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Jul
20

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe


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Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap RecipeOrange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe

Today, Nature’s Garden would like to introduce a brand new cold process soap recipe! Our Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap is the perfect addition to brighten up your summer product line! This soap has many skin loving ingredients that will give you a solid long lasting bar! Not only that, but it will have a wonderful, rich bubbly lather! The scent we chose is our Blood Orange fragrance oil and it is so easy to work with!  Since this fragrance is a dream to work with, you will have plenty of time to be artistic and add in some white swirls! Once you are done, you can top your soap with some sweet, sugared little orange section embeds that look like the orange chewy candies from childhood. These embeds will be made with our Diamond Clear Melt and Pour soap and it is the perfect finishing touch!

 

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Blood Orange Fragrance OilOrange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Blood Orange Fragrance Oil

Before we get started, did you know? The Blood Orange is actually native to Italy and their dark, red coloring comes from anthocyanins, an antioxidant that is more common in flowers and fruit, but not citrus fruit. What do blood oranges taste like? These oranges have a unique flavor compared to other oranges, with a strong raspberry-like flavor with undertones of citrus.

Now let’s talk a little about the fragrance oil. Blood Orange fragrance oil works wonderfully in cold process soaping. There is no discoloring, separating or ricing. Also, there is no accelerating so you have time to play when using this citrus fragrance oil in cold process soap. Plus the fragrance will stay strong through it’s cure time! The scent is a perfect orange scent! Bright, crisp and tart with a touch of floral in the base note is the best way to describe this fragrance. We know you will love this scent whether you use it in bath and body products or even in candles! It has a lovely, strong cold and hot throw!

 

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Soap Making Supplies Found At Nature’s Garden

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Other Ingredients and Equipment You Need

  • Scale
  • Distilled Water
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Spatula
  • Stick Blender
  • Mini Lemon/Lime Mold (flexiblemolds.com)
  • Sugar
  • Rubbing Alcohol ( in a spray bottle)
  • Vinegar

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Total Recipe Weights for Soap

  • 260 grams water
  • 95 grams Lye- Sodium Hydroxide
  • 68 grams Apricot Kernel Oil
  • 68 grams Argan Oil
  • 171 grams Coconut Oil-76
  • 34 grams Grapeseed Oil
  • 102 grams Shea Butter
  • 68 grams Palm Oil
  • 68 grams Olive Oil Pomace
  • 34 grams Macadamia Nut Oil
  • 51 grams Blood Orange Fragrance Oil
  • 16 grams of Sodium Lactate
  • 5 grams Titanium Dioxide
  • 1 gram Eye Poke Orange FUN Soap Colorant

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Total Recipe Weights For Melt and Pour Soap

  • 145 grams Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap
  • 7 grams Blood Orange Fragrance Oil
  • 3 drops Neon Orange FUN Soap Colorant

 

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Before You Start Soaping

Before you get started on your soap making, it is always best to clean and sanitize your work area! Make sure you have washed and dried all your equipment and packing materials. Another good tip is to have all your ingredients and supplies within reaching distance! This helps ensure that as you are working everything is ready and on hand to make the process move smoothly. We strongly suggest that you wear gloves, protective clothing, face mask and safety glasses. Last but not least, if you are new to cold process soap making click here for basic soap making class. Also, before attempting to make any type of cold process soap, please become familiar with Soap Making Safety Class.

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Prepping the EmbedsOrange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Prepping the Embeds

Our first step is preparing the orange slice embeds. You will need to make a total of 16 orange slices and for this your will be using a mini lemon/lime mold from flexiblemolds.com. These molds are perfect for soaping and even candle making. They are durable and clean up quick and easy! So go ahead and chunk up your Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap. Next,  weigh out 145 grams. After adding the soap chunks to a microwavable bowl and placing it in your microwave, melt the soap using 30 second intervals, stirring the soap each time, until it is completely at a liquid state.

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Adding the fragrance and colorOrange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Adding the fragrance and color

Now that you have your soap melted, will be adding the Blood Orange fragrance and color. So, next, you will weigh out 7 grams of Blood Orange fragrance oil and 3 drops of Neon Orange FUN Soap Colorant, adding it to the melted soap. Stir this well, making sure the color and fragrance are well blended.

 

 

 

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Pouring the EmbedsOrange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Pouring the Embeds

The last step is pouring the soap into the mold. Have your mini lemon/lime mold ready and add the soap to each cavity of the mold. Once you have all the soap poured,  you will now go ahead and spritz the top of the soap with the rubbing alcohol you have ready in a spray bottle. This will help to release any air bubbles. You will let this sit until cool and firm.  You will need to make a total of 16 orange slices.

 

 

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Removing the EmbedsOrange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Removing the Embeds

So now that your orange slice embeds are set up, go ahead and remove them from the mold. Next, you will once again use the rubbing alcohol. Spritz your orange slices and sprinkle them with the sugar. The sugar will give your orange slices a candied look!

 

 

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Preparing Your Lye Solution

Now you will be starting the lye portion of your soap. First, you will weigh out 260 grams of distilled water in a bowl. Next, using a separate bowl, you will weigh out 95 grams of lye. Then, slowly add the lye to the water. You NEVER want to add the water to the lye! Stir to completely dissolve the lye. Now, set your lye solution aside for the moment and allow it to cool.

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Preparing Your OilsOrange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Preparing Your Oils

At this time, you will prepare your oils while you are waiting for the lye solution to cool. In a deep mixing bowl, weigh out 68 grams of Apricot Kernel Oil, 68 grams of Argan Oil, 68 grams Avocado Oil, 171 grams Coconut Oil-76, 34 grams Grapeseed Oil, 102 grams Shea Butter, 68 grams Palm Oil, 68 grams Olive Oil Pomace, and 34 grams Macadamia Nut Oil. Next, you will melt your oils and once your oils are melted, you will set them aside to cool. You will want to allow both the soaping oils and the lye solution to cool to room temperature. You want the temperature to be within 10 degrees of each other.

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Prepare Your ColorsOrange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Prepare Your Colors

So while you are waiting for your temperatures to drop, you can move ahead and prepare your colorants. First, you will prepare the titanium dioxide. This will be used for the white swirls of soap. In a small bowl, weigh out 5 grams of titanium dioxide. Then, mix that with a small amount of the soaping oils you have prepared to create a paste-like mixture. Mix this well. This will help the titanium dioxide to disperse more easily into the soap batter. You can set this aside for now.

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Adding the Sodium Lactate

Next, we will be moving onto the sodium lactate. Sodium lactate is used in cold process soaping to help harden the soap and allow a better release from the soap mold. So, in a small bowl, weigh out 16 grams of sodium lactate and set this aside for the moment.

 

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Prepare Your Fragrance OilOrange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Prepare Your Fragrance Oil

Before we get started on our soap batter, you will want to have your fragrance weighed out and ready to add. So, in one last small bowl, you will weigh out 51 grams of Blood Orange fragrance oil. Set this aside also.

 

 

 

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Mixing the Soap BatterOrange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Mixing the Soap Batter

Now we are ready to prepare the soap batter. Your oils and lye solution should be at the temperature stated above. So to the cooled lye solution, add your 16 grams of Sodium Lactate. Carefully, stir your lye solution to incorporate the sodium lactate. Now, slowly add the lye solution to the soaping oils. Then, using your stick blender, emulsify the ingredients together.

 

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Adding in the Fragrance Oil

Once you have emulsified your soap batter, you will add in the fragrance oil. So to the soap batter, add the 51 grams of Blood Orange Fragrance Oil that you weighed out previously. Then, use your stick blender, incorporate the scent into the batter.

 

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Separate the Soap BatterOrange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Separate the Soap Batter

Next, we will separate the soap batter for the two colors. So, into your first bowl, weigh out 272 grams of the soap batter into a separate bowl and add in the 5 grams of titanium dioxide we weighed out earlier. You can go ahead and stick blend this to combine.

 

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Coloring the Soap BatterOrange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Coloring the Soap Batter

You will not need to weigh out the remaining batter since this will be one color. So, to the soap batter that is left, add the 1 gram of Eye Poke Orange FUN Soap Colorant. Now you can stick blend this to combine.

 

 

 

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Blending the ColorsOrange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Blending the Colors

Now we are ready to combine the two colors together. So to the orange soap batter, add in dollops of the white soap batter. Once you have all the white added into the orange bowl, you will begin to swirl directly in the bowl. You can do this using your spatula, or even a wooden skewer, swirling the white batter into the orange batter.

 

 

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Pouring the SoapOrange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Pouring the Soap

Now you are ready to pour your soap into the mold. Have the mold set in front of you and pour the swirled batter into the mold. Then, gently tap the mold on the table to help remove any air bubbles that may be trapped in the batter and smooth the surface of your soap.

 

 

 

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Topping the SoapOrange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Topping the Soap

Finally, we are ready to add our orange slice embeds to the top of our soap! Take your orange slice melt and pour embeds and arrange them evenly across the top. We found that if we added the slices to the four corners first, it helped keep the other slices evenly spaced out.

 

 

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: Curing Your Soap

When you make any type of cold process soap, you will allow the soap to set up for about 24-48 hours before removing it from the mold. Once you have removed it, cut the soap equally into 16 pieces. Lastly, you will allow the Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap to cure before using or selling.

There you have it guys! We hope you enjoyed creating this fun cold process soap! If you are looking for more fun, yummy cold process soap recipes, check out our recipe box and get inspired to create! Find us on Facebook, Twitter (@ngscents) or Instagram (@ngscents) and give us a shout-out and share what you created! We love hearing from our customers!

 

Orange Swirled Cold Process Soap Recipe: The Inspiration

So, the inspiration behind these sweet, little soaps was actually a recipe for fudge! The inspiration behind the fudge was a poke cake! I love how the thought of one thing can evolve into a bunch of different things, don’t you? Check out the recipe for this No Fail Orange Creamsicle Fudge that inspired us to create our Orange Swirled CP Soap! It is super easy to make with just a few ingredients! A bright, summery twist to a yummy popular treat!

 

Jul
06

Candle Making for Kids


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Candle Making for KidsCandle Making for Kids

Arts and crafts are very important for a child to participate in. In the classrooms of today, there is a strong emphasis on the common cores of learning. Math, reading, writing, and science. Today, we will talk about candle making for kids.

However, the arts are just as important for a child’s growth as math can be. Learning about the world of creativity allows a child’s mind to develop in all kinds of directions. It’s never to early to start letting a child’s creative side take over. Simply holding a crayon, a paintbrush or a piece of chalk will start developing their motor skills. Their language will take shape as they learn words of description and colors. Decision making is also part of the creative process. “How do I want this to look?” “What color should the bird be?” Visual learning is very important because it gives the brain the freedom to explore, relax and not think of anything complex! Candle making for kids is a fun craft that lets kids explore texture, color, scents and all things creative!

Most kids love making and creating things for people they love. As a child, it was one of my favorite things to do. Nature’s Garden has some awesome recipes if you are looking for something different for the kids to explore. Creating candles with our Pillar of Bliss is a quick and simple craft for kids and parents. Not only is it safe, as there is no heating required, but you are able to let your creativity shine with designs, fragrances, and colors! If your child has ever made one of those “sand in jar” crafts, the technique is very similar.

 

Candle Making for Kids: Before You Get Started

Before you begin your creations, you will need to gather some supplies!

Candle Making for Kids: Pillar of Bliss

The type of wax that is best used in layering candles is our Pillar of Bliss. This wax is a soy/paraffin blend that is perfect for creating pillar candles or candles in molds. The wax hardens up beautifully and releases from the molds easily. It also makes wonderful layered candles! It lets you get creative without all the hassle of melting wax! Plus, it has amazing cold and hot throw!

Candle Making for Kids: Let’s Learn the Process!

Before we start on some of our favorite candle recipes, let’s talk about how the process of granulated candle making is done! As with any candle making prep, you will want to get your container ready by putting in your wicks. Which size wick do you use, you ask? Follow this link to find out the correct size! Now, simply add a drop of hot glue to the bottom of the candle wick tab and secure it to the bottom of your container, right in the middle. If the wick is to long, simply snip the excess off leaving at least 1 1/2 inch above your container.

Candle Making for Kids: Getting the Wax Ready

When it comes to layered candle making, fill each Ziploc bag with have their own color/fragrance mix. If you plan on making a lot of candles you can make your colored/scented layers in one pound batches. So let’s get your wax ready to color and scent. Using the gallon size Ziploc bags, you will weigh out your wax according to your recipe into the required number of bags. If your candle recipe calls for 6 layers, you will be using 6 bags and the wax will be divided and weighed out into each one.

Candle Making For Kids: Adding your Fragrances

As with any type of candle making, a general rule of thumb for adding fragrance oil to your wax is using 1 to 1 1/2 ounces per pound of wax. Therefore, each bag that holds 1 pound of wax will require 1 to 1 1/2 ounce of fragrance oil.

