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Jul
25

Grapefruit Benefits


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Grapefruit BenefitsGrapefruit Benefits

Are grapefruits good for you? We’d say yes, as there are all kinds of wonderful grapefruit benefits that you can enjoy! If you want to try out the Natures Garden Grapefruit Powder on your skin, you are sure to find some great benefits for your body. In fact, you can include this wholesale herb in many different bath and body recipes that will care for your skin and hair. Plus, there are some great medicinal benefits that have been found to be gained from eating this fresh fruit. Further, there are many ways to incorporate this fruit into your diet, through either homemade recipes or even just eating the plain fruit. So, you can use this natural cosmetic blog to find out more about the grapefuit herb and the other properties of grapefruits.

Grapefruit Benefits: Growing ConditionsGrapefruit Benefits: Growing Conditions

First of all, grapefruit trees will require a temperate or tropical climate. These conditions are ideal because these plants need lots of sunlight and warm conditions. In fact, they need it to be relatively warm both during the day as well as at night. So, more tropical regions may be best, but they can survive in temperate regions with some extra care. Also, the grapefruit trees like to have loamy soil that drains well.
Another thing you will want to pay attention to is the amount of space available for your tree to grow. When planting the tree try to pick a place on your land that will provide the most sun, some good winter protection, and at least twelve feet of space from buildings or driveways. After planting, you will want to water your sapling every couple of days. After about a week or so, you can start to water deeply just once a week. However, you may want to water more often during drought periods.

Grapefruit Benefits: Tips for Harvesting Grapefruits

During the first three years, you won’t have a harvest from a grapefruit tree. Instead, your grapefruit tree should direct its energy into growth. So, you may want to remove any small fruits that you see growing before the three year mark. Although you may be eager to try your homegrown fruit, picking these early fruits will ensure your tree grows to be strong. Once your tree is old enough, your fruits will be ready to be harvested in the fall. You will be able to tell they are ripe by their color. If the grapefruits have become a yellow or gold color, then they are ready to pick.

But, anyone that prefers their grapefruit on the sweeter side, like me, can leave the fruits on the tree a bit longer. This will allow them to get a bit larger and sweeter. However, use caution, they can be left on the tree for too long. An overripe grapefruit will appear lumpy and should be discarded.

Grapefruit Benefits: Industry Uses

There are all kinds of reasons to use grapefruit in a wide variety of products and recipes. First, you can use the abundance of vitamins and minerals available in this fruit to promote your health. Plus, you can incorporate more grapefruit though all kinds of delicious recipes. Also, your skin and hair can gain some wonderful benefits by including grapefruit in your bath and body making supplies. So, let’s get into some of the known benefits this fruit has for you.

Grapefruit Benefits: Medicinal UsesGrapefruit Benefits: Medicinal Uses

You can gain many benefits from eating grapefruit. First, this fruit has been found to be beneficial for the immune system. Studies have shown that the vitamins and minerals in grapefruits can be useful when it comes to getting over a cold, protecting against inflammation, and strengthening the protective barrier of your skin. Also, grapefruit can be useful for reducing your risk for diabetes. Diabetes occurs when the body has built up a resistance to insulin, which leads to higher insulin and sugar levels in the blood. So, this fruit has evidence that it can help reduce insulin levels and resistance to help get your body on track.

Another potential benefit of grapefruit is improved heart health. It is thought that the high potassium content in this fruit will relax your blood vessels and arteries. So, grapefruit should be able to help reduce your blood pressure and lessen the risk of heart attack or stroke. Furthermore, this can be useful for increasing blood flow and oxygen to the brain, which can promote better cognitive function. Plus, there is evidence that grapefruit can be useful for helping to treat fatigue and insomnia. It has been found that the tryptophan in grapefruit is useful for helping you get sleepy and have a great night’s sleep.

However, people on medications should contact their doctor to ensure that there won’t be any interactions. For certain medications, grapefruit can cause overdose or increase side effects. This interaction can occur as grapefruit contains substances that can inhibit an enzyme that is used to metabolize certain medications. So, anyone taking medications like immunosuppressants, statins, Carbamazepine, Indivavir, Bensodiazepines, and many calcium channel blockers should contact their doctor before increasing their grapefruit intake.

Grapefruit Benefits: Bath and Body ProductsGrapefruit Benefits: Bath and Body Products

Not only is grapefruit great for the inside of your body, but your skin and hair can benefit from this fruit, too. First, you can use grapefruit peel powder to naturally color your bath and body products. This herb will provide a creamy orange color that is natural and beautiful. If you are interested in learning about more Natural Soap Colors, then check out some of these herbs. You can combine a few natural colorants to create a gorgeous, natural design.

Grapefruit Benefits: Benefits for Bath and Body Products

One benefit of this herb is that is can be used to improve skin tone by promoting cell regeneration. So, this herb will leave you with a healthy, youthful glow. Plus, the herb has been found to promote collagen, which can be useful for getting rid of wrinkles naturally. This will help to reduce signs of aging and leaving you feeling rejuvenated. Additionally, you can use this herb to help solve issues with oily skin. Since this herb has astringent properties, it is able to help constrict your pores. This will help to reduce your sebum production and lead to a decreased risk for acne. So, creating wholesale face masks or natural soap for your face would be amazing for your skin care regime!

Also, grapefruit powder is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. This can be useful for creating hair care products that can help reduce dandruff. Plus, this wholesale herb can be included in lotion recipes to reduce skin inflammation conditions, like eczema or psoriasis. Another benefit is that grapefruit has shown to reduce itching and rashes for those infected with impetigo. Plus, it has been found that grapefruit powder can be useful for reducing some cases of acne. Since acne is often due to excess sebum or a pH imbalance, this botanical herb can be used to increase the pH of skin and control acne outbreaks. In fact, many acne treatments will include grapefruit in their formulations.

