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Oct
10

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:
Scale
Small Mixing Bowls
Mixing Spoons
Paint Brush
Rubbing Alcohol (in a bullet bottle)
Wax Paper
Baking Pan
Leaves

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.

Mar
16

Rainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe


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Rainbow Zebra Print Soap RecipeRainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe

If you are looking for a fun recipe for soap without lye, then check out the latest soap creation from Natures Garden! The Rainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe is a fun way to create your very own soap using a great melt and pour base. Our design was inspired by the beauty of wild zebras. Did you know that each zebra’s stripes are as unique as your fingerprint? This means that no two zebras will have the same pattern. So, we used the unique design of the stripes and made it even wilder by using a rainbow of different colors. This will leave you with bars of soap that are fun and beautiful.

Rainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Ingredients Available From Natures Garden

Yogurt Melt and Pour Soap Base
Teal FUN Soap Colorant 
Neon Blue Soap Colorant
Yelp Yellow Soap Colorant 
Neon Pink Soap Colorant
Square Loaf – Mold Market Molds
Amazingly Grace Fragrance Oil
8oz Blue PET Bullet Bottles
Black Fine Mist Sprayers 24/410
Mitre Box – Stainless Steel
Cutter For Mitre Box – Stainless Steel

Rainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Other Equipment Needed

A few Mixing Bowls (5)
Scale (grams)
Rubbing Alcohol
Mixing Spoon
Block (or another object to slide under the mold)

Rainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Total Weights and Amounts

1408 grams of the Yogurt Melt and Pour Soap Base
5 drops of the Yelp Yellow Soap Colorant
6 drops of the Teal FUN Soap Colorant
5 drops of the Neon Blue Soap Colorant
68 grams of the Amazingly Grace Fragrance Oil
5 drops of the Neon Pink Soap Colorant

Rainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Preparing Your Craft Area

Before you begin creating your recipe there are a few things that you can do to make the process easier and more fun. First, you will want to collect your equipment for this recipe. This way you won’t have your melted soap set up while you look for supplies. While this won’t ruin your recipe, it can become frustrating. Further, you want to make sure your supplies and work area are clean. This will make sure that dirt or crumbs from other projects don’t make their way into your recipe. Also, you can fill up your bullet bottle with rubbing alcohol and place a sprayer on top. This will ensure that you will have this ready to use before your layers set up.  Also, decide what order you want to pour your layers.  We created this soap a few times, varying the order of the colors.  You can choose to pour your colors in any order.

Rainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Weighing and Scenting the First LayerRainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Weighing and Scenting the First Layer

First, you are going to prepare the bottom layer of your soap loaf. So, weigh 152 grams of the Yogurt Melt and Pour Soap Base into your mixing bowl. Melt the soap thoroughly using 30 second intervals and stir between heating to prevent scorching. Next, weigh 7 grams of the Amazingly Grace Fragrance Oil. Mix this into your soap base. Now, you are ready to pour.

Rainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Pouring the First LayerRainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Pouring the First Layer

Next, we are going to pour this first layer into our square loaf mold. So, you are going to need to prop up one side. We used a small block of wood, but you can use anything you can find to raise one side of the mold. Creating this angle will allow us to make stripes that better resemble a zebra pattern. Once your layer has been poured remember to spray the top with the rubbing alcohol. This will release any bubbles and allow your layers to stick together.

Rainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Making the Yellow Layer

Now, we are ready to create our yellow layer for this soap. So, weigh 200 grams of the mp soap base into a clean mixing bowl. Use a microwave in short bursts to melt the soap and mix between heating. After, add 10 grams of the fragrance oil. Plus, you will add 5 drops of the Yelp Yellow FUN Soap Colorant. Make sure to incorporate this your soaps well enough that your color is even. Then, you can get ready to pour.

Rainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Pouring the Second LayerRainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Pouring the Second Layer

For this step, we are going to be pouring the second layer into the soap mold. First, we need to make sure that the previous layer has set up almost completely. The timing is very important with this recipe.  You want the soap to form a pretty thick film.  However, you don’t want it to be completely hardened.  If it still has some flexibility when you pour your next layer, the line will be more wavy like a zebra instead of sharp and angled.  Once you are sure you are ready to pour, you will need to take your mold off the block and set it flat. Since our last layer was already at an angle, this layer will fill in the spaces. Once you have added all of this layer, lightly spray the top with the rubbing alcohol.

Rainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Creating the Next LayerRainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Creating the Next Layer to Pour

Now, we are going to make our second white layer for this recipe. So, weigh 152 grams of the soap base into a mixing bowl. Carefully melt the mp soap in a microwave. Then, add 7 grams of the fragrance oil to the mixture. Combine these ingredients thoroughly before you move on to pouring the mixture.

Next, we will get ready to pour this layer. So, check your yellow soap layer and see whether it has set up. Since these layers are fairly thin, they shouldn’t take too long to set up. When your soap is ready you can leave the mold flat and begin to pour. After, you will need to lightly spray the top of this layer with the alcohol.

Rainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Creating the Teal LayerRainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Creating the Teal Layer

Next, we are going to be making the teal colored layer for our homemade soap. After you measure 200 grams of soap base, melt the soap using a microwave. Remember to use short bursts and periodically stir. Once your soap is melted add 10 grams of the scented oil and 6 drops of the Teal FUN Soap Colorant. Mix all of your ingredients together well. Then, we can move on to creating this next part of the design.

Rainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Creating a Forked Layer

This part of the soap will be slightly different than the other layers. We are going to create a forked layer with our teal mixture. First, you will need to pour about half of your teal soap into the mold. For this part, your mold will remain flat on the table. Then, spray the layer with alcohol and allow the soap to set up.

Once your teal layer has set up completely you are ready to add the white portion of the fork. First, you are going to need to tilt your mold. We used two of our blocks to create a bigger tilt and make sure that the white layer was only on one side of the mold. Depending on what you have used to angle your mold, you may need to play with your height a bit before you are ready to pour. Melt 150 grams of the yogurt soap and add 7 grams of the Amazingly Grace Fragrance Oil. Once you have added this white layer you can spray the top with rubbing alcohol. Make sure to leave the soap mold angle the same way until you pour your next layer.

Rainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Adding the Other Half of the Teal MixtureRainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Adding the Other Half of the Teal Mixture

Next, we are going to be finishing the forked layer with the rest of our teal colored soap. So, make sure that the white soap has set up. Then, you can melt the teal soap again. Once your soap has melted you will pour the teal soap into the mold at the same angle as your previous white layer. After, you can spray the tops with rubbing alcohol. Now, this will leave you with a forked appearance for this stripe.

Rainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Adding the Next White LayerRainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Adding the Next White Layer

Now, we are ready to create our next layer for this soap. So, melt 150 grams of the melt and pour soap in the microwave. After, you will need to include 7 grams of the fragrance oil and mix the ingredient well. Once everything is ready to pour, check that your last layer has mostly set up. If it has, then you can start pouring this layer.

First, you will need to get rid of the angle. So, you can set the mold down flat on your work surface. Now, you will pour this scented white soap on top of your hardened teal layer. Once everything has been added you can spray the top with rubbing alcohol. Then, move on to creating the next layer.

Rainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Adding the Blue and White LayersRainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Adding the Neon Blue and White Layers

This time you will be mixing up the neon blue layer for our recipe. So, carefully melt another 200 grams of soap into a clean mixing bowl. Once your soap is all melted you will need to add 10 grams of the fragrance oil along with 5 drops of the Neon Blue FUN Soap Colorant. Make sure to mix these ingredients thoroughly. Once the previous layer has completely set up you can add the blue layer on top. Then, spray the top of this layer with the rubbing alcohol.

Now, you will be mixing the next layer for your zebra soap recipe. You will need to melt 150 grams of the Melt and Pour Soap Base in the microwave. Once your soap has been completely melted, you can add 7 grams of the scented oil. Mix this ingredient into the soap. After the blue layer has completely set up you are ready to pour in this next layer. Remember to spray the top with alcohol before moving on to the next step.

Rainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Creating and Pouring the Pink Layer

You will need to create the pink soap for this next layer. So, melt 200 grams of the yogurt mp soap.  Then, 10 grams of the fragrance to your melted soap. Also, mix in 5 drops of Neon Pink FUN Soap Colorant. After all this is mixed together, check that your previous layer has set up completely. Once it has you can move on to the next step.

Next, we are going to be pouring the pink layer onto your soap. This next layer will be slightly angled. You can use a similar height to the yellow layer and add the wedge to the opposite side as before. As soon as you get your desired angle, pour in this pink mixture. Then, spray the top with rubbing alcohol.

Rainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Mixing and Adding the Top Layer

Finally, we are going to be adding the last layer for the zebra print soap. You will need to melt 150 grams of the soap in a microwave. Then, incorporate 7 grams of the fragrance oil. Once everything has mixed together you should check to make sure that the pink layer has set up completely. If it has, then remove the object from underneath the mold and pour your soap. After the soap is in the mold, spray the soap to release any air bubbles. Now, you just need to wait for your last layer to set up and you will be ready to cut and use your soap!

Rainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Interesting Facts

Zebras are such majestic animals, but their beautiful stripes are just for looks. There are quite a few ideas as to how these unique patterns are beneficial. Firstly, the zebras are able to use each of their unique patterns in a group to confuse predators. Since these stripes help the zebras blend into their herd, they will even circle around young animals to create a defensive barrier. But, there are quite a few more reasons why this pattern is so important. If you would like to learn a bit more, then you should go to the article Plains Zebra by National Geographic

Rainbow Zebra Print Soap RecipeRainbow Zebra Print Soap Recipe: Talk to Us

We hope that you enjoyed this fun soap recipe as much as we have. If you would like to share your creation with us, we would love to hear all about it. Also, we are available to answer any questions and concerns. Just reach out to us on social media and we will be able to get right back to you. You can find us on the Natures Garden Facebook page. Also, we are on both Instagram and Twitter. So, you can find us with @ngscents for those. Can’t wait to hear from you!