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Jul
06

Lip Balm Supplies


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Lip Balm Supplies

If you are looking to create some homemade lip balm, then you will want to check out the lip balm supplies that are available at Natures Garden. Whether you want to use a lip balm base or create homemade lip balm from scratch, we have everything that you will need to make some fantastic lip care products. Further, there are all kinds of different ways to flavor, sweeten, and color your various lip balm recipes. So, you can use these cosmetic supplies to create fantastic lip balm recipes that both look and feel amazing.

Lip Balm Supplies: Lip Balm From ScratchLip Balm Supplies: Lip Balm From Scratch

One way that you can create your own lip balm is from scratch. This means starting with the simplest ingredients to completely form the lip balm that you want. While you will have to either find a previously formulated recipe or create your own lip balm recipe, it is worth the effort to make a lip care recipe that is exactly what you need. You can either use one of our step-by-step recipes or you can create one of your very own. Further, you could even start with one of our recipes and change out some of the oils for ones that your prefer. Then, you will need to use a double boiler to melt your various oils and butters. After, all your cosmetic oils and butters are melted you can add in your choice of lip balm flavors and lip tint before you pour the mix into the lip balm tubes. So, you are able to create a recipe that is exactly what you need from the texture and hydration level to the color and flavor.

Lip Balm Supplies: Butters and Carrier Oils

If you are making your lip balm from scratch, then you will need to incorporate some Natural Butters and Natural Fixed Oils into your recipe. These cosmetic ingredients are essential for hydrating and rejuvenating your lips. Plus, you can add more to create a highly moisturizing lip balm or less to create a daily lip balm. One recipe that we have created from scratch is the Kahlua and Cream Lip Balm Recipe, which uses skin nourishing butters and oils that will protect your lips. The Coconut Oil is an oil that is smooth and sinks into the skin. Also, the Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter are butters can will help protect your lips for even longer.

Lip Balm Supplies: Hard Cosmetic Wax

Not only do you want cosmetic ingredients that will rejuvenate your lips, but you will need an ingredient that will help hold your lip balm ingredients together. If you don’t add a cosmetic wax to your recipe, it will likely be too soft. So, you will absolutely need a cosmetic wax if you are going to use a lip balm tube. The Beeswax White Pastilles is used most commonly and is useful for adding some integrity to your lip balm. This is the cosmetic wax that is added to our lip balm base recipe. Another option that you can choose is Candelilla Wax, which is a perfect wax for anyone avoiding animal products. So, this was the perfect cosmetic wax to add to our Vegan Lip Butter Recipe or to use when formulating your own vegan lip balm.

Lip Balm Supplies: Lip Balm BaseLip Balm Supplies: Lip Balm Base

One convenient cosmetic ingredient that you can use with your homemade lip balm supplies is the wholesale lip balm base. Although you are still able to customize your lip balm, you can start with an easy to use lip balm base to make the process easier. So, you can simply melt the base in the microwave using short intervals. Then, you can add your colorants and lip balm flavorings. Using this amazing lip balm base, you don’t have to create a recipe from scratch, but you can still customize your product. So, you can easily create some fantastic homemade lip care that looks and tastes exactly how you want.

Lip Balm Supplies: Lip TintsLip Balm Supplies: Lip Tints

Also, you may want to add a lip tint to your lip balm creation. First, you can add one of our lip tints. We used these lip balm colorants to create our Chocolate Covered Strawberries Lip Balm Recipe as well as our Lipstick from Scratch Recipe. So, you can use these colorants to create a fun design or to add a bit of color to your lips. Additionally, you can use some herbs to naturally color your lip balm recipes. We used some beet root powder to create our Natural Beet Root Lip Gloss Recipe. So, you can use some pigmented herbs and spices to create a natural color to your homemade recipes.

Lip Balm Supplies: Mica Dust PowderLip Balm Supplies: Mica Dust Powder

Additionally, you can use mica to enhance your lip balm recipes. This way you lips will have a little shimmer and shine! We included the Diamond Dust Mica in our Kiss of Death Lip Venom Recipe. Additionally, you can use the Gold Mica Pigment in some of your very own lip balm recipes. These are a perfect way to glam up your lip balm recipes without adding any lip tint. However, adding some sparkle and shine to your pigmented lip balm would be even prettier!

Lip Balm Supplies: Lip Balm FlavoringsLip Balm Supplies: Lip Balm Flavorings

Another great addition that you can make to your lip balm recipes is flavoring. First, you can try out one of our many lip balm flavorings. We used the scrumptious Blue Raspberry Slushie flavor in our Natural Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe. Additionally, you can use some essential oils to create delicious lip balm flavors. For example, we used lavender essential oil to create our White Chocolate Lavender Lip Balm Recipe. However, you will need to check the IFRA sheet to ensure that your essential oil choice is safe to be used in lip balms. Further, we wouldn’t recommend using photosensitive essential oils. Also, you can use natural lip balm flavors, like chocolate or honey. We tried out these sweeteners in our Honey Vanilla Lip Balm Recipe and in our Chocolate Avocado Lip Balm Recipe.

Lip Balm Supplies: Lip Balm Sweeteners

Not only would you want to flavor your lip balm, but you may want to add a sweetener as well. There are a few sweeteners that you can add to your recipe to enhance the flavor. Although these ingredients won’t necessarily flavor your lip balm, it is perfect for sweetening the flavor you added. Also, you can use these ingredients to sweeten a plain or natural batch of lip balm. Regardless of how you want to flavor your lip balm, a sweetener is a perfect way to enhance it. So, check out the sweet options available in Natures Garden’s lip balm supplies.

Lip Balm Supplies: Lip Balm SweetenerLip Balm Supplies: Stevia

One way that you can sweeten your lip balm flavorings is with some powdered Stevia. We used this lip balm supply to create the Monkey Farts Lip Balm Recipe, which sweetens the scrumptious, tropical flavor of our Monkey Farts Flavoring. In this recipe we crushed the powder a bit more and then added a small amount to our lip balm. This helps to reduce the gritty texture that can occur by adding too much. But, you can use more of the Stevia if you would like to add some exfoliating power to your recipe.

Lip Balm Supplies: SorbitolLip Balm Supplies: Sorbitol

Additionally, you can try adding Sorbitol to your lip balm recipes. While there are many people that use and enjoy this sweetener in their lip balm recipes, we at Natures Garden prefer to use Stevia or a natural sweetener like chocolate. There are many that know exactly how to use this cosmetic ingredient, but it can be tricky to mix with the oils and butters. This complication is due to this sweetener being polar, which doesn’t mix with the non polar oils and butters. So, you will need an emulsifier and an understanding of cosmetic checmistry.

Lip Balm Supplies: SugarLip Balm Supplies: Sugar

Also, you can use real sugar to sweeten your lip balm recipes. Just know that adding sugar will likely make your lip balm gritty. So, you will only want to add sugar if you want to create a lip scrub. We used some white granulated sugar to create our Natural Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe. If you want to create a slightly softer sugar scrub, then you should try using brown sugar. We used this softer sugar in our Creme Brulee Lip Scrub Recipe, which creates a nice lip exfoliator.

Lip Balm Supplies: Disposable PipetsLip Balm Supplies: Disposable Pipettes

Another lip balm supply that you are going to want to have for your recipes is a disposable pipette. With other bath and body recipes you can pour your recipe into the containers. However, many of the lip balm containers are too small for you to be accurate. So, you can use these pipettes to fill your packaging supplies. This prevents you from wasting the lip balm that would miss the containers. Plus, you have more control, which is important for clear lip balm pots. Otherwise, it would be impossible to make straight layers. So, these are a crucial supply for creating lip balm effectively.

Lip Balm Supplies: Lip Balm PackagingLip Balm Supplies: Lip Balm Packaging

After you have created your lip balm, you are going to need to be able to package it! We have all kinds of wholesale lip balm containers that you can use for your lip balm recipes. First, we have lip balm pots and tins. We have a few different kinds of sizes and shapes that you can choose from to create the perfect lip balm recipes. We have things like the 0.35 oz Lip Slider Tins, the 6ml and 10 ml lip balm jars, the tri cosmetic container, and so many more options!

Another choice that you have for your lip care recipes is lip balm tubes. You can try out the regular lip balm tubes or a small deodorant stick. While a deodorant stick may sound like it would be too big for lip balm, it is actually pretty small. In fact, this tube is about the same size as a regular lip balm tube. The only difference is that the travel size deodorant tube has a more oval shape. Further, we have roll on lip gloss tubes, which would be perfect to add to your lip gloss making supplies! Check out all the options you have available at Natures Garden on the Lip Balm Containers page of our website.

Lip Balm Supplies: Our Delicious Inspiration

We often are inspired by delicious foods to create some fantastic homemade recipes. One of these inspired recipes is our yummy Strawberry Cheesecake Lip Balm Recipe. Of course, we had to create a lip balm recipe after having some scrumptious homemade strawberry cheesecake. It is almost impossible to resist something that is this good!  If you want a piece of the real thing, then you should try out this Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake recipe from Your Home Based Mom. This recipes uses fresh, juicy strawberries with sweet glaze on a creamy cheesecake that is all sitting on a graham cracker crust.

Lip Balm Supplies: Ask Us Your QuestionsLip Balm Supplies: Ask Us Your Questions

Now that we have gone through all the lip balm supplies wholesale that you can use for your lip balm recipes, you can get started on your homemade lip balm! If you have any questions about the process, then feel free to ask us. We have a help line available when you call the store. Also, you can ask questions when you pop into the store. Further, you could find us online to answer your questions. We are available on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Further, you can share any of your homemade creations with us online. Hope to see some of your wonderful creations soon!

Jun
05

What Type of Scrub Should I Use?


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What Type of Scrub Should I Use?What Type of Scrub Should I Use?

What type of scrub should I use? There are many different ways to create a homemade scrub. So, it all depends on what you are looking to exfoliate. In tough, damaged areas you may want a more exfoliating agent. But, you are going to want a gentle exfoliant for sensitive areas, like the face. Further, there are many different kinds of herbs that you can include in your scrub recipes to tailor the scrub to match your needs. For example, you may want to use poppy seeds or salt for a foot scrub for feet with dry, callused skin. If you have less dead skin on your feet, however, then you may want to use sugar or another herb. Plus, there are scrubs that are emulsified and scrubs that are not.

What Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Emulsified vs Not Emulsified ScrubsWhat Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Emulsified vs Not Emulsified Scrubs

First of all, there are two main types of body scrubs. One type is called an emulsified scrub. This uses an emulsifying ingredient that combines the oils with the other ingredients in the recipe. So, there are no oils seeping out of the recipe. However, there is another type that is not emulsified. While the oils and scrubbing ingredient are still mixed together, the oils aren’t connected to the rest of the recipe. So, you may have to mix the scrub again sometimes as the oils will seep out of the loose mixture and make it more difficult to grab all the ingredients.

What Type of Scrub Should I Use: Emulsified Homemade Salt ScrubWhat Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Emulsified Homemade Salt Scrub

First, you can create some fantastic emulsified salt scrubs. The emulsified scrub blends the ingredients together to make sure that the oils and salt don’t separate. This will ensure that you don’t have oil collected on the top or the bottom of your salt mixture. Also, this scrub, due to the salt, is slightly more abrasive than sugar scrubs and can be used on areas of the body that have a lot of dry skin. So, anyone looking for a tough exfoliant will love this scrub. This scrub would create one of the best hand scrubs and a fantastic salt foot scrub! If you want a good salt scrub recipe, then the Margarita Salt Scrub Recipe would be perfect. This dead sea salt scrub recipe is amazing for exfoliation and is tough on dry, callused skin.

