Posts Tagged ‘candle making supplies’

Pineapple Scent

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

pineapple scent Iced Pineapple Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

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

What does Iced Pineapple Fragrance Oil smell like?

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

How do our customers use Iced Pineapple Fragrance Oil?

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

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

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

Bath Fizzy Recipe

Monday, July 7th, 2014

unique bath fizzy recipeRaspberry Zinger Bath Fizzies Recipe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

finely grate the white mp soap

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

soft pliable mixture

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

drizzling

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

bath fizzy mixture

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

preparing your layers

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

layering your zinger bath fizzy

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

wrapping your bath fizzy

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

placing the grated soap

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

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

slicing your fizzy

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

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

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

Luxurious Scent

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

luxurious scent Luxurious Scent

Carpi Olivo Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

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

What does Capri Olivo Smell Like?

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

How Do Our Customers Use Capri Olivo Fragrance Oil?

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

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

Hair Care

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

hair careHair Care

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Candied Apple Scent

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

candied apple scentCandied Apple Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

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

What does Candied Apple Smell Like?

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

How Do Our Customers Use Candied Apple Fragrance Oil?

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

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

Strong Scent

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

strong scent A wonderful, super strong scent!

Black Cherry Bomb Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

For the 800 plus fragrance oils that Natures Garden carries, Black Cherry Bomb Scent has long been a leader in many fragrance categories.  An aroma where the cherry is downright explosive, this strong scent is not only highly recommended by our customers, but also has rave reviews too.  In fact, our customers love and adore this strong scent; claiming it is a best seller in their products year round.  An intoxicating and full bodied cherry scent that is absolutely delicious, this strong scent is out of this world.  Considered “the best scent ever” in many reviews, this scent also works amazing as a mixer as well.

What does Black Cherry Bomb Smell Like?

This black cherry fragrance oil by Natures Garden will literally burn your nose hairs out..it’s so strong! A delightful cherry aroma that is not too sickening sweet.  A Best Seller!  An NG Original Fragrance!

How Do Our Customers Use Black Cherry Bomb Fragrance Oil?

For those of you that are home scenters or candle crafters; our customers use this strong scent in their paraffin, WOW, soy (415, 444, and 464), Ecosoya, and Joy wax candles.  And, the hot and cold scent throw is terrific, quickly filling even the largest of rooms.  Black Cherry Bomb fragrance oil is a keeper in many crafters lines.  Now, when it comes to home scenting means, this strong scent is amazing.  Working extremely well, Black Cherry Bomb Fragrance is used in incense, aroma beads, reed diffusers, potpourri, electric burners, odor eliminating sprays, and smelly jellies.

On the bath and body end of products, Black Cherry Bomb Fragrance is literally the bomb!  The usage rate for this strong scent is 5%.  A sweet and punchy aroma, this fragrance oil is used to scent: bubble bars, body sprays, bath bombs, sugar scrub cubes, whipped bath icing, melt and pour soap, body wash, creams, and lotions.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this scent rocks.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration.  Very Strong!  And, for those of you that are wondering about how this strong scent performs in HP.  It has “a wonderful cherry fragrance that stays strong.”

If you want to try an amazing recipe using this strong scent, please click on this link to view Natures Gardens Black Cherry Bath Bomb Recipe.

Cream Soda Scent

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

cream soda scent Cream Soda Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Considered a keeper by many of our clientele, this much adored fragrance oil is the true cream soda scent.  If you have ever thought about adding a sweet, fizzy pop aroma to your homemade products, this is it!  According to our customers, this cream soda scent smells just like old fashioned cream soda.  Working perfectly in candles, home scenting mediums, and bath and body products, cream soda scent is as one of our customers states “yum-i-ilous”.

What does Cream Soda Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an old fashioned soda shop classic having all the bubbly notes frothing over the glass with the truly characteristic, caramelized sugar and vanilla cream aroma.

How do our customers use Cream Soda Fragrance Oil?

For any home scenters and candle crafters, Cream Soda Fragrance Oil is used in WOW wax, Joy wax, Pillar of Bliss wax, and Soy waxes like 464 and 415.  In fact, this cream soda scent works very well in soy wax and makes very aromatic tarts.  This bubbly and fun scent can also be used in reed diffusers and smelly jellies.  One of our customers even reports that this cream soda scent is “spectacular in electric burners.”

