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Jun
27

Drifting Away Soap Recipe


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Drifting Away Soap RecipeDrifting Away Soap Recipe

If you are looking for some fun soap making techniques, then you may want to check out our Drifting Away Soap Recipe. This soap recipe uses a faux funnel pour soap method with squeeze bottles to do a fun design. Plus, this soap making recipe includes luscious soaping ingredients from Natures Garden Soap Making Supplies. Further, this homemade soap recipe includes a refreshing and tranquil scented oil. So, this cold process soap recipe is a great free craft recipe to try out at home!

Drifting Away Soap Recipe: Preparation and Cleaning

Before you start on this homemade soap recipe, you will want to make a few preparations. First, gather and wash any equipment you need for this bath and body recipe. Also, you will want to gather your soap making ingredients for this free craft recipe. Next, you are going to want to clean up a space for you to use as a work area. Make sure you have enough area for you to work comfortably, so you will have a good work space. This will make the process easier and more fun!

Drifting Away Soap Recipe: Prepare a Bottle of Vinegar

You will need to prepare a bottle of vinegar before creating your homemade soap. This bottle of vinegar will be useful for cold process soap safety, as the vinegar will be used to deactivate lye that may come into contact with your skin. Also, you can use the vinegar to clean up your work station after working on soap to make sure that there isn’t any active lye left behind. So, you will want to fill a bottle with vinegar and set it nearby until it is needed.

Drifting Away Soap Recipe: Beginning Soap Making

If you haven’t ever made cp soap, then you may want to look at some of our classes on this soaping process. First, you will need to make sure that you are familiar with soap making safety. Of course, you can find out soap safety in our Soap Making Safety Class. Also, you can  Click Here For Basic CP Soap Making Class. Anyone that feels ready to make this bath and body recipe, should continue reading this soap making blog!

Drifting Away Soap Recipe: Ingredients Available from Natures Garden

Lye
Mango Butter
Palm Oil RBD
Sweet Almond Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil
Coconut Oil 76
Shea Butter
Ultramarine Blue FUN Soap Colorant
Teal FUN Soap Colorant
Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
NG Drifting Away Fragrance Oil
Glasses for Soap Making
GLOVES for Soap Making- 1 pair
MASK for Soap Making- 2 count
Large Square Tray Mold
THERMOMETER
Soap Apron

Drifting Away Soap Recipe: Other Necessary Ingredients

Scale
Water
Mixing Bowls
Mixing Spoons
Stick Blender
Rubber Spatula
Vinegar
8 ounce Squeeze Bottles (5)

Drifting Away Soap Recipe: Weights for the CP Soap

323 grams of Distilled Water
117 grams of Lye

212 grams of Coconut Oil 76
128 grams of Sweet Almond Oil
42 grams of Apricot Oil
35 grams of Mango Butter
50 grams of Palm Oil
85 grams of Meadowfoam Seed Oil
128 grams of Shea Butter
170 grams of Sunflower Oil
64 grams of NG Drifting Away Fragrance Oil

Drifting Away Soap Recipe: Amounts for the Dark Teal Soap

7 drops of Teal FUN Soap Colorant
3 drops of Ultramarine Blue FUN Soap Colorant

Drifting Away Soap Recipe: Amounts for the Teal Soap

3 drops of Teal FUN Soap Colorant
2 drops of Ultramarine Blue FUN Soap Colorant

Drifting Away Soap Recipe: Amounts for the Gray Soap

2 drops of Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Drifting Away Soap Recipe: Amounts for the Light Blue Soap

5 drops of Ultramarine Blue FUN Soap Colorant

Drifting Away Soap Recipe: Amounts for the Blue Soap

5 drops of Ultramarine Blue FUN Soap Colorant
2 drops Black Oxide

Drifting Away Funnel Pour Soap Recipe: Making the Lye SolutionDrifting Away Soap Recipe: Making the Lye Solution

First, you are going to create the lye solution for your soap recipe. You will want to prepare this soap recipe in a well ventilated room. Also, you will need to wear a face mask and protective clothing during this process. You are going to measure out 117 grams of lye and add it to 323 grams of water. Be sure to stir as you add the lye to your water. Then, you will need to wait for your solution to cool to room temperature.

Drifting Away Soap Recipe: Preparing Your Soap Making Oils

Next, you are ready to prepare your soap making oils for this recipe. So, grab a microwave safe bowl. Then, you will need to add 212 grams Coconut Oil 76, 128 grams Sweet Almond Oil, 42 grams Apricot Oil, 35 grams Mango Butter, 50 grams Palm Oil, 85 grams Meadowfoam Seed Oil, 128 grams Shea Butter, and 170 grams Sunflower Oil to your bowl. After these oils are melted, you will set them aside until your lye solution is at the right temperature.

Drifting Away Soap Recipe: Preparing the Soap Colorants

While you are waiting for your lye solution and cosmetic oils to cool to room temperature, you can begin preparing your colorants for this cold process soap recipe. These soap colorants will be added directly to the squeeze bottles. You are going to need a total of five squeeze bottles to prepare colorants, which will be used to make teal soap, dark teal soap, gray soap, blue soap, and light blue soap. 

Drifting Away Funnel Pour Soap Recipe: Combining the Cosmetic Oils and Lye SolutionDrifting Away Soap Recipe: Combining the Soaping Oils and Lye Solution

Once your soaping oils and lye solution are at the right temperature, you are ready to combine them. Also, you will want to make sure these mixtures are within ten degrees of each other. Then, you can add the lye solution to your melted oils. You will need to use a stick blender to emulsify your soap making ingredients. Once your cosmetic ingredients are nearly at trace, you ready for the next step.

Drifting Away Funnel Pour Soap Recipe: Adding the Soap ScentDrifting Away Soap Recipe: Adding the Soap Scent

After, you will be ready to add the fragrance oil to your soap mixture. So, you are going to need 64 grams of the NG Drifting Away Type Fragrance Oil. This fragrance has a refreshing aroma that will remind you of the freedom you feel while sailing on the sea; the warmth of the sun, the tranquility of the water, and the refreshing feel of sea salt mist. This fragrance has a refreshing blend of ozonic sea salt notes, white lilac, white lily, fresh greenery, and woodsy floral notes. Again, you will use a stick blender to fully incorporate this scented oil.

Drifting Away Funnel Pour Soap Recipe:  Coloring Your CP SoapDrifting Away Soap Recipe: Coloring Your CP Soap

Now, you are going to use your scented soap batter to fill the squeeze bottles. You will want to fill each of your five squeeze bottles with soap batter. Once the squeeze bottles are filled, you will put the lid on and hold it closed. Then, shake to mix the colorant into your soap batter.

Drifting Away Recipe: Filling the Soap Mold

Once your soap colorant has been incorporated in each of your bottles, you are ready to fill up your soap mold tray. You are going to want to alternate between using your various colors of soap. So, you will need to set up your mixed squeeze bottles and your soap mold in your work space. Now, you can continue reading to learn how to use these bottles to add your soap to the mold.

Drifting Away Funnel Pour Soap Recipe: Filling Up the Soap MoldDrifting Away Soap Recipe: Filling Up the Soap Mold

You will want to choose one of your five colored soap mixtures to start filling up your soap mold. Then, you will use this squeeze bottle to place small dots of soap all over the plastic soap mold. Once your mold looks similar to the picture to the left, you are ready to move on to the next step of this cold process soap.

Drifting Away Funnel Pour Soap Recipe: Adding the Next Colored Soap Drifting Away Soap Recipe: Adding the Next Colored Soap

Now, you are going to need to pick a new color for your next layer of soap dots. You are going to use this color of soap to squeeze a dot directly on top of each of your previous colored soap dots. Once the soap in your mold looks similar to the picture of our soap mold, then you can move on to the next step and continue to add dots.

Drifting Away Funnel Pour Soap Recipe: Continue Adding Dots of Soap Drifting Away Soap Recipe: Continue Adding Dots of Soap

Next, you will want to continue to add dots of colored soap to your square soap mold. Of course, you can add these dots on top of one another and in the empty spaces left from the previous dots. Just try to alternate the colors as much as possible. You will continue to alternate between your five different soap colors until your soap mold has been completely filled up.

