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Mar
29

Our Favorite Soap Making Recipes


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Our Favorite Soap Making RecipesOur Favorite Soap Making Recipes

Today, we will talk about our favorite soap making recipes.  Here at Natures Garden, we love soap making.  Whether we are making melt and pour soap or cold process soap, it is one of our favorite things to do.  So, we thought we would share our top ten cold process soap recipes and our top ten melt and pour soap recipes.  Perhaps you are looking for a new product to add to your soap line or a craft maker looking for a new project idea.  Well, below, you will find the Natures Garden staff’s favorite handcrafted soap making recipes.

Our Favorite Soap Making Recipes: Melt and Pour Soap

First, we will talk about our favorite melt and pour soap.  Natures Garden carries a variety of natural soap bases that can be used.  In fact, in the recipes below, you really can use any of the Natures Garden soap bases.  Melt and pour soap making is the easiest soap making process.  It is perfect for beginners, but for those that have been making soap for years can find more advanced soap making recipes as well.  While you can use many techniques when creating melt and pour that can get more complicated, it can simply be melted in the microwave and added to a mold.  This makes melt and pour soap making the easiest way to start your soap making journey.

Coconut Lime Verbana Soap Bowl RecipeOur Favorite Soap Making Recipes: Coconut Lime Verbana Soap Bowl Recipe

Our first handmade soap making recipe is the Coconut Lime Verbana Soap Bowl Recipe.  This is the perfect soap for those summer months.  It is also made completely of melt and pour soap from the outer brown soap bowl to the straw and little guests soaps found inside.  In addition, with summer right around the corner, Natures Garden’s Coconut Lime Verbana Fragrance Oil is PERFECT!

Chocolate Orchid Melt and Pour Soap RecipeOur Favorite Soap Making Recipes: Chocolate Orchid Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

Next, the Chocolate Orchid Melt and Pour Soap Recipe.  This soap making recipe is another favorite here at Natures Garden.  Scented with Chocolate Orchid Fragrance Oil and Topped with whipped soap base, this is now only a beautiful soap, it smells amazing as well.  With shades of purple as well as brown, this melt and pour soap recipe is perfect for the upcoming spring and summer months.

Mango Loofah Melt and Pour Soap RecipeOur Favorite Soap Making Recipes: Mango Loofah Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

The next melt and pour soap on our list of our favorite soap making recipes is the Mango Loofah Melt and Pour Soap.  This soap uses the mango melt and pour soap base along with clear soap base to create a layered melt and pour soap.  In addition, we embedded a loofah to help exfoliate your skin.  We also love the crisp tropical aroma of Grapefruit Mango Fragrance Oil.

Chocolate Raspberry Drizzle Rolled Soap RecipeOur Favorite Soap Making Recipes:  Chocolate Raspberry Drizzle Rolled Soap Recipe

Now, let’s talk about the Chocolate Raspberry Drizzle Rolled Soap Recipe.  Let me tell you, this is my absolute favorite recipe on the Natures Garden website.  This was one that I had wanted to make for quite some time and it looked even better when it was finished than I ever imagined.  I wouldn’t recommend this melt and pour soap recipe for beginners, it will take some practice, but is well worth the effort.  Vegetable glycerin was added to the melt and pour soap to give it flexibility, allowing it to be rolled.  In addition, we added Chocolate Raspberry Drizzle Fragrance Oil to give the soap its amazing scent!  We filled the rolled mp soap with the whipped soap base.  So, be prepared to move, it can setup quickly.  But, as you can see, the results are FABULOUS!

Chamomile Clay Soap RecipeOur Favorite Soap Making Recipes:  Chamomile Clay Soap Recipe

The Chamomile Clay Soap Recipe is a wonderful combination of soothing clay and whole herbal chamomile flowers.  This layered soap contains a top layer of clay soap with an exfoliating bottom layer embedded with chamomile.  Finally, we scented this melt and pour soap recipe with Watercress and Aloe Fragrance Oil.  This recipe is perfect for both beginners and advanced soap makers alike.

Activated Charcoal Soap RecipeOur Favorite Soap Making Recipes: Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe

Now, let’s look at Natures Garden’s Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe.  This recipe will also show you how to layer soap.  The bottom clear layer is embedded with poppy seeds for exfoliation.  Then, the top layer contains the power ingredient of activated charcoal.  Activated charcoal is wonderful for drawing toxin.  However, we kicked the soap up a notch by adding mica.  The diamond dust mica to give the soap a galaxy swirl.  Lastly, it is scented with the magnificent Blackened Amethyst Fragrance Oil.

