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Aquarius Scents

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

aquariusAquarius Scents

Just for fun, we did some research to find out which fragrance notes would most likely coincide with the personality traits of a person born under the zodiac sign Aquarius.   Beginning January 20th, Aquarians begin celebrating their birthdays.  So, without further adieu, we bring you “Aquarius Fragrances”.

Aquarians are considered people born between January 20th and February 18th.

While we do not have any Aquarians who work at Natures Garden, I have been friends with several people born under the sign of Aquarius in my life.  Aquarians tend to be optimists who are very well liked by many people.  Their magnetic personalities gain them a vast array of friends, and their communication skills are typically amazing.

Aquarius-  Witty, Humanitarian, Inventive, Authentic
Symbol- the Water bearers
Sign- Air

The people under this honest and loyal sign are everyone’s friends.  This independent group appreciates the differences in the normal and welcomes the freshness of originality.  Aquarians love trying different things and ever changing environments.  These well spoken communicators are crisp and electric just like the fragrance notes they cherish.

Some examples of fragrance notes that Aquarians may like are:

Fruits: Lime, Tangerine
Florals: Hydrangea, Morning Glory
Spices: Lavender, Eucalyptus, Bergamot

Fragrance Oil and Scent Suggestions for Aquarius:

Blue Hydrangea Type Fragrance Oil

Agave Lime Fragrance Oil

NG Cool Citrus Basil Type Scent

Eucalyptus & Spearmint Fragrance

agave lime  blue hydrangea  cool citrus basil  eucalyptus spearmint

 

 

 

Click here to review all of our zodiac sign fragrance suggestions.

Scents for Capricorns

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

capricorn scentsScents for Capricorns

Just for fun, Nicole (that’s me) did some research on the various zodiac signs to find out which fragrance notes would most likely match those personality traits.  Since it is the holiday season, and many Capricorns are now celebrating their birthdays, we will start with “Capricorn Fragrances”.

Capricorns are considered people born between December 22nd and January 19th.

The CEO of Natures Garden, Deborah Ward, is a Capricorn; with a birthday of December 29th.  If the personality traits of Capricorn ring true, then Deborah is a quintessential example of a Capricorn; a hard working, ambitious leader who knows the value of a team that works together to achieve great things.

 

Capricorn-  Responsible, Patient, Ambitious, Resourceful

Symbol- the Sea-goat

Sign- Earth

This resourceful and disciplined group are natural born leaders that should not be messed with.  Staying even keeled even during the most chaotic of times, this group’s ambition allows them to lead a path through the most difficult of times.   This group is known for getting things accomplished, working well as a team or alone.  These commanders are prudent in their decisions, always thinking of the future.

Key notes that Capricorn people are fond of are these notes:

Florals:  Angelica, Dandelion, Chamomile

Spices: Peppermint, Sage, Basil

Musks: Vetiver, Civet

Fragrance Oil and Scent Suggestions:

angelica fragrance  game on fragrance  vetiver fragrance oil  basil sage mint fragrance

 

 

 

Angelica Scent by Natures Garden

Game On Scent by Natures Garden

Vetiver Scent by Natures Garden

Basil Sage Mint Scent by Natures Garden

Click here to review all of our zodiac sign fragrance suggestions.

What Ingredients are in Fragrance Oils?

Friday, October 25th, 2013

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.

 

Fragrance Trends Fall 2013

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

300x300-trends-reportFragrance Trends Fall 2013

In order to help our customers create marketing promotions for upcoming seasons, the staff at Natures Garden has completed a 2013 Fragrance Trend Report.  In this trend report, we also mention the color trends and fashion trends that will be hot for Fall/Winter 2013/2014.  Both research and intuition went into this report; allowing us to report how the moods of society will shape the upcoming trends.

Once we realized what the upcoming trends would be, we worked diligently with our perfumist to design fragrances that reflected those up-coming trends.  We would like to thank our perfumist for creating these scents multiple times for us to get exactly what we were looking for.  Once these new fragrances were created, tested, and approved, our graphic artist designed the trends report and fragrance graphics to make these trends “come alive”.   We expect delivery of these new Trend Scents the week of July 8th.  

Without further adieu….Our Fragrance Trends Report for Fall 2013.  Go to the fragrance trends report to print out this entire report.

Trends are developed from socio-economic stimuli  and world events that we as a society encounter.  Colors, fashion, design, and fragrance are all influenced by how we see the world around us.  While there are several trends that we will highlight in this report, the driving trend behind all of them is what we call “Free Spirited vs. Deeply Rooted”.  This trend represents a division that is taking place between those in society who are embracing fast change, and those who are reverting back to a grass-roots mentality that would like to change things back to how they were many years ago.  Change is the key word here.

Fall & Winter are seasons which embrace more intense, full-bodied, heavier fragrances that provide a sense of serenity and warmth during cold months.  The key for 2013/14 is the combination of fragrance ingredients used to create new and intriguing experiences rooted in the familiar; or use of unexpected varietals not often used.

trend colors fall 2013In addition to fragrance trends, color trends are also influenced by socio-economic factors and world events.  The colors on this page are the color trends for fall & winter 2013/2014.  Interestingly enough, 4 of the 13 color trends are colors found in camouflage; leading us to believe that there is a down-home country trend on the horizon.  Pantone has stated that Emerald Green is the main color of Fall 2013.

Hot fashion trends are turtlenecks,  clutch purses, slouchy pants that are narrowed at the ankle and sit high on the waist, rounded shoulders, and gold/copper begin to replace silver as the metallic of choice.

 

 

 

Trend #1-  Lighthearted Fun & Folly:  A new spin on positive emotions and whimsy. The idea of lighthearted fun, madness and total enjoyment of life and all it has to offer.  Fragrance notes associated with this trend are red berries and plums with rich, warm, heavy notes; peppermint swirls with marshmallow fluff, and multi-colored ribbon candy.

peppermint-fluff1Peppermint Fluff Fragrance Oil (awaiting delivery):  A fun, fluffy aroma that embraces lightheartedness and femininity all in one!  A fabulous blend of fresh essential oil of peppermint and huckleberries, hints of violet and white florals, with creamy base notes of vanilla marshmallow.

Top:  Peppermint, Huckleberries, Apricot, Strawberries
Mid: Peach, Violet, White Lily
Base:  Vanilla, Sandalwood, Marshmallow

dance-of-the-sugar-plum-fairy1Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Fragrance Oil (available for sale on site):  A charming fragrance filled with surprises to delight all of the senses with plums, dark cherries and sweet oranges enhanced with peppery woody undertones.

Top:  Plum, Black Cherries, Strawberries, Mandarin, Orange
Mid:  Black Pepper, Clove, Cinnamon
Base:  Sandalwood, Eucalyptus

Kringleberry1Kringle Berry Fragrance Oil (awaiting delivery):  An NG Original!  A very-merry-festive fragrance with the aroma of fresh cut evergreens, and juicy apples,  delicate white winter florals, sprigs of bright-and-cheery hollyberry, and fruity cranberries and red currants.

Top: Hollyberry, Tart cranberries, Red Currant, Spiced Orange
Mid: Christmas Lily, White Amaryllis, Apple
Base: Pine, Evergreen, Fern

Jammin-rock-candy1Jammin’ Rock Candy Fragrance Oil (awaiting delivery):  An explosive blend of the sweet jammin’ berry trio of juicy ripe cherries, strawberries, and raspberries harmonized with hints of tangy citrus brought together by icy peppermint and sugary hard rock candy.  This fragrance truly “Rocks the House”.