Candle Making for Kids: Adding the Color

Next, you will be adding color to each Ziploc bag. You will add the required number of drops according to your recipe, or simply add a small amount to achieve the color you wish.

Candle Making for Kids: Mixing it Up

Now that we have our wax, fragrance, and color added in, seal the bag tightly, and shake each bag, mixing the wax, fragrance and color up really well! Squeeze and squish it good! Get all that color worked in!

Candle Making for Kids: Adding the Wax to the Containers

Now that your wax is mixed up, you will start adding it to your container of choice. Simply open up your Ziploc bag a start pouring into your container. If you are layering colors, make sure you leave enough room! Always keep your wick straight when you are filling your containers. Continue adding the other colored wax layers the same way until your container is almost full.

Candle Making for Kids: Getting creative

Want to create a tie dye look? Take one of your wooden skewers and along the inside of your glass container and draw lines going down. Gently tap your container on the counter once you have drawn the lines and the colored wax from one layer will fall into these lines!

 

Candle Making for Kids: Bacon Candle Recipe

Our first recipe is incredibly simple and a good way to start kids out on the road to candle making. Bacon Candle recipe calls for Pillar of Bliss, our Spectrum Liquid Candle dye in shades of red, and of course our Bacon fragrance oil. Bacon fragrance oil? Yes, indeed! Smells just like bacon frying in a frying pan! Everything’s better with bacon, right? For this recipe, you will start off by separating the wax into 3 different Ziploc baggies, adding drops of colorant and then the Bacon fragrance. Next, your little candle maker will then massage the colors and scent it into the wax. Once that is done, simply pour the now scented/colored wax into your container, creating a layered look of bacon. This candle is perfect for younger kids to help create since there is no melting wax involved!

Candle Making for Kids Autumn Leaves Potpourri Recipe

Up next is a fun, fall recipe that requires a little bit of heat for melting. Even though this recipe is still quick and easy, some adult supervision is a requirement since some of the wax will be melted. The cute little leaves in our Autumn Leaves Potpourri recipe, are made with  Pillar of Bliss and colored with some pretty fall colors. We made these leaves with a mold from Flexiblemolds.com. These molds are durable, easy to clean up and are perfect for any candle or soap making! This particular mold is called dime sized Leaves candle and soap mold.  We scented this potpourri with our Autumn Woods fragrance oil. A lovely, fall woodsy scent of pine, citrus and cedar wood! We used 24 K Gold Mica to color the granulated part of the candle. These potpourris are so easy to make! They would make such pretty little gifts to give!

 

Candle Making for Kids: Green Camouflage Candle RecipeCandle Making for Kids: Green Camouflage Candle Recipe

Here’s another easy recipe that the young ones can definitely help out with! This Green Camouflage Candle is made just like our Bacon Candle. You will color and scent the wax in a bag and then create layers of various greens and browns to look like the camouflage that our brave soldiers wear. The fragrance we chose for this recipe is our Fresh Outdoors. This fragrance is perfect for those that love a fresh, green fragrance! You will get floral notes of lily and jasmine, orange and ozone. Perfect for those that love the outdoors! Your kids will have fun creating camo layers so let their imagination take over!

 

Candle Making for Kids: Pink Camouflage Candle RecipeCandle Making for Kids: Pink Camouflage Candle Recipe

Well, the boys got to make their own candle, now for the girls’ candle! Pink Camouflage Candle is made exactly like the Green Camouflage! We chose the fragrance oil NG Can Can Fragrance Oil for the ultimate girly girl, camouflage and all! This scent is floral with a touch of vanilla and musk! Your little girl will have a blast making her own candle in pretty shades of pink, red and burgundy.

Candle Making for Kids: Rainbow Candle RecipeCandle Making for Kids: Rainbow Candle Recipe

This Rainbow Candle recipe would be fun to make when teaching kids the colors of the rainbow. This candle is truly simple to create and a definite must for the little ones to help make. Once the kids have finished squishing the color and fragrance into the wax using the Ziploc bag method, they can carefully pour their wax into the container to create a layered look of a rainbow. It couldn’t get any easier than that, right? We chose our fittingly Rainbow fragrance oil that smells like it’s just bursting with color! Yummy, sweet fruit of every kind hits your nose with one whiff!

 

Candle Making for Kids: Glistening Snowflakes Potpourri RecipeCandle Making for Kids: Glistening Snowflakes Potpourri Recipe

Here is another potpourri recipe made like the Autumn Leaves recipe. Glistening Snowflakes Potpourri has pretty little blue snowflakes scattered throughout the glistening “snow”. Once again, we have used a mold from Flexiblemolds.com. This mold is the Mini Snowflakes candle and soap mold. We have added some Diamond Dust Mica to the granulated wax to make it shimmer and have scented the whole thing, the snowflakes and the snow, with our Jack Frost fragrance oil. The scent is a perfect wintry mix of peppermint and vanilla!

 

Candle Making for Kids: Hydrangea Candle RecipeCandle Making for Kids: Hydrangea Candle Recipe

What could be more perfect for spring or summer than our Hydrangea Candle Recipe? Hydrangeas are bushes that bloom beautiful hues of blues, purples and sometimes greens. We created the pattern to mimic the puffy blossoms of the hydrangea. The finishing touch is some cute little embed butterflies (because butterflies are attracted to hydrangeas). Of course, we scented this creation with our Hydrangea Heaven! This fragrance oil is a beautiful, soft floral scent that is perfect in candles and in soap making!

Candle Making for Kids: A Final Note

Making granulated candles are great for fundraisers! Use your school’s colors and get a copy of the mascot artwork. You can create a label with the mascot and school name then adhere to the front of your containers. If you have a special charity event that you are donating too, how about creating candles in the colors of the charity? Pink and white for Breast Cancer Awareness, purple for Cystic Fibrosis or red, white and blue for patriotism. There are so many options! You are only limited by your imagination!

We hope you enjoyed reading about all the fun candles kids can help create. Candle making in itself can seem daunting to anybody who has never made candles in their life. So, if you are a first timer, these recipes are perfect for you! Learning the steps, and the process of candle making is easy and these recipes can help you get started on a fun new hobby! Don’t forget the kids though! Helping kids develop through arts and crafts is an important part of growing and learning! We are sure they will enjoy making candles and memories just as much as you!

If you ever feel like showing off any of your creations you made using Nature’s Garden products, give us a shout out! We love to hear from our customers and you can do so through Facebook, Twitter (@ngscents) or Instagram (@ngscents) You can also find a Show and Tell section of our web page! Fill out the information, upload a picture and we will display it for everybody to see! It’s a great way for some free advertising and to show off what you can do!

 

 

Jul
05

How Do I Make Wax Melts


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How Do I Make Wax MeltsHow Do I Make Wax Melts

If you have been asking, “How Do I Make Wax Melts?”, then you are in the right place! Whether you are an experienced candle maker expanding into wax melts or a beginning crafter looking to make their own wax tarts, you can find everything you need to get started right here at Natures Garden. You can use this blog to figure out the ingredients that you will need. Then, head over to our site to find everything you need at a push of a button. Plus, there are even recipes for different wax melt ideas that provide you with step-by-step instructions for creating wax tarts. If you find you need a bit more guidance, then you can call our HUG line as well. We are here to help make this process both fun and easy!

How Do I Make Wax Melts: Candle Making SuppliesHow Do I Make Wax Melts: Candle Making Supplies

Just like with candle making, there is some equipment that you are going to need to get started. First, you will need a pouring pot to melt your wax. You will also need a pot filled with a few inches of water and a stove top. Your pouring pot will then be placed into the pot of warm water. Also, you will need a thermometer because you will need to add the fragrance oil at a certain temperature and you need to make sure the wax isn’t too hot when you pour.

Also, you will need to make sure you have a least have your basic supplies, which are candle wax, a scented oil, and packaging supplies. While there are many choices and options for customizing your wax melts, these two key ingredients are all you need to create your scented wax tarts. Also, you need to make sure that you have a plan for packaging your wax melts. There are many options, like clamshells, molds, and much more, and you just need one method to ensure that you are able to store your finished wax melts for later use.

How Do I Make Wax Melts: Waxes for Making Wax TartsHow Do I Make Wax Melts: Waxes for Making Wax Tarts

There are many different types of waxes available from Natures Garden. We recommend using a pillar wax for your melts if you are putting them into a mold. However, there are still quite a few that are great when it comes to making a wax melt using a container wax. Choosing the type of wax is very important to the quality of your scented wax melts. So, you may want to learn a bit about your options before choosing a wax.

How Do I Make Wax Melts: Beeswax Wax MeltsHow Do I Make Wax Melts: Beeswax Wax Melts

Beeswax is a great choice for making wax tarts. It is perfect for creating hard wax tarts that are easy to package and use. You can either scent this wax on its own or add about 5-10% to a paraffin wax. Adding beeswax to paraffin wax will increase the integrity of the wax melt, which will make it easy to package and then use later. Also, adding some beeswax to your recipe will improve the color and your burn time of your wax tart.

How Do I Make Wax Melts: Wow Wax Wax TartsHow Do I Make Wax Melts: Wow Wax Wax Tarts

Speaking of paraffin wax, WOW Wax is a paraffin blend that is soft, creamy and has an excellent scent throw. While you may want to use this wax to make wax tarts, it could be difficult to make tarts. When you go to remove a wax melt from your clamshell or mold, the wax is likely to stick the container. This will ruin the shape and lead to a mess. So, this is when the beeswax comes in handy! Adding a portion of stearic acid or beeswax will make the wax harder and easier to use for making wax tarts. Alternatively, you could package your soft wax melts into portion cups. This will make it easier to transfer the wax to the warmer and cut down on some of that mess.

How Do I Make Wax Melts: Can I Use Soy Wax for Wax Melts?How Do I Make Wax Melts: Can I Use Soy Wax for Wax Melts?

While you can use soy wax to create your homemade wax melts, a softer wax like soy wax may be harder to remove from a mold or clamshell container. Similarly, Joy Wax is a candle wax that blends soy with other ingredients to enhance the quality. So, Joy Wax will be a bit soft, as well. However, there are ways that you can effectively use this wax. Again, you could use individually portioned containers and just squeeze the wax into your warmer. Also, you can use Stearic Acid to harden your wax tarts. 

How Do I Make Wax Melts: Best Wax for Clamshell TartsHow Do I Make Wax Melts: Best Wax for Clamshell Tarts

One of the best waxes for making wax tarts is our Pillar of Bliss Wax, as it is a strong wax made to create pillar candles. So, it will be sure to maintain its shape in the packages. We have made our basic Candle Wax Tarts Recipe with this wax because it is one of the easiest for clamshell wax melts. Also, we have done a few other recipes, like the Pumpkin Delight Chamshell Tarts and the Candy Corn Clamshell Tarts Recipe, with this candle wax.

How Do I Make Wax Melts: How do I Scent Wax Tarts?

Scented oils are an important part of creating your own wax tarts. Your fragrance oil warmers won’t be able to do much without a great scent. Plus, you need to make sure that your scented oil is added correctly or it may not mix properly with the candle wax. So, you need to be able to add your fragrance oils at the right temperatures.

How Do I Make Wax Melts: What Temperature Do I Add My Fragrance Oil?How Do I Make Wax Melts: What Temperature Do I Add My Fragrance Oil?

One crucial thing that you need to remember with fragrance oils is that they should be added to the wax at the correct temperature. This can be found on the page for the individual candle wax. Each candle wax will be different. So, for the best results follow the instructions for that particular candle wax.  Each wax has been tested to find the temperature that will give you the best results using that particular candle wax.

How Do I Make Wax Melts: How to Scent Candles with SpicesHow Do I Make Wax Melts: How to Scent Candles with Spices

Not only are fragrance oils great for scenting your home, but there are some fragrance herbs that will do make you wax melts look amazing! Our Rustic Wax Melts Recipe was created with Cloves, Juniper Berries, Cinnamon, and Orange Peel that perfectly compliment the Christmas Wassail Fragrance Oil. It has such a wonderful spicy aroma that will fill up your whole house. If you want to find more herbs to try in your wax melts, then check out the Herbs & Spices page.

How Do I Make Wax Melts: Shape and Packaging Ideas for Wax MeltsHow Do I Make Wax Melts: Shape and Packaging Ideas for Wax Melts

Also, you need to make sure that you have an idea for packaging your wax melts. Otherwise, your tarts may set up before you are able to pour. Depending on the type of wax tart you are making, there are many different options. Here are a few of the most common options.

