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Jul
24

Granulated Candle Wax Recipes


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Granulated Candle Wax RecipesGranulated Candle Wax Recipes

Granulated candle wax recipes are a perfect way to make candle making simple! These Natures Garden recipes require no melting, so it is easier and safer to create. This means that you don’t need to pay attention to the temperatures at which to pour. Also, you can allow kids to help create these candles because there is no heat involved! You get to skip all these more complicated aspects and move straight to the creative part of candle making. So, the majority of your focus will be on scent, color, and scooping it the wax. Further, the granulated wax is easier to manipulate than the melted wax. While the melted wax can’t really be moved after its poured without ruining the appearance, granulated wax can be manipulated to look exactly how you want. It is similar to creating those layered sand crafts. So, kids may enjoy these candles more for that reason. But, this doesn’t mean that granulated candles are just for kiddos. Adults can get creative with this method, too. Check out our recipes to see exactly what you could be making through this style of candles making.

Granulated Candle Wax Recipes Pillar of BlissGranulated Candle Wax Recipes Pillar of Bliss Wax

First, we have the lovely Pillar of Bliss Wax by Natures Garden. This wax is a blend of mostly soy wax and a bit of paraffin wax to create a lovely candle wax. You can either melt the wax for candles or leave the wax whole. Either way, you can perfectly scent and color your wax for making amazing candles.  The wax looks like small beads initially, which can be fun for homemade candles. So, this granulated wax is perfect for making textured candles that look amazing! 

Granulated Candle Wax Recipes Day at the Beach Candle RecipeGranulated Candle Wax Recipes Day at the Beach Candle Recipe

One perfect way to use this granulated wax is to create the Day at the Beach Candle Recipe. This wax is perfect for creating a fun beach themed candle! We wanted to create this beach candle to match the aroma of our NG Copper Hue Suntan Lotion Fragrance Oil. So, we needed to dye the pillar of bliss wax to look just like soft, white sand. Further, the small wax beads add to the granulated sand texture that is perfect for creating sand. All we had to do was color the granulated Pillar of Bliss Wax. Then, melt the wax, like normal, to create the water and there you have it!

Granulated Candle Wax Recipes Bacon Candle RecipeGranulated Candle Wax Recipes Bacon Candle Recipe

Also, you can use this awesome wax to create unique designs in your homemade candles. Our Bacon Candle Recipe used three different portions of colored Pillar of Bliss Wax. This was used to create an appearance of real bacon along the sides of the jar! All we had to do was color, scent, and scoop in the wax. Plus, the scent of our Bacon Fragrance Oil really added to this fun candle! While creating a candle like this can be a bit more time consuming, this type of candle making gives you the opportunity to make more unique types of candles.

Granulated Candle Wax Recipes Democratic Candle RecipeGranulated Candle Wax Recipes Democratic Candle Recipe

The Democratic Candle Recipe is another great example of what you can create with this wax! One issue that comes up with candle embeds is the possibility of your embed melting once you pour in the rest of the candle. But, granulated completely changes the game. Instead, you just need to scoop in your gorgeous red and white striped layers. So, between the granulated wax, simple embed, and the scent of Democrat Fragrance Oil this is a perfect candle!

 

Granulated Candle Wax Recipes Pink Camouflage Candle RecipeGranulated Candle Wax Recipes Pink Camouflage Candle Recipe

Next, we have the pretty Pink Camouflage Candle Recipe! This candle idea uses the amazing NG CanCan Type Fragrance Oil with Pillar of Bliss Wax to create a cool design. Similarly to the bacon candle, this candle allows you to scoop in your wax to create a design. So, just grab a spoon and start making your candle. This candle uses various shades of pink to create an awesome pink camo candle!

 

Granulated Candle Wax Recipes Green Camouflage Candle RecipeGranulated Candle Wax Recipes Green Camouflage Candle Recipe

Also, you can create the Green Camouflage Candle Recipe. Obviously, you can create this candle basically the same way that the pink camouflage candle is made. The only difference between these candles is the colors are green and the scent is the Fresh Outdoors Fragrance Oil. Just mix up your granulated wax colors and start scooping up the wax with a spoon.

Autumn Leaves Potpourri RecipeGranulated Candle Wax Recipes Autumn Leaves Potpourri Recipe

Further, Pillar of Bliss Wax is perfect for making scoopable wax for your wax warmers! Granulated wax is perfect for making DIY scoopable wax for your oil burners. All you really have to do is color and scent to wax, then it’s all done! Plus, this recipe is cute and smells delicious with the cute wax leaves and the amazing Autumn Woods Fragrance Oil. After you mix in your little leaves, your wax is ready to scoop straight into your warmer!

