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Bronzing Lotion Recipe

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Bronzing Lotion Recipe

Do you desire a soft, sun-kissed glow for your skin without spending innumerous hours sunbathing? If so, then our shimmering bronzer lotion recipe may be just what you’ve been looking for. We’ve included ingredients such as cocoa power and mica to create an natural bronzing lotion that is soft and shines. Not only can you obtain a light summer glow, but a touch of sparkle as well.

Materials need for this recipe:

Sweet Almond Oil

Shea Butter Unrefined

Cocoa Butter Golden Natural

Sun Your Buns Fragrance Oil


BTMS 25 Emulsifier


VITAMIN E OIL (Tocopherol T-50) Natural

Cocoa Powder

24K Gold Mica

OPTIPHEN – Preservative

Disposable Pipettes


8 oz.  White PET Bullet Bottles

White Lotion Pumps 24/410

Distilled Water

Mixing Bowls

Stainless Steel Spoon


Melting Pot

Stick Blender

Begin by getting your work area ready. You will want to clean and sanitize your area and all of your packaging supplies. We also suggest that you wear you’re a hair net, gloves, and protective clothing while preparing this shimmering bronzing lotion recipe.
DSC_0592First prepare your water.  Some water will evaporate during this process.  For this reason you will want plenty of extra water.  You will need to have 425 grams of distilled water when you make the lotion.  Heat the water to at least 180 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once you water reaches this temperature, keep it there for at least 20 minutes.  Doing this will destroy any bacteria that is in the water.  After 20 minutes has passed, remove the water from the stove top and use a scale to weigh out 425 grams.  To the bowl containing the water add 8 grams of Sodium Lactate.  Once added, mix well to combine the sodium lactate and water.  Set this mixture aside for the moment, you will need it a bit later.

DSC_0594Now, in a separate pot, weigh out 30 grams of the Fractionated Coconut Oil, 28 grams of the Sweet Almond Oil, 28 grams of the BTMS, 5 grams of the Golden Natural Cocoa Butter, 5 grams of Unrefined Shea Butter, 6 grams of Vitamin E.  Melt these ingredients using a double boiler.


Once the oils are melted and the temperature has reached around 140 degrees Fahrenheit, work quickly to add 14 grams of Natures Garden’s Sun Your Buns fragrance oil, 10 grams of Cocoa Powder Organic, and 5 grams of our 24K Gold Mica.


You will once again need to move quickly for this next part.  You want to be certain that the oils and butters are both around 140 degrees Fahrenheit. If they are not around the same temperature they may not emulsify.  Using a large mixing bowl, combine the oil mixture and the water mixture.   Using a stick blender, begin mixing.


DSC_0577When the mixture has reached 120 degrees Fahrenheit, add the optiphen preservative.  Again the temperature is very important.  If you add the preservative when the temperature is too hot, it will burn off.  However, if the temperature is too low, it will separate out of the lotion.  So, at 120 degrees Fahrenheit, add 10 grams of the Optiphen preservative.  Once again, use a stick blender to fully incorporate the Optiphen.

Finally, let your bronzing lotion cool to room temperature and then place it into your white PET bottles and place a white pump on top.

With summer on the horizon, this is perfect for anyone looking for a light golden glow. This shimmering bronzer lotion recipe is perfect for a shimmer and bronze glow without sunbathing. We hope you enjoy making this recipe just as much as you enjoy using it. For even more fragrance fun visit all of our free craft recipes! Keep watching for even more creative soap and candle making ideas.


Valentines Day Recipes

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Hello everybody! Do you have any plans for the most romantic day of the year? Yes, I’m talking about Valentine’s Day! Do you have an amazing night planned out with your significant other? Maybe you’ll spend just watching romantic love story movies together or perhaps you’ll spend it all dressed up at a cozy restaurant having a wonderful dinner. Whatever your plans are, make sure you have the perfect gift for your significant other to show them just how much you care! Here at Nature’s Garden we offer many wonderful free recipes, and here are free Valentines Day recipes that are perfect for the most romantic day of the year!


`Mulberry Love

Mulberry Love Air Freshener– A great room scenting idea for the holiday.



Rose Lotion


Rose Lotion– Scented in everyone’s favorite Valentine flower.




Pink Camo Candle


Pink Camouflage Candle– This granulated candle is the perfect gift for any girl.



Lip Scrub


Natural Sugar Lip Scrub-  This one is sure to leave their lips soft and kissable.



Valentines Bouquet


Valentine’s Day Bouquet-  The perfect long lasting bouquet.



Raspberry Zinger Bath Fizzies


Raspberry Zinger Bath Fizzies- A uniquely shaped bath fizzy, perfect for a nice relaxing soak in the tub.



Scented Shoes


Scented Shoes-  What woman doesn’t love shoes?!?!  You couldn’t possible go wrong with this one.



Edible Massage Bar


Sexy Edible Massage Bars- Flavored massage bars that will leave your skin feeling moisturized.


Vanilla Rose Scrub


Vanilla Rose Sugar Scrub-  This one is scented with the perfect combination of rose and vanilla.


Valentines Candles


Valentine’s Day Candle-  Even the kids can help with this fun granulated candle recipe.


Glamour Girl Lotion


Glamour Girl Lotion-  Any glam gal will adore this lotion recipe that leaves your skin feeling silky smooth,


Rose Violet Bath Melt


Rose Violet Bath Melts-  Rose and violet is a fabulous combination in these Valentines Day Bath Melts.


Pink Salt Bath Bomb


Pink Salt Bath Bomb-  A pretty in pink bath bomb, using our Himalayan pnk salt.


Hearts a Flutter Soap


Hearts a Flutter Soap-  This soap recipe will make anyone’s heart skip a beat.



Silky Shimmering Powder


Silky Shimmering Body Powder-  Silky and shimmery that just says it all.  It’s absolutely amazing.


Wine Soap


Wine Soap-  A cold process soap recipe using wine.


Heart Soaps


Heart Soaps with Love- A perfect heart shaped soap gift.


Rose Milk Bath


Rose Milk Bath-  Rejuvenate your skin with a milk bath.


Chunky Lip Balm


Chunky Lip Balm-  A unique chunky lip balm recipe.


Passion Massage Oil


Passion Massage Oil- This recipe shows you how to incorporate herbs into your body products.


Solid Glitter Perfume


Solid Glittered Perfume- We are obsessed with this perfume recipe.


Gourmet Chocolate Melts


Gourmet Chocolate Bath Melts- Let the aroma of chocolate leave your skin soft and silky.


Valentines Rocks


Valentine’s Day Scented Rocks-  An awesome room scenting idea for Valentine’s Day.


Embedded Heart Lip Balm


Embedded Heart Lip Balm-  A gift any girl young or old is sure to appreciate.


Solid Sugar Scrub


Solid Sugar Scrub-  An adorable heart shaped solid sugar scrub recipe.


Wine Gel Candle


Wine Gel Wax Candle- A White Zinfandel Wine scented gel wax candle.


Flavored Massage Oil


Flavored Massage Oil- A massage oil recipe flavored with our guava flavoring.


Valentines Cupcake Candle


Valentines Day Cupcake Candle-  A frosted cinnamon scented cupcake candle.



I’m sure that whatever your plans are for you and your significant other, it will be perfect no matter what. Just being together for this romantic day of the year is what counts most. All of these wonderful valentines day recipes are sure to be a wonderful gift to show your loved one just how much you care on Valentine’s Day! Hopefully this year will top all of your past ones! But you can always make sure to check out all the rest of our other amazing free recipes and classes as well! Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden with any thoughts, concerns or questions and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Rose Hips

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For all the crafters out there, do you like to experiment with different flowers and herbs? Have you ever tried rose hips? If you haven’t, you should definitely get on that! Rose hips can be used for many different products and many different industries as well! There are many foods and even some beverages that include rose hips, and other industries it can be used in are hair care, skin care, soaps, bath and body products and even medicinal. This plant is something you should put on your list of projects to try, because once you finish reading this blog I’m sure you won’t be able to resist!

Rose hips, which is also known as rose hep or rose haw, is the fruit that grows on rose plants. It is in the family Rosaceae, and is a part of the Rosa genus. It is native to Europe, North Africa, North America, and certain parts of Asia. The rose is actually America’s National Floral Emblem, as well as the state flower of Iowa, Georgia, New York, North Dakota and the District of Columbia. There are over 100 species of rose plants, and each species has a different look. Some can grow up to 20 feet, while some only grow up to 3 feet high. George Washington, America’s first president, was actually a rose breeder!

There are many medicinal benefits to using rose hips. It contains many antioxidants like flavinoids, catechins, carotenoids, leucoanthocyanins, and polyphenols that help to prevent heart disease and even cancer. Rose hips can also help to fight off infections in the body and strengthen the immune system as well as treating many different skin problems such as burns and acne. Other skin ailments include helping wounds to heal faster, regenerating skin cells, slowing the aging process, giving the skin a beautiful healthy glow, and keeping the skin moist and hydrated. Rose hips also contain Vitamin C which is a necessity for pregnant women to help them build collagen for themselves and their baby. Even an itching powder can be made from this wonderful fruit! But please don’t take this blog as medical advice! Always consult a doctor before using any product in place of medical treatment!

Many bath and body products can be made with this amazing ingredient as well! If you’re a soap maker, ground up rose hips powder is an awesome addition to your soaps and even bath teas. Do you have brittle nails? Try rose hips oil! Rubbing it on your nails actually helps to hydrate and nourish them! Are you looking to add more bounce to your hair? Adding rose hips to your hair care will help to add the bounciness and even make your hair silkier! Are you officially intrigued with this fantastic product? Wondering how to get your hands on some as soon as possible? Have no fear, we have Rose Hips Powder! And it gets even better! We also offer many free recipes, including our Herbal Infused Shea Lotion! However, we sell rose hips for external use only!

The easiest way to find both of these products on our site is just by typing “rose hips” into the search bar. That will take your directly to our “Rose Hips Powder” page. On the top of the picture, there is a little green link that says “Recipe.” Just click that and it will take you right to a picture and link for our herbal infused lotion recipe. Be sure to try out some rose hips as soon as possible! And watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

rose hips pageNote: Natures Garden sells our herbs for external use only. We do not sell them as food items. (The information we provide is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration). Keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets. Special care should be taken by pregnant and/or lactating women when handling herbs. Natures Garden accepts no responsibility (written or implied) for any products you make with our herbs. All testing is the responsibility of the customer.



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Lotion Recipe

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Homemade Tropical Lotion RecipeThis amazing Tropical Lotion Recipe is filled with skin loving and moisturizing elements.  But, not only does this lotion sink right into your skin, it smells like a tropical paradise.  Just the perfect thing to snap you out of the winter blues, and get you ready for summer!

To make this lotion, there are some supplies you will need.  To heat and melt the oils/butters, you will be using a double boiler method on your stovetop.  You will also need a larger mixing bowl to combine the water and butters/oils, as well as a stick blender to encourage the emulsification process.  Other than that, the rest of the supplies are pretty standard:  a scale, a mixing spoon, a spatula, and a funnel (optional).

As for the rest of the ingredients in this lotion recipe, they can all be found at Natures Garden.  You will also be able to find the bottles and lids to package your lotion in by clicking on this link.

Here is the lotion recipe to make (2) 8 oz. bottles:
Water Phase:
425 grams Distilled Water
8 grams Sodium Lactate
Oil Phase:
24 grams BTMS 25
10 grams Mango Butter
28 grams Rice Bran Oil
30 grams Fractionated Coconut Oil
6 grams Vitamin E Oil 
To Scent and Preserve:
10 grams Optiphen Preservative 
12 grams Papaya Dragon Fruit Fragrance Oil 
To get the same color pictured, you will need:
5 drops Da Bomb Soap Dye Yellow
7 drops Da Bomb Soap Dye Blue

It is suggested before starting this recipe to prep your area with all of the supplies that you will need.  Also, clean and sanitize your work area as well as your packaging materials.

And now, the steps:

The Water Phase:
Step 1:  Using your scale, weigh out at least 525 grams of distilled water.  Even though you will only be using 425 grams for this lotion recipe, you want to account for evaporation while heating.  Place your water in a pot.  Place the pot on the stove top.  Heat the water to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once the water hits that temperature, hold it there for 20 minutes.  This step will eliminate any bacteria that may be in the water.

heat your distilled water

Step 2:  When the time has elapsed, remove the water for the stove top/heat. Weigh out 425 grams of the water.  Then, add the sodium lactate.  Stir and set aside.

adding sodium lactate to lotion recipe
The Oil Phase:
Step 1:  Grab a larger pot.  Place a few inches of tap water into this pot.  Put this pot on to the stove top on medium heat.  Now, weigh out and combine the following:  Mango Butter, BTMS, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Rice Bran Oil, and the Vitamin E.  Place all of the ingredients into a smaller pot.  Then, place this smaller pot in to the larger one.  This is the double boiler method.  As the ingredients melt, stir occasionally.  Heat the ingredients in the smaller pot to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

double boiler method for the lotion ingredients

The Mixing Phase: Get ready to move!
Step 1: Double check that your water and your oils are both around 140 degrees Fahrenheit.  Then, in a large mixing bowl combine the oil mixture and the water.

adding the oil phase to the water phase
Step 2:  Using your stick blender, begin to emulsify.  This will become apparent when your mixture turns white in color.

emulsifying lotion recipe

The Cooling Phase:
Step 1:  Now, allow your mixture to cool.  The temperature that you are looking for is 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once your lotion is this temperature, add the Optiphen preservative, colorant, and fragrance oil.  Once again, using your stick blender, mix.

preserving your lotion
Step 2:  Finally, let your lotion cool to room temperature and then place it into your bottles.

packaging your lotion

You have now turned your Tropical Lotion Recipe into Homemade Tropical Lotion.  You will just love how truly amazing this lotion is!  Enjoy the tropical fruits of your labor!

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients.