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HSCG 2014 Conference

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

HSCG 2014Last week, Cindy and I attended the HSCG 2014 Conference in Tucson, Arizona.  Spoiler alert… we had a blast!

At first, Cindy and I did not know what to expect.  This was our very first time attending an HSCG Conference.  We were nervous and excited at the same time.  It was going to be such a treat to meet our customers and other soapmakers and crafters.

Upon our arrival to the breath taking Loews Resort (where the conference was held) we quickly wanted to get our vendor booth set up and functional.  Since we brought a sample of each of the 816 fragrance oils that Natures Garden currently carries, we knew getting them unpacked and displayed was going to truly be a feat.

Walking into the conference area was inspiring, there was quite an array of other vendors also setting up and preparing for the conference.  Briskly walking past the displays, it was very easy to see that there was going to be something there for every attendee from fragrances to essential oils, unscented bases, educational books, supplies, and packaging; just to name a few.

Once we settled into our area, we quickly started to unpack and set up our displays.  People were already starting to register in the lobby and it was very easy to see everyone’s excitement for the conference to officially begin.  There was most definitely a contagious thrill mounting in the air.

hscg conferenceAs for the Natures Garden booth; we did bring a few other products for our booth, but the main focus was the fragrance samples.  We saw the HSCG Conference as a chance to let people smell fragrances that they always wondered about.  And boy, let me tell you the attendees were ecstatic over the scents.  It was very energizing to see the excitement as people sniffed away and asked questions.

It was very easy to see from the first night that this conference was going to be a huge success.  The charisma and vigor that all of the attendees, staff, vendors, and guild members had was inspiring.  Everyone was so very genuine and nice; not only to us, but amongst each other as well.  And, it was so very nice to see many of the experienced soap crafters giving advice, sharing tricks of the trade, and helping those that were either just starting out or thinking about extending their lines.

During the conference, the days were chucked full of educational classes, gourmet meals, meet and greet opportunities, and good times.  Every time a seminar let out, the vendors area would fill with attendees discussing everything they learned, the great experience they had, and the plethora of knowledge they attained.

All in all by the time that Friday morning hit (the last day), the conference was a buzz with all of the happiness of a well planned and informative week.  The Handcrafted Soapmakers and Cosmetics Guild had yet another successful conference year.  Everyone had a super fun time, learned a lot, and met such a variety of new and creative crafters.  All in all, attending the conference was so well worth it.

Next year the HSCG 2015 Conference will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana from April 18th – 20th.    Our suggestion for anyone that is on the fence about going is that attending this conference is highly recommended from these two first year conference attendees.  Not only will your days be filled with knowledgeable seminars and your evenings with fun get togethers, but you will meet some of the nicest and most helpful fellow crafters in the industry.

On a final note:  A special thank you goes out to all of the hard work that the members and staff of the Handcrafted Soapmakers and Cosmetics Guild did.  For us, this year’s conference was a huge success.  We met new people, had tons of fun, many laughs, and truly enjoyed our time at the conference.

Flower Scent

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

flower scentHydrangea Heaven Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Hydrangeas are one of the most beautiful and vibrant flowers out there.  To some, they can be hard to grow, but to the masters, they become a work of art.  They are mainly found in southern and eastern Asia and come in 6 different colors varying from reds, to purples, to blues and whites. They resemble in some fashion to a giant carnation with several little petals that make up the large pom pom tops to display these colors like no other.  And they have the loveliest of floral scents.  There are nearly 75 different species of hydrangeas and they can grow upwards of 98 feet tall.   With a beautiful floral scent this fragrance oil is not overpowering.  It is a fabulous addition to any home that loves the floral scent Hydrangea Heaven has to offer.  So even if you can’t grow this amazing flower, you can still reap the benefits of it glorious scent.  In fact, this flower scent is a great addition to scent your floral product line!

What does Hydrangea Heaven Fragrance Oil smell like?

Hydrangea flowers are among the most fragrant flowers. This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is fresh, yet sweet, hydrangea that is aromatic and uplifting!  A Best Seller!

How do our customers use Hydrangea Heaven Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters this flower scent is a huge hit.  Our customers use this floral fragrance in their soy tarts, tea lights, Palm Container wax, WOW wax, gel wax, Joy wax, and soy.  This soft, inviting scent has a great hot or cold throw.  As for other home scenting ideas; Hydrangea Heaven Fragrance Oil has been used in oil diffusers, electric burners, and aroma beads.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage rate for this flower scent is 5%.  It is used to scent: melt and pour soaps, bath bombs, shampoo, shower gel, body sprays, lotions, and body butters.  All with a nice long lasting scent.  And, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this flower scent is strong.  Here are the official results: Slight acceleration due to floral notes, no ricing, no discoloration, nice strong scent.

flower scent candleIf you are interested in a unique Natures Garden recipe using this flower scent, please click on this link to view the Hydrangea Candle Recipe.

Renewing Scent

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

renewing scent Spring Rain Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

As spring awakens outside, the world around us becomes alive and thriving with new life.  Everything begins to grow, and spring rains are abundant.  In fact, is often believed that spring rains are necessary to wash away the old and make way for all things new.  And, with spring rains the air seems fresher.  The renewing scent of spring rain fragrance oil is just that; a breath of fresh air.  With the scent of fresh vibrant flowers tickled with musk, this is one pleasing fragrance.  Spring Rain Fragrance Oil has always been at the top of the list for our customers.  It is such a lovely floral scent that even the men love it.  Definitely an NG Best Seller!

What does Spring Rain Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a musky accord enhanced with a fresh floral bouquet of carnations, tiger lilies, alyssum, orchids, and roses, with hints of fresh greenery. A Best Seller!

How do our customers use Spring Rain Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters this renewing scent is a huge hit.  Our customers use the scent of spring rain in their soy tarts, tea lights, Palm Container wax, WOW wax, gel wax, and Joy wax.  This soft feminine scent has great hot and cold throw too, definitely making your house smell good.  As for other home scenting ideas; this renewing scent has been used in diffusers, oil burners, wax dipped animals, and room refreshing sprays.

On the bath and body end of products this renewing scent is captivating.  The usage rate for Spring Rain fragrance oil is 5%.  And, is used to make:  melt and pour soaps, bath bombs, shampoos, shower gels, body sprays, lotions, and body butters with a nice and feminine long lasting scent.  For those of you that are cold process soapers, this renewing scent soaped beautifully.  Here are the official results: Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration, no separation.  This scent is a nice and clean one.  Very refreshing!  No discoloration.

Cookie Scent

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Cookie ScentPeanut Butter Cookie Fragrance Oil-Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The peanut butter cookie was invented by a gentlemen named George Washington Carver.  In fact, George came up with over 103 recipes that included peanuts.  The first peanut butter cookie was rolled thin and cut into shapes, just like your sugar cookies of today.  Eventually by the 1930’s they were “dropped” into balls and pressed with fork tines in a crisscross pattern.  Technically, there was no real reason for this additional step but it became the style peanut butter cookies became known for.  And, just like a freshly baked platter of peanut butter cookies, there is no denying the authentic aroma of this cookie scent.  It is so unbelievably real you may just think somebody baked a large batch of cookies.  This cookie scent is comforting, inviting, and so yummy; leaving quite the impression.  Peanut Butter Cookie Fragrance Oil is a very true scent to the real cookie.

What does Peanut Butter Cookie Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is simply amazing!  Peanut Butter Cookie fragrance is a rich, buttery, freshly baked aroma of real peanut butter cookies! You will not believe how true to name this scent is! A Best Seller!

How do our customers use Peanut Butter Cookie Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters this bakery delight is a huge hit.  Our customers use this cookie scent in their soy tarts, tea lights, Palm Container wax, WOW wax, Joy wax, and soy.  And, Peanut Butter Cookie Fragrance Oil has great throw too.  As for other home scenting ideas; this scent has been used in oil diffusers and electric burners.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%.  This cookie scent does contain a vanillin content of 1.6%, so using Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is highly recommended to offset discoloration in your finished products.  This wonderful cookie scent is used to make:  melt and pour soaps, bath bombs, lotions, and body butters; all with a delicious buttery scent.  And, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this cookie scent soaped beautifully.  Here are the official results:  No acceleration at all.  Scent sticks.  Soaps great.  Discolors to a caramel color.

Tropical Drink Scent

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Tropical Drink ScentPina Colada Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The name Pina Colada actually means “strained pineapple.”  Ricardo Gracia holds the first claim to inventing this fruity cocktail.  In the process of perfecting his drink first called Coco Loco which consisted of coconut milk, rum, and coconut cream, he ran into an issue.  Due to the fact that his drink was served inside a half a coconut, when the coconut supply was hit with a union strike, Ricardo decided to improvise.  He used a hollowed out pineapple instead.  The mixture of all these flavors topped off with the sweet acidic pineapple was a huge hit, and hence the Pina Colada was born.  Natures Garden has captured the essence of the famous Pina Colada in this tropical drink scent.  A grand mixture of the classic tropical aromas including coconuts and pineapples, it absolutely smells phenomenal in finished products.  And, this scent will surely leave your customers salivating.

What does Pina Colada Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a tropical combination of sweet pineapple and coconut.

How do our customers use Pina Colada Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters; this tropical drink scent is used to make pina colada candles using Joy wax, WOW wax, and in Soy wax; with a scent that seems to last forever!  As for other home scenting ideas; Pina Colada fragrance oil has been used to make room sprays, aroma beads, and works fabulously for electric oil burners.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%.  This tropical drink scent does have a vanillin content of .5%, so vanilla white color stabilizer is highly recommended to offset discoloration in the finished homemade items.  This wonderful tropical drink scent is used to make: bath bombs, handmade lotions, body sprays, sugar scrubs, body butters and body balms.  For those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance soaps like a dream.  Here are the official results:  Works great in cp soap!  No acceleration, no ricing, no separation.  Very slight discoloration.  Mild scent retention.

Natures Garden Store

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Natures Garden StoreNatures Garden Store

Marsha and the staff at Natures Garden have been feverously working away at getting the store ready and in tip top shape.

Earlier this year, we started the intense planning and implementing of a store for our wonderful customers to come into and shop.  This was a feat that was easier said than done.  Through months of planning and strategizing, we were able to create a beautiful store on paper that believe it or not contained every item that Natures Garden currently carries.

Then came the week when all of storage and shelving units were put together.  This also included an electrician, a painter, and a small construction crew.  When they were finished, for the first time we were able to see the Natures Garden store becoming a reality.

Next, it was time to stock shelves.  This is where we are now.   Through immense hard work and dedication, the staff at Natures Garden has been steadily plugging away at stocking, pricing, and creating displays for the store.  And, now after all of this time, we are finally beginning to see light at the end of the store tunnel.

Although the store is still a work in progress so to say, we are getting very close.

Sure, all of Natures Garden products are out and available for purchase; but we are still finalizing some aspects to really knock it out of the park!

The Natures Garden store is currently open and you all are more than welcome to come in and visit.  We still have the fragrance sniffing wall (although it is more of a Fragrance Land), as well as 16 oz, 8 oz, 4 oz, and 1 oz fragrance bottles available to purchase.  All of our soap bases, waxes, butters, oils, molds, and herbs are also out and ready for purchase as well.  We even have our vast array of kits, colorants, flavorings, and essential oils out too and they are all ready for their new crafting home.

One thing is for sure, if you come visit the Natures Garden store, you will not be disappointed.  Just please bear with us as we strive for perfection.

Classy Scent

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

classy scentBlack Tie Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

When you think of a black tie occasion, you excitedly think of a very dressy, formal event where the men wear a tuxedo with a black tie.  Well, black tie fragrance oil is just that, classy and something to get excited about.  There is nothing more inviting to a woman than a well dressed man in a tux with a black tie (of course).  When you get Black Tie Fragrance Oil for your scent collection, it will be amongst the most sought after items in your product line.  In fact, men love this classy scent, and women are heard saying, “this is what I want my man to smell like!”  And, this classy scent is masculine, sexy, and very pleasing to the senses.  Black Tie Fragrance Oil is absolutely the perfect scent addition to your homemade product line, and it is considered to be a MUST HAVE fragrance by many of our customers. 

What does Black Tie Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the aroma of an accomplished, successful man, who is not afraid of taking risks.  Natures Garden’s black tie fragrance begins with top notes of Kaffir lime, lemon, and ozonic notes;  followed by middle notes of basil, black pepper, and cucumber;  sitting on base notes of vetiver and spice.  An NG Original Fragrance!

How do our customers use Black Tie Fragrance Oil?

For those of you that are candle crafters; our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy, pillar, WOW, gel, and Joy wax candles.  And, this classy scent is amazingly strong in the hot throw.  For our customers that use this scent to make their house smell good, Black Tie fragrance has been used to scent:  aroma beads, smelly jellies, and reed diffusers.  In addition, this classy scent also works very well in oil burners too.

On the bath and body end, the possibilities for this masculine fragrance oil are endless.  The usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%.  This classy scent is used to fragrance many homemade products including:  Melt and pour soaps, body butters, creams, after shave butters, shower gels, lotions bars, and hair products.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is strong.  Here are the official results: Very tiny sandy ricing, no acceleration.  Scent stayed nice and strong throughout cure.  No discoloration.

Spring Flowers Scent

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Spring Flowers ScentPetals of Spring Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The petals of a flower do more than just look pretty.  They can produce different scents to attract different pollinators, or keep the undesirable bugs away.  In fact, petals can even mimic a decaying scent to bring in the pollinators that they need in order to grow.  And, when scent will not work in the petals favor to lure pollinators in, the petals will have various color traits to invite them.  In fact, some flowers can even change their color (just like they can with scent) to make or break a pollinators contact.  Petals of Spring fragrance is the perfect spring flowers scent.  Like an exquisite bouquet, hand selected from the garden, this spring flowers scent is mixed with playfulness and innocence.  And, just like the petals of a flower, this fragrance is quite intriguing.  Petals of Spring is a soft feminine scent that is admired by everyone who smells it.  This clean and floral scent is a must for any feminine product line.

What does Petals of Spring smell like?

A fresh spring floral fragrance oil by Natures Garden with top notes of freesia, and jasmine, followed by notes of lily of the valley, honeysuckle; base notes of plum and raspberry. AN NG original fragrance!

How do our customers use Petals of Spring Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters; our customers use this spring flowers scent in their soy waxes (like 464 and 415), Joy wax, Gel wax, and WOW wax.  And, the candles have a great throw too.  As for other home scenting ideas with this spring flowers scent; it has been used to scent smelly jellies, wax dipped animals, reed difussers, and electric oil burners.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage rate for petals of spring fragrance oil is 5%.  This fabulous spring time fragrance is used to make:  melt and pour soaps, body butters, bath salts, body creams, laundry soaps, and handmade lotions. And, the reviews for this spring flowers scent also stated that the fragrance lasts on your skin.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this scent is worth it.  Here are the official results:  Does accelerate.  Recommend coloring before adding fragrance.  No separation.  No discoloration.  Very pretty, girly scent.

Coconut Oil 76 Tips

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

coconut oil 76 tipsCoconut Oil 76 Tips

Providing tremendous and bubbly lather in soap is only one of coconut oil 76’s qualities.  It can also help to make a harder bar of soap as well as making it whiter.  But, coconut oil 76 can also be used in lotions, bath melts, massage oils, body butters, lip balms, basically anything you can think of.  When it comes to bath and body products, coconut oil 76 is known for being a great moisturizer all around and is especially good for your skin!

The reason that coconut oil is so good for our bodies is that it has quite the outstanding natural make up.  Coconut oil is high in lauric acid.  Lauric acid is medium chain fatty acid.  Lauric acid is also a part of the class of organic compounds which we know as lipids.  Lipids are fundamental in the creating of our cellular membranes.  But, it doesn’t stop there; coconut oil also has vitamin e and vitamin k, and is also rich in iron.

So, as you can see coconut oil is awesome for your body in products.  But, did you know that this amazing oil has other uses to it too.  It turns out that Mother Nature gave us a natural elixir for many of life’s little hiccups.   And, the best part about all of this is how cost effective coconut oil 76 is.

Through our research, we have found what seems to be an endless list of coconut oil uses.  We however just wanted to focus on the ones that are most relevant to our industry.

Coconut Oil 76 is very nourishing for your hair, nails, and skin.
First and foremost, coconut oil 76 has both antimicrobial and antifungal benefits.  This makes it a perfect ingredient candidate for many bath and body products.  But, coconut oil 76 can be used alone for many reasons.

For Nails
-Just by rubbing the oil on your nails and nail beds, you can promote nail growth as well as nourish your cuticles.  This tip will help especially if you have cracked and dry cuticles.

For Skin
-Using coconut oil 76 to moisturize is always a smart move.  The perfect solution for dry patches like elbows, knees, and ankles, or flakey skin in general, coconut oil 76 soaks right into the skin leaving it soft and supple.
-And, a great tip for a really close shave is to use coconut oil 76.  Plus, with its moisturizing benefits and smooth glide, you will be irritation free.

For Hair
-Coconut oil 76 is just amazing for hair.  Just by rubbing it into your scalp you can strengthen dry and weak hair, and even help to fight dandruff.  The perfect solution for keeping your hair soft, healthy, shiny, and hydrated, coconut oil 76 is the complete package.  (Although it should be noted you may need to additionally wash your hair a few times to get all of the oil out).
-In fact, applying coconut oil 76 to your eyelashes before going to sleep will even help strengthen them.

For Scars, Dark Circles, and Stretch Marks
-Once a cut has healed, you can use coconut oil 76 to help lighten the appearance of scaring.  The same can be said for those pesky stretch marks too.
-And for the dark circles under your eyes, dabbing some coconut oil around your eyes will not only lighten the circles, but also reduce the bag look.
-Finally, coconut oil 76 is also a wrinkle reducer because it contains anti aging properties as well as makes your skin supple and healthy looking.

For Skin Issues
-Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, Coconut Oil can be used to help soothe the discomfort and itch from eczema.  It can even be placed directly on bug bites to lessen the irritation.
-You can use coconut oil to relieve the pain and uneasiness from sunburn.  Not only will coconut oil 76 help prevent peeling, it will reduce the redness and irritation.
-For minor cuts and scrapes, you can use coconut oil 76 as a protective layer to keep the bacteria and ickies from the outside world from getting into your cut.

As a Deodorizer
-Probably the most interesting fact is that since coconut oil contains lauric acid; it will help to kill the bacteria that causes foul smelling body odor from both arm pits and feet.

Some Makeup Tips
-Coconut oil 76 is a great ingredient to keep in your makeup arsenal.  Perfect for fixing running eye makeup like mascara or eyeliner, all you need is the oil and a cotton ball.  It also works as a full makeup remover just by slathering coconut oil on your face then using a wash cloth and warm water to gently remove it.
-Coconut oil for lip care works great for dry lips.  But, it can even be used as a lip gloss or you can let the oil soak in to give your lips a matte look.

So, as you can see Coconut oil 76 seems to be an ingredient that just cannot be beat.  And, since many of you have it in your house for the creation of bath and body products, you now have some more additional uses for it too.

Superfood Scent

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

superfood scentAcaiBerry Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Acai berry has been around for literally thousands of years.  However, it was not until the 1990’s when Americans quickly discovered the astounding benefits of this amazing fruit.  Some of these health benefits would include:  lowered cholesterol, improved digestion, increased energy, and mental clarity.  In a nut shell, acai berries are considered a super food!  Acai Berry Fragrance Oil is considered to be a different berry scent, more unique than the typical berry scents you are familiar with.  And, just like the actual Acai Berry, once you see how fantastic this superfood scent is you will be addicted.  This scent is a must have in your product line because this scent is in high demand.

What does Acai Berry smell like?
The acai berry grows in the Amazon Rainforest on acai palm trees.  It is known for its high levels of antioxidants, and is becoming quite popular around the world for its health benefits.  Acai berries have a unique tropical berry taste, which our perfumist was able to recreate in Natures Garden’s Acai Berry Fragrance.  An NG Original Scent!  A Best Seller!

How do our customers use Acai Berry Fragrance Oil?

For those of you that are candle crafters; our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy, para-soy blend, Palm, paraffin, WOW, and Joy wax candles.  The scent is amazingly strong in the cold and hot throw.  Some of our customers even make tarts, reed diffusers, aroma beads, home deodorizers, and electric burner oils with this superfood scent.  In fact, acai berry fragrance oil really travels and is fragrant throughout the whole home.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance oil is popular.  The usage rate for this superfood scent is 5%, and it is used to make:  shampoos, conditioners, sugar scrubs, melt and pour soaps, body butters, bath bombs, herbal infused lotions, shower gels, and body splashes just to name a few items.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance received great reviews.  Here are the official results: Perfect Pour.  Some acceleration, no ricing, no discoloration.  Excellent.