Pour SoapPour Soap

Another ingredient that we will be working with is the one of our mp soap bases. Natures Garden Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap is made up of 99.5% glycerin and coconut oil that has been purely deodorized and doubly distilled. These ingredients ensure that it is highly moisturizing with superior lathering qualities. All of our soap is gluten free, are not tested on animals, and do not contain any sort of animal fats. This soap is extremely easy to work with because all you have to do is melt it, add fragrance, add color, pour into molds, and take them out once they have cooled.


Reindeer Poo Fragrance OilReindeer Poo Fragrance Oil

Our Reindeer Poo Fragrance Oil is a scent that is original to Natures Garden.  This is one of our best selling fragrances! Since Christmas time is coming up, this is a great scent to add to your creations to bring in the true feeling of the season. It is a complex note fragrance, which means that there are multiple layers to the scents that it emits. The opposite of complex note fragrances are single note fragrances, such as strawberry. A single note fragrance has only one scent throughout it, with no variation between layers, which is very unlike this one. The top notes of Reindeer Poo are apples and pears. The middle notes you will experience are eucalyptus, pine, and geranium. The base notes of this fragrance include vanilla, cedar wood, and patchouli. Eucalyptus and pine really give off the smell of a Christmas tree and are the most prominent in this oil. When they are all combined, it creates a holiday-filled scentsation.

Ingredients Found At Natures Garden:


Other Ingredients & Equipment You’ll Need:
Mixing Bowls (3)
Mixing Spoon
Cake Pan
Wax Paper

Total Recipe Weights:

120 grams Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap
186 grams Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate- SCI
744 grams Dead Sea Salt
52 grams Reindeer Poo Fragrance Oil
10 drops Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorants
6 drops Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
4 grams Ultramarine Blue FUN Soap Colorant

Before you start on making this recipe, it is important to make sure you have a clean and sanitized work area. Also wash your hands and sanitize all of your packaging materials. We also suggest that you wear gloves, protective clothing, and a hair net while preparing this recipe.

Preparing the Melt and Pour SoapPreparing the Melt and Pour Soap

Preparing our melt and pour soap is the first thing we are going to do for this recipe. We want to color it brown in order for it to be used as the poo portion of our final product. Use a scale to weigh out 120 grams of the diamond clear melt and pour soap. Then, you are going to melt the soap base in the microwave in 30 second intervals, until it is in a liquid state.  Once it has had enough time to fully melt, add ten drops of the black oxide colorant and six drops of the brown oxide FUN Soap Colorant. Our soap colorants do not take too much of an application to create the pigment you are looking for. In fact, 1/2 ounce of our liquid soap colorants will cover ten pounds of soap! After it has been added, stir your new mixture to incorporate the colorants fully.

Incorporating Natures Garden Reindeer Poo Fragrance OilIncorporating Natures Garden Reindeer Poo Fragrance Oil

Next, you are going to add six grams of the Reindeer Poo Fragrance Oil. Then, once again, mix everything together to blend the fragrance oil. Let’s get into the specific properties of this fragrance!

Pour the Soap Into Your MoldPour the Soap Into Your Mold

Now, we are going to pour the melted soap base, in a thin layer, either onto a pan that is lined with wax paper or into a silicone mold.  We decided to use the four cavities of the silicone 4 loaf soap mold.  Allow the soap enough time to get mostly setup.  You will need to give it time to set up without waiting too long, or it will no longer be warm.

A Variety of Molds

There are so many different molds to choose from at Natures Garden! If you wanted to make this recipe even more fun, you could use something besides the silicone 4 loaf soap mold to let your soap form in, such as embeds. We sell some different molds that can make this recipe even better for the holidays! Some of the options that we have are our Christmas Tree and Bulbs Embed Mold, Small Cross Embed Mold, Ornament Embed Mold, and our Gingerbread Man Mold Market Molds. Using any one of these molds could take these bath salts or other candle and body product recipes you are creating to the next level! We have many other non-holiday molds to choose from as well, you can find all of our soap molds here.

Shaping the MP SoapShaping the Soap

Now, use your hands to rip the molded soap into strips that are approximately ½” x 3”. We would not suggest using a knife to slice the soap because you do not want it to look too perfect or pristine. By ripping it, it looks more natural. After you have ripped your soap into these strips, roll them up and place them between the palms of your hands. Then, roll them between the palms of your hands rapidly to give them the look of natural poo. Keep repeating this process until all of your soap has been used.

Creating the Powdered Snow PortionCreating the Powdered Snow Portion

Finally, we will create the powdered portion of this recipe! First, you will need two bowls.  One will remain white in color, while the other will be colored blue.  To make the powdered portions, start by adding 372 grams of Dead Sea Salt to each bowl. Then, add 23 grams of Natures Garden Reindeer Poo Fragrance Oil. Finally, you will need to add 93 grams of Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate to each bowl. This is a sodium salt ester or a fatty acid that derives from coconut oil. It creates a wetness, it solubilizes oils, and reduces surface tension. It can also be used to help with the property of foaming, which makes this product helpful.

Add the Blue Colorant to the Bath SaltsAdd the Blue Colorant to the Bath Salts

Next, you are going to add four grams of the Ultramarine Blue FUN Soap Colorant.  Use your hands to combine the contents of each bowl separately. Start with the bowl that will remain white in color. Mix each of the bowls until all of the contents are fully mixed and ensure that each of them are free of any clumps.

Incorporating the Reindeer Poo Melt and Pour SoapIncorporating the Reindeer Poo Melt and Pour Soap

Now, we will add to our mixture the reindeer poo that we rolled out and formed.  Make sure that you save a few of these pieces for the top of the jars when the bath salts recipe is completed. You will want these for the final look to turn out perfectly!


Finishing the Bubbling Reindeer Poo Bath Salts!Finishing the Bubbling Reindeer Poo Bath Salts!

Finally, we will begin adding our mixture to our jars. This recipe creates enough product to fill four 8 ounce jars. This is a perfect amount of bath salts because you can give three as gifts and keep one for yourself! Begin by scooping a layer of white powder mixture into your first jar. Then, add a layer of blue.  Continue layering until you have filled your jar.  Lastly, place a few of the pieces of poo on top.  Then, move on, filling your remaining jars.

Your homemade bubbling reindeer poo bath salts are now ready for you, friends, and family to use!  When you are ready to use them, simply place a few scoops from the jar under your warm running bath water, it will break apart and create a bubble bath!

Reindeer Poo CandleMore Fun With Reindeer Poo Fragrance Oil

If you enjoy making this bath salts recipe, we have a couple more things that you can make using Natures Garden Reindeer Poo fragrance oil! The first is our Reindeer Poo Candle Recipe, which has two layers to it. The first layer is a blue dyed palm wax, while the second is Joy Wax that resembles the white snow. To top it off, we added reindeer poo along with cute little reindeer embeds! This craft can be fun to make either for yourself or it can be given as a gift.

Reindeer Poo Scented Play DoughThe second recipe that you can try out different from the bath salts is our Scented Play Dough Recipe. This could be a great activity to do with families and children around the holidays. It will create five colored and scented play dough balls to play and make crafts with. The colors we used are red, blue, cream, green, and yellow. The scents that we used with fragrance oils are Cotton Headed Ninny Muggin, Jack Frost, Snowman Balls, Mrs. Claus Cookies, and Reindeer Poo. We hope that these give you a better idea of the different and fun ways that this fragrance oil can be used for the holiday season!

More Christmas Fun

We have several more recipes to show you for Christmas time! Some of these include our Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe, Scented Twig Centerpiece Recipe, and Wine Sugar Scrub Recipe. These use three more of Natures Garden Christmas fragrance oils: Christmas Cookies, Christmas Tree, and Christmas Cabernet. We have plenty more fragrance oils that create Christmas fun and memories! Some of them are Christmas Splendor, Christmas Cravings, Christmas Wreath, and Christmas Cabin! The best time of the year can become even better when using these ingredients to create homemade products that make perfect gifts that are versatile for children, women, and men alike. For even more Christmas craft ideas check out these ideas from Happiness is Homemade.


Fun Fall Crafts

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Fun Fall CraftsFun Fall Crafts

There are a lot of fun characteristics of fall. Some of these including: the cooling weather, the colorful leaves, and the smell of those fresh falling leaves. Our fun fall crafts capture the attributes that one would normally associate with autumn like apples, leaves, and pumpkins. All of these crafts smell great and will change the atmosphere of anyone’s home. Whether you’re looking to make your home more autumn like or looking for a new product for your bath and body line, we got a recipe for it. Get ready to be amazed by your results!

