Category Archives: Natures Garden Fragrance Oils

Dec
08

What are Candle Additives

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candle additivesCandle Additives are additional ingredients that you can add to candle wax to improve the quality of the finished product.  Candle wax can vary from batch to batch, so knowing how to adjust to these situations is key.  There are a variety of candle additives at your disposal, spanning an array of possibilities for your candles.  Some additives improve scent throw, some help with discoloration, there are even additives to help extend burn time.  The key to providing the best candle you can to the market is knowing what candle additives are available and what they can do for your products.

Stearic Acid

What is Stearic Acid:  The candle additive stearic acid helps the wax shrink as it cools.  This is key to remember especially if you are making candles in molds.  The addition of stearic acid will help release your candle smoothly.   Stearic Acid also boosts the opacity of candle wax.  If you are making candles and coloring them with powdered dye, the powdered dye can be melted in stearic acid before adding it to the melted wax to ensure an even dispersal of color throughout the candle.  Stearic Acid can also be used to make gel wax embeds by adding it to pillar or votive wax.

How Much To Use:  Stearic Acid is added to paraffin wax.  The correct percentage use for this additive is 10% of the total wax amount.  Therefore, for every pound (16oz) of paraffin wax you use, you will add 1.5 oz of stearic acid.  Stearic Acid can also be used at an additional 2% in your paraffin wax if you have selected to scent your candle with heavier fragrance oils like vanilla scents.  The extra added stearic acid in this case will help the candle wax with fragrance seepage.  A break down example for this is 2 tsp. for every 16oz of wax.

Vybar

What is Vybar:  The candle additive vybar is a substitute for stearic acid.  Vybar is also used to help extend the scent throw in your candles.   The addition of vybar to your candle wax will make the wax more opaque.  You will also notice a marbleized look to the top open portion in container candles.  Vybar will also increase your candles melt point and also slightly harden your wax consistency.  There are two different types of vybar depending of which type of candle you are making.  Vybar 103 is used in votive or pillar candles.  Vybar 260 is used in container candles.

How Much To Use:  If you are looking to get the best scent throw possible out of your candles, vybar can be added to your candle wax at ¼ to ½ tsp. for every 16oz. of wax.  This proportion provides the very best results.  There is a precaution when it comes to adding vybar to your wax.  Adding to much of this additive will result in trapped fragrance oil, directly meaning decreased scent throw.  If fragrance oil is trapped in wax, the scent will not evaporate correctly when the candle is lit.  Therefore, it is best to stick with the recommended use mentioned above.

Petrolatum

What is Petrolatum:  The candle additive Petrolatum is also known as petroleum jelly.  This additive is used in container wax only and works by increasing the number of pores in your wax.  Petrolatum will also increase the oil content in a wax therefore making it creamier and softer.  The addition of Petrolatum to your wax will also help the wax to adhere to the sides of its container as well as help to reduce shrinkage of the wax.  This candle additive will also aid in the reduction of the melting point resulting in an end product with a longer burn time.

How Much To Use:  With this candle additive, testing is key.  A good starting point is up to 5% of your total wax amount.  This percentage can range all the way up to 30%.  Please Note:  Using this candle additive may affect your clean burn resulting in some smoking from your candle.

Crisco Shortening

What is Crisco Shortening:  Crisco Shortening is commonly used in food recipes, but can also be used as a candle additive.  The addition of Crisco Shortening to a candle wax will help to extend the candles scent throw and decrease the chance of having wet spots.  A good alternative to Petrolatum, this additive even works better with certain container candle waxes then Petrolatum does.

How Much To Use:  Through our testing, we have found that the addition of Crisco Shortening at 1-2 oz. per pound of container wax provides your finished candle with a better scent throw.

Mineral Oil

What is Mineral Oil- Mineral oil is also known as paraffin oil.  Commonly used as an emollient agent for cosmetics, mineral oil can also be used as a candle additive.  The addition of mineral oil to your candle wax will provide for a mottled look in your end product.

How Much To Use:  To achieve a mottled look in candles, add 3 Tbs. of mineral oil per every pound of wax you are melting.   You will want to pour the candles at 160 degrees Fahrenheit.  When using this candle additive in your wax, you do not want to rush the cooling process of the candles with a water bath.

Beeswax

What is Beeswax:  The candle additive beeswax will improve a candles burn time and also provide your end product with a beautiful rich color if you choose to color the candles.  Now, the addition of beeswax to your candle recipes can be expensive, but well worth it if you choose to go that route.

