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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.

MP Embed CP Recipe

Monday, May 12th, 2014

mp embed cpMP Embed CP Recipe

There have been a few times that we have made a recipe that involved both melt and pour soap and cold process soap.  The first was Baileys Spotlight Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap and the second time was Cindy’s Blackberry Sage Soap.  However, both times the melt and pour soap was placed on top of the cold process soap.  This time, we wanted to create a recipe using melt and pour soap inside of cold process soap.

The theme of this mp embed cp recipe was centered around Natures Garden’s Bubble Luscious Fragrance Oil.  With summer time quickly approaching, we thought this would be a wonderful fragrance oil to spotlight in a fun recipe.

Now since Bubble Luscious Fragrance Oil is a childhood memory scent, we wanted to visually capture the essence of fun, carefree, summertime memories.  Plus, Bubble Luscious scent is loved by children and adults alike, so we wanted a soap recipe that would appeal to all ages.

Once we figured out what we wanted the soap to look like, it was then time to figure out the specifics.  We knew that we would have a creamy look from the cold process soap. This would be the perfect look for the main portion of the loaf, including the creamy, whipped looking top.  But, in order to accomplish a transparent look in the soap curls, we needed to use the Melt and Pour Soap.SLS Free Clear .  You can also use our diamond clear melt and pour soap (however, we are currently waiting for a shipment of it to arrive).

Now, these transparent curls would be used both in the cold process soap and also for a decorative topping to the soap.  However, since we also wanted to include a white swirl in the soap, Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap  was also included in the mp embed cp portion.  We felt that through the combination of both soap mediums (cp and mp), we would be able to present a really fun project to match this really fun scent and quite the playful and swirly design too.

So, if you are interested in making your very own homemade MP embed CP recipe like this which makes a total of about 4.5 pounds of soap; here are all of the ingredients and supplies that you will need:

For the Cold Process Portion of the Soap, you will need:
Water
Lye
Avocado Oil 
COCONUT Oil-76
Shea Butter
Cocoa Butter
CASTOR Oil- 16 oz.
Sodium Lactate 
Bubble Luscious Fragrance Oil

To achieve your bubble gum colors for the cold process soap, you will need:
Fun Soap Colorant Neon Pink
Titanium Dioxide (for the white whipped topping)

As for the other supplies and soaping utensils, you will need:
Safety Gear:  Safety GlassesSafety GLOVESSafety MASK
THERMOMETER 
Square Loaf Mold
Scale
Stick Blender
Mixing Bowl
Spatula

For the Melt and Pour Portion of the Soap, you will need:
SLS Free Clear Melt and Pour Soap
Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap
Bubble Luscious Fragrance Oil

To achieve your colored curls here are the Fun Soap Colorants you will need:
Fun Soap Colorant Deep Purple
Fun Soap Colorant Tomato Red

Other utensils you will need for the melt and pour soap portion will be:
Cutting Board
Knife
Microwave
Microwave safe glass container
Mixing Spoon (wood or stainless steel)
Rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle- to eliminate any bubbles in your soap
Wax Paper
Ruler

Now, here is the step by step instruction with pictures included:

lay out your wax paper
Step 1:
  On a flat surface, cut and lay down 3 larger pieces of wax paper.

preparing the purple swirls

Step 2:  Prepare the Purple Swirls:  Weigh out and melt 200 grams of Clear M&P Soap.  Stir gently.  Once your soap is melted, add 35 drops of fun soap colorant deep purple and 10 grams of bubble luscious fragrance oil.  Stir well.

pouring the purple soap

Step 3:  Next, pour all of the purple soap unto one sheet of wax paper.  If you have any air bubbles, spritz the soap with alcohol. 

preparing the red soap
Step 4:  Prepare the Red Swirls:  Again weigh out and melt 200 grams of  Clear M&P Soap.  When melted, this time add 10 drops of fun soap colorant tomato red and 10 grams of Bubble Luscious fragrance oil.  Stir.

pouring the red soap
Step 5:  Once scented and colored, pour the red soap onto another piece of wax paper.  Spritz with alcohol if needed.

preparing the white soap
Step 6:  Prepare the White Swirls:  Weigh out and melt 200 grams of Goats Milk M&P Soap in the microwave.  Once melted, add 10 grams of  bubble luscious fragrance oil.  Stir well.

pouring the white soap

Step 7:  Finally, pour the white soap unto the last sheet of wax paper.  If necessary spritz with alcohol.

For now, this is all the melt and pour steps you can do.  It is now time to start the cold process steps.

Here is the cold process soap amounts:
431 grams of Water
154 grams of Lye
238 grams of Avocado Oil
238 grams of COCONUT Oil-76
295 grams of Shea Butter
283 grams of Cocoa Butter
79 grams of CASTOR Oil- 16 oz.
40 grams of Sodium Lactate 
71 grams of Bubble Luscious Fragrance Oil

safety gear
Step 1: 
Put on your safety gear.

adding titanium dioxide to soaping oils

Step 2:  First, make your lye solution.  Then, weigh out and melt the soaping ingredients.  Once melted, separate out 30 grams and place it in one of your mixing bowls.  To this add 7 grams of titanium dioxide.  Stir well.  Completing this step will help you smoothly incorporate the titanium dioxide in the soap batter.  Set this bowl aside.

adding the sodium lactate

Step 3:  Once the lye solution has cooled, stir in the 40 grams of sodium lactate.

the melt and pour embeds

Step 4:  Back to the Melt and Pour Soap:  Remove the purple, red, and white soap from the wax paper.  Then, trim off any jagged edges.  Next, cut 3 x 3 inch squares out of each color.  Make as many 3 x 3 squares as possible until all of the soap has been used.  Then, gently curl the soap in a loose fashion.  The one thing we can not stress enough is loose.  This will help the soap batter fill the embeds so that you do not have air pockets. Once all of the soap has been loosely curled, place all 3 colored curls into your square loaf mold.  With the jagged leftovers of the soap, make as many curls as you can.  These will be used to decorate the whipped topping.

adding the fragrance oil
Step 5: 
When both the soaping oils and the lye solution are ready, combine them together.  Then, using your stick blender, emulsify.  Next, add your fragrance oil.  Stick blend again to light trace.

coloring the soap

Step 6:  When your soap batter is at light trace, get your bowl with the titanium dioxide.  Now, place 400 grams of soap batter into it.  Then, to the remaining soap batter, add the 10 grams of fun soap colorant neon pink.  Use your stick blender to incorporate, but do not mix too long; you still want your soap batter to be on the thin side.

pouring the soap into the mold

Step 7:  Slowly pour the soap batter into the mold.  This will also help to eliminate air pockets in your soap.  When the mold is filled, gently tap it to release any air pockets.

placing the whipped topping

Step 8:  Next, stick blend the white soap bowl.  Then, set aside.  Once the pink soap has thickened enough, start to carefully heap the white soap on top to resemble whipped topping.

decorate the whipped topping
Step 9: 
Finally, place some of the m& p curls (red and purple) on top.

Step 10:  After 48 hours, place the soap into the freezer for about 4 hours.  Then, remove the soap from the mold and let it reach room temperature.  When ready, cut the soap into slices.  Allow them to further cure before using.

That is it.  Although this post may seem daunting, it really is not that bad, especially if you have soaped before.  In the end, this homemade project is totally worth it.  You will love how delicious your soap looks and smells!

 

Excellent Seller

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Excellent SellerJungle Love Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

When you smell this excellent seller for the first time, what comes to mind is a big bowl of all the freshest, tastiest, and prettiest fruits known to man.  Every kind of citrus fruit you can imagine; the sweet, the tangy, and the scrumptious.  This tropical scent has dually earned an overwhelming following from our customers, and it is well known as an excellent seller.  Our customers simply LOVE this scent.  In fact, the aroma from Jungle Love is so delicious; you will have to remind yourself that it is not edible.  That’s how realistic this tropical fragrance oil is.  Beautifully created with just the right blend of fruity scents you will want to make sure it is in your spring and summer line of products.

What does Jungle Love smell like?

This wonderful fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a combination of tropical and citrus scents.  This scent is a combination of fresh squeezed oranges, pineapples, bananas, coconut, and fresh kiwi.  A Best Seller!  An NG Original Fragrance!

How do our customers use Jungle Love Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters out there; Jungle Love Fragrance Oil is used in Soy, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  This fragrance is said to be an excellent seller and is very aromatic.  In fact Jungle Love has great throw both hot and cold.  As for home scenting ideas to make your house smell good, this tropical fragrance oil also works well for room fresheners, odor eliminating sprays, oil burners, reed diffusers, smelly jellies, and sachet beads.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is an excellent seller!  The usage rate for Jungle Love is 5%.  This amazing fragrance is used to scent a ton of products including: solid lotion bars, bath bombs, body scrubs, spray lotions, perfumes, melt and pour soaps, body sprays, bath gels, whipped body butters, and salt bars.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance oil is award winning.  Here are the official results: Great tropical blend, perfect pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration, best fragrance ever, excellent seller in CP.

The Perfect Man Scent

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

the perfect man scent

 

The Perfect Man Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Every women out there has in mind what the perfect man should look like. And, when it comes to looks, celebrities like Sean Connery, Brad Pitt, Mathew McConaughey, or even the most recent sexiest man alive, Adam Levine come to mind. However, there is also a perfect man scent. When it comes to this fragrance, it is a chart topper. We have received many comments on how amazing and long lasting the perfect man scent is. So, needless to say when your perfect man uses your product with this scent, it stays with him all day. Now, no matter what your perfect man has been doing, he will smell amazing. The perfect man scent is not overpowering but very sexy! In fact, many of our customers say you can’t go wrong with this scent. Looks like the Perfect Man is in high demand, on several levels!

What does The Perfect Man smell like?

With this fragrance oil by Natures Garden, imagine, a man who is Confident, Trustworthy, Successful, Romantic, Sexy, Sensual, Daring, and has a great sense of humor.  Would you call that…The Perfect Man? We wanted to create a fragrance that would represent The Perfect Man in every way.  After smelling many famous male fragrances on the market, Bleu de Chanel made us smile!  We quickly had our perfumist work on creating a fragrance that was similar to Blue de Chanel, but different enough to call it our own:  The Perfect Man.  Using only the finest, expensive fragrance notes, our perfumist created what we consider to be the best male fragrance we carry at Natures Garden!  The Perfect Man fragrance begins with fresh, daring notes of Japanese grapefruit, bergamot, and lemon; followed by middle notes of peppercorn, ginger, jasmine, aquatic marine notes, and a hint of peppermint; sitting on expensive base notes of natural patchouli, cedar, vetiver, labdanum, and frankincense.  Now this is The Perfect Man!  An NG Original Scent! NG Best Seller!

How do our customers use The Perfect Man Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters the perfect man is a huge hit. Our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy tarts, tea lights, Palm Container wax, WOW wax, gel wax, Joy wax, and soy wax. And, this phenomenal fragrance has a great throw too. As for other home scenting ideas; this fragrance oil has been used in oil diffusers, electric burners, and aroma beads.

On the bath and body end of products the perfect man scent has immense appeal. The usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5% and is used to scent quite the variety of body products. These homemade items include: melt and pour soaps, shampoo, shower gel, body sprays, creams, and deodorants; all with a nice long lasting scent. And, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is amazing for your masculine line. Here are the official results: Perfect pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no separation.  The scent is to die for!  An awesome, PERFECT man fragrance.  Discolors to a light beige.

Jersey Soap Recipe

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

jersey soap recipe

 

This manly themed Jersey Soap Recipe is easy and fun to make if you have soaped before.  Perfect for a Fathers Day gift or a gift for your favorite sports fan; using a combination of both cold processed and hot processed soap, you will be able to create a manly scented soap that looks very similar to a sports jersey.  In creating this masterpiece, feel free to swap out the colors to select ones that batter fit the theme of the end product you are looking for.

Please Note:  To complete this homemade project, it will take two days to create.  Day one will be the cold process soap steps.  Then, you will have to wait 24 hours before unmolding this soap.  Once that time has elapsed, the second day will involve the hot process soap steps.  Then, of course there is cure time involved due to the fact that there is cold process soap in your end product.  But, you will have nice and firm bars when finished.

The majority of the ingredients and some of the supplies used in this recipe can be purchased at Natures Garden.

Here are the ingredients that you will need to make the cold process portion of this recipe:
For the lye solution:
65 grams Water
24 grams Lye
For your soaping ingredients:
60 grams Shea Butter
50 grams Coconut Oil 76
33 grams Apricot Kernel Oil
21 grams Grapeseed Oil
9 grams Castor Oil
6 grams Sodium Lactate
11 grams Game On Fragrance Oil
2 grams Titanium Dioxide

As for the mold, you will need to have the Mold Market Square Loaf mold.  This mold is also available at Natures Garden.

