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Sep
06

Breaking Into the Candle Making Business

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Breaking Into the Candle Making Business

Hello again everyone! For all you new crafters out there, are you looking for an easy way to get yourself into the candle business? Or maybe you’re a recent college graduate looking to get into candle making on the side as a way to help pay off those hefty loans? Well here at Nature’s Garden, we are always trying our best to make everything as easy as possible for our customers! We want all of you to be able to let your creativity shine, not just sitting at your computer wondering how in the world to get started.

First, let me explain a little bit about how our website works to make it all the more easier for you. On the top left corner of our homepage, it says Candle Supplies. Go to Candle Supplies and that will show you the categories for all of our candle making supplies. One of the easiest ways for beginners to break into the business is by purchasing our candle making kits. Candle Making Kits is one of the categories included in Candle Supplies. Almost if not all of the products you will need and a complete set of instructions are included in each kit. How awesome is that?! Our goal is to do whatever it takes to help you succeed in your business, and it doesn’t get any easier than complete kits! You also have the option to go through all of the categories in Candle Supplies and purchase all of the items separately from each other.

Now it’s time to get down to business and start making those candles, people! If you scroll down a little bit on our Homepage, you will see a section that is titled Free Support. There we offer FREE candle making classes as well as a free candle making manual that Debbie wrote herself! If you did not purchase a kit and bought your products separately, we offer free candle making recipes as well! There is plenty of variety there, from Christmas candle recipes to animal print candle recipes. We want you to be successful at any and everything! On top of all that awesomeness, we also offer free marketing help! While you are starting your business, you should definitely take the time to check that out!

When you feel you are ready to begin selling your candles, please don’t hesitate to come to us with any questions you may have! I hope that everything on our site has made it easy as pie to help you start your own business! Or if you’re that recent grad I talked about earlier, it is such an easy and fun way to help you make extra cash to start paying off those loans! We feel you are a huge part of our family, which is why at Nature’s Garden we specifically sell ingredients only because we want our customers to be successful in selling their finished product. See how easy it is to break into the candle making business? Easy as 1, 2, 3! If you want to get started right this moment, make sure to check out those candle making kits first! And don’t forget to keep checking the blog for more Enlightened by Layla postings!

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Sep
04

The Next Crafting Generation

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excited_to_get_started[1] (1)The Next Crafting Generation

 

        Hey everyone! Are you bored just sitting around the house? Maybe just out of college searching for job opportunities? Looking for something to make some extra cash while you’re first starting your career? Sound like you? I thought it might. Ever thought about crafting? And yes, I mean like candles and soaps! The kinds of awesome things our products here at Nature’s Garden can create! Come on now, I know you’ve got a creative mind inside that head of yours. Let your creativity shine!

I know crafting may sound a little odd, but believe me. It is so much fun! And there are so many opportunities that go along with it. Oh, you didn’t think that crafting could lead to great opportunities? Well it can! I know the feeling of being bored out of your mind just sitting at home with nothing to do. Crafting is a great way to spend your time! Or maybe you’re a recent college grad who just can’t seem to find a job in your field. I know you’re probably overwhelmed with student loans right now and need a way to start paying them off. You could become an entrepreneur!

Now I know you remember making projects in Art class. Crafting is a way to keep the fun of art class in your life. There are so many possible things you can create just from our products. Put your creativity to use! We have so many great options. You can make candles, soaps, even your own cosmetics! I mean what woman wouldn’t love to be able their own makeup?! Turn off that TV, and let the fun begin! Your crafts could be awesome gifts for you to give the people you love or great additions to your own home. It is such a great hobby. Knowing you actually made that awesome candle or that delicious smelling soap will give you such a feeling of accomplishment. That isn’t a feeling you can get just from sitting around your house. Come on, I know you want the feeling. Just try it out!

Remember those college loans I mentioned? I know how overwhelmed you are trying to figure out where to start to pay them off. Take your crafting one step further and use it to help pay off those loans! Like I said, become an entrepreneur! Ah, see those opportunities people? Starting your own crafting company will be one of the easiest and most satisfying decisions you will ever make! Our products are sold to our customers with the intention for them to create the awesomeness. Sell your creations! You know what selling them means? You’re making money! And money means you can start to pay off those loans! Even if you don’t want to start a full-fledged company, sell your stuff anyway! Maybe you’re actually getting your career started, but selling your creativity will bring in all kinds of extra cash. And I know you will always have a need for or find a use for that. You’re literally helping yourself make more money using your creativity. It doesn’t get better than that!

Come on people! We are the next crafting generation! I know the feeling of not having any idea of what to do with your life. I’ve been there. Crafting is a great way to helping you figure it out along the way! And tell your friends! I’m sure some of them are in the same place you are! Here’s a start, check out our free classes and recipes in our free recipe box. And keep checking our blog for more Enlightened by Layla postings!

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Sep
04

Enlightened by Layla

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DSC_0083Hello everyone!

Let me introduce myself. My name is Layla. Writing about myself is such a hard “assignment.” But here goes! I am 21 years old, love to travel, and have absolutely no clue what I want to do when I “grow up.” But really, who does? But I absolutely love working for Nature’s Garden. I am stoked to begin “Enlightened by Layla” and get to share my experiences here at Nature’s Garden with you! I love to be creative and make new crafts, and am excited for all of you to make these creations with me.

I graduated high school in 2010 and went on to attend college for interior design for one year. I love to have fun, especially when I get the chance to create new and exciting things like our products!

I try my best to always look at life with a positive attitude. Positivity is definitely my key to overcoming obstacles. I absolutely love inspirational quotes. One of my all-time favorites: “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” –Marilyn Monroe

Two of my favorite things to do are reading and shopping. Whenever I have down time, I love to cram my nose into a good book. Especially a good romance with a bit of mystery involved. I have a clothing and jewelry obsession, I just can’t seem to help myself. But really, what girl can? Vintage and thrift store finds are my absolute favorite. Bargain shopping is awesome, one of the projects on my to-do list is learning to become an extreme couponer. I mean come on! Who doesn’t love to save money? And couponing can save you lots and lots of it!

When I finally take the time to learn the couponing skill, I plan to do shopping trips not only for myself, but also for others. I love to help others and have participated in foundations such as Family Promise and Salvation Army. These two organizations and also the Ronald McDonald House foundation are extremely close to my heart. I believe that whenever you have the chance to give forward, take it! What goes around, comes around!

I have worked as a waitress in the past, and that experience has taught me that each day is different and you never know what is going to happen! I love people and am very easy to talk to and get along with! So don’t be afraid to ask me questions about Nature’s Garden and our creations!

Some of my favorite movies are My Life in Ruins, Grease, The Blind Side, Remember the Titans, Pitch Perfect, and almost anything Disney. I’m a sucker for musicals and romance! I love all kinds of music as well, at the moment I have been listening non-stop to Timeflies Tuesday.

I have been to many places around the world, from France to the United Arab Emirates. I spent time in France on foreign exchanges, and have also been to Germany, Holland, and Spain. Like I said, I love to travel!

I hope this helped you to get know me, I would love to get to know each and every one of you! You are all very important to us! Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any thoughts or questions you have about our products here at Nature’s Garden! Have a marvelous day and enjoy Enlightened by Layla!

Jul
17

Homemade Gifts

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homemade gifts Homemade Gifts

Finding the perfect gift for loved ones can sometimes be a struggle.  To celebrate special occasions and milestones in life, you want to give a gift that means something exceptional.  Regardless of whether the gift is for the holidays, a birthday party, life accomplishment,  or even just to let someone know how special they are; purchasing or making a homemade gift is the route to go.

When it comes down to it, homemade gifts are unique, specialized, and memorable.  Whether you choose to purchase a homemade product, or try your hand at making one yourself, you know that there will be no other present quite like yours.  And, the recipient of the gift will absolutely adore the sentimental aspect of the time and effort that you took to make them feel special.

Since homemade gifts are literally made from scratch, they can be specified to exactly what you know the persons likes are.  Whether that be accomplished through the special skin loving ingredients that you can use in body products, the fragrance oil that scents your beautiful homemade gift, or the look of your finished product; you have the capability to capture someone’s specific likes and turn it into the perfect gift.

Putting in that little extra thought and care is what makes homemade gifts memorable and heartfelt.  Showing someone just how special they are to you means all the world to them.  And, since homemade gifts are not only special to the person that receives them, but also to the person who makes it, a homemade gift shows just how much the person is appreciated and loved.

Now, when it comes to creating a homemade gift there is an array of avenues you can choose from.  Maybe you will choose to make the persons favorite home cooked meal or dessert.  Or, you can create a scrapbook highlighting their journey-past and present.  And, there is always the option of making a basket of bath and body products all scented in their favorite smell.  In fact, the same kind of basket can even be made with tarts, candles, and home scenting supplies; guaranteeing that the person’s house will be filled with the most wonderful of aromas.

If you would like to go the route of creating a homemade gift of bath and body products, or candles and tarts, Natures Garden has all of the supplies that you will need.  They even have free recipes that you can use with step by step instructions as to how to make the items.  With over 800 different fragrances available, you will be able to find the perfect scent that will truly appeal to the person you are making the gift for.

With a homemade gift, you have the capability to show someone just how much they mean to you.  Homemade gifts are heartfelt, personalized, and impressive.  So, for the next party or holiday, let someone know just how special they are !

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. 

Sep
20

Beer Candle Recipe

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an NG originalThe Natures Garden’s staff is at it again.  This week, Zack made a realistic beer candle; foam and all!  Would you look at the froth on that beer!  It is even frothing over the side.  This project involved working with gel wax for the beer, and whipped soy wax for the froth.  Zack looks oh so proud to be posing with his creation.  He said he is going to take it home and show all of his friends.

Zack has worked in the fragrance department of Natures Garden for a very very long time!  You could say Zack himself is an “NG Original”.  Zack says the beer scent is so realistic he just cannot believe it, and he has downed a beer or two in his time, so this is coming from a professional.  beer candle

Zack plays on a soccer team two nights a week.   He has real passion for the game of soccer, and has been playing the game since he was a young boy.  I asked Zack what else he does in his spare time, and Zack just laughed.

Zack is an exceptional staff member, rarely missing work, always in an upbeat, humorous, playful mood, and has a fine-tuned fragrance nose!  Hang out with Zack for just a few minutes and you are laughing your butt off!  Click here to see the Beer Candle Recipe that Zack created. 

Zack’s life motto is:  “Have Fun”.

Aug
24

Smores Candle Recipe

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Smores Candle Recipe brought to you by Lynn of Natures Garden

As many of you know, we are currently having a Natures Garden’s staff challenge.  Our staff members are challenged to choose some of their favorite fragrances and create a product with them. smores-candle-big This challenge allows staff members to have hands-on experience with our products, and it has the potential to provide inspirational ideas for our customers.  WIN-WIN!

Lynn has been with Natures Garden many years, and she has years of experience making candles.  In her spare time, she sells her finished candles at craft bazaars.  Lynn said that she is always trying to come up with new and exciting candles to sell at bazaars.  She came up with the smores candle idea, and I was excited to see the end result.  She nailed it!  Her candles made we want to make real smores to eat!

For those of you who do not know Lynn, she is hard-working, creative, and she said that her motto in life is:  “Live life to its fullest” and “Never give up on your dreams”.  We are quite honored to have her as part of our staff.  Thank you Lynn!

For complete instructions on how to make Lynn’s Smores Candle, please click here.

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Aug
21

How much candle wax do I need to fill my jars?

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How much candle wax do I need to fill my jars? 

One of the most frequent questions we are asked by new candle makers is:  How much candle wax will I need to fill my jars?  And, the solution is really simple to find out with this equation.

Basically, you will find that 1 pound (by weight) of candle wax will equal 20 ounces (in volume) when pouring into containers or molds.  With this knowledge, you can use simple math to figure out how much candle wax you will need to fill your containers or molds.

Take for example that you are making 6 oz. hexagon container candles for a wedding.  For this order, you have to make a total of 200 wedding candles.  The question you are asking yourself is, “how much candle wax will you need to fill all 200- 6oz. jars”?  Here is the equation to figure it out:  Take 200 x 6 to come up with your total weighted ounces.  For this example, the answer is equal to 1200 ounces.  Now, you must divide your total weighted ounces (1200 ounces) by 20 (volume ounces) to find out the total pounds of wax you will need for your wedding (60 pounds of wax).

Let’s try one more example since the 16oz. jar size is one of the most popular sized jars that candle makers sell.  Now, you want to make 24 candles, all of which will be poured into 16 oz. jars.  This equation would compute to:  24 (the amount you have to make) x 16 (the ounce size of the jar)= 384 (the total number of ounces).  Now take 384 and divide this by 20 (the volume) and the answer you get is 19.2 pounds of wax (thus you should likely get 20 pounds of wax to cover yourself.

Remember the equation:  Number of Candles you want to make  (multiplied by)  Volume of your containers  (divided by)  20 = Total number of pounds of wax you will need to do your project.

We hope that this simple equation will help you figure out how much wax you will need in the future.

Happy Candle Making!

Deborah of Natures Garden

Jul
06

Where can I buy Candle Making Supplies

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Where can I buy candle making supplies?

 

Where can I buy candle making supplies?

Have you been asking yourself this question?  Well, we have the answer:  Natures Garden Candle Making Supplies!  Natures Garden has supplied the candle making market with ingredients to make candles for 13+ years; both hobbyists and small business owners.  We offer an array of candle waxes including soy wax, palm wax, paraffin wax, parasoy wax, and gel wax.  We offer a fabulously, vivid line of candle colorants in the form of liquid candle dyes and color blocks.  Wicks…you say you need candle wicks?  We not only carry a wide variety of candle wicks, we also provide candle wick sampler packs that allow you to test wicks at a very low price.  Candle additives such as vybar, stearic acid, and UV light protector, we carry those too.

What Natures Garden is truly known for is our candle fragrances!  We offer 800+ fragrance oils for making candles, and our list just keeps on growing and growing.  In fact, in 2012, we were voted the Favorite Fragrance Oil Supplier by candle makers and soap makers.  Our quality is exceptional.  Our prices are very reasonable.  Our service is impeccable.

So, give Natures Garden candle supplies a try!  More than 100,000 customers worldwide have answered the question:  Where can I buy candle making supplies by responding:  Natures Garden.