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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

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Dec
06

Holiday Pomegranate Air Freshener


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Holiday Pomegranate Air FreshenersHoliday Pomegranate Air Fresheners

Everybody enjoys freshening up the house with a nice candle or some room spray. We would like to take it to the next level and show you how you can make your very own homemade air freshener for the end of the year! We have many recipes like this on our website that can be used for any day, but the one we will be sharing with you today is for the upcoming holiday season. Some of the others on the website are also holiday themed, but this is a brand new recipe of ours. We will be talking about our Holiday Pomegranate Air Freshener that will leave the room smelling absolutely delicious and reminiscent of Christmas!

Ingredients Found at Natures Garden:

Aroma Beads
Holiday Pomegranate Fragrance Oil
Spectrum Liquid Candle Dye- Red
Spectrum Liquid Candle Dye- Black
Air Freshener Jars and Lids

Other Ingredients & Equipment You’ll Need:
Ziploc Bag- Gallon Size

Aroma Beads

Natures Garden aroma beads are perfect for all of the air fresheners you want to create. They are versatile and can be melted, scented, colored, and layered. These are fragrance-absorbing aroma beads that hold 30% of the fragrance oil applied to them. They add a great addition to potpourri, sachets, and organza bags. They can be placed in smelly jelly jars as well. However, do not add them to a heated potpourri burner because they should not be held near a flame or put in any sort of heat source. Naturally, without a heat source, the scent throw will not be as strong as a candle, for example. Aroma bead air fresheners work best in smaller areas because the scent throw hinges on the circulation of the air. By adding fragrance to the beads, you can freshen up the scent in your closets, your car, shoes, vents, lockers, bathrooms and so much more!

Adding the Aroma BeadsAdding the Aroma Beads

This recipe only contains six steps, and is super easy to follow along with. To begin, weigh out one pound of the Aroma Beads. We are going to add them to a one gallon sized Ziploc bag. We will be using a larger bag because it will make the process of mixing everything together easier as we add more to it. 

Incorporating the Fragrance OilIncorporating the Fragrance Oil

Next, we are going to weigh out two ounces of the Holiday Pomegranate Fragrance Oil. The fragrance is the most important part of the air fresheners, since having a good scent is the point of making one of these. This fragrance will make your air freshener smell like Christmas time. It has notes of pomegranate, sparkling citrus, dewberry, blackberry, iris, jasmine, sheer musk, sandalwood, and red cassis. The word cassis means black currant, and it is popularly used in wine.

Combining the Aroma Beads and Fragrance OilCombining the Aroma Beads and Fragrance Oil

After weighing out the holiday pomegranate fragrance oil, add it to the same Ziploc bag as the aroma beads are in. This will combine the ingredients together that are necessary to form your holiday air freshener. Carefully pour it into the bag, so as not to create a mess. It cannot get into the seal part of the Ziploc bag, because it will make the next step difficult or impossible.

Adding the Spectrum Liquid Candle Dye ColorantsAdding the Spectrum Liquid Candle Dye Colorants

With the aroma beads and the holiday pomegranate fragrance oil combined, it is time for the third step. We are going to add six drops of spectrum liquid candle dye in the red shade. We will also add only one drop of the black spectrum liquid candle dye to the Ziploc bag. 

Mixing All of the Ingredients TogetherMixing All of the Ingredients Together

Once both have been added, seal the bag completely. Shake the bag until the aroma beads, holiday pomegranate fragrance oil, red spectrum liquid candle dye, and black spectrum liquid candle dye are mixed evenly. Once this step is complete, you will have your colored aroma beads!

Pouring Aroma Beads into the JarPouring Your Aroma Beads Into the Jars

The aroma beads are now colored the dark red color that we wanted from the start. Pour these colored aroma beads into the six jars you are going to use. You need to allow them to set up completely before placing them in the area that you wish to freshen up.

Allowing the Air Freshener to Set UpAllowing the Air Freshener to Set Up

Allow the beads to absorb the Holiday Pomegranate Fragrance Oil in the jars before putting lids on them. It is going to take approximately 24 hours for the fragrance to become completely absorbed in the aroma beads.

Setting Up Your Finished ProductSetting Up Your Finished Product

Finally, our last step is to place seals and lids on top of the six air freshener jars. The lids we used are given in the Natures Garden Air Freshener Plastic Jar and Lid Set. We sell them in units of ten, which makes it easier on you to be able to create multiple fresheners at once.

We hope that you love this homemade Holiday Air Freshener Recipe as much as we do! The recipe is super simple to follow and makes a nice addition to many areas in the home!

Other Types of Holiday Air Fresheners

At Natures Garden, we have plenty of other air fresheners that can be made from a lot of our fragrance oils! Let’s take a look at a few other ways to scent your home this holiday season!

Gingerbread Aroma Bead Air Fresheners

Gingerbread Aroma Beads Air Fresheners

We have another holiday themed one, which is our Gingerbread Aroma Beads Air Freshener. This is another one that you can make this holiday season either for around the house or to use it as a Christmas gift. This recipe creates six to seven air fresheners and it only takes four ingredients to make. These are aroma beads, Gingerbread Fragrance Oil, brown spectrum liquid candle dye, and our one ounce Mica pigment. This glittery pigment comes in either gold or a silver diamond dust, whichever you prefer to use.

The gingerbread man shapes are created by using cookie cutters, which fits right in with the Christmas season! All you need to do is mix the candle dye and the fragrance oil in a Ziploc bag. Shake it gently. Then, add your aroma beads to the same bag and shake all of it together once again. Keep shaking until all of the liquid is evenly dispersed among the aroma beads. Wait at least 24 to 48 hours to allow the beads to fully absorb the fragrance oil. After waiting, pour the mixture into the cookie cutters and bake in the oven five to six minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Metallic Scented StonesMetallic Scented Stones

Next, you can create the Metallic Scented Stones. These stones are easy to make and use both arrowroot powder and Dead Sea salt from Natures Garden along with flour. Finally, this room scenting recipe is scented with Precious Gifts Fragrance Oil. This Christmas scent is reminiscent of the gifts given to the baby Jesus by the three kings.  A well rounded accord of frankincense and myrrh, vanilla extract, with unique top notes of French jasmine and English Ivy.

