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How To Make Soy Soap

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How To Make Soy SoapHow To Make Soy Soap

Today, I would like to share with you how to make Soy soap and why soy is a wonderful, beneficial ingredient to work with. One of the benefits of soy milk is that it hydrates the skin. Moisturizers containing soy milk extracts can make your skin soft and smooth. There have been studies done showing how products containing soy can have many positive effects on the skin. Soy-based moisturizers are perfect for combination skin. Dry skin can get hydrated while decreasing oiliness in other areas! Soy can have softening and smoothing effects while evening out skin tone.

Studies have also been done showing how soy can help in improving the appearance of aging skin, including diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. Soy is not only beneficial to your insides, but to your outsides as well!


How To Make Soy Soap: What is Melt and Pour SoapHow To Make Soy Soap: What is Melt and Pour Soap

If you are new to melt and pour soap making, you may be wondering what is melt and pour soap. To put it simply, melt and pour soap is a soap based product that is composed of 50% soap and 50% solvents. The soap and solvent balance is especially formulated to absorb additives, such as fragrances and soap colorants. Also, Nature’s Garden soap bases are created to be especially soothing for the skin. The melt and pour soap bases are made with no animal fats and they are not tested on animals. Another positive aspect of melt and pour soap is it’s ability to be melted and re-melted without losing any of its qualities.

Lastly, unlike cold process or hot process soap making, you can use your melt and pour soap right away! There is absolutely no cure time, which is  perfect for those that have no patience! If you are interested in learning more about melt and pour soap and their ingredients follow this link to our web page that will teach you even more!

How To Make Soy Soap: Benefits of Working With Melt and Pour SoapHow To Make Soy Soap: Benefits of Working With Melt and Pour Soap

If you are interested in learning how to make soap, Melt and Pour soap is always a good place to start. Creating your own luxurious soap has never been easier and it allows for the soap maker to really focus on the aesthetic that makes this soap their own.  A fun alternative to cold or hot process soap, melt and pour does not require the use of lye! Creating beautiful bathtime masterpieces is made safe and easy.

Nature’s Garden has nine types of soaps to work with! You can chose from Goat’s Milk, Honey,  Cocoa Butter, Oatmeal, Shea Butter, Clear glycerin, Hemp, Mango, SLS free and of course Soya Milk.  So many choices! Where do you start? Below, we have eight fun and easy melt and pour soap recipes that would be an awesome addition to your line of soaps. We are sure that you will find something to inspire you to create a beautiful bar of soap that your customers will love!

How To Make Soy Soap: What Is SoyaHow To Make Soy Soap: What Is Soya

Before we get started on our recipes, let’s discuss what soya is exactly. Soya Milk comes from, of course, soybeans. To create soya milk, dried soybeans are soaked and then ground into a puree. Once that is completed, the mixture is boiled and lastly, filtered to remove any insoluble residue. Those that are vegan, or vegetarian may know the original form as Tofu. A very popular substitution for meat. Soya Milk has become very popular throughout the world as a comparable substitution for those that are vegan or lactose intolerant.

Soya Milk is chock full of protein, riboflavins, vitamin B-12, fiber and isoflavins. Drinking soya milk can be beneficial for men and women. Studies have been done on the effects of drinking soya milk. These benefits range from helping with weight loss to easing the symptoms of women experiencing menopause to helping prevent prostrate cancer in men.

So now that we have the low-down on melt and pour soap, plus some interesting facts about soy milk, let’s start talking about our fun recipes for you to try!


How To Make Soy Soap: Rustic Tree Trunk Soap RecipeHow To Make Soy Soap: Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe

First recipe up is our Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe. This recipe is a fun soap to make for your men’s line of products. Using our Soya Milk melt and pour soap base and our round loaf soap mold, you will create a trunk-like soap scented with our very popular Cracklin’ Birch!  Cracklin Birch fragrance begins with top notes of bergamot, orange, and lemon; with middle notes of geranium, lily, and rose; and base notes of patchouli, vetiver, and tonka beans. A cozy, warm fragrance oil perfect for your outdoorsman!

How To Make Soy Soap: Solid Pink Salt Scrub RecipeHow To Make Soy Soap: Solid Pink Salt Scrub Recipe

Salt Soaps are incredibly popular in the soap world! This Solid Pink Salt Scrub has incorporated both types, course and fine ground, of our Himalayan Pink Salt in this recipe. Mined in the Himalayas, this salt is thought to be the purest on earth due to the fact that the sea beds were once protected by lava.  This gourmet salt is kosher, food grade, all natural, and organic compliant;  it has high levels of minerals. We’ve also added coconut oil, sunflower oil and sweet almond oil to this recipe. Your skin will be shiny clean, refreshed and smelling sweetly of our NG Sun and Sand fragrance oil. A beachy scent of florals and citrus, combining white flowers, bergamot, orange blossoms, ylang ylang, muguet lily, with a light musk base. Perfect for summertime!

How to Make Soy Soap: Butter Cream Cupcake Soap Recipe How to Make Soy Soap: Butter Cream Cupcake Soap Recipe

This Butter Cream Cupcake soap is a fun recipe to make with the kids! This recipe makes 10 little cupcakes that are perfect for little hands to help decorate! The whipped topping is simple to make also! Using the melt and pour and our Imagine Base you can try your cake decorating skills by piping on the topping with a piping bag or simply scoop the frosting onto the cupcakes in a fluffy mound! Top them off with some cake decorating sprinkles and you have a fun bath treat that the kids will love to use to make themselves clean and sweet-smelling! Of course we used our Buttercream cupcake fragrance oil that smells yummy enough to eat!


How To Make Soy Soap: Gummy Bear Soap RecipeHow To Make Soy Soap: Gummy Bear Soap Recipe

Up next we have another fun soap to make that the kids will love!  Our Gummy Bear Soap recipe uses both soya milk soap and SLS free Glycerin soap base. The SLS free glycerin soap is awesome to work with when you want your colors to pop and be bright and vivid! For the gummy bears, we have used a mold from Flexiblemolds.com. These molds are durable, and easy to work with!  The fragrance oil we chose is our Tropical Blast fragrance oil. This oil is a fresh tropical combination of pineapples, mango, papaya, coconut, and wild watermelon. A perfect, yummy summertime fragrance!

How To Make Soy Soap: Neapolitan Cupcake Soap RecipeHow To Make Soy Soap: Neapolitan Cupcake Soap Recipe

Our Neapolitan Cupcake Soap is a triple layered treat that is made similarly to the Butter Cream cupcake recipe. Using the same mold for the bottom half, you will create three yummy smelling layers that resemble the ever-popular Neapolitan Ice Cream. The first fragrance is Chocolate Fudge. A truly decadent, all things chocolate scent! Also, we have used some Cocoa powder in this layer. Not only will it help boost the chocolate scent, but it also is a perfect natural colorant. We used Buttercream cupcake for the vanilla layer of the soap. Lastly, we chose our mouth-watering Strawberry Preserves for the strawberry layer. Lastly we used Buttercream cupcake for the vanilla layer of the soap. This is a true scent of strawberries and sugar! To create the frosting, you will whip some Imagine Soap Base and melted soya soap melt and pour together.  You can either pipe the frosting on or place some fluffy dollops with a spoon. Top off your soapcakes with a fun cherry on top to complete the look!

How To Make Soy Soap: Ghost Soap RecipeHow To Make Soy Soap: Ghost Soap Recipe

There is always a need for some fun Halloween recipes to have in your arsenal! For our Ghost Soap, we have used three different types of soap in this recipe. To achieve a true, solid black color, the base of the soap is made with Diamond Clear Melt and Pour soap base.  For the Ghost part, we used Whipped Soap Base and Soya Soap Base. Also, you will notice that we added some Vegetable Glycerin to those two soap bases. Vegetable Glycerin is useful in soapmaking when you are looking for some flexibility to your designs. Our fragrance of choice for this soap is our Alien Princess Fragrance oil which is wonderful duplication of Thierry Mugler’s Alien for Women. This scent has notes of bright melon and sparkling mandarin are mixed with orange blossom, star jasmine, and rose along with a woody base that is supplemented by vanilla and musk.


How To Make Soy Soap: Soap Frosting RecipeHow To Make Soy Soap: Soap Frosting Recipe

Do you need a quick topping for a soap that may look a little rough on top? Or maybe you just need a simple finishing touch to a soapcake creation. Our Soap frosting recipe is a perfect go to recipe whether it’s a melt and pour soap or a cold process creation! We use melt and pour soap base along with some Whipped Soap Base and vegetable glycerin. Once whipped into a frosting like consistancy, you can either pipe the soap frosting on or add simple, soap dollops using a spoon. However you choose to decorate your soaps, this soap frosting recipe is a definite keeper!


How To Make Soy Soap: Independence Day Soap Recipe

Last, but certainly not least, is our newest addition to the Soya Milk soap melt and pour recipes. Our Independence Day soap is out just in time for the Fourth of July! This fun, four layered soap is a perfect patriotic addition for the summertime! For the red and white layers we used, Diamond Clear melt and pour, plus our Soya Milk melt and pour. To top this soap off, we added fluffy whipped soap along with red star embeds and curly blue “fireworks”.  The finishing touch for this soap was a sprinkling of blue colored Dead Sea Salt to give it a sparkly finish! How cute and festive is this soap? We chose our very patriotic Independent fragrance oil. This unique complex fragrance starts with refreshing crisp citrus notes of fresh orange slices, lime, and lemon zests;  middle notes of tulip and daffodil,  well-rounded with a smooth musky background.

Soy RecipesSoy Recipes

We talked about how good using soy in your diet can be beneficial both inside and out. Well, we helped you out with finding fun soya soap recipes. How about some recipes that use soy based ingredients? From baked goods, entrees and smoothies or milkshakes, follow this link to Soyconnection.com to see how you can incorporate soy into your diet!

So that’s all we have today on soya melt and pour soap. We hope you enjoyed reading on all the different ways you can use our skin happy melt and pour soap base. We at Nature’s Garden are here for you anytime you need a question answered about a product or even help in getting some inspiration to create new products! Give us a call anytime or find us on social media! Look for us on Facebook, Twitter (@ngscents) or even Instagram (@ngscents) and we will help you out to the best of our abilities!



20 Ways to Use Pumpkin in Bath and Body Recipes

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20 Ways to Use Pumpkin20 Ways to Use Pumpkin in Bath Bath and Body Recipes

It is that time of year again!  Pumpkin lover’s rejoice!  Pumpkin everything surrounds you.  Today, we will show you 20 ways to use pumpkin that you are going to love!  Whether you are a candle maker or a soap maker you must read on to see just what you can make with the wonderful 20 ways to use pumpkin.

Also, for anyone local, we have the perfect pumpkin patch that you MUST visit! Burnham Orchards is perfect for both pumpkins and apples.  While you are there, go for a hayride with the kids or help them pick out their pumpkins!  This is a place both the young and young at heart can enjoy. Once you have picked your pumpkins be sure to watch them launch a pumpkin from a cannon.

20 Ways to Use Pumpkin Powders and Pumpkin Oil

Pumpkin Seed OilPumpkin Seed Oil

Pumpkin seed oil is a carrier oil that is used in a wide range of soap and cosmetic recipes.  It’s a darker oil that has a natural nutty aroma.  Some prefer their soaping oils to be lighter and minimal natural scent, but despite its natural color and scent, pumpkin seed oil is packed with nutrients.  It has Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, Vitamins E, A, and C, and it is rich in the mineral zinc. Pumpkin seed oil is easily absorbed into the skin and helps to repair dry, damaged skin.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Powder BlendPumpkin Pie Spice Powder Blend

Next, Pumpkin Pie Spice Powder is a natural spice blend of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.  Natures Garden’s organic Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend can be used in anything from handmade soap to bath fizzies to wax melt recipes.

Pumpkin Seed PowderPumpkin Seed Powder

Pumpkin seed powder can be used in a variety of your homemade cosmetic recipes. These pumpkin seeds contains an array of nutrients which are beneficial to your body.  Pumpkin seeds contain 18 amino acids, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, zinc, iron, copper, and vitamin K.  Pumpkin seed powder is used in cosmetics for its antioxidant, nourishing, and skin softening properties.

20 Ways to Use Pumpkin Fragrance Oils

Fragrance Oils are another way to incorporate pumpkin into your handmade candle recipes as well as bath and body recipes.  Pumpkin fragrance oils are our most popular scents in candles as well as bath and body products in both the fall and winter months.


Pumpkin Crunch Cake Fragrance OilPumpkin Crunch Cake Fragrance Oil

You are going to go crazy for this fragrance oil by Natures Garden! This bakery scent is the aroma of delicious warm pumpkin pie filling with notes of creamy milk; rounded out with yellow cake that has been freshly baked, drizzled with melted butter, pecans, and hints of spice.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Fragrance Oil
Pumpkin Pie Spice Fragrance Oil

This spiced pumpkin fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the aroma of sweet creamy pumpkin, followed with hints of spicy nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and ginger; surrounded with warm buttery vanilla notes.

Frosted Pumpkin Type Fragrance OilFrosted Pumpkin Type Fragrance oil

Frosted Pumpkin Type Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden is a replication of a famous aroma.  This pumpkin fragrance oil starts with refreshing citrus top notes of fresh lemon, followed by middle notes of warm pumpkin and hints of spicy nutmeg and ginger; rounded with a base of sugary maple and creamy vanilla frosting.

Pleasingly Pumpkin Fragrance OilPleasingly Pumpkin Fragrance Oil

This pumpkin fragrance oil by Natures Garden is similar to the famous sweet pumpkin fragrance.  It is the sugar and creamy mixture of spicy pumpkin puree with warm notes of butter and sweet vanilla cream.

Pumpkin Apple Butter Fragrance OilPumpkin Apple Butter Fragrance Oil

Next, a fragrance oil by Natures Garden that will lift your spirits and get you ready for the holidays starting with top notes of apple, orange, pear, cherries, and pineapple, the fragrance is followed by hints of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. This fragrance is closed out with lingering base notes of warm vanilla.  Our customers adore this unique, original, and simply amazing pumpkin fragrance oil! 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Fragrance OilPumpkin Cheesecake Fragrance Oil

Who can resist pumpkin cheesecake?  For those that mist now make a pumpkin cheesecake, here is a recipe! I will be trying this tonight. Now, back to the fragrance oil! Pumpkin Cheesecake fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the delectable scent of ground cinnamon, cardamom, Vermont maple, carrot, whipped cream, rum, and pumpkin puree of course! It is then blended to perfection with cream cheese, caramelized sugar, and French vanilla.  Can you see why this is my favorite pumpkin scent?

Pumpkin Eggnog Fragrance OilPumpkin Eggnog Fragrance Oil

Another option is Pumpkin Eggnog Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden. This is the perfect blend of eggnog and warm pumpkin pie!  This fragrance is magical! It is the combination of sweet and creamy vanilla custard and fresh pumpkin and crisp apple. It is rounded out with hints of spices of cinnamon and clove, with an ever so subtle base of cedar and musk.

Pumpkin Roll Fragrance OilPumpkin Roll Fragrance Oil

Next, pumpkin rolls, another holiday tradition in my family!  They’re sweet, creamy, delicious. This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is does not disappoint, smelling just like the real thing!  However, if you really are wanting to make the real thing, here is a recipe. Now, the fragrance oil, it has notes of sweet sugar pumpkin puree spiced with hints of cinnamon, and nutmeg layered onto a warm, sweet-butter crust, drizzled with maple and honey.

Pumpkin Walnut Biscotti Fragrance OilPumpkin Walnut Biscotti Fragrance Oil

Ok, so I have never actually tried a pumpkin biscotti, but if they taste as good as this fragrance smells, I will be getting some this weekend for sure. The aroma of freshly baked Italian biscotti with delicious notes of pumpkin and fresh walnuts. With tops notes of almond and cherry, followed by middle notes of pumpkin and warm base notes of biscotti cookie, walnuts, vanilla you will definitely need to add this one to your holiday fragrance oil list.

20 Ways to Use Pumpkin in Candles

Now, we have talked about the products you can use in pumpkin candles.  So, let’s talk about how Natures Garden’s creative team has used pumpkin in our free candle and wax melt recipes. These candles also use many of the fragrance oils listed above.

Pumpkin Pie Candle RecipePumpkin Pie Candle Recipe

First, our pumpkin pie candle recipe is perfect for all you pumpkin lovers. This homemade candle recipe uses both a container wax and pillar wax.  The pillar wax is used for the adorable pumpkin embed that tops the Joy Wax candle. This candle making tutorial will show you how to make a layered candle and how to whip candle wax. Finally, we scented this handcrafted pumpkin candle with Natures Garden’s Pumpkin Pie Spice Fragrance Oil.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Wax Melts RecipePumpkin Cheesecake Wax Melts Recipe

This next candle making recipe is perfect for those making wax tarts for wax melters.  This recipe includes pumpkin creatively in two different way.  First, the wax melts are scented with Natures Garden Pumpkin Cheesecake Fragrance Oil, which happens to be my favorite pumpkin scent!  This layered wax melt is a layered tart using Pillar of Bliss Candle Wax with a whipped Joy Wax topping.  Then, we top it off with a decorative sprinkle of our Pumpkin Pie Spice Powder.


Pumpkin Delight Clamshell Tarts RecipePumpkin Delight Clamshell Tarts Recipe

So now, we have the wonderful Pumpkin Delight Clamshell Tarts Recipe.  This clamshell wax melts are scent with Pumpkin Crunch Cake Fragrance Oil. This recipe is another layered wax melt recipe.  I know what you’re thinking, how do I choose between the cheese cake and crunch cake.  Well here is the benefit to using clamshells for your melts, instant packaging!  All you have to do is close the lid and add a label.  So, this recipe is perfect for those looking for convenience.  The packaging is quick and all you have to worry about is making an amazing label!


20 Ways to use Pumpkin in Soap Making

Now, whether you make cold process soap or melt and pour, here are some pumpkin soap making recipes. Whether you are just looking to add a pumpkin fragrance oil, or you want to add a little pumpkin spice to your like Natures Garden has got you covered.  Look no further these soap making recipes are all kind of pumpkin fun! Below, you will find a few more of the 20 ways to use pumpkin.

Carrot Cold Process Soap RecipeCarrot Cold Process Soap Recipe

First, our Carrot Cold Process Soap Recipe.  This cp soap recipe from Nature’s Garden uses our Frosted Pumpkin Fragrance Oil and real baby food.  This soap recipe is packed with oils that your body will thank you for!

Carrot Cupcake Soap RecipeCarrot Cupcake Soap Recipe

This next recipe shows you how to create cute little frosted soap cupcakes with our Carrot Cupcake Soap Recipe!  These melt and pour cupcake soaps use our pumpkin pie spice blend to give this fun soap recipe a decorative finish. They also use Natures Garden’s Goat Milk Melt and Pour Soap Base and Carrot Cupcake Fragrance Oil.

Pumpkin Puke Soap Jelly RecipePumpkin Puke Soap Jelly Recipe

Now, something for the kids!  Every parent knows it can at times be hard to get the kiddos to take a bath.  So, why not make bath time fun with this super cool Pumpkin Puke Soap Jelly Recipe. Not only will they have fun using the soap jelly, but they can even decorate the jar like a pumpkin!  In addition, it is scented with Pumpkin Roll Fragrance Oil. So they will smell sweet and pumpkiny!

Pumpkin Puree Cold Process Soap Recipe

Finally, we created the Pumpkin Puree Cold Process Soap Recipe using real pumpkin puree and our Pumpkin Apple Butter Fragrance Oil. This cold process soap recipe is perfect!  It’s packed with skin loving oils, including pumpkin seed oil and it’s topped off with a decorative dollop of soap resembling whipped cream.

20 Ways to use Pumpkin in Other Recipes

Next, we’ve talked about soap making, we’ve talked about candles but pumpkin really can be incorporated into so many types of cosmetic recipes too. Whether you want to make a scrub or a room scent read below for more pumpkin ideas.

Pumpkin Eggnog Foaming Sugar Scrub RecipePumpkin Eggnog Foaming Sugar Scrub

First, we have the Pumpkin Eggnog Foaming Sugar Scrub.  This body scrub recipe uses Natures Garden’s Whipped Soap Base. Learn how to make a festive fall sugar scrub with this scrub making tutorial.  Of course, this handcrafted cosmetic recipe was scented with Pumpkin Eggnog Fragrance Oil.

Pumpkin Sugar Scrub RecipePumpkin Sugar Scrub Recipe

Now, we have our Pumpkin Sugar Scrub Recipe.  Not only does this recipe use Pumpkin Walnut Biscotti Fragrance Oil, it also uses pumpkin pie spice powder and pumpkin seed oil.  Not only does this layered scrub look awesome, it’s an all over treat for your body.

Pinecone Firestarters RecipePinecone Firestarters Recipe

Next, on our list of 20 ways to use pumpkin, we have pinecone firestarters!  This recipe uses Pleasingly Pumpkin Fragrance Oil to fill your home with the wonderful aroma while warming your home.



20 Ways to use Pumpkin with Soap and Candle Embed Molds

Pumpkin Embed MoldsPumpkin Embed Molds

First, we have the pumpkin embed mold.  This tiny pumpkin mold is perfect for both candle making and soap making.  These pumpkins are perfect for topping your handmade soaps and homemade candles.


Silicone Pumpkin MoldSilicone Pumpkin Mold

Next, we have a pumpkin mold that can not only be used for mp soap, but also cold process soap.  Natures Garden’s silicone molds will withstand heat without any problems making these type of soap molds perfect for cp soapers. The molds would also make adorable pumpkin shaped solid sugar scrubs!


Silicone Jack O Lanterns MoldsSilicone Jack O Lanterns Mold

Finally, we have the Jack O Lanterns mold is a great size for your Halloween soaps.  However you can also use a wick pin when pouring your candle wax to create a candle using this pumpkin mold.


We have shared the ways we have used pumpkin in our homemade candle, handmade soap, and handcrafted cosmetic recipes.  We are sure there are more than 20 ways to use pumpkin. So now, it’s your turn.  Show us all pumpkiny goodies you have created by posting pictures on our Facebook page.  You can also tag us on Instagram or Twitter @ngscents. We have so much fun looking at all of our customer’s creations!