Monthly Archives: October 2011

Oct
29

Soap Maker Success News

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Meet Jolene From Southern Roots Natural Healing Store & Aromatherapy Shoppe

Hi! I am Jolene Hull, Owner/Operator of Southern Roots Natural Healing Store & Aromatherapy Shoppe

I chose this name based on the concept that natural products should really be naturally (many mass marketed products claim to be
“natural”, but are not) made – my goal was to go back to my “roots” with my store and it’s products. All Natural and All Handmade
with the highest quality ingredients.

How did you get into this business?

One of those light bulb moments in 2009 – I have always loved the idea of owning my own business. I started making soaps for gifts around the holidays for my dance team and I soon realized I wanted to make it more than a hobby. Another inspiration for starting my business is that my dad has been struggling with “sqaumos cell carcinoma” – a type of skin cancer; one that if left untreated, can be fatal. Helping people and their skin condition and health is one of main focuses at Southern Roots. It would be great to get to the point where I could be an effective alternative to expensive prescriptions and traditional medicine.

What is your favorite part of this business?

Creating new and exciting items and experimenting with new ingredients.

What’s the most difficult part?

Labels! Trying to get that “look” to reflect the product you have made – it can be challenging at times.

What’s your aspect of Natures Garden?

They have a great range of products at great prices.  My favorite thing is that they are family owned.

What are your goals for the coming year for your business?

New and improved product lines for hair care and more variation of spa inspired items. We’re also going to start offering classes in our shop as well.

Website: www.southernrootshealing.com 

Facebook: Southern Roots Natural Healing Store

Oct
24

Soap Making Customer Interview

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Meet Donna With Valhalla Soap Company 


What made me start my business?

Well, I had an over-abundance of goat milk and a curiosity about soap making. I was visiting with a friend one day and discussing the need for a use for all the goat`s milk I had. She suggested that I start making goat’s milk soap. After several months of pestering my local small town librarian for inter-library loans for any and all books in the Northwest on the subject of soap making, I took the plunge. I was so fascinated by the process that I never looked back. That was almost 20 years ago.

I get asked a lot about what our company philosophy is. Well, basically it’s pretty simple. We believe that everyone should be able to afford to take care of their skin. It is the largest organ that you and your body own. Meaning that is absorbs more of everything than any other organ in your body. If you think hard enough about that, it’s a pretty scary thought. When we are healthy in Body, we are healthy in Mind and Spirit. So, we want to provide a good quality (affordable), hard (long lasting, money is tight for everyone), moisturizing (dual purpose face & body), food for the skin and pleasing to the eye, bar of soap. If our soap makes someone smile when they climb into the tub or shower, if it gives them a peaceful moment of pause, then we feel that we’ve accomplished our goal.

We celebrated 15 years in business this month. And we are still somewhat in shock over it all. Where did the time go? We’ve come a long way over the years. Had many failures but many more successes. And boy have we learned A LOT!!!

One of the things we learned is that it’s worth it to pay a little extra for quality fragrance oils. That’s one of the reasons we buy a very good portion of our fragrance oils from Natures Garden. Another reason is that we use the CPOP method of soap making. This method can sometime be a bit abusive towards citrus or flighty fragrances. Yet Natures Garden fragrance oils are highly concentrated and they hold up fantastically in our soaps! The third and best reason is that Natures Garden’s fragrance oils are affordable! Of all their products, we order their fragrance oils more than anything else. We love their fragrance oils! It would be hard to say which is our favorite. Bite Me fragrance oil is our overall consistent best seller. With Baby Bee Buttermilk type coming as the third best seller. Of the two, I’d have to say that I prefer the Baby Bee Buttermilk. I like that it’s sort of an Almond & Honey without the cherry that is usually present in these types.

 

Valhalla Soap Company  

http://www.valhallasoap.com

http://www.facebook.com/valhallasoapco

http://www.twitter.com/valhallasoapco

http://www.youtube.com/user/valhallasoapco

 

Interview given by Kimberly Sanchez of Natures Art Soap

Oct
22

How to Make Emulsified Sugar Scrubs

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This recipe for emulsified sugar scrub was provided by Kimberly Sanchez of Natures Art. 

