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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.

Coconut Oil 76 Tips

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

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.