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!

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!