Category Archives: Natures Garden

Jul
31

Amish Friendship Bread Fragrance

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amish friendship bread fragranceAmish Friendship Bread Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

What is Amish Friendship Bread? It’s a recipe for sweet, fruity bread passed from friend to friend that apparently takes 10 days to make. Some say this is a throwback to a simpler time before instant gratification spoiled us rotten and makes us appreciate waiting 10 days for bread. Better than waiting for a fruitcake to cure for at least a month, I guess. Color me confused because I don’t understand why a group of people who can raise a barn in a day need 10 days to make bread. I mean no offense to the Amish and if an Amish person is reading this, please email me at kross.ngscents@gmail.com and enlighten me on friendship bread and why you’re using the Internet. Maybe we could be friends and make each other bread.

What Does Amish Friendship Bread Fragrance Smell Like?

Believe it or not: bread. This scent has a freshly baked bread character and sweet notes of raisin and strawberries, with hints of nut. Just like yummy, tasty fruit-nut bread. (Banana Nut Bread represent! Not entirely relevant here, I just really like Banana Nut Bread. No bananas in Amish Friendship Bread.)

How Do Our Customers Use Amish Friendship Bread Fragrance Oil?

They make candles! Amish Friendship Bread Fragrance Oil performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax, and is nice and strong in soy wax. Recommended maximum usage percentage for vegetable waxes and paraffin wax is 10%. As for candle coloring, we recommend using 2 drops of brown liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax OR you can shred a small amount of a brown color block into your melted wax. Remember to never use a crayon to color your candle– it will clog your wick!

They also make soaps! Our maximum recommended usage percentage for Amish Friendship Bread is 5% in soaps. Our cold process soap testing results show that it performs well in CP soap with no acceleration, no ricing, and no separation, with good scent retention. It does, however, discolor to a chocolate color. Our coloring recommendations are.. none. We also have a square loaf mold if you want to make your soap look bread-shaped.

They also make bath and body products and perfumes! Recommended maximum usage for these products is 5%. Amish Friendship Bread performs perfectly in perfumes (try saying that ten times fast) and performs well in bath and body products. With a high Vanillin Content (6.7%) this fragrance oil may discolor your bath and body products as well. You can try some Vanilla White Color Stabilizer if you feel so inclined, but remember that it’s up to you to test how the color stabilizer works with this fragrance oil in your product.

And room scents.  Recommended maximum usage for this fragrance in potpourri and incense is 50%. Amish Friendship Bread Fragrance Oil is also nice and strong in aroma beads.

So there you have it- you can make all kinds of fun stuff with Amish Friendship Bread Fragrance Oil but it won’t take you ten days to do it! (Though you may need to wait a few weeks for your soap to cure, but you’re not going to eat it. Don’t eat it. Doesn’t matter how good it smells.) Goes great in gifts you’re making for friends! Friendship!

Jul
30

Agave Lime Fragrance

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Agave Lime FragranceAgave Lime Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Sweet and citrusy, this fresh scent is sure to fill you with energy. Feeling refreshed, you decide to go for a walk. Beautiful weather; clean, ozone-y air. You come upon a park and suddenly you smell orange, lemon, and most strongly, lime. What is this? Some kind of Citrus Family Reunion? You keep walking and your delicate lil sniffer begins detecting floral notes. Floral notes, yes, but your particular nose notices something else. Smells.. green. You keep walking as the smell gets stronger and stronger. You look around, searching desperately for the source of this amazing scent. It smells familiar, but you remember putting your fragrance oil away somewhere safe before leaving the house, and you were careful not to get any on your skin, or clothes. Hmm.. so what could it be? You look down to see a tiny commotion happening on the ground – a tiny wedding! The Citrus family is there: Daddy Orange, Mama Lemon; their son Lil Lime is waiting at the altar wearing a little black bow tie. On the opposite side of the aisle are some members of the floral family. And there she is, the beautiful bride: Agave. What is a sweetie like her doing marrying a sour lime? They work well together and her sweetness balances him out. As they exchange vows, all those in attendance begin to cry. And that’s where Agave Lime Fragrance Oil comes from.

What Does Agave Lime Smell Like?

