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Oct
02

Bermuda Triangle Fragrance


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Bermuda Triangle FragranceBermuda Triangle Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The Bermuda Triangle is the nickname given to the area of the Atlantic Ocean between Miami, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda. It is most famous for legends of ships and planes suddenly vanishing in the area under mysterious circumstances. Sailors have reported strange phenomena in the area, particularly affecting navigation equipment, since the days of Christopher Columbus.  But many authors have embellished alleged occurrences because it makes for a good story. Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble- who doesn’t love a good enigma? (Reported events are extremely interesting to read about if you have the time.) It has since been revealed that the number of incidents that occurred in the Bermuda Triangle are no greater than anywhere else in the Atlantic Ocean, and no mysterious disappearances have been reported since the late 1960s. In light of this news, remember the Bermuda Triangle is located near some ideal vacation destinations- a great place to plan your escape. Disappear from your everyday with this fragrance.

What Does Bermuda Triangle Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance is one you will get lost in! An excellent blend of cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon; with citrus top notes of mandarin, tangerine, grapefruit and lime; with just a hint of juicy McIntosh apples. An NG Original Scent & A Best Seller!

Top Notes:  mandarin, tangerine, grapefruit, lime
Mid Notes: cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, apple
Base Notes:  pineapple, cyclamen, violet

How Do Our Customers Use Bermuda Triangle Fragrance Oil?

Candles! This fresh, fruity fragrance performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax, and is nice and strong in soy wax. It is not gel wax compatible. The maximum recommended usage percentage for this elusive aroma in vegetable waxes and paraffin wax is 10%. Our coloring suggestions for candles are to use 3 drops yellow plus 2 drops orange liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax, or shred a small amount of yellow and orange color block into your melted wax. Never color your candles with crayons; it will clog the wick!

Room scents! This vacation fragrance comes across nice and strong in aroma beads, and its maximum recommended usage percentage in incense and potpourri is 50%. (Don’t forget you can use candle dye to color your aroma beads!)

Soaps! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this juicy bouquet in bath oils, bath gels, and soaps is 5%. Our cold process soap testing found that this is a super scent for soaping! No acceleration, no ricing, no separation, no discoloration, and very strong scent retention. What more could you ask for? Our coloring suggestions for bath and body products are to use yellow and orange soap colorant in the amount you desire. You can try natural soap colorants, but pay close attention to the descriptions on their corresponding web pages– certain soapmaking processes may alter the intended hue of natural soap colorants. Don’t color your bath and body products with candle dye or it will end up coloring you!

This fun fragrance is also featured in our Hatching Dinosaur Egg Bath Bomb Recipe. Most likely intended to make bath time fun for kids- but, as an adult, I’d have to say I think it looks pretty cool. Relax in the tub and play with DINOSAURS!! You could also fill these bath bombs with tiny plastic boats or planes. If they can mysteriously disappear in the Bermuda Triangle- why not mysteriously appear out of a Bermuda-Triangle-scented dinosaur egg bath bomb?

Body products! This enigmatic aroma performed perfectly in perfumes and its maximum recommended usage percentage in lotions and body sprays is 5%.

Cleaning products! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this mysterious scent in cleaning products is 5%.

Oct
01

Bergamot Fragrance


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Bergamot FragranceBergamot Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Bergamot fragrance comes from the bergamot orange. Strange name seeing as it’s not actually orange- more of a yellow-ish green but it is the size of an orange. Hmm. Well, it is a citrus fruit. its Latin name is Citrus bergamia. ‘Bergamot’ comes from the Italian bergamotta or ‘prince of pears.’ …but it isn’t a pear, either. Most of the world’s bergamot oranges are grown in southern Italy, the rest in southern France. It is also grown in southern France and southern Turkey.  The flesh of this fruit is not edible- not that you would ever eat fragrance or essential oils, anyway. Oil made from pressing the peel is used for a variety of flavorings, most famously, Earl Grey Tea and Turkish Delight. It is often made into marmalade in Italy. Bergamot oil is even used in smokeless tobacco products as flavoring. It takes about 100 bergamot oranges to make 3 oz of bergamot oil. For this reason, pure bergamot oil is highly coveted. Bergamot oil has been an ingredient in fragrance since as early as 1714.

What Does Bergamot Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Crisp, clean and juicy with a subtle floralcy;  the citrus jewel of the Mediterranean (bergamot essential oil) is uplifting and bright. This distinctive aroma is the perfect scent for an aromatherapy lotion or candle to escape the everyday.

