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Ginger Lime Fragrance Oil

Thursday, July 25th, 2013
Ginger Lime Fragrance Oil

This combination fresh scent of ginger and lime is the perfect addition to any spring or summer fragrance line.


Ginger Lime Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Standing out in a fragrance oil line of over 800, this scent is turning many heads.  According to Natures Gardens Trend Report for 2013, this fall and winter customers will be wanting those fragrance notes with the surprise twist.  With citrus type fragrance oils all the buzz right now, Ginger Lime fragrance oil is a revitalizing fragrance for hotter months and will soon to be a most wanted citrus scent for your fall and winter lines too.  The clean fresh twist of lemon and lime coupled with ginger leaves this fragrance oil getting rave reviews from our customers.

What does Ginger Lime Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

A bright and zesty lemon-lime blend combines with the warm and comforting notes of honeyed ginger for a sophisticated twist on a refreshingly clean combination.

How Do Our Customers Use Ginger Lime Fragrance Oil?

This fragrance was in our VIP testing program and given a 2 thumbs up by customers!

For candles, tarts and air fresheners, Ginger Lime Fragrance Oil performed perfectly in Wow, Joy, and Ecosoya waxes.  This fragrance oil also has a very nice, strong hot throw from soy waxes.

On the bath and body end, this fragrance passes with flying colors.  The usage percent Ginger Lime Fragrance Oil is 5%, and is used to make:  bath bombs, shower gels, melt and pour soaps, body butters, homemade lotions, bubble baths, lotions bars, and bubble bombs.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance received awesome reviews.   Here are the official results:  Perfect pour.  No acceleration, no ricing, no separation.  Discolors to a brown sugar color.  Absolutely amazing scent!

Strawberry Patch Type Fragrance Oil

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
Strawberry Patch Type Fragrance Oil

Among all of the strawberry scents on the market, Natures Gardens Strawberry Patch Type Fragrance Oil is amazingly strong, and smells just like fresh, juicy strawberries.


Strawberry Patch Type Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Tis the season for strawberry aromas to be everywhere, both edible and inedible.  Those big, ripe, juicy, heavenly fruits are making their way to grocery stores, farmers markets, side stands, and gardens all over the nation.  These sweet additions are being used in fruit salads, desserts, and snacks at a rapid rate.  The list for home scenting and bath and body products for strawberries is endless.  It is summer, and summer means strawberries.   And, when it comes to Strawberry Fragrance Oils, Natures Garden’s Strawberry Patch Type Fragrance Oil is a front runner for our fruity inspired scents.

What does Strawberry Patch Type Smell Like?

A juicy, effervescent, thirst-quenching aroma containing just the right amount of juicy, fresh strawberries, tropical white peaches, succulent mango fruit, and rich vanilla beans.

How Do Our Customers Use Strawberry Patch Type Fragrance Oil?

In the candle crafting world; our customers use this fragrance oil in their Pillar of Bliss, Wow Wax, Joy Wax, Gel Wax, and Soy Wax.  This fragrance oil performs perfectly, and has a strong scent throw both hot and cold.  Strawberry Patch Type Fragrance Oil has also been reviewed to have a great scent for car fresheners using aroma beads, and has even been used to make a great odor eliminator for rooms.

For the realm of bath and body, the possibilities for this fragrance oil are limitless.  The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5%, and is used to make: Foaming Bath Whip, Melt and pour soaps, body sprays,  body butters, homemade lotions, shower gels, perfume oils, lotions bars, and bath melts.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this one is a keeper.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  No discoloration.  Other Cold Process reviews stated: “Scent sticks very well,” “Great berry scent!”, “This smelled heavenly OOB and after soaping it did not disappoint.”

NG Copper Hue Suntan Lotion Fragrance Oil

Monday, July 22nd, 2013
copper hue suntan

If you are looking for that perfect day at the beach fragrance oil, NG Copper Hue Suntan Lotion Fragrance Oil is one of the best summer scents out there right now.


