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Aug
17

Watermelon Taffy Fragrance Oil


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Watermelon Taffy Fragrance OilWatermelon Taffy Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Get your sweet tooth ready, because Watermelon Taffy Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden is ready to rock your world!  Watermelon Taffy is mouthwateringly potent.  This rich sugary scent will elicit vivid childhood memories of enjoying this succulent watermelon taffy treat!  Our customers absolutely love this scent, and we think that yours will, too!  A valued customer from Birmingham, AL writes “This smells so good. It smells like watermelon taffy and it works well in bath and body products. Has a nice tart scent to it making if different from fresh watermelon. You can smell the taffy. This did great in bath products.”  Try this delectable, chewy candy scent today!

What Does Watermelon Taffy Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Watermelon Taffy Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden is a sugary candy scent that embodies childhood wonder!  Top notes of watermelon, lime, lemon, and bergamot are followed by middle notes of marigold and sweet, juicy melon.  Base notes of white musk and vanilla make this Nature’s Garden Original Fragrance incredibly fun and appealing!

How Do Our Customers Use Watermelon Taffy Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Recipes?

Close your eyes as this fragrance emanates from your bath and body products, and you’ll be instantly flooded with refreshing feelings of fun and happiness; you’ll be like a kid in a candy store!  Bath fizzy recipes, gels, and oils perform nicely when the maximum recommendation of 5% fragrance oil is added.  Watermelon Taffy Fragrance Oil can delivery a sugary-sweet scent to any product in your line!  Also, handmade perfumes perform well with this fragrance when a maximum of 5% fragrance oil is used.  Homemade scented lotions can be created using  this fragrance oil.  We recommend lotion recipes use no more than 5% fragrance oil.  Homemade cleaning recipes can also be created using a maximum of 5%.

Soapmakers can use 5% fragrance oil in hot process soap, melt and pour soap, or cold process soap recipes.  Our cold process soap testing results show that this fragrance oil performs nicely in soap!  There was no acceleration or ricing.  Although, there was separation ,it did reabsorb.  Cured soap discolored to a caramel color with a very strong scent retention.  If you wish to color your bath and body products, you may use red liquid soap dye in the amount that satisfies you.  However, remember not to use candle dye in any of your bath and body products as they are not body safe.

How Do Our Customers Use Watermelon Taffy Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Recipes?

Watermelon Taffy Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden creates mouthwatering candy-store room scents!  Those creating homemade air fresheners can incorporate this fragrance oil up to 50% of in their projects.  You can use this sugary scent in incense and smelly jelly recipes.  This fragrance oil was also found to create strongly scented aroma beads.

Finally, candles and wax tart recipes can be made using up to 10% fragrance with vegetable and paraffin wax.  It does nicely in Joy Wax, Wow Wax, and even Pillar of Bliss.  If you wish to color your candles, we recommend using 5 drops of red liquid candle dye.  Alternatively, you can also shred a small amount of red color blocks into your melted wax.  Do not use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

 

Aug
12

Sangria Punch Fragrance Oil


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Sangria Punch Fragrance OilSangria Punch Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Cool off with a quenching, refreshing glass of Sangria Punch!  Sangria Punch Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden accurately embodies the poignant aroma of fruity, sweet sangria.  Citrus notes and berries blend with notes of sugar to create a Nature’s Garden Original Fragrance that is out of this world!  If you’re looking for something to quench your thirst for a bright, juicy scent, look no further than Sangria Punch Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden. Don’t take our word for it!  Go out, have a glass at a local winery, and bring some home to compare.  This wine scent smells just like the real thing!

What Does Sangria Punch Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Sangria Punch Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden is a refreshing melody of fruity notes beginning with top notes of grape, orange, lemon, lime, and apple.  Mixing in the middle are notes of pomegranate and blackberries, resting on a dry down of sugar.  This fragrance oil now has a higher level of essential oil content to deliver a juicy scent so genuine, you’ll want to pour a glass of this fragrance oil for yourself!  …But please, do not drink the fragrance oil!

How Do Our Customers Use Sangria Punch Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Recipes?

Brighten up any atmosphere with the distinct aromas of citrus fruits, berries, and vanilla! You can use this incredibly juicy fragrance oil in reed diffusers, potpourri, or incense recipes at a rate of 50% for this fragrance.  Additionally, this fragrance provides a very strong scent in aroma beads.

Candles and wax melts can be scented with this bright and vibrant fragrance at a maximum of 10%.  The scent will work wonderfully in Joy Wax, Wow Wax, and natural soy waxes.  If you want to color your candles, we would recommend using four drops of Spectrum red liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax. Alternatively, you could color your melted wax with small amounts of shredded red color blocks. Although, you should remember, never use crayons to color your melted wax as they will clog your wick, preventing the candle from burning properly.

How Do Our Customers Use Sangria Punch Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Recipes?

Mix up a pitcher of Sangria Punch Fragrance Oil to be incorporated into your bath and body products.  Your new-found favorite juicy scent is just a bath away!  Bath gels, bath bombs, and oils will perform perfectly when the recommended maximum of 5% fragrance oil is used. This lovely cocktail fragrance oil can be used to create a full menu of wonderful products. Handcrafted perfume recipes, body sprays, and lotions will all perform wonderfully when incorporating this fragrance at 5% of your total recipe.  Also, household cleaning supplies can be created using a maximum fragrance usage of 5%.

Finally, soap makers can use 5% fragrance oil in both cold process soap recipes and melt and pour soap recipes.  Our Cold Process Soap Testing Results show that soaps made with this fragrance oil will have an absolutely delicious scent after curing. Also, there was no ricing.  The soap batter for these amazing soaps had a perfect pour.  There was no acceleration, no separation, and no discoloration after cure.  The scent was nice and strong!  If you wish to color your bath and body products, we would recommend using red soap colorant.  As always, do not use candle dyes in your bath and body products.

 

Aug
10

Vanilla Champagne Fragrance Oil


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Vanilla Champagne Fragrance OilVanilla Champagne Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Pop the top on this shimmering, shining fragrance oil!  A grand entrance is made by this scent, as sparkling top notes combine with citrus, notes of rum, woods, and vanilla beans. Vanilla Champagne Fragrance Oil certainly starts the party!  The intoxicating blend of notes is a Nature’s Garden Original Fragrance! This fragrance has also received a customer-delivered perfect 5-star review!  A valued customer from Illinois writes “I made a melt and pour soap white and gold and this scent is totally awesome. I don’t know how but you can really smell the bubbles in this and don’t ask me how bubbles smell. It is just a wonderful fragrance that everybody loves…”  Uncork the champagne, make a vanilla champagne cocktail, and find your newfound love for this fragrance oil and let us know what you think!

What Does Vanilla Champagne Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Vanilla Champagne Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden dazzles customers all around with its surprisingly bubbly, bright aroma!  Top notes of bright lime and orange combine with sparkling aldehydic accents to create a fizzy accord.  The fragrance heart is formed by hints of green florals and rum liquor.  Clear woody tones combine with earthy accents while a base of vanilla bean surrounds the fragrance.

How Do Our Customers Use Vanilla Champagne Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Products?

With Vanilla Champagne Fragrance Oil, you’ll be bubbling over with excitement for your bath and body products!  Bath bombs, gels, and oils perform nicely when the maximum recommendation of 5% fragrance oil is added.  We do not recommend a colorant for your bath and body products when using this fragrance.  However, if you wish to color your soap or body products, we recommend using liquid soap dye in the amount that satisfies you.

Soap makers can use 5% fragrance oil in hot process soap, melt and pour soap, or cold process soap recipes.  Our cold process soap testing results show that soaps made with this fragrance have a very strong scent retention!  There was no ricing and no separation.  This fragrance did not accelerate trace.  Cured soap discolored to a caramel color.

How Do Our Customers Use Vanilla Champagne Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Products?

Get the party started by creating an uplifting atmosphere when you incorporate this scent in room scenting projects!  Those creating homemade air fresheners can incorporate up to 50% of this fragrance oil in their projects.  You can use this shimmering fragrance oil in incense and smelly jelly recipes.  This fragrance oil was also found to create strongly scented aroma beads.  Candles and wax tarts can be made using up to 10% fragrance with vegetable and paraffin wax.  It does nicely in Joy Wax, Wow Wax, and even Pillar of Bliss Wax.  If you wish to color your candles or tarts, you may use one drop of brown liquid candle dye or shredded brown color blocks.  Do not use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

Vanilla Champagne Fragrance Oil will be a top shelf addition to any of your scented product lines!  Handmade perfumes perform well with this fragrance when a maximum of 5% fragrance oil is used.  Homemade lotions can be created using Vanilla Champagne Fragrance Oil.  We recommend lotion recipes use no more than 5% fragrance oil.  Homemade cleaning recipes can also be created using a maximum of 5%.

Jul
26

Ylang Ginger Fragrance Oil


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Ylang Ginger Fragrance OilYlang Ginger Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Ylang Ginger Fragrance Oil is a sweet fruit scent by Natures Garden. This aroma is a blend of super sweet vanilla and delectable fruity scents of strawberry and raspberry that creates an irresistible and delicious fragrance oil. This yummy fragrance oil is a perfect product for scenting various handcrafted creations that makes it no wonder why this scent has become one of our best selling fragrance oil.

What Does Ylang Ginger Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a highly requested duplication; also called sweet earth. A fruity bouquet of strawberries and raspberries with a background of sweet vanilla. A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Ylang Ginger Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Recipes?

Handmade bath and body products can be created by our customers with this sweet and delicious fragrance oil. Bath salts, bath gels, bath bombs, lotions, perfumes, and other similar products can successfully include up to 5%. In fact, our customer creating these types of cosmetic recipe love it!

Furthermore, organic natural soap making can be done with this scrumptious vanilla aroma. The qualities of this scent can be seen through our Cold Process Soap Testing Results. Soap batches can be created with no acceleration, no ricing, and no separation with this delightful and fun fragrance oil. This absolutely scrumptious fragrance oil will cause a brown discoloration in the final cured soaps. Further, this fruity vanilla aroma blend will be strong and retained well in the final products. We recommend using some purple liquid soap dye in the amounts that you would enjoy most for this product. Anyone that wishes to color their candles differently can do so as long as candle dyes are avoided.

How Do Our Customers Use Ylang Ginger Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Recipes?

First, room scent diy recipes can be made perfectly with this deliciously sweet fruit fragrance oil. Natures Garden customers can make homemade potpourri and make my own incense with 50% of this tasty fragrance oil. Additionally, any kind of natural all purpose cleaner recipe can be scented with a maximum of 5% for this delightful scent. Aroma bead ornament supplies can be made successfully with this fragrance oil.

Further, long lasting scented candles that are sweet as can be are able to be created with this fruity fragrance oil. These creations must be made of either vegetable waxes or paraffin wax to include the maximum of 10% for this scent. Both wow wax and joy wax can be used to create wonderfully scented candle creations. Soy wax candle making supplies can successfully include this fragrance oil to create strong scented products. Those who would enjoy coloring their homemade candle creations, but don’t have a specific hue chosen can feel free to check out our recommendation. If you create products with this delicious fragrance oil, then we would recommend using either two drops of violet liquid candle dye or a small amount of a shredded violet color block. Those who want to use a different method of coloring should know that candle dye can not be used.

Jul
26

Yacht Club Fragrance Oil


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Yacht Club Fragrance OilYacht Club Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Yacht Club Fragrance Oil is a fresh ocean scent by Natures Garden. This delightful aroma is a blend of fresh rain and salty ocean fragrances with sweet notes of delicious fruits that create a perfect fragrance oil for customers that enjoy fresh and crisp ocean water scents. This high scale aroma is a perfect fragrance for all sea lovers from the yacht club to the lone dinghy.

What Does Yacht Club Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Want to go yacht sailing on the ocean on a mid summer morning?   This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is reminiscent of upscale living with salty marine notes and fresh rain, with just a hint of fresh strawberry and kiwi to provide this scent with a well-rounded presentation. An NG Original Fragrance!

How Do Our Customers Use Yacht Club Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Products?

First, homemade bath and body supplies can successfully include this crisp ocean fragrance oil. Bath oils, bath gels, various handmade soaps, homemade fizzies, lotions, perfumes, and other sorts of related handmade creations can include up to 5% of this water fragrance oil. Our customer enjoy using this masculine scents in these types of products.  Many have had a hard time keeping products using this manly fragrance in stock. This wholesale fragrance oil can even be put to use in homemade body kits or soap making kits.

Moreover, diy homemade soap can be created well with this fragrance oil. This is demonstrated by our Cold Process Soap Testing Results. Soap batches that include this fragrance oil will have no ricing and no separation. However, there has been slight acceleration found. You can attempt to reduce this by soaping at room temperature. The bars will discolor to a light lavender hue and the aroma will remain very strong in the soaps after the curing process. Bath and body makers that use this scent can follow our suggestion of using either six drops of of blue liquid candle dye or a small amount of shredded blue color block. Candle dyes should not be used to color products that are meant to be used on the skin or in baths.

How Do Our Customers Use Yacht Club Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Products?

Next, customers can create their own room scent diy with this ocean water fragrance oil. Room scenting products like diy potpourri recipes and homemade incense sticks can include up to 50% of this fragrance oil. A homemade all purpose cleaner recipe can be scented by adding no more than 5% of this scent. Also, aroma bead supplies can include this fragrance oil wonderfully.

Lastly, you can use some of the strongest candles with this fragrance oil. Any candle creations made of either vegetable or paraffin waxes can use a maximum of 10% for this fragrance. Wow wax and joy wax will both use this fragrance oil perfectly. Soy wax for candle making will be great for this scent. Finally, if you want to create colored wax creations, then we would suggest using some blue liquid soap dye in the amounts that you enjoy. If you choose to color these products differently from our recommendation, then we would suggest that you avoid using any crayons as a coloring substitute as they clog wicks.

 

Jul
11

Tricks or Treats Fragrance Oil


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Tricks or Treats Fragrance Oil Tricks or Treats Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Tricks or Treats Fragrance Oil is a sweet candy scent by Natures Garden. This aroma is a blend of various yummy fruity and spice scents with notes of vanilla and sweet sugar to bring all the scents together. This fragrance oil has been described by some of our customers as a perfect fall aroma that is both sweet and a nostalgic scent of candy scents mingling after a night of trick-or-treating. The history of trick treating in the United States goes back about 100 years. We have wrapped this time honored tradition up in a tiny bottle.  Trick and treats scent will have you reminiscing about all the delicious tasting treats you remember from your childhood.

What Does Tricks or Treats Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Unique and fun, this fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a must for Halloween and beyond!  Tricks or treats fragrance begins with top notes of pumpkin, persimmon, and apple; followed by middle notes of blueberries, elderberries, currants, orange and cinnamon; and well rounded with base notes of sugar cane and vanilla.  An NG Original Fragrance!

How Do Our Customers Use Tricks or Treats Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Recipes?

Our customers that create their own homemade bath and body recipes can include this sugary sweet fragrance oil in these products. Bath oils, bath gels, bath bombs, and other related bath and body products can include up to 1% of this scent. However, products that are not washed off and are let on the skin, such as lotions and perfumes, can only use 0.01% of this aroma. Are looking to add color to your handmade bath and body products? Then, we would like to suggest using orange liquid soap dye in the amount that you would would like.

Also, this scent can be used at a 1% rate during all methods of soap making. In fact, our Cold Process Soap Testing Results have shown that this fragrance oil is great for this method of making lye soap. The batch will not have any separation, acceleration, or ricing. Also, the scent will be good after the curing process. While the bar does discolor to a light butter shade, vanilla white stabilizer can help reduce some of this discoloration. However, there are a variety of ingredients in fragrance oils that can cause discoloration.  You will need to test Tricks or Treats fragrance oil with the color stabilizer.

How Do Our Customers Use Tricks or Treats Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Recipes?

Diy room fragrance recipes can be made with this perfect Halloween fragrance oil. Homemade potpourri and scent sticks fragrance diffusers can both be made with up to 50% of this scent. Green household cleaning products can be created with no more than 1% of this aroma. Diy perfume sachet bead recipes can be made with this aroma. Smelly Jelly Jars also incorporate this fall scent nicely.

Additionally, our customers can create homemade scented candles with up to 10% of this fragrance as long as the candles are made of either vegetable waxes or paraffin wax. Natures garden joy wax and wow wax as well as a soy candle from scratch can all be created perfectly with this scent. Those who choose to color their candle creations should use either six drops of orange liquid candle dye or a small amount of an orange color block. You can successfully use other methods of coloring, but shouldn’t use crayons as they clog wicks.

Tricks or Treats Fragrance Oil RecipeAre you looking for a creative and festive way to scent your home this fall? If so, then try out our Ghostly Scented Toilet Paper Recipe! This spooky homemade air freshener recipe is a great way to scent your bathroom or other rooms this Halloween.

 

May
12

Game On Fragrance Oil


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Game On Fragrance OilGame On Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

It has been said that it’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game and the Game On Fragrance Oil knows how to bring it. So, rev your engines and stretch those hamstrings because the game is on! This rich, male scent is perfect for any man going for the gold. Whether the goal is a fantastic year or climbing to the tip top of that corporate ladder, this man has his goal in his sights. While this drive will get him exactly where he wants to be in life, he can’t will himself to smell like the driven man on the inside. That’s why there’s the Game On Fragrance Oil, it works for you so you can keep your head in the game.

What Does Game On Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

On your Mark, Get set, Go! This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a woodsy scent blending rich oak with sensual sandalwood and aromatic herbs for the contemporary man on the go.

Top:  Lemon, Orange, Mandarin, Bergamot
Mid:  Coriander, Sage, Rosemary, Pepper
Base:  Sandalwood, Oak, Oak Moss, Musk

How Do Our Customers Use Game On Fragrance Oil?

This fragrance can be used to create a large variety of beautiful and creative projects. Candle makers can successfully use this fragrance at a maximum of 10% in any of their products containing vegetable or paraffin wax. The Game On Fragrance Oil will perform perfectly in a joy wax and wow wax. Also, it is nice and strong in soy wax. However, we do not believe there is gel wax compatibility for this fragrance. If you are unsure how to color candles that incorporate this fragrance, then we recommend using four drops of blue liquid candle dye or a small amount of  shredded blue color block.

Cold process soap crafters will be delighted to know that this fragrance not only has amazing scent retention, but will soap beautifully! Our Cold Process Soap Testing Results have shown that this fragrance is a great choice as a soaping component. Although there is slight lavender/tan discoloration, this fragrance will perform perfectly in soap. A bar containing this fragrance shouldn’t have any acceleration, ricing, nor separation due to this masculine scent. Further, this fragrance performs well for both bath and body products as long as they use a recommended 5% or less of this fragrance oil.  We suggest using a desired amount of blue soap dye to obtain the perfect shade of blue in soap or bath and body products.

Since this fragrance can be utilized in a variety of scenting projects, the game is on for room and body scent crafters as well! This fragrance in aroma beads is known to be nice and strong making it a fantastic choice for a room scent.  Any incense and potpourri can contain up to 50% for this manly fragrance. Not only is this fragrance perfect for room scents, but perfumes and lotions that utilize this scent up to 5% are perfect as well. Additionally, cleaners can be created with this fragrance at a maximum of 5% included.

Are you trying to decide how to incorporate this manly fragrance oil into your next craft project?  Why not try one of our free hot process soap recipes using Game On Fragrance Oil!  We just happen to use this scent in both our Manly Soap Recipe and our Game On HP Soap Recipe!
Game On Fragrance OilGame On Fragrance Oil HP Soap Recipe

Apr
14

Brittle Soap


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soap that has too much sodium lactate
Warning, the following pictures may disturb some soapers!

Here was the scenario:  Using a Hot Process Recipe, we made a soap batch that we thought would work.  However, we got a little too sodium lactate happy.  As a result, our soap bars were not functional.  And, to be completely honest, some of our soap could not even be classified as a bar.

Can you feel the soaping life lesson coming on?

Our hot process soap was molded and ready to be removed and sliced.  The end was trimmed off, and we went in for our first cut… that was when the slice fell, and broke into two pieces.

brittle slice of soap

Again we tried, but to no avail…

crumbly soap

That was when we thought to slice the bars thicker.  Still the same result, a broken bar of soap.

high amount of sodium lactate

Heart broken, we came to the conclusion that there was too much sodium lactate in our recipe.

Yes, sad but true; we have brittle soap.  And, a 4 pound batch at that!  Even though the soap was brittle, we still wanted to find out how it performed.  So, we washed our hands with the bar pieces.  This action made the finished bars completely crumble as we rubbed them together under the running water.

testing the processed soap

The original recipe was a failure, but not a complete one.  We were able to see first hand what happens to soap when too much sodium lactate is added.

soap that needs a rebatch

In one of the earlier Natures Gardens blog posts, we wrote that using too much sodium lactate in your soap recipe will produce finished bars that crumble or are brittle.  This soap is the perfect example of exactly how this worked.

The recipe that we used contained 1 ounce of sodium lactate per pound of soaping oils in our recipe.  We thought that this would help harden the bar, especially since the soap was made from very soft oils.

Well, we were wrong.  This is why testing is highly suggested when dealing with soaping additives like sodium lactate.

Jul
16

Letting Others Do Nice Things For You


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Mike’s sister came in from Oklahoma for a visit, and it was so nice seeing her and meeting her new boyfriend.  Every time Lynette comes to town, I sit for hours talking with her.  She is such a positive, fun person; she is your quintessential “people magnet”.   Her boyfriend, Bruce, is a down-to-earth, yet very successful, intelligent man who said something that really got me thinking.

Bruce said, “You should let people do nice things for you”.  I thought about this statement intensely.  How many people in my life have offered to pay for things, or do things for me and I have said, “No…let me get it”, or “No…let me pay for it”.   I always thought that I was being courteous by doing so, but was I stealing other people’s joy by doing so?  According to Bruce, “It makes others feel good to do things for others, and you shouldn’t steal that joy from them”.   You know what?  Bruce is right!

The next time someone wants to do something nice for you, don’t reply by saying “NO”.  Reply by saying, “That is so very thoughtful of you, thank you for being so kind to me”.

Have a Flaming Awesome Day!!

Deborah Ward

Natures Garden

 

Jul
11

Homemade Soap No More Allergies


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smelly cat menagerie

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

 

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