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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!

Oct
09

12 Hot Process Soap Recipes


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12 Hot Process Soap Recipes12 Hot Process Soap Recipes

Making homemade soap is the perfect opportunity to ensure that your bath and body products contain skin loving ingredients. Both cold process soap and hot process soap methods allow you to choose all of your favorite cosmetic oils. However, there are a few key differences between the two methods for soap making. While you can customize your ingredients in both types of soap, hot process soap will require a shorter wait time before you can use the finished soap bars. So, there are a few benefits for creating hp soap.  If you are interested in trying out this fun soap making recipe, then check out our top 12 hot process soap recipes in this cosmetic blog.

12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Before Making Hot Process Soap

Before you begin making your hot process soap, you may want to gather some equipment. The reason that hot process soap take less time to cure is that it uses a heat source. This heat source will work to speed up the time the lye needs to react with your oils and butters. So, the soap will be safe to use much sooner. Often, soap makers will use a crock pot to heat the soap batter. But, this requires you to have a crock pot that is just for soap making as you want to avoid potentially contaminating your food. So, you may want to use an old or cheap crock pot that you won’t miss too much in the kitchen.

12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Beard Soap Recipe12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Beard Soap Recipe

First, we have the Beard Soap Recipe, which is created using the hot process soap method. This soap recipe provides you with a hard, creamy, conditioning bar that will nourish your beard. Further, this soap making recipe uses luscious oils and butters that are perfect for beard care. Not only are these cosmetic ingredients perfect for nourishing the hair, but these ingredients will care for the skin as well. This blend of cosmetic ingredients will perfectly lead to new, healthy hair growth. This provides you with a soap that you can create a cosmetic recipe that will both cleanse and nourish your beard. So, go out there and grow the freshest, fullest beard you possibly can!

12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Apricotie Hottie Soap Recipe12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Apricotie Hottie Soap Recipe

Another great hot process soap making recipe that you can try out is the Apricotie Hottie Soap Recipe. This bath and body recipe uses various cosmetic ingredients that are nourishing for the skin. This recipe makes a conditioning, hard bar due to ingredients like coconut oil, apricot kernel oil, mango butter, and much many more luscious oils and butters! So, these cosmetic oils will that will leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized. Further, this soap recipe uses the freshly ripened scent of Apricot Fragrance Oil. Altogether, these cosmetic ingredients create a soap recipe that smells wonderful and is perfect for skin care.

12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Castile Hot Process Soap Recipe12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Castile Hot Process Soap Recipe

Also, you can use the hot process soap making method to create our Castile Hot Process Soap Recipe. Of course, this type of soap uses an abundance of olive oil. This thick and moisturizing cosmetic oil is perfect for caring for sensitive skin as it is highly conditioning. Further, this kind of soap is great for anyone with dry, itchy, or irritated skin. Also, this baby soft soap recipe is scented with OMG Olive Fragrance Oil. This fragrance oil has bright citrus notes that blend with an aroma of leafy olive branches, musk, and a touch of vanilla. Plus, this speedy soap recipe uses a FUN colorant and the Spirulina Powder herb to color these lovely bars of soap. Not only does this powdered herb color the soap, but it provides nourishing vitamins and minerals for the skin. So, this blend of wonderful cosmetic ingredients is moisturizing, smells lovely, and is just perfect for skin care.

12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Frankincense and Myrrh Soap Recipe12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Frankincense and Myrrh Soap Recipe

One soap making recipe that embraces the appearance of hot process soap is the Frankincense and Myrrh Soap Recipe. First, you will need to create the soap rocks that look like the herbs of frankincense and myrrh. Further, this soap recipe is scented with  Frankincense & Myrrh Fragrance Oil, which has sweet and musk notes that surround the true scent of these wholesale herbs. Further, this soap recipe includes cosmetic oils and butters that will care for the skin. This soap formulation will provide you with hard, solid bars of soap that are bubbly, conditioning, and cleansing. So, this soap making formulation is perfect for skin care and providing a luxurious aroma.

12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Game On HP Soap Recipe12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Game On HP Soap Recipe

Another great hot process soap recipe that you can create is the Game On HP Soap Recipe. First of all, this cosmetic soap recipe uses all kinds of lovely cosmetic ingredients for skin care. This blend of cosmetic ingredients is perfect for nourishing the skin and will provide you with hard, solid bars that are conditioning as well. Also, this soap recipe is scented with the aroma of our Game On Fragrance Oil. This masculine scented oil has a woodsy aroma of rich oak, sensual sandalwood, and herbal notes. This blend of the manly scents and luscious cosmetic ingredients is perfect for creating a fantastic wholesale soap recipe for men.

12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Hot Process Soap Recipe12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Hot Process Soap Recipe

Additionally, you can use this soap making method to create another one of our lovely soap recipes. All of the cosmetic ingredients in this Hot Process Soap Recipe are perfect for nourishing the skin. Further, this luscious soap recipe is scented with NG Baby Powder Fabuloso Type Fragrance Oil. This fragrance oil has the aroma of bright citrus notes that unfold to reveal an innocent bouquet of soft floral aromas. This wonderful soap making recipe is a fairly simple recipe that smells beautiful and cares for your body.

