Cold day, slow sales

a few people came into the shop for loose tea today but that was about it.  Nashville isn’t used to a solid week of below freezing temperatures.  It should be in the 40’s this time of year for us.  So, it looks like most customers stayed in.  The bad part is, for the store, they stayed in all week long!  Gregory. Y8ANUYR22ZE2

Welcome to the soap and aromatherapy blog

Welcome to Making Bath Products. Here you will find soap making directions, soap recipes, video tutorials (coming soon), soap making recipes and everything you need to know about making soap and other handcrafted products. From how to make soap, how to cut it, cure it and package the soap – we will guide you through the entire process so that even the very basic beginner can start a soap or bath and body company. Not looking to start a business? That’s okay. Because our motto is – Everything you need to know about starting a bath company, a whole lot of fun for everyone else. All of the bath and soap recipes can be used at home for personal use or to share with friends and family.

My name is Gregory White and I have been making soaps, lotions, candles and bath products since 1998. Our soaps are found coast to coast, mainly in small boutiques – from a New York natural pharmacy to a Spa in Los Angeles. And it all began with an investment of $50 for supplies. Our soap company is the GREEN PERGOLA where we make and sell handmade soaps, essential oils, shea butter, aromatherapy candles, bath salts and natural liquid soap. Our site for wholesale bulk soap is SOAP BY THE LOAF where customers may order loaves or blocks of soap for resale with their own labels. So, as you can see, I’ve had over a decade to collect and test bath and body recipes. More about me, our company history and how it all started can be found on the ABOUT page.

Supplier Review – Specialty Bottle

One thing I really like about the Specialty Bottle website is that your order begins totalling itself in the right column. There, you can also check to see how much shipping is going to be before proceeding to checkout – which is really terrific for those days when you go a little wild and order glass jars you really don’t need, only to discover that you’ve upped your shipping 50% with that impulse to shop!

Shiny Shower or Healthy Skin

Customers amaze me sometimes. Okay. I admit. I get amazed by them on a weekly basis. Recently, a customer came in complaining about itchy skin. I asked her what kind of soap she used. She said DOVE and a variety of shower gels from the mall. I went on to explain to her how our soaps are made with oils of olive, soybean, shea and coconut. That they were only scented with real essential oils and the coloring either came from spices or minerals. Nothing unnatural for her skin to disagree with. And what do you think she said? “I’ve […]

Castile Soap recipe

As a professional soap maker, the topic of castile soap is one of my personal pet peeves. It simply doesn’t mean what it used to. Originally produced in Spain, it was made from pure olive oil only. Today, companies use the term to describe a soap that is made using just one type of oil. I’ve seen others have a variety of oils in the ingredient list and put the word “castile” on the label. Oh well, enough ranting. Here’s a recipe for pure olive oil soap.

All Natural Body Butter

NATURAL BODY BUTTER RECIPE This body butter recipe is 100% natural. It is made entirely of oils with no water added, excluding the need for preservative. The addition of Vitamin E helps to prevent rancidity. Extra jars can be store in the refrigerator to prolong the shelf life. 10 ounces soy wax (like soy candles are made from) 1 ounce castor oil 1 ounce shea butter 16 ounces olive oil 1.5 ounces sweet almond oil (or oil of choice) teaspoon Vitamin E 30 drops lavender essential oil 25 drops palmarosa essential oil 15 drops bergamot essential oil Melt the soy […]

Sandalwood Patchouli Soap recipe

Sandalwood is my absolute favorite oil. But it is super, super pricey! A one ounce bottle may cost you as much as $85 plus shipping, sometimes more. But, you can always substitute fragrance oil for the real thing — or, use part sandalwood fragrance oil and part sandalwood essential oil. Another replacement is an essential oil called Amyris, also known as “poor man’s sandalwood”. Whatever your wallet decides, the recipe below is based on the assumption that you’re ready to make the real thing!

Natural Body Powder recipe

combine all powdered ingredients together and blend well. Add the lavender essential oil about 10 drops at a time and remix the powder with your fingers, breaking up and redistributing any clumps that were made by adding the essential oil. When all essential oil is incorporated into the flour – powder mixture, you can run the entire batch through a flour sifter in the event that some of the clumps do not mix in well.

Store in glass jars and use a powder puff or bottle into containers made especially for body powders.

Coffee Soap recipe

Coffee soap is used primarily in the kitchen. It creates a chemical
reaction that removes that smell of onion and garlic from your hands
when washing with it. Just as we made tea for our calendula soap, now
it’s time to brew a pot of coffee. Brew a strong batch of coffee – at least
as much as you’ll need for your batch (13.2 ounces). Allow to completely
cool and use as your lye water. Due to the addition of a full cup of
coffee grounds to your oil batch, this recipe will make more than your
mold can handle. Be prepared with an extra, single bar mold or throw
the remainder of the batch away (never down the sink).

Marigold Honey Skin Cream

MARIGOLD AND HONEY DRY SKIN CREAM 48 ounces Calendula tea 2.6 ounces emulsifying wax 1 ounce beeswax 1/2 teaspoon honey 1.5 ounces shea butter 1 ounce cocoa butter 2 ounces olive oil 1.5 ounces soy wax .6 ounces phenonip or Germaben II 40 drops rosewood essential oil 5 drops palmarosa essential oil This cream is made as a water-in-oil emulsion, meanings, the oils are added to the water instead of adding water to the oil. Create as you would any other lotion or cream, melting all oils and waxes together aside from the water phase. Incorporate preservative and essential oils […]

Rose Clay Spa Soap recipe

This soap is a rather indulgent bar. The beauty of the rose clay and the blend of essential oils remind you of a day at the spa. This bar has a stable lather, but not a fluffy one. However, the moisturizing properties are high and it leaves your skin feeling silky smooth. After all, look at those luxury oils in the recipe – you may want to keep this one all to yourself.

