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Nov
14

Olive Oil in Soap Making


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Olive Oil PomaceOlive Oil in Soap Making

At Natures Garden we have many different methods for soap making, which we like to share with our customers through website descriptions, recipes, pictures, and videos. You can hot process soap, cold process soap, or make melt and pour soap, as some examples. We also sell many different waxes, butters, and oils that you can use to make your soap. For instance, we have Joy Wax, Pillar of Bliss Wax, Shea butter, cocoa butter, castor oil, and what we will be discussing today: olive oil. You will be learning a lot about our Pomace Olive Oil and how to use olive oil in soap making. There are so many recipes on our website that use this product, which we will introduce you to. Whether you are trying this method out for the first time, or you are an experienced master at it, there is a lot to learn!

Pomace Olive Oil

Using olive oil in soap making is actually a very common method. It is generally the number one oil used in most soap makers’ recipes! This oil is easily available, easy to use, and highly beneficial, which is why it is so common. Pomace olive oil is both thick and rich in texture. It has a greener shade than some other olive oils out there that are more yellow in color. Extra virgin olive oil and Grade A oils are made from the pits of olives that go through solvent extraction. Once there have been multiple pressings and extractions, what is left over is what makes up the pomace grade olive oil.

There are multiple reasons that this is such a common ingredient in soap making. Many essential fatty acids are present in olive oil including palmitic, stearic, oleic, linoleic, and linolenic. Olive oil is rich in antioxidants and these ingredients provide benefits for the hair and the scalp when used in shampoo. They help promote health of the scalp, treat dry scalp, and can treat hair loss. It boosts hair growth because it massages and increases blood flow to the hair follicles as well. There are additional benefits that olive oil provides to the skin. It is incredibly moisturizing, which makes it a popular element of massage oils. Olive oil is used to make bars of soap that are a good hard texture. You can also use olive oil to make lip balms, scrubs, lotions, and more!

Castile Soap

Castile is one type of soap that is made from 100% olive oil. This type of soap contains only olive oil, lye, and water. There are many benefits to using this product. A major benefit of soap containing olive oil is that they are great for sensitive skin and dry skin. Castile soap is typical to use on babies because they have sensitive skin and this type of soap is highly conditioning and super gentle. Olive oil gives soap a moisturizing texture, nourishes and restores skin by making it feel extra smooth. Different kinds of soap have certain properties about them. Castile is made with 100% olive oil, which means it is not a cleansing soap. Other types of soap blend a few types of oils to balance out different properties, such as cleansing and conditioning. Bastille soap, for example, blends separate oils together to do this.

Bastille Soap

Another type of soap made from olive oil is called Bastille Soap. Unlike Castile soap, which is made with 100% olive oil, Bastille is made up of 75%. The olive oil is mixed with other oils as well, including coconut oil and castor oil. It is made up of water, lye, olive oil (75%), coconut oil 76 (20%), and castor oil (5%). As previously mentioned, olive oil is highly conditioning but not cleansing. Coconut oil is highly cleansing, but not conditioning, which causes this soap to balance itself out. The castor oil is high in conditioning, bubbly lather, and creamy lather. This helps the soap bubble better, have a softer texture for your skin, and nourishes dry skin. Without this balance, your soap could leave your skin dry and dehydrated. We have a list of soaping oil properties that you can help you understand the properties of soaping oils.

Marseille Soap

A third type of soap that contains olive oil is called Marseille. This type must contain at least 72% olive oil. Marseille soap is composed of some other vegetable oils, palm oil, and coconut oil. Palm oil adds hardness and creamy lathering properties to this soap, balancing out the conditioning of the olive oil. There are also benefits such that it is an anti-bacterial and it being a very gentle type of soap, which are both bonuses for your skin. This soap can also be used in shampoos, shaving soaps, and shower gels. There are many other products that it can be used to create as well, like laundry detergent, a jewelry cleaner, or a detergent for your dishwasher. Now we will get into some recipes from Natures Garden that contain olive oil that we would like to share with you!

Cold Process Soap Making Class

We are going to be mentioning some of our recipes that use olive oil and are cold processed soap. Before we begin, we would suggest taking a look at our FREE class for making cold process soap. If you are unfamiliar with this process and would like to gain a better understanding of it before attempting it yourself, this class can help with that. Cold process soap is made with fresh lye, which can be highly dangerous if it is not handled properly. Lye is used to make all soap and you need to be sure that you are taking the proper precautions. This is why it is important to educate yourself about the ingredients that you will be working with.

Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process SoapRecipes with Olive Oil: Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process Soap

We would like to talk about using olive oil to make cold process soap. This is our handcrafted recipe for Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process soap. This will provide you with four pounds of soap. In this recipe you are going to combine the olive oil with palm oil, coconut oil 76, fractionated coconut oil, castor oil, safflower oil, and Shea butter. Most soaps combine several oils with butters just like this one does. This mixture creates the soft and moisturizing properties that customers desire in soap and other products. The perfect blue swirls in this cold processed soap make the finished product look so beautiful. Another bonus is that it smells delicious because it is made with our Blueberry Cheesecake fragrance oil. This handcrafted cp soap recipe is unique in that we have used milk instead of water for a portion of our lye solution.

Doggy Shampoo Cold Process SoapRecipes with Olive Oil: Doggy Shampoo Cold Process Soap

This is such a fun recipe that anyone out there can create. We actually got this recipe idea when we saw cute cupcakes with dogs on them and thought we could turn it into soap! You will be able to get three doggy shampoo soaps out of this. They make the perfect addition to your shower routine and can also add something cute to your bathroom counter or shower shelf. It can be a cute gift to give to a friend as well.

This creation uses coconut oil 76, palm oil, castor oil, fractionated coconut oil, and of course, the olive oil. The combination of each of these oils makes this soap into a buttery, smooth texture. The overall product definitely has a strong conditioning component added to it by the olive oil. Our Sage Leaf Fragrance Oil adds scent to it, which is reminiscent of fresh sage leaves. You can also switch this recipe up and make it your own by shaping the dog however you want, or by adding different FUN soap colorants if you would like to.

Other Recipes That Use Olive Oil

Although olive oil is very common when making cold process soap, it can be used for other things as well. Many of our other homemade recipes use it as well, other than those with soap making. We have a large variety of these listed on our website, but the possibilities are endless when you have the creativity! The ones that we are going to be talking about today are our Black Cherry Bath Bomb and Fruity Rings Sugar Scrub.

Black Cherry BombBlack Cherry Bath Bomb

Taking a bath from time to time can be relaxing and rejuvenating to the body and the mind. You might even enjoy adding a bubbly bath bomb to the hot water. We have created many of these on our website with multiple fragrance oils, other types of oils, powders, and soap colorants to give them some color. To create your bubbly bath, hold the bath bomb underneath the hot water as you are filling up the tub. It will begin disintegrating, fizzing, and forming into a swirling bubble bath full of color and a strong, yummy scent. This recipe uses one of the Natures Garden original fragrances and this one is one of our top sellers: Black Cherry BOMB. It has a VERY strong scent of black cherry that is sweet but not overly sweet.

To make this, you will mix the olive oil in with the fragrance oil and the castor oil. These ingredients will moisturize your skin when you are taking a bath using this bath bomb. There are some dry ingredients that contribute to the softening of the skin and provide other benefits as well. The Beet Root Powder gives the pink and red color to the bath bomb and provides multiple nutrients such as beta carotene, vitamins B5, B1, and C. It also contains selenium, potassium, phosphorous, glycine, tyrosine, zinc, magnesium, and tryptophan. Bentonite Clay Powder helps clean skin impurities, helps with oily skin, and in this case, makes the bath bomb harder and more durable in order to disintegrate better. This recipe makes five large bath bombs, which lasts for a while!

Fruity Ring Sugar ScrubFruity Rings Emulsified Sugar Scrub

This Fruity Rings Sugar Scrub recipe will make eight 4 ounce jars of product, which is a lot! The directions are simple to follow, and the results will definitely leave your skin feeling silky smooth and rejuvenated. To make this scrub, combine the olive oil with sweet almond oil, cocoa butter deodorized, Shea butter, beeswax, and the emulsifying wax. Each one of these ingredients will help to create a sugar scrub that moisturizes exceptionally and thoroughly nourishes the skin on a deeper level.

Shea butter actually contains many of the same essential fatty acids that olive oil does. It has palmitic, stearic, linoleic, and oleic. We use Shea butter in many of our products because it has the perfect texture for loads of recipes. We use it to make lip gloss, lip balms, and many bath and body products including lotion, body scrubs, and of course, soap. When it is used to make soap, it can add really great conditioning and creamy lathering properties to it. There are some added aesthetic benefits to this sugar scrub as well, which we all love. It has a rainbow look to it when placed in the jar in layers, and give off the delicious scents of lemon, verbena, vanilla sugar, and grapefruit that flow wonderfully together!

All of the recipes we have mentioned in this blog are our very own and have all been handmade. We hope that you have enjoyed getting to learn more about pomace olive oil and how useful it can be for your soap making!

