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Jan
03

Pink Sangria Soap Recipe


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Pink Sangria Soap RecipePink Sangria Soap Recipe

Fruity beverages always seem to bring an extra sense of brightness into anyone’s life. From the tart taste of lemon to the sweet juiciness of a plum, any kind of fruit can brighten anyone’s day. Nature’s Garden’s Pink Sangria Soap Recipe attempts to bring this same refreshing sensation into anyone’s household. This melt and pour soap recipe is easy for anyone to make. This recipe captures the fruity essence of cherries, oranges, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries. Below, we mention how you can make your own soap at home that smells just like sangria.

What is Sangria?

The sangria is a drink that has originated from Spain. You can mix this drink using red wine and chopped fruit. Traditionally, you could find this drink served in clay pitchers. Now, you can commonly find sangria mixed into wine glasses. No one has been able to find the true origin of the drink, but it can be traced back to Spain, England, and Greece. The drink has been traced back to the 18th century to another similar drink called Sangaree. The Sangaree was a drink served in the Caribbeans and could be served either iced or hot. There are many different combinations that you can put into the Sangria which make it such a unique drink. Traditionally, this drink can be mixed with any fruit that the user desires to put in it. Some of the fruits that are commonly added include blueberries, strawberries, lemon, grapes, pineapple, and many others. Other additions to Sangria that aren’t unheard of are brandy, sparkling water, and liqueur.

Properties of Diamond Clear Melt and Pour SoapProperties of Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap

Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap is the soap of choice used in the Pink Sangria Soap Recipe. This soap contains a lot of unique properties, which make it the perfect fit for this recipe. This MP soap base has a translucent color to it that allows embeds to easily show when added to this soap. The shininess of the soap also makes for a nice glistening effect on your end product when you are done making it. For example, in this recipe, we used this soap because it allows the vibrancy of the fruit soap embeds to show the best. Another great property of this soap, as with any other melt and pour soap, is that it has a high moisturizing content. This soap contains 99.5% glycerin and deodorized distilled coconut oil.

 

Ingredients:
Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap
FUN Soap Colorant Ultramarine Violet
Sangria Punch Fragrance Oil
FUN Soap Colorant Black Oxide
FUN Soap Colorant Neon Pink
Da Bomb Soap Dye Red
FUN Soap Colorant Eye Poke Orange
FUN Soap Colorant Tomato Red
Mitre Box
Cutter For Mitre Box

Other Ingredients & Equipment You’ll Need:
Cutting Board
Scale
Microwave safe containers
Large Knife
Microwave
Mixing Spoons
Loaf Molds (2)
Strawberries Mold (all fruit molds found at www.flexiblemolds.com)
Berries Mold 
Mini Cherries Mold 
Lemon/Lime Slices Mold 

 

Preparing the Orange Soap EmbedsPreparing the Orange Soap Embeds

The first fruit that will be included in our pink sangria soap is orange slices. So, we will start by creating these embeds. The first step is to melt 60 grams of the Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base. Thoroughly melt the soap in the microwave in 30-second intervals until it is a liquid state, stirring in between each 30-second burst. Once melted, add 4 drops of the Eye Poke Orange FUN Soap Colorant and 3 grams of the Sangria Fragrance Oil.  Stir to blend the ingredients together. Make sure that the orange color and the fragrance oil fully incorporate into the soap. Then, pour the orange soap into the orange slices mold.

Setting up the Orange Soap EmbedsSetting up the Orange Soap Embeds

After pouring the soap, spray it with rubbing alcohol to release any air bubbles. You want to allow adequate time for the soap to setup in the mold. Once the soap sets up, remove the embeds from the mold. Finally, you can set the orange slice embeds aside. They will be used in a later step.

 

 

 

Preparing and Setting up the Soap Cherry EmbedsPreparing and Setting up the Soap Cherry Embeds

The next fruit that goes into a sangria is cherries. So, the next embeds we need to create are the cherry soaps. To start off, you want to melt 30 grams of the Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap. Make sure that the soap is thoroughly melted. Melting the soap thoroughly will ensure that the cherry soap embeds are as smooth as possible. Once the soap has melted, add 3 drops of the tomato red FUN Soap Colorant and 1 gram of the Sangria Fragrance Oil. Stir the soap thoroughly to completely mix the red colorant and the fragrance oil.  Pour the red soap into the cherries mold and allow enough time to setup. When the soap appears completely hard, remove it from the mold. 

