Archive for July, 2013

What are Jump Lines in Candles?

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
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We tried numerous times to recreate jump lines, however because of our flaming awesomeness, every candle was jump-line-less. So, we had to find a stock photo that best represents jump lines.

What are Jump Lines in Candles

Jump lines are the visible horizontal rings that occur on the sides of your candles.  These lines look like ridges and prevent your candle from having a smooth finish.  Ideally, to have a perfect candle pour, your candle wax will still be in a complete liquid state once it has been poured into your container/pillar.  This is the best shot you can give your candle to completely and uniformly cool naturally, therefore decreasing your chances of getting jump lines.  All candle wax has to conform to the sides of the container/pillar mold at the same rate of time.  This provides for the smooth finish of a candle.

In candle making when you are pouring the hot wax, it will begin to cool as soon as it hits the jar.  As this happens, you will visibly be able to see wax layers materialize.  If you do not pour quickly enough, the wax will naturally start to harden and stick to the wall of the container/ pillar mold.  Since the temperature of the jar stays consistent, there is no heat source to re-melt the wall portion, therefore showing each line of cooled wax aka jump lines. 

How do you prevent jump lines from occurring?

Jump lines can occur for several reasons, the first of which is intentionally.  Jump lines can also be created on purpose to give candles a textured look.  Since jump lines are an aesthetic thing, they do not have any kind of effect on the candles burn or scent throw. 

One of the first things as a preventative measure that you can do is pour your wax at the correct temperature.  You can do this by using a candy thermometer.  You may have to increase your pouring temperature to adjust for jump lines.  This is where testing and note taking will come into play.  As always, it is of the utmost importance for candle making that your jars and/or pillars are room temperature.  The second measure you can take is to heat your jars at the lowest setting on a cookie sheet in the oven for twenty minutes prior to filling them.

Another important factor in combating jump lines is your pouring rate.  Obviously, you do not want to pour fast, this will result in wax splashing everywhere.  And, adversely, you do not want to pour so slowly that you can actually see the jump lines establishing themselves in the candle.  Find your pouring medium.  If you are seeking a fool proof way to prevent jump lines from the pouring stage, try counting seconds or singing a lyric of a song.  These tricks will help you stay uniform with your pour.

How to correct jump lines?

Although all of the steps mentioned earlier are great ways to prevent jump lines, once they have occurred in your candles you really only have a one option.  Using a heat gun or hair dryer to heat the outside of the candle will remelt the outside layer of the wax, this will mask the jump lines from visible view, but once again, jump lines have no direct effect on a candle.

Butt Naked Fragrance Oil

Monday, July 15th, 2013
Butt Naked Fragrance Oil

Butt Naked Fragrance Oil is one of the best selling fragrance oils in the Natures Garden fragrance family. Many of our customers say it is one fragrance oil they can not keep in stock!

Butt Naked Fragrance Oil

Butt Naked Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Everybody needs a vacation now and then.  With one whiff of this fragrance oil, and you will feel like you are there; your perfect vacation spot complete with a fruity drink in your hand.  Please do not let the name fool you.  This fragrance oil has quite the criteria, it was a highly requested one by customers; it is top notch, and a best seller.   A great scent for both men and women; with Butt Naked fragrance oil in your corner your homemade products will certainly be head turners to your clientele.

What does Butt Naked Smell Like?

This fragrance has the tantalizing base note medley of granny smith apples and honeydew melon, middle notes of strawberries and pears, with hints of spice.

How Do Our Customers Use Butt Naked Fragrance Oil?

Butt Naked Fragrance Oil is considered to be a MUST HAVE fragrance by many of our customers. 

For those of you that are candle crafters; our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy, pillar, ecosoya, and Joy wax candles.  The scent is amazing.  Some of our customers even use Butt Naked Fragrance Oil in their oil burners and also make aroma beads with it too.

On the bath and body end, the possibilities for this fragrance oil are endless.  The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5%, and is used to make:  Melt and pour soaps, body butters, homemade lotions, bath melts, shower gels, perfume oils, body splashes, lotions bars, and bath bombs.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance received awesome reviews, but this fragrance oil will discolor.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, hot gel has slight oil scent, soap at cooler temperatures, do not insulate, no ricing, no acceleration, discolors to a chocolate.

Where Can I Buy Cosmetic Supplies

Monday, July 15th, 2013
Cosmetic Kit

Natures Garden offers several different cosmetic kits ranging from body butters, to conditioners, to lip balms. Each kit provides all of the ingredients and items you need to make you own cosmetics!

