Posts Tagged ‘candle scents’

Great Green Scent

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

4-leaf-clover fragrance oil What great green scent does Natures Garden carry?

4 Leaf Clover Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The year round best selling fragrance oil does especially well around spring time.  This think spring scent, with its fresh and clean aroma, works wonderfully in any medium but is particularly amazing in bath and body products.   Natures Garden’s 4 Leaf Clover Fragrance Oil is one green scent that customers can’t seem to get enough of.  The scent is long lasting and extremely strong.

What does 4 Leaf Clover Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a wonderful floral ozony blend of clover, green grass, with hints of fresh cut wisteria. Your line would not be complete without “the luck of the clover”.  NG Original Fragrance!

How Do Our Customers Use 4 Leaf Clover Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters; if the winter time blues have got you down, it is time to think green with this scent.  Many of our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy, Palm, parasoy blends, Joy wax, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  But, not only is this scent fresh and clean, customers attest this green scent has phenomenal scent throw!  As for the home scenting realm, this aroma is terrific.  The performance is remarkable in aroma beads, diffusers, oil burners, and incense.

On the bath and body end of products, celebrate because this unisex scent is one great seller!  With a recommended usage of 5%, this fabulous fragrance is used to make:  lotions, perfume oils, foaming body butters, melt and pour soaps, body scrubs, and body sprays.  In fact, many of our customer’s state that their customers adore the fresh clean scent this fragrance gives their products.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is great.  Here are the official results:  Moderate ricing, slight acceleration, pretty workable, and so worth it, awesome scent, no final discoloration, scent nice and strong after cure.

If you are looking for an adorable St. Patty’s Day project using Natures Garden’s 4 Leaf Clover scent, check out Natures Garden’s free recipe section for the 4 Leaf Clover Layered Soap Recipe, or just simply click on the link.

Candle Burning

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

candle burn Candle Burning

Regardless of whether you are making candles for personal use, gifts, or to earn extra income; candles are flammable.  You always want to make sure that you have taken all the right measures to ensure the safest candle possible.  Not only is candle safety important to the crafter, but it is also just as important to the person that burns the candle.

Here are some great tips for burning candles, the best way to extinguish a candle, and what to do if your candle wax is on fire.

Candle Burning and Maintenance:

Always before lighting your candle; trim the wick!  You never want your wick to be longer than ¼ inch.  Also, when lighting your candle, do not throw the wick trimming into the candle.  You want to keep your candle free of any and all debris such as:  dust, wick trimmings, matches, ect.  You want your candle pool to be scented wax only.

Keep your wick straight.  Once your wick has been trimmed, you will want to pull it straight.  If your wick is bent, your wick will burn hotter than regular.  This will result in a quicker burn time of your candle.

When it is time to extinguish your candle, always use a snuffer.  A candle snuffer is the easiest and safest way to put out a flame.  Using a snuffer will prevent hot wax splatter.  Candle wax is hot, you never want to touch it, or get wax splatter on you or surfaces in your home.

Never put a candle flame out with water.  Water can cause the hot wax in your candles to splatter.  There is also a chance that the glass container of your candle may also break.

If after lighting your candle, you notice the wick flickering, smoking, or the flame of your candle becomes too large; the candle is not functioning properly.  Extinguish the flame, let the candle cool, trim your wick to ¼ inch, check the rooms for drafts, and then re-light.

After a candle has been burned to the point where there is only 1/2 inch of wax left in the bottom of the container, stop burning.  The candle is now finished.  Never burn a candle all the way down.

For Candle Making Purposes: 

For your candle making area, it is wise to purchase a dry chemical fire extinguisher in case of any fires.  If you do have a wax fire, the dry chemical extinguisher or baking soda should be used to suffocate the flames.  Never use water to put out a wax fire.

Oil in Candle

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

candle making questionsCandle Making Questions:

Why is there excess oil in candle?  Sometimes when making candles, your finished product may have excess oil in it.   This oil slick may be along the edges, on the top, or at the bottom of your candle.  This oil is actually fragrance oil.  Excess fragrance oil in the candle containers is a tell tale sign that too much fragrance oil was used in the candle making process.

How to Solve It!  Sticking to the recommended usage suggestion for fragrance oil per type of wax is the smartest move, especially if you are new to candle making.  Another early warning sign to prevent oil in your finished candle happens during the pour steps.  When pouring the wax into the containers, if you notice an “oil slick” in the bottom of your pouring pot, stop the pour before the oil comes out.  If there is any leftover fragrance oil that the wax did not absorb initially, the wax will not absorb it in your container either.

