Monthly Archives: July 2013

Jul
30

Best Window Cleaner Ever

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This recipe will amaze you! Using this cleaner will leave you super clean glass with unbelievable shine.

Best Window Cleaner Ever

I stumbled up this recipe from a friend’s post on Facebook.  After reading the short description, I knew I had to give this recipe a try.  My dad has always been very strict when it came to having clean windows.  In his mind, a window should sparkle and gleam.  He was the first person to show me the trick of cleaning windows with old newspaper; a trick of the trade I still use today.  So dad, I dedicate this recipe to you.

If you are looking to have the clearest and the cleanest windows in your neighborhood, this is the do it yourself recipe for you.  Your windows will shine to perfection.

Ingredients and Supplies:
Distilled Water
Vinegar
Arrowroot Powder
Newspaper
Bottle with sprayer
Mixing Bowl
Fork
Funnel

The addition of vinegar to this recipe will remove almost anything off your windows.  The arrowroot powder will give your glass a shine that is unmatched by store bought cleaners.

One of the best ways to clean windows is using old newspaper.  Not only for recycling reasons, but also because newspaper will not leave any paper lint behind like paper towels do.  Plus, newspaper is absorbent so why waste when you do not have to.  As a secondary measure, unused coffee filters will work as well for cleaning windows, without leaving lint behind.

Instructions:

1.  Weigh out 2 cups of distilled water.  If you do not have any distilled water, you can boil tap water on the stove top for 20 minutes to destroy any bacteria.  Although you may use tap water, chances are using tap water for this recipe will leave additional residue on your windows; resulting in streaks.

2.  Once you have the correct amount of water in your mixing bowl, add 1tablespoon Arrowroot Powder.  Stir with a fork until completely incorporated, your mixture will be cloudy.

3.  Next, add the ¼ cup vinegar, stir again.

4.  Then, grab your funnel and pour your glass cleaner into your bottle with sprayer.

5.  Finally, shake your heart out on the spray bottle.  You really want to agitate the liquid so that all the ingredients are equally dispersed.

That is it, it is just that simple.  You will need to shake the solution each time that you go to use it.  You just want to shake long enough to re disperse the arrowroot among the liquid mixture.  If the arrowroot is not shaken, it may clog your sprayer.  If this does occur, simply run hot water over the opening of the nozzle, and this should unclog the buildup.

Using this glass cleaner will give you streak free windows every time!  In fact, we even put this recipe to the test with professionals.  In order to get unbiased reviews we asked 3 different professional cleaners to swipe out their name brand window cleaner with this one.  The results are in, and all three unanimously chose this window cleaner over the brand name.  Some of their reasons included:

“Steak Free the first time, no need to keep wiping.”
“Love how it got everything up and off with just a few squirts.”
“The mirrors have never sparkled like this before.”
“I have got to make this for myself at home, I am going to need this recipe.”
“Wow, I don’t even like cleaning windows, but with this stuff, it’s a breeze!”
“For cost effectiveness and crystal clear windows; this is the route I am taking from here on out.”

Please Note:  This recipe does not include a preservative.  It is NOT intended to be made for resale reasons, we are just sharing a wonderful window cleaner that works every time.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations if applicable. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients. We also do not offer any advice on formulating or altering recipes.

 

Jul
29

What Are Wet Spots in Candles?

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soy464

Using a wax like Golden Foods Soy Wax 464, and a few preventative measures can help eliminate wet spots from your candles.

 

What are Wet Spots in Candles?

The term “wet spots” in candle making refers to the spots or patches in container candles that appear to have air, or a wet spot showing through the glass or transparent container and the candle wax.  Wet spots are extremely common and are one of the most common complaints among candle makers.   However, wet spots will not inhibit the functionality of your candle, just the aesthetic appeal.

What causes Wet Spots?

1.  Pouring hot candle wax into too cold of a container.
2.  Pouring your melted candle wax at a temperature much cooler than what is suggested.
3.  Using a pillar/votive wax for container candles instead of a container wax that is formulated for that purpose.
4.  Cooling your candles too fast; subjecting your candles to an environment which has drafts or is lower than 70-72 degrees.
5.  Pouring candle wax into dirty containers.

How to Avoid Wet Spots?

1.  Try to eliminate or prevent wet spots by thoroughly washing and drying your containers before using.  This will get any dust or debris out that may have fallen into your jars.

2.  Be sure to use a container wax so that your wax adheres properly to your container.  Votive/pillar waxes are not suggested for container candles.  Wax like Golden Foods Soy Wax 464, is a great start.  This type of soy wax has a wonderful adhesion to glass containers, therefore minimizing the chances of getting wet spots.

3.  Heat your jars/containers at the lowest setting on a cookie sheet in the oven for twenty minutes prior to filling them.  This also allows for the candle wax to cool slowly which allows for better adhesion to the container.

4.  Another thing that tends to reduce the occurrence of wet spots is pouring your candles inside the box the candle jars came in.  This helps to insulate your candles while they cool slowly.  Allow your candles to set up at room temperature, in a room that has no drafts.

5.  If you start to see the wet spots taking place as the candle is cooling, this means you should consider increasing your pour temperature.  Testing with a thermometer is key here.  Follow the manufacturer’s recommended pour temperature.

 

Jul
29

Unique Soy Wax Candles

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teachersWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  Melissa Brown and my company name is D~Liteful Creations Candle Co.

I have always enjoyed candles and always bought from big well-known companies but I always seemed to feel I was throwing my money away because the candles would always burn so fast and the scent was never strong enough. One day I decided I was going to do some research and find out how to make candles and what types of wax there was. Then I decided on Soy wax because of all the benefits it has. So I started experimenting and teaching myself all the basics of candle making. I started out with just jar candles only and then started making specialty candles that I love creating and have also moved into body products since my business has grown.  I have been creating my own products since 2010 and it started out as a hobby but has grown into a business that I enjoy and love.

This creation is called “Teachers Have Class”  Back to School.

NG Golden Foods Soy Wax 464
NG Pillar of Bliss Wax for whipped look
NG CD 20 wicks
NG Break Bar Mold for math embed
NG Square Market Mold tray (for decorating and painting to make sign)
McIntosh Apple Fragrance oil

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DLiteful.Creations.Candle.Co

Twitter: www.twitter/DlitefulCreatio

Instagram: www.instagram.com/dlitefulcreations#

Jul
28

How to Properly Exfoliate

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lip scrub

When you are exfoliating your body from head to toe, don’t forget about your lips! Using a lip scrub like Natures Gardens Natural Sugar Lip Scrub will do the trick at leaving your lips completely soft and kissable; to match the rest of your freshly exfoliated body.

 

How to Properly Exfoliate

In order to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant, exfoliation must be done; especially as we age.  The keys to remember here are to have an exfoliating tool like a loofah or wash cloth, your exfoliating scrubs (one for body, one for face) and moisturizer ready.

The best time to start the exfoliation process is before a shower or bath.  By rubbing down your body before getting it wet, you will be able to remove dead skin cells, therefore allowing the new skin cells to be cleaned and pores unclogged.

Never exfoliate if you have skin that is sunburned, areas with cuts, or open wounds.  Exfoliating these areas will be very painful for you.

If you are interested in making some great exfoliants for your skin, check out Natures Garden’s Scrub Recipes for some awesome do it yourself scrubs containing some great exfoliants.

Steps for Exfoliating Your Skin:

1. Using a loofah (for oily skin), wash cloth (for sensitive skin), exfoliating gloves (for normal skin), or bath pouf; wipe your body down from head to toe.  This should occur before you step into your shower or bath.  The goal of this step is to remove or loosen any dead skin cell in order to properly exfoliate your skin.  In order to properly exfoliate the soles of your feet, you may want to use a pumice stone since typically the skin here is much harder.  This is done in a circular motion, and be careful not to press to hardly.

2.  Next, step into the tub and wet your body.

3.  Then, apply your exfoliating body wash or scrub to your exfoliating medium (loofah, cloth, gloves, etc).  When you are ready to start washing your body, you will want to do this is a small circular motion.  Although it is not necessary, using a body brush is the easiest way to exfoliate those hard to reach places of your body.  If you are exfoliating your face too, make sure you use a facial exfoliant.  Body exfoliants and facial exfoliants vary in the amount of gentleness for your skin.

4.  When you are ready to rinse, use lukewarm water.  Once all of the cleanser/lather is rinsed off, you will want to do one more final rinse with the coldest temperature water that you can take.  Using the cold water will help to close your pores that were just exfoliated.

5.  Finally, step out of the tub and immediately apply your body lotion.  You still want your skin to be damp.  Since you just exfoliated, you will want to make sure it is a moisturizing lotion.  Since exfoliating your body can be drying process, you want to make sure you are allowing your skin to stay healthy and hydrated.

