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Nov
20

Bentonite Clay

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bentonite clayBentonite Clay

Hello everybody! Is your house all decorated for Christmas yet? Are you ready for the holiday season to arrive? Well, it is just around the corner! Yes, it is almost time for Santa to come and to open all those wonderful presents around the tree! I’m sure Santa is getting all of his reindeer ready for their famous night as we speak! It’s time for Christmas caroling and delicious Christmas cookies, and time to celebrate the day of Jesus’ birth! Are you still looking for some awesome cool gifts or projects to give all of your loved ones for the holidays? Well, have you ever tried anything with cosmetic clay before? Bentonite clay to be specific. If you haven’t, you should definitely get on that! We also have many fantastic free recipes made with Bentonite clay that would make the perfect and unique Christmas gift!

Bentonite clay is a naturally forming impure absorbent aluminum phyllosilicate clay that contains high amounts of sodium. In 2011, the United States was the top producer world wide for Bentonite clay. Bentonite clay was named in 1898 by Wilbur C. Wright after the Cretaceous Benton Shale that is near the city of River Rock, Wyoming. It is often referred to as Montmorillonite and is one of the most powerful and effective healing clays on the Earth. It is normally a grayish or beige color, but turns an olive color when water is added to it.

There are many different cosmetic and bath and body products that can include Bentonite clay. Common products it can be used in are bath bombs, lotions, soaps, and face masks. Since it is one of the most effective and powerful clays in the world, it has countless health and medicinal benefits. Bentonite clay can be used as a treatment for many conditions such as diarrhea, colitis, anemia, ulcers, cataracts, arthritis, and many food allergies and parasites. It has many skin care benefits such as cleaning impurities, removing oils, and softening the skin. It helps with many irritations like burns, cuts, and even insect bites. Bentonite clay even helps to relieve the itching caused by chicken pox, many rashes, eczema, and psoriasis. Pregnant women can use bentonite clay to help ward off morning sickness. Your teeth can even benefit from the use of bentonite clay. It whitens them and provides them with many essential minerals. When used in baby powder, the clay helps with the problems caused by infection and reduces redness.

Make sure to check out all of our awesome free recipes made with Bentonite clay! We have our Hatching Dinosaur Egg Bath Bombs recipe, our Whipped Shaving Cream recipe, our Fish Toy Bath Bomb recipe, our Cold Process Shaving Cream recipe, and our Freshly Ground Coffee Bath Bombs! They are all wonderful recipes that would be the perfect gift for all of your friends, family and even your customers for this Christmas season! Don’t pass up on this awesome product, try it out as soon as you can! Just type “bento” into the search bar on our site and it will take you directly to our Bentonite Clay Powder page! On top of the picture is a green box labeled “Recipe” that shows the names and pictures of the free recipes. Those pictures will link to those recipes! Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns, or thoughts, and make sure to watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Oct
24

Scented Putty

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scented-puttyScented Putty

Hey everybody! Are you looking for a new craft for the kiddos? Or maybe a new project that you can do with them for a creative way to spend time together? Or maybe even a fun thing that they can make with their friends? Well, how about our free recipe for our Scented Putty? What kid doesn’t love to play with putty? I know I did, we had it everywhere, all over the house! And what kid wouldn’t love to make their own? They can pick the colors, sizes, whatever they want! This recipe is sure to be a fantastic hit among them and their friends so you should definitely stick this on your future projects to try list!

Ingredients and Equipment Needed to Make Scented Putty

1 tablespoon of Corn Starch

½ teaspoon of Borax

2 tablespoons Distilled Water

1 tablespoons White School Glue

10 drops in FUN Soap Colorant (whatever color you want!)

10 drops Tropical Paradise Flavoring (or any other oil-based flavoring)

Disposable Pipette

Mixing Spoons

4 oz. PET Jar

White Dome Lid 58/400

2 plastic cups (or mixing bowls)

Measuring Spoons

1. In a plastic cup, mix 2 tablespoons of distilled water and 1/2 teaspoon of Borax together. Make sure to mix it well.

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2. In a separate cup add ½ teaspoon of this mixture along with 10 drops of Tropical Blast Flavoring and 10 drops of FUN Soap Colorant. (You can also use any of our body safe fragrances instead of the flavoring. However if you do choose to use fragrance, do not use the plastic cups. Make sure to use a mixing bowl because the fragrance will eat through the plastic cup.) Set aside the cup with the Borax mixture. You will not need it again unless you decide to make more than one!

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Add 1 tablespoon of school glue and 1 tablespoon of Corn Starch to your mixture. Mix it all together until it becomes too difficult to stir.

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Remove the mixture from the cup and place it on a piece of wax paper.

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Roll the putty all around in the palm of your hands.  It will slowly begin to take form.

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When you are finished with your first ball, feel free to make as many more as you want using the rest of the Borax mixture. You will just need to repeat everything from step two including adding the flavoring, corn starch, and colorant. We made 7 putty balls with this awesome recipe, but we still had a little bit left over! So with using all of the Borax mixture, this should make at least about 13 putty balls!  To store the scented putty simply place it in a 4 oz. PET jar and tighten the lid.   Note:  Body Safe fragrance oils can be used for this scented putty recipe instead of flavorings, but if you use fragrance oils, you will need to be sure to mix your putty in a pet plastic container.  Fragrance oils can melt certain plastics. 

Are you just totally intrigued? I’m sure the kiddos are, they will be so excited to make these Scented Putty balls that they will want to start as soon as possible! Are you looking for an awesome craft for the kids to do at a party? Well this is it! This wonderful putty is guaranteed to be a definite favorite, and they will want to make them over and over again. Come on, get started on these as soon as possible! Keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla! Are you looking for even more crafting fun? Make sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes as well!

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Dec
08

How to Make Your Own Scented Christmas Cards

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Sending holiday cards to family and loved ones is a seasonal tradition for many people this time of year.  Whether the holiday cards are store purchased or handmade, receiving one in the mail certainly brings a smile to anyone’s face.   So, when you are sending out your own holiday cards this year, why not include an extra special element; that of fragrance!  At Natures Garden, we figure with scents this good, you can’t go wrong!

Scrapbooking cards and memory albums are great ways to really make a project your own.  With a clean canvas and an ingenious mind, the world can be your oyster.  The whole essence of scrapbooking could be summed up in just one word: preservation.  Usually, there are three fundamentals that contrive a great scrapbooking design.  They are photos (of course), memorabilia, and the stories behind the memory that is being encapsulated.  But, did you know that one of the most powerful keys to recall memories is through the sense of smell.  So, we figured this is right up our alley.

In the true spirit of scrapbooking, we wanted to add our own special touch to our design.  Hence, the scented scrapbook card was created.  Although, you can replicate our recipe verbatim, also feel free to make it your own as well.  You can of course use any of Natures Garden’s fragrance oils to scent what ever theme your scrapbooking project may be.  However, if you are looking for a great holiday fragrance oil for your Season’s Greetings cards, please check out Natures Garden Holiday selection.  You will have no problems finding the perfect scent to truly embrace the feel that you are looking for.

One of the reasons why this holiday recipe is so amazing is because it truly allows for your imagination to thrive.  So, let’s get put our crafty caps on, and get the creative juices flowing.

Here is what you will need:

Hansel & Gretel’s House Fragrance Oil
Elmer’s Glue
Unscented Hairspray
Colored Paper
Candy Balls
Various Soap Paints
Paint Brushes
Glitter or Mica Pigment

 

Instructions:

1.  Scent 2 oz. of Elmer’s Glue with 30 drops of Hansel & Gretel’s House Fragrance Oil.

2.  Scent 2 oz. of unscented hairspray with 30 drops of Hansel & Gretel’s House fragrance oil.

3.  Add a few drops of Hansel & Gretel’s House fragrance oil to your desired soap paints.

4.  Apply scented glue to the areas of the card that you plan to adhere glitter, candy balls, and other décor.

5.  Paint the portions of your Christmas card with your scented soap paints.

6.  Spray your Christmas card with your scented hairspray.

7.  For an extra bonus, make recipe cards with some of your favorite family recipes and place inside card.

But remember, the fun does not have to stop there.  By scenting the Elmer’s glue and hairspray, you can fragrance any of your scrapbooking projects.  Just simply replace any adhesive steps out with your scented glue and you are good to go.  This project idea brings a whole new meaning to scrapbooking memories!

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com