Top:  Cherry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Grape
Mid:  Orange Blossom
Base: Peppermint, Vanilla

Trend #2- Down Home Country:  What people are watching on TV influences trends, and one cannot ignore the ratings that Duck Dynasty is receiving.  Back woods, family values, southern cooking, and an endless pitcher of tea; these are some of the things that influence fragrance notes this season.  Fragrance notes associated with this trend are rich, woodsy, outdoors notes, tea with a zany twist, and southern sweet potatoes with hints of spice.

Rosewood-&-Musk1Rosewood & Musk Fragrance Oil (available for sale on site): Fresh cut rosewood, green tea, and musk come together making this a clean woodsy scent with hints of black pepper.

Top:  Bergamot, Tea, Orange, Lemon
Mid:  Black Pepper, Ginger
Base:  Guicawood, Vetiver, Rosewood, Cedarwood

Sweet-Tea-Zing1Sweet Tea Zing Fragrance Oil (awaiting delivery): The perfect summer afternoon starts with the relaxing indulgence of sipping sweet tea with a zest of lemon, drops of honey nectar with the extra zing of cardamom.

Top: Earl Grey Tea, Lemon, Bergamot
Mid: Honey, Cardamom
Base: Mint Leaves, Green Tea Leaves

apple-pecan-sage-1Apple Pecan Sage Fragrance Oil (available for sale on site): Sweet fresh picked apples with middle notes of cinnamon, sage, clove and Asian cardamom spice; sitting on base notes of toasted pecans and vanilla.

Top:  Apple, Pear, Banana
Mid:  Cinnamon, Sage, Clove, Cardamom
Base:  Pecan, Vanilla

down-home-country2Down Home Country Fragrance Oil (available for sale on site):  A fragrance that evokes the feeling of getting away to a cedar log cabin in the woods, surrounded by nature; serenity, comfort.  This powerhouse of a fragrance is a woodsy blend of fresh cedar, true patchouli, natural lavender, effervescent clove, and aromatic eucalyptus.

Top: Licorice, eucalyptus
Mid: Clove, Rose, lavender
Base: Cedarwood, Pine, Patchouli

sweet-potato-brown-sugar1Sweet Potato and Brown Sugar Fragrance Oil (available for sale on site): Yummy!  Who doesn’t love delicious sweet potatoes and brown sugar drizzled with honey.

Top:  Orange
Mid:  Maple, Honey, Rum
Base:  Vanilla, Brown Sugar, Yams

 

autumn-woods2Autumn Woods Fragrance Oil (available for sale on site):  A walk in the woods with the smell of crisp leaves under foot and fresh pine with berries falling off the trees.

Top:  Lemon, Orange, Lime, Blackberries
Mid:  Carnation, Rose, Muguet
Base:  Pine, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Eucalyptus leaves

 

Trend #3-  Simple Indulgences:   Simple Indulgence is the collection of combining simple and sophisticated notes to bring a fresh and refined, favorite familiar scent with an unexpected, robust and diffusive twist; fragrances that invite family and friends to gather and relax together. Fragrance ideas: Caramelized Crimson Pear, Sangria Spice,  Mandarin Thyme,  Pumpkin Roll.

banana pudding fragrance oilOld Fashioned Banana Pudding Fragrance Oil (currently available on site):  A fragrance that is truly reminiscent of homemade vanilla custard combined with ripened bananas and the famous manilla wafer sugar cookies.   Yummy!

Top: Ripened bananas
Mid: Butter, Sugar Cookies
Base: Vanilla, Sweetened Cream

Carmelized-Crimson-Pear1Caramelized Crimson Pear Fragrance Oil  (waiting delivery):  Juicy, ripe crimson pears sprinkled in caramelized brown sugar with fresh churned maple butter, drizzled with honey and vanilla creates the recipe for this decadent blend.

Top: Crimson Pear, Apple, Banana
Mid: Maple, Brown Sugar, Caramel
Base: Vanilla

country-home1Country Home Fragrance Oil  (currently available on site): The aroma of a country home at Christmas time.  Citrus and spices filling the air, providing an uplifting mood and reducing the dreaded feeling of cabin fever.

