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Top 25 Essential Oils

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Top 25 Essential OilsTop 25 Essential Oils

This list of the Top 25 Essential Oils from Natures Garden reviews some of our favorite essential oils. Not only do we quickly run over each of their beneficial properties, but we have quite a few recipes that incorporate these essential oils wonderfully. Some recipes utilize an oil’s unique properties to enhance the quality of the product. Other recipes use the oil to scent the product to create a natural fragrance that is unique and lovely. Regardless of the reason to add essential oils, you will find that this additive is as wonderful for bath and body products as it is for room scenting.

Top 25 Essential Oils Bergamot Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot essential oil has been said to have many beneficial properties, such as soothing skin irritation, relieving stress, cleansing the skin, and even more! This oil would be perfect for creating soy candles, soaps, and other DIY projects.

Top 25 Essential Oils Blood Orange Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Blood Orange Essential Oil

The blood orange essential oil is a perfect choice for bath and body creations or even DIY home scenting. These products will be enhanced by the aphrodisiac, uplifting scent as well as the anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities.

Top 25 Essential Oils Cassia Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Cassia Essential Oil

Cassia essential oil has a scent that is similar to cinnamon. Plus, this oil has some benefits that would be great for your homemade bath and body products. For example, this oil has been said to possess antiseptic and anti-fungal properties.

Top 25 Essential Oils Cedarwood Virginiana Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Cedarwood Essential Oil

The Cedarwood essential oil has a multitude of amazing benefits that include the skin and hair growth. So, this oil would be a nice addition to any kind of body products.




Top 25 Essential Oils Cedarwood Virginiana Essential Oil Beard BalmSince this oil is good for promoting hair growth, it is perfect for our Beard Balm Recipe! This recipe contains all kinds of ingredients that are great for beard care and this essential oil is one of these ingredients.

Top 25 Essential Oils Cinnamon Leaf Ceylon Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Cinnamon Leaf Ceylon Essential Oil

This cinnamon leaf essential oil is an energizing scent with some calming properties. This oil has been known to have a warm, calming effect on the body that eases aching muscles. So, this would be wonderful in a bath and body product to use after a long, tiring day.


Top 25 Essential Oils Citronella Java Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Citronella Java Essential Oil

It is well known that citronella is a mosquito repellent and the essential oil is just as potent. Plus, this oil can be moisturizing when mixed with a carrier oil, to make it safe for skin use.

Top 25 Essential Oils Clove Buds Native Distilled Essential Oil

Clove bud essential oil has a strong, unique scent that is perfect for homemade cosmetic products. Plus, this essential oil has known benefits, like reducing skin issues like warts, wrinkles, or sagging skin or the antiseptic qualities. So, this essential oil would be wonderful for a natural skin care product.

Top 25 Essential Oils Eucalyptus Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Eucalyptus Essential Oil

This strong scented essential oil is perfect for scenting a room or even body products. Breathing this oil has been shown to clear sinuses and relieve asthma. Further, this oil is considered to be an insect repellent. Also, bath and body products can benefit from eucalyptus, as it is thought to be a muscle pain reducer.


Top 25 Essential Oils Peppermint Redistilled Essential Oil Foot Balm RecipeThe Rejuvenating Foot Balm Recipe not only has all the benefits of this scent but would be great for reducing muscle pain. If you have been on your feet all day, then this is the foot balm for you!


Top 25 Essential Oils Fir Needle Siberian Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Fir Needle Siberian Essential Oil

This essential oil is perfect for cleaning cuts and scrapes as well as the air. First, this essential oil has been known to be great for naturally purifying the air. Plus, this oil is great for the skin, as it is an antiseptic that promotes healing. So, this is perfect to add to recipes from candles to body products.

Top 25 Essential Oils Gurjun Balsam Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Balsam Essential Oil

This Gurjan Balsam essential oil has a wide variety of benefits and uses, but the most interesting for projects are the antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and stress reducing properties. These effects make this essential oil great for creating calming scented candles, as this oil has been said to reduce stress hormones, or cleansing bath and body products, as this oil is said to have germ eliminating abilities.

Top 25 Essential Oils Lavandin Grosso Pure Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Lavandin Grosso Pure Essential Oil

Lavandin Grosso essential oil is a hybrid of spike lavender and true lavender that creates a plant all it’s own. This essential oil has been said to prevent infections in cuts, relieve inflammation, and reduce marks on the skin. So, this oil would be perfect in bath and body creations.



Top 25 Essential Oils Peppermint Redistilled Essential Oil Soap RecipeThe Snowball Soap Recipe contains both lavandin and peppermint essential oils. This provides both soothing properties of peppermint and the skin loving properties of lavandin. An added bonus to this recipe is that this essential oil combination smells just like our Jack Frost Fragrance Oil. So, this is a perfectly natural way to scent your soap!

Top 25 Essential Oils Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil

Lavender is both well known and well loved. This essential oil has been said to relieve stress, calm anxiety, and promote better sleep.  Plus, this plant based oil is perfect for skin care! Lavender essential oil has been known to restore skin complexion, help heal the skin, and even reduce acne.


Top 25 Essential Oils Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil BalmThe Soothing Baby Non Petroleum Jelly Recipe is a perfect way to utilize the healing natural of lavender essential oil.  Plus, this recipe is perfect for sensitive skin as it is natural and skin loving.