How Do I Make Wax Melts: Clamshell Packaging for Wax MeltsHow Do I Make Wax Melts: Clamshell Packaging for Wax Melts

First, we have clamshell wax tarts containers These are most often used for packaging because they are convenient to make and use. Plus, the divider allows you to easily create six individual wax melts in one container! If you want to use this method of packaging, Natures Garden has some high quality clamshell containers.

How Do I Make Wax Melts: Portion CupsHow Do I Make Wax Melts: Portion Cups

Another good option for wax melts is portion cups. These are especially useful for soft waxes, like container waxes. Many candle makers choose to use the same candle wax in their tarts that they use in their container candles. This way they do not have to purchase two different types of candle wax.  When using portion cups there will be less struggle trying to get the wax out of the container. Just squeeze the container and pop the wax into your wax warmer and don’t worry about a mess. This could also be a good container for transporting wax embeds of various shapes. For example, a few retro flower wax tarts could fit in a container for storage.

How Do I Make Wax Melts: Candle MoldsHow Do I Make Wax Melts: Candle Molds

Another perfect way to create your wax melts is to use silicone candle molds wholesale. This allows you to make all kinds of fun shapes and designs. We used this recipe to create our scrumptious Pumpkin Cheesecake Wax Melts Recipe, which is perfect for creating some little cupcake wax melts, too.

How Do I Make Wax Melts: Other Ideas for Your Wax Potpourri WarmerHow Do I Make Wax Melts: Other Ideas for Your Wax Potpourri Warmer

Wax melts are great, but there are even more fun ideas out there that you can use for your wax burner. These fun craft recipes take candle wax and make unique creations that are perfect for scenting your home. Plus, you can even use these ideas to get yourself thinking about your own alternatives to typical wax tarts. Just start crafting and see what you can come up with!

How Do I Make Wax Melts: Shimmer Gel Potpourri RecipeHow Do I Make Wax Melts: Shimmer Gel Potpourri Recipe

One fun room scenting idea is the Shimmer Gel Potpourri Recipe. This wax burner potpourri uses a soft candle wax and uses an oil to create a gel consistency. Then, the recipe uses fragrance, mica. and bottles to finish off this great recipe. Now you can simply squeeze out some of this potpourri into your wax warmer and cut out all the worry about using soft soy wax.

How Do I Make Wax Melts: Autumn Leaves Potpourri RecipeHow Do I Make Wax Melts: Autumn Leaves Potpourri Recipe

Next, we have a scoop-able wax potpourri recipe that uses cute leaf embeds. The Autumn Leaves Potpourri Recipe is a simple and fun way to create a room scenting recipe. Most of your wax doesn’t need to be melted and a PET jar is an easy way to package a finished product!

How Do I Make Wax Melts: Glistening Snowflakes Potpourri RecipeHow Do I Make Wax Melts: Glistening Snowflakes Potpourri Recipe

The Glistening Snowflakes Potpourri Recipe is similar to the previous recipe with a different wax embed. Part of the fun is being able to use all sorts of different shapes in your recipes.  You can find all of our embed molds here. If you wanted you could even just color the pillar of bliss wax and layer the product without embeds. It is all up to you!

How Do I Make Wax Melts: Make Your Own Wax Melts KitHow Do I Make Wax Melts: Make Your Own Wax Melts Kit

If you are new to making diy wax tarts, then you may want to try out a wax melts kit. This wax tart starter kit has all of the ingredients and packaging that you need to make homemade wax melts. The Clamshell Wax Tart Kit comes with fragrance oils, candle wax, and clamshell containers. Plus, this kit even has a complete set of instructions that will help to guide you through the process of making wax melts!

How Do I Make Wax Melts: Wax Melt Warmers

If you are looking for a new candle warmer, then you may want to check out Broad Review’s article on the Best Candle Wax Warmers. This article talks about five of the best-selling candle wax warmers on the market. Plus, they break down some of the best qualities in each to compare to other warmers. So, you may want to check out this article and see what they have found to be the best!

How Do I Make Wax Melts: Need Some Help?How Do I Make Wax Melts: Need Some Advise?

We are here to help! This craft blog is all to help you understand wax melts and hopefully learn something new! There are quite a few combinations for creating your wax melt recipe, but once you make your decision they are pretty easy to create. However, you can reach out to us with any questions that you make have about home made wax melts. Not only are you able to call or stop by the store, but you can find us on social media, too. We are on Facebook, Twitter (@ngscents), and Instagram (@ngscents). Good luck with your wax melts and fun some fun!

Jun
29

Common Candle Making Questions


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Common Candle Making QuestionsCommon Candle Making Questions

All of us at Natures Garden understand that it can be difficult to create perfect candles. Especially if you have serious scent throw issues popping up, it can be frustrating to put time and money into candles that don’t work that way you want. So, we want to answer some common candle making questions to prevent confusion and save you from all that extra troubleshooting. So, let’s talk about common problems so we can get back to creating gorgeous homemade candles!

Common Candle Making Questions About Candle Wax

First, we are going to talk about questions that often come up in relation to candle wax.

Common Candle Making Questions: How Do You Melt Candle Wax at Home?Common Candle Making Questions: How Do You Melt Candle Wax at Home?

You can use a pouring pot and a stove top to melt your wax at home. Also, we recommend using a double boiler method where you have a larger pot with water in it and set your pouring pot full of wax inside. Turn the stove on to medium and allow the water in your pot to boil. This will safely heat your wax without letting it get too hot.

Common Candle Making Questions: Which is the Best Wax for Candle Making?

Choosing the best wax all depends on preference of what you prefer in a finished candle. First, we have soy waxes that are vegan, gluten free, and natural candle waxes. This is the least expensive wax, has a fantastic cold throw, and has a cleaner burn, but it is tricky to get a great hot throw with some fragrances. Also, Soy Wax often has frosting and a rougher finish.

Next, we have paraffin wax, which has the best scent throw, and is in both the Wow Wax and Joy Wax. The Joy wax uses a mixture of paraffin and soy, so it has a cleaner burn due to the soy wax and a really good hot scent throw due to the paraffin wax. Also, it clings to the candle containers better and has less frosting. An option for creating a translucent candle is gel wax, but it isn’t compatible with all fragrances.

Additionally, you can use palm wax, which comes from sustainable sources, has a beautiful crystal finish, and has a great scent throw. Natures Garden carries sustainable palm container and pillar wax. Lastly, Pillar of Bliss Wax and Palm Pillar wax are great options for creating pillars or wax tarts.

Common Candle Making Questions For Making Soy Candles

Since soy wax is so popular among our customers, we wanted to answer some of the most common questions asked about making soy candles.

Common Candle Making Questions: What is the Best Temperature to Pour Soy Wax?Common Candle Making Questions: What is the Best Temperature to Pour Soy Wax?

This temperature depends on the type of soy wax being used. We recommend pouring our 100% soy wax at 110 degrees Fahrenheit. For the Golden Brands 444 or Golden Brands 464, we suggest pouring at 135 degrees Fahrenheit

Common Candle Making Questions: What is the Best Temperature to Add Fragrance to Soy Wax?

For heavier fragrance oils with high flash points, we recommend adding the scented oil at 185 degrees Fahrenheit. However, lighter fragrances with lower flash points, Ike citrus scents, would be added around 160 degrees Fahrenheit

Common Candle Making Questions: Which Wick is Best for Soy Candles?

Many customers perfer to use a cotton wick for their soy candles. We have two types of cotton wicks available, which are HTP and CD candle wicks.

Common Candle Making Questions: How Do You Make Soy Wax Melts?

Although we don’t carry soy wax in a pillar form for melts, you can still create soy wax melts with container wax. Often, customers will use individual portion cups to package wax melts like these, which can be used to squeeze the wax into the wax burner. This is because it is softer than pillar wax and is difficult to get out of clamshells. However, this wax will not hold the shape from a mold. In fact, it will get stuck in your mold and be difficult to clean.  Another option when making wax melts with a container wax is to add stearic acid to the wax to harden it.

Common Candle Making Questions About Candle Fragrance

Fragrance is important for creating great scented candles, so its important to know how to get your scented candle oil to work for you!

Common Candle Making Questions: Why Don’t My Candles Have a Good Scent Throw?

This issue could have a few different possible causes. First, you may not have added enough fragrance, which should be 1 oz. per pound on average. However, Natures Garden waxes will allow you to add up to 10% in most cases.  Also, your candle may have a clogged wick. This could be due to adding too much fragrance, vybar, or another additive. Also, additives like mica and crayons will clog your wick.

Another possibility is the type of wax you are using. A wax like paraffin will have a better scent throw than soy waxes. Finally, it is possible that you have the wrong size wick. If you wick is too small, then the flame will not be hot enough to get the aroma into the air. On the other hand, a wick that is too large will burn the scent oil before it can be released into the air.

Common Candle Making Questions: What is Vybar Used for in Candle Making?Common Candle Making Questions: What is Vybar Used for in Candle Making?

If you have a poor scent throw and you have tried trouble shooting, then you may want to use vybar. The vybar can be used to increase scent throw by adding some amount between a fourth and a half teaspoon per pound of wax. Just be cautious not to add too much or it can clog your wick and reduce your scent throw. We suggest using Vybar 103 for pillar candles and Vybar 206 for container candles.

Common Candle Making Questions: Why Is Fragrance Oil Settling to the Bottom of the Candle?

If you notice that fragrance is settling at either the top or bottom of your candle, then there could be a few reasons to explain it. First, you’ve added too much fragrance oil. Another option is that the wax you are using isn’t porous enough and you may need a more porous wax. Along with this idea, waxes that have been burned or heated too much may reduce in their ability to hold fragrance.  Finally, you may have not stirred enough to fully incorporate the fragrance oil.

Common Candle Making Questions: Can You Use Essential Oils in a Wax Warmer?Common Candle Making Questions: Can You Use Essential Oils in a Wax Warmer?

While some essential oils can be used in wax warmers, it can be a bit tricky. You need to make sure that they are diluted with either a carrier oil or DPG. Additionally, some essential oils have flashpoints that are too low for a wax warmer. So, you will want to do some testing with the essential oils that you choose.

Common Candle Making Questions About Candle Wicks

Choosing the right wick is another important part of candle making. Otherwise, your candle might not be as effective as it could be.

Common Candle Making Questions: Why is My Candle Wick Drowning Out?Common Candle Making Questions: Why is My Candle Wick Drowning Out?

This could be due to either a small wick or a high candle. First, the wick you used may be too small for a candle of this diameter, which you can use our Candle Wick Chart for reference. Also, your wick could be drowning if you poured your candle wax up too high. You should stop pouring before the wax passes the part of the candle jar that changes shape and begins to curve for the lip.

Common Candle Making Questions: Why Isn’t My Candle Wax Not Burning Evenly All of the Way Down?

Uneven burning could be due to either the wax or the wick. First, the wick may be too small for your candle’s size. Also, the wax that you chose could be too hard. While you could use a softer wax instead, you could also switch to a hotter wick.

Common Candle Making Questions About General Candle Making

Lastly, we have some general questions about making candles that could be useful for crafting perfect candles.

Common Candle Making Questions: Sometimes I Follow All Recommendations and I Still Can’t Seem to Get it Right. Why is That?

There are many factors that can influence the outcome of your homemade candles. First, fragrance oils can impact a candle, as thicker scented oils require you to wick up to get a hotter burn. Also, the room temperature can effect your candles. If the room is too cold, then you can have more issues with glass adhesion and frosting because your candle will setup very quickly.

Additionally, you could have an issue where the scent doesn’t smell as strong because you are used to it. When you are around a scent for too long, your nose will adjust and you won’t notice it as much. If this happens to you, then don’t worry too much just take a break from the scent for awhile and your nose will recognize it again after a long enough break.

Common Candle Making Questions: Why are My Layers Bleeding in my Candle?

This color issue could have one of a few different causes. First, the layers were too hot. If you don’t wait long enough or pour your wax too soon, then the layers can melt one another and start to run into one another. Also, it could be due to over saturating your candle with fragrance, as the extra scented oil will blend with colorant and bring the color with it as it seeps out of the candle.

Common Candle Making Questions: Can I Use Mica in Candles?Common Candle Making Questions: Can I Use Mica in Candles?

We recommend that you don’t mix mica into the candle itself, because it will clog the wick. But, you can use mica to decorate the outside of pillar candles! After your pillar is created you can then, use the mica on the outer portion of your candle. This shimmery mixture can be used to provide a beautiful sparkle on the outside of your candles.

Common Candle Making Questions: Can Mica be used in Wax Melts?

Sure! Since we don’t have to worry about clogging the wick, you can mix it straight into the candle wax.

 

Common Candle Making Questions: How Do I Get Rid of the Air Bubbles in My Candles?

There are a few reasons why air bubbles could get trapped in your candles, which include water exposure and pouring at a cooler temperature. So, how do you prevent air bubble in a homemade candle? First, keep water away from your work station. Also, you can try pouring your wax at a hotter temperature. Further, pour your candle wax slowly and make sure to stop before you hit pour point where your jar begins to change shape. 