Grapefruit Benefits: Natures Garden RecipesGrapefruit Benefits: Natures Garden Recipes

If you are looking for exfoliating melt and pour soap recipes, then this is a great recipe to start with! The Mango Loofah Melt and Pour Soap Recipe from Natures Garden uses both an embed loofah and wonderful herbs to create a great soap recipe. Plus, the grapefruit powder has all kinds of benefits for your skin that will rejuvenate your body from head to toe. So, this lovely recipe will both exfoliate and nourish the skin to provide you with a clean, rejuvenated feeling. Plus, the herb will you feeling absolutely beautiful!

Grapefruit Benefits: Food and BeveragesGrapefruit Benefits: Food and Beverage

This food is a fantastically healthy food that is both low in calories and high in nutrients. Luckily, there are many ways for you to incorporate grapefruit into your diet. Some people enjoy eating grapefruit raw or drinking fresh grapefruit juice. However, this fruit has a flavor that is tart and sour. So, some people need to combine this fruit with sweeter flavors. One way to blend the flavor of this fruit is to add it to a smoothie. Further, you can use grapefruit in all kinds of different recipes for meals, desserts, or beverages. One wonderful beverage recipe is Lauren’s Grapefruit Margaritas from Allrecipes. Also, you can try out a grapefruit dessert recipe on myrecipes for Grapefruit Pound Cake. There are so many refreshing recipes that you can create to incorporate more grapefruit into your diet.

Grapefruit Benefits: OtherGrapefruit Benefits: Other

Additionally, some have found that grapefruit can be a useful tool for weight loss. Eating grapefruit can be useful for helping control appetite and making you feel full. The fiber in this fruit can be useful for helping you feel full and eat fewer calories throughout your day. Studies have shown that fiber-rich fruits can promote feeling of fullness, as the fiber will increase your digestion time. Furthermore, studies done on weight loss have found that grapefruit can lead to losing more weight and more off their waist. So, the groups that consumed grapefruit regularly through their dieting would lose more compared to those that were dieting only.

Another great way to use grapefruit is to create aromatherapy cleaning products. Grapefruit is effective for cleaning many things throughout the home. Also, grapefruit has antibacterial properties that can be useful for getting your home extra clean. Not only is grapefruit effective at cleaning, but it has a strong, refreshing scent that will leave your home smelling clean, too. So, your home will look and smell amazing! If you are interested in finding recipes for creating natural homemade cleaning products, then check out 10 Ways to Clean with Grapefruit by Taste of Home.

Grapefruit Benefits: How Did the Grapefruit Get Its Name?

If you’ve every tried a grape, then you may expect a grapefruit to taste sweet. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth, as grapefruit tastes nothing like a grape. So, how did the grapefruit get its name? While it was first thought that it was because it resembled grapes as it grew, it is more commonly thought that the name came from pomelos. In fact, grapefruits are a cross between pomelo and orange. If you are curious about learning more about the way grapefruits got their name, then check out How Did the Grapefruit Get Its Name? on Mental Floss.

Grapefruit Benefits: Reach Out to UsGrapefruit Benefits: Reach Out to Us

We hope that you enjoyed this information on grapefruit benefits. If you have any more questions, then reach out to us and ask! We are available on the phone to answer any of your questions on this herb. Also, we can answers questions on other Fruit and Veggie Powders, as well. While we at Natures Garden have a help line available that use can call to utilize, there are other ways to get in contact with us. You can ask us questions either in the store or online. If you want to find us online, then check out any of our social media pages. We are on Facebook and you can use @ngscents to find us on Twitter and Instagram. Good luck and have fun creating your own natural herbal cosmetics recipes!

Grapefruit Benefits: Note About Our Herbs

Note: We at Natures Garden sell our Grapefruit Powder herb for external use only. We do not sell our herbs as food items. The information that we provide on our herbs is for educational purposes only. We do not intend for this information to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. The information we provide has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Make sure that you keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets. Also, pregnant and/or lactating women should take special care when handling any of our herbs. Natures Garden accepts no responsibility (written or implied) for any products that you make with our herbs. Further, all testing is the responsibility of the customer.

May
21

Berry Fragrance Oils


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Berry Fragrance OilsBerry Fragrance Oils

We at Natures Garden have some delectable Berry Fragrance Oils that you will definitely want to try! Of course, scenting your products is important. When you are choosing your candle or soap-making supplies you need to make sure that your fragrance is going to work in your recipe and smell retain its fantastic scent. Whether you are making soap, crafting candles, or making other homemade products, these are some great fragrance oils to choose from.

Berry Fragrance Oils: Acai Berry Fragrance OilBerry Fragrance Oils: Acai Berry Fragrance Oil

First, we have the delicious scent of our Acai Berry Fragrance Oil. This fruit is best known for in health for its high level of antioxidants and has a unique tropical berry taste. Luckily, our perfumist was able to recreate this exotic scent so we can include it in fragrance oils! The scent of this fragrance is top notes of acai berries, middle notes of cherry, plum, violet petals, and woodsy base notes. Together, these scents create quite a magnificent aroma!

Berry Fragrance Oils: Acai Berry Fragrance Oil RecipeBerry Fragrance Oils: Acai Berry Fragrance Oil Recipe

Since this fruit is beloved in the health world, we decided to make a sugar scrub inspired by a smoothie! The Acai Berry Smoothie Sugar Scrub Recipe uses herbs to make it seem like these berries were freshly blended into a scrumptious smoothie full of delectable fruits. You are sure to love the scent and the scrub!

Berry Fragrance Oils: Black Cherry Fragrance OilBerry Fragrance Oils: Black Cherry Fragrance Oil

If you like cherries, then you are going to love this next scented oil. We have a scent that smells just like its name implies, as the Black Cherry Fragrance Oil has an extremely strong aroma of ripened sweet black cherries. Not only is this scent oil fantastic to smell, but it is perfect for soapmaking and is a wonderful candle making fragrance oil. Further, this fragrance oil can be used in many other cosmetic recipes.

