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Gel Phase

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

inhibited gel phase soap In an earlier blog post, we briefly discussed insulation of cold process soap. Through insulating your soap, you are encouraging the best environment for the gel phase to occur during saponification. Keeping the soap evenly heated using insulation will prevent a partial gel from occurring. But, still there are no guarantees. Even with the best insulation, you may still end up with bars of soap that have partial gel evident.

So, what if you prevented the gel phase in your soap?

Although this is possible, it is still not guaranteed. It can be very tough to prevent the gel phase. But, there are some factors that need to be noted to help you in your quest to stop the gel phase. These factors are: the size of your mold, and the various ingredients in your recipe. The saponification process involves heat; it is the nature of the soaping beast. Choosing to eliminate the gel phase will change some elements to your soap and soaping process.

But, before we get to that information, let’s look at some specific reasons to prohibit the gel phase.

First, since you are decreasing the amount of heat that is in your soap, this will allow you to introduce certain soaping ingredients that normally would be finicky. Examples of these heat sensitive ingredients would be: dairy products, heat sensitive colorants; prone to morphing, and fragrances or essential oils with a low flashpoint.

Dairy Products
Soaping with ingredients such as creams, milks, and butters for example will provide your finished bars with rich, extra moisturizing elements. However, soaping with dairy products can be tricky. With the heat that is involved with the saponification process, there is a chance that dairy products will burn. This results in both discoloration and an off smell in your soap. By preventing the gel phase from occurring, you allow these ingredients a fighting chance in soap. And, you can even produce a creamier bar of finished soap.

Colorants
Whether you are deciding to go the natural route with herbs, or using colorants that you worry may morph; preventing gel phase allows the window of opportunity to stay open. Certain herbs discolor or darker from the saponification process. The same is true for some colorants that completely alter like deep purple to brown.

Now, for the colorants in the finished soap when the gel phase is eliminated: the bar colors are bolder and more vivid. Even if you choose not to color your soap batter, the elimination of the gel phase stops the darkening of the fats and oils in your recipe, allowing for a “whiter” finished bar.

Scenting Options
If you do not want to rebatch your soap recipe, preventing the gel phase in your cold process soap may allow you to scent your soap with low flashpoint oils without worrying that the saponification process will eliminate the scent. It is also possible for fragrance or essential oil scents to come through stronger in the soap because of the reduction of heat.

As for what preventing the gel phase means for your soaps, there are key points you should know. First, you must keep your molded soap chilled for the full 24 hours. Depending on your recipe, you may have to keep the soap chilled for an additional 24 hours as well.

Now, when you are ready to unmold your soap, it is crucial to let your molded soap reach room temperature before trying to slice it. Not allowing your soap to be at room temperature before cutting may result with your bars being brittle, and breaking apart as you slice them.

As for the saponification process, since you inhibit the gel phase, it will take your soaps longer to complete the saponification process. What this means is that the soap will need additional cure time before it will be ready to use.

So, whether you choose to insulate or prevent the gel phase, it is really up to personal discretion. Regardless of the method, the result is the same; a finished bar of soap. The only variables that change are the molding environment and the cure time.

Shea Melt and Pour Soap

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

shea butter melt and pour soap It is really easy to make Shea melt and pour soap!

Melt and Pour Soap is one of the easiest and most fun ways to make a homemade product.  This type of soap making is an ideal venture for many reasons.

Melt and Pour soap projects are a great family activity to do with children; creating an enjoyable family time crafting together.
These soaps are a remarkable and memorable treat to give out as party favors, or gifts for loved ones and friends.
And, the fact that melt and pour soap is so easy to work with; no matter what your skill level you can create extraordinary works of art that are fun to wash with too.

So, regardless of the reason for making Melt and Pour Soap, one thing is for sure; you will love how the finished product leaves your skin feeling clean, soft, and supple.

Shea melt and pour soap differs from store bought brands in that it is not drying or harsh on your skin.  This soap base is detergent free, SLS free, and gluten free.  The Shea Butter melt and pour soap base is filled with superb skin loving agents like:

  • Shea butter which is ultra conditioning and nourishing.
  • Coconut oil which provides a wonderful bubble filled lather.
  • Sunflower oil, which acts as an amazing moisturizing agent for your skin.  In fact, sunflower oil also adds an even bigger element of a rich, creamy, and bubbly lather.
  • Glycerin, which works as an astonishing cleansing emulsifier.  It helps to lift dirt, oil, and impurities up and away from your skin.  This allows the everyday dirt and grime to easily be whisked away.  Plus, glycerin is also a humectant.  This means that it can actually drawl moisture from the air and pull it to the skin.

Besides all of the healthy and nourishing aspects to Shea melt and pour soap; there is also a beautiful artistic side to it too.  The adventure as to where you take your soaps is defined only by you; the crafter.  Shea melt and pour soap is fool proof.  It can be heated time and time again, without losing its integrity.

You can cater your soap to your specific like through shape, color, and scent.  You can even take your soap making skill to the next level by the addition of other skin loving attributes or additives.  Natures Garden carries all of the ingredients you need to add luxurious elements like rich cocoa butter or antioxidant packed vitamin E.  Through the addition of herbs like oatmeal, calendula flowers, rose petals, lavender flowers, paprika powder, or poppy seed, you can provide natural exfoliation.  Not only will your soap bar benefits exceed expectations, but you will also be adding a unique look, feel, and dimension to your soaps.

If we have you super excited about the possibility of making Shea soap or possibly other body products; but you still have unanswered questions, Natures Garden is here to help.  You can visit our website for free creative recipes and tips that have been tried and tested.  We also have in depth classes with step by step instruction for beginner soap makers.  And, you can always contact us via email, or connect with us on Facebook.

Fragrance Trends 2014

Friday, January 24th, 2014

trends 2014Fragrance Trends
Spring/ Summer 2014

Uncertainty & Hope
Since September 11, 2001, the American mindset shifted from one of confidence and security to one of fear and uncertainty. For more than a decade, you could not even turn on the TV without being inundated with some sort of message of fear; Fear of terrorism, fear of global warming, fear of our country’s economic status, fear of our civil rights being taken away, fear of unemployment, fear of the foods we eat…fear of just about everything. But, how long can people continue to live fear-infested lives?

There comes a point where people who have lived in fear begin to question why their outlook is so grim. There have been plenty of moments in our country’s history where things looked grim, but we have always survived and moved forward.

Recovery begins with a positive attitude, and it is this attitude that will truly give us hope.  Incidentally, studies have shown that there is only one thing more powerful than fear; and that is hope. One of the easiest ways to focus on “brighter times” is to look back in time. The 20’s, 50’s, and the 80’s were all known as “happy times”. As Americans try to find their “ray of hope”, trends will be affected by their need to be “free from fear”. There are typically two ways that the mind deals with fear: “fight or flight”.

We think the trends of 2014 will incorporate these conflicting mindsets. Rebellious elements versus “happy-go-lucky” elements will influence color, fashion, home décor, and fragrance trends. Both of these conflicting trends have one thing in common: They are looking to the past to find the answers to our future.

pantone color trends
Pantone Colors
Spring/Summer 2014

Pantone colors for spring/summer 2014 include cool pastels and vibrant bold colors which put a modern twist on traditional colors of the past.

The color experts at Pantone say that the following things inspired them to create the colors for 2014: bright florals, international travel, and confident women.

Fear It and Do It Anyways
There are things in life that people do which could seriously end in death, but they do them anyways. Skydiving, mountain climbing, walking a tight rope, surfing, and race car driving are all examples of “taking a risk” in exchange for having fun.

One could say that there is a thrill that accompanies doing anything radical; even if the possibility of death is the result.

For example, in the TV show, “Breaking Bad”, Walter White was a law-abiding, chemistry teacher who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Prior to this diagnosis, Walter had lived a life of doing and saying the right things to please other people.

