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Dec
17

15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners


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15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners

We at Natures Garden have 15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners. These various soap making classes are perfect for beginning soap makers. These soap classes will help beginners gain knowledge about different types of soap making and learn how to make homemade soap. So, you will be able to learn everything that you need to know about soap making. Of course, these classes vary from important safety tips to specific advice for making both cold process soap and melt and pour soap. This will provide you with all of the information that you will need to create gorgeous homemade soap!

15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Soap Making Safety15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Soap Making Safety

Before you begin learning how to create homemade soap, you need to make sure that you know all about important soap safety. Learning about how to be safe during this process is especially important for making cold process soap. While you need to careful with lye when making cold process soap, there are some things that you can do to keep yourself safe when making melt and pour soap. So, any of our beginning soap makers should take a look at the Soap Making Safety class. So, you can use this class to make sure that they know how to stay safe as they learn how to make soap.

15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Soap Making: Where Do I Start15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Soap Making: Where Do I Start

If you have never made your own soap, then you will benefit from the information in our class called Soap Making: Where Do I Start. This soap making class will break down the four different types of soap making methods. First, our beginning soap makers will learn all about the cold process soap method. This will allow you to combine water, lye, and cosmetic oils to create a perfect soap with the best soap properties.

Also, you can learn about the benefits and process of melt and pour soap. If you enjoy the benefits of cold process soap, then you may be interested in making soap from scratch with a shorter cure time. So, you may enjoy learning about either hot process soap or oven process soap. This way new soap makers can learn how to make these different soap making methods. Whether you find out that you enjoy one type of soap or you want to create all types of soap, you can determine which particular methods that you would like to try to create!

15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Melt and Pour Soap Information15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Melt and Pour Soap Information

If you are interested in creating melt and pour soap for the first time, then you may benefit from checking out our Melt and Pour Soap Information. First, the soap making class will share with you various cosmetic ingredients and additives that you can use to make a fantastic batch of melt and pour soap. Also, this class on soap making will explain the process of making a batch of melt and pour soap, which includes picking out the perfect mp soap base. Plus, this soap class shares additives like cosmetic oils and herbs that will improve the bar of soap. Further, this soap making class will share with you various tips and tricks for making sure that your finished soap turns out conditioning for the skin and beautiful!

15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Easy Directions for Making Melt and Pour Soap15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Easy Directions for Making Melt and Pour Soap

One of the easiest ways to make homemade soap is to use a melt and pour soap base! This will allow you to create scented soap at home without formulating your own recipe. So, you can do all the fun parts of soaping, like adding scents, wonderful colorants, and using great soap molds. If you are curious about learning how to make fun melt and pour soap, then check out a class on our Easy Directions for Making Melt and Pour Soap! This soap making class will go over all of the advice for making soap with a great mp soap base.

15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Common Soap Making Questions15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Common Soap Making Questions

Anyone that wants to get into cold process soap making may find that there are some unfamiliar terms. This can be confusing for beginning craft makers. So, we have created a list of important soap terms that you may come across as a beginning soap maker. Whether you want to know what trace or rebatch means, you can find out ll about these terms and much more! If you have any questions about a confusing term, then check out our class on Common Soap Making Questions.

15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Soap Making Terminology15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Soap Making Terminology

As you begin to get more into soap making, you may find that some instructions and recipes have some unfamiliar terms. If you ever come across a new word that seems specific to soap making, then the class on Soap Making Terminology will be very useful. This soap making class defines all kinds of soap terms and abbreviations that are related to the process of making soap from scratch. So, this is a soap class that will be extremely useful for beginning soap makers.

15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Cold Process Soap Class 10115 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Cold Process Soap Class 101

There are all kinds of benefits for making soap from scratch. However, there are some things that you should know before you gather all your soap making supplies. Not only do you need to determine which cosmetic oils you want to use, but you will want to determine the proportions as well. Plus, you will want to figure out which fragrance oils would be best for making cp soap. If you are a bit overwhelmed with all of these options, we have a basic soap making recipe that is perfect for beginning soap makers in our Cold Process Soap Class 101. Not only will you find an easy to follow recipe, but this helpful guide will help you with all the other important choices for soaping. So, there are all kinds of great tips you can benefit from in this soap class!

15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Fragrances Tested in CP Soap Results

Another important decision that you will need to make for creating your soaps is the fragrance oil. Not only do you need to pick your favorite scents, but you need to find a scent that works well in soap making. If you want to make sure that the fragrance you want to use is good for soaping, then check out our class on Fragrances Tested in CP Soap Results. This list of fragrances will provide you with details about how the scent will perform in your cp soap.

