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Aug
14

30 Ways to Use Beeswax


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30 Ways to Use Beeswax30 Ways to Use Beeswax

Beeswax is used in a variety of bath and body products. When added to bath and body products it can thicken the consistency. However, that is not its only purpose. When used in skin care recipes, beeswax can help lock moisture in, yet still, let your skin breathe. Not only that but this wonderful cosmetic wax also helps keep skin protected. Beeswax also works to help keep the skin both nourished and soft. When beeswax is added to homemade beeswax candles, it helps create a longer cleaner burn. Read on for 30 ways to use beeswax in your handcrafted candles and cosmetic recipes. In addition, be sure to check out our beeswax class for more information on Natures Garden’s white beeswax pellets.

 

 30 Ways to Use Beeswax Beard Balm Recipe30 Ways to Use Besswax Beard Balm Recipe

First, we have an awesome Beard Balm Recipe. This recipe was formulated with beard care in mind. This balm is perfect for keeping that beard tame and in its place. In only a few steps, you this beard wax will be ready in a breeze. Don’t worry though, when using it, no breeze will ruin your beard. You will find many beard beneficial oils in this recipe such as jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, sesame oil, olive oil, and castor oil. We used Cedarwood Virginiana essential oil in this recipe along with vitamin E oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter. Find out more about each oil we used in this recipe and its benefits to your beard here.

 

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Pink Lemonade Scrub Recipe30 Ways to Use Beeswax Pink Lemonade Scrub Recipe

Look how colorful this layered scrub is! Pink Lemonade Scrub Recipe is perfect for an at home spa day. In this handmade body scrub recipe, we use Raspberry Lemonade Fragrance Oil and our vibrant FUN soap colorants. This scrub making tutorial shows you how to make a raspberry lemonade scented emulsified scrub.

 

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Margarita Salt Scrub Recipe30 Ways to Use Beeswax Margarita Salt Scrub Recipe

Next, we have Margarita Salt Scrub Recipe. This foaming scrub uses dead sea salt for extra scrubbing power when you need it! It is super easy, vibrant and fun to make. Also, Margarita Salt Scrub Recipe will help exfoliate your skin and leave it feeling nice and soft.

 

 30 Ways to Use Beeswax Foaming Hibiscus Scrub Recipe30 Ways to Use Beeswax Foaming Hibiscus Scrub Recipe

Now, we have a recipe that contains sodium cocoyl isethionate or SCI. SCI will help leave your skin super soft even if you have sensitive skin. In addition, we used hibiscus to naturally color the scrub so, you do not need to add a soap dye. Hibiscus flower powder was used to get the natural red pink color you see. We topped this scrub off with whole dried hibiscus flowers for a final decorative touch. Lastly, this scrub smells amazing with the Hawaiian Sea Mist Fragrance Oil!

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Activated Charcoal Scrub Recipe30 Ways to Use Beeswax Activated Charcoal Scrub Recipe

Who doesn’t love activated charcoal? Natures Garden has a wonderful recipe that contains activated charcoal, along with a ton of skin loving ingredients like coconut oil 76, macadamia nut oil, shea butter, mango butter, emulsifying wax, beeswax, jojoba oil, arrowroot powder, vitamin E, and vegetable glycerin. Finally, we scented this recipe with Black Linen and Amber Fragrance Oil.

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Saint Patricks Day Candle Recipe 30 Ways to Use Beeswax Saint Patricks Day Candle

For all of our homemade candle makers, we have a super cute candle for St. Patrick’s Day. While soy wax is the bulk wax of this candle, we use beeswax for the shamrock. We scented this soy and beeswax candle with NG Aloe & White Lilac Fragrance Oil.

 

30 Ways to Use Beeswax White Chocolate Bath Melts Recipe 30 Ways to Use Beeswax White Chocolate Bath Melts Recipe

Now, we have a delicious bath melt recipe. The aroma of white chocolate and mango butter while taking a bath will soothe your stress away. This recipe is a simple recipe that will make about twelve bath melts! You will not be disappointed if you make this bath time recipe using real white chocolate. Also, it will make a great addition to your bath and body product line!

