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May
10

Sugar Cube Recipe


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easy sugar cube recipeSour Watermelon Sugar Cube Recipe

This sugar cube recipe is not only super easy to make, but it also takes very little time, and absolutely smells delicious.  With the pampering elements of exfoliation, skin loving oils, and gentle cleansing foam, these sugar scrubs are the perfect little bath time treat for yourself.

In all, this recipe will give you about 5 sugar cube clamshells (a total of 30 bath tub cubes), so technically you can stock yourself up well or treat your family and loved ones to a spectacular bath scrub.

To make the sour watermelon sugar cube scrub recipe, here are the supplies you will need.  Many of the items can be purchased at Natures Garden.

As for the skin loving oils, you will need- Sweet Almond Oil, Argan Oil, and Avocado Oil.

For the gentle foaming cleanser, we will be using Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap.

To exfoliate the skin we will also be using some Poppy Seed in addition to the sugar.

As for color and scent, these fun little sugar cubes are scented in playful  Sour Watermelon Candy Fragrance Oil, and colored with both FUN Soap Colorants-  Neon Red and  Tomato Red.  This combination will give your sugar cubes the perfect watermelon hue.Finally, one awesome concept that this recipe has is that we will actually be using Clamshell Containers to both achieve our sugar cube shape as well as package our scrubs.  Bonus!Now, there are some other supplies/utensils that you will need to make this recipe.  These items would include: gloves, scale, microwave safe bowl, mixing spoon, mixing bowl, and spatula.Once you have everything ready to go… lets get started!clamshells ready to fill
Step 1:
 Once your work area is cleaned, lay out your 5 clamshell containers.  You will want to be these in the area where you are going to be filling them.  Then, put on your gloves.stirring the exfoliants
Step 2:  
Next, in your mixing bowl weigh out 340 grams of sugar and 5 grams of poppy seed.  Now, gently stir the ingredients together with your mixing spoon.  When done, set this bowl aside.

melt and pour soap
Step 3:  
In your microwave safe bowl, weigh out 175 grams of diamond clear melt and pour soap.  Melt the soap in the microwave using 30 second bursts until all of the soap is melted.  Remember to stir the soap gently in between.

scented and colored soap

Step 4:  When the soap is melted, add 10 drops of FUN Soap Colorant Neon Red and 11 drops of FUN Soap Colorant Tomato Red.  Then, quickly add 18 grams of Sour Watermelon Candy scent.  Use your spatula to stir the colorant and scent into the soap.

adding the oils

Step 5:  Now to the soap, weigh out and add 50 grams of Sweet Almond Oil, 38 grams of Argan Oil, and 10 grams of Avocado Oil.  Stir once again.

adding the sugar

Step 6:  Moving quickly, pour the sugar and poppy seed mixture in with the soap and oils.  This time use your gloved hand to incorporate it all together.

packaged sugar cube scrub

 

Step 7:  Finally, begin scooping the mixture into the containers.  Use your fingers to work the sugar scrub into each clamshell opening.  When all 6 cavities of the clamshell are filled, place more of the mixture on top and flatten it down.  Repeat for the remaining 4 clamshells.  Then, close the lids.  Allow the sugar cubes to fully set up overnight.


Making this fun little sugar cube recipe is just that easy.  Enjoy!

 

Mar
13

Soy Candle Recipe


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how to make a soy candle Soy candles always seem to be the craze.  The soy wax 415 that Natures Garden carries is a 100% all natural vegetable wax.  This also means that this soy wax is biodegradable, and is made from a renewable resource.  When used to make candles; soy wax provides a nice, clean and long burn.

For this recipe, we have figured everything out for you (measurements, temperatures, color, and scent).  We are also presenting it to you in an easy to follow step by step form (with photos).  This recipe will make (1) 16oz apothecary jar candle.

Your finished soy candle will be colored in a light red hue, and scented in with a matching apple orchard fragrance.

We will be double wicking our apothecary jar with (2) CD-10 wicks.  This wicking will provide the candle with a nice hot burn, and allow the scent to travel nicely through the wick; guaranteeing a wonderful hot scent throw.

Besides the ingredients hyper linked above, you will also need some other candle making equipment.  This includes: Thermometer, POURING POT, Warning Labels, Glass Apothecary Jar (16oz), Hot Glue Gun with Gun, Scale, Pot, A cookie sheet, and a Stirring Spoon.

Now, normally prior to making a soy wax candle, you must first check the flashpoint of the scent.  This is important because the flashpoint will indicate the temperature at which you will add the fragrance oil.  However, for this recipe, we have already figured out this information.  Apple Orchard has a flashpoint of 155 degrees Fahrenheit.  What this means is that the temperature at which we will be adding the fragrance oil to the soy wax is 155 degrees Fahrenheit.  Our rule of thumb is:  If a fragrance flash point is below 130F, then add it to wax at 130F.  If the fragrance oil flash point is between 130-185F, then add the fragrance to the wax at its flash point.  If a fragrance oil has a flash point above 185F, then add the fragrance to the wax at 185F.

