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Jun
06

Leopard Cold Process Soap


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Leopard Cold Process SoapLeopard Cold Process Soap

If you like the appearance of leopard print, then you will love our Leopard Cold Process Soap! This cold process soap recipe has you using quality soap making ingredients to create a beautiful leopard spot soap. So, check out how to make soap that looks both cares for your skin and looks just like a leopard. This soap making tutorial will walk you through the process of making a fantastic batch of cp soap!

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Prepare and Sanitize

Before you start to make your own cold process soap recipe, you will to want to make a few simple preparations. First, you will gather and wash any equipment that you need for this bath and body recipe. Also, you will want to gather your soap making ingredients for this free craft recipe. Next, you are going to want to clean up a space for you to use as a work area. This will make the process easier and more fun!

Leopard Cold Process Soap Recipe: Prepare a Bottle of Vinegar

You will need to prepare a bottle of vinegar before creating this homemade soap recipe. This bottle of vinegar will be useful for keeping yourself safe during the cold process soap process, as the vinegar will be used to deactivate lye that may come into contact with your skin. Also, you can use this vinegar to clean up your work station after working on your lye soap. This will make sure that there isn’t any active lye left behind on your work station that you or someone else could come into contact with. So, you will want to fill a bottle with vinegar and set it somewhere close by until it is needed.

Leopard Cold Process Soap Recipe: Beginning Soap Making

If you have never made cp soap before, then you may want to look at some of our soap making classes on this soaping process. First, you will need to make sure that you are familiar with soap making safety. Of course, you can find out soap safety in our Soap Making Safety Class. Further, you can Click Here For Basic CP Soap Making Class. Also, you could check out an easier cp soap recipe to practice soap making prior to making this recipe with our Beginners Cold Process Soap Recipe. If you feel ready to make this bath and body recipe, then you will definitely want to continue reading this soap making blog!

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Ingredients Available From Natures Garden

Lye
Jojoba Oil
Meadowfoam Oil
Palm Oil
Mango Butter
Sweet Almond Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil
Shea Butter
Coconut Oil 76
Brazilian Jackfruit Fragrance Oil
Sodium Lactate
Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
24K Gold Mica Pigment
Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Cutter for Mitre Box – Stainless Steel
Safety Glasses for Soap Making
Thermometer
Safety GLOVES for Soap Making
Natures Garden Apron
Safety MASK for Soap Making
Large Square Tray Mold

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Other Needed Ingredients

Scale
Distilled Water
Mixing Bowls
Spatula
Stick Blender
8 ounce Squeeze Bottles (3)
Measuring Spoons
Wooden Skewer

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Weights and Amounts for Recipe

323 grams Distilled Water
113 grams Lye- Sodium Hydroxide
8 grams Sodium Lactate (added to cooled lye solution)

42 grams Jojoba Oil
85 grams Meadowfoam Seed Oil
127 grams Palm Oil
85 grams Sweet Almond Oil
127 grams Mango Butter
85 grams Apricot Kernel Oil
127 grams Shea Butter
170 grams Coconut Oil 76
64 grams Brazilian Jackfruit Fragrance Oil

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Amounts for Brown Colorant

4 grams Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
3 drops Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Amounts for Black Colorant

5 grams Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Amounts for Yellow-Gold Colorant

1 gram 24K Gold Mica Pigment
(Mixed with a small amount of soaping oils)
1 gram Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Creating the Lye

The first step you will have for creating the cold process soap is preparing the lye solution. So, you will want to measure 323 grams of water in one container and 113 grams of Lye in another container. As always, you will want to prepare this solution in a well ventilated area with a face mask, googles, and protective clothing. You will want to slowly stir as you add the lye to your water. Once your lye solution cools you will add 8 grams Sodium Lactate. In the meantime, you can move on to the next step of the process.

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Preparing the Cosmetic Oils

Now, you are ready to prepare you cosmetic oils. So, add 42 grams Jojoba Oil, 85 grams Meadowfoam Seed Oil, 127 grams Palm Oil, 85 grams Sweet Almond Oil, 127 grams Mango Butter, 85 grams Apricot Kernel Oil, 127 grams Shea Butter, and 170 Coconut Oil 76 to a microwave safe bowl. You will need to melt your soaping oils. Then, you need to wait for oil mixture to cool to room temperature.

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Prepare the Soap ColorantsLeopard Cold Process Soap: Prepare the Soap Colorants

While you wait for the lye solution and soaping oils to cool, you can prepare your soap colorants. You are going to make a black, brown, and yellow-gold.

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Brown Colorant

In one small bowl, you will want to add 4 grams of the Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant and 3 drops of the Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant. Then, mix them together you can set this bowl aside for the moment.

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Black Colorant

Then, add 5 grams of the Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant to a different small bowl. Again, set this bowl aside for the moment.

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Yellow-Gold Colorant

In your last bowl, you will add 1 gram of the 24K Gold Mica Pigment. You will need to mix the mica dust with a small amount of soaping oils. Also, add 1 gram of Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant to your bowl. You will want to set this bowl aside for the moment.

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Combine Your Lye Solution and OilsLeopard Cold Process Soap: Combine Your Lye Solution and Oils

Once both the lye solution and the cosmetic oils are at room temperature, you are ready to combine them. So, add the lye solution to your bowl of melted oils. You will need to use a stick blender to emulsify these cosmetic ingredients.

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Adding the Fragrance OilLeopard Cold Process Soap: Adding the Fragrance Oil

Next, you are going to scent your soap batter. So, add 64 grams of the Brazilian Jackfruit Fragrance Oil to your soap batter and stick blend to mix. This scent has notes of tropical jackfruit, pineapple and delicious apple. These are combined with an alluring heart of jasmine, rose, and white floral notes. Further, these notes are complimented by the soft warmth of sandalwood and musk. 

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Adding the Soap ColorantsLeopard Cold Process Soap: Adding the Soap Colorants

Next, you are going to need to separate your soap batter into three equal portions. After separating your soap, you are going to add one of your prepared colorants to each bowl. You will need to stick blend to incorporate the color. So, you will start with your gold color, then blend the brown, and finally the blend the bowl containing the black soap colorant.

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Filling the Squeeze Bottles Leopard Cold Process Soap: Filling the Squeeze Bottles

Now that you have created each of the colors for your leopard soap, you are ready to fill your squeeze bottles. You will want to pour each color into its own bottle. Then, you can add the lid to each of the bottles.

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Starting the Leopard SpotsLeopard Cold Process Soap: Starting the Leopard Spots

Next, you are going to use your brown soap to create the center of the leopard spots. So, you are going to need to get your square soap mold. Then, you will want to create dots that are similar in size to the dots in the picture. Also, make sure to place these dots where you want your leopard spots to be in your finished soap. In each square we had between 4 and 6 spots, but this all depends on size and spacing.

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Continuing the Leopard SpotsLeopard Cold Process Soap: Continuing the Leopard Spots

After you have your brown dots, you are going to outline them with small lines of your black soap. You will want to add about three to four black lines, depending on the size of your dot, around each of the brown dots. Continue this process for all of the dots in your soap mold.

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Filling in the Rest of the LayerLeopard Cold Process Soap: Filling in the Rest of the Layer

Now you are going to add the yellow-gold color to the mold. So, you will need to fill in all of the empty space in this first layer with this third color of soap. Once your first layer is complete, you are ready to move on to the next step in the process of making your leopard soap.

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Adding Another LayerLeopard Cold Process Soap: Adding Another Layer

You will want to add a second layer to your soap mold. So, you will start with the brown soap and place another layer of dots on top of the previous layer. Next, you will add another layer of the black lines around each dot in relatively the same place. Finally, add another layer of the yellow-gold color around your spots.

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Filling in the Remainder of the Soap MoldLeopard Cold Process Soap: Filling in the Remainder of the Soap Mold

Now that you mold is about half way filled, you are going to do something different with the bottom half of the soap. So, you will want to alternate adding your three colors to the mold in a way similar to the picture to the left. You can refill your bottles as needed and continue until your mold is filled.

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Filling in the Remainder of the Soap MoldLeopard Cold Process Soap: Swirling the Soap

Once your soap mold is all the way filled, you are going to swirl top. So, grab a skewer and begin to lightly swirl this top layer. You need to make sure that the skewer doesn’t go too deep in the soap. Otherwise, you may ruin your leopard spots. Once your soap has been swirled, you are ready to move on to the last step.

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Finishing Your CP SoapLeopard Cold Process Soap: Finishing Your CP Soap

Finally, your cold process soap is done and nearly ready to use! You will need to wait at least 24 to 48 hours before you can remove the soap from the mold. After removing your soap, you will want to wait until your soap is set up enough to cut into bars. You will be able to cut nine individual bars. Now, you just need to wait for your cold process soap to finish the curing process. This will take four to six weeks. Afterwards, you will be able to use your finished soap!

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Baby Leopards

Leopard print is gorgeous and fun to imitate whether its for homemade soap, clothes, or anything else that you can think of! Not only is leopard print gorgeous and add to the elegance of wild leopards, but it looks super cute on little leopard cats, too. If you want to learn more about these adorable domestic cats, then check out an article called The Joys and Hazards of Living With a Pet Bengal Cat from Pet Helpful.

Leopard Cold Process Soap: Reach Out to Natures Garden Leopard Cold Process Soap: Reach Out to Natures Garden

We hope that you have enjoyed making this homemade leopard soap recipe! If you have any more questions about how to make this animal print soap, then you can reach out to us to ask any of your questions. You can talk to us on our HUG Line, in the store, and online. An easy way that you can reach out to us online is through our social media sites. We are available on the Natures Garden Facebook page. Also, you can use @ngscents to find us on either Instagram and Twitter. Not only can you use these social media platforms to ask any questions that you may have, but you can share your own homemade cp soap creations, too! So, we hope that hear from you sometime soon!

May
29

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe


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Cucumber Melons Soap RecipeCucumber Melons Soap Recipe

If you are looking for a fun soap recipe, then you may want to try out the Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe! This cp soap recipe from Natures Garden uses luscious soap making ingredients and a fun soaping technique to create this free craft recipe. So, this finished soap will have the unique appearance of funnel pour soap and will nourish your skin. Plus, this scented soap recipe includes the refreshing aroma of our cucumber melons fragrance. You can check out this lovely soap making recipe in this soap blog.

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Clean and Prepare

Before you begin making this homemade soap recipe, you are going to want to make some preparations. First, gather and wash any equipment you need for this bath and body recipe. Also, you will want to gather your soap making ingredients for this free craft recipe. Next, you are going to want to clean up a space for you to use as a work area. Make sure you have enough area for you to work comfortably, so you will have a good work space that will make the process easier to do and more fun!

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Prepare a Bottle of Vinegar

You will need to prepare a bottle of vinegar before creating your homemade soap. This bottle of vinegar will be useful for cp soap safety, as the vinegar will be used to deactivate lye that may come into contact with your skin. Also, you can use the vinegar to clean up your work station after working on soap to make sure that there isn’t any active lye left behind. So, you will want to fill a bottle with vinegar and set it nearby until it is needed.

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Soap Making for Beginners

If you haven’t ever made homemade soap from scratch, then you may want to look at some of our classes on the cold process soap process. First, you will need to make sure that you are familiar with soap making safety. Of course, you can find out how to be safe and make soap correctly in our Soap Making Safety Class. Also, you may want to Click Here For Basic CP Soap Making Class. Anyone that feels ready to make this bath and body recipe, should continue reading this blog!

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Available from Natures Garden

Lye
Mango Butter
Palm Oil RBD
Sweet Almond Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil
Coconut Oil 76
Shea Butter
Neon Yellow FUN Soap Colorant
Lime Green FUN Soap Colorant
Neon Green FUN Soap Colorant
Cucumber and Melons Fragrance Oil
Safety Glasses for Soap Making
Large Rectangle Tray – Mold Market Mold
Safety GLOVES for Soap Making- 1 pair
Thermometer
Safety MASK for Soap Making- 2 count
Soap Making Apron

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Other Needed Ingredients

Scale
Water
Mixing Bowls
Mixing Spoons
Stick Blender
Rubber Spatula
Vinegar
8 ounce Squeeze Bottles (5)

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Weights for the CP Soap

323 grams of Distilled Water
116 grams of Lye

212 grams of Coconut Oil 76
128 grams of Sweet Almond Oil
42 grams of Apricot Oil
35 grams of Mango Butter
50 grams of Palm Oil
85 grams of Meadowfoam Seed Oil
128 grams of Shea Butter
170 grams of Sunflower Oil
64 grams of Cucumber and Melons Fragrance Oil

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Amounts for the Lime Green Portion

4 drops of Lime Green FUN Soap Colorant

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Amounts for the Neon Green Portion

5 drops of Neon Green FUN Soap Colorant

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Amounts for the Yellow Green Portion

3 drops of Neon Yellow FUN Soap Colorant
5 drops of Lime Green FUN Soap Colorant

Cucumber Soap Recipe: Amounts for the White Portion

8 grams of Titanium Dioxide (per bottle)
Mixed with a small amount of soaping oils

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Making the Lye Solution

First, you are going to create the lye solution for your homemade soap recipe. You will want to prepare this soap recipe in a well ventilated room. Also, you will need to wear a face mask and protective clothing during this process. In separate containers, you will need to measure out 323 grams of water and 116 grams of lye. As always, you are going to stir as you add the lye to your water. After all the lye is mixed in, you will need to wait for your solution to cool to room temperature.

Preparing Your Soaping OilsCucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Preparing Your Soaping Oils

Next, you are ready to prepare your soap making oils for this recipe. In a microwave safe bowl, you will need to add 212 grams Coconut Oil 76, 128 grams Sweet Almond Oil, 42 grams Apricot Oil, 35 grams Mango Butter, 50 grams Palm Oil, 85 grams Meadowfoam Seed Oil, 128 grams Shea Butter, and 170 grams Sunflower Oil. After these oils have completely melted, you will set them aside until your lye solution is at the right temperature.

Preparing the Soap ColorantsCucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Preparing the Soap Colorants

While you are waiting for your lye solution and cosmetic oils to cool down, you can begin preparing your colorants for the cold process soap.  These colorants will be added directly to the squeeze bottles. You are going to need a total of five squeeze bottles. You will need to prepare colorants for the white soap, lime green soap, yellow green soap, and neon green soap. While you will have four different colors, you will have two bottles of the white colored soap.

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: White Soap Colorant

For the white soap colorant, you are going to need two of the squeeze bottles. So, add 8 grams of the Titanium Dioxide and a small amount of liquid soaping oils to each of these bottles. You can set these two bottles aside for the moment.

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Lime Green Soap Colorant

The lime green soap colorant will have 4 drops of the Lime Green Soap Colorant added to one of your squeeze bottles. Then, you can set this squeeze bottle aside for later. 