Once you have everything and you are ready to start soaping, here are the steps, complete with pictures to show you how it is done:

make your lye solution

Put on your safety gear, and prep your area. Then, make your lye solution.

melting down your soaping ingredients

Now, melt and combine your Apricot Kernel Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil 76, and Castor Oil.

adding sodium lactate

Once the lye solution has cooled add the sodium lactate and stir.

titanium dioxide paste

Next, remove 8 grams of the melted soaping ingredients, and place it into a separate mixing bowl.  Then, add your titanium dioxide to this and stir in to make a paste.   Set aside.

emulsify soap batter

When ready, combine the lye solution and soaping ingredients together. Stick blend to emulsify.

scenting and coloring the batter

Next, add titanium dioxide paste and stick blend to make the whole batter white in color.  Then, add the fragrance and stick blend.

pouring your soap

Once you have reached trace, pour the white soap batter into the 4 pound mold.  Please Note:  The batter will NOT fill the mold.  This is done intentionally.  Insulate.

measuring out your embed

After 24 hours:  Carefully remove the white soap from the mold.   Place it down flat and horizontally in front of you. Then, using a ruler, measure out 2 inches in height and mark it.

the number in your jersey soap
Now, using a knife, cut the soap so that you have one long bar.  This will be the number one in your jersey soap.  Then, set aside.

The cold process steps are now complete.  You are now half way there.  The next step is the Hot Process and here is the recipe (using the same ingredients with the addition soap colorant).
For the Lye solution:
420 grams Water
153 grams Lye
For your soaping ingredients:
387 grams Shea Butter
321 grams Coconut Oil 76
210 grams Apricot Kernel Oil
133 grams Grapeseed Oil
55 grams Castor Oil
35 grams Sodium Lactate
69 grams Game On Fragrance Oil
15 grams Ultramarine Blue Fun Soap Colorant

meling your ingredients for hp recipe

Set your crock pot to a low heat setting. Next, place all of your oils and butter into the crock pot. Heat and occasionally stir them until melted.

adding the sodium lactate to hp

While you are melting the soaping ingredients, make your lye solution.  Also, add the sodium lactate. Stir in to incorporate.

combining the soap ingredients

Once all of the soaping ingredients are melted, slowly pour the lye mixture into the crock pot.

coloring the hp soap

Next, in short bursts, stick blend directly in the crock pot. Once you have the batter at light trace, add the ultramarine blue soap colorant. Then, stick blend to incorporate throughout the whole batter.

hp soap pudding like state
Now, keep blending in short bursts with your stick blender until the batter reaches a pudding like state.  Remember to periodically stir the soap in between with your spatula.  Once the batter has reached this state, lid the crock pot.

hp soap with waxy appearance
Allow the soap mixture to cook, and periodically stir it. Doing this will prevent the soap from scorching.  As the soap cooks, the soap will start to dry out and take on a waxy appearance.

hp soap that has consistency of mashed potatoes
Remember to stir occasionally, but allow the soap to cook for about 2 hours.  You will know that your soap has cooked long enough once it has the consistency of mashed potatoes.

adding the scent and stirring it in
Next, quickly add the Game On scent to the soap.  Then, stir well throughout the whole batter.

about one inch of soap in the mold
Now, get your mold and place about one inch worth of the soap into it.  Gently tap the soap in the mold to remove any air bubbles.

placing the number 1 in the soap
Once the mold has been tapped, vertically place the white soap into the mold.  Using your fingers, gently wedge the soap into place.  Try to keep the white soap centered.  This will be the number 1 on the jersey soap.

filling in the rest of the mold

Once the number 1 has been set into the soap, begin to carefully fill in the open sides with soap.  As you are doing this, remember to gently tap the soap mold to remove any trapped air.  Please Note:  Due to the tapping  of the mold, you may have to recenter the number 1 in the soap if it becomes askew.

heap the top of the soap
Once the mold is filled, heap the top lip portion with the remaining soap.

how to get the jersey shape

Now, using your ladle, carefully run it down the center of the mold and remove the excess soap.  Place the excess soap along the sides.  This scooping manner will give your jersey soap its neck line.  Allow the soap to mold overnight.

removing the soap from the mold
The next morning, remove the soap from the mold.

cut your jersey soap

Finally, cut the soap into bar sized slices. Allow the soap to cure further (because of the cold process soap) before use.

That is it!  You have just accomplished the jersey soap recipe.  Enjoy your new soap!

 

Romantic Scent

Monday, May 5th, 2014

romantic scentLunar Eclipse Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

A lunar eclipse is one of natures most spectacular events to experience during a life time. If you get lucky enough to see one occur, it will be something you will not forget. Well, the same can be said about the romantic scent of Lunar Eclipse Fragrance oil. With enticing and alluring fruits, floral, and a pinch of sweetness; this romantic scent is loved by both men and women alike. The first time you smell this awesome fragrance, you will not want to stop. Our customers are pleasantly surprised at how popular this romantic scent is. So much so, that when this fragrance is in a product, the products sell themselves.

What does Lunar Eclipse Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an alluring fragrance filled with fruits of nectar and exotic florals blended with sweet vanilla and honey for an evening filled with romance.

How do our customers use Lunar Eclipse Fragrance Oil?

For candle makers and home scent crafters, this fragrance is divine. Performing well in various waxes such as soy, palm, pillar, Joy and WOW candles, this romantic scent is one big hit. Lunar Eclipses scent is wonderful in both the hot and cold throw. And, when it comes to making your house smell good, some of our customers use Lunar Eclipse Fragrance Oil for room sprays (using odor eliminator) and absolutely loved the outcome. They even report using this romantic scent in their oil burners, smelly jellies, and aroma beads.

On the bath and body end, this romantic scent is used to make an array of wonderful body products. The usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%, and is used to make: 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 awesome. Here are the official results: No acceleration, no ricing, no separation, and no discoloration. Very nice scent.

draculas dentures soap
If you would like to use Lunar Eclipse Fragrance Oil in an amazing melt and pour soap recipe, please click here to view how to make Dracula’s Dentures.

Our First Stick Blender

Monday, May 5th, 2014

our first stick blender

 

This blog is dedicated in remembrance of our first official soap making utensil, Mr. Smooth Operator.

3 years ago, we started to dabble into the wonderful world of soap making. As we learned all about this art, researching the steps, ingredients, and supplies; we welcomed a new soaping utensil into our lives. It was lovingly named: Mr. Smooth Operator. He was our first stick blender.

Today, with tears in our eyes; we lay Mr. Smooth Operator to rest.

Mr. Smooth Operator was an extremely hard worker, who took on each soaping endeavor with vigor and vitality. He was there for us through thick and thin batch, and never blinked an eye when it came to having to put forth extra effort; asking for nothing in return.

Looking back, there were times when we took Mr. Smooth Operator for granted; especially early on when we were new to the soaping game. But, he never held that against us. He was a happy, go getting fellow, who lived a life of sacrifice. He would take on the task of hard labor and getting dirty; all in order for us to be clean with our soap.

He was the best stick blender.

Strongly rooted in a family that strives on performance, the Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Blender series should be proud. Not only did Mr. Smooth Operator fulfill his calling as a stick blender, but he willingly exceeded expectations every day. And boy, were there some days that he put in the overtime.

Through all of these amazing qualities, Mr. Smooth Operator quickly became a part of our soaping family. He has set the standard of quality work (and easy clean up), leaving behind an awful big pair of shoes for the next stick blender to fill.

Mr. Smooth Operator will truly be missed by everyone on the creative team at Natures Garden.

We hope that in his passing, he is out there somewhere blending huge batters of joy and happiness. Achieving immersions, young and fresh as the day he was first opened and used.

Popular Fragrance

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Popular ScentYuzu Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Traditionally, when you think of citrus fruit, you think lemons, limes, or oranges. But, one that should come to mind is the Yuzu fruit. This fruit is pretty hardy and can grow in even the coldest temperatures. Typically found in the Asian markets, Yuzu is quickly becoming more and more popular. As for aesthetics, they look similar to a small grapefruit with bumpy skin. And, as for the aroma, Yuzu has a floral scent very similar to an orange blossom. Yuzu scent is as hardy as the fruit; a bit tart with a sweet finish. This popular fragrance is clean, crisp, and refreshing, making it a frequent request by many. Yuzu scent is pleasing but not overpowering, and you will never get tired of the yummy Yuzu aroma.  And, as a bonus this popular fragrance works great in everything.

What does Yuzu Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is most likely the most popular scent on the market. Also referred to as Japanese Grapefruit, Yuzu is not your ordinary grapefruit scent. Yuzu begins with top notes of mandarin, tangerine, lemon satsuma, and ruby red grapefruit, middle notes of bergamot, and base notes of oakmoss. Yuzu can also be mixed with other tropical notes to create a very complex scent of your own. Your line won’t be complete without it!

How do our customers use Yuzu Fragrance Oil?

For candles, tarts and air fresheners; Yuzu Fragrance Oil performs perfectly. This popular fragrance works extremely well in soy, Palm Pillar, Wow, and Joy waxes. As for throw, this fragrance has great scent throw both hot and cold, and is considered a crowd pleaser. Yuzu fragrance oil also performs extremely well in aroma beads, smelly jellies, incense, and room and linen sprays.

On the bath and body end, this fragrance is a true winner. The recommended usage rate for this popular fragrance is 5%. This fabulous fragrance is used to make: sugar scrubs, liquid hand soaps, lotions, body sprays, shampoo, conditioner, melt and pour soaps, and foaming body butters. Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this sweet citrusy fragrance oil is fantastic. Here are the official results: Soaps very nicely. No acceleration, no discoloration. Scent is just amazing.