Posts Tagged ‘soap fragrance oil’

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

Scents for Capricorns

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

capricorn scentsScents for Capricorns

Just for fun, Nicole (that’s me) did some research on the various zodiac signs to find out which fragrance notes would most likely match those personality traits.  Since it is the holiday season, and many Capricorns are now celebrating their birthdays, we will start with “Capricorn Fragrances”.

Capricorns are considered people born between December 22nd and January 19th.

The CEO of Natures Garden, Deborah Ward, is a Capricorn; with a birthday of December 29th.  If the personality traits of Capricorn ring true, then Deborah is a quintessential example of a Capricorn; a hard working, ambitious leader who knows the value of a team that works together to achieve great things.

 

Capricorn-  Responsible, Patient, Ambitious, Resourceful

Symbol- the Sea-goat

Sign- Earth

This resourceful and disciplined group are natural born leaders that should not be messed with.  Staying even keeled even during the most chaotic of times, this group’s ambition allows them to lead a path through the most difficult of times.   This group is known for getting things accomplished, working well as a team or alone.  These commanders are prudent in their decisions, always thinking of the future.

Key notes that Capricorn people are fond of are these notes:

Florals:  Angelica, Dandelion, Chamomile

Spices: Peppermint, Sage, Basil

Musks: Vetiver, Civet

Fragrance Oil and Scent Suggestions:

angelica fragrance  game on fragrance  vetiver fragrance oil  basil sage mint fragrance

 

 

 

Angelica Scent by Natures Garden

Game On Scent by Natures Garden

Vetiver Scent by Natures Garden

Basil Sage Mint Scent by Natures Garden

Click here to review all of our zodiac sign fragrance suggestions.

Strawberry Passion Fragrance Oil

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Strawberry Passion Fragrance OilStrawberry Passion Fragrance OilFragrance Oil Spotlight

Rated by our customers as the “perfect strawberry scent”, Strawberry Passion fragrance is the real deal when it comes to authenticity.  This sweet and amazing scent smells just like fresh cut strawberries, with no artificial notes on this yummy fragrance.  A mouth watering and well rounded aroma, strawberry passion fragrance oil is a best seller year round, but especially moves for Valentine’s Day!

What does Strawberry Passion Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a rich ripened strawberry fragrance with bottom notes of cotton candy and French vanilla. Your customers will love it! A Best Seller!  An NG Original Fragrance!

How Do Our Customers Use Strawberry Passion Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters out there; strawberry passion fragrance oil is used in Palm, soy, soy blends, paraffin, WOW, Joy, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  If you are looking for a cute and creative spin, this scent also makes awesome pie candles.  Strawberry Passion has a strong and steady hot throw and a divine cold throw.  This fragrance oil also works great in oil burners, as well as for room fresheners, whether it is odor eliminator, smelly jellies, or sachet beads.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is a winner!  The usage percent of Strawberry Passion Fragrance Oil is 5%, and the Vanillin Content is 8.3% so Vanilla White Color Stabilizer is advised by our customers to stabilize discoloration in finished products.  This amazing fragrance is used to make: liquid soaps, solid lotion bars, bath bombs, body scrubs, lotions, perfumes, melt and pour soaps, body sprays, bath gels, whipped butters, body mists, and massage oils.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance did awesome.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour.  No ricing, no acceleration.  Discolors to a dark chocolate.

Banana Pudding Soap Recipe

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Banana Pudding Soap Recipe

The Natures Garden staff is at it again, and this week Afshan (our graphic artist) joined our Staff Project Challenge.  Her project is called Banana Pudding Soap.  afshan pic

Hi everyone! my name is Afshan. I’m a web designer by profession and really love what I do. I’ve been working for Natures Garden for the past 3yrs and although I work offshore from my country Pakistan and haven’t met the staff , the CEO Deborah and the company I feel like I’m a part of Natures Garden too. I felt greatly honored when Deborah asked me to do the Staff Challenge and here I am with my first soap ever, a Banana Pudding Soap.banana pudding soap

In my spare time I like to do baking, sketching and photography. I just love animals and have kept a goat, chickens, cats, sheep and a turtle as pets at different times. My dream is to one day be on board the National Geographic Explorer Tour and see the wildlife up at the North Pole plus the Aurora Borealis. I can speak 3 languages. I’m a Libran and like balance and organization in my life. I love watching TV Series, these days I’m hooked to Homeland. My purpose in life is to be good human being and be useful to as many people as possible. My life motto is “I can do it” and I believe that even a little bit of kindness never goes unrewarded.homemade banana pudding recipe

Afshan was inspired to make banana pudding soap after she read the Banana Pudding Recipe Deborah posted on her facebook page.  Banana pudding is one of Deborah’s family favorites, and Afshan had never eaten banana pudding.  So, in addition to sending Afshan everything she would need to make the banana pudding soap, Deborah also sent her the ingredients not found in Pakistan that she would need to make edible banana pudding.  Afshan loved making the soap, and she said that her family loved eating the real banana pudding!  You can find Deborah’s Edible Banana Pudding Recipe Here.  Hope you enjoy it!

Soap Challenge Club

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Soap Challenge Club

By Amy Warden, Great Cakes Soapworks

 

If you are looking for a way to expand your soapmaking skills, participate more in the soapmaking community, and compete for fun prizes, you will be excited to hear about the Soap Challenge Club!  Soapmakers from all over the world can learn a new technique for cold-processed soap and compete for a significant prize every month!  I am hosting and teaching the technique each month, but various soap supply vendors are sponsoring the grand prize.  This month’s sponsor is Nature’s Garden, and they will be awarding a $50 gift certificate to the grand prize winner (2nd & 3rd place winners receive free registration to next month’s Challenge Club)!

 

The Challenge This Month:

Multi-Colored Gradient Soaps

soap challenge 1  soap challenge 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Requirements to participate:

1. Basic knowledge of cold-processed soapmaking

2. Register and pay a small fee of $5.95 to gain access to the private area where the technique will be laid out via instructional video and written instructions.

3. Create a soap using the technique of the month.

 

Requirements to be eligible to win prizes:

1. Document the making and final reveal of your soap with photos and/or video!  Create a blog post (preferred!), video on YouTube, or post  photo(s) on Pinterest or a Facebook business page featuring your challenge soap entry.

2. Post the link to your challenge soap entry to the link-up while it is open!  (Not sure what a link-up is?  Here’s the one from last month’s Challenge Club: http://new.inlinkz.com/luwpview.php?id=306182)

 

Deadlines (all will occur at 2:00pm CST):

September 3, 2013 – Registration to participate will CLOSE

September 11, 2013 – The private link-up will OPEN

September 14, 2013 – The link-up will CLOSE, and members-only voting will begin

September 18, 2013 – Voting will CLOSE, winners will be contacted!

 

Once registered, you will receive a username and password as well as the link to access the password-protected post containing the video and written instructions to create multi-colored gradient soaps.

register-now

 

 

 

 

 

Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap Recipe

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

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Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap Recipe by Bailey…

The staff members at Natures Garden are having a challenge!  Each staff member has to come up with their own recipe using various Natures Garden supplies.  The project has to be made with one of their favorite Natures Garden fragrance oils, and they are encouraged to be as creative as possible.  Bailey was the first staff member to partake in the challenge, and her recipe is what she calls: Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap.  girl-copy2

When asked why she chose to make lemonade soap, Bailey replied, “Lemonade reminds me of summertime; sitting on a porch and drinking an ice-cold glass of lemonade”.

Why did she decide to make soap as her project?  Bailey said that since she has experience working with both cold process and melt and pour soap, she wanted to create a recipe that involved the usage of both.  The base of her lemonade soap is made of cold process soap, while the top portion of her soap is made with melt and pour soap.  Bailey used the soap calculator to create her very own cold process soap recipe, checking the values to ensure she was within the range for a typical bar of soap.  She also incorporated beeswax in her soap to make the soap a little bit harder.  To give her soap more bubbles, she added castor oil to her recipe.  Bailey is a big fan of cocoa butter, so she added that to provide the skin with conditioning aspects.

How would Bailey describe herself?  Bailey says she is the type of person who loves to make people laugh. Bailey said, “Wherever Bailey goes, the fiesta follows her”.    What a FUN person to work with!

If you are interested in making this recipe, please click Here To see Bailey’s Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap Recipe.

 

Lemon Meringue Pie Soap

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

lemon meringue pie soapIt is simply AMAZING what you can create using melt and pour soap bases!  In this project, we desired to make a soap that looked so realistic to lemon meringue pie that it would be difficult to tell the difference.  Nicole accomplished just that!  Achieving just the right color for the graham cracker crust took several attempts, but we finally got it right.  This is great news for YOU because you won’t have to waste your precious soap base figuring out the color, and you can use this graham cracker colored soap to make an array of different types of soap pies!  Just imagine:  Strawberry pie soap, coconut cream pie soap, chocolate cream pie soap, key lime pie soap…and the list goes on and on!  Aren’t you EXCITED!?!

Our FREE recipe also teaches you how to make FABULOUS whipped meringue soap for the tops of your pie soaps as well!  This meringue soap looks just like real meringue, it firms up nicely, and clings to the layer of soap underneath it nicely!  lemon-pie-whole1

So, are you ready to try your hand at making your own Pie Soap?  If you are, here is our FREE RECIPE for Lemon Meringue Pie Soap.  Be sure to post pics of what you make on our facebook page during show and tell (every Thursday night at 9:30 pm est)!  We would love to see what you create!

Deborah Ward

Natures Garden

Sherlock Homie Fragrance Oil

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013
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Sherlock Homie Fragrance Oil is definitely an intriguing and captivating scent that pops with a refreshing allure.

 

Sherlock Homie Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Soon to be a best-selling fragrance oil, Sherlock Homie is undeniable.  Categorized as refreshing and mysterious, this fragrance has just the right amount of sexy strength; especially if you are looking for a great male type fragrance oil.   The unique combination of fragrance notes leaves a sophisticated and smart appeal in your finished products.  This scent should not be overlooked!

What does Sherlock Homie Smell Like?

A mysterious blend of watery notes with secret spices surrounded by precious woods.  With top notes of cucumber, lemon, lime, ozone, and grapefruit.  Middle notes of neroli, cumin, and coriander.  And, base notes of musk and patchouli.

How Do Our Customers Use Sherlock Homie Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters; our customers use this fragrance oil in their tarts, votives, Palm Container wax, WOW wax, Joy wax, and soy.  The hot scent throw is remarkably strong.  As for other home scenting ideas; this fragrance oil has been used to make aroma beads and smelly jellies.  This fragrance oil can also be used in oil burners and odor eliminators or room re-freshening sprays as well.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5%, and is used to make:  Goat’s Milk melt and pour soaps, body butters, shampoo, shower gel, and body sprays.  And, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is a must have for male marketed soaps.  Here are the official results:  Perfect pour.  No acceleration, no ricing, no separation, no discoloration.  Nice, strong scent.

Homemade Soap No More Allergies

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

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I am Victoria Cangelosi, and I’m the owner and SoapMaster-in-Chief of Smelly Cat Soaps.
I am allergic to soap – or so I thought for the first twenty-something years of my life. I would break out in a terrible rash each time I used soap, even the hypoallergenic stuff. I subsisted on exactly one brand of rather boring body wash I found that didn’t cause breakouts like the others.

But each time I entered shops like Lush or Bath and Body Works, I found myself entranced by all the delicious smells. It was a cruel, cruel existence.

One day, I came across a soap mold for sale online that I fell in love with. I was so inspired that I decided I was going buy it and try my hand at making soap. How hard could it be?

At first, my only goal was to create soap that I could use without getting a rash. Much to my delight, I quickly found success. It turns out I am not allergic to soap after all! What I’m allergic to is the preservative that soap companies add to their soaps to prolong their shelf lives.

I shared my newfound love for soapmaking with my family and friends, and showed them what I had made. Several high pitched Ohmygoshes and Thatsadorables later, I realized I may be onto something. I already had one shop on Etsy; I make jewelry and sell it over at www.CrowCanyonJewelry.com. I opened a second shop just for selling the soap, and decided to take custom orders instead of pre-making soap and listing it for sale. It seemed less risky; I didn’t have to buy supplies or make anything until I received an order. And I don’t add any preservatives to my soap.

The name Smelly Cat Soaps is homage to one of my all time favorite television shows, “Friends.” I love when I am selling soap at craft shows and people read my shop name, smile, then start to sing the Smelly Cat song a la Phoebe Buffay. I also love to hear the squeals of excited children as they proudly yell the names of all the little soap animals I have out on my table. “Mommy look, it’s a hedgehog! Mommy Mommy, an elephant! Mommy, she has turtles and puppies” etc.

I am enjoying this business and I love being my own boss. I get to be as creative as I want, and that is AWESOME! I don’t have to answer to anyone but my customers, so if I want to get crazy silly and fun in my automatic “Thanks for your order” message, (hint – it is actually pretty hilarious) there’s no one to tell me I can’t!

Right now, this is just a small business I do on the side. But I believe my soap has the potential to really take off. I love helping customers make bath time fun for their kids, create the perfect gift, or order truly unique wedding or shower favors. Please keep me in mind for all your future soaping needs.

I use a lot of Natures Garden scents in my soaps. You can’t smell them from here, but the soaps in the picture are:

- In the Mood fragrance oil

- Misbehavin fragrance oil

- I’m Too Sexy fragrance oil

- Princess type fragrance oil

- Cashmere type fragrance oil

 

Your Website: www.SmellyCatSoaps.com

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/SmellyCatSoaps

Marketing Your Soap to Men

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

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It’s a mistake not to market soap to men

It’s super easy for us women to get excited over beautifully-smelling soap, and we get even more excited when the soap has fancy designs.  What woman can resist cupcake soap with a mountain of soap frosting on top of it?  What woman can resist how wonderful her bathroom smells after using a bar of homemade soap?  Not to mention how wonderful we smell after using one of those fabulous bars!  We women like those little extra luxuries; they make us feel good.

But, what about men?  Do they like homemade soap too?  You betcha!  Last summer, I brought some homemade cold process soap to the moms on my son’s baseball team.  I figured that they would be excited, and they were.  However, the person who seemed to enjoy the soap the most was not a woman at all; t was Brett’s coach.  Before a game, he pulled me aside and asked if he could buy some homemade soap from me.  He said he had never used soap like that before, and liked it much better than the store bought soap.  As most of you know, I do not sell finished cold process soap, but I did give him a few more bars of my soap that I made for testing our fragrances.

Just the other day, my cousin’s husband was visiting from Baltimore and he asked me if I had anymore of the homemade soap I had given him the last time they were in Ohio.  He is in construction, and his hands get extremely dry and callused. He said that my homemade soap made his hands much softer than the store bought soap he had at home.  I gave him a few bars and he was thrilled!  Not only that, but he has been trying to get my cousin to start making soap for him.  Of course there is nothing stopping him from making it himself.  Soap making is not a science/craft reserved for just women you know.

So, you see, women like the homemade soap primarily for the smell &  aesthetics, and secondarily for the skin softening.  Men like homemade soap primarily for the skin softening qualities.  Men like their skin to look and feel young too.  My point is:  If you are not targeting men in your marketing strategy, you are missing an entire market sector that is actually showing growth.  While men may not insist that the soap you sell them has pretty swirls or fancy designs, they love homemade soap just as much as women do.  It is a mistake not to market your soap to men.

Natures Garden sells soap making supplies for making cold process soap.  We also sell an entire line of melt and pour soap bases for those of you who do not want to work with lye.  Whether you choose to make your own soap from scratch, or make soap with melt and pour soap bases, either of these products will be much better for your skin than store bought brands.

Happy Soaping!

Have a Bubbly Awesome Day!

Deborah Ward

www.naturesgardencandles.com