NG Copper Hue Suntan Lotion Fragrance OilFragrance Oil Spotlight

Sometimes, there are just certain scents that can put you in the frame of mind as if you were there.  As much as we all wish for an endless summer and a permanent maintenance free bronze goddess tan, odds are not always in our favor.  However, with this fragrance oil; the gorgeous beach, towel sprawled out, favorite book longing to become a page turner, and golden rays warming your body; is all only just a sniff away.

What does NG Copper Hue Suntan Lotion Smell Like?

If you like the smell of coppertone suntan lotion, we think our copper hue suntan lotion fragrance oil will make you very happy!  This fragrance is a wonderful arrangement of green herbs, jasmine, rose, lavender, and lilac.

How Do Our Customers Use NG Copper Hue Suntan Lotion Fragrance Oil?

Many Natures Garden customers say that NG Copper Hue Suntan Lotion Fragrance Oil is identical to the original and is a best seller for them.

For those candle makers out there; our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy, ecosoya, Joy, Wow, and Gel wax candles.  Many testimonials stated the scent is amazingly strong in both the hot and cold throw.  NG Copper Hue Suntan Lotion Fragrance Oil is also widely used to make tarts for warmers.

On the bath and body end, the world is your oyster.  The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5%, and is used to make:  Melt and pour soaps, body butters, bath bombs, lotions, body splashes, lotions bars, solid perfumes, and even massage oils. 

Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance received awesome reviews, and is a great fragrance to soap.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration.  No discoloration.

If you are looking for a great project using NG Copper Hue Suntan Lotion Fragrance Oil, check out Natures Gardens free recipe for the Day at the Beach Candle.   Word of Warning:  You will want to make two candles, because someone is bound to want yours.

NG Aqua Di Gio Type Fragrance Oil

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

NG Aqua Di Gio Type Fragrance Oil is one of the best selling fragrance oils in the masculine category since its introduction to the Natures Garden fragrance family

NG Aqua Di Gio Type Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Sometimes in the fragrance industry, creating duplications of perfumes and colognes in the market can be quite the task.  Since many people know what the fragrance smells like, the duplication has to be dead on.  NG Aqua Di Gio Type fragrance oil could be the original scent’s identical twin.  But, this did not come easily at first.  It actually took numerous versions to be created before we finally had one that was perfect.  This fragrance oil is super sexy and is one of our top sellers.  Not only do the women love this scent on their man, but men love to smell this good too!  And, all bath and body items of this fragrance can be made at a fraction of the cost compared to many retail stores; making both men and women happy, happy, happy.

What does NG Aqua Di Gio Type Smell Like?

If you have not had the pleasure of smelling this unbelievable scent, it is described as such:  A sexy, fresh, aquatic aroma with bergamot, neroli, and tangerine; flowing into mid notes of rosemary, jasmine, and persimmon; all sitting on a woodsy base note of essential oil of patchouli.   In fact, one of our customers refers to this scent as “a fresh just want to attack your husband scent.”

How Do Our Customers Use NG Aqua Di Gio Type Fragrance Oil?

NG Aqua Di Gio Type Fragrance Oil is considered to be a MUST HAVE fragrance by many of our customers. 

For those of you that are candle crafters; our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy, pillar, ecosoya, and Joy wax candles.  The scent is amazingly strong in the hot throw.  Some of our customers even use NG Aqua Di Gio Type Fragrance Oil in their oil burners and also make aroma beads with it too.

On the bath and body end, the possibilities for this fragrance oil are endless.  The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5%, and is used to make:  Melt and pour soaps, body butters, homemade lotions, after shave butters, shower gels, perfume oils, body splashes, lotions bars, and bubble bombs.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance received awesome reviews, and is a dream to soap.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, discolors to a butterscotch.  Awesome smell!

