Natural Gardeners Soap Recipe That’s Not Just for Gardeners

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It doesn’t have to be gardening season for you to enjoy this natural gardeners soap recipe. In fact, you don’t need to be a gardener at all! Formulated to quickly and easily wash away tough dirt and grime, you’ll find that this natural gardeners soap is also a great option for mechanics, artists and kindergarten teachers. So if you know how to get good and dirty, then this soap is for you.

Natural gardeners soap recipe that's not just for gardeners! It doesn't have to be gardening season for you to enjoy this natural gardeners soap recipe. In fact, you don't even need to be a gardener at all! Formulated to quickly and easily wash away tough dirt and grime, you'll find that this natural gardeners soap is also a great option for mechanics, artists and kindergarten teachers. So if you know how to get good and dirty, then this soap is for you.

One of my favorite things about spring is that sense of revival, hope and growth. I love strolling through our local farmer’s market and choosing plants for my garden or new flowers for my yard. This year however I won’t have the opportunity to grow a garden.

While I’m sure my roommate wouldn’t object to me putting a garden her yard, it’s simply not practical. Her home’s backyard is wooded and incredibly shady. The front yard on the other hand, while it does get full sun most of the day, is literally only about the size of small garden.

So this year I think I’ll create a container garden for growing herbs instead. With limited real estate, it makes more sense. And as we are always cooking with fresh herbs, it also has a positive impact on our grocery budget.

One of our favorite herbs is cilantro. Not only is it easy to grow, but it’s one of my favorite toppings for tacos. Luckily for me, I am not part of that percentage of the population that thinks cilantro tastes like soap. We’re also huge fans of fresh sage, basil, mint and thyme.

As such, I’ve found that this Indoor/Outdoor Herb Garden Kit is perfect for starting an herb container garden. It’s small size makes it perfect for apartment dwellers as well as anyone else, who like me, just doesn’t have the right conditions for a traditional outdoor garden.

Alternately, if you have woodworking tools, give this DIY indoor herb garden a try!  

Check out these spring gardening tips & tricks!

Whether you’re planning to grow a garden this year or not, my natural gardeners soap recipe is a must for your next weekend project. It’s made using a combination of naturally exfoliating ingredients like flax seed powder, shredded loofah, calendula flower powder, poppy seeds and fine ground pumice.

However, you don’t have to use the same exfoliants as I did for scrubbing power. If you’re on a budget, I recommend the Exfoliant Sampler from Bramble Berry. It contains 1 oz. each of eight different natural exfoliants for just $15.

Or simply sift through your own cache of soapmaking supplies to see what other ingredients you can use. (You can even make an inventory list while you’re at it so you know just what you have on hand and accidentally order supplies you already have.)

In addition to the exfoliants used to remove tough caked on dirt, paint or motor oil – dealer’s choice! – this homemade soap is highly cleansing to help rinse away stuck on grease, grime and sweat.

To balance out those cleansing suds, I did give my natural gardeners soap recipe a higher super fat. It also ranks pretty high as a conditioning soap as well due to the addition of baobab oil, mango butter and fractionated shea oil.

Finally, I rounded off my natural gardeners soap recipe with an earthy essential oil blend of ylang ylang, patchouli and blood orange. But feel free to swap out my essential oil blend recipe with your own favorite essential oil blend.

Get started with essential oils with classic essential oil kit!

Or try a garden themed fragrance oil for a more budget friendly scented option. I like this garden dirt fragrance oil. While garden mint is also another one of my favorite scents.

Natural gardeners soap recipe that's not just for gardeners! It doesn't have to be gardening season for you to enjoy this natural gardeners soap recipe. In fact, you don't even need to be a gardener at all! Formulated to quickly and easily wash away tough dirt and grime, you'll find that this natural gardeners soap is also a great option for mechanics, artists and kindergarten teachers. So if you know how to get good and dirty, then this soap is for you.