Floating Ducky Melt and Pour Soap RecipeOur Favorite Soap Making Recipes: Floating Ducky Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

This next recipe is perfect for the bath time.  Your kids or client’s kids will love the Floating Ducky Melt and Pour Soap Recipe.  So, what makes this soap float?  The blue whipped soap base the rubber ducky soap sits on.  So, it will actually float while the kids bathe.  The kids will love their bath again when this melt and pour soap is placed in the tub!  In addition, we scented the soap with Baby Clean Fragrance Oil.

Mechanics Melt and Pour Soap RecipeOur Favorite Soap Making Recipes: Mechanics Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

The Mechanics Melt and Pour Soap Recipe is any easy way to create a swirled soap making recipe.  We are able to create swirls with the addition of clay and powders.  This melt and pour soap is scented with Fresh Squeezed Orange Fragrance Oil.

Metallic Kiss Soap RecipeOur Favorite Soap Making Recipes: Metallic Kiss Soap Recipe

This next Natures Garden Recipe is a cool soap making recipe with a shimmering effect.  You can use the clear soap base along with some silver or gold mica to create a fun metal like finish.  We scented the Metallic Kiss Soap Recipe with Love Juice Fragrance Oil.  Why is this one of our favorite soap making recipes?  Well, because, who doesn’t like a little shiny bling?  It is fun and simple to create.  With this technique, you can turn any of our FUN Soap Colorant into a metallic colorant.  In fact, I personally have added mica to many of my FUN Soap Colorant, adding a little bit of extra vegetable glycerin to have ready ahead of time.

Peeps Bunny Cupcake SoapOur Favorite Soap Making Recipes:  Peeps Bunny Cupcake Soap Recipe

Finally, in our favorite melt and pour soap recipes, our Peeps Bunny Cupcake Soap.  This fun soap is perfect for Easter, but who doesn’t love bunnies?  It really can be used year round.  The cupcake base uses melt and pour soap along with the whipped soap base.  This adorable cupcake soap is then topped with a bunny created with the Peeps bunny mold.  In addition, the bunny is coated with sugar to give your soap exfoliating properties.  We scented these handcrafted soap cupcakes with strong and true Lemon Fragrance Oil from Natures Garden Soap Making Supplies.

Our Favorite Soap Making Recipes: Cold Process Soap Recipes

At this time, we will talk about our favorite cold process soap making recipes.  Cold process soap, for those just learning, is created completely from scratch.  It is a fun process giving you the ability to create swirls and use many other fun techniques.  Below, we will show you our ten favorite cold process soap recipes.

World Peace Cold Process Soap RecipeOur Favorite Soap Making Recipes:  World Peace Cold Process Soap Recipe

The first cp soap tutorial in our top ten is our World Peace Cold Process Soap Recipe.  This soap making recipe uses many of the FUN Soap Colorants to create vibrantly colored swirls.  In addition, we used a peace sign mold along with Natures Garden Peace Fragrance Oil.

Wine Cold Process Soap RecipeOur Favorite Soap Making Recipes:  Wine Cold Process Soap Recipe

Next, our Wine Cold Process Soap Recipe uses real wine.  It creates a wonderful soap with many skin loving oils and butters.  It is made with coconut oil, sunflower oil, and many others.  Not only does this fragrance use actual wine, it is also scented with Natures Garden’s Merlot Wine Fragrance Oil.

Shampoo Bar Cold Process Soap RecipeOur Favorite Soap Making Recipes:  Shampoo Bar Cold Process Soap Recipe

Now, we will look at the Shampoo Bar Cold Process Soap Recipe.  This recipe is used for your hair, similarly to a regular shampoo.  The only difference is that the shampoo is in a solid form.  It uses oils and butters that will treat your hair and leave it feeling amazing.

Beer Cold Process Soap RecipeOur Favorite Soap Making Recipes:  Beer Cold Process Soap Recipe

Our Beer Cold Process Soap Recipe is another favorite.  This recipe is not only a favorite among staff member, but it’s also a customer favorite. First, it is scented with Natures Garden Stud Fragrance Oil.  In addition, it uses actual beer instead of a portion of water.

Royal Honey Bee Cold Process Soap RecipeOur Favorite Soap Making Recipes: Royal Honey Bee Cold Process Soap Recipe

Our fourth recipe on our list of our favorite cold process soap making recipe is the Royal Honey Bee Cold Process Soap Recipe.  This recipe incorporates real honey into the soap.  This free tutorial will walk you through creating your own honey soap.  This cp soap making recipe also uses Natures Garden’s Nectarine and Honey Fragrance Oil.  We also used bee pollen powder in this soap recipe.

Cold Process Shaving Soap RecipeOur Favorite Soap Making Recipes:  Cold Process Shaving Soap Recipe

This Cold Process Shaving Soap Recipe is perfect to use when shaving.  We added clay to this soap recipe that will help soothe and protect your skin.  This soap contains skin loving oils like lanolin and castor oil.  In addition, they are placed in our sleek low profile jars that allow your products to stand out.  Finally, this shaving soap is scented with Black Ops Fragrance Oil, a very popular masculine scent from Natures Garden Soap Making Supplies.

Caramel Custard Cold Process SoapOur Favorite Soap Making Recipes: Caramel Custard Cold Process Soap

Next, on our list of our favorite soap making recipes is our Caramel Custard Cold Process Soap.  This uses Natures Garden’s Caramel Custard Fragrance Oil.  However, there is something very unique about this soap making recipe.  We used evaporated milk when creating this soap.  Let me tell you, it felt amazing on my skin.

Hot Fudge Brownies Cold Process SoapOur Favorite Soap Making Recipes: Hot Fudge Brownies Cold Process Soap

This next soap making recipe is a true indulgence for your skin.  Our Hot Fudge Brownies Cold Process Soap is one of my personal favorite recipe.  Not only does it look delicious, it also contains organic cocoa powder and Natures Garden’s Hot Fudge Brownies Fragrance Oil.

Lavender Cold Process SoapOur Favorite Soap Making Recipes:  Lavender Cold Process Soap Recipe

Now, let’s talk about our Lavender Cold Process Soap.  This cp soap recipe uses one of Natures Garden’s most popular cold process soap scents, Lavender Martini Fragrance Oil.  This fragrance oil puts a twist on the always popular lavender aroma.  Not only does it smell amazing, it performs extremely well in cp soap.  In addition to the scent, this soap is topped with real dried lavender.

Pumpkin Puree Cold Process Soap RecipeOur Favorite Soap Making Recipes:  Pumpkin Puree Cold Process Soap

Finally, we have the Pumpkin Puree Cold Process Soap.  This cp soap recipe uses actual pumpkin puree in the recipe.  It is scented with the Pumpkin Apple Butter Fragrance Oil.  This soap not only looks amazing, it smells amazing and feels fabulous on your skin.  This soap is topped with a dollop of white soap to give it a pumpkin pie look.  So, not only does it leave your skin feeling great, it also looks great.  Just imagine how impressed your guest or customers would be to find pumpkin soap in the bathroom during Thanksgiving.

For even more fragrance fun craft ideas, be sure to check out our recipe box.  Here, you will find not only more soap making recipes, but also candle and cosmetic recipes.  For those that are just starting out you can also find free printable classes in our recipe box.  Don’t forget to follow us on our Facebook page.  You can find us on Twitter and Instagram @ngscents.

Mar
02

9 Ways to Use Lanolin


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99 Ways to Use Lanolin Ways to Use Lanolin

Lanolin is one of those products that you don’t think about, but it is in probably some of the most popular skin care products around. It can also be found in cosmetics, first-aid salves and believe it or not in some industrial grade products such as lubricants and rust-proof coatings.

What’s amazing about this stuff is that it is all natural! It is an oil that comes from the wool of sheep and is nature’s “raincoat” for the animals. Lanolin protects them from all the elements around them; from the dampness of rain and snow to the drying effects of the sun. One of the things that I like about lanolin is that even though it is naturally derived from the wool of sheep, it in no way harms them! It is done cruelty-free! In today’s world of animal’s rights that is a pretty important factor!

Lanolin has the amazing ability to hold up to 400 times its weight in water which means, not only is it a super-moisturizer, but it locks that moisture in and will give you baby soft, supple skin.  Lanolin easily absorbs into the skin, but keep in mind, a little goes a long way!  We have below 9 recipes that incorporate Lanolin in the pure form that is an amazing ingredient to blend into lotions or balms, and Lanolin Oil USP Liquid which is less viscous and is wonderful for soaps and shampoos. We at Nature’s Garden hope you enjoy creating some of these for your family, friends, clients or customers! So here you are, 9 ways to use Lanolin in your creations.