A great body lotion recipe which is very healthy for your skin is Natures Gardens Shea Lotion with Herbal Infusion.  The herbs used in this recipe are rich in skin loving benefits.

One of the best facial cream recipes is Natures Gardens Natural Facial Night Cream.  This cream also has super nutrient herbs that are wonderfully healthy for your face.

Happy Exfoliating!

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations if applicable. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients. We also do not offer any advice on formulating or altering recipes.

Jul
28

Bergamot & Tarragon Leaves Fragrance Oil

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Bergamot & Tarragon Leaves Fragrance Oils

Bergamot & Tarragon Leaves Fragrance Oil is a Natures Garden Original as well as a Best Selling fragrance. This fragrance oil is a great spa-like scent that will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized with a unique combination of citrus and herb.

 

Bergamot & Tarragon Leaves Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

You will want to liven up your product line with this unique fragrance.  The combination of energizing and uplifting citrus coupled with the down to earth notes of oakmoss and bamboo, leave you wanting to do nothing more than to keep smelling it over and over again.  This unique crisp scent is one that should not get lost in the mix.  This fragrance oil was also included in our Fan Favorite Fragrance Oils.

What does Bergamot & Tarragon Leaves Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Natures Garden Bergamot & Tarragon Leaves Fragrance:  A truly spectacular spa-like fragrance with top notes of tarragon leaves, grapefruit, and lime; followed by middle notes of bergamot and jasmine; well rounded with base notes of oakmoss and bamboo.

How Do Our Customers Use Bergamot & Tarragon Leaves Fragrance Oil?

For candles, tarts and air fresheners; Bergamot & Tarragon Leaves Fragrance Oil performed perfectly in 100% soy, Gel, Wow, Joy, and Ecosoya waxes.  This fragrance oil has an excellent scent throw in all waxes and considered a favorite among many of our wax crafters.  This fragrance performs extremely well in aroma beads.

On the bath and body end, this fragrance is a favorite.  The usage percent for Bergamot & Tarragon Leaves Fragrance Oil is 5%, and is used to make:  cupcake bath bombs, shower gels, goat’s milk m&p soaps, glycerin soap, homemade lotions, bubble baths, shampoo, and bubble bombs; just to name a few.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance oil received awesome reviews.   Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration.  No discoloration.  Scent holds well.  In fact, one of the reviews stated, “CP soaped and had enough time for a swirl. The scent does NOT fade like a lot of citrusy scents do.”

If you are looking for an amazing project using Natures Gardens Bergamot & Tarragon Leaves Fragrance Oil, check out Natures Gardens free recipe for the Bergamot & Tarragon Hair Conditioner Recipe.   FYI- this is the best hair conditioner ever!

Jul
26

Why You Exfoliate Your Skin

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deadfine

Not only can Dead Sea Salt be used to decorate the tops of soap but it also provides gentle exfoliation.

 

Why You Exfoliate Your Skin

Everyone knows the purpose and functions of the major organs in the human body, but many overlook one of the most important organs we have: our skin.  The human body’s skin is actually the largest organ of the body.  The total surface area on average for adults is about 22 square feet, and can weigh up to 8 pounds.  Now that is a whole lot of skin to love.

Our body’s skin is constructed of several layers of ectodermic tissue.  This tissue’s main purpose is to protect the muscles, organs, ligaments, and bones underneath it.  Skin, however also has a purpose to protect the body on the outside too.  Most notably our skin allows for our sense of touch.  Thousands of nerve endings in each square inch of our skin allow for the gentlest of caresses to be felt.  Our skin also works as an impenetrable defensive wall protecting our bodies from harmful pathogens and pollution from the outside world.  It has the capability to control our body’s temperature both preserving heat to increase body temperature as well as radiating heat to cool down the body.  Our skin is even water resistant preventing any precious nutrients from being washed down the drain.

One of the greatest aspects of our skin is that it is forever changing.  Typically speaking for adults our skin completely replaces itself in a cycle running approximately every 30 days or so.  In fact, every single day that you are alive, your skin is shedding off dead skin cells, which then allows for new skin cells to take their place.  What this means for your appearance is more youthful and smoother looking skin if you know what to do.  If not handled correctly, you are looking at skin that is dull, uneven, blemished, and prone to wrinkles.

But, what do you do?  This is where exfoliation comes into play.  Exfoliation is the process of shedding off the outmost layer of dead skin cells from your body.  This is done so that the new skin cells can replace the dead ones.  After exfoliation, it is also prime time to treat your skin with moisturizers or toners.  Hello younger looking skin!

How Do You Exfoliate?

Exfoliation can be done in two different ways, the physical (or mechanical)- removing the dead skin by friction, and chemical- removing the dead skin by dissolving it.  For this blog post, we will be focusing on physical exfoliates.  The most notable of this form is scrubs.  The exfoliating aspect in homemade scrubs is usually in sugar, salt, cornmeal,  oatmeal, or other herbal form.  These substances when used in a skin treatment are safe and effective ways to remove dead skin cells, to make way for the new.

Usually, unless advised differently, exfoliants can be used once to twice a week during your normal washing routine if you have dry or sensitive skin, and for those that have oily skin, two to four times a week.  Regardless of your skin type, immediately stop exfoliating if your skin becomes irritated or a rash develops.

What Items that Make Great Exfoliants?

Ground up Oatmeal (rich in vitamins B and E)-  Oatmeal is a scrub leader because it titters the line of abrasion (because it removes dead skin cells by friction) but also is gentle enough for sensitive skin types.  Since oatmeal is soft, it does not have the rough jagged edges of an exfoliant like fruit pits or seeds so it will not irritate, making it use full body from head to toe.

Dead Sea Salt- High Mineral Content-  Dead sea salt contains essential minerals that are beneficial to the skin.  The addition of dead sea salt in your products will help draw out impurities in your skin, as well as provide gentle exfoliation to your skin.

Poppy Seed-  Poppy Seed can be used in soap, scrubs, and facial masks to add natural exfoliation.

Yogurt- yogurt contains lactic acid.  Lactic acid has alpha hydroxyl acid in it.  This acid is the same acid that is used as a chemical exfoliates.  When combined with other ingredients, yogurt in skin treatments allows for skin smoothening.  When used on a regular basis, yogurt rids your body of dry, rough patches.

Calendula PowderCalendula is used to help soften skin, and reduce inflammation.

Rosehip Powder-  Rosehips are the fruit of wild roses.  They contain high levels of vitamin C, in addition to vitamins E, A, and D.  Rosehips are used in skincare for its high level of antioxidants and anti-aging properties.

Cosmetic Clays-  These clays provide for gentle cleansing and gentle exfoliation.

Oat straw Green Powder-  Oat straw has long been used in skin, hair, and nail care recipes for its rejuvenating and softening qualities.

Orange Peel Powder-  Orange peel is loaded with nutrients for your skin: Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Vitamin B1, beta-carotene, and numerous other vitamins and minerals. Due to its high flavonoid content, orange peel acts as an anti-microbial and anti-bacterial agent in skincare products.

Adding any one of these natural exfoliants to your bath and body lines will provide not only the removal of the dead skin cells, but also give your skin the healthy benefits of the herbs in use.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations if applicable. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients. We also do not offer any advice on formulating or altering recipes.

Jul
26

Saffron & Cedar Fragrance Oil

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This complex woodsy scent, is one that is definitely a great addition to any product line.

 

Saffron & Cedar Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Natures Gardens Saffron and Cedar Fragrance oil is a deep woody fragrance oil that makes for a perfect male scent.  However, do not lock this fragrance oil in as only a male scent, there are enchanting elements of notes in this fragrance that dual well as unisex.  The spicy kick makes this fragrance oil very appealing, a perfect scent for the 2013/2014 Fall and Winter Fragrance Trend.

What does Saffron & Cedar Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

A wonderful arrangement of fresh-cut cedar trees surrounded by saffron spice, violet, and geranium; all sitting on base notes of vetiver and warm musk.

How Do Our Customers Use Saffron & Cedar Fragrance Oil?

For those of you that are home scents and candle crafters; our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy, pillar, ecosoya, WOW and Joy wax candles.  This scent is amazingly strong.  Some of our customers even make incense and cones.  Saffron & Cedar fragrance oil creates awesome aroma beads too.

On the bath and body end, there is quite a variety to choose from.  The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5%, and is used to make:  Melt and pour soaps, body butters, homemade lotions, after shave butters, shower gels, cologne, body splashes, and lotions bars.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, here are the official results:  Some acceleration.  No discoloration.  Scent is strong.

Jul
25

New Fragrance Oils at Natures Garden

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Natures Gardens Pumpkin Roll Fragrance Oil is just one of the seven new fragrance oils recently added to the fragrance family at Natures Garden.

 

Natures Garden has some super wonderful news to share.  Recently, we have added 7 more fabulously fun, knock your socks off, awesomely amazing fragrance oils to the fragrance line.  The arrival of these new fragrance oils have been long anticipated.

