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Feb
11

Chocolate Con Churros Fragrance Oil

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Chocolate Con Churros FragranceChocolate con Churros Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Chocolate con Churros Fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the aroma of this freshly baked chocolate pastry.  What are chocolate con churros exactly?   Chocolate con Churros start with light and crisp pastries. These pastries are then dipped in a rich and thick chocolate .  These tasty treats are especially popular in Spain.  This bakery fragrance smells identical to a delicious and rich serving of freshly prepared chocolate con churros.  Just think, with this aroma filling your home, your friends and family will think you are making them this fabulous chocolate dessert.  With this bakery scent in your homemade products, it will be difficult to keep them on the shelves.  Our customers love this super strong chocolate aroma in their homemade candles In fact, they absolutely adore it in a variety of homemade craft projects .

What does Chocolate con Churros Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a wonderful blend of fresh pastry churros with warm notes of creamy dark chocolate and vanilla.  An NG Original!

Top Notes:  coconut
Mid Notes:  cinnamon, chocolate
Base Notes:  vanilla, baked dough

How Do Our Customers Use Chocolate con Churros Fragrance Oil?

For those of you that create homemade candles, our customers use this fragrance in their 464 soy wax, Pillar of Bliss Wax, and Joy wax candles.  In any of these waxes our customers are reporting that the scent is extremely strong. It has great hot and cold scent throw.  Our Chocolate con Churros fragrance oil has a maximum recommended usage rate of 10%.  When adding color to your handmade candles or wax tarts, we recommend using 5 drops of brown Spectrum Liquid Candle Dye for every 4 pounds of wax.  If you would rather use color blocks, shred a small amount of a brown color block into your melted candle wax. We never recommend using crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

On the bath and body end of things, this pastry fragrance oil is a fabulous aroma!  We recommend no more than 5% of the chocolate con churros fragrance oil in your finished body products.  This chocolate scent does have a vanillin content of 3%.  This means that it might discolor your bath and body products.  We recommend using our Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to help with discoloration.  You should note though that Vanilla White Color Stabilizer will only help with discoloration due to the vanillin content.  However, there are more than 40 ingredients used in fragrance oil manufacturing that can contribute to discoloration.  For those of you that are cp soapers, our cold process soap testing results show that this fragrance performs pretty well.  We found there to be no acceleration, no ricing, no separation, discolors to light brown.  The scent holds up very nicely in finished soap.  A variety of homemade crafts can be created using Chocolate con Churros scent.  Melt and pour soaps, bath whips, body butters, homemade lotions, sugar scrubs, and body frostings are just a few ideas.  Our coloring suggestion for these body products, brown oxide FUN Soap Colorant in the amount that satisfies you.

 

Feb
09

Chestnut Brown Sugar Fragrance

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Chestnut Brown Sugar Fragrance OilChestnut Brown Sugar Fragrance– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Chestnut Brown Sugar Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden is one that is loved by so many of our customers.  This divine fragrance oil is the glorious combination of warm brown sugar and fresh chestnuts.  If you have ever thought about adding a buttery, maple aroma to your handmade craft projects, this is the one!  Take it from our customers, this chestnut brown sugar scent is warm with a touch of something sweet and delicious.  This brown sugar aroma work perfectly in candles, homemade air fresheners, and bath and body products.  As one of our customers stated “I’ve never had a chestnut but if they taste anything like this smells, I need them NOW! The scent is unbelievable”.

What does Chestnut Brown Sugar Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Nature’s Garden is a succulent aroma that is reminiscent of fall time with top notes of caramel, brown sugar, nutty characters, maple, and butter; followed by powdery middle notes; sitting on a fresh, full-bodied base note of chestnut.

How do our customers use Chestnut Brown Sugar Fragrance Oil?

When used for homemade room scenting and candle making, Chestnut Brown Sugar Fragrance Oil can be used in Joy wax, Pillar of Bliss, WOW wax, and Soy waxes like 444, 415, and 464.  In fact, this sweet scent works very well in 100% soy wax and makes smells amazing in homemade wax tarts.  Our recommendations for coloring your handcrafted candles are to use 3 drops brown Spectrum Liquid Candle dye plus 1 drop orange and 1 drop yellow liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax or shred a small amount of an orange, brown, and yellow color block into your melted candle wax.  This sweet and delicious scent can also be used in reed diffusers or with smelly jelly crystals.  One of our customers even reported that when using our chestnut brown sugar aroma in reed diffusers “it filled up my room almost immediately.”

For all of our bath and body crafters, this chestnut aroma is amazing in homemade bath products and is a best seller for many.  The recommended usage rate for this strong fragrance oil is 5%.  For those of you that are cold process soapers, it is time to get super excited!  Here are the official cold process testing results:  No acceleration, no ricing, separates after pour but reabsorbs, discolors to a milk chocolate.  Very strong scent retention.  It also has a Vanillin Content of 5%, so Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is recommended to stabilize discoloration in finished bath and body products. However, when used in cp soap it does discolor to a milk chocolate color, which is absolutely perfect for this fragrance.  The wide variety of homemade products that customers use this fragrance oil to scent are: melt and pour soap, whipped body butters, bath bombs, sugar scrubs, melt and pour soap, conditioners, and bath gels.  Finally, our coloring suggestions, for bath and body products we recommend using brown, orange, and yellow soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you. Never use candle dye in any body products.

Feb
05

Beverly Hills Glam Fragrance

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Beverly Hills Glam FragranceBeverly Hills Glam Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Beverly Hills Glam Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden definitely brings the glam of Beverly Hills to you!  But, what makes Beverly Hills so glamorous with such humble beginnings?  In 1900, Burton Green, Oilman and real estate, along with several other partners, purchased the land for the Amalgamated Oil Company.  In 1906, after drilling many unsuccessful wells, they decided to revamp as Rodeo Land and Water Company.  The land was renamed  Beverly Hills by Green and his wife after Beverly Farms, Massachusetts.  Green reached out to the landscape architect Wilbur D. Cook who had been influenced by landscape designer, Frederick Law Olmstead who is known for creating the wide curving streets that hugged the vast hills.  Rodeo, Canon, Crescent, Carmelita, Elevado and Lomitas which were constructed in 1907 were the City’s first streets.  Cook was also the creator of what would later be known as the emerald necklace of his garden city, which included a three-block greensward called Santa Monica Park.  Five years later in 1912, the Beverly Hills Hotel was constructed.  The hotel became the center of community life, serving as theater, meeting place and church.  In 1914, the City was incorporated and hence, Beverly Hills was born.  The rich, elegant lifestyle that it created attracted stars such as Douglas Fairbanks and his wife, Mary Pickford who led the wave of movie stars here when they built their mansion, Pickfair, in 1919.  Other stars include Gloria SwansonWill Rogers, Charlie Chaplin, John Barrymore, Buster Keaton and Rudolph Valentino, just to name a few, who also built stylish mansions.

What Does Beverly Hills Glam Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This flamboyant fragrance oil by Natures Garden is truly a bold floral extravaganza.  Bursting with beautiful notes of ylang ylang, rose, and carnation with green moss, sweet amber and warm sandalwood complete the scent as a background.  All making this a one of a kind unforgettable lingering scent.

Top:  Bergamot, Mandarin
Mid: Rose, Jasmine, Carnation, Ylang Ylang
Base:  Moss, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Amber

How Do Our Customers Use Beverly Hills Glam Fragrance Oil?

Some coloring suggestions for homemade candles are 4 drops of red liquid candle dye and a little bit of purple liquid candle dye or a small amount of shredded red and purple color block per 4 pounds of wax.  Never use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.  For bath and body products, try Neon Pink FUN Soap Colorant.  Never use candle dye in any body products.

This is the perfect scent to add a little sass and panache to your life.  Attention my candle making friends, this fragrance performs perfectly in joy wax, wow wax, and is nice and strong in soy wax and has a 10% usage rate.

Those who prefer bath oils, soaps, bath gels, lotions and perfumes, the maximum recommended usage rate is 5%.  Cold process soap testing results are a perfect pour.  No acceleration, no ricing, no separation, discolors to a light tan.  Strong scent retention.

And lastly, this our luxurious Beverly Hills Glam scent can be used for room scenting with a maximum usage rate of 50%.  It is nice and strong in aroma beads.  It can also be used to create unique, homemade candle wax tarts using our pillar of bliss wax.

To quickly find this fragrance, type in “Beverly Hills Glam” in our search bar and that will take you directly to our Beverly Hills Glam Fragrance Oil so that you can order today!

Feb
02

Chocolate Lovers Type Fragrance

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Chocolate Lovers Type FragranceChocolate Lovers Type Fragrance – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Ah love is in the air! With Valentines Day right around the corner how could it not be? It’s officially the time of year for romance, intimacy, and best of all chocolate! Natures Garden’s Chocolate Lovers Type Fragrance Oil is the perfect scent for this holiday that is as sugary sweet as your sweetheart.

What Does Chocolate Lovers Type Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a fusion of lemon, orange, bergamot and mandarin, lily of the valley and coriander emerged with unmistakable notes of sweet chocolate, along with warm vanilla and musk.

Top Notes: bergamot, orange, lemon, mandarin
Mid Notes:  lily of the valley, honeysuckle, coriander
Base Notes:  chocolate, vanilla, musk, cashmere woods

How Do Our Customers Use Chocolate Lovers Type Fragrance Oil?

Various homemade products can be made using this scrumptious scent, including perfumes, lotions, and cleaners. Perfumes will perform perfectly when using this chocolate fragrance. Both perfumes and lotions can use a maximum of 5%. Cleaning products made with this chocolate scent can use no more than 4.3% of fragrance.

Homemade candles and room scents can be created using this romantic fragrance. Incense, potpourri, and reed diffusers are all room scents that can use up to 50% of this fragrance oil. Also, aroma beads will have a nice, strong performance with this scent. Lovely hand crafted candles containing vegetable waxes or paraffin wax can be made using up to 10% of this fragrance. Soy waxjoy wax, and wow wax have all been found to perform perfectly with this scent. Further, it is nice and strong in soy wax. We recommend that you use five drops of brown liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax. Alternatively, you could shred a small amount of brown color block into the melted candle wax. Please note that crayons are not a viable substitute for a candle colorant as they will clog your wick.

Fabulous bath and body products can be created with Chocolate Lovers Type Fragrance Oil. Bath gels and bath oils will perform well with a fragrance concentration of 5% or less. Homemade soap crafters can use this scent in a variety of products, such as melt and pour soap or cold process soap. Regardless, the fragrance concentration we recommend for any soap recipe should be no more than 5%. Our cold process soap testing results show that Natures Garden’s Chocolate Lovers Type scent worked very well! Adding the fragrance to our soap recipe resulted in no ricing, no acceleration, and no separation. The bar will have a good scent retention and discolor to a milk chocolate hue. This discoloration is partially due to a vanillin content of 8.75% and will likely be counteracted by adding our Vanilla White Color Stabilizer. However, there are more than forty ingredients used in fragrance manufacturing that may contribute to discoloration of products as well. So, the bar may not become entirely white after adding the stabilizer, but it should still produce a lighter color in the bar. For coloring we recommend using brown soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you.  Never use candle dye in any body products.

Chocolate-Dipped-Bath-Zizzies

Are you looking for a fun way to incorporate this chocolate scent into your homemade crafts? Why not try our Chocolate Dipped Bath Fizzies Recipe!  This is a recipe any chocolate lover is sure to appreciate.

Jan
27

Chocolate and Amber Fragrance

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Chocolate and Amber FragranceChocolate and Amber Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Spotlight

Chocolate and Amber Fragrance Oil is a scrumptious scent that will leave you hungry for more. The aroma of rich creamy chocolates that instantly melt in your mouth intertwine beautifully with its sweet, liquid center. Trust me, this is not a fragrance you want to miss!

 

 

What Does Chocolate and Amber Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This romantic fragrance oil by Natures Garden engages the senses with a warm heart of sandalwood and patchouli that blends with jasmine blossoms.  Rich undertones of musk are sweetened with precious amber and hints of vanilla.  A lingering accent of cocoa bean creates a heady twist for the scent.

Top Notes:  bergamot, lemon, apple
Mid Notes:  heliotrope, jasmine, violet
Base Notes:  chocolate, amber, patchouli, vanilla, sandalwood

How Do Our Customers use Chocolate and Amber Fragrance Oil?

Handmade bath and body products can be created using this chocolate fragrance oil. Bath oils and bath gels can use up to 5% of this fragrance. Also, they have both been found to perform well for this scent. A variety of hand crafted soaps can include this tempting aroma as well. Our cold process soap testing results revealed that this fragrance will perform with no acceleration, no ricing, and no separation. The scent in a cured bar is very strong! A bar using this amber fragrance oil will discolor to a beige, which may be due in part to the vanillin content of 1.5%. This may be remedied by incorporating vanilla white stabilizer into your cp soap recipe. Although this will eliminate discoloration caused by the vanillin, there are more than forty ingredients used in fragrances by manufactures that may contribute to discoloration of products. If you wish to color your soap, then we recommend tinting your product with brown soap colorant in an amount that satisfies you. Remember that you should never use candle dye in any body products.

Lotions, perfumes, and all natural cleaners can all use Chocolate and Amber Fragrance Oil. Perfumes will perform perfectly at a 5% maximum. Also, lotions and cleaners can use no more than 5%. Lastly, gel wax is compatible with this fragrance oil, but it is still the customers responsibility to test their purchase.

Room scenters and candle crafters can both make use of this tasty scent. Room scents, some of which being reed diffusers, incense, and potpourri, can use up to 50% of chocolate aroma. Also, this scent will perform nice and strong in aroma beads. Homemade candle makers can use this fragrance to create aromatic products. Candles containing either vegetable waxes or paraffin wax can use up to 10% of this fragrance. It will perform perfectly in joy wax, soy wax, and wow wax. Additionally, it is gel wax compatible. We suggest that you use five drops of brown liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax. Another option for coloring would be to shred a small amount of brown color block into the melted candle wax. Be sure to never use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

Jan
08

Carnation Fragrance

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Carnation FragranceCarnation Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Carnations have been admired throughout time by many individuals. In ancient Rome and Greece these elegant flowers were cultivated for their aesthetic and aromatic qualities. Christianity considers the first carnation to have bloomed from Mary’s tears when Jesus carried his cross. Signifying that carnations are worthy to symbolize love. The 25th president of the United States, William McKinley, would wear a carnation on his lapel for good luck. Today, carnations are included in many anniversary bouquets as symbols of love and long lasting commitment. Regardless of the significance, these delicate flowers have continued to entice individuals for centuries due to their long-lasting freshness, appearance, and delicate fragrance. Why not capture the appeal of this flower with Natures Garden’s carnation fragrance oil.

What Does Carnation Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a crisp, clean aroma of freshly picked carnation flowers with bottom notes of fresh greenery. Wonderful fresh floral fragrance to add to your line!

How Do Our Customers Use Carnation Fragrance Oil?

There are a wide variety of different applications for a Nature’s Garden fragrance oil. Whether you’re a well versed crafter or just starting out you have the potential to create worthwhile products with fantastic scents. These products can include homemade soap, candles, lotions, perfumes, room scents and cleansers.

For candle making this fragrance can be used at a maximum of 10% in vegetable waxes and paraffin wax. The performance in joy wax and wow wax is perfect. Also, this fragrance performs nice and strong in soy wax. We advise customers to either use two drops of red liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax or shred a small amount of a red color block into your melted wax. Although color blocks may seem similar to crayons, you should never use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

Homemade bath and body products can be created using 5% Carnation Fragrance Oil. Soap makers can use the Carnation Fragrance Oil at a maximum of 5% in cold process, hot process, and melt and pour soaps. Our cold process soap testing results for this fragrance have shown no ricing, no separation, no discoloration, and good scent retention. There is slight acceleration for this fragrance, but this is typical for floral scents. It is recommended to soap at cooler temperatures and stick blend to counteract the issues caused by acceleration. We at Natures Garden suggest the use of Pink soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you for various bath and body products. Just remember to never use candle dye in any bath and body products.