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Neon Green Soap Colorant

The neon green soap colorant will have 5 drops of the Neon Green Soap Colorant added to one of your squeeze bottles. Then, set this bottle aside for now.

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Yellow Green Soap Colorant

The yellow green soap colorant will have 3 drops of the Neon Yellow Soap Colorant and 5 drops of the Lime Green Soap Colorant added to one of your squeeze bottles. Then, set this bottle aside for a later step.

Combine the Oils and Lye SolutionCucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Combine the Oils and Lye Solution

Once your cosmetic oils and lye solution are at the right temperature, you are ready to combine them. You will want to make sure that they are within ten degrees of each other. Then, you can add the lye solution to your melted cosmetic oils. You will need to use a stick blender to emulsify your soaping ingredients. Once your ingredients are fully mixed, you ready for the next step.

Adding the Fragrance OilCucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Adding the Fragrance Oil

After, you will be ready to add the fragrance oil to your soap mixture. So, you are going to need 64 grams of the Cucumber and Melons Fragrance Oil. This fragrance has a refreshing aroma that begins with notes of sweet and sour cucumber and a deep green oily note. This scent continues with hints of violet and a background of sweet, freshly sliced honeydew melon. Again, you will use a stick blender to incorporate this scent.

Coloring the SoapCucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Coloring the Soap

Now, you are going to use your scented soap batter to fill the squeeze bottles. You will want to fill each of your five squeeze bottles with soap batter. Once the squeeze bottles are filled, you will put the lid on and hold it closed. Then, shake to mix the colorant into your soap batter.

Filling the Soap MoldCucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Filling the Soap Mold

Once your soap colorant has been incorporated, you are ready to fill up the rectangle soap mold tray. You are going to alternate between using four different colors of soap. So, you will need to set up your mixed squeeze bottles and your soap mold. So, you can continue reading to learn how to use the bottles to add your soap to the mold.

Adding the Yellow Green SoapCucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Adding the Yellow Green Soap

To start filling your soap mold, you are going to use the yellow green colored soap. You will use the squeeze bottle to place small yellow green dots all over the mold. Once your mold looks similar to the picture to the left, you will need to squeeze a white dot directly on top of each of your yellow green colored soap.

Adding the Lime Green SoapCucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Adding the Lime Green Soap

Next, you are going to place lime green dots around the soap mold. You can place these dots on the empty space or on top of the previous dots. Once your own soap mold looks similar to the picture on the left, you will want to put white dots directly on top of these lime green colored soap dots.

Adding the Neon Green SoapCucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Adding the Neon Green Soap

Next, you will want to place neon green dots around the soap mold. Then, you will want to put white soap dots directly on top of the neon green dots.

Continue the ProcessCucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Continue the Process

Now, you will want to repeat the last three steps. You will continue to alternate between green and white soap color until your soap mold is completely filled. Once the mold is completely filled you can tap the mold gently to remove any air bubbles that may be trapped.

Slicing Your Soap BarsCucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Slicing Your Soap Bars

Now, you will need to wait for your homemade soap to set up before you can remove it from the wholesale soap mold. You will want to wait about 24 to 48 hours to ensure that the soap has set up enough to take out. Once you have removed your soap from the mold, you can slice your soap into individual bars. You can easily cut along the lines to create nine bars of cp soap.

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Finishing Your Soap Recipe

Before you can use your homemade soap recipe, you are going to want to wait for the soap to cure. This will make sure that lye has completely reacted and the soap is ready for your skin. The curing process will take about 4-6 weeks. After your soap has finished curing, you can finally use your finished cold process soap!

Cucumber Melon Smoothie

If you enjoy the fragrance for this fun soap recipe, then you may want to check out a food recipe that uses a blend of cucumber and melon that is just as refreshing. The Cucumber Melon Smoothie recipe from Vitamix can be used to make a smoothie you will be sure to enjoy! This scrumptious recipe will blend notes of cantaloupe, honeydew, and cucumber with other delicious flavors to create a truly delicious smoothie recipe.

Have Any Questions?Have Any Questions?

We hope that you have enjoyed making this homemade cold process soap recipe! If you have any questions about making this cp soap, then feel free to reach out to us for answers. You can find us on our HUG Line, in the store, and online. An easy way to find us online is to reach out to us on our social media platforms. First, you can find us on the Natures Garden Facebook page. Also, you can use the handle @ngscents to find us on Instagram and Twitter. Not only can you use these social platforms to reach out to us or ask us questions, but you can share your own soap creations. So, we hope that you enjoyed this soaping recipe and that we hear from you very soon!

Jun
26

Soap Making Terms


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Soap Making Terms

If you want to learn about different soaping methods and get help for potential problems, then it helps to know common soap making terms. Whether you are a beginner or experienced, you are likely to come across something new with your batches at least once. So, we are here to help you understand what to do and how to solve any soap-making issues.

Soap Making Terms: How Much Fragrance Oil Can I Add to Soap?

While you should always check the usage rate for each individual fragrance, the maximum that we recommend is 5%. Sometimes you can a scent where the IFRA sheet allows more and you can do more if you’d like. After you know the usage rate, you just need to do some simple multiplication to figure out how much scent you need.

