Archive for November, 2013

The Handmade Industries

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

starter-kits copyOver the years, the home scenting as well as the bath and body industry has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry.  And, even better yet market analysis data report that these industries are still on the move.

When it comes to candles, chandeliers are using more than just paraffin waxes.  There has been an influx in quite a variety of waxes for candles including soy, gel, and other natural based waxes as well.  But, besides the array of candles available, many candle makers are marketing other products with their candles too.  Companies are creating complimentary scented products like incense, cosmetics, soaps, home scenting mediums, pet products, and even cleaning products to be sold with their candles.  The same statement can be made for soap makers.  Rather than just marketing bath and body products like soaps and scrubs, many soap makers are also making candles and tarts, room sprays, reed diffusers, and aroma beads in matching aromas too.  And, this super smart marketing strategy equates to higher sales and happier customers in the end.

The common denominator for success in both handmade industries is superior quality products that smell good.  We live in a world today where consumers are very aware of quality.  Because handmade products are far more superior to mass produced machine made products, consumers will seek out quality.  Even when it comes to the soaps that they use in their homes, shoppers are now realizing that going the handmade route with their purchase is the wisest choice.  Not only do natural soaps have a longer life in the shower, but also handmade soaps are healthier for your skin.

Besides the superior quality of handmade products, the good smell of your products also increases sales.  Consumers are spending more on products that smell good.  People want everything to have a good smell whether it is their homes, automobiles, clothing, or themselves; there is a huge niche for this.  Many perfumists in the industry realize this and are diligently working harder than ever to formulate scents that fulfill the unique wants and needs of the consumers spending habits.

Even when it comes to gift giving, many shoppers are going the homemade route instead.  Homemade gift baskets are becoming more and more popular because homemade gifts mean more to the recipient than store bought gifts.  Handmade products are sentimental.

If you are interested in making your own soaps, candles, cosmetics, or home scenting products for your small business or even just a gift basket, Natures Garden is here to help.  We are truly passionate about helping you turn your creative ideas into something beautiful in this exciting and prosperous industry.  Our informative and experienced staff can be reached by calling our HUG Line (1-866-647-2368) or you can contact us via email at info@naturesgardencandles.com.

Christmas Splendor Fragrance Oil

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

christmas splendor fragrance oilChristmas Splendor Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This customer favorite fragrance oil is one scent that should not be passed over this holiday season.  If you only promote a few scents in your products, consider carrying this one.  Christmas Splendor Fragrance Oil has a certain country home type appeal to many customers because the aroma creates just the right atmosphere for holiday cheer.  This Christmas type scent never fails to make an impression- even when it comes to year round sales.  In fact, not only does this fragrance oil consistently perform, but also is a top seller (renamed of course once the Christmas Season has passed).  If you are looking for a scent that is a great blend of fruit and outdoors, Christmas Splendor Fragrance Oil is a everything you wanted and more.

What does Christmas Splendor Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the wonderful Christmas combination of apples, oak, balsam, fir, and pine, with a background of cinnamon and clove. Many of our customers carry this scent year round because it is a best selling scent for them; rename it Country Splendor for year-round sales. A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Christmas Splendor Fragrance Oil?

For those of you lucky ones that are candle crafters or home scenters; this scent is the perfect home scenting fragrance.  Used in a variety of waxes like Joy, soy, Pillar of Bliss, Palm, soy blends, and WOW wax, this fragrance oil shines when it comes to scent throw.  With a wonderfully strong hot throw that fills large rooms; this scent is one hot seller.   The same strong aroma is also true for the cold throw, which is why this fragrance also works extremely well for aroma beads, reed diffusers, smelly jellies, wax dipped stuffed animals, and room sprays.

Unfortunately, on the bath and body end, this fragrance oil is not body safe.


How to Make Foaming Body Frosting

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Foaming Body FrostingA great idea for gift baskets this holiday season, foaming body frosting will leave your skin feeling soft, supple, and moisturized.  Whether you are making this sweet body treat for yourself, as a gift, or for sale; this foaming body frosting recipe is a winner.

List of ingredients and equipment you will need:
Whipped Soap Base- 1 Pound
Any Body Safe Fragrance Oil
QUICK ORDER FUN Soap Colorants 1 oz.
4 oz. Clear PET JAR
White Straight Lid Smooth 58/400
Powdered Sugar
Scale
Bowls (5)
Spoons (5)
Spatula
Hand Held Mixer
Deep Mixing Bowl

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:  Using your scale, weigh out 454 grams of Whipped Soap Base and place it into your mixing bowl.  Set aside.

Step 2:  In a separate bowl, weigh out 250 grams of powdered sugar.

Step 3:  Next, using your hand held mixer, start to whip the whipped soap base.  You will notice the base will start to appear like whipped frosting.  When you have reached this point, add the powdered sugar to the whipped soap base.  Using a spatula,  begin to fold the powdered sugar into the whipped soap base.  You want to thoroughly mix this to incorporate it well.

