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Jun
28

Soap Making Molds


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Soap Making MoldsSoap Making Molds

Are you new to soapmaking or just looking for something new to do with your craft? Sometimes a new type of soap mold is just the creative touch you need to get going. We at Natures Garden have many different kinds of Soap Making Molds that you can use to make unique handmade soaps! Regardless of what method you use for soaping we have just the mold for you.

Soap Making Molds Silicone Soap Mold - 4 Loaf MoldsSoap Making Molds Silicone Soap Mold – 4 Loaf Molds

First, we have a perfect mold for all kinds of soapmaking methods. These soap molds are sturdy enough for cold process soaps and still perfect for melt and pour soap. If you like to make soap loaves, then this is the mold for you! You can create swirls, embed, and anything else you can imagine. Then, you just cut your slices and you have bars ready to use. It is so easy!

 

Soap Making Molds Silicone Soap Mold - 4 Loaf Molds Energize

 

We used this mold to create our very pretty Energize Cold Process Soap Recipe! This loaf mold was used to create this vibrant in the pot swirl soap and it is perfect!

 

Soap Making Molds Silicone Soap Mold - 4 Loaf Molds Sunflower

 

Also, our Sunflower and Sunshine Soap Recipe was created using this soap mold! We layered three different colors in the loaf and cut the bars to get this pretty design.

 

 

Soap Making Mold Cupcakes- Mold Market MoldsSoap Making Mold Cupcakes- Mold Market Molds

Also, you can use this cupcake shaped mold to create some really adorable soap! This mold has two cavities where the cupcake bottom is 2 3/4″ in diameter (top of cupcake base) x 1 1/4″ deep. So, it is a pretty good sized cupcake soap. Plus, it is perfect for adding whipped topping to create a more realistic design!

 

 


Our Peeps Bunny Cupcake Soap Recipe Is a bright, fun soap that perfectly uses this cupcake mold! Plus, this recipe uses the Silicone Soap Mold- 12 Peeps Bunny Mold to create perfect peeps to top the cupcake!

Soap Making Molds 6 Cavity Star - Silicone Soap MoldSoap Making Molds 6 Cavity Star – Silicone Soap Mold

Also, you can use one of our fun shaped silicone molds for soaping.  This mold creates six 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/4″ star-shaped soaps. This mold would work perfectly for any kind of soap making method. Plus, they are freezer, refrigerator, oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe. So, you can cool your soap quicker and cleanup is easy!

 

 

Soap Making Molds 6 Cavity Star - Silicone Soap Mold Layered

 

Also, this soap mold is perfect for Fourth of July creations, which you can see with our Layered Melt and Pour Soap Recipe! These awesome starts are striped with the signature red, white and blue to create perfect soaps for the fourth.

Soap Making Molds Lips - Mold Market MoldsSoap Making Molds Lips – Mold Market Molds

While you may need to watch the temperature at which you pour your soap, this mold can be used for all methods of soap making. As long as you pour below 145 degrees Fahrenheit, your mold will hold up. These pretty lips have three cavities that are each  4″ X 2.4″ X 1.3″ deep so they will make some pretty good sized soap.

 

 

Soap Making Molds Lips - Mold Market Molds Kiss Soap

 

Further, you can use this soap mold to create the Metallic Kiss Soap Recipe. Not only are these soaps kissy lips, but they have shimmery mica, too! These are too cute to not have!

Soap Making Molds Basic Rectangle - Mold Market MoldsSoap Making Molds Basic Rectangle – Mold Market Molds

Next, we have a mold that is perfect for making smooth bars of soap. The mold has three cavities that are 3.4 ” X 2.3 ” X 1″ deep. Unlike bars form a loaf, this mold provides you with a more even bar. Plus, you don’t have to worry about cutting smooth or straight because they are already individual bars!

 

 

Soap Making Molds Basic Rectangle - Mold Market Molds Graffiti

 

One fun recipe for this mold is the Graffiti Melt and Pour Soap Recipe! This fun soap recipe uses drizzled soap to add various colors to a white bar of SHEA BUTTER Melt and Pour SOAP.

 

Soap Making Molds Basic Rectangle - Mold Market Molds Honeycomb

 

Also, the Honeycomb Soap Recipe is another awesome idea for this soap mold. We used some bubble wrap to create an appearance of a honeycomb to perfectly match this scent!

Soap Making Molds Basic Oval -Mold Market MoldsSoap Making Molds Basic Oval -Mold Market Molds

Another great mold for making nice bars of soap. This mold has three cavities that are each 3.7″ X 2.5″ X 1″ deep. Also, make sure to watch the temperature that you are pouring. Once your soap sets up you will have perfectly rounded bars of soap that are ready to use!

 

 

 

Plus, you can use this mold to create our Tea Tree Soap Recipe! This recipe uses real tea tree essential oil that is perfect for defeating fungus and other skin issues!

Soap Making Mold 6 Cavity Flower - Silicone Soap MoldSoap Making Mold 6 Cavity Flower – Silicone Soap Mold

Further, you can try a mold that shapes your soap like flowers! This mold has six 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/4″ deep cavities. Plus, the mold is made of silicone, which makes removing your soap easier.

 

 

 

 

One soap recipe that demonstrates the cute, flower shape is our Peppered Poppy Seed Cold Process Soap Recipe. Further, all of our soap testing for every fragrance oil used this very same soap mold, which you can see on our YouTube Channel. It was easy to use and removing the soap was super simple!

 

Soap Making Molds Peace Sign- Mold Market MoldsSoap Making Molds Peace Sign – Molds Market Molds

Alternatively, you can use the Peace Sign soap mold for your creations. This mold has three cavities that are 3 x 3 x 1 1/8 inch deep. Also, this mold is made of a high-quality plastic that will hold up to all types of soap, as long as you pour below 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

 

Soap Making Molds Peace Sign - Molds Market Molds Recipe

 

Our World Peace Cold Process Soap Recipe uses this soap mold wonderfully and would be perfect for celebrating the International Day of Peace! Plus, they almost look like tie dye soap from our fun in the pot swirl!

Soap Making Molds Square Loaf - Mold Market MoldsSoap Making Molds Square Loaf – Mold Market Molds

Another mold you can try is our classic square loaf mold. Whether you are making cp soap, hp soap, or melt and pour soap, this mold is a nice choice as it is a high quality plastic soap. Also, it is 9 1/4 inches long, 2 3/4 deep, 3 1/4 at widest point.

 

 

 

 

One Melt and Pour Recipe that uses this mold perfectly is the Psychedelic Suds Soap Recipe! Each bar has this wild, colorful appearance and you get quite a few bars of soap out of a single loaf

 

Soap Making Molds Square Loaf - Mold Market Molds Lavender Soap

 

Also, the Lavender Cold Process Soap Recipe works out perfect with this soap making mold. These bars are gorgeously swirled and topped with fluffy whipped soap and real lavender!

 

Soap Making Molds Square Loaf - Mold Market Molds Cinnanut Coffee Soap

 

Another super cute melt and pour soap recipe that uses this soap mold is the Cinnanut Coffee Soap Recipe. This soap has coffee layers with a creamy, foam topping and has a sprinkling of real cinnamon on top! Plus, this soap looks super cute!

 

Soap Making Molds Shamrock - Silicone Soap MoldSoap Making Molds Shamrock – Silicone Soap Mold

Also, you can you this shamrock-shaped silicone mold to create some creative soaps! This mold has six 2.5 x 2.75 x 1.5″ deep that are all shaped like clovers! Plus, the silicone is easy to work with for soap makers.

 

 

 

Soap Making Molds Shamrock - Silicone Soap Mold layered Soap

 

Our 4 Leaf Clover Layered Soap Recipe is great for this mold! Also, they are super cute for St. Patrick’s Day!

Soap Making Molds Honeybee- Mold Market MoldsSoap Making Molds Honeybee- Mold Market Molds

If you are making soap with honey, you may want to consider using the honey bee mold. It would be a perfect match! This mold is a high quality plastic soap mold with three cavities. Each cavity is 3 1/2 inch diameter x 1 inch deep.

 

 

 

 

Our Loofah Honey Melt and Pour Soap Recipe is a great soap recipe for this mold. It uses our Honey Melt and Pour Soap, which contains real honey!

