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Nov
09

Pumpkin Sugar Scrubs


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Pumpkin Spice ScrubsWhat a fun time I had with the Pumpkin Sugar Scrubs Recipe as my first solo attempt at melt and pour homemade soap making.  We have a wide variety of pumpkin products such as molds, pumpkin fragrance oils, pumpkin powders, and even pumpkin recipes to satisfy your craving for this seasonal scent.  For now, I’m all about making melt and pour soaps and learning all I can about the different products here at Natures Garden, learning the techniques, and trying out the fabulous recipes.  I decided that making small, solid pumpkin sugar scrubs as my first official project was appropriate for this time of year.

I am brand-spanking-new to the wonderful world of soap making and part of the fun is figuring it out! I did some research on Pinterest and looked over a couple of our solid sugar scrubs recipes before coming up with this ridiculously fun recipe:

Ingredients used:                                                                                            

 

Tools needed:Silicone Soap Mold - 24 Mini Pumpkins

I included turmeric and carrot powder in the recipe both for their coloring properties and skin-loving benefits.  As this was my first attempt to make this recipe, I carefully prepped my work area and laid out all of the ingredients and tools I would need for this recipe.   Below is the step-by-step instructions that I followed:

Step 11. Place the silicone pumpkin soap mold off to the side.
2. Measure out your powders! I did this by placing one of my glass measuring containers on the scale, taring it to 0, then adding my powders one at a time (tare in between the powders if you’d prefer not to do any math).
3. Add 30g vegetable glycerin to your small glass bowl with your powders and stir until it is thoroughly mixed and you have created a paste free of lumps.  Place to the side.
4. Measure out your sugar and place to the side.
5. Measure out your oils.
6. Cut 175g of your melt and pour base and place in you microwavable bowl.
7. Microwave your soap in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, making sure it is melted. If you have a more powerful microwave, you can do it for shorter bursts of time.
8. Once that soap is completely melted, add your Pumpkin Walnut Biscotti Fragrance oil and your sweet almond and pumpkin seed oil; stir thoroughly.
9. Then pour your powder paste and add your 20 drops of orange oxide into the bowl all while its wet.Step 4
10. Then add the sugar and stir, stir, stir.
11. Once you’ve completely mixed your soap, oils, and sugar pour mixture into the mold and allow the little pumpkin bars (this recipe makes about 24) to set up for 4 hours. Ta-da!

Things got a little weird for me around step 11.   As I was mixing the mixture, it began to harden.  As you will see in the picture, I attempted to pack the mold versus pouring.  I decided to go ahead and re-heat it in the microwave for another 30 seconds.  When I took it out, it was a thick liquid that I stirred with the spatula (just to remix) and then began to poor into the mold.  It poured beautifully into each mold.  As excited as I was that this project seemed to turn out just right , I immediately decided it was time to put them to the true test.  I used a couple of these and they worked really well!  The bar held its shape despite the fact that anytime you add water to sugar, it breaks it down.  I hope you have as much fun as I did using this recipe.

May
22

Clamshell Bath Melt


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clamshell bath meltNow, you can make your very own homemade clamshell bath melt by following these very simple instructions.  The clamshell bath melt takes no time to make, smells amazing, and comes complete in its own packaging.  It literally does not get any easier than this recipe!

All of the ingredients needed to make this super easy recipe can be found at Natures Garden.

Now, besides all of the skin loving benefits of bath melts; one of the coolest aspects is that you can cater you bath melt to your specific liking.  By switching out the scent, herb, oil, or butter, you can make an array of clamshell bath melts.  If you would like to see the complete list of butters and oils you can choose from, please click on this link, or click on this link if you would like to see the herb selection.  If you would like to view the variety of fragrances that Natures Garden carries, in finding the perfect scent for your clamshell bath melt, please click on this link.  Just remember to select a scent that is body safe!

However, if you would like to follow this clamshell bath melt recipe exactly, here is the items and weights that you will need:
230 grams Mango Butter– an exotic, luxurious butter that is super moisturizing
16 grams White Beeswax– leaves your skin feeling silky soft
10 grams Grapeseed Oil – this oil is high in antioxidants and easily absorbs into the skin
10 grams Lavender Flowers Whole– for both decorative purposes, as well as aromatic and relaxation reasons
4 grams Kismet Fragrance Oil – A winner of a scent!  This is the fragrance description:  Beginning with fresh top notes of sweet orange and lavender; followed by a sleek woody blend of patchouli, incense and golden amber embracing the heart and soul inside oneself.

Now, there are a few things that you will want to note about bath melts.  First, if you are not fond of the idea of herbs going down your drain, you can always place the bath melts inside a pull string tea bag.  This will still allow the bath melt to function, but will keep all of the herbs inside.  Then, when you are ready simply throw the tea bag (with the herbs inside) away.  Secondly, it is the nature of bath melts to begin to melt just from physical contact with skin (or warm water).  It is not advised to keep your melts where they are susceptible to heat or direct sunlight, or to ship this type of bath and body product.

And, finally the steps (with pictures included):

First and foremost, as always clean and sanitize your work area.

melting the ingredients

Then, using the double boiler method, weigh out and melt the following ingredients: the Mango Butter, the Grapeseed Oil, and the Beeswax.

scenting the bath melts

Once you see that all the ingredients are melted, remove them from the heat source.  Next, add the Kismet Fragrance Oil.  Then, stir to incorporate.

prepping the clamshells

Now, lay out your 4 clamshell containers on a flat surface.

pouring the bath melts

Then, slowly begin to pour the bath melt mixture into your clamshells.  Do not fill the clamshells all the way full.  Make sure you leave room for the lavender flowers to go on top.

weigh out the lavender

Next, weigh out the 10 grams of lavender flowers.

sprinkle lavender herbs on top

Once you notice that the bath melts have started to set up slightly, there will be a thin film.  At this point, it is time to sprinkle the clamshells with the lavender flowers.  Because the lavender flowers are so light, you may have to apply light pressure to ensure they stick to the top of the bath melt.

freeze the bath melts

When the clamshell bath melts are hard enough to move, place them in the freezer for 30 minutes.

clamshell bath melts

That is it!  Remove your clamshell bath melts from the freezer, and snap the lid shut.

Your clamshell bath melts are now ready for use!

When you are ready to use them:   Only one bath melt is needed per bath.  Place one bath melt cube into the bath tub under warm running water.  Enjoy!

Please Note:  Be Careful: Your bath tub will be slippery from the oils and butters once the bath melt has melted.

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