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Fresh Apple Scent

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Fresh Apple ScentApple Orchard Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

With this fresh apple scent in the air, it will be as if you were visiting an apple orchard. Bursting with the crisp and unforgettable scent of just picked apples, Apple Orchard Fragrance Oil is perfect for anytime of the year.  This best selling fragrance is mouth watering and works extremely well in homemade products.  Simply adored by all apple lovers, many of Natures Gardens clientele feel this is the perfect apple scent that they have sought after.  Used straight or as a mixer, this fresh apple scent is considered a 5 star keeper!  If your customers are looking for a fresh and fruity scent that reminds them of the sun kissed days of summer, this fresh apple scent is it.

What does Apple Orchard Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a perfect combination of Cameo, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Fuji, and Granny Smith apples.  So refreshing, you will think someone just peeled a fresh apple in your house.  Now with an even stronger scent throw!  A Best Seller!

How do our customers use Apple Orchard Fragrance Oil?

For anyone who is a candle crafter or home scenter; this fresh apple scent is used in Soy, parasoy blends, paraffin, WOW, Palm, and Joy waxes.  This very aromatic scent is crisp, clean and has incredible hot and cold scent throw.  In fact, Apple Orchard Fragrance Oil was selected by our customers as one of the top soy candle scents based on performance!  As for home scenting ideas with this fresh apple scent, it also works amazingly well in electric warmers, reed diffusers, smelly jellies, and sachet beads.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is perfectly apple!  The usage rate for this fresh apple scent is 5%.  Apple Orchard Fragrance Oil is used to make an array of body products including: shower gel, solid lotion bars, bath bombs, sugar scrubs, lotions, melt and pour soaps, body sprays, foaming hand soap, and whipped body butters.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is crisp.  Here are the official results: Slight acceleration. Nice scent.  No discoloration.

If you are interested in a Natures Garden recipe using this fresh apple scent, please click on this link to view the Pure Soy Wax Candle recipe.

Summer Recipes

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

summer recipes Best Summer Recipes

The creative team at Natures Garden works diligently everyday creating tried and true recipes for crafters to try.  Whether you are looking to dabble, just starting out, or wanting to try something new; these recipes offer uniqueness, fun, and as always strong and incredible scent.

If you have not seen Natures Garden’s free recipes and classes page, please click on this link.  There you will find hundreds of free recipes for you to use.  Each recipe is categorized accordingly to make it easier to find exactly what you are looking for.

We however wanted to help spotlight some of our favorite summertime recipes.  These recipes have the theme of summer whether it is through the use, the scent, or the concept of the recipe.

After polling the Natures Garden staff, the votes are in and have been tallied.  So, without further adieu; here is Natures Garden’s top picks for best summer recipes and why they are so loved!

The Body Care Category
Cotton Candy Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe-  “Not only do I absolutely adore how this sugar scrubs looks, but after washing with it your skin just feels amazing!”  -Deborah
Shea Lotion with Herbal Infusion-  “I am a huge Shea fan, I love the natural color, the scent, and the silky smoothness of my skin after I apply it.”  -Melissa

The Soap Category
Energize Cold Process Soap Recipe- “Beautiful, clean, and energizing scent to say the least.  With this recipe and scent combination there is tons of time to make beautiful and brightly colored swirls.  A really great wake me up shower scent for those mornings where you are just not feeling it.”  -Nicole
Watermelon Soap Recipe- “First, melt and pour soap is really easy to work with.  Secondly, nothing screams summertime like watermelon!  This project is just too cute.”  -Marsha

The Candle Category
Day at the Beach Candle Recipe- “Hello, this is a vacation in a candle.  It smells and looks just like the beach!”  -Zack
Smores Candle Recipe- “When the weather warms up I am all about being outside.  Having a bonfire is one of my favorite things to do in the summertime, and that just goes hand in hand with smores.”  -Josh