Common Candle Making Questions: Can You Melt Old Candles to Make New Ones?Common Candle Making Questions: Can You Melt Old Candles to Make New Ones?

We don’t recommend re-purposing old candles to make new ones. While this may seem like a create idea to take all you half used candles and make a new one, the scent is a big concern in this case. If these candles are scented, then they will already contain fragrance oil. Once you melt your old candles, the scent may fade, but many of the wax particles are still holding on to some of the scent oil. This means that you won’t be able to add enough fragrance oil without over saturating your candle. Since the candle already is holding scent, this extra fragrance will seep out and sit on the top of your candle, which is dangerous and can result in a flame that is too large.

Common Candle Making Questions: Reach Out to UsCommon Candle Making Questions: Reach Out to Us

Hopefully, we were able to get some of your more pressing questions answered. If you have any more questions or concerns about making your own candles, then please reach out to us. We are always happy to help! You can stop by the store, give us a call, or talk to us on social media. If you want to find us online, we have a Natures Garden Facebook page, Twitter (@ngscents), and Instagram (@ngscents). Good luck and have fun with candle making!

Jun
19

Powerful Fragrance Oils


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Powerful Fragrance OilsPowerful Fragrance Oils

“What are some of your most powerful fragrance oils?” is a question that gets asked daily by our customers. Especially our first time buyers. With over 800 fragrance oils to choose from, and a good portion of those are incredibly strong, it was very hard to keep the list under 100! However, we have gathered a few of our most powerful fragrances oils that are not just strong, but are Nature’s Garden best sellers. These are the fragrances that will leave your room scented long after the candle has been blown out, or you have left your bathroom smelling sweet and fresh from a bath bomb, soap or lotion.  We hope the following fragrances will help inspire you to create some amazing smelling products for your family or customers!

 

Powerful Fragrance Oils: Fresh Brewed Coffee- World's Best Fragrance OilPowerful Fragrance Oils: Fresh Brewed Coffee- World’s Best Fragrance Oil

Nature’s Garden worked long and hard to find a true coffee fragrance that did not have any chocolate undertones to it. Fresh Brewed Coffee-World’s Best fragrance has wonderful effervescent coffee top notes, and incredible scent throw!  This fragrance is so strong; we suggest cutting back on the amount you use in your applications.  Also, please do not judge this fragrance out of the bottle. It may smell intimidating and a little scary, but we are sure you will be pleased with how amazing your products are going to smell.

Fresh Brewed Coffee-World’s Best performed very well in our cold process soap testing. There was no accelerating, ricing or separating. It did discolor to a light beige, which is a perfect color for coffee scented products! The scent cured nice and stayed true. This fragrance also had amazing hot and cold throw in our candle wax testing and air fresheners. Your house is sure to smell like a coffee shop with this fragrance oil!

We have a wonderfully, easy recipe that uses our Fresh Brewed Coffee-World’s Best. If you are looking for a new, fun soap recipe our Coffee Melt and Pour Soap Recipe is perfect! Using our Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour soap base, coffee grounds (for some amazing exfoliation), real coffee to give some natural color and of course our World’s Best, you will have an awesome coffee scrub soap that will leave your skin refreshed and soft and smelling good!

 

Powerful Fragrance Oils: Black Cherry Bomb Fragrance OilPowerful Fragrance Oils: Black Cherry Bomb Fragrance Oil

First, you have Black Cherry Fragrance Oil and then you have Black Cherry Bomb Fragrance Oil! This fragrance oil by Natures Garden will literally burn your nose hairs out..it’s so strong! Obviously, we are just kidding! Seriously though, it is incredibly strong and a best Nature’s Garden seller.  A delightful black cherry aroma that is not too sickening sweet.

This fragrance oil did awesome in our cold process soap testing. No ricing, separating, or acceleration! It had a perfect pour and the fragrance stayed nice and strong through it’s cure time! Black Cherry Bomb is a soaper’s dream! It also does amazing in all candle waxes and in air fresheners! Plus it made awesome bath and body products such as lotion and body sprays.

What better way to use Black Cherry Bomb fragrance oil than in an actual bomb? A bath bomb that is. This Black Cherry Bath Bomb is the bomb-diggity in bath and body products! Your bathroom will smell amazing and your skin will be soft and smooth after an awesome soak in a warm tub! This recipe is sure to be a must have in your line of products!

 

Powerful Fragrance Oils: Pumpkin Crunch Cake Fragrance OilPowerful Fragrance Oils: Pumpkin Crunch Cake Fragrance Oil

Take my word for it, you’re gonna love this fragrance oil by Natures Garden! This fragrance oil has the aroma of a favorite fall dessert. The smell of creamy pumpkin pie filling with rich Eagle Brand Milk; surrounded with freshly baked yellow cake, melted butter, pecans, and hints of spice. Burn this in a wax melt or in a candle, and people will be thinking you did some baking! This fragrance is so popular during the fall that we can barely keep it on the shelves!

Now, Nature’s Garden has some fragrances that are not body safe. Pumpkin Crunch Cake fragrance oil is one of a few that is strictly for candles and wax melts or in air fresheners. Don’t let that discourage you soap makers out there! This fragrance oil is worth using in some simple wax melts and we have a perfect recipe that you can try!

Pumpkin Clamshell Wax Tarts are adorable and easy to make! Using our Pillar of Bliss and some fun fall candle dye colors, and you have yourself some cute candy corn inspired wax melts to help get you into the fall-spirit! Mmmmm!

 

Powerful Fragrance Oils: Dragon's Blood Fragrance OilPowerful Fragrance Oils: Dragon’s Blood Fragrance Oil

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden smells just like the essential oil. Dragon’s blood truly has a smell all its own. The actual Dragon’s blood is a resin that is collected from a number of different plants and has long been used as a varnish, incense, dye and in medicine. However, our Dragon’s Blood Fragrance Oil is a Nature’s Garden best seller and is a perfect duplication of the incense or essential oil.

Dragon’s Blood did wonderfully in our cold process soap testing. No ricing, separating, or accelerating. It did discolor to a nice, light tan and the scent was still strong and true after its initial cure time. This fragrance oil also did amazing in candle testing and in air fresheners. Dragon’s Blood also did very well in all bath and body products.

 

Powerful Fragrance Oils: Green Irish Fragrance OilPowerful Fragrance Oils: Green Irish Fragrance Oil

Green Irish fragrance oil is perfect for anybody that loves a strong, fresh clean scent. It is actually one of my favorites! I could sniff it all day and not get tired of it! Spicy-sweet blend of French verbena and lemon, a green Florentine iris and violet leaves, and sublime notes of Mysore sandalwood and ambergris. This should be a definite addition to your men’s line of products, but we have quite a few reviews stating that it makes a good unisex fragrance. I know I like it!

Green Irish fragrance oil worked beautifully in cold process soap testing! No ricing, accelerating, or separating! A perfect fragrance to work with if you want to add some color or swirls to your soaps. It did discolor to a light lavender, but adding soap colorant, micas or even a natural colorant would help cover it up. The scent retention stayed wonderfully strong throughout its cure time. This fragrance had amazing hot and cold throws in our candle wax testing. It also made wonderful air fresheners and did very well in all other bath and body products.

 

Powerful Fragrance Oils: Margarita Fragrance OilPowerful Fragrance Oils: Margarita Fragrance Oil

Margarita Fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a fresh lime fragrance with hints of lemon rinds and fresh greenery. This fragrance oil has high levels of essential oil of lime for a true-to-name aroma. This is a perfect summertime fragrance! I know this scent makes me thirsty the minute I get a whiff! Either for lemonade or an actual Margarita would be nice!

During our cold process soap testing, Margarita Fragrance Oil did amazing! A perfect pour with no ricing, accelerating, or separating and no discoloring! The scent stayed strong and yummy throughout the cure time! Margarita also did very well in candle wax testing, air fresheners and in all bath and body products!

Sugar and salt scrubs are very popular nowadays. They are truly easy to make and they will leave your skin feeling soft, refreshed and clean afterward. Our Margarita Salt Scrub is a perfect example. Most margaritas are served with a salted rim, so a salt scrub was the perfect recipe for the fragrance. This scrub has an amazing product in it, Sodium Cocoly Isothionate or SCI. This is a gentle, foaming surfactant made from coconut and is a must for soft skin. We also incorporated Dead Sea salt, vitamin E, mango and shea butters, and jojoba oil. Some amazing skin nourishing ingredients in this mighty yummy salt scrub! This would be a perfect summertime addition to your products!  If you are looking for the real thing, you can try one of these margarita recipes.

 

Powerful Fragrance Oils: Lavender Mint WOW Fragrance OilPowerful Fragrance Oils: Lavender Mint WOW Fragrance Oil

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a fabulously, well-balanced herbal blend of earthy lavender flowers and fresh peppermint and spearmint sprigs. Lavender Mint WOW is another fresh fragrance for a summertime line-up.

Lavender Mint WOW is another fragrance oil that is a cold process soaper’s dream! No ricing, accelerating, separation or discoloring with this oil! The smell was still going strong after its cure time. This fragrance also did very well in our candle wax testing, air fresheners and in other types of bath and body products!

 

Powerful Fragrance Oils: Leather Jacket Fragrance OilPowerful Fragrance Oils: Leather Jacket Fragrance Oil

You are not going to get any closer to a Leather Jacket smell unless you are wearing the real thing! Leather Jacket is spot on to a black, leather jacket you get in an expensive leather goods store. Crisp and clean is the thought that pops into my mind when I get a whiff of this!

Leather Jacket did amazing in our cold process testing. No ricing, accelerating, separating or discoloring. A perfect fragrance to work with if you like to get creative with colors or designs in your soaps. It also does very well in candle waxes, makes perfect air fresheners for your car and did well in other bath and body products!

 

Powerful Fragrance Oils: Stormy Nights Fragrance OilPowerful Fragrance Oils: Stormy Nights Fragrance Oil

Stormy Nights is another one of my all-time favorite fragrances! This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an earthy, yet ozonic fragrance blend reminiscent of the way the night smells after a storm. This fragrance oil begins with top notes of ozone, fresh air, and white flowers; followed by middle notes of ylang ylang and tuberose and well balanced with base notes of patchouli and musk. Fresh, clean and electrifying!

This fragrance oil did perfect in our cold process soap testing. Once again, no ricing, separating, accelerating or discoloring. The scent stayed strong and fresh through its cure time. Stormy Nights also did amazing in candle waxes, air fresheners and in all bath and body products!

 

Powerful Fragrance Oils: Sweet Orange Chili Pepper Fragrance OilPowerful Fragrance Oils: Sweet Orange Chili Pepper Fragrance Oil

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the sassy, saucy combination of Valencia Orange, Sparkling Bergamot, Tangerine Zest, Tart Cassis, Orange Juice, Neroli, Ground Pepper, Fiery Chili Pepper, and Sheer Musk. Sweet Orange Chili Pepper is a Nature’s Garden original and a best seller!

This yummy fragrance oil did fairly well in cold process soap testing. We experienced some slight acceleration so soaping at room temperature is strongly suggested. However, there was no ricing, separating or discoloring to the soap. The scent stuck very well and stayed strong through the cure time. Sweet Orange Chili Pepper had wonderful hot and cold throws in candle making. It also made wonderful air fresheners and it worked well in all bath and body products.

With such a popular fragrance, we needed a recipe to go along with it. Nature’s Garden created Sweet Orange Chili Pepper Cold Process Soap Recipe. Our base soap recipe is helpful when creating the pretty red and orange swirls. There was no accelerating and it gave excellent time to do an in the pot swirl.

 

Powerful Fragrance Oils: Strawberry Passion Fragrance OilPowerful Fragrance Oils: Strawberry Passion Fragrance Oil

I know that most people think that strawberry may seem like a delicate, light fragrance to work with, but not Nature’s Garden Strawberry Passion! This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an incredibly strong, rich ripened strawberry fragrance with bottom notes of cotton candy and French vanilla. Strawberry Passion fragrance oil will be a perfect summer addition and it will be sure to please those that like strawberries.

This fragrance did awesome in cold process soap testing. With no ricing, accelerating or separating, it was perfect to work with. However, it did discolor to a chocolate brown. In this case, if you are looking to keep your soap white, we suggest using Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to help you out. Strawberry Passion also did very well in candle waxes with amazing hot and cold throws. It did equally well in air fresheners and in all bath and body products.

 

There you have it folks! Just a handful of some of our most powerful fragrances that Nature’s Garden has to offer. We feel that these fragrances would be amazing additions to any or all of your products that you have to offer. Since they are some of our best sellers and did amazing in all of our testings we are sure you will be pleased with the outcome!

If you are looking to show off any products you have made using Nature’s Garden ingredients, give us a shout out and show off your talents! You can find us on Facebook, Instagram (@ngscents) or on the Twitter (@ngscents). We also have a Show and Tell page on our website. Follow the link and upload a picture of your creation and let us know what Nature’s Garden product you used! We love hearing from our creative customers!

Jun
15

How To Make Soy Soap


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How To Make Soy SoapHow To Make Soy Soap

Today, I would like to share with you how to make Soy soap and why soy is a wonderful, beneficial ingredient to work with. One of the benefits of soy milk is that it hydrates the skin. Moisturizers containing soy milk extracts can make your skin soft and smooth. There have been studies done showing how products containing soy can have many positive effects on the skin. Soy-based moisturizers are perfect for combination skin. Dry skin can get hydrated while decreasing oiliness in other areas! Soy can have softening and smoothing effects while evening out skin tone.

Studies have also been done showing how soy can help in improving the appearance of aging skin, including diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. Soy is not only beneficial to your insides, but to your outsides as well!

 

How To Make Soy Soap: What is Melt and Pour SoapHow To Make Soy Soap: What is Melt and Pour Soap

If you are new to melt and pour soap making, you may be wondering what is melt and pour soap. To put it simply, melt and pour soap is a soap based product that is composed of 50% soap and 50% solvents. The soap and solvent balance is especially formulated to absorb additives, such as fragrances and soap colorants. Also, Nature’s Garden soap bases are created to be especially soothing for the skin. The melt and pour soap bases are made with no animal fats and they are not tested on animals. Another positive aspect of melt and pour soap is it’s ability to be melted and re-melted without losing any of its qualities.

Lastly, unlike cold process or hot process soap making, you can use your melt and pour soap right away! There is absolutely no cure time, which is  perfect for those that have no patience! If you are interested in learning more about melt and pour soap and their ingredients follow this link to our web page that will teach you even more!

How To Make Soy Soap: Benefits of Working With Melt and Pour SoapHow To Make Soy Soap: Benefits of Working With Melt and Pour Soap

If you are interested in learning how to make soap, Melt and Pour soap is always a good place to start. Creating your own luxurious soap has never been easier and it allows for the soap maker to really focus on the aesthetic that makes this soap their own.  A fun alternative to cold or hot process soap, melt and pour does not require the use of lye! Creating beautiful bathtime masterpieces is made safe and easy.

Nature’s Garden has nine types of soaps to work with! You can chose from Goat’s Milk, Honey,  Cocoa Butter, Oatmeal, Shea Butter, Clear glycerin, Hemp, Mango, SLS free and of course Soya Milk.  So many choices! Where do you start? Below, we have eight fun and easy melt and pour soap recipes that would be an awesome addition to your line of soaps. We are sure that you will find something to inspire you to create a beautiful bar of soap that your customers will love!

How To Make Soy Soap: What Is SoyaHow To Make Soy Soap: What Is Soya

Before we get started on our recipes, let’s discuss what soya is exactly. Soya Milk comes from, of course, soybeans. To create soya milk, dried soybeans are soaked and then ground into a puree. Once that is completed, the mixture is boiled and lastly, filtered to remove any insoluble residue. Those that are vegan, or vegetarian may know the original form as Tofu. A very popular substitution for meat. Soya Milk has become very popular throughout the world as a comparable substitution for those that are vegan or lactose intolerant.

Soya Milk is chock full of protein, riboflavins, vitamin B-12, fiber and isoflavins. Drinking soya milk can be beneficial for men and women. Studies have been done on the effects of drinking soya milk. These benefits range from helping with weight loss to easing the symptoms of women experiencing menopause to helping prevent prostrate cancer in men.

So now that we have the low-down on melt and pour soap, plus some interesting facts about soy milk, let’s start talking about our fun recipes for you to try!

 

How To Make Soy Soap: Rustic Tree Trunk Soap RecipeHow To Make Soy Soap: Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe

First recipe up is our Rustic Tree Trunk Soap Recipe. This recipe is a fun soap to make for your men’s line of products. Using our Soya Milk melt and pour soap base and our round loaf soap mold, you will create a trunk-like soap scented with our very popular Cracklin’ Birch!  Cracklin Birch fragrance begins with top notes of bergamot, orange, and lemon; with middle notes of geranium, lily, and rose; and base notes of patchouli, vetiver, and tonka beans. A cozy, warm fragrance oil perfect for your outdoorsman!

How To Make Soy Soap: Solid Pink Salt Scrub RecipeHow To Make Soy Soap: Solid Pink Salt Scrub Recipe

Salt Soaps are incredibly popular in the soap world! This Solid Pink Salt Scrub has incorporated both types, course and fine ground, of our Himalayan Pink Salt in this recipe. Mined in the Himalayas, this salt is thought to be the purest on earth due to the fact that the sea beds were once protected by lava.  This gourmet salt is kosher, food grade, all natural, and organic compliant;  it has high levels of minerals. We’ve also added coconut oil, sunflower oil and sweet almond oil to this recipe. Your skin will be shiny clean, refreshed and smelling sweetly of our NG Sun and Sand fragrance oil. A beachy scent of florals and citrus, combining white flowers, bergamot, orange blossoms, ylang ylang, muguet lily, with a light musk base. Perfect for summertime!

How to Make Soy Soap: Butter Cream Cupcake Soap Recipe How to Make Soy Soap: Butter Cream Cupcake Soap Recipe

This Butter Cream Cupcake soap is a fun recipe to make with the kids! This recipe makes 10 little cupcakes that are perfect for little hands to help decorate! The whipped topping is simple to make also! Using the melt and pour and our Imagine Base you can try your cake decorating skills by piping on the topping with a piping bag or simply scoop the frosting onto the cupcakes in a fluffy mound! Top them off with some cake decorating sprinkles and you have a fun bath treat that the kids will love to use to make themselves clean and sweet-smelling! Of course we used our Buttercream cupcake fragrance oil that smells yummy enough to eat!

 

How To Make Soy Soap: Gummy Bear Soap RecipeHow To Make Soy Soap: Gummy Bear Soap Recipe

Up next we have another fun soap to make that the kids will love!  Our Gummy Bear Soap recipe uses both soya milk soap and SLS free Glycerin soap base. The SLS free glycerin soap is awesome to work with when you want your colors to pop and be bright and vivid! For the gummy bears, we have used a mold from Flexiblemolds.com. These molds are durable, and easy to work with!  The fragrance oil we chose is our Tropical Blast fragrance oil. This oil is a fresh tropical combination of pineapples, mango, papaya, coconut, and wild watermelon. A perfect, yummy summertime fragrance!

How To Make Soy Soap: Neapolitan Cupcake Soap RecipeHow To Make Soy Soap: Neapolitan Cupcake Soap Recipe

Our Neapolitan Cupcake Soap is a triple layered treat that is made similarly to the Butter Cream cupcake recipe. Using the same mold for the bottom half, you will create three yummy smelling layers that resemble the ever-popular Neapolitan Ice Cream. The first fragrance is Chocolate Fudge. A truly decadent, all things chocolate scent! Also, we have used some Cocoa powder in this layer. Not only will it help boost the chocolate scent, but it also is a perfect natural colorant. We used Buttercream cupcake for the vanilla layer of the soap. Lastly, we chose our mouth-watering Strawberry Preserves for the strawberry layer. Lastly we used Buttercream cupcake for the vanilla layer of the soap. This is a true scent of strawberries and sugar! To create the frosting, you will whip some Imagine Soap Base and melted soya soap melt and pour together.  You can either pipe the frosting on or place some fluffy dollops with a spoon. Top off your soapcakes with a fun cherry on top to complete the look!

How To Make Soy Soap: Ghost Soap RecipeHow To Make Soy Soap: Ghost Soap Recipe

There is always a need for some fun Halloween recipes to have in your arsenal! For our Ghost Soap, we have used three different types of soap in this recipe. To achieve a true, solid black color, the base of the soap is made with Diamond Clear Melt and Pour soap base.  For the Ghost part, we used Whipped Soap Base and Soya Soap Base. Also, you will notice that we added some Vegetable Glycerin to those two soap bases. Vegetable Glycerin is useful in soapmaking when you are looking for some flexibility to your designs. Our fragrance of choice for this soap is our Alien Princess Fragrance oil which is wonderful duplication of Thierry Mugler’s Alien for Women. This scent has notes of bright melon and sparkling mandarin are mixed with orange blossom, star jasmine, and rose along with a woody base that is supplemented by vanilla and musk.

 

How To Make Soy Soap: Soap Frosting RecipeHow To Make Soy Soap: Soap Frosting Recipe

Do you need a quick topping for a soap that may look a little rough on top? Or maybe you just need a simple finishing touch to a soapcake creation. Our Soap frosting recipe is a perfect go to recipe whether it’s a melt and pour soap or a cold process creation! We use melt and pour soap base along with some Whipped Soap Base and vegetable glycerin. Once whipped into a frosting like consistancy, you can either pipe the soap frosting on or add simple, soap dollops using a spoon. However you choose to decorate your soaps, this soap frosting recipe is a definite keeper!

 

How To Make Soy Soap: Independence Day Soap Recipe

Last, but certainly not least, is our newest addition to the Soya Milk soap melt and pour recipes. Our Independence Day soap is out just in time for the Fourth of July! This fun, four layered soap is a perfect patriotic addition for the summertime! For the red and white layers we used, Diamond Clear melt and pour, plus our Soya Milk melt and pour. To top this soap off, we added fluffy whipped soap along with red star embeds and curly blue “fireworks”.  The finishing touch for this soap was a sprinkling of blue colored Dead Sea Salt to give it a sparkly finish! How cute and festive is this soap? We chose our very patriotic Independent fragrance oil. This unique complex fragrance starts with refreshing crisp citrus notes of fresh orange slices, lime, and lemon zests;  middle notes of tulip and daffodil,  well-rounded with a smooth musky background.

Soy RecipesSoy Recipes

We talked about how good using soy in your diet can be beneficial both inside and out. Well, we helped you out with finding fun soya soap recipes. How about some recipes that use soy based ingredients? From baked goods, entrees and smoothies or milkshakes, follow this link to Soyconnection.com to see how you can incorporate soy into your diet!

So that’s all we have today on soya melt and pour soap. We hope you enjoyed reading on all the different ways you can use our skin happy melt and pour soap base. We at Nature’s Garden are here for you anytime you need a question answered about a product or even help in getting some inspiration to create new products! Give us a call anytime or find us on social media! Look for us on Facebook, Twitter (@ngscents) or even Instagram (@ngscents) and we will help you out to the best of our abilities!

 

Jun
14

Candle Making Terminology


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Candle Making TerminologyCandle Making Terminology

We at Natures Garden know that there is a lot of candle making terminology and techniques that you need to know to make great homemade candles. So, we are going to answer some common candle making questions and problems to make your experience more fun. So, set aside your candle making equipment and let’s figure out how to make gorgeous scented candles!

Candle Making Terminology: Types of Candles

Candle Making Terminology: What is a Pillar Candle?Candle Making Terminology: What is a Pillar Candle?

Pillar candles are free-standing candles that don’t require a container. These often use a harder type of candle wax that is made for creating pillar candles, like Pillar of Bliss Wax or Palm Pillar Wax.

Candle Making Terminology: What is a Votive Candle?Candle Making Terminology: What is a Votive Candle?

Votive Candles are a smaller kind of candle. The average size is 1.5 ounces and they are about two inches tall and one and a half inches wide. These are often made with a Votive Mold.

Candle Making Terminology: What is a Tealight Candle?Candle Making Terminology: What is a Tealight Candle?

Tea Lights are very small candles that are about an inch and a half wide and a half inch tall. They can be made in Tea Light Cups .

Candle Making Terminology: Candle Fragrances

Candle Making Terminology: What Does Fragrance Load Mean?

In candle making, fragrance load refers to the amount of fragrance oil that you are using in your homemade candle recipe.

Candle Making Terminology: My Candle Wax Will Hold a 10% Fragrance Load. How Do I Know How Much to Add?Candle Making Terminology: My Candle Wax Will Hold a 10% Fragrance Load. How Do I Know How Much to Add?

All you need to do is some simple math that we will walk you through! First, weigh the amount of candle wax you are using. Then, multiply this amount by 0.10, which is 10% to determine the amount of fragrance oil that you can use.

  • Formula: Candle Wax Weight X Fragrance Percentage = Amount of Fragrance That Can Be Added
  • Example: 20 (ounces of candle wax) X 0.10 = 2 ounces of fragrance oil So, since your candle wax is in ounces, the fragrance amount that can be added to the candle wax will also be in ounces.
Candle Making Terminology: What Does Scent Throw Mean?

The scent throw is the strength of fragrance that the candle releases into the air. Cold throw is the strength of scent when the candle is not lit yet. Hot throw is the strength of the scent throw when the candle is lit and burning.

Candle Making Terminology: Candle Waxes

Candle Making Terminology: What Kind of Wax Should I Use for Candles?Candle Making Terminology: What Kind of Wax Should I Use for Candles?

Choosing a candle wax type depends on the type of candle that you want to create. So, the isn’t a universal answer to the question, “Which is the best wax for candle making?” For example, pillar candles would require a pillar wax, which includes Pillar of Bliss Candle Wax and Palm Pillar Wax. The Pillar of Bliss Wax is a blend of soy and paraffin that has a great scent throw and a creamy finish. The Palm Pillar Wax has a crystal finish, has a wonderful scent throw, and comes form sustainable sources.

However, container candles would be best with a container wax, which includes soy wax, Joy wax, WOW Wax, palm wax, and gel wax. Soy wax would make a great, inexpensive addition to your natural candle making supplies. It has a clean burn and and excellent cold throw, but it can be tricky to get a good hot throw from certain fragrances. Wow wax is mostly paraffin and has an amazing hot throw, but has a less clean burn. Joy wax is a perfect blend of paraffin wax and soy wax, as well as veggie wax and proprietary ingredients, that provides a cleaner burn with an amazing scent throw. Gel wax has a neat translucent look, but is not compatible with all fragrance oils. Our palm wax comes from sustainable sources that aren’t harming the rainforest, has a beautiful crystal appearance, and a great scent throw.

Candle Making Terminology: What is Granulated Wax?Candle Making Terminology: What is Granulated Wax?

Simply, this is wax that is grainy and looks kind of like sand. This wax can be scented and colored without melting, so it is a easy and fun way to create candles with kids. We have made candle recipes like the Bacon Candle Recipe and the Hydrangea Candle Recipe with this type of wax.

Candle Making Terminology: Crucial Temperatures

Candle Making Terminology: Do I Need to Worry About the Temperatures When Making Candles?Candle Making Terminology: Do I Need to Worry About the Temperatures When Making Candles?

Yes, this is very important for creating quality homemade candles! There are a few key moments where you will need a thermometer to be aware of the temperature of your wax. First, you need to make sure that your fragrance oil isn’t added at a temperature that is too hot. If your fragrance is added at a temperature that is too high, then some of the notes may burn off and leave you with a less satisfying scent. Another issue is pouring your wax into the container too soon. If you pour at a temperature that is too cool, you could have improper adhesion, wet spots, sinking, and other issues. So, be sure to check your wax’s description to see the temperature that is should be poured.

Candle Making Terminology: What does sinkhole mean?

Sinkhole is a hole or cavity that appears on your candle as it is setting up. Often, this occurs when the candle wax is poured at too low of a temperature.

Candle Making Terminology: Can You Cool a Candle in the Fridge?Candle Making Terminology: Can You Cool a Candle in the Fridge?

No, candles should cool as slowly as possible on their own. If you place a candle in the fridge to cool, they may not adhere to the glass properly, which can lead to wet spots.

Candle Making Terminology: Candle Wicks

Candle Making Terminology: Choosing the Right WickCandle Making Terminology: Choosing the Right Wick

The size of your wick depends on the diameter of your container. You can see the radius for each wick under it’s description. However, you will still need to test because there are many variable between wax type and fragrance oil. A fragrance with a high flash point and high specific gravity, like vanilla, requires a hotter burn. But, low flash point scents with low specific gravity, like citrus, need a smaller wick. Also, you may hear the terms “wick up’ and “wick down” when talking about find the right wick size. Wick down means that you should use a wick that is smaller than what you have been using and wick up means that you should use a wick that is larger than what you use for candles this size.

Candle Making Terminology: How Do You Stop a Candle From Tunneling?Candle Making Terminology: How Do You Stop a Candle From Tunneling?

If you don’t know, tunneling is often the answer for the question, “Why isn’t my candle wax not burning evenly all of the way down?” Tunneling can happen for a few reasons, which includes issues with wick size. If your wick is too small for the diameter of your candle, then it will not burn all the way to the outside edge. So, you may either need a larger wick, multiple wicks, or a different type of wick that will burn hotter.

However, there are a few other issues that could cause tunneling. If you think your wick is the right size, then look into some of these potential issues, First, you may have a clogged wick, which can cause uneven burning. Also, it could be that you didn’t do a memory burn for the candle’s first use to ensure a proper burn. Finally, you may need to use a wax that has a lower melt point that is easier for you chosen wick to handle.

Candle Making Terminology: Why Are My Candle Jars Black After I Burn My Candles?

Often, this occurs when you wick is too big for your jar or your wick is too long. If your wick is trimmed down to 1/4 inch, then the length is fine. You can check the suggested radius for your wick to see if you need to get a smaller size. Also, using too much fragrance can clog the wick and cause more soot than normal.

Candle Making Terminology: Do Candle Wicks Contain Lead?

No, candle wicks in the Unites States, like ours, do not contain lead. In fact, lead core wicks were banned in the US in 2003.

Candle Making Terminology: Proper Burning

Candle Making Terminology: What is a Memory Burn?

This is the first burn of your candles and is the most important. This burn will set the boundary of your melt pool and will determines whether the edges of your candle will be reached. A guide is to burn an hour for every inch your candle is wide to ensure that it will burn properly as it is used in future burns. Also, you will want to make sure that you wick isn’t too low and isn’t longer than 1/4 inch high.

Candle Making Terminology: What Does Melt Pool Mean?

Melt Pool is the candle wax that has melted on the top of the candle. Ideally, you will want this to be all the way across the top of your candle to ensure an even burn.

Candle Making Terminology: What Does Mushrooming Mean in Candle Making?

When I notice black clumps on top of my wick, I know that it is mushrooming. While all wick produce this carbon as they burn, some are worse than others. Also, factors that clog the wick can increase the mushrooming effect. The CD wicks produce the least amount of mushrooming, but there isn’t a way to completely stop it due to it being a product of burning the wick.

Candle Making Terminology: Candle Coloring

Candle Making Terminology: How Do You Color a Candle?Candle Making Terminology: How Do You Color a Candle?

There are a few different candle colorant options for your home made candles. First, you can use our Liquid Candle Dyes, which are extremely concentrated and will last a long time. Also, you can use a color block, which is made with paraffin, vegan, and can color up to 15 pounds of wax. Lastly, you can use a bit of powder dye. Just be careful not to use too much because it can clog your wick.

Candle Making Terminology: Can You Use Crayons to Make Candles?

We do not suggest using crayons to color candles. They don’t burn properly and are likely to clog your wick.

Candle Making Terminology: What is a UV Light Inhibitor?Candle Making Terminology: What is a UV Light Inhibitor?

Since UV light from the sun can bleach the color out of candles, the UV light inhibitor is used to protect the color of your candles. This candle ingredient is most useful for preventing fading in burgundy, blue, and violet candle colors due to direct sunlight.

Candle Making Terminology: How Do I Color My Candles White?

While titanium dioxide can be used to create white pillar candles, you don’t want to add it straight to your container candles as it can clog your wick.

Candle Making Terminology: Candle Apearance

Candle Making Terminology: How Do I Get Rid of Wet Spots on My Candles?

Wet spots are air pockets that are formed when your candle didn’t adhere properly to your candle jar. You can take a few steps to prevent this if you are having problems. First, try warming your candle jars to give you wax more time to cool. Also, you can try pouring your wax at a hotter temperature. Another good tip is to make sure the room your are making your candles in a room that is warm.

Candle Making Terminology: What Is Frosting In Candle Making?

Frosting is the white stuff that appears on waxes that contain soy wax. You can use a heat gun or blow dryer to re-melt the surface and give it a smoother finish. While you can lessen the effect of frosting, you can’t eliminate it completely.

Candle Making Terminology: What Are Jump Lines?

These are the line that you can see on the side of either a container candle or a pillar candle.

Candle Making Terminology: Progression of Candles

As you can tell, there is a lot that goes into candle making. But, it is a process that has been developed overtime and takes time to master. If you are interested in learning a bit about the evolution of candles, then check out The History of Candles from Prehistoric Times Until Now by Pioneer Thinking.

Candle Making Terminology: Talk to UsCandle Making Terminology: Talk to Us

If you have any more questions about candle making, you can look at our candle making classes or just ask us! We are on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@ngscents).

Jun
01

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe


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Cherry Chocolate Soap RecipeCherry Chocolate Soap Recipe

Nature’s Garden has a new soap recipe on the block! Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe is an adorable way to show off your talents as a soap maker! We have used 2 different types of melt and pour soap to make these adorable little bath treats; Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap and Cocoa Butter Melt and Pour Soap. We have also incorporated some Organic Cocoa Powder to give the soap its rich, chocolate color and scent! Of course, our Cherry Fragrance Oil, which smells exactly like a bowl full of sweet and tart cherries, was the perfect addition to this yummy soap!

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: What is Melt and Pour?

Before we get started on our recipe, let’s talk a little about melt and pour soap base. To start off, Melt and Pour is a soap base made with all basic ingredients that you will find in any type of soap. Vegetable glycerin, coconut oil, palm oil, sunflower oil, purified water, titanium dioxide. Nature’s Garden offers quite a selection of melt and pour soap base. Honey, cocoa butter, mango, oatmeal, hemp, soya, diamond clear, sls free, shea butter and goat’s milk. Melt and Pour soap is perfect for when you want to get creative with your soaps and don’t want to work with cold process soap. With melt and pour, there is no specific soaping temperature, no cure time and no lye to mess with!

When it comes to creating amazing soaps, you are only limited by your imagination. The possibilities are endless!  With Melt and Pour it’s a perfect way to start if you are beginning to learn about soaping. You can experiment with fragrances, colors and designs! Also using melt and pour, you will still get the feel of creating sweet smelling products for friends and family. 

One more positive thing when working with melt and pour, it is always consistent. When adding fragrances or colors to melt and pour, you should always get a positive outcome. There is no seizing, soap colorants will stay true and you always have perfect lather when you go to use your cool, new soap!

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Organic Cocoa Powder

Cocoa Powder in soap? You may scratch your head on that one, but cocoa powder has some amazing benefits to it. Using Cocoa Powder in skin products can help promote healthy skin tissues, firm and renew new skin cells and promote healthy cell development. Cocoa powder is packed with antioxidants and skin nourishing vitamins such as A, B1, B2, B3, C and E. Plus, minerals like magnesium, calcium, copper, and zinc! So drinking a hot chocolate can not only give your mood a healthy boost but also your skin and your immune system! I always knew eating chocolate was good for you! For more information on how awesome Cocoa Powder is in your products check out our Cocoa Powder class!

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Ingredients Available At Nature’s Garden

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Other Ingredients and Equipment You’ll Need

  • Mixing Bowls
  • Mixing Spoons
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Hand Mixer
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Microwave
  • Scale
  • Cherries Mold (flexiblemolds.com)

 

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Before You Get Started

Now it’s time to get started making these sweet bath time treats, but before you do it’s always important to clean and sanitize your work area, your equipment and all of your packaging materials. Also, prepare a bottle of rubbing alcohol with a sprayer on top. This is to help prevent air bubbles in your soaps. In addition, it is suggested that you wear gloves, protective clothing, and a hair net while preparing this recipe. Lastly, have all your ingredients and equipment handy. When creating recipes, it’s always good to have everything right where you need it to keep the process moving smoothly.

 

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Preparing Your Cherries

Your first step in creating the cherry chocolate soaps is making the cherries. Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Preparing Your CherriesFor this, you will need a Cherry mold. We are using the Cherries mold from Flexiblemolds.com. These molds are amazing to work with for both soaps and candles. They are durable, flexible and clean up in a snap!  So, go ahead and chop up your Diamond Clear melt and pour into chunks and add 150 grams to a microwavable safe bowl. Melt your soap in 30 second intervals, in the microwave, until melted. Then, once the soap is in a liquid state, add 6 grams of Cherry fragrance oil, 6 grams of Vanilla White Color Stabilizer and 2 drops of Tomato Red FUN Soap.

As a side note: we will only be adding Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to this part of the recipe. Cherry Fragrance Oil has a small percentage of vanillin it. Vanillin is an ingredient in some fragrance oils. It can cause your product to turn brown, so as a preventative measure we will be adding some Vanilla White.

Now, mix this well to incorporate the ingredients and to make sure the colorant is well distributed. You will want a nice, bright cherry red!

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Total Recipe Amounts for the Cherries

  • 150 grams Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap
  • 6 grams Cherry Fragrance Oil
  • 6 grams Vanilla White Color Stabilizer
  • 2 drops Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant

 

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Pouring the CherriesCherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Pouring the Cherries

Next, pour the soap into the Cherries mold and allow to setup for at least an hour. Once they have cooled and hardened, you can remove the cherries from the mold and set them aside. These will be used later.