12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Manly Soap Recipe12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Manly Soap Recipe

Further, we have another fantastic hot process soap recipe that is perfect for men. The Manly Soap Recipe from Natures Garden is another soap recipe option that is perfect for your man. This homemade soap recipe leaves you with a hard, conditioning bar of soap that is slightly bubbly and creamy as well.  Further, homemade soap is scented with the manly aroma of Game On Fragrance Oil. So, we know that this masculine aroma is a great choice for created scented soap for men. Since this fragrance oil is perfect for the contemporary man on the go, this fun soap recipe was created to look like a Tee shirt! So, there are many great reasons to try out this soap recipe including the appearance, scent, and nourishing feeling.

12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Purrs & Paws HP Soap Recipe12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Purrs & Paws HP Soap Recipe

Also, you can use these delightful cosmetic oils to create the Purrs & Paws HP Soap Recipe. Of course, these cosmetic ingredients will moisturize and nourish your pet’s fur and skin. Further, this lovely soap recipe is scented with the pet friendly aroma of Purrs & Paws Fragrance Oil. This scented oil has notes of juicy orange, lemon, and lime that blend beautifully with fresh floral scents, soothing musk, and sheer woodsy notes. Not only does this fragrance oil smell lovely, but this aroma is safe to use with your pets. This way you can create a nourishing soap recipe for your pets that is cleansing and delicate because the bars are conditioning and have integrity. So, you can get your pets squeaky clean without drying out or irritating their skin. Whether you have a sweet kitty cat or precious little pup, this is a perfect bath and body product for you to use on your pets!

12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Delicate Laundry Soap Recipe12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Delicate Laundry Soap Recipe

Not only can you use the hot process soap to create bath and body products, but you can create homemade laundry soap, too! One cleansing recipe that you can make is our Delicate Laundry Soap Recipe. This homemade recipe is perfect for cleaning your more delicate clothing. Further, this recipe is perfect for anyone that has skin irritations for commercial laundry soap. Also, this homemade laundry soap recipe is scented with the sweet aroma of the NG Vanilla Lavender Type Fragrance Oil. This fragrance oil is a relaxing aroma with notes of fresh lavender, true vanilla beans, orange zest, and patchouli. So, you can enjoy the sweet tranquil scent and freshly clean feel of your finished laundry.

12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Delicate Powdered Laundry Detergent Recipe

Another similar option that you can choose for your laundry is the Delicate Powdered Laundry Detergent Recipe. Of course, this is another great recipe for delicate clothing with a few differences. First, this homemade laundry recipe is scented with the refreshing aroma of our NG Clean Breeze Type Fragrance Oil. This scented oil has an aroma of fresh fabric softener with notes of peach, watermelon, neroli, jasmine, and aquatic musk. Also, this homemade laundry soap recipe uses a food processor to really grind down your cosmetic ingredients into a fine powder. So, every scoop will contain the cleansing and refreshing properties your need your laundry wash to have.

12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Heavy Duty Laundry Soap Recipe12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Heavy Duty Laundry Soap Recipe

For bigger messes, you can try out the Heavy Duty Laundry Soap Recipe. This cleansing recipe is perfect for laundry that can use the extra clean. Another fun option for this cleansing recipe is to make it more of a liquid laundry soap by adding a bit more of the boiling water to the recipe. Also, this very cleansing recipe is scented with the aroma of our NG Magnolia & Orange Blossom Type Fragrance Oil. This fragrance oil has the aroma of fresh fabric softener with notes of magnolia, African violets, sweet orange blossoms, apple slices, and sweet red grapes.

12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Powdered Laundry Detergent Recipe12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Powdered Laundry Detergent Recipe

Lastly, we have the lovely Powdered Laundry Detergent Recipe for you to create. This homemade laundry detergent is another great alternative to commercial laundry soaps. All you need is about a tablespoon of this powder per load and you are ready to clean your clothes! Further, this cleansing recipe is scented with the refreshing Snuggable Fragrance Oil. This fragrance oil has notes of lily of the valley, violet, balsamic notes, lavender, gardenia, and amber that capture the aroma of Snuggle fabric softener. So, this is another fantastic soap recipe that is cleansing and smells lovely!

12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: Should I Make My Own Laundry Detergent?

If you happen to have a feeling of irritation, tenderness or burning on your skin, the culprit could very well be your laundry detergent. There are many ingredients in commercial laundry soap, so making your own right at home could be useful for finding relief. Depending on your own personal allergies, you may want to try with and without the fragrance oil as well. If you want to find out more about dealing with your skin irritation and other preventing tips, then check out Health Line’s article for How to Identify and Treat a Laundry Detergent Rash.