The Lip/Cosmetic Category
Natural Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe- “I have a niece that is a total girly girl.  One weekend we made this together.  It was a breeze.  She really liked the unique flavoring too.  She is a big slushie fan!”  -Atheena
Natural Beet Blush Recipe- “I never knew making your own natural cosmetics like blush was this easy.  It is the perfect hue too.”  -Tammy

The FUN Category
Scented Nail Polish Recipe  “I love to paint my nails and now with this recipe my nails can be scented in whatever I want. I can now scent my nails to match my mood.”  -Bailey
Rainbow Sherbet Bath Fizzies Recipe  “Rainbow Sherbet is a go to classic for my family during the summer.  This bath fizzies look and smell just like rainbow sherbet.  Easy to make too!”  -Pam

These highly recommended summer recipes are bursting full of summertime fun.  Each one is hyper linked to the individual recipe where will find all of the supplies, weights, and steps.

Enjoy!

Happy Fathers Day

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Happy Fathers Day from Natures GardenHappy Father’s Day

We at Natures Garden would like to extend a very Happy Fathers Day to all of the dads out there.  This is your day to celebrate.

“Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.” – Bill Cosby

Officially being recognized as a national holiday in 1972 by President Nixon, Fathers Day is a celebration of male parenting.  It is a holiday to show all fathers our appreciation and gratitude.   It is a great day to shower our wonderful dads with all the love and admiration they so rightfully deserve.

Fathers are our protectors, our providers, and our mentors.  And, without them, we would not be here.

So, to all of you amazing dads; thank you for all that you do.  Thank you for being there to lean on when the times get rough.  Thank you for pushing us to be the best person we can be.  Thank you for supporting us and believing in our sometimes crazy and outlandish ventures.  Thank you for loving us unconditionally through the good, the bad, and the ugly years.  And, thank you for teaching us to be strong when facing uncertainties.  But, most of all; thank you for all of the sacrifices you made for us throughout the years.

So, enjoy your day Dads; sit back and relax.  Know that you are needed, loved, and appreciated!  

 

My dad absolutely LOVES homemade cold process soap.  I will never forget the first time he tried some.  He said, “What you just came up with could be a gold mine!”  Well, I had to fill my dad in on two things:  1.  I did not create the concept of making soap from scratch, and 2. I plan to only sell the raw ingredients to make soap.  Since he had never tried real, homemade soap, he thought all soap was like the store bought soap.  For all of my life, he was a Zest kind of guy.  I am proud to report that my dad no longer uses store bought soap.  He says that “homemade soap is the best thing someone really smart ever created.”  I will have to agree!

So, if you would like to make your dad some wonderful, homemade soap from scratch, Natures Garden has all of the ingredients that you will need!   We offer fabulous soaping oils, butters, soap scents, essential oils, colorants, and soap lye.  Here is the recipe that is my dad’s favorite:  Shea Butter Cold Process Soap

Deborah Ward
CEO Natures Garden
www.naturesgardencandles.com 

Alabama Gathering

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Alabama soap gatheringHello everyone!

I have just recently returned from The Alabama Soap and Candle Gathering that occurred last week.

After a very long drive of 12 hours we arrived at our hotel, settled in, and got plenty of rest.  I just knew that the Alabama Gathering this year was going to be a great event for everyone attending.

The next morning, when the day arrived, we were ready to go!  As we were setting up the Natures Garden booth, our customers were so excited to see everything that we had brought.  You could actually feel the anticipation as we got everything unpacked.  There was a lot to get organized.  Once again, we brought our entire fragrance oil line containing 816 fragrance oils, our various essential oils, and even the array of  flavorings Natures Garden carries.

As for the examples of products that you can make using Natures Garden’s ingredients, we had some exciting recipes to share.  The famous Pigs In The Mud Candle was there, complete with adorable pink pig tarts.  The colorful Gummy Bear Candle made its debut.  And the show stopper, the Ducks on the Pond Candle came too.  This is a super cute combination candle using both gel and pillar of bliss wax.

As for bath and body recipes, we brought examples of two of our newest recipes.  The lovely Lavender Cold Process Soap complete with purple swirls, whipped topping, and lavender buds sprinkled on top.  And, finally the Mechanics soap.  A great and easy to make melt and pour recipe which gently exfoliates.  It seemed that many customers really liked the Mechanics soap because it was not gritty like other hand cleaners.

During the Alabama Gathering we met so many fun and fabulous people.  As for the seminars and educational classes, Amanda Stott did an amazing job teaching the art of making candle tarts.  Benjamin Aaron also gave a wonderful seminar covering his adventures of teaching soap making for nonprofit outreach.  And, another one of my favorite speakers from the Alabama Gathering was Deborah Bruijn.  She spoke about skincare and the amazing benefits Jojoba provides.

I truly had an amazing time at the Alabama Gathering.  I enjoyed meeting a ton of new and excited homemade crafters.  They just brought so much energy and excitement to this gathering that I did not want to see it end.

In closing, I have to stress that if you have never been to the Alabama Gathering, you should plan to go.  Next year, the event will be taking place June 12th and 13th, 2015.

I also want to extend a huge THANK YOU to the Alabama Soap and Candle Association for the amazing 2 days we got to spend with all of you!  Well y’all until next time!

Have a fabulous Day!
Cindy

Musk Scent

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Jovan Musk Scent Jovan Musk for Women Type Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

If you have been on the hunt for a Musk Scent, look no further.  Natures Gardens Jovan Musk Scent is the real deal in homemade products.  In fact, many of our customers find that this much sought after scent increases their sales.  Not only do they love this gorgeous smell, but it is just fabulous in candles and bath and body products.  Jovan Musk for Women Type Fragrance Oil is a classy scent that is feminine, and chic.  This scent is strong and is a perfectly lovely aroma addition to any feminine product line.

What does Jovan Musk for Women Type Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a Jovan Musk for Women Type duplication. A luxurious, gentle, floral fragrance. Blend of spices, lavender and citrus, with rich musky bottom notes.

How Do Our Customers Use Jovan Musk for Women Type Fragrance Oil?

For candle makers and home scent crafters, this fragrance is great.  This fragrance performed well in gel wax, soy wax, palm pillar, Joy wax and WOW wax candles.  The scent throw is wonderful in both the hot and cold throw.  Some of our customers even use this Jovan Musk scent in odor eliminator to make linen sprays, loving the outcome.  But, it does not stop there.  This fragrance is also used in their oil burners and to make sachet beads to wonderfully scent clothes in closets and dressers.

On the bath and body end, this feminine scent is used to make an array of products.  The usage rate for Jovan Musk scent is 5%.  It is used to scent:  body sprays, lotions sprays, melt and pour soaps, body butters, lotions, shampoos, conditions, and roll-on perfumes.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is absolutely amazing.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration, awesome duplication, scent stays strong.

CP Soap Frosting

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

cp soap frostingHow to Make CP Soap Frosting

Recently, we tried a new endeavor… CP Soap Frosting.  To be completely honest, this was not our first time attempting this recipe.  It did take a few times to perfect the recipe, consistency, and steps.

If you are interested in making approximately one pound of your own Soap Frosting this recipe is for you!  Everything will be spelled out from ingredients to weights, and will even include steps and pictures.  Now, if you want to frost soap cupcakes or cakes (or really anything you want to frost), you will need to have your bases already poured and set up ready to go.

So, if you are ready to get started… lets go.  As always before starting any cold process soap recipe, you will want to properly clean and sanitize your work area; as well as put on your safety gear.  This will include safety goggles, safety mask, and safety gloves.

Here are the ingredients and weight you will need to make CP Soap Frosting:

For the lye water
129 grams of distilled water
53 grams of lye

As for the soaping ingredients:
170 grams of Palm Oil
170 grams of Coconut Oil 76
21 grams of a body safe fragrance oil

Please Note:  For this recipe, we selected Almond Marzipan Fragrance Oil.  This is because the fragrance is considered a Perfect Pour with no discoloration.  Since we wanted to show both white CP Soap Frosting and colored CP Soap Frosting, we wanted a fragrance oil that did not have a high vanillin content (which may cause discoloration in soap).

If you are interested in coloring your CP Soap Frosting, any of the FUN Soap Colorants will do the trick.  To view the full list of all of the FUN Soap Colorants that Natures Garden has to offer, please click on this link.

Also, it should be noted that you will NOT be using a stick blender for this recipe.  Instead, you will need a hand held mixer with either whisk attachments or beater attachments.

Now, for the CP Soap Frosting, room temperature is the key to mastering the frosting.  This is why your soaping ingredients typically consist of butters and oils that are of a solid consistency at room temperature.

So, now that you have some of the basics down, here is the rest:

soap frosting lye water

Step 1:  You will want to make your lye solution.  To accomplish this, using two separate containers, weigh out the lye in one and the water in another.  Then, take the 2 bowls into a well ventilated area.  Sprinkle a small amount of lye into the water an stir with the spatula.  Repeat this manner until all of the lye is in the water.  Stir until you can not feel the granules anymore.  Next, set aside to cool.

soap frosting ingredients
Step 2:  
Now, weigh out your two soaping ingredients.  You do not want your ingredients to be in liquid form, but instead more of a soft butter consistency.  (You an easily accomplish this by allowing your ingredients to set out at room temperature.)

room temperature lye water

Step 3:  Allow your lye solution to reach room temperature as well.

beat the soap frosting ingredients

Step 4:  While you are waiting for your lye solution to cool, use your hand held mixer to start blending the two ingredients together.  You will sporadically want to use your spatula to rotate the mixture.  Stop beating when you are able to achieve peaks in the mixture.

adding the lye water and beating

Step 5:  When the lye solution is at room temperature, you will now add it in small increments to the soaping ingredients.  You will want to aim for about 20 grams at a time.  While you are adding the lye solution to the soaping ingredients, keep mixing the mixture with your hand held through out the whole process.  When the mixture is able to create peaks again, it is time to add more lye solution.  Keep repeating this process until all of the lye solution has been added and incorporated.  This will take some time.

adding scent to soap frosting

Step 6:  When your mixture is ready, add the fragrance oil.  Once all of the fragrance oil has been added and the mixture is thick enough to be peaked, you can stop using the hand held mixer (unless you are coloring).

adding color to soap frosting

Step 7:  Optional:  If you are adding a FUN Soap Colorant to the mixture, you will do it in this step.  Once added, you will mix the colorant in with the hand held mixer.

filling your frosting bags

Step 8:  Now that your CP Soap Frosting is ready, it is time to bag it up.  If you have a decorating bag, these work great; especially if you are going with a special tip look.  If you do not have a decorating bag, simply place an open Ziploc bag inside a cup.  The mouth of the cup should align with the opening of the Ziploc.  Then, you can easily scoop the soap into the bag.  Seal the bag, and cut the tip of one corner to create an opening.

frosting your cupcake soap

Step 9:  Start to frost!

Step 10:  Once all of the soap that you are frosting is frosted, all your soap to cure.

That is it.  Like mentioned earlier, you can cater your CP Soap Frosting to be any color, or scent (with a body safe fragrance oil).  You will just want to double check the vanillin content and the soaping results to know exactly how the fragrance is going to behave in your soap batter.

Happy Soaping!

Lavender Soap

Friday, June 6th, 2014

lavender scent Making Lavender Soap

For us, making cold process soap is almost a daily occurrence.  With all of the fragrance oils that are tested, new samples that are tested, and fun recipes that are made, the creative team at Natures Garden is always busy doing something.

A few days ago, we wanted to make a Lavender Soap Recipe (with cold process).  Through our brainstorming, we created a great recipe, with a cool design concept that even included sprinkling a small amount of lavender flowers to the top of the soap.

Seeing that Lavender Martini Fragrance Oil was not yet used for a recipe, we thought it would be the perfect fit.  The soaping results showed that it was a “Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration.  Very great unique scent.  No discoloration.  Scent is clean.”  So, soaping with this oil was not going to pose any issues.

To use one word to describe working with this fragrance oil, it would be flawless.  The color design for our recipe contained 4 colors including: a light purple, medium purple, dark purple, and finally white.  Not only did the fragrance allow for ample time to get these colors achieved, but we were also able to accomplish a gorgeous in the pot swirl too.

So now, since we are on the topic of how wonderful this fragrance oil was to work with, it should also be mentioned how fabulously strong and amazing this scent smells.  Once the Lavender Martini scent was in the soap batter, it seemed to fill the work area instantaneously.  The lavender martini aroma was strong!  We were all super excited as to how this soap loaf recipe was going to turn out.  Even just walking past the loaf as it set up was a foreshadow of just how aromatic the scent was.

The next day, we unmolded and braced ourselves for the soap slicing.  As we sliced the soap loaf, it seemed that with each slice the smell of lavender martini was more intense in the air.  This recipe was just an overall win in every category!

So, if you are looking for a great cold process soap scent, and your interest is peaked in giving this fragrance oil a try in cold process soap, we highly suggest you do.  Like we mentioned earlier, we soap a lot of fragrances, but this one was definitely eye opening.

lavender soap recipeTo view the Lavender Cold Process Soap in its entirety, please click on this link.  It will provide you with the recipe weights, and step by step instruction.  But, this fragrance will work for your own recipe too if you wanted to go that route.

Happy Lavender Soaping!

Bright Scent

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

bright scentRainbow Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The rainbow is quite the phenomenon.  It is a reflection and refraction of light in water droplets and becomes a spectrum of light that appears in the sky after a rain fall.  When it arcs in the sky before us, it appears opposite of the sun and we see 7 different colors as a result.  These colors are: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.  What some may not know is there are approximately 8 different kinds of rainbow, but the most impressive is the double rainbow.  This is just a reflection of itself.  When you see a true double rainbow, the second rainbow will begin where the first rainbows color end.  Natures Gardens Rainbow Fragrance Oil is a bright scent, a phenomenon itself.  Loaded with an array of soft scents from fruits, to flowers, to a lovely musk, when you first smell this bold and colorful scent, you will be amazed.  Like the sight of a rainbow this fragrance oil is very delightful and beautifully displayed!

What does Rainbow Fragrance Oil smell like?

A fragrance oil by Natures Garden bursting with colors. This fragrance is a very unique fragrance beginning with top notes of pear, green grapes, kiwi, raspberry and peach; followed by middle notes of jasmine and lily of the valley; and well-rounded with a base note of white musk.

How do our customers use Rainbow Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters out there; this bright scent is used in Soy, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, Gel, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  This fragrance is very aromatic and has fabulous hot and cold scent throw.  Rainbow fragrance oil also works well for room fresheners, whether it is oil burners, smelly jellies, or aroma beads.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is one bright scent!  The usage rate for this scent is 5%.  This amazing fragrance is used to make: solid lotion bars, bath bombs, body scrubs, spray lotions, perfumes, melt and pour soaps, body sprays, bath gels, and whipped body butters.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this bright scent allows plenty of time to work and the scent stays true and vibrant.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration.  No separation.  No discoloration.  Scent is good, fruity and sweet!

rainbow candle recipeIf you are interested in a Natures Garden recipe using this bright scent, please click on this link to view the Rainbow Candle Recipe.

Hawaiian Scent

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Hawaiian scentPuakenikeni Hawaiian Flower Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The Puakenikeni flower is found on the Hawaiian Islands but is also available by some mainland florists.  These very inviting flowers are found on bushes and trees in the Pacific Islands.  They are most often used to make leis that are very fragrant and simply lovely.  In fact, these leis are one of the main things a tourist looks forward to when visiting Hawaii.  The translation of puakenikeni literally means, ‘ten-cent flower’ because its blooms were once strung and sold as ten-cent leis!  This Hawaiian scent is strong, and reminds one of the beautiful gardenia.  The puakenikeni flower colors can range anywhere from white-ish yellow to orange and even to rich gold.  Our replica of the Puakenikeni flower has been describe as “spot on” by one of our clientele who lives in Hawaii, and this was quite a compliment for this Hawaiian scent!

What does Puakenikeni Hawaiian Flower Fragrance Oil smell like?

The Hawaiian flower typically used in leis.  This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a delicate, yet exotic heady blend of velvety island floral and lush greens which invoke feelings of intrigue, sensuality and femininity.

How do our customers use Puakenikeni Hawaiian Flower Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters out there; Puakenikeni Hawaiian Flower Fragrance Oil is used in Soy, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  This Hawaiian scent is very aromatic and has incredible cold and hot scent throw.  This flower fragrance oil also works well for oil burners, aroma beads, smelly jellies, or reed diffusers.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is fantastic!  The usage rate for this Hawaiian scent is 5% and does contain a .06% vanillin content.  This amazing flower fragrance is used to scent: solid lotion bars, bath bombs, body scrubs, spray lotions, perfumes, melt and pour soaps, bath gels, whipped body butters, and salt bars.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance had a very good scent retention.  Here are the official results: Accelerates trace (not suggested for swirls, but nice for peaks), no ricing, no separation, no discoloration.  Awesome scent retention!

mothers day candleIf you are interested in a wonderful recipe using this Hawaiian scent, please click on this link to view the Mothers Day Candle Recipe.

2014 Alabama Soap Meeting

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Annual Alabama Soap Meeting The Annual Alabama Soap Meeting

Another gathering is quickly approaching that Natures Garden will be attending; the 16th Annual Alabama Soap Meeting!  Taking place from Friday, June 6th through Saturday, June 7th, this event has a jammed packed schedule of fun and informational classes.

The Annual Alabama Soap Meeting will be yet another first for Natures Garden.  The Natures Garden representative attending this year will be Cindy.  She is once again super excited at the opportunity to meet even more of our wonderful customers in attendance, and many new faces!

Held at the Doster Memorial Community Center in Prattville, Alabama; this event promises “fun, fellowship, food, education, and awesome shopping opportunities”.  It really looks to be quite the amazingly planned event.

So, if you are interested and willing to move quickly, you still have time to register.  Ending May 31st, you will not only be able to meet Cindy, but you can have the opportunity to attend some amazing and informative classes covering quite the array of various market related topics.  Besides all of the fun and knowledgeable festivities, you will also receive a goodie bag, and the chance to win numerous door prizes during the two day event.

As per our usual vendor booth set up, Cindy will be bringing a sample of every fragrance oil that Natures Garden currently carries.  So, once again, if you plan on attending, you will have the opportunity to sniff every different fragrance oil to your heart’s content.  And, let’s not forget if you are there, stop by and say hello!

Natures Garden is currently taking pre orders if you are planning on attending the Annual Alabama Soap Meeting.  Cindy will also be bringing the orders with her, so if you pre order, you can save on shipping.  There is also a 5% discount if you act fast.  Just make sure if you want to partake in this fabulous deal that when placing the order you write in the special comments section:  I need this order delivered to the Alabama Gathering.  Once this is established for your order, you will be credited for the shipping cost, as well as the 5% discount on your merchandise.  This deal is effective through June 3rd.

Hope to see you there!