16 oz Batch

136 grams – Olive Oil

113 grams – Soybean Oil

68 grams – Cocoa Butter

68 grams – Shea Butter

45 grams – Emulsifying Wax

9 grams – Beeswax

9 grams – Fragrance Oil (body safe)

5 grams – Phenonip preservative

Plastic Jars and Lids

 

Light Scrub – add 16 oz sugar

Very Scrubby – up to 32 oz sugar

 

DIRECTIONS:

Weigh all ingredients except the fragrance oil & preservative in a heat proof container and put into a double boiler.

Heat and hold for 20 minutes at 70C to destroy all possible bacteria. Remove from the heat and put into your refrigerator until it reaches 45C.  Add the fragrance oil , body safe color if you choose & preservative now, then return it to the refrigerator to cool further.

Now Whip it with a hand mixer with whisk attachments or your Kitchen-Aid. Whisk until it looks like pudding . Then add the sugar and whisk until well incorporated.

Pour into jars and let sit until hardened.

For more fun recipes, videos, and soap making assistance, visit  Everything Skin with NG & Kim

Natures Garden offers many free recipes for soap, bath and body products, candles, and air freshening.  View our Free Recipe Box!   

Oct
22

How to Apply Perfume

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Obviously, since we are women, we always like to add a little extra element of sexiness to our day.  I can always rely on my perfume to accomplish this.   As I am sure you have already figured out, working at Natures Garden, I have all of the designer duplications at my fingertips daily, so you might say that I have a slight addiction to my perfumes and body sprays.

My mother taught me during my teen years, that it is very easy to over scent yourself.  She always said that “in the realm of perfume, a little squirt will last you all day.  You never want to overuse perfume!  Less is more.  You want to make your statement by leaving a linger.”  We all know someone who is notorious for wearing too much perfume.  Her scent is always so thick in the air that it seems to tattoo the ozone permanently.   I do not want to smoother others, so I learned the tricks of the trade.  Mother always knows best.

I know that when I leave my house in the morning I smell scentsational.  My fragrant appeal lasts all day too.  I am always delighted when people ask me what I am wearing.  It makes my day when I see their expressions as I tell them that I made the perfume myself using Natures Garden products.  In fact, I save my little sister Lana bookoo dollars by showing her how to make her own designer dupe perfume.

I think that my scent ambiance is due to two factors.  First, I have to give mad props to Natures Garden for having such superior quality fragrance oils and bases.  It is a heavenly combo.  Second, I know the secret to wearing perfume the right way, using your pressure points and pheromones to extend the life of your morning scent application.  It does really work, but I must admit that I also consistently carry a small container of solid perfume in my purse, just in case I feel the need to freshen up.  You never know when that will come in handy!

Here is the recipe I use to make my solid perfume – the perfect travel size-  Solid Perfume Recipe

For the fragrance, I vary mine according to how I am feeling that day.  I know that this can be overwhelming since there are so very many different fragrances to choose from.  My suggestion would be to start with a few of these:

http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/candlemaking-soap-supplies/category/326/Designer-Fragrance-Oils.html

Here you will find all of the designer duplications that Natures Garden currently carries… but always be on the lookout for newbies.

Now for the application process…

Have you ever noticed that many high end perfume retailers sell their perfume in kits?  This is due to the fact that perfume is longer lasting, and more noticeable if you wear it in layers.  Most kits contain a shower gel, lotion, and perfume.  Some kits may even include an after shower powder.  I always thought that this was some tactic to get women to purchase more.  Although the latter may be true, it is really because high end perfumists know that layering the scent extends its scenting capabilities.  It is like having our very own fragrance super heroine, Ivonna Scentwell, with her fragrant sidekicks Smelly Too Good Gelly and Capt. Set in Motion Lotion.  They’re ready to set the world straight on self scenting.

Here are the laws to live by:

It is always best to apply your perfume to clean skin and before you get dressed.

Apply perfume to some of your pressure point areas:  your wrists, behind your earlobes on your neck, your neckline, the inside of your elbows, behind your knees, and your inner thighs.  This is where the blood flow is closest to the skin.  It also allows for your perfume to naturally diffuse since our skin is warmer in these locations.  A key tip here is to always hit at least one of your lower body pressure points.  You want your perfume to rise up on your body.