Top:  Orange, Mandarin
Mid:  Peach, Apple
Base:  Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg

Pumpkin-roll1Pumpkin Roll Fragrance Oil (waiting delivery): Comfort food at its best.  Sweet sugar pumpkin puree spiced with hints of cinnamon, and nutmeg layered onto a warm, sweet-butter crust, drizzled with maple and honey. Yummy.

Top: Sugar Pumpkin, Orange, Sweet Butter
Mid: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Maple
Base: Vanilla

Thank you for your patronage and support over the years!  Due to this support, Natures Garden has become the largest distributor of fragrance oils in the USA; serving more than 100,000 customers!  We could not do any of this without YOU!

Monkey Farts Fragrance Oil

Saturday, July 6th, 2013
monkey farts fragrance oil

Monkey Farts fragrance oil is a best-selling fragrance oil at Natures Garden.

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It is summertime, and what tried-and-true fragrance oil screams “Summer fun” better than Monkey Farts Fragrance Oil? At first glance, you may feel like uttering the phrase, ” YUCK, SICK, GROSS”. But let me assure you, Monkey Farts fragrance oil is far from a nauseating aroma. In fact, Monkey Farts has been a best-selling fragrance oil at Natures Garden for many many years. Not only do adults love it, it happens to be a super popular fragrance oil with little kids.

What does Monkey Farts Fragrance Oil smell like?

This unique fragrance begins with top notes of fresh bananas and juicy grapefruit, middle notes of kiwi, juicy bubblegum, and strawberries; and a hint of vanilla as a base note. Let’s put it this way: The name attracts new customers, and the scent makes it a best seller.

How do our customers use our Monkey Farts Fragrance Oil?

Most of our clientele are candle makers, so many of our customers use this scent to make container candles, pillar candles, and candle tarts. A growing number of soap makers are using Natures Garden fragrance oils in their melt and pour soaps, cold process soaps, and hot process soaps. How does Monkey Farts Fragrance Oil perform in CP soap? The results reported back to us by our soap tester: Slight ricing, stick blend, no acceleration, discolors to beige. However, some customers (who likely used a different soap recipe) report that they have no ricing in their CP soap. Regardless, it is still one of our best-selling scents for soap making.

Monkey Farts fragrance oil is used by many customers to make lotions, creams, body butters, bath bombs. Our staff even used this fragrance to make Monkey Farts scented markers and scented glitterized high heel shoes. We seriously have too much fun at Natures Garden; it should be a sin to have this much fun!

In closing, I might add that the name Monkey Farts is not for everyone. Many of our customers rename it to things like: Monkey Toots, Funky Monkey, Chunky Monkey. Whether you place the name Monkey Farts on your product labels, that is your call. One things is for certain: Your customers will love the smell!

Favorite Fragrance Notes

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

fragrance-oilsWhat is your favorite fragrance note?

This is the question we posted on facebook,  paid to have it blasted to over 84,000 people, and boy did we get a huge response!  In order to answer the question correctly, you need to know what a “fragrance note” is.  So, what is a fragrance note?  A fragrance note is a single aroma found in a fragrance.   Examples of single fragrance notes are: vanilla, lime, orange, grapefruit, rose, cedar, musk, hyacinth; you get the picture.  A fragrance is a combination of top, middle, and base notes.  The top notes of a fragrance oil are what you smell first, middle notes are smelled next, and finally base notes are smelled last.

What were the most popular, favorite fragrance notes of the people polled on our facebook page?

Before we blogged about the results of the favorite fragrance notes poll, we had to remove the “fragrances” from the polled list since those are not single fragrance notes.  Hope everyone understands why we had to do that.  Like mentioned before, a fragrance is a combination of fragrant notes, not a single note.

Here are the results of this question asked on our facebook page:  What is your personal favorite fragrance “note”?  If you don’t see your favorite note listed, please add to the list.

