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Aug
12

Amish Quilt Fragrance

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Amish Quilt Fragrance OilAmish Quilt Fragrance – Spotlight

Here we are, talking about the Amish again. Well, here I am again, typing about this interesting group of people who will never see my blog posts. (Again- if you’re Amish and reading this, email me at kross.ngscents@gmail.com and please explain to me how that works.) Another throwback to a simpler time, Amish quilts are handmade and are usually a gift to mark a significant event- a marriage, the birth of a baby, etc. These were traditionally given within the community, but high demand from outsiders (apparently people started snatching Amish quilts right off of clotheslines in the 1970’s) created the need for production of Amish quilts to sell to the population at large. They are still very carefully crafted as if they were for a close personal relative, and the high quality of the materials makes them suitable for both daily use and passing down as family heirlooms. You can use that sucker every day and still give it to your kids, or their kids, or their kids’ kids- that’s how much time, effort, love, and quality is packed into these babies. True to form, individual Amish or Mennonite women only make one or two of these quilts a year (and people were STEALING them! HOW RUDE!) Wrap yourself in the warmth of a homey handmade quilt by using this fragrance in your favorite products.

What Does Amish Quilt Fragrance Smell Like?

This fragrance is the tender sun-kissed florals of heliotrope and jasmine, softly blended with woody violet and herbaceous anise to create a cozy scent of pure comfort.

How Do Our Customers Use Amish Quilt Fragrance Oil?

For candle making, Amish Quilt fragrance performs perfectly in joy wax, wow wax, and is nice and strong in soy wax. The maximum recommended usage percentage in vegetable waxes and paraffin wax is 10%. Amish Quilt fragrance IS gel wax compatible! For coloring your candles, we recommend using four drops of teal liquid candle dye or a small amount of shredded teal color block per four pounds of wax. Why teal? I dunno, man, don’t ask me- I just work here. But if I had to take a guess I would say it’s because teal is a calming color and this is a comfy, cozy scent. Amish quilts come in all kinds of crazy colors so I say use which ever colors you want! Make crazy patterns if you feel so inclined, as long as it’s made with love.

For soap making, the maximum recommended usage percentage in bath oils, soaps, bath gels, and cleaning products is 5%. Amish Quilt fragrance performed well in bath & products and our cold process soap testing results show no ricing, no separation, no acceleration and no discoloration. Coloring recommendations for soap are also teal. Use teal soap dye to your heart’s content.

Amish Quilt fragrance performed perfectly in perfumes, and the maximum recommended usage percentage for lotions and perfumes is 5%.

For room scenting, the maximum recommended usage percentage is 50% in incense and potpourri. Amish Quilt fragrance is nice and strong in aroma beads.

Dec
20

Gel Wax Scents

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Gel Wax Wine Candle Since gel wax is composed of 95% mineral oil and 5% polymer resin, the fragrance oils or scents that you select have to be soluble in this mixture.  It is believed in the candle making industry that if you are working with gel wax, the scents you use have to be non-polar.  This however, is simply not the case.

It is chemically impossible to make fragrance oils non-polar.  This is because the aldehydes, ketones, resins, esters, and essential oils used in the creation of scents are all polar to some degree.  Now, perfumists are able to keep the polarity low by using isopar solvents. But, in the end; every scent has some level of polarity to them.  Fragrances can NEVER be NON polar, there will always be varying levels of polarity in fragrance.

In order for fragrance oils to work in gel wax, they need to be on the lesser end of being polar.  By lowering the polarity, fragrances are more readily able to be mixed with the mineral oil of gel wax.  But, before using a fragrance oil that you are not sure is gel safe; there are two steps you can take to find out.

Gel Wax and Scent Flashpoint

In order for a scent to be gel wax compatible, the flashpoint of the fragrance must be 170 degrees or higher.  This degree of flashpoint is important because gel wax burns at a higher temperature. Using a scent with a flashpoint lower than 170 degrees Fahrenheit results in too big of a difference in your melt point and flashpoint; this makes for an unstable and unsafe candle.

You can easily check the flashpoint for every fragrance oil that Natures Garden carries in the Important Fragrance Specifics listed under each scent.

Mineral Oil Miscibility Test-

If you need to test that a fragrance oil is gel wax safe, you can easily do so.  This test is called the mineral oil miscibility test.  To test for gel wax solubility mix 1 part fragrance to 3 parts mineral oil in a glass container.  Then, give the mixture a shake and set it down.  After a few minutes, check the mixture to see if it blended.

Next, in a glass container, mix 3 parts fragrance oil to 1 part mineral oil.  Give the container a shake and once again allow it to sit.  After a few minutes, check to see if the mixture is thoroughly blended.

If you notice the mixture is insoluble or has any cloudiness in the solution, the fragrance is not gel safe.  If the mixture is transparent and dissolved, the fragrance oil is gel wax compatible.

If you are interested in making the gel wax wine candles pictured in this blog post, please click here.  View this recipe plus many more by looking at the Free Recipes and Classes area of the Natures Garden website.

Dec
20

Gel Wax Other

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Spectrum Liquid Candle DyeGel Wax Color

In order to add color to your gel wax, liquid candle dyes are highly recommended.  This is due to the way that gel wax thins as opposed to liquefy like other waxes.  Using a powder or block candle dye will result in clumping and uneven coloring.  These forms can be used to dye gel wax, but it is way easier just to use the liquid dyes from the start.

Gel Wax Wicks

Choosing the right wick for gel wax is key.  The general rule of thumb is to wick up with gel wax.

The process to select the correct wick size is to measure the diameter of your container.  You do this by taking a ruler and measuring across the center of the opening of the container.  Once you have this information, check the wick suggestions chart.  However, remember that you must wick up.  This means if your container is 3 inches in diameter, you will look at the wick suggestions for a 4 inch candle.  This is wicking up (which is basically adding an inch to your diameter).

Gel Containers

There are three important factors to consider when choosing your gel wax container.

First, the container must be crack resistant.

Secondly, the container must be able to stand high heat from the burning candle.  Remember, gel wax burns at a higher temperature than other waxes.  Coupled with the open flame and the high temperature of the melt pool, you want to make sure the container can with stand the heat.

Lastly, the container you select cannot leak.  As with all candles that you craft, you do not want to have liquid wax spilling out onto any surfaces.

Sep
20

Beer Candle Recipe

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an NG originalThe Natures Garden’s staff is at it again.  This week, Zack made a realistic beer candle; foam and all!  Would you look at the froth on that beer!  It is even frothing over the side.  This project involved working with gel wax for the beer, and whipped soy wax for the froth.  Zack looks oh so proud to be posing with his creation.  He said he is going to take it home and show all of his friends.

Zack has worked in the fragrance department of Natures Garden for a very very long time!  You could say Zack himself is an “NG Original”.  Zack says the beer scent is so realistic he just cannot believe it, and he has downed a beer or two in his time, so this is coming from a professional.  beer candle

Zack plays on a soccer team two nights a week.   He has real passion for the game of soccer, and has been playing the game since he was a young boy.  I asked Zack what else he does in his spare time, and Zack just laughed.

Zack is an exceptional staff member, rarely missing work, always in an upbeat, humorous, playful mood, and has a fine-tuned fragrance nose!  Hang out with Zack for just a few minutes and you are laughing your butt off!  Click here to see the Beer Candle Recipe that Zack created. 

Zack’s life motto is:  “Have Fun”.