Drifting Away Funnel Pour Soap Recipe: Finish Filling Your Soap MoldDrifting Away Soap Recipe: Finish Filling Your Soap Mold

Once your square soap mold is completely filled up you are nearly done creating the cp soap recipe. Now, you will be able to tap the soap mold gently on the countertop. This will help to remove any air bubbles that might be trapped under the surface of your soap. At this point, you are ready to let your soap set up in the mold.

Drifting Away Funnel Pour Soap Recipe: Finishing Your Soap RecipeDrifting Away Soap Recipe: Removing Your Soap from the Mold

Now, you are ready to finish creating your cold process soap recipe. You will need to wait for your homemade soap to set up before you can remove it from your wholesale soap mold. You will want to wait somewhere between 24 to 48 hours to ensure that the soap has set up enough to take out. After your soap has set up completely, you can remove your cp soap. Once you have removed your soap from the mold, you can slice your soap into individual bars. You can easily cut along the lines to create nine bars of cold process soap.

Drifting Away Soap Recipe: Finish Making Your Soap Recipe

Before you can use your homemade soap recipe, you are going to want to wait for the soap to cure. The curing process will take about 4-6 weeks. Waiting this amount of time will make sure that lye has completely reacted and the soap is ready for your skin. After your homemade soap has finished the curing process, you can finally use and enjoy your finished cold process soap!

Drifting Away Soap Recipe: Hot Air Balloons Drifting Away

Not only can you enjoy the tranquil aroma of our NG Drifting Away Type Fragrance Oil, but you can enjoy the beauty of hot air balloons drifting in the wind by attending a hot air balloon festival. If you live in the United States, then you may be able to use this list to find all kinds of hot air balloon festivals that will be happening near you. You can use the 2019 Balloon Festivals in the USA (Calendar & List View) from Town and Tourist to find a festival that may be occurring near your hometown this year!  In fact, even here in Wellington, Ohio we have the Wellington Balloon Fest.

Drifting Away Funnel Pour Soap Recipe: Ask Us Any QuestionsDrifting Away Soap Recipe: Ask Us Any Questions

We hope that you enjoyed this fun soap making recipe. If you have any questions about this soap, then feel free to reach out to us. You can find us on our HUG Line, in the NG store, and online. Another good way to find us online is to reach out on our social media platforms. First, you can find us on the Natures Garden Facebook page. Also, you can use the handle @ngscents to find us on Instagram and Twitter. Not only can you use these social platforms to reach out to us or ask us questions, but you can share your own funnel soap creations. So, we hope that you enjoyed this cold process soap making recipe and that we hear from you very soon!

Apr
30

Color Dispersion


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color dispersionColor Dispersion in Soap

This picture shows the same exact recipe using two different methods of color dispersion in soap. Once the soap was poured, we noticed that some of the colorant was still on the sides of the bowls instead of actually incorporated into the soap (as shown in the soap on the right).  In addition, we noticed concentrated pockets of colorant in this cut soap.   Mainly, it is the difference between hand stirring the colorants in verses stick blending the colorants in, and failure to scrape the sides of the bowls to incorporate all of the coloring.  Regardless of the method that you choose, there are distinct advantages and disadvantages. The key to knowing which method works best for you is knowing your soap recipe and the time that it allows you.

Color Dispersion in cold process soap making can be a tricky aspect. After you figure out your color scheme for your recipe and the technique as to how you are adding your color, it then comes down to the actual challenge.

Really there are three options to color dispersion in your soap. They are hand stirring the colorant into the batter with a spoon, stick blending the colorant in, or the combination of both. The correct decision relies on a few factors though. These factors are: your recipe, time, and the number of colorants you want to add.

Hand Stirring
The best advantage of hand stirring colorants into soap is that it does not speed up trace. This allows you the perfect fluid soap batter for accomplishing a multi color swirl in your soap. But, hand stirring the colorant into your soap batter is slightly more time consuming because you really have to stir for some time to get the colorant dispersed. So, this is where knowing your recipe and window of time, especially if you are using multiple colorants, comes into play.

You will also have to be ready to move. When hand stirring, you have to stir, and stir quickly to get the full color dispersion of the soap colorant. And, do not forget to have your spatula ready to clean the sides and rotate the soap from the bottom of the bowl to make sure all of the colorant is evenly dispersed.