Formula: Weight of Soap x Usage Rate = Weight of Fragrance Oil
Example: 912 grams of soap x 0.05 (which is a 5% usage rate) = 45.6 grams of fragrance

Soap Making Terms: Why Did My Soap Turn Brown?

Often fragrance oils that contains a high amount of Vaniilin will turn soap brown. Also, the color will be a darker brown with scented oils with higher amounts of Vanillin. We can use Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to reduce these effects and still use the scent. Since this ingredient is added to provide a vanilla scent, strong vanilla fragrance oils will almost always turn soap brown without the color stabilizer.

Soap Making Terms: Can I Use Essential Oils in Soap Making?

Yes, essential oils can be used to scent soap. We find that essential oils hold up better in MP soap than in soap made from scratch. This is because the saponification process can cook off the essential oil, which doesn’t have middle notes to anchor the scent. You may have some scent after the soaps cure, but it won’t be as strong as it is in MP soap.

Soap Making Terms: How Much Essential Oil Can I Use in Soap?

This can be different for each essential oil, so you will need to check the IFRA sheet for the usage rate. Then, you can figure out how much you need using the same method as you would for fragrance oils.

Soap Making Terms: How Do You Make Soap White?

You can add titanium dioxide to soaps to make them white. In fact, many of our white soap bases use this ingredient. If you wanted, you could use this ingredient to turn your clear soaps to white.

Soap Making Terms: What is Melt and Pour Soap Making?Soap Making Terms: What is Melt and Pour Soap Making?

Another option for soap making is melt and pour soap. This method starts with a soap base that has already gone through the saponification process. So, you cut need to cut and melt the amount your need before you are ready to add colorants, fragrance, or herbs. Then, you can pour the melted soap into a mold and spray the top with rubbing alcohol. As soon as the soap is hardened, it is ready to use!

Soap Making Terms: How Much Melt and Pour Soap Will I Need for My Mold?

For each ounce by volume in your mold you will need 31 grams of soap. Say the soap mold will hold 16 ounces, you will need 496 grams of soap

Formula: Constant Value for Soap Needed to Fill Mold x Volume of Mold = Weight of Soap
Example:
31 grams per ounce x 16 ounce mold = 196 grams of MP soap

Soap Making Terms: How Long Should Melt and Pour Soap Stay in the Mold?

This can vary based on the size of soap you are creating. Smaller soaps will take less time compared to bigger soaps. Just make sure that they are hardened all the way before you remove them. Also, you should be able to feel that the mold is no longer warm to touch.

Soap Making Terms: How Do I Get My Melt and Pour Soap Out of the Mold?

While you should be able to hold your molds upside down and lightly push, sometimes they get stuck. If you place your soaps in the refrigerator for a short amount of time, this should make it easier for you to remove your mp soap.

Soap Making Terms: How Do I Get Fingerprints Off My Melt and Pour Soap?

Sometimes when you are removing your soaps from the mold, you can transfer a fingerprint. Just use some rubbing alcohol to dampen a cotton swab and  gently swab the fingerprint. It should begin to fade as you do this.

Soap Making Terms: Can Melt and Pour Soap Be Used Right Away?

Of course! The saponification process is already complete before you get your soap base. So, there is no active lye to worry about. This means that you can use your soaps as soon as they harden.

Soap Making Terms: Why Is My Melt and Pour Soap Sweating?

There are a few reasons why your soap would sweat. First, it could be due to adding too much oil. Whether it is fragrance oil or carrier oil, the soap can only hold on to so much before the oil begins to leak out to create beads on the surface. More often, it is due to the soap drawing moisture from the air. Since your soap base uses vegetable glycerin, a humectant, it will draw moisture to it. Although this is great for you skin, it can lead to your soap sweating . However, you can prevent the latter by wrapping your soap as soon as it comes out of the mold. This way it can’t pull moisture from the air.

 

Soap Making Terms: What is Hot Process Soap Making?Soap Making Terms: What is Hot Process Soap Making?

Another way to make soap from scratch is hot process soap. This process is very similar to cold process soapmaking. However, in this method you will have a heat source to speed up the saponification process. You can use a crock pot or stove top to heat your soap mixture. After, you can technically use the bars immediately. However, letting them cure a week will provide you with harder, milder bars.

Soap Making Terms: Does Natures Garden Offer Any Hot Process Soap Recipes with Shea Butter?

Yes, we have a few! For example, we have our Manly Soap Recipe, the Beard Soap Recipe, and more that you can find under the Hot Process Soap Recipes page!

Soap Making Terms: How Long Do You Have to Wait to Use Hot Process Soap?

Yes. Although you don’t have to wait as long for your soaps to cure, there is still some lye left that needs to react. Typically, you will need to wait 1-2 week(s) before using your hp soap.

Soap Making Terms: What Does Rebatch Mean?

