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Apr
07

Fresh Brewed Coffee Scent

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fresh brewed coffee scentFresh Brewed Coffee ORIGINAL Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

How many of you out there are just like me and can’t function without that first cup of coffee early in the morning? I know I have to have that cup before I can have an actual conversation with someone. Does your morning start with the aroma of a freshly brewing pot of amazing coffee filling your home? Can’t you almost taste that first sip burning your tongue with all of its caffeine filled glory? Our Original Fresh Brewed Coffee Scent perfectly captures the delicious aroma of that first cup of morning coffee!

What Does Fresh Brewed Coffee Smell Like?

Original Fresh Brewed Coffee Scent by Nature’s Garden is the strong aroma of freshly brewed black Arabica coffee beans. This original fragrance has some vanilla notes contained within in that may make it smell chocolatey to give you an extra boost!

How Do Our Customers Use Fresh Brewed Coffee Fragrance Oil?

This scent is sure to make any bad mood dissolve with its aroma of a freshly brewed pot of yummy coffee. This fragrance will move throughout your home and is sure to lift the spirits of everyone you know! For all the candle makers out there, this fragrance is just what you’ve been looking for! Our Fresh Brewed Coffee scent works nice and strong in soy wax, as well as performing nice and strong in wow wax and joy wax! For all of the potpourri and incense makers out there, this fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 50%! You can easily fill your home with this delicious aroma by using it to create some nice and strong homemade aroma beads!

For bath and body products, our Fresh Brewed Coffee scent has a maximum usage rate of 5%! Some common bath and body products that can include this wonderful fragrance are bath oils, bath gels, perfumes, lotions, and soaps. This fragrance does happen to have a vanillin content of 7%, meaning that it may tend to discolor your soaps and other homemade bath and body products. Just make sure to test it thoroughly before using it any of your finished and final products, and use a Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to avoid any discoloration! For all of the cold process soap makers out there, our Fresh Brewed Coffee scent is just what you need! Our cold process results are: there is no separation or ricing! There is no acceleration and it has a perfect pour! However, it does discolor to a milk chocolate color.

I’m sure you’re wondering how you can get your hands on this delicious fragrance as soon as you possibly can, but hold on! It gets even better! Here at Nature’s Garden we offer many great free classes and recipes, and our free Freshly Ground Coffee Bath Bombs recipe is actually made with our Fresh Brewed Coffee fragrance oil! Please contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any thoughts, concerns, or questions! Enjoy this amazing fragrance and keep watching for even more Enlightened by Layla!

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Apr
06

I’m Too Sexy Scent

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i'm too sexy scentI’m Too Sexy Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

“I’m too sexy for my shirt…so sexy it hurts…” Now come on, you can’t tell me that I’m the only person in the whole entire world who instantly thinks of this song whenever I hear the phrase “I’m Too Sexy”! There’s no way to forget Right Said Fred and the amazing insanity that went with this song! I know all of you were thinking it too! Well, here at Nature’s Garden our I’m Too Sexy Scent perfectly captures the essence of that classic song, it is sure to follow suite with the song and be a fragrance that you will never be able to forget!

What Does I’m Too Sexy Smell Like?

I’m Too Sexy Scent by Nature’s Garden is a fragrance that is full of attitude and glamour! It begins with spicy notes and hints of fruit that lead right into a luxurious floral signature. Hints of lily balance out a blooming rose accord with patchouli warming up the florals tones. Soft musky vanilla, warm woody notes, and precious amber surround this bouquet. This dramatic fragrance is Academy Award worthy and boasts “I’m too sexy to just be a fragrance!”

How Do Our Customers Use I’m Too Sexy Fragrance Oil?

With the rhythm of “I’m Too Sexy” playing in your mind, this Hollywood worthy scent is sure to make you feel as though you’ve just been transported right onto the Red Carpet! The sounds of the paparazzi’s cameras will echo in your ears and make you feel just like a megastar! For all the candle makers out there, this scent is perfect for you! It works perfectly in wow wax and joy wax, as well as performing nice and strong in soy wax. For all of the potpourri and incense makers out there, this fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 50%. You can easily fill your home with this luxurious aroma by using it to create some nice and strong homemade sachet beads!

