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Rain Scent

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

rain scentRain Barrel Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The thought of falling rain water is soothing all by itself.  But, imagine a rain scent that you can smell even if it was not raining outside.  This fragrance is just that; a rain scent that will immediately take you to that special place, that place of your own personal “Zen”.  Rain Barrel fragrance is a combination of watery tones, with citrus, warm cedar, and other peaceful aromas perfectly coming together to.  This clean, crisp fragrance works in an array of homemade products and will be one of your favorites from Natures Garden line.

What does Rain Barrel Fragrance Oil smell like?

This intriguing summer fragrance oil by Natures Garden opens with fresh watery tones, crisp ozone and highlights of lemon. Leafy greens balance with lavender and warm cedar wood for the fragrance heart. Sensuous amber undertones and clear musky elements complete the fresh sensation. An NG Original Fragrance!

How do our customers use Rain Barrel Fragrance Oil?

For candles, tarts, and air fresheners, this rain scent performed perfectly in Wow, Joy, Ecosoya, and Gel waxes.  Rain Barrel fragrance oil also has a very nice, strong hot throw from soy waxes.  And, when it comes to room fresheners; this fragrance performs fabulous in aroma beads, room sprays, smelly jellies, and oil burners.

On the bath and body end, this fragrance passes with flying colors.  The usage rate for this rain scent is 5%, and is used to make:  bath fizzes, shower gels, melt and pour soaps, foaming body butters, lotions, bubble baths, lotions bars, and sugar scrubs.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers; this fragrance received awesome reviews.   Here are the official results: Perfect Pour. No ricing, no acceleration. No discoloration. Nice clean scent!

If you are interested in using this rain scent in a recipe, please click on this link to view the Beginners Cold Process Soap Recipe.

Argan Soap

Friday, April 11th, 2014

argan soap Hello everyone, today I made Argan Soap!

I am here to share my recent adventure in the world of soap making.  Today I made CP soap.  For those of you that are new at this, CP means cold process.  This is soaping without adding any additional heat.

I made this soap by creating my own recipe using the soapcalc.  This wonderful soaping tool was able to help me find ingredients and exact percentages for my homemade soaping recipe.  All of this information assisted me in producing my latest project.

For this soap cleverly named “Argan Soap”, I used Mango butter, Avocado oil, Coconut oil 76, Argan oil, and Sunflower oil.  To add a vibrant and tropical look to my soap, I selected Fun Colorants:  Neon orange and Neon blue.  I thought that these colors would look nice in combination with white.  So, I decided to also use titanium dioxide to get a nice bright white soap color.  I really felt that these colors captured the tone of the scent Kulu Bay, which I was using to fragrance my soap.

Due to the fact that I am SO over winter (clearing throat); I decided to try a soap with a summery feel.  Sorry, was venting (smiley face).   Also, I was going to try something new with this soap recipe.  For my very first time, I was doing the “in the pot swirl” technique using 3 colors.  I do have to say, I was beyond excited to get this going since I created this soap from beginning to end all by myself.

That is the moment I quickly became aware that I was DOING THIS BY MYSELF….Oh boy I thought.  No supervision, no guidance, nobody standing next to me for support, only my directions.

Ok, so, after getting all of my supplies, I put on my safety gear and began the first step.  Lye and water.  I want to caution any new soapers reading this:  Please remember to wear your gloves, mask, and safety glasses when handling the Lye and lye solution.  It is also just as important to have vinegar by your side (as your best friend) throughout your whole soaping process.  Vinegar is used in case the Lye or soap batter gets on your skin.

Once I melted all of my oils and butter, I waited for my Lye solution and oils to reach their desired temperature.  I then proceeded to put it all together and stick blended quickly to emulsification.

Being it was an in the pot swirl soap, I did have to put some of my soap batter into 2 smaller bowls and mix my colors really good.  That way I was ready to accomplish the swirl.

Moving quickly, I “plopped” globs of the orange and blue soap batter into the white batter.  I did this until it was all gone.  And, let me just tell you how fast you have to move to color, mix, and plop when using more than one color…holy cow!  You need to fly!  At this point, I was wondering why I used 3 colors….what was I thinking?  Creativity, that’s what!  Now not all recipes will do this, but it seems the one I chose was just that…FAST!

I did however get everything together and really enjoyed seeing my white, neon blue, and neon orange soap come together as I “swirled” around and through my colors.  After using my spatula to make this pretty cool design, I poured it into my silicone mold.  But, I poured it slowly back and forth from end to end.  I was mesmerized at how cool the colors were as they moved about inside the mold.

After the soap  in the mold had set up enough, I used the remaining batter to get an awesome heaping loaf of soap.  When I was done, I was happy with what I created.  A little stressed but only because I wanted it to be perfect.  I strive for perfection and unfortunately for me, I will fail at this (and have) a few times before I perfect it.  I am glad that I will fail however, only because it will make me a better soaper.  This is how you will learn, right?

When I tell my friends what I do here at Natures Garden, they are like, “wow, that sounds like so much fun”, and it is, creating and making your own stuff, heck ya!  Sometimes these recipes may seem a bit intimidating, but, be aware of your ingredients, and know their personalities and how they work together.  We have “fool” proof instructions, we HAVE failed too.  This is the best ways to become experts on what works.  When it comes to the free recipes that Natures Garden provides, what we present to you, is easily understood with virtually no guess work needed.

If you would like to see the full Argan Soap Recipe, please click on this link.

In closing, I can still say, it was a lot of fun making this soap; even if I did stress myself out.

We kids, until my next adventure, have a FABULOUS day!

Cindy

Sweet Treat

Friday, April 11th, 2014

sweet treat scentTooth Fairy Taffy Fragrance Oil Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Thoughts of a major sweet tooth come to mind with this sweet treat fragrance oil.  This beautiful aroma is a full and robust combination of berries, sugars, citrus, bubblegum, and musk.  Tooth Fairy Taffy scent is all the sweetness you can handle in your finished homemade products and more.  Our customers state this fragrance oil smells awesome in everything!  Plus, it is a big hit with the kiddies and those that are young at heart.  As a matter of fact, many of our customers say not only is this scent “very yummy” but it flies off the shelves!

What does Tooth Fairy Taffy Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a luscious blend of confectionary Sugar paired with Fruit Syrup of Wild Berry, Orange Crush, Black Cherry & Tangerine which are molded into Vanilla Taffy to create a sweet tooth, Bubble Gum dream! An NG Original Fragrance!

How do our customers use Tooth Fairy Taffy Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters; this fragrance oil is used in Joy wax, WOW wax, and in Soy waxes, all with a scent throw that seems to last forever!  As for home scenting ideas; this sweet treat fragrance oil works great in oil burners, and has been used to make smelly jellies and aroma beads.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%.  However, Tooth Fairy Taffy scent does contain a 3.5% vanillin content, so vanilla white color stabilizer is highly recommended to stabilize discoloration in your finished products.  As for body products, this sweet treat scent is also used to make homemade: lotions, melt and pour soaps, foaming body frostings, body butters, creams, solid perfumes, bath bombs, and sugar scrubs.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance soaps like a dream.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour.  Soaps great!  No acceleration, discolors to a beige. Scent holds well.

 

Unique Fragrance

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

unique fragrance OMG Olive Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Standing out amongst several hundred different scents, this unique fragrance is turning heads.  According to many of our clients who use this scent, OMG is an understatement!  With that said, OMG Olive Fragrance Oil is a unique fragrance that is loved by both men and women alike.  With the popularity of citrus type fragrances right now, OMG Olive Fragrance Oil is in demand.  Especially since this pleasant scent is well tied together with vanilla, musk, and bergamot, making this scent the complete package.  OMG Olive Fragrance Oil is getting rave reviews from our customers.

What does OMG Olive Fragrance Oil smell like?

In this fragrance oil by Natures Garden, bright citrus fruits of lemon and bergamot intertwine with leafy olive branches, softened with musk and sweetened ever so lightly with vanilla.

How do our customers use OMG Olive Fragrance Oil?

For candles, tarts and air fresheners, this unique fragrance performed perfectly in various wax including: Wow, Joy, Gel, Palm, Pillar of Bliss, and soy waxes.  This fragrance oil also has a very nice cold and hot throw too.  OMG Olive scent also works fabulously in electric oil burners, aroma beads, smelly jellies, and room spray odor eliminators.

On the bath and body end, this fragrance is remarkable.  The usage rate is 5% and this unique fragrance does have a .3% vanillin content, therefore we suggest adding Vanillin White Color Stabilizer to help reduce discoloration in your finished products.  OMG Olive is a great fragrance to scent homemade:  bath bombs, shower gels, melt and pour soaps, body butters, lotions, bubble baths, lotions bars, and foaming sugar scrubs.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this unique fragrance allows plenty of time to play with swirls.   Here are the official results: Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration.  No discoloration.  Scent is good.

Hot Soap

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

hot soap

Sweet Orange Chili Pepper CP Soap Recipe

This hot soap is just too good to pass up!

For this recipe, we wanted to really knock it out of the box.  And, in the end, the whole Hot Soap theme really tied together nicely with the scent and color.  We could not be happier with the total package of this awesome soap and recipe.  In fact, our testing and end results were so amazing, we couldn’t even wait to share the cold process soap recipe, so you to can recreateyour very own hot soap.  Since, this cold process soap recipe makes approximately 4.5 pounds of  beautiful, creamy and rich lathering bars; we used the Mold Market Square Loaf Mold and have enough soap batter to achieve a nice and full heaped top to the soap.  This made for very hearty sized slices.

To scent the soap, we selected Sweet Orange Chili Pepper.  This fragrance oil qualifies as a hot soap scent candidate because it is one of Natures Garden’s top selling cold process soap scents.  Not only does this fragrance oil have a kick, but it also behaves.  This means it is a Perfect Pour, and the scent retention is hands down amazing in the cured bar of soap.  If you have yet to try this scent in soap, you are really missing out!

Sticking with the hot soap theme, we went with the additions of a bold red and vibrant orange color.  This was accomplished using the FUN soap colorant tomato red, and neon orange.  However, for these colors to truly dazzle, we decided that the colors should be added as swirls to a white soap base.  Now, although Sweet Orange Chili Pepper fragrance oil does not discolor, we wanted a clean white.  We attained this by adding titanium dioxide.

The red and orange colored batter was introduced to the white soap batter using the in the pot swirl technique.  We personally love using this method to create beautiful and flowing swirls in our finished soap bars.  But, don’t get overwhelmed, this hot soap is really easy to make; and in this blog post we will go over each step with pictures of our process included.

Now, before we get started, if you have never made cold process soap before; please read these two classes to familiarize yourself with the soap making process.  They are Basic CP Soap Making Class and Soap Making Safety Class.

If you have already soaped before, lets move on to the recipe and ingredients!

For the Lye Solution
517 grams of water
189 grams of lye
For your soaping ingredients
340 grams of Shea Butter
408 grams of Coconut Oil 76
122 grams of Sunflower Oil
136 grams of Rice Bran Oil
272 grams of Olive Oil-pomace
82 grams of Castor Oil
85 grams of Sweet Orange Chili Pepper Fragrance Oil
50 grams of Sodium Lactate
7 grams of Titanium Dioxide
6 grams of FUN Soap Colorant- Tomato Red
4 grams of FUN Soap Colorant- Neon Orange

As for other supplies that you will need in addition to the standard soaping supplies:  2 mixing bowls (1 for the red soap colorant, and 1 for the orange soap colorant) and a spatula (for the in the pot swirl technique).

So, now that you have everything that you need lets get our safety gear on and get started.

soap making safety gear

Next, make your lye solution.

making your lye solution

Then, weigh out and combine your soaping ingredients and melt.

melted soaping ingredients
Now, back to the lye solution.  Once it has cooled, add the sodium lactate.  Use your spatula to carefully stir this in.

adding sodium lactate

When your lye solution and soaping ingredients are within 5-10 degrees of each other, it is time to combine them together.

adding the lye solution to the soap ingredients
Then, stick blend for emulsion.

stick blending until emulsion
Now, get your two mixing bowls for the colorants.  To the first bowl, weigh out the tomato red soap colorant.  Then, to the second bowl, weigh out the neon orange soap colorant.

hot soap colorant
Next, add the fragrance oil to the soap batter and stick blend to incorporate.

scenting your hot soap

Then, get your soap batter, and place 400 grams into each soap colorant bowl.  To incorporate the orange soap colorant, stir this with a spoon.  To incorporate the red soap colorant, stick blend.  Once both colors are incorporated in their bowls, set them aside.

separating out soap batter for color
Moving quickly, to the remaining soap batter, add titanium dioxide.  Then, stick blend well to incorporate.

adding titanium dioxide to the soap batter

Now, bring the white soap batter over to your color soap bowls.  Then, drop some of the orange soap batter throughout the white soap.  Continue doing this until all of the orange soap is gone.  Repeat the same action with the red soap batter.

pouring the hot soap colors into the soap batter
Now, for the in the pot swirl:  Start by placing the spatula alongside the inside bottom edge of the bowl.  Then, come straight up the center.  When you reach the top, pick the spatula up.  Now, starting on one side, begin your swirls in a “s” pattern (using the spatula).  Repeat on the other side.

hot soap in the pot swirl

Next, carefully pour the soap batter into the mold.

pouring the hot soap
Once the mold has been filled, use the remaining batter to add a nice heaped topping.  You may need to wait a few minutes for the soap batter to thicken slightly before attempting this.  Then once all of the remaining soap has been heaped, insulate.  Please note:  You may want to insulate your soap using something that will not touch the top of the heaped soap.

one hot soap

After 24 hours, remove the soap from the mold.  Then, using your knife, slice the hot soap into bars.  Allow them to further cure before using.

That is it!  Your hot soap performs and smells fantastic.  Plus, you will have created the most beautiful swirls.  Enjoy!

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

Baby Fragrance

Monday, April 7th, 2014

baby fragranceBedtime Bath Type Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Bedtime Bath Type Fragrance Oil is the perfect baby fragrance.  With its soft, soothing, and smooth aroma, this scent is great for night time bath and lotion products.  But, bedtime bath type fragrance does not only work in bath themed items, it also works great for relaxing candles, and peaceful air fresheners.  All in all, this baby fragrance helps everyone in the house unwind.  According to our customers, this scent is said to be quite lovely and wonderfully relaxing to everyone.  With this baby fragrance and its pleasant, dreamy aroma; this scent will bring a whole new level of calm to chaotic nighttime routines.

What does Bedtime Bath Type Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the soothing bedtime blend of mandarin, lavender and chamomile, neroli and lily of the valley.  Bottom notes of hay and musk.

How do our customers use Bedtime Bath Type Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters out there; this baby fragrance is used in soy blends, paraffin, soy, WOW, Joy, Gel, and palm waxes.  This fragrance is very comforting and has fabulously relaxing hot and cold scent throw.  This fragrance oil also works well for calming room fresheners, whether it is linen sprays, oil burners, or sachet beads.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is GREAT and has tons of uses!  The usage rate for this baby fragrance oil is 5%.  This amazing fragrance is used to make: solid lotion bars, bath bombs, body scrubs, spray lotions, bubble baths, melt and pour soaps, bath gels, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this baby fragrance soaps like a dream.  In fact, many of our soaping clients say this fragrance even provides plenty of time for swirls.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration, fragrance is great.

If you would like to use this fragrance in a fun bedtime bath product for kids, please click on this link to view Natures Gardens Crayon Soap Recipe.

Original Scent

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

original scentAphrodisiac Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Aphrodisiac Fragrance Oil is highly intoxicating and sexy to say the least. This mouthwatering and original scent is absolutely fantastic.  With its energizing aroma this fragrance is a must have; especially if you have an invigorating themed product line!  The perfect scent for a your home or work space, this original scent has it all.  One whiff and YOU ARE HOOKED!  This refreshing scent is a huge hit too!  Many of our customers give this scent one big thumbs up.

What does Aphrodisiac Fragrance Oil smell like?

An amazingly complex and energizing fragrance oil by Natures Garden.  Aphrodisiac begins with top notes of grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, and green tomato leaf; followed by middle notes of jasmine and dry base notes of eucalyptus and woods.  An NG Original Fragrance!  A Best Seller!

How do our customers use Aphrodisiac Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters; Aphrodisiac Fragrance Oil is used in Palm, Soy, soy blends, pillar of bliss, paraffin, Joy, and Gel waxes.  This original scent has incredible cold and hot scent throw.  This energizing fragrance oil also works extremely well for home deodorizing sprays, oil burners, aroma beads, smelly jellies, and even reed diffusers.

For bath and body crafters, this original fragrance is a must!  The usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%.  This amazing fragrance is used to make: solid lotion bars, bath fizzies, sugar scrubs, bath gels, spray lotions, perfumes, melt and pour soaps, hair conditioners, body sprays, and whipped body butters.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance has very good scent retention.  Here are the official results: Awesome scent, nice and strong in cp soap, no ricing, no acceleration, no discoloration.

If you are looking for a great recipe using this original scent, please click on this link to view Natures Gardens Leopard Candle Recipe.

Lemon Scent

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

lemon scentLemon Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Lemon Fragrance Oil is truly a clean crisp scent.  This lemon scent is not overpowering, and leaves your home with that fresh, just cleaned aroma.  In fact, this lemon scent is so realistic; your home will smell like you spent all day cleaning it.  This lemon scent may just warrant a nice dinner out for all of your “hard work.”  With the spot on, realistic scent of freshly squeezed lemons your senses will feel revived and refreshed.  Plus, this lemon scent is a fabulous mood lifter, making it a great seller too!

What does Lemon Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the aroma of a freshly squeezed juicy lemon.

How do our customers use Lemon Fragrance Oil?

For anyone that is a candle crafter or home scenter; Lemon Fragrance Oil is used in all kinds of waxes including:  soy, paraffin, WOW, soy blends, palm, Joy, and Pillar of Bliss.  Lemon scent has a true lemon aroma that works incredibly well in hot and cold scent throw.  This fragrance oil is a perfect home scenting aroma; working well in home deodorizing products like room refreshing sprays, and linen sprays.  But, this fragrance can also be used in oil burners, aroma beads, and smelly jellies too.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is a must!  The usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5% for bath oils, soaps, and bath gels.  And, for lotions and perfumes, this lemon scent has a usage rate of 3%.  Also, it should be noted that Lemon Fragrance Oil contains .8% vanillin so vanilla white color stabilizer is something you may want to consider to help offset discoloration in the finished product.  This amazingly fresh fragrance is used to make homemade lotion bars, bath fizzes, sugar scrubs, whipped body butters, melt and pour soaps, bath gels, and even salt bars.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance had a very good scent retention.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, scent is true.  Slight discoloration.

Candy Scent

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

candy scentDoodle Bug Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Are you looking for a fun, childhood scent that completely captures your fond memories of carefree times?  Or, maybe you are seeking that perfect candy scent to market your kiddy soap line?  Well, Doodle Bug is just that scent!  With the perfect combination of classic candy aromas, this candy scent is both nostalgic of childhood yet still rings true with aromatic notes kids still love today.

What does Doodle Bug Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

A fragrance oil by Natures Garden that takes you back in time to childhood.  When you didn’t know the definition of work; life was about playing and eating a bunch of candy.  An aroma that will allow you to visualize yourself being a young child with a cream soda dum dum sucker stuck in your hair, sitting at the picnic table eating a piece of watermelon.  Doodle Bug is a blend of cream soda, fresh watermelon slices, hubba bubba bubblegum, with a hint of new born baby.  An NG Original Fragrance! 

How Do Our Customers Use Doodle Bug Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters out there; this candy scent is used in Soy, soy blends, paraffin, Joy, WOW, palm, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  This fragrance is strong and has no problems with scent throw.  Doodle Bug fragrance oil also works well in aroma beads and smelly jellies, or in electric tart burners.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is a big seller for teens and the little kiddies!  The usage rate for this candy scent is 5%.  Doodle Bug also has a 2% vanillin content, so vanilla white color stabilizer is suggested to reduce discoloration in your final homemade products.  This nostalgic fragrance is used to make an array of bath and body products like: solid lotion bars, lotions, bath fizzies, sugar scrubs, foaming sugar scrubs, melt and pour soaps, body frostings, bubble baths, and whipped body butters.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this candy scent is delicious.  Here are the official results: Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, discolors to a light beige.  Scent stayed awesome and strong throughout cure.  Yummy!

If you are interested in using this perfectly happy candy scent in a fun child themed recipe, please click on this link to view the Play Dough Soap Recipe.

 

Banana Kiwi Scent

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

banana kiwi scentBanana Kiwi Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This is a fantastically fresh scent.  The banana and kiwi notes come together like a match made in heaven.  This banana kiwi scent is tart yet mouthwatering fresh as the same time.  The aroma of this fruity scent will take you to a tropical paradise.  This fragrance oil is very addictive and many of our clients say banana kiwi makes for repeat customers.  A perfect spring and summer scent for your finished products, this fragrance is a keeper.  Everyone seems to love this scent and they consider it a must have for every homemade line!

What does Banana Kiwi Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the aroma of fresh banana (not too ripened), with a base note of tart kiwi.  A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Banana Kiwi Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters; banana kiwi fragrance oil is used in soy, palm, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, tarts, gel, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  This fragrance is very aromatic and has no problems with scent throw (hot or cold).  Banana Kiwi fragrance oil also works well for room fresheners, whether it is oil burners, aroma beads, smelly jellies, or wax dipped stuffed animals.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is a win-win!  The usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5% and banana kiwi does have a .9% vanillin content, so vanilla white color stabilizer is suggested to reduce discoloration in finished products.  This tropical scent is used to make the following homemade items: solid lotion bars, bath bombs, shower gels, lotions, spray on perfumes, melt and pour soaps, bubble baths, and body butters.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance soaped like a dream.  Here are the official results: Perfect Pour, super rich, no ricing, no acceleration.  Discolors to a light beige.