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Sep
10

Fresh Fallen Leaves Soap Recipe

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We are currently in week 4 of the Natures Garden staff member challenge.  Everyone is excitedly working on their creative projects at Natures Garden and they are having a blast creating them.  For the challenge, each staff member has to come up with their own recipe using 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.  Melissa was the fourth staff member to partake in the challenge, and her recipe is what she calls: Fresh Fallen Leaves Soap.

Melissa has been a customer service representative for Natures Garden for years.  She is quite possibly one of the happiest and outgoing people around.  She is bursting with positivity and cheerfulness, and she is always willing to help.  Melissa loves people, especially those that are different than her.  Melissa says she likes to see things from others’ perspective.  It opens her eyes to new experiences she might have missed out on.autumn-soap1

melissa picAs for her other loves, Melissa loves shopping and finding good deals!  Her first addiction is zebra, as well as zebra print, although she admits some call her love for zebra an obsession.  This is followed closely by her love of shoes.  This girly girl is currently sitting on 150 (yes that is 150) different pairs of shoes!  Melissa’s third addiction is coffee.

In her spare time, Melissa loves to ski.  She has been skiing her whole life.  She also has a passion for singing.  Melissa openly admits that she can not sing well, but radiantly says, “if I turn the radio up loud enough, no one know the difference.”  Going hand in hand, another thing that Melissa loves to do is dance in the rain.  She has even been known to dance in the rain in the parking lot outside of Natures Garden.

Melissa’s inspiration for her spotlight creation project was her love of autumn.  Besides loving the bold and beautiful colors of a northeastern fall, she adores dressing up for Halloween.

Melissa’s motto for life is:  “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

For the complete instruction for Melissa’s Fresh Fallen Leaves Soap Recipe, please click here

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Aug
28

Soap Challenge Club

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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

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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.

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Jul
11

Homemade Soap No More Allergies

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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

Jun
12

Bath Products Made with Goat’s Milk

This entry was posted in bath and body, bath products, candles, Fragrance Oils, goats milk soap, lotion, Natures Garden, shampoos, wholesale fragrance oils and tagged , , , , , , , , , on by .

fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  Jerry McKay, Keldora’s Kreations

Started in 2001 by my late wife, Linda Kelly, Keldora’s Goat Milk Soap has been sold in farmer’s markets and various retailers throughout the Canadian Maritimes. She was a very crafty person and was always looking for new projects to try. One year, we had an abundant supply of goat’s milk, so after researching, she decided to try making soap. The first time she took the soap to the Tatamagouche Farmer’s Market with her crafts, she sold six out of nine bars and became very excited. Customers began asking for more scents and colors, so she expanded her selection, which included many fragrance oils from Nature’s Garden. Today, there are over 125 scents used for our product. She did start making other things with the goat’s milk, including shampoos, lotions, and candles, but as the years passed, she began to tire easy and was not able to keep up with the demand. Linda survived her first battle with cancer in 2005 but lost the fight when cancer was found again in 2013.

Since March, with the help of my daughter, Joyce and, Linda’s friend, Mary Ellen, the soap making has continued and customers have shown their loyalty with their support. Currently, we are looking to add more retailers to our wholesale list, and will be adding some of the previous products that were made by Linda back on our inventory list.

Many people have asked us how we came up with the name “Keldora”. Our children actually made the word out of our full names. Sitting together at the table, which was a feat in and of itself, they crossed out all the letters that were the same and were left with “Kel” from Kelly, “dor” from my first name Theodore, and “a” from Linda. The name was originally used for our petting farm, but continues as our soap business.

This year has started out rough for our family but we will keep working hard to make Keldora’s Kreations a success, worthy of Linda’s memory.

Most of our best selling bars are made with fragrance oils from Nature’s Garden. Here are: Spiritual Awakening, Indian Sandalwood, Bermuda Triangle, Tibetian Amber, Cranberry Orange, and Cool Clean Cotton.

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/KeldorasGoatMilkSoap

 

 

Jun
06

Cold Process Soap Making 14 Years

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fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  Debbie’s Handmade Soap

I have been making CP soap going on 14 years! I heard about soap making at a Mom’s Retreat for home school moms and it just reached right out and grabbed me. I read everything I could find about the “hobby”. My first batches were not the greatest. I kept on researching and making different batches trying to find a soap that would help my daughters Eczema. After much trial and error I finally got my recipe the way I wanted it….a soap with a rich creamy lather and a soap that conditioned the skin and one that would hold it scent for the duration of the bar! With the help of Nature’s Garden I have some of the best scents there are!! I had so many bars of soap that were “tryouts” in the beginning and one day a lady who had bought some soap from me at a little market I attended called me and said “Do you know that your soap floats? “ I said “ No I didn’t know that” when my husband came home that evening we were talking and I told him what she had said. As I was finishing up getting dinner on the table I went to call for him and couldn’t figure out where he was. I opened the bathroom door and there he was sitting in the tub with 8 or 9 bars of soap and he looked up and said “Hey this one really does float!” It was so funny. I started out making about 10 – 4.5 ounce bars per batch and now I make 40- 4.5 ounce bars per batch and some days I make all 16 of my molds full of soap, that’s 640 bars of soap at one time!! The soap is 50% Olive Oil and is so healing for problem skin.  It took me 3 years to perfect the soap and now almost 14 years later I am so glad I let it grab me, what started as an interest quickly turned into a business and I am glad for I have so enjoyed it! I do retail and wholesale and have shipped to every state nation wide!! My website is in the process of being up dated new pics and videos are on the way soon. My FB page has up to date pics of my work. Stop by and see us or give me a call if you have any questions

In The Picture….Blackberry BlingLoving Spell (Pink), Gardenia,Fresh Strawberry, and Honey Almond.

Your Website: www.debbieshandmadesoap.com

Facebook page: Debbie’s Handmade Soap (Indiana)

May
17

Making Cosmetics and Body Products

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Making Cosmetics and Body Products

1. What’s your name & Your Company Name – Ellen Krismanich of Ellens-Creations

2. Why did you decide to go into business? – I wanted to have a job doing what I enjoyed. What was your motivation? – Finding poorly made products in stores got me inspired to create it myself and do it better! How long have you been in business? Over 10 years

3. What products do you make and sell? I make and sell a wide variety of items such as: soaps, lotions, perfumes, cosmetics, personal hygiene products, home fragrance items, jewelry, accessories, home décor, art, gourmet foods, novelty items and more!

4. What are your business goals? To show that handmade is a wonderful thing one person at a time and to be able to have a comfortable living making and selling the items I make.

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden? Oils, Butters, Clays, Essential Oil, Home Fragrance Items, Containers and Flavor Oils to name a few. What are your favorite products from Natures Garden? The large assortment of fragrance oils and essential oils.

May
15

Handcrafted Items using Fragrance Oils

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fragrance oils1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Denise R. Scott and Cindy Stroupe,  Denise’s Creation

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business? I met my friend Cindy Stroupe when we worked together about 7 years ago. My motivation occurred after my conversation with Cindy.  Cindy told me she made handcrafted soaps and I knew the soaps in the store irritated my skin. After using her handcrafted soaps I was sold. So smooth, fresh, and the scents were awesome. Since I work I knew my coworkers were looking for natural products for skin and good smelling items for their homes.  Cindy makes an anti-bacterial soap for acne and our customers love it.  Also I promote and sell handcrafted  purses, wallets, baby blankets, curtains and more made by Venessa Shoup.  Venessa made me a purse and the rest is history. People love the handcrafted purses. They can be washed and are 98% cotton. By schooling, I have a marketing degree and love to talk to people. I knew these items could sell well. Together Cindy and Venessa make the handcrafted items and I sell. Also I market by word of mouth and established the facebook page. So totally we have been in business for seven years.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  Handcrafted candles, soaps, purses, wallets, baby blankets, curtains. There are other items on my facebook page that is not handcrafted, oil burners and plug ins, but many our customers love the oils from Natures Garden for their burners. Also I use designer oils along with the bottles to make body spritzers.

4.  What are your business goals?  I currently work and this is a home base business I would love to have a small shop myself or collaborate with someone to put the items in their store.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  All our fragrance oils, designer fragrance oils and bottles for the spritzers.

Facebook page:  http://facebook.com/dwisecarverscottfragrance oils

May
15

Addicted to Creative Soap Making

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Fragrance Oils1.      What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Liz Holding, L.H. Soaps & Sundries

2.      Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I decided to go into business for a silly and simple reason… I love to make soap, and I am really addicted to it.  If I didn’t share what I make, I would probably drown under bars and bars of soap!  I also love the spectrum of fragrances, playing around with different things, and seeing what I can come up with.  Motivation?  Well, I have always loved to make things with my hands.  As long as I can remember, I have fiddled with various things… I have always had a right-brained curiosity for art, design, and creations, yet as I got older, I developed a very left-brained analytical mind as well.  One year, I channeled this energy into mischievously cross-breeding my mom’s favorite rose bushes into an odd new breed.  From there, I knew I had a love for science.  I got a degree in chemistry and got my first job as a formulation chemist.  I learned how to make soap in my college chemistry class, and I learned all about emulsion science in my formulation job.  Since then, I have honed my soap making skills, and because of my knowledge of emulsions, have been able to create an incredible set of lotion formulas.  Soap making is the perfect craft for a right-left brainer, because it allows me to stay artistic while using science and analysis.  I actually learned how to make soap back in 2002 during chemistry class.  I have made batch after batch since then, and decided that I have sufficient knowledge of the craft to begin selling.  10 years after beginning, I began to seriously sell, so I have really only been in business for maybe a little less than a year.

3.      What products do you make and sell?  My shop has a few staple items in it, such as soap, lotions and creams, lip balm, shower gel, etc.  However, I am always experimenting and have been known to pull out some custom creations including sugar soaps, bath syrup, face masks, and more.

4.      What are your business goals?  Ultimately my goal is to be able to quit my day job and focus on L.H. Soaps full time.  I would like to procure several wholesale accounts and attend many more craft fairs and events than I already do.  I love custom creations for special occasions as well, which is another aspect of my business that I would like to develop more. 

5.      What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  I have actually only ever gotten Nature’s Garden fragrance oils, because I have heard so many wonderful things about them.  The extensive reviews and testing for each fragrance is so incredibly helpful.  Currently, I am loving the Vanilla Pear and Vanilla Bean fragrances, although every single one I received is amazing.

Your Website:  http://lhsoaps.weebly.com

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

Blog:  http://lhsoaps.weebly.com/blog.html

May
12

All Natural Creative Body Products

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fragrance oils1. What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Denise Williams, Island Kisseez

2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business?  I’ve always wanted to own a business where I can create and craft. Since I love arts, crafting and creativity I started creating gift baskets. With the high demand for bath & body products as the giftable items ideas started to spark. I decided to start creating my own line of bath & body products which started out with lotions and shower gels. I introduced my products to friends and family and was encouraged even more to pursue this as a part of my business. I’ve been in business since spring of 2012 and look forward to many, many years of creating!

3. What products do you make and sell?  I make body butters, milk baths, lotions, soaps, shower gels, bath fizzies, body scrubs, solid sugar scrubs and lip balms. In the future I plan to add more wonderful products to my line.

4. What are your business goals?   Quality is highly important to me. One of my major goals is to continue to educate myself on ways to create exceptional, all natural products for my clients.

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden? I love, love love your fragrance oils and lip flavorings. My favorite is the strawberry cheesecake flavoring which I use for lip balms. I get lots of requests from my clients for the strawberry cheesecake. My favorite fragrance oil is the passion fruit, the scent is lightly sweetened passion fruit and it reminds me of my tropical roots.