Archive for September, 2011

Make Pinecone Firestarters

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

 

Melissa’s Weekly Memoir:  This was a question asked by one of our wonderful customers this week…  How do you make firestarters?  Good Question!  Here’s the Answer…

Are you in the mood for a captivating campfire, or maybe just a nice calming evening in front of the fireplace all warm and toasty, and snug as a bug lying on a rug.  Well, get your hot cocoa ready… because this recipe is fabulous; and makes starting a fire super easy.

Starting a fire in your fireplace can sometimes be a little challenging, but starting fires with festive pinecones makes this process way easier. They’re cute, they smell fantastic, and if you are not feeling like a fire, they are an amazing way to scent your home without even being lit.

Instructions

Things You’ll Need

 

1. Gather pinecones from a pine tree. Remove any debris or dirt on them.  Place the pinecones on the cookie sheet.  Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Carefully, slide the cookie sheet into the oven. Turn the oven off after 30 minutes.  Leave the pinecones in the in the oven for the duration of two hours.  This will ensure that they are completely dry.

2. Starting at the bottom end, wrap the wick around the pinecone two or three times.  Try to get the wick as far into the pine cone layers as possible.  Leave 1 to 2 inches of wick at the top of the pinecone.

3. Melt two pounds of Pillar of Bliss Wax.  Once the wax hits 195 degrees, add red coloring.  Let the wax temperature drop to 180 degrees.  Add 1 ounce of Pleasingly Pumpkin fragrance oil per pound of melted wax.  Stir gently.

4. Now, you are ready to dip the pinecone.  For the first dip you need to prime the wick.  Holding the end of the wick, immerse the pinecone completely in the wax for 45 seconds.

5.  Place the dipped pinecone on wax paper.  Allow the wax to cool and harden.  Repeat step 4 until the pinecones are completely coated to your satisfaction.

6. Allow the pinecones to dry overnight, then store in airtight containers.

7. You are now ready to set the night a fire.  Do not use these as regular candles!  They are meant to start fires in your fireplace.

Melissa (Natures Garden Customer Service Rep)
www.naturesgardencandles.com

Make Your Own Body Spray

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

dare to be sexy

Out With the Store Bought Perfume, and In With the New; an Economical Way to Scent Yourself Designer   OR   A New View on Perfume

We as ladies are stuck in quite a delightful predicament.  There are aspects of being a woman that are really fun and enticing.  We look amazing in anything or nothing for that matter.  We get to doll ourselves up with makeup and accessories, and best of all; we get to scent ourselves gorgeous!  But, this all becomes quite costly, and the price tag for these items is pretty steep.

Perfume has been deemed as one of the necessities that a woman uses every day.  I know personally, even if I don’t have time to put on any makeup, I still have time to apply
perfume.  In fact, I keep a solid perfume in my purse for scenting emergencies, a spray perfume in my car because you never know, and a plethora of perfumes in my medicine cabinet and linen closet because this is where my collection live.

A girl can never have enough.  Why do we do it?  We like to change our signature scents.  This can all vary due to our mood, the season, an even the ensemble we are wearing that day.

So, needless to say, perfumes are one of the hardest items to hit the pocketbook.  From high end retail stores to local shops, some perfumes can reach upwards of a hundred dollar bill ya’ll.  So, let us get economical and explore the inexpensive trade of making homemade perfume.

Here is a massively long list of items that you need before we get started: Base, Body Safe Fragrance Oil, and Container.
That’s it!

To replicate your own designer perfume the first step is to figure out which kind of perfume you would like to make.  Your options today are between a solid perfume and a misting perfume.  They are both super duper easy, so the choice is up to you.

Once you have this figured out, the next step is a doozy.   You have so many wonderful dupes to select from, it may be a battle.  Once you are ready, take a deep breath, and
click on the link below.  This is going to take you to the designer duplication chart where we have all of the designer dupes listed and their retail counter parts name.  I love this chart… it is super nifty!

http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/mas_assets/pdf/dupes.pdf

Okay, so let us recap.  At this point we have our base selected, our scent, and respectively depending on which kind of perfume you selected, you will already know which
container you need.  Now, it is time to get creative!

perfume

For a perfume spray: 

Odor Eliminator Base

Body Safe Fragrance Oil

Bottles 4 oz.

Fine mist sprayer

 

Shake the Odor Eliminator.  Pour
1 cup of this into a glass pouring container.
Add 1/4 ounce of body safe fragrance oil.  Stir.
Slowly pour the mixture into your bottle.  Add a spray cap.  Voila!
Attention:  Our odor eliminator base is cloudy in appearance; not clear.

