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Feb
10

Coconut Oil For Soap Making


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Coconut Oil for Soap MakingCoconut Oil for Soap Making

Soap making is a fun process that anyone can enjoy picking up. This hobby is open to so much creativity and there are many benefits that can come of it. There are many ways to use coconut oil for soap making, and many benefits that coconut oil can contribute to your soap. Some of these benefits can range from skin remedies to moisturizing qualities. There are also certain ways that coconut oil is used in the soap making process, and different types of soap that it works best with. Some recipes using coconut oil are also shared, and they highlight the uses of coconut oil and many other unique features associated with the recipe. Out of all of the recipes, compare the difference that coconut oil makes compared to the other oils. As you can tell, coconut oil has many uses when used in the soap making process.

Properties of Coconut Oil

You extract coconut oil from copra. Copra is the dried inner flesh of the coconut. There are many properties of coconut oil that makes it a wonderful choice to use in your bath and body products. There are three fatty acids that make up this oil: capric acid, lauric acid, and caprylic acid. These fatty acids can provide many great benefits for your skin. There are many healthy saturated fats that make up coconut oil. These saturated fats have been known to promote weight loss and provide your body and brain with quick energy.

There are two types of coconut oils carried at Nature’s Garden: Coconut Oil 76 and Fractionated Coconut Oil. Fractionated coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides that allow it to stay liquid at lower temperatures than the coconut oil 76. Coconut oil 76 also contains more fatty acids like: Myristic, Palmitic, and Stearic which give it different properties. One of the properties is that it doesn’t blend in with other oils as well as fractionated coconut oil does. Both forms of coconut oil have their own benefit, it’s up to you to decide which one you need.

 

Benefits of Coconut Oil in SoapBenefits of Coconut Oil in Soap

There are many benefits that coconut oil can provide to your soap recipe. One benefit that coconut oil has is that it is a great natural moisturizer. Using soap with coconut oil in the shower will help your cracked and dry skin. You can reduce fungal growth, bacteria, and inflammation with coconut oil. This will allow your skin to stay clear of anything that can damage it. Also, your skin won’t suffer from malicious odors that are associated with these infections. There are many naturally occurring fatty acids in coconut oil as mentioned above. These fatty acids have been known to be restorative to dry and cracked skin. Other skin issues that this oil has been known to reduce include eczema, cuts, burns, athlete’s foot, and many more. Give this oil a try in some of our soap recipes, and see how well it benefits you.

How to Use Coconut Oil in Soap

Nature’s Garden has many different types of soap that use coconut oil. Coconut oil’s benefits most when used in cold process soap, but can also be used in melt and pour soap too. The many fatty acids contained in coconut oil easily emulsify with water, so using coconut oil is a plus in making soap. Some of the properties that coconut oil contributes to the soap in the process is hardness, cleansing, and bubbly lather. Many other properties are described in this Soaping Oil Properties page. You shouldn’t add more than 30% coconut oil to your recipe. See how easy it was to make your soap when you added coconut oil into the process. Coconut oil has many benefits in the soap making process and when used on your skin.

 

Holiday Pomegranate Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Oil for Soap Making – Holiday Pomegranate Cold Process Soap Recipe

The first featured soap recipe that uses coconut oil is our Holiday Pomegranate Cold Process Soap Recipe. As mentioned above, cold process soap recipes seem to benefit the most from coconut oil, and we’ll show that in this recipe. Coconut oil is added into the soap recipe with many other oils, but as you can notice, we wait until the heated oils drop down to room temperature before mixing them in. This demonstrates how easy it is to incorporate these oils even after they’ve solidified. On top of using coconut oil, this recipe also uses olive oil. Olive oil, when added to soap, also provides a moisturizing content to the soap, but also contains other beneficial properties. Olive oil can make excellent hard, white bars of soap. On top of the many beneficial oils, this recipe has many unique holiday themed designs that would look amazing in any house.