Hair Conditioner Recipe For Dark HairBerry Fragrance Oils: Black Cherry Fragrance Oil Recipe

One great way to use this scent is the Hair Conditioner Recipe For Dark Hair. This homemade hair care recipe is a simple way to create diy conditioner without needing to buy hair conditioner base.

Berry Fragrance Oils: Black Raspberry & Vanilla Fragrance OilBerry Fragrance Oils: Black Raspberry & Vanilla Fragrance Oil

Also, you can try out the scrumptious aroma of our Black Raspberry & Vanilla Fragrance Oil. This oil scent is an enticing blend of blackberries and raspberries on top and middle notes of white floral greenery. Then the scent culminates with bottom notes of musk and vanilla. This fragrance oil has such a fantastic aroma that you will want to include it in with your soap making supplies permanently!

black raspberry vanilla body butter recipeBerry Fragrance Oils: Black Raspberry & Vanilla Fragrance Oil Recipe

Our next recipe uses luscious ingredients, like shea butter and cocoa butter, to create a fantastic lotion. Not only does the Black Raspberry Vanilla Body Butter Recipe include amazing skin care ingredients, but it uses the scrumptious scent of this fragrance oil.

Berry Fragrance Oils: Blackberry Bling Bling Fragrance OilBerry Fragrance Oils: Blackberry Bling Bling Fragrance Oil

Also, you can use the delicious scent of our Blackberry Bling Bling Fragrance Oil in your homemade soaps and candles. The aroma of this fragrance is of juicy blackberries and bright citrus and juicy fruits that is perfectly blended with fresh herbs and greenery to create this spicy and sparkling combination. This NG original scent is definitely not one you would want to miss out on!

Berry Fragrance Oils: Blackberry Bling Bling Fragrance OilBerry Fragrance Oils: Blackberry Bling Bling Fragrance Oil Recipe

You can use this scented oil to create a super cute fizzy bath bomb recipe. Our Blackberry Bling Bling Bubble Bar Recipe uses one of the best blackberry cosmetic fragrance oils along with skin-loving oils to create a great bath and body product. Plus, this recipe includes mica and uses an ice cream scoop to make these bath fizzies look as cute as possible!

Berry Fragrance Oils: Blueberry Cheesecake Fragrance OilBerry Fragrance Oils: Blueberry Cheesecake Fragrance Oil

Another great fragrance oil is the Blueberry Cheesecake Fragrance Oil. This scent has an aroma of sweet, yummy decadence! This fragrance starts with Tahitian vanilla, rich creamy butter and ripe blueberries that sits atop a crumbly graham cracker crust. Careful, this is one of the dessert fragrance oils that is sure to make you hungry for the real thing!

Berry Fragrance Oils: Blueberry Cheesecake Fragrance Oil Recipe Berry Fragrance Oils: Blueberry Cheesecake Fragrance Oil Recipe

This yummy fragrance was used in the Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process Soap Recipe. If you want to learn how to make a soap with an in the pot swirl. Then, this may be a good recipe to try. We used two colors and swirled them together in a bowl before pouring them into a silicone soap mold. You can find the step by step instructions on the website page for this recipe!

Berry Fragrance Oils: Strawberry Kiwi Fragrance OilBerry Fragrance Oils: Strawberry Kiwi Fragrance Oil

Plus, you have another terrific fragrance that you can use include with your candle-making or soap-making supplies is the Strawberry Kiwi Fragrance Oil. This scent has a wonderfully balanced blend of fresh strawberries that is rounded out with just the right amount of tart kiwi. Perfect scent for on its own or used to mix with other delicious fragrance oil!

Berry Fragrance Oils: Blueberry Fragrance OilBerry Fragrance Oils: Blueberry Fragrance Oil

Another great berry scent is our Blueberry Fragrance Oil. While this fragrance has a simple, fresh blueberry scent, it is still a wonderful berry aroma. This single note of freshly ripened blueberries is great for mixing your own fragrance blends. Also, this is perfect for customers who desire a straight blueberry scent. So, there is an option to keep it simple or get creative to create a unique fragrance blend. 

Berry Fragrance Oils: Blueberry Fragrance Oil RecipeBerry Fragrance Oils: Blueberry Fragrance Oil Recipe

We used this delicious blueberry fragrance in our Blueberry Bath Bomb Recipe. Not only did we use a fantastic fragrance oil, but we had other great bath bomb supplies, like skin loving oils and herbs. Also, you could make this recipe even easier by making your entire bath bomb a blue color, like a giant blueberry!

Berry Fragrance Oils: Bumbleberry Fragrance OilBerry Fragrance Oils: Bumbleberry Fragrance Oil

Plus, you can try out the scrumptious scent of our Bumbleberry Fragrance Oil. This fragrance is an explosion of wild blackberries and strawberries, combined with just the right amount of earthy woods. Natures Garden’s bumbleberry fragrance oil begins with top notes of blackberry, apricot, and strawberry that is followed by middle notes of sweet pear, lavender, and jasmine. This is all sitting on base notes of earthy woods.

Berry Fragrance Oils: Chocolate Covered Strawberries Fragrance OilBerry Fragrance Oils: Chocolate Covered Strawberries Fragrance Oil

Also, you can use the Chocolate Covered Strawberries Fragrance Oil to create some delicious homemade products. This scent has hints of orange liquor that accent the fresh fruity tones of this luscious confection. The aroma of ripe red strawberry is surrounded by creamy milk chocolate notes to create a decadent treat. Then, the scent culminates with sweet vanilla creme and rich maple combine at the base.

