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Jun
04

Favorite Polyvore of the Day

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Each day Deborah will choose her favorite Polyvore Design and post it to our blog.  All of the products used in this polyvore are listed below; in case you would like to do some shopping!  Natures Garden Fragrance Oils pictures are frequently used by designers on Polyvore to create their “sets”.  Come join us on Polyvore and design your own!

Natures Garden Raspberry Lemonade Fragrance Oil is shown in this polyvore. 


Diane von furstenberg
shopzoeonline.com

Lime green cocktail dress
$155 – celebboutique.com

Wallis petite tunic
wallisfashion.com

Jimmy choo
net-a-porter.com

Neon handbag
storenvy.com

By malene birger
stylebop.com

Raspberry Lemonade Fragrance Oil
naturesgardencandles.com

Chocolate covered Freeze Dried Raspberries
$14 – chocolatebox.com.au

fairy-dust-psd
gxzone.com
Apr
10

Homemade Soap and Lotions

This entry was posted in Fragrance Oils, homemade soap, soap, Soap making supplies, wholesale fragrance oils and tagged , , , , , , , , , , on by .

fragrance oils1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  I sell my soaps and body products under the name Bird Bath Essentials.  The big umbrella of my business is The Robin’s Nest and encompasses my fiber and other interests.

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  There’s always been a little entrepreneur in me!  I learn to do something and once I perfect it, I just have to share it with others.  I started The Robin’s Nest in 1984 and added Bird Bath Essentials for the handcrafted soap and body products in the early 2000’s.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  My main body product is soap.  I have developed my base recipe to include nourishing oils and then I enjoy adding herbs from my garden, different milks, seeds, colorants, etc. to individualize my bars.  Enjoying the process, I consider each bar a little work of art.  I also make cream lotion, body/bath oils, sugar polish, bath salts, lip and body butter.  I knit, spin (on a spinning wheel not a bike!), and dabble in watercolors and polymer clay.  Occasionally, you’ll find products that reflect these interests in my shop, as well.  Always in the sharing mode, I also offer classes in knitting and traditional rug hooking and hope to add soapmaking to the list soon.

4.  What are your business goals?  My business goal is to make and offer nourishing body products – ones that are not only nourishing to the skin but to all the senses and the soul.  I work fulltime as a registered nurse and my business dream is to reach a point where I can spend more time on The Robin’s Nest / Bird Bath Essentials than on nursing!

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  I’m in love with Natures Garden’s fragrance oils and really appreciate the descriptive information that’s provided for each one.  Some of my best sellers include products that incorporate the following fragrances – Sea Salt & Lotus Blossom, Cashmere & Silk fragrance oil, Blackberry Jam, and Aloe Vera & Cucumber.

Your Website: www.etsy.com/shop/RobinsNest6

Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Robins-Nest-Bird-Bath-Essentials/119907614771880

Twitter: www.twitter.com/nestknitter

Blog:  www.fortheloveoffiber.typepad.com

Apr
05

Candle Making and Soap Making

This entry was posted in bath and body, candle fragrance oils, candle making supplies, candle molds, candle wicking, Natures Garden Fragrance Oils, Soap making supplies and tagged , , , , , , , , , on by .

fragrance-oils-6 1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Valerie Ann King, Sea Maiden’s Creations

 2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  In 2001 my husband and I lived in Upstate NY where I was born and raised. That summer we had decided to take a much-needed, long weekend to the Amish country in Pennsylvania, the beautiful state where my husband was born and raised. We went to a Country Candle store where in the basement we watched Amish women make taper candles using large vats of melted wax and other equipment. I was fascinated. What was just as appealing were the grubby style molded candles on the first floor. I spent a small fortune. That was the beginning of my obsession. When we came home, before even unpacking, I got on my computer to search and research candle making. The Very first site to come up in my Google search was Natures Gardens Candle Supply, where I placed my first order. The very first thing I ordered was the votive making kit and fragrance oils samples. My first love was molded candles. What was your motivation? My love for crafting, the Amish trip and Natures Garden. At the time, NG had a forum and it was amazing to be a part of. Tons of information to be had. I quickly branched out to learn mp and cp soap making and also I have my own line of silicone molds, as during that time of researching decided to start making them as well. At this time I concentrate on CP soap, but love making it all!! My passion for crafting comes from generations of crafters in my family. How long have you been in business? Since Oct. 2001. My husband made my very first website featuring all of my creations. It was and still is very exciting!

