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Apr
10

Skincare Products for Sensitive Skin

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name – Marcy Moorhead, owner of Willow Bay Naturals

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I had been buying handmade soap from other people and decided to research how to make it myself. I have really sensitive skin and always had problems finding skin care products that worked for me that didn’t irritate my skin. I had an online sales business previously, that I had just recently sold and I was looking for my next project. So, I decided to put my time and efforts into learning how to make handmade soap and other natural skincare products. I started the business in 2009.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I make cold process soap, lotion, lip balm, soy candles, air freshener, and essential oil aromatherapy products.

4.  What are your business goals?  I would like to make a decent living at doing what I love. It is still a work in progress, trying to streamline my product line into what I enjoy making and what is most popular.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden?  Many of my favorite and most popular fragrance oils are from Natures Garden – Australian Bamboo Grass, Bite Me, Lily of the Valley fragrance oil, Loving Spell, Green Clover & Aloe, and Clean Cotton are all top sellers in Soap, Candles, and Room & Linen Spray.

Your Website:  www.WillowBayNaturals.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WillowBayNaturals

Twitter: www.twitter.com/WBNaturals

Blog:  http://www.willowbaynaturals.com/blog.asp

Mar
28

Business Advice Unemployment Claims

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How Am I Supposed to Keep Unemployment Insurance Costs Down When the State Awards Benefits to People Who Can’t Even Show Up For Work? Argh!

One of the most frustrating aspects of managing a small business that seems to happen to the best of bosses is when that one former employee who was terminated for excessive absences or tardiness is granted unemployment benefits. We all know how chronic absenteeism can increase labor costs, hurt morale and lower productivity. Many small businesses have adopted a “No Fault Points System” as an effective way to deal with attendance problems. A well-crafted point system can be used to both reward workers for positive attendance habits, and to identify negative attendance trends and guide progressive disciplinary action for problem employees.

A “No Fault Points System” like this is intended to eliminate the uncomfortable questioning of the reason for the absence and/or tardiness. You don’t want to invade anyone’s privacy. It also serves to eliminate accusations of subjectivity and favoritism. Under a “No Fault” system, the employee receives a certain number of points for their absences as outlined in the policy, regardless of the reason for the absence. As employees accrue more points, they receive increasingly severe levels of discipline. And after a certain period of time of improvement, the points are expunged from an employee’s attendance record for disciplinary purposes.

In some cases employers have crafted the policy to be that once an employee accumulates the maximum number of points allowed as outlined in the policy the employee is terminated.

Unemployment Insurance is For Employees Who Lose Their Job Through No Fault of Their Own

Since unemployment insurance is intended to provide workers whose jobs have been terminated through no fault of their own, an employee who was terminated under the “No Fault” points system who knew about the policy should be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits, right?

You would think so, but not necessarily. When you terminate an employee for excessive absenteeism and/or tardiness, the employee is not automatically disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits. This is the frustrating part. Although a violation may be grounds for termination, it may not be a reason for a denial of unemployment benefits. No-fault attendance policies by their definition do not require showing that a violation was in an employee’s control; you may have to convince an unemployment hearing judge that each violation leading up to the termination was an intentional act of misconduct before unemployment benefits will be denied.

There is a minimum amount of proof you must provide to the state unemployment office. You must prove the employee’s absences and/or tardiness were willful misconduct and this can sometimes be very difficult to do because what YOU consider to be willful misconduct and what the state considers to be willful misconduct are often two different things.

You must show that the employee willfully disregarded your business interests and you must present specific information on the final incident, the straw that broke the camel’s back so to speak. It needs to be focused and identify how that incident was willful and most importantly how the employee knew his or her actions would result in termination.

A common employer’s mistake is to state that the company has a no-fault attendance policy and believes that an attendance points’ violation is enough to result in a denial of unemployment benefits when it is not. The legal standard of willful or intentional misconduct is tougher than a policy violation.

The Difference Between Being Sick and Willful Misconduct

“Misconduct” under the law of unemployment compensation is basically something that the claimant did or failed to do that

  1. Caused a problem for the company, (certainly not showing up for work causes your company problems)
  2. Was in violation of a rule, a policy, or a law, (assuming all small businesses have an attendance policy, this is a slam dunk too ) and
  3. Was within the claimant’s power to control or avoid. (This is where it gets sticky.) Being sick isn’t their own fault. Since unemployment insurance is for employees who lose their job through no fault of their own, being sick isn’t misconduct and they may be awarded benefits. However, when the employee fails to follow policies that indicate the steps they must take when they are going to be absent, (most of the time this is in their control) they could be denied benefits. Make more sense now?

Good Reasons To Miss Work?

The law of unemployment compensation says you are guilty of misconduct if you are absent or tardy from work, only when you both FAIL TO GIVE ADEQUATE NOTICE for the absence AND you did NOT HAVE A GOOD REASON for the absence or tardiness.

Some examples of such good reasons include:

  • Illness
  • Accident
  • Lack of child care
  • Serious illness
  • Death of Close relative

So as you can see, the above would result in points but under the law of unemployment compensation, they would not be considered “misconduct.” Those aren’t incidents where you can assign fault to the employee.

However, incidents of absenteeism or tardiness could involve misconduct if the employee violated a part of the policy within his/her control, and you can show documentation of progressive discipline proving the employee knew that if they did it again, they would be terminated. For example, if the employee claims he was ill, but fails to call in advance as instructed but COULD have, AND fails to furnish required medical documentation as outlined in your policy, that’s misconduct. You’d still need to show that you gave the employee a final warning that knew the employee knew his or her failure to do what he could control would result in termination.

Having a Well-crafted “No Fault Points System” for Managing Attendance Can Be a Wonderful Tool But

You still need to do the hard work, the face-to-face progressive discipline for misconduct if you want to avoid paying unemployment claims when discharging someone for poor attendance. Simply assigning points until they hit a magic number may not count as progressive discipline that can justify termination in the eyes of the state unemployment office. Just make sure you outline in your policy what is considered willful or intentional misconduct. The difference is in what the employee could control. Absent due to illness, they can’t control. Failing to call (providing they’re physically able) and provide medical documentation IS within their control and is misconduct.

Make sure you give a final written warning for misconduct prior to discharge and don’t let time lapse between final incident of misconduct and the termination.

There are some additional risks. If you have 15 or more employees, you must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) If you have 50+ you must comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA),

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA), was amended effective Jan. 1, 2009, under which most absences due to any type of physical or mental impairment are now covered by the ADA. In the past they were not serious enough to constitute a “disability” under the ADA. Thus, many more plaintiffs than previously can now claim that they were terminated because of their “disability,” because of absences due to their disability. They will argue that a no-fault attendance policy does not meet employers’ obligations to reasonably accommodate their disability.

Pitfalls to Avoid:

The most common mistakes employers make that cause difficulty in unemployment claims based upon a discharge are:

  • Failing to give a final warning prior to discharge;
  • Inconsistent discipline between two similarly-situated employees;
  • Failing to follow the stated disciplinary policy;
  • Telling the Unemployment Office official that the employee was terminated for an “accumulation” of incidents, instead of a specific final incident;
  • Letting too much time pass between the final incident and the discharge;
  • Telling the Unemployment Office that the claimant was “unable” to satisfy performance standards
  • Allowing the impression that the termination was really based upon a personality dispute; and
  • Failing to present firsthand witnesses and proper documentation when needed.

Keeping the number of unemployment insurance claims filed by former employees to a minimum can produce significant payroll tax savings.

Also, you should monitor all unemployment insurance claims made against your account and should be prepared to contest any claims you believe to be improper. While contesting an unfavorable claim against your business requires more of your time, particularity if you have to drive some distance to appear, don’t hesitate to ask the hearing judge if you can appear by telephone. Make sure you have your witnesses with you. Any employer who participates in the claims process has a better chance of keeping unwarranted claims and charges against the account at bay.

Last but not least be picky when hiring. Your employees count on you to be picky so they don’t have to pick up the slack of someone who just really doesn’t want to work. And they also count on you to be understanding and fair when something happens that’s not within their control. And your customers count on you to be picky when you hire too!

The better the employee you hire, the better your customer service, the better your employee morale, the greater likelihood your workplace is safe, and the lower the chance is that you will have to let someone go and ultimately wind up paying unemployment insurance. The liability process begins from the day you hire. If an employee starts having attendance problems early, in the introductory or probationary period, address the problem immediately.

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About the Author:  Beryl Coder, of Eco Musings,  has over twenty years human resources executive experience in large multi-state corporations with over 5k employees as well as small family owned businesses with less than 15. She now owns her own small business. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be relied on as legal advice.

 

 

Mar
28

Signature Candles Using Fragrance Oils

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name: 
Vintage Hills Smoking Barrel & Candle Co. LLC owned and operated by Jason & Shannon Hancock

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  Jason is a craftsman and exhibit designer/builder. He decided to start making functional art and meat smokers out of wine barrels.  I enjoy making candles and we decided to merge the two ideas and create structures to hold candles and the make several types of candles and art pieces.  We love vintage creations and unique designs. Our business address is on Vintage Hills Dr so the idea to bring the two together was very natural and was the motivation for our business name and idea.  Our Motto: Wine Barrel, Culinary, and Candle creations that represent the rich heritage of the South ~ Custom Oak Wine Barrel Meat and Veggie Smokers, Gourmet Servers, Wall Decor, Candle Holder Staves, Glass Candles, Votives, and melts.  We both have full-time careers so we started it off as a hobby and experiment and opened our business as an LLC on September 13, 2012.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  Each wine barrel product from Vintage Hills Smoking Barrel & Candle Co. is handcrafted by Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana native, Jason Hancock, on Hancock Ranch surrounded by the vineyards and forest of the Brazos Valley, Texas.  All of our environmentally friendly up-cycled wood pieces are made completely out of beautiful American and French oak wine barrels, and, when available cognac barrels. Jason’s goal is to build distinctive, unique, high quality wood products for the wine, candle, and culinary enthusiast.  Every craft will be a unique topic of conversation in your home, your ranch, your business, or in a winery.

Vintage Hills Smoking Barrel & Candle Co. products are sold finely finished and are 100% made from the parts of each barrel.  Each piece is made from quality materials with the highest standards.  Every wood product goes through a variance of stages of sanding, top quality stain application, protective finishes, glues, and hardware.

Our very functional oak wine barrel smokers will cook meat and vegetables.  We also create gourmet culinary server barrel head board and stave trays, sacoche de selles (pannier baskets), milieu ambiance stave candle holders for tea light, double stave Libbey candle bowl sets, and stave crosses.

Jason also does custom counter tops and cabinetry, exhibits and air brush design, and vintage auto restoration.

Candles are hand-poured by Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi native Shannon Hancock on Hancock Ranch; and all of our wax blends are 100% top-quality soy and soy blends with the finest of soy wicks and treated wood wicks.  All of our premium custom fragrance oils we use are phthalate-free, manufactured in the USA, not tested on animals, and comply with the strictest global RIFM and IFRA standards.

The historical three state series line of Culture Eternal Candles by the Vintage Hills Smoking Barrel & Candle Co. is a tribute to the long standing testament of our southern states of the Deep South and Southwest and the mysterious and enriching journey and legacy of our ancestors to where we are today.  Our candles are for anywhere in the home and feature a signature, kitchen, wine, and healing spa collection.

We feature a baby shower series, a wedding and bridal shower series, and can whip up some pristine custom candle and stave beauty for your special occasion party/event with bulk pricing. We also have wholesale pricing for vendors.

4.  What are your business goals?  New Product Development: We will be and introducing clay pottery containers and creating a French Providence and Navajo inspired Rustic Pillar Series that will adhere to a mobile double stave candle holder, more spa pieces with essential oils and Bachelorette Party spa lotion candles partnering with a bath and body vendor in Mississippi.  We also attend several design/ jewelry expos and markets annually and what sets our candles apart are the gems, crystals, and stones we put on each candle container/pillar and incorporating states with the good memories familiar to the people that live in them.  We will also be expanding the Tree of Life and the Culture Eternal States Series candles selection by demand.  We will continue to attend these diverse expos and market places to bring the finest quality products home to the client.  We really look forward to opening our own gallery with a multimedia showcase of several types of art and tons of candle options.  Also, who wouldn’t love to attend classes at the World Congress Supplies Trade Show…a little start-up can dream haha.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  We have whole signature candle collections from Natures Garden Fragrance Oils and wicking supplies; especially fragrances like Kudzu.  The supplies are wonderful, but as important as quality materials are– the camaraderie, epic list of resources and opportunity to be able to advertise, meet other vendors, and see other amazing creations coupled with actually being able to put a face to the name are what really set Natures Garden apart from other suppliers.

YourWebsite: www.smokingbarrelcandles.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/VHSBCC

Twitter: in the works

Blog: We have a blog on the fifth tab of our site, we update it with videos, how to’s/a little R&D and cool artifacts and info pertaining to the wine and candle industry.

YouTube Channel: YT videos on the blog, VHSBCC account and videos in the works

Thanks for this wonderful opportunity, we are most grateful. We hope we have made you proud J

~Jason & Shannon Hancock

Mar
27

Using More Than 100 Fragrance Oils

This entry was posted in body spray, Fragrance Oils, homemade lotion, homemade soap, roll of fragrance, Soap making supplies and tagged , , , , , , , , , on by .

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:   Kendra K. Weaver (Sweet Scents By Kendra)

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business? I started making bath products for myself, it turned into a hobby and then my passion! My motivation was being able to create something and being able to manipulate it to your exact want and needs. Seeing others love and enjoy my products keep me motivated more than anything!  This January marked one year for my business! 

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I offer bar soaps (100’s of designs, shapes and sizes), Lotions, Liquid Hand Soap, massage oil, Body Spray and roll On fragrances! I offer 100+ fragrances for people to choose from!

4.  What are your business goals?  My goals for this year: offer my product in several stores.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden?  I mainly buy my fragrance oils from Natures Garden…my favorite oils to use are Amaretto and Amish Friendship Bread…they are Amazing!

Your Website: http://www.sweetscentsbykendra.com

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/sweetscentsbykendra

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SweetScentsByK

Mar
26

Sweet Smelling Candy Mt. Candles

This entry was posted in candle scents, candle wax, Fragrance Oils, homemade candles, joy wax, Natures Garden Fragrance Oils and tagged , , , , , , , , , on by .

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1. My name is Allison Cole. My company name is Candy Mountain Candles.
I live near the smoky mountains and I love that song “On the big rock candy mountain.” I thought it would be a neat name for my shop.

2. I have been in business since the summer of 2012. I decided to go into business because I have always had a huge interest in candles. I researched how to make them from the Nature’s Garden online classes and it is a great stress reliever for me. I work in mental healthcare and making candles for people is my form of therapy!

3. I make soy blend mason jar candles. I use an 8 oz. or 16 oz. mason jar. I also make tarts, tealights, votives and aroma beads. candy fluff candle

4. My goal is to increase my sales on Etsy and increase my social networking base- I would like to have more fans on my Facebook page. I would also like to start selling at my local farmer’s market. My long term goal is to be able to make candles full time. I really love it.

5. I use all of my candle ingredients from Nature’s Garden except the jars. I love the Joy Wax and I use that for everything but my tarts and votives- for those I use Pillar of Bliss Wax.  I really love all of Nature’s Garden scents- some of my favorites are Aphrodisiac, Yuzu and ALL of the Lush dupes!!

www.candymountaincandles.etsy.com

www.facebook.com/candymountaincandles

Mar
26

Whipped Body Butters & Soap

This entry was posted in cosmetic clays, Fragrance Oils, French green clay, goats milk soap, handmade soap, lotion bars, whipped body butters and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , on by .

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  My name is Milly Tunnell and my company is SecondSpringSoaps

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I have always dreamed of owning my own business, and ever since I was little, I have admired the artists and craftspeople that I saw selling their handmade goods at craft shows. I have always romanticized the idea of making something with my hands and having someone pay money for it. After I started making soap for me and my family, and getting rave reviews from friends and extended family, I decided to take the leap into the world of business and started selling on Etsy. I have been in business for a year and a half, and it has been a huge success for me!

3.  What products do you make and sell?   I currently sell handmade soap, both cold process and hot process, and I am venturing into the world of melt and pour soap. Some of my best sellers are my goats milk soaps. I also make lip balms, bath bombs, scented bath salts, clay-based face masks, solid lotion bars, body spray, and whipped body butter.

4.  What are your business goals?  I would love to make my business my full-time job, and I would like to eventually open a brick and mortar store where I can sell my bath and body products, as well as hold classes where I can teach others.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden?  I am in L-O-V-E with the jars and bottles from Natures Garden! I use Natures Garden products to package my body butters and body sprays! They are perfect and professional looking. I also love the clays from NG, especially the French green clay and the red Moroccan clay, which are the bases for two of my clay masks!

Your Website: http://SecondSpringSoaps.etsy.com

Facebook page: http://facebook.com/SecondSpringSoaps

Twitter: http://twitter.com/SSpringDesigns

Blog: http://SecondSpringSoaps.blogspot.com

YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/SecondSpringSoaps

Mar
25

A Handcrafted Soap Opera

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1.What’s your name & Your Company Name: My name is Mischelle Martell, and my company is The Soap Opera

2.Why did you decide to go into business? I was already in business, making handcrafted jewelry. I own a brick & mortar store and, as I love all things handmade, I decided to give
soap making a try, not only for myself, but to add something new and special to my selection of gifts.

3.What was your motivation? I bought my first bar of handmade soap several years ago after a friend of mine explained how handmade soap could help the dry patches and excess oil my face – as well as my rough, dry skin in
general. I bought a bar and instantly noticed the difference. My face was not longer oily or dry, the rough patches on my arms and legs were soft and silky…I was hooked! Immediately I looked into
making my own soaps…and my love of soaping just blossomed from there.

4.How long have you been in business? I have been actively soaping now for 3 years and have been in the business of handcrafted items (jewelry and gifts) for 14 years.

5.What products do you make and sell? For bath & body: cold processed soaps, lotions, body butters, bath bombs, shampoos & conditioners, room & linen sprays, bubble bath, carpet powders, lip balms, perfume oils, body mist sprays, clay
facial masks, a “WEN” type cleansing conditioner, tub teas, container candles, and more.

6.What are your business goals?  Running a profitable organization, increasing my staff, giving my customers  the assurance that my company is easy to do business with and
improving customer experience, launching new products, becoming more efficient in business operations, growth (I plan on moving to a larger store within the next 2 years).

7.What are some products you use from Natures Garden? Fragrance oils (Oh, My!), candle wax, base oils, herbs, cosmetic clays, packaging…

Your Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSoapOperaSoaps

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheSoapOpera.soaps

Twitter: https://twitter.com/The_Soap_Opera

Mar
25

Cold Process Soap from Scratch

This entry was posted in cold process soap, homemade soap, Natures Garden Fragrance Oils, soap fragrances, Soap making supplies, wholesale fragrance oils and tagged , , , , , , , , , on by .

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Hello, I am Tanya from Titania’s Dreamy Delights

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I started my soaping journey almost 6 years ago….. it all began when I was looking for a rainy-day school holiday activity for my children and I found an online supplier for ‘melt & pour’ soap bases.  My kids weren’t really very interested, so I used it to make moulded soaps myself.  I quickly decided that adding luscious shea or mango butter, as well as milk powders and aloe vera gel, gave me soap that I could actually use.  Up until then I found that any store-bought soap dried out my skin terribly and gave me an irritating itch.  I was hooked!

I had never felt particularly creative as a person (that is how I saw myself – that I didn’t have a creative bone in my body) and although I had been involved in personal development allowing me to work on and improve my mind, it wasn’t until I developed an interest in soaping as a hobby that I tapped into my unknown creativity!  I felt just like a thirsty soul being offered a drink of crystal clear water…. I fell in love.  It was a wonderful awakening for me and continues to be to this day.

I began formulating my Cold Process (made from ‘scratch’) soaps more than four years ago and have since added bath, skin care and facial care products; all designed to gently care for and pamper skin. I have a background in skin care training/sales and use this knowledge to create products that are designed to target all skin types and conditions.  My area of specialisation is cold process soap-making and I have an almost magical feeling making every batch of soap – the chemistry and synergy created expand my awareness, my ability to live in the moment and simply makes me happy.  I feel there is so much more I can do to develop in this area and I am enjoying the journey immensely.  I hope I never arrive at my ‘destination’ as it is just too much fun continuing to learn and grow.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  ~ see paragraph above; plus soy wax aroma melts.

4.  What are your business goals?  ~ to continue my soaping journey, developing improved recipes to suit every skin type.  In doing this I will be servicing my customers needs with products that not only help their skin – they satisfy all the senses (except maybe taste!).

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  So far I have only purchased fragrance oils from Natures Garden.  Shipping cost to Australia where I live can be quite pricey so I maximize this by getting top quality fragrances that work so well in my cold process soap, bath and body care products.

Your Website:  via Facebook

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/TitaniasDreamyDelights

Blog:  http://titaniasdreamydelights.blogspot.com.au/

Nov
05

Natures Garden Voted #1 in Fragrance Oils

This entry was posted in creative, Fragrance Oils, fun fragrance oils, homemade, Natures Garden Fragrance Oils, Natures Garden News, wholesale craft supplies, wholesale fragrance oils and tagged , , , , , , on by .

 

 

Natures Garden has a vast company history dating back some 20 years.  However, it is a little known fact that this year’s 2012 Favorite Fragrance Supplier of the year, was not the same business at its conception. 

In the early 1990’s, looking to help make ends meet for her family, Deborah Ward, ventured into the candle making realm of crafting.  Starting as a newbie herself, Deborah was on a quest to find out everything that she could about her new undertaking.  As I am sure you have already figured out, this wasn’t a very internet savvy time, so it turned into quite a task at hand.

Finding very little information available, her next option was to learn through experience.  Turning their quaint Elyria, Ohio home into a candle production area, Deborah and her husband Mike, through trial and error started producing candles.  Once they felt they had the method mastered, Natures Garden candles hit the market.  In 1997, through word of mouth, the business really started to take off.  With all of this new found popularity, Natures Garden hired more than 40 independent sales representatives.  Natures Garden generated revenue by means of home parties, retail sales, wholesale sales, open houses, and fundraisers.

With success on the rise, frustration began to ensue as Natures Garden grew.  Certain deficiencies appeared in the supply chain and there was a lack of uniqueness in the market.  Mike and Deborah often felt that some of their suppliers fell short in providing the supportive relationship they were looking for.  Then, due to the secrecy of the handcrafted market in both candles and toiletries, it seemed as if even more obstacles were preventing Natures Garden from truly expanding its product line.

Figuring there had be other crafters seeking a positive relationship with their own suppliers, Mike and Deborah decided that there needed to be a candle and toiletry supplier that would help its customers succeed.  The company had to have a foundation based on solving the three problems they noticed:  poor customer service, lack of available information, and product uniqueness.  By May of 1999, Natures Garden Candle Supply Company was official and its customer service and available industry information were turning heads in the industry.

Providing the market with knowledge and great customer service was a feat in itself.  However, Mike and Deborah did not stop there.  Really looking to offer a new kind of company, Natures Garden focused its sights on being different.  Thus, the NG Original Fragrances were born.  These fragrance oils were not only one-of-a-kind, but they also were of high quality, and were available at very competitive prices.  Unique became the name of their game.

Today, housing almost 800 different fragrance oils, and thousands of various cosmetic, candle, and toiletry supplies; Natures Garden’s perfumists and staff work very diligently to keep those same values that the company was founded on.  Now shipping worldwide, Natures Garden has business relationships with over 100,000 customers strong.

In the November 2012 issue of Saponifier the Magazine, Natures Garden was awarded the 2012 Favorite Fragrance Supplier of the Year.  This yearly Raves for Faves contest asks all crafters from hobbyist to owners to vote for their favorite suppliers.  Ballots are counted, and all winners are then announced in one of the magazines publications.

We would now like to truly thank all of our wonderfully creative customers.  It goes without saying that helping you succeed is what drives our passion in producing strong, unique, and fun fragrance oils.  For without all of you, your love, acceptance, and loyalty as returning customers, Natures Garden would not exist.

A special thank you also needs to go out to any of our amazing customers that took time out of their busy schedules to vote for Natures Garden as one of their favorite suppliers.  We really do appreciate all of the positive and kind words cast about us.

So, in honor of the 2012 Raves for Faves, Natures Garden would also like to announce that we too have counted our ballots and by a massive landslide Natures Garden’s customers were voted this year’s Favorite Customers Ever!  Congratulations to all of you!  It is through all of your hard work, creative genius, and go getting attitudes that you were selected as our clear winner over everyone else.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

 

Mar
05

Kid Friendly Craft

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Thanks to the eyes of a child, something as simple as adding a few Spring stickers can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your product.

Anytime I get out all of my goodies to start crafting, my little ones are all about helping.  Sometimes I think that they love creating and crafting just as much as I do!  (Yeah for me, I passed on the right genes!!!)   This past weekend I thought it would be fun for them to help me make and decorate some smelly jellies for our Spring baskets, and as it turns out, they even taught me something.

Having two small children, I can count on family members showering them with gifts around any holidays.  As a thank you to them, I always make sure that the girls help me to make them something to give in return.  I love this concept for several different reasons.  They are learning to become crafters themselves, we have lots of fun working on these projects together, and people love to receive gifts that the little ones helped to make.

There we were working away on making a dozen or so smelly jellies in my kitchen.  All of the smelly jellies were completely finished absorbing, and I had just finished packaging them.  The fitments and lids were on tight.  My final step was to tie the festively colored pastel ribbons of white, pink, blue, and yellow to the tops.  (Secret Frugal Tip:  The Dollar Tree is a wonderful place to find lots of cute, decorative, and perfectly priced items (Everything is $1.00) to add that extra element of love to your products.)

I swear, and as I am sure that you all know, I only turned my back for a second which was just long enough for my youngest to swipe a jar.  When I finally found her, she had already gone to town adding her own decorative touch to the jar.  As it turns out, she said she wanted to make one special for her Grandmama.  Riley had used some Spring stickers to “decorate” her grandmama’s smelly jelly.  It was just so adorable that I thought that I needed to share this with everyone!

So, moms and kids, get ready to have some fun and get crafty!  CAUTION:  Anytime you are using fragrance oils around your children or pets, keep a close eye on your children so that they do not drink the fragrance oil.

Here is the list of items that you need:

Here are the Instructions:

  1. Clean your work area and prep it by setting up all of the smelly jelly jars that you are going to use.  For this project, we are using 3 fragrances, so I selected to set my jars up in 3 rows of 4 to allow for no fragrance confusion.
  2. Take 2 level teaspoons of smelly jelly crystals and carefully add them to each jar.
  3. Using room temperature distilled water. Add 10 ounces to each jar.
  4. The next step is to add the soap colorant to the jars. Since I was striving for a pastel color, I only added 2-3 drops of color per jar.
    1. Here is the cheat sheet that I used for the coloring:
  • Easter Bunny Burps- Neon Green
  • Lilac- Fun Soap Colorant Ultramarine Violet
  • Jelly Beans- Fun Soap Colorant Yelp Yellow

5.  As always, feel free to be creative and swap out the colors and/or the fragrance oils.

6. It is fragrance time!  Using 1.5 Tablespoons of fragrance, slowly pour your fragrance into each jar.

7. Add the Diamond Dust Mica- the amount of sparkle is all up to you!

8. It is time to get your mix on!  Using a mixing spoon, carefully mix each jar.

9. Let the smelly jellies work their magic and swell away.  This will take about 15-20 minutes.

10. Finally place the fitment and lid on the jars.

11. The last step and most fun… get your decorating on.  Use stickers and ribbon, or whatever you want!

Smelly jellies are by far one of my favorite projects to make by myself or with my girls.  If you have not tried them, you need to try some today.  Your best bet, although I know you are going to love it… is to try Natures Garden Smelly Jelly Kit.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com