Both body scents and room scents can be created using the carnation fragrance oil at a maximum usage of 5%. Potpourri and incense can be created using a maximum of 50%. Further, this fragrance performs nice and strong in aroma beads. Lotions and perfumes can be used at a maximum of 5%. Perfumes containing Carnation Fragrance Oil perform well. Cleaning products can use this fragrance oil at a maximum of 5%.

Jan
20

Granulated Wax Candles

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rainbow candleGranulated Wax Candles

Although most candle makers melt down wax to make their candles, it is possible to create wax art candles if you have granulated wax at your disposal.  Since no heating is involved in the candle making process, this can be a fun project that you can do with your kids.  The sky is the limit as to how creative you can be.  You can used multiple colors, layer the wax, and even create artwork pictures on the inside of your candle jars.  How about scenting each layer a different scent?  You can do that too.  How fun is that!

Natures Garden offers two different kinds of granulated waxes that you can use to make granulated wax candles:  Pillar of Bliss wax and Palm Container wax.  The kind of colorant that you want to use is Spectrum Candle Dyes (you never want to use water soluble dyes or any types of pigments when making these candles).  hydrangea candle

How to Make Wax Art Candles

1.  Obtain a 16 oz. apothecary jar or any other candle safe glass jar that you desire to use.

2.  Using a hot glue gun, place a small amount of hot glue on the wick tabs of  (2)  CD-12 wicks and adhere wicks to the bottom of your jar (equally spaced apart).  Set aside.

3.  Decide how many colors you want to use in your candle.  Scoop about 1/2 cup of granulated wax of your choice into a zip lock bag.  Add a drop of spectrum candle dye to the bag and mix wax well.  Typically, a 16 oz. apothecary jar will hold a total of (6) 1/2 cups of granulated wax, so it is possible to use 6 different colors in your jar.

4.  Move on to your next color.  Do the same as mentioned above until you have a total of 3 cups of colored granulated wax.

5.  A 16 oz. apothecary jar can handle a total of 1.5oz. of fragrance.  Going above this amount will likely create a fire hazard.  So, at this point, add a little fragrance to each bag of colored wax and mix until you have added a total of 1 to 1.5 oz. of fragrance total.

6.  Add your colored and scented wax to your candle jars.  You can layer the wax any way that you desire.  Fill the jar with your granulated wax.

7.  Once you are done, trim your wicks to 1/2″ for your first burn.  Keep wicks at 1/4″ for future burns.  Enjoy!!

For more candle recipes, visit this page on our website. 

Dec
16

No Candle Scent?

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Candle waxesWhen it comes to candle scent, there are only two kinds.  The hot throw of a candle, and the cold throw.

The hot throw in candles is when the wick of the candle has been lit.  The aroma of a well made candle will fill a averaged sized room fairly quickly.  This scented aroma will linger the whole time the candle remains lit.  This is the fragrance oil being released into the air from the wax that is heated by the lit wick.

On the end of the spectrum and not requiring any heat is the cold scent throw.  This is the scent a candle gives off when it is just sitting there unlit.  Cold throw is very important in candles because it is the first impression that a person gets on how the candle is going to smell.  This aroma is solely based off the fragrances aromatic quality in the wax.   

Why does my candle not smell?

The best way to guarantee that you are producing a high quality candle is to know you have good quality supplies.   There is a lot of various fragrance or scent suppliers in the market, buying from a reputable supply company ensures your candles are high quality, provide strong hot and cold throw, as well as a clean burn.  All three qualities mentioned are expectations for candles.

It is possible that a fragrance that is very evident in the cold throw of a candle will not perform the in the hot throw of the candle (this is known to occur in soy wax).  Using an additive like vybar will help to extend the scent throw.   However, if using vybar be careful not to add too much.

In the candle making process, never leave your wax on the heat source longer than needed.  Once the color and scent have been added to the wax, pay attention for when it is time to pour.  Leaving scented and melted wax on the heat source too long can burn off notes in the fragrance oil prematurely.  This lack of notes has a direct effect on your candles smell.  You especially do not want to risk this happening to your candle wax if you are using lighter fragrance oils with low flashpoints like citruses for example.