Top 25 Essential Oils Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil Lip BalmSince lavender essential oil has been said to help the skin heal, we thought it would be perfect for lip care. So, we created the White Chocolate Lavender Lip Balm Recipe that has a unique and delicious flavor, as well.



Top 25 Essential Oils Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil PowderNot only is lavender great for the skin, but it has a wonderful scent. Our Natural Lavender Vanilla Body Powder Recipe takes advantage of this beloved aroma to create a perfectly scented body powder.



Top 25 Essential Oils Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil Bath Tea

This recipe is a great choice for someone looking for ideas on how to get rid of a sunburn overnight. This oil is perfect for the Sunburn Relief Bath Tea Recipe because it helps promote healing in the skin. Plus, the calming scent is perfect for relaxing in a nice bath.

Top 25 Essential Oils Lemongrass Guatemalan Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Lemongrass Guatemalan Essential Oil

This essential oil is perfect for natural body products! Among this oil’s many benefits are headache reduction, bug repellent, and skin healing properties. So, this would be a very beneficial oil for the skin or for creating a natural bug repellent.

Top 25 Essential Oils Lime Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Lime Essential Oil

This lime essential has a fresh scent that is bright and sweet. Plus, this oil is a natural disinfectant! So, this oil would be perfect in household cleaners or in bath and body products.  Plus, this essential oil would be perfect for cleaning the air in a natural candle creation.



Top 25 Essential Oils Lime Distilled Essential Oil Foot PowderAnother great way to utilize this essential oil’s beneficial properties is the Stinky Feet Foot Powder Recipe. This bacteria eliminating power combined with the anti-fungal properties of tea tree oil creates the perfect foot powder!

Top 25 Essential Oils Litsea Cubeba Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil

This essential oil has a bright, citrus scent that is similar to a lemon. Plus, this oil has been known to have some wonderful healing properties as it fights infections and kills harmful microbes. So, this is another great cleansing essential oil that would be great for all kinds of natural products.

Top 25 Essential Oils Orange Midseason (5 Fold) Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oil Orange Midseason (5 Fold) Essential Oil

This essential oil is perfect for creating natural household cleaners! Not only does this oil possess a clean, citrus scent, but this essential oil has been said to have antibacterial properties. Plus, this would be a nontoxic way to clean your home!

Top 25 Essential Oils Patchouli Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Patchouli Essential Oil

This essential oil is a strong, relaxing scent that can be great as a natural scent for products. Plus, this oil has properties that can help issues related to inflammation or fungus, as well as assist your body in healing. So, this essential oil would be great for all kinds of homemade recipes.



Top 25 Essential Oils Patchouli Essential Oil Massage Recipe

This essential oil was included in our Sensual Massage Oil Recipe to add a calming scent with anti-inflammatory properties. This can be used to relieve inflammation related issues, such as rashes or eczema. Also, this recipe uses the lavender essential oil, too! This is perfect to add to the relaxing mood of a massage.


Top 25 Essential Oils Patchouli Essential Oil Conditioner Recipe

Furthermore, the Patchouli Infused Hair Conditioner Recipe is perfect for hair products! This oil has been known to be great for hair growth and preventing hair loss! Also, this recipe includes lavender and grosso, which have been know to help with hair loss and prevent dandruff on the scalp. So, this is a great homemade hair care product.

Top 25 Essential Oils Peppermint Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Peppermint Essential Oil

This peppermint essential oil has a cool, relaxing scent that is wonderful for the body. This aroma would be perfect for creating calming room scenting products. Plus, this essential oil has some wonderful benefits that can be beneficial in bath and body recipes.  his oil is great for calming sore muscles, relieving headaches, and much more!


Top 25 Essential Oils Peppermint Redistilled Essential Oil Lip Balm RecipeThis Chocolate Peppermint Lip Balm Recipe includes real peppermint oil for its amazing effects. First of all, this oil is perfect for helping heal chapped lips and leaving a cool feeling. Plus, the oil has been known to work as a lip plumper. This could be a great lip balm for ladies looking for fuller lips.


Top 25 Essential Oils Peppermint Redistilled Essential Oil Face MaskAlso, this oil is great for the Candy Cane Facial Mask Recipe! First of all, the scent of the peppermint oil is a perfect choice for a candy cane. This pure mint scent smells strong and true! Plus, this oil is a cool and relaxing, which is wonderful for a homemade facial.


Top 25 Essential Oils Peppermint Redistilled Essential Oil Winter Balm

Of course, Winter Wonderland Lip Balm Recipe contains the cooling sensation of peppermint oil. Just like in the other peppermint oil lip balm recipe, this recipe is wonderful for masking bad breath and may even lead to more plump lips!

Top 25 Essential Oils Petitgrain Extra Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Petitgrain Extra Essential Oil

This essential oil is considered to be an uplifting scent with antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Thus, this product would be perfect for handmade soaps, natural deodorants, or any sort of bath product to add some extra cleansing ability.

Top 25 Essential Oils Pink Grapefruit Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil

This oil has a bright, energizing scent that would be perfect for naturally scenting your home. Plus, this essential oil contains tons of Vitamin C, which is great for skin. This vitamin helps protect your skin from the effects of aging and help some of the damage caused by the sun’s harmful rays. So, this is a perfect oil for enhancing any bath and body product recipes!

