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Dec
31

Candle Molds

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Hello all you fantastic people out there! For all the candle makers out there, do you have a favorite kind of candle you like to make? Maybe you have a certain shape or color you like to stick with? Are you looking to give your candles a unique twist? How about trying some fun new candle molds? Here at Nature’s Garden, we have so many different candle products and all kinds of candle molds! We have everything from tea light molds to metal molds and we also have embed molds. If you’re wondering what embed molds are, they’re so much fun! Embed molds come in all different shapes, high heeled shoes, coffee cups….even mixed fruit! You can even use them for wax tarts in recipes like our Chocolate Blossoms Wax Tarts Recipe!  Embed molds are also used to add dimension to jar candles, and gel candles.  With the various embed molds we offer, I’m certain you will find everything you want to change up your candles or wax melts!

We have tea light candle molds available for you in several quantities:   you can purchase just one for a sample, 100, or you can even purchase them in bulk: 2500! You know how adorable tea light candles are, and they are the perfect way for customers to be able to sample your candles! For our metal molds, we actually have three different types of metal pillar molds, stainless tart floater molds, and stainless votive molds. Why not make your candles octagonal shaped using our octagonal pillar mold or an adorable floating candle? We also have square pillar molds and round pillar molds as well!

Now for our embed molds, we have so many options! So many fun and unique molds to choose from! We offer everything from bumble bees to gemstones, pumpkins to crosses, champagne bottles to flip flops, and even pirate coins! How much fun for the little ones to make pirate coin soap! Embeds are actually used to make little pieces of soap or wax to be added to candles or used by themselves for wax tarts. These molds are made for making chocolate, but they are also used for candle or soap making! But if you do use them for soap or candle making, just make sure not to use them for chocolates again, as your chocolate will taste like fragrance and fragrance should not be ingested.

Did you know that our silicone soap molds can be used for candle making as well? You can find all of those fun molds in with our candle tart molds. Make sure to try out our Retro Flowers Mold or our Petite Hearts Mold! But hold on, we also have wick pins for our votive candles and even rubber candle plugs! If you click on the Candle Supplies tab on our website, that will show you all the category options for our candle making supplies. Click on Candle Molds and that will take you directly to all the categories of the many molds we offer! Enjoy all of these wonderful products and have fun making your new candles! Please contact us here at Nature’s Garden with any thoughts, questions, or concerns you may have, and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Dec
23

How to Color Candles

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how to color candlesHow to Color Candles

Hi everyone! Are you just starting out making your own candles? Wondering how to color candles? Here at Nature’s Garden, we actually have many wonderful products that are used specifically for the candle coloring process. We offer only the best candle coloring products out there, with each item having its own vibrant personality! We offer so many different dye products, each having their own different specifications when used in your candles. We have liquid candle dye options as well as color block dye. We even have mica dust that you can sprinkle on the outside of you pillar candles to give them the effect of sparkling!

For liquid candle dyes, we offer various Spectrum Liquid Candle Dyes ranging in color. The colors of liquid dyes we offer here at Nature’s Garden are brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, black, burgundy, purple, and teal. (However, when using these liquid dyes, please just note that they are very concentrated!) To use the liquid dyes, just put a few drops of the liquid into your melted wax.  If you are in the mood for more of a pastel color (or if you are doing a very small batch) for your candle, all you have to do to the dye is dilute it using vegetable oil with the ratio of 1:1. Be careful with the amount of dye you use as well. When you use liquid dye, it allows you to create more consistent coloring in your candles since you count how any drops are put in. But be careful not use more than 10 drops per pound of wax, or else your candles may have a chemical smell to them.

For our color block dyes, the colors we offer are red, burgundy, yellow, blue, green, purple, brown, cinnamon, teal, cranberry, and a coral/peach. To use a color block to color your candle, simply shave off the desired amount and place it into your melted wax.  One color block is actually enough to easily deeply dye 15 pounds of wax. When using color blocks, they actually do not produce colors as vibrant as the liquid dyes, so they are better when trying to attain more subtle colors. However, when using color blocks, make sure that the block is fully incorporated before pouring your candle! They can tend to produce little specks of colors on the bottoms of your candles if they are not fully melted and mixed into the wax.