If you want to redo a soap batch or add more ingredients, then this is a great idea for you! It is common to rebatch to correct issues like seizing or forgotten ingredients. Also, this can be done to add ingredients that wouldn’t react well during the saponification process, like natural exfoliates or essential oils. First, take the soaps that you aren’t necessarily pleased with and grate them into pieces. Place these pieces in a crock pot and melt them with milk, water, or another liquid to prevent scotching. Also, add any additional oils that you want in these soaps. Allow you batch to reheat for one hour at which point it will by thick. After, add the color, scent, and herbs before scooping this soap into a mold.

Soap Making Terms: What is Cold Process Soap Making?Soap Making Terms: What is Cold Process Soap Making?

This process is one of a few that are refereed to as making soap from scratch because in uses water, lye, and oils to create bars of soap. Another key characteristic of this method is that you don’t need outside heat, as the lye provide enough heat for saponification. Once trace occurs, you are able to add colorants, scented oils, and herbs can be added at this point. After 24 hours, you can remove the soap from the mold and cut. However, you must let your soap cure for a period of 4-6 weeks.

Soap Making Terms: What is Lye in Soap Making?

Lye is a caustic base that is a key component for soap, as it drives the saponification process. It is sometimes referred to as sodium hydroxide for bar soaps and potassium hydroxide for liquid soaps.

Soap Making Terms: What Does Saponification Mean?

This is the process of lye reacting with the oils/fats/butters to produce soap. Saponification will produce both the soap and the glycerin in the soap.

Soap Making Terms: What Does Cure Time Mean?

Cure time is the period where the soap finishes the soaponification process until there is no more active lye present in the bars.

Soap Making Terms: What Does the Term Trace Mean in Soap Making?

In soaping, trace is when the lye water and the oils/butters have been fully combined. You will know that you’ve hit trace because the batter will thicken to a pudding-like consistency. Also, you can check to see whether you are at trace by using a spatula to “trace” a line of soap in the batter. You will notice that the line will not immediately disappear and you can see a trace of the soap you drizzled in.

Soap Making Terms: What Does Light Trace Mean in Soap Making?

Light trace is the point right before your soap comes to trace. You will begin to see a trace, but it won’t stay for more than a few seconds. So, the batter is about to hit trace where it will be thick enough to see the soap for a bit longer.

Soap Making Terms: How Long Does It Take for Soap Batter to Get to Trace?

The time is takes to get to trace will vary between batches for a number of reasons. The ingredients in a recipe can lead to different times. Also, fragrance oils and some soap additives can accelerate or slow trace in your batch.

Soap Making Terms: What Does Seize Mean in Soap Making?

If your soap seizes, then it means that your soap has gone through saponification enough that the batter is beginning to turn from liquid to solid. While this isn’t bad on its own, it makes it impossible to pour soap that is still in the bowl. This hardening soap that hasn’t yet made it to the mold will be too thick to mix and, at best, will be chunky in the mold.

Soap Making Terms: Why Do I Have Lye Pockets in My Cold Process Soap?

If you use too much lye in your soap recipe, then you can
Lye pockets can form in cold process soap most often when too much lye is used. However, it could also be a recipe that wasn’t properly formulated, an oil was left out, the soap seized, or even when the lye solution was not fully mixed. If the lye was not completely saponified you can always rebatch the soap and hot process the soap adding additional oil. Also, it is possible that it could be used in recipes such as laundry soaps that can utilize soap with a higher pH level.

Soap Making Terms: Can I Change the Soap Making Recipes?

Unlike many other bath and body recipes, you can’t simply swap out oils in the Natures Garden formulated recipe. Each oil has a certain saponification value that determines how much lye it will react with. So, switching an oil could result in your batch being lye heavy. Even if you wait longer to cure, there won’t be enough oils to react with the lye and the bars will irritate the skin or even cause burning. Instead, use SoapCalc to determine what you would have to change to get the recipe that you want!

Soap Making Terms: Reach Out to UsSoap Making Terms: Reach Out to Us

If you have any other questions or concerns about soapmaking, then please reach out to us! One easy way to ask us something is on social media. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Have fun soaping!

 

Jun
22

Energizing Aroma


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energizing aromaMandarin Tiki Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This energizing aroma is filled with complex and captivating notes.  A perfect addition to your summer themed items, this fragrance oil is tropical perfection in a bottle.  Mandarin Tiki scent has an extraordinary capability to send your senses on vacation.  It is almost as if you can feel the warm sand between your toes.  This energizing aroma will have your creative minds soaring with new and unique concepts to scent.  In fact, many of our customers say not only is Mandarin Tiki selling out products at craft shows, but it is making for repeat customers as well.

What does Mandarin Tiki smell like?

A luxury spa fragrance oil by Natures Garden!  Imagine yourself lying in a hammock on the beach, while drinking a fresh Mai Tai.   A fresh and energizing aroma that stirs the senses and brightens the spirit with its crisp citrus essence;  Mandarin Tiki fragrance is an upscale, complex aroma of mandarin rind, red currants, strawberries, and blueberries;  with middle notes of watercress and palm leaves;  balanced with musky bottom notes.  A Best Seller!  An NG Original Fragrance! 