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

Butt Naked Fragrance Oil

Monday, July 15th, 2013
Butt Naked Fragrance Oil

Butt Naked Fragrance Oil is one of the best selling fragrance oils in the Natures Garden fragrance family. Many of our customers say it is one fragrance oil they can not keep in stock!

Butt Naked Fragrance Oil

Butt Naked Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Everybody needs a vacation now and then.  With one whiff of this fragrance oil, and you will feel like you are there; your perfect vacation spot complete with a fruity drink in your hand.  Please do not let the name fool you.  This fragrance oil has quite the criteria, it was a highly requested one by customers; it is top notch, and a best seller.   A great scent for both men and women; with Butt Naked fragrance oil in your corner your homemade products will certainly be head turners to your clientele.

What does Butt Naked Smell Like?

This fragrance has the tantalizing base note medley of granny smith apples and honeydew melon, middle notes of strawberries and pears, with hints of spice.

How Do Our Customers Use Butt Naked Fragrance Oil?

Butt Naked Fragrance Oil is considered to be a MUST HAVE fragrance by many of our customers. 

For those of you that are candle crafters; our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy, pillar, ecosoya, and Joy wax candles.  The scent is amazing.  Some of our customers even use Butt Naked Fragrance Oil in their oil burners and also make aroma beads with it too.

On the bath and body end, the possibilities for this fragrance oil are endless.  The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5%, and is used to make:  Melt and pour soaps, body butters, homemade lotions, bath melts, shower gels, perfume oils, body splashes, lotions bars, and bath bombs.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance received awesome reviews, but this fragrance oil will discolor.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, hot gel has slight oil scent, soap at cooler temperatures, do not insulate, no ricing, no acceleration, discolors to a chocolate.

A Passion for Crafting Everyday

Friday, June 7th, 2013

fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  My name is Michelle Pitzer and my company name is Natural Creations by Shell

I love to create and craft anything and everything I can get my hands on! I started making m&p soaps years ago because I wanted to try my hands at something new and I fell in love! It first started as just another fun hobby, then gifts for family and friends, and occasionally selling around Christmas time. Over the last year I have decided this is it and I have now been working on doing more craft shows and really trying to make this a full time business. I am making so much more than m&p and hand scrubs now, I’ve added a whole line of bath & body treats, candles, and many of the other crafts I enjoy making such as bookmarks, cat toys, and yarn wreaths. My passion for this seems to grow more and more each and everyday. I put great care and love in each and every product that I make. I would like to eventually have a little store with a workshop and hold classes as well. Coming across your website has helped spark the creativity! My favorite Natures Garden product is the Pillar of Bliss Wax, I love all the fragrance oils I’ve tried, aroma beads, herbs, lip balm base & flavorings, m&p’s, and the jars are just some of my favorite NG items!

Here is a photo of Eucalyptus & Spearmint Bath Bombs – Ingredients from NG include Avocado Oil, Eucalyptus EO, Spearmint FO, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Spearmint Leaf

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Personalizing Your Pampering Products

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  Kristin Rosio- Da Bomb Cosmetics

I have always had a love for bath and body products. I would always make gifts and give them to friends and family as Christmas gifts. As a young teen, I took classes on soap and toiletry making. I went to Cosmetology school after I graduated high school. A few years later I was working with children who had disabilities and part time dabbling with bath bombs and selling them at a local flea market. A few months later, I had a lady ask if I did parties, and little did I know, that she would inspire me to go in that direction. I officially started DBC in January 2012. (I started the research in August 2011). The theory behind DBC is that everyone should be able to create their escape by personalizing their pampering products. It has come with it’s share of triumphs and frustrations, but I enjoy the journey none the less. The more I started showing my products at craft and vendor expos the more positive feedback I received. One day, I had a customer tell me she loved it so much that she would like to sell it. And today, that is where I stand now. Starting another exciting business venture in the world of direct sales. I will begin accepting consultants this year while I keep the integrity of manufacturing the products by hand. This has truly been an amazing experience that I cannot wait to see grow into something more. I will also continue to be the main product developer. That is the best part of my job, its fun and I love developing new products. I also love being able to create a product and still allow the freedom for my customers to personalize it for themselves. The one thing I have learned from this all is to follow your dreams and don’t’ give up.

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Citric Acid and Fragrance Oils (A variety)

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Bath Bombs and Luxury Soaps

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

fragrance oils1. What is your name and Your Company Name: Marlene Nicosia/Spa Girl

2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business? Meeting at a crossroad several years ago with decreasing demand for what I had been doing for the previous 35+ years (medical transcription), and also going to be relocating to the Chicago area as my daughter was having a baby and I would be full-time babysitter, I met with a couple of ladies who had successful soap companies and was awestruck by the concept of making handmade soaps from oils and lye. I had always been in love with essential oils and natural products and this was a perfect fit. I began my journey in 2009 into handmade. Although I have seemed to find my niche with bath bombs, my goal is to continue to add a KidSpa and SpaPure line that is fragrance-free with natural colorants, essential oils and beneficial clays.

3. What products do you make and sell? Bath bombs, luxury soaps, Kids Spa line including sugar scrubs, cupcake soaps, bubble bombs, glycerin soaps.

4. What are your business goals? We are working on our website and hope to have it ready in the next few weeks. I would also like to establish wholesale accounts for handmade soaps including our SpaPure natural line of products.

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden? What are your favorite products from Natures Garden? I love the products, pricing and service from Natures Garden. We carry over 50 fragrance oils from Natures Garden. I love to check out the Best Sellers section and know when I’m adding them to my line; they are guaranteed to be received well by my customers and will become my best sellers. I have purchased soap molds, soap making supplies, and always pick up a few new fragrances with every order.

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Products Customers Love

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  My name: Kymberlee Ricke  Company Name: Wizard at Work

Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I’ve been crafting my whole life and I had a brief flirtation with soap making for craft shows about ten years ago.  When the economy hit me and I became unemployed I discovered that I suddenly had both time and motivation to re-energize my crafting and I began making soaps, candles and bath bombs and listing them on Etsy.  My shop opened in 2010.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I primarily sell soap, candles, bath bombs and solid lotion bars.  I also toss in a few papercrafts like cards and gift tags and some of my photography and jewelry.

4.  What are your business goals?  My first goal is to make a product my customers love.  I use the minimal number of ingredients and avoid chemicals everywhere possible to make skin-friendly, child-friendly, wallet-friendly products.   On the financial side, this year my winter holiday season was successful enough that I can afford to go on one of my ‘bucket list’ photography trips this summer.  If I can do that each year, I’ll be thrilled.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  Of course I go through a ton of fragrance oils in my business.  Pomegranate and Peach are huge favorites with my customers.  I also use the Dill Pickle for something a little off the beaten path. And of course there’s always the good old stand-bys like vanilla, lavender and coffee. I use the 415 Soy Wax in my candles as well as in my vegan-option lip balms and solid lotion bars (it replaces the beeswax).fragrance oils


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Using Beets in Cosmetics

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

beet root powderObviously, beets have been around since the beginning of time.  But did you know that their history does not just take place on the dinner plate?  Beets are everywhere; even places you won’t expect!  Spoiler alert- beets are priceless, especially when it comes to health and natural cosmetics.

Originally, beets evolved from the wild sea beet, which has the native lands of Europe, Northern Africa, and Southern Asia.  Sea beets are considered to be the granddad of all beets.  The closest common vegetable in resemblance to the sea beet would be that of the carrot.  This is due to the elongated fat root, which ironically, was rarely consumed in early days.

Beets go by many names.  Their official classification name is Beta Vulgaris.  They however, are abundant in names such as beets, beetroots, garden beet, chard, Swiss chard, sugar beet, red beet, Blood Turnip. This list is endless.


