Hawaiian scentPuakenikeni Hawaiian Flower Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The Puakenikeni flower is found on the Hawaiian Islands but is also available by some mainland florists.  These very inviting flowers are found on bushes and trees in the Pacific Islands.  They are most often used to make leis that are very fragrant and simply lovely.  In fact, these leis are one of the main things a tourist looks forward to when visiting Hawaii.  The translation of puakenikeni literally means, ‘ten-cent flower’ because its blooms were once strung and sold as ten-cent leis!  This Hawaiian scent is strong, and reminds one of the beautiful gardenia.  The puakenikeni flower colors can range anywhere from white-ish yellow to orange and even to rich gold.  Our replica of the Puakenikeni flower has been describe as “spot on” by one of our clientele who lives in Hawaii, and this was quite a compliment for this Hawaiian scent!

What does Puakenikeni Hawaiian Flower Fragrance Oil smell like?

The Hawaiian flower typically used in leis.  This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a delicate, yet exotic heady blend of velvety island floral and lush greens which invoke feelings of intrigue, sensuality and femininity.

How do our customers use Puakenikeni Hawaiian Flower Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters out there; Puakenikeni Hawaiian Flower Fragrance Oil is used in Soy, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  This Hawaiian scent is very aromatic and has incredible cold and hot scent throw.  This flower fragrance oil also works well for oil burners, aroma beads, smelly jellies, or reed diffusers.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is fantastic!  The usage rate for this Hawaiian scent is 5% and does contain a .06% vanillin content.  This amazing flower fragrance is used to scent: solid lotion bars, bath bombs, body scrubs, spray lotions, perfumes, melt and pour soaps, bath gels, whipped body butters, and salt bars.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance had a very good scent retention.  Here are the official results: Accelerates trace (not suggested for swirls, but nice for peaks), no ricing, no separation, no discoloration.  Awesome scent retention!

mothers day candleIf you are interested in a wonderful recipe using this Hawaiian scent, please click on this link to view the Mothers Day Candle Recipe.

Wine ScentCabernet Sauvignon Wine Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Cabernet Sauvignon has a long history that was first introduced in  the year 1820.  After decades of experimentation, the general view of Cabernet Sauvignon has improved as more winemakers find ways to complement their native grape varieties with Cabernet as a blending component.  The grape itself is small with seeds, and has a thick black skin.  It has a not too sweet grape flavor that is inviting and pleasurable.  When it comes to this wine scent, our customers were astounded with the performance of Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Fragrance in their products.  There is no strong “alcohol” scent and they are left with a wonderful grape aroma that is surprisingly delightful, full bodied, and completely high in demand when it comes to wine scents.

What does Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the sweet aroma of wild grapes enhanced with hints of strawberries and sweet sugary notes with a light alcoholic background. A wonderful aroma of red sweet cabernet wine.  An NG Original Scent!

How do our customers use Cabernet Sauvignon Fragrance Oil?

For any candle crafters and home scenters, Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Fragrance Oil is used in WOW, Joy, Pillar of Bliss, and Soy waxes.  The scent has very strong hot and cold throw, especially in soy and Joy waxes.  This delightful wine scent is even used in oil burners, room fresheners, aroma beads, and smelly jellies.

For any bath and body crafters, this fragrance oil offers uniqueness for your line.  The usage rate for this wine scent is 3%.  Cabernet Sauvignon does have a vanillin content is 6.5%, so Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is advised by our customers to stabilize discoloration in finished products.  The most common products that customers use this wine scent to make are: spritz lotions, whipped body butters, bath bombs, salt scrubs, melt and pour soaps, and bath gels.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance oil is unmatched.  Here are the official results: Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, discolors to a dark brown, but is totally worth it.

scented markers recipeIf you are interested in a Natures Garden recipe using this wine scent, please click on this link to view the Scented Markers Recipe.

Annual Alabama Soap Meeting The Annual Alabama Soap Meeting

Another gathering is quickly approaching that Natures Garden will be attending; the 16th Annual Alabama Soap Meeting!  Taking place from Friday, June 6th through Saturday, June 7th, this event has a jammed packed schedule of fun and informational classes.

The Annual Alabama Soap Meeting will be yet another first for Natures Garden.  The Natures Garden representative attending this year will be Cindy.  She is once again super excited at the opportunity to meet even more of our wonderful customers in attendance, and many new faces!

Held at the Doster Memorial Community Center in Prattville, Alabama; this event promises “fun, fellowship, food, education, and awesome shopping opportunities”.  It really looks to be quite the amazingly planned event.

So, if you are interested and willing to move quickly, you still have time to register.  Ending May 31st, you will not only be able to meet Cindy, but you can have the opportunity to attend some amazing and informative classes covering quite the array of various market related topics.  Besides all of the fun and knowledgeable festivities, you will also receive a goodie bag, and the chance to win numerous door prizes during the two day event.

