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Citronella

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

citronella repelsCitronella and Mosquitoes

Summer time, the period of the year when we all enjoy outdoor festivities.  Whether they be parties, cookouts, hiking, gardening, or just relaxing by the pool; we find reasons to be outside.  We love the gorgeous weather and the warming sun rays.  However, with the fun in the sun that we all seek, with it also comes the dreaded mosquitoes.

When the weather gets warm, these uninvited pesky critters seem to always show up in droves.  Invading not only our space, but feeding off us and our families.  The results of their feast, itchy, red, swollen bumps on our skin.

Mosquitoes have been in existence some 170 million years.  In the United States, there are currently over 175 different species accounted for.  It is safe to say that they are not going to be going any where soon, but there are measures that we can take to help ward off these insects.

Citronella has been known to repel mosquitoes for a long time. Burning citronella candles around the yard or applying bug repelling spray to ourselves can usually do the trick.  But have you ever wondered how this works exactly?

Just like a primal animal, mosquitoes are on the hunt for one thing: FOOD.  And, we are that food source.  Drawn to carbon dioxide (from our exhaling) uric acid (from our blood), and lactic acid (from our sweat glands), insects like mosquitoes are able to smell us up to an amazing 164 feet away.  Once those delectable scents are picked up by the mosquitoes, they are then able to locate us to feed.

It is commonly thought that the scent of citronella repels mosquitoes away.  In fact, studies have shown that when the citronella aroma is in an environment, mosquitoes will land around 40% less times than when it is not present.  But, the fact is mosquitoes will still land.  This is why citronella does not necessarily repel.

Instead, citronella masks.  What this means is that when the scent of citronella (whether by means of a candle or a body spray) is present the 3 most common drawing factors of mosquitoes (carbon dioxide, uric acid, and lactic acid) are covered.  It is almost as if the mosquitoes no longer have the ability to sense us anymore.  And, since they cannot smell us, they will move on to “sweatier pastures” so to speak.

Sure, any of your local grocery stores or super markets have aisles of outdoor summer time displays hosting many different bug repelling products that you can purchase.  You however can make your very own insect repelling/masking items right from your home.  You will know exactly what is in the product, and you will also save money by doing it yourself.

Natures Garden currently has four different citronella oils available.  There is the straight citronella scent, or the citronella java essential oil.  Both of these oils can be viewed by clicking on the individual link.  For those of you that do not like how the scent of straight citronella smells, we also have citronella options for you.  Citronella Berry fragrance oil is a sweeter version of citronella.  This fragrance contains the essential oil of citronella with the combined fruity notes of strawberry, mandarin, and raspberry.  There is also Lime Citronella fragrance oil.  This wonderful fragrance oil is the combination of essential oil of citronella and notes of lemon, fresh lime, and white flowers.

Now, if you are interested in viewing possible candle and body products that you can make with these scents, here are three of Natures Gardens finest bug repelling recipes.  By clicking on the link, you will be able to see the recipe.  Each recipe has the step by step instruction as well as all of the items listed that you will need to make them.
Citronella Soy Wax Candle Recipe
Bug Repelling Candle Recipe
Bug Repelling Body Spray Recipe

These recipes are all easy to make and take very little time to accomplish.  They are great ways to ward off mosquitoes and keep you and your family mosquito bite free this summer.

Summer Recipes

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

summer recipes Best Summer Recipes

The creative team at Natures Garden works diligently everyday creating tried and true recipes for crafters to try.  Whether you are looking to dabble, just starting out, or wanting to try something new; these recipes offer uniqueness, fun, and as always strong and incredible scent.

If you have not seen Natures Garden’s free recipes and classes page, please click on this link.  There you will find hundreds of free recipes for you to use.  Each recipe is categorized accordingly to make it easier to find exactly what you are looking for.

We however wanted to help spotlight some of our favorite summertime recipes.  These recipes have the theme of summer whether it is through the use, the scent, or the concept of the recipe.

After polling the Natures Garden staff, the votes are in and have been tallied.  So, without further adieu; here is Natures Garden’s top picks for best summer recipes and why they are so loved!

The Body Care Category
Cotton Candy Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe-  “Not only do I absolutely adore how this sugar scrubs looks, but after washing with it your skin just feels amazing!”  -Deborah
Shea Lotion with Herbal Infusion-  “I am a huge Shea fan, I love the natural color, the scent, and the silky smoothness of my skin after I apply it.”  -Melissa

The Soap Category
Energize Cold Process Soap Recipe- “Beautiful, clean, and energizing scent to say the least.  With this recipe and scent combination there is tons of time to make beautiful and brightly colored swirls.  A really great wake me up shower scent for those mornings where you are just not feeling it.”  -Nicole
Watermelon Soap Recipe- “First, melt and pour soap is really easy to work with.  Secondly, nothing screams summertime like watermelon!  This project is just too cute.”  -Marsha

The Candle Category
Day at the Beach Candle Recipe- “Hello, this is a vacation in a candle.  It smells and looks just like the beach!”  -Zack
Smores Candle Recipe- “When the weather warms up I am all about being outside.  Having a bonfire is one of my favorite things to do in the summertime, and that just goes hand in hand with smores.”  -Josh

The Lip/Cosmetic Category
Natural Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe- “I have a niece that is a total girly girl.  One weekend we made this together.  It was a breeze.  She really liked the unique flavoring too.  She is a big slushie fan!”  -Atheena
Natural Beet Blush Recipe- “I never knew making your own natural cosmetics like blush was this easy.  It is the perfect hue too.”  -Tammy

The FUN Category
Scented Nail Polish Recipe  “I love to paint my nails and now with this recipe my nails can be scented in whatever I want. I can now scent my nails to match my mood.”  -Bailey
Rainbow Sherbet Bath Fizzies Recipe  “Rainbow Sherbet is a go to classic for my family during the summer.  This bath fizzies look and smell just like rainbow sherbet.  Easy to make too!”  -Pam

These highly recommended summer recipes are bursting full of summertime fun.  Each one is hyper linked to the individual recipe where will find all of the supplies, weights, and steps.

Enjoy!

Alabama Gathering

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Alabama soap gatheringHello everyone!

I have just recently returned from The Alabama Soap and Candle Gathering that occurred last week.

After a very long drive of 12 hours we arrived at our hotel, settled in, and got plenty of rest.  I just knew that the Alabama Gathering this year was going to be a great event for everyone attending.

The next morning, when the day arrived, we were ready to go!  As we were setting up the Natures Garden booth, our customers were so excited to see everything that we had brought.  You could actually feel the anticipation as we got everything unpacked.  There was a lot to get organized.  Once again, we brought our entire fragrance oil line containing 816 fragrance oils, our various essential oils, and even the array of  flavorings Natures Garden carries.

As for the examples of products that you can make using Natures Garden’s ingredients, we had some exciting recipes to share.  The famous Pigs In The Mud Candle was there, complete with adorable pink pig tarts.  The colorful Gummy Bear Candle made its debut.  And the show stopper, the Ducks on the Pond Candle came too.  This is a super cute combination candle using both gel and pillar of bliss wax.

As for bath and body recipes, we brought examples of two of our newest recipes.  The lovely Lavender Cold Process Soap complete with purple swirls, whipped topping, and lavender buds sprinkled on top.  And, finally the Mechanics soap.  A great and easy to make melt and pour recipe which gently exfoliates.  It seemed that many customers really liked the Mechanics soap because it was not gritty like other hand cleaners.

During the Alabama Gathering we met so many fun and fabulous people.  As for the seminars and educational classes, Amanda Stott did an amazing job teaching the art of making candle tarts.  Benjamin Aaron also gave a wonderful seminar covering his adventures of teaching soap making for nonprofit outreach.  And, another one of my favorite speakers from the Alabama Gathering was Deborah Bruijn.  She spoke about skincare and the amazing benefits Jojoba provides.

I truly had an amazing time at the Alabama Gathering.  I enjoyed meeting a ton of new and excited homemade crafters.  They just brought so much energy and excitement to this gathering that I did not want to see it end.

In closing, I have to stress that if you have never been to the Alabama Gathering, you should plan to go.  Next year, the event will be taking place June 12th and 13th, 2015.

I also want to extend a huge THANK YOU to the Alabama Soap and Candle Association for the amazing 2 days we got to spend with all of you!  Well y’all until next time!

Have a fabulous Day!
Cindy

Easy Lip Balm

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

easy lip balm Easy Lip Balm

Making your own lip balm is one of the easiest things to do.  By using Natures Gardens all natural lip balm base, you can quickly create your own lip balm.  With a few other supplies such as lip balm containers, flavoring, lip tints, and sweetener; you can take your lip balm to the next level.

To make your very own flavored lip balm using the all natural base, here is what you have to have:
All Natural Lip Balm Base
Lip Flavorings- now this list contains 24 different flavorings to choose from.  But, if you are wondering which flavorings are the most popular right now, they are: Juicy Watermelon, Strawberry Sorbet, Tropical Paradise, and Frozen Margarita.
Powdered Stevia (optional) but here is what you want to sweeten your lip balm or you can sweeten your lipbalm using chocolate wafers or white chocolate wafers.
Lip Tints (optional) but here if you want to tint your lips
Microwavable Bowl
Stirring Utensil
Pipettes (optional) but a great way to transfer the liquid lip balm to its container before it hardens
Containers-  this link will show a variety of lip balm containers from sticks to tins

Now, when it comes to actually making the lip balm, here are the steps:

1.  Scoop out some of the all natural lip balm base.  Place this into your microwaveable bowl.  Place the bowl into the microwave.  Heat in 30 second increments until melted.  If you are going to sweeten your lipbalm using chocolate wafers, you will want to melt the chocolate along with your lip balm base.

2.  Once the lip balm is melted, carefully remove it from the microwave.  If you are tinting your lip balm, add some colorant now and stir.  Obviously, the more colorant you add, the darker your lip balm will be.

3.  If you are adding stevia, you will want to crush it down even finer.  Because the stevia will not dissolve but only suspend in the lip balm the finer you can get it the better.  Once added, stir.

4.   Next, add a few drops of flavoring, and then stir again.

5.  Finally transfer your lip balm into its packaging.  Allow the lip balm to fully set up (which will not take too long).  Once your lip balm is firm, it is ready to use.

Making your own flavored lip balm is just that simple.  A great project to do with kids at birthday parties, sleepovers, or on a rainy day; this craft is simple, takes very little time, and is super easy to clean up.

Now, if you are interested in making your own lip balm from scratch, there are also other free recipes available on the Natures Garden website.  To view these recipes, you can simply click on this link.  Offering quite the variety, some of Natures Gardens more popular recipes are: Chocolate Avocado Lip Balm RecipeVegan Lip Butter, and the Natural Beet Root Lip Gloss Recipe, but there are many more to choose from.

Flower Scent

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

flower scentHydrangea Heaven Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Hydrangeas are one of the most beautiful and vibrant flowers out there.  To some, they can be hard to grow, but to the masters, they become a work of art.  They are mainly found in southern and eastern Asia and come in 6 different colors varying from reds, to purples, to blues and whites. They resemble in some fashion to a giant carnation with several little petals that make up the large pom pom tops to display these colors like no other.  And they have the loveliest of floral scents.  There are nearly 75 different species of hydrangeas and they can grow upwards of 98 feet tall.   With a beautiful floral scent this fragrance oil is not overpowering.  It is a fabulous addition to any home that loves the floral scent Hydrangea Heaven has to offer.  So even if you can’t grow this amazing flower, you can still reap the benefits of it glorious scent.  In fact, this flower scent is a great addition to scent your floral product line!

What does Hydrangea Heaven Fragrance Oil smell like?

Hydrangea flowers are among the most fragrant flowers. This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is fresh, yet sweet, hydrangea that is aromatic and uplifting!  A Best Seller!

How do our customers use Hydrangea Heaven Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters this flower scent is a huge hit.  Our customers use this floral fragrance in their soy tarts, tea lights, Palm Container wax, WOW wax, gel wax, Joy wax, and soy.  This soft, inviting scent has a great hot or cold throw.  As for other home scenting ideas; Hydrangea Heaven Fragrance Oil has been used in oil diffusers, electric burners, and aroma beads.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage rate for this flower scent is 5%.  It is used to scent: melt and pour soaps, bath bombs, shampoo, shower gel, body sprays, lotions, and body butters.  All with a nice long lasting scent.  And, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this flower scent is strong.  Here are the official results: Slight acceleration due to floral notes, no ricing, no discoloration, nice strong scent.

flower scent candleIf you are interested in a unique Natures Garden recipe using this flower scent, please click on this link to view the Hydrangea Candle Recipe.

Spring Scents

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

spring scentsBest Spring Scents 2014

Spring time is a transition period.  Following the daunting months of cold and still winter, yet before the long and carefree days of summer; the season of spring resides, full of optimism and youthful changeover.

Spring, a time full of beauty, abundance of new life, and hope also offers a new captivating fragrance line up of spring time scents.  With all of the change that is occurring outside, too must come the changes in how people also want their homemade products and homes to smell like.

With all of the new life materializing and flourishing many people are prone to capture the renewed freshness of the outdoors.  It is now time to open the windows and air out their houses, and spring scented items are what is on every purchasers agenda.

With this concept in mind, Natures Garden would now like to present to you our list of the best spring scents for 2014.  These scents are fresh, floral, and clean.  Some of them are tried and true being known as top sellers and some are phenomenal florals that rock in bath and body products.  But, no matter which of these scents spark your interest, they all work in a vast amount of unique homemade products with great results.  In fact, every spring scent listed below has an average customer rating of 5 stars.

The below list of best spring scents are not listed in any particular order.  Accompanying the fragrance oil is also customer reviews about that scent.

Pink Sugar Type Fragrance-  “I’ve tried 3 different Pink Sugar formulas from 3 different retailers, this is the best! Great in soy and CP soap.”

Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub
You can also click on this link to see the Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub recipe using this fragrance oil.

Fresh Cut Roses Fragrance-  “Not too sweet, not too overpowering….exactly like freshly cut pink roses. It soaps well in CP…and I also use it in bath salts, sugar scrubs and lotions. An added bonus is that this scent blends wonderfully with many other scents…”

NG Island Fresh Gain Type Fragrance-  “Once again, I have found a better replacement for a more expensive oil at NG!  This is an intense oil that my clean scent lovers can’t resist.”

Air Freshener Recipe
You can also click on this link to see the Island Fresh Air Freshener recipe using this fragrance oil.

Lily of the Valley Fragrance-  “What a beautiful scent! Bought it on request and after making soap and candles with it my house smells wonderful! Very strong scent throw. Very clean and floral and fresh!”

Black Raspberry & Vanilla Fragrance-  “Wow I love this scent! Perfect combination of berries and sweet vanilla. Great throw in soy candles and awesome in B&B products.”

Body Butter Recipe
You can also click on this link to see the Black Raspberry Vanilla Body Butter recipe using this fragrance oil.

Monkey Farts Fragrance-  “This is easily the most popular scent of everything I have. It’s requested frequently as much for the name as the scent! The fragrance is bubblegum banana fruity fun and is nice and strong in MP soap, lotion, scrubs, and in soy wax tarts. Great all around scent and a wonderful soap/product to have at a show.”

Lilac Fragrance-  “Many, many customers have told me this smells like “real” lilacs, not imitation fragrance oil. I must agree, as lilac is my favorite floral.”

kid smelly jelly recipe
You can also click on this link to see the Spring Smelly Jelly recipe using this fragrance oil.

NG Loving Spell Fragrance-  “This smells sooooo good. Exactly like the real thing. This has quickly became my top seller. Great in lotion, bath gel, and spritzers.”

Honeysuckle Fragrance-  “This is the BEST Honeysuckle available. I have tried several and I will never use any other but this.”

Clean Cotton Type Fragrance-  “This is the best dup you can find! I have tried other suppliers but NG’s Clean Cotton (type) is right on the mark!! Strong throw, wonderful clean fragrance!”

In closing if you are looking for that great pick me up scent (in more ways than one), any one of these spring scents will work for you or your homemade products.

Garden Scent

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

garden scentMoon Flower Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

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

What does Moon Flower Fragrance Smell  Like?

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

How do our customers use Moon Flower Fragrance Oil?

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

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

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

Great Summer Scent

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

summer scentCoco Mango Fragrance OilFragrance Oil Spotlight

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

What does Coco Mango Smell Like?

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

How Do Our Customers Use Coco Mango Fragrance Oil?

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

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

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

 

Great Green Scent

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

4-leaf-clover fragrance oil What great green scent does Natures Garden carry?

4 Leaf Clover Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The year round best selling fragrance oil does especially well around spring time.  This think spring scent, with its fresh and clean aroma, works wonderfully in any medium but is particularly amazing in bath and body products.   Natures Garden’s 4 Leaf Clover Fragrance Oil is one green scent that customers can’t seem to get enough of.  The scent is long lasting and extremely strong.

What does 4 Leaf Clover Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a wonderful floral ozony blend of clover, green grass, with hints of fresh cut wisteria. Your line would not be complete without “the luck of the clover”.  NG Original Fragrance!

How Do Our Customers Use 4 Leaf Clover Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters; if the winter time blues have got you down, it is time to think green with this scent.  Many of our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy, Palm, parasoy blends, Joy wax, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  But, not only is this scent fresh and clean, customers attest this green scent has phenomenal scent throw!  As for the home scenting realm, this aroma is terrific.  The performance is remarkable in aroma beads, diffusers, oil burners, and incense.

On the bath and body end of products, celebrate because this unisex scent is one great seller!  With a recommended usage of 5%, this fabulous fragrance is used to make:  lotions, perfume oils, foaming body butters, melt and pour soaps, body scrubs, and body sprays.  In fact, many of our customer’s state that their customers adore the fresh clean scent this fragrance gives their products.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is great.  Here are the official results:  Moderate ricing, slight acceleration, pretty workable, and so worth it, awesome scent, no final discoloration, scent nice and strong after cure.

If you are looking for an adorable St. Patty’s Day project using Natures Garden’s 4 Leaf Clover scent, check out Natures Garden’s free recipe section for the 4 Leaf Clover Layered Soap Recipe, or just simply click on the link.

Whipped Shaving Cream

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

whipped shaving soapIf you are looking for a great homemade whipped shaving cream recipe, Natures Garden has one for you!  With a wonderfully rich and creamy lather, this thick shaving cream will leave your skin feeling smooth and rejuvenated.  In fact, after you make this shaving recipe, you will love it so much that you may never buy the store bought version again.  Plus, since this recipe is a homemade one, you can scent your shaving cream to your liking.  Natures Garden has a wonderful selection of body safe fragrance oils both feminine and masculine, and even a few truly unique ones too.

This light and fluffy cream will give you a close shave every time, and you only need a very small amount of the shaving cream to accomplish this.  Because this homemade shaving cream contains the ingredient Bentonite Clay, it makes the shaving lather slicker, allowing the razor a slippery layer to provide a sleek, nick free shave.  But, the bentonite clay benefits do not stop there.

Bentonite Clay also helps to sweep away impurities on the skin.  It can add a silky, polished feel to a product.  But, for scenting purposes in a finished product, the best benefit of Bentonite Clay is the fact that this clay allows for an even dispersion of scent throughout the whole product; working as a fixative.

Rich and exotic Mango Butter is also another stellar ingredient in this recipe.  Mango Butter is a luxurious butter that melts on the skin allowing for great moisturizing and softening effects.  The addition of this ingredient in your body products is even believed to reduce wrinkle development.

These two powerhouse ingredients together along with a few other necessities produce a whipped shaving cream that is very easy to make, very easy to use, and is a fraction of the cost of store bought kind.

To view the complete whipped shaving cream recipe, you can simply click on this link.  If you are interested in other easy to make, homemade bath and body products, candles, or home scenting products, please visit Natures Garden’s website.  The projects and instructions are listed under the Free Recipes and Classes area, and can be scented in an array of various fragrance oils; so there is something for everyone!