Long-story-short, Walter does a 180 and uses his chemistry knowledge to begin cooking and selling crystal meth.

Although viewers of this show were aware of the criminality of his actions, they found themselves rooting for the “bad guy” because he stopped living a life of fear, and took complete control of his own life.

trend scentsHow Does This Mindset Affect the Trends for 2014?
Bold, brightly-colored florals will be found in fashion, home décor, and in fragrances; especially the “exotic or poisonous florals”. Although these flowers are beautiful and enticing, if the live flowers were to be eaten, they would be poisonous and may even cause death.

In fragrance, these “deadly floral” notes will be infused with fruity characters and peppery notes to create the feeling: “Fear it and do it anyways”.

Deadly floral notes include: Poppy, Crocus, Dahlia, Calla Lily, Queen of the Night Tulip, Lily of the Valley, Bella Donna, and Oleander. Natures Garden’s new Che Bella Donna is a sassy, fruity floral fragrance, with up-scale fragrance notes; demanding the attention it deserves.

Men’s fragrances will follow the same course, but include more woodsy notes in their base. A new male scent by Natures Garden called Deadly Weapon clearly demonstrates this trend; enticing, sexy, yet rebellious.

*By the way, no deadly flowers are actually used to make fragrances. The fragrance notes are the perfumist’s rendition of what these flowers smell like in nature.*

In addition to bold floral prints, designers have incorporated bold “text” statements on their clothing. If you have something to say, why not put those words on your clothes, and say it loud and clear for everyone to hear! You will see “text” messages on shirts, pants, dresses, handbags, and even shoes. How is that for getting your message across?

For this trend’s flash back in time element, we focus on the 20’s flapper. With disdain for conventional thinking, insubordination with authority, and pleasure-seeking lifestyles, flappers wore clothing that got them noticed. The fashion world has picked up on these attitudes in clothing, and you will see fringe and more fringe. Whether you are wearing casual wear or evening wear, fringe will be added. You’ll even see denim with raw-edge fringe. Thank you flappers for the inspiration!

peppered poppies scent
Peppered Poppies
Mysterious, yet elegant top notes of pomegranate and orange lead way to the spicy heart of cherry blossoms dusted in a sinfully exotic blend of cinnamon, cardamom and cocoa for an unexpected twist.

Top: Cherry, Pomegranate, Orange
Mid: Cherry Blossom, Cinnamon, Cardamom
Base: Cocoa, Vanilla, Mint

Che Bella Donna ScentChe Bella Donna
The essence of opulence and femininity are personified through sparkling citrus notes mingling with romantic floral notes of heady tuberose, lily and sassy carnation. This unforgettable blend culminates with lingering notes of resinous galbanum.

Top: Lemon, Orange, Tuberose
Mid: Tea Rose, Carnation, Lily
Base: Galbanum, Sandalwood

deadly weapon scentDeadly Weapon
A rugged and masculine scent with the perfect balance of intense spices including black pepper, cardamom and clove with a touch of sweet mandarin set the scene for the introduction of rich leather, smooth frankincense and edgy woods.

Top: Mandarin, Black Pepper, Cardamom
Mid: Clove, Vetiver, Leather
Base: Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Musk

poison crocus scentPoison Crocus
The first flower to bloom in Spring is surely a temptress. Bright citrus notes of Bergamot, and Sweet Orange Oil lead this deceptively delicate fragrance with mid notes of Iris, White Rose and Mediterranean Fig. A soft powdery finish of Woods, Musk and Vetiver finish this intriguing floral blend.

Top: Bergamot, Lemon, Orange, Lime
Mid: Iris, Rose, Mission Fig
Base: Sandalwood, Musk, Vetiver

lily of the valley scent
Lily of the Valley

Beautiful and alluring, this fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a very fresh and green muguet de bois. You will swear you are standing in a flower bed filled with lily of the valley.

