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Rebatching Soap

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

rebatching soap Whether you view rebatching as an art, a doorway for the addition of gentle ingredients, or a second chance for your soap, this method of soap making offers opportunity.

The term rebatching for soap simply means remaking soap.  This method would be very similar to melt and pour soap in that you are melting down soap that has already gone through the saponification process.  Rebatching is more intricate than melt and pour soap though.  Rebatching involves cold processed or hot processed soap bars that are melted down for specific reasons.

A common technique used in soap making, rebatching allows many soap making handcrafters the chance to rework their soap recipes, introduce delicate scents and herbs, as well as add ingredients or colors they may have missed the opportunity to add the first time.

Since rebatched soap has already gone through the saponification process, the rebatching steps do not involve lye.  This is why rebatching allows the opportunity to add those delicate soaping ingredients; without fear.  With the rebatching method, these ingredients; which normally would not survive the saponification process, now have the chance to add wonderful benefits to your finished bars of soap.

Although time consuming, the rebatch process is fairly easy to do.  To put it briefly, the rebatching process is finely grating the soap, then heating (sometimes with the addition of a liquid like water to help prevent burning).  There are a few different ways to introduce heat to the shredded soap.  These ways would include:  double boiler, microwave, and crock pot.  But, please advise: you must monitor the soap while it is heating because you never want to scorch the soap.  This may be slightly more difficult using the microwave approach.

Now, as the soap is heated and starts to liquefy; it will have a very thick gel like density.  Once the soap hits this consistency, any additives or scents are added and stirred in.  Once the soap is stirred well, it is then scooped into a mold, left to harden, and finally cut into slices.

So, now that you have an understanding as to what the method of rebatching is, we will shortly post a blog as to the various reasons to rebatch.  This post will also cover the benefits as well as the drawbacks of rebatching your soap.

Unique Fragrance

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

unique fragrance OMG Olive Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Standing out amongst several hundred different scents, this unique fragrance is turning heads.  According to many of our clients who use this scent, OMG is an understatement!  With that said, OMG Olive Fragrance Oil is a unique fragrance that is loved by both men and women alike.  With the popularity of citrus type fragrances right now, OMG Olive Fragrance Oil is in demand.  Especially since this pleasant scent is well tied together with vanilla, musk, and bergamot, making this scent the complete package.  OMG Olive Fragrance Oil is getting rave reviews from our customers.

What does OMG Olive Fragrance Oil smell like?

In this fragrance oil by Natures Garden, bright citrus fruits of lemon and bergamot intertwine with leafy olive branches, softened with musk and sweetened ever so lightly with vanilla.

How do our customers use OMG Olive Fragrance Oil?

For candles, tarts and air fresheners, this unique fragrance performed perfectly in various wax including: Wow, Joy, Gel, Palm, Pillar of Bliss, and soy waxes.  This fragrance oil also has a very nice cold and hot throw too.  OMG Olive scent also works fabulously in electric oil burners, aroma beads, smelly jellies, and room spray odor eliminators.

On the bath and body end, this fragrance is remarkable.  The usage rate is 5% and this unique fragrance does have a .3% vanillin content, therefore we suggest adding Vanillin White Color Stabilizer to help reduce discoloration in your finished products.  OMG Olive is a great fragrance to scent homemade:  bath bombs, shower gels, melt and pour soaps, body butters, lotions, bubble baths, lotions bars, and foaming sugar scrubs.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this unique fragrance allows plenty of time to play with swirls.   Here are the official results: Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration.  No discoloration.  Scent is good.

Baby Fragrance

Monday, April 7th, 2014

baby fragranceBedtime Bath Type Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Bedtime Bath Type Fragrance Oil is the perfect baby fragrance.  With its soft, soothing, and smooth aroma, this scent is great for night time bath and lotion products.  But, bedtime bath type fragrance does not only work in bath themed items, it also works great for relaxing candles, and peaceful air fresheners.  All in all, this baby fragrance helps everyone in the house unwind.  According to our customers, this scent is said to be quite lovely and wonderfully relaxing to everyone.  With this baby fragrance and its pleasant, dreamy aroma; this scent will bring a whole new level of calm to chaotic nighttime routines.

What does Bedtime Bath Type Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the soothing bedtime blend of mandarin, lavender and chamomile, neroli and lily of the valley.  Bottom notes of hay and musk.

