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Nov
28

Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe


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Christmas Bath Cookies RecipeChristmas Bath Cookies Recipe

It is that time of year, the most wonderful time of year, CHRISTMAS!  And what better way to celebrate than making a batch of warm buttery, sugary, mouth-watering Christmas cookies!  Today not only will I share with you my favorite craft recipe of the season, Natures Garden’s Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe, I will also give you a link to my absolute favorite cookie recipe.  My favorite just happens to be peanut butter blossoms.  So, whether you make a bath cookie or these peanut butter blossom cookies, you will not be disappointed!

Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe: Christmas Cookies Fragrance OilChristmas Bath Cookies Recipe: Christmas Cookies Fragrance Oil

In our Christmas Bath Cookie Recipe, we use the wonderful Christmas Cookies scent.  Christmas Cookies fragrance oil by Natures Garden smells just like a freshly-baked, buttery Christmas Cookie with frosting.  Not only do we think this fragrance oil smells amazing, our customers agree, making Christmas Cookies Fragrance Oil one of Natures Garden’s best-selling fragrance oils.  In fact, one client had this to say, “I always cross my fingers that this will stay at NG. Although it’s called Christmas cookie, I use this all year long. My favorite vanilla rich cookie scent I have ever found. Of course, need to stabilize it in mp soap. Divine! 5 stars recommend.”  This cookie scent is a must have fragrance for many, year round.

Christmas Cookie Fragrance Oil Top Notes:  

Butter Cookie

Christmas Cookie Fragrance Oil Middle Notes: 

Buttercream

Christmas Cookie Fragrance Oil Base Notes: 

Vanilla

Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe: Prior to Starting

Before we begin, it is important to be prepared.  You want to make sure you have cleaned your work area.  In addition, get out any supplies that you will need.  Finally, prepare your bottle of witch hazel.  Fill your spray bottle with witch hazel and place a lid on top.

Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe: Ingredients Found at Natures Garden

Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe: Other Ingredients and Supplies That You Will Need

Scale (set to weigh in grams)
Stove
Pots (for double boiler method)
Mixing Spoon
Powdered Milk
Witch Hazel (in a spray bottle)
Decorating Sprinkles
Wax Paper or Silicone Baking Mat

Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe: Total Recipe Weights

Cookie Total Recipe Weights
330 grams Baking Soda
186 grams Epsom Salt
142 grams Corn Starch
151 grams Citric Acid
100 grams Mango Butter
42 grams Rice Bran Oil
50 grams Cocoa Butter Golden Natural
18 grams Kaolin Clay
54 grams Powdered Milk
20 grams Christmas Cookies Fragrance Oil
20 grams Vanilla White Color Stabilizer
Whipped Frosting Total Recipe Weights
150 grams Whipped Soap Base
150 grams Cocoa Butter Melt and Pour Soap
15 grams Christmas Cookies Fragrance Oil
15 grams Vanilla White Color Stabilizer
30 grams Vegetable Glycerin
5 drops Neon Green FUN Soap Colorant

Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe: Prepare the Bath Cookies

We will be preparing two parts when making our bath cookies.  First, we will be making the actual bath cookies.  Later, once they setup, we will be adding our frosting and sprinkle.  So, let’s start with the actual cookie bath fizzy.

Prepare the Bath Cookies: Weigh Out the Dry IngredientsPrepare the Bath Cookies: Weigh Out the Dry Ingredients

We will begin by weighing out our dry ingredients.  So, get out your mixing bowl.  Then, weigh and add 330 grams of your baking soda, 186 of the Epsom salt, 142 grams of your corn starch, 18 grams of Natures Garden’s kaolin white clay powder, and 54 grams powdered milk.  Next, with clean gloves on, use your hands to blend and mix the powders together.  If you notice any lumps in the mixture, be sure to break them up.  Set this bowl aside while we prepare the liquid portion of our recipe.

Prepare the Bath Cookies: Weighing Out and Melting the Wet IngredientsPrepare the Bath Cookies: Weighing Out and Melting the Wet Ingredients

Now, in a clean bowl, we will weigh out our wet ingredients that we will be melting.  So, in this bowl, weigh out 100 grams of your mango butter, 42 grams of your rice bran oil, and 50 grams of your cocoa butter golden natural.

Next, we will be melting the oil and butters using a double boiler.  So, you will need two pots.  One should be larger, the other smaller.  In the larger pot, add a few inches of water.  Then, place it on your stove top to heat.  In the smaller pot, add your butters and oil.  Now, place the small pot inside the large pot on the stove top.  Allow the oil and butter to melt, stirring occasionally.  By using a double boiler it will slowly melt the oils.  This will prevent them from melting too quickly and burning.

Prepare the Bath Cookies: Weighing Out and Melting the Wet IngredientsWhile you are waiting for your oils to melt, we will prepare our Christmas Cookies Fragrance Oil.  Due to the high vanilla content of Christmas Cookies Fragrance Oil, we will be adding Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to the cookie scent.  So, in a small bowl, add 20 grams Vanilla White Color Stabilizer and 20 grams Christmas Cookies Fragrance Oil.

Next, we will go back to oils you are melting on the stove.  Once these oils have fully melted, place them back in the bowl that you used to weight them out.  Finally, add the Christmas Cookies Fragrance Oil mixture you have prepared.

Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe:  Adding the Wet Ingredients to the Dry IngredientsChristmas Bath Cookies Recipe:  Adding the Wet Ingredients to the Dry Ingredients

Once you have prepared the wet ingredients, you will need both the dry, powdered ingredients in front of you.  I highly recommend wearing clean gloves.  Then, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.  Mix everything together using your hands.  You want to make sure the entire mixture is fully blended.

Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe:  Adding the Wet Ingredients to the Dry IngredientsNext, we will be adding the citric acid.  Now, in many cases, we would add the citric acid right along with the dry powdered ingredients.  However, since we added Vanilla White Color Stabilizer we are adding the citric acid last.  You see, Vanilla White is water based.  So, it will activate the mixture causing it to fizz.  We will need to add the citric acid in small increments, mixing as we add it.  So, let’s go ahead and begin adding 151 grams of citric acid.  Add a small amount, then, use your hands to mix it in.  This will prevent the mixture from fizzing to much.  Continue this process until you have added all of the citric acid.  You want to be sure that all of your ingredients are fully combined before moving on.  When you are finished mixing you should have a dough-like consistency.

Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe:  Preparing the Bath CookiesChristmas Bath Cookies Recipe:  Preparing the Bath Cookies

Finally, we will be forming the bath cookies with our dough.  You will first mist your mixture lightly with witch hazel an then mix.  Then, form your cookie.  This is done in the same manner you would make a sugar cookie, for example.  Simply roll the dough between your hands to create a ball.  Then, press to flatten the cookie.  The size you create is entirely up to you.  However, ours were about an inch in diameter before we flattened them.  After forming a cookie you can either place it on wax paper or a silicone baking mat like I used.  When you have used up all of your dough, all you need to do is let your bath cookies setup up for a while.  They will need to completely setup before we frost them.  I allowed mine to set for a little over an hour.

Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe:  Preparing Our Whipped Frosting

Frosting your bath cookies is a fairly simple process.  It is very similar to frosting a regular cookie.  There is, however, one small difference, you will need to frost them very quickly.  Since we are using soap frosting, your frosting will setup rather quickly once the melt and pour soap is added.  So, just keep this in mind as you are working.

Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe: Preparing Your Whipped Soap BaseChristmas Bath Cookies Recipe: Preparing Your Whipped Soap Base

First, we will prepare the whipped soap base that will be used in the frosting.  You want to prepare this portion in a deep mixing bowl.  We will be using a hand mixer for the whipped soap.  For this recipe you will need to weigh out 150 grams of the whipped soap base.  Then, to the same bowl, add 15 grams of Natures Garden’s Christmas Cookies Fragrance Oil along with 15 grams Vanilla White Color Stabilizer.  In addition, add 30 grams of your vegetable glycerin and 5 drops Neon Green FUN Soap Colorant from Natures Garden.  While we chose to make our frosting green, you can use another color if you would like.

Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe: Preparing Your Whipped Soap Base

Once you have all of your ingredients in the mixing bowl, we will begin whipping the soap frosting.  So, get out your hand mixer.  Then, use your hand mixer to beat the soap base to a whipped frosting consistency. Once you have your soap frosting at the correct consistency set it aside while we prepare the melt and pour soap.

Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe: Preparing Your Melt and Pour Soap Base

Now, while we do have a lovely whipped frosting that we just prepared, without the addition of melt and pour soap, the frosting will not harden.  If the frosting does not harden, we will not be able to package our bath cookies.  So, in order to harden our frosting, we will be adding some cocoa butter melt and pour soap. We will be preparing this mp soap base in a separate mixing bowl.

Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe: Preparing Your Melt and Pour Soap BaseFirst, in your empty mixing bowl, weigh out 150 grams of your cocoa butter soap base.  Then, melt the soap base in the microwave.  You will need to melt your soap base in 30 second intervals.  Melt the base only until it is in a fluid state.  Be especially careful not to over-heat the mp base.  Once your soap is melted, you are ready to move on and begin putting everything together.  As you continue to move through the next few steps you will want to work quickly.

Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe: Putting the Soap Frosting TogetherChristmas Bath Cookies Recipe: Putting the Soap Frosting Together

Now, quickly get your bowl containing the whipped soap base.  To this bowl, add your melted cocoa butter soap.  Then, use your hand held mixer to combine the two together.  You want to mix on a low speed.  Continue to mix until you have a fluffy frosting consistency again.  Then, your whipped frosting is ready.  You are ready to frost your cookies

Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe:  Frosting the Bath CookiesChristmas Bath Cookies Recipe:  Frosting the Bath Cookies

Finally, we will frost our bath cookies.  You will frost your bath cookies in the same manner you would a regular edible cookie.  The only difference is that you will have to work quickly so that your frosting does not setup before you are finished.  So, frost each of your cookies with your green frosting.

Once all of your Christmas bath cookies have been frosted, it is time to add sprinkles.  Sprinkle each cookie with a dash of sprinkles.  We chose to use red, green, and white sprinkle.  While you can choose to use whichever sprinkles you would like, we prefer the type pictured to the left.  We have found that this type of colorful sprinkle does not bleed as easily onto the frosting like others will.

Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe:  Using Your Christmas Bath Cookies

Your Christmas bath cookies are very simple to use.  All you have to do is add a bath cookie or two right two your warm bath water.  Then, lay back and relax your holiday troubles away.  The bath cookies will fizz like a bath bomb and have the added benefit of cocoa butter, mango butter, and rice bran oil.  We have also added Epsom salt to help you further relax.

We hope that you enjoy this Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe as much as we enjoyed making it with you.  For even more Christmas fragrance fun check out all of our free Christmas crafts.  Don’t forget to show us your creations.  Post pictures of your finished creations on our Facebook page.  You can also tag us on Instagram or Twitter @ngscents.

Nov
27

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe


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Rustic Tree Trunk Soap RecipeRustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe

Lately, we have been looking to bring the outdoors in with some of our fragrance fun recipes.  Well, this soap recipe does just that.  Our next soap making recipe was inspired by, what else, nature.  Natures Garden is getting back to nature with this tree trunk inspired soap scented with Cracklin Birch Fragrance Oil.  So, read below to find out how we made our Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Some of the Ingredients We Will Be Using

Before we begin, we will talk about some of the ingredients we will be using.  It is important to understand the importance of some of the ingredients in this recipe.  Each item we will be using has a purpose and we will talk about some of these below.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Crackling Firewood Fragrance OilRustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Crackling Firewood Fragrance Oil

Cracklin Birch Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden is a masculine arrangement that begins with top notes of herbaceous pine, balsam, and citrus bergamot; leading to middle notes of white flowers and earthy sandalwood; sitting on base notes of woodsy patchouli and violet.  Cracklin Birch Fragrance Oil is one of our best selling candle and soap scents.  It is popular all year long, but is even more popular in the fall and winter months.

Top Notes: pine, balsam, bergamot
Mid Notes: white flowers, sandalwood
Base Notes: patchouli, violet

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Soya Milk Melt and Pour Soap Base

Next, we will talk about the soap base we will be using in this soap recipe.  Our Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe uses Natures Garden’s Soya Milk Melt and Pour Soap Base.  This soap base is wonderful.  It will leave you with a fabulous squeaky clean feeling.  Our soya milk melt and pour soap comes in a two pound slab that has guide lines to help you cut.  In addition,  this base contains no SLS and no added detergents. Of course, none of our products are tested on animals.   Finally, all of our soap bases are gluten-free.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: FUN Soap ColorantsRustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: FUN Soap Colorants

First, you should know that the FUN Soap Colorants are simply pigments dispersed in vegetable glycerin.  They are my favorite colorants to work with.  One half ounce of a FUN Soap Colorant will color about ten pounds of soap when used in a white soap base.  The main reason why these are my favorite colorant is because it is so easy to get a nice bright color in white melt and pour soap.  In addition, these soap dyes a perfect in cold process soap.  They come through true to color in any type of soap.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Vanilla White Color StabilizerRustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Vanilla White Color Stabilizer

Natures Garden is often asked about Vanilla White Color Stabilizer.  So, I thought I would take a minute to talk about our vanilla white.  This is used in a variety of bath and body products, but it is not for use in candles.  When used in a body product, it will help prevent discoloration when it is caused by the vanillin.  While there are a ton of ingredients that can cause discoloration it is most often the vanilla content that causes it.  So, vanilla white will prevent this type of discoloration.  However, it will not prefect discoloration caused by other ingredients.  So, if the fragrance oil does not have a vanillin content listed in the description, do not use vanilla white.

We are also asked about the usage rate and the aroma of the Vanilla White Color Stabilizer.  First, our recommendation usage rate for vanilla white is one part fragrance oil to one part vanilla white.  So, in this recipe, we use 58 grams of the Cracklin Birch Fragrance Oil, so we use 58 grams Vanilla White Color Stabilizer.  In addition, I would like to mention that yes, the vanilla white does have an aroma to it.  However, we have never experienced a time that the aroma of the stabilizer over-powered any of our fragrance oils.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Glad Press'n SealRustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Glad Press’n Seal

Next, let’s talk about the Glad plastic wrap that we used.  Now, we tried a few different methods, including regular plastic wrap to achieve the tree trunk look in our soap.  However, since the plastic wrap is thicker, it worked perfectly.  The Pess’n Seal Wrap creased perfectly and allowed us to create folds in the wrap that looked like tree bark.  The Glad Press’n Seal Wrap can be purchased at your local grocery store.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Vegetable GlycerinRustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Vegetable Glycerin

In this recipe, we use vegetable glycerin for our Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe.  We use the vegetable glycerin to make the melt and pour soap pliable.  We will start by pouring the brown soap into a cake pan, then, it will be removed and placed into the mold.  The addition of vegetable glycerin allows us to shape the brown soap, bending it to the shape of the mold without breaking or cracking.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Ingredients Found at Natures Garden

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Other Ingredients and Soapmaking Supplies That You Will Need

Mixing Bowls
Microwave Oven
Scale (set to weigh in grams)
Mixing Spoons
Rubbing Alcohol (in a spray bottle)
Cutting Board
Knife
Glad Press’n Seal Plastic Wrap
9×13 Cake Pan

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Total Recipe Weight for Brown Colored Soap

300 grams Soya Milk Melt and Pour Soap
15 grams Cracklin Birch Fragrance Oil
7 grams Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
4 grams Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
30 grams Vegetable Glycerin

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Total Recipe Weight for Cream Colored Soap

1162 grams Soya Milk Melt and Pour Soap
4 drops Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
58 grams Cracklin Birch Fragrance Oil
58 grams Vanilla White Stabilizer

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Prior to Starting

Before you begin preparing this melt and pour soap recipe, we recommend wearing protective clothing along with a hair net and gloves.  Also, go ahead and clean your work area and place all of your supplies in the area that you will be working.  Finally, in your bullet bottle, add rubbing alcohol and place one of your fine mist sprayers on top.  Now, you are ready to begin making your tree trunk melt and pour soap.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Prepare Your Cake PanRustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Prepare Your Cake Pan

Prior to melting your soap, you will need to prepare you cake pan for your rustic tree trunk soap.  This pan will be used for the brown portion of the soap once it is melted.  So, place your pan in front of you.  Then, cover the bottom of the pan with the Press’n Seal Wrap.  Next, you want to bunch the plastic wrap up a bit.  The goal is to create vertical creases in the wrap.  This is what will create the bark like look in the soap.  Once you have prepared your pan, go ahead and move on to preparing your soap.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Prepare Your Brown SoapRustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Prepare Your Brown Soap

First, we will prepare our brown soap.  So go ahead and get your cake pan out.  Then, cut up, weigh, and melt 300 grams Soya Milk Melt and Pour Soap.  You want to melt your mp soap base in thirty second intervals in the microwave until the soya milk soap is in a liquid state.  Make sure you are using a microwave safe dish.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Prepare Your Brown SoapOnce your soap is melted, add 15 grams Cracklin Birch Fragrance Oil.  Then, add your colorant.  You will need to add 7 grams brown oxide FUN Soap Colorant and 4 grams black oxide FUN Soap Colorant.  Mix to incorporate your colorant.  Finally, add 30 grams of your vegetable glycerin.  Stir to fully blend all of your ingredients.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Pouring Your Brown SoapRustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Pouring Your Brown Soap

Once your pan is prepared, lined with wrap and your soap is ready, it is time for your brown tree trunk soap to be poured.  So, now, we will be pouring your brown soap.  Place your pan in front of you and pour the melted soap into the cake pan.  You want to fill the about half of the pan.  Then, spray the poured soap with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles that have formed in the soap base from pouring.  Finally, allow the soap to setup before moving on.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Placing Your Brown Soap Into the Round MoldRustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Placing Your Brown Soap Into the Round Mold

Once your brown soap has setup, go ahead and remove it from the cake pan.  You will notice that the soap is flexible, this is due to the addition of the vegetable glycerin.  We will trim and shape this to the shape of round loaf mold.  It will need to be the exact size of the mold.  So, trim the soap to the length of the soap mold.  Then, place it inside the round loaf soap mold and press it inside the mold.  You want to make sure that the soap fits tightly in the mold.  Finally, trim the edges of the soap so that it is the same length and width of the soap mold.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe:  Prepare the Cream Colored SoapRustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe:  Prepare the Cream Colored Soap

Now, we will prepare the cream colored portion of our soap in our Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe.  This portion will be the remaining portion of the soap.  The cream soap will be poured on top of the brown soap and create the inner part of the tree trunk.

First, weigh out and melt 1162 grams Soya Milk Melt and Pour Soap.  Melt the soap base in the microwave in 30-second intervals.  Melt it until it is in a liquid state.  Be careful not to over-heat the base.

Next, we will color the melted soap.  You will need to add 4 drops Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant.  Then, stir to disperse to colorant.  Now, add the fragrance oil and vanilla white.  You will need to add 58 grams of Natures Garden’s Cracklin Birch Fragrance Oil and 58 grams Vanilla White Stabilizer.  Finally, mix the base to fully incorporate the fragrance oil.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe:  Pouring the Cream Colored SoapRustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe:  Pouring the Cream Colored Soap

Once your soap has been colored to a cream color, and scented with Cracklin Birch Fragrance Oil, it is time to pour the melted soap into the round loaf mold.  Prior to pouring the cream colored soap, you will want to spray the brown layer with rubbing alcohol.  This will help the two layers adhere to each other.  Make sure you spray the previous layer thoroughly.  So, once you have sprayed the brown soap, pour the cream soap right on top.  Finally, once again, spray the soap with rubbing alcohol to release any air bubbles that may have formed.  Then, allow the soap to setup before moving on.

Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe: Slicing the Soap

Once your soap has setup, you can remove it from your round loaf mold.  Then, go ahead and slice the soap loaf. We recommend using your soap making mitre box and mitre box cutter.  So, place your soap in the mitre box.  Then, use the mitre box cutter to slice your rustic tree trunk soap.  After you have sliced your tree trunk soap, it can be used right away.

We at Natures Garden hope that you have enjoyed creating the Cracklin Birch Fragrance Oil scented Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe with us.  How have you been inspired by nature?  We would love to see how you are using nature in your handmade soap, handcrafted candles, and homemade cosmetics.  Post pictures of your finished creations on our Facebook page.  In addition, you can also tag us on Instagram and Twitter @ngscents.  For even more fragrance fun, check out our free classes and recipes.  All of these classes and recipes are available in PDF form right on our website.

Nov
27

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe


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Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe

Do you happen to have any older pairs of shoes laying around the house? Or, maybe you have a pair of cheap tennis shoes that you haven’t worn in a long time? If so, then get ready to make these glittery beauties your new favorite shoes! This is a wonderful homemade craft idea that uses some gorgeous glitter to spice up your wardrobe. Just take some old shoes that aren’t anything special and turn them into a fashion statement! So let’s not wait any longer, here is the Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe by Natures Garden!  This is one of the best glitter crafts ideas and it is a perfect way to glam up a pair of old tennis shoes. You are absolutely going to love the sparkle of your newly finished tennis shoes! So, let’s get started on your gorgeous glitter shoes.

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Tinsel Fragrance OilScented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Tinsel Fragrance Oil

For this fun glitter craft idea, we are going to be using the delightful Tinsel Fragrance Oil. This lovely Christmas fragrance oil is the perfect scent choice for creating this absolutely gorgeous shoe craft. This scrumptious aroma by Natures Garden is an amazingly refreshing fragrance oil that is perfect for this holiday season. This fragrance has an amazing scent that blends the juicy aromas of pomegranate, strawberries, and raspberries. Plus, this scent adds a subtle hint of fresh peppermint leaves and fresh vanilla. You will love using this scented oil for these pretty, scented tennis shoes for the holiday season and even all year round!

 

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Ingredients Needed from Natures Garden

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Other Ingredients and Equipment NeededScented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Other Ingredients and Equipment Needed

A Pair of Tennis Shoes
Fine Glitter
Liquid Craft Glue
Foam Brush
Wax paper or Newspaper
Plastic Grocery Bags
Small Glass Bowl
Unscented Hair Spray
Long Ribbon Strands for the Shoe Strings

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Weights and Amounts of Your Ingredients

2 ounces of the Liquid Craft Glue
3-5 mL of the Tinsel Fragrance Oil
2 ounces of the Hair Spray
1 pair of Tennis Shoes
2 long Ribbons

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Preparing the Work Station

Before you begin to create this craft, you may want to prepare your work station. So, lay down either the wax paper or the newspaper on the flat surface of your work area. This will help to protect your surface top from the ingredients you need to make your homemade glitter shoes. Additionally, you should use the plastic grocery bags to protect the inside of the tennis shoes. This will prevent glitter from getting inside your shoes as you are making them.  So, you will need to put these bags into the shoes before you begin working. Also, you should remove the original shoe laces from your tennis shoes. Since we are replacing them with ribbons, you can discard these shoe laces. Now, you are ready to begin to create this homemade craft recipe!

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Choosing Your Glitter

First, you are going to need to decide on the craft glitter that you are going to use to glamorize your tennis shoes. While the color is an important choice for your glitter, the size of the glitter is even more important! We have found that glitter that is finer will stick to your shoes better than chunkier glitter. The chunkier sizes just don’t work quite as well. Since glitter that is on the chunkier side has a tendency to get sticky from the hairspray since there is more surface area for the hairspray to cling to. To be safe, you may need to try out your chosen glitter in a small area and have a back up shimmer that is a bit more fine. Also, we have found that holographic glitter sticks pretty well, too. We used holographic glitter for this project. So, before you start with the glue pick out your type of glitter to create some gorgeous shoes.

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Prepare the Liquid GlueScented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Prepare the Liquid Glue

Next, you are going to need to prepare the liquid glue mixture for this diy glitter craft recipe. Obviously, the first ingredient of this mixture will be liquid craft glue. You can use any kind of craft glue that is liquid and will dry to be clear. While our shoes required about 2 ounces of liquid glue, this amount could possibly differ depending on the size shoes that you needed. If you unsure about the amount, you can start with this amount and create more of the glue mixture as you need it. So, you can add this amount of glue to a small glass bowl and move on to the next step.

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Adding the Fragrance OilScented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Adding the Fragrance Oil

Now, you are going to create the mixture of liquid glue and fragrance oil. So, you will add the fragrance oil to the liquid craft glue in your glass bowl. The lovely aroma that we will use for this beautifully glittered project is the wonderful Tinsel Fragrance Oil. For this delightful craft recipe, you will need about 2- 4 mL of this scrumptious Christmas scented oil for every 2 ounces of liquid craft glue that is used for the glue mixture. Then, you will need to make sure to thoroughly mix the scented oil into the bowl of liquid glue. Next, you are going to need to use this fragrance and glue mixture to hold the glitter on your shoes.

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Beginning to Add the GlitterScented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Beginning to Add the Glitter

After the liquid craft glue and fragrance has been mix up, you are going to be ready to start the process of adding glitter to each of your shoes. Now, you will be adding the glue mixture in small areas on one of the shoes. As you go along in this process, you will need to alternate between adding small sections of glue and sprinkling your glitter. This will make sure that the liquid craft glue doesn’t dry before you have a chance to sprinkle the glitter. Also, you will use the foam brush to spread a thin layer of this glue mixture onto a small section of the shoe. After the liquid glue is spread out on a small section of the tennis shoe, you are ready to move on to sprinkling the glitter!

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Adding the Shimmer and ShineScented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Adding the Shimmer and Shine

Finally, you are ready to start working with the glitter! So, grab your chosen craft glitter and get ready for the fun part. We decided to use a glamorous gold shade of glitter, but you can switch up the color if you have found your favorite bling. So, you will need to sprinkle the glitter onto this small section of glue before it dries. Before you continue, you may want to wait for this section to dry and see whether the glitter sticks well enough. Obviously, not all the glitter that you poured is going to stick to the shoe. But, you are going to want to make sure that most of your sparkles stick. You can fill in little patches that are empty, but this won’t work unless the sparkles are able to cover the shoe after touch ups. After you have added the glitter to this patch, you will need to repeat this process until both shoes are completely covered in glitter!

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Shake and Let Your Shoes Dry

Now that your shoes are covered in sparkles, it is time to let them set up before you can move on to the next step. First, you are going to need to shake your shoes lightly to remove the excess glitter. Since this glitter can be removed with a light shake or tap, its best to get rid of the shimmer that isn’t going to be permanent anyway. Now, you are going to need to let the freshly glittered shoes completely dry before moving on to the next step. So, you are going to want to let your shoes dry overnight. This amount of time will give your tennis shoes time dry and allows the glue to harden so the glitter will settle.

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Prepare the Hairspray Mixture

After the glitter that you’ve sprinkled on your shoes have dried completely, you will need to prepare the hairspray for this recipe. This hairspray mixture will help seal the craft glitter to your shoe. To make this hairspray mixture you are going to need at least 2 ounces of hairspray to coat the pair of tennis shoes about the size of ours. Again, you may need more for larger shoes. So, you can add this amount of hairspray to your 2 ounce bullet bottle. After, you will need to mix in 1 mL of the Tinsel Fragrance Oil. Now, you can attach the 20/410 fine mist sprayer. You need to shake these two ingredients together to make sure that the fragrance is incorporated well. Now, your hairspray mixture will be ready to use.

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Spraying the Shoes

Next, you are going to secure the glitter on the pair of tennis shoes with the newly made hairspray mixture. Since the craft glue mixture alone is not strong enough to hold the glitter on the shoes, you will be using the hairspray mixture to add the glue’s holding ability. So, spraying these glittery shoes with your hairspray mixture will help to hold the sparkly glitter to these gorgeous shoes. So, your diy glitter craft will be even more protected and your bling will last longer. Furthermore, the additional fragrance oil in the hairspray mixture will add to the overall scent to provide you with an even greater aroma!

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Adding the Ribbon Shoe Laces

Finally, you are going to be adding the lovely ribbons to your homemade craft. While you could use your regular, old shoe strings, the ribbon is just so much prettier! These ribbons add to the beauty of the shimmery glitter and create a gorgeous pair of shoes. Now, before you add these ribbons to your tennis shoes you need to make sure that your shoes are dry from spraying the hairspray mixture. Then, you can thread your two ribbons through each of the tennis shoes. After you finish putting in the laces your homemade glitter craft will be complete! Whether you use these shoes as a scented room decoration or wear these blingy beautifies around, we hope that you enjoy your finished shoe recipe.

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: More Glittery Fun Ideas

We at Natures Garden think that everything is more fun with a little bit of sparkle and shine. If you are anything like us, then its obvious that basically everything can be made better by adding some craft glitter! So, this makes glitter the perfect craft supply that will make your projects so much more beautiful. Anyone that is looking for more gorgeous glitter crafts ideas will definitely want to check out the 34 Sparkly, Glittery DIY Crafts You’ll Love article by DIY Projects for Teens. This wonderful article has tons of different glitter ideas for crafts to do with glitter. So, let’s grab some glitter and make the world shine!

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Share with UsScented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Share with Us

Now that your homemade glitter shoes are completely finished, we hope that you enjoyed creating this craft. If you did enjoy this recipe, then you may want to take a look at our other various craft recipes. You can find these recipes on Free Classes and Recipes of the Natures Garden website.

Now that your glittered shoes are ready to use, we would love to hear your thoughts about this lovely diy recipe. There are a few different ways to reach us on social media. First, you can find us on the Natures Garden Facebook page. Also, you can find us, @ngscents, on either our Instagram or Twitter. We would love to hear about any of your comments, questions, and suggestions. So, you should absolutely check us out soon! Also, we hope that you love your newly glittered tennis shoes as much as we loved creating them!

Nov
27

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe


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Christmas Coffee Wax Melts RecipeChristmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe

Our next wax melts recipe for Christmas was inspired by our favorite holiday blend coffee.  Not only does our favorite coffee use ground cinnamon and allspice, it also uses cocoa powder and vanilla!  Is your mouth watering just thinking about this delicious coffee?  Go ahead and prepare some Snickerdoodle Coffee, we’ll wait for you!  Are you ready?  Ok!  Now, get ready to make Natures Garden’s Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe.  This wax tart recipe was inspired by the glorious aroma of the actual coffee.  This layered wax melt recipe uses two of Natures Garden’s wonderful fragrance oils, Snickerdoodle Cookies Fragrance Oil and French Vanilla Coffee Fragrance Oil.  Not only are these wax melts scented with two awesome fragrance oils, we also topped them with fresh coffee beans!  This recipe truly was brewed to perfection just for you!  Not only do they smell amazing, but they look totally adorable!

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Let’s Talk About the Ingredients We Are Using

Before we begin creating this recipe, let’s talk about some of the Natures Garden ingredients we are using.  Below, we will talk a little bit about our wax selection, molds, and fragrance oils used in our Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe.

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Natures Garden Snickerdoodle Cookies Fragrance OilChristmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Natures Garden Snickerdoodle Cookies Fragrance Oil

Snickerdoodle cookies are a holiday tradition in my house.  So, trust me when I say that this cookie fragrance oil smells just like the freshly baked cookies!  This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the fresh baked aroma of French vanilla with a touch of cinnamon sticks, gingerbread, and maple syrup.  In fact, one of our customers had this to say about Snickerdoodle Cookies Fragrance Oil, “This is the strongest snickerdoodle scent I have ever used. It is perfect for my soy wax tarts. I highly recommend this cookie fragrance oil.”

 

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Natures Garden French Vanilla Coffee Fragrance OilChristmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Natures Garden French Vanilla Coffee Fragrance Oil

Our French vanilla coffee scent will have you craving the real thing.  This coffee scent is the perfect blend of freshly brewed coffee and warm creamy vanilla.  You will not be disappointed, maybe thirsty, but not disappointed.  This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a sugary, vanilla aroma with just the right amount of fresh brewed coffee. We brew this fragrance oil to perfection just for you!  We were not surprised when one client said this about French Vanilla Coffee Fragrance Oil, “Not an over strong smell of coffee, just the right amount with a touch of vanilla. Will be getting this one again, and again. Favorite with tart ‘melts’, throws very well. Not overpowering, just right….thanks for this one.”

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Natures Garden Pillar of Bliss WaxChristmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Natures Garden Pillar of Bliss Wax

I would like to take a moment to talk about the wax that we will be using today.  We are often asked by our client some of the differences in the waxes that we carry.  Today, I will tell you a little bit about our Pillar of Bliss Candle Wax.  This particular wax is used when creating melts that will be used in your burner, or for pillars and votive candles.

Natures Garden Pillar of Bliss Candle Wax is soy wax and paraffin wax blend.  While many people love natural soy waxes, it can sometimes be difficult to work with.  So, this wax is like the best of both worlds.  Straight soy wax can have a rough finish and naturally frost.  In addition, it can sometimes be difficult to get the absolute best hot scent throw.  Well, this pillar wax also contains paraffin wax.  The benefit of paraffin wax is that it helps give a wonderful scent throw.  Additionally, it gives the wax a nice and smooth creamy finish.

Often we are asked for recommendations on wax for wax tarts.  Well, the Pillar of Bliss wax is the one that I personally use.  Since it is a pillar wax, it will pop out of your molds very nicely.  When you use a container wax for tarts it doesn’t come out of the jars as easily.  This is because container waxes are meant to be softer so that they cling easily to your candle jars, but will do the same when used in candle molds.  So, it can be difficult to remove container waxes from molds.  My personal rule of thumb, if it is going into a mold or clamshell, use a pillar wax.  In addition, the Pillar of Bliss Wax comes in a granulated form, making it very easy to work with.  Finally, it has an amazing scent throw and a nice creamy finish.

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Silicone Mini Muffins MoldsChristmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Silicone Mini Muffins Molds

I absolutely love working with silicone molds.  They are durable and make removing the wax melts a breeze.  In addition, they are actually made for baking so they can handle the heat of the hot candle wax.  Some plastic molds can be a little more difficult to work with, requiring you to pour at a much lower temperature. If you haven’t tried working with silicone molds yet, I highly recommend them.  I love them for candle making, soap making, and cosmetic making.  Now, this candle making recipe will create 24 wax melts for your burner.  You will need a total of two of the mini muffin silicone molds for the Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe.

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Preparations

Now, that we have talked about some of the ingredients we are using, let’s begin.  First, prepare your work area.  You want to make sure you have a clear and also clean area to work in.  Then, you are ready to begin preparing your handmade coffee wax tarts.

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Ingredients Found at Natures Garden Candle Making Supplies

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Other Supplies and Equipment You Will Need

Scale
Mixing Spoons
Mixing Bowl
Pot (For Double Boiler)
Whole Coffee Beans

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Prepare the Bottom Layer of the Wax Melts

The bottom layer of your coffee wax tarts will be colored a coffee brown color.  In addition, it will be scented with Snickerdoodle Cookies Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden Candle Making Supplies.  So, we will begin by preparing this brown layer of your wax melts.  You will need to get two of your mini muffins silicone molds ready.

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Preparing the Pillar of Bliss Wax for the Bottom Snickerdoodle LayerChristmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Preparing the Pillar of Bliss Wax for the Bottom Snickerdoodle Layer

We begin by preparing the Pillar of Bliss Wax for the bottom snickerdoodle layer. We will use a double boiler to melt the candle wax.  You will need to put a few inches of water in your pot. Turn your stove top on to heat the water.  Next, weigh out 345 grams of the pillar wax using your pouring pot.  Then, place your pouring pot inside the warmed water.  Finally, melt the candle wax to 195 degrees.

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Color the Wax for the Bottom Snickerdoodle LayerChristmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Color the Wax for the Bottom Snickerdoodle Layer

Next, we will color the wax for the bottom snickerdoodle layer.  You want to color your wax melts at the temperature of 195 degrees Fahrenheit. We will be using two liquid candle dyes, both Natures Garden Spectrum brown and black liquid candle dyes.

To your melted candle wax, add 2 drops of black liquid candle colorant and 3 drops of the brown liquid candle dye.  Then, mix to fully disperse the color.  Once you have finished you will need to wait for the temperature of your candle wax to drop to 185 degrees Fahrenheit before moving on.
Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Adding the Snickerdoodle Fragrance Oil to the Bottom Layer of WaxChristmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Adding the Snickerdoodle Fragrance Oil to the Bottom Layer of Wax

Next, we will be adding the Snickerdoodle Fragrance Oil to the bottom layer of wax.  For this recipe, we will be using 41 grams of Natures Garden’s Snickerdoodle Fragrance Oil.  So, when your wax is at 185 degrees Fahrenheit, go ahead and add the Snickerdoodle scent.  Then, mix with a mixing spoon to completely blend the fragrance oil with the candle wax.  You want to stir for about 30 seconds.

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Pouring the Bottom Snickerdoodle Layer of WaxChristmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Pouring the Bottom Snickerdoodle Layer of Wax
 Now, we will be pouring the bottom snickerdoodle layer of wax.  Before pouring, allow the temperature of the candle wax to drop to about 175 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once the Pillar of Bliss is at the proper temperature, fill the 24 cavities of your silicone mini muffin mold about 3/4 of the way full.  Finally, allow this layer to fully setup before beginning the next layer.

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Prepare the Top Layer of the Wax Melts

The top layer of your wax tarts will be left uncolored.  However, it will be scented with French Vanilla Coffee Fragrance Oil.  So, we will begin preparing this layer of your wax melt.  You will pour this layer directly on top of the brown layer of your melt in your mini muffins silicone mold ready.  It will be the top white layer of your wax melts.

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Preparing the Pillar of Bliss Wax for the Top French Vanilla LayerChristmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Preparing the Pillar of Bliss Wax for the Top French Vanilla Layer

We begin by Preparing the Pillar of Bliss Wax for the top vanilla coffee layer. We will use a double boiler to melt the candle wax.  Again, you will need to put a few inches of water in your pot. Turn your stove top on to heat the water.  Next, weigh out 258 grams of the pillar wax using your pouring pot.  Then, place your pouring pot inside the warmed water.  Finally, melt the candle wax to 185 degrees.

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Adding the French Vanilla Coffee Fragrance Oil to the Top Layer of WaxChristmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Adding the French Vanilla Coffee Fragrance Oil to the Top Layer of Wax

Next, we will be adding the French Vanilla Coffee Fragrance Oil to the Top layer of wax.  For this recipe, we will be using 34 grams of Natures Garden’s French Vanilla Coffee Fragrance Oil.  So, when your wax is at 185 degrees Fahrenheit, go ahead and add the French Vanilla Coffee scent.  Then, mix with a mixing spoon to completely blend the fragrance oil with the candle wax.  You want to stir for about 30 seconds.

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Pouring the Top French Vanilla Coffee Layer of Wax

Now, we will be pouring the top French vanilla coffee layer of wax.  Before pouring the candle wax, allow the temperature of the candle wax to drop to about 150 degrees Fahrenheit this time.  By pouring at a lower temperature, the heated wax will not melt the previous layer.  Once the pillar of bliss is at the proper temperature, fill each of the 24 cavities of your silicone mini muffin mold the rest of the way.

 

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Adding the Fresh Coffee BeansChristmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Adding the Fresh Coffee Beans

Finally, you will be adding a decorative touch to your wax melts.  This will be in the form of fresh whole coffee beans.  You will need to quickly add the coffee beans to the top of your wax melts.  We used about seven or eight beans for each wax melt.  You will want to do this as soon as you pour your last tart.  So, after you have poured your white layer, begin adding the coffee beans.  Once you have added coffee beans to each melt, simply allow your melts to setup.

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Adding the Fresh Coffee BeansOnce your Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts have setup make sure you allow them to cure for a few days before using them.  Finally, after your wax melts have cured, they are ready to use.  To use your wax tarts, simply place one in your wax burner and enjoy the wonderful holiday coffee aroma.

We hope you love these Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts.  We loved creating this recipe, along with many other fragrance fun creations found in our free classes and recipes box.  Make sure you check out all the fun.  Have you created fun holiday recipes that you would like to share?  Show us what you have been up to.  We would love to see all the fragrance fun you are having!  Post your pictures on the Natures Garden Facebook page.  Alternatively, you can tag us on our Instagram page or our Twitter page @ngscents.

Nov
27

Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe


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Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies RecipeSugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Fragrance Oil is my personal favorite Christmas fragrance oil.  This fragrance oil from Natures Garden was the perfect fragrance for these bath bombs.  Often times, here at Natures Garden, we are inspired by pictures we see, things we see out shopping, and nature, of course.  Well this Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe was no exception.  We were actually inspired by some Christmas ornaments we saw on Pinterest.  These sparkly purple ornaments from Smile Mercantile are perfect for the season.  We absolutely adored these ornaments and were inspired to create these handcrafted bath bombs to share with all of you.  While the sparkle of these bath bombs is not as apparent in the picture to the left, rest assured they sparkle like crazy!

Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Information About the Ingredients in the Bath Bomb Recipe

Now, let’s talk about some the ingredients we will be using.  While some of our ingredients are pretty self explanatory, some of you may want a little more information on others.  So, below, we will talk about some of the ingredients in our bath bomb recipe.

Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Fragrance Oil

Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Fragrance OilIn this recipe we use Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Fragrance Oil.  This Christmas scent is perfect for the holidays.  Now, let’s talk a little bit about how this fabulous Christmas fragrance oil smells.

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Fragrance Oil is a charming fragrance oil by Natures Garden which is filled with surprises to delight all of the senses with plums, dark cherries and sweet oranges enhanced with clove, cinnamon, and peppery woodsy undertones.

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Fragrance Oil Top Notes:

Plum, Black Cherries, Strawberries, Mandarin, Orange

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Fragrance Oil Middle Notes:

Black Pepper, Clove, Cinnamon

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Fragrance Oil Base Notes:

Sandalwood, Eucalyptus

 

Natures Garden’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Fragrance Oil was inspired by, what else, the Nutcracker’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.  For those that are not familiar, it is performed in Act 2 of the famous 1892 ballet.  The music for the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy was written by Tchaikovsky.  It was also choreographed by Lev Ivanov.  The original Sugar Plum Fairy was portrayed by Antonietta Dell’Era.  However, although the role was created for the prima ballerina of the Nutcracker, the Sugar Plum Fairy did very little dancing in the original number.  This did not go over well with critics and thus, attempts were made to extend the number, incorporating more dancing into this role.

Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Sodium Cocoyl IsethionateSugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate

Since this is a fairly new product here at Natures Garden, we will talk a little bit about how it truly kicks your bath bombs up a notch.  First, sodium cocoyl isethionate from Natures Garden comes in granulated form.  After testing various forms, we found this one to be the easiest to work with.  It doesn’t float in the air like the powdered form.  Some places may sell it in a needle form, we prefer the granules.  When this ingredient is added to your products, one of the most obvious will be the foaming you will notice when your bath bomb is activated.  Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate will create bubbles, yes, but that is only one of the wonderful things about this ingredient.  In addition, you will love the way it makes your skin feel.  After adding this product in your bath fizzies, your skin will be left feeling silky soft, clean, and refreshed.  It is a very gentle cleaning and foaming agent that I have no doubt you will become obsessed with.  I know I have!

Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Citric AcidSugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Citric Acid

Citric acid it one of the ingredients found in bath bombs that helps to create the fizzing action.  You see, it is the combination of baking soda and citric acid that creates the fizzing of the bath bomb.  Citric acid is found naturally in citrus fruits, it is a natural acid.  It is also used in other cosmetic recipes to lower lower the pH level.

Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Baking SodaSugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Baking Soda

Baking soda, also called sodium bicarbonate, is a natural alkaline that is used in cosmetic formulations.  Adding baking soda to your bath will help leave your skin soft and silky feeling.  It is also wonderful on your hair when used in a rinse it will leave your hair silky and smooth.  It is wonderful in cleaning formulas to lift dirt, and remove oils.  In fact, it once saved my carpet.  I had spilled a glass of red wine all over my carpet and couch.  Immediately I poured baking soda generously all over the area, about a half an hour or so later I vacuumed the area and you couldn’t even tell where I spilled it.  The wine had completely vanished.  Baking soda, like we talked about earlier, is combined with citric acid to make bath fizzies.  Baking soda can be used in other types of recipes as well.  In fact, when used with borax, you can make soap, laundry detergent, and dishwasher detergent.  Baking soda is also used in other natural household cleaner formulas.   When used in cleaning recipes, baking soda has natural deodorizing qualities.

Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Ingredients

Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Ingredients: Other Supplies You Will Need

Witch Hazel (in spray bottle)
6- Clear Round Acrylic Fillable Ornaments
Mixing Bowls
Mixing Spoon
Scale

Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Total Recipe Amounts

166 grams Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
512 grams Citric Acid
1,120 grams Baking Soda
18 grams Macadamia Nut Oil
16 grams Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Fragrance Oil
2 grams Diamond Dust Mica
4 grams Ultramarine Violet FUN Soap Colorant

Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Prior to Starting

Before we begin there are a few things we will go over.  First, when creating bath bombs you don’t really want there to be a lot of humidity in the air.  Bath bombs fizz when you add them to your bath water due to the combination of baking soda and citric acid.  So, the same thing can happen to your bath fizzies if you have a lot of humidity.  Now it isn’t like they are going to just start fizzing like crazy while they’re sitting on your table.  However, it will activate the outer surface of your bath bombs.  Then, you will end up with little dimples on your bath bombs.

Today, we will be using fillable ornament as our bath bomb molds.  You will need a total of six, medium sized ornaments.  While you can use any size you would like really, we used a medium size and created six bath bombs with this recipe.  You will want to have these out and in your work area.

Next, we will be using witch hazel to create our bath fizzies.  This should also be prepared prior to starting this bath bombs recipe.  You can use one of our bullet bottles to hold it.  Place your witch hazel in a bullet bottle and put your fine mist sprayer on top.

Finally, clean your work area and remove anything that is not related to this project.  This will help things flow easily.  In addition, make sure you have cleaned any other bowls, molds, or spoons you will be using.  I also suggest wearing an apron and protective gear.  It isn’t like baking soda is harmful, it just likes to float in the air when you are preparing it for your bath bombs.

Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Preparing the Dry Ingredients

When creating a bath fizzy, we always prepare our dry ingredients separately from our wet ingredients.  This will allow us to remove any clumps in these ingredients.  So, first, we will go ahead and get this ready.

Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Preparing the Dry IngredientsSugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Total Dry Ingredient Weights
166 grams Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
512 grams Citric Acid
1,120 grams Baking Soda
Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Weighing Out the Dry Ingredient Weights

We will start by preparing the dry ingredients for our bath fizzies.  You will need a deep mixing bowl.  Then, add 166 grams sodium cocoyl isethionate, 512 grams citric acid, and 1120 grams baking soda.  Use clean, gloved hands to mix all of the ingredients together.  Be sure to break up any clumps you find in the mixture as you are mixing.

Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Preparing the Wet Ingredients

Next, we will prepare our wet ingredients.  This will include our Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies Fragrance Oil, FUN Soap Colorant, and Macadamia Nut Oil.

Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Preparing the Wet IngredientsSugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Total Wet Ingredient Weights

18 grams Macadamia Nut Oil
16 grams Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Fragrance Oil
4 grams Ultramarine Violet FUN Soap Colorant

 

Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Weighing Out and Adding the Wet Ingredients

Now, we will begin weighing out the wet ingredients.  You will need a small mixing bowl or glass.  To this bowl, add 18 grams of Macadamia Nut Oil and 16 grams Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Fragrance Oil.  Add these ingredients to the dry ingredients.  Finally, add 4 grams of the Ultramarine Violet FUN Soap Colorant.

Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Mixing Your Bath BombsSugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Mixing Your Bath Bombs

Next, we will need to mix everything together.  I find it easiest to mix bath bombs with my hands.  So, put clean gloves on and begin mixing the ingredient together.  You will need to make sure that your colorant is evenly and completely mixed.

Once you have your ingredients fully combined, we will begin adding some witch hazel.  You will need the bottle of witch hazel you prepared earlier.  Witch hazel will help the bath bomb stay together so that you can pack it into your molds.  Now, begin by spritzing your bath bomb mixture.  Then, mix the ingredients together.  Continue to spray and mix until your bath bomb dough reaches a crumbly dough consistency.  Once you have achieved the correct consistency, you are ready to begin filling your molds.

Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Adding the Bath Bomb Mixture to the MoldsSugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Adding the Bath Bomb Mixture to the Molds

Now, we will be adding the mixture to the molds.  So, make sure your molds are within arms reach.  Then, begin filling one half of one of your molds.  You want to pack the mixture in tightly.  Then, continue to pack the molds until you run out of bath fizzy mixture.

 

 

Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Connecting the Two HalvesSugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Connecting the Two Halves

Next, we will be putting the bath bombs halves together.  So, you will need two bath bomb halves.  Spray each half with witch hazel and quickly press the two halves together.  Then, do the same with two more halves.  Continue this process until you have all the bath fizzies together.  Allow your bath bombs to setup.

Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Finishing TouchesSugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: Finishing Touches

Now, we will be adding some sparkling finishing touches.  We will achieve a sparkly sugar look by dusting our bath bombs with diamond dust.  So, you will need to remove the bath bombs from the molds.  Then, place one of your bath bombs in a clean, dry bowl.  Next, sprinkle it all over with diamond dust mica pigment.  Finally, shake the bath fizzy to remove any extra mica. You want to completely cover your bath bombs with mica so that they are super sparkly.  In addition, these bath bombs will leave a super awesome sparkle to your skin when used in your bathtub.

Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: More Fun With Natures GardenSugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe: More Fun With Natures Garden

We hope that you enjoy making our Sugar Plum Bath Fizzies Recipe as much as we enjoyed creating it. You can find this craft and many other cosmetic, soap, and candle recipes in our Free Classes and Recipes Box. There you will find inspiration and a ton of fragrance fun!  When you are finished finding inspiration, show us what you have created. Post your pictures of your finished products on our Instagram or Twitter pages by tagging us @ngscents. You can also post your pictures on our Facebook page.

Nov
27

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe


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Rustic Wax Melts RecipeRustic Wax Melts Recipe

The Rustic Wax Melts Recipe is a gorgeous way to scent your home for the holidays. Not only is this a perfect scent to lift your spirits for the holidays, but these wax tarts could double as some lovely home decoration. Just pop a wax tart into the warmer and have a few arranged near the warmer or around the house. This Natures Garden creation is festive, rustic, and absolutely perfect for spicing up your decor. Plus, it will be nice to have more of these tarts nearby for you to use later because you are not going to get enough of these delightful room scent products. So, get started and have some fun!

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: The Fragrance BlendRustic Wax Melts Recipe: The Fragrance Blend

You are going to love this aroma for the holidays. The blend of this fragrance oil with the natural herbs added to this product are absolutely amazing! First, the Christmas Wassail Fragrance Oil is an exciting Christmas culinary drink scent. The wonderful aroma of mulled apple cider, fresh pineapple, and orange zests surrounded with spicy cinnamon and cloves. Furthermore, the spice notes in this fragrance oil are amplified by the real herbs that will add to the aroma as they are heated. So, these lovely herbs are not there just to look pretty. The whole clove, orange peel c/s, and the cinnamon sticks add some extra and fresh spice aroma to the fragrance to really kick it up a notch!

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Ingredients Needed From Natures Garden

Pillar of Bliss Wax- 10 Pounds
Christmas Wassail Fragrance Oil
Cloves Whole
Juniper Berries Whole
Orange Peel Cut & Sifted
Cinnamon Sticks 2 3/4 inch
Silicone Soap Mold- 24 Brownie Bites
POURING POT
THERMOMETER

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Other Ingredients You Will Need

Scale
Mixing Spoons
Mixing Bowl
Pot (For Double Boiler)

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Weights and Amounts of Ingredients

345 grams of the Pillar of Bliss Wax
1 ounce of the Whole Cloves
41 grams of the Christmas Wassail Fragrance Oil
1 ounce of the Orange Peel Cut and Sifted
24 pieces of the Cinnamon Sticks
1 ounce of the Juniper Berries

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Clean and Prepare Work Station

Before you get started on this recipe, you should clean and prepare the area that you are going to be working in. This will prevent any specs of dirt from accidentally getting into the recipe and it will make the entire process more enjoyable for you. First, cleaning and sanitizing the equipment you need and tidying the work space will keep your projects clean and beautiful. Nothing is worse than finding a spec in your design that you didn’t catch before your wax cooled. Plus, having everything ready to go will make your experience more enjoyable and stress-free! This way you can just focus on the fun of crafting.

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Creating the Double Boiler

A double boiler is the perfect way to gently heat your ingredients and this method will minimize the risk of scorching your wax. If you don’t know how to create a double boiler, then we will walk you through the simple steps! Since you are melting wax, you can use the pouring pot to hold your melting ingredients. Then, you will want to have a larger pot that the pouring pot can easily fit into with extra room on the sides. Next, add enough water to the larger pot that it touches the pouring pot, but won’t boil over. After, place the pouring pot into the larger pot. Then, add the larger pot to the stove and boil the water.

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe Measure the Necessary HerbsRustic Wax Melts Recipe: Measure the Necessary Herbs

First, you are going to want to prepare the various herbs that this recipe will need. These herbs are perfect for adding to the appearance of these melts. You are going to be working with four different herbs in this recipe.  Not only will you need to prepare a mixture of herbs for the middle of the melts, but you will need to get the cinnamon sticks ready for the top of the melts. So, the two herb preparations will be needed at different steps in the process.

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Prepare the Herb Mixture

You will need to prepare the mixture of herbs that will be added to the wax melts. So, take a bowl and the scale. Then, weigh out about an ounce of juniper berries, orange peel cut and sifted, and whole cloves each. After, mix these herbs together and set this bowl aside. Later, these herbs will be added to the mold cavities with the wax to create your homemade wax tarts.

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Prepare the Cinnamon Sticks

Separate from the bowl of herbs, you are going to want to prepare the cinnamon sticks. You are going to need twenty-four pieces in total. However, you will be breaking each cinnamon stick into smaller bits, so you won’t need a whole lot. You can get about 2-3 pieces from each individual cinnamon stick. You should look at the size of the mold’s cavities and make sure your pieces are small enough to fit on top. Then, set these cinnamon stick pieces aside.

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Melting the Candle WaxRustic Wax Melts Recipe: Melting the Candle Wax

Next, you are going to prepare the Pillar of Bliss Wax for these homemade rustic wax tarts. So, take the pouring pot and weigh out about 345 grams of the wax into it. After, you will need to melt the wax completely. So, create your double boiler and heat the pillar of bliss wax. You will want to set the heat to a make sure that the water is boiling. So, you won’t need to turn the stove temperature all the way up. Also, make sure that you stir the wax to help prevent burning.

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe Adding in the Fragrance OilRustic Wax Melts Recipe: Adding in the Fragrance Oil

Once all of the wax melts, you can remove the pouring pot from the heat. Then, you will add a thermometer to the pouring pot. This is to make sure that the wax isn’t too hot when you add the fragrance oil. If it is too hot, then the wax could burn off notes of your fragrance oil. Obviously, you don’t want to ruin this delightful Christmas spice aroma. So, make sure the thermometer is at about 180 degrees Fahrenheit before you add the fragrance. After you reach the right temperature you can pour in 41 grams of the Christmas Wassail Fragrance Oil and stir the wax to incorporate the scented oil.

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Adding the Herbs to the MoldRustic Wax Melts Recipe: Adding the Herbs to the Mold

Before you are able to pour your melted wax, you are going to add some herbs to the mold. So, you will need to retrieve the small bowl that contains the mixture of juniper berries, orange peel c/s, and whole clove. However, you will not need the cinnamon sticks quite yet. So, leave this fourth herb off to the side. Now add a bit of this mixed herb mixture into each of the twenty-four cavities. We will not need this herb mixture later, so be sure to use it all in this step. You can go back and fill in cavities that don’t have as much as others.

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Pouring the WaxRustic Wax Melts Recipe: Pouring the Wax

Now, you are ready to pour the melted Pillar of Bliss Wax into the mold. So, grab your scented wax and begin pouring your wax over the herbs. You will want to fill each of the twenty-four cavities all of the way up. Be careful not to overflow, but you will want to move to the next step quickly. In the next step you will want the wax to still be liquid in the molds. So, try your best to move quickly on to the next step.

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Adding the Cinnamon SticksRustic Wax Melts Recipe: Adding the Cinnamon Sticks

Now, you are going to add the pieces of cinnamon sticks to the top of the wax melts. You are going to want to move quickly before the tarts begin to set up. If not, you may not be able to get the cinnamon sticks to stay put. Also, we recommend sticking one portion of the herb into the wax melt and have the other part of the cinnamon stick poking out above the wax tart. This way the cinnamon stick can be seen from the top and adds to the rustic charm of this lovely recipe.

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Removing from the MoldRustic Wax Melts Recipe: Removing from the Mold

As your pillar of bliss tarts begin to set up, you will start to see how each wax melt will look. While these tarts all include the same ingredients, each one is unique and special, like a snowflake. Once the wax cools completely the wax won’t be transparent anymore, so only the herbs on top will be seen. This will leave you with just a few of these herbs poking through. This is what gives this recipe the gorgeous rustic appearance. Finally, when the wax has completely solidified you are ready to pop the wax melts out of their molds.

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Curing Before Use

Although you may be anxious and excited to test out your finished product, those extra few days of curing is exactly what your wax tarts need to be at their best. You can technically use your creation immediately, as there is nothing wrong with them. However, the scent isn’t going to be right until it has a chance to cure! While your wax tarts are finished, you won’t get the absolute best results unless you give the product time to cure. It super easy to do and only takes a couple days. Just let your wax melts sit undisturbed as the fragrance oil settles in your creation. After, you will be so glad that you waited!

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Melted Snowman

One adorable thing that we noticed about this Christmas craft recipe is that it looks like a melted snowman! The cinnamon stick looks like a stick arm. Also, the juniper berries look like the coal for the buttons, mouth, and eyes. Plus, the orange peel looks like the carrot nose! I remember making snowmen with my little brother. We would make our own so we could see which one was better, but we’d end up helping each other anyway. It was always a great way to spend a snow day. While nobody is happy to see their snowman disappear, it’s really all about the fun time that you had creating your snow friend. Just like wax melts, you don’t want to melt your beautiful designs, but they smell too good not too! So, enjoy this super cute wax tart recipe that is perfect for the winter season and the holidays.

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Snowman Building Ideas

Speaking of a melted snowman, it’s almost the perfect time of year for making your very own snow friends! You can create a regular kind of snowman or get creative with your frosty creation. If you are looking to get inspired for your next snow day, then check out 24 Clever Ways to Build a Snowman by Mommy Shorts. These are some different ways to make snow people that are funny or cute. Personally, my favorite snowman was the one with the mailbox for a mouth! These snowman designs are sure to get your excited for this season. All we need now is the perfect packing snow and we are ready to have some fun!

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Share With UsRustic Wax Melts Recipe: Share With Us

Now that your creations are complete we would love to hear your thoughts on our Rustic Wax Melts Recipe! Personally, I loved everything about these melts. The adorable rustic design was simple and would perfectly match my living room. Plus, the scent was an amazing blend that was strong and lasted a long time. Whether or not you agree, we hope to hear from you. Also, any snowmen this year would be greatly appreciated! You can talk to us on Twitter or Instagram @ngscents. Also, you can find us on Facebook.

Nov
22

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe


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Pinecone Christmas Ornaments RecipePinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe

The best part of Christmas is family, nothing is better than being together with all your loved ones. One fun way that you can spend this time is by creating fun crafts together! We at Natures Garden have created a holiday recipe that is easy and fun for the whole family. While parent supervision is necessary for the glue gun, the Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe is a simple recipe that kids can help make, too.

When I was younger, my grandma would have each of her grandchildren make and sign an ornament for her Christmas Tree. It was one of my favorite parts of the holidays. Not only is this ornament easy enough for kids, but this elegant, rustic design is perfect for decorating a unique and gorgeous Christmas tree. Plus, you can all enjoy decorating the tree after the pine cone ornaments are complete. Regardless of how you spend your holidays this year, this simple and lovely ornament is perfect for decorating and bringing the family together!

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Ingredients Available at Natures Garden

Disposable Pipettes
Sleigh Ride Fragrance Oil

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe All Ingredients You Will NeedPinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe All Ingredients That You Will Need

Pine cones
Plastic Easter Eggs
Gold Craft Glitter
Sleigh Ride Fragrance Oil
Liquid Craft Glue
Twine or Ribbon
Small Glass bowl
Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue Sticks
Foam Brush or Paint Brush
Disposable Pipettes
Newspaper or Wax Paper
Scale (optional)

 

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Gathering Your Pinecones

Of course, you can try to find some unscented, decorative pine cones at a store. But, it would certainly be more fun to go out and gather this part of the craft on your own. This way you have the chance to find the perfect pine cone for your ornament. This idea is especially great for kids that want to create this craft. Not only is this idea fun for kids, but it can certainly save you money from overpriced, decorative pine cones. That’s one of the beautiful things about creating pine cone ornaments, you can use the same pine cones from your yard!

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Preparing the Work Area

After you have gathered all of your ingredients you can start preparing your work station. All you are going to need is a clean, flat area to create your ornament, but you are going to want to lay down something to catch the mess. So, grab either some wax paper or an old newspaper to cover your counter top. You are going to want to lay this down over your work area before you get started. This will protect the counter top from the glue and the fragrance oil. Another bonus is that laying this down will make clean up so much easier. So, you are not going to want to skip this step.

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Creating the Scented Pinecone

We are going to start off by creating the pine cone portion of this recipe. Not only will this pretty pine cone ornament use the gold glitter, but this part of the holiday craft will be scented with the perfect Christmas scent, Sleigh Ride Fragrance Oil. It is a wonderful blend of pine, apples and cinnamon, bayberry, holly, and a hint of vanilla. So, let’s get started!

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Measuring the Liquid GluePinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Measuring the Liquid Glue

Now, we are ready to begin creating these simple Christmas ornaments. You are going to want to begin by measuring the liquid craft glue. We chose to use Elmer’s glue in our project, but any liquid craft glue that dries clear will be perfect! So, portion out about an ounce of glue into a small, glass bowl. This amount may vary slightly depending on the size of both your pine cones and plastic Easter eggs, but this is a good amount to start off with. If you happen to run out before you finish your pine cones, then you can make more later. 

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Adding the Fragrance OilPinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Adding the Fragrance Oil

Next, you are going to be adding in the wonderful fragrance oil. We chose to use our original Sleigh Ride Fragrance Oil because it is a strong scent that is perfect for Christmas time. Plus, this aroma is amazing for creating homemade room scents, as it is a strong aroma. So, grab this fragrance oil and the ounce of liquid glue. You are going to add about 1-2 mL of Sleigh Ride Fragrance Oil to the glue, which you can measure using a disposable pipette. Then, mix thoroughly to incorporate the scent into the glue.

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Adding the Scented GluePinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Adding the Scented Glue

Now, you are going to take your pine cones and coat the whole thing in the Sleigh Ride scented glue mixture! Although only the edges will have glitter added, you can use the glue everywhere to create a stronger scent for your home this season! The more your add, the stronger the fragrance will be in your home. Just make sure that you create enough to coat the edges and remember that you can mix up more scented glue as you need it. After your pine cone has been covered well, you are ready to move on to the next step of adding the glitter.

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Rolling in the GlitterPinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Rolling in the Glitter

After your liquid glue has dried we are ready for the glitter! Just sprinkle an amount of this gorgeous gold glitter on your protected work area and roll your pine cones in it. The goal for this method is to cover the outer edges of the pine cone and add some lovely shimmer. Although we did add glue to places that don’t have glitter, we didn’t necessarily waste any of the glue. This scented glue will dry clear and add to the aroma of the overall recipe. So, the extra glue will create a stronger room scenting product for your Christmas Tree!

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Preparing the Plastic Easter Eggs

Now, you are ready for the second part of this lovely Christmas craft! While the freshly glittered and scented pine cones are drying, you can prepare the other half of this diy Christmas ornament. You will need to take the smaller halves of the plastic Easter eggs and completely cover them with gold glitter!

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Adding Glue to the Plastic Easter EggsPinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Adding Glue to the Plastic Easter Eggs

Now, you are going to get the plastic Easter eggs ready for the ornament. You are only going to be using the smaller halves of the plastic eggs for these diy pine cone christmas tree ornaments. So, take these halves of the plastic eggs and cover them in unscented glue. You can wipe out and re-add the liquid glue to the same small bowl. Then, just roll or brush the glue onto each of the plastic eggs. After, set these plastic eggs some where that they can be sprinkled with glitter without making a big mess, we chose to use a large glass bowl.

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Pour on the Gold GlitterPinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Pour on the Gold Glitter

Next, you are going to add the gold craft glitter. Make sure that you move fast enough that the liquid glue doesn’t dry before you’re ready, because you are going to want to have a nice, even coat of glitter. Once you are ready, simply pour the gold glitter on the glue-coated plastic eggs until they have a nice layer of sparkles. Later, these beautiful, glittery plastic eggs will be added to the bottom of the pine cones!

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe After the Plastic Easter Eggs DryPinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe After the Plastic Easter Eggs Dry

After the plastic eggs have been coated in glitter, just leave them to dry in their place. You are going to want to wait until both the pine cones and the plastic Easter eggs have dried completely. Depending on how thick your coat of glue was, this could take some time before you are ready to move on to the next step. But, it is worth the wait because nobody wants to smudge their glitter! So, take a break and let the glitter get settled as the glue dries.

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Finishing Up the Ornament

Now that both halves of your homemade Christmas ornaments have been created, it’s time to put it altogether. So, the next part of this blog will be combining the pieces and putting the finishing touches on your gorgeous holiday decorations.

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Gluing the Plastic EggPinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Gluing the Plastic Egg

Once both the plastic Easter eggs and the pine cones have completely dried, you are ready to combine the two finished pieces. You will be hot gluing the plastic Easter eggs to the bottom of each of the pine cones. So, you are going to want to start off by warming up your hot glue gun. After the glue gun is ready, you will add a line of glue to the inner perimeter of one of the plastic eggs. Quickly, move on to the next step before the glue dries.

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Combining the Plastic Easter Eggs with the PineconesPinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Combining the Plastic Easter Eggs with the Pinecones

Finally, you are ready to combine the two pieces of your diy ornament. This step will be pretty simple, but you need to be gentle to make sure your don’t accidentally remove the glitter. So, place your plastic egg half over the bottom of your pine cone. Then, hold the two pieces together for a few moments so the hot glue has an opportunity to dry. Then, repeat the gluing and combining steps with each of the remaining pine cones. Together, the pine cone and the small, plastic egg halves will create a wonderful, sparkly ornament for your Christmas Tree!

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Hanging Your DIY Christmas Tree OrnamentsPinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Hanging Your DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments

Now that your homemade ornament has both its halves put together, you need to get your craft ready to hang up on the Christmas tree! So, grab either the twine or the ribbon and let’s get started. Since we chose to use the twine, we will refer to it as such during this step. Just know that you will be using the hanging device that you chose. Now, you can take your nearly finished ornament and loop the twine around the top of the pine cone. Make sure to secure the twine around the ornament. Then, make a smaller loop at the top of the twine to make sure your new Christmas decorations can be hung up on the tree this year.

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Sleigh Ride

Not only is creating some homemade Christmas crafts with our Sleigh Ride Fragrance Oil a fun way to celebrate this season, but taking an actual Sleigh Ride would be absolutely perfect. Nothing compares to riding on a horse drawn sleigh through the snow on a gorgeous winter day. Every year my hometown would have a Christmas festival with crafts in the library, lights down main street, hot chocolate, and the beautiful horse-drawn sleigh. There was nothing more magical than a ride in the sleigh with a warm hot chocolate and light, fluffy snow drifting from above. This lovely tradition is just one of the many that makes Christmas so wonderful!

While you can find lovely sleigh rides all throughout the United States, this website has some of the absolute best sleigh rides around. So, you can check out the travel section of Fox News and find the Top 10 Sleigh Rides in North America. Whether  you try out these wonderful sleigh rides or find a lovely sleigh near your home, we hope you find some of the holiday magic this delightful tradition can bring you!

natures gardenPinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays! We hope that you enjoyed this lovely homemade Christmas recipe. Whether this craft is perfect for decorating your Christmas tree or a great craft for the kids, we would love to hear about your holiday stories. Plus, we would absolutely love to see some or your decorated Christmas trees!  You can find us on the Natures Garden Facebook page or on Instagram with the handle @ngscents. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Nov
22

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe


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Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe

Our next Christmas Craft Recipe is our Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe.  Now, while this may seem like an ordinary bath bomb, it is nothing but ordinary.  First, we found these festive sprinkles that were the inspiration for our holly berry bath fizzies.  I am in love with them and have to use them for my Christmas Cookies this year!  However, these sprinkles also worked perfectly to go with Natures Garden’s Holly Berry Fragrance Oil.  This fragrance oil smells delightful and happens to be a holiday favorite among the Natures Garden team members.  In addition, we have created the look of snow on the bath fizzies.  While this part was entirely accidental, it truly kicked these bath bombs up a notch, making them my personal favorite recipe of the season.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Ingredients Found at Natures Garden

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Other Ingredients and Equipment You Will Need: 

Witch Hazel (in spray bottle)
6- Clear Round Acrylic Fillable Ornaments
Mixing Bowls
Mixing Spoon
Scale
Holly Berry Sprinkles (Find these From Wilton)

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prior to Preparing This Bath Fizzy Recipe

First, you want to make sure your work area is clean.  Also, be sure your mixing bowls and molds are clean and ready to use.  I also highly recommend wearing an apron to protect your clothing and gloves, glasses, and a mask. The glasses and mask are simply because the baking soda tends to float a bit on me when I add it to my bowl.  In addition, you want to prepare a bottle of witch hazel using your bullet bottle and sprayer.  I would also like to note that bath bombs should be prepared in non-humid climates.  Since bath bombs are activated by water, they can be slightly activated by moisture in the air.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the White Portion

The Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe has two colors.  First, we will prepare the white half of the bath fizzies.  This half will also include the holly berries that decorate the bath bombs.  We will also talk about an optional idea at the end to make the white half look like snow!

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Total Recipe Amounts for the White Portion:
256 grams Citric Acid
560 grams Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
9 grams Safflower Oil
8 grams Holly Berry Fragrance Oil
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Dry Ingredients for the White PortionHolly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Dry Ingredients for the White Portion

First, we will prepare the dry ingredients for the white portion of the bath fizzies.  So, in a deep mixing bowl, add 256 grams of Natures Garden’s citric acid.  Then, use your hands to break up any clumps you find.  Then, add 560 grams of baking soda.  Again, use your hands to break up any clumps you may find.  Also, mix the ingredients together as you are breaking up the clumps.  You want to make sure the ingredients are fully mixed and clump free before moving on.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Add the Wet Ingredients for the White Portion
Next, we will be adding the wet ingredients for the white side of the bath fizzies.  To the bowl with the dry ingredients, add 8 grams of Natures Garden’s Holly Berry Fragrance Oil.  Then, add 9 grams of safflower oil to the mixture.  Finally, once again, use your hands to mix the ingredients together.  Continue to mix until the ingredients are completely and thoroughly mixed.  Once the ingredients are mixed, set the bowl aside, we will come back to it.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Red Portion

Next, we will prepare the red portion of our Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe.  This portion will be the second half of the bath fizzy.  It will simply be an easy bath bomb recipe.  It is just a simple bath bomb, with added oil and red colorant.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Total Recipe Amounts for the Red Portion
256 grams Citric Acid
560 grams Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
9 grams Safflower Oil
8 grams Holly Berry Fragrance Oil
6 grams Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Dry Ingredients for the Red PortionHolly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Dry Ingredients for the Red Portion
The dry ingredients will be citric acid and baking soda.  So, in a deep mixing bowl, add 256 grams citric acid and 560 grams baking soda.  Use your hands to mix the ingredients together.  Make sure you break up any clumps you find in the mixture.
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Wet Ingredients for the Red PortionHolly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Wet Ingredients for the Red Portion

Now, we will prepare the wet ingredients for the red portion of the Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe.  So, to your dry ingredients, add 9 grams of your safflower oil, 8 grams of Natures Garden’s Holly Berry Fragrance Oil, and 6 grams of Natures Garden’s Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant.  Then, use your hands to mix the ingredients together.  Make sure the red colorant is fully and evenly dispersed.  Then, set the red portion aside for the moment and we will come back to it in just a little bit.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Putting the Bath Fizzies in the Molds

This bath fizzy recipe uses a traditional sphere bath bomb mold.  However, prior to putting the bath fizzies in the molds, we have a few more steps to complete.  You will need to get your molds out and put them in front of you.  We used a medium sized bath bomb mold and made six bath bombs using this recipe.  You can see a picture of the mold we used below.  They were simply the round plastic ornament type molds.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Adding the Holly Berries to the MoldsHolly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Adding the Holly Berries to the Molds

Next, we will be adding the holly berries to the molds.  The holly berries were created using holly sprinkles mix from Wilton’s.  These sprinkles contain red beads and green leaves that resemble holly berries.  For our bath bombs, we used three red beads and three green leaves in one half each bath bomb mold. So, go ahead and place three red beads in the center of one half of each of your bath bomb molds.  Then, place three of the leaves around the red decorating beads.  The goal is to make them look like holly berries.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Adding the White Bath Fizzy Mixture to the MoldsHolly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Adding the White Bath Fizzy Mixture to the Molds

Now, we will be adding the white bath fizzy mixture to one half of each mold.  The white portion of the bath fizzies will be added to the same side that you added the holly berry sprinkles.  So, with clean gloves, begin spraying the mixture lightly with witch hazel.  You want to have a crumbly dough like consistency.  Once your bath bomb mixture is at the proper consistency, add the white bath bomb mixture to holly berry half of each bath bomb mold.  Make sure you pack the fizzy mixture tightly in the mold so that they form properly.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Adding the Red Bath Fizzy Mixture to the MoldHolly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Adding the Red Bath Fizzy Mixture to the Molds

Now we will be adding the red bath fizzy mixture to the molds. So, begin by spritzing the red bath fizzy mixture with witch hazel.  Continue to spray and mix until you are sure that all of the mixture is at a crumbly dough consistency.  Once the bath bomb mixture is at the proper consistency, add it to the second half of each mold.  Pack the molds tightly and be careful not to overfill your molds.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Putting the Two Halves TogetherHolly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Putting the Two Halves Together

Finally, we will be attaching the two halves.  First, we need to lightly spray each half of the bath fizzy with witch hazel.  So, lightly spray one white half and one red half with witch hazel.  Then, press the two halves together.  You need to do this with the remaining molds until you have completed all six of your bath bombs.  Lastly, allow them to completely setup before you remove the handmade bath fizzies from the molds.  Your bath bombs should come right out of your molds very easily.  Simply use the hooks to pull the molds apart.  Then, place your bath fizzies in a place where they will not be disturbed or roll around.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Happy Accidents Day One

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Happy Accidents Day OneI really have to start from day one to fully explain how this happened. I should also say, this is totally optional and dependent on the humidity as well.  When I created this recipe, I will be honest, it was raining cats and dogs, and did so all day and all night.  Obviously, this is not the best time to create a bath fizzy with all of the extra moisture in the air.  However, when I found the Wilton holly berry sprinkle, I was instantly inspired.  I HAD to make them for everyone to see.  Of course, this meant I would need to create them and immediately take pictures to share with all of you.  So, my bath bombs setup.  I removed them from the molds.  I quickly took pictures right away!  As you can see the white half is perfectly smooth.  They looked great.  I was totally happy with them.  Then, I set them aside.  I was having a bit of a problem getting the bath fizzies to stay in one place. The problem was, they kept wanting to roll off the table.  So, I set them back in half of the bath bomb mold.  The little hook on the mold prevented them from rolling away.  Now, for whatever reason, I only used half of a mold for each bath fizzy. I placed each bath bomb with the red side in the mold.  You can see how they looked when I went to bed that night in the picture to the left.

 

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Happy Accidents Day Two

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Happy Accidents Day TwoHowever, the most wonderful thing happened overnight!  This left the white half exposed to the air.  After an exhausting and very long day, I accidentally forgot about them and left them sitting out on my table all night.  As we talked about at the beginning of this article, bath bombs a best prepared in non-humid climates.  Well, of course, the bath fizzies attracted some moisture from the air.  Of course, the bath bombs were slightly activated.  However, since the red portions were still in the molds, only the white halves were affected.  Guess what this created, it made the white half look like snow!!!  They looked amazing and festive and absolutely perfect!  You can see how they looked in the morning in the picture to the left.  I would never have thought to use the moisture to my advantage, but it worked out wonderfully for this time of year.  I actually recreated these for my own personal use, using this technique intentionally and for those wondering, yes, the bath bombs still fizz perfectly.

 

Tell Us About Your Happy Accidents

We all have those moments where we think, man I just messed that soap, candle, bath bomb, etc. up big time.  Then, there is that moment where you realize that big mistake turned into the most wonderful thing that you never planned for.  I couldn’t be happier with how these bath bombs turned out.  Personally, I am absolutely obsessed.  I make baskets each holiday for family and friends.  I fill them with bath and body products and totally intend to create these and other bath fizzies using this technique.

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