If you are using a spray and would rather have an all over disbursement, simply hold the bottle out in front of you (sprayer pointed away) and spritz it 3-4 times.  This creates a mist cloud.  Then, take a step into it.

That is it… once you are ready to apply your perfume, pause and remember “to maximize the scent effect, I must moderate, layer and connect.”

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

Oct
21

The Psychology of Color in Fragrance

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The sense of sight is a very powerful tool.  But, did you know that you can help influence your customers in purchasing certain items just based on the items color?  Color does in fact play a huge role in marketing.  This is all based on how your client perceives the color, and what statement your client is looking to make when it comes to purchasing your product.

Color is more than a physical attribute to an object.  Our mental psyche not only perceives colors, but also directly correlates them to our emotions.  Color can be used, and is used in everyday life to excite, persuade, and even encourage.  In fact, anytime color is used in advertizing, the percentage of making the item memorable is 100%, as compared to a black and white ad.  On the flip side, color can also be associated with negative messages or feelings.  This is why color deserves a serious
examination when trying to brand a company through a logo or product.

In the marketing aspect of things, aesthetics is always a factor that needs to be considered.  How something looks may determine whether or not the sale will be made.  In general, the population’s first instinct on buying items they may not consider as necessities is based on its look.  Color is actually the first thing that a buyer mentally registers.  The use of color therefore must be the first and foremost frontrunner to decipher when trying to promote an item for sale.  The second consideration should be which target audience you are trying to sell to.
Here are a few examples:

Darker colors appeal to the male gender.

Pastels and Neutral Colors appeal to the upper scale clientele.

Primary colors appeal to children the best.

There is a ton of research available on this topic.  So, here is a brief explanation on the 10 most basic colors.

The effect of the color Black:

Positives:  Black is directly associated with intelligence.  It is a very strong and domineering color showing both power and authority.  Black also have the visual effect of making things appear smaller or thinner.

Negatives:  Black has been mainstreamed as a color denoting ill will or immorality.  The color black is also accepted as the signifier of loss or grieving.  When used to an extreme, black can quickly overwhelm.

The effect of the color Blue:

Positives:  This color is by far selected as one of the most loved and favorites.  Certain shades of blue even promote the production of calming chemicals in our bodies.  It is an excellent choice selection for bedrooms and bedroom decor due to the fact that blue evokes rest and serenity.  When darker blues are used, there is an unspoken feel of comfort.  Blue denotes
loyalty and wisdom.  Blue will keep us focused and dedicated to the task at hand.  There have even been studies proving that productivity is always increased when blue is the dominant hue of the surroundings.

Negatives:  Blue can have a chilling effect on our emotions.  Blue can be perceived as indifferent and detached.

The effect of the color Brown:

Positives:  This is the color of friendship.  Brown shows reliability and durability.  This is considered one of the best colors to
use when trying to denote an item as being natural or organic.  Brown denotes a sense of strength.  The color brown is a standard in many homes and decors because of the feeling of security it provides.

Negatives:  Over using the color brown can create sad feelings.  This is because brown also signifies isolation and loneliness.

The effect of the color Gray: 

Positives:  The color gray signifies timelessness.  Gray is also considered a standard for showing practicality.  There is an
association that people put with the color gray of stones or rocks; which then leads to gray signifying that it is solid.  Anytime you want to add this notion to any of your items, a touch a gray color will exemplify this without saying a word.

Negatives:  Due to the nature of the color, it is often seen as a color that reflects being on the fence or undecided.  Items that contain an abundance of gray leaves people feeling unsure about it.  Gray can also be mentally tied to elderliness and depression.

The effect of the color Green:

Positives:  Green is really one of the most pleasing colors to all of the senses, we perceive this color as nurturing.  This is due to the notion that many people inherently relate the color green to nature; being of the earth.  Of all of the colors, green is said to be the most healing.  Various shades of green are also directly mentally correlated to money and production.  From the lighter spectrum of green, there is a calming effect.  The standard green is associated to luck.  The color green is also associated with fruitfulness.

