Archive for the ‘creative’ Category

How to Make Scented Markers

Friday, August 16th, 2013
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!

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations if applicable. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients. We also do not offer any advice on formulating or altering recipes.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

How to Get Honeycomb Look on Soap

Monday, August 5th, 2013
honeycomb-soap

Natures Garden’s Honeycomb Patterned Soap with accompanying bumble bee embed.

 

Some of the neatest concepts in crafting is when you can take some element of the ingredients that you are using and incorporate them in to the aesthetic look of a finished product.  One great example of this is the honeycomb.

The honeycomb pattern can really be related to anything honey or bumble bee.  And, the best part about this little tip, you do not need to purchase a mold to achieve this look in your soaps.  All that this pattern requires is bubble wrap.

Through testing, we have found that the best way to accomplish the honeycomb look right up to the edge of your soaps is to cut the bubble wrap one row of bubbles past the opening of your soap mold.

To Make:  Simply follow the steps that you would normally do when making soap.

Then, when it comes time to pour your soap into your mold, just simply lay the cut and fit bubble wrap (bubble side down) on top of the soap opening.

Carefully and lightly, ensure that the bubble wrap is lying flat across your mold opening.  Caution:  Do not push down too hard, you do not want any liquid soap above the bubble wrap.

Next, let soap set until it has cooled and hardened completely.  Then, gently pull the bubble wrap from the soap.

That is it.  Your finished product will have the honeycomb pattern.

If, you love the honeycomb pattern so much you want to incorporate it to both ends of your soap, this can be done also.

By measuring the bottom portion of your mold, simply cut the bubble wrap to fit and lay flat exactly (bubble side up).  You do not want to have overage of bubble wrap on the bottom because the pattern will also show on the sides of the bar.

Then, pour your melted soap over the bubble wrap (bubble side up), and repeat with laying the bubble wrap (bubble side down) on the top of the soap.

bubblewrap

To produce a finished product with honeycomb appeal, a piece of bubble wrap is all you need.

When the soap has cooled and completely hardened, pop the soap out of the mold, and remove both layers of bubble wrap.

Viola, double sided honeycomb soap.

If you are inspired and want to try this honeycomb pattern, here is a list of Natures Garden’s Honeycomb inspired scents.  Don’t forget those cute little bumble bee embeds too!

Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil
Honey Almond Fragrance Oil
Honey Bunny Fragrance Oil
Honey Fragrance Oil
Honey Vanilla Love Dust Fragrance Oil
Honeycomb Fragrance Oil
Nectarine & Honey Fragrance Oil
Oatmeal Milk-n-Honey Fragrance Oil

 

Best Window Cleaner Ever

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
clean window

This recipe will amaze you! Using this cleaner will leave you super clean glass with unbelievable shine.

Best Window Cleaner Ever

I stumbled up this recipe from a friend’s post on Facebook.  After reading the short description, I knew I had to give this recipe a try.  My dad has always been very strict when it came to having clean windows.  In his mind, a window should sparkle and gleam.  He was the first person to show me the trick of cleaning windows with old newspaper; a trick of the trade I still use today.  So dad, I dedicate this recipe to you.

If you are looking to have the clearest and the cleanest windows in your neighborhood, this is the do it yourself recipe for you.  Your windows will shine to perfection.

Ingredients and Supplies:
Distilled Water
Vinegar
Arrowroot Powder
Newspaper
Bottle with sprayer
Mixing Bowl
Fork
Funnel

The addition of vinegar to this recipe will remove almost anything off your windows.  The arrowroot powder will give your glass a shine that is unmatched by store bought cleaners.

One of the best ways to clean windows is using old newspaper.  Not only for recycling reasons, but also because newspaper will not leave any paper lint behind like paper towels do.  Plus, newspaper is absorbent so why waste when you do not have to.  As a secondary measure, unused coffee filters will work as well for cleaning windows, without leaving lint behind.