Berry Fragrance Oils: Chocolate Covered Strawberries Fragrance Oil RecipeBerry Fragrance Oils: Chocolate Covered Strawberries Fragrance Oil Recipe

If you want to learn how to make soap, then you may want to start out with a melt and pour recipe. Our Swirled Melt and Pour Soap Recipe uses soap making ingredients, like a tasty fragrance, melt and pour soap base, cosmetic clays, and one of our silicone molds, to create a nicely swirled soap.

Berry Fragrance Oils: Citrus Strawberry Fragrance OilBerry Fragrance Oils: Citrus Strawberry Fragrance Oil

Further, you can use the delectable scent of our Citrus Strawberry Fragrance Oil in your homemade recipes. This fragrance is an amazingly creative strawberry citrus fragrance blend. The scented oil includes top notes of mandarin, strawberry, and lime, which is followed by middle notes of raspberry, sweet sugar caramel, and lily of the valley. Finally, this is well-rounded with a nice woodsy, musk muguet.

Berry Fragrance Oils: Fresh Raspberry Fragrance OilBerry Fragrance Oils: Fresh Raspberry Fragrance Oil

Our Fresh Raspberry Fragrance Oil is another great berry scent that you can use in candle or homemade soap recipes. The scented oil has a nice, strong, true fresh raspberry aroma. Plus, this scent did not have the oily green top notes we were trying to have our perfume maker avoid. This is an extraordinarily fresh raspberry fragrance that we are extremely excited to share with you!

 

Berry Fragrance Oils: Fresh Raspberry Fragrance Oil RecipeBerry Fragrance Oils: Fresh Raspberry Fragrance Oil Recipe

Next, check out one of our cold process soap recipes to learn how to make your own soap from scratch. Our Raspberry CP Soap Recipe is a fun recipe that both looks and smells delicious. Plus, it is a simple CP soap recipe that creates gorgeous swirls in your finished bars.

Berry Fragrance Oils: Mulberry Fragrance OilBerry Fragrance Oils: Mulberry Fragrance Oil

Also, you can use the Mulberry Fragrance Oil in you homemade candles and soaps. This scented oil takes a classic mulberry aroma and enhances it by adding the scents of cinnamon sticks, wild berries and bitter orange peels. Of course, this scent is one of our best selling fragrances. Such a magnificent transformation! 

Berry Fragrance Oils: Mulberry Fragrance Oil RecipeBerry Fragrance Oils: Mulberry Fragrance Oil Recipe

You can use this lovely scented oil in a simple and cute air freshener recipe. The Mulberry Love Air Freshener Recipe uses this scent, aroma beads, candle dye, and just a few other common household objects to create some cute air fresheners that work wonderfully.

Berry Fragrance Oils: Raspberry Lemonade Fragrance OilBerry Fragrance Oils: Raspberry Lemonade Fragrance Oil

Further, you can use the yummy aroma of our Raspberry Lemonade Fragrance Oil. This fragrance is a mouth-watering combination of ice-cold lemonade and sweet, juicy raspberries. But, this has a unique twist of natural lavender and white musk. Such a wonderful scent for both soap and candle making! So, you will love how we used this scented oil.

Berry Fragrance Oils: Raspberry Lemonade Fragrance Oil RecipeBerry Fragrance Oils: Raspberry Lemonade Fragrance Oil Recipe

We used this deliciously unique scent in our Pink Lemonade Scrub Recipe. This sweet and sour sugar scrub is perfect for exfoliating and moisturizing your entire body. We used some yellow and pink soap pigments to create a scrub that was perfect for our fragrance.

Berry Fragrance Oils: Strawberry Cheesecake Fragrance OilBerry Fragrance Oils: Strawberry Cheesecake Fragrance Oil

Another great oil scent combines juicy berries and sweet dessert to create an amazing fragrance. Our Strawberry Cheesecake Fragrance Oil is a perfect aroma of creamy cheesecake with nice thick strawberry sauce glazed over top. Once you know how to make dessert soaps or candles, this would be a perfect fragrance to try out in these recipes!

Berry Fragrance Oils: Blackberry Jam Fragrance OilBerry Fragrance Oils: Blackberry Jam Fragrance Oil

Lastly, we have a scrumptious jam scent that is smooth and sweet. The Blackberry Jam Fragrance Oil is a well-rounded blend of ripe and tart blackberries with base notes of vanilla and fresh greenery. Great for making soaps and candles that look like dessert, like candle pies! Plus, this tasty fragrance is one of our best selling fragrance oils!

Berry Fragrance Oils: Blackberry Jam Fragrance Oil RecipeBerry Fragrance Oils: Blackberry Jam Fragrance Oil Recipe

There is a lot that you can do with some fun soap molds! We used a cupcake base mold and our Blackberry Cupcake Soaps Recipe to create some adorable cupcake soaps. All we really needed after that was some whipped soap base for the frosting and they were perfect! So, definitely use this fragrance to create some of your very own blackberry soap.

Berry Fragrance Oils: Pick Your Own

After all these delicious berry scents, I’m in the mood for some fresh berries of my own. So, I decided to look for a way to go out and try berry picking! There is a website called Pick Your Own where you can pick your location almost anywhere in the World and it will tell you what places are around to pick! We have found so many fun options in Ohio and there’s a good chance you’ll find somewhere great, too! I just can’t wait to pick some berries and I hope that you find something good, too!

Rainbow Zebra Print Soap RecipeBerry Fragrance Oils: Reach Out to Us

After all those delicious berry scented oils and fun recipes, we sure you’re ready to go make something fun. If you run into any problems or have any questions, then please reach out to us. We are available at the store, on the phone, and on social media. If you want to reach out on social media, then you can use Facebook, Twitter (@ngscents), or Instagram (@ngscents). Good luck and have fun!