Negatives:  Green can be viewed as a symbol of naïveness  and inexperience.  Green also is used to denote envy.

The effect of the color Orange:

Positives:  If you are looking for a color to show excitement or playfulness, orange will create this.   Orange is boisterous, loud, and full of energy.  Orange also relates the notion of aspiration. There is a feeling of warmth and happiness when this color is used.  This hue can also be used to signify a product is organic.

Negatives:  Avoid using the color orange in environments where people need to stay on task and focused.  Having bright orange products or items in a room like this will prevent productive activity since the color orange is seen as a show stealer.

The effect of the color Purple:

Positives:  This color is quickly picking up the favorite color vote with young girls.  Royalty and wisdom are the first thoughts that are associated with the color purple.  Due to that notion, the next onslaught of adjectives that describe this color are rich, cultured, and prosperous.  Purple is a great color choice when trying to stimulate brain activity for problem solving.
If you would like to add a mysterious element to an object, trace amounts of purple will allow for this.  Using this color makes the statement of being special and unique.  This color screams “notice me”.

Negatives:  Over use of the color purple can be seen as denoting superficialness.

The effect of the color Red:

Positives:  Red is the first color that the human eye sees.  It is a confident color that denotes power.   This primary color symbolizes energy.  Bursts of red denote enthusiasm.  If you are looking to drawl attention to a product, red is the ticket.  Red is the symbol color for life and love.  Wearing elements of red, or having red items around you can boost your self esteem.

Negatives:  Red is one color that you do not want to over use.  Too much red can cause confusion for the mind, because everything is fighting to be the focus.  Medically speaking, when a person is in an environment that is predominately red in color, their heart beats per minute increase, and they can also have issues trying to catch their breath.  Also, too much red can be intimidating.

The effect of the color White:

Positives:  White is the color that best describes purity.  This absent of colors hue also denotes creativity and imagination.  If you are looking to add a feel of cleanliness and safety to a product, white is your best bet.  White is also viewed as a fresh outlooks, new beginnings, and limitless opportunities.

Negatives:  Too much white can give off a feeling of emptiness.  There is also an unfriendly coldness about white that some people find unwelcoming in products.

The effect of the color Yellow:

Positives:  Almost everything optimistic and uplifting is associated to the color yellow.  Fun, happiness, cheerfulness, sunshine, and warmth are just a few words to describe its effect on humans.  All things happy somehow relate to this color because when we see yellow, our brains actually release an increased level of serotonin.  This is the feel good color that also opens up and increases our creativity.  The color yellow also has the potential to speed up of metabolism levels.  Shades of golden yellow are perceived as an unspoken promise to greater, prosperous things.

Negatives:  When yellow is used in abundance, it has the capability to enrage tempers.  Certain shades of yellow can be related to cowardice or fear.

All of Natures Garden’s fragrance oils have a color suggestion given.  In order to help everyone find that perfect fragrance oil and color, here is the link to the Fragrance By Color promo.  All of the fragrances are broken into color categories.  So, if you are looking to fill a certain color quota for your product line, check out the fragrance oils Natures Garden has to offer.  It is time to get creative…

Fragrance by Color

 

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

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Oct
17

Everything Skin with NG and Kim

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Hi everyone!  My name is Kimberly Sanchez.

