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Dec
10

Snowy Luminary Candle Jar Recipe


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Snowy Luminary Candle Jar RecipeSnowy Luminary Candle Jar Recipe

Do you want to learn how you can make another one of our homemade crafts for the holidays? Then this blog is for you! We will be talking about our Snowy Luminary Candle Jar Recipe today. This is a pretty simple craft to make, that uses only five ingredients and looks gorgeous once it is all finished. Since it isn’t difficult to do, children can also be a part of the process of making it! If you were in search of some new craft ideas to make for decorating the house or to gift a family member, this is the perfect one for you! Even though the jar is holding a candle, it still has other uses as well. If you do not want to create the candle portion, you can use the glittery snowy jar to put candy such as candy canes for your holiday parties. You can also definitely use it as a unique rendition of a stocking, which you could fill with cute stocking stuffers that are good for children, spouses, friends, and even coworkers. Let’s go ahead and jump right into the recipe!

Ingredients Found at Natures Garden

Epsom Salt
Christmas Wreath Fragrance Oil
Diamond Dust Mica Pigment
1.75” Zinc Core 44-20-18 Candle Wicks
Pedestal Cup
Disposable Pipette
Joy Candle Wax
Pouring Pot
Thermometer

Other Ingredients & Equipment You Will Need:

Elmer’s Glue
Newspaper or wax paper
Crafting paint brush
Mixing Spoon
Glass Bowl
Ribbon
16 oz Apothecary Jar

Preparing Our Station

The first thing that we are going to do is to prepare the work station where we will be creating. For this project, it is a good idea that we lay down either newspaper or wax paper on a clean surface. By doing this, it will protect counters and other parts of your workstation from becoming messy. Putting down the paper will prevent the Epsom salt and the glitter in mica powder from spreading all over the place. 

Pouring in the GlueCreating the Paste for the Candle Jar

For the first step in the recipe, we are going to need to prepare our glue. We will just be using regular Elmer’s glue for this craft recipe, that you can buy from almost any store. We need to pour into a small bowl about two ounces of the Elmer’s glue. Then, we need to add to that between 2-4 ml of the Natures Garden Christmas Wreath Fragrance Oil. This is the ingredient that will provide your candle jar with a wonderful Christmas scent. It is a strong but nice mixture of a lot of different elements. Natures Garden’s Christmas Wreath scent starts with the top notes of orange pomander, bergamot, and holly berry. The Mixing the Fragrance to Create the Gluemiddle notes of this fragrance include Christmas lily, eucalyptus leaves, and cinnamon bark. Finally, the base notes are fir balsam and pine. Another recipe that we have made which uses this fragrance oil is our Christmas Wreath Fire Starters. These will help to make it easier to light your fireplace, since it can sometimes be difficult to do so.

Coating the Candle Jar in the Glue PasteCoating the Candle Jar in the Glue Paste

Next, bring out your 16 oz apothecary jar. We are now going to apply the glue mixture that we just made to our jar. Take out a paint brush and dip it into the bowl of glue. Then, we are going to take it and use it to coat the jar in glue. Just get a bit at a time, applying thin layers. We should not over load the paint brush with glue because we do not want the jar to be drenched, which can create a big mess. We also cannot use too much of the glue because it will create clumps, which will still show when the glitter is added onto it.

Adding the Epsom Salt to the Jar

Adding the Epsom Salt to the Jar

Now that we have all taken the time to read up and learn all about Epsom Salt and the benefits of using it, we can continue making our snowy luminary candle jar. While the glue is still wet, go ahead and get out your bag or jar of Epsom Salt. We are going to sprinkle the Epsom salt all over the entire jar, covered in glue. There is no exact amount that we can give you to use for this part of the recipe. Use your judgment and continue pouring it on until the glue is hidden. After the jar is completely covered, grab the diamond dust mica pigment for the next step. Now, on top of the Epsom Salt, we are going to sprinkle the diamond dust mica all around the jar, giving it a nice layer of glitter. Make sure that you allow the glue to dry completely before moving onto the following steps.

The Candle Making ProcessThe Candle Making Process

While you are waiting around for the candle jar to completely dry, we can start on the actual candle portion. In this step we will be preparing the candle that will eventually be set in the luminary candle jar. Begin by gathering the scale and weighing out one ounce of the Natures Garden Joy Candle Wax. We are going to be using the double boiler method for this recipe, as we usually do. Grab a normal stove-top pot that you use only for soap making and candle making.

You will also need to grab a pouring pot. Fill up your stove-top pot with a few inches of water and place it on the stove burner to heat the water up. Then, take the one ounce of Joy Wax that we weighed out and add this ingredient to the pouring pot. Place the pouring pot with the Joy Wax within it into the stove-top pot with the heated water. We are going to leave these on the stove burner until the one ounce of Joy Wax has completely melted. Add 0.1 ounces of the Natures Garden Christmas Wreath Fragrance oil once it has melted. Stir to fully incorporate the ingredients.

Pour into the Pedestal CupPour into the Pedestal Cup

When everything is stirred together, pour the melted wax into the pedestal cup that you have set to side somewhere. Then, pick out one of the 1.75″ Zinc Core 44-20-18 candle wicks. This is the wick we suggest using for this recipe. However, if you are interested, we have an entire selection of different candle wicks. Place one of the wicks in the pedestal cup. Allow the candle enough time to set up.