15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Making Your Own Soap Recipe15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Making Your Own Soap Recipe

This soap making class will help you calculate the amounts and types of conditioning oils for your own soap recipe. Of course, there is a nice website that you can use that will help you through the process of formulating your own soap recipe. So, you can choose your oils and cosmetic ingredients to create a bar of soap with all the best properties. Further, our soap making class will walk you through the various sections of the soap calculator. So, our class on Making Your Own Soap Recipe would be a great place for beginning soap makers to start learning how to formulate your own cp soap.

15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Soap Making - Finding the Perfect Recipe15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Soap Making – Finding the Perfect Recipe

All of the cosmetic ingredients that you will need for making homemade soaps will have different properties that you can benefit from. Plus, the different cosmetic oils will each have unique properties and different skin benefits. If you are interested in finding, then you may be interested in checking out our soap class on Soap Making- Finding the Perfect Recipe. With your new knowledge of the properties of each cosmetic oil, you can create a bar with all the soap properties you would want in a bar of soap.

15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Soaping Oil Properties15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Soaping Oil Properties

When you are creating your homemade soap recipes, it can be useful to know about the different properties that cosmetic oils can have for your soap recipes. In order to make a great soap recipe, you will want to combine cosmetic oils to create a nice balance between hardness, cleansing, conditioning, bubbly lather, and creamy. If you are interested in learning about the specific properties of soap making oils, then you may want to check out our class on Soaping Oil Properties.

15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Essential Oils Class15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Essential Oils Class

Not only can you use fragrance oils to scent your soap, but you can use essential oils as well! If you want to learn more about how to scent soap with essential oils, then check out our Essential Oils Class. Not only does this soap making class share which oils are body safe and other advice, but the class goes into the detail of how essential oils are created.

15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Exfoliant Class15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Exfoliant Class

There are all kinds of great soap making ingredients that you can use to make fantastic herbal soap bars. You can make fantastic soaps using cosmetic herbs. These great soap additives will add beneficial properties to your scented soap recipe. There are all kinds of reasons why you would add herbs to your cosmetic recipes. Some of our cosmetic herbs can be used to exfoliate the dead skin from your body. In our Exfoliant Class, we will share with you all kinds of cosmetic ingredients that can be used to create an exfoliating batch of soap. So, you will have a soap recipe that will exfoliate dead skin cells and grime as you clean your skin.

15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Soap Coloring Class15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Soap Coloring Class

Another fun soap making ingredient that you can use to make gorgeous soap is cosmetic colorants. First, you can use natural colorants to add some color to your soap bars. In fact, there are some cosmetic herbs that are pigmented and will provide your soap with beautiful hues. Also, you can use soap making colorants to create some bold colored soap. Further, you can use some of our mica dust powder to create a glittery, beautiful bar of soap. If you are curious about what you can use to create colorful soaps, then take a look at your options in our class on Soap Coloring Class.

15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: The History of Soap Making15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: The History of Soap Making

Homemade soap has been made by human civilizations for thousands of years. Although the purpose of soap is always to clean the body, the ways people make their soap has changed throughout time. There were quite a few methods for soap making and they had to go through quite a bit of trial and error to refine the process over the years. If you are interested in learning more about the ways that soap has been made in the past, then check out our soap making class on The History of Soap Making.

15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Homemade Gift Ideas

One great reason for you to create homemade soap is to give as gifts to your loved ones. Of course, making homemade soap from scratch is a fantastic idea for creating gifts for the holidays. Not only do we at Natures Garden believe that scented soap is a fantastic gift idea, but the organized mom blog talks about how great a gift soap is in their DIY Gift Ideas: Why homemade soap is the perfect gift article.

15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Reach Out to Us15 Soap Making Classes for Beginners: Reach Out to Us

If you have any more questions about soap making, then you can feel free to reach out to us at Natures Garden! You can reach out to us in the store, on the phone, and online. An easy way to reach out to us online is through social media. You can find us on our Facebook page, Also, you can use the handle @ngscents to find us on Twitter and Instagram. So, we hope to hear from you soon and we wish you the best with your soap making!

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!