Want to give your pillar some sparkle to bling it up a little bit? Use some of our Gold Pigment Mica or our Diamond Dust Mica to dust the outside of your pillars! This will give your pillars a beautiful shimmer! Have you ever thoughts of using crayons to color your candles? Well, please don’t! Using crayons for coloring can actually cause the candle to start smoking and may even clog your wicks! Crayons are not alone in this predicament. When dying your candles, be sure not to use too much color as this can cause the wick to become clogged and it may cause your candle to smoke more than it should be. It can even inhibit the throw of your chosen scent and reduce the melt pool of the candle. Candle dyes are not for cosmetic use either! Check out all of our free recipes and classes, we offer many free candle recipes, and even a Candle Coloring Class that tells all about our candle coloring products! If you click on candle supplies then candle colorants on our website, that will show you all of the candle colorants we offer. Our Candle Coloring class even tells how to mix your own colors to achieve the colors you want. Enjoy these wonderful products and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

 

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Aug
04

Chocolate Scent

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Peppermint Patty Fragrance- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Are you looking for a scrumptious chocolate scent? Well, this delicious chocolate peppermint fragrance won’t disappoint. What do our customers think about this this chocolate fragrance? Many feel our peppermint patty scent is good enough to eat, and is a better than the real thing. Whether it’s candles, scrubs, soaps, or lotions, our customers find it hard to resist this one. In all its chocolaty goodness, many consider peppermint pattyscent a must have fragrance.

What does Peppermint Patty Scent Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the aroma of creamy peppermint and vanilla with a strong down of bitter sweet chocolate.

How Do Our Customers Use Peppermint Patty Fragrance Oil?

For those who are candle crafters and room scenters; this peppermint chocolate fragrance is used in soy, soy blends, Pillar of Bliss, Joy, and tart waxes. This scent is amazingly strong and has excellent hot and cold scent throw. Our Peppermint Patty fragrance oil also works well for air fresheners, whether it is aroma beads, room sprays, smelly jellies, or oil burners. For the bath and body end of products, this peppermint chocolate scent has a usage rate of 5%. There is a 1% vanillin content, so we do recommend using Vanilla White Color Stabilizer. This peppermint patty fragrance is used to make a variety of personal care items like: bath bombs, melt and pour soaps, perfume oils, body butters, and lotions. And, for those of you that are cold process soapers, our customers love this strong scent.  Here are our CP findings: Perfect Pour. No ricing, no acceleration. Discoloration to a butterscotch. Soaps great! To try our free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Bath Fizzies recipe using our Peppermint Patty Fragrance Oil click here.

Apr
28

Happy Place Scent

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happy place scentHome Sweet Home Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Have you ever wondered where the phrase “home sweet home” originated? History has shown that in America during the 19th century there was a song titled no other then, Home Sweet Home. And, this phrase is also quite popular for many home décor items as well. So, no matter how far you travel, or how amazing your end destination is, there is always a piece of you that longs to be, home sweet home. This happy place scent is so soothing and inviting, you will want to kick those shoes off and sit in your favorite chair. This fragrance will not disappoint, but instead have you coming back for more. Home Sweet Home Fragrance Oil is a keeper!

What does Home Sweet Home smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a Yankee duplication. Spicy (cinnamon and clove) with rose and ylang ylang.

How do our customers use Home Sweet Home Fragrance Oil?

For those of you that are candle crafters or home scenters; our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy, palm, WOW, pillar of bliss, and Joy wax candles. This happy place scent has a very nice and strong throw in both hot and cold. As for other home scenting ideas; this Home Sweet Home fragrance has been used to make incense sticks and cones, aroma beads, smelly jellies, and potpourri. And, even more this fragrance oil can also be used in oil burners, reed diffusers, and odor refreshing sprays as well.

Unfortunately, on the bath and body end this happy place scent is not body safe so we DO NOT recommend this scent for body products.

Apr
23

Beach Fragrance

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beach fragranceMermaid Kisses Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Mermaids are something of a folklore.  And it is said that if a sailor saw one it meant they would never see land again.  This bittersweet story told of sailors so memorized and taken by the mermaid’s beauty, that they would jump ship just to meet her.  Well, this myth explains the mystery behind why men love this scent.  Mermaid Kisses Fragrance oil is very clean and ozonic scent with a hint of exotic floral.  The perfect beach fragrance for many homemade items, mermaid kisses is a sure winner!

What does Mermaid Kisses Fragrance Oil smell like?

When ocean mist, sea salt, and feminine florals combine; you’ll experience Mermaid Kisses Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden.  This fragrance begins with top notes of ocean mist, sea moss, and dewy cyclamen petals; followed by middle notes of geranium flower, water mint, and coriander seed; sitting on base notes of white cedarwood and earthy vetiver.  An NG Original Fragrance!

How do our customers use Mermaid Kisses Fragrance Oil?

For candle makers and home scenters; our customers use this beach fragrance in their soy, palm, gel, pillar of bliss, and WOW wax candles.  And, this scent has a very nice throw both hot and cold in candles.  As for home scenting ideas for products; this beach fragrance has been used to make incense sticks, cones, aroma beads, smelly jellies, and potpourri.  Mermaid Kisses fragrance oil can even be used in oil burners and as odor eliminator sprays as well.