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Vanilla Cinnamon Sugar Scrub Recipe30 Ways to Use Beeswax Vanilla Cinnamon Sugar Scrub Recipe

Next, we have a sweet treat for your body! This wonderful aroma of Vanilla Silk Fragrance Oil and Cinnabun Type Fragrance Oil makes a great combination for this layered sugar scrub. Additionally, this recipe mixes things up with both brown sugar and white sugar.  Brown sugar is wonderful in a scrub, providing a gentler exfoliation compared to the white sugar in this scrub.

 

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Wine Sugar Scrub Recipe30 Ways to Use Beeswax Wine Sugar Scrub Recipe

Another unique sugar scrub recipe from Natures Garden! This beautifully scented scrub in made with real wine. This red wine scrub not only uses real wine, it is also scented with Natures Garden Christmas Cabernet Fragrance oil which makes it the perfect holiday product addition, or even a great handcrafted Christmas gift for the wine lovers in your life.

 

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe 30 Ways to Use Beeswax Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe

Next, another sugar scrub recipe from Natures Garden.  We might be slightly obsessed with scrubs here at NG. The warm and delightful vanilla aroma in this scrub will leave your skin smelling amazing and super soft. We used Vanilla Extract Fragrance Oil in this gentle brown sugar body scrub recipe.

 

  30 Ways to Use Beeswax Tranquility Bath Melts Recipe30 Ways to Use Beeswax Tranquility Bath Melts Recipe

Now, Natures Garden has a very cute bath melt recipe. This handcrafted bath recipe is packaged in clamshell containers. Packaging your melts this way means no molds to clean up. In addition, all you need to do is add a label and your product is ready for shelves! With the addition of shea butter, sweet almond oil, and real dried chamomile flowers, these hand made bath melts will help you soak the blues away. In addition, they are scented with Tranquil Oasis Fragrance Oil for an at home spa experience.

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Pumpkin Sugar Scrub Recipe30 Ways to Use Beeswax Pumpkin Sugar Scrub Recipe

Just in time for the fall season. Pumpkin Sugar Scrub is made scented with none other than Pumpkin Walnut Biscotti Fragrance Oil. This handmade layered scrub recipe is colored with festive fall colors and both pumpkin spice powder and orange peel powder.

 

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Shea Butter Lip Balm Recipe  30 Ways to Use Beeswax Shea Butter Lip Balm Recipe

Next, we have a shea butter lip balm recipe. Sweetened with honey and flavored with buttercream cupcake, this homemade lip balm is sure to please. The addition of shea butter will help leave your lips soft and nourished.

 

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Cotton Candy Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe30 Ways to Use Beeswax Cotton Candy Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe

I love the swirl of this recipe, don’t you? The fun colors and cotton candy scent give this layered body scrub a true to life cotton candy look. We used Fluffy Pink Candy Fragrance Oil to scent this scrub.But rest assured, this sugar scrub isn’t just about looks and smell! It will help exfoliate your skin and leave it nice and soft.

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Gourmet Chocolate Bath Melts Recipe 30 Ways to Use Beeswax Gourmet Chocolate Bath Melts Recipe

Another great recipe from Natures Garden! This lovely bath melt recipe includes real organic cocoa powder. With only a few simple ingredients, along with Gourmet Dark Chocolate Fragrance Oil, your bath melts will be ready in no time. Indulge in succulent dark chocolate, without the calories.  With the addition of skin loving oils, this truly is a treat for your body!

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Rose Violet Bath Melts Recipe30 Ways to Use Beeswax Rose Violet Bath Melts Recipe

Here is another to use beeswax in bath melts. This bath and body recipe from Natures Garden incorporates dried pink rose petals and is naturally colored pink with beet root powder. Finally, we scented this hand crafted heart shaped melt with NG Rose & Violet Type Fragrance Oil.

