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Beeswax Uses

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

beeswaxBeeswax Uses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Menthol Crystals

Monday, January 27th, 2014

menthol crystalsThe menthol crystals that Natures Garden carries are actually crystallized peppermint essential oil.  These crystals are 100% natural and have a variety of uses when introduced into your products.

Although menthol crystals can be made synthetically, when derived naturally they come from mint oils such as cornmint or peppermint.  Once the extraction occurs, the oil is immediately frozen (cold extraction) which forms the menthol crystals.  These crystals, which look similar to smaller oblong rock crystals, are solid at room temperature but have a melting point of around 107 degrees Fahrenheit.  These menthol crystals which are a white or clear crystalline substance are soluble in alcohol and propylene glycol and they are miscible in oils.

Menthol crystals have many uses.  They can be found in many industries such as oral hygiene, candies, pharmaceuticals, personal care, perfumery, and tobacco.  They naturally have a strong minty odor to them.  And, their usage percentage in a product can vary anywhere from .2% to 10% depending on the end product that is being formulated.

Menthol contains local anesthetic, antipruritic, analgesic, antispasmodic and anti irritant qualities.  The use of menthol in bath and body products can actually engage the cold sensitive receptors in our skin and provide a cooling sensation.  This same sensation can also occur from inhaling menthol as well as ingesting it.

menthol crystals in oral hygiene
Oral Hygiene:

In the realm of oral hygiene this ingredient is used not only for its refreshing flavor, but also to combat bad breath and can be used in mouthwash and toothpaste.

 

menthol crystals in gumFlavoring and Candies:
Menthol crystals are used to flavor many of our favorite go to minty pleasures.  It is used with the addition of anise to produce the tried and true flavor of licorice.  The crystals are used in peppermint and spearmint chewing gum for their refreshing and cooling feeling when chewed.  And, it is also even used in the production of many hard candies.

menthol crystal usesPharmaceuticals:
For slight throat irritations, menthol crystals can be used in items like cough medicines, cough drops, and throat lozenges.  The addition of this ingredient will cause a soothing and cooling sensation in the inflamed area.

Menthol crystals can be used to alleviate nausea, especially when the nausea is due to motion sickness.  This is because peppermint (which is used in making menthol crystals) is a natural carminative herb, meaning it can settle the digestive system.

Because menthol crystals have antipruritic and anti irritant qualities, they are great for anti itch creams and balms.

When it comes to chest congestion and upper respiratory issues; menthol can work as a decongestant.  The uses in this category for menthol crystals include: rubs, balms, or salves.  Inhaling the minty aroma of these crystals will also help to alleviate the blockages.

For an excellent fever reducer, menthol crystals can be made into wraps to be applied to the head or feet.  These wraps can also be made into balms or cooling gels.

menthol crystals in bath productsBath and Body: (Once made into a liquid form)

Menthol crystals are a great addition to lip balms.

Menthol crystals are a remarkable additive to lotions and creams for their analgesic property.  This provides temporary relief of minor aches and pains, as well as sprains in muscles.  Because menthol is antispasmodic, they can also help to reduce muscle cramping and muscle spasms.

Due of their amazing cooling, analgesic, and anesthetic properties, menthol crystals are extremely helpful in the treating of sunburns and razor burns.  The cooling sensation in gels and shaving balms simulates the feeling of ice providing some instant relief from the pain.  But, menthol can also penetrate deeply to numb the pain area temporarily.

Menthol crystals can even be used in deodorants, hair shampoos, and hair conditioners for their refreshing and cooling sensations.

Adding menthol crystals to soap recipes can enhance your soap for any of menthol’s benefits.  Just make sure the crystals are completely dissolved in the soaping oils and stirred well to reduce skin irritations. 

menthol crystals in perfumes

Perfumery:
Menthol is even used in the perfumery industry.  When dealing with notes of floral, especially that of rose, perfumists will use menthol to produce menthyl esters.  These esters actually accentuate these delicate notes.


Tobacco:

Menthol crystals are used to flavor various tobacco items such as cigarette tobacco, pipe tobacco, and chewing tobacco. 

The shelf life for these crystals is 2 years when stored accordingly.  However, areas with high humidity may experience the hardening and mass joining of these crystals into a solid lump.  This lump may be broken up by lightly hitting it with a mallet.  Also, areas with high levels of heat may melt the crystals.  Menthol crystals are best stored in a tight fitted glass, aluminum, or double lined container.  The crystals should be kept in a cool and dry area away from heat and direct sunlight.

Care should be taken when using menthol crystals in skincare products, as using too much may irritate the skin.

Natures Garden sells our menthol crystals for external applications only.  In the preceding post, we discussed how these wonderful crystals have many different uses in vast industries.  Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice.  Please consult your doctor before using any of this information for treatment purposes. We provide this data for educational purposes only.