Preparing and Setting up the Blackberry Soap EmbedsPreparing and Setting up the Blackberry Soap Embeds

The next fruit that goes into a sangria is blackberries. So, the next soap embeds we will be making for the Pink Sangria Soap Recipe are the blackberries. To start out, weigh out and melt 150 grams of Natures Garden’s Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base. Completely melt the soap base before moving on. To the melted soap, you want to add 11 drops of the Ultramarine Violet, 2 drops of the Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant, and 7 grams of the Sangria Fragrance Oil. Stir the colors thoroughly into the soap until everything is thoroughly blended. Pour the dark purple melted soap into the berries mold. Set aside and allow adequate time for the soap embeds to completely setup. Once setup, remove them from the mold.

Preparing and Setting Up the Raspberry Soap EmbedsPreparing and Setting Up the Raspberry Soap Embeds

The next fruit that goes into a sangria is raspberries. Thus, the next soap embeds to make are the red raspberries. To start out, you want to weigh out and melt 150 grams of the Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base. Melt the soap base thoroughly before moving on. Next, add 2 drops of the Ultramarine Violet FUN Soap Colorant, 3 drops of the Neon Pink FUN Soap Colorant, 3 drops of the Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant, and 7 grams of the Sangria Fragrance Oil. Completely stir the soap until all of the colors have blended together. You want to see a solid, uniform red raspberry color when you are done. Also, make sure to completely mix in the fragrance oil as well. Then, pour the red soap into the berries mold. Allow adequate time for the soap to setup and solidify. Once setup, remove the raspberry embeds from the mold.

Preparing and Setting Up the Strawberry Soap EmbedsPreparing and Setting Up the Strawberry Soap Embeds

The final fruit that goes into a sangria is strawberries. Thus, we are now going to create the strawberry soap embeds.  Start out by melting 230 grams of the Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap. Since there is more soap base here, allow adequate time for this soap to melt completely. After the soap is completely melted, add 11 grams of the Sangria Fragrance Oil and 10 drops of the Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant.  Stir the soap completely to allow the red color to mix in, as well as the Sangria Punch Fragrance Oil. Pour the melted red soap into the strawberries mold. Since the strawberries are thicker than the previous fruits that were made, you want to allow more time for these to set up. When you are pulling the strawberry embeds out of the molds, ensure that their centers aren’t liquid anymore. When you are sure they are completely solid, remove the strawberries from the mold.

Preparing the Soap BasePreparing the Soap Base

Now that all of the fruit soap embeds are done, the last of the soap to melt is the filling of the loaf portion of the soap mold. This portion is what holds all of the fruit soap embeds in place in the soap and represents the pink sangria portion of the soap. To do this, first, weigh out and melt 1650 grams of the Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base. Once again, you will need to melt the soap in the microwave in 30-second intervals. Next, add one drop of the Da Bomb Soap Dye and 82 grams of the Sangria Fragrance Oil to the melted soap base. Stir the ingredients together to completely incorporate the soap dye and the fragrance oil.  We have used the Da Bomb Soap Dye from Natures Garden for this portion. This will allow the clear soap base to maintain a translucent appearance.

Pouring and Finishing the SoapPouring and Finishing the Soap

Get the loaf molds out. Take the fruit molds you made earlier, and add them to the loaf molds. Position the fruit in the molds so they are adequately spaced, and there is a variety in each loaf mold. Adding variety to each soap mold will ensure that they look as colorful as possible when they come out of the molds. Next, pour the soap base from the previous step into the loaf molds, over the fruit embeds. Fill the loaf molds to cover everything inside of it. If you choose, you can spray the soap with rubbing alcohol.  However, we wanted our soap to have a bubbly look so we chose not to spray this portion. Once the soap is completely setup, remove it from the molds. The last step is to slice your soap using the mitre box and mitre box cutter. Your Pink Sangria Soap Recipe is now ready to be used. You can use them in the bathroom, or in the kitchen, take your pick, We hope you enjoyed this melt and pour soap recipe!

