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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.

 

 

Products Capturing Energy and Scent

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name: Hedge Root

Hedge Root uses Earth energy to create and recreate magic for those seeking it with enchanted herbs. Magic begins with intent so I create a herbal magical solution to manifest a desired goal. “Holistic Magic”

I create herb oils and herb textures that can take up to weeks and even months to capture the energy and scent I place in all Hedge Root products so when you place your order I then began to blend your selected scent and intent so that it comes to you fresh and charged.  Life in Herbal Magic ~ Be Blessed.

I only use Natures Garden fragrance oils in my products.  The oils blend so well with my herbal oil and herbal textures.  The scents such as Witches Brew, Queen of the Nile (an all-time favorite), and Berry Bewitching Brew I can never get enough of.   Goddess of the Universe is awesome when mixed in with the Shea Butters and the Aromatherapy scents. I also use Natures Gardens packaging supply for body washes and sprays as well.  AND I CANNOT FORGET THE RITZY BATH GEL AND THE SPRAY MIST!  THE GALLON SIZE LAST A VERY LONG TIME.  Natures Garden is perfect for business that use these products to grow their business and create products that are a true value.

I am Natures Gardens customer owner of Hedge Root ~ Liane Gil

PS, Thanks Natures Garden.

Your Website: www.HedgeRootInMagic.weebly.com www.HedgeRoot.Etsy.com

Passionate about Unique Soap Mixture

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:   Effie Blasini,  Energetically Divine

I love anything that has to do with bath and body products. From the time I could actually use them, there was not anything I did not want to try – I would save my money just to go and buy something. Then as I grew older, I tried making simple things. Perfume and fragrance is my life.  I started off making soap the MP way, then moved into HP. I found that no matter what I did, the HP was not moisturizing enough for me and all though the MP base was doing what I wanted, I couldn’t be as versatile with it. So, one day, I had a great thought – why not mix the two together and see what happens. And that is how my particular soap creation was born. I was able to add the fragrance & dyes to the MP base and then after both were ready to go, I would mix the bases together to create a wonderful soap! My soap has the texture of a HP soap with all the wonderful moisturizing effects of the goats milk MP base. It lathers up real nice, holds fragrance and keeps the skin moisturized after use. I love it!!! It sells out every time. And now everyone knows my secret – I hope everyone tries this at least once to see the difference it makes.

Double Chocolate soap – Goat milk MP base, Macadamia oil & Organic coconut oil HP soap base, Chocolate cupcake, German chocolate cake & Gourmet dark chocolate fragrance oil, Dutch cocoa powder, Cocoa butter & Silky emulsifying wax.

Your Website:  energeticallydivine.wordpress.com

Beautiful Handmade Glycerin Soaps

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name: Teresa (Kathy) Rojas, Key West by Palms Soaps

I was raised in tropical Key West, Florida amongst many tropical fruits and beautiful colors and my soaps reflect these scents and colors.

Having always loved glycerin soaps and finding them getting horribly expensive I started creating them for myself.  I learned how to make handmade glycerin soap by researching online, joining groups and trial and error.  After my friends, family and co-workers kept asking me what I was wearing (it was my soap) or where did I get the beautiful soap in my bathroom and could I make some for them I started the process of correct labeling and packaging and started my business Key West by Palms Soaps.  Key West for where I was raised and Palms after our dog that we had recently lost to old age.

My soaps are created in small batches and with only the highest quality ingredients.  I produce something for everyone; men, women and children.  Key West by Palms Soaps also offers wedding/shower favors and wholesale orders.  Throughout each year we donate our product to many charitable contributions.

During the winter months you will find us all over South Florida at vendor events where customers can see and smell what we have to offer.

Our priorities are to provide beautiful, wonderfully smelling soaps that our clientele will be elated that they purchased from Key West by Palms Soaps.

Many of our bars are one of a kind in that once the loaf is sold we do not recreate the same thing over and over again.  Only a few of our bars are recreated and that is because of demand.  Custom requests are honored at no additional charge and are always welcomed.

We only purchase our fragrance oils from Nature’s Garden and would not shop anywhere else because of their quality and prices.

I only use Natures Garden fragrance oils – attaching a photo of your Juicy Couture Type fragrance oil.

Your Website:  http://www.keywestbypalms.com

Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/keywestbypalmssoaps

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/KeyWestbyPalms

Blog:  http://www.keywestbypalms.com/blog.html

Pinterest Page: http://pinterest.com/keywestbypalms/

Relax and Rejuvenate the Soul

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  Jennifer – Harmony Designs & Soaps

My slogan is: Relax & Rejuvenate the Soul.

I absolutely love creating.  It makes me feel such an accomplishment seeing the before and after. I love all the fragrance oils and love experimenting with them. Nature inspired my shop and my product design. A lot of my inspiration comes from nature. I am also a nature photographer and so much enjoy being outside and capturing nature’s beauty.

I lost my Dad to cancer in 2007 and he inspired me to do what I love to do. I know he would be very proud of me today.

I carry a variety of products in my Etsy shop, lip balms, body sprays, kanzashi hair flowers and bath salts just to name a few. I am always inspired to try new things. Sometimes they work out sometimes they don’t, I guess that’s called trial and error. Natures Garden carries so many products to help give you a kick start to create.

I came up with the name Harmony Designs because I thought about its meaning and it fit my shop perfectly.

Meaning: internal calm : balance, tranquility. I love that my shop name relays a tranquil feeling. The whole idea behind starting my shop was that I wanted to help people relax and have that “me” time that we all crave. We all have such busy lives and need that little bit of peace and quiet after a long day at work. My bath salts are wonderful for that reason. I use all my products myself and wouldn’t put anything out there that I didn’t wholeheartedly believe in. I love when people love my products. It makes me feel what I do is successful. Without my wonderful customers my shop wouldn’t exist.

Even when I was little I loved creating, painting and whatever else my little creative mind could get a hold on. I am pretty much a Jane of all trades. I do wear a lot of hats but wouldn’t want it any other way.  I love making favors for Weddings! I love being able to share in someones special moment. Just a side note my wedding is coming up in September and I am so excited! I know how it feels to want something special for your wedding so I take a lot of pride in making wedding favors.

Also when I was little I remember the lovely aromas coming from the kitchen when my parents were baking. I think that is one of the reasons I love my soy tart melts so much. I love all the dessert fragrances and it brings back those wonderful memories of my Dad making peach cobbler or my Mom baking. I love that my soy tart melts last and fill the house with so many wonderful Natures Garden Fragrances!

Strawberry Cheesecake Lip Balm

Natures Garden Products Used:  Strawberry Cheesecake Flavor Oil  and Natures Garden Lip Balm Base

 

Your Website: www.harmony5.etsy.comPhotography Website: jlphotography5.etsy.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/harmonydesignsandsoaps

Blog: harmonysoaps.blogspot.com

Pinterest Page: pinterest.com/twiggysky24

Lip Butters with Soothing Properties

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  Keenya Noble of  She She Kouture

She She Kouture believes that looking good coincides with feeling good.  We are pleased to introduce our new line of accessories and bath and body products. The accessories were created with luxury and affordability in mind. We offer these beautiful accessories that you would see in high-end stores, at a fraction of the cost because we use less expensive fabrics and adorn them with notions such as buckles, beads, zippers etc. She She Kouture prides itself because we offer products in faux-fur and will NEVER use real animal fur.  Our products include Apparel and Accessories items such as T-shirts, Dresses, Denim wear, Handbags/Accessories, and Casual Wear. We have recently extended our product line to include handmade bath and body products. Our soft and silky lip butter are our best-sellers. The lip butter glides on smooth and leaves lip soft and smooth. These lip butters work great under your favorite lipstick for longer wear. They are made with all natural ingredients and enriched with sweet almond, castor, apricot kernel, and avocado oil. These lip butters also include aloe and almond butter for even more soothing properties. She She Kouture is your one  stop consumer brand. Our bath and body products are available at www.sheshekouture.com. We will be constantly adding new products for our customers’ satisfaction. We strive to bring our customers great products and superb customer service. Experience She She Kouture!

Lip butter made with Natures Garden lip balm base and flavoring oils

Your Website:  www.sheshekouture.com

Facebook page:  www.facebook/sheshekouture

Twitter:  @shekouture

 

 

Natural Home Cleaning Products

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Wholesale Essential OilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  My name is Patti Page, owner of Aromatherapy Naturals-Natural Aromatherapy Home Cleaning Products.

Owning a cleaning service business for over 14 years and cleaning hundreds of homes, I know a lot about cleaning products. I know what cleans well and what doesn’t. Believe me I have tried dozens of cleaning products!

I have taken this experience and knowledge and developed a line of natural aromatherapy cleaning products that not only smell good, but are superior in performance as well.

Tested and Proven:  Aromatherapy Naturals Products were not created in a lab. They were created in a small rural town in Indiana by a Cleaning Service Owner with 14 years experience in the cleaning industry by fusing together the art of aromatherapy and the science of cleaning.

Making the Switch:  In 2006 after using harsh cleaning chemicals on a daily basis for years I decided to start using only natural cleaning products to clean our clients homes. I wanted a natural product that not only cleaned well, but would leave our clients homes with a pleasant scent. After extensive research I found a company that made Natural Cleaning Products using essential oils. I started purchasing the products from this company and using them in my cleaning service. That was when Aromatherapy House Cleaning was born!

Everything was going well and we continued to use the products from this company. Then the company I was purchasing the products from sold out to another company. The other company changed the formulas and scents and only offered a few products. I was not interested in purchasing the products from this company after they had changed the formulas and scents. By this time I had completely based my cleaning service on these products. I wasn’t sure what to do at this point since no one else sold this type of product. I tried other products but did not care for them.

After much consideration and prayer I took the leap of faith and decided to go forward and make a product line myself to use in my cleaning business. After countless hours of research and many nights spent working on the formulas and praying for God’s assistance to help with the formulas, Aromatherapy Naturals was conceived. I couldn’t have done it without the help of the Lord.

After using the natural aromatherapy products in my cleaning business, I started getting requests from cleaning companies who had visited my website and saw that I was using these products asking for information about purchasing the products we were using. In 2008 I started Aromatherapy Naturals and started selling the products to home owners and cleaning services all over the United States and Canada. Since then I have added several products to offer everything needed to clean homes naturally.

Every Order is Carefully Created by Hand:  Aromatherapy Naturals commitment to purity and quality goes as far as to guarantee that your products are not created until the time you place your order.

I use the Natural Vanilla Infusion from Nature’s Garden in 2 of my essential oil blends and I just love it. I only use pure essential oils in my blends and since there is no vanilla essential oil I wasn’t able to use vanilla in the blends until I found the Vanilla Infusion at Nature’s Garden. I now use the Vanilla Infusion to make a Lavender Vanilla Blend and also a Warm Orange Spice Blend. I also use Nature’s Garden Coconut Oil and Olive Oil.  I love the fact that the shipping is so fast at Nature’s Garden. I can place an order and it ships the same day or the next day at the latest.

Your Website: www.aromatherapynaturals.com

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aromatherapy-Naturals/471345396229622

Blog:  http://aromatherapynaturals.blogspot.com

Various Scented Bath Products

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

fragrance oils1. What’s your name & Your Company Name:  My name is Amelia Ruth Thompson, owner & founder of Radical Works.

2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business?  I’ve been creating things literally my entire life. Over time, the things I would create would take up space; more space than I actually had. When in Spring 2009, a friend suggested, “Why don’t you sell things on Etsy?” So my original idea was simply to clear out space. I opened a shop, but nothing sold. In 2010, the same friend invited me to share a table with her at Louisianime II. There, I sold many of my crafts, with a lady suggesting I open a business to sell items all the time. So the following week, I opened a new shop, Radical Works. From there, I’ve added many difference types of products; as Radical Works is not limited to a single category. Having a shop has not only helped me maintain my crafts and organization, but it has also opened up my mind to many different types of crafts. I always try to include different types within other items.

3. What products do you make and sell?  Starting off, I had Radical Bears (teddy bears), magnets, and some leather-working items. In the more recent inventory, I have Radical Bears, hats, scarves, gloves, along with various bath products. This includes soap, bath salts, and perfumes. I’ve also made and sold bath bombs & lotions at a craft show.

4. What are your business goals?  I try to set short term goals for myself, as the long term goals can quickly change. But the main goal for my business is freedom through expression. Too many times I’ve been the “odd ball out” in most cases. With my business, it gives me the avenue and method to express myself to others, as well as have others find themselves within my products. It has always been a message in my business: “I never make anything I would like myself”.

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  The main products I purchase from the awesome Natures Garden are their bases as well as their fragrances. The fragrances are what keep me coming back, and I love having the fragranced item with the purchases as well. I have a vase for the fragranced roses I’ve received over time.

Your Website:  www.radicalworks.etsy.com

Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Radical-Works/145705615491497

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/BubonicZombie

Blog:  http://radicalworks.tumblr.com/

Bath Products Using Fragrance Oils

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  Layla Colegrove & Kathy Colegrove / Flowering Tree Botanicals

Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  My mother (Kathy) and I started our business in 2008 and originally only sold botanical supplies. We experimented with using those botanicals in bath products and the rest is history. This month marks our 5th year in business and going strong!

What products do you make and sell?  We still sell a wide variety of botanicals along with bar soap, whipped soap, our signature Bubble Crumbles™ bubble bath, bath crystals, body mist, sugar scrub, whipped soap, lip “quenchies”, tub truffles, bath bombs and more! We’re always adding new products to our lineup to keep things interesting.

What are your business goals?  Primarily, we’ll be focusing on expanding our presence in retail stores. We’ve got a few other things in the works but we have to keep those secret – for now!

What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  The fragrance oils are fantastic and we especially love the lip balm base!

Your Website:  http://layla.etsy.com and www.floweringtreebotanicals.com

Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/floweringtreebotanicalsfans

Twitter:  @floweringtree

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/FloweringTree

Scented Bath and Body Products

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

fragrance oilWhat’s your name & Your Company Name?  My name is Ms. M. Antwane Sheppard and I own Raw Essence – All Natural Bath & Spa Products

Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I’ve been in business for all of six months and the way I got into this business is a sad but true story.  I went to a beautician who had styled my hair in a way that caused significant hair lost. I began to research different oils and their benefits, in effort to develop a concoction that would promote hair growth.   Here’s what I initially came up with – Emu Oil, Castor Oil, Sulfur Sublimed and Eucalyptus – and my hair grew back, longer than it was before going to the beautician, and within four months. With the knowledge I had gained on the wonderful benefits of oils, I started making soaps, sugar scrubs and bath salts. I gave them as gifts to co-workers and family.  Soon after, Raw Essence was born.  What motivates me is the idea of being able to help others and sharing the knowledge of living a more healthy and natural life.

What products do you make and sell?  I make and sell: two types of hair growth serums, handmade soaps, deodorant, flavored lip balms, scented sugar scrubs, bath salts, several types of lotions, whipped body butters, body splashes and solid perfumes, kissable massage oils, scented candles, aroma melts, reed diffusers, and room & linen sprays.

What are your business goals?  I would like to grow Raw Essence to a point where I could maybe give up my day job.  ….Maybe?

What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  I use fragrance oils from Natures Garden; my favorite and best-selling is Cucumber Melon. My husband’s favorite and second best-selling is Linen Breeze. I also use NG’s additives, like Rose Buds, Lemon Peels, and Poppy Seeds as well as their packaging containers, like lip balm pots. The best thing about Natures Garden “in my opinion” is their SUPER FAST SHIPPING!!! I never have had to wait days for my orders to arrive and that is so very important to me and the success of Raw Essence.

Your Website: http://www.etsy.com/shop/RawEssences

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RawEssences