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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.

 

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.

Emerald Green 2013 Color of the Year

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

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

Patchouli Essential Oil Featured

Saturday, June 8th, 2013
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.

Bath Bombs and Luxury Soaps

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

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

How to Know Your Skin Type

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

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.

Note: Natures Garden sells our herbs for external use only. We do not sell them as food items. (The information we provide is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration). Keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets. Special care should be taken by pregnant and/or lactating women when handling herbs. Natures Garden accepts no responsibility (written or implied) for any products you make with our herbs. All testing is the responsibility of the customer.

Natural Cosmetic Ingredients

Wholesale Priced Herbs for Cosmetics

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Handcrafted Vegan Products

Friday, April 19th, 2013

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

Signature Candles Using Fragrance Oils

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name: 
Vintage Hills Smoking Barrel & Candle Co. LLC owned and operated by Jason & Shannon Hancock

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  Jason is a craftsman and exhibit designer/builder. He decided to start making functional art and meat smokers out of wine barrels.  I enjoy making candles and we decided to merge the two ideas and create structures to hold candles and the make several types of candles and art pieces.  We love vintage creations and unique designs. Our business address is on Vintage Hills Dr so the idea to bring the two together was very natural and was the motivation for our business name and idea.  Our Motto: Wine Barrel, Culinary, and Candle creations that represent the rich heritage of the South ~ Custom Oak Wine Barrel Meat and Veggie Smokers, Gourmet Servers, Wall Decor, Candle Holder Staves, Glass Candles, Votives, and melts.  We both have full-time careers so we started it off as a hobby and experiment and opened our business as an LLC on September 13, 2012.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  Each wine barrel product from Vintage Hills Smoking Barrel & Candle Co. is handcrafted by Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana native, Jason Hancock, on Hancock Ranch surrounded by the vineyards and forest of the Brazos Valley, Texas.  All of our environmentally friendly up-cycled wood pieces are made completely out of beautiful American and French oak wine barrels, and, when available cognac barrels. Jason’s goal is to build distinctive, unique, high quality wood products for the wine, candle, and culinary enthusiast.  Every craft will be a unique topic of conversation in your home, your ranch, your business, or in a winery.

Vintage Hills Smoking Barrel & Candle Co. products are sold finely finished and are 100% made from the parts of each barrel.  Each piece is made from quality materials with the highest standards.  Every wood product goes through a variance of stages of sanding, top quality stain application, protective finishes, glues, and hardware.

Our very functional oak wine barrel smokers will cook meat and vegetables.  We also create gourmet culinary server barrel head board and stave trays, sacoche de selles (pannier baskets), milieu ambiance stave candle holders for tea light, double stave Libbey candle bowl sets, and stave crosses.

Jason also does custom counter tops and cabinetry, exhibits and air brush design, and vintage auto restoration.

Candles are hand-poured by Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi native Shannon Hancock on Hancock Ranch; and all of our wax blends are 100% top-quality soy and soy blends with the finest of soy wicks and treated wood wicks.  All of our premium custom fragrance oils we use are phthalate-free, manufactured in the USA, not tested on animals, and comply with the strictest global RIFM and IFRA standards.

The historical three state series line of Culture Eternal Candles by the Vintage Hills Smoking Barrel & Candle Co. is a tribute to the long standing testament of our southern states of the Deep South and Southwest and the mysterious and enriching journey and legacy of our ancestors to where we are today.  Our candles are for anywhere in the home and feature a signature, kitchen, wine, and healing spa collection.

We feature a baby shower series, a wedding and bridal shower series, and can whip up some pristine custom candle and stave beauty for your special occasion party/event with bulk pricing. We also have wholesale pricing for vendors.

4.  What are your business goals?  New Product Development: We will be and introducing clay pottery containers and creating a French Providence and Navajo inspired Rustic Pillar Series that will adhere to a mobile double stave candle holder, more spa pieces with essential oils and Bachelorette Party spa lotion candles partnering with a bath and body vendor in Mississippi.  We also attend several design/ jewelry expos and markets annually and what sets our candles apart are the gems, crystals, and stones we put on each candle container/pillar and incorporating states with the good memories familiar to the people that live in them.  We will also be expanding the Tree of Life and the Culture Eternal States Series candles selection by demand.  We will continue to attend these diverse expos and market places to bring the finest quality products home to the client.  We really look forward to opening our own gallery with a multimedia showcase of several types of art and tons of candle options.  Also, who wouldn’t love to attend classes at the World Congress Supplies Trade Show…a little start-up can dream haha.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  We have whole signature candle collections from Natures Garden Fragrance Oils and wicking supplies; especially fragrances like Kudzu.  The supplies are wonderful, but as important as quality materials are– the camaraderie, epic list of resources and opportunity to be able to advertise, meet other vendors, and see other amazing creations coupled with actually being able to put a face to the name are what really set Natures Garden apart from other suppliers.

YourWebsite: www.smokingbarrelcandles.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/VHSBCC

Twitter: in the works

Blog: We have a blog on the fifth tab of our site, we update it with videos, how to’s/a little R&D and cool artifacts and info pertaining to the wine and candle industry.

YouTube Channel: YT videos on the blog, VHSBCC account and videos in the works

Thanks for this wonderful opportunity, we are most grateful. We hope we have made you proud J

~Jason & Shannon Hancock

Candles scented with Essential Oils

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

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1. What’s your name & Your Company Name:   My name is Rev. Amanda Darlage.  My company name is Mystic Paths.

2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business?  I went into business for several reasons.  One, I wanted something that was mine, that I could grow and would give me pride.  Two, there are no shops where I live that offered these products where I live, and the nearest ones were an hour away but mostly sold mass produced (and often tacky) goods.  I was looking for authentic, hand-made items, not a bunch of resin-cast items with a weird predilection for putting skulls everywhere, or other things that conform to stereotypes.  Three, I wanted a way to meet other like-minded individuals, as many where I live are still largely underground because of the conservative nature of the town.  Four, I wanted to put my education to work.  I hold an associate’s degree in business and another in accounting.  I did not have the capital to open a store but was offered the online store at a decent price. I also run booths at local events and have been in business for four years.

3. What products do you make and sell?  A majority of the items I craft are the palm wax candles.  I use essential oils for the scents instead of fragrances.  I also put together different kinds of herbal kits and perform services, such as weddings & handfastings.  I sell a variety of products, including gemstones, jewelry, home decor, and much more.  I try to stay away from mass produced items; however, will order just about anything a customer wants.  My favorites are the handmade products.

4. What are your business goals?   One of my goals is to have as much of what I sell handcrafted and as little as possible manufactured by corporations.  Currently, one of my biggest goals is to find an artist who can forge unique athames at an affordable price, something simple and true. Another of my goals is to eventually open a brick-and-mortar store where people can come in and meet.  It wouldn’t just be a store, but a place of meeting, a place of learning and practice, a place where workshops can be held, or simply discussions over a cup of tea or coffee.

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden?  The products I use are mostly the essential oils and candle molds. I will use the fragrance oils upon request i.e. food scents.

Your Website: www.mysticpaths.net

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MysticPaths

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Mystic_Paths

Cold Process Carrot Soaps

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

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The history of Scent Savvy has very humble beginnings! It started out as a hobby for Bill Baldwin to pass time while he was rehabilitating from surgery. Knowing that Bill liked to do things to benefit people, a friend mentioned soap making and suggested that he go look at a soap company in a nearby town. As his interest in his hobby grew, he began doing research on his own about soap. His own daughter has battled with a skin condition her whole life, so his immediate focus was on formulating a bar of soap that would calm and soothe her skin (thus, the birth of our wildly popular Creamy Carrot soap). In the meantime, his rehab was going well but it became clear that he would not be able to perform the job he’d been doing his whole life. It was time for a career change! His success with the Creamy Carrot soap inspired him to create and experiment even more. Starting out in his garage, Bill began to accumulate more and more products and equipment. Soon, he moved into the kitchen, then the den. And then the other rooms. He had the best smelling house on the block! When it became apparent he had nowhere else to go, he moved into the building in Richland Hills, Texas where we are today. And, Nature’s Garden products are everywhere! Family owned and operated, we have 4 very busy full time employees! We’re all involved with every aspect of handcrafting, marketing and selling excellent bars of soap! In addition to that, we’re working to develop body wash to add to our line of products! From Main Street in New Bern, North Carolina to Main Street in Grapevine, Tx, our soaps are becoming more and more popular. And we all believe that when God closes a door, He opens a window because that’s how Scent Savvy was born!

1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Scent Savvy Soaps and Bathworks

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business? Owner, Bill Baldwin, started out soap making as a hobby while he recovered from surgery.  He was motivated to create a bar of soap that would improve his daughter’s skin condition which she has suffered from all of her life.  We’ve been in business since 2010.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  Right now, we’re focusing on soap.  However, we’ve been developing a body wash, scrubs, lotions and lip balm.

4.  What are your business goals?  We’re not putting any limits on our dream.  We want mostly to continue to provide quality skin care products and maintain an excellent relationship with our customers and to continue to do the little “extras” for people that set up apart from other companies.  We’re getting into stores that are on the “main streets” of our state and beyond.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  Gosh!  That’s like putting a person who loves chocolate in a chocolate factory and asking them to choose the chocolate they love best!  But seriously, we mostly use Essential oils and Fragrance Oils from Nature’s Garden and we LOVE them!  You would think that from supplier to supplier there wouldn’t be too much difference.  But Nature’s Garden is the best!  

Your Website:  www.scentsavvy.com

Facebook page: Scent Savvy Soaps and Bathworks