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Mar
18

Color Morphing in Soap

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color morphing in soapColor Morphing in Soap

For any new soap makers out there like myself, do you have specific questions? For example, do you know which kind of soap colorant to use when you are coloring cold process soap? Or have you ever wondered about color morphing in soap? Here at Nature’s Garden, we offer two different kinds of colorants for soap: one being a our FD&C Da Bomb Soap Dyes, and one being our FUN Soap Colorants which are pigments dispersed in vegetable glycerin. The use of each kind of colorant is based on pH levels and the actual saponification process. The saponification process is considered the creation of soap by combining oils/butters and water with lye (which has a high ph). Throughout this process as the soap cures, the pH level (alkalinity) become lower.  It is important to understand that pigments tend to withstand higher ph levels better than dyes (especially when dealing with the color blue).  In our experiment, we show how blue dye and blue pigment perform in both melt and pour soap (soap that has already been saponified) and cold process soap (soap that is made from scratch and will undergo the saponification process).

In melt and pour soap, because it is technically already soap, it has already gone through the saponification process;  so the alkalinity is lower. The dyes, our Da Bomb colorants, do not cause any color morphing problems when used in melt and pour soap. They will color beautifully, as well as our pigments, or FUN Soap Colorants. In the picture below, this light blue colored bundt soap is made with melt and pour soap, as well as our Blue Da Bomb colorant. You can see how nice and pretty this blue coloring is. When melt and pour soap is colored with blue FD&C dye, it will produce a beautiful blue colored soap since the dye never has to encounter a high ph.

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color morphing in soap

However, when different colorants are used in cold process soap, as seen below, the outcome is very different. Because cold process is made completely from scratch, it must undergo the entire saponification process.  This means that the pH levels are much higher in cold process soap. In the pictures below, the darker blue soap was made using our pigmented, Ultramarine Blue FUN Soap Colorant. The purple soap, (started as gray and turned to reddish-pink-purple as it sat) was created using our Da Bomb blue dye. (We have used our Shea Butter Cold Process Soap recipe for this part of our experiment).  It is evident that blue FD&C dye (our Da Bomb blue dye)  will morph in color when exposed to a high ph.

color morphing in soap

color morphing in soap

color morphing in soap

In conclusion:  When desiring a nice blue color for your cold process soap, it is wise to use blue pigments instead of blue FD&C dyes.  While the blue FD&C dyes work wonderfully in melt and pour soap, they will indeed morph in color when making cold process soap.

Please contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any questions, comments, or concerns at all! We are here to help you and to make sure you succeed at all of your creations! Make sure to check out all of our amazing free recipes and classes as well, especially all of our soaping classes! And keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Feb
23

Tea Tree Oil Uses

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tea-treeTea Tree Oil Uses

Hello all you wonderfully crafty people! Are you looking to get into essential oils? Try out something new? Well, have you ever tried tea tree essential oil? Believe me, if you haven’t, you definitely want to! This is one amazing oil, with so many fantastic benefits! Yes, it is most well-known for its medicinal purposes, but it can be used for many other products and industries as well! Tea tree essential oil can be used for skin care, hair care, soap making, and even in your homemade bath and body products! Did you know that tea tree essential oil can even be used to freshen your carpets?

There are many great medicinal benefits to using tea tree oil. Tea tree essential oil is great for dental health. It can be used in homemade toothpaste recipes, working to treat and cure bad breath, as well as helping to relieve toothaches. Tea tree oil has many antiviral properties that work to treat many conditions such as chicken pox, cold sores, and even measles. Conjunctivitis, or otherwise known as pink eye, can even be treated using tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is native to Australia and has been used there for many years to treat many skin conditions and strengthen the immune system. It also works to treat many respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, colds, and coughing. Tea tree essential oil can be used as treatment for many other conditions as well including sunburns, herpes, persistent body odor, yeast infections, chest congestion, vaginal infections, the flu, pulmonary inflammation, toenail fungus, ear infections, scabies, and many nose and mouth infections.

Common bath and body products that can include tea tree essential oil are gels, toners, scrubs, hair products, lotions, creams, body wash, facial wash, foot balms, foot powders, soaps, and even homemade cleaning products. Your hair can greatly benefit from using tea tree oil. It works to prevent lice and hair loss, as well as treating dandruff and dry scalp. Tea tree oil works to nourish the hair roots, unclog hair follicles, and even promote new hair growth. When used for skin care, tea tree oil can be used to cure dry skin and chapped lips, remove any skin tags, reduce rashes and relieve any itchiness, soothe and heal burns, and even bring relief from razor burns. Tea tree oil also works as an antiseptic for small cuts and wounds, and can treat many skin conditions like acne, athlete’s foot, and psoriasis.

Did you know that during World War II, the cutters and producers of the tea tree were actually exempt from military service until enough of the tea tree essential oil had been gathered? It was sent along with soldiers for them to use as treatment for wounds and many tropical infections. Are you still curious about this amazing essential oil? Well then make sure to check out our free Tea Tree Oil Class! We also offer many wonderful free recipes all made with tea tree oil including our Rejuvenating Foot Balm, our Peppermint Cold Process Foot Soap, and our Stinky Feet Foot Powder! However, please don’t take this blog as medical advice, it is for educational purposes only! We sell tea tree essential oil for external use only! Make sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes as well! Enjoy these great products and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Feb
06

Hot Fudge Brownies Scent

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hot-fudge-brownies-fragrance-oilHot Fudge Brownies Scent

Hot Fudge Brownies Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Hello everyone! Do you have a favorite snack? Something that even just when it’s mentioned, your mouth begins to water with anticipation? Maybe it’s some kind of cookie? Or a certain flavor of potato chips? Or of course, the most obvious, chocolate? How about brownies? Hot fudge brownies to be exact? Just the thought of sinking my teeth into a delicious hot fudge brownie is making my taste buds go insane! Are you looking for the perfect fragrance to capture the aroma of some of those yummy delights baking in your oven? Our Hot Fudge Brownies scent does just that! How can it not, the name says it all!

 

What Does Hot Fudge Brownies Smell Like?

Really? You know it’s going to smell absolutely sinful. Hot Fudge Brownies by Nature’s Garden is the delightful aroma of freshly baked chocolate brownies that are just smothered in warm hot fudge sauce with just a hint of vanilla.

 

How Do Our Customers Use Hot Fudge Brownies Fragrance Oil?

If you’re looking for the perfect fragrance to completely entice everyone you know, this is it. Hot Fudge Brownies will definitely leave all of your family and friends craving the taste of delicious chocolate dropped with dripping hot fudge. For all the candle makers out there, this fragrance is nice and strong in soy wax, as well as performing perfectly in joy wax and wow wax. If you’re more into making your own incense and potpourri recipes, Hot Fudge Brownies scent has a maximum usage rate of 50%. Easily fill your home with this amazing aroma by using it to make some nice and strong aroma beads!

For bath and body products, Hot Fudge Brownies scent has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Common bath and body products that can include this fantastic fragrance are soaps, bath gels, perfumes, soaps, and bath oils. Hot Fudge Brownies does happen to have a vanillin content of .65%, meaning that it may discolor your soaps and other homemade bath and body products. For any cold process soap makers out there, this scent is just what you’ve been searching for! Our cold process results are: there is no acceleration as well as no ricing, and this fragrance has a perfect pour! The scent holds fabulously and soaps very nicely! However, it does discolor to a very light tan color, so just be sure to thoroughly test this fragrance before using it in any of your final and finished products!  You may also want to pick up some Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to help with the discoloration.

 

I’m sure you can hardly wait to get your hands on this amazing fragrance, but hold on one minute because it just keeps getting better! When you are on our Hot Fudge Brownies Fragrance Oil page, you will see a little green link on top of the picture labeled “Recipe.” When you click that link, it will show you the name and picture of our Hot Fudge Brownies Soap, which is made with, what else? Our Hot Fudge Brownies scent! That is actually a direct link straight to the great free recipe! Make sure to check out all the rest of our free classes and recipes as well! Enjoy this fabulous scent and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Oct
27

New Born Baby Scent

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new born baby fragrance oilNew Born Baby Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

New Born Baby Fragrance Oil is a wonderfully delightful scent. It has many relaxing qualities that are sure to remind you of all the adorable little babies you have ooh’d and ahh’d over in the past. The scent of a new born baby is a wonderful scent that you are sure to never forget. This fragrance is sure to remind you of all the little miracles that are blessings in your life. New born baby scent is perfect for any project you are planning on trying! Your family, friends and customers are sure to adore it as much as you!

 

What Does New Born Baby Smell Like?

New Born Baby Fragrance Oil by Nature’s Garden is a delicate blend full of citrus tones that unravel into a lovely mixture of soft florals. For a classic baby scent, a hint of orange flower is mixed with a bouquet of ylang, rose, and geranium surrounded by the smell of sandalwood. The base is a soothing velvety combination of powdery sweetness and musk.

 

How Do Our Customers Use New Born Baby Fragrance Oil?

Are you looking for a scent that is sure to remind everyone you know of all the amazing little babies and loved ones in their lives? Then New Born Baby is perfect for you. It is nice and strong in soy wax, while performing perfectly in wow wax and joy wax. By using this fragrance in aroma beads, it will fill your house with its’ relaxing wonderful smell. It also has a 50% maximum usage rate when used in potpourri or incense.

For bath and body products, our New Born Baby scent has a maximum usage rate of 50%. This lovely fragrance can be used in many common products such as bath gels, lotions, bath oils, perfumes, and soaps. New Born Baby also has no vanillin content so it will not discolor your soaps or other products in any way! For all the CP soapers out there, this fragrance is fantastic for you too! Our CP findings are: there was no acceleration or discoloration, and it also has a perfect pour!

 

New Born Baby is the perfect scent for any current or future project you may be working on. This fragrance is sure to have your friends and family and of course your customers, coming back again and again! Excited? Well there’s even more! Here at Nature’s Garden, we offer many free recipes and classes, and we just happen to our Baby Shower Cold Process Soap recipe that is made with New Born Baby fragrance! This is an amazing recipe that is the perfect gift for any expectant mom out there! But don’t just stop there, make sure to check out the rest of our free recipes and classes as well!

Are you wondering how to find this amazing product on our awesome new site? Well, just type “new born” or “new born baby” into the search bar and it will take you directly to our New Born Baby fragrance oil! On the top of the fragrance picture is a little green link that says “Recipe.” Click on the link and you will see the name and picture of our Baby Shower soap. That is a link to take you directly to the recipe! Enjoy! This fragrance is sure to be favorite of mommies and soon-to-be mommies everywhere! And keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Oct
23

Black Code Type Scent

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black code type scentBlack Code Type Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Black Code Type scent is delightfully. It has sinfully tempting qualities, that will draw immediate attention to whatever candle, soap, or craft it is included in. It is completely irresistible. If you are looking for a tantalizing scent that is sure to keep your friends and family and even your customers interested, then Black Code Type is definitely for you. Or maybe you’re just looking for the perfect scent to use in a project for that special man in your life. Black Code Type is perfect for any and all occasions.

What Does Black Code Type Smell Like?

Black Code Type Fragrance Oil by Nature’s Garden is an alluring masculine aroma that is also oriental. It has base notes of Guiac wood and Tonka bean which lead to another base note of olive flower. The olive flower leads to the top citrus notes of fresh lemon and bergamot.

How Do Our Customers Use Black Code Type Fragrance Oil?

If you are looking for a sinfully irresistibly scent, then Back Code Type is absolutely perfect for you. Black Code Type is nice and strong in soy wax and is wonderful for wow wax and joy wax as well. Black Code Type even has a 50% usage rate if you would like to use it for incense or potpourri!  This scent is fantastic to use in aroma beads that will fill your house with this tantalizing scent.

For bath and body products, our Black Code Type Fragrance Oil has a usage rate of 5%. This tempting fragrance can be used to make many different personal care items such as lotions, soaps, bath oils, bath gels, and perfumes. For all the CP soapers out there, this scent is great for you as well.  Our CP findings are: no separation, and a nice strong scent. However you should be ready to move quickly as it does have some acceleration. In Black Code Type, there is a .12% vanillin content, meaning that it can discolor your soaps and bath and body products. Any scent with vanillin, should always be tested thoroughly first. For the CP soapers, the final discoloration is just to a cream color!

 

Now come on, doesn’t Black Code Type just sound delightfully sinful? It will surely be a scent that you and everyone you know are sure to remember and want to use over and over again. Here at Nature’s Garden, we also happen to offer many great free recipes like our Cold Process Shaving Soap recipe that is actually made with Back Code Type fragrance! All those men out there are sure to love that amazing recipe! Are you sitting there wondering what the fastest way is that you can get this scent? Well, the easiest way to find it on our site is just by typing “black code” into our search bar. That will take you directly to our Black Code Type Fragrance Oil page. And on the fragrance picture, there is a little green box that says “Recipe.” That link will show you the name and a picture of our Cold Process Shaving Cream, and by clicking that, it will take you right to the recipe! Enjoy this fantastic scent! And watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Oct
20

Chocolate Fudge Scent

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chocolate fudge scentChocolate Fudge Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Mmm…chocolate fudge scent. Just the name alone gets your mouth watering and your mind going nuts doesn’t it? Chocolate Fudge Fragrance is a sinfully delicious scent that is sure to make all your family and friends’ taste buds go crazy. If they weren’t craving a chocolate fix before this scent entered their noses, they are sure to afterwards! Chocolate Fudge is a sure reminder of all the comforts that a chocolate binge can bring and everyone around you is sure to love it! You should definitely make sure to try Chocolate Fudge for future projects, and with a name as delicious as that how can you turn it down?

 

What Does Chocolate Fudge Smell Like?

I’m sure the name doesn’t leave much to the imagination, but I’ll give you a good explanation anyways. Chocolate Fudge scent by Nature’s Garden is a temptingly decadent scent of rich dark chocolate with swirled ribbons of caramel and vanilla crème sprinkled with the hints of almonds and creamy hazelnuts.

 

How Do Our Customers Use Chocolate Fudge Fragrance Oil?

Really, how do they not? But for all the chocolate fanatics out there, this scent is perfect for you! For candle making, it is wonderful for joy wax, soy wax and wow wax. Want to make your house smell like a delicious chocolate factory? Use this scent in aroma beads!

For bath and body products, our Chocolate Fudge scent has a usage rate of 5%. It can be used for many different personal care products such as perfumes, bath gels, lotions and bath oils. It also has a 50% usage rate for incense and potpourri. Chocolate Fudge scent is perfect for all you cold process soapers! There is a 5% vanillin content with this one. Our CP findings are: it is a perfect pouring with no acceleration or ricing. When first added to the CP it discolors to a bright gold, but turns into a dark chocolate color with a nice strong scent.

 

Guess what? It gets even better! We offer five delicious free recipes that are made with our Chocolate Fudge fragrance! All five are sure to be hit with everybody you know!

Our Chocolate Sugar Scrub will help to fight skin damage and smell amazing at the same time!

Chocolate Sugar Scrub Neapolitan Ice Cream Emulsified Sugar Scrub is sure to be a treat that will make your mind wander to the reminders of delicious ice cream treats from your childhood!

Neapolitan Ice Cream Scrub

Our Smores Candle is a candle that will bring back reminders of countless bonfires past. The taste of this delicious treat will intrude your thoughts!

Smores Candle

Frappe Mocha Body Cream is a delectable indulgence with a scent that will make you feel like you are most certainly in heaven!

Frappe Mocha Body Cream

Neapolitan Cupcake Soap. Cupcakes and ice cream? With the smell of chocolate fudge? How much more amazing could it get?

Neapolitan Cupcake Soap

        If you would like the easiest way to access all of our Chocolate Fudge yumminess, just type “chocolate fudge” or “choco fudge” into the search bar on our website. This will take you directly to our Chocolate Fudge scent which has a link on the picture to all of the recipes that go along with it! Enjoy! And be sure to keep watch for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Oct
16

Calendula Swirl Soap

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calendula swirl soapCalendula Swirl Soap

Hey all you cold process soapers out there! Are you looking for a new and exciting soap to make? Do you love to find new recipes to make? Maybe something fall like to go with the holiday season? Do you love calendula? Well here at Nature’s Garden we would like to introduce a brand new recipe for our Calendula Swirl Soap! This cold process soap is sure to be a hit for the fall season! All of your friends, family and customers will love this soap that is perfect for this time of year!

 

Ingredients:

194 grams of Lye

517 grams of distilled water

55 grams of Sodium Lactate

408 grams of Pomace Olive Oil

408 grams of Coconut Oil 76

408 grams of Palm Oil

68 grams of Castor Oil

68 grams of Grapeseed Oil

90 grams of Aromatherapy Energizing Fragrance Oil

20 grams of Titanium Dioxide

3 grams Neon Yellow FUN Soap Colorant

1 gram of Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

3 grams of Orange Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

1 Square Loaf Mold Market Mold

Mixing Bowls

Stick Blender

Calendula Petals

Safety Masks

Safety Gloves

Safety Glasses

Thermometer

 

Directions:

Always make sure to wear your safety gear when working with lye!

1. First, start with 517 grams of distilled water. Add 194 grams of lye to your water. Never add water to lye, always add the lye to water! Mix together and then set aside to let cool until it reaches about 90-100 degrees.

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2. Combine and melt down 408 grams of Pomace Olive Oil, 408 grams of Coconut Oil 76, 408 grams of Palm Oil, 68 grams of Castor Oil and 68 grams of Grapeseed Oil. Make sure your oils are at a temperature within 5-10 degrees of your cooled lye.

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3. Once your lye has cooled to the correct temperature, add 55 grams of sodium lactate to your lye water.

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4. Once the temperatures are correct, add the lye to your oil mixture. Using a stick blender, blend it together until the solution is emulsified.

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5. You will need 3 separate soap safe bowls for these next few steps. Pour 500 grams of the solution in one, and 500 grams in the other. Add 40 grams of your Aromatherapy Energizing Fragrance Oil and 20 grams of Titanium Dioxide Oil Dispersible to the leftover solution and mix together with the stick blender. Then pour 200 grams of the leftover solution into the third bowl.

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7. In one of the bowls with 500 grams of the solution, add 1 gram of Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant, 3 grams of Neon Yellow FUN Soap Colorant, and 25 grams of fragrance and mix with the stick blender.

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8. In the second bowl with 500 grams, add 3 grams of Orange Oxide FUN Soap Colorant and 25 grams of fragrance and mix together.

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9. Next, in a completely separate bowl, add all of the contents of the colored bowls and the contents of the 200 gram bowl, in dollops throughout the whole bowl. Then with a spatula, drag the spatula through the middle of the mixture and then back and forth around the whole bowl. Pour the mixture into your mold.

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10. Let the bowl with the the leftover solution sit until it is about the texture of whipped cream and then pour on top of your mold and shape into whipped cream.

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11. Last, add the calendula petals on top and allow you soap to set for about 24 hours and remove from the mold.  Now slice the soap and allow it to finish curing.  Enjoy your Calendula Swirl soap!

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Calendula Swirl Soap is sure to be a fall season favorite! This is a soap that you should try as soon as possible to go with the autumn season. Please contact us with any questions and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Oct
10

Chamomile Scent

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chamomile fragranceChamomile Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Chamomile is a delightfully relaxing scent. Coming home from a long day or even if you just need to relax before bed, chamomile is the perfect scent for you. It has just a hint of some herbs in it, and it sure to bring a sense of peace to your home. Chamomile is a scent that everyone including friends, family and customers will love. It will remind you of peaceful days past when you were just able to sit and relax with a warm cup of tea and enjoy the day.

 

What Does Chamomile Smell Like?

Chamomile Fragrance Oil by Nature’s Garden is a wonderful aroma of a slight hint of herbs with freshly picked chamomile flowers.

 

How Do Our Customers Use Chamomile Fragrance Oil?

If you are looking for a perfectly relaxing scent, then Chamomile is a definite pick! Chamomile is fantastic for wow wax and joy wax and even performs very nicely in soy wax. A perfect way to make your house smell like this peaceful scent is by using it in nice strong aroma beads.

For bath and body products, our Chamomile Fragrance Oil has a usage rate of 5%. This amazing fragrance can be used to make many different personal care items such as lotions, perfumes, bath gels, and bath oils. Chamomile Fragrance can even be used to make potpourri and incense with a 50% usage rate. For all the cold process soapers out there, this scent is perfect for you. Our CP findings are: there is no ricing, no discoloration, no acceleration, and the scent retention is very very good.

Doesn’t this Chamomile fragrance just sound awesome? It is sure to be a definite relaxing treat for you and your friends and family. We just happen to offer two fantastic recipes that have been made with Chamomile fragrance oil as well!

Our Chamomile Light Lotion Recipe is definitely a lotion that everybody out there is sure to love and enjoy! All the special women in your life will adore it and probably even all those manly men will love it as well!

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We also offer a Crayon Soap Recipe that is made with the Chamomile fragrance. Crayon Soap is kid friendly and is a fun and easy project that you could make with the little ones! All of your little ones are sure to love this adorable soap and so will their friends! I mean, how many kids really get to say how they made that awesome crayon soap with their loved ones? They will be the life of the party with their new treat!

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The easiest way to access all of our amazing chamomile products is by typing “chamomile” into the search bar at the top of our website. That will take you directly to a page titled “Search Results for Chamomile.” And it gets even better when you get to that page! Not only do we have those two great recipes and the fragrance oil, we also have a Chamomile Flowers German Powder and Whole Chamomile German Flowers which can both be found right on that page! Really though, how much more could our Chamomile fragrance be? Make sure to try for future projects and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Oct
07

Calendula

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Hello everybody! Are you getting ready for Halloween? Have your own little ghosts and goblins chosen their costumes yet? I can’t believe Halloween is only weeks away! Well, for all you crafters out there, are you looking for a good natural herb to include in your soaps or bath melts? Have you tried calendula? Calendula is a great herb that is more commonly known as the marigold flower. It can be used in many different industries such as cosmetics and soaping. So get ready, calendula is pretty awesome and would be a great addition to future projects!

Calendula is a very well known therapeutic herb. The word is a modern Latin diminutive of calendae which means “little calendar” or “little clock.” The flower goes along with its name because it usually blooms every month or every full moon. Another name for it is “Mary’s Gold,” referring to the Virgin Mary. Some Catholic ceremonies use the flower as a way to honor her. The flower is typically bright yellow, orange or gold. In existence, there are over 100 varieties of calendula. Egyptians considered it to have rejuvenating powers. It possesses anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties and is a big help with keeping skin smooth and healthy. Calendula is used in many industries such as bath and body products. It is great for people who suffer from varicose veins. After applying calendula to the affected areas for a few weeks, the veins have been known to shrink down. It also helps with dermatitis and acne problems. It also helps to heal minor cuts and bruising as well as some bug bites and stings and even burns. Here’s a cool use, if you use calendula as a hair product, it helps to improve your hair’s shine and makes it softer. It also will bring out blonde or brunette highlights!

This herb is a great ingredient for cold process soap. In fact, we have a recipe here at Nature’s Garden for Calendula Sunshine Cold Process Soap. Not only can it be used in soaps, calendula can also be used a decorative element for soaps. We also have a great recipe for Calendula Bath Melts. We also sell Calendula Flowers Powder and even whole Calendula Flowers. On our homepage, if you just type Calendula into our search bar it will take you right to a page titled “Search Results for Calendula.” All of our recipes and products with calendula are right there available for purchase. Did you know that in the 18th and 19th centuries calendula was used to color cheese? Neither did I! Neat though, right? However, here at Nature’s Garden we only sell calendula for external purposes only, not for food. And please do not take my blog as medical advice! Always make sure to ask your doctor before using anything as a substitute for medical treatment!

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Have I convinced you that calendula is just pure awesome! There are so many different uses for it, even in food! Did you know that marigold leaves are completely edible? Some people use them on a salad as garnish to spruce up the color! It was even once used as a dye for fabrics! Now come on, this product is purely awesome, make sure to add it to your future projects and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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