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May
09

20 Easy Crafts for Adults


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20 Easy Crafts for Adults20 Easy Crafts for Adults

Get ready for an amazing list of 20 easy crafts for adults! Whether you are looking for a fun way to pass the time by yourself or trying to find a way to spice up a girls night in, we have some great crafting ideas that anyone could do. This list includes unique recipes straight from the Natures Garden website, so you can click on the link to see the step by step instructions for any of the recipes shown below. We have facial recipes, room scenting crafts, recipes for lip care, and various creations that are perfect for a relaxing soak in the tub. No matter what you would like to create, we are confident you will find a recipe to create something that you will truly enjoy making and using!

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Barney Stone Soap Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Barney Stone Soap Recipe

Melt and pour soap is the easiest way to make your White Tea & Ginger Type Fragrance Oil scented soap. This craft creatively uses a few different colors of melt and pour soap to make a gorgeous stone. It is an imperfectly perfect recipe, so running layers and odd cuts can still lead to a very pretty designed stone soap!

 

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Firming Facial Mask Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Firming Facial Mask Recipe

Facials are fun to do and great for your skin. So, creating and using homemade facials would be perfect for craft night! This recipe uses a variety of natural cleansers and gentle moisturizers, which will leave this more sensitive skin feeling its absolute best.

 

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Hydrangea Candle Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Hydrangea Candle Recipe

Get ready for the easiest candle recipe ever! Its a fun, simple way to create unique and gorgeous candles. Simply color the granulated Pillar of Bliss Wax and scoop the wax into your jars. Plus, this candle is scented with Hydrangea Heaven Fragrance Oil, which is perfect for this candle.

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Tranquility Bath Melts Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Tranquility Bath Melts Recipe

Bath melts are a wonderful idea for a craft that has a calming aroma as well as moisturizing oil. This allows you to relax with the calming scent of Tranquil Oasis Fragrance Oil while your skin absorbs some oils and butters that are amazing for skin.

 

20 Easy Crafts for Adults Natural Lipstick Recipe

Check out a simple craft that is perfect for ladies night in. This recipe uses an all natural lip balm base to create the easiest possible recipe for homemade lipstick. Plus, everyone can choose their own shade of lip balm tint for their batch of twenty five lip sticks.

 

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Freshly Ground Coffee Bath Bombs20 Easy Crafts for Adults Freshly Ground Coffee Bath Bombs

We combined two well loved adult activities to create the best possible craft for grown-ups. This recipe takes everything we love about baths with the only thing good about the morning and creates an absolute masterpiece. Even better, this recipe uses Fresh Brewed Coffee- ORIGINAL Fragrance Oil, which smells just like the real thing!  Our Freshly Brewed Coffee Bath Bombs not only use skin loving oils, it also uses real coffee grounds.

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Scented Markers Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Scented Markers Recipe

While scented markers may seem a bit like a kids craft, it is very much a craft for all ages. Coloring is a fun and calming activity that is perfect for someone stressed out. Simply add some calming fragrances to markers, grab an adult coloring book, and take a break from your life and the problems that come with it. Further, we have matched Pink Sugar Type Fragrance Oil, Blue Sugar Type Fragrance Oil, Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Fragrance Oil, Berry Bewitching Brew Fragrance Oil, Frosted Lime Cupcake Fragrance Oil, NG Aqua di Gio Type Fragrance Oil, Jelly Bean Fragrance Oil, French Lavender Fragrance Oil, Honey Vanilla Love Dust Fragrance Oil, and Australian Bamboo Grass Fragrance Oil with colors that seem like the best fit for the scent.

20 Easy Crafts for Adults Bling Lip Gloss Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Bling Lip Gloss Recipe

There is nothing better than homemade lip balm. It’s soft, nourishing, natural, and this one tastes like Strawberry Sorbet Flavoring. In addition, you can bling it up to give it a beautiful shimmer. Plus, this recipe is very easy! It is a perfect craft If you have a group filling the tubes, then the recipe goes by fairly quickly, too.

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Chocolate Blossom Cookie Wax Tart Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Chocolate Blossom Cookie Wax Tart Recipe

If you have a wax tart warmer, then you may be interested in this cute craft. This recipe uses a couple molds for your candle wax, which allows you to create cookie shaped wax tarts that smell absolutely delicious due to the Chocolate Chip Cookies Fragrance Oil!

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Metallic Kiss Soap Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Metallic Kiss Soap Recipe

Even though melt and pour soap is easy, it doesn’t mean that it can’t look gorgeous! Simply pop the soap base in the microwave, add the ingredients, and pour into the lips mold to get lovely soaps. Plus, this craft uses shimmery diamond dust mica and 24 K gold mica to add some extra glam to a pretty pink soap, You Sexy Thing You Fragrance Oil for a perfect scent and some perfectly chosen colorants.  While we have a variety of tested color combinations, but the steps remain just that simple.

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Odor Eliminator Room and Body Spray Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Odor Eliminator Room and Body Spray Recipe

Out of all the crafts, this recipe is likely the quickest and easiest. Simply use the our odor eliminator base, add the fragrance, and add it to the aluminium spray bottles. After that you’ll have a great room spray that removes and replaces undesirable aromas with the scent of Fresh Pear Fragrance Oil all throughout your home.

30 Crafts for Adults Mandarin Mango Bubble Bar Recipe20 Crafts for Adults Mandarin Mango Bubble Bar Recipe

Try out a fizzy recipe with the Mango and Mandarins Fragrance Oil that is perfect for the bath! Bubble bars are just as great as bath bombs, the only difference is the shape. Instead of using a circular mold, this recipe is rolled like a pumpkin roll would be. So, baking pros will definitely know how to work with this recipe.

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Zebra Print Soap Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Zebra Print Soap Recipe

Create some homemade soap that has a bit more sass and glam than a typical bar. Not only is this soap zebra stripped, but it uses the sassy Bite Me Fragrance Oil. Just use some melt and pour soap base and allow it to cool at an angle to create a bar of zebra print soap.

20 Easy Crafts for Adults Strawberry Cheesecake Lip Balm Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Strawberry Cheesecake Lip Balm Recipe

Take a look at a craft that is simple, yet adorable! This layered lip balm recipe looks as though they are actually tiny strawberry cheesecakes inside your lip balm pots. Plus, the lip balm feels smooth and tastes scrumptious with the Strawberry Cheesecake Flavoring added in.

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Pink Salt Bath Bomb Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Pink Salt Bath Bomb Recipe

Try out a crafting recipe for a bath bomb with all the benefits of a Himalayan pink salt soak. Not only does this make for a wonderfully relaxing bath, but these bath bombs are super easy and fun to create! Plus, they smell quite elegant with the Che Bella Donna Fragrance Oil. Have a ball making these with a group of friends and enjoy a well deserved soak after the party is all over.

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Spring Smelly Jelly Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Spring Smelly Jelly Recipe

Smelly jellies are a super easy way to create a wonderful room scent. Simply add the Easter Bunny Burps Fragrance Oil and colorant to your Smelly Jelly Crystals to create a great room freshener. Anyone can create these and they are pretty cute!

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Mint Chocolate Chip Chip Ice Cream Bath Fizzies Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Mint Chocolate Chip Chip Ice Cream Bath Fizzies Recipe

This craft is perfect for those that love bath bombs. This craft creates twenty four little cute ice cream scoops that smell true thanks to the Peppermint Patty Fragrance Oil. Simply mix and scoop and your bath bombs will be ready in no time at all. This is a recipe that is perfect for a group to do together because the recipe makes quite a bit making the craft super quick!

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Blueberry Bath Bomb Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Blueberry Bath Bomb Recipe

Bath bombs are simple to create and fun for everyone. This recipe is perfect for adult craft night without being overly complicated. Simply mix two colors for bath bombs, fill your ornament molds and tada! You will have a half and half bath bomb that smells great with the Blueberry Fragrance Oil.

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Stinky Feet Foot Powder Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Stinky Feet Foot Powder Recipe

Stinky feet nobody wants them, but from time to time we all end up with them at least once. This recipe is a perfect solution for stinky shoes and leaves you with the fresh, clean aroma of Tea Tree Australian Fragrance Oil. Plus, the foot powder recipe has a few, simple instructions and not that many ingredients. So, you can have a fun craft night and make something that is super useful.

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Oatmeal Butter Honey Soap Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Oatmeal Butter Honey Soap Recipe

Create some oatmeal melt and pour soap that is easy and great for you skin. Simply create some layers with your melt and pour soap and you have simple and creative soap bars. Plus, this recipe smells lovely with the Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil.

20 Easy Crafts for Adults Even More Fun Crafts!

These twenty easy crafts are just a few of the many crafts available on Natures Garden website under the Recipes and Classes section. Some of these crafts are more complex, but we have tons of simple recipes as well. Simply choose your favorites and you can read through our detailed steps for creating any of our recipes. Also, we’d love to see anything you have created! Feel free to share pictures on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram @ngscents. We can’t wait to see your awesome creations!

Sep
04

The Next Crafting Generation


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excited_to_get_started[1] (1)The Next Crafting Generation

 

        Hey everyone! Are you bored just sitting around the house? Maybe just out of college searching for job opportunities? Looking for something to make some extra cash while you’re first starting your career? Sound like you? I thought it might. Ever thought about crafting? And yes, I mean like candles and soaps! The kinds of awesome things our products here at Nature’s Garden can create! Come on now, I know you’ve got a creative mind inside that head of yours. Let your creativity shine!

I know crafting may sound a little odd, but believe me. It is so much fun! And there are so many opportunities that go along with it. Oh, you didn’t think that crafting could lead to great opportunities? Well it can! I know the feeling of being bored out of your mind just sitting at home with nothing to do. Crafting is a great way to spend your time! Or maybe you’re a recent college grad who just can’t seem to find a job in your field. I know you’re probably overwhelmed with student loans right now and need a way to start paying them off. You could become an entrepreneur!

Now I know you remember making projects in Art class. Crafting is a way to keep the fun of art class in your life. There are so many possible things you can create just from our products. Put your creativity to use! We have so many great options. You can make candles, soaps, even your own cosmetics! I mean what woman wouldn’t love to be able their own makeup?! Turn off that TV, and let the fun begin! Your crafts could be awesome gifts for you to give the people you love or great additions to your own home. It is such a great hobby. Knowing you actually made that awesome candle or that delicious smelling soap will give you such a feeling of accomplishment. That isn’t a feeling you can get just from sitting around your house. Come on, I know you want the feeling. Just try it out!

Remember those college loans I mentioned? I know how overwhelmed you are trying to figure out where to start to pay them off. Take your crafting one step further and use it to help pay off those loans! Like I said, become an entrepreneur! Ah, see those opportunities people? Starting your own crafting company will be one of the easiest and most satisfying decisions you will ever make! Our products are sold to our customers with the intention for them to create the awesomeness. Sell your creations! You know what selling them means? You’re making money! And money means you can start to pay off those loans! Even if you don’t want to start a full-fledged company, sell your stuff anyway! Maybe you’re actually getting your career started, but selling your creativity will bring in all kinds of extra cash. And I know you will always have a need for or find a use for that. You’re literally helping yourself make more money using your creativity. It doesn’t get better than that!

Come on people! We are the next crafting generation! I know the feeling of not having any idea of what to do with your life. I’ve been there. Crafting is a great way to helping you figure it out along the way! And tell your friends! I’m sure some of them are in the same place you are! Here’s a start, check out our free classes and recipes in our free recipe box. And keep checking our blog for more Enlightened by Layla postings!

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Apr
21

Taurus Scents


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taurus scentsToday marks yet another changing of the zodiac sign.  Earlier this year, we decided we wanted to have a little fun; so we researched to find exactly what fragrance notes most likely correspond to a persons zodiac sign.  Through our exploration we were able to compile a list of various aromatic notes based on the common personality traits of the person born under the specific zodiac sign. 

Beginning April 20th, Taurus welcomes the limelight.  So, Natures Garden would like to be the first to express, Happy Birthday Taurus!  Now, we would like to invite everyone to the beautiful world of Taurus scents.

Taurus are considered people born between the dates of April 20th and May 20th.

We have four employees at Natures Garden that are under the sign of Taurus.  Mike, Josh, Kathy, and Bonnie all share this dependable and practical sign.  Typical of the Taurus, these four are the strong silent type of individuals.  Being able to deal with quite a lot, this group can bravely and calming handle difficulties with patience; that is until you have gone too far.  Then, people under the sign of Taurus become quite the force to be reckoned with.  Enjoying life’s simple treasures and natures natural beauties, our wonderful and compassionate co-workers lead by example in reminding us to stop and smell the roses.  

Taurus- Trustworthy, Loyal, Patient, Considerate

Symbol-  the Bull


Sign- 
Earth


This loving
and patient group is determined and reliable, but also quick tempered if agitated. People of this sign welcome true forms of

original beauty and love indulging their senses. Due to their sense of stability, well grounded earth scents is where their likes lie.


People that have the sign of Taurus really take to these fragrances notes:

Florals:  Rose, Violet

Spices:  Oriental, Balsamic, Black Pepper

Musks:  Amber, Vanilla


Fragrance Oil and Scent Suggestions:

scents for Taurus

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh Cut Roses Scent by Natures Garden
Japanese Cherry Blossoms Scent by Natures Garden
Green Amber Scent by Natures Garden
Vanilla Blossoms Scent by Natures Garden

If you are interested in seeing other zodiac sign fragrance suggestions, please click on the link.

Apr
08

Hot Soap


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hot soap

Sweet Orange Chili Pepper CP Soap Recipe

This hot soap is just too good to pass up!

For this recipe, we wanted to really knock it out of the box.  And, in the end, the whole Hot Soap theme really tied together nicely with the scent and color.  We could not be happier with the total package of this awesome soap and recipe.  In fact, our testing and end results were so amazing, we couldn’t even wait to share the cold process soap recipe, so you to can recreateyour very own hot soap.  Since, this cold process soap recipe makes approximately 4.5 pounds of  beautiful, creamy and rich lathering bars; we used the Mold Market Square Loaf Mold and have enough soap batter to achieve a nice and full heaped top to the soap.  This made for very hearty sized slices.

To scent the soap, we selected Sweet Orange Chili Pepper.  This fragrance oil qualifies as a hot soap scent candidate because it is one of Natures Garden’s top selling cold process soap scents.  Not only does this fragrance oil have a kick, but it also behaves.  This means it is a Perfect Pour, and the scent retention is hands down amazing in the cured bar of soap.  If you have yet to try this scent in soap, you are really missing out!

Sticking with the hot soap theme, we went with the additions of a bold red and vibrant orange color.  This was accomplished using the FUN soap colorant tomato red, and neon orange.  However, for these colors to truly dazzle, we decided that the colors should be added as swirls to a white soap base.  Now, although Sweet Orange Chili Pepper fragrance oil does not discolor, we wanted a clean white.  We attained this by adding titanium dioxide.

The red and orange colored batter was introduced to the white soap batter using the in the pot swirl technique.  We personally love using this method to create beautiful and flowing swirls in our finished soap bars.  But, don’t get overwhelmed, this hot soap is really easy to make; and in this blog post we will go over each step with pictures of our process included.

Now, before we get started, if you have never made cold process soap before; please read these two classes to familiarize yourself with the soap making process.  They are Basic CP Soap Making Class and Soap Making Safety Class.

If you have already soaped before, lets move on to the recipe and ingredients!

For the Lye Solution
517 grams of water
189 grams of lye
For your soaping ingredients
340 grams of Shea Butter
408 grams of Coconut Oil 76
122 grams of Sunflower Oil
136 grams of Rice Bran Oil
272 grams of Olive Oil-pomace
82 grams of Castor Oil
85 grams of Sweet Orange Chili Pepper Fragrance Oil
50 grams of Sodium Lactate
7 grams of Titanium Dioxide
6 grams of FUN Soap Colorant- Tomato Red
4 grams of FUN Soap Colorant- Neon Orange

As for other supplies that you will need in addition to the standard soaping supplies:  2 mixing bowls (1 for the red soap colorant, and 1 for the orange soap colorant) and a spatula (for the in the pot swirl technique).

So, now that you have everything that you need lets get our safety gear on and get started.

soap making safety gear

Next, make your lye solution.

making your lye solution

Then, weigh out and combine your soaping ingredients and melt.

melted soaping ingredients
Now, back to the lye solution.  Once it has cooled, add the sodium lactate.  Use your spatula to carefully stir this in.

adding sodium lactate

When your lye solution and soaping ingredients are within 5-10 degrees of each other, it is time to combine them together.

adding the lye solution to the soap ingredients
Then, stick blend for emulsion.

stick blending until emulsion
Now, get your two mixing bowls for the colorants.  To the first bowl, weigh out the tomato red soap colorant.  Then, to the second bowl, weigh out the neon orange soap colorant.

hot soap colorant
Next, add the fragrance oil to the soap batter and stick blend to incorporate.

scenting your hot soap

Then, get your soap batter, and place 400 grams into each soap colorant bowl.  To incorporate the orange soap colorant, stir this with a spoon.  To incorporate the red soap colorant, stick blend.  Once both colors are incorporated in their bowls, set them aside.

separating out soap batter for color
Moving quickly, to the remaining soap batter, add titanium dioxide.  Then, stick blend well to incorporate.

adding titanium dioxide to the soap batter

Now, bring the white soap batter over to your color soap bowls.  Then, drop some of the orange soap batter throughout the white soap.  Continue doing this until all of the orange soap is gone.  Repeat the same action with the red soap batter.

pouring the hot soap colors into the soap batter
Now, for the in the pot swirl:  Start by placing the spatula alongside the inside bottom edge of the bowl.  Then, come straight up the center.  When you reach the top, pick the spatula up.  Now, starting on one side, begin your swirls in a “s” pattern (using the spatula).  Repeat on the other side.

hot soap in the pot swirl

Next, carefully pour the soap batter into the mold.

pouring the hot soap
Once the mold has been filled, use the remaining batter to add a nice heaped topping.  You may need to wait a few minutes for the soap batter to thicken slightly before attempting this.  Then once all of the remaining soap has been heaped, insulate.  Please note:  You may want to insulate your soap using something that will not touch the top of the heaped soap.

one hot soap

After 24 hours, remove the soap from the mold.  Then, using your knife, slice the hot soap into bars.  Allow them to further cure before using.

That is it!  Your hot soap performs and smells fantastic.  Plus, you will have created the most beautiful swirls.  Enjoy!

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Mar
31

Peace Scent


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peace scentPeace Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This “peace”ful scent is a winner across the board.  Appealing to a wide variety of customers, Peace Fragrance Oil is hands down one great exotic type scent.  With a down to earth aroma; one whiff and it is like you have been whisked away to a calm and relaxing state.  There are endless possibilities when using this peace scent.  This scent is certainly a must have for your fragrance collection and your customers will love it.  Many of our customers give peace scent a “thumbs up” for being a pleasing, relaxing, and unique scent.

What does Peace Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a duplication of Pacifica’s Tibetian Mountain Temple.  This fragrance is a wonderful blend of ginger, carnation, orange, vetiver, and musk.  This fragrance smells amazing in cold process soap!  Don’t judge this one out of the bottle.  The natural oils really come alive in finished products. NG Original Scent!  A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Peace Fragrance Oil?

If you are a candle crafter, or if you are in the home scenting industry; this scent is delightful.  With an aroma that travels throughout the whole house, Peace scent makes awesome candles and tarts with incredible scent throw.  This scent works marvelously well in Joy, Soy, paraffin soy blends, Palm, Wow, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  Peace can even be used in potpourri, oil burners, and smelly jellies.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance oil is divine.  The usage rate for Peace scent is 5%, and the Vanillin Content is .09% so Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is advised by our customers to stabilize discoloration in finished products.  This fresh and exotic scent is used to make: body scrubs, lotions, melt and pour soaps, liquid hand soap, foaming body butters, and bath jellies.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance soaps like a dream.  Here are the official results: WOW!  The fragrance is amazing, unique, and remains strong after cure.  Perfect pour.  No ricing or acceleration.  Turns brown sugar color after cure.

world peace soaps
If you are interested in using Peace Scent in a cold process soap recipe, please click on this link to view the vibrant World Peace CP Soap recipe.

 

Mar
21

Aries Scents


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Aries scentsAries Scents

It is that time again to officially change the zodiac sign!  This year for a little fun, we thought of doing some research to find out what fragrance notes most likely correspond with the certain zodiac signs.  These aromatic notes are based on personality traits of a person born under that specific sign.

Beginning March 21st, Aries take the center stage.  So let us be the first to say, Happy Birthday Aries! And then welcome everyone to the bold world of Aries scents.

Aries are considered people born between the dates of March 21st and April 19th.

Nicole, the Corporate Manager at Natures Garden is an Aries (as if you couldn’t tell already) with a birth date of April 19th.   True to the Aries form, Nicole is very go getting and delves right in to any project that needs started.  In fact, her extreme will to accomplish great things is always done with an upbeat attitude that brings excitement to everyone’s day.  Her confidence and optimism leaves a lasting vibrant impression that makes everyday interesting to say the least.

Aries–  Self-sufficient, Optimistic, Enthusiastic, Brave
Symbol–  the Ram
Sign–  Fire

These natural born leaders are not afraid to take charge.  They are super energetic, sharp tongued, quick witted, and fierce.  These personality traits are perfectly complimented with bold and vibrant scents; all fragrance combinations that leave an impression.

People that share the sign of Aries really take to these fragrance notes:
Florals:  Carnation, Rose
Spices:  Pepper, Ginger, Tobacco, Coriander
Musks: Amber, Leather

Fragrance Oil and Scent Suggestions:
aries fragrances

 

 

 

 

 

Burgundy Rose Scent by Natures Garden

Sweet Orange and Chili Pepper Scent by Natures Garden

New Car Scent by Natures Garden

Tobacco Caramel Type Scent by Natures Garden

If you are interested in seeing other zodiac sign fragrance suggestions, please click on the link.

Mar
06

Tie Dye Soap


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cup column swirl soapWatching all of the cool Youtube videos on making column swirl soap, we had to give it a try.  We thought that the column concept would make a great tie dye soap.  This soap recipe was our attempt at doing a column swirl soap.  Since we did not have wooden columns at our disposal, we thought we would improvise and try disposable cups.

To make this recipe, the majority of the ingredients and supplies can be found at Natures Garden.  You will however have to have water, lye, and your disposable cups- these items can not be purchased there.

For this soap, the scent that was selected was cannabis flower.  Now, since this scent has a vanillin content of .2%, we also included vanilla white color stabilizer in the recipe.  This decision was made after checking the cold process soap results for discoloration in this fragrance.  We saw that naturally without this additive the bar would discolor to a very light beige.  Considering we did not want our tie dye soap colors affected by this, it was a smart choice.  Also, since the mold that we are using is the 18 bar rectangle grid tray, we also decided to add sodium lactate to our recipe.  Not only will this allow the soap to be removed more easily from the mold, but it will also provide our finished bars with additional moisturizing aspects.

As for the colors in this soap, you can add as many or as few as you want.  Any of Natures Garden FUN Soap colorants will work!

So, lets get started in making tie dye soap.

Here is the recipe:
582 grams of water
215 grams of lye

413 grams of Shea Butter
306 grams of Coconut Oil 76
153 grams of Safflower Oil
107 grams of Rice Bran Oil
245 grams of Olive Oil pomace
184 grams of Meadowfoam Seed Oil
122 grams of Fractionated Coconut Oil
96 grams of Cannabis Flower Fragrance Oil
48 grams of Vanilla White Color Stabilizer
63 grams of Sodium Lactate

Now, if you would like to use the same colors shown in the steps, below are the weights.

Tie Dye Soap Colors:
6 grams of FUN Soap Colorant Neon Red
6 grams of FUN Soap Colorant Neon Yellow
6 grams of FUN Soap Colorant Neon Orange
6 grams of FUN Soap Colorant Neon Green
8 grams of FUN Soap Colorant Neon Blue
12 grams of FUN Soap Colorant Ultramarine Violet

If this is your first time making cold process soap, please Click Here For Basic CP Soap Making Class. Also, before attempting to make any cold process soap, please become familiar with Soap Making Safety Class.

Step 1:  Put on your safety gear:  This would include your safety gloves,  apron, safety mask, and safety glasses.

cp soap making safety gear

Step 2:  In your mold, space your 6 disposable cups equally apart from one another.

prepping your mold

Step 3:  In a small bowl, weigh out your lye.  In a separate bowl, weigh out your water.  In a well ventilated area, slowly pour the lye into the water.  Use a spatula to stir slowly.  Avoid breathing in any of the lye water fumes.  Keep stirring the lye water until there are no lye granules are left in the water.    Allow this to cool to 90-100 degrees F.

stirring the lye water

Step 4:  According to the recipe listed above: in a pot weigh out the Shea Butter and coconut oil 76.  Melt these two ingredients down on low heat until each one is in a liquid state.  Stir.  Then, add the safflower oil, rice bran oil, olive oil, meadowfoam seed oil, and fractionated coconut oil.  Stir again.  Remove from heat.  Then, transfer all of this into a large mixing bowl.

mixing your oils

Step 5:  Next, get your 6 mixing bowls.  Assign each bowl a color.  Then, weigh out the appropriate color amount for each bowl.

colorants in bowls

Step 6:  Using your thermometer, check the temperature of the lye water.  When it has cooled to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, add your Sodium Lactate.  Stir carefully.  Now, once the temperatures of the lye water and the soaping oils and butters are within 5-10 degrees of one another, it is time to move on to the next step.

adding sodium lactate to the recipe
Step 7:   Now, slowly pour the lye water/sodium lactate into your oils and butters bowl.  Use a spatula to get all of this out and into the other bowl.

adding lye water to the soaping oils

Step 8:  Using your stick blender, carefully mix everything together.  You will notice your batter will begin to look creamy and thicken slightly.  Now, stop blending.

blending the soap batter

Step 9:  Next, add the fragrance oil.

scenting the column swirl

Step 10:  Then, add the Vanilla White Color Stabilizer.  Once added, stick blend to incorporate.

adding vanilla white color stabilizer
Step 11:
  Now, place 405 grams of the soap batter into each bowl.  Stir each bowl with a spoon.  This will help slow down trace.

spoon stirred colored soap
Step 12: 
Starting with any one of your colors, begin to pour about half of the batter over 3 cups.  Repeat with a second and third color.  Then, using a new color, pour about half of the batter over the 3 cups that do not have soap over them yet.  Repeat this with your two remaining colors.  Then, with the remaining batter, keep covering different cups.  While you are doing this step, if any cups move, use your spatula to put them back into place.  When all of the pourable batter is out of your bowls, use your spatula to scrape the soap from the cups.  Then remove them.

column swirl pour
Step 13:  Now, using your spatula, scrape the colored bowls.  Then, splatter this soap over the mold.

splattering the soap
Step 14:  When all the soap is in the mold, insulate it and allow it to harden for 24 hours.

insulating your soap
Step 15:  After 24 hours, remove your soap from the mold.  Carefully, using a knife or a mitre cutter, slice the soap bars.  Once all of the soap is sliced, allow it to fully cure.

cutting your soap

After the cure time has elapsed, enjoy your Tie Dye Soap!

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Feb
27

Easter Egg Fizzies


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steps for making easter egg bath fizzesEaster is quickly approaching, and although typically Easter gifts exchanged between loved ones are filled with chocolates and sweets; sometimes you just want to think outside of the candy wrapper.  This is where the entertaining bath bomb can come into play!

Bath fizzies can be enjoyed by everyone young and old!  But, there is just something about them that amazes children.  This is most likely the fun fizzing action that occurs when the bath bombs hit the water.

One of the most unique aspects of bath bombs is that they can be scented, colored, and molded into any shape.  And, one of the best things about bath bombs is that they are a great project to make with your kids for a fun family activity.

If you are looking for a great spin on Easter basket gifts, using this recipe you can now make your very own Easter Egg fizzies.

Besides the ingredients that are needed to make the Easter egg fizzies (which can all be purchased at Natures Garden), you will also need (10) regular sized fillable Easter eggs, baking soda, and some witch hazel in a spray bottle.  If you do not have any leftover plastic eggs from last year, these eggs can be purchased almost anywhere including Walmart or even your local Dollar Store.  The witch hazel that is called for in this recipe is used to help get the crumbly consistency of the mixture as well as to adhere both sides of the Easter eggs together in the final steps.

Here is the rest of the ingredients and supplies that you will need to make this recipe:
Citric Acid
Bentonite Clay Powder
Arrowroot Powder
Castor Oil
Olive Oil- Pomace
For this project, any body safe fragrance oil will work.  We suggest: Jelly Bean Fragrance Oil to match the theme of Easter.
For the color of the Easter egg fizzes, any of the FUN Soap colorants will work.  For this project, we selected the colorants: Neon Blue, Neon Red, Neon Yellow, and Ultramarine Violet to achieve somewhat of a pastel color in the eggs.
Disposable Pipettes
Mixing Bowls (5)
Large Mixing Bowl
Spoon

Once you are ready to get started, here are the steps (pictures included):

Step 1: In your large mixing bowl, place 184 grams of citric acid, 265 grams of baking soda, 11 grams of bentonite clay, and 90 grams of arrowroot powder.  Thoroughly mix these ingredients.  If you have any clumps, break them up using your fingers and thumb.  Set this aside for now.

how to make easter fizzes

Step 2: Now, in a separate bowl, weigh out 26 grams of castor oil and 21 grams of olive oil.  Then, carefully pour this over your dry ingredients, mixing well with your hands.

mixing ingredients for easter bath fizzes

Step 3: Next, place 30 drops of Jelly Beans scent into the mixture using a pipette.  Stir this again using your hands.

making scented bath fizzes

Step 4:  Now, slowly spray the mixture with a few squirts of witch hazel.  Mix the mixture between each spritz.  Continue until the mixture is like crumbly dough in your hands.  Do not over spray. 

making easter bath bombs

Step 5: Now, lay out your other 4 mixing bowls.  Into each bowl place approximately 150 grams of the mixture.

making different colored bath fizzes

Step 6: In the first bowl place 4 drops FUN Soap Colorant Neon Blue.  Mix this thoroughly with your hands until all of the mixture is light blue.  Then, set it aside.

blue bath bomb

Step 7: In the second bowl place 6 drops FUN Soap Colorant Neon Red.  Mix this thoroughly with your hands until all of the mixture is pink.  Then, set it aside.

pink bath bomb

Step 8: In the third bowl place 4 drops FUN Soap Colorant Neon Yellow.  Mix this thoroughly with your hands until all of the mixture is yellow.  Then, set it aside.

yellow bath bomb

Step 9: In the final bowl place 5 drops FUN Soap Colorant Ultramarine Violet.  Mix this thoroughly with your hands until all of the mixture is light purple.  Then, set it aside.

purple bath bomb

Step 10:  Now, count out 10 of your fillable Easter eggs.  If the eggs halves that you have are connected together by a small piece of plastic, break them apart now.

prepping your bath fizzy mold

Step 11:  Each colored bowl of the mixture will fill (2.5) whole eggs.  To fill the eggs, press the mixture down firmly into each egg half.  Once both of the halves are completely filled, spritz each one with witch hazel.  Then,  close the egg.  Repeat this step until all eggs are filled and sealed together.

prepping easter bath fizzy

Step 12: Once all eggs are sealed, allow them to harden overnight.

allowing your easter egg fizzes to harden

Step 13: When the eggs are ready, using a spoon gently tap several times on the outside of the oblong egg half.  This will help release the bath fizzy from the mold.

Step 14:  Carefully slide the plastic egg (oblong side) off first.  Then, slide the bottom portion of the plastic egg off.  If the bath fizzy egg is not  stuck together, spritz each half with the witch hazel then place the two halves together.  Gently hold these two halves in place, and using your thumb, reinforce the seam of the egg halves until they do stick together.  Then set aside and allow to harden for about 15-20 minutes.

connecting your easter egg fizzes

The Easter egg bath fizzes are now ready for use.  If you want, place the fizzy eggs into an Easter basket and give as basket to give as an Easter gift.

Easter bath fizzy basket

If you are looking for other unique projects to make visit Natures Gardens free recipes page by clicking on this link!

Feb
18

Scents for Pisces


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Pisces sign and scent likesScents for Pisces

We thought it would be fun to do a little research and find out what fragrance notes would most likely correspond with the personality traits of a person born under the Pisces zodiac sign.   Beginning February 19th, Pisces launch their birthday plans and celebrations.  So, Happy Birthday Pisces and welcome to the wonderful world of scents for Pisces.

Pisces are considered people born between and including the dates of February 19th through March 20th.

Melissa, one of the amazing Customer Service Reps at Natures Garden, is a Pisces with a birth date of March 3rd.  Melissa exhibits many of the personality traits of a Pisces.  True to form, Melissa is a warm hearted person that is extremely talented and has quite a creative side to her.  She is an excellent problem solver with a knack to view things differently and apply outside of the box thinking in order to resolve the issue.  Plus, one of Melissa’s most  admirable traits is she is always willing to give a helpful hand.

Pisces–  Compassionate, Adaptable, Accepting, Devoted

Symbol–  the Fish

Sign–  Water

This charitable group is sensitive and sympathetic. They are independent and truly artistic. People under the sign of Pisces are perceptive, especially to their surroundings.  Pisces are flexible and receptive. They have the ability to adjust to any given situation, and view it in a new light. Pisces can handle almost anything with compassion and patience.

The dreamy and expressive notes that Pisces people enjoy are:

Fruits:  Mango, Lychee, Guava

Floral:  Tiare, Tuberose, Champaka

Alcoholic: Cognac, Absinthe

Fragrance Oil and Scent Suggestions:

champaka scent     absinthe scent     tiare flowers scent     fig lychee scent

Champaka Fragrance Oil
by Natures Garden

Absinthe Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden

Tiare Flowers Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden

Fig Lychee Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden

If you are interested in seeing all of our zodiac sign fragrance suggestions, please click on the link.

Feb
07

Homemade Zebra Candle


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make your own zebra candleHow to make your very own homemade Zebra Candle!

This easy to make project is even fun to create.  Besides the standard candle making supplies such as: soy wax, wicks, scent, color, and jars; you will also need beeswax.  We will be using the beeswax to make the zebra stripes in the candle.  Because of the pliability of beeswax, it has the capability of being shaped easily into stripes.  Plus, due to the high melt point it has, beeswax can withstand a pour of another wax (soy), as long as the temperature isn’t too extreme.

Although for this project, the scent that was selected was Hot Pink Pomegranate Fragrance Oil, when you make your own zebra candle you can scent it to your pleasing.  The same is true for the candle color.  Since our fragrance oil has the name hot pink in it, the decision was made to make the zebra candle stripes pink on a white (or uncolored) background.

To see the full list of possible candle scents, please click on this link.  There are over 800 different fragrances to choose from!

Here are your total recipe weights to make (2) 16oz. Zebra Candles:
190 grams beeswax
2 drops candle dye (if making the candle like pictured)
About 4 oz.  of candle scent
1100 grams of soy wax (Golden Foods 444 soy wax)

Other items that you will need for this recipe are:
wax paper
pencil
knife
9×13 cake pan
2- 16 oz candle jars
4 wicks (we used 2- cd10 wicks per candle)
scale
2 pots (for double boiler method)
stirring spoon
cutting board
thermometer

Below are the steps to make your very own zebra candle (pictures included):

Step 1:  Using the double boiler method, weigh out and melt 190 grams of beeswax.  You will want to set the temperature of your stove top between medium and low heat while melting.  Stir the beeswax occasionally as it melts.

steps to make a zebra candle

Step 2:   This step is the colorant of your zebra stripes:  Once the beeswax is melted, now you will add 2 drops of your candle colorant, and stir.  Once you are done, place your pouring pot back into the heat source.

color for the zebra candle

Step 3:  To make the zebra stripes, you will need to concentrate your beeswax in a portion of the area in your cake pan.  To do this, lay out your cake pan on a flat surface.  Next, roughly measure out at least 9 inches in length.  Hold this place by setting your knife across the pan.  Finally, lay the wax paper over the cake pan and knife.  Carefully, tuck the corners of the wax paper down.

how to make zebra stripes

Step 4:  Now it is time to scent your beeswax:  Remove your beeswax from the heat source.  Weigh out about 19 grams of your candle fragrance oil.  Then, add the fragrance and stir to incorporate it throughout the wax.

zebra candle scent

Step 5:  Now, take your beeswax and slowly start to pour it over the flat portion of the wax paper.  Allow this to fully set up.  Do not try to rush this step.  Cooling beeswax too quickly, may cause it to crack!

making the zebra candle stripes

Step 6:  Once the beeswax has hardened, and is cool to the touch; gently remove it from the cake pan.  Carefully stand the square on one end and starting in one corner, peel away the wax paper.  Then, place the beeswax on your cutting board.  Finally, cut off any jagged edges using your knife.

zebra candle recipe

Step 7:  For the background of your zebra candle, you will be using soy wax.  In order to have enough wax for 2 candles, weigh out and melt 1100 grams of soy wax.  Melt this wax using the double boiler method.  While the wax is melting, stir occasionally.

soy wax zebra candle

Step 8:  You will create the zebra stripe pattern using the tip of a pencil.  Trace this lightly into the beeswax.  The shape that you will want to draw will be various sized long and irregular lines similar to tree branches.  When you are finished, cut these lines out.

making zebra stripes in beeswax

Step 9:  Once you have a few of your stripes cut out, carefully begin to place them individually against the inside wall of your candle jar.  It is best to start at the bottom of your jar and work in an angular direction.  Apply slight and even pressure until the stripes stick.  Repeat this step until you have the zebra design you are looking for.  Then, do it again for your second candle.

zebra candle pattern

Step 10:  Center and secure your wicks to the bottom of your candle jars.  Then, set aside.

centering your wicks

Step 11:  When your soy wax is in a completely liquid state, remove it from the heat source.  If you are adding color to the background of the zebra candle, do this now.  Then, add 110 grams of fragrance Oil.  Stir again.

Step 12:  Using your thermometer, wait until the soy wax reaches 115 degrees Fahrenheit; this temperature will not melt your zebra stripes.  Pour the soy wax into your candle jars.  Don’t forget to straighten your wicks. Allow the candles to fully set up undisturbed.

pouring a zebra candle

Now it is time to celebrate, your Zebra candles are now ready to use.  Simply trim your wick, light, and enjoy your new awesome candle.