How Do Our Customers Use Bergamot Fragrance Oil?

Candles! This fruity fragrance performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax, and is nice and strong in soy wax. It is not gel wax compatible. The maximum recommended usage percentage for this citrus scent in vegetable waxes and paraffin wax is 10%. Our coloring suggestions for candles are to use 3 drops green plus 2 drops yellow liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax or shred a small amount of green and yellow color block into your melted wax. Never color your candles with crayons; it will clog the wick!

Room scents! This uplifting aura comes across nice and strong in aroma beads and the maximum recommended usage percentage in incense and potpourri is 50%.

Soaps! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this awakening aroma in bath oils, bath gels, and soaps is 5%. Our cold process soap testing found that this fragrance performed perfectly: no acceleration, no ricing, no separation, no discoloration, and very strong scent retention! Our coloring suggestions for bath and body products are to use green and yellow soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you. You’re welcome to try natural soap colorants, but pay close attention to the descriptions on their corresponding webpages- some colorants may be altered by different soapmaking processes. Never color your bath and body products with candle dye or you’ll end up coloring yourself!

Not surprisingly, there aren’t many bergamot-shaped soap molds on the market, but flexiblemolds.com has some super citrus molds.

Body products! This stimulating scent performs perfectly in perfumes and its maximum recommended usage percentage in lotions and body sprays is 5%.

Cleaning products! The maximum recommended usage percentage for relaxing fragrance in cleaning products is 5%.

Sep
30

Beach Daisies Fragrance


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Beach Daisies FragranceBeach Daisies Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The beach daisy is an adorable little flower known for being a fast-spreading groundcover. It can grow to be up to 18 inches tall and flowers year round in the southern parts of Florida. This plant thrives in mostly dry and even slightly salty environments– ideal for the beach! It even helps keep sand from eroding. Both butterflies and birds are attracted to this beautiful beach bloom.

What Does Beach Daisies Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Imagine sweeping yourself away to the beach; where you will smell the aromas of fresh spring flowers and green grass while walking on the warm sands.  Natures Garden’s beach daisies fragrance begins with top notes of Asian lemongrass, dune grass, and daisy petals; followed by middle notes of gardenia bloom, ylang ylang, and clove leaf; sitting on base notes of blond woods, amber sands, and sheer musk.

How Do Our Customers Use Beach Daisies Fragrance Oil?

Candles! This refreshing floral fragrance performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax, and is nice and strong in soy wax. It is gel wax compatible! This means you can put adorable wax embeds in your gel wax candles; we’ve got a cute retro flowers embed mold and even a daisies embed mold! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this inviting aroma in vegetable waxes and paraffin waxes is 10%. Our coloring suggestions are to use 3 drops of yellow plus a little orange liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax or shred an ample amount of yellow and orange color block into your melted wax. Never use crayons to color your candles; it will clog the wick!

Room scents! This sunny scent comes across nice and strong in aroma beads and its maximum recommended usage percentage in incense and potpourri is 50%. We’ve got an adorable daisy cookie cutter– ideal for making aroma bead air fresheners

Soaps! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this alluring aura in bath gels, bath oils, and soaps is 5%. Our cold process soap testing found that this vacation fragrance caused acceleration in CP soap, so we recommend soaping this scent at lower temperatures. Otherwise, there was no discoloration, no ricing, no separation, and very strong scent retention! Our coloring suggestions are to use yellow and orange soap colorants in the amount that satisfies you. You’re welcome to try natural soap colorants, but pay close attention to the description on the individual pages, some colorants may be affected by different soapmaking processes.

We’ve also got some awesome flower-shaped soap molds: the tried and true flower-shaped mold Bailey uses in our soap testing videos, another marvelous mold for making large retro flowers, a mold for making small retro flowers, and my personal favorite the bite-sized daisy mold. We have a couple of sunflower soap molds as well– beach daisies are often called beach sunflowers, so it works out perfectly!

Body products! This beach scent performs perfectly in perfumes and its maximum recommended usage percentage in lotions and body sprays is 5%.

Cleaning products! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this summer-y scent in cleaning products is 5%.

Sep
29

Beach Bum Fragrance


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Beach Bum FragranceBeach Bum Fragrance Oil Spotlight

What’s more relaxing than a day spent bumming around at the beach? Finding a good spot to lay out your blanket or towel on the sand, kickin’ off your flip flops, laying down and just soaking up the sun (being sure to put on sunscreen first, of course). The calming sound of the waves, the fresh breeze coming off the water- what more could you ask for? How about the fragrance of fresh fruits and florals? Such a calming scene, I’m falling asleep just describing it.. so relaxing.