 

99 ways to Use Lanolin Beard Balm Recipe ways to Use Lanolin Beard Balm Recipe

Our first recipe is the perfect balm for your men’s line of bath and body products. Beards and mustaches are incredibly popular among guys today. In many cases, you see more hair on their face than on their head, which may mean something, and I haven’t been able to figure it out yet. At any rate, I do have an idea that their beards can get as unruly head of hair! Beard Balm is a perfect way to tame that facial hair!  With skin healthy oils and butters such as, jojoba oil, olive oil and shea butter and lanolin, their skin will be soft and moisturized as well as their beards and mustaches. Then, add in some Cedarwood Virginia Essential Oil for that woodsy, masculine scent and you will have yourself a best seller among your clients with facial hair!

 

99 Ways to Use Lanolin Beard Soap Recipe Ways to Use Lanolin Beard Soap Recipe

The first step to having a good beard is to have a good soap. After all, beard is hair and the first step to having good hair is to have a good shampoo, right?

Our Beard Soap recipe is a good start to beard maintenance. It’s a hot process soap that uses liquid lanolin USP which has the same benefits as the lanolin that comes in the more solid form. You also have the nourishing oils and butters of jojoba, sweet almond, and cocoa butter, to just name a few. Your beard will feel soft and moisturized. Not only does this beard soap clean without stripping but it hydrates your beard, and it will do the same to your skin beneath. We used our Gurjun Balsam Essential Oil for a soft, aromatic fragrance that smells woodsy with a tiny bit of sweetness.

 

99 Ways to Use Lanolin Hydrating Hand Stick Recipe Ways to Use Lanolin Hydrating Hand Stick Recipe

Here’s a “handy” way to keep your hands moisturized and protected without the mess of carrying around a bottle of lotion. Our Hydrating Hand Stick is perfect for keeping in your purse, pocket, or even your kids’ backpacks! With skin happy ingredients like shea butter, olive oil and lanolin oil USP liquid, you can be sure your hands will always be shielded from the bitter winter elements. They will stay soft and hydrated and since the ingredients are easily absorbed into your skin you will not have that greasy feeling some hand lotions leave behind. We’ve chosen our Nectarine & Mint fragrance Oil that has a citrus scent with a light touch of mint. A perfect scent that does not become too overpowering.

 

99 Ways to Use Lanolin Cold Process Shaving Soap Recipe Ways to Use Lanolin Cold Process Shaving Soap Recipe

You would be surprised at how popular shaving soap really is. In all honesty, using shampoo on your beard is a big no-no! Shampoo is designed to strip all the oils and dirt from the hair.  That is all fine and good for your hair, but it’s not so fine and good for your beard. A dry beard is an itchy beard. You will want your beard moisturized and soft, with all those important skin oils still intact!

Our Cold Process Shaving Soap is the perfect gentle wash to keep your beard happy and healthy looking. We’ve used shea butter, apricot kernel oil and lanolin Oil USP liquid to help keep your beard hydrated and soft. Bentonite clay, which is not just for facial masks, gives this soap a nice glide to the lather and helps if you have oily skin. We’ve chosen our Black Ops fragrance oil that smells like the popular men’s cologne. It has a nice masculine scent of citrus followed by a nice woodsy undertone.

 

99 Ways to Use Lanolin Pooch Smooch Solid Shampoo Bar Recipe Ways to Use Lanolin Pooch Smooch Solid Shampoo Bar Recipe

Washing your dog can be such a hassle sometimes. If your dog doesn’t like bath time and you have a large puppy dog, it can start out looking like something out of a wrestling match!

Our Pooch Smooch Solid Shampoo Bar recipe won’t make getting Fido into the tub easier, but it will make the process of soaping them up a little less crazy! With these shampoo bars shaped like cute doggy bones, this is a gentle and easy soap recipe that uses our Oatmeal melt and pour soap, some skin beneficial Vitamin E and Lanolin Oil USP liquid. Your furry friend’s skin and fur will be moisturized, soft and have a nice, clean feel to their fur. Our Pooch Smooch fragrance oil that inspired this recipe has a light scent of melons and cucumbers. How cute would these look in your line of doggy care products? I say they would look adorable!

 

99 Ways to Use Lanolin Rejuvenating Foot Balm Recipe Ways to Use Lanolin Rejuvenating Foot Balm Recipe

Feet have it hard, wouldn’t you agree? You stand on them, walk on them, run on them, stick them into heels, tennis shoes, flip-flops. Or you just go barefoot! This happens to be one of my favorite things to do in the summertime! They support you all day, every day. Give your feet a much needed treat!