If the above passage did not sufficiently describe the scent, I’ll give you the shortened version here.  This fragrance starts of with a blend of shimmering citrus scents, including essential oils of orange, lemon, and, of course, lime, accompanied by a refreshing highlight of liquid ozone. The heart of this fragrance is tropical floral notes and exotic agave greens. This all sits on a soft background of clear musk and rich sandalwood.

How Do Our Customers Use Agave Lime Fragrance Oil?

For starters, we’ve got this super cute Lime Cupcake CP Soap Recipe; lime-scented, cupcake-shaped soap. Maximum usage for Agave Lime in bath oils, soaps, and bath gels is 5% (lotions, perfumes, and cleaning products, too). Our cold process soap testing results show that when added to CP soap, Agave lime was beautiful with a perfect pour; no acceleration; no ricing; no discoloration. And guess what – we’ve got some Lime Green Soap Colorant that works well in both melt and pour and cold process soaps. Lime-scented, lime-colored!

For candle makers, Agave Lime performed perfectly in joy wax, wow wax, and is nice and strong in soy wax. Recommended maximum usage in vegetable waxes and paraffin wax is 10%. As for coloring your Agave Lime-scented candles, we recommend 1 drop of green liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax. Or shred a small amount of green color block into your melted wax. Remember not to try to color your candles with a crayon- it will clog the wick!

And for those of you who want to use this refreshing fragrance oil to make potpourri and incense the maximum usage percentage is 50%. Agave Lime comes across nice and strong in aroma beads. Celebrate the love between Agave and Lime and the joining of the Citrus and Floral families! Buy Agave Lime Fragrance Oil today!

 

Jul
29

Weird Scents and Unique Fragrances

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natures garden, weird scentsWeird Scents and Unique Fragrances: Katie Smells

We’ve got weird scents to smell and fun fragrances to sniff as far as the eye can see (as far as the nose can.. breathe..?). As you may remember from a previous post, I have smelled them all. I already told you about my top ten favorite scents (more or less) and now I bring to you some of the Weird Scents and Unique Fragrances of Nature’s Garden.

weird scents, dill pickleDill Pickle – An NG Original!

Smells just like a pickle. I’m particular to the sweet variety of pickles myself- sweet on sweet pickles- but I cannot deny that this smells just like a dill pickle. Fun fact, I did not learn until embarrassingly late in life that pickles are just pickled cucumbers. We’ve got all kinds of cucumber fragrances if you’re interested in the lil green things BEFORE they’re pickled. I’m really not sure what else to say about this fragrance. Buy it for the dill pickle enthusiast in your life!

weird scents, garden dirtGarden Dirt – An NG Original!

Why you would want to smell like garden dirt is beyond me, but this fragrance oil smells exactly like that. Maybe you’re a gardener and you want to come in from gardening and wash your hands of the dirt, but retain the smell..? Maybe you want to make a candle that smells like garden dirt so your whole house can smell like your garage or a home improvement store? Or trick outdoor plants into growing inside your house? Cover yourself in the smell of garden dirt to more easily make friends with wild plants? Eh????

weird scents, hayrideHayride

Does not smell like horse poop! When I initially saw the bottle for hayride, I was nervous because I generally associate horses with a stinky smell. But here’s the thing- on a hayride- the horses just keep walking- so you don’t have to smell any droppings they may leave behind! Just stay away from the horse. Compare this fragrance to a horse-drawn hayride through the crisp fall air and you won’t even be able to tell the difference. You can smell the fresh hay.

weird scents, leather jacketLeather Jacket

It really does smell like a brand new leather jacket. I’ve never owned a brand new leather jacket- I got my mom’s hand-me-down from when she was Sandy in Grease in her high school production- but I’ve walked into stores where they are selling new leather and stuck my face in to smell that smell. Smells good. Makes me wanna join a greaser gang and sing “Summer Lovin’.” (Those dudes were crazy to wear leather jackets in the summer; get the smell without the unnecessary extra body heat!)

weird scents, moneyMoney – An NG Original!

Money can’t buy happiness, but you can use your money to buy our Money Fragrance Oil. Insert lyrics to your favorite song about money here. My personal favorite is Say Anything’s Punk Goes Crunk cover of ODB’s “Baby, I Got Your Money.” Most of the lyrics are explicit but I can say “Baby, I got your money; don’t you worry.” And we do! We’ve got the fragrance oil you need to make your house/hands/body smell like you’re made of money. Spend a little money now and you’ll be able to trick people into thinking you have all the money in the world! (Or that you’re a banker! Or that you work at a mint!)

weird scents, new carNew Car Scent

Don’t you wish you could bottle that new car smell? Here it is- another one of those fragrances where you spend a lil money on a bottle of oil to feel rich beyond your wildest dreams! (That may be an overreaction but I’m 23 and I’ve never had a new car in my life. This is my first ‘real job,’ and I am smelling the heck out of it.) And guess what? We’ve got a recipe for a room spray that you can use to freshen your car and make it smell like new! Trick the dealership into thinking you’re still under warranty!

weird scents, peanut butter cookiePeanut Butter Cookie

What’s weird about a peanut butter cookieI don’t know, dear reader, but something about this scent just really pulled me in. We’ve got plenty of other bakery fragrances, but this is our only fragrance with peanut butter. And it really smells just like a peanut butter cookie. Boring, I know, I say that for every entry, but that’s why they’re on this list. You walk up to our fragrance bar, see the name of a scent, go “whaa?” pick it up, and it smells just like the real thing. It’s weird. Peanut butter cookie!

weird scents, colaweird scents, buttered popcornButtered Popcorn and Cola

These are actually two separate fragrance oils: Buttered Popcorn and Cola. I put them together because they emulate the experience of going to the movies. You can’t really have popcorn without a drink–your mouth would get all dry and salty. Yuck. How can you enjoy the movie when you’re thirsty? Plus, you get the sweet taste of the cola and the salty, buttery taste of the popcorn. What a great combination! (I personally prefer rootbeer, but cola seems to have more appeal to a mass audience.) Don’t eat fragrance oil; make your home smell like a concession stand!

weird scents, whole wheat breadWhole Wheat Bread

Trying to smell like you’re eating healthier? Then our Whole Wheat Bread Fragrance Oil is for you!  Or maybe you wanna combine fragrances to create a sandwich scent. Here you go; here’s the bread. We’ve got five other breadrelated fragrances (including Gingerbread if you count that as a bread), but this one takes the cake.. er.. loaf. The others are sweet, fruity* breads and this is just straight up whole wheat. (*Zucchini is a fruit- I looked it up.)

weird scents, baconBacon

That’s right, I’m putting it in another list; bacon. Sweet, savory bacon. Did you really think I could make it through talking about interesting, unique, smells-like-the-real-thing fragrances without mentioning my beloved bacon? We’ve got a tomato leaf corriander fragrance, if you want to use it with bacon and whole wheat bread fragrances to make a BLT fragrance. Oh, bacon. You understand me. And ya smell so good! We’ve got an awesome recipe for bacon candles. BACON!

Thanks for reading!

You really didn’t have to, but I appreciate it immensely. Weird scents is subjective- maybe your idea of weird is different. Come smell with us if you feel so inclined; we’ve got over 800 fragrances!

weird scents, unique fragrances

Jul
28

Acorn Harvest Fragrance

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acorn harvest fragranceAcorn Harvest Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Feeling squirrely? Then you’ll go nuts for this fragrance oil! Imagine walking through the oak trees in the crisp fall air. You take a deep breath and suddenly something hits you on the head. Is the sky falling?! Don’t be ridiculous, loosey goosey, it’s just an acorn. But ouch, yeah, those lil things sure pack a wallop when they fall from a tall oak tree. You look up to see where it came from and you hear a squirrel chattering. Weird. Squirrels make the weirdest noises. Almost like chirping but also yelling? You decide to high tail it out of there before the squirrel gets anymore ideas. The squirrel can rest easy knowing that his acorns buried in the ground, stored for later, are safe, for now.

What Does Acorn Harvest Fragrance Smell Like?

Acorn Harvest is a very unique, Nature’s Garden Original Fragrance Oil. It is comprised of a warm, earthy, nutty aroma paired with rich buttery vanilla notes. It’s nuts. You’ll feel like you’re standing directly under an oak tree in autumn. What better place is there to be?

How Do Our Customers Use Acorn Harvest Fragrance Oil?

