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CP Soap Frosting

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

cp soap frostingHow to Make CP Soap Frosting

Recently, we tried a new endeavor… CP Soap Frosting.  To be completely honest, this was not our first time attempting this recipe.  It did take a few times to perfect the recipe, consistency, and steps.

If you are interested in making approximately one pound of your own Soap Frosting this recipe is for you!  Everything will be spelled out from ingredients to weights, and will even include steps and pictures.  Now, if you want to frost soap cupcakes or cakes (or really anything you want to frost), you will need to have your bases already poured and set up ready to go.

So, if you are ready to get started… lets go.  As always before starting any cold process soap recipe, you will want to properly clean and sanitize your work area; as well as put on your safety gear.  This will include safety goggles, safety mask, and safety gloves.

Here are the ingredients and weight you will need to make CP Soap Frosting:

For the lye water
129 grams of distilled water
53 grams of lye

As for the soaping ingredients:
170 grams of Palm Oil
170 grams of Coconut Oil 76
21 grams of a body safe fragrance oil

Please Note:  For this recipe, we selected Almond Marzipan Fragrance Oil.  This is because the fragrance is considered a Perfect Pour with no discoloration.  Since we wanted to show both white CP Soap Frosting and colored CP Soap Frosting, we wanted a fragrance oil that did not have a high vanillin content (which may cause discoloration in soap).

If you are interested in coloring your CP Soap Frosting, any of the FUN Soap Colorants will do the trick.  To view the full list of all of the FUN Soap Colorants that Natures Garden has to offer, please click on this link.

Also, it should be noted that you will NOT be using a stick blender for this recipe.  Instead, you will need a hand held mixer with either whisk attachments or beater attachments.

Now, for the CP Soap Frosting, room temperature is the key to mastering the frosting.  This is why your soaping ingredients typically consist of butters and oils that are of a solid consistency at room temperature.

So, now that you have some of the basics down, here is the rest:

soap frosting lye water

Step 1:  You will want to make your lye solution.  To accomplish this, using two separate containers, weigh out the lye in one and the water in another.  Then, take the 2 bowls into a well ventilated area.  Sprinkle a small amount of lye into the water an stir with the spatula.  Repeat this manner until all of the lye is in the water.  Stir until you can not feel the granules anymore.  Next, set aside to cool.

soap frosting ingredients
Step 2:  
Now, weigh out your two soaping ingredients.  You do not want your ingredients to be in liquid form, but instead more of a soft butter consistency.  (You an easily accomplish this by allowing your ingredients to set out at room temperature.)

room temperature lye water

Step 3:  Allow your lye solution to reach room temperature as well.

beat the soap frosting ingredients

Step 4:  While you are waiting for your lye solution to cool, use your hand held mixer to start blending the two ingredients together.  You will sporadically want to use your spatula to rotate the mixture.  Stop beating when you are able to achieve peaks in the mixture.

adding the lye water and beating

Step 5:  When the lye solution is at room temperature, you will now add it in small increments to the soaping ingredients.  You will want to aim for about 20 grams at a time.  While you are adding the lye solution to the soaping ingredients, keep mixing the mixture with your hand held through out the whole process.  When the mixture is able to create peaks again, it is time to add more lye solution.  Keep repeating this process until all of the lye solution has been added and incorporated.  This will take some time.

adding scent to soap frosting

Step 6:  When your mixture is ready, add the fragrance oil.  Once all of the fragrance oil has been added and the mixture is thick enough to be peaked, you can stop using the hand held mixer (unless you are coloring).

adding color to soap frosting

Step 7:  Optional:  If you are adding a FUN Soap Colorant to the mixture, you will do it in this step.  Once added, you will mix the colorant in with the hand held mixer.

filling your frosting bags

Step 8:  Now that your CP Soap Frosting is ready, it is time to bag it up.  If you have a decorating bag, these work great; especially if you are going with a special tip look.  If you do not have a decorating bag, simply place an open Ziploc bag inside a cup.  The mouth of the cup should align with the opening of the Ziploc.  Then, you can easily scoop the soap into the bag.  Seal the bag, and cut the tip of one corner to create an opening.

frosting your cupcake soap

Step 9:  Start to frost!

Step 10:  Once all of the soap that you are frosting is frosted, all your soap to cure.

That is it.  Like mentioned earlier, you can cater your CP Soap Frosting to be any color, or scent (with a body safe fragrance oil).  You will just want to double check the vanillin content and the soaping results to know exactly how the fragrance is going to behave in your soap batter.

Happy Soaping!

Bamboo Scent

Friday, June 6th, 2014

bamboo scentFresh Bamboo Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This bamboo scent is clean, fresh, and green. If you are seeking out that perfect spa like scent to scent your homemade product line, this is it!  And, even better yet; this bamboo scent is unisex; working great for both male and female lines.  Showing great scent retention in both candles and bath and body products, Fresh Bamboo Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden is one scent that you do not want to pass up.

What does Fresh Bamboo Smell Like? 

This intoxicatingly fresh fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a well-balanced, green fragrance encompassing a fusion of the following unique fragrance notes:  golden bamboo, sparkling bergamot, red grapefruit, night-blooming jasmine, cyclamen, muguet lily, and wild grasses. 

How Do Our Customers Use Fresh Bamboo Fragrance Oil?

For anyone who is a candle crafter or home scenter; this fresh bamboo scent is used in paraffin, soy, parasoy blends, WOW, and Joy waxes.  Fresh Bamboo can even be used in Pillar waxes to make pillars, tarts, and votives filling your home with the cleanest of aromas.   In fact, many of our candle customers state that this bamboo scent has quite the strong hot and cold throw.  As for other home scenting ideas, this scent works very well for air fresheners, reed diffusers, and electric warmers.

For bath and body crafters, this bamboo scent is the perfect combination of fresh, earthy, and green aromas.  The usage rate for Fresh Bamboo Fragrance oil is 5% and is used to make: salt bars, body scrubs, lotions, creams, melt and pour soap, bath salts, shower gels, body sprays, roll-on perfumes, and shampoos.  According to our customers, this bamboo scent is one to keep in stock!  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance performs and sells well.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration, a very nice scent, clean, and green.

Lavender Soap

Friday, June 6th, 2014

lavender scent Making Lavender Soap

For us, making cold process soap is almost a daily occurrence.  With all of the fragrance oils that are tested, new samples that are tested, and fun recipes that are made, the creative team at Natures Garden is always busy doing something.

A few days ago, we wanted to make a Lavender Soap Recipe (with cold process).  Through our brainstorming, we created a great recipe, with a cool design concept that even included sprinkling a small amount of lavender flowers to the top of the soap.

Seeing that Lavender Martini Fragrance Oil was not yet used for a recipe, we thought it would be the perfect fit.  The soaping results showed that it was a “Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration.  Very great unique scent.  No discoloration.  Scent is clean.”  So, soaping with this oil was not going to pose any issues.

To use one word to describe working with this fragrance oil, it would be flawless.  The color design for our recipe contained 4 colors including: a light purple, medium purple, dark purple, and finally white.  Not only did the fragrance allow for ample time to get these colors achieved, but we were also able to accomplish a gorgeous in the pot swirl too.

So now, since we are on the topic of how wonderful this fragrance oil was to work with, it should also be mentioned how fabulously strong and amazing this scent smells.  Once the Lavender Martini scent was in the soap batter, it seemed to fill the work area instantaneously.  The lavender martini aroma was strong!  We were all super excited as to how this soap loaf recipe was going to turn out.  Even just walking past the loaf as it set up was a foreshadow of just how aromatic the scent was.

The next day, we unmolded and braced ourselves for the soap slicing.  As we sliced the soap loaf, it seemed that with each slice the smell of lavender martini was more intense in the air.  This recipe was just an overall win in every category!

So, if you are looking for a great cold process soap scent, and your interest is peaked in giving this fragrance oil a try in cold process soap, we highly suggest you do.  Like we mentioned earlier, we soap a lot of fragrances, but this one was definitely eye opening.

lavender soap recipeTo view the Lavender Cold Process Soap in its entirety, please click on this link.  It will provide you with the recipe weights, and step by step instruction.  But, this fragrance will work for your own recipe too if you wanted to go that route.

Happy Lavender Soaping!

Ocean Scent

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

ocean scentOcean Mist Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

There comes a time in everyone’s life where they feel they just need to get away from it all.  Well, with Natures Gardens Ocean Mist Fragrance Oil in your homemade products, you can now take a vacation anytime of the year.  This ocean scent is highly recommended by our customers and is just one of those fragrances that you have got to try for yourself.  But, ocean mist isn’t just your run of the mill summer scent, this fresh and invigorating aroma sells great all year round.  Classified as one of Natures Gardens best selling fragrances, this amazing ocean scent is the perfect combination of notes that are clean and absolutely fantastic in finished products.  In fact, many people comment on how authentic this scent is!

What does Ocean Mist Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a complex bouquet of carnations, lily of the valley, and hyacinth; underlined by oakmoss and white musk.  A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Ocean Mist Fragrance Oil?