So now, before we get started making our soy candle; it is important to get all of the supplies and equipment ready that we will be using.  Most of these supplies can be purchased at Natures Garden.  Once you have all of this ready to go; lets get started!

supplies for making a soy candle

Step 1:  Get your pot.  Into the pot, place several inches of tap water.  Next you are going to put the pot on to the stove top and set the heat setting on medium.

prepping for double boiler method

Step 2:  Now get your pouring pot.  Inside the pot, weigh out 440 grams of the 100% soy wax flakes.  Once you have the amount, place the pouring pot into the water pot.  This will be how we melt the soy flakes.  This process is known as the double boiler method.

the double boiler process

Step 3:  Set your oven to 170 degrees Fahrenheit.  Next, place your apothecary jar on your cookie sheet.  Then, place the cookie sheet inside the oven.  Allow the jar to warm for 10-15 minutes, then remove.  Also, plug in your hot glue gun now.

warming your apothecary jar

Step 4:  Now, place your thermometer into the wax.  This is important because you will want to monitor the temperature of the wax while it is melting.  Never let the temperature go higher than 200 degrees Fahrenheit.  This will burn and discolor the wax.  As the wax melts, stir it occasionally.  Also, keeping melting until all the wax is in a liquid state.

melting soy wax

Step 5:  Once the wax is all melted, remove it from heat.  When the temperature reaches 185 degrees Fahrenheit, add the 4 drops of Spectrum Red Candle Dye.  Stir.

coloring soy wax

Step 6:  After the wax has been colored, check your temperature again.  When the temperature reaches 155 degrees Fahrenheit, add your 35 grams of Apple Orchard fragrance oil.  Stir again for a full 2 minutes.  This thorough stir will help the wax, fragrance, and color adhere.  Then, place your thermometer back into the wax.

scenting the soy wax

Step 7:  Next, grab your hot glue gun and place a small amount of glue on the bottom of your wick tabs.  Then, center and secure your candle wicks.

center and secure your wicks

Step 8:  Now, stick your warning label to the bottom of your jar.

applying your warning label

Step 9:  Check the temperature of the wax, you will be looking for it to reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once it does, give your wax one final stir.

checking for the pour temp
Step 10:  Then, slowly start to pour your candle.  You will want to stop your pour once the wax reaches where the jar changes shape.  Then, straighten your wicks.

pouring your soy candle
Step 11: 
Now, allow your candle to fully set up undisturbed.

allowing your candle to set up

Step 12:  Once the candle has hardened, trim your wicks, and lid your jar.  Allow your candle to cure for 24-48 hours.

Congratulations, you just made a soy candle.  Your 100% Soy Wax Candle is now finished and ready to burn.  Enjoy the sweet apple scent that will fill your home and make your house smell good!

Mar
07

Sugar Cube Scrubs


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homemade sugar cube scrubSugar Cube Scrubs Recipe

In this blog, you will learn how to make your very own sugar cube scrubs.  And, to do this is really very easy; taking only a few simple ingredients.

You can cater your sugar cube scrubs with various skin loving oils.  For this recipe, we will be using Apricot Kernel Oil–  a luxurious, conditioning oil that absorbs very nicely into your skin.  Grapeseed Oil– a natural oil that is filled with antioxidants (great for anti-aging products) and an oil that is also moisturizing.  Then, finally Sesame Seed Oil– another conditioning oil with the benefits of both antioxidants and vitamins.  To view the complete list of oils that can be used and their benefits, please click on this link

Besides the sugar which works to exfoliate, the other solid in this recipe is soap.  Cocoa Butter melt and pour soap; the one that was used in this recipe, provides a very nice lather.  To see the full list of the variety of melt and pour soap that could be used, please click on this link.

Mold wise, the 24 brownie bites silicone mold was used to make 12 sugar cubes.  But, any mold, even an ice tray will work for this recipe.  However, please note:  using a different mold will vary your total number of sugar cubes output.

Now, here is the recipe, steps, and photos of how to make homemade sugar cube scrubs.

Supplies Needed
Scale
Microwaveable Safe Bowl
Spoon
Spatula
Mixing Bowl

Recipe

170 grams Sugar
28 grams Apricot Kernel Oil
21 grams Grapeseed Oil
7 grams Sesame Seed Oil
85 grams Cocoa Butter M&P Soap
10 grams NG Warm Vanilla Sugar Scent (or any body safe fragrance oil)
2 grams Vanilla Powder
10 grams Vanilla White Color Stabilizer (used to stabilize any discoloration that may occur in the sugar cubes.  This is due to the vanillin content of Warm Vanilla Sugar.)
1 drop of any FUN Soap Colorant (We used Yellow Oxide)

Step 1:  Have your mold ready in your work space.  Then, weigh out your sugar in a bowl.  Set this aside.

sugar cube scrubs mold

Step 2: 
In your microwave safe bowl, weigh out the melt and pour soap.  Place the bowl in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds at a time.  Stir gently.

sugar cube scrubs recipe

Step 3:  When the soap is liquid, add the color, scent, and vanilla white color stabilizer (if using).  Stir.

scenting and coloring sugar cube scrubs

Step 4:  Next, add to the mixing bowl the oils: Apricot Kernel, Grapeseed, Sesame Seed.  Also add the vanilla powder.  Stir well.

adding vanilla powder

Step 5:  Now, quickly pour the sugar into the mixing bowl.  Use your spatula to fold the sugar among the rest of the mixture.

homemade sugar cube scrub

Step 6:  Finally using your spoon, scoop the mixture into the mold openings and press down.

scooping out sugar scrub

Step 7:  Allow this to harden.  Then, carefully pop the sugar cube scrubs out of the mold.  Place them into a jar until you are ready to use them.

molding sugar cube scrubs

To use:  In the bath or shower:  Grab one cube, slightly wet it.  Then, begin rubbing it all over your skin.  The soap will cleanse, the sugar will exfoliate, and the oils will moisturize and condition your skin.

Enjoy your homemade sugar cube scrubs!

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