 

For a solid perfume: 

Lip Balm Base

Body Safe Fragrance Oil

Containers

Mica (optional)

 

Melt the lip balm.  Add a few
drops of body safe fragrance oil.
Stir.  Slowly pour the mixture into your container.  Optional- Sprinkle
Mica on top.  Allow to cool at room
temperature.  Cap.  Beautiful!

Nicole (Corporate Manager Natures Garden)
www.naturesgardencandles.com

 

Melissa’s Weekly Memoirs

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

One of our newer products is an all natural melt and pour soap base line which I am most frequently asked about. It is a very scary commitment to consider switching to a new soap base after using the same trusted one for years. But, let me reassure you that change is good. It is always both beneficial and fun adding new products to your line. The benefits of using natural soap alone are amazing! Really the only hurdle to jump is which base to choose. I have had the privilege of trying each one. Let me let you in on a little secret… you must try them all! To test any one of the natural 2 pound slabs, it is only $6.29! But, if you need to get a little more guidance on which one to try first; Team Shea all the way!!! The Natural Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap is definitely my favorite. The soap truly pampers your skin. It has a very creamy lather. I cannot believe how well it fights dryness. Of course, everyone has a preference, and for me the Shea Butter surpasses them all. Personally, it is the soap I recommend to family and friends.

Check out my favorite Shea Butter Soap Here! 

Melissa (Customer Service Rep at Natures Garden)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Autumn Fragrance Oils

Monday, September 12th, 2011

autumn

Autumn Magic is in the air, but with Jack Frost inching in slowly we all start to spend more time in our homes, finding excuses to stay where it is nice and cozy. With more time indoors and windows staying shut to keep out the chilly air, this means that we are more conscious of how our home smells.

There are many routes to choose from when scenting your home. Candles, tart warmers, reed diffusers, aroma beads, room sprays, the selection is vast. And, with this fail proof list, regardless of which route you take to deliver the fragrance, your home will have a delightfully welcoming scent about it. Nothing is more rejuvenating than going about your day with an added bounce in your step because you know, and anyone else who enters your home knows it smells YUMMY!

With the changing of seasons many popular scents for fall stem from 4 basic key notes: Apples, Woods, Pumpkins, and Vanillas. So, in celebration of awesome autumn, here is a small list of Hot Fall Fragrances to encourage the beauty of outdoors indoors:

Apple Fragrances- Apple Cinnamon, Apple Jack Peel, Apples and Oak, Autumn Magic, Autumn Wreath Type, Country Bumpkin, Hillbilly Homebrew, Mulled Cider
Woods: Cedar Wood, Cracklin Birch, Crackling Firewood, Frosted Pinecones, Hayride, Saffron & Cedar, Teakwood & Cardamom, Twilight in the Woods
Pumpkins: Frosted Pumpkin, Pleasingly Pumpkin, Pumpkin Apple Butter, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Crunch Cake, Pumpkin Eggnog, Pumpkin Pie Spice

Vanillas: Black Raspberry & Vanilla, Candy Corn, French Vanilla Oak, Honey Vanilla Love Dust, Vaniglia del Madagascar, Vanilla Bean, Vanilla Sandalwood Type, Vanilla Silk

TIP*** If you are scenting several rooms in your home, be cautious not to have fragrance overload. Try not to mix fragrances that are too different when scenting from room to room.

Now, Fall into some great home scents!

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone
Inspire, Create, and Dominate!
Sparkles!!! Nicole
(Corporate Manager of
Natures Garden Candle Supplies)
www.naturesgardencandles.com

Halloween Craft Supplies

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

halloween fragrance

Halloween is right around the corner!

What creative Halloween crafts are you making this year?  To help you weed through all of Natures Garden’s craft supplies to find just the right Halloween craft supplies, we put together a spooktacular, fun Halloween guide.  Take a look!

Natures Garden Halloween 2011 Craft Supplies

Have a ghostly fun Halloween this year!!

 

 

 


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How to be more Frugal

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

The Smell of Money…I Love Being Frugal

Growing up in a family of eight was definitely quite an experience.    This nature of necessity was instilled in all of us from a very early age.  We survived on my father’s paycheck, and my mother stayed home to raise all six of us.  We had all of the love and rearing we needed without being clouded by keeping up with the Joneses.  Did I love my situation as a child, no!  However, as an adult I cherish the frugal foundation that my parents provided us all because now, I can hang with the Joneses without their debt!  Frugal is fun! In my opinion, it is the best of both worlds.  You can still get what you want, just without the cost.  It is all about dedication, planning, coupon clipping, and patience.

I am not ashamed to shout it from the roof tops and I have even been caught singing and dancing in the check out aisle as my bill total is slashed due to my frugal shopping and couponing.  Recently, I even got a $1.79 bag of Natural cat treats for 11 cents- I am smiling right now thinking about it.

