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Dec
06

Lemon Peel Benefits


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Lemon Peel BenefitsLemon Peel Benefits

There are many lemon peel benefits that you can use to benefit your body. Both the Lemon Peel Cut and Sifted and the Lemon Peel Powder from Natures Garden are perfect for nourishing your body inside and outside. You will love all the ways that you can use this bright citrus herb in your life. Not only can use this herb to enhance your food recipes, but you can use this herb to create lovely bath and body recipes. So, let’s get into all the benefits and properties of lemon peel.

Lemon Peel Benefits: Growing ConditionsLemon Peel Benefits: Growing Conditions

Lemon trees require a warm climate and are quite sensitive to the cold. The tree will become inactive below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, the fruit dies after being exposed to lower than 28 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes. So, they will need protection from frost, which can be helped by ensuring that your tree has enough water. Additionally, lemon trees should be provided with full sunlight. While these trees are temperature sensitive, they are able to tolerate many different types of soils. However, these trees will prefer soil that is slightly acidic and well-draining. Further, you should plant your tree in a hole that is slightly shorter than the root ball. Then, replace the dirt and tamp firmly. 

For those in the United States, anyone that doesn’t live in a climate like Florida or California may want to plant your lemon tree indoors. As long as the pot is fairly large and the soil is well draining, the tree should be comfortable as an indoor plant. However, a typical lemon tree has the potential to grow to be 20 feet tall, so you will likely want to prune your tree as it gets too large.

However, the lemons require hot summers to develop the fruit. So, it may be less likely for an indoor tree to produce fruit if you don’t bring your plant outside in the summer. Luckily, there are dwarf lemon tree options, like the Meyer lemon, that are more likely to bear fruit. Since your plant will be inside, it is unlikely that pollinators, like bees, butterflies, and other bugs, can get to your plant. Instead, you can use a paintbrush or cotton swab to rub pollen within the flower. This increase your chance of fruit and lead to a better harvest.

Lemon Peel Benefits: Industry Uses

There are many different ways that you can use the lemon peel herb in your daily life. First, you can add lemons to your diet to enhance the flavor of everything from water to dinner recipes. Further, adding more lemon in your food will provide you with some awesome health benefits. Also, your cosmetic recipes can benefit from the addition of lemon peel powder. Not only will your products pick up a lovely lemon aroma, but there will be able to provide you body with all kinds of benefits. So, let’s get into some of the wonderful properties of this botanical herb.

Lemon Peel Benefits: Medicinal UsesLemon Peel Benefits: Medicinal Uses

There are some beneficial properties that you can gain from adding more lemon peel powder to your diet. This herb can be added to tonics or teas that you can use to provide all kinds of benefits to your body. Plus, the peel has a pleasant taste that isn’t too overpowering. So, let’s get into how this herb can benefit your body.

Lemon Peel Benefits: Medicinal Benefits

First, you can use lemon peel powder to help promote good digestion. Many people have found that this herb can be used to reduce the symptoms of gas, heart burn, and indigestion. Also, the high fiber content can be useful for treating both diarrhea and constipation. Further, lemon peel is able to help your body eliminate toxins, as it promotes kidney function. In fact, this herb acts like a diuretic and has been known to be useful against kidney stones. Furthermore, it is thought that lemon peel can be used to detox the liver. Since this is the organ that filters and breaks down toxins in your body, helping flush these out will help your liver to preform at its best.

A study on fighting skin cancer shows that drinking lemon peels in your tea may be beneficial in preventing this disease. Plus, this cosmetic herb can be useful for reducing bad cholesterol levels in the body. This lower cholesterol will be helpful for improving heart health and reducing the chance of a heart attack or stroke. Also, this herb has anti-inflammatory properties that are thought to help relieve inflammation in the walls of veins. So, this herb may be useful for varicose veins or hemorrhoids. 

Also, you can use lemon peels to help promote healthy bones, as it contains vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for the bones. Both the calcium and vitamin C are important for maintaining and building healthy bones. Additionally, this high level of vitamin C is useful for promoting a healthy immune system. So, adding more lemon peel to your diet may be useful for preventing a cold or other inconvenient illness.