For bath and body products, our I’m Too Sexy Scent has a maximum usage rate of 1%. Some common bath and body products that can include this fragrance are lotions, bath oils, bath gels, perfumes, and soaps. I’m Too Sexy does happen to have a vanillin content of 3.3%, meaning that it may tend to discolor your soaps and other homemade bath and body products. Just make sure to test it thoroughly before using it in your finished and final products, and use a Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to avoid any discoloration. For all of the cold process soapers out there, I’m Too Sexy scent is just what you’ve been looking for! Our CP results are: there is no ricing or acceleration and it has a perfect pour! This fragrance has an awesome scent! However, it does discolor to a light brown color.

Before you run to get this fragrance as soon as you can, make sure to check out all of our wonderful free classes and recipes, especially since our Glamour Aroma Bead Air Freshener recipe is made with our I’m Too Sexy scent! Enjoy this amazing fragrance and keep watching for even more Enlightened by Layla!

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Mar
24

Coconut Soap for Cleaning

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coconut-soap-for-cleaningCoconut Soap for Cleaning

Recipes for Homemade Coconut Soap

Do you want to make your own homemade soap? There are many recipes out there, but the base of the whole project is mostly the same, so we will focus on a single project so we can cover it, allowing you to understand how things are made.  You can use the newly made soap for  many types of cleaning, such as kitchen cleaning, oven cleaning, washing dishes and of course hands and so on if you feel you need to, the choice is yours. From then on you can experiment on your own or find other recipes, but it all starts with the following ingredients:

  • 33 oz of coconut oil
  • 83 oz of lye
  • 54 oz of water

Three simple ingredients are all it takes to create soap, but you will need the following equipment to make it happen:

  • A crock pot
  • Stick blender
  • Thermometer
  • A digital scale
  • Glass measuring cups
  • Glass bowls
  • A long-handled plastic or wooden spoon
  • Rubber spatula
  • A sink or a bowl filled with a mix of vinegar and water to wash lye away from objects or yourself
  • Rubber gloves, long-sleeved shirt and even protective glasses
  • A soap mold
  • Parchment paper

Weigh your ingredients after you have them and set the crock pot to its low setting. Once that is done you need to add water to a glass or a ceramic bowl and take it outside with your lye and spoon. Make sure you do so outside to avoid the vapors of the process, and then slowly add the lye to the water while you mix it. Keep in mind it will get hot, so once it turns clear you can bring it inside. Let it cool off before you move on to the next step.

Place the coconut oil in a saucepan and heat it up to about 120°F and move on with the rest of the work, just make sure you have the thermometer away from the bottom of the pot. You can then put the coconut oil in your crock pot and on the low setting. Once that is done you can add the lye to it and stir it a few times carefully so it won’t splash outside.

Use a stick blender to mix it until it has the consistency and texture of pudding, which would be a sign you need to move on with the next step by covering it and letting it cook on the low setting. The oils will rise on the sides and then once again fold into the mix as it works, but it will take a varying amount of time, so make sure you check on it as you go.

The soap will be ready once it turns relatively translucent with no puddles of oil in its middle. You can use a pH test strip and wait for a few minutes to see whether it changes color. The pH needs to be around 7-10 with anything higher than that indicating it’s not done yet. You can also test it between your fingers to see whether it feels waxy – if it does then this means you’re good to go. Always make sure all lye has been converted or your brand new soap may end up burning you, so this is no joking matter.

Pour the mixture into your mold and let it cool, speeding things up in the fridge if you feel you need to. You would do well to cut the bar as soon as it is cool and firm, otherwise it will harden too much to be able to do so safely. You need to also let them dry and harden for at least two weeks if you want them to be in perfect condition for when you need them.

Read more tips and tricks at: Pimlico clean and Care tips for Carpet

 

Nov
14

Christmas Soap

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Christmas SoapChristmas Soap

Hello everyone! Are you looking for a new wonderful project to try for this Christmas season? Maybe a new recipe to try as a unique and beautiful gift to give to all of your loved ones for the holiday? Well do we have the perfect one for you! I would like to introduce our new free recipe for our Frankincense and Myrrh Soap! This Christmas soap is made with the thoughts of the three wise men in mind! If you remember the story of the baby Jesus, the three wise men all traveled to see him toting three special gifts. Gold, frankincense, and myrrh. This soap is a gorgeous way to pay homage to that special holiday story!

 

Ingredients:

85 grams Mango Butter

510 grams Palm Oil

510 grams Olive Oil Pomace

510 grams Coconut Oil 76

85 grams Castor Oil

243 grams Lye

6 grams Myrrh Gum Powder

84 grams Frankincense and Myrrh Fragrance Oil

24K Gold Mica Pigment

Diamond Dust Mica Pigment

2 drops Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

2 drops Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

2 drops Orange Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

4 Loaf Silicone Soap Mold

645 grams Distilled Water

Safety Glasses

Safety Gloves

Safety Mask

Crockpot

Mixing Spoons

Mixing Bowls

Scale

Stick Blender

 

Directions:

There are actually 2 parts to this soap, you will start out by preparing the rock portion first. In a bowl, weigh out 34 grams Castor Oil, 204 grams Coconut Oil 76, 204 grams Palm Oil, 34 grams Mango Butter, and 204 grams Olive Oil Pomace. Turn the crockpot on low, and heat all of the oils until they are completely liquid.

frankincense and myrrh soap

While you are waiting for them to melt, weigh out 97 grams of lye and 258 grams of distilled water. Slowly and carefully pour the lye into the water and then stir. Never add water to lye! Then once the oils are melted, add the lye to them in the crockpot.  Use the stick blender to bring the mixture to a pudding consistency. Place the lid on the crockpot and allow to cook.  Make sure to keep stirring the mixture every now and then. Once it has reached the consistency of mashed potatoes, the soap is finished.

frankincense and myrrh soap

 

 

frankincense and myrrh soap

When the soap is finished cooking, divide it equally into 4 mixing bowls. Add 2 drops of Orange Oxide Colorant into one bowl, 2 drops of Yellow into one, 2 drops of brown into the third, and do not color the fourth bowl. Then, pour each bowl into a different part of the soap mold and let the soap sit to set up.

frankincense and myrrh soap

After it has set, break the soaps up into pieces and set aside to use later for the rocks.

frankincense and myrrh soap

Now you can start the brown portion of your soap. In the crockpot, melt down 51 grams Mango Butter, 306 grams Olive Oil, 306 grams Coconut Oil 76, 51 grams Castor Oil, and 306 grams Palm Oil.

frankincense and myrrh soap

Prepare your lye water again, (same process as Step 2) using 387 grams distilled water and 146 grams lye. Stir. When the oils are melted, add the lye to the crockpot and stir with the stick blender. This should become about a pudding consistency.

 

 

frankincense and myrrh soap

Let it sit for about 15 minutes and then add your 6 grams of Myrrh Gum Powder and mix it again. Allow your soap to finish until it is again a mashed potato consistency, add 84 grams Frankincense and Myrrh Fragrance Oil, and mix together.

frankincense and myrrh soap

 

frankincense and myrrh soap

Now using the 4 loaf mold, put a layer of soap into the bottom of 3 of the different parts of the loaf. Then using the rocks from earlier, place the rocks throughout that layer, pushing them down slightly to prevent air pockets. Put another layer on top and keep repeating the process until you fill the mold.

frankincense and myrrh soap

 

frankincense and myrrh soap

Once you have filled the mold, sprinkle 24K Gold Mica Pigment and Diamond Dust Mica Pigment on top until you are satisfied with the amount, and let it sit for a while to set up. Enjoy your awesome new Frankincense and Myrrh Soap!

frankincense and myrrh soap

This Christmas soap is the perfect gift for all of your loved ones for Christmas time! It is an awesome reminder of what the season is really all about! Enjoy and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Oct
18

Rose Hips

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rose hips Rose Hips

For all the crafters out there, do you like to experiment with different flowers and herbs? Have you ever tried rose hips? If you haven’t, you should definitely get on that! Rose hips can be used for many different products and many different industries as well! There are many foods and even some beverages that include rose hips, and other industries it can be used in are hair care, skin care, soaps, bath and body products and even medicinal. This plant is something you should put on your list of projects to try, because once you finish reading this blog I’m sure you won’t be able to resist!

Rose hips, which is also known as rose hep or rose haw, is the fruit that grows on rose plants. It is in the family Rosaceae, and is a part of the Rosa genus. It is native to Europe, North Africa, North America, and certain parts of Asia. The rose is actually America’s National Floral Emblem, as well as the state flower of Iowa, Georgia, New York, North Dakota and the District of Columbia. There are over 100 species of rose plants, and each species has a different look. Some can grow up to 20 feet, while some only grow up to 3 feet high. George Washington, America’s first president, was actually a rose breeder!

There are many medicinal benefits to using rose hips. It contains many antioxidants like flavinoids, catechins, carotenoids, leucoanthocyanins, and polyphenols that help to prevent heart disease and even cancer. Rose hips can also help to fight off infections in the body and strengthen the immune system as well as treating many different skin problems such as burns and acne. Other skin ailments include helping wounds to heal faster, regenerating skin cells, slowing the aging process, giving the skin a beautiful healthy glow, and keeping the skin moist and hydrated. Rose hips also contain Vitamin C which is a necessity for pregnant women to help them build collagen for themselves and their baby. Even an itching powder can be made from this wonderful fruit! But please don’t take this blog as medical advice! Always consult a doctor before using any product in place of medical treatment!

Many bath and body products can be made with this amazing ingredient as well! If you’re a soap maker, ground up rose hips powder is an awesome addition to your soaps and even bath teas. Do you have brittle nails? Try rose hips oil! Rubbing it on your nails actually helps to hydrate and nourish them! Are you looking to add more bounce to your hair? Adding rose hips to your hair care will help to add the bounciness and even make your hair silkier! Are you officially intrigued with this fantastic product? Wondering how to get your hands on some as soon as possible? Have no fear, we have Rose Hips Powder! And it gets even better! We also offer many free recipes, including our Herbal Infused Shea Lotion! However, we sell rose hips for external use only!

The easiest way to find both of these products on our site is just by typing “rose hips” into the search bar. That will take your directly to our “Rose Hips Powder” page. On the top of the picture, there is a little green link that says “Recipe.” Just click that and it will take you right to a picture and link for our herbal infused lotion recipe. Be sure to try out some rose hips as soon as possible! And watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

rose hips pageNote: Natures Garden sells our herbs for external use only. We do not sell them as food items. (The information we provide is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration). Keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets. Special care should be taken by pregnant and/or lactating women when handling herbs. Natures Garden accepts no responsibility (written or implied) for any products you make with our herbs. All testing is the responsibility of the customer.

 

 

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Oct
13

Butterfly Flower Scent

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butterfly flower scentButterfly Flower Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Butterfly Flower is a beautiful scent designed to remind you of all the loveliness of spring and summer time. Your mind will wander to thoughts of fresh new plants and trees sprouting and growing in the spring and then the beautiful greens of the summer. Childhood memories will come flooding back of years past spent chasing butterflies with your family and friends. You friends, family and customers are sure to love this special scent. They will love the feeling of happiness that comes along with it and will smile at their childhood memories as well.

 

What Does Butterfly Flower Smell Like?

Butterfly Flower Fragrance Oil by Nature’s Garden is a unique scent with notes of fresh ozone leading into a green floral bouquet. A twist of shimmering greens mixed with a blend of sage and lily as the floralcy is bright accented by tangy cassis tones. At the base of the scent, musk is blended with sweet amber and crisp orange flowers.

 

How Do Our Customers Use Butterfly Flower?

If you are in the mood for a unique and spring-like scent, then Butterfly Flower is the perfect scent for you. This fragrance performs perfectly in soy way, wow wax and joy wax. Would you love to fill your house with this beautiful spring scent? You can have exactly what you want by using it in aroma beads!

For bath and body products, our Butterfly Flower scent has a usage rate of 5%. This delightful fragrance can be used in many different personal care products such as soaps, bath gels, bath oils, perfumes and lotions. If you would like to use this scent for incense or potpourri, it has a usage rate of 50%. This scent is also amazing for cold process soaping. Our CP findings are: it is a perfect pour with no ricing or acceleration. There is no discoloration and gives a very nice floral scent. However, it should be used at cool temperatures.

 

This is such a delightful scent, but guess what? It doesn’t stop there! We also offer a hilariously adorable recipe made with this fragrance! Our free Muddy Pigs Bath Bomb Recipe is a treat that you and your kiddos will definitely love!

Muddy Pig Bath Bomb

Your kids will absolutely adore making these fun bath treats with you. If you are in need of a project for a rainy day, or just want a fun way to spend time with them, these bath bombs will be a definite hit!

Wondering how to easily find all this awesomeness on our site? In our search bar, just type in “butterfly flower.” That will take you directly to our Butterfly Flower fragrance oil. On the top of the fragrance picture, there is a little link in a green box that says “Recipe.” When you click on that, it will show you a picture and link for our Muddy Pigs Bath Bomb Recipe. Click on it and you will go straight to the recipe for the kid loving treat! Please contact us with any problems, thoughts, or concerns you may have and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Apr
29

Insulating Soap

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insulating soap In an earlier blog post, we discussed how insulating soap to promote gel phase was a matter of personal choice. Whether you insulate or choose not to, your soap will still be soap.

When it comes to whether you choose to insulate or not, really there are only two factors that will change. The first is the amount of cure time. Due to the fact that the saponification process is slowed down by the prevention of gel phase, your soap may need extra cure time before use. On the other hand, promoting a full gel phase for your soap means an accelerated saponification process with a normal cure time. And, the second difference is an aesthetic one.

The finished look of your soap will differ slightly based upon whether you choose to prevent gel phase or encourage it. By preventing gel phase (sticking your molded soap in the fridge or freezer), your finished soap will have a matte look to it. By promoting gel phase, your finished soap will have a slight translucent, shiny look to it. Again, however, please remember regardless of which method you choose either method results with finished soap.

When making soap, it is important to remember that the gel phase occurs during the saponification process. While your soap is in the mold, the various soaping ingredients react with the lye mixture, and heat is used to help the acceleration of the whole saponification process. When choosing to promote gel phase during saponification, it can be accomplished through means of insulation.

Insulating your soap means wrapping the soap with various layers in an attempt to keep the heat within the soap. Because the saponification process is endothermic (meaning the process pulls heat from its surroundings), keeping the soap insulated is the best means to successfully promoting gel phase throughout your whole soap. It will also help to prevent a partial gel. If you remember, a partial gel is where the center of your soap achieves gel phase, but the outside areas do not. This typically occurs because the outside of the soap looses heat in a quicker fashion therefore inhibiting the ideal environment for a full gel phase to occur.

Through the means of insulation, you can provide your soap with its ideal environment (heat wise).  And, when it comes to insulation for your soap, there are many different items you can use.  These items would include: newspaper, cardboard, blankets, towels, etc.  Practically, you can use any layer type material that will keep the heat in the soap (but never aluminum foil).

Many soapers will use various items in combination such as: wrapping the soap with saran wrap (especially if the soap has a decorated top), then covering it with newspaper, surrounded by towels, and finally placed under a box. There really is no limit for insulation. And, many believe that over insulating can never be done. Remember the key to insulating, if you are choosing to promote the gel phase; is to keep as much heat in the soap as possible.

However, please note: If you are soaping a recipe that does contain sugar or dairy products, you may want to go a little on the lighter side of insulating due to the fact that these items in your recipe will increase heat during the saponification process. Extreme insulating in these examples may cause the ingredients to “burn”, possibly resulting in discoloration and an off smell in your finished soaps.  It can also cause your soap batter to begin to bubble out of your mold.  You do however have the choice of preventing the gel phase for these types of recipes, and sticking your molded soap in the fridge or freezer.