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Oct
19

Pumpkin Cheesecake Fragrance

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Pumpkin Cheesecake FragrancePumpkin Cheesecake Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Pumpkins are very popular this time of year. Not only do the orange gourds make beautiful decorations, but they also make some delicious desserts. We’ve already covered Pumpkin Eggnog and Pumpkin Roll, but now we’re going to talk about mouth-watering Pumpkin Cheesecake. Cheesecake itself is already very nice, but add some pumpkin puree and extra spice, and voila! You’ve got a sensational seasonal treat. It can be described as a mix between cheesecake and pumpkin pie. It’s even a popular seasonal flavor of ice cream- a triple threat: pumpkin pie, cheesecake, and ice cream! Regardless of how you choose to eat it- we can all agree that it smells delicious.

What Does Pumpkin Cheesecake Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

The incredible aroma of cardamom, ground cinnamon, Vermont maple, pumpkin puree, carrot, whipped cream, rum, cream cheese, caramelized sugar, and French vanilla which is all blended to true perfection.

How Do Our Customers Use Pumpkin Cheesecake Fragrance Oil?

Candles! This bakery scent performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax and is nice and strong in soy wax. It is not gel wax compatible. The maximum recommended usage percentage for this delicious aroma in vegetable waxes and paraffin wax is 10%. Our coloring suggestions for candles are to use 2 drops orange plus a small amount of brown liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax or shred an ample amount of orange and a small amount of brown color block into your melted wax. Never use crayons to color your candles; it will clog the wick!

Room scents! This fall fragrance comes across nice and strong in aroma beads and its maximum recommended usage percentage in incense and potpourri is 50%.

Soaps! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this sweet, spicy scent in bath oils, bath gels, and soap is 0.7%. Our cold process soap-testing found that this mouth-watering pumpkin fragrance performed perfectly in CP soap with no acceleration, no ricing, no separation, and good scent retention. It did, however, discolor to a light beige color. Almost the color of cheesecake! Check out the soap-testing video or fragrance oil page to see a picture of the discoloration result. Discoloration is likely due to the high vanillin content of the fragrance: 8%. You can combat discoloration due to vanilla with our Vanilla White Color Stabilizer. But remember- you are responsible for the results in your finished products. Our coloring suggestions for bath and body products made with this delicious dessert scent are to use orange and brown soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you. You can also try natural soap colorants– but pay close attention to the information on their corresponding pages- some colorants are affected differently by different soapmaking processes.

Body products (outside of the bath)! This pumpkin scent performed perfectly in perfumes and its maximum recommended usage percentage in lotions and body sprays is 0.7%.

Cleaning products! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this appetizing autumn aroma in cleaning products is 0.7%.

Check out our Unscented Bases for an easy way to create the products listed above using this fantastic fall fragrance- just be sure not to exceed the maximum recommended usage percentage!

Oct
07

Harvest Moon Fragrance

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Harvest Moon FragranceHarvest Moon Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. It’s big and bright, and it seems like there is a full moon for multiple nights in a row. It’s also the name of a new movie debuting on the Hallmark Channel this Saturday, October 10th, at 9/8c. Harvest Moon is about a recently bankrupt city girl who finds herself working on a pumpkin farm- with a handsome ranch handler, no less. In an attempt to regain her riches, she ends up creating an amazing line of pumpkin-based skincare products. This movie inspired Sophie Uliano (of the Hallmark Channel) to make vitamin-rich pumpkin massage candles using Nature’s Garden products on Hallmark’s Home & Family Show. She also shares recipes for a Pumpkin Latte Scrub and a Pumpkin Papaya Peel. Why not pamper yourself with these pumpkin products while watching Harvest Moon on the Hallmark Channel? Sounds like the perfect way to spend a Saturday night!

What Does Harvest Moon Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Who says you can’t mix uncommon fragrance notes and come up with a work of art?  Harvest Moon fragrance is a true masterpiece: beginning with top notes of fresh pear, blueberries, and pineapple, followed by middle notes of juniper berries and eucalyptus, and well-rounded with base notes of spruce, woods, Douglas fir, cedar, and white musk.  An NG Original Fragrance & A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Harvest Moon Fragrance Oil?

Candles! This full-bodied fragrance performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax and is nice and strong in soy wax. It is gel wax compatible! This means you can put little wax embeds in your gel wax candles: small leaves perfect for fall or pumpkins for fans of the Harvest Moon movie. The maximum recommended usage percentage for this complex accord in vegetable and paraffin waxes is 10%. Our coloring suggestions for candles are to use 5 drops orange plus 2 drops brown liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax or a shred a small amount orange and brown color block into your melted wax. Never use crayons to color your candles; it will clog the wick!

Room scents! This autumn aroma comes across nice and strong in aroma beads, and its maximum recommended usage percentage in incense and potpourri is 50%.

Soaps! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this fall fragrance in bath oils, bath gels, and soaps is 5%. Our cold process soap testing found that this refreshing fragrance caused acceleration of trace, but no ricing, and no separation. The scent retention was very strong. The cured bars discolored to a lavender color. The vanillin content of this fragrance is 0%, so its discoloration of soap is likely due to one of the other 40 ingredients that may contribute to discoloration in bath and body products. I personally think it’s a very pretty purple- check out the picture in the soap testing video results or on the fragrance oil page. Our coloring suggestions for bath and body products are to use orange soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you. Don’t use candle dye in body products or you’ll color yourself!

Body products! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this fresh fragrance in lotions and body sprays is 3%. It was found to perform perfectly in perfumes.

Cleaning products (not for your body)! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this seasonal scent in cleaning products is 5%.

Check out our Unscented Bases for an easy way to create a variety of products, just be sure to follow the guidelines above when using this full-bodied fall fragrance!

Oct
02

Bermuda Triangle Fragrance

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Bermuda Triangle FragranceBermuda Triangle Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The Bermuda Triangle is the nickname given to the area of the Atlantic Ocean between Miami, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda. It is most famous for legends of ships and planes suddenly vanishing in the area under mysterious circumstances. Sailors have reported strange phenomena in the area, particularly affecting navigation equipment, since the days of Christopher Columbus.  But many authors have embellished alleged occurrences because it makes for a good story. Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble- who doesn’t love a good enigma? (Reported events are extremely interesting to read about if you have the time.) It has since been revealed that the number of incidents that occurred in the Bermuda Triangle are no greater than anywhere else in the Atlantic Ocean, and no mysterious disappearances have been reported since the late 1960s. In light of this news, remember the Bermuda Triangle is located near some ideal vacation destinations- a great place to plan your escape. Disappear from your everyday with this fragrance.

What Does Bermuda Triangle Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance is one you will get lost in! An excellent blend of cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon; with citrus top notes of mandarin, tangerine, grapefruit and lime; with just a hint of juicy McIntosh apples. An NG Original Scent & A Best Seller!

Top Notes:  mandarin, tangerine, grapefruit, lime
Mid Notes: cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, apple
Base Notes:  pineapple, cyclamen, violet

How Do Our Customers Use Bermuda Triangle Fragrance Oil?

Candles! This fresh, fruity fragrance performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax, and is nice and strong in soy wax. It is not gel wax compatible. The maximum recommended usage percentage for this elusive aroma in vegetable waxes and paraffin wax is 10%. Our coloring suggestions for candles are to use 3 drops yellow plus 2 drops orange liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax, or shred a small amount of yellow and orange color block into your melted wax. Never color your candles with crayons; it will clog the wick!

Room scents! This vacation fragrance comes across nice and strong in aroma beads, and its maximum recommended usage percentage in incense and potpourri is 50%. (Don’t forget you can use candle dye to color your aroma beads!)

Soaps! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this juicy bouquet in bath oils, bath gels, and soaps is 5%. Our cold process soap testing found that this is a super scent for soaping! No acceleration, no ricing, no separation, no discoloration, and very strong scent retention. What more could you ask for? Our coloring suggestions for bath and body products are to use yellow and orange soap colorant in the amount you desire. You can try natural soap colorants, but pay close attention to the descriptions on their corresponding web pages– certain soapmaking processes may alter the intended hue of natural soap colorants. Don’t color your bath and body products with candle dye or it will end up coloring you!

This fun fragrance is also featured in our Hatching Dinosaur Egg Bath Bomb Recipe. Most likely intended to make bath time fun for kids- but, as an adult, I’d have to say I think it looks pretty cool. Relax in the tub and play with DINOSAURS!! You could also fill these bath bombs with tiny plastic boats or planes. If they can mysteriously disappear in the Bermuda Triangle- why not mysteriously appear out of a Bermuda-Triangle-scented dinosaur egg bath bomb?

Body products! This enigmatic aroma performed perfectly in perfumes and its maximum recommended usage percentage in lotions and body sprays is 5%.

Cleaning products! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this mysterious scent in cleaning products is 5%.

Oct
01

Bergamot Fragrance

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Bergamot FragranceBergamot Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Bergamot fragrance comes from the bergamot orange. Strange name seeing as it’s not actually orange- more of a yellow-ish green but it is the size of an orange. Hmm. Well, it is a citrus fruit. its Latin name is Citrus bergamia. ‘Bergamot’ comes from the Italian bergamotta or ‘prince of pears.’ …but it isn’t a pear, either. Most of the world’s bergamot oranges are grown in southern Italy, the rest in southern France. It is also grown in southern France and southern Turkey.  The flesh of this fruit is not edible- not that you would ever eat fragrance or essential oils, anyway. Oil made from pressing the peel is used for a variety of flavorings, most famously, Earl Grey Tea and Turkish Delight. It is often made into marmalade in Italy. Bergamot oil is even used in smokeless tobacco products as flavoring. It takes about 100 bergamot oranges to make 3 oz of bergamot oil. For this reason, pure bergamot oil is highly coveted. Bergamot oil has been an ingredient in fragrance since as early as 1714.

What Does Bergamot Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Crisp, clean and juicy with a subtle floralcy;  the citrus jewel of the Mediterranean (bergamot essential oil) is uplifting and bright. This distinctive aroma is the perfect scent for an aromatherapy lotion or candle to escape the everyday.

How Do Our Customers Use Bergamot Fragrance Oil?

Candles! This fruity fragrance performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax, and is nice and strong in soy wax. It is not gel wax compatible. The maximum recommended usage percentage for this citrus scent in vegetable waxes and paraffin wax is 10%. Our coloring suggestions for candles are to use 3 drops green plus 2 drops yellow liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax or shred a small amount of green and yellow color block into your melted wax. Never color your candles with crayons; it will clog the wick!

Room scents! This uplifting aura comes across nice and strong in aroma beads and the maximum recommended usage percentage in incense and potpourri is 50%.

Soaps! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this awakening aroma in bath oils, bath gels, and soaps is 5%. Our cold process soap testing found that this fragrance performed perfectly: no acceleration, no ricing, no separation, no discoloration, and very strong scent retention! Our coloring suggestions for bath and body products are to use green and yellow soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you. You’re welcome to try natural soap colorants, but pay close attention to the descriptions on their corresponding webpages- some colorants may be altered by different soapmaking processes. Never color your bath and body products with candle dye or you’ll end up coloring yourself!

Not surprisingly, there aren’t many bergamot-shaped soap molds on the market, but flexiblemolds.com has some super citrus molds.

Body products! This stimulating scent performs perfectly in perfumes and its maximum recommended usage percentage in lotions and body sprays is 5%.

Cleaning products! The maximum recommended usage percentage for relaxing fragrance in cleaning products is 5%.

Sep
30

Beach Daisies Fragrance

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Beach Daisies FragranceBeach Daisies Fragrance Oil Spotlight

The beach daisy is an adorable little flower known for being a fast-spreading groundcover. It can grow to be up to 18 inches tall and flowers year round in the southern parts of Florida. This plant thrives in mostly dry and even slightly salty environments– ideal for the beach! It even helps keep sand from eroding. Both butterflies and birds are attracted to this beautiful beach bloom.

What Does Beach Daisies Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Imagine sweeping yourself away to the beach; where you will smell the aromas of fresh spring flowers and green grass while walking on the warm sands.  Natures Garden’s beach daisies fragrance begins with top notes of Asian lemongrass, dune grass, and daisy petals; followed by middle notes of gardenia bloom, ylang ylang, and clove leaf; sitting on base notes of blond woods, amber sands, and sheer musk.

How Do Our Customers Use Beach Daisies Fragrance Oil?

Candles! This refreshing floral fragrance performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax, and is nice and strong in soy wax. It is gel wax compatible! This means you can put adorable wax embeds in your gel wax candles; we’ve got a cute retro flowers embed mold and even a daisies embed mold! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this inviting aroma in vegetable waxes and paraffin waxes is 10%. Our coloring suggestions are to use 3 drops of yellow plus a little orange liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax or shred an ample amount of yellow and orange color block into your melted wax. Never use crayons to color your candles; it will clog the wick!

Room scents! This sunny scent comes across nice and strong in aroma beads and its maximum recommended usage percentage in incense and potpourri is 50%. We’ve got an adorable daisy cookie cutter– ideal for making aroma bead air fresheners

Soaps! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this alluring aura in bath gels, bath oils, and soaps is 5%. Our cold process soap testing found that this vacation fragrance caused acceleration in CP soap, so we recommend soaping this scent at lower temperatures. Otherwise, there was no discoloration, no ricing, no separation, and very strong scent retention! Our coloring suggestions are to use yellow and orange soap colorants in the amount that satisfies you. You’re welcome to try natural soap colorants, but pay close attention to the description on the individual pages, some colorants may be affected by different soapmaking processes.

We’ve also got some awesome flower-shaped soap molds: the tried and true flower-shaped mold Bailey uses in our soap testing videos, another marvelous mold for making large retro flowers, a mold for making small retro flowers, and my personal favorite the bite-sized daisy mold. We have a couple of sunflower soap molds as well– beach daisies are often called beach sunflowers, so it works out perfectly!

Body products! This beach scent performs perfectly in perfumes and its maximum recommended usage percentage in lotions and body sprays is 5%.

Cleaning products! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this summer-y scent in cleaning products is 5%.

Sep
29

Beach Bum Fragrance

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Beach Bum FragranceBeach Bum Fragrance Oil Spotlight

What’s more relaxing than a day spent bumming around at the beach? Finding a good spot to lay out your blanket or towel on the sand, kickin’ off your flip flops, laying down and just soaking up the sun (being sure to put on sunscreen first, of course). The calming sound of the waves, the fresh breeze coming off the water- what more could you ask for? How about the fragrance of fresh fruits and florals? Such a calming scene, I’m falling asleep just describing it.. so relaxing.

What Does Beach Bum Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance captures the essence of summer like no other fragrance; combining juicy mandarin, sand jasmine, and refreshing oceanic mist. An NG Original Scent!

Top Notes:  bergamot, fresh air, eucalyptus, mandarin
Mid Notes:  gardenia, lavender, rose, sand jasmine
Base Notes:  tuberose, musk

How Do Our Customers Use Beach Bum Fragrance Oil?

Candles! This summertime scent performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax, and is nice and strong in soy wax. It is gel wax compatible! That means you can put wax embeds in your candles such as sea horses and shells or the perfect beach footwear- flip flops! The maximum recommended usage percentage in vegetable waxes and paraffin wax is 10%. Our coloring suggestions for candles are to use 3 drops blue plus a small amount (try dipping the tip of a toothpick in the dye, then your wax) of green liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax or shred a small amount of blue and even smaller amount of green color block into your melted wax. Never color your candles with crayons– it will clog the wick!

Room scents! This oceanic aroma comes across nice and strong in aroma beads, and the maximum recommended usage percentage in incense and potpourri is 50%.

Soaps!  The maximum recommended usage percentage for this fresh fruit and floral fragrance in soaps, bath gels, and bath oils is 5%. Our cold process soap testing found that this fun fragrance caused slight acceleration, but no ricing and no separation with strong scent retention in cured bars. The CP soap made with this scent discolored to a very light beige. The vanillin content of this fragrance is 0%, but there are over 40 ingredients used to make fragrances that could possibly cause discoloration. Since there was very slight discoloration in the soap, there also might be very slight discoloration of your bath and body products. Our coloring suggestions for bath and body products are to use blue and green soap colorants in the amount that satisfies you. Never color bath and body products with candle dye– you will end up coloring yourself!

We’ve got some flip flop molds for full-sized soaps, or you can use the embed molds listed above to make sample-sized soaps with this relaxing aroma!

Body products! This sunny scent performed perfectly in perfumes and the maximum recommended usage percentage in lotions and body sprays is 5%.

Cleaning products! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this vacation fragrance is 5%.

Sep
27

Natural Soap Colorants: Katie Makes Soap Part 2

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Natural Soap ColorantsHi, there! It’s me, Katie, again. I’ve already told you about my first attempt at soapmaking. and guess what? I made more soap! Or at least tried to. This time I decided to experiment with natural soap colorants in melt and pour soap. (Different soap processes can affect natural colorants differently, but you’re generally OK with melt and pour- read the pages on the colorants for more information.) I wanted to make a color gradient with natural soap colorants, and I had the following powders: Red Moroccan Clay Powder, Orange Peel Powder, Carrot Powder, Rose Clay Powder, and Lemon Peel Powder. I used red clay, orange peel, and carrot in my first soap, and I got rose clay and lemon peel for a pink lemonade soap idea that I had (didn’t work out, going to try again- that blog will be coming soon!).

So, when you want to disperse a powder evenly in soap for coloring purposes, you want to ‘wet’ it with vegetable glycerin. Soap loves glycerin. I got a two pound slab of Shea Butter Melt and Pour, and first cut it in half because I was using a 1lb loaf mold. Then- lucky me- that slab was divided evenly into 20 squares- five rows of four- and I had five powders- so I separated my melt and pour base into five cups of four squares each. Then I measured out 0.1 oz of each powder into separate lil glass bowls. (One tenth of an ounce is the smallest amount [in ounces] that my scale would register.) I added 0.1 oz of veggie glycerin to each of my fruit and veggie powders, but the lemon peel powder was not mixing well- so I added more! I used 0.2 oz veggie glycerin for my fruit and veggie powders. I had to beat out the lumps of the carrot powder but with the extra veggie glycerin, it ended up being a very thin liquid. The others were more like pastes. I added 0.1 oz of veggie glycerin to my clay powders and that was enough to turn them into a workable texture. Woohoo! Here are my powders lined up:Powders

Out of habit, I had originally thought the lemon peel mixture would be the lightest- yellow, right? But it was actually a light brown. Hmm. Well. My eyes didn’t lie. So I lined the powders up this way since it seemed to be the most aesthetically pleasing- looked like a gradient and that’s what I was going for.

This time, I used the microwave for my melting and wow, that was so much faster and easier than trying to use the stove. I still wasn’t 100% sure on my carrot, orange, and lemon powders being in the correct order for a proper gradient (lemon = yellow, right, brain?) so I put my four squares each of melt and pour (cut up, of course, for easier melting) into three glass containers with spouts and thoroughly stirred in my powder-glycerin mixtures.

Natural Soap Colorants

Lemon was clearly the darkest of the three. It was a close call between carrot and orange, but orange was definitely closer to the color of the lemon powder soap. Well, alright. I had to melt them again because melt and pour isn’t really designed for stopping and taking photos and then I began pouring them into the mold one layer at a time. I poured my carrot layer first and sprayed the top with rubbing alcohol to get rid of air bubbles. I let that sit for.. I’m not sure exactly- about half an hour? It was only 1/5 of a pound so it didn’t take too terribly long to set up. Then I sprayed the top of that layer with rubbing alcohol (it evaporates out- so no worries there) and poured the next layer, sprayed it with rubbing alcohol, and let it set up. I repeated these steps for all five layers.

Natural Soap ColorantsI let the soap sit for a while before I popped it out of the mold to admire it, and then waited even longer before I cut it. I ended up with five ~1″ thick bars. I just cut it on a cutting board with a big knife- nothing fancy, so it’s not exact. And behold these beauties: the dark spots in the middle layers are likely spots where my powder clumped up but the carrot powder also seemed to settle into little specks on the bottom. I like it. It’s super cute. The lemon layer is also the most malleable, the other layers are quite hard and the lemon layer has a small bit of give. This bar smells slightly citrus-y near the lemon and orange layers, but overall, no overwhelming scent – I was more focused on the appearance anyway. It lathers like a dream, though. <3

Natural Soap ColorantsWhat did I learn? Well, the concentration of your powder is very important in determining coloring. That failed soap I mentioned above? I used the same amount of rose clay powder (and veggie glycerin to color an entire pound of it and you can really tell the difference 5x colorant concentration makes. The red clay layer actually looks closer to the solid-colored soap. Interesting. I think if I made another gradient soap, I would pick one colorant and do the different layers in different concentrations. No guess work when it comes to the proper order that way. It’s also been brought to my attention that certain non-clay powders may have the tendency to oxidize and eventually turn brown. I think they worked well in this soap not to mention the added benefits, but I may stick with clay for colorants in the future.

Here’s my first soap side-by-side with my second soap. So cute! Different combinations and different concentrations make different colors. I can’t wait to experiment with this further!

SidebySide

Sep
16

Asian Pear and Lily Fragrance

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Asian Pear Lily FragranceAsian Pear and Lily Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Asian pears or Nashi pears are large, juicy fruits native to- you guessed it- Asia! They are very different from what we normally think of when we think of pears. These fruits are so juicy, in fact, that they have the tendency to bruise easily. Being so delicate, they are considered a delicacy! In addition, according to Wikipedia, in China, it is considered a social faux pas to share a pear with a friend or loved one. “Sharing a pear” (分梨) is a homophone of “separate” (分离). In certain Asian cultures- lilies are used in food applications. The lily also has an abundance of cultural and literary meanings.  So this fragrance is not only rich in smell, but also rich in meaning!

What Does Asian Pear and Lily Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

A beautiful, complex accord containing top notes of Nashi Pear, Apple, and Leafy Greenery; followed by middle notes of Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, and Rose Petals; all sitting on base notes of Pear Nectar, Musk, and Peony Blossoms.

Top Notes:  Nashi pear, apple, leafy greenery
Mid Notes:  jasmine, lily of the valley, rose petals
Base Notes:  pear nectar, musk, peony blossoms

How Do Our Customers Use Asian Pear and Lily Fragrance Oil?

Candles, of course! This floral, fruity fragrance performed perfectly in joy wax and wow wax and is nice and strong in soy wax. It is gel wax compatible! (Perfect for using embeds.) The maximum recommended usage percentage for this crisp, complex accord in vegetable waxes and paraffin wax is 10%. Our coloring suggestions for candles are to use 2 drops yellow liquid candle dye and a very small amount of green and brown liquid candle dye (try dipping a toothpick into the dye and then dipping that into your wax- a good way to add a tiny amount of dye) per four pounds of wax OR shred a small amount of yellow, brown, and green color block into your melted wax. Remember not to color candles with crayons- it’ll clog the wick!

Sweetly-scented soaps! The maximum recommended usage percentage for this alluring aroma in soaps, bath oils, bath gels, and cleaning products is 5%. The vanillin content of this fresh fragrance is 0%, so it is unlikely to discolor your bath and body products. Our cold process soap testing results found just that! No discoloration, no separation, no ricing, and good scent retention. However, this fragrance does slightly accelerate trace. Our coloring suggestions for bath and body products are to use yellow, green, and brown soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you. (You can also try natural soap colorants, but be sure to read the page of your desired colorant fully- some soapmaking processes will cause a reaction with the natural colorants that changes their intended color.) And please, never ever use candle dye in bath and body products.

Other body stuff: perfumes and lotions! The maximum recommended usage percentage in these body applications is 5%. Asian Pear and Lily fragrance oil was found to perform perfectly in perfumes.

Finally, incense and potpourri! The maximum recommended usage percentage in room scenting applications is 50%. This sweet, sophisticated scent comes across nice and strong in aroma beads.

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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May
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Natures Garden Store

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Marsha and the staff at Natures Garden have been feverously working away at getting the store ready and in tip top shape.

Earlier this year, we started the intense planning and implementing of a store for our wonderful customers to come into and shop.  This was a feat that was easier said than done.  Through months of planning and strategizing, we were able to create a beautiful store on paper that believe it or not contained every item that Natures Garden currently carries.

Then came the week when all of storage and shelving units were put together.  This also included an electrician, a painter, and a small construction crew.  When they were finished, for the first time we were able to see the Natures Garden store becoming a reality.

Next, it was time to stock shelves.  This is where we are now.   Through immense hard work and dedication, the staff at Natures Garden has been steadily plugging away at stocking, pricing, and creating displays for the store.  And, now after all of this time, we are finally beginning to see light at the end of the store tunnel.

Although the store is still a work in progress so to say, we are getting very close.

Sure, all of Natures Garden products are out and available for purchase; but we are still finalizing some aspects to really knock it out of the park!

The Natures Garden store is currently open and you all are more than welcome to come in and visit.  We still have the fragrance sniffing wall (although it is more of a Fragrance Land), as well as 16 oz, 8 oz, 4 oz, and 1 oz fragrance bottles available to purchase.  All of our soap bases, waxes, butters, oils, molds, and herbs are also out and ready for purchase as well.  We even have our vast array of kits, colorants, flavorings, and essential oils out too and they are all ready for their new crafting home.

One thing is for sure, if you come visit the Natures Garden store, you will not be disappointed.  Just please bear with us as we strive for perfection.