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Oct
24

Scented Putty

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scented-puttyScented Putty

Hey everybody! Are you looking for a new craft for the kiddos? Or maybe a new project that you can do with them for a creative way to spend time together? Or maybe even a fun thing that they can make with their friends? Well, how about our free recipe for our Scented Putty? What kid doesn’t love to play with putty? I know I did, we had it everywhere, all over the house! And what kid wouldn’t love to make their own? They can pick the colors, sizes, whatever they want! This recipe is sure to be a fantastic hit among them and their friends so you should definitely stick this on your future projects to try list!

Ingredients and Equipment Needed to Make Scented Putty

1 tablespoon of Corn Starch

½ teaspoon of Borax

2 tablespoons Distilled Water

1 tablespoons White School Glue

10 drops in FUN Soap Colorant (whatever color you want!)

10 drops Tropical Paradise Flavoring (or any other oil-based flavoring)

Disposable Pipette

Mixing Spoons

4 oz. PET Jar

White Dome Lid 58/400

2 plastic cups (or mixing bowls)

Measuring Spoons

1. In a plastic cup, mix 2 tablespoons of distilled water and 1/2 teaspoon of Borax together. Make sure to mix it well.

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2. In a separate cup add ½ teaspoon of this mixture along with 10 drops of Tropical Blast Flavoring and 10 drops of FUN Soap Colorant. (You can also use any of our body safe fragrances instead of the flavoring. However if you do choose to use fragrance, do not use the plastic cups. Make sure to use a mixing bowl because the fragrance will eat through the plastic cup.) Set aside the cup with the Borax mixture. You will not need it again unless you decide to make more than one!

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Add 1 tablespoon of school glue and 1 tablespoon of Corn Starch to your mixture. Mix it all together until it becomes too difficult to stir.

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Remove the mixture from the cup and place it on a piece of wax paper.

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Roll the putty all around in the palm of your hands.  It will slowly begin to take form.

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When you are finished with your first ball, feel free to make as many more as you want using the rest of the Borax mixture. You will just need to repeat everything from step two including adding the flavoring, corn starch, and colorant. We made 7 putty balls with this awesome recipe, but we still had a little bit left over! So with using all of the Borax mixture, this should make at least about 13 putty balls!  To store the scented putty simply place it in a 4 oz. PET jar and tighten the lid.   Note:  Body Safe fragrance oils can be used for this scented putty recipe instead of flavorings, but if you use fragrance oils, you will need to be sure to mix your putty in a pet plastic container.  Fragrance oils can melt certain plastics. 

Are you just totally intrigued? I’m sure the kiddos are, they will be so excited to make these Scented Putty balls that they will want to start as soon as possible! Are you looking for an awesome craft for the kids to do at a party? Well this is it! This wonderful putty is guaranteed to be a definite favorite, and they will want to make them over and over again. Come on, get started on these as soon as possible! Keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla! Are you looking for even more crafting fun? Make sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes as well!

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Apr
05

Candy Scent

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candy scentDoodle Bug Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Are you looking for a fun, childhood scent that completely captures your fond memories of carefree times?  Or, maybe you are seeking that perfect candy scent to market your kiddy soap line?  Well, Doodle Bug is just that scent!  With the perfect combination of classic candy aromas, this candy scent is both nostalgic of childhood yet still rings true with aromatic notes kids still love today.

What does Doodle Bug Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

A fragrance oil by Natures Garden that takes you back in time to childhood.  When you didn’t know the definition of work; life was about playing and eating a bunch of candy.  An aroma that will allow you to visualize yourself being a young child with a cream soda dum dum sucker stuck in your hair, sitting at the picnic table eating a piece of watermelon.  Doodle Bug is a blend of cream soda, fresh watermelon slices, hubba bubba bubblegum, with a hint of new born baby.  An NG Original Fragrance! 

How Do Our Customers Use Doodle Bug Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters out there; this candy scent is used in Soy, soy blends, paraffin, Joy, WOW, palm, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  This fragrance is strong and has no problems with scent throw.  Doodle Bug fragrance oil also works well in aroma beads and smelly jellies, or in electric tart burners.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is a big seller for teens and the little kiddies!  The usage rate for this candy scent is 5%.  Doodle Bug also has a 2% vanillin content, so vanilla white color stabilizer is suggested to reduce discoloration in your final homemade products.  This nostalgic fragrance is used to make an array of bath and body products like: solid lotion bars, lotions, bath fizzies, sugar scrubs, foaming sugar scrubs, melt and pour soaps, body frostings, bubble baths, and whipped body butters.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this candy scent is delicious.  Here are the official results: Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, discolors to a light beige.  Scent stayed awesome and strong throughout cure.  Yummy!

If you are interested in using this perfectly happy candy scent in a fun child themed recipe, please click on this link to view the Play Dough Soap Recipe.

 

Aug
16

How to Make Scented Markers

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markers

Making scented markers is easy and fun. This is a great project for your little ones to let their creative drawings soar in color and scent.

It is time to celebrate!  The start of a new school year is quickly approaching and with that, it is also time to purchase your children’s school supplies.  So, why not add that little extra creative care to make your kids feel special!

Here is what you need: 
Crayola Markers TM (not the washable kind)
Disposable Pippettes
Fragrance Oil  (Choose any of Natures Garden’s Fragrance Oils to Coordinate with the colored markers you have.)

Although any of Natures Garden Fragrance Oils will work, here are a few of the favorites from the childhood scents category:
Best Friends Fragrance Oil- color suggestion Teal
Black Licorice Fragrance Oil- color suggestion Black
Blue Cotton Candy Fragrance Oil- color suggestion Blue
Bubblegum Fragrance Oil- color suggestion Pink
Chocolate Chip Cookies Fragrance Oil- color suggestion Brown
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Fragrance Oil- color suggestion Purple
Dreamsickle Fragrance Oil- color suggestion Orange
Easter Bunny Burps Fragrance Oil- color suggestion Gray
Green Apple Candy Fragrance Oil- color suggestion Green
Jammin Rock Candy Fragrance Oil- color suggestion Red
Sugar Cookies Fragrance Oil- color suggestion Yellow

Here are the Steps:

Step 1: One marker at a time, remove the bottom of the plastic marker encasement.

Step 2: Remove the long, cylinder-shaped marker ink pad from the plastic encasement.

Step 3: Using a transfer pipette, place at least 8 drops of fragrance oil onto each end of the marker ink pad, and place ink pad back into marker encasement. Place end cap back on the marker.

This will allow you to scent your markers whatever fragrance you would like them to be, and actually helps to refresh markers that are beginning to dry up. We have not tested this on washable markers since we believe that they are water soluble and won’t mix with fragrance oil; but we are not 100% sure that they would not work. If you find that washable markers also work, let us know!

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Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Mar
05

Kid Friendly Craft

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Thanks to the eyes of a child, something as simple as adding a few Spring stickers can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your product.

Anytime I get out all of my goodies to start crafting, my little ones are all about helping.  Sometimes I think that they love creating and crafting just as much as I do!  (Yeah for me, I passed on the right genes!!!)   This past weekend I thought it would be fun for them to help me make and decorate some smelly jellies for our Spring baskets, and as it turns out, they even taught me something.

Having two small children, I can count on family members showering them with gifts around any holidays.  As a thank you to them, I always make sure that the girls help me to make them something to give in return.  I love this concept for several different reasons.  They are learning to become crafters themselves, we have lots of fun working on these projects together, and people love to receive gifts that the little ones helped to make.

There we were working away on making a dozen or so smelly jellies in my kitchen.  All of the smelly jellies were completely finished absorbing, and I had just finished packaging them.  The fitments and lids were on tight.  My final step was to tie the festively colored pastel ribbons of white, pink, blue, and yellow to the tops.  (Secret Frugal Tip:  The Dollar Tree is a wonderful place to find lots of cute, decorative, and perfectly priced items (Everything is $1.00) to add that extra element of love to your products.)

I swear, and as I am sure that you all know, I only turned my back for a second which was just long enough for my youngest to swipe a jar.  When I finally found her, she had already gone to town adding her own decorative touch to the jar.  As it turns out, she said she wanted to make one special for her Grandmama.  Riley had used some Spring stickers to “decorate” her grandmama’s smelly jelly.  It was just so adorable that I thought that I needed to share this with everyone!

So, moms and kids, get ready to have some fun and get crafty!  CAUTION:  Anytime you are using fragrance oils around your children or pets, keep a close eye on your children so that they do not drink the fragrance oil.

