Posts Tagged ‘do it yourself’

Garden Scent

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

garden scentMoon Flower Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

A beautiful garden scent, Moon Flower Fragrance Oil is a chart topper when it comes to sophisticated feminine aromas.  In fact, this garden scent is so realistic; the aroma is just like walking through a garden filled with wonderful floral aromas.  An enticing and invigorating scent, Moon Flower fragrance works well in many different mediums.  Many of our customers consider this garden scent a favorite.  With its lovely and powdery alluring aromas, this fragrance oil is considered a keeper.

What does Moon Flower Fragrance Smell  Like?

A sophisticated, modern spicy floral arrangement fragrance oil by Natures Garden.  Intoxicating night blooming jasmine with fresh red roses and sweet lilies come together with spices of cinnamon, clove and mysterious anise.

How do our customers use Moon Flower Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters; if the winter time blues have got you down, it is time to think flowers with this garden scent.  Many of our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy, Palm, parasoy blends, Joy, Gel, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  And, this scent has phenomenal hot and cold scent throw!  As for the home scenting, this aroma is terrific.  The performance is remarkable in aroma beads, diffusers, oil burners, and smelly jellies.

On the bath and body end of products, this garden scent comes with a recommended usage rate of 5%.  A fabulous fragrance, moon flower is used to scent:  lotions, perfume oils, foaming body butters, melt and pour soaps, body scrubs, and body sprays.  In fact, many of our customer’s state that their customers adore the fresh flowery scent this fragrance gives their products.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is awesome.  Here are the official results: Some acceleration.  No discoloration.  Scent is great, and soaps beautifully!

moon flower sachet pillows
If you would like to use this garden scent in a recipe, click here to view the Moon Flower Sachet Pillow Recipe.

Realistic Gel Candle

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

honeycomb candleGel wax is a great candle wax for embedding items in candles.  This translucent wax also provides the opportunity to make realistic gel candles.  Sea or ocean themed gel candles are perfect examples of this, right down to the air bubbles.

We at Natures Garden however, wanted to take the realistic gel candle concept and kick it up a notch.  Using the fragrance oil Honey, which is gel safe; we arrived at a notion of somehow adding the look of an embedded honeycomb.  Trying to stick with items we already had in house, we creatively used bubble wrap and beeswax (because of it’s high melting point); to make our very own spin on embeds.  Through several trails and errors, we found the perfect look, scent, and color for this Honeycomb Candle Recipe.

Here is a List of the Items You Will Need:
Gel Wax- to emulate the look of delicious honey
Beeswax
White Pastilles- to make the embed of a honeycomb
Honey Fragrance Oil- a gel safe scent to match the realistic gel candle theme
Zinc Core Wicking- to make your candle more than just a decoration (4)  51-32-18z wicks  (2 in each candle)
Spectrum Candle Dye- Yellow- the color of the honeycomb
Spectrum Candle Dye- Orange- this color lightly added to the yellow makes the perfect golden honey hue
Thermometer- to monitor the temperature of the gel wax

Other Items and Supplies Needed: 
Stirring Spoon- to fully incorporate the color and scent to the wax
Stove- for the double boiler method
Scale- to be dead on for your measurements
Knife- to cut the beeswax
Toothpick- to add a touch of orange to the gel wax
9 x 13 cake pan- to make the honeycomb
bubble wrap- to make the honeycomb shape
(2) Pots- for double boiler method
Apothecary Jars- this recipe below will make a total of (2) 16oz jars.  Any shape or size jar will work, you will just need to adjust the measurements accordingly

And finally, here are the steps with pictures included:

Step 1:  Using the double boiler method, set the temperature of your stove top between medium and low heat.  Next, weigh out and melt 230 grams of beeswax.  You will want to stir this occasionally as it melts.

Step 2:   When the beeswax is in a liquid state, place 2 drops of Spectrum Yellow Candle Dye in it and stir. After the color is incorporated, place the pot back into the heat source.

coloring beeswax
Step 3:
  Next, lay your cake pan on a flat surface, this will ensure that your honeycomb has an even thickness.  Measure out 7 inches of length in your pan.  Mark this length by placing your knife across the pan.  If your knife is not long enough, you can use any kitchen utensil that will lay across the pan.  Next, with the bubble side up, place the bubble wrap over your knife and cake pan.

how to get honeycomb look

Step 4: Now, weigh out 23 grams of Honey Fragrance Oil.  Remove your beeswax from the heat source, add the fragrance.  Stir.

Step 5:  Slowly pour the beeswax over the bubble wrap.  Allow this to fully set up. Please Note:  Do not rush the set up of beeswax or it may crack.

making beeswax look like honeycomb

Step 6:  When the beeswax has cooled, gently remove it from the cake pan. Now, taking your time, carefully peel away the bubble wrap.

honeycomb beeswax

Step 7:  Next, weigh out 1000 grams of gel wax.  Place this into the double boiler and allow it to melt, stirring occasionally.  This will resemble to a thick syrup.

Step 8:  Now, lay your beeswax on a flat surface.  Place one of your candle jars on its side.  Using your knife, mark the width of the jar (before it changes shape).  Next, subtract 1/2″ from your marking.  Finally, make a line and cut it with your knife.

honeycomb candle

Step 9:  Gently roll your beeswax into a loose circle.  Place one roll in each of your jars.  Make sure the beeswax roll is at least 1/2 inch away from the walls of the jar.  Then, set aside.

how to make a honeycomb candle

Step 10:  Now, secure your wicks to the bottom of your candle jars.  Make sure they are centered.

Step 11:  Once the gel wax is melted, place 4 drops of Spectrum Yellow Candle Dye into the gel wax.  Next, add 1 toothpick tip of Spectrum Orange Dye.  Stir.  Finally, add 100 grams of Honey Fragrance Oil.  Stir again.

how to make a honey color

Step 12:  Place your thermometer into the gel wax.  Then, begin to slowly stir the gel wax.  Do not stir to quickly or you will have an excess of air bubbles.  Keep stirring and scrapping the sides until the gel wax temperature hits 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 13:  Now, slowly pour the gel wax into the containers until your honeycomb is covered.  Then, straighten your wicks.  Finally, allow the candles to fully set up.

pouring honeycomb candle

Your honeycomb candles are now ready.  Simply trim your wick, light, and enjoy!

With this realistic gel candle, there are two crucial steps that come into play.  The first is the thickness of the beeswax.  You want your beeswax to be nice and thick so it can withstand the temperature of the melted gel wax.  However, making the beeswax too thick may make it more difficult to curl, therefore complicating the honeycomb shape that can be achieved.  Lastly, the temperature of the melted gel wax is everything for this recipe.  Pouring over the 165 degree Fahrenheit point, will melt and warp your honeycomb.

Happy Crafting!

Great Summer Scent

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

summer scentCoco Mango Fragrance OilFragrance Oil Spotlight

If you are looking for the perfect summer scent with sultry notes that will whisk you away; coco mango fragrance oil is a big hit.  An aroma that smells just like a Caribbean vacation, this tropical scent is sure to please with its perfect balance of mango and coconut aroma.  A personal favorite among many of our customers, this tropical scent will exceed expectations.  Coco Mango fragrance with its rich, warm, and creamy fruit blend; does not smell like suntan lotion, so get ready to fall in love.

What does Coco Mango Smell Like?

In this fragrance oil by Natures Garden, we have taken this highly requested scent and made it better than ever thought possible! This complex fragrance begins with fruity notes of mango, fresh strawberries, elderberries, and ripe papaya. This scent is completed with rich vanilla and toasted coconut with just a hint of soft musk.  An NG original!  A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Coco Mango Fragrance Oil?

For those of you that are candle crafters; our customers consider this fragrance amazing in both candles and tarts.  They use this summer scent in their WOW, soy, pillar of bliss, palm, Joy, and blended waxes.  The scent throw from this fragrance is fantastic, but is also long lasting.  A best selling summer scent for them, this fragrance oil can even be used make aroma beads, room spray, diffuser oils, car fresheners, and smelly jellies.

On the bath and body end, this clean summer scent is advised as a must have and will make for repeat customers.  The usage percent for Coco Mango is 5%, and the Vanillin Content is 7% so Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is advised by our customers to stabilize discoloration in finished products.  Some of the products this summer scent is used for are:  Melt and pour soaps, lotions, body butters, bath melts, bubble baths, shower gels, perfume oils, body sprays, and body creams.  In fact, many of our clientele say their customers rant and rave over this scent.    Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is perfect; not too sweet and not candy like either.  Here are the official results:  Finally a coco mango that does not separate!  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, YUM!  Discolors to a chocolate brown after cure.

how to make bath meltsIf you are interested in trying Coco Mango Fragrance Oil in a product, Natures Garden has a wonderful Rose Petal Bath Melt Recipe using this amazing scent.  You can just simply click on this link, or find the recipe under the Free Recipes and Classes section of the website.

 

Great Cake Scent

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

a great cake scent7-UP Pound Cake Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This mouth watering, delicious scent is a winner across the board.  Appealing to a wide variety of customers, 7-UP pound cake is hands down one great cake scent.  Smelling just like a cake that is baking in the oven, many of our customers claim this cake scent smells good enough to eat.  With sweet, buttery notes and a splash of citrus, this scent will have people coming back for seconds.  In fact, the aroma of this cake scent is so strong, many people say it smells better than the real thing.

What does 7-UP Pound Cake Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a perfect blend of warm cake, almond, lemon, lime, vanilla, and sugar.  An NG Original Scent!  A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use 7-UP Pound Cake Fragrance Oil?

If you are a candle crafter, or if you are in the home scenting industry; this cake scent is amazing.  With an aroma that travels throughout the whole house, 7-UP Pound cake makes awesome candles and tarts with an incredible, yummy scent throw.  This scent works marvelously well in Joy, Soy, paraffin soy blends, Palm, Wow, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  This scent can even be used in potpourri burners and smelly jellies.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance oil is scrumptious.  The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 3%, and the Vanillin Content is 4% so Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is advised by our customers to stabilize discoloration in finished products.  This fresh and creamy cake scent is used to make: body scrubs, lotions, melt and pour soaps, liquid hand soap, foaming body butters, and bath jellies.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance behaves beautifully.  Here are the official results:  No acceleration. Discolors to a brown color.

cake soap
If you are looking for a succulent soap project using Natures Garden’s 7-Up Pound Cake scent, check out Natures Garden’s free recipe section for the 7 Up Bundt Cake Soap Recipe, or just simply click on this link.

Best Love Scents

Friday, January 24th, 2014

love scentsTop 25 Love Scents

When you make homemade products, part of the appeal in the purchase is the aesthetic look of your products.  The other major component you are dealing with is the scent.  When people purchase presents for loved ones around Valentine’s Day, they want to find something that they know their special someone will appreciate.

Knowing what the top selling scents are for Valentine’s Day may give you and your products that extra edge.

Listed below are the most popular love scents at Natures Garden.  These scents have been categorized according to their popularity in their general fragrance grouping.  This list was compiled in this manner to easily help you find exactly what you are looking for.

top women scentsTop 5 Feminine Love Scents
Pink Sugar Type Fragrance Oil
NG Loving Spell Fragrance Oil
Amazingly Grace Type Fragrance Oil
Best Friends Fragrance Oil
Endlessly in Love Fragrance Oil

top men scentsTop 5 Male Love Scents
NG Aqua di Gio Type Fragrance Oil
Extremely Sexy for Men Fragrance Oil
The Perfect Man Fragrance Oil
Dr. FeelGood Fragrance Oil
Blue Sugar Type Fragrance Oil

top food scentsTop 5 Gourmand Love Scents
Chocolate Covered Strawberries Fragrance Oil
Gourmet Dark Chocolate Fragrance Oil
Red Velvet Cake Fragrance Oil
Merlot Wine Fragrance Oil
Vanilla Champagne Fragrance Oil

top floral scentsTop 5 Floral Love Scents
Fresh Cut Roses Fragrance Oil
Floral Bouquet Fragrance Oil
Victorian Rose Fragrance Oil
Carnation Fragrance Oil
Burgundy Rose Fragrance Oil

top sensual scentsTop 5 Sensuous Love Scents
Butt Naked Fragrance Oil
Lick Me All Over Fragrance Oil
Black Linen and Amber Fragrance Oil
Passionate Kisses Fragrance Oil
Sexy as Sin Fragrance Oil

However, if you are still seeking an easy project to make for a love day gift, some really good last minute ideas for Valentine’s Day presents are:  Emulsified Sugar Scrubs, Melt and Pour Soaps, Massage Oil, Body Butters, Lotions, Body Sprays, Bath Bombs, Scrubs, and of course Candles.  Natures Garden has some great recipes for you to make your very own products; or even create new items to add to your current Valentine’s Day line.  This link has hundreds of easy to make recipes that you can cater scent and/or color to; to be exactly what you are looking for.

Happy Crafting!

Top 48 Cosmetics Blogs

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

48 Cosmetics blogs

Venturing into the wide, wild world of DIY cosmetics can be a venture in and of itself. You likely find yourself spending many hours searching the web for DIY cosmetics recipes, classes, and product ideas; becoming inspired by other people in the cosmetics industry. Keeping up-to-date with cosmetic trends and product innovations can be a daunting job for you.

In order to minimize the time you spend searching for relevant cosmetic sites, I have created a list of the most reputable and informative cosmetics blogs online. These sites will allow you to see what is hot in the cosmetics industry, what types of packaging companies are using to promote their products; some of these blogs even provide DIY cosmetic recipes.

If you’re new to cosmetics blogs, I can assure you there are plenty of resources out there.

That’s why I’ve searched them to bring you the best of the best. Actually, I support them so much that I made a badge for them to display and be recognized as the Top Cosmetics Blog online. The numbers and order below don’t reflect any ranking; truly these blogs are all wonderful, informative resources you are sure to enjoy. Visit these blogs for free cosmetic recipes, for insight in the cosmetics industry, and for inspiration for your own DIY cosmetics product line.

Best Cosmetics Blogs

1. Huda Kattan – Learn how to enhance your natural beauty with this Hollywood trained celebrity artist, and natural beauty herself, Huda Kattan. An award winning blogger based out of Dubai, a few minutes on her page will show you why her blog has been viewed in over 100 countries and influences women daily. Check her out and learn the secrets of Hollywood celebrity makeup.

2. Kate – A licensed cosmetologist, Kate has been doing hair since high school. She also loves makeup, jewelry making, cooking, and fashion. Read her reviews on makeup products, tutorials, and tips and tricks to make getting ready easier and far more glamorous from someone who has been a pro at it for decades.

3. Jessica Teas – If you don’t already love Jessica for the sheer fact that she left her start-up job for an around the world honeymoon, then you will after you read her blog. Posting from “wherever she happens to be,” at the given moment, take a global view of makeup from someone with a real eye for it.

4. Amy Nadine – This duo of ladies has created some bombshell content bringing hair and makeup to live happily-ever-after on The Beauty Department. Amy confesses to loves to teach makeup as much as she loves to play with it on celebrities like Lauren Conrad. Watch her videos or read her tips and tricks on how to recreate your favorite celebrity look.

5. BackyardBeauty.com – This is a truly inspiring source for natural beauty fanatics with an author that believes, “everything you need is truly in your backyard.” Boasting all natural ingredients with loads of recipes, she will guide you through beautiful uses for beets, to making your own primer on a dime. She also reviews that natural makeup companies and helps you define their hard-to-pronounce ingredient list.

6. Karen – Karen is a freelance writer that has a true love for makeup and her cat. She shares amazing tutorial videos, and tips and advice for every category of beauty. From eyes to nails, she’ll even walk you through the best drugstore makeup versus breaking the bank at cosmetic counters.

7. Krishna – After suffering with acne and depression, Krishna decided to put some feel-good energy into some beauty tutorials and turned her life (and skin) around. Browse her site for some wonderful ideas for healthy, natural skin products and makeup. She wants to share what she has learned so no one has to suffer the way she did. Thanks for the inspiration Krishna.

8. Alex Ray – Alex Ray has a sweet voice to her writing, describing herself as an “almost hippie,” and hopes she can help her readers achieve the same status. She’ll help you learn how to remove the toxins from your beauty routine and whether to buy or create your own natural cosmetics.

9. Dawn Michelle – Dawn wanted to be a journalist but didn’t want to compromise her professional dancing career. She satisfied her journalistic longings by creating her blog. A great deal for readers, Dawn has worked as a consultant for one of the world’s largest beauty retailers, and isn’t shy sharing her tips with her fans. Her natural recipe section will keep you busy, with hair care, skin care, nail care and more, you will be discovering uses for household items you once took for granted.

10. NoMoreDirtyLooks.com – A delightful duo, these two beauty experts know the truth behind misleading cosmetic labels. With regular public speaking gigs and media interviews, these ‘clean beauty experts,’ are happy to share their love for luxurious, responsibly-made, and effective cosmetics. If you love their blog, stop and buy their co-authored book, “No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics.”

11. Michelle Phan – Watch her exquisite tutorial videos and be inspired to try a new look. She’ll also teach you how to look good walking in heels while wearing a pore strip across your nose. Michelle knows beauty, but she also knows her share of fashion and loves to share trends and style tips.

12. BeautyHigh.com – Even the all-natural girls will find swoon-worthy reads on Beauty High. From seasonal trends to tips on natural styling, Beauty High has every girl in mind. With an ever-growing audience it’s no wonder their content is spreading globally, empowering women to achieve beauty more simply and more affordably.

13. Kat – She may be 20, but this girl knows her stuff! A self-taught makeup artist now attending cosmetology school, Kat will save you hundreds from the salon in teaching you how-to color your hair at home, and make your skin spa-worthy with reviews of her favorite products to use at home. Her site in still up-and-coming, but show her some support to keep her reviews and ideas coming.

14. Cara – This beautiful mommy has a love for all things beautiful, including showing women their true beauty. Allure’s beauty blogger of the year, Cara’s beauty index will keep you scrolling and scrolling…and scrolling. She also has wonderful hair tutorials and an incredible section of celebrity looks, where she successfully transforms her look in to dozens of your favorite celebrities.

15. TheVanity - If you don’t know your way around the beauty counter, browse the articles of ‘The Vanity,” and you’ll be a well-versed beauty product expert. She shares her personal beauty regime, personal product preferences, and her honest reviews on cost and quality. A great place for the unsure shopper, or those looking for an honest review before investing in the risk.

16. Natalie – Though she’s not a professional, Natalie knows her way through the beauty aisles. She’ll share what to buy, and what to save your money on from makeup to hair products. She encourages local shopping, where possible, but will help you find products you are sure to love.

17. Hannah – When she’s not busy studying law, Hannah likes to “hoard, stash, and collect,” beauty products. Her shopping is to our benefit because this girl can shop…and write! What started as a hobby has now turned into one of her biggest passions, and her content has expanded to include makeup tips and tricks, product reviews, nails, hair, and body care. Maybe she can be a beauty attorney, or at least she’ll look good in court.

18. Sarah – Sarah is on a series quest: to prove that makeup products should be affordable for every girl and she is going to show you how they can be. This budget-savvy college student loves to share her favorite deals and steals, from beauty secrets to trendy pieces at bargain prices.

19. Anne-Marie – Anne-Marie sees the face as an artistic canvas to highlight every woman’s unique qualities of beauty. She shares transformation photos of lucky ladies fortunate to be made over by her talent, along with the products she used to achieve the look. Learn the products and the tips to achieve the look you love from real, everyday women.

20. Betzy – Betzy shares her exciting daily life as a 20-year-old turned makeup PR personnel through her blog. With frequent inquiries to write reviews for products, she also finds frequent invitations in the mail to major cosmetic events. When she’s not doing makeover sessions, studying, or working, she’s updating her blog to share her expertise of all things beauty.

21. Christina – Christina admits that her makeup junkie ways started way back when she was 14 and her mom took her to a Clinique counter. Though she admits she could have bought a house with the money she’s spent on makeup and skincare, we’ll just say it was a good investment to her unquestionable knowledge of all things beauty. With an ever-growing blog audience, she now has several contributing writers that help her keep an honest look at celebrity looks, while offering humor and professional expertise.

22. Ashley Marie – This Etsy shop mama of two loves all things creative and homemade. Her passion lies in creating with her spunky daughter, and anything knit, drawn, painted, sewn, or mixed. She will share all of her mommy secrets, along with natural recipes for makeup remover and lip balm. If you’re not feeling crafty, click over to her Etsy site and support this stellar mom by buying her goods without having to make a mess of your own.

23. DIYMakeup.com – Visually stimulating is an understatement for this one. The beauty tutorials that could get you through a 3-day weekend with no distractions. There is definitely plenty here to freshen up your look if you’re feeling adventurous or creative. A beauty bible is something I’ve never seen on a site, with hair and nails to go right along with it.

24. Nicole – Nikki’s award page is almost as long as her blog scroll! This self-taught beauty addict splits her time between freelance makeup work and blogging. She shares her tips, tutorials, and product reviews to help you learn how to achieve the latest looks.

25. BeautyAndBlog.com – This site is for all things girly for the “BnB gal-pals,” as they so affectionately call their followers. They share all the tips and secrets to a thrifty makeover, as well as how to make your own luxurious face masks. If that doesn’t hook you, they also do frequent product giveaways to their loyal fans.

26. PearlsNHeels.com – Her blog is a fun spin on the makeup lovers palette. A graphic arts student, she hopes to land a career in makeup (of course) focusing on branding, packaging, and advertisement. In the meantime, she’ll share her splurge or save reviews on the expensive beauty products we all love, and teach you how to recreate magazine worthy looks.

27. DesiGirlsBeauty.com – A Journalist turned PR consultant, she started her blog for a place to write about what she loves. Written for desi girls, she shares her honest reviews on high-end to budget beauty products as the average consumer. She shares great photos to go along with her detailed descriptions of self-trials. Oh, and she does giveaways for her readers, and encourages them to join in the conversation.

28. AnIndiansMakeupMusings.com – Though she loves referring to herself as “Indian girl,” this blog is definitely not limited to its audience. Her blog combines her love for celebrity styles and fashion, to makeup trends and styles, and somewhere in-between her daily life and love for food. Stay on your toes and read along to follow this sweet and savory blog.

29. Amy Dillon – Born and raised in Dublin, Amy is no stranger to the beauty world. Her mom, dad, and grandmother are all hairdressers, and she developed a love for helping people feel confident and beautiful. An accomplished makeup artist, and painter, Amy shares her passion for art mostly via YouTube videos and tutorials on her blog.

30. Bailey Rose – As certified Makeup Artist, Skincare and Fragrance Specialist, Bailey has learned the ins and outs of the beauty industry. Her more recent venture includes discovering and promoting all-natural products, and her belief in their overall benefit for beauty and health. She’ll teach you the importance of natural and organic, and then help you choose the brand that is as environmentally friendly as beautifully effective.

31. Janine – An army wife from Germany, this South Carolina transport is a mommy that loves fashion, beauty, and blogging. She offers fabulous tutorials for looks that make you want to play dress up all day long. Enjoy her vast knowledge of beauty products and fashion, from Germany to the U.S.

32. DoTerraBlog.com – If you like the thrill of making your own products, this blog is absolutely heaven in website form. To name a few, hard-hand lotion, body butter, and baby wipes are more recent posts that make you want to scrap your store list and start rolling up your sleeves. Oh, did I mention it’s all natural based recipes with ingredients you probably already have in your home? You’re welcome.

33. Sunny – With over a decade of being vegan under her belt, Sunny is pretty well expert-status worthy of animal friendly products, including makeup. She hopes to break the stereotype of ‘stinky hippies,” and show the world that vegans can still be absolutely girly and have lots of fun, without the expense of animals suffering. She’ll educate you on makeup and skincare products that are animal-friendly, so you don’t have to do the research.

34. SimpleLifeMom.com – This mom’s quest to a “simple life,” is enough to make you re-evaluate yours. Inspired by a desire to simplify the ingredients her family eats, she has also taken a look at the effect our food choices have on allergies, and how we can use plants as medicine. Learn how to make your own soap, and educate yourself on the toxins that sneak into our everyday routines.

35. Penny – Penny shares how to live a rich life on minimum wage, because she’s done it. She’ll share budget saving tips you have never ever heard of to help you squeeze more out of every penny. She’s a homemaking-mom that knows how to make a dollar work for her.

36. Amy – Amy is one savvy-20-something, newlywed gal. She shares all things frugal, crafty, and tasty on this darling blog that will have you bookmarking ideas left and right. With a whole section on homemade makeup and sustainable living, you can’t resist trying one of her recipes.

37. Robin – Robin simplifies healthy living down to: eating real food, moving your body, and living toxic free. Not only is her approach simple, so are her recipes. Homemade mascara with four ingredients? Yep. Her site might tell you to thank your body, but I think we should thank her.

38. EcoEtsy.com – Eco Etsy is a sensational culmination of Etsy artists that have come together to dedicate themselves to reducing, reusing, and recycling. If that’s not admirable enough, they also share their secret recipes, like vegan mascara and vegan cake mascara, to their loyal readers. Read blogs from different artists that use different mediums and styles to inspire your next project, or just to learn how to reduce your carbon footprint.

39. TheGloss.com – Fashion, beauty, and feminism meet offbeat wit in a wildly successful culmination of talent in this blog. With a voice behind every article, and some pop-culture education, this blog isn’t for the lighthearted, or otherwise easily offended reader. Learn how to make your own makeup or read about the royal wedding. There’s plenty of content to get you lost in.

40. Nicole – A professional coffee drinker, Nicole’s biggest frustration is her interest in almost everything. Her readers don’t seem to mind, Nicole offers makeup tutorials and recipes to try at home that will keep dollars in your pocket and teach you how to covet smoother feet.

41. FashionIndie.com – Not for the slim wallet, fashion indie will definitely inspire your wardrobe and your next shopping trip. For the die-hard trendsetters, this site will keep your look together from head to toe. Categories to cover the most lavish lifestyle, don’t forget to stop by the giveaway tab to score some freebies.

42. Heather Crosby – Heather is dedicated to sharing the benefits of a plant-based diet and lifestyle with her readers. Honestly, she had me at blush made out of beets. How fantastic is that? Even better, double the recipe and make some lip gloss while you’re at it. Heather will leave you inspired to live a happier, healthier life.

43. Marie Rayma – Though she’s left her titanic fan site behind, her talent with graphics and design have inspired her to share her labor-intensive hobbies with her lucky readers. Marie has a true knack for all things thrifty and crafty. You can peruse her categories to pick out recipes for hair, body, skin, makeup, and soap. Tried and tested, she’ll share all her tutorials with her so you can make yours perfect the first try.

44. Jill – Jill openly shares her story of recovering from addiction as the path that guided her to her blog. She has certainly found her passion through her dedication to a healthier, happy lifestyle. She shares her recipes, projects, crafts, and (my favorite) her homemade solution section.

45. Emily – Emily is a health researcher and writer ready to teach us readers a thing or two about what we think we’re putting in our bodies. She focuses primarily on educating readers on “what to eat and what not to eat,” she also shares random tidbits of a hippie, and healthy, lifestyle to inspire your lifestyle too.

46. BodyUnburdened – A truly eye-opening blog, ‘Body Unburdened’ focuses on eliminating the toxins we put in our body everyday through environmental contact to the products we choose to use. Discover what products you may be using that are harming you and your body, and learn about healthy, non-toxic alternatives for a better peace of mind.

47. Tiffany – Tiffany is a real food mama that shares her journey through babies and learning a real food lifestyle. She focuses primarily on the use of coconuts, from oils to flours, and shares her recipes for delicious meals and healthy products. Shop her page to support her writing, and learn about the benefits of reading the ingredients.

48. Britanie Faith – Britanie is an organic and natural beauty advocate, green makeup artist, photographer, herbalist and health and wellness enthusiast. As if that doesn’t fill her day-to-day, she also regularly contributes to magazines such as Lucky and Organic Beauty Talk. She reviews products, and also shares how to make your own makeup, like homemade eyeliner using two ingredients.

Berry Bewitching Brew Fragrance Oil

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
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Both a Best Seller and an Natures Garden Original Fragrance, Berry Bewitching Brew Fragrance Oil is one scent your customers are going to love in your Halloween themed products.

Berry Bewitching Brew Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This sensational berry fragrance oil is sweet and strong without being overpowering!  Although Berry Bewitching Brew is a complex scent, you are still able to smell all of the individual notes as you whiff the fragrance.  This fruity scent is very addictive.  For our customers that already have this eye popping fragrance oil in their lines, responses show Berry Bewitching Brew as a HOT SELLER that their customers just LOVE!  In fact, one of our customers has said, “This is a great fragrance for anytime not just Halloween… You definitely have to try this one.” And, this fragrance oil has even been dubbed as “one of the best scent creations ever!”

What does Berry Bewitching Brew Smell Like?

A spooky, bubbly, Halloween treat!  Natures Garden’s Berry Bewitching Brew begins with top notes of peach, apricot, and blackberries; middle notes of mandarin, cinnamon, and rose; and nicely balanced with just a hint of woodsy musk.  You’ll toast to this one!

How Do Our Customers Use Berry Bewitching Brew Fragrance Oil?

For those of you that are candle crafters; our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy, ecosoya, para-soy blend, Palm, paraffin, and Joy wax candles.  The scent is amazingly strong in the cold and hot throw.  Some of our customers even make Halloween tarts with this fragrance oil.  The scent really travels and fragrances the whole home.  Berry Bewitching Brew is also used in electric burners.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance oil has endless possibilities.  The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5%, and is used to make:  shampoos, conditioners, sugar scrubs, melt and pour soaps, body butters, herbal infused lotions, shower gels, body splashes, and perfume oils just to name a few.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance received great reviews.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour. No ricing, no acceleration. A nice scent.  Discolors slightly after cure.

Giggles Fragrance Oil

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
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Giggles Fragrance Oil is a great scent that is perfect for spring and/or summer; or anytime you are looking for a fun and playful scent.

Giggles Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Giggles Fragrance Oil is a fun, light-hearted scent that will have you addicted to just getting in one more whiff.  This is one of the best scents in the childhood category to flood your mind with youthful memories of fun, happy, carefree times!  Plus, one of the best qualities of this fragrance oil is how long the scent stays in your products.

What does Giggles Smell Like?

When our perfumist presented this fragrance to us, we thought:  FUN, HAPPY, Full of ENERGY.  Natures Garden is happy to present Giggles fragrance.  This happy fragrance begins with top notes of clary sage, Italian lemon, and hints of bergamot; followed by middle notes of spicy carnation, and lily of the valley; with base notes of cedarwood, patchouli, and amber.

How Do Our Customers Use Giggles Fragrance Oil?

Giggles Fragrance Oil has been dubbed as “really packing a punch” for such a soft, playful scent.

For those of you that are candle crafters; our customers use this fragrance oil in their WOW, soy, pillar, paraffin blends, and Joy wax candles.  The scent is very strong in the hot and cold throw.  Giggles Fragrance Oil also works well with sachet beads for fun room scenting.

On the bath and body end, Giggles Fragrance Oil is well received and highly recommended.  The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5%, and is used to make:  Salt bars, melt and pour soaps, body sprays, body butters, spray lotions, bubble baths, shower gels, body splashes, lotions bars, and bubble bombs.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is one you don’t want to miss out on.   Here are the official results:  This fragrance does make you giggle. Effervescent and citrusy lime. Did not separate. Slight acceleration, no ricing.  Don’t discount water and do not insulate. Gels hot. No discoloration.