Spicy Liquid PotpourriSpicy Liquid Potpourri

Finally, another easy to make room scenting recipe is the Spicy Liquid Potpourri.  This is a simple combination of coconut oil and fragrance oil. We also added a red color to give it a festive holiday vibe! It is scented with Natures Garden’s Potpourri Spice Fragrance Oil. So, what does this fragrance oil smell like? It is the combination of freshly ground cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, ginger, and clove.

 

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website.  Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations if applicable. We also do not offer any advice on formulating or altering recipes. When using Natures Garden recipes and/or raw ingredients, you agree to indemnify Natures Garden against any liability of performance, lack of performance, or any problems encountered with the finished products you make with Natures Garden raw ingredients.

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
22

Melting Snowman Candle Project


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Melting Snowman Candle ProjectMelting Snowman Candle Project

In this blog we are highlighting a brand new homemade candle that we recently made! This is a recipe original to Natures Garden, as we have not seen it done before. We wanted to try something new and make a cute craft for the holidays! This melting snowman candle project was the perfect Christmas creation for our vision. Our candle project is an added bonus for anyone out there who loves snowmen decorations as well. The scent from the Snowman Balls Fragrance Oil really gives it the smell of a minty Christmas! It can be used as a decorative candle around the house, or it could be given as a cute, fun, unique gift to any friends, family, coworkers, teachers, and more! Although this is a newer recipe of ours, the Natures Garden website carries MANY homemade products such as embed molds, fragrances, and ornaments that are related to Christmas. These can be used to make several more fun, homemade, Christmas recipes! We even have a free class section dedicated to all sorts of Christmas Craft Recipes, including cold process soap, bath bombs, potpourri, and candles. Now we can go ahead and get started with this melting snowman candle project!

Ingredients Found at Natures Garden:

Joy Wax- 1 SLAB
BEESWAX White Pastilles
Snowman Balls Fragrance Oil
Yellow Color Blocks Dye
Orange Color Blocks Dye
Spectrum Liquid Candle Dye- BLACK 1 oz.
CD Candle Wicks (100 wicks)
POURING POT
Flexible Silicone Mat

Directions:

Other Ingredients & Equipment You’ll Need:

(4) 16 oz Glass Apothecary Jars
Scale
Bowls
Stove-top Pot
Hand Mixer
Mixing Spoons
Knife
Hot Glue Gun and Stick

Before we begin, it is important to make sure that you have a clean work space to create this project. Sanitize all of your packaging materials before using them. As you should know, only use materials that are for soap making and candle making. Do not ever put food or anything like that in these same packaging materials. Especially with soap, since lye can be deadly if ingested. It is suggested that you wear gloves and protective clothing when preparing this recipe.

This recipe will make approximately 4 scented candles.

Prepare the Double BoilerPrepare a Double Boiler

As usual, we are going to be using the double boiler method to make this recipe. Grab a normal stove-top pot that you use only for soap making and candle making. You will also need a pouring pot. Place a couple inches of water in the stove-top pot and put it on the burner to heat it up. Then, each time you need to melt an ingredient for this recipe, add it to the pouring pot and place that inside of the stove-top pot. The first thing we need to melt is the Beeswax.

Melting the Beeswax

To begin, we need to weigh out 5 grams of the Beeswax White Pastilles. This type of wax is extracted and filtered from the honeycomb of a beehive. Beeswax is commonly used in cosmetics, toiletries, and candle making. As we mentioned, this will be the first ingredient that we melt using the double boiler method. Place the beeswax into your pouring pot and add that to the heated water that is in the stove-top pot.

Incorporating the Orange and Yellow ColorantsIncorporating the Orange and Yellow Colorants

Once the beeswax white pastilles have completely melted, we are going to incorporate the colorants. These will be essential for the faces of the snowmen. Using the color blocks dye, shave off a tiny piece of the yellow color dye and a very tiny piece of the orange color dye. Add both of them to the melted beeswax. After everything has fully melted together, transfer the mixture to a plate to allow them to set up for about a minute.

Wipe out the contents from the pouring pot that are left over from creating the orange colorant. Next, measure out an additional 5 grams of the beeswax white pastilles. Put them into a pouring pot and melt them down again with the double boiler method. Then, add one drop of the black spectrum liquid candle dye. Once it has evenly mixed in with the beeswax, pour it out onto a plate just as we did before. Give this about a minute to set up.

Pouring Out the ColorantsCreating the Facial Pieces of the Snowman

Once the color blocks are set up, it is time to cut our pieces out! Using a knife, we are going to cut out snowman noses with the orange portion. All you need to do is angle the knife to create a long triangular shaped nose. Then, we need to shape the snowman eyes and mouth out of the black portion. To do this, take the knife and hold it vertically. Place it in the black portion and move it in a circular Creating the Facial Pieces of the Snowmanmotion. We made four black circles for the mouth and obviously two for the eyes. Now you will have all of the parts to their faces that you need! We will of course place each of these onto the snowmen heads in a later step so hang tight!

Weighing Out the Joy WaxWeighing Out the Joy Wax

Now, weigh out two pounds of the Natures Garden Joy Wax. This was created by Natures Garden and is only sold here! Joy Wax is a great container candle wax which provides both hot and cold scent throw. It also requires zero curing time! Fragrance holds much more to Joy Wax than other types of wax on the market, and there is no seeping. It only requires a single pour, it clings to jars really nicely, and its appearance is both glossy and creamy. When you weigh it out for this recipe, it does not need to be exact–as you can see from the picture, we measured a little bit over two pounds. Put the Joy Wax into the pouring pot, place it in the stove-top pot with heated water once again, and melt it down.