To view other candle making questions and common troubleshooting tips for candle making, please click on this link to see the full Natures Garden’s Common Candle Making Mistakes Guide.

Soy Candles

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Soy wax Candles Anyone who works with soy wax knows that candles produced with this wax will have great cold throw.  Cold throw is the scent of the candle when it is not lit.  Typically with soy wax, this throw will always be strong.  However, when it comes to hot throw with soy wax you may be left desiring more.

Why does my candle not have hot throw?

When using soy wax to craft your candles, a lack of hot throw is just the nature of the wax.  However, it could be possible that there was not enough fragrance or scent added to the melted wax.  When it comes to adding the scent to the wax, temperature is everything; and be careful not to add the fragrance when the temperature is too high.  Finally, the last thing to consider is the wick.  This will also have a direct effect on the hot throw in your candle.

How to Solve It

If you are just not satisfied with the hot throw of your soy candles and have carefully examined all of the possible problems that may have inhibited your hot scent throw; you may want to consider changing your wax.   Paraffin based waxes have very strong hot throw.  You can also switch your wax to a blend of both soy and paraffin.  Natures Garden’s Joy Wax is a great example of this blend; providing candles with excellent hot and cold throw.

With soy wax, you are able to add up to 1.5 ounces of fragrance oil per pound of soy wax.  This fragrance load will provide the best possible scent for soy wax candles.  Also, if you are interested in seeing if a fragrance oil performs in soy wax, check out the fragrance oil’s customer reviews.  People often post what medium they used the fragrance oil in, especially if it works in soy wax.

Also, when making candles, waxes vary in the degree in which you can add the fragrance.  If you are noticing that your candles are not producing a strong enough hot throw, you may want to lower the temperature at which you add the fragrance oil.  It can be possible that some of the fragrance is burning off simply by the heat of the melted wax.  Adding your fragrance at too high of a temperature will do this.

Selecting a hotter burning wick for your candles will also help with a candle’s hot throw.  Some great hotter burning wicks to select from are Hemp or CD wicks.  But as always, testing is key.

Gel Wax

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Natures Garden Gel WaxThere are many different kinds of candle waxes available in the industry; gel wax stands out for some of its own very unique reasons.

What is Gel Wax

Consisting of 95% mineral oil and 5% polymer resin, gel wax is a rubbery and clear mixture.  The polymer resin is used to thicken the mineral oil to add the properties true to gel wax; long burn time and clear look.  This wax, unique in its form; is able to extend burn time by double (compared to paraffin).  That is one of the biggest selling points to gel wax.  Just as important is the special aesthetic aspect to gel wax; its transparency.

Candles crafters that work with gel wax are able to manipulate it by embedding, shaping, and pairing the wax to achieve specific looks.  Some of the more popular finished products of these techniques would be sand candles, fruit pie candles, or beverage candles.

Embeds are inserts that are positioned into the gel wax before it completely solidifies.  These non flammable items are then suspended in the hardened wax.  This gives gel wax candles a very rare look.  Some examples of embeds you can use in this wax would be: sea shells, glass or wax embeds, or glitter. Never use plastic embeds for gel wax candles.

Another notable advantage of working with gel wax is how forgiving it is.  Any corrections that you want to touch up in the finished candle can be done.  It is as simple as remelting, rescenting, recoloring, and repouring.

How to Melt Gel Wax

The process of melting gel is slightly different than your other waxes.  With this one, there is no specific temperature to heat in order to liquefy.  This wax, as it melts; only thins.  Stirring is key with gel wax.

It is also important to keep a watchful eye on gel wax as it thins.  Stirring frequently and monitoring will ensure the correct melting process.  Gel wax does not thin quicker by heating at a higher temperature; gel wax will only smoke.

Tips on Gel Candles

Never try to move a gel wax candle while it is burning or was just lit.  Liquid gel wax is extremely hot and will cause severe burns if splashed onto the skin.

The top layer of a gel wax candle is very sticky.  This is just the nature of gel wax.  You always want to keep your gel wax candle cover in between uses.   This will prevent the wax from collecting dust and debris on that sticky layer.

Gel wax is strictly a container wax.  Due to its makeup, the wax is not strong enough to be a pillar wax.  This should be noted especially for shipping and storage reasons.  If your candle is placed on its side or upside down, the wax will start to slide/pour out.

If you are interested in making a gel wax Beer Candle, click on this link; if you would like to try a gel wax Wine Candle, click on this link.  There are many other homemade recipes that can be found at Natures Garden’s Free Recipes and Classes area of their website.

Fragrance Oil and Candle Making

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

fragrance oilWhen it comes to candle making, in order to have the best smelling candles, you must use concentrated fragrance oil.  There are a vast number of fragrance oil companies in the market, many of them sell good quality oils for candle making, and on the other hand there are some companies that sell lower cost fragrances which are usually diluted.  Never use any fragrance oils that are alcohol based for candle making.  Caution- there are companies that sell “potpourri fragrance oils”, these fragrance oils are about 50% concentrated.  They are cut with a product called DPG.  DPG (or dipropylene glycol) is used to dilute fragrance oils.  Do not use these types of fragrance oils for candle making, they will inhibit your candles from burning properly.

Once you have found a company that sells concentrated fragrance oils, you will only want to use 1 ounce to 1.5 ounces of candle scent per pound of wax.  As long as you have selected the right kind of wax- a high quality one- you will never need to use more than 1.5 ounces of candle scent per pound of wax.  Using more than the stated amount of fragrance oil in your candle wax will result in unused fragrance in the bottom of your pouring pot or candle container.  This is wasted fragrance oil that was not absorbed by your wax.

Natures Garden supplies 100% concentrated fragrance oils to its customers.  These scents were formulated by master perfumists, using aromatic chemicals and essential oils to create wonderfully smelling fragrances that can be used to make candles.  In fact, about 99% of Natures Garden’s fragrance oils also work in other applications besides candles.  This includes:  cosmetics, bath and body products, and even cold process soap.  Natures Garden is dedicated to providing its customers with unique, fine, fragrance oils at wholesale prices not retail prices.  Our company is able to sell these high quality oils at great prices because we are the largest supplier of fragrance oils in the USA, which has allowed us to achieve bulk buying power from our perfumists.  And then, we pass the savings on to our customers.  Our high quality, affordable-priced fragrance oils allow our customers to maintain high profit margins on their finished products.

Chemistry of Fragrance

Essential oils are 100% natural (usually plant derived).  These scenting oils are commonly attained by a process known as steam distillation.  Essential oils are very costly as compared to fragrance oils.  Fragrance oils came into existence because of these high costs.  Perfumists started replicating the aroma of certain essential oils by mixing the right combinations of over 3,000 various aromatic chemicals.  These aromatic chemicals are known as aldehydes and ketones.  Aldehydes and ketones are all polar to some degree.  It is actually impossible for fragrance oils to be NON Polar.  Every fragrance oil has some degree of polarity to them.  Yes, it is true that some fragrance oils will be more polar than others, but a fragrance oil can never be completely NON Polar.  Perfumists are able to create a fragrance oil that is less polar by using isopar solvents, but once again, there will still be a small degree of polarity from the aromatic chemicals used to form the fragrance oil.

Fragrance oils that are used to scent gel wax have to be on the lesser side of being polar.  A great tip for testing if a fragrance oil will work in gel wax is to first check the flashpoint.  The flashpoint of the oil has to be above 170 degrees Fahrenheit.  Then, see if the fragrance oil will mix in mineral oil, if the solution becomes cloudy, the fragrance oil will not work.  If the solution is clear, the fragrance oil is gel wax compatible.

MSDS/IFRA/RIFM

We at Natures Garden want to keep you informed on every single fragrance oil we carry.  All of the fragrance oils sold by Natures Garden abide by the safety recommendations set forth by the IFRA and RIFM standards.  Natures Garden also supplies the MSDS information for each and every fragrance oil as well.  The MSDS and IFRA Certification of Compliance can be found on the website, under the fragrance performance- testing in various applications section.  Each MSDS and IFRA certificate can be easily printed right off the Natures Garden website.  EU customers are now provided EU allergen reports for all of our fragrances.

Christmas Tree Fragrance Oil

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

christmas tree fragrance oil Christmas Tree Fragrance Oil-Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Simply an amazing scent to fill your home with this holiday season, Christmas Tree Fragrance Oil smells just like a real Christmas Tree.  This fragrance is a perfect solution for those who use artificial trees to decorate their homes; but long for that traditional tree scent without any of the pine needle mess.  In fact, one of our customers refers to this fragrance as “pinetastic”!  Considered a “Christmas Keeper” by many of our clients, this pine scent coupled with its deep tones, is an immediate sell out for candles, tarts, and home scenting mediums. 

What does Christmas Tree Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden will have you ready to start decorating for the Christmas season.  Why not decorate your home with the scent of fresh Christmas tree?  Christmas tree fragrance begins with top notes of pine and fresh lime; with middle notes of cardamom and pepper; with a base note of Scotch pine.  An NG Original Fragrance!  A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Christmas Tree Fragrance Oil?