Beets in History:

The first civilization to actually grow and harvest the beet was the Ancient Romans.  The Ancient Romans actually used the beets for two reasons.  This first was medical.  Hippocrates promoted the use of the beet leaves as bandages for injuries.  The second use of beets was for food.  The leaves were often used as the green of salads.  The beet leaf salad was then dressed with olive oil, vinegar and mustard.  During the Ancient Roman times, the beet root itself crossed both the medical and nutrient lines and was used by the Romans as a medicinal broth for ailments including fever and constipation.

From there, the beet truly spread through northern Europe from believe or not, the tribes that invaded Rome.  They are the ones who embraced the beet for a brand new purpose- domesticated livestock feed.  But, it did not take long before more cultures started to consume the beet again for both nutrients and medicinal reasons.  Beets were commonly used in both the Renaissance and Medieval periods.

By the early 1700’s, beetroots once again were all the buzz because they were found to be a very concentrated source of sugar.  As a matter of fact, beets actually contain the highest sugar content out of all the vegetables.  However, it was not until the year 1747 that a process was invented to extract the sugar out.  Even longer yet, it was not until about 100 years later that commercially speaking beet sugar was produced.

The country was Poland.  The problem was the British.  They had barred all access to sugar cane, which was the main source to sugar for everyone.  What then ensued was Napoleon’s quest to use sugar beet as a replacement for sugar cane.  The United States was also on the hunt for a sugar source and had already started eyeing up beet sugar as well.  By the year 1880, sugar beet plants were already being cultivated in several states.  The problem was well into the resolution stage.

However, due to the new increase of popularity in sugar beet, the areas exporting sugar cane, which were located in the tropics, were in desperate need of demand.  This set the stage for the same political altercations that are still occurring today.

Beets In Ancient Mythology:

Long said “to be worth their weight in silver”, beets were often offered to the gods of Mythology.   Specifically there are two Greek gods that thoroughly enjoyed and loved beets.

Let’s start with the goddess Aphrodite, the exciting and beautiful goddess of love and beauty.  She accredited her powers of beauty and love to the beetroot.  Because of her love affair with beets, it was believed in early history that consuming beets could enhance your beauty and your sexual power.  It was also believed that eating and sharing a single beetroot with your lover would forever bond you in love.  In fact, during this era, beetroot was eaten as well as often used as rouge and lipstick, not only adding color to a woman’s face, but also tapping into the sexual aura of the beet.

Next, is the god Apollo.  Apollo was the most famously worshipped among all of the deities.  The Greek god Apollo is the god of sun, light, music, medicine and healing.  To Apollo and his followers, the much sought after beetroot juice was considered an aphrodisiac.

Beetroot also has a significant worth with the Talmud.  They used this vegetable mainly in two ways.  The first was to ward off any diseases.  The second was as homage to God.  It has long been stated by rabbis to live a long and healthy life, one must be “eating beet root, drinking mead, and bathing in Euphrates”.

Besides eating and drinking beets in favor of the gods, some cultures even used beets to color hard boiled eggs before consuming.  This was thought to have been eaten by people to please the Sun god, who then in return would reward them with prosperity and good health.

Finally, another god that was partial to beets was KVASIR.  He was the Norse god of Inspiration.  Slav and Nordic people drank Kvas in his honor.  This was a staple drink which was made using fermented beet juice.

Beets in Health:

Beets are fabulous for everyone.  No matter if you are a man, woman, pregnant woman, or child, beets love to help everyone.  There are over 80 different nutrients in beets that our bodies just love.  They are a healthy source of Vitamin B folate, B1, B2, B6, B12, and Vitamin C.  Beets also offer a wide variety of nutrients such as: niacin, flavonoids, amino acids, iodine, iron, manganese, potassium, dietary fiber, magnesium, copper, mineral boron, and phosphorus.  They are also rich in antioxidants.  The beet leaves when consumed also offer Vitamin A, Vitamin C, protein, iron, fiber, calcium, and beta carotene.