Decorating the Candle JarDecorating the Candle Jar

Now we have reached the fun part! Once the glue on your jar has completely dried, you can finally decorate it. For our jar we grabbed a cute ribbon that was red and sparkly and we wrapped it around the top of the jar. This addition to the craft really tied in the theme of Christmas for us. For your jars you can use anything Christmas themed or just simply sparkly. You could always add other colors of glitter such as gold or green, or maybe incorporate stickers or crinkle paper shred filling. Keep messing with different craft decorations until you achieve the final look that you want your snowy luminary candle jar to have. Once you have achieved that special look, place the set up candle that you made into the candle jar.

We hope that you enjoyed creating this homemade snowy luminary jar candle!

Epsom SaltEpsom Salt

Since this ingredient is going to be used today, and since it plays such an important role in the overall look of this luminary candle jar, we are going to talk a little bit about Epsom Salt. There are many benefits to using Epsom Salt for many different kinds of products and projects. If you are interested, we actually have an Epsom Salt class up on the website that will go in depth about some points I will be summarizing here. This product is beneficial to use medicinally and to add to bath, body, and cleaning products.

Medicinal Benefits of Epsom Salt

Medicinally, Epsom Salt is an anti-inflammatory that can be used to treat problems such as headaches, muscle pains, bites, stings, and rashes. It is rich in both magnesium and sulfates. The magnesium helps to eliminate toxins and control the production of energy. Sulfates form brain tissue, joint proteins, and other proteins that line the digestive tract and help with the digestion of food. It also helps people sleep better because it has properties that relax the muscles and soothe the skin.

Epsom Salt Uses in Products

Epsom Salt is useful in cosmetics, bath and body products, as well as for skin care and hair care. Bath fizzies and bath bombs commonly use Epsom Salt because of the benefits to the skin. It deep cleans and exfoliates the skin, helps eliminate acne, and can even help with preventing wrinkles from developing. Natures Garden has a Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe, which uses Epsom Salt, as well as our Green Apple Candy Bath Bomb Recipe. It is also a nice ingredient to add to hair conditioners because it provides them with a volumizing property.

As far as cleaning products, a mixture of Epsom Salt and liquid dish detergent can work well when used to scrub floors. This combination will gather up any dirt and grime that are clinging onto your floors. It can also be useful to scrub pots, pans, or dishes clean that have been scorched and hold burnt food on them.

Refreshing Foot Soak RecipeRefreshing Foot Soak Recipe

I wanted to mention at least two of the recipes from Natures Garden that include Epsom Salt as one of the ingredients. This recipe for a Refreshing Foot Soak will create eight of these simple homemade baggies. You will be mixing together Epsom Salt, dead sea salt (high minerals fine ground), menthol crystals, bath tea bags with pull strings that are fillable, and the Natures Garden eucalyptus and spearmint fragrance oil. Diving into this foot soak will feel great on the skin and soothe it, along with relaxing the muscles in your feet. However, make sure to use this only for your feet, as directed, so that the menthol crystals do not irritate other parts of your skin.

Chocolate Bath Butter Scrub RecipeChocolate Bath Butter Scrub Recipe

For the second recipe I wanted to mention our Chocolate Bath Butter Scrub. This will make you four 8 ounce jars of bath butter. The ingredients in this one are also fairly simple and used often in the soap making, candle making, and bath products industry. It takes whipped soap base, organic cocoa powder, vegetable glycerin, vanilla white color stabilizer, Epsom Salt, Better than Sex Cake fragrance oil, and the brown and black FUN soap colorants. All of these ingredients are sold by Natures Garden and are easily accessible through the link above.

Other Holiday Ideas

If you enjoyed making this recipe and have been searching for more holiday crafts to try out with your kids, friends, or family, check these free Christmas craft recipes out. Just as with this one, we have many more recipe ideas that use all different fragrance oils to make things. This includes crafts, candles, air fresheners, soap recipes, and much, much more that can also be used as holiday gift ideas. This whole section of our website provides a bunch of recipe and craft ideas to make for the Christmas season. For even more fun craft ideas check out the 25 Simple Christmas Crafts from Crazy Little Projects

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is always the responsibility of our customers. If you plan to resell any of the recipes that we provide, it is also your responsibility to follow all FDA regulations. We cannot offer any advice on where to buy the products and ingredients that are listed in our recipes if they are not sold by Natures Garden. When you use Natures Garden recipes and/or raw ingredients, you are agreeing to indemnify Natures Garden against any liability of performance, any lack of performance, or any problems that you encounter with the finished products.

Dec
05

Holiday Ribbon Melt and Pour Soap Project


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Holiday Ribbon Melt and Pour Soap ProjectHoliday Ribbon Melt and Pour Soap Project

Natures Garden has come up with a brand new recipe for all of our customers to try out this Christmas season! We love this time of the year because there are many different recipes we all can make, that our Christmas fragrances add the perfect touch to. This Holiday Ribbon Melt and Pour Soap Project will throw you right in the spirit of Christmas. Creating new ideas and finding crafts that are going to excite and inspire people is always a goal of ours. This is especially important around the holiday season, at a time of giving to the people you care about most. People are constantly searching for interesting gifts to give to family and friends, which homemade crafts provide the perfect fix for!  We hope that this unique melt and pour soap can be the inspiration you have been looking for. It is super fun to make and will provide you with 32 soap ribbons! Let’s go ahead and get started with this project.