How Much To Use:  Beeswax can be used as the only wax in a candle, or it can also be added at 5-10% of the total amount of paraffin wax.

Microcrystalline Wax

What is Microcrystalline Wax:  There are 2 different forms of Microcrystalline wax; hard and soft.  The candle additive hard Microcrystalline wax is added to paraffin wax to harden wax therefore providing the candle with an extended burn time.  The melt point for hard microcrystalline wax is over 200 degrees Fahrenheit.  This candle additive can also be used as a dip wax to make mottled candles.  The other type, Soft Microcrystalline wax has a lower melting wax point.  This wax is used with paraffin wax to make modeled wax.  The addition of this candle additive will also help the wax adhere to the containers as well.

How Much To Use:  For the Hard Microcrystalline wax, the usage suggestion is 1% of the total wax amount.  For the Soft Microcrystalline wax, the usage suggestion is about 10% of the total wax amount, or about 1.5 oz. per pound of wax.

UV Light Inhibitor

What is UV Light Inhibitor:  When coloring your candles, there are certain hues that have a tendency to discolor.  These colors are Blue, Burgundy, and Violet.  The same can be said about any variations of these colors as well.  UV Light Inhibitor is a candle additive that helps to prevent the sun’s affect of fading or discoloration in your candles.  However, it must be noted that if finished candles are set in direct sunlight, even with the addition of UV Light Inhibitor, fading will still occur.

How Much To Use:  The addition of this candle additive is added at a rate of 1/8 tsp per 16oz. of wax used.

Aug
01

Country Home Fragrance Oil

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country home fragrance

Country Home is a Natures Garden Original Fragrance Oil.

 

Country Home Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

If you are looking for a great fall type scent, Natures Garden’s Country Home Fragrance Oil may be it.  This fragrance oil has a very welcoming and “at home” appeal to it.  The accord of this fragrance’s notes give a certain element of warmth and comfort that allows for this scent to be extremely popular in the home scenting market.  This fragrance would also be an excellent complementary fragrance oil for those who enjoy scenting their homes with Apple Cinnamon scents.

What does Country Home Smell Like?

The same aroma you get when walking into a log cabin that has spicy/citrus potpourri in the air. The aroma really makes you feel at home and content.

How Do Our Customers Use Country Home Fragrance Oil?

For those of you that are candle crafters and home scenters; our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy, palm, pillar of bliss, and WOW wax candles.  The scent has a very nice throw both hot and cold in candles.  As for other home scenting ideas; this fragrance oil has been used to make incense sticks and cones, aroma beads,  smelly jellies, and potpourri.  This fragrance oil can also be used in oil burners and odor eliminators as well.

On the bath and body end, the usage percent for this fragrance oil is 2.6%, and is used to make:  Melt and pour soaps, homemade lotions, and body balms.  And, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance soaped well.  Here are the official results:  Perfect pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no separation, discolors to a yellow color.

Jul
13

How to Make Homemade Dryer Balls

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Laundromat Fragrance Oil

I know that monsters do not exist. However, when it comes to the dryer monster; you know the one with the insatiable appetite for socks; there I may have to beg to differ.

How to Make Homemade Dryer Balls

It has long boggled the mind of many launderers through the years.  How can two socks go into the dryer and only 1 come out?  What happened to the other sock?  Where could my other sock have possibly gone?

These are all great unanswered questions of the universe.  I don’t know why, but I hold on to the single mate less sock.  In fact, I have a box where all of the heart broken socks stay; waiting for their mates to come home, longing to be a pair again.  I know I personify the socks, they really do not have feelings, but I feel bad for them.  Their purpose in life is now over.  They will no longer work as a team to keep my feet warm and comfy.  Their future cut short, and they sit there in my dark, lonely basement.  Poor things; I place the blame on the dryer monster.

So, what to do?  Throughout the years, I have accumulated quite the amount.  We have made sock puppets, used them to clean, and even salvaged some in what I refer to as a loose pair; technically they are not paired, but they look close enough.  But, one thing is for sure; I will not throw them away.  I am far too frugal for this.

Still, the single socks keep showing up in the masses, and I needed a better game plan.  It was then that I figured why not make dryer balls out of them.  I have since started using my matchless socks in a brand new way therefore making me feel better and also making my laundry smell the best it ever has.

I figured this would be an excellent post to share because I know that there are millions of unmatched socks out there desperately waiting to be used again.

