Posts Tagged ‘fragrance oils’

Candied Apple Scent

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

candied apple scentCandied Apple Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

A beloved treat for many, candy apples are always a crowd pleaser.  They not only have a truly unique visual appeal, but they also have another distinctive characteristic.  An unmistakable aroma delicately balanced between the sweetness of sugar and the crispness of juicy apple.  A delicious and delectable treat for over a hundred years, candy apples are always high in demand.  With Natures Gardens Candied Apple Scent, you are now able to scent your products with this well known and popular fragrance.  Working extremely well across the board, not only does this candied apple scent rank as a best seller for many of our customers, but they also recommend that you set aside some product and save it for yourself.

What does Candied Apple Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an irresistible blend of juicy apples, rounded out with notes of sweet plums and ripened strawberries; enhanced with a splash of lime, orange zests, with sharp green notes.  A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Candied Apple Fragrance Oil?

For the wonderful people who make candles or home scenting items; our customers use this candied apple scent in their soy waxes like 415 and 464, pillar of bliss wax, paraffin wax, parasoy blends, Joy wax, and J223 wax.  The scent throw with this fragrance is awesome in both hot and cold.  With a long lasting and strong aroma, candied apple scent also performs well in scenting incense, smelly jellies, hanging air fresheners, and reed diffusers.  In fact, some of our clients even use this oil in their electric oil burners, and absolutely love how their homes smell.

As for scenting bath and body products, this candied apple scent is a guaranteed hit!  The usage rate for this delicious scent is 5%.  It does contain a vanillin content of 1.2%, so vanilla white color stabilizer is recommended to help reduce discoloration in the finished product. This yummy fragrance is used to scent:  Body Butters, Lotions, Body Splashes, Melt and pour soaps, bath whips, shower gels, sugar scrubs, and bubble bars.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, you are going to love this scent.  Here are the official results:  Perfect pour.  No acceleration.  Scent sticks nicely.  Discolors to a tan color.

Bath Bomb Tips

Monday, June 30th, 2014

bath bomb tipsBath Bomb Tips

Recently, the creative team at Natures Garden has been working on various bath bomb/ bath fizzy recipes.  As with anything homemade it seems like there are endless possibilities.  Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Natures Garden carries over 800 fragrances, so it is totally viable to really achieve some super unique bath bomb concepts.

Needless to say, in our quest to discover new and interesting concepts within the realm of bath bombs; we stumbled upon amazing tips and interesting concepts.

For anyone that has never made a bath bomb, that oh so enjoyable fizz that the bath bomb gives off when added to water is produced by a reaction between the baking soda and the citric acid.  Once these two ingredients are met with water, fizzing ensues.

A bath bomb recipe broken down into percentages is largely dry ingredients, usually around 90-98%.  The other remaining 2-10% is liquids, whether that be distilled water, witch hazel,  skin loving oils or butters, colorants, fragrance; or a combination of them.  Depending on the amount of fizz that you are looking to attain in your bath bomb, the ratio of baking soda to citric acid is about 2 to 1.  That means that for every 454 grams of baking soda, you will add 227 grams of citric acid.

Generally, for our bath bomb recipes, we try to keep our dry ingredients around 95-98% of the total recipe.  This leaves a 2-5% liquid content.  We have found that this ratio does produce a drier bath bomb mixture to work with; but it also produces a bath bomb that is packed full of fizz.  When going this route, the key to remember is to spritz witch hazel into the ingredients only as needed to get the mixture to be a crumbly dough consistency.

When using a fillable ornament as a mold, spritzing both ends of the bath bomb with witch hazel before connecting allows just the right amount of reaction to occur in order to bind the two halves together.  There are also many bath bomb crafters that unmold their bath bombs and then spritz with witch hazel.  With this method, as the bath bomb dries, and the water portion of the witch hazel evaporates, a harder bath bomb is created.  This little tip comes in handy for both display ideas and shipping reasons.

As for when a bath bomb recipe calls for the addition of water, there is also a little trick of the trade that can be used.  Completing all of the bath bomb steps but withholding the addition of citric acid until the very end helps to reduce the amount of premature fizzing in the bowl.  The end result is still the same; a hard bath bomb.  However, since the citric acid is added after the liquids have already been introduced and incorporated into the mixture, only a very small amount of fizzy action occurs in the bowl; increasing that wonderful fizz for your bathtub.

 

For anyone that is interested in making bath bombs, or currently makes them; these little tricks do work.

Strong Scent

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

strong scent A wonderful, super strong scent!

Black Cherry Bomb Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

For the 800 plus fragrance oils that Natures Garden carries, Black Cherry Bomb Scent has long been a leader in many fragrance categories.  An aroma where the cherry is downright explosive, this strong scent is not only highly recommended by our customers, but also has rave reviews too.  In fact, our customers love and adore this strong scent; claiming it is a best seller in their products year round.  An intoxicating and full bodied cherry scent that is absolutely delicious, this strong scent is out of this world.  Considered “the best scent ever” in many reviews, this scent also works amazing as a mixer as well.

What does Black Cherry Bomb Smell Like?

This black cherry fragrance oil by Natures Garden will literally burn your nose hairs out..it’s so strong! A delightful cherry aroma that is not too sickening sweet.  A Best Seller!  An NG Original Fragrance!

How Do Our Customers Use Black Cherry Bomb Fragrance Oil?

For those of you that are home scenters or candle crafters; our customers use this strong scent in their paraffin, WOW, soy (415, 444, and 464), Ecosoya, and Joy wax candles.  And, the hot and cold scent throw is terrific, quickly filling even the largest of rooms.  Black Cherry Bomb fragrance oil is a keeper in many crafters lines.  Now, when it comes to home scenting means, this strong scent is amazing.  Working extremely well, Black Cherry Bomb Fragrance is used in incense, aroma beads, reed diffusers, potpourri, electric burners, odor eliminating sprays, and smelly jellies.

On the bath and body end of products, Black Cherry Bomb Fragrance is literally the bomb!  The usage rate for this strong scent is 5%.  A sweet and punchy aroma, this fragrance oil is used to scent: bubble bars, body sprays, bath bombs, sugar scrub cubes, whipped bath icing, melt and pour soap, body wash, creams, and lotions.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this scent rocks.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration.  Very Strong!  And, for those of you that are wondering about how this strong scent performs in HP.  It has “a wonderful cherry fragrance that stays strong.”

If you want to try an amazing recipe using this strong scent, please click on this link to view Natures Gardens Black Cherry Bath Bomb Recipe.

Bath Bomb

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

bath bomb recipeHello everyone, my name in Christian.

You are probably wondering where I came from.  Well, this summer in order to save for college in the fall; I am helping out my Aunt and Uncle at Natures Garden.

Recently for the first time, I was approached with a recipe challenge.  I had been asked to make a body product.  I have to admit that I was overwhelmed when I first looked at the recipe.  I had never made a bath bomb, so this was something completely new to me.

I glanced at the recipe and the steps, and then I reaffirmed myself that I could totally accomplish this.  The task at hand did seem excruciatingly daunting.  However, now I can admit that I actually found the process to be a lot easier than I had originally anticipated.

After finding all of the supplies and ingredients that were needed for the recipe, I cleaned up and sanitized my work area.  I was then officially ready to start the process.

In case you are wondering exactly which recipe I created, it was the Cotton Candy Bath Bombs.

Here are the supplies and ingredients that I used:
The Dry Ingredients:
Citric Acid , Corn Starch, Baking Soda, and Bentonite Clay Powder
The Wet Ingredients:
Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Oil, and Cotton Candy Fragrance Oil
As for the color:
Fun Soap Colorants:Neon Pink and Neon Blue
Other Items Needed:
Scale, 4 mixing bowls, witch hazel in a spray bottle, and 8 fillable acrylic ornaments.

And, here is what I did:

making bath bombs

First, in one of your mixing bowls, weigh out and add 292 grams of citric acid, 134 grams of cornstarch, 596 grams of baking soda, and 12 grams of bentonite clay.  Mix.  If you see any clumps, break them up.

 stirring the wet ingredients

Next, in another one of your mixing bowls, weigh out and add 6 grams of castor oil, 2 grams of sweet almond oil, and 40 drops of cotton candy fragrance oil.  Stir these liquids together to incorporate.

dispersing colorant

Now, in the last two remaining bowls, add 150 grams of the dry ingredients mixture to each one.  Then, to one  bowl add 4 grams of neon blue colorant.  To the other bowl add 4 grams of neon pink colorant.  Carefully disperse the color among the dry ingredients using your hands.  

drizzle the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients
In a drizzling manner pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.  Then, using your hands, mix the ingredients together.

crumbly dough consistency

Next, begin to lightly spritz the mixture with witch hazel.  Then stir.  Continue spritzing and stirring until the mixture feels like crumbly dough.

combining the colors
Now, add some of the blue and pink mixtures to the rest of the mixture.  Slightly rotate the mixture, then add more pink and blue.  Continue doing this until all of the colored mixtures are added.

pressing the halves together
Next, get your fillable ornaments and begin pressing the mixture into both halves.  Fill them firmly.  Once filled, spritz both halves with witch hazel, then quickly attach the halves together.

allow your bath bombs to set

Finally, allow your bath bombs to set.  Then, carefully remove them from the mold.

In the end, I found the bath bomb making process to be simple, straight-forward, and actually enjoyable.  I really appreciated the opportunity to watch chemistry at work first hand.  I enjoyed the way my finished bath bombs looked and now know how they are made and used in the real world.

Cream Soda Scent

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

cream soda scent Cream Soda Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Considered a keeper by many of our clientele, this much adored fragrance oil is the true cream soda scent.  If you have ever thought about adding a sweet, fizzy pop aroma to your homemade products, this is it!  According to our customers, this cream soda scent smells just like old fashioned cream soda.  Working perfectly in candles, home scenting mediums, and bath and body products, cream soda scent is as one of our customers states “yum-i-ilous”.

What does Cream Soda Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an old fashioned soda shop classic having all the bubbly notes frothing over the glass with the truly characteristic, caramelized sugar and vanilla cream aroma.

How do our customers use Cream Soda Fragrance Oil?

For any home scenters and candle crafters, Cream Soda Fragrance Oil is used in WOW wax, Joy wax, Pillar of Bliss wax, and Soy waxes like 464 and 415.  In fact, this cream soda scent works very well in soy wax and makes very aromatic tarts.  This bubbly and fun scent can also be used in reed diffusers and smelly jellies.  One of our customers even reports that this cream soda scent is “spectacular in electric burners.”

For any bath and body crafters, this cream soda scent is amazing in products and is a big seller.  The usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%.  It also contains a Vanillin Content of 7.7%, so Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is advised by our customers to stabilize discoloration in finished products.  The wide variety of homemade products that customers use this fragrance to scent with are: spray lotions, whipped body butters, bath bombs, creams, melt and pour soaps, shampoos, and bath gels.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, it is time to get very excited!  Here are the official results:  Perfect pour. No ricing, no acceleration. Creamy effervescence pops out when added to soap! Final discoloration to milk chocolate color. Nice and strong after cure. Phenomenal in cp!

Cancer Scents

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

cancer signCancer Scents

If there is one thing that Natures Garden knows besides fragrance oil, it is FUN!  So, earlier this year, we decided to present fragrance oil and fun together in a unique presentation as to how specific fragrance oils respond to different groups of people.  As for the official grouping, we selected to research the zodiac signs.  From there, the investigation started with finding which specific aromatic notes appealed to the personality traits of each specific sign.  And, this is where the FUN begins!

Today, it is officially that time again to change the zodiac sign!

Beginning June 22nd, the sign of Cancer tenaciously steps into their time to shine.  The entire staff at Natures Garden would like to be the first to cordially declare “Happy Birthday Cancer!”  And then affectionately welcome everyone to the comforting world of Cancer scents.

Cancers are considered people born between and including the dates of June 22nd and July 22nd.

We currently have one staff member working at Natures Garden that has the sign of Cancer.  Jenny in the order fulfillment department has a birth date of June 28th.  Fitting the Cancer mold to a tee, Jenny has incredible perseverance, is extremely dependable, and is very family oriented.  In fact, two of Jenny’s favorite past times are spending time with the family and researching genealogy.  A true nurturer, she is very quick to help others, and has the capability to make you feel very comfortable when you are around her.

Cancer- Caring, Responsive, Dependable, Devote

Symbol- the Crab

Sign- Water

Being protective, loving, and nurturing, this group of people are pillars in the family and friend units. Intuitive and imaginative, cancers also remain cautious and are prone to being emotional and private people.  Cancers feel most at home when they are adorning scents that make them feel comfortable.

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

Fruits: Cucumber, Melon

Florals: Jasmine, Tuberose, Heliotrope

Musks: Myrrh, Vanilla

Fragrance Oil and Scent Suggestions:

cancer scents

Cucumber and Melon Scent by Natures Garden

Melon Jasmine Scent by Natures Garden

Frankincense & Myrrh Scent by Natures Garden

Vanilla Silk Scent by Natures Garden

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

Energizing Aroma

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

energizing aromaMandarin Tiki Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This energizing aroma is filled with complex and captivating notes.  A perfect addition to your summer themed items, this fragrance oil is tropical perfection in a bottle.  Mandarin Tiki scent has an extraordinary capability to send your senses on vacation.  It is almost as if you can feel the warm sand between your toes.  This energizing aroma will have your creative minds soaring with new and unique concepts to scent.  In fact, many of our customers say not only is Mandarin Tiki selling out products at craft shows, but it is making for repeat customers as well.

What does Mandarin Tiki smell like?

A luxury spa fragrance oil by Natures Garden!  Imagine yourself lying in a hammock on the beach, while drinking a fresh Mai Tai.   A fresh and energizing aroma that stirs the senses and brightens the spirit with its crisp citrus essence;  Mandarin Tiki fragrance is an upscale, complex aroma of mandarin rind, red currants, strawberries, and blueberries;  with middle notes of watercress and palm leaves;  balanced with musky bottom notes.  A Best Seller!  An NG Original Fragrance! 

How do our customers use Mandarin Tiki Fragrance Oil?

This energizing aroma works fabulous in candles and home scenting mediums.  With the unique blend of citrus and berry, Mandarin Tiki Fragrance Oil really packs a punch in the air.  Having great throw both cold and hot, this energizing aroma permeates.  Used in an array of waxes like soy, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, and Pillar of Bliss, this scent is very strong.  In fact, many customers who use soy in their candles comment on the amazing smell in the finished product.  As for making your house smell good with this scent, Mandarin Tiki works very well for room freshening sprays, electric burners, aroma beads, and smelly jellies.

On the bath and body end of things, this energizing aroma is delicious!  The usage rate for Mandarin Tiki is 5%.  This complex fragrance is used to scent a variety of items including: sugar scrubs, solid lotion bars, bath bombs, foaming body butters, spray lotions, perfume oils, melt and pour soaps, body sprays, bubble baths, and balms.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this energizing aroma is very well behaved.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration,  no discoloration, a very nice scent.

Hair Gel Recipe

Friday, June 20th, 2014

hair gel recipe Hair Gel Recipe Using Flax Seed

Making homemade hair gel has been on the creative teams list for some time now.  However, now knowing how easy this recipe is to make, we are overcome with all of the possibilities that this simple hair gel recipe provides.  In fact, one of the best aspects of this natural hair gel recipe is that it can be customized specifically for your hair type.

The basic recipe has 4 ingredients.  They are flax seed, distilled water, optiphen, and fragrance.  That is it!  Although as mentioned earlier other additives can be introduced.   Some of these examples would include:

Epsom Salt can be added to your recipe to intensify curls
Honey can be added to increase your hair gels hold
Jojoba Oil or Shea Butter are two great ingredients to provide moisturizing elements to your gel
Slippery Elm Bark can be added to increase your gels slip

Through our research, we have found that there are 2 options when it comes to creating your very own hair gel.  What it breaks down to basically is soaking overnight vs. boil time.  By soaking your flax seed the night before you decrease the amount of cooking time the hair gel is on the stove top.  Soaking will also boost your gel output.

This hair gel recipe is perfect for wavy or curly hair.  Not only will this gel moisturize and help define the curls, but it will not leave your curls stiff or crunchy.

There are currently 3 different versions of the hair gel recipe available on Natures Gardens website.  They are Silky Hair Gel Recipe, Curl Pop Hair Gel Recipe, and Shea Butter Hair Gel Recipe.  Each one is very easy to make and the recipes do vary slightly.  Although each one of these recipes do call for a recommended fragrance oil for scent, you can use any body safe fragrance oil that Natures Garden carries.  Just check out the Recommended Fragrance Usage for Bath Oils, Soaps, and Bath Gels (IFRA category 4) for the percentage rate of usage (located under the fragrance oil description area).

So, if you are ready to give this really easy to make recipe a try, let’s get started!  Today we will be making 8 ounces of Curl Pop Hair Gel.

Here is the list of ingredients and supplies you will need:
Scale
Distilled Water
Flax Seed Whole
Glass Bowl
Mixing Spoon
Pot
Spatula
Epsom Salt
Knee High Pantyhose (brand new)
Thermometer
NG Biolage Matrix Type Fragrance Oil
OPTIPHEN – Preservative
Whisk
Funnel
8oz. Purple PET Bullet Bottle
Black Lotion Pumps 24/410

soaking the flax seed overnight
Step 1:
 Place your glass bowl onto your scale and tare out the weight.  Then, carefully weight out 43 grams of flax seed and tare out the weight again.  Next, to the bowl add 440 grams of distilled water.  Using your mixing spoon, give these two ingredients a quick stir.  Finally, cover the bowl and place it into the refrigerator overnight.

adding epsom salt to the flax seed mixture
Step 2:
 After your flax seed has soaked overnight, take the bowl out of the fridge.  Remove the cover.  Using your spatula, scrap all of the mixture into your pot.  Now, to the mixture weight out and add 3 grams of Epsom Salt.  Once added, place the pot on the stove top and set the heat to high.  Generously stir the mixture as it is heating.

heating up the flax seed gel

Step 3:  Once the mixture is at a consistent boil, reduce the heat to a medium setting.  Keep stirring the mixture.

flax seed suspended in the gel

Step 4:  Let the mixture cook for 5 minutes on the medium heat setting.  Remember to keep the mixture moving by stirring.  When you see the flax seed staying suspended in the mixture, remove the pot from the heat source and turn it off.

straining out the flax seed

Step 5:  Now, get a container and place your brand new pantyhose over the opening.  Carefully pour the gel into the hosiery.   Once the mixture is all there, immediately rinse out the pot (this will save you scrubbing time later).

natural flax seed hair gel

Step 6:  Caution the mixture is hot!  Now, apply pressure to the pantyhose to strain out as much gel as possible (if you use tongs, just be careful not to put a run in your pantyhose).  You will notice that you really have to apply force to get the gel out among all of the flax seed.  When finished, remove the pantyhose.

monitor your hair gel temperature

Step 7:  To make this step less messy, we transferred the gel back into the mixing bowl.  Temperature is very important to this step, so place your thermometer in your hair gel now.  Once the temperature of the gel reaches 120 degrees Fahrenheit, quickly add 3 grams of Optiphen and 13 grams of NG Biolage Matrix Type Fragrance Oil.

scenting and preserving your hair gel
Step 8:  Slowly and carefully, use your whisk to incorporate the fragrance oil and Optiphen into the gel.

bottle up the hair gel

Step 9:  Once the hair gel has cooled, place your funnel into your bottle, and fill.   Then,  lid with a pump.

Your Curl Pop hair gel is now ready to use.  Simply pump the gel into the palm of your hand and apply as you normally do.  You are going to love how great your hair smells and looks all day long!

 

Cucumber & Melons Scent

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

cucumber & melons scent Cucumber & Melons Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

A classic and favorite summertime aroma, Natures Gardens Cucumber & Melons Scent is a crowd pleaser.  Known for having the perfect harmony of cucumber and melon aroma; this fruity scent is bright, fresh, and clean.  This great girly scent is a classic, and many of Natures Gardens customers claim this cucumber & melons scent is a bestselling summertime aroma.  A delicious and juicy fragrance to scent your homemade products in; this well know aroma is exactly what people are looking for this time of year.

What does Cucumber & Melons Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is an aroma of sweet and sour cucumber and a deep green oily note with hints of violet, with a background of sweet, freshly sliced honeydew melon. A Best Seller!

How do our customers use Cucumber & Melons Fragrance Oil?

For candle creators or anyone that wants to make their house smell good; our customers use cucumber & melon scent in their soy waxes like 464, Joy wax, pillar of bliss, Palm wax, and WOW wax.  The scent throw of this cucumber & melon scent is amazing.  You can even smell the cucumber!  As for home scenting ideas; this juicy fragrance has been used to scent:  reed diffusers, oil burners, smelly jellies, and room refreshing sprays using odor eliminator.

On the bath and body end of products, cucumber & melons scent is always a top seller.  The usage rate for this fragrance oil is 4%.  This refreshing fragrance is used to scent:  melt and pour soaps, body sprays, whipped body butters, lotions, bath salts, creams, and body scrubs.  And, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this juicy and amazing scent allows plenty of time to play!  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, scent is awesome, fresh, clean, and crisp, a great addition to your cp line. No discoloration.

Fresh Apple Scent

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Fresh Apple ScentApple Orchard Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

With this fresh apple scent in the air, it will be as if you were visiting an apple orchard. Bursting with the crisp and unforgettable scent of just picked apples, Apple Orchard Fragrance Oil is perfect for anytime of the year.  This best selling fragrance is mouth watering and works extremely well in homemade products.  Simply adored by all apple lovers, many of Natures Gardens clientele feel this is the perfect apple scent that they have sought after.  Used straight or as a mixer, this fresh apple scent is considered a 5 star keeper!  If your customers are looking for a fresh and fruity scent that reminds them of the sun kissed days of summer, this fresh apple scent is it.

What does Apple Orchard Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a perfect combination of Cameo, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Fuji, and Granny Smith apples.  So refreshing, you will think someone just peeled a fresh apple in your house.  Now with an even stronger scent throw!  A Best Seller!

How do our customers use Apple Orchard Fragrance Oil?

For anyone who is a candle crafter or home scenter; this fresh apple scent is used in Soy, parasoy blends, paraffin, WOW, Palm, and Joy waxes.  This very aromatic scent is crisp, clean and has incredible hot and cold scent throw.  In fact, Apple Orchard Fragrance Oil was selected by our customers as one of the top soy candle scents based on performance!  As for home scenting ideas with this fresh apple scent, it also works amazingly well in electric warmers, reed diffusers, smelly jellies, and sachet beads.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is perfectly apple!  The usage rate for this fresh apple scent is 5%.  Apple Orchard Fragrance Oil is used to make an array of body products including: shower gel, solid lotion bars, bath bombs, sugar scrubs, lotions, melt and pour soaps, body sprays, foaming hand soap, and whipped body butters.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is crisp.  Here are the official results: Slight acceleration. Nice scent.  No discoloration.

If you are interested in a Natures Garden recipe using this fresh apple scent, please click on this link to view the Pure Soy Wax Candle recipe.