Monthly Archives: January 2012

Jan
31

Lava Lamp Lip Gloss Recipe

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LAVA LAMP LIP GLOSS
Recipe makes 10+ Lava Lamp Lip Gloss Tubes
Create some groovy lip gloss that looks like a lava lamp!
What You Need:
INGREDIENTS:
2 drops Tomato Red Liquid FUN Soap Colorant which is clearly specified to be used for lip applications
The reason you can create a lava look in this lip gloss, is because the glycerin portion (polar portion) of the lip gloss will not mix with the oil base portion (non polar portion). When you turn the lip gloss upside down, these layers will not mix. If you will be selling this product, please label your product according to FDA regulations.
Directions:
1. Prepare your lava portion of your lip gloss:
A. Measure out 1/8 cup of vegetable glycerin
B. Add 2 drops of Tomato Red Liquid Fun Soap Colorant.
C. Stir well until color is evenly dispersed.
D. Fill your roller ball bottles ¼ of the way full of this lava mixture.
2. Prepare your Clear Flavored Lip Gloss portion of your lip gloss:
A. Measure out ¼ cup of Fractionated Coconut Oil
B. Add 2 ml. of Strawberry Cheesecake Flavoring Oil
C. Pour this mixture into your roller ball bottles. Be careful not to overfill or the roller ball will not fit into the bottle.
NOTE: When using lip colorants, they need to be cosmetic safe, and approved for lip use. Only some of Our Fun Soap Colorants will work in this recipe; you must read the specifics of each colorant before using in this recipe. Our upcoming lip tints will not work in this recipe because they are castor oil based, and it will ruin the lava affect of this product. Our soap dyes are not approved for lip use, and cannot be used.
Jan
31

Creative Bath Company Interview

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Bubble Babez Bath Company Interview

  • Whats your name & Your Company Name (Why Did you choose that name?):

My name is Nicole Davis, My fiance Tristan Jackson and I created Bubble Babez Bath Company LLC. We selected this name because with a two part answer lol, We chose Bubble first because of course we are dealing with soap and I firmly believe that if you dont see bubbles then its not clean. Babez was selected because that is what Tristan and I call each other all the time. So we birthed Bubble Babez Bath Company LLC

  • How did you get into this business?

We got into this business because I (Nicole) was looking for an inexpensive way to fill swag bags for Tristan’s Birthday party but still be chic. I didnt want to use cheap items people would never use again, I loved baking so making cupcakes was an option but I wanted to have bath and body products something people could use for a while. I decided to combine the two options to make bath and body products that smelled like cakes, I spent endless hours on the computer and reading trying to figure out how to go about making soaps and lotions. When everyone was down to their last corner of lotion and slither of soap they asked me for more. I had no idea that it would be such a hit with my friends!

I wasn’t too far off of the beaten path because I was am a licensed cosmetologist/makeup artist and was working with cosmetics already. I studied about esthetics, skin, nail and hair care. Tristan joined me because I told her we can do this as a business and she had so much faith in this dream that she left her job working at ESPN to get on board full time and make Bubble Babez grow.

I started off with melt and pour soap and was content for a while, but I really wanted to know what was going into my soap. I researched a whole more because it never stops lol, spent many hours on YouTube looking at soap making videos, to venture into making lye soap. I was a little intimidated in working with the lye because for some reason it has always seemed like a scary thing. But I asked a longtime soapmaker (Kim of Nature’s Art) if she would help me out, I let her know I was going to finally try my hand at it. Such a great teacher she simplified it for me and made me fearless about working with lye and making soap that I just leaped! I made my first batch and that was it I caught the bug! After my 1st batch was made my wonderful teacher said ok let me teach you how to discount the water so you can cut your cure time in half, since I am impatient and I like immediate results. I was successful yet again I was so excited like I really did this. I still look at my soaps in awe that I created this from scratch. From then on I couldn’t stop.

  • What is your favorite part of this business? (PLEASE, take the time to really tell us your story! A Short couple of sentences will not be acceptable, our readers want to know you!)

My favorite part of this business is creating. I am a creative person by nature and I am always thinking of ideas or how to improve on the ideas that I have. My mind is so busy at times I cant sleep wake up in the morning and tell Tristan what I dreamt or was thinking of creating and boom I make it happen. Tristan is usually the one reeling me back in because sometimes one thing has nothing to do with the other lol. She always say focus lol but I am like I have to be different LOL. Tristan’s favorite part of the business is going to the markets and interacting with our customers. She also loves testing the products.

  • Whats the most difficult part?