Jul
11

How to Treat Your Feet for Summer


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The perfect kit for anyone who is seeking perfect summertime feet. This kit makes a great gift, but it is also an awesome treat to pamper yourself with.

How to Treat Your Feet for Summer

The one thing that gets me super excited about summer is “flip flop season.”  Living in the great state of Ohio, my flip flops really only get to be show cased for about 3 months.  I am not a huge shoe person, but when it comes to flip flops I have acquired what some would say is an extreme amount.

Is this a problem?  I don’t think so, in my mind I love having flip flops in every color to match my outfits and even some of my flip flops were purchased to match my moods.  They just have the capability to make me happy.  I even have a “flippity flop song” that I sing when I am trying to find a match.  My girls love to chime in too.  It looks like they may be inheriting my passion for flip flops.

When it comes to avid wearers of flip flops, like me, one thing that you have to take seriously is pampering of your feet.  Because wearing flip flops leaves little to the imagination for feet, there is a ton of skin exposed.  But, this is only a problem if you do take the proper precautions.

The skin of the feet actually relies on sweat glands to moisturize itself.  It is not like the skin on the rest of the body that contains oil glands to produce soft and supple skin.  Feet skin is naturally dry.  This however, is only a problem if you do not moisturize your feet regularly, or in some cases have a medical condition.

There are a few steps that you can take to help prevent dry and cracking feet.  They are
Moisturizing
Using a mild bar of soap when bathing
Drinking lots of water

I personally like to lotion after I shower, but occasionally I do take that special step in truly pampering my feet.  I swear by this recipe and love how my feet feel after I am done too.  For any of my true avid flip flop lovers out there, this is a remarkable way treat your feet, especially since they work so hard for you!

This recipe is super easy to make and since it calls for Dead Sea Salt, you now have the added bonus of using an ingredient that naturally draws impurities and toxins from your skin.  Plus, since it is Dead Sea salt (which exfoliates the skin), rubbing this mixture all over your feet will help to remove dead skin cells.

Citrus Peel Salt Scrub Recipe

Here are the ingredients:

1 cup finely ground dead sea salt
1/2 cup fractionated coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
1 teaspoon lemon peel powder
1 teaspoon orange peel powder
20 drops Ruby red grapefruit fragrance oil

Here are the steps:

Clean & Sanitize your work area and all of your packaging materials. It is suggested that you wear gloves, protective clothing, and a hair net while preparing this recipe.

Step 1: Mix 1 cup fine dead sea salt, 1/2 cup fractionated coconut oil, 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil, 1 teaspoon lemon peel powder, and 1 teaspoon orange peel powder.

Step 2: Add 20 drops of Ruby Red Grapefruit Fragrance Oil and mix.

Step 3: Spoon contents into jars and lid.

Your Citrus Peel Salt Scrub is now ready for use.  Not only will your feet look and feel great, they will also smell wonderful too.

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Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations if applicable. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients. We also do not offer any advice on formulating or altering recipes.

May
29

Luxurious Hair Care Products


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fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  Abigail Wickham and my company is Shukura Natrorganics.

Embracing the hair you’re born with sounds like it should be the easiest thing in the world, but for some, it’s a huge challenge.  Shukura Natrorganics produces KuSHEaMa Hair Care and is the brain child of Abigail Wickham.  These products provide a solution for all hair types, for all possible problems of the hair and scalp. All products are composed of only natural ingredients, based on KuSHEaMa Hair Care products are made in Texas USA and combine the healing power of herbs and natural oils, quality and comfort in use. All products are composed of natural oils: Flax Seed oil, Macadamia oil, Oblepiha Sea Buckthorn oil, Kukui Nut oil, Neem oil, Argan oil and Cashew oil, Creatine, Shea Butter, Olive oil, Wheat and Barley oil and Nettle oil.  My hair care line encompasses products for the whole family. Whether your hair is curly, kinky, straight, processed, there is something for everyone. The line has four distinct products offerings: Curl, Traditional products, Honey for Hydro Moisture and Coconut for Hydro conditioning and moisturizing.  Additionally, I also produce skin care and body care products that offer moisturizing and conditioning properties to the skin. The skin care line includes lotions, misters and creams to target dry skin such as eczema and dry heals. My natural dry skin products are designed to be a healthy non-toxic treatment for eczema, psoriasis and dry itchy sensitive skin.  My eczema treatments are made with nature’s finest ingredients for dry and itchy skin. Experience the difference our all-natural alternative creams and butters will bring to even the driest of skin. You will notice relief, comfort and smooth skin within a matter of days. Is a line of candles and room and linest sprays to lighten your mood and freshen your home. A wonderful addition to your collection of candle scents.

I especially love the flower and herbal fragrance oils. My herbal hair butter comes in two fragrances – Rosemary Mint and Lavender Sage.  My hair conditioner is scented with the Lavender Apple fragrance.  I just recently made a hair pomade using the Tangerine/Mango fragrance.cosmetic supplies

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May
11

How to Know Your Skin Type


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skin-types1Are you facial complacent?

Let’s all face it (yes, this is a total pun!), in order to put our best foot forward each day, we want to look our best.  You have a direct effect on many things; the clothes your wear, the added accessories, the shoes and so on.  But, when it comes to our face, we are kind of stuck with the one we have.

Yes, it is true that we can use makeup to help aide our complexion in looking flawless and youthful.  Changes in our diets and drinking more water are also huge helpful additions as well.  Still, there are many herbal remedies that can nourish your face, and allow it to be the best face it can be.

The most important factor in facial skin care is to know which facial skin type that you have.  There are 5 different skin types.  They are: dry skin, oily skin, sensitive skin, normal skin, and combination skin.  It is possible that a person’s facial skin type can change during one’s life.  Any number of things can allow for this to happen; illness, age, stress, pregnancy, etc.  But, before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take a quick look at each of the different types of facial skin in order to discover the best herbs to use in your facial regime.

Dry Skin Types:  The underlying problem with dry facial skin is due to the fact that there are inactive or underactive oil glands.  Because these oil glands do not produce the normal amount of sebum (oily secretion that keeps hair and skin supple), it creates skin that is not naturally lubricated as it should be by our own bodies.  Physical signs of having dry skin are usually a dull appearance.  The facial skin will feel dry to the touch, and may be even itchy at times.  Some of the things that people with dry skin can do to help with their situation is to drink plenty of water.  Externally, facial mists are a plus, as well as the addition of using very rich hydrating and moisturizing creams and lotions.

Oily Skin Types:  Oily skin is the exact opposite of dry skin types.  This skin type is caused by super active glands that produce too much sebum.  This results in skin that has a sleek or greasy feel.  Physically, oily facial skin is shiny.  The best time to notice this is at the mid-day point.  This is when the oil glands are at their peak in production.  The over active glands in oily skin even have the additional downfall of the usual large and clogged pores.  People with oily skin types are also very prone to non-inflammatory acne- due to the clogged pores.  This acne is caused from the sebum trapped inside the skin which then results in lesions that are pus filled.  These pus filled lesions are in the medical world referred to as comedones.  In simple terms, comedones are known to you and me as blackheads and whiteheads.  Also, oily facial skin is prone to breakout in inflammatory acne.  This type of acne includes pimples and cystic zits.  Cystic zits are deep, painful, inflamed blemishes that can be very large.  On a positive note, oily facial skin types generally have a more youthful and supple look to their facial appearance over all of the other skin types.  One thing that people with oily facial skin can benefit from is an occasional herbal steam treatment and herbal clay masks.

Sensitive Skin Types:  Sensitive skin is sometimes considered more of a skin condition rather than a skin type, but for informational purposes we are going to include this skin type.  Sensitive facial skin types are a special category for skin types because of the various conditions of skin that they include.  Sensitive skin can include dry, normal, or oily skin.  The reason why this facial skin type is special or sensitive is because the facial skin actually reacts unfavorably to both environmental conditions and common cleansing and moisturizing products.  The common cleansing and/or moisturizing products could include those that contain alcohol, synthetic oils, some essential oils, some fragrance oils, and artificial colors.  This skin type actually requires special caring treatments.  The best line of defense for aiding sensitive skin types are gentle, natural products, that also includes light steaming and some essential oils.

Normal Skin Types: For these lucky people, the oil glands actually produce the correct amount of sebum.  What this then develops to is a naturally balanced state between oily and dry skin.  The physical appearance of normal skin types is full, fresh, glowing face.  To yourself and others, you skin seems to reflect light evenly, almost giving your face a radiant glow.  Sure enough too, people who have normal skin types rarely suffer from breakouts.  However, please do not be fooled!  Even though the normal facial skin types seems to have it all, that does not necessarily mean that normal facial skin people have any less work to do in keeping their faces flawless.  In order to keep normal skin types faces happy and content, regular cleansing, toning, and moisturizing steps still need to be carried out in a habitual regime.

Combination Skin Types:  This facial skin type is the most common group that the majority of us fall into.  Basically, as I am sure you have already figured out by the name of this group, the combination skin type people are the ones with at least two different skin types at any time.  Physically, combination facial skin types will be quite aware of their T-zone.  The T-zone is the area of the forehead, nose, and chin.  Basically, this makes a T on the face.  This zone is generally oily, or may even be prone to break outs.  The rest of the face (the checks, eye area, temples, and mouth region) are either dry or normal skin types.  Another tell tale sign that you have combination facial skin is if your face reacts to the weather and/or climate changes.  What this means is that for some of the year your face is super oily, and for other times of the year it is dry as a bone.  For this group of people, facial treatments will range.  Due to the varying combinations the facial skin types are among the combination facial skin type group, it is extremely important to evaluate which skin types you have and treat them separately.  Of course, in the dry areas of the face, you would treat as such; the oily (or T-zone) area would be treated correspondingly; etc.

All right folks, it is time to listen/read up!  I know you all are probably just like me, chalking ourselves up into the normal facial skin type, but the truth is, the best way to allow the most beautiful face to come forward is to know which facial skin type you are and treat it as such.

So now, I bet you are wondering, “All of this information is great, but how do I really know which category my face is in?”  Don’t worry; it is common place for the majority of people not to know which skin type they are.  In fact, many women incorrectly gauge their skin type which results in improper products and facial treatment usages.  When the wrong facial care treatments are used, the possible consequences are irritation, acne, and can even add to the aging of your facial skin (hello wrinkles, I didn’t have you scheduled a few more years!).

Okay, I know that the last paragraph is a little scary, but, get ready and hold on to your seats, we have already researched this and we have found a trick to help you discover which group your face falls into.

There are two steps for every facial type that stay consistent across the board.  They are:

1.  You must get your Beauty Sleep!  Obviously this sleep was named correctly for the right reasons.  Night time is the best time to pamper your face.  Why you ask, well I’ve got two answers for you.  First, even though you are sleeping your body is still hard at work.  During the night, your skin rejuvenates itself.  This makes it a prime time to treat your face with skin loving nutrients.  Secondly, many of the super nutrient ingredients that are in skin care products are just like vampires in the sunlight.  These ingredients are broken down by the sun rays and are not as potent therefore making facial treatment regimes not as effective.

2.  Water, water, and more water:  Could I say that one more time, yes- water is one of the best things that we can provide our bodies.  Not only is water natures secret key for keeping our bodies hydrated and functioning properly, but it also helps keep our skin supple and fresh.

Now, onward to discovering which skin type you have.

The first step is to wash your face with a gentle cleanser.  Pat your face dry.  You do not have to scrub it down or over wash.  You are just looking to remove any makeup, dirt, and grime from your pores, essentially giving your face a fresh starting place.

The second step is to wait.  The magical time is one hour.  During this period, your skin will return to its natural state.  This is the key step in determining which facial skin type you have.  It is very important that during this wait time you do not touch your face.

The third step:  After an hour has elapsed, you will need a tissue to test with.  It is very important that while you are dabbing the different areas of the face, you are also consecutively using different areas of the tissue.  The area breakdown is as follows:  The T-zone of the forehead and nose, the chin, cheeks, outer cheeks, and the outer forehead along the hairline.  Remember to use a different area of the tissue for each of the different areas of the face!

The fourth step:  Assessment and Determination time.

You have a normal skin type– if you show little to no oil or flaking on the tissue.  You face will also feel very smooth and supple.  Your facial pores are visible, on the smaller end but not large.
You have an oily skin type– if your tissue has a lot of grease (or oil) on it.  You may also have flakiness or patches of flakiness on your face, especially around your nose and T area of the forehead.  Your facial pores will be large.
You have a dry skin type– if your tissue has flakes on it.  Also, your face will feel very tight.  Your facial pores will be small.
You have a combination skin type– if your tissue is showing oil on the T-zone areas.  All of the other areas that you dabbed do not show oil.  Combination skin also applies to the tissues that show oil on the areas of chin, temples, and jaw line, but does not show oil in the T-zone.  It is common for within this group to have an oily T-zone, with dryness on the cheek area.
You have a sensitive skin type– if your tissue has no oil on it.  However, what differentiates you from dry facial skin is the tell tale sign that you have irritation or red blotches on your face.  It is actually the broken capillaries and vessels (causing the redness) that are located underneath the facial skin that denotes this skin type.  Your face may even feel dry and itchy.

Now that you have the information to discover which facial skin type you are; we are hard at work researching various facial recipes for each skin type category.  Be on the lookout for our future blog post were we will discuss different avenues of facial skin caring and what proactive steps you can take to always put your best face forward.

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Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com