Lemon Peel Benefits: Cosmetic UsesLemon Peel Benefits: Cosmetic Uses

There are quite a few benefits that you can utilize in your bath and body products. This botanical herb can be used to nourish the skin and hair in your natural products. So, you can produce products that are beautiful, all natural, and great for your body.

You can use the lemon peel herb nourish and enhance the appearance of your skin. First, this cosmetic herb can be used to cleanse the skin and help to break down dead skin cells. Further, this herb will help detoxify the skin with it’s abundance of antioxidants. Plus, lemon peel can provide rough, dry skin with nutrients that can rejuvenate and soften your skin. So, this herb would be perfect for creating a lotion recipe or even a nourishing conditioner recipe.

Also, you can use lemon peel to help even and brighten your skin tone as well as lighten your complexion. Further, this herb can be useful for promoting healthy skin growth. Plus, this herb can be useful in helping to prevent signs of aging. You can add this cosmetic ingredient to your lotion and soap recipes to help reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Also, you can use this herb to help reduce dark spots, like circles under the eyes or even acne scars. Also, the astringent and antimicrobial properties in this herb can be useful for reducing acne. So, this cosmetic herb would be perfect for adding to your typical soap making supplies.

Lemon Peel Benefits: Natures Garden RecipesLemon Peel Benefits: Natures Garden Recipes

We created a tea with the Lemon Peel Cut and Sifted and included it in our Hair Conditioner Recipe For Blondes. We made this recipe to create a product that will nourish and care for your hair. Lemon peel powder is a wonderful herb for your hair that will leave your locks looking healthy and shiny. Furthermore, this herb will help restore your hair and scalp’s natural pH balance. So, this herb can be useful for balancing an oily or dry scalp, reducing dandruff and helping manage hair loss.  

Since this herb has many benefits for the skin, it is a perfect ingredient for many bath and body recipes. First, we used the lemon peel powder to create the Margarita Salt Scrub Recipe. We included this herb with our other body scrub supplies to create a scrub that can exfoliate as well as brighten and nourish the skin. So, this product will provide you with glowing, youthful  skin. Additionally, we created many other bath and body recipes with this cosmetic recipe that you can find under the recipe tab of the Lemon Peel Powder.

Lemon Peel Benefits: Food and BeveragesLemon Peel Benefits: Food and Beverages

There are many ways that you can use lemon peels to benefit your drinks and food recipes. Since this botanical herb is full of vitamins and minerals, it is able to provide the building blocks that your body can use to its benefit. Further, the lemon peels contain about 5 times more vitamins than the center or juice.

First, you can incorporate lemon peels with other tea herbs to create a tea that it fantastic for your body. Alternatively, you could just boil lemon peels to create a simple lemon peel tea, which you can drink plain or even with a touch of honey. This is an easy way to add more nutrients to your diet and begin to feel the benefits of this herb.

Additionally, you can add lemon zest to your dessert or meal recipes. While many cooks will refer to this herb differently in the kitchen, it is still just lemon peels that are grated a bit finer. So, lemon peels are actually utilized pretty well by good cooks, as this herb tastes good and is good for you! Check out Zest Is Best: How to Make the Most of Your Lemon, Lime, and Orange Peels by Bon Appetit for tips on zesting and recipes that you can create with your zest!

Lemon Peel Benefits: Other UsesLemon Peel Benefits: Other Uses

There are some other uses of lemon peels that you can utilize in your daily life. In addition to the various health and cosmetic benefits that this herb can provide, you can find a few other useful ways to include this herb in your life.

Also, this herb can be used to help whiten your teeth. Although you could use whitening strips, this method is less expensive and natural. If you are interested, then check out How To Use Lemon For Teeth Whitening by WiseShe. Plus, you can use lemon peels to help promote stronger bones. The vitamin C in this herb can be useful for preventing bleeding gums, scurvy, and even gingivitis. Further, the citric acid in this herb can be used to reduce your chance of having issues with your gums.

Another use of lemon peel is that you can add it to a bag of brown sugar to help keep it fresh. Adding this herb will help keep the sugar moist and prevent it from getting hard. Just make sure that you only add the peel without any of the pulp or juice. Also, you can use this herb to use this botanical herb to freshen your fridge. Lemon peel is known to be able to absorb scent, so it can be useful for reducing the scent of your fridge. Plus, you can use this herb to create natural cleaners for the home. It is thought that lemon peel can be useful for polishing chrome surfaces.

