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Sep
21

Payment by Credit Card

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        Hey everyone, have you figured out all of the updates and changes on our new site yet? We hope so! We’ve tried to make everything as easy as possible for you! We apologize for any problems or hiccups you may have experienced so far, please just be patient with us. We’re doing our best to get everything ironed out as soon as possible! One difference between the old site and the new is the way we have your check out credit card payment set up. We understand that many customers were confused by the way we had it set up on our old site. I’m here to explain how it works on the new site!

  • Make sure you are logged into your account. When you are ready to checkout, make sure to hit the green Checkout button in the top right corner next to the shopping bag.
  • That will take you to our Shipping and Handling page. Please make sure to fill out everything that is required! Every required line is marked by an asterisk. (*)

Shipping and Handling page

  • There is a little option at the bottom of the Shipping and Handling page that says “Use this address for billing.” That box is automatically checked on our site. If you need to be billed at a separate address from the one your order is shipped to, please just unclick the box.

box to change billing address

  • When you are finished filling out all of the Shipping and Handling information, click the orange CONTINUE TO PAYMENT button.
  • That will take you to our Payment Method page. If you unclicked the box for your bill to be sent to your shipping address, please fill out your billing address on this page. Make sure to fill out all asterisked lines! If you did not unclick that box and you billing address is the same as your shipping, all of your information will still be on this page.
  • If you are making your payment by credit card, we understand that this is where some of our customers were confused on the old site. On the new site, there is a gray credit card directly above the billing address information that says Your Bank. There is a lighter gray box right on that card that says “Type card number.” Please just click on that box and then type your credit card number into it.

Payment Method page

  • After you have filled all of your information out on out Payment Method page, click the orange box at the bottom of the page that says CONTINUE TO PLACE ORDER. Now that your order is placed, you will get an order number.  You will also receive an order confirmation via the email address you have provided.

We are sure this credit card payment plan will be a lot less confusing than the one on the old site! We’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for you! Are you doing your happy dance at how easy it is? We’re all sure doing ours! Please let us know if you experience any problems or have any questions! And make sure to watch out for more Enlightened by Layla postings!

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Sep
20

Fragrance by Category

This entry was posted in bath and body, candle fragrance oils, candle making supplies, Fragrance Oils, Natures Garden, Natures Garden Fragrance Oils, soap fragrances, Soap making supplies, wholesale fragrance oils and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on by .

fragrance bottlesFragrance by Category

      For all you crafters out there, how many different fragrance oils have you tried? Too many to count? Do you tend to choose a new one for every project you do? Or do you like to stick with the same few fragrances? Have you thought about expanding your horizons and trying new ones but were overwhelmed by the amount we offer? Don’t worry, we may have over 800 fragrance oils, but we have categorized them in many different ways to make it easy as possible for you to choose! Let me help you figure it all out!

If you are a returning customer, you may remember that on our old website we had an option on the homepage titled Fragrance by Category. The redesign of the new site may have you worried that we will not have an option like that anymore to categorize our many fragrance oils. Have no fear! Not only do we have Fragrance by Category, we have even more options that help to categorize them! On the top of the homepage, you will see a section easily titled Fragrance Oils. Simply place your mouse over that tab, that will show you a drop box for all of our options on our site specific to fragrances. In the middle column of the drop box, you will see one category labeled “Fragrance by Category”. If you click on that, it will take you to our Fragrance by Type page. We have sorted our fragrances into many different categories like Bakery Scents and Spring and Summer Scents. If you’re looking for a certain fragrance like Madam President for example, just click on Political Scents!

fragrance oils drop box on NG site

fragrances by type page on NG site

The Fragrance by Category link is not the only way we have to get to the categories we offer though! In the drop box, do you see the cute little picture underneath Fragrance by Category? The little fragrance bottles with the oranges and coffee? If you click on that picture it will take you right to the Fragrance by Type page too! Also, right below the picture in the drop box, it says FRAGRANCE BY CATEGORY. That link will take you right to Fragrance by Type as well.