How do our customers use Bedtime Bath Type Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters out there; this baby fragrance is used in soy blends, paraffin, soy, WOW, Joy, Gel, and palm waxes.  This fragrance is very comforting and has fabulously relaxing hot and cold scent throw.  This fragrance oil also works well for calming room fresheners, whether it is linen sprays, oil burners, or sachet beads.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is GREAT and has tons of uses!  The usage rate for this baby fragrance oil is 5%.  This amazing fragrance is used to make: solid lotion bars, bath bombs, body scrubs, spray lotions, bubble baths, melt and pour soaps, bath gels, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this baby fragrance soaps like a dream.  In fact, many of our soaping clients say this fragrance even provides plenty of time for swirls.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration, fragrance is great.

If you would like to use this fragrance in a fun bedtime bath product for kids, please click on this link to view Natures Gardens Crayon Soap Recipe.

Original Scent

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

original scentAphrodisiac Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Aphrodisiac Fragrance Oil is highly intoxicating and sexy to say the least. This mouthwatering and original scent is absolutely fantastic.  With its energizing aroma this fragrance is a must have; especially if you have an invigorating themed product line!  The perfect scent for a your home or work space, this original scent has it all.  One whiff and YOU ARE HOOKED!  This refreshing scent is a huge hit too!  Many of our customers give this scent one big thumbs up.

What does Aphrodisiac Fragrance Oil smell like?

An amazingly complex and energizing fragrance oil by Natures Garden.  Aphrodisiac begins with top notes of grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, and green tomato leaf; followed by middle notes of jasmine and dry base notes of eucalyptus and woods.  An NG Original Fragrance!  A Best Seller!

How do our customers use Aphrodisiac Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters; Aphrodisiac Fragrance Oil is used in Palm, Soy, soy blends, pillar of bliss, paraffin, Joy, and Gel waxes.  This original scent has incredible cold and hot scent throw.  This energizing fragrance oil also works extremely well for home deodorizing sprays, oil burners, aroma beads, smelly jellies, and even reed diffusers.

For bath and body crafters, this original fragrance is a must!  The usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%.  This amazing fragrance is used to make: solid lotion bars, bath fizzies, sugar scrubs, bath gels, spray lotions, perfumes, melt and pour soaps, hair conditioners, body sprays, and whipped body butters.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance has very good scent retention.  Here are the official results: Awesome scent, nice and strong in cp soap, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration.

If you are looking for a great recipe using this original scent, please click on this link to view Natures Gardens Leopard Candle Recipe.

Candy Scent

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

candy scentDoodle Bug Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Are you looking for a fun, childhood scent that completely captures your fond memories of carefree times?  Or, maybe you are seeking that perfect candy scent to market your kiddy soap line?  Well, Doodle Bug is just that scent!  With the perfect combination of classic candy aromas, this candy scent is both nostalgic of childhood yet still rings true with aromatic notes kids still love today.

What does Doodle Bug Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

A fragrance oil by Natures Garden that takes you back in time to childhood.  When you didn’t know the definition of work; life was about playing and eating a bunch of candy.  An aroma that will allow you to visualize yourself being a young child with a cream soda dum dum sucker stuck in your hair, sitting at the picnic table eating a piece of watermelon.  Doodle Bug is a blend of cream soda, fresh watermelon slices, hubba bubba bubblegum, with a hint of new born baby.  An NG Original Fragrance! 

How Do Our Customers Use Doodle Bug Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters out there; this candy scent is used in Soy, soy blends, paraffin, Joy, WOW, palm, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  This fragrance is strong and has no problems with scent throw.  Doodle Bug fragrance oil also works well in aroma beads and smelly jellies, or in electric tart burners.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is a big seller for teens and the little kiddies!  The usage rate for this candy scent is 5%.  Doodle Bug also has a 2% vanillin content, so vanilla white color stabilizer is suggested to reduce discoloration in your final homemade products.  This nostalgic fragrance is used to make an array of bath and body products like: solid lotion bars, lotions, bath fizzies, sugar scrubs, foaming sugar scrubs, melt and pour soaps, body frostings, bubble baths, and whipped body butters.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this candy scent is delicious.  Here are the official results: Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, discolors to a light beige.  Scent stayed awesome and strong throughout cure.  Yummy!

If you are interested in using this perfectly happy candy scent in a fun child themed recipe, please click on this link to view the Play Dough Soap Recipe.

 

Great Feminine Scent

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

great feminine scentJuicy Couture Type Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This feminine scent is absolutely beautiful and is a great match to the original.  A divine fragrance to scent anything from candles to perfume oils, Juicy Couture Type is both youthful and bold.  This great girly scent presents perfectly balanced layers of classic spring and summer time aromas.  Many of our clients who use this feminine scent say it only takes one whiff before their customers are hooked and are in love. 

What does Juicy Couture Type Smell Like?

The perfect fragrance oil by Natures Garden for girls who want it all!  This fragrance combines wild berries and mandarin, honeysuckle, gardenia and jasmine.  Embodied with the aroma of amber, caramel, sandalwood, vanilla and praline to add just the right touch of sweetness.