Ingredients you will need:
Socks- heavy duty socks work best
Flaxseed- the use of flaxseed adds weight to the dryer ball.  This then allows for a nice fluff in your laundry.
Dried Herbs- I will list some great herbs for this a little later.
Fragrance Oil- I will also suggest some killer laundry scents a little later as well.

Prior to starting this project, you will want to prep the filler for the dryer balls.  In a bowl that will not be used again for food, place your dried herbs, flaxseed, and 20 drops fragrance oil.  You want your mixture to be equal portions of flaxseed to dried herbs.  Let this mixture sit and absorb.  Occasionally use a spoon to give all the herbs a chance to absorb the fragrance oil.

Step 1:  Take the socks and cut the cuff off.  Any size cuff will work; it will only vary the size of your dryer ball.  You will only be using this elastic portion of the sock.  The likelihood of holes and give on this section of the sock is least diminished from use.  Please Note:  Any holes or tears deem the sock unusable for this project; save these ones for cleaning.

Step 2:  Once you have all of the cuffs cut, turn them all inside out.  Using a needle and thread, sew one of the openings completely shut.  I suggest a double stitch to make sure the dryer ball does not reopen.  Once one end of the sock is sewed shut, turn the sock back to right side out.

Step 3:  Fill the sock with the now fragrant dried herb/flaxseed mixture.  Be extremely careful not to spill the mixture out once the sock is filled.  You will want to leave about ½” open from the top to sew the dryer ball shut.

Step 4:  It is time to sew again.  Suggestion tip:  A double stitch is the way to go.

Step 5:  You are ready to use!  Just pop one of these little babies in the dryer with your wet load.  When you laundry load is finished, your clothes will just have the most amazing scent to them, and they will have quite a fluff to them too.

That’s it.  Total time to craft this project is about 20 minutes.  Now, as promised here are the herbs that work best for your dryer ball filler.

Great Herbs to use for a phenomenal dyer ball- use one or several it is all up to you!  Please note: not adding fragrance to your dryer ball is an option however, this will allow for a single use scenting only based on the herb selected for use.

Calendula Flowers
Chamomile Flowers
Dandelion Leaf cut & sifted
Elder Flowers
Lavender Flowers
Patchouli Herb
Peppermint Leaf
Red Clover Blossoms
Rose Buds & Petals
Rose Petals
Rosemary Leaf
Sage Leaf
Spearmint Leaf
Strawberry Leaf
*Cloves (this will have a strong scent on its own, using this herb will affect the overall scent if mixed with a fragrance oil)
*Anise Stars (this will have a strong scent on its own, using this herb will affect the overall scent if mixed with a fragrance oil)

Suggestions for fragrance oils to use with dryer ball-  Please note:  any fragrance oil will work to scent your laundry, these are just suggestions of our laundry scents.

Clean Cotton Type Fragrance Oil
Clean Type Fragrance Oil
Country Clothesline Fragrance Oil
Fresh Linen Fragrance Oil
Laundromat Fragrance Oil
Linen Breeze Fragrance Oil
NG Aloe & White Lilac Fragrance Oil
NG Apple Mango Tango Fragrance Oil
NG April Clean Fragrance Oil
NG Cashmere & Silk Type Fragrance Oil
NG Clean Breeze Type Fragrance Oil
NG Island Fresh (Gain) Type Fragrance Oil
NG Magnolia & Orange Blossom Type Fragrance Oil
NG Morning Glory & Honeysuckle Type Fragrance Oil
NG Mountain Fresh Fragrance Oil
NG Rose & Violet Type Fragrance Oil
NG Tahitian Waterfall Type Fragrance Oil
NG Vanilla Lavender Type Fragrance Oil
NG Water Lily & Jasmine Type Fragrance Oil
Snuggable Fragrance Oil

I don’t know about you; but this maybe the first time in my adult life… I am excited to do Laundry!

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com
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Jul
12

Fragrance Oils Customer Favorites

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300x300customer favoritesFragrance Oils – Customer Favorites

When you are working in this industry regardless of whether you are making candles, room fresheners, soaps, or bath and body products; one thing is for certain:  the fragrance oils that you select to put into your products are very important.  And, when you are looking for that special fragrance oil to use in your recipe, where do you start?  Currently, Natures Garden carries almost 800 different fragrance oils.  So, in order to help you on your quest, we turned to the experts.   Are you curious to know what fragrance oils top the charts?