Strong Clean Scent

Monday, January 27th, 2014

strong clean scentFresh Linen Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This delightfully fresh smelling scent is a winner across the board.  Perfect for everyone, this clean, crisp, and super brisk scent is a top seller; according to our customers.  Ideal for any crafting medium because of its strong clean scent throw, this outstanding fragrance is a superb addition to any spring cleaning/ fresh cleaned house line.  In fact, many of our customers joke that just having this scent in your home saves you tons of time not cleaning- but your home will smell like you did.

What does Fresh Linen Smell Like?

This fresh fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a clean accord with soft subtle back notes of powder and musk. Very similar to downy fabric softener. Notes include: jasmine, lilac, peony, Egyptian musk and French vanilla.   A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Fresh Linen Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters; get ready to be amazed.  Fresh Linen has an astonishing strong clean scent with amazing throw.  Our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy waxes (like 464), Joy wax, and WOW wax.  This fragrance oil even works very well in tart form.  As for other home scenting ideas; this fragrance oil is a keeper and has been used to make smelly jellies, room deodorizers, car fresheners, reed diffusers, linen sprays, oil diffusers, potpourri, wax dipped stuffed animals, and sachet beads.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5%.  This fabulous fragrance is used to create:  melt and pour soaps, bath salts, body creams, laundry soaps, and handmade lotions. And, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is great.  Here are the official results:  Some acceleration.  No ricing, no separation.  Scent is really good and strong with incredible retention in bars!  No discoloration.

Shea Butter Recipes

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Shea butter cold process soap Great Shea Butter Recipes

Shea Butter has amazing benefits for your skin.  The addition of this ingredient in your products will give your merchandise often sought out advantages.  Rich in vitamins a and e, Shea butter is great for reviving and moisturizing skin, hair, and nails.  Plus, Shea butter is readily absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy feel behind.  Shea butter also does not clog pores, and is gentle enough to use for skin irritations on babies.

Key Points of Shea Butter

Shea butter can help in the removal of age spots, scars, and stretch marks.  It also helps to invigorate collagen production from our bodies, keeping our skin looking healthy, radiant, and supple; therefore reducing sagging skin.

Shea butter is anti inflammatory.  This makes it a perfect ingredient for body products that help to alleviate pain associated with arthritis, sore and achy muscles, and wind/sun/minor heat burns.

Shea butter is a natural moisturizing agent.  This is a great ingredient to use for people that suffer from skin irritations such as psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.  However, Shea butter is gentle enough to use on babies for diaper rashes.  Also, Shea butter is a superb additive to combat those rougher areas of your body; such as the heels, knees, and elbows.

For hair products, Shea butter is a winner.  Not only does Shea butter help thinning and damaged hair, but it will also promote growth of hair as well.  A perfect bonus to this butter is that it fights dandruff and can even be used as a natural hair conditioner.

Shea butter will also help cracked cuticles and promote healthy nail beds.

A great massage oil, Shea butter allows for penetrating, deep tissues massages and can be scented for aromatherapy reasons.

Here are some phenomenal Shea butter themed recipes for homemade bath and body products:

Rose Violet Bath MeltsBath Recipes
Berry Bewitching Bath Brew Recipe
Gourmet Chocolate Bath Melts Recipe
Lemon Lavender Bath Melts Recipe
Rose Petal Bath Melts Recipe
Rose Violet Bath Melts Recipe

black raspberry vanilla body butter recipeBody Balms/Butters
Black Raspberry Vanilla Body Butter Recipe
Hydrating Hand Sticks Recipe
Sugar Cookie Whipped Body Butter Recipe
Rejuvenating Foot Balm Recipe
Winter Body Butter Recipe

Massage
Massage Candle Recipe

shea lotion with herbal infusionLotions
Shea Lotion with Herbal Infusion Recipe
Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

Melt and Pour Soaps
7 Up Bundt Cake Soap Recipe
Zebra Print Soap Recipe

Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process Soap Cold Process Soaps
Peppermint Cold Process Foot Soap Recipe
Apricotie Hottie Soap Recipe
Beer Cold Process Soap Recipe
Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process Soap Recipe
Calendula Sunshine Cold Process Soap Recipe
Caramel Custard Cold Process Soap Recipe
Carrot Cold Process Soap Recipe
Cleopatra Heavy Cream Cold Process Soap Recipe
Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap Recipe
Cold Process Shaving Soap Recipe
Gentle Avocado Cold Process Soap Recipe
Lavender Luxury Cold Process Soap Recipe
Mango Cold Process Soap Recipe
Pineapple Paprika Cold Process Soap Recipe
Royal Honey Bee Cold Process Soap Recipe
Shampoo Bar Cold Process Soap Recipe
Shea Butter Cold Process Soap Recipe
Hot Process Soap Recipe