For any bath and body crafters, this cream soda scent is amazing in products and is a big seller.  The usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%.  It also contains a Vanillin Content of 7.7%, so Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is advised by our customers to stabilize discoloration in finished products.  The wide variety of homemade products that customers use this fragrance to scent with are: spray lotions, whipped body butters, bath bombs, creams, melt and pour soaps, shampoos, and bath gels.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, it is time to get very excited!  Here are the official results:  Perfect pour. No ricing, no acceleration. Creamy effervescence pops out when added to soap! Final discoloration to milk chocolate color. Nice and strong after cure. Phenomenal in cp!

Cancer Scents

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

cancer signCancer Scents

If there is one thing that Natures Garden knows besides fragrance oil, it is FUN!  So, earlier this year, we decided to present fragrance oil and fun together in a unique presentation as to how specific fragrance oils respond to different groups of people.  As for the official grouping, we selected to research the zodiac signs.  From there, the investigation started with finding which specific aromatic notes appealed to the personality traits of each specific sign.  And, this is where the FUN begins!

Today, it is officially that time again to change the zodiac sign!

Beginning June 22nd, the sign of Cancer tenaciously steps into their time to shine.  The entire staff at Natures Garden would like to be the first to cordially declare “Happy Birthday Cancer!”  And then affectionately welcome everyone to the comforting world of Cancer scents.

Cancers are considered people born between and including the dates of June 22nd and July 22nd.

We currently have one staff member working at Natures Garden that has the sign of Cancer.  Jenny in the order fulfillment department has a birth date of June 28th.  Fitting the Cancer mold to a tee, Jenny has incredible perseverance, is extremely dependable, and is very family oriented.  In fact, two of Jenny’s favorite past times are spending time with the family and researching genealogy.  A true nurturer, she is very quick to help others, and has the capability to make you feel very comfortable when you are around her.

Cancer- Caring, Responsive, Dependable, Devote

Symbol- the Crab

Sign- Water

Being protective, loving, and nurturing, this group of people are pillars in the family and friend units. Intuitive and imaginative, cancers also remain cautious and are prone to being emotional and private people.  Cancers feel most at home when they are adorning scents that make them feel comfortable.

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

Fruits: Cucumber, Melon

Florals: Jasmine, Tuberose, Heliotrope

Musks: Myrrh, Vanilla

Fragrance Oil and Scent Suggestions:

cancer scents

Cucumber and Melon Scent by Natures Garden

Melon Jasmine Scent by Natures Garden

Frankincense & Myrrh Scent by Natures Garden

Vanilla Silk Scent by Natures Garden

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

Energizing Aroma

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

energizing aromaMandarin Tiki Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This energizing aroma is filled with complex and captivating notes.  A perfect addition to your summer themed items, this fragrance oil is tropical perfection in a bottle.  Mandarin Tiki scent has an extraordinary capability to send your senses on vacation.  It is almost as if you can feel the warm sand between your toes.  This energizing aroma will have your creative minds soaring with new and unique concepts to scent.  In fact, many of our customers say not only is Mandarin Tiki selling out products at craft shows, but it is making for repeat customers as well.

What does Mandarin Tiki smell like?

A luxury spa fragrance oil by Natures Garden!  Imagine yourself lying in a hammock on the beach, while drinking a fresh Mai Tai.   A fresh and energizing aroma that stirs the senses and brightens the spirit with its crisp citrus essence;  Mandarin Tiki fragrance is an upscale, complex aroma of mandarin rind, red currants, strawberries, and blueberries;  with middle notes of watercress and palm leaves;  balanced with musky bottom notes.  A Best Seller!  An NG Original Fragrance! 

How do our customers use Mandarin Tiki Fragrance Oil?

This energizing aroma works fabulous in candles and home scenting mediums.  With the unique blend of citrus and berry, Mandarin Tiki Fragrance Oil really packs a punch in the air.  Having great throw both cold and hot, this energizing aroma permeates.  Used in an array of waxes like soy, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, and Pillar of Bliss, this scent is very strong.  In fact, many customers who use soy in their candles comment on the amazing smell in the finished product.  As for making your house smell good with this scent, Mandarin Tiki works very well for room freshening sprays, electric burners, aroma beads, and smelly jellies.

On the bath and body end of things, this energizing aroma is delicious!  The usage rate for Mandarin Tiki is 5%.  This complex fragrance is used to scent a variety of items including: sugar scrubs, solid lotion bars, bath bombs, foaming body butters, spray lotions, perfume oils, melt and pour soaps, body sprays, bubble baths, and balms.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this energizing aroma is very well behaved.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration,  no discoloration, a very nice scent.

Hair Gel Recipe

Friday, June 20th, 2014

hair gel recipe Hair Gel Recipe Using Flax Seed

Making homemade hair gel has been on the creative teams list for some time now.  However, now knowing how easy this recipe is to make, we are overcome with all of the possibilities that this simple hair gel recipe provides.  In fact, one of the best aspects of this natural hair gel recipe is that it can be customized specifically for your hair type.