The most difficult part of the business is funding and finances. Trying to maintain the business and home after a while it starts to get hectic and things just have a snowball effect and it just grows. But, with help, careful budgeting and planning it makes it a bit easier. We started out doing the business and we had 2 incomes plus the business, then we decided to do this full time and then we only had the income of the business and that was uncomfortable. Also sometimes its difficult for on my relationship because my business partner is also my fiance and we tend to get on each others nerves after a while lol. All of our time, energy and soul is poured into the business and it always seems like we are working that we find it rather difficult to spend time with each other and NOT discuss work.

  • Whats your favorite product or aspect of Natures Garden?

My favorite product from Natures Garden used to be the french milled soap omg I loved it! I am a HUGE fan of the fragrance oils! I love that they are swift with shipping and their customer service is great. I also love the interaction with the show and tell it gives the crafters a chance to show off what they are making with the products and let potential customers know how people really feel about the items. Because I know I look at show and tell and see the possibilities of products that I would never have tried before. So I love that!

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

Our goals for the coming year is to get to be organized! I can not stress enough how important it is. We would like to grow and have Oprah, Ellen (cuz I love her!), Whoppi and everyone talking about our products. I don’t like comparing myself to any other company but I would really love to have a cult following and be a household name!

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Jan
12

Love of Learning

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This Valentine’s Day show some love to your creative side.

That’s right folks, it is time to extend our boundaries and experiment with some new products.  I know all too well how exciting it is when Natures Garden carries new fragrance oils, bases, additives, colorants, etc.  Something new, anything new, I love it all!

What is it about change?  Change is good.  Change allows us to hit the refresh button and bask in the glory of new and all its possibilities.  The thought of expanding our knowledge and know how of homemade goodies seems to revitalize everything for the better.  So, as we settled into the New Year let’s welcome the newbies by giving them a try.

In case you missed it, here are some of our newest products at Natures Garden:

Lip Tints:  These are awesome.  With 6 different colors to choose from all things lip just got a whole lot sexier.

Activated Charcoal:  A great way to add a detoxifying agent to your homemade soap.  This additive has a dual purpose as a natural black colorant too.  That’s two, yes two things for the price of one.  I guess that makes it a deal and a steal.  HA!

Vegetable Glycerin:  This has been on my wish list for a long time.  Finally here, this amazing liquid has tons of uses in bath, body, and home.  Once you get your hands on this, you will definitely be coming back for more.

Fractionated Coconut Oil:  Talk about being a multi-purpose, there is almost too much to mention.  Whether you are using it as a carrier or a substitute, in toiletries or cosmetics; the capabilities are endless.  Bonus, this fractionated coconut oil stays a liquid in relatively low temperatures.

Cream of Tartar:  It’s not just for the kitchen anymore!  This is one ingredient needed if you are looking to make fabulous bubble bars.

Fun Soap Colorants:  Although these colorants are super Fun… I refer to them as blast in a bottle!  These non-bleeding vivid colors will make a bold statement in your M&P or CP soap line.   If you are looking to add a little wow factor to your soap products, this is an excellent item to start with.   PS… No color morphing!

Titanium Dioxide Oil Dispersible Powder:  This natural mineral is an excellent whitener; perfect for soaps, toiletries, and so much more.

White Beeswax Pastilles:  Straight from the honeycomb, this naturally bleached beeswax is a splendid addition for everyone’s line.

Cookie Cutters:  Whether you are looking to bake some cookies, make hanging air fresheners, or get cleverly creative, these cookie cutters are a must have.  They are just too cute to pass up!

Finally, I do have an honorable mention to the new products.

Welcome Back Mica Pigment:  Oh how I missed you while you were gone.  If there is one thing that is never going to go out of style, it is shimmer!  This product is a love it, gotta have it in both colors diamond and 24K gold!  Bling me up Scotty!

So everyone, let’s get a little messy, broaden our horizons, and test some new products.

I was given some wise advice when I was younger.  Although then, I didn’t quite understand it, now I find that it applies to almost everything I do.   I am now going to pass this wisdom onto you: “Don’t sit on the sidelines and let life pass you by.  Get out there, make mistakes, and take chances; for this is the process of learning.  With age comes wisdom, and what is the purpose of your life if you don’t live, laugh, and love.”

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

 

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

 

Sparkles!!! Nicole

 

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

 

www.naturesgardencandles.com

 

 

Jan
12

Love Day Baskets

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Cupid is Coming…

 

As we all know Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. It is a day meant to be filled with love and appreciation for one another. Typically, this is considered a lovers holiday. This very special day is filled with flowers, chocolates, cards, and romantic evenings. So, since we are all business minded, it goes without saying that we are all super busy making our loved themed products in preparation for this big occasion.

 

This is our time to shine.

 

No one knows the female market better than we do.  We also know that many men shop for this day last minute with little to no thought behind their purchases.  So, let’s take these two factors, and solve the problem.

 

What do women want?  This question has plagued man since the beginning of time.  We are such wonderfully complex beings; it is hard for men to understand.   I know that I do not have to elaborate on this topic.  To make a quick generalization, we want everything and nothing at the same time.  It is this very tangled web that men cannot grasp.  But hey, there is nothing sexier than a little mystery.  Women know this.

 

So, how do we correlate this into a suitable gift?  Well, as they say, “You can lead a horse to water…”

 

If you have read any of my earlier posts, you know that I am a huge homemade gift basket advocator.  If you haven’t, you do now.  I’ve done a little research and coupled that with some out of the box thinking to come up with some unique ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts.  My main objective when compiling this list was to take the uncertainty out of present purchasing for men, while still satisfying the wants of women.

 

Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts:

Now he can have everything he needs to show her he cares, with very little thinking involved!

 

  1. A “Snuggle and Cuddle Basket” containing a handmade fleece tie blanket, romantic movie, microwave popcorn, and candles or tea lights scented with Endlessly in Love fragrance.  Perfect for a night in together.
  2. A “Dinner is on Me Basket” containing all of the items and ingredients to make a delicious meal.  Along with these items, include two pillar candles scented with Aphrodisiac to set the mood.  Now, he can cook like a pro.  A little FYI for everyone:  According to my research, the most loved and appreciated gift that men did for women on Valentine’s Day last year was cook them a dinner for a romantic evening in.  By selling a basket with all of the items that a man would need to make dinner, not only are you providing a one stop shop, but you are also preventing them from having to go to no man’s land… aka the supermarket.
  3. A “Bath time Butler Basket” containing soap, Ritzy bath gel, and soap dipped rose petals all scented in Magic Potion.  Don’t forget to add the sponge, or loofah.  Everything he needs to give her a relaxing bubble bath.
  4.  An “Undying Love Vase” filled with aroma buds scented with NG Beautiful Type.  Unlike the 200 million stems of roses that will be sold near Valentine’s Day, her roses won’t be expiring any time soon.
  5. A “Capture our Love Basket” including a disposable camera, 3 x 5 photo album, love stickers, and red and black sharpie markers.  This way, whatever way they choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, he can give her the memories to keep forever.

 

These are some really great basket ideas for increasing your sales as we approach the anticipated Love Day.

 

Remember…Love can mean many different things to many different people.  As always, there are various factors that feed into this equation too.  The most important thing to remember is feeling special and loved on Valentine’s Day is great, but feeling special and loved the other 364 days of the year is one gift that is in everybody’s price range and doesn’t need a gift receipt.

 

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

 

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

 

Sparkles!!! Nicole

 

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

 

www.naturesgardencandles.com

 

 

Jan
09

Soap Hearts with Love Messages

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SOAP HEARTS WITH LOVE MESSAGES

Stackable soap hearts with a hidden, laminated love message.

INGREDIENTS:
Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap
Natural Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap
Neon Pink FUN Liquid Soap Colorant
Tomato Red FUN Liquid Soap Colorant
Passionate Kisses Fragrance Oil
Stackable Hearts Mold
Transfer Pipettes
Glass Pyrex Measuring Cup with spout
Ribbon for Decorating
Love Messages
Laminating sheets

Directions:
Note: Each block of Natures Garden’s Melt and Pour Soap is perforated into 40 cubes. Each cube is approximately 1 oz.
1. Prepare Red Heart:
A. Melt 2 cubes of glycerin melt and pour soap in microwave in 15 second increments until completely melted. Add ½ teaspoon of passionate kisses fragrance oil and 2 drops of tomato red FUN liquid soap color. Stir. Pour mixture into largest heart mold. Spritz with alcohol to remove air bubbles.
2. Prepare Pink Heart:
A. Melt 1 ½ cubes of Natural Goat’s Milk melt and pour soap in microwave in 15 second increments until completely melted. Add ¼ teaspoon passionate kisses fragrance oil and 1 drop Neon pink FUN liquid soap color. Stir. Pour mixture into medium sized heart mold. Spritz with alcohol to remove air bubbles.
3. Prepare White Heart:
A. Melt 1 cube of Natural Goat’s Milk melt and pour soap in microwave in 15 second increments until completely melted. Add 1/8 teaspoon passionate kisses fragrance oil . Stir. Pour mixture into small sized heart mold. Spritz with alcohol to remove air bubbles.
4. Allow soap to set up. We allow our soap to set up in the refrigerator or freezer so that it releases more easily from the molds. Pop out of molds.
5. Prepare your love messages by printing out the free love messages we provided, laminate them, and carefully cut them out.
6. Place a love message between the large heart and the medium heart.
7. Place white heart on top.
8. Tie ribbon around all three hearts.

Natures Garden Candles and Soaps Supplies

 

Jan
09

Soap Company Interview

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Plott Hollow Farm Interview

Hi, the name of my company is Plott Hollow Farm, named after our 3 faithful Plott Hounds that patrol and protect our stock at night, and who are a never ending source of entertainment and sometimes aggravation.

When we bought our farm our goal was to preserve rare and endangered livestock and poultry. We also wanted a few pet goats. We got Nigerian Dwarf, which are also excellent milkers. I needed an outlet for all the milk so I started experimenting with soap. Then I found the soap guild and started to learn all kinds of wonderful things I could do with soap. I have been at it about a year now and I absolutely love it. I would rather make soap than do anything else. So that is how my soap company, Farm Girl Soap came about. Since I am a farm girl again, (I grew up on a farm) it seem like a good name for the soap. I also run a grooming shop from the farm, but I love the soap and all the soapers. I have never met a soaper yet who was not willing to share information and help in anyway they could, and, I love that about this industry. Everyone is so helpful.

I love the videos and recipes that Natures Garden post and I also love that they post all their test videos on youtube and list the results on their product descriptions. Once again just another example of how helpful a soaper are. Since I hooked up with all the facebook soaps I feel like I have an extended family. If I ever have a question I can get the answer in minutes just by posting it. I do have to admit, I love making soap much more than I like selling it! Selling my soaps and other products has enable us to move our farm forward with our goals. We now have 5 different breeds of chickens with are listed as critically endangered and one breed that is listed as threatened with the American Livestock Conservatory.

We also have just purchase a breeding pair critically endangered French Poitou Donkeys, it is believed that there are less than 400 of these donkeys world wide. Our female is expecting in June. So we are super excited about them. As I move into the new year I hope to see my soap business flourish and develop a larger regular clientele base. I have a plan to have a really nice covered wagon that I hitch my male donkey to and drive to local farmers markets and have the inside of the wagon set up so people can step inside to shop for soap and other bath goodies, of course Mr. donkey will get a lot of publicity and carrots! We love our goats and I love making the soap but it would be super cool to incorporate the donkeys into the soap biz as well. Plus it will give people, especially children a chance to interact with animals they probably would never see other wise and it gives a not of nostalgia to the soap buying process. Thanks for taking the time to read my story!

our web page is http://www.plotthollowfarm.com
Face book http://www.facebook.com/pages/Plott-Hollow-Farm/213677488648748

Jan
07

Free Love Coupons

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We had our graphic artist create these Free Love coupons that you guys are welcome to use.

Print them by visiting the link below:

FREE LOVE COUPONS

 

Deborah Ward

Natures Garden Candle & Soap Supplies

Jan
07

Success with Aromatherapy

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Interview with Jolene From Southern Roots Natural Healing Store & Aromatherapy Shoppe

What’s your name & Your Company Name (Why Did you choose that name?):

Jolene Hull, Owner/Operator of Southern Roots Natural Healing Store & Aromatherapy Shoppe here! 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.

 

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 favorite product or 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

Jan
06

Valentines Day Bouquet

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VALENTINE’S DAY BOUQUET

A fragrant assortment of soap on a stick, aroma buds, and aroma bead ornaments on a stick.

INGREDIENTS:
Aroma Buds (2 dozen total)
Aroma Beads (2 lbs)
Natural Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap
Diamond Dust Mica Pigment
Red Liquid Candle Dye
Neon Pink FUN Liquid Soap Colorant
Victorian Heart Soap Mold
NG Angel Type Fragrance Oil
Fresh Cut Roses Fragrance Oil
Dare to be Sexy Fragrance Oil
Transfer Pipettes
Glass Vase
Kabob Skewers
Babies Breath
Heart Shaped and Cupid Cookie Cutters
Metal Baking sheet that you do not plan to cook food on again
Large Glass Pyrex Measuring Cup with spout
Ribbon for Decorating
Small Paint brush for applying mica pigment

1. Prepare the Aroma Bead Ornaments:
A. Pour ¼ cup Angel Type fragrance oil into the Ziploc bag. Add 3 drops of Red Liquid Spectrum Candle dye. Never use food coloring or soap dyes to color aroma beads. Seal the bag. Gently shake.
B. Pour 1 cup Aroma Beads into the Ziploc bag. You will want to shake the bag until all of the liquid is evenly dispersed among all of the beads. Allow aroma beads to thoroughly absorb fragrance oil (this may take days). Add a
pinch of Diamond Dust mica pigment. This will make your heart ornaments look like rubies.
C. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
D. Place 6-7 metal cookie cutters (hearts and cupid) on the cookie sheet.  Take the prepared aroma beads and carefully fill each cookie cutter approximately 1/4 inch. You will want to spread your prepared aroma beads evenly throughout the cookie cutter.
E. If you would like to have a hole in your air fresheners (for hanging purposes), you will need to use screws/nails. Place a ¼ inch diameter screw/nail head-down in the spot where you want the hole to be located. Leave the
screw/nail in during the whole cooking process.
F. Bake aroma beads in oven for about 5-6 minutes (or until the beads have melted together). It is normal to experience some smoking.
G. When the beads are melted together, remove the cookie sheet from the oven.
H. Allow the air fresheners to cool. Remove the cookie cutter and screw/nail from the air freshener.
I. Carefully peel the air freshener off of the cookie sheet.
J. Poke the pointy end of a kabob skewer into the base of each ready made ornament.
2. Prepare the Aroma Buds:
A. Using a transfer pipette, place 2-3 drops of fresh cut roses fragrance oil on the very tips of the aroma buds. Do not spray aroma buds, and do not place fragrance oil close to the base of the bud, or the petals may fall off.
3. Prepare Victorian Heart Soaps on a Stick:
A. Each block of Natures Garden Natural Goat’s Melt and Pour Soap is perforated into 40 cubes. Each cube is approximately 1 oz. Melt a total of 15 cubes of soap in microwave. Heat the base for 30 seconds at a time until it is
completely melted.
B. Once soap is completely melted, add 4 drops of Neon Pink FUN liquid soap color, plus 1 Tablespoon Dare to Be Sexy Fragrance Oil. Stir.
C. Pour mixture into Victorian heart soap molds. Spritz with some alcohol to remove any air bubbles. We allow our soap to set up in the refrigerator or freezer so that it releases more easily from the molds.
D. Once soap is set up, pop out of molds.
E. Using a small paint brush, apply a small amount of diamond dust mica pigment to the detailed areas of the soap. This will give the soap some bling bling!
F. Poke pointy end of kabob skewer into the base of each of these soaps.
4. Add some unscented aroma beads to your vase before adding your arrangement parts.

Add your aroma buds, aroma bead ornaments on sticks, babies breath, and scented soap on sticks to the vase. Decorate vase by adding a bow.

 

Natures Garden Candles and Soaps Supplies

http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/

Jan
06

Success in Bath and Body

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Interview With Susan

From Frog Garden Crafts

What’s your name & Your Company Name (Why Did you choose that name?):

Susan Pagon,  Frog Garden Crafts, I love and collect Frog stuff so I wanted “Frog” in the name.  I went through a lot of name ideas and everyone liked the “Frog Garden” one.

How did you get into this business?:

I went to massage school, and took the Spa option with my courses and they had an “Aromatherapy” course as a part of it.  I loved it!!  We made lotions, salt scrubs, and all kinds of cool body stuff.  I learned the Therapeutic properties of Essential Oils and really enjoyed making my own blends.  I eventually branched out into soaps and Fragrance Oils, and eventually my friends and family told me I should open an Etsy store.  Now I’m having fun making Bath, Body, & Home products for sale.

What is your favorite part of this business?:

The feedback I get from people who really enjoy my products.  I also love the artistic side of designing different soaps, and I love all the different fragrances to work with out there.  Never ending possibilities.

What’s the most difficult part?

Being able to dedicate enough time to the craft with kids, school, and home life.

What’s your favorite product or aspect of Natures Garden?
The fragrances are so unique and they have an excellent variety to choose from.  I have several NG scents that I couldn’t live without!!  I also love the monthly scent sale.

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

Of course everyone’s goal is to make a living doing what they love, so I guess my goal would be to reach that level in my business.

 

Company Websites

Website: www.froggardencrafts.etsy.com

Facebook:  Frog Garden Crafts