Exfoliating Spring Gardeners Cold Process Soap Recipe

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This exfoliating spring gardeners cold process soap recipe naturally exfoliates with poppy seeds and walnut shell powder to help remove tough dirt and grime.With spring right around the corner now is the perfect time to start making this exfoliating gardeners cold process soap recipe. Make it now and it will be cured and ready right about time to put your first seedlings in the ground. I made this homemade pink and green exfoliating soap using two different batches of cold process soap and three fragrances – Farmer’s Market Baby Bibb fragrance oil, lemongrass essential oil and peppermint essential oil. However, you can customize the fragrance and look any way you like or make both batches of soap from the same recipe.

Homemade Gardeners Cold Process Soap Recipe

©Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients for Pink Soap Chunks:

4 oz. soybean oil
7.2 oz. 76° melt point (refined) coconut oil
6.1 oz. pomace olive oil
6.3 oz. sustainable palm oil
5.1 oz. sunflower oil
2.3 oz. shea butter
3 oz. castor oil

3.4 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
8.75 oz. distilled water

2 oz. Farmer’s Market Baby Bibb fragrance oil or similar
1 teaspoon red orange mica powder or similar

Ingredients for Exfoliating Green Soap:

10.8 oz. pomace olive oil
9 oz. rice bran oil
7.2 oz. sustainable palm oil
7.2 oz. 76° melt point (refined) coconut oil
1.8 oz. illipe butter

4.8 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
12 oz. distilled water

1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon green chromium oxide pigment powder
.5 oz. lemongrass essential oil
.5 oz. peppermint essential oil
1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
2 teaspoons ground pumice
1 Tablespoon walnut shell powder

Instructions:

To create this gardeners cold process soap recipe, you’ll begin by making the pink soap that will be the chunks inside the second batch of soap following your basic cold process soapmaking instructions. (This will fit inside one of my DIY Wooden Loaf Soap Molds.) You’ll need to weigh the ingredients using a digital kitchen scale.

Begin by measuring out the distilled water into a pitcher or large glass Pyrex measuring cup, then weigh out the lye and stir into the water and set aside to cool. Then weigh out the soapmaking oils and combine in a large stainless steel pot. Heat on the stove over medium heat, removing from heat once all the oils have melted. Once the oils and lye-water reach about 100° F, you’re ready to make soap.

Begin by measuring out and mixing the red orange oil locking mica shimmer into the oils with a stick blender. Once thoroughly combined, slowly pour the lye-water into the oils and mix until you reach a light trace. Add the Baby Bibb fragrance oil and mix thoroughly then pour into your prepared mold, cover and insulate for 24 hours. Once the 24 hour period has passed, unmold your soap and cut into square chunks.

Prepare two molds for the next stage and evenly distribute the pink soap chunks between the two molds.

You’re now ready to start on the second batch of exfoliating green soap. Repeat the same steps as your first batch of soap using the ingredients listed for the second batch mixing the green pigment and exfoliants into the melted soapmaking oils before adding the lye-water to ensure even distribution. Add the essential oils at a light trace and mix thoroughly.

Now pour the soap evenly into each of the two prepared molds with the pink soap chunks. Tap each mold several times on the counter or table to make sure the soap gets around all of the chunks and to remove any air bubbles, then cover and insulate for 24 hours. After the insulation period you can unmold the soaps and cut into bars. Allow to cure for 3-6 weeks then package as desired with with professional plastic food wrap filmKraft paper, or even fabric, and label. If you’re making these to sell, you’ll need to include the weight of each bar of soap on your label.

For more great homemade soap recipes, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body Board on Pinterest. And for spring gardening ideas and how to’s check out my Pinterest Gardening Board! You can also keep up with all my DIY projects and handmade bath, body and beauty recipes by following me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Blog Lovin’ and Instagram!

DIY Spring Gardening Projects, Tips & Tricks

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Get started on your spring garden now with this wonderful collection of DIY spring gardening projects, tips and tricks!

It’s almost time to start planting here in Southwestern Virginia! Our last danger of frost usually passes towards the end of April, though with the warm weather we’ve had recently it’s hard to believe we could still end up with a snow storm. (And we have before. I remember back in April of 1993 I believe, we ended up with 3ft. of snow!)

But with the super warm days we’ve been having, I thought now would be a great time to share some DIY spring gardening projects, tips and ideas! Here are a few of my favorites.

DIY Spring Gardening Projects, Tips & Tricks

le zoe musings blog has some DIY spring gardening projects for getting a jump start on your outdoor garden like this indoor greenhouse. To make this indoor greenhouse garden, Kellie uses a 72 cell greenhouse kit with a dome.

However, you could also use recycled newspaper to make your own seedling starter pots and cover with wide mouth masonjars, another wide mouthed glass container or the top half of a plastic 2L bottle.

You can even start garden seeds in a lemon peel! Just plant the seeds of your choice and wait for them to bear fruit! I love the selection of seeds available from Mountain Rose Herbs – especially the Lifeline Medicinal Seeds Kit they sell which contains certified organic seeds suited for starting a medicinal herb garden.

Another great DIY spring gardening idea is to recycle a plastic jug into a DIY watering can rather than buying one. A Journey to a Dream Blog has a simple tutorial that shows you how to do just that using the jug of your choice and a heated needle to pierce holes into the lid.

I was also super psyched to discover I can grow my own ginger from leftover ginger I’ve purchased which keeps me from having to buy ginger over and over. A Nest for All Seasons Blog explains how you can grow ginger from an inch long, unpeeled chunk of ginger.

You just need some soil, water, and small pieces of ginger root that have a node on them. You can also keep yourself in green onions without repeat trips to the grocery store by saving the roots once you’ve used the ends and placing them in water where they will grow back. There’s tutorial on how to grow green onions in water over at The Burlap Bag Blog.

Want an herb garden for fresh herbs all summer long but don’t have the space? Garden up! Camille Styles Blog has an awesome tutorial for crafting your own DIY Mason Jar Herb Garden.

Plant all of your favorite herbs along a board that you can hang on a wall. Start your garden indoors by a sunny window, then transfer it outside once the danger of frost has passed. You can then bring your herb garden back indoors once the weather cools back down in the fall!