 

 

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Preparing the Bottom LayerCherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Preparing the Bottom Layer

Next, you will be preparing the bottom layer of the soap. Go ahead and chop up your Cocoa Butter melt and pour soap into chunks. Weigh out 45 grams into a microwavable bowl. Microwave this in 30 second bursts until the soap is at its liquid state. Now you will add 2 grams of Cherry Fragrance Oil. You will also add 3 drops of Brown Oxide and 6 drops of Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant. Mix these ingredients well. Your soap should have a nice dark, black-brown color to it.

 

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Total Recipe Amounts for Bottom Layer

  • 45 grams Cocoa Butter Melt and Pour Soap
  • 2 grams Cherry Fragrance Oil
  • 3 drops Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
  • 6 drops Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

 

 

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Pouring the Bottom LayerCherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Pouring the Bottom Layer

Now that our bottom layer batter is mixed well, you can pour the melted soap base into each cavity of the silicone mini muffin mold. This layer will only be 1/4 inch. So, you will only need to pour a small amount into each of the 12 cavities. When you have finished, give your soap a light spray with the rubbing alcohol. You will let this setup and cool before moving on.

 

 

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Preparing the Whipped Soap Layer Part 1Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Preparing the Whipped Soap Layer Part 1

The next step will be preparing the whipped topping layer. First, in a clean bowl, weigh out 145 grams of Whipped Soap. Then, add in 5 grams of Cocoa powder, 14 grams of Vegetable Glycerin and 13 grams of Cherry Fragrance Oil. You can now use the hand mixer and mix the whipped soap base into a frosting consistency.

 

 

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Preparing the Whipped Soap Layer Part 2Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Preparing the Whipped Soap Layer Part 2

The second part of the whipped soap will be the addition of some cocoa butter melt and pour soap. In a separate bowl, weigh out 145 grams of the cocoa butter melt and pour. In 30 second intervals, melt your soap until it is liquid. Then you can add this to the whipped soap base. Take your mixer and once again, whip until “frosting-like”.

 

 

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Total Recipe Amounts Chocolate Whipped Soap Layer

  • 145 grams Whipped Soap Base
  • 145 grams Cocoa Butter Melt and Pour Soap Base
  • 5 grams Cocoa Powder
  • 14 grams Vegetable Glycerin
  • 13 grams Cherry Fragrance Oil

 

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Adding the Whipped Topping

Now that you have your “frosting” is ready, you will be topping off the cupcakes. Before you start, give the bottom layers of your soap another quick spritz of alcohol and then using a spoon, dollop your frosting on top, filling the remaining portion of the mold. Allow these to set up before removing from the mold. Once they are ready to remove, you can set them aside on a paper plate.

 

 

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Making the Red DrizzleCherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Making the Red Drizzle

So now our soaps are ready for decorating! We will be making the red drizzle in this step. In a clean bowl, weigh out 15 grams of Diamond Clear Melt and Pour. As done in previous steps, melt the soap in 30 second intervals until it as its liquid state. Next, add in 2 drops of Tomato Red FUN Soap and mix well. You should have a nice, bright cherry red.

 

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Total Recipe Amounts for the Red Drizzles

  • 15 grams Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap
  • 2 drops Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant

 

 

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Adding the Red DrizzleCherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Adding the Red Drizzle

Using a small spoon, drizzle the tops of your finished soap bottoms with the cherry red soap. No need to be fancy! You are going for a homemade look to these soaps! Since this drizzle will be acting as the “glue” for the cherries on top, it is important that you add the cherries before the drizzle sets up.

 

 

 

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Topping off with the CherriesCherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Topping off with the Cherries

So now you need to add the cherries we made earlier to the tops. Simply take 3 soap cherries and place on top of the red drizzled tops of your soap. As long as the red drizzle has not set up the cherries should adhere soap.

 

 

 

 

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Making the Chocolate DrizzleCherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Making the Chocolate Drizzle

Next up comes the chocolate drizzle. In another clean bowl, weigh out and melt 15 grams of Cocoa Butter Melt and Pour Soap. Once it is liquid, add 3 drops of Brown Oxide FUN Soap and 1 drop of Black Oxide FUN Soap to create a nice, chocolate brown.

 

 

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Total Recipe Amounts for the Chocolate Drizzle

  • 15 grams Cocoa Butter Melt and Pour Soap Base
  • 3 drops Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
  • 1 drop Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

 

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Finishing With the Chocolate Drizzle

Just like you did with the red drizzle, take a spoon and drizzle your “chocolate” over the tops of your cherries.

 

 

 

 

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Your Finished Bath TreatCherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Your Finished Bath Treat

Allow your soaps to setup and now they are ready to use! These chocolate treats would look adorable wrapped up in little treat bag! They smell amazing and they look good enough to eat! You may have to attach a warning label that says they are not edible!

 

 

 

Cherry Chocolate Soap Recipe: Make Your Own Cherry Chocolate Cheesecakes

I don’t know about you, but these soaps made me want the real thing! So, I thought I would link you to our inspiration! This delicious dessert (yes I had to try it) was the reason for this soap recipe! These Black Forest Mini Cheesecakes are the real thing.  You can’t eat the chocolate cherry soap however, these treats you can eat! This recipe is super simple to make with cream cheese, chocolate graham crackers, chocolate chips and cherry pie filling. Next time you need to bring a dessert, consider these yummy little treats!

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We hope your enjoyed Nature’s Garden fun new melt and pour soap recipe! You can get so creative with melt and pour soap! If you need some inspiration, check out our recipe box that is full of fun melt and pour soap recipes! We have a lot of fun recipes that are sure to get those creative gears going! If you have any kind of creations you would like to share, give us a shout out! Find us on Facebook, Twitter (@ngscnets) and Instagram (@ngscents) Show off what you made using Nature’s Garden products. Whether it’s one or 10, we love seeing what our customers are doing!

May
18

Raspberry Fragrance Oils


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Raspberry Fragrance OilsRaspberry Fragrance Oils

It’s almost summertime! My favorite season of the year. I adore the sun, the heat, swimming and camping! Also, summer is cookouts, bonfires, ice cream cones and thunderstorms. The list is endless when it comes to summertime activities. Summer also brings out some amazing smells. If you live in the country, on a farm or just like to take a drive through the country, then you are aware of the wide range of smells you can get. There are good smells, like fresh cut hay, fresh cut grass, honeysuckle, and the air after it rains. Then there are some *ahem* not so good smells. I’m pretty sure I don’t need to list those as we are very aware what those might be.  Summer also brings out the gardens of flowers, fruits and vegetables! Sunflowers, raspberries and corn on the cob are just some of the best things about summertime.  Nature’s Garden has just some of the best smelling raspberry fragrance oils. So, if you are looking for some new summertime fragrances to enhance or add to your line of products, we are sure you will find something to help you out!

 

Raspberry Fragrance Oils: Black Raspberry & Vanilla Fragrance OilRaspberry Fragrance Oils: Black Raspberry & Vanilla Fragrance Oil

This fragrance oil is one of Nature’s Garden most popular sellers! Black Raspberry & Vanilla is an enticing blend of blackberries and raspberries, with middle notes of white floral greenery, and bottom notes of musk and vanilla.

Black Raspberry & Vanilla fragrance oil is a major winner in all categories. In cold process soap testing this fragrance had a perfect pour! No ricing, acceleration or separation. There was no discoloring and the scent retention was amazing after it’s cure! This oil also is amazing in all bath and body products and is amazing in lotion!

black raspberry vanilla body butter recipeNot only is the fragrance oil a best seller, but Nature’s Garden offers a Black Raspberry & Vanilla Body Butter Kit that is also a popular item with our customers. Made with shea butter, apricot kernel oil, and cocoa butter, this lotion is thick, creamy and luxurious to the skin. With the sweet scent of Black Raspberry & Vanilla, people will be asking what smells so good!

 

Raspberry Fragrance Oils: Blue Raspberry Slushie Fragrance OilRaspberry Fragrance Oils: Blue Raspberry Slushie Fragrance Oil

I think out of all the flavors of slushies you can get at your favorite ice cream stand or gas station pit stop, Blue Raspberry is always the most popular. This fragrance captures the aroma of ripened raspberries, sugary cotton candy, and the effervescence of crushed ice.  This trip back to childhood truly smells good enough to slurp…but I wouldn’t suggest it!

This fun summertime fragrance oil is one of Nature’s Garden’s best sellers! It works beautifully in all candle waxes and in air fresheners. In our cold process soap testing Blue Raspberry Slushie had no ricing or acceleration, however, there was some separation, but it did reabsorb. There was some discoloring to a light tan. Vanilla white color stabilizer is suggested to help prevent this. Still, the scent retention stayed strong throughout its cure time.

How about a grown-up version of a the ever popular summertime treat? I’m talking an icy cool Blue Raspberry Lemonade Slushy made with lemonade Kool-Aid and UV Blue Raspberry Vodka! Perfect for a summertime pool party that is quick and simple to whip up!

 

 

Raspberry Fragrance Oils: Chocolate Raspberry Drizzle Fragrance OilRaspberry Fragrance Oils: Chocolate Raspberry Drizzle Fragrance Oil

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a decadent treat that is sure to please. A rich dark chocolate accord surrounds luscious ripe raspberry tones for the fragrance signature. Green stem notes create natural appeal for the fruit character, while a generous base of velvet musk and sweet vanilla completes the yummy sensation. This is a perfect addition for a chocolate line of products!

Chocolate Raspberry Drizzle worked perfectly in our cold process soap testing. There was no ricing, accelerating or separating. The scent retention stayed strong and true through it cure time. However, this fragrance oil will discolor to a chocolate brown. In reality, it’s a perfect color for the name of this fragrance! This oil also did very well in all candle waxes and room freshening.

We loved this fragrance so much, we dedicated a recipe to it! Our Chocolate Raspberry Drizzle Rolled Soap is not only incredibly easy, it will give some definite compliments by how yummy it looks! Made with melt and pour soap base and a little ingenuity and you have yourself a major attraction for your customers! Not only does it look like a yummy, decadent dessert, it will smell like one too! You may have to put a “Do Not Eat” warning label on it!

 

Raspberry Fragrance Oils: Fresh Raspberry Fragrance OilRaspberry Fragrance Oils: Fresh Raspberry Fragrance Oil

We have searched literally 10 years for a nice, strong, true fresh raspberry scent that did not have oily green top notes.  This is an extraordinarily realistic, fresh raspberry fragrance oil by Natures Garden. Smells just like summertime!

This fragrance oil had a perfect pour in our cold process testing! No ricing, separating, accelerating or discoloring! Fresh Raspberry is a definite soaper’s dream come true! It also worked wonderfully in all candle waxes and it makes a wonderful air freshener!

Are you looking for a fresh new cold process soap recipe? This Raspberry Cold Process Soap Recipe is a perfect summery addition to your recipe box! Our recipe gives you an amazing amount of time to get creative with the white swirls! Then add the finishing touches of dollops of “whipped soap” and some raspberry embeds, you have a Raspberry Cheesecake Soap that looks like the real thing!

 

Here’s a recipe if you are craving some actual cheesecake! A sugar cookie crust, cheesecake filling and swirled raspberry jam on top will hit that sweet tooth in just the right spot!

 

Raspberry Fragrance Oils: Peach Magnolia Raspberry Fragrance OilRaspberry Fragrance Oils: Peach Magnolia Raspberry Fragrance Oil

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an absolutely succulent blend of Lemon, Grapefruit, Peach Nectar, Raspberry, Pink Tulip, Soft Jasmine, Magnolia, Wild Honeysuckle,  and Sheer Musk. Peach Magnolia Raspberry is a perfect balance of sweet, tart and floral.

Our Peach Magnolia Raspberry did well in all candle waxes and air fresheners, When we tested this fragrance oil in cold process soap, it worked perfectly with no acceleration, ricing or separating. There was no discoloring and the scent retention was strong and true.

We created a lovely Shea Lotion with Herbal Infusion that is amazing on the skin! With an herbal infused water of hibiscus flowers and rosehips powder, you will get an antioxidant rich lotion that will leave your skin silky smooth. Scented with our Peach Magnolia Raspberry fragrance oil gives this lotion a nice, light scent that doesn’t overwhelm.

 

Raspberry Fragrance Oils: Raspberry Cream Cupcake Fragrance OilRaspberry Fragrance Oils: Raspberry Cream Cupcake Fragrance Oil

We have quite a few cupcake fragrances in our bakery line, but you are going to just love our Raspberry Cream Cupcake fragrance!  This wonderful fragrance begins with top notes of fresh raspberries, pear, and apple; followed by middle notes of Madagascar vanilla, blonde sugar cane, butter and maple; well-rounded with a dry base note of vanilla extract.