Lemon Peel Benefits: Ask Your QuestionsLemon Peel Benefits: Ask Your Questions

We hope that you enjoyed learning about all the lemon peel benefits that you can gain from this delightful herb. If you have anymore questions about this herb or another others, then feel free to reach out to us! We are available in the store, on the phone, and online. Anyone that wants to find us online, may want to try one of our social media pages. We have a Facebook page as well as both a Twitter and an Instagram that uses @ngscents. Not only can use use this platform to ask your questions, but you can share your own personal opinions and homemade recipes, too. Hope to hear from you soon!

Lemon Peel Benefits: Reminder About Our Herbs

Note: Natures Garden sells our herbs, like the Lemon Peel Cut and Sifted and Lemon Powder, for external use only. We do not sell our herbs as food items. The information we provide is for educational purposes only. We do not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease with this information. Also, the Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated the information that we provide. You should keep all herbs out of reach of both your children and pets. Further, pregnant and/or lactating women should take special care when handling our herbs. Natures Garden accepts no responsibility (written or implied) for any products you make with our herbs and all testing is the responsibility of the customer.

Aug
22

Chamomile Bath Bomb Recipe


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Chamomile Bath Bomb RecipeChamomile Bath Bomb Recipe

Our next wonderful bath bomb recipe is the Chamomile Bath Bomb Recipe. This Natures Garden original bath fizzy recipe uses notes of a beautiful fragrance oil along with the skin loving properties of a cosmetic herb. This cosmetic herb, chamomile flowers, is a soothing ingredient that is wonderful for the skin and entire body. So, you will be able to create a simple cosmetic recipe that cares for your body and is perfect for relaxing in the tub! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy your fizzy bath bomb body product.

Chamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Amazingly Grace Type Fragrance OilChamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Amazingly Grace Type Fragrance Oil

This wonderfully herbal bath bomb is not only great for the skin but it has a lovely, feminine scent that will make you feel pretty…oh so pretty! This beautiful scent begins with notes of Italian bergamot and sparkling lemon that are sweetened with middle notes of freshly picked citron and neroli. Then, this fragrance oil finishes with notes of white floral jasmine, orange blossom and rose are blended with sheer musk and cedarwood to create an irresistible aroma for your bath and body recipe.

Chamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Ingredients Available from Natures Garden

Citric Acid
Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)
Macadamia Nut Oil
Amazingly Grace Fragrance Oil
Chamomile Flowers German Whole
Kaolin White Clay Powder
Chamomile Flowers German Powder
Bath Bomb Molds
8 oz. Clear PET Bullet Bottles
Safety Glasses
White Fine Mist Sprayers 24/410
Safety Gloves
Nature’s Garden Apron
Safety Mask

Chamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Other Needed Ingredients

Witch Hazel (in spray bottle)
Mixing Bowls
Scale
Mixing Spoon
Rubber Gloves

Chamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Total Weights and Amounts

300 grams of the Citric Acid
600 grams of the Baking Soda
10 grams of the Kaolin Clay Powder
18 grams of the Amazingly Grace Fragrance Oil
3 grams of the Chamomile Flowers Whole
18 grams of the Macadamia Nut Oil
5 grams of the Chamomile Flowers Powder

Chamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Clean and Prepare

Before you begin working on this herbal bath bomb recipe, there are a few preparations that you can make to have this process to easier. First, you should gather and clean all of the equipment you need for this recipe. Also, you will want to prepare the spray bottle of witch hazel at this point. Additionally, we suggest that you clear and clean an area of space for you to work to create these bath bombs. Once all of your equipment and work space are both ready to work with, you can begin creating your Chamomile Flowers Bath Bomb Recipe!

Chamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Measuring the Dry IngredientsChamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Measuring the Dry Ingredients

First, you are going to need to prepare the dry ingredients for this recipe. So, grab a medium mixing bowl and the scale. Now, weigh 300 grams of the Citric Acid, 600 grams of the Baking Soda, and 10 grams of the Kaolin Clay Powder into this mixing bowl. After all of these ingredients are added, you will need to mix them together. So, take a gloved hand and mix these ingredients well. Be sure that you break up any clumps that you may come across. Once these ingredients have been mixed, you can set this mixture aside for the moment.

Chamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Measuring the Wet Ingredients

Next, you will be preparing some of the other ingredients for this bath bomb recipe. So, take a new mixing bowl and the scale. Now, weigh the 18 grams of the macadamia nut oil and 18 grams of the Amazingly Grace Fragrance Oil into this bowl. In the following step, you will be using these wet ingredients.

Chamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Combining the Wet and Dry Ingredients Chamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Combining the Wet and Dry Ingredients

Now, you are ready to combine the wet and dry ingredients. An easy way to do this is to add the oils to your powder mixture. Once these ingredients are in the same bowl, you will need to use a gloved hand to thoroughly mix everything together. Once all the ingredients are evenly incorporated throughout the mixture and you have no clumps, you can move on to the next step.

Chamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Dividing the Mixture

Next, you will need to divide all of your mixed ingredients into two even portions. It will be easiest to keep one half in the same bowl and move the other half into the other mixing bowl that you had used previously. You will be using one of the portions in the next step and you can set aside the other portion for right now.

Chamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Adding the Herb PowderChamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Adding the Herb Powder

First, you will take one of your portions of the bath bomb mixture and add one of the cosmetic herbs. So, take one of these portions and add in 5 grams of the Chamomile Flowers Powder. Then, you will need to mix these ingredients thoroughly with your gloved hands. Once this herb is fully incorporated, you can move on to preparing the other portion.

Chamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Preparing the Bath Bomb Mixture for the Molds

Now, you will be ready to fill the first half of your bath bomb molds. Before you begin make sure that you are filling the correct half of the mold, as these molds will only fit together one way. So, you need to be careful to ensure your molds will be half and half. You will begin by spraying this portion of the mixture with witch hazel. Make sure that you mix with your hands as you spray, as this will help let you know when the dough is ready to use. Once the mixture feels like crumbly dough, you can stop spraying.

Chamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Filling the Bath Bomb Molds

At this point, you are ready to fill your bath bomb molds! So, take all of the bottoms of your molds and begin to fill them up. Make sure that you pack the dough into the mold tightly as you continue. This will ensure that the ingredients stick together and that the bath bomb holds its shape after being removed from the mold. After you have this portion used up, you should have about six bath bomb mold halves filled.

Chamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Adding the Whole Chamomile FlowersChamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Adding the Whole Chamomile Flowers

Next, you are going to be preparing the other half of your bath bomb mixture. Now, this portion will have 3 grams of the Chamomile Flowers Whole added to the mixture. Once this herb is added, you will need to use your gloved hands to fully mix this wholesale herb into this portion. Once everything is mixed well, you can move on to filling up your bath bomb molds wholesale.

Chamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Preparing the Mixture

Now, your bath bomb mixture is nearly ready to add to the wholesale bath bomb molds. All you have left to do is spray this portion of the mixture with the bottle of witch hazel. Again, you will need to use a gloved hand to blend the bath bomb mixture as you continue to spray these ingredients. Just be careful to avoid over spraying with the witch hazel. If you spray too much, then you may end up accidentally activating the ingredients in the bowl. This means that your bath bombs may not stick together as well in the mold and they may not fizz as much in the bath tub. So, be cautious and stop spraying once the mixture has a consistency of crumbly dough.

Chamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Filling the Bath Bomb Molds

Then, you will be ready to fill the other half of the bath bomb mold. Now, we should be left with the tops of the molds to fill. So, use your gloved hands and fill up these halves of the cosmetic molds. Make sure to pack your mixture in tightly to make sure everything sticks together and holds its shape. Once you have all the molds filled, you are ready to combine the two halves!

Chamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Combining the Bath Bomb Mold Halves

Finally, it is time to combine the two halves of the bath bomb mold. So, you will need to pair the tops and bottoms of the bath bomb molds. First, you will need to lightly spray each half of the mold. Then, you can firmly press the halves together until the mold snaps shut. Repeat these two steps until all the bath bombs are made. Once all of your bath bombs are whole, you will need to set them in a safe place where they can set up completely. You will know that your bath bombs are ready when they have hardened up and feel solid to the touch.

Chamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Finished Bath BombChamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Finished Bath Bomb

Now, your Chamomile bath bombs are finished! Once your bath bombs have fully hardened, they will be ready to use. At this point, you can either pop them out of the mold or leave them in the mold until you’re ready. Many people like to leave the bath bombs in the molds, as it functions as an easy method of bath bomb packaging. However, you are able to pop your bath bombs out as soon as they harden. You can either use them right them for some fizzy herbal bath bomb fun or you can wrap them with your very own packaging.

Chamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Chamomile Flowers HerbChamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Chamomile Flowers Herb

One reason why this bath bomb recipe is so wonderful is that there are skin loving bath bomb supplies included. Of course, these supplies include the chamomile herb. There are many benefits that you can gain from adding this cosmetic herb to your bath and body products. First, this cosmetic ingredient can be used in skin care recipes. This herb is thought to help soften the skin and provide a healthy glow to the skin, too. Further, many have found that this herb can be useful for healing dry, flaky skin as well as reducing stretch marks and wrinkles. Additionally, some use this herb as a natural muscle relaxer. So, chamomile may be useful for relieving inflammation, muscle stiffness, and pain.

If you are interested in learning more about this cosmetic herb, then check out our Chamomile Class!

Chamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Chamomile Flowers Herb Medicinal

Although our own herbs are only for cosmetic use, there are some places where you can buy chamomile for making tea and cooking. This is often done to gain some of the various benefits that this herb has to offer. First, many find that Chamomile can be used to treat an upset stomach, promote restful sleep, and help aid in healthy digestion. Additionally, some use this wonderful herb to help relieve symptoms of both asthma and colds. Plus, this cosmetic herb has been found to help relieve the pain of menstrual cramps as well as certain sleep disorders. Further, some have even found that this herbal tea can be used to help kill off cancer cells.

Most commonly, people will use cosmetic grade chamomile to create tea. In fact, this cosmetic herb is often used to make sleepy time tea. Another delicious way to integrate this cosmetic herb into your own diet is Real Simple’s recipe for Lemon Chamomile Shortbread. So, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the benefits of this herb!

Chamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Reach Out to UsChamomile Bath Bomb Recipe: Reach Out to Us

We hope that you enjoyed this wonderful bath and body recipe from Natures Garden. If you have any questions about this cosmetic recipe or anything else, then feel free to reach out to us! We are available on the phone, in the store, and online. If you are looking to talk online, then a good place to find us is on social media. We have a Facebook account. Also, you can use @ngscents to find us on Twitter and Instagram. Not only is this a perfect place to ask questions, but you can use these platforms to stay up to date on our latest released recipes. We hope to hear from you soon!

Please Note: Natures Garden Candle and Soap Making Supplies sells both chamomile powder and whole dried chamomile flowers for external use only. We do not sell either chamomile as a food item. (The information we have provided above is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease or illness. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration). Always keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets. Special care should be taken by pregnant and/or lactating women when handling herbs. Natures Garden accepts no responsibility (written or implied) for any products you make with our chamomile powder and chamomile whole herb. All testing is the responsibility of the customer.

Jun
28

Common Hot Process Soap Questions


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Common Hot Process Soap QuestionsCommon Hot Process Soap Questions

Although hot process soap recipes have some things in common with the cold process soap recipes, there are a few new steps that can be confusing. So, we at Natures Garden felt it would be useful to answer some common hot process soap questions that our customers have asked us. This way we can equip you with all the soap making supplies and information that you need to make all kinds of wonderful homemade soaps!

Common Hot Process Soap Questions: What are the Hot Process Stages?

First, melt your oils and butters in a crock pot. Then, create your lye solution and add it to your crock pot. Use a stick blend to mix to trace and cover the crock pot. After about 15 minutes, stir the batter and replace the lip. Continue to stir every 15 minutes until the soap batter has the consistency of mashed potatoes. Then, place the soap in a mold and allow it to set up for 24 hours. After, remove from mold, cut, and allow it to cure for about 1-2 weeks. Although the bar may technically be safe to use, allowing it to cure will provide a harder, better quality bar of soap.

Common Hot Process Soap Questions: Can I Use the Pan or Crockpot I Used for Soapmaking for Food?Common Hot Process Soap Questions: Can I Use the Pan or Crockpot I Used for Soapmaking for Food?

No, you should never return your soaping equipment to the kitchen. So, make sure that you use a pan or crock pot that you aren’t overly fond of for your hot process soap recipes. Hopefully, you can find a pan or crock pot that is cheap or old to use for soap. Once anything in your kitchen is used for soapmaking, it should be moved into your soap making supplies permanently.

Common Hot Process Soap Questions: Do I Have to Use a Crock Pot for Hot Process Soap?

No, you don’t have to use a crock pot to be successful in making hot process soap. Many people like to use an old crock pot, but if you aren’t able to dedicate one to soap making it is okay to use something different. In fact, you can use a stove top and it works just as well. Honestly, your hot process soap will work just fine as long as your soap has a constant heat source.

Common Hot Process Soap Questions: What Are The Hot Process Soap Benefits?

Since hot process soap has some similar steps to cold process soap, hp soap has many of the same benefits. Of course, for both methods, you can control all of the ingredients to avoid ingredient that may trigger allergies or irritate skin conditions. But, the biggest thing that sets the hp soap making method apart from the cold process soap is the cure time. Since hot process soap uses a heat source, like a crock pot or pan, that keeps the soap batter at higher temperatures. These higher temperatures will speed up the saponification process. So, your hot process soaps won’t need to cure as long as they would if they were made using the cp soap method.

Common Hot Process Soap Questions: Does Natures Garden Offer Hot Process Soap Recipes?

Natures Garden offers a few different recipes for hot process soap that you can choose between. We have regular hp soap recipes, laundry soap recipes, and even a beard soap recipe. So, there are a lot of fun ideas for making hot process soaps! You can find all of our recipes under Hot Process Soap Recipes on the Free Recipes and Classes page.

 

Common Hot Process Soap Questions: When Do I Color Hot Process Soap?Common Hot Process Soap Questions: When Do I Color Hot Process Soap?

You will want to add your soap colorant after the batch is done cooking. So, mix in the coloring once the soap is a mashed potato consistency. Also, you can still do multiple colors with this method. Just split your cooked soap into different bowls and mix in color to each. Once the soap is colored, you can add more ingredients or scoop the soap to the mold.

Common Hot Process Soap Questions: When Do I Add Fragrance to Hot Process Soap?

Again, you will want to add your fragrance oil after the soap has fully cooked and before you stick the soap in the mold. So, you can add your scent right after you add your colorant.

Common Hot Process Soap Questions: How Long Do I Need to Cook Hot Process Soap?

The cooking time can vary depending on both the individual hot process soap recipe and the soaping ingredients used. Also, the crock pot or pan that you are using can affect the time, too. Some cases take about an hour and other instances may take a few hours. However, you can tell that your soap is done based on consistency. As your soap heats it will begin to get thicker, which you will notice as you are periodically checking the batter. At one point the soap batter will go through a gel phase, which gives a gel-like appearance. Right after this, the soap will get a mashed potato consistency. At this point, you are ready to scoop the soap into your soap mold.

Common Hot Process Soap Questions: Why is My Hot Process Soap Changing Color?Common Hot Process Soap Questions: Why is My Hot Process Soap Changing Color?

There are a few reasons why a soap would discolor. Most often, this kind of change is due to the vanillin content in a fragrance oil. This ingredient is what gives scented oils its vanilla notes. So, this type of discoloration can be minimized by using vanilla white color stabilizer. basically, all of the brown discoloration caused by vanillin and oxidation. Vanilla White Color Stabilizer will slow the oxidation of vanillin. However, there are many other ingredients in fragrance oils that can cause discoloration that we can’t reduce or control. This means that it is possible that this additive won’t solve discoloration if the vanillin content isn’t very high. You can find out whether a fragrance discolors and if its maintainable by looking in the description for that scented oil. Another reason that your soaps could change color is herbs, which can oxide over time. This will fade the initial color of the herb and likely become a dull color or change color.

Common Hot Process Soap Questions: Why Is My Hot Process Soap Separating In My Mold?

If your hp soap is separating in the soap mold, then it is a sign that the soap needed to cook longer. No need to rebatch. All you have to do is scoop the soap back into the crock pot or the pan and cook for a bit longer. It could also be caused by a recipe that wasn’t formulated properly or was not weighed out properly.

Common Hot Process Soap Questions: How Long Do You Have to Wait to Use Hot Process Soap?

While hot process soap shortens the cure time, you still have a bit of waiting left to do. You will want to let your soap bars set for about 1-2 weeks, depending on your batch this could vary.

Common Hot Process Soap Questions: Why Is My Hot Process Soap Cracking?

Overheating can cause your hot process soap to crack in some places or develop strange patterns. Occasionally, it will just be a simple crack in the soap and other times you can end up with soap with peaks and craters. Sometimes soap can even get an appearance referred to as alien brains, which is kind of looks like a brain pattern.  Also, certain ingredients can lead to an increase in heating, like additives with natural sugars. So, you are more likely to overheat with milk, wine, honey, or fruit and veggie purees. Not only can these ingredients heat you soap, but they have the potential to cause a volcano effect in your soap. So, be sure to use caution for those ingredients with sugars.  

 

Common Hot Process Soap Questions: Does Natures Garden Offer Any Hot Process Soap Recipes with Shea Butter?Common Hot Process Soap Questions: Does Natures Garden Offer Any Hot Process Soap Recipes with Shea Butter?

Yes, we do! We have quite a few free soap recipes for hot process soap, which includes the Beard Soap Recipe, the Game On HP Soap Recipe, and the Apricotie Hottie Soap Recipe. If you would like to see more of these types of soap-making recipes, then you can check out our Free Recipes and Classes page under the Hot Process Soap Recipes section.

Common Hot Process Soap Questions: Why is My Hot Process Soap Hard and Crumbly?

If you have soap that is too hard and crumbly, then stick around to learn about why your hot process soap would be this way and how you can fix it. Also, anyone that wants to learn how to make their hot process soap more fluid may want to start here. First, your soap batter could be over cooked, which makes the soap dry and hard. Alternatively, the recipe could contain too many hard oils, which could be saved by re-batching with more soft oils. Or, it could be that you didn’t add enough water. Also, it could be that an ingredient was forgotten or the recipe wasn’t formulated correctly. Another possibility is that there is too much of a soap additive, like sodium lactate, that increased the hardness too much. Often, you can simply fix the mistake and rebatch your soap.

Common Hot Process Soap Questions: How Do I Rebatch Hot Process Soap?

Have you ever wondered can you melt a bar of soap and remold? It can be tempting to just scrap a failed batch of soap and start over. If you feel the same, then you will definitely want to hear about rebatching soap. Whether you forgot an ingredient, a hot process soap rebatch is a great idea for you to try. Plus, rebatching your old soap is a fairly simple process. First, grate your old soap and put these pieces in a crock pot. Then, you will need to melt this down with water and whatever you wanted to include in these soaps. If you want a more detailed set of instructions, then you can look at a previous blog on How to Rebatch soap.

Common Hot Process Soap Questions: Why Is My Hot Process Soap Soft and Crumbly?

Also, there are a few reasons why your soap could turn out soft and crumbly. One reason could be that you have too many soft oils and need more hard oils added to the recipe. Also, it could be an issue of not having enough lye for the amount of liquid added. So, it is possible that you may need to formulate the recipe again, which can be made easier with the help of SoapCalc. If your recipe is fine, then you may just need to cook your soap a bit longer. Another option is that you could’ve accidentally added a soap ingredient twice. While you may have a missing ingredient or need to add some different ingredients, it is okay because you should be able to rebatch and save the soap.

Common Hot Process Soap Questions: Why Is My Hot Process Soap So Soft? I Did Everything Right and It Is Still Soft.

When you first unmold and cut your hp soap, it may be softer than you like. It is common to be a little soft initially for hot process soaps. However, the soap will harden as it cures. Although the soap is safe to use, the bars after about a week, they may still be too soft. For hard soaps, we suggest allowing your soap to cure for 3-4 weeks.

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We hope that you were able to learn something interesting about hot process soap making! If you have any other questions or concerns about the hp soap-making method, then reach out and ask us. We are available in the Natures Garden store, on the phone, and on social media. You can reach out to us on the NG Facebook page, Twitter (@ngscents), or Instagram (@ngscents). Have fun soaping and we wish you the very best!