12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: As Us Your Questions12 Hot Process Soap Recipes: As Us Your Questions

If you have any questions about any of these hot process soap recipes, then you can reach out to us to find some answers! Of course, there are many different ways that you can reach out for help with your own recipes. You can find us in the Natures Garden store, on our phone HUG line, or even on one of our social media pages. First of all, you can find us on the Natures Garden Facebook page. Also, you can use the handle @ngscents to find us on our Instagram and Twitter accounts. Plus, you can use these platforms to share your own hot process soap creations and chat with others in the community. We hope that you enjoy these soap making recipes and that we hear from you all very soon!

Oct
24

Avocado Oil Benefits


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Avocado Oil BenefitsAvocado Oil Benefits

Everybody loves the deliciousness of avocados. They are yummy by themselves and add some extra taste to sandwiches and burritos. But, this delightful fruit is not just a tasty treat for you to spread on toast. In fact, there are even more avocado oil benefits that you can enjoy for your skin and hair. So, this means that avocado oil is perfect for creating your own homemade cosmetics!  So, we at Natures Garden are sure that you will love adding this cosmetic oil to your own homemade products. You are absolutely sure to feel the moisturizing, nutrient-rich, skin-loving power of avocado oil. In this blog we would like to discuss these amazing benefits for both your products and the body!

Avocado Oil Benefits History of Avocados

According to a website that is all about avocados, this tasty food have been appreciated by humans for thousands of years. This delicious fruit originated in central Mexico and was domesticated by tribes like the Inca and Maya. Later, the Spanish conquered these tribes, in the 16th century, and spread the use of avocados to other areas in the world. Surprisingly, the use of avocados was not an instant success. In fact, this food was not made very popular until 1950 when it was used in salads. If you would like to learn more, you can find a more detailed historical account of this fruit on their website. Furthermore, those that really love avocados should check out more at Avoseedo where you can even purchase your very own avocado tree to grow at home!

Avocado Oil Benefits For Homemade Body Care Products

It’s important to understand how your cosmetic ingredients will impact and change the qualities of your homemade products. While it is possible to create your products with a vague understanding of the ingredients, it can be hard to tell exactly what you are going to get from your final product. This way you can combine specific ingredients to get a product that fits your needs the best. For avocado oil, this means that you can create a product that is great for sensitive, dry skin that could use some extra nutrients. This oil is a bit heavy, but is perfect for those that could use some extra moisturizing power.

Avocado Oil Benefits for Soap MakingAvocado Oil Benefits for Soap Making

First of all, you can create some skin loving cold process soap with this cosmetic oil. Using this oil would add some lovely properties to your soap recipe. The oil will add some conditioning properties to the bar, which will soften and moisturize your skin. Furthermore, avocado oil is full of nutrients for the skin. Plus, the soap will have  a creamy lather and be a harder kind of bar. Also, this this cosmetic oil is nice for sensitive skin and can be used at a rate of 5-30% for your soap recipe. One of our own soap recipes that includes this ingredient is the Gentle Avocado Cold Process Soap Recipe.

Avocado Oil Benefits for Homemade LotionAvocado Oil Benefits for Homemade Lotion

Also, you can use this cosmetic oil to create your very own body lotion recipes. This lovely oil is a gentle one that is able to nourish and moisturize the skin. This oil has a high percentage of essential fatty acids, which moisturize the skin. Additionally, this cosmetic oil contains beneficial nutrients, like vitamins A,D, and E. Plus, this cosmetic oil is gentle enough to create lotion for sensitive skin types and sensitive areas of skin, like the face. Not only is this oil great for creating a typical body lotion, Avocado Oil was perfect for creating our Natural Facial Night Cream.

Avocado Oil Benefits for Making Lip BalmAvocado Oil Benefits for Making Lip Balm

Further, you can use this lovely cosmetic ingredient for creating  your lip balm recipes. This is a perfect recipe for making products that will truly care for your lips. You will love using avocado oil in your very own lip balm recipes and you can even try it out with our Avocado Lip Balm Recipe. Further, you can create the incredibly delicious Chocolate Avocado Lip Balm Recipe. This recipe uses this cosmetic oil along with other luscious oils and butters to create a perfect recipe for soft, nourished lips.

Avocado Oil Benefits for Making Your Own ConditionerAvocado Oil Benefits for Making Your Own Conditioner

Also, you can use this lovely cosmetic oil to create some awesome conditioner for hair. Avocado Oil is perfect for caring for dried out hair in need of some moisturizing power. This cosmetic hair oil is perfect for revitalizing your hair and bringing back the moisture that your hair needs. Since this cosmetic oil is a bit thicker than some of the other oils used in regular conditioner, I would recommend using this oil in hair mask recipes and other deep conditioning recipes. This way you can get the intense nourishment without over doing the moisturizing.

Avocado Oil Benefits for Scrub RecipesAvocado Oil Benefits for Scrub Recipes

Additionally, you can create some skin loving scrub recipes. with this cosmetic oil. This heavy, luscious oil is amazing for the skin. With winter right around the corner, the added moisturizing power of avocado oil would be a perfect addition to your body scrubs. Avocado oil will provide your skin with essential vitamins that your body will thank you for. This lovely oil is perfect for creating unique scrub recipes that care for your skin! One great scrub product that you can create with this oil is the delightful Margarita Salt Scrub Recipe.