Jun
06

Lavender Soap


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lavender scent Making Lavender Soap

For us, making cold process soap is almost a daily occurrence.  With all of the fragrance oils that are tested, new samples that are tested, and fun recipes that are made, the creative team at Natures Garden is always busy doing something.

A few days ago, we wanted to make a Lavender Soap Recipe (with cold process).  Through our brainstorming, we created a great recipe, with a cool design concept that even included sprinkling a small amount of lavender flowers to the top of the soap.

Seeing that Lavender Martini Fragrance Oil was not yet used for a recipe, we thought it would be the perfect fit.  The soaping results showed that it was a “Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration.  Very great unique scent.  No discoloration.  Scent is clean.”  So, soaping with this oil was not going to pose any issues.

To use one word to describe working with this fragrance oil, it would be flawless.  The color design for our recipe contained 4 colors including: a light purple, medium purple, dark purple, and finally white.  Not only did the fragrance allow for ample time to get these colors achieved, but we were also able to accomplish a gorgeous in the pot swirl too.

So now, since we are on the topic of how wonderful this fragrance oil was to work with, it should also be mentioned how fabulously strong and amazing this scent smells.  Once the Lavender Martini scent was in the soap batter, it seemed to fill the work area instantaneously.  The lavender martini aroma was strong!  We were all super excited as to how this soap loaf recipe was going to turn out.  Even just walking past the loaf as it set up was a foreshadow of just how aromatic the scent was.

The next day, we unmolded and braced ourselves for the soap slicing.  As we sliced the soap loaf, it seemed that with each slice the smell of lavender martini was more intense in the air.  This recipe was just an overall win in every category!

So, if you are looking for a great cold process soap scent, and your interest is peaked in giving this fragrance oil a try in cold process soap, we highly suggest you do.  Like we mentioned earlier, we soap a lot of fragrances, but this one was definitely eye opening.

lavender soap recipeTo view the Lavender Cold Process Soap in its entirety, please click on this link.  It will provide you with the recipe weights, and step by step instruction.  But, this fragrance will work for your own recipe too if you wanted to go that route.

Happy Lavender Soaping!

May
12

MP Embed CP Recipe


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mp embed cpMP Embed CP Recipe

There have been a few times that we have made a recipe that involved both melt and pour soap and cold process soap.  The first was Baileys Spotlight Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap and the second time was Cindy’s Blackberry Sage Soap.  However, both times the melt and pour soap was placed on top of the cold process soap.  This time, we wanted to create a recipe using melt and pour soap inside of cold process soap.

The theme of this mp embed cp recipe was centered around Natures Garden’s Bubble Luscious Fragrance Oil.  With summer time quickly approaching, we thought this would be a wonderful fragrance oil to spotlight in a fun recipe.

Now since Bubble Luscious Fragrance Oil is a childhood memory scent, we wanted to visually capture the essence of fun, carefree, summertime memories.  Plus, Bubble Luscious scent is loved by children and adults alike, so we wanted a soap recipe that would appeal to all ages.

Once we figured out what we wanted the soap to look like, it was then time to figure out the specifics.  We knew that we would have a creamy look from the cold process soap. This would be the perfect look for the main portion of the loaf, including the creamy, whipped looking top.  But, in order to accomplish a transparent look in the soap curls, we needed to use the Melt and Pour Soap.SLS Free Clear .  You can also use our diamond clear melt and pour soap (however, we are currently waiting for a shipment of it to arrive).

Now, these transparent curls would be used both in the cold process soap and also for a decorative topping to the soap.  However, since we also wanted to include a white swirl in the soap, Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap  was also included in the mp embed cp portion.  We felt that through the combination of both soap mediums (cp and mp), we would be able to present a really fun project to match this really fun scent and quite the playful and swirly design too.

So, if you are interested in making your very own homemade MP embed CP recipe like this which makes a total of about 4.5 pounds of soap; here are all of the ingredients and supplies that you will need:

For the Cold Process Portion of the Soap, you will need:
Water
Lye
Avocado Oil 
COCONUT Oil-76
Shea Butter
Cocoa Butter
CASTOR Oil- 16 oz.
Sodium Lactate 
Bubble Luscious Fragrance Oil

To achieve your bubble gum colors for the cold process soap, you will need:
Fun Soap Colorant Neon Pink
Titanium Dioxide (for the white whipped topping)

As for the other supplies and soaping utensils, you will need:
Safety Gear:  Safety GlassesSafety GLOVESSafety MASK
THERMOMETER 
Square Loaf Mold
Scale
Stick Blender
Mixing Bowl
Spatula

For the Melt and Pour Portion of the Soap, you will need:
SLS Free Clear Melt and Pour Soap
Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap
Bubble Luscious Fragrance Oil

To achieve your colored curls here are the Fun Soap Colorants you will need:
Fun Soap Colorant Deep Purple
Fun Soap Colorant Tomato Red

Other utensils you will need for the melt and pour soap portion will be:
Cutting Board
Knife
Microwave
Microwave safe glass container
Mixing Spoon (wood or stainless steel)
Rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle- to eliminate any bubbles in your soap
Wax Paper
Ruler

Now, here is the step by step instruction with pictures included:

lay out your wax paper
Step 1:
  On a flat surface, cut and lay down 3 larger pieces of wax paper.

preparing the purple swirls

Step 2:  Prepare the Purple Swirls:  Weigh out and melt 200 grams of Clear M&P Soap.  Stir gently.  Once your soap is melted, add 35 drops of fun soap colorant deep purple and 10 grams of bubble luscious fragrance oil.  Stir well.

pouring the purple soap

Step 3:  Next, pour all of the purple soap unto one sheet of wax paper.  If you have any air bubbles, spritz the soap with alcohol. 

preparing the red soap
Step 4:  Prepare the Red Swirls:  Again weigh out and melt 200 grams of  Clear M&P Soap.  When melted, this time add 10 drops of fun soap colorant tomato red and 10 grams of Bubble Luscious fragrance oil.  Stir.

pouring the red soap
Step 5:  Once scented and colored, pour the red soap onto another piece of wax paper.  Spritz with alcohol if needed.

preparing the white soap
Step 6:  Prepare the White Swirls:  Weigh out and melt 200 grams of Goats Milk M&P Soap in the microwave.  Once melted, add 10 grams of  bubble luscious fragrance oil.  Stir well.

pouring the white soap

Step 7:  Finally, pour the white soap unto the last sheet of wax paper.  If necessary spritz with alcohol.