Lip Balms/Glosses
Crazy for Coconuts Lip Balm Recipe
Natural Beet Root Lip Gloss Recipe
Strawberry Cheesecake Lip Balm Recipe

cotton candy emulsified sugar scrub Scrubs
Cotton Candy Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe
Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe
Fruity Rings Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe
Neapolitan Ice Cream Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe
Strawberry Milkshake Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe
Watermelon Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe

Shea Butter

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Shea ButterShea Butter

An essential element to Africans for thousands of years, the benefits of Shea Butter are quickly becoming center stage in many western parts of the world.  Shea butter is a substance that naturally contains vitamins a and e.  This butter is very beneficial to skin care and medicinal industries.  It can be added to various body products such as lotions or salves for anti-inflammatory (reduce inflammation), emollient (softening or soothing skin), and humectant (retaining or keeping moisture) properties.   But, more over, Shea butter also assists with the removal of scars and stretch marks.  Shea butter can even help with skin irritations such as diaper rashes.

Shea Butter comes from the wild growing Karite tree in Africa. The Karite tree can live up to 300 years of age.  The Karite tree starts to produce seeds at 10-15 years of age.  These seeds (or nuts) parallel that of a large plum. The fruit of the Karite tree has become a priceless item to the people of Africa.  Often considered “women’s gold”, these nuts not only provide food and medicine to the people of Africa, but they are also a main source of income for many of the women who are employed by the production of Shea butter.

Shea butter can be made in various different ways:

When a Karite tree produces nuts, they are collected.  Traditionally, the nuts are then opened and roasted.  This roasting is done to ensure a constant texture in the Shea butter.  When this consistency is achieved, the butter is then removed from the nuts, kneaded, and finally is analyzed for quality.  Once it is approved, the Shea butter, which has a ivory or cream like color, is then exported out of Africa.

Another way to get Shea butter is the crushing and boiling of the nuts.  Since the Shea butter is really a fatty substance, it will float to the top of the water.  The Shea butter is then skimmed out of the water and then it naturally solidifies.  Once it is in a solid form, it is checked for quality and exported.

Shea butter can also be extracted by the cold pressing method.   

Shea butter can also be filtered.  This form of Shea butter involves a process of clay filtering which allows for a smoother texture.  This clay filtering method allows for the removal of any shell particles that may still be in the Shea Butter.

Physically speaking Shea butter is a great substance to apply raw (right on the skin).  Its butter like consistency readily melts (from the heat of our bodies), and is absorbed into the skin.  Shea butter is invaluable to both the medicinal and cosmetic industries. 

Medical Uses:

Some of the key components as to why Shea butter is beneficial to the medical industry are that Shea butter is:  antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti inflammatory.

Shea Butter works as a natural sun block.  This is because it is able to absorb some ultraviolet rays, due to the fact that Shea butter contains the component cinnamic acid.  The addition of Shea butter to a lotion or cream will allow the product to provide some sun blocking properties against harmful UV rays.

Shea butter is also used as a base in many medicinal ointments because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

This amazing product can even help to alleviate discomfort from bruises and even burns (heat/wind/sun burns).  Medicinally speaking, using raw Shea butter on sore and achy muscles will actually drain the toxins from the area, helping to reduce the soreness.

This is a go to ingredient for massaging people who suffer from arthritis and pains in their joints.  This is because Shea butter contains stigmasterol, an agent for preventing stiffness.

And, within the realm of massaging, Shea butter is a perfect massaging agent.  Because this ingredient melts when it is in contact with the skin, it creates an ideal situation for deep tissue massages.

Cosmetic Uses:

Shea butter is one of the best all natural skin care products available hence it growing popularity in this booming market.

Due to its moisturizing benefits, Shea butter prevents chapping and extremely dry skin.  It is a great go to ingredient for dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema.  As an exemplary moisturizer, Shea butter contains many fatty acids.  These fatty acids are necessary to help keep skin looking supple and youthful.  Shea butter also assists our skin in keeping its elasticity.  This is because Shea butter can actually encourage collagen production from our bodies.

Shea butter can be used as a natural hair conditioner.  But, the healthy hair benefits do not stop there.  Shea Butter can actually prevent hair from breaking and thinning and actually stimulates hair growth!  Shea butter can even be used as hair pomade.

For hand creams and body lotions, not only does the addition of Shea butter help to keep skin moisturized, but it also helps with cracked cuticles and even fortifies nail beds.  This ingredient is ideal for the super dry areas of your skin such as elbows, knees, and heels.

In shaving creams Shea butter can help to prevent irritations.  It even promotes the skin to have a radiant and healthy glow.

Shea Butter is ideal for soap making.  Because many of the components of Shea butter are non-saponifiable, therefore, many of the nutrients and skin loving elements are still existent in the finished bar of soap.  To view a great cold process soap making recipe that contains Shea butter and all its healthy benefits, please click here. 

To help firm and rejuvenate sagged, wrinkled, or aged skin, use Shea butter in the formulation of your bath and body products.  Promoting cell renewal and increasing circulation, this is an overall great ingredient for your whole body product line.

A great makeup remover that does not clog pores, Shea butter can be used to remove facial makeup in a cinch.

As you can see, Shea butter has many versatile uses.  A great addition to any bath and body recipe, Shea butter is easy to work with and will provide your products will numerous healthy benefits.  To purchase Shea butter from a trusted supplier in the soap and cosmetic industry, please click on this link.

Handmade Soap

Monday, January 13th, 2014

handmade soap My name is Amy Garrett, and I own Alberta Handmade Soap Co. It’s a tiny “just me with the support of my family” company located in rural Alberta so it’s been a lot of work getting seen, but I love my work and products, and my customers really make it worthwhile for me!

I am an American from Oregon who married a Canadian from Alberta, which is what started my soap making adventure (and living in Alberta) – I wanted to make handmade soap wedding favours, and it turned into a major part of my life! There was no way I could do it as a hobby, there is too many soaps to make in a week and my house couldn’t contain them all, so once we finished the immigration process into Canada and got moved up here, *and* learned all the Canadian legalities, I formed Alberta Handmade Soap Co. and it just keeps growing. It wasn’t long after bar soap that I started expanding what I make – it makes me very happy to make bath and body products that my customers love.

My specialty is cold process handmade soap, but I also make lotions and body butters, lip balms, bath bombs, and more, with more products on the horizon. I’m a new customer to Nature’s Garden, and the fragrance oils have been so well received in all my products – I am so happy with the quality! I use a few suppliers but can easily say that Nature’s Garden has replaced a large portion of my regular scents, and I’m adding so many new ones, they are all so nice; Pink Sugar and Pumpkin Apple Butter sold huge this season, what I thought would last me til spring is just about out of stock from just a month of holiday sales!

Soaping with Cream Cheese

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

blueberry-cheesecake-soap-pic1We were in the cold process soaping kind of mood, and we were inspired by the scent Blueberry Cheesecake Fragrance Oil.  We wanted to do something different and add a little extra element to the recipe really challenging our soap making capabilities.  Obviously, since the scent was a cheesecake type fragrance oil, the go to ingredient in our minds was Cream Cheese; a vital piece to any cheesecake recipe.

The first step we took was to set the cream cheese out for a few hours so that it would be room temperature when we added it to the soaping oils (before the addition of lye water).  We figured this was a logical step since you do the same thing when you make real cheesecake.  In the first recipe that we tried, the cream cheese portion was 25% of our water amount; we figured we would go for the gusto.

We had already made our concentrated lye solution; it was cooling down.  Our soaping butters and oils were also in a melted state.  So, while we played the waiting game; we placed the cream cheese into the melted oils to allow the heat to soften up the cream cheese even further.   And, it did just that.  Using a spatula we were further able to break up the cream cheese.  This was the first real visible hitch that we had.  Once the cream cheese was broken up in our soaping oils the appearance was a little different than what we had anticipated.  The cream cheese basically looked like it was ricing in our bowl.

We still proceeded as normal, and once the temperatures were correct to add the lye solution into the soaping oils, we did just that.  Once the stick blender was introduced into the equation, the riced look was no longer a problem.  The cream cheese was completely emulsified as was the rest of the soaping batter.  We were golden.

As for any other special elements for this recipe; due to the fact that Blueberry Cheesecake Fragrance Oil discolors, we also added vanilla white color stabilizer to help reduce discoloration in our finished soap.  This was added at a 1 to 1 ratio.  We also desired to make this soap look identical to real blueberry cheesecake.  So, besides the colorants used to make the deep bluish hue, we also used titanium dioxide to whiten the “cheesecake” portion of the soap.

There were no other hiccups as we proceeded with the rest of the soaping recipe.  Once the batter was pot swirled and poured into the molds, we allowed it to sit undisturbed; playing the waiting game once again.

Flash Forward:  After the soap sat in the mold for 24 hours, we unmolded it.  The soap showed promise with beautiful outside coloration.  We were very excited to cut the loaf and see how the pot swirl had turned out.  After slicing a few of the bars, we were in awe of the delightful thick swirls running throughout each bar we sliced.  That was when we noticed the foul smell coming from the freshly sliced soap.  The blueberry cheesecake scent was very evident, but the soap also had a strange aroma to it.  Our first thought was the cream cheese.  Was it possible that the cream cheese had some kind of reaction during the soaping process?  We were not sure.  So, we reviewed the recipe, ran it through soap calc again, and came to the realization that 25% was too high of a percentage of cream cheese.  So, we were going to try the recipe again.

The next day we reworked our numbers.  This time we only added 20% cream cheese, and we corrected our water portion amount.  Everything else was exactly the same.  After the soaping process and mold time, once again we were in the same boat.  The new cut soap also had that strange foul odor to it.  Another great learning experience for us; but it was still a failure when it came to mastering the cream cheese recipe.