Avocado Oil Benefits for Making Bath ProductsAvocado Oil Benefits for Making Bath Products

Lastly, you can perfectly use this cosmetic oil to create all kinds of skin loving bath products. So, it would be a great idea to include avocado oil in your bath bombs, bubble bars, or bath melts. This oil is great for moisturizing and nourishing the skin. This will allow you the chance to relax as your skin soaks up all the nourishment from this lovely oil. One fun way that you can use this oil to help nourish the skin is to create the lovely Mandarin Mango Bubble Bar Recipe. This highly moisturizing oil lets this recipe be fun, bubbly, and still good for the skin!

Avocado Oil Benefits For Your Skin and BodyAvocado Oil Benefits For Your Skin and Body

In addition to the avocado oil benefits in your handmade products, avocado oil has some benefits for your body. Of course, a product wouldn’t benefit too much from a cosmetic ingredient that didn’t do something great for the body! Luckily, avocado oil Is a wonderful cosmetic oil for your skin. If you have dry skin, then this lovely oil is absolutely perfect for your products and your skin. This is a perfect cosmetic oil for nourishing the skin. Plus, this cosmetic oil is nice for protecting your skin for UV damage and other skin damage.

 Avocado Oil Benefits for Dry SkinAvocado Oil Benefits for Dry Skin

First, this cosmetic oil is great for reducing dry skin. Avocado Oil is a perfect ingredient for adding the necessary nutrients to the skin. This cosmetic ingredient has fatty acids and essential vitamins that will sink into the skin to nourish your body and leave your skin nice and soft. So, the skin will be able to repair itself and gather the nourishment that it needs to resolve the issue of dry skin. Plus, this oil is known to sink down deeply into the skin to care for the deeper layers or your skin. Overall, this oil is a great choice for adding some extra moisture to your skin.

Avocado Oil Benefits for Calming EczemaAvocado Oil Benefits for Calming Eczema

Also, this cosmetic oil is great for dealing with inflammatory skin issues. For example, you can use Avocado Oil in your home remedies for itchy, dry eczema. Those that have had to deal with this issue know that eczema can be a difficult condition. This issue involves irritated and inflamed skin that can sometimes include itching, blisters, or red rashes. Definitely not a fun time. But, Avocado Oil has been known to reduce these irritating symptoms after a few tropical applications. The nourishing power of this oil can enrich the skin and lead to the production of anti-inflammatory compounds.

Avocado Oil Benefits for Reducing Signs of AgingAvocado Oil Benefits for Reducing Signs of Aging

Further, you can include Avocado Oil in the products that you create to reduce signs of aging, like dulling skin and age spots. While there is nothing wrong with getting a bit older, some changes aren’t always welcome. So, you can try to create some anti-aging products to revitalize the skin and produce a youthful glow. One way that this cosmetic oil can help you to reduce is age spots. This oil will provide your skin with the nourishment it needs to repair and reduce the damage in your age spots. This happens because the cosmetic oil helps to keep the skin plump to reduce aging.

Avocado Oil Benefit for Wrinkle ReductionAvocado Oil Benefit for Wrinkle Reduction

Also, you can use this cosmetic ingredient to reduce wrinkles, fine lines. So, this cosmetic oil is great for even more age reduction beauty products! Adding in some Avocado Oil will help nourish the skin and rejuvenate your skin. This will lead to brilliant looking skin. Plus, this oil can help lighten and reduce scarring. Obviously, this lovey oil has essential nutrients that can help your skin look beautiful!

Avocado Oil Benefit for Skin TighteningAvocado Oil Benefit for Skin Tightening

Another great way that you can use this cosmetic oil is for tightening loose skin. Some skin may begin to feel looser as you age, but you can use oils like Avocado to reduce this effect. This oil will promote the production of collagen, which supports cells. Ultimately, this will lead to stronger and tighter skin!

Avocado Oil Benefits for Sun BurnAvocado Oil Benefits for Sun Burn

Additionally, this cosmetic oil is a great ingredient for dealing with sun burn. First this oil is perfect for creating healing ointments for sun burn. Avocado oil contains nutrients that may help your sun burn heal faster. Also, this oil is helpful for relieving the burning feeling faster than untreated sunburn. Plus, this oil contains fatty acids and vitamins that help protect your skin from UV rays. While this oil can’t act in replacement of high SPF sunblock, it is a perfect addition to your sun block formulations.

Avocado Oil Benefits for Clear SkinAvocado Oil Benefits for Clear Skin

Another way that this cosmetic oil can be useful is for reducing blemishes and break outs. This oil contains compounds that work to cleanse and protect your skin from foreign elements. Plus, the oil helps increase blood circulation, which rejuvenates skin cells. Further, Avocado Oil is great for helping to control break outs and acne as well as reducing helping to reduce scars.  Together, these properties will leave your skin glowing!

Avocado Oil Benefits for Conditioning HairAvocado Oil Benefits for Conditioning Hair

Plus, this oil can be used to condition your hair. This cosmetic oil is a deep moisturizing oil that is perfect for restoring nourishment, which will leave your hair feeling soft and healthy. Further, this oil can be used to heal damaged, dry hair and reduce frizzy hair. So, include this cosmetic oil in your hair care routine and get ready for some gorgeous locks!

