Category Archives: cold process soap

Jun
22

Energizing Aroma

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energizing aromaMandarin Tiki Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This energizing aroma is filled with complex and captivating notes.  A perfect addition to your summer themed items, this fragrance oil is tropical perfection in a bottle.  Mandarin Tiki scent has an extraordinary capability to send your senses on vacation.  It is almost as if you can feel the warm sand between your toes.  This energizing aroma will have your creative minds soaring with new and unique concepts to scent.  In fact, many of our customers say not only is Mandarin Tiki selling out products at craft shows, but it is making for repeat customers as well.

What does Mandarin Tiki smell like?

A luxury spa fragrance oil by Natures Garden!  Imagine yourself lying in a hammock on the beach, while drinking a fresh Mai Tai.   A fresh and energizing aroma that stirs the senses and brightens the spirit with its crisp citrus essence;  Mandarin Tiki fragrance is an upscale, complex aroma of mandarin rind, red currants, strawberries, and blueberries;  with middle notes of watercress and palm leaves;  balanced with musky bottom notes.  A Best Seller!  An NG Original Fragrance! 

How do our customers use Mandarin Tiki Fragrance Oil?

This energizing aroma works fabulous in candles and home scenting mediums.  With the unique blend of citrus and berry, Mandarin Tiki Fragrance Oil really packs a punch in the air.  Having great throw both cold and hot, this energizing aroma permeates.  Used in an array of waxes like soy, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, and Pillar of Bliss, this scent is very strong.  In fact, many customers who use soy in their candles comment on the amazing smell in the finished product.  As for making your house smell good with this scent, Mandarin Tiki works very well for room freshening sprays, electric burners, aroma beads, and smelly jellies.

On the bath and body end of things, this energizing aroma is delicious!  The usage rate for Mandarin Tiki is 5%.  This complex fragrance is used to scent a variety of items including: sugar scrubs, solid lotion bars, bath bombs, foaming body butters, spray lotions, perfume oils, melt and pour soaps, body sprays, bubble baths, and balms.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this energizing aroma is very well behaved.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration,  no discoloration, a very nice scent.

Jun
19

Cucumber & Melons Scent

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cucumber & melons scent Cucumber & Melons Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

A classic and favorite summertime aroma, Natures Gardens Cucumber & Melons Scent is a crowd pleaser.  Known for having the perfect harmony of cucumber and melon aroma; this fruity scent is bright, fresh, and clean.  This great girly scent is a classic, and many of Natures Gardens customers claim this cucumber & melons scent is a bestselling summertime aroma.  A delicious and juicy fragrance to scent your homemade products in; this well know aroma is exactly what people are looking for this time of year.

What does Cucumber & Melons Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an aroma of sweet and sour cucumber and a deep green oily note with hints of violet, with a background of sweet, freshly sliced honeydew melon. A Best Seller!

How do our customers use Cucumber & Melons Fragrance Oil?

For candle creators or anyone that wants to make their house smell good; our customers use cucumber & melon scent in their soy waxes like 464, Joy wax, pillar of bliss, Palm wax, and WOW wax.  The scent throw of this cucumber & melon scent is amazing.  You can even smell the cucumber!  As for home scenting ideas; this juicy fragrance has been used to scent:  reed diffusers, oil burners, smelly jellies, and room refreshing sprays using odor eliminator.

On the bath and body end of products, cucumber & melons scent is always a top seller.  The usage rate for this fragrance oil is 4%.  This refreshing fragrance is used to scent:  melt and pour soaps, body sprays, whipped body butters, lotions, bath salts, creams, and body scrubs.  And, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this juicy and amazing scent allows plenty of time to play!  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, scent is awesome, fresh, clean, and crisp, a great addition to your cp line. No discoloration.

Jun
16

Candy Store Scent

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candy store scent Jammin Rock Candy Fragrance Oil Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This is one great candy store scent!  Jammin Rock Candy Fragrance Oil is chocked full of sweet and sugary berries, berries, berries with a hint of citrus.  It will definitely take you back to your childhood days, remembering all the sweet goodies you loved best.  This fragrance is a true candy store scent.  You know the one, that sweet aroma that you instantaneously breathed in   as soon as you opened the door.  Well, this candy store scent will certainly bring the sweet memories of little brown bags filled with your favorites.  One thing is for sure, the sweetness of Jammin Rock Candy will be the one scent you will not want to be without!  It is absolutely loved by everyone that smells it!

What does Jammin Rock Candy Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an explosive blend of the sweet jammin’ berry trio of juicy ripe cherries, strawberries, and raspberries harmonized with hints of tangy citrus brought together by icy peppermint and sugary hard rock candy.  This fragrance truly “Rocks the House”.  An NG ORIGINAL!

How do our customers use Jammin Rock Candy Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters out there; This candy store scent is used in a variety of waxes including:  Soy, paraffin, soy blends, Gel, WOW, Pillar of Bliss, and Joy.  Jammin Rock Candy Fragrance Oil is strong and has no problems with scent throw.  In fact, this sweet fragrance also works well for home scenting products like oil burners, reed diffusers, smelly jellies, and aroma beads.

For bath and body crafters, this store candy scent is a huge hit for teens and the little ones!  The usage rate for Jammin Rock Candy Fragrance is 5%.  It does contain a vanillin content of .02% so vanilla white color stabilizer is recommended to offset discoloration in your finished products.  This sweet treat fragrance is used to scent: 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 fragrance did awesome.  Here are the official results: No ricing, no acceleration, no separation.  Discolors to a very, very light tan color. Scent is AMAZING!

If you are interested in a fun and easy Natures Garden recipe using this store candy scent, please click on this link to view the Lollipop Soap recipe.

Jun
14

Best Summer Scents

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summer scentsBest Summer Scents 2014

Summer will officially be here in one week.  School is out of session, many are preparing for their family vacations, and the gardening and outdoor grilling season has begun.  The much anticipated carefree days of summer are near.

Summer, longer days full of sunshine, warm breezes, and happiness.  In all honestly, after the brutal winter many of us experienced, we are even accepting of the humidity summer brings over the bone chilling cold.

So it’s now time to bring out the sundresses, bathing suits, and shorts.  But, a change of the seasons not only means a change in the wardrobe, but also a change in the scents that people prefer.  Summertime brings with it a longing for crisp, clean scents, sweet fruity aromas, and soft blends.

With all of this in mind, Natures Garden would like to present to you our list of the best summer scents for 2014.  These scents encompass both classic summertime favorites, as well as new fun in the sun aromas.  In fact, some of these summer scents should come to you as no surprise because they are known as top selling fragrances no matter what time of the year it is.

This list of the best summer scents was based off their purchase popularity, performance in both candles and bath and body products, as well as the reviews that the customers have given them.

It is a remarkable feat for these 15 fragrances to be listed as one of the best summer scents 2014.  Natures Garden currently carries 816 different fragrance oils; so, quite literally they are in the top 2%.

Please Note:  These best summer scents are not listed in any particular order.

In the Fruity and Sweet Category

Butt Naked Fragrance Oil

Cucumbers & Melons Fragrance Oil

Monkey Farts Fragrance Oil

Fluffy Pink Candy Fragrance Oil- If you are interested in using this summer scent in a recipe, please click on this link to see the Cotton Candy Emulsified Sugar Scrub recipe.

Blue Hawaiian Fragrance Oil

Pink Sugar Type Fragrance Oil- If you are interested in using this summer scent in a recipe, please click on this link to see the Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub recipe using this fragrance oil.

Blue Raspberry Slushie Fragrance Oil

Black Raspberry & Vanilla Fragrance Oil-  If you are interested in using this summer scent in a recipe, please click on this link to see the Black Raspberry Vanilla Body Butter recipe.

Coconut Lime Verbana Fragrance Oil- If you are interested in using this summer scent in a recipe, please click on this link to see the Coconut Lime Verbana Soap Bowl recipe.

NG Loving Spell Fragrance Oil  

Sweet Orange Chili Pepper Fragrance Oil- If you are interested in using this summer scent in a recipe, please click on this link to see the Sweet Orange Chili Pepper Cold Process Soap recipe.

In the Crisp and Clean Category

NG Aqua Di Gio Type Fragrance Oil

NG Island Fresh Gain Type Fragrance Oil-  If you are interested in using this summer scent in a recipe, please click on this link to see the Island Fresh Air Freshener recipe.

The Perfect Man Fragrance Oil

In the Soft Blends Category

Lotus Blossom Fragrance Oil

That concludes the list of Natures Garden’s Best Summer Scents for 2014.  All of these scents work amazingly in your homemade products.  However, if you are wondering what other summer scent Natures Garden carries, simply click on this link to view the Spring Summer Scents Category.

Jun
12

Attraction Scent

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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.

Jun
10

Alabama Gathering

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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

Jun
07

CP Soap Frosting

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cp soap frostingHow to Make CP Soap Frosting

Recently, we tried a new endeavor… CP Soap Frosting.  To be completely honest, this was not our first time attempting this recipe.  It did take a few times to perfect the recipe, consistency, and steps.

If you are interested in making approximately one pound of your own Soap Frosting this recipe is for you!  Everything will be spelled out from ingredients to weights, and will even include steps and pictures.  Now, if you want to frost soap cupcakes or cakes (or really anything you want to frost), you will need to have your bases already poured and set up ready to go.

So, if you are ready to get started… lets go.  As always before starting any cold process soap recipe, you will want to properly clean and sanitize your work area; as well as put on your safety gear.  This will include safety goggles, safety mask, and safety gloves.

Here are the ingredients and weight you will need to make CP Soap Frosting:

For the lye water
129 grams of distilled water
53 grams of lye

As for the soaping ingredients:
170 grams of Palm Oil
170 grams of Coconut Oil 76
21 grams of a body safe fragrance oil

Please Note:  For this recipe, we selected Almond Marzipan Fragrance Oil.  This is because the fragrance is considered a Perfect Pour with no discoloration.  Since we wanted to show both white CP Soap Frosting and colored CP Soap Frosting, we wanted a fragrance oil that did not have a high vanillin content (which may cause discoloration in soap).

If you are interested in coloring your CP Soap Frosting, any of the FUN Soap Colorants will do the trick.  To view the full list of all of the FUN Soap Colorants that Natures Garden has to offer, please click on this link.

Also, it should be noted that you will NOT be using a stick blender for this recipe.  Instead, you will need a hand held mixer with either whisk attachments or beater attachments.

Now, for the CP Soap Frosting, room temperature is the key to mastering the frosting.  This is why your soaping ingredients typically consist of butters and oils that are of a solid consistency at room temperature.

So, now that you have some of the basics down, here is the rest:

soap frosting lye water

Step 1:  You will want to make your lye solution.  To accomplish this, using two separate containers, weigh out the lye in one and the water in another.  Then, take the 2 bowls into a well ventilated area.  Sprinkle a small amount of lye into the water an stir with the spatula.  Repeat this manner until all of the lye is in the water.  Stir until you can not feel the granules anymore.  Next, set aside to cool.

soap frosting ingredients
Step 2:  
Now, weigh out your two soaping ingredients.  You do not want your ingredients to be in liquid form, but instead more of a soft butter consistency.  (You an easily accomplish this by allowing your ingredients to set out at room temperature.)

room temperature lye water

Step 3:  Allow your lye solution to reach room temperature as well.

beat the soap frosting ingredients

Step 4:  While you are waiting for your lye solution to cool, use your hand held mixer to start blending the two ingredients together.  You will sporadically want to use your spatula to rotate the mixture.  Stop beating when you are able to achieve peaks in the mixture.

adding the lye water and beating

Step 5:  When the lye solution is at room temperature, you will now add it in small increments to the soaping ingredients.  You will want to aim for about 20 grams at a time.  While you are adding the lye solution to the soaping ingredients, keep mixing the mixture with your hand held through out the whole process.  When the mixture is able to create peaks again, it is time to add more lye solution.  Keep repeating this process until all of the lye solution has been added and incorporated.  This will take some time.

adding scent to soap frosting

Step 6:  When your mixture is ready, add the fragrance oil.  Once all of the fragrance oil has been added and the mixture is thick enough to be peaked, you can stop using the hand held mixer (unless you are coloring).

adding color to soap frosting

Step 7:  Optional:  If you are adding a FUN Soap Colorant to the mixture, you will do it in this step.  Once added, you will mix the colorant in with the hand held mixer.

filling your frosting bags

Step 8:  Now that your CP Soap Frosting is ready, it is time to bag it up.  If you have a decorating bag, these work great; especially if you are going with a special tip look.  If you do not have a decorating bag, simply place an open Ziploc bag inside a cup.  The mouth of the cup should align with the opening of the Ziploc.  Then, you can easily scoop the soap into the bag.  Seal the bag, and cut the tip of one corner to create an opening.

frosting your cupcake soap

Step 9:  Start to frost!

Step 10:  Once all of the soap that you are frosting is frosted, all your soap to cure.

That is it.  Like mentioned earlier, you can cater your CP Soap Frosting to be any color, or scent (with a body safe fragrance oil).  You will just want to double check the vanillin content and the soaping results to know exactly how the fragrance is going to behave in your soap batter.

Happy Soaping!

Jun
06

Bamboo Scent

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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.

Jun
06

Lavender Soap

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lavender scent Making Lavender Soap

For us, making cold process soap is almost a daily occurrence.  With all of the fragrance oils that are tested, new samples that are tested, and fun recipes that are made, the creative team at Natures Garden is always busy doing something.

A few days ago, we wanted to make a Lavender Soap Recipe (with cold process).  Through our brainstorming, we created a great recipe, with a cool design concept that even included sprinkling a small amount of lavender flowers to the top of the soap.

Seeing that Lavender Martini Fragrance Oil was not yet used for a recipe, we thought it would be the perfect fit.  The soaping results showed that it was a “Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration.  Very great unique scent.  No discoloration.  Scent is clean.”  So, soaping with this oil was not going to pose any issues.

To use one word to describe working with this fragrance oil, it would be flawless.  The color design for our recipe contained 4 colors including: a light purple, medium purple, dark purple, and finally white.  Not only did the fragrance allow for ample time to get these colors achieved, but we were also able to accomplish a gorgeous in the pot swirl too.

So now, since we are on the topic of how wonderful this fragrance oil was to work with, it should also be mentioned how fabulously strong and amazing this scent smells.  Once the Lavender Martini scent was in the soap batter, it seemed to fill the work area instantaneously.  The lavender martini aroma was strong!  We were all super excited as to how this soap loaf recipe was going to turn out.  Even just walking past the loaf as it set up was a foreshadow of just how aromatic the scent was.

The next day, we unmolded and braced ourselves for the soap slicing.  As we sliced the soap loaf, it seemed that with each slice the smell of lavender martini was more intense in the air.  This recipe was just an overall win in every category!

So, if you are looking for a great cold process soap scent, and your interest is peaked in giving this fragrance oil a try in cold process soap, we highly suggest you do.  Like we mentioned earlier, we soap a lot of fragrances, but this one was definitely eye opening.

lavender soap recipeTo view the Lavender Cold Process Soap in its entirety, please click on this link.  It will provide you with the recipe weights, and step by step instruction.  But, this fragrance will work for your own recipe too if you wanted to go that route.

Happy Lavender Soaping!

Jun
02

Bright Scent

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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.