Category Archives: essential oils

Oct
26

Kinds of Fragrance Notes

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There are several different categories of notes used to create a fragrance oil.  These notes offer fragrance oils different elements.  Here is a list of fragrance notes and what aspects they provide to an aroma.

ANIMALIC ingredients create allure within a fragrance.  Generally base note materials, animalic nuances add subtle sensual tones.  Aromatic animalic ingredients can be used to enhance spicy, woody, and sweet base notes.  They can sometimes produce a leathery tone.  Balance is important when using the aromatic animalic ingredients to prevent unpleasant and repulsive base notes.
EXAMPLES OF ANIMALIC INGREDIENTS:  Musk, Civet

rf-aa18BALSAMIC notes are warm and/or sweet and can frequently be found in the resinous group of materials.  Balsamic notes support a fragrance from within, offering richness and providing a natural sensation.  Base notes are sometimes composed of several balsamic materials.
EXAMPLES OF BALSAMIC MATERIALS: Amber, Tolu, Fir

CAMPHORACEOUS/ AGRESTIC notes create a cooling sensation, and can be described as fresh.  Natural essential oils in the herbaceous family often exhibit camphoraceous tones, with naturally occurring camphor oil producing this effect.  On some occasions camphoraceous tones can produce a medicinal effect.
EXAMPLES OF CAMPHORACEOUS MATERIALS: Rosemary oil, Eucalyptus oil, Camphor powder

rf-2019CITRUS/ HESPERIDIC tones are easily identified due to the association with food and beverages.  Citrus essential oils are produced from the citrus fruit peel, and a fresh, slightly acidic note is displayed.  Citrus tones are usually top notes where they produce a fresh, juicy, effervescent effect.
EXAMPLES OF CITRUS MATERIALS: Lemon oil, Grapefruit oil, Bergamot oil

FLORAL is the largest generic fragrance category.  Within the floral category there are many sub categories such as aldehydic floral or green floral.  Flowery notes such as rose, gardenia, or jasmine can be used alone or in combination with one another to produce a “floral bouquet.”  Since some flowers have little or no scent, creative floral accords are often produced to fulfill the need for scents such as daisy or orchid.  Floral tones will generally be found at the heart of the fragrance.
EXAMPLES OF FLORAL NOTES: Lily, Tuberose, Floral bouquet

fresh fruit slicesLike the citrus accords, FRUIT notes can be easily identified due their similarity to real fruit aromas.  Sweet/sour tones found in apple, peach, strawberry, and banana are replicated for use in perfumery.  These fruit compounds are generally produced from synthetic materials, although touches of natural materials such as critrus may be added for a juicy effect.  Fruit notes will be found in the top note or middle note of a scent, but exceptions exist in fruit scents such a peach which have creamy and sweet undertones.
EXAMPLES OF FRUIT NOTES: Apple, melon, raspberry

The GREEN category is very significant in today’s market.  Market positioning of products based on “natural themes” has created a demand for fragrances that smell like plants, leaves, and grasses.  Green notes provide bright, strong, natural smelling accents for all types of fragrances.  Green notes can be top notes, middle notes, and they traditionally exhibit food stability in a wide variety of products.
EXAMPLES OF GREEN NOTES: Herbs, Vegetables, Leaves

rf-98MARINE notes add fresh, bright, watery, and/or algae like accents to fragrance blends.  They are rarely used alone due to their elusive quality, yet combined with florals, woods, or fruit types they create sparkle and add a natural sensation.  Marine notes are often found accenting the top note of a scent and are reminiscent of the smell of sea breezes.
EXAMPLES OF MARINE NOTES: Sea spray, Dewy, Ocean breeze

The MINT family is characterized by its pierce cooling effect.  Mint provides an invigoration effect and fresh lift for all fragrance types.  It has become more important as a single note in today’s products that feature natural positioning.  Mint accents the top note of a fragrance.
EXAMPLES OF MINT INGREDIENTS: Peppermint, Spearmint, Menthol

rf-112SPICE notes are familiar due to their use in cooking and baking.  They create warm or pungent sensations, and are used in almost all fragrance types.  Most spice notes are derived from nature, and they can be found accenting the middle notes of a fragrance or used alone.
EXAMPLES OF SPICE INGREDIENTS: Cinnamon, Ginger, Pepper

SWEET notes are important base notes for most fragrance blends.  Recalling familiar sensations found in vanilla, sugar, honey and syrup, sweet notes are long lasting and comforting.  Gourmand type scents have created a new demand for sweet notes in perfumery, where they provide edible sensations that captivate the senses.
EXAMPLES OF SWEET NOTES: Vanilla, Caramel, honey

rf-117WOODS are important building blocks for fragrance.  Woody notes enhance and enrich the base notes of most fragrance.  They provide warmth, naturalness and long lasting richness.   Most woody notes are derived from nature, where essential oils are distilled from fresh cut wood, tree bark or roots of a tree.  In today’s market we find wood blends being used frequently in candles, particularly at the prestige level of distribution.
EXAMPLES OF WOOD INGREDIENTS: Sandalwood, Cedar wood, Vetiver

Oct
25

What Ingredients are in Fragrance Oils?

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fragrance bottleMost fragrances are a combination of many aromatic ingredients.  These ingredients are derived from nature or created by scientific methods. Natural Ingredients include essential oils, resins, and absolutes.

Natural Ingredients:

AROMATIC ESSENTIAL OILS are derived from plants using either distillation or cold pressing.  They are generally in liquid form.  An essential oil from one plant can vary in color, odor, and price depending on the crop from which the oil is derived.  Mother Nature rules here and variations between lots of the same oil must be assessed for suitability.  And, not all plants yield aromatic essential oils.

Examples of Aromatic Essential Oils are:  Orange Oil, Lavender Oil, Patchouli Oil, Cedar Wood Oil

RESINS are materials which are exuded from a plant when the other layer of the plant is cut.  They are dense and sticky and may solidify into a solid mass.  Heat may be required to melt some resins.   Resins are long lasting fragrance ingredients.   Examples:   Myrrh resin, Benzoin resin, Fir resin, Oakmoss resin, Copel Resin Tears.

ABSOLUTES are created by removing the aromatic components from plants which cannot yield essential oils.  Many plants are too fragile to be distilled; therefore the absolute is the form in which we capture the aromatic components of the plant.  The absolute is highly concentrated and somewhat viscous.  Now, the yield of absolute material per plant is exceptionally small, and the processing is very labor intensive.  As a result, absolutes are usually very expensive.

Examples:  Rose absolute, Orange flower absolute, Jasmine absolute, Narcisse absolute.

Manmade Ingredients include aromatic ingredients in liquid, crystalline, or powder form.  Commonly called chemicals, manmade fragrance ingredients produce a wide variety of aromatic sensations.  Some of these ingredients are also found in nature, but science can reproduce them synthetically.  The synthetic versions are generally less expensive, more consistent in odor and color and widely available.

Aromatic chemicals offer the perfumer a vast palette of materials to compliment natural ingredients.  They help control the cost of a fragrance and help ensure consistent quality.  Many aromatic chemicals can create intense, unusual or dramatic effects in a fragrance.  Most fragrances are a combination of the natural and synthetic ingredients.  The perfumer will choose materials based on odor, cost, and stability in the product being scented.
Examples of manmade aromatic materials:  citral, linalyl, acetate, phenyl, ethyl, vanillin.

These ingredients form Fragrance Oils.

Parts of a Fragrance Oilfragrance-oils

A fragrance oil is divided into 3 distinct parts.  The top note, the middle note, and the base note.  Each of these usually has an assortment of ingredients.

Top notes are the most volatile fragrance ingredients.  The top notes give the fragrance its initial burst and can provide impact in a finished product.  Top notes are the first to evaporate, leaving the middle notes of the fragrance to be explored.  Traditional top notes include citrus oil and light aromatic chemicals such as esters.

Middle notes are also called the fragrance heart.  They represent the true fragrance character.  The middle notes are longer lasting than the top notes.  These ingredients form the fragrance signature and are evident throughout most of the life of the fragrance.  Typical middle notes include floral, spice, and fruit tones.

Base Notes are also called the bottom notes or dry down.  Base notes are the longest lasting components of the fragrance.  These ingredients support the fragrance and give it depth.  Base notes remain long after the top and middle notes have evaporated.  Perfumists use base notes to anchor the volatile fragrance notes in a fragrance.  Commonly used materials for base notes are musk, vanilla, resins, and woods.

 

Jul
16

How to Make Potpourri Oils

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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.

Jul
13

How to Make Homemade Dryer Balls

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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.

Jul
13

Natural Spider Deterrents

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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.

 

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.

Jul
03

Emerald Green 2013 Color of the Year

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Emerald Green 2013 Color of the Year

pantone color of the year 2013
According to Pantone, Emerald Green is the color of 2013, and this polyvore set really screams…GREEN!!  Peppermint essential oil from Natures Garden was featured in this polyvore set, and I just love it!   Personally, I am a Lime Green girl myself, but I can understand why emerald green is the color of the year for 2013.  After several “rocky” economic years in the US, accompanied by the potential “end of the world” scenario predicted by the Mayans, people are seeking balance and harmony in their lives; a rebirth if you will.  Green is a color that encompasses both of these feelings.  In addition, there is a trend towards seeking a simpler life, getting back to our roots, and an overall appreciation for nature.  So…YOU GO GREEN…I love ya!
Deborah Ward
Natures Garden
Jun
08

Patchouli Essential Oil Featured

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Hippie Patchouli

This Polyvore was made by Jodi, a homemade soap maker.      If you are interested in purchasing some of her soaps, you will find links to them below.   Natures Garden Essential Oils are frequently used by designers on Polyvore to create their “sets”.  Come join us on Polyvore and design your own!

Natures Garden Patchouli Essential Oil is shown in this polyvore.

May
16

Bath Bombs and Luxury Soaps

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fragrance oils1. What is your name and Your Company Name: Marlene Nicosia/Spa Girl

2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business? Meeting at a crossroad several years ago with decreasing demand for what I had been doing for the previous 35+ years (medical transcription), and also going to be relocating to the Chicago area as my daughter was having a baby and I would be full-time babysitter, I met with a couple of ladies who had successful soap companies and was awestruck by the concept of making handmade soaps from oils and lye. I had always been in love with essential oils and natural products and this was a perfect fit. I began my journey in 2009 into handmade. Although I have seemed to find my niche with bath bombs, my goal is to continue to add a KidSpa and SpaPure line that is fragrance-free with natural colorants, essential oils and beneficial clays.

3. What products do you make and sell? Bath bombs, luxury soaps, Kids Spa line including sugar scrubs, cupcake soaps, bubble bombs, glycerin soaps.

4. What are your business goals? We are working on our website and hope to have it ready in the next few weeks. I would also like to establish wholesale accounts for handmade soaps including our SpaPure natural line of products.

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden? What are your favorite products from Natures Garden? I love the products, pricing and service from Natures Garden. We carry over 50 fragrance oils from Natures Garden. I love to check out the Best Sellers section and know when I’m adding them to my line; they are guaranteed to be received well by my customers and will become my best sellers. I have purchased soap molds, soap making supplies, and always pick up a few new fragrances with every order.

Your Website: http://www.spagirlsoaps.etsy.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/spagirl.soaps

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SpaGirlSoap

May
11

How to Know Your Skin Type

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skin-types1Are you facial complacent?

Let’s all face it (yes, this is a total pun!), in order to put our best foot forward each day, we want to look our best.  You have a direct effect on many things; the clothes your wear, the added accessories, the shoes and so on.  But, when it comes to our face, we are kind of stuck with the one we have.

Yes, it is true that we can use makeup to help aide our complexion in looking flawless and youthful.  Changes in our diets and drinking more water are also huge helpful additions as well.  Still, there are many herbal remedies that can nourish your face, and allow it to be the best face it can be.

The most important factor in facial skin care is to know which facial skin type that you have.  There are 5 different skin types.  They are: dry skin, oily skin, sensitive skin, normal skin, and combination skin.  It is possible that a person’s facial skin type can change during one’s life.  Any number of things can allow for this to happen; illness, age, stress, pregnancy, etc.  But, before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take a quick look at each of the different types of facial skin in order to discover the best herbs to use in your facial regime.

Dry Skin Types:  The underlying problem with dry facial skin is due to the fact that there are inactive or underactive oil glands.  Because these oil glands do not produce the normal amount of sebum (oily secretion that keeps hair and skin supple), it creates skin that is not naturally lubricated as it should be by our own bodies.  Physical signs of having dry skin are usually a dull appearance.  The facial skin will feel dry to the touch, and may be even itchy at times.  Some of the things that people with dry skin can do to help with their situation is to drink plenty of water.  Externally, facial mists are a plus, as well as the addition of using very rich hydrating and moisturizing creams and lotions.

Oily Skin Types:  Oily skin is the exact opposite of dry skin types.  This skin type is caused by super active glands that produce too much sebum.  This results in skin that has a sleek or greasy feel.  Physically, oily facial skin is shiny.  The best time to notice this is at the mid-day point.  This is when the oil glands are at their peak in production.  The over active glands in oily skin even have the additional downfall of the usual large and clogged pores.  People with oily skin types are also very prone to non-inflammatory acne- due to the clogged pores.  This acne is caused from the sebum trapped inside the skin which then results in lesions that are pus filled.  These pus filled lesions are in the medical world referred to as comedones.  In simple terms, comedones are known to you and me as blackheads and whiteheads.  Also, oily facial skin is prone to breakout in inflammatory acne.  This type of acne includes pimples and cystic zits.  Cystic zits are deep, painful, inflamed blemishes that can be very large.  On a positive note, oily facial skin types generally have a more youthful and supple look to their facial appearance over all of the other skin types.  One thing that people with oily facial skin can benefit from is an occasional herbal steam treatment and herbal clay masks.

Sensitive Skin Types:  Sensitive skin is sometimes considered more of a skin condition rather than a skin type, but for informational purposes we are going to include this skin type.  Sensitive facial skin types are a special category for skin types because of the various conditions of skin that they include.  Sensitive skin can include dry, normal, or oily skin.  The reason why this facial skin type is special or sensitive is because the facial skin actually reacts unfavorably to both environmental conditions and common cleansing and moisturizing products.  The common cleansing and/or moisturizing products could include those that contain alcohol, synthetic oils, some essential oils, some fragrance oils, and artificial colors.  This skin type actually requires special caring treatments.  The best line of defense for aiding sensitive skin types are gentle, natural products, that also includes light steaming and some essential oils.

Normal Skin Types: For these lucky people, the oil glands actually produce the correct amount of sebum.  What this then develops to is a naturally balanced state between oily and dry skin.  The physical appearance of normal skin types is full, fresh, glowing face.  To yourself and others, you skin seems to reflect light evenly, almost giving your face a radiant glow.  Sure enough too, people who have normal skin types rarely suffer from breakouts.  However, please do not be fooled!  Even though the normal facial skin types seems to have it all, that does not necessarily mean that normal facial skin people have any less work to do in keeping their faces flawless.  In order to keep normal skin types faces happy and content, regular cleansing, toning, and moisturizing steps still need to be carried out in a habitual regime.

Combination Skin Types:  This facial skin type is the most common group that the majority of us fall into.  Basically, as I am sure you have already figured out by the name of this group, the combination skin type people are the ones with at least two different skin types at any time.  Physically, combination facial skin types will be quite aware of their T-zone.  The T-zone is the area of the forehead, nose, and chin.  Basically, this makes a T on the face.  This zone is generally oily, or may even be prone to break outs.  The rest of the face (the checks, eye area, temples, and mouth region) are either dry or normal skin types.  Another tell tale sign that you have combination facial skin is if your face reacts to the weather and/or climate changes.  What this means is that for some of the year your face is super oily, and for other times of the year it is dry as a bone.  For this group of people, facial treatments will range.  Due to the varying combinations the facial skin types are among the combination facial skin type group, it is extremely important to evaluate which skin types you have and treat them separately.  Of course, in the dry areas of the face, you would treat as such; the oily (or T-zone) area would be treated correspondingly; etc.

All right folks, it is time to listen/read up!  I know you all are probably just like me, chalking ourselves up into the normal facial skin type, but the truth is, the best way to allow the most beautiful face to come forward is to know which facial skin type you are and treat it as such.

So now, I bet you are wondering, “All of this information is great, but how do I really know which category my face is in?”  Don’t worry; it is common place for the majority of people not to know which skin type they are.  In fact, many women incorrectly gauge their skin type which results in improper products and facial treatment usages.  When the wrong facial care treatments are used, the possible consequences are irritation, acne, and can even add to the aging of your facial skin (hello wrinkles, I didn’t have you scheduled a few more years!).

Okay, I know that the last paragraph is a little scary, but, get ready and hold on to your seats, we have already researched this and we have found a trick to help you discover which group your face falls into.

There are two steps for every facial type that stay consistent across the board.  They are:

1.  You must get your Beauty Sleep!  Obviously this sleep was named correctly for the right reasons.  Night time is the best time to pamper your face.  Why you ask, well I’ve got two answers for you.  First, even though you are sleeping your body is still hard at work.  During the night, your skin rejuvenates itself.  This makes it a prime time to treat your face with skin loving nutrients.  Secondly, many of the super nutrient ingredients that are in skin care products are just like vampires in the sunlight.  These ingredients are broken down by the sun rays and are not as potent therefore making facial treatment regimes not as effective.

2.  Water, water, and more water:  Could I say that one more time, yes- water is one of the best things that we can provide our bodies.  Not only is water natures secret key for keeping our bodies hydrated and functioning properly, but it also helps keep our skin supple and fresh.

Now, onward to discovering which skin type you have.

The first step is to wash your face with a gentle cleanser.  Pat your face dry.  You do not have to scrub it down or over wash.  You are just looking to remove any makeup, dirt, and grime from your pores, essentially giving your face a fresh starting place.

The second step is to wait.  The magical time is one hour.  During this period, your skin will return to its natural state.  This is the key step in determining which facial skin type you have.  It is very important that during this wait time you do not touch your face.

The third step:  After an hour has elapsed, you will need a tissue to test with.  It is very important that while you are dabbing the different areas of the face, you are also consecutively using different areas of the tissue.  The area breakdown is as follows:  The T-zone of the forehead and nose, the chin, cheeks, outer cheeks, and the outer forehead along the hairline.  Remember to use a different area of the tissue for each of the different areas of the face!

The fourth step:  Assessment and Determination time.

You have a normal skin type- if you show little to no oil or flaking on the tissue.  You face will also feel very smooth and supple.  Your facial pores are visible, on the smaller end but not large.
You have an oily skin type- if your tissue has a lot of grease (or oil) on it.  You may also have flakiness or patches of flakiness on your face, especially around your nose and T area of the forehead.  Your facial pores will be large.
You have a dry skin type- if your tissue has flakes on it.  Also, your face will feel very tight.  Your facial pores will be small.
You have a combination skin type- if your tissue is showing oil on the T-zone areas.  All of the other areas that you dabbed do not show oil.  Combination skin also applies to the tissues that show oil on the areas of chin, temples, and jaw line, but does not show oil in the T-zone.  It is common for within this group to have an oily T-zone, with dryness on the cheek area.
You have a sensitive skin type- if your tissue has no oil on it.  However, what differentiates you from dry facial skin is the tell tale sign that you have irritation or red blotches on your face.  It is actually the broken capillaries and vessels (causing the redness) that are located underneath the facial skin that denotes this skin type.  Your face may even feel dry and itchy.

Now that you have the information to discover which facial skin type you are; we are hard at work researching various facial recipes for each skin type category.  Be on the lookout for our future blog post were we will discuss different avenues of facial skin caring and what proactive steps you can take to always put your best face forward.

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Apr
19

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fragrance oils1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  My name is Amanda Stott and my company is Tiki Bar Soap

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I started making handmade soap as a hobby in 2011 during graduate school, as a way to relieve stress.  I also had a hard time finding truly vegan products.  Everything always seemed to contain beeswax, or goat milk, or honey.  I wanted something to use that was vegan and good for my skin but that was fun to use and smelled good too.  After making a few batches, I handed out soap to everyone I worked with, friends, family, even the janitorial staff in my building.  Every evening when I would get home from school I was itching to make soap.  I was hooked!  Before long people began encouraging me to sell my soap, and were requesting gift baskets for their friends and family for the holidays.  I entered my first craft fair that year at Christmas and was surprised by how much I liked the sales aspect of the handcrafted industry.  I finished my PhD in computational chemistry in May 2012 and after working briefly as a postdoctoral research assistant decided to pursue my business full time.  If you would have asked me five years ago where I would be today my response would not be “selling handmade soap” but I love what I do and would not have it any other way!  My motivation for transitioning from hobby to “this is my full time job” is that I enjoy creating, I enjoy meeting people, and I enjoy the freedom to decide what I will do every morning when I wake up.  I am still just as busy, if not busier than I was when I was a student, but it feels good to be the one making the decisions.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  All of my products are vegan, and I recently reformulated all of my soaps to be palm oil free.  I make soaps, lotions, lotion bars, cremes, body butter, nail polish, solid perfume, bath salts, mineral makeup, body butter candles, mud mask, bubble bath bars, shampoo and conditioner bars, as well as baby and pet care products.

4.  What are your business goals?  My business goals are to get my products in front of as many people as possible!  I would love to one day have large wholesale orders and a production facility.  In the meantime my garage as a production area will have to suffice.  In addition, I am currently working on integrated productivity software solutions for web and mobile applications for the soapmaking industry.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  My favorite products are the fragrance oils, essential oils, flavor oils, botanicals, soy body butter base, and pet shampoo base.  My favorite fragrance oils include gin martini, orange blossom, passion flower acai berry, lavender martini, goldie dreadlocks, and dragon’s blood.  May favorite flavor oils are buttercream frosting and kiss of death.  My favorite botanticals are carrot powder and frankincense tears.  I use the body butter base to create a range of products including body lotion and body cream.  I also use Natures Garden silky e-wax, optiphen plus, and btms for making handmade lotions and conditioner.

Your Website:  tikibarsoap.com and https://www.etsy.com/shop/TikiBarSoap

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/TikiBarSoap

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AmandaStott

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