3.  What products do you make and sell? I make and sell CP soap, MP soap, Soy Container candles, and Paraffin Pillar candles, and Melts. I adore piping cold process soap, so I offer a lot of cupcake soaps, cake soaps, and loaf soaps. I make anything from the plainest unscented lard and castile soap to very elegant cakes. I will be wholesaling all of my products very soon!

4.  What are your business goals? My business goals are to of course, just keep growing. It’s not easy as the candle and soap making markets are saturated from when I started in 2001. But when there is a will, a passion and love for it, there is a way! Although, my website does not reflect all that I do at this time, because I haven’t the time to update it as much as I should, I am always testing for as close to perfection as I can get with every attention to detail.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden? I use a ton of their fragrance oils. I have too many to list that are my favorites and the list keeps growing. Because we live in Florida, I take advantage of the wonderful FO’s, soaping oils, powders, molds, wicking, packaging and the list is always growing, as they continue to grow. They were my first supplier and I will always be a customer!

Your Website:  www.seamaidenscreations.com

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sea-Maidens-Creations/148235281936128

Twitter:  In process.

Blog:  http://seamaidenscreations.blogspot.com/

 

Apr
05

Making Soaps with Fragrance Oils

This entry was posted in bath and body, bath products, body butter, Fragrance Oils, goats milk soap, Natures Garden, soap and tagged , , , , , , , on by .

fragrance oils1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name  Heidi Hart,   Pure Hart Soap

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I started making soap as a hobby and for my own family, because my oldest daughter had problems with commercial soaps when she was young.  I gave it away as presents and soon had people coming back for more.  I have been making soap for over 12 years, but have only seriously been selling it for around 7.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  Goat milk soaps, lotions, body butters, salves.

4.  What are your business goals?  To have the soap pay for itself.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  So far I have only purchased 3 products, all fragrance oils.  I really like getting the wooden roses with scents added, it is a great way to get a feel for new scents.

Your Website: www.purehartsoap.com

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pure-Hart-Soap/147693821956664?ref=hl

Apr
01

Soaps and Soy Wax Candle Making

This entry was posted in bath salts, bath teas, candle wax, dry body rub, foaming hand wash, lotion, melts, Natures Garden Fragrance Oils, soaps and tagged , , , , , , on by .

sundries1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name?  My name Candi Scaiola and my company name is Soaps and Sundries by Candi

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  For years I made some soaps and gave them as gifts, but I have so much fun and find it so relaxing that I wanted to make more so I tried selling them and when I found people liked them I decided to start this business.  I’m fairly new; I’ve only been in business 3 years.

 3.  What products do you make and sell?  Soaps, Lotions, Dry Body Rubs, Bath Salts, Bath Teas, Foaming Hand Wash, Room Sprays, Candles, Melts, and soon I will be adding Bath Bombs.

4.  What are your business goals?  I do this while working a regular job.  I would like to get to the point where this is my job.  I enjoy it so much it really doesn’t feel like work.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  The majority of my products come from Natures Garden.  The soap I make is melt & pour and I use their SLS free clear glycerin soap base. And the lotion I make using their Yogurt Multi-base Lotion is a best seller for my customers as it does not leave a greasy feel to your skin.  My candles are made using their Soy Wax and I am about to expand to pillars using another of their waxes. Their product is First Class and I have never been disappointed.

Your Website: http://soapguildstores.com/soapsandsundriesbycandi

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Soaps-Lotions-and-Sundries-by-Candi/131700566887223

 

Mar
28

Business Advice Unemployment Claims

This entry was posted in business advice, candle making supplies, Fragrance Oils, Soap making supplies, unemployment claims and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , on by .

business woman

How Am I Supposed to Keep Unemployment Insurance Costs Down When the State Awards Benefits to People Who Can’t Even Show Up For Work? Argh!

One of the most frustrating aspects of managing a small business that seems to happen to the best of bosses is when that one former employee who was terminated for excessive absences or tardiness is granted unemployment benefits. We all know how chronic absenteeism can increase labor costs, hurt morale and lower productivity. Many small businesses have adopted a “No Fault Points System” as an effective way to deal with attendance problems. A well-crafted point system can be used to both reward workers for positive attendance habits, and to identify negative attendance trends and guide progressive disciplinary action for problem employees.

A “No Fault Points System” like this is intended to eliminate the uncomfortable questioning of the reason for the absence and/or tardiness. You don’t want to invade anyone’s privacy. It also serves to eliminate accusations of subjectivity and favoritism. Under a “No Fault” system, the employee receives a certain number of points for their absences as outlined in the policy, regardless of the reason for the absence. As employees accrue more points, they receive increasingly severe levels of discipline. And after a certain period of time of improvement, the points are expunged from an employee’s attendance record for disciplinary purposes.

In some cases employers have crafted the policy to be that once an employee accumulates the maximum number of points allowed as outlined in the policy the employee is terminated.

Unemployment Insurance is For Employees Who Lose Their Job Through No Fault of Their Own

Since unemployment insurance is intended to provide workers whose jobs have been terminated through no fault of their own, an employee who was terminated under the “No Fault” points system who knew about the policy should be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits, right?

You would think so, but not necessarily. When you terminate an employee for excessive absenteeism and/or tardiness, the employee is not automatically disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits. This is the frustrating part. Although a violation may be grounds for termination, it may not be a reason for a denial of unemployment benefits. No-fault attendance policies by their definition do not require showing that a violation was in an employee’s control; you may have to convince an unemployment hearing judge that each violation leading up to the termination was an intentional act of misconduct before unemployment benefits will be denied.

There is a minimum amount of proof you must provide to the state unemployment office. You must prove the employee’s absences and/or tardiness were willful misconduct and this can sometimes be very difficult to do because what YOU consider to be willful misconduct and what the state considers to be willful misconduct are often two different things.

You must show that the employee willfully disregarded your business interests and you must present specific information on the final incident, the straw that broke the camel’s back so to speak. It needs to be focused and identify how that incident was willful and most importantly how the employee knew his or her actions would result in termination.

A common employer’s mistake is to state that the company has a no-fault attendance policy and believes that an attendance points’ violation is enough to result in a denial of unemployment benefits when it is not. The legal standard of willful or intentional misconduct is tougher than a policy violation.

The Difference Between Being Sick and Willful Misconduct

“Misconduct” under the law of unemployment compensation is basically something that the claimant did or failed to do that

  1. Caused a problem for the company, (certainly not showing up for work causes your company problems)
  2. Was in violation of a rule, a policy, or a law, (assuming all small businesses have an attendance policy, this is a slam dunk too ) and
  3. Was within the claimant’s power to control or avoid. (This is where it gets sticky.) Being sick isn’t their own fault. Since unemployment insurance is for employees who lose their job through no fault of their own, being sick isn’t misconduct and they may be awarded benefits. However, when the employee fails to follow policies that indicate the steps they must take when they are going to be absent, (most of the time this is in their control) they could be denied benefits. Make more sense now?

Good Reasons To Miss Work?

The law of unemployment compensation says you are guilty of misconduct if you are absent or tardy from work, only when you both FAIL TO GIVE ADEQUATE NOTICE for the absence AND you did NOT HAVE A GOOD REASON for the absence or tardiness.

Some examples of such good reasons include:

  • Illness
  • Accident
  • Lack of child care
  • Serious illness
  • Death of Close relative

So as you can see, the above would result in points but under the law of unemployment compensation, they would not be considered “misconduct.” Those aren’t incidents where you can assign fault to the employee.

However, incidents of absenteeism or tardiness could involve misconduct if the employee violated a part of the policy within his/her control, and you can show documentation of progressive discipline proving the employee knew that if they did it again, they would be terminated. For example, if the employee claims he was ill, but fails to call in advance as instructed but COULD have, AND fails to furnish required medical documentation as outlined in your policy, that’s misconduct. You’d still need to show that you gave the employee a final warning that knew the employee knew his or her failure to do what he could control would result in termination.

Having a Well-crafted “No Fault Points System” for Managing Attendance Can Be a Wonderful Tool But

You still need to do the hard work, the face-to-face progressive discipline for misconduct if you want to avoid paying unemployment claims when discharging someone for poor attendance. Simply assigning points until they hit a magic number may not count as progressive discipline that can justify termination in the eyes of the state unemployment office. Just make sure you outline in your policy what is considered willful or intentional misconduct. The difference is in what the employee could control. Absent due to illness, they can’t control. Failing to call (providing they’re physically able) and provide medical documentation IS within their control and is misconduct.

Make sure you give a final written warning for misconduct prior to discharge and don’t let time lapse between final incident of misconduct and the termination.

There are some additional risks. If you have 15 or more employees, you must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) If you have 50+ you must comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA),

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA), was amended effective Jan. 1, 2009, under which most absences due to any type of physical or mental impairment are now covered by the ADA. In the past they were not serious enough to constitute a “disability” under the ADA. Thus, many more plaintiffs than previously can now claim that they were terminated because of their “disability,” because of absences due to their disability. They will argue that a no-fault attendance policy does not meet employers’ obligations to reasonably accommodate their disability.

Pitfalls to Avoid:

The most common mistakes employers make that cause difficulty in unemployment claims based upon a discharge are:

  • Failing to give a final warning prior to discharge;
  • Inconsistent discipline between two similarly-situated employees;
  • Failing to follow the stated disciplinary policy;
  • Telling the Unemployment Office official that the employee was terminated for an “accumulation” of incidents, instead of a specific final incident;
  • Letting too much time pass between the final incident and the discharge;
  • Telling the Unemployment Office that the claimant was “unable” to satisfy performance standards
  • Allowing the impression that the termination was really based upon a personality dispute; and
  • Failing to present firsthand witnesses and proper documentation when needed.

Keeping the number of unemployment insurance claims filed by former employees to a minimum can produce significant payroll tax savings.

Also, you should monitor all unemployment insurance claims made against your account and should be prepared to contest any claims you believe to be improper. While contesting an unfavorable claim against your business requires more of your time, particularity if you have to drive some distance to appear, don’t hesitate to ask the hearing judge if you can appear by telephone. Make sure you have your witnesses with you. Any employer who participates in the claims process has a better chance of keeping unwarranted claims and charges against the account at bay.

Last but not least be picky when hiring. Your employees count on you to be picky so they don’t have to pick up the slack of someone who just really doesn’t want to work. And they also count on you to be understanding and fair when something happens that’s not within their control. And your customers count on you to be picky when you hire too!

The better the employee you hire, the better your customer service, the better your employee morale, the greater likelihood your workplace is safe, and the lower the chance is that you will have to let someone go and ultimately wind up paying unemployment insurance. The liability process begins from the day you hire. If an employee starts having attendance problems early, in the introductory or probationary period, address the problem immediately.

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About the Author:  Beryl Coder, of Eco Musings,  has over twenty years human resources executive experience in large multi-state corporations with over 5k employees as well as small family owned businesses with less than 15. She now owns her own small business. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be relied on as legal advice.

 

 

Mar
25

Soy Candles, Soaps and Lotions

This entry was posted in Fragrance Oils, herbs, Natures Garden Fragrance Oils, Soap making supplies, soy candles, soy wax, sugar scrubs and tagged , , , , , , , , , , on by .

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  My name is Jennifer Snyder and I own JS Homespun Creations.

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I have always been a creative and crafty person.  I started making gift baskets and party favors, which slowly turned into making my own candles to put into those gift baskets I was making.  I soon figured out that the gift basket biz was for a special kind of customer and not for an every day customer, so I decided to focus my attention on just making candles.  I also make soap and other bath & body products, which started with a lot of research and reading about herbs, oils, and pre-made bases.  JS Homespun Creations was born in the Fall of 2010, and this year will be my 3rd year selling at local craft shows.  I participate in about 20 craft shows a year.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I make soy candles, handcraft soaps, and natural bath & body products, like scrubs, lotions, and bath bombs.

4.  What are your business goals?  For this year, my business goals would be more advertising and sales.  I live in a small town, so getting my name out there has been at the top of my list.  A big dream of mine, as I’m sure with most crafters, is to one day open my own shop.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden?  Oh my goodness, I probably can keep NG in business!  It’s become my one stop shop for supplies.  From your fragrance oils to your plastic jars.  I love that NG has decided to add the herbs, carrier oils and butters to their product line, it has truly made my life easier!   One of my favorite products is the natural Goat’s Milk soap, I love it and my customers do too!!

Your Website:  http://www.jshomespuncreations.com

Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/JS-Homespun-Creations/163418423669880

Mar
24

Natural Skincare Products

This entry was posted in cosmetic ingredients, melt and pour soap, natural skincare ingredients, soap fragrances, Soap making supplies, wholesale fragrance oils and tagged , , , , , , , , , on by .

nutberry

1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name NICOLE SMALLS HOLISTICNUTBERRY

What is Holistic Nutberry? I became introduced to holistic healing as a child watching my Great Grandmother make her mixtures from things on her farm. She would have me mix and grind things she needed; and so Holistic Nutberry was born. I use only natural and organic ingredients for my facials, bath soaks etc. My items are custom made to the individuals needs or condition e.g. eczema, blemished skin, cause no one product works for everyone. I am a certified Health Coach & a licensed drugless practitoner and a recent graduate of Intergrative Nutrition. I am currently furthering my education in the realm of Chinese Herbal Medicine. I am constantly researching various natural healing ingredients, there is a world of wealth out there and I intend to use it.

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business? To help people learn to take care of their skin naturally. I was helping my Mom who used medication that dried her hair and skin. I have been in business for 2 ½ years

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I make natural pain linaments and body ointments (good for eczema and dry skin) body and hair oils.

4.  What are your business goals?  To be able to make a career doing what I love making natural products

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden?  Natures Garden scents & melt and pour soaps

Your Website: www.holisticnutberry.com

Facebook page: holisticnutberry

Twitter:holistinutberry

Mar
24

Soy Candles by Shellie

This entry was posted in candle fragrance oils, Fragrance Oils, melt and pour soap, soy candles, soy wax, wholesale fragrance oils and tagged , , , , , , , , , , on by .

shellie

1. What’s your name & Your Company Name…. Soy Creations By Shellie

2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business?  I love making creations .  My motivation is when everyone tells me they have never had a candle as good as mine and the love that I put into my creations . I’ve been in business since 2009.

3. What products do you make and sell?  I sell unique candle and bath products.

4. What are your business goals?  I would like to open up my own supple store and would love to teach classes on candle making

5. What are some products you use from Naures Garden?   I get 98% of my fragrance oils from natures garden along with all my melt and pour soap base.  My favorite fragrance oils are:  pink sugar, mango papaya fragrance oil, best friends, banana nut bread.  But as of as right now whole wheat bread fragrance oil is my overall favorite scent of all…but to tell you the truth that’s a hard call; they are all good

Facebook page: Soy Creations by Shellie

Mar
13

Melt and Pour Soap Interview

This entry was posted in bath and body, Fragrance Oils, fragrances, melt and pour soap, Natures Garden, soap colorants, soap dyes, vanilla white stabilizer and tagged , , , , , , , on by .

photoI started a couple years ago, and I love art and crafts. I have always loved bath products, color, and fragrances. What better than soaps where you get all that! I figured I’d play around making melt and pour, since I didn’t need to experiment with lye, and have the fun of creating. I needed some other things in my hair salon, besides shampoo, and jewelry, plus my customers are always asking me “what’s next? What’s new?” I thought I’d do a few soaps…well, I started ordering fragrances, etc. And I was hooked. And so were my customers. They wouldn’t let me stop making them. I’m now at the point of expanding my soap business, starting with Etsy. So far it’s been fun talking with people from all over!

Wow! What do I most like about your company? That’s a hard one. Besides customer service, wonderful fragrances, and value… I’d have to say the one thing I love love love, is your vanilla stabilizer. I was having a heck of a time with my soaps turning brown from vanilla. This has worked beautifully in my melt and pour soaps. A big “Thank you!”

I don’t have a website, and haven’t really been on Facebook much, but will be. Cindy Tedeschi is my face book name.

I haven’t been on twitter yet… I’m too busy checking out YouTube videos. It’s like having a craft class as often as you like. I have learned so much from so many talented people out there!

I’d like to make my soap business a part time hobby for now, eventually perhaps, more full time. I’ve been a hairdresser for 30 years, and love it. My joints from all the years are starting to get old, and one day, I might not be able to make an income doing hair any longer, and soaps is just a great thing to do!

My store name on Etsy is CLTCRAFTS

My hair salon is Tahoe Hair Co. South lake Tahoe , Ca. Where this soap picture was taken from.

Thank you again for taking the time to read this, and thank you for all you do.

Sincerely, Cindy Tedeschi