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Oct
31

How Joy Wax Can Be Used


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How Joy Wax Can Be Used

Are you interested in learning about some different methods to create homemade candles, potpourri, wax tarts, and wax melts? We at Natures Garden would like to introduce you to our Joy Wax, which is only available at Natures Garden’s store and on our website! This wax is made from a combination of soy wax, different vegetable waxes, food grade paraffin, and other proprietary ingredients. We test each batch out ourselves using color, fragrance oil, CD candle wicking, and of course, 100% Joy Wax. We sell our Joy Wax in various sizes, depending on the amount you are going to need for your projects. This product of ours is continuously gaining popularity on the market and is rated our number one candle wax. Get ready to hear all about the Natures Garden Joy Wax, what it is, and a variety of ways that it can be used!

The Size Variety of Joy WaxThe Size Variety of Joy Wax

The Natures Garden Joy Wax comes in a few different sizes, all of which we are going to mention. The first and smallest size that we sell is one slab of Joy Wax, which are about 10-12 pounds each. The next size up is one case of Joy Wax, which range from 54-60 pounds each. The largest size that we sell is by the skid-load, made up of 42 cases of Joy Wax, again, 54-60 pounds each. With this variety, you will be able to make as many candles and wax melts as you would like!

More About Joy Wax

As we have mentioned, our Joy Wax consists of soy wax, vegetable waxes, paraffin, and other proprietary ingredients. We decided to create a wax that would work excellently for container candles. With this Joy Wax that we have created, you will be able to get both hot and cold scent throw, without any curing time being necessary.

Since we had container candles in mind when we were creating this, it has been designed to cling nicely to jars. It also has a creamy and smooth finish to it, and no additives need to be added for the wax to perform the way that it should. By using our Joy Wax, you will be able to create candles that are rich in color. Your candles will also have an excellent melt pool, and usually only require one pour in most jars.

Joy Wax Candle Making Kit Joy Wax Candle Making Kit

We believe that the best way to get started making your own candles is to purchase a starter kit, which we have several of. It would be a good idea to start with our Joy Wax Candle Making Kit to get familiar with this product. This candle making kit comes with three pounds of Joy Wax, two color blocks, 4 one ounce fragrances, 25 six inch hemp candle wicks, twelve hexagonal jars with lids, and it includes a complete set of instructions. The fragrances included in this kit are currently fresh linen, spring rain, vanilla silk, and strawberry passion. You will also need to get a metal pouring pot and a candle thermometer, which do not come in the kit. Both of these items are available to buy from Natures Garden. This kit makes it very easy for you to get started and learn how to work with Joy Wax. In addition, you will not need to use all products included in the kit, so you will have a jump start on your next candle making project.

How to Make Joy Wax Container CandlesJoy Wax Container Candles

Now is the fun part! We are going to begin talking about just how you can make container candles using Joy Wax. First, we will introduce to you a recipe to make basic Joy Wax candles. Then we are going to give two specific recipes using Joy Wax: Shimmer Gel Potpourri and Pumpkin Cheesecake Wax Melts. Seeing each of these will allow you to learn the variety that Joy Wax offers in candle making. The first recipe we will be referring to makes four pounds of candles.

Ingredients:

Joy Wax
Coloring (You can use either our Spectrum Liquid Candle Dye or Color Blocks)
Pouring Pot
Scale
13 x 9 pan
Fragrance
Candle wicks
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Heat source
Candy thermometer
Work clothes
Safety glasses

How to Make Joy Wax Container Candles

First, weigh out 4 pounds of Joy Wax on a scale. Turn your oven on 150-200°F. Put your empty glass candle containers on a tray and in the oven to warm them to about 150°F when you will be pouring into them. Pouring hot wax into a cold container will cause your wax to set up too quickly and your candles will develop jump lines or wet spots.

Gathering Your Materials

Put about 1″ of water in your 13 X 9 pan on the stove. Turn the temperature setting on your stove between low and medium. Gather your pouring pot, coloring, additives, fragrance, containers, and wicks to start making your container candles. Put the 4 pounds of Joy Wax into a clean pouring pot and place that inside of your 13 x 9 pan on the stove.

Melt Your Joy Wax

Allow your wax to melt in the pan. It is important that you never melt wax with the pouring pot directly on a heat source. This can quickly become a fire hazard or can result in your wax being scorched. If your wax gets scorched, it will create a burnt smell. If your wax smells like this, it is ruined and wax that becomes scorched cannot be corrected. Periodically check the temperature of your melted wax with your candy thermometer. Heat the Joy Wax up to 200°F. Once again, make sure that it does not get too hot and become scorched.

Adding the Candle Colorant

You should add the candle colorant at the hottest temperature. Add 1-10 drops of liquid candle dye to the melted wax. Stir. Do not use more than ten drops of the liquid candle dye. Liquid candle dyes will make it easy to get a consistent color since you can simply count how many drops you have added. This can be important when marketing you homemade candles to your customers. Alternatively, you can use Natures Garden’s color blocks with the Joy Wax. Color blocks are a good alternative to liquid candle dye if you are looking for more rich, dark colors for your candles. They are great for larger batches. However, if you are creating candles in smaller batches, you will need to make sure you are weighing out just how much of the color block you are adding in grams. This will allow you to get a consistent color.

Preparing the Candle Wicks

While you are waiting for your wax to cool you can prepare your jars. Putting wicks in your candles is much easier when you use either the pretabbed prewaxed wicks. The zinc core or CD type wicks from Natures Garden are the most popular. You have a couple of options when adding candle wicks. Allow your candles to cool a little until you see that the bottom of the container has about one inch of candle setting up. Straighten your wicks and place them in the candle centered and evenly spaced apart.

If you are placing more than one wick into your jars, make sure that the wicks are not too close to the sides of the container because it may create soot. Your wicks will move if you try to wick your candles too soon and they will not be spaced apart properly. However, if you wick your candles too late, your wicks will not migrate to the bottom of the container. This brings us to the second option. It may be helpful for you to use a hot glue gun to center and adhere your wicks to the bottom of your containers if you wish to. If you decide on using the hot glue gun, you will need to put the wicks into your containers prior to pouring in the hot wax.

Adding Fragrance Oil and Pouring the Joy Wax

Remove your warm glass candle containers from the oven and place them on a surface that is heat resistant. Prepare them in a line so that they will be ready for the hot wax to be poured in. You can add your candle wicks now, or later. This will depend on which option you chose. Next, you will need to remove the pouring pot from heat and allow the temperature of the Joy Wax to drop to 170°F. Then, add 1-1.5 ounces of fragrance oil per pound of melted wax to your melted wax mixture. Stir the wax, thoroughly blending the fragrance oil and pour the Joy Wax into your glass containers. Stop pouring the wax at the point when your candle jar starts changing shape. Sink holes may develop if you fill your jars too full.

Cooling the Candles and Finishing Up

For the best results when cooling your candles, allow them to cool at room temperature. Center and straight your wicks before allowing them to set up all of the way. You can place a pencil across the opening of the jar, wrapping the candle wicks around it to keep them in place. We also find that placing a fine tooth comb across the opening, using the space in between teeth of the comb to hold the wicks in place also works well. Condensation can develop if they are put on the jars too soon.

Finally, let’s talk about curing. You can allow your candles to cure for a few days in order for the fragrance to fully bind to the wax before burning it. Cure the candles with their lids on after they have completely set up and cooled down. While we find it isn’t 100% necessary since Joy Wax has a beautiful scent throw without curing, it really kicks the scent throw up a notch.

Shimmer Gel Potpourri RecipeShimmer Gel Potpourri Recipe

Now, we are going to introduce to you one of our homemade room scenting recipes using Joy Wax. Did you know Joy Wax can be used for more than just container candles? For example, although this recipe is made from soy wax, it can easily be substituted with Joy Wax. This is yet another way to show the versatility of Joy Wax. When coloring this recipe, you can also use spectrum candle dyes in place of the gold mica pigment. You will be able to produce one 8 ounce bottle for your oil burner using this recipe.

To create this potpourri, the first thing you do is 60 grams of Joy Wax into your pouring pot. Then, you will use the double boiler method as described above to melt the wax on a low temperature on the stove until the wax is all liquid.

Next, weigh out 30 grams of Natures Garden’s Glitter Fragrance oil. Prepare your gold mica pigment or your spectrum candle dye, whichever you have chosen to use. Once your Joy Wax has been liquefied, it is now time to add the fragrance oil. Stir well and then add the mica pigment or candle dye, and stir again.

Weigh out 142 grams of the Rice Bran Oil that you will be mixing with your wax. Once the wax has been both scented and colored, add the Rice Bran Oil.  Stir well to fully combine. Allow the temperature of your mixture to reach somewhere between 140-150°F. At this temperature, pour the liquid you created into your Boston round bottle slowly. Give it enough time to cool. Add the disc top lids to your bottle once the outside of it is cool to the touch, and you have finished your homemade potpourri!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Wax MeltsPumpkin Cheesecake Wax Melts

Lastly, we want to show you one more product that you can create using Joy Wax. Our wax melt recipes are very popular, and this recipe of ours is also perfect for this time of the year. Pumpkin cheesecake would be a perfect scent to melt and smell around the house this fall. We have linked the ingredients that you will need to create this below.

Since the recipe is linked above that you can follow, we are only going to mention where the Joy Wax is incorporated in this recipe. It comes into play when you are preparing the whipped topping of the pumpkin cheesecake wax melts. After you weigh out 9 ounces of Joy Wax, place it into the pouring pot. Continue melting on your stove on a low setting until the wax is completed melted. Next, weigh out and add 0.9 ounces of Pumpkin Cheesecake Fragrance Oil to the wax and stir.

After the wax has started to set up in the pot, use a spoon to begin whipping the wax until you achieve a whipped topping texture. Simply frost each of your cheesecake bases quickly and  fluff the tops to look like whipped cream. Finally, sprinkle pumpkin pie spice blend powder over each of the melts. Remove them from the molds when they have cooled down. Now, if you are hungry for the real thing, our pumpkin cheesecake wax tarts were inspired by these mini pumpkin Oreo cheesecakes.

Oct
29

Awesome Autumn Scents


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Awesome Autumn ScentsAwesome Autumn Scents

We have many awesome autumn scents available at Nature’s Garden for this fall. There are so many to choose from, but here are some of our favorites!  Any of these would be amazing in your next project! We have listed a few for people with a sweet tooth, all the way through nature inspired fragrances!

 

 

 

Autumn Magic Fragrance OilsAwesome Autumn Scents: Autumn Magic Fragrance Oil

There are so many things that come to mind when fall pops around the corner! We made a fragrance oil that embodies this natural phenomenon.  Autumn magic has wonderful top notes of lemon and apple, followed with the perfect amounts of anise, cinnamon, and ginger. There is a solid base of woods, musk, and vanilla. This is a Nature’s Garden original and one of our best sellers!