Now is the perfect time to start thinking about possibly adding these new fragrances to your fall and winter product lines; that is if you have not already.  For a peak at the trends for this year’s fall and winter lines, check out Fragrance Trends Fall Winter 2013-2014.

So, because I know the anticipation is building to an extreme level, here are the latest and greatest additions to the Natures Garden’s Fragrance Family!

Natures Garden Peppermint Fluff Fragrance Oil: A fun, fluffy aroma that embraces lightheartedness and femininity all in one!  A fabulous blend of fresh essential oil of peppermint and huckleberries, hints of violet and white florals, with creamy base notes of vanilla marshmallow. Due to the peppermint essential oil in this blend, your skin will be provided with a slight cool sensation when using in soap or bath products.  Very fun!

Natures Garden KringleBerry Fragrance Oil:  An NG Original!  A very-merry-festive fragrance with the aroma of fresh cut evergreens, and juicy apples,  delicate white winter florals, sprigs of bright-and-cheery hollyberry, and fruity cranberries and red currants.

Natures Garden Pumpkin Roll Fragrance Oil: Comfort food at its best.  Sweet sugar pumpkin puree spiced with hints of cinnamon, and nutmeg layered onto a warm, sweet-butter crust, drizzled with maple and honey. Yummy.

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Natures Garden Lime Basil Mango Fragrance Oil is a phenomenal citrus fragrance that would make a great addition to your year round fragrance oils.

Natures Garden Caramelized Crimson Pear Fragrance Oil: NG Original Scent! Juicy, ripe crimson pears sprinkled in caramelized brown sugar with fresh churned maple butter, drizzled with honey and vanilla creates the recipe for this decadent blend.

Natures Garden’s Jammin’ Rock Candy Fragrance Oil:  An NG ORIGINAL!  An explosive blend of the sweet jammin’ berry trio of juicy ripe cherries, strawberries, and raspberries harmonized with hints of tangy citrus brought together by icy peppermint and sugary hard rock candy.  This fragrance truly “Rocks the House”.

Natures Garden’s Sweet Tea Zing Fragrance Oil: An NG ORIGINAL!  The perfect summer afternoon starts with the relaxing indulgence of sipping sweet tea with a zest of lemon, drops of honey nectar with the extra zing of cardamom.

Natures Garden’s Lime Basil Mango Fragrance Oil:  A sweet and tangy, summer citrus blend of exotic kaffir lime mixed with crisp basil and juicy mangos.

With all of these new absolutely wonderful fragrances now available, stop denying yourself the pleasure of helping them fulfill their destinies to scent your beautiful hand crafted products.  For a list of all the other fragrances available at Natures Garden please check out our complete fragrance oils list.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Jul
25

Best Homemade Treatments for Oily Skin

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Did you know that you can make several facial treatments right at home? Used regularly, these facial treatments will leave you with glowing, soft, healthy skin.

 

Best Homemade Treatments for Oily Skin

Oily facial skin can be quite a feat to battle each day.  Due to the overactive oil glands in the skin, it seems as though your oil supply will never end.  But remember before you go condemning your face.  It is the same oil glands that supply your face with the supple young look that everyone compliments on.

There are countless herbs and home remedies that you can use to help manage your complexion.  Here is a list of some of the herbs that you can use and why they are so awesome for your skin!

First and foremost- Rose Petals:  Spoiler alert- receiving roses from that special someone is great, but using rose petals as an ingredient on your skin is even better for you!  This should come as no surprise; rose petals are in many personal care products, and there is a reason for this!  Products that contain roses (aka rose petals) work as great tonics for the skin.

Since, logically speaking our skin is aging and maturing each day, you can use rose water tonic to help aid your facial skin.  Why you ask?  Well, rose petals contain Vitamin C which is good for the skin.  It also has the wonderful ability of re hydrating your skin, as well as helps to soothe irritated skin.  Ha, look at that… roses literally help irritated wives and irritated skin.  Bonus!

Chamomile:  This amazing herb is completely soothing for all skin types.  Using Chamomile in your facial treatment regime will not only soften the skin, but also helps wrinkles and stretch marks.  The aftereffects of using chamomile will allow your skin to glow with radiance.  You can also use chamomile infused water to make eye compress.   Using this compress will reduce redness and puffiness.

Chamomile contains Bisabolol.  This natural alcohol is the anti “KING” of skin healing; anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, and anti-microbial.

Recipe for Chamomile Apple Facial:  This facial cleanser works great to remove dirt, debris, and dead skin cells.

1.  Cut 1 apple into slices, remove seeds and stem.
2.  Puree apple slices into a liquid like form.  Add ½ ounce chamomile flowers to apple.  Add 1 teaspoon honey and stir all ingredients together.
3.  Sprinkle in small amounts of fine, raw oatmeal.  Stir this together and repeat adding oatmeal until you have a smooth constant consistency.
4.  Avoiding your eyes and mouth, appeal the mixture to your face.  Let the mixture set for 5 minutes.
5.  Rinse facial off with warm water.  Pat face dry.
6.  Optional:  You can complete the facial by using a toner once your face has dried.

Besides facials, people with oily skin can also benefit from steam treatments.  Here is the recipe for an awesome herbal steam treatment.

Lemongrass (astringent) with Lavender (soothing, antiseptic and normalizes):

Using a homemade herbal steam facial once or twice a week can help you balance and tone your facial skin.  The dirt and excess oil of your facial skin can be released from your pores by using the steam from an herbal stream treatment. What is great about the addition of herbs is the balancing and toning properties, as well as cleansing.  Since when you use a steam treatment, your pores are temporarily opened, these properties are quickly absorbed into the skin.

Recipe for Herbal Steam Facial:

1.  Simmer 4 cups of water with 2 Tablespoons of dried lavender and 2 Tablespoons Lemongrass on the stove top.
2.  Next, pour the water and herbs into a large glass bowl.
3.  Place a towel over your head and put your face into the steam coming off of the bowl.  Stay over the stream with your eyes closed.  Do this for about 10 minutes.
4.  When 10 minutes has expired, rinse your face with cool water.  Let your face air dry.

Rosemary:  A natural astringent that aids in toning oily skin, this is a key herb to use.  By infusing this ingredient into hot water, you can make a facial toner that will leave your face feeling clean.  Store any leftover rosemary toner in the fridge.

Other great herbs to use for treating oily skin are:

Comfrey:  Comfrey contains allantoin.  This protein quickens cell renewal.

Elderflower:  This herb is great for smoothing out wrinkles, soothing sunburn, and can even fade freckles and mother’s masks.

If you would like the benefits of any combination of these herbs without necessarily wanting to make a facial product, you have the option of a “facial free for all”.  In a teabag, using any, all, or some of the herbs, place several tablespoons of the herb/herb mixture into the teabag and tie shut.  Then, next time you shower, place one or two of the filled tea bags in the bottom of the shower.  The hot water from the shower will soak the herbs; and the steam of the shower will cleanse your skin.  And, since the average shower takes 10-15 minutes, it is the perfect time allotment and your skin will never feel better.

If oily skin is not your facial skin type, be on the lookout.  In a future blog post, we will be featuring Best Homemade Treatments for Dry Skin.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

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Ginger Lime Fragrance Oil

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Ginger Lime Fragrance Oil

This combination fresh scent of ginger and lime is the perfect addition to any spring or summer fragrance line.

 

Ginger Lime Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Standing out in a fragrance oil line of over 800, this scent is turning many heads.  According to Natures Gardens Trend Report for 2013, this fall and winter customers will be wanting those fragrance notes with the surprise twist.  With citrus type fragrance oils all the buzz right now, Ginger Lime fragrance oil is a revitalizing fragrance for hotter months and will soon to be a most wanted citrus scent for your fall and winter lines too.  The clean fresh twist of lemon and lime coupled with ginger leaves this fragrance oil getting rave reviews from our customers.

What does Ginger Lime Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

A bright and zesty lemon-lime blend combines with the warm and comforting notes of honeyed ginger for a sophisticated twist on a refreshingly clean combination.

How Do Our Customers Use Ginger Lime Fragrance Oil?

This fragrance was in our VIP testing program and given a 2 thumbs up by customers!

For candles, tarts and air fresheners, Ginger Lime Fragrance Oil performed perfectly in Wow, Joy, and Ecosoya waxes.  This fragrance oil also has a very nice, strong hot throw from soy waxes.

On the bath and body end, this fragrance passes with flying colors.  The usage percent Ginger Lime Fragrance Oil is 5%, and is used to make:  bath bombs, shower gels, melt and pour soaps, body butters, homemade lotions, bubble baths, lotions bars, and bubble bombs.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance received awesome reviews.   Here are the official results:  Perfect pour.  No acceleration, no ricing, no separation.  Discolors to a brown sugar color.  Absolutely amazing scent!