 

Jun
20

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions


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Common Melt and Pour Soap QuestionsCommon Melt and Pour Soap Questions

At Natures Garden, we are here to help you succeed! We are going to answer some common melt and pour soap questions that we get asked frequently by customers.  Since these questions are common, its likely that these are the issues most soap makers will come across when making their melt and pours soaps. So, let’s get these soaping issues solved so you can create some gorgeous bars of mp soap!

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Does Natures Garden Offer Melt and Pour Soap Supplies?

Yes, we do! We offer all kinds of melt and pour soap making supplies! Click on the Soap Making Supplies tab on the website and you will find soap base, soap colorants, an mp soap kit, soap additives, and soap molds. Everything that you could need right in one easy place!

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Can I Make Soap Without Using Lye?

Since the mp soap base has already been made, you can create melt and pour soap without worrying about the lye. If you are wondering “What is the difference between melt and pour soap and cold process soap?”, then this is a big difference. While melt and pour is pre-made and can be remelted, cold process soap is made from scratch using lye.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Can Melt and Pour Soap Be Used Right Away?

Since mp soap was already made and the saponification process has already taken place, you don’t have to wait to use your soap. As soon as the melt and pour soaps have hardened in the molds, you can pop them out and use them!

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Where Do I Find the Melt and Pour Soap IngredientsCommon Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Where Do I Find the Melt and Pour Soap Ingredients?

You can find the soap base ingredients in two places. The first place is online, as each mp soap base has the ingredients listed in the description. Also, these ingredients can be found on the label of the base itself.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: What Soap Making Supplies Do I Need to Make Melt and Pour Soap?

Most importantly, you will need a microwave or double boiler and mp soap. Also, you will need a cutting board, knife, a microwave safe dish, spoon, rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle, and a soap mold. If you want fragrance, color, or herbs you will need to have these out, too .

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: How Do I Melt Soap Into a New Bar?

Melt and Pour soap can be melted using a double boiler on a stove top or a bowl in the microwave. Just make sure that you use 30 second intervals to warm the soap int the microwave. Otherwise, it may get too hot and your soap will be ruined. Also, make sure that you are watchful when melting soap on the stove. While a double boiler on medium heat will help to protect your soap, you don’t want to heat it too much longer after it is liquid.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: How Much Soap Will I Need for My Mold?Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: How Much Soap Will I Need for My Mold?

For every ounce by volume that your mold is you will need 31 grams of soap by weight. So, let’s go to the Soap Mold page and pick one. I choose Ollie Octopus,which says it holds 4.5 ounces in the description. So, we are going to take  4.5 times the 31 to give us 139.5 grams

Formula: (Weight Needed Per Ounce) x (Ounces Mold Holds) = Total Weight

Equation: 31 grams per ounce  x  4.5 ounces = 139.5 grams of soap

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: How Do I Get My Melt and Pour Soap Out of the Mold?

Sometimes your soap may get stuck in the mold. You can place the mold in the fridge for a short amount of time. Once the chilled soap mold is removed, the soaps should pop out fairly easily.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: What Temperature Should I Pour Melt and Pour Soap?

Melt and Pour soap should be poured in a liquid state, which should be around 140 degrees Fahrenheit. So, you can pour your soap once it has all completely melted.

 

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Why Do I Have Bubbles in My Melt and Pour Soap?Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Why Do I Have Bubbles in My Melt and Pour Soap?

Although making air bubbles is unavoidable, you can get rid of them by spraying lightly with rubbing alcohol. These are often air bubbles that form when you pour, so you can release them by spraying right after you pour. However, bubbles that are a light-yellow color are fragrance oil and won’t go away by spraying. This is either due to adding too much fragrance oil or not mixing thoroughly.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Why is My Homemade Soap So Oily?

One reason that you soaps would be oily is that they contain too much oil. So, you can try reducing the amount of the fragrance oil and/or the carrier oil that you are adding to your soaps. If your bars look like they are sweating, then it could be due to not wrapping the soap soon enough. Since your soap contains an ingredient, vegetable glycerin, that pulls moisture to it, it will pull moisture out of the air to create “sweat”. But, you can lessen your chances of this by wrapping your soaps right after they are out of the mold.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Why is My Melt and Pour Soap Dissolving So Fast?

While a softer bar of soap is great for nourishing the skin, it is more likely to dissolve quickly in water. So, you can add some extra oil to your soap to moisturize. However, adding too much will make your bar very soft and it will dissolve quickly in the shower.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: How Do I Swirl Melt and Pour Soap?Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: How Do I Swirl Melt and Pour Soap?

