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Nov
21

Reindeer Poo Cold Process Soap Recipe


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Reindeer Poo Cold Process Soap RecipeReindeer Poo Cold Process Soap Recipe

Today we are going to be talking about cold process soap making. This is a popular method of making  various creations of soap, so it is good to know all about it! If you have never experimented with cold process soap before, there is a lot to learn about. This particular CP soap recipe uses the very popular Natures Garden scent Reindeer Poo fragrance oil, which gives a fun Christmas scent to your soap. This is a great fragrance to use around Christmas because it a blend of eucalyptus and pine. Let’s get started on making our Reindeer Poo Cold Process Soap Recipe!

Ingredients Found at Natures Garden

Other Supplies That You Will Need:

Distilled Water
Mixing Bowls
Mixing Spoons
Rubber Spatula
Scale
Stick Blender
Vinegar
Piping Bag
Decorating Tip for Piping Bag
Saran Wrap

Total Recipe Weights for Cold Process Soap:

344 grams Distilled Water
126 grams Lye
18 grams Sodium Lactate
(added to cooled lye solution)

136 grams Palm Oil
181 grams Mango Butter
226 grams Coconut Oil 76
181 grams Sunflower Oil
90 grams Castor Oil
90 grams Grapeseed Oil
45 grams Reindeer Poo Fragrance Oil
45 grams Vanilla White Color Stabilizer

Colorants for Green Soap:
4 grams FUN Soap Colorant Neon Green
2 grams FUN Soap Colorant Kelly Green

Colorant For White Soap:
7 grams Titanium Dioxide
Mixed with a small amount of soaping oils

Colorant For Red Soap:
4 grams FUN Soap Colorant Tomato Red

Before we get started, it is important that you always clean and sanitize your work area and all of the packaging materials you will be using. You do not want soap making supplies to mix together from past creations, and you want to be extra careful with everything when using lye. We would also suggest that you wear safety glasses, gloves, a face mask, and protective clothing.

You can check out our Basic CP Soap Making Class to become familiar with this process before hand. We would also advise that you read about our Soap Making Safety Class before attempting to make any cold process soap if you have not made it before. Taking the proper precautions when making soap is a must.

Cold Process Soap

Cold process soap is made from the chemical reaction that happens when you mix together water, oils, and lye. As you may have heard before, this type of soap has no element of heat added to it when forming all of your soap creations. This is the main difference between cold process soap and hot process soap. Since there is no heat added, the curing time is much longer than it would take for hot process soap to cure. One benefit of cold process soap recipes is that your overall finished product will look nicer and more pristine. It may take longer to have the soap completed and ready to use, but it is worth the wait for an awesome end result! This recipe will provide you with three pounds of soap. Before we move on to making the cold process soap, it is important that we understand what goes into it.

Soap Making SuppliesSoap Making Supplies: Some of the Ingredients We Will Be Using

Before we begin creating the reindeer poo cold process soap recipe, let’s take a closer look at some of the ingredients that we will be working with.

Reindeer Poo Fragrance OilReindeer Poo Fragrance Oil

This Christmas season, laugh, have fun, and embrace a good sense of humor.  When creating Reindeer Poo Fragrance Oil, Natures Garden did just that!  This holiday fragrance will lift your spirits, and add a little magic to your life!  This scent starts with top notes of apples and pears. Then, those top notes are followed by middle notes of eucalyptus, pine, and geranium. Finally, it is balanced with bottom notes of patchouli, vanilla, and cedarwood. Reindeer Poo Fragrance Oil is both a Natures Garden original and a best selling fragrance oil!

FUN Soap ColroantsFUN Soap Colorants

The FUN Soap Colorants from Natures Garden are perfect for soap making. These colorants are pigments dispersed in vegetable glycerin. They don’t morph in cp soap. They are great for soap making because they allow you to create beautiful vibrant colors that will hold up to the saponification process.

Sodium Hydroxide LyeSodium Hydroxide Lye
The first step in our recipe is to prepare the lye solution. Before doing so, I would like to get the chance to educate you about lye. Lye is used in all kinds of soap, and you can not make soap without it! Sodium Hydroxide is the chemical name for lye. Lye is a necessity for making soap because it is an emulsifier, while soap is an emulsion. Soap is made up of different butters, oils, and water. Using basic chemistry, we know that water and oil do not mix with each other. In order to get them to mix, we need to add an emulsifier to it. Lye allows the butters, oils, and water that are needed to create soap to combine together, which otherwise would not be possible without this chemical reaction. Another type of soap to make is melt and pour. This is made differently than cold process soap, and the main difference between them is that melt and pour soap has already previously undergone the chemical reaction with lye. Therefore, even though you are not working directly with lye, your soap base was still created using it. 

Preparing the Lye SolutionPreparing the Lye Solution

To prepare the lye solution, measure out 126 grams of Lye and 344 grams of distilled water. Slowly and in intervals, add the water to the lye solution. Never add water to Lye, as it can create a volcanic effect. With each interval, add a small amount of lye and stir slowly until it dissolves. Allow the Lye to completely dissolve and to cool to room temperature before moving on. At this point,
 add 18 grams of sodium lactate to your cooled lye solution. 

Preparing the Soaping OilsPreparing the Soaping Oils

Now, we can take the time to prepare the soaping oils that we will use in this recipe. Begin by weighing out 136 grams of Palm Oil, 226 grams of Coconut Oil 76, 181 grams of Sunflower Oil, 90 grams of Castor Oil, 90 grams of Grapeseed Oil, and 181 grams of Mango Butter. Melt all of these ingredients together in a bowl. After combining and melting all of these oils together, allow them to cool to room temperature just like with the lye solution. Once they are cooled down, we can move onto the next step.

Combining the Oils and LyeCombining the Soaping Oils and the Lye Solution

After both the lye solution and the soaping oils have completely cooled down to around 110 degrees Fahrenheit, combine them together into one bowl. Add the lye solution to the soaping oils. Using a stick blender, stir the two together and to create an emulsification. Next, incorporate the Natures Garden Reindeer Poo Fragrance Oil along with the vanilla white color stabilizer. Use the stick blender once again to blend all ingredients together.

Blending the Colorant into the Soap BatterAdding the FUN Soap Colorants

For the next step, we are going to divide the soap batter we have just mixed into three bowls with portions that are all of equal size. We will be making a white soap, a green soap, and a red soap to mix for this recipe. To the first bowl, which will be our white soap, add 7 grams of titanium dioxide mixed with a small amount of your soaping oils. Use the stick blender again to mix together and leave that bowl alone for now. To the second bowl, just add 4 grams of the neon green colorant and 2 grams of the Kelly green FUN Soap Colorant, then stick blend. To the third and final bowl, add the tomato red FUN Soap Colorant colorant and stick blend as well so that the color is fully incorporated.

Incorporating the Batters TogetherIncorporating the Batters Together

Now, we are going to pull an empty bowl for the next part. Beginning with the red soap batter you have created, drop several “plops” into it in a clockwise motion. Keep dropping these in different sections around the bowl until all of the red soap batter has been used. You are going to repeat this same process with the green batter, by placing it in different areas around the bowl than you did for the red batter. Lastly, repeat this step for the white soap batter. Place a spatula into the bowl and move it around in a circular motion throughout the bowl to create swirls. Once you are happy with your swirls, allow the soap batter to thicken.

Putting Your Soap Batter Into a Piping BagPutting Your Soap Batter Into a Piping Bag

Once your soap batter has reached a thick consistency that is similar to frosting, put it into a piping bag that has a rounded tip. These are just like the bags and tips you would use when applying frosting or icing onto cupcakes and other baked goods. This method is necessary to create the “poo” shape we want and to form your final product. If you do not have a decorating bag, you can use a gallon sized Ziploc bag.  You will just need to cut the corner and place the decorating in that corner.

The Finished Product!Your Finished Product!

Using the piping bag filled with the swirled and colorful soap batter, pipe it out onto a silicone mat as if you were frosting cupcakes. This motion will create the poop shape that you want for this creation! Piping this out will bring together the scent of the Reindeer Poo Fragrance Oil with a life like form of colorful reindeer poo!

Cleaning Up the Work Station

After you have finished with this Reindeer Poo Cold Process Soap recipe, it is time to clean the work station. We wanted to give you some tips here because you were working with lye and it is important to be safe with the clean up process, just as it was for every step before hand. When your project is all said and done, you will need to wash all of the materials you used like you normally would. However, there may be residue left over from un-reacted lye. Since vinegar is acidic, it will take care of and neutralize the un-reacted lye on these surfaces so that the next time your materials will be ready to go! Once you have wiped everything down well with the vinegar, it will be safe to wash the materials with soap and water.

We hope that you have learned a lot about this method of soap making and all of the proper precautions to take. We hope it was a lot of fun creating this Reindeer Poo Cold Process Soap recipe! If you would like to reach out to Natures Garden and show us this and other creations that you make, follow and share with us!

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Aug
15

Cognac and Cubans Cold Process Soap


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Cognac and Cubans Cold Process SoapCognac and Cubans Cold Process Soap

The Cognac and Cubans Cold Process Soap from Natures Garden is another fun and moisturizing cold process soap recipe. Of course, this soap recipe uses quality soap making supplies to create some nourishing bars. Plus, you can use free soap making recipes like this champagne soap recipe to create the perfect bar of soap. So, you will be sure to enjoy this bar of cp soap. So, you can use Natures Garden for the quality soap making ingredients and procedure can be found in this soap making blog. 

Natures Garden Ingredients for the Cognac and Cubans Cold Process Soap

Lye
Cognac and Cubans Fragrance Oil
Rice Bran Oil
Sunflower Oil
Meadowfoam Seed Oil
Castor Oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Palm Oil
Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Titanium Dioxide
Safety Glasses for Soap Making
Thermometer
Safety GLOVES for Soap Making
Natures Garden Apron
Safety MASK for Soap Making

Other Needed Ingredients for this Cold Process Soap

Scale
Distilled Water
Mixing Bowls
Spatula
Stick Blender
Decorating Bag
Decorating Tip

Weights for the Cognac and Cubans Cold Process Soap

129 grams of the Distilled Water
129 grams of the Champagne
97 grams of the Lye

122 grams of the Rice Bran Oil
61 grams of the Sunflower Oil
81 grams of the Meadfoam Seed Oil
68 grams of the Castor Oil
122 grams of the Fractionated Coconut Oil
223 grams of the Palm Oil
51 grams of the Cognac and Cubans Fragrance Oil

Amounts of the Beige Cold Process Soap Colorant

13 drops of the Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
5 drops of the Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Amounts of the Cream Cold Process Soap Colorant

1 drop of the Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
3 drops of the Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
3 grams of the Titanium Dioxide (mixed with a small amount of soaping oils)

Make a Few Preparations for the Cognac and Cubans Soap Recipe

Prior to working on this cold process soap recipe, you will want to make a few preparations for the Cognac and Cubans Soap Recipe. First of all, you are going to want to gather the soap making ingredients that are listed for this homemade soap recipe. Also, you are going to need to clear a work space to give yourself the space that you would need to make cold process soap at home. Also, you will want to prepare a spray bottle of vinegar for you to use during the soap making process.

Boiling Champagne for the Cognac and Cubans Cold Process Soap

Another preparation you should make is boiling champagne for the Cognac and Cubans Cold Process Soap. So, you will want to place this alcohol into the stove top pot. Then, use the stove to boil the champagne for about 30-40 minutes. Also, you will need to stir your champagne periodically as it boils. After this amount of time has passed, you will need to carefully pour the champagne into ice cube freezer trays. Then, you will place these trays in the freezer to chill overnight. When you are ready to make your homemade soap you will use the frozen champagne cubes to replace half of the water portion should be in the lye solution.

Advice for Choosing the Champagne for the Cold Process Soap

We have some advice for choosing the champagne for the cold process soap. You will want to use a champagne that has a lower sugar content. If you are using a type of champagne with a high sugar content, then it will speed up gel. So, this extra sugar will increase the possibility that your soap batter will bubble up and out of the soap mold. This may occur even with the lower sugar content for your champagne, so you will want to prepare for this possibility. You will want to take proper precautions for safe guarding the surface that your soap mold is placed on.

Create the Lye Solution for the Cold Process SoapCreate the Lye Solution for the Cold Process Soap

First off, you are going to need to make the lye solution for the cold process soap. So, you are going to want to weigh out 129 grams of the Distilled Water and 129 grams of your Champagne into a mixing bowl. Once these two soap making ingredients are weighed out, you will want to set this bowl aside. Then, you need to weigh out 97 grams of lye for soap in a separate container. While you are slowly stirring the water and champagne mixture, you will want to add in the lye to the water/champagne. Once everything is mixed together, you will need to set this solution in a safe place as it cools to room temperature.

Prepare the Cosmetic Oils for the Cognac and Cubans CP SoapPrepare the Cosmetic Oils for the Cognac and Cubans CP Soap

Second, you are going to prepare the cosmetic oils for the Cognac and Cubans CP Soap. So, you are going to need to add 122 grams of Rice Bran Oil, 61 grams of Sunflower Oil, 81 grams of Meadowfoam Seed Oil, 68 grams of Castor Oil, 122 grams of Fractionated Coconut Oil, and 223 grams of Palm Oil to a microwave safe bowl. After, you will need to use short burst in the microwave to melt the oils. Then, set the bowl aside to let the oils cool to room temperature.

Prepare the Titanium Dioxide for the Cold Process SoapPrepare the Titanium Dioxide for the Cold Process Soap

Also, you will want to prepare the titanium dioxide for the cold process soap. So, you will need to weigh out 3 grams of Titanium Dioxide. Next, you will want to mix this powder with a small amount of your melted soaping oils. Then, you should mix these ingredients together well. You can set this mixture aside until you need the colorant in a later step.

Combine the Oils and Lye Solution for the Cold Process SoapCombine the Oils and Lye Solution for the Cold Process Soap

Once you two mixtures have cooled down to the proper temperature, you are going to combine the oils and lye solution for the cold process soap. So, you will want to take your melted oils and add them to your lye solution. Of course, you will want to use a stick blender to combine your soaping ingredients. Then, move on to adding the other soap making ingredients before you hit trace.

Adding the Cognac and Cubans Fragrance OilAdding the Cognac and Cubans Fragrance Oil

Next, you are going to be adding the Cognac and Cubans Fragrance Oil to your soap batter. This scented oil will provide you with the aroma of money, status and masculinity. These are all wrapped into this blend of aromatic bergamot that is mixed with a fresh lemon zest spritzing. Then, a heart of velvety cognac essences and rich, spiced tobacco leaves rests at the base of this fragrance. So, weigh out 51 grams of the Cognac and Cubans Fragrance Oil and add it to your soap batter. After adding the scented oil, you will want to use your stick blender to fully incorporate the aroma.

Separate the Cold Process Soap BatterSeparate the Cold Process Soap Batter

Now, you are going to need an empty bowl to separate the cold process soap batter into two portions. Then, you will want to add 300 grams of the soap batter to this bowl, which will become your cream color later on. You are going to want to set aside this bowl of portioned out amount of soap for just a moment.

Adding the Colorants to the Cognac and Cubans SoapAdding the Colorants to the Cognac and Cubans Soap

Once the scented soap has been divided into two portions, you are ready to start adding the colorants to the Cognac and Cubans Soap. First, you will create the beige soap portion that is still in the bowl you started with. So, you will need to add 3 drops of the Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant and 5 drops of the Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant. Then, use your stick blender to mix everything together.

Second, you will create the cream color with the portion in the bowl that you have set aside. You are going to need to add 1 drop of the Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant and 3 drops of the Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant. Further, you are going to want to add the Titanium Dioxide mixture you have previously prepared. Then, you will want to use the stick blender to incorporate the soap colorant.

Swirling the Cognac and Cubans Cold Process SoapSwirling the Cognac and Cubans Cold Process Soap

Next, you are going to be swirling the Cognac and Cubans Cold Process Soap. This will be used for the top of this soap loaf. So, you need to add about 100 grams of the beige soap to your cream soap portion. You will want to add the beige soap in various places in the bowl. Then, use a spatula to swirl the cp soap in the bowl. Once you are happy with the swirl, set this bowl aside for the moment.

Pouring the Cognac and Cubans Cold Process Soap BasePouring the Cognac and Cubans Cold Process Soap Base

Now, you are ready to start pouring the Cognac and Cubans Cold Process Soap base. You are going to be using all of the remaining beige soap to pour this portion into the soap mold. After you have used all of the beige cold process soap, you can move on to the next step of the soap making process.

Prepare the Cake Decorating BagPrepare the Cake Decorating Bag

Once your soap base has been poured, you are ready to prepare the cake decorating bag. First, add the decorating tip into the bag. You will need to wait for the swirled soap to thicken up to a frosting-like consistency. Then, you can add this soap to your cake decorating bag.