Note:

Testing of these recipes is your responsibility. Nature’s Garden is not responsible for the use of our products, and is completely under the discretion of the user who uses them. It is under your responsibility to comply with FDA regulations if you plan to sell or make any of our recipes for your own personal gain. Nature’s Garden can’t offer any advice on how to use or where to purchase any ingredients that you use in this recipe that we don’t sell. 

Sangria is a delicious fruity drink that incorporates a bunch of different fruits. There are many other fruity, non-alcoholic cocktails that you can make too at home. My favorite drink out of this list is the Piña Colada. This tropical drink has a Spanish name that translates to Pineapple and Strained (the strains of coconut). Another refreshing drink in this list is the Bahama Mama. This drink is similar to the sangria in which it incorporates a lot of different fruits. The Bahama Mama uses grapefruit, grenadine, orange juice, and a lot of different fruits. Next time the weather gets really hot, try making one of these drinks and refresh yourself.

Dec
22

Bumbleberry Fragrance


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Bumbleberry FragranceBumbleberry Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Spotlight

Bumbleberry Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden is a combination of blackberries and strawberries and a whole lot more.  Our customers have described it as “fresh, sweet fruity”, and “a delicious red berry scent”.  I must admit, in the past, I have heard of bumbleberries being used for baking purposes.  Imagine my surprise when I found out that there is no such thing as an actual bumbleberry, the do not exist.  After a little bit of researching this nonexistent fruit, I found that bumbleberry refers to a mixture of  in season berries that you need to hurry and use before they go bad.  You mix them together as fruit salad type dish.  However, you can also use frozen berries to create your own bumbleberry dish.

What Does Bumbleberry Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Bumbleberry Fragrance Oil is an explosion of wild blackberries and strawberries, combined with just the right amount of earthy woods.  Natures Garden’s bumbleberry fragrance begins with top notes of blackberry, apricot, and strawberry;  followed by middle notes of sweet pear, lavender, and jasmine;  sitting on base notes of earthy woods.

Top Notes:  blackberry, apricot, strawberry
Mid Notes:  pear, lavender, jasmine
Base Notes:  woods

How Do Our Customers Use Bumbleberry Fragrance Oil? 

For our handmade soap makers and those who prefer to make homemade bath and body products; the maximum usage is 5% for this berry scent.  Bumbleberry Fragrance Oil performs perfectly in perfumes and in other bath and body products such as bath oils, bath gels, and lotions, it performs well.  Natures Garden’s cold process soap testing results show no separation, no acceleration, and no ricing while the scent is strong, juicy, fruity, and delicious.  There was no discoloration as there is 0% vanillin content.  Coloring suggestion for this fragrance oil is to use purple soap colorant and red soap colorant in the amounts that satisfy you. Never use candle dye in any bath and body products.

Room scenters, the maximum recommended use is 50% for your homemade potpourri, reed diffusers, and incense where the scent is nice and strong.  For homemade cleaning products, the maximum usage is 5%.

Candle crafters who enjoy making homemade candles, the maximum recommended usage rate for this fruity scent is 10%.  Bumbleberry Fragrance Oil is nice and strong in soy wax while performing perfectly in joy wax and wow wax.  Bumbleberry fragrance can also be used to create homemade candle wax tarts using  our pillar of bliss wax.  For coloring these homemade creations, we suggest using 2 drops of purple liquid candle dye plus 2 drops of red liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax or shred a small amount of a purple color block and red color block into your melted wax.  Never use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

Bumbleberry Fragrance Oil is a nice berry scent that will have your home smelling of fresh fruits.  To place your order today, type in “bumbleberry fragrance oil” in Natures Garden’s search bar and you will be taken directly to the ordering page.

 

Dec
09

Blackberry Bling Bling Fragrance


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Blackberry Bling Bling FragranceBlackberry Bling Bling Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Blackberry Bling Bling Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden puts the bling in bling bling.  Bling Bling is a slang term popularized in the hip hop culture.  It actually has several different definitions most of which consist of words such as expensive, ostentatious, high class and flashy all of which normally refer to clothes or fashionable jewelry or similar expensive objects made of metal or other shiny materials.  Bling bling has also been used to describe other worldly possessions such as cell phones and cars.  For example, when used to show off one’s fancy items, one might say “he or she is bling blingin’ now!”.  Jay Z and Jermaine Dupri were the first to use this term back in 1998 in the song “Money Ain’t a Thang”, but Cash Money Millionaires made it popular with with the song “Bling Bling” in 1999.