For now, this is all the melt and pour steps you can do.  It is now time to start the cold process steps.

Here is the cold process soap amounts:
431 grams of Water
154 grams of Lye
238 grams of Avocado Oil
238 grams of COCONUT Oil-76
295 grams of Shea Butter
283 grams of Cocoa Butter
79 grams of CASTOR Oil- 16 oz.
40 grams of Sodium Lactate 
71 grams of Bubble Luscious Fragrance Oil

safety gear
Step 1: 
Put on your safety gear.

adding titanium dioxide to soaping oils

Step 2:  First, make your lye solution.  Then, weigh out and melt the soaping ingredients.  Once melted, separate out 30 grams and place it in one of your mixing bowls.  To this add 7 grams of titanium dioxide.  Stir well.  Completing this step will help you smoothly incorporate the titanium dioxide in the soap batter.  Set this bowl aside.

adding the sodium lactate

Step 3:  Once the lye solution has cooled, stir in the 40 grams of sodium lactate.

the melt and pour embeds

Step 4:  Back to the Melt and Pour Soap:  Remove the purple, red, and white soap from the wax paper.  Then, trim off any jagged edges.  Next, cut 3 x 3 inch squares out of each color.  Make as many 3 x 3 squares as possible until all of the soap has been used.  Then, gently curl the soap in a loose fashion.  The one thing we can not stress enough is loose.  This will help the soap batter fill the embeds so that you do not have air pockets. Once all of the soap has been loosely curled, place all 3 colored curls into your square loaf mold.  With the jagged leftovers of the soap, make as many curls as you can.  These will be used to decorate the whipped topping.

adding the fragrance oil
Step 5: 
When both the soaping oils and the lye solution are ready, combine them together.  Then, using your stick blender, emulsify.  Next, add your fragrance oil.  Stick blend again to light trace.

coloring the soap

Step 6:  When your soap batter is at light trace, get your bowl with the titanium dioxide.  Now, place 400 grams of soap batter into it.  Then, to the remaining soap batter, add the 10 grams of fun soap colorant neon pink.  Use your stick blender to incorporate, but do not mix too long; you still want your soap batter to be on the thin side.

pouring the soap into the mold

Step 7:  Slowly pour the soap batter into the mold.  This will also help to eliminate air pockets in your soap.  When the mold is filled, gently tap it to release any air pockets.

placing the whipped topping

Step 8:  Next, stick blend the white soap bowl.  Then, set aside.  Once the pink soap has thickened enough, start to carefully heap the white soap on top to resemble whipped topping.

decorate the whipped topping
Step 9: 
Finally, place some of the m& p curls (red and purple) on top.

Step 10:  After 48 hours, place the soap into the freezer for about 4 hours.  Then, remove the soap from the mold and let it reach room temperature.  When ready, cut the soap into slices.  Allow them to further cure before using.

That is it.  Although this post may seem daunting, it really is not that bad, especially if you have soaped before.  In the end, this homemade project is totally worth it.  You will love how delicious your soap looks and smells!

 

Apr
11

Argan Soap


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argan soap Hello everyone, today I made Argan Soap!

I am here to share my recent adventure in the world of soap making.  Today I made CP soap.  For those of you that are new at this, CP means cold process.  This is soaping without adding any additional heat.

I made this soap by creating my own recipe using the soapcalc.  This wonderful soaping tool was able to help me find ingredients and exact percentages for my homemade soaping recipe.  All of this information assisted me in producing my latest project.

For this soap cleverly named “Argan Soap”, I used Mango butter, Avocado oil, Coconut oil 76, Argan oil, and Sunflower oil.  To add a vibrant and tropical look to my soap, I selected Fun Colorants:  Neon orange and Neon blue.  I thought that these colors would look nice in combination with white.  So, I decided to also use titanium dioxide to get a nice bright white soap color.  I really felt that these colors captured the tone of the scent Kulu Bay, which I was using to fragrance my soap.

Due to the fact that I am SO over winter (clearing throat); I decided to try a soap with a summery feel.  Sorry, was venting (smiley face).   Also, I was going to try something new with this soap recipe.  For my very first time, I was doing the “in the pot swirl” technique using 3 colors.  I do have to say, I was beyond excited to get this going since I created this soap from beginning to end all by myself.

That is the moment I quickly became aware that I was DOING THIS BY MYSELF….Oh boy I thought.  No supervision, no guidance, nobody standing next to me for support, only my directions.

Ok, so, after getting all of my supplies, I put on my safety gear and began the first step.  Lye and water.  I want to caution any new soapers reading this:  Please remember to wear your gloves, mask, and safety glasses when handling the Lye and lye solution.  It is also just as important to have vinegar by your side (as your best friend) throughout your whole soaping process.  Vinegar is used in case the Lye or soap batter gets on your skin.

Once I melted all of my oils and butter, I waited for my Lye solution and oils to reach their desired temperature.  I then proceeded to put it all together and stick blended quickly to emulsification.

Being it was an in the pot swirl soap, I did have to put some of my soap batter into 2 smaller bowls and mix my colors really good.  That way I was ready to accomplish the swirl.