Soap Making Molds 4 Bundt Cake  Molds - Silicone Soap MoldSoap Making Molds 4 Bundt Cake  Molds – Silicone Soap Mold

Another unique mold that you can use is the silicone bundt cake! This mold can be used for any method of soap to create four 1/2 pound soap loafs. Plus, the silicone material makes it super easy to use and clean!

 

 

 

Soap Making Molds 4 Bundt Cake  Molds - Silicone Soap Mold Cake

 

The 7 Up Bundt Cake Soap Recipe is a perfect recipe for making these cake shaped soap! This recipe even uses a soap based glaze to make it really look like cake!

 

Soap Making Molds Dome Top Oval - Mold Market MoldsSoap Making Molds Dome Top Oval – Mold Market Molds

Furthermore, you can create some rounded soaps with this dome top oval mold. This soap mold will create three individual bars with its 4.2″ x 2.8″ x 1.4″ deep cavities. Plus, it is made from high-quality plastic, which can withstand cp and hp soap at temperatures lower than 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

 

 

Soap Making Molds Dome Top Oval - Mold Market Molds Beet

 

This Beet Root Facial Soap Recipe can be created with this mold. Each bar is a sensitive, natural, and smooth soap that will truly care for your soap!

 

Soap Making Molds Dome Top Oval - Mold Market Molds Easter

 

Also, our Easter Egg Soap Recipe is a cute soap idea for colorful, individual bars of rounded melt and pour soaps.

Soap Making Molds Silicone Soap Mold - Round CupcakesSoap Making Molds Silicone Soap Mold – Round Cupcakes

Additionally, you can use these silicone cupcake soap molds for your recipes. This soap mold comes in a set of twelve, easy release molds that are great for making cupcake soaps! Also, each individual silicone cupcake wrapper is  2 x 2 x 1.25″ deep.

 

 

Soap Making Molds Silicone Soap Mold - Round Cupcakes Lime Cupcake

 

Now, check out a cold process soap cupcake recipe. The Lime Cupcake CP Soap Recipe is made with an entirely cp soap base and melt and pour topping.

 

 

Soap Making Molds Basic Circle - Mold Market MoldsSoap Making Molds Basic Circle – Mold Market Molds

Also, this basic circle mold can be used to make some creative soaps! Whether you just want a soap that has a different shape or you have a super cool idea in mind, this circle is a perfect mold to get started on your craft.

 

 

 

Soap Making Molds Basic Circle - Mold Market Molds Loofah

 

The Mango Loofah Melt and Pour Soap Recipe is a fun soap that has part of a loofah embedded inside. Since the loofah was circular, this was a perfect match for creating soap!

 

 

Also, we used this soap mold to create the Lollipop Soap Recipe! We thought that this basic circle was the perfect shape for lollipops, so we added a soap swirl and it turned out perfect!

 

Soap Making Molds Small Rectangle Tray - Mold Market MoldsSoap Making Molds Small Rectangle Tray – Mold Market Molds

Also, you can use this mold to create fifteen sections of soap that you can easily cut into separate 2 oz square bars. This large square is  8″ X 8″ X .75″ deep total and is made of high-quality plastic. So, make sure to watch your temperatures when pouring the soap.

 

 

 

Soap Making Molds Small Rectangle Tray - Mold Market Molds Activated Charcoal

 

We created the Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe with this mold. This soap uses melt and pour soap and some fresh herbs to create a simple soap bar that is very cleansing!

 

 

Soap Making Molds Just For Melt and Pour Soap

While you can use any method of soap in the molds above, the next type of molds will only work for melt and pour soap. This is because the embed molds are made of a thinner plastic that can be melted easier than other molds. So, hot process soap and cold process soap both get too hot for these molds. However, you can use these cute melt and pour shapes to top or decorate your other soapmaking creations.

Soap Making Molds Love Hearts - Embed MoldSoap Making Molds Love Hearts – Embed Mold

There are many different ways to use melt and pour embed soaps. While you can simply use them as cute guest soaps, it can be fun to use them to top soap, too. Especially, when the soaps are cute little hearts! Whether you are making cp soap or easy melt and pour soap recipes, you can totally top your creation with these Love Heart Embed soaps!