Top 25 Essential Oils Rosemary Tunisian Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Rosemary Tunisian Essential Oil

Rosemary is an amazing additive for skin care products! This oil is great for blood circulation and promoting clear skin. Plus, this essential oil is an anti-inflammatory. Thus, this oil has been known to ease redness, puffiness, and irritation, as well as reduce acne and excess oils. So, Rosemary Tunisian Essential Oil would be a perfect addition for facial cleansers.


Top 25 Essential Oils Rosemary Tunisian Essential Oil Recipe

One perfect way to use this essential oil is the Activated Charcoal Mask Recipe. This recipe uses herbs and oils that are perfect for promoting clear, healthy skin. Not only does this recipe contain that properties of rosemary, but there are other ingredients, such as activated charcoal, that are perfect natural cleaners.

Top 25 Essential Oils Star Anise Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Star Anise Essential Oil

Anise can be used to create all kinds of natural bath and body creations. Plus, it has been known to help to treat acne, oily skin, psoriasis, and spotted and damaged skin. Also, it helps to bring a beautiful glow to your skin and keep it smooth and soft. Plus, this essential only has a lovely scent that is similar to black licorice.

Top 25 Essential Oils Sweet Fennel Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Sweet Fennel Essential Oil

Another great essential oil is one made from fennel. This oil has an interesting scent that is perfect for naturally scenting products. The scent is similar to the anise essential oil with the distinct sweet and spicy aroma. Plus, fennel would be great for hair products as it has been known to treat an itchy scalp and reduce any bumps on the scalp.


Top 25 Essential Oils Sweet Fennel Essential Oil Mask Recipe

One way that you can use this essential oil is our Lucky Leprechaun Face Mask Recipe! This recipe is a natural and herbal creation that is perfect for refreshing and moisturizing your face. Plus, the fennel essential oil in this recipe provides a unique scent that is entirely natural. Furthermore, this recipe contains the added properties of the lavender essential oil!

Top 25 Essential Oils Tangerine Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Tangerine Essential Oil

This tangerine California essential oil is often used in skin care products for its anti-fungal and antiseptic properties. Plus, this oil is wonderful for stress relief. So, Tangerine California Essential Oil would be perfect for creating bath and body products that are cleansing and relaxing!

Top 25 Essential Oils Tea Tree Essential OilTop 25 Essential Oils Tea Tree Essential Oil

This natural essential oil is best known for its medicinal uses, as it has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal, analgesic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties. So, tea tree can be used for treating toenail fungus, yeast infections, the flu, chest congestion, persistent body odor, sunburns, herpes, vaginal infections, ear infections, scabies, pulmonary inflammation, and many infections of the mouth and nose.

Top 25 Essential Oils Tea Tree Australian Essential Oil RecipeThe Rejuvenating Foot Balm Recipe is a great way to moisturize your feet and make sure that they are free of nasty foot odor. So, this recipe has two fantastic functions!



Top 25 Essential Oils Tea Tree Essential Oil

Since tea tree oil is perfect for destroying fungus and bacteria, it makes sense to use this essential oil in soap. The Peppermint Cold Process Foot Soap Recipe is a perfect recipe for removing foot issues, like athlete’s foot for example.



Top 25 Essential Oils Tea Tree Essential Oil Soap RecipeWhile many people need tea tree oil to solve foot fungus or odor, there are a ton more instances where a regular Tea Tree Soap Recipe would come in handy. For example, this soap can come in handy for treating acne, cuts, ringworm, skin bumps, bug bites and fungal infections.



Natures Garden sells our essential oils for external applications only.  In the above written post, we discussed how wonderful they are and the many various uses across different industries.  Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice.  Please consult your doctor before using any of this information for treatment purposes.  We provide this data for educational purposes only.


Tea Tree Oil Uses

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tea-treeTea Tree Oil Uses

Hello all you wonderfully crafty people! Are you looking to get into essential oils? Try out something new? Well, have you ever tried tea tree essential oil? Believe me, if you haven’t, you definitely want to! This is one amazing oil, with so many fantastic benefits! Yes, it is most well-known for its medicinal purposes, but it can be used for many other products and industries as well! Tea tree essential oil can be used for skin care, hair care, soap making, and even in your homemade bath and body products! Did you know that tea tree essential oil can even be used to freshen your carpets?

There are many great medicinal benefits to using tea tree oil. Tea tree essential oil is great for dental health. It can be used in homemade toothpaste recipes, working to treat and cure bad breath, as well as helping to relieve toothaches. Tea tree oil has many antiviral properties that work to treat many conditions such as chicken pox, cold sores, and even measles. Conjunctivitis, or otherwise known as pink eye, can even be treated using tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is native to Australia and has been used there for many years to treat many skin conditions and strengthen the immune system. It also works to treat many respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, colds, and coughing. Tea tree essential oil can be used as treatment for many other conditions as well including sunburns, herpes, persistent body odor, yeast infections, chest congestion, vaginal infections, the flu, pulmonary inflammation, toenail fungus, ear infections, scabies, and many nose and mouth infections.

Common bath and body products that can include tea tree essential oil are gels, toners, scrubs, hair products, lotions, creams, body wash, facial wash, foot balms, foot powders, soaps, and even homemade cleaning products. Your hair can greatly benefit from using tea tree oil. It works to prevent lice and hair loss, as well as treating dandruff and dry scalp. Tea tree oil works to nourish the hair roots, unclog hair follicles, and even promote new hair growth. When used for skin care, tea tree oil can be used to cure dry skin and chapped lips, remove any skin tags, reduce rashes and relieve any itchiness, soothe and heal burns, and even bring relief from razor burns. Tea tree oil also works as an antiseptic for small cuts and wounds, and can treat many skin conditions like acne, athlete’s foot, and psoriasis.

Did you know that during World War II, the cutters and producers of the tea tree were actually exempt from military service until enough of the tea tree essential oil had been gathered? It was sent along with soldiers for them to use as treatment for wounds and many tropical infections. Are you still curious about this amazing essential oil? Well then make sure to check out our free Tea Tree Oil Class! We also offer many wonderful free recipes all made with tea tree oil including our Rejuvenating Foot Balm, our Peppermint Cold Process Foot Soap, and our Stinky Feet Foot Powder! However, please don’t take this blog as medical advice, it is for educational purposes only! We sell tea tree essential oil for external use only! Make sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes as well! Enjoy these great products and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Stinky Feet Powder Recipe

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stinky feet powderStinky Feet Powder Recipe

Athletes and people who have strenuous jobs may develop “stinky feet” from time to time.  So, we at Natures Garden set out to create a foot powder especially for people who suffer from “stinky feet”.   Our Stinky Feet Foot Powder is naturally formulated to neutralize these strong odors; leaving your feet dry and refreshed.


121 grams Kaolin White Clay Powder

202 grams Baking Soda

10 grams Lavender Flowers Powder

10 grams Calendula Flowers Powder

15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

10 drops Lime Distilled Essential Oil

8 oz powder bottles (2)



1. Weigh out and mix 121 grams of Kaolin White Clay Powder, 202 grams of Baking Soda, 10 grams of Lavender Flowers Powder, and 10 grams Calendula Flowers Powder.

2. Incorporate in 15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil and 10 drops Lime Distilled Essential Oil; making sure you mix the oils in with your hands to break up any unnecessary lumps.

3. Dispense the mixture into the two 8 oz powder bottle and press the lids on top until you hear them pop shut.


We hope that you enjoy our “stinky feet” foot powder recipe! This recipe will leave your feet smelling great, while making them dry and refreshed.



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citronella repelsCitronella and Mosquitoes

Summer time, the period of the year when we all enjoy outdoor festivities.  Whether they be parties, cookouts, hiking, gardening, or just relaxing by the pool; we find reasons to be outside.  We love the gorgeous weather and the warming sun rays.  However, with the fun in the sun that we all seek, with it also comes the dreaded mosquitoes.

When the weather gets warm, these uninvited pesky critters seem to always show up in droves.  Invading not only our space, but feeding off us and our families.  The results of their feast, itchy, red, swollen bumps on our skin.

Mosquitoes have been in existence some 170 million years.  In the United States, there are currently over 175 different species accounted for.  It is safe to say that they are not going to be going any where soon, but there are measures that we can take to help ward off these insects.

Citronella has been known to repel mosquitoes for a long time. Burning citronella candles around the yard or applying bug repelling spray to ourselves can usually do the trick.  But have you ever wondered how this works exactly?

Just like a primal animal, mosquitoes are on the hunt for one thing: FOOD.  And, we are that food source.  Drawn to carbon dioxide (from our exhaling) uric acid (from our blood), and lactic acid (from our sweat glands), insects like mosquitoes are able to smell us up to an amazing 164 feet away.  Once those delectable scents are picked up by the mosquitoes, they are then able to locate us to feed.

It is commonly thought that the scent of citronella repels mosquitoes away.  In fact, studies have shown that when the citronella aroma is in an environment, mosquitoes will land around 40% less times than when it is not present.  But, the fact is mosquitoes will still land.  This is why citronella does not necessarily repel.

Instead, citronella masks.  What this means is that when the scent of citronella (whether by means of a candle or a body spray) is present the 3 most common drawing factors of mosquitoes (carbon dioxide, uric acid, and lactic acid) are covered.  It is almost as if the mosquitoes no longer have the ability to sense us anymore.  And, since they cannot smell us, they will move on to “sweatier pastures” so to speak.

Sure, any of your local grocery stores or super markets have aisles of outdoor summer time displays hosting many different bug repelling products that you can purchase.  You however can make your very own insect repelling/masking items right from your home.  You will know exactly what is in the product, and you will also save money by doing it yourself.

Natures Garden currently has four different citronella oils available.  There is the straight citronella scent, or the citronella java essential oil.  Both of these oils can be viewed by clicking on the individual link.  For those of you that do not like how the scent of straight citronella smells, we also have citronella options for you.  Citronella Berry fragrance oil is a sweeter version of citronella.  This fragrance contains the essential oil of citronella with the combined fruity notes of strawberry, mandarin, and raspberry.  There is also Lime Citronella fragrance oil.  This wonderful fragrance oil is the combination of essential oil of citronella and notes of lemon, fresh lime, and white flowers.

Now, if you are interested in viewing possible candle and body products that you can make with these scents, here are three of Natures Gardens finest bug repelling recipes.  By clicking on the link, you will be able to see the recipe.  Each recipe has the step by step instruction as well as all of the items listed that you will need to make them.
Citronella Soy Wax Candle Recipe
Bug Repelling Candle Recipe
Bug Repelling Body Spray Recipe

These recipes are all easy to make and take very little time to accomplish.  They are great ways to ward off mosquitoes and keep you and your family mosquito bite free this summer.


Gel Phase

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inhibited gel phase soap In an earlier blog post, we briefly discussed insulation of cold process soap. Through insulating your soap, you are encouraging the best environment for the gel phase to occur during saponification. Keeping the soap evenly heated using insulation will prevent a partial gel from occurring. But, still there are no guarantees. Even with the best insulation, you may still end up with bars of soap that have partial gel evident.

So, what if you prevented the gel phase in your soap?

Although this is possible, it is still not guaranteed. It can be very tough to prevent the gel phase. But, there are some factors that need to be noted to help you in your quest to stop the gel phase. These factors are: the size of your mold, and the various ingredients in your recipe. The saponification process involves heat; it is the nature of the soaping beast. Choosing to eliminate the gel phase will change some elements to your soap and soaping process.

But, before we get to that information, let’s look at some specific reasons to prohibit the gel phase.

First, since you are decreasing the amount of heat that is in your soap, this will allow you to introduce certain soaping ingredients that normally would be finicky. Examples of these heat sensitive ingredients would be: dairy products, heat sensitive colorants; prone to morphing, and fragrances or essential oils with a low flashpoint.

Dairy Products
Soaping with ingredients such as creams, milks, and butters for example will provide your finished bars with rich, extra moisturizing elements. However, soaping with dairy products can be tricky. With the heat that is involved with the saponification process, there is a chance that dairy products will burn. This results in both discoloration and an off smell in your soap. By preventing the gel phase from occurring, you allow these ingredients a fighting chance in soap. And, you can even produce a creamier bar of finished soap.

Whether you are deciding to go the natural route with herbs, or using colorants that you worry may morph; preventing gel phase allows the window of opportunity to stay open. Certain herbs discolor or darker from the saponification process. The same is true for some colorants that completely alter like deep purple to brown.

Now, for the colorants in the finished soap when the gel phase is eliminated: the bar colors are bolder and more vivid. Even if you choose not to color your soap batter, the elimination of the gel phase stops the darkening of the fats and oils in your recipe, allowing for a “whiter” finished bar.

Scenting Options
If you do not want to rebatch your soap recipe, preventing the gel phase in your cold process soap may allow you to scent your soap with low flashpoint oils without worrying that the saponification process will eliminate the scent. It is also possible for fragrance or essential oil scents to come through stronger in the soap because of the reduction of heat.

As for what preventing the gel phase means for your soaps, there are key points you should know. First, you must keep your molded soap chilled for the full 24 hours. Depending on your recipe, you may have to keep the soap chilled for an additional 24 hours as well.

Now, when you are ready to unmold your soap, it is crucial to let your molded soap reach room temperature before trying to slice it. Not allowing your soap to be at room temperature before cutting may result with your bars being brittle, and breaking apart as you slice them.

As for the saponification process, since you inhibit the gel phase, it will take your soaps longer to complete the saponification process. What this means is that the soap will need additional cure time before it will be ready to use.

So, whether you choose to insulate or prevent the gel phase, it is really up to personal discretion. Regardless of the method, the result is the same; a finished bar of soap. The only variables that change are the molding environment and the cure time.


Great Herbal Scent

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great herbal scentDragons Blood Fragrance OilFragrance Oil Spotlight

This exotic and sexy scent is a top selling fragrance for both men and women of all ages.  Having quite a unique and distinctive aroma, Dragons Blood scent is alluring, enticing, and yet still maintains a soft side.  A sweet smell on a smoky background, this exceptional fragrance seems to draw customers to your products.  In fact, many of our customers claim that Natures Gardens Dragons Blood is one of the best versions in the market and this herbal scent is a KEEPER!

What does Dragons Blood Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden smells just like the essential oil. Dragon’s blood truly has a smell all its own.  A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Dragons Blood Fragrance Oil?

For the candle makers out there; our customers use this phenomenal scent in their Soy, WOW, Joy, and paraffin waxes with remarkable results.  This fragrance oil holds amazing well in both candles and tarts.  In fact, many of our candle making clients state that Dragons Blood has a strong and long lasting throw in their candles.  This herbal scent has also been reviewed to work well in melts, incense, oil burners, and aroma beads too.

For the makers of bath and body products, the usage amount for this fragrance oil is 5%.  It also has a vanillin content of 2.6% so vanilla white color stabilizer is highly recommended to help stabilize discoloration in your final product.  According to our customers, this fragrance oil is a calming and warm musky aroma that their customers love.  It has been used to make:  Melt and Pour soaps, lotions, scrubs, bath bombs, shaving balms, bath gels, and even hair conditioner.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this herbal scent soaps like a dream and the scent holds extremely well.  Here are the official results:  Very, very strong scent.  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  Final discoloration is a nice milk chocolate.  Beautiful.


Shea Melt and Pour Soap

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shea butter melt and pour soap It is really easy to make Shea melt and pour soap!

Melt and Pour Soap is one of the easiest and most fun ways to make a homemade product.  This type of soap making is an ideal venture for many reasons.

Melt and Pour soap projects are a great family activity to do with children; creating an enjoyable family time crafting together.
These soaps are a remarkable and memorable treat to give out as party favors, or gifts for loved ones and friends.
And, the fact that melt and pour soap is so easy to work with; no matter what your skill level you can create extraordinary works of art that are fun to wash with too.

So, regardless of the reason for making Melt and Pour Soap, one thing is for sure; you will love how the finished product leaves your skin feeling clean, soft, and supple.

Shea melt and pour soap differs from store bought brands in that it is not drying or harsh on your skin.  This soap base is detergent free, SLS free, and gluten free.  The Shea Butter melt and pour soap base is filled with superb skin loving agents like:

  • Shea butter which is ultra conditioning and nourishing.
  • Coconut oil which provides a wonderful bubble filled lather.
  • Sunflower oil, which acts as an amazing moisturizing agent for your skin.  In fact, sunflower oil also adds an even bigger element of a rich, creamy, and bubbly lather.
  • Glycerin, which works as an astonishing cleansing emulsifier.  It helps to lift dirt, oil, and impurities up and away from your skin.  This allows the everyday dirt and grime to easily be whisked away.  Plus, glycerin is also a humectant.  This means that it can actually drawl moisture from the air and pull it to the skin.

Besides all of the healthy and nourishing aspects to Shea melt and pour soap; there is also a beautiful artistic side to it too.  The adventure as to where you take your soaps is defined only by you; the crafter.  Shea melt and pour soap is fool proof.  It can be heated time and time again, without losing its integrity.

You can cater your soap to your specific like through shape, color, and scent.  You can even take your soap making skill to the next level by the addition of other skin loving attributes or additives.  Natures Garden carries all of the ingredients you need to add luxurious elements like rich cocoa butter or antioxidant packed vitamin E.  Through the addition of herbs like oatmeal, calendula flowers, rose petals, lavender flowers, paprika powder, or poppy seed, you can provide natural exfoliation.  Not only will your soap bar benefits exceed expectations, but you will also be adding a unique look, feel, and dimension to your soaps.

If we have you super excited about the possibility of making Shea soap or possibly other body products; but you still have unanswered questions, Natures Garden is here to help.  You can visit our website for free creative recipes and tips that have been tried and tested.  We also have in depth classes with step by step instruction for beginner soap makers.  And, you can always contact us via email, or connect with us on Facebook.


Hippie Hair Conditioner

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happy hippie hair conditionerThe hippies may have stumbled upon something with their love of patchouli.  This natural herb does wonders for your body.  Not only is it amazing for your skin, promoting a lustrous glow, but it also has many antiseptic properties.  Besides the skin benefits, patchouli can also help in the hair department.  Patchouli can actually be used in the fighting of dandruff.

In order to best harness the anti-dandruff powers of patchouli, we decided that a patchouli oil infusion was in order.  This would then allow all of the medicinal anti fungal benefits of patchouli to be transferred through infusion into an oil.  Now, this oil, as opposed to the herb, was something that we could easily work with for a hair conditioner recipe.  Sometimes, as awesome as an herb is, the form that it is widely available in does not always suite it in the means of bath and body products.  For these types of situations; where an herb is needed, but not physcially desired in its form, the solution is an herbal oil infusion.

There are various ways to make an herbal infusion.  To see these different ways, please click here.

Please Note:  For this Hippie Hair Conditioner Recipe, you will need to make your patchouli oil infusion 4 weeks prior to making the hair conditioner.  Allowing the patchouli to steep for 4 weeks will permit the strongest oil infusion possible.  With oil infusions, the longer the herb is allowed to steep, the stronger the oil infusion will become.

To view all of the steps to make your very own homemade patchouli oil infusion, please click here.

Now, once you have your patchouli infused oil, you are now ready to make your very own Hippie Hair Conditioner.

Here are the ingredients you will need:
20 grams of your Patchouli Infused Oil
25 grams of BTMS 25 Emulsifier
5 grams of OPTIPHEN – Preservative
5 grams of VITAMIN E OIL (Tocopherol T-50) Natural

For this recipe, temperature will be very important.  This is especially true for the step that includes adding the optiphen.  To best monitor this, we suggest using a THERMOMETER.

For an amazing natural scent, we will be using both Patchouli Essential Oil, and Lavandin Grosso Pure Essential Oil.  You will need 5 grams of Patchouli Essential Oil and 10 grams of Lavandin Grosso Pure Essential Oil for this recipe.

For packaging once the hippie hair conditioner is made, we suggest:  8 oz. Clear Boston Round Bottles with Black Lotion Pumps 24/410 for easy use of your product.  This recipe will make a total of (2) 8oz. bottles of hippie hair conditioner.

Other equipment that you will need for this recipe:
425 grams of Distilled Water
Scale- to weigh out your ingredients
Stove- for heating purposes
(2) Small Pots
Large Pot- for double boiler method
Large Mixing Bowl
Stick Blender- highly recommended for best emulsion.

And now, the steps:

As when making any formulation for bath and body products, it is very important to have a clean and sanitized work area.  You also want to have all of your equipment out and ready for when you need it.

The first step in making this recipe is the water phase.  Get your distilled water and weigh it out.  Once you have the correct amount, transfer the water into one of your small pots.  Place the pot onto one of your stove top burners and begin to heat.  You want your water to reach 180 degrees Fahrenheit.  Use your thermometer to monitor this.  Once you reach this temperature, you will want to continue to heat your water for an additional 20 minutes.  This ensures that your distilled water is bacteria free.  When the 20 minutes has expired, turn off the burner, and carefully remove the pot from the heat source.  Set aside.

The next step is what is considered the oil phase.  For this phase, we will be using the double boiler method to heat our ingredients.  Now, get your large pot and place at least 3-4 inches of tap water into it.  Set this pot onto one of your stove top burners.  Turn the heat temperature on a lower setting.  While the tap water is heating up, it is time to weigh out your ingredients.  In the other small pot, weigh out the BTMS, vegetable glycerin, vitamin E oil, and finally the patchouli oil infusion.  Once all of these ingredients are in the small pot, carefully place the small pot into the larger one.  Once all of the ingredients are in a liquid state, once again get your thermometer.  You want the temperature of the ingredients to reach 140 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once you have reached this degree, check the distilled water temperature.  You want your distilled water temperature to be around 140 degrees as well.  The two temperatures must be close to one another for the next step to occur.

The next step in this recipe is the Mixing Phase.  Once the degrees of both the ingredients and the water are close to one another, it is safe to mix.  Please note:  You will want to move quickly for this phase.  In your large mixing bowl, place both the ingredients and the water together.  Get your stick blender and start to mix it.  You will want to periodically use your spatula to clean the sides of the bowl.  Continue to stick blend until you notice your mixture is starting to turn white.  This means that the conditioner is starting to emulsify.  It is now time to check the temperature again.

For the final step or cool down phase you are looking for the magical degree of 120F.  This is the safest temperature to add the optiphen.  Once you hit this degree, weigh out and add your optiphen preservative.  Next, add your essential oils.  Mix well with your stick blender, and do not forget to scrap the sides of your bowl with the spatula.  Once the conditioner has been thoroughly blended, allow it to cool at room temperature.

Once the hhippy hair conditionerair conditioner has cooled, it is safe to bottle and lid.

Your Hippie Hair Conditioner is now ready to use.  Enjoy!

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Patchouli Uses

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patchouli herb cut and siftedPatchouli Uses

Traditionally, patchouli has always been a valuable element to the eastern Asia and India incense industry.  However, it was not until the 1960’s that both patchouli oil and patchouli incense rose in popularity in Europe and the United States.  This climb in demand was majorly contributed to the hippie movement of that time.

Because the hippie movement focused on a more natural and simpler way of living, many hippies wore the scent of patchouli because it signified nature.  Although it may be argued patchouli was worn to cover up the smell of weed.  This pungent yet unique aroma has a heavy musty and earthy odor that was easily distinguished.   Hippies wore this scent to stand up to the conservative environment of that time.  They saw this scent as a way of marking themselves as new age thinkers; a then outside of the box notion.  Not only did the aroma embrace the new age thinking, but also the sought after change for the world.  Patchouli however, is more than just the time capsule scent of the hippie era.

Patchouli has an array of versatile uses. It is used in the medical, skincare, perfume, home scenting, dietary, and even cleaning industries.  Depending on how you plan to use patchouli, the form differs in the type of patchouli you need.

Patchouli is available in many different forms.  You can use patchouli as an herb.  The herb is readily available in whole leaf form or in the c/s form which means cut and sifted.  Patchouli is also available as an absolute and an essential oil.  Synthetically, patchouli is accessible as fragrance oil as well, and you will be able to also find varieties of the fragrance too like Sweet Patchouli fragrance oil for example.

A vital component to the perfume industry, patchouli is considered a chypre.  A chypre is regarded as a group of related fragrances with specific top notes, middle notes, and bases notes denoting them.  This group is distinguished as a contradiction of a citrus accord (typical the top note- first one smelled) and the woody base (the anchor for the fragrance).  A very popular fragrance group for both feminine and masculine smells, patchouli is considered fundamental in various scents.

Perfumery/ Scent Industry:

This widely used scent is a foundation for many perfumes and fragrance oils.  It is considered a base note from which many different fragrances are layered and formulated.  Because of the fact that patchouli oil actually improves with aging, many perfumeries favor working with the eldest oils to ensure a full bodied, longer lasting scent in their end aromas.

One of the best attributes of the scent of patchouli is that it easily blends with a variety of other fragrance notes.  These other scents are basil, geranium, vetiver, cedarwood, clove, rose, lavender, myrrh, sandalwood, bergamot, juniper, and pine; just to name a few.

In India, authentic Indian shawls carried the prevalent scent as well as Indian ink.  Some examples of items in the United States that have been scented with patchouli are:  paper towels, laundry detergents, herbal sachets (in oil form and herb form), candles, incense, bath and body products, cosmetics, and even toys.  A little fun fact about patchouli: Mattel, a large toy company, once used patchouli oil in their product line to scent an action figure character named Stinkor.


The amazing medical advantages of patchouli have been used by the people of the Orient for millennia.  Patchouli has long been used as an insect repellant (insecticide), aid in digestive conditions (digestive aid for nausea, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, hemorrhoids), combat infections (anti-infectious, natural anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic), and is even used for snake bites (antitoxic).  Patchouli can even help to speed up the time it takes to heal a wound, or insect bite.

Patchouli can be used as an excellent diuretic.  Not only does it help the body to release excess fluid and water retention, but it can also be used to assist in weight loss.  It is believed that the aroma of patchouli even helps to reduce appetite.

It is also believed that by simply inhaling the aroma of patchouli, it can help to reduce hypertension.  This method works by sending the brain messages through the limbic system which can directly control the nervous system.  Through means of aromatherapy, patchouli can help to control heart rate, blood pressure, and can moderate breathing.

Patchouli also works as a feel good tonic.  Affecting the overall health and well being of a person, patchouli assists in the feel good mood of a person.  But, patchouli powers don’t stop there, it also assimilates toxins as well and helps to remove them from the body with it diuretic ability.

The scent of patchouli is also documented and believed to help fight anxiety and depression.  This is because the aroma supposedly helps to relax the mind and keep it in the present.  Patchouli is considered to clarify thought and release mental anguish of the uncontrollable while balancing the emotions.

Skincare/ Body Care

Patchouli is quite popular in skincare products because of its versatility.  Patchouli helps to inhibit wrinkles and sagging in the skin.  This is because patchouli oil is actually a very effective tissue regenerator.  The use of the oil on your skin encourages the growth of new skin cells, which then replace the damaged ones; keeping your skin looking healthy and youthful.  It is due to these same benefits that patchouli oil can even assist in the fading of scars, and can even help with the reduction of cellulite.

A powerful astringent that even tones the skin, patchouli works to eliminate any surplus of fluids from the body’s tissues.  Plus, with patchouli’s antiseptic powers, it is able to find the source of inflammation, and cool it down.  This is why patchouli is a compelling substance in fighting and preventing mild acne occurrences, even lessening the changes for a return breakout.  The same can be said for other skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis.

Becoming ever so popular in the 1960’s as a deodorant, patchouli works great at masking body odors.  Patchouli essential oil can even be to eliminate scalp disorders like dandruff.

Natures Garden provides this information about patchouli for educational purposes only.  Nothing we mention should be construed as medical advice or for medical treatment purposes.   Please consult your doctor before using any herbs for treatment or other medicinal purposes.



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patchouli essential oil Facts about Patchouli

In America, when most people hear the word patchouli, they immediately think of hippies, universal love for one another, and tie dyed peace signs. But patchouli is so much more than that and has quite an interesting history.

Deriving its name from the Tamil language (the official dialect of Singapore and Sri Lanka), patchouli means “green leaf”.  A robust and extremely fragrant plant; especially when rubbed, patchouli’s scent has been used for centuries in perfumes.

Belonging to the genus Pogostemon, patchouli is a green, leafy herb that is in the mint family.  Growing best in hot, tropical climates; patchouli thrives when it is not in direct sunlight and has the potential of reaching a height of 2-3 ft.  Contrary to common belief, patchouli is more than just leaves; the plant also has flowers that bloom in late fall.  These flowers produce seeds that can be harvested to produce even more patchouli plants.

There are two ways to grow patchouli.  The first is to attain cuttings from the mother plant.  These cuttings are then rooted in water and will cultivate additional patchouli plants.  The second way to grow patchouli is to plant the seeds of the flowers.  The only hesitance with this way is that patchouli seeds are very small and have to be handled with great care.  These seeds are extremely fragile and can be easily crushed, deeming them useless.

When it comes to harvesting patchouli, the leaves of the plant can be collected several times in one year.  However, the strongest scent/oil comes from the top 3-4 pairs of leaves in the patchouli plant.  In order to attain the extraction of patchouli essential oil from these leaves, the leaves must go through a steam distillation process.  This is typically achieved with dried patchouli leaves.  However, there are some claims that to achieve the highest quality of patchouli essential oil, fresh leaves should be distilled.  Ideally, close to where the leaves are harvested, ensuring true freshness.

There are other ways to obtain patchouli essential oil.  One is through a fermentation process.  This process involves bundling the dry patchouli leaves and allowing them to ferment for a long period of time.

The essential oil of patchouli is a rich, earthy aroma with a woody yet minty undertone.  One of the most notable characteristics of this essential oil is that it actually improves over time.  The two most sought out components of patchouli essential oil are patchoulol and norpatchoulenol.

Although, it is true that patchouli essential oil is vital to the perfume industry, patchouli also had another massive worth in history.  Patchouli is believed to be an insect repellent.  It was common place for silk traders of the oriental to pack the valuable silk that they were trading with dried patchouli leaves.  Not only did the leaves prevent the mating of moths on the traders’ silk, but also hindered the moth from laying eggs on the precious silk as well.

This practice, which had started as a means of protection for the silk, ended with patchouli being considered an affluent scent.  Historians now hypothesize that due to the fragrant nature of patchouli; much of the traded silk acquired the aroma during the long travel.  Before long the distinguished scent of patchouli marked authenticity in traded fabric goods although the vast majority did not know what it was called.

One of the possible explanations as to why patchouli was considered an upscale scent to Europeans of that time is due to a notable historical conqueror.  The infamous Napoleon Bonaparte attained some of these patchouli scented cashmeres, through his vast travels to Egypt.  He then brought them back to France.  This mysterious scent of patchouli and its origin were kept secret, and it was not until the year 1837, that the smell and the source were identified to the remainder of the western world.