Gin Martini CP Soap RecipeCoconut Oil for Soap Making – Gin Martini CP Soap Recipe

Do you enjoy sipping on a nice, refreshing martini after a long day? If yes, then you will enjoy this coconut oil soap recipe. The Gin Martini CP Soap Recipe also contains Coconut Oil 76, and as mentioned before, this oil has a lot more fatty acids than fractionated coconut oil. These fatty acids incorporated in well with the lye solution when making the soap. On top of incorporating well, these fatty acids will also provide many great benefits for your skin. They will not only moisturize your skin but can protect it from many ailments.

This soap uses Nature’s Gardens’ Gin Martini Fragrance Oil which is the perfect fruity swirl of martini notes. This fragrance oil contains notes of club soda, citrus, rosemary, balsam fir, crushed ginger, and crisp cedar. Using this fragrance, also means that you are using the scent of the number one requested drink across the world today! When making this recipe, it should also be noted that mixing the champagne water with the lye will create a volcanic effect. Noting this volcanic effect, this is why we recommend you mix this in a sink in a deep bowl.

 

Coconut Oil for Soap Making - Kiwi Watermelon Soap RecipeCoconut Oil for Soap Making – Kiwi Watermelon Soap Recipe

There is no better refreshing combination than that of kiwi and watermelon. With watermelon being comprised of nearly 92% water, it’s no wonder that it’s as refreshing as it is. This is another cold process soap recipe that uses coconut oil. Besides coconut oil, there are many other oils in this recipe. Ultimately, all of these oils are melted down and added to the water using lye. An interesting touch that is added to this recipe is the addition of Mica Diamond Dust Powder. Add this powder to any recipe to give it an extra glistening effect. You can see the frothy top glistens with the use of Mica Powder. There are red and green colors that are swirled into the soap to represent watermelon and kiwi respectively.

 

Orange Swirled CP Soap RecipeCoconut Oil for Soap Making – Orange Swirled CP Soap Recipe

This is an interesting recipe which incorporates melt and pour soap. This recipe uses Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap to create the oranges that are attached to the cold process soap. This occurs by making the orange soap embeds in advanced, then placing them on the cold process soap. The cp soap will grab onto the orange embeds and hold them in place. This recipe has it to where you have two separate bowls of soap. One bowl with white soap, and another bowl with orange soap colored with Eye Poke Orange FUN Soap Colorant. Afterwards, you want to take a spatula and drip the white soap into the bowl of the orange soap, then swirl them together. This will give you the cool white and orange swirl effect that you see in the soap.

 

Mistletoe CP Soap RecipeCoconut Oil in Soap Making – Mistletoe CP Soap Recipe

The perfect soap recipe to make for the holidays. By tradition, you give a kiss to anyone you are caught under the mistletoe with. This cute recipe incorporates the various colors of a mistletoe including the green leaves and the red berries. An interesting feature of this recipe is the use of the Kelly Green FUN Soap Colorant to make leaves. This happens by putting a line of the darker green soap batter on top of the lighter green. Afterwards, a wooden skewer is ran in a wavy pattern across the dark green line of soap. This wavy pattern resembles a whole string of leaves. On top of the unique design of this soap, the addition of the coconut oil will guarantee to keep your skin moist after use. Try this recipe for yourself and amaze your guests.

 

Herbal Soap RecipeCoconut Oil for Soap Making – Herbal Soap Recipe

There is nothing more soothing to apply to your skin than natural herbs. This herbal soap recipe is another soap recipe that uses coconut oil as one of its fatty acids. This recipe incorporates a lot of yellows, and even uses little happy faces as a melt and pour soap decoration. The fragrance oil of choice for this freshening recipe is Dandelion Pear Fragrance Oil. This fragrance oil incorporates a mix of dandelion, pear, wildflowers, green tea, and aloe vera. The scents in this fragrance oil are a blend of fresh fruit with herbal aromas. To even add an additional touch to this recipe, it even calls for chamomile to be sprinkled on top, which will add that natural touch of herbs.

