Posts Tagged ‘bath and body products’

Strawberry Passion Fragrance Oil

Monday, November 18th, 2013

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Rated by our customers as the “perfect strawberry scent”, Strawberry Passion fragrance is the real deal when it comes to authenticity.  This sweet and amazing scent smells just like fresh cut strawberries, with no artificial notes on this yummy fragrance.  A mouth watering and well rounded aroma, strawberry passion fragrance oil is a best seller year round, but especially moves for Valentine’s Day!

What does Strawberry Passion Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a rich ripened strawberry fragrance with bottom notes of cotton candy and French vanilla. Your customers will love it! A Best Seller!  An NG Original Fragrance!

How Do Our Customers Use Strawberry Passion Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters out there; strawberry passion fragrance oil is used in Palm, soy, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  If you are looking for a cute and creative spin, this scent also makes awesome pie candles.  Strawberry Passion has a strong and steady hot throw and a divine cold throw.  This fragrance oil also works great in oil burners, as well as for room fresheners, whether it is odor eliminator, smelly jellies, or sachet beads.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is a winner!  The usage percent of Strawberry Passion Fragrance Oil is 5%, and the Vanillin Content is 8.3% so Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is advised by our customers to stabilize discoloration in finished products.  This amazing fragrance is used to make: liquid soaps, solid lotion bars, bath bombs, body scrubs, lotions, perfumes, melt and pour soaps, body sprays, bath gels, whipped butters, body mists, and massage oils.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance did awesome.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration.  Discolors to a dark chocolate.

Top 50 Soap Making Blogs

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

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Soap making has grown from a hobby, to a seriously competitive trade that attracts new talent all the time. The trick is finding the right soap making blogs to get the best recipes, ingredient list, tutorials, and expert advice to learn the pro’s tips on soap making. What I have created is the ultimate online resource that compiles the best of the best soap making blogs into one post.

I wanted to create a quality resource for people seeking information about soap making so I’ve collected what I believe to be some of the top soap making blogs out there. I endorse them so much that I’ve created a badge for them to display and be endorsed as one of the top soap making blogs on the Internet. The order below is not in any particular order. They are all #1 in my eyes.

Best Soap Making Blogs

1. Evik – The Curious Soapmaker – Evik has been making soap since she accidentally discovered a natural soap making book while browsing her favorite book store. Suddenly, she became more interested in a natural lifestyle and became a vegetarian and started learning more about the products and ingredients she was using in her every day life. Learn from her passion for soapmaking, the importance of selecting the proper ingredients, and basic recipes tutorials and principles.

2. Jennifer Young – Jennifer has a successful business of soaps, lip balms, salves and more. What makes her, and her blog, stand out are the four principles she runs her business by: she enjoys what she does, only uses natural ingredients in her products, supports the local community and economy, and treats the environment well. Kuddos to you Jennifer!

3. Amanda Griffin – Amanda shares her passion for soap making, and her gratitude for being a part of the “soaping” community. She loves all things soap, including talking, sharing, and teaching soap making. Follow her site for handmade soap, bath and body products, reviews, interviews, how-to’s and more.

4. Ruth Esteves – Ruth was trained as a laboratory assistant, and found herself craving more creativity in her life. She fused her passion for soapmaking with a career, and has successfully combined her talents for a business that “feeds her soul,” since 2006. Now she sells, teaches, and speaks about soapmaking and has even recently published her first eBook.

5. Rebecca Dillon – Soap Delicatessen is a one woman operation that has been running since 2001. She started out making soap as an alternative to commercial brands that often irritated her very sensitive skin. Over a decade later, now she creates her own unique recipes for various skin and bath products and sells them on her site.

6. Rene Whitlock – Rene started with aromatherapy and essential oils before she discovered her love for soap making. Now she passionately shares her discovery for better ingredients, natural products, and converting commercial product consumers to products more beneficial for their skin and the planet.

7. TheSoapBar.com – The Soap Bar is a fun spot for the soap makers out there. This site is loaded with contests, challenges, creative new tips and ideas, and wonderful tutorials to keep your soap making fresh and inspired. Follow along for wonderful recipes and a fun community of soap makers.

8. TheSoapMagician - Sharon has done her homework and has plenty of certificates to prove it. She has been making soap for well over a decade, and has no plans on stopping. Share her fountain of knowledge from aromatherapy to holistic uses of herbs, and how she incorporates all that into soap making.

9. TheSoapSister.com – This country gal loves her handmade soap and she can’t deny it! Her soap, Heirloom, is featured in local shops and on etsy. She shares the joys of soapmaking, making a messing, learning the tricks, and more on her oh-so-passionate blog.

10. TierraVerdeSoaps.com – A true self-proclaimed soap nerd, this mom has an entrepenurial spirit and a true talent at that. Follow her exploration of soap making where art meets science. Beautiful pictures are always the end result that you’ll find yourself wishing you could smell through your computer screen.

11. Stacie – Another successful business created as the result of a suffering tale of overly sensitive skin. Stacie’s first line of products resulted in her true love for sharing her results with others and the benefits she discovered in natural soaps. Share her recipes and learn about her new products, and cute crafts, on this charming site.

12. Angela – Angela, and her husband Brian, are the savvy creators of this blog that will educate and inspire you to spend more time together creating healthier, more natural products for you and your family. Browse their recipes and tutorials; it’s a great place to get started at making your own soaps.

13. SoaphisticatedLady.com – Beginner soap makers rejoice; here is the perfect spot for you to try your talent at soap making. Learn the basic process of melt-and-pour (MAP) soap making, and new tips and tricks “not available anywhere else.” A wonderful place to learn recipes, colors, and fragrance tips for your first, or twentieth batch of soaps.

14. Gavin Webber – Gavin’s site is delightfully personal, refreshingly real, and absolutely inspiring. He deems himself an ordinary man that had a sudden epiphony while watching a documentary and seriously overhauled his life. Follow his progressively shrinking carbon footprint, and marvel at his conversion to a green life.

15. TheNerdyFarmWife.com – A true self-proclaimed soap nerd, this mom has an entrepenurial spirit and a true talent at that. Follow her exploration of soap making where art meets science. Beautiful pictures are always the end result that you’ll find yourself wishing you could smell.

16. Tiggy – Future Primitive Soap Co.’ is Tiggy’s blog to share, and sell, her fine bath goods and aromatic oils. With names as catchy as the ingredients list, you will likely be as intrigued as you are curious. Inspire the soapmaker in you, or buy from the creator of soaps like, “Mama Didn’t Listen So I Told The Bees soap.”

17. Annie – Follow Annie’s adventures through soap making and “other things.” Shop her homemade lip balms, custom cupcake soaps, and body butters. She posts her creations on her blog, often swaying reading over to her “shop,” section linking to her good-enough-to-eat etsy store where she sells all of her fabulous creations.

18. Jenny – From melt-and-pour soap making to cold process soap, Jenny shares her hobbyist adventures in all things soapy. Follow her recipes through candle making, soaps of all colors and styles, and even men’s shaving cream.

19. BurntMill.com – This busy crafter may slack on the updates, but certainly not on the content. Follow some amazing recipes for colorful soaps. Learn how to make soap for a baby or bridal shower from start to finish, or give soap to friends and family and save some money this holiday.

20. SoapAndRestless.com – Did you know pictures of soap could literally make your mouth water? If you don’t believe me, check out ‘Soap and Restless,’ and just scroll through the photos. Those soaps are so beautifully made they honestly look good enough to eat. What’s not to love that the recipes, and plenty of tips and tricks, are shared for readers to delightfully attempt to recreate.

21. Erin Nute – Erin has learned the in’s and out’s of soap making and is happy to share her successes, and failures, so that you can create your own natural products. She’ll teach you layering techniques, color tips, and even how to make a long-lasting bar of soap. If you like what you read, you can pick up her new book, “Soap Making Made Easy.”

22. Patrice – Even those that don’t make soaps will fall in love with Patrice’s blog. She shares her passion for soap making, candle making, bath goods, and oil, but her personality is what keeps you coming back for more. Patrice has been at it for years, so share what she’s learned and have fun!

23. Bianca – This Brooklyn-based beauty is a full-time designer and hobbyist soap maker. Her blog is a meeting place for the best of both of her talents; where soap making meets design. Eye candy for the masses here, but definitely visual inspiration for the soap makers and designer readers.

24. Claudia Mold – Follow a busy mom of six through crafting projects, soap making, cooking, of raising her kids. Learn the recipe behind her “happy,” rainbow soap, or her mouth-watering handmade cheeseburger.

25. Erica Pence – Erica’s blog is more inspiration than the secrets of soap making, and if I were you, I’d listen. This business woman is savvy, successful, and passionate about what she does. She shares all of her interests from bath and body, to candles and business advice. Need more? Check out her tutorials and contests.

26. HorseOPeaceRanch.com – What a fun story behind this successful soap making business. After deciding to use some leftover goat’s milk to make some soap, an event 10 days later led to the first selling and teaching of soap making. Business officially began just months later, and has been a success ever since.

27. Magdoline – Addicted to Soap,’ started out of a mom’s need to help her eczema diagnosed children heal their sensitive skin. An encouraging husband pushed her to start selling her beautiful creations, and alas, a business was born. Browse the site, take a class, discover the joy of soap making.

28. LionAndRoseSoap.com – Handmade soap is an art, a hobby, but most importantly a passion. ‘Lion and Rose Handmade Soap,’ has them all. Share in the day-to-day family life behind this soap-making mom, and enjoy her honest opinion, recipes, and delightful creations on her site.

29. Aunt Nancy – Aunt Nancy’s blog is chock-full of homemade soap recipes. From pumpkin soap, to oatmeal & honey goat milk soap, you’ll have enough recipes here to keep you busy for an entire year (and more!)

30. Amy Warden – Amy’s soap is a work of art. If you have a few minutes and want some inspiration, I highly recommend going to her website and reviewing the amazing concoctions she has created. Absolutely stunning!

31. Tatania – Tatania’s soap is so beautiful it looks more like artisan fudge. I’d caution you against making her banofee pie soap as you really might confuse it for fudge!

32. Cee – Cee’s soap recipes are so unique! Pumpkin maple soap… Doesn’t get any better than that for fall, does it? How about a gift for mom of cocoa butter soap with lavender and lemon infused oil? My goodness! A must bookmark blog.

33. Jennifer – Add Jennifer to your list of soap blogs you must follow. From peppermint bark soap to polka dot themed apple, peach & cinammon, her soap recipes will inspire you for hours.

34. HomeMadeBathProducts.com – HomeMadeBathProducts is a site I know you will love! The writers feature great recipes and products from around the web.

35. Angela – Jamaican vanilla café, Hummingbird, Hula Hula… Angela’s soap names are as unique as the soap itself. Great photos and great blog… Just wish she provided more of her recipes.

36. Sabons Carmeta – This Spanish soap blog features beautiful soap recipes… From lavender and shea to Marigold… You won’t be disapointed by Sabons Carmeta.

37. Celine – Celine’s soap looks like it could be decoration in a pop movie. Full of sparkles, ridges & beauty, you’ll be hard-pressed to find more bubbilicious soap photos than hers.

38. Sue – Although the content has rarely been updated over the last few years, this blog features beautiful soap that you just must look into.

39. T.A. Helton – I Just love what T.A. Helton does with her blog. Occasionally you’ll see her featuring ‘soap porn’ so you can admire the greatest soaps she makes on her site, from apples & oak to bay rum spice… we love it all!

40. Elizabeth – Elizabeth shares her soap making adventures on this blog and we love it! She even shares how she uses her Vitamix for soap making (And for smoothies!).

41. Julia – Julia’s Spanish soap making blog is amazing. Beautiful designs, photos, packaging… You get the entire package here.

42. Milla – Milla not only shares photos of her end results, but even creates videos of how she prepares her soap. Definitely worth a read!

43. Super Soapers – Super Soapers is amazing: They feature soap artists every month to help inspire and educate you. This is one you must bookmark.

44. Ana Maria – Ana Maria shares her soap making adventures in this Spanish soap making blog. Just wish there were more recipes to accompany her beautiful photos

Our Favorite Soap Recipes

45. Nina Nelson – Nina shares her recipe for a homemade herbal bar soap here. She uses marshmallow root and calendula petals to make this bar soap very soothing and healing.

46. Allyson – Allyson shares 3 homemade dish soap recipes. They are all natural and quick and easy to make. She leaves out essential oils, but you can easily toss some lavender, cinnamon, peppermint or anything your heart desires in and it will work perfectly.

47. Stephanie – Pink grapefruit soap! Love it! Stephanie shares this unique soap recipe idea here. We definitely encourage you to try it.

48. Liz Marie – Liz has been using a DIY laundry soap recipe for over a year. After a year of refining her recipe, she finally has made it perfect and shares her secrets with you.

49. Clare – Another goat milk recipe! This time with orange and calendula. Thanks, Clare, for the great inspiration!

50. Brandy – Brandy shares her homemade poppy seed soap recipe here… I can’t wait to give this a go. Her photos are beautiful and the end result is even more gorgeous.

Bergamot & Tarragon Leaves Fragrance Oil

Sunday, July 28th, 2013
Bergamot & Tarragon Leaves Fragrance Oils

Bergamot & Tarragon Leaves Fragrance Oil is a Natures Garden Original as well as a Best Selling fragrance. This fragrance oil is a great spa-like scent that will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized with a unique combination of citrus and herb.

 

Bergamot & Tarragon Leaves Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

You will want to liven up your product line with this unique fragrance.  The combination of energizing and uplifting citrus coupled with the down to earth notes of oakmoss and bamboo, leave you wanting to do nothing more than to keep smelling it over and over again.  This unique crisp scent is one that should not get lost in the mix.  This fragrance oil was also included in our Fan Favorite Fragrance Oils.

What does Bergamot & Tarragon Leaves Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Natures Garden Bergamot & Tarragon Leaves Fragrance:  A truly spectacular spa-like fragrance with top notes of tarragon leaves, grapefruit, and lime; followed by middle notes of bergamot and jasmine; well rounded with base notes of oakmoss and bamboo.

How Do Our Customers Use Bergamot & Tarragon Leaves Fragrance Oil?

For candles, tarts and air fresheners; Bergamot & Tarragon Leaves Fragrance Oil performed perfectly in 100% soy, Gel, Wow, Joy, and Ecosoya waxes.  This fragrance oil has an excellent scent throw in all waxes and considered a favorite among many of our wax crafters.  This fragrance performs extremely well in aroma beads.

On the bath and body end, this fragrance is a favorite.  The usage percent for Bergamot & Tarragon Leaves Fragrance Oil is 5%, and is used to make:  cupcake bath bombs, shower gels, goat’s milk m&p soaps, glycerin soap, homemade lotions, bubble baths, shampoo, and bubble bombs; just to name a few.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance oil received awesome reviews.   Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration.  No discoloration.  Scent holds well.  In fact, one of the reviews stated, “CP soaped and had enough time for a swirl. The scent does NOT fade like a lot of citrusy scents do.”

If you are looking for an amazing project using Natures Gardens Bergamot & Tarragon Leaves Fragrance Oil, check out Natures Gardens free recipe for the Bergamot & Tarragon Hair Conditioner Recipe.   FYI- this is the best hair conditioner ever!

Why You Exfoliate Your Skin

Friday, July 26th, 2013
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Not only can Dead Sea Salt be used to decorate the tops of soap but it also provides gentle exfoliation.

 

Why You Exfoliate Your Skin

Everyone knows the purpose and functions of the major organs in the human body, but many overlook one of the most important organs we have: our skin.  The human body’s skin is actually the largest organ of the body.  The total surface area on average for adults is about 22 square feet, and can weigh up to 8 pounds.  Now that is a whole lot of skin to love.

Our body’s skin is constructed of several layers of ectodermic tissue.  This tissue’s main purpose is to protect the muscles, organs, ligaments, and bones underneath it.  Skin, however also has a purpose to protect the body on the outside too.  Most notably our skin allows for our sense of touch.  Thousands of nerve endings in each square inch of our skin allow for the gentlest of caresses to be felt.  Our skin also works as an impenetrable defensive wall protecting our bodies from harmful pathogens and pollution from the outside world.  It has the capability to control our body’s temperature both preserving heat to increase body temperature as well as radiating heat to cool down the body.  Our skin is even water resistant preventing any precious nutrients from being washed down the drain.

One of the greatest aspects of our skin is that it is forever changing.  Typically speaking for adults our skin completely replaces itself in a cycle running approximately every 30 days or so.  In fact, every single day that you are alive, your skin is shedding off dead skin cells, which then allows for new skin cells to take their place.  What this means for your appearance is more youthful and smoother looking skin if you know what to do.  If not handled correctly, you are looking at skin that is dull, uneven, blemished, and prone to wrinkles.

But, what do you do?  This is where exfoliation comes into play.  Exfoliation is the process of shedding off the outmost layer of dead skin cells from your body.  This is done so that the new skin cells can replace the dead ones.  After exfoliation, it is also prime time to treat your skin with moisturizers or toners.  Hello younger looking skin!

How Do You Exfoliate?

Exfoliation can be done in two different ways, the physical (or mechanical)- removing the dead skin by friction, and chemical- removing the dead skin by dissolving it.  For this blog post, we will be focusing on physical exfoliates.  The most notable of this form is scrubs.  The exfoliating aspect in homemade scrubs is usually in sugar, salt, cornmeal,  oatmeal, or other herbal form.  These substances when used in a skin treatment are safe and effective ways to remove dead skin cells, to make way for the new.

Usually, unless advised differently, exfoliants can be used once to twice a week during your normal washing routine if you have dry or sensitive skin, and for those that have oily skin, two to four times a week.  Regardless of your skin type, immediately stop exfoliating if your skin becomes irritated or a rash develops.

What Items that Make Great Exfoliants?

Ground up Oatmeal (rich in vitamins B and E)-  Oatmeal is a scrub leader because it titters the line of abrasion (because it removes dead skin cells by friction) but also is gentle enough for sensitive skin types.  Since oatmeal is soft, it does not have the rough jagged edges of an exfoliant like fruit pits or seeds so it will not irritate, making it use full body from head to toe.

Dead Sea Salt- High Mineral Content-  Dead sea salt contains essential minerals that are beneficial to the skin.  The addition of dead sea salt in your products will help draw out impurities in your skin, as well as provide gentle exfoliation to your skin.

Poppy Seed-  Poppy Seed can be used in soap, scrubs, and facial masks to add natural exfoliation.

Yogurt- yogurt contains lactic acid.  Lactic acid has alpha hydroxyl acid in it.  This acid is the same acid that is used as a chemical exfoliates.  When combined with other ingredients, yogurt in skin treatments allows for skin smoothening.  When used on a regular basis, yogurt rids your body of dry, rough patches.

Calendula PowderCalendula is used to help soften skin, and reduce inflammation.

Rosehip Powder-  Rosehips are the fruit of wild roses.  They contain high levels of vitamin C, in addition to vitamins E, A, and D.  Rosehips are used in skincare for its high level of antioxidants and anti-aging properties.

Cosmetic Clays-  These clays provide for gentle cleansing and gentle exfoliation.

Oat straw Green Powder-  Oat straw has long been used in skin, hair, and nail care recipes for its rejuvenating and softening qualities.

Orange Peel Powder-  Orange peel is loaded with nutrients for your skin: Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Vitamin B1, beta-carotene, and numerous other vitamins and minerals. Due to its high flavonoid content, orange peel acts as an anti-microbial and anti-bacterial agent in skincare products.

Adding any one of these natural exfoliants to your bath and body lines will provide not only the removal of the dead skin cells, but also give your skin the healthy benefits of the herbs in use.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

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 applicable. 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. We also do not offer any advice on formulating or altering recipes.

Butt Naked Fragrance Oil

Monday, July 15th, 2013
Butt Naked Fragrance Oil

Butt Naked Fragrance Oil is one of the best selling fragrance oils in the Natures Garden fragrance family. Many of our customers say it is one fragrance oil they can not keep in stock!

Butt Naked Fragrance Oil

Butt Naked Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Everybody needs a vacation now and then.  With one whiff of this fragrance oil, and you will feel like you are there; your perfect vacation spot complete with a fruity drink in your hand.  Please do not let the name fool you.  This fragrance oil has quite the criteria, it was a highly requested one by customers; it is top notch, and a best seller.   A great scent for both men and women; with Butt Naked fragrance oil in your corner your homemade products will certainly be head turners to your clientele.

What does Butt Naked Smell Like?

This fragrance has the tantalizing base note medley of granny smith apples and honeydew melon, middle notes of strawberries and pears, with hints of spice.

How Do Our Customers Use Butt Naked Fragrance Oil?

Butt Naked Fragrance Oil is considered to be a MUST HAVE fragrance by many of our customers. 

For those of you that are candle crafters; our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy, pillar, ecosoya, and Joy wax candles.  The scent is amazing.  Some of our customers even use Butt Naked Fragrance Oil in their oil burners and also make aroma beads with it too.

On the bath and body end, the possibilities for this fragrance oil are endless.  The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5%, and is used to make:  Melt and pour soaps, body butters, homemade lotions, bath melts, shower gels, perfume oils, body splashes, lotions bars, and bath bombs.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance received awesome reviews, but this fragrance oil will discolor.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, hot gel has slight oil scent, soap at cooler temperatures, do not insulate, no ricing, no acceleration, discolors to a chocolate.

How to Treat Your Feet for Summer

Thursday, July 11th, 2013
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The perfect kit for anyone who is seeking perfect summertime feet. This kit makes a great gift, but it is also an awesome treat to pamper yourself with.

How to Treat Your Feet for Summer

The one thing that gets me super excited about summer is “flip flop season.”  Living in the great state of Ohio, my flip flops really only get to be show cased for about 3 months.  I am not a huge shoe person, but when it comes to flip flops I have acquired what some would say is an extreme amount.

Is this a problem?  I don’t think so, in my mind I love having flip flops in every color to match my outfits and even some of my flip flops were purchased to match my moods.  They just have the capability to make me happy.  I even have a “flippity flop song” that I sing when I am trying to find a match.  My girls love to chime in too.  It looks like they may be inheriting my passion for flip flops.

When it comes to avid wearers of flip flops, like me, one thing that you have to take seriously is pampering of your feet.  Because wearing flip flops leaves little to the imagination for feet, there is a ton of skin exposed.  But, this is only a problem if you do take the proper precautions.

The skin of the feet actually relies on sweat glands to moisturize itself.  It is not like the skin on the rest of the body that contains oil glands to produce soft and supple skin.  Feet skin is naturally dry.  This however, is only a problem if you do not moisturize your feet regularly, or in some cases have a medical condition.

There are a few steps that you can take to help prevent dry and cracking feet.  They are
Moisturizing
Using a mild bar of soap when bathing
Drinking lots of water

I personally like to lotion after I shower, but occasionally I do take that special step in truly pampering my feet.  I swear by this recipe and love how my feet feel after I am done too.  For any of my true avid flip flop lovers out there, this is a remarkable way treat your feet, especially since they work so hard for you!

This recipe is super easy to make and since it calls for Dead Sea Salt, you now have the added bonus of using an ingredient that naturally draws impurities and toxins from your skin.  Plus, since it is Dead Sea salt (which exfoliates the skin), rubbing this mixture all over your feet will help to remove dead skin cells.

Citrus Peel Salt Scrub Recipe

Here are the ingredients:

1 cup finely ground dead sea salt
1/2 cup fractionated coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
1 teaspoon lemon peel powder
1 teaspoon orange peel powder
20 drops Ruby red grapefruit fragrance oil

Here are the steps:

Clean & Sanitize your work area and all of your packaging materials. It is suggested that you wear gloves, protective clothing, and a hair net while preparing this recipe.

Step 1: Mix 1 cup fine dead sea salt, 1/2 cup fractionated coconut oil, 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil, 1 teaspoon lemon peel powder, and 1 teaspoon orange peel powder.

Step 2: Add 20 drops of Ruby Red Grapefruit Fragrance Oil and mix.

Step 3: Spoon contents into jars and lid.

Your Citrus Peel Salt Scrub is now ready for use.  Not only will your feet look and feel great, they will also smell wonderful too.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

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 applicable. 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. We also do not offer any advice on formulating or altering recipes.

What are Fragrance Oils Made Of

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

fragrance oilWhat are fragrance oils made of?

Fragrance oils are a mixture composed of essential oils, synthetic aroma chemicals, and aromatic resins.  In order to achieve the scent that a perfumist is trying to achieve, the perfumist has more than 3000 different fragrance ingredients that he may use (natural and synthetic).  These ingredients come in the form of liquid, powder, or crystalline.  In order for a perfumist to be able to dissolve the powder and/or crystalline ingredients into liquid oil, he must use solvents.  A common solvent that has been used for over 50 years is DEP (Di Ethyl Phthalate).  While this solvent has been declared as safe by even the most intense worldwide standards, many companies, such as Natures Garden, decided years ago to only add fragrance oils to our line that were phthalate-free (at the request of many customers).  Additionally, 99% of our old fragrance oils were reformulated phthalate-free years ago; our perfumist used alternative solvents that were phthalate-free.

Although solvents are a necessary component in fragrance oil production, some companies may sell fragrance oils that contain diluents:  cutting agents that ultimately reduce the strength of a fragrance oil.  A common diluent is DPG (Di Propylene Glycol).  Important note to anyone who is using fragrance oils for candle making or soap making:  Never use fragrance oils that contain DPG for these applications.  DPG prevents a candle from burning correctly, and is one of the main reasons that Cold Process Soap seizes.  Natures Garden sells concentrated fragrance oils, and we never dilute our fragrance oils.   Although diluents should not be used for candle making or soap making, they are a necessary ingredient to use when making incense/potpourri (cones, sticks, and liquid).  Another example of the need to use diluents is when making candles with essential oils.  Some essential oils may need to be thinned out with a diluent so that they can properly travel up the wick and burn correctly.  Typical diluents added to essential oils for this purpose are:  iso Propyl Myristate, or di-Octyl Adipate.  Neither of these diluents are natural, but are effective for this purpose.  According to our perfumist, in order to create natural candles, fractionated coconut oil may be used as a diluent for essential oils; however, we have not personally tested this.  As stated above:  Never add DPG to essential oils for candle making or soap making.   All of the essential oils sold at Natures Garden are 100% pure and unadulterated.  Therefore, it is up to you to add diluents to them when making candles.