I truly felt like I had found my soul mate when I heard J’aime on Extreme Couponing exclaim, “My eleventh commandment is Thou shall not pay retail!”   Now, it is mine too.  It is a happy addiction, and I have self diagnosed my own condition as a Sav-a-holic.

Do I believe that you have to be engrained with this frugal notion from an early age, no.  Changing over to a frugal shopper is easy.  Here are some of my tips:

  1. Always purchase the Sunday paper- Yes, it may
    cost around $2.00, but the coupon value alone in any given Sunday well
    surpasses the cost out of pocket.  Plus,
    you will have many of the local stores weekly ads.  ***Hint- Some stores even run specials on the
    couponed items for extra savings.
  2. Keep a running list of all of the items you need
    to purchase, and check that against your coupons.  My advice is to break it down according to
    stores.  Many grocery stores even have a
    double coupon day (usually Mondays or Tuesdays) where they will double your
    coupon up to 99 cents.  Hello, that can
    save up to $1.98 per item!
  3. Never be afraid to cherry pick.  Stores are known for going extremely low on
    certain items to lure shoppers in.  Take
    the bait, but leave the store when you have the items on your list.
  4. Always check the clearance or reduced for quick
    sale aisle.  I find many gems here,
    especially produce and meats.
  5. Internet is amazing.  Many times I will Google a store or specific
    brand to see if there are any coupons I can use.  This is also an extra way to save when you
    might be eating out at a restaurant.

So, how hard is it to save money?   Cutting just the tiniest amount or shaving a minute amount off your bills can quickly add up to a very nice chunk of change.  Frugal is NOT cheap.  Frugal is smart!  Allow for your purchases to be multi-functional.  If there is a great sale, don’t hesitate to get a few of the items for the holidays or birthdays.  Some deals are just too great
to pass up.

Wondering why I am blogging about this…

Well, we all know that Natures Garden always provides the best quality, wholesale-priced products on the market, especially fragrances.   A little birdie just told me that there are some fabulous products on CLEARANCE right now.  Grab them while you can.  The green bottles will definitely be festive in your holiday baskets this year, and the fragrances are too hot not to get your hands on.  These prices cannot be beat.  My advice:  Be Frugal and Love it!

http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/candlemaking-soap-supplies/category/weekly/Weekly-Sale.html

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!!  Nicole

(Corporate Manager of

Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Enjoying Crafts as a New Hobby

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

aromatherapy energy

Crafts as a Hobby

This morning I made a promise to myself.  I guess you can say it is a September Resolution.  I know… I know… resolutions are typically made in January to bring in the New Year, but I can’t put this off for four more months, so I guess I am bringing in a New September.

My resolution-to ensure that I spend time every day for me working on things that I am passionate about because with passion comes happiness.

Right now, since we are heading into the cooler and colder temperatures my outside activities are quickly dwindling down and turning into indoor crafts.  Plus, with the holidays approaching, it is never too early to start creating my handmade gifts for loved ones.

Just like the age old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, “Crafting each day keeps mom happy Yay!”  I suggest you give it a try.  I have a feeling that you are totally going to love it!  It is even quite possible that you will become a craddict- this is a person who eats, breaths, and sleeps their craft of choice.  And, yes I made that word up, but that is because I go through my craddict phrases all the time.   There is nothing like making something from scratch, working each step meticulously, resulting in perfection.  It is a lovely bliss.

Creating stunning products from raw materials is very invigorating.  When combined with the passion, all of the hard work is actually really rewarding.  Plus, if you haven’t noticed yet, I love doing it so it is time well spent.

Crafting allows for you spend the amount of time you want to on it.  There are some beautiful products that take seconds to create like smelly jellies, and on the other end of the spectrum, some more time consuming projects like the famous triple layered candle (these are totally worth the work!)  Even if you only allotted yourself 20 minutes today for your me time, that is more than enough to totally whip out a few batches of Vanilla Lavender melt and pour soap embeds.  Then, you get to treat yourself to a super relaxing bath as a bonus.

Get excited for me time… if you are looking to start creating some new crafts, or maybe you just don’t know where to start at all,
check out the free recipes from Natures Garden.  All of the recipes have easy to follow step by step instructions, and they include a
picture of the finished product.

Or, if you are totally a newbie… then welcome… my suggestion is to purchase one of Natures Garden’s kits and find your crafting passion.

There is such an array of different projects that you can do, not finding one is impossible.  There is something out there for everyone, every age, every culture.

The possibilities are limitless…

free recipes

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!!  Nicole

(Corporate Manager of

Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com