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Beach Fragrance

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

beach fragranceMermaid Kisses Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Mermaids are something of a folklore.  And it is said that if a sailor saw one it meant they would never see land again.  This bittersweet story told of sailors so memorized and taken by the mermaid’s beauty, that they would jump ship just to meet her.  Well, this myth explains the mystery behind why men love this scent.  Mermaid Kisses Fragrance oil is very clean and ozonic scent with a hint of exotic floral.  The perfect beach fragrance for many homemade items, mermaid kisses is a sure winner!

What does Mermaid Kisses Fragrance Oil smell like?

When ocean mist, sea salt, and feminine florals combine; you’ll experience Mermaid Kisses Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden.  This fragrance begins with top notes of ocean mist, sea moss, and dewy cyclamen petals; followed by middle notes of geranium flower, water mint, and coriander seed; sitting on base notes of white cedarwood and earthy vetiver.  An NG Original Fragrance!

How do our customers use Mermaid Kisses Fragrance Oil?

For candle makers and home scenters; our customers use this beach fragrance in their soy, palm, gel, pillar of bliss, and WOW wax candles.  And, this scent has a very nice throw both hot and cold in candles.  As for home scenting ideas for products; this beach fragrance has been used to make incense sticks, cones, aroma beads, smelly jellies, and potpourri.  Mermaid Kisses fragrance oil can even be used in oil burners and as odor eliminator sprays as well.

On the bath and body end of things, the usage rate for this beach fragrance is 5%.  This fabulous scent is used to make:  melt and pour soaps, homemade lotions, bath bombs, sugar scrubs, body butters, perfumes, and body sprays.  And, for those of you that are cold process soapers, here are the official results: Slight acceleration, riced, no discoloration, do not discount water.

Taurus Scents

Monday, April 21st, 2014

taurus scentsToday marks yet another changing of the zodiac sign.  Earlier this year, we decided we wanted to have a little fun; so we researched to find exactly what fragrance notes most likely correspond to a persons zodiac sign.  Through our exploration we were able to compile a list of various aromatic notes based on the common personality traits of the person born under the specific zodiac sign. 

Beginning April 20th, Taurus welcomes the limelight.  So, Natures Garden would like to be the first to express, Happy Birthday Taurus!  Now, we would like to invite everyone to the beautiful world of Taurus scents.

Taurus are considered people born between the dates of April 20th and May 20th.

We have four employees at Natures Garden that are under the sign of Taurus.  Mike, Josh, Kathy, and Bonnie all share this dependable and practical sign.  Typical of the Taurus, these four are the strong silent type of individuals.  Being able to deal with quite a lot, this group can bravely and calming handle difficulties with patience; that is until you have gone too far.  Then, people under the sign of Taurus become quite the force to be reckoned with.  Enjoying life’s simple treasures and natures natural beauties, our wonderful and compassionate co-workers lead by example in reminding us to stop and smell the roses.  

Taurus- Trustworthy, Loyal, Patient, Considerate

Symbol-  the Bull


Sign- 
Earth


This loving
and patient group is determined and reliable, but also quick tempered if agitated. People of this sign welcome true forms of

original beauty and love indulging their senses. Due to their sense of stability, well grounded earth scents is where their likes lie.


People that have the sign of Taurus really take to these fragrances notes:

Florals:  Rose, Violet

Spices:  Oriental, Balsamic, Black Pepper

Musks:  Amber, Vanilla


Fragrance Oil and Scent Suggestions:

scents for Taurus

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh Cut Roses Scent by Natures Garden
Japanese Cherry Blossoms Scent by Natures Garden
Green Amber Scent by Natures Garden
Vanilla Blossoms Scent by Natures Garden

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

Juicy Scent

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

juicy scentCucumber Cantaloupe Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This juicy scent brings you right into summertime.  Cucumber Cantaloupe Fragrance Oil is famously balanced between two of the best summer scents: cucumber and cantaloupe.  And, in this delicious, juicy scent you can even smell each aromatic note.  When in products, cucumber cantaloupe really turns heads.  Rich and full of the most mouth watering notes, this fragrance is rated 5 stars from everyone.  A juicy scent that works beautifully in every aspect of the customer demands from candles, to body products, to car fresheners.  This very fresh scent is a classic!

What does Cucumber Cantaloupe Fragrance Oil smell like?

Oh what a wonderfully fresh fragrance oil by Natures Garden! An aromatic blend of ripe cantaloupe, with base notes of juicy cucumber and fresh green notes. A Best Seller!

How do our customers use Cucumber Cantaloupe Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters; our customers use this juicy scent in their soy waxes like 464 and 415.  It also works well in Joy wax, WOW wax, pillar of bliss, and Palm wax.  And, Cucumber Cantaloupe scent has good hot and cold scent throw.  As for home scenting ideas; this fragrance oil has been used to make smelly jellies, aroma beads, reed diffussers, oil burners, and odor freshening sprays.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%.  This fabulous and juicy scent is used to make:  melt and pour soaps, body butters, body frostings, bath salts, body creams, and handmade lotions.  And, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this juicy scent is amazing!  Here are the official results:  A great classic.  Juicy and fruity.  So rich and full.  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  This was cp phenomenal!!!  Very pale creamy discoloration if any at all in final soap.  Scent stayed super strong throughout cure.

Baby Scent

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

baby scentBaby Clean Fragrance Oil-Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This is the fresh and clean aroma of a baby scent.  This scent is something every mother knows.  Baby Clean Fragrance Oil is unmistakably calming yet light with soft floral and sweet fruit throughout the aroma.  Many of our customers find that not only do they love this clean baby scent, but so do their customers.  In fact, Baby Clean Fragrance Oil is a bestselling scent in products.  This is one of the most fabulous baby scents, and everyone seems to agree on that.

What does Baby Clean Fragrance Oil smell like?

This unique and calming fragrance oil by Natures Garden takes baby powder to a higher level.  This wonderful scent has top notes of granny smith apple, lemon zest, and hints of mint, rounded out with blossoms of spring wildflowers, butterfly violets & honeysuckle.  You can actually smell hints of a new born baby.

How do our customers use Baby Clean Fragrance Oil?

For candle makers and home scent crafters, this baby scent is divine, especially in odor sprays for playrooms and bedrooms.  Baby Clean Fragrance Oil performed extremely well in soy, palm, pillar of bliss, Joy, and WOW waxes.  This fragrance oil scent is wonderful in both the hot and cold throw.  As for home scenting options, some of our customers use this baby scent for room sprays, aroma beads, oil burners, reed diffusers, and smelly jellies; with a performance that is absolutely loved.

On the bath and body end, this beautiful baby scent is used to scent an array of products.  The usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%, and is used to make:  body sprays, melt and pour soaps, body butters, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, and bath bombs.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this clean baby scent is well worth it.  Here are the official results: Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, discolors to a light cream.

Exotic Fragrance

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

exotic fragranceBlackened Amethyst Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Welcome to quite possibly one of the most alluring female fragrances that Natures Garden carries!  Blackened Amethyst Fragrance Oil is soft, sexy, and spicy.  This scent is one exotic fragrance.  It is very classy and intriguing.  Plus, this scent sells extremely well in bath and body products.  If you are looking to add a great complex scent to your feminine product line, this exotic fragrance oil is it.  Blackened Amethyst scent is sophistication at its finest!

What does Blackened Amethyst smell like?

This seductive fragrance oil by Natures Garden was created for chic, confident women who like to “live a little”.  This fragrance combine’s aquatic top notes with Italian bergamot, rare camellias, and lime; followed by notes of exotic sandalwood and vetiver.

How do our customers use Blackened Amethyst Fragrance Oil?

For all you candle crafters and home scenters, this exotic fragrance oil can be used in a variety of waxes.  These waxes would include:  Joy wax, soy wax, soy blends, pillar of bliss, Palm wax, WOW wax, and beeswax, all with great scent throw.  For home scenters, Blackened Amethyst Fragrance Oil works great in aroma beads, smelly jellies, odor eliminator sprays, potpourri, oil burners, diffusers, and hanging air fresheners.

For the bath and body market; this exotic fragrance oil has endless possibilities.  The usage rate for this fragrance oil in products is 5%.  Blackened Amethyst does contain a 1% vanillin content, so vanilla white color stabilizer is recommended to prevent discoloration in your finished products.  This alluring fragrance oil can be used to scent:  homemade lotions, bath fizzies, body creams, body sprays, shower gels, melt and pour soap, conditioners, and shampoos.  For anyone that is curious about this exotic fragrance oils performance in cold process soap, this scent scored phenomenally.  Here are the official testing results: Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  Discolors to a taupe.  This one pops out nicely when added to the soap batter.  Very Nice!

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.

Rain Scent

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

rain scentRain Barrel Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The thought of falling rain water is soothing all by itself.  But, imagine a rain scent that you can smell even if it was not raining outside.  This fragrance is just that; a rain scent that will immediately take you to that special place, that place of your own personal “Zen”.  Rain Barrel fragrance is a combination of watery tones, with citrus, warm cedar, and other peaceful aromas perfectly coming together to.  This clean, crisp fragrance works in an array of homemade products and will be one of your favorites from Natures Garden line.

What does Rain Barrel Fragrance Oil smell like?

This intriguing summer fragrance oil by Natures Garden opens with fresh watery tones, crisp ozone and highlights of lemon. Leafy greens balance with lavender and warm cedar wood for the fragrance heart. Sensuous amber undertones and clear musky elements complete the fresh sensation. An NG Original Fragrance!

How do our customers use Rain Barrel Fragrance Oil?

For candles, tarts, and air fresheners, this rain scent performed perfectly in Wow, Joy, Ecosoya, and Gel waxes.  Rain Barrel fragrance oil also has a very nice, strong hot throw from soy waxes.  And, when it comes to room fresheners; this fragrance performs fabulous in aroma beads, room sprays, smelly jellies, and oil burners.

On the bath and body end, this fragrance passes with flying colors.  The usage rate for this rain scent is 5%, and is used to make:  bath fizzes, shower gels, melt and pour soaps, foaming body butters, lotions, bubble baths, lotions bars, and sugar scrubs.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers; this fragrance received awesome reviews.   Here are the official results: Perfect Pour. No ricing, no acceleration. No discoloration. Nice clean scent!

If you are interested in using this rain scent in a recipe, please click on this link to view the Beginners Cold Process Soap Recipe.

Argan Soap

Friday, April 11th, 2014

argan soap Hello everyone, today I made Argan Soap!

I am here to share my recent adventure in the world of soap making.  Today I made CP soap.  For those of you that are new at this, CP means cold process.  This is soaping without adding any additional heat.

I made this soap by creating my own recipe using the soapcalc.  This wonderful soaping tool was able to help me find ingredients and exact percentages for my homemade soaping recipe.  All of this information assisted me in producing my latest project.

For this soap cleverly named “Argan Soap”, I used Mango butter, Avocado oil, Coconut oil 76, Argan oil, and Sunflower oil.  To add a vibrant and tropical look to my soap, I selected Fun Colorants:  Neon orange and Neon blue.  I thought that these colors would look nice in combination with white.  So, I decided to also use titanium dioxide to get a nice bright white soap color.  I really felt that these colors captured the tone of the scent Kulu Bay, which I was using to fragrance my soap.

Due to the fact that I am SO over winter (clearing throat); I decided to try a soap with a summery feel.  Sorry, was venting (smiley face).   Also, I was going to try something new with this soap recipe.  For my very first time, I was doing the “in the pot swirl” technique using 3 colors.  I do have to say, I was beyond excited to get this going since I created this soap from beginning to end all by myself.

That is the moment I quickly became aware that I was DOING THIS BY MYSELF….Oh boy I thought.  No supervision, no guidance, nobody standing next to me for support, only my directions.

Ok, so, after getting all of my supplies, I put on my safety gear and began the first step.  Lye and water.  I want to caution any new soapers reading this:  Please remember to wear your gloves, mask, and safety glasses when handling the Lye and lye solution.  It is also just as important to have vinegar by your side (as your best friend) throughout your whole soaping process.  Vinegar is used in case the Lye or soap batter gets on your skin.

Once I melted all of my oils and butter, I waited for my Lye solution and oils to reach their desired temperature.  I then proceeded to put it all together and stick blended quickly to emulsification.

Being it was an in the pot swirl soap, I did have to put some of my soap batter into 2 smaller bowls and mix my colors really good.  That way I was ready to accomplish the swirl.

Moving quickly, I “plopped” globs of the orange and blue soap batter into the white batter.  I did this until it was all gone.  And, let me just tell you how fast you have to move to color, mix, and plop when using more than one color…holy cow!  You need to fly!  At this point, I was wondering why I used 3 colors….what was I thinking?  Creativity, that’s what!  Now not all recipes will do this, but it seems the one I chose was just that…FAST!

I did however get everything together and really enjoyed seeing my white, neon blue, and neon orange soap come together as I “swirled” around and through my colors.  After using my spatula to make this pretty cool design, I poured it into my silicone mold.  But, I poured it slowly back and forth from end to end.  I was mesmerized at how cool the colors were as they moved about inside the mold.

After the soap  in the mold had set up enough, I used the remaining batter to get an awesome heaping loaf of soap.  When I was done, I was happy with what I created.  A little stressed but only because I wanted it to be perfect.  I strive for perfection and unfortunately for me, I will fail at this (and have) a few times before I perfect it.  I am glad that I will fail however, only because it will make me a better soaper.  This is how you will learn, right?

When I tell my friends what I do here at Natures Garden, they are like, “wow, that sounds like so much fun”, and it is, creating and making your own stuff, heck ya!  Sometimes these recipes may seem a bit intimidating, but, be aware of your ingredients, and know their personalities and how they work together.  We have “fool” proof instructions, we HAVE failed too.  This is the best ways to become experts on what works.  When it comes to the free recipes that Natures Garden provides, what we present to you, is easily understood with virtually no guess work needed.

If you would like to see the full Argan Soap Recipe, please click on this link.

In closing, I can still say, it was a lot of fun making this soap; even if I did stress myself out.

We kids, until my next adventure, have a FABULOUS day!

Cindy

Sweet Treat

Friday, April 11th, 2014

sweet treat scentTooth Fairy Taffy Fragrance Oil Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Thoughts of a major sweet tooth come to mind with this sweet treat fragrance oil.  This beautiful aroma is a full and robust combination of berries, sugars, citrus, bubblegum, and musk.  Tooth Fairy Taffy scent is all the sweetness you can handle in your finished homemade products and more.  Our customers state this fragrance oil smells awesome in everything!  Plus, it is a big hit with the kiddies and those that are young at heart.  As a matter of fact, many of our customers say not only is this scent “very yummy” but it flies off the shelves!

What does Tooth Fairy Taffy Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a luscious blend of confectionary Sugar paired with Fruit Syrup of Wild Berry, Orange Crush, Black Cherry & Tangerine which are molded into Vanilla Taffy to create a sweet tooth, Bubble Gum dream! An NG Original Fragrance!

How do our customers use Tooth Fairy Taffy Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters; this fragrance oil is used in Joy wax, WOW wax, and in Soy waxes, all with a scent throw that seems to last forever!  As for home scenting ideas; this sweet treat fragrance oil works great in oil burners, and has been used to make smelly jellies and aroma beads.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%.  However, Tooth Fairy Taffy scent does contain a 3.5% vanillin content, so vanilla white color stabilizer is highly recommended to stabilize discoloration in your finished products.  As for body products, this sweet treat scent is also used to make homemade: lotions, melt and pour soaps, foaming body frostings, body butters, creams, solid perfumes, bath bombs, and sugar scrubs.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance soaps like a dream.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour.  Soaps great!  No acceleration, discolors to a beige. Scent holds well.

 

Hot Soap

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

hot soap

Sweet Orange Chili Pepper CP Soap Recipe

This hot soap is just too good to pass up!

For this recipe, we wanted to really knock it out of the box.  And, in the end, the whole Hot Soap theme really tied together nicely with the scent and color.  We could not be happier with the total package of this awesome soap and recipe.  In fact, our testing and end results were so amazing, we couldn’t even wait to share the cold process soap recipe, so you to can recreateyour very own hot soap.  Since, this cold process soap recipe makes approximately 4.5 pounds of  beautiful, creamy and rich lathering bars; we used the Mold Market Square Loaf Mold and have enough soap batter to achieve a nice and full heaped top to the soap.  This made for very hearty sized slices.

To scent the soap, we selected Sweet Orange Chili Pepper.  This fragrance oil qualifies as a hot soap scent candidate because it is one of Natures Garden’s top selling cold process soap scents.  Not only does this fragrance oil have a kick, but it also behaves.  This means it is a Perfect Pour, and the scent retention is hands down amazing in the cured bar of soap.  If you have yet to try this scent in soap, you are really missing out!

Sticking with the hot soap theme, we went with the additions of a bold red and vibrant orange color.  This was accomplished using the FUN soap colorant tomato red, and neon orange.  However, for these colors to truly dazzle, we decided that the colors should be added as swirls to a white soap base.  Now, although Sweet Orange Chili Pepper fragrance oil does not discolor, we wanted a clean white.  We attained this by adding titanium dioxide.

The red and orange colored batter was introduced to the white soap batter using the in the pot swirl technique.  We personally love using this method to create beautiful and flowing swirls in our finished soap bars.  But, don’t get overwhelmed, this hot soap is really easy to make; and in this blog post we will go over each step with pictures of our process included.

Now, before we get started, if you have never made cold process soap before; please read these two classes to familiarize yourself with the soap making process.  They are Basic CP Soap Making Class and Soap Making Safety Class.

If you have already soaped before, lets move on to the recipe and ingredients!

For the Lye Solution
517 grams of water
189 grams of lye
For your soaping ingredients
340 grams of Shea Butter
408 grams of Coconut Oil 76
122 grams of Sunflower Oil
136 grams of Rice Bran Oil
272 grams of Olive Oil-pomace
82 grams of Castor Oil
85 grams of Sweet Orange Chili Pepper Fragrance Oil
50 grams of Sodium Lactate
7 grams of Titanium Dioxide
6 grams of FUN Soap Colorant- Tomato Red
4 grams of FUN Soap Colorant- Neon Orange

As for other supplies that you will need in addition to the standard soaping supplies:  2 mixing bowls (1 for the red soap colorant, and 1 for the orange soap colorant) and a spatula (for the in the pot swirl technique).

So, now that you have everything that you need lets get our safety gear on and get started.

soap making safety gear

Next, make your lye solution.

making your lye solution

Then, weigh out and combine your soaping ingredients and melt.

melted soaping ingredients
Now, back to the lye solution.  Once it has cooled, add the sodium lactate.  Use your spatula to carefully stir this in.

adding sodium lactate

When your lye solution and soaping ingredients are within 5-10 degrees of each other, it is time to combine them together.

adding the lye solution to the soap ingredients
Then, stick blend for emulsion.

stick blending until emulsion
Now, get your two mixing bowls for the colorants.  To the first bowl, weigh out the tomato red soap colorant.  Then, to the second bowl, weigh out the neon orange soap colorant.

hot soap colorant
Next, add the fragrance oil to the soap batter and stick blend to incorporate.

scenting your hot soap

Then, get your soap batter, and place 400 grams into each soap colorant bowl.  To incorporate the orange soap colorant, stir this with a spoon.  To incorporate the red soap colorant, stick blend.  Once both colors are incorporated in their bowls, set them aside.

separating out soap batter for color
Moving quickly, to the remaining soap batter, add titanium dioxide.  Then, stick blend well to incorporate.

adding titanium dioxide to the soap batter

Now, bring the white soap batter over to your color soap bowls.  Then, drop some of the orange soap batter throughout the white soap.  Continue doing this until all of the orange soap is gone.  Repeat the same action with the red soap batter.

pouring the hot soap colors into the soap batter
Now, for the in the pot swirl:  Start by placing the spatula alongside the inside bottom edge of the bowl.  Then, come straight up the center.  When you reach the top, pick the spatula up.  Now, starting on one side, begin your swirls in a “s” pattern (using the spatula).  Repeat on the other side.

hot soap in the pot swirl

Next, carefully pour the soap batter into the mold.

pouring the hot soap
Once the mold has been filled, use the remaining batter to add a nice heaped topping.  You may need to wait a few minutes for the soap batter to thicken slightly before attempting this.  Then once all of the remaining soap has been heaped, insulate.  Please note:  You may want to insulate your soap using something that will not touch the top of the heaped soap.

one hot soap

After 24 hours, remove the soap from the mold.  Then, using your knife, slice the hot soap into bars.  Allow them to further cure before using.

That is it!  Your hot soap performs and smells fantastic.  Plus, you will have created the most beautiful swirls.  Enjoy!

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