Now, let’s get into a beet health breakdown.  Beets have been known to correct the body’s ph balance, and they even help the body to access an additional uptake of oxygen.  Beets have been linked to have medical benefits for certain illness too.

Cancer- Because beetroot contains the pigment betacyaninis.  This is a cancer counter agent.  Beets have the power to inhibit the cancer (cell mutation).  Consecutively, beet juice has also been linked to inhibit the development of tumors as well.  Beets have the capability to repair chromosomes in the body on the cellular level.  Red Beets are the most capable of all foods to repairing DNA of the human body.  In fact, in Germany, beetroot juice rated one of the most popular alternative cancer treatment among patients with cancer.

Blood Pressure- Drinking beet juice has been shown to decrease levels of high blood pressure.  This is because ingesting beets helps to lower the amount of triglycerides and LDL in the blood.

Cardiovascular- Beets contain a very healthy amount of betaine.  This compound has the capabilities of lowering plasma homocysteine.  This is a naturally occurring amino acid in blood plasma.  Although not directly linked yet, plasma homocysteine is considered to be a risk factor for Cardiovascular Disease.  Links of plasma homocysteine have also been tied to Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Liver- Betaine, a compound present in beets, also multitasks as amazing for the liver too.  Beets are considered a liver cleanser.  When a person has a protein deficient diet, has diabetes, or has an alcohol abuse problem, their body produces a buildup of fatty deposits.  This is called steatosis, and it occurs in the liver.  Betaine helps to promote a healthier liver function which in turn helps the body break down these fats.  Additional bonuses to having a healthy liver function are weight loss and energy.

Kidney and Gall Bladder- Because beets contain potassium, they are the perfect answer to feeding your kidney just the right nutrients to take on its daily functions.  The chlorine present in beets also helps to naturally cleanse the kidneys.

Human sex hormones- Beets are hands down super rich in a mineral called boron.  This nutrient plays a vital role in the production of sex hormones in humans.

Healthy bones, skin, nails, and hair- Beets have a high content of silica which is perfect for our bodies to use to strengthen these components of our human bodies.  As well, beets also contain high amounts of magnesium… which all ladies should love because this helps to prevent osteoporosis.

Cataracts and Macular Degeneration- Since beets contain Beta-carotene (the same nutrient in carrots); beets are able to help prevent both cataracts and Macular Degeneration.

Capillaries- Since beets also contain flavonoids and Vitamin C, they are able to help strengthen and keep the structure of capillaries from becoming frail.

Birth Defeats- If you are pregnant, beets should be your new best friend.  Beets contain Vitamin B folate which in turn aids in the development of the baby’s spinal column, DNA, and RNA.  Vitamin B folate is also extremely vital to all normal tissue growth.  One cup of beets contains 136 grams of folate, and amazingly only 75 calories; now that is a whole lot of healthy going on!  A little tid bit of gossip:  After both of her pregnancies, actress Catherine Zeta Jones became addicted to beets and all of their health benefits.

Respiratory Issues- Beets have been linked to help prevent asthma symptoms.

Jaundice, Nausea and Vomiting:  Consuming beets is nothing but a positive for your digestive functions especially when it comes to dysentery or diarrhea.

Immunity:  Beetroot has the capability to help renew damaged cells in the immune system.  Additionally, they can be used to help purify and improve blood circulation in the body.  The American Heart Association claims that beets can also help fight anemia.

Menstruation:  Hey, all your ladies out there… consuming beets on a regular basis helps to regulate your menstruation flow.

When supplementing your diet with beets, you need to be aware that an excessive consumption of beets can cause a condition called methemoglobinemia, which can reduce the oxygen carrying capacity of blood cells.  In addition, eating large amounts of beets is not recommended for individuals with kidney problems due to the high oxalate content.