For candle makers, this is just what you’re looking for – Acorn Harvest performs perfectly in joy wax, wow wax, and is nice and strong in soy wax. It is not gel wax compatible. For coloring candles, we suggest using 3 drops of orange and 2 drops of yellow liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax. Another coloring suggestion is to shred a small amount of an orange and a yellow color block into your melted wax. Just remember not to try to color your candle with a crayon or you’ll clog the wick! Burn an Acorn Harvest scented candle near an open window and watch the squirrels come a-runnin’.

For incense and potpourri, the maximum usage rate is 50% and Acorn Harvest is nice and strong in aroma beads. We’ve got a fun Autumn Leaves Potpourri recipe you could use this fragrance in, just substitute Autumn Woods fragrance for Acorn Harvest. They have the same usage percentages in potpourri so you should be okay if you stick to the original recipe.

For soap, bath oils, bath gels, lotions, perfumes, and cleaning products, the recommended maximum usage is 5%. Our cold process soap testing results show that Acorn Harvest fragrance does not cause acceleration of your soap batter, there is no separation, no ricing, and the soap retains its gorgeous scent. The fragrance oil discolors CP soap to a dark chocolate brown – the color of acorns..! (Almost.) If you don’t want brown soap, be sure to get some Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to help with discoloration, or add colorful dyes. We recommend using orange soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you (this particular colorant works well in melt and pour and cold process soaps).

We’ve also got some cute little Oak Leaves & Acorns embed molds that you could use to make soap samples or potpourri tarts. Just don’t let the squirrels get their little claws on them!

Jul
08

What is Trace in Soap Making?

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What is trace in soap makingWhat is Trace in Soap Making?

What is trace? Baby, don’t blend me; don’t stir me, just pour. Trace is when you’ve reached emulsion- your oils are blended with your lye mixture and are no longer capable of separating. How can you tell when your mixture is at trace? The easiest way is to use your stirring utensil: hold it a few inches above your mixing container and move it back and forth. If the soap batter dripping off the stirring utensil leaves little lines that sit on top of the mixture in the bowl- that’s trace. It can be difficult to capture in photographs, but you’ll know it when you see it in motion.

heavy traceSo I reach trace and that’s it? Well, yes and no. There are different degrees of trace, but the important thing to remember is that once a mixture has reached trace- it’s only going to continue to solidify from there. Light trace is considered the bare minimum. Light trace is helpful when you’re looking to make swirls or other designs that require easily pourable, almost-liquid soap. Moderate trace is in the goopmiddle and means you’re ready to pour your soap into the mold. Heavy trace is when your soap gets thick. The picture above shows heavy trace. A soap batter at heavy trace is resistant to change shape and almost impossible to pour into a mold. Heavy trace may result in the need to scoop your soap into the mold, seen in the photo on the left. Not a pretty sight. Work quickly to ensure the soap does not set before you are ready.

What Causes Different Levels of Trace?

Trace can be affected both by your ingredients and your blending method.

Ingredients:

  • ‘Hard’ oils, including palm oil and coconut oil, and butters will reach trace much faster. Using softer oils such as olive oil or canola will decrease the speed of trace, but your end product soap will be much softer. Increasing the amount of oil to superfat your recipe will also slow down trace. (Be careful not to add too much or you’ll have an excess of unreacted oils.)
  • In addition, fragrance oils can accelerate trace. (Check out our CP Soap Testing results to see how our fragrance oils perform in the CP soaping process.)
  • Inversely, the more water you use, the slower your soap will reach trace. A water discount (using less water than the recipe called for) will accelerate trace and is recommended for only advanced soapers when they see fit.

Blending:

  • The speed at which you blend can accelerate trace. Using a stick blender as opposed to stirring manually with a spatula will increase the speed of the reaction and trace will be reached faster. If you suspect that the mixture will accelerate, stir it manually to slow the rate of trace.
  • Furthermore, the temperature at which you blend your ingredients will affect trace. Higher temperatures accelerate trace. If you wish to slow down trace, let your lye mixture cool down to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit before you add it to your oils.
  • The order also matters. If the fragrance oil you’re using is known to have a tendency to accelerate trace, be sure to add it last, after you’ve made your soap mixture and added any colorant, and be ready to move.

False Trace

All this talk about trace and the need to rush your soap process may have you running around like a chicken with its head cut off- but BEWARE FALSE TRACE. False trace usually occurs when oils in your mixture begin to cool down and solidify without going through emulsion or saponification. So, much like Goldilocks, you don’t want your mixture to be too hot or too cold, but juuuuust right.

Ahhh!

I know it seems like a lot- but if you pay attention to the factors listed here- you should be alright. Remember to have all of your ingredients ready before you start soaping (always, but especially) in case of any unexpected trace acceleration. You can do this, I promise. And if something goes wrong, you can always melt down your soap and try again. Thanks for reading and happy soaping!

Jul
07

Katie’s Favorite Scents

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Katie's Favorite ScentsKatie’s Favorite Scents: Katie Smells

Today I visited our store on the southwest corner of Whitehead and Route 18. We have over 800 fragrance oils at our fragrance bar, and I smelled every one. Every. Single. One. All for you, dear reader. So I could tell you about my top ten favorite scents – Katie’s Favorite Scents. (I’m Katie; hi!)

BACONBacon

I bet you can figure this one out. We have a fragrance oil that smells like sweet, savory baconIt doesn’t smell like REAL bacon, I’ve heard people say, but it comes pretty darn close. The only way it could smell more like “real” bacon is if it were an actual bottle of bacon grease. But who’s using bacon grease to make soap or candles when you can use bacon grease for BACON?! Man, I really want some bacon. If you want soap or candles that smell like bacon- this is your best bet.

Berry Bewitching BrewBerry Bewitching Brew

Fun to say, even more fun to smell. Berry Bewitching Brew is full of fruity fragrances that are not overpowering- a hint of woodsy musk serves to balance the scent. Fruits in this fragrance include peach, apricots, and blackberries. This scent makes me think of a secluded house near the woods with the windows open. Perfect to use in homemade soap or candles if you have such a house. Or if you don’t, you can let it transport you to a place of peace. Almost like magic.

Iced PineappleIced Pineapple

Speaking of clean, fruity smells, how about some pineapple? All the smell of fresh pineapple without having to do all the work of cutting an actual pineapple. It may seem a little tropical or summery, but this scent smells great year round – like a vacation for your nose! This is another one of those mouth-watering scents that you’ll just want to bite into–but please don’t. If you feel so compelled, go out and by fresh pineapple, or canned pineapple.

Pumpkin Apple ButterPumpkin Apple Butter

Let’s face it, unfortunately, summer is over for soap-makers and it’s time to start making soap that will cure by the Fall. Fret not, readers – I have found yet another delicious scent, but this one embodies autumn: Pumpkin Apple Butter. Do you like making baked goods with pumpkin? How about apple? How about butter? How about the smell of those delicious treats together?? No need to stick your head in the oven, this scent smells just like Grandma’s kitchen during dessert on Thanksgiving.

NG Baby Graceful TypeNG Baby Graceful Type

As a former professional sitter, lemme tell you, babies do not always smell great. In fact, they rarely do, if ever. NG Baby Graceful Type smells like the babies that dreams are made of. It’s fresh and clean with a hint of fruit and sweetness. And look at how cute that baby is in the photo. She’s a butterfly princess! What a sweetie. This fragrance will make you forget that real babies are loud and smelly, and instead invoke thoughts of cherubs who help you with housework. Can you imagine if real babies did that?

Smoke EliminatorSmoke Eliminator

Okay, so this one doesn’t have the most flowery or imaginative name, but it smells great. Smoke Eliminator fragrance oil is loaded with lemon and lime to give you a fresh fruit scent. Like a refreshing lemon-lime soda. Even if you don’t need to eliminate the smell of smoke, a fragrance this strong could help clean air against other odors as well (wet dog? smelly cat? stinky babies?).  I’d call this another mouth-watering scent, but the cigarette in the picture is kind of ruining it for me. Don’t eat cigarettes.

SpearmintSpearmint

Alright, reader. I’m going to level with you. I chose most of these scents because they hold a position near and dear to my heart. I love spearmint. Once upon a time, a certain company used to make bite-sized mint candies, and I would eat at least a pack a day. I cannot get enough mint. Spearmint helps stimulate brain function, circulation, and can even work to provide relief from digestive and menstruation issues. Plus, it smells nice and clean. Cooling, relaxing.

RootbeerRootbeer

Speaking of sweet treats that I once was obsessed with- ROOTBEER! This fragrance oil smells just like the real thing. Or- like the bacon fragrance oil- as close as possible to the real thing without actually being the real thing. Mmm. A nice, vanilla-y scent, this smell takes me back to when I consumed any and all things rootbeer-related. My younger sister was mistakenly under the impression that rootbeer was alcoholic and thought I indeed had a serious problem. (If you’re looking for the smell of actual beer – we have that, too.)

NG Vanilla Lace and PearlsNG Vanilla Lace and Pearls

We have got plenty of vanilla-scented fragrance oils, but NG Vanilla Lace and Pearls is by far my personal favorite. As a child, I had a body spray that smelled very similar to this scent. I had one bottle and I saved it for only the most special occasions. This was the scent of the woman I wanted to be: a princess. Look at that picture – sweet and delicate yet refined and beautiful. Warm vanilla with a hint of sweet flower and musk. We also have a Princess Type fragrance oil, but I personally prefer lace and pearls.

Moonlight PomegranateMoonlight Pomegranate

Okay, so Moonlight Pomegranate reminds me of the body spray I preferred as a teen. More sexy, more mysterious, accentuated by the moonlight. Wildly inappropriate in context, but as far as the person you aspire to smell like, not bad at all. This scent is fruity yet spicy and even a little woodsy. Like eating a pomegranate in a moonlit clearing in the forest. Don’t believe me? Go try it during the next full moon. Wear a silky, dark red dress. Sweet, sexy, mysterious.

Katie Smells and So Can You!

Remember – this list is nowhere near exhaustive! These were just my top ten favorites, and I honestly had a very difficult time picking only ten. Stop on by our store and smell for yourself. We have over 800 scents – you’re bound to find one that you absolutely love. I challenge you to write your own top ten; it’s a lot harder than you’d think. Thanks for reading!

Jul
06

Animalistic Instinct Fragrance

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animalistic instinct fragranceAnimalistic Instinct Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Animalistic Instinct fragrance is a scent that is sure to get your juices flowing. This aroma is sure to make you want to find your significant other as soon as possible. With the echo of multiple animal roars echoing in your mind, this scent is sure to fill your home with the exhilarating feeling of having stepped right out of the jungle itself. This is one fragrance you definitely don’t want to miss out on, it is sure to be an experience that will get your blood flowing!

What Does Animalistic Instinct Smell Like?

Animalistic Instinct fragrance oil by Nature’s Garden is a scent that is sure to intoxicate you. Starting with clean citrus notes of lemon and orange, that are surrounded by spicy notes of clove, rose, pepper, and anise. An unforgettable finish is brought on by notes of balsam, leather, warm musks, and vanilla.

How Do Our Customers Use Animalistic Instinct Fragrance Oil?

You definitely won’t be able to keep your hands off of your man with this tantalizing masculine scent around. It is sure to be like nothing you’ve ever come across before and an experience that you’ll never be able to forget. For all the candle makers out there, our Animalistic Instinct fragrance is just what you need. You can easily fill your home with this amazing aroma by using it to create some strong homemade aroma beads. For all of the incense and potpourri makers out there, our Animalistic Instinct fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 50%.

For bath and body products, this wonderful fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this scent are perfumes, lotions, bath gels, bath oils, and soaps. As this fragrance does have just a slight vanillin content, we suggest testing it thoroughly before using it in any of your finished and final products so as to avoid any discoloration. For all the cold process soap makers out there, our Animalistic Instinct fragrance oil is exactly the fragrance that you’ve been searching for. Our cold process results are: this fragrance has no acceleration or ricing, and it has an absolutely perfect pour. The scent is amazing and we had no discoloration.

I’m sure you’re just dying to get your hands on this fragrance as soon as you possibly can. But hold on just one minute because it just keeps getting better. We offer many amazing free classes and recipes here at Nature’s Garden, and our free Tiger Stripe Soap recipe is actually made using our Animalistic Instinct fragrance oil. This is one recipe you need to try out just as soon as you can, it is a soap that is sure to get your blooding boiling and your juices flowing. Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns. Enjoy this amazing fragrance oil and make sure to keep watching for even more fragrance fun ideas!