Incorporating the Fragrance OilIncorporating the Fragrance Oil

Measure out 2.5 ounces of Snowman Balls Fragrance Oil. We have not gotten to use this fragrance in many recipes, so we decided to incorporate it into this one. It is very fitting for a melting snowman candle and fits right into winter and the holiday theme! This fragrance oil is an original scent made by Natures Garden. It blends together the scents of peppercorn, nutmeg, fresh clove, elderberries, blackberries, plums, green oak moss, carbonated pop, and to top it off, cool mint. The main element of this scent that comes through is the cool mint, which fits right in with winter. It is also a great fragrance to use in body perfume, soap, bath oils, lotions, potpourri, and incense! After you measure out the 2.5 ounces, add them to the melted Joy Wax.

Combining the MixtureCombining the Mixture

Once you have taken the melted mixture of the Joy Wax and Snowman Balls Fragrance Oil off of the burner, pour it into a mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer with attachments, begin stirring the mixture back and forth. Doing this step will prevent any clumps from forming at the bottom of the bowl. Once this has been done for a minute or so, set the electric mixer to the side. Then, get a larger mixing bowl and put some ice cubes in it. Place the smaller bowl with the mixture in it inside of the larger bowl. Doing this with the ice in the larger bowl will allow the mixture to cool down much more quickly.

Forming the MixtureForming the Mixture

Once you have your bowl with the mixture inside of the larger bowl with ice, it will begin to cool down. Start by stirring it with a mixing spoon every once in a while. Then, use the electric mixer once again to begin thickening the mixture. Continue stirring until it becomes the consistency of a thick frosting.

Setting Up the WicksSetting Up the Wicks

Meanwhile, you can start setting up the CD candle wicks in the candle jars while you wait for the mixture to keep cooling down. We used the Natures Garden CD candle wicks in 100 count. We also sell Hemp, Zinc Core, and HTP candle wicks in sample size, 100, and 1000 count. Take your candle wicks and get a hot glue gun with a hot glue stick. Squirt a small amount of the glue onto the silver part of the wick. Then, stick them to the bottom of each of the candle jars, quickly, before the glue dries. Make sure to center them.

Pouring the Mixture Into JarsPouring the Mixture into the Jars

After you have your candle wicks set up and centered in the jars, pour your thick frosting like mixture into each of the candle jars. Try your best to avoid pouring it over the candle wicks. Now your candles can have a bit of time to set up while we make the snowman heads!

The first thing we need to do is to weigh out one pound of Natures Garden Joy Wax. Put it into the pouring pot once again, in the stove-top pot with the heated water and melt it. We are going to use this portion of Joy Wax for the heads of the snowmen. When the wax has fully melted, add in one ounce of the Snowman Balls Fragrance Oil once again.

Forming the Mixture to Create the Snowman HeadsForming the Mixture to Create the Snowmen Heads

Next, transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and place it inside of a larger bowl with ice once again. It will cool down much faster with this method, which we need to happen in order to add them onto the candle jars. You can alternate between the electric mixer and a mixing spoon to stir it all up. Continue to stir and mix until it finally becomes thick enough to roll into balls. This step may take a while because it takes time for the mixture to become that thick for the snowmen heads. Keep working with it and it will eventually become as thick as the picture shows!

Rolling Out the Snowman HeadsRolling Out the Snowmen Heads

The next step is to actually create the heads of the snowmen with that thick mixture of Joy Wax and Snowman Balls Fragrance Oil. Take out a silicone mat to make it easier to roll these into balls. Roll your wax into four balls, one head for each jar. Decorate them with the eyes, nose, and mouth pieces that we cut out. Allow the balls to set up in the freezer for about ten minutes to harden. Since Joy Wax is so soft and smooth, touching it can quickly cause it to start melting. Placing them in the freezer after they have been formed will help to make it easier when placing them in the candle jars.

Using a straw, poke holes through the center of the snowman heads. Push the straw completely through each of the heads. This step is necessary in order to feed the candle wicks through the heads.

Finishing the Melting Snowman Candle ProjectFinishing the Melting Snowman Candle Project

Finally, you can place each of the balls on top of the melted snowman bodies in your candle jars. Feed the CD candle wicks through the hole in the snowman heads. Trim the candle wicks and your project is all finished! Although this picture only depicts three candles, the recipe does make enough for a fourth candle. Thanks for following along and we hope that you enjoyed making these adorable Melting Snowman Candles!

Reach out on our social media to share with us your own Melted Snowman Candle Project! Our Facebook page is under Natures Garden, and the handle @ngscents can be searched to find us on either Instagram or Twitter.

Trying Out a Recipe for Melted Snowman Cookies

Not only can you create these awesome melted snowman candles, but you can also try out a cookie recipe for the holidays! These are Melted Snowman Sugar Cookies from a recipe by Betty Crocker. They are simple to make with only six ingredients. We think that this would be the perfect dish to bring to family gatherings this Christmas if you would like to try it out for yourself!

Nov
06

Bubbling Reindeer Poo Bath Salts Recipe


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Bubbling Reindeer Poo Bath SaltsBubbling Reindeer Poo Bath Salts Recipe

The best time of the year is almost here! Spending time with family and exchanging gifts is always a huge part of the holidays. We at Natures Garden wanted to bring some joy to the holiday season this year and show you some fun recipes that you can create with your family! Our Bubbling Reindeer Poo Bath Salts recipe is the perfect Christmas craft to make for yourself, a family member, or a friend. These bath salts smell minty and refreshing while leaving your skin feeling super soft and silky. What could be better than that? Let’s get started on making these Bubbling Reindeer Poo Bath Salts!

