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Jul
16

How to Make Potpourri Oils

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If you currently purchase scented oils for your oil burners, stop now! You can save time and money by creating your own and it is super easy too!

How to make Potpourri Oils

Scenting your home with candles may not be an option for you.  However, most people do have a tea light burner or oil burner somewhere in their homes.  But, did you know that you can create your own scented oils for an oil burner or tea light burner at a fraction of the cost?

Besides the inexpensiveness of making your own scented oils, you also have freedom of choice.  Because this scented oil is not put on the body, the fragrance oil/essential oil possibilities are endless.  You can scent your home with any fragrance oil imaginable like Sweet Orange Chili Peppers or Snowman Balls.  And, if you are feeling super creative, you can use a blend of fragrance oils or essential oils to make your home’s very own personal scent.

This project has two ingredients:  A fragrance oil or essential oil (or combination of scented oils of your choosing) and carrier oil (any light weight oil will work).

Please Note:  Due to the fact that essential oils are very volatile, the scent will be very quick to disperse throughout your home.  However, because essential oils lack base notes, there will be nothing grounding the fragrance; therefore essential oils will not contain the staying power of scenting like a fragrance oil will.

For the carrier oils, Natures Garden carries several carrier oils that will work for this project.  They are listed in no particular order:

DPG Solvent Liquid (dipropylene glycol)
Grapeseed Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil
Sunflower Oil

Here is the Recipe:

The recipe for making scented oils for burners is 50% carrier oil to 50% fragrance oil.  That means if you want to make 2 ounces of scented oil, you would use 1 ounce DPG Solvent and 1 ounce fragrance oil, etc.  Then stir.

If you are using essential oils to make scented oils for burners, the recipe is all carrier oil with a few drops of essential oil.  The number of drops of essential oils will vary based on the strength of the essential oil.  For example, Cinnamon Leaf Ceylon essential oil is super strong and may only need 2-3 drops.

Once the mixture is stirred, it is ready to use.  Simply pour the scented oil into your potpourri burner or tea light burner.  Once the mixture is heated by the burner it will be no time before you will begin to smell it throughout the house.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

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Sep
10

How to be more Frugal

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The Smell of Money…I Love Being Frugal

Growing up in a family of eight was definitely quite an experience.    This nature of necessity was instilled in all of us from a very early age.  We survived on my father’s paycheck, and my mother stayed home to raise all six of us.  We had all of the love and rearing we needed without being clouded by keeping up with the Joneses.  Did I love my situation as a child, no!  However, as an adult I cherish the frugal foundation that my parents provided us all because now, I can hang with the Joneses without their debt!  Frugal is fun! In my opinion, it is the best of both worlds.  You can still get what you want, just without the cost.  It is all about dedication, planning, coupon clipping, and patience.

I am not ashamed to shout it from the roof tops and I have even been caught singing and dancing in the check out aisle as my bill total is slashed due to my frugal shopping and couponing.  Recently, I even got a $1.79 bag of Natural cat treats for 11 cents- I am smiling right now thinking about it.

I truly felt like I had found my soul mate when I heard J’aime on Extreme Couponing exclaim, “My eleventh commandment is Thou shall not pay retail!”   Now, it is mine too.  It is a happy addiction, and I have self diagnosed my own condition as a Sav-a-holic.

Do I believe that you have to be engrained with this frugal notion from an early age, no.  Changing over to a frugal shopper is easy.  Here are some of my tips:

  1. Always purchase the Sunday paper- Yes, it may
    cost around $2.00, but the coupon value alone in any given Sunday well
    surpasses the cost out of pocket.  Plus,
    you will have many of the local stores weekly ads.  ***Hint- Some stores even run specials on the
    couponed items for extra savings.
  2. Keep a running list of all of the items you need
    to purchase, and check that against your coupons.  My advice is to break it down according to
    stores.  Many grocery stores even have a
    double coupon day (usually Mondays or Tuesdays) where they will double your
    coupon up to 99 cents.  Hello, that can
    save up to $1.98 per item!
  3. Never be afraid to cherry pick.  Stores are known for going extremely low on
    certain items to lure shoppers in.  Take
    the bait, but leave the store when you have the items on your list.
  4. Always check the clearance or reduced for quick
    sale aisle.  I find many gems here,
    especially produce and meats.
  5. Internet is amazing.  Many times I will Google a store or specific
    brand to see if there are any coupons I can use.  This is also an extra way to save when you
    might be eating out at a restaurant.

So, how hard is it to save money?   Cutting just the tiniest amount or shaving a minute amount off your bills can quickly add up to a very nice chunk of change.  Frugal is NOT cheap.  Frugal is smart!  Allow for your purchases to be multi-functional.  If there is a great sale, don’t hesitate to get a few of the items for the holidays or birthdays.  Some deals are just too great
to pass up.

Wondering why I am blogging about this…

Well, we all know that Natures Garden always provides the best quality, wholesale-priced products on the market, especially fragrances.   A little birdie just told me that there are some fabulous products on CLEARANCE right now.  Grab them while you can.  The green bottles will definitely be festive in your holiday baskets this year, and the fragrances are too hot not to get your hands on.  These prices cannot be beat.  My advice:  Be Frugal and Love it!

http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/candlemaking-soap-supplies/category/weekly/Weekly-Sale.html

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!!  Nicole

(Corporate Manager of

Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com