 

Spearmint Soap RecipeCoconut Oil for Soap Making – Spearmint Soap Recipe

Spearmint always seems to contain that extra soothing, cooling touch that makes anyone feel fresh. This soap recipe attempts to capture the colors of spearmint, with a strong minty scent to it. Adding the coconut oil to this soap will allow it to contain restorative properties. Many restorative ointments usually tend to have a minty scent to them, why the soap feel great to apply to your skin. This recipe uses Spearmint Fragrance Oil, which is a strong oil with many wonderful notes. This fragrance oil is true to its name, and it creates a strong minty aroma. Try this recipe, and see how soothing you feel when you get out of the shower next time.

 

Recapping How you can Use Coconut Oil

After reading about the benefits of using coconut oil and all of the several soap recipes that it’s used in, can you see why it’s a great choice to use? Coconut oil is great to use in soap making for relieving your skin of any terrible ailments like burns, cuts, scrapes, or anything else. If you have sensitive skin, you can also use coconut oil infused soap, and it will work well on your skin. Coconut oil contains many natural fatty acids that work well with your skin. Coconut oil 76 seems to contain more fatty acids, hence is usually the popular choice in making cold process soap. Also looking at the many recipes, you can make very colorful, creative soap recipes that use coconut oil as well. For example, one of the recipes used Mica Diamond Dust to add an extra shimmer to it, and it looks amazing!

 

Besides its use in soap making, bath and body products, and cosmetics; you can use Coconut oil in various food products. This fun article describes 32 different sweet and savory recipes that are made using coconut oil. Whenever I wake up in the morning, there is nothing more energizing than eating granola before starting the day. This article describes a delicious maple, pecan, and sour cherry granola recipe. When used in this recipe, coconut oil helps to add flavor and keeps everything in big, chewy clumps. This helps to incorporate all the flavors in all of the bites that you take. Another popular recipe that uses Coconut oil is deep friend chicken. This recipe deep fries the chicken like normal, then it brushes coconut oil on top for a crispy, clear coat.

Jan
29

25 DIY Bath Bomb Recipes


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25 DIY Bath Bomb Recipes25 DIY Bath Bomb Recipes

Have you always wanted to make your own bath bombs, but didn’t know what main ingredients go into them? There aren’t as many ingredients that create a fizzy, delightful bath bomb than you many think. The primary ingredients that mix together that create the fizzy effect that you see are Baking Soda and Citric Acid. After you add these two ingredients, you can add any body safe fragrance oil of your choice from Nature’s Gardens’ vast collection. If you want color to your bath bomb, you can also proceed to add drops of FUN Soap Colorant to your mixture as well. Listed below are 25 DIY bath bomb recipes that are different versions of this main concept.

 

Black Cherry Bath Bomb RecipeBlack Cherry Bath Bomb Recipe

The Black Cherry Bath Bomb Recipe is interesting in which it uses 100% natural beet root powder to get the red color that you see. The beet root powder even leaves traces of red specs on the bath bomb that can resemble that of bits of cherry. This bath bomb smells amazing when it’s fizzing in your bathtub. The strong Black Cherry Bomb Fragrance Oil that this bath bomb uses creates a full aroma in your bathroom when used. This bath bomb is also easy to assemble when you are putting it together as well.

 

Bubbling Bath Bomb RecipeBubbling Bath Bomb Recipe

If you are a fan of a bunch of bubbles in your bathtub, then the Bubbling Bath Bomb Recipe is just for you. This bath bomb is made into two distinct layers of bright orange and neon red. This bath bomb uses Papaya Guava Mango Fragrance Oil to create its scent. This fruity aroma smells great for also giving your bathroom a fresh smell when you get out of the tub. This recipe also uses 100% natural papaya leaf powder to give your bath bomb that soothing natural feel.

 

Camouflage Bath Bomb RecipeCamouflage Bath Bomb Recipe

Kids are always attracted to playing with little toy soldiers. The Camouflage  Bath Bomb Recipe brings that same excitement to the bathtub. This bath bomb uses your standard 4 shades of army green to create the same visual appeal in the bathtub. On top of the army colors, you also can hide a cute little army soldier in the bath bomb for your kids to be surprised with!

