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Peace Scent

Monday, March 31st, 2014

peace scentPeace Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This “peace”ful scent is a winner across the board.  Appealing to a wide variety of customers, Peace Fragrance Oil is hands down one great exotic type scent.  With a down to earth aroma; one whiff and it is like you have been whisked away to a calm and relaxing state.  There are endless possibilities when using this peace scent.  This scent is certainly a must have for your fragrance collection and your customers will love it.  Many of our customers give peace scent a “thumbs up” for being a pleasing, relaxing, and unique scent.

What does Peace Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a duplication of Pacifica’s Tibetian Mountain Temple.  This fragrance is a wonderful blend of ginger, carnation, orange, vetiver, and musk.  This fragrance smells amazing in cold process soap!  Don’t judge this one out of the bottle.  The natural oils really come alive in finished products. NG Original Scent!  A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Peace Fragrance Oil?

If you are a candle crafter, or if you are in the home scenting industry; this scent is delightful.  With an aroma that travels throughout the whole house, Peace scent makes awesome candles and tarts with incredible scent throw.  This scent works marvelously well in Joy, Soy, paraffin soy blends, Palm, Wow, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  Peace can even be used in potpourri, oil burners, and smelly jellies.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance oil is divine.  The usage rate for Peace scent is 5%, and the Vanillin Content is .09% so Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is advised by our customers to stabilize discoloration in finished products.  This fresh and exotic scent is used to make: body scrubs, lotions, melt and pour soaps, liquid hand soap, foaming body butters, and bath jellies.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance soaps like a dream.  Here are the official results: WOW!  The fragrance is amazing, unique, and remains strong after cure.  Perfect pour.  No ricing or acceleration.  Turns brown sugar color after cure.

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If you are interested in using Peace Scent in a cold process soap recipe, please click on this link to view the vibrant World Peace CP Soap recipe.

 

Great Coffee Scent

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

great coffee scentMountain Hazelnut Cafe Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Whether you are a coffee connoisseur or not, you will love this scent.  Mountain Hazelnut Café Fragrance Oil is a great coffee scent that smells incredibly realistic.  This fragrance smells identical to a luscious and rich serving of fresh gourmet hazelnut latte.  As a matter of fact, with this aroma filling your home, your friends and family will think you are brewing them a special treat.  With this savory scent in your products, it will be hard to keep them in stock.    Your customers will definitely be coming back for seconds!

What does Mountain Hazelnut Café Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is rich roasted hazelnut with buttery accents to compliment this roasted coffee blend. Sweet undertones of brown sugar create a caramelized effect for the beverage sensation. An NG Original Fragrance!

How Do Our Customers Use Mountain Hazelnut Cafe Fragrance Oil?

For those of you that are candle crafters; our customers use this great coffee scent in their soy, pillar, paraffin, parasoy blends, and Joy wax candles.  All with reports that the scent is amazingly strong in the hot throw.  In fact, many of our customers comment of how quickly the scent of their candle fills the room.  For those of you that are home scenters, this scent performs well in oil burners, aroma beads, air fresheners, and reed diffusers.  For home scenting, this fragrance is just strong and long lasting.

On the bath and body end, this fragrance oil is dead on a great coffee scent!  The usage rate for this scent is 5%, and is used to make:  Melt and pour soaps, bath whips, body butters, homemade lotions, wake me up shower gels, sugar scrubs, and body frostings.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers; this fragrance performs well.  Here are the official results: Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration, no separation.  Scent is light in soaps.  Discolors to a milk chocolate.

Beeswax Candles

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

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Air Purifying Candles

Many people burn candles as a way of relaxing with a soft light, or too add subtle scenting to the air, or as a means of setting the mood.  But, burning a beeswax candle may actually do more than this.

Let’s get a little scientific
The air that surrounds us is positively charged.  In fact, many of the items in our own homes emit a plethora of additional positively charged ions; jam packing our already filled surroundings with more and more positively charged ions.  But, all of these positively charged ions are not good for us. Recalling any lightning storm you have experienced, you will better understand this explanation.  Generally, after one of these storms, people feel stimulated, rejuvenated, and replenished.  The reason for this is that electrical storms produce a superabundance of negative ions that actually balance out the positive ions that dominate our surroundings.  This is why some of the most relaxing and renewed places for our bodies are be by waterfalls, beaches, forests, and mountain scenes.  These types of landscapes provide extra negative ions in the air that restore a natural balance of the charged ions.  Not only can you smell the difference in the air, but you can also feel it in your body too.

Positive Ions in our Homes
Many of the pollutants floating in the air of our homes like pollen, dirt, and dust all have a positive charge.  They get this charge from the static electricity that occurs in our home from daily routines.  Introducing negative ions into the air; combats these allergens. It has actually been scientifically proven to reduce many allergic issues like hay fever and asthma.  Negative ions can even help you sleep better too. Harmonizing the ions in your surrounding can help make you feel healthier and actually distress you.  Releasing additional negative ions can help with depression (SAD), headaches, and can even help you stay focused. Negatively charged ions work to make you healthier too.  Negative ions can help to boost your body’s immunity as well as help to build a resistance to many illnesses. Your body’s metabolism also benefits from negative ions making it more efficient.

Introduction of Negative Ions to our Homes
Beeswax can be considered an air purifier.  Beeswax candles are the only candles that emit negative ions into the air when lit.  Since opposites attract; these negative ions attach themselves to the positive ones.  This therefore balances the charge. Once the ions are bound together, the charge is now neutralized, and the molecule is complete.  The heavier mass causes these ions to fall to the ground, and they are no longer suspended in the air as contaminants.  This process of stabilizing, removes the ions, and cleans the air we breathe. The negative ions emitted by beeswax candles can even clean the air to eliminate smells like second hand smoke and many common household odors. Beeswax candles can be scented and colored just like other candle waxes.  Beeswax candles produce very little soot and burn very slowly.  These candles will provide your home with hours of purer, crisper, and fresher quality air.

Attention:  Natures Garden provides this information for educational purposes only.  We do not intend for this information to be misconstrued as medical advice or for treatment of any ailments.  If selling beeswax candles, refrain from making medical claims on your labels and/or advertising.   Promoting this way could make your candles considered a “drug” by the FDA.

Candle Instructions

Monday, January 6th, 2014

triple layer candleCandle Instructions

Burning candles in your home can be very enjoyable.  Candles are relaxing, soothing, and can fill your home with the most pleasurable aromas.  But, since burning a candle does involve an open flame, you must always burn candles with caution.

Here are some candle instructions to ensure candle safety when burning a candle.

Where to Burn a Candle:

Some things to consider when selecting the right candle holder for your candle are the material it is made of, size, and design.  You want to make sure the candle holder is made of sturdy and heat resistant material that can endure the high heat that some candles may give off.  Size is another factor because you want to ensure that your candle holder is large enough to hold your candle and also to prevent your candle from tipping over anytime that it is lit.

Never place your candle on a surface that cannot withstand heat, these types of surfaces may become damaged if the candle becomes too hot, or the candle holder breaks.

Never move a lit candle.  If you need to move your candle once it has been lit, extinguish the flame and allow the wax to set up before attempting to move it.  If a candle has been burning for an extended period of time, the container will be hot.

Always burn candles where they are out of reach to children and pets.  A flame can be very captivating to a small child.  You also do not want to burn a candle where it can easily be knocked over by an excited dog’s tail, or places where indoor cats frequent.

Never burn a candle by any object that is flammable.  Never burn candles near paperwork; especially on desks.  Draperies can also easily catch fire so avoid window sills and end tables near windows.

Never burn candles where they will be left unattended.  You only want to leave candles lit where an adult is in the room to monitor it.  Also, before going to sleep, extinguish all candles in the house.  You will want to ensure that your wick is completely out and no longer “glowing”.  Never use candles as nightlights.

When burning candles, make sure they are placed somewhere away from drafts.  Be wary of burning a candle in a room that has a ceiling fan going; you want to place the burning candle where it will not be affected by the breeze.

When burning multiple candles in one room, make sure they are at least 3 inches apart.  This is especially true for pillar or votive candles.  Burning candles too close to one another may result in the candles melting one another.  This can also create a draft situation where your candles will flare.

If you are interested in viewing other tips and tricks of candle making, or the homemade candle making process, please click on this link.  Natures Garden also provides free recipes and classes for candle making.

What Are Wet Spots in Candles?

Monday, July 29th, 2013
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Using a wax like Golden Foods Soy Wax 464, and a few preventative measures can help eliminate wet spots from your candles.

 

What are Wet Spots in Candles?

The term “wet spots” in candle making refers to the spots or patches in container candles that appear to have air, or a wet spot showing through the glass or transparent container and the candle wax.  Wet spots are extremely common and are one of the most common complaints among candle makers.   However, wet spots will not inhibit the functionality of your candle, just the aesthetic appeal.

What causes Wet Spots?

1.  Pouring hot candle wax into too cold of a container.
2.  Pouring your melted candle wax at a temperature much cooler than what is suggested.
3.  Using a pillar/votive wax for container candles instead of a container wax that is formulated for that purpose.
4.  Cooling your candles too fast; subjecting your candles to an environment which has drafts or is lower than 70-72 degrees.
5.  Pouring candle wax into dirty containers.

How to Avoid Wet Spots?

1.  Try to eliminate or prevent wet spots by thoroughly washing and drying your containers before using.  This will get any dust or debris out that may have fallen into your jars.

2.  Be sure to use a container wax so that your wax adheres properly to your container.  Votive/pillar waxes are not suggested for container candles.  Wax like Golden Foods Soy Wax 464, is a great start.  This type of soy wax has a wonderful adhesion to glass containers, therefore minimizing the chances of getting wet spots.

3.  Heat your jars/containers at the lowest setting on a cookie sheet in the oven for twenty minutes prior to filling them.  This also allows for the candle wax to cool slowly which allows for better adhesion to the container.

4.  Another thing that tends to reduce the occurrence of wet spots is pouring your candles inside the box the candle jars came in.  This helps to insulate your candles while they cool slowly.  Allow your candles to set up at room temperature, in a room that has no drafts.

5.  If you start to see the wet spots taking place as the candle is cooling, this means you should consider increasing your pour temperature.  Testing with a thermometer is key here.  Follow the manufacturer’s recommended pour temperature.

 

What are Jump Lines in Candles?

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
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We tried numerous times to recreate jump lines, however because of our flaming awesomeness, every candle was jump-line-less. So, we had to find a stock photo that best represents jump lines.

What are Jump Lines in Candles

Jump lines are the visible horizontal rings that occur on the sides of your candles.  These lines look like ridges and prevent your candle from having a smooth finish.  Ideally, to have a perfect candle pour, your candle wax will still be in a complete liquid state once it has been poured into your container/pillar.  This is the best shot you can give your candle to completely and uniformly cool naturally, therefore decreasing your chances of getting jump lines.  All candle wax has to conform to the sides of the container/pillar mold at the same rate of time.  This provides for the smooth finish of a candle.

In candle making when you are pouring the hot wax, it will begin to cool as soon as it hits the jar.  As this happens, you will visibly be able to see wax layers materialize.  If you do not pour quickly enough, the wax will naturally start to harden and stick to the wall of the container/ pillar mold.  Since the temperature of the jar stays consistent, there is no heat source to re-melt the wall portion, therefore showing each line of cooled wax aka jump lines. 

How do you prevent jump lines from occurring?

Jump lines can occur for several reasons, the first of which is intentionally.  Jump lines can also be created on purpose to give candles a textured look.  Since jump lines are an aesthetic thing, they do not have any kind of effect on the candles burn or scent throw. 

One of the first things as a preventative measure that you can do is pour your wax at the correct temperature.  You can do this by using a candy thermometer.  You may have to increase your pouring temperature to adjust for jump lines.  This is where testing and note taking will come into play.  As always, it is of the utmost importance for candle making that your jars and/or pillars are room temperature.  The second measure you can take is to heat your jars at the lowest setting on a cookie sheet in the oven for twenty minutes prior to filling them.

Another important factor in combating jump lines is your pouring rate.  Obviously, you do not want to pour fast, this will result in wax splashing everywhere.  And, adversely, you do not want to pour so slowly that you can actually see the jump lines establishing themselves in the candle.  Find your pouring medium.  If you are seeking a fool proof way to prevent jump lines from the pouring stage, try counting seconds or singing a lyric of a song.  These tricks will help you stay uniform with your pour.

How to correct jump lines?

Although all of the steps mentioned earlier are great ways to prevent jump lines, once they have occurred in your candles you really only have a one option.  Using a heat gun or hair dryer to heat the outside of the candle will remelt the outside layer of the wax, this will mask the jump lines from visible view, but once again, jump lines have no direct effect on a candle.

Handmade Candles

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name: My name is Lance Smith. Owner of LantzWicks

Born and raised in Sharon Pennsylvania, I’ve always been drawn to the arts. From learning how to play guitar from my grandfather, learning crochet from my great grandmother, and learning needlepoint from my mother, I really just wanted to be creative with my life. But living in such a cultural deprived area, I had to work jobs in factories, but I always had a creative approach to doing them, but all ended with being dead ends.

I started making soy candles in single poured glass jars, and metal containers as a hobby for myself, a few friends, and some relatives. After a couple years, I started learning more processes with different waxes, and found that I was honing a craft I enjoyed doing! This was making shopping for gifts alot easier for the people I love in my life. Having some moral support from some friends, they encouraged me that I should start making and selling them for a living since I was really enjoying the work, including a friend that I work for doing pottery, assisting with selling at art shows.

My friend who runs a printing business, where during the winter of 2011 allowed me to use her garage for making, but was too drafty for proper cooling. In January of 2012, I completely emptied a walk-in closet in my old bedroom for my workspace back home at my mother’s house, and still use it today! My friend helped me with making business cards that are also still used today as well.

I started only with just one Faberware electric pot with only one pouring pitcher, and one electrical outlet. Since March of this year, I’ve had two more outlets installed, and acquired another electric pot and pouring pitcher to increase my production!

Since this time, my pouring is now very easy, my scent throw has increased, and feedback has been very positive! I’ve even learned more from reading the manuals in Nature’s Garden site in the Free Support section.  My goal is to produce a great product, for a great price.

GW 444 Soy Wax, Jelly Bean Fragrance Oil. The jelly beans are made of some old paraffin I bought at garage sale.

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

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

Homemade Candles and Soaps

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

fragrance oils1. What’s your name & Your Company Name ?  My names is Leslie Mayes and my company is Leslie Leshay Candles.

2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business?  I decided to get into business because I got tired of wasting my money on regular department store candles that I couldn’t smell. After I first came across Nature’s Gardens’ website and viewed all of the helpful “how to” instructions, I was motivated and I knew that I could create a better candle than the low fragrance candles that I was purchasing at the local department store. I have been in the candle business for 8 years.

3. What products do you make and sell?  I currently make and sell highly fragrant candles, luxury soaps, perfumed body oils, air fresheners, and oil warmers.

4. What are your business goals?  My business goals are to provide my customers with the best products and the best customer service. I also have a goal to one day open up several Leslie Leshay Candles on site store locations across the USA.

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  Two of my absolute favorite fragrance oils from Nature’s Garden that I use are Aphrodisiac and Purple Hooters. These fragrance oils smell amazing! They perform well in my products and my customers just absolutely love them! Another product from Nature’s Garden that I love is the Melt & Pour Goat’s Milk Soap. It is very easy to work with and it’s very nourishing for the skin.

Candles and Wax Dipped Critters

Friday, May 17th, 2013

fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  Creatively Handcrafted

Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I started candle making over 12 years ago as just a hobby.  I love candles and wanted to give it a try.  I enjoyed making candles, however, life got in the way & I ending up taking a hiatus for about 5 years.  Only making candles for certain people.  I recently restarted with a whole new look, new name and all new candles.

What products do you make and sell?  I make all types of candles as well as wax dipped critters.  Recently I have tried my hand at some soap making & bath melts.  Thanks to Natures Garden for the recipes and ideas to try.

What are your business goals?  My new goals are to build my business with regular repeat customers.  I want to provide a quality product that people can enjoy just as much as I did when I created it.  I am currently working full time trying to get my business restarted.

What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  I always get my fragrances from Natures Garden.  I find that they are reasonably priced and always excellent quality.  I recently purchased items for bath melts.  I would have never even thought of trying to make anything else but with the recipes it seemed too easy not to try.  I can’t say that I have a favorite because I have not received anything I didn’t like.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CreativelyHandcrafted?ref=hlcandle making supplies

Wax Dipped Everything

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

fragrance oils1. What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Pennie’s Country Scents

2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business?  I was always playing with candle making then my husband bought me some candle making supplies for Christmas back in 2002 I believe it was. My playing kinda exploded from there and in 2004 I started taking my candles to craft shows. I have been in business for going on 9 years.

3. What products do you make and sell?   I make all kinds of candles and wax dipped items (bears, toilet paper, snowmen and whatever else I find) :)

4. What are your business goals?  My goal is to start selling more and more on line.  I am doing really well at shows.

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden? Almost all my fragrance oils that I use for my candles come from Natures Garden. Also lots of odds and ends caution label’s, molds, color blocks.  My favorite item ( that is hard you have so many oils that are wonderful); but I guess I would have to say right now it is Strawberry Rhubarb Pie.

Your Website: www.penniescountryscents.etsy.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pennies-Country-Scents/267870856965

Twitter: https://twitter.com/penniesscents