Well, we recently asked our customers on the Natures Garden Facebook Fan Page what their favorite fragrance oil is that Natures Garden carries.  The results were quite amazing.  Many people not only voted for their favorite fragrance oil, but also included their best selling fragrance oils as well.    Talk about one spectacular blog post here.

So, without further adieu; the results have been tallied and here are the most popular fragrance oils at Natures Garden Candle and Soap Supply.

 

pink sugar  fragrance oil#1  Pink Sugar Fragrance Oil      A Best Seller!  Natures Garden’s rendition of Pink Sugar Type. A fruity blend of cotton candy, lemon drops, caramel and raspberry jam on a dry down of musks.

  What Customers Have To Say: 

“I love this.  We make whipped body butters & whipped sugar scrubs & a customer asked if we could make a butter/scrub in Pink Sugar & I am so happy I picked to order this scent from NG because it is my new favorite!!  The customer that asked for the scent brought me over the Real Pink Sugar perfume & we could not tell the difference.  Great job NG it’s right on!!  Order the biggest bottle guys :)”

“This fragrance is awesome in my candles!  Customers love it with its sweet, cotton candy, warm, subtle aroma.  It has a great hot and cold throw and is a dead on dupe of Aqualina’s Pink Sugar.”

 

black raspberry vanilla fragrance oil
#2  Black Raspberry & Vanilla Fragrance Oil 
    A Best Seller!  An enticing blend of blackberries and raspberries, with middle notes of white floral greenery, and bottom notes of musk and vanilla.  Highly requested fragrance!

  What Customers Have To Say:

“This fragrance is amazing!  It is super easy to CP and the scent just keeps going.  Men and women both like it.”

“This scent smelled so good out of the bottle that I had to use it first.  I make soy wax candles, but this scent alone has me thinking… I pretty much want EVERYTHING to smell like this fragrance.  It’s soft and strong and has a luxurious quality to it.  The scent throw is great in soy wax but like I said, I would expand on it a bit more. It smells like it belongs in perfumes or lotions or soaps.”

bite me fragrance oil
#3  Bite Me Fragrance Oil
   An NG Original Fragrance!  Dracula would fall in love with this fragrance! Fresh citrus notes of lime and orange sparkle with effervescent highlights as they lead to a luscious blend of berry and cherry in this playful scent. Leafy green accents add intensity as a base of vanilla creates sweet tones for the fragrance.

  What Customers Have To Say:

“This scent is fabulous.  I love the little extra “bite” it has to it.  So hard to find a cherry-strong scent that doesn’t smell like medicine.  But Whoa, this scent is take-your-breath-away fantastic.  Works fantastic in everything I have tried it in – lotions, spritz, perfume, tarts.  One of my all time favorites!”

“I took this soap to a party last weekend and passed it around to see if others could “name that smell”. The consensus was “Smarties”! It has a lip lickin” sweetness to it that is dead on to how smarties or sweet tarts smell. This soap immediately sold old.”


df-701#4  Loving Spell Fragrance Oil
     A Best Seller! An absolutely tantalizing fragrance composed of sweet bouquet of mandarin orange, bergamot, and tangerine enhanced by hints of fresh peaches, strawberries, and raspberries on an undertone of white musk. Imaginative and very complex! Compare NG Loving Spell Type fragrance to VS Love Spell.  Natures Garden is in no way affiliated with VS.  Our fragrance is not identical, just similar.

  What Customers Have To Say:

“This smells just like V.S love spell.  Best seller in our whipped body butters & whipped sugar scrubs.  I use to be a customer best customer @ V.S but now Ill never go back!!  Thanks to NG for making a dead on Love Spell FO.  I only wish I knew much, much sooner…Order huge one!!

“I bought this FO for a customer request and she was thrilled! I am not familiar with VS Love Spell, but my customer told me my candles smelled dead-on! She even motioned for her husband to walk over and she held the candle up to his nose (making sure to cover the label so he couldn’t read what fragrance it was) and asked him what it smelled like, and his response was…”Love Spell, my favorite!”

dragons blood fragrance oil
#5  Dragon’s Blood
Fragrance Oil    A Best Seller!  Smells just like the essential oil. Dragon’s blood truly has a smell all its own.

  What Customers Have To Say:

“This is one of the best dragon’s blood scents I have ever smelled in my life! It’s outstanding and very true to its scent! It holds up amazingly in candles (soon to be testing it in CP soap)! I love love LOVE this scent!”