For anyone who is a candle crafter or home scenter this ocean scent holds strong.  Ocean Mist Fragrance Oil is used to scent:  palm pillar wax, parasoy blends, Joy wax, Wow Wax, and soy wax.  And, when it comes to scent throw; Ocean Mist Fragrance Oil is super strong in both the hot and cold throw.  Many customers even comment on how strong the throw is in soy candles.  Now, when it comes to air freshening, this ocean scent is awesome for scenting car sachets, smelly jellies, and reed diffusers.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is a great clean smell for bath products.  The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5%.  This spectacular ocean scent is used to make: bath gels, melt and pour soaps, body mists, bath bombs, body lotions, whipped body butters, and shampoos.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance does take some work.  Here are the official results:  Bad ricing, moderate acceleration, no water discount, cream colored at room temperature, hand stir, pour fast, add fragrance at light trace.  No discoloration.  But, as one customer states, “for all other bath products this is a great ocean scent”.

Hawaiian Scent

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Hawaiian scentPuakenikeni Hawaiian Flower Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The Puakenikeni flower is found on the Hawaiian Islands but is also available by some mainland florists.  These very inviting flowers are found on bushes and trees in the Pacific Islands.  They are most often used to make leis that are very fragrant and simply lovely.  In fact, these leis are one of the main things a tourist looks forward to when visiting Hawaii.  The translation of puakenikeni literally means, ‘ten-cent flower’ because its blooms were once strung and sold as ten-cent leis!  This Hawaiian scent is strong, and reminds one of the beautiful gardenia.  The puakenikeni flower colors can range anywhere from white-ish yellow to orange and even to rich gold.  Our replica of the Puakenikeni flower has been describe as “spot on” by one of our clientele who lives in Hawaii, and this was quite a compliment for this Hawaiian scent!

What does Puakenikeni Hawaiian Flower Fragrance Oil smell like?

The Hawaiian flower typically used in leis.  This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a delicate, yet exotic heady blend of velvety island floral and lush greens which invoke feelings of intrigue, sensuality and femininity.

How do our customers use Puakenikeni Hawaiian Flower Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters out there; Puakenikeni Hawaiian Flower Fragrance Oil is used in Soy, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  This Hawaiian scent is very aromatic and has incredible cold and hot scent throw.  This flower fragrance oil also works well for oil burners, aroma beads, smelly jellies, or reed diffusers.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is fantastic!  The usage rate for this Hawaiian scent is 5% and does contain a .06% vanillin content.  This amazing flower fragrance is used to scent: solid lotion bars, bath bombs, body scrubs, spray lotions, perfumes, melt and pour soaps, bath gels, whipped body butters, and salt bars.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance had a very good scent retention.  Here are the official results: Accelerates trace (not suggested for swirls, but nice for peaks), no ricing, no separation, no discoloration.  Awesome scent retention!

mothers day candleIf you are interested in a wonderful recipe using this Hawaiian scent, please click on this link to view the Mothers Day Candle Recipe.

Cookie Scent

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Cookie ScentPeanut Butter Cookie Fragrance Oil-Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The peanut butter cookie was invented by a gentlemen named George Washington Carver.  In fact, George came up with over 103 recipes that included peanuts.  The first peanut butter cookie was rolled thin and cut into shapes, just like your sugar cookies of today.  Eventually by the 1930’s they were “dropped” into balls and pressed with fork tines in a crisscross pattern.  Technically, there was no real reason for this additional step but it became the style peanut butter cookies became known for.  And, just like a freshly baked platter of peanut butter cookies, there is no denying the authentic aroma of this cookie scent.  It is so unbelievably real you may just think somebody baked a large batch of cookies.  This cookie scent is comforting, inviting, and so yummy; leaving quite the impression.  Peanut Butter Cookie Fragrance Oil is a very true scent to the real cookie.

What does Peanut Butter Cookie Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is simply amazing!  Peanut Butter Cookie fragrance is a rich, buttery, freshly baked aroma of real peanut butter cookies! You will not believe how true to name this scent is! A Best Seller!

How do our customers use Peanut Butter Cookie Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters this bakery delight is a huge hit.  Our customers use this cookie scent in their soy tarts, tea lights, Palm Container wax, WOW wax, Joy wax, and soy.  And, Peanut Butter Cookie Fragrance Oil has great throw too.  As for other home scenting ideas; this scent has been used in oil diffusers and electric burners.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%.  This cookie scent does contain a vanillin content of 1.6%, so using Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is highly recommended to offset discoloration in your finished products.  This wonderful cookie scent is used to make:  melt and pour soaps, bath bombs, lotions, and body butters; all with a delicious buttery scent.  And, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this cookie scent soaped beautifully.  Here are the official results:  No acceleration at all.  Scent sticks.  Soaps great.  Discolors to a caramel color.