 

Jul
02

Coconut Oil 76 in CP Soap

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Coconut-Oil-76-in-CP-SoapCoconut Oil 76 in CP Soap

You’ll go coco-nuts for coconut oil 76 in CP soap. What does the ’76’ mean? It simply denotes that this type of coconut oil has a melting point of 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Coconut oil has many beneficial properties for use in all sorts of products–it’s even edible!!–but for our purposes, we’re going to discuss coconut oil 76 in CP soap. (Please do NOT attempt to eat the soap.)

Coco Clean

Our cold process soap testing recipe features coconut oil as the second most abundant ingredient (by weight) after water. Rightfully so, for you see, coconut oil is comprised primarily of lauric and myristic fatty acids which are characterized in soap-making by providing cleansing properties, a bubbly lather, and hardness. Coco-o is a surfactant, meaning it reduces the surface tension of a liquid when it is dissolved, allowing the dirt and impurities to be rinsed off of the skin.

Coco Cream

In addition, the high content of saturated fat serves to give coconut oil a higher SAP value (the number of milligrams of lye that is needed to completely saponify, or turn into soap, one gram of a specific oil, butter, or fat. — Lye, while generally thought of as a bad guy, is a necessary evil for the saponification process. Always remember to follow safety procedures when handling lye. [Add lye to water, the mixture will get hotter; add water to lye, you’ll probably die]). Remember that rhyme to ensure safety.  While you will likely NOT actually DIE, you can certainly get hurt from the lye volcano you will create if you add water to lye.  SO… Don’t ever do that!  Always add your lye to your water.  The high SAP value of coco-o helps to superfat the soap (the amount of lye used is less than the given SAP value), giving it a nice, creamy texture and more lather ability. You can thank coconut oil for making your homemade CP soap clean and bubbly.

Coco – What the heck does that mean?

Furthermore, coconut oil serves as an emulsion stabilizer. What the heck does that mean? You may already know, but I just learned about this today, so I’m going to recap for myself and the benefit of anyone out there who’s not entirely sure. An emulsion is a mixture of two things that don’t really want to go together– for instance, oil and water. Water is the number one ingredient (by weight) in our CP soaps, and just about everything else is some type of oil (apricot kernel oil, castor oil, sunflower oil, palm oil, fragrance oil, and- of course- coconut oil 76). An emulsion stabilizer helps to keep this mixture from separating. This means, not only will it help hold your soap together, it will also help hold the fragrance. (Don’t worry, the coconut oil itself has been refined so it is odorless. Unless you ARE looking for a coconut fragrance in your soap. If so, we’ve got ten coconutrelated scents you may enjoy using!)

Coco No-no

Oh, wow, you’re thinking. Coconut oil 76 in CP soap is so great, I want to use as much of it as possible! And of course you do, but how much is too much?  A typical soap recipe calls for 20-30% coconut oil. It’s important not to use more than 30% coconut oil. Why? Is it possible to be TOO clean? The excess coconut oil 76 in CP soap will interact with the natural oils on your skin and dry it right out. But if you use the appropriate amount of coconut oil, it works in the soap to help clean skin and even reduce inflammation.

Cococonclusion

Coconut oil 76 in CP soap is awesome as long as you’re careful not to use too much in your recipe. So go ahead– what are you waiting for? Follow the links above to purchase coconut oil 76 and other ingredients for our CP soap testing recipe or one of our other fun CP soap recipes. Browse our wide array of fragrance oils to find a scent that you love. Thanks for reading and happy soaping!

Jul
01

Hot Orange Danish Scent

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Hot Orange Danish ScentHot Orange Danish Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Mmm… the name alone makes you want to bite right into one of these deliciously hot confections, doesn’t it? Just the thought of one of these flaky, warm, amazing danishes is making my mouth water for a taste. And if danishes weren’t already yummy enough, they went and added orange to them–the citrus giving it just that much more yumminess. Our Hot Orange Danish scent works to perfectly capture the aroma of these delicious treats; it almost smells too good to be true. You’ll feel as if you’ve just stepped right into your own personal bakery with a whole batch of hot orange danishes baking away in your oven!

