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Berry Bewitching Bath Brew Recipe

Friday, October 11th, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Making Cold Process Beer Soap

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
Cold Process Beer Soap

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

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

But, what exactly is it about Beer in Soaps?

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

Soaping with Beer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the End

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

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

Baby Powder Fragrance Oil

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
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Natures Garden’s Baby Powder Fragrance Oil is a year round Best Selling fragrance oil.

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

What does Baby Powder Smell Like? 

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

How Do Our Customers Use Baby Powder Fragrance Oil?

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

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

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

Chai Tea Fragrance Oil

Monday, September 30th, 2013
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This very complex fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an NG Original Scent!

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This true to name fragrance oil by Natures Garden is one realistic aroma you should not pass over.  A wonderfully unique scent that is deep, rich, and creamy; this fragrance oil even has warm, comforting notes to it.  Many of our customers report this spicy fragrance as fast selling, with consumers absolutely adoring this complex scent in their products.  Our customers even comment that “for chai tea lovers, this is a Must Have!”

What does Chai Tea Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is very complex! Our chai tea fragrance begins with top notes of spicy cinnamon bark and nutmeg; followed with a body of fresh green tea; finished off with the aroma of creamy soy milk.

How Do Our Customers Use Chai Tea Fragrance Oil?

For any candle crafters and home scenters, Chai Tea Fragrance Oil is used in WOW, Joy, Pillar of Bliss, and Soy waxes.  The scent has very strong hot and cold throw, especially in soy and Joy waxes.  This fragrance oil is even used in oil burners and can be used to make very aromatic tarts as well.

For any bath and body crafters, this fragrance oil is out of this world in products.  The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 1% for Bath Oils, Soaps, and Bath Gels; and .5% for Lotions and Perfumes.  The Vanillin Content is 2% so this fragrance oil may discolor your products.  If you are concerned about discoloration, Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is advised by our customers to stabilize discoloration in finished products.  The most common products that customers use this fragrance oil to make are: spritz lotions, whipped body butters, bath bombs, body scrubs, solid perfumes, melt and pour soaps, and bath gels.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance oil is unmatched.  Here are the official results:  “Soaped beautifully, no ricing, no acceleration, discolored to a light brown, behaved, scent retention is strong.  I have soaped several chai teas, and this one is the best thus far.”

Werewolf Fragrance Oil

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
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Werewolf Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden is an NG Original Fragrance. This complex scent will have your customers howling for more.

Werewolf Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

A quickly rising favorite among customers, this fragrance oil is very unique to say the least.  Werewolf Fragrance oil has a true to name transforming appeal to it.  A refreshing, clean, and masculine type aroma; that when used in products, consumers just can’t seem to walk away without coming back to purchase.  Once bitten by the scent, it just seems to take over.  In fact, after testing, many of our customers comment that they not only use this fragrance oil for their product lines, but many use it for their husbands’ personal care items as well!

What does Werewolf Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is sexy and animalistic.  Fresh citrus highlights sparkle around the floral heart of lavender and ylang in this sensuous blend. An earthy signature of patchouli and spiced wood leads to a base of warm animal tones. Leather and musk balance with balsamic undertones as hints of powdery vanilla complete the blend.

How Do Our Customers Use Werewolf Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters or home scenters, Werewolf Fragrance Oil is used in gel, WOW, Joy, Pillar of Bliss, and Soy waxes.  This fragrance oil has amazing scent throw and makes wonderfully strong tarts and votives as well.  This fragrance oil also works very well in potpourri, electric warmers, sachet beads, and hanging air fresheners.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance oil has a usage percentage of 5%. Natures Garden’s Werewolf fragrance oil is used to make: shave gels, solid lotion bars, cologne, bubble bath, body scrubs, melt and pour soaps, bath gels, and aftershave.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance oil soaps like a dream!  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, discolors to a tan.

 

Bitches Brew Fragrance Oil

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
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Bitches Brew Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden is one scent that will most definitely give your products the edge with a little attitude.