 

 

 

The Hearts a Flutter Soap Recipe was a creative melt and pour loaf where we added a cute topping and a heart inside. Plus, the topping used adorable pink fluff and these cute embed heart soaps!

Soap Making Molds Peanut Butter Cup Molds - Embed MoldSoap Making Molds Peanut Butter Cup Molds – Embed Mold

This embed soap mold is perfect for both making mini peanut butter cups and cute little soap cupcakes! We have loved using this mold to create tiny cupcakes with whipped soap topping! They are so adorable! Plus, one of these molds contains 10 of these little cups so, you can make quite a few of these little cuties at once!

 

 

Soap Making Molds Peanut Butter Cup Molds - Embed Mold Chocolate Cupcake

One recipe that you can use this mold to create is the Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcake Soap Recipe! These super cute cupcakes use the delicious Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcake Fragrance Oil to create the perfect soap recipe. Plus, these soaps are topped with real cocoa powder to create a more real chocolate cupcake!

 

Soap Making Molds Peanut Butter Cup Molds - Embed Mold Orange Cupcake

 

The Orange Cream Cupcake Soap Recipe is another of the many different kinds of mini cupcakes that you can create with this mold. While you could use the larger cupcake mold to make these, the miniature cupcake soaps are so much cuter!

Soap Making Molds Smile Faces - Embed MoldSoap Making Molds Smile Faces – Embed Mold 

Also, you can use these super cute smiley embed soaps to decorate your soaps, too! These happy little embed soaps are a perfect way to brighten up your soapmaking! Plus, you could use this mold to create single use soaps. They would be a cute way to use bar soap without the worry of gathering germs between uses. So, there are a few different way that you can use this soap.

 

 

Our Herbal Soap Recipe perfectly uses these little smile face soaps to create a fun, natural bar of cold process soap topped with cute melt and pour.

 

 

Soap Making Molds More Fun Soap Molds

While we shared a variety of our best soap molds, there are still a ton of great molds that you can use for soapmaking! Check out the rest of our selection at the Natures Garden website on our Soap Molds page.

Mar
28

Aqua di Gio Soap


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aqua di gio soapAqua di Gio Soap

What do you think of when you hear “Aqua di Gio?” Beautiful blue waters and hot summer nights maybe? And don’t forget about the hot man coming out of the crystal blue water.  LOL! Well, here at Nature’s Garden, we’ve come up with the perfect soap recipe to capture the feeling of a romantic summer night spent with a man so hot it raises the temperature in the atmosphere! We’re introducing our new free recipe for our Aqua di Gio Soap!

 

Ingredients:

181 grams of Coconut Oil

181 grams of Palm Oil

272 grams of Olive Oil

272 grams of Shea Butter

69 grams of NG Aqua di Gio Type Fragrance Oil

125 grams of Lye

345 grams of Distilled Water

17 grams of Titanium Dioxide

8 grams of Sodium Lactate

6 drops of Neon Blue FUN Soap Colorant

7 drops of Teal FUN Soap Colorant

Other Ingredients Needed:

Square Loaf Mold Market Mold

Thermometer

Safety Gloves

Safety Mask

Safety Glasses

Stick Blender

Vinegar

Scale

Mixing Bowls

Spatulas

Barbecue Skewers

 

Directions:

aqua di gio soap

 

Safety first! Always make sure you are wearing your protective glasses, gloves, and mask! Then begin by preparing your lye water. Weigh out 345 grams of distilled water and then weigh out 125 grams of lye. Carefully add the lye to your water, never add water to lye as this can cause an explosion! Mix thoroughly and then set it aside to cool.

 

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While you’re waiting for that to cool, go ahead and prepare your butters and oils. Weigh out 272 grams of Shea Butter, 272 grams of Olive Oil, 181 grams of Palm Oil, and 181 grams of Coconut Oil. Melt them down completely and then set them aside to cool as well.

 

aqua di gio soap

 

As you are waiting for those to cool, go ahead and get your colors ready. In two separate mixing bowls, measure out 6 drops of Neon Blue colorant and 7 drops of Teal. Then measure out 17 grams of Titanium Dioxide and pour just a little bit of your oils into the bowl with the titanium, mixing them together until you have achieved a paste-like consistency. This will be your color for your white swirl.