What Does Blackberry Bling Bling Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This spicy and sparkling aroma is combination of juicy blackberries and bright citrus perfectly blended with fresh herbs.

An NG Original Fragrance! 

Top Notes:  blackberry, strawberry, raspberry, blood orange
Mid Notes:  pineapple, apple, pear, sage, basil
Base Notes:  bamboo leaves, lily, jasmine, clove

How Do Our Customers Use Blackberry Bling Bling Fragrance Oil? 

There are several different ways you can make your home smell amazing with this blackberry scent.  Cleaning products, the maximum usage is 5%. And with potpourri and incense, the maximum usage is 50%.  When using Blackberry Bling Bling Fragrance Oil for room scenting with aroma beads, the fragrance is nice and strong.

If your passionate about making homemade soap making as well as bath and body products, the maximum usage is 5%.  The results of our cold process soap testing showed perfect pour with no ricing, no acceleration, and no separation.  The scent retention is strong and it discolors to a light beige.  This lovely scent also performs perfectly in perfumes.

Homemade candles maximum usage is 10%.  Blackberry Bling Bling Fragrance Oil performs perfectly in wow wax, joy wax, and is nice and strong in soy wax.

Coloring Suggestions:  Blackberry Bling Bling Fragrance Oil

For homemade bath and body products such as soap, bath oils, and bath gels, we suggest using purple soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you.  Never use candle dye in any body products.

For homemade candles, we suggest using 5 drops of purple liquid color dye and 1 drop of black liquid dye per 4 pounds of wax.  Never use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

To get your hands on this high quality fragrance, just type “blackberry bling bling” into the search bar on our site.  The Blackberry Bling Bling Fragrance Oil page with pop up and you order immediately!

 

 

 

Dec
01

Blackberry Jam Fragrance


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Blackberry Jam FragranceBlackberry Jam Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Spotlight

Natures Garden’s Blackberry Jam Fragrance Oil is a bestselling fragrance.  One might ask “what is the difference between jam and jelly.  Jam, jelly and preserves are all made with fruit that is mixed with sugar and pectin, an indigestible carbohydrate or fiber.  Pectin can be found in the cell walls of most fruit.  When heated with sugar in water, it gels, giving jam, jelly and preserves their thickness.  Jam is made from the crushed pulp of the fruit while jelly is made strictly from the juice of the fruit.  And in preserves, the fruit comes from chunks in a syrup.  You can tell the difference between jam and jelly by sight as jelly spreads pretty evenly and jam will tend to be a little lumpy.

Would you like to your own homemade blackberry jam?  Using the ingredients below and following the 10 steps below, it’s super easy.

What you will need:

5 cups of crushed blackberry (do not puree)

7 cups of sugar

1 package of fruit jell pectin

Step 1:  Very carefully measure out the blackberries

Step 2:  Place the blackberries into a very large pot

Step 3:  Add the pectin to the blackberries in the pot, stirring constantly

Step 4:  Heat the blackberry and pectin mixture on high, while constantly stirring until the it comes to a full boil

Step 5:  Pour all 7 cups of sugar into the pot and stir

Step 6:  Stir constantly as you bring the mixture back to a boil and allow to boil for one minute and then remove from heat

Step 7:  Ladle the mixture into your jars leaving a 1/4″ space at the top

Step 8:  Wipe the rim of the jars and place the canning tops on firmly

Step 9:  Place all of the jars in a canner with very hot water and make sure the water is 1″ above the tops of the jars, leaving them in the water for 10 minutes

Step 10:  Remove the jars from the water.  Then allow the jars to sit untouched for 12 hours.  In 12 hours, you may open and enjoy!!

What Does Blackberry Jam Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Blackberry Jam Fragrance Oil is a wonderful fragrance oil by Natures Garden!  A well-rounded blend of ripe and tart blackberries with base notes of vanilla and fresh greenery.  It’s great for making candle pies!  A Best Seller!

Top Notes:  peach, strawberry, blackberry, pineapple
Mid Notes:  orange, violet, jasmine
Base Notes:  musk, vanilla, greenery

How Do Our Customers Use Blackberry Fragrance Oil?

Homemade candles have a maximum usage of 10%.  Blackberry Jam Fragrance Oil is nice and strong in soy wax and performs perfectly in joy wax, wow wax, and soy wax.  Suggestions for coloring your candles, use 4 drops of burgundy liquid candle dye plus 2 drops of purple liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax.  As using crayons to color your candles will clog your wick, we will never recommend the use of crayons to color your candles.

Jammin’ onto the homemade bath and body products such as homemade soaps, bath oils, and bath gels.  The maximum usage rate is 3.3%.  Our cold process soap testing results showed no acceleration, no ricing, and no separation.  The vanillin content is 0% and the testing results showed no discoloration while holding good scent retention.  This blackberry scent performs perfectly in perfumes and performed well in bath and body products.

When used in cleaning products maximum usage rate is 3.3%.  When making homemade potpourri and incense the maximum usage rate is 50%.

Sep
18

Autumn Woods Fragrance


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Autumn Woods FragranceAutumn Woods Fragrance Oil Spotlight

It’s almost Autumn and I am elated! Fall is by far my favorite season. One of the best things about this (soon-to-be) time of year is the changing colors and falling of the leaves. And what’s better than taking a walk through the woods on a brisk autumn day? I love the crunch, crunch, crunch of the leaves underneath my feet. It’s also easier to breath. Take a deep breath of that cool, crisp autumn air and you basically have this fantastic fall fragrance!

What Does Autumn Woods Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance is a walk in the woods with the smell of crisp leaves under foot and fresh pine with berries falling off the trees.

Top Notes:  Lemon, Orange, Lime, Blackberries
Mid Notes:  Carnation, Rose, Muguet
Base Notes: Pine, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Eucalyptus leaves

How Do Our Customers Use Autumn Woods Fragrance Oil?

All kinds of creative ways! Firstly, they make delightful decorative candles. This earthy aura performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax, and is nice and strong in soy wax. It is not gel wax compatible. The maximum recommended usage percentage for this fall fragrance in vegetable waxes and paraffin wax is 10%. Our coloring suggestions for candles are to use 4 drops of yellow plus 1 drop of brown liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax, or shred a small amount of yellow and brown color block into your melted wax. As cool and creative as it may sound, do NOT color your candles with crayons–it will clog the wick!

Secondly, they make some super room scents. The maximum recommended usage percentage for this full-bodied fragrance in incense and potpourri is 50%. This autumn aroma comes across nice and strong in aroma beads. We’ve also got an awesome Autumn Leaves Potpourri Recipe made with Autumn Woods Fragrance Oil, cute little leaf molds, and shiny gold mica pigment! A beautiful fall decoration that exudes a wonderful scent.

If you’d like to do some autumn-cleaning, the maximum recommended usage percentage for this seasonal scent in cleaning products is 5%.

Thirdly, bath and body products! The maximum recommended usage percentage in soaps, bath oils, and bath gels is 5%. Our cold process soap testing found that this complex accord results in no acceleration, no ricing, no separation, and nice, strong scent retention. It discolors CP soap to a tan color. This is possibly due to the 1.84% vanillin content of the fragrance. Vanillin has the tendency to discolor bath and body products. If you’d prefer, you can try to combat this with Vanilla White Color Stabilizer, but please remember you are responsible for the results in your finished products. Our coloring suggestions for bath and body products are to use yellow and brown soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you. You can also try natural soap colorants for some truly earthy tones, but pay close attention to the information on the page- some soapmaking processes can alter the desired color of your final soap. Experimenting is always okay! But never color your bath and body products with candle colorants- that is one experiment to avoid.

And finally, body products outside of the bath! This fragrance performs perfectly in perfumes and its maximum recommended usage percentage in lotions and body-sprays it 3.95%.

Wear this fragrance on your body or use it to fill rooms with scent- you will certainly feel all the fragrant fun of fall!