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May
24

Natural Soap Making Supplies


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Natural Soap Making SuppliesNatural Soap Making Supplies

Natural cosmetic ingredients are a fantastic way to create quality homemade cosmetic recipes. If you are looking for some quality natural soap making supplies, then check out the natural cosmetic ingredients from Natures Garden. We have natural scents, natural soap colorants, wholesale herbs, soap bases, and soap making oils. So, take a look at the cosmetic blog below and get started on your natural bath and body recipes!

Natural Soap Making Supplies: Natural Scents for Body

First, you can use one of our many essential oils to naturally scent your homemade bath and body creations. You can use essential oils for both their lovely aroma and their beneficial properties. Now we have even more of these wholesale essential oils that you can enjoy in your homemade soap recipes. So, check out a few of our new natural scents below and even more on our Essential Oils page.

Natural Soap Making Supplies: Black Pepper Essential OilNatural Soap Making Supplies: Black Pepper Essential Oil

One of our new essential oils is the Black Pepper Essential Oil. This strong essential oil can be used in skin care products to increase circulation. Further, this increase in circulation can be useful for hair care as it can stimulate hair growth. So, this wholesale essential oil is a great ingredient to add to benefits of bath and body recipes.

Natural Soap Making Supplies: Geranium Essential OilNatural Soap Making Supplies: Geranium Essential Oil

Another one of our new essential oils is the Geranium Essential Oil. This wholesale essential oil is fantastic for protecting the skin as it will delay wrinkles, tighten skin, and cleanse the skin. Further, this cosmetic ingredient can be used to rejuvenate the skin and hair. Therefore, this essential oil is perfect for nourishing your body through cosmetic recipes.

Natural Soap Making Supplies: Cornmint Essential OilNatural Soap Making Supplies: Cornmint Essential Oil

Also, you can enjoy the refreshing, minty aroma of the Cornmint Essential Oil in your own soap recipe. Plus, this natural soap scent has some anti-inflammatory benefits for the body. So, this essential oil can be used to reduce skin inflammation and even help to fight acne. So, this is a fantastic scent recipe that you can add to your soap making recipe.

Natural Soap Making Supplies: Natural Cosmetic Colorants

Another natural cosmetic making ingredient that you can add to your homemade bath recipes is a natural colorant. These are pigmented herbs that can provide your cosmetic recipes with beautiful, natural hues. If you want to try out these cosmetic colorants, then check out our Natural Soap Colors page.

Natural Soap Making Supplies: Hibiscus Flower Powder Natural Soap Making Supplies: Hibiscus Flower Powder 

One great herb that you can use as a natural colorant has a natural red pigment. This means that you can use the Hibiscus Flower Powder to give your products a pretty pink or red color. Not only does this cosmetic herb provide a gorgeous color to your bath recipes, but it will provide your cosmetics with some beneficial properties. In fact, this herb has many benefits that you will love in your natural soap recipe. These properties include rejuvenating skincare properties, acne fighting properties, wrinkle smoothing abilities, and so many more benefits!

Natural Soap Making Supplies: Activated Charcoal PowderNatural Soap Making Supplies: Activated Charcoal Powder

Also, you can use the Activated Charcoal Powder to naturally achieve a rich black hue. Further, you can add a bit less of the cosmetic herb to get a lighter gray color. Not only does this herb provide a great color, but it has beneficial properties, too. This cosmetic herb is a natural odor absorber and can even help pull dirt away from your skin. So, this is a perfect herb for creating a nice cleansing bar of soap, just like our Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe.

Natural Soap Making Supplies: Turmeric (Ground) PowderNatural Soap Making Supplies: Turmeric (Ground) Powder

Also, you can use the Turmeric (Ground) herb to provide a natural pigment to your homemade soap. This wholesale herb can be used to create soap with a pretty yellow color. Not only can you use this powdered herb to naturally color your soap, but this wholesale herb is perfect for providing cosmetic herbs. Adding this cosmetic herb to your soap can provide your recipes with skin care and anti-aging properties. So, you natural soap recipe that may be able to promote healing, fight acne, reducing signs of aging, and provide even more benefits!

Natural Soap Making Supplies: Wholesale Herbs for Soap Making

Not only can you use cosmetic herbs to color your soap recipes, but you can use whole herbs to decorate your homemade soaps. These herbs can be used to top cp soap loaves, embed in mp soap, and so much more! You can use these herbs to get creative and create beautiful soap recipes. If you would like to find some wholesale herbs to make soap, then you may want to check out our page on Herbs and Spices.

Natural Soap Making Supplies: Poppy Seed Whole Natural Soap Making Supplies: Poppy Seed Whole

One whole herb that you can use to decorate your soap is the Poppy Seed Whole. This cosmetic herb can be used to provide an appearance of small seeds in your soap. We have used this herb in our Kiwi Watermelon Soap Recipe, Peppered Poppy Seed Cold Process Soap Recipe, and even more soap recipes. Not only does this herb serve as a lovely decoration, but this cosmetic herb can be used to exfoliate the skin.

Natural Soap Making Supplies: Lavender Flowers WholeNatural Soap Making Supplies: Lavender Flowers Whole

Also, you can add the whole Lavender Flowers herb to your soap making recipe. These wholesale flower herbs are perfect for decorating your soap. Plus, these flowers will bring a lovely aroma of true lavender. We included this herb in our Lavender Cold Process Soap Recipe. Further, you may find that these flower buds can provide a light exfoliation, too. So, you can create a beautifully scented soap with a pretty appearance and gentle exfoliation.

