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Attraction Scent

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

attraction scentPheromones Fragrance Oil-  Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Pheromones can actually have the affect of altering the way a person feels and behaves.  In fact mammals are not the only species that are affected by pheromones.  Insects and plants are too. They use pheromones as a means of communication; for mammals, it is a subconscious communication of attraction.  Natures Garden has its very own attraction scent.  Pheromones Fragrance Oil is just irresistible.  Although this attraction scent does not consist of actual pheromones, it does trigger those got to have it feelings.  This attraction will be contagious in your homemade product too.  Just the name alone is alluring to customers, and the attraction scent will have them craving more.

What does Pheromones Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a classic hot man fragrance; masculine, sexy, and irresistible. Clean and inviting citrus notes of bergamot and grapefruit, open up to a sensual bouquet of white floral and woody violet, grounded by the deeply sensual scent of oakmoss and sandalwood.

How do our customers use Pheromones Fragrance Oil?

For home scenters and candle crafters; this attraction scent is used in soy, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  Pheromones fragrance oil is very aromatic and has a great cold and hot scent throw.  This fragrance oil even works well for oil burners, aroma beads, smelly jellies, and linen sprays.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is a must have for any masculine line!  The usage rate for this attraction scent is 5%.  This amazingly masculine fragrance is used to scent: body scrubs, creams, lotions, melt and pour soaps, bath gels, shampoos, and shaving soaps.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this attraction scent is addictive.  Here are the official results: Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no problems, nice and strong scent throughout the whole curing process.  No discoloration.  A must have.

Alabama Gathering

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Alabama soap gatheringHello everyone!

I have just recently returned from The Alabama Soap and Candle Gathering that occurred last week.

After a very long drive of 12 hours we arrived at our hotel, settled in, and got plenty of rest.  I just knew that the Alabama Gathering this year was going to be a great event for everyone attending.

The next morning, when the day arrived, we were ready to go!  As we were setting up the Natures Garden booth, our customers were so excited to see everything that we had brought.  You could actually feel the anticipation as we got everything unpacked.  There was a lot to get organized.  Once again, we brought our entire fragrance oil line containing 816 fragrance oils, our various essential oils, and even the array of  flavorings Natures Garden carries.

As for the examples of products that you can make using Natures Garden’s ingredients, we had some exciting recipes to share.  The famous Pigs In The Mud Candle was there, complete with adorable pink pig tarts.  The colorful Gummy Bear Candle made its debut.  And the show stopper, the Ducks on the Pond Candle came too.  This is a super cute combination candle using both gel and pillar of bliss wax.

As for bath and body recipes, we brought examples of two of our newest recipes.  The lovely Lavender Cold Process Soap complete with purple swirls, whipped topping, and lavender buds sprinkled on top.  And, finally the Mechanics soap.  A great and easy to make melt and pour recipe which gently exfoliates.  It seemed that many customers really liked the Mechanics soap because it was not gritty like other hand cleaners.

During the Alabama Gathering we met so many fun and fabulous people.  As for the seminars and educational classes, Amanda Stott did an amazing job teaching the art of making candle tarts.  Benjamin Aaron also gave a wonderful seminar covering his adventures of teaching soap making for nonprofit outreach.  And, another one of my favorite speakers from the Alabama Gathering was Deborah Bruijn.  She spoke about skincare and the amazing benefits Jojoba provides.

I truly had an amazing time at the Alabama Gathering.  I enjoyed meeting a ton of new and excited homemade crafters.  They just brought so much energy and excitement to this gathering that I did not want to see it end.

In closing, I have to stress that if you have never been to the Alabama Gathering, you should plan to go.  Next year, the event will be taking place June 12th and 13th, 2015.

I also want to extend a huge THANK YOU to the Alabama Soap and Candle Association for the amazing 2 days we got to spend with all of you!  Well y’all until next time!

Have a fabulous Day!
Cindy

Bamboo Scent

Friday, June 6th, 2014

bamboo scentFresh Bamboo Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

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

What does Fresh Bamboo Smell Like? 

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

How Do Our Customers Use Fresh Bamboo Fragrance Oil?

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

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

Bright Scent

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

bright scentRainbow Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The rainbow is quite the phenomenon.  It is a reflection and refraction of light in water droplets and becomes a spectrum of light that appears in the sky after a rain fall.  When it arcs in the sky before us, it appears opposite of the sun and we see 7 different colors as a result.  These colors are: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.  What some may not know is there are approximately 8 different kinds of rainbow, but the most impressive is the double rainbow.  This is just a reflection of itself.  When you see a true double rainbow, the second rainbow will begin where the first rainbows color end.  Natures Gardens Rainbow Fragrance Oil is a bright scent, a phenomenon itself.  Loaded with an array of soft scents from fruits, to flowers, to a lovely musk, when you first smell this bold and colorful scent, you will be amazed.  Like the sight of a rainbow this fragrance oil is very delightful and beautifully displayed!

What does Rainbow Fragrance Oil smell like?