“I made CP soap with this and it was perfect.  I was able to do swirling and multiple colors with ease.  The scent is out of this world amazing.  It is a warm smell with a sweet tinge to it and an air of incense and heady musk.  I liked it so much that I used some in my oil burner too and the house smelled awesome.  A little goes a long way!”

 

The next 5 fragrance oils all tied to fill the top 10 customer favorite fragrance oils.  They are in no particular order.

df-7772Lemon Sugar Fragrance Oil     A Fresh Duplication.  Remember the taste of childhood lemonhead candy? This fragrance takes it up a notch with citrus top notes of real lemon, and warm base notes of vanilla and sugar.

  What Customers Have To Say:

“The lemon in this fragrance really pops!  It behaves very well in CP (did leopard spots with it!), with a very bright and happy fragrance.”

“This scent smells great in every base. A variety of age group customers like this scent. Smells great in Melt and pour bases.”

fresh brewed coffee
Fresh Brewed Coffee Fragrance Oil  
  A Best Seller!  The aroma of strong black fresh brewed Arabica coffee beans. This is our original fresh brewed coffee fragrance.  Coffee fragrances do have base notes of vanilla in them, which may smell somewhat chocolately.

What Customers Have To Say:

“This fragrance smells just like coffee. I got it for my husband who LOVES coffee, and kept after me to make a coffee scented candle. I’m not a coffee drinker myself, so it’s not my favorite scent, but it DOES smell just like the coffee he makes EVERY morning! If you are a coffee lover, this is for you.”

“Great seller for me. Sticks in CP, not strong OOB though. Scent really comes out as it cures.”

 

green apple explosion
Green Apple Explosion Fragrance Oil     An NG Original Fragrance!  We believe we have quite possibly found the “spunkiest” green apple fragrance on earth!  We thought about calling it Granny Smith Apple, but this fragrance deserves a name that “pops” just like its aroma.  Thus, may we present:  Green Apple Explosion! Fragrance.

What Customers Have To Say:

“I had a customer asking for a green apple candle and boy was she beyond pleased with this one. The throw in the soy has been great hot and cold. This is one that I must keep at all times.”

“This is absolutely one of my favs! A top seller for kids soaps as well as melts. This scent is tart but a bit sweet too! Very strong. I will never be without this scent in my inventory! So glad I found it. NEVER GET RID OF THIS SCENT NG !!!”

monkey farts fragrance oil
Monkey Farts Fragrance  
A Best Seller!
 
Oh what a treat! We know you are expecting to read a disgusting description, but this unique complex fragrance is anything but disgusting! This unique fragrance begins with top notes of fresh bananas and juicy grapefruit, middle notes of kiwi, juicy bubblegum, and strawberries; and a hint of vanilla as a base note. Sure to attract new customers!

What Customers Have To Say:

“This is easily the most popular scent of everything I have. It’s requested frequently as much for the name as the scent! The fragrance is bubblegum banana fruity fun and is nice and strong in MP soap, lotion, scrubs, and in soy wax tarts. Great all around scent and a wonderful soap/product to have at a show. Just watch the people giggle and whisper when they notice the name. ;)”

“My #1 all time seller. A+++ in, bubble bars, CP soap, Bath salts, Bath bombs..EVERYTHING. I can’t keep it in stock, no really. Soaps like a dream, scent sticks, easy to color, stays nice and light in color. Even the guy’s love this one. JUST PERFECTION ALL THE WAY. THANK YOU N.G.!”

honey bunny

Honey Bunny Fragrance Oil   Opening 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.

What Customers Have To Say:

“Can’t get enough of this scent! Spot on dupe for LUSH “Honey I Washed the Kids”. No discoloration or acceleration in CP.”

“I would give this 10 stars if I could! A perfect dupe of Lush’s Honey I Washed The Kids. Did fantastic in Pillar of Bliss wax for tarts, and got a couple drops on my arm and I smelled heavenly all day. Going to order a huge bottle for loofah soaps and other bath and body products.”

To view the full report including all of the customer favorite fragrance oils, be sure to check out Customer Favorite Fragrances 2013 by clicking on the link.

Jul
04

Favorite Fragrance Notes

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fragrance-oilsWhat is your favorite fragrance note?

This is the question we posted on facebook,  paid to have it blasted to over 84,000 people, and boy did we get a huge response!  In order to answer the question correctly, you need to know what a “fragrance note” is.  So, what is a fragrance note?  A fragrance note is a single aroma found in a fragrance.   Examples of single fragrance notes are: vanilla, lime, orange, grapefruit, rose, cedar, musk, hyacinth; you get the picture.  A fragrance is a combination of top, middle, and base notes.  The top notes of a fragrance oil are what you smell first, middle notes are smelled next, and finally base notes are smelled last.

What were the most popular, favorite fragrance notes of the people polled on our facebook page?

Before we blogged about the results of the favorite fragrance notes poll, we had to remove the “fragrances” from the polled list since those are not single fragrance notes.  Hope everyone understands why we had to do that.  Like mentioned before, a fragrance is a combination of fragrant notes, not a single note.

Here are the results of this question asked on our facebook page:  What is your personal favorite fragrance “note”?  If you don’t see your favorite note listed, please add to the list.

The most popular fragrance note with 730 votes was ROSE.

Vanilla came in second with 288 votes

Lime came in third place with 190 votes

The other fragrance notes that received votes are listed below:

Lavender- 97 votes
Gardenia – 92 votes
Strawberry- 49 votes
Jasmine- 38 votes
Sandalwood- 37 votes
Apple- 36 votes
Lemon- 32 votes
Coconut- 30 votes
Mango- 27 votes
Coffee- 21 votes
Brown Sugar- 20 votes
Cucumber- 18 votes
Lilac- 15 votes
Peach- 14 votes
Chocolate- 13 votes
Cotton Candy- 13 votes
Pineapple- 13 votes
Sweet pea- 12 votes
Peppermint- 12 votes
Cinnamon- 12 votes
Patchouli- 11 votes
Eucalyptus- 11 votes
Lily of the Valley- 11 votes

Fragrance notes that received votes of 10 votes or less are:  grapefruit, amber, cranberry, orange, caramel, cherry, buttercream, clove, ginger, bergamot, carnation, anise, lemongrass, oakmoss, chocolate, melon, almond, tulip, honeysuckle, honey, powder, maple, hazelnut, musk, tea tree, ylang ylang, fresh cut grass, bubblegum, pine, clover, fig, tea, pecan, hyacinth, cedar, fresh baked, jack fruit, peony, tuberose, neroli, sage, hydrangea, ivy, ozone, vetiver, heather, wine, yuzu, and Tonka bean.

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Jul
03

Happy 4th of July from Natures Garden

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usaHappy 4th of July from all of us at Natures Garden! Today is a day to be thankful for the freedoms we have, and to be reminded of how important it is to never take those freedoms for granted. The rights we have in the US are individual rights, not collective rights; thus protecting the individual from mob rule. Very courageous men and women have fought to keep those rights for us, and I am eternally grateful to our military for everything they do for this country. I am also grateful to all of the constitution-supporting elected officials who fight everyday to keep our freedoms alive and well.  Without personal freedoms, it would be very difficult to make the American Dream come true.

My personal life story, I have been told, is a story of the American Dream that came true.  I say this with all humbleness, and thoroughly understand that my American Dream story did not come true simply by my efforts or my business knowledge alone.  My American Dream came true by building a team of people who were committed to making Natures Garden a success, and due to the customers who have believed in us over the years.  Back in 1997 when we started Natures Garden, the only thing we had going for us was a “commitment to a dream”.  Working out of a very small basement, we had no money, very very limited space, and very little help.  I knew we needed to find help to make this dream come true, but how in the world would I get people to believe in this dream I had?  Let’s face it, the work environment was a far cry from something that looked like it had the potential of success.natures garden crew

I told myself that if my company would ever be taken seriously, I would have to treat my dream with respect, and get people to work with me who believed in that dream too.  I surrounded myself with people who believed in me and the company dream.  Being only 29 years old, fired up with ambition, I was some how able to sleep only a few hours a night without killing myself.  Everyday I would say to my team, “Failure is not an option”.

You see, nothing in life has come easy to me.  At one point in my life, living in a small trailer, I could not even afford fuel oil to stay warm in the middle of winter.  Even at the lowest point in my life, I never thought I had it rough.  I simply picked up extra shifts waitressing to make ends meet.  For some reason, God has always provided.  Things do not fall into my lap, and if there is such a thing as “luck”, I sure have none.  What I have is an obsessive work ethic, and an uncontrolled optimism that great things can and will happen when you remain committed to what you want to achieve. In America, if you dream it, you truly can achieve it.  It may not be easy (it sure wasn’t for me), but we do have a system that allows ambitious people to reach their dreams.

After 16 years in business, I look back and I am truly thankful for the Freedoms I have in America.  Without those rights, and without elected officials who fight to keep those rights, small businesses in America would not exist.  I am thankful to all of our customers who have believed in us over the years.  I am thankful for the amazing team I get to work with at Natures Garden.  These people truly care about our customers, and they care about their personal performance.  God bless all of you, and may God continue to Bless the USA!

Deborah Ward
Natures Garden

Red, White and Blue Room
Jun
29

Coconut Vanilla Fragrance Oil

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Coconut Vanilla Fragrance Oil

 

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 This particular polyvore set features Nature Garden’s Coconut Vanilla Fragrance Oil.  One of my favorite polyvore sets this week!  I love the use of pink and yellow together in this set; very summery (is that a word)?    Natures Garden Fragrance Oils are frequently used on Polyvore to create masterpiece sets like this one!  If you are not aware of the Polyvore Set contest Natures Garden is currently having, please visit the Contest Page on our website for more information.

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Jun
23

What are Fragrance Oils Made Of

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fragrance oilWhat are fragrance oils made of?

Fragrance oils are a mixture composed of essential oils, synthetic aroma chemicals, and aromatic resins.  In order to achieve the scent that a perfumist is trying to achieve, the perfumist has more than 3000 different fragrance ingredients that he may use (natural and synthetic).  These ingredients come in the form of liquid, powder, or crystalline.  In order for a perfumist to be able to dissolve the powder and/or crystalline ingredients into liquid oil, he must use solvents.  A common solvent that has been used for over 50 years is DEP (Di Ethyl Phthalate).  While this solvent has been declared as safe by even the most intense worldwide standards, many companies, such as Natures Garden, decided years ago to only add fragrance oils to our line that were phthalate-free (at the request of many customers).  Additionally, 99% of our old fragrance oils were reformulated phthalate-free years ago; our perfumist used alternative solvents that were phthalate-free.

Although solvents are a necessary component in fragrance oil production, some companies may sell fragrance oils that contain diluents:  cutting agents that ultimately reduce the strength of a fragrance oil.  A common diluent is DPG (Di Propylene Glycol).  Important note to anyone who is using fragrance oils for candle making or soap making:  Never use fragrance oils that contain DPG for these applications.  DPG prevents a candle from burning correctly, and is one of the main reasons that Cold Process Soap seizes.  Natures Garden sells concentrated fragrance oils, and we never dilute our fragrance oils.   Although diluents should not be used for candle making or soap making, they are a necessary ingredient to use when making incense/potpourri (cones, sticks, and liquid).  Another example of the need to use diluents is when making candles with essential oils.  Some essential oils may need to be thinned out with a diluent so that they can properly travel up the wick and burn correctly.  Typical diluents added to essential oils for this purpose are:  iso Propyl Myristate, or di-Octyl Adipate.  Neither of these diluents are natural, but are effective for this purpose.  According to our perfumist, in order to create natural candles, fractionated coconut oil may be used as a diluent for essential oils; however, we have not personally tested this.  As stated above:  Never add DPG to essential oils for candle making or soap making.   All of the essential oils sold at Natures Garden are 100% pure and unadulterated.  Therefore, it is up to you to add diluents to them when making candles.

So, how does a perfumist create a fragrance oil?  We know that fragrance oils are a mix of essential oils, synthetic aromatic chemicals, and resins.  We know that a perfumist must use the proper solvents to dissolve powder and crystalline ingredients into the fragrance oil.  A perfumist can either duplicate an aroma by use of gas chromatographic (GC)-mass spectrometric (GC-MS) (which shows him the ingredients contained in a fragrance), or he can create a unique fragrance oil by combining the right combinations of top, middle, and base notes.

Top notes are the fragrance aromas that you smell when you first open the bottle.  This is because they tend to evaporate the quickest of other notes used in fragrance manufacturing.  Perfumists typically use between 15-25% of top notes in fragrance production.  Common examples of top notes are: Lemon, Orange, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Basil, Bergamot, Cardamom, Clary Sage, Coriander, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Neroli, Peppermint, Pine, Tea Tree, Thyme, and Lavender.

Middle notes provide the body of the fragrance, and are smelled after the top notes have faded. Perfumists typically use 30-40% middle notes when creating a fragrance oil.  Examples of middle notes are:  Chamomile, Cedar, Cinnamon, Clove, Frankincense, Geranium, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Palma Rosa, Jasmine, and Marjoram.

Base notes are the notes that tend to linger in the air, and are smelled last.  Base notes, such as musk, are the ingredients that give a fragrance “staying power”.  Without the use of base notes, fragrance notes will evaporate very quickly and not provide ample scent throw.  A perfumist typically uses 40-55% base notes in the formulation of a fragrance.  Base notes, such as musk, are one of the most expensive components in fragrance production.  Without the proper use of these ingredients, fragrance will not last very long.  Examples of base notes are:  Musk, Benzoin, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla, and Vetiver. The main perfume house that Natures Garden works with also owns multiple musk-manufacturing companies.  The partnership that we have with this perfumist allows us to keep our prices lower than most of our competition.  In fact, the majority of fragrance manufacturers rely on our perfumist to supply them with the musk components they need to manufacturer their scents.

It is important to understand that even though a perfumist has high-tech machinery at his disposal to analyze the components of a “smell”, perfumery is an art, reserved for individuals with the talent of blending fragrance notes to create beautiful fragrance accords. Perfumery is a science and a real art. Fragrance oils are protected under the “trade secret” clause of the FDA, therefore, perfumists never disclose a full ingredient list of the “art” that they created.  When selling a product in the US that is governed by the FDA, one must simply state the word “fragrance” on the label.  Ingredients of your product must be listed in descending order according to weight; which usually (but not always) means that fragrance is listed as one of the last ingredients on your label.

The alternative to fragrance oils is essential oils.  Although essential oils are natural and may provide therapeutic benefits, there are several drawbacks to using essential oils that should be mentioned:  1.  The cost of essential oils are typically much higher than fragrance oils, 2.  Essential oil prices can fluctuate based on weather, crops, and the trade relationships between countries, 3.  Essential oils are not as sustainable as fragrance oils, 4.  Essential oils do not provide the variety of scents that fragrance oils provide.  You will never get a vanilla essential oil, a blueberry muffin essential oil, or a strawberry essential oil; only fragrance oils can provide these scents, 5.  Essential oils can cause just as many allergic reactions as fragrance oils (perhaps even more).  In fact, if the EU is successful at preventing known allergens from being contained in perfumes, many of the most well-known perfumes will need to be reformulated without essential oils.  The majority of the 26 known allergens on the EU list are from natural sources; 16 are essential oil constituents and two are absolutes.   While the debate continues on whether you should use fragrance oils or essential oils in your finished products, Natures Garden carries both fragrance oils and essential oils (for those who want all-natural scents).  Regardless of whether you choose fragrance oil or essential oil, scent sells products.  Not only do scents allow people to smell nice, scents also have the ability to create memories.  What happy memories do you have with certain scents?  I’m certain you have many.

Thank you for relying on Natures Garden for your fragrance oils and essential oils!  Natures Garden has more than 16 years of experience in the fragrance industry, and we are the largest distributor of fragrance oils in the US.  Our fragrance oils and essential oils are truly priced at wholesale prices; allowing our customers to make quality products, and earn a higher profit margin themselves.

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Jun
12

Buttered Popcorn Fragrance Oil

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I Love Food!

One of Deborah’s (that’s me) favorite polyvores this week.  As some of you may know, I am on a diet once again.  I have lost a total of 12.5 pounds as of today!   Dieting (a word that I actually can’t stand) needs to be a life changing experience, not just something you do for a short period of time to lose weight.  Making the decision to become healthier should be your goal; although looking like a HOT MOMMA doesn’t sound bad either.  LOL!   That brings me to this polyvore I found.  When I saw this polyvore, I seriously drooled on my keyboard.  Tip for dieting success:  If you don’t bring high-sugar junk foods into your house, you will be more likely to succeed at losing weight.

 If you are interested in purchasing any of the items used in this polyvore, you will find links to them below.   Natures Garden Fragrance Oils  are frequently used by designers on Polyvore to create their “sets”.  Come join us on Polyvore and design your own!

Natures Garden Buttered Popcorn Fragrance Oil is shown in this polyvore.

 

Jun
10

Coconut Lime Verbena Fragrance Oil

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lime in coconut

One of Deborah’s (that’s me) favorite polyvores this week.  I just love these colors together!     If you are interested in purchasing any of the items used in this polyvore, you will find links to them below.   Natures Garden Fragrance Oils  are frequently used by designers on Polyvore to create their “sets”.  Come join us on Polyvore and design your own!

Natures Garden Coconut Lime Verbena Fragrance Oil is shown in this polyvore.