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Using the thermometer, check the temperatures of your oils and lye water until they have reached about room temperature (72 degrees Fahrenheit) and are within ten degrees of each other. Once they are at the correct temperature, pour 8 grams of Sodium Lactate into your lye water and mix it together thoroughly.

 

 

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Then go ahead and carefully pour your lye water into your oils. Mix them together thoroughly.

 

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Then pour 459 grams of your mixture into the bowls with your colorants, mixing them thoroughly with a stick blender. In your base bowl with the remaining mixture, add your titanium dioxide paste and mix. In each bowl, add 23 grams of your NG Aqua di Gio Type fragrance and stick blend.

 

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Next, in a separate bowl, pour each of your colors into separate sections of the bowl.

 

 

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Once they are completely poured, place a spatula at the edge of the bowl and drag it all the way across in a straight line. Then place the spatula right where two colors begin to mix and drag it around the bowl in a full circle.

 

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When you are finished swirling your soap, you can begin to pour it into your mold. Carefully pour it from side to side in the mold, helping to achieve an even better swirl! Make sure to leave just a little bit of each color so that you can swirl the top of your soap!

 

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Taking the last of your colored soap, pour each color in a straight line across the top.

 

 

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Then with your skewer, swirl the top of your soap!

 

 

 

Make sure to let your soap sit for at least 24 hours before removing it from the mold. Once it has been removed from the mold, your new Aqua di Gio Soap will need to sit for at least 4 to 6 weeks before using; giving it enough time to cure and become less alkaline. Then it is ready for you to use and enjoy! Make sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes as well, and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
26

Spearmint Soap


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spearmint soapSpearmint Soap

Doesn’t the scent of spearmint just completely delight you? I know it’s an aroma that can instantly lift my spirits! This is one scent that everyone you know is sure to adore, and one that you can easily fill your home with! We’re bringing you a brand new free recipe, and it is for our beautiful new Spearmint Soap! Doesn’t this amazing combination of green, gray, and white just make you extremely happy? We have used our Shea Butter Soap Recipe for the base.

Ingredients:

272 grams of Shea Butter

181 grams of Palm Oil

272 grams of Olive Oil

181 grams of Coconut Oil

125 grams of Lye

345 grams of Distilled Water

30 grams of Titanium Dioxide

68 grams of Spearmint Fragrance Oil

4 drops of Neon Green FUN Soap Colorant

2 drops of Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Other Ingredients Needed:

Spearmint Leaves

Square Loaf Mold Market Molds

Safety Glasses

Safety Gloves

Safety Mask

Thermometer

Scale

Vinegar

Mixing Bowls

Spatulas

Stick Blender

 

Directions:

spearmint soap

Always start with safety first! Make sure you are wearing your safety glasses, gloves, and mask! Once you are protected, you can prepare your lye water. Measure and weigh out 345 grams of distilled water. Then measure and weigh out 125 grams of lye, and add it to your water. Always add lye to water, never add water to lye as this can cause an explosion! Mix your lye water together thoroughly, and then set it aside to cool down.

 

spearmint soap

 

While you are waiting for your lye water to cool, you can get your oils and butters ready. Measure and weigh out 272 grams of Olive Oil, 181 grams of Palm Oil, 272 grams of Shea Butter, and 181 grams of Coconut Oil. Then completely melt these down, and set them aside to cool as well.

 

 

spearmint soapAs you’re waiting for your butters and oils and lye water to cool, you can prepare your colorants. In separate mixing bowls, add 4 drops of Neon Green colorant to one, and 2 drops of Black Oxide to another. Then measure and weigh out 8 grams of Titanium Dioxide in a bowl and pour just a little bit of your oils into it. Mix it together until it has become a paste-like consistency. This will be for your white swirl. For your white top, in a separate bowl, measure and weigh out 22 grams of Titanium Dioxide and pour a little bit of your oils, again making a paste-like consistency.

spearmint soap

 

Using your thermometer, keep checking the temperatures of your lye water and oils until they have reached around room temperature (72 degrees Fahrenheit) and are within ten degrees of each other. Then carefully pour your lye water into your oils, and thoroughly mix them until they have come to a light trace.

 

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After you have come to trace, pour 461 grams of your mixture into a another mixing bowl and add your Titanium Dioxide paste with 22 grams. Mix it thoroughly and then add 23 grams of Spearmint fragrance, once again thoroughly mixing. Then set this bowl aside to let it sit and set up to become your topping.

 

spearmint soap

 

Next, into the bowls with your green and black colorants, add 308 grams of your mixture to each. In a third bowl, add 308 grams of your mix and add your white paste with the 8 grams of Titanium Dioxide. Thoroughly mix these together until you have achieved an all over gray color, all over mint green, and an all over white.

 

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Add 15 grams of your Spearmint fragrance to each of these and mix them together thoroughly.

 

 

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Then using the in the pot swirl method in another bowl, pour each of your three colors into the bowl. pouring each into a separate section.

 

 

 

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Using a spatula, start at the edge of the bowl and drag it in a straight line all the way across.

 

 

 

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Then place the spatula right where two colors begin to mix and drag it in a full circle around the bowl.

 

 

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After you have swirled your soap, you can begin to pour it into your mold. If you carefully pour it from side to side using the “granny pour” method, this will help you achieve an even prettier swirl!

 

 

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Once your soap is completely poured, make sure your topping is set up to about the consistency of cake frosting and then pour it on top of your soap. You can peak it with your spatula.

 

 

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After all of your topping is on your soap, lightly sprinkle some Spearmint leaves over top!

 

 

Once your soap is finished, you will need to let it sit to set up for at least 24 hours before removing it from your mold. Once it is removed, let your soap sit for at least 4 to 6 weeks, giving it enough time to fully cure and become less alkaline. Be sure to check out all the rest of our wonderful free recipes and classes, and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
19

Swirl Soap Problems


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swirl soap problemsSwirl Soap Problems

I have recently been experimenting with making all kinds of soap, but I had quite a few problems making my first batch of in-the-pot swirl cold process soap. I was attempting to make a soap with the signature colors of Nature’s Garden swirled into it. Wouldn’t that be so cool? We thought so, and I was so excited to try it out! However, as I’m still a newbie to the soap making process, I had quite a few problems!

One of the first problems I had was getting my colors to thoroughly disperse in my soap mixture. After having completely mixed the oils and butters with my lye water and pouring into separate bowls to mix colors, I was having problems with getting my colors mixed thoroughly. Especially the blue. As you can see in the picture below, my blue pigment ended up not mixing completely, which left little blue speckles throughout my finished soap. This is possibly caused by the color separating within its bottle. Do you know what to do if this happens to you? Deb has taught me that if I notice my color has separated, that it can be fixed by mixing it with vegetable glycerin and agitating.

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See all the blue speckles?

 

 

 

One of my other swirl soap problems was that I did not mix my colored soap batters long enough. While this does coincide with not mixing my blue thoroughly, it did cause a completely different problem apart from the speckles. When the colored batters were still in their separate containers, I should have kept mixing them until they came to a slight trace. (Trace happens when the batter has begun to thicken. If you hold your spoon or mixer over your bowl with some batter still on and it leaves little trails on top, then it is at trace.) Instead of bringing each colored bowl to trace, I only brought them to the emulsification stage. This caused my colors to dissolve into each other while they were in the mold instead of producing an actual distinctive swirl.

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There should have been a swirl instead of how the colors have just blended into each other here.

 

 

I would love to hear about any problems you’ve had with in the pot swirl technique, or just soap making in general! I’m just a newbie at this, so I am actually glad that I have been having these problems so I can learn from them! Soap making is so much fun! I’m getting ready to remake this recipe so I’ll be back to let you all know what happens! Please contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns!

Make sure to check out all of our wonderful free recipes and classes, you’re sure to find some awesome recipes that you’ll absolutely adore! And our classes are perfect for any new soap makers out there like myself, I highly recommend reading through them all, as you can learn so many valuable things about soap making! I’d love to hear all of your feedback on any soap making problems so that I can learn from them as well! Keep watching for even more Enlightened by Layla!

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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!

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