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Coconut Soap Recipes

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Coconut Soap RecipesCoconut Soap Recipes

Coconut Oil is one of the most popular oils that is used in soap making. It’s very affordable, easy to obtain and it can be very good for the skin and hair. If you love making soap, or are new to soap making, take a look at some of Nature’s Garden’s coconut soap recipes. Not only will you be inspired by the creativity, but you skin will be happy and healthy looking!

Coconut oil is perfect for smoothing out dry, frizzy hair and it is also good for nourishing dry, split ends. If you have a sensitivity to products that contain a lot of chemicals or fragrances, this is a good, natural alternative to lotion or body cream and of course, it’s perfect for hydrating that itchy, dry skin. Since coconut oil contains Vitamin E, it is also perfect for helping to delay the look of wrinkles.

Coconut Soap Recipes: Which Coconut Oil do I use?Coconut Soap Recipes: Which Coconut Oil do I use?

As you may know, there are two types of coconut oil. Nature’s Garden offers Coconut Oil-76 and Fractionated Coconut Oil. Both work equally well in all bath and body products. You may notice that fractionated coconut oil does not solidify like regular coconut oil-76 does. That is because the fatty triglycerides from the oil have been removed and what is left is the clear, liquid form of the coconut oil. This type of coconut oil is perfect for using in massage oils, as a carrier oil for lip gloss or essential oils. Any time you want your product to stay at as a liquid, fractionated coconut oil is the perfect answer.

Coconut Oil-76 is a solid form of and only turns liquid in temperatures of 76 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Coconut oil is popular in any type of soap making, bath and body products and even in cooking. It is also very obtainable in grocery stores, soap making supply stores and at any type of big box store. It also very affordable, which makes it perfect for making soap. Both types of coconut oil will give your soap a wonderful, bubbly lather and can also contribute to making your soap hard and white. Coconut Oil-76 is perfect for any type of cosmetic product or bath and body product, such as a body scrub, that you want to have a solid form to.

Coconut Soap Recipes: Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe

Our first recipe looks good enough to eat and smells just as delicious! Our Orange Swirled Cold process soap is a yummy concoction of some major skin loving ingredients. Shea butter, coconut oil-76, avocado oil are just a few of the ingredients that go into this soap. It smells amazing since we used our Blood Orange fragrance oil. This is a perfect blend of tangy oranges and a touch of floral thyme in the background. To top off this sweet smelling soap is some cute orange slices that were made with some Diamond Melt and Pour soap. This recipe makes 16 bars of soap. They would make perfect gifts to give this Christmas.

Coconut Soap Recipes: Raspberry Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Raspberry Cold Process Soap Recipe

Next we have our Raspberry Cold Process soap recipe. This is an easy cp soap recipe that looks like a piece of raspberry swirled cheesecake. This soap is made with cocoa and shea butter, coconut oil-76, sunflower oil, and meadowfoam seed oil, to just name a few. We scented this soap in our Fresh Raspberry. A lovely, bright and fresh, true raspberry fragrance.  This recipe makes 9 bars of soap.


Coconut Soap Recipes: Beard Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Beard Soap Recipe

You may have noticed that beards are incredibly popular among today’s male population. Since your beard is the first thing that is noticed about you, it should be given some extra special attention. Plus, a scruffy beard makes a bad first impression. This Beard Soap is a wonderful addition to your men’s line of bath and body products! Your beard will be soft, smooth and the skin underneath will be nicely moisturized. We made this hot process soap with coconut oil-76, jojoba oil, lanolin and shea butter. Plus, we chose to scent this soap  in our Gurjan Balsam Essential oil. This is a very natural and manly smell. 

Coconut Soap Recipes: Mistletoe Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Mistletoe Cold Process Soap Recipe

Here is a fun soap to make at Christmas time! Mistletoe Cold Process soap is made with mango butter, apricot kernel oil, and both fractionated coconut oil and coconut oil-76. This makes a wonderful lathery bar that will last you all through the Christmas season. We scented this soap in our Mistletoe & Ivy fragrance oil which is a perfect scent for the holidays! This fragrance is a bright blend of cedar, sandalwood, ivy, musk and cool camphor! Your skin will be smelling like the holidays with this soap recipe!

Coconut Soap Recipes: Herbal Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Herbal Soap Recipe

This Herbal Soap Recipe is a lovely recipe for those that like a more natural scent to their soap. This soap is scented in Dandelion Pear which smells fresh and clean, just like soap should smell! Bitter dandelion and wildflowers are the top notes which is mellowed out by pear, green tea and aloe. This is a perfect springtime soap! We used coconut-76, shea butter, sunflower oil and apricot kernel oil to name a few. On top, we used mango butter melt and pour for the smiley face embeds and sprinkle Chamomile Flowers on top for a finishing touch.

Coconut Soap Recipes: Cappuccino Coffee Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Cappuccino Coffee Cold Process Soap Recipe

This Cappuccino Coffee Cold Process Soap is perfect for the coffee lovers in your life! For this recipe we chose to use Fractionated coconut oil along with cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, avocado oil. We also used fresh brewed coffee as part of the lye mixture! Next we added in some coffee grounds to give the soap some gentle exfoliation. We scented this soap in our Cappuccino fragrance oil that smells of coffee, cream and sugar! Lastly, we sprinkled whole coffee beans on top the white fluffy topping to put this cold process soap over the top!

Coconut Soap Recipes: Strawberries and Champagne Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Strawberries and Champagne Cold Process Soap Recipe

This Strawberries and Champagne Cold Process soap is fun soap to create for the beginning of the new year, or even for Valentine’s Day. This creative soap is made with fractionated coconut oil, mango butter, shea butter, sunflower oil and even some lanolin to give it some extra moisturizing! On top we added some cute little melt and pour soap embeds made into champagne bottles! We scented this soap in our very popular NG Strawberries & Champagne fragrance oil! This scent is a perfect combination of strawberries and effervescent apple cider!

Coconut Soap Recipes: Hot Fudge Brownies Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Hot Fudge Brownies Cold Process Soap Recipe

Who doesn’t love brownies? Pretty much everybody. So why not create a soap that is America’s favorite number one dessert!  This soap would be perfect for your brownie lovers or even kids who like a sweet treat to make bath time more fun! Hot Fudge Brownie Cold Process soap is going to make your bathroom  smell like brownie heaven! We used our Hot Fudge Brownie fragrance oil, which smells like fresh, fudgey brownies! The soap batter was made using fractionated coconut oil, cocoa butter, avocado oil and we even used some organic cocoa powder for natural colorant!


Coconut Soap Recipes: Fruit Frenzy Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Fruit Frenzy Cold Process Soap Recipe

This Fruit Frenzy Cold Process soap is a very good recipe for beginners. Simple ingredients such as fractionated coconut oil coconut oil-76, castor oil, grapeseed oil and mango butter will help make your soap rich, creamy and moisturizing. Also, we scented this soap in our Fresh Fruit Slices, which smells like everything fruit! Fresh Fruit Slices fragrance oil works perfectly in cold process soap with no discoloring, ricing, accelerating or separating. We also added some dried orange peel to help give this soap a natural color! Perfectly simple and sweet!

Coconut Soap Recipes: Pumpkin Puree Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Pumpkin Puree Cold Process Soap Recipe

So what is the benefit of adding pumpkin puree to your soap? Well in our Pumpkin Puree Cold Process Soap Recipe it does help add some natural color. Best of all, pumpkin is full of alpha hydroxy acids, fruit enzymes and vitamins A and D, which have been shown to soften and smooth skin as well as boost collagen to help prevent signs of aging! Along with pumpkin puree we used fractionated coconut oil, olive oil and even some pumpkin seed oil to make this soap amazingly skin friendly! The fragrance oil we chose to use is our yummy Pumpkin Apple Butter fragrance oil. It smells deliciously fall like with a scent of apples, pumpkin butter and spices!

Coconut Soap Recipes: Wine Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Wine Cold Process Soap Recipe

Next we have our Wine Cold Process Soap. This soap can be made with any kind of wine you would like to use. The addition of wine helps with natural colorant and is used in place of water. This soap was made using strictly oil, no butters. You will have a lovely, moisturizing bar of soap! Of course our fragrance of choice is Merlot fragrance oil. This is a wonderful blend of raspberries, plums, and strawberries with a spicy background!

Coconut Soap Recipes: Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process Soap Recipe

This Blueberry Cheesecake cold process soap is a beautiful rendition of the yummy, decadent dessert. With its pretty blue and white swirls and the fluffy topping, this soap is almost too pretty to use! Made with both coconut oil-76 and fractionated coconut oil, these oils along with shea butter, safflower oil and palm oil will give your luxurious, lathering soap! Of course the inspiration behind the soap was our Blueberry Cheesecake fragrance oil! This fragrance oil is a sweet blend of cheesecake, blueberries, cream, vanilla and brown sugar, you will be tempted to take a lick!