This fragrance oil worked perfectly in cold process soap! There was no accelerating, separating or ricing. It did discolor to a dark brown, so we suggest using Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to help prevent this. The scent retention stayed nice and strong through its cure time. Raspberry Cream Cupcake also did well in all candle waxes and in room fresheners.

Raspberry Cream Cupcake Fragrance Oil recipeWhen you have a cupcake fragrance oil in your collection, then you create a cupcake wax tart recipe to go with it, right? This super simple recipe that uses our pillar of bliss and of course our Raspberry Cream Cupcake fragrance oil. Your whole house will smell like a bakery! Your guests or family members will be wanting to know where the cupcakes are!

 

Raspberry Fragrance Oils: Raspberry Lemonade Fragrance OilRaspberry Fragrance Oils: Raspberry Lemonade Fragrance Oil

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the mouth-watering combination of ice-cold lemonade, sweet, juicy raspberries; with a unique twist of natural lavender and white musk. Raspberry Lemonade is a perfect summertime fragrance! Tangy, sweet and lemony!

Once again, Nature’s Garden has another wonderful fragrance oil that is amazing to work with in cold process soap! No ricing, acceleration, separation. It did discolor to a butter color. Using a vanilla white color stabilizer would help prevent this.  It’s scent retention was still strong and true after the cure time.

Sugar scrubs are incredibly popular in the bath and body world. They are easy to make and even economical. Our Pink Lemonade Scrub recipe is full of skin loving ingredients such as, olive oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil and Vitamin E. We added some lemon peel powder to give it that added lemon zing and of course our Raspberry Lemonade Fragrance Oil. This color vibrant sugar scrub would be an awesome summertime addition for you line of bath products!

 

Raspberry Fragrance Oils: Raspberry Zinger Fragrance OilRaspberry Fragrance Oils: Raspberry Zinger Fragrance Oil

Ever eaten a Hostess Raspberry Cream filled Zinger? Well, this fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the duplication of the aroma. This wonderful creative scent begins with sweet raspberry and toasted coconut, middle notes of buttercream frosting, and bottom notes of freshly baked yellow sponge cake. We guarantee you will want the real thing after using this fragrance in a recipe!

This fragrance oil did wonderful in our cold process soap testing! No acceleration, separation or ricing. However, it did discolor to a chocolate brown. We suggest using a Vanilla White Color Stabilizer if you plan on keeping your project a white color. Raspberry Zinger also did well in all bath and body products and in air fresheners.

Bath Fizzies are like bath bombs and just as popular. If you are looking for a different take on the bath bomb, our Raspberry Zinger Bath Fizzie is the perfect recipe to try. Looking like a delicious treat to eat instead of something you use in the bath, this fizzie is a fun addition to help you relax after a long day. This recipe is made with the basic bath bomb ingredients: baking soda and citric acid. We have added dead sea salt, coconut oil and our goat’s milk melt and pour soap base to help enhance the skin nourishing qualities. It may smell good enough to eat, but it might not taste as good.

How about making your own edible raspberry zingers? It may look like a complicated process, but with the help of cake mix, Jell-o, pudding and some marshmallow fluff, you can re-create a favorite childhood treat in no time! Perfect for a birthday party or a special treat for somebody you love.

 

Raspberry Fragrances: Sun Ripened Raspberry Fragrance OilRaspberry Fragrance Oils: Sun Ripened Raspberry Fragrance Oil

If you remember Bath and Body Works Sun Ripened Raspberry, then you will know that Nature’s Garden’s Sun Ripened Raspberry smells incredibly similar. In fact, we have had customers who like our version better! This fragrance oil begins with top notes of ripened raspberries, red delicious apples, and oranges; followed by middle notes of ylang ylang, rose, greenery, and tagete; well-rounded with base notes of vanilla beans. Very yummy and delicate!

Sun Ripened Raspberry did very well in our cold process soap testing. There was no separation, ricing or accelerating. The scent stayed nice and strong throughout its cure. It did, however, discolor to a light beige. This fragrance is perfect for bath and body products! It makes a wonderful fragrance for lotion! It also did equally well in candle waxes and air fresheners.

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So, are you ready for summer yet? I know I definitely am! We hope you enjoyed reading about our array of raspberry fragrances and some recipes that use this sweet, berry scent! We also hope you found some inspiration for adding to your line of summertime products. (Or even something good to eat!)

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May
14

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?


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WWhat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?hat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?

Welcome to the wonderful world of candle making! If you are new to the craft of making candles, then you may be thinking to yourself; What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles? While there are quite a few options out there, you just need to learn about your options and choosing gets simplified. At Natures Garden we strive to make sure that our customers never feel lost or alone while crafting. So, we try to provide you with as much information as you need as well as offer a Toll-Free H.U.G Line; HUG stands for Help U Grow. 1-866-647-2368. So, you can call us anytime to receive help. Furthermore, we are creating this blog to have all the basic information that you need to get started and have a reference for when you need it!

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: What Wax to Use for CandlesWhat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: What Wax to Use for Candles

One of the most important ingredients for making candles is the wax. Your candle wax is what determines the strength and quality of your candle. While you may think that you can just add more fragrance oil to increase the scent of your candles, this just isn’t true. In fact, once your candle wax has been saturated the fragrance oil will simply leak out and be wasted. Also, this leakage can lead to a potential fire hazard. So, it’s best to stay within the recommended amounts. You can check out the Candle Wax Information to figure out which type of canlde wax that you want!

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: AdditivesWhat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Additives

Additives are an option that candle makers have to include ingredients into their wax. This is done to try to enhance the quality of their final product. This can be beneficial for some waxes, but we don’t suggest using these additives in any preblended waxes.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: How to Make Candles With Crisco

One additive that you can include is Crisco shortening for some of your candles. About 1-2 ounces can be added per pound of paraffin candle wax. This will help to decrease wet spots, increase your melt pool, absorb fragrance oil, and help to decrease the chance of your fragrance sitting on the bottom of the pouring pot. So, this can be used to increase scent throw in candles made of this type of wax. But, you will find that a blended wax like our Joy Wax is already formulated to provide a great scent throw without adding any Crisco.

You will probably read differing opinions on using Crisco in your candles; however, if it had been such a bad idea, then wax manufacturers would not be making wax out of soy. Crisco is soy based. Use your own judgment on this one!

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Vybar

Another additive that is used to enhance candles is Vybar. This additive’s primary use is enhancing the scent throw. Plus, this ingredient will create a marble appearance on the top of the candle, which looks very cool! Another thing that this ingredient does is harden the wax consistency and raise the melt point. While some people use stearin, we believe that Vybar does the same thing with less issues.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: UV Light Protectors

If you want to sell your candles wholesale or want to have them keep their color for a long time, then you may want a UV Light InhibitorHowever, these can be expensive and aren’t necessary otherwise. Colors that you need to be most worried about are Blue, Violet, Burgundy, and sometimes pink. Also, even after adding this ingredient we would recommend keeping them out of direct sunlight as the sun will still be able to fade your color over time. If your find that your colors our still fading quite a bit even after adding this, then it could be due to your fragrance oil.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Petrolatum

Also, you can use petrolatum as a candle making additive. This ingredient will help increase the number of pores in the candle. So, you candle will be able to absorb even more fragrance oil. This means an even stronger scent! Plus, it will help your wax cling to the sides of your container. However, this may lead to a less clean burn and sometimes even smoking. So, there are some trade offs with this one.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Fragrance OilWhat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Fragrance Oil

The fragrance oil is another ingredient that is important for making wonderfully scented homemade candles. Firstly, you should make sure that the fragrance oil you want to use is not alcohol based, as this can be dangerous. Next, you will want to consider the concentration of your fragrance. Obviously, you want a good scent that hasn’t been diluted, like our fragrance oils, but there are some companies that dilute their scents and you should be cognizant of it. When using a concentrated fragrance oil, you can use about 1 ounce per pound of fragrance. If you try to use more, it will just be wasted. This is because the wax is already fully saturated and your fragrance will simply be left on the bottom of your pouring pot.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: ColorantsWhat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Colorants

Also, you have the option to add colorants to your candles. There are a few routes you can go for coloring your homemade candles. One thing that we’d like to note here is that candles aren’t a very good candle colorant. While there are many diy recipes on how to make candles out of crayons, we have found that candles should never be used if you want quality candles. Any amount of crayons added to your candles will cause smoking and will clog your wick. Instead, you can use liquid candle dye, color blocks, or powdered candle dye for your candles.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Liquid Candle DyeWhat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Liquid Candle Dye

First, you can use the Spectrum Liquid Candle Dyes to color your candles. These dyes are very concentrated, so it only take a little bit. Often a few drops or even a toothpicks amount will suffice. Make sure that you never use more than 10 drops of the liquid candle dye because it will cause a sight chemical smell that may ruin your scent! Plus, adding too much color can clog your wick, reduce the scent throw, create smoking, and may reduce the melt pool of your candle. But, as long as you stay under our recommended maximum you should be fine. Plus, the liquid dye allows you to make candles that have consistent coloring each time because you can simply count the number of drops you add to your melted wax.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Color BlocksWhat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Color Blocks

Next, you have the option of color blocks for your homemade candles. These candle coloring blocks are dye that has been concentrated in a wax medium. This block will provide enough color to deeply dye 15 pounds of wax in total. However, the color blocks do not provide as vibrant of a color compared to our liquid candle dye or a powdered candle dye. We have these colorants available in red, coral/peach, yellow, blue, green, purple, burgundy, brown, teal, cinnamon, and cranberry. You can mix these colors, but make sure not too add too much as it may clog your wick, cause smoking, reduce the melt pool, or inhibit scent throw. To use this colorant you can cut just a piece off the block and add it to your melting candle wax. Just make sure that your color blocks are fully melted before pouring your candle wax.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Powdered Candle DyesWhat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Powdered Candle Dyes

Lastly, you can use for your homemade candle creations. These are the most concentrated form of candle dye out there. You can use very small amounts of the dye to provide some vibrant color results. Plus, you can combine colors to create any color that you prefer! Also, you can add this powder to melted Stearic Acid to provide a better dispersion in your candle wax. Stearic acid can be added to your candle to help harden them. Also, you should avoid using too much as it could clog your wick, create more smoking, reduce the melt pool of your candle, or inhibit the scent throw.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Candle WicksWhat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Candle Wicks

Another important aspect to candle making is the wick. There are two things you need to consider when picking a wick, which are the type of wax you are using and the size of your container. First, you need to think about the type of wick that you want to use. While there is some preference involved, there are some wicks that will work better in certain types of waxes. You can see on the website for each wick or at the bottom of the Science of Candle Making page.

Next, we need to think about what size wick that we will need. The size of your wick will determine the radius of wax that the flame can cover. If the flame doesn’t reach the edges you will be wasting perfectly good candle wax. However, a wick that is too large can result in mushrooming or even smoking, or loss of scent.  So, you will need to make sure that you choose the correct sized wick for each of your different container sizes. If you need help figuring out which type of wick and the size you need then check out our Candle Wick Chart for sizing.

Also, you can check out our Types of Candle Wicks for a condensed version of candle wicking information.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: EquipmentWhat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Equipment

Next, we have some basic equipment is important for candle making and can potentially last forever. Both the pouring pot and thermometer are important pieces of equipment in the candle making process that you really can’t go without.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Pouring PotWhat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Pouring Pot

First, the pouring pot is great to have for your melting wax. If you are using a pot from your kitchen, then it will be nearly impossible to reclaim it for cooking. Plus, you won’t have the convenience of a pouring spout in a typical cooking pot. So, its best to just get a pouring pot that is more efficient for candle making.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: ThermometerWhat Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Thermometer

Also, the thermometer is crucial for making sure that your wax is used properly. Firstly, this allows you to monitor the temperature to prevent you from getting your wax to hot. If your wax gets hotter than 200 degrees Fahrenheit, in some cases, it will burn. At this temperature the wax’s molecules begin to break down and the wax will take on a burnt smell. Another issue that this helps you with is pouring your wax at the right temperature. You need to make sure that your candles are poured at the temperature recommended for the candle wax you are using.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Worlds Largest Candle

In the spirit of candle making, we figured we would talk about the largest candle ever! According to Waymarking.com, the largest candle in the world is in South Deerfield, MA. It is a big, red giant made of 1,377 pounds of wax and standing about 6 feet tall. If you are curious in seeing this phenomenal candle, then check out the World’s Largest Candle in World’s Largest Candle Store.

What Do You Need To Make Your Own Candles?: Learn With Us

If you are interested in learning more about candle-making, you can find more details in the Natures Garden candle manual. Also, you can reach out to us at Natures Garden with any other questions that you may have. One great way to reach out to us is through social media. We are on Facebook, Twitter (@ngscents), and Instagram (@ngscents). We hope to hear from you soon!