What Does Beach Bum Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance captures the essence of summer like no other fragrance; combining juicy mandarin, sand jasmine, and refreshing oceanic mist. An NG Original Scent!

Top Notes:  bergamot, fresh air, eucalyptus, mandarin
Mid Notes:  gardenia, lavender, rose, sand jasmine
Base Notes:  tuberose, musk

How Do Our Customers Use Beach Bum Fragrance Oil?

Candles! This summertime scent performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax, and is nice and strong in soy wax. It is gel wax compatible! That means you can put wax embeds in your candles such as sea horses and shells or the perfect beach footwear- flip flops! The maximum recommended usage percentage in vegetable waxes and paraffin wax is 10%. Our coloring suggestions for candles are to use 3 drops blue plus a small amount (try dipping the tip of a toothpick in the dye, then your wax) of green liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax or shred a small amount of blue and even smaller amount of green color block into your melted wax. Never color your candles with crayons– it will clog the wick!

Room scents! This oceanic aroma comes across nice and strong in aroma beads, and the maximum recommended usage percentage in incense and potpourri is 50%.

Soaps!  The maximum recommended usage percentage for this fresh fruit and floral fragrance in soaps, bath gels, and bath oils is 5%. Our cold process soap testing found that this fun fragrance caused slight acceleration, but no ricing and no separation with strong scent retention in cured bars. The CP soap made with this scent discolored to a very light beige. The vanillin content of this fragrance is 0%, but there are over 40 ingredients used to make fragrances that could possibly cause discoloration. Since there was very slight discoloration in the soap, there also might be very slight discoloration of your bath and body products. Our coloring suggestions for bath and body products are to use blue and green soap colorants in the amount that satisfies you. Never color bath and body products with candle dye– you will end up coloring yourself!

We’ve got some flip flop molds for full-sized soaps, or you can use the embed molds listed above to make sample-sized soaps with this relaxing aroma!

Body products! This sunny scent performed perfectly in perfumes and the maximum recommended usage percentage in lotions and body sprays is 5%.

Cleaning products! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this vacation fragrance is 5%.

Sep
21

Bamboo and White Grapefruit Fragrance


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Bamboo and White Grapefruit FragranceBamboo and White Grapefruit Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Bamboo is a grass-like plant with many subspecies. The varieties grown in the United States reach heights between 15 and 39 feet. Some of the largest timber bamboo can grow to be about 100 feet tall. Timber bamboo? That’s right- bamboo is used in building and can hold more weight than wood, brick, or concrete. It also rivals the strength of steel. Isn’t that the stuff pandas eat? They do! Bamboo comprises most of a panda’s diet- but they focus their attentions on the soft shoots, stems and leaves. Speaking of diets, grapefruits are super healthy and can even help your body metabolize fat. This fruit is actually a hybrid of the sweet orange and the pomelo. Like most citrus fruits, the grapefruit contains lots of Vitamin C and has a sweet to bitter taste- depending on the variety. They’re high in fiber and possess many other health benefits. Both grapefruit plants and bamboo are evergreens. When we hear this, we may tend to think Christmas trees, but I think it’s a good indication that this scent is always fresh!

What Does Bamboo and White Grapefruit Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

One of the most amazing fragrances we have ever smelled!  This fresh, complex fragrance begins with top notes of White Grapefruit, Petitgrain, and Tangerine; leading to middle notes of Mandarin, Tangerine, and Mimosa Petals; and balanced with base notes of Rainforest Bamboo, Juniper Berries, and Musk.

How Do Our Customers Use Bamboo and White Grapefruit Fragrance Oil?

Candles! This complex accord performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax and is nice and strong in soy wax. It is also gel wax compatible! The maximum recommended usage percentage in vegetable waxes and paraffin wax is 10%. Our coloring recommendations for candles are to use 2 drops green liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax or shred a small amount of green color block into your melted wax. Never color candles with crayons; it’ll clog your wick!

Room scents! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this fresh, fruity fragrance in incense and potpourri is 50%. This scent comes across nice and strong in aroma beads.

Soaps! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this invigorating aroma in soaps, bath oils, and bath gels is 5%. Our cold process soap testing results found that in CP soap, this fragrance caused slight acceleration, but no ricing, no separation, and no discoloration! The scent retention in cured bars was nice and strong. This fragrance is unlikely to cause discoloration in your bath and body products because the vanillin content is 0%. (No discoloration in CP soap is a good sign, too!) Our coloring suggestions for this fragrance are to use green liquid soap colorant in the amount you desire. Never use candle dye to color your bath and body products or they will end up coloring you!