How do our customers use Mandarin Tiki Fragrance Oil?

This energizing aroma works fabulous in candles and home scenting mediums.  With the unique blend of citrus and berry, Mandarin Tiki Fragrance Oil really packs a punch in the air.  Having great throw both cold and hot, this energizing aroma permeates.  Used in an array of waxes like soy, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, and Pillar of Bliss, this scent is very strong.  In fact, many customers who use soy in their candles comment on the amazing smell in the finished product.  As for making your house smell good with this scent, Mandarin Tiki works very well for room freshening sprays, electric burners, aroma beads, and smelly jellies.

On the bath and body end of things, this energizing aroma is delicious!  The usage rate for Mandarin Tiki is 5%.  This complex fragrance is used to scent a variety of items including: sugar scrubs, solid lotion bars, bath bombs, foaming body butters, spray lotions, perfume oils, melt and pour soaps, body sprays, bubble baths, and balms.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this energizing aroma is very well behaved.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration,  no discoloration, a very nice scent.

Jun
08

Musk Scent


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Jovan Musk Scent Jovan Musk for Women Type Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

If you have been on the hunt for a Musk Scent, look no further.  Natures Gardens Jovan Musk Scent is the real deal in homemade products.  In fact, many of our customers find that this much sought after scent increases their sales.  Not only do they love this gorgeous smell, but it is just fabulous in candles and bath and body products.  Jovan Musk for Women Type Fragrance Oil is a classy scent that is feminine, and chic.  This scent is strong and is a perfectly lovely aroma addition to any feminine product line.

What does Jovan Musk for Women Type Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a Jovan Musk for Women Type duplication. A luxurious, gentle, floral fragrance. Blend of spices, lavender and citrus, with rich musky bottom notes.

How Do Our Customers Use Jovan Musk for Women Type Fragrance Oil?

For candle makers and home scent crafters, this fragrance is great.  This fragrance performed well in gel wax, soy wax, palm pillar, Joy wax and WOW wax candles.  The scent throw is wonderful in both the hot and cold throw.  Some of our customers even use this Jovan Musk scent in odor eliminator to make linen sprays, loving the outcome.  But, it does not stop there.  This fragrance is also used in their oil burners and to make sachet beads to wonderfully scent clothes in closets and dressers.

On the bath and body end, this feminine scent is used to make an array of products.  The usage rate for Jovan Musk scent is 5%.  It is used to scent:  body sprays, lotions sprays, melt and pour soaps, body butters, lotions, shampoos, conditions, and roll-on perfumes.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is absolutely amazing.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration, awesome duplication, scent stays strong.

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
28

Flower Scent


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flower scentHydrangea Heaven Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Hydrangeas are one of the most beautiful and vibrant flowers out there.  To some, they can be hard to grow, but to the masters, they become a work of art.  They are mainly found in southern and eastern Asia and come in 6 different colors varying from reds, to purples, to blues and whites. They resemble in some fashion to a giant carnation with several little petals that make up the large pom pom tops to display these colors like no other.  And they have the loveliest of floral scents.  There are nearly 75 different species of hydrangeas and they can grow upwards of 98 feet tall.   With a beautiful floral scent this fragrance oil is not overpowering.  It is a fabulous addition to any home that loves the floral scent Hydrangea Heaven has to offer.  So even if you can’t grow this amazing flower, you can still reap the benefits of it glorious scent.  In fact, this flower scent is a great addition to scent your floral product line!

What does Hydrangea Heaven Fragrance Oil smell like?

Hydrangea flowers are among the most fragrant flowers. This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is fresh, yet sweet, hydrangea that is aromatic and uplifting!  A Best Seller!

How do our customers use Hydrangea Heaven Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters this flower scent is a huge hit.  Our customers use this floral fragrance in their soy tarts, tea lights, Palm Container wax, WOW wax, gel wax, Joy wax, and soy.  This soft, inviting scent has a great hot or cold throw.  As for other home scenting ideas; Hydrangea Heaven Fragrance Oil has been used in oil diffusers, electric burners, and aroma beads.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage rate for this flower scent is 5%.  It is used to scent: melt and pour soaps, bath bombs, shampoo, shower gel, body sprays, lotions, and body butters.  All with a nice long lasting scent.  And, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this flower scent is strong.  Here are the official results: Slight acceleration due to floral notes, no ricing, no discoloration, nice strong scent.

flower scent candleIf you are interested in a unique Natures Garden recipe using this flower scent, please click on this link to view the Hydrangea Candle Recipe.

May
23

Royal Scent


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royal scent Queen of the Nile Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Cleopatra who was the Queen of the Nile, was the last acting pharaoh of ancient Egypt.  She was very powerful and knew exactly what she desired.  She had many conquests that included the most powerful of men, such as Caesar and Marc Antony who could not escape her sexual and aesthetic appeal.  But it wasn’t just them, her subjects were also awed with her immaculate beauty.    Queen of the Nile Fragrance Oil holds true to the alluring Cleopatra.  This exotic and royal scent is so lovely that the attraction is effortless before you too are conquered.  And when it comes to this royal scent in homemade products, it is by far one of NG’s favorite feminine fragrances.