Give this Rejuvenating Foot Balm a try for those tired dogs! With shea butter, olive oil and lanolin oil USP liquid, it will give your feet some moisturizing protection.  You will have soft, smooth skin that will thank you for giving them a lift. We made it even better by adding essential oils that will help perk up your feet, and your nose too! We’ve chosen Peppermint (Redistilled), Tea Tree Australian, and Eucalyptus Globulus essential oils which are awesome for relaxing your body, soothe sore muscles and help heal skin conditions. After a long day, no matter what it is you do, give this foot balm a try!

 

9 ways to Use Lanolin Foaming Body Scrub for Men Recipe9 ways to Use Lanolin Foaming Body Scrub for Men Recipe

This eye-catching Foaming Body Scrub for Men would make a wonderful addition to your men’s line of handcrafted bath and body products. You could even just give this body scrub to any man in your life as a gift. This foaming body scrub has some amazing skin-loving ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil and of course lanolin oil USP to help lock in that moisture and keep the skin soft and hydrated. We have also used activated charcoal powder to help detoxify those skin pores and slough away dead skin cells! Your man’s skin will look healthy and vibrant after their shower. Our fragrance oil of Black Tuxedo will leave them smelling of wood, leather and musk. A very sexy scent that will make your nose happy!

 

9 Ways to Use Lanolin Strawberries and Champagne Cold Process Soap Recipe9 Ways to Use Lanolin Strawberries and Champagne Cold Process Soap Recipe

How adorable would this soap look displayed for your customers to see! It is a truly creative way to start the new year off right or to enhance your Valentine’s Day collection!

Creating a simple cold process soap with shea butter, mango butter, sweet almond oil and lanolin, just to name a few of the ingredients, you are sure to create a skin happy soap to keep that skin soft, smooth and hydrated!

To top off your Strawberries and Champagne Cold Process Soap, you will whip up some of your soap batter to give it the look of champagne foam! The champagne bottles and strawberry embeds that are the “strawberry on top” and are simple to create with our diamond clear melt and pour soap! Of course, our fragrance of choice is Strawberries and Champagne fragrance oil. An effervescent scent of champagne and the sweet tang of strawberries!

There you have it folks, 9 ways to use lanolin in some pretty easy recipes for bath and body! Lanolin is such an amazing and inexpensive addition to soaps, scrubs, and balms! Your skin will thank you for taking such good care of it! We here, at Nature’s Garden, hope to have inspired you to create some new ideas for your customers, clients or even family members.

 

Oct
23

Black Code Type Scent


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black code type scentBlack Code Type Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Black Code Type scent (name changed to Black Opps) is delightfully. It has sinfully tempting qualities, that will draw immediate attention to whatever candle, soap, or craft it is included in. It is completely irresistible. If you are looking for a tantalizing scent that is sure to keep your friends and family and even your customers interested, then Black Code Type is definitely for you. Or maybe you’re just looking for the perfect scent to use in a project for that special man in your life. Black Code Type is perfect for any and all occasions.

What Does Black Code Type Smell Like?

Black Code Type Fragrance Oil by Nature’s Garden is an alluring masculine aroma that is also oriental. It has base notes of Guiac wood and Tonka bean which lead to another base note of olive flower. The olive flower leads to the top citrus notes of fresh lemon and bergamot.

How Do Our Customers Use Black Code Type Fragrance Oil?

If you are looking for a sinfully irresistibly scent, then Back Code Type is absolutely perfect for you. Black Code Type is nice and strong in soy wax and is wonderful for wow wax and joy wax as well. Black Code Type even has a 50% usage rate if you would like to use it for incense or potpourri!  This scent is fantastic to use in aroma beads that will fill your house with this tantalizing scent.

For bath and body products, our Black Code Type Fragrance Oil has a usage rate of 5%. This tempting fragrance can be used to make many different personal care items such as lotions, soaps, bath oils, bath gels, and perfumes. For all the CP soapers out there, this scent is great for you as well.  Our CP findings are: no acceleration, no ricing, no separation, and a nice strong scent. In Black Code Type, there is a .12% vanillin content, meaning that it can discolor your soaps and bath and body products. Any scent with vanillin, should always be tested thoroughly first. For the CP soapers, there is no discoloration.

