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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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Oct
22

Monster Cookies

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monster eye cookiesMonster Cookies

Hello all! Are you getting ready for the Halloween season? Do you have your house decked out with all kinds of scary ghosts and monsters? Are you looking for a new way to spend the Halloween season with the kiddos besides trick or treating? Try our new Monster Cookies! Yes, we know they are actual food items and really don’t have anything to do with candles or herbs or soaps, but come on. Do you see how adorable these are? How could we resist making these scary little guys? You definitely won’t be able to either! We absolutely adore them and we’re sure you and your kids will too!

Monster Cookies Ingredients:

2 Eggs

2 Boxes of Yellow Cake Mix

2 Softened Bars of 8oz. Cream Cheese

1 Tsp. of Vanilla

1 Cup of Softened Butter

Green Food Coloring

Powdered Sugar

Candy Eye Balls

 

Directions:

First, combine the butter, vanilla, eggs, and cream cheese into a bowl and then mix it all together until it is a fluffy consistency.

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After it reaches the fluffy consistency, add the cake mix to your mixture.

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After adding the cake mix, add as much green food coloring as you want until you are satisfied with the color.

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Mix everything together thoroughly and then let the mixture chill for about half an hour.

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When the half an hour is over, roll the dough into individual balls.

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Once you have finished making the dough into balls, dip each one into a bowl of powdered sugar.

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Your oven should be heated to 350 degrees. When it is at the correct temperature, put the cookies in the oven and bake them for about ten to twelve minutes.

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After the cookies are thoroughly baked, create your monsters! Use the eyes as much as you want, wherever you want on the cookies! Just have fun with it!

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Monster Cookies are sure to be a treat you and the kiddos will absolutely love! They are such an easy and fun way to spend time with your own little monsters, and they are a delicious delight! These fantastic yummy monsters are great for Halloween parties as well! Monster Cookies will definitely be a delectable way to celebrate the scariest day of the year. Remember our free recipe for those adorable Monster Bath Cookies? I’m sure the kids loved those and were completely heartbroken that they couldn’t chow down on the spooky little guys. Well Monster Eye Cookies are the perfect way to heal those broken hearts! What are you waiting for? You have to try these wonderful cookies as soon as possible!

Are you still looking for other fun ways to celebrate Halloween as well? In need of some new or spooky recipes? Not only do we have the Monster Bath Cookies, we offer many other free Halloween recipes as well! How about our Monster Snot Soap Jelly? Or our Pumpkin Puke Soap Jelly? Or even our Spider Venom Soap Jelly? You can also just check out all of our free classes and recipes! Have fun! Please contact us with any questions or thoughts you may have, and be sure to watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Sep
24

Ghost Soap

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ghost soapGhost Soap

 

        Alright everybody, how much do you love to celebrate Halloween? Are you looking for new and exciting ways to spook up your house? Here at Nature’s Garden we have plenty of products that are sure to fill your house with Halloween spirit! With fall now upon us, we have been coming up with all kinds of new and scary ideas for you! Have you made our Pumpkin Puke Soap Jelly or our Monster Snot Soap Jelly? You haven’t? Well get on that! But before you try those fun creations, here’s another Halloween treat for you! We would like to introduce our new Ghost Soap! Ghouls and goblins of all ages will love Ghost Soap! It sure to be a new favorite Halloween treat!

Ingredients for base:

200 grams of SLS FREE Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap

10 grams of Alien Type Fragrance Oil

1 gram of Fun Soap Colorant Black Oxide

Mold Market Molds for Cupcakes

 

Ingredients for frosting:

77 grams of Whipped Soap Base

9 grams of Vegetable Glycerin

77 grams of Soya Milk Melt and Pour Soap

7 grams of Alien Type Fragrance Oil

 

Equipment and Other Ingredients:

8oz. Clear Bullet Bottle

24/410 Black Fine Mist Sprayer

Disposable Pipette

Hand Mixer

Mixing Spoon

Rubbing Alcohol

Deep Mixing Bowl

Scale

 

Directions:

  1. Weigh out and melt down 200 grams of SLS FREE Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap in a clean bowl in the microwave. This should take about 30 seconds, however if it is still not melted you can put it back into the microwave for another 30 seconds.

SLS Free GLycerin M&P Soap for ghost soap

  1. Once your melt and pour is completely melted down, you can add in 10 grams of Alien Type Fragrance Oil.

alien type fragrance for ghost soap

  1. Next, add 1 gram of Black Oxide Fun Soap Colorant and mix it all together very thoroughly.

black oxide dye for ghost soap

  1. After you have mixed everything together, carefully pour your mixture into the base portion of the cupcake molds and then spray them with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any air bubbles.

cupcake mold for ghost soap

 

rubbing alcohol for ghost soap

 

5.  Then let your bases sit or they can also be refrigerated until they harden.

bases of ghost soap

 

  1. With any leftover mixture you may have, use a pipette or a spoon to carefully drop it onto the wax paper to make eyes and a mouth for your ghosts. Once your faces harden, peel them off of the wax paper.

faces for ghost soap

  1. Once your cupcakes are solid, you can start on the frosting. Weigh out 77 grams of Whipped Soap Base.

whipped base for ghost soap

  1. Add 9 grams of Vegetable Glycerin to your whipped topping.

veggie glycerin for ghost soap

  1. Next, weigh out and melt down 77 grams of Soya Milk Melt and Pour Soap.

soya milk M&P for ghost soap

10.  Mix your Soya Milk with the whipped base and add in 7 grams of Alien Type Fragrance Oil.

mixing for ghost soap top

alien fragrance for ghost top

11. Quickly but carefully frost your cupcake bases with your mixture and shape it into a ghost.

adding ghosts to bases

12. Quickly add your eyes and mouth to your frosting before it sets.

faces for ghost soap

13.  After adding your face, let them set for a little while and then voila! Your ghost soap is finished! Have fun with your new and spooky friends!

 

I hope you have enjoyed creating our new Ghost Soaps! They are sure to be a fun Halloween treat! Your family, friends, and customers will have a blast with your new friends! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any problems or questions! Be sure to try out all of our other great Halloween recipes and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla postings!

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Sep
03

Pumpkin Puke Soap Jelly

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halloween-scrubPumpkin Puke Soap Jelly

 

Getting ready for Halloween? Need a fun way to bring the fall season into your home? Try our Pumpkin Puke Soap Jelly! This soap jelly was created with the thoughts of jack-o-lanterns and the smells of pumpkin pie. This Nature’s Garden creation will definitely bring back all kinds of fall memories for you with its tantalizing pumpkin scent. Pumpkin Puke Soap Jelly is a great reminder of the traits of the fall season; the tempting smell of a pumpkin pie in the oven, or carving your first pumpkin. Pumpkin Puke will also bring back fond memories of your first trip to a pumpkin patch to pick out your first pumpkin for Halloween and the scents of delicious pumpkin rolls. This will definitely be another Halloween favorite that you will want to make again and again!

 

 

 

Ingredients:

100 grams of SLS Glycerin FREE Melt and Pour Soap

153 grams of warm distilled water

4 grams of Optiphen

12 grams of Pumpkin Roll Fragrance Oil

12 drops of Yellow Da Bomb FD&C Soap

3 drops of Red Da Bomb FD&C Soap Dye

8 oz Clear Bullet Bottle

One 24/410 Black Fine Mist Sprayer

8oz Clear PET Jars

Black Dome Lid 70/400

One thermometer

Rubbing Alcohol

Black Foam with Sticky Backing

Directions:

  1. Weigh out and melt down 100 grams of the SLS Free Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap in a clean bowl in the microwave. This will take about 30 seconds. If your soap is not completely melted, you can put it back in for another 15 seconds. Then measure out and add in 153 grams of warm distilled water.
  2. Next, you will add 12 drops of Yellow Da Bomb Soap Dye and 3 drops of Red Da Bomb Soap Dye.
  3. Using your thermometer, make sure that your mixture is between 120 and 140 degrees. If it is at the correct temperature, add in the 4 grams of Optiphen and then mix it thoroughly.
  4. After the Optiphen is added to your mixture, carefully add in 12 grams of our Pumpkin Roll Fragrance Oil.
  5. Using a clean spoon or utensil, mix thoroughly until you have achieved a bright orange color.
  6. Next, spray your puke with rubbing alcohol. This will get rid of any air bubbles that have occurred.
  7. Let your puke cool for a few hours in the refrigerator to set up, or you can just leave it out overnight, until it has become a gooey, almost jelly-like texture.
  8. If you would like to have even more fun, use your foam to make a jack-o-lantern face or add another spooky decoration to your jar to bring even more Halloween spirit to your project!
  9. Your soap jelly is now ready for you to use! Have a relaxing time with your new pal!

 

We hope you enjoyed making our Pumpkin Puke Soap Jelly! The smells of a hot delicious pumpkin roll will surely get you excited for the upcoming fall season and the frights of Halloween! It is sure to be a fun project for the kids or a spooky reminder of Halloweens past! Are you ready for some more fragrance fun? Visit our free recipe box for many more fun and creative ideas!

