Gardeners Soap Recipe with Exfoliating Botanicals

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This homemade cold process gardeners soap recipe is made with exfoliating botanicals and three skin conditioning body butters. So it doesn’t just get you clean, it also helps to nourish skin!

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Life is messy. Sometimes it’s even dirty. So when it comes time to clean up the dirt left behind from your summer shenanigans, projects and gardening, you need a soap that’s created just for such situations.

Formulating a Gardeners Soap Recipe

The problem with a lot of gardening soaps is that they are super cleansing. Obviously if you need soap that’s powerful enough to get off that caked on grime – and whatever else water is fleeing in sheer horror from – they’re likely to strip your skin. You’re clean, but your skin also feels tight and dry. So you try an extra conditioning soap bar instead. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work as well as you need it to on your muck and mayhem. And in this day and age, no one has time to scrub their skin into next weekend.

So why not make a gardeners soap recipe that embraces BOTH of these characteristics? That’s just what I did! Formulated to be extra cleansing – with the inclusion of exfoliating botanicals to help scrub dirt away – this cold process gardeners soap recipe is also extra conditioning. So you get clean AND your skin stays balanced.

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I then took my gardeners soap recipe to the next level by adding a simple blend of essential oils that outdoor bugs and mosquitoes prefer to stay very far away from. And while the general consensus is, that soap being a wash off product, isn’t effective at discouraging biting insects, I figure it can’t hurt.

I used to make my brother lemongrass soap every year before his annual camping trips. He swore up and down it worked for him – he never came home with mosquito bites – so I’m not about to knock that notion totally out of the water.

If you’re looking for a leave on mosquito repellent, however, be sure to check out my insect repellent body butter recipe here. You may also want to check out these research based tick repellent recipes with essential oils from the Tisserand Institute.

Now let’s make this cold process gardeners soap recipe!

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Homemade Gardeners Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

2.4 oz. babassu oil (15%)
1.6 oz. castor oil (10%)
4.8 oz. pomace olive oil (30%)
2.4 oz. mango butter (15%)
2.4 oz. unrefined shea butter (15%)
2.4 oz. tucuma butter (15%)

5.3 oz. distilled water (33% of oil weight)
2.1 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye (8% superfat)

.1 oz. lemon eucalyptus essential oil
.1 oz. marjoram essential oil
.1 oz. Virginia cedarwood essential oil
1 Tablespoon French green clay
1/2 teaspoon calendula flower powder
1/2 teaspoon cornsilk powder
1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
1 teaspoon Alpine green mica, optional

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Gardeners Soap Making Notes:

If you’ve never made cold process soap before, I encourage you to check out my soap making tutorial on how to make soap from scratch. Or check out the book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making, by Amanda Gail Aaron.

This homemade gardeners soap hardens up rather nicely and is easily cut the next day if using a loaf mold. If you’re using individual cavity molds, however, I recommend waiting an extra day or so before unmolding so your edges come out clean. Alternately you can use a steeper water discount – I’d recommend 30% of the oil weight – or you can also add either a teaspoon of sodium lactate or salt to this gardeners soap recipe to get a firmer bar out of the mold.

I used both the succulent silicone soap mold from Brambleberry as well as this silicone chrysanthemum mold for my gardeners soap recipe. The end recipe yielded four 2.5 oz. succulent shaped soaps and three 4 oz. chrysanthemum shaped soaps.

I chose the botanical exfoliants for this soap based on what I had on hand. While pumice is common in a gardeners soap recipe, I decided to use gentler exfoliants instead. However, you can swap out any of these exfoliants as desired with those of your choice.

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Instructions:

This gardeners soap recipe is made using the cold process soapmaking method. You need to follow all safety precautions when making cold process soap from scratch. This includes using heat safe containers and non-aluminum containers and utensils. Protective clothing and eyewear is also highly recommended.

To make this homemade soap, begin by measuring out the water (or other liquid) called for in the recipe in a heat safe container. Then use a digital scale to weigh out the lye into a separate container. Carefully pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area. Then mix well until all the lye has dissolved and set aside. (This step can emit fumes. Therefore I recommend using an exhaust fan. Alternately, you can mix the lye into the water outdoors.)

Next, weigh out all the soapmaking oils and butters. This includes the babassu oil, castor oil, olive oil, mango butter, shea butter and tucuma butter. Combine the carrier oils and soap making butters in a heat safe container. Then melt the ingredients on the stove, in a crockpot or at reduced power in a microwave. Once melted, remove the melted oils and butters from the heat source and set aside.

While the lye-water and soapmaking oils cool, weigh the essential oils out and combine in a glass measuring cup. Likewise, measure out the clay, mica and exfoliants and combine in a small dish or container separate from the essential oils.

Once both the lye-water and soapmaking oils are about 95°F, you’re ready to continue making my gardeners soap recipe.

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Start by adding the clay, exfoliants and mica to the melted soapmaking oils and butters. Mix briefly with an immersion blender to distribute the additives throughout the oil mixture.