 

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Pot o Gold Candle Recipe30 Ways to Use Beeswax Pot o Gold Candle Recipe

Now. a recipe for all you candle makers using our Green Clover and Aloe Fragrance Oil. While Joy wax is the main wax for this candle, Natures Garden also incorporated beeswax in the candle for both the rainbow and pot of gold portion.  When used in a homemade candle, beeswax will nicely adhere to the jar, allowing you to create a variety of designs. Check out this candle making tutorial for more information and step by step instructions on this candle making technique.

 

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe30 Ways to Use Beeswax Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe

Emulsified sugar scrubs are wonderful. They are created for those who prefer to have sugar completely mixed with the oil. So, for those wanting a body scrub without any oil separation, this type of scrub is for just right for you! This emulsified sugar scrub recipe from Natures Garden is filled with wonderful ingredients all from Natures Garden. In addition, it is scented with Sugar Cookie Brulee Fragrance Oil, it will make your skin smell amazing and feeling refreshed. The perfect sugar scrub!

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Clamshell Bath Melts Recipe30 Ways to Use Beeswax Clamshell Bath Melts Recipe

If you love lavender, then this bath melt recipe is just for you! Made with mango butter, grapeseed oil, beeswax, and dried lavender flowers, it is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Also, Natures Garden scented this wonderful bath melt recipe with Kismet Fragrance Oil.

 

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Rose Petals Bath Melts Recipe30 Ways to Use Beeswax Rose Petal Bath Melts Recipe

Next, Natures Garden has a naturally green bath melt recipe. How did we color this bath melt naturally green? Paisley leaf powder, can be used as a natural green colorant in homemade soaps, lotions, and other cosmetic recipes. Also in these bath melts, you will find shea butter, mango butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, and coco mango fragrance oil for an amazing bath time recipe. This recipe will make approximately 12 bath melts that you will fall in love with!

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Sexy Edible Massage Bar30 Ways to Use Beeswax Sexy Edible Massage Bar Recipe

Now, it’s time to change it up a little bit. This intimate massage recipe has a unique use. Flavored with black cherry boom flavoring and dark chocolate wafers, you can use this recipe to make your own massage bars. In addition to beeswax, this recipe uses our all natural lip balm base, making this edible massage bar a simple beginners cosmetic recipe.

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Rejuvenating Foot Balm Recipe30 Ways to Use Beeswax Rejuvenating Foot Balm Recipe

Taking care of your feet is super important. Natures Garden has a wonderful foot balm recipe. This foot care recipe uses a wonderful essential oil blend that your toes are sure to love. The scented oil blend of Peppermint Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, and Eucalyptus Globulus 80/82 Essential Oil will leave tired feet feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. This recipe is wonderful for people who have rough and cracked feet. Or, for those just looking to pamper their feet.

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Ghostly Scented Toilet Paper Recipe30 Ways to Use Beeswax Ghostly Scented Toilet Paper Recipe

Now, look how fun this recipe looks! What a fun way to scent your bathroom or any other room. You will need supplies that Natures Garden does not carry. But 5 of the ingredients Natures Garden does carry. In this recipe, we used Tricks or Treats Fragrance Oil to stay with the Halloween theme. Or you can switch it up and use another fragrance oil from Natures Garden.

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Lemon Lavender Bath Melts Recipe30 Ways to Use Beeswax Lemon Lavender Bath Melts Recipe

Ready to take a relaxing bath using this delightful bath melt? With the aroma of Lemon Lavender Fragrance Oil used to scent these bath melts, it sounds relaxing just reading about them, right? The look of these bath melts are very appealing and will make your warm bath wonderful and relaxing!

 

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Girly Girl Salve Recipe30 Ways to Use Beeswax Girly Girl Salve Recipe

Next, Natures Garden has a unique salve recipe. The menthol crystals that are added to this recipe make it a very smooth and soothing salve. Also, Natures Garden scented this fragrance oil with Waterlily Fresh Mint Fragrance Oil. Which is a wonderful combination with the added menthol crystals.