What Makes Fall Such a Great Season?

There are many reasons why fall is a wonderful season, and I’m going to outline some here. For one, it’s pumpkin season, and you can use pumpkins to decorate almost any nook and cranny of your home. Also, carving jack-o-lanterns is a great family friendly activity for anyone to do. Clothing can also appear way more comfy to most people because sweaters and joggers are normally very comfy to wear around. You also get the chance to decorate all around your home and dress up for Halloween. Fall always gives someone the chance to show off the best of their creative side. There’s also something relaxing about listening to the sound of fallen leaves snap under your footsteps as you walk outside. On top of leaves, walking around through corn mazes and pumpkin patches is always an entertaining activity anyone would enjoy doing.

Fun Fall Crafts Spider Slime RecipeFun Fall Crafts Spider Slime Recipe

This recipe captures the true spooky nature of Halloween. Nature’s Garden’s Spider Slime Recipe features a spooky dark purple colored slime that appears to be oozing with spiders. Anyone can make this recipe, and it is not only scary but safe to play with. This recipe features our Witching Hour Fragrance Oil made up of notes of cinnamon bark, bergamot, cannabis flower, jasmine, and rose. When making this recipe, you should watch how much borax solution you add, as adding to much won’t give the slime that scary, oozy consistency.

Fun Fall Crafts Black Licorice Candle RecipeFun Fall Crafts Black Licorice Candle Recipe

What’s the first thing kids think of when it comes to Halloween? Candy! This candle recipe captures the different colors of traditional licorice, which has always been a popular Halloween candy. This candy is dark, which compliments the scary dark nights of Halloween. On top of it, the Black Licorice Candle Recipe also contains a layer of dark black. The different colors in this candle are made using Nature’s Garden’s Yellow, Black, Mauve, and White Color Blocks Dyes. This candle is easy for anyone to make and will make for the perfect Halloween decor for your home.

Fun Fall Crafts Pumpkin Roll Bubble Bar RecipeFun Fall Crafts Pumpkin Roll Bubble Bar Recipe

Another fun thing to look forward to in Autumn, all the festive desserts! Pumpkin rolls not only taste good but are always fun to make with the family. This recipe nearly replicates the process you have to go through to create a pumpkin roll, but you are creating a bubble bar instead. Nature’s Garden’s Pumpkin Roll Bubble Bar Recipe uses Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend Powder. This natural powder is made up of a blend of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. You add this powder to cold process soaps as well to provide it with a fragrance and color. Enjoy creating this fun recipe!

Fun Fall Crafts Green Apple Lip BalmFun Fall Crafts Green Apple Lip Balm

Autumn is the time of the year when apples begin to become ripe for the picking. Families, friends, and people of all ages travel to apple orchards every fall for picking apples. Nature’s Garden’s Green Apple Lip Balm captures the fruity essence of a green apple for your lips. This recipe is also very easy to make, and anyone can have fun making it. Our Green Apple Blast Flavoring smells very similar to the tart scent of a green apple. If you want to sweeten the lip balm, you can also add stevia.

Fun Fall Crafts Football Field Candle Loaf RecipeFun Fall Crafts Football Field Candle Loaf Recipe

One of the more popular fall past times that people look forward to every year is watching football. Not only do people enjoy watching it, they also enjoy setting up viewing parties for the sport as well. Are you looking for a great decoration for your football parties, try this recipe. Our Football Field Candle Loaf Recipe looks like and smells like a football field too! This recipe uses Fresh Cut Grass Fragrance Oil to allow the candle to smell like a freshly trimmed football field. The candle will smell so realistic, that you will think you’re standing on the field itself. This candle is also fun for anyone of any age to make. Enjoy making this candle, and impressing all your guests when they come over for the big game.

Fun Fall Crafts Caramel Apple Bath BombFun Fall Crafts Caramel Apple Bath Bomb

This recipe is just oozing with creativeness. Everyone enjoys a sticky, sweet caramel apples in the midst of the cool fall weather. Nature’s Garden’s Caramel Apple Bath Bomb is easy for anyone to create, and fun to use in the bathtub. This recipe involves two steps, making the green apple bath bomb, then making the caramel soap. The caramel gets its texture from combining both Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap and Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap.  The Hemp Oil M&P Soap for covering the bath bomb, and the Diamond Clear M&P Soap for giving the caramel the shiny look. You will be amazed at the outcome of this recipe, as it will look just like a real caramel apple. Have fun using this bath bomb in the tub!

Fun Fall Crafts Pumpkin Latte Bath Bomb RecipeFun Fall Crafts Pumpkin Latte Bath Bomb Recipe

There’s nothing more soothing in the cool, crisp Autumn weather than a hot cup of pumpkin latte. This recipe attempts to capture the warm aroma of this blended drink by blending a bunch of different scents associated with a pumpkin latte. One of the unique ingredients used is Vanilla Powder. Most lattes are usually made with frothed milk, and the vanilla powder attempts to capture the creaminess of a pumpkin latte. This recipe is really fun to use, as you can drop it in your bathtub, and it will make it look like you are bathing in a latte.

Fun Fall Crafts Witches Brew Candle RecipeFun Fall Crafts Witches Brew Candle Recipe

This candle recipe captures a fun Halloween Witch. The colors of this candle create very dark layers that work their way up to a bubbly top. The candle looks just like a cauldron and is made up of both Nature’s Garden’s Pillar of Bliss Wax and Joy Wax. As you can see, these waxes allow you to create a vibrant color. Also, Pillar of Bliss Wax has an excellent scent throw, so your candle can smell as strong as it needs to.

Fun Fall Crafts Ghostly Scented Toilet Paper RecipeFun Fall Crafts Ghostly Scented Toilet Paper Recipe

Nothing more terrifying than a ghost. This cute recipe recreates the image of a ghost onto your toilet paper, and turns it into an air freshener. Keep this air freshener in your bathroom to decorate it for the scary season. The scent used in this recipe is Nature’s Garden’s Tricks or Treats Fragrance Oil. This fragrance features top notes of persimmon, pumpkin, and apple; followed by middle notes of elderberries, blueberries, currants, cinnamon, and orange; all finished off with base notes of sugar cane and vanilla. This fragrance uses a lot of different scents to capture all the candy smells of Halloween. The best part about this recipe is that it’s fun. Try this recipe out if you’re looking for a fun Halloween decoration for your home.

Fun Fall Crafts Pumpkin Cheesecake Wax Melts RecipeFun Fall Crafts Pumpkin Cheesecake Wax Melts Recipe

Cheesecake is a favorite year round dessert. This fall spin on cheesecake features a Pumpkin Cheesecake Wax Melt Recipe that captures the aroma of a fresh cheesecake. The hint of pumpkin with cheesecake is a scent that will make your house smell amazing. This recipe uses Joy Wax to create the whipped wax frosting that you see on the wax tarts. After the frosting is applied to the wax tarts, Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend Powder is then applied to the top of the frosting.  Use these wax melts in a wax melter, and watch your home smell just like a pumpkin pie cheesecake. Yum!

Fun Fall Crafts Apple Dumpling Air Freshener RecipeFun Fall Crafts Apple Dumpling Air Freshener Recipe

Apple dumplings are a very delicious fall time dessert. You can serve apple dumplings with ice cream. This unique recipe uses Aroma Beads – Sachet Beads to capture the aroma of Natures Garden’s Apple Dumpling Fragrance Oil. This recipe also uses golden mica dust and yellow liquid candle dye to give the beads their color. You won’t believe the wonderful aroma that this air freshener will give off when you are done. Place this in any room of your home to make it smell like an authentic apple dumpling. The best part about this recipe, you can make a lot of these air fresheners and place them all over your home. We hope you enjoy the aroma of this recipe!

Fun Fall Crafts Fragrance Autumn Woods Fragrance OilFun Fall Crafts Fragrance Autumn Woods Fragrance Oil

There are a lot of different crafts that you can create using Nature’s Garden’s Autumn Woods Fragrance Oil. This fragrance oil captures many scents of fall including blackberries, pine, cedar wood, eucalyptus and many more. You can use this fragrance in our candle recipes as well as bath and body product recipes. A recipe created at Nature’s Garden that uses this fragrance oil is Autumn Leaves Potpourri. You aren’t limited to our recipes though, you can come up with your own recipes using the amounts that we designate on our website. The creativity is completely up to you.

Fun Fall Crafts Fragrance Caramel FragranceFun Fall Crafts Fragrance Caramel Fragrance

Caramel fragrance is a great fragrance to make crafts with because there’s a lot of scents you can mix it with. For example, we have used this fragrance oil in our Caramel Apple Bath Bomb Recipe and our Caramel Custard Cold Process Soap Recipe. Don’t limit yourself to our recipes. You can come up with your own fall themed recipes at home. Try mixing this fragrance oil with other fragrances, and see what you can come up with.

One of the fun fall crafts that a lot of people enjoy doing is apple picking. Here, I will talk about some of the best apple orchards that are available in the United States for picking apples. This article, Best Apple Orchards in the United States, outlines some of the best orchards based on size, available events, and treats that are available to eat. According to the article, the best orchard in the United States is Willowbrook Apple Farm in Oak Glen, California. There are also many activities featured here like hard pressing your own cider, mini horses, and eating caramel apples. Other orchards offer other food venues and many more fun fall activities that anyone would enjoy. Give this article a read, and share what you believe makes the best apple orchards in the United States.


Fall Leaves MP Soap Recipe

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Fall Leaves MP SoapFall Leaves MP Soap Recipe

You know it’s fall when the colors of the leaves on the trees begin to change. Autumn is always a season of change, as the colors of the leaves can resemble the changing atmosphere outside. The air also starts to begin to cool down, and everything outside seems to resemble its final stages of beauty before winter hits. Our Fall Leaves MP Soap Recipe is a great way to incorporate these magnificent colors of fall into your home.


Fall Leaves MP Soap Recipe Ingredients Available at Natures Garden

Maple Whiskey Toddy Fragrance Oil
Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base
Vanilla White Color Stabilizer
Red Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Orange Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Kelly Green FUN Soap Colorant
White 8 oz Bullet Bottle
24/410 White Fine Mist Sprayer


Other Ingredients and Supplies You’ll Need:
Small Mixing Bowls
Mixing Spoons
Paint Brush
Rubbing Alcohol (in a bullet bottle)
Wax Paper
Baking Pan

Different Types of Leaves

The fun aspect of this recipe is that there are a lot of different types of leaves that you can choose from. I’m going to highlight some different types of common leaves. This should help you decide which leaves you’d want to use for this recipe. Just know that some leaves can come in rounded shapes, pointy shapes, or even very narrow shapes. Depending on where you live can affect your access to different types of leaves. Outlined below are some more common leaves that you can find almost anywhere.

Options for Different Types of Leaves

For a larger, more full leaf you could decide to go with the Maple leaf which will give you almost a star shaped leaf. If you wanted a smooth, rounded leaf you could also use a Southern Magnolia. For a smaller, more rounded leaf, the Hickory might be what you are looking for. Another pretty leave that you can use is the Red Maple. The Red Maple leaf has three, rigid triangular points on its end that are unique to the shape of the leaf. There are many more shapes and sizes that you can use, it’s up to you to decide what you want.

Fall Leaves MP Soap Recipe: Ingredient Spotlight

Before we begin creating the Fall Leaves MP Soap Recipe, Let’s take a closer look at some of the ingredients that we will be using.

Maple Whiskey Toddy Fragrance OilFeaturing Maple Whiskey Toddy Fragrance Oil

Maple Whiskey Toddy is commonly used as a warm, after dinner drink that is mostly enjoyed in the cooler months of fall. This warm beverage first entices the user with notes of maple and rum, which is then followed by a smooth vanilla base and buttery caramelized sugar. This fragrance oil can be used to create handcrafted soap. In addition to soap, when used in candle making, this fragrance will leave a nice, strong aroma for your home. This fragrance can be used in candle waxes, potpourri, bath oils, lotions, and cleaning products as well. The possibilities are endless! Use this maple fragrance oil to bring the warm sensations of fall into your home.

Top Notes:  Vanilla Essence, Lemon Peel, Chilled Whiskey Accord
Mid Notes: Amber Blooms, Vermont Maple Syrup Accord, Damask Rose
Base Notes: White Tonka Beans, Frosted Musk, White Cedarwood

Diamond Clear Melt and Pour SoapUses for Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap

Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap from Natures Garden Soap Making Supplies has a high moisturizing content and is great for lathering qualities in any homemade soap recipe. The higher the amount of lather in the soap, the more suds it will create as you use it. This soap base is very fun to use in recipes where you want to bring out any vibrant colors in your soap.


Vanilla White Color StabilizerUses for Vanilla White Color Stabilizer

There are a lot of different aqueous bases that tend to have color stability problems from vanillin and other aromatic ingredients. Vanilla White Color Stabilizer can be used in any soap making or bath products that you create for keeping the original true color in your creation.

Gathering the LeavesGathering the Leaves

The first step is to gather leaves. Some good places to gather them include the local park, your backyard, or in a forest.  We used different types and sizes of leaves for making this recipe. We collected around 30 leaves. Regardless of this number, we were still able to reuse some of the leaves a few times. The size of the leaves will impact how much this recipe will yield. Using larger leaves will produce a smaller amount of Fall Leaves when making this Nature’s Garden soap recipe.  After collecting the leaves, place them on a wax paper lined pan. Putting the leaves on the wax paper will ensure that they peel off easier. In addition, it will keep your work area clean. This will guarantee the best result with your Fall Leaves Soap Recipe.

Melting the Melt and Pour SoapMelting the Melt and Pour Soap

This next step to take is to prepare your soap base for melting. Use your soap cutter to cut and weigh 40 grams of Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base. Cutting the soap into smaller chunks will make the process of melting the soap easier. Next, take the soap and place it in a microwave safe bowl or container. Microwave the chunks of soap. Depending on your microwave, it can take less than 15 seconds to melt the soap. The soap needs to be melted completely, otherwise; your soap won’t look as smooth as it could look.  

Coloring the MP SoapColoring the MP Soap

After the soap is completely melted, the next step is coloring the MP soap base. The fun part about this recipe is that you can add any color to the soap base and layer on any color onto the leaf. You can set up multiple bowls, all with 40 grams of Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base. Then, once you are finished painting your leaves with that color, you can start this process over and create another color of soap. We don’t recommend creating all of your colors at once because the soap will setup too quickly if you create more than one at a time.

Different Types of Color Combinations

There are many different color combinations that are available to you in this recipe. So, when creating this recipe, we found that the first few layers will create a translucent look. Once we added about four layers it created a solid leaf that you could not see through.  So, we used this to our advantage. For example, if you add a layer of red oxide colored soap and a second layer of the Kelly green, then you can get a leaf a beautiful red- green combo. Another color combination is Yellow with the Kelly Green which will give you a vibrant yellow-green color. You can also try the Orange Oxide with the Red Oxide colorant to give you a bright red-orange colored leaf that will stand out from the rest of the colors. There are a lot of other color combinations that you can experiment with.

Adding the Fragrance Oil to the SoapAdding the Fragrance Oil to the Soap

The next step is to add your fragrance to the mixed soap base. You want to add 2 grams of the Maple Whiskey Toddy Fragrance Oil. Then add 2 grams of the Vanilla White Color Stabilizer. Fragrance oil with a vanillin content can cause discoloration in finished soap. The reason it does this is because fragrance oil will oxidize over time. To keep our mixture true to its color, we add the Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to make sure we keep the original color we had in the bowl.  After adding the fragrance to the mixture, stir it thoroughly with the mixing spoons. 

Painting the Fall Leaf MP SoapPainting the Fall Leaf MP Soap

Take the paintbrush and paint each one of the leaves. You don’t want to apply too thick of a coat to make sure that you have enough of a soap base for all of the leaves.  After each leaf has been painted, spray it with rubbing alcohol and let it setup. After it has setup, begin spraying each leaf with the alcohol, then apply a second coat to it. The second coat doesn’t have to be the same color. You can layer whichever color you think would look the best. Keep repeating this process until you achieve 4 coats, or whichever thickness you desire. You should also know that with less layers, you will have more transparency. We did create some in this manner to give us a variety of leaves with different looks.

Removing the Soap from the LeavesRemoving the Soap from the Leaves

When the soap has finished setting up, you want to remove the soap from the leaf. To do this, you want to make sure to carefully peel away one end of the leaf, and slowly make your way across the leaf. Keep slowly peeling away the entire leaf as you don’t want it to break or crumble on you. After the soap portion of the leaf has been removed, it is ready to use!

Ways to Decorate your Home with These LeavesWays to Decorate your Home with These Leaves

You can choose any area of your home to decorate with these leaves. Some fun areas where that you can decorate with these leaves include the bathroom, kitchen, and any type of utility sink throughout the house. If you work outside in your garage, you can setup these leaves on the sink out in the garage to wash your hands off with afterward. the colors of these leaves can also be fun to incorporate into any kind of decorations that you setup for guests in your kitchen. There are many endless possibilities for how you can decorate your living area with these leaves.

Picking up leaves isn’t the only fun fall activity that you can do. There are a lot of different fall activities outlined in this Fall Festivals article from Country Living that you can do. Some of these activities include Pumpkin Patch Festivals, Apple Festivals, Corn Mazes, and many more. There are always many ways to enjoy your fall, and making this Fall Leaves Soap Recipe was just another way that you can bring the sensation of fall into your home.


Pumpkin Roll Bubble Bars Project

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Pumpkin Roll Bubble Bars ProjectPumpkin Roll Bubble Bars Project

It’s that time of the year again when the weather starts to get cooler and the leaves start to fall off the trees. If you are anything like me, you love pumpkin rolls! This Pumpkin Roll Bubble Bars Project is the perfect recipe to make at home to bring the fall life into your house. Since we all love pumpkin this time of year time of year, we thought why not show you how to create a fun pumpkin themed bubble bar.  This recipe not only works as a bubble bar but can also be used as a decoration in your bathroom as well.

Pumpkin Bubble Bars Project Ingredients Available at Natures Garden

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
Sodium Bicarbonate- Baking Soda
Cream of Tartar
Corn Starch
Pumpkin Roll Fragrance Oil
Vanilla White Color Stabilizer
Pumpkin Seed Oil
Orange Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Vegetable Glycerin
Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend Powder
Safety Mask
Safety Glasses
Natures Garden Apron
Flexible Silicone Mat
Safety Gloves

Other Supplies You Will Need
Mixing Bowls
Mixing Spoon
Parchment Paper or Silicone Baking Mat
Rolling Pin

Total Recipe Amounts
410 grams Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
460 grams Sodium Bicarbonate- Baking Soda
224 grams Cream of Tartar
72 grams Corn Starch
200 grams Vegetable Glycerin
24 grams Pumpkin Seed Oil
14 grams Pumpkin Roll Fragrance Oil
14 grams Vanilla White Color Stabilizer
9 grams Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend Powder
10 drops FUN Soap Colorant Orange Oxide
10 drops FUN Soap Colorant Yellow Oxide
3 drops FUN Soap Colorant Brown Oxide

Before you begin to make any of these bubble bars, it is usually recommended to clean and sanitize any of your utensils and your workstation before starting on the recipe to guarantee the best results. You should wear gloves, an apron, a face mask, and a hair net while preparing this recipe.

Pumpkin Roll Fragrance OilPumpkin Roll Fragrance Oil

Before we begin preparing our pumpkin roll bubble bars project, let’s take a closer look at the fragrance oil that we will be using. Pumpkin Roll Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden Candle and Soap Making Supplies brings the aroma of a fall favorite to life without the added calories.  The aroma of sweet sugar pumpkin puree is spiced with hints of spicy cinnamon and nutmeg. Then, notes of a warm, sweet-butter crust, drizzled with maple and honey are layered in.

Top Notes: Orange, Sugar Pumpkin, Sweet Butter
Mid Notes: Maple, Cinnamon, Nutmeg
Base Notes: Vanilla

Preparing the Dry IngredientsPreparing the Dry Ingredients

We will start this process by preparing our dry ingredients for making the Pumpkin Roll Bubble Bars. Lay all of your ingredients out on your workstation to allow easy access to them while working. In the deep mixing bowl, weigh your baking soda, sodium cocoyl isethionate, cream of tartar, and corn starch. So, place your bowl on your scale and be sure to tare out your scale.  Then, add the powdered ingredients to your bowl.

Mixing the Dry Ingredients
Mixing the Dry Ingredients

Use your hands to mix the ingredients for the bubble bar recipe together. Any clumps that are present in the powder should be broken down using your hands to ensure that the dry ingredients are clump free and smooth. 

Mixing the Wet Ingredients

In a second small bowl, weigh out and mix the wet ingredients that are going to be added to the mixture. After the wet ingredients are weighed, add the following wet ingredients to a mixing bowl: vegetable glycerin, pumpkin seed oil, Vanilla White Color Stabilizer, and Pumpkin Roll Fragrance Oil. When all the ingredients are properly added to the bowl, mix the wet ingredients together. When you’re finished blending the ingredients, you are ready to begin mixing the wet ingredients with the powdered ingredients.

Combining the Ingredients TogetherCombining the Ingredients Together

The next step is to take the wet ingredients and add them to the same bowl containing the dry ingredients that you mixed. Put on your Nature’s Garden gloves, and mix the wet and dry bubble bar ingredients together using your hands. Keep mixing the ingredients in the deep bowl until you have a dough-like consistency that is slightly thicker than pizza dough.

Identify Correctly Mixed Dough

When you are finished mixing these ingredients, there are a few things you are looking for. If there are any lumps still present, keep mixing until you completely get rid of any lumps. If you come to notice that the dough is also too crumbly, then add some Nature’s Garden vegetable glycerin to the dough to ensure that it is smooth enough for rolling.  However, do not add too much to the doughy mixture otherwise it will not setup correctly and not harden completely.

Divide the Bubble Bar Dough in HalfDivide the Bubble Bar Dough in Half

Next, you will need a second deep mixing bowl. The dough in one of the bowls will remain white since this will be used as the internal filling to the Pumpkin Roll Bubble Bars Project. Take the bubble bar dough that you are going to leave white, roll it into a ball, and place it back into the bowl and leave it aside for later. Next, move over to the second bowl that contains the second lump of dough. The contents of the second bowl will be colored to resemble that of dough which will look like a lighter brown. 

Coloring the Pumpkin Colored Bubble Bar DoughColoring the Pumpkin Colored Bubble Bar Dough

Following the ingredient amounts listed above, add the following ingredients to the dough in the second bowl: the pumpkin pie spice blend powder, FUN Soap Colorant orange oxide, FUN Soap Colorant yellow oxide, and the FUN Soap Colorant brown oxide. Then, using your hands, mix the bubble bar dough until the ingredients are completely blended. After you have fully incorporate the ingredients in the mixing bowl, roll the pumpkin colored dough into a ball.

Preparing the MatPreparing the Mat

Now is the time to start rolling out the pumpkin roll dough. First, you will need your flexible silicone mat. Another option would be to use parchment paper instead. I prefer the baking mat because it is reusable and a little thicker and sturdier. Take some baking soda and lightly sprinkle it over the mat and rolling pin. The baking soda will work to aid in preventing the dough from sticking to the mat. If the dough is too sticky, it will have the tendency to want to stick to a silicone mat or the rolling pin that are being used to roll the dough out. 

Rolling the Pumpkin Colored DoughRolling the Pumpkin Colored Dough

First, make sure that the silicone mat is clean and dry. Then, take the pumpkin colored bubble bar dough, and place it on the flexible silicone mat. Take a rolling pin and roll the dough out into a rectangular shape. It doesn’t have to be a perfect rectangle. Just do your best to get it as close as you can. For the best look for your Pumpkin Roll Bubble Bars Project, make sure to roll the dough out to about a  ¼” thickness. 


Rolling out the White DoughRolling out the White Dough

Next, take the white bubble bar dough ball and place it on top of the pumpkin colored dough. Sprinkle a little bit more baking soda onto the rolling pin. When the rolling pin is ready to use, roll out the white dough ball that you placed on top of the pumpkin colored dough layer. When you’re done rolling out the white dough layer, it should come out to be about that same thickness as the pumpkin colored dough layer at around ¼”. You also want it to be about the same shape and size as the pumpkin colored dough. Again, it does not need to be exact. You just want it to be as close to the previous layer as possible.