 

relax scentsRelax
Just as important as it is to grab life by the horns with “fear-it-and-do-it-anyways”; it is also crucial to relax and find serenity for your own peace of mind.

As a society, our panties have “been in a bunch” for far too long. Worry and anxiety tend to bog down our minds; preventing us the ability to think clearly and truly relax. This undo stress has a direct effect on the bodies, physically impacting our immune systems, as well as our outlook on life.

Relaxation is the key to rejuvenating the mind, body, and soul. The truth of the matter is everything that lives, must also expire. With that notion, life should be lived to the fullest each and every day. Fear and doubt should never be the pillars to which you gauge your life or your happiness.

The world of fashion and fragrance have picked up on this trend. Oversized coats and flowing, wide-legged pants are set to be popular in 2014.

In addition, for every bold color that Pantone has projected to be trendy in 2014 (Dazzling Blue, Cayenne, Freesia, Radiant Orchid, and Celosia Orange), they have also forecasted numerous pastel colors (Placid blue, Paloma, Violet Tulip, Hemlock, and Sand). This trend promotes relaxation and a sense of freedom.

Fragrance notes that induce relaxation and mental clarity will be trendy in 2014. You will see lavender taking center stage for the “relax” trend; followed by notes of chamomile, jasmine, bergamot, and rose. Research has shown that the smell of roses may help reduce anxiety. Maybe that is why they say, “Stop and smell the roses.”

lavender martini scent
Lavender Martini

Gin Martini meets floral lavender. We’ve successfully captured the effervescent carbonation in this unique fragrance.  Natures Garden’s lavender martini fragrance begins with top notes of tangy lemon zests, orange, and carbonation; followed by middle notes of spicy bergamot, mint, and lavender; sitting on a base note of rosewood.

cannabis rose scent
Cannabis Rose

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is quite possibly the most unique blend of uncommon fragrance notes ever found in a fragrance blend.  Unique, and absolutely fascinating!  The blend of Bulgarian rose, pomegranate flower, bergamot, cannabis accord, sheer jasmine, dark chocolate, white musk, patchouli, and oolong tea.

happy scentsPut on a Happy Face

As society beckons for happier times, it is almost as if they realize that they must look to themselves to make things better. The baby boomers enjoyed the happy times of the 50’s. They went on to raise generation X, who got to enjoy the fun times of the 80’s. Both of these generations had something major in common: self responsibility.

The baby boomers told their kids that they could become amazing if they worked hard and dreamed big. There was no such word as “can’t”. Generation X went on to become our nation’s first “Yuppies”. “Proud to be American” was something that was heartfelt and embraced. Songs like: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobbie McFerrin, and “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi echoed the mood of the 80’s which was “Be Happy and Live It Up”.

Trends for 2014 are showing elements of the 50’s and 80’s infused in fashion, home décor, color, and fragrance. Flowing skirts reminiscent of the 50’s, ornate embellishments, and vintage, vintage, vintage.

In fact, Shutterstock, a stock photo company, claims that vintage pictures are now a huge trend in downloaded pictures.

The 80’s have influenced fashion for 2014 as well with bright colors, bold stripes, crop tops, and sheer panels. Bomber jackets will be a staple wardrobe piece in 2014. Designers are also showing off one shoulder in their designs.

Fragrance trends are also being influenced by the mood of the nation. With the ambition of designing scents that “make you smile”, perfumists are using top notes that are juicy and bubbly. Launching fun, soda pop fragrances fits the bill. Using juicy top notes with hearty florals, perfumists will create unique scents to spotlight their creativity.

In addition, perfumists are using “feel good” notes that offer the feeling that success is attainable.

Fragrance ideas that meet that challenge are: the scent of money, cognac and Cubans, ocean water regatta, and diamond diva. To represent the bold colors of 2014, perfumistsare using brightly colored berry notes, of which, strawberry is taking the lead.

At the present time, generation X is raising their children. How will it turn out? They feel like the future of this nation is up to them. With that being said, 2014 will surely have a level of uncertainty, but at the same time, we begin to see a “glimmer of hope” as we look to the past to provide a brighter future.

money scentMoney
We actually had our perfumist chemically analyze fresh money in order to create Natures Garden’s Money Fragrance Oil.  You wouldn’t believe how long it took to get our hands on fresh, new money! You can actually smell the cotton of the money, as well as the fresh ink top notes. It smells wonderful in candles, and you would not believe how good it smells in bath products and cologne! This is a unisex fragrance all the way!  Now you can say that you have MONEY to burn!

cognac & cubans scent
Cognac & Cubans
The smell of money, status and masculinity are wrapped into this blend of aromatic bergamot with fresh lemon zest spritzing a heart of velvety cognac essences and rich, spiced tobacco leaves.

Top: Bergamot, Lemon, Orange
Mid: Cognac, Nutmeg, Crushed Tobacco Leaves
Base: White Woods

strawberry soda pop scent
Strawberry Soda Pop
A delicious, bubbly, sugary strawberry accord intermingled with fruity notes of raspberry and peaches sitting on base notes of vanilla and musk.

Top: Strawberries, Bubbly Notes
Mid: Raspberries, Peaches
Base: Musk, Vanilla

tropical soda pop scent
Tropical Soda Pop

An effervescent burst of juicy orange, sweet bing cherry and sparkling red raspberry blend with fruity floral notes of dried plum plus a pop of violet to create this mouthwatering soda fragrance.

Top: Orange, Cherry, Raspberry, Melon
Mid: Orange Blossom, Dried Plum, Violet
Base: Vanilla

blue raspberry slushie scentBlue Raspberry Slushie
Remember the blue raspberry snow-cones you enjoyed as a child? How about those fabulous blue raspberry slushies that can still be enjoyed at most movie theatres? This fragrance captures the aroma of ripened raspberries, sugary cotton candy, and the effervescence of crushed ice. This trip back to childhood truly smells good enough to eat…but better not.

Top: Raspberries
Mid: Peaches, Strawberries
Base: Cotton Candy

orange soda pop scentOrange Soda Pop
A “fizzie”, citrus aldehydic explosion of strong Brazilian orange peel, Californian orange, Japanese grapefruit, and Lemon zests sitting on a dry down of vanilla. Let this bubbly, fun fragrance add excitement to your product line.

Top: Brazilian orange, Lemon zests
Mid: Japanese grapefruit, Californian orange
Base: Vanilla

grape soda pop scent
Grape Soda Pop

Indulge yourself with this effervescent aroma of Kyoho grapes intermingled with fresh peaches, pineapple, raspberries, and strawberries on a dry down of vanilla.

Top: Grapes, Bubbly Notes
Mid: Peach, Pineapple, Raspberries, Strawberries
Base: Vanilla

To view the full Spring/Summer Trends 2014 by Natures Garden, please click on this link.

Natures Garden Fragrance by Color

Friday, January 28th, 2011

 

Fragrance Colors

Selling Fragrances by Color

Natures Garden Fragrance by Color

Create colorful products that compliment your customers’ moods!  We have categorized all of our 763 unique fragrance oils into color categories to help you do just that!!  Fun Fun!!

The Enigma of Colors:  It does not matter what faucet your life style is, somehow, someway, it is effected by color. Colors can sway things, cause reactions, change actions and can have an irritable or soothing effect on your eyes. The power of color has been experienced by all of us as color surrounds us in every form and can sometimes raise blood pressure or suppress an appetite.

Being a very powerful form of communication color is irreplaceable. It’s universally understood that red means to “stop” and green means to “go.”. Tests indicate that a black and white image may sustain interest for less than two-thirds a second, whereas a colored image may hold the attention for two seconds or more. The importance of color cannot be ignored at any cost as it continuously keeps the viewer engaged keeping the element of attraction active all the time.

Living color does more than just appealing the senses, it also boosts the memory for scenes in the natural world.

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