 

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Natural Deodorant Recipe30 Ways to Use Beeswax Natural Deodorant Recipe

A wonderful recipe to make your own homemade deodorant! Natures Garden scents this recipe using Lavender Flowers Fragrance Oil and Lemongrass Fragrance Oil. Other ingredients in this recipe include beeswax, cocoa butter, coconut oil-76, castor oil, and vitamin E oil. A very easy and simple recipe that you will love!

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Pug Candle Recipe 30 Ways to Use Beeswax Pug Candle Recipe

Now, look how cute this candle is! Scented with Giggles Fragrance Oil, this adorable pug candle is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face! This handcrafted candle uses beeswax to create the pug’s lovable face. Inspired by our mascot, Enji, it has long been a favorite beeswax candle recipe for many of Natures Garden’s customers.

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Honeycomb Candle Recipe30 Ways to Use Beeswax Honeycomb Candle Recipe

Here is another beeswax candle recipe scented with our Honey Fragrance Oil. This candle recipe shows how to create a rolled beeswax candle. However, we take it a step further, surrounding the beeswax portion with gel wax. Learn more about this candle in Natures Garden’s honeycomb candle tutorial.

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Beeswax Candle Recipe 30 Ways to Use Beeswax Beeswax Candle Recipe

Next, Natures Garden has a recipe that is made from our white beeswax pellets. This beeswax recipe will guide in creating homemade rolled beeswax sheets. Then, we will show you how to roll beeswax sheets into candle with this free candle making tutorial.

 

30 Ways to Use Beeswax Strawberry Cheesecake Lip Balm Recipe30 Ways to Use Beeswax Strawberry Cheesecake Lip Balm Recipe

Finally, we have lip balm recipe that will show you how to layer lip balm to add a fun creative flare to your cosmetic products. This lip gloss recipe uses the delicious strawberry cheesecake flavor oil, making it a nice and sweet tasting lip balm.

Sep
29

Beeswax


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Hey all crafters out there! Do you love being creative with your crafts? We certainly do! How do you feel about beeswax as an ingredient? Does it make you think of spring with the buzz of bees all around you? Or maybe the word brings warm delicious honey to mind? Well, it may surprise you that the creations of those busy bees out there is also used for soaps, candles, and other bath and body products! I know it sounds a little bit crazy, but it’s true! And we actually sell beeswax pastilles here at Nature’s Garden! You should definitely try it out!

Beeswax is originally made from the honeycomb of bees. It can be used for medicinal purposes such as relieving pain and lowering cholesterol. It is also used for diarrhea, ulcers, swelling and can even be used for hiccups! Beeswax can also be used as stiffening agents in foods and drinks. Besides soaps and candles, other bath and body products can contain it as well, such as cosmetics and toiletries. It can be used to make soaps harder and help them last longer. It can also be used as a thickener and emulsifier.

There are many many benefits for your health and skin care by using beeswax in your products! Besides the medicinal purposes, if used in lotions, it can act as a protector for your skin. It will form a barrier on your skin in protection from irritants. It will also help your skin to retain moisture. Another bath and body product, lip balms, can also contain beeswax. It can help your lips from becoming chapped. Awesome right? I mean how much better could it get? It is such a versatile product!

Here at Nature’s Garden we actually sell beeswax pastilles. No chemicals were used to bleach our wax, it was naturally bleached from air and sun exposure. We also offer a free beeswax class that will teach you how to properly use it in your great products! And on top of that, we also have a free recipe for a beeswax candle! If you’re a candle maker, you should definitely make a note to yourself to try this awesome candle as an upcoming project. Now to get to those products on our website, there are a couple of ways. First, you can just type “beeswax” into the search bar on the top of our site. That will take your directly to a page titled “Search Results for “Beeswax”” which has all three of those products. You can also go to our Candle Supplies option at the top of the site and hit Candle Waxes in the drop box. The pastilles are available there. The recipe and class are available by going to the link at the top of the site that shows a little green box that says “Free Classes and Recipes,” or there is also a link to the classes and recipes on the left of the site.

 

beeswax products page

candle waxes page

 

How much more awesome could this product get? Not much I think! It is just so versatile! All crafters should definitely include this as a new ingredient in their products or should make sure to try it out soon! Please contact us if you have questions or concerns and keep looking for more Enlightened by Layla!