Not wanting to throw the proverbial towel in yet; we tried the cream cheese soap recipe one last time.  For this we held the cream cheese at 20%  but this time we soaped at the lowest temperature possible.  Knowing the the third time is a charm, and hyped that we may have just salvaged the soap recipe, we anxiously sliced the first piece… and with the bar came that smell.

Finally, we decided that soaping with cream cheese is a lot like soaping with butter; finicky butyric acid!

Taking a step back, we still really liked the quality of the bars, even with the smell.  We noticed that the bars from our first recipe still had the odor, but it was not as strong.  It seemed to dissipate as the bars cured; saving us from complete disaster.  However, not wanting to settle, the Blueberry Cheesecake Fragrance deserved a much better recipe to truly highlight its mouth-watering aroma.

We ended up making the Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process Soap Recipe again.  However, this time we used 2% milk instead of cream cheese.  Since we had soaped with dairy before with the Cleopatra Cold Process Soap Recipe (heavy whipping cream) and the Caramel Custard Cold Process Soap Recipe (evaporated milk), we went with a 50% water and 50% frozen milk portion.

In true soaping with dairy fashion, we froze the weighed out milk portion and added it straight to the melted butters and oils.  We then proceeded with adding the lye water and so on.  There were no issues with this recipe.   We were very happy with the in pot swirl and final colors in our soap bars.  With all of the coloring practice we had with this recipe; it was spot on!  The performance of the finished bars themselves were great; full of lather, lightly exfoliated, and moisturized the skin.  Overall, even with the few hiccups we had with the cream cheese, it was all worth it in the end.

To view the full Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process Soap Recipe, you can simply click on the link.  This recipe or any of the recipes mentioned in this blog post are also listed under the Free Recipes and Classes Section of Natures Garden’swebsite categorized under Cold Process Soap Recipes.

Bayberry Fragrance Oil

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Bayberry Fragrance Oil Bayberry Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This year round best selling fragrance oil is especially beloved during the festive winter season.  Increasingly popular due to its traditional and classic aroma; if you are looking for the perfect Christmassy scent, Bayberry fragrance oil is your front runner!  This fragrance oil is highly recommended by our customers.  With a distinguished winter time scent of fresh and crisp pine that is perfectly balanced with warm and inviting spices, Bayberry Fragrance Oil is a time honored, traditional holiday aroma.

What does Bayberry Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a nice blend of fir and balsam and delicate spicy undertones of nutmeg and ginger.  A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Bayberry Fragrance Oil?

For those of you that are home scenters and candle crafters; our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy, pillar of bliss, soy blends, WOW, paraffin, and Joy wax candles.  This scent is amazingly strong in both the hot and cold scent throw, and is splendid in melts too.  The perfect scent for holiday gifts, this fragrance oil also works extremely well in incense, aroma beads, room freshening sprays, and even smelly jellies.

On the bath and body end, this unisex fragrance is the scent of the season.  The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 3% for bath oils, soaps, and bath gels, and 2% in lotions and perfumes.  This heartwarming scent is used to make:  melt and pour soaps, foaming body butters, lotions, after shave butters, shower gels, colognes, sugar scrubs, and bubble bombs.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, here are the official results:  Some acceleration, color first.  No separation.  A true bayberry scent that stays strong.  No discoloration.

Top Fragrance Oils for CP Soap

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

eaarly-sunsine-soapWhen it comes to cold process soaping, there are several factors that many soapers take into consideration.  The ingredients of each soap recipe is well thought out, calculated, and tested to ensure the very best end bar.  However, sometimes when fragrances are introduced to the mix, there are still even more factors that need to be considered.

How will the fragrance oil perform?

Depending on the components that actually comprise the fragrance oil, several things can occur to your soap batter.  Sometimes, fragrance oils are considered “Perfect Pours”.  This is the introduction of the fragrance to the soap batter that does not change the physical consistency.  Perfect Pours are great.  They are easy to work with, giving a nice amount of time for beautifying the batter with color, micas, or swirls.  But, on the other end, there are some types of fragrances that will cause the batter to change.  These main effects are ricing, acceleration, seizing, separation, and discoloration.

Now, in order to ease the minds of many soapers, Natures Garden has tested every fragrance oil we carry in the cold soap process.  If you are interested in reading these results, you can click on this link or find it on the Natures Garden’s website under Fragrance Oil Testing Results in Cold Process Soap in the Fragrance Classes.

But, in order to further help you find great fragrances that perform well we have researched, asked, and polled many CP soapers for their opinions.  Here is a list of the top 35 Natures Garden fragrances for soaping.  These fragrances have great scent retention, are easy to work with, and were selected as favorites among crafters in the soaping community.  We hope you enjoy!

Please Note:  These fragrances are documented in alphabetical order, not in order of popularity.

Name of Fragrance Oil Description of Fragrance Oil Performance of Fragrance Oil in Cold Process Soap
Bamboo Hemp Fragrance Oil An incredibly well-balanced blend of bamboo stalks, vetiver, and patchouli, with undertones of hemp seed and oakmoss. No ricing, slight acceleration, stick blend and soap at cooler temps. Discolors to a cream color.  Very well liked, especially by males.  Fresh and clean. 
Black Raspberry Vanilla Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an enticing blend of blackberries and raspberries, with middle notes of white floral greenery, and bottom notes of musk and vanilla.  Highly requested fragrance!
Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration, scent is good. 
Bite Me Fragrance Oil Fresh citrus notes of lime and orange sparkle with effervescent highlights as they lead to a luscious blend of berry and cherry in this playful scent. Leafy green accents add intensity as a base of vanilla creates sweet tones for the fragrance.  An NG Original Fragrance! Wow, Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration, very strong, a must have for all lines.   
Camu Camu Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is sweet and tangy.  The scent is an abundance of tart red berries, juicy orange and peach nectar blended with a twist of lime.  Perfect pour.  No acceleration, no ricing, no separation.  Discolors to a butter color.  Smells AMAZING in cured soap!
Capri Olivo Fragrance Oil Capri Olivo is a culturally complex aroma of tart Japanese grapefruit, Fresh Osmanthus (Sweet Olive), and dew-covered watercress;  followed by middle notes of rose, jasmine, and cassis.  To create subtle ecstasy, Capri Olivo sits on a dry down of fresh amber and myrrh.  An NG Original Fragrance!  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration.  Excellent spa scent. 
Champagne Pear Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an effervescent blend of citrus and melon notes that are accented with crisp greens to create a champagne accent for this fruity scent. Orchard pear and fresh apple balance at the heart of the fragrance, while a hint of apple blossom creates texture for the fruity accord. Luxurious musk undertones soften the blend.  An NG Original Fragrance! Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  Thought it may separate but it held together great!  This is tart and effervescent… nice!!  No discoloration.
Coconut Lime Verbana Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is very fresh! A citrus bouquet of lime, kumquat, grapefruit, lemon, with a soft floral undertone of jasmine, on a background of musk and sandalwood. Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration, smells just like the original, very clean and very fresh. 
Country Bumpkin Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a wonderful complex blend of apples, candied yams, marshmallows, sweet cream butter, brown sugar, nutmeg, crushed cinnamon bark and fresh cloves.  Bring the country home to you.  An NG Original!  No ricing, no acceleration, discolors to a reddish orange. 
Country Garden Fragrance Oil This fresh, romantic, floral fragrance oil by Natures Garden is fantastic during the whole year! This fragrance begins with top notes of fresh green clover, and ivy with middle notes of romantic snapdragon, rose petals, and carnations; ending with base notes of white musk and fig leaves.  An NG Original Fragrance! Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  Immediately turned to a lemon pudding color, but it will likely have a final discoloration to a beige.  This is super strong and really rich.  Quite Gorgeous!
Cracklin  Birch Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is outdoors on a winter day…Simply amazing if we may say so ourselves!  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.  This fragrance is one of the most well-rounded fragrances we have ever smelled. An NG Original Fragrance! No ricing, no acceleration.  Scent retention is very strong.  Discolors to a very light beige.
Cucumber Wasabi Cilantro Fragrance Oil A refreshing spa-like fragrance oil by Natures Garden with top notes of aldehydic fruit notes of grapefruit and lime, with middle notes of fresh cucumber, guava, and passionfruit, and base notes of wasabi, cilantro, and fern.    Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, interesting and many layered.  Yummy scent.  Fragrance is nice and strong.  No discoloration.
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.   Very, very strong scent.  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  Final discoloration is a nice milk chocolate.  Beautiful. 
Grapefruit Ruby Red Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a juicy, ruby red grapefruit aroma. Very true to its name!   Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration, perfect scent. 
Goldie Dreadlocks Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is our rendition of a famous scent.  A complex arrangement of citrus top notes, combined with fruity florals, while sitting on sweet vanilla bean and a faint woodsy patchouli base. This fragrance does not smell like oatmeal or porridge, and is not a bakery type fragrance. We would consider this a complex fruity floral arrangement. Some acceleration.  Scent stays strong.  Final discoloration is a peanut butter. 
Honey Vanilla Love Dust Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the incredibly sexy aroma of raw honey, cocoa butter, and chocolate. No acceleration, may be oily in CP, discolors to brown. 
Hot Pink Lime Fragrance Oil This refreshing fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an accord of Kaffir lime, Japanese grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon; middle notes of bergamot and strawberries; sitting on base notes of brown sugar and oakmoss. An NG Original Scent!  Slight acceleration.  No separation.  No discoloration.  Yummy scent of sugared lime.
Lavender Martini Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is where Gin martini meets lavender in this creative aroma.  We’ve successfully captured the effervescent carbonation in this unique fragrance.  Natures Garden’s lavender martini fragrance begins with top notes of tangy lemon zests, orange, and carbonation; followed by middle notes of spicy bergamot, mint, and lavender; sitting on a base note of rosewood.  Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration.  Very great unique scent.  No discoloration.  Scent is clean. 
Lotus Blossom Fragrance Oil The lotus flower is a symbol of beauty, purity, and fertility.  Lotus flowers are water-fresh, clean, and slightly powdery in nature.  Not too sweet, absolutely perfect!  Even people who do not like florals will love this aroma!  This unique floral aroma is used in many upscale fragrances to create the most luxurious blends.  Soaped like a dream!  No ricing, no acceleration, scent holds beautifully, a very popular seller.  Very true scent and very strong also. This scent is gorgeous!  Final color after cure is a very light pale beige. 
Mango Papaya Fragrance Oil A tropical delight fragrance oil by Natures Garden! You will fall in love with this fruity blend of ripened mango and juicy papaya. Your product line is not the same without this fragrance!  Soaps with a little acceleration.  Soap at a lower temp.  Final scent is a yummy, fresh, mango papaya.  Nice and strong.  No discoloration. 
Misbehavin Fragrance Oil A flirtatious, fruity, sexy fragrance oil by Natures Garden. A tantalizing aroma of sweet juicy candied apples and pomegranate, with nuances of fresh ivy and oakmoss.  Wonderful in cp.  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  Final color after cure is a medium beige.  Scent stays strong and lasts in cured product.  A must have.  
Nag Champa Fragance Oil This wonderful fragrance oil by Natures Garden has the aroma of incense; patchouli, sandalwood, and dragon’s blood working together to create this wonderful blend. A very nice Nag Champa!  Not too overpowering, not too medicinal, not too powdery.  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  Discolors to a light beige color.
Nectarine Mint Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the shimmering citrus blend of lemon and orange which is cooled with a hint of mint as this fruity blend begins its enchantment. Fresh juicy nectarine gets natural accents of leafy greens for the fragrance signature. Woody undertones support the fruit sensation with deep richness as a base of musk finishes the fresh blend. No acceleration.  No discoloration. Very strong when cured.
Oatmeal Milk-n-Honey Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the wonderful fresh aroma of hawthorne, with nuances of creamy French vanilla, soy milk and a base note of nutty almond.
Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, honey really popped when added to the soap, discolored to a golden yellow, scent is rich and delicious. 
Pearberry Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a  Bath and Body Works duplication. A fruity fresh fragrance blend of ripened pear, raspberries, strawberries, and gooseberries, with slight musk undertones. An old favorite that is dead on to BBW.  Absolute perfect pour!  Scent is nice and strong.  There is minimal discoloration to a light creamy color.
Pink Sugar Type Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a rendition of Pink Sugar Type. A fruity blend of cotton candy, lemon drops, caramel and raspberry jam on a dry down of musks.  Soaps beautifully, no ricing, no acceleration, discolors to a dark chocolate brown. 
Rainbow Sherbet Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden was tested by over 80 customers of ours who gave it fabulous reviews!  The aroma of fresh lime, pineapple, orange, and raspberry, with creamy base notes of vanilla.  Mouth watering! Very slight acceleration.  No separation. No ricing.  No discoloration.  Fabulous scent retention.
Sea Salt & Lotus Blossoms Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the scent of fresh air, sea salt, ocean mist and aquatic florals which come together to create a sexy, modern twist on this fresh & clean fragrance, complete with tender green notes and beachy musks. An NG Original Fragrance!  Soap beautifully!  No acceleration.  No discoloration.  Very strong!
Snowman Balls Fragrance Oil Snowman balls fragrance is a sexy, spicy blend of peppercorns, nutmeg, and fresh clove; embodied with notes of elderberries, blackberries, plums, and fresh green oakmoss; with magical, effervescent top notes of carbonated fizzy pop and just a hint of cool mint.   NG Original Scent!  Soaps great, no ricing, no acceleration, discolors to a reddish tan.
Strawberry Cheesecake Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the perfect aroma of cheesecake with nice thick strawberry sauce. Handles very well, no ricing, no acceleration.  Discolors to a light beige.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Fragrance Oil In this fragrance oil by Natures Garden, southern baking comes alive! The aroma of sweet fresh strawberries mixed with sour rhubarb marmalade, with a base note of flaky pie crust. Very unique!  Not only does this scent not accelerate, but it slows down trace.  Very strong scent retention.  No discoloration.  Wow! 
STUD Fragrance Oil A raw, yet reserved fragrance oil by Natures Garden with notable masculinity that draws you in. A true classic, fresh and fruity male fragrance of watery top notes, and citrus nuances infused with white flowers of muguet and jasmine. Undeniably sexy notes of coumarin and fresh mint finished with soft woody notes of sandalwood and sweet musk. An NG Original Scent! Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  This is a very sexy scent.  Very indepth.  The final color is a pale beige.  Scent stayed super strong throughout cure and is amazing.
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. Awesome soap scent, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration.
Teakwood & Cardamom Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is our rendition of Partylite’s Teakwood & Cardamom fragrance.  An exotic, masculine blend of teakwood surrounded by rich spices of cardamom, cinnamon, and clove; sitting on base notes of cedar, amber, sandalwood, and patchouli. A masterpiece scent.  Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration.  Soaps like a dream.  Very strong during the gel phase.  A high end luxury fragrance.  No discoloration.
The Perfect Man Fragrance Oil  The Perfect Man fragrance begins with fresh, daring notes of Japanese grapefruit, bergamot, and lemon; followed by middle notes of peppercorn, ginger, jasmine, aquatic marine notes, and a hint of peppermint; sitting on expensive base notes of natural patchouli, cedar, vetiver, labdanum, and frankincense.  Now this is The Perfect Man! An NG Original Scent!  Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration, no separation.  The scent is to die for!  An awesome,  PERFECT man fragrance.  Discolors to a light beige.
Wild Elderberry Fragrance Oil This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is delicious and fruity; a fragrance to make your mouth water with notes of tart, wild elderberries and huckleberries, combined with the sweet nectar of peach and apricot. A floral woody heart of violet and white florals, wrapped in a sandalwood base balances the natural, fruity goodness of this yummy blend. Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, juicy sweet when added to the soap, fabulous scent.  Discolors to a creamy beige.

Making Cold Process Wine Soap

Friday, November 1st, 2013

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If you are looking to add an alluring ingredient to your handmade cold process soaps, wine is one way to go.

Wine in Soaps?

Yes, it is true.  Wine is used in a variety of ways- cooking, drinking, and now even for body care.  Because wine is made from grapes, wine adds an extra aspect of antioxidants and rich nutrients to your product.  And, besides the skin loving benefits, wine also offers a highly luxurious lather, rich in creamy bubbles to your finished soap bars.

Soaping with Wine

Please Note:  Soaping with wine is a more advanced process.  Therefore, if you are new to soaping, you may want to give this recipe a try once you are completely comfortable with the soaping process and have a few cold process soap batches under your belt.

After making several recipes involving unique ingredients in cold process soap, we decided that we were ready to give the addition of wine a try.  Just like with beer soap, the extra ingredient of wine is not something that can be taken lightly or on a whim.

Before cold process soaping with wine, there are proper steps that need to be taken.

The first step in preparing your wine is the simmer.  This step is completed by placing the wine into a pot.  Then, on the stovetop and stirring occasionally, simmer the wine for 30-40 minutes.  Then, the final step in prepping the wine is the freeze.  Once the wine is back to room temperature, carefully place the wine in an empty ice cube tray.  Finally, place the ice cube tray into the freezer and freeze overnight.
Once the wine is frozen, it is now ready for soaping use.

For this recipe, the wine is used as half of the water amount.

Now, when adding the lye to the frozen wine/water, the best precaution to take (besides the regular safety gear and steps) is to mix this portion of the recipe in a deep bowl or pitcher in the sink.  This way, if there is any chance of a volcano effect taking place the sink will minimize the affected area.
The rest of the soaping recipe steps take place as normal.

And, that was all we were prepared for.  However, once the batter was poured into the mold, it decided that it was going to wail a final surprise.

The two pound batch that we were testing was perfectly peaked with gorgeous crests both big and small.  The color of the batter was perfect.  Everything seemed to be great.  When suddenly out of nowhere the batter started to move as if it had taken on a life of its own.  Next, the batter started to spat and bubble.  And, what we conceived was a final battle of disobedience, the soap batter came oozing out of the middle of the mold.

All we could do was take our spatulas and work as fast as we could to try to get the batter back into the mold.  The batter seemed to be unruly.  We thought for sure this batch was done for.  It did take some time, but about 30 minutes after the pour, the batter had settled.  We finally assumed the “drunk had fallen asleep.”

What had happened:

After reviewing our recipe, our steps, and the outcome of what had happened we found the problem.   Cold Process Soaping with a wine that has a high sugar content speeds up gel.  That is what caused the bubbling and spatting in the batter.  A word to the wise is to prepare for this to occur by safe guarding the area where your molds lay.  When using wine in your soap recipes, we suggest using a wine with a low sugar content.

In the End:

Soaping with wine was quite an experience but totally worth the extra effort!   The color of the bars is a perfect wine hue.  The lather of the soap bar is luxurious and creamy.  This recipe, even with its unruliness, was a win.

Since the wine is added as half the water portion of the recipe, you can use any of your favorite cold process soap recipes.  However, if you would like a Wine Cold Process Soap Recipe, Natures Garden has one listed under their free recipes and classes section of their website.  Or, you can simply click here to see the 4 pound Wine Soap Recipe.