Clamshell Bath Melt

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

clamshell bath meltNow, you can make your very own homemade clamshell bath melt by following these very simple instructions.  The clamshell bath melt takes no time to make, smells amazing, and comes complete in its own packaging.  It literally does not get any easier than this recipe!

All of the ingredients needed to make this super easy recipe can be found at Natures Garden.

Now, besides all of the skin loving benefits of bath melts; one of the coolest aspects is that you can cater you bath melt to your specific liking.  By switching out the scent, herb, oil, or butter, you can make an array of clamshell bath melts.  If you would like to see the complete list of butters and oils you can choose from, please click on this link, or click on this link if you would like to see the herb selection.  If you would like to view the variety of fragrances that Natures Garden carries, in finding the perfect scent for your clamshell bath melt, please click on this link.  Just remember to select a scent that is body safe!

However, if you would like to follow this clamshell bath melt recipe exactly, here is the items and weights that you will need:
230 grams Mango Butter- an exotic, luxurious butter that is super moisturizing
16 grams White Beeswax- leaves your skin feeling silky soft
10 grams Grapeseed Oil - this oil is high in antioxidants and easily absorbs into the skin
10 grams Lavender Flowers Whole- for both decorative purposes, as well as aromatic and relaxation reasons
4 grams Kismet Fragrance Oil - A winner of a scent!  This is the fragrance description:  Beginning with fresh top notes of sweet orange and lavender; followed by a sleek woody blend of patchouli, incense and golden amber embracing the heart and soul inside oneself.

Now, there are a few things that you will want to note about bath melts.  First, if you are not fond of the idea of herbs going down your drain, you can always place the bath melts inside a pull string tea bag.  This will still allow the bath melt to function, but will keep all of the herbs inside.  Then, when you are ready simply throw the tea bag (with the herbs inside) away.  Secondly, it is the nature of bath melts to begin to melt just from physical contact with skin (or warm water).  It is not advised to keep your melts where they are susceptible to heat or direct sunlight, or to ship this type of bath and body product.

And, finally the steps (with pictures included):

First and foremost, as always clean and sanitize your work area.

melting the ingredients

Then, using the double boiler method, weigh out and melt the following ingredients: the Mango Butter, the Grapeseed Oil, and the Beeswax.

scenting the bath melts

Once you see that all the ingredients are melted, remove them from the heat source.  Next, add the Kismet Fragrance Oil.  Then, stir to incorporate.

prepping the clamshells

Now, lay out your 4 clamshell containers on a flat surface.

pouring the bath melts

Then, slowly begin to pour the bath melt mixture into your clamshells.  Do not fill the clamshells all the way full.  Make sure you leave room for the lavender flowers to go on top.

weigh out the lavender

Next, weigh out the 10 grams of lavender flowers.

sprinkle lavender herbs on top

Once you notice that the bath melts have started to set up slightly, there will be a thin film.  At this point, it is time to sprinkle the clamshells with the lavender flowers.  Because the lavender flowers are so light, you may have to apply light pressure to ensure they stick to the top of the bath melt.

freeze the bath melts

When the clamshell bath melts are hard enough to move, place them in the freezer for 30 minutes.

clamshell bath melts

That is it!  Remove your clamshell bath melts from the freezer, and snap the lid shut.

Your clamshell bath melts are now ready for use!

When you are ready to use them:   Only one bath melt is needed per bath.  Place one bath melt cube into the bath tub under warm running water.  Enjoy!

Please Note:  Be Careful: Your bath tub will be slippery from the oils and butters once the bath melt has melted.

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.

 

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Tropical Drink Scent

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Tropical Drink ScentPina Colada Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The name Pina Colada actually means “strained pineapple.”  Ricardo Gracia holds the first claim to inventing this fruity cocktail.  In the process of perfecting his drink first called Coco Loco which consisted of coconut milk, rum, and coconut cream, he ran into an issue.  Due to the fact that his drink was served inside a half a coconut, when the coconut supply was hit with a union strike, Ricardo decided to improvise.  He used a hollowed out pineapple instead.  The mixture of all these flavors topped off with the sweet acidic pineapple was a huge hit, and hence the Pina Colada was born.  Natures Garden has captured the essence of the famous Pina Colada in this tropical drink scent.  A grand mixture of the classic tropical aromas including coconuts and pineapples, it absolutely smells phenomenal in finished products.  And, this scent will surely leave your customers salivating.

What does Pina Colada Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a tropical combination of sweet pineapple and coconut.

How do our customers use Pina Colada Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters; this tropical drink scent is used to make pina colada candles using Joy wax, WOW wax, and in Soy wax; with a scent that seems to last forever!  As for other home scenting ideas; Pina Colada fragrance oil has been used to make room sprays, aroma beads, and works fabulously for electric oil burners.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%.  This tropical drink scent does have a vanillin content of .5%, so vanilla white color stabilizer is highly recommended to offset discoloration in the finished homemade items.  This wonderful tropical drink scent is used to make: bath bombs, handmade lotions, body sprays, sugar scrubs, body butters and body balms.  For those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance soaps like a dream.  Here are the official results:  Works great in cp soap!  No acceleration, no ricing, no separation.  Very slight discoloration.  Mild scent retention.

Classy Scent

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

classy scentBlack Tie Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

When you think of a black tie occasion, you excitedly think of a very dressy, formal event where the men wear a tuxedo with a black tie.  Well, black tie fragrance oil is just that, classy and something to get excited about.  There is nothing more inviting to a woman than a well dressed man in a tux with a black tie (of course).  When you get Black Tie Fragrance Oil for your scent collection, it will be amongst the most sought after items in your product line.  In fact, men love this classy scent, and women are heard saying, “this is what I want my man to smell like!”  And, this classy scent is masculine, sexy, and very pleasing to the senses.  Black Tie Fragrance Oil is absolutely the perfect scent addition to your homemade product line, and it is considered to be a MUST HAVE fragrance by many of our customers. 

What does Black Tie Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the aroma of an accomplished, successful man, who is not afraid of taking risks.  Natures Garden’s black tie fragrance begins with top notes of Kaffir lime, lemon, and ozonic notes;  followed by middle notes of basil, black pepper, and cucumber;  sitting on base notes of vetiver and spice.  An NG Original Fragrance!

How do our customers use Black Tie Fragrance Oil?

For those of you that are candle crafters; our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy, pillar, WOW, gel, and Joy wax candles.  And, this classy scent is amazingly strong in the hot throw.  For our customers that use this scent to make their house smell good, Black Tie fragrance has been used to scent:  aroma beads, smelly jellies, and reed diffusers.  In addition, this classy scent also works very well in oil burners too.

On the bath and body end, the possibilities for this masculine fragrance oil are endless.  The usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%.  This classy scent is used to fragrance many homemade products including:  Melt and pour soaps, body butters, creams, after shave butters, shower gels, lotions bars, and hair products.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is strong.  Here are the official results: Very tiny sandy ricing, no acceleration.  Scent stayed nice and strong throughout cure.  No discoloration.

Spring Flowers Scent

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Spring Flowers ScentPetals of Spring Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The petals of a flower do more than just look pretty.  They can produce different scents to attract different pollinators, or keep the undesirable bugs away.  In fact, petals can even mimic a decaying scent to bring in the pollinators that they need in order to grow.  And, when scent will not work in the petals favor to lure pollinators in, the petals will have various color traits to invite them.  In fact, some flowers can even change their color (just like they can with scent) to make or break a pollinators contact.  Petals of Spring fragrance is the perfect spring flowers scent.  Like an exquisite bouquet, hand selected from the garden, this spring flowers scent is mixed with playfulness and innocence.  And, just like the petals of a flower, this fragrance is quite intriguing.  Petals of Spring is a soft feminine scent that is admired by everyone who smells it.  This clean and floral scent is a must for any feminine product line.

What does Petals of Spring smell like?

A fresh spring floral fragrance oil by Natures Garden with top notes of freesia, and jasmine, followed by notes of lily of the valley, honeysuckle; base notes of plum and raspberry. AN NG original fragrance!

How do our customers use Petals of Spring Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters; our customers use this spring flowers scent in their soy waxes (like 464 and 415), Joy wax, Gel wax, and WOW wax.  And, the candles have a great throw too.  As for other home scenting ideas with this spring flowers scent; it has been used to scent smelly jellies, wax dipped animals, reed difussers, and electric oil burners.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage rate for petals of spring fragrance oil is 5%.  This fabulous spring time fragrance is used to make:  melt and pour soaps, body butters, bath salts, body creams, laundry soaps, and handmade lotions. And, the reviews for this spring flowers scent also stated that the fragrance lasts on your skin.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this scent is worth it.  Here are the official results:  Does accelerate.  Recommend coloring before adding fragrance.  No separation.  No discoloration.  Very pretty, girly scent.