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May
22

Clamshell Bath Melt


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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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Feb
06

Realistic Gel Candle


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honeycomb candleGel wax is a great candle wax for embedding items in candles.  This translucent wax also provides the opportunity to make realistic gel candles.  Sea or ocean themed gel candles are perfect examples of this, right down to the air bubbles.

We at Natures Garden however, wanted to take the realistic gel candle concept and kick it up a notch.  Using the fragrance oil Honey, which is gel safe; we arrived at a notion of somehow adding the look of an embedded honeycomb.  Trying to stick with items we already had in house, we creatively used bubble wrap and beeswax (because of it’s high melting point); to make our very own spin on embeds.  Through several trails and errors, we found the perfect look, scent, and color for this Honeycomb Candle Recipe.

Here is a List of the Items You Will Need:
Gel Waxto emulate the look of delicious honey
Beeswax
White Pastilles– to make the embed of a honeycomb
Honey Fragrance Oil– a gel safe scent to match the realistic gel candle theme
Zinc Core Wicking– to make your candle more than just a decoration (4)  51-32-18z wicks  (2 in each candle)
Spectrum Candle Dye- Yellow– the color of the honeycomb
Spectrum Candle Dye- Orange– this color lightly added to the yellow makes the perfect golden honey hue
Thermometer– to monitor the temperature of the gel wax

Other Items and Supplies Needed: 
Stirring Spoon- to fully incorporate the color and scent to the wax
Stove- for the double boiler method
Scale- to be dead on for your measurements
Knife- to cut the beeswax
Toothpick- to add a touch of orange to the gel wax
9 x 13 cake pan- to make the honeycomb
bubble wrap- to make the honeycomb shape
(2) Pots- for double boiler method
Apothecary Jars- this recipe below will make a total of (2) 16oz jars.  Any shape or size jar will work, you will just need to adjust the measurements accordingly

And finally, here are the steps with pictures included:

Step 1:  Using the double boiler method, set the temperature of your stove top between medium and low heat.  Next, weigh out and melt 230 grams of beeswax.  You will want to stir this occasionally as it melts.

Step 2:   When the beeswax is in a liquid state, place 2 drops of Spectrum Yellow Candle Dye in it and stir. After the color is incorporated, place the pot back into the heat source.

coloring beeswax
Step 3:
  Next, lay your cake pan on a flat surface, this will ensure that your honeycomb has an even thickness.  Measure out 7 inches of length in your pan.  Mark this length by placing your knife across the pan.  If your knife is not long enough, you can use any kitchen utensil that will lay across the pan.  Next, with the bubble side up, place the bubble wrap over your knife and cake pan.

how to get honeycomb look

Step 4: Now, weigh out 23 grams of Honey Fragrance Oil.  Remove your beeswax from the heat source, add the fragrance.  Stir.

Step 5:  Slowly pour the beeswax over the bubble wrap.  Allow this to fully set up. Please Note:  Do not rush the set up of beeswax or it may crack.

making beeswax look like honeycomb

Step 6:  When the beeswax has cooled, gently remove it from the cake pan. Now, taking your time, carefully peel away the bubble wrap.

honeycomb beeswax

Step 7:  Next, weigh out 1000 grams of gel wax.  Place this into the double boiler and allow it to melt, stirring occasionally.  This will resemble to a thick syrup.

Step 8:  Now, lay your beeswax on a flat surface.  Place one of your candle jars on its side.  Using your knife, mark the width of the jar (before it changes shape).  Next, subtract 1/2″ from your marking.  Finally, make a line and cut it with your knife.

honeycomb candle

Step 9:  Gently roll your beeswax into a loose circle.  Place one roll in each of your jars.  Make sure the beeswax roll is at least 1/2 inch away from the walls of the jar.  Then, set aside.

how to make a honeycomb candle

Step 10:  Now, secure your wicks to the bottom of your candle jars.  Make sure they are centered.

Step 11:  Once the gel wax is melted, place 4 drops of Spectrum Yellow Candle Dye into the gel wax.  Next, add 1 toothpick tip of Spectrum Orange Dye.  Stir.  Finally, add 100 grams of Honey Fragrance Oil.  Stir again.

how to make a honey color

Step 12:  Place your thermometer into the gel wax.  Then, begin to slowly stir the gel wax.  Do not stir to quickly or you will have an excess of air bubbles.  Keep stirring and scrapping the sides until the gel wax temperature hits 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 13:  Now, slowly pour the gel wax into the containers until your honeycomb is covered.  Then, straighten your wicks.  Finally, allow the candles to fully set up.

pouring honeycomb candle

Your honeycomb candles are now ready.  Simply trim your wick, light, and enjoy!

With this realistic gel candle, there are two crucial steps that come into play.  The first is the thickness of the beeswax.  You want your beeswax to be nice and thick so it can withstand the temperature of the melted gel wax.  However, making the beeswax too thick may make it more difficult to curl, therefore complicating the honeycomb shape that can be achieved.  Lastly, the temperature of the melted gel wax is everything for this recipe.  Pouring over the 165 degree Fahrenheit point, will melt and warp your honeycomb.

Happy Crafting!

Feb
04

Beeswax Candles


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Air Purifying Candles

Many people burn candles as a way of relaxing with a soft light, or too add subtle scenting to the air, or as a means of setting the mood.  But, burning a beeswax candle may actually do more than this.

Let’s get a little scientific
The air that surrounds us is positively charged.  In fact, many of the items in our own homes emit a plethora of additional positively charged ions; jam packing our already filled surroundings with more and more positively charged ions.  But, all of these positively charged ions are not good for us. Recalling any lightning storm you have experienced, you will better understand this explanation.  Generally, after one of these storms, people feel stimulated, rejuvenated, and replenished.  The reason for this is that electrical storms produce a superabundance of negative ions that actually balance out the positive ions that dominate our surroundings.  This is why some of the most relaxing and renewed places for our bodies are be by waterfalls, beaches, forests, and mountain scenes.  These types of landscapes provide extra negative ions in the air that restore a natural balance of the charged ions.  Not only can you smell the difference in the air, but you can also feel it in your body too.

Positive Ions in our Homes
Many of the pollutants floating in the air of our homes like pollen, dirt, and dust all have a positive charge.  They get this charge from the static electricity that occurs in our home from daily routines.  Introducing negative ions into the air; combats these allergens. It has actually been scientifically proven to reduce many allergic issues like hay fever and asthma.  Negative ions can even help you sleep better too. Harmonizing the ions in your surrounding can help make you feel healthier and actually distress you.  Releasing additional negative ions can help with depression (SAD), headaches, and can even help you stay focused. Negatively charged ions work to make you healthier too.  Negative ions can help to boost your body’s immunity as well as help to build a resistance to many illnesses. Your body’s metabolism also benefits from negative ions making it more efficient.

Introduction of Negative Ions to our Homes
Beeswax can be considered an air purifier.  Beeswax candles are the only candles that emit negative ions into the air when lit.  Since opposites attract; these negative ions attach themselves to the positive ones.  This therefore balances the charge. Once the ions are bound together, the charge is now neutralized, and the molecule is complete.  The heavier mass causes these ions to fall to the ground, and they are no longer suspended in the air as contaminants.  This process of stabilizing, removes the ions, and cleans the air we breathe. The negative ions emitted by beeswax candles can even clean the air to eliminate smells like second hand smoke and many common household odors. Beeswax candles can be scented and colored just like other candle waxes.  Beeswax candles produce very little soot and burn very slowly.  These candles will provide your home with hours of purer, crisper, and fresher quality air.

Attention:  Natures Garden provides this information for educational purposes only.  We do not intend for this information to be misconstrued as medical advice or for treatment of any ailments.  If selling beeswax candles, refrain from making medical claims on your labels and/or advertising.   Promoting this way could make your candles considered a “drug” by the FDA.

Jan
29

Beeswax Uses


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beeswaxBeeswax Uses

Beeswax is a natural wax made from honeybees.  The honeybees use beeswax in their hives to house their young and store honey and pollen.  When the honeycombs are removed from the hive, the beeswax is placed in hot water and skimmed out.  Many times the beeswax must be rendered to remove impurities before use.

There are three different types of beeswax.  Yellow beeswax is raw beeswax.  White beeswax is yellow beeswax that has been bleached.  Beeswax absolute is yellow beeswax that has been treated with alcohol.

Beeswax is a fabulous wax to use for candle making.  Candles made from this wax work as air purifiers.  The long lasting and clean burn of a beeswax candle produces little to no smoke when lit.

Beeswax is also an excellent ingredient to add to any of your bath and body formulations.  Providing wonderful benefits like skin softening and moisturizing, this wax can seal the deal when it comes to ending cracked and dry skin.

Because beeswax contains Vitamin A, beeswax can work with your damaged skin to promote cell repair.  Its humectant like property provides a barrier for your skin; not only locking the moisture in but concurrently allowing your skin to breathe.  As an emollient, beeswax helps to soothe irritated skin and advocates a soft and supple feel.  Beeswax can also be used in formulations to help thicken consistencies for products like body creams and lotions.

For dry and cracked lips when the cold weather hits, beeswax it a go to ingredient for lip balms and other lip care products.  Not only will beeswax help to heal your lips, it also aids in the prevention of dry and cracked lips.  The natural thin layer that beeswax creates keeps your lip protected from the elements, and keeps them moisturized too.

Within the realm of hair care products, beeswax can be used to create wonderful pomades and waxes.  The end result of its use will leave hair shiny and sleek.

For soap making purposes, beeswax adds elements of anti irritant, anti bacterial, and anti viral benefits.  It is an incredible ingredient to add extra moisturizing elements to your bars, which will leave your skin with a silky soft feel.  Plus, the effects are long lasting.

To read the full class on beeswax including some interesting beeswax facts, how beeswax is made, and additional uses, please click on this link.

To try your hand at some wonderful beeswax recipes please check out these links:

beeswax in body productsBody Products:
Solid Lotion Bar Recipe
Girly Girl Salve Recipe
Soothing Baby Non Petroleum Recipe
Hydrating Hand Stick Recipe
Rejuvenating Foot Balm Recipe
Natural Deodorant Recipe

beeswax in soapsSoaps, Scrubs, and Melts:
Royal Honey Bee Cold Process Soap Recipe
Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap Recipe
Gourmet Chocolate Bath Melts Recipe
Lemon Lavender Bath Melts Recipe
Cotton Candy Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe
Emulsified Beet Sugar Scrub Recipe

beeswax in lip productsLip Products:
Lip Stick from Scratch Recipe
Natural Beet Root Lip Gloss Recipe
Silky Lip Butter Recipe
Strawberry Cheesecake Lip Balm Recipe
White Chocolate Lavender Lip Balm Recipe
Crazy for Coconuts Lip Balm Recipe

Oct
17

Adding Beeswax to a Soaping Recipe


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Adding beeswax to your cold process recipes provides a harder, long lasting bar of soap.

So, we had a brilliant idea, and we ran with it.  But, as we learned having a brilliant idea does not always equate to a brilliant end result.  Instead, our brilliant idea was a learning experience!

The Scenario

It all started out with the scent Nectarine and Honey, which by the way happens to be a fabulous scent.  In true Natures Garden form, we wanted to take this fragrance oil and kick it up a notch.  So, to the brainstorming mobile we went- hello think tank!  Back and forth the creative ideas started flowing- anything that was related to nectarine and/or honey was noted.  What resulted was a cold process soap recipe focused around the scent Nectarine and Honey that would incorporate bee products; Honey, Beeswax, and Bee Pollen Powder.  Once we knew how luxurious this soap was going to be, the clever name Royal Honey Bee Soap seemed to be the perfect match.

The Special Bee Ingredients

Honey was an easy choice.  We know that honey contains awesome skin loving benefits.  It is a detoxifier, loaded with antioxidants, and it’s very moisturizing.  After using body products with honey your skin feels extremely soft and supple.  Through our research we found that even Cleopatra herself bathed in honey and milk to supplement her natural loveliness and beautiful, soft skin.

Bee Pollen Powder was also chosen for the benefits it provides to the skin.  Bee pollen is rich in vitamins, amino acids, and minerals.  Products with bee pollen powder leave your skin feeling naturally soft and smooth.

Beeswax was selected as our warrior.  Although this ingredient is commonly used to help harden soaps, (making them last longer) we wanted it for a different reason. It also brought another element to the table- it locks in moisture for your skin.  Besides helping to keep your skin moisturized, after using products that include beeswax- a thin protective layer is left- a shield for your skin against the harsh outside elements of your environment.

We were set.  Super excited about how magnificent this recipe was going to be, we happily plugged our ingredients into Soap Calc, double checked our values, and moved on to the testing stage.

The Creation

Everything was set.  The lye solution was cooling.  The beeswax, butters, and oils were melted.  We were just waiting on the green light (temperatures).  The excitement was thick in the air.

Finally, the time had arrived.  The soaping procedure was normal.  Really, the only changes were: honey was added at light trace, and the bee pollen at trace.  This was easy!

The soap batter was beautiful- thick, creamy and smelled divine.  There was no denying it; you could just envision how great these bars were going to turn out after cure.  Seeing this gorgeous masterpiece coming together was intoxicating.  The anticipation of molding this batter was building, and we couldn’t wait to get started.

Since Nectarine and Honey fragrance oil naturally discolors to a creamy peach and the addition of bee pollen powder will add somewhat of a yellow hue, we thought this final color would be perfect.  So, really the only thing we wanted to accomplish was a heaped loaf with peaks.  Easy, right?

Yes, it was… so easy!  The batter was poured and heaped through the center of the mold.  We felt like Pablo Picasso working on a yet to be viral masterpiece.  Everything was going as planned.  Once we started peaking with a spatula, it was perfection in its finest hour.  Each peak held to the spatula and gracefully formed the most breath-taking, stunning crests.  The playful batter was alluring, begging for more peaks, and we did just that.  We peaked and played until it was perfect.  The soap batter was not only enchanting, but also captivating visually.  It was quite possible that we may have just stumbled upon a divine soap recipe- one to go down through the ages. 

After waiting the 24 hours to remove the soap from the mold, it was almost too much to handle.  We couldn’t wait to get these beauties out and cut; let alone the rest of the cure time.  But, we did- that’s soaping 101; it comes with the territory.

Finally- the Cure is Over

The first day that the soap was finished, we couldn’t wait to give it a try.  The bars were angelic.  The color was flawless, the bars were nice and hard, the scent retention was amazing!  We just had to try them out.  To the sink we went, and this is where our demise met us.

We soaped, and we were heartbroken.  Although everything seemed to be perfect throughout this whole process, our soap bars were crumbly.  Too crumbly!  We were defeated, and it was the beeswax that was the culprit.  The same ingredient that memorized us with its playful nature in the soap batter was now our arch enemy in the final product.  We felt as though we were victims to the sirens of the soaping world.  Back to the drawing board.

Analysis

After reviewing our notes and recipe, we found that the percentage of beeswax we used in the original recipe was too high (10%).  Investigating further, we found that the normal usage rate for this ingredient was a mere 1-2%.  Yikes!

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This is a finished and cured bar of Royal Honey Bee Soap by Natures Garden.

We did recalculate and remake the Royal Honey Bee Soap Recipe.  However, this time we decided to leave out the beeswax.  The bars were still gorgeous, soothing, and the scent retention was phenomenal.  After using it our skin did feel soft, supple, and nourished.  The honey added an extravagant element of luscious royalty.  The soap bars were still a win even without the beeswax.

In hind sight- we will try again to create a soap recipe that includes beeswax just not at 10%.  Sometimes, the most memorable lessons in life are the ones that you have to see for yourself- even if they result in less than desirable outcomes.