 

Now come on, doesn’t Black Code Type just sound delightfully sinful? It will surely be a scent that you and everyone you know are sure to remember and want to use over and over again. Here at Nature’s Garden, we also happen to offer many great free recipes like our Cold Process Shaving Soap recipe that is actually made with Back Code Type fragrance! All those men out there are sure to love that amazing recipe! Are you sitting there wondering what the fastest way is that you can get this scent? Well, the easiest way to find it on our site is just by typing “black code” into our search bar. That will take you directly to our Black Code Type Fragrance Oil page. And on the fragrance picture, there is a little green box that says “Recipe.” That link will show you the name and a picture of our Cold Process Shaving Cream, and by clicking that, it will take you right to the recipe! Enjoy this fantastic scent! And watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Oct
24

Cold Process Shaving Soap Recipe


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shaving-soap-pic1When it comes to grooming for a man, one of the most important aspects is a nice, clean, close shave.  But, did you know that each time you shave, your facial skin loses sebum?  It is these very same natural oils that help reduce your facial skin from drying out (chapping).  That is why when shaving facial hair, it is important to use a shaving cream or gel.  These products are used to create a barrier to help reduce the friction on the skin from the razor’s sharp edge.  What using a shaving cream or gel will do is prevent those pesky red shave bumps from appearing.  Therefore to prepare for a clean shave, a good lathering shaving cream is a necessity in any shaving arsenal.

We have been playing around with a few different shaving cream recipes for a while.  We wanted to make sure that when we did create a finalized recipe not only would it have skin loving benefits, but also have amazing lather too.  And, the great news is- we nailed it.

The first step in creating a rich lathering shaving cream is to select the right kind of ingredients for this cold process recipe.  The two biggest categories that were important to this recipe was lather and glide.

To help assist the lathering aspect, we selected:

Coconut Oil 76–  a staple in soap making.  This oil adds tremendous bubbles to soap- aka lather.
Palm Oil–  another list topper in soap making.  This oil adds a rich, creaminess to the lather.
Castor Oil– another oil that adds to a rich and creamy lather.  And, this oil also helps to attract moisture to the skin.
Lanolin Oil–  great lathering ability in soap.  Also provides moisturizing elements to the skin.
Shea Butter–  this butter provides a wonderful creamy lather and has the bonus of conditioning aspects for the skin.

When it came to a smooth glide, we knew that Bentonite Clay was the go to ingredient for this.  Bentonite Clay provides for a very nice glide on the skin’s surface.  This was a no brainer to include.  The Bentonite Clay in the finished shaving soap will make for a more comfortable shave with no irritation.

Making a cold process shave soap is really very simple.  The soaping procedure pretty much stays the same, however, there are a few differences for this recipe.  First, we decided to add sodium lactate to the recipe.  The addition of this ingredient provides for natural moisturizing elements in the finished product, which is great for shaving soap.  On the soapers end, Sodium Lactate also helps the soaps to unmold easier, which brings us to the second difference.

Instead of using a loaf mold for this recipe, you pour the soap batter into basic circle molds.  The first time that we tried this recipe, we did not include the sodium lactate.  And, although the open portion of the soap in the mold was beautiful; once we popped the soaps out of the mold, let’s just say we knew we could do better (that is with sodium lactate).

As for the Bentonite Clay, this is added to the soap batter at emulsion.  You will want to ensure that this clay is incorporated throughout the whole mixture.  The best way that we found to do this is to use a stick blender, as well as a spatula.  You will have to scrap the sides of the bowl several times and stick blend in between when mixing.  Once you notice all clumps of clay are broken up and your batter is smooth; you are safe to pour.

The shaving soap recipe is just that simple.  We did stick the molds in the freezer before popping the soaps out.  The addition of sodium lactate and freezing did help to remove the soaps from the molds with ease.  We found that these two little steps made a world of difference when it came to unmolding.  It was just hands down a way better route to go.  After the long awaited cure time, the result of the shaving soap is absolutely phenomenal.  The lather is truly rich, creamy, and plentiful.  The soap is smooth and really provides a nice gentle glide for the razor.  The final conclusion that we had for this recipe is once you try a bar, you will never go back to store bought shaving creams again.

If this blog has peaked your interest in trying to make your very own shaving soap, check out the Cold Process Shaving Soap Recipe.  You can either click on the link, or find the recipe under the cold process soap in the Free Recipes and Classes section of Natures Garden’s website.  You will not be disappointed.

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients.