Posts Tagged ‘cold process soap scents’

Gemini Scents

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

gemini scentsGemini Scents

Once again, it is that time to officially change the zodiac sign!  This year we wanted to do something a bit different.  So, for a little fun, we thought of researching exactly what fragrances appeal to people under a particular zodiac sign.  And, what we found in our search was what aromatic notes most likely correspond with certain astrological signs.  These fragrance oil suggestions contain aromatic notes that a person born under a specific Zodiac sign will like based on their common personality traits.

Beginning May 21st, Geminis energetically become the driving force in the spotlight. So, we at Natures Garden would like to be the first to announce, Happy Birthday Gemini!  And then cordially invite everyone to the fascinating world of Gemini scents.

Geminis are considered people born between the dates of May 21st and June 21st.

Sadly, we currently do not have anyone working at Natures Garden that is a Gemini.  However, we have friends and family that are Geminis.  They are a fun loving crowd that love to talk.  Being that they are highly intellectual, geminis are constantly questioning and are forever thirsting for knowledge.  And, dueled with their intellect, they are also vastly creative.  Since geminis balance a life of inquisitiveness and wisdom they are often the life of a social gathering and really know how to work a room.  But, on the flip side; geminis can also be great listeners who can tap into their library of information and experience and offer sound advice.

Gemini-  Clever, Imaginative, Adaptable, Spirited
Symbol- the Twins
Sign-  Air

This intellectual group is not only polite and energetic, but also adaptable to any situation. Dueling both a chatty side and a sympathetic ear, people with this sign need diversity. Gemini’s have a true admiration for fragrance oils that present a contrast but still manage to come together to make a beautiful aroma.

People that have the sign of Gemini really take to these fragrance notes:

Fruits: Grapefruit, Lemon, Tangerine

Herbs: Lavender, Spearmint, Peppermint

Nuts: Hazelnut, Walnut, Almond

Fragrance Oil and Scent Suggestions:

scents for gemini

 

Ruby Red Grapefruit Scent by Natures Garden

Lemon Lavender Type Scent by Natures Garden

Jack Frost Scent by Natures Garden

Maple Walnut Fudge Scent by Natures Garden

If you are interested in seeing other zodiac sign fragrance suggestions, please click on the link.

Tropical Drink Scent

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Tropical Drink ScentPina Colada Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The name Pina Colada actually means “strained pineapple.”  Ricardo Gracia holds the first claim to inventing this fruity cocktail.  In the process of perfecting his drink first called Coco Loco which consisted of coconut milk, rum, and coconut cream, he ran into an issue.  Due to the fact that his drink was served inside a half a coconut, when the coconut supply was hit with a union strike, Ricardo decided to improvise.  He used a hollowed out pineapple instead.  The mixture of all these flavors topped off with the sweet acidic pineapple was a huge hit, and hence the Pina Colada was born.  Natures Garden has captured the essence of the famous Pina Colada in this tropical drink scent.  A grand mixture of the classic tropical aromas including coconuts and pineapples, it absolutely smells phenomenal in finished products.  And, this scent will surely leave your customers salivating.

What does Pina Colada Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a tropical combination of sweet pineapple and coconut.

How do our customers use Pina Colada Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters; this tropical drink scent is used to make pina colada candles using Joy wax, WOW wax, and in Soy wax; with a scent that seems to last forever!  As for other home scenting ideas; Pina Colada fragrance oil has been used to make room sprays, aroma beads, and works fabulously for electric oil burners.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%.  This tropical drink scent does have a vanillin content of .5%, so vanilla white color stabilizer is highly recommended to offset discoloration in the finished homemade items.  This wonderful tropical drink scent is used to make: bath bombs, handmade lotions, body sprays, sugar scrubs, body butters and body balms.  For those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance soaps like a dream.  Here are the official results:  Works great in cp soap!  No acceleration, no ricing, no separation.  Very slight discoloration.  Mild scent retention.

Taurus Scents

Monday, April 21st, 2014

taurus scentsToday marks yet another changing of the zodiac sign.  Earlier this year, we decided we wanted to have a little fun; so we researched to find exactly what fragrance notes most likely correspond to a persons zodiac sign.  Through our exploration we were able to compile a list of various aromatic notes based on the common personality traits of the person born under the specific zodiac sign. 

Beginning April 20th, Taurus welcomes the limelight.  So, Natures Garden would like to be the first to express, Happy Birthday Taurus!  Now, we would like to invite everyone to the beautiful world of Taurus scents.

Taurus are considered people born between the dates of April 20th and May 20th.

We have four employees at Natures Garden that are under the sign of Taurus.  Mike, Josh, Kathy, and Bonnie all share this dependable and practical sign.  Typical of the Taurus, these four are the strong silent type of individuals.  Being able to deal with quite a lot, this group can bravely and calming handle difficulties with patience; that is until you have gone too far.  Then, people under the sign of Taurus become quite the force to be reckoned with.  Enjoying life’s simple treasures and natures natural beauties, our wonderful and compassionate co-workers lead by example in reminding us to stop and smell the roses.  

Taurus- Trustworthy, Loyal, Patient, Considerate

Symbol-  the Bull


Sign- 
Earth


This loving
and patient group is determined and reliable, but also quick tempered if agitated. People of this sign welcome true forms of

original beauty and love indulging their senses. Due to their sense of stability, well grounded earth scents is where their likes lie.


People that have the sign of Taurus really take to these fragrances notes:

Florals:  Rose, Violet

Spices:  Oriental, Balsamic, Black Pepper

Musks:  Amber, Vanilla


Fragrance Oil and Scent Suggestions:

scents for Taurus

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh Cut Roses Scent by Natures Garden
Japanese Cherry Blossoms Scent by Natures Garden
Green Amber Scent by Natures Garden
Vanilla Blossoms Scent by Natures Garden

If you are interested in seeing other zodiac sign fragrance suggestions, please click on the link.

Exotic Fragrance

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

exotic fragranceBlackened Amethyst Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Welcome to quite possibly one of the most alluring female fragrances that Natures Garden carries!  Blackened Amethyst Fragrance Oil is soft, sexy, and spicy.  This scent is one exotic fragrance.  It is very classy and intriguing.  Plus, this scent sells extremely well in bath and body products.  If you are looking to add a great complex scent to your feminine product line, this exotic fragrance oil is it.  Blackened Amethyst scent is sophistication at its finest!

What does Blackened Amethyst smell like?

This seductive fragrance oil by Natures Garden was created for chic, confident women who like to “live a little”.  This fragrance combine’s aquatic top notes with Italian bergamot, rare camellias, and lime; followed by notes of exotic sandalwood and vetiver.

How do our customers use Blackened Amethyst Fragrance Oil?

For all you candle crafters and home scenters, this exotic fragrance oil can be used in a variety of waxes.  These waxes would include:  Joy wax, soy wax, soy blends, pillar of bliss, Palm wax, WOW wax, and beeswax, all with great scent throw.  For home scenters, Blackened Amethyst Fragrance Oil works great in aroma beads, smelly jellies, odor eliminator sprays, potpourri, oil burners, diffusers, and hanging air fresheners.

For the bath and body market; this exotic fragrance oil has endless possibilities.  The usage rate for this fragrance oil in products is 5%.  Blackened Amethyst does contain a 1% vanillin content, so vanilla white color stabilizer is recommended to prevent discoloration in your finished products.  This alluring fragrance oil can be used to scent:  homemade lotions, bath fizzies, body creams, body sprays, shower gels, melt and pour soap, conditioners, and shampoos.  For anyone that is curious about this exotic fragrance oils performance in cold process soap, this scent scored phenomenally.  Here are the official testing results: Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  Discolors to a taupe.  This one pops out nicely when added to the soap batter.  Very Nice!

Rain Scent

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

rain scentRain Barrel Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The thought of falling rain water is soothing all by itself.  But, imagine a rain scent that you can smell even if it was not raining outside.  This fragrance is just that; a rain scent that will immediately take you to that special place, that place of your own personal “Zen”.  Rain Barrel fragrance is a combination of watery tones, with citrus, warm cedar, and other peaceful aromas perfectly coming together to.  This clean, crisp fragrance works in an array of homemade products and will be one of your favorites from Natures Garden line.

What does Rain Barrel Fragrance Oil smell like?

This intriguing summer fragrance oil by Natures Garden opens with fresh watery tones, crisp ozone and highlights of lemon. Leafy greens balance with lavender and warm cedar wood for the fragrance heart. Sensuous amber undertones and clear musky elements complete the fresh sensation. An NG Original Fragrance!

How do our customers use Rain Barrel Fragrance Oil?

For candles, tarts, and air fresheners, this rain scent performed perfectly in Wow, Joy, Ecosoya, and Gel waxes.  Rain Barrel fragrance oil also has a very nice, strong hot throw from soy waxes.  And, when it comes to room fresheners; this fragrance performs fabulous in aroma beads, room sprays, smelly jellies, and oil burners.

On the bath and body end, this fragrance passes with flying colors.  The usage rate for this rain scent is 5%, and is used to make:  bath fizzes, shower gels, melt and pour soaps, foaming body butters, lotions, bubble baths, lotions bars, and sugar scrubs.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers; this fragrance received awesome reviews.   Here are the official results: Perfect Pour. No ricing, no acceleration. No discoloration. Nice clean scent!

If you are interested in using this rain scent in a recipe, please click on this link to view the Beginners Cold Process Soap Recipe.

Hot Soap

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

hot soap

Sweet Orange Chili Pepper CP Soap Recipe

This hot soap is just too good to pass up!

For this recipe, we wanted to really knock it out of the box.  And, in the end, the whole Hot Soap theme really tied together nicely with the scent and color.  We could not be happier with the total package of this awesome soap and recipe.  In fact, our testing and end results were so amazing, we couldn’t even wait to share the cold process soap recipe, so you to can recreateyour very own hot soap.  Since, this cold process soap recipe makes approximately 4.5 pounds of  beautiful, creamy and rich lathering bars; we used the Mold Market Square Loaf Mold and have enough soap batter to achieve a nice and full heaped top to the soap.  This made for very hearty sized slices.

To scent the soap, we selected Sweet Orange Chili Pepper.  This fragrance oil qualifies as a hot soap scent candidate because it is one of Natures Garden’s top selling cold process soap scents.  Not only does this fragrance oil have a kick, but it also behaves.  This means it is a Perfect Pour, and the scent retention is hands down amazing in the cured bar of soap.  If you have yet to try this scent in soap, you are really missing out!

Sticking with the hot soap theme, we went with the additions of a bold red and vibrant orange color.  This was accomplished using the FUN soap colorant tomato red, and neon orange.  However, for these colors to truly dazzle, we decided that the colors should be added as swirls to a white soap base.  Now, although Sweet Orange Chili Pepper fragrance oil does not discolor, we wanted a clean white.  We attained this by adding titanium dioxide.

The red and orange colored batter was introduced to the white soap batter using the in the pot swirl technique.  We personally love using this method to create beautiful and flowing swirls in our finished soap bars.  But, don’t get overwhelmed, this hot soap is really easy to make; and in this blog post we will go over each step with pictures of our process included.

Now, before we get started, if you have never made cold process soap before; please read these two classes to familiarize yourself with the soap making process.  They are Basic CP Soap Making Class and Soap Making Safety Class.

If you have already soaped before, lets move on to the recipe and ingredients!

For the Lye Solution
517 grams of water
189 grams of lye
For your soaping ingredients
340 grams of Shea Butter
408 grams of Coconut Oil 76
122 grams of Sunflower Oil
136 grams of Rice Bran Oil
272 grams of Olive Oil-pomace
82 grams of Castor Oil
85 grams of Sweet Orange Chili Pepper Fragrance Oil
50 grams of Sodium Lactate
7 grams of Titanium Dioxide
6 grams of FUN Soap Colorant- Tomato Red
4 grams of FUN Soap Colorant- Neon Orange

As for other supplies that you will need in addition to the standard soaping supplies:  2 mixing bowls (1 for the red soap colorant, and 1 for the orange soap colorant) and a spatula (for the in the pot swirl technique).

So, now that you have everything that you need lets get our safety gear on and get started.

soap making safety gear

Next, make your lye solution.

making your lye solution

Then, weigh out and combine your soaping ingredients and melt.

melted soaping ingredients
Now, back to the lye solution.  Once it has cooled, add the sodium lactate.  Use your spatula to carefully stir this in.

adding sodium lactate

When your lye solution and soaping ingredients are within 5-10 degrees of each other, it is time to combine them together.

adding the lye solution to the soap ingredients
Then, stick blend for emulsion.

stick blending until emulsion
Now, get your two mixing bowls for the colorants.  To the first bowl, weigh out the tomato red soap colorant.  Then, to the second bowl, weigh out the neon orange soap colorant.

hot soap colorant
Next, add the fragrance oil to the soap batter and stick blend to incorporate.

scenting your hot soap

Then, get your soap batter, and place 400 grams into each soap colorant bowl.  To incorporate the orange soap colorant, stir this with a spoon.  To incorporate the red soap colorant, stick blend.  Once both colors are incorporated in their bowls, set them aside.

separating out soap batter for color
Moving quickly, to the remaining soap batter, add titanium dioxide.  Then, stick blend well to incorporate.

adding titanium dioxide to the soap batter

Now, bring the white soap batter over to your color soap bowls.  Then, drop some of the orange soap batter throughout the white soap.  Continue doing this until all of the orange soap is gone.  Repeat the same action with the red soap batter.

pouring the hot soap colors into the soap batter
Now, for the in the pot swirl:  Start by placing the spatula alongside the inside bottom edge of the bowl.  Then, come straight up the center.  When you reach the top, pick the spatula up.  Now, starting on one side, begin your swirls in a “s” pattern (using the spatula).  Repeat on the other side.

hot soap in the pot swirl

Next, carefully pour the soap batter into the mold.

pouring the hot soap
Once the mold has been filled, use the remaining batter to add a nice heaped topping.  You may need to wait a few minutes for the soap batter to thicken slightly before attempting this.  Then once all of the remaining soap has been heaped, insulate.  Please note:  You may want to insulate your soap using something that will not touch the top of the heaped soap.

one hot soap

After 24 hours, remove the soap from the mold.  Then, using your knife, slice the hot soap into bars.  Allow them to further cure before using.

That is it!  Your hot soap performs and smells fantastic.  Plus, you will have created the most beautiful swirls.  Enjoy!

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients.

Banana Kiwi Scent

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

banana kiwi scentBanana Kiwi Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This is a fantastically fresh scent.  The banana and kiwi notes come together like a match made in heaven.  This banana kiwi scent is tart yet mouthwatering fresh as the same time.  The aroma of this fruity scent will take you to a tropical paradise.  This fragrance oil is very addictive and many of our clients say banana kiwi makes for repeat customers.  A perfect spring and summer scent for your finished products, this fragrance is a keeper.  Everyone seems to love this scent and they consider it a must have for every homemade line!

What does Banana Kiwi Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the aroma of fresh banana (not too ripened), with a base note of tart kiwi.  A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Banana Kiwi Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters; banana kiwi fragrance oil is used in soy, palm, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, tarts, gel, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  This fragrance is very aromatic and has no problems with scent throw (hot or cold).  Banana Kiwi fragrance oil also works well for room fresheners, whether it is oil burners, aroma beads, smelly jellies, or wax dipped stuffed animals.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is a win-win!  The usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5% and banana kiwi does have a .9% vanillin content, so vanilla white color stabilizer is suggested to reduce discoloration in finished products.  This tropical scent is used to make the following homemade items: solid lotion bars, bath bombs, shower gels, lotions, spray on perfumes, melt and pour soaps, bubble baths, and body butters.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance soaped like a dream.  Here are the official results: Perfect Pour, super rich, no ricing, no acceleration.  Discolors to a light beige.

Great Coffee Scent

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

great coffee scentMountain Hazelnut Cafe Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Whether you are a coffee connoisseur or not, you will love this scent.  Mountain Hazelnut Café Fragrance Oil is a great coffee scent that smells incredibly realistic.  This fragrance smells identical to a luscious and rich serving of fresh gourmet hazelnut latte.  As a matter of fact, with this aroma filling your home, your friends and family will think you are brewing them a special treat.  With this savory scent in your products, it will be hard to keep them in stock.    Your customers will definitely be coming back for seconds!

What does Mountain Hazelnut Café Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is rich roasted hazelnut with buttery accents to compliment this roasted coffee blend. Sweet undertones of brown sugar create a caramelized effect for the beverage sensation. An NG Original Fragrance!

How Do Our Customers Use Mountain Hazelnut Cafe Fragrance Oil?

For those of you that are candle crafters; our customers use this great coffee scent in their soy, pillar, paraffin, parasoy blends, and Joy wax candles.  All with reports that the scent is amazingly strong in the hot throw.  In fact, many of our customers comment of how quickly the scent of their candle fills the room.  For those of you that are home scenters, this scent performs well in oil burners, aroma beads, air fresheners, and reed diffusers.  For home scenting, this fragrance is just strong and long lasting.

On the bath and body end, this fragrance oil is dead on a great coffee scent!  The usage rate for this scent is 5%, and is used to make:  Melt and pour soaps, bath whips, body butters, homemade lotions, wake me up shower gels, sugar scrubs, and body frostings.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers; this fragrance performs well.  Here are the official results: Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration, no separation.  Scent is light in soaps.  Discolors to a milk chocolate.

Perfect Fruit Scent

Friday, March 28th, 2014

perfect fruit scentPineapple Orchid Type Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Are you looking for a great refreshing and fruity scent?  Pineapple Orchid Type is your perfect solution.  This perfect floral and fruit scent is not overpowering but definitely allures you in.  In fact, these two aromas combined make this fragrance oil unforgettable with many of our clients!  Perfect for any crafting medium, Pineapple Orchid Type scent is just fabulous.

What does Pineapple Orchid Type Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a beautiful duplication of a popular scent.  The amazing blend of ripened, sweet pineapple, aldehydic rose, velvety violets, white orchids, and black currants.

How Do Our Customers Use Pineapple Orchid Type Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters out there; Pineapple Orchid Type Fragrance Oil is used in Gel, soy, soy blends, paraffin, Joy, WOW, Palm, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  This fragrance is very aromatic and has incredible cold and hot scent throw, easily filling your whole home with this lovely fruity aroma.  This fragrance oil also works very well for electric oil burners, sachet beads, smelly jellies, and reed diffusers.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is a keeper!  The usage rate for this fruity scent is 5%.  This amazing fragrance is used to make an array of bath and body products including: solid lotion bars, bath fizzes, perfumes, body scrubs, spray lotions, melt and pour soaps, body spritzers, bath gels, whipped body butters, and bubble baths.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance soap awesomely.  Here are the official results: Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, discolors to a cream, very good scent retention.

If you are interested in using this perfect fruit scent in a recipe, please click on this link to see the Tea Light Luminaries Recipe.

Great Feminine Scent

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

great feminine scentJuicy Couture Type Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This feminine scent is absolutely beautiful and is a great match to the original.  A divine fragrance to scent anything from candles to perfume oils, Juicy Couture Type is both youthful and bold.  This great girly scent presents perfectly balanced layers of classic spring and summer time aromas.  Many of our clients who use this feminine scent say it only takes one whiff before their customers are hooked and are in love. 

What does Juicy Couture Type Smell Like?

The perfect fragrance oil by Natures Garden for girls who want it all!  This fragrance combines wild berries and mandarin, honeysuckle, gardenia and jasmine.  Embodied with the aroma of amber, caramel, sandalwood, vanilla and praline to add just the right touch of sweetness.

How Do Our Customers Use Juicy Couture Type Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters out there; Juicy Couture Type Fragrance Oil is used in Soy, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  This feminine scent is very aromatic and has a great throw, both hot and cold.  If you are a home scenter, this fragrance oil also works extremely well for oil burners, aroma beads, tarts, smelly jellies, and even linen sprays.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is a win!  The usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5% and it has a .3% vanillin so vanilla white color stabilizer is suggested to reduce discoloration in the finished product.  This lovely feminine scent is used to make: solid lotion bars, bath bombs, body scrubs, spray lotions, perfumes, melt and pour soaps, body sprays, bath gels, whipped body butters, foaming body butters, lotions, and salt bars.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance smells great.  Here are the official results: Slight ricing, stick blend, low acceleration, very manageable, discolors to a maple fudge color.