Natural Gardeners Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.8 oz. baobab oil (5%)
.8 oz. castor oil (5%)
4.8 oz. refined coconut oil (30%)
1.6 oz. mango butter (10%)
3.2 oz. pomace olive oil (20%)
1.6 oz. safflower oil
3.2 oz. fractionated shea oil

4 fl. oz. distilled or filtered water
2.15 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye

1/2 teaspoon fine ground pumice
1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
1/2 teaspoon flax seed powder
1/2 teaspoon calendula flower powder
1/2 teaspoon shredded loofah
.35 oz. ylang ylang essential oil
.25 oz. patchouli essential oil
.15 oz. blood orange essential oil
.025 oz. bergamot essential oil
.025 oz. petitgrain essential oil
soap colorant, as desired

Soap Notes:

As my natural gardeners soap recipe yields a somewhat softer soap bars, I used a steep water discount. The water weight for this recipe is 25% of the oil weight. Additionally the super fat is 8%.

You can use this information, if desired, to resize my natural gardeners soap recipe using a lye calculator. It’s also useful if you’re wanting to make changes to the super fat or water percentage.

Learn more about using a lye calculator to adjust a homemade soap recipe or to craft your own custom cold process soap recipes with the information found in this tutorial.

For an extra, extra super scrubby soap, you can double the amount of exfoliants called for in the recipe to 1 teaspoon each.

My natural gardeners soap recipe yields six bars of handmade artisan soap when using this round silicone mold.

Natural gardeners soap recipe that's not just for gardeners! It doesn't have to be gardening season for you to enjoy this natural gardeners soap recipe. In fact, you don't even need to be a gardener at all! Formulated to quickly and easily wash away tough dirt and grime, you'll find that this natural gardeners soap is also a great option for mechanics, artists and kindergarten teachers. So if you know how to get good and dirty, then this soap is for you.

Getting Started:

Begin by gathering the materials you’ll need for this soapmaking project. You will need a digital scale, a digital thermometer, an immersion blender and a 6-cavity round silicone soap mold.  (I used this mold for my natural gardeners soap recipe.) Additionally, you’ll also need aluminum free, heat safe containers and utensils for mixing your soap.

You should also take all necessary safety precautions when working with lye. If you are unfamiliar with making cold process soap from scratch, I recommend this soapmaking tutorial to get you started. I also offer several beginner soap recipes to try before attempting this soap including this beginner soap recipe and my palm free olive & babassu soap recipe.

Instructions:

Begin by preparing the lye solution for my natural gardeners soap recipe. To do this, measure out the distilled water into a heat safe container. In a separate container, weigh out the lye called for in the recipe. Then pour the lye into the water – I recommend a well ventilated area – and mix until the lye has completely dissolved. Now set the lye-water solution aside in a safe location to cool.

While the lye solution cools, weigh out the carrier oils and butters called for in the recipe. Combine in a stainless steel pot. Then gently heat the soapmaking oils on the stove over low heat just until the solids have melted.

Remove the soapmaking oils from heat and allow to cool.

In the meantime, if you’d like to color your natural gardener soaps, measure out the colorant. (The usage rate for micas is typically 1 teaspoon per pound.) Then weigh out the essential oils and combine in a small glass beaker.

Once the oils have reached 90°-95°F you are ready to make soap.

Check the temperature of both the soapmaking oils and the lye solution before you begin. Both of these ingredients should be within ten degrees of one another.

Discover more natural essential oil skin care recipes here.

Now add your choice of colorant, if using, to the soapmaking oils. Mix briefly with an immersion blender to incorporate the colorant throughout the oils.

Next, pour the lye solution into the soapmaking oils and mix with the immersion blender until you reach a light trace. You’ll know you’ve reached trace when you drag the blender through the soap batter and it leaves a visible trail behind. It’s a little like pudding.

Add the essential oils to the soap batter, then continue mixing until thoroughly combined.

Once you bring the soap to a medium trace, pour the soap evenly into six of the cavities of your round silicone mold. Then gently cover the soap with plastic wrap or parchment paper.

