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May
09

20 Easy Crafts for Adults


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20 Easy Crafts for Adults20 Easy Crafts for Adults

Get ready for an amazing list of 20 easy crafts for adults! Whether you are looking for a fun way to pass the time by yourself or trying to find a way to spice up a girls night in, we have some great crafting ideas that anyone could do. This list includes unique recipes straight from the Natures Garden website, so you can click on the link to see the step by step instructions for any of the recipes shown below. We have facial recipes, room scenting crafts, recipes for lip care, and various creations that are perfect for a relaxing soak in the tub. No matter what you would like to create, we are confident you will find a recipe to create something that you will truly enjoy making and using!

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Barney Stone Soap Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Barney Stone Soap Recipe

Melt and pour soap is the easiest way to make your White Tea & Ginger Type Fragrance Oil scented soap. This craft creatively uses a few different colors of melt and pour soap to make a gorgeous stone. It is an imperfectly perfect recipe, so running layers and odd cuts can still lead to a very pretty designed stone soap!

 

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Firming Facial Mask Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Firming Facial Mask Recipe

Facials are fun to do and great for your skin. So, creating and using homemade facials would be perfect for craft night! This recipe uses a variety of natural cleansers and gentle moisturizers, which will leave this more sensitive skin feeling its absolute best.

 

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Hydrangea Candle Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Hydrangea Candle Recipe

Get ready for the easiest candle recipe ever! Its a fun, simple way to create unique and gorgeous candles. Simply color the granulated Pillar of Bliss Wax and scoop the wax into your jars. Plus, this candle is scented with Hydrangea Heaven Fragrance Oil, which is perfect for this candle.

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Tranquility Bath Melts Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Tranquility Bath Melts Recipe

Bath melts are a wonderful idea for a craft that has a calming aroma as well as moisturizing oil. This allows you to relax with the calming scent of Tranquil Oasis Fragrance Oil while your skin absorbs some oils and butters that are amazing for skin.

 

20 Easy Crafts for Adults Natural Lipstick Recipe

Check out a simple craft that is perfect for ladies night in. This recipe uses an all natural lip balm base to create the easiest possible recipe for homemade lipstick. Plus, everyone can choose their own shade of lip balm tint for their batch of twenty five lip sticks.

 

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Freshly Ground Coffee Bath Bombs20 Easy Crafts for Adults Freshly Ground Coffee Bath Bombs

We combined two well loved adult activities to create the best possible craft for grown-ups. This recipe takes everything we love about baths with the only thing good about the morning and creates an absolute masterpiece. Even better, this recipe uses Fresh Brewed Coffee- ORIGINAL Fragrance Oil, which smells just like the real thing!  Our Freshly Brewed Coffee Bath Bombs not only use skin loving oils, it also uses real coffee grounds.

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Scented Markers Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Scented Markers Recipe

While scented markers may seem a bit like a kids craft, it is very much a craft for all ages. Coloring is a fun and calming activity that is perfect for someone stressed out. Simply add some calming fragrances to markers, grab an adult coloring book, and take a break from your life and the problems that come with it. Further, we have matched Pink Sugar Type Fragrance Oil, Blue Sugar Type Fragrance Oil, Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Fragrance Oil, Berry Bewitching Brew Fragrance Oil, Frosted Lime Cupcake Fragrance Oil, NG Aqua di Gio Type Fragrance Oil, Jelly Bean Fragrance Oil, French Lavender Fragrance Oil, Honey Vanilla Love Dust Fragrance Oil, and Australian Bamboo Grass Fragrance Oil with colors that seem like the best fit for the scent.

20 Easy Crafts for Adults Bling Lip Gloss Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Bling Lip Gloss Recipe

There is nothing better than homemade lip balm. It’s soft, nourishing, natural, and this one tastes like Strawberry Sorbet Flavoring. In addition, you can bling it up to give it a beautiful shimmer. Plus, this recipe is very easy! It is a perfect craft If you have a group filling the tubes, then the recipe goes by fairly quickly, too.

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Chocolate Blossom Cookie Wax Tart Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Chocolate Blossom Cookie Wax Tart Recipe

If you have a wax tart warmer, then you may be interested in this cute craft. This recipe uses a couple molds for your candle wax, which allows you to create cookie shaped wax tarts that smell absolutely delicious due to the Chocolate Chip Cookies Fragrance Oil!

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Metallic Kiss Soap Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Metallic Kiss Soap Recipe

Even though melt and pour soap is easy, it doesn’t mean that it can’t look gorgeous! Simply pop the soap base in the microwave, add the ingredients, and pour into the lips mold to get lovely soaps. Plus, this craft uses shimmery diamond dust mica and 24 K gold mica to add some extra glam to a pretty pink soap, You Sexy Thing You Fragrance Oil for a perfect scent and some perfectly chosen colorants.  While we have a variety of tested color combinations, but the steps remain just that simple.

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Odor Eliminator Room and Body Spray Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Odor Eliminator Room and Body Spray Recipe

Out of all the crafts, this recipe is likely the quickest and easiest. Simply use the our odor eliminator base, add the fragrance, and add it to the aluminium spray bottles. After that you’ll have a great room spray that removes and replaces undesirable aromas with the scent of Fresh Pear Fragrance Oil all throughout your home.

30 Crafts for Adults Mandarin Mango Bubble Bar Recipe20 Crafts for Adults Mandarin Mango Bubble Bar Recipe

Try out a fizzy recipe with the Mango and Mandarins Fragrance Oil that is perfect for the bath! Bubble bars are just as great as bath bombs, the only difference is the shape. Instead of using a circular mold, this recipe is rolled like a pumpkin roll would be. So, baking pros will definitely know how to work with this recipe.

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Zebra Print Soap Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Zebra Print Soap Recipe

Create some homemade soap that has a bit more sass and glam than a typical bar. Not only is this soap zebra stripped, but it uses the sassy Bite Me Fragrance Oil. Just use some melt and pour soap base and allow it to cool at an angle to create a bar of zebra print soap.

20 Easy Crafts for Adults Strawberry Cheesecake Lip Balm Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Strawberry Cheesecake Lip Balm Recipe

Take a look at a craft that is simple, yet adorable! This layered lip balm recipe looks as though they are actually tiny strawberry cheesecakes inside your lip balm pots. Plus, the lip balm feels smooth and tastes scrumptious with the Strawberry Cheesecake Flavoring added in.

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Pink Salt Bath Bomb Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Pink Salt Bath Bomb Recipe

Try out a crafting recipe for a bath bomb with all the benefits of a Himalayan pink salt soak. Not only does this make for a wonderfully relaxing bath, but these bath bombs are super easy and fun to create! Plus, they smell quite elegant with the Che Bella Donna Fragrance Oil. Have a ball making these with a group of friends and enjoy a well deserved soak after the party is all over.

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Spring Smelly Jelly Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Spring Smelly Jelly Recipe

Smelly jellies are a super easy way to create a wonderful room scent. Simply add the Easter Bunny Burps Fragrance Oil and colorant to your Smelly Jelly Crystals to create a great room freshener. Anyone can create these and they are pretty cute!

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Mint Chocolate Chip Chip Ice Cream Bath Fizzies Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Mint Chocolate Chip Chip Ice Cream Bath Fizzies Recipe

This craft is perfect for those that love bath bombs. This craft creates twenty four little cute ice cream scoops that smell true thanks to the Peppermint Patty Fragrance Oil. Simply mix and scoop and your bath bombs will be ready in no time at all. This is a recipe that is perfect for a group to do together because the recipe makes quite a bit making the craft super quick!

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Blueberry Bath Bomb Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Blueberry Bath Bomb Recipe

Bath bombs are simple to create and fun for everyone. This recipe is perfect for adult craft night without being overly complicated. Simply mix two colors for bath bombs, fill your ornament molds and tada! You will have a half and half bath bomb that smells great with the Blueberry Fragrance Oil.

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Stinky Feet Foot Powder Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Stinky Feet Foot Powder Recipe

Stinky feet nobody wants them, but from time to time we all end up with them at least once. This recipe is a perfect solution for stinky shoes and leaves you with the fresh, clean aroma of Tea Tree Australian Fragrance Oil. Plus, the foot powder recipe has a few, simple instructions and not that many ingredients. So, you can have a fun craft night and make something that is super useful.

30 Easy Crafts for Adults Oatmeal Butter Honey Soap Recipe20 Easy Crafts for Adults Oatmeal Butter Honey Soap Recipe

Create some oatmeal melt and pour soap that is easy and great for you skin. Simply create some layers with your melt and pour soap and you have simple and creative soap bars. Plus, this recipe smells lovely with the Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil.

20 Easy Crafts for Adults Even More Fun Crafts!

These twenty easy crafts are just a few of the many crafts available on Natures Garden website under the Recipes and Classes section. Some of these crafts are more complex, but we have tons of simple recipes as well. Simply choose your favorites and you can read through our detailed steps for creating any of our recipes. Also, we’d love to see anything you have created! Feel free to share pictures on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram @ngscents. We can’t wait to see your awesome creations!

Mar
17

Oatmeal Honey Soap


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Oatmeal-Butter-Honey-SoapOatmeal Honey Soap

Mmm…oatmeal and honey. Doesn’t the name just make your mouth water? It sounds so delicious, isn’t your stomach just growling with hunger? Well, we are bringing you a brand new free recipe for this wonderfully amazing Oatmeal Honey Soap, made with our awesome Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil! This is one soap that is sure to get your taste buds going!

 

Ingredients:

Brown Layer:

559 grams of Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap

28 grams of Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil

Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Middle Honey Layer:

120 grams of Honey Melt and Pour Soap

6 grams of Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil

Cream Layer:

590 grams of Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap

8 grams of Deodorized Cocoa Butter

30 grams of Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil

Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

Neon Yellow FUN Soap Colorant

Top Honey Layer:

140 grams of Honey Melt and Pour Soap

7 grams of Buttered Maple Oats Honey Fragrance Oil

 

Other Ingredients Needed:

Square Loaf Mold Market Mold

8 oz. Bullet Bottle

Black Fine Mist Sprayer 24/410

Rubbing Alcohol

PAM or other cooking spray

Mixing Bowls

Mixing Spoons

Paper Towels

Rolled Oats

Scale

Toothpicks

 

Directions:

Start by measuring and weighing out 559 grams of Oatmeal Soap into one mixing bowl, and 590 grams into another. Then spray your cooking oil onto a paper towel and rub it around on the inside of your mold. This will help the soap to remove easier when it is finished. Then go ahead and melt down the bowl of 559 grams of soap in the microwave until it is completely melted.

oatmeal honey soap

 

Once it is melted, add 28 grams of Buttered Maple Honey Oats fragrance and mix it thoroughly.

 

oatmeal honey soap

 

Using a toothpick, add small drops of your Brown Oxide colorant to your soap, mixing it thoroughly until you have achieved a warm light brown color. Once it has turned brown, carefully pour your soap into your mold. Pouring into the middle of the mold will help the soap to spread straighter across the mold.

oatmeal honey soap

 

Once it is poured, make sure to spray your soap with rubbing alcohol to defeat any air bubbles that may occur. Then make sure to let that layer sit until it has hardened and set up.

oatmeal honey soap

After your first layer has hardened, go ahead and measure and weigh out 120 grams of Honey soap into a mixing bowl and melt it down in the microwave.

oatmeal honey soap

 

When it is melted, add 6 grams of fragrance to your bowl and mix it together thoroughly.

oatmeal honey soap

 

Then carefully pour your soap on top of your first layer, again pouring to the middle. Once it is completely poured, spray it again with rubbing alcohol. Make sure to give this layer enough time to sit and set up.

oatmeal honey soap

When your first layer of honey has set up, take your bowl with 590 grams of Oatmeal Soap, add your 8 grams of cocoa butter, and melt it down in the microwave. Once it has melted, go ahead and add 30 grams of your Buttered Maple Oats Honey fragrance and mix thoroughly. Then carefully with toothpicks, add drops of Brown Oxide and Neon Yellow colorants to your soap, mixing it very thoroughly until you have achieved a slight cream color.

oatmeal honey soap

 

Once your soap has become cream, go ahead and pour it on top of your first honey layer pouring to the middle of the mold. Once it is completely poured, make sure to spray this layer with rubbing alcohol. Then let your soap sit to set up.

oatmeal honey soap

After your cream layer has has enough time to set up, weigh out 140 grams of Honey Melt and Pour Soap and melt it down in the microwave. When it is melted, add 7 grams of your fragrance and mix it together thoroughly. Then carefully pour this final layer on top of your cream layer. As soon as it is poured, make sure to spray with rubbing alcohol.

oatmeal honey soap

 

Then, work fast to sprinkle as many oats as you want on top before it hardens! Once you have sprinkled your oats, let your soap sit until it has completely hardened!

oatmeal honey soap

Once your soap has hardened, remove it from your mold. Once you cut it, your new Oatmeal Honey Soap is ready to use! Enjoy! Check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes, and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Oct
17

Adding Beeswax to a Soaping Recipe


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beeswax

Adding beeswax to your cold process recipes provides a harder, long lasting bar of soap.

So, we had a brilliant idea, and we ran with it.  But, as we learned having a brilliant idea does not always equate to a brilliant end result.  Instead, our brilliant idea was a learning experience!

The Scenario

It all started out with the scent Nectarine and Honey, which by the way happens to be a fabulous scent.  In true Natures Garden form, we wanted to take this fragrance oil and kick it up a notch.  So, to the brainstorming mobile we went- hello think tank!  Back and forth the creative ideas started flowing- anything that was related to nectarine and/or honey was noted.  What resulted was a cold process soap recipe focused around the scent Nectarine and Honey that would incorporate bee products; Honey, Beeswax, and Bee Pollen Powder.  Once we knew how luxurious this soap was going to be, the clever name Royal Honey Bee Soap seemed to be the perfect match.

The Special Bee Ingredients

Honey was an easy choice.  We know that honey contains awesome skin loving benefits.  It is a detoxifier, loaded with antioxidants, and it’s very moisturizing.  After using body products with honey your skin feels extremely soft and supple.  Through our research we found that even Cleopatra herself bathed in honey and milk to supplement her natural loveliness and beautiful, soft skin.

Bee Pollen Powder was also chosen for the benefits it provides to the skin.  Bee pollen is rich in vitamins, amino acids, and minerals.  Products with bee pollen powder leave your skin feeling naturally soft and smooth.

Beeswax was selected as our warrior.  Although this ingredient is commonly used to help harden soaps, (making them last longer) we wanted it for a different reason. It also brought another element to the table- it locks in moisture for your skin.  Besides helping to keep your skin moisturized, after using products that include beeswax- a thin protective layer is left- a shield for your skin against the harsh outside elements of your environment.

We were set.  Super excited about how magnificent this recipe was going to be, we happily plugged our ingredients into Soap Calc, double checked our values, and moved on to the testing stage.

The Creation

Everything was set.  The lye solution was cooling.  The beeswax, butters, and oils were melted.  We were just waiting on the green light (temperatures).  The excitement was thick in the air.

Finally, the time had arrived.  The soaping procedure was normal.  Really, the only changes were: honey was added at light trace, and the bee pollen at trace.  This was easy!

The soap batter was beautiful- thick, creamy and smelled divine.  There was no denying it; you could just envision how great these bars were going to turn out after cure.  Seeing this gorgeous masterpiece coming together was intoxicating.  The anticipation of molding this batter was building, and we couldn’t wait to get started.

Since Nectarine and Honey fragrance oil naturally discolors to a creamy peach and the addition of bee pollen powder will add somewhat of a yellow hue, we thought this final color would be perfect.  So, really the only thing we wanted to accomplish was a heaped loaf with peaks.  Easy, right?

Yes, it was… so easy!  The batter was poured and heaped through the center of the mold.  We felt like Pablo Picasso working on a yet to be viral masterpiece.  Everything was going as planned.  Once we started peaking with a spatula, it was perfection in its finest hour.  Each peak held to the spatula and gracefully formed the most breath-taking, stunning crests.  The playful batter was alluring, begging for more peaks, and we did just that.  We peaked and played until it was perfect.  The soap batter was not only enchanting, but also captivating visually.  It was quite possible that we may have just stumbled upon a divine soap recipe- one to go down through the ages. 

After waiting the 24 hours to remove the soap from the mold, it was almost too much to handle.  We couldn’t wait to get these beauties out and cut; let alone the rest of the cure time.  But, we did- that’s soaping 101; it comes with the territory.

Finally- the Cure is Over

The first day that the soap was finished, we couldn’t wait to give it a try.  The bars were angelic.  The color was flawless, the bars were nice and hard, the scent retention was amazing!  We just had to try them out.  To the sink we went, and this is where our demise met us.

We soaped, and we were heartbroken.  Although everything seemed to be perfect throughout this whole process, our soap bars were crumbly.  Too crumbly!  We were defeated, and it was the beeswax that was the culprit.  The same ingredient that memorized us with its playful nature in the soap batter was now our arch enemy in the final product.  We felt as though we were victims to the sirens of the soaping world.  Back to the drawing board.

Analysis

After reviewing our notes and recipe, we found that the percentage of beeswax we used in the original recipe was too high (10%).  Investigating further, we found that the normal usage rate for this ingredient was a mere 1-2%.  Yikes!

honey soap

This is a finished and cured bar of Royal Honey Bee Soap by Natures Garden.

We did recalculate and remake the Royal Honey Bee Soap Recipe.  However, this time we decided to leave out the beeswax.  The bars were still gorgeous, soothing, and the scent retention was phenomenal.  After using it our skin did feel soft, supple, and nourished.  The honey added an extravagant element of luscious royalty.  The soap bars were still a win even without the beeswax.

In hind sight- we will try again to create a soap recipe that includes beeswax just not at 10%.  Sometimes, the most memorable lessons in life are the ones that you have to see for yourself- even if they result in less than desirable outcomes.