Rolling Bubble Bar Dough into a LoafRolling Bubble Bar Dough into a Loaf

The next step is to roll the bubble bar dough into a loaf to look like a Pumpkin Roll.  The first step is to place the dough in front of you vertically. Take the edge of the parchment paper or silicone baking mat that is the closest to your body and lift up on it. You want to make sure you have a good grip on it. 

To roll a pumpkin roll, take the edge of the flat rectangular dough, and rolling it out over itself. Roll the dough into a cylinder to create a white swirl in the center of the roll. Take your time while rolling the dough to make sure that it doesn’t crack or tear in the process. Roll out the pumpkin roll evenly. This ensures that the entire Pumpkin Roll Bubble Bars Project looks its best.  Place the dough back onto the parchment paper.

Cutting the Loaf and Topping the Bubble BarsCutting the Loaf and Topping the Bubble Bars

When the pumpkin roll dough is rolled up to your desired look, take a knife and cut the roll into 1-2 inch slices or whichever thickness you prefer. Make sure the knife that you use to cut the bubble bar is clean of any excess residue. If you notice any debris on the knife, wipe it off before cutting the next slice. This should keep the pumpkin roll looking clean. The expected yield of this recipe is usually around 8 slices, but depending on how thick you ended up cutting the roll, it could vary by 1 or 2.  Finally, sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of corn starch onto the outside of the roll as to resemble powdered sugar.

Setting up and Decorating the Loaf

Once you have sliced your loaf, give the bubble bars time to set up. You can tell when the bubble bars are ready when they are hard to the tough.  When we made the bubble bars, it took them approximately 48-72 hours to setup completely. It can take longer for your results to setup depending on the environment of the room. Create these bubble bars in a dry room with low humidity, and at room temperature. This helps the bubble bars setup.

Using the Finished Pumpkin Roll

Your pumpkin roll bubble bars should now be ready to use. These bubble bars should make a great home decoration for the Halloween or Fall season. They are great to put out as a decoration in your bathroom next to the tub. You can also leave them on your sink countertop for decorations too.  To use the bubble bars, take one of the slices that you cut up, and crumble it under warm running bathwater. These bubble bars tend to give an inviting appearance to your bathtub, while also filling it up with bubble. In addition, they will leave your skin feeling soft and silky.  It’s a fun recipe for any age group, and anyone would enjoy soaking with this Nature’s Garden recipe.

Does the pumpkin roll bubble bar project leave you craving the real thing? If you want to make one of your own, here’s a delicious recipe from Jamie at My Baking Addition. She will show you just how the real thing is made.  I highly recommend this pumpkin roll recipe!  It is quite possible the best pumpkin roll I have every tried!



Coconut Soap Recipes

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Coconut Soap RecipesCoconut Soap Recipes

Coconut Oil is one of the most popular oils that is used in soap making. It’s very affordable, easy to obtain and it can be very good for the skin and hair. If you love making soap, or are new to soap making, take a look at some of Nature’s Garden’s coconut soap recipes. Not only will you be inspired by the creativity, but you skin will be happy and healthy looking!

Coconut oil is perfect for smoothing out dry, frizzy hair and it is also good for nourishing dry, split ends. If you have a sensitivity to products that contain a lot of chemicals or fragrances, this is a good, natural alternative to lotion or body cream and of course, it’s perfect for hydrating that itchy, dry skin. Since coconut oil contains Vitamin E, it is also perfect for helping to delay the look of wrinkles.

Coconut Soap Recipes: Which Coconut Oil do I use?Coconut Soap Recipes: Which Coconut Oil do I use?

As you may know, there are two types of coconut oil. Nature’s Garden offers Coconut Oil-76 and Fractionated Coconut Oil. Both work equally well in all bath and body products. You may notice that fractionated coconut oil does not solidify like regular coconut oil-76 does. That is because the fatty triglycerides from the oil have been removed and what is left is the clear, liquid form of the coconut oil. This type of coconut oil is perfect for using in massage oils, as a carrier oil for lip gloss or essential oils. Any time you want your product to stay at as a liquid, fractionated coconut oil is the perfect answer.

Coconut Oil-76 is a solid form of and only turns liquid in temperatures of 76 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Coconut oil is popular in any type of soap making, bath and body products and even in cooking. It is also very obtainable in grocery stores, soap making supply stores and at any type of big box store. It also very affordable, which makes it perfect for making soap. Both types of coconut oil will give your soap a wonderful, bubbly lather and can also contribute to making your soap hard and white. Coconut Oil-76 is perfect for any type of cosmetic product or bath and body product, such as a body scrub, that you want to have a solid form to.

Coconut Soap Recipes: Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe

Our first recipe looks good enough to eat and smells just as delicious! Our Orange Swirled Cold process soap is a yummy concoction of some major skin loving ingredients. Shea butter, coconut oil-76, avocado oil are just a few of the ingredients that go into this soap. It smells amazing since we used our Blood Orange fragrance oil. This is a perfect blend of tangy oranges and a touch of floral thyme in the background. To top off this sweet smelling soap is some cute orange slices that were made with some Diamond Melt and Pour soap. This recipe makes 16 bars of soap. They would make perfect gifts to give this Christmas.

Coconut Soap Recipes: Raspberry Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Raspberry Cold Process Soap Recipe

Next we have our Raspberry Cold Process soap recipe. This is an easy cp soap recipe that looks like a piece of raspberry swirled cheesecake. This soap is made with cocoa and shea butter, coconut oil-76, sunflower oil, and meadowfoam seed oil, to just name a few. We scented this soap in our Fresh Raspberry. A lovely, bright and fresh, true raspberry fragrance.  This recipe makes 9 bars of soap.


Coconut Soap Recipes: Beard Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Beard Soap Recipe

You may have noticed that beards are incredibly popular among today’s male population. Since your beard is the first thing that is noticed about you, it should be given some extra special attention. Plus, a scruffy beard makes a bad first impression. This Beard Soap is a wonderful addition to your men’s line of bath and body products! Your beard will be soft, smooth and the skin underneath will be nicely moisturized. We made this hot process soap with coconut oil-76, jojoba oil, lanolin and shea butter. Plus, we chose to scent this soap  in our Gurjan Balsam Essential oil. This is a very natural and manly smell. 

Coconut Soap Recipes: Mistletoe Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Mistletoe Cold Process Soap Recipe

Here is a fun soap to make at Christmas time! Mistletoe Cold Process soap is made with mango butter, apricot kernel oil, and both fractionated coconut oil and coconut oil-76. This makes a wonderful lathery bar that will last you all through the Christmas season. We scented this soap in our Mistletoe & Ivy fragrance oil which is a perfect scent for the holidays! This fragrance is a bright blend of cedar, sandalwood, ivy, musk and cool camphor! Your skin will be smelling like the holidays with this soap recipe!

Coconut Soap Recipes: Herbal Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Herbal Soap Recipe

This Herbal Soap Recipe is a lovely recipe for those that like a more natural scent to their soap. This soap is scented in Dandelion Pear which smells fresh and clean, just like soap should smell! Bitter dandelion and wildflowers are the top notes which is mellowed out by pear, green tea and aloe. This is a perfect springtime soap! We used coconut-76, shea butter, sunflower oil and apricot kernel oil to name a few. On top, we used mango butter melt and pour for the smiley face embeds and sprinkle Chamomile Flowers on top for a finishing touch.

Coconut Soap Recipes: Cappuccino Coffee Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Cappuccino Coffee Cold Process Soap Recipe

This Cappuccino Coffee Cold Process Soap is perfect for the coffee lovers in your life! For this recipe we chose to use Fractionated coconut oil along with cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, avocado oil. We also used fresh brewed coffee as part of the lye mixture! Next we added in some coffee grounds to give the soap some gentle exfoliation. We scented this soap in our Cappuccino fragrance oil that smells of coffee, cream and sugar! Lastly, we sprinkled whole coffee beans on top the white fluffy topping to put this cold process soap over the top!

Coconut Soap Recipes: Strawberries and Champagne Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Strawberries and Champagne Cold Process Soap Recipe

This Strawberries and Champagne Cold Process soap is fun soap to create for the beginning of the new year, or even for Valentine’s Day. This creative soap is made with fractionated coconut oil, mango butter, shea butter, sunflower oil and even some lanolin to give it some extra moisturizing! On top we added some cute little melt and pour soap embeds made into champagne bottles! We scented this soap in our very popular NG Strawberries & Champagne fragrance oil! This scent is a perfect combination of strawberries and effervescent apple cider!

Coconut Soap Recipes: Hot Fudge Brownies Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Hot Fudge Brownies Cold Process Soap Recipe

Who doesn’t love brownies? Pretty much everybody. So why not create a soap that is America’s favorite number one dessert!  This soap would be perfect for your brownie lovers or even kids who like a sweet treat to make bath time more fun! Hot Fudge Brownie Cold Process soap is going to make your bathroom  smell like brownie heaven! We used our Hot Fudge Brownie fragrance oil, which smells like fresh, fudgey brownies! The soap batter was made using fractionated coconut oil, cocoa butter, avocado oil and we even used some organic cocoa powder for natural colorant!


Coconut Soap Recipes: Fruit Frenzy Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Fruit Frenzy Cold Process Soap Recipe

This Fruit Frenzy Cold Process soap is a very good recipe for beginners. Simple ingredients such as fractionated coconut oil coconut oil-76, castor oil, grapeseed oil and mango butter will help make your soap rich, creamy and moisturizing. Also, we scented this soap in our Fresh Fruit Slices, which smells like everything fruit! Fresh Fruit Slices fragrance oil works perfectly in cold process soap with no discoloring, ricing, accelerating or separating. We also added some dried orange peel to help give this soap a natural color! Perfectly simple and sweet!

Coconut Soap Recipes: Pumpkin Puree Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Pumpkin Puree Cold Process Soap Recipe

So what is the benefit of adding pumpkin puree to your soap? Well in our Pumpkin Puree Cold Process Soap Recipe it does help add some natural color. Best of all, pumpkin is full of alpha hydroxy acids, fruit enzymes and vitamins A and D, which have been shown to soften and smooth skin as well as boost collagen to help prevent signs of aging! Along with pumpkin puree we used fractionated coconut oil, olive oil and even some pumpkin seed oil to make this soap amazingly skin friendly! The fragrance oil we chose to use is our yummy Pumpkin Apple Butter fragrance oil. It smells deliciously fall like with a scent of apples, pumpkin butter and spices!

Coconut Soap Recipes: Wine Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Wine Cold Process Soap Recipe

Next we have our Wine Cold Process Soap. This soap can be made with any kind of wine you would like to use. The addition of wine helps with natural colorant and is used in place of water. This soap was made using strictly oil, no butters. You will have a lovely, moisturizing bar of soap! Of course our fragrance of choice is Merlot fragrance oil. This is a wonderful blend of raspberries, plums, and strawberries with a spicy background!

Coconut Soap Recipes: Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process Soap Recipe

This Blueberry Cheesecake cold process soap is a beautiful rendition of the yummy, decadent dessert. With its pretty blue and white swirls and the fluffy topping, this soap is almost too pretty to use! Made with both coconut oil-76 and fractionated coconut oil, these oils along with shea butter, safflower oil and palm oil will give your luxurious, lathering soap! Of course the inspiration behind the soap was our Blueberry Cheesecake fragrance oil! This fragrance oil is a sweet blend of cheesecake, blueberries, cream, vanilla and brown sugar, you will be tempted to take a lick!

Coconut Soap Recipes: Hippies & Hemp Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Hippies & Hemp Cold Process Soap Recipe

If you need a groovy soap recipe to enhance your line of bath and body products, give this Hippies & Hemp cold process soap recipe a try! How cool is this soap with its psychedelic swirls of neon colors!  We created this soap using  shea butter, safflower oil, coconut oil-76 and fractionated coconut oil. Your skin will be pleased with the rich moisturizing qualities that will come from this bar of soap! We used our Cannabis Flower fragrance oil that is a truly unique blend of cannabis, violet, green fern and cashmere woods. This soap will definitely have people stopping in their tracks. If not to smell, but to notice the fun swirl of colors that will catch their eye!

Coconut Soap Recipes: Lime Cupcake Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Lime Cupcake Cold Process Soap Recipe

Lime Cold Process Soap is a fun soap to make if you enjoy frosting and decorating! This recipe along with the fragrance oil, Agave Lime are a perfect combination to allow you to decorate and get fancy! We used coconut oil-76, mango butter, palm oil and castor oil for the soap batter and frosting! Since Agave Lime fragrance oil works perfectly in cold process soap with no ricing, discoloring, separation or accelerating, you will have no problems when it comes to piping! For the limes we used Diamond Clear melt and pour soap base and perched them atop the fluffy white frosting!

Coconut Soap Recipes: Apricotie Hottie Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Apricotie Hottie Soap Recipe

As you noticed, most of our recipes have been cold process, which is very popular in the soaping world due to “clean-ness” of your finished product. However, hot process is a quicker, if not easier soaping process. The crock pot does all the work for you and your cure time is cut down. The main difference is that hot process soap has a more rustic appearance that CP soap.

Take our Apricotie Hottie Soap for instance. This is truly a simple soap recipe and perfect for beginners! Made with only a few ingredients such as coconut oil-76, mango butter, shea butter, avocado and apricot kernel oil, you will have a wonderful, sudsy, moisturizing bar of soap in no time! Our Apricot Fragrance Oil smells so amazing sweet and “apricotie”! Plus this fragrance holds up beautifully through the hot processing!

Coconut Soap Recipes: That’s it for now

We hope you enjoyed learning all these recipes that use coconut oil-76 and fractionated coconut oil. Both oils are amazing for your skin and will give your bars of cold and hot process soap the best moisturizing abilities there are!

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What are the Benefits of Strawberry Leaves?

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What are the Benefits of Strawberry Leaves?What are the Benefits of Strawberry Leaves?

You may not have given them much thought, but strawberry leaves have all kinds of benefits. In fact, most people leave the leaves and only ever pick the ripened berries. However, you can use the  the wonderful properties of these leaves to enhance products and nourish your body inside and outside. If you are curious and asking yourself, “What are the benefits of strawberry leaves?”, then this is a great blog for you to start looking for answers! We are going to talk about the various ways you can use the Natures Garden herb, Strawberry Leaf Cut and Sifted, to create wonderful bath and body recipes.

Plus, we will talk about the different ways that you can use some strawberry leaves to promote health inside the body, too. Although our herbs aren’t sold for internal use, we think it is nice to know all the beneficial properties an herb has. So, let’s get into all the benefits you can have from using strawberry leaves!

What are the Benefits of Strawberry Leaves?: Growing ConditionsWhat are the Benefits of Strawberry Leaves?: Growing Conditions

A patch of strawberries of healthy requires full sun and soil that drains well. You may want to go with either a sandy soil or a loam soil, just make sure to check the water a fertilizer more with sandy soils as they drain very well.  Also, the plant likes soil that is slightly acidic. If you aren’t sure about the pH of your soil we can help you with that below. Further, you don’t want to plant them near tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, or eggplant, as these can carry verticillium wilt. Additionally, you may want to give your plants enough space to send out shoots and grow larger. The amount of space that you need will vary based on the type of strawberry plant that fits your needs best.

Furthermore, there are three types strawberry plants that you can choose to grow. The first type is the June bearing strawberry plant. This plant will produce a single harvest during a two or three week period around the time of June. There are a few varieties that will either bear fruit in early spring or late summer so you can space out your harvest a bit. A second option is the Everbearing strawberry plant. This plant will produce two or three harvests throughout the spring, summer, and fall. While these plants send out less runners compared to the June variety, they allow you to harvest berries for a longer time. Lastly, we have the Day Neutral variety that will produce the fruit all through out the growing season. However, this variety produces smaller quantities of berries and fewer runners than the June bearing variety.

What are the Benefits of Strawberry Leaves?: What are Strawberry Runners?What are the Benefits of Strawberry Leaves?: What are Strawberry Runners?

If you aren’t sure about what a strawberry runner is, then you’re in the right place. These runners are the off shoots a strawberry plant will grow. These off shoots can take root and lead to even larger strawberry patches. The number of runners a plant will have depends on the type of plant. The different strawberry plant varieties with produce different amounts of runners and berries. So, you may want to use the amount of berries you need to determine the type of plants that you want. Anyone that is growing strawberries for their own use will likely enjoy either the Everbearing or the Day Neutral varieties. However, the June bearing strawberries may be too much at once for a regular household. Plus, the June bearing strawberry plant will require a bit more room at they produce more runners. It is all up to your own need though!