However, not all colorants can be hand stirred. Some of the colorants do not disperse as well as others with this method. The examples of these types of colorants would be titanium dioxide and the ultramarines. Colorants like these often need to be stick blended in order to get the full color dispersion among all of the soap.

Stick Blending
Stick blending your colorants in soap batter is ideal for true color dispersion. But, with stick blending time is a major factor. Stick blending will speed up trace (or the saponification process) in your soap. If too much time elapses while stick blending your colorants into the batter; certain swirling techniques cannot be accomplished. This is because the soap batter will be too thick, especially if you are using more than two colors in your soap recipe.

Besides speeding up trace, there is another factor to consider. When using multiple soap colorants and stick blending you will have to quickly clean your stick blender in between colors. But, you do have a few options when it comes to this. Some soapers keep a small bowl of water by their coloring station to quickly clean their stick blender in between colors. And, some just stick blend their colors in the correct order, but gently tap the stick blender to remove as much colored batter as possible before moving on to the next color. For example if you are coloring your soap green and yellow; you would start by stick blending the yellow first. This is because the yellow color is the lightest, and then move to the green.

The Combo
For the situations where you want to use ultramarines which almost require a stick blend to get the best color dispersion, but you still want several other colors in your soap; you can combo the blend. You would start by stick blending the colorants that need it, and then move on to the hand stirred colorants. If the stick blended colorants become too thick, simply stir them by hand and the soap batter will thin out slightly (or enough to pour). Just remember, you must move quickly.

What this really all comes down to is testing. Through making various batches of soap, you will be able to find exactly which method of color dispersion is best for you and your soaping recipe. There really is no right or wrong answer as to which method to use. Each soap recipe will vary.

Natures Garden offers FUN Soap colorants for soap making.  We even carry multiple neon colors to really make your soap “come alive”.

Aug
05

How to Get Honeycomb Look on Soap


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honeycomb-soap

Natures Garden’s Honeycomb Patterned Soap with accompanying bumble bee embed.

 

Some of the neatest concepts in crafting is when you can take some element of the ingredients that you are using and incorporate them in to the aesthetic look of a finished product.  One great example of this is the honeycomb.

The honeycomb pattern can really be related to anything honey or bumble bee.  And, the best part about this little tip, you do not need to purchase a mold to achieve this look in your soaps.  All that this pattern requires is bubble wrap.

Through testing, we have found that the best way to accomplish the honeycomb look right up to the edge of your soaps is to cut the bubble wrap one row of bubbles past the opening of your soap mold.

To Make:  Simply follow the steps that you would normally do when making soap.

Then, when it comes time to pour your soap into your mold, just simply lay the cut and fit bubble wrap (bubble side down) on top of the soap opening.

Carefully and lightly, ensure that the bubble wrap is lying flat across your mold opening.  Caution:  Do not push down too hard, you do not want any liquid soap above the bubble wrap.

Next, let soap set until it has cooled and hardened completely.  Then, gently pull the bubble wrap from the soap.

That is it.  Your finished product will have the honeycomb pattern.

If, you love the honeycomb pattern so much you want to incorporate it to both ends of your soap, this can be done also.

By measuring the bottom portion of your mold, simply cut the bubble wrap to fit and lay flat exactly (bubble side up).  You do not want to have overage of bubble wrap on the bottom because the pattern will also show on the sides of the bar.

Then, pour your melted soap over the bubble wrap (bubble side up), and repeat with laying the bubble wrap (bubble side down) on the top of the soap.

bubblewrap

To produce a finished product with honeycomb appeal, a piece of bubble wrap is all you need.

When the soap has cooled and completely hardened, pop the soap out of the mold, and remove both layers of bubble wrap.

Viola, double sided honeycomb soap.

If you are inspired and want to try this honeycomb pattern, here is a list of Natures Garden’s Honeycomb inspired scents.  Don’t forget those cute little bumble bee embeds too!

Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil
Honey Almond Fragrance Oil
Honey Bunny Fragrance Oil
Honey Fragrance Oil
Honey Vanilla Love Dust Fragrance Oil
Honeycomb Fragrance Oil
Nectarine & Honey Fragrance Oil
Oatmeal Milk-n-Honey Fragrance Oil