homemade gifts Homemade Gifts

Finding the perfect gift for loved ones can sometimes be a struggle.  To celebrate special occasions and milestones in life, you want to give a gift that means something exceptional.  Regardless of whether the gift is for the holidays, a birthday party, life accomplishment,  or even just to let someone know how special they are; purchasing or making a homemade gift is the route to go.

When it comes down to it, homemade gifts are unique, specialized, and memorable.  Whether you choose to purchase a homemade product, or try your hand at making one yourself, you know that there will be no other present quite like yours.  And, the recipient of the gift will absolutely adore the sentimental aspect of the time and effort that you took to make them feel special.

Since homemade gifts are literally made from scratch, they can be specified to exactly what you know the persons likes are.  Whether that be accomplished through the special skin loving ingredients that you can use in body products, the fragrance oil that scents your beautiful homemade gift, or the look of your finished product; you have the capability to capture someone’s specific likes and turn it into the perfect gift.

Putting in that little extra thought and care is what makes homemade gifts memorable and heartfelt.  Showing someone just how special they are to you means all the world to them.  And, since homemade gifts are not only special to the person that receives them, but also to the person who makes it, a homemade gift shows just how much the person is appreciated and loved.

Now, when it comes to creating a homemade gift there is an array of avenues you can choose from.  Maybe you will choose to make the persons favorite home cooked meal or dessert.  Or, you can create a scrapbook highlighting their journey-past and present.  And, there is always the option of making a basket of bath and body products all scented in their favorite smell.  In fact, the same kind of basket can even be made with tarts, candles, and home scenting supplies; guaranteeing that the person’s house will be filled with the most wonderful of aromas.

If you would like to go the route of creating a homemade gift of bath and body products, or candles and tarts, Natures Garden has all of the supplies that you will need.  They even have free recipes that you can use with step by step instructions as to how to make the items.  With over 800 different fragrances available, you will be able to find the perfect scent that will truly appeal to the person you are making the gift for.

With a homemade gift, you have the capability to show someone just how much they mean to you.  Homemade gifts are heartfelt, personalized, and impressive.  So, for the next party or holiday, let someone know just how special they are !

apple pie scent Apple Pie Fragrance Oil (Our Old Version) - Fragrance Oil Spotlight

There is nothing like the scent of apple pie.  A true American classic, Apple Pie scent is the aroma of fresh crisp apple intermingled with warm and mouthwatering spices.  This delicious scent in products is a big seller too.  This apple pie scent is fantastic for lovers of food type fragrances, or anyone who just enjoys an all around good apple aroma.  According to our clientele this great dessert scent is addictive, and they find their clients always craving more.  This strong and delicious scent is a wonderful addition to any product line and makes for truly yummy and scrumptious smelling homemade products.

What does Apple Pie Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is one that although we have had many apple scents to choose from, this apple pie has been with us since we started making candles.  This scent is not the same as our Hot Baked Apple Scent, as this one has more of a cinnamon “kick” to it.

How Do Our Customers Use Apple Pie Fragrance Oil?

For those of you that are candle crafters, this scent comes highly recommended!  A perfect apple pie scent for anyone looking to add bakery type scents to their line; Apple Pie Fragrance Oil smells just like apple pie fresh out of the oven.  Our customers use this apple pie scent in their soy, WOW, Pillar of Bliss, Joy, and paraffin waxes.  With an all around amazing scent throw, this fragrance is wonderful in both the hot and cold throw.  As for home scenting ideas to make your house smell good, this apple pie scent works phenomenally well in tart and oil burners, smelly jellies, liquid potpourris, sachet beads, room sprays, and reed diffusers.

For the bath and body crafters, this delicious apple pie scent is so realistic you can even smell the crust.  The usage rate for this fragrance is 1% in bath oils, soaps, and bath gels; and carries a .5% usage rate for lotions and perfumes.  Apple Pie Fragrance Oil also has a .5% vanillin content, so vanilla white color stabilizer is highly suggested to help stabilize discoloration in finished products.  This mouthwatering fragrance can be used to scent: body scrubs, body butters, perfumes, bath bombs, melt and pour soaps, salt bars, lotions, whipped body butters, and foaming hand soaps.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is great.  Here are the official testing results:  Very slight acceleration.  No separation.  Discolors to a tan color.  Yummy scent!

If you are interested in using this apple pie scent in a candle recipe, please click on this link to view Natures Gardens Independence Day Candle Recipe.

pretty scent Glitter Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Glitter Fragrance is one lovely and pretty scent.  Absolutely adored by many of our female clients, this strong yet feminine scent stands out as an NG original fragrance.  With quite the impressive list of uses for this floral and musk combination, Glitter scent ranks highly when it comes to finding that pretty scent for any feminine line.  With a perfectly fitting description, this pretty scent was actually inspired by a wonderful and beautiful woman; inside and out, Afshan.

What does Glitter Smell Like?

Natures Gardens 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.

How Do Our Customers Use Glitter Fragrance Oil?

For those of you that are candle crafters or home scenters; our customers use this pretty scent in their soy wax, Joy wax, paraffin wax, pillar of bliss wax, and WOW wax.  As a scented candle, Glitter Fragrance has great scent throw; both hot and cold.  And, when it comes to making your house smell good, this pretty scent is used in potpourri burners, incense, reed diffusers, aroma beads, and room sprays.

For the bath and body crafters, the usage rate for this pretty scent is 5%.  With what seems to be an endless list of bath and body possibilities, Glitter fragrance oil is used to scent many products like:  lotions, bubble baths, melt and pour soaps, shampoos, body butters, perfumes, body creams, bath bombs, conditioners, bath melts, and body sprays.  And, this pretty scent is also a perfect candidate for the addition of cosmetic glitter to your homemade items.  Finally, if you are a cold process soaper, this pretty scent is well worth the effort.  Here are the official results: Moderate ricing, some acceleration, do not use a water discount, add fragrance oil at light trace, stick blend quickly, then pour.  Beautiful scent.  No discoloration.

If this pretty scent has peaked your interest; Natures Garden has a wonderful Shimmer Gel Potpourri Recipe which you can view by clicking on this link.

bath bomb shapesBath Bombs are typically known for traditionally being in a ball like shape.  But, the bath bomb shape does not have an effect on what bath bombs are known for.

The combination of baking soda and citric acid when in a dry environment are just that; baking soda and citric acid.  However, when these two elements are put together, and then placed into water a reaction occurs.  As this bicarbonate base and weak acid are dissolved in the water, they start to fizz and fizz and fizz.  This fizzing action is actually carbon dioxide.  As the bath bomb dissolves and the carbon dioxide releases into the water, any bather feels a light tickling sensation on their skin.  Hence the well known attribute that bath bombs are known for.

When it comes to the bath bomb shapes, the world can be your oyster.  There are already many varying elements that you can change to make your bath bombs unique.  Whether you choose to do this through scent, color, skin loving oil, or herb addition; the possibilities are endless.

Bath bomb shapes are just as limitless as the other unique qualities you can give your bath bombs.  In fact, you can even make your bath bomb mixture in loose scoop form allowing the overall design of your bath bomb package to really sell the concept.  As for shaped bath bombs, there are tons of molds you can use.

The creative team at Natures Garden has created various bath bomb recipes that produce bath bomb shapes other than balls.  Through the use of  silicone molds, ice cream scoopers, hard plastics (such as fillable ornaments), wax paper, and even your hands, these bath bomb recipes create truly unique bath bombs.

If you are interested in making some bath bomb shapes that will turn some heads here are a few recipes you can try.  These recipes as well as others can all be found on Natures Gardens website under the free recipes and classes link; which you can view by clicking on this link.  All of the supplies needed to make these bath bombs can also be purchased at Natures Garden.

Silicone Mold Bath Bomb Shapes:
Chocolate Dipped Bath Fizzies Recipe
Gingersnap Cookies Bath Bomb Recipe
Mothers Day Bath Bomb Recipe

Hard Plastic Bath Bomb Shapes:
Christmas Tree Bath Bomb Recipe
Easter Egg Bath Fizzes Recipe

Ice Cream Scoop Bath Bomb Shapes:
Rainbow Sherbet Bath Fizzies Recipe 
Superman Bath Fizzies Recipe

Hand Formed/ Wax Paper Bath Bomb Shapes:
Hatching Dinosaur Egg Bath Bombs Recipe
Raspberry Zinger Bath Fizzies Recipe

Loose/ Scoopable Bath Bomb Shapes:
Fairy Dust Fizzy Bath Recipe
Fizzy Milk Bath Recipe
Lavender Fizzy Bath Recipe
Snake in the Grass Bath Fizzie Recipe

Enjoy the journey of new bath bomb shapes!

 

 

pineapple scent Iced Pineapple Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

When it comes to fruity and tropical aromas, this pineapple scent is a must have.  In fact, not only does this fragrance oil work well on its own in products, but it also makes a wonderful mixing scent as well.  A truly sweet and succulent fragrance, this pineapple scent smells identical to freshly cut pineapple.  With outstanding reviews in everything from cold process soap to soy wax and aroma beads, this pineapple scent is a must have in your tropical scent line.

What does Iced Pineapple Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the aroma of ripened fresh cut pineapples with an ozony green top note.  

How do our customers use Iced Pineapple Fragrance Oil?

For those of you out there that are home scenters or candle crafters, this pineapple scent is the real deal.  Iced Pineapple Fragrance Oil has been used to create candles with various waxes including:  gel wax, soy wax 415, Joy wax, WOW wax, pillar of bliss, and Palm Container wax.  This very sweet scent also has incredible hot and cold scent throw.  And, as for home scenting ideas with this fresh pineapple scent, it also works amazingly well in electric oil burners, refreshing room sprays, smelly jellies, and sachet beads.

As for the bath and body crafters, this fragrance is just the pineapple scent you have been looking for!  The usage rate for this fresh and sweet summer scent is 5% and it also contains a .6% vanillin content so Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is recommended to offset discoloration in your finished products.  Iced Pineapple Fragrance Oil is used to make quite the variety of body products including: melt and pour soaps, shower gels, bath fizzies, solid lotion bars, foaming sugar scrubs, lotions, body sprays, and whipped body butters.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is addicting.  Here are the official results:  A definite new favorite.  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  No separation or oil sweat.  No discoloration.

If you are interested in a Natures Garden recipe using this fresh pineapple scent, please click on this link to view the Organza Air Freshening Beads recipe.

Bath Fizzy Recipe

Posted by Deborah Ward on July 7th, 2014 in bath and body, bath fizzes, bath products, Fragrance Oils, Natures Garden | No Comments »

unique bath fizzy recipeRaspberry Zinger Bath Fizzies Recipe

This blog post is going to show you the step by step instruction to make your very own Raspberry Zinger Bath Fizzes.

Unlike the typical bath fizzy, this recipe does not require a mold.  Instead, you will be using a piece of wax paper to achieve the shape.

Another unique aspect to this recipe is the addition of shredded goats milk melt and pour soap.  In order for your raspberry zinger bath fizzy to truly have the appeal of the real tasty treat, the shredded soap is used to resemble coconut shavings.

Before we get started, there is another key point that should be noted.  For this specific recipe, timing is everything.  Through the creative teams various testing of this recipe, we were able to pinpoint an exact time line.  We found that if the roll does not sit wrapped long enough, the layers do not adhere to themselves.  After unwrapping the roll, you must allow it to be exposed to the air to harden slightly before slicing.  By slicing the roll too early, you will have bath fizzy slices that are prone to deep cracks and crumbly edges.  But, don’t worry, the exact timeline will be explained in the steps.

So, now that you have a little background on this project; let’s get started!

All of the ingredients listed below can be found at Natures Garden:
Raspberry Zinger Fragrance Oil 
GOAT’S MILK Melt and Pour SOAP
Baking Soda
Citric Acid 
Arrowroot Powder
Dead Sea Salt
COCONUT Oil-76
FUN Soap Colorant- Tomato Red 1 oz.
FUN Soap Colorant- Deep Purple 1 oz.
FUN Soap Colorant- Yellow Oxide 1 oz.

You will also need the following supplies:
Scale
Cheese Grater
Wax Paper
Distilled Water
Mixing Bowls (3)
Spatula
Disposable Plate

So now that you have everything that you need, here are the steps:

finely grate the white mp soap

Step 1:  Place your work gloves on.  Then, weigh out 55 grams of Goats Milk Melt and Pour Soap.  Take the soap chunks and finely grate them using a cheese grater.  Once all of the soap has been grated, place it on a disposable plate and set aside.

soft pliable mixture

Step 2:  Next, in one of your mixing bowls, weigh out and place the 300 grams of baking soda, 70 grams of arrowroot powder, and 32 grams of dead sea salt.  It this mixture, weigh out and add the 42 grams of coconut oil 76.  You want the coconut oil 76 to be at room temperature form.  Now, using your hands start to combine the mixture.  As you work the coconut oil among the dry ingredients, make sure to break up any chunks.  Keep combining until the mixture is very similar to a cookie dough or play dough, soft yet stays together.  Set aside.

drizzling

Step 3:  In one of your other mixing bowls, weigh out and place the 23 grams of distilled water and 2 grams of Raspberry Zinger fragrance oil.  Then, using a spatula, drizzle these wet ingredients over your other mixture.

bath fizzy mixture

Step 4:  With your hands, begin folding the mixture together. Once incorporated, weigh out and add the 150 grams of citric acid.  As you are mixing this in, break up any clumps.  Once again work the mixture until you have a cookie dough or play dough consistency.

preparing your layers

Step 5:  Breaking the Mixture Up:  In another mixing bowl, weigh out and place 95 grams of the bath fizzy mix.  To the emptied wet ingredients bowl, weigh out and add 200 grams of the bath fizzy mixture.  To this bowl, add 3 drops of Fun Soap Colorant Yellow Oxide.  Mix well to incorporate.  Once evenly colored, form the fizzy mixture into a ball.  In the remaining bowl, weigh out and place 1 gram of Fun Soap Colorant Tomato Red and 3 drops Fun Soap Colorant Deep Purple.  Once again using your hands incorporate.  When uniformly colored, form another ball with the mixture.

layering your zinger bath fizzy

Step 6:  Next, lay out a piece of wax paper.  Starting with the pink ball, flatten the mixture out into a rectangular shape.  Then, repeat the same action with the yellow ball.  Once the yellow fizzy mixture is flattened, carefully place the yellow layer on top of the pink one.  Finally, take the white fizzy mixture and sprinkle it through the center of the yellow layer.

wrapping your bath fizzy

Step 7:  For this step, you will be using the wax paper to roll the bath fizzy together.  As you are rolling the mixture, remember to keep removing the wax paper away from the mixture so it does not get wrapped into your bath fizzy.  Once you have the pink layer completely around the outside of the mixture, continue rolling to seal the fizzy mixture within the wax paper.  Allow this to set for 10 minutes.

placing the grated soap

Step 8:  After the bath fizzy has set for 10 minutes, carefully open the wax paper.  Next, with part of the wax paper laying out flat, sprinkle the grated soap onto the wax paper.  Once again in the same manner, roll the bath mixture making sure to move the wax paper as the mixture rolls.  This will allow the bath fizzy to adhere to the soap.  Continue rolling until the mixture is completely sealed in the wax paper again.  Allow to set for another 30 minutes.

expose your bath fizzy to air
Step 9:  
After 30 minutes, completely remove the bath fizzy from the wax paper.  Allow the fizzy to be exposed to the air for at least 1 hour now.

slicing your fizzy

Step 10:  Finally, use a knife to cut the slices.  Further allow the fizzies to harden and dry overnight.

That is it, your Raspberry Zinger Bath Fizzies are now ready to use.

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients.

luxurious scent Luxurious Scent

Carpi Olivo Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

One whiff of this luxurious scent, and it will be as if you were at the Mediterranean Sea.  With just the right amount of extravagance, sultriness, and a touch of sexy; the aromatic combination of this luxurious scent is very unique.  With the many of the customer reviews saying that Capri Olivo is the “perfect spa scent”, this fragrance is highly recommended.  In fact, working fabulously well in everything from air fresheners, to bath bombs, to soaps, and candles; this luxurious scent is strong and long lasting.

What does Capri Olivo Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a Luxury Spa fragrance!  Wisk away to Capri Island; a breath-taking paradise overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.  Your mind will embrace this cultural encounter, while your soul attains pure harmony.  Capri Olivo is a culturally complex aroma of tart Japanese grapefruit, Fresh Osmanthus (Sweet Olive), and dew-covered watercress;  followed by middle notes of rose, jasmine, and cassis.  To create subtle ecstasy, Capri Olivo sits on a dry down of fresh amber and myrrh.  An NG Original Fragrance!

How Do Our Customers Use Capri Olivo Fragrance Oil?

For anyone that is seeking that perfectly fresh and intoxicating scent, Capri Olivo should be your front runner.  This luxurious scent has been used to fragrance the following waxes: Soy, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, and Palm Pillar.  This fragrance is very strong and has no problems with scent throw (hot or cold).  One candle maker even commented that the scent of Capri Olivo filled their home in no time!  As for other home scenting mediums, this luxurious scent works very well in: electric oil burners, aroma beads, smelly jellies, incense, and car freshening sprays.

On the bath and body end of things, this luxurious scent is perfection at its finest.  With a usage rate of 5%, this  amazing fragrance is used to scent: bath bombs, melt and pour soaps, whipped body butters, foaming body butters, solid lotion bars, sugar scrubs, spray lotions, roll on perfumes, bath gels, and shampoos.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is bliss.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration.  Excellent spa scent.

Hair Care

Posted by Deborah Ward on July 3rd, 2014 in all natural, bath and body, hair care, moisturizing, Natures Garden | No Comments »

hair careHair Care

Sometimes we put our hair through the ringer.  Whether it is daily blow drying, curling, scrunching, or straightening, the sacrifice for beauty is understandable.  Our hair however, pays the price.

Just like our skin, hair too must also be shown some love and pampering.  One of the best ways to nourish your hair is to use conditioning oils that promote healthiness.  This can easily be done by making your own hair care products.  In fact, one of the most appealing aspects to creating your own products is the control you have.  Not only are you able to select how your hair care product is going to smell, but you can also select which ingredients you would like to include.  Hand selecting the various components of your recipe allows you to cater your hair care products to the exact specifics that you are looking for.

Just like the varying categories of skin types, there are also different hair types as well.  There really is quite a variety of hair types including: normal, curly, wavy, straight, oily, dry, and even hair that is prone to frizz.  But, regardless of which hair type you are creating a product for, it is also important to mention that many of these oils will also have tons of nourishing factors to them too.

Natures Garden does have some homemade hair care product recipes available on their website.  These recipes would include several hair conditioner recipes, a cold process shampoo bar, as well as a few hair gel recipes too.  If you are interested in viewing any of these recipes, please click on this link.

Currently, the creative team at Natures Garden is researching various natural hair care ingredients.  This information will be presented through the extension of the recipes for the Hair care section, as well as the classes section of the website.  There are still many avenues of hair care products that are still left to be explored.  However, in the mean time; if you are interested in making your own hair care product recipes, this blog post will review some of the best hair care ingredients for conditioning your hair.

The oils listed below should be used at least 2 hours before shampooing.  If you are applying the oils straight, it must be worked into dry hair and allowed to set.  When you are ready to shampoo your hair, make sure all of the oil is completely washed out.  Because these oils are considered to be heavy, if not effectively removed, your hair may appear greasy when dry.

Oils that are high in fats:
Including oils that are high in fats in your recipe will be very nourishing for your hair.  For obvious reasons, you will want to select an oil that also absorbs easily into your hair.  These quickly absorbing, high in fat oils even nourish your hair strands from the inside out adding both moisture and strength to each one.

Some great examples of high fat oils to include in your homemade hair care items would be:
Argan Oil-This quickly absorbing oil naturally hydrates your hair.  Rich in antioxidants, this oil is also a natural source of vitamin e, making it a great addition for treating dry or damaged hair.  And, when dealing with those dreaded split ends, argan oil is ready to battle.  It contains a plentiful amount of Omega 3 (rich in 9 fatty acids) assisting in the mending of split ends in your hair.

Avocado Oil-  Containing an extremely high amount of monounsaturated fatty acids, avocado oil has the ability to permeate the strands of your hair, providing additional moisture.  It’s high content in vitamins A, D, & E help to keep your hair both healthy and shiny.  As a detangling element, the addition of this oil in your hair care products creates a remarkable glide without a greasy look or feel.

Castor Oil-  Besides being packed full of vital nutrients for your hair including vitamin E, minerals, and proteins; castor oil also includes both antibacterial and antifungal properties.  Sincecastor oil is a humectant, it attracts moisture to your hair; leaving the hair moisturized with the added bonus of a rich, darker hair color.  But, not only does this oil rejuvenate the hair; it can also help to stimulate growth.   Containing Ricinoleic acid which encourages circulation to the scalp, and omega-6 fatty acids which promote the growth of healthy hair, using castor oil in your hair care products will allow your hair to be gorgeous and healthy.

Coconut Oil 76-  This all around wonderful oil is awesome for maintaining a healthy head of hair.  However, if you are seeking to repair hair stands that have been heat damaged, or you notice your hair is dry, coconut oil 76 can help you out too.  Since the molecular structure of this particular oil allows for ideal penetration in each strand, what results after shampooing is a head of hair that is super soft, full bodied, and unbelievably manageable.  Containing lauric acid, capric acid, and vitamin e; coconut oil 76 revamps your hair and prevents future damage.  As an added bonus, using coconut oil 76 will also halt tangles. 

Like mentioned earlier, using any one of these oils or a combination of them will repair, revive, and maintain a healthy head of hair.  In a future blog post, we will be discussing light oils for hair care products and their beneficial elements.

 

candied apple scentCandied Apple Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

A beloved treat for many, candy apples are always a crowd pleaser.  They not only have a truly unique visual appeal, but they also have another distinctive characteristic.  An unmistakable aroma delicately balanced between the sweetness of sugar and the crispness of juicy apple.  A delicious and delectable treat for over a hundred years, candy apples are always high in demand.  With Natures Gardens Candied Apple Scent, you are now able to scent your products with this well known and popular fragrance.  Working extremely well across the board, not only does this candied apple scent rank as a best seller for many of our customers, but they also recommend that you set aside some product and save it for yourself.

What does Candied Apple Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an irresistible blend of juicy apples, rounded out with notes of sweet plums and ripened strawberries; enhanced with a splash of lime, orange zests, with sharp green notes.  A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Candied Apple Fragrance Oil?

For the wonderful people who make candles or home scenting items; our customers use this candied apple scent in their soy waxes like 415 and 464, pillar of bliss wax, paraffin wax, parasoy blends, Joy wax, and J223 wax.  The scent throw with this fragrance is awesome in both hot and cold.  With a long lasting and strong aroma, candied apple scent also performs well in scenting incense, smelly jellies, hanging air fresheners, and reed diffusers.  In fact, some of our clients even use this oil in their electric oil burners, and absolutely love how their homes smell.

As for scenting bath and body products, this candied apple scent is a guaranteed hit!  The usage rate for this delicious scent is 5%.  It does contain a vanillin content of 1.2%, so vanilla white color stabilizer is recommended to help reduce discoloration in the finished product. This yummy fragrance is used to scent:  Body Butters, Lotions, Body Splashes, Melt and pour soaps, bath whips, shower gels, sugar scrubs, and bubble bars.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, you are going to love this scent.  Here are the official results:  Perfect pour.  No acceleration.  Scent sticks nicely.  Discolors to a tan color.

Bath Bomb Tips

Posted by Deborah Ward on June 30th, 2014 in bath and body, bath bombs, bath fizzes, Fragrance Oils, Natures Garden | No Comments »

bath bomb tipsBath Bomb Tips

Recently, the creative team at Natures Garden has been working on various bath bomb/ bath fizzy recipes.  As with anything homemade it seems like there are endless possibilities.  Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Natures Garden carries over 800 fragrances, so it is totally viable to really achieve some super unique bath bomb concepts.

Needless to say, in our quest to discover new and interesting concepts within the realm of bath bombs; we stumbled upon amazing tips and interesting concepts.

For anyone that has never made a bath bomb, that oh so enjoyable fizz that the bath bomb gives off when added to water is produced by a reaction between the baking soda and the citric acid.  Once these two ingredients are met with water, fizzing ensues.

A bath bomb recipe broken down into percentages is largely dry ingredients, usually around 90-98%.  The other remaining 2-10% is liquids, whether that be distilled water, witch hazel,  skin loving oils or butters, colorants, fragrance; or a combination of them.  Depending on the amount of fizz that you are looking to attain in your bath bomb, the ratio of baking soda to citric acid is about 2 to 1.  That means that for every 454 grams of baking soda, you will add 227 grams of citric acid.

Generally, for our bath bomb recipes, we try to keep our dry ingredients around 95-98% of the total recipe.  This leaves a 2-5% liquid content.  We have found that this ratio does produce a drier bath bomb mixture to work with; but it also produces a bath bomb that is packed full of fizz.  When going this route, the key to remember is to spritz witch hazel into the ingredients only as needed to get the mixture to be a crumbly dough consistency.

When using a fillable ornament as a mold, spritzing both ends of the bath bomb with witch hazel before connecting allows just the right amount of reaction to occur in order to bind the two halves together.  There are also many bath bomb crafters that unmold their bath bombs and then spritz with witch hazel.  With this method, as the bath bomb dries, and the water portion of the witch hazel evaporates, a harder bath bomb is created.  This little tip comes in handy for both display ideas and shipping reasons.

As for when a bath bomb recipe calls for the addition of water, there is also a little trick of the trade that can be used.  Completing all of the bath bomb steps but withholding the addition of citric acid until the very end helps to reduce the amount of premature fizzing in the bowl.  The end result is still the same; a hard bath bomb.  However, since the citric acid is added after the liquids have already been introduced and incorporated into the mixture, only a very small amount of fizzy action occurs in the bowl; increasing that wonderful fizz for your bathtub.

 

For anyone that is interested in making bath bombs, or currently makes them; these little tricks do work.