Avocado Oil Benefits for DandruffAvocado Oil Benefits for Dandruff

Further, this oil can be used to reduce dandruff. Not only is Avocado Oil great for moisturizing hair, but this cosmetic oil is useful for the scalp, too. The nourishing properties of this oil can reach down into the skin and follicles and provide the nourishment your scalp deserves. Since dandruff is resultant from dried out skin on the scalp, providing moisture and nourishment will prevent this embarrassing occurrence.

Avocado Oil Benefit for Hair Damage ProtectionAvocado Oil Benefit for Hair Damage Protection

We all know that sometimes beauty is pain. For your hair this means that heating and styling your hair can lead to some serious damage, which can lead to choosing between gorgeous hairdos or silky, soft hair. But, this oil can help you have it all. Use this cosmetic ingredient to protect your hair to maintain those luscious locks. This way you can show it all off by styling, straightening, and curling. You are going to love your hair!

Avocado Oil Benefits For Your Skin and BodyAvocado Oil Benefits for Irritated Skin

Another great property of this cosmetic oil is its ability to calm irritated skin. So, this cosmetic ingredient is helpful for rashes or chafing. Also, this oil would be good at reducing diaper rash. This cosmetic oil is perfect for reducing redness and irritation. So, using this oil will help you to calm your rashes and feel better in no time!

 

Jul
08

What is Trace in Soap Making?


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What is trace in soap makingWhat is Trace in Soap Making?

What is trace? Baby, don’t blend me; don’t stir me, just pour. Trace is when you’ve reached emulsion- your oils are blended with your lye mixture and are no longer capable of separating. How can you tell when your mixture is at trace? The easiest way is to use your stirring utensil: hold it a few inches above your mixing container and move it back and forth. If the soap batter dripping off the stirring utensil leaves little lines that sit on top of the mixture in the bowl- that’s trace. It can be difficult to capture in photographs, but you’ll know it when you see it in motion.

heavy traceSo I reach trace and that’s it? Well, yes and no. There are different degrees of trace, but the important thing to remember is that once a mixture has reached trace- it’s only going to continue to solidify from there. Light trace is considered the bare minimum. Light trace is helpful when you’re looking to make swirls or other designs that require easily pourable, almost-liquid soap. Moderate trace is in the goopmiddle and means you’re ready to pour your soap into the mold. Heavy trace is when your soap gets thick. The picture above shows heavy trace. A soap batter at heavy trace is resistant to change shape and almost impossible to pour into a mold. Heavy trace may result in the need to scoop your soap into the mold, seen in the photo on the left. Not a pretty sight. Work quickly to ensure the soap does not set before you are ready.

What Causes Different Levels of Trace?

Trace can be affected both by your ingredients and your blending method.

Ingredients:

  • ‘Hard’ oils, including palm oil and coconut oil, and butters will reach trace much faster. Using softer oils such as olive oil or canola will decrease the speed of trace, but your end product soap will be much softer. Increasing the amount of oil to superfat your recipe will also slow down trace. (Be careful not to add too much or you’ll have an excess of unreacted oils.)
  • In addition, fragrance oils can accelerate trace. (Check out our CP Soap Testing results to see how our fragrance oils perform in the CP soaping process.)
  • Inversely, the more water you use, the slower your soap will reach trace. A water discount (using less water than the recipe called for) will accelerate trace and is recommended for only advanced soapers when they see fit.

Blending:

  • The speed at which you blend can accelerate trace. Using a stick blender as opposed to stirring manually with a spatula will increase the speed of the reaction and trace will be reached faster. If you suspect that the mixture will accelerate, stir it manually to slow the rate of trace.
  • Furthermore, the temperature at which you blend your ingredients will affect trace. Higher temperatures accelerate trace. If you wish to slow down trace, let your lye mixture cool down to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit before you add it to your oils.
  • The order also matters. If the fragrance oil you’re using is known to have a tendency to accelerate trace, be sure to add it last, after you’ve made your soap mixture and added any colorant, and be ready to move.

False Trace

All this talk about trace and the need to rush your soap process may have you running around like a chicken with its head cut off- but BEWARE FALSE TRACE. False trace usually occurs when oils in your mixture begin to cool down and solidify without going through emulsion or saponification. So, much like Goldilocks, you don’t want your mixture to be too hot or too cold, but juuuuust right.

Ahhh!

I know it seems like a lot- but if you pay attention to the factors listed here- you should be alright. Remember to have all of your ingredients ready before you start soaping (always, but especially) in case of any unexpected trace acceleration. You can do this, I promise. And if something goes wrong, you can always melt down your soap and try again. Thanks for reading and happy soaping!

Jun
14

Happy Fathers Day


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Happy Fathers Day from Natures GardenHappy Father’s Day

We at Natures Garden would like to extend a very Happy Fathers Day to all of the dads out there.  This is your day to celebrate.

“Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.” – Bill Cosby

Officially being recognized as a national holiday in 1972 by President Nixon, Fathers Day is a celebration of male parenting.  It is a holiday to show all fathers our appreciation and gratitude.   It is a great day to shower our wonderful dads with all the love and admiration they so rightfully deserve.

Fathers are our protectors, our providers, and our mentors.  And, without them, we would not be here.

So, to all of you amazing dads; thank you for all that you do.  Thank you for being there to lean on when the times get rough.  Thank you for pushing us to be the best person we can be.  Thank you for supporting us and believing in our sometimes crazy and outlandish ventures.  Thank you for loving us unconditionally through the good, the bad, and the ugly years.  And, thank you for teaching us to be strong when facing uncertainties.  But, most of all; thank you for all of the sacrifices you made for us throughout the years.

So, enjoy your day Dads; sit back and relax.  Know that you are needed, loved, and appreciated!  

 

My dad absolutely LOVES homemade cold process soap.  I will never forget the first time he tried some.  He said, “What you just came up with could be a gold mine!”  Well, I had to fill my dad in on two things:  1.  I did not create the concept of making soap from scratch, and 2. I plan to only sell the raw ingredients to make soap.  Since he had never tried real, homemade soap, he thought all soap was like the store bought soap.  For all of my life, he was a Zest kind of guy.  I am proud to report that my dad no longer uses store bought soap.  He says that “homemade soap is the best thing someone really smart ever created.”  I will have to agree!

So, if you would like to make your dad some wonderful, homemade soap from scratch, Natures Garden has all of the ingredients that you will need!   We offer fabulous soaping oils, butters, soap scents, essential oils, colorants, and soap lye.  Here is the recipe that is my dad’s favorite:  Shea Butter Cold Process Soap

Deborah Ward
CEO Natures Garden
www.naturesgardencandles.com 

May
18

Natures Garden Store


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Natures Garden StoreNatures Garden Store

Marsha and the staff at Natures Garden have been feverously working away at getting the store ready and in tip top shape.

Earlier this year, we started the intense planning and implementing of a store for our wonderful customers to come into and shop.  This was a feat that was easier said than done.  Through months of planning and strategizing, we were able to create a beautiful store on paper that believe it or not contained every item that Natures Garden currently carries.

Then came the week when all of storage and shelving units were put together.  This also included an electrician, a painter, and a small construction crew.  When they were finished, for the first time we were able to see the Natures Garden store becoming a reality.

Next, it was time to stock shelves.  This is where we are now.   Through immense hard work and dedication, the staff at Natures Garden has been steadily plugging away at stocking, pricing, and creating displays for the store.  And, now after all of this time, we are finally beginning to see light at the end of the store tunnel.

Although the store is still a work in progress so to say, we are getting very close.

Sure, all of Natures Garden products are out and available for purchase; but we are still finalizing some aspects to really knock it out of the park!

The Natures Garden store is currently open and you all are more than welcome to come in and visit.  We still have the fragrance sniffing wall (although it is more of a Fragrance Land), as well as 16 oz, 8 oz, 4 oz, and 1 oz fragrance bottles available to purchase.  All of our soap bases, waxes, butters, oils, molds, and herbs are also out and ready for purchase as well.  We even have our vast array of kits, colorants, flavorings, and essential oils out too and they are all ready for their new crafting home.

One thing is for sure, if you come visit the Natures Garden store, you will not be disappointed.  Just please bear with us as we strive for perfection.

Jun
25

How To Make Soap


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Soap Making Supplies

How to Make Soap from Scratch 

The earliest recorded proof of soap making, saponification, was found around 2800 BC in ancient Babylon.  The recipe for this soap-like substance consisted of water, alkali, and cassia oil.  Years later, in ancient Rome, soap was made using tallow, tree ash, and water.  Fast forward to today, soap is made using vegetable or animal fats/oils, and an alkaline mixture of lye and water.  One thing is for certain:  soap cannot be made without lye.  Even when soap was made with tree ash, water, and tallow, the tree ash contained lye.  You see, fats and water do not mix together, therefore, lye works as an emulsifier that allows these polar opposite ingredients to combine to make soap.

Before you make soap, make sure that you become familiar with the safety precautions to follow when handling lye.  Natures Garden provides a Soap Making Safety Class that will explain the hazards of soap making, and the necessary safety gear that you should wear when making soap.

Now that you understand how important safety is when making soap, you will need to buy the equipment and soap making supplies you need to make homemade soap.

Equipment you will need for soap making- By the way, once your equipment comes into contact with lye, you can NEVER use this equipment for food contact again!  Ingestion of lye can kill you.

1.  Heavy duty plastic bowls
2.  Plastic spoons or Silicone spatulas
3.  Whisk or Stick Blender
4.  Thermometer
5.  Soap Safe Molds- such as plastic or silicone (never allow lye to come into contact with aluminum)
6.  Scales to weigh out your ingredients
7.  Plastic wrap to insulate your soap while it cures
8.  Safety goggles, safety gloves, safety mask, and wear long sleeve clothing to protect skin from being burned.
9.  Spray bottle containing vinegar.  Keep a bottle of vinegar with you when mixing your lye just in case; it will neutralize the lye and stop the burning process immediately.

