Monthly Archives: October 2013

Oct
16

Candy Cane Fragrance Oil

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Candy Cane Fragrance Oil

Candy Cane Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden, gives sweet treat a whole new meaning.

Candy Cane Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

A highly recommended fragrance oil by many of our customers, Candy Cane scent is the perfect aroma for your holiday themed products.  This delicious smelling fragrance is true to name and long lasting.  In fact, it may come as no surprise that the majority of our customers also choose to coordinate this scent in their products with red and white stripes; both through coloring and packaging appeal.  This perfect “no frills” straight candy cane scent has a minty fresh sweetness about it without the overwhelming mint factor that is typically expected.  Not only is this fragrance oil a permanent in many customer’s lines, but many suggest buying and stocking up on the 16oz. size so you don’t run out during the holiday season.

What does Candy Cane Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a wonderful combination of fresh peppermint leaves and sweet ripened strawberries, on a dry down of vanilla.

How Do Our Customers Use Candy Cane Fragrance Oil?

For any candle crafters or home scenters out there- rejoice this fragrance oil has scent throw appeal that is off the charts.  Candy Cane Fragrance Oil has very strong hot and cold throw in candles and is used in Pillar of Bliss, soy, Joy, palm, Wow, and paraffin waxes.  This very aromatic fragrance oil is used in oil burners, hanging air fresheners, and smelly jellies.  Candy Cane fragrance is even used to make room sprays; which also have long lasting and staying power.

For any bath and body crafters, this fragrance oil is a great seller for the holiday season.  The usage percent for this refreshing fragrance oil 5%.  The Vanillin Content is 2.50% so this fragrance oil may discolor your products.  If you are concerned about discoloration, Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is advised by our customers to stabilize discoloration in finished products.  The most common products that customers use this fragrance oil to make are: melt and pour soaps, cologne, shower gel, lotion, spritz lotions, whipped body butters, bath bombs, body scrubs, solid perfumes, and bath gels.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance oil is a powerful peppermint scent.  Here are the official results:  Some acceleration, no separation.  Scent is strong and true.  Discolors to a light medium brown.

If you are looking to make a super cute festive holiday candle this year; whether as a gift or for personal use, Natures Garden has a Candy Cane Candle Recipe.  You can simply click on the link, or find the recipe in the Free Recipes and Classes area of Natures Garden’s website.

Oct
15

Top 50 Soap Making Blogs

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soap making blogs

Soap making has grown from a hobby, to a seriously competitive trade that attracts new talent all the time. The trick is finding the right soap making blogs to get the best recipes, ingredient list, tutorials, and expert advice to learn the pro’s tips on soap making. What I have created is the ultimate online resource that compiles the best of the best soap making blogs into one post.

I wanted to create a quality resource for people seeking information about soap making so I’ve collected what I believe to be some of the top soap making blogs out there. I endorse them so much that I’ve created a badge for them to display and be endorsed as one of the top soap making blogs on the Internet. The order below is not in any particular order. They are all #1 in my eyes.

Best Soap Making Blogs

1. Evik – The Curious Soapmaker – Evik has been making soap since she accidentally discovered a natural soap making book while browsing her favorite book store. Suddenly, she became more interested in a natural lifestyle and became a vegetarian and started learning more about the products and ingredients she was using in her every day life. Learn from her passion for soapmaking, the importance of selecting the proper ingredients, and basic recipes tutorials and principles.

2. Jennifer Young – Jennifer has a successful business of soaps, lip balms, salves and more. What makes her, and her blog, stand out are the four principles she runs her business by: she enjoys what she does, only uses natural ingredients in her products, supports the local community and economy, and treats the environment well. Kuddos to you Jennifer!

3. Amanda Griffin – Amanda shares her passion for soap making, and her gratitude for being a part of the “soaping” community. She loves all things soap, including talking, sharing, and teaching soap making. Follow her site for handmade soap, bath and body products, reviews, interviews, how-to’s and more.

4. Ruth Esteves – Ruth was trained as a laboratory assistant, and found herself craving more creativity in her life. She fused her passion for soapmaking with a career, and has successfully combined her talents for a business that “feeds her soul,” since 2006. Now she sells, teaches, and speaks about soapmaking and has even recently published her first eBook.

5. Rebecca Dillon – Soap Delicatessen is a one woman operation that has been running since 2001. She started out making soap as an alternative to commercial brands that often irritated her very sensitive skin. Over a decade later, now she creates her own unique recipes for various skin and bath products and sells them on her site.

6. Rene Whitlock – Rene started with aromatherapy and essential oils before she discovered her love for soap making. Now she passionately shares her discovery for better ingredients, natural products, and converting commercial product consumers to products more beneficial for their skin and the planet.

7. TheSoapBar.com – The Soap Bar is a fun spot for the soap makers out there. This site is loaded with contests, challenges, creative new tips and ideas, and wonderful tutorials to keep your soap making fresh and inspired. Follow along for wonderful recipes and a fun community of soap makers.

8. TheSoapMagician - Sharon has done her homework and has plenty of certificates to prove it. She has been making soap for well over a decade, and has no plans on stopping. Share her fountain of knowledge from aromatherapy to holistic uses of herbs, and how she incorporates all that into soap making.

9. TheSoapSister.com – This country gal loves her handmade soap and she can’t deny it! Her soap, Heirloom, is featured in local shops and on etsy. She shares the joys of soapmaking, making a messing, learning the tricks, and more on her oh-so-passionate blog.

10. TierraVerdeSoaps.com – A true self-proclaimed soap nerd, this mom has an entrepenurial spirit and a true talent at that. Follow her exploration of soap making where art meets science. Beautiful pictures are always the end result that you’ll find yourself wishing you could smell through your computer screen.

11. Stacie – Another successful business created as the result of a suffering tale of overly sensitive skin. Stacie’s first line of products resulted in her true love for sharing her results with others and the benefits she discovered in natural soaps. Share her recipes and learn about her new products, and cute crafts, on this charming site.