Here is the list of items that you need:

Here are the Instructions:

  1. Clean your work area and prep it by setting up all of the smelly jelly jars that you are going to use.  For this project, we are using 3 fragrances, so I selected to set my jars up in 3 rows of 4 to allow for no fragrance confusion.
  2. Take 2 level teaspoons of smelly jelly crystals and carefully add them to each jar.
  3. Using room temperature distilled water. Add 10 ounces to each jar.
  4. The next step is to add the soap colorant to the jars. Since I was striving for a pastel color, I only added 2-3 drops of color per jar.
    1. Here is the cheat sheet that I used for the coloring:
  • Easter Bunny Burps- Neon Green
  • Lilac- Fun Soap Colorant Ultramarine Violet
  • Jelly Beans- Fun Soap Colorant Yelp Yellow

5.  As always, feel free to be creative and swap out the colors and/or the fragrance oils.

6. It is fragrance time!  Using 1.5 Tablespoons of fragrance, slowly pour your fragrance into each jar.

7. Add the Diamond Dust Mica- the amount of sparkle is all up to you!

8. It is time to get your mix on!  Using a mixing spoon, carefully mix each jar.

9. Let the smelly jellies work their magic and swell away.  This will take about 15-20 minutes.

10. Finally place the fitment and lid on the jars.

11. The last step and most fun… get your decorating on.  Use stickers and ribbon, or whatever you want!

Smelly jellies are by far one of my favorite projects to make by myself or with my girls.  If you have not tried them, you need to try some today.  Your best bet, although I know you are going to love it… is to try Natures Garden Smelly Jelly Kit.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

 

Nov
23

Recycle Reduce Reuse

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Recycle, Reduce, Reuse… all great ways to cut costs and save money!

Recycling is something that was ingrained in me from an early childhood.  Thanks Dad!  I like to recycle because it makes me feel good.  I get the feeling that I am actually doing my part in ensuring my children’s world and future.  After all, aren’t we just borrowing Mother Earth for the time that we are here?

We are recycling.

Reducing our footprint was something we just recently started.  Although as of right now, we are working on being more proactive in this, but it is still a work in progress.  This is one thing that we do that is really simple and rewarding.  Whenever we make trips to the grocery store, we always bring along those cloth tote bags so that we do not need the plastic bags to haul our groceries home.  I actually keep several of these bags in my trunk, especially for those unplanned store stops.  What I really love about bringing my own bags besides the reduction of waste is the additional fact that the bags never break or rip.  It always seems that by the time
I get home and start unloading, it is a guessing game as to whether or not I will make it in the house before all of the groceries spill in the driveway.

We are reducing. (Well, starting to anyway!)

Reusing is something that really appeals to my frugal side.  Lord knows I love saving money.  I constantly invent reasons to give items dual purpose before recycling them.  We use shoe boxes to organize all of our craft supplies.  We also use old margarine tubs to house Barbie’s wardrobe and accessories.  It is also true that I have sent left-overs home nestled inside empty food containers.  (I love this because I never have to worry about trying to track my Tupperware down!)

We are reusing.

It was Sunday night’s dinner that preempted me to look at the glass spaghetti jar and think, “This would make a really cute candle.”  That was all it took to get me started.  I was on the hunt for reusing!

Here’s what I found on my kitchen quest.

Candles

Baby jars- excellent ideas for cute baby shower candle favors

Cans

Plastic Lunchmeat containers- perfect for storing votives and tea lights

Jelly jars

Mugs

Glass cups

Glass bowls

 

The possibilities are endless.  In fact, these “previously used” glass containers can be really cute when decorated with some tissue paper, a little ribbon, and some glue.

 

But, do not feel that reusing the containers in your kitchen is your only option.  If you would like to reduce your packaging costs, especially on the candle glass, you can always offer your customers a refill option for them at a reduced price.  All they would have to do is bring their own containers, or their original candle container back to you (cleaned, of course!), and you can refill it.
Don’t you just love being cost effect… it is an AMAZING feeling!

 

In the realm of wax, whenever I have wax left over from candle making, I pour it in an old cookie sheet and let it harden.  Then, I use an old pizza slicer to and cut up the wax into funky shapes.  Sometimes it is confetti style, although most times it is free style.  I then put my wax pieces into an old plastic lunchmeat container and store.  Then, whenever I have unexpected guests, or I am feeling like my mood needs a little pick me up, I just toss some in my tart warmer and start sniffing away.

 

Reusing your containers is only the tip of the iceberg.  Any small changes add up to have huge results.  Get creative, and remember… “Waste not, Want not.” –Ben Franklin

 

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of

Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Nov
02

Scented Play Dough

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Fragrances like Natures Garden’s Reindeer Poo make really amazing scented childrens play dough!

This weekend was a chilly one.  Snow fell in many areas, and although ours did not stick, we did not go unnoticed.  With the weather not really cooperating, my girls and I were trapped in the house all weekend long.  Not fun!

Needless to say, we were already feeling the walls closing in.  We needed something entertaining to do.  Off to google I went to see if there were any projects we could do to pass the time away.

My girls are huge fans of creative things.  They love to color, draw, build castles with their building blocks, and play with craft dough.  So, at least I knew if I could find something that was hands on, we were in there.  I knew that my mom had made craft dough with the girls before and they had a blast.  I only needed to find a recipe.

After quite a few links, I stumbled upon a great recipe of unscented play dough.  Could this play dough be scented?  Yes it can!

This craft dough is pretty basic and can be colored and scented to extend the wow factor.   My girls selected all the fun Christmas scents, and I double checked to make sure that all of the fragrances were body safe.  I also let them choose the colors for the craft dough.

Here are the supplies that are needed:

8 cups flour- I used the All-purpose kind

8 cups warm water

4 cup salt- the regular table kind

1 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup Cream of Tartar

Latex gloves

5 Glass plates

5 gallon sized Ziploc bags

5 Pipettes

Natures Garden Soap Dyes:  Red,
Blue, Yellow, Green

Natures Garden Cotton Headed Ninny Muggin Fragrance oil

Natures Garden Jack Frost Fragrance oil

Natures Garden Snowman Balls Fragrance oil

Natures Garden Mrs. Claus Cookies Fragrance oil

Natures Garden Reindeer Poo Fragrance oil

 

This recipe is for a really large batch, but I wanted to make sure that both girls had a nice amount of craft dough to play with.

 

First: In a large saucepan, mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar, water, and vegetable oil together.  Stir.  Place the saucepan on the stovetop and cook over low heat.  Stir occasionally.  You are looking for when the craft dough starts to look like mashed potatoes.  The key to when it is finished is when the dough clumps together and you can pull it from the sides of the saucepan.  You do not want the dough to be sticky though.  Keep the low heat on until the dough appears dry.  You are seeking the same texture as store
bought craft dough.

 

Second:  Remove the saucepan from the heat and set aside.  You want the craft dough to cool naturally.  It is done when you can touch the dough and it is cool.  While the dough is cooling, wipe down your counter space with warm soapy water.  You want to do this now so that the area is dry for the next step.

 

Third:  Carefully, dump all of the craft dough onto your work space.  Start to knead.  You will knead until the craft dough is smooth.  It will almost have a silky feel to it.

 

Four:  Divide it up.  Since we are making 5 different scents and colors, you will want to separate the dough as evenly as possible
into 5 large balls.  Please note, one of the balls will be uncolored, this will be your cream color.

 

Five:  Once you have all of the balls, using your index finger poke a hole into it.  You are going to use this hole for your soap dye coloring.  One color designated per ball.  I would suggest doing this step one ball at a time.

 

Six:  Put on your latex gloves.  Take one glass plate and place a ball on it.  Carefully, start to knead the ball on the plate.  Keep
kneading until the color is consistent throughout the entire dough portion.  If you need to go bolder on the color, just recreate the ball and hole and start over again.  The tip here is do not be afraid to knead your heart out in this step.  Repeat this step for each color until you have all colors completed.

 

Seven: Once you are happy with your new bright and beautiful dough colors, stick each one individually in a gallon Ziploc bag.  It
is time to get your scent on in the next step.

 

Pause- Here is our scent to color break down we used:

RED- Cotton Headed Ninny Muggin Fragrance oil

BLUE- Jack Frost Fragrance oil

CREAM (uncolored)- Snowman Balls Fragrance oil

GREEN- Mrs. Claus Cookies Fragrance oil

YELLOW-Reindeer Poo Fragrance oil

 

Eight: Using one pipette per dough bag, drip 2ml of the fragrance into the Ziploc bag and sealshut.  Knead again, but do it in the
Ziploc bag until all of the fragrance is absorbed.  Repeat for the remaining 4 dough bags.

 

Nine: Get crafty and have some fun!  When you are finished, store left over craft dough in Ziploc bags.

 

This was really a ton of fun to do.  My girls had a blast making it and playing with it. This is something that is fun, easy, and way cheaper than the store bought.

 

Caution:  Because the craft dough is scented with fragrance oil, make sure that any surface that is used with making or playing
with it is safe for fragrance.  Fragrance can ruin wood stained areas.  Scented play dough contains fragrance;  do not allow children to eat the play dough!

 

Fragrance & Fun For Everyone!

Nicole (Manager at Natures Garden)
www.naturesgardencandles.com