I am the CEO & creative artist of Natures Art Apothecary & Soap Company,  in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I began soaping when I was very young doing simple old fashioned lard and lye soap on the fire. I occasionally played at it as an adult and made it for friends and family. Most of my career I was a chef and herbalist. After a serious injury where I broke my back, I had to find something else to do. I rambled through retail jobs, made my way up through management, but it just wasn’t what I needed! I went back to making soap for a fundraising project for a group I belong to and my passion was born! I had discovered so much had changed in the soaping world! there were amazing fragrances and colors and molds and online communities! So I dove in with abandon. And that was it for me. I continued to test and experiment with all the new technology and items now available in the industry until I felt I had something worth sharing with the world. And so our little business began! My husband, Art, also caught the bug. I spent many days working as a retail manager and many late nights teaching him to soap and making our new business shine. After a few years we were selling in local shops as well as online. We had an opportunity to move here to Santa Fe, where my husband was born. We jumped on it!  He agreed to go to work for Whole Foods and let me work at our business full time. I have come to love all the science and creativity there is in the bath and body industry and continue to learn and grow everyday. I love teaching about it and sharing ideas with others. I had come to know Deb, from Natures Garden Candle & Soap Supplies a few years back. We hit it off right away!  Over time we both contributed inspiration and feedback on each others ideas. And recently, on one of our phone chats, she mentioned they were behind on their soap testing for fragrances. So I offered to help. Being as I had already been doing videos on YouTube and had established viewers, I decided to do some of the testing on camera, so other Soapers could actually SEE what they did. This was received so enthusiastically, we have now expanded this to video product testing, an online presence on Face Book, Q&A night and now a blog! We are very excited to be collaborating on this new adventure together. I look forward to all your positive feedback and know you will be patient with me as I adapt to this new experience and get better with my camera!  LOL

Everything Skin with NG and Kim Facebook Page

Hugs to all~

Kimberly

www.MyNaturesArt.Net

Oct
14

The Sense of Smell & Cleaning House

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Well, as I am sure that we are all on the same boat, last weekend I started the switch over from the spring/summer wardrobe and décor to the fall/winter ones.  This super fun task is not my favorite, as I am sure you can read my sarcasm.   Not only does my house look like World War 3 had occurred in it; but as I am switching out the storage boxes from the basement, and I am realizing that my home is not as clean and organized as I thought!  UGH.

It is time to pull it together.  My most dreaded season is next… winter… and the cold weather blues.  No more outside evenings with cookouts and the warm sun rays.  Sadly, I will miss them.  And in my down and outedness (yes, that is another word I made up), I had still not reached my rock bottom.  My dark and ominous realization then came to light…winter is around the bend. I soon had to accept the claustrophobic notion of winterizing my home.  To put it frankly, very soon there will be no more crisp autumn breezes flowing through my windows, and I am racing the time clock on really giving my home a thorough deep cleaning one last time before the Jack Frost arrives and decides to stay for a while.

So, I am looking at one last cleaning before we shut down the house.  Yikes, this is a major task!  What to do… where to start… I need a game plan.  To be honest, I am a control freak.  In order to embark on this journey, I needed four very important things.  First, a strategic list of the duties I had at hand.  Second, the happiest, brightest, hot pink highlighter I owned to cross off my finished chores.  Thirdly, the right frame of mind.  And, last but certainly not least, something to keep me motivated so that I stayed with it.  In the past, I have tried several things, but never really found anything that I could count on to work each time.  I needed to figure this out desperately, but I was struggling as to what I could use to stay focused, so I did the next logical thing; I googled it.

The result, I actually found a website about this topic.  The information was all about using your 5 senses to clean.  Obviously, our senses are all used to let us know when it is time to get mean and clean.  We see a mess, we clean it up.  If there is a stench in the kitchen, it is time to take out the trash and wash those dishes in the sink.  If the handle you just touched is sticky, it is time to wipe it down.  I am sure you are all getting the idea.

Now, let’s look at the senses in a new light; a cohort in cleaning if you will.

The sense of sight
It is crucial when cleaning to not overwhelm yourself.  Sure, it is easy to look around and feel like you alone are battling the world when it comes to deep cleaning your house, but take it one step at a time.  Start with a small portion or corner.  Then, gradually move on to the next section.  On a personal note, I found this worked best for me.  I split each room into four sections.  Then, working each section as if it was its own individual room, I remove everything I could.  I wiped the walls and windows.  Then, I cleaned, dusted, and analyzed if that item belonged in that area.  Finally, I vacuumed.  I know that it seems like a lot, but it actually isn’t.  I found that my cleaning time was cut in half.  Even with distractions like my children, I had no problem picking up where I left off.

The sense of hearing
Cleaning with the television on is not a great way to multi-task.  I as well have been guilty as charged.  I always thought that I would powerhouse clean during my shows because I could listen and know what was going on.  That did not work; I always ended up sitting on the couch engrossed in the show.  Then, I made the agreement with myself that I would work during the commercial breaks, but that was a pipe dream.  That never happened; I always found other things to do during that time such as getting snacks, or a quick bathroom break.  So, I tried the suggestion of cranking up the music.  I used my library playlist from my computer and went to town.  It totally worked, I was energized.