 

Chocolate Dipped Bath Fizzies RecipeChocolate Dipped Bath Fizzies Recipe

Here’s a fun Valentine’s gift idea for you to get your significant other. These Chocolate Dipped Bath Fizzies are supposed to resemble chocolate covered truffles sprinkled in heart sprinkles. These amazing bath fizzies use Chocolate Lovers Type Fragrance Oil which will provide that chocolaty aroma that your significant other will fall in love with. On top of that, these bath fizzies are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Try this simple bath fizzies recipe out for yourself and give your significant other a gift you know they’ll love.

 

Cotton Candy Bath Bomb RecipeCotton Candy Bath Bomb Recipe

When you go to the fair, nothing excites you more than the smell of sweets hovering in the air. One of my favorite sweets is cotton candy, and it tastes just as good as it smells. The Cotton Candy Bath Bomb Recipe not only smells just like cotton candy but gives off the same visual aesthetics as it too! This colorful candy affect is created by crumbling in blue and pink bath bomb dough into a mixture of white. Then, you mix these two colors together until you begin to see it evenly dispersed throughout the mixture. Doesn’t it just look fun?

 

Cow Pie Bath Bomb RecipeCow Pie Bath Bomb Recipe

When you think of a barn, you think of cows. That’s what this fun, down to earth Cow Pie Bath Bomb Recipe attempts to bring to your bathroom. This bath bomb is a fun way to incorporate the color of cows into your bathtub while you get clean. The brown spots on this bath bomb resemble that of spots on a cow. This bath bomb uses Hayride Fragrance Oil that uses sweet balsam combined with smooth vetiver and cedarwood to create a fresh experience. Your kid will also get a kick out of the colors too!

 

Fish Toy Bath Bomb RecipeFish Toy Bath Bomb Recipe

Where do fish belong? They belong in the water, as well as this crafty Fish Toy Bath Bomb Recipe that we created here at Nature’s Garden. This bath fizzy incorporates the deep blue color of water, with fun tropical color varieties to resemble little fish swimming in it. On top of the little fish, this bath bomb also contains a fun, small plastic fish that your kids can play with in the water as well. This bath bomb will also turn your water into an amazing, deep blue color. Give this product a try with your kids and see how much fun they will have.

 

Rose Petal Bath Bomb RecipeRose Petal Bath Bomb Recipe

There is nothing more romantic than the sight of red rose petals floating on top of your bath water. This romantic Rose Petal Bath Bomb Recipe also makes for a great Valentine’s Day gift idea as well. There is even a warm glow created in the bath bomb from adding 24k Gold Mica Dust and Diamond Dust Mica Dust. On top of the mica dust, there is also 100% natural rose hip powder added into this recipe too, so you can get all the relaxing benefits of using natural ingredients.

 

Coffee Bath Bomb RecipeFreshly Ground Coffee Bath Bomb Recipe

There’s something about the smell of coffee in the morning that makes anyone’s day start off good. This Freshly Ground Coffee Bath Bomb Recipe uses both a Fresh Brewed Coffee Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden and fresh coffee grounds to create a full embodied coffee aroma for your bathtub. Compared to the 25 DIY bath bomb recipes, there are also benefits to soaking in coffee grounds. One of these benefits include smoothing and softening of the skin.

 

Golden Clover Bath Bomb RecipeGolden Clover Bath Bomb Recipe

Here’s a recipe that will stand out in any crowd with its shiny golden gleam. The Golden Clover Bath Bomb Recipe is perfect for those who like to add a little shininess into their lifestyles. This bath bomb creates its shininess by using Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant and mixes that yellow coloring with 24k Golden Mica Dust. These bath bombs will also leave a cool shimmering shine on your skin, and leaving it feeling silky smooth. Try this cool jewel out for yourself.

 

Green Apple Candy Bath Bomb RecipeGreen Apple Candy Bath Bomb Recipe

These Green Apple Candy Bath Bombs have both Neon Green and Kelly Green FUN Soap Colorants that give them amazing color. On top of their great green color, these bath bombs also use a nice tart, fruity Green Apple Candy Fragrance Oil. Try this bath bomb in your bathtub and allow the green colored bath salts to dissolve into your water. These bath salts do more than look cool, they will also help to relax any soreness in your muscles as well.

 

Green Tea Bath Bomb RecipeGreen Tea Bath Bomb Recipe

Green Tea is the perfect herbal drink to use for relieving soreness in your throat, so why not also use it in a bath bomb too. The Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe uses both Green Tea Powder and naturally cut and sifted green tea leaves. To even take it up a notch further and add more green to this bath bomb, we also use French Green Clay in the recipe as well. This bath bomb will have your bathtub looking and smelling like it’s filled with green tea.

 

Dinosaur Egg Bath Bomb RecipeDinosaur Egg Bath Bomb Recipe

If you want a colorful bath bomb that your kids will enjoy, then this Dinosaur Egg Bath Bomb Recipe is just for you. This bath bomb is constructed into different layers like an egg, with a fun colorful touch to each layer. In the center of this bath bomb egg is a baby plastic dinosaur that your kid will enjoy playing with. To add to these fun colors, this bath bomb also uses Nature’s Gardens’ Bermuda Triangle’s Fragrance Oil.

 

Hawaiian Splash Bath Bomb RecipeHawaiian Splash Bath Bomb Recipe

Nothing more relaxing than sitting and tanning on the beaches of Hawaii. The Hawaiian Splash Bath Bomb Recipe incorporates all the scents that you associate with this tropical paradise. There are two distinct layers to this bath bomb, and it uses both lemon and orange powder in the recipe. These natural powders add a touch of tropical fruit to the bath bomb.

 

 

Lavender Sage Bath Bomb RecipeLavender Sage Bath Bomb Recipe

Sage and lavender are the two different herbs that are used in this bath bomb. Lavender is usually used as a sleep enhancer, and sage is used for reducing stress and anxiety. This Lavender Sage Bath Bomb Recipe is great to use in the bathtub to help alleviate all these symptoms. So, after a long day in the office, try coming home and soaking in one of these bath bombs to feel rejuvenated again.

 

 

Lumps of Coal Bath Bomb RecipeLumps of Coal Bath Bomb Recipe

Coal has a good skin softening quality to it that is wonderful to use on the skin. This Lumps of Coal Bath Bomb Recipe uses Activated Charcoal Powder to give the user the natural feel to their skin. On top of the benefits from the charcoal powder, you also get additional benefits from using black Himalayan salt in the bath bomb too. So, see how easy it is to make this bath bomb, and reap in the benefits.

 

 

Mojito Bath Bomb RecipeMojito Bath Bomb Recipe

A mojito is a Cuban cocktail that consists of 5 different ingredients: white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and mint. This Mojito Bath Bomb Recipe tries to recreate a mojito by first off using cut spearmint leaf to capture the minty accent. Then, afterwards the notes of the mojito come from using Mojito Fragrance Oil. This bath bomb is sure to add a festive splash to your bath.

 

 

Orange Dreamsickle Bath Bomb RecipeOrange Dreamsickle Bath Bomb Recipe

This bath bomb is a match made in heaven. There is no better combination than orange and vanilla cream. This sweet Orange Dreamsickle Bath Bomb Recipe uses both vanilla powder and orange peel powder to create this amazing combination. On top of that, Nature’s Garden has a Dreamsickle Fragrance Oil that tops this bath bomb off with enhanced scents.

 

 

Peeps Bunny Bath Bombs RecipePeeps Bunny Bath Bombs Recipe

With Easter coming up, this Peeps Bunny Bath Bomb Recipe makes for the perfect gift to put in anyone’s Easter basket. There are many different colored peeps that you make with this recipe from your vibrant, bright yellow to your darker blue. This recipe is fun for children to make around Easter time too!