Ingredients Found at Natures Garden

Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base
Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap Base
FUN Soap Colorant Tomato Red
FUN Soap Colorant Neon Green
Holiday Pomegranate Fragrance Oil
FUN Soap Colorant Kelly Green
FUN Soap Colorant Black Oxide
8 ounce Clear PET Bullet Bottle
White 24/410 Fine Mist Sprayer

Other Ingredients & Equipment You Will Need:

Cutting Board
Scale
Microwave safe containers
Large Knife
Microwave
13 x 9″ Pan
Rubbing alcohol (in the bullet bottle)

Diamond Clear Melt and Pour SoapDiamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap

The first step in this recipe is to prepare the red soap portion. We will need to weigh out the 456 grams of the Natures Garden Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap. This soap base of ours is made up of 99.5% glycerin and pure deodorized, double distilled, coconut oil. These ingredients give excellent qualities to this soap. Glycerin helps the skin to retain moisture that is naturally made, soap that contains glycerin in it is gentler on the skin than other types of soap are, and it is great for more dry and sensitive skin.

Coconut oil contains many healthy saturated fats, it is a natural anti-fungal product, and it is also naturally anti-bacterial. Another great property of coconut oil is that it is highly moisturizing, which makes it a popular ingredient in soap and lip balm. Natures Garden also sells Coconut Oil 76 along with Fractionated Coconut Oil, both of which are used in several of our other homemade recipes. Also, if you really enjoy the scent of coconut, you might want to check out the coconut-related fragrance oils that we carry. Some of these are Coconut Cream Pie, Creamy Coconut, and Natures Garden Coconut Vanilla Type

Melting the Soap Base and Adding the Fragrance OIlMelting the Soap Base and Adding the Fragrance Oil

Now that we have discussed some of the properties of this soap base, we can begin melting it to make our soap. Melt the 456 grams that we measured out. You can melt the soap in either a microwave or using a double boiler. After the soap has completely melted, the next ingredient we are going to be using is the Holiday Pomegranate Fragrance Oil. Weigh out 23 grams of it and add that to the melted Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap. 

holiday pomegrante fragrance oilThis Holiday Pomegranate Fragrance Oil has definitely been a popular scent in the products and crafts that we have been creating for this holiday season. The other recipes that we have used it in so far are the Holiday Pomegranate Candle, Holiday Air Freshener, and the Holiday Pomegranate Cold Process Soap. As with many others, this fragrance oil is versatile to use in many types of products. We have been using it so much because it smells so delicious! It contains an arrangement of pomegranate, dewberries, blackberries, sparkling citrus, sheer musk, iris, jasmine, red cassis, and finally, sandalwood. It brings together all of these elements in a way that makes it a great ingredient to add to Christmas products!

Making the Red Portion of the SoapMaking the Red Portion of the Soap

Stir the melted soap and Holiday Pomegranate fragrance oil mixture together to incorporate them before moving on. Next, add 35 drops of the tomato red FUN soap colorant. Additionally, use a toothpick to add just a tiny amount of the black oxide FUN soap colorant. Fully stir it together until it is completely red, without any streaks of white.

Allowing the Soap to Set UpAllowing the Soap to Set Up

Next, we are going to pour the red soap onto one of the two pans. In order to release any air bubbles, spray the red soap with rubbing alcohol. When it has had approximately twenty minutes to set up, you can then remove it from the pan. However, the time that it takes for the soap to set up may vary, depending on different conditions. If the temperature of the room that you are working in is too hot or too cold, set up time could be affected. Another factor that may affect set up time is the temperature at which you poured it. When you are removing it from the pan, it should still be warm to the touch at that point.

Creating the Red Strips For Your SoapCreating the Red Strips For Your Soap

For the next step, we are going to place the red soap onto a cutting board. Place it in front of you horizontally. Then, using a knife that you have, begin slicing the soap into vertical strips. Cut them so that they are all about ¼ inch wide. Use and cut the entire portion of the red that you have made, since we are going to have some of them left over. Set them to the side for now and we will come back to them in a later step. 

Preparing the Green Portion of the SoapPreparing the Green Portion of the Soap

Grab your second pan for this next step. It is time for us to prepare the green portion of this holiday ribbon melt and pour soap! Once again, you will need to weigh out 456 grams of the Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap. Then, in exactly the same way as before, melt it down. Once the soap has completely melted, we are going to repeat another step from earlier. Measure out and add 23 grams of the Holiday Pomegranate Fragrance Oil. You can stir it together to incorporate it before adding the colorants. Then, add 20 drops of the neon green FUN soap color along with 3 drops of the Kelly Green FUN soap colorant. Once again, we used a toothpick to add just a small amount of the black oxide FUN soap colorant to the bowl. Stir all of the ingredients together so that they are fully combined. 

Setting Up the Green SoapSetting Up the Green Soap

Next, pour the green soap onto one of your pans. Spray with rubbing alcohol to release air bubbles. You will want to remove the soap from the pan when it has setup but is still warm to the touch. Once again, this will take approximately 20 minutes. However, setup time can vary depending on the temperature that you poured as well as the temperature of the room you are working in.

Slicing the Green Soap into StripsSlicing the Green Soap into Strips

Once again, after you have removed the soap from your pan, place the soap on a cutting board. Have it facing horizontally in front of you. Then, just as before, we are going to slice it into vertical strips that are about ¼ inch wide. They should look exactly the same as the red strips we cut previously.

Making the White Portion of the SoapMaking the White Portion of the Soap

Now, we can prepare the last portion of our holiday ribbon melt and pour soap project. This will be the white portion of the soap, which will follow very similar steps as the red and green soap portions did. However, instead of using the Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap, we are going to be using the Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap. Start by weighing out 655 grams. Once it has melted, add 32 grams of the Holiday Pomegranate Fragrance Oil. Incorporate everything together by stirring. 

This base is unscented with no Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS), or any other added detergents. The ingredients in this base are glycerin, sodium stearate, sodium cocoate, and sodium myristate,. It also contains coconut oil (cocoa nucifera), palm oil (elaeis guineensis), sunflower oil (helianthus annus), purified water, mango butter (mangifera indica), and titanium dioxide. Mango butter has several beneficial properties to it such as soothing and softening the skin. Eczema and dryness of the skin can be helped by mango butter. Additionally, it cleanses the surface of the skin from blemishes or impurities, and helps to unclog pores. 

Spraying the Strips of SoapSpraying the Strips of Soap

At this time, you will need one of your empty pans and the red and green strips that we previously created. Place the strips in the pan, leaving about ¼ inch gaps in between each. The soap is going to be white in color where the ¼ inch gaps are when we are finished pouring. Due to this, it does not matter how you choose to lay down your strips. You can lay them in whatever order you would like. We created variations when making this recipe. Some of our ribbon soap simply had green and white lines, while others had only red and white lines. We also created some with both green and red strips, as you can see in the picture. How you choose to do it is completely up to you! Once you have your strips laid out on the pan how you would like them to be, spray the soap strips in the pan with rubbing alcohol. This will help to ensure that they will adhere to the white soap we are about to pour on top of them. 

Incorporating the White SoapIncorporating the White Soap

Then, we are going to finish off our strips by adding the white portion. Pour the melted soap into the pan where you have left the gaps in between the green and red. These gaps will be filled by the white soap and will eventually harden. Once you have done this, spray the soap with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles again. Just as you have before, remove the soap from the pan while it is still warm to the touch. Make sure that it has had enough time to set up. When it is at this stage, the strip will still be flexible, which makes it much easier to work with. This flexibility is essential for the final step, so the timing is very important.

Slicing and Bending the Finished ProductSlicing the Finished Product

For this next step, quickly and carefully slice the soap the way that we did for the green and red strips. However, this time we want to have eight strips. Once you have cut them, trim around the edges to remove any excess or jagged pieces. 

 

 

Shaping the Ribbon Soap

For the final step in creating this holiday ribbon candy project, we are going to bend the strips of soap. We created a zig zag texture to resemble ribbon candy. The shape of this soap makes it that much cuter! Allow enough time for it to finish cooling down before use.

As we mentioned earlier, you are going to notice that you still have left over green and red strips of soap. All you have to do is simply repeat the steps, beginning when you make the portion for the white soap. This way, you can find a way to utilize the remaining strips and avoid any waste. It is also a great idea to use all of the extra pieces that you can make as a gift for someone this holiday season! We ended up having enough strips to create a total of four pans of striped soap! This will obviously vary depending on how thick you decided to cut your strips of green and red soap. 

After you have made as much soap as you would like to, your Holiday Ribbon Melt and Pour Soap Project is now ready to be used! We hope that you enjoyed making this new and fun holiday themed product! If this soap making recipe has you hungry for the real thing, you can find it at the Vermont Country Store!

Nov
14

How to Use Kaolin Clay


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How to Use Kaolin ClayHow to Use Kaolin Clay

If you have very sensitive skin, and need a recipe that will work with it, then check out these recipes by Nature’s Garden. We will talk about kaolin clay benefits, and different attributes that make up this wonderful clay. There are a lot of different minerals that make up kaolin clay that make it productive in any skin application. There are also a lot of different applications for this clay as it can be used in bath bombs, powders, and soap applications. The application for the clay is going to depend on it’s mineral composition. The best part about this clay is that it’s naturally occurring as well. So, you get the benefits of 100% natural minerals being present in the clay powder. We hope you enjoy learning about and seeing bath and body recipes involving this wonderful substance.

 

What is Kaolin Clay?

Kaolin Clay is a white, soft clay powder that is commonly used for people with sensitive skin. This clay is a type of silicate that was named “Gaoling” by the Chinese, then later adapted as “Kaolin” by the French. This clay is derived from the mineral called Kaolinite which is a soft, white, earthy mineral found from within the ground. In the United States some of the largest deposits of Kaolinite can be found in central Georgia. There’s a town in Georgia called Sandersville that is known as the “Kaolin Capital of the World”. Kaolin clay is commonly used in both cosmetics as well as soaping. This clay has the ability to harden different bath products as well as cleanse the skin.

 

Uses for Kaolin Clay outside of Cosmetics and Soap

While Natures Garden sells kaolin clay for use only in cosmetics, it has benefits in other industries as well. Kaolin Clay can be mixed with water to create a poultice for treating minor wounds. Another interesting use for Kaolin Clay is as a fruit fly repellent. All you need to do is add 2 tablespoons of Kaolin Powder for every 12 ounces of water into a water bottle. Afterwards, go around and spray any areas where you don’t want fruit flies. When Kaolin Clay is made, it’s tested for mineral content afterwards to see if it can be used for cosmetic, medicinal, or industrial purposes. Usually, Kaolin Clay is more commonly used in cosmetics though.

 

How to use Kaolin Clay in Different Cosmetics

Kaolin Clay poses a lot of different benefits when used in cosmetic recipes. For example, in bath bombs, Kaolin Clay is known to be a good color fixative which allows the color to show and not fuse within the bath bomb. It also acts as a hardening agent for bath bombs. When used in any bath fizzes or bath bombs, kaolin clay is a great way to soften the skin once you get out of the bathtub. Kaolin Clay is even used in deodorant recipes. When used in deodorant, this clay may help detoxify the skin underneath as well. You can also take advantage of the natural mineral makeup of this clay and use it in eye shadows, foundations, and blushes. This will allow you to get the true color that you’d desire.

