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Mar
30

Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe


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Giraffe Bubble Bar RecipeGiraffe Bubble Bar Recipe

Did you know? The CEO of Nature’s Garden, Deborah Ward and her love for giraffes is the inspiration behind this creative and unique bubble bar? Bubble bars are a fun way to have a nice long soak in a warm tub. Simply, crumble up your bubble bar into some warm water and enjoy the abundance of bubbles that fill your tub! Whether you create this for personal use, friends and family or are just looking for a new addition to your line of bath and body products, we at Nature’s Garden hope you will enjoy creating our newest recipe to join the bubble bar family! Enjoy our Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe!

Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Let’s talk About the Ingredients

Before starting on our recipe, we’ll talk about some of the ingredients we are using. The first ingredient is what gives the bubble bar its bubbles! Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, or SCI.  This gentle surfactant is derived from coconut. It is a foaming and cleansing agent that will leave your skin silky and smooth!

Baking soda is best know for it’s cleaning and deodorizing properties. This gentle alkaline is amazing at leaving the skin soft and smooth, as well as your hair too!

Cream of tartar will give your product a light and fluffy feeling. It acts as a stabilizer and helps the other ingredients adhere to each other.

Corn Starch is the perfect ingredient to help sooth irritated skin and it also leaves your skin soft! The fragrance we chose was our Cucumber Fragrance Oil. This is a popular seller here at Nature’s Garden. True cucumber scent with an undertone of violet.

Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Ingredients Available at Nature’s Garden

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
Sodium Bicarbonate- Baking Soda
Cream of Tartar
Corn Starch
Cucumber Fragrance Oil
Sesame Seed Oil
Vegetable Glycerin
Red Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Orange Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Safety Gloves
Safety Glasses
Natures Garden Apron
Safety Mask

Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Other Ingredients Needed

  • Mixing Bowls (you will need 2)
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Parchment Paper or Silicone Baking Mat
  • Scale
  • Knife
  • Rolling Pin

Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Total Weights and Amounts

  • 410 grams (2 cups) Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
  • 460 grams (2 cups) Sodium Bicarbonate- Baking Soda
  • 224 grams (2/3 cup) Cream of Tartar
  • 72 grams (2/3 cup) Corn Starch
  • 200 grams (2/3 cup) Vegetable Glycerin
  • 24 grams (2 TBSP) Sesame Seed Oil
  • 14 grams Cucumber Fragrance Oil
  • 3 drops Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
  • 6 drops Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
  • 3 drops Orange Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
  • 6 drops Red Oxide Fun Soap Colorant

Note: While we give you both weight and volume measurements, we highly recommend using a scale as the weight measurements will be more precise amounts.

Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Prepping Your Supplies and Work Area

As with any recipe you should always prep your supplies and work area. This helps in creating your craft without stopping to look for your ingredients. First thing is to clean your work space and ensure that you have enough room to work and lay your dough down. Next, give your utensils and scale a quick clean with some soap and water. Lastly, have all your ingredients ready for measuring and withing easy reach! For sanitary reasons go ahead and put your rubber safety gloves on.  Just a few preventative steps will help things move along smoothly!

 

Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Weighing and Combining the Dry IngredientsGiraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Weighing and Combining the Dry Ingredients

Our first step will be measuring and combining our dry ingredients. You will need a large mixing bowl and your scale. Set your scale to grams.  Next, weigh out 410 grams of Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, 460 grams of Sodium Bicarbonate- Baking Soda, 224 grams of Cream of Tartar, and 72 grams of Corn Starch. Give these ingredients a nice mixing with your hands, breaking up any clumps as you go.

 

Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Weighing and Combining the Wet IngredientsGiraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Weighing and Combining the Wet Ingredients

Next comes the wet stuff! You will need another mixing bowl ( or you can simply add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredient bowl) and your gram scale. Now weigh out 200 grams of Vegetable Glycerin, 24 grams of Sesame Seed Oil and 14 grams of Cucumber Fragrance Oil.

 

Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Mixing Everything Together

Let’s add the wet and dry ingredients together! If you have mixed your wet ingredients separately go ahead and dump them in with your dry. If you add your wet straight to the dry you can start mixing with your hands making sure that you are breaking up any lumps as you go. Mix until you have the right consistency (you should have a nice, smooth workable dough). If your dough is to crumbly after mixing together, you can add a bit more vegetable glycerin. Be careful to not add too much or the bubble bar will not set up properly.