The sense of smell
Well, we all know that stinky scents will motivate us to at least deal with where the stench is coming from, but smells can also be used to motivate, inspire, and energize.  This was a new concept for me, so I thought it was worth a whirl.  It turns out the scent of peppermint can do this.  Spraying peppermint in the air where the cleaning needs to take place works.  The smell is actually energizing.  I tried a different minty scent in each room I deep cleaned.  They were all a success!  Here are my top 3 selections; I give them all 5 star ratings!

1.  Basil Sage Mint Fragrance Oil

2.  Eucalyptus Spearmint Fragrance Oil

3.  Peppermint Fragrance Oil  

 

How to Make Odor Eliminator Spray-  I scented mine with Natures Garden’s Peppermint Fragrance Oil

 

The sense of taste
I know… this one threw me for a loop too.  But, there is an actual correlation between what is going on in our mouth, and our drive to clean house.  The main culprit is our salivary glands.  As it turns out, anything that negatively effects the way things taste directly affects our activity level.  Broken down, we need our taste to be spot on if we want the initiative to clean some house.  However, have no fear; this is a really easy problem to solve.  By chewing a piece of minty gum, (or having a piece of mint candy in your mouth) you can get a jump start on your tasks.

The sense of touch
I cannot be the only mom in the world that has picked up my children’s playroom and wondered what was the sticky layer on the toys and how did they get it there?  Instantly, I get the sensation to remove every element of the room and scrub, disinfect, and repeat.  I always thought that I did this as a way to prohibit the germs.  Although, I am sure that something about my line of thinking still rings true, it also has to do with controlling our environment and keeping it less chaotic.  The best resolution- get down and dirty with cleaning, but do not forget the latex gloves!
Interested in seeing it for yourself:
http://www.shelterpop.com/2011/09/02/clean-better/

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

Oct
04

How to Make Tea Light Luminaries

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Tea Light Luminaries

These luminaries are both decorative and simple to make. By scenting only the tea light, you can change the scent frequently.  As always, when making and burning candles use caution and common sense. 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients  Needed:

- Pillar of Bliss Wax

- Joy Wax

- Spectrum Liquid Red Candle Dye

- Balloons

- Plastic Tea Light Cups

- Zinc Core 1 3/4 Inch 44-20-18z

- Natures Garden Pineapple Orchid Fragrance Oil

Equipment  Needed:

- Pouring Pot

- Thermometer

- Metal Spoons

Directions:

Step 1:  You will need to prepare your 5-10 water balloons, depending on how many luminaries you would like to make.

Step 2:  Using the double boiler method, melt approximately two pounds of Pillar of Bliss Wax.  Melt the wax to 195 degrees, and add the red candle dye.  Drop melted wax temperature to 180 degrees.

Step 3: Now you are ready to begin coating the balloon with the wax.  You need to dip the balloon several times.  Then, place the balloon on a flat surface.  You will want to do this while the wax is still warm.  This will create a level bottom.  You will need to repeat this process until you get your desired thickness.  Allow the luminaries to harden.

Step 4: While you are waiting, prepare your tea lights. Melt joy wax (using a double-boiler method) to 200F. Add coloring to your specifications. Drop the temperature to 175-170F. Add 1 ounce of fragrance oil per pound of joy wax.  Pour into Plastic Tea Light Cups.

Step 5:  Once your luminaries have hardened, you will need to pop the balloon.  Be sure to remove any pieces that may still be inside.

Step 6:  You may need to even out the tops.  You can use a heat gun for this.  Keep the heat gum about six inches away.  Slowly work your way around the rough edges.   If you direct the heat in the same spot for too long the wax will begin to drip.

Step 7:  Now place tea lights inside your luminaries and enjoy!  Use caution when burning the tea lights.  Luminaries should be placed on a flame retardant plate or surface before burning tea lights.  Always keep an eye on burning candles.

 

 

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