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Best Love Scents

Friday, January 24th, 2014

love scentsTop 25 Love Scents

When you make homemade products, part of the appeal in the purchase is the aesthetic look of your products.  The other major component you are dealing with is the scent.  When people purchase presents for loved ones around Valentine’s Day, they want to find something that they know their special someone will appreciate.

Knowing what the top selling scents are for Valentine’s Day may give you and your products that extra edge.

Listed below are the most popular love scents at Natures Garden.  These scents have been categorized according to their popularity in their general fragrance grouping.  This list was compiled in this manner to easily help you find exactly what you are looking for.

top women scentsTop 5 Feminine Love Scents
Pink Sugar Type Fragrance Oil
NG Loving Spell Fragrance Oil
Amazingly Grace Type Fragrance Oil
Best Friends Fragrance Oil
Endlessly in Love Fragrance Oil

top men scentsTop 5 Male Love Scents
NG Aqua di Gio Type Fragrance Oil
Extremely Sexy for Men Fragrance Oil
The Perfect Man Fragrance Oil
Dr. FeelGood Fragrance Oil
Blue Sugar Type Fragrance Oil

top food scentsTop 5 Gourmand Love Scents
Chocolate Covered Strawberries Fragrance Oil
Gourmet Dark Chocolate Fragrance Oil
Red Velvet Cake Fragrance Oil
Merlot Wine Fragrance Oil
Vanilla Champagne Fragrance Oil

top floral scentsTop 5 Floral Love Scents
Fresh Cut Roses Fragrance Oil
Floral Bouquet Fragrance Oil
Victorian Rose Fragrance Oil
Carnation Fragrance Oil
Burgundy Rose Fragrance Oil

top sensual scentsTop 5 Sensuous Love Scents
Butt Naked Fragrance Oil
Lick Me All Over Fragrance Oil
Black Linen and Amber Fragrance Oil
Passionate Kisses Fragrance Oil
Sexy as Sin Fragrance Oil

However, if you are still seeking an easy project to make for a love day gift, some really good last minute ideas for Valentine’s Day presents are:  Emulsified Sugar Scrubs, Melt and Pour Soaps, Massage Oil, Body Butters, Lotions, Body Sprays, Bath Bombs, Scrubs, and of course Candles.  Natures Garden has some great recipes for you to make your very own products; or even create new items to add to your current Valentine’s Day line.  This link has hundreds of easy to make recipes that you can cater scent and/or color to; to be exactly what you are looking for.

Happy Crafting!

Heart Soap

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

heart melt and pour soapThis Valentines Day lets celebrate the ones we love by making them homemade heart soap.

This heart soap project uses almost 4 pounds of melt and pour soap.  Although for this recipe, we suggest using Shea butter soap, any white soap base will work.  To view the multiple melt and pour soap bases Natures Garden carries, please click on this link.  Please Note:  You will also need a very small amount of diamond clear soap base.  This will be used to help keep the heart soap in place once it is folded.

The fragrance that we selected for the heart soap was Lick Me All Over.  Really any one of your favorite body safe fragrance oils from Natures Garden will work to scent this homemade project; just keep the vanillin content in mind.  If you choose to use a scent that does contain vanillin, you may want to consider using Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to reduce discoloration in your finished heart soap.  For the heart soap you will need to have at least 4 ounces of fragrance.  To see a list of other Valentines Day themed scents, please click on this link.

When it comes to color for the heart soap, we selected Tomato Red Fun Soap Colorant.  In order to achieve a nice, bold red you will need to use about one ounce of colorant.

Other ingredients that you will need for the heart soap project are:  Vegetable Glycerin and Whipped Soap Base.

The following molds were also used:  Love Heart Embed Mold and Square Loaf- Mold Market Molds

Before starting this project you will also need the following items:  Scale, Cutting Board, Knife, 9 x 13 Cake Pan, Wax Paper, Ruler, Rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle, Microwave Safe Glass Containers, Spatula, Mixing Spoons, Mixing Bowl, a hand held mixer, and 2 disposable cups.

Now that you have everything that you need, let’s get project heart soap underway!

Step 1:  Measure out 8.5 inches in length on your cake pan.  You will want to mark this point by placing your loaf mold there.  Next, tear off a piece of wax paper long enough to cover this area.  Lay the wax paper down and tuck it loosely into the corners.

Step 2:  In your microwaveable container, weigh out  500 grams of Shea Butter Soap.  Place this in the microwave and start melting it in 30 seconds increments. Stir gently in between.  Stop melting once the soap is in a liquid state.

Step 3:  Next, add 20 grams FUN Tomato Red Soap colorant, 14 grams vegetable glycerin, and 26 grams fragrance oil to the melted soap.  Stir well.  Now, pour all of the soap into the wax paper. Spritz with alcohol and allow this to fully set up.

heart soap

Step 4:  Once the red soap has set up, weigh out 20 grams of Diamond Clear soap.  Melt this for 30 seconds in the microwave or until it is in a liquid state.  Then, set it aside.

Step 5: 
In a large microwaveable bowl, weigh out and melt  1200 grams of Shea Butter Soap. Stir gently in between each round of melting. Keep melting until all soap is in a liquid state.  This will take some time.

Step 6:  Now, get the red soap and carefully remove the wax paper.  With one of the shorter edges facing you, lay the soap onto a cutting board.

red soap

Step 7:  Next, grab the loaf mold and mark it’s length using a knife.  Cut off excess soap and place it in a separate bowl.

making heart soap

Step 8:  Now, fold your red soap in half (long ways).  Using your fingers, gently curl the edges to meet.

how to make heart soap

Step 9:  Once you have a heart shape, slide one edge firmly into a disposable cup.  Repeat for the other side.  Now, pour some of the melted diamond clear soap down the center of the fold.  Don’t forget to move the soap so that the melted soap is able to reach under the cup portion too.  Then, set aside.

folding heart soap

Step 10:  Now that all of the white soap is in a liquid state, add 60 grams of fragrance Oil.  Mix well and set aside.  Next, get the loaf mold.  Remove the cups from the heart soap and gently place the heart upside down in the loaf mold.  Spritz generously with alcohol.

Step 11:  Using a spatula, carefully pour the white soap into the loaf.  Do not pour the soap onto the red heart directly.  Make sure to pour soap along the width edges to completely fill the inside opening of the heart.   Once the mold is filled, spritz with alcohol to reduce any bubbles.

homemade soap

Step 12:  Allow your soap to fully set up at room temperature, or to speed things up place your soap loaf in the refrigerator.  When the soap is completely set up, take it out of the mold and make sure you turn it back to right side up.  Set aside.

Step 13:   Now, take the bowl that has the scrap red soap.  Place it in the microwave, and remelt.  Next, pour the soap into the love hearts embed mold.  Allow this to fully set up, then pop them out.

heart soap embeds

Step 14:  Soap Frosting Steps:  Once the soap loaf is completely set up (which will take some time), weigh out 114 grams of Whipped Soap Base and 14 grams of vegetable glycerin.  Place both of these ingredients into a mixing bowl.  Set aside.

Step 15:  Now, weigh out 114 grams of Shea Butter soap.  Melt all of the soap down in the microwave, then pour it into the mixing bowl with the two other ingredients.

Step 16:  Using your hand held mixer, start to whip the ingredients together.  As you mix, watch for the ingredients to look like whipped frosting.  Stop mixing.

how to make soap frosting

Step 17:  Now working quickly, add 12 grams of fragrance oil and 2 drops Tomato Red Fun Soap Colorant to the mixing bowl.  Clean the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Then, start whipping the mixture. Make sure the mixture is well blended.  When the mixture begins to look like pink whipped frosting again, stop beating.

soap frosting

Step 18:  Using your spatula place the soap frosting evenly onto the loaf.  Now, place the love heart embeds into the soap frosting.  Allow this to set up.

embed heart soap

Your Bleeding Heart Soap Loaf is now ready to use.  Simply cut the loaf into bar size!  Now, depending on the size of the bars that you slice the loaf into; it will vary your total amount of bars made.  Enjoy!
heart soap loaflove heart soap

Love Day Baskets

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Cupid is Coming…

 

As we all know Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. It is a day meant to be filled with love and appreciation for one another. Typically, this is considered a lovers holiday. This very special day is filled with flowers, chocolates, cards, and romantic evenings. So, since we are all business minded, it goes without saying that we are all super busy making our loved themed products in preparation for this big occasion.

 

This is our time to shine.

 

No one knows the female market better than we do.  We also know that many men shop for this day last minute with little to no thought behind their purchases.  So, let’s take these two factors, and solve the problem.

 

What do women want?  This question has plagued man since the beginning of time.  We are such wonderfully complex beings; it is hard for men to understand.   I know that I do not have to elaborate on this topic.  To make a quick generalization, we want everything and nothing at the same time.  It is this very tangled web that men cannot grasp.  But hey, there is nothing sexier than a little mystery.  Women know this.

 

So, how do we correlate this into a suitable gift?  Well, as they say, “You can lead a horse to water…”

 

If you have read any of my earlier posts, you know that I am a huge homemade gift basket advocator.  If you haven’t, you do now.  I’ve done a little research and coupled that with some out of the box thinking to come up with some unique ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts.  My main objective when compiling this list was to take the uncertainty out of present purchasing for men, while still satisfying the wants of women.

 

Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts:

Now he can have everything he needs to show her he cares, with very little thinking involved!

 

  1. A “Snuggle and Cuddle Basket” containing a handmade fleece tie blanket, romantic movie, microwave popcorn, and candles or tea lights scented with Endlessly in Love fragrance.  Perfect for a night in together.
  2. A “Dinner is on Me Basket” containing all of the items and ingredients to make a delicious meal.  Along with these items, include two pillar candles scented with Aphrodisiac to set the mood.  Now, he can cook like a pro.  A little FYI for everyone:  According to my research, the most loved and appreciated gift that men did for women on Valentine’s Day last year was cook them a dinner for a romantic evening in.  By selling a basket with all of the items that a man would need to make dinner, not only are you providing a one stop shop, but you are also preventing them from having to go to no man’s land… aka the supermarket.
  3. A “Bath time Butler Basket” containing soap, Ritzy bath gel, and soap dipped rose petals all scented in Magic Potion.  Don’t forget to add the sponge, or loofah.  Everything he needs to give her a relaxing bubble bath.
  4.  An “Undying Love Vase” filled with aroma buds scented with NG Beautiful Type.  Unlike the 200 million stems of roses that will be sold near Valentine’s Day, her roses won’t be expiring any time soon.
  5. A “Capture our Love Basket” including a disposable camera, 3 x 5 photo album, love stickers, and red and black sharpie markers.  This way, whatever way they choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, he can give her the memories to keep forever.

 

These are some really great basket ideas for increasing your sales as we approach the anticipated Love Day.

 

Remember…Love can mean many different things to many different people.  As always, there are various factors that feed into this equation too.  The most important thing to remember is feeling special and loved on Valentine’s Day is great, but feeling special and loved the other 364 days of the year is one gift that is in everybody’s price range and doesn’t need a gift receipt.

 

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

 

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

 

Sparkles!!! Nicole

 

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

 

www.naturesgardencandles.com

 

 

Wholesale Valentines Day Fragrances

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Valentines Day Fragrances

 Valentine’s Day Fragrances

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!

Natures Garden offers many wholesale fragrance oils that are perfect for Valentine’s Day! 

Here are some of our newest wholesale fragrances that are great for Valentine’s Day:  For a List of all of our Valentines Day Fragrance Oils, please visit this page:  http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/candlemaking-soap-supplies/category/386/Valentine’s-Day.html 

Natures Garden Animalistic Instinct Fragrance- Sexy and masculine, this intoxicating fragrance has clean citrus notes of orange and lemon with spicy notes of clove, anise, pepper and rose. Notes of vanilla, leather, balsam and warm musks lead to an unforgettable finish.  A fragrance dedicated to Ana on our Facebook page!  LOL!

Natures Garden Bite Me Fragrance: 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.

An NG Original Fragrance!  Natures Garden Bi Polar Fragrance Oil: Let’s face it, the way men and women think can be as far separated as the South and North Poles.  Don’t you think it’s time for us to connect once and for all?  Try our Bi Polar Fragrance, and send loving shock waves to the neurons of your significant other, and watch the sparks fly!  Now…isn’t that a thought!  Bi Polar Fragrance begins with top notes of Lime, Mint, and Ozone; followed by notes of Cool Leather, French Lavender and Metallic Musk.

An NG Original Fragrance!  Natures Garden Burgundy Rose Fragrance Oil- Romanticism, luxury, and culture combine to produce this luxurious fragrance blend. Sensual burgundy rose with fresh white floral nuances, blend with exquisite burgundy wine, and warmed by precious musk and apple wood. Finally, a rose fragrance that withstands the saponification process without losing its authenticity.

NG Original Scent!  Natures Garden Forbidden Fruit Fragrance-  A tempting, juicy fragrance arrangement composed of fresh top notes of green apple, red delicious apple, and pineapple; middle notes of tropical peach blossoms, and orchid; all sitting on a fruity, floral musk.

NG Original Scent!  Natures Garden Glitter Fragrance-  During my life, I have had the opportunity to meet and interact with some of the most talented, creative minds in the world.  From world renowned perfumist, to incredibly amazing artists, my life has been truly enriched by knowing these wonderful people!  Glitter fragrance was carefully, and artistically created for an artist with whom I have had the greatest pleasure of working.  I chose the name Glitter for the fragrance because her name is Afshan, which means glitter.  It was tremendously important for the fragrance to  embrace Afshan’s personality.  Afshan is not only talented, she is also confident, attractive, and she radiates with overwhelming joy.  So, without further ado, we’d like to introduce….Glitter Fragrance. Natures Garden’s Glitter fragrance is a feminine, yet confident and alluring aroma combining sheer floral notes of iris, jasmine, water lily, orchid, and white rose, with clean, fresh top notes of neroili and pink grapefruit blossoms and sexy bottom notes of sandalwood, soft musk, and tonka bean.

Natures Garden’s Honey Vanilla Love Dust Fragrance Oil:  An incredibly sexy aroma of raw honey, cocoa butter, and chocolate.

An NG Original Scent!  Natures Garden Hot Pink Pomegranate Fragrance:  A sparkling, bright pomegranate having a tart citrus and pomegranate top note, a slightly floral heart of jasmine and violet leaf, and finishing with a spicy ginger and woody, twig like base note.

An NG Original Scent! Natures Garden’s I’m Too Sexy Fragrance Oil:  Hollywood, glamour, attitude;  Spicy notes with hints of fruit lead to the luxurious floral signature of this scent that boasts,  I am too sexy to even be a  fragrance. A blooming rose accord balances with hints of lily, while patchouli warms the floral tones. Precious amber, warm woody notes and soft musky vanilla surround the bouquet, Paparazzi style.  Roll out the red carpet, this dramatic fragrance is an Academy Award Winner!

Natures Garden’s Aqua di Gio Type fragrance oil:  After testing numerous lower cost versions of this scent, and not being satisfied, we told our perfumist to work his magic with this scent; we would pay whatever we had to pay for this sexy duplication.  Mike and my sons all wear this scent; so my house is filled with this aroma daily.  I am happy to say that our perfumist deserves a standing ovation on his work!  If you have not had the pleasure of smelling this unbelievable scent, it is described as such:  A sexy, fresh, aquatic aroma with bergamot, neroli, and tangerine; flowing into mid notes of rosemary, jasmine, and persimmon; all sitting on a woodsy base note of essential oil of patchouli.

Natures Garden Pheromones Fragrance Oil-   A classic hot man fragrance; masculine, sexy, and irresistible. Clean and inviting citrus notes of bergamot and grapefruit, open up to a sensual bouquet of white floral and woody violet, grounded by the deeply sensual scent of oakmoss and sandalwood.

Natures Garden’s Purple Hooters Fragrance Oil:  This fragrance is a wonderful blend of sparkling strawberries, raspberries, citrus greenery, and soft florals.

Natures Garden Sinfully Hot Fragrance Oil: An NG Original Fragrance!  This potent spicy bouquet comes from the dried branches & twigs of the cassia tree. A strong cinnamon bark blend is followed by warm wood and sweet amber to create the ultimate spice scent.

NG Original Scent!  Natures Garden Toxic Trance Fragrance Oil-  When we asked our perfumist to create some new Halloween/Gothic scents for us, he created a sexy scent that he referred to as “Intoxicating Edward”.  We love the Twilight series, and we were simply amazed at how well the perfumist captured the charming charisma of Edward in this fragrance;  his alluring eyes, his flawless, metrosexual appearance, and even the way he glistened like gold when we was in the sun.  However, we chose to give this fragrance a name that lasted beyond the Twilight phenomena; thus we renamed this fragrance “Toxic Trance”.  Natures Garden’s Toxic Trance fragrance is a unisex, incredibly sexy fragrance which begins with top notes of green citrus notes, mellowed out with powdery floral notes that appear to glisten.  The middle of the fragrance involves the infusion of neroli, violet, and herbs, with a bottom of powdery floral musk.

An NG Original Fragrance!  Natures Garden Vanilla Valentine Fragrance Oil:  This sweetheart fragrance is a perfect blend of creamed vanilla bean and sensual musk to stimulate the senses and arouse your passion for sweetness.

Thank you for your support and your continued patronage!
Deborah Ward
CEO Natures Garden
www.naturesgardencandles.com