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Leo Scents

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

leo scentsLeo Scents

We wanted to start this year off with a fun and creative presentation.  So, we conducted some research to find exactly what fragrance notes and combinations would most likely correspond with the various Zodiac signs.  Based on specific personality traits of each sign, we were able to assemble particular scents that a person born under the Leo zodiac sign would like.

Beginning July 23rd, Leos quickly and playfully become the center of attention.  So, without further adieu; we at Natures Garden would like to be the first to say Happy Birthday to all Leos.  And, now we would like to welcome everyone to the lively world of Leo Scents.

Leos are considered anyone born between and including the dates of July 23rd through August 21st.

Unfortunately, we currently do not have anyone on staff at Natures Garden that is a Leo.  We do have family and friends that are Leos though.  They are a very warm and welcoming group with an enthusiasm and zest for life that is unmatched.  Always willing to be there and help out, Leos are considered a true and valuable friend.  When times get crazy, they will rush to console, cheer up, or celebrate with you.  Leos like to keep things in the present; never dwelling on what could have been. Their cheerful and optimistic attitude is one of the reasons as to why Leos are always surrounded by friends.

Leo - Confident, Encouraging, Ambitious, Loyal

Symbol- the Lion

Sign- Fire

This loving and good natured group is faithful and charitable. They are open minded and are quick to become the center of attention in a group setting. Leos are playful and fun; accepting and appreciating others for who they are. When it comes to scents, Leos prefer limelight scents with warming and floral notes.

In order to best capture a Leo’s interest, select fragrances that contain notes of:

Fruits: Lime, Tangerine, Mandarin

Florals: Orange Blossom, Juniper, Neroli

Spices: Cinnamon, Nutmeg

Fragrance Oil and Scent Suggestions:

scent leos like      leo sign scent      smells leo like     aromas for leos

Hot Pink Lime Scent by Natures Garden

Mandarin Tiki Scent by Natures Garden

Juniper Breeze Scent by Natures Garden

Marmalade Spice Scent by Natures Garden

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

Lemon Meringue Scent

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

lemon meringue scent Lemon Meringue Pie Fragrance Oil-Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Nothing says summer like a piece of Lemon Meringue Pie.  This true to life lemon meringue scent is the perfect addition to your bakery aroma line.  With an amazing balance of tangy lemon and sweet sugared meringue this decadent treat is incredible.  So realistic that you can smell every lovely layer from the buttery crust, tart lemon filling, to the classic meringue topping, this lemon meringue scent is perfection at its finest.  Many of our customers state not only is this scent delicious, but it is one of the best lemon scents in the market.

What does Lemon Meringue Pie Fragrance Oil smell like?

This wonderful fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the aroma of fresh baked pie filled with lemon custard and lemon zests topped with a creamy vanilla meringue.

How do our customers use Lemon Meringue Pie Fragrance Oil?

For anyone who is a candle crafter or home scenter, this lemon meringue pie scent is a must have fragrance.  Our customers use this yummy scent in their soy tarts and soy waxes, Palm Container wax, Joy wax, paraffin wax, and WOW wax.  In fact, this lemon meringue scent is the perfect fragrance to make the best pie candles with.  Known for having amazing scent throw, lemon meringue fragrance oil has a natural, realistic lemon scent.  And, it even gets stronger as it cures.  As for home scenting ideas, this nice lemony scent works very well in electric burners, aroma beads, and smelly jellies too.

For the bath and body end of products, this pick me up fragrance has a usage rate of 5%.  Now, this lemon meringue scent does contain a vanillin content of 2%, so using Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is highly recommended to offset discoloration in your finished products.  This wonderful and delicious scent is used to make a variety of personal care items like:  sugar scrubs, melt and pour soaps, whipped shea butters, salt bars, lotion bars, body butters, and bath bombs.  And, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this lemon meringue scent tops the charts.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, soaps like a dream, scent is very strong and lasts. Discolors to a tan color.

If you would like to try this lemon meringue scent in a recipe, please click on this link to see Natures Gardens Lemon Meringue Pie Soap Recipe using melt and pour soap.

Home Party

Friday, July 18th, 2014

home party Home Party

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Green Scent

Friday, July 18th, 2014

green scent Bamboo Hemp Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

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

What does Bamboo Hemp Smell Like? 

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

How Do Our Customers Use Bamboo Hemp Fragrance Oil?

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

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

Homemade Gifts

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

homemade gifts Homemade Gifts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apple Pie Scent

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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

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

What does Apple Pie Smell Like?

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

How Do Our Customers Use Apple Pie Fragrance Oil?

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

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

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

Pretty Scent

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

pretty scent Glitter Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

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

What does Glitter Smell Like?

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

How Do Our Customers Use Glitter Fragrance Oil?

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

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

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

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.

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