A fragrance oil by Natures Garden bursting with colors. This fragrance is a very unique fragrance beginning with top notes of pear, green grapes, kiwi, raspberry and peach; followed by middle notes of jasmine and lily of the valley; and well-rounded with a base note of white musk.

How do our customers use Rainbow Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters out there; this bright scent is used in Soy, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, Gel, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  This fragrance is very aromatic and has fabulous hot and cold scent throw.  Rainbow fragrance oil also works well for room fresheners, whether it is oil burners, smelly jellies, or aroma beads.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is one bright scent!  The usage rate for this scent is 5%.  This amazing fragrance is used to make: solid lotion bars, bath bombs, body scrubs, spray lotions, perfumes, melt and pour soaps, body sprays, bath gels, and whipped body butters.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this bright scent allows plenty of time to work and the scent stays true and vibrant.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration.  No separation.  No discoloration.  Scent is good, fruity and sweet!

rainbow candle recipeIf you are interested in a Natures Garden recipe using this bright scent, please click on this link to view the Rainbow Candle Recipe.

Hawaiian Scent

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Hawaiian scentPuakenikeni Hawaiian Flower Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

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

What does Puakenikeni Hawaiian Flower Fragrance Oil smell like?

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

How do our customers use Puakenikeni Hawaiian Flower Fragrance Oil?

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

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

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

2014 Alabama Soap Meeting

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Annual Alabama Soap Meeting The Annual Alabama Soap Meeting

Another gathering is quickly approaching that Natures Garden will be attending; the 16th Annual Alabama Soap Meeting!  Taking place from Friday, June 6th through Saturday, June 7th, this event has a jammed packed schedule of fun and informational classes.

The Annual Alabama Soap Meeting will be yet another first for Natures Garden.  The Natures Garden representative attending this year will be Cindy.  She is once again super excited at the opportunity to meet even more of our wonderful customers in attendance, and many new faces!

Held at the Doster Memorial Community Center in Prattville, Alabama; this event promises “fun, fellowship, food, education, and awesome shopping opportunities”.  It really looks to be quite the amazingly planned event.

So, if you are interested and willing to move quickly, you still have time to register.  Ending May 31st, you will not only be able to meet Cindy, but you can have the opportunity to attend some amazing and informative classes covering quite the array of various market related topics.  Besides all of the fun and knowledgeable festivities, you will also receive a goodie bag, and the chance to win numerous door prizes during the two day event.

As per our usual vendor booth set up, Cindy will be bringing a sample of every fragrance oil that Natures Garden currently carries.  So, once again, if you plan on attending, you will have the opportunity to sniff every different fragrance oil to your heart’s content.  And, let’s not forget if you are there, stop by and say hello!

Natures Garden is currently taking pre orders if you are planning on attending the Annual Alabama Soap Meeting.  Cindy will also be bringing the orders with her, so if you pre order, you can save on shipping.  There is also a 5% discount if you act fast.  Just make sure if you want to partake in this fabulous deal that when placing the order you write in the special comments section:  I need this order delivered to the Alabama Gathering.  Once this is established for your order, you will be credited for the shipping cost, as well as the 5% discount on your merchandise.  This deal is effective through June 3rd.

Hope to see you there!

HSCG 2014 Conference

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

HSCG 2014Last week, Cindy and I attended the HSCG 2014 Conference in Tucson, Arizona.  Spoiler alert… we had a blast!

At first, Cindy and I did not know what to expect.  This was our very first time attending an HSCG Conference.  We were nervous and excited at the same time.  It was going to be such a treat to meet our customers and other soapmakers and crafters.

Upon our arrival to the breath taking Loews Resort (where the conference was held) we quickly wanted to get our vendor booth set up and functional.  Since we brought a sample of each of the 816 fragrance oils that Natures Garden currently carries, we knew getting them unpacked and displayed was going to truly be a feat.

Walking into the conference area was inspiring, there was quite an array of other vendors also setting up and preparing for the conference.  Briskly walking past the displays, it was very easy to see that there was going to be something there for every attendee from fragrances to essential oils, unscented bases, educational books, supplies, and packaging; just to name a few.

Once we settled into our area, we quickly started to unpack and set up our displays.  People were already starting to register in the lobby and it was very easy to see everyone’s excitement for the conference to officially begin.  There was most definitely a contagious thrill mounting in the air.

hscg conferenceAs for the Natures Garden booth; we did bring a few other products for our booth, but the main focus was the fragrance samples.  We saw the HSCG Conference as a chance to let people smell fragrances that they always wondered about.  And boy, let me tell you the attendees were ecstatic over the scents.  It was very energizing to see the excitement as people sniffed away and asked questions.

It was very easy to see from the first night that this conference was going to be a huge success.  The charisma and vigor that all of the attendees, staff, vendors, and guild members had was inspiring.  Everyone was so very genuine and nice; not only to us, but amongst each other as well.  And, it was so very nice to see many of the experienced soap crafters giving advice, sharing tricks of the trade, and helping those that were either just starting out or thinking about extending their lines.