What does Queen of the Nile Fragrance Oil smell like? Exotic and fragrant, this fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a glorious night blooming lily which exudes notes of a sensuous floral musk paired with cassis and ripe berries.

How do our customers use Queen of the Nile Fragrance Oil? For all of you candle crafters out there; Queen of the Nile Fragrance Oil is used in Soy, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  This royal scent is very aromatic and has fabulous hot and cold scent throw.  But, it doesn’t stop there!  Queen of the Nile fragrance oil also works very well for room fresheners; whether it is oil burners, smelly jellies, or sachet beads. For bath and body end of things, this royal scent is a dominating one!  The usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5% and does contain a .68% vanillin content.  However, our testing of this fragrance showed no discoloration in soap; therefore use your own discretion as to whether or not to add Vanilla White Color Stabilizer. This amazing and feminine fragrance is used to scent: solid lotion bars, bath bombs, body sprays, spray lotions, perfumes, melt and pour soaps, body scrubs, bath gels, whipped body butters, and salt bars.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is awesome.  Here are the official results:Very slight acceleration.  No separation.  A good scent, pretty and feminine.  No discoloration.

heavy whipping cream soap recipe If you are interested in a Natures Garden recipe using this royal scent, please click on this link to view the Cleopatra Heavy Cream Cold Process Soap Recipe.

 

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May
17

Spring Flowers Scent


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Spring Flowers ScentPetals of Spring Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The petals of a flower do more than just look pretty.  They can produce different scents to attract different pollinators, or keep the undesirable bugs away.  In fact, petals can even mimic a decaying scent to bring in the pollinators that they need in order to grow.  And, when scent will not work in the petals favor to lure pollinators in, the petals will have various color traits to invite them.  In fact, some flowers can even change their color (just like they can with scent) to make or break a pollinators contact.  Petals of Spring fragrance is the perfect spring flowers scent.  Like an exquisite bouquet, hand selected from the garden, this spring flowers scent is mixed with playfulness and innocence.  And, just like the petals of a flower, this fragrance is quite intriguing.  Petals of Spring is a soft feminine scent that is admired by everyone who smells it.  This clean and floral scent is a must for any feminine product line.

What does Petals of Spring smell like?

A fresh spring floral fragrance oil by Natures Garden with top notes of freesia, and jasmine, followed by notes of lily of the valley, honeysuckle; base notes of plum and raspberry. AN NG original fragrance!

How do our customers use Petals of Spring Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters; our customers use this spring flowers scent in their soy waxes (like 464 and 415), Joy wax, Gel wax, and WOW wax.  And, the candles have a great throw too.  As for other home scenting ideas with this spring flowers scent; it has been used to scent smelly jellies, wax dipped animals, reed difussers, and electric oil burners.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage rate for petals of spring fragrance oil is 5%.  This fabulous spring time fragrance is used to make:  melt and pour soaps, body butters, bath salts, body creams, laundry soaps, and handmade lotions. And, the reviews for this spring flowers scent also stated that the fragrance lasts on your skin.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this scent is worth it.  Here are the official results:  Does accelerate.  Recommend coloring before adding fragrance.  No separation.  No discoloration.  Very pretty, girly scent.

May
15

Superfood Scent


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superfood scentAcaiBerry Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Acai berry has been around for literally thousands of years.  However, it was not until the 1990’s when Americans quickly discovered the astounding benefits of this amazing fruit.  Some of these health benefits would include:  lowered cholesterol, improved digestion, increased energy, and mental clarity.  In a nut shell, acai berries are considered a super food!  Acai Berry Fragrance Oil is considered to be a different berry scent, more unique than the typical berry scents you are familiar with.  And, just like the actual Acai Berry, once you see how fantastic this superfood scent is you will be addicted.  This scent is a must have in your product line because this scent is in high demand.

What does Acai Berry smell like?
The acai berry grows in the Amazon Rainforest on acai palm trees.  It is known for its high levels of antioxidants, and is becoming quite popular around the world for its health benefits.  Acai berries have a unique tropical berry taste, which our perfumist was able to recreate in Natures Garden’s Acai Berry Fragrance.  An NG Original Scent!  A Best Seller!

How do our customers use Acai Berry Fragrance Oil?

For those of you that are candle crafters; our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy, para-soy blend, Palm, paraffin, WOW, and Joy wax candles.  The scent is amazingly strong in the cold and hot throw.  Some of our customers even make tarts, reed diffusers, aroma beads, home deodorizers, and electric burner oils with this superfood scent.  In fact, acai berry fragrance oil really travels and is fragrant throughout the whole home.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance oil is popular.  The usage rate for this superfood scent is 5%, and it is used to make:  shampoos, conditioners, sugar scrubs, melt and pour soaps, body butters, bath bombs, herbal infused lotions, shower gels, and body splashes just to name a few items.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance received great reviews.  Here are the official results: Slight acceleration, no ricing, no separation, discolors to a light yellow.  Excellent.