Aug
29

Monster Snot Soap Jelly

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slide9Monster Snot Soap Jelly

 

Fall is fast approaching, and you know what that means! Halloween is right around the corner! With the thought of ghouls and goblins on our brains, we have created the Monster Snot Soap Jelly. Monster Snot Soap Jelly holds true to its’ name with its’ tart green apple scent. It is a Nature’s Garden creation that will bring back all of your childhood memories of fall time and Halloween with candy and costumes as well as your first taste of a tart ripe apple. It is also a fun reminder of your first experience of bobbing for apples or your first taste of some hot apple cider. Monster Snot Soap Jelly is sure to be a Halloween favorite that you will want to make over and over again for years to come.

 

 

Ingredients:

69 grams of SLS FREE Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap

187 grams of warm distilled water

4 grams of Optiphen

12 grams of Tart Green Apple Fragrance Oil

Blue Da Bomb FD&C Soap Dye

Yellow Da Bomb FD&C Soap Dye

8oz Clear Bullet Bottle

One 24/410 Black Fine Mist Sprayer

8oz Clear PET Jars

Black Dome Lid 70/400

One thermometer

Rubbing Alcohol

Googly Eyes

 

Directions:

  1. Weigh out and melt down 69 grams of the SLS Free Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap in a clean bowl in the microwave. This will take about 30 seconds. If it is not completely melted, you can put it back in for another 15 seconds. Then measure out and add in 187 grams of warm distilled water. slide1 (1)
  2. Then, add 4 drops of yellow Da Bomb Soap Dye and then 2 drops of blue Da Bomb Soap Dye. slide2 (1)
  3. Using a thermometer, make sure that the mixture is between 120 to 140 degrees. If it is at the correct temperature, add in the 4 grams of Optiphen and then mix thoroughly. slide4
  4. After the Optiphen is mixed in, carefully add 12 grams of our Tart Green Apple Fragrance Oil. slide6
  5. With a clean spoon or utensil, mix it all together. slide7
  6. After you have achieved your snot color, spray it with the rubbing alcohol. This will get rid of all of the air bubbles.
  7. Let the mixture set up for a few hours in the refrigerator to cool or it can just sit out overnight, until it is a gooey, almost jelly-like texture.
  8. This step is completely optional and just for pure fun. Now that your Snot is finished, add googly eyes or some kind of Halloween decoration to the outside of your jar like we did to make it look like a monster! slide8

 

9. Your Soap Jelly is now ready to use! Have fun with your scary new friend!

We hope you have enjoyed making our awesome Monster Snot Soap Jelly! The smell of the tart apples will surely remind you of your own candy filled memories. It is sure to be a fun project for your kids or even a great Halloween feature to add to your own house of haunts for the season! Are you ready for some more fragrance fun?  Visit our free recipe box for many more awesome ideas!

 

Sep
13

Floating Noah’s Ark Soap Recipe

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We are having a staff challenge here at Natures Garden.  For this challenge, we have asked each staff member to choose one of their favorite Natures Garden’s fragrance oils and create a project pertaining to that fragrance.  Creativity is highly encouraged, using the knowledge they have learned while working at Natures Garden.  This week’s staff challenge was done by Marsha!  Marsha has only worked at Natures Garden for a few months, and her project this week was heaven sent.

If there is one thing that Marsha is extremely proud of, it is her family.  Marsha says she “has the greatest kids ever!”  But, besides being a mom, she especially loves being a Grammy.  Currently, Marsha is a Grammy to one special little guy, but is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the two little ones on the way.  Both babies are due before the end of this year.  Needless to say, she is bursting with excitement at their quickly approaching arrival dates.

One of the most interesting things about Marsha is the fact that she met her husband in prison.  She opens her interview with that line, and you look at her, eyes widened at that statement, and think what did she go to prison for?  But, don’t worry, she spent 30 years working for the prisons in administration.  She and her husband both are love birds, not jail birds.  noahs-ark-soap1

marsha1When it comes to free time, Marsha had more than she could handle after retiring from the prison scene.  Although she spends as much time with her family and grandchild as possible, she was seeking a fun company to work for.  That is how she came to be working for Natures Garden.  And, we at Natures Garden love having her as apart of our crew.

For her words of wisdom, Marsha says she has learned a lot over the years.  The one thing she would like to share is, “Let problems roll off your back.”  She advices that keeping things in, weighs your down, and you miss out of so much in life.”

When it came time for Marsha’s Spotlight Creation, Marsha wanted to make something for her grandson to use in the bath.  She also knew she wanted something to do with  Noah’s Ark.  She loved the concept of a Floating Noah’s Ark Soap and used her creativity to make it happen.  She can’t wait until he sees it.