Beets A Cultural Staple:

Although beets have not always received the greatest reviews from consumption, some cultures use beets as a beloved staple of their diets.  For example Eastern Europe makes a traditional beet soap called borscht.  It is one of their most cherished dishes and it comes served with sour cream.

In Australia, beetroot is a common ingredient for hamburgers.  It is added in slices, much like we Americans do with lettuce and tomato.  It is also common for fast food chains like McDonalds to include beetroot on their burgers for Australian consumers.  These are considered Oz-style burgers!

And to whom do we owe gratitude of thanks for introducing beets to common cuisine… the French.  French culinary totally knocked beets out of this world in the early 1900’s.  They were able to fascinate, intrigue, and dominate our taste buds as well as increase our bodies health, all with the assistance of one vegetable!

Today, beetroot in the kitchen is one of the most versatile ingredients we can get our hands on.  Beets can truly be used from start to finish.  No matter is it is appetizers, soups, main courses, desserts, or even beverages, beetroots are quite the all purpose go to.  They help the flavor, texture, and the addition of color!

Beets in Science:

Alright, this one is going to blow your mind.  You can actually use beetroot juice to measure the acidity of a substance.  When beetroot juice is added to a substance that is acidic, it turns the solution pink.  If beetroot juice is added to a substance that is alkali, it will turn the substance yellow.  Now, that is one cool fact!

Feeling out of whack:  Beetroot can be used to alkylate the body.  This is all done through the beets super rich source of carotenoids, flavonoids, beyacyanin, folate, silica, and the other various minerals and nutrients that the great beet contains.

Beets- more than just a food:

Beets the hero super food can be eaten of course.  But, beets can also be used to make foods redder.  Items like tomato paste, gravy mixes, sauces, jams, and yes, you’re not going to believe this one ice cream all use the Betanins to deepen the red color too!  In addition to coloring, beets are also used to flavor other certain vegetables juices like carrot and celery.  And as an added treat, beetroot has the same chemical that is present in chocolate.  This feel good chemical is tryptophan.

In the food category, beetroot powder can be eaten directly, mixed in a beverage, or even sprinkled on food like salads or meats.  Even when used in small amounts, for all of the healthy benefits that beets are able to provide, it was not necessarily affect the flavor. When preparing food with beetroot powder, one teaspoon is equivalent to one beet, nutritionally speaking.

Beetroot is also used in the wine industry because the addition of this ingredient makes a wine that tastes very similar to port.  Beetroot can also be used to make homemade wine.  Wine producers use beets because it is so easily distilled.

Besides using beets in food and makeup for coloring purposes, beets can also be used as a natural dye for clothing.  It is believed that beets are a perfect substitute for red dye.  And, unlike the red dye, beets used as coloring will not cause any allergic reactions.  In fact, Victorians used beets to dye their hair.

Beets in Cosmetics:

Beets are an extremely interesting herb to include in your cosmetic recipes.  Besides all of the health benefits that beetroot has to offer, you do not necessarily have to consume the beet in order to get on the healthy track.  By just incorporating the addition of beetroot powder as an ingredient, your skin and body is able to enjoy beetroot benefits.  Are you looking for an additional bonus?  Any time that beetroot powder is used in a cosmetic or body product recipe, beets also double as a natural colorant.

Sugar Scrubs- Beetroot Powder can be used in sugar scrub recipes to allow your skin all of the luxurious benefits that can be had.  For a great sugar scrub recipe that highlights the use of beetroot powder, check out our emulsified beet sugar scrub recipe.  Your skin will be so soft and glowing; this sugar scrub will become part of your daily routine.

Hair- This is one way to add a little color to your hair without using all those chemicals.  Beetroot juice when mixed with regular henna powder can actually be used to add a light chestnut color to your hair.  Look at that, a little color with the bonus of truly healthy, beautiful, not striped hair.

Facial Soaps and Facial Masks- Beetroot works great for skin blemishes and acne.  In fact using a facial mask with the addition of beetroot powder has shown a decrease in mothers mask and blemishes when used on a regular basis.  This is due to your facial pores receiving iron and vitamins from the beetroot.  Besides helping to fade away blemishes and reducing acne, beetroot in a facial mask will leave a healthy pinkish color to your face.  If you are interested an amazing facial recipe click on our beet root facial soap recipe.  Your face will thank you!  Please note, when adding beetroot powder to soap, it will eventually turn yellowish brown in color due to the alkalinity of the soap.  Although beetroot powder does discolor in soap, it still provides nutrition to the skin.

Blush- Are you looking to add a little hue to your checks?  Using beetroot powder as a blush is an amazing natural option to store bought blushes.  And, even better yet is the fact that Natures Garden has a Natural Beet Blush recipe that literally only contains 3 ingredients!  All natural, all healthy, and all beautiful!

Lip Glosses- With a little elbow grease, beetroot powder can be added to your lip gloss recipes as a natural colorant.  With the addition of flavoring, a beetroot lip gloss is just as effective even better then commercial lip glosses.  You can conquer two things: great glossy lips and a healthy pout to boot. For a link to one of the greatest natural lip gloss recipes on the internet check out our Natural Beet Root Lip Gloss Recipe.  When making lip gloss colored with beetroot powder, it is important that the beetroot powder is not clumpy when added to the recipe.  We also found that whipping the lip gloss mixture to incorporate the beetroot is necessary to get the beetroot properly suspended in the lip gloss oils/butters.

Bathing Products- You can use the addition of beetroot powder in your bath products too!  Whether you are using your beetroot powder to color your soaps or lotions, or including beetroot powder because of its nutrients for the skin, it can be done.  For a super great bath product recipe, look at our Rose Violet Bath Melts recipe.  The rich and vibrant color is achieved using nothing more than beetroot powder.  Just in case you are wondering….NO, this bath melt recipe will not stain your bathtub.

Once we uncovered what a key ingredient beetroot powder can be for bath and body products, the creative wheels just began cranking wildly.  We have been testing beetroot powder in various bath and body recipes for some time now.  Some of the most enlightening facts that we would like to share with you are:

Beetroot Powder has a tendency to clump.  If you are using beetroot powder for a body product, it is vital that you break up any clumps.  In doing so, you will find a nice even distribution of the beetroot powder among your mixture.

When working with beetroot powder and recipes that contain polar (water loving) components, we have found that “wetting” the powder in vegetable glycerin works wonders for incorporation, especially when you are using the beetroot powder as a natural colorant.  Please note:  If you are making a non-polar (oil based) product that does not have any polar (water loving) ingredients, vegetable glycerin should not be used for wetting.  Vegetable glycerin will settle out of recipes that are strictly non-polar. However, this “wetting” procedure works wonders in emulsified scrub recipes that contain an emulsifying wax, and in lotion recipes.

Beetroot Powder used in soaps will oxidize, turning the soap into a tanish brown color.

Obviously because beets can dye, there may be some hesitation when using beets in your cosmetic recipes.  But, have no fear of accidently dying your fingers a pink color.  The color (dye) of beetroot powder is water soluble.  Using lukewarm water and soap avoids any possible stain.  Another tip to remove the pink fingers is to rub lemon juice and salt on your fingers before you wash them with soap and water.  If beetroot has stained a fabric, try using a freshly sliced raw pear, rubbing the stain first before washing.

Beet Storage:
Beets contain a high nutritional value.  It is also these nutrients that are highly sensitive to air and light exposure.  Beet root powder should be stored in an air tight container.  This container should be in a dark, dry, cool place.  Although refrigeration and/or freezing is an option for beet root powder, it is not necessary.

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