The most popular fragrance note with 730 votes was ROSE.

Vanilla came in second with 288 votes

Lime came in third place with 190 votes

The other fragrance notes that received votes are listed below:

Lavender- 97 votes
Gardenia – 92 votes
Strawberry- 49 votes
Jasmine- 38 votes
Sandalwood- 37 votes
Apple- 36 votes
Lemon- 32 votes
Coconut- 30 votes
Mango- 27 votes
Coffee- 21 votes
Brown Sugar- 20 votes
Cucumber- 18 votes
Lilac- 15 votes
Peach- 14 votes
Chocolate- 13 votes
Cotton Candy- 13 votes
Pineapple- 13 votes
Sweet pea- 12 votes
Peppermint- 12 votes
Cinnamon- 12 votes
Patchouli- 11 votes
Eucalyptus- 11 votes
Lily of the Valley- 11 votes

Fragrance notes that received votes of 10 votes or less are:  grapefruit, amber, cranberry, orange, caramel, cherry, buttercream, clove, ginger, bergamot, carnation, anise, lemongrass, oakmoss, chocolate, melon, almond, tulip, honeysuckle, honey, powder, maple, hazelnut, musk, tea tree, ylang ylang, fresh cut grass, bubblegum, pine, clover, fig, tea, pecan, hyacinth, cedar, fresh baked, jack fruit, peony, tuberose, neroli, sage, hydrangea, ivy, ozone, vetiver, heather, wine, yuzu, and Tonka bean.

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Coconut Vanilla Fragrance Oil

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Coconut Vanilla Fragrance Oil

 

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 This particular polyvore set features Nature Garden’s Coconut Vanilla Fragrance Oil.  One of my favorite polyvore sets this week!  I love the use of pink and yellow together in this set; very summery (is that a word)?    Natures Garden Fragrance Oils are frequently used on Polyvore to create masterpiece sets like this one!  If you are not aware of the Polyvore Set contest Natures Garden is currently having, please visit the Contest Page on our website for more information.

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Buttered Popcorn Fragrance Oil

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
I Love Food!

One of Deborah’s (that’s me) favorite polyvores this week.  As some of you may know, I am on a diet once again.  I have lost a total of 12.5 pounds as of today!   Dieting (a word that I actually can’t stand) needs to be a life changing experience, not just something you do for a short period of time to lose weight.  Making the decision to become healthier should be your goal; although looking like a HOT MOMMA doesn’t sound bad either.  LOL!   That brings me to this polyvore I found.  When I saw this polyvore, I seriously drooled on my keyboard.  Tip for dieting success:  If you don’t bring high-sugar junk foods into your house, you will be more likely to succeed at losing weight.

 If you are interested in purchasing any of the items used in this polyvore, you will find links to them below.   Natures Garden Fragrance Oils  are frequently used by designers on Polyvore to create their “sets”.  Come join us on Polyvore and design your own!

Natures Garden Buttered Popcorn Fragrance Oil is shown in this polyvore.

 

Coconut Lime Verbena Fragrance Oil

Monday, June 10th, 2013
lime in coconut

One of Deborah’s (that’s me) favorite polyvores this week.  I just love these colors together!     If you are interested in purchasing any of the items used in this polyvore, you will find links to them below.   Natures Garden Fragrance Oils  are frequently used by designers on Polyvore to create their “sets”.  Come join us on Polyvore and design your own!

Natures Garden Coconut Lime Verbena Fragrance Oil is shown in this polyvore.

 

Sunflower Oil on Polyvore

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
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Each day Deborah will choose her favorite Polyvore Design and post it to our blog.  All of the products used in this polyvore are listed below; in case you would like to do some shopping!  Natures Garden Soap Making Supplies are frequently used by designers on Polyvore to create their “sets”.  Come join us on Polyvore and design your own!

Natures Garden Sunflower Oil is shown in this polyvore.