During the conference, the days were chucked full of educational classes, gourmet meals, meet and greet opportunities, and good times.  Every time a seminar let out, the vendors area would fill with attendees discussing everything they learned, the great experience they had, and the plethora of knowledge they attained.

All in all by the time that Friday morning hit (the last day), the conference was a buzz with all of the happiness of a well planned and informative week.  The Handcrafted Soapmakers and Cosmetics Guild had yet another successful conference year.  Everyone had a super fun time, learned a lot, and met such a variety of new and creative crafters.  All in all, attending the conference was so well worth it.

Next year the HSCG 2015 Conference will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana from April 18th – 20th.    Our suggestion for anyone that is on the fence about going is that attending this conference is highly recommended from these two first year conference attendees.  Not only will your days be filled with knowledgeable seminars and your evenings with fun get togethers, but you will meet some of the nicest and most helpful fellow crafters in the industry.

On a final note:  A special thank you goes out to all of the hard work that the members and staff of the Handcrafted Soapmakers and Cosmetics Guild did.  For us, this year’s conference was a huge success.  We met new people, had tons of fun, many laughs, and truly enjoyed our time at the conference.

Flower Scent

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

flower scentHydrangea Heaven Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Hydrangeas are one of the most beautiful and vibrant flowers out there.  To some, they can be hard to grow, but to the masters, they become a work of art.  They are mainly found in southern and eastern Asia and come in 6 different colors varying from reds, to purples, to blues and whites. They resemble in some fashion to a giant carnation with several little petals that make up the large pom pom tops to display these colors like no other.  And they have the loveliest of floral scents.  There are nearly 75 different species of hydrangeas and they can grow upwards of 98 feet tall.   With a beautiful floral scent this fragrance oil is not overpowering.  It is a fabulous addition to any home that loves the floral scent Hydrangea Heaven has to offer.  So even if you can’t grow this amazing flower, you can still reap the benefits of it glorious scent.  In fact, this flower scent is a great addition to scent your floral product line!

What does Hydrangea Heaven Fragrance Oil smell like?

Hydrangea flowers are among the most fragrant flowers. This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is fresh, yet sweet, hydrangea that is aromatic and uplifting!  A Best Seller!

How do our customers use Hydrangea Heaven Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters this flower scent is a huge hit.  Our customers use this floral fragrance in their soy tarts, tea lights, Palm Container wax, WOW wax, gel wax, Joy wax, and soy.  This soft, inviting scent has a great hot or cold throw.  As for other home scenting ideas; Hydrangea Heaven Fragrance Oil has been used in oil diffusers, electric burners, and aroma beads.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage rate for this flower scent is 5%.  It is used to scent: melt and pour soaps, bath bombs, shampoo, shower gel, body sprays, lotions, and body butters.  All with a nice long lasting scent.  And, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this flower scent is strong.  Here are the official results: Slight acceleration due to floral notes, no ricing, no discoloration, nice strong scent.

flower scent candleIf you are interested in a unique Natures Garden recipe using this flower scent, please click on this link to view the Hydrangea Candle Recipe.

Tropical Drink Scent

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Tropical Drink ScentPina Colada Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

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

What does Pina Colada Fragrance Oil smell like?

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

How do our customers use Pina Colada Fragrance Oil?

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

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

Natures Garden Store

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Natures Garden StoreNatures Garden Store

Marsha and the staff at Natures Garden have been feverously working away at getting the store ready and in tip top shape.

Earlier this year, we started the intense planning and implementing of a store for our wonderful customers to come into and shop.  This was a feat that was easier said than done.  Through months of planning and strategizing, we were able to create a beautiful store on paper that believe it or not contained every item that Natures Garden currently carries.

Then came the week when all of storage and shelving units were put together.  This also included an electrician, a painter, and a small construction crew.  When they were finished, for the first time we were able to see the Natures Garden store becoming a reality.

Next, it was time to stock shelves.  This is where we are now.   Through immense hard work and dedication, the staff at Natures Garden has been steadily plugging away at stocking, pricing, and creating displays for the store.  And, now after all of this time, we are finally beginning to see light at the end of the store tunnel.

Although the store is still a work in progress so to say, we are getting very close.

Sure, all of Natures Garden products are out and available for purchase; but we are still finalizing some aspects to really knock it out of the park!

The Natures Garden store is currently open and you all are more than welcome to come in and visit.  We still have the fragrance sniffing wall (although it is more of a Fragrance Land), as well as 16 oz, 8 oz, 4 oz, and 1 oz fragrance bottles available to purchase.  All of our soap bases, waxes, butters, oils, molds, and herbs are also out and ready for purchase as well.  We even have our vast array of kits, colorants, flavorings, and essential oils out too and they are all ready for their new crafting home.

One thing is for sure, if you come visit the Natures Garden store, you will not be disappointed.  Just please bear with us as we strive for perfection.