As per our usual vendor booth set up, Cindy will be bringing a sample of every fragrance oil that Natures Garden currently carries.  So, once again, if you plan on attending, you will have the opportunity to sniff every different fragrance oil to your heart’s content.  And, let’s not forget if you are there, stop by and say hello!

Natures Garden is currently taking pre orders if you are planning on attending the Annual Alabama Soap Meeting.  Cindy will also be bringing the orders with her, so if you pre order, you can save on shipping.  There is also a 5% discount if you act fast.  Just make sure if you want to partake in this fabulous deal that when placing the order you write in the special comments section:  I need this order delivered to the Alabama Gathering.  Once this is established for your order, you will be credited for the shipping cost, as well as the 5% discount on your merchandise.  This deal is effective through June 3rd.

Hope to see you there!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

flower scentHydrangea Heaven Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

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

What does Hydrangea Heaven Fragrance Oil smell like?

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

How do our customers use Hydrangea Heaven Fragrance Oil?

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

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

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

Renewing Scent

Posted by Deborah Ward on May 24th, 2014 in candle fragrance oils, cold process soap, Fragrance Oils, Natures Garden, Soap making supplies | Comments Off

renewing scent Spring Rain Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

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

What does Spring Rain Fragrance Oil smell like?

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

How do our customers use Spring Rain Fragrance Oil?

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

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

Cookie Scent

Posted by Deborah Ward on May 24th, 2014 in bath and body, candle fragrance oils, Fragrance Oils, Natures Garden, Soap making supplies | Comments Off

Cookie ScentPeanut Butter Cookie Fragrance Oil-Fragrance Oil Spotlight

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

What does Peanut Butter Cookie Fragrance Oil smell like?

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

How do our customers use Peanut Butter Cookie Fragrance Oil?

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

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

Royal Scent

Posted by Deborah Ward on May 23rd, 2014 in candle fragrance oils, cold process soap, Fragrance Oils, Natures Garden, soap fragrances | Comments Off

royal scent Queen of the Nile Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Cleopatra who was the Queen of the Nile, was the last acting pharaoh of ancient Egypt.  She was very powerful and knew exactly what she desired.  She had many conquests that included the most powerful of men, such as Caesar and Marc Antony who could not escape her sexual and aesthetic appeal.  But it wasn’t just them, her subjects were also awed with her immaculate beauty.    Queen of the Nile Fragrance Oil holds true to the alluring Cleopatra.  This exotic and royal scent is so lovely that the attraction is effortless before you too are conquered.  And when it comes to this royal scent in homemade products, it is by far one of NG’s favorite feminine fragrances.

What does Queen of the Nile Fragrance Oil smell like? Exotic and fragrant, this fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a glorious night blooming lily which exudes notes of a sensuous floral musk paired with cassis and ripe berries.

How do our customers use Queen of the Nile Fragrance Oil? For all of you candle crafters out there; Queen of the Nile Fragrance Oil is used in Soy, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  This royal scent is very aromatic and has fabulous hot and cold scent throw.  But, it doesn’t stop there!  Queen of the Nile fragrance oil also works very well for room fresheners; whether it is oil burners, smelly jellies, or sachet beads. For bath and body end of things, this royal scent is a dominating one!  The usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5% and does contain a .68% vanillin content.  However, our testing of this fragrance showed no discoloration in soap; therefore use your own discretion as to whether or not to add Vanilla White Color Stabilizer. This amazing and feminine fragrance is used to scent: solid lotion bars, bath bombs, body sprays, spray lotions, perfumes, melt and pour soaps, body scrubs, bath gels, whipped body butters, and salt bars.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is awesome.  Here are the official results:Very slight acceleration.  No separation.  A good scent, pretty and feminine.  No discoloration.

heavy whipping cream soap recipe If you are interested in a Natures Garden recipe using this royal scent, please click on this link to view the Cleopatra Heavy Cream Cold Process Soap Recipe.

 

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Clamshell Bath Melt

Posted by Deborah Ward on May 22nd, 2014 in bath and body, bath products, beeswax, Fragrance Oils, Natures Garden | Comments Off

clamshell bath meltNow, you can make your very own homemade clamshell bath melt by following these very simple instructions.  The clamshell bath melt takes no time to make, smells amazing, and comes complete in its own packaging.  It literally does not get any easier than this recipe!

All of the ingredients needed to make this super easy recipe can be found at Natures Garden.

Now, besides all of the skin loving benefits of bath melts; one of the coolest aspects is that you can cater you bath melt to your specific liking.  By switching out the scent, herb, oil, or butter, you can make an array of clamshell bath melts.  If you would like to see the complete list of butters and oils you can choose from, please click on this link, or click on this link if you would like to see the herb selection.  If you would like to view the variety of fragrances that Natures Garden carries, in finding the perfect scent for your clamshell bath melt, please click on this link.  Just remember to select a scent that is body safe!

However, if you would like to follow this clamshell bath melt recipe exactly, here is the items and weights that you will need:
230 grams Mango Butter- an exotic, luxurious butter that is super moisturizing
16 grams White Beeswax- leaves your skin feeling silky soft
10 grams Grapeseed Oil - this oil is high in antioxidants and easily absorbs into the skin
10 grams Lavender Flowers Whole- for both decorative purposes, as well as aromatic and relaxation reasons
4 grams Kismet Fragrance Oil - A winner of a scent!  This is the fragrance description:  Beginning with fresh top notes of sweet orange and lavender; followed by a sleek woody blend of patchouli, incense and golden amber embracing the heart and soul inside oneself.

Now, there are a few things that you will want to note about bath melts.  First, if you are not fond of the idea of herbs going down your drain, you can always place the bath melts inside a pull string tea bag.  This will still allow the bath melt to function, but will keep all of the herbs inside.  Then, when you are ready simply throw the tea bag (with the herbs inside) away.  Secondly, it is the nature of bath melts to begin to melt just from physical contact with skin (or warm water).  It is not advised to keep your melts where they are susceptible to heat or direct sunlight, or to ship this type of bath and body product.

And, finally the steps (with pictures included):

First and foremost, as always clean and sanitize your work area.

melting the ingredients

Then, using the double boiler method, weigh out and melt the following ingredients: the Mango Butter, the Grapeseed Oil, and the Beeswax.

scenting the bath melts

Once you see that all the ingredients are melted, remove them from the heat source.  Next, add the Kismet Fragrance Oil.  Then, stir to incorporate.

prepping the clamshells

Now, lay out your 4 clamshell containers on a flat surface.

pouring the bath melts

Then, slowly begin to pour the bath melt mixture into your clamshells.  Do not fill the clamshells all the way full.  Make sure you leave room for the lavender flowers to go on top.

weigh out the lavender

Next, weigh out the 10 grams of lavender flowers.

sprinkle lavender herbs on top

Once you notice that the bath melts have started to set up slightly, there will be a thin film.  At this point, it is time to sprinkle the clamshells with the lavender flowers.  Because the lavender flowers are so light, you may have to apply light pressure to ensure they stick to the top of the bath melt.

freeze the bath melts

When the clamshell bath melts are hard enough to move, place them in the freezer for 30 minutes.

clamshell bath melts

That is it!  Remove your clamshell bath melts from the freezer, and snap the lid shut.

Your clamshell bath melts are now ready for use!

When you are ready to use them:   Only one bath melt is needed per bath.  Place one bath melt cube into the bath tub under warm running water.  Enjoy!

Please Note:  Be Careful: Your bath tub will be slippery from the oils and butters once the bath melt has melted.

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.

 

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Gemini Scents

Posted by Deborah Ward on May 21st, 2014 in candle fragrance oils, Fragrance Oils, Natures Garden, soap fragrances, zodiac scents | Comments Off

gemini scentsGemini Scents

Once again, it is that time to officially change the zodiac sign!  This year we wanted to do something a bit different.  So, for a little fun, we thought of researching exactly what fragrances appeal to people under a particular zodiac sign.  And, what we found in our search was what aromatic notes most likely correspond with certain astrological signs.  These fragrance oil suggestions contain aromatic notes that a person born under a specific Zodiac sign will like based on their common personality traits.

Beginning May 21st, Geminis energetically become the driving force in the spotlight. So, we at Natures Garden would like to be the first to announce, Happy Birthday Gemini!  And then cordially invite everyone to the fascinating world of Gemini scents.

Geminis are considered people born between the dates of May 21st and June 21st.

Sadly, we currently do not have anyone working at Natures Garden that is a Gemini.  However, we have friends and family that are Geminis.  They are a fun loving crowd that love to talk.  Being that they are highly intellectual, geminis are constantly questioning and are forever thirsting for knowledge.  And, dueled with their intellect, they are also vastly creative.  Since geminis balance a life of inquisitiveness and wisdom they are often the life of a social gathering and really know how to work a room.  But, on the flip side; geminis can also be great listeners who can tap into their library of information and experience and offer sound advice.

Gemini-  Clever, Imaginative, Adaptable, Spirited
Symbol- the Twins
Sign-  Air

This intellectual group is not only polite and energetic, but also adaptable to any situation. Dueling both a chatty side and a sympathetic ear, people with this sign need diversity. Gemini’s have a true admiration for fragrance oils that present a contrast but still manage to come together to make a beautiful aroma.

People that have the sign of Gemini really take to these fragrance notes:

Fruits: Grapefruit, Lemon, Tangerine

Herbs: Lavender, Spearmint, Peppermint

Nuts: Hazelnut, Walnut, Almond

Fragrance Oil and Scent Suggestions:

scents for gemini

 

Ruby Red Grapefruit Scent by Natures Garden

Lemon Lavender Type Scent by Natures Garden

Jack Frost Scent by Natures Garden

Maple Walnut Fudge Scent by Natures Garden

If you are interested in seeing other zodiac sign fragrance suggestions, please click on the link.