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Jul
19

Best Tea Fragrance Oils


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Best Tea Fragrance OilsBest Tea Fragrance Oils

This list of the best tea fragrance oils from Natures Garden is full of strong herbal tea fragrance oils. The tea fragrance oils Natures Garden carries vary from an original tea to a chai tea and everything in between. Take a look at the following list and see if you find a wonderful tea fragrance oil to add to your candle, bath and body, or soap line.

Best Tea Fragrance Oils White Tea & Ginger Fragrance OilBest Tea Fragrance Oils White Tea and Ginger Fragrance Oil

First, Natures Garden has a wonderful blend, with many different notes. The fragrance begins with top notes of white tea, yuzu, lemon, bergamot, and ginger;  followed by middle notes of Earl Grey tea, rose, nutmeg, and geranium; sitting on base notes of woods, musk, and berries.  White Tea and Ginger Fragrance Oil is bath and body safe. Also, it can be used in soy wax, Joy Wax, and Wow Wax.

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils White Tea & Ginger Fragrance Oils Soap

 

With White Tea and Ginger Fragrance Oil being bath and body safe, we found during our CP soap testing there was no acceleration, no ricing, no separation, and it did not discolor. White Tea & Ginger Fragrance Oil has a wonderfully strong scent retention.

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils White Tea & Ginger Fragrance Oil Candle

 

When coloring your homemade candles with White Tea & Ginger Fragrance Oil, we suggest using a small shred of green. Also, you can use one drop of green liquid candle dye. These suggestions are based on four pounds of wax.

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils White Tea & Ginger Fragrance Oil Recipe

 

Also, you can use this refreshing tea aroma to create an awesome soap recipe! The Blarney Stone Soap Recipe is made with this nice scent and is shaped to look just like pretty gem stone! Plus, this stone soap used both mango butter melt and pour and diamond clear melt and pour soap.

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Green Tea Fragrance OilBest Tea Fragrance Oils Green Tea Fragrance Oil

Next, we have the delicious Green Tea Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden! This scent is a warm aroma of freshly steeping green tea leaves. Simply a soothing fragrance oil. It is an absolutely wonderful soap scent. Plus, it can be used in Wow Wax, soy wax, and Joy Wax, too. Overall, this popular tea scent is just a lovely fragrance oil for any bath and body product!

 

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Green Tea Fragrance Oil Soap

 

Green Tea Fragrance Oil is an amazing fragrance in CP soap. There was no ricing, no acceleration, no separation, no discoloration.  Green Tea Fragrance Oil has a strong scent that lasts for a long time without fading. If you’d like to see this fantastic soap scent in action, then check out our Soap Testing Results Video!

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils White Tea & Ginger Candle

 

If you are looking to color your homemade candles, we suggest using three drops of green liquid candle dye. Also, you can use a small amount of a shredded green color block. This recommendation is based on four pounds of wax.

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Earl Gray Tea Fragrance OilBest Tea Fragrance Oils Earl Grey Tea Fragrance Oil

Next, this traditional Earl Grey Tea Fragrance Oil has Earl Grey tea leaves which are blended with bergamot zest and sweet herbal notes to create a refined scent. Earl Grey Tea Fragrance Oil is a strong, clean, and fresh scent. Earl Grey Tea Fragrance Oil soaps beautifully!

 

 

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Earl Gray Tea Soap

 

Once you soap with Earl Grey Tea Fragrance Oil, it will be a must have for CP soap! Our testing results show no acceleration, no separation, no ricing, and no discoloration.  It will leave your soap with a scent that is fresh, clean, and very strong.

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Earl Gray Tea Fragrance Oil Candle

 

When coloring your homemade candle, we suggest two drops of green liquid candle dye. If you’d rather use color blocks, a small amount of a green color block into your melted wax will work.

 

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Chai Tea Fragrance OilBest Tea Fragrance Oils Chai Tea Fragrance Oil

Due to the many complex aromas included in Chai Tea Fragrance Oil, it is a perfect tea scent! This Natures Garden fragrance has fabulous notes of just the right amount of gourmet tea leaves, rich spices, and vanilla soy milk. Chai Tea Fragrance Oil performs wonderfully in Wow Wax, soy wax, and Joy Wax.

 

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Chai Tea Fragrance Oil Soap

 

Also, you can use this scent perfectly in your soap recipes! This fragrance soaps beautifully, with no acceleration, no separation, and no ricing. Plus, the scent remains light and lovely in the final soap. Chai tea fragrance oil discolors the soap to a light tan.