Follow with the lye-water. Then mix until you achieve a light trace.

Add the essential oils.Continue mixing the soap batter until you reach a medium to heavy trace. (I overmixed my soap batter to be sure I did not get a false trace as my gardeners soap recipe calls for a high percentage of hard butters.)

Finally, pour the soap into your molds. Cover the tops of the soap with plastic wrap or parchment paper. Then set a tea towel on top of the soap to insulate the soap and ensure goes through gel phase. (You can learn more about the gel phase in soap making at Lovin’ Soap here.)

Unmold your soaps after 24 hours, then leave in a cool, dry location to cure for four to six weeks. At which point, you can wrap and label your soaps for personal use or handmade gifts.

If you’d like to sell the homemade soaps you make from my gardeners soap recipe, you need to follow good manufacturing practices (GMP) when making your homemade soaps. The book, Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap and Cosmetic Handcrafters by Marie Gale, is a valuable resource if you’re just getting started making your own homemade soaps, skin care products and cosmetics.

In addition to GMP, you also need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your homemade soaps. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English by Marie Gale, spells out everything you need to know to legally label your products in the United States.

Gardeners soap recipe. This gardeners soap recipe is made with exfoliating botanicals and three nourishing body butters so it doesn't just get you clean, it also conditions skin! Learn how to make this DIY gardeners soap recipe now at Soap Deli News blog.

If you like my gardeners soap recipe, then be sure to pin it for later. You can also try my gardeners soap recipe from last year. It can can be found here.

Not quite ready to make my gardeners soap recipe or simply need a scrubby soap you can use right away? Shop for handmade artisan gardeners soaps on Etsy here.

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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!

Homemade Strawberry Preserves Soap Recipe

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DIY Homemade Strawberry Preserves Cold Process Soap Recipe

Ever wondered about this homemade soap (above) featured within my DIY Soapmaking Tutorial? It’s actually a deliciously scented strawberry preserves soap recipe that I used to sell on my local farmer’s market years ago. I haven’t made this soap in a long time, but when digging through some old books and loose recipes yesterday, I actually discovered I not only still have the recipe for making this sweet scented handmade cold process soap, but that the original fragrance oil I used to create it is still available from the same supplier.

I call this my homemade Strawberry Preserves Soap Recipe as I’ve accented it with exfoliating poppy seeds to make it look more like preserves, while the scent is an edible blend of strawberries, vanilla sugar and sweet syrup. But whatever you decided to call yours, you’ll love the lather and the fragrance guaranteed!

Homemade Strawberry Preserves Soap Recipe

Homemade Strawberry Preserves Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

12.8 oz. 76° melt point (refined) coconut oil
6.5 oz. sustainable palm oil
6.6 oz. pomace olive oil
6.6 oz. canola oil
2 oz. rice bran oil
1.5 oz. refined shea butter

5.1 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
11 fluid ounces distilled water

At trace:

2 oz. Strawberry Jam fragrance oil
2 Tablespoons poppy seeds
4 Tablespoons rolled oats, ground
1/4 teaspoon red iron oxide pigment powder

Instructions:

To craft this homemade strawberry preserves soap recipe simply follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions. Add the red iron oxide to the soapmaking oils once they have cooled and right before you add the lye-water. Stir well using a stick or immersion hand blender. This will ensure the color gets mixed evenly throughout the soap. Then add the lye-water to the oils and stir until trace at which point you would blend in the fragrance, ground oatmeal and poppy seeds. Mix well to thoroughly incorporate all ingredients, then pour into your lined mold and insulate for 24 hours before unmolding and cutting into individual bars.

How to Make Homemade Soap - DIY Strawberry Preserves Cold Process Soap Recipe

This batch will yield approximately 10 – 12 bars (or a 3lb. batch) and will fit inside one of my DIY wooden loaf soap molds.

Allow bars to cure for 3 – 6 weeks after unmolding and cutting into bars. Wrap your final bars as desired with professional plastic food wrap film, Kraft paper, or fabric. As the fragrance oil contains vanilla, this soap will darken to a deep red over time.

For more great homemade soap recipes as well as other natural bath and beauty recipe ideas, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. You can also keep up with all of my posts by following Soap Deli News on Blog Lovin’.

Natural Homemade Patchouli Soap Recipe with Printable Cigar Band Labels

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This homemade patchouli soap recipe is perfect for the hippie in you! It contains a naturally exfoliating "granola crunch" and patchouli essential oil. Comes with free printable cigar band soap labels.I’ve been wanting to make a new patchouli soap recipe for a while. I had stopped making it some time back as the cost of patchouli essential oil had gotten so high. Now that it’s come back down, I decided to formulate a homemade patchouli soap recipe with a hippie theme. While the fragrance of patchouli essential oil is already the stereotypical hippie scent, I thought why not throw some granola in the mix as well?

I also made this patchouli soap recipe completely free of palm oil for those who are concerned about finding and/or using ethically sourced palm oil. What I ended up with is a soap I’ve named Patchouli Granola Crunch. It’s eco-conscious, filled with the goodness of rolled oats, and is scented with the rich, earthy fragrance of dark patchouli essential oil. It could just be the perfect soap for the modern hippie at heart!

Homemade Patchouli Granola Crunch Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Soap Ingredients (x2):

13 oz. olive oil
5.25 oz. hemp seed oil
7 oz. 76° melt point refined coconut oil
4 oz. soybean oil
3 oz. grapeseed oil
2 oz. shea butter
2 oz. cocoa butter
.25 oz. beeswax

13 fl. oz. distilled water
4.9 oz. lye (sodium hydroxide)

1 oz. patchouli essential oil

This homemade patchouli soap recipe is perfect for the hippie in you! It contains a naturally exfoliating "granola crunch" and patchouli essential oil. Comes with free printable cigar band soap labels.

Granola Crunch Layer of Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon marshmallow root powder
1 Tablespoon colloidal oatmeal
3 Tablespoons traditional rolled oats
1 teaspoon walnut shell powder
1 Tablespoon sea salt
1 Tablespoon coriander seeds
fresh ground whole peppercorns

Instructions:

To make this soap, you’ll need to make two batches of the above soap ingredients in two separate non-aluminum pots following my basic cold process soapmaking instructions. For each batch, measure out the distilled water into a glass or plastic pitcher. Weight out the lye for each then stir into the water and set aside to cool. Next weigh out the soapmaking oils, butters and beeswax for each pot and melt on the stove over medium heat. Remove once the ingredients are fully melted and allow to cool to about 100 degrees F.

In the meantime, prepare two loaf soap molds by lining them with parchment, wax paper or plastic. (You can use the dimensions of my own soap molds to build you own if you need them.)

Make your first pot of soap by pouring one container of the lye-water into one of the pots with your soapmaking oils. Mix with and immersion blender until you reach a light trace, then add the patchouli essential and all of the ingredients for the Granola Crunch. (You’ll want to pre-prepare these by measuring them out with teaspoon and Tablespoon measurements.) Mix thoroughly and at medium to heavy trace pour evenly into the bottom of BOTH lined soap molds. Then, using a pepper grinder, grind peppercorns to lightly cover the top of the soap you just poured into the molds.

Next prepare your second batch of soap adding the patchouli essential oil at trace. Mix thoroughly then pour this soap evenly into the two soap molds on top of the soap with the “granola” ingredients you already poured.

Cover and insulate for twenty four hours. After twenty four hours, you can unmold the soap and cut into bars. Allow to cure for 3-4 before use. Then package and label. This batch will yield approximately 20-22 4.5-5oz. soap bars depending on how they are cut.

This homemade patchouli soap recipe is perfect for the hippie in you! It contains a naturally exfoliating "granola crunch" and patchouli essential oil. Comes with free printable cigar band soap labels.For printable cigar band labels for this soap, click here to download the labels (pdf file) in both black and white and color. There is also a printable version of the recipe. Print on regular paper to tape around bare bars of soap. Or wrap in cling wrap or paper, then print the labels sheets onto sticker paper wrap around the wrapped soaps. These make lovely homemade gifts!

For more homemade soap recipes as well as bath and beauty DIY’s and craft projects, be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest!

How to Make Handmade Soaps with an Exfoliating Strip

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How to Make Handmade Soaps with an Exfoliating Strip - DIY Soap Tutorial, Tips and TricksThere are lots of simple ways to “dress up” your homemade cold process soaps. Creating an exfoliating strip in your soap is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it also gives your handmade soap an added benefit. To create this look you’ll need to choose an additive to use as as your scrubby center strip. Consider not only the coarseness in a scrub that you’re looking for, but also the color of the additive. An additive that contrasts with your soap color will add to its decorative aspect. You can use apricot kernel meal, walnut shell powder, loofah powder – even cinnamon! Have your additive close by when you are ready to pour your soaps.

Once your handmade cold process soap reaches trace (learn how to make cold process soaps here!) pour the soap into your mold or molds about halfway using only half of the soap. (Your soap needs to be at a full trace so it’s good and thick, otherwise your additive will fall into the soap when you pour the second half causing the additive to spill up around the edges ruining the effect.) Layer a medium thick layer of your additive across the top of the soap you just poured. Then pour the rest of the soap gently on top of the additive layered soap. Next, take a butter knife and gently run it lengthwise back and forth through the soap several times. Then cover your soap and insulate for the next 24 hours before unmolding and cutting into bars. (Learn how to make a loaf soap cutter here.)

Need soap molds? Then be sure to check out my tutorial on how to make a wooden soap mold. And check out my diy on how to make decorative cold process soaps with circles for even more decorative handmade soap ideas. For more soapmaking tips, tricks, tutorials and recipes follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest!