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Feb
22

Crafts for St Patricks Day


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Crafts for St. Patrick's DayCrafts for St Patricks Day

March 17 is a wonderful day if you are Irish. Not many countries have a day dedicated to celebrating their heritage, beliefs and traditions all over the world! Even if you are not lucky enough to have Irish blood coursing through your veins it doesn’t really matter! You can still partake in the fun traditions the Irish have shared with the world! Green beer, corned beef and cabbage, leprechauns and wearing green are just a few ways this amazing country loves to express their heritage loud and clear! 

Crafters are always looking for ways to enhance any kind of holiday or season and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. We at Nature’s Garden have rounded up some crafts for St Patricks Day to help enhance your line of creations. If you are in need of some fresh inspiration to show off your skills as a candle maker, a soaper or all of the above then take a look through a few of these easy, and fun recipes below!

 

Crafts for St. Patrick's Day Green Beer Candle RecipeCrafts for St Patricks Day Green Beer Candle Recipe

No celebration of your Irish heritage (or just because) would be complete without green beer! So why not a Green Beer Candle? This fun candle recipe uses our gel wax for the beer part and soy wax that is whipped up to give your beer its foamy top! This candle is so innovative and easy! We suggest using a clear beer stein to give your candle that look of realism! We used our Green Irish fragrance oil that is by far one of my favorite scents at Nature’s Garden! An amazingly strong, spicy-sweet scent that works perfectly in all manners of soaping or candle making. It may discolor your product to a lavender color, but if you use a bit of green dye (especially with this recipe) you will not have a problem. This is such an awesome fragrance and the candle is incredibly easy to create!

 

Crafts for St. Patrick's Day Pot O' Gold Candle RecipeCrafts for St Patricks Day Pot O’ Gold Candle Recipe

I bet you think creating such a cute rainbow and pot of gold is going to be complicated! This Pot O’ Gold Candle looks like it is complicated to make, but it is really as simple as can be.  We chose to use beeswax to create the little rainbow scene and it is really a very easy process. Beeswax is very pliable after it has been melted and it will help make this step of the creation quick and easy. We also chose our Joy Wax for the body of the candle.

  Joy Wax is amazing to work with. It has an awesome cold and hot scent throw, it will burn clean and has a nice satiny finish. Our fragrance oil of choice is Green Clover and Aloe. A fresh, floral scent that reminds me of a warm, spring day after it rains! This fragrance oil works well in all soy waxes and even in air fresheners.

 

Crafts for St. Patrick's Day Golden Clover Bath Bombs RecipeCrafts for St Patricks Day Golden Clover Bath Bombs Recipe

Here’s a wonderfully easy bath bomb that helps brighten any bathroom with their shiny gold color! Bath Bombs are always a great reason to have a nice long soak in your bath tub. With a bubbly lather and the spicy citrus scent of our Ginger Lime Fragrance Oil, you’re skin and senses will be happy! Along with the basic ingredients of bath bombs, baking soda, citric acid and corn starch, we have incorporated French Green Clay that is incredibly nutritious to the skin plus it will give some gentle exfoliation. These Golden Clover Bath Bombs would look adorable displayed in a little black cauldron to mimic a pot of gold, don’t you think?

 

Crafts for St. Patrick's Day St. Patty's Day Cold Process SoapCrafts for St Patricks Day St. Patty’s Day Cold Process Soap

Of course, you need a St. Patty’s Day Cold Process Soap to add to your line of St. Patrick’s Day products, so of course Nature’s Garden has a good basic recipe for you to use! This is an easy cold process soap recipe that will help you get started even if you are new to the soap creating craze.

We chose our English Ivy fragrance oil that will scent the air with a  fresh, green floral fragrance and will leave your skin feeling soft and fragrant. This fragrance oil is easy to work with in cold process soaps.  Plus the fragrance will stay strong after your initial cure. With the green and white swirls and a little gold mica thrown in for sparkle, you will have yourself a very nice soap to show off!

 

Crafts for St. Patrick's Day Lucky Leprechaun Face Mask RecipeCrafts for St Patricks Day Lucky Leprechaun Face Mask Recipe

This AMAZING, nutrient-packed face mask will leave your skin feeling refreshed, exfoliated and moisturized! That’s a lot of power for a 4 oz. jar!  We have chosen French Green Clay, Spirulina Powder Alfalfa Leaf Powder, Spinach Leaf Powder and Bentonite Clay Powder. These 4 powders alone will boost your complexion with beta-carotene, iron, and vitamin B12, and that’s just naming a few! The powders will help give a gentle exfoliation to deep clean those pores and slough away dead skin cells. To add a bit of aromatherapy, we chose Sweet Fennel and Lavender 40/42 essential oils to make this Lucky Leprechaun Face Mask a definite natural face product! Your skin will definitely feel like it hit the jackpot with this awesome mask!

Crafts for St. Patrick's Day Blarney Stone Soap RecipeCrafts for St Patricks Day Blarney Stone Soap Recipe

There is nothing that says Ireland quite like the story of the Blarney Stone. Even though the legends to how or why the Blarney Stone came to be are numerous, the one true ritual that stays strong is to kiss the blarney stone and you will be given the gift of eloquence!

You may not want to kiss these Blarney Stone Soaps after they have been made, but they will certainly cause people to stop and appreciate your cleverness! These simple soaps are made using Diamond Clear MP Soap and Mango Melt and Pour Soap, and a few Fun Soap colorants in various shades of greens and black. Using plastic cups as your mold, you can layer and create your soaps to look like the Blarney Stone itself. It’s as simple as that! Our White Tea & Ginger fragrance oil has a light floral scent of Earl Grey tea, ginger, yuzu, and bergamot. This is a very popular seller at Nature’s Garden.

 

Crafts for St. Patrick's Day 4-Leaf Clover Layered Soap RecipeCrafts for St Patricks Day 4-Leaf Clover Layered Soap Recipe

Here we have a very easy layered soap that will be almost too pretty to use! This 4 Leaf Clover Layered soap is incredibly simple to create using our Goat’s Milk melt and pour soap base. Each layer is colored with a shade of green from our Fun Soap Colorant collection. Our 4 leaf clover fragrance oil has an amazing scent of sweet grass, wisteria and clover. Is scent retention is strong and true! and it is a very popular scent for St Patty’s Day! These will be such a cute addition to perk up your St. Patrick’s Day line of bath and body products or to even have for your spring line!

 

Crafts for St. Patrick's Day Lime Cupcake Cold Process Soap RecipeCrafts for St Patricks Day Lime Cupcake Cold Process Soap Recipe

These Lime Cupcake Cold Process soap looks good enough to eat! Don’t be tempted to take a lick no matter how good they turn out!  After you get done decorating these fun little bath confections you may want to try your hand at making some real Lime Cupcakes to snack on!

This cold process soap uses simple ingredients for the cupcakes and frosting and the little lime embeds are crafted from Diamond Clear Melt and Pour soap! We chose our Agave Lime fragrance oil that has a bright, crisp scent of lime and the green floral note of the Agave plant This fragrance oil worked perfectly in cold process soap! There was no acceleration, separation, ricing or discoloring! Plus, the scent retention is amazingly strong after the cure!  These cupcakes will definitely impress your customers!

 

Crafts for St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Candle RecipeCrafts for St Patricks Day Rainbow Candle Recipe

Leprechauns are part of St. Patrick’s Day lore. These spritely fairy-folk are mischievous, sneaky and think nothing of teasing you into looking for their pot of gold that they hide at the end of the rainbow!

No St. Patrick’s Day celebration would be complete without this Rainbow Candle! I am sorry to say that there won’t be a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow. This layered candle is a truly simple recipe that uses Pillar of Bliss candle wax and our Spectrum liquid candle dye to create all the colors of the rainbow! This would be a fun project to let the kids help with as there is no melting of candle wax! Shake, scent, pour and layer! Easy as that. Of course, the fragrance of choice for this candle is none other than our Rainbow Fragrance Oil! A truly intoxicating scent of every fruit you can think of will fill the air creating a fresh aroma that will fill your whole house!

 

 

Crafts for St. Patrick's Day Green Tea Blooming Oil RecipeCrafts for St Patricks Day Green Tea Blooming Oil Recipe

Here we have a lovely oil recipe that can be added to your bath!  This is a quick and simple recipe using apricot kernel oil and sweet almond oil as the base. These oils will leave your skin feeling soft, and moisturized. These 2 oils are light and quick-absorbing, with no greasy after-feeling and our addition of Vitamin E is perfect to help nourish the skin. In this Green Tea Blooming Oil we have chosen the very fresh and slightly fruity Green Tea Fragrance Oil. This is a nice green scent to                                                                                                help relax you after a long day on the job.

 

Crafts For St. Patrick's Day Green Apple Candy Bath Bomb RecipeCrafts For St Patricks Day Green Apple Candy Bath Bomb Recipe

These fun, Green Apple Candy Bath Bombs are a great addition to your kids’ bath time! They are a definite must for any St. Patrick’s Day lineup just for the bright green color! We have used baking soda and citric acid for this bath bomb recipe. This recipe incorporates bentonite clay powder which helps harden bath bombs. We have added in a sprinkling of Epsom salts that will help to lend some exfoliation. We chose our Green Apple Candy fragrance oil that smells like a green apple Jolly Rancher! A perfect addition for this kid-inspired recipe!

 

Crafts for St. Patrick's Day Snakes in the Grass RecipeCrafts for St Patricks Day Snakes in the Grass Recipe

According to legend, St. Patrick drove out all the snakes after they had attacked him during his 40-day fast he had been undertaking. The truth was, there were never any snakes in Ireland, ever, and now this tall tale can be put to rest as a fable.

Nature’s Garden Snake in the Grass Bath Fizzy is a perfect addition for your St. Patrick’s Day lineup. Just for this fable alone. This is a very simple recipe that the kids will love! This bath fizzy would be a creative project to teach about the legend. It could even be a fun spring time addition to your kids line of bath products! Made with baking soda, citric acid, Epsom salts and Himalayan Black Salt, you have an incredible cute bath fizzy that is scented with Mr. Pepper MD fragrance oil. Our version of the original Dr. Pepper! Tuck in a couple of little plastic snakes and there you have it! A cute creation to display or give to a little one for a bath treat!

 

Crafts for St. Patrick's Day St. Patrick's Day Candle RecipeCrafts for St Patricks Day St. Patrick’s Day Candle Recipe

Last, but certainly not least, our St. Patrick’s Day Candle. An incredibly easy candle recipe that uses our awesome Golden Foods Soy Wax 464. This wax is a very popular seller here at Nature’s Garden. Soy Wax 464 is easy to work with, melts and sets up beautifully.We have scented this candle with our NG Aloe & White Lilac fragrance oil. This fragrance is a perfect spring scent with a lightly sweet, yet green scent of lilac, Lily of the Valley and a touch of vanilla.

 

There you go folks! A whole bunch of new Crafts for St. Patrick’s Day recipes! We at Nature’s Garden hope we have inspired you with some new ideas to add to your collection, or to even start a new line to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy creating!

Feb
08

Neapolitan Candle Recipe


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Neapolitan Candle RecipeNeapolitan Candle Recipe

Did you know that Neapolitan ice cream originated in the late 19th century in Italy? Most likely in the city of Naples. Italy was actually the originator or all ice cream, or gelato if you will. Neapolitan ice cream was actually inspired by Spumoni. Spumoni is a three flavored ice cream that used pistachio, cherry and chocolate ice cream with a fruit and nut layer in between. So why vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate? When ice cream made it’s way to the states these were the most popular flavors at the time. And in elementary school, do you remember sampling freeze-dried Neapolitan Ice Cream that the astronauts were able to take with them into space? I can remember! The texture was crumbly and it melted quickly the minute it touched your tongue, but I’ll stick to the regular Neapolitan ice cream thank you very much! Who doesn’t love this classic flavor?  You have three yummy flavors all in one bite! Today, Nature’s Garden is sharing with you their Neapolitan Candle Recipe. An eye-catching layered candle recipe to mimic this classic, old-time ice cream.  When you have finished creating this fun new candle, check out an easy recipe for Neapolitan Ice Cream Sandwich Cake! It’s truly magnifico!

 

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Ingredients You Will Need Found At Nature’s Garden

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Other Equipment and Supplies needed

  • 16 oz. Glass Apothecary Jar
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Stove
  • Scale
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper Bowl
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Pecans Mold (flexiblemolds.com)

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: German Chocolate Cake Fragrance Oil

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: The 3 Fragrance OilsFor this candle recipe, we will be using three different Nature’s Garden fragrance oils for the chocolate, strawberry and vanilla layers of your homemade candle. For the chocolate layer, we have chosen German Chocolate Cake Fragrance Oil. It smells of rich chocolate cake with hints of pecans, vanilla, and coconut.

 

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Strawberry Rhubarb Fragrance Oil

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Fragrance Oil

Next, we have Strawberry Rhubarb Fragrance Oil. This is a perfect blend of sweet strawberries and the tangy scent of rhubarb and an undertone of flaky pie crust.

 

 

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Vanilla Insanity Fragrance Oil

Vanilla Insanity Fragrance Oil

The last oil is Vanilla Insanity fragrance oil. The strongest vanilla scent that we offer!  It is a sweet vanilla scent with notes of French Vanilla, creamed butter, cotton candy, maple sugar, and of course, vanilla beans.

All three of these fragrances will blend and compliment each other as your candle burns through the layers. You will have a house smelling of an Italian bakery!

 

 

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Prepare wax for the Strawberry Embeds Part 1

We will be using our Pillar of Bliss Candle Wax for our embeds.  Pillar of Bliss is a soy and paraffin blend that has wonderful scent retention as well as a wonderful cold and hot throw. To work with Pillar of Bliss, melt the wax to a temperature of 195 degrees F and add your color. Let the wax cool to 180 degrees Fahrenheit before adding your fragrance and let it cool to 175 degrees Fahrenheit before pouring into your molds. When melting any kind of wax, though, we suggest the double boiler method. Place on your stove, an old cake pan or pot with at least a 1/2 inch of water, place your pouring pot inside the cake pan or pot to create a double boiler.

For our Neapolitan Candle Recipe, we need to first prepare the strawberry embeds that will top your candle. Using a double boiler, melt 2 grams of Pillar of Bliss candle Wax.

Prepare the Strawberry Embeds:  Adding the Candle Dye

Prepare the Strawberry Embeds:  Adding the Candle DyeYou always want to be careful adding candle dye to your creation. Our Spectrum Liquid Candle Dye is concentrated and a little can go a long way.  Always start small to test the color you are trying to achieve. We suggest using toothpicks for this process. So take a toothpick, dip into the green Spectrum Liquid Candle Dye. Now you dip the toothpick into the melted wax. Mix to incorporate the color.

 

Then you fill only the leaf portion of the strawberries embed mold. Let this cool down and harden.

 

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Preparing the wax for the Strawberries Embed Part 2

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Preparing the wax for the Strawberries Embed Part 2Next, we need to prepare the red wax for the strawberries. Using your double boiler, melt 10 grams of Pillar of Bliss, stirring to help with the melting process. Take your toothpick, dip it into your red Spectrum Liquid candle dye and add it to your melted wax.  Next, add 1 gram of Strawberry Rhubarb Fragrance Oil and stir to incorporate it. Now you can add this melted wax to into the remaining portion of the strawberry cavity. Allow this to setup before removing from the mold. Set your strawberry aside to top your candle later.

 

 

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Preparing the Pecan Embeds

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Preparing the Pecan EmbedsNow we are going to work on our pecan embeds. First, you need to weigh out 20 grams of Pillar of Bliss Candle Wax. Then, using your double boiler melt the wax, stirring occasionally. Once this has melted, use a toothpick to add a tiny bit of brown Spectrum liquid candle dye and yellow Spectrum liquid candle dye. Stir to incorporate this and then pour into your pecan embed mold.

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Preparing the Pecan Embeds
You will make 6 pecans total. Allow your pecan embeds to cool and setup.  Once they have setup, remove your pecans from the mold and set them aside
.  We will need them when we begin topping our candle later.

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Prepping your Candle Jar

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Prepping your Candle JarNow you will want to prepare your candle jar. First and foremost you will need to have the correct size wick for your jar of choice. Prior to ordering wicks, measure the diameter of your jar. The size of your wick depends on the diameter of your jar. We are going to use 2 CD-10 size wicks. CD wicks are our most popular candle wicks. They are easy to work with and give a nice, clean burn for your candle. If you need further assistance with figuring out your wick size, check the description of the wicks for size recommendations based on the diameter of your jar. Once you have chosen your wick, you will use your hot glue gun to firmly adhere the wicks to the bottom of your container. Simply dab a bit of glue to the bottom of the metal part of your wick and press it firmly to the bottom of your jar. Repeat the process for the second wick. Keep in mind that as your candle cools, adjust your wicks so that they are straight and stay centered.

Another trick that you can do to make pouring your wax easier is to warm your jar beforehand. Simply turn your oven on to the lowest temperature, place the container on a cookie sheet and place in the oven. You do not want your jar hot, Just warm and still easy to handle without burning yourself. Warming your jars prior to pouring into them will help the wax adhere to the jars better.  This will help eliminate the wet spot look.

 

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Prepare the  First Layer of Chocolate Wax

Let’s talk Joy Wax. Nature’s Garden Joy Wax is a blend of soy and paraffin that is amazingly easy to work with. It melts beautifully and sets up smooth and creamy. You also get an awesome cold and hot scent throw! When working with Joy Wax, we suggest melting to 200 degrees F. You can add your candle dye at this temperature, but allow it cool to a temperature of 170-175 degrees Fahrenheit before adding your fragrance. When your wax has cooled to 160-165 Fahrenheit you can pour your wax into your container of choice.

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Prepare the  First Layer of Chocolate WaxWeigh out 90 grams of Joy Wax and melt using your double boiler. Once this has melted you will need to add a tiny amount of brown Spectrum liquid candle dye using your toothpick. You are going for a chocolate color. Mix this to blend well. When your wax has cooled to the suggested 170 degrees F you may now add 9 grams of German Chocolate Fragrance Oil. Stir well to incorporate the fragrance.

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Prepare the  First Layer of Chocolate Wax

 

Next,  pour the candle wax into your prepared jar.You need to allow this wax to cool and set, adjusting your wicks so they stay centered in your candle jar.

 

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Prepare the First Layer of Strawberry Wax

Next, melt 90 grams of Joy Wax and melt in your double boiler. Once again, using a toothpick, add a tiny bit of red liquid candle dye to your melted wax and blend well. You are going for a pink color for this layer.

 

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Adding the White Whipped Wax

 

 

Allow the wax to cool to the suggested temperature and then add 9 grams of Strawberry Rhubarb Fragrance Oil. Stir this to blend the oil and wax well.

 

 

 

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Adding the White Whipped Wax

 

 

Pour this candle wax directly on top of your chocolate layer and allow this layer to cool adjusting your wicks as it sets up before moving on.

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Prepare The First Layer of Vanilla Wax

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Adding the White Whipped Wax

Now we are going to create the vanilla layer of our candle. Once again, weigh out 90 grams of Joy Wax and melt in your double boiler.

 

 

 

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Prepare The First Layer of Vanilla Wax

Once this has fully melted and cooled to 170 degrees, add 9 grams of Vanilla Insanity Fragrance Oil. Stir well to blend the fragrance and melted wax.

 

 

 

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Prepare The First Layer of Vanilla Wax

 

Pour the white wax directly on top of the pink wax and once again, allowing this layer to cool and harden, adjusting your wicks straight before moving on.

 

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Preparing the Second Chocolate Layer

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Preparing the Second Chocolate LayerNow, it’s time to work on the second half of the candle. We will start with the chocolate layer. Weigh out 90 grams of Joy Wax and melt the candle wax in your double boiler. Once it has completely melted, add the brown Spectrum liquid candle dye using the toothpick method. Stir to incorporate the colorant and once the wax has cooled to the correct temperature, add 9 grams of German Chocolate Cake fragrance oil and stir well to combine. Pour this wax on top of your cooled and set strawberry layer. Allow this to cool and set up before moving on.

 

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Preparing the Second Strawberry Layer

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Preparing the Second Strawberry LayerNext, it’s time for the second strawberry layer. Weigh out 90 grams of Joy Wax and melt the Joy Wax in the double boiler. Once that has melted completely you can add in your toothpick of red Spectrum Liquid Candle Dye and mix to combine. Once again, allow the wax to cool before adding in 9 grams of Strawberry Rhubarb Fragrance Oil and mix well. Pour this strawberry layer onto the chocolate layer and allow to cool and harden before moving on.

 

Neapolitan Candle Recipe: Adding the White Whipped WaxNeapolitan Candle Recipe: Adding the White Whipped Wax

Next comes the “whipped cream” for your candle. First, weigh out 150 grams of Joy Wax and once again, melt it in your double boiler. Once this is completely melted and cooled, add 15 grams of Vanilla Insanity Fragrance Oil and stir well to incorporate the scent. Carefully pour into your mixing container and allow this melted candle wax to begin to setup. Now, begin whipping the wax to a frosting-like consistency.

 

Next, top your candle with the whipped wax giving it the look of a whipped cream topped sundae and then place your strawberry and pecan embeds on top for the final touch! You may want to use your candle right away, but it is suggested to allow your candle to cure for about 3 days.  Then, trim your wicks to about 1/4″ before burning your homemade candle.

So would you like a cool looking cake to go along with your cool looking candle? Check out this very easy recipe for Neapolitan Ice Cream from Food Network. This amazing looking dessert is created with yummy layers of ice cream sandwiches, strawberry and mint chocolate ice cream and topped off with a chocolate hard shell topping. The colors of the ice cream are reminiscent of the original Neapolitan ice cream when it was first created but I believe you can use any flavors you choose. This recipe is perfectly easy and impressive! I know I am impressed with how it looks and I am also pretty sure I am ready for some dessert!

Feb
02

Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe


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Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap RecipeMoonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe

Our next soap project is a swirled melt and pour soap project.  While cold process soap is often swirled, melt and pour soap can be a little harder to get the same type of swirl.  However, with the addition of clays and powders, it can be done.  Our Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe was inspired uses Natures Garden’s Moonlight Tuberose Fragrance Oil.  We were since the fragrance oil itself contains notes of both jasmine and vanilla, we were inclined to incorporate whole jasmine flowers as well as vanilla powder.

Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe: Ingredients Found at Natures Garden

Yogurt Melt and Pour Soap
Moonlight Tuberose Fragrance Oil
French Green Clay Powder
Rose Clay Powder
Kaolin Clay Powder
Vanilla Powder
Vegetable Glycerin
Square Loaf Mold Market Mold
Neon Pink FUN Soap Colorant
Neon Green FUN Soap Colorant
Lime Green FUN Soap Colorant
Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant
Diamond Dust Mica Pigment
Jasmine Flowers Whole
Whipped Soap Base
Mitre Box
Cutter for Mitre Box
Natures Garden Soap Apron
4 oz Clear Bullet Bottle
Black Fine Mist Sprayer 20/410

Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe: Other Ingredients and Supplies That You Will Need

Mixing Bowls
Microwave
Scale
Mixing Spoons
Rubbing Alcohol
Cutting Board
Knife
Disposable Cups (4)
Hand Mixer

Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe: A Closer Look at Some of the Ingredients

Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe: Moonlight Tuberose Fragrance Oil

Before we begin, let’s take a look at the fragrance oil that we will be using.  This soapmaking project uses, what else, Moonlight Tuberose Fragrance Oil.  February 2018’s fragrance of the month. Tuberose essential oil is extremely expensive, and is used in the most exquisite fine fragrances.  We have done our very best to create a fragrance oil with the same aroma as this expensive essential oil; while adding complimentary notes to make this fragrance well-balanced.  Natures Garden’s moonlight tuberose fragrance begins with top notes of white pear and green apple;  followed by middle notes of tuberose, jasmine, lily of the valley, and ginger;  sitting on base notes of violet, ylang ylang, peach, vanilla, and fresh woods.  An NG Original fragrance!

Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe: French Green Powder

Next, let’s look at our first clay in this recipe.  French green clay powder is the most frequently used clay by health professionals and spas to treat skin conditions, to nourish the skin, and to remove impurities.  Green clay is light green in color when dry, but turns dark green when wetting agents are added.  French green clay is very nutritious for the skin. Due to the nutrients in French Green Clay, it is used in many cosmetics, soap, and skincare recipes.  French Green Clay powder can be added to both cold process soap and melt and pour soap recipes for increased cleansing ability and natural exfoliation.  French green clay will produce a natural green color in soap recipes.

Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe: Rose Clay Powder

We also used rose clay powder in this soap making recipe.  Rose clay, often referred to as pink clay, is a gentle, natural clay that contains kaolinite.  Rose clay is fabulous for most skin types; including sensitive skin.  Rose clay provides gentle exfoliation, helps to draw toxins from the skin, helps to increase circulation, reduces skin irritation, and helps to reduce inflammation.  Rose clay is typically used as an ingredient in cosmetics, soap, facial masks, and mud baths; providing skin-loving minerals, but also naturally coloring your finished products.

Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe: Kaolin White Clay Powder

Our final clay is the kaolin white clay powder.  Kaolin Clay, also called China Clay, is a white clay that is perfect for sensitive skin types.  Kaolin clay is commonly used to make mineral makeup such as foundation, eye shadow, and blush.  Natures Garden’s white clay can be used in formulations as a thickener, and added to bath bombs to harden them.   Like most clays, kaolin clay helps cleanse the skin; removing toxins.

 

 

Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe: Prepare Your ColorantsMoonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe: Prepare Your Colorants

First, we will prepare our colorants.  We will use two shades of green, a dark red, and a white soap for this recipe.  You will need to have a total of four disposable cups. You will also need to have your clays, vanilla powder, vegetable glycerin, and colorants out.  Once you have mixed all of the powders and colorants together, you can set each one aside, for now.  We will use them in a later step.

Colorant Amounts for the Light Green SoapColorant Amounts for the Light Green Soap:

10 grams Kaolin Clay Powder
20 grams Vegetable Glycerin
2 grams Neon Green FUN Soap Colorant
20 drops Lime Green FUN Soap Colorant

 

So, first, we will prepare the colorant for the light green soap.  In your first disposable cup, weigh out 10 grams of kaolin clay powder.  Then, add 20 grams of vegetable glycerin.  This will create a paste which will disperse better in your melted soap.  Next, add 2 grams of Natures Garden’s neon green FUN Soap Colorant along with 20 drops of the lime green soap dye to the cup containing the clay mixture.  Then, stir to mix the colorant completely with the clay mixture.

Colorant Amounts for the Red Soap PortionColorant Amounts for the Red Soap Portion:

10 grams of Rose Clay Powder
10 grams of Neon Pink FUN Soap Colorant
6 grams Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant
22 grams of Vegetable Glycerin

 

Next, we will prepare the colorant for the red portion of soap.  You will need your second disposable cup.  Weigh out 10 grams of your rose clay powder.  Then, add 22 grams of vegetable glycerin.  Again, by creating a paste the colorant will disperse better in your melted soap.  Once your clay mixture is clump free, add 10 grams of Natures Garden’s neon pink FUN Soap Colorant.  In addition, add 6 grams of the tomato soap dye to the cup containing the clay mixture.  Then, stir to mix the colorant completely with the clay mixture.

Colorant Amounts for the Dark Green Soap Portion:

12 grams of French Green Clay Powder
21 grams of Vegetable Glycerin
7 grams Neon Green FUN Soap Colorant

 

 

Now, we will prepare the colorant for the dark green soap.  In your third disposable cup, weigh out 12 grams of green clay powder.  Then, add 21 grams of vegetable glycerin.  This will create a paste which will disperse better in your melted soap.  Finally, add 7 grams of Natures Garden’s neon green FUN Soap Colorant to the cup containing the clay mixture.  Then, stir to mix the colorant completely with the clay mixture.

Colorant Amounts for the White Soap PortionColorant Amounts for the White Soap Portion:

9 grams of Vanilla Powder
13 grams of Vegetable Glycerin

Lastly, we will prepare the vanilla powder for the white soap.  In your last disposable cup, weigh out 9 grams of vanilla powder.  Then, add 13 grams of vegetable glycerin.  This will create a paste which will disperse better in your melted soap.  Finally, stir to mix the vanilla powder and vegetable glycerin together.

Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe: Prepare the Soap

Now, we will begin preparing the soap that will be used in the soap loaf.  This soap will later be divided and added to our cups containing the colorants we created.  You will need your fragrance oil and your yogurt melt and pour soap base.

Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe: Prepare the SoapMoonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe Total Recipe Weights

1408 grams Yogurt Melt and Pour Soap
70 grams Moonlight Tuberose Fragrance Oil

First, you will need a total of 1408 grams of Natures Garden’s yogurt mp soap base.  To start, cut the soap into small cubes.  Then, use a microwave to melt the soap.  You want to melt the soap in 30-second intervals until it is melted completely.  Stir between each 30-second burst.

Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe: Separate the SoapMoonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe: Separate the Soap

At this time, you will need to separate the soap.  You will need the four cups containing the colorants that you prepared earlier.  To each of your cups, add 452 grams of the melted soap.  Stir the contents of each of your cups to fully blend the colorant with the melted yogurt soap.

Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe: Pouring the Soap Into the MoldMoonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe: Pouring the Soap Into the Mold

A melt and pour swirling technique makes pouring the soap into the mold a little bit different.  You will need to of the cups of soap and your square loaf mold.  It does not matter which colors you choose.  Now, place one cup in your left hand and the other in your right hand.  Pour the contents of each cup into the mold at the same time.

 

Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe: Prepare the Whipped Soap Frosting

Now, we will prepare the whipped soap frosting.  The whipped soap base will be used to top our soap loaf.  It will have a fluffy consistency.  We will use a hand mixer to fluff the soap base.  So, you will need your hand mixer.  We will also be adding vegetable glycerin along with yogurt melt and pour soap.  By adding melt and pour soap, the soap frosting will setup, making packaging your soap easier. Your frosting will harden instead of remaining soft and sticking to your packaging.

Whipped Soap Total Recipe Weights:

250 grams Yogurt Melt and Pour Soap Base
250 grams Whipped Soap Base
25 grams Vegetable Glycerin
25 grams Moonlight Tuberose Fragrance Oil
5 grams Vanilla Powder

Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe: Whipping the Soap Base

First, weigh out 250 grams of the Natures Garden’s whipped soap base.  To the same bowl, add 25 grams of Moonlight Tuberose Fragrance Oil and 25 grams of your vegetable glycerin.  Then, use your hand mixer to fluff the whipped base to a fluffy frosting consistency.  Once you have fluffed your soap base, set this bowl aside, we will come back to it.

Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe: Prepare the Yogurt Melt and Pour Soap

Next, you will need an empty mixing bowl.  In this bowl, weigh out 250 grams of the yogurt melt and pour soap base.  Then, use a microwave oven to melt the mp soap.  You will want to melt your soap base in 30-second increments until the soap is completely melted an in a liquid state.  You will want to stir the soap base in between each 30- second burst.  Once the soap has melted, remove it from the microwave.

Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe: Mixing the Whipped Soap With the Yogurt Soap

Before we begin mixing the whipped soap base with the yogurt soap, I want to mention, you will need to move quickly as your soap frosting will setup very quickly.  So, add the melted yogurt soap base to the bowl containing the whipped soap.  Once again, you will need your hand mixer.  Finally, use your hand mixer to fluff the soap to that same frosting consistency.

Moonlight Tuberose Swirled Soap Recipe: Topping Your Soap Loaf

Finally, we will begin topping our soap loaf.  Add the whipped soap frosting to the top of your loaf.  You will want to top your soap in the same manner you would frost a cake.  Once you have added you soap frosting, we will add a few finishing touches.  Add a couple grams of the jasmine flowers.  Lastly, dust your soap with a tiny bit of the diamond dust mica pigment.  You will not need much of the diamond dust mica pigment, less than a gram will do.  Once your soap has completely setup, use your mitre box and cutter to slice the soap loaf just like you would cut a loaf of bread.

Once your soap is created, show us your finished soap!  We would love to see homemade mp soap!  Post pictures of your Moonlight Tuberose scented swirled soap or other creations on our Facebook page!  In addition, you can find Natures Garden on both our Twitter and Instagram pages @ngscents.

If you have enjoyed this soap making recipe, then, be sure to stop by and check out our recipe box!  Whether you are a candle maker, soap maker, cosmetic maker, or just love Natures Garden fragrance oils, there is something you are sure to love in our recipe box!  Our recipe box allows you to download free PDF classes and recipes.  We offer free downloadable classes and free tutorials on soap making, candle making, cosmetic making and much more.

 

Feb
01

Types of Candle Wax


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Types of Candle WaxTypes of Candle Wax

Often, here at Natures Garden, we are asked about the different types of candle wax that we carry.  For beginners, it can be difficult to know which wax to use and when to use.  From pillar wax to container wax or granulated waxes or wax in flake form, below, we will talk about all of the waxes that Natures Garden carries, what to use them for, and what for they come in.

Types of Candle Wax: Container Wax vs. Pillar Wax

Before we begin looking closely at the different types of candle waxes, we would like to talk about the difference between a container wax and pillar wax.  You might wonder why you would even need two types of wax.  Well, there are differences in the two types.

Container Wax vs. Pillar Wax: Container Wax

So, first we will talk about a container wax.  Container waxes are created specifically for container candles.  When creating a container candle, it is important that your candle wax adheres to your container.  If the wax doesn’t adhere properly to your jar, your candles will end up looking like they have wet spots.  While, yes, this can still happen with containers, it inevitable when you use pillar wax in a container.  This is why you will find container waxes to be softer.  Container waxes can come in many forms.  It can come in flake form, granulated form, and even slab form.  Natures Garden carries the following container waxes; Joy Wax, WOW Wax, palm wax, several types of soy wax, and gel wax.

Container Wax vs. Pillar Wax: Pillar Wax

Next, let’s take a look at pillar wax.  Pillar waxes are created to be a harder wax. This is important because a harder wax will release more easily from your candle molds.  This makes pillar waxes perfect to use when creating both pillar candles as well as wax melts.

Types of Candle Wax: Soy Waxes

First, we will talk about the three soy waxes that Natures Garden carries.  We carry three types of soy wax.  Soy wax will give you a clean burn.  All three soy waxes are Golden Brand waxes.  They all come in flake form.  They should all be used only for container candles as the setup wax will be too soft for tarts.  However, if you really want to use them for wax melts, you can add stearic acid to help harden the wax a bit.  Below, we will take a closer look at all three of these waxes.

Soy Waxes: NG 100% Soy Wax

We will start by looking at NG 100% Soy Wax.  This wax is a pure soy wax that does not contain any additives and is kosher.  It is also known as Golden Brands 415 Soy Wax.  As I said before, it should be used for container candles.  It will be too soft to use for your pillar candles.  Next, we will talk about a few things you should know about straight soy wax.  Soy wax can have a rougher finish and issues with frosting.  This is just the nature of soy wax.  There can also be more of an issue with glass adhesion.  So, when working with soy wax, it is very important to warm your jars before pouring the candle wax into them.  In addition, it can be harder to get a really strong scent throw with soy wax, when compared with paraffin.  Since there can be some issues with frosting, scent throw, and glass adhesion with a straight soy wax, Golden Brands has created a couple of other natural soy waxes to help with some of these issues.

Soy Waxes: Golden Foods Soy Wax 444

So, the first natural and kosher soy wax is the Golden Foods Soy Wax 444.  This soy candle wax has soy based additives to help with some the issues that you can have with the 415 soy wax.  This particular container candle wax has a higher melt point.  Since it has a higher melt point, the candle wax will retain a higher fragrance load.  The melt point of the 444 soy wax has a melt point of 119-125 degrees Fahrenheit.

Soy Waxes: Golden Brands Soy Wax 464

Now, we will take a closer look at the Golden Brands Soy Wax 464.  So, this soy wax, like the 415 and 444, is still natural and kosher.  However, this wax contains soy based additives that will help with glass adhesion.  The reason this soy wax will adhere better to your jars is because the melt point is lower.  The melt point of the 464 candle wax is 113-119 degrees Fahrenheit.

Types of Candle Wax: WOW Wax

Next, we will talk about Natures Garden’s WOW Wax.  This candle wax comes in a slab form.  However, it is very soft.  In fact, it is so soft that you can cut it with a butter knife.  This candle wax is a single pour wax comprised of mainly paraffin wax.  Paraffin wax will give you the best scent throw compared to other candle waxes along with a nice creamy finish without the frosting that you can get from soy wax.  It is used for container candles.

Types of Candle Wax: Joy Wax

Our next container wax is Natures Garden’s Joy Wax.  Joy wax is a combination of  soy wax, food grade paraffin, vegetable waxes and other proprietary ingredients.  It, like our WOW Wax, comes in slab form.  It, too, is soft enough to cut with a butter knife.  This is my personal go to wax for container candles.  Since it is made of both paraffin and soy, I think of it as the best of both worlds.  It has soy in the wax, which will give you a cleaner burn compared to a straight paraffin.  In addition, it has paraffin in the wax.  This will give you a nice creamy finish along with a better scent throw when compared to a straight soy wax.

Types of Candle Wax: Gel Wax

Now, we will take a look at our next container wax, gel wax.  Natures Garden carries Penreco’s patented medium density gel wax.  Gel wax sets up to look, well, like gel.  Gel wax is a transparent, rubbery compound composed of mineral oil and polymer resin. So, it really does create a truly unique candle.  You can use embeds and micas with this candle wax.

However, there are a few differences when compared to other container waxes.  First, the flash point of the fragrance oil being used needs to be at least 170 degrees Fahrenheit.  In addition, you need to check for solubility.  Basically, you want to make sure that the oil will mix properly with the gel wax.  You will want to test the fragrance oil in mineral oil.  You can easily do this by mixing the your fragrance oil with mineral oil.  So, first, ensure that the flash point is 170 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.  If it is, it may be able to be used in gel wax.  However, you need to test it in mineral oil.  Simply mix the fragrance oil 50/50 with mineral oil.  Once you mix the fragrance oil, check for any separation, cloudiness, or striations.  If none of these are present, it should do well in gel wax.

Types of Candle Wax: Palm Wax

Next, we will look at palm wax.  Natures Garden’s palm wax come only from sustainable sources. We are pleased to affirm that the palm oil used by our company originates from reputable plantation companies who are members of the Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA). MPOA, together with many other stakeholders, has pioneered the establishment of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).  You can read more about this in the description of the palm waxes on our website.  Palm wax is another unique wax that has a crystal-like finish to it.  It is a beautiful wax.  We carry it in both a pillar wax form and a container wax.  Both types of wax are a granulated wax so, it is very easy to work with.

Palm Wax: Container Wax

First, our palm container wax.  This wax can be used for container candles.  So, if you are using a jar, you want to use this wax.  Once your candle sets up, it will have a crystaline finish.  It truly creates a stunning natural container candle.

 

Palm Wax: Pillar Wax

Finally, we have our palm pillar wax.  You can use palm pillar wax when creating homemade pillar candles.  The pillar wax will easily release from your candle mold.  The palm pillar wax can also be used to create natural wax melts.  They will also have the same crystal effect as the container wax.  This is my go to wax for both pillar candles and wax melts due to the crystals that appear on the finished candles and melts.

Types of Candle Wax: Pillar of Bliss Candle Wax

Let’s look at Natures Garden’s Pillar of Bliss candle wax.  This pillar wax is a blend, containing more than 50% soy wax.  However, it also includes paraffin.  So, this wax, like the Joy Wax, will have a smooth and creamy finish.  You can use Pillar of Bliss candle wax for both your pillars and wax melts.  It has excellent cold and hot throw.  It also comes in a granulated form.  In addition to using it for pillar candles, it can be used to create granulated container candles.  These types of candles are popular for projects with children and adults alike.  You can even create granulated candles without melting your candle wax.

Types of Candle Wax: Beeswax

Now, we will talk about beeswax.  Beeswax comes from the bee hive and is filtered.  In addition, our beeswax is naturally bleached by the sunlight.  It can be used to create homemade candles.  This wax can even be used to make a rolled beeswax candle.  We have even used it in candles like our zebra print candle to create the zebra stripes in a soy wax candle.  It comes in a pellet form.  You can also use white beeswax in cosmetic recipes as well.

If you are looking for recipes or ideas on how to use each candle wax Natures Garden carries, click the link to each wax.  Above the picture on our website, you will find a green recipe tab with a variety of tutorials for each type of wax.  Once you create your candles, show off your creations!  Tag us on social media.  You can find us on Instagram and Twitter @ngscents.  Or post your pictures on our Facebook page!