Granulated Candle Wax Recipes Glistening Snowflakes Potpourri RecipeGranulated Candle Wax Recipes Glistening Snowflakes Potpourri Recipe

The Glistening Snowflakes Potpourri Recipe is another great idea for creating a scoopable wax melt recipe. Of course, this recipe uses the amazing Pillar of Bliss Wax! Plus, some of the wax is melted to create small, blue snowflakes that stand out against the snow white base. This pretty appearance combined with the scent of Jack Frost Fragrance Oil is perfect for winter time! This winter season you won’t want anything else in your wax warmer!

Granulated Candle Wax Recipes Independence Day Candle RecipeGranulated Candle Wax Recipes Independence Day Candle Recipe

Next, check out the Independence Day Candle Recipe! This recipe is for another fun embed candle. The embed is a cut out of a star shape and you can see the red and white stripes straight through your blue star cut out. The only thing that could’ve made this candle more patriotic is the Apple Pie Fragrance Oil (Our Old Version). Luckily, we added that, too!

 

Granulated Candle Wax Recipes Hydrangea Candle RecipeGranulated Candle Wax Recipes Hydrangea Candle Recipe

Also, we have the pretty Hydrangea Candle Recipe! This candle recipe uses beautiful shades of blue and purple to create the gorgeous candle that was inspired by real Hydrangea flowers! Furthermore, this candle is topped with butterfly wax embeds, which is perfect for this candle. Apparently, butterflies love our Hydrangea Heaven Fragrance Oil as much as the real flower!

Granulated Candle Wax Recipes More Pillar of Bliss Wax Ideas

Not only can you use this wax to make fun designs, but this wax is perfect for kids to create layered sand candles that they can use! Just mix up the colors in bottles, set the wick, and let your kids create their own candle! It’s a super cute and a craft idea for kids that wouldn’t take too much work to set up. There is no need to melt the wax and all your kids need you do is pour in the layers! Plus, it is just as fun as creating layered sand bottles.

Granulated Candle Wax Recipes Palm Container Candle WaxGranulated Candle Wax Recipes Palm Container Candle Wax

Palm Container Candle Wax is another great idea for creating some homemade granulated candles. This wax looks almost identical to the granulated wax of Pillar of Bliss. Plus, this environmentally conscious product is a natural wax that is perfect for candle making. You will love this wax in your homemade candles! The scent throw is lovely and the appearance is perfect for textured candles.

Granulated Candle Wax Recipes  Palm Pillar Candle WaxGranulated Candle Wax Recipes Palm Pillar Candle Wax

Also, you can use Palm Pillar Candle Wax to create more unique granulated candles. While it is unlikely that you will create granulated pillar candles, with a container of some sort, this wax is wonderful for making these candles. It has the same lovely granulated appearance as both of the other two waxes and has a scent throw as strong as the Palm Container Candle Wax. So, this wax is another great choice for granulated candle making.

Granulated Candle Wax Recipes What About the Rainforest?Granulated Candle Wax Recipes What About the Rainforest?

Well, there is no need to worry because our palm waxes are safe! Our palm waxes come from palm trees which are cultivated on private plantations. Thus, our palm wax is no threat to rainforests or the orangutan ecosystems. Our palm wax is eco-friendly and is provided from a sustainable tree crop which helps to sequester carbon. We are pleased to affirm that the palm oil used by our company originates from reputable plantation companies who are members of the Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA). MPOA, together with many other stakeholders, has pioneered the establishment of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Besides plantation companies, foreign companies and Associations such as Unilever, Sainsbury (in the United Kingdom), Migros (in Switzerland) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are also active participants in RSPO. These members have pledged to support all activities to promote and implement sustainable palm oil production.

Our Companies have recognized that the Roundtable process is a secure and neutral environment in which to build trust, share ideas and develop understanding about the practicalities in the palm oil supply chain involving producers, traders, processors, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, investors and NGOs. Our Companies through all the Members of MPOA, takes pride in being part of this RSPO process.