On the bath and body end of things, the usage rate for this beach fragrance is 5%.  This fabulous scent is used to make:  melt and pour soaps, homemade lotions, bath bombs, sugar scrubs, body butters, perfumes, and body sprays.  And, for those of you that are cold process soapers, here are the official results: Slight acceleration, riced, no discoloration, do not discount water.

Apr
09

Unique Fragrance

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unique fragrance OMG Olive Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Standing out amongst several hundred different scents, this unique fragrance is turning heads.  According to many of our clients who use this scent, OMG is an understatement!  With that said, OMG Olive Fragrance Oil is a unique fragrance that is loved by both men and women alike.  With the popularity of citrus type fragrances right now, OMG Olive Fragrance Oil is in demand.  Especially since this pleasant scent is well tied together with vanilla, musk, and bergamot, making this scent the complete package.  OMG Olive Fragrance Oil is getting rave reviews from our customers.

What does OMG Olive Fragrance Oil smell like?

In this fragrance oil by Natures Garden, bright citrus fruits of lemon and bergamot intertwine with leafy olive branches, softened with musk and sweetened ever so lightly with vanilla.

How do our customers use OMG Olive Fragrance Oil?

For candles, tarts and air fresheners, this unique fragrance performed perfectly in various wax including: Wow, Joy, Gel, Palm, Pillar of Bliss, and soy waxes.  This fragrance oil also has a very nice cold and hot throw too.  OMG Olive scent also works fabulously in electric oil burners, aroma beads, smelly jellies, and room spray odor eliminators.

On the bath and body end, this fragrance is remarkable.  The usage rate is 5% and this unique fragrance does have a .3% vanillin content, therefore we suggest adding Vanillin White Color Stabilizer to help reduce discoloration in your finished products.  OMG Olive is a great fragrance to scent homemade:  bath bombs, shower gels, melt and pour soaps, body butters, lotions, bubble baths, lotions bars, and foaming sugar scrubs.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this unique fragrance allows plenty of time to play with swirls.   Here are the official results: Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration.  No discoloration.  Scent is good.

Mar
13

Soy Candle Recipe

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how to make a soy candle Soy candles always seem to be the craze.  The soy wax 415 that Natures Garden carries is a 100% all natural vegetable wax.  This also means that this soy wax is biodegradable, and is made from a renewable resource.  When used to make candles; soy wax provides a nice, clean and long burn.

For this recipe, we have figured everything out for you (measurements, temperatures, color, and scent).  We are also presenting it to you in an easy to follow step by step form (with photos).  This recipe will make (1) 16oz apothecary jar candle.

Your finished soy candle will be colored in a light red hue, and scented in with a matching apple orchard fragrance.

We will be double wicking our apothecary jar with (2) CD-10 wicks.  This wicking will provide the candle with a nice hot burn, and allow the scent to travel nicely through the wick; guaranteeing a wonderful hot scent throw.

Besides the ingredients hyper linked above, you will also need some other candle making equipment.  This includes: Thermometer, POURING POT, Warning Labels, Glass Apothecary Jar (16oz), Hot Glue Gun with Gun, Scale, Pot, A cookie sheet, and a Stirring Spoon.

Now, normally prior to making a soy wax candle, you must first check the flashpoint of the scent.  This is important because the flashpoint will indicate the temperature at which you will add the fragrance oil.  However, for this recipe, we have already figured out this information.  Apple Orchard has a flashpoint of 155 degrees Fahrenheit.  What this means is that the temperature at which we will be adding the fragrance oil to the soy wax is 155 degrees Fahrenheit.  Our rule of thumb is:  If a fragrance flash point is below 130F, then add it to wax at 130F.  If the fragrance oil flash point is between 130-185F, then add the fragrance to the wax at its flash point.  If a fragrance oil has a flash point above 185F, then add the fragrance to the wax at 185F.

So now, before we get started making our soy candle; it is important to get all of the supplies and equipment ready that we will be using.  Most of these supplies can be purchased at Natures Garden.  Once you have all of this ready to go; lets get started!

supplies for making a soy candle

Step 1:  Get your pot.  Into the pot, place several inches of tap water.  Next you are going to put the pot on to the stove top and set the heat setting on medium.

prepping for double boiler method

Step 2:  Now get your pouring pot.  Inside the pot, weigh out 440 grams of the 100% soy wax flakes.  Once you have the amount, place the pouring pot into the water pot.  This will be how we melt the soy flakes.  This process is known as the double boiler method.

the double boiler process

Step 3:  Set your oven to 170 degrees Fahrenheit.  Next, place your apothecary jar on your cookie sheet.  Then, place the cookie sheet inside the oven.  Allow the jar to warm for 10-15 minutes, then remove.  Also, plug in your hot glue gun now.

warming your apothecary jar

Step 4:  Now, place your thermometer into the wax.  This is important because you will want to monitor the temperature of the wax while it is melting.  Never let the temperature go higher than 200 degrees Fahrenheit.  This will burn and discolor the wax.  As the wax melts, stir it occasionally.  Also, keeping melting until all the wax is in a liquid state.

melting soy wax

Step 5:  Once the wax is all melted, remove it from heat.  When the temperature reaches 185 degrees Fahrenheit, add the 4 drops of Spectrum Red Candle Dye.  Stir.

coloring soy wax

Step 6:  After the wax has been colored, check your temperature again.  When the temperature reaches 155 degrees Fahrenheit, add your 35 grams of Apple Orchard fragrance oil.  Stir again for a full 2 minutes.  This thorough stir will help the wax, fragrance, and color adhere.  Then, place your thermometer back into the wax.

scenting the soy wax

Step 7:  Next, grab your hot glue gun and place a small amount of glue on the bottom of your wick tabs.  Then, center and secure your candle wicks.

center and secure your wicks

Step 8:  Now, stick your warning label to the bottom of your jar.

applying your warning label

Step 9:  Check the temperature of the wax, you will be looking for it to reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once it does, give your wax one final stir.

checking for the pour temp
Step 10:  Then, slowly start to pour your candle.  You will want to stop your pour once the wax reaches where the jar changes shape.  Then, straighten your wicks.

pouring your soy candle
Step 11: 
Now, allow your candle to fully set up undisturbed.

allowing your candle to set up

Step 12:  Once the candle has hardened, trim your wicks, and lid your jar.  Allow your candle to cure for 24-48 hours.

Congratulations, you just made a soy candle.  Your 100% Soy Wax Candle is now finished and ready to burn.  Enjoy the sweet apple scent that will fill your home and make your house smell good!

Feb
04

Beeswax Candles

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beeswax candles
Air Purifying Candles

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

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

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

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

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

Jan
24

Best Love Scents

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love scentsTop 25 Love Scents

When you make homemade products, part of the appeal in the purchase is the aesthetic look of your products.  The other major component you are dealing with is the scent.  When people purchase presents for loved ones around Valentine’s Day, they want to find something that they know their special someone will appreciate.

Knowing what the top selling scents are for Valentine’s Day may give you and your products that extra edge.

Listed below are the most popular love scents at Natures Garden.  These scents have been categorized according to their popularity in their general fragrance grouping.  This list was compiled in this manner to easily help you find exactly what you are looking for.

top women scentsTop 5 Feminine Love Scents
Pink Sugar Type Fragrance Oil
NG Loving Spell Fragrance Oil
Amazingly Grace Type Fragrance Oil
Best Friends Fragrance Oil
Endlessly in Love Fragrance Oil

top men scentsTop 5 Male Love Scents
NG Aqua di Gio Type Fragrance Oil
Extremely Sexy for Men Fragrance Oil
The Perfect Man Fragrance Oil
Dr. FeelGood Fragrance Oil
Blue Sugar Type Fragrance Oil

top food scentsTop 5 Gourmand Love Scents
Chocolate Covered Strawberries Fragrance Oil
Gourmet Dark Chocolate Fragrance Oil
Red Velvet Cake Fragrance Oil
Merlot Wine Fragrance Oil
Vanilla Champagne Fragrance Oil

top floral scentsTop 5 Floral Love Scents
Fresh Cut Roses Fragrance Oil
Floral Bouquet Fragrance Oil
Victorian Rose Fragrance Oil
Carnation Fragrance Oil
Burgundy Rose Fragrance Oil

top sensual scentsTop 5 Sensuous Love Scents
Butt Naked Fragrance Oil
Lick Me All Over Fragrance Oil
Black Linen and Amber Fragrance Oil
Passionate Kisses Fragrance Oil
Sexy as Sin Fragrance Oil

However, if you are still seeking an easy project to make for a love day gift, some really good last minute ideas for Valentine’s Day presents are:  Emulsified Sugar Scrubs, Melt and Pour Soaps, Massage Oil, Body Butters, Lotions, Body Sprays, Bath Bombs, Scrubs, and of course Candles.  Natures Garden has some great recipes for you to make your very own products; or even create new items to add to your current Valentine’s Day line.  This link has hundreds of easy to make recipes that you can cater scent and/or color to; to be exactly what you are looking for.

Happy Crafting!