Calculating Soap Mold Volume

There are so many things that can be used for soap molds – cat litter boxes (new, of course), shoeboxes, and cigar boxes – okay, you get the point, boxes are great for soap molds. Once you decide on the exact size of mold you prefer, a wooden box makes an excellent mold as it is sturdy and durable.

Thoroughly lining your mold of choice with a thick trash bag will prevent leaks and allows the finished soap to slip out easily. My first experience with wooden soap molds was of the hinged variety – where the sides would drop down for easy removal of the soap. However, I found that when the mold is well oiled and lined with a trash bag it is unnecessary to have hinged or removable sides. The soap slips easily out of a solid wooden box when it is lined properly.

So, how to figure out how much soap base you need for a box or mold you already have? The calculations are simple.

Master Batch Soap Making

I made soap the same way for the first few years – melting each batch and waiting for it to cool, patiently waiting for the lye water to reach the same temperature as the cooling oils. When you have several soaps to be made, this process can take hours, even days to complete. One morning, I ran across an article in a small publication about a soap maker who had been making soap for several decades. He found the “temperature thing” totally unnecessary and a waste of time. Soon, I discovered other soap makers were discussing this method called RTCP: Room Temperature Cold Process.

To put it simply, RTCP is the act of premixing your oils and allowing them …

History and Definition of Soap

The story that sticks out in my mind most is the Roman legend of Mount Sapo (which, by the way, gave soap its name). Women noticed that washing their clothing was easier when done in the Tiber River which was directly below Mount Sapo, where ritual animal sacrifices took place. After a rainfall, a mixture of animal fats and ashes made its way down the mountain, turning into a crude form of soap along the way.

Later, early soap makers used potash, which was leached from wood ashes as their alkali base for soap making. Its results were often-times unpredictable, sometimes unpleasant in smell, and created soap that was more utilitarian than luxurious.

In the 1700’s, A French chemist named Nicholas Leblanc, invented a process for making an alkali using common salt.

During the 1800’s, a Belgian chemist named Ernest Solvay, discovered …

Fizzing Bath Bomb Recipe

Blend the citric acid and baking soda extremely well. Just when you think you have blended the mixture enough, blend some more. Blending is crucial – if you don’t blend well, you’ll end up with a grainy bath bomb.

Once you’ve blended really well, add your colorant. Dry pigments work well but be sure not to add too much. The color will intensify when the witch hazel is added. If you choose to use food coloring, add the coloring to the baking soda only, mix well, then add in the citric acid and blend some more.

Essential Oil benefits

ESSENTIAL OIL BENEFITS – basic list of essential oils and their benefits One of the greatest treats in soap making is experimenting with combinations of essential oils. Unlike fragrance oils, which are usually chemically manufactured scents, essential oils are very potent. Each oil, like the plants they are derived from, are different in their basic makeup which is why there is such a difference in price among the oils. Essential oils can begin (at wholesale pricing) from the neighborhood of $12 per pound all the way up to $1300 per pound (and more). Many people have asked whether the aromatherapy […]

Chamomile Face Soap recipe

The high olive oil content creates a wonderful face bar.
Palmarosa is a grass from Central America with a scent that reminds you
of a lemony version of rose geranium. It is reported to help with
wrinkles as well as being a cellular stimulant. The chamomile tea is a less
expensive way of imparting its skin healing properties. If your budget
allows for some chamomile essential oil (it’s rather expensive), feel free
to add 15 or 20 drops to this batch of soap.

Suspended Salt scrub recipe

SUSPENDED SALT SCRUB ½ cup Epsom Salt ½ cup liquid soap ¾ cup olive or sweet almond oil 1.2 ounces of melt and pour soap 1 teaspoon of fragrance or 25 drops of essential oil Blend the Epsom salt in a coffee grinder until fine. Mix the liquid soap and the melt and pour soap together and heat until melted. Works best in a double boiler or can be melted in the microwave if monitored closely. When melted, pour in your olive or sweet almond oil (you can substitute other oils you prefer) and blend well with an emulsion blender […]

Using Preservatives in Lotions and Creams

Phenonip and Germaben II, and Germall Plus are actual preservatives. They inhibit the growth of microorganisms, yeast and fungus in lotions, creams, etc. If one is making products for resale, the FDA requires that you put a preservative in any cosmetic that is not a soap. If you are simply making products for your personal use, you do not have to include preservative. However, if you choose not to preserve your lotion or cream (or other formula) then you must treat the finished product as a perishable food item.

Hippy Girl Patchouli Soap

About Patchouli Soap
Patchouli is an herb, a fragrant herb with egg-shaped leaves and square stems. When the scent is added to a soap, Patchouli Soaps are often described as sweet, spicy, and woodsy all at the same time. Others describe Patchouli soap as pungent, mossy, and musty. Patchouli is often used as a low note in perfumes and aromatherapy blends, anchoring the other scents, and mixing or blending to enhance the scents with which it is combined in soap.

Calendula Soap recipe

Historically, Calendula flowers have been considered beneficial in reducing inflammation, promoting wound healing, and used as an antiseptic. Calendula has been used to treat a variety of skin diseases and has been seen effective in treatment of skin ulcerations and eczema. Taken internally through a tea, it has been used for treatment of stomach ulcers, and inflammation. A sterile tea has been used to treat infections of the eye, like conjunctivitis, however, this practice is not recommended.

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