 

Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Separating the Bubble Bar Dough

The third step in our recipe will be separating the bubble bar dough. For this you will need your 2 mixing bowls. You will divide the dough into 2 equal portions. Each portion will be a different color. We have included a color chart to help you achieve the correct color for the spots and the “skin” of the giraffe.

Bowl 1:

  • Brown Oxide- 6 drops
  • Orange Oxide- 3 drops
  •  Black Oxide- 6 drops
  •  Red Oxide- 6 drops

Bowl 2:

  • Yellow Oxide- 3 drops

 

Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Making the Brown Colored PortionGiraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Making the Brown Colored Portion

Now that your dough is separated, let’s start adding color.  We will work on the spots and inner color of the bubble bar. To the first bowl, add your 6 drops of Brown Oxide, 3 drops of Orange Oxide, 6 drops of Black Oxide and 6 drops of Red Oxide FUN Soap Colorant. With your gloved hands mix the colorant into your dough until you have achieved an orange brown color.  Roll the dough into a ball and set it aside, for now.

 

Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Making the Yellow Colored PortionGiraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Making the Yellow Colored Portion

Next, let’s create the “skin” color of the giraffe. For this you will add 3 drops of Yellow Oxide FUN Soap colorant to your second bowl of dough. With clean gloved hands mix this colorant into your dough until you have a nice, pale yellow color. 

 

Giraffe Bubble Bar: Getting Ready to Roll the Layers

Now that our dough is separated and colored, we are ready to start rolling the layers. For this step you will use your silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Dust whichever you have chosen to use with some baking soda. This will help keep the dough from sticking when it is time to roll the dough. You should also dust your rolling pin with some baking soda to help prevent sticking.

 

Giraffe Bubble Bar: Rolling out the First LayerGiraffe Bubble Bar: Rolling out the First Layer

Our first layer will be the yellow layer. Go ahead and take your yellow dough ball and lay it in the center of the surface of your mat or paper. Now roll your ball into a flat, rectangular shape.  You will want this layer about 1/4 inch in thickness.

 

Giraffe Bubble Bar: Laying Down the Second LayerGiraffe Bubble Bar: Laying Down the Second Layer

Next up is our Orange brown layer. Before you start rolling, however, you need to pull of about 30 grams of the dough and set this aside. This portion will be for the spots. Place the remaining dough in the center of the yellow rectangle dough and start rolling this layer out. You may add some baking soda to your rolling pin before you start to prevent sticking. Roll this layer out to the size or as close to the size of the yellow layer and at 1/4 inch thick. Once you have finished, you will be all set to move onto rolling the bubble bar dough into a loaf.

 

Giraffe Bubble Bar: Rolling Up The Bubble Bar

Now that your layers are rolled out, you are ready to roll them into a loaf. Turn your silicone mat or parchment paper so that the mat or paper is vertical. Lift up on the edge of the paper or mat that is closest to your body. Begin to carefully roll the dough in the same way you would a pumpkin roll. Slowly roll the dough evenly as you go, watching to make sure everything stays lined up.

 

Giraffe Bubble Bar: Adding the spotsGiraffe Bubble Bar: Adding the spots

Now that your dough is in its rolled up completely, we will begin using the orange brown colored dough we set aside to create our “spots”. Giraffe spots are not perfect in size and shape. This is the look you will want to go for. Pull off irregular size pieces of the reserved dough and add it to the yellow portion of your bubble bar. (Having trouble getting a good pattern in your head? Try Googling “giraffe” and find a pattern you can follow!)  Once your loaf is completely covered you will be ready to slice it up into individual bars.

 

Giraffe Bubble Bar: Slicing your Finished ProductGiraffe Bubble Bar: Slicing your Finished Product

Let’s cut this loaf into slices! This recipe will make about 8 slices, depending on how thick you choose to slice your loaf. Using a sharp knife, slice the bubble bar into 1-2 inch slices. Once your loaf is completely sliced, lay the portions out on a flat surface to set up. Our bubble bars took approximately 48-72 hours to set up completely. This may take longer, depending on the climate of your  environment.

