Posts Tagged ‘fragrance oils’

Home Party

Friday, July 18th, 2014

home party Home Party

A home party is a great way to increase the sales of your homemade products.  No matter what type of homemade product you make; whether it be candles, personal care items, or home scenting mediums, booking home parties will promote your products and your business.

This method of marketing works for several reasons.  By asking friends and family members to host a home party, you will have the opportunity to reach many potential clients.  When the hostess of the party asks friends and coworkers to attend their party, you have the perfect platform to sell your products.

What is a Home Party
Differing from the typical display stands, a home party allows you the opportunity for the attendees to actually try your product and ask questions.  If your homemade products focus on personal care items, a home party lets the attendees use the products and learn about all of their skin loving benefits.  If your focus is candles or home scenting mediums, you have the chance to have the items burning, or releasing the scent while you discuss the benefits of your products as opposed to store bought brands.  Regardless of what you are trying to market, a home party environment also allows a great opportunity to create specialized items; whether that is through scent or specific skin care needs.

Since the home party is set in someone’s home, it also promotes a comfortable, at home feel.  And, usually all of the attendees are already friends or acquaintances; so everyone feels at ease.  Due to this setting, you will find that the mood of the room will be fun and enjoyable.

As an ice breaker, or during the party, simple games can be played with small sample products given out to the winners.  This is also a great opportunity to get your brand out there again.  Everybody likes freebies, so planning games with your products as the prizes is a win/win situation for everyone involved.

Now, besides the direct sales that will occur at a home party, there are also sales leads.  Since you are marketing your product to the attendees, they are able to learn about all of the benefits your items carry.  They will be able to see, feel, smell, and hear why your products are superior.  The attendees will also know and understand your passion as to why your products are worth buying.  This opens the door to the possibility of attaining more home parties by allowing the opportunity for each one of the attendees to host their very own party.

A Token of Gratitude for the Hostess
Generally, the hostess of a home party always receives a gift (one of your products) just for hosting the party.  To sweeten the deal, many people choose to allow the hostess of the party to also receive 10% of the total sales from the party in free merchandise.  Not only does this help to encourage sales, but it also is a wonderful way to thank the hostess for allowing you into their home.  These are great incentives for other attendees to also want to host a home party for themselves.

What to Bring
Besides bringing your products, samples to try, product prizes, order forms, and writing utensils, make sure you remember business cards or flyers.  You want to make sure that each one of the attendees knows how to get a hold of you if they change their minds about hosting a party, what to add to their order, or need to reorder.  To help encourage future sales from these business cards or flyers, you may want to include a 5% discount on their next order.

Home Parties are a wonderful way to let everyone know how amazing your products are.  They will increase your sales, and make for potential repeat buyers.  If you are nervous about booking your first home party, ask a close relative to be the hostess.  This way you will be surrounded by loved ones and you will feel more comfortable.  This will also allow your family to help you master your marketing technique.

Just remember to make the home parties fun and memorable for everyone who attends.  Click Here for specifics on how Deborah Ward of Natures Garden used to conduct her Home Parties (when she used to sell ready made candles).

Green Scent

Friday, July 18th, 2014

green scent Bamboo Hemp Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Bamboo Hemp is a very green scent.  It seems that many of our customers cannot get enough of the fresh and clean aroma of this green scent in products.  Absolutely adored by both men and women of all ages, bamboo hemp is quickly becoming many households’ family favorite fragrance.  Being a huge win in both the categories of spa and green scents, bamboo hemp does not disappoint.  With it soothing, sweet, and relaxing aroma, this unique fragrance is botanical and very Zen like.  A sophisticated fresh and green scent that is elegant, this delightful aroma comes highly recommended by our customers for all applications.  If you are looking for an earthy fragrance with a crisp airy scent, Bamboo Hemp fragrance is what you need!

What does Bamboo Hemp Smell Like? 

Join the GREEN MOVEMENT with Natures Garden’s Bamboo Hemp fragrance oil!  An incredibly well-balanced blend of bamboo stalks, vetiver, and patchouli, with undertones of hemp seed and oakmoss.

How Do Our Customers Use Bamboo Hemp Fragrance Oil?

For those of you who are candle crafters, this green scent smells amazingly clean.  With reviews showing strong scent throw in many various waxes, Bamboo Hemp is a huge hit.  Working well for Soy, WOW, Pillar of Bliss, Palm Pillar and Container, and Joy wax; this green scent aroma is refreshing and clean.   Now, for those of you who are home scenters, Bamboo Hemp is a keeper.  Another green scent that will fill your home with the crisp scent of nature, this fragrance is perfect for anytime of the year.  The home scenting products that this green scent has been used to make are: incense, room refreshing sprays, oil burners, smelly jellies, hanging closet deodorizers, and reed diffusers.

For bath and body crafters, this green scent is the perfect fragrance for any spa product lines.  With an amazing combination of fresh, earthy, and crisp aromas, this relaxing scent is unisex.  The usage rate for Bamboo Hemp Fragrance oil is 5% and it does contain a .33% vanillin content.  Therefore, vanilla white color stabilizer is recommended to offset discoloration in your finished products.  This fabulously green scent is used to make: lotions, massage creams, body butters, melt and pour soaps, salt bars, sugar scrubs, bath salts, shower gels, body sprays, roll-on perfumes, bath bombs, and shampoos.  According to our customers, this green scent is a keeper!  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this relaxing fragrance is a winner.  Here are the official results:  No ricing, slight acceleration, stick blend and soap at cooler temps. Discolors to a cream color.  Very well liked, especially by males.  Fresh and clean.

Homemade Gifts

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

homemade gifts Homemade Gifts

Finding the perfect gift for loved ones can sometimes be a struggle.  To celebrate special occasions and milestones in life, you want to give a gift that means something exceptional.  Regardless of whether the gift is for the holidays, a birthday party, life accomplishment,  or even just to let someone know how special they are; purchasing or making a homemade gift is the route to go.

When it comes down to it, homemade gifts are unique, specialized, and memorable.  Whether you choose to purchase a homemade product, or try your hand at making one yourself, you know that there will be no other present quite like yours.  And, the recipient of the gift will absolutely adore the sentimental aspect of the time and effort that you took to make them feel special.

Since homemade gifts are literally made from scratch, they can be specified to exactly what you know the persons likes are.  Whether that be accomplished through the special skin loving ingredients that you can use in body products, the fragrance oil that scents your beautiful homemade gift, or the look of your finished product; you have the capability to capture someone’s specific likes and turn it into the perfect gift.

Putting in that little extra thought and care is what makes homemade gifts memorable and heartfelt.  Showing someone just how special they are to you means all the world to them.  And, since homemade gifts are not only special to the person that receives them, but also to the person who makes it, a homemade gift shows just how much the person is appreciated and loved.

Now, when it comes to creating a homemade gift there is an array of avenues you can choose from.  Maybe you will choose to make the persons favorite home cooked meal or dessert.  Or, you can create a scrapbook highlighting their journey-past and present.  And, there is always the option of making a basket of bath and body products all scented in their favorite smell.  In fact, the same kind of basket can even be made with tarts, candles, and home scenting supplies; guaranteeing that the person’s house will be filled with the most wonderful of aromas.

If you would like to go the route of creating a homemade gift of bath and body products, or candles and tarts, Natures Garden has all of the supplies that you will need.  They even have free recipes that you can use with step by step instructions as to how to make the items.  With over 800 different fragrances available, you will be able to find the perfect scent that will truly appeal to the person you are making the gift for.

With a homemade gift, you have the capability to show someone just how much they mean to you.  Homemade gifts are heartfelt, personalized, and impressive.  So, for the next party or holiday, let someone know just how special they are !

Apple Pie Scent

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

apple pie scent Apple Pie Fragrance Oil (Our Old Version) - Fragrance Oil Spotlight

There is nothing like the scent of apple pie.  A true American classic, Apple Pie scent is the aroma of fresh crisp apple intermingled with warm and mouthwatering spices.  This delicious scent in products is a big seller too.  This apple pie scent is fantastic for lovers of food type fragrances, or anyone who just enjoys an all around good apple aroma.  According to our clientele this great dessert scent is addictive, and they find their clients always craving more.  This strong and delicious scent is a wonderful addition to any product line and makes for truly yummy and scrumptious smelling homemade products.

What does Apple Pie Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is one that although we have had many apple scents to choose from, this apple pie has been with us since we started making candles.  This scent is not the same as our Hot Baked Apple Scent, as this one has more of a cinnamon “kick” to it.

How Do Our Customers Use Apple Pie Fragrance Oil?

For those of you that are candle crafters, this scent comes highly recommended!  A perfect apple pie scent for anyone looking to add bakery type scents to their line; Apple Pie Fragrance Oil smells just like apple pie fresh out of the oven.  Our customers use this apple pie scent in their soy, WOW, Pillar of Bliss, Joy, and paraffin waxes.  With an all around amazing scent throw, this fragrance is wonderful in both the hot and cold throw.  As for home scenting ideas to make your house smell good, this apple pie scent works phenomenally well in tart and oil burners, smelly jellies, liquid potpourris, sachet beads, room sprays, and reed diffusers.

For the bath and body crafters, this delicious apple pie scent is so realistic you can even smell the crust.  The usage rate for this fragrance is 1% in bath oils, soaps, and bath gels; and carries a .5% usage rate for lotions and perfumes.  Apple Pie Fragrance Oil also has a .5% vanillin content, so vanilla white color stabilizer is highly suggested to help stabilize discoloration in finished products.  This mouthwatering fragrance can be used to scent: body scrubs, body butters, perfumes, bath bombs, melt and pour soaps, salt bars, lotions, whipped body butters, and foaming hand soaps.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is great.  Here are the official testing results:  Very slight acceleration.  No separation.  Discolors to a tan color.  Yummy scent!

If you are interested in using this apple pie scent in a candle recipe, please click on this link to view Natures Gardens Independence Day Candle Recipe.

Pretty Scent

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

pretty scent Glitter Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Glitter Fragrance is one lovely and pretty scent.  Absolutely adored by many of our female clients, this strong yet feminine scent stands out as an NG original fragrance.  With quite the impressive list of uses for this floral and musk combination, Glitter scent ranks highly when it comes to finding that pretty scent for any feminine line.  With a perfectly fitting description, this pretty scent was actually inspired by a wonderful and beautiful woman; inside and out, Afshan.

What does Glitter Smell Like?

Natures Gardens Glitter Fragrance is a feminine, yet confident and alluring aroma combining sheer floral notes of iris, jasmine, water lily, orchid, and white rose, with clean, fresh top notes of neroili and pink grapefruit blossoms and sexy bottom notes of sandalwood, soft musk, and tonka bean.

How Do Our Customers Use Glitter Fragrance Oil?

For those of you that are candle crafters or home scenters; our customers use this pretty scent in their soy wax, Joy wax, paraffin wax, pillar of bliss wax, and WOW wax.  As a scented candle, Glitter Fragrance has great scent throw; both hot and cold.  And, when it comes to making your house smell good, this pretty scent is used in potpourri burners, incense, reed diffusers, aroma beads, and room sprays.

For the bath and body crafters, the usage rate for this pretty scent is 5%.  With what seems to be an endless list of bath and body possibilities, Glitter fragrance oil is used to scent many products like:  lotions, bubble baths, melt and pour soaps, shampoos, body butters, perfumes, body creams, bath bombs, conditioners, bath melts, and body sprays.  And, this pretty scent is also a perfect candidate for the addition of cosmetic glitter to your homemade items.  Finally, if you are a cold process soaper, this pretty scent is well worth the effort.  Here are the official results: Moderate ricing, some acceleration, do not use a water discount, add fragrance oil at light trace, stick blend quickly, then pour.  Beautiful scent.  No discoloration.

If this pretty scent has peaked your interest; Natures Garden has a wonderful Shimmer Gel Potpourri Recipe which you can view by clicking on this link.

Bath Bomb Shapes

Monday, July 14th, 2014

bath bomb shapesBath Bombs are typically known for traditionally being in a ball like shape.  But, the bath bomb shape does not have an effect on what bath bombs are known for.

The combination of baking soda and citric acid when in a dry environment are just that; baking soda and citric acid.  However, when these two elements are put together, and then placed into water a reaction occurs.  As this bicarbonate base and weak acid are dissolved in the water, they start to fizz and fizz and fizz.  This fizzing action is actually carbon dioxide.  As the bath bomb dissolves and the carbon dioxide releases into the water, any bather feels a light tickling sensation on their skin.  Hence the well known attribute that bath bombs are known for.

When it comes to the bath bomb shapes, the world can be your oyster.  There are already many varying elements that you can change to make your bath bombs unique.  Whether you choose to do this through scent, color, skin loving oil, or herb addition; the possibilities are endless.

Bath bomb shapes are just as limitless as the other unique qualities you can give your bath bombs.  In fact, you can even make your bath bomb mixture in loose scoop form allowing the overall design of your bath bomb package to really sell the concept.  As for shaped bath bombs, there are tons of molds you can use.

The creative team at Natures Garden has created various bath bomb recipes that produce bath bomb shapes other than balls.  Through the use of  silicone molds, ice cream scoopers, hard plastics (such as fillable ornaments), wax paper, and even your hands, these bath bomb recipes create truly unique bath bombs.

If you are interested in making some bath bomb shapes that will turn some heads here are a few recipes you can try.  These recipes as well as others can all be found on Natures Gardens website under the free recipes and classes link; which you can view by clicking on this link.  All of the supplies needed to make these bath bombs can also be purchased at Natures Garden.

Silicone Mold Bath Bomb Shapes:
Chocolate Dipped Bath Fizzies Recipe
Gingersnap Cookies Bath Bomb Recipe
Mothers Day Bath Bomb Recipe

Hard Plastic Bath Bomb Shapes:
Christmas Tree Bath Bomb Recipe
Easter Egg Bath Fizzes Recipe

Ice Cream Scoop Bath Bomb Shapes:
Rainbow Sherbet Bath Fizzies Recipe 
Superman Bath Fizzies Recipe

Hand Formed/ Wax Paper Bath Bomb Shapes:
Hatching Dinosaur Egg Bath Bombs Recipe
Raspberry Zinger Bath Fizzies Recipe

Loose/ Scoopable Bath Bomb Shapes:
Fairy Dust Fizzy Bath Recipe
Fizzy Milk Bath Recipe
Lavender Fizzy Bath Recipe
Snake in the Grass Bath Fizzie Recipe

Enjoy the journey of new bath bomb shapes!

 

 

Pineapple Scent

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

pineapple scent Iced Pineapple Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

When it comes to fruity and tropical aromas, this pineapple scent is a must have.  In fact, not only does this fragrance oil work well on its own in products, but it also makes a wonderful mixing scent as well.  A truly sweet and succulent fragrance, this pineapple scent smells identical to freshly cut pineapple.  With outstanding reviews in everything from cold process soap to soy wax and aroma beads, this pineapple scent is a must have in your tropical scent line.

What does Iced Pineapple Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the aroma of ripened fresh cut pineapples with an ozony green top note.  

How do our customers use Iced Pineapple Fragrance Oil?

For those of you out there that are home scenters or candle crafters, this pineapple scent is the real deal.  Iced Pineapple Fragrance Oil has been used to create candles with various waxes including:  gel wax, soy wax 415, Joy wax, WOW wax, pillar of bliss, and Palm Container wax.  This very sweet scent also has incredible hot and cold scent throw.  And, as for home scenting ideas with this fresh pineapple scent, it also works amazingly well in electric oil burners, refreshing room sprays, smelly jellies, and sachet beads.

As for the bath and body crafters, this fragrance is just the pineapple scent you have been looking for!  The usage rate for this fresh and sweet summer scent is 5% and it also contains a .6% vanillin content so Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is recommended to offset discoloration in your finished products.  Iced Pineapple Fragrance Oil is used to make quite the variety of body products including: melt and pour soaps, shower gels, bath fizzies, solid lotion bars, foaming sugar scrubs, lotions, body sprays, and whipped body butters.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is addicting.  Here are the official results:  A definite new favorite.  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  No separation or oil sweat.  No discoloration.

If you are interested in a Natures Garden recipe using this fresh pineapple scent, please click on this link to view the Organza Air Freshening Beads recipe.

Bath Fizzy Recipe

Monday, July 7th, 2014

unique bath fizzy recipeRaspberry Zinger Bath Fizzies Recipe

This blog post is going to show you the step by step instruction to make your very own Raspberry Zinger Bath Fizzes.

Unlike the typical bath fizzy, this recipe does not require a mold.  Instead, you will be using a piece of wax paper to achieve the shape.

Another unique aspect to this recipe is the addition of shredded goats milk melt and pour soap.  In order for your raspberry zinger bath fizzy to truly have the appeal of the real tasty treat, the shredded soap is used to resemble coconut shavings.

Before we get started, there is another key point that should be noted.  For this specific recipe, timing is everything.  Through the creative teams various testing of this recipe, we were able to pinpoint an exact time line.  We found that if the roll does not sit wrapped long enough, the layers do not adhere to themselves.  After unwrapping the roll, you must allow it to be exposed to the air to harden slightly before slicing.  By slicing the roll too early, you will have bath fizzy slices that are prone to deep cracks and crumbly edges.  But, don’t worry, the exact timeline will be explained in the steps.

So, now that you have a little background on this project; let’s get started!

All of the ingredients listed below can be found at Natures Garden:
Raspberry Zinger Fragrance Oil 
GOAT’S MILK Melt and Pour SOAP
Baking Soda
Citric Acid 
Arrowroot Powder
Dead Sea Salt
COCONUT Oil-76
FUN Soap Colorant- Tomato Red 1 oz.
FUN Soap Colorant- Deep Purple 1 oz.
FUN Soap Colorant- Yellow Oxide 1 oz.

You will also need the following supplies:
Scale
Cheese Grater
Wax Paper
Distilled Water
Mixing Bowls (3)
Spatula
Disposable Plate

So now that you have everything that you need, here are the steps:

finely grate the white mp soap

Step 1:  Place your work gloves on.  Then, weigh out 55 grams of Goats Milk Melt and Pour Soap.  Take the soap chunks and finely grate them using a cheese grater.  Once all of the soap has been grated, place it on a disposable plate and set aside.

soft pliable mixture

Step 2:  Next, in one of your mixing bowls, weigh out and place the 300 grams of baking soda, 70 grams of arrowroot powder, and 32 grams of dead sea salt.  It this mixture, weigh out and add the 42 grams of coconut oil 76.  You want the coconut oil 76 to be at room temperature form.  Now, using your hands start to combine the mixture.  As you work the coconut oil among the dry ingredients, make sure to break up any chunks.  Keep combining until the mixture is very similar to a cookie dough or play dough, soft yet stays together.  Set aside.

drizzling

Step 3:  In one of your other mixing bowls, weigh out and place the 23 grams of distilled water and 2 grams of Raspberry Zinger fragrance oil.  Then, using a spatula, drizzle these wet ingredients over your other mixture.

bath fizzy mixture

Step 4:  With your hands, begin folding the mixture together. Once incorporated, weigh out and add the 150 grams of citric acid.  As you are mixing this in, break up any clumps.  Once again work the mixture until you have a cookie dough or play dough consistency.

preparing your layers

Step 5:  Breaking the Mixture Up:  In another mixing bowl, weigh out and place 95 grams of the bath fizzy mix.  To the emptied wet ingredients bowl, weigh out and add 200 grams of the bath fizzy mixture.  To this bowl, add 3 drops of Fun Soap Colorant Yellow Oxide.  Mix well to incorporate.  Once evenly colored, form the fizzy mixture into a ball.  In the remaining bowl, weigh out and place 1 gram of Fun Soap Colorant Tomato Red and 3 drops Fun Soap Colorant Deep Purple.  Once again using your hands incorporate.  When uniformly colored, form another ball with the mixture.

layering your zinger bath fizzy

Step 6:  Next, lay out a piece of wax paper.  Starting with the pink ball, flatten the mixture out into a rectangular shape.  Then, repeat the same action with the yellow ball.  Once the yellow fizzy mixture is flattened, carefully place the yellow layer on top of the pink one.  Finally, take the white fizzy mixture and sprinkle it through the center of the yellow layer.

wrapping your bath fizzy

Step 7:  For this step, you will be using the wax paper to roll the bath fizzy together.  As you are rolling the mixture, remember to keep removing the wax paper away from the mixture so it does not get wrapped into your bath fizzy.  Once you have the pink layer completely around the outside of the mixture, continue rolling to seal the fizzy mixture within the wax paper.  Allow this to set for 10 minutes.

placing the grated soap

Step 8:  After the bath fizzy has set for 10 minutes, carefully open the wax paper.  Next, with part of the wax paper laying out flat, sprinkle the grated soap onto the wax paper.  Once again in the same manner, roll the bath mixture making sure to move the wax paper as the mixture rolls.  This will allow the bath fizzy to adhere to the soap.  Continue rolling until the mixture is completely sealed in the wax paper again.  Allow to set for another 30 minutes.

expose your bath fizzy to air
Step 9:  
After 30 minutes, completely remove the bath fizzy from the wax paper.  Allow the fizzy to be exposed to the air for at least 1 hour now.

slicing your fizzy

Step 10:  Finally, use a knife to cut the slices.  Further allow the fizzies to harden and dry overnight.

That is it, your Raspberry Zinger Bath Fizzies are now ready to use.

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

Luxurious Scent

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

luxurious scent Luxurious Scent

Carpi Olivo Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

One whiff of this luxurious scent, and it will be as if you were at the Mediterranean Sea.  With just the right amount of extravagance, sultriness, and a touch of sexy; the aromatic combination of this luxurious scent is very unique.  With the many of the customer reviews saying that Capri Olivo is the “perfect spa scent”, this fragrance is highly recommended.  In fact, working fabulously well in everything from air fresheners, to bath bombs, to soaps, and candles; this luxurious scent is strong and long lasting.

What does Capri Olivo Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a Luxury Spa fragrance!  Wisk away to Capri Island; a breath-taking paradise overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.  Your mind will embrace this cultural encounter, while your soul attains pure harmony.  Capri Olivo is a culturally complex aroma of tart Japanese grapefruit, Fresh Osmanthus (Sweet Olive), and dew-covered watercress;  followed by middle notes of rose, jasmine, and cassis.  To create subtle ecstasy, Capri Olivo sits on a dry down of fresh amber and myrrh.  An NG Original Fragrance!

How Do Our Customers Use Capri Olivo Fragrance Oil?

For anyone that is seeking that perfectly fresh and intoxicating scent, Capri Olivo should be your front runner.  This luxurious scent has been used to fragrance the following waxes: Soy, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, and Palm Pillar.  This fragrance is very strong and has no problems with scent throw (hot or cold).  One candle maker even commented that the scent of Capri Olivo filled their home in no time!  As for other home scenting mediums, this luxurious scent works very well in: electric oil burners, aroma beads, smelly jellies, incense, and car freshening sprays.

On the bath and body end of things, this luxurious scent is perfection at its finest.  With a usage rate of 5%, this  amazing fragrance is used to scent: bath bombs, melt and pour soaps, whipped body butters, foaming body butters, solid lotion bars, sugar scrubs, spray lotions, roll on perfumes, bath gels, and shampoos.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is bliss.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration.  Excellent spa scent.

Hair Care

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

hair careHair Care

Sometimes we put our hair through the ringer.  Whether it is daily blow drying, curling, scrunching, or straightening, the sacrifice for beauty is understandable.  Our hair however, pays the price.

Just like our skin, hair too must also be shown some love and pampering.  One of the best ways to nourish your hair is to use conditioning oils that promote healthiness.  This can easily be done by making your own hair care products.  In fact, one of the most appealing aspects to creating your own products is the control you have.  Not only are you able to select how your hair care product is going to smell, but you can also select which ingredients you would like to include.  Hand selecting the various components of your recipe allows you to cater your hair care products to the exact specifics that you are looking for.

Just like the varying categories of skin types, there are also different hair types as well.  There really is quite a variety of hair types including: normal, curly, wavy, straight, oily, dry, and even hair that is prone to frizz.  But, regardless of which hair type you are creating a product for, it is also important to mention that many of these oils will also have tons of nourishing factors to them too.

Natures Garden does have some homemade hair care product recipes available on their website.  These recipes would include several hair conditioner recipes, a cold process shampoo bar, as well as a few hair gel recipes too.  If you are interested in viewing any of these recipes, please click on this link.

Currently, the creative team at Natures Garden is researching various natural hair care ingredients.  This information will be presented through the extension of the recipes for the Hair care section, as well as the classes section of the website.  There are still many avenues of hair care products that are still left to be explored.  However, in the mean time; if you are interested in making your own hair care product recipes, this blog post will review some of the best hair care ingredients for conditioning your hair.

The oils listed below should be used at least 2 hours before shampooing.  If you are applying the oils straight, it must be worked into dry hair and allowed to set.  When you are ready to shampoo your hair, make sure all of the oil is completely washed out.  Because these oils are considered to be heavy, if not effectively removed, your hair may appear greasy when dry.

Oils that are high in fats:
Including oils that are high in fats in your recipe will be very nourishing for your hair.  For obvious reasons, you will want to select an oil that also absorbs easily into your hair.  These quickly absorbing, high in fat oils even nourish your hair strands from the inside out adding both moisture and strength to each one.

Some great examples of high fat oils to include in your homemade hair care items would be:
Argan Oil-This quickly absorbing oil naturally hydrates your hair.  Rich in antioxidants, this oil is also a natural source of vitamin e, making it a great addition for treating dry or damaged hair.  And, when dealing with those dreaded split ends, argan oil is ready to battle.  It contains a plentiful amount of Omega 3 (rich in 9 fatty acids) assisting in the mending of split ends in your hair.

Avocado Oil-  Containing an extremely high amount of monounsaturated fatty acids, avocado oil has the ability to permeate the strands of your hair, providing additional moisture.  It’s high content in vitamins A, D, & E help to keep your hair both healthy and shiny.  As a detangling element, the addition of this oil in your hair care products creates a remarkable glide without a greasy look or feel.

Castor Oil-  Besides being packed full of vital nutrients for your hair including vitamin E, minerals, and proteins; castor oil also includes both antibacterial and antifungal properties.  Sincecastor oil is a humectant, it attracts moisture to your hair; leaving the hair moisturized with the added bonus of a rich, darker hair color.  But, not only does this oil rejuvenate the hair; it can also help to stimulate growth.   Containing Ricinoleic acid which encourages circulation to the scalp, and omega-6 fatty acids which promote the growth of healthy hair, using castor oil in your hair care products will allow your hair to be gorgeous and healthy.

Coconut Oil 76-  This all around wonderful oil is awesome for maintaining a healthy head of hair.  However, if you are seeking to repair hair stands that have been heat damaged, or you notice your hair is dry, coconut oil 76 can help you out too.  Since the molecular structure of this particular oil allows for ideal penetration in each strand, what results after shampooing is a head of hair that is super soft, full bodied, and unbelievably manageable.  Containing lauric acid, capric acid, and vitamin e; coconut oil 76 revamps your hair and prevents future damage.  As an added bonus, using coconut oil 76 will also halt tangles. 

Like mentioned earlier, using any one of these oils or a combination of them will repair, revive, and maintain a healthy head of hair.  In a future blog post, we will be discussing light oils for hair care products and their beneficial elements.