Body products! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this sweet, strong scent in lotions and perfumes is 5%. It was found to have performed perfectly in perfumes.

Cleaning products! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this fresh fruit and floral fragrance in cleaning products is 5%.

Sep
16

Asian Pear and Lily Fragrance


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Asian Pear Lily FragranceAsian Pear and Lily Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Asian pears or Nashi pears are large, juicy fruits native to- you guessed it- Asia! They are very different from what we normally think of when we think of pears. These fruits are so juicy, in fact, that they have the tendency to bruise easily. Being so delicate, they are considered a delicacy! In addition, according to Wikipedia, in China, it is considered a social faux pas to share a pear with a friend or loved one. “Sharing a pear” (分梨) is a homophone of “separate” (分离). In certain Asian cultures- lilies are used in food applications. The lily also has an abundance of cultural and literary meanings.  So this fragrance is not only rich in smell, but also rich in meaning!

What Does Asian Pear and Lily Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

A beautiful, complex accord containing top notes of Nashi Pear, Apple, and Leafy Greenery; followed by middle notes of Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, and Rose Petals; all sitting on base notes of Pear Nectar, Musk, and Peony Blossoms.

Top Notes:  Nashi pear, apple, leafy greenery
Mid Notes:  jasmine, lily of the valley, rose petals
Base Notes:  pear nectar, musk, peony blossoms

How Do Our Customers Use Asian Pear and Lily Fragrance Oil?

Candles, of course! This floral, fruity fragrance performed perfectly in joy wax and wow wax and is nice and strong in soy wax. It is gel wax compatible! (Perfect for using embeds.) The maximum recommended usage percentage for this crisp, complex accord in vegetable waxes and paraffin wax is 10%. Our coloring suggestions for candles are to use 2 drops yellow liquid candle dye and a very small amount of green and brown liquid candle dye (try dipping a toothpick into the dye and then dipping that into your wax- a good way to add a tiny amount of dye) per four pounds of wax OR shred a small amount of yellow, brown, and green color block into your melted wax. Remember not to color candles with crayons- it’ll clog the wick!

Sweetly-scented soaps! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this alluring aroma in soaps, bath oils, bath gels, and cleaning products is 5%. The vanillin content of this fresh fragrance is 0%, so it is unlikely to discolor your bath and body products. Our cold process soap testing results found just that! No discoloration, no separation, no ricing, and good scent retention. However, this fragrance does slightly accelerate trace. Our coloring suggestions for bath and body products are to use yellow, green, and brown soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you. (You can also try natural soap colorants, but be sure to read the page of your desired colorant fully- some soapmaking processes will cause a reaction with the natural colorants that changes their intended color.) And please, never ever use candle dye in bath and body products.

Other body stuff: perfumes and lotions! The maximum recommended usage percentage in these body applications is 5%. Asian Pear and Lily fragrance oil was found to perform perfectly in perfumes.

Finally, incense and potpourri! The maximum recommended usage percentage in room scenting applications is 50%. This sweet, sophisticated scent comes across nice and strong in aroma beads.

Dec
23

How to Color Candles


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how to color candlesHow to Color Candles

Hi everyone! Are you just starting out making your own candles? Wondering how to color candles? Here at Nature’s Garden, we actually have many wonderful products that are used specifically for the candle coloring process. We offer only the best candle coloring products out there, with each item having its own vibrant personality! We offer so many different dye products, each having their own different specifications when used in your candles. We have liquid candle dye options as well as color block dye. We even have mica dust that you can sprinkle on the outside of you pillar candles to give them the effect of sparkling!

For liquid candle dyes, we offer various Spectrum Liquid Candle Dyes ranging in color. The colors of liquid dyes we offer here at Nature’s Garden are brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, black, burgundy, purple, and teal. (However, when using these liquid dyes, please just note that they are very concentrated!) To use the liquid dyes, just put a few drops of the liquid into your melted wax.  If you are in the mood for more of a pastel color (or if you are doing a very small batch) for your candle, all you have to do to the dye is dilute it using vegetable oil with the ratio of 1:1. Be careful with the amount of dye you use as well. When you use liquid dye, it allows you to create more consistent coloring in your candles since you count how any drops are put in. But be careful not use more than 10 drops per pound of wax, or else your candles may have a chemical smell to them.