What are the Benefits of Strawberry Leaves?: Industrial Uses

There are many uses that have been found for strawberry leaves. You can incorporate the strawberry leaves in smoothies or teas to gain the benefits, like vitamins and minerals, Also, these leaves have properties that many find perfect for natural remedies. Of course, the strawberry leaves can be incorporated into bath and body recipes that really care for the skin. Whether you are looking for bath and body supplies, natural remedies for minor ailments, or other benefits, this cosmetic herb is a great one to check out!

What are the Benefits of Strawberry Leaves?: Food and BeveragesWhat are the Benefits of Strawberry Leaves?: Food and Beverages

Often, strawberry leaves are not eaten as much as the berries. This is likely due to the flavor. While the leaves are bad tasting, the berries are just tastier as they are juicy, sweet and delicious. Plus, many people like to eat strawberry leaves due to their beneficial properties. Plus, they are full of vitamins and minerals, like vitamin C, calcium, antioxidants, and more. These leaves have a mild fruity flavor that is actually pretty good. But, this flavor is often overshadowed by everyone’s favorite berry. But, you could create a tasty tea or tonic with these leaves. Or, you could mix the leaves into a smoothie. In fact, you could even add the leaves to a strawberry smoothie. This way you can get the taste you love and all the nutrients from the plant that you can!

What are the Benefits of Strawberry Leaves?: Bath and Body ProductsWhat are the Benefits of Strawberry Leaves?: Bath and Body Products

Not only are strawberry leaves wonderful for nourishing the inside of the body, but there are benefits for the outside of the body, too. Adding this wholesale cosmetic herb to your homemade recipes is sure to help boost the beneficial properties for your body. So, you can use this herb to make all kinds of products that are great for skin care.

One fun, easy way to use the light flavor of strawberry leaves would to naturally flavor a strawberry lip balm recipe. Just add this herb to a draw string tea bag. Then, add this filled tea bag into your melting oils to incorporate the flavor. Further, you can add this herb to create a light scent for often given much thought.

Some have found that strawberry leaves can be used to reduce skin inflammation, which is useful for rashes, eczema, and even acne. So, this is a great cosmetic herb to include in facial soaps or lotions.

Another great reason to add this cosmetic herb to lotion is its ability to nourish your body with vitamins and minerals that are perfect for revitalizing your skin. Plus, the vitamin C and slightly acidic natural will work to reduce oily skin. Additionally, it has been found that this herb has anit-aging properties. Due to the ellagic acid that the leaves contains, they are able to use this anti-oxidant to prevent collagen damage. The ellagic acid protects you by repressing a specific enzyme, which destroys collagen and is triggered by UV light. This collagen damage is a major factor for wrinkles, so this herb will help to protect your skin and keep it looking young. Further, strawberry leaves are known to be amazing for your skin complexion. The herb is thought to reduce pore size and rejuvenate your skin.

What are the Benefits of Strawberry Leaves?: Medicinal UsesWhat are the Benefits of Strawberry Leaves?: Medicinal Uses

There are so many uses for strawberry leaves. Not only is this wholesale herb full of vitamins that are great for the body, but it has properties that are beneficial for homemade remedies. In fact, people were using wild strawberry leaves medicinally for centuries. Some of these ancient remedies were used for things like improving liver function, treating bowel inflammation, and for various aches or pains.

One great benefit of strawberry leaves is that they promote good digestion. This leaf has been found useful in teas for improving digestion and relieving symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. Plus, some have found that that a strawberry leaf herbal tea is useful for reducing hemorrhoids. Further, many believe that strawberry leaves can help an upset stomach as well as reduce nausea, bloating, cramps, and diarrhea. Also, the strawberry leaves are rich in iron, which is beneficial for the blood. The iron is a crucial building block for red blood cells and hemoglobin, so this herb is rejuvenating for the blood.

Also, some have found that compounds in the leaves, like caffeic acid, can help relieve some of the pain of arthritis. The strawberry leaf herb is known to be a natural diuretic. This means that the herb will pull water from your joints and relieve you of some of the pressure. Further, a study provided some evidence that the caffeic acid in strawberry leaves can reduce the inflammation in joints, which reduces the pain of arthritis. Although there are many useful benefits for drinking the tea, there are some cases where gargling the tea is useful, too. For instance, moving the tea around your mouth is known to be beneficial against a sore throat, gum inflammation, canker sores, or minor scrapes and burns.

What are the Benefits of Strawberry Leaves?: Other Uses

Another benefit that some people have found in strawberry leaves is that they can help protect your body from getting cancer. A study revealed had linked the strawberry plant to lower rates of cancer. So, there many be something in the make up that inhibits the formation of cancer cells. Also, some have found that strawberry leaves can be used to promote healthy weight loss. Plus, strawberries and their leaves are wonderful for eye health. In fact, macular degeneration has been linked to not eating enough fruits everyday. So, the fruit will help you can your eye sight as you get older.

What are the Benefits of Strawberry Leaves?: How Do I Check the pH Levels for my Strawberry Plant?

If you are trying to grow strawberries, then you know that the soil needs to be slightly acidic. But, what does that mean? It meas that the pH is slightly below 7. If you look at the pH scale 7 is neutral, anything above 7 is basic, and anything below 7 is acidic. So, you can get an at home tester kit to determine whether the soil conditions are good for your strawberry plants. If your soil is between 6.5 and 5.5, then your soil is good. However, you may need to slightly alter the pH, which should be done prior to planting your strawberries. You can use the How to Acidify Soil for Strawberries directions by wikiHow to determine how to change the soil pH as well as see the different options for planting strawberries. However, anyone with a soil that is too basic may want to just do a raised garden with potting soil.

What are the Benefits of Strawberry Leaves?: Ask Us Your Cosmetic QuestionsWhat are the Benefits of Strawberry Leaves?: Ask Us Your Cosmetic Questions

We hope that you enjoyed learning about the various ways that you can use this wholesale herb. You can find even more herbs that you can use with this one on our Herb and Spices page. If you have any more questions about your cosmetic products or candle making recipes, then reach out and ask us! We are available in the store, on the phone, and on the web. One easy way to find us on the web is on social media. You can find us on our Facebook page. Also, you can use @ngscents to find us on either Instagram or Twitter.  Hope to hear from you soon!

What are the Benefits of Strawberry Leaves?: Reminder for Our Herbs

Note: Natures Garden sells herbs, like our Strawberry Leaves Cut and Sifted, for external use only. We do not sell this herb as a food item. The information we provide on this herb is for educational purposes only. We do not intend to use this information to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated this information. You should keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets. Pregnant and/or lactating women should take special care when handling any of our herbs. Natures Garden accepts no responsibility (written or implied) for any products you make with our herbs. All testing is the responsibility of the customer.


15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base

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15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base

If you are like me, you probably have lip balms everywhere. I keep them in my coat pocket, purse, car, on my nightstand. My kids go through lip balms in the winter like you wouldn’t believe. In fact, my son is famous for leaving them in his pants pocket where they will end up going through the wash.  If you are looking to shake up your line of lip care products, then Nature’s Garden has 15 ways to use all natural lip balm base. From lip scrubs to fun, yummy lip balms, to solid perfumes, these recipes will be sure to keep your lips soft, smooth and hydrated from the dry winter air!

15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: It’s All About the Base

To make good lip balm then it’s all about the base! You need a good base to stand on! Natures Garden’s all natural lip balm base is 100% all natural and is made with only the finest, top-of-the line ingredients, several of which are also certified organic. The ingredients include coconut oil, beeswax, organic shea butter, organic cocoa butter, tocopherol (vitamin e).  You will notice how our lip balm base feels silky smooth on your lips, absorbs easily. Your lips will not be left feeling tacky like many petroleum-based lip balms.

In the long run, this lip balm base will save you time and money. First off, the ingredients are already mixed together for you.  All you will have to do is melt the lip balm, add flavoring, sweetener (powdered stevia with maltodextrin), and color (if desired), pour into lip balm tubes or pots, and allow to set up at room temperature.

Did you know? One pound of our lip balm base makes approximately 65 1/4 oz. lip balm pots, or approximately  90-94 lip balm tubes!  This product allows you to easily, and affordably add new products to your line; all of which have good profit returns. There’s the money saving aspect of this incredibly versatile product!

15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: What Else Can You Create With It?

Our lip balm can be used to make more than just lip balm!!  You can use the very same base to create your own all natural solid perfume!  Another perk to using this base is you can create an all-natural vapor rub.  This base is also perfect for making your own foot balms and lotion bars! Why buy numerous ingredients to make these products when all you need is this one base? So many things you can create all in a one pound container! Now that you know how awesome this lip balm base is, let’s show you all the things you can make with it!

15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Solid Massage Bar Recipe15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Solid Massage Bar Recipe

First up is our Solid Massage Bar Recipe. This is a fun way to add some moisture into your skin and have a little treat at the end! This recipe uses our all natural lip balm base and our Black Cherry BOOM flavoring! Since this bar is made in our deodorant containers, it’s easy to apply to any sore, tired muscles with no messy clean-up!  A pair of chocolate lips centered on top is the sweet treat waiting for you when you’re done. Soft, moisturized skin and a chocolate treat is how we should always end the day!

15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Brown Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Brown Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe

Sugar scrubs, be they for lips, faces or legs, are a wonderful way to get rid of dry, dead skin cells. Sugar is a natural humectant and generally, everybody has sugar in their cabinets. This sweet little Brown Sugar Lip Scrub is quick and simple to make. Using the all natural lip balm base, some brown sugar and our Chocolate Bon Bon flavoring, these lip scrubs will be gone before you know it! Your lips will be silky soft and hydrated after just one use! This recipe makes 7-10 ml lip balm pots!

15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Creme Brulee Lip Scrub Recipe15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Creme Brulee Lip Scrub Recipe

This may look and smell like a tiny serving of creme brulee dessert, but sadly, it is not. This Creme Brulee lip scrub is made with white chocolate mixed in with some all natural lip base. The topping is the scrub part. Lip balm base mixed with some brown sugar! Of course, we used our Creme Brulee flavoring! This is a perfectly sweet way to get your lips soft and smooth with a sweet aftertaste!

15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Winter Wonderland Lip Balm Recipe15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Winter Wonderland Lip Balm Recipe

This Winter Wonderland lip balm is my favorite lip balm. I always have some of these around my house, in my purse or car. We made this fresh lip balm using Peppermint Essential oil and white chocolate mixed in the all natural lip balm base. Lastly, we sprinkled in a touch of Diamond Dust. Your lips will feel sparkly cool and refreshed with a swipe of this across those dry, winter lips!

15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Lip Scrub for Lip Balm Sticks Recipe15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Lip Scrub for Lip Balm Sticks Recipe

Here we have a Lip Scrub for Lip Balm Sticks that is made in lip balm tubes instead of the usual lip balm pot. We used our Bubblegum flavoring to give it a classic taste, plus we added regular white sugar for the scrub and a touch of Passion Plum lip tint to give your lips some color! This is such an easy recipe, even the kids can make it!

15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Solid Glittered Perfume Recipe15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Solid Glittered Perfume Recipe

So we said our All Natural Lip Balm Base wasn’t just for lips! Here is our Solid Glittered Perfume recipe to show you! Simply melt your lip balm base, stir in some Diamond Dust for the sparkle and a fragrance oil. Place in 10 ml. lip balm pots. Simply swipe your finger across the base once it has set up, and place your scent where you normally would put regular perfume! Behind your ears or on your wrist. This type of perfume is perfect for your purse or pocket!

15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Natural Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Natural Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe

This recipe is so easy it should be illegal! This is a Natural Sugar Lip Scrub is a perfect recipe for your tween who is looking to make party favors or even a little extra change for her pocket! Simply melt the All Natural Lip Balm Base and a touch of grapeseed oil for some added shine to your lips! A pinch of sugar, Blue Raspberry Slushie flavoring and a tiny touch of Diva Red lip tint for color! This recipe will make 10- 10 ml lip scrubs!

15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Kiss of Death Lip Venom Recipe15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Kiss of Death Lip Venom Recipe

Be careful who you kiss after you rub some of this Kiss of Death Lip Venom on your lips! You may stun them with the sweet Kiss of Death flavoring! This is also an easy lip balm recipe and it makes 20-10 ml lip balm pots. These are perfect for Halloween treats or even Valentine’s Day treats! Kids will love them as will adults!

15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Shimmery Lip Gloss Recipe15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Shimmery Lip Gloss Recipe

This Shimmery Lip Gloss Recipe is made using Nature’s Garden All Natural Lip Balm base and a touch of fractionated coconut oil to give your soft lips some shine! With some Strawberry Sorbet flavoring, a drop or two of lip tint in any color you choose and a sprinkle of diamond dust, your lips will be yummy and kissably soft when the time comes!

15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Monkey Farts Lip Balm Recipe15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Monkey Farts Lip Balm Recipe

I can happily say that I have never smelled a monkey fart, but if they are anything like what the flavoring is then it might not be that bad! I am also sure that the kids will love this lip Monkey Farts Lip balm recipe! Anything that has the word “fart” in it has to be fun!  Plus, it makes 20- 10 ml lip balm pots so you are sure to have enough for quite a while! Simply melt the all natural lip balm base, add in your Monkey Farts flavoring and fill up your lip balm pots and let them set up! Boom! You are done and your kids’ lips will stay soft and healthy looking all winter long!

15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Dual Quench Lipstick Recipe15 Ways To Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Dual Quench Lipstick Recipe

This is a fun and creative lip balm that looks like it was complicated to make, however, with a little ingenuity, is really a very simple process. We even added an extra touch of vitamin E to this Dual Quench Lipstick to give it some extra nourishment for your lips. Plus, with the tinted center, you can add some light color to your lips! This recipe is enough to make 25 lip balm tubes!

15 Ways to Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Super Easy Lip Gloss Recipe15 Ways to Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Super Easy Lip Gloss Recipe

Lip gloss is really easy to make when you use our all natural lip balm base. We no longer carry the roller ball lip containers, but they are easy to find on any craft supply websites.  Fractionated coconut oil will give your lips a kissable softness that you won’t believe! We chose our yummy Juicy Orange flavoring. Once you make this recipe, you will no longer want to buy any from the store again!

15 Ways to Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Natural Lipstick Recipe15 Ways to Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Natural Lipstick Recipe

Once you make our Natural Lipstick recipe, you will wonder why it’s so expensive to buy in the store. This lipstick uses our All Natural Lip Balm base along with beeswax and some titanium dioxide. The titanium dioxide allows the lipstick to glide on your lips nice and smoothly and the beeswax helps seal in the moisture you get from the lip balm base. Vitamin E is perfect to help your lips look healthy! You can choose any color of lip tint and even add in some Diamond Dust for a little sparkly! Once you see how easy it is to make your own lipstick with natural ingredients, you will be hooked!

15 Ways to Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Chunky Lip Balm Recipe15 Ways to Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Chunky Lip Balm Recipe

To color your lips or not color your lips? That will be the question with this unique Chunky Lip Balm recipe. This lip balm has chunks of colored lip balm that were dropped into uncolored lip balm. Not only does it look cool, but if you choose to add a little color to your lips than just swipe your finger across the color part. Just want to go au naturel? Then you can choose to use the uncolored part. Or use both and get a hint of color. We selected our sweet Strawberry Sorbet and even added a sprinkle of Diamond Dust for some shimmer!

15 Ways to Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Embedded Heart Lip Balm Recipe15 Ways to Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: Embedded Heart Lip Balm Recipe

This Embedded Heart Lip Balm is an awesome recipe for Valentine’s gifts! Made very similar to the Chunky Lip Balm Recipe, we made heart embeds with our lip balm base, a touch of Red Hot Momma lip tint, some Diamond Dust and our Guava flavoring. After allowing these embeds to harden, we then placed them in lip balm pots containing melted, uncolored lip balm wax that was also flavored in guava! They set up beautifully and give you the opportunity to choose all color, no color or light coloring to your soft, sweet lips! It might look complicated, but you know how easy it is!


15 Ways to Use All Natural Lip Balm Base: That’s All For Now

We hope you enjoyed learning about the different ways to use our All Natural Lip Balm Base! Making lip balm doesn’t have to be just plain old lip balm either! You can get creative since all your ingredients are in one container! Plus, you can make lotion bars, and solid perfume if you choose to expand your line of products.  Some lip balm base, lip balm containers, color and flavors than the sky is the limit with what you create! With the all natural ingredients, your lips will look healthy, nourished and feel moisturized this winter. No more dry, chapped lips for you, family or clients! Enjoy!

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