Dead Sea SaltDead Sea Salt

In this recipe, you will be using Natures Garden’s Dead Sea Salt High Minerals Fine Ground salt. Dead Sea Salt is a dry, white crystal. This type of salt is named after the Dead Sea, which is found in Israel. The Dead Sea is made up of 29% salt, compared to a 4% salt content in oceans. It is known both for the health and medicinal benefits it brings, as well as the therapeutic effects and benefits it has. Each of these come from the minerals Dead Sea Salt consists of.

Benefits of Dead Sea Salt

Many properties and minerals that are beneficial to the human body can be found in Dead Sea Salt. These are magnesium, zinc, calcium, bromide, and potassium. Magnesium can help combat aging and stress and can calm the nervous system. Zinc is an anti-inflammatory, which soothes skin and helps reduce itching and any inflammation. Calcium can prevent water retention and increase circulation in the body. Bromide helps to reduce built up muscle retention. Lastly, potassium can provide energy to the body.

These minerals make it possible for Dead Sea Salt to be used in many different cosmetic products: soap bars, salt scrubs, bath bombs, air fresheners, and bath salts, which is what we will be discussing today. It is great for skin care treatment as well, including eczema, acne, psoriasis, and wrinkles. Natures Garden sells many other salts to make products from, including Epsom salt, Himalayan pink salt, and Hawaiian black salt. Now that you have a better understanding of the type of salt that will be used in this recipe, we can get into more details of the other ingredients involved.

Diamond Clear Melt Diamond Clear Melt and Pour SoapPour Soap

Another ingredient that we will be working with is the one of our mp soap bases. Natures Garden Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap is made up of 99.5% glycerin and coconut oil that has been purely deodorized and doubly distilled. These ingredients ensure that it is highly moisturizing with superior lathering qualities. All of our soap is gluten free, are not tested on animals, and do not contain any sort of animal fats. This soap is extremely easy to work with because all you have to do is melt it, add fragrance, add color, pour into molds, and take them out once they have cooled.

 

Reindeer Poo Fragrance OilReindeer Poo Fragrance Oil

Our Reindeer Poo Fragrance Oil is a scent that is original to Natures Garden.  This is one of our best selling fragrances! Since Christmas time is coming up, this is a great scent to add to your creations to bring in the true feeling of the season. It is a complex note fragrance, which means that there are multiple layers to the scents that it emits. The opposite of complex note fragrances are single note fragrances, such as strawberry. A single note fragrance has only one scent throughout it, with no variation between layers, which is very unlike this one. The top notes of Reindeer Poo are apples and pears. The middle notes you will experience are eucalyptus, pine, and geranium. The base notes of this fragrance include vanilla, cedar wood, and patchouli. Eucalyptus and pine really give off the smell of a Christmas tree and are the most prominent in this oil. When they are all combined, it creates a holiday-filled scentsation.

Ingredients Found At Natures Garden:

BUBBLING REINDEER POO BATH SALTS RECIPE

Other Ingredients & Equipment You’ll Need:
Mixing Bowls (3)
Mixing Spoon
Spatula
Microwave
Cake Pan
Wax Paper

Total Recipe Weights:

120 grams Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap
186 grams Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate- SCI
744 grams Dead Sea Salt
52 grams Reindeer Poo Fragrance Oil
10 drops Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorants
6 drops Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
4 grams Ultramarine Blue FUN Soap Colorant

Before you start on making this recipe, it is important to make sure you have a clean and sanitized work area. Also wash your hands and sanitize all of your packaging materials. We also suggest that you wear gloves, protective clothing, and a hair net while preparing this recipe.

Preparing the Melt and Pour SoapPreparing the Melt and Pour Soap

Preparing our melt and pour soap is the first thing we are going to do for this recipe. We want to color it brown in order for it to be used as the poo portion of our final product. Use a scale to weigh out 120 grams of the diamond clear melt and pour soap. Then, you are going to melt the soap base in the microwave in 30 second intervals, until it is in a liquid state.  Once it has had enough time to fully melt, add ten drops of the black oxide colorant and six drops of the brown oxide FUN Soap Colorant. Our soap colorants do not take too much of an application to create the pigment you are looking for. In fact, 1/2 ounce of our liquid soap colorants will cover ten pounds of soap! After it has been added, stir your new mixture to incorporate the colorants fully.

Incorporating Natures Garden Reindeer Poo Fragrance OilIncorporating Natures Garden Reindeer Poo Fragrance Oil

Next, you are going to add six grams of the Reindeer Poo Fragrance Oil. Then, once again, mix everything together to blend the fragrance oil. Let’s get into the specific properties of this fragrance!

Pour the Soap Into Your MoldPour the Soap Into Your Mold

Now, we are going to pour the melted soap base, in a thin layer, either onto a pan that is lined with wax paper or into a silicone mold.  We decided to use the four cavities of the silicone 4 loaf soap mold.  Allow the soap enough time to get mostly setup.  You will need to give it time to set up without waiting too long, or it will no longer be warm.

A Variety of Molds

There are so many different molds to choose from at Natures Garden! If you wanted to make this recipe even more fun, you could use something besides the silicone 4 loaf soap mold to let your soap form in, such as embeds. We sell some different molds that can make this recipe even better for the holidays! Some of the options that we have are our Christmas Tree and Bulbs Embed Mold, Small Cross Embed Mold, Ornament Embed Mold, and our Gingerbread Man Mold Market Molds. Using any one of these molds could take these bath salts or other candle and body product recipes you are creating to the next level! We have many other non-holiday molds to choose from as well, you can find all of our soap molds here.

Shaping the MP SoapShaping the Soap

Now, use your hands to rip the molded soap into strips that are approximately ½” x 3”. We would not suggest using a knife to slice the soap because you do not want it to look too perfect or pristine. By ripping it, it looks more natural. After you have ripped your soap into these strips, roll them up and place them between the palms of your hands. Then, roll them between the palms of your hands rapidly to give them the look of natural poo. Keep repeating this process until all of your soap has been used.

Creating the Powdered Snow PortionCreating the Powdered Snow Portion

Finally, we will create the powdered portion of this recipe! First, you will need two bowls.  One will remain white in color, while the other will be colored blue.  To make the powdered portions, start by adding 372 grams of Dead Sea Salt to each bowl. Then, add 23 grams of Natures Garden Reindeer Poo Fragrance Oil. Finally, you will need to add 93 grams of Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate to each bowl. This is a sodium salt ester or a fatty acid that derives from coconut oil. It creates a wetness, it solubilizes oils, and reduces surface tension. It can also be used to help with the property of foaming, which makes this product helpful.

Add the Blue Colorant to the Bath SaltsAdd the Blue Colorant to the Bath Salts

Next, you are going to add four grams of the Ultramarine Blue FUN Soap Colorant.  Use your hands to combine the contents of each bowl separately. Start with the bowl that will remain white in color. Mix each of the bowls until all of the contents are fully mixed and ensure that each of them are free of any clumps.

Incorporating the Reindeer Poo Melt and Pour SoapIncorporating the Reindeer Poo Melt and Pour Soap

Now, we will add to our mixture the reindeer poo that we rolled out and formed.  Make sure that you save a few of these pieces for the top of the jars when the bath salts recipe is completed. You will want these for the final look to turn out perfectly!

 

Finishing the Bubbling Reindeer Poo Bath Salts!Finishing the Bubbling Reindeer Poo Bath Salts!

Finally, we will begin adding our mixture to our jars. This recipe creates enough product to fill four 8 ounce jars. This is a perfect amount of bath salts because you can give three as gifts and keep one for yourself! Begin by scooping a layer of white powder mixture into your first jar. Then, add a layer of blue.  Continue layering until you have filled your jar.  Lastly, place a few of the pieces of poo on top.  Then, move on, filling your remaining jars.

Your homemade bubbling reindeer poo bath salts are now ready for you, friends, and family to use!  When you are ready to use them, simply place a few scoops from the jar under your warm running bath water, it will break apart and create a bubble bath!

Reindeer Poo CandleMore Fun With Reindeer Poo Fragrance Oil

If you enjoy making this bath salts recipe, we have a couple more things that you can make using Natures Garden Reindeer Poo fragrance oil! The first is our Reindeer Poo Candle Recipe, which has two layers to it. The first layer is a blue dyed palm wax, while the second is Joy Wax that resembles the white snow. To top it off, we added reindeer poo along with cute little reindeer embeds! This craft can be fun to make either for yourself or it can be given as a gift.

Reindeer Poo Scented Play DoughThe second recipe that you can try out different from the bath salts is our Scented Play Dough Recipe. This could be a great activity to do with families and children around the holidays. It will create five colored and scented play dough balls to play and make crafts with. The colors we used are red, blue, cream, green, and yellow. The scents that we used with fragrance oils are Cotton Headed Ninny Muggin, Jack Frost, Snowman Balls, Mrs. Claus Cookies, and Reindeer Poo. We hope that these give you a better idea of the different and fun ways that this fragrance oil can be used for the holiday season!

More Christmas Fun

We have several more recipes to show you for Christmas time! Some of these include our Christmas Bath Cookies Recipe, Scented Twig Centerpiece Recipe, and Wine Sugar Scrub Recipe. These use three more of Natures Garden Christmas fragrance oils: Christmas Cookies, Christmas Tree, and Christmas Cabernet. We have plenty more fragrance oils that create Christmas fun and memories! Some of them are Christmas Splendor, Christmas Cravings, Christmas Wreath, and Christmas Cabin! The best time of the year can become even better when using these ingredients to create homemade products that make perfect gifts that are versatile for children, women, and men alike. For even more Christmas craft ideas check out these ideas from Happiness is Homemade.

Nov
04

Fragrance Oils for Christmas


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Fragrance Oils for ChristmasFragrance Oils for Christmas

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year for a lot of people. I certainly think that it is! From going shopping to pick out the perfect present for each family member and friend while seeing the pretty white snow on the ground, to drinking a cup of hot chocolate and going to see the beautiful Christmas lights hanging on everything in town. I enjoy all of it! We have so many of our fun Christmas fragrances to share with you, plus some recipes that we have created for you to utilize these fragrance oils. Let’s go ahead and get started!

Christmas Cabernet ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Christmas Cabernet Scent

You will really enjoy this fragrance if you like to drink some wine from time to time. Christmas Cabernet Fragrance Oil is a wonderful holiday scent. The top notes are red grape, strawberry, and ginger. The middle notes at the heart of the aroma include cherry, plum, and rose hips. Finally, the base notes contain Cabernet wine, oak, and vanilla. This combination flows together beautifully, which makes this fragrance versatile and beautiful. It can be used in potpourri, incense, candles, soap, lotion, and my favorite, body scrubs. We have a customer recipe on the website for a Wine Sugar Scrub that uses this unique fragrance oil! The texture of this scrub is very soft from the cocoa and shea butters it includes, and it could be great to gift someone this season.

Christmas Cabin ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Christmas Cabin Scent

Christmas Cabin Fragrance Oil is another one of Natures Garden’s original fragrance oils that is also a best seller! The middle note is pure cranberry. The top notes consist of orange zest and fresh cinnamon bark. This scent is centered around middle notes of cranberry. This triple combination really brings the feel of Christmas into this fragrance oil. Finally, at the base of this scent, you will find notes of wood and bayberry, giving the aroma a balsamic scent. It is great to use in incense, handmade candles, handcrafted soap and bath and body products. In fact, this scent performs wonderfully in CP soap. When we tested this when making cold process soap, the results showed that there was no acceleration, no discoloration, no ricing, no separation, and good scent retention.

Christmas Cookies ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Christmas Cookies Scent

Christmas Cookies Fragrance Oil from Natures Garden is the perfect fragrance to bring you right into the kitchen when it is time to bake cookies for Christmas! This bakery fragrance oil begins with the aroma of butter cookies. Then middle notes buttercream follow! Lastly, the scent ends with a vanilla base.

It truly reminds me of baking sugar cookies and other types of treats around the holidays. These three layers may be simple with singular scents in each, but they come together to create a beautiful fragrance that will bring your handcrafted bath and body products to life. One of our holiday favorites here at Natures Garden is the Christmas Bath Cookies recipe. It is a very easy recipe to follow and will show you how to make realistic looking bath cookies topped with a whipped frosting and finished off with sprinkles! This fragrance oil also performs well in cp soap. When this fragrance was tested, the results showed no acceleration, no separation, no ricing, good scent retention, and it discolors to a dark chocolate shade.

Christmas Cravings ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Christmas Cravings Scent

Next on our list of fragrance oils for Christmas is the popular Christmas Cravings Fragrance Oil. This complex aroma combines a wide range of notes to create this unique blend. It is one of Natures Garden’s original fragrances and a best seller all in one! The top notes are refreshing apple along with citrus notes of grapefruit, orange, and lemon. In the midst of this holiday scent, you will find notes of cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, cassia bark, carrot, clove, and cinnamon. The base notes rounding out the aroma are maple, vanilla, and buttercream.  Christmas Cravings Fragrance Oil combines multiple scents together to make create this fresh and unique holiday fragrance.

Like the other oils we have discussed so far, this can be used in many different products that you can make right from your own home. Vegetable wax, paraffin wax, incense, and potpourri use the most of this fragrance. However, it can also be useful in cleaning products, lotions, perfumes, and more! It had strong scent retention, no separation, no ricing, and it discolors to a tan shade when tested with cold process soap.

Christmas Memories ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Christmas Memories Scent

Christmas Memories Fragrance Oil is another one of the original fragrance oils from Natures Garden Candle and Soap Making Supplies and it’s a best selling fragrance oil! At the top of this aroma, you will find notes of orange peel and cranberry. At the center of this scent are spicy notes of cinnamon and clove, while the base notes include crisp notes of pine cones and evergreen.

I love these scents because it truly does bring back Christmas memories. The evergreen and pine cones really remind me of picking out our family Christmas tree when I was growing up. We picked out a Christmas together every year. We also spent time together baking cookies. Christmas Memories fragrance oil takes me back to those Christmas traditions every time I smell it. This scent can also be incorporated into handcrafted cp soap. The results from cold process soap testing revealed slight acceleration, no ricing, no separation, a strong scent retention, and it discolors to a tan shade.

Christmas Splendor ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Christmas Splendor Scent

Some interesting, unique, and very seasonal notes are contained in the diverse Christmas Splendor fragrance oil. This Christmas aroma begins with fruity notes of peach, apple, and orange. Spicy middle notes follow include nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and poinsettia. At the base of the scent, you will find notes of oak, balsam, fir, pine, musk, and juniper berries. Within this complex scent, you will find layers, which allows for this fragrance to be so diverse and unique. It is a wonderful scent in homemade candles and other types of room scenting recipes.

Christmas Thyme ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Christmas Thyme Scent

Christmas Thyme fragrance oil is another one of Natures Garden’s original fragrances! It gives off the aroma of bayberries mixed with apples and Christmas trees! This fragrance is consists of a top note of spicy cinnamon bark, middle notes are apple and bayberry, and the base notes are thyme and pine needles. It is amazing when used for incense, making candles, and potpourri.

One of the recipes that we at Nature Garden love to use this scent for is the Christmas Potpourri Recipe, which will show you how to create a wonderful recipe of Christmas Thyme scented potpourri! This is a very simple recipe to follow along with and after you are finished, just pour some of it into a potpourri burner and you are all set.

Christmas Tree ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Christmas Tree Scent

Our next fragrance oil for Christmas is Christmas Tree Fragrance Oil. This is one of our best sellers and a Natures Garden original fragrance oil. With top notes of pine and lime, you can immediately experience the sensation of Christmas time. The middle notes are cardamom and pepper, bringing a little bit of spice to the scent. Finally, the base note smells of Scotch pine, which adds a fresh woodsy scent to it. At Natures Garden we consider this aroma a must-have!

This can be used to make incense, potpourri, and candles. We do have a fun and unique recipe idea on our website that uses this fragrance. It is a Scented Twig Centerpiece, which takes no time at all to make and can make a great additional decoration to the house at this time of year. A fun idea that you could also do with this fragrance would be to make tiny candles or potpourri tarts using our Christmas Trees and Bulbs Embed Molds.

Christmas Wassail ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Christmas Wassail Scent

Next, we want to introduce you to another Natures Garden original aroma, Christmas Wassail Fragrance Oil. This holiday scent starts off with notes of pineapple and orange zest. Then, you will find a middle note of mulled apple cider. Finishing this scent are spicy notes of cinnamon and clove. We have linked how to make actual Christmas Wassail, which uses apple cider, cloves, cinnamon sticks, pineapple juice, and frozen orange juice concentrate. We also provide you with our recipe for Rustic Wax Melts, using this fragrance oil. It is a fun holiday wax tart recipe to make with anyone and can quickly put you right in the Christmas spirit.

Christmas Wreath ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Christmas Wreath Type Scent

The Christmas Wreath Type Fragrance Oil at Natures Garden Candle and Soap Making Supplies will be sending old holiday memories straight to you. It smells just like a real Christmas wreath, as the name indicates. The top notes in this one are bergamot, holly berry, and orange pomander. The middle notes follow including cinnamon bark, Christmas lily, and eucalyptus leaves. The base notes finishing this Christmas scent are pine cones and fir balsam, which really bring this scent together. With cold process soap, we found no discoloration, no separation, no ricing, no acceleration, and strong retention with this scent. Our recipe for Christmas Wreath Fire Starters Recipe will provide you with a great project that will make it easier for lighting your fireplaces! It will also make your house smell great!

Country Christmas ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Country Christmas Scent

Next, Country Christmas Fragrance Oil from Natures Garden is one of our best sellers! It has hints of cranberry, bayberry, apples, orange zest, clove, and nutmeg. This is a wonderful holiday combination to put you right in the Christmas setting! This fragrance oil can be used in a variety of handmade candle projects and room scenting recipes. It is our Scented Twine Christmas Ornaments and it uses this Country Christmas fragrance oil. This is a wonderful project to use for those wanting to scent their Christmas tree. This is also an easy gift to make for someone or to turn it into a fun craft for the whole family to try!

Island Christmas ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Island Christmas Scent

Not everyone lives in an area where it is cold and snowing around Christmas time, so we have created this Natures Garden original fragrance oil to appeal to all of you out there with a warm Christmas or those dreaming of a warm Christmas! The scents included in Island Christmas Fragrance Oil are tropical guava, mango, papaya, strawberries, and a hint of freshly picked peppermint leaf. Bath gels, soap, lotion, perfume, and other body products are perfect to utilize this fragrance. Cleaning products, potpourri, and incense can also be created with this. Our cold process soap testing of this had results of no ricing, no separation, no acceleration, a strong scent retention, and it discolors to a brown shade.

Fragrance Oils for Christmas: Santa Snacks ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Santa Snacks Scent

Santa Snacks Scent is a Natures Garden Candle and Soap Making Supplies original fragrance oil. We thought that this would be such a cute name because everyone remembers putting out cookies with milk and other fun Christmas goods for Santa Claus!  This bakery fragrance smells like sugar mixed with some spice, which makes it useful not just at Christmas time, but all year round, which many of our customers do. This is a fabulous Christmas fragrance oil to use in homemade candles, wax tarts, and other room scenting recipes. Our Santa Hat Candle Recipe is a really fun homemade candle to make and can be a great craft idea or a present for the upcoming holiday season! Also, if you are looking for an actual snack after using this fragrance oil, try the Santa snacks recipe from Taste of Home.

We hope that you loved hearing all about some of our favorite holiday and Christmas fragrance oils today! Check out the rest of our Christmas craft recipes! Also, if you are looking for other fragrance oils for Christmas, check out all of our Christmas fragrance oils!

May
24

Eggnog Fragrance Oil


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Eggnog Fragrance OilEggnog Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Eggnog Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden is a classic holiday scent!  The delectable aroma of eggnog is instantly recognizable, drawing clear memories of the holiday season.  The strong balance of sweet cream and distinct spice makes this fragrance oil stand out!  This mouthwatering blend embodies the aroma of traditional eggnog, consisting of milk, sweet cream, sugar, whipped eggs, and cinnamon.  While Eggnog Fragrance Oil is a distinct holiday fragrance, many customers use this scent year-round by naming it Creamy Spice.  Whether it is the rich, sweet cream or the warm, intoxicating spices, something about this fragrance drives customers wild!  It has become a Nature’s Garden Best Seller!  Try Eggnog Fragrance Oil for yourself today.  You just might fall in love!

What Does Eggnog Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Eggnog Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden is a rich, creamy aroma that embodies the scent of traditional eggnog!  The holiday beverage is a unique blend of sweet, creamy ingredients that are complimented and balanced by warm spices, and sometimes even smooth rum.  We feel that Eggnog Fragrance Oil is completely reminiscent of this delectable treat!

Top Notes: cherry, butter rum, egg nog
Mid Notes: nutmeg, clove, cinnamon
Base Notes: buttercream, vanilla

How Do Our Customers use Eggnog Fragrance Oil?

Customers use Eggnog Fragrance Oil to create sweet, inviting room scents that are inviting and intoxicating.  Products such as incense, potpourri, and Smelly Jellies can incorporate this fragrance oil as 50% of the total recipe. This fragrance oil also performs exceptionally well in aroma beads.  Wax based products, such as candles and tarts, will perform exceptionally well when up to 10% fragrance oil is incorporated in your recipe.  This scent will perform perfectly in Joy Wax and Wow Wax.  It will also perform very well in soy wax.  Unfortunately, this fragrance is not gel wax compatible, but we’re confident you’ll find no shortage of creative ways to utilize this scent!  If you wish to color your candle wax, we recommend using one drop of brown liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax, or your could shred a small amount of brown color block into your melted wax.  Crayons are not a viable replacement for candle colorants as they will clog your wick.

Eggnog Fragrance Oil is a buttery sweet scent, but it does have a spicy side!  Because of this, it is recommended that bath and body products incorporate much less fragrance oil than you may be used to.  Rest assured, this is for both safety and practicality!  Bath gels, bath bombs, and oils perform perfectly when .05% fragrance oil is used.  Homemade soap makers can use up to .05% in cold process soaps or melt and pour soap recipes.  Because of the small usage percentage for this fragrance oil, our staff did not test this fragrance in CP soap.  If you wish to color your soap, we recommend using brown soap dye according to your specification.  Remember, never use candle dye to color your bath and body products as they are not body safe.

Much like bath products, other related body products require a small usage percentage of Eggnog Fragrance Oil be followed.  Using a maximum recommended amount .01% fragrance oil, our customers create distinct homemade perfumes, body sprays, and lotions.  Customers also make their own household cleaning supplies with a maximum of .05% fragrance oil.

May
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Holly Berry Fragrance Oil


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Holly Berry Fragrance OilHolly Berry Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Holly Berry Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden is the perfect fragrance to help ring in the Holidays.  The bright aroma of bayberries and lemon rinds mingles with earthy base notes to create a scent that is reminiscent of the Holiday season.  Bask in the blissful memories of Christmas time, as you take in the bright berry aromas and warm woods and spices.  This is surely a scent that will bring people together.

What Does Holly Berry Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Holly Berry Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden smells like the warm and bright aroma of Christmas Holly.  This Holiday scent is a well balanced blend of bayberry, pine, cinnamon, clove, and lemon rinds.  The delightful citruses of bayberry and lemon rinds create a distinct character for this fragrance.  The earthy spices of pine, cinnamon, and clove compliment the lighter notes and work to create an aroma that is purely “Christmas.”

How Do Our Customers Use Holly Berry Fragrance Oil?

Create holiday cheer by using Holly Berry Fragrance in your room scenting products.  This fragrance can be incorporated as up to 50% of your recipe when creating incense and potpourri.  This fragrance oil is also nice and strong in aroma beads.  Homemade candle crafters can use Holly Berry Fragrance Oil up to 10% with vegetable waxes and paraffin wax.  This scent will perform perfectly in Joy Wax, Wow Wax, and is nice and strong in soy waxes.  If you wish to color your candles, we would recommend 6 drops of green and 1 drop of black liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax.  You can also color your melted wax with a small amount of green and black color blocks.  Remember, never use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

Natures Garden’s Holly Berry Fragrance Oil can be used in a wide variety of charming bath and body products.  Bath bombs, gels, and oils perform nicely and can incorporate up to 5% fragrance oil.  Soap crafters can use 5% fragrance oil in melt and pour soap or cold process soap recipes.  We tested this fragrance oil to see how it affected cold process soap making. Our cold process soap testing results show that this fragrance oil had a very strong scent retention in cured soap and discolored to a plum color.  The soap experienced slight acceleration and no separation.  This fragrance oil did not cause the soap to experience any ricing.  If you wish to use color in any of your bath and body products, we would recommend using green and black soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you.  Remember not to use candle dye in any of your bath and body products as they are not body safe.

Customers also include Holly Berry Fragrance Oil into many other products.  Homemade perfumes smell wonderful with this heartwarming fragrance when a maximum of 5% fragrance oil is used.  Homemade lotions also perform very well.  Homemade lotions should adhere to a 5% fragrance oil maximum.  Homemade cleaning supplies can also be created with a maximum fragrance usage of 5%.

May
10

Christmas Wassail Fragrance Oil


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Christmas Wassail Fragrance OilChristmas Wassail Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Christmas Wassail Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden is an exciting, cultural, culinary aroma.  Warm cider, fresh fruit, and spices mix together to create a Nature’s Garden Original Fragrance like no other!  Wassail is a beverage of hot mulled cider traditionally consumed as an integral part of wassailing.  The word “wassail” comes from the Old Norse phrase “ves heil” which means “be you healthy.”  Wassailing is a tradition dating back to the 8th century.  Similar to Christmas caroling, wassailing was a tradition that involved going from dwelling to dwelling, bringing seasonal blessings in return for gifts.  This was frequently accompanied by the drinking from a wassail cup and an exchange of wishes for a bountiful harvest in the upcoming seasons.  In the middle ages, this progressed as an exchange between peasants and their feudal lords.  Peasants were able to offer blessings of a fruitful harvest in exchange for gifts of food.  Try Christmas Wassail Fragrance Oil today, and bring your customers good tidings and cheer!

What Does Christmas Wassail Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Christmas Wassail Fragrance Oil is an exciting Christmas drink scent.  This fragrance is comprised of the aroma of mulled apple cider, fresh pineapple, and orange zests surrounded with spicy cinnamon and cloves.

Top Notes: Orange Zests, Pineapple
Mid Notes: Mulled Apple Cider
Base Notes: Cinnamon, Clove

How Do Our Customers Use Christmas Wassail Fragrance Oil?

Christmas Wassail Fragrance Oil is a charming holiday scent that will create a cozy atmosphere in your home.  Room scenters can incorporate up to 50% of this strong fragrance oil in projects like incense, smelly jelly jars, and potpourri.  This fragrance oil is also strong in aroma beads.  Homemade candle crafters can use Christmas Wassail Fragrance Oil up to 10% with vegetable waxes and paraffin wax.  This scent will perform perfectly in Joy Wax, Wow Wax, and is nice and strong in soy waxes.  If you wish to color your candles, we would recommend 3 drops of red, 3 drops orange, and 1 drop of brown Spectrum Liquid Candle Dye per 4 pounds of candle wax.  You can also color your melted wax with a small amount of red, orange, and brown color blocks.  Do not use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

Despite its name, people find that Christmas Wassail Fragrance Oil creates warm and inviting room scenting products that can be used year-round.  One customer writes “I didn’t know exactly what to expect from this scent the first time I ordered it, but it pleasantly surprised me the first time I used it. It is great for Christmas, or year-round. Customers seem to love it and it has earned as spot in Christmas catalog.”

Christmas Wassail Fragrance Oil is not body safe, so unfortunately you cannot include this fragrance in your bath and body products.  Since you can’t use this fragrance is body products, here’s a body-friendly way to enjoy Christmas Wassail: Create the actual drink!

Christmas Wassail Drink Recipe:

  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 25-30 whole cloves
  • 6-10 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 quart pineapple juice
  • 1 6 ounce can frozen orange juice concentrate

Mix all ingredients in a large pot and simmer. Serve hot.

Enjoy!