 

 

Pink Salt Bath Bomb RecipePink Salt Bath Bomb Recipe

Pink Himalayan sea salt is the perfect mineral to use for calming your mind. When infused with bath water, the salt from the Pink Salt Bath Bomb will also work well to soothe your muscles. You can also make this bath bomb as a gift too!

 

 

 

 

Rose Bath Bomb RecipeRose Bath Bomb Recipe

Here’s another really cool rose infused bath bomb that’s great for a romantic experience. The Rose Bath Bomb Recipe packs a bunch of rose petals and buds into the top of the bath bomb, and just lets them float out onto the bath water. Try this bath bomb as a Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other.

 

 

 

Rose Petal Bath Fizzy RecipeRose Petal Bath Fizzy Recipe

Here’s another Rose Petal Bath Bomb Recipe that uses real rose petals. The only difference is, is that this one has two distinctly colored layers. One is a pink layer, and another one is a white layer that houses the rose petals.

 

 

 

Sandalwood Bath Bomb RecipeSandalwood Bath Bomb Recipe

Sandalwood is an aromatic type of wood that retains its scents for up to years. This Sandalwood Bath Bomb Recipe incorporates the scent of sandalwood and brings it out in your bathing experience. Like a few of the 25 DIY bath bomb recipes, this complex bath bomb contains a lot of natural minerals that are excellent for your skin.

 

 

 

Sangria Shimmer Bath Bomb RecipeSangria Shimmer Bath Bomb Recipe

Here’s another great bath bomb recipe that incorporates many different fruity notes into bath bomb that is sure to entice all of your senses. The Sangria Shimmer Bath Bomb even uses sparkly mica to make it shimmer better in the water and allows it to stand out. Enjoy using and making this bath bomb, as it can bring a sense of festiveness to your bathtub.

 

 

Sinus Relief Bath Bomb RecipeSinus Relief Bath Bomb Recipe

There is nothing more annoying than clogged sinuses. This Sinus Relief Bath Bomb Recipe contains many natural herbs and powders that are known to help drain out sinus pressure. This bath bomb is wonderful to have around during the bad parts of Winter and Spring.

 

 

 

After talking about these 25 DIY bath bomb recipes, let’s narrow down and talk about different uses of citric acid which is a key ingredient in bath bombs.  “15 things to make with citric acid that you can eat, drink and have fun with!” is a fun article that I found that give’s more uses for citric acid that you can try for yourself. One of the crafts that is mentioned in this article is Tangy Lemon Frozen Yogurt. This recipe sounded like it was to die for, as the citric acid adds more flavor to this recipe. And if you enjoyed Pop Rocks as a kid, this article also gives a fun recipe for homemade pop rock candy. Give this article a read and find some fun things to do with your left over citric acid.

Mar
24

Eco Friendly Natural Soap


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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name  Brandon Aubol Ph.D.  BOSSANOVA

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  For many years I’ve struggled with difficult and sensitive skin, and I would frequently find myself frustrated in how difficult it was to find a quality, eco friendly natural soap that would react well with my skin while at the same time smell amazing.  For this reason I started BOSSANOVA, a handcrafted artisan soap company.  By trade, I’m a research scientist with a Ph.D. in biochemistry, and since the laboratory and analytical skills needed for this are very similar to making soap, I decided to craft and formulate my own soap.  Originally I would only give soap to friends and family members, but after much positive response I decided to scale up and start BOSSANOVA so a broader range of people could enjoy the soap I would create.3.

3.  What products do you make and sell?   We make handcrafted artisan soap bars and bath bombs and bath melts, with an eventual expansion into candles and whipped body butters.

4.  What are your business goals?   Our business goals are simple; make high quality eco friendly bath products that people will enjoy, and everything else will follow.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?   We use many of your wonderful products to make our soap from cosmetic clays and botanicals to molds to fragrance oils. Some of our favorite fragrances are cotton candy/blue cotton candy, nag champa, blackberry jam, hugo boss type, and fresh bamboo.

Your Website:  www.bossanovasoap.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bossanovasoap

Twitter:  twitter.com/bossanovasoap