The basic recipe has 4 ingredients.  They are flax seed, distilled water, optiphen, and fragrance.  That is it!  Although as mentioned earlier other additives can be introduced.   Some of these examples would include:

Epsom Salt can be added to your recipe to intensify curls
Honey can be added to increase your hair gels hold
Jojoba Oil or Shea Butter are two great ingredients to provide moisturizing elements to your gel
Slippery Elm Bark can be added to increase your gels slip

Through our research, we have found that there are 2 options when it comes to creating your very own hair gel.  What it breaks down to basically is soaking overnight vs. boil time.  By soaking your flax seed the night before you decrease the amount of cooking time the hair gel is on the stove top.  Soaking will also boost your gel output.

This hair gel recipe is perfect for wavy or curly hair.  Not only will this gel moisturize and help define the curls, but it will not leave your curls stiff or crunchy.

There are currently 3 different versions of the hair gel recipe available on Natures Gardens website.  They are Silky Hair Gel Recipe, Curl Pop Hair Gel Recipe, and Shea Butter Hair Gel Recipe.  Each one is very easy to make and the recipes do vary slightly.  Although each one of these recipes do call for a recommended fragrance oil for scent, you can use any body safe fragrance oil that Natures Garden carries.  Just check out the Recommended Fragrance Usage for Bath Oils, Soaps, and Bath Gels (IFRA category 4) for the percentage rate of usage (located under the fragrance oil description area).

So, if you are ready to give this really easy to make recipe a try, let’s get started!  Today we will be making 8 ounces of Curl Pop Hair Gel.

Here is the list of ingredients and supplies you will need:
Scale
Distilled Water
Flax Seed Whole
Glass Bowl
Mixing Spoon
Pot
Spatula
Epsom Salt
Knee High Pantyhose (brand new)
Thermometer
NG Biolage Matrix Type Fragrance Oil
OPTIPHEN – Preservative
Whisk
Funnel
8oz. Purple PET Bullet Bottle
Black Lotion Pumps 24/410

soaking the flax seed overnight
Step 1:
 Place your glass bowl onto your scale and tare out the weight.  Then, carefully weight out 43 grams of flax seed and tare out the weight again.  Next, to the bowl add 440 grams of distilled water.  Using your mixing spoon, give these two ingredients a quick stir.  Finally, cover the bowl and place it into the refrigerator overnight.

adding epsom salt to the flax seed mixture
Step 2:
 After your flax seed has soaked overnight, take the bowl out of the fridge.  Remove the cover.  Using your spatula, scrap all of the mixture into your pot.  Now, to the mixture weight out and add 3 grams of Epsom Salt.  Once added, place the pot on the stove top and set the heat to high.  Generously stir the mixture as it is heating.

heating up the flax seed gel

Step 3:  Once the mixture is at a consistent boil, reduce the heat to a medium setting.  Keep stirring the mixture.

flax seed suspended in the gel

Step 4:  Let the mixture cook for 5 minutes on the medium heat setting.  Remember to keep the mixture moving by stirring.  When you see the flax seed staying suspended in the mixture, remove the pot from the heat source and turn it off.

straining out the flax seed

Step 5:  Now, get a container and place your brand new pantyhose over the opening.  Carefully pour the gel into the hosiery.   Once the mixture is all there, immediately rinse out the pot (this will save you scrubbing time later).

natural flax seed hair gel

Step 6:  Caution the mixture is hot!  Now, apply pressure to the pantyhose to strain out as much gel as possible (if you use tongs, just be careful not to put a run in your pantyhose).  You will notice that you really have to apply force to get the gel out among all of the flax seed.  When finished, remove the pantyhose.

monitor your hair gel temperature

Step 7:  To make this step less messy, we transferred the gel back into the mixing bowl.  Temperature is very important to this step, so place your thermometer in your hair gel now.  Once the temperature of the gel reaches 120 degrees Fahrenheit, quickly add 3 grams of Optiphen and 13 grams of NG Biolage Matrix Type Fragrance Oil.

scenting and preserving your hair gel
Step 8:  Slowly and carefully, use your whisk to incorporate the fragrance oil and Optiphen into the gel.

bottle up the hair gel

Step 9:  Once the hair gel has cooled, place your funnel into your bottle, and fill.   Then,  lid with a pump.

Your Curl Pop hair gel is now ready to use.  Simply pump the gel into the palm of your hand and apply as you normally do.  You are going to love how great your hair smells and looks all day long!