While it is possible to swirl mp soap, it is a bit trickier to swirl compared to cp soaps. On its own melt and pour soap won’t swirl. Instead, the colors will mix before the soap hardens. So, you need to add a cosmetic powder, like clay, fruit, or veggie powders. This will slightly thicken the soap and create tension between the two colors that are gong to create the swirl. We did this in our own Swirled Melt and Pour Soap Recipe!

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Why Won’t My Melt and Pour Soap Lather?

There are a few possible answers to this question. First off, soap can loose its lather due to an excess of oils and herbs being added to the bar. Also, some types of our soap base use ingredients that naturally lather better.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Why is My Soap Not Hardening?

If your melt and pour soap isn’t hardening, then it could be due to adding too much oil. Whether the culprit is fragrance oil, carrier oil, or both, it is most likely that this excess oil is to blame. Another possibility is that the soap was overheated, which resulted in a break down in the soaps that prevents it from working properly.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Can You Use Essential Oils in Melt and Pour Soap?

Of course! Many essential oils can be used in soap making and the rules for using them safely are just like the ones for fragrance oils. So, you need to check the IFRA sheet to determine usage rates and figure out whether the specific essential oil is body safe. You can find this IFRA statement on the page of each individual essential oil that we carry. Many are body safe scents, but some are not considered safe for prolonged skin contact.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: How Do I Color Melt and Pour Soap?Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: How Do I Color Melt and Pour Soap?

We have soap dye, soap colorants, and powdered herbs that can be used to color your homemade soaps. The soap dyes are great for solid color soaps, but tend to bleed when used in layered soap. Also, the white soap base will provide a more pastel color and the clear soap will give a more true color. The FUN Soap Colorants are vibrant colors that are more true in all soap bases. Lastly, the natural form of coloring soaps is cosmetic herbs, which are perfect for a rustic or natural look. Just be aware that herbs can oxidize over time and cause discoloration of the soap.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Do You Offer Melt and Pour Soap Recipes?

Of course! We have a wide variety of melt and pour soap recipes and soap making ideas. On the top of the website you will see a box with the words “Free Recipes & Classes”. After you click on this fine the melt and pour soap recipes and you will find all of our recipes using mp soap.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Does Natures Garden Offer Soap Making Kits?

Yes! We have the Melt and Pour Soap Kit available with options to choose either Goats Milk MP Soap or Ultra Clear MP Soap.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Why Won’t My Soap Frosting Setup on My Melt and Pour Soap?Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Why Won’t My Soap Frosting Setup on My Melt and Pour Soap?

If you are making cupcake soap wholesale, then the frosting is a pretty big deal. You are going to want to use the whipped soap base, melt and pour soap, and vegetable glycerin. The soap base allows the frosting to harden on the cupcake, while the vegetable glycerin allows for a little flexibility.  If you are curious and thinking, “How do I make melt and pour soap frosting?”, then check out our Soap Frosting Recipe to see how we make the frosting for our soap cupcakes. While the recipe goes into more detail, basically it is equal parts of mp soap base and whipped soap base with 5% of vegetable glycerin and fragrance oil all whipped into a frosting consistency.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: I Would Like to Know If Most Recipes are Showing Oils Measured in Weight Ounces Or in Fluid Ounces?

In our soap recipes we will use weight ounces. We do this because weight ounces are more accurate than fluid ounces. So, we highly recommend weighing your ingredients using a gram scale. This will allow you to be precise in your measurements and prevent accidental mix ups.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: What is the Best Way to Wrap Melt and Pour Soap?

There are a few different ways that you can package your finished soaps. We prefer to use shrink wrap, but you can use ziplock bags, or a decorative box.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: How Should Soap Be Stored?

After your soap is wrapped, you can store it in a cool, dry place for later use.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Does Natures Garden Offer Any Melt and Pour Soap Recipes with Shea Butter?Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Does Natures Garden Offer Any Melt and Pour Soap Recipes with Shea Butter?

We sure do! If you go to the Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap page of the website and click on the Recipe tab, you will see all kinds of melt and pour soap recipes. For example, we have the Zebra Print Soap Recipe and the Graffiti Melt and Pour Soap Recipe that both use shea butter mp soap.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: History of Soap

Today, there are all kinds of different types of soap from melt and pour soap recipes to commercially made soaps. However, the first soaps ever made weren’t too fancy. In fact, the first known use of soap was by ancient Babylonians that used animal fats and ashes as their ingredients. If you want to learn more interesting  soap facts, then check out History of Soap and Soap Interesting Facts by Soap History.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Ask Us Your QuestionsCommon Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Ask Us Your Questions

Hopefully, this blog was helpful in learning a bit more about melt and pour soap. If you have anything else that you aren’t sure of, then please ask us your questions. One easy way to reach out and talk to us is social media. We have an account on Facebook, Twitter (@ngscents), and Instagram (@ngscents).

Jul
05

God’s Love Fragrance Oil


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God's Love Fragrance OilGod’s Love Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight 

The God’s Love Fragrance Oil is a heavenly aroma that is  a is Natures Garden original scent as well! Our customers are intrigued by this powder aroma, not only because of it’s strong hot and cold scent throw in candles, but also because of its amazing performance in handmade cold process soap.  One customer reviewing this glorious fragrance said, “There is something very captivating about this fragrance… I thought it smelled like twizzlers at first, and as it cured, more of the baby powder aroma came out of it. At shows, everyone is drawn to this one. I was able to make a very complicated 7-color CP elemental swirl with this one (behaved so well!)”

What Does God’s Love Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the ozony aroma of soft baby powder with just the right amount of ripened sweet mulberries. An NG Original Fragrance!

How Do Our Customers Use God’s Love Fragrance Oil?

Homemade candle makers can make their own recipes using this fragrance oil. The candle products that use vegetable waxes and paraffin wax can include up to 10% of this scent overall. This scent will perform perfectly in joy wax and wow wax. Also, the fragrance will perform nice and strong in soy wax. Further, this fragrance oil is gel wax compatible. We suggest using two drops of blue liquid candle dye or a small amount of shredded blue color block per four pounds of wax.  Never use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

Those of our customers who enjoy creating their own unique room scents can use this fragrance oil in your air freshener recipes. First, this scent can used up to 50% for potpourri and incense products. Also, this scent is nice and strong in aroma bead air fresheners.

Our customers use this fragrance oil to make handmade soaps, which can include a maximum of 4% for this scent. Our Cold Process Soap Testing Results have shown that this fragrance soaps beautifully! The batch experiences no ricing, no acceleration, and no separation. Further, the final bar will discolor to a tan color and the maintain a nice, strong scent. If you wish to remove the discoloration, then you could attempt adding vanilla white color stabilizer. Since the vanillin content is 2% there is a chance it is contributing to the discoloration, but it could be caused by other ingredients as well. This means that our Vanilla White Color Stabilizer may help with discoloration, but might not completely prevent it. Additionally, we recommend using blue liquid soap dye in an amount that you desire. Remember that you should never use candle dye in any body products.

Other bath and body products can be created in addition to soap and will perform well. Bath gels and bath oils can use up to 4% of this loving scent in their recipes. Also, perfumes, lotions, and all natural cleaning products can be created using 4% of this fragrance oil. It should be noted that perfumes will perform perfectly for this popular Easter fragrance oil.

God's Love Fragrance Oil Soap RecipeIf you are looking for creative inspiration for melt and pour soup, then check out this great recipe that incorporates our God’s Love Fragrance Oil! This adorable floating soap project is a fun toy boat that doubles as a cleansing bar of soap, which is a perfect for children. Not only is it a fun bath idea, but this depiction of Noah’s Ark could be an adorable decoration for a bathroom. The Floating Noah’s Ark Soap Recipe is a perfect melt and pour soap for bath time and decoration alike.

Jun
11

Creamy Chocolate Cupcake Scent


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creamy chocolate cupcake scentCreamy Chocolate Cupcake Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The scent of warm delicious cupcakes baking in the oven, with the aroma of yummy hot melted chocolate! Can’t you just imagine the taste of a tantalizing creamy chocolate cupcake gracing your tongue? The creaminess and chocolate aroma of this wonderful fragrance are sure to drive your taste buds insane! Our Creamy Chocolate Cupcake scent is sure to be one that will fill your home the scent of these delicious treats! This amazing fragrance will make you crave the feeling of sinking your teeth into one of these delicious confections as soon as you possibly can.

What Does Creamy Chocolate Cupcake Smell Like?

Creamy Chocolate Cupcake Scent by Nature’s Garden is a fragrance that begins with amazing top notes of creamy bittersweet chocolate and buttercream, that are followed with wonderful warm middle notes of amaretto and corn syrup. This scent is well rounded with great base notes of warm dark cocoa, vanilla sugar, malt, and espresso powder. This scent is actually a Nature’s Garden original fragrance.