Coconut Soap Recipes: Hippies & Hemp Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Hippies & Hemp Cold Process Soap Recipe

If you need a groovy soap recipe to enhance your line of bath and body products, give this Hippies & Hemp cold process soap recipe a try! How cool is this soap with its psychedelic swirls of neon colors!  We created this soap using  shea butter, safflower oil, coconut oil-76 and fractionated coconut oil. Your skin will be pleased with the rich moisturizing qualities that will come from this bar of soap! We used our Cannabis Flower fragrance oil that is a truly unique blend of cannabis, violet, green fern and cashmere woods. This soap will definitely have people stopping in their tracks. If not to smell, but to notice the fun swirl of colors that will catch their eye!

Coconut Soap Recipes: Lime Cupcake Cold Process Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Lime Cupcake Cold Process Soap Recipe

Lime Cold Process Soap is a fun soap to make if you enjoy frosting and decorating! This recipe along with the fragrance oil, Agave Lime are a perfect combination to allow you to decorate and get fancy! We used coconut oil-76, mango butter, palm oil and castor oil for the soap batter and frosting! Since Agave Lime fragrance oil works perfectly in cold process soap with no ricing, discoloring, separation or accelerating, you will have no problems when it comes to piping! For the limes we used Diamond Clear melt and pour soap base and perched them atop the fluffy white frosting!

Coconut Soap Recipes: Apricotie Hottie Soap RecipeCoconut Soap Recipes: Apricotie Hottie Soap Recipe

As you noticed, most of our recipes have been cold process, which is very popular in the soaping world due to “clean-ness” of your finished product. However, hot process is a quicker, if not easier soaping process. The crock pot does all the work for you and your cure time is cut down. The main difference is that hot process soap has a more rustic appearance that CP soap.

Take our Apricotie Hottie Soap for instance. This is truly a simple soap recipe and perfect for beginners! Made with only a few ingredients such as coconut oil-76, mango butter, shea butter, avocado and apricot kernel oil, you will have a wonderful, sudsy, moisturizing bar of soap in no time! Our Apricot Fragrance Oil smells so amazing sweet and “apricotie”! Plus this fragrance holds up beautifully through the hot processing!

Coconut Soap Recipes: That’s it for now

We hope you enjoyed learning all these recipes that use coconut oil-76 and fractionated coconut oil. Both oils are amazing for your skin and will give your bars of cold and hot process soap the best moisturizing abilities there are!

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Best Wine Fragrance Oils

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Best Wine Fragrance OilsBest Wine Fragrance Oils

Up until the last 20 years, wine was not very popular. Only in recent years has a “wine-craze” taken over in society. Availability and affordability are the number one reasons why this alcoholic beverage has taken a close second to the sale and production of beer. Nature’s Garden is totally hip to the popularity of “vino”. We have listed below, our best wine fragrance oils.  Some of our fragrances have recipes that incorporate actual wine and of course the fragrance itself to create an amazing bath and body product. How about creating a gift basket of lotion, soap and/or a body scrub all using wine for clients or family members who are wine lovers?  So, go ahead and raise your glass to learning about all our wine-inspired fragrances and their recipes! Cheers!

Did you know? Wine has been around for centuries! Dating back as far as 4100 B.C. the world’s oldest winery was discovered in Armenia. There are basically 5 types of wine; Red, White, Rose, Fruit and Mead (which is a honey wine). These types of wine are based on the grapes that were used to create. Each wine is named after the type of grape that was used to create it.

Best Wine Fragrance Oils: Burgundy Rose

Our first wine fragrance is Burgundy Rose. With this fragrance oil by Natures Garden, romanticism, luxury, and culture combine to produce this luxurious fragrance blend. Sensual burgundy rose with fresh white floral nuances, blend with exquisite burgundy wine, and warmed by precious musk and apple wood. Finally, this rose fragrance can withstand the saponification process without losing its authenticity.

This fragrance did well in our cold process soap testing. There was no ricing, separating or discoloring. There was some accelerating so soaping at room temperature is strongly suggested. The scent held up nice and strong throughout its cure. Burgundy Rose also did well with candles and in bath and body products.

We have a wonderful recipe that uses this romantic fragrance oil. Our Burgundy Rose Bath Milk Soak recipe incorporates powdered goat’s milk. Oat Straw powder with an added touch of rose petals to help boost the floral fragrance. Oat Straw is know for it’s skin rejuvenating and softening properties so it is a perfect addition to this recipe.

Best Wine Fragrances: Cabernet Sauvignon Fragrance OilBest Wine Fragrance Oils: Cabernet Sauvignon Fragrance Oil

Cabernet Sauvignon is a very popular seller here at Nature’s Garden. Our fragrance oil is the essence of a sweet aroma of wild grapes enhanced with hints of strawberries and sweet sugary notes with a light alcoholic background. A wonderful aroma of red sweet Cabernet wine. 

This fragrance oil had a decent test run in cold process soap. There was no ricing or accelerating, however, we did experience separating when we placed the batter in the mold. It did combine back together as it solidified. Due to the fact that this fragrance oil has a high vanillin content. We suggest using our Vanilla White color stabilizer to help prevent this. This fragrance oil did well in other bath and body products and in all our candle wax testing.

Do you know? The wine itself is a bold and assertive full bodied wine, best paired with any type of meat dish, barring the spicy ones. Grilled meats and vegetables, hearty stews and meaty types of fish, such as Ahi Tuna or Swordfish, go well with this wine.


Best Wine Fragrances: Christmas Cabernet Fragrance OilBest Wine Fragrance Oils: Christmas Cabernet Fragrance Oil

This fragrance oil was designed to capture not just the wine itself, but also the essence of the Christmas season. Cabernet has a classically deep, red color and displays a lovely bouquet of berries and oak. A full-bodied wine with good varietal character and power, it offers rich cherry flavors with excellent balance and a long finish. We have combined this lovely aroma with hints of Christmas time, and created our version of Christmas Cabernet.

Christmas Cabernet did very well in our cold process soap testing. There was no ricing, separating or accelerating. This fragrance oil has a slight vanillin content. It caused our soap to discolor to an olive/tan color. Vanilla White Color Stabilizer would be helpful in preventing discoloring.

We liked this scent so much that we created a beautiful Wine Sugar Scrub recipe that not only has Christmas Cabernet as the star fragrance, but we also used a splash of real wine to help enhance the skin loving qualities of this scrub. This recipe is chock full of moisturizing components such as, cocoa and shea butter, olive oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil and Vitamin E. That’s just the beginning! Your skin will be soft, supple and moisturized, not to mention smelling sweet and yummy!

Do you know? Cabernet is a type of grape that is used in red wine making. The addition of Sauvignon came from an accidental cross-breeding of the wine grapes; Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon was born!


Best Wine Fragrances: Merlot Fragrance OilBest Wine Fragrance Oils: Merlot Fragrance Oil

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden has velvety nuances of plums, apples, red raspberries and strawberries which  combine with a light alcoholic and spicy background.

Merlot did wonderful in our cold process soap testing! A soaper’s dream come true! No ricing, separating, or accelerating and no discoloring! The fragrance stayed strong and true throughout it’s cure.

Best Wine Fragrances: Merlot Fragrance OilThis fragrance oil is perfect in our Wine Cold Process soap recipe! This soap has skin loving oils such as, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil and Sunflower Oil. We also incorporated wine in the recipe to be used as part of the water portion! A perfect addition for a true wine inspired soap!

Do you know?  Wine (and grape juice) contain a high content of Resveratrol? Resveratrol is a natural polyphenol found in the skin of red grapes that has excellent antioxidant qualities. When used in cosmetics, this micronutrient can help protect the skin from UV damage, and reduces the occurrence of age spots. Resveratrol also has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties, and is used in products that fight acne. This amazing product is used in anti-aging, anti-wrinkle cosmetic products, and provides anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce swelling.


Best Wine Fragrances: NG Napa Valley Harvest Fragrance OilBest Wine Fragrance Oils: NG Nappa Valley Harvest Fragrance Oil

NG Nappa Valley oil by Natures Garden is a beautiful duplication of the Yankee candle scent.  This fragrance is reminiscent of the cultural heritage surrounding Napa Valley, and the effervescence of rich, aged wine. The scent is a complex blend of aged wine, lilac, vanilla, violets, and lilies, with a light musky base note. A definite complex fragrance that is very pleasing to the nose!

NG Nappa Valley Harvest is a winner when it came to our cold process soap testing! There was no ricing, separating, or acceleration. It did discolor to a light butter color so you may chose to use our Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to help prevent this. This fragrance also did very well in our bath and body product testing and in our candle wax testing!

Do you know? September through November is when the actual Napa Valley Harvest season is. Harvest season is a busy, bustling time with the season’s harvest being brought in and new batches of wine that are being made. Visitors not only get to sample the varieties of the wines that are made, but you can also participate in the picking and the smashing of the grapes!


Best Wine Fragrances: Shiraz Fragrance OilBest Wine Fragrance Oils: Shiraz Fragrance Oil

The pronunciation of Shiraz is taken from the original name “Syrah” but for one reason or another, Australians adopted the well known term Shiraz.  The aromas and flavors of Shiraz vary with wine style and region, but are usually blackberry, plums, and pepper in varying degrees dependent on growing conditions.  Natures Garden’s Shiraz fragrance is reminiscent of this prestigious wine.

Shiraz Fragrance Oil did beautifully in our cold process testing. With no accelerating, ricing, seperating or discoloring, it is another soaper’s dream! The scent stayed true and strong througout it’s cure time. Shiraz also did well in all our candle waxes and in bath and body products. With a fragrance oil that does so well, we had to create a recipe with it!

Best Wine Fragrances: Shiraz Fragrance OilOur Wine Lotion recipe is loaded with some amazing skin loving ingredients. Jojoba oil, Cocoa Butter, and Vitamin E to name just a few. Of course we did include our Reservatrol Powder which you know is a wonderful for aging skin!


Best Wine Fragrance Oils: Tuscan Wine Fragrance Oil

If you’ve ever dined at an Italian restaurant and drank wine from a flask that was wrapped in straw, you’ve enjoyed Tuscany Chianti wine.  Natures Garden’s Tuscan Wine fragrance is a true luxury fragrance beginning with top notes of black grapes, strawberry, and red wine; followed by middle notes of white flowers and sweet cinnamon; and sits on dry wood notes.

Tuscan Wine did beautifully with cold process soap testing. It had no ricing, separating or accelerating. It did discolor to an olive brown, so Vanillin White Color Stabilizer may be used to help prevent this. The scent retention during and after its cure time was amazing and strong!

Do you know? The straw wrapped wine bottle of Chianti is called a “Fiasco” which in Italian means: bottle or flask.


White Zinfandel Wine Fragrance OilBest Wine Fragrance Oils: White Zinfandel Fragrance Oil

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden has the aroma of fruity dry pink wine with undertones of red raspberries, currents, strawberries and rose petals with a light alcoholic background. Zinfandel is the type of grape that is used to make this incredibly popular wine. The “White” part is actually a method of making the wine itself, hence the name White Zinfandel.


White Zinfandel tested positive in cold process soap making. With no acceleration, ricing or separation, it is a good soap to play with! No discoloring either which makes this fragrance oil perfect! The scent retention in all bath and body products, candle waxes and even in soaping stayed very strong and true with no fading!

Best Wine Fragrances: White Zinfandel Fragrance OilNature’s Garden created this fun Wine Gel Wax candle recipe using our popular White Zinfandel. This candle is incredibly easy to make using wine glasses as your container and our red Spectrum candle dye. You will have some fun candles to display for any kind of celebration in no time!

Do you know? Back in 1975, Sutter Home’s White Zinfandel experienced a failure which resulted in the White Zinfandel as we know it today? The original wine had a “stuck fermentation” which is a problem that occurs when the yeast in the wine dies out before consuming all the sugar. This accidental juice was set aside and several weeks later, the winemaker tasted it, preferring the result, which was sweet and pink. It was originally called Cabernet Blanc, but eventually the name White Zinfandel was adopted.


Best Wine Fragrance Oils: Muscadine Fragrance Oil

Muscadine is a fragrance oil by Natures Garden that is rich in a  wonderful aroma of fresh grapes, blackberries, and woodsy base notes. Much like the wine itself.

This fragrance oil did well in our cold process soap processing. There was no accelerating, separating, or ricing. Despite the fact that there is zero vanillin in the oil, it will discolor to a dark cream. Vanilla White Color stabilizer will not prevent this from happening. Muscadine also did well in candles and in bath and body products for scent retention.

Muscadine grapes are considered America’s “first grape”. They are commonly grown in the hotter, dryer regions of the States. The resulting wine from muscadine grapes result in a sweet, red wine mostly for the reason that winemakers may add sugar to the wine. This wine is known to have a taste of ripe banana, apple, lime peel plus a scent of rubber cement. Wait! What? Rubber Cement? Well, they do say Muscadine wine is an acquired taste so there you go!


Best Wine Fragrances: Cooking With WineCooking With Wine

We all know you can cook with wine. You should always cook with a wine that you would drink is what I have learned. Wine is a versatile ingredient that can deepen the flavor of the most simple dish. If you would like to broaden your horizons in cooking with wine,  enjoy browsing through these recipes that incorporate this popular beverage.


So there you have it! We hoped you enjoyed this lesson in wine today.  Not only did you learn some fun facts about our featured wine fragrances, but hopefully you found some creative new recipes and learned a little about our best wine fragrances we have to offer. Whether you are looking for some fresh, new ideas to add to a new line of products or just wanting to make something fun and creative for friends or family, we hope to have inspired you just a little.