Moving quickly, I “plopped” globs of the orange and blue soap batter into the white batter.  I did this until it was all gone.  And, let me just tell you how fast you have to move to color, mix, and plop when using more than one color…holy cow!  You need to fly!  At this point, I was wondering why I used 3 colors….what was I thinking?  Creativity, that’s what!  Now not all recipes will do this, but it seems the one I chose was just that…FAST!

I did however get everything together and really enjoyed seeing my white, neon blue, and neon orange soap come together as I “swirled” around and through my colors.  After using my spatula to make this pretty cool design, I poured it into my silicone mold.  But, I poured it slowly back and forth from end to end.  I was mesmerized at how cool the colors were as they moved about inside the mold.

After the soap  in the mold had set up enough, I used the remaining batter to get an awesome heaping loaf of soap.  When I was done, I was happy with what I created.  A little stressed but only because I wanted it to be perfect.  I strive for perfection and unfortunately for me, I will fail at this (and have) a few times before I perfect it.  I am glad that I will fail however, only because it will make me a better soaper.  This is how you will learn, right?

When I tell my friends what I do here at Natures Garden, they are like, “wow, that sounds like so much fun”, and it is, creating and making your own stuff, heck ya!  Sometimes these recipes may seem a bit intimidating, but, be aware of your ingredients, and know their personalities and how they work together.  We have “fool” proof instructions, we HAVE failed too.  This is the best ways to become experts on what works.  When it comes to the free recipes that Natures Garden provides, what we present to you, is easily understood with virtually no guess work needed.

If you would like to see the full Argan Soap Recipe, please click on this link.

In closing, I can still say, it was a lot of fun making this soap; even if I did stress myself out.

We kids, until my next adventure, have a FABULOUS day!

Cindy

Aug
17

Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap Recipe


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Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap Recipe by Bailey…

The staff members at Natures Garden are having a challenge!  Each staff member has to come up with their own recipe using various Natures Garden supplies.  The project has to be made with one of their favorite Natures Garden fragrance oils, and they are encouraged to be as creative as possible.  Bailey was the first staff member to partake in the challenge, and her recipe is what she calls: Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap.  girl-copy2

When asked why she chose to make lemonade soap, Bailey replied, “Lemonade reminds me of summertime; sitting on a porch and drinking an ice-cold glass of lemonade”.

Why did she decide to make soap as her project?  Bailey said that since she has experience working with both cold process and melt and pour soap, she wanted to create a recipe that involved the usage of both.  The base of her lemonade soap is made of cold process soap, while the top portion of her soap is made with melt and pour soap.  Bailey used the soap calculator to create her very own cold process soap recipe, checking the values to ensure she was within the range for a typical bar of soap.  She also incorporated beeswax in her soap to make the soap a little bit harder.  To give her soap more bubbles, she added castor oil to her recipe.  Bailey is a big fan of cocoa butter, so she added that to provide the skin with conditioning aspects.

How would Bailey describe herself?  Bailey says she is the type of person who loves to make people laugh. Bailey said, “Wherever Bailey goes, the fiesta follows her”.    What a FUN person to work with!

If you are interested in making this recipe, please click Here To see Bailey’s Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap Recipe.

 

Nov
02

Making Your Own Soap Recipe


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Making Your Own Soap Recipe

As a newbie, it may be difficult to figure out your soaping recipe, especially if you do not have a starting point.  Or, maybe you are a veteran that is just looking to expand your recipes, catering to new cliental with special skin needs.  Well, we at Natures Garden want to help you produce the best soap bars on the market.  Whether for personal use or for selling, let’s talk recipes!

After you have decided which method of soaping you are going to choose, the next step will be determining the purpose of your soap bars.  Soap bars have 5 distinct qualities that you are looking to have a nice range or balance in.  They are:  Hardness, Conditioning, Cleansing, Bubbly Lather, and Creamy Lather.  Additives such as fragrance (scent) and color (or appearance) of bars should also be considered when trying to determine a soap recipe.

After you have a good idea as to what type of soap bar you would like to achieve, it is time to configure a recipe.

There are various soaping calculators available on the internet; however, SoapCalc provides a FREE, comprehensive, easy to use soaping calculator.  Not only is it  known as one of the best, but this site is also improved and updated frequently.

For this post, we will be looking at how to use the SoapCalc.  Below is the link.  Feel free to go ahead and save it to your favorites:

http://www.soapcalc.net/calc/SoapCalcWP.asp

Note:  In order for the SoapCalc to work, your computer must have JavaScript enabled.

Now, remember that it is imperative that all the correct information is given to calculate the proper saponification totals needed.

Once you are on the SoapCalc website, you will enter various items.  Starting from left and proceeding to the right, the first information needed is the type of lye.  If you are making bar soaps, you will need to ensure that the NaOH button is selected.  If you are making liquid soaps, you will need to ensure that the KOH button is selected.  Yea, the first step is done.

The next step is to calculate the weight of oils.  These will be based on the weight solely of the oils; do not include water or lye into this total.  You will have to select the button in pounds, ounces, or grams.  Our suggestion is that it is easiest to use ounces for this category.  However, regardless of which weight unit you select all 3 (pounds, ounces, and grams) will be presented on your printable recipe.  As a rule of thumb, using 16oz of soaping oils will produce about 20 oz of soap.  This however, may vary.  It is completely dependent on the types of oils used, any additional additives, and the amount of water used.  We have found that 48 ounces of soaping oils typically create 4 pounds of finished bar soap; allowing you to fill all 4 loaf molds in our 4 Loaf Silicone Mold.

For the third section of the soaping calculator, you will be entering the water.  This can be a little confusing.  If you are a beginner, it is best if you select the water as % of oils button.  This automatically fills in a default of 38%.  This number can be changed, but if you are new, this is a standard suggested by the soap calculator.  Once you have accomplished making your first few batches of soap, you may want to start to decrease this percentage little by little until about 33%.  For the advanced soaper and those with soaping experience you also have the option of entering a lye concentration percentage or an option for entering a water to lye ratio.