Top Notes:  lemon, apple, autumn mums
Mid Notes:  cinnamon, anise, ginger
Base Notes: vanilla, mahogany woods, mus

Awesome Autumn Scents: Autumn Wreath Type Fragrance OilAwesome Autumn Scents: Autumn Wreath Type Fragrance Oil

This is a fragrance oil that is sure to warm the soul. It is a blend of the warmth and cheer of fall time! Your house will smell wonderful with this fragrance greeting you at the door. The mixture of Autumn leaves fresh off the tree, cinnamon apples, and the perfect blend of spices. One of the amazing fragrance oils from Natures Garden that you won’t forget after the first time you use it!

Top Notes:  pear, apple, peach, coconut
Mid Notes:  cinnamon, clove, nutmeg
Base Notes:  vanilla, cedar, musk, woods, pine, autumn leaves

 

Awesome Autumn Scents:Balsam and Cedar Fragrance OilAwesome Autumn Scents: Balsam and Cedar Fragrance Oil

Balsam and Cedar is a very popular fragrance within the industry, so we brought the be quality scent that we could find. Its balance is what makes it so sought after! The woody mix of pine, cedarwood, sweet balsam, with a little touch of eucalyptus gives it a hearty base. Top notes of orange, raspberry, and plum give a sweet smell to the fragrance. With some lily and carnation to pull the fragrance together. This is a blend that will work really well in soap or candle products. The earthy notes make it stand out!

Top Notes:  orange, raspberry, plum
Mid Notes:  lily, carnation, hyacinth
Base Notes:  balsam, pine, eucalyptus, cedarwood

Awesome Autumn Scents: Candy Corn Fragrance OilAwesome Autumn Scents: Candy Corn Fragrance Oil

Next, we embraced everyone’s favorite candy for the holiday. We have come up with a breathtaking mixture of warm vanilla with the slightest hints of butter and almond. This fragrance oil will have you thinking about opening a fresh bag of candy corn! The fragrance oil won’t make you feel self-conscious about going overboard.

Awesome Autumn Scents: Caramelized Crimson Pear Fragrance OilAwesome Autumn Scents: Caramelized Crimson Pear Fragrance Oil

We wanted to switch things up with this sweet pear fragrance oil from Nature’s Garden that will have you drooling! This is an original that we created for our customers. We hope you like it as much as we do! The perfect ripe crimson pear coated in a caramelized brown sugar,  with homemade maple butter, with just a touch of honey and vanilla creates a unique scent. This will fill your house with a fragrance that will have people wondering where you got it!

Top Notes: Crimson Pear, Apple, Banana
Mid Notes: Maple, Brown Sugar, Caramel
Base Notes: Vanilla

Awesome Autumn Scents: Cinnabun Type Fragrance OilAwesome Autumn Scents: Cinnabun Type Fragrance Oil

This fragrance oil by Nature’s Garden is one of our favorites! Growing up, cinnabuns were only made for special occasions.  Now that we’re older, we can make them when we choose to, but why not have your home smelling like them all year round? Our fragrance will have you craving the real thing. We made a fragrance that will make you feel less guilty about indulging yourself.

Top Notes: cinnamon, cassis, butter
Mid Notes: clove, sugar, maple, cream cheese
Base Notes: vanilla glaze, baked dough

Awesome Autumn Scents: Clove Fragrance OilAwesome Autumn Scents: Clove Fragrance Oil

This fragrance oil from Nature’s Garden has become a bestseller. It is a strong clove scent that is matched with notes of cinnamon and ginger. Another fragrance that has memories of the holiday for all of us. There is nothing like opening a jar of cloves to put into your favorite holiday dish! Well, this fragrance oils might not be the real thing but it sure does smell like the real thing!

 

Awesome Autumn Scents: Country Bumpkin Fragrance OilAwesome Autumn Scents: Country Bumpkin Fragrance Oil

We took our time creating this outstanding fragrance! It takes some of the best elements from the country and brings them right to your home. Country Bumpkin is a best seller for a reason. Sitting on the front porch while dinner is finishing are some of the best times. This warm fragrance will take you back to sitting on the porch with your family.

Awesome Autumn Scents: Cracklin Birch Fragrance OilAwesome Autumn Scents: Cracklin Birch Fragrance Oil

This fragrance resembles a breath of fresh air in the winter, without the cold! We created a blend of fragrances to create this wonderful scent. Its sophisticated blend overall makes it phenomenal. Its top notes start with bergamot, orange, and lemon. The middle notes of geranium, lily, and rose give it a nice floral touch, with a solid base of patchouli, vetiver, and tonka beans. The creation of Nature’s Garden best seller was born!

Awesome Autumn Scents: Fresh Fallen Leaves Fragrance OilAwesome Autumn Scents: Fresh Fallen Leaves Fragrance Oil

This time of year, we are getting our houses and yards ready for winter. As kids it is simpler -we racked leaves to jump into the pile. Trying to create a bottle of fragrance oil that brought that memory back to all of our customers was tough. However, we think we did it! This scent resembles leaves that have just hit the ground! We just didn’t  make you put them into a pile! The fragrance that just screams, “It’s Fall!”  

Awesome Autumn Scents: Frosted Pumpkin Type Fragrance OilAwesome Autumn Scents: Frosted Pumpkin Type Fragrance Oil

This fragrance oil from Nature’s Garden is our version of a famous scent. The fragrance oil starts with top notes of citrusy lemon, leading to middle notes of creamy pumpkin, with a touch of nutmeg and ginger. The base of the fragrance oil is maple sugar and vanilla frosting. It is no surprise that this a very popular fragrance. It speaks for itself!

Top Notes:  Citrusy Lemon
Mid Notes:  Creamy Pumpkin, Nutmeg, Ginger
Base Notes: Maple Sugar, Vanilla Frosting

Awesome Autumn Scents: Grandma's Kitchen Fragrance OilAwesome Autumn Scents: Grandma’s Kitchen Fragrance Oil

There is no feeling like being in Grandma’s kitchen! Growing up, we sat on the counter and helped make all kinds of dishes. This is a memory we cherish, so we wanted to bring our Grandma’s Kitchen to your home. This time of year was always the best – you could smell so many goodies all throughout the house! Grandma’s Kitchen is a creamy vanilla with a simple touch of cinnamon sticks.

Awesome Autumn Scents: Granny's Pecan Pie Fragrance OilAwesome Autumn Scents: Granny’s Pecan Pie Fragrance Oil

We all know it’s getting to be Fall when you walk into your grandma’s house and she’s baking a fresh pecan pie! We wanted to create that memory for you. This fragrance oil is amazing. It will have your home smelling just like Granny’s house at Thanksgiving. The fragrance oil has the scent of fresh southern pecans and pralines, with sweet butter and finished with a baked crust. This will have you wanting a fresh pie for the holidays. It has become a Nature’s Garden best seller.

Awesome Autumn Scents: Harvest Moon Fragrance OilAwesome Autumn Scents: Harvest Moon Fragrance Oil

The blend for this fragrance oil combines uncommon combinations. It’s scary how good this scent has come out! Our creation has been a best seller for Autumn for a reason. It has an earthy base of spruce, woods, Douglas fir, cedar, and white musk. There are middle notes of juniper berries and eucalyptus! This blend has just a splash of fresh pear, blueberries, and pineapple to set it apart from the rest!

Awesome Autumn Scents: Hillbilly Homebrew Fragrance OilAwesome Autumn Scents: Hillbilly Homebrew Fragrance Oil

This is a staple at Fall festivities in the country, so we brought it to the market to share with our customers! It is an aroma of fresh cider, with simple hints of oak, cinnamon bark and cloves, finished with a touch of wildberries to sweeten things up. Hillbilly Homebrew has become a favorite within our company. Try it out for your next product. It makes the perfect candle or wax melt!

Awesome Autumn Scents: Hot Baked Apple Pie Fragrance OilAwesome Autumn Scents: Hot Baked Apple Pie Fragrance Oil

There is nothing like a fresh apple pie during the holidays. Add a scoop of ice cream and you made the perfect dessert. We think that this fragrance smells so close to the real thing! The notes of fresh cut granny smith apples coated in butter, cream, and cinnamon, with the base of a fresh flaky crust. Add this to your must tries for Fall, we know you will not be disappointed!

Awesome Autumn Scents: Maple Sugar Fragrance OilAwesome Autumn Scents: Maple Sugar Fragrance Oil

Nature’s Garden wanted to find a fragrance oil that would sweeten up your next project. I think we did just that! This fragrance smells like one of our favorite breakfast items. There is nothing like fresh maple syrup! ( Besides bacon to go along with it!) This fragrance oil has the aroma of mouth watering maple sugar and fresh butter. The simplicity of this fragrance is what makes it so perfect.

Awesome Autumn Scents: Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Fragrance OilAwesome Autumn Scents: Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Fragrance Oil

Oatmeal raisin cookies have always had a love/hate relationship due to raisin nonbelievers. This fragrance oil solved that problem by allowing raisin critics to indulge in a warm oatmeal raisin cookie, minus the raisin. It has a perfect blend of cinnamon and clove with a touch of orange. There is a slight nutty base that smells just like the real thing! It is a strong scent that will take well into a candle, leaving your home smelling wonderful. This fragrance oil will make you crave a cookie with an ice cold glass of milk! (Raisin optional, of course!)

Awesome Autumn Scents: Poison Pie Fragrance OilAwesome Autumn Scents: Poison Pie Fragrance Oil

This Nature’s Garden original might just have your heart stop from smelling it! The mixture starts with fresh blueberries, fresh cut granny smith apples, smothered in homemade butter, cream, and cinnamon finished with a perfectly baked crust. This blend is one of my personal favorites!

Awesome Autumn Scents: Pumpkin Cheesecake Fragrance OilAwesome Autumn Scents: Pumpkin Cheesecake Fragrance Oil

During Thanksgiving, dessert has always been one of our favorite parts. We wanted to combine two of the best desserts, so we found this amazing fragrance oil! The fragrance oil smells fantastic, with the top notes of cinnamon, cardamon, and Vermont maple. The middle notes of whipped cream, rum, cream cheese, caramelized sugar, and french vanilla. With a solid base of pumpkin puree, this is a Nature’s Garden best seller for the Fall season. This Thanksgiving, it might just inspire you to make your own pumpkin cheesecake!

Awesome Autumn Scents: Pumpkin Pie Spice Fragrance OilAwesome Autumn Scents: Pumpkin Pie Spice Fragrance Oil

We wanted to find a pumpkin fragrance oil that embodied this time of year, without being too sweet this is it! The simple fragrance that combines sweet cream pumpkin, with a touch of the best accompaniments of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and a bit of ginger, finished with buttery vanilla! This has become a customer favorite of the years, once you smell it you will know why.

Awesome Autumn Scents: Red Hot Cinnamon Fragrance OilAwesome Autumn Scents: Red Hot Cinnamon Fragrance Oil

This spicy fragrance is popular all year round! We made it to spice up our homes for Autumn. The classic candy Red Hots have been around for as long as we can remember. This fragrance oil replicated the smell of the candy! It is a favorite among our customers through Fall and especially Halloween.

 

Sweet Potato Brown Sugar Fragrance OilAwesome Autumn Scents: Sweet Potato and Brown Sugar Fragrance Oil

Sweet potato casserole is one of our family’s favorite dishes for the holidays. We can never get enough! When we found this amazing fragrance, we knew it would become a staple throughout the holiday season! It is so delicious to smell, and we are proud to bring it to all of you! It is a sensational aroma of brown sugar and honey drizzled over fresh sweet potatoes. This boldly sweet fragrance will have you craving the holidays.

Awesome Autumn Scents: Tricks or Treats Fragrance OilAwesome Autumn Scents: Tricks or Treats Fragrance Oil

This Nature’s Garden original was inspired by the best parts of Halloween! That doesn’t mean you have to use it only for Halloween, it will be perfect all Fall. The fragrance oil begins with pumpkin, persimmon, and apple, with strong notes of blueberries, elderberries, currants, orange and cinnamon. It has subtle base notes of sugarcane and vanilla!

Other Awesome Autumn Scents

This list is only a few of our fragrance oils that we have available. Be sure to check out Natures Garden’s other awesome Autumn scents! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. With the holidays coming up, don’t forget to make your home smell amazing when all the family comes together! You can find other craft ideas for the fall from Woman’s Day.

Oct
21

Fun Fall Crafts


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Fun Fall CraftsFun Fall Crafts

There are a lot of fun characteristics of fall. Some of these including: the cooling weather, the colorful leaves, and the smell of those fresh falling leaves. Our fun fall crafts capture the attributes that one would normally associate with autumn like apples, leaves, and pumpkins. All of these crafts smell great and will change the atmosphere of anyone’s home. Whether you’re looking to make your home more autumn like or looking for a new product for your bath and body line, we got a recipe for it. Get ready to be amazed by your results!

What Makes Fall Such a Great Season?

There are many reasons why fall is a wonderful season, and I’m going to outline some here. For one, it’s pumpkin season, and you can use pumpkins to decorate almost any nook and cranny of your home. Also, carving jack-o-lanterns is a great family friendly activity for anyone to do. Clothing can also appear way more comfy to most people because sweaters and joggers are normally very comfy to wear around. You also get the chance to decorate all around your home and dress up for Halloween. Fall always gives someone the chance to show off the best of their creative side. There’s also something relaxing about listening to the sound of fallen leaves snap under your footsteps as you walk outside. On top of leaves, walking around through corn mazes and pumpkin patches is always an entertaining activity anyone would enjoy doing.

Fun Fall Crafts Spider Slime RecipeFun Fall Crafts Spider Slime Recipe

This recipe captures the true spooky nature of Halloween. Nature’s Garden’s Spider Slime Recipe features a spooky dark purple colored slime that appears to be oozing with spiders. Anyone can make this recipe, and it is not only scary but safe to play with. This recipe features our Witching Hour Fragrance Oil made up of notes of cinnamon bark, bergamot, cannabis flower, jasmine, and rose. When making this recipe, you should watch how much borax solution you add, as adding to much won’t give the slime that scary, oozy consistency.

Fun Fall Crafts Black Licorice Candle RecipeFun Fall Crafts Black Licorice Candle Recipe

What’s the first thing kids think of when it comes to Halloween? Candy! This candle recipe captures the different colors of traditional licorice, which has always been a popular Halloween candy. This candy is dark, which compliments the scary dark nights of Halloween. On top of it, the Black Licorice Candle Recipe also contains a layer of dark black. The different colors in this candle are made using Nature’s Garden’s Yellow, Black, Mauve, and White Color Blocks Dyes. This candle is easy for anyone to make and will make for the perfect Halloween decor for your home.

Fun Fall Crafts Pumpkin Roll Bubble Bar RecipeFun Fall Crafts Pumpkin Roll Bubble Bar Recipe

Another fun thing to look forward to in Autumn, all the festive desserts! Pumpkin rolls not only taste good but are always fun to make with the family. This recipe nearly replicates the process you have to go through to create a pumpkin roll, but you are creating a bubble bar instead. Nature’s Garden’s Pumpkin Roll Bubble Bar Recipe uses Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend Powder. This natural powder is made up of a blend of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. You add this powder to cold process soaps as well to provide it with a fragrance and color. Enjoy creating this fun recipe!

Fun Fall Crafts Green Apple Lip BalmFun Fall Crafts Green Apple Lip Balm

Autumn is the time of the year when apples begin to become ripe for the picking. Families, friends, and people of all ages travel to apple orchards every fall for picking apples. Nature’s Garden’s Green Apple Lip Balm captures the fruity essence of a green apple for your lips. This recipe is also very easy to make, and anyone can have fun making it. Our Green Apple Blast Flavoring smells very similar to the tart scent of a green apple. If you want to sweeten the lip balm, you can also add stevia.

Fun Fall Crafts Football Field Candle Loaf RecipeFun Fall Crafts Football Field Candle Loaf Recipe

One of the more popular fall past times that people look forward to every year is watching football. Not only do people enjoy watching it, they also enjoy setting up viewing parties for the sport as well. Are you looking for a great decoration for your football parties, try this recipe. Our Football Field Candle Loaf Recipe looks like and smells like a football field too! This recipe uses Fresh Cut Grass Fragrance Oil to allow the candle to smell like a freshly trimmed football field. The candle will smell so realistic, that you will think you’re standing on the field itself. This candle is also fun for anyone of any age to make. Enjoy making this candle, and impressing all your guests when they come over for the big game.

Fun Fall Crafts Caramel Apple Bath BombFun Fall Crafts Caramel Apple Bath Bomb

This recipe is just oozing with creativeness. Everyone enjoys a sticky, sweet caramel apples in the midst of the cool fall weather. Nature’s Garden’s Caramel Apple Bath Bomb is easy for anyone to create, and fun to use in the bathtub. This recipe involves two steps, making the green apple bath bomb, then making the caramel soap. The caramel gets its texture from combining both Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap and Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap.  The Hemp Oil M&P Soap for covering the bath bomb, and the Diamond Clear M&P Soap for giving the caramel the shiny look. You will be amazed at the outcome of this recipe, as it will look just like a real caramel apple. Have fun using this bath bomb in the tub!

Fun Fall Crafts Pumpkin Latte Bath Bomb RecipeFun Fall Crafts Pumpkin Latte Bath Bomb Recipe

There’s nothing more soothing in the cool, crisp Autumn weather than a hot cup of pumpkin latte. This recipe attempts to capture the warm aroma of this blended drink by blending a bunch of different scents associated with a pumpkin latte. One of the unique ingredients used is Vanilla Powder. Most lattes are usually made with frothed milk, and the vanilla powder attempts to capture the creaminess of a pumpkin latte. This recipe is really fun to use, as you can drop it in your bathtub, and it will make it look like you are bathing in a latte.

Fun Fall Crafts Witches Brew Candle RecipeFun Fall Crafts Witches Brew Candle Recipe

This candle recipe captures a fun Halloween Witch. The colors of this candle create very dark layers that work their way up to a bubbly top. The candle looks just like a cauldron and is made up of both Nature’s Garden’s Pillar of Bliss Wax and Joy Wax. As you can see, these waxes allow you to create a vibrant color. Also, Pillar of Bliss Wax has an excellent scent throw, so your candle can smell as strong as it needs to.

Fun Fall Crafts Ghostly Scented Toilet Paper RecipeFun Fall Crafts Ghostly Scented Toilet Paper Recipe

Nothing more terrifying than a ghost. This cute recipe recreates the image of a ghost onto your toilet paper, and turns it into an air freshener. Keep this air freshener in your bathroom to decorate it for the scary season. The scent used in this recipe is Nature’s Garden’s Tricks or Treats Fragrance Oil. This fragrance features top notes of persimmon, pumpkin, and apple; followed by middle notes of elderberries, blueberries, currants, cinnamon, and orange; all finished off with base notes of sugar cane and vanilla. This fragrance uses a lot of different scents to capture all the candy smells of Halloween. The best part about this recipe is that it’s fun. Try this recipe out if you’re looking for a fun Halloween decoration for your home.

Fun Fall Crafts Pumpkin Cheesecake Wax Melts RecipeFun Fall Crafts Pumpkin Cheesecake Wax Melts Recipe

Cheesecake is a favorite year round dessert. This fall spin on cheesecake features a Pumpkin Cheesecake Wax Melt Recipe that captures the aroma of a fresh cheesecake. The hint of pumpkin with cheesecake is a scent that will make your house smell amazing. This recipe uses Joy Wax to create the whipped wax frosting that you see on the wax tarts. After the frosting is applied to the wax tarts, Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend Powder is then applied to the top of the frosting.  Use these wax melts in a wax melter, and watch your home smell just like a pumpkin pie cheesecake. Yum!

Fun Fall Crafts Apple Dumpling Air Freshener RecipeFun Fall Crafts Apple Dumpling Air Freshener Recipe

Apple dumplings are a very delicious fall time dessert. You can serve apple dumplings with ice cream. This unique recipe uses Aroma Beads – Sachet Beads to capture the aroma of Natures Garden’s Apple Dumpling Fragrance Oil. This recipe also uses golden mica dust and yellow liquid candle dye to give the beads their color. You won’t believe the wonderful aroma that this air freshener will give off when you are done. Place this in any room of your home to make it smell like an authentic apple dumpling. The best part about this recipe, you can make a lot of these air fresheners and place them all over your home. We hope you enjoy the aroma of this recipe!

Fun Fall Crafts Fragrance Autumn Woods Fragrance OilFun Fall Crafts Fragrance Autumn Woods Fragrance Oil

There are a lot of different crafts that you can create using Nature’s Garden’s Autumn Woods Fragrance Oil. This fragrance oil captures many scents of fall including blackberries, pine, cedar wood, eucalyptus and many more. You can use this fragrance in our candle recipes as well as bath and body product recipes. A recipe created at Nature’s Garden that uses this fragrance oil is Autumn Leaves Potpourri. You aren’t limited to our recipes though, you can come up with your own recipes using the amounts that we designate on our website. The creativity is completely up to you.

Fun Fall Crafts Fragrance Caramel FragranceFun Fall Crafts Fragrance Caramel Fragrance

Caramel fragrance is a great fragrance to make crafts with because there’s a lot of scents you can mix it with. For example, we have used this fragrance oil in our Caramel Apple Bath Bomb Recipe and our Caramel Custard Cold Process Soap Recipe. Don’t limit yourself to our recipes. You can come up with your own fall themed recipes at home. Try mixing this fragrance oil with other fragrances, and see what you can come up with.

One of the fun fall crafts that a lot of people enjoy doing is apple picking. Here, I will talk about some of the best apple orchards that are available in the United States for picking apples. This article, Best Apple Orchards in the United States, outlines some of the best orchards based on size, available events, and treats that are available to eat. According to the article, the best orchard in the United States is Willowbrook Apple Farm in Oak Glen, California. There are also many activities featured here like hard pressing your own cider, mini horses, and eating caramel apples. Other orchards offer other food venues and many more fun fall activities that anyone would enjoy. Give this article a read, and share what you believe makes the best apple orchards in the United States.

Oct
18

Sandalwood Scented Candle Project


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Sandalwood Scented Candle ProjectSandalwood Scented Candle Project

Finding new recipes to incorporate into your home to create new family traditions, or into your business to invite more customers can be very exciting, especially around this time of year. The season of giving is just around the corner and we know that plenty of people are searching for inventive gift ideas for their family members. Our Sandalwood Scented Candle Project will give you just that! Sure, a book, a coffee mug, or a blanket are cute gifts to give, but why not try out something new and more personalized?! Homemade candles could be just what you are looking for! Being able to create a candle from scratch to give someone as a present around the holidays is special and unique. Plus, who doesn’t love a candle?

In this blog we are going to to be sharing with you the Natures Garden homemade Sandalwood candle recipe! This is one of our chunky candle recipes, which we only have a few of. Chunky candles are a new, exciting and creative way to start making candles. This fun idea is one that we originally came up with in order to ease the process of candle making by eliminating the step of re-pouring when making votive candles. This step can eat up a lot of extra time in the work station, which is not ideal. To see how these chunky votive candles are made, check out the Natures Garden class that explains how to make chunky candles. Without further ado, let’s get started on this Sandalwood scented candle project!

Ingredients Found at Natures Garden

Other Supplies That You Will Need:

16 oz. Glass Apothecary Jar
Scale
Mixing Spoons
Knife
Hot Glue Gun and Stick
Toothpicks
Pot (For Double Boiler)

Pillar of Bliss Wax

Natures Garden Pillar of Bliss Wax is made up of more than 50% soy wax that is blended with paraffin wax. This wax is great to use for poured votive candles, pillar candles, candle wax tarts, and embeds! Our Pillar of Bliss wax comes in a granulated form and also has great fragrance retention. It is a harder wax than our Joy Wax, which makes it an easier wax to work with when making molds. Natures Garden has plenty of fun options when it comes to making candles in molds, such as coffee cups, foods, hearts, animals, and sports! Pillar of Bliss is a great wax to use for these.

Weigh Out the Pillar of Bliss Candle WaxWeigh Out the Pillar of Bliss Candle Wax

For the first step in this project, you will need to use a scale to weigh out 120 grams of the Natures Garden Pillar of Bliss Candle Wax.  After the wax has been weighed out, use a double boiler to melt the wax. Allow it to melt until it reaches a temperature of 195°F, which you can continue checking with the thermometer. 

Color Blocks Dye

After the Pillar of Bliss Wax has melted, we are going to incorporate the chocolate color blocks dye. Natures Garden now carries many new colors in the color blocks! They each weigh between 0.5-1 ounce and are very easy to use in any of our candle waxes. A little goes a long way with these, and depending on the color you are trying to achieve, it can be adjusted by adding more or less of the dye. On our website some of the options you can choose from are red, orange, pink, yellow, white, black, caramel, and chocolate, which we will be using in this recipe.

Add the Chocolate Candle ColorantAdd the Chocolate Candle Colorant

For this Sandalwood recipe, measure out about three grams of the chocolate color block, and make sure to use a scale to ensure accuracy. Add small amounts of the chocolate color in order to reach the desired shade. Add this to the melted Pillar of Bliss Wax. Be sure not to add too much of the chocolate color block to the wax, as it can end up clogging the wick and affecting the way that your candle will burn.

Combine the wax with the colorant by stirring both of them together. To ensure that you are achieving the correct color, there are some ways that you can test it. One way of doing this is by placing a small amount of the wax on a white paper plate using a spoon. You will be able to see the true color of the wax once it has had time to set up. Add more of the color block to your Pillar of Bliss Wax in small amounts if it is needed.

Sandalwood Fragrance OilSandalwood Fragrance Oil

We have over eight hundred fragrance oils to choose from at Natures Garden. All of our fragrances are 100% concentrated, and this one is no different. Our signature Sandalwood fragrance has a very woody scent, which contains hints of both cedar wood and sandalwood.  The scents of jasmine and rose also come out in this fragrance oil, which adds to the distinct softness of sandalwood. The aroma that it gives off is both strong and wonderful. We use this Sandalwood Fragrance Oil in our homemade Sandalwood Bath Bomb and Sandalwood Soap recipes as well.

Adding the Sandalwood Fragrance Oil

Once your candle wax has reached the correct chocolate color, you will need to weigh out 12 grams of the Natures Garden Sandalwood fragrance oil on a scale and add it to the wax. After this has been added, stir the wax once again to fully blend all of the ingredients together before putting the wax into molds.

Molding Your Candle WaxMolding Your Candle Wax

The next step in this recipe is to pull out the 4-loaf silicone mold. Use each of the cavities in the 4-loaf silicone mold to pour some of the melted wax into. Allow enough time for the poured in wax to setup and harden.

Cutting Your Candle ChunksCutting Your Candle Chunks

Once the wax has had time to set, you can then pop each of the loafs out and remove them from the mold.  Then, using a knife, you are going to want to cut the wax into square pieces.  When you are finished, your wax should look like little chocolates. You are going to set these pieces aside for the time being.

What Is Joy Wax?

We are going to begin using the Joy Wax for this next step. This product is only available and sold at Natures Garden! A blend of soy wax, different vegetable waxes, food grade paraffin, and other proprietary ingredients makes up our Joy Wax. This is an excellent product to use for candle making because of the way it holds to containers. It is different than the Pillar of Bliss Wax, as it holds very nicely to the sides of jars and has a glossy finish to it. Our Joy Wax gives off amazing cold and hot scent throw with NO curing time necessary! Joy Wax allows you to create candles with rich colors without having to include any additives.

Melting the Joy Wax for Your Sandalwood CandleMelting the Joy Wax for Your Sandalwood Candle

Now that we have learned more about this product, similarly to what you did with the Pillar of Bliss Candle Wax, you are going to weigh out 300 grams of the Joy Wax. After it is measured out, you are going to melt it using the double boiler once again. Continue melting until it reaches a temperature of approximately 200°F, using the thermometer.

Coloring the Joy WaxColoring the Joy Wax

Now that the Joy Wax is melted, the next step is to add a very small amount of the pink color block. We want the color to be a very light pink, so it is important not to add too much color.  Each one of Natures Garden color blocks can create several different shades for products. This includes the pink color block, which can provide candles with a nice variety of pink shades. Once again, you will probably need less than a gram of this color block because we want it to come out a fairly light shade of pink. Stir to completely blend the colorant with the candle wax.

Adding the Sandalwood Fragrance OilAdding the Sandalwood Fragrance Oil

After the pink color block is thoroughly mixed with the Joy Wax, you will need to measure out and add 30 grams of the Sandalwood Fragrance Oil.  In order to completely incorporate the Sandalwood fragrance oil, stir the mixture together.

Adding the Candle WicksAdding the Candle Wicks

Now that everything has been mixed together evenly, the time has come to add your wicks to the jar!  The CD candle wicks at Natures Garden are precut, prewaxed, and pretabbed. They come in various sizes, including CD 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, and 22. Here is a helpful chart on what size wicks you will need depending on the size of your candle jar or container. In order to get the candle wicks to stick in your jar, you can use a hot glue gun with a hot glue stick to get them to adhere to the candle wax.  Evenly place the candle wicks in the jar and make sure they are centered. We used two CD-12 wicks in our 16 ounce apothecary jar.

Setting Up Your Finished Sandalwood CandleSetting Up Your Finished Sandalwood Candle

Pour the melted wax into the 16 oz. glass apothecary candle jar that you have. Now it is time to retrieve your chocolate colored cubes that were set aside earlier and gently drop them into the jar.  It is important that you make sure to keep the wicks remain straight and centered as you are doing this.

 

Curing the CandleCuring the Candle

Before trimming the wicks that you set up, allow enough time for your candle to fully harden. Also allow enough time for the candle to cure if you choose to do so.

 

Using Your Sandalwood CandleUsing Your Sandalwood Candle

Once your homemade Sandalwood Candle has had enough time to cure, it will be all ready to burn. Simply trim your wicks prior to lighting it. We hope that you enjoyed making this homemade Sandalwood Candle Project as much as we did!

More Fun With Chunky Candles

Just when you thought you couldn’t have anymore fun, you can also make chunky pillar candles! Stay tuned for a recipe on how to make chunky pillar candles soon. In the meantime, check out these fabulous metal candle pillar molds that you can use to make more chunky candles! They come in different shapes including octagonal, circular, and square. You can use these containers to make your Chunky Votive candles, and they can last forever if they are taken care of properly. Besides Sandalwood, another one of our homemade chunky candles is the Apple Dumpling Candle. We also have a recipe for a Chunky Lip Balm which is another one that utilizes the same idea.

More About Sandalwood

You can also check out this article written by Meenakshi Nagdeve about some of the benefits that Sandalwood. She discusses sandalwood as an oil and its properties, as well as talking about its importance in certain cultures and religions. Nagdeve also mentions the health benefits of sandalwood, some of which include that it is an anti-inflammatory, it can help with skin care, and can even aid in memory.

Social Media

We would love to see your results of these creations! Feel free to reach out to us on any of our social media pages:

Facebook: Natures Garden
Twitter: ngscents
Instagram: ngscents

For even more fragrance fun, check out all of our free candle making and soap making recipes and classes!

 

Oct
16

Sandalwood MP Soap Recipe


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Sandalwood MP SoapSandalwood MP Soap Recipe

This Sandalwood MP Soap Recipe Is simply amazing! It will have you feeling squeaky clean and smelling fantastic! The natural base is perfect for soap. It is also great for your skin. It will have you smiling when you use it. The layered soap will make an amazing finished product. It will rival any designer soap! It is simple to make. Why not make soap that you know exactly what is in it? We hope you enjoy this recipe!

Sandalwood MP Soap Ingredients

Other ingredients and equipment:

  • Rubbing Alcohol (in spray bottle)
  • Mixing Bowls (two small, and at least one large)
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Scale
  • Hand Mixer

Ingredients Spotlight

Before we begin creating our sandalwood melt and pour soap recipe, we will spotlight some of the ingredients that we will be uses. So, below, we will look at a few of the details and benefits of some of the ingredients we are working with today.

Sandalwood Fragrance OilSandalwood Fragrance Oil

Natures Garden’s Sandalwood Fragrance Oil is perfect for anyone who loves the woods!  How can we get nature in a bottle? This fragrance oil has come close to it! We were challenged to try and create a fragrance oil for people who are in love with mother nature! It smells just like you’re in the woods surrounded by thick trees and flowers. This wonderful fragrance has an earthy and robust tone. A perfect mix of woody bouquet of cedar and sandalwood. With a simple touch of rose and jasmine to give it a nice balance. This fragrance oil will be perfect for all kinds of projects. This Sandalwood MP soap recipe is a great way to show it off!

SOYA MILK Melt and Pour Soap BaseSOYA MILK Melt and Pour Soap Base

The soya milk melt and pour soap base comes in two pound slabs. The soap base has lines on them for easy measuring and cutting what you need. It is an all natural base with no added detergents. It contains skin loving oils like coconut oil and sunflower oil. When washing with this mp soap base it will make your skin squeaky clean!

Whipped Soap BaseWhipped Soap Base

This whipped soap base will leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized. It has a very bright white color. You can use this for a multitude of products including bath frosting, body butters, foaming scrubs, and shaving cream! Just whip the base with a mixer, it’s that easy. If you want it to harden so that you can create mp soap, simply mix in a little bit of the melt and pour soap base and some vegetable glycerin.  You can even add fragrance oil and soap colorant.

Cocoa PowderCocoa Powder

When thinking of cocoa powder, we all think of chocolate and hot cocoa. I know I do! The cocoa tree comes from Central and South America. It was first exported in 1585 to Europe. There are a lot of uses for this ingredient! Including foods, skin care, hair care,
soaping, and medicinal purposes. Who knew cocoa could be good for so many things? Cocoa powder contains many minerals important for the body. There are many benefits to using this organic cocoa powder on your skin. It promotes healthy skin and skin cell development! To learn more head to Nature’s Garden Cocoa Powder Class.

Himalayan Pink Salt Coarse GroundHimalayan Pink Salt Coarse Ground

Himalayan sea salt is a pure salt that has a light pink color that can very from red to white. It’s actually extracted from hand due to traditions! It is originally formed from fossil deposits over 250 million years ago! It’s been used for centuries. It contains minerals important to the body including copper, magnesium, potassium, and other incredible minerals. It’s thought to be one of the purest salts on earth! Common bath and body products are soaps, scrubs, bath products and aromatherapy products. It has incredible medicinal and therapeutic benefits!

Weights for your Sandalwood MP Soap Recipe

Rose Layer Weights

5 grams of rose clay
12 grams of vegetable glycerin
340 grams of soya melt and pour soap base
17 grams of Sandalwood fragrance oil

Brown Layer Weights

5 grams of cocoa powder
5 drops of black oxide colorant
10 drops of brown oxide colorant
340 grams of soya melt and pour soap base
17 grams of Sandalwood fragrance oil

White Layer Weights

227 grams of soya melt and pour soap base
11 grams of Sandalwood fragrance oil

Whipped Soap Weights

207 grams of whipped soap base
20 grams Sandalwood fragrance oil
207 grams of soya melt and pour soap base

Preparations Before Creating the MP Soap

Clean and sanitize your work area and all of your equipment as well as your packaging materials. Make sure you have enough room to work. Grab all of your ingredients now so you will have them in reach. When trying a new recipe, it is easier to have all the necessities so you are able to focus on the what you need to do.  It is suggested that you wear gloves, protective clothing, and a hair net while preparing this recipe.  In addition, prepare a spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol. The alcohol will help prevent you from getting air bubbles in the top of your soap.

 

Preparing Your Soap ColorantsPreparing Your Soap Colorants

Now, you will need to prepare the colorants.  We will use a combination of rose clay and tomato red FUN Soap Colorant for the pink.  For the brown colorant, we will use a combination of the cocoa powder and brown and black oxides.

Preparing Rose Clay Soap ColorantPreparing Rose Clay Soap Colorant

You will need a small mixing bowl for this. Add the 5 grams of rose clay. Then start adding about 12 grams of vegetable glycerin.  Stir the vegetable glycerin slowly. You’re looking for a completely emulsified paste. Once completely blended, set it aside.

Preparing Brown Soap ColorantPreparing Brown Soap Colorant

Grab another small mixing bowl. Slowly add 5 grams of cocoa powder and then add 12 grams of vegetable glycerin. Once that mixture is completely combined, add 5 drops of black oxide colorants and 10 drops brown oxide colorant to deepen the color. Then, stir to completely combine the paste!

Preparing The Brown Layer of SoapPreparing the Brown Layer of Soap

In a clean medium microwave safe mixing bowl, add 340 grams of soya milk melt and pour soap base. Begin melting the soap base in short 30-second increments. Make sure to stir in between each burst. Once completely melted, add the 17 grams of sandalwood fragrance oil from Natures Garden. Then, add the brown soap colorant. Stir the soap base until it is completely combined.

Pouring the Brown Layer into the MoldPouring the Brown Layer into the Mold

Slowly pour the brown soap mixture into the mold. Once all the soap is in the two pound loaf mold, spray the soap layer with rubbing alcohol to remove any lingering air bubbles. This step gets rid of the air bubbles to give you an smooth finish. Set this aside to allow it to set up before moving on.

Preparing the White Soap LayerPreparing the White Soap Layer

Once the brown layer is set up, we can begin making the white layer of soap. Start by adding the 227 grams of soya milk melt and pour soap base. Completely melt the mp soap just like you did in the previous step. Then, add 11 grams of sandalwood fragrance oil. Stir the mixture until you’re sure the oil is thoroughly integrated.

Pouring the White Layer Into the MoldPouring the White Layer Into the Mold

Start by spraying the previous layer of brown soap with your alcohol. This will ensure that your soap layers adhere to each other. When you’re sure your white layer of soap is completely blended with the fragrance oil, begin adding your white soap base to the loaf mold. Then, spray your white layer of soap with your alcohol. Finally, allow time for it to set up before continuing.

Preparing the Pink Soap LayerPreparing the Pink Soap Layer

Now, we will prepare the pink layer of soap. Begin by adding 340 grams of soya melt and pour soap base into a clean and dry mixing bowl. Melt the soap base and stir to make sure all clumps are gone. Once thoroughly melted, add 17 grams of the Sandalwood fragrance oil and the rose clay colorant that you prepared earlier. Stir the mixture until everything is completely blended together.

Pouring The Pink Soap LayerPouring The Pink Soap Layer

Start by spraying the white layer of soap with rubbing alcohol. This will ensure that this layer and the next layer adhere to each other. Then, pour the pink soap base on top of your white layer. Once you have all of your base into the mold, respray your pink layer to remove any air bubbles. Place it aside, allowing time for it to fully set before moving on. You’re starting to get close to your perfect Sandalwood MP Soap.

Preparing The Whipped SoapPreparing The Whipped Soap

In a large mixing bowl, put 207 grams of the whipped soap base into the bowl. Then, add 20 grams of Sandalwood fragrance oil. Next, add 20 grams of the vegetable glycerin. Use a hand mixer to completely combined the ingredients. Keep mixing the whipped soap base until it has the same consistency as whipped cream.

Adding the Soy Soap Base To The Whipped SoapAdding the Soy Soap Base To The Whipped Soap

Alright, now that you have finished getting the consistency you need for the whipped soap, weigh out the last remaining 207 grams of Soya Milk Melt and Pour soap base. Melt the soap base the same as you did in the previous steps. Once satisfied that there are no chunks of soap left unmelted, add the soya melt and pour and quickly mix the ingredients with a hand mixer, until all the melt and pour soap base is in your whipped soap bowl. Again, you’re looking for a whipped cream consistency!

Adding The Finished Whipped Soap On Top

When going to add the final layer of soap, spray the top of the pink soap in the mold with the alcohol to ensure that the whipped soap adheres to the pink soap. Once you have sprayed the soap, you can go ahead and add the whipped soap on top of the pink layer. When adding the next layer, try to keep some peaks to the whipped soap. This will give you an added texture, while also looking like a neapolitan cake.

Topping the Sandalwood MP SoapTopping the Sandalwood MP Soap

Next, add the final touch to your layered soap. While the whipped is still wet, add the Himalayan pink salt. We used about two tablespoons. However, you can use more or less if you choose to. Sprinkle this evenly on top. Let the soap dry and completely set up.

Cutting the Sandalwood MP SoapCutting the Sandalwood MP Soap

After your soap has setup, you will be able to cut it to your desired thicknesses. Place the soap in the mitre box. Then, use the cutter to slice your soap to the thickness of your choosing. Once you cut the soap into individual bars it is ready to use! This makes the perfect bar of soap for the shower or washing your face and hands. We hope you love this Sandalwood MP Soap Recipe as much as we do!

Hopefully you have had an amazing experience making your Sandalwood MP soap. We were inspired to create this project due to the amazing benefits of Himalayan pink sea salt. So, we wanted to make a soap to showcase it! In fact some of the staff of Natures Garden love pink salt so much that they go to pink salt rooms.  To read more about Himalayan salt therapy, you can check it out at Kalahari Resort Website!

Oct
14

Sandalwood Bath Bombs


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Sandalwood Bath BombsSandalwood Bath Bombs

This amazingly simple recipe for sandalwood bath bombs from Natures Garden Candle and Soap Making Supplies will make your bath complete! This combines many ingredients that are amazing for the skin that will have you leaving the bathtub feeling renewed. Bath bombs have become a staple in many households. They are a lot easier to make than you might think! This recipe will make a perfect gift for someone special in your life and you may even just save one for yourself. Try one that’s not just for the kids!  You might just want to bring a book and soak your worries away!

Sandalwood ingredients Available at Nature’s Garden

Citric Acid

Baking Soda- Sodium Bicarbonate

Jojoba Oil

Rose Clay Powder

Cocoa Powder Organic

Sandalwood Fragrance Oil

Himalayan Pink Salt Coarse Ground

Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant-  1 oz.

Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant-  1 oz.

Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant-  1 oz.

8 oz. Clear PET Bullet Bottles

White Fine Mist Sprayers 24/410

Natures Garden Apron

Safety GLOVES for Soap Making- 1 pair

Safety MASK for Soap Making- 2 count

Bath Bomb Molds

Safety Glasses for Soap Making

Other Ingredients & Equipment You’ll Need:

Witch Hazel (in bullet bottle with a fine mist sprayer)
Mixing Bowls
Mixing Spoon
Scale

Total Recipe Amounts:

300 grams Citric Acid
600 grams Baking Soda
18 grams Jojoba Oil
18 grams Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
6 grams Himalayan Pink Salt Coarse
3 drops Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
3 grams Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
5 grams Cocoa Powder
Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant-3 drops
5 grams Rose Clay Powder

Sandalwood Bath Bombs Ingredient Spotlight

Prior to preparing the sandalwood bath bomb recipe, let’s look at a few of the ingredients that we will be using today. Below, we will look at the scent, citric acid, pink salt, and a couple of the natural colorants that we will be using.

Sandalwood Fragrance OilSandalwood Fragrance Oil

This Nature’s Garden fragrance oil is a fan favorite. It is a strong and natural scent. Sandalwood fragrance oil will make some of the best soaps and lotions, but it goes so well in candles as well. Our customers love the distinct scent. Its robust earthy smell will leave an impression! The base notes are a wonderful blend of woody cedar and sandalwood. The simple mix of rose and jasmine for the top notes balance the fragrance oil perfectly.  This simple earthy fragrance says it all once the sandalwood bath bomb hits your tub!

Jojoba OilJojoba Oil

Did you know that Jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax? It’s used in a lot of lipsticks, lip glosses, lotions, and other bath products. This luxurious oil will produce a substantial lather in handmade soap making recipes and has amazing moisturizing qualities. Additionally, jojoba oil stays shelf stable longer than most other moisturizing oils.  We also have a blog about the tremendous benefits of jojoba oil.

Rose Clay PowderRose Clay powder

Rose clay powder is a gentle, natural clay that is amazing for almost any skin type! Most people refer to it by “pink clay”. Rose clay exfoliates and removes toxins from the skin. It can reduce irritation and inflammation! Rose clay is used for all kinds of cosmetics and other body products. It provides critical minerals for your skin, while also naturally coloring your products! This is a perfect way to change up your next project or even make your favorite recipe without other colorants.

Citric AcidCitric Acid

Citric acid is found naturally in citrus fruits of all kinds including lemons, oranges, grapefruits, and especially limes! It is a weak, natural acid that is used in cosmetics to lower the pH balance in certain formulas. It’s also really common in the bath product industry for bath bombs. This is one of the base ingredients that make it fizz once it comes in contact with the water! A lot of other industries use this as an ingredient as well. Food, beverage, and cleaning companies use this in all types of products. Citric acid is also found in a lot of foods that we consume every day. It has so many uses, can you name one?

Himalayan Pink Salt CoarseHimalayan Pink Salt Coarse

Did you know that Himalayan Pink Salt is one of the earth’s purest salts due to the location where it is mined? It’s found in seabeds that were once surrounded by lava! Many people know this product for its use in food. However, the cosmetic industry uses pink Himalayan salt for many types of products as well. Some products include scrubs, bath bombs, bath salts and cosmetics! This natural salt has many therapeutic qualities. It can help ease sore muscles, relax the body, ease arthritis, and help many other skin conditions. It has tremendous amounts of important minerals for your body.

Cocoa PowderCocoa Powder

Cocoa powder is a product of the cocoa tree that is native to Central and South America. The fruits only grow for a third of the year and get picked when they are a yellow-orange color.  The cocoa pods are harvested to make all kinds of products. Common products for cocoa powder are skin products, shampoos, conditioners, and many more beauty products! Cocoa powder helps hair become smoother and moisturizes your dead ends. Some believe it may even help with hair loss due to stress. This ingredient will help your skin to repair damaged areas. Did you know that the Aztecs and Mayans thought that the cocoa tree would bring them immortality?

Before You Begin Preparing the Sandalwood Bath Bombs

The best place to start with the sandalwood bath bomb recipe is gathering all of your ingredients and equipment. Also, clean and sanitize your work area, equipment, molds, and your packaging supplies. It is suggested that you wear gloves, protective clothing, and a hair net while making this recipe. Before you start, fill one of the bullet bottles with witch hazel and place a fine mist sprayer on top. Finally, you do not want to prepare this recipe in a humid area. Bath bombs can pull moisture from the air. This can cause a bath bomb to react and start to fizz.

Preparing The Dry IngredientsPreparing the Dry Ingredients

In a large, clean, and dry mixing bowl, weigh out your citric acid and baking soda. Then, mix the two ingredients thoroughly. Make sure there are no clumps! Clumps in the dry ingredients will leave this mixture unevenly distributed. A sifter or a fine mesh strainer can help this process, which is optional. When you are sure that it is evenly combined, set this bowl of ingredients off to the side.

Preparing the Wet ingredientsPreparing the Wet ingredients

Use a separate small mixing bowl. Weigh out the wet ingredients, then add the jojoba oil and the fragrance to this bowl. Stir together until they are completely combined.  

 

Adding The Wet Ingredients To The DryAdding the Wet Ingredients to the Dry

Next, you will be adding the oils to your dry ingredients. The trick is adding them slowly, mixing with your hands as you go.  You want the wet ingredients to evenly be mixed into the dry.  Do your best to work out the clumps as much as possible. Once you have finished mixing everything together, divide the bath bomb mixture in half into two separate mixing bowls. Then you will be ready to start the coloring process!

Creating the Pink Bath Bomb MixtureCreating the Pink Bath Bomb Mixture

With one of the portions of the mixture in the mixing bowl, add the rose clay and the three drops of Tomato Red FUN soap colorant from Natures Garden. Now that the colorant is in the mixing bowl, thoroughly combine by using your hands to incorporate the coloring. You want to have an even color all the way through the mixture.

Spraying the Pink Bath Bomb Mixture with Witch HazelSpraying the Pink Bath Bomb Mixture with Witch Hazel

Once you are confident that it’s well incorporated, you will need the spray bottle of witch hazel. As you mix with your hands, begin to spray the mixture slowly. You are looking for a dough-like consistency. Be careful not to add too much at a time! You do not want to over activate the bath bomb. If it becomes too wet, it will not fizz in the bathtub.

Creating the Brown Bath Fizzy MixtureCreating the Brown Bath Fizzy Mixture

With the pink bath bomb mixture done, it’s time to create the brown bath fizzy mixture. Start by adding your cocoa powder and both colorants. Once those are in the mixture, make sure you spread the colorant throughout the entire bowl using your hands. You want to make sure you do not have any dark and light spots!

Spraying the Brown Mixture with Witch HazelSpraying the Brown Mixture with Witch Hazel

Again, now that it is combined completely, start spraying the ingredients with the witch hazel. Make sure that you do not soak the mixture. Lightly spray until it is at the desired consistency. A good way to test it is when you squeeze it with your hands, it will have a crumbly dough consistency. Now that you are done with this part of the recipe, you will want to move on to molding them fairly quickly.

Filling the Bath Bomb Molds

It is finally time to begin filling the bath bomb molds. We will be adding pink salt to one half of the mold. We will add the brown mixture to the same half and the pink bath fizzy mixture to the other half.

Adding the Himalayan Pink Salt to the Bath Bomb MoldsAdding the Himalayan Pink Salt to the Bath Bomb Molds

Start by placing about a gram of Himalayan coarse pink salt into the half of the mold that you will add the brown bath bomb mixture to. This recipe will create 6 handmade bath bombs.  So, you will need to prepare six bath bomb molds, filling one half of each set.

 

Filling Brown Half of the Bath Bomb MoldFilling Brown Half of the Bath Bomb Mold

On the same side that you added the pink salt, you will want to put the brown mix in. Fill it to the top and pack it down. By making sure the mixture is tight in the mold, it helps keep the bath fizzy together.

 

 

Packing The Pink Side Of The Sandalwood Bath BombsFilling the Pink Side of the Bath Fizzy Mold

Next, begin filling the pink side of the bath fizzy mold. Make sure that the mold is completely filled and packed down. Pack the mixture tightly and evenly.

 

Putting the Sandalwood Bath Bombs TogetherPutting the Sandalwood Bath Bombs Together

Now that both sides are filled, spray each half lightly with witch hazel. Then, press both halves together. The molds will lock together which keeps them in place. Once all of your molds are filled, allow the bath bombs to setup and harden. It helps to let them sit overnight.

 

Finishing And Packaging the Bath BombsFinishing And Packaging the Bath Bombs

Now that your bath bombs are hardened, you are ready to use them! Simply place one bath bomb into a relaxing bath and let them fizz as you soak your worries away.  These sandalwood bath bombs will have you smelling  and feeling fantastic!

 

If you are using these as a gift, you can package them in the mold. You can even add a bow and a name card! They make the perfect gift for a special occasion! If you want to reuse the mold, you can simply place the finished product into bags or wrap them. The options are endless! While storing these, make sure that they are in an airtight container. Remember, any moisture will cause these to react.

The sandalwood bath bombs make great gifts. If you are looking for more gift ideas, check out these diy gift ideas for friends from The Saw Guy. From photo coasters to handmade jewelry to jewelry dishes, these a handcrafted gifts that your friends will cherish and remember for years to come. These gift ideas are one in a million.

If you are looking for even more fragrance fun from Natures Garden, you will definitely want to check out our recipe box. In our recipe box, you will find free candle making and soap making classes as well. Of course, if you have any questions, you can always reach out to us on any of our social media pages. You can find us on both Twitter and Instagram @ngscents. You can also contact us on our HUG Line.

Oct
10

Fall Leaves MP Soap Recipe


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Fall Leaves MP SoapFall Leaves MP Soap Recipe

You know it’s fall when the colors of the leaves on the trees begin to change. Autumn is always a season of change, as the colors of the leaves can resemble the changing atmosphere outside. The air also starts to begin to cool down, and everything outside seems to resemble its final stages of beauty before winter hits. Our Fall Leaves MP Soap Recipe is a great way to incorporate these magnificent colors of fall into your home.

 

Fall Leaves MP Soap Recipe Ingredients Available at Natures Garden

Maple Whiskey Toddy Fragrance Oil
Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base
Vanilla White Color Stabilizer
Red Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Orange Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Kelly Green FUN Soap Colorant
White 8 oz Bullet Bottle
24/410 White Fine Mist Sprayer

 

Other Ingredients and Supplies You’ll Need:
Scale
Small Mixing Bowls
Mixing Spoons
Paint Brush
Rubbing Alcohol (in a bullet bottle)
Wax Paper
Baking Pan
Leaves

Different Types of Leaves

The fun aspect of this recipe is that there are a lot of different types of leaves that you can choose from. I’m going to highlight some different types of common leaves. This should help you decide which leaves you’d want to use for this recipe. Just know that some leaves can come in rounded shapes, pointy shapes, or even very narrow shapes. Depending on where you live can affect your access to different types of leaves. Outlined below are some more common leaves that you can find almost anywhere.

Options for Different Types of Leaves

For a larger, more full leaf you could decide to go with the Maple leaf which will give you almost a star shaped leaf. If you wanted a smooth, rounded leaf you could also use a Southern Magnolia. For a smaller, more rounded leaf, the Hickory might be what you are looking for. Another pretty leave that you can use is the Red Maple. The Red Maple leaf has three, rigid triangular points on its end that are unique to the shape of the leaf. There are many more shapes and sizes that you can use, it’s up to you to decide what you want.

Fall Leaves MP Soap Recipe: Ingredient Spotlight

Before we begin creating the Fall Leaves MP Soap Recipe, Let’s take a closer look at some of the ingredients that we will be using.

Maple Whiskey Toddy Fragrance OilFeaturing Maple Whiskey Toddy Fragrance Oil

Maple Whiskey Toddy is commonly used as a warm, after dinner drink that is mostly enjoyed in the cooler months of fall. This warm beverage first entices the user with notes of maple and rum, which is then followed by a smooth vanilla base and buttery caramelized sugar. This fragrance oil can be used to create handcrafted soap. In addition to soap, when used in candle making, this fragrance will leave a nice, strong aroma for your home. This fragrance can be used in candle waxes, potpourri, bath oils, lotions, and cleaning products as well. The possibilities are endless! Use this maple fragrance oil to bring the warm sensations of fall into your home.

Top Notes:  Vanilla Essence, Lemon Peel, Chilled Whiskey Accord
Mid Notes: Amber Blooms, Vermont Maple Syrup Accord, Damask Rose
Base Notes: White Tonka Beans, Frosted Musk, White Cedarwood

Diamond Clear Melt and Pour SoapUses for Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap

Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap from Natures Garden Soap Making Supplies has a high moisturizing content and is great for lathering qualities in any homemade soap recipe. The higher the amount of lather in the soap, the more suds it will create as you use it. This soap base is very fun to use in recipes where you want to bring out any vibrant colors in your soap.

 

Vanilla White Color StabilizerUses for Vanilla White Color Stabilizer

There are a lot of different aqueous bases that tend to have color stability problems from vanillin and other aromatic ingredients. Vanilla White Color Stabilizer can be used in any soap making or bath products that you create for keeping the original true color in your creation.

Gathering the LeavesGathering the Leaves

The first step is to gather leaves. Some good places to gather them include the local park, your backyard, or in a forest.  We used different types and sizes of leaves for making this recipe. We collected around 30 leaves. Regardless of this number, we were still able to reuse some of the leaves a few times. The size of the leaves will impact how much this recipe will yield. Using larger leaves will produce a smaller amount of Fall Leaves when making this Nature’s Garden soap recipe.  After collecting the leaves, place them on a wax paper lined pan. Putting the leaves on the wax paper will ensure that they peel off easier. In addition, it will keep your work area clean. This will guarantee the best result with your Fall Leaves Soap Recipe.

Melting the Melt and Pour SoapMelting the Melt and Pour Soap

This next step to take is to prepare your soap base for melting. Use your soap cutter to cut and weigh 40 grams of Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base. Cutting the soap into smaller chunks will make the process of melting the soap easier. Next, take the soap and place it in a microwave safe bowl or container. Microwave the chunks of soap. Depending on your microwave, it can take less than 15 seconds to melt the soap. The soap needs to be melted completely, otherwise; your soap won’t look as smooth as it could look.  

Coloring the MP SoapColoring the MP Soap

After the soap is completely melted, the next step is coloring the MP soap base. The fun part about this recipe is that you can add any color to the soap base and layer on any color onto the leaf. You can set up multiple bowls, all with 40 grams of Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base. Then, once you are finished painting your leaves with that color, you can start this process over and create another color of soap. We don’t recommend creating all of your colors at once because the soap will setup too quickly if you create more than one at a time.

Different Types of Color Combinations

There are many different color combinations that are available to you in this recipe. So, when creating this recipe, we found that the first few layers will create a translucent look. Once we added about four layers it created a solid leaf that you could not see through.  So, we used this to our advantage. For example, if you add a layer of red oxide colored soap and a second layer of the Kelly green, then you can get a leaf a beautiful red- green combo. Another color combination is Yellow with the Kelly Green which will give you a vibrant yellow-green color. You can also try the Orange Oxide with the Red Oxide colorant to give you a bright red-orange colored leaf that will stand out from the rest of the colors. There are a lot of other color combinations that you can experiment with.

Adding the Fragrance Oil to the SoapAdding the Fragrance Oil to the Soap

The next step is to add your fragrance to the mixed soap base. You want to add 2 grams of the Maple Whiskey Toddy Fragrance Oil. Then add 2 grams of the Vanilla White Color Stabilizer. Fragrance oil with a vanillin content can cause discoloration in finished soap. The reason it does this is because fragrance oil will oxidize over time. To keep our mixture true to its color, we add the Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to make sure we keep the original color we had in the bowl.  After adding the fragrance to the mixture, stir it thoroughly with the mixing spoons. 

Painting the Fall Leaf MP SoapPainting the Fall Leaf MP Soap

Take the paintbrush and paint each one of the leaves. You don’t want to apply too thick of a coat to make sure that you have enough of a soap base for all of the leaves.  After each leaf has been painted, spray it with rubbing alcohol and let it setup. After it has setup, begin spraying each leaf with the alcohol, then apply a second coat to it. The second coat doesn’t have to be the same color. You can layer whichever color you think would look the best. Keep repeating this process until you achieve 4 coats, or whichever thickness you desire. You should also know that with less layers, you will have more transparency. We did create some in this manner to give us a variety of leaves with different looks.

Removing the Soap from the LeavesRemoving the Soap from the Leaves

When the soap has finished setting up, you want to remove the soap from the leaf. To do this, you want to make sure to carefully peel away one end of the leaf, and slowly make your way across the leaf. Keep slowly peeling away the entire leaf as you don’t want it to break or crumble on you. After the soap portion of the leaf has been removed, it is ready to use!

Ways to Decorate your Home with These LeavesWays to Decorate your Home with These Leaves

You can choose any area of your home to decorate with these leaves. Some fun areas where that you can decorate with these leaves include the bathroom, kitchen, and any type of utility sink throughout the house. If you work outside in your garage, you can setup these leaves on the sink out in the garage to wash your hands off with afterward. the colors of these leaves can also be fun to incorporate into any kind of decorations that you setup for guests in your kitchen. There are many endless possibilities for how you can decorate your living area with these leaves.

Picking up leaves isn’t the only fun fall activity that you can do. There are a lot of different fall activities outlined in this Fall Festivals article from Country Living that you can do. Some of these activities include Pumpkin Patch Festivals, Apple Festivals, Corn Mazes, and many more. There are always many ways to enjoy your fall, and making this Fall Leaves Soap Recipe was just another way that you can bring the sensation of fall into your home.

Oct
08

Pumpkin Roll Bubble Bars Project


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Pumpkin Roll Bubble Bars ProjectPumpkin Roll Bubble Bars Project

It’s that time of the year again when the weather starts to get cooler and the leaves start to fall off the trees. If you are anything like me, you love pumpkin rolls! This Pumpkin Roll Bubble Bars Project is the perfect recipe to make at home to bring the fall life into your house. Since we all love pumpkin this time of year time of year, we thought why not show you how to create a fun pumpkin themed bubble bar.  This recipe not only works as a bubble bar but can also be used as a decoration in your bathroom as well.

Pumpkin Bubble Bars Project Ingredients Available at Natures Garden

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
Sodium Bicarbonate- Baking Soda
Cream of Tartar
Corn Starch
Pumpkin Roll Fragrance Oil
Vanilla White Color Stabilizer
Pumpkin Seed Oil
Orange Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Vegetable Glycerin
Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend Powder
Safety Mask
Safety Glasses
Natures Garden Apron
Flexible Silicone Mat
Safety Gloves

Other Supplies You Will Need
Mixing Bowls
Mixing Spoon
Parchment Paper or Silicone Baking Mat
Scale
Knife
Rolling Pin

Total Recipe Amounts
410 grams Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
460 grams Sodium Bicarbonate- Baking Soda
224 grams Cream of Tartar
72 grams Corn Starch
200 grams Vegetable Glycerin
24 grams Pumpkin Seed Oil
14 grams Pumpkin Roll Fragrance Oil
14 grams Vanilla White Color Stabilizer
9 grams Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend Powder
10 drops FUN Soap Colorant Orange Oxide
10 drops FUN Soap Colorant Yellow Oxide
3 drops FUN Soap Colorant Brown Oxide


Before you begin to make any of these bubble bars, it is usually recommended to clean and sanitize any of your utensils and your workstation before starting on the recipe to guarantee the best results. You should wear gloves, an apron, a face mask, and a hair net while preparing this recipe.

Pumpkin Roll Fragrance OilPumpkin Roll Fragrance Oil

Before we begin preparing our pumpkin roll bubble bars project, let’s take a closer look at the fragrance oil that we will be using. Pumpkin Roll Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden Candle and Soap Making Supplies brings the aroma of a fall favorite to life without the added calories.  The aroma of sweet sugar pumpkin puree is spiced with hints of spicy cinnamon and nutmeg. Then, notes of a warm, sweet-butter crust, drizzled with maple and honey are layered in.

Top Notes: Orange, Sugar Pumpkin, Sweet Butter
Mid Notes: Maple, Cinnamon, Nutmeg
Base Notes: Vanilla

Preparing the Dry IngredientsPreparing the Dry Ingredients

We will start this process by preparing our dry ingredients for making the Pumpkin Roll Bubble Bars. Lay all of your ingredients out on your workstation to allow easy access to them while working. In the deep mixing bowl, weigh your baking soda, sodium cocoyl isethionate, cream of tartar, and corn starch. So, place your bowl on your scale and be sure to tare out your scale.  Then, add the powdered ingredients to your bowl.

Mixing the Dry Ingredients
Mixing the Dry Ingredients

Use your hands to mix the ingredients for the bubble bar recipe together. Any clumps that are present in the powder should be broken down using your hands to ensure that the dry ingredients are clump free and smooth. 

Mixing the Wet Ingredients

In a second small bowl, weigh out and mix the wet ingredients that are going to be added to the mixture. After the wet ingredients are weighed, add the following wet ingredients to a mixing bowl: vegetable glycerin, pumpkin seed oil, Vanilla White Color Stabilizer, and Pumpkin Roll Fragrance Oil. When all the ingredients are properly added to the bowl, mix the wet ingredients together. When you’re finished blending the ingredients, you are ready to begin mixing the wet ingredients with the powdered ingredients.

Combining the Ingredients TogetherCombining the Ingredients Together

The next step is to take the wet ingredients and add them to the same bowl containing the dry ingredients that you mixed. Put on your Nature’s Garden gloves, and mix the wet and dry bubble bar ingredients together using your hands. Keep mixing the ingredients in the deep bowl until you have a dough-like consistency that is slightly thicker than pizza dough.

Identify Correctly Mixed Dough

When you are finished mixing these ingredients, there are a few things you are looking for. If there are any lumps still present, keep mixing until you completely get rid of any lumps. If you come to notice that the dough is also too crumbly, then add some Nature’s Garden vegetable glycerin to the dough to ensure that it is smooth enough for rolling.  However, do not add too much to the doughy mixture otherwise it will not setup correctly and not harden completely.

Divide the Bubble Bar Dough in HalfDivide the Bubble Bar Dough in Half

Next, you will need a second deep mixing bowl. The dough in one of the bowls will remain white since this will be used as the internal filling to the Pumpkin Roll Bubble Bars Project. Take the bubble bar dough that you are going to leave white, roll it into a ball, and place it back into the bowl and leave it aside for later. Next, move over to the second bowl that contains the second lump of dough. The contents of the second bowl will be colored to resemble that of dough which will look like a lighter brown. 

Coloring the Pumpkin Colored Bubble Bar DoughColoring the Pumpkin Colored Bubble Bar Dough

Following the ingredient amounts listed above, add the following ingredients to the dough in the second bowl: the pumpkin pie spice blend powder, FUN Soap Colorant orange oxide, FUN Soap Colorant yellow oxide, and the FUN Soap Colorant brown oxide. Then, using your hands, mix the bubble bar dough until the ingredients are completely blended. After you have fully incorporate the ingredients in the mixing bowl, roll the pumpkin colored dough into a ball.

Preparing the MatPreparing the Mat

Now is the time to start rolling out the pumpkin roll dough. First, you will need your flexible silicone mat. Another option would be to use parchment paper instead. I prefer the baking mat because it is reusable and a little thicker and sturdier. Take some baking soda and lightly sprinkle it over the mat and rolling pin. The baking soda will work to aid in preventing the dough from sticking to the mat. If the dough is too sticky, it will have the tendency to want to stick to a silicone mat or the rolling pin that are being used to roll the dough out. 

Rolling the Pumpkin Colored DoughRolling the Pumpkin Colored Dough

First, make sure that the silicone mat is clean and dry. Then, take the pumpkin colored bubble bar dough, and place it on the flexible silicone mat. Take a rolling pin and roll the dough out into a rectangular shape. It doesn’t have to be a perfect rectangle. Just do your best to get it as close as you can. For the best look for your Pumpkin Roll Bubble Bars Project, make sure to roll the dough out to about a  ¼” thickness. 

 

Rolling out the White DoughRolling out the White Dough

Next, take the white bubble bar dough ball and place it on top of the pumpkin colored dough. Sprinkle a little bit more baking soda onto the rolling pin. When the rolling pin is ready to use, roll out the white dough ball that you placed on top of the pumpkin colored dough layer. When you’re done rolling out the white dough layer, it should come out to be about that same thickness as the pumpkin colored dough layer at around ¼”. You also want it to be about the same shape and size as the pumpkin colored dough. Again, it does not need to be exact. You just want it to be as close to the previous layer as possible.

 

Rolling Bubble Bar Dough into a LoafRolling Bubble Bar Dough into a Loaf

The next step is to roll the bubble bar dough into a loaf to look like a Pumpkin Roll.  The first step is to place the dough in front of you vertically. Take the edge of the parchment paper or silicone baking mat that is the closest to your body and lift up on it. You want to make sure you have a good grip on it. 

To roll a pumpkin roll, take the edge of the flat rectangular dough, and rolling it out over itself. Roll the dough into a cylinder to create a white swirl in the center of the roll. Take your time while rolling the dough to make sure that it doesn’t crack or tear in the process. Roll out the pumpkin roll evenly. This ensures that the entire Pumpkin Roll Bubble Bars Project looks its best.  Place the dough back onto the parchment paper.

Cutting the Loaf and Topping the Bubble BarsCutting the Loaf and Topping the Bubble Bars

When the pumpkin roll dough is rolled up to your desired look, take a knife and cut the roll into 1-2 inch slices or whichever thickness you prefer. Make sure the knife that you use to cut the bubble bar is clean of any excess residue. If you notice any debris on the knife, wipe it off before cutting the next slice. This should keep the pumpkin roll looking clean. The expected yield of this recipe is usually around 8 slices, but depending on how thick you ended up cutting the roll, it could vary by 1 or 2.  Finally, sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of corn starch onto the outside of the roll as to resemble powdered sugar.

Setting up and Decorating the Loaf

Once you have sliced your loaf, give the bubble bars time to set up. You can tell when the bubble bars are ready when they are hard to the tough.  When we made the bubble bars, it took them approximately 48-72 hours to setup completely. It can take longer for your results to setup depending on the environment of the room. Create these bubble bars in a dry room with low humidity, and at room temperature. This helps the bubble bars setup.

Using the Finished Pumpkin Roll

Your pumpkin roll bubble bars should now be ready to use. These bubble bars should make a great home decoration for the Halloween or Fall season. They are great to put out as a decoration in your bathroom next to the tub. You can also leave them on your sink countertop for decorations too.  To use the bubble bars, take one of the slices that you cut up, and crumble it under warm running bathwater. These bubble bars tend to give an inviting appearance to your bathtub, while also filling it up with bubble. In addition, they will leave your skin feeling soft and silky.  It’s a fun recipe for any age group, and anyone would enjoy soaking with this Nature’s Garden recipe.

Does the pumpkin roll bubble bar project leave you craving the real thing? If you want to make one of your own, here’s a delicious recipe from Jamie at My Baking Addition. She will show you just how the real thing is made.  I highly recommend this pumpkin roll recipe!  It is quite possible the best pumpkin roll I have every tried!

 

Oct
03

Bite Me Bloody Bath Gel


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BIte Me Bloody Bath GelBite Me Bloody Bath Gel

Today, we are going to show you how to make a fun project that is perfect for Halloween!  Our Bite Me Bloody Bath Gel project uses Natures Garden’s Bite Me Fragrance Oil along with the Ritzy Bath Gel.  This soap making project is a fun and easy project that will make a spooktacular addition to your Halloween bath and body product line!

Bite Me Bloody Bath Gel Ingredients

Ritzy Bath Gel

Bite Me Fragrance Oil

Xanthum Gum

8 oz. Clear Boston Round Bottles

White 24/410 Lotion Pumps

Da Bomb Soap Dye- Red 

Ritzy Gallon Pump Dispenser

Disposable Pipettes


Other Items Needed for the Bite Me Bloody Bath Gel Project

Mixing Bowl

Measuring Spoon

Distilled Water

Hand Mixer

Funnel

Scale

Total Recipe Amounts:

27 ounces Ritzy Bath Gel

2 ounces Distilled Water

1/2 tsp Xanthum Gum

12 ml Bite Me Fragrance Oil

15 drops Da Bomb Soap Dye- Red

A Closer Look at Some of the Ingredients Used

Before we begin, let’s look at some of the Natures Garden products that we will be using in this soap making recipe.  We will look at these ingredients and talk a little more about each one in depth, below.  For those familiar with these products, you can go ahead and begin.

Ritzy Bath GelRitzy Bath Gel

The Ritzy Bath Gel from Natures Garden is a premade base.  In fact, it can be used right out of the jug.  This bath gel base allows you to create a quick bath and body product that work wonderfully.  It should be noted though, some fragrance oils can thin the base.  In order to counteract this, you can use a thickener, which we will talk about next, to get the base back to the proper thickness.

Xanthum GumXanthum Gum

The xanthum gum from Natures Garden Candle and Soap Making Supplies is a food grade, polysacharide, all natural thickener.  This thickener is designed to maintain transparency.  So, it perfect for products like our Bite Me Bloody Bath Gel.  It will allow your gel to maintain that gel look without turning it cloudy.   Xanthum gum can be used in products such as bath gel, shampoo, bubble bath, lotions, creams, shower gels, and liquid soaps.  Just a small amount of xanthum gum goes a long way.  In fact, you will only need .1-1% xanthum gum needed to thicken a thinned bath and body product.  When using xanthum gum, you will need to create a slurry.  So, you simply mix the powder with distilled water and mix with a hand mixer for about 5 minutes.  If you simply add the powder to your product, it will clump and not thicken.  Once you have mixed your xanthum gum, it should be quickly added to your product.

Da Bomb Soap DyesDa Bomb Soap Dyes

For this recipe, we will be working with the red Da Bomb Soap Dye.  The Da Bomb Soap Dyes from Natures Garden are water based colorants used in soap and cosmetic making.  They are FD&C dyes.  This particular soap dye is the red #40.  So, what make the Da Bomb Soap Dyes perfect for this soap making project?  Well, when used in bath gel, they allow you to maintain a translucent appearance.  In fact, this is also true when the Da Bomb soap colorants are used in a clear melt and pour soap base.  They produce a wonderful vibrant color.  However, when they are placed in a white soap base such as shea butter or goat’s milk mp soap base, they will give the finished soaps a beautiful pastel color.  They are also fabulous in lotions, whipped soap, and slime, giving each product that wonderful pastel color.

The Fragrance Oil Used in the Bite Me Bloody Bath Gel RecipeThe Fragrance Oil Used in the Bite Me Bloody Bath Gel Recipe

Dracula would fall in love with this fragrance oil by Natures Garden! Bite Me Fragrance Oil starts with fresh citrus notes of crisp lime and juicy orange sparkle with effervescent highlights. The citrus notes lead to a luscious blend of berry and cherry in this playful scent. Then, leafy green accents intensify as a base of vanilla creates sweet tones for the fragrance.  Bite Me Fragrance Oil is a Natures Garden original scent.

Top Notes:  black cherry, orange, strawberry, pineapple, lime
Mid Notes:  eucalyptus, violet, lily
Base Notes:  clove, vanilla bean

Did you know?  Count von Count the Muppet vampire from Sesame Street is based on the vampire myth that throwing mustard seeds outside ones door will stop any vampire from entering the home.  This is because, as the myth states, a vampire is compelled to count items, so therefore, the vampire would have to count all of the seeds which would take until sunrise.

So, how do our customers feel about Bite Me Fragrance Oil?  Well, they LOVE it!  Our clients use this berry scent in everything from wax melts to melt and pour soap to scrubs!  In fact it even performs well in CP soap!  Many consider this powerful fragrance oil a must have in their cold process soap line!  It had a perfect pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no separation, discolors to a light tan, very strong, a must have for all lines.

Bite Me Bloody Bath Gel Recipe Preparations

Prior to beginning, you will want to prepare your work area.  So, get all of your supplies out and ready in your clean work area.  In addition, clean and sanitize your packaging materials as well as any utensils that you will be using.  Finally, place the Ritzy gallon pump dispenser on the Ritzy Bath Gel jug.

Weigh Out Your Bath GelWeigh Out Your Bath Gel

First, you will need a deep mixing bowl.  Using a deep mixing bowl will make preparing the handcrafted bath gel much easier.  So, you will need your scale placed in front of you.  Then, place your bowl on the scale and weigh out 27 ounces of the Ritzy Bath Gel.

Color the Bite Me Bath GelColor the Bite Me Bath Gel

Next, we will add the soap colorant to the Bite Me Bath Gel.  So, you will need the red Da Bomb Soap Dye.  Then, to the Ritzy Bath Gel, you will need to add about 15 drops of the red Da Bomb Soap Dye.  Now, you will need to stir the gel to incorporate the color.  However, be careful not to over mix or mix too quickly.  Doing so can cause the base to create bubbles.

Adding the Bite Me Fragrance OilAdding the Bite Me Fragrance Oil

At this time we will be incorporating the scent.  As we talked about earlier, we will be adding Bite Me Fragrance Oil to this bath gel recipe.  If you have not worked with this berry scent in the past, you are missing out!  It happens to be one of my favorite fragrance oils!  So, the easiest way to add the fragrance is with a disposable pipette.  Using a disposable pipette, add 12 ml Bite Me Fragrance Oil to the bath gel.  Using a mixing spoon, blend the ingredients together.  Remember, stir slowly as stirring to quickly can create bubbles.

Adding the Xanthum Gum ThickenerAdding the Xanthum Gum Thickener

Now, you may notice that the fragrance oil has thinned the Rity Bath Gel.  Well, to help thicken the base back up, we will be adding some of the xanthum gum.  In order to do this, we need to first create a slurry  So, since xanthum gum will clump when added to water, we will first need to pre-mix it.  In an empty mixing bowl, add 1/2 tsp of the xanthum gum powder.  Then, and add 1/4 cup of room temperature distilled water.  Finally, use a hand mixer to mix the ingredients.  You will need to mix the two ingredients for about five minutes.  You will notice the mixture begin to take on a gel-like look.  This gel can then be added to the Bite Me scented bath gel in order to thicken it.  How much you add will depend on how thick you would like your finished bath gel to be.  So, simply add a small amount and then stir.  Once you are happy with the thickness, you are ready to move on.

Adding the Bath Gel to the BottlesAdding the Bath Gel to the Bottles

Finally, we are ready to add the Bite Me Bloody Bath Gel to the 8 ounce bottles.  So, you will need three bottles.  Additionally, you will need three pump dispensers.  Finally, you will need your funnel.  So, place the into the opening of one of the bottles.  Then, fill the bottles with some of the bath gel.


Then, remove the funnel and repeat this process with each of the bottles.  Lastly, place a pump on each bottle, trimming the dip tube on each one before placing it in the bottle.

 

Labeling the BottlesLabeling the Bottles

For this project, we decided to create labels for the handmade bath gel.  We then added a fun Halloween themed label to each bottle.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed creating this Bite Me Blood Bath Gel project.  If you have any questions about this project, or any other candle, cosmetic, or soap making questions, feel free to reach out to us.  You can contact us on our HUG Line, through email, or any of our social media sites.  We hope to hear from you soon!