Step 4:  Next, add 35 grams of any body safe fragrance oil.  Using your spatula, fold the fragrance oil into the whipped soap base.  Make sure you clean the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

Step 5:  Start whipping the mixture again. Make sure the mixture is well blended.  When the mixture begins to look like whipped frosting again, stop beating.

Step 6:  Now, get your 5 bowls and spoons.  To each bowl, add approximately 140 grams of the body frosting mixture.

Step 7:  Depending on the depth of color you are looking to achieve, add anywhere from 5-15 drops of Fun Soap Colorant to each bowl.  Stir well with a spoon to fully incorporate.

Step 8:  Finally, using your spoon scoop the foaming body frosting into your 4 oz clear PET jars and lid.

A perfect mom and me project, the foaming body frosting recipe is super easy to make and doesn’t take a very long time either.  Just make sure that when you make the recipe, you save a foaming body frosting for yourself.

 

 

Whipped Soap Base

Friday, November 29th, 2013

whipped soap baseThe wait is finally over; Natures Garden received a new product last week that we know you are just going to love:  Whipped Soap Base.  This product will have your creative juices flowing with all of the fun possibilities you can produce.  The bright white whipped soap base is quite an amazing product and has a shelf life of 1 year.  The base alone has a rich, foaming lather with bubbles great and small. Who knew washing could be so much fun!

The whipped soap base is a great by itself, but it is even better when it is scented with body safe fragrance oil and colored.  But, the fun doesn’t stop there.  Whipped Soap Base has a variety of uses when other ingredients like sugar or melt and pour soap are added to the mix.

Whipped Soap Base can be used to make an array of finished products.  Treat your product line with new delightful body goodies like foaming body frosting, foaming sugar scrubs, whipped shaving creams, and even soap frostings.  The list could go on and on.

To use Natures Garden’s whipped soap base, simply weigh out the amount you need.  Whip it with a hand held mixer.  Add fragrance oil and soap colorants if desired.  Then, easily spoon it right into the jars you are packaging it in.  It really is just that simple.

There are two points that should be mentioned.  When mixing the whipped soap base, you will want to make sure you have a nice deep mixing bowl.  Also, if you selected to scent your whipped soap base with a fragrance oil that has a high vanillin content, you will want to also use Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to help reduce discoloration in your end product.

The finished bath and body products feel incredible!  The luxurious lather leaves your skin feeling moisturized and silky smooth.  And, one of the greatest attributes of this product is that once packaged, it does not extensively deflate over time. 

To view any of the recipes using this product, simply click on the links, or view Natures Garden’s website.  In the free recipes and classes area, you will find a variety of recipes and steps to create fabulously fun projects.

Vanilla Silk Fragrance Oil

Friday, November 29th, 2013

vanilla silk fragrance oilVanilla Silk Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Dubbed by our customers as a top vanilla scent in the market, Natures Garden’s Vanilla Silk Fragrance Oil is a best seller.  This creamy and decedent vanilla makes quite an impression in your products too.  Your customers will love the rich, buttery, sweetness that this fragrance oil provides.  And, some even better news about this fragrance oil; it is a phenomenal mixer too!

What does Vanilla Silk Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a warm luscious aroma of creamy vanilla. A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Vanilla Silk Fragrance Oil?

If you are a candle crafter, Vanilla Silk Fragrance Oil is used in paraffin, WOW, Joy, advanced soy, Pillar of Bliss, Palm, and Golden Foods Soy waxes.  Although the cold scent throw with this fragrance is good, the hot scent throw is absolutely wonderful.  If you are a home scenter, vanilla silk fragrance oil is used in smelly jellies, sachet beads, and room freshening sprays too.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance oil is limitless. The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 4%, and the Vanillin Content is 8.6% so Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is advised by our customers to stabilize discoloration in finished products.  This creamy fragrance is used to make: lotions, bubble baths, body scrubs, body sprays, melt and pour soaps, and whipped body butters just to name a few.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance oil is delicious.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  Smells like a yummy vanilla creme once added to the soap!  Discolors to a chocolate brown.

Top 44 Lip Balm Blogs & Recipes

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Lip Balm blogs

If you spend as much money on lip balm as I do, then you’ll come to love making your own. If you’ve never tried the DIY approach, then I have the perfect post full of the best lip balm recipe blogs loaded with tutorials, how-to’s, and wonderful tips and tricks.

I decided to create a quality resource for readers looking for lip balm recipes, to offer them information with variety and plenty of information from what I have found to be some of the best lip balm recipe blogs online. I’m such a fan of these blogs, I’ve gone ahead and created badges so their visitors know they are one of the top lip balm blogs on the internet.  The order below is not in any particular order, so browse freely. Each blog will offer you something new to explore.Enjoy!

1. Christina – Christina refers to herself as a lip balm addict. Hey, we all have something! Although, Christina decides to use her addiction to better your lip balm investments by doing frequent reviews of what’s worth the splurge and what you should save your money on.

2. Lisa – Lisa walks you through the wonderful world of lip balms, from glosses to tints to DIY recipes with her blog. When this blogger isn’t busy reviewing her latest purchase, she’s probably updating one of her other dozen blogs, mostly focused on other lip balm related products. She is the artisan and chief formulator behind ForGoodnessGrape and The Lip Balm Queen and makes over 500 lip balms in every flavor and combination that you could possibly imagine to cater to fellow lip balm addicts worldwide.

3. Chaptastic.com – If you’ve ever found Chapstick in every pocket of your pants, every drawer in your house, and under any cushion on your couch, then you may have found the perfect site for your Chapstick affair. Determined to find the perfect tube of Chapstick, this blog revolves around reviews and products to help you find the brand you love.

4. Katie – Katie loves lip products, and cats, more than your average girl. This makes her wonderfully qualified to share her expert-ish insight on how to keep your lips radiant, using balms, butters, gloss, or stain.

5. PumpsAndGloss – This is a site of true variety. As the name suggests, topics are from pumps to lip gloss and everything in between for “the fabulous and sassy.” They’ll cover all of your favorite products and brands, and help you learn how to give your look a major update. Scroll through the feed and learn about the latest cosmetics, while reading an editor’s favorite review and learning how to clean your makeup brushes. A fabulous, one-stop-shop beauty blog.

6. BalmCollector.tumblr.com – A great, quick stop for short, to the point reviews on your favorite lip balms. From drugstores to high end, get the know on these products before you invest your money. An honest review, the investment, and what it might pair nicely with so you can keep your lips happy and healthy.

7. Val – Dry Lips is a wildly informative blog built on the well-traveled editor’s experience in the constant changes in the quality of her lips. From cold to dry climates, and low-to-high end products, Val will walk you through restoring the perfect condition to your puckers.

8. LipBalmAnonymous.com – Definitely an interesting twist on the lip balm blogs we’ve seen, this one actually suggestions that lip balm addiction is a serious, trending issue. A wildly informative intro video can be watched on their homepage, put together by journalism students. Not believing it? Read through some of their facts about drying agents put into popular brands like Carmex and you may lose your skepticism.

Our Favorite Lip Balm Recipes

1. Martha – Martha at The Beauty Junkee advises readers on what lip balms work for dry lips to pair with matte lipstick to stay crack-free, but more importantly, how to alleviate the problem of dry lips in the first place.

2. Rebecca – Rebecca from the Soap Deli News Blog shares a lip balm recipe that is perfect for birthday parties or even wedding favors. Made with all natural shea butter, cocoa butter, and mango butter, this recipe is highly customizable and can be made in under 30 minutes.

3. TheNerdyFarmWife.com – Learn how to use mint (fresh from the garden!) to infuse oil and turn it into lip balm. The Nerdy Farm Wife shares two lip balm recipes using this all-natural infusion technique.

4. Ashley – Ashley at Simply Designing shares an all-natural lip balm recipe in preparation for winter chapped lips. This recipe is fun, easy, and customizable making up to four containers of lip balm.

5. Jamie – This all-natural lip balm recipe uses herbs from your own backyard to add fragrance, natural oils, and a visual flourish. This recipe is perfect for a bridal shower, baby shower, or a fun girls’ night.

6. HowDoeShe.com – This homemade lip balm doubles as a lip stain for a stylish take on a chapped lip moisturizer using only two ingredients and just one minute of assemble time!

7. BeautyLish.com – Perfect for holiday gifts or combating winter chill, this lip balm recipe is full of peppermint goodness and you can even use a recycled Altoid container for the finished product.

8. Stephanie – Using honey in your lip balm is said to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial properties, but Stephanie of Garden Therapy uses it because it simply makes a “darn good good lip balm.” She shares this all-natural hemp and honey lip balm recipe for happy lips.

9. Grit.com – This simple, all-natural lip balm uses beeswax (the most versatile and widely used of all bee byproducts) and ingredients that are probably already in your pantry.

10. MyMerryMessyLife.com – As the cold sets in, use this chemical-free lip balm recipe to soothe dry and chapped lips. Clove and orange make this lip balm an especially perfect gift for the holidays and only takes about 10 minutes to make.

11. Ashley Marie – Many lip balms you buy at the store contain chemicals that actually do damage to your skin and lips, which not only exposes your body to unnecessary toxins, but is also counterproductive to its entire purpose. Instead, Ashley Marie shows us how to make your own natural lip balm using this simple recipe.

12. Torie Jayne – Torie Jayne shares a homemade lip balm recipe that doesn’t sacrifice the sparkly fun from some of the store-bought varieties. She used this as a fun holiday gift for her family and friends, and along with the recipe even includes some free printable labels you can use to dress up your lip balm containers.

13. AromaHead – AromaHead offers this homemade lip balm recipe that is kid-friendly so they can participate in creating their favorite lip balm flavors (like chocolate and vanilla!). Based with all-natural infusions and wax, these homemade lip balms are soothing, fun, and last a long time.

14. Colleen – Colleen started making her own lip balm after noticing the rising prices of the chemically laden varieties found in stores and decided that she could make it herself. She shares her highly customizable lip balm recipe that her whole family uses and loves.

15. Andrea – Andrea from Frugally Sustainable has created a luscious strawberry lip balm with 100% organic flavoring and all-natural ingredients. The lip balm recipe will lock in moisture AND indulge your strawberry sweet tooth.

16. Lori – Women in Victorian times made their own tinted lip balms, so Lori of Our Heritage of Health has decided to take on the tradition by sharing a recipe following in our ancestors’ footsteps from an actual women’s magazine in the 1800s. And since chemicals were a foreign concept in the days of yore, you can be assured that this recipe is full of all-natural goodness.

17. CatsOnTheHomestead – If an effort to stay away from petroleum-based lip balms, synthetic dyes, and preservatives, Cats on the Homestead offers this natural wax and oil-based lip balm recipe as a basic structure to customize however you want.

18. HowToBePerfectWoman.com – Healthier and more effective than commercial lip balms, this basic recipe by How to Be Perfect Woman is easy and highly customizable.

19. Lindsey – After experimenting with making her own non-toxic sunscreen and bug repellent, Lindsey of Homemade Mommy decided it was time to try her hand at replacing her beloved commercial lip balm with a more natural homemade variety. Her chocolate mint lip balm recipe turned out to be much easier (and cheaper) than she expected, and best of all she can stock her entire house with a lip balm that is completely non-toxic.

20. APumpkingAndAPrincess.com – Shimmer, a pop of color, AND only two ingredients? A Pumpkin and a Princess shares this easy DIY lip balm which soothes and softens your lips and is princess approved.

21. Dawn – Dawn shares an easy, two-ingredient lip balm recipe using ingredients that you can probably find in your pantry. This recipe is fun and easy and Dawn even shares some printable labels to add to your finished lip balm tubes to decorate and give away as gifts to family and friends.

22. UntrainedHousewife.com – Untrained Housewife presents a lip balm recipe that is not only easy, but higher quality than many of the commercial lip balm options. Not only that, but this recipe allows you to create a lip balm with the texture, flavor, and coloring that works best for YOU.

23. VermontFarmHeart.com – Vermont Farm Heart claims an “addiction” to lip balm. She always grew up with a Chap Stick nearby, but now finds the process of making her own so easy that she has transitioned from the commercial to the homemade. Here she shares two varieties of lip balm recipes which are both basic and easy to tweak.

24. Dominique – Lip balms and lipsticks are generally the most used cosmetic item, so it only makes sense to make them yourself if you buy them on a regular basis anyway. Not only is it great for personal use, but you can make enough to sell on Etsy or other crafting sites. This recipe is simple and fun and can create some amazing results.

25. Jes – These coconut honeybee lip balms make excellent gifts for family and friends, plus the recipe is extremely easy and doesn’t require any fancy equipment to make. Jes also includes printable labels you can use for your own lip balm tubes at the end of her post.

26. SavvyBrown.com – Savvy Brown uses this two-ingredient lip balm recipe to soothe and prep her lips. This recipe is all-natural and can also be used as a cuticle moisturizer, a solid perfume, and even as a quick conditioner for dry hair.

27. AmazingHerbsAndOils.com – This DIY lip balm recipe can help heal and prevent cold sores naturally! Using lemon balm, which is a natural cold sore-fighting herb, this lip balm recipe is easy and effective.

28. Gabby – Gabby loves this lip balm recipe because it is packed with only natural ingredients (as opposed to her recently kicked habit of Victoria’s Secret lip gloss) and it truly soothes her lips against the Boston cold. This recipe is easy and cheaper than store-bought lip balms

29. Birkatchaverim.com – This kid-friendly lip balm recipe avoids the use of a stove or fire so that kids can more safely participate in making their own natural lip balm using beeswax, peppermint oil, and cocoa to create a fun activity with a delicious flavor.

30. Marina Marchese  – This simple recipe is the lip balm that all bee keepers should know and use. With all-natural beeswax, this lip balm is creamier than commercial lip balms and is easy to customize using your own preferred essential oils and natural fragrances.

31. Staci – This chocolate covered orange lip balm recipe evokes the scents of the season and is a great gift idea. This recipe also includes Vitamin E oil for additional skin healing properties as well as a natural preservative.

32. Kinsey Mhire – Kinsey shares four lip balm variations that are all-natural and make excellent gifts for family and friends: peppermint, honey and chamomile, lavender and vanilla, and chocolate.

33. Shaina Olmanson – Shaina gives two excellent lip balm recipes and breaks down the natural ingredients of each to explain why they help nourish your lips. She also provides a free printable label to decorate your own lip balm tubes with so you can gift them to family, friends, and secret admirers.

34. Kaylie – Kaylie posts about her chocolate peppermint lip balm recipe reminding us of delicious winter cocoa while keeping our lips moisturized and protected from the winter cold.

35. Erica – Erica created a fun activity to do with her kids by making their own home made lip balm out of all-natural ingredients. She shares the process as well as the three variations they made and even took the time to create custom labels for each of the containers.

36. Leslie – Leslie of Crunch Betty shares three DIY lip balm recipes which are easy and can be adjusted to meet your own customizations. Leslie even uses some of these recipes as an all-over body moisturizer.

Strawberry Passion Fragrance Oil

Monday, November 18th, 2013

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Rated by our customers as the “perfect strawberry scent”, Strawberry Passion fragrance is the real deal when it comes to authenticity.  This sweet and amazing scent smells just like fresh cut strawberries, with no artificial notes on this yummy fragrance.  A mouth watering and well rounded aroma, strawberry passion fragrance oil is a best seller year round, but especially moves for Valentine’s Day!

What does Strawberry Passion Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a rich ripened strawberry fragrance with bottom notes of cotton candy and French vanilla. Your customers will love it! A Best Seller!  An NG Original Fragrance!

How Do Our Customers Use Strawberry Passion Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters out there; strawberry passion fragrance oil is used in Palm, soy, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  If you are looking for a cute and creative spin, this scent also makes awesome pie candles.  Strawberry Passion has a strong and steady hot throw and a divine cold throw.  This fragrance oil also works great in oil burners, as well as for room fresheners, whether it is odor eliminator, smelly jellies, or sachet beads.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is a winner!  The usage percent of Strawberry Passion Fragrance Oil is 5%, and the Vanillin Content is 8.3% so Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is advised by our customers to stabilize discoloration in finished products.  This amazing fragrance is used to make: liquid soaps, solid lotion bars, bath bombs, body scrubs, lotions, perfumes, melt and pour soaps, body sprays, bath gels, whipped butters, body mists, and massage oils.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance did awesome.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration.  Discolors to a dark chocolate.

Christmas Tree Fragrance Oil

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

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Simply an amazing scent to fill your home with this holiday season, Christmas Tree Fragrance Oil smells just like a real Christmas Tree.  This fragrance is a perfect solution for those who use artificial trees to decorate their homes; but long for that traditional tree scent without any of the pine needle mess.  In fact, one of our customers refers to this fragrance as “pinetastic”!  Considered a “Christmas Keeper” by many of our clients, this pine scent coupled with its deep tones, is an immediate sell out for candles, tarts, and home scenting mediums. 

What does Christmas Tree Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden will have you ready to start decorating for the Christmas season.  Why not decorate your home with the scent of fresh Christmas tree?  Christmas tree fragrance begins with top notes of pine and fresh lime; with middle notes of cardamom and pepper; with a base note of Scotch pine.  An NG Original Fragrance!  A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Christmas Tree Fragrance Oil?

For those of you lucky ones that are candle crafters or home scenters; this scent is one hot seller.  Used in a variety of waxes like soy, Joy, Pillar of Bliss, Palm, soy blends, and WOW wax, this fragrance oil dominates when it comes to scent throw.  With an amazingly strong hot throw that fills several rooms using only a single candle, this scent is loved and cherished by all.   The same strong aroma is also true for the cold throw, which is why this fragrance also works extremely well for aroma beads, smelly jellies, wax dipped toilet paper, and odor eliminator sprays. 

Unfortunately, on the bath and body end, this fragrance oil is not body safe.    

Reindeer Poo Fragrance Oil

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

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Are you ready to embrace a little fun this holiday season?  Reindeer Poo is one of the most fun fragrance oils at Natures Garden.  Inspired by those great magical sleigh pullers, Reindeer Poo fragrance captures the playful side of holiday cheer.  Not only will this scent get your products noticed, but the name alone will definitely have customer’s interests peaked.

What does Reindeer Poo Smell Like?

This holiday season, have fun, laugh a little, and embrace a good sense of humor.  That is what we did when creating Natures Garden’s Reindeer Poo fragrance oil!  This fragrance will lift your holiday spirits, and add a little magic to your life!  Reindeer Poo begins with top notes of apples and pears; followed by middle notes of eucalyptus, pine, and geranium; and well-balanced with base notes of vanilla, cedarwood, and patchouli.  We believe that the bubbly top notes coincide with the feeling children have when they see Santa’s reindeer magically flying through the sky.  An NG Original Fragrance!  A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Reindeer Poo Fragrance Oil?

If you are a candle crafter or home scenter, Reindeer Poo Fragrance Oil is used in paraffin, WOW, Joy, Pillar of Bliss, Palm, and Soy waxes.  Since this scent is strong in both the hot and cold throw; it will be no time before this playful scent fills your home.  This fragrance oil also works very well in smelly jellies and oil burners for festively fun home scenting ideas too.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance oil has a usage percentage of 5%. This fragrance oil is very popular with both children and adults and is used to make: lotions, bubble bath, shampoos, body scrubs, melt and pour soaps, bath gels, and body butters.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance behaved perfectly!  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, immediate discoloration to a pale gold, gelled when hot, very nice scent.  Final discoloration to a caramel color.

Top 49 Natural Living and Homemaking Blogs

Monday, November 11th, 2013

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There are endless books, articles, and resources about natural living and homemaking that it can be daunting to explore. I wanted to create a helpful post that could be a one-stop-shop of sorts for information and quality resources for people looking for reliable information about natural living and homemaking blogs.

In fact, I endorse them all so much that I made a badge for them to display and be recognized as one of the top natural living and homemaking blogs on the Internet. They are not listed in any particular order. Truly, I’d give them all the #1 spot if I could.

1. Kristy – Homeschooling can sound daunting to anyone, especially with five children. Follow Kristy as she shares her tips and tricks for her homeschooling success that are sure to make you feel more confident in your role. She also shares her gluten-free recipes and menu-planning to help you organize and simplify your life.

2. GuideToLivingNaturally.com – If you want to live a more holistic, sustainable lifestyle this blog is a jackpot resource for you. This blog has recipes and tips on natural cleaning and decorating, how to cultivate a natural garden, learning a natural beauty regimine, and so much more. Delightfully informative articles with a blogroll going back three years of information and tips for you and your family to be more planet friendly.

3. ModernAlternativeHealth.com – The mission of this site is to educate and empower it’s readers to make informed decisions about their health. ‘Modern Alternative Health,’ recognizes that there is a lot of information out there that can be misleading and confusing. Wonderfully informative, and a great starting point for anyone looking to change to a natural lifestyle.

4. Kylie – Her name is Kylie, and she likes to make things out of plants. If that’s not charming enough for you, Kylie’s blog is written with the intent to help her readers “bloom” through every season and accept that they may shed a few petals in the process. Learn green recipes and healthy living tips to “bloom” in any season.

5. NaturesNurtureBlog.com – Natures Nurture’ philosophy is summarized in four words: frugal, natural, sustainable, and homemade. From recipes to kitchen tips, everything you find on this blog fits into one of those four categories. Follow this family’s inspiring journey to a healthier, more sustainable life.

6. AllNaturalMe.com – This site is just bursting with personality behind this blogger’s natural living lifestyle. Follow her recipes, reviews, and tips on how to enjoy a natural lifestyle. She has hundreds of blogposts on an array of topics, step-by-step tutorials, and even helpful videos.

7. ArtOfNaturalLiving.com – Dating back two decades of “green history,” this blog is innovative, fun, and inspiring. They feature their family tips through discovering an organic, sustainable lifestyle and share their tips to save you the headache of research and a few dollars in your pocket.

8. NaturallySavvy.com – Finally a site that you can trust amongst all the misleading news sites about what’s going on with our food supply, and what words like GMO’s and chemical additives mean and how they are creeping into our homes and our bodies. Educate yourself on the environmental impact our food sources are facing, and keep your conscious, and your body, clean and clear with this source to support you.

9. Amanda – Amanda is a wonder-mom, both in day-to-day, and her journey to motherhood. She shares her journey through her health struggles, and how she remedied her body to carry two children after being told she would never have any. When she’s not chasing her two little ones, or updating her blog, Amanda is studying to become a certified herbalist, and making goodies to sell other organic mommies.

10. KitchenStewardship.com – If you’re like most families, then you’ve probably struggled with the balance of eating healthier, saving money, and still having the time to spend time with each other. ‘Kitchen Stewardship,’ is all about finding and maintaining that balance to let you live a happier, healthier life.

11. NaturalLivingIdeas.com – The newbies and the seasoned pro’s will delight of the inspiration behind ‘Natural Living Ideas.’ Filled with wonderful recipes, informative articles, and money-saving tips and tricks, it’s a wonderful resource to anyone committed to learning ways to live a more natural life.

12. NaturalLivingSource.com – Hipocrates once said, ” Let medicine be your food and let food be your medicine. The ladies over at ‘Natural Living Source,’ are creating a lifestyle over food that heals, and medicine that tastes delicious! They host dinner parties, detoxes, and so much more to get you on your way to a healthy life.

13. Eliza Cross – Eliza is an organic gardener, mother, and full-time author that changed up her lifestyle when she found herself yearning for more simplicity. Now her priorities look at little different, like fostering peace and laughter in her home, giving back, and being gentler to the planet. Follow her journey to a simple, sustainable lifestyle with an emphasis on laughter along the way.

14. Lindsey Janeiro – Healthy Living Blog,’ was born to enhance the healthy living blog world. It is for readers to find new blogs, new resources, connect with like-minded individuals to find support in their everyday healthy life. All blogs are supported that support living a healthy life, from food to fitness, and anything in between.

15. Rebecca Simmons – Looking for fun inspiration as a naturally-living mom? Rebecca has the perfect site for tips, recipes, and daily inspiration to create a little more color and a lot less waste in your home. Follow her journey through three kids and three pets to maintain a fun, natural, happy home.

16. MileHiMama.com – Here’s to a Houston mom with so many children she can’t even count them all! As her headline will tell you, she is “disorganized, discombobulated, and devoted,” to living a desperately frugal life for her nine children. Read her tips on big-family living, and how to balance it with a natural lifestyle and a serious budget.

17. Amber – Amber and her husband decided to embark on a greener, more organic lifestyle when his health conditions started to effect their daily lives. They learned ways to keep his eczema and celiac disease at bay, and want to share their tips and tried remedies for families navigating their way to a greener, more organic lifestyle.

18. GreenMoxie.com – “If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven’t spend the night with a mosquito.” This African Proverb is the perfect opening line for this page, as referenced in their about section. ‘Green Moxie,’ is all about giving you the tools and resources to live a “greener, leaner life.” Learn how you can make a difference and an impact with your lifestyle.

19. Meg – Meg is a passionate Nutrition and Public Health Graduate Student, Yoga Instructor, Corporate Wellness Consultant, and Freelance Writer/Designer, that still finds time to fill her reader’s days with inspiration and tips for a healthier lifestyle. This busy girl knows the secret: simplicity. Follow Meg through her busy days, and her inspiring posts to encourage you to a natural lifestyle.

20. NaturalDSM.com – Discover natural living through the city of Des Moines. This blog has tips transitioning your disposable lifestyle, into a sustainable, eco-friendly, planet-loving way of living that will make you feel better inside and out. Read along for helpful, educational resources that are sure to make you think twice about some of your current consumer choices.

21. Genevive – Genevive shares her journey to a natural lifestyle through motherhood and health struggles. Her site is dedicated to any mom’s that fuss over GMO’s or have struggled with a baby carrier, to bring together like-minded mom’s for a healthier, happier life for babies. Enjoy her posts, watch her twice-weekly videos, and subscribe to her newsletter to stay updated and informed.

22. MyHealthyGreenFamily.com – This “free range mama,” is an inspiration to mom’s and the natural living lifestyle. Follow her journey through raising her three little ones, sustainable living, gardening, farming, creating cleaning and body products, and more. She shares her delicious recipes and wonderful parenting tips any mom is sure to love.

23. Tiffany – Crossfit, paleo, green mom of three shares all her passions and interests around health, wellness, and sustainability issues. Tiffany helps you navigate through eco-art supplies, healthy recipes, and alternative remedies to stave off your little one’s illness.

24. Pamela Barnes – Pamela thought she was being a conscious consumer, until she learned the truth about labels. When she rolled up her sleeves and started doing her homework, she learned the products she thought were healthy actually contained hard-to-pronounce synthetic chemicals that were rarely tested for safety. She shares a reliable source of researched material to educate and inform her readers so they can make healthy choices for their budgets and their bodies.

25. LightCleanSimple.com – Honest, real, and sometimes outwardly opinionated, ‘Light Clean Simple,’ is a gem for the natural living journey. “Simple living for better health, natural beauty, and peace of mind,” is the tagline for this blog that delivers it all with delightfully written articles and fresh content.

26. OrganicAuthority.com – A tried and true site for all things natural and organic. The writers at ‘Organic Authority,’ have made it their passion to cover organics “from the inside out, outside in, and all the way around,” to get you the best recipes and news on everything organic.

27. Erin – A visit to the doctor turned into a life overhaul for this overwhelmed mom. A chronic tension headache led to a serious life evaluation of time, work-life balance, pursuing business ideas, and raising two children. Something had to give, and sure enough it was her lifestyle that got the fine-tooth comb. Follow her story for inspiration on simplifying your life.

28. Andrea Dekker – Andrea Dekker is a brand, a business, a blog, but mostly, she’s a person. She is a real mom, wife, and business woman showing you how to organize and simplify your life. Andrea is refreshingly passionate about what she shares, and delightfully “real.”

29. Tammy Vermeulen – Tammy shares her natural, simple-living lifestyle with her passion for her family and her church. As she says, “we only have one body and one soul; the Divine takes care of the soul and we take care of the rest. ” Follow her journey to healthy, sustainable living.

30. Green4U.com – Written by a “born environmentalist…child to normal parents,” the author examines the way we have strayed from the environmentally friendly “norm” to an utter lack of love or care for the deteroriating planet. She hopes to inspire readers to teach the next generation to be “green natives,” so we can preserve some of our environment.

31. Angela – Angela is a certified herbalist and mother, which makes her an “herbalist mama,” with so much to share. She loves herbs, crafting, science exploring, and sharing ways for your children to delve into them all and discover new things. Her posts are delightfully refreshing, passionate and inspiring.

32. TheNovaStudio.com – The Nova Studio is based in the San Francisco Bay area and offers fun classes like candle and soapmaking, as well as bath and body products. Keep up with the latest by following the blog, or register yourself for a class to see what goodies you can make.

33. Allyson – Allyson is the talent behind all the love and care that goes into discovering, what she calls, “fulfilled homemaking.” Allyson shares the importance of making a home, and enjoying the time you have with loved ones and the things you love most. Share her recipes, ideas, crafting projects, and tips on living a more natural lifestyle and discover the fulfillment in housemaking.

34. Stephanie – Stephanie’s journey to natural living started after a health scare made her realize she needed to a serious lifestyle change. With the option to be on medication for the rest of her life and likely never conceive, Stephanie started making changes to her diet and try to restore her health naturally. Well, it worked! Now a mom to four, Stephanie shares her inspirational journey and the lessons she’s learned along the way to be a healthy, happy mom.

35. Kate – Living naturally is pretty much Kate’s second nature. Following in her mother’s naturalist ways, Kate finds her passion surrounding living a natural, sustainable lifestyle through food, beauty, travel, yoga and more. Share Kate’s knowledge, or at least her yummy recipes, and educate yourself on the products to add and avoid in your life.

36. Laura – Laura and her husband, Matt, share their path toward a heavenly home with their four boys and devotion to homeschooling and their faith. Laura shares her successes, and failures, in the kitchen and in life and always stops to share her gratitude for her family and her life. Share in why she loves homeschooling, and sharing her heavenly home tips.

37. Erin – Erin is a full-time mom that has a true passion for writing and serving the lord. Her blog is “grace-filled natural living,” where she shares all of her favorite projects, recipes, and natural living tips. Share in Erin’s eBook “Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert,” sure to make you think twice about your diaper choice.

38. ArtfulHomemaking.com – A great resource for homemakers trying to add a little more color, and a little more fun to their homemaking routine. Wonderful articles on simple style and fashion, healthy recipes and kitchen tips, and even activites for kids to keep them creatively engaged.

39. Kelly – Kelly gives credit to her talents as a stay-at-home mom that stays plenty busy to her savior, Jesus Christ. With six little ones to care for, Kelly gets read about the struggles, and challenges, that are behind motherhood. She shares her own personal feelings around bad days, motivating other moms, and the not-so-secret post-partum depression.

40. Alix – After taking a course on herbalism during her pregnancy, Alix has discovered a passion for studying and learning more about natural remedies and essential oils. She shares her natural lifestyle, money saving tips, and even giveaways on her blog.

41. Crystal – After sharing photos and recipes on her facebook page earned her the nickname, “Happy Homemaker,” Crystal listened to the encouragement of friends and started a blog to share and archive all her photos and recipes. She’s expanded out of the kitchen, and into household cleaning, DIY, organizing, cleaning, and more.

42. Amy – A little twist on the modern homemaker, Amy is a single 20-something that is passionate about homemaking for, well, her and her little dog. Amy rejects the consumersist status quo to focus one what really matters most, like reconnecting with her core values. Share Amy’s trials and tribulations, and her journey from single life to surely a happy, healthy family.

43. Sonia – Sonia is a work at home mom in France, that loves to share her photos, textile experiments, homemade creations, and more. Her photos are magazine worthy, and her inventory of naturally dyed products will surely have you swooning, or shopping.

44. HomesteadSimple.com – A delightful mother-daughter collaboration, this site shares the fun they have together creating a natural, sustainable lifestyle. They believe all things should be natural and organic, and love sharing their discoveries along their journey to achieving a lifestyle that is.

45. Tsh Oxenreider – Share in this delightful community Tsh has created, and find inspiration to simplify your life and maintain your sense of self even though you’ve become a parent. With weekly collaborators, Tsh really keeps the conversation, and the voices changing, to keep you tuned in and connecting. Share motherhood with other mom’s that do their best, but embrace that their far from perfect.

46. Amy Bayliss – If you’ve come for inspiration, you might want to stay a while. Amy is nothing short of a miracle mom, that gives her credit to her faith in God. Amy shares her very timely stories of heartache, divorce, facing her son’s condition, and sudden loss. Share in Amy’s joy and sadness and how she keeps shining and smiling to raise her family as the leader.

47. Shannon – When Shannon had two little boys, she and her husband decided to get back to simple living. They purchased two acres of land in Texas where they are building their homestead to nourish their family with homegrown foods, chemical-free living, and learning a simple, sustainable way of life.

48. Noelle – Noelle’s passion knows no limit is crafting and creating. I mean from DIY deodorant, to serious wedding cake creating, this newly-pregnant mama has some bonified talents. Share in Noelle’s joy of her first successful pregnancy, and all of her joys, and surprises, around creating her first baby.

49.  Mega Oils-  It’s no secret that modern living comes with more than its fair share of stress. Mega Oils is a comprehensive guide to using natural oils as a remedy for the problems of everyday life. From treating headaches to getting a great night’s sleep, megaoils.com will keep you up to date with natural solutions for the strains of everyday life.