The next section is the super fat and fragrance.  If you recall from the earlier soap making blogs, a super fat pertains to the amount of soaping oils that is unsaponified by the lye.  This could also be considered the surplus of oils.  Since the soaping calculator provides your calculated recipe, you may want to deliberately leave a certain percentage of your soaping oils in your bars of soap.  SoapCalc automatically has a default of 5%, but this can be changed.  Some soapers choose to do this to add certain skin benefits such as creaminess or conditioning to their finished products.   However, be careful not to over super fat your soaps.  While saponified  oils in soap typically do not become rancid, the extra oils in your soap that were not saponified can overtime become rancid; producing the Dreaded Orange Spots.

As for the fragrance per pound section, it is not mandatory to enter something here.  If you do not plan on adding any fragrance to your recipe, the soap calculator will still produce your recipe.  However, if you do plan on adding a body safe fragrance oil to your soap recipe, you will want to add the weight of the fragrance oil per pound of soap.  A general starting point is .8 oz per lb, or 50 gm per kg.  Also, before using a fragrance oil in soap, make sure that the fragrance oil  was formulated for soap making, and check its IFRA maximum safe usage percentage (category #9).  At Natures Garden, we like our soap very fragrant, so if IFRA allows for it, we use 1 oz. fragrance per pound of soap in our recipes.

For the next section of the soaping calculator you will be selecting your soaping oils.  There is a list provided of common soaping oils used.  By double clicking on the specific oil that you would like or by clicking the oil once (to where it is highlighted) and then clicking on the plus sign (to the right of the list of oils), you will notice two things.  First, the oil name will appear in the next section, Section 6; as well as numbers will appear under the soap qualities and fatty acids box.  Each time you select a new oil to your recipe, the soap quality and fatty acid numbers will change.   This is a great section to review the soaping qualities of certain oils, as well as explore possibly adding some new oils to your recipe.  A quick tip:  by placing your icon over the soaping qualities listed in section 5, a green box will appear with a general range guideline.  This is for reference only.  Once you feel comfortable with your soap making skills, you may want to go above or below the ranges.

Other important information that is provided with each oil that you select is the SAP value.  This is the amount of lye that is required to saponify that specific oil.  The values will be located directly below the list of commonly used soaping oils.  The Iodine value of each soaping oil selected will also appear.  It is located directly under the 5 soaping qualities.  This number is a general gauge for the hardness of the soap bar supplied by that oil.  Always remember:  the lower the Iodine number, the harder your bars will be.

The final number that you need to acknowledge is the INS value.  This value is decided based on the Iodine value and the SAP value.  The optimal number here is 160 for your total recipe oils value.  Although it is not yet concrete, studies have been conducted to show that reaching the ideal INS of 160 in soaping recipes, improves trace, gel phase, and total saponification time.

If at any time you accidently select the wrong soaping oil, or change your mind on which oils you will be using, there are plus and minus signs to the left of the listed oils in section 6.  By simply clicking the minus sign, the soaping oil that you had selected will now be removed.

Once you have all of the soaping oils you would like included in your recipe listed in section 6, the final step in this section is to add the amounts.  You can do this in two ways.  The first is by percentage.  You do this by clicking the circle above the symbol %.  Please note the total amount of weight for your soaping oils must equal 100%.  The actual weight based on the percent of the oil that you would like to use will be calculated for you once you view your recipe, but let’s not get too far ahead.  The other possible way to enter your amounts of oils is by clicking the weight button.  This will either say lb (pound), oz (ounce), or gm (gram), depending on which weight unit you selected in section 2- weight of oils.

In the seventh section of the soaping calculator, you will click the calculate recipe button.  Once this button is selected, the soaping calculator fills in information about your total recipe.  If there is anything off with the recipe, an alert will appear on your screen.  An example of one of these messages would be if your recipe contains a high lye to water percentage.  Usually, a percentage of 40 or higher is considered not safe, but the soaping calculator will still present your recipe.  The soaping calculator will also provide you with a solution and an explanation as to why there may be issues with your recipe.

Once any problems are acknowledged or solved, it is time to take a look at what characteristics your soap recipe provides.  There are 3 categories that you will want to review:  the soap bar qualities, the percentages of fatty acid, and the ratio of saturated to unsaturated fats.

If you are a newbie:  Remember, you may want to reference your ranges for qualities on a nice balanced bar of soap, making sure you have oils that accommodate nicely among all 5 of the distinct soaping qualities.

If you are unhappy with your recipes results, modifications can be made until you are.  It is as simple as correcting the area you are not happy with and selecting the calculate recipe button until your results are where you want them to be.  When you are ready to print your recipe, simply select the View/Print Recipe button.  This button will become active after the calculate button has been selected.  The recipe will be viewed in two ways.  You will either have a new window pop up, or a new tab appear.   This will show you the recipe with amounts, plus give you some other useful information where you can reference the total soaping qualities of the recipe.

If you would like to compare several recipes against one another, you will want to click the multiple tabs button next to the view/print recipe button.  This will allow you to either have multiple screens or tabs to compare with ease before you print.

Now let’s take a quick look at the information that the printable recipe page provides.

The top portion (blue boxes) of the page provides a quick look summary of your recipes parameters.  The next section (pink boxes) references the required amount of lye and water that is necessary for your recipe.  This section’s information is provided in pounds, ounces, and grams.  The soaping oils section (green boxes) also is provided in pounds, ounces, and grams.  The soaping qualities range is provided in the next section (yellow boxes).  Your recipes total is configured right next to the range, as is the fatty acid profile of your recipe.

When you are ready to print, select the print recipe button.  There is one button in the top right corner, and there is a second print button in the bottom right corner as well.

And, that it is.  Don’t be afraid to get out there and explore with all of your new found soaping information.

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Have fun!

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Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

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