Natural gardeners soap recipe that's not just for gardeners! It doesn't have to be gardening season for you to enjoy this natural gardeners soap recipe. In fact, you don't even need to be a gardener at all! Formulated to quickly and easily wash away tough dirt and grime, you'll find that this natural gardeners soap is also a great option for mechanics, artists and kindergarten teachers. So if you know how to get good and dirty, then this soap is for you.

Set the soap aside for 24-48 hours. After this time you can unmold your natural gardeners soap bars.

Allow your soap to cure for four to six weeks in a cool, dry location. After that, your homemade soaps are ready to use.

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More Natural Soap Recipes with Essential Oils

If you love my natural gardeners soap recipe, then you may want to also try these other natural soap recipes scented with natural essential oils.

Or find more homemade soap recipes by way of my DIY Bath & Body Pinterest board and my Simply Soapmaking Pinterest board. Alternately, you can explore all my cold process soap recipes here. Or, if you prefer melt and pour soapmaking, you can find my melt and pour soap recipes here.

Discover my favorite handmade artisan soaps on Etsy here.

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DIY Homemade Beauty – Pink Grapefruit Solid Salt Scrub Cubes Recipe

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I’ve had such great success making and selling my handmade solid sugar scrub cubes, that I finally got around to taking a customer suggestion to make them as solid salt scrub cubes. However, if you want to use something other than ordinary table salt, these are a little trickier than the sugar scrub cubes and will crumble if you don’t make the a few recipe adjustments.
Beauty DIY - Handmade Pink Grapefruit Scented Solid Salt Scrub Cubes with Epsom Salts, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Mango Butter
Since I was making a few adjustments anyway, I made these salt scrub cubes extra moisturizing so that they feel more like a traditional salt scrub but in solid form. They are perfect for getting your feet ready for sandal season or just giving your body an all over exfoliating and moisturizing treatment. I used Epsom salts for this recipe, however if your budget allows, you can use dead sea salts for all or part of the salt.

Homemade Pink Grapefruit Solid Salt Scrub Cubes

Ingredients:
16 oz. Epsom Salt
2 Tablespoons Jojoba Oil

Instructions:
You can use a loaf pan to make these or even a square baking pan – whatever you have handy. Simply line your molds with plastic wrap or food service film taping the film at the top of the mold. (Alternately you can use decorative silicone molds for this. These offer so many sizes and options. You can also make these as bars rather than cubes.)
Start by weighing out your melt and pour soap base using a scale, then heat in the microwave or a double boiler until about half melted through. Next, you’ll weigh out your shea and cocoa butters and add them to your soap base. Continue heating to complete the melting process. Once melted, remove from your heat source and stir. Then measure out the jojoba oil and fragrance using a Tablespoon measurement and stir into the melted butter and soap base. In a separate bowl, weigh out the Epsom salts. If using a pigment for color, cut in a pinch of color using a butter knife or spatula. Now pour the Epsom salts into the butter/soap mixture and mix well. Finally, scoop the salt scrub into your mold and level with a spatula, then place in the refrigerator until solidified.
Once your scrub has solidified, gently remove the scrub from the molds by lifting it out of the mold with the plastic wrap from the top edges of the plastic wrap or simply push out of your silicone mold. If you used a loaf mold, you can use a Chef’s knife to cut the solid salt scrub into cubes. Place the salt scrub cubes in an airtight container until use.
To use these salt scrub cubes, simply crush one or two cubes in your wet hands and slather over your body. Rinse, then pat dry.
If you prefer to use natural, organic ingredients in your recipes, then I highly recommend Mountain Rose Herbs. They supply a variety of certified organic soapmaking and bath and body ingredients for the highest quality projects. If you’d like to try out my solid sugar scrub cubes recipe you can find it here.
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DIY Mango Shimmer Tinted Lip Balm Recipe

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DIY Mango Lip Butter Recipe - DIY Handmade Washi Tape Decorated Lip Balm Pots - Shimmer Tinted Mango Lip Balm Recipe - Super Cute Gift Idea

In love with lip balm? Then make your own! Lip balms are ridiculously easy to make and are perfect as Christmas stocking stuffers, small gifts, or party and wedding favors! My recipe for DIY Mango Shimmer Tinted Lip Butter is a snap to make and decorating the lip balm pots makes this project entirely customizable and even more fun! My friend Meagan came over on Saturday to help me with this diy beauty project.

 

DIY Mango Tinted Shimmer Lip Balm Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1/4 oz. (by weight) organic cocoa butter
1/4 oz. (by weight) mango butter
1/4 oz. (by weight) refined or organic raw shea butter
2 level Tablespoons beeswax pellets (or 1 Tablespoon carnauba wax for a vegan alternative)
2 Tablespoons carrier oil, of choice
5mL mango flavor oil– measured out with a graduated plastic pipette
pinch of lip safe Diamond Dust mica powder (to suit)
pinch of oil soluble red iron oxide(to suit)
plastic lip balm pots or lip balm tubes

Instructions:

If you’re making these for yourself, have at it! However, if you are making these to sell, please take proper cosmetic safe measures and use sterilized equipment, gloves and a hair net. Start by measuring out your beeswax with an accurate tablespoon measure and place in a glass bowl or measuring cup. Then weigh out each of your butters and combine into the container with your beeswax. Melt on reduced power in your microwave until fully melted and stir. Now add your carrier oil and mango flavor oil (or lip safe mango fragrance oil) to the melted lip balm mixture and stir well. Follow by adding a pinch of red iron oxide and mica powder for shimmer and stir until thoroughly incorporated.

Making Mango Lip Balm

Using a pipette, fill your lip balm pots with your melted lip balm. If the mixture solidifies before you’re done, you can always reheat the lip balm in the microwave. If you’re using tubes, you can stand them up in a small dish filled with Epsom salts to keep them from tipping over.

Freshly poured shimmer red lip balm in lip balm pots

Once your pots are filled, cap tightly and allow to cool. You can expedite this process by placing your filled and capped lip balm pots in the refrigerator until solid. It won’t take long!

Decorating Mini Lip Balm Pots with Washi Tape - Great Gift Idea

Once the lip balms solidified, Meagan and I decorated the lip balm pots with Japanese Washi Tape.

DIY Washi Tape Craft Project - Washi Tape Decorated Lip Balm Pots for Gifts and Favors

There are no rules for decorating your lip balm pots with washi tape. Keep it simple or go wild!

DIY Washi Tape Lip Balm Pot - All Tied Up in a Bow Lip Balm Pot

Megan covered her lip balm pots in their entirety with washi tape and got super creative. To use, she simply used an Exacto knifeto cut around the lip balm pot where the lid meets the base. This allowed her to keep her lip balms extra pretty, but still allowed them to be opened.

DIY Pretty Washi Tape Lip Balm Pots - Mango Red Shimmer Tinted Lip Balm Recipe

You can also simply use the washi tape to create a decorative seal for your lip balms and simply add a strip of tape around the lid and base or across the pot from top to bottom.

Having fun making homemade lip balms

Now that your lip balms are complete, all that’s left is to try them out for yourself! Add some for a light tint and shimmer and some extra luscious moisture! Or keep them sealed and gift for birthdays, Easter, Mother’s Day, or Christmas. These are perfect for stocking stuffer gifts! They also make great party and wedding favors since you can easily make multiple quantities at once!

For more lip balm recipes, click here. Alternately, for more washi tape craft project ideas, go here! Happy crafting!

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Quick And Easy Natural Massage Melts Recipe for Pain Relief

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Learn how to craft quick and easy natural massage melts with this simple, natural skin care recipe. A natural substitute for massage oils, this quick and easy natural massage melts recipe is an eco-friendly, green beauty alternative.

DIY Massage Melts & 11 Natural Pain Relief Recipes. Learn how to craft these quick and easy natural massage melts with this simple, natural skin care recipe. A natural substitute for massage oils, this massage melts recipe is an eco-friendly, green beauty alternative as it reduces the need for plastic packaging, thereby reducing waste.

As there’s no packaging to contend with, this holistic beauty recipe lowers your personal carbon footprint as it reduces the need for plastic packaging. Thereby these DIY natural massage melts reduce landfill waste as well as the amount of plastic going into our oceans.

Keep reading to learn how to make your own natural massage melts. Following you’ll also find two optional scent blends that you can use. One is for a muscle pain relief essential oil blend. The other is a tropical fragrance oil blend. Plus discover eleven more great natural pain relief bath and body recipes that you can make at home! 

Quick & Easy Natural Massage Melts Recipe

By Mindy Schwartz (Reader submitted)

Ingredients:

3 ½ oz. of shea butter
3 ½ oz. of beeswax pastilles
2 oz. of jojoba oil
2 oz. of sweet almond oil
¼ tsp. of Vitamin E oil

Equipment:

Mold(s) of your choice
1 digital cooking thermometer
2 Pyrex glass measuring cups
1 small digital postal scale
1 set of measuring aluminum spoons
Wax paper for measuring on the scale
Beeswax wraps to cover Pyrex cups

Directions:

Step 1:

Gather all equipment onto a clean, sterile surface. Place a sheet of wax paper over the small digital postal scale to measure out the shea butter and beeswax base. Place base in a Pyrex cup and cover with beeswax wrap. Melt ingredients, completely, in the microwave.

Step 2:

While the base is melting, use the second Pyrex cup for your jojoba, sweet almond, vitamin E, and essential/fragrance oils (if used). Mix, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside.

Step 3:

Once the base has melted, mix thoroughly. Pour the Pyrex cup from step 2 into the base Pyrex cup, mix together, and pour into your mold(s). Set aside for a couple of hours to cool and set. When soft, transfer the melts to the fridge until they are really hard. They should just pop out of the molds easily. Massage into skin and let product become absorbed. Due to melting properties, keep unused portions out of direct sunlight and store in a cool place.

Note:

If you plan on using essential and/or fragrance oils in your natural massage melts recipe, place a digital thermometer in the melted shea butter and beeswax base. Wait for the temperature to drop down to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything higher will burn off the fragrant oils.

After the temperature has reached this point immediately dump your Pyrex cup from step 2 into the Pyrex cup with the base, mix quickly, and pour into your mold(s). Follow the rest of step 3 instructions for making these quick and easy natural pain relief bath melts.

Muscle Relief Essential Oil Blend

½ tsp. of Eucalyptus essential oil
½ tsp. of Peppermint essential oil (do not use if pregnant)
30 drops of Rosemary essential oil

Tropical Fragrance Oil Blend

(Substitute shea butter with mango butter)

½ tsp of Heliotrope fragrance oil
¼ tsp of Coconut Milk fragrance oil
30-50 drops of Tahitian Vanilla fragrance oil

Mindy Schwartz is a writer for the handmade beauty industry, as well as, the owner of a handmade bath and body business called Grayson’s Apothecary of Beauty.

Explore More Natural Skin Care Alternatives

If you enjoyed this recipe for quick and easy natural massage melts, then you may also enjoy my green beauty friendly shaving soap recipe.

Lastic Body's Pain Relief Melt Muscle Rub. Hand crafted with 100% natural, high quality ingredients like black cumin seed oil and white camphor essential oil, long known for their muscle-soothing effects, ginger and capsicum to gently warm the skin and mint and menthol to cool sore, tired muscles.

Or, if you prefer to purchase a similar product, I recommend Lastic Body’s Pain Relief Melt Muscle Rub. Hand crafted with 100% natural, high quality ingredients like black cumin seed oil and white camphor essential oil, long known for their muscle-soothing effects, ginger and capsicum to gently warm the skin and mint and menthol to cool sore, tired muscles. Buy it here.

This natural pain relief salve recipe with arnica and ginger essential oil is made with just four simple ingredients to relieve inflammation and ease pain associated with muscle pain, arthritis, sprains, fibromyalgia, bruises and carpal tunnel. Make this natural home remedy in just ten minutes or less!

Natural Pain Relief Recipes

Alternately, you may also like these other natural pain relief recipes.

Or shop from some of my favorite natural home remedies on Etsy.

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