When making candles with veggie waxes such as soy wax, you will need to use a hotter burning wick to allow fragrance to travel up the wick and escape into the air.  You may also want to consider “wicking-up” when you are making candles with fragrance that contains heavy base notes.

How to Solve It!

Before you buy from an online supplier check out their credentials; you can easily do this by reading the customer reviews on their website and their social media pages.  There you will be able to find out a lot about a company.  Lastly, candle making forums are also a great way to see if a company is reputable and has good quality products, fast shipping, and customer service.

For most fragrance oils, in order to get the best hot and cold throw in a candle you use 1  to 1.5 ounces of fragrance oil per pound of wax.  If you have decided to use vybar to help increase scent throw, only add ½ tsp for every pound of wax.  Also, adding more than the recommended amount of vybar to your wax may bind your scent without allowing the wax to release it properly, so do not overdo it.

A key step to remember in the candle making process is to pour your candle wax immediately once it has been scented and mixed, or hit the proper temperature.  Using additional heat once the melted wax has been scented will allow for some of the fragrance oil to evaporate into the air releasing aromatic components of the fragrance oil before their time.  This will permanently alter the way the fragrance oil will smell in your lit candle, and may be the reason why the candle has no smell at all.

Remember, when you are making candles with veggie waxes, or you are using fragrances with heavy base notes like musk, amber, patchouli, vanilla, woods, you will want to use a bigger, hotter-burning wick.

Dec
11

Fragrance Oil and Candle Making

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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.

Dec
11

Candle Wax Tips

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soy wax candlesThe type of wax that you select for candle making is very important to your end product.  Wax has a direct affect on the overall quality of the finished candle.  This is the secret to making the perfect candle; you have to have a good, high quality wax.  The novice belief in candle making is that as long as they add more fragrance, it can compensate for a lower quality wax, and still produce a strong candle.  This is absolutely not true.

To help you understand the importance of wax in candles, let’s think of wax as a sponge and fragrance as water.   Sponges are very porous.  And, when you pour water over a sponge, the sponge fills each pore with water.  The sponge will swell as it fills.  However, as you will notice eventually when the sponge is filled, it can no longer hold any more water.  What then results is an overflow of water and the water will start leaking out from the sponge.  The same concept is true for wax.  Once the pores of the wax have been filled with their maximum capacity of fragrance oil, any additional fragrance oil that is added will settle out of the wax.

What you are left with in this scenario is wasted fragrance oil in the bottom of your pouring pot and a candle that is possibly a fire hazard.  You should never use more than 1.5 ounces of fragrance oil per pound of wax.  Adding additional scent to your candle wax will not increase your scent, instead it is nothing but money down the drain.  That is why the quality of wax that you select for your candle making endeavor is so important.

Pre-blended waxes

Yes, it is true that there are a variety of wax additives that you can include in your candle recipe to manipulate certain qualities in your candles.  But, in our experience, we have found that purchasing a pre-blended candle wax that already includes these additives is the best route to go.  Not only are you saving time, money, and the hassle of testing, but your end product will be exactly what you are looking for in a candle.  Analyzing it, by the time you purchase all of the extra ingredients you need to make a low quality wax into a high quality wax, you will spend more money than if you just purchase the high quality pre-blended wax (like JOY wax) to begin your candle making venture.  Not to mention all the time you just saved yourself too.

Temperature

Another key factor to remember in candle making is that temperature is extremely important.  Anytime that you are working with wax, it is crucial to know the directions for use.  The temperature of waxes varies according to the wax you are using.  And, in candle making temperatures are vital to the process.  Never heat any of your waxes above 250 degrees Fahrenheit.  On a molecular level, heating wax to this extreme temperature will start to break down the wax on a molecular level.  You will also notice if you get wax too hot (above the instructed degrees) the wax may burn, resulting in discoloration of the wax, as well as a burnt smell.  If this does occur, the wax is done.  It cannot be used for candle making any longer.  DO NOT attempt to scent the wax, or over scent the wax to compensate for the burnt smell.