Your Giraffe Bubble Bar is ready to use! When it’s bath time, simply crumble a slice of bar under warm, running bath water and enjoy the bubbles that will froth up into your tub and have a nice, long soak! You will emerge from your bath smelling sweet, fresh and feeling soft and clean!

 

Did You Know?Did You Know?

Have you ever looked at the beauty of a giraffe? I mean, really watched them when you visit a zoo?  They are amazing creatures! Majestic in their movements, they roam the open grasslands in small groups. A giraffe’s height is both an advantage and a disadvantage. While towering at a height ranging from 14 to 18 feet tall they have the ability to spot predators. Their height helps them eat from the leaves of trees since the disadvantage in their height is bending down. It is incredibly difficult for them and it leaves them in a vulnerable state to be attacked.  Luckily, giraffes only need to drink once every several days since most of their water intake is from the leaves they consume. They can also run a steady 35 miles an hour over short distances and comfortably at 10 miles per hour over longer distances. 

Giraffes are truly beautiful animals and their eyelashes! They are to die for! Another fun giraffe fact is that a group of giraffes are called a tower! Kind of fitting, right? Towers usually consist of females and babies, however genders will vary and they can come and go as they please.

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

Giraffes Can’t Dance! Maybe they can! Follow the link to listen and watch this adorable read-along. Take a 15 minute break to listen to a fun story written by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees, about inspiration and perseverance! Gerald, the giraffe loves to dance, but he is a little shy about showing off his moves at the jungle dance! With a good friend to inspire Gerald to strut his stuff, you have a sweet tale that shows you that we all are unique in how we dance, it’s all about feeling the music and following your own vibe no matter what!

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Dec
22

11 Ways to Use Macadamia Nut Oil


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Macadamia Nut Oil11 Ways to Use Macadamia Nut Oil

Macadamia nuts are not just for eating! Macadamias are grown in Australia, New Zealand and most notably in Hawaii. This oil is excellent for cooking, especially for frying as it has a low smoking point and is also good for a base in salad dressings. However, it is also a wonderful addition to cosmetics and bath and body products. The oil provides nourishment and emollient to dry, aging skin. It absorbs quickly, leaving you feeling soft and not greasy. Macadamia Nut Oil is high in Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids. Those are good fatty acids that help the body out!  Macadamia Nut Oil also has high levels of antioxidants and because of this, it is not prone to rancidity. Below we have 10 ways to use Macadamia Nut Oil in some of our favorite recipes here at  Nature’s Garden. Most of us enjoy giving gifts to our friends and loved ones. Especially homemade gifts. Give a few of these recipes a try and create some amazing smelling bath and body products!  So below we have 11 ways to use macadamia nut oil in your cosmetic recipes. We hope you enjoy making them!

Sugar Plumb Bath Bomb Recipe11 Ways to Use Macadamia Nut Oil Sugar Plum Bath Bomb

Most kids don’t like taking baths. Add in a Sugar Plum Bath bomb and it will turn a boring, old bath into a colorful, fizzing bunch of fun! Any little girl would love to have one of these dropped into their bathtub and watch the water turn colors! Like most bath bombs, it’s fun and easy to make!  We made Macadamia Nut Oil our star of this bomb for some conditioning lather, a little diamond dust for some girly sparkle and our Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy fragrance oil, which inspired us to create this cool bath bomb, has woodsy scent of plums, strawberries, cherries and cinnamon. Your little girl’s bath time will definitely be “the bomb”.

Almond Body Cream Recipe11 Ways to Use Macadamia Nut Oil Almond body Cream Recipe

Almond lotion has been popular for quite a long time. It has a wonderful light, cherry fragrance and it absorbs nicely. What makes it even better is that you can make it in your own home and get the same benefits as the real deal! Our Almond Body Cream uses Sweet Almond Oil and Macadamia Nut Oil. They both are amazing at absorbing quickly into the skin leaving you feeling soft and non-greasy. The Almond Fragrance Oil is very reminiscent of the real thing! We are sure you will love this lotion and hope you give it try.