Granulated Candle Wax Recipes How to Color Granulated WaxGranulated Candle Wax Recipes How to Color Granulated Wax

While you can melt your granulated wax to create solid candles, it perfectly possible to create a granulated candle at home. Since there is no need to melt wax, you may be confused as to how you would add colorants or fragrance oil, but it is super easy to do! When I create my own granulated candles, I prefer to use a Ziploc bag. First, just add in the measured proportion of the granulated wax. Then, you are going to add in some of your colorant. But, the colorant will need to be a liquid candle dye. Since you are not melting the wax, a color block will not work the same way. So, add your chosen liquid candle color. Then, shut the bag and mix! You can add more colorant, if so desired, until you get the color you need for your candle.

Granulated Candle Wax Recipes How to Scent Granulated WaxGranulated Candle Wax Recipes How to Scent Granulated Wax

Similarly to coloring your granulated wax, adding your fragrance oil is super easy! After you determine the perfect color, all you need to do is mix in your fragrance oil. Just add in the product safe percentage of your fragrance oil, which is usually 10%. Many allow the 10%, but every fragrance oil is different. Now, all you need to do is mix in the scent! After, you are ready to begin scooping the wax mixture into your jars.

Granulated Candle Wax Recipes Where to Buy Granulated Candle WaxGranulated Candle Wax Recipes Where to Buy Granulated Candle Wax

Natures Garden, of course! We have a selection of granulated waxes that are perfect for candle making! These quality candle waxes can be used to create perfect granulated candles. The Pillar of Bliss Wax has a great scent throw and a wonderful appearance in homemade candles. Plus, our Palm Wax is pretty great! First, this granulated wax is created from renewable sources that won’t negatively impact the rainforest. Additionally, this wax is perfect for making homemade candles without melting your wax! So, check out these great waxes on our Candle Wax page.

Granulated Candle Wax Recipes Share and CreateGranulated Candle Wax Recipes Share and Create

We hope that you share your own candle creations with us after you finish crafting! Whether you create one of our recipes or make one of your own, we would love to see your results. Since each candle is hand scooped with a spoon, each will have a slightly unique design. On the other hand, we are always excited to see new ideas and would love to see your granulated wax creations. You can share your stories and pictures on the Natures Garden Facebook page. Also, we’d like to invite you to share your pictures with us on Instagram by tagging @ngscents. We hope that you enjoy creating your granulated candles and can wait to see the final results!

Apr
26

Angel Scent


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angel scentAngel Wings Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

It is said that an angel is believed to be a guardian and protector for those of us here on Earth. They are what seems to be a mediator between Heaven and Earth with beautiful feathery wings, a golden halo, a gracious flowing robe, and a soft glow that surrounds them. Angelic and spiritually calming, Angel Wings Fragrance Oil is a scent that is sweet and heavenly. With notes of vanilla and the aroma of new born baby, this angel scent is simply otherworldly. This highly requested fragrance is a great addition to your product line.

What does Angel Wings Fragrance Oil smell like?
This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a wonderful aroma embracing the softness of a new born baby and the creaminess of vanilla custard.

How do our customers use Angel Wings Fragrance Oil?

For candle makers and home scent crafters, this angel scent is divine. Angel Wings fragrance performed well in soy, palm, pillar, Joy, and WOW wax candles. This fragrance oils scent throw is wonderful in both the hot and cold throw. Some of our customers even use Angel Wings Fragrance Oil to scent their odor eliminator for the making of room sprays; absolutely loving the outcome. And, in additional many home scenters use this angel scent in their oil burners, reed diffusers, and aroma beads.

On the bath and body end, this graceful angel scent is used to make an array of body products. The usage rate for this scent oil is 5%, with a 3.4% vanillin content. So, therefore we highly recommend Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to help prevent soap discoloration in your finished products. This angel scent is used to make: body sprays, lotion sprays, melt and pour soaps, body butters, creamy lotions, shampoos, conditions, bath bombs, and roll-on perfumes. Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is AMAZING. Here are the official results: OMG! This fragrance is the most gorgeous baby powder scent. CP Phenomenal. Perfect Pour. No ricing, no acceleration. Discolors to a brown.

Mar
24

Sinus Relief Scent


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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. 

Feb
04

Beeswax Candles


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beeswax candles
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.

Jan
06

Candle Instructions


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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.

Jun
27

What Causes Sinkholes in Candles


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We purposely created a “problem” candle to demonstrate a sinkhole. In this example, the wick is not centered, the wax was poured at too hot of a temperature, and too high in the jar. We also purposely used a pillar wax (instead of a container wax that we should have used). Result: Massive tunneling sinkhole! YUCK!

What Causes Sinkholes in Candles?

Regardless of whether you are making container, pillar, or votive candles, sometimes sinkholes will occur regardless of how cautious and meticulous you are when crafting your candles.

Sinkholes are the arch nemesis of any candle.  You pour your heart and soul into your perfectly executed craft only to find after your long awaited set up time has elapsed that you have a dreaded sinkhole.  Ohhh the hatred.

Sinkholes are the crater like openings around your wick.  They vary in size and depth, and have a direct effect on how your candle wick functions.  Sinkholes occur naturally from the process of the wax setting up.  As wax is heated to melt it into liquid form, the wax expands literally taking up more space as it changes form from solid to liquid.  On the flip side then, as wax is cooling, hardening back to it’s original solid state; it begins to retract and in essence shrink.  If the wax cools too quickly though, the liquid will begin to harden where it sits without filling in the open areas from retracting.  This is the reasoning as to why sink holes can appear in your candles.  However, this is only one factor to consider.  Although sinkholes are easily fixed with re pours, there are a few precautions and tips that we have found to help minimize sinkholes in candles.

The key to remember:  Temperature is Everything

The best working environment for setting up your candle making station is somewhere with ventilation as well as a controlled 70 degree temperature, without any drafts or breezes.

In order to achieve the best candle possible temperature must be monitored.  We know the effects of pouring a candle below the suggested degree, adding a fragrance at an incorrect temperature, and even melting/pouring wax too hot.  Containers and molds are just as finicky when it comes to sinkholes in candles.  In order to truly allow your candle to set up naturally, there must be no variances in temperature.  Any containers or molds that touch the melted wax must be at room temperature.  Natures Garden suggests two options in prepping your molds and containers.  If applicable, place your container/mold in a room temperature setting with enough time prior to their use to allow them to naturally come to that degree.  This is especially true for those of you that keep your glassware in the basement or garage in the winter months.  Your second option is to place your containers/molds on a cookie sheet, and then in the oven on the lowest setting for 15-20 minutes.  This is the quick way to warm your containers/molds.

When pouring your melted wax into your room temperature container/mold, it is just as important that your candle has a chance to cool in a uniform matter.  What this means is that the outside portion of the container/mold should cool in its own natural time.  Shocking the wax to harden by means of refrigeration or a fan will allow for the candles exterior to harden too quickly before the inside area of the candle wax has a chance to naturally release trapped air.  This trapped air is another factor that causes sinkholes in candles or small pin sized bubbles in your finished votives.

Because temperature plays such a crucial role in candlemaking, anytime you need to do a second pour the magical time is 2 hrs.  Doing a second pour too early or too late on a cooling candle can have big flaws on the physical look of your completed candle.  In some cases, it may even result in second sinkhole.

Other Ways to Reduce Chances of Sinkholes

One Natures Garden tip to preventing sinkholes in candles is to stop the pour right where the sides of your container start to change shape.  Never expect to pour a candle up the neck of your jar and not get a sinkhole.

Make sure in all of your candlemaking excitement that you do not rush the pour of the candle.  Remember, it is not a race to see how fast you can fill your containers/molds.  Filling your glassware/molds too fast will cause sinkholes in candles.

What Are the Odds:

Although sinkholes can occur in any candle style, typically single pour pillar and container waxes are less likely to get them as long as you are using the correct wax for your candle style.  All waxes are not created equal; using the wrong wax for your intended candle will produce a sinkhole.

It is the nature of the beast that votive waxes will always require a second pour.  The key to remember when making votive candles is to only leave 1/16″ open from the top of your votive mold for the second pour.  What this does is allows the votive to harden and shrink with just the right amount of open surface area to allow for the second pour to cool in a uniform manner, both preventing sinkholes from occurring again, as well as not showing the second pour line on the finished votive.  Also, only leaving 1/16″open in your votive mold for the re pour will prohibit the small air bubbles from occurring on the outside area of your votive candle.

In the instance where a container or pillar candle needs a re pour, it is a wise to poke relief holes half way down the candle before completing the second pour.  This gives the cooling wax a final chance to release any air bubbles that may be trapped in the hardening wax before they too become a sinkhole.

On a final note, sinkholes are never fun (that is unless you do it on purpose for a fun test your candle knowledge segment on Facebook).  Now that you have an arsenal of sinkhole preventative measures to use, sinkholes may never be a problem for your candles again.