How Do Our Customers Use Creamy Chocolate Cupcake Fragrance Oil?

Our Creamy Chocolate Cupcake Scent is sure to leave your mouth watering wanting the taste of a delicious creamy chocolatey cupcake. It is a fragrance that you will definitely not be able be resist! For all the candle makers out there, this scent is exactly what you’ve been looking for. This fragrance performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax, as well as working nice and strong in soy wax. You can easily fill your home with this tantalizing aroma by using it to create some nice and strong homemade aroma beads. For all the incense and potpourri makers out there, our Creamy Chocolate Cupcake scent has a maximum usage rate of 50%.

For bath and body products, this amazing fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this scent are lotions, perfumes, bath oils, soaps, and bath gels. Our Creamy Chocolate Cupcake scent does happen to have a vanillin content of 3.4%, meaning that it may tend to discolor your soaps and other bath and body products. Just make sure to test it thoroughly before using it any of your finished and final products and use a Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to avoid any discoloration. For all of the cold process soap makers out there, this scent is just what you need! Our cold process results are: there is no acceleration or ricing, and this scent has a perfect pour. The scent stays strong and true, however it does discolor to the perfect chocolate brown color.

I’m sure you’re dying to get your hands on this amazing fragrance as soon as you possibly can, but hold on for just a second because it keeps getting better and better! Here at Nature’s Garden, we offer many wonderful free classes and recipes and our free Chocolate Foaming Body Frosting recipe is actually made with our Creamy Chocolate Cupcake fragrance oil! You can literally make yourself smell just like delicious chocolate with this great recipe! Enjoy this amazing fragrance and keep watching for more .

 

May
07

Buttermilk Pancakes Scent


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buttermilk pancakes scentButtermilk Pancakes Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Buttermilk Pancakes scent is a fragrance that it completely true to its name, it is the aroma of a delicious stack of freshly made pancakes. It will bring the scent of yummy hot pancakes to your home that are all covered in hot sticky syrup and slathered in butter, just waiting to be devoured! Your taste buds will be screaming for a taste of these yummy breakfast favorites when this aroma hits your nose. Our Buttermilk Pancakes scent is a fragrance that you definitely will want to try out as soon as possible, who could turn down the scent of this Saturday morning breakfast favorite?

What Does Buttermilk Pancakes Smell Like?

Buttermilk Pancakes Scent by Nature’s Garden is a mouth watering aroma that is sure to ignite your hunger. This well-rounded fragrance is composed of notes of freshly baked cake, hot maple syrup, sweet cream butter, and rich buttermilk, all sitting on a wonderful base note of a nice lingering vanilla.

How Do Our Customers Use Buttermilk Pancakes Fragrance Oil?

This tantalizing fragrance is sure to make all of your friends and family crave the taste of delicious freshly made buttermilk pancakes. It will send them rushing to find the nearest grocery store, so that they can get all of the ingredients to make a stack all for themselves. For all of the candle makers out there, our Buttermilk Pancakes scent is exactly what you’ve always needed. This fragrance works nice and strong in soy wax, as well as performing perfectly in wow wax and joy wax. You can easily fill your home with the aroma of freshly made buttermilk pancakes by using this fragrance to create some nice and strong homemade aroma beads. For all of the incense and potpourri makers out there, this great fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 50%.

For bath and body products, Buttermilk Pancakes has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this delectable scent are soaps, bath oils, perfumes, lotions, and bath gels. This fragrance does happen to have a vanillin content of 8%, meaning that it may tend to discolor your soaps and other homemade bath and body products. Just make sure to test it thoroughly before using it in any of your final and finished products, and use a Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to avoid any discoloration problems. For all of the cold process soap makers out there, our Buttermilk Pancakes scent is just what you’ve been searching for! Our cold process results are: there is no acceleration and it has a very strong scent. However, this fragrance does discolor to a dark chocolate color.

Are you pumped to get your hands on this yummy smelling fragrance as soon as you can? How could you not want to make your home smell as if someone has whipped up a stack of hot pancakes covered in hot sticky gooey syrup and slathered in warm butter? Enjoy this great fragrance and make sure to check out all of our free classes and recipes! Watch out for more!

 

Nov
05

Island Fresh Scent


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island fresh gain fragranceIsland Fresh (Gain) Type Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Island Fresh Scent is a temptingly relaxing scent. This fragrance is sure to transport your mind to the thoughts of a pure and simple island paradise. Island Fresh Type is the perfect fragrance to use in whatever project you want to create. It is sure to be a favorite for all of your friends and family, and even your customers!  If you are looking for a perfect scent to trick people into thinking they are on an amazing vacation, then this is certainly the one for you!

 

What Does Island Fresh (Gain) Type Smell Like?

Island Fresh (Gain) Type by Nature’s Garden smells just like a beautiful ocean breeze on a tropical island of paradise. This fragrance rivals the scent of Gain Island Fresh Laundry Detergent. It has fresh ozone top notes, and bottom notes of fresh air. In between the two are the smells of fresh greenery, jasmine, lavender, rose, vanilla, and melon.

 

How Do Our Customers Use Island Fresh (Gain) Type Fragrance Oil?

If you are looking for some relaxation, Island Fresh Type scent is sure to take you to a lovely island paradise. It performs perfectly in wow wax and joy wax, while performing strong and nicely in soy wax. If you would like to envelope your whole house in this amazing scent, it is awesome to use in aroma beads. Island Fresh fragrance also has a maximum usage rate of 50% if you would like to use it in incense or potpourri!

For bath and body products, our Island Fresh scent has a 5% maximum usage rate. This relaxing fragrance can be used in many common products such as lotions, perfumes, bath gels, bath oils, and soaps. Island Fresh scent does have a 1% vanillin content, meaning there is a slight possibility that when used, it will discolor soaps and bath and body products. Any scent containing a vanillin content should always thoroughly be tested before being used in your final products! You can also use Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to help prevent discoloration. For all you CP soapers out there, this fragrance is great for you as well! Our CP findings are: there is no acceleration with very slight discoloration, a very strong, clean and fresh scent, however there is a slight bit of ricing and you will need to smooth it with a stick blender.

Island Fresh scent is sure to be an irresistible fragrance for anyone who needs just a little bit of relaxation in their lives! It is sure to be a scent you will return to over and over again to bring peace to your mind! But wait! It gets even better! We have many wonderful free recipes available here at Nature’s Garden, and our Island Fresh Air Freshener recipe just so happens to be made using Island Fresh scent! Now, are you wondering how you can get your hands on this great fragrance as soon as possible? Just type “island fresh fragrance” into the search bar on our site and it will take you directly to our Island Fresh (Gain) Type Fragrance Oil! On the top of the fragrance picture, there is a little green tab labeled “Recipe” that will show you a picture and the name of our Island Fresh Air Freshener. By clicking that, it will take you to the recipe. Enjoy this awesome scent! And be sure to watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Oct
13

Butterfly Flower Scent


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butterfly flower scentButterfly Flower Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Butterfly Flower is a beautiful scent designed to remind you of all the loveliness of spring and summer time. Your mind will wander to thoughts of fresh new plants and trees sprouting and growing in the spring and then the beautiful greens of the summer. Childhood memories will come flooding back of years past spent chasing butterflies with your family and friends. You friends, family and customers are sure to love this special scent. They will love the feeling of happiness that comes along with it and will smile at their childhood memories as well.

 

What Does Butterfly Flower Smell Like?

Butterfly Flower Fragrance Oil by Nature’s Garden is a unique scent with notes of fresh ozone leading into a green floral bouquet. A twist of shimmering greens mixed with a blend of sage and lily as the floralcy is bright accented by tangy cassis tones. At the base of the scent, musk is blended with sweet amber and crisp orange flowers.

 

How Do Our Customers Use Butterfly Flower?

If you are in the mood for a unique and spring-like scent, then Butterfly Flower is the perfect scent for you. This fragrance performs perfectly in soy way, wow wax and joy wax. Would you love to fill your house with this beautiful spring scent? You can have exactly what you want by using it in aroma beads!

For bath and body products, our Butterfly Flower scent has a usage rate of 5%. This delightful fragrance can be used in many different personal care products such as soaps, bath gels, bath oils, perfumes and lotions. If you would like to use this scent for incense or potpourri, it has a usage rate of 50%. This scent is also amazing for cold process soaping. Our CP findings are: it is a perfect pour with no ricing or acceleration. There is no discoloration and gives a very nice floral scent. However, it should be used at cool temperatures.

 

This is such a delightful scent, but guess what? It doesn’t stop there! We also offer a hilariously adorable recipe made with this fragrance! Our free Muddy Pigs Bath Bomb Recipe is a treat that you and your kiddos will definitely love!

Muddy Pig Bath Bomb

Your kids will absolutely adore making these fun bath treats with you. If you are in need of a project for a rainy day, or just want a fun way to spend time with them, these bath bombs will be a definite hit!

Wondering how to easily find all this awesomeness on our site? In our search bar, just type in “butterfly flower.” That will take you directly to our Butterfly Flower fragrance oil. On the top of the fragrance picture, there is a little link in a green box that says “Recipe.” When you click on that, it will show you a picture and link for our Muddy Pigs Bath Bomb Recipe. Click on it and you will go straight to the recipe for the kid loving treat! Please contact us with any problems, thoughts, or concerns you may have and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Sep
15

Fragrance Oils Finder


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Have you ever come to the Nature’s Garden site looking for a specific fragrance and not been able to find it amongst all our other ones? Or maybe you came with no idea what you wanted and were completely overwhelmed with all of our choices? We understand your dilemmas and are here to help! Yes, we may have over 800 fragrances, but don’t let that number scare you! They are all amazing and whatever you choose will be great.

Let me explain a couple of ways to help you out with your search. This will make everything so much easier for you! I promise! On our homepage we have a section easily titled Fragrance Oils right at the top. That will show you a drop box of the different page options on our site that are specifically for fragrances. The first option is “Fragrance Oils A-Z.” If you click on the Fragrance Oils A-Z option, it will take you directly to our fragrance categories page. What are fragrance categories you’re wondering? I’m glad you asked! Allow me to explain further! Once you have reached our Fragrance A-Z page, you will see links to different letters of the alphabet. If you’re just curious and looking around the site, pick any category you want and check out those fragrances! All of our many fragrance oils are categorized alphabetically. From Absinthe to Zucchini! Each alphabetical link will take you right to the fragrances starting with that letter. Awesome right?

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Maybe you don’t have any idea what you want, but you’re wondering if we have anything original to Nature’s Garden? Or even you know exactly what you want and you’re like me. You can remember exactly what it looked it and what color it was, but you just don’t know what it was called! If you go back to the Fragrance Oils section at the top, and scroll down the options, you will see “Fragrance by Color” and “NG Original Scents.” Click on either of those options to explore the amazing fragrances in those categories!

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Also, along the side of our site we have a section titled Wholesale Products. It lists the kind of products Nature’s Garden provides. If you click on Fragrance Oils, it will take you to the A-Z categories page. But the other fragrance categories we have will be listed underneath the Wholesale Products section. Above Wholesale Products is one more way to find the exact fragrance you are looking for. Our search bar. If you type the exact fragrance you want into the search and click search, it will take you straight to that fragrance. Or you can even abbreviate the name of the product you’re looking for in the search and it will take you to it! Like maybe you’re looking for the Reindeer Poo Fragrance Oil. All you need to type into the search bar is “rein” and it will take straight to the Reindeer Poo!

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Here at Nature’s Garden we want you to feel welcome and comfortable! We do our best to make things as easy as possible for our customers! Please don’t hesitate to ask whatever questions you have! Keep watch for more Enlightened by Layla and have a fantastic day!

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Aug
26

Absinthe Scent


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Absinthe Scent

Absinthe Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlightabsinthe

Absinthe scent is a strong spicy scent that our customers have called both dark and hypnotic. Many of our clients have had huge success with absinthe being one of their bestselling fragrances. So if you are looking for that must have fall fragrance, look no further. Absinthe scent will have your customers coming back for more.

What does Absinthe Scent Smell Like?

Natures Garden’s Absinthe fragrance oil is an aromatic blend of just the right combination of star anise, fennel, spicy cinnamon cassia, nutmeg, melissa, fresh green herbal notes, with base notes of amber and woods.

How Do Our Customers Use Absinthe Fragrance Oil?

For those who are candle crafters and room scenters; this Absinthe fragrance is used in soy, soy blends, Pillar of Bliss, Joy, and tart waxes. This dark scent is extremely strong and has excellent hot and cold scent throw. Natures Garden’s Absinthe fragrance oil also works well for air fresheners, whether it is aroma beads, room sprays, or oil burners.

For the bath and body end of products, our absinthe scent has a usage rate of 5%. This dark fragrance is used to make a variety of personal care items like: lotions, melt and pour soaps, perfumes, and body wash. And, for those of you that are cold process soapers, our customers love this spicy scent. Here are our CP findings: Slight acceleration, rices but stick blends out, no separation, discolors to a light brown.  An amazingly strong scent!