How Do Our Customers Use Juicy Couture Type Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters out there; Juicy Couture Type Fragrance Oil is used in Soy, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  This feminine scent is very aromatic and has a great throw, both hot and cold.  If you are a home scenter, this fragrance oil also works extremely well for oil burners, aroma beads, tarts, smelly jellies, and even linen sprays.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is a win!  The usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5% and it has a .3% vanillin so vanilla white color stabilizer is suggested to reduce discoloration in the finished product.  This lovely feminine scent is used to make: solid lotion bars, bath bombs, body scrubs, spray lotions, perfumes, melt and pour soaps, body sprays, bath gels, whipped body butters, foaming body butters, lotions, and salt bars.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance smells great.  Here are the official results: Slight ricing, stick blend, low acceleration, very manageable, discolors to a maple fudge color.   

Sinus Relief Scent

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Sinus ReliefSinus Relief Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Sinus Relief scent is great for personal use or for scenting your marketable products.  In fact,  this fragrance is considered a must have by many of our clients because it works in everything from candles to bath and body products.  This highly recommended sinus relief scent smells just like the popular rub.  Many of our customers state not only do products scented in this fragrance oil sell out, but it also brings many people coming back for more.  If you are looking for a soothing type fragrance oil that really impresses, sinus relief should be on the top of your list.

What does Sinus Relief Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Ever smell the scent of Vick’s Vapor Rub?  This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a cool, crisp blend of camphor, eucalyptus, and mint. Great for stuffed up noses!

How Do Our Customers Use Sinus Relief Fragrance Oil?

For crafters in the candle making realm or home scenting realm; Sinus Relief is a definite for anytime of the year!  Many of our customers rave about this fragrance oil and use it in their Joy wax, WOW wax, palm wax, and Soy waxes.  Both the hot and cold scent throw are nice and strong, filling the whole house!  As for other home scenting ideas; this fragrance oil has been used to make aroma beads, reed diffusers, smelly jellies, and works exceptionally well for oil burners too.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%.  Sinus Relief fragrance is used to make:  bath salts, bath bombs, shower steam melts, body rubs, and body creams.  For those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is soothing and performed very well.  Here are the official results: Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  Scent is wonderful.  The perfect soap for sinus problems.  No discoloration.

If you want to try an amazing recipe using this great sinus relief scent, please click on this link to view Natures Gardens Sinus Relief Bath Bomb Recipe.  These bath bombs are quite simply the best. 

Aries Scents

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Aries scentsAries Scents

It is that time again to officially change the zodiac sign!  This year for a little fun, we thought of doing some research to find out what fragrance notes most likely correspond with the certain zodiac signs.  These aromatic notes are based on personality traits of a person born under that specific sign.

Beginning March 21st, Aries take the center stage.  So let us be the first to say, Happy Birthday Aries! And then welcome everyone to the bold world of Aries scents.

Aries are considered people born between the dates of March 21st and April 19th.

Nicole, the Corporate Manager at Natures Garden is an Aries (as if you couldn’t tell already) with a birth date of April 19th.   True to the Aries form, Nicole is very go getting and delves right in to any project that needs started.  In fact, her extreme will to accomplish great things is always done with an upbeat attitude that brings excitement to everyone’s day.  Her confidence and optimism leaves a lasting vibrant impression that makes everyday interesting to say the least.

Aries-  Self-sufficient, Optimistic, Enthusiastic, Brave
Symbol-  the Ram
Sign-  Fire

These natural born leaders are not afraid to take charge.  They are super energetic, sharp tongued, quick witted, and fierce.  These personality traits are perfectly complimented with bold and vibrant scents; all fragrance combinations that leave an impression.

People that share the sign of Aries really take to these fragrance notes:
Florals:  Carnation, Rose
Spices:  Pepper, Ginger, Tobacco, Coriander
Musks: Amber, Leather

Fragrance Oil and Scent Suggestions:
aries fragrances

 

 

 

 

 

Burgundy Rose Scent by Natures Garden

Sweet Orange and Chili Pepper Scent by Natures Garden

New Car Scent by Natures Garden

Tobacco Caramel Type Scent by Natures Garden

If you are interested in seeing other zodiac sign fragrance suggestions, please click on the link.

Great Spring Scent

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Honey Bunny Fragrance Oil Honey Bunny Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This is definitely one of the most popular scents in the industry right now.  This is because this sweet fragrance works phenomenally well in everything!  Honey Bunny scent is a robust, long lasting, and full bodied aroma.  In fact, many of our clients state that this spring scent is “delish”.  And, when it comes to ratings, our customers exclaim this scent is worth 10 stars.  That is why you will not be disappointed in choosing Honey Bunny for your next homemade project.

What does Honey Bunny Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden opens with sparkling notes of bergamot, sweet orange, and crisp apple; followed by rich, golden honey nectar, toffee bits, and soft white musk mingling together to create a sweet treat as natural as sunshine.  A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Honey Bunny Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters; our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy wax, Joy wax, WOW wax, and Pillar of Bliss candles; all resulting with great scent throw.  As for other home scenting ideas with this fragrance; it has been used to make stellar aroma beads as well as very warming and aromatic tarts, and even potpourri oils.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%.  This fabulous fragrance is used to make:  melt and pour soaps, body butters, body creams, perfumes, bath melts, foaming hand soap, and handmade lotions.  For those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is amazing and performed very well.  Here are the official results: Very slight acceleration, still have lots of time to work though.  Perfect Pour, no ricing, smells great.  Nice and strong!  This scent is just rich and delicious!

If you are interested in trying Honey Bunny scent in a homemade recipe, please click on this link to view Natures Gardens Antibacterial Foaming Hand Soap Recipe.

Lotion Recipe

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Homemade Tropical Lotion RecipeThis amazing Tropical Lotion Recipe is filled with skin loving and moisturizing elements.  But, not only does this lotion sink right into your skin, it smells like a tropical paradise.  Just the perfect thing to snap you out of the winter blues, and get you ready for summer!

To make this lotion, there are some supplies you will need.  To heat and melt the oils/butters, you will be using a double boiler method on your stovetop.  You will also need a larger mixing bowl to combine the water and butters/oils, as well as a stick blender to encourage the emulsification process.  Other than that, the rest of the supplies are pretty standard:  a scale, a mixing spoon, a spatula, and a funnel (optional).

As for the rest of the ingredients in this lotion recipe, they can all be found at Natures Garden.  You will also be able to find the bottles and lids to package your lotion in by clicking on this link.

Here is the lotion recipe to make (2) 8 oz. bottles:
Water Phase:
425 grams Distilled Water
8 grams Sodium Lactate
Oil Phase:
24 grams BTMS 25
10 grams Mango Butter
28 grams Rice Bran Oil
30 grams Fractionated Coconut Oil
6 grams Vitamin E Oil 
To Scent and Preserve:
10 grams Optiphen Preservative 
12 grams Papaya Dragon Fruit Fragrance Oil 
To get the same color pictured, you will need:
5 drops Da Bomb Soap Dye Yellow
7 drops Da Bomb Soap Dye Blue

It is suggested before starting this recipe to prep your area with all of the supplies that you will need.  Also, clean and sanitize your work area as well as your packaging materials.

And now, the steps:

The Water Phase:
Step 1:  Using your scale, weigh out at least 525 grams of distilled water.  Even though you will only be using 425 grams for this lotion recipe, you want to account for evaporation while heating.  Place your water in a pot.  Place the pot on the stove top.  Heat the water to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once the water hits that temperature, hold it there for 20 minutes.  This step will eliminate any bacteria that may be in the water.

heat your distilled water

Step 2:  When the time has elapsed, remove the water for the stove top/heat. Weigh out 425 grams of the water.  Then, add the sodium lactate.  Stir and set aside.

adding sodium lactate to lotion recipe
The Oil Phase:
Step 1:  Grab a larger pot.  Place a few inches of tap water into this pot.  Put this pot on to the stove top on medium heat.  Now, weigh out and combine the following:  Mango Butter, BTMS, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Rice Bran Oil, and the Vitamin E.  Place all of the ingredients into a smaller pot.  Then, place this smaller pot in to the larger one.  This is the double boiler method.  As the ingredients melt, stir occasionally.  Heat the ingredients in the smaller pot to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

double boiler method for the lotion ingredients

The Mixing Phase: Get ready to move!
Step 1: Double check that your water and your oils are both around 140 degrees Fahrenheit.  Then, in a large mixing bowl combine the oil mixture and the water.

adding the oil phase to the water phase
Step 2:  Using your stick blender, begin to emulsify.  This will become apparent when your mixture turns white in color.

emulsifying lotion recipe

The Cooling Phase:
Step 1:  Now, allow your mixture to cool.  The temperature that you are looking for is 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once your lotion is this temperature, add the Optiphen preservative, colorant, and fragrance oil.  Once again, using your stick blender, mix.

preserving your lotion
Step 2:  Finally, let your lotion cool to room temperature and then place it into your bottles.

packaging your lotion

You have now turned your Tropical Lotion Recipe into Homemade Tropical Lotion.  You will just love how truly amazing this lotion is!  Enjoy the tropical fruits of your labor!

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 there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients.