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Sep
17

Soap Making Made Easy

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soapsSoap Making Made Easy

 

        Hey you! Do you like soaps? Oh, you do? Well then you are in the right place! Let me take it a step further. Have you ever made your own soap? You haven’t?! Then what in the world are you waiting for?! I’m telling you, making your own soap will be one of the coolest things you’ve ever done. Forget about all that store bought soap. Stay with me, and I will teach you soap making made easy! Or even if you don’t want to make soap for yourself, you can learn to make it for others! It can be a great birthday gift, Christmas gift….you get the picture. The best gifts are always the ones that come from the heart and something that you actually made for your loved one is always the best.

Here at Nature’s Garden, we have everything you will need to start your soap making. On the homepage of our site, on the top left, you will see a section called Soap Supplies. If you look at all the options under Soap Supplies, we have everything from Discount Soap Supplies to Soap Making Safety Gear. If you’re new to the site and to soap making, click on any of the options to explore all of our awesome soap making products. Can I make a suggestion though? If this is your first time trying soap making, check out our Melt and Pour Soap kit! Soap Making Kits is one of the options under Soap Supplies, and it will take you directly to the Melt and Pour kit. The kit will include everything you need to get started creating your soaps! It is great for someone just starting out, not only does it come with everything you need, it also includes complete how-to instructions!

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If you want to be more adventurous though, we also sell all of our products separately. Buying everything separately gives you the chance to explore more of our website and choose whatever fragrances you would like as well. We have over 800, so it is certain that we will have something that you will love! Also be sure to check out our fun and friendly soap recipes!

Now that you’ve chosen your products, I’m sure you’re wondering how to actually get started! That is why Nature’s Garden is so awesome, we only sell ingredients so that you can succeed at your creations or business! We offer classes on our website to teach you how to make your soaps. On the left side of our home site, you will see a section titled Free Classes and Recipes. In the Free Classes and Recipes section, you will see a Soap Making Classes option. We offer everything from The History of Soap Making to Making Your Own Soap Recipe.

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Once you’ve experimented and finished your soaps, let us know how they turned out! We would love to hear from you, we love when we get feedback! Your soaping creations are sure to be a great gift for your loved ones, or awesome for yourself! It will definitely be a new treat for you to enjoy! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden! We are here to help you succeed! Have fun with your soaping experience and keep watch for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Sep
10

Nature’s Garden Store

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Natures Garden Store
Nature’s Garden Store

 

Welcome to our new site everyone! I hope you love it as much as we do! Anyways, I’ve got a couple of questions for you. Are you looking for a new and exciting place to adventure off to? Maybe a cool place to take your friends? Or maybe you’re just itching for a different store to quench your crafting thirst? If any of those sound like you, which I’m positive at least one or more does, you need to grab your purse, jump in the car, and head on down to the Nature’s Garden store! Did you think we were just online? Oh my goodness, then I must have just made your day!! Come on down to Wellington, Ohio and look around! We have awesome employees you can meet who will do whatever they can to help you out!

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At Nature’s Garden it’s fragrance and fun for everyone! We are located at 42109 St Route 18 Wellington, Ohio, 44090. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9am to 4:30pm. We are closed on weekends and all major holidays. (If you have any questions or concerns , please call at 440-647-0100 from 9am-4pm est or leave us a message or contact us through our social media and we will get back to you as soon as possible when we return!) We have all of our products that we have online available in our store, at the same wholesale prices!Natures Garden Store

 

Our store also includes our free recipes for you to try and some wonderful samples of what you can create with our products. We even have our glitter fragranced shoes out on display that were created by Melissa, one of our amazing employees! No ladies, I’m not kidding! She actually created glitter scented shoes! I know you must be almost drooling at the idea because I was! And believe me, they are as awesome as they sound! Just come to the store and see and then use our recipe to create some of your own!

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Here at Nature’s Garden we have over 800 fragrances. At our store, we have walls devoted just to our fragrances. We offer the chance for you to be able to smell all 800+ of them if you want! Take your time to pick your exact favorites! Our shelves are also stocked full with candle making supplies, soap making supplies, essential oils, herbs and our cosmetic supplies! Let me give even more incentive to come and visit us. When you come to check out our store, you will leave with a free sample of something we have created using our fragrance oils. How cool is that?!

Nature's Garden Store, fragrance oils, candle making supplies, soap making supplies

We are blessed to have wonderful employees working at our store who are sure to give you an awesome experience during your visit. Any questions you have while you are there, they will be happy to help! We are even more blessed to have all of our amazing customers as part of our Nature’s Garden family. We want to do whatever we can to help you achieve success! So come on down and visit our neck of the woods for an exciting new experience! Have fun exploring our new site and be sure to watch out for more Enlightened by Layla postings!

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Sep
09

Best Lip Balm

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Best Lip BalmBest Lip Balm

 

        Big hips and cracked lips we all know some of us have these types of problems.  While we can’t help with the big hips, we’ve got you covered with the lips.   Grab your coffee, it’s time to talk the best lip balm! Are you sick of all those store bought lip balms? Trying with no luck to find lip balms with more natural and organic ingredients? Maybe you’re just trying to find a cool and unique gift to give your friends and family? Or maybe you’re even looking for a fun favor for future parties? Well then you have most definitely come to the right place!

Here at Nature’s Garden, we have an awesome solution to your problems! We actually have kits for you to make your own lip balm! Great right?! Our lip balm base is 100% natural, and many of our ingredients are certified organic. On our home page, on the very top underneath Bath Supplies, select Bath and Body Kits. That will show you all of the bath and body kits we offer. (However, if you would like just the lip balm kits, type lip balm kits into our search bar on the top left corner of our site.) We have four different lip balm kits that you can choose from. There are so many different options of lip balm out there, our Lip Balm kits even include a vegan option for all you vegans out there! We also have Chocolate Avocado, and Strawberry Cheesecake! Who wouldn’t want Strawberry Cheesecake lip balm?! I mean that’s just totally awesome! Our kits will make everything as easy as possible for you, we even include complete directions in them! You also can go all through our site and purchase all of the products separately.

What if the recipes in the kits we offer don’t appeal to you? Well, on the bottom left hand side of our site, there is a Lip Balm Recipes option. (You can also type Lip Balm recipes into our search bar.) That will take you to many more recipe options for lip balm! Our newest addition is our Honey Vanilla Lip Balm! You should definitely try it out! We also offer a recipe for a lip balm made with our Monkey Farts flavoring. There is even a Chocolate Peppermint lip balm recipe!  And it gets even better! Not only do we offer lip balm recipes, we also offer recipes for lipsticks, lip gloss, and even sugar lip scrub!

Your friends and family will definitely love your homemade lip balms! They will be such a cool gift or future party favors! If it is your first time experimenting with lip balms, definitely purchase one of our kits with its complete directions. You will have so much fun with all the excitements of your lip balm that you will want to make it over and over again! Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden with any questions or concerns you may have. We are here to help you succeed! Keep posted for more Enlightened by Layla posts!

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Sep
06

Autumn Wreath Scent

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autumn wreathAutumn Wreath Fragrance Oil-Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Autumn Wreath is a homey and cheerful scent with many reminders of the fall season. If you ever just played outside in a pile of leaves for hours, or maybe just loved to watch the leaves change then this scent is definitely for you! It will bring a smile to your face with the reminder of the beautiful browns, reds, and yellows of fall, and the hint of cinnamon will surely bring back childhood memories of an apple pie baking in the oven. Our Autumn Wreath scent sure to bring a comforting feeling to your home that your friends, family, and customers just will not be able to resist.

What does Autumn Wreath Scent Smell Like?

Nature’s Garden Autumn Wreath Fragrance Oil is a cheerful, fall, and welcoming fragrance oil by Natures Garden with the spicy warmth of autumn leaves, cinnamon apples, nutmeg and clove.

How Do Our Customers Use Autumn Wreath Fragrance Oil?

For our customers who want a scent that brings all the comforts of fall into their homes, then Autumn Wreath is definitely a top of the line pick for you. This scent is perfect for joy wax and wow wax, and is also nice and strong in soy wax if you are a candle maker. Autumn Wreath is also used as an air freshener with aroma beads.

For bath and body products, our Autumn Wreath scent has a maximum use rate of 5%. This comforting fragrance can used to make bath oils and gels, perfumes, lotions, and cold process soaps. And for all of our soapers out there, here are our CP findings: Add fragrance at light trace, no ricing, no discoloration, finished product smells nice and strong.

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Sep
04

The Next Crafting Generation

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excited_to_get_started[1] (1)The Next Crafting Generation

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Jun
05

Sunflower Oil on Polyvore

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Each day Deborah will choose her favorite Polyvore Design and post it to our blog.  All of the products used in this polyvore are listed below; in case you would like to do some shopping!  Natures Garden Soap Making Supplies are frequently used by designers on Polyvore to create their “sets”.  Come join us on Polyvore and design your own!

Natures Garden Sunflower Oil is shown in this polyvore.

 

May
14

Unique Bath and Body Treats

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fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  Misty Baker  ~ Bath Sweets and Body Treats

Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I have been in business for 5 years now.  It started as a hobby, making things for family then expanded to family and friends and their friends and finally I just took the jump and decided to make a go of it and never looked back!  It is so nice to have control what goes on your skin, I use the best ingredients available and keep things as natural as possible.

What products do you make and sell?  I make all kinds of unique bath and body treats as well as candles and other gift items.  I thrive on special orders and personalizing gifts to make it a one of a kind item people will treasure.  I love a good challenge and it really keeps things interesting doing unique and very different products.

What are your business goals?  Someday I hope to be financially stable and expand the business with all my family involved.   And a beach house would be really nice also!!

What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  I have used everything from Natures Garden…They actually have EVERYTHING!   I love the waxes, cosmetic bases, soap base, the packaging is wonderful but what caught my eye to Natures Garden years ago was the selection of fragrance oils not to mention the quality and prices, which helps a small business, survive in these times.

Your Website:    http://www.bathsweetsandbodytreats.com/shop/

Facebook page:   https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Bath-Sweets-Body-Treats/317166493200

 

 

Apr
22

Wine Scented Soy Candles

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Aaron and Sonny Asbury; Babycakes Candles

2.      Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  We home school our two younger children and this is a great way for us to make extra money. We love to create new things by recycling or upcycling products. We started in May 2012.

3.      What products do you make and sell?  We make wine scented soy candles in repurposed wine bottles.

4.      What are your business goals?  We hope to share our products in stores all over the Country and to bring the awareness of recycling.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  We use Golden 464 soy wax, wicks and 16 different fragrance oils.

Your Website: babycakescandles.com

Facebook page:  babycakescandles

Mar
26

Candles by Alice

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company:  My name is:  Alice George. My Business is “Candles by Alice.”

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I decided to start making candles 4 years ago, when I received one as a gift from my son that he had bought from a friend that made candles and I noticed the scent lasted and that it burned so much better than the ones I had bought. I did the research and started making my own candles.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I make container candles, Pillars, votives, wax tarts, melt & pour soaps, aroma bead air fresheners and scented rice bags that you use as a heating pad. I have also made lotions and body sprays. Am thinking about trying some sugar scrubs.

4.  What are your business goals?  I work  a full time job, so my candle business is really just a hobby. I sell to my co-workers and friends  and do a few craft shows at Christmas. I really would like to do more, but am from a small town in ‘Southern Tn. and the business is just not here.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden?   I use fragrance oils, melt & pour soap base, wicks, and pillar of bliss wax from Natures garden.  I love the bliss wax for the pillar candles as well as the fragrance oils.

Your Website:     www.candlesbyalice.weebly.com

Facebook page : www.facebook.com/candlesbyalice

Jan
25

What is an Emulsifier?

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emulsifier natures gardenIf you have ever seen an unshaken bottle of Italian Salad Dressing, then you have witnessed a product that could definitely use the help of an emulsifier!

In Elementary School, we all learned that oil and water just simply will not combine on their own accord.  They are just not compatible.  It is all about polarity.  Let’s magnify down to the molecular level of things and really get down to the nitty gritty.

Simply put polarity is the nature of a molecule or a compound to either be attracted to or repelled from another molecule.  The attraction or opposition is based on the charge of the nucleus, and the formation of the atoms that have bonded.  Based on this makeup, compounds are either polar or non-polar.

Polar molecules are not balanced in their chemical makeup.  Usually it is because one of the elements is pulling all of the electrons to one side of the atom.  Therefore, polar elements are constantly looking to bond with other polar elements in order to be a balanced compound.  On the flip side, if an atom is completely balanced, and has an equal charge on both sides, then it is classified as non-polar.

Now, when polar and non-polar elements are present in the same mixture what you get is separation.  Whether the mixture is stirred, heated, or shaken; eventually the polar and non-polar elements will isolate themselves from one another.  This is a physical trait, which you can literally see.  What is missing from the equation is an emulsifier.

Emulsifiers are most commonly used in the food industry.  They have a great impact on the texture and composition of food.  Another benefit of using emulsifiers in food is the extension of freshness.  Some common foods that use emulsifiers are:  salad dressings, candy, frozen desserts like ice cream and yogurts, cake mixes, and icings.  There are even foods that are natural emulsifiers such as milk, mustard, and eggs.

In the department of bath and body, or any product that is made to be put on the skin, emulsifiers will become your new best friend.  Since, in our industry, most of our scenting is accomplished with oils, it poses a problem when the product that we are creating is water based.  The reasoning- just like the Italian dressing, water and oil will not mix.  The chemistry concept to remember is like dissolves like.  This means that polar will always bind and dissolve in polar, and vice versa with non-polar.

When a mixture is water based; it is termed Aqueous.  This means that in order to mix other elements to this recipe, the additional ingredients need to be hydrophilic, or water loving (polar).  Fragrance and Essential oils are not water loving, therefore they are termed lipophilic (non-polar).

No matter how much you shake, mix, blend, or beat a mixture, if it contains both water and oils, there will be separation that occurs.  The only way to solve this is by adding an emulsifier to your recipe.  An emulsifier is quite an amazing little thing.  Let’s look at the molecular level again.  An emulsifier consists of a hydrophilic (water-loving) head, and a lipophilic (oil-loving) tail.  This is the perfect peace maker between water and oil.  This is because the emulsion allows for the lesser mass element to be “insulated” by the emulsifier to prevent it from joining the other elements with the same polarity.  What this allows for a dispersion of water and oil together and this referred to as a stable emulsion.

When an emulsifier is added to a recipe, it is drawn to the layer where binding is needed.  It is then able to position itself, by lessening the surface tension, between the oil and water.  Emulsifiers, besides being wonderful binders between polar and non-polar elements, also act as aerating agents, starch complexing agents, and even crystallization inhibitors.

Emulsifiers create emulsions.  There are two types of emulsions.  The first is an oil in water emulsion.  This is where the greater mass is water, and there are oil droplets which are dispersed into the water.  This is created by the emulsifier covering the oil particles and allowing the hydrophilic end to bind with the hydrophilic water.  Now, since both are water-loving elements, they will bind together.  The second emulsion is a water in oil emulsion.  This is where the greater mass is oil, and there are water droplets which are dispersed into the oil by the emulsifier covering the water particles.  This then allows for the lipophoic end to bind with the lipophilic oil.  With the addition of an emulsifier, both emulsions are now stable and evenly dispersed without separation.

These two different emulsions are important to know if for example you are trying to make a specific kind of cream or lotion.

In the case of water dispersed in oil, oil will encase the water so therefore the oils in the recipe will touch the skin first.  There will of course be some greasiness in the feel of the lotion when it is applied to the skin.  This is because of the oils, and will be absorbed into the skin.  These recipes are great for adding beneficial aspects of the oils directly to the skin.

In the case of oil dispersed in water, water will encase the oil so therefore the water in this recipe will touch the skin first.  These recipes have a less greasy feel to them.  These are also great emulsion recipes in situations where you are looking for moisture to be one of the benefits of the lotion or cream.

For bath and body crafters, common emulsifiers that are used are:  Borax with Beeswax, Beeswax, BTMS 25%, Carbomer, Cetaryl Alcohol, Emulsifying Wax-NF, Lecithin, PEG-20 Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Silky Emulsifying Wax, Stearyl Alcohol NF, and Polysorbate 80.

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