Archive for the ‘wholesale craft supplies’ Category

New Homemade Conditioner Recipe

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

In case you haven’t noticed yet, I am a huge advocate of trying new things.  Recently, I had the chance to expand my knowledge and crafting skill to a new level.  Spoiler Alert:  I am in love!

With all the fun and exciting recipes that are filling up Natures Garden’s recipe box on the homepage, I decided that I would take a chance and try something new myself.  I was quite intrigued by several of the recipes; however, I wanted to choose something that was going to be a little challenging.  It was while I was looking over the various recipes that I realized I have actually never made anything bath and body from scratch.

We have been working with Kim (our CP tester) from Natures Art for the last few months, so I decided that I was going to try one of her recipes.  As I am sure that you can already tell by the picture, I selected the conditioner recipe to try my hand at.

Embarking on a new creative journey, I anxiously prepped my crafting area, read through the directions (another spoiler alert… super easy), and grabbed all of the supplies that I needed.   Wow, making homemade conditioner is quite rewarding.  The most time consuming part of the whole recipe was the boiling aspect.  After that is was amazingly simple.

As soon as I finished, I rushed to the bathroom to quickly wash my hair and give the conditioner a try.  The silkiness and warmth (since I had literally just finished making it) was heavenly.  Not only did my hair smell amazing (I used Vandra Orchid Fragrance Oil), but I was really taken back by the lack of tangles.  My hair is quite lengthy and on the thin side, brushing it after a shower has been something that I’ve hated to do since I was a small child.  However, with this new conditioner… I was able to comb straight through, no brush required.  Not wanting to count my chickens before they hatch, I waited to see how my hair felt after it had dried… my results were that my hair had never been so shiny and soft.

Mad kudos to Kim Sanchez of Natures Art for the fabulous recipe.  I was so excited about this new product that I decided to share it with all 5 of my sisters; and needless to say I will be hosting a conditioner party at my house this weekend. I am even going to make special conditioner for my girls scented in the fun Fruity Rings Fragrance Oil.  They are going to love it!

This recipe is one that I highly recommend to everyone.  It is easy, has very few ingredients, and is definitely worth the time and effort.  Plus, for an added bonus, after you are finished testing your new hair conditioner; may I suggest jamming to Willow Smith’s Whip My Hair for added fun!  It is a blast!

Have hair that is sleek, sexy, sassy, and smells sooooo good.

To view the recipe (you know that you want to), click Aloe Cucumber Hair Conditioner.  Feel free to swap out the Cucumber Aloe fragrance oil for another, just pay attention to the IFRA percentage for safe recommended usage.

If you are interested in other fun recipes, check out the recipe box on Natures Garden Homepage.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Creativity with the Glam Wife

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Passionate about Creativity

My name is Carla – and I am the “Glam Wife” behind the blog “Creative Life of a Glam Wife”! In a nutshell, I’m a wife and mother (2 boys), beauty and cooking blogger, Beauty addict, Creative cook, Fashion junkie, Avid digital and hybrid scrapbooker, Long-time couponer, amongst many other things! But in ALL things – I’m passionate about creativity~!

Creative Life of a Glam Wife began just this past January, after heeding the advice of several different friends and family encouraging me to start a blog! A culmination of many of my passions funneled into this website – which has taken on a life of its own. I was previously using Facebook to share recipes, beauty tips, posting about digital scrapbooking etc, when I realized a blog would be a much better forum to share all of my little tidbits.

Once I decided to do a blog – it was onto the naming process! Which was no small feat. The name had to be perfect, it had to be catchy, and yet describe what I’m about in a nutshell, and for those of you who know me – I’m not good at doing “nutshells”! (haha) I was talking about this with one of my girlfriends when we started brainstorming and she asked me what I’d want in my blog name. And I told her “Well, I love pink, I love bling, I’m a beauty junkie and passionate about creativity.” And she said to me “How about Creative Life of a Glam Wife?” And right away I KNEW – this was it~! This was my name! And immediately got to work developing the website and the content for it!

The main focus of my blog is Beauty and Cooking; although I have (and will do) articles on other topics such as Fashion, Digital Scrapbooking, Staying Glam on a Bargainista Budget, and Life in General. Sharing beauty tips/trends, experimenting with products, product reviews and comparisons, and “how-to” articles, all while staying “Glam” on a budget. As well as, cooking tips I’ve learned over the years, some of my tried and true recipes and even some time-saving budget-friendly meals as well. Also sharing recipes that are geared toward a healthier, more natural diet! As well – sharing tips, projects and techniques for doing Digital and Hybrid Scrapbooking and sharing advice and tips I’ve gained over the years as a parent! Creativity is one of the key ingredients to many of the topics I’ve discussed and I’ll show you just how to infuse that into your life!

So far, its been an amazing journey. Before I started blogging, I never realized just how much fun it would be. Creating each and every article for my blog, doing the research, experimenting with different products/recipes and having a forum in which to share it all! And on top of this, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the relationships I’ve been building through my Blog, Facebook and Twitter! I think that’s probably the biggest surprise of all – all the new and cherished relationships that I’ve been blessed with! I very much appreciate all of my readers, fellow bloggers, and businesses I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and socializing with! Wow – what a journey, and its only JUST beginning~! With that in mind, I’m SO excited for all the new things to come for my Blog Readers – many fun, new and very unique articles in the very near future!

I’m so excited to announce that Deborah is going to be “putting me to work” making some homemade body products! I have no experience in making body products, although I very much love using them! I recently started buying homemade body products from a dear friend and I’m SO happy with them, I’ve stopped shopping at Bath and Body Works all together! The quality is amazing, and being able use more natural products is also so important . And of course, Nature’s Garden scent choices don’t hurt either~! :)  I’ll be documenting the whole process on my blog with a series of detailed posts and pictures – so look for that in the near future! I just want to close with a BIG thank you to Nature’s Garden for suggesting this fun and unique partnership~!   Hugs and Blessings to all! xoxo

Contact Info:
Blog: www.creativelifeofaglamwife.com

Twitter: @Glam_Wife

Email: creativeglamwife@gmail.com

Lava Lamp Lip Gloss Recipe

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
LAVA LAMP LIP GLOSS
Recipe makes 10+ Lava Lamp Lip Gloss Tubes
Create some groovy lip gloss that looks like a lava lamp!
What You Need:
INGREDIENTS:
2 drops Tomato Red Liquid FUN Soap Colorant which is clearly specified to be used for lip applications
The reason you can create a lava look in this lip gloss, is because the glycerin portion (polar portion) of the lip gloss will not mix with the oil base portion (non polar portion). When you turn the lip gloss upside down, these layers will not mix. If you will be selling this product, please label your product according to FDA regulations.
Directions:
1. Prepare your lava portion of your lip gloss:
A. Measure out 1/8 cup of vegetable glycerin
B. Add 2 drops of Tomato Red Liquid Fun Soap Colorant.
C. Stir well until color is evenly dispersed.
D. Fill your roller ball bottles ¼ of the way full of this lava mixture.
2. Prepare your Clear Flavored Lip Gloss portion of your lip gloss:
A. Measure out ¼ cup of Fractionated Coconut Oil
B. Add 2 ml. of Strawberry Cheesecake Flavoring Oil
C. Pour this mixture into your roller ball bottles. Be careful not to overfill or the roller ball will not fit into the bottle.
NOTE: When using lip colorants, they need to be cosmetic safe, and approved for lip use. Only some of Our Fun Soap Colorants will work in this recipe; you must read the specifics of each colorant before using in this recipe. Our upcoming lip tints will not work in this recipe because they are castor oil based, and it will ruin the lava affect of this product. Our soap dyes are not approved for lip use, and cannot be used.

Love of Learning

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

This Valentine’s Day show some love to your creative side.

That’s right folks, it is time to extend our boundaries and experiment with some new products.  I know all too well how exciting it is when Natures Garden carries new fragrance oils, bases, additives, colorants, etc.  Something new, anything new, I love it all!

What is it about change?  Change is good.  Change allows us to hit the refresh button and bask in the glory of new and all its possibilities.  The thought of expanding our knowledge and know how of homemade goodies seems to revitalize everything for the better.  So, as we settled into the New Year let’s welcome the newbies by giving them a try.

In case you missed it, here are some of our newest products at Natures Garden:

Lip Tints:  These are awesome.  With 6 different colors to choose from all things lip just got a whole lot sexier.

Activated Charcoal:  A great way to add a detoxifying agent to your homemade soap.  This additive has a dual purpose as a natural black colorant too.  That’s two, yes two things for the price of one.  I guess that makes it a deal and a steal.  HA!

Vegetable Glycerin:  This has been on my wish list for a long time.  Finally here, this amazing liquid has tons of uses in bath, body, and home.  Once you get your hands on this, you will definitely be coming back for more.

Fractionated Coconut Oil:  Talk about being a multi-purpose, there is almost too much to mention.  Whether you are using it as a carrier or a substitute, in toiletries or cosmetics; the capabilities are endless.  Bonus, this fractionated coconut oil stays a liquid in relatively low temperatures.

Cream of Tartar:  It’s not just for the kitchen anymore!  This is one ingredient needed if you are looking to make fabulous bubble bars.

Fun Soap Colorants:  Although these colorants are super Fun… I refer to them as blast in a bottle!  These non-bleeding vivid colors will make a bold statement in your M&P or CP soap line.   If you are looking to add a little wow factor to your soap products, this is an excellent item to start with.   PS… No color morphing!

Titanium Dioxide Oil Dispersible Powder:  This natural mineral is an excellent whitener; perfect for soaps, toiletries, and so much more.

White Beeswax Pastilles:  Straight from the honeycomb, this naturally bleached beeswax is a splendid addition for everyone’s line.

Cookie Cutters:  Whether you are looking to bake some cookies, make hanging air fresheners, or get cleverly creative, these cookie cutters are a must have.  They are just too cute to pass up!

Finally, I do have an honorable mention to the new products.

Welcome Back Mica Pigment:  Oh how I missed you while you were gone.  If there is one thing that is never going to go out of style, it is shimmer!  This product is a love it, gotta have it in both colors diamond and 24K gold!  Bling me up Scotty!

So everyone, let’s get a little messy, broaden our horizons, and test some new products.

I was given some wise advice when I was younger.  Although then, I didn’t quite understand it, now I find that it applies to almost everything I do.   I am now going to pass this wisdom onto you: “Don’t sit on the sidelines and let life pass you by.  Get out there, make mistakes, and take chances; for this is the process of learning.  With age comes wisdom, and what is the purpose of your life if you don’t live, laugh, and love.”

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

 

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

 

Sparkles!!! Nicole

 

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

 

www.naturesgardencandles.com

 

 

Soap Company Interview

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Plott Hollow Farm Interview

Hi, the name of my company is Plott Hollow Farm, named after our 3 faithful Plott Hounds that patrol and protect our stock at night, and who are a never ending source of entertainment and sometimes aggravation.

When we bought our farm our goal was to preserve rare and endangered livestock and poultry. We also wanted a few pet goats. We got Nigerian Dwarf, which are also excellent milkers. I needed an outlet for all the milk so I started experimenting with soap. Then I found the soap guild and started to learn all kinds of wonderful things I could do with soap. I have been at it about a year now and I absolutely love it. I would rather make soap than do anything else. So that is how my soap company, Farm Girl Soap came about. Since I am a farm girl again, (I grew up on a farm) it seem like a good name for the soap. I also run a grooming shop from the farm, but I love the soap and all the soapers. I have never met a soaper yet who was not willing to share information and help in anyway they could, and, I love that about this industry. Everyone is so helpful.

I love the videos and recipes that Natures Garden post and I also love that they post all their test videos on youtube and list the results on their product descriptions. Once again just another example of how helpful a soaper are. Since I hooked up with all the facebook soaps I feel like I have an extended family. If I ever have a question I can get the answer in minutes just by posting it. I do have to admit, I love making soap much more than I like selling it! Selling my soaps and other products has enable us to move our farm forward with our goals. We now have 5 different breeds of chickens with are listed as critically endangered and one breed that is listed as threatened with the American Livestock Conservatory.

We also have just purchase a breeding pair critically endangered French Poitou Donkeys, it is believed that there are less than 400 of these donkeys world wide. Our female is expecting in June. So we are super excited about them. As I move into the new year I hope to see my soap business flourish and develop a larger regular clientele base. I have a plan to have a really nice covered wagon that I hitch my male donkey to and drive to local farmers markets and have the inside of the wagon set up so people can step inside to shop for soap and other bath goodies, of course Mr. donkey will get a lot of publicity and carrots! We love our goats and I love making the soap but it would be super cool to incorporate the donkeys into the soap biz as well. Plus it will give people, especially children a chance to interact with animals they probably would never see other wise and it gives a not of nostalgia to the soap buying process. Thanks for taking the time to read my story!

our web page is http://www.plotthollowfarm.com
Face book http://www.facebook.com/pages/Plott-Hollow-Farm/213677488648748

Free Love Coupons

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

We had our graphic artist create these Free Love coupons that you guys are welcome to use.

Print them by visiting the link below:

FREE LOVE COUPONS

 

Deborah Ward

Natures Garden Candle & Soap Supplies

Success in Bath and Body

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Interview With Susan

From Frog Garden Crafts

What’s your name & Your Company Name (Why Did you choose that name?):

Susan Pagon,  Frog Garden Crafts, I love and collect Frog stuff so I wanted “Frog” in the name.  I went through a lot of name ideas and everyone liked the “Frog Garden” one.

How did you get into this business?:

I went to massage school, and took the Spa option with my courses and they had an “Aromatherapy” course as a part of it.  I loved it!!  We made lotions, salt scrubs, and all kinds of cool body stuff.  I learned the Therapeutic properties of Essential Oils and really enjoyed making my own blends.  I eventually branched out into soaps and Fragrance Oils, and eventually my friends and family told me I should open an Etsy store.  Now I’m having fun making Bath, Body, & Home products for sale.

What is your favorite part of this business?:

The feedback I get from people who really enjoy my products.  I also love the artistic side of designing different soaps, and I love all the different fragrances to work with out there.  Never ending possibilities.

What’s the most difficult part?

Being able to dedicate enough time to the craft with kids, school, and home life.

What’s your favorite product or aspect of Natures Garden?
The fragrances are so unique and they have an excellent variety to choose from.  I have several NG scents that I couldn’t live without!!  I also love the monthly scent sale.

What are your goals for the coming year for your business?

Of course everyone’s goal is to make a living doing what they love, so I guess my goal would be to reach that level in my business.

 

Company Websites

Website: www.froggardencrafts.etsy.com

Facebook:  Frog Garden Crafts

Thinking Outside the Box

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Let’s think outside of the box with gift baskets for the any occasion.

Gift baskets, especially ones filled with candle goodies are hot commodities particularly around the holiday season.  What is really intriguing about this is the fact that now candles are being sold in stores that typically would not highlight homemade items.  Places like hardware stores, gas stations, diners, and even doctor’s offices now have special stands set up to promote these items.  So, let’s work on extending our customer base and maybe even finding new retailers for your products.

I can already fill the excitement of embarking on a brand new journey, so now, I am going to challenge you once again to start thinking outside of the box and explore some new aspects of candles and candle like items to put together in a gift basket.  By embracing change, you are opening yourself up to new surroundings.  The changes can be very little things, and anything counts.  Maybe it is as simple as changing up the color scheme of your candles, or it could be offering a new and different shape of candle.  Maybe you want to explore the world of new fragrances, and try a few that you normally would not carry.

In a quick little breakdown, here are some new “hot” ideas that you can use:

  • Get well baskets using uplifting scents, or aromatherapy scents.   These are great for hospitals and Doctor Offices.
  • Try a flameless route.  Do a gift basket that allows for clients who may not be able to have an open flame due to small children, pets, or living arrangements ex. Dorm rooms.
  • Gel candles are a great way to really get creative on a new transparent candle spin, especially when you can explore the
    fun avenue of embeds.
  • If you are a pillar crafter- octagons are different and hot, as are square shaped ones.  On top of offering the new pillar shape, you may also want to include a festive plate to burn the pillar on.
  • Layered candles can be made with complementary scents, a different scent for each color.  This is also a great way to promote some of your top selling fragrances as a combo candle.
  • Find some funky shape containers for your candles.  Different shapes are alluring visually.   Try some “funky” weird fragrances!  Natures Garden has an entire section of “weird fragrances“.  How do scents like Monkey Farts, Elf Sweat, Snowman Balls, and Easter Bunny Burps sound to you?  Have fun with it!!
  • Tart warmers are really on the rise.  So, have some fun and do embed tarts of holiday shapes.   You can even stick with the traditional colors of the holiday.
  • Votives and tea lights are the perfect size to sample out new fragrances.  You can create a basket of just these items are call it a “smorgasbord of scent”.
  • Find the interest of the community.  It is very easy to type cast your baskets to the likes of the public.  Maybe there is
    a big game at the high school… you can create some really cool candles using the school colors.
  • Let’s not forget our love birds.  Engagement and Honeymoon baskets are great gifts.  These do very well at bridal
    stores and tuxedo rental businesses.

Any or all of these hot ideas can be used to create an amazing gift basket.  One final suggestion that I can give is to print off business cards to include with the baskets, as well as some business cards to place by your items.  This allows for potential clients to contact you if they have any questions or would like to special order items.

 

I do want to remind everyone that when trying new ventures, it is always important to test first before jumping in.

 

Finally, remember, changing it up not only adds a little spice and variety to your life, but it also provides for inspiration.

 

Fragrance &
Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create,
and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

www.istockphoto.com

Soap Company Interview

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Pocket Full of Sunshine Boutique Interview

My name is Nancy Krainz. I live in Pittsburgh, PA. I have been making soap since 2004. I became interested after seeing a show about soap making on TV. I starting out with traditional Cold Process and worked my way through Hot Process, Rebatch, Whipped and Liquid Soap making but always made my way back to the traditional method. I felt creativity was limited in Cold Process, so, I got into Melt and Pour soap making and discovered that creativity is limited only by ones imagination.

I started my home based company in 2005 and added many products to my line. I named the business LydiaMarie’s Bath and Body Boutique and began selling on consignment through local craft stores. I was able to get a wholesale account with a local, private owned bath and body shop and over the past 7 years have been their sole supplier for lotions, foot cream and lip balm.

I was working towards opening  a brick and mortar store when the economy went on the down swing, and, at the same time, I was diagnosed with cancer. My business was placed on hold for about a year as I obtained treatment for my illness, and, thankfully, today I am healthy and moving forward in life.

 

About a year ago I decided to get into jewelry making, so, to better portray my extended product line, changed the name of my business to Pocket Full of Sunshine Boutique. It is a happy sounding name and makes me smile. I love the sunshine.

The thing I like best about owning this business is  I very much enjoy creating things. The biggest downfall is being a perfectionist. I seldom make something that I am 100% happy with. I always see room for improvement and constantly strive for perfection.

I like Nature’s Garden Candle & Soap Supplies because I very much appreciate nature and all things natural.

My goals for the coming year are to move forward in fulfilling my dream of having a brick and mortar store. 

 

Website: www.pocketfullofsunshineboutique.weebly.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Pocket-Full-of-Sunshine-Boutique/147865018613996

Blog: www.lydiamaries.blogspot.com

Scented Play Dough

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Fragrances like Natures Garden’s Reindeer Poo make really amazing scented childrens play dough!

This weekend was a chilly one.  Snow fell in many areas, and although ours did not stick, we did not go unnoticed.  With the weather not really cooperating, my girls and I were trapped in the house all weekend long.  Not fun!

Needless to say, we were already feeling the walls closing in.  We needed something entertaining to do.  Off to google I went to see if there were any projects we could do to pass the time away.

My girls are huge fans of creative things.  They love to color, draw, build castles with their building blocks, and play with craft dough.  So, at least I knew if I could find something that was hands on, we were in there.  I knew that my mom had made craft dough with the girls before and they had a blast.  I only needed to find a recipe.

After quite a few links, I stumbled upon a great recipe of unscented play dough.  Could this play dough be scented?  Yes it can!

This craft dough is pretty basic and can be colored and scented to extend the wow factor.   My girls selected all the fun Christmas scents, and I double checked to make sure that all of the fragrances were body safe.  I also let them choose the colors for the craft dough.

Here are the supplies that are needed:

8 cups flour- I used the All-purpose kind

8 cups warm water

4 cup salt- the regular table kind

1 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup Cream of Tartar

Latex gloves

5 Glass plates

5 gallon sized Ziploc bags

5 Pipettes

Natures Garden Soap Dyes:  Red,
Blue, Yellow, Green

Natures Garden Cotton Headed Ninny Muggin Fragrance oil

Natures Garden Jack Frost Fragrance oil

Natures Garden Snowman Balls Fragrance oil

Natures Garden Mrs. Claus Cookies Fragrance oil

Natures Garden Reindeer Poo Fragrance oil

 

This recipe is for a really large batch, but I wanted to make sure that both girls had a nice amount of craft dough to play with.

 

First: In a large saucepan, mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar, water, and vegetable oil together.  Stir.  Place the saucepan on the stovetop and cook over low heat.  Stir occasionally.  You are looking for when the craft dough starts to look like mashed potatoes.  The key to when it is finished is when the dough clumps together and you can pull it from the sides of the saucepan.  You do not want the dough to be sticky though.  Keep the low heat on until the dough appears dry.  You are seeking the same texture as store
bought craft dough.

 

Second:  Remove the saucepan from the heat and set aside.  You want the craft dough to cool naturally.  It is done when you can touch the dough and it is cool.  While the dough is cooling, wipe down your counter space with warm soapy water.  You want to do this now so that the area is dry for the next step.

 

Third:  Carefully, dump all of the craft dough onto your work space.  Start to knead.  You will knead until the craft dough is smooth.  It will almost have a silky feel to it.

 

Four:  Divide it up.  Since we are making 5 different scents and colors, you will want to separate the dough as evenly as possible
into 5 large balls.  Please note, one of the balls will be uncolored, this will be your cream color.

 

Five:  Once you have all of the balls, using your index finger poke a hole into it.  You are going to use this hole for your soap dye coloring.  One color designated per ball.  I would suggest doing this step one ball at a time.

 

Six:  Put on your latex gloves.  Take one glass plate and place a ball on it.  Carefully, start to knead the ball on the plate.  Keep
kneading until the color is consistent throughout the entire dough portion.  If you need to go bolder on the color, just recreate the ball and hole and start over again.  The tip here is do not be afraid to knead your heart out in this step.  Repeat this step for each color until you have all colors completed.

 

Seven: Once you are happy with your new bright and beautiful dough colors, stick each one individually in a gallon Ziploc bag.  It
is time to get your scent on in the next step.

 

Pause- Here is our scent to color break down we used:

RED- Cotton Headed Ninny Muggin Fragrance oil

BLUE- Jack Frost Fragrance oil

CREAM (uncolored)- Snowman Balls Fragrance oil

GREEN- Mrs. Claus Cookies Fragrance oil

YELLOW-Reindeer Poo Fragrance oil

 

Eight: Using one pipette per dough bag, drip 2ml of the fragrance into the Ziploc bag and sealshut.  Knead again, but do it in the
Ziploc bag until all of the fragrance is absorbed.  Repeat for the remaining 4 dough bags.

 

Nine: Get crafty and have some fun!  When you are finished, store left over craft dough in Ziploc bags.

 

This was really a ton of fun to do.  My girls had a blast making it and playing with it. This is something that is fun, easy, and way cheaper than the store bought.

 

Caution:  Because the craft dough is scented with fragrance oil, make sure that any surface that is used with making or playing
with it is safe for fragrance.  Fragrance can ruin wood stained areas.  Scented play dough contains fragrance;  do not allow children to eat the play dough!

 

Fragrance & Fun For Everyone!

Nicole (Manager at Natures Garden)
www.naturesgardencandles.com