Posts Tagged ‘citric acid’

Easter Egg Fizzies

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

steps for making easter egg bath fizzesEaster is quickly approaching, and although typically Easter gifts exchanged between loved ones are filled with chocolates and sweets; sometimes you just want to think outside of the candy wrapper.  This is where the entertaining bath bomb can come into play!

Bath fizzies can be enjoyed by everyone young and old!  But, there is just something about them that amazes children.  This is most likely the fun fizzing action that occurs when the bath bombs hit the water.

One of the most unique aspects of bath bombs is that they can be scented, colored, and molded into any shape.  And, one of the best things about bath bombs is that they are a great project to make with your kids for a fun family activity.

If you are looking for a great spin on Easter basket gifts, using this recipe you can now make your very own Easter Egg fizzies.

Besides the ingredients that are needed to make the Easter egg fizzies (which can all be purchased at Natures Garden), you will also need (10) regular sized fillable Easter eggs, baking soda, and some witch hazel in a spray bottle.  If you do not have any leftover plastic eggs from last year, these eggs can be purchased almost anywhere including Walmart or even your local Dollar Store.  The witch hazel that is called for in this recipe is used to help get the crumbly consistency of the mixture as well as to adhere both sides of the Easter eggs together in the final steps.

Here is the rest of the ingredients and supplies that you will need to make this recipe:
Citric Acid
Bentonite Clay Powder
Arrowroot Powder
Castor Oil
Olive Oil- Pomace
For this project, any body safe fragrance oil will work.  We suggest: Jelly Bean Fragrance Oil to match the theme of Easter.
For the color of the Easter egg fizzes, any of the FUN Soap colorants will work.  For this project, we selected the colorants: Neon Blue, Neon Red, Neon Yellow, and Ultramarine Violet to achieve somewhat of a pastel color in the eggs.
Disposable Pipettes
Mixing Bowls (5)
Large Mixing Bowl
Spoon

Once you are ready to get started, here are the steps (pictures included):

Step 1: In your large mixing bowl, place 184 grams of citric acid, 265 grams of baking soda, 11 grams of bentonite clay, and 90 grams of arrowroot powder.  Thoroughly mix these ingredients.  If you have any clumps, break them up using your fingers and thumb.  Set this aside for now.

how to make easter fizzes

Step 2: Now, in a separate bowl, weigh out 26 grams of castor oil and 21 grams of olive oil.  Then, carefully pour this over your dry ingredients, mixing well with your hands.

mixing ingredients for easter bath fizzes

Step 3: Next, place 30 drops of Jelly Beans scent into the mixture using a pipette.  Stir this again using your hands.

making scented bath fizzes

Step 4:  Now, slowly spray the mixture with a few squirts of witch hazel.  Mix the mixture between each spritz.  Continue until the mixture is like crumbly dough in your hands.  Do not over spray. 

making easter bath bombs

Step 5: Now, lay out your other 4 mixing bowls.  Into each bowl place approximately 150 grams of the mixture.

making different colored bath fizzes

Step 6: In the first bowl place 4 drops FUN Soap Colorant Neon Blue.  Mix this thoroughly with your hands until all of the mixture is light blue.  Then, set it aside.

blue bath bomb

Step 7: In the second bowl place 6 drops FUN Soap Colorant Neon Red.  Mix this thoroughly with your hands until all of the mixture is pink.  Then, set it aside.

pink bath bomb

Step 8: In the third bowl place 4 drops FUN Soap Colorant Neon Yellow.  Mix this thoroughly with your hands until all of the mixture is yellow.  Then, set it aside.

yellow bath bomb

Step 9: In the final bowl place 5 drops FUN Soap Colorant Ultramarine Violet.  Mix this thoroughly with your hands until all of the mixture is light purple.  Then, set it aside.

purple bath bomb

Step 10:  Now, count out 10 of your fillable Easter eggs.  If the eggs halves that you have are connected together by a small piece of plastic, break them apart now.

prepping your bath fizzy mold

Step 11:  Each colored bowl of the mixture will fill (2.5) whole eggs.  To fill the eggs, press the mixture down firmly into each egg half.  Once both of the halves are completely filled, spritz each one with witch hazel.  Then,  close the egg.  Repeat this step until all eggs are filled and sealed together.

prepping easter bath fizzy

Step 12: Once all eggs are sealed, allow them to harden overnight.

allowing your easter egg fizzes to harden

Step 13: When the eggs are ready, using a spoon gently tap several times on the outside of the oblong egg half.  This will help release the bath fizzy from the mold.

Step 14:  Carefully slide the plastic egg (oblong side) off first.  Then, slide the bottom portion of the plastic egg off.  If the bath fizzy egg is not  stuck together, spritz each half with the witch hazel then place the two halves together.  Gently hold these two halves in place, and using your thumb, reinforce the seam of the egg halves until they do stick together.  Then set aside and allow to harden for about 15-20 minutes.

connecting your easter egg fizzes

The Easter egg bath fizzes are now ready for use.  If you want, place the fizzy eggs into an Easter basket and give as basket to give as an Easter gift.

Easter bath fizzy basket

If you are looking for other unique projects to make visit Natures Gardens free recipes page by clicking on this link!

Bath Bomb Recipe

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

sinus relief bath bombOh, how the weather outside is frightful….

If the winter time blues has got you down, and you are not feeling like yourself, we have a little recipe we would like to share with you that will not only help to clear your sinuses, but will also put that little pep in your step that you have been missing.

Our recipe is taking the homemade crafting industry by storm.  It has been shared on Pinterest over 1000 times, and after trying these bath bombs out, you will completely understand why.

Bath Bombs are super easy and fun to make.  They can be made into any shape using plastic fillable ornaments, molds, or left in loose form.  To read all about bath bombs, and how to use them, click on this link.

A bath bomb is a straightforward chemical reaction between an acid and a base.  Within the realm of bath bombs, the citric acid is the acid, and the baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is the base.  Logically speaking, bath bombs can be made with these two ingredients and a very small amount of liquid (witch hazel) to help them keep their shape.

However, bath bombs are the perfect luxurious product to introduce skin loving oils and benefits to your products.  The addition of various ingredients like castor oil and olive oil will allow for moisturizing aspects.  Then, with the addition of herbs like peppermint and spearmint, you can allow your bath bombs to have a refreshing and revitalizing effect.

If you are looking for a wonderfully refreshing bath bomb recipe that is sharing like wild fire on social media, click here.  Natures Garden’s Sinus Relief Bath Bomb Recipe is one in a million, so get your crafting area prepped these homemade bath bombs are exactly what you need!

All Natural Cleaner

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

shutterstock_123478006 (2)Any habitual coffee drinker knows that your coffee maker shows signs of use after a little while, especially if you have hard water.  Anyone who has worked in the food industry as a server knows a little trick you can use to clean your coffee pot using, cold water, salt, and lemon slices.  However, having lemon slices (or lemon juice) at your disposal is not always the case.  But, when you are a homemade crafter, you will have citric acid on hand!

This recipe is a natural cleaner to remove those pesky hard water and coffee stains with two simple ingredients.  This method can be used once a month, on a regular basis.

Here are the items you will need:
Citric Acid
Water

How to clean you coffee pot:

1.  Rinse out your coffee pot, and place it back onto the machine.  Remove the filter and rinse out the funnel, replace the funnel when done (do not place a filter in the funnel).

2.  Weigh out 28 grams of citric acid.  Then in a separate container, weigh out 880 grams of hot tap water.

3.  Slowly pour the citric acid into the water.  Allow it to dissolve.

4.  Next, weigh out 880 grams of cold tap water.  Add this to the citric acid solution.  Stir gently.

5.  Now, pour all of the solution into the water tank portion of your coffee maker.  Allow the coffee maker to run until 4 cups of the solution has “brewed”.

6.  When this occurs stop the coffee maker and allow it to set undisturbed for at least 20 minutes.

7.  Next, start the coffee maker again, and allow it to fully finish “brewing”.

8.  Allow the mixture to set again for 20 minutes undisturbed.

9.  Before dumping out the cleaning solution from the coffee pot, pour a little bit into a bowl, and dump out the rest of the solution.

10.  Now, using a sponge, clean the outside and top of the coffee pot to remove any outside stains.  Then, rinse the coffee pot and place it back into the coffee machine.

11.  To rinse the machine, weigh out 1760 grams of cold tap water into the water tank and allow it to “brew”.

12.  Once “brewing” is complete, repeat step 11 at least 4-5 additional times before making coffee in the machine.

This recipe is an easy and quick way to clean your coffee pot and machine naturally without a ton of work on your behalf.  Citric acid is an amazing all natural ingredient that deodorizing and cleans.  You can purchase citric acid from a trusted supplier by clicking on this link.

You will love how great your coffee tastes after you clean your machine using this method.

If you are interested in viewing an all natural window cleaner that shines windows to perfection without streaks, please click on this link.

Citric Acid

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

citric acidCitric Acid

Naturally found in bitter/sour tasting fruits such as oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruits, etc; citric acid is the naturally occurring organic acid that gives such fruits mentioned above their typical sour taste.  Although citric acid is found in various fruits and vegetables including raspberries, tomatoes, and some peppers, it is most potent in limes and lemons consisting of up to 8% of the dry fruit’s weight.  This amount varies based on factors like climate and soil conditions.

Besides fruits and vegetables, citric acid can also be produced from cane sugar, molasses, and dextrose as well.

For biochemistry means, citric acid occurs in the metabolism of nearly every living creature.  This is due to citric acids vital role in the Krebs cycle.  Outside the metabolic role of citric acid, it is also a common go to ingredient for cosmetics, pharmaceutical, food, beverage, and cleaning industries.  In fact, citric acid has been deemed safe by all major food regulatory agencies both on the national (FDA) and international end.

Sold most commonly in a powdered or crystalline form that is white, citric acid can be used as an antioxidant, preservative, pH adjuster, emulsifier, additive, cleanser, and stabilizer.

The industry yielding the most use out of citric acid is food and beverage.  This is because citric acid is an additive that can be found in everything from meat to ice cream to candy and especially soda pops.  Obviously, citric acid can be ingested and very few people are allergic to this ingredient.  Although a typically harmless additive; this natural substance is sour and when consumed in larger quantities, may cause an upset stomach.

On the cosmetic end of things, citric acid is starting to gain popularity.  More and more, people are starting to realize the benefits of using citric acid in their homemade bath and body products because of its pH adjusting abilities.  Items like bath tablets and bath bombs (or bath fizzes) require citric acid as a base ingredient for their formulation.  It is solely this ingredient’s interaction with baking soda that produces carbon dioxide the characteristically known and sought out fizzy action when introduced to water.  Citric acid is also used in masks, peels, creams and lotions because it is an alpha hydroxy acid, giving products great exfoliate and emollient properties.

To view some great bath bomb recipes, click here.

When it comes to antioxidants, citric acid is phenomenal.  Not only does this natural substance help to rejuvenate and refresh the skin, but it also helps to stall the aging process in your skin.  Citric acid also works as both a tonner and a cleanser.  For recipes outside of bath bombs, citric acid can be used up to .5% of the total recipes weight.  To add this ingredient to bath and body recipes, simply dissolve the citric acid in a liquid, and heat the mixture to 165 degrees Fahrenheit before blending it into your other ingredients.

The cleaning industry also has many uses for citric acid.  It is considered an environmentally friendly cleaning agent.

This natural substance makes a great water softener, breaking down the small amounts of metal that is commonly found in water.  When it comes to treating hard water, citric acid is an optimal choice for an all natural water softener.

As for a cleaning agent, citric acid is quickly gaining popularity in kitchen and bathroom cleansers.  Not only does citric acid remove hard water stains from glassware, but due to the nature of this natural ingredient, it works great as a deodorizer with its instinctive clean citrus scent.

To view a natural coffee maker cleaner recipe, please click here.

There are some cautions that should be noted with the hands on use of the concentrated (powdered form) citric acid.  Always use caution when dealing with citric acid.  Skin irritation may occur from interacting with large amounts of citric acid, especially if you have sensitive skin.  Always wash your hands after touching citric acid.  Never rub your eyes after touching citric acid.  Finally, when using products with citric acid for its alpha hydroxy acid benefits; prolonged and aggressive use is not advised.  Doing so will cause skin irritation.  Most skin treatments that involve alpha hydroxyl acid are followed by applying a facial toner that neutralizes the skin’s ph.

To store citric acid, it should be placed in an air tight container away from moisture.  The container should be kept at room temperature.  This will eliminate any chance of humidity from activating its fizzing ability.   If housed in this manner, citric acid can have a shelf life of up to multiple years. 

 

Bath Bombs

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

bath bomb A bath bomb (also called a bath fizzie) is a skin softening bath product that produces “fizz” when it comes into contact with water.  Bath bombs contain citric acid and baking soda, although the more elaborate bath bomb recipes include luxurious butters, oils, colors, fragrance, and herbs.  In order to get bath bombs to form a shape, witch hazel is gently sprayed into the bath bomb mixture until it is crumbly.

Making your own homemade bath bombs is really easy to do.  With a few essential ingredients and fillable plastic ornaments, you are able to create any number of different bath bombs. In fact, even if you don’t have the fillable plastic ornaments, you can use other things like silicone molds or even leave the bath bomb in a loose form that you can scoop into your tub.

Bath bombs or bath fizzes can introduce many great elements to tub time. Some examples of this are the wonderful aromatic or healing capabilities of herbs and/or essential oils.  You can even make bath bombs bright, colorful, and fun by introducing fragrance oils and soap colorants to the mix.

Knowing how stressful the holiday season can be for many of us, we recently sought out to make some soothing and relaxing themed bath bombs.  Anyone with a chaotic and busy schedule can relate that sometimes, it is necessary to take a step back, breath, and focus on relaxing; even if it is just for a short period of time. The recipe that was created was inspired by the goal of relaxation; and are called Lavender Sage Bath Bombs.  These enjoyable fizzes are just what you need to take the edge off.

Some of the key ingredients used in these fabulous lavender bath bombs are:

Bentonite Clay Powder- used to help clean impurities on the skin
Lavender Flower Powder- a natural relaxant, is also used for the soothing of irritated skin as well as healing.
Castor Oil- a humectant that draws moisture to your skin.
Rose Petals- great for relaxation but also have antiseptic, antiparasitic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Citric Acid-  reacts with baking soda and water to create fizz.  Citric acid is a natural water softener.

To view the complete Lavender Sage Bath Bomb Recipe click here.  To view other free bath bomb recipes simply click on this link.

When you are ready, here are the steps to use a bath bomb:

1.   Tell your family you are out of commission for 30 minutes.
2.   Run your bath water.  Do not add any bubbles to the water.
3.   When you are ready to get in the tub, hold your bath bomb above water.  Do not let it get wet.
4.  Gently get in the tub and finally place your bath bomb in the water.
5.  Set back, relax, and enjoy your peace and quiet while also enjoying the delightful fizz, calming scent, and tranquility of the moment.

Hint:  If you make bath bombs that contain herbs, but you do not want those herbs floating around your tub, you can always place the bath bomb into a nylon, cheesecloth, or gauze prior to putting it into the water.

Where Can I Buy Cosmetic Supplies

Monday, July 15th, 2013
Cosmetic Kit

Natures Garden offers several different cosmetic kits ranging from body butters, to conditioners, to lip balms. Each kit provides all of the ingredients and items you need to make you own cosmetics!

Where Can I Buy Cosmetic Supplies

As the natural market continues to grow, there are also more and more people out there who are opting to “make their own” household products and natural cosmetics.  While natural cosmetic companies continue to promote the idea of “natural” to their customers, some companies have finally picked up on the fact that most of these handcrafted, natural cosmetics actually benefit the skin much better than their store bought counterparts.  In fact, I am willing to place a bet that our natural hair conditioner recipe, and emulsified sugar scrub recipes will out perform any similar store bought versions.  My point is:  If you are not making your own cosmetics, or buying handcrafted cosmetics, you skin is really missing out on the fabulous benefits of these products.

When we use the term Cosmetics Supplies, we are referring to all of the ingredients needed to create cosmetics as defined according to the FDA (Federal Food & Drug Administration).  The FDA defines cosmetics according to the cosmetics intended use.  The term cosmetics refers to items that can be put on the body in various applications to promote attractiveness (example lotions), clean or cleanse (examples bath gel, shampoos, conditioners), and alter appearance (example make-up, ).  So, as you can see, contrary to common belief, cosmetic items contain quite an array of products.

Natures Garden Candle and Soap Supply carries a nice variety of ingredients to get you started in making your own homemade cosmetics.  We have cosmetic supplies including fragrance oils, emulsifying waxes, natural butters, cosmetic clays, herbs and spices, cosmetic colorants, and even preservatives to ensure your cosmetics will stay bacteria free.  Natures Garden even has unscented bases where you can use the base as is or scent and color it to you liking, adding your own personal touch.

Providing cosmetic making supplies to everyone; we have a vast array of customers including hobbyists and small business owners.  But, if you are still undecided and looking for a place to start, check out Natures Garden Cosmetic Kits.  These kits provide everything that you will need to create the cosmetic, and they make perfect gifts too.  However, if you already are into cosmetic making, Natures Garden has free cosmetic recipes and classes.  There you will find recipes to make cosmetics and great information in the classes.  One of our favorites recipes involves using herbs to color your cosmetics naturally.

If you are in the market for high quality cosmetic making supplies, Natures Garden is your go to wholesale priced supplier.

Sweet Smelling Dessert Soaps

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

fragrance oils1. What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Dorothy Arrington, Purple Cupcake Soaps

2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business? The business name was changed to Purple Cupcake Soaps last year, after two years as a soap making company. Under the old name of The Purple Cupcake, I ran a cake decorating company since 2005. I decided to officially leave cake decorating after becoming a single mom and the passing of the law HB32. HB32 allowed anyone to run a bakery from without regulation, and the next thing I knew everyone was doing it. However, I didn’t want to loose my decorating skills. Another cause that was close to my heart was using natural medicine and products, from this I decided to create more natural soaps and lotions. All of my products have a sweet tooth personality, whether they look like a dessert or smell like one.

3. What products do you make and sell?  Currently, I make dessert shaped soaps, sweet scented lotions, and natural lip balms.

4. What are your business goals?  Eventually, I would like to have a small shop set-up like a ice cream shoppe. I would also like to create more natural products.

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden; What are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  All of my fragrances, mp soap, and dyes come from Natures Garden. I love the SLS free products and that NG tries to keep their products as natural as possible. I am over the moon that NG has started selling herbs and citric acid! My all time favorite products are Sinus Relief Fragrance and Kiss of death Flavor Oil.

Your Website: www.thepurplecupcake.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/purplecupcakeboutique

American Made Natural Dog Products

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name :  The Purple Peke, for dogs naturally

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I have rescued dogs all of my adult life.  Because I would receive dogs in all different conditions, mentally and physically, I wanted them to achieve a healthy restart in life, so I studied canine aromatherapy and holistic care for companion animals, dogs specifically, became certified and began caring for them naturally.  My motivation for the business and the reason I founded The Purple Peke is my passion for dogs and a better way to care for them with safe, American made products.  The Purple Peke was officially formed in 2005.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I make all natural shampoos, massage shampoo bars, flea preventatives, ear, eye, mouth and paw care, wellness products, doggie dream pillows, calming products, grain and dairy free dog cookies and new for 2013 all natural, pet friendly household cleaners.

4.  What are your business goals?  My goal is to educate dog parents of alternative ways to care for their dog in a safe and better way that is very cost effective and to provide made in America dog products, so pet parents do not have to worry about imported goods that seem to continually be recalled as unsafe and harmful to dogs.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  I use Natures Garden essential oils, soap bases, packaging and now citric acid, herbs and spices.Pet Care Products

Your Website:  My website is currently information only as I build my online market places.  The website is www.thepurplepeke.com

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Purple-Peke/326825917429931

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/ThePurplePeke

Blog:   http://ramblingsofapurplepeke.blogspot.com/