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Chai Tea Fragrance Oil Candle

Looking to color your homemade candles? We suggest using one drop of brown liquid candle dye. This recommendation is based on four pounds of wax. Also, you can use a shred a small amount of a brown color block into your melted wax.

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Boston Tea Party Fragrance OilBest Tea Fragrance Oils Boston Tea Party Fragrance Oil

Boston Tea Party Fragrance Oil is a wonderful blend of iced tea and juicy lemon. This fragrance oil has many notes including lemon, tea leaves, rose hips, chai spice, jasmine, and musk. Boston Tea Party Fragrance Oil is the perfect iced tea fragrance oil to make wonderful homemade candles using Joy Wax, soy wax, or Wow Wax. Also, you can make a fresh smelling soap using Boston Tea Party Fragrance Oil.

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Boston Tea Party Fragrance Oil Soap

 

While doing our CP soap testing, we found there was no acceleration, no ricing, and no separation. Boston Tea Party Fragrance Oil does discolor the soap to a cream. Our testing also showed a strong scent retention.

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Boston Tea Party Fragrance Oil Candle

 

Our color suggestion for making your homemade candles with Boston Tea Party Fragrance Oil is a small amount of shredded brown, yellow, and orange color block. Or you can use two drops of brown plus a little bit of yellow and orange liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax.

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils White Tea Fragrance OilBest Tea Fragrance Oils White Tea Fragrance Oil

Next, is another best selling from Natures Garden Candle Supplies. White Tea Fragrance Oil can be worn by men or women. White Tea Fragrance Oil is the principal ingredient; used by the Chinese as an elixir of youth and vitality. Notes include Artemisia Leaves, Ambrette, White Pepper, White Tea, Musk, Woody Amber. White Tea Fragrance Oil is great for bath and body products. Also, it can be used in soy wax, Joy Wax, and Wow Wax.

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils White Tea Fragrance Oil Soap

 

White Tea Fragrance Oil has a strong scent retention in cp soap. There was no acceleration, it showed no separation, it did rice but stick blended out, and did not discolor.

 

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils White Tea Fragrance Oil Candle

 

When coloring candles and wax melts scented with White Tea Fragrance Oil, we suggest keeping your then white. It will go perfectly with this pure, white tea aroma!

 

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils White Tea Fragrance Oil Recipe

 

Another great thing to use White Tea Fragrance Oil for is Vacuum Air Freshening Beads Recipe. This recipe will make 1 1/2 cups of vacuum air freshening beads. Vacuum Air Freshening Beads Recipe is easy to make and works great!

 

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Sweet Tea Zing Fragrance OilBest Tea Fragrance Oils Sweet Tea Zing Fragrance Oil

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden has the perfect aroma of a summer afternoon starting with the relaxing indulgence of sipping sweet tea with a zest of lemon, drops of honey nectar with the extra zing of cardamom. Sweet Tea Zing is a Natures Garden original fragrance oil and can be used for bath and body products and candle making supplies.

 

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Sweet Tea Zing Fragrance Oil Soap

 

Even though Sweet Tea Zing Fragrance Oil discolors to a light beige, it did not accelerate, nor did it have any ricing or no separation. In addition, it   had a strong scent retention after cure.

 

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Sweet Tea Zing Fragrance Oil Candle

 

In addition, Sweet Tea Zing Fragrance Oil performs great in wow wax, joy wax, and soy wax, we recommend using five drops of green liquid candle dye and two drops of brown liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax. You can also shred a small amount of a green and brown color blocks into your melted wax.

 

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Mango Sage Tea Fragrance OilBest Tea Fragrance Oils Mango Sage Tea Fragrance Oil

Next, Natures Garden has an original fragrance oil called Mango Sage Tea Fragrance Oil. This unique combination of refreshing leaves of juicy mango, rubbed sage, papaya, and strawberries, with a wonderful base note of freshly brewed white tea leaves. While Mango Sage Tea Fragrance Oil can be used for bath and body products, it can also be used in your homemade candle!

 

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Mango Sage Tea Fragrance Oil Soap

 

Also, Mango Sage Tea Fragrance Oil was tested in CP soap. During the testing, we found there was slight acceleration, no ricing, no separation, and no discoloration.  Wonderful scent retention in CP soap.

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Mango Sage Tea Fragrance Oil Candle

 

Our color suggestion is based on four pounds of wax. Using liquid candle dye, use one drop of green dye and one drop of yellow liquid candle dye. Maybe change it up and use a small amount of shredded green and yellow color blocks.

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Mint Mango Tea Fragrance OilBest Tea Fragrance Oils Mint Mango Tea Fragrance Oil

Another wonderful fragrance oil from Natures Garden has a combination of refreshing leaves of spearmint and peppermint, juicy mango, strawberries, and papaya, with a wonderful base note of freshly brewed white tea leaves.

 

 

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Mint Mango Tea Fragrance Oil Soap

 

This amazingly strong fragrance oil has a very strong scent retention in CP soap. Also, we found while testing Mint Mango Tea Fragrance Oil, it did not accelerate, had no separation, no discoloration, while it did have slight ricing, the final soap was no.

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Mint Mango Tea Fragrance Oil Candle

 

Mint Mango Tea Fragrance Oil performed beautifully in Wow Wax, soy waxes, and Joy Wax. If you choose to color your homemade candle, we recommend two drops of green and two drops of yellow liquid candle dye. Or a small amount of shredded green and yellow color blocks per four pounds of wax.

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Dandelion Pear Fragrance OilBest Tea Fragrance Oils Dandelion Pear Fragrance Oil

Next, we have a very clean and refreshing fragrance oil by Natures Garden. This fragrance oil is sure to make any house smell fresh and clean! This aroma begins with the slightly bitter aroma of dandelion, and wildflowers; perfectly mellowed out with tart fresh pear, green tea leaves, and cool aloe vera.

 

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Dandelion Pear Fragrance Oil Soap

Dandelion Pear Fragrance Oil has a wonderfully strong scent retention! We also found during our testing with CP there was no acceleration, no ricing, no separation, and no discoloration.

 

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Dandelion Pear Fragrance Oil Candle

 

To get the nice yellow in our color suggestion, use two drops of yellow and a tiny bit of orange liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax. You can also shred a small amount of a yellow and orange color block into your melted wax.

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Dandelion Pear Fragrance Oil Recipe

 

The Herbal Soap Recipe makes approximately four pounds of soap. With using Dandelion Pear Fragrance Oil and many more products from Natures Garden, you can make this cute and yummy smelling soap!

 

 Best Tea Fragrance Oils Chamomile Fragrance OilBest Tea Fragrance Oils Chamomile Fragrance Oil

Lastly, we have the refreshing Chamomile Fragrance Oil! This fragrant oil by Natures Garden has a wonderful aroma of freshly picked chamomile flowers with herbal hints of fresh green notes. While this scent is not specifically a tea fragrance, Chamomile tea is a well loved beverage that is calming and herbal. This fragrance is similar in scent and would be perfect for creating lovely homemade products.

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Chamomile Fragrance Oil Soap

 

This lovely chamomile aroma is perfect for making handmade soap! This fragrance performs beautifully with no ricing, no acceleration, no separation, and no discoloration. Furthermore, these soaps will have a strong scent retention!

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Chamomile Fragrance Oil

 

For candle making, we suggest using two drops of yellow and just a touch of brown liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax or shred a small amount of a yellow color block into your melted wax.

 

Best Tea Fragrance Oils Chamomile Fragrance Oil Lotion

 

Also, you can use this light, lovely aroma in our Chamomile Light Lotion Recipe! Not only is this a great recipe for skin care, but this aroma is absolutely perfect for this recipe! This light scent is definitely one that you would want in your lotion products.

 

Crayon Soap Recipe

 

Plus, this scent is great for our Crayon Soap Recipe! This fun soap recipe is perfect for bath time! They are cute and very fun to play with. Plus, these soaps are created for skin care and have the lovely chamomile aroma!

 

Have you used any of Natures Garden’s tea fragrance oils in your handmade soaps or homemade candles? Which one is your favorite? Show us your favorite creations by posting a picture of your finished bath and body products on our Instagram or Twitter pages @ngscents. You can also post on the Natures Garden Facebook page, as well. We absolutely love seeing our customer’s handmade creations!

 

Aug
10

White Chocolate Fragrance Oil


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White Chocolate Fragrance OilWhite Chocolate Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

White Chocolate Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden is a creamy, decadent white chocolate scent that is simply mouthwatering.  It’s difficult to resist the allure of rich white chocolate!  Did you know? White chocolate, while being a chocolate derivative, is not actually chocolate in the strict sense.  White chocolate contains no cocoa solids, which are the chocolate brown particles left behind after cocoa butter is extracted from cacao.  Despite this difference, White Chocolate is still a wildly popular confectionery treat and makes for a wonderful fragrance oil!

What Does White Chocolate Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

White Chocolate Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden is a delightfully rich true-to-name fragrance that bears the aroma of white chocolate.  This scent is comprised of creamy cocoa butter, marshmallow, meringue, white chocolate, and vanilla beans.

How Do Our Customers Use White Chocolate Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Recipes?

White Chocolate Fragrance Oil will give your bath and body products a luxurious sugary appeal.  Gels, bath bombs, and bath oils were found to do well when the maximum recommendation of 5% fragrance oil is added.  Create a sweet-tooth satisfying product line of any kind with White Chocolate Fragrance Oil.  Handmade perfumes perform well with this vanilla fragrance when a maximum of 5% fragrance oil is used.  Homemade lotions can also be created using this scent as up to 5% of your total recipe.

Soap makers can use 5% fragrance oil in HP soap, melt and pour, or CP soap recipes.  Our cold process soap testing results show that soaps made with this scent discolor to a milk chocolate color!  There was no ricing, no separation, and no acceleration.  Cured soap had a strong scent retention.  We find that the discoloration of soaps with this scent accurately represents the fragrance, and therefore we do not recommend a colorant.  A contributing factor to the discoloration of soaps made with this fragrance is the 4.2% Vanillin content of this fragrance oil.  Vanallin contributes heavily to the discoloration of soap, but incorporating Vanilla White Color Stabilizer may help reduce the effects of this discoloration.    If you do wish to color your soaps, you may use liquid soap dye in the amount of your choosing.

How Do Our Customers Use White Chocolate Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Recipes?

White Chocolate Fragrance Oil is a smooth, warming scent when used in room scenting products.  Those creating homemade air fresheners can incorporate up to 50% of this fragrance oil in their projects.  You can use this sweet fragrance oil in incense and smelly jelly recipes.  This fragrance oil was also found to create strongly scented aroma beads.  Homemade cleaning recipes can also be created using a maximum of 5%.

Candles and wax tarts can be made using up to 10% fragrance with vegetable and paraffin wax.  It does nicely in Joy Wax, Wow Wax, and even Pillar of Bliss.  We find that the natural color of our waxes represents this aroma well, therefore we do not recommend a colorant.  If you do wish to color your candles, you may use a small amount of liquid soap dye or shredded color blocks.  Do not use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

 

Nov
17

Butter Brickle Fragrance


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Butter Brickle FragranceButter Brickle Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Spotlight

Butter Brickle Fragrance Oil is a Nature Garden’s Original!  This scent has been described by our customers as “mouth watering”.  I did some investigating into why it would be described in such a way.  Have you ever tasted a Heath bar?  You know that addicting toffee-center??  Butter Brickle is very similar to that and was also a registered trademark of a toffee ice cream flavoring which has been used in everything from ice-cream, cake recipes, candy recipes, and even an ice cream pie!!  And believe you me, it DOES have my mouth watering for that delicious flavor.

What Does Butter Brickle Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Butter Brickle Fragrance Oil is an extremely buttery and creamy smelling fragrance oil by Natures Garden and has strong base notes of vanilla, with hints of almond.

How Do Our Customers Use Butter Brickle Fragrance Oil?

For your room scenting needs the maximum usage is 50% and for homemade cleaning products purposes the maximum usage rate for this Butter Brickle Fragrance Oil is 3.9%.  In reed diffusers, incense, potpourri and aroma beads, this toffee scent is nice and strong.

For our soapers, regardless of whether you prefer melt and pour or cold process soap making, you will definitely find this scent to be great for your bath and body products needs.  The maximum usage is 5%.  Our in house cold process soap testing results show no acceleration, no separation, and no ricing.  Butter Brickle Fragrance Oil has a good strong scent.  YUMMY!  This fragrance oil has a vanillin content of 12% and discolors to a dark chocolate.  Vanilla White Color stabilizer may help prevent discoloration due to vanilla.  However, there are more than 40 ingredients used in fragrance manufacturing that may contribute to discoloration of products.  Never use candle dye in any body products.  We here at Nature’s Garden suggest using a small amount of yellow soap colorant and brown soap colorant.  Never use candle dye in bath products.  Butter Brickle performs perfectly in perfumes and performs well in other bath and body products such as bath oils, bath gels, and lotions.

And last, but not least, for our homemade candle makers, the maximum usage is 10% and performs perfectly in wow wax, joy wax, and the scent is nice and strong in soy wax.  Butter Brickle Fragrance Oil is also excellent in candle wax tarts using pillar of bliss wax.  For color ideas, it is suggested to use a small amount of yellow liquid candle dye and brown liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax or shred a small amount of a yellow color block and brown color block into your melted wax.  Never use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

Would like to give this smellicious fragrance oil a try?  Do you need new idea or recipe to try?  I have the perfect Natures Garden’s recipe for you, our Cocoa Dream Cream Recipe.

To get your hands on this scrumdiddlyumptious fragrance oil, go to Natures Garden’s search bar and type in “butter brickle fragrance oil”.  It will take you directly to the page you need to be in order to place your order now!

Nov
09

Pumpkin Sugar Scrubs


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Pumpkin Spice ScrubsWhat a fun time I had with the Pumpkin Sugar Scrubs Recipe as my first solo attempt at melt and pour homemade soap making.  We have a wide variety of pumpkin products such as molds, pumpkin fragrance oils, pumpkin powders, and even pumpkin recipes to satisfy your craving for this seasonal scent.  For now, I’m all about making melt and pour soaps and learning all I can about the different products here at Natures Garden, learning the techniques, and trying out the fabulous recipes.  I decided that making small, solid pumpkin sugar scrubs as my first official project was appropriate for this time of year.

I am brand-spanking-new to the wonderful world of soap making and part of the fun is figuring it out! I did some research on Pinterest and looked over a couple of our solid sugar scrubs recipes before coming up with this ridiculously fun recipe:

Ingredients used:                                                                                            

 

Tools needed:Silicone Soap Mold - 24 Mini Pumpkins

I included turmeric and carrot powder in the recipe both for their coloring properties and skin-loving benefits.  As this was my first attempt to make this recipe, I carefully prepped my work area and laid out all of the ingredients and tools I would need for this recipe.   Below is the step-by-step instructions that I followed:

Step 11. Place the silicone pumpkin soap mold off to the side.
2. Measure out your powders! I did this by placing one of my glass measuring containers on the scale, taring it to 0, then adding my powders one at a time (tare in between the powders if you’d prefer not to do any math).
3. Add 30g vegetable glycerin to your small glass bowl with your powders and stir until it is thoroughly mixed and you have created a paste free of lumps.  Place to the side.
4. Measure out your sugar and place to the side.
5. Measure out your oils.
6. Cut 175g of your melt and pour base and place in you microwavable bowl.
7. Microwave your soap in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, making sure it is melted. If you have a more powerful microwave, you can do it for shorter bursts of time.
8. Once that soap is completely melted, add your Pumpkin Walnut Biscotti Fragrance oil and your sweet almond and pumpkin seed oil; stir thoroughly.
9. Then pour your powder paste and add your 20 drops of orange oxide into the bowl all while its wet.Step 4
10. Then add the sugar and stir, stir, stir.
11. Once you’ve completely mixed your soap, oils, and sugar pour mixture into the mold and allow the little pumpkin bars (this recipe makes about 24) to set up for 4 hours. Ta-da!

Things got a little weird for me around step 11.   As I was mixing the mixture, it began to harden.  As you will see in the picture, I attempted to pack the mold versus pouring.  I decided to go ahead and re-heat it in the microwave for another 30 seconds.  When I took it out, it was a thick liquid that I stirred with the spatula (just to remix) and then began to poor into the mold.  It poured beautifully into each mold.  As excited as I was that this project seemed to turn out just right , I immediately decided it was time to put them to the true test.  I used a couple of these and they worked really well!  The bar held its shape despite the fact that anytime you add water to sugar, it breaks it down.  I hope you have as much fun as I did using this recipe.

Jun
18

Bubble Luscious Scent


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bubble luscious scentBubble Luscious Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Our Bubble Luscious scent is one fragrance that will transport you right back to your childhood memories. It is the aroma of a piece of yummy bubblegum,and will remind you of all of the fun times you had in the past just blowing bubbles with your friends. This is sure to be a scent that everyone you know will love, it will flow through your home and fill it with happiness. Our Bubble Luscious scent perfectly captures the aroma of a piece of newly-opened bubblegum just waiting to be devoured.

What Does Bubble Luscious Smell Like?

Bubble Luscious scent by Nature’s Garden will immediately bring you right back to childhood. You won’t be able to resist blowing bubbles with some fluffy, pink, luscious bubblegum! This wonderful fragrance begins with top notes citrus, strawberry and aldehydic effervescent notes that are followed by middle notes of clove and coconut. These are all sitting on a base of crisp vanilla. Bubble Luscious is a Nature’s Garden original fragrance!

How Do Our Customers Use Bubble Luscious Fragrance Oil?

If you’re looking for a fragrance that will make you just like a kid again, then you have definitely found it. This fragrance is the perfect representation of everything you loved as a child all wrapped up into one! For all the candle makers out there, our Bubble Luscious scent is absolutely perfect for you. It performs nice and strong in soy wax, as well as working perfectly in wow wax and joy wax. For all of the incense and potpourri makers out there, this fragrance is just what you’ve always needed. It has a maximum usage rate of 50%. You can easily fill your home with this amazing scent by using this fragrance to create some nice and strong homemade aroma beads.

For bath and body products, our Bubble Luscious scent has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Some common bath and body products that can include this fragrance are perfumes, lotions, bath oils, bath gels, and soaps. This fragrance does not have any vanillin content contained within it, meaning that it will not tend to discolor your soaps and other homemade bath and body products. For all of the cold process soap makers out there, this fragrance is exactly what you never knew you always needed. Our cold process results are: there is no discoloration problems, as well as no acceleration or ricing. This fragrance has a perfect pour, as well as a wonderful scent and is a very delicious aroma in cured soap.

Are you overjoyed at the thought of getting your hands on this amazing childhood fragrance? Well hold on just a second, because this fragrance just keeps getting better and better! We offer many awesome free classes and recipes here at Nature’s Garden, and our free MP Embed CP Soap recipe is actually made with our Bubble Luscious Fragrance Oil. This is one unique recipe that you don’t want to miss out on. Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden with any thoughts, questions, or concerns and keep watching for even more fun fragrance ideas.

 

Mar
18

Color Morphing in Soap


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color morphing in soapColor Morphing in Soap

For any new soap makers out there like myself, do you have specific questions? For example, do you know which kind of soap colorant to use when you are coloring cold process soap? Or have you ever wondered about color morphing in soap? Here at Nature’s Garden, we offer two different kinds of colorants for soap: one being a our FD&C Da Bomb Soap Dyes, and one being our FUN Soap Colorants which are pigments dispersed in vegetable glycerin. The use of each kind of colorant is based on pH levels and the actual saponification process. The saponification process is considered the creation of soap by combining oils/butters and water with lye (which has a high ph). Throughout this process as the soap cures, the pH level (alkalinity) become lower.  It is important to understand that pigments tend to withstand higher ph levels better than dyes (especially when dealing with the color blue).  In our experiment, we show how blue dye and blue pigment perform in both melt and pour soap (soap that has already been saponified) and cold process soap (soap that is made from scratch and will undergo the saponification process).

In melt and pour soap, because it is technically already soap, it has already gone through the saponification process;  so the alkalinity is lower. The dyes, our Da Bomb colorants, do not cause any color morphing problems when used in melt and pour soap. They will color beautifully, as well as our pigments, or FUN Soap Colorants. In the picture below, this light blue colored bundt soap is made with melt and pour soap, as well as our Blue Da Bomb colorant. You can see how nice and pretty this blue coloring is. When melt and pour soap is colored with blue FD&C dye, it will produce a beautiful blue colored soap since the dye never has to encounter a high ph.

color morphing in soap

color morphing in soap

However, when different colorants are used in cold process soap, as seen below, the outcome is very different. Because cold process is made completely from scratch, it must undergo the entire saponification process.  This means that the pH levels are much higher in cold process soap. In the pictures below, the darker blue soap was made using our pigmented, Ultramarine Blue FUN Soap Colorant. The purple soap, (started as gray and turned to reddish-pink-purple as it sat) was created using our Da Bomb blue dye. (We have used our Shea Butter Cold Process Soap recipe for this part of our experiment).  It is evident that blue FD&C dye (our Da Bomb blue dye)  will morph in color when exposed to a high ph.

color morphing in soap

color morphing in soap

color morphing in soap

In conclusion:  When desiring a nice blue color for your cold process soap, it is wise to use blue pigments instead of blue FD&C dyes.  While the blue FD&C dyes work wonderfully in melt and pour soap, they will indeed morph in color when making cold process soap.

Please contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any questions, comments, or concerns at all! We are here to help you and to make sure you succeed at all of your creations! Make sure to check out all of our amazing free recipes and classes as well, especially all of our soaping classes! And keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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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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Mar
10

Melt and Pour Soap Problems


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melt and pour soap problemsMelt and Pour Soap Problems

It’s time to talk about melt and pour soap again! For any new soap makers out there, like me, do you wonder about what some of the problems are? Recently, I have been getting a lot more involved in the soap making process, and even I have had some questions! There are many things that can go wrong, but there are so many ways to easily avoid these problems! For example, did you know that reheating your soap too many times can actually eventually cause the soap to break down?

Have you ever warped a mold? Molds can actually be warped by pouring soap that is too hot. Warping will ruin your mold and you will not be able to use it correctly anymore. When adding fragrance to your soap, first check the recommended usage chart to make sure that it is body safe.  The easiest way to figure out how much to add is by checking the maximum usage rate on our website. For example, our Best Friends scent has a maximum usage rate of 5% for soaps. Now when making your soap, take the weight of soap you’re using overall and multiply it by the 5%, or .05. Now, when mixing in the amount of fragrance, you need to make sure you have mixed it thoroughly. When the scent is not mixed in completely, this can cause your soap to have pockets of pure fragrance or separation. When adding colorant or dye to your soap, always make sure to completely mix them in as well! If not fully mixed, the color will not fully incorporate into your soap, and if using a white base melt and pour soap, you will possibly see streaks of white throughout the color in the finished product. Not fully mixing your color can also cause possible speckles throughout your soap instead of a smooth all-over color.

When making layered melt and pour soaps, the layers need to properly adhere to each other. This can be achieved simply by using rubbing alcohol. After you have poured one layer, make sure to allow it enough time to set up enough that it has cooled down and will not mix into the next layer. To get the layers to adhere, just make sure to spray the first layer with the rubbing alcohol! Make sure to spray each layer with rubbing alcohol right after pouring it as well, so as to get rid of any air bubbles. Once your soap is completely finished, make sure not to remove it from your mold too soon, give it enough time to completely set up and harden! If you remove it too soon, some of the soap may stick in your mold and break apart! Or if you remove it when it is too soft, you can get fingerprints or indents in your soap!

There are many other melt and pour soap problems as well! Once your melt and pour soap is fully set up, make sure to wrap your soap. If a soap is not wrapped, it can absorb any moisture that is in the air, which will cause the soap to sweat. It’s like what happens to a pop can when it sits outside, the condensation builds on the outside, making it sweat! So make sure to wrap your soap right away so that no moisture or air can get to it. Do you know how to properly cut a loaf of soap? To keep your soap from streaking, make sure to turn it on your side and slice it! Do not cut it from the top down! If you have any other questions about melt and pour soap problems, please contact us! And keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
09

Layering Melt and Pour Soap


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layering soapLayering Melt and Pour Soap

Hey everyone, let’s talk about melt and pour soap! Specifically, how to layer your soap. For any new makers out there, I promise this is a very easy process! Especially with making this simple Easter Egg Soap, the process of layering can easily be done! This soap is perfect for the upcoming holiday!

 

Ingredients for each layer:

Blue Layer:

120 grams Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap

12 drops Neon Blue FUN Soap Colorant

6 grams Best Friends Fragrance Oil

6 grams Vanilla White Color Stabilizer

Purple Layer:

120 grams Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap

15 drops Ultramarine Violet FUN Soap Colorant

6 grams Best Friends Fragrance Oil

6 grams Vanilla White Color Stabilizer

Pink Layer:

120 grams Hemp Oil Melt and Pour

10 drops Neon Pink FUN Soap Colorant

6 grams Best Friends Fragrance Oil

6 grams Vanilla White Color Stabilizer

Yellow Layer:

120 grams Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap

10 drops Yelp Yellow FUN Soap Colorant

6 grams Best Friends Fragrance Oil

6 grams Vanilla White Color Stabilizer

 

Other ingredients needed:

Dome Top Oval Mold Market Mold

Rubbing Alcohol

4 Mixing Bowls

Mixing Spoons

Scale

Directions:

First, you’ll want to start by measuring and weighing out 120 grams of Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap into each bowl. Each bowl will become a different layer for your soap. Then take your first bowl and begin to melt down the soap in the microwave until it is fully melted. When it is melted, add 12 drops of Neon Blue FUN Soap Colorant, 6 grams of Best Friends Fragrance Oil, and 6 grams of Vanilla White Color Stabilizer. Mix it together very thoroughly. Once it is fully mixed, pour your soap into your molds about ¼ of the way full, leaving enough room for the other colors. To make it more straight across, make sure to pour the soap into the middle of the mold and letting it move to the edges itself. Then make sure to spray it with rubbing alcohol. This will get rid of any air bubbles that may form. Then let that layer sit.

layering melt and pour soap

layering melt and pour soap

 

 

Once the blue layer has sat and hardened, put your second bowl of soap into the microwave and completely melt it down. Once it is melted, add 15 drops of Ultramarine Violet FUN Soap Colorant, 6 grams of fragrance, and 6 grams of stabilizer. Mix together thoroughly. Before you pour in the purple layer, make sure to once again spray the blue layer with alcohol so the layers will successfully adhere to each other. Then carefully pour the purple on top of the blue, filling the mold another ¼ full. Spray this layer with alcohol to defeat the air bubbles and let it sit.

Once that layer has sat, repeat the same process for the next two layers! Don’t forget to spray each layer before adding the next so that they will adhere to each other! And also make sure to remember to let each layer sit and harden before adding the next! Once you have finished your last layer, make sure to let the soap sit in the mold, giving it time to harden. Then your new Easter Egg Soap is ready to enjoy!

Be creative! You do not have to do the layers in the exact order we have! Do whatever your heart desires! Enjoy this awesome recipe and make sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes as well! Keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Feb
23

Tea Tree Soap


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tea tree soapTea Tree Soap

Hey all you crafty people out there, we’re bringing you a brand new unique free soap recipe, and it is actually made with amazing tea tree essential oil! Tea Tree Soap! This wonderful soap is made with actual tea tree essential oil, and is sure to delight you and all of your friends and family!  Deborah makes this soap for her family to help dry skin during the winter months.  So she wanted me to share this recipe with all of you!  This soap has a beautiful teal and white swirl to it, which is actually achieved very easily! The swirl is brought on by using cosmetic clay. The clay actually works as a barrier between the different soap mixtures, allowing them to swirl around each other!

 

Ingredients:

Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap

Kaolin Clay Powder

Tea Tree Australian Essential Oil

Teal FUN Soap Colorant

Basic Oval Mold Market Mold

Vegetable Glycerin

Rubbing Alcohol

Glass Mixing Bowls

Mixing Spoons

Scale

 

Total Weights for White Layer:

288 grams of Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap

7 grams of Tea Tree Australian Essential Oil

7 grams of Kaolin Clay Powder

15 grams of Vegetable Glycerin

 

Total Weights for Teal Layer:

288 grams of Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap

7 grams of Tea Tree Australian Essential Oil

10 drops of Teal FUN Soap Colorant

 

 

Directions:

Start by weighing out the amounts of soap for each layer in two separate bowls. (Using glass bowls is better for insulation, it helps the soap to stay melted longer once it has been melted down.) Then go ahead and measure out the amount of Kaolin Clay Powder in a bowl. Once you have measured out your clay, add 15 grams of vegetable glycerin and mix them together thoroughly until they become a paste.

tea tree soap

Next, go ahead and begin to melt down your soap. When the soap is partially melted, pour the clay and vegetable glycerin paste into one bowl of soap. Then add 10 drops of Teal FUN Soap Colorant into the second bowl of soap. Mix each bowl and then continue to melt them. You want to do these steps when the soaps are only partially melted because once it is fully melted, it sets up very fast. The only thing you should have to do when they are completely melted is adding the tea tree oil.

tea tree soap

Once your soaps are completely melted down, add 7 grams of Tea Tree Australian Essential to one bowl and 7 grams to the second bowl. Mix thoroughly. You’ll want to work quickly at this point as the soap tends to set up very fast.

tea tree soap

Using your Basic Oval Mold Market Mold, quickly but carefully pour each bowl into the mold at the same time so as to achieve your swirl effect. You will have some soap left over after you have filled the mold. This is so that you will have enough time to fill the molds because the soap sets up very fast.

tea tree soap

Let your soaps sit until they have completely set up and hardened and then your Tea Tree Soap is ready to use! This is definitely one recipe you just can’t pass up, check out our free Tea Tree Class for all of the wonderful benefits tea tree oil can bring to your skin! Make sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes as well! Enjoy this fantastic soap and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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