Posts Tagged ‘wholesale fragrance oils’

Hydrangea Candle Butterfly Tarts

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

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Hydrangea Candle with Butterfly Wax Tarts

We are having a staff challenge at Natures Garden where we have asked each staff member to choose one of their favorite Natures Garden fragrance oils and create a project pertaining to that fragrance.  Staff members are encouraged to be as creative as possible, using the knowledge they have learned while working at Natures Garden.  This week’s staff challenge was done by Crystal!  Crystal has only worked at Natures Garden for 1 month, and we were blown away by the creativity she used when creating her Hydrangea Candle with butterfly wax tarts.hydragnea candle

Crystal loves floral scents, she loves the colors blue and purple, and she loves butterflies.  Her project depicts a contemporary spin on the various colors found in a hydrangea bush.  She made the candle come alive by adding butterfly tarts.  Very creative, and like nothing we have seen before.  To make the candle, she used Natures Garden’s Pillar of Bliss wax that comes in granulated form.  She melted the very same wax to create her butterfly tarts.  For full instructions on how to make Crystal’s Project, please visit this page.

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What should I charge for my candles?

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

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Customers frequently ask us this question:  What should I charge my customers for my candles? 

This is a question that many candle makers often ask.  Knowing what to charge for your candles is a pivotal point in your business.  You want your price of the candles that you sell to be competitive.  You also want to remember that the candle price should also reflect not only your cost but the time that you put into your candle making procedure as well.

What to charge for my candles?  When I made and sold finished candles, I had an easy equation that I used to figure out the price I would charge my customers for my candles.  First, I added up all of my expenses.  This told me how much it cost me to make the candle I was going to sell.  When I sold my candles at wholesale prices to stores, I charged the customer double what I paid to make the candle.  When I sold directly to retail customers myself (without sales reps involved), I charged the customer triple what I paid to make the candle.

After I was in business a while, I realized that in order to sell more products, I would need to get help from other people.  That is where Independent Sales Reps were introduced in my candle company.  When a candle sale was made by a sales rep, the sales rep received 1/3 of every sale, 1/3 went to cover the cost of making the candle, and 1/3 was my profit.

Fundraisers were conducted the very same way:  1/3 of the sale went to the non-profit organization, 1/3 went to cover the cost of making the products, and 1/3 went to me as profit.

To view how hiring an independent sales rep for your business can help to increase your sales, please click on this link.

I hope this helps you when you price out your candles.

Happy Candle Making!

Deborah of Natures Garden

How much candle wax do I need to fill my jars?

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

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How much candle wax do I need to fill my jars? 

One of the most frequent questions we are asked by new candle makers is:  How much candle wax will I need to fill my jars?  And, the solution is really simple to find out with this equation.

Basically, you will find that 1 pound (by weight) of candle wax will equal 20 ounces (in volume) when pouring into containers or molds.  With this knowledge, you can use simple math to figure out how much candle wax you will need to fill your containers or molds.

Take for example that you are making 6 oz. hexagon container candles for a wedding.  For this order, you have to make a total of 200 wedding candles.  The question you are asking yourself is, “how much candle wax will you need to fill all 200- 6oz. jars”?  Here is the equation to figure it out:  Take 200 x 6 to come up with your total weighted ounces.  For this example, the answer is equal to 1200 ounces.  Now, you must divide your total weighted ounces (1200 ounces) by 20 (volume ounces) to find out the total pounds of wax you will need for your wedding (60 pounds of wax).

Let’s try one more example since the 16oz. jar size is one of the most popular sized jars that candle makers sell.  Now, you want to make 24 candles, all of which will be poured into 16 oz. jars.  This equation would compute to:  24 (the amount you have to make) x 16 (the ounce size of the jar)= 384 (the total number of ounces).  Now take 384 and divide this by 20 (the volume) and the answer you get is 19.2 pounds of wax (thus you should likely get 20 pounds of wax to cover yourself.

Remember the equation:  Number of Candles you want to make  (multiplied by)  Volume of your containers  (divided by)  20 = Total number of pounds of wax you will need to do your project.

We hope that this simple equation will help you figure out how much wax you will need in the future.

Happy Candle Making!

Deborah of Natures Garden

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.

 

How to Make Scented Markers

Friday, August 16th, 2013
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Making scented markers is easy and fun. This is a great project for your little ones to let their creative drawings soar in color and scent.

It is time to celebrate!  The start of a new school year is quickly approaching and with that, it is also time to purchase your children’s school supplies.  So, why not add that little extra creative care to make your kids feel special!

Here is what you need: 
Crayola Markers TM (not the washable kind)
Disposable Pippettes
Fragrance Oil  (Choose any of Natures Garden’s Fragrance Oils to Coordinate with the colored markers you have.)

Although any of Natures Garden Fragrance Oils will work, here are a few of the favorites from the childhood scents category:
Best Friends Fragrance Oil- color suggestion Teal
Black Licorice Fragrance Oil- color suggestion Black
Blue Cotton Candy Fragrance Oil- color suggestion Blue
Bubblegum Fragrance Oil- color suggestion Pink
Chocolate Chip Cookies Fragrance Oil- color suggestion Brown
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Fragrance Oil- color suggestion Purple
Dreamsickle Fragrance Oil- color suggestion Orange
Easter Bunny Burps Fragrance Oil- color suggestion Gray
Green Apple Candy Fragrance Oil- color suggestion Green
Jammin Rock Candy Fragrance Oil- color suggestion Red
Sugar Cookies Fragrance Oil- color suggestion Yellow

Here are the Steps:

Step 1: One marker at a time, remove the bottom of the plastic marker encasement.

Step 2: Remove the long, cylinder-shaped marker ink pad from the plastic encasement.

Step 3: Using a transfer pipette, place at least 8 drops of fragrance oil onto each end of the marker ink pad, and place ink pad back into marker encasement. Place end cap back on the marker.

This will allow you to scent your markers whatever fragrance you would like them to be, and actually helps to refresh markers that are beginning to dry up. We have not tested this on washable markers since we believe that they are water soluble and won’t mix with fragrance oil; but we are not 100% sure that they would not work. If you find that washable markers also work, let us know!

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations if applicable. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients. We also do not offer any advice on formulating or altering recipes.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Hot Cocoa Fragrance Oil

Friday, August 16th, 2013
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Hot Cocoa Fragrance Oil is unbelievably realistic. This scent smells identical to real hot chocolate and this fragrance oil has phenomenal scent throw capability.

Hot Cocoa Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

If you are gearing up for your winter product line, this is one fragrance oil that should be included.  This crazy delicious scent is the real deal.  Hot Cocoa Fragrance Oil is highly recommended not only for its authentic yummy combination of cream, chocolate, and warmth; but also for the fact that the scent holds true and strong after cure in any product line.  Many of our customers have the urge to drink hot chocolate after using the fragrance Hot Cocoa in their products.  Now, that is one realistic fragrance oil.

What does Hot Cocoa Smell Like?

Natures Garden Hot Cocoa Fragrance: A Best Seller! The aroma of warm hot chocolate with melted marshmallow topping.

How Do Our Customers Use Hot Cocoa Fragrance Oil?

For those of you that are candle crafters; our customers use this fragrance oil in their Soy, Pillar, Palm, paraffin, WOW, and Joy wax candles.  The scent is amazingly strong in both the cold and hot throw.  This is a great fragrance oil to make Hot Cocoa Mug Candles.  Customer Reviews also state that this is a wonderful fragrance oil to use to warm your home in the cold winter months.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance oil scored extremely high.  The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5%, and is used to make: sugar scrubs, melt and pour soaps, lotions, body butters, and spray lotions.  Hot Cocoa is a perfect winter body scent.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance received amazing reviews.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, slight discoloration to a deep brown, a wonderful scent.

Berry Bewitching Brew Fragrance Oil

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
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Both a Best Seller and an Natures Garden Original Fragrance, Berry Bewitching Brew Fragrance Oil is one scent your customers are going to love in your Halloween themed products.

Berry Bewitching Brew Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This sensational berry fragrance oil is sweet and strong without being overpowering!  Although Berry Bewitching Brew is a complex scent, you are still able to smell all of the individual notes as you whiff the fragrance.  This fruity scent is very addictive.  For our customers that already have this eye popping fragrance oil in their lines, responses show Berry Bewitching Brew as a HOT SELLER that their customers just LOVE!  In fact, one of our customers has said, “This is a great fragrance for anytime not just Halloween… You definitely have to try this one.” And, this fragrance oil has even been dubbed as “one of the best scent creations ever!”

What does Berry Bewitching Brew Smell Like?

A spooky, bubbly, Halloween treat!  Natures Garden’s Berry Bewitching Brew begins with top notes of peach, apricot, and blackberries; middle notes of mandarin, cinnamon, and rose; and nicely balanced with just a hint of woodsy musk.  You’ll toast to this one!

How Do Our Customers Use Berry Bewitching Brew Fragrance Oil?

For those of you that are candle crafters; our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy, ecosoya, para-soy blend, Palm, paraffin, and Joy wax candles.  The scent is amazingly strong in the cold and hot throw.  Some of our customers even make Halloween tarts with this fragrance oil.  The scent really travels and fragrances the whole home.  Berry Bewitching Brew is also used in electric burners.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance oil has endless possibilities.  The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5%, and is used to make:  shampoos, conditioners, sugar scrubs, melt and pour soaps, body butters, herbal infused lotions, shower gels, body splashes, and perfume oils just to name a few.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance received great reviews.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour. No ricing, no acceleration. A nice scent.  Discolors slightly after cure.

Giggles Fragrance Oil

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
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Giggles Fragrance Oil is a great scent that is perfect for spring and/or summer; or anytime you are looking for a fun and playful scent.

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Giggles Fragrance Oil is a fun, light-hearted scent that will have you addicted to just getting in one more whiff.  This is one of the best scents in the childhood category to flood your mind with youthful memories of fun, happy, carefree times!  Plus, one of the best qualities of this fragrance oil is how long the scent stays in your products.

What does Giggles Smell Like?

When our perfumist presented this fragrance to us, we thought:  FUN, HAPPY, Full of ENERGY.  Natures Garden is happy to present Giggles fragrance.  This happy fragrance begins with top notes of clary sage, Italian lemon, and hints of bergamot; followed by middle notes of spicy carnation, and lily of the valley; with base notes of cedarwood, patchouli, and amber.

How Do Our Customers Use Giggles Fragrance Oil?

Giggles Fragrance Oil has been dubbed as “really packing a punch” for such a soft, playful scent.

For those of you that are candle crafters; our customers use this fragrance oil in their WOW, soy, pillar, paraffin blends, and Joy wax candles.  The scent is very strong in the hot and cold throw.  Giggles Fragrance Oil also works well with sachet beads for fun room scenting.

On the bath and body end, Giggles Fragrance Oil is well received and highly recommended.  The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5%, and is used to make:  Salt bars, melt and pour soaps, body sprays, body butters, spray lotions, bubble baths, shower gels, body splashes, lotions bars, and bubble bombs.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is one you don’t want to miss out on.   Here are the official results:  This fragrance does make you giggle. Effervescent and citrusy lime. Did not separate. Slight acceleration, no ricing.  Don’t discount water and do not insulate. Gels hot. No discoloration.

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

Daisy Type Fragrance Oil

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013
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Natures Garden’s Daisy Type Fragrance Oil is a great feminine scent that captures both your flirty side and your innocent one too.

 

Daisy Type Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This light hearted floral scent is fresh and feminine.  Daisy Type Fragrance Oil is a soft and pretty fragrance that is seductive and enchanting.  It is a perfect scent for bath and body products if you are looking to add an element of intoxication and charm.

What does Daisy Type Smell Like?

Compare Natures Garden’s Daisy type to the popular Daisy fragrance created by Marc Jacobs.  Our rendition begins with top notes of tangy lemon and jasmine; followed by middle notes of muguet lily, rose petals, African violet, and daylily;  sitting on base notes of cedarwood, patchouli, and musk.

How Do Our Customers Use Daisy Type Fragrance Oil?

For candle makers and home scent crafters, this fragrance performed well in soy, pillar, gel wax, Joy wax and WOW wax candles.  The scent is soft and playful.  Some of our customers even use Daisy Type Fragrance Oil in their oil burners, sachet beads, and room sprays.

On the bath and body end, this playful feminine floral is used to make many products.  The usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5%, and is used to make:  body sprays, spray lotions, melt and pour soaps, body butters, bath bombs, bubble bath, shampoos, roll-on perfumes, body splashes, lotions bars, and bubble bombs.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance received awesome reviews, and “soaped like a dream.”  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  This scent is gorgeous!  This one is phenomenal!  No discoloration.