Natural Soap Making Supplies: Himalayan Pink Salt HerbNatural Soap Making Supplies: Himalayan Pink Salt Herb

You can use the Himalayan Pink Salt Herb to decorate your homemade soap recipe. This cosmetic salt contains minerals that provide beautiful pink hues. This pretty pink herb is perfect to add to the top of your homemade soap. Further, this wholesale herb is perfect for exfoliating the skin. So, you can enjoy the benefits and appearance of this cosmetic herb in your very own soap recipes.

Natural Soap Making Supplies: Natural Cosmetic Oils

Also, you can use some of our natural cosmetic oils in your homemade soap recipe. These luscious wholesale oils are perfect for skin care, as the oils are conditioning. You can add this cosmetic ingredient to both melt and pour soap and cold process soap. If you would like to create some nourishing skin loving soap, then you may want to check out our Natural Fixed Oils. On this page, you can choose the best cosmetic oils that will provide your soap with different nourishing properties.

Natural Soap Making Supplies: Vitamin E OilNatural Soap Making Supplies: Vitamin E Oil

One cosmetic oil that is fantastic for your soap making recipes is the Vitamin E Oil. This wholesale cosmetic oil is the purest form of natural vitamin E oil that is available. That means that this soap making oil is derived from only plant sources. This oil is nourishing and will care for your skin. So, this skin loving oil may make a good addition to your homemade soap.  

Natural Soap Making Supplies: Sweet Almond OilNatural Soap Making Supplies: Sweet Almond Oil

Another great cosmetic oil that you can use to create quality soap is the Sweet Almond Oil. This cosmetic oil absorbs easily into the skin, so it is perfect for conditioning the skin. Further, sweet almond oil is light and non greasy, which makes this oil great for soap making. So, this wholesale soap making ingredient is perfect for making a skin loving batch of soap.

Natural Soap Making Supplies: Olive Oil Natural Soap Making Supplies: Olive Oil 

If you want to create a very moisturizing batch of soap, then Olive Oil is the perfect cosmetic oil for you. Our cosmetic oil is pomace grade olive oil, which is a thick, rich, green grade of olive oil that is obtained by solvent extraction of the fruit and pits of the olives. This natural soap making ingredient can be used to create a hard bar that is mild and very conditioning. If you love this soap making ingredient, then you may want to try making Castille soap, 100% olive oil, or Marseille soap, 75% olive oil. Whether you use a small amount or nearly 100% of this cosmetic oil, this wholesale cosmetic oil will be sure to moisturize your skin.

Natural Soap Making Supplies: Melt and Pour Soap Making Supplies

Another great way that you can make natural soap is with our melt and pour soap base. Our wholesale natural soap base uses quality soap making ingredients that are great for your skin. You can melt down this nice batch of soap and use it with other natural soap supplies to create your own fantastic soap bars. If you want to check out all of our options for mp soap, then check out our Melt and Pour Soap page.

Natural Soap Making Supplies: Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap BaseNatural Soap Making Supplies: Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap Base

Of course, you can use the Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap to create your very own melt and pour soap recipe. This soap base uses no SLS, no added detergents, no animal testing, and only includes the finest ingredients! This wholesale soap making ingredient includes skin loving oils that your skin will love. Further, this soap base includes hemp oil, which can help balance out oily skin. So, this is a soap base is perfect for making nourishing batches of soap.

Natural Soap Making Supplies: Honey Melt and Pour Soap BaseNatural Soap Making Supplies: Honey Melt and Pour Soap Base

Another great soap making ingredient that you can use to make your soap is the Honey Melt and Pour Soap Base. Like our other mp soap bases, this soap base uses only the finest ingredients. Not only does this soaping recipe use quality cosmetic oils, but this soap base includes real honey. This added honey provides a golden color to the melt and pour soap base as well as conditioning properties. Honey is known to nourish the skin, reduce acne, fight signs of aging, and clean your pores.

Natural Soap Making Supplies: Yogurt Melt and Pour Soap BaseNatural Soap Making Supplies: Yogurt Melt and Pour Soap Base

Also, you can use the Yogurt Melt and Pour Soap Base to create your own mp soap recipe. This bulk soap base uses only the finest ingredients, which includes cosmetic oils and yogurt. Adding yogurt to your other soaping ingredients will increase the conditioning properties of your bars. Plus, some find that adding yogurt to your soap can help to fight both signs of aging and acne. So, you can use this soap base for making some fantastic mp soap!

Natural Soap Making Supplies: Why All Natural?

If you are looking to create your own all natural bath and body recipes, then you may be interested to learn more about the natural cosmetic industry. There are definite benefits of using natural ingredients in all kinds of beauty products,  but there are many factors involved in the natural cosmetic market. Anyone that is curious about this market may want to check out the article What’s Driving The Billion-Dollar Natural Beauty Movement? from Fast Company.

Natural Soap Making Supplies: Reach out to UsNatural Soap Making Supplies: Reach out to Us

We hope that you enjoyed learning more about the natural soap making supplies from Natures Garden. If you have any questions about any of these cosmetic ingredients, then feel free to reach out to us. You can find us on the phone, in the store, and online. One way that you can find us online is through one of 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 to ask us your questions, but you can share your natural craft recipes. So, we hope that you have enjoyed these natural bath and body recipes 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!