For those of you lucky ones that are candle crafters or home scenters; this scent is one hot seller.  Used in a variety of waxes like soy, Joy, Pillar of Bliss, Palm, soy blends, and WOW wax, this fragrance oil dominates when it comes to scent throw.  With an amazingly strong hot throw that fills several rooms using only a single candle, this scent is loved and cherished by all.   The same strong aroma is also true for the cold throw, which is why this fragrance also works extremely well for aroma beads, smelly jellies, wax dipped toilet paper, and odor eliminator sprays. 

Unfortunately, on the bath and body end, this fragrance oil is not body safe.    

Football Field Candle Loaf Recipe

Friday, October 18th, 2013
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This is Bonnie of Natures Garden.

It is time to get excited!  Another Thursday has passed which means that we have another employee spotlight creation to share.  We are currently in week 10 of the Natures Garden Employee Challenge.  Each week we ask one of the employees to share their spotlight creation- a project/recipe that they create using Natures Garden’s supplies and one of their personal favorite fragrance oils.  Creativity is highly encouraged!  This week’s spotlight creation was done by Bonnie, one of our newer employees at Natures Garden.  Her project is tactfully named Football Field Candle Loaf.

Bonnie was inspired by the theme of football since she has several family members that are football fans.  She also wanted to produce an item that men can make and use in their own “man caves”.  So, considering all of this Bonnie decided that she would make a loaf candle that would resemble a football field.  The two fragrance oils that she selected for this were Fresh Cut Grass (for the field) and Leather Jacket (for the football).

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A image of the finished Football Field Candle Loaf and football melt and pour soaps.

Besides the football loaf candle, Bonnie also brought another unique idea to share with everyone.  One night while she was figuring out the specifics of her project, she had ordered pizza for dinner.  When it arrived, and she opened the box; a light bulb went off.  She saved and washed the pizza saver.  (If you do not know what this is, it is the small plastic table that the pizza companies place in the center of the pizza to prevent the cardboard from falling in.)  She was inspired.  Bonnie thought that this would be a perfect kicking tee; just like the professional punters use.

She was right.  After making her Football Field Loaf Candle, Bonnie made a small second project-  Football Soaps.  Using the same Silicone Football Mold from her candle, she melted Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap.  Using Fun Brown Oxide, she colored the soap.  Then, she selected a manly scent- The Perfect Man Fragrance Oil.  Once the soap hardened, she popped it out of the mold, and the football fit perfectly right in the pizza saver.  An adorable bathroom soap concept for any football lover who occasionally orders pizza too.

Besides football, Bonnie also enjoys spending time with her family.  She is a big pet lover and has 2 Dachshunds (wiener dogs).  Their names are Oscar Myer and Roxie and they love going for walks.  Because she and her husband have an RV, they enjoy camping and the outdoors whenever they can.

Bonnie also enjoys attending Zumba Fitness, and used to be an instructor of Zumba as well.

In her daily spare time, Bonnie listens to and enjoys all music types from Metallica to Miranda Lambert to Glee.  She is also very into the Candy Crush Saga Game.

When it comes to Bonnie’s Moto for life, she lives by words her mother always said:  “Listen to people’s advice, but do what you feel is right.”

To view the complete instructions for Bonnie’s Spotlight Creation Football Field Candle Loaf, you can simply click on the link.  The recipe is also available in the free recipes and classes section of the Natures Garden website.

Bitches Brew Fragrance Oil

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
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Bitches Brew Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden is one scent that will most definitely give your products the edge with a little attitude.

Bitches Brew Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Now that autumn is officially here, your Halloween Fragrance Oil line will not be complete without Natures Garden’s Bitches Brew Fragrance Oil in your products.   A true woodsy, herbal scent combination; this fragrance oil captures the essence of the spooktacular Halloween Holiday.  This perfect fall time scent is eerily similar to a very well know company’s Witches Brew.

What does Bitches Brew Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the smoky, woody sweetness of balsamic resins and patchouli enveloping herbaceous florals for a bewitching scent.

How Do Our Customers Use Bitches Brew Fragrance Oil?

If you are a candle crafter or home scenter, Bitches Brew Fragrance Oil is used in paraffin, WOW, Joy, Pillar of Bliss, and Soy waxes.  Since this scent is strong in the hot and cold throw of candle wax, once lit, it will be no time before the scent fills the home.  This fragrance oil also works very well in smelly jellies and odor eliminator for festively fun home scenting ideas too.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance oil has a usage percentage of 5%. Bitches Brew fragrance oil is used to make: lotions, bubble bath, body scrubs, solid perfumes, melt and pour soaps, bath gels, and whipped body butters.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance behaved perfectly!  Here are the official results:  No acceleration.  No separation.  Scent is dead on to Yankee.  No discoloration.

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!