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Mar
31

Citronella Fragrance Oil

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Citronella Fragrance OilCitronella Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Summertime is almost here, the time of year that we all want to be outside soaking up some warm sunshine.   We all love the gorgeous weather.  Maybe you are having a cookout, bonfire, camping, or just enjoying a peaceful night relaxing on the porch swing .  Then, out of nowhere those pesky mosquitoes come along to ruin your good time.  When the weather gets warm these party crashers come out in droves!  Well, Nature’s Garden has the perfect solution, Citronella Fragrance Oil!  You can put it in a candle, lotion, or even a body spray.  Our citronella scent will be a great addition to any of you homemade craft recipes.

What Does Citronella Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is reminiscent of a wild Indonesian Herb used to keep bugs away.

Top Notes:  chamomile
Mid Notes: citronella, rose, jasmine, lily
Base Notes: pine

How Do Our Customers Use Citronella Fragrance Oil?

There are a variety of craft recipes that can be created using our citronella scent.  First, many of our customers use Citronella Fragrance Oil in their homemade lotions, creams and body sprays.  Our maximum recommended usage rate for these type of products is 5%.  Room scenters can use up to 50% in homemade potpourri, reed diffusers, oil burners, and incense projects.  Of course, strongly scented aroma beads can also be created.

Candle crafters can add up to 10% of our Citronella Fragrance Oil in their homemade candle or wax tart recipes when using a paraffin wax or vegetable wax.  If you would like to color your candles or homemade tarts we suggest dying it green.  You can use two drops of green Spectrum Liquid Candle dye per four pounds.   If color blocks are more up your alley,  you can shred a small amount of a green color block into your melted wax.  Since we are often asked about using crayons as a candle colorant, crayons should not be used as a replacement for candle dyes in your candles.  They will clog your wick.  Gel wax is not compatible with our straight citronella scent.  However, if you are wanting to make a citronella candle using get wax, try our Lime Citronella Fragrance Oil.

Those making soap can use this citronella fragrance oil at a maximum recommendation of 5% to create wonderfully scented handcrafted soaps.  It can be used in cold process soap, hot process, or melt and pour soaps.  Our cold process soap testing results for this citronella scent found no ricing, no acceleration, no separation, and no discoloration after cure.  It maintains a good scent retention.  When making other other bath and body products such as bath oils, bath bombs, and bath gels, we have found our Citronella Fragrance Oil works great when using a maximum recommendation of 5% fragrance oil.  To color body products we recommend that you use green soap colorant in the amount to achieve the shade that satisfies you. Never use candle dye in any body products.

 

Citronella Soy Wax Candle Recipe

How have we at Nature’s Garden used our Citronella Fragrance Oil?  We have created this soy candle recipe just for you!  When you are ready to get started, here is our simple and free Citronella Soy Wax Candle Recipe to help repel those bothersome mosquitoes.

 

Feb
10

China Rain Fragrance

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China Rain FragranceChina Rain Fragrance– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

China Rain Fragrance Oil by Nature’s Garden is a very refreshing and clean scent.  This strong aroma will remind you of  warm spring showers. It seems that many of our customers cannot get enough of the fresh air aroma in their homemade candles and bath and body products.  This is a best-selling fragrance that is loved and adored by both women and girls, china rain is quickly becoming many of our customer’s favorite fragrance.  It has been a winning aroma in both the categories of spa and green scents, China Rain scent does not disappoint.  It has a calming, sweet, and relaxing aroma, this spa fragrance is a perfect.  A fabulous fresh and green scent that is elegant, this wonderful aroma has been highly recommended by our customers for all homemade craft projects.  If you are looking for strong spa like fragrance with a crisp airy scent, China Rain fragrance is what you need!

What does China Rain Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden was highly requested! A truly refreshing, clean aroma with top notes of fresh rose petals, middle notes of wisteria and cyclamen, bottom notes of sandalwood and vanilla.  A Best Seller!

How do our customers use China Rain Fragrance Oil?

For homemade candle crafts and homemade room scenting projects this relaxing scent is a huge hit.  Our customers use this fresh fragrance oil in their homemade candles using PIllar of Bliss wax, WOW wax, Joy wax, and 100% soy wax.  This clean, refreshing scent has an amazing cold or hot scent throw.  You can color your candles with either our Spectrum Liquid Candle Dye or our Color Blocks.  We recommend coloring your candles or wax tarts using 2 drops of green plus a small amount of blue liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax or shred a small amount of a blue and a green color block into your melted wax. There are a variety of other room scenting ideas for our China Rain Fragrance Oil.  It has been used in Smelly Jelly Crystals, oil diffusers, air fresheners, electric burners, and aroma beads.

As far as bath and body products, the recommended usage rate for this fresh scent is 5%.  Our customers use this scent in their homemade melt and pour soaps, bath bombs, hair conditioners, body scrubs, body sprays, lotions, and body butters.  All having a nice strong and lasting scent.  And, for those of you that are cold process soap makers, this refreshing scent is strong.  Our cp soap testing results found that this fragrance oil had a perfect pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no separation, no discoloration, and a strong scent retention.  Our coloring recommendations for China Rain Fragrance Oil are to use blue and green soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you. Never use candle dye in any body products.

Refreshing Cold Process Soap RecipeIf you are interested in a unique Natures Garden recipe using this clean scent, please click on this link to view the Refreshing Cold Process Soap Recipe.

 

Feb
02

Chocolate Lovers Type Fragrance

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Chocolate Lovers Type FragranceChocolate Lovers Type Fragrance – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Ah love is in the air! With Valentines Day right around the corner how could it not be? It’s officially the time of year for romance, intimacy, and best of all chocolate! Natures Garden’s Chocolate Lovers Type Fragrance Oil is the perfect scent for this holiday that is as sugary sweet as your sweetheart.

What Does Chocolate Lovers Type Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a fusion of lemon, orange, bergamot and mandarin, lily of the valley and coriander emerged with unmistakable notes of sweet chocolate, along with warm vanilla and musk.

Top Notes: bergamot, orange, lemon, mandarin
Mid Notes:  lily of the valley, honeysuckle, coriander
Base Notes:  chocolate, vanilla, musk, cashmere woods

How Do Our Customers Use Chocolate Lovers Type Fragrance Oil?

Various homemade products can be made using this scrumptious scent, including perfumes, lotions, and cleaners. Perfumes will perform perfectly when using this chocolate fragrance. Both perfumes and lotions can use a maximum of 5%. Cleaning products made with this chocolate scent can use no more than 4.3% of fragrance.

Homemade candles and room scents can be created using this romantic fragrance. Incense, potpourri, and reed diffusers are all room scents that can use up to 50% of this fragrance oil. Also, aroma beads will have a nice, strong performance with this scent. Lovely hand crafted candles containing vegetable waxes or paraffin wax can be made using up to 10% of this fragrance. Soy waxjoy wax, and wow wax have all been found to perform perfectly with this scent. Further, it is nice and strong in soy wax. We recommend that you use five drops of brown liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax. Alternatively, you could shred a small amount of brown color block into the melted candle wax. Please note that crayons are not a viable substitute for a candle colorant as they will clog your wick.

Fabulous bath and body products can be created with Chocolate Lovers Type Fragrance Oil. Bath gels and bath oils will perform well with a fragrance concentration of 5% or less. Homemade soap crafters can use this scent in a variety of products, such as melt and pour soap or cold process soap. Regardless, the fragrance concentration we recommend for any soap recipe should be no more than 5%. Our cold process soap testing results show that Natures Garden’s Chocolate Lovers Type scent worked very well! Adding the fragrance to our soap recipe resulted in no ricing, no acceleration, and no separation. The bar will have a good scent retention and discolor to a milk chocolate hue. This discoloration is partially due to a vanillin content of 8.75% and will likely be counteracted by adding our Vanilla White Color Stabilizer. However, there are more than forty ingredients used in fragrance manufacturing that may contribute to discoloration of products as well. So, the bar may not become entirely white after adding the stabilizer, but it should still produce a lighter color in the bar. For coloring we recommend using brown soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you.  Never use candle dye in any body products.

Chocolate-Dipped-Bath-Zizzies

Are you looking for a fun way to incorporate this chocolate scent into your homemade crafts? Why not try our Chocolate Dipped Bath Fizzies Recipe!  This is a recipe any chocolate lover is sure to appreciate.

Dec
18

Blue Raspberry Slushie Fragrance

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Blue Raspberry Slushie FragranceBlue Raspberry Slushie Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Spotlight

Blue Raspberry Slushie Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden will have you sitting on the porch reminiscing about the good ole days when the ice-cream truck would drive right up to your house as you ran out to greet him anxiously awaiting the blue snow cone.  A little known fact, blue raspberry is a popular flavoring for candy, soft drinks, syrups, and snack foods. This delicious taste comes from the Rubus leucodermis, which is commonly known as the “whitebark raspberry” or “blue raspberry” because when ripe, this delectable fruit turns to a blue-black color hue.

What Does Blue Raspberry Slushie Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Remember the blue raspberry snow-cones you enjoyed as a child?  How about those fabulous blue raspberry slushies that can still be enjoyed at most movie theaters?  This fragrance captures the aroma of ripened raspberries, sugary cotton candy, and the effervescence of crushed ice.  This trip back to childhood truly smells good enough to eat…but better not.

Top:  Raspberries
Mid:  Peaches, Strawberries
Base:  Cotton Candy, crushed ice

How Do Our Customers Use Blue Raspberry Slushie Fragrance Oil?

Crafters who are into making your own homemade soaps, the maximum recommended usage rate is 5%.  When making your handmade bath and body products such as bath oils, bath gels, and lotions, this blue raspberry fragrance oil performs well.  For homemade perfumes the maximum usage is also 5% and it performs perfectly.  Cold process soap testing results  shows that there was no acceleration and no ricing.  However, it does separate slightly, but will reabsorb.  It pours perfectly while retaining a strong scent.  The vanillin content for Blue Raspberry Slushie Fragrance Oil is 1.5% and it does discolor to a tan.  Fragrances containing vanillin may discolor soap.  Vanilla White Color Stabilizer may help prevent discoloration due to a vanillin content.  However, there are more than 40 ingredients used in fragrance oil manufacturing that may contribute to discoloration of bath and body products.

Homemade candles will have a maximum recommended usage rate of 10%.  Blue Raspberry Slushie Fragrance Oil performs perfectly in joy wax, wow wax, and is nice and strong in soy wax.  Using Natures Garden’s pillar of bliss wax, you can create homemade candle wax tarts as the scent is nice and strong.

Color is key!  Can you get your candle, soap, or other bath and body products as blue as your tongue after drinking an infamous blue raspberry slushie?   A color suggestion for homemade soaps, bath gels, bath oils, and lotions is to use blue soap colorant in the amount that you are satisfied with.  Never use candle dye in any body products.  For candles, we suggest the following color ideas; 2 drops of blue liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax or shred a small amount of blue color block into your melted wax. Never use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

For cleaning products for the home, the maximum recommended usage rate is 5% When creating products like incense and potpourri the maximum usage rate for this wonderful Blue Raspberry Slushie Fragrance Oil is 50%.  In aroma beads, diffusers, potpourri and incense this fun whimsical scent is nice and strong.

To start bringing back those childhood memories today, go to Natures Garden’s web site and type “blue raspberry slushie into the search bar and place your order today.

 

Oct
07

Harvest Moon Fragrance

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Harvest Moon FragranceHarvest Moon Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. It’s big and bright, and it seems like there is a full moon for multiple nights in a row. It’s also the name of a new movie debuting on the Hallmark Channel this Saturday, October 10th, at 9/8c. Harvest Moon is about a recently bankrupt city girl who finds herself working on a pumpkin farm- with a handsome ranch handler, no less. In an attempt to regain her riches, she ends up creating an amazing line of pumpkin-based skincare products. This movie inspired Sophie Uliano (of the Hallmark Channel) to make vitamin-rich pumpkin massage candles using Nature’s Garden products on Hallmark’s Home & Family Show. She also shares recipes for a Pumpkin Latte Scrub and a Pumpkin Papaya Peel. Why not pamper yourself with these pumpkin products while watching Harvest Moon on the Hallmark Channel? Sounds like the perfect way to spend a Saturday night!

What Does Harvest Moon Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Who says you can’t mix uncommon fragrance notes and come up with a work of art?  Harvest Moon fragrance is a true masterpiece: beginning with top notes of fresh pear, blueberries, and pineapple, followed by middle notes of juniper berries and eucalyptus, and well-rounded with base notes of spruce, woods, Douglas fir, cedar, and white musk.  An NG Original Fragrance & A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Harvest Moon Fragrance Oil?

Candles! This full-bodied fragrance performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax and is nice and strong in soy wax. It is gel wax compatible! This means you can put little wax embeds in your gel wax candles: small leaves perfect for fall or pumpkins for fans of the Harvest Moon movie. The maximum recommended usage percentage for this complex accord in vegetable and paraffin waxes is 10%. Our coloring suggestions for candles are to use 5 drops orange plus 2 drops brown liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax or a shred a small amount orange and brown color block into your melted wax. Never use crayons to color your candles; it will clog the wick!

Room scents! This autumn aroma comes across nice and strong in aroma beads, and its maximum recommended usage percentage in incense and potpourri is 50%.

Soaps! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this fall fragrance in bath oils, bath gels, and soaps is 5%. Our cold process soap testing found that this refreshing fragrance caused acceleration of trace, but no ricing, and no separation. The scent retention was very strong. The cured bars discolored to a lavender color. The vanillin content of this fragrance is 0%, so its discoloration of soap is likely due to one of the other 40 ingredients that may contribute to discoloration in bath and body products. I personally think it’s a very pretty purple- check out the picture in the soap testing video results or on the fragrance oil page. Our coloring suggestions for bath and body products are to use orange soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you. Don’t use candle dye in body products or you’ll color yourself!

Body products! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this fresh fragrance in lotions and body sprays is 3%. It was found to perform perfectly in perfumes.

Cleaning products (not for your body)! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this seasonal scent in cleaning products is 5%.

Check out our Unscented Bases for an easy way to create a variety of products, just be sure to follow the guidelines above when using this full-bodied fall fragrance!

Jul
29

Weird Scents and Unique Fragrances

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natures garden, weird scentsWeird Scents and Unique Fragrances: Katie Smells

We’ve got weird scents to smell and fun fragrances to sniff as far as the eye can see (as far as the nose can.. breathe..?). As you may remember from a previous post, I have smelled them all. I already told you about my top ten favorite scents (more or less) and now I bring to you some of the Weird Scents and Unique Fragrances of Nature’s Garden.

weird scents, dill pickleDill Pickle – An NG Original!

Smells just like a pickle. I’m particular to the sweet variety of pickles myself- sweet on sweet pickles- but I cannot deny that this smells just like a dill pickle. Fun fact, I did not learn until embarrassingly late in life that pickles are just pickled cucumbers. We’ve got all kinds of cucumber fragrances if you’re interested in the lil green things BEFORE they’re pickled. I’m really not sure what else to say about this fragrance. Buy it for the dill pickle enthusiast in your life!

weird scents, garden dirtGarden Dirt – An NG Original!

Why you would want to smell like garden dirt is beyond me, but this fragrance oil smells exactly like that. Maybe you’re a gardener and you want to come in from gardening and wash your hands of the dirt, but retain the smell..? Maybe you want to make a candle that smells like garden dirt so your whole house can smell like your garage or a home improvement store? Or trick outdoor plants into growing inside your house? Cover yourself in the smell of garden dirt to more easily make friends with wild plants? Eh????

weird scents, hayrideHayride

Does not smell like horse poop! When I initially saw the bottle for hayride, I was nervous because I generally associate horses with a stinky smell. But here’s the thing- on a hayride- the horses just keep walking- so you don’t have to smell any droppings they may leave behind! Just stay away from the horse. Compare this fragrance to a horse-drawn hayride through the crisp fall air and you won’t even be able to tell the difference. You can smell the fresh hay.

weird scents, leather jacketLeather Jacket

It really does smell like a brand new leather jacket. I’ve never owned a brand new leather jacket- I got my mom’s hand-me-down from when she was Sandy in Grease in her high school production- but I’ve walked into stores where they are selling new leather and stuck my face in to smell that smell. Smells good. Makes me wanna join a greaser gang and sing “Summer Lovin’.” (Those dudes were crazy to wear leather jackets in the summer; get the smell without the unnecessary extra body heat!)

weird scents, moneyMoney – An NG Original!

Money can’t buy happiness, but you can use your money to buy our Money Fragrance Oil. Insert lyrics to your favorite song about money here. My personal favorite is Say Anything’s Punk Goes Crunk cover of ODB’s “Baby, I Got Your Money.” Most of the lyrics are explicit but I can say “Baby, I got your money; don’t you worry.” And we do! We’ve got the fragrance oil you need to make your house/hands/body smell like you’re made of money. Spend a little money now and you’ll be able to trick people into thinking you have all the money in the world! (Or that you’re a banker! Or that you work at a mint!)

weird scents, new carNew Car Scent

Don’t you wish you could bottle that new car smell? Here it is- another one of those fragrances where you spend a lil money on a bottle of oil to feel rich beyond your wildest dreams! (That may be an overreaction but I’m 23 and I’ve never had a new car in my life. This is my first ‘real job,’ and I am smelling the heck out of it.) And guess what? We’ve got a recipe for a room spray that you can use to freshen your car and make it smell like new! Trick the dealership into thinking you’re still under warranty!

weird scents, peanut butter cookiePeanut Butter Cookie

What’s weird about a peanut butter cookieI don’t know, dear reader, but something about this scent just really pulled me in. We’ve got plenty of other bakery fragrances, but this is our only fragrance with peanut butter. And it really smells just like a peanut butter cookie. Boring, I know, I say that for every entry, but that’s why they’re on this list. You walk up to our fragrance bar, see the name of a scent, go “whaa?” pick it up, and it smells just like the real thing. It’s weird. Peanut butter cookie!

weird scents, colaweird scents, buttered popcornButtered Popcorn and Cola

These are actually two separate fragrance oils: Buttered Popcorn and Cola. I put them together because they emulate the experience of going to the movies. You can’t really have popcorn without a drink–your mouth would get all dry and salty. Yuck. How can you enjoy the movie when you’re thirsty? Plus, you get the sweet taste of the cola and the salty, buttery taste of the popcorn. What a great combination! (I personally prefer rootbeer, but cola seems to have more appeal to a mass audience.) Don’t eat fragrance oil; make your home smell like a concession stand!

weird scents, whole wheat breadWhole Wheat Bread

Trying to smell like you’re eating healthier? Then our Whole Wheat Bread Fragrance Oil is for you!  Or maybe you wanna combine fragrances to create a sandwich scent. Here you go; here’s the bread. We’ve got five other breadrelated fragrances (including Gingerbread if you count that as a bread), but this one takes the cake.. er.. loaf. The others are sweet, fruity* breads and this is just straight up whole wheat. (*Zucchini is a fruit- I looked it up.)

weird scents, baconBacon

That’s right, I’m putting it in another list; bacon. Sweet, savory bacon. Did you really think I could make it through talking about interesting, unique, smells-like-the-real-thing fragrances without mentioning my beloved bacon? We’ve got a tomato leaf corriander fragrance, if you want to use it with bacon and whole wheat bread fragrances to make a BLT fragrance. Oh, bacon. You understand me. And ya smell so good! We’ve got an awesome recipe for bacon candles. BACON!

Thanks for reading!

You really didn’t have to, but I appreciate it immensely. Weird scents is subjective- maybe your idea of weird is different. Come smell with us if you feel so inclined; we’ve got over 800 fragrances!

weird scents, unique fragrances

Jul
08

What is Trace in Soap Making?

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What is trace in soap makingWhat is Trace in Soap Making?

What is trace? Baby, don’t blend me; don’t stir me, just pour. Trace is when you’ve reached emulsion- your oils are blended with your lye mixture and are no longer capable of separating. How can you tell when your mixture is at trace? The easiest way is to use your stirring utensil: hold it a few inches above your mixing container and move it back and forth. If the soap batter dripping off the stirring utensil leaves little lines that sit on top of the mixture in the bowl- that’s trace. It can be difficult to capture in photographs, but you’ll know it when you see it in motion.

heavy traceSo I reach trace and that’s it? Well, yes and no. There are different degrees of trace, but the important thing to remember is that once a mixture has reached trace- it’s only going to continue to solidify from there. Light trace is considered the bare minimum. Light trace is helpful when you’re looking to make swirls or other designs that require easily pourable, almost-liquid soap. Moderate trace is in the goopmiddle and means you’re ready to pour your soap into the mold. Heavy trace is when your soap gets thick. The picture above shows heavy trace. A soap batter at heavy trace is resistant to change shape and almost impossible to pour into a mold. Heavy trace may result in the need to scoop your soap into the mold, seen in the photo on the left. Not a pretty sight. Work quickly to ensure the soap does not set before you are ready.

What Causes Different Levels of Trace?

Trace can be affected both by your ingredients and your blending method.

Ingredients:

  • ‘Hard’ oils, including palm oil and coconut oil, and butters will reach trace much faster. Using softer oils such as olive oil or canola will decrease the speed of trace, but your end product soap will be much softer. Increasing the amount of oil to superfat your recipe will also slow down trace. (Be careful not to add too much or you’ll have an excess of unreacted oils.)
  • In addition, fragrance oils can accelerate trace. (Check out our CP Soap Testing results to see how our fragrance oils perform in the CP soaping process.)
  • Inversely, the more water you use, the slower your soap will reach trace. A water discount (using less water than the recipe called for) will accelerate trace and is recommended for only advanced soapers when they see fit.

Blending:

  • The speed at which you blend can accelerate trace. Using a stick blender as opposed to stirring manually with a spatula will increase the speed of the reaction and trace will be reached faster. If you suspect that the mixture will accelerate, stir it manually to slow the rate of trace.
  • Furthermore, the temperature at which you blend your ingredients will affect trace. Higher temperatures accelerate trace. If you wish to slow down trace, let your lye mixture cool down to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit before you add it to your oils.
  • The order also matters. If the fragrance oil you’re using is known to have a tendency to accelerate trace, be sure to add it last, after you’ve made your soap mixture and added any colorant, and be ready to move.

False Trace

All this talk about trace and the need to rush your soap process may have you running around like a chicken with its head cut off- but BEWARE FALSE TRACE. False trace usually occurs when oils in your mixture begin to cool down and solidify without going through emulsion or saponification. So, much like Goldilocks, you don’t want your mixture to be too hot or too cold, but juuuuust right.

Ahhh!

I know it seems like a lot- but if you pay attention to the factors listed here- you should be alright. Remember to have all of your ingredients ready before you start soaping (always, but especially) in case of any unexpected trace acceleration. You can do this, I promise. And if something goes wrong, you can always melt down your soap and try again. Thanks for reading and happy soaping!

Jul
06

Animalistic Instinct Fragrance

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animalistic instinct fragranceAnimalistic Instinct Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Animalistic Instinct fragrance is a scent that is sure to get your juices flowing. This aroma is sure to make you want to find your significant other as soon as possible. With the echo of multiple animal roars echoing in your mind, this scent is sure to fill your home with the exhilarating feeling of having stepped right out of the jungle itself. This is one fragrance you definitely don’t want to miss out on, it is sure to be an experience that will get your blood flowing!

What Does Animalistic Instinct Smell Like?

Animalistic Instinct fragrance oil by Nature’s Garden is a scent that is sure to intoxicate you. Starting with clean citrus notes of lemon and orange, that are surrounded by spicy notes of clove, rose, pepper, and anise. An unforgettable finish is brought on by notes of balsam, leather, warm musks, and vanilla.

How Do Our Customers Use Animalistic Instinct Fragrance Oil?

You definitely won’t be able to keep your hands off of your man with this tantalizing masculine scent around. It is sure to be like nothing you’ve ever come across before and an experience that you’ll never be able to forget. For all the candle makers out there, our Animalistic Instinct fragrance is just what you need. You can easily fill your home with this amazing aroma by using it to create some strong homemade aroma beads. For all of the incense and potpourri makers out there, our Animalistic Instinct fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 50%.

For bath and body products, this wonderful fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this scent are perfumes, lotions, bath gels, bath oils, and soaps. As this fragrance does have just a slight vanillin content, we suggest testing it thoroughly before using it in any of your finished and final products so as to avoid any discoloration. For all the cold process soap makers out there, our Animalistic Instinct fragrance oil is exactly the fragrance that you’ve been searching for. Our cold process results are: this fragrance has no acceleration or ricing, and it has an absolutely perfect pour. The scent is amazing and we had no discoloration.

I’m sure you’re just dying to get your hands on this fragrance as soon as you possibly can. But hold on just one minute because it just keeps getting better. We offer many amazing free classes and recipes here at Nature’s Garden, and our free Tiger Stripe Soap recipe is actually made using our Animalistic Instinct fragrance oil. This is one recipe you need to try out just as soon as you can, it is a soap that is sure to get your blooding boiling and your juices flowing. Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns. Enjoy this amazing fragrance oil and make sure to keep watching for even more fragrance fun ideas!

 

Jul
02

Coconut Oil 76 in CP Soap

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Coconut-Oil-76-in-CP-SoapCoconut Oil 76 in CP Soap

You’ll go coco-nuts for coconut oil 76 in CP soap. What does the ’76’ mean? It simply denotes that this type of coconut oil has a melting point of 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Coconut oil has many beneficial properties for use in all sorts of products–it’s even edible!!–but for our purposes, we’re going to discuss coconut oil 76 in CP soap. (Please do NOT attempt to eat the soap.)

Coco Clean

Our cold process soap testing recipe features coconut oil as the second most abundant ingredient (by weight) after water. Rightfully so, for you see, coconut oil is comprised primarily of lauric and myristic fatty acids which are characterized in soap-making by providing cleansing properties, a bubbly lather, and hardness. Coco-o is a surfactant, meaning it reduces the surface tension of a liquid when it is dissolved, allowing the dirt and impurities to be rinsed off of the skin.

Coco Cream

In addition, the high content of saturated fat serves to give coconut oil a higher SAP value (the number of milligrams of lye that is needed to completely saponify, or turn into soap, one gram of a specific oil, butter, or fat. — Lye, while generally thought of as a bad guy, is a necessary evil for the saponification process. Always remember to follow safety procedures when handling lye. [Add lye to water, the mixture will get hotter; add water to lye, you’ll probably die]). Remember that rhyme to ensure safety.  While you will likely NOT actually DIE, you can certainly get hurt from the lye volcano you will create if you add water to lye.  SO… Don’t ever do that!  Always add your lye to your water.  The high SAP value of coco-o helps to superfat the soap (the amount of lye used is less than the given SAP value), giving it a nice, creamy texture and more lather ability. You can thank coconut oil for making your homemade CP soap clean and bubbly.

Coco – What the heck does that mean?

Furthermore, coconut oil serves as an emulsion stabilizer. What the heck does that mean? You may already know, but I just learned about this today, so I’m going to recap for myself and the benefit of anyone out there who’s not entirely sure. An emulsion is a mixture of two things that don’t really want to go together– for instance, oil and water. Water is the number one ingredient (by weight) in our CP soaps, and just about everything else is some type of oil (apricot kernel oil, castor oil, sunflower oil, palm oil, fragrance oil, and- of course- coconut oil 76). An emulsion stabilizer helps to keep this mixture from separating. This means, not only will it help hold your soap together, it will also help hold the fragrance. (Don’t worry, the coconut oil itself has been refined so it is odorless. Unless you ARE looking for a coconut fragrance in your soap. If so, we’ve got ten coconutrelated scents you may enjoy using!)

Coco No-no

Oh, wow, you’re thinking. Coconut oil 76 in CP soap is so great, I want to use as much of it as possible! And of course you do, but how much is too much?  A typical soap recipe calls for 20-30% coconut oil. It’s important not to use more than 30% coconut oil. Why? Is it possible to be TOO clean? The excess coconut oil 76 in CP soap will interact with the natural oils on your skin and dry it right out. But if you use the appropriate amount of coconut oil, it works in the soap to help clean skin and even reduce inflammation.

Cococonclusion

Coconut oil 76 in CP soap is awesome as long as you’re careful not to use too much in your recipe. So go ahead– what are you waiting for? Follow the links above to purchase coconut oil 76 and other ingredients for our CP soap testing recipe or one of our other fun CP soap recipes. Browse our wide array of fragrance oils to find a scent that you love. Thanks for reading and happy soaping!

May
19

Hot Pink Lime Scent

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hot pink lime scentHot Pink Lime Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Are you ready for a scent that is refreshing yet sweet at the same time? One that is sure to excite your senses while still being soft and feminine at the same time? Well our Hot Pink Lime scent is just what you’ve been looking for! This wonderfully unique aroma is sure to be one that leave all of your friends and family feeling totally jealous from the amazing fill that has filled your home! This scent is the perfect blend of lime and citrus mixed with a touch of wonderful femininity.

What Does Hot Pink Lime Smell Like?

Hot Pink Lime Scent by Nature’s Garden is a tantalizing blend of tangerine, lemon, Japanese grapefruit, and an accord of lovely Kaffir lime. This scent has middle notes of strawberries and bergamot, as well as sitting on base notes of oakmoss and brown sugar.

How Do Our Customers Use Hot Pink Lime?

Hot Pink Lime is a scent that is sure to assault your senses with its amazing combination of different notes. It is a fragrance that will your home with the feeling of total femininity, one that all of your guests are sure to adore! For all the candle makers out there, our Hot Pink Lime scent is just what you need! This fragrance works nice and strong in soy wax, as well as performing perfectly in wow wax as well as joy wax. For all of the incense and potpourri makers out there, our Hot Pink Lime scent has a maximum usage rate of 50%. You can easily scent your home with this lovely aroma by using it to create some nice and strong handmade aroma beads.

For bath and body products, our Hot Pink Lime scent has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this great scent are lotions, soaps, perfumes, bath oils, and bath gels. Our Hot Pink Lime fragrance does not have any vanillin content, which means that this scent will not tend to discolor any of your homemade soaps or other homemade bath and body products. For all of the cold process soap makers out there, Hot Pink Lime is just what you’ve been looking for! Our cold process results for this fragrance are: there is no discoloration as well as no separation. This fragrance does have a slight acceleration, but the scent of a delicious sugared lime.

Aren’t you just dying to get your hands on this amazing fragrance as soon as you can? Well hold on just a second there because it keeps getting better and better. We offer many great free classes and recipes here at Nature’s Garden, and our free recipe for our adorable Pigs in the Mud Candle is actually made with our Hot Pink Lime Scent. This is one candle that everyone you know is sure to absolutely adore! Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns, and keep watching for more.