12. Angela – Angela, and her husband Brian, are the savvy creators of this blog that will educate and inspire you to spend more time together creating healthier, more natural products for you and your family. Browse their recipes and tutorials; it’s a great place to get started at making your own soaps.

13. SoaphisticatedLady.com – Beginner soap makers rejoice; here is the perfect spot for you to try your talent at soap making. Learn the basic process of melt-and-pour (MAP) soap making, and new tips and tricks “not available anywhere else.” A wonderful place to learn recipes, colors, and fragrance tips for your first, or twentieth batch of soaps.

14. Gavin Webber – Gavin’s site is delightfully personal, refreshingly real, and absolutely inspiring. He deems himself an ordinary man that had a sudden epiphony while watching a documentary and seriously overhauled his life. Follow his progressively shrinking carbon footprint, and marvel at his conversion to a green life.

15. TheNerdyFarmWife.com – A true self-proclaimed soap nerd, this mom has an entrepenurial spirit and a true talent at that. Follow her exploration of soap making where art meets science. Beautiful pictures are always the end result that you’ll find yourself wishing you could smell.

16. Tiggy – Future Primitive Soap Co.’ is Tiggy’s blog to share, and sell, her fine bath goods and aromatic oils. With names as catchy as the ingredients list, you will likely be as intrigued as you are curious. Inspire the soapmaker in you, or buy from the creator of soaps like, “Mama Didn’t Listen So I Told The Bees soap.”

17. Annie – Follow Annie’s adventures through soap making and “other things.” Shop her homemade lip balms, custom cupcake soaps, and body butters. She posts her creations on her blog, often swaying reading over to her “shop,” section linking to her good-enough-to-eat etsy store where she sells all of her fabulous creations.

18. Jenny – From melt-and-pour soap making to cold process soap, Jenny shares her hobbyist adventures in all things soapy. Follow her recipes through candle making, soaps of all colors and styles, and even men’s shaving cream.

19. BurntMill.com – This busy crafter may slack on the updates, but certainly not on the content. Follow some amazing recipes for colorful soaps. Learn how to make soap for a baby or bridal shower from start to finish, or give soap to friends and family and save some money this holiday.

20. SoapAndRestless.com – Did you know pictures of soap could literally make your mouth water? If you don’t believe me, check out ‘Soap and Restless,’ and just scroll through the photos. Those soaps are so beautifully made they honestly look good enough to eat. What’s not to love that the recipes, and plenty of tips and tricks, are shared for readers to delightfully attempt to recreate.

21. Erin Nute – Erin has learned the in’s and out’s of soap making and is happy to share her successes, and failures, so that you can create your own natural products. She’ll teach you layering techniques, color tips, and even how to make a long-lasting bar of soap. If you like what you read, you can pick up her new book, “Soap Making Made Easy.”

22. Patrice – Even those that don’t make soaps will fall in love with Patrice’s blog. She shares her passion for soap making, candle making, bath goods, and oil, but her personality is what keeps you coming back for more. Patrice has been at it for years, so share what she’s learned and have fun!

23. Bianca – This Brooklyn-based beauty is a full-time designer and hobbyist soap maker. Her blog is a meeting place for the best of both of her talents; where soap making meets design. Eye candy for the masses here, but definitely visual inspiration for the soap makers and designer readers.

24. Claudia Mold – Follow a busy mom of six through crafting projects, soap making, cooking, of raising her kids. Learn the recipe behind her “happy,” rainbow soap, or her mouth-watering handmade cheeseburger.

25. Erica Pence – Erica’s blog is more inspiration than the secrets of soap making, and if I were you, I’d listen. This business woman is savvy, successful, and passionate about what she does. She shares all of her interests from bath and body, to candles and business advice. Need more? Check out her tutorials and contests.

26. HorseOPeaceRanch.com – What a fun story behind this successful soap making business. After deciding to use some leftover goat’s milk to make some soap, an event 10 days later led to the first selling and teaching of soap making. Business officially began just months later, and has been a success ever since.

27. Magdoline – Addicted to Soap,’ started out of a mom’s need to help her eczema diagnosed children heal their sensitive skin. An encouraging husband pushed her to start selling her beautiful creations, and alas, a business was born. Browse the site, take a class, discover the joy of soap making.

28. LionAndRoseSoap.com – Handmade soap is an art, a hobby, but most importantly a passion. ‘Lion and Rose Handmade Soap,’ has them all. Share in the day-to-day family life behind this soap-making mom, and enjoy her honest opinion, recipes, and delightful creations on her site.

29. Aunt Nancy – Aunt Nancy’s blog is chock-full of homemade soap recipes. From pumpkin soap, to oatmeal & honey goat milk soap, you’ll have enough recipes here to keep you busy for an entire year (and more!)

30. Amy Warden – Amy’s soap is a work of art. If you have a few minutes and want some inspiration, I highly recommend going to her website and reviewing the amazing concoctions she has created. Absolutely stunning!

31. Tatania – Tatania’s soap is so beautiful it looks more like artisan fudge. I’d caution you against making her banofee pie soap as you really might confuse it for fudge!

32. Cee – Cee’s soap recipes are so unique! Pumpkin maple soap… Doesn’t get any better than that for fall, does it? How about a gift for mom of cocoa butter soap with lavender and lemon infused oil? My goodness! A must bookmark blog.

33. Jennifer – Add Jennifer to your list of soap blogs you must follow. From peppermint bark soap to polka dot themed apple, peach & cinammon, her soap recipes will inspire you for hours.

34. HomeMadeBathProducts.com – HomeMadeBathProducts is a site I know you will love! The writers feature great recipes and products from around the web.

35. Angela – Jamaican vanilla café, Hummingbird, Hula Hula… Angela’s soap names are as unique as the soap itself. Great photos and great blog… Just wish she provided more of her recipes.

36. Sabons Carmeta – This Spanish soap blog features beautiful soap recipes… From lavender and shea to Marigold… You won’t be disapointed by Sabons Carmeta.

37. Celine – Celine’s soap looks like it could be decoration in a pop movie. Full of sparkles, ridges & beauty, you’ll be hard-pressed to find more bubbilicious soap photos than hers.

38. Sue – Although the content has rarely been updated over the last few years, this blog features beautiful soap that you just must look into.

39. T.A. Helton – I Just love what T.A. Helton does with her blog. Occasionally you’ll see her featuring ‘soap porn’ so you can admire the greatest soaps she makes on her site, from apples & oak to bay rum spice… we love it all!

40. Elizabeth – Elizabeth shares her soap making adventures on this blog and we love it! She even shares how she uses her Vitamix for soap making (And for smoothies!).

41. Julia – Julia’s Spanish soap making blog is amazing. Beautiful designs, photos, packaging… You get the entire package here.

42. Milla – Milla not only shares photos of her end results, but even creates videos of how she prepares her soap. Definitely worth a read!

43. Super Soapers – Super Soapers is amazing: They feature soap artists every month to help inspire and educate you. This is one you must bookmark.

44. Ana Maria – Ana Maria shares her soap making adventures in this Spanish soap making blog. Just wish there were more recipes to accompany her beautiful photos

Our Favorite Soap Recipes

45. Nina Nelson – Nina shares her recipe for a homemade herbal bar soap here. She uses marshmallow root and calendula petals to make this bar soap very soothing and healing.

46. Allyson – Allyson shares 3 homemade dish soap recipes. They are all natural and quick and easy to make. She leaves out essential oils, but you can easily toss some lavender, cinnamon, peppermint or anything your heart desires in and it will work perfectly.

47. Stephanie – Pink grapefruit soap! Love it! Stephanie shares this unique soap recipe idea here. We definitely encourage you to try it.

48. Liz Marie – Liz has been using a DIY laundry soap recipe for over a year. After a year of refining her recipe, she finally has made it perfect and shares her secrets with you.

49. Clare – Another goat milk recipe! This time with orange and calendula. Thanks, Clare, for the great inspiration!

50. Brandy – Brandy shares her homemade poppy seed soap recipe here… I can’t wait to give this a go. Her photos are beautiful and the end result is even more gorgeous.

Oct
15

Pumpkin Apple Butter Fragrance Oil

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pumpkin apple butter

Natures Garden’s Pumpkin Apple Butter Fragrance Oil is an NG Original scent.

Pumpkin Apple Butter Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

If there is one scent that is synonymous to autumn it is pumpkin.  However, when you take the scent of rich pumpkin and blend it with warm and inviting spices, and add a burst of crisp, sweet, and juicy apples; what you get is the perfect Holiday time scent.  This fragrance oil is “the perfect marriage between sweet and spicy.”  Natures Garden’s Pumpkin Apple Butter Fragrance Oil is one of those scents that customers just can’t seem to get enough of in your finished products.  Many of our clients state that this yummy scent flies off the shelves and sells out every time.

What does Pumpkin Apple Butter Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden will put you in the mood for the holidays with top notes of orange, apple, pear, pineapple, and cherries; middle notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove; with base notes of warm vanilla.  Unique, and simply amazing!

How Do Our Customers Use Pumpkin Apple Butter Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters or home scenters, Pumpkin Apple Butter Fragrance Oil is used in gel, Joy, soy, paraffin, and parasoy waxes.  This fragrance oil has excellent cold scent throw and superb hot scent throw.  Pumpkin Apple Butter fragrance is amazingly strong in tarts and melts as well.  This wonderfully aromatic fragrance oil also works very well as room sprays, in potpourri, electric warmers, and aroma beads.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance oil is a must have and has a usage percentage of 5%. Natures Garden’s Pumpkin Apple Butter Fragrance oil is used to make: melt and pour soap, solid lotion bars, body scrubs, bubble bombs, creams, and body sprays.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this scent is still strong weeks after cure!  Here are the official results:  Soaps great, no ricing, no acceleration, discolors to a caramel color.  Fabulous scent!

It you are interested in a wonderful cold process soap recipe using Pumpkin Apple Butter Fragrance Oil check out Pumpkin Puree Cold Process Soap Recipe.  You can simply click on the link or find the recipe under the free recipes and classes section of Natures Garden’s website.

Oct
14

Soap Making with Milk

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This cold process soap was made with heavy whipping cream. These bars have a very luxurious, creamy, lather and is super nourishing for your skin.

Soap Making with Milk

In today’s market, some of the most popular cold process soap recipes are the ones that involve dairy products such as milks, creams, and yogurts.  The reasoning behind this popularity is the fact that cold process soap recipes that use dairy products actually result in finished bars that are very creamy, luscious, soothing, and moisturizing.  In fact, milk itself is a gentle exfoliant- a perfect remedy for any sensitive skin types.  This is because milk contains lactic acid, which slightly reduces the alkalinity of soap.

When it comes down to making the cold process soap recipe, dairy products can be added (if applicable) in 3 forms:
1. Fresh (can be added as water for the lye solution, part of the water for lye solution, added to your room temperature oils before the lye solution, or  added at light trace.)
2. Powdered (combined with a small amount of oil or water to make a liquid- then added at light trace and hand whisked in until incorporated.)
3. Canned (used as half the water amount of the water ratio.  This is usually added to oils before the lye solution to make the soap batter.)

With the exception of the powdered, both the fresh and canned are commonly used in a frozen or slushy (almost frozen) state.  This is done for two reasons.  The first is to help control the lye solution temperature and the second is to help prevent the dairy product from burning.  Burnt dairy products have a very distinct smell and will turn your soap batter a bright orangish color.  This is due to the heated lye solution caramelizing the sugars in the milk.  A great step to help minimize this reaction is to give the container you are mixing your lye solution in an ice bath.  The other option that you have is to add the frozen/slushy dairy product at trace, allowing the batter to thaw the frozen like diary product.  Then, blend well with a stick blender to incorporate.

Temperature is everything.

One of the most important things to realize when working with dairy products is their sensitivity to heat.  This comes into play if you are mixing all or some of the dairy product to make the lye solution (which heats as the reaction is taking place.)  Dairy products will burn and/or curdle if not combined correctly.  The best way to combat this is to closely monitor the temperature of the lye solution using a thermometer.  You never want the temperature to go above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.  The other tip to help control the heat of the lye solution is to take your time when adding the lye.  Sprinkle in small amounts and stir.  The key is to wait a few minutes in between the next small addition of lye again.  Do not be afraid to truly take your time with this step.  A good time gauge to set for yourself is 10-15 minutes to add all of the lye to the lye solution.  This will help control the overall temperature of the lye solution.

There is no set rule as to how much of the dairy product to use as the water portion of the lye solution.  Some soapers prefer to use the dairy as the full water portion.  Others play it safe by using a 50% ratio (half milk and half water.)  This works by making a super concentrated lye solution (the full amount of lye the recipe calls for; then split the water amount in half.  Mix the lye into the water.  Let cool.  Add the rest of the unused water portion as the milk- which is added to the room temperature oils before the lye solution is added to make the batter.  The last option is the dairy product at 25% of the water ratio.  This is done the same way as the 50% ratio, only it is 25% of the total water amount.

The rest of the soaping recipe is done normally.

Other things to consider:

Superfatting may be affected.  Do not forget to figure in the fat percentage of the dairy product.  For the most part, general milk products (where the fat percentage is 4-6%), really won’t affect your end bar.  However, using a product like heavy whipping cream (which has a fat of 36%) will directly affect your end bar.  In this instance, you may what to use the dairy portion of 25% of your water ratio.  That is unless you play with your superfatting percentage number.

Rancidity of your soap is always a possibility when using larger portions of dairy products in your recipe; especially those that have high fat content.

Our Findings:

Recently, we tried our hand at making cold process soap with the addition of heavy whipping cream.  For our recipe, we selected the cream to be 25% of our water ratio since we did not want to majorly superfat our soap.  The frozen heavy whipping cream was added to our soaping oils/butter before the lye solution.  We found that this method worked perfectly.  We had no issues with the remaining soap procedures.

In the end, the bars that resulted were exactly as we imagined- pure creamy bliss!  And, with all of the wonderful nourishing benefits that dairy products have; our skin loved it too.

Too see the full recipe for Natures Garden’s Cleopatra Heavy Cream Cold Process Soap Recipe, click on the link.  Or, you can also find the recipe on Natures Garden’s website under the Free Recipes and Classes area.

Oct
11

Berry Bewitching Bath Brew Recipe

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Jenny1Here at Natures Garden, we are currently having an employee challenge.  For this spotlight challenge, we have asked each staff member to choose one of their favorite Natures Garden’s fragrance oils and create a project pertaining to that fragrance.  

Yet, another week has passed and we all know what that means!  It is time to get super excited to see this week’s Spotlight Creation.  Jenny, who has only worked for Natures Garden a few months, was the lucky Natures Garden employee selected for this week, and her spotlight creation is cleverly called “Berry Bewitching Bath Brew“.

Jenny is no newbie when it comes to crafting.  She enjoys spending her free time using jewelry crafting as her creative outlet.  Although, she enjoys beaded jewelry; her passion involves making jewelry with glamorous gemstones- adding a little bling to life.Bath-Brew1

When she is not designing beautiful jewelry, Jenny likes to spend time with her family.  Jenny is a newly married wife and also has a daughter.  She and her husband Scott will be celebrating their 1st year anniversary this Sunday.

Jenny, who has the sign Cancer, enjoys being outdoors.  She is a nature lover and animal lover too!

When it comes to leisure time, Jenny enjoys reading.  Her favorite author right now is Dan Brown.  Jenny thinks he is a great author because it’s a combo of “history, mystery, and a little bit of action.  It’s fun.”  Besides Dan Brown books, she has quite a collection of books in her personal library-sci fi, horror, and mystery.  But, she has a special liking for culture, history, and especially genealogy.

Jenny also enjoys listening to cultured music, and is patiently waiting for the new season of The Walking Dead to start.

Jenny loves the color purple and when it comes to Jenny’s life motto she reinvented an age ole adage:  “Knowledge is empowerment!”

For complete instructions for Jenny’s Spotlight Creation, click here or view it under Natures Garden’s free classes and recipes section of the website.

Oct
10

Top 48 Cosmetics Blogs

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48 Cosmetics blogs

Venturing into the wide, wild world of DIY cosmetics can be a venture in and of itself. You likely find yourself spending many hours searching the web for DIY cosmetics recipes, classes, and product ideas; becoming inspired by other people in the cosmetics industry. Keeping up-to-date with cosmetic trends and product innovations can be a daunting job for you.

In order to minimize the time you spend searching for relevant cosmetic sites, I have created a list of the most reputable and informative cosmetics blogs online. These sites will allow you to see what is hot in the cosmetics industry, what types of packaging companies are using to promote their products; some of these blogs even provide DIY cosmetic recipes.

If you’re new to cosmetics blogs, I can assure you there are plenty of resources out there.

That’s why I’ve searched them to bring you the best of the best. Actually, I support them so much that I made a badge for them to display and be recognized as the Top Cosmetics Blog online. The numbers and order below don’t reflect any ranking; truly these blogs are all wonderful, informative resources you are sure to enjoy. Visit these blogs for free cosmetic recipes, for insight in the cosmetics industry, and for inspiration for your own DIY cosmetics product line.

Best Cosmetics Blogs

1. Huda Kattan – Learn how to enhance your natural beauty with this Hollywood trained celebrity artist, and natural beauty herself, Huda Kattan. An award winning blogger based out of Dubai, a few minutes on her page will show you why her blog has been viewed in over 100 countries and influences women daily. Check her out and learn the secrets of Hollywood celebrity makeup.

2. Kate – A licensed cosmetologist, Kate has been doing hair since high school. She also loves makeup, jewelry making, cooking, and fashion. Read her reviews on makeup products, tutorials, and tips and tricks to make getting ready easier and far more glamorous from someone who has been a pro at it for decades.

3. Jessica Teas – If you don’t already love Jessica for the sheer fact that she left her start-up job for an around the world honeymoon, then you will after you read her blog. Posting from “wherever she happens to be,” at the given moment, take a global view of makeup from someone with a real eye for it.

4. Amy Nadine – This duo of ladies has created some bombshell content bringing hair and makeup to live happily-ever-after on The Beauty Department. Amy confesses to loves to teach makeup as much as she loves to play with it on celebrities like Lauren Conrad. Watch her videos or read her tips and tricks on how to recreate your favorite celebrity look.

5. BackyardBeauty.com – This is a truly inspiring source for natural beauty fanatics with an author that believes, “everything you need is truly in your backyard.” Boasting all natural ingredients with loads of recipes, she will guide you through beautiful uses for beets, to making your own primer on a dime. She also reviews that natural makeup companies and helps you define their hard-to-pronounce ingredient list.

6. Karen – Karen is a freelance writer that has a true love for makeup and her cat. She shares amazing tutorial videos, and tips and advice for every category of beauty. From eyes to nails, she’ll even walk you through the best drugstore makeup versus breaking the bank at cosmetic counters.

7. Krishna – After suffering with acne and depression, Krishna decided to put some feel-good energy into some beauty tutorials and turned her life (and skin) around. Browse her site for some wonderful ideas for healthy, natural skin products and makeup. She wants to share what she has learned so no one has to suffer the way she did. Thanks for the inspiration Krishna.

8. Alex Ray – Alex Ray has a sweet voice to her writing, describing herself as an “almost hippie,” and hopes she can help her readers achieve the same status. She’ll help you learn how to remove the toxins from your beauty routine and whether to buy or create your own natural cosmetics.

9. Dawn Michelle – Dawn wanted to be a journalist but didn’t want to compromise her professional dancing career. She satisfied her journalistic longings by creating her blog. A great deal for readers, Dawn has worked as a consultant for one of the world’s largest beauty retailers, and isn’t shy sharing her tips with her fans. Her natural recipe section will keep you busy, with hair care, skin care, nail care and more, you will be discovering uses for household items you once took for granted.

10. NoMoreDirtyLooks.com – A delightful duo, these two beauty experts know the truth behind misleading cosmetic labels. With regular public speaking gigs and media interviews, these ‘clean beauty experts,’ are happy to share their love for luxurious, responsibly-made, and effective cosmetics. If you love their blog, stop and buy their co-authored book, “No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics.”

11. Michelle Phan – Watch her exquisite tutorial videos and be inspired to try a new look. She’ll also teach you how to look good walking in heels while wearing a pore strip across your nose. Michelle knows beauty, but she also knows her share of fashion and loves to share trends and style tips.

12. BeautyHigh.com – Even the all-natural girls will find swoon-worthy reads on Beauty High. From seasonal trends to tips on natural styling, Beauty High has every girl in mind. With an ever-growing audience it’s no wonder their content is spreading globally, empowering women to achieve beauty more simply and more affordably.

13. Kat – She may be 20, but this girl knows her stuff! A self-taught makeup artist now attending cosmetology school, Kat will save you hundreds from the salon in teaching you how-to color your hair at home, and make your skin spa-worthy with reviews of her favorite products to use at home. Her site in still up-and-coming, but show her some support to keep her reviews and ideas coming.

14. Cara – This beautiful mommy has a love for all things beautiful, including showing women their true beauty. Allure’s beauty blogger of the year, Cara’s beauty index will keep you scrolling and scrolling…and scrolling. She also has wonderful hair tutorials and an incredible section of celebrity looks, where she successfully transforms her look in to dozens of your favorite celebrities.

15. TheVanity - If you don’t know your way around the beauty counter, browse the articles of ‘The Vanity,” and you’ll be a well-versed beauty product expert. She shares her personal beauty regime, personal product preferences, and her honest reviews on cost and quality. A great place for the unsure shopper, or those looking for an honest review before investing in the risk.

16. Natalie – Though she’s not a professional, Natalie knows her way through the beauty aisles. She’ll share what to buy, and what to save your money on from makeup to hair products. She encourages local shopping, where possible, but will help you find products you are sure to love.

17. Hannah – When she’s not busy studying law, Hannah likes to “hoard, stash, and collect,” beauty products. Her shopping is to our benefit because this girl can shop…and write! What started as a hobby has now turned into one of her biggest passions, and her content has expanded to include makeup tips and tricks, product reviews, nails, hair, and body care. Maybe she can be a beauty attorney, or at least she’ll look good in court.

18. Sarah – Sarah is on a series quest: to prove that makeup products should be affordable for every girl and she is going to show you how they can be. This budget-savvy college student loves to share her favorite deals and steals, from beauty secrets to trendy pieces at bargain prices.

19. Anne-Marie – Anne-Marie sees the face as an artistic canvas to highlight every woman’s unique qualities of beauty. She shares transformation photos of lucky ladies fortunate to be made over by her talent, along with the products she used to achieve the look. Learn the products and the tips to achieve the look you love from real, everyday women.

20. Betzy – Betzy shares her exciting daily life as a 20-year-old turned makeup PR personnel through her blog. With frequent inquiries to write reviews for products, she also finds frequent invitations in the mail to major cosmetic events. When she’s not doing makeover sessions, studying, or working, she’s updating her blog to share her expertise of all things beauty.

21. Christina – Christina admits that her makeup junkie ways started way back when she was 14 and her mom took her to a Clinique counter. Though she admits she could have bought a house with the money she’s spent on makeup and skincare, we’ll just say it was a good investment to her unquestionable knowledge of all things beauty. With an ever-growing blog audience, she now has several contributing writers that help her keep an honest look at celebrity looks, while offering humor and professional expertise.

22. Ashley Marie – This Etsy shop mama of two loves all things creative and homemade. Her passion lies in creating with her spunky daughter, and anything knit, drawn, painted, sewn, or mixed. She will share all of her mommy secrets, along with natural recipes for makeup remover and lip balm. If you’re not feeling crafty, click over to her Etsy site and support this stellar mom by buying her goods without having to make a mess of your own.

23. DIYMakeup.com – Visually stimulating is an understatement for this one. The beauty tutorials that could get you through a 3-day weekend with no distractions. There is definitely plenty here to freshen up your look if you’re feeling adventurous or creative. A beauty bible is something I’ve never seen on a site, with hair and nails to go right along with it.

24. Nicole – Nikki’s award page is almost as long as her blog scroll! This self-taught beauty addict splits her time between freelance makeup work and blogging. She shares her tips, tutorials, and product reviews to help you learn how to achieve the latest looks.

25. BeautyAndBlog.com – This site is for all things girly for the “BnB gal-pals,” as they so affectionately call their followers. They share all the tips and secrets to a thrifty makeover, as well as how to make your own luxurious face masks. If that doesn’t hook you, they also do frequent product giveaways to their loyal fans.

26. PearlsNHeels.com – Her blog is a fun spin on the makeup lovers palette. A graphic arts student, she hopes to land a career in makeup (of course) focusing on branding, packaging, and advertisement. In the meantime, she’ll share her splurge or save reviews on the expensive beauty products we all love, and teach you how to recreate magazine worthy looks.

27. DesiGirlsBeauty.com – A Journalist turned PR consultant, she started her blog for a place to write about what she loves. Written for desi girls, she shares her honest reviews on high-end to budget beauty products as the average consumer. She shares great photos to go along with her detailed descriptions of self-trials. Oh, and she does giveaways for her readers, and encourages them to join in the conversation.

28. AnIndiansMakeupMusings.com – Though she loves referring to herself as “Indian girl,” this blog is definitely not limited to its audience. Her blog combines her love for celebrity styles and fashion, to makeup trends and styles, and somewhere in-between her daily life and love for food. Stay on your toes and read along to follow this sweet and savory blog.

29. Amy Dillon – Born and raised in Dublin, Amy is no stranger to the beauty world. Her mom, dad, and grandmother are all hairdressers, and she developed a love for helping people feel confident and beautiful. An accomplished makeup artist, and painter, Amy shares her passion for art mostly via YouTube videos and tutorials on her blog.

30. Bailey Rose – As certified Makeup Artist, Skincare and Fragrance Specialist, Bailey has learned the ins and outs of the beauty industry. Her more recent venture includes discovering and promoting all-natural products, and her belief in their overall benefit for beauty and health. She’ll teach you the importance of natural and organic, and then help you choose the brand that is as environmentally friendly as beautifully effective.

31. Janine – An army wife from Germany, this South Carolina transport is a mommy that loves fashion, beauty, and blogging. She offers fabulous tutorials for looks that make you want to play dress up all day long. Enjoy her vast knowledge of beauty products and fashion, from Germany to the U.S.

32. DoTerraBlog.com – If you like the thrill of making your own products, this blog is absolutely heaven in website form. To name a few, hard-hand lotion, body butter, and baby wipes are more recent posts that make you want to scrap your store list and start rolling up your sleeves. Oh, did I mention it’s all natural based recipes with ingredients you probably already have in your home? You’re welcome.

33. Sunny – With over a decade of being vegan under her belt, Sunny is pretty well expert-status worthy of animal friendly products, including makeup. She hopes to break the stereotype of ‘stinky hippies,” and show the world that vegans can still be absolutely girly and have lots of fun, without the expense of animals suffering. She’ll educate you on makeup and skincare products that are animal-friendly, so you don’t have to do the research.

34. SimpleLifeMom.com – This mom’s quest to a “simple life,” is enough to make you re-evaluate yours. Inspired by a desire to simplify the ingredients her family eats, she has also taken a look at the effect our food choices have on allergies, and how we can use plants as medicine. Learn how to make your own soap, and educate yourself on the toxins that sneak into our everyday routines.

35. Penny – Penny shares how to live a rich life on minimum wage, because she’s done it. She’ll share budget saving tips you have never ever heard of to help you squeeze more out of every penny. She’s a homemaking-mom that knows how to make a dollar work for her.

36. Amy – Amy is one savvy-20-something, newlywed gal. She shares all things frugal, crafty, and tasty on this darling blog that will have you bookmarking ideas left and right. With a whole section on homemade makeup and sustainable living, you can’t resist trying one of her recipes.

37. Robin – Robin simplifies healthy living down to: eating real food, moving your body, and living toxic free. Not only is her approach simple, so are her recipes. Homemade mascara with four ingredients? Yep. Her site might tell you to thank your body, but I think we should thank her.

38. EcoEtsy.com – Eco Etsy is a sensational culmination of Etsy artists that have come together to dedicate themselves to reducing, reusing, and recycling. If that’s not admirable enough, they also share their secret recipes, like vegan mascara and vegan cake mascara, to their loyal readers. Read blogs from different artists that use different mediums and styles to inspire your next project, or just to learn how to reduce your carbon footprint.

39. TheGloss.com – Fashion, beauty, and feminism meet offbeat wit in a wildly successful culmination of talent in this blog. With a voice behind every article, and some pop-culture education, this blog isn’t for the lighthearted, or otherwise easily offended reader. Learn how to make your own makeup or read about the royal wedding. There’s plenty of content to get you lost in.

40. Nicole – A professional coffee drinker, Nicole’s biggest frustration is her interest in almost everything. Her readers don’t seem to mind, Nicole offers makeup tutorials and recipes to try at home that will keep dollars in your pocket and teach you how to covet smoother feet.

41. FashionIndie.com – Not for the slim wallet, fashion indie will definitely inspire your wardrobe and your next shopping trip. For the die-hard trendsetters, this site will keep your look together from head to toe. Categories to cover the most lavish lifestyle, don’t forget to stop by the giveaway tab to score some freebies.

42. Heather Crosby – Heather is dedicated to sharing the benefits of a plant-based diet and lifestyle with her readers. Honestly, she had me at blush made out of beets. How fantastic is that? Even better, double the recipe and make some lip gloss while you’re at it. Heather will leave you inspired to live a happier, healthier life.

43. Marie Rayma – Though she’s left her titanic fan site behind, her talent with graphics and design have inspired her to share her labor-intensive hobbies with her lucky readers. Marie has a true knack for all things thrifty and crafty. You can peruse her categories to pick out recipes for hair, body, skin, makeup, and soap. Tried and tested, she’ll share all her tutorials with her so you can make yours perfect the first try.

44. Jill – Jill openly shares her story of recovering from addiction as the path that guided her to her blog. She has certainly found her passion through her dedication to a healthier, happy lifestyle. She shares her recipes, projects, crafts, and (my favorite) her homemade solution section.

45. Emily – Emily is a health researcher and writer ready to teach us readers a thing or two about what we think we’re putting in our bodies. She focuses primarily on educating readers on “what to eat and what not to eat,” she also shares random tidbits of a hippie, and healthy, lifestyle to inspire your lifestyle too.

46. BodyUnburdened – A truly eye-opening blog, ‘Body Unburdened’ focuses on eliminating the toxins we put in our body everyday through environmental contact to the products we choose to use. Discover what products you may be using that are harming you and your body, and learn about healthy, non-toxic alternatives for a better peace of mind.

47. Tiffany – Tiffany is a real food mama that shares her journey through babies and learning a real food lifestyle. She focuses primarily on the use of coconuts, from oils to flours, and shares her recipes for delicious meals and healthy products. Shop her page to support her writing, and learn about the benefits of reading the ingredients.

48. Britanie Faith – Britanie is an organic and natural beauty advocate, green makeup artist, photographer, herbalist and health and wellness enthusiast. As if that doesn’t fill her day-to-day, she also regularly contributes to magazines such as Lucky and Organic Beauty Talk. She reviews products, and also shares how to make your own makeup, like homemade eyeliner using two ingredients.

Oct
09

Making Cold Process Beer Soap

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Cold Process Beer Soap

Soaping with beer involves a few extra steps, but is totally worth the effort!

Some times the littlest things- like the addition of a unique ingredient to your recipe- converts to major sales of your product.  Beer would happen to be one of those ingredients.

But, what exactly is it about Beer in Soaps?

There is no straight forward answer to this question.  Some people are just amazed by Beer Soap because it was made with beer.  For some, they look at beer soap and can instantly list 10 people that love beer and therefore would get a kick out of beer soap.  For others, they seek out the thick and super creamy elements that a bar of beer soap provides them every time they wash.  And, even still there are others out there that know the great conditioning aspects that beer soap contributes to their skin.  The list of reasons is limitless, but one thing is for sure… Cold Process Beer Soap does get attention!

Soaping with Beer

Please Note:  Soaping with beer is a more advanced process.  Therefore, if you are new to soaping, you may want to sidebar this recipe until you are completely comfortable with the soaping process and have a few cold process soap batches under your belt.

Recently, we decided that we had to give cold process beer soap making a try.  As we found out, the addition of beer to a soaping recipe is not something that can be taken lightly or on a whim.  First things first; one of the most important steps in prepping your beer soap recipe is removing all of the carbonation from the beer itself.  This is extremely important to the soap recipe because beer is used to replace the full water portion of your recipe.  When adding the lye to a beer that is still carbonated you just don’t get a volcano, the volcano you get is supercharged with bubbles (carbonation.)  This is why you want a flat beer before beginning to soap.

One of the best ways to remove the carbonation from the beer is to let it set out for 3 days.  You do this by opening the can, pouring it into a bowl, and occasionally stirring it throughout the 3 days.  A good rule of thumb to use is every time you enter the room that the beer is setting in, give it a stir.

The next step in preparing your beer is the boil.  After the three days have elapsed, place your beer into a pot on the stove top and boil it and simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.  This step is also taken as a precaution to eliminate any leftover carbonation.

The final step after the boil is to freeze the beer.  Let the beer temperature drop to room temp, then carefully place the beer in an empty ice cube tray and freeze overnight.  This step is beneficial in two ways- eliminating carbonation (once again) and offsetting the high temperature for when the lye is added to the frozen beer.

Once the beer is frozen, it is now ready for soaping use.

Now, when adding the lye to the frozen beer, the best precaution to take (besides the regular safety gear and steps) is to mix this portion of the recipe in a deep bowl or pitcher in the sink.  This way, if there is any chance of a volcano effect taking place the sink will minimize the affected area.  Now, the other special note to be aware of in this step is the adding of the lye.  Because the beer is frozen, the lye (as it reacts) will melt the beer.  You want to constantly stir the beer cubes around after each small spurt of lye is added.  This will become easier as the frozen beer melts into a liquid.  Keep adding the lye in small amounts until all is used.  And, stir until you are sure that all the lye is dissolved.  Also, it should also be noted, there is quite a distinctive odor that is given off by the beer/lye solution- you will want to definitely want to make sure that you are in a well ventilated area.

The rest of the soaping recipe steps take place as normal.

In the End

Soaping with beer was a new experience!   The end results are simply amazing.  The color of the bars is a perfect beer hue.  The lather of the soap bar truly is thick and creamy.  And, after bathing with it, your skin feels soft and supple.  Cold Process Beer Soap is worth the extra steps.

Since the beer is added as the water portion of the recipe, you can use your favorite cold process soap recipe.  However, if you would like a Cold Process Beer Recipe, Natures Garden has one listed under their free recipes and classes section of their website.  Or, you can simply click here to see the 4 pound Beer Soap Recipe.

Oct
08

Mistletoe & Ivy Fragrance Oil

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Natures Garden’s Mistletoe & Ivy Fragrance Oil is a classic holiday scent!

Mistletoe & Ivy Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

If you are wondering if there are any scents available that truly capture the scent that is Christmas, then Natures Garden’s Mistletoe & Ivy Fragrance should be on your testing list. Mistletoe & Ivy is a perfect scent for those seeking a touch of pine without being overwhelmed by the notes. This fragrance oil has a perfect balance of everything holiday making this scent a “new Christmas favorite” for many of Natures Garden’s customers.

What does Mistletoe & Ivy Smell Like?

A sensual Christmas fragrance oil by Natures Garden that will help you get kissed under the mistletoe! Mistletoe & Ivy fragrance blends together cedar leaf, Siberian fir, English holly, holiday mistletoe, cooling camphor, trailing ivy, sandalwood, vetiver, and frosted musk.

How Do Our Customers Use Mistletoe & Ivy Fragrance Oil?

For anyone who is a candle crafter or home scenter; this scent is used in gel, paraffin, soy, WOW and Joy waxes. Mistletoe & Ivy fragrance oil has a very strong hot scent throw completely filling your home with the wonderful scent of Christmas time. This fragrance oil also works very well for hanging air fresheners, electric warmers, and potpourri.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance oil performs amazingly and the scent retention is awesome! The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5% and is used to make: bubble bombs, lotions, body sprays, body creams, melt and pour soap, scrubs, and lotion bars. Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is phenomenal. Here are the official results: Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration, performs beautifully, perfect holiday scent, very strong, strongly recommend.

Oct
02

Titanium Dioxide

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Whether you are a candle, soap, or personal care products crafter, chances are you have run across Titanium Dioxide in your field.

Sometimes, you just want your products to be so wonderful that they can sell themselves.  Usually, the look your product has is the turning point as to whether someone’s interest is peaked enough to further investigate.  Instantly, your first urge is to make a product that is beautifully fragranced and colored, therefore snatching the potential sale.  But, what if your end goal was a finished product that was white in color?  Ahhh, the elusive white product- clean, pure, brilliant.  This my friends is where Titanium Dioxide comes into play.

Titanium Dioxide is a naturally occurring mineral that appears with the oxidation of titanium.  Once these minerals are collected, they are then processed and refined to remove any impurities.  What this all results in is a whitening product that can be used in a wide array of mediums.  In fact, Titanium Dioxide is the most widely used whitening pigment for many industries.

The additive itself is without odor and has excellent absorbing properties.  Titanium Dioxide is not only noted for its whitening power in products, but also for its thickening capabilities as well.  Yet, another notable property of Titanium Dioxide is its light reflection potential.  It’s no secret that Titanium Dioxide is a well known ingredient in many sunscreen applications.  This is due to its light reflection properties of reflecting, scattering, and absorbing sunlight therefore protecting the skin underneath from any harmful rays.

When to add it:  Titanium Dioxide can be oil based or water based.  If using water based titanium dioxide in your bath and body recipes, you will want to incorporate this ingredient during the water phase of your recipe.  If using the oil based titanium dioxide, you will incorporate it during the oil phase of your recipe.  If using titanium dioxide for candles, it can only be used for the overdips of the candles.  Incorporating this additive to your melted candle wax, will clog your wick in a finished product.

How Much to Add:  When integrating titanium dioxide in your products, remember testing is key to finding your perfect recipe.  However, Natures Garden suggests the following usage rates for titanium dioxide.  In cosmetics, Titanium dioxide is used in mineral makeup as your matte base. It allows your product to flow nicely. For candle making, typical usage of titanium dioxide for dipped candles is 1% titanium dioxide to 3%-6% stearic acid.  In everything else bath and body, usage level is no more than 1 teaspoon per pound of soap/cosmetic product.

But, What If:  If you are considering Titanium Dioxide in your recipe, but would still like to maintain some colored aspects to your finished product, this can be done as well.  Incorporating titanium dioxide to certain parts of your product offers a great contrast of white and color; making the colored aspects of your product even more vibrant, bold, and eye catching.

In closing, regardless of whether you are seeking out that perfect white bar of soap, mastering a body care product that effectively shields skin from harmful UV rays, or even giving the outside of your candle that clean white look, Titanium Dioxide is your solution.

Oct
02

Baby Powder Fragrance Oil

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Natures Garden’s Baby Powder Fragrance Oil is a year round Best Selling fragrance oil.

Baby Powder Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Although this scent is the real deal and dominates when it comes to baby shower favors, expecting mothers, or child themed products, Natures Garden’s Baby Powder fragrance oil is also adored by anyone who simply loves the scent of fresh and clean.  This fragrance, as one customer puts it, “is a true aroma of pleasant baby powder.” However, do not assume that this sweet and powdery fragrance oil is subtle.  Many of our customers comment that Natures Garden’s Baby Powder Fragrance Oil is the best baby powder scent available.  They even refer to how quickly the scent perfectly fills the room or even house when they are crafting their products.  Needless to say, this scent is an “Absolute Must Have!” and it is a great mixing fragrance as well.

What does Baby Powder Smell Like? 

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is reminiscent of Johnson’s Baby powder scent.  A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Baby Powder Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters or home scenters; Baby Powder Fragrance Oil is used in an array of waxes like palm, Wow, Soy, Ecosoya, and paraffin waxes.  This fragrance oil also has awesome hot and cold scent throw and is nice and strong without being overpowering.  On the home scenting end, this fragrance oil has many possibilities such as room sprays, wax dipped stuffed animals, dryer sachets, aroma beads, smelly jellies, reeds, and incense.  This fragrance oil is even put in oil diffusers too!

On the bath and body end, this fragrance is highly recommended.  The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5%, and the Vanillin Content is 2% so this fragrance oil may discolor your products.  Natures Garden’s Baby Powder fragrance oil is used to make:  Body Butter Melts, melt and pour soaps, lotions, bubble bombs, body wash, bath gel, and even body powder.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance oil is remarkable.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, discolors to a brown, but scent stays true.

If you are looking for a great recipe using Baby Powder Fragrance Oil, check out the Natural Baby Powder Recipe under Natures Garden’s Free Recipes and Classes section of the website.