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How to Make Emulsified Sugar Scrubs

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

This recipe for emulsified sugar scrub was provided by Kimberly Sanchez of Natures Art. 

16 oz Batch

136 grams – Olive Oil

113 grams – Soybean Oil

68 grams – Cocoa Butter

68 grams – Shea Butter

45 grams – Emulsifying Wax

9 grams – Beeswax

9 grams – Fragrance Oil (body safe)

5 grams – Phenonip preservative

Plastic Jars and Lids

 

Light Scrub – add 16 oz sugar

Very Scrubby – up to 32 oz sugar

 

DIRECTIONS:

Weigh all ingredients except the fragrance oil & preservative in a heat proof container and put into a double boiler.

Heat and hold for 20 minutes at 70C to destroy all possible bacteria. Remove from the heat and put into your refrigerator until it reaches 45C.  Add the fragrance oil , body safe color if you choose & preservative now, then return it to the refrigerator to cool further.

Now Whip it with a hand mixer with whisk attachments or your Kitchen-Aid. Whisk until it looks like pudding . Then add the sugar and whisk until well incorporated.

Pour into jars and let sit until hardened.

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Everything Skin with NG and Kim

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Hi everyone!  My name is Kimberly Sanchez.

I am the CEO & creative artist of Natures Art Apothecary & Soap Company,  in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I began soaping when I was very young doing simple old fashioned lard and lye soap on the fire. I occasionally played at it as an adult and made it for friends and family. Most of my career I was a chef and herbalist. After a serious injury where I broke my back, I had to find something else to do. I rambled through retail jobs, made my way up through management, but it just wasn’t what I needed! I went back to making soap for a fundraising project for a group I belong to and my passion was born! I had discovered so much had changed in the soaping world! there were amazing fragrances and colors and molds and online communities! So I dove in with abandon. And that was it for me. I continued to test and experiment with all the new technology and items now available in the industry until I felt I had something worth sharing with the world. And so our little business began! My husband, Art, also caught the bug. I spent many days working as a retail manager and many late nights teaching him to soap and making our new business shine. After a few years we were selling in local shops as well as online. We had an opportunity to move here to Santa Fe, where my husband was born. We jumped on it!  He agreed to go to work for Whole Foods and let me work at our business full time. I have come to love all the science and creativity there is in the bath and body industry and continue to learn and grow everyday. I love teaching about it and sharing ideas with others. I had come to know Deb, from Natures Garden Candle & Soap Supplies a few years back. We hit it off right away!  Over time we both contributed inspiration and feedback on each others ideas. And recently, on one of our phone chats, she mentioned they were behind on their soap testing for fragrances. So I offered to help. Being as I had already been doing videos on YouTube and had established viewers, I decided to do some of the testing on camera, so other Soapers could actually SEE what they did. This was received so enthusiastically, we have now expanded this to video product testing, an online presence on Face Book, Q&A night and now a blog! We are very excited to be collaborating on this new adventure together. I look forward to all your positive feedback and know you will be patient with me as I adapt to this new experience and get better with my camera!  LOL

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Hugs to all~

Kimberly

www.MyNaturesArt.Net

Enjoying Crafts as a New Hobby

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

aromatherapy energy

Crafts as a Hobby

This morning I made a promise to myself.  I guess you can say it is a September Resolution.  I know… I know… resolutions are typically made in January to bring in the New Year, but I can’t put this off for four more months, so I guess I am bringing in a New September.

My resolution-to ensure that I spend time every day for me working on things that I am passionate about because with passion comes happiness.

Right now, since we are heading into the cooler and colder temperatures my outside activities are quickly dwindling down and turning into indoor crafts.  Plus, with the holidays approaching, it is never too early to start creating my handmade gifts for loved ones.

Just like the age old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, “Crafting each day keeps mom happy Yay!”  I suggest you give it a try.  I have a feeling that you are totally going to love it!  It is even quite possible that you will become a craddict- this is a person who eats, breaths, and sleeps their craft of choice.  And, yes I made that word up, but that is because I go through my craddict phrases all the time.   There is nothing like making something from scratch, working each step meticulously, resulting in perfection.  It is a lovely bliss.

Creating stunning products from raw materials is very invigorating.  When combined with the passion, all of the hard work is actually really rewarding.  Plus, if you haven’t noticed yet, I love doing it so it is time well spent.

Crafting allows for you spend the amount of time you want to on it.  There are some beautiful products that take seconds to create like smelly jellies, and on the other end of the spectrum, some more time consuming projects like the famous triple layered candle (these are totally worth the work!)  Even if you only allotted yourself 20 minutes today for your me time, that is more than enough to totally whip out a few batches of Vanilla Lavender melt and pour soap embeds.  Then, you get to treat yourself to a super relaxing bath as a bonus.

Get excited for me time… if you are looking to start creating some new crafts, or maybe you just don’t know where to start at all,
check out the free recipes from Natures Garden.  All of the recipes have easy to follow step by step instructions, and they include a
picture of the finished product.

Or, if you are totally a newbie… then welcome… my suggestion is to purchase one of Natures Garden’s kits and find your crafting passion.

There is such an array of different projects that you can do, not finding one is impossible.  There is something out there for everyone, every age, every culture.

The possibilities are limitless…

free recipes

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!!  Nicole

(Corporate Manager of

Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com