For our color block dyes, the colors we offer are red, burgundy, yellow, blue, green, purple, brown, cinnamon, teal, cranberry, and a coral/peach. To use a color block to color your candle, simply shave off the desired amount and place it into your melted wax.  One color block is actually enough to easily deeply dye 15 pounds of wax. When using color blocks, they actually do not produce colors as vibrant as the liquid dyes, so they are better when trying to attain more subtle colors. However, when using color blocks, make sure that the block is fully incorporated before pouring your candle! They can tend to produce little specks of colors on the bottoms of your candles if they are not fully melted and mixed into the wax.

Want to give your pillar some sparkle to bling it up a little bit? Use some of our Gold Pigment Mica or our Diamond Dust Mica to dust the outside of your pillars! This will give your pillars a beautiful shimmer! Have you ever thoughts of using crayons to color your candles? Well, please don’t! Using crayons for coloring can actually cause the candle to start smoking and may even clog your wicks! Crayons are not alone in this predicament. When dying your candles, be sure not to use too much color as this can cause the wick to become clogged and it may cause your candle to smoke more than it should be. It can even inhibit the throw of your chosen scent and reduce the melt pool of the candle. Candle dyes are not for cosmetic use either! Check out all of our free recipes and classes, we offer many free candle recipes, and even a Candle Coloring Class that tells all about our candle coloring products! If you click on candle supplies then candle colorants on our website, that will show you all of the candle colorants we offer. Our Candle Coloring class even tells how to mix your own colors to achieve the colors you want. Enjoy these wonderful products and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

 

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May
18

Natures Garden Store


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Natures Garden StoreNatures Garden Store

Marsha and the staff at Natures Garden have been feverously working away at getting the store ready and in tip top shape.

Earlier this year, we started the intense planning and implementing of a store for our wonderful customers to come into and shop.  This was a feat that was easier said than done.  Through months of planning and strategizing, we were able to create a beautiful store on paper that believe it or not contained every item that Natures Garden currently carries.

Then came the week when all of storage and shelving units were put together.  This also included an electrician, a painter, and a small construction crew.  When they were finished, for the first time we were able to see the Natures Garden store becoming a reality.

Next, it was time to stock shelves.  This is where we are now.   Through immense hard work and dedication, the staff at Natures Garden has been steadily plugging away at stocking, pricing, and creating displays for the store.  And, now after all of this time, we are finally beginning to see light at the end of the store tunnel.

Although the store is still a work in progress so to say, we are getting very close.

Sure, all of Natures Garden products are out and available for purchase; but we are still finalizing some aspects to really knock it out of the park!

The Natures Garden store is currently open and you all are more than welcome to come in and visit.  We still have the fragrance sniffing wall (although it is more of a Fragrance Land), as well as 16 oz, 8 oz, 4 oz, and 1 oz fragrance bottles available to purchase.  All of our soap bases, waxes, butters, oils, molds, and herbs are also out and ready for purchase as well.  We even have our vast array of kits, colorants, flavorings, and essential oils out too and they are all ready for their new crafting home.

One thing is for sure, if you come visit the Natures Garden store, you will not be disappointed.  Just please bear with us as we strive for perfection.

Dec
09

Colorants and Candle Making


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Spectrum Liquid Candle DyeThere are a variety of different colorants available to candle makers.  Each different colorant form has its own positives and negatives.  Finding the correct candle colorant for you is up to a little research and testing in your candle wax.

Color Blocks–  Color blocks contribute to a rich color in candle wax, especially if you are trying to achieve a dark color in your candles.  Of the different colorants available, color blocks are the most cost effective with one block coloring as much as 15 pounds of candle wax.  However, because color blocks arrive in block form, it is very hard to reproduce the exact same color every time.  If color accuracy is important to your candles, color blocks may not be your answer unless you purchase a gram scale for candle making.  In order to use color blocks in candle wax, the blocks have to be shaved down into smaller amounts.  These smaller amounts would then be weighed out and documented in your testing notebook before adding them to the melted candle wax.

Liquid Dye– Liquid candle dye is the answer to your colorant selection if candle coloring accuracy is important to your candles.  Because liquid candle dye is easy to administer and record (since it is in liquid form), color accuracy time and time again is no longer an issue.  The negative to liquid candle dye is the slight chemical smell it has to it.  Through our testing, we have found that anything over 10 drops of liquid dye in 4 pounds of candle wax will present a slight chemical smell in your finished candle.  Make 10 drops of liquid candle dye your cut off for using this colorant.