What Does Hot Orange Danish Smell Like?

Hot Orange Danish Scent by Nature’s Garden is a fantastic bakery scent that goes the extra mile to provide you with a truly fresh-baked aroma. It has notes of orange zests, freshly baked danish, and the delicious aroma of drizzled cream frosting.

How Do Our Customers Use Hot Orange Danish Fragrance Oil?

Our Hot Orange Danish fragrance will almost allow you to taste the amazingly flaky, warm deliciousness of a freshly-baked danish. With its wonderful kick of citrus, this is one fragrance that you’ll never be able to forget! For all of the candle makers out there, this fragrance is just what you’ve been looking for. It performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax, as well as working nice and strong in soy wax. For all of the incense and potpourri makers out there, this amazing scent is perfect for all of your upcoming projects. It has a maximum usage rate of 50%. You can easily fill your home with the aroma of these delicious treats by using this fragrance to create some nice and strong homemade aroma beads!

For bath and body products, our Hot Orange Danish scent has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this wonderful scent are bath gels, soaps, perfumes, lotions, and bath oils. This fragrance does happen to have a vanillin content of 10.6%, meaning that it may tend to discolor your soaps and other homemade bath and body products. Just make sure to test it thoroughly before using this scent in any of your final and finished products and use a Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to avoid any discoloration problems. For all of the cold process soap makers out there, this amazing scent is just what you need! Our cold process results are: it has a very good scent with no acceleration as well as no separation. However, it does discolor to a brown color.

I’m sure you’re dying to get your hands on this mouth watering aroma as soon as you can; you know your home is going to smell absolutely amazing once it is filled with this aroma. Make sure to go and check out all of our great free classes and recipes as well. Enjoy this awesome fragrance and keep watching for fragrance fun!

 

Jun
29

Vanilla Buttercream Scent

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vanilla buttercream fragrance oilVanilla Buttercream Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

A deliciously warm cake baking in the oven, homemade frosting waiting for its time to be added on top…mmm aren’t your taste buds just watering at the thought of a warm freshly baked cake? I bet you can just smell the mouth watering cake baking in the oven? And you know what my absolute favorite frosting flavor for cake is…vanilla buttercream of course! The delicious combination of moist cake topped with vanilla is just too yummy to resist. Our Vanilla Buttercream scent perfectly captures the aroma of that tantalizing frosting, and will fill your home with the scent of a cake baking in the oven that you just can’t wait to frost.

What Does Vanilla Buttercream Smell Like?

Vanilla Buttercream Scent by Nature’s Garden is the wonderful combination of Tahitian vanilla, butterum, and powdered sugar that are all whipped with sweet churned butter to create the most perfect decadent and fluffy delicious confection.

How Do Our Customers Use Vanilla Buttercream?

Our Vanilla Buttercream scent is sure to make your home fill as you’ve just opened your own bakery, with the scent of delicious cakes waiting to be frosted in the oven! It will make all of your family and friends mouths water for a taste! For all of the candle makers out there, this scent is just what you’ve been looking for. It performs nice and strong in soy wax, as well as working perfectly in joy wax and wow wax. For all of the potpourri and incense makers out there our Vanilla Buttercream fragrance is just what you need! This fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 50%! You can easily fill your home with this tantalizing aroma by using this fragrance to create some nice and strong homemade aroma beads.

For bath and body products, our Vanilla Buttercream scent has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this yummy smelling fragrance are soaps, bath oils, bath gels, lotions, and perfumes. This fragrance does have a vanillin content of 10.63%, meaning that it may tend to discolor your soaps and other homemade bath and body products. Just make sure to test it thoroughly before using it in your finished and final products, and be sure to use a Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to avoid any discoloration. Our cold process results are: there is separation and just some acceleration. It has a very nice vanilla scent, however it does discolor to a dark chocolate color.

I’m sure you’re dying to get your hands on this wonderful vanilla scented fragrance as soon as you possibly can! Well, hold on just a minute because it gets even better! We offer many great free classes and recipes here at Nature’s Garden, and our free Vanilla Foaming Body Frosting recipe is actually made with our wonderful Vanilla Buttercream fragrance oil! Enjoy this amazing fragrance and keep watching for more fragrance fun!