Where Can I Buy Cosmetic Supplies

As the natural market continues to grow, there are also more and more people out there who are opting to “make their own” household products and natural cosmetics.  While natural cosmetic companies continue to promote the idea of “natural” to their customers, some companies have finally picked up on the fact that most of these handcrafted, natural cosmetics actually benefit the skin much better than their store bought counterparts.  In fact, I am willing to place a bet that our natural hair conditioner recipe, and emulsified sugar scrub recipes will out perform any similar store bought versions.  My point is:  If you are not making your own cosmetics, or buying handcrafted cosmetics, you skin is really missing out on the fabulous benefits of these products.

When we use the term Cosmetics Supplies, we are referring to all of the ingredients needed to create cosmetics as defined according to the FDA (Federal Food & Drug Administration).  The FDA defines cosmetics according to the cosmetics intended use.  The term cosmetics refers to items that can be put on the body in various applications to promote attractiveness (example lotions), clean or cleanse (examples bath gel, shampoos, conditioners), and alter appearance (example make-up, ).  So, as you can see, contrary to common belief, cosmetic items contain quite an array of products.

Natures Garden Candle and Soap Supply carries a nice variety of ingredients to get you started in making your own homemade cosmetics.  We have cosmetic supplies including fragrance oils, emulsifying waxes, natural butters, cosmetic clays, herbs and spices, cosmetic colorants, and even preservatives to ensure your cosmetics will stay bacteria free.  Natures Garden even has unscented bases where you can use the base as is or scent and color it to you liking, adding your own personal touch.

Providing cosmetic making supplies to everyone; we have a vast array of customers including hobbyists and small business owners.  But, if you are still undecided and looking for a place to start, check out Natures Garden Cosmetic Kits.  These kits provide everything that you will need to create the cosmetic, and they make perfect gifts too.  However, if you already are into cosmetic making, Natures Garden has free cosmetic recipes and classes.  There you will find recipes to make cosmetics and great information in the classes.  One of our favorites recipes involves using herbs to color your cosmetics naturally.

If you are in the market for high quality cosmetic making supplies, Natures Garden is your go to wholesale priced supplier.

How to Make Homemade Dryer Balls

Saturday, July 13th, 2013
Laundromat Fragrance Oil

I know that monsters do not exist. However, when it comes to the dryer monster; you know the one with the insatiable appetite for socks; there I may have to beg to differ.

How to Make Homemade Dryer Balls

It has long boggled the mind of many launderers through the years.  How can two socks go into the dryer and only 1 come out?  What happened to the other sock?  Where could my other sock have possibly gone?

These are all great unanswered questions of the universe.  I don’t know why, but I hold on to the single mate less sock.  In fact, I have a box where all of the heart broken socks stay; waiting for their mates to come home, longing to be a pair again.  I know I personify the socks, they really do not have feelings, but I feel bad for them.  Their purpose in life is now over.  They will no longer work as a team to keep my feet warm and comfy.  Their future cut short, and they sit there in my dark, lonely basement.  Poor things; I place the blame on the dryer monster.

So, what to do?  Throughout the years, I have accumulated quite the amount.  We have made sock puppets, used them to clean, and even salvaged some in what I refer to as a loose pair; technically they are not paired, but they look close enough.  But, one thing is for sure; I will not throw them away.  I am far too frugal for this.

Still, the single socks keep showing up in the masses, and I needed a better game plan.  It was then that I figured why not make dryer balls out of them.  I have since started using my matchless socks in a brand new way therefore making me feel better and also making my laundry smell the best it ever has.

I figured this would be an excellent post to share because I know that there are millions of unmatched socks out there desperately waiting to be used again.

Ingredients you will need:
Socks- heavy duty socks work best
Flaxseed- the use of flaxseed adds weight to the dryer ball.  This then allows for a nice fluff in your laundry.
Dried Herbs- I will list some great herbs for this a little later.
Fragrance Oil- I will also suggest some killer laundry scents a little later as well.

Prior to starting this project, you will want to prep the filler for the dryer balls.  In a bowl that will not be used again for food, place your dried herbs, flaxseed, and 20 drops fragrance oil.  You want your mixture to be equal portions of flaxseed to dried herbs.  Let this mixture sit and absorb.  Occasionally use a spoon to give all the herbs a chance to absorb the fragrance oil.

Step 1:  Take the socks and cut the cuff off.  Any size cuff will work; it will only vary the size of your dryer ball.  You will only be using this elastic portion of the sock.  The likelihood of holes and give on this section of the sock is least diminished from use.  Please Note:  Any holes or tears deem the sock unusable for this project; save these ones for cleaning.

Step 2:  Once you have all of the cuffs cut, turn them all inside out.  Using a needle and thread, sew one of the openings completely shut.  I suggest a double stitch to make sure the dryer ball does not reopen.  Once one end of the sock is sewed shut, turn the sock back to right side out.

Step 3:  Fill the sock with the now fragrant dried herb/flaxseed mixture.  Be extremely careful not to spill the mixture out once the sock is filled.  You will want to leave about ½” open from the top to sew the dryer ball shut.

Step 4:  It is time to sew again.  Suggestion tip:  A double stitch is the way to go.

Step 5:  You are ready to use!  Just pop one of these little babies in the dryer with your wet load.  When you laundry load is finished, your clothes will just have the most amazing scent to them, and they will have quite a fluff to them too.

That’s it.  Total time to craft this project is about 20 minutes.  Now, as promised here are the herbs that work best for your dryer ball filler.

Great Herbs to use for a phenomenal dyer ball- use one or several it is all up to you!  Please note: not adding fragrance to your dryer ball is an option however, this will allow for a single use scenting only based on the herb selected for use.

Calendula Flowers
Chamomile Flowers
Dandelion Leaf cut & sifted
Elder Flowers
Lavender Flowers
Patchouli Herb
Peppermint Leaf
Red Clover Blossoms
Rose Buds & Petals
Rose Petals
Rosemary Leaf
Sage Leaf
Spearmint Leaf
Strawberry Leaf
*Cloves (this will have a strong scent on its own, using this herb will affect the overall scent if mixed with a fragrance oil)
*Anise Stars (this will have a strong scent on its own, using this herb will affect the overall scent if mixed with a fragrance oil)

Suggestions for fragrance oils to use with dryer ball-  Please note:  any fragrance oil will work to scent your laundry, these are just suggestions of our laundry scents.

Clean Cotton Type Fragrance Oil
Clean Type Fragrance Oil
Country Clothesline Fragrance Oil
Fresh Linen Fragrance Oil
Laundromat Fragrance Oil
Linen Breeze Fragrance Oil
NG Aloe & White Lilac Fragrance Oil
NG Apple Mango Tango Fragrance Oil
NG April Clean Fragrance Oil
NG Cashmere & Silk Type Fragrance Oil
NG Clean Breeze Type Fragrance Oil
NG Island Fresh (Gain) Type Fragrance Oil
NG Magnolia & Orange Blossom Type Fragrance Oil
NG Morning Glory & Honeysuckle Type Fragrance Oil
NG Mountain Fresh Fragrance Oil
NG Rose & Violet Type Fragrance Oil
NG Tahitian Waterfall Type Fragrance Oil
NG Vanilla Lavender Type Fragrance Oil
NG Water Lily & Jasmine Type Fragrance Oil
Snuggable Fragrance Oil

I don’t know about you; but this maybe the first time in my adult life… I am excited to do Laundry!

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.

Natural Spider Deterrents

Saturday, July 13th, 2013
House Spider

Let me be honest with you, I do not like uninvited guests residing in my home. This is particularly true when it comes to insects but even more specifically spiders.

Natural Spider Deterrents- Make your Own

I know that the species of spiders is very beneficial for the world.  The majority of spiders are harmless.  They eat tons of insects.  In fact they are the most dominant predators on the planet, and do a great job at keeping the insect population under control.

Their webbing that they spin is one of the strongest materials in existence.  This webbing or silk even bets out Kevlar (the material in bullet proof vests) in strength.   Researchers and Scientists are still trying to replicate the spider’s silk on a molecular level in hopes of being able to recreate it for huge medical and safety advancements.

And, when it comes to importance of spiders, it has to be mentioned that no one should ever forget Charlotte’s web reminding us always to stay “humble”.

But, even though I know all of this; it doesn’t seem to make a difference when I see one crawling down the wall, or dropping from the ceiling.  They just freak me out.  I think it is the eyes, and probably all of the horror movies I have seen with them too.  Who knows, maybe it is just a girl thing.  But, one thing is for sure, I would prefer that they would not be in my house.  So, what to do… research of course and find ways to ensure that I am not allowing a spider breeding ground where I reside.

Not going the traditional pesticide route because I have small children and a zoo of pets, I stumbled upon a couple of great ways to reduce the amount of spiders in my home.  I figured since spiders typically scare others too, I would share this information with all of you as well.

One of the first steps in keeping a spider free home is to keep it tidy.  Spiders love clutter.  Clutter allows ample hiding places for them.  Spiders typically like to live in your homes crevices, corners, and lesser manned areas of your home such as under the beds, closets, basements, attics, and garages.  By keeping a tidy house, you are eliminating their hiding places.

If possible, keep all vegetation around your house such as trees and bushes, cut and trimmed.  Spiders love to live in plants and ivy vines, but this beautiful vegetation can turn into a spider haven.  If you are able to move any potted plants away from doorways and entrances, this also moves the spiders away.  Another tip is to keep your lawn mowed and maintained.

Where ever there is spider food; there will be spiders.  So, by the same logic, if there is no food source available, the spiders will move on.  This becomes important in the case of trash cans and flies.  Spiders love flies, and flies love trash.  If possible consider moving your trash cans in the opposite direction from your home’s entrance.  This will lessen the chance of a spider entering your home when the temperature outside changes and they are seeking out warmth.  The same logic applies if you leave outside lights on.  Lights attract insects, especially at night.  Nobody wants a beacon of light showcasing your home as the hip place for insects to be; it is best to turn these lights off at night.  However, if you have an outside night light that stays on for safety reasons, you may want to consider switching the light bulb to a sodium vapor light.  These types of lights do not attract insects like regular lights do.

When it comes to precautions with insects inside the home, anytime there is left out food, insects like ants and flies are attracted.  By covering the leftovers and wiping off counters and prep space, you are lessening the chance that insects will be attracted to the scent of human food.  Vacuuming your house daily also reduces the crumbs we leave behind that attract insects.   The key to remember is no insect food source equals no spiders.

As a final precaution, seal any cracks that may lead indoors.  Pay close attention to your windows and doorways.  A sealed house is a spider free house.

Now, there are also some natural deterrents that you can use to make your home less inviting to spiders.  As with anything you are trying for the first time, you will want to test patch first in a small inconspicuous area of your home.  You do not want to ruin any surfaces or fabrics of your home.

Spraying your home’s entrances, window frames, and any cracks with certain essential oils deters spiders away.  These oils are best made with a measurement of 2 tsp of essential oils to 1 cup water.  Adding a few drops of dish detergent allows for a consistent solution so the essential oils just don’t sit on the top of the water.   Simply combine the three ingredients in a spray bottle, give it a nice hearty shake and spray away.

The essential oils that work best are:

oranOrange Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Neem Oil
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Tea Tree Essential Oil

If you do not prefer the spray bottle method, you may want to use the mixture on a cotton ball.  Then, simply place the cotton ball in corners, crevices, or notorious spider hang outs of your home to deter spiders from taking in residence there.  Just remember to test first.

 

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.

Fragrance Oils Customer Favorites

Friday, July 12th, 2013

300x300customer favoritesFragrance Oils – Customer Favorites

When you are working in this industry regardless of whether you are making candles, room fresheners, soaps, or bath and body products; one thing is for certain:  the fragrance oils that you select to put into your products are very important.  And, when you are looking for that special fragrance oil to use in your recipe, where do you start?  Currently, Natures Garden carries almost 800 different fragrance oils.  So, in order to help you on your quest, we turned to the experts.   Are you curious to know what fragrance oils top the charts?

Well, we recently asked our customers on the Natures Garden Facebook Fan Page what their favorite fragrance oil is that Natures Garden carries.  The results were quite amazing.  Many people not only voted for their favorite fragrance oil, but also included their best selling fragrance oils as well.    Talk about one spectacular blog post here.

So, without further adieu; the results have been tallied and here are the most popular fragrance oils at Natures Garden Candle and Soap Supply.

 

pink sugar  fragrance oil#1  Pink Sugar Fragrance Oil      A Best Seller!  Natures Garden’s rendition of Pink Sugar Type. A fruity blend of cotton candy, lemon drops, caramel and raspberry jam on a dry down of musks.

  What Customers Have To Say: 

“I love this.  We make whipped body butters & whipped sugar scrubs & a customer asked if we could make a butter/scrub in Pink Sugar & I am so happy I picked to order this scent from NG because it is my new favorite!!  The customer that asked for the scent brought me over the Real Pink Sugar perfume & we could not tell the difference.  Great job NG it’s right on!!  Order the biggest bottle guys :)”

“This fragrance is awesome in my candles!  Customers love it with its sweet, cotton candy, warm, subtle aroma.  It has a great hot and cold throw and is a dead on dupe of Aqualina’s Pink Sugar.”

 

black raspberry vanilla fragrance oil
#2  Black Raspberry & Vanilla Fragrance Oil 
    A Best Seller!  An enticing blend of blackberries and raspberries, with middle notes of white floral greenery, and bottom notes of musk and vanilla.  Highly requested fragrance!

  What Customers Have To Say:

“This fragrance is amazing!  It is super easy to CP and the scent just keeps going.  Men and women both like it.”

“This scent smelled so good out of the bottle that I had to use it first.  I make soy wax candles, but this scent alone has me thinking… I pretty much want EVERYTHING to smell like this fragrance.  It’s soft and strong and has a luxurious quality to it.  The scent throw is great in soy wax but like I said, I would expand on it a bit more. It smells like it belongs in perfumes or lotions or soaps.”

bite me fragrance oil
#3  Bite Me Fragrance Oil
   An NG Original Fragrance!  Dracula would fall in love with this fragrance! Fresh citrus notes of lime and orange sparkle with effervescent highlights as they lead to a luscious blend of berry and cherry in this playful scent. Leafy green accents add intensity as a base of vanilla creates sweet tones for the fragrance.

  What Customers Have To Say:

“This scent is fabulous.  I love the little extra “bite” it has to it.  So hard to find a cherry-strong scent that doesn’t smell like medicine.  But Whoa, this scent is take-your-breath-away fantastic.  Works fantastic in everything I have tried it in – lotions, spritz, perfume, tarts.  One of my all time favorites!”

“I took this soap to a party last weekend and passed it around to see if others could “name that smell”. The consensus was “Smarties”! It has a lip lickin” sweetness to it that is dead on to how smarties or sweet tarts smell. This soap immediately sold old.”


df-701#4  Loving Spell Fragrance Oil
     A Best Seller! An absolutely tantalizing fragrance composed of sweet bouquet of mandarin orange, bergamot, and tangerine enhanced by hints of fresh peaches, strawberries, and raspberries on an undertone of white musk. Imaginative and very complex! Compare NG Loving Spell Type fragrance to VS Love Spell.  Natures Garden is in no way affiliated with VS.  Our fragrance is not identical, just similar.

  What Customers Have To Say:

“This smells just like V.S love spell.  Best seller in our whipped body butters & whipped sugar scrubs.  I use to be a customer best customer @ V.S but now Ill never go back!!  Thanks to NG for making a dead on Love Spell FO.  I only wish I knew much, much sooner…Order huge one!!

“I bought this FO for a customer request and she was thrilled! I am not familiar with VS Love Spell, but my customer told me my candles smelled dead-on! She even motioned for her husband to walk over and she held the candle up to his nose (making sure to cover the label so he couldn’t read what fragrance it was) and asked him what it smelled like, and his response was…”Love Spell, my favorite!”

dragons blood fragrance oil
#5  Dragon’s Blood
Fragrance Oil    A Best Seller!  Smells just like the essential oil. Dragon’s blood truly has a smell all its own.

  What Customers Have To Say:

“This is one of the best dragon’s blood scents I have ever smelled in my life! It’s outstanding and very true to its scent! It holds up amazingly in candles (soon to be testing it in CP soap)! I love love LOVE this scent!”

“I made CP soap with this and it was perfect.  I was able to do swirling and multiple colors with ease.  The scent is out of this world amazing.  It is a warm smell with a sweet tinge to it and an air of incense and heady musk.  I liked it so much that I used some in my oil burner too and the house smelled awesome.  A little goes a long way!”

 

The next 5 fragrance oils all tied to fill the top 10 customer favorite fragrance oils.  They are in no particular order.

df-7772Lemon Sugar Fragrance Oil     A Fresh Duplication.  Remember the taste of childhood lemonhead candy? This fragrance takes it up a notch with citrus top notes of real lemon, and warm base notes of vanilla and sugar.

  What Customers Have To Say:

“The lemon in this fragrance really pops!  It behaves very well in CP (did leopard spots with it!), with a very bright and happy fragrance.”

“This scent smells great in every base. A variety of age group customers like this scent. Smells great in Melt and pour bases.”

fresh brewed coffee
Fresh Brewed Coffee Fragrance Oil  
  A Best Seller!  The aroma of strong black fresh brewed Arabica coffee beans. This is our original fresh brewed coffee fragrance.  Coffee fragrances do have base notes of vanilla in them, which may smell somewhat chocolately.

What Customers Have To Say:

“This fragrance smells just like coffee. I got it for my husband who LOVES coffee, and kept after me to make a coffee scented candle. I’m not a coffee drinker myself, so it’s not my favorite scent, but it DOES smell just like the coffee he makes EVERY morning! If you are a coffee lover, this is for you.”

“Great seller for me. Sticks in CP, not strong OOB though. Scent really comes out as it cures.”

 

green apple explosion
Green Apple Explosion Fragrance Oil     An NG Original Fragrance!  We believe we have quite possibly found the “spunkiest” green apple fragrance on earth!  We thought about calling it Granny Smith Apple, but this fragrance deserves a name that “pops” just like its aroma.  Thus, may we present:  Green Apple Explosion! Fragrance.

What Customers Have To Say:

“I had a customer asking for a green apple candle and boy was she beyond pleased with this one. The throw in the soy has been great hot and cold. This is one that I must keep at all times.”

“This is absolutely one of my favs! A top seller for kids soaps as well as melts. This scent is tart but a bit sweet too! Very strong. I will never be without this scent in my inventory! So glad I found it. NEVER GET RID OF THIS SCENT NG !!!”

monkey farts fragrance oil
Monkey Farts Fragrance  
A Best Seller!
 
Oh what a treat! We know you are expecting to read a disgusting description, but this unique complex fragrance is anything but disgusting! This unique fragrance begins with top notes of fresh bananas and juicy grapefruit, middle notes of kiwi, juicy bubblegum, and strawberries; and a hint of vanilla as a base note. Sure to attract new customers!

What Customers Have To Say:

“This is easily the most popular scent of everything I have. It’s requested frequently as much for the name as the scent! The fragrance is bubblegum banana fruity fun and is nice and strong in MP soap, lotion, scrubs, and in soy wax tarts. Great all around scent and a wonderful soap/product to have at a show. Just watch the people giggle and whisper when they notice the name. ;)”

“My #1 all time seller. A+++ in, bubble bars, CP soap, Bath salts, Bath bombs..EVERYTHING. I can’t keep it in stock, no really. Soaps like a dream, scent sticks, easy to color, stays nice and light in color. Even the guy’s love this one. JUST PERFECTION ALL THE WAY. THANK YOU N.G.!”

honey bunny

Honey Bunny Fragrance Oil   Opening with sparkling notes of bergamot, sweet orange, and crisp apple; followed by rich, golden honey nectar, toffee bits, and soft white musk mingling together to create a sweet treat as natural as sunshine.

What Customers Have To Say:

“Can’t get enough of this scent! Spot on dupe for LUSH “Honey I Washed the Kids”. No discoloration or acceleration in CP.”

“I would give this 10 stars if I could! A perfect dupe of Lush’s Honey I Washed The Kids. Did fantastic in Pillar of Bliss wax for tarts, and got a couple drops on my arm and I smelled heavenly all day. Going to order a huge bottle for loofah soaps and other bath and body products.”

To view the full report including all of the customer favorite fragrance oils, be sure to check out Customer Favorite Fragrances 2013 by clicking on the link.

Homemade Soap No More Allergies

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

smelly cat menagerie

I am Victoria Cangelosi, and I’m the owner and SoapMaster-in-Chief of Smelly Cat Soaps.
I am allergic to soap – or so I thought for the first twenty-something years of my life. I would break out in a terrible rash each time I used soap, even the hypoallergenic stuff. I subsisted on exactly one brand of rather boring body wash I found that didn’t cause breakouts like the others.

But each time I entered shops like Lush or Bath and Body Works, I found myself entranced by all the delicious smells. It was a cruel, cruel existence.

One day, I came across a soap mold for sale online that I fell in love with. I was so inspired that I decided I was going buy it and try my hand at making soap. How hard could it be?

At first, my only goal was to create soap that I could use without getting a rash. Much to my delight, I quickly found success. It turns out I am not allergic to soap after all! What I’m allergic to is the preservative that soap companies add to their soaps to prolong their shelf lives.

I shared my newfound love for soapmaking with my family and friends, and showed them what I had made. Several high pitched Ohmygoshes and Thatsadorables later, I realized I may be onto something. I already had one shop on Etsy; I make jewelry and sell it over at www.CrowCanyonJewelry.com. I opened a second shop just for selling the soap, and decided to take custom orders instead of pre-making soap and listing it for sale. It seemed less risky; I didn’t have to buy supplies or make anything until I received an order. And I don’t add any preservatives to my soap.

The name Smelly Cat Soaps is homage to one of my all time favorite television shows, “Friends.” I love when I am selling soap at craft shows and people read my shop name, smile, then start to sing the Smelly Cat song a la Phoebe Buffay. I also love to hear the squeals of excited children as they proudly yell the names of all the little soap animals I have out on my table. “Mommy look, it’s a hedgehog! Mommy Mommy, an elephant! Mommy, she has turtles and puppies” etc.

I am enjoying this business and I love being my own boss. I get to be as creative as I want, and that is AWESOME! I don’t have to answer to anyone but my customers, so if I want to get crazy silly and fun in my automatic “Thanks for your order” message, (hint – it is actually pretty hilarious) there’s no one to tell me I can’t!

Right now, this is just a small business I do on the side. But I believe my soap has the potential to really take off. I love helping customers make bath time fun for their kids, create the perfect gift, or order truly unique wedding or shower favors. Please keep me in mind for all your future soaping needs.

I use a lot of Natures Garden scents in my soaps. You can’t smell them from here, but the soaps in the picture are:

- In the Mood fragrance oil

- Misbehavin fragrance oil

- I’m Too Sexy fragrance oil

- Princess type fragrance oil

- Cashmere type fragrance oil

 

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How to Treat Your Feet for Summer

Thursday, July 11th, 2013
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The perfect kit for anyone who is seeking perfect summertime feet. This kit makes a great gift, but it is also an awesome treat to pamper yourself with.

How to Treat Your Feet for Summer

The one thing that gets me super excited about summer is “flip flop season.”  Living in the great state of Ohio, my flip flops really only get to be show cased for about 3 months.  I am not a huge shoe person, but when it comes to flip flops I have acquired what some would say is an extreme amount.

Is this a problem?  I don’t think so, in my mind I love having flip flops in every color to match my outfits and even some of my flip flops were purchased to match my moods.  They just have the capability to make me happy.  I even have a “flippity flop song” that I sing when I am trying to find a match.  My girls love to chime in too.  It looks like they may be inheriting my passion for flip flops.

When it comes to avid wearers of flip flops, like me, one thing that you have to take seriously is pampering of your feet.  Because wearing flip flops leaves little to the imagination for feet, there is a ton of skin exposed.  But, this is only a problem if you do take the proper precautions.

The skin of the feet actually relies on sweat glands to moisturize itself.  It is not like the skin on the rest of the body that contains oil glands to produce soft and supple skin.  Feet skin is naturally dry.  This however, is only a problem if you do not moisturize your feet regularly, or in some cases have a medical condition.

There are a few steps that you can take to help prevent dry and cracking feet.  They are
Moisturizing
Using a mild bar of soap when bathing
Drinking lots of water

I personally like to lotion after I shower, but occasionally I do take that special step in truly pampering my feet.  I swear by this recipe and love how my feet feel after I am done too.  For any of my true avid flip flop lovers out there, this is a remarkable way treat your feet, especially since they work so hard for you!

This recipe is super easy to make and since it calls for Dead Sea Salt, you now have the added bonus of using an ingredient that naturally draws impurities and toxins from your skin.  Plus, since it is Dead Sea salt (which exfoliates the skin), rubbing this mixture all over your feet will help to remove dead skin cells.

Citrus Peel Salt Scrub Recipe

Here are the ingredients:

1 cup finely ground dead sea salt
1/2 cup fractionated coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
1 teaspoon lemon peel powder
1 teaspoon orange peel powder
20 drops Ruby red grapefruit fragrance oil

Here are the steps:

Clean & Sanitize your work area and all of your packaging materials. It is suggested that you wear gloves, protective clothing, and a hair net while preparing this recipe.

Step 1: Mix 1 cup fine dead sea salt, 1/2 cup fractionated coconut oil, 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil, 1 teaspoon lemon peel powder, and 1 teaspoon orange peel powder.

Step 2: Add 20 drops of Ruby Red Grapefruit Fragrance Oil and mix.

Step 3: Spoon contents into jars and lid.

Your Citrus Peel Salt Scrub is now ready for use.  Not only will your feet look and feel great, they will also smell wonderful too.

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.

How to Work Candy to Your Advantage

Thursday, July 11th, 2013
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Natures Garden’s Bogeyman Fragrance Oil is a great candy scent to add to your line. How sweet your products can be has never smelled to good!

How to Work Candy to Your Advantage

Earlier this year in April, I took a blind leap into technology by upgrading my flip phone to an Android.  I know; I am little behind the times.  However, after weighing the pros and cons of a dreaded touch screen phone, I thought it was a move that I could benefit greatly from.  Overall, the fact that pushed me into the purchase was that I could have a mini, hand held computer; an endless source of knowledge and entertainment; taking it anywhere and everywhere, and you mean to tell me it works as a cell phone too.  How could this ever be a bad thing?

Luckily for me, I did not have to discover all of the possibilities and capabilities of my Android flying solo.  My youngest sister who is only 20 years old gave me a phenomenal crash course in phone technology.  An android is so yesterday for her, she lives in the realm of iPhone and iPad; often functioning from both at the same time.  This however, is a little too much for me!

For the first several weeks with my Android, our bonding was so very special, I was in love and memorized.  Every free second I had, I was discovering new and wonderful things.  For the first time I was finding the wonderful world of apps.  These amazing little square buttons on my screen that allowed me access to all my favorite websites.  All at my beckoning call with a simple touch of a finger.  It was not too much longer before one of these apps became my demise.

Usually, I am not one of the followers.  But, I had heard about this addicting game on the radio, and seen several commercials on television for the same game “Candy Crush Saga”.  I was intrigued.  So, I took the next logical step, and downloaded the free app.

Once I had my little kiddies tucked tight into their beds, I hung up my mom hat and decided that I would see what all of the fuss is about.  During the first several levels, I couldn’t grasp what was so addicting about this simple little game.  Match 3 candies… I could do this in my sleep.  But, this is where the game gets you.  It is a very simple logical game that gets progressively harder using innocent little candies as a front.  As the levels and challenges increase you find yourself saying, “I can do this, I can beat these candies,” but in actuality, the levels are endless and your free time is not.

Candy Crush Saga has absorbed the vast majority of my “me time”.  I think about it, dream of the little candies, and crave the passing of just one more level.  I know that I am not the only one who has become an addict and this does provide me some comfort in the situation.  In fact, the Wall Street Journal reported some 15.4 million users a day for “Candy Crush Saga”, and those numbers really got me thinking.

The result, turn the proverbial sour lemon candy into sweet delicious candy.  With 15.4 million users a day, candy is running through many consumers’ heads… so why not give the people what they want.

Here are some spectacularly sweet candy themed fragrance oils and items available at Natures Garden.  Use these fragrance oils and to sweeten the scent of your bath products, or maybe add some sweet embeds to your candles and soaps.  Just take the idea and run with it!

Black Licorice Fragrance Oil

Blue Cotton Candy Fragrance Oil

Bogeyman Fragrance Oil

Bubble Luscious Fragrance Oil

Bubblegum Fragrance Oil

Candied Apple Fragrance Oil

Candy Cane Fragrance Oil

Candy Corn Fragrance Oil

Cane Sugar Cookie Fragrance Oil

Caramel Fragrance Oil

Cotton Candy Fragrance Oil

Doodle Bug Fragrance Oil

Dreamsickle Fragrance Oil

Elf Sweat Fragrance Oil

Fluffy Pink Candy Fragrance Oil

Goodie Goodie Gumdrops Fragrance Oil

Green Apple Candy Fragrance Oil

Jelly Bean Fragrance Oil

Monkey Farts Fragrance Oil

Sea Salt Caramels Fragrance Oil

Sour Watermelon Candy Fragrance Oil

Toffee Apple Crunch Fragrance Oil

Tooth Fairy Taffy Fragrance Oil

Tricks or Treats Fragrance Oil

Watermelon Taffy Fragrance Oil

Embed Mold- Swirl Wafers

Silicone Soap Molds- 24 Retro Flowers

 

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

 

Marketing Your Soap to Men

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

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It’s a mistake not to market soap to men

It’s super easy for us women to get excited over beautifully-smelling soap, and we get even more excited when the soap has fancy designs.  What woman can resist cupcake soap with a mountain of soap frosting on top of it?  What woman can resist how wonderful her bathroom smells after using a bar of homemade soap?  Not to mention how wonderful we smell after using one of those fabulous bars!  We women like those little extra luxuries; they make us feel good.

But, what about men?  Do they like homemade soap too?  You betcha!  Last summer, I brought some homemade cold process soap to the moms on my son’s baseball team.  I figured that they would be excited, and they were.  However, the person who seemed to enjoy the soap the most was not a woman at all; t was Brett’s coach.  Before a game, he pulled me aside and asked if he could buy some homemade soap from me.  He said he had never used soap like that before, and liked it much better than the store bought soap.  As most of you know, I do not sell finished cold process soap, but I did give him a few more bars of my soap that I made for testing our fragrances.

Just the other day, my cousin’s husband was visiting from Baltimore and he asked me if I had anymore of the homemade soap I had given him the last time they were in Ohio.  He is in construction, and his hands get extremely dry and callused. He said that my homemade soap made his hands much softer than the store bought soap he had at home.  I gave him a few bars and he was thrilled!  Not only that, but he has been trying to get my cousin to start making soap for him.  Of course there is nothing stopping him from making it himself.  Soap making is not a science/craft reserved for just women you know.

So, you see, women like the homemade soap primarily for the smell &  aesthetics, and secondarily for the skin softening.  Men like homemade soap primarily for the skin softening qualities.  Men like their skin to look and feel young too.  My point is:  If you are not targeting men in your marketing strategy, you are missing an entire market sector that is actually showing growth.  While men may not insist that the soap you sell them has pretty swirls or fancy designs, they love homemade soap just as much as women do.  It is a mistake not to market your soap to men.

Natures Garden sells soap making supplies for making cold process soap.  We also sell an entire line of melt and pour soap bases for those of you who do not want to work with lye.  Whether you choose to make your own soap from scratch, or make soap with melt and pour soap bases, either of these products will be much better for your skin than store bought brands.

Happy Soaping!

Have a Bubbly Awesome Day!

Deborah Ward

www.naturesgardencandles.com