 

Blackberry Bling Bling Bubble Bars11 Ways to Use Macadamia Nut Oil Blackberry Bling Bling Bubble Bar Recipe

Next up is a popular recipe that uses just a few simple, natural ingredients to create a fun, sweet smelling bubble bar. Our Blackberry Bling Bling Bubble Bar uses baking soda, cream of tartar and cornstarch. You can’t get more simple than that! We’ve added Macadamia Nut Oil to give your skin some nourishment and hydration along with that conditioning lather that Macadamia Nut Oil is known for.  Our Blackberry Bling Bling Fragrance Oil adds a scent of juicy, fruity blackberries to the air. So plop one of these babies into your bath and enjoy the blackberry bubbles that will fill your tub.

 

Activated Charcoal Scrub11 Ways to Use Macadamia Nut Oil Activated Charcoal Scrub Recipe

Charcoal scrubs are so popular these days. They are used in all kinds of soaps, face scrubs, face masks and face peels. It is an amazing detoxify-er, which means it’s wonderful for those with oily skin and  acne sufferers. Activated charcoal is actually a product of burnt hardwoods. Who knew you could rub something like that on your face and have it be beneficial too!  It may seem harsh to rub charcoal on your face but actually, it’s a gentle exfoliation the will brighten up your skin. This Activated Charcoal Scrub is anything but harsh. With Shea Butter, Mango Butter and Macadamia Nut Oil as some of the added ingredients, you will have soft, smooth, refreshed-feeling skin when you are done. It’s also very economical to make and since they are such the rage, you can make some for your friends to.

 

Hot Fudge Brownies Cold Process Soap11 Ways to Use Macadamia Nut Oil Hot Fudge Brownies Cold Process Soap Recipe

Everybody who likes to buy or create homemade soap can always appreciate a unique recipe. That’s why this Hot Fudge Brownies Cold Process Soap is a good one to have on hand for that customer or family member who likes the “unique”. With our fragrance oil of Hot Fudge Brownies that truly smells like the real thing and some Cocoa Powder thrown in for a boost of even more chocolate scent, your bathroom will end up smelling like a bakery! This isn’t your ordinary brownie recipe though. It’s chock full of good-for-your-body ingredients like Cocoa Butter, Avocado Oil and Macadamia Nut Oil. Your skin will be soft, hydrated and nourished when you finish up bath time! You will probably be craving a couple of brownies by the time you’re done also!

 

Poppy Seed Cold Process Soap11 Ways to Use Macadamia Nut Oil Poppy Seed Cold Processed Soap Recipe

Most of us remember the artificial poppy flower being given to us on Veterans’s Day to honor those who have died during wartime. Or we also remember the poppy fields from The Wizard of Oz that caused Dorothy and her friends to fall asleep. However you remember the Poppy, we at Nature’s Garden have created a soap to commemorate that time.  Our Poppy Seed Cold Process Soap uses our Peppered Poppies fragrance oil which has a scent of cherries, oranges, cinnamon and vanilla. This recipe is vibrant red using our Fun Soap Colorant Tomato Red and with some poppy seeds to adds some exfoliation. We are sure you are going to want to try this on your next batch of soap making. This soap is also full of skin nourishing ingredients such as Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil and of course Macadamia Nut Oil so your skin will be soft as a petal off of the Poppy flower and guaranteed to not cause you to fall asleep!

 

Mango Madness Lip Balm11 Ways to Use Macadamia Nut Oil Mango Madness Lip Balm Recipe

I love mangos! They are packed with some amazing nutrition, and their scent reminds me of summer and warm sandy beaches! Lip Balms are so quick and easy to make and I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to lose mine left and right. Plus, everybody that lives in a cold climate is always in need of a few lip balms to have on hand. You honestly cannot have too many. This Mango Madness Lip Balm has lip-nourishing ingredients of beeswax, Mango Butter, Vitamin E and of course Macadamia Nut Oil. Even the ingredients sound tropical! Add little of the Kiss me Coral lip tint and use our Mango flavoring Oil for that burst of Mango that gives this lip balm its name. We hope you give this recipe a try because we are sure you will love having it as part of your lip balm recipe collection.

 

Glamour Girl Lotion recipe11 Ways to Use Macadamia Nut Oil Glamour girl Lotion Recipe

Lotion is such an important part of skin care. It starts with your soap or body wash, but in the end, it’s the lotion that seals the deal! Our Glamour Girl Lotion will do just that for you. It has cocoa butter, Jojoba Oil and Macadamia Nut Oil in it and those are just a few of the nourishing ingredients your skin craves to look healthy.  You  will feel soft, smooth and moisturized.  Our fragrance oil Couture Hotness, which is our rendition of Hot Couture, is what makes this lotion the glamour part of the recipe! You will smell like you just stepped out of a high-end spa after spending the day relaxing, when in reality you probably just stepped out of your shower at 5 A.M. and are heading to work! No matter, you will love this lotion!

 

shea lotion with herbal infusion11 Ways to Use Macadamia Nut Oil Shea Lotion with Herbal Infusion Recipe

We see this lotion pop up a lot in our blogs. There’s a good reason for that. It is an AWESOME lotion to have in your bath and body recipe file. It’s loaded with skin benefits from the herbal infusion of Hibiscus Flower Powder and Rosehips Powder. Both powders are high in antioxidants and are wonderful for dry, aging skin. With the added benefits of Meadowfoam Seed Oil and Macadamia Nut Oil, your skin will be happy that you decided to Shea Lotion with Herbal Infusion a try. Plus, the Peach Magnolia Raspberry fragrance oil will give your skin a light, floral scent with a touch of raspberry! We are sure you will love having this lotion on your skin and in your recipe box!

 

Lavender Cold Process Soap11 Ways to Use Macadamia Nut Oil Lavender Cold Process Soap Recipe

Lavender is a wonderful little herb. It’s known for aiding in relaxation, depression and anxiety. No wonder we see so much lavender used in bath and body products! Our Lavender Cold Process Soap recipe is no exception. With real dried lavender buds added to the purple, swirly batter that not only boosts the lavender smell but adds to the presentation it, we are sure this will be a wonderful recipe to add to your collection. Our Lavender Martini fragrance Oil adds a zesty lemon-orange scent, followed by the soft scent of lavender and bergamot. This soap is full of skin beneficial ingredients such as Mango Butter, Coconut Oil and Macadamia Nut Oil. Your skin will feel soft, conditioned and happy from the care you just gave it.

Foaming Body Scrub for men11 Ways to Use Macadamia Nut Oil Foaming Body Scrub for Men

Most of us think it is just the women who are into the scrubs and soaps. We forget that most men like god skin care and to smell good. So last, but never least, we have a Foaming Body Scrub for Men. It is actually has activated charcoal that is a wonderful exfoliate and detoxify-er for the skin. We’ve also used Macadamia Nut Oil for nourishment and a conditioning lather. Our Black Tuxedo fragrance oil that we have chosen for this recipe has a crisp, clean scent of lemons, bergamot and a hint of cedar. Create this scrub for a wonderful addition to your men’s line of bath and body products or just for the guy in your life!

11 Ways to Use Macadamia Nut Oil Other Ways to use Macadamia Oil

So there you have it! 11 ways to Use Macadamia Nut Oil. We hope you enjoy exploring the uses of this oil in our bath and body product recipes. As mentioned above, it is a very good oil to cook with and while Nature’s Garden sells Macadamia Nut oil strictly for cosmetic uses only, below are a couple of recipes using this wonderful oil and the actual macadamia nut in food.

First, a recipe from the Food Network.  It is a Sauteed Scampi in Macadamia Nut Oil you may like to try that uses this oil! While I haven’t tried it yet, it looks delicious. It might just be on my dinner menu for next week. Create and enjoy! Also, let us know how it tastes!  

If chicken is more your thing, you must try this Macadamia Nut Chicken.  I found this recipe on Genius Kitchen.  This particular recipe uses actual macadamia nuts.  This one I have tried!  It is delicious and was a hit with my family!  You will not be disappointed!

Have you tried creating one of these recipes or anything else from our web page? We have our customer show and tell page on our website at Natures Garden Candles that let’s you post a picture of your creation and also tells everyone a little about yourself!  You can also post your pictures on Natures Garden’s Facebook page or Instagram and Twitter @ngscents! So go ahead! Brag a little, we love seeing what you do and who our customers are!