Soap Making Recipe and Exact Amounts that you will need to make soap:

The recipe we use at Natures Garden to test our fragrance oils is listed below.  We use this recipe because it allows you to make colorful swirled soap once you have more experience.  We also love this recipe because it is very moisturizing to the skin, yet still provides a creamy lather.  This recipe makes 3 pounds of soap.

12.16 oz Water (345 grams)
4.4 oz Lye (125 grams)

9.6 oz Olive Oil (272 grams)
9.6oz Shea Butter (272 grams)
6.4 oz Coconut Oil 76 (181.5 grams)
6.4 oz Palm Oil (181.5 grams)
2 oz. Copperhue Suntan Lotion Fragrance Oil
FUN Soap Colorant (optional- but if you use color, we suggest using orange color)

Instructions for making soap:

  1. It’s important to prep your area with the equipment and items you will need before you start. You don`t want to have to stop half way through and run to go get something!
  2. You should be mixing your lye solution in a well-ventilated area. No kids or pets anywhere nearby! Lye is very caustic and will create fumes that should not be inhaled as they can burn the tissue of your lungs. Also if it gets splashed on you, it can cause a nasty burn on the skin.
  3. Make sure that you have your bottle of vinegar handy if you get lye solution on your skin.
  4. Weigh out your lye
  5. Weigh out your distilled water
  6. Slowly add lye to your distilled water and stir until lye is dissolved.  NEVER EVER add your water to the lye!  It will produce a hazardous volcano scenario.
  7. Set you water/lye solution somewhere safe where kids and pets cannot get to it or knock it over.  Allow this solution to cool to around 90-100F.
  8. Weigh out your oils and butters.
  9. Melt your oils and butters until they are completely melted, but be careful not to get them too hot or they may burn.
  10. Allow your oils/butters to cool to around 100F.
  11. Add your lye/water solution to your oil/butter solution and mix with a whisk or a hand blender until the batter is emulsified.
  12. Add color to your soap mixture
  13. Add fragrance oil to your soap mixture and bring to trace.  (Trace is a pudding like soap consistency).
  14. Pour soap mixture into soap molds (my favorite molds are silicone loaf molds).
  15. Cover molds with plastic wrap, and place molds somewhere that they will not be disturbed.
  16. Allow soap to remain in covered molds for 24-48 hours.
  17. Remove soap from the molds.  Slice.
  18. Allow soap to cure in a cool, ventilated area for 2-6 weeks.
  19. After soap has fully cured, you can use it.

Check out Natures Garden Soap Making Supplies

For awesome ideas in soap making please check out Natures Garden’s Free Recipes and Classes.

 

May
18

Cold Process Soap with Fragrance Oils


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Fragrance Oils1.  What’s your name & Your Company: Lanita Stallings   Five Sisters Soap Co.

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I was buying handmade soaps and decided to try making them myself.  One of my daughters actually had eczema and I wanted to make soaps for her.  I have been making soaps for 13 years and I am addicted!

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I make CP soaps and whipped soaps.

4.  What are your business goals?  I want to have a successful internet business.  I have been working on that diligently for  the past year.  Before that I was mainly doing craft shows and selling in a few shops on consignment.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  I LOVE the fragrance oils.  I ordered my first ones right before Christmas last year.  I see why everybody raves about them now.

Your Website: http://www.fivesisterssoapco.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/www.fivesisterssoapco

YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/floridagirl7000?feature=mhee

May
16

Bath Bombs and Luxury Soaps


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fragrance oils1. What is your name and Your Company Name: Marlene Nicosia/Spa Girl

2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business? Meeting at a crossroad several years ago with decreasing demand for what I had been doing for the previous 35+ years (medical transcription), and also going to be relocating to the Chicago area as my daughter was having a baby and I would be full-time babysitter, I met with a couple of ladies who had successful soap companies and was awestruck by the concept of making handmade soaps from oils and lye. I had always been in love with essential oils and natural products and this was a perfect fit. I began my journey in 2009 into handmade. Although I have seemed to find my niche with bath bombs, my goal is to continue to add a KidSpa and SpaPure line that is fragrance-free with natural colorants, essential oils and beneficial clays.

3. What products do you make and sell? Bath bombs, luxury soaps, Kids Spa line including sugar scrubs, cupcake soaps, bubble bombs, glycerin soaps.

4. What are your business goals? We are working on our website and hope to have it ready in the next few weeks. I would also like to establish wholesale accounts for handmade soaps including our SpaPure natural line of products.

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden? What are your favorite products from Natures Garden? I love the products, pricing and service from Natures Garden. We carry over 50 fragrance oils from Natures Garden. I love to check out the Best Sellers section and know when I’m adding them to my line; they are guaranteed to be received well by my customers and will become my best sellers. I have purchased soap molds, soap making supplies, and always pick up a few new fragrances with every order.

Your Website: http://www.spagirlsoaps.etsy.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/spagirl.soaps

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SpaGirlSoap

Aug
28

Finding the Perfect Soap Recipe


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Soaping with knowledge, experience, and confidence.

With such a variety of soaping bases, fats, and oils available in the market, one can easily see where the excitement can collide with frustration, especially if you are new to soaping.  We strive for a perfect recipe, but where to begin, the possibilities are endless.  From this soap making blog series, we have already gone over the different types of soaping processes, soap safety, and soaping terminology.  Now, we seek out creating the perfect soaping recipe.

Soap is made by the chemical reaction that occurs when mixing fatty acids, lye, and water.  The lye component actually works as an emulsifier, bonding the fatty oils and water together.  Without the lye, this bond would never form.  These 3 elements, fatty acids, lye, and water are all essential components to the saponification process.

Each soaping oil/butter has a fatty acid composition, and since every oil/butter is different, so is their fatty acid composition.  It is through the variance of each fatty acid composition that important soaping characteristics and qualities are found.   Let’s briefly look at some of the most common fatty acids, as well as, the qualities that are provided by them in a cured bar of soap.

Lauric Acid:  Provides hardness, cleansing, and bubbly lather.

Linoleic Acid:  Provides conditioning

Myristic Acid:  Provides hardness, cleansing, and bubbly lather.

Oleic Acid:  Provides conditioning

Palmitic Acid:  Provides hardness and a creamy lather

Ricinoleic Acid:  Provides conditioning, bubbly lather, and a creamy lather.

Stearic Acid:  Provides hardness and a creamy lather.

As you can see, each and every element that is put into your soaping recipe has distinct benefits or uses, and some ingredients can also inhibit certain soap bar qualities.  Please also notice, that none of the fatty acids allow for all five of the soaping qualities that you are looking for in a bar of soap.  This is why; in order to find a good symmetry among these qualities, a soaping recipe usually contains several different oils (fatty acids).

In order to create a quality bar of soap, it is necessary to find a balance between hardness, cleansing, conditioning, bubbly lather, and creamy lather. This usually involves using a combination of oils/butters in your soap recipe. A typical bar soap recipe calls for 38% water content, and a 5% superfat (the percentage of oils that do not saponifiy).

Here are the values for a typical bar of soap; they are presented in a range:

Hardness 29 to 54
Cleansing 12 to 22
Conditioning 44 to 69
Bubbly lather 14 to 46
Creamy lather 16 to 48

There is however, one example of a soap recipe that can be done with just one oil.  For people who are allergic to nuts, olive oil soap can be made with just that…olive oil.  No allergen worries.  Once this bar has cured though, you have a nice conditioning soap bar that will not leave your hands dry, but, that same soap bar also will not produce a nice lather, and will be very limited in cleansing ability.  This is why being aware of all of the capabilities of your oils, fats, butters, and additives will give you a distinct advantage over other soap bars in the market.

Remember, since all oils have their own fatty acid makeup, they also have specific saponification or SAP values.  This is why it is extremely important that once the ingredients of your soaping recipe are calculated, you MUST use those oils.  They cannot be exchanged out for other soaping oils without recalculating your recipe.

Feeling overwhelmed yet?  Don’t!  We know that this is a lot of information to grasp.  This is why if you are new to soaping, it is our suggestion that you try a recipe that has already been tried and tested.  Doing this will allow you to initiate yourself with the soaping instruction and procedure.  Performing the steps from beginning to end will also give you a firsthand experience of the soaping method and key properties of the saponification process like trace or gel phase.

Congratulations Newbies!  Now is the time where we are actually going to make our first batch together.

If you have not read our blog on soap making safety, please do so now

http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/blog/soap-making-safety/

Working with lye can be very dangerous!

We have already went slightly ahead, and provided you below a recipe for your 1st time soaping.

Here is what you will need for a 2 pound batch:

6 ounces of Coconut Oil, 76 degree

8.4 ounces of Olive Oil Pomace

8.4 ounces Palm Oil

1.2 ounces of Castor Oil

1.5 ounces of a body safe fragrance oil ie Oatmeal Milk & Honey

9.12 ounces of Distilled Water

3.393 ounces of lye (NaOH)

This recipe range for soap bar quality is:

Hardness 43
Cleansing 17
Conditioning 54
Bubbly lather 22
Creamy lather 31

As you will notice all of the qualities fall within the suggested range nicely.  This soap recipe will give you a balanced overall bar of soap.

When selecting your body safe fragrance oil, please take the time to review the CP soap results.  We have a link with all of our fragrance oils listed alphabetically with the CP results:

http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/mas_assets/pdf/fragrtest.pdf

Good Luck and remember, once you feel confident with your testing recipe, it is time to break the mold and explore the realm of crafting your own soap recipe.  Soap that is completely made by scratch, every ingredient controlled by you!

A very informative class has been created to help you find exactly which ingredients you may want to consider using in your recipe.  Here is the link:

http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/mas_assets/pdf/soapoils.pdf

As you looking at all of the various fats/oils/butters that are capable for soaping recipes, jot down or note any of interest.

In the next class, we will review how to use the soap calculator!