At Nature’s Garden we do whatever we can to make our customers happy. We have two brand new categories on the Fragrance by Type page that have been added simply because of customer requests! Please go and check out our Top Candle Scents and our Top CP Soap Scents! Are you still not sure what fragrance to pick from the category you’ve chosen? Or maybe you’re wondering what fragrances in that category other people like the most? At the bottom of the page for that category, we have a section called “Top Sellers For This Category.” We show the four top sellers for each category in those sections.

We value each and every one of our customers and want to make everything as easy for you as possible! We love to hear about all of your successes, and please get in touch with us if you have any problems of questions! And keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Sep
19

Nature’s Garden Wishlist

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Wishlist iconNature’s Garden Wishlist

Hello all you wonderful people! We hope you’ve gotten used to our new site. We love it and are sure you will too! Hopefully you are all registered with us to purchase our awesome wholesale products! We have a great feature on our website called a Wishlist. It is a way to put orders in your account to save them for a later visit. Maybe you are in love with a certain fragrance but don’t want to purchase it today. Or maybe you want to purchase one of our great starter kits for something new but you want to finish the project you’re working on now. Create a Wishlist and save it all right there onto your account! You could also use your Wishlists to save a product you want to purchase for a loved one, but their birthday or the holiday is a ways away. Put it in a Wishlist to purchase later!

Alright everyone, it’s time to create your Nature’s Garden Wishlist! Here are the directions:

  • After you have logged into your account, on the top right corner of our homepage, above our shopping bag, it says WISHLIST. Click on that.
  • That will take you to your Wishlists page, although it will say that you have no Wishlists created. To the right, click the button that says CREATE WISHLIST.

wishlists page on NG site

  • That will take you to our WISHLIST ADD page. All you are required to do there is title your list. The Event Description box is only optional. After you fill that out, hit SAVE. (Unsure what to name your Wishlist? I suggest something fun, but something easy for you to remember! Take mine for example, I just named my first Wishlist “Layla’s Lovely Wishes!”)

wishlist add page on NG site

  • Now that you’ve created a list, go and explore our products! Once you’ve chosen a product, make sure to add the quantity and/or size of the items you want.
  • To the right of the picture of the product, click on the option Add To Wishlist. There is a blue heart in front of it.quantity options for NG products
  • A little window will pop up asking if you want to add the product to your Wishlist. If you have created multiple Wishlists, make sure to select the right one you want to add it to from the drop down box. Make sure to hit ADD. Have fun going through all of our products and add whatever your heart desires to your lists!

wishlist pop up box on NG site

  • On future visits, after you have logged into your account and want to retrieve your Wishlists, on our homepage click on WISHLIST above the shopping bag like you did to create them.
  • That will take you right to your list of Wishlists. Click on the name of the Wishlist you want and it will take you right to your list of products that are saved to it!

New customers and returning, we thank you so very much for your business and loyalty to our company! We are honored to have you as part of our Nature’s Garden family. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions you have! For all of our customers looking for classes to learn how to make your projects. Check out our free classes and recipes! Make sure to look out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Sep
17

Soap Making Made Easy

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soapsSoap Making Made Easy

 

        Hey you! Do you like soaps? Oh, you do? Well then you are in the right place! Let me take it a step further. Have you ever made your own soap? You haven’t?! Then what in the world are you waiting for?! I’m telling you, making your own soap will be one of the coolest things you’ve ever done. Forget about all that store bought soap. Stay with me, and I will teach you soap making made easy! Or even if you don’t want to make soap for yourself, you can learn to make it for others! It can be a great birthday gift, Christmas gift….you get the picture. The best gifts are always the ones that come from the heart and something that you actually made for your loved one is always the best.

Here at Nature’s Garden, we have everything you will need to start your soap making. On the homepage of our site, on the top left, you will see a section called Soap Supplies. If you look at all the options under Soap Supplies, we have everything from Discount Soap Supplies to Soap Making Safety Gear. If you’re new to the site and to soap making, click on any of the options to explore all of our awesome soap making products. Can I make a suggestion though? If this is your first time trying soap making, check out our Melt and Pour Soap kit! Soap Making Kits is one of the options under Soap Supplies, and it will take you directly to the Melt and Pour kit. The kit will include everything you need to get started creating your soaps! It is great for someone just starting out, not only does it come with everything you need, it also includes complete how-to instructions!

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If you want to be more adventurous though, we also sell all of our products separately. Buying everything separately gives you the chance to explore more of our website and choose whatever fragrances you would like as well. We have over 800, so it is certain that we will have something that you will love! Also be sure to check out our fun and friendly soap recipes!

Now that you’ve chosen your products, I’m sure you’re wondering how to actually get started! That is why Nature’s Garden is so awesome, we only sell ingredients so that you can succeed at your creations or business! We offer classes on our website to teach you how to make your soaps. On the left side of our home site, you will see a section titled Free Classes and Recipes. In the Free Classes and Recipes section, you will see a Soap Making Classes option. We offer everything from The History of Soap Making to Making Your Own Soap Recipe.

free classes and recipes

Once you’ve experimented and finished your soaps, let us know how they turned out! We would love to hear from you, we love when we get feedback! Your soaping creations are sure to be a great gift for your loved ones, or awesome for yourself! It will definitely be a new treat for you to enjoy! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden! We are here to help you succeed! Have fun with your soaping experience and keep watch for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Sep
04

The Next Crafting Generation

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excited_to_get_started[1] (1)The Next Crafting Generation

 

        Hey everyone! Are you bored just sitting around the house? Maybe just out of college searching for job opportunities? Looking for something to make some extra cash while you’re first starting your career? Sound like you? I thought it might. Ever thought about crafting? And yes, I mean like candles and soaps! The kinds of awesome things our products here at Nature’s Garden can create! Come on now, I know you’ve got a creative mind inside that head of yours. Let your creativity shine!

I know crafting may sound a little odd, but believe me. It is so much fun! And there are so many opportunities that go along with it. Oh, you didn’t think that crafting could lead to great opportunities? Well it can! I know the feeling of being bored out of your mind just sitting at home with nothing to do. Crafting is a great way to spend your time! Or maybe you’re a recent college grad who just can’t seem to find a job in your field. I know you’re probably overwhelmed with student loans right now and need a way to start paying them off. You could become an entrepreneur!

Now I know you remember making projects in Art class. Crafting is a way to keep the fun of art class in your life. There are so many possible things you can create just from our products. Put your creativity to use! We have so many great options. You can make candles, soaps, even your own cosmetics! I mean what woman wouldn’t love to be able their own makeup?! Turn off that TV, and let the fun begin! Your crafts could be awesome gifts for you to give the people you love or great additions to your own home. It is such a great hobby. Knowing you actually made that awesome candle or that delicious smelling soap will give you such a feeling of accomplishment. That isn’t a feeling you can get just from sitting around your house. Come on, I know you want the feeling. Just try it out!

Remember those college loans I mentioned? I know how overwhelmed you are trying to figure out where to start to pay them off. Take your crafting one step further and use it to help pay off those loans! Like I said, become an entrepreneur! Ah, see those opportunities people? Starting your own crafting company will be one of the easiest and most satisfying decisions you will ever make! Our products are sold to our customers with the intention for them to create the awesomeness. Sell your creations! You know what selling them means? You’re making money! And money means you can start to pay off those loans! Even if you don’t want to start a full-fledged company, sell your stuff anyway! Maybe you’re actually getting your career started, but selling your creativity will bring in all kinds of extra cash. And I know you will always have a need for or find a use for that. You’re literally helping yourself make more money using your creativity. It doesn’t get better than that!

Come on people! We are the next crafting generation! I know the feeling of not having any idea of what to do with your life. I’ve been there. Crafting is a great way to helping you figure it out along the way! And tell your friends! I’m sure some of them are in the same place you are! Here’s a start, check out our free classes and recipes in our free recipe box. And keep checking our blog for more Enlightened by Layla postings!

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Sep
10

Fresh Fallen Leaves Soap Recipe

This entry was posted in autumn soap recipe, soap fragrances, Soap making supplies, soap molds, soap recipe and tagged , , , , , , , , , , on by .

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

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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

This entry was posted in soap, soap colorants, soap dyes, soap fragrances, soap maker success news, soap making interview and tagged , , , , , , , , , on by .

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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