Color Chips-  Color Chips are color blocks that have already been broken up for you.  The negative to this colorant is the cost.  The other problem that color chips present is that fact they are not broken up in a fine enough matter to be readily used for some color hues.  And, once again we have an issue if color accuracy is important unless you are weighing and documenting.

Crayons-  No matter what the brand of the crayon is, crayons never make a good candle colorant.  Although it is tempting with the amazing color spread that crayons provide, do not give into temptation.  Using crayons as your candle wax colorant will clog your wick and prevent your candle from burning properly.  Candles that have been colored with crayons also have a tendency to smoke.  You are better off not even acknowledging crayons as a wax colorant.

Jul
03

My Candles Have No Scent Throw


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scent throw candlesWhy do I Have No Scent Throw in My Candles?

If there is one thing that candles are known for is their scent.  In fact, the majority of candle sales are based on the scent given off from the candle.  This is true for both first time sales as well as repeat customers.  When a candle has never been lit, the aromatic aroma that the wax gives off is called the cold scent throw.  Adversely, when the wick of the candle is lit, the fragrant smell that is released from the candle is called the hot scent throw.  Both the hot and cold scent throw are very important to candles.

Obviously, when it comes to scent issues, your first thought is to turn to the fragrance oil used.  However, as long as you are purchasing your candle making supplies from a reputable company, the fragrance oil that you use is not the culprit.  There are actually several different things that can inhibit your scent throw.

Soy Wax– If you have been in the candle making market long enough, you already know that soy wax is considered to be one of the hardest of the waxes to attain a good scent throw from.  On the molecular level of how soy wax is structured, there are many different types of chemical bonds.  These chemical bonds trap the fragrance oil instead of allowing the fragrance oil to be readily evaporated (like paraffin wax allows).  Many people suggest that when using soy wax to make it a blend with Paraffin. This is referred to as a para-soy blend.  There are a variety of different para-soy blends on the market.  If you would like to blend your own para-soy blend, massive testing is involved to find the perfect candle you are seeking.  However, Natures Garden offers one of the best para-soy blends on the market.  Using Joy Wax as your candle wax will allow you the best of both worlds; clean burning candles with amazing scent throw both hot and cold, without having to recreate the wax wheel.

Wick Soy wax requires a hotter burning wick.  This is because of the chemical bonds.  These chemical bonds take more heat to break them down.  To solve this dilemma, increase your wick size.  This will ensure that your candle wick is doing its proper job of breaking down the chemical bonds, allowing the trapped fragrance oil to become volatile and release the scent into the air.  No matter what type of wax you are using, always make sure that your wick size is large enough to provide ample hot scent throw, but not too large to create a fire hazard.

Candle Colorant– You must remember when crafting your candles, use precaution when adding any colorant.  When you add too much colorant to your wax, you risk both clogging your wick, as well as, affecting the overall scent of the candle.  Specific candle dyes formulated for candle making should be used when making candles.  Never use pigments to color the interior of your candles; pigments should be used only for dipping the exterior of candles.

Vybar–  Yes, it is true that the addition of this candle additive will increase your candles scent throw.  However, adding too much vybar to your candle wax will inhibit your candle throw as well.  The proper amount of vybar to add per pound of wax is ¼ tsp to ½ tsp.

Temperature–  Depending on the flashpoint of the fragrance oil being used, adding your fragrance oil at too high of a melted wax temperature will directly affect your scent throw of the finished candle.  It is completely possible to burn off the majority of your fragrance oil before it even has a chance to be a candle, when the fragrance oil is added at too hot of a temperature.

Cure Time-  Cure time is one key step to ensuring a wonderfully strong scent to your candles.  You want to allow ample time for your wax and your fragrance to bind together.  You truly want these two components to be integrated into each other.   At the minimum, cure time with candles is 3-4 days.

Fragrance Oils-  When making candles, make sure that the fragrance oils you are using were formulated for candle making.  You never want to use a fragrance oil that has been diluted with diluents like DPG (di propylene glycol).  DPG will directly affect the strength of your fragrance, and will inhibit the ability of your candle to burn.  On the other hand, some essential oils will need to have diluents added to them to allow them to travel up the wick and release scent (but never use DPG as your diluent in candles).  Natures Garden was voted the #1 Favorite Fragrance Oil Supplier by candle makers and soap makers in 2012 due to the quality of our fragrance oils.  With 16 years of expertise in the fragrance oil market, you can rely on Natures Garden to provide you with the finest, most unique fragrances.