Bitches Brew Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Now that autumn is officially here, your Halloween Fragrance Oil line will not be complete without Natures Garden’s Bitches Brew Fragrance Oil in your products.   A true woodsy, herbal scent combination; this fragrance oil captures the essence of the spooktacular Halloween Holiday.  This perfect fall time scent is eerily similar to a very well know company’s Witches Brew.

What does Bitches Brew Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the smoky, woody sweetness of balsamic resins and patchouli enveloping herbaceous florals for a bewitching scent.

How Do Our Customers Use Bitches Brew Fragrance Oil?

If you are a candle crafter or home scenter, Bitches Brew Fragrance Oil is used in paraffin, WOW, Joy, Pillar of Bliss, and Soy waxes.  Since this scent is strong in the hot and cold throw of candle wax, once lit, it will be no time before the scent fills the home.  This fragrance oil also works very well in smelly jellies and odor eliminator for festively fun home scenting ideas too.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance oil has a usage percentage of 5%. Bitches Brew fragrance oil is used to make: lotions, bubble bath, body scrubs, solid perfumes, melt and pour soaps, bath gels, and whipped body butters.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance behaved perfectly!  Here are the official results:  No acceleration.  No separation.  Scent is dead on to Yankee.  No discoloration.

Bite Me Fragrance Oil

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
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Natures Garden’s Bite Me Fragrance Oil is both a best selling fragrance oil and a Natures Garden Original Fragrance Oil.

Bite Me Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

It is quite an accomplishment when a fragrance oil is a triple threat.  Not only is Bite Me an NG Original scent, but it is also a best seller; standing it’s ground as one of the top 40 selling fragrance oils year round. Even better yet, Bite Me Fragrance Oil ranked #3 on our recent poll for the Customer Favorite Fragrance Oils 2013.  Needless to say, this very sweet fragrance oil is definitely worth it!  Many of our customers that use this fragrance oil in a variety of products report they sell out every time.  In fact, one of our customers refers to this scent as “take-your-breath-away fantastic.”

What does Bite Me Smell Like? 

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

How Do Our Customers Use Bite Me Fragrance Oil?

For anyone who is a candle crafter or home scenter; Bite Me Fragrance Oil is used in eco soya, paraffin, parasoy blends, soy blends, WOW and Joy waxes.  This fragrance oil is even used in Pillar waxes to make pillar, tarts, and votives that are strong enough to knock your socks off.   Since this fragrance oil is extremely aromatic and has wonderful hot and cold throw, it is considered “a must have” in your candle line.  This fragrance oil also works well for air fresheners, reed diffusers, electric warmers, and potpourri.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance oil will take your products to the next level.  The scent is loved by all!  The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5% for soaps, oils, and gels; and 2% for lotions and perfumes.  This one of a kind fragrance oil is used to make: salt body scrubs, lotions, creams, melt and pour soap, bath salts, shower gels, body sprays, roll-ons, and shampoos.  The list is endless!   Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is a phenomenal.  Here are the official results:  Wow, Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration, very strong, a must have for all lines.

If you are looking for an awesome project using Natures Garden’s Bite Me Fragrance Oil, check out Natures Garden’s free recipe for the Zebra Print Soap Recipe.

Huckleberry Harvest Fragrance Oil

Friday, August 23rd, 2013
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Natures Garden’s Huckleberry Harvest Fragrance Oil is both a best seller and a Natures Garden’s Original Fragrance Oil.

 

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One of the sweetest pleasures of being in the Northwest is huckleberries, especially during harvest time.  Typically, for the magical month of mid August through mid September, the aroma and the appeal of huckleberries and all their lusciousness is super sweet.  And, now you can have all the berry juicy huckleberry scent you want, regardless of where you live or what time of the year it is with this round full flavored scent!  In fact, many of our customers state this fragrance sells year round for them!

What does Huckleberry Harvest Smell Like?

Natures Garden’s Huckleberry Harvest Fragrance:  A Best Seller!  An NG Original Fragrance!  A bouquet reminiscent of blueberry with raspberry, grape, strawberry and peach top notes with a sweet background.

How Do Our Customers Use Huckleberry Harvest Fragrance Oil?

For anyone who is a candle crafter or home scenter; Huckleberry Harvest Fragrance Oil is used in paraffin, parasoy blends, gel, soy, soy blends, and Joy waxes.  This fragrance oil is even used in Pillar of Bliss wax to make amazing tarts and votives.  Since this fragrance oil is very aromatic and has wonderful hot and cold throw, it is considered “a must have” and “a keeper” by many of our customers.  This fragrance oil also works well for air fresheners and potpourri.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is a win!  The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5%.  This spectacular fragrance oil is used to make: lotions, creams, melt and pour soap, bath salts, shower gels, body sprays, and shampoos.   Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is a champion.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration, scent holds beautifully and is strong.  A keeper.

Aloha Fragrance Oil

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
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If you are looking to add a super unique fragrance oil to your finished products line, Aloha is a fabulous fragrance that has a tropical get-away appeal.

 

Aloha Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

In Hawaiian, Aloha is a homonym that means both Hello and Goodbye.  So, it is also fitting in the fragrance world that the Aloha scent is too a combination of fragrances both fruit and floral.  And, in keeping with the Aloha tradition, these certain notes are not heavier nor are they more dominant than one another.  Goodbye stressful reality and hello sweet smelling vacation.  Aloha Fragrance Oil is just the perfect mixture of all things good and tropical.

What does Aloha Smell Like?

Natures Garden Aloha Fragrance Oil:  A tropical delight that combines sweet coconut and juicy island fruits with exotic, and delightfully fragrant native flora of tiare and plumeria flowers.

How Do Our Customers Use Aloha Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters out there; Aloha Fragrance Oil is used in Soy, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  This fragrance is very aromatic and has no problems with scent throw.  This fragrance oil also works well for room fresheners, whether it is odor eliminator, smelly jellies, or sachet beads.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is a win!  The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5%.  This amazing fragrance is used to make: solid lotion bars, bath bombs, body scrubs, spray lotions, perfumes, melt and pour soaps, body sprays, bath gels, whipped body butters, conditioners, and salt bars.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance did awesome.  Here are the official results:  Slight acceleration.  No separation.  Strong scent!  No discoloration.  Very nice!

Vanilla Bean Fragrance Oil

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
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If you are looking for a great vanilla fragrance oil without the bakery notes often associated with it; Natures Garden’s Vanilla Bean Fragrance is your answer.

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Vanilla Bean Fragrance Oil is hands down one of the best straight vanillas on the market.  This fragrance oil is an absolute favorite among crafters and was even listed as a customer favorite fragrance oil in a recent Natures Garden poll.  This wonderful and deep fragrance oil is awesome as a straight fragrance oil and is amazing when mixed with other fragrance oils too.  If you or your customers love vanilla fragrance oils, Vanilla Bean Fragrance Oil is right up your alley.

What does Vanilla Bean Smell Like?

Vanilla Bean is a sweet, sugary aroma of fresh vanilla beans.

How Do Our Customers Use Vanilla Bean Fragrance Oil?

If you are a candle crafter, Vanilla Bean Fragrance Oil is used in paraffin, WOW, Joy, ecosoya, Pillar of Bliss, and Soy waxes.  The scent is very strong and aromatic in both the hot and cold throw.  This fragrance oil also works well in smelly jellies and sachet ornaments too.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance oil performs very well in finished products.  In fact, Natures Garden’s Vanilla Bean Fragrance Oil is very similar to another well known company’s Vanilla Bean Noel.  The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5%, and the Vanillin Content is 9.2% so Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is advised by our customers to stabilize discoloration in finished products.  This fragrance is used to make: lotions, bath bombs, body scrubs, perfumes, melt and pour soaps, bath gels, and whipped body butters.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance fared very well.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration.  Discolors to a dark chocolate.  A very complex really sweet scent.