 

How to use Kaolin Clay in Different Soaps

When used in soap, this clay is wonderful for those with sensitive skin. Kaolin Clay is rich in potassium, titanium, and silicon which when wet, will give your soap a smooth, silky, and creamy feel. Kaolin clay is also useful in retaining moisture when applied. The direct result of this is skin that is left moisturized and not so tight when you are done cleaning it. Also, this clay can be used to exfoliate your skin, leaving it smooth and clean.

 

Using Kaolin Clay to Help With Acne

When you use Kaolin Clay in body products, it not only can help some fight acne, but will do so in a smooth way that isn’t painful to your natural skin. This white clay, when used in soaps, is really good at picking up any oils. Some people will use this clay for types of skin conditions. Examples including: acne, skin irritations, skin inflammation, and dry flaky skin.

 

Hawaiian Splash Bath Bomb Recipe Using Kaolin ClayHow to Use Kaolin Clay: Hawaiian Splash Bath Bomb Recipe

There is nothing more soothing then kicking back and listening to the waves of the ocean crash on the shore. The Hawaiian Splash Bath Bomb Recipe captures many distinct features of the beach from it’s colors to it’s scent. This bath bomb recipe uses Hawaiian Splash Fragrance Oil that contains a variety of fruity notes. We at Nature’s Garden have used this fragrance oil in this recipe to capture the childhood memory of drinking Blue Hawaiian Punch. Another interesting feature of this bath bomb recipe is that it calls for natural fruity powders. This recipe is also fun for anyone of any age to make at home and use in the bathtub. We hope that when you use this bath bomb, that it brings back soothing memories of the ocean in the comfort of your bathtub.

 

Dreama Bubble Bar Recipe Using Kaolin ClayHow to Use Kaolin Clay: Dreama Bubble Bar Recipe

Nature’s Garden’s Dreama Bubble Bar Recipe is a really fun recipe to make at home. This recipe depicts that of that of a flower, which is decorative for the home. This recipe involves you creating a green flower petal base, then adding the center and petals on the top of it. There is a fun aspect to this recipe. You can also use different colors other than the white and yellow used in this recipe. You can choose from any range of different FUN soap colorants. This soap coloring class is focused on coloring different soap recipes, but can also be applied to bubble bars as well. With the addition of the kaolin clay in this recipe, this bubble bar will leave your skin feeling smooth and soft coming out of the bath.

 

Pumpkin Latte Bath Bomb Recipe Using Kaolin ClayHow to Use Kaolin Clay: Pumpkin Latte Bath Bomb Recipe

This recipe is perfect to make for the autumn weather, when it’s cool and pumpkins are just now starting to ripen. Everyone has a lot of fun carving pumpkins during this time of the year, and this bath bomb recipe attempts to capture those same sensations. The Pumpkin Latte Bath Bomb Recipe is really easy to make as it involves creating two distinctly colored bath bomb layers. The two layers depict that of a latte. For the orange layer, this recipe calls for a natural ingredient, Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend Powder. The Kaolin Clay used in the bath bomb allows the bath water that you bathe in to smooth your skin and leave it moist.

 

Lavender Facial Mask Recipe Using Kaolin ClayHow to Use Kaolin Clay: Lavender Facial Mask Recipe

This tranquil lavender facial mask recipe is wonderful to use on your face for relaxing and exfoliating your skin. Lavender is a great ingredient in trying to relax or even help you sleep. That’s why this face mask is usually used right before you are ready to go to bed. It can also help with sleeping conditions too and falling asleep earlier. The kaolin clay used in this recipe makes it wonderful for those with sensitive skin. On top of the kaolin clay, this recipe also calls for Vitamin E oil as well. Vitamin E oil prevents other oils from oxidizing when used in bath and body recipes. We hope that you enjoy relaxing with this recipe!

 

Christmas Tree Bath Bomb Recipe Using Kaolin ClayHow to Use Kaolin Clay: Christmas Tree Bath Bomb Recipe

There is nothing more exciting than Christmas Spirit! Kids waiting on Santa to deliver their presents, and the scent of a freshly cut pine tree in the house. The Christmas Tree Bath Bomb Recipe brings to life the spirit of Christmas. Anyone can make these bath bombs, and they make for a wonderful bathroom decoration as well. These bath bombs use decorative sprinkles as the design for the Christmas ornaments. You can use whatever sprinkles look the best to you. This recipe uses a very festive Kringleberry Fragrance Oil for its scent. The scent is very fruity, spicy, and festive. The scent this bath bomb recipe gives off will make your bathing experience seem very jolly. The Kaolin Clay uses in this bath bomb will also make it wonderful to soak in the bathtub, and soak into the skin. This bath bomb is the perfect combination of comforting and fun.

 

Silky Shimmering Body Powder Recipe Using Kaolin ClayHow to Use Kaolin Clay: Silky Shimmering Body Powder Recipe

Kaolin Clay was the perfect choice for The Silky Shimmering Body Powder Recipe. Due to it’s natural tendency to have a soft feel to the skin, this clay powder is perfect for applying to sensitive skin. The ingredient that gives this recipe it’s shimmer is Nature’s Garden’s Mica Diamond Dust Pigment. This pigment has a very shiny color by itself, and when added to the body powder gives it that extra level of sheen. This recipe also uses Lovely in Lace Fragrance Oil to scent it. This fragrance oil uses a complex blend of floral notes all combined with base of musk.