Instructions:

1.  Weigh out 2 cups of distilled water.  If you do not have any distilled water, you can boil tap water on the stove top for 20 minutes to destroy any bacteria.  Although you may use tap water, chances are using tap water for this recipe will leave additional residue on your windows; resulting in streaks.

2.  Once you have the correct amount of water in your mixing bowl, add 1tablespoon Arrowroot Powder.  Stir with a fork until completely incorporated, your mixture will be cloudy.

3.  Next, add the ¼ cup vinegar, stir again.

4.  Then, grab your funnel and pour your glass cleaner into your bottle with sprayer.

5.  Finally, shake your heart out on the spray bottle.  You really want to agitate the liquid so that all the ingredients are equally dispersed.

That is it, it is just that simple.  You will need to shake the solution each time that you go to use it.  You just want to shake long enough to re disperse the arrowroot among the liquid mixture.  If the arrowroot is not shaken, it may clog your sprayer.  If this does occur, simply run hot water over the opening of the nozzle, and this should unclog the buildup.

Using this glass cleaner will give you streak free windows every time!  In fact, we even put this recipe to the test with professionals.  In order to get unbiased reviews we asked 3 different professional cleaners to swipe out their name brand window cleaner with this one.  The results are in, and all three unanimously chose this window cleaner over the brand name.  Some of their reasons included:

“Steak Free the first time, no need to keep wiping.”
“Love how it got everything up and off with just a few squirts.”
“The mirrors have never sparkled like this before.”
“I have got to make this for myself at home, I am going to need this recipe.”
“Wow, I don’t even like cleaning windows, but with this stuff, it’s a breeze!”
“For cost effectiveness and crystal clear windows; this is the route I am taking from here on out.”

Please Note:  This recipe does not include a preservative.  It is NOT intended to be made for resale reasons, we are just sharing a wonderful window cleaner that works every time.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations if applicable. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients. We also do not offer any advice on formulating or altering recipes.

 

Unique Soy Wax Candles

Monday, July 29th, 2013

teachersWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  Melissa Brown and my company name is D~Liteful Creations Candle Co.

I have always enjoyed candles and always bought from big well-known companies but I always seemed to feel I was throwing my money away because the candles would always burn so fast and the scent was never strong enough. One day I decided I was going to do some research and find out how to make candles and what types of wax there was. Then I decided on Soy wax because of all the benefits it has. So I started experimenting and teaching myself all the basics of candle making. I started out with just jar candles only and then started making specialty candles that I love creating and have also moved into body products since my business has grown.  I have been creating my own products since 2010 and it started out as a hobby but has grown into a business that I enjoy and love.

This creation is called “Teachers Have Class”  Back to School.

NG Golden Foods Soy Wax 464
NG Pillar of Bliss Wax for whipped look
NG CD 20 wicks
NG Break Bar Mold for math embed
NG Square Market Mold tray (for decorating and painting to make sign)
McIntosh Apple Fragrance oil

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DLiteful.Creations.Candle.Co

Twitter: www.twitter/DlitefulCreatio

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New Fragrance Oils at Natures Garden

Thursday, July 25th, 2013
pumproll

Natures Gardens Pumpkin Roll Fragrance Oil is just one of the seven new fragrance oils recently added to the fragrance family at Natures Garden.

 

Natures Garden has some super wonderful news to share.  Recently, we have added 7 more fabulously fun, knock your socks off, awesomely amazing fragrance oils to the fragrance line.  The arrival of these new fragrance oils have been long anticipated.

Now is the perfect time to start thinking about possibly adding these new fragrances to your fall and winter product lines; that is if you have not already.  For a peak at the trends for this year’s fall and winter lines, check out Fragrance Trends Fall Winter 2013-2014.

So, because I know the anticipation is building to an extreme level, here are the latest and greatest additions to the Natures Garden’s Fragrance Family!

Natures Garden Peppermint Fluff Fragrance Oil: A fun, fluffy aroma that embraces lightheartedness and femininity all in one!  A fabulous blend of fresh essential oil of peppermint and huckleberries, hints of violet and white florals, with creamy base notes of vanilla marshmallow. Due to the peppermint essential oil in this blend, your skin will be provided with a slight cool sensation when using in soap or bath products.  Very fun!

Natures Garden KringleBerry Fragrance Oil:  An NG Original!  A very-merry-festive fragrance with the aroma of fresh cut evergreens, and juicy apples,  delicate white winter florals, sprigs of bright-and-cheery hollyberry, and fruity cranberries and red currants.

Natures Garden Pumpkin Roll Fragrance Oil: Comfort food at its best.  Sweet sugar pumpkin puree spiced with hints of cinnamon, and nutmeg layered onto a warm, sweet-butter crust, drizzled with maple and honey. Yummy.

lbmango

Natures Garden Lime Basil Mango Fragrance Oil is a phenomenal citrus fragrance that would make a great addition to your year round fragrance oils.

Natures Garden Caramelized Crimson Pear Fragrance Oil: NG Original Scent! Juicy, ripe crimson pears sprinkled in caramelized brown sugar with fresh churned maple butter, drizzled with honey and vanilla creates the recipe for this decadent blend.

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

Natures Garden’s Sweet Tea Zing Fragrance Oil: An NG ORIGINAL!  The perfect summer afternoon starts with the relaxing indulgence of sipping sweet tea with a zest of lemon, drops of honey nectar with the extra zing of cardamom.

Natures Garden’s Lime Basil Mango Fragrance Oil:  A sweet and tangy, summer citrus blend of exotic kaffir lime mixed with crisp basil and juicy mangos.

With all of these new absolutely wonderful fragrances now available, stop denying yourself the pleasure of helping them fulfill their destinies to scent your beautiful hand crafted products.  For a list of all the other fragrances available at Natures Garden please check out our complete fragrance oils list.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Best Homemade Treatments for Oily Skin

Thursday, July 25th, 2013
facial treatment

Did you know that you can make several facial treatments right at home? Used regularly, these facial treatments will leave you with glowing, soft, healthy skin.

 

Best Homemade Treatments for Oily Skin

Oily facial skin can be quite a feat to battle each day.  Due to the overactive oil glands in the skin, it seems as though your oil supply will never end.  But remember before you go condemning your face.  It is the same oil glands that supply your face with the supple young look that everyone compliments on.

There are countless herbs and home remedies that you can use to help manage your complexion.  Here is a list of some of the herbs that you can use and why they are so awesome for your skin!

First and foremost- Rose Petals:  Spoiler alert- receiving roses from that special someone is great, but using rose petals as an ingredient on your skin is even better for you!  This should come as no surprise; rose petals are in many personal care products, and there is a reason for this!  Products that contain roses (aka rose petals) work as great tonics for the skin.

Since, logically speaking our skin is aging and maturing each day, you can use rose water tonic to help aid your facial skin.  Why you ask?  Well, rose petals contain Vitamin C which is good for the skin.  It also has the wonderful ability of re hydrating your skin, as well as helps to soothe irritated skin.  Ha, look at that… roses literally help irritated wives and irritated skin.  Bonus!

Chamomile:  This amazing herb is completely soothing for all skin types.  Using Chamomile in your facial treatment regime will not only soften the skin, but also helps wrinkles and stretch marks.  The aftereffects of using chamomile will allow your skin to glow with radiance.  You can also use chamomile infused water to make eye compress.   Using this compress will reduce redness and puffiness.

Chamomile contains Bisabolol.  This natural alcohol is the anti “KING” of skin healing; anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, and anti-microbial.

Recipe for Chamomile Apple Facial:  This facial cleanser works great to remove dirt, debris, and dead skin cells.

1.  Cut 1 apple into slices, remove seeds and stem.
2.  Puree apple slices into a liquid like form.  Add ½ ounce chamomile flowers to apple.  Add 1 teaspoon honey and stir all ingredients together.
3.  Sprinkle in small amounts of fine, raw oatmeal.  Stir this together and repeat adding oatmeal until you have a smooth constant consistency.
4.  Avoiding your eyes and mouth, appeal the mixture to your face.  Let the mixture set for 5 minutes.
5.  Rinse facial off with warm water.  Pat face dry.
6.  Optional:  You can complete the facial by using a toner once your face has dried.

Besides facials, people with oily skin can also benefit from steam treatments.  Here is the recipe for an awesome herbal steam treatment.

Lemongrass (astringent) with Lavender (soothing, antiseptic and normalizes):

Using a homemade herbal steam facial once or twice a week can help you balance and tone your facial skin.  The dirt and excess oil of your facial skin can be released from your pores by using the steam from an herbal stream treatment. What is great about the addition of herbs is the balancing and toning properties, as well as cleansing.  Since when you use a steam treatment, your pores are temporarily opened, these properties are quickly absorbed into the skin.

Recipe for Herbal Steam Facial:

1.  Simmer 4 cups of water with 2 Tablespoons of dried lavender and 2 Tablespoons Lemongrass on the stove top.
2.  Next, pour the water and herbs into a large glass bowl.
3.  Place a towel over your head and put your face into the steam coming off of the bowl.  Stay over the stream with your eyes closed.  Do this for about 10 minutes.
4.  When 10 minutes has expired, rinse your face with cool water.  Let your face air dry.

Rosemary:  A natural astringent that aids in toning oily skin, this is a key herb to use.  By infusing this ingredient into hot water, you can make a facial toner that will leave your face feeling clean.  Store any leftover rosemary toner in the fridge.

Other great herbs to use for treating oily skin are:

Comfrey:  Comfrey contains allantoin.  This protein quickens cell renewal.

Elderflower:  This herb is great for smoothing out wrinkles, soothing sunburn, and can even fade freckles and mother’s masks.

If you would like the benefits of any combination of these herbs without necessarily wanting to make a facial product, you have the option of a “facial free for all”.  In a teabag, using any, all, or some of the herbs, place several tablespoons of the herb/herb mixture into the teabag and tie shut.  Then, next time you shower, place one or two of the filled tea bags in the bottom of the shower.  The hot water from the shower will soak the herbs; and the steam of the shower will cleanse your skin.  And, since the average shower takes 10-15 minutes, it is the perfect time allotment and your skin will never feel better.

If oily skin is not your facial skin type, be on the lookout.  In a future blog post, we will be featuring Best Homemade Treatments for Dry Skin.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations if applicable. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients. We also do not offer any advice on formulating or altering recipes.

How to Make Potpourri Oils

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
oil burner

If you currently purchase scented oils for your oil burners, stop now! You can save time and money by creating your own and it is super easy too!

How to make Potpourri Oils

Scenting your home with candles may not be an option for you.  However, most people do have a tea light burner or oil burner somewhere in their homes.  But, did you know that you can create your own scented oils for an oil burner or tea light burner at a fraction of the cost?

Besides the inexpensiveness of making your own scented oils, you also have freedom of choice.  Because this scented oil is not put on the body, the fragrance oil/essential oil possibilities are endless.  You can scent your home with any fragrance oil imaginable like Sweet Orange Chili Peppers or Snowman Balls.  And, if you are feeling super creative, you can use a blend of fragrance oils or essential oils to make your home’s very own personal scent.

This project has two ingredients:  A fragrance oil or essential oil (or combination of scented oils of your choosing) and carrier oil (any light weight oil will work).

Please Note:  Due to the fact that essential oils are very volatile, the scent will be very quick to disperse throughout your home.  However, because essential oils lack base notes, there will be nothing grounding the fragrance; therefore essential oils will not contain the staying power of scenting like a fragrance oil will.

For the carrier oils, Natures Garden carries several carrier oils that will work for this project.  They are listed in no particular order:

DPG Solvent Liquid (dipropylene glycol)
Grapeseed Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil
Sunflower Oil

Here is the Recipe:

The recipe for making scented oils for burners is 50% carrier oil to 50% fragrance oil.  That means if you want to make 2 ounces of scented oil, you would use 1 ounce DPG Solvent and 1 ounce fragrance oil, etc.  Then stir.

If you are using essential oils to make scented oils for burners, the recipe is all carrier oil with a few drops of essential oil.  The number of drops of essential oils will vary based on the strength of the essential oil.  For example, Cinnamon Leaf Ceylon essential oil is super strong and may only need 2-3 drops.

Once the mixture is stirred, it is ready to use.  Simply pour the scented oil into your potpourri burner or tea light burner.  Once the mixture is heated by the burner it will be no time before you will begin to smell it throughout the house.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations if applicable. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients. We also do not offer any advice on formulating or altering recipes.

How to Make Homemade Dryer Balls

Saturday, July 13th, 2013
Laundromat Fragrance Oil

I know that monsters do not exist. However, when it comes to the dryer monster; you know the one with the insatiable appetite for socks; there I may have to beg to differ.

How to Make Homemade Dryer Balls

It has long boggled the mind of many launderers through the years.  How can two socks go into the dryer and only 1 come out?  What happened to the other sock?  Where could my other sock have possibly gone?

These are all great unanswered questions of the universe.  I don’t know why, but I hold on to the single mate less sock.  In fact, I have a box where all of the heart broken socks stay; waiting for their mates to come home, longing to be a pair again.  I know I personify the socks, they really do not have feelings, but I feel bad for them.  Their purpose in life is now over.  They will no longer work as a team to keep my feet warm and comfy.  Their future cut short, and they sit there in my dark, lonely basement.  Poor things; I place the blame on the dryer monster.

So, what to do?  Throughout the years, I have accumulated quite the amount.  We have made sock puppets, used them to clean, and even salvaged some in what I refer to as a loose pair; technically they are not paired, but they look close enough.  But, one thing is for sure; I will not throw them away.  I am far too frugal for this.

Still, the single socks keep showing up in the masses, and I needed a better game plan.  It was then that I figured why not make dryer balls out of them.  I have since started using my matchless socks in a brand new way therefore making me feel better and also making my laundry smell the best it ever has.

I figured this would be an excellent post to share because I know that there are millions of unmatched socks out there desperately waiting to be used again.

Ingredients you will need:
Socks- heavy duty socks work best
Flaxseed- the use of flaxseed adds weight to the dryer ball.  This then allows for a nice fluff in your laundry.
Dried Herbs- I will list some great herbs for this a little later.
Fragrance Oil- I will also suggest some killer laundry scents a little later as well.

Prior to starting this project, you will want to prep the filler for the dryer balls.  In a bowl that will not be used again for food, place your dried herbs, flaxseed, and 20 drops fragrance oil.  You want your mixture to be equal portions of flaxseed to dried herbs.  Let this mixture sit and absorb.  Occasionally use a spoon to give all the herbs a chance to absorb the fragrance oil.

Step 1:  Take the socks and cut the cuff off.  Any size cuff will work; it will only vary the size of your dryer ball.  You will only be using this elastic portion of the sock.  The likelihood of holes and give on this section of the sock is least diminished from use.  Please Note:  Any holes or tears deem the sock unusable for this project; save these ones for cleaning.

Step 2:  Once you have all of the cuffs cut, turn them all inside out.  Using a needle and thread, sew one of the openings completely shut.  I suggest a double stitch to make sure the dryer ball does not reopen.  Once one end of the sock is sewed shut, turn the sock back to right side out.

Step 3:  Fill the sock with the now fragrant dried herb/flaxseed mixture.  Be extremely careful not to spill the mixture out once the sock is filled.  You will want to leave about ½” open from the top to sew the dryer ball shut.

Step 4:  It is time to sew again.  Suggestion tip:  A double stitch is the way to go.

Step 5:  You are ready to use!  Just pop one of these little babies in the dryer with your wet load.  When you laundry load is finished, your clothes will just have the most amazing scent to them, and they will have quite a fluff to them too.

That’s it.  Total time to craft this project is about 20 minutes.  Now, as promised here are the herbs that work best for your dryer ball filler.

Great Herbs to use for a phenomenal dyer ball- use one or several it is all up to you!  Please note: not adding fragrance to your dryer ball is an option however, this will allow for a single use scenting only based on the herb selected for use.

Calendula Flowers
Chamomile Flowers
Dandelion Leaf cut & sifted
Elder Flowers
Lavender Flowers
Patchouli Herb
Peppermint Leaf
Red Clover Blossoms
Rose Buds & Petals
Rose Petals
Rosemary Leaf
Sage Leaf
Spearmint Leaf
Strawberry Leaf
*Cloves (this will have a strong scent on its own, using this herb will affect the overall scent if mixed with a fragrance oil)
*Anise Stars (this will have a strong scent on its own, using this herb will affect the overall scent if mixed with a fragrance oil)

Suggestions for fragrance oils to use with dryer ball-  Please note:  any fragrance oil will work to scent your laundry, these are just suggestions of our laundry scents.

Clean Cotton Type Fragrance Oil
Clean Type Fragrance Oil
Country Clothesline Fragrance Oil
Fresh Linen Fragrance Oil
Laundromat Fragrance Oil
Linen Breeze Fragrance Oil
NG Aloe & White Lilac Fragrance Oil
NG Apple Mango Tango Fragrance Oil
NG April Clean Fragrance Oil
NG Cashmere & Silk Type Fragrance Oil
NG Clean Breeze Type Fragrance Oil
NG Island Fresh (Gain) Type Fragrance Oil
NG Magnolia & Orange Blossom Type Fragrance Oil
NG Morning Glory & Honeysuckle Type Fragrance Oil
NG Mountain Fresh Fragrance Oil
NG Rose & Violet Type Fragrance Oil
NG Tahitian Waterfall Type Fragrance Oil
NG Vanilla Lavender Type Fragrance Oil
NG Water Lily & Jasmine Type Fragrance Oil
Snuggable Fragrance Oil

I don’t know about you; but this maybe the first time in my adult life… I am excited to do Laundry!

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com
Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations if applicable. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients. We also do not offer any advice on formulating or altering recipes.

Natural Spider Deterrents

Saturday, July 13th, 2013
House Spider

Let me be honest with you, I do not like uninvited guests residing in my home. This is particularly true when it comes to insects but even more specifically spiders.

Natural Spider Deterrents- Make your Own

I know that the species of spiders is very beneficial for the world.  The majority of spiders are harmless.  They eat tons of insects.  In fact they are the most dominant predators on the planet, and do a great job at keeping the insect population under control.

Their webbing that they spin is one of the strongest materials in existence.  This webbing or silk even bets out Kevlar (the material in bullet proof vests) in strength.   Researchers and Scientists are still trying to replicate the spider’s silk on a molecular level in hopes of being able to recreate it for huge medical and safety advancements.

And, when it comes to importance of spiders, it has to be mentioned that no one should ever forget Charlotte’s web reminding us always to stay “humble”.

But, even though I know all of this; it doesn’t seem to make a difference when I see one crawling down the wall, or dropping from the ceiling.  They just freak me out.  I think it is the eyes, and probably all of the horror movies I have seen with them too.  Who knows, maybe it is just a girl thing.  But, one thing is for sure, I would prefer that they would not be in my house.  So, what to do… research of course and find ways to ensure that I am not allowing a spider breeding ground where I reside.

Not going the traditional pesticide route because I have small children and a zoo of pets, I stumbled upon a couple of great ways to reduce the amount of spiders in my home.  I figured since spiders typically scare others too, I would share this information with all of you as well.

One of the first steps in keeping a spider free home is to keep it tidy.  Spiders love clutter.  Clutter allows ample hiding places for them.  Spiders typically like to live in your homes crevices, corners, and lesser manned areas of your home such as under the beds, closets, basements, attics, and garages.  By keeping a tidy house, you are eliminating their hiding places.

If possible, keep all vegetation around your house such as trees and bushes, cut and trimmed.  Spiders love to live in plants and ivy vines, but this beautiful vegetation can turn into a spider haven.  If you are able to move any potted plants away from doorways and entrances, this also moves the spiders away.  Another tip is to keep your lawn mowed and maintained.

Where ever there is spider food; there will be spiders.  So, by the same logic, if there is no food source available, the spiders will move on.  This becomes important in the case of trash cans and flies.  Spiders love flies, and flies love trash.  If possible consider moving your trash cans in the opposite direction from your home’s entrance.  This will lessen the chance of a spider entering your home when the temperature outside changes and they are seeking out warmth.  The same logic applies if you leave outside lights on.  Lights attract insects, especially at night.  Nobody wants a beacon of light showcasing your home as the hip place for insects to be; it is best to turn these lights off at night.  However, if you have an outside night light that stays on for safety reasons, you may want to consider switching the light bulb to a sodium vapor light.  These types of lights do not attract insects like regular lights do.

When it comes to precautions with insects inside the home, anytime there is left out food, insects like ants and flies are attracted.  By covering the leftovers and wiping off counters and prep space, you are lessening the chance that insects will be attracted to the scent of human food.  Vacuuming your house daily also reduces the crumbs we leave behind that attract insects.   The key to remember is no insect food source equals no spiders.

As a final precaution, seal any cracks that may lead indoors.  Pay close attention to your windows and doorways.  A sealed house is a spider free house.

Now, there are also some natural deterrents that you can use to make your home less inviting to spiders.  As with anything you are trying for the first time, you will want to test patch first in a small inconspicuous area of your home.  You do not want to ruin any surfaces or fabrics of your home.

Spraying your home’s entrances, window frames, and any cracks with certain essential oils deters spiders away.  These oils are best made with a measurement of 2 tsp of essential oils to 1 cup water.  Adding a few drops of dish detergent allows for a consistent solution so the essential oils just don’t sit on the top of the water.   Simply combine the three ingredients in a spray bottle, give it a nice hearty shake and spray away.

The essential oils that work best are:

oranOrange Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Neem Oil
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Tea Tree Essential Oil

If you do not prefer the spray bottle method, you may want to use the mixture on a cotton ball.  Then, simply place the cotton ball in corners, crevices, or notorious spider hang outs of your home to deter spiders from taking in residence there.  Just remember to test first.

 

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Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

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Best Ways to Center Candle Wicks

Friday, July 5th, 2013
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We asked our Facebook Friends what creative ways they use to center their wicks for candle making. The responses were very effective, unique suggestions, many of which involved household items they had at their disposal.

Best Ways to Center Candle Wicks

Obviously at this point in your candle making, you have dedicated a lot of time and money learning, testing, and researching everything there is to know about making candles.  All this is accomplished by you with one end goal in mind… crafting the greatest candle you can!

For all the sacrifices made and devotion set forth in crafting candles, one thing is for sure; you do not want one simple little thing as an off centered wick to prevent you from that perfect candle.  In a candle, an improperly centered wick directly affects the burn, your melt pool, and your hot scent throw.  So, needless to say, ensuring that you have a centered wick should be a top priority.

There are many different options you have to center your wick.  Sure, you can buy a wick centering tool, wick bar, or self centering wicks, but since Natures Garden has such wonderfully talented customers, we thought we would ask them how they do it.  We turned to our Natures Garden Facebook Fans to share any input or suggestions that they had for centering candle wicks.  The responses were super creative, and many of their ideas had little to no cost.

The first step in centering your wick is to find the center.  Here are the awesome suggestions that we received on this topic:

Tips for finding the center:

Since many of the candle jars that are used are transparent, one customer suggests using a printed dart target to get that perfect bulls eye center each time with their wick tabs.  You will of course want to tape these bulls eyes to your work space so that they are consistent every time.  Then, it is just a matter of placing your jars on top to find the center.

Because most crafters have a continuous standard with their jar sizes, one of our customers traces the bottom of the jar onto cardstock.  Then, using a tape measure they calculate the exact center and mark it on the cardstock.  This cardstock then becomes a template for centering the wick each time that jar size is used.  The result is a perfectly centered wick.

So, now that you know where the center of your jars is.  The next step is securing your wick to the bottom.  Here are some of the great methods provided by our Fabulous Facebook Fans for this step:

Hot Glue Gun:  By placing a dap of hot glue in the center of the candle jar, and then gently pushing the wick tab over the glue before it hardens; you can secure your centered wick tab and pull the wick straight.

Glue Dots/ Sticky Wickums/ Sticky Tack:  The same concept as a hot glue gun, you simply remove the glue dot from the backing and place it on the bottom of the wick tab.  Then, press the wick tab in the center of the bottom of the candle jar and secure.  Pull the wick straight.

Empty Pen Tube/Drinking Straw:  Using an empty pen tube that the wick is threaded through you can press the tab right on the glue dot/hot glue at the bottom of the candle jars.  This is a great option for those of you who can’t necessarily reach the bottom of your jars to secure the tabs to the bottom.

Now, moving right along…let’s look at some of the suggestions given as to how to keep the wick portion of a candle straight once the hot wax is poured into the containers. In the picture we posted, you will notice that they used hair clips used by beauticians.  There are many more ideas where that came from.

On Natures Garden Common Candle Making Questions page we answered this with our suggestion.  “To prevent your wicks from falling over while the candle is cooling, we suggest you use hair combs.  Simply secure your wick in the bristles of the comb, and lay the comb on top of the container.”

Here are the other suggestions that we received:

Pencils:  Using a pencil wrap the excess wick around it and lay this across the opening of the candle jar.  This will keep the wick straight and tight while the wax is cooling.

Cardboard/Cardstock:  Using cardboard or cardstock to cut a thick “stick” that can lay across the top of your candle jar is a perfect solution to keeping your wick straight.  By making a small slit in the cardboard stick, you can easily slide your extra wick in place and hold it there.  Nicole Streeter even takes it a bit further by adding that she uses the cardstock with the slit in the middle but also writes the scent of each candle on the cardstock.  This is the perfect solution when doing multiple fragranced candles.

Chopsticks/Coffee Stirrers/ Popsicle sticks (aka craft sticks)/ Kabob Sticks (aka Bamboo Skewers):  This is essentially the same idea of the pencil with the excess wick wrapped around it.  But, how this differs is you use this method if you do not have a lot of excess wick available for wrapping.  By placing 2 of the same items together; secured at each end with rubber bands/strings/hemp, you are now able to simply slide the excess wick through the middle.  These items secured together will allow for a nice taunt hold of the wick.  With the popsicle sticks you also have the option of drilling a small hole into the center of your craft sticks with a dremel.  If there is any extra wick, this can be easily wrapped around the craft stick once it is secured through the hole.

Besides securing the two items together with stings or rubber bands, other helpful household items were also mentioned:

Aunti Di’s suggests using craft sticks secured with clothespins on the edges.  Another fabulous securing idea was the mini office binder clips, clipped at each end.  Even medical tape was suggested for keeping 2 pencils together.

If you use the smelly jelly jars, one of our customers suggests using the daisy perforated lid with a clothespin.  Once the wick is through the center hole, they just clip a clothespin on the excess wick to secure it in place.

For a more permanent tool, someone recommends using a wood shim with a clothespin hot glued to it.

If you are looking to satisfy a straight wick with several jars at one time, one customer suggests using a paint stirrer (which are free items if you ask for them).  Then, simply drill holes at the proper points on the stick.  Once your wick tab is centered and secured at the bottom of the jar, lay the paint stirrer across the top of the jars and just slip the wick through the holes.  You can usually accomplish 3 or more jars at one time (depending on the diameter of your containers).

We at Natures Garden would like to thank all of our wonderful customers for all of their unique ideas and input as to how they center their wicks and keep their wicks straight.  We hope that you have been inspired to try some of these ingenious ideas or maybe even spark new creations for centering wicks and keeping them straight of your own.