So, how does a perfumist create a fragrance oil?  We know that fragrance oils are a mix of essential oils, synthetic aromatic chemicals, and resins.  We know that a perfumist must use the proper solvents to dissolve powder and crystalline ingredients into the fragrance oil.  A perfumist can either duplicate an aroma by use of gas chromatographic (GC)-mass spectrometric (GC-MS) (which shows him the ingredients contained in a fragrance), or he can create a unique fragrance oil by combining the right combinations of top, middle, and base notes.

Top notes are the fragrance aromas that you smell when you first open the bottle.  This is because they tend to evaporate the quickest of other notes used in fragrance manufacturing.  Perfumists typically use between 15-25% of top notes in fragrance production.  Common examples of top notes are: Lemon, Orange, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Basil, Bergamot, Cardamom, Clary Sage, Coriander, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Neroli, Peppermint, Pine, Tea Tree, Thyme, and Lavender.

Middle notes provide the body of the fragrance, and are smelled after the top notes have faded. Perfumists typically use 30-40% middle notes when creating a fragrance oil.  Examples of middle notes are:  Chamomile, Cedar, Cinnamon, Clove, Frankincense, Geranium, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Palma Rosa, Jasmine, and Marjoram.

Base notes are the notes that tend to linger in the air, and are smelled last.  Base notes, such as musk, are the ingredients that give a fragrance “staying power”.  Without the use of base notes, fragrance notes will evaporate very quickly and not provide ample scent throw.  A perfumist typically uses 40-55% base notes in the formulation of a fragrance.  Base notes, such as musk, are one of the most expensive components in fragrance production.  Without the proper use of these ingredients, fragrance will not last very long.  Examples of base notes are:  Musk, Benzoin, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla, and Vetiver. The main perfume house that Natures Garden works with also owns multiple musk-manufacturing companies.  The partnership that we have with this perfumist allows us to keep our prices lower than most of our competition.  In fact, the majority of fragrance manufacturers rely on our perfumist to supply them with the musk components they need to manufacturer their scents.

It is important to understand that even though a perfumist has high-tech machinery at his disposal to analyze the components of a “smell”, perfumery is an art, reserved for individuals with the talent of blending fragrance notes to create beautiful fragrance accords. Perfumery is a science and a real art. Fragrance oils are protected under the “trade secret” clause of the FDA, therefore, perfumists never disclose a full ingredient list of the “art” that they created.  When selling a product in the US that is governed by the FDA, one must simply state the word “fragrance” on the label.  Ingredients of your product must be listed in descending order according to weight; which usually (but not always) means that fragrance is listed as one of the last ingredients on your label.

The alternative to fragrance oils is essential oils.  Although essential oils are natural and may provide therapeutic benefits, there are several drawbacks to using essential oils that should be mentioned:  1.  The cost of essential oils are typically much higher than fragrance oils, 2.  Essential oil prices can fluctuate based on weather, crops, and the trade relationships between countries, 3.  Essential oils are not as sustainable as fragrance oils, 4.  Essential oils do not provide the variety of scents that fragrance oils provide.  You will never get a vanilla essential oil, a blueberry muffin essential oil, or a strawberry essential oil; only fragrance oils can provide these scents, 5.  Essential oils can cause just as many allergic reactions as fragrance oils (perhaps even more).  In fact, if the EU is successful at preventing known allergens from being contained in perfumes, many of the most well-known perfumes will need to be reformulated without essential oils.  The majority of the 26 known allergens on the EU list are from natural sources; 16 are essential oil constituents and two are absolutes.   While the debate continues on whether you should use fragrance oils or essential oils in your finished products, Natures Garden carries both fragrance oils and essential oils (for those who want all-natural scents).  Regardless of whether you choose fragrance oil or essential oil, scent sells products.  Not only do scents allow people to smell nice, scents also have the ability to create memories.  What happy memories do you have with certain scents?  I’m certain you have many.

Thank you for relying on Natures Garden for your fragrance oils and essential oils!  Natures Garden has more than 16 years of experience in the fragrance industry, and we are the largest distributor of fragrance oils in the US.  Our fragrance oils and essential oils are truly priced at wholesale prices; allowing our customers to make quality products, and earn a higher profit margin themselves.

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Products Capturing Energy and Scent

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name: Hedge Root

Hedge Root uses Earth energy to create and recreate magic for those seeking it with enchanted herbs. Magic begins with intent so I create a herbal magical solution to manifest a desired goal. “Holistic Magic”

I create herb oils and herb textures that can take up to weeks and even months to capture the energy and scent I place in all Hedge Root products so when you place your order I then began to blend your selected scent and intent so that it comes to you fresh and charged.  Life in Herbal Magic ~ Be Blessed.

I only use Natures Garden fragrance oils in my products.  The oils blend so well with my herbal oil and herbal textures.  The scents such as Witches Brew, Queen of the Nile (an all-time favorite), and Berry Bewitching Brew I can never get enough of.   Goddess of the Universe is awesome when mixed in with the Shea Butters and the Aromatherapy scents. I also use Natures Gardens packaging supply for body washes and sprays as well.  AND I CANNOT FORGET THE RITZY BATH GEL AND THE SPRAY MIST!  THE GALLON SIZE LAST A VERY LONG TIME.  Natures Garden is perfect for business that use these products to grow their business and create products that are a true value.

I am Natures Gardens customer owner of Hedge Root ~ Liane Gil

PS, Thanks Natures Garden.

Your Website: www.HedgeRootInMagic.weebly.com www.HedgeRoot.Etsy.com

Bath Products Made with Goat’s Milk

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  Jerry McKay, Keldora’s Kreations

Started in 2001 by my late wife, Linda Kelly, Keldora’s Goat Milk Soap has been sold in farmer’s markets and various retailers throughout the Canadian Maritimes. She was a very crafty person and was always looking for new projects to try. One year, we had an abundant supply of goat’s milk, so after researching, she decided to try making soap. The first time she took the soap to the Tatamagouche Farmer’s Market with her crafts, she sold six out of nine bars and became very excited. Customers began asking for more scents and colors, so she expanded her selection, which included many fragrance oils from Nature’s Garden. Today, there are over 125 scents used for our product. She did start making other things with the goat’s milk, including shampoos, lotions, and candles, but as the years passed, she began to tire easy and was not able to keep up with the demand. Linda survived her first battle with cancer in 2005 but lost the fight when cancer was found again in 2013.

Since March, with the help of my daughter, Joyce and, Linda’s friend, Mary Ellen, the soap making has continued and customers have shown their loyalty with their support. Currently, we are looking to add more retailers to our wholesale list, and will be adding some of the previous products that were made by Linda back on our inventory list.

Many people have asked us how we came up with the name “Keldora”. Our children actually made the word out of our full names. Sitting together at the table, which was a feat in and of itself, they crossed out all the letters that were the same and were left with “Kel” from Kelly, “dor” from my first name Theodore, and “a” from Linda. The name was originally used for our petting farm, but continues as our soap business.

This year has started out rough for our family but we will keep working hard to make Keldora’s Kreations a success, worthy of Linda’s memory.

Most of our best selling bars are made with fragrance oils from Nature’s Garden. Here are: Spiritual Awakening, Indian Sandalwood, Bermuda Triangle, Tibetian Amber, Cranberry Orange, and Cool Clean Cotton.

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/KeldorasGoatMilkSoap

 

 

Beautiful Handmade Glycerin Soaps

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name: Teresa (Kathy) Rojas, Key West by Palms Soaps

I was raised in tropical Key West, Florida amongst many tropical fruits and beautiful colors and my soaps reflect these scents and colors.

Having always loved glycerin soaps and finding them getting horribly expensive I started creating them for myself.  I learned how to make handmade glycerin soap by researching online, joining groups and trial and error.  After my friends, family and co-workers kept asking me what I was wearing (it was my soap) or where did I get the beautiful soap in my bathroom and could I make some for them I started the process of correct labeling and packaging and started my business Key West by Palms Soaps.  Key West for where I was raised and Palms after our dog that we had recently lost to old age.

My soaps are created in small batches and with only the highest quality ingredients.  I produce something for everyone; men, women and children.  Key West by Palms Soaps also offers wedding/shower favors and wholesale orders.  Throughout each year we donate our product to many charitable contributions.

During the winter months you will find us all over South Florida at vendor events where customers can see and smell what we have to offer.

Our priorities are to provide beautiful, wonderfully smelling soaps that our clientele will be elated that they purchased from Key West by Palms Soaps.

Many of our bars are one of a kind in that once the loaf is sold we do not recreate the same thing over and over again.  Only a few of our bars are recreated and that is because of demand.  Custom requests are honored at no additional charge and are always welcomed.

We only purchase our fragrance oils from Nature’s Garden and would not shop anywhere else because of their quality and prices.

I only use Natures Garden fragrance oils – attaching a photo of your Juicy Couture Type fragrance oil.

Your Website:  http://www.keywestbypalms.com

Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/keywestbypalmssoaps

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/KeyWestbyPalms

Blog:  http://www.keywestbypalms.com/blog.html

Pinterest Page: http://pinterest.com/keywestbypalms/