What Type of Scrub Should I Use: Emulsified Sugar ScrubWhat Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Emulsified Sugar Scrub

Another great way to create an emulsified scrub is with sugar! Again, the recipe includes an emulsifying agent to keep all the ingredients together. The Emulsified Beet Sugar Scrub Recipe perfectly blends oils, sugar, and beetroot powder to create a perfect emulsified scrub. Our Watermelon Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe is another great recipe that combines cosmetic oils and white sugar. Another added benefit of creating an emulsified sugar scrub is that you can create layers like we did to create a watermelon appearance in the jar.

What Type of Scrub Should I Use: Un-emulsified ScrubsWhat Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Not Emulsified Scrubs

Plus, you can create scrubs without an emulsifying agent. These scrubs have all the oils that nourish the skin and a strong exfoliator. The only difference is that all of these ingredients don’t contain an emulsifying agent. This means that even though everything is mixed, the oils aren’t bonded to the exfoliant. Our Citrus Peel Salt Scrub Recipe is a scrumptious salt scrub recipe with oils and powdered herbs that truly care for the skin. Also, the Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub Recipe combines lovely ingredients like nourishing oils and pink salt to create a fantastic scrub! Also, we have a more gentle scrub recipe, the Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe, that will care for your skin with lovely oils and feel less abrasive than a salt scrub.

What Type of Scrub Should I Use: Different Types of ExfoliantsWhat Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Different Types of Exfoliants

While sugar and salt are some of the most common natural exfoliants, there are many other herbs that you can use in your scrub recipes. In fact, there are many herbs that can be used to exfoliate your skin. Another benefits of using these herbs is that there are all kinds of different levels of exfoliation. Some are tougher exfoliants than salt and others are more gentle than sugar. So, using some of the Herbs and Spices available on the NG site can provide you with a great range of option for your scrubs!

What Type of Scrub Should I Use: Diy Body Coffee ScrubWhat Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Diy Body Coffee Scrub

Another great ingredient for providing some scrubbing power to your recipes is real ground coffee. The coffee grounds provide light exfoliation that is great for a body scrub. One recipe that uses coffee as an exfoliant is our Coffee Butter Scrub Recipe. This homemade scrub combines luscious oils and butters with real coffee to create a magnificent scrub! The grounds provide a softer exfoliation than either sugar or salt. Plus, the grounds have an authentic coffee aroma that goes well on its own or blends perfectly with a coffee fragrance, like our Cafe Mocha Fragrance Oil.

What Type of Scrub Should I Use: Poppy Seed Scrub RecipeWhat Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Poppy Seed Scrub Recipe

Also, you can use some poppy seeds in your homemade scrub recipe. Our Pampered Foot Scrub Recipe uses this cosmetic herb among other wonderful herbs and oils that will care for the skin. Since poppy seeds are hard and are great for exfoliating, we decided to create a foot recipe that will both defoliate as well as care for the skin.

What Type of Scrub Should I Use: Variations of Body ScrubsWhat Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Variations of Body Scrubs

While these ingredients are not the main exfoliant in the scrub recipes, they are extremely useful when added to a scrub recipe! Some of these ingredients will add to the cleansing ability of the product, add a bit more gentle exfoliation to the exfoliant, or add skin nourishing vitamins and minerals to envelop the skin in luscious nourishment. If you want to learn about these ingredients, then check below for some of the herbs, butters, and oils that you can use in your own recipes.

What Type of Scrub Should I Use: Charcoal ScrubsWhat Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Charcoal Scrubs

Although this scrub recipe uses white sugar as an exfoliant, the activated charcoal helps to cleanse the skin. Activated Charcoal Scrub Recipe. This herb adsorbs toxins and will pick up anything that is bad for the skin. Then, the activates charcoal will take these toxins away when it is wiped or rinsed off. So, you will have bright, beautiful skin that is clean and healthy.

What Type of Scrub Should I Use Diy Spa RecipesWhat Type of Scrub Should I Use Diy Spa Recipes

This lovely spa recipe uses dead sea salt for exfoliation as the herbs and oils work to do their magic. These ingredients would perfectly remove any dead skin as well as use these fantastic herbs to nourish the skin with vitamins and minerals. This spa quality scrub is hard to resist after you see the effect it has on your skin!

What Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Honey Sugar Scrub RecipeWhat Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Honey Sugar Scrub Recipe

Another great recipe that you can try out is the Chocolate Sugar Scrub Recipe. This homemade scrub recipe uses both white sugar and brown sugar to create a sweet blend of exfoliants. Plus, the organic cocoa powder and raw honey are perfect for nourishing the skin along with the lovely cosmetic oils, which include olive oil. So, this is a perfect recipe for anyone looking for a sugar scrub with sugar scrub recipe with olive oil.

What Type of Scrub Should I Use: Foaming Body ScrubsWhat Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Foaming Body Scrubs

Another alternative type of scrub you can create is a foaming body scrub. These recipes include a foaming agent, SCI, that will provide your body scrub with a fun, foaming lather. Both the Foaming Body Scrub Recipe For Men Recipe and the Foaming Hibiscus Scrub Recipe contain this wonderful bath enhancing ingredient.

What Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Solid Scrub Recipe

Another different way to create your own scrubs is a solid sugar soap scrub recipe! These recipes include melt and pour soap to create a cleansing scrub recipe that is perfect for the bath.  So, you can create a bath scrub like our Solid Sugar Scrub Recipe. This recipe cleans, exfoliates, and nourished the skin with oils. Additionally, you can create a solid salt scrub recipe, like our Solid Pink Salt Scrub Recipe, which uses a tougher exfoliant and is packaged in a clamshell container.

What Type of Scrub Should I Use?: How to Make Lip Scrub

If your lips are cracked, dry, and just begging for some exfoliation, then this is the perfect product to create. These sugary scrubs will gently remove your weathered, dead skin and reveal the vibrant lips hidden underneath. Plus, the sugar is a perfect way to naturally flavor your homemade lip care recipes. Further, the oils and butters included in these recipes will care for the newly emerged skin, This will keep your lips looking and feeling soft, healthy, and rejuvenated.

What Type of Scrub Should I Use: Diy Lip Scrub with Brown SugarWhat Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Diy Lip Scrub with Brown Sugar

Brown sugar is a great exfoliant for your lips! This sugar is softer than white sugar but is still yummy and sweet. So, you can lightly exfoliate your lips to remove dry, damaged skin and have the added bonus of naturally sweetened lip balm. Our Brown Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe and our Creme Brulee Lip Scrub Recipe are both delicious and perfect for lip care. Not only are these lip scrubs sweet and cute, but they contain ingredients that will nourish and care for the newly revealed skin.

What Type of Scrub Should I Use: Diy Lip Scrub with White SugarWhat Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Diy Lip Scrub with White Sugar

Not only is sugar great for body scrubs, but it can be used in lip care products, too! This type of scrub is a bit more abrasive than brown sugar, so it is perfect for very dry lips with a bunch of dead skin. One quick and easy way to make a white sugar lip balm scrub is our Lip Scrub for Lip Balm Sticks Recipe. Also, our Natural Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe is just like our other recipe, but it adds an extra oil to care for the skin. Since these lip scrubs use a lip balm base it is very easy to create and could be a fun idea for mommy and me crafts!

What Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Homemade Scrubs for FaceWhat Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Homemade Scrubs for Face

Another great idea for homemade body scrubs is a recipe for a face scrub. If you create a face scrub recipe, then you need to make sure that you are aware of what shouldn’t be in it. Firstly, make sure that you don’t choose a tough exfoliant like salt. Instead, try brown sugar, Kaolin Clay, or lavender buds.  Also, be cautious with your scent. Since fragrance oils may irritate the skin, I would suggest choosing a fragrant herb or leaving it unscented. Also, be sure to include oils that won’t clog pores, like Argan Oil or Sweet Almond Oil.

What Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Why Use Natural Exfoliants?

Not only are these scrubs great for your body, but they are a better alternative for protecting the environment, too. Many commercial scrubs will use plastic beads instead of an exfoliating herb or mineral. While it may exfoliate, there are other products that work just as well, if not better, that won’t use plastic. So, buy more natural scrubs or make your own to protect our oceans. The article Scrubbing Out Sea Life on Slate to learn more and see more alternatives to plastic exfoliants.

What Type of Scrub Should I Use: Reach Out to UsWhat Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Reach Out to Us

We hope that you enjoyed learning about different scrub recipes! If you want to check out more, then go to out Scrub Recipes page on the website. Also, you can reach out to us with any questions that you may have about homemade scrubs. There are a few different ways to get a hold of us, one of which is social media. We have a Facebook page, an Instagram (@ngscents), and a Twitter (@ngscents). Can’t wait to hear from you!

Jul
20

Sealing Oils


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sealing oilSealing Oils for Hair

When your hair is dry, moisturizing will help prevent the hair from having split ends, or becoming brittle and breaking off.  However, sometimes you need more than just moisturizing.  In order to help keep the hair moisturized, you can also seal it.  By sealing your hair, you are essentially trapping the moisturizing agent into each strand of hair.

Sealing oils are light oils.  There are several different sealing oils that you can use on your hair.  After these oils are applied, they do not completely absorb into the hair.  This is because these oils contain molecules that are of a larger size.  So, instead of being absorbed fully by the hair, they coat the hair.  This coating is what allows the moisturizing element to stay put.

Whether you moisturize your hair with a specific water based product, or simply apply the sealing oil (or light hair oil) after your hair is wet from the shower, the sealing oils do their job; prevent evaporation and seal in the moisture.  The perfect solution when there is high humidity outside and you want to block the outside environment from wreaking havoc on your hair.  Or, just a great way to prevent frizzy hair; sealing oils are the answer.  A sealing oil will not only lock the moisture in, but also keep outside elements out, and as an added bonus you will find that your hair style will stay in place for a longer period of time.

Now, when it comes to using these oils to seal in moisture there are a few different routes you can take.  Here are two of them:

One option is if your hair is dry.  Using a spray bottle, mix the oil or oils of your choosing.  Then, to the bottle add some leave in conditioner and water.  Shake vigorously and spritz thoroughly into the hair.

The next option for applying sealing oils would be after your hair is already wet.  To the wet hair, you would add the leave in conditioner. Then using your hands, gently work the sealing oil in.  When going this route, it is important to remember to really focus on the ends of the hair.

Regardless of which way you apply your sealing oil, once it is in you may proceed with styling as normal.  Because these sealing oils do not absorb but rather coat the moisture in, you will find that after your hair is styled, it will have a beautiful shine.  This is especially true if your are styling with a blow dryer.

Sealing Oils
These oils are considered to be very light.  This means that they will not weigh down your hair.  Also, unlike other oils, these oils will not leaving your hair looking greasy either.  Used alone or in combination with one another, these oils will seal the deal when it comes to locking in moisture for your hair.  And, they also contain various other benefits for your hair.

Grape Seed Oil–  An effective oil in preventing moisture loss, grape seed oil has a high amount of linoleic acid.  This acid is a type of omega-6 fatty acid.  A light oil that does not leave hair looking or feeling greasy, grape seed oil also contains important nutrients, nourishing and promoting healthy hair.  In fact some of the key benefits for the use of this oil include: moisturizing hair, strengthening hair, combating dandruff, and encourage hair growth.   Besides the linoleic acid, grape seed oil also contains antioxidants like the nourishing Vitamin E, proteins, and minerals.

Jojoba Oil–  Jojoba oil has always been known as a wonderful ingredient to include in any body care product.  But, this sealing oil is extremely special in that it is the one that most closely resembles our hairs natural oil, aka sebum.  Having 98% monounsaturated fats, jojoba oil strengthen the hair strands while it hydrates, and can even help repair damage.  This creates hair that is shiny, soft, and full of body.  Being rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, and especially Vitamin E, jojoba oil not only nurtures it also nourishes. And, because jojoba oil is so similar to sebum, this sealing oil not only keeps the hair moisturized, but it can incredibly enhance the overall healthiness of your hair.

Sweet Almond Oil–  This sealing oil is great because it does not only nourish but also smooths the hair. Containing tons of vital nutrients to allow your hair to not only be healthy but also grow thick, long, and strong, Sweet Almond Oil has both polyunsaturated and mono fatty acids.  Besides the nutrients, sweet almond oil also has vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, D, and high amounts of E.  Vitamin E is beneficial for its conditioning aspects for hair.  It is also believed that when massaged into the scalp on a regular basis, sweet almond oil will also help to reduce and control hair loss.

Sunflower Oil– The second most popular oil for hair care products, sunflower oil is plentiful and rich gamma linolenic acid (omega-6).  But, it also includes oleic and palmitic acids, lecithin, and tocopherols.  This sealing oil is also considered an emollient meaning it has lubricating elements which prevent water loss.  A very nourishing oil for hair, sunflower oil contains vitamin A, B1, B5, B6, C, D, and E.  A versatile oil with many benefits, using sunflower oil in your hair will help make your hair more manageable, control frizz, and hydrate.

These oils are all great candidates to having a healthy, full bodied head of hair with lustrous sheen and elasticity.  And let’s not forget about all of the nourishing and repairing aspects these oils also provide.  All in all, pampering your hair by showing it a little TLC with these oils will make for one happy head of hair.

Jul
03

Hair Care


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hair careHair Care

Sometimes we put our hair through the ringer.  Whether it is daily blow drying, curling, scrunching, or straightening, the sacrifice for beauty is understandable.  Our hair however, pays the price.

Just like our skin, hair too must also be shown some love and pampering.  One of the best ways to nourish your hair is to use conditioning oils that promote healthiness.  This can easily be done by making your own hair care products.  In fact, one of the most appealing aspects to creating your own products is the control you have.  Not only are you able to select how your hair care product is going to smell, but you can also select which ingredients you would like to include.  Hand selecting the various components of your recipe allows you to cater your hair care products to the exact specifics that you are looking for.

Just like the varying categories of skin types, there are also different hair types as well.  There really is quite a variety of hair types including: normal, curly, wavy, straight, oily, dry, and even hair that is prone to frizz.  But, regardless of which hair type you are creating a product for, it is also important to mention that many of these oils will also have tons of nourishing factors to them too.

Natures Garden does have some homemade hair care product recipes available on their website.  These recipes would include several hair conditioner recipes, a cold process shampoo bar, as well as a few hair gel recipes too.  If you are interested in viewing any of these recipes, please click on this link.

Currently, the creative team at Natures Garden is researching various natural hair care ingredients.  This information will be presented through the extension of the recipes for the Hair care section, as well as the classes section of the website.  There are still many avenues of hair care products that are still left to be explored.  However, in the mean time; if you are interested in making your own hair care product recipes, this blog post will review some of the best hair care ingredients for conditioning your hair.

The oils listed below should be used at least 2 hours before shampooing.  If you are applying the oils straight, it must be worked into dry hair and allowed to set.  When you are ready to shampoo your hair, make sure all of the oil is completely washed out.  Because these oils are considered to be heavy, if not effectively removed, your hair may appear greasy when dry.

Oils that are high in fats:
Including oils that are high in fats in your recipe will be very nourishing for your hair.  For obvious reasons, you will want to select an oil that also absorbs easily into your hair.  These quickly absorbing, high in fat oils even nourish your hair strands from the inside out adding both moisture and strength to each one.

Some great examples of high fat oils to include in your homemade hair care items would be:
Argan Oil-This quickly absorbing oil naturally hydrates your hair.  Rich in antioxidants, this oil is also a natural source of vitamin e, making it a great addition for treating dry or damaged hair.  And, when dealing with those dreaded split ends, argan oil is ready to battle.  It contains a plentiful amount of Omega 3 (rich in 9 fatty acids) assisting in the mending of split ends in your hair.

Avocado Oil–  Containing an extremely high amount of monounsaturated fatty acids, avocado oil has the ability to permeate the strands of your hair, providing additional moisture.  It’s high content in vitamins A, D, & E help to keep your hair both healthy and shiny.  As a detangling element, the addition of this oil in your hair care products creates a remarkable glide without a greasy look or feel.

Castor Oil–  Besides being packed full of vital nutrients for your hair including vitamin E, minerals, and proteins; castor oil also includes both antibacterial and antifungal properties.  Sincecastor oil is a humectant, it attracts moisture to your hair; leaving the hair moisturized with the added bonus of a rich, darker hair color.  But, not only does this oil rejuvenate the hair; it can also help to stimulate growth.   Containing Ricinoleic acid which encourages circulation to the scalp, and omega-6 fatty acids which promote the growth of healthy hair, using castor oil in your hair care products will allow your hair to be gorgeous and healthy.

Coconut Oil 76–  This all around wonderful oil is awesome for maintaining a healthy head of hair.  However, if you are seeking to repair hair stands that have been heat damaged, or you notice your hair is dry, coconut oil 76 can help you out too.  Since the molecular structure of this particular oil allows for ideal penetration in each strand, what results after shampooing is a head of hair that is super soft, full bodied, and unbelievably manageable.  Containing lauric acid, capric acid, and vitamin e; coconut oil 76 revamps your hair and prevents future damage.  As an added bonus, using coconut oil 76 will also halt tangles. 

Like mentioned earlier, using any one of these oils or a combination of them will repair, revive, and maintain a healthy head of hair.  In a future blog post, we will be discussing light oils for hair care products and their beneficial elements.

 

Jun
01

Easy Lip Balm


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easy lip balm Easy Lip Balm

Making your own lip balm is one of the easiest things to do.  By using Natures Gardens all natural lip balm base, you can quickly create your own lip balm.  With a few other supplies such as lip balm containers, flavoring, lip tints, and sweetener; you can take your lip balm to the next level.

To make your very own flavored lip balm using the all natural base, here is what you have to have:
All Natural Lip Balm Base
Lip Flavorings– now this list contains 24 different flavorings to choose from.  But, if you are wondering which flavorings are the most popular right now, they are: Juicy Watermelon, Strawberry Sorbet, Tropical Paradise, and Frozen Margarita.
Powdered Stevia (optional) but here is what you want to sweeten your lip balm or you can sweeten your lipbalm using chocolate wafers or white chocolate wafers.
Lip Tints (optional) but here if you want to tint your lips
Microwavable Bowl
Stirring Utensil
Pipettes (optional) but a great way to transfer the liquid lip balm to its container before it hardens
Containers–  this link will show a variety of lip balm containers from sticks to tins

Now, when it comes to actually making the lip balm, here are the steps:

1.  Scoop out some of the all natural lip balm base.  Place this into your microwaveable bowl.  Place the bowl into the microwave.  Heat in 30 second increments until melted.  If you are going to sweeten your lipbalm using chocolate wafers, you will want to melt the chocolate along with your lip balm base.

2.  Once the lip balm is melted, carefully remove it from the microwave.  If you are tinting your lip balm, add some colorant now and stir.  Obviously, the more colorant you add, the darker your lip balm will be.

3.  If you are adding stevia, you will want to crush it down even finer.  Because the stevia will not dissolve but only suspend in the lip balm the finer you can get it the better.  Once added, stir.

4.   Next, add a few drops of flavoring, and then stir again.

5.  Finally transfer your lip balm into its packaging.  Allow the lip balm to fully set up (which will not take too long).  Once your lip balm is firm, it is ready to use.

Making your own flavored lip balm is just that simple.  A great project to do with kids at birthday parties, sleepovers, or on a rainy day; this craft is simple, takes very little time, and is super easy to clean up.

Now, if you are interested in making your own lip balm from scratch, there are also other free recipes available on the Natures Garden website.  To view these recipes, you can simply click on this link.  Offering quite the variety, some of Natures Gardens more popular recipes are: Chocolate Avocado Lip Balm RecipeVegan Lip Butter, and the Natural Beet Root Lip Gloss Recipe, but there are many more to choose from.

May
17

Coconut Oil 76 Tips


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coconut oil 76 tipsCoconut Oil 76 Tips

Providing tremendous and bubbly lather in soap is only one of coconut oil 76’s qualities.  It can also help to make a harder bar of soap as well as making it whiter.  But, coconut oil 76 can also be used in lotions, bath melts, massage oils, body butters, lip balms, basically anything you can think of.  When it comes to bath and body products, coconut oil 76 is known for being a great moisturizer all around and is especially good for your skin!

The reason that coconut oil is so good for our bodies is that it has quite the outstanding natural make up.  Coconut oil is high in lauric acid.  Lauric acid is medium chain fatty acid.  Lauric acid is also a part of the class of organic compounds which we know as lipids.  Lipids are fundamental in the creating of our cellular membranes.  But, it doesn’t stop there; coconut oil also has vitamin e and vitamin k, and is also rich in iron.

So, as you can see coconut oil is awesome for your body in products.  But, did you know that this amazing oil has other uses to it too.  It turns out that Mother Nature gave us a natural elixir for many of life’s little hiccups.   And, the best part about all of this is how cost effective coconut oil 76 is.

Through our research, we have found what seems to be an endless list of coconut oil uses.  We however just wanted to focus on the ones that are most relevant to our industry.

Coconut Oil 76 is very nourishing for your hair, nails, and skin.
First and foremost, coconut oil 76 has both antimicrobial and antifungal benefits.  This makes it a perfect ingredient candidate for many bath and body products.  But, coconut oil 76 can be used alone for many reasons.

For Nails
-Just by rubbing the oil on your nails and nail beds, you can promote nail growth as well as nourish your cuticles.  This tip will help especially if you have cracked and dry cuticles.

For Skin
-Using coconut oil 76 to moisturize is always a smart move.  The perfect solution for dry patches like elbows, knees, and ankles, or flakey skin in general, coconut oil 76 soaks right into the skin leaving it soft and supple.
-And, a great tip for a really close shave is to use coconut oil 76.  Plus, with its moisturizing benefits and smooth glide, you will be irritation free.

For Hair
-Coconut oil 76 is just amazing for hair.  Just by rubbing it into your scalp you can strengthen dry and weak hair, and even help to fight dandruff.  The perfect solution for keeping your hair soft, healthy, shiny, and hydrated, coconut oil 76 is the complete package.  (Although it should be noted you may need to additionally wash your hair a few times to get all of the oil out).
-In fact, applying coconut oil 76 to your eyelashes before going to sleep will even help strengthen them.

For Scars, Dark Circles, and Stretch Marks
-Once a cut has healed, you can use coconut oil 76 to help lighten the appearance of scaring.  The same can be said for those pesky stretch marks too.
-And for the dark circles under your eyes, dabbing some coconut oil around your eyes will not only lighten the circles, but also reduce the bag look.
-Finally, coconut oil 76 is also a wrinkle reducer because it contains anti aging properties as well as makes your skin supple and healthy looking.

For Skin Issues
-Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, Coconut Oil can be used to help soothe the discomfort and itch from eczema.  It can even be placed directly on bug bites to lessen the irritation.
-You can use coconut oil to relieve the pain and uneasiness from sunburn.  Not only will coconut oil 76 help prevent peeling, it will reduce the redness and irritation.
-For minor cuts and scrapes, you can use coconut oil 76 as a protective layer to keep the bacteria and ickies from the outside world from getting into your cut.

As a Deodorizer
-Probably the most interesting fact is that since coconut oil contains lauric acid; it will help to kill the bacteria that causes foul smelling body odor from both arm pits and feet.

Some Makeup Tips
-Coconut oil 76 is a great ingredient to keep in your makeup arsenal.  Perfect for fixing running eye makeup like mascara or eyeliner, all you need is the oil and a cotton ball.  It also works as a full makeup remover just by slathering coconut oil on your face then using a wash cloth and warm water to gently remove it.
-Coconut oil for lip care works great for dry lips.  But, it can even be used as a lip gloss or you can let the oil soak in to give your lips a matte look.

So, as you can see Coconut oil 76 seems to be an ingredient that just cannot be beat.  And, since many of you have it in your house for the creation of bath and body products, you now have some more additional uses for it too.

Apr
26

Gel Phase


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inhibited gel phase soap In an earlier blog post, we briefly discussed insulation of cold process soap. Through insulating your soap, you are encouraging the best environment for the gel phase to occur during saponification. Keeping the soap evenly heated using insulation will prevent a partial gel from occurring. But, still there are no guarantees. Even with the best insulation, you may still end up with bars of soap that have partial gel evident.

So, what if you prevented the gel phase in your soap?

Although this is possible, it is still not guaranteed. It can be very tough to prevent the gel phase. But, there are some factors that need to be noted to help you in your quest to stop the gel phase. These factors are: the size of your mold, and the various ingredients in your recipe. The saponification process involves heat; it is the nature of the soaping beast. Choosing to eliminate the gel phase will change some elements to your soap and soaping process.

But, before we get to that information, let’s look at some specific reasons to prohibit the gel phase.

First, since you are decreasing the amount of heat that is in your soap, this will allow you to introduce certain soaping ingredients that normally would be finicky. Examples of these heat sensitive ingredients would be: dairy products, heat sensitive colorants; prone to morphing, and fragrances or essential oils with a low flashpoint.

Dairy Products
Soaping with ingredients such as creams, milks, and butters for example will provide your finished bars with rich, extra moisturizing elements. However, soaping with dairy products can be tricky. With the heat that is involved with the saponification process, there is a chance that dairy products will burn. This results in both discoloration and an off smell in your soap. By preventing the gel phase from occurring, you allow these ingredients a fighting chance in soap. And, you can even produce a creamier bar of finished soap.

Colorants
Whether you are deciding to go the natural route with herbs, or using colorants that you worry may morph; preventing gel phase allows the window of opportunity to stay open. Certain herbs discolor or darker from the saponification process. The same is true for some colorants that completely alter like deep purple to brown.

Now, for the colorants in the finished soap when the gel phase is eliminated: the bar colors are bolder and more vivid. Even if you choose not to color your soap batter, the elimination of the gel phase stops the darkening of the fats and oils in your recipe, allowing for a “whiter” finished bar.

Scenting Options
If you do not want to rebatch your soap recipe, preventing the gel phase in your cold process soap may allow you to scent your soap with low flashpoint oils without worrying that the saponification process will eliminate the scent. It is also possible for fragrance or essential oil scents to come through stronger in the soap because of the reduction of heat.

As for what preventing the gel phase means for your soaps, there are key points you should know. First, you must keep your molded soap chilled for the full 24 hours. Depending on your recipe, you may have to keep the soap chilled for an additional 24 hours as well.

Now, when you are ready to unmold your soap, it is crucial to let your molded soap reach room temperature before trying to slice it. Not allowing your soap to be at room temperature before cutting may result with your bars being brittle, and breaking apart as you slice them.

As for the saponification process, since you inhibit the gel phase, it will take your soaps longer to complete the saponification process. What this means is that the soap will need additional cure time before it will be ready to use.

So, whether you choose to insulate or prevent the gel phase, it is really up to personal discretion. Regardless of the method, the result is the same; a finished bar of soap. The only variables that change are the molding environment and the cure time.

Feb
21

Lavender


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lavender in bath productsLavender Flowers

This amazing herb does wonderful things when introduced as a skin care ingredient.  Whether it is used in flower form, powder form, or in the form of an essential oil, lavender can be a go to ingredient for aromatherapy needs, antiseptic benefits, or even relief from pain and discomfort due to skin irritations.  This beautiful herb is also cherished for its decorative nature in both the body care industry as well as food and beverage industries, especially when it comes to the realm of teas and desserts.

The name lavender comes from its scientific name lavandula which is actually derived from the Latin word lavare which means to wash.  In fact, lavender was often heavily used by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans for its antiseptic benefits for the skin, healing powers, and as an aromatic perfume.

There are several ways to use the wonderful benefits of lavender in your homemade skin care and body wellness products.  The very aromatic herb lavender is available for purchase in several different mediums at Natures Garden.

Lavender Flower Whole Select–  In this shape, it can be used directly in items like bath teas and soaps.  This form of herb can be steeped to make an oil infusion which then can be used in a plethora of bath and body products like: skin toners, lotions, body creams, perfumes, shampoos, etc.

Lavender Flower Powder–  In powder form, lavender can be used directly in your formulations and this even includes body powders.  The only precaution to remember when using this herb is that as with any powder, it is prone to clumping if not made into a paste first.

As an essential oil, lavender is available as Lavender Essential Oil 40/42 or Lavandin Grosso Pure Essential Oil.  Either of these essential oils can be used to scent your products for aromatherapy needs or to take advantage of all of the skin care benefits lavender provides.

The scent of lavender is one of the most well known aromas worldwide.  No matter where you live, chances are you have smelled this distinctive scent.  Often used in aromatherapy and in body care products as a natural antidepressant; lavender will ease stress and tension by promoting relaxation.  Lavender works as a nervine; calming the nerves and reducing irritability of the mind and body.

As an analgesic, this herb can actually help to reduce pain from skin issues and aliments like acne, boils, eczema, and psoriasis.  This herb is even beneficial for treating burns, sunburns, insect bites and stings.

As a natural air freshener, lavender also works to fight against air borne viruses.  You can achieve this by simply steeping lavender buds in water and letting the aroma fill the air.

Lavender has an array of uses; to read the full class on all of the benefits of lavender, please click on this link.

To view some wonderful bath and body recipes that contain the amazing herb of lavender in flower form or in powder form, please check out the links below:

Lemon Lavender Bath Melts Recipe
Lavender Sage Bath Bomb Recipe
Fizzy Milk Bath Recipe
Sensual Massage Oil Recipe
Lavender Luxury Cold Process Soap Recipe
Relaxing Eye Pillow Recipe
Lavender Apple Sugar Scrub Recipe
Lavender Vanilla Body Powder Recipe

Natures Garden sells our lavender flowers herbs and essential oils for external applications only.  In the above written blog post, we briefly discussed the wonderful benefits of lavender and the some of its uses across various industries.  Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice.  Please consult your doctor before using any of this information for treatment purposes.  We provide this data for educational purposes only.

Feb
19

Firming Facial Mask


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make your own facial maskFirming Facial Mask

Whether you are looking to spend some quality time with the girls, or just wanting to treat yourself; using a homemade facial mask is the route to go.

Not only is making a facial mask super easy, it is also a great way to tone, firm, and even revitalize your face.  There are a variety of herbs and clays that you can use to make your very own facial masks.  Each herb or clay has its very own distinctive skin loving benefits that you can introduce into your facial masks.  The herb and clay that you select is dependent upon what you want the end results of your mask to have.

For this firming facial mask recipe, the herb that was focused on was Hibiscus.  This includes both hibiscus flowers and hibiscus flower powder.

Hibiscus is quite the amazing flower and has even been affectionately named “the botox plant”.  Used in skin and hair care for thousands of years, this amazing herb is a natural source of alpha hydroxy acids (Vitamin C).  These acids can gently exfoliate your skin while encouraging the replacement of dead and dull cells with new ones.  This herb also has anti aging properties with the capability of soothing, smoothing, and firming the skin.

As for the main ingredient for the firming facial mask, Red Moroccan clay was selected.  This clay is one of the purest forms of cosmetic clays available.  With the ability to draw out toxins and impurities, Red Moroccan clay also acts as a moisturizing agent for your skin.

To help to keep the skin moisturized vegetable glycerin is also used in this recipe.  Vegetable Glycerin  is a humectant.  What this means is that this ingredient will help to draw moisture to your skin and keep it there.

If you want to make this recipe, all ingredients can be found at Natures Garden.

Now, on to the firming facial mask recipe:
This easy homemade recipe will make 2 facial masks.  The total time the masks take to make is about 45 minutes.  Game on wrinkles!

Step 1:  In a pot, weigh out 120 grams of distilled water.  Then, place the water on the stove top and heat it until it reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once you hit this temperature, allow the water to hold for an additional 20 minutes.

Step 2:  Weigh out 2 grams of Hibiscus flowers.  Place the dried flowers into an empty tea bag and tie it shut.  Place the tea bag into a coffee cup.

Step 3:  When the 20 minutes have elapsed, remove the water from the heat source.  Now, carefully pour the hot water into the coffee over.  Using a spoon, hold the tea bag down into the water until it is completely saturated.  Then allow the tea bag to steep for about 10 minutes or so.  Occassionally while the tea bag is steeping, use a spoon to press the tea bag.  This will ensure you have a nice and strong Hibiscus Tea.

Step 4:  In a small bowl, weigh out 23 grams of Red Moroccan clay and 3 grams of Hibiscus flower powder.  Break up any clumps you may have.  Then, gently stir these two ingredients together.

Step 5:  When your hibiscus tea is finished steeping, in a separate bowl, weigh out 18 grams of the tea.  To this add 6 grams of vegetable glycerin.  Stir.

Step 6:  Now, carefully scoop the clay/flower mixture into the tea/glycerin bowl.  With each scoop that is added, stir well to fully incorporate.  Keep adding the clay/flower mixture until it is all in the tea/glycerin.    Keep stirring this until there is no visible powder left.

Note:  If you plan on selling this mixed facial mask, you will need to add 1% optiphen preservative to the mask at a temperature that is not higher than 140F.  This will help prevent bacterial growth.  If you are making this recipe for self use, but do not plan to use all of it at one time, place the remainder in the refrigerator up to 1 week.  Throw away after 1 week if the mixture is not properly preserved.

Now, to use your firming facial mask:

Once the mixture has cooled, start applying it generously to your face.  Once the mask is completely applied, allow it to fully dry.  This drying process will take about 20 minutes to complete.  As the mask dries, you will notice a color change in the mask itself.  Your face will also begin to feel tighter.

When the mask has dried, wash it off with warm water.  Then, pat your face dry with a towel.

Please Note:  Hibiscus WILL stain your clothes/towels.  It is advisable to wear clothes and use towels that can be stained.  Also, there will be a slight stain left on your face once the mask is removed.  This stain will disappear after an additional wash or two.

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