Add the Topping to the Cognac and Cubans Cold Process SoapAdd the Topping to the Cognac and Cubans Cold Process Soap

Now, you are going to use the filled cake decorating bag to add the topping to the Cognac and Cubans Cold Process Soap. So, you will use the bag to begin pipping the soap onto your soap loaf.

 

Slicing the Cognac and Cubans Cold Process SoapSlicing the Cognac and Cubans Cold Process Soap

After adding the pipping to your soap, you will need to wait 24 to 48 hours before removing the mold. Once you have removed the soap from the mold you are ready to cut the soap loaf into individual bars. Then, you will want to set these soaps in a safe place to wait for them to cure.

Using the Cognac and Cubans Cold Process SoapUsing the Cognac and Cubans Cold Process Soap

Next, you are going to need to wait for the soap to cure before using. The curing process will take about 4 to 6 weeks until all the lye has reacted and the bars are able to be used. After your soap has cured, you are ready to start using the Cognac and Cubans Cold Process Soap.

Try Out Some Real Cognac

Now that you have created your own cold process soap with the velvety aroma of cognac, you may be interested to try out some real cognac. If so, A Beginners’ Guide to Cognac from GQ might just be the perfect place for you to start. Also, this guide will walk you through how to read the French labels to pick a good one. Further, the guide will help you learn how to create cocktails with this drink.

Any Questions About the Cognac and Cubans Cold Process SoapAny Questions About the Cognac and Cubans Cold Process Soap

We hope you enjoyed creating the Cognac and Cubans Cold Process Soap Recipe! If you are interested in making another moisturizing cold process soap recipe, then take a look at the Cold Process Soap Recipes page on the Natures Garden website. As always, you can reach out to us with any questions about the Cognac and Cubans Cold Process Soap. You can talk to us using the phone H.U.G. line, in the store, and online. An easy way to reach out to us online is through one of our social media platforms. First, you can reach out to us on our Facebook page. Also, you can use @ngscents to find us on Instagram and on Twitter. Of course, you can use these social media platforms to ask us about soap making. But, that isn’t all you can do on our social media platforms! You can share your own soap making ideas and reach out to other soap makers, too. So, we hope to hear from you soon!

Aug
07

Merlot Wine CP Soap Recipe


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Merlot Wine CP Soap RecipeMerlot Wine CP Soap Recipe

Want to try out a fun CP soap recipe? Then, check out our fantastic wine soap recipe! The Merlot Wine CP Soap Recipe from Natures Garden is a fun, unique soap recipe that you will be sure to enjoy. This soap recipe uses the delightful red wine aroma of our Merlot Wine Fragrance Oil. Plus, this homemade soap recipe includes real red wine to provide some red wine skin benefits. Further, this cold process soap recipe uses quality soap making supplies that will care for your skin. If you would like to try creating this red wine soap recipe, then try out the soap making project below.

Natures Garden Ingredients for the Merlot Wine CP Soap Recipe

Lye
Rice Bran Oil
Sunflower Oil
Meadowfoam Seed Oil
Olive Oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Mango Butter
Merlot Wine Fragrance Oil
Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant 1 oz.
Deep Purple FUN Soap Colorant 1 oz. 
Kelly Green Fun Soap Colorant 1 oz.
Brown Oxide Fun Soap Colorant 1 oz.
Safety Glasses for Soap Making
Cutter for Mitre Box – Stainless Steel
Safety GLOVES for Soap Making- 1 pair
Mitre Box – Stainless Steel
Safety MASK for Soap Making- 2 count
Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap
Thermometer

Other Needed Ingredients for the Merlot Wine CP Soap Recipe

Scale
Water
Mixing Bowls
Mixing Spoons
Stick Blender
Wine
Mini Bunch of Grapes Soap & Candle Mold (www.flexiblemolds.com)

Total Weights for the Merlot Wine CP Soap Base

129 grams of the Water
129 grams of the Frozen Wine
96 grams of the Lye

122 grams of the Rice Bran Oil
68 grams of the Sunflower Oil
81 grams of the Meadowfoam Seed Oil
68 grams of the Olive Oil
121 grams of the Fractionated Coconut Oil
216 grams of the Mango Butter Oil
51 grams of the Merlot Wine Fragrance Oil
5 grams of the Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant
6 grams of the Deep Purple FUN Soap Colorant

Total Weights for the Melt and Pour Soap

132 grams of the Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap
7 grams of the Merlot Wine Fragrance Oil
3 grams of the Kelly Green FUN Soap Colorant
5 drops of the Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Clean and Sanitize for the Merlot Wine CP Soap Recipe

Before making your homemade soap, you are going to want to clean and sanitize for the Merlot Wine CP Soap Recipe. First, you are going to want to collect all of your soap making supplies that are listed for this soap making recipe. Also, you are going to want to clean off a work space to allow yourself the space that you need to make this soap making recipe. Also, you will want to prepare a spray bottle of vinegar. Then, set this bottle aside for when you need it later on.

Prepare the Wine for the Merlot Wine CP Soap Recipe

Also, you will want to prepare the red wine for the Merlot Wine CP Soap Recipe. So, you will want to place the wine into a pot on the stove top and boil it for 30-40 minutes. Be sure that you are stirring the wine periodically as it boils. When this time has elapsed, weigh out and carefully pour this wine into ice cube freezer trays. Next, you will place these trays in the freezer overnight to create wine ice cubes. When you are ready to create your soap, the frozen wine will be used as half of the water portion of the water/lye solution. 

Choosing the Wine for Your Merlot Wine CP Soap Recipe

We have some advice on choosing the wine for your Merlot Wine CP Soap Recipe. We would recommend that you use a wine with a lower sugar content. If you are using a wine that has a high sugar content, it will speed up gel. This will cause your soap batter to bubble up and out of the mold. You will want to watch for this as well as take proper precautions at safe guarding the surface your mold is placed on.

Prepare the Green Grape Embeds for the Wine CP Soap RecipePrepare the Green Grape Embeds for the Wine CP Soap Recipe

First, you are going to want to prepare the green grape embeds for the Wine CP Soap Recipe. So, you are going to need to weigh 132 grams of the Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap. Then, you will want to use thirty second intervals in the a microwave to melt the soap base. After the soap base has melted, you will want to add 3 grams of the Kelly Green FUN Soap Colorant and 5 drops of the Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant. Then, you will want to add 7 grams of the Merlot Wine Fragrance Oil to you mixture. You will want to mix these cosmetic ingredients together thoroughly and pour the soap into the grape bunches soap mold. You will make five grape bunches in total. Make sure that you allow them to setup before taking them out of the cosmetic molds.

Prepare the Lye Solution for the Merlot Wine CP Soap

Now you are ready to prepare the lye solution for the Merlot Wine CP Soap. First, you will need to weigh out the 129 grams of the distilled water and 129 grams of the frozen wine cubes. Then, you will want to stir this mixture as you add small amounts of the lye. You will need to continue to add small amounts of the lye while stirring the mixture. Once you have added all 96 grams of the lye for soap, you will need to set this solution in a safe place to cool to room temperature.

Weigh and Melt the Cosmetic Oils for the CP SoapWeigh and Melt the Cosmetic Oils for the CP Soap

While you are waiting for your lye solution to cool, you are going to want to weigh and melt the cosmetic oils for the CP soap. You will want to add the following amounts to a microwave safe bowl; 122 grams Rice Bran Oil, 68 grams Sunflower Oil, 81 grams Meadowfoam Seed Oil, 68 grams Olive Oil, 121 grams Fractionated Coconut Oil, and 216 grams Mango Butter Oil. Then, use short bursts in the microwave to melt everything down. After, you will want to let your melted oils to cool to about the same temperature as your lye solution.

Preparing the Colorant for the Merlot Wine CP SoapPreparing the Colorant for the Merlot Wine CP Soap

In the meantime, you can begin preparing the colorant for the Merlot Wine CP Soap. So, you are going to want to take a small bowl and add 5 grams of the Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant and 6 grams of the Deep Purple FUN Soap Colorant. Then, stir these two colors together and set the bowl aside for a later step.

Combining the Lye and Oils for the Merlot Wine CP Soap RecipeCombining the Lye and Oils for the Merlot Wine CP Soap Recipe

Once both the lye solution and the soaping oils have reached the proper temperature, you are ready for the next step, So, you will be combining the lye and oils for the Merlot Wine CP Soap Recipe. Then, you will want to use a stick blender to emulsify these soap making ingredients. After you have everything mixed together, you are ready for the next soap in the soap making process.

Add the Fragrance to the Merlot Wine CP SoapAdd the Fragrance to the Merlot Wine CP Soap

Once your soap batter has been mixed together, you are ready to add the fragrance to the Merlot Wine Soap. So, you will want to weigh out 51 grams of the Merlot Wine Fragrance Oil. Then, you will add this scented oil to your soap batter. After, you will want to use a stick blender to quickly incorporate the scent.

Merlot Wine Fragrance OilMerlot Wine Fragrance Oil

The aroma of the Merlot Wine Fragrance Oil is fantastic for enhancing this real wine soap recipe. This scent has scrumptious notes of plums, apples, red raspberries and strawberries. These fragrance oil notes combine with a light alcoholic and spicy background. Together, these fragrance oil notes create a wonderful aroma of red merlot wine. This perfectly enhances the true scent of your real red wine.

Add the Soap Colorant for the Merlot Wine CP Soap RecipeAdd the Soap Colorant for the Merlot Wine CP Soap Recipe

Next, you are going to add the soap colorant for the Merlot Wine CP Soap Recipe. So, retrieve the bowl of soap colorant that you had previously prepared. Then, add this colorant to your scented soap batter. Then, you will need to use your stick blender to throughout incorporate this color into your cold process soap batter. Once everything has been thoroughly incorporated and your soap has reached trace, you are ready to move on to the next step.

 Pouring the Merlot Wine CP Soap Into the Soap MoldPouring the Merlot Wine CP Soap Into the Soap Mold

Now that your soap has reached trace, you can begin pouring the Merlot Wine CP Soap into the soap mold. Then, you can pour your soap batter into the soap mold. Before moving on to the next step in the process, you will want your soap to set up a bit. However, you don’t want the soap to set up completely so that the soap embeds stick to the soap bars.

Adding the Soap Embeds for the Merlot Wine CP SoapAdding the Soap Embeds for the Merlot Wine CP Soap

Once your cold process soap is set up just enough, you can start adding the soap embeds for the Merlot Wine CP Soap. So, you are going to add your green grapes soap embeds to the top of the cold process soap. Of course, you will want to evenly space each of your five grape soaps onto the top of your soap loaf. After cutting your soap loaf, each bar of soap will have an embed grape soap on top. After placing all of your grape soap embeds, you will want to set the soap aside to set up completely.

Remove the Merlot Wine CP Soap from the MoldRemove the Merlot Wine CP Soap from the Mold

After your soap has completely set up in the soap mold, you are ready to remove the Merlot Wine CP Soap from the mold. This should take 24-48 hours before you can remove the soap from your mold. Once your diy soap recipe is removed from the mold, you are going to cut your loaf soap into bars of soap. Each bar will have a bunch of grapes, so you should end up with five bars of cp soap.

Using Your Finished Merlot Wine CP Soap

Before you are ready to use your finished Merlot Wine CP Soap, you will need to put these cold process soap bars in a safe place to cure. Once your wine soap has cured for a few weeks, you are finally ready to use your cold process soap! Whether you are making soap for your own use or to sell in your soap making business, we are sure that you will enjoy these handmade soaps! 

Learn More About Pairing Merlot Wine with Food

If you enjoy drinking Merlot wine as well as using it in your cold process soap, then you may be interested to learn more about pairing Merlot wine with food. The article Merlot Wine Taste by Wine Folly begins by sharing the wine’s profile and taste. Then, they talk about a few food that would pair perfectly with the notes of this wine. Further, this article shares a few fun and random facts about Merlot wine that you may enjoy learning about. So, anyone that enjoys Merlot wine may want to try out this article on wine.

Questions About the Merlot Wine CP Soap RecipeQuestions About the Merlot Wine CP Soap Recipe

We hope that you had fun creating this cold process soap recipe. If you have any questions about the Merlot Wine CP Soap Recipe, then feel free to reach out to us! You can contact us over the phone on our H.U.G. line, in the NG store, and on social media. Also, you can reach us through our social media platforms. First, we are available on the Natures Garden Facebook page. Also, you can use the handle @ngscents to reach us on both Instagram and Twitter. Not only can you use these social media platforms to ask us questions about this wine soap recipe, but you can share your own homemade bath and body recipes, too!

Jul
22

Soap Making: Never Add Water to Lye


This entry was posted in all natural, cold process soap, Fragrance Oils, handcrafted soap, homemade, Natures Garden, soap fragrances, soap oil properties and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , on by .

lye volcanoWhy You Never Add Water to Lye in Soap Making

Caustic Soda or lye is a necessary ingredient in the soap making process.  However, it is this same ingredient that prevents most people from attempting cold process soap making.  Most lye solutions consist of lye and distilled water.  When making the lye solution there are a few key tips you want to remember.  They are:

Wear your safety gear: safety goggles, mask, long sleeve shirts, pants, and gloves.

Always mix your lye solution in a well ventilated area (open windows, outside, garage, turn on the exhaust fan).

NEVER use glass or aluminum items for your soap making mixing containers or utensils.  Glass can break, and aluminum does not play nicely with lye.  It will cause a toxic, chemical reaction.

Lye is extremely caustic and can do severe damage.  When water and lye are mixed together this is known as a lye solution.  This mixing will also cause an exothermic reaction, this means that heat is given off as a byproduct of the chemical reaction occurring.  Once the lye and water are stirred to make the lye solution, lye solution will become very hot, sometimes reaching 200 degrees.

When you are ready to make the lye solution, ALWAYS pour the lye into the water.  One of the best tips that we have found to remember the order is to envision “a light snow falling into a pond.”

When incorporating the two ingredients together you want to do it in a slow manner.  You must sprinkle the lye in small doses into the water.  In between each sprinkle, you will want to stir, stir, and stir.  The lye mixture will become cloudy, and may give off fumes.  Do not inhale these fumes.  They are extremely hazardous.

NEVER POUR WATER INTO LYE!!!  And NEVER ADD TOO MUCH LYE TOO FAST!!!  Doing either one of these things will create a violent reaction known as a volcano effect.  This happens because the water starts to dissolve the lye, forming a crust.  This crust then seals in the chemical reaction occurring beneath it.  The reaction can only handle being restrained from its own crust before the build-up of pressure and heat creates a burst or eruption.  Hence the term- volcano effect.

If a volcano effect does occur, immediately spray your work area with vinegar.  Vinegar will neutralize the caustic lye.  Proceed by washing the area down with hot soapy water.  Rinse area, and wash again with hot soapy water.  Use paper towels to dry area.

So, to sum up this lesson in soap making:  NEVER POUR WATER ONTO LYE….YOU WILL CREATE A LYE VOLCANO!!!!  Create your lye solution by adding small amounts of lye to water and stir.

May
16

Bath Bombs and Luxury Soaps


This entry was posted in all natural, bath and body, bath bombs, bath products, cupcake soap, essential oils, Fragrance Oils, Natures Garden, sugar scrubs and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , on by .

fragrance oils1. What is your name and Your Company Name: Marlene Nicosia/Spa Girl

2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business? Meeting at a crossroad several years ago with decreasing demand for what I had been doing for the previous 35+ years (medical transcription), and also going to be relocating to the Chicago area as my daughter was having a baby and I would be full-time babysitter, I met with a couple of ladies who had successful soap companies and was awestruck by the concept of making handmade soaps from oils and lye. I had always been in love with essential oils and natural products and this was a perfect fit. I began my journey in 2009 into handmade. Although I have seemed to find my niche with bath bombs, my goal is to continue to add a KidSpa and SpaPure line that is fragrance-free with natural colorants, essential oils and beneficial clays.

3. What products do you make and sell? Bath bombs, luxury soaps, Kids Spa line including sugar scrubs, cupcake soaps, bubble bombs, glycerin soaps.

4. What are your business goals? We are working on our website and hope to have it ready in the next few weeks. I would also like to establish wholesale accounts for handmade soaps including our SpaPure natural line of products.

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden? What are your favorite products from Natures Garden? I love the products, pricing and service from Natures Garden. We carry over 50 fragrance oils from Natures Garden. I love to check out the Best Sellers section and know when I’m adding them to my line; they are guaranteed to be received well by my customers and will become my best sellers. I have purchased soap molds, soap making supplies, and always pick up a few new fragrances with every order.

Your Website: http://www.spagirlsoaps.etsy.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/spagirl.soaps

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SpaGirlSoap