Tea Tree Soap Recipe Using Kaolin ClayHow to Use Kaolin Clay: Tea Tree Soap Recipe

Finally, we will look at the Tea Tree Soap Recipe. This melt and pour soap recipe not only uses kaolin clay, it also uses Natures Garden’s pure tea tree essential oil. In this hemp mp soap making project, we show you how to use the white clay to allow you to swirl melt and pour soap. One half of the soap is scented and simply colored. The clay is added to other half of the soap. By adding the clay to half of the soap, it will make this portion a slightly thicker consistency. This creates a tension barrier, preventing the two colors of soap from mixing together. Instead of blending together, it creates swirls within each bar of soap.

 

Kaolin Clay comes from Kaolinite, which is a naturally occurring mineral. I’m going to discuss the process of how they extract these minerals. Understanding Kaolin Clay uses, also involves understanding where it comes from. This koalin clay article was used as a basis to understand the operations involved in mining this mineral. You can find the largest deposits of Kaolinite in the United States in Georgia. By itself, Kaolinite serves little to no purpose when extracted as a raw material. Before they start drilling for this material, land analysts research the land and make calculations on where the best location would be to find deposits. Afterwards, they drill 200 foot deep holes. They drill around 50-100 holes for every 100 acres to get a reasonable sample. This sample set will allow the miners to understand the quality of the Kaolinite in the area.

 

 

Dec
20

Elf Sweat Scent


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elf-sweat-fragrance-oilElf Sweat Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Hi everyone! Do you have all of your Christmas shopping done yet? What did you ask Santa for this year? You know at this time of year, all his elves are working extra hard in overtime to get every gift done for all the girls and boys out there! Do you have any cute gift ideas for your own little elves this year? Or have you figured out any unique elf projects to give to your friends and family? Our Elf Sweat scent is the perfect fragrance for all of your future holiday creations!

What Does Elf Sweat Smell Like?

I’m sure with such a creative name, you’re totally intrigued as to what this unique fragrance smells like. Well, Elf Sweat by Nature’s Garden was inspired by what else? Santa’s elves of course! This Nature’s Garden original fragrance perfectly captures all the exact personality traits of Santa’s elves by being a happy, bubbly, hard-working magical fragrance! It is a uniquely creative blend of candy canes, syrup, candy corn, candy, and a magically creative top note of spicy effervescent soda pop bubbles!

How Do Our Customers Use Elf Sweat Fragrance Oil?

Don’t you hear their little hammers pounding away? Or the Christmas carols I’m sure they’re humming to while they’re working on all of those wonderful toys or the smell of Christmas cookies baking for them to snack on later? What do you think the elves favorite toys to make are? This fragrance is definitely the perfect one to bring all the magic of the holidays into your home! If you want to use it for the candle making process, this scent performs perfectly in wow wax and joy wax, while it is nice and strong in soy wax. It also will fill your house with magic if you use it in some nice and strong aroma beads. If you like to make incense or potpourri, Elf Sweat has a maximum usage rate of 50%.

For bath and body products, this fragrance has a maximum usage rate of 1.3%. Common bath and body products that can include Elf Sweat are lotions, soaps, bath oils, perfumes, and bath gels. Elf Sweat does have a vanillin content of 3%, but Vanilla White can aid by preventing discoloration. Just make sure you test it thoroughly in your finished products! For all you cold process soapers out there, this fragrance is perfect for your new creations! Our CP findings are as follows: it handles well with no acceleration and no ricing. However, it does discolor products to a medium brown color.

Just type in “elf sweat” in the search bar on our website and that will take you directly to this magically wonderful fragrance so you can start using it as soon as possible! But make sure to check out all of our awesome free classes and recipes as well, our Christmas Tree Bath Bomb and Gingerbread Aroma Beads are both perfect for the holidays! Keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Dec
09

Christmas Cabernet Scent


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Hello all of you wonderful people! Are you all ready for Christmas? Do you have your delicious cookies baked and ready for the big guy yet? Is all of your shopping done for your amazing family and friends? Or are you looking for the perfect Christmas scent to add to your new projects to use as unique heartfelt gifts for all of your loved ones? How about our Christmas Cabernet scent? Christmas Cabernet is definitely the perfect fragrance to use for all of your holidays projects and gifts!

What Does Christmas Cabernet Smell Like?

Christmas Cabernet by Nature’s Garden is sure to make you want to speed up the clock to reach the time for Christmas celebrations! It is the scent of a full-bodied wine with power and a good varietal character, and hints of the flavor of delicious red cherries, giving it an excellent balance of flavors and a long finish! Christmas Cabernet also gives off the aroma of a beautiful bouquet of oak and berries and is the classically traditional red that is perfect for the holiday season!

 

How Do Our Customers Use Christmas Cabernet Fragrance Oil?

With the warmth of the Christmas spirit inside you and everyone you know, Christmas Cabernet is the perfect fragrance to use for this holiday season. For all you candle makers out there, this scent is just right for you! When used for candles, it performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax and is also nice and strong in soy wax! Hoping to fill your house with a warm Christmassy scent for the holidays? This fragrance actually is lovely in some nice and strong aroma beads! It can even be used in potpourri and incense recipes with a maximum usage rate of 50%!
For bath and body products, Christmas Cabernet has a 5% maximum usage rate. Common products it can be used in are lotions, creams, bath gels, bath oils, and soaps. However, when used in bath and body products, this fragrance does have a .35% vanillin content, meaning it can possibly discolor your products. Just make sure to thoroughly test it before using it on finished products! For all you cold process soapers out there, this scent is perfect for you! Our CP findings are: it has a very strong scent and no acceleration, but it does discolor products to a light beige color.

This fragrance is the perfect fragrance for this coming holiday season! It is sure to remind you of many Christmas parties past, and brings thoughts of many more to come! Christmas Cabernet is a wonderful fragrance to use for all of your Christmas projects and even new gifts for your family and friends! The easiest way to get ahold of this amazing scent is by typing “chris caber” into the search bar on our website. That will take you directly to our Christmas Cabernet Fragrance Oil page! But while you’re there, make sure to check out all of our wonderful free classes and recipes as well! You are sure to enjoy each and every one of them! Please contact us if you have any problems or concerns and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

 

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Dec
05

Uses for Anise


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Hello everyone! For all you crafty, artsy, creative people out there, are you always looking for new projects to try? Something new to let your imagination run wild? Well, have you ever tried anything with herbs? To be more specific, have you ever tried anything with anise? Anise is actually an amazing flower that can be used for so many different products and industries! While it is most commonly known for its culinary and medicinal purposes, did you know that it can also be used for skin and hair care? And it can be included in many bath and body products!

There is such a variety of uses for anise. When used in bath and body products, anise has so many wonderful hair and skin care benefits. Common products it can be used in are bath teas, bath bombs, bath salts, face tonics, massage oil, lotions, ointments, creams, foot scrubs, body wash, shampoo and conditioner, facial masks and soaps. When used for soap making, anise helps to exfoliate the skin. Anise also helps to keep your skin very soft and smooth and it brings it a beautiful youthful glow. It also helps to treat acne, psoriasis, oily skin, and any damaged or spotted skin. For your hair, there are so many benefits from anise! It helps to stimulate new hair growth, repair damaged hair, and it also brings moisture to dry hair! It can even treat scabies, lice, and other scalp conditions while bringing relief from flakes and dandruff.

There are many medicinal benefits to using anise as well. It will help to control blood pressure and heart beat while working as a natural analgesic and reducing any pressure on the heart. Specifically for women, anise helps to ease the pain of childbirth, stimulate menstruation, relieve the pain caused by menstrual cramps, increase milk flow during nursing, and it also helps to increase a woman’s sex drive. Anise even helps to relieve the symptoms of male menopause. Anise is also used to treat coughs, upset stomachs, runny nose, insomnia, asthma, seizures, nicotine dependence, constipation, and intestinal gas. It can even increase appetite and urine flow. Anise has many important properties such as being antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiseptic, carminative, and it is also a natural sedative. There are dental benefits as well. Anise helps to freshen breath and relieve tooth aches. Also, when used in a compress, it can help to relieve eye pain.

Did you know that anise is poisonous to pigeons? Or that aniseed oil can be used as a flavoring agent to alcohol? How about that anise leaves can be used as a salad ingredient? The easiest way to get your hands on this amazing product as soon as possible is just by typing “anise” into the search bar on our website. That will take you directly to a page that offers our Ground Anise Seed, our Anise Essential Oil, and even our Whole Star Anise Seeds. This is definitely a product that you should try as soon as possible! And while you’re at it, check out all of our awesome free classes and recipes as well! Please contact us with any thoughts or questions and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

 

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Dec
03

Myrrh Uses


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Hi everyone! For all you crafters out there, are you looking for new and exciting projects to try for this upcoming holiday season? Maybe you’re in need of a new unique gift to give to your friends and family for Christmas? Or maybe you’re just looking for something new that is sure to remind you and yours of the Christmas story? Well, do we have the perfect product for you! Have you ever tried anything with myrrh gum powder? Well, myrrh just so happens to be one of the three special gifts brought to the baby Jesus by the three wise men. Using myrrh for the holidays is the perfect way to remind everyone you know of the real meaning of Christmas!

There are many different uses for myrrh in many different products and industries. It can be used for bath and body products, cosmetics, foods and beverages, medicinal purposes, and even hair and skin care! When used in cosmetics and bath and body products, myrrh uses have many different benefits. It helps to keep your hair healthy by working as an astringent. It helps to soften and strengthen hair and even prevents hair loss. It also helps to treat dandruff, lice, underactive sebaceous glands, and dry scalp. When you use myrrh for skin care purposes, it helps to maintain a youthful complexion, rejuvenate cell growth, contract and cool the skin, heal blemishes and reduce wrinkles and swelling. Myrrh also helps to repair cracked, damaged, and chapped skin.

Even more benefits of myrrh uses come from its medicinal purposes. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is used to help treat women for dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, uterine problems, and even menopause. It is also used to treat circulatory, liver, heart, and spleen ailments. Myrrh has even been shown to help lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. In Ayurveda and Unani medicine, myrrh is used to help treat kidney dysfunction and stomach pains. Specifically for women, it is also used to help treat excessive uterine bleeding. Myrrh oil works as a booster for the immune system, helping to protect the body from infections. Myrrh is even used to treat many other ailments such as coughing, asthma, joint pain, congestion, lung congestion, ulcers, indigestion, hemorrhoids, athlete’s foot, laryngitis, rheumatism, and bronchitis. Myrrh even helps to inhibit tumor growth and helps the body to fight against and inhibit cancer!

Myrrh can even be added to food and beverages as a flavoring or stabilizing agent. Did you know that ancient Egyptians even used myrrh as an embalming agent for mummies? Are you thinking about how to get your hands on this amazing product as soon as possible? Well, all you have to do is type “myrrh gum” into the search bar on our website. That will take you directly to our actual myrrh gum powder. But just a second, because this product gets even better! We have many wonderful free recipes and classes here at Nature’s Garden, but our Frankincense and Myrrh Soap just happens to be made with actual myrrh gum powder! This fantastic soap would be the perfect gift or project for the holiday season! Go check out this product as soon as possible and make sure to keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

 

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Dec
02

Frankincense Uses


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Hello all of you wonderful people out there! Are you looking for new crafting ideas? Maybe something new to use for the holiday season? Or maybe you’re trying to find something that would be a great Christmas gift for your friends and family to remind them of the real meaning of the season? Have you ever tried anything with frankincense? Or frankincense tears? In the Bible, frankincense is one of the gifts brought to the baby Jesus from the three wise men. There are many frankincense uses in different industries and products such as soaping, candles, hair care, skin care, foods and beverages, and medicinal purposes.

It can be used in many common bath and body products such as creams, ointments, lotions, bath teas, emulsifying scrubs, incense, potpourri and perfumes. When used in these products, frankincense has many skin care and hair care benefits. For hair care, frankincense helps to strengthen and make the roots stronger. It helps to keep the hair healthy and shiny, and is also a great cure for dandruff problems. For skin care, frankincense helps to fade many scars. It helps with surgery marks, acne, and stretch marks. It is also used to rejuvenate, smooth, and soften the skin, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Frankincense also has many wonderful medicinal benefits. It has many great antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, sedative, anti-infectious, anti-tumor, and even anti-carcinogenic properties. It can be used to treat many ailments such as back pain, rheumatism, osteoarthritis, tendonitis, asthma, bursitis, sore throats, hay fever, abdominal pain, and tonsillitis. Frankincense can also help to treat pneumonia, warts, jaundice, restlessness, hyperactivity, and even prostate problems. Frankincense helps to improve the immune system and relieves itching and joint inflammation. For women, it can be used to help stimulate menstrual flow. It can even help to improve concentration and to treat and improve many visual problems. Did you know that frankincense can even be used to treat syphilis and fight cancer?

For candle making, frankincense can be used as a beautiful natural decoration. It can even be used in food and beverages! Have you ever had frankincense ice cream? Yes, that actually exists and sounds delicious! It is mainly used as a dessert enhancer and can even be used to make frankincense shortbread cookies! Did you know that some people use frankincense as an ingredient for homemade salad dressing? Its cancer fighting properties are utilized in beverages.

Are you wondering how to get your hands on this amazing product as soon as possible? All you have to do is type “frankin” into the search bar on our website. That will take you right to a page that offers our free Frankincense and Myrrh Soap recipe, our actual Frankincense Tears, our Frankincense Fragrance Oil, and our Frankincense and Myrrh Fragrance Oil. If you click on Frankincense and Myrrh Fragrance Oil, on the top of the fragrance picture, there is a little green box that says “Recipe.” If you click on that tab, it will show you the name and picture of our Frankincense and Myrrh Soap. That is a link that will also take you to that awesome free recipe! Make sure to try out these amazing products as soon as possible! They are perfect for this holiday season!

Nature’s Garden sells frankincense tears for external use only. We do not sell it as a food item. The information above talks about frankincense in many industries, however we only sell it for external use. We provide this information for educational purposes only. Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice. Please consult your doctor before using this product or any of this information for treatment purposes.

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Nov
29

Christmas Cabin Scent


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christmas cabin fragrance oilChristmas Cabin Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Hello everyone! Have you picked out your Christmas tree yet? Or maybe you’re already all finished decorating it! Do you like to put up your Christmas decorations ahead of time so that the Christmas spirit can be in your house for even longer? Well, here at Nature’s Garden we are just full of the Christmas spirit! We cannot wait for Christmas to get here! Are you looking for the perfect fragrance to use in your gifts or projects to use for this Christmas season? Well Christmas Cabin scent is just that scent! It is sure to be the perfect scent to bring that homey country Christmas feeling to you and yours for the holidays!

 

What Does Christmas Cabin Smell Like?

Christmas Cabin by Nature’s Garden is a best selling NG original fragrance oil! It is a wonderful aroma that is a blend of cranberries and bayberries with hints or orange zest and top notes of freshly crushed cinnamon bark!

 

How Do Our Customers Use Christmas Cabin Fragrance Oil?

It’s finally time for the smells of hot chocolate and eggnog to fill your houses, and Christmas Cabin is the perfect scent to bring in that country Christmas feeling! For all of the candle makers out there, this fragrance is just right for your holiday projects! It works nice and strong in soy wax and performs perfectly in joy wax and wow wax! Christmas Cabin even has a 50% maximum usage rate if you want to use it in incense and potpourri recipes! You can even fill your house with the feeling of a comforting country Christmas by using this scent in some nice and strong aroma beads!

When you use this fragrance in bath and body products, it has different maximum usage rates for different products. Common products it can be used in are lotions, bath gels, perfumes, soaps and bath oils. When used for soaps, bath oils, and bath gels Christmas Cabin has a maximum usage rate of 1%. When used in lotions and perfumes, this fragrance has .5% maximum usage rate. For all of the cold process soapers out there, Christmas Cabin scent is perfect for you! Our CP findings are: it has a slight separation and some acceleration, however using a stick blender will blend it right back in. It does discolor products to a light caramel color, but is has a very nice Christmassy scent! It also has no vanillin content!

Do you love the country Christmas look and style? Well then Christmas Cabin is the perfect fragrance for you for this holiday season! It is sure to bring all the comforts of home along with it and the thoughts of hot chocolate and yummy glasses of eggnog! The easiest way to get your hands on this great fragrance is by typing “christ cabin” into the search bar on our site. It will take you directly to our Christmas Cabin fragrance page! Make sure to check out all of our wonderful free recipes and classes as well! You are sure to find some amazing ones to go right along with your own little country Christmas! Enjoy the holiday season as long as possible and be sure to watch for more Enlightened by Layla!

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