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Feb
13

How Do You Make A Bubble Bar?


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How Do You Make a Bubble Bar?How Do You Make A Bubble Bar?

If you love to take relaxing bubble baths, this blog is for you! Baths can be the best thing and just what you need after a  long day at work. If you are looking for some new products for your bath routine, we can definitely help you out. We at Natures Garden carry every ingredient you could possibly need to make all of the bath products you could ever want! We also come up with and share our own recipes that can be found on our website page. One of our biggest markets is for bath and body items. Therefore, we have endless recipes which cater specifically to that. There are bath bomb recipes, bath salts recipes, body scrub recipes, lotions, make up, and our topic in today’s blog, bubble bar recipes.

The market is seriously growing out there with people who want to make their own cosmetics and stuff to use in the bath. With the ingredients that we sell, the recipes we have shared, and the classes that we offer, it is entirely possible. In this blog, we are going to be answering a popular question: How Do You Make A Bubble Bar? These are great to use in the bath, they are amazing for the skin, and are simple to make. Even if you are a beginner to this industry or you just want to try something new, you can create bubble bars too!

Wet Ingredients in a Bubble Bar

Similarly to bath bombs, there are quite a bit of ingredients that are needed to make bubble bars. When making this type of recipe, we find it helpful to split the ingredients up. We like to do this by separating everything we need into the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients. The wet portion of most bubble bar recipes will usually include vegetable glycerin, any colorants used, and some fragrance oil. Before adding in fragrance oil, not just to bubble bars, but with any home made body product, one thing is super important to remember. You should always ensure that the fragrance oil you are using is body safe and can be used in your products. There are some that unfortunately can not be used to make products like body scrubs, body lotions, body wash, etc. due to some elements in them. To find out whether or not they are, you should always perform your own testing with something like this. Trusting what some companies advertise and claim about their merchandise may not always be a good idea.

Vegetable glycerin gets added to bubble bars because it is a humectant, which means it draws moisture to the surfaces of the skin. This is desirable in any bath product. We add different dyes to these as well to give them some color. Natures Garden has a ton of soap colorants, including Neon Pink, Ultramarine Blue, and Yellow Oxide. The last wet ingredient added into bubble bars is the fragrance oil. Out of the more than 800 fragrance oils that we carry, only 29 of them are not safe to be used in body products.

Dry Ingredients in a Bubble Bar

Now, we will talk about the dry ingredients. Most bubble bar recipes use the same common dry powders. Depending on the specific recipe, some of these can be swapped out with another powder, or be completely left out. The dry ingredients include baking soda, cream of tartar, corn starch, xanthum gum, and the surfactant that you choose to use. We will explain more about what surfactants are in a little bit.

Baking soda is a common house held item that is commonly added to cosmetic recipes. This will add a couple of different elements to your bubble bars. It has some properties in it that cleanse and help to make your skin feel very soft. The cream of tartar acts as a stabilizer in bubble bars, which allows for all of the other ingredients to come together and adhere in a formula. It also helps to make them fluffy and airy.

Corn starch is another common ingredient that is added to cosmetic recipes. This is because it can relieve irritations to the skin and makes the skin feel great. When this is put in bubble bars and bath bombs, it helps to give softness and silkiness to the skin. Finally, there is xanthum gum. This is an all natural thickener that is often used in bath gel, bubble bath, and liquid soap. It thickens your cosmetic products and keeps them together. You might want to add some other dry ingredients to your cosmetic recipes as well. Natures Garden sells plenty of fresh herbs that we are always incorporating into different products. You could also add extra powders, such as vanilla or cocoa.

SLSA vs. SCI

The last dry ingredient that you will need to make a bubble bar is a surfactant. At Natures Garden, we carry a couple of surface acting agents, which are commonly known as surfactants. These help bath products like bath bombs and bubble bars to create bubbles and foam when they react with the water in the bath. The ones that we have are Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSA) and Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI). SLSA is derived naturally, it is gentle, and can be used on all types of skin. This surfactant works nicely for people who have sensitive skin and skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, and chronic acne problems. People with dry skin also really enjoy this in their products because it can help make their skin feel hydrated. SLSA can be added into multiple cosmetic recipes, and when it is, it helps create amazing lather and foam, which softens the skin. SCI is also very gentle and creates great foam too. It helps cleanse the skin and will make your skin feel silky, softened, and smooth.

One of the classes that we have uploaded to our website is called Surfactants in Cosmetics. This is a very helpful tool that can be easily referred to when you need some information. If you are a beginner, you might like to take a look at this since it goes into much more detail about surfactants. It mentions different types, such as anionic, amphoteric, cationic, and nonionic. This class also includes a list of some of the more common surfactants used, offering nearly 20 of them to choose from.

Bubble Bar Safety Gear

If you are learning how to make a bubble bar, there are a few important things to keep in mind. Another thing we want to mention is to wear safety gear when preparing bubble bars. This is mostly only necessary when preparing the dry ingredients. When working with dry powders, especially when it is multiple, a lot of that can get released into the air.

First, we suggest wearing a safety face mask. This will prevent the loose powders that flow into the air from getting in your face. Along with this, safety goggles might be a good option to wear. They can prevent the loose powders, like baking soda, from wafting into your eyes. Putting on gloves is great too because you will be working with your hands to mix the ingredients together. Wearing an apron is also a good idea for recipes like this one.

Benefits of Bubble Bars

There are elements of bubble bars that people tend to really enjoy. The surface acting agents certainly contribute to these benefits. Most people who like to take baths also like them to have a lot of bubbles. Due to ingredients like SLSA, SCI, SLS, etc., your bubble baths will never be the same! These create a ton of lather, they have great foaming qualities, and they are beneficial for the skin. As we mentioned, one reason these are added into bubble bars is to make your skin feel amazing. Soft, silky skin is a feeling that cannot be beat. Another great thing about them is that you can create any shape you want. As long as you have a mold for it, your bubble bars could be shaped like candy, donuts, hearts, four leaf clovers, and more!

How Bubble Bars Are Different Than Bath Bombs

A common question that we receive from customers and beginners is how are bubble bars different than bath bombs? One of the biggest differences between them is how they affect your bath. Traditional bath bombs are made with baking soda and citric acid. When these two are combined, they create a chemical reaction. This is what causes them to fizz up when they hit your bath water. All you have to do with bath bombs are plop them into the water and this will activate the chemical reaction.

Bubble bars on the other hand are created for a different purpose. As opposed to fizzing, they create a lot of lather and foam. This is perfectly ideal for a bubble bath. These cannot just be dropped in the bath water like bath bombs are, however. If they were just thrown in there, nothing would happen. When you are using bubble bars, they are meant to be run underneath the bath water and crumbled up into pieces. Your bath will automatically start bubbling up due to the surfactant that is a part of your recipe. Bath bombs do not create this type of foam that a lot of people are looking for. Therefore, bubble bars can be a great bath product alternative if this is what you have been wanting!

Natures Garden Bubble Bar Recipes

Now, we wanted to share some of the Natures Garden bubble bar recipes with you. These show three different ways that bubble bars can be made to look. They all serve the same purpose, but they have variety to them. The first one is our Pumpkin Roll Bubble Bar Recipe. We got our inspiration for this idea from the delicious dessert that is commonly made around the holidays. It uses a lot of the ingredients we have been talking about, such as SCI, baking soda, vegetable glycerin, soap colorants, and more. The link above lays out all of the steps to this recipe and make it easy to follow along with.

Another type that we created is our Watermelon Bubble Bar Recipe. This was a fun project to make because they look like mini ice cream scoops! These are awesome in a bubble bath. They create so much foam and truly make a difference in how your skin feels. You will love how soft and silky you will be feeling after taking a bath with these scoops! We have several other bath scoop recipes just like these up on our website as well. A third way that you can make bubble bars is shown with our Orange Juice Cake Bubble Bar Recipe. This is actually a brand new recipe that we came up with to resemble the dessert of orange juice cake. We made these using a bundt cake mold and drizzled melted soap on top to look like icing. These were also fun and simple to make!

Natural DIY Bubble Bath Bar Recipe

There are plenty of people in our industry who also enjoy making their own homemade bath projects. This article by Debra Maslowski shows how to make a natural DIY bubble bath bar. This is an interesting recipe to take a look at since she is explaining how bubble bars can be made without using a surfactant. Instead, she uses arrowroot powder, baking soda, citric acid, milk powder, cocoa butter, and a few other ingredients. The results from this recipe end up being super cute and they are just as easy to use as any other bubble bar. We hope that you enjoyed our blog today and learning all about how you can make your own bubble bars!

Feb
16

Yarrow Uses


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yarrow-usesYarrow Uses

Hello all you wonderful people! Have you ever used yarrow before? This herb is amazing, and one you should definitely try out in your future projects! Yarrow is actually a very beautiful plant, with adorable little white flowers growing in clusters! This plant can be used for such a wide variety of uses! While it is most well known for its medicinal and culinary purposes, it can also be used for skin care, soap making, and even for hair care! Did you know that yarrow is considered in Chinese tradition? Chinese proverb claims that yarrow can brighten your eyes and even promote your intelligence!

Some common bath and body products that can include yarrow are face masks, creams, lotions, ointments, soaps, bath teas, scrubs, bath salts, shampoos and conditioners, and bath bombs. When yarrow is used in homemade cosmetics and for soap making, it is great for reducing inflammation. Your hair can greatly benefit from using yarrow. Yarrow helps to treat dandruff, scalp irritations, oily scalp, and even any itchiness. Yarrow helps to promote new hair growth, as well as preventing hair loss! When you use a yarrow tea, it can even help to lighten your hair! There are many skin care benefits to yarrow as well! It helps to relieve many rashes and other irritations, treats eczema, reduce inflammation, and it can be used to treat bruises and wounds.

There are many medicinal benefits to yarrow use. The ancient Greek hero Achilles, was said to have been an invincible warrior and have taken yarrow into battle with him to treat the wounds of his soldiers. Since ancient times, yarrow was also used to treat blood clots and high blood pressure. Yarrow can be used to increase blood flow as well as treatment for hemorrhoids and varicose veins. Many Native American tribes used yarrow for medicinal benefits, the Navajo for earaches and toothaches, Chippewas for headaches, and Cherokees to reduce fever and help to achieve restful sleep. For women, yarrow can help to reduce heavy bleeding from the menstrual cycle, as well as reducing cramps. It also relieves uterus congestion, promotes blood flow to the reproductive organs, and can treat ovarian cysts and endometriosis. However, pregnant women should avoid arrow as it can relax the muscles of the uterus, causing a miscarriage. Other conditions that can be treated with yarrow include the flu, colds, diverticulitis, dysentery, diarrhea, flatulence, muscle spasms, heart burn, insomnia, anxiety, amenorrhea, and arthritis.

Did you know that yarrow has been used for many types of spells and divination? It is believed in one spell that by tickling the inside of your nose with a yarrow leaf and your nose begins to bleed, it is an omen that you are certain to be successful. This is one herb you don’t want to pass up, especially with all of its amazing benefits! Make sure to check out our free Yarrow Class for even more yarrow uses and information! And check out all the rest of our free classes and recipes as well! Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden with any thoughts, questions, or concerns you may have, and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

Nature’s Garden sells yarrow for external use only. We do not sell it as a food item. The information above talks about how great yarrow is for many industries, however we only sell it for external use. We provide this data 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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Dec
23

How to Color Candles


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how to color candlesHow to Color Candles

Hi everyone! Are you just starting out making your own candles? Wondering how to color candles? Here at Nature’s Garden, we actually have many wonderful products that are used specifically for the candle coloring process. We offer only the best candle coloring products out there, with each item having its own vibrant personality! We offer so many different dye products, each having their own different specifications when used in your candles. We have liquid candle dye options as well as color block dye. We even have mica dust that you can sprinkle on the outside of you pillar candles to give them the effect of sparkling!

For liquid candle dyes, we offer various Spectrum Liquid Candle Dyes ranging in color. The colors of liquid dyes we offer here at Nature’s Garden are brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, black, burgundy, purple, and teal. (However, when using these liquid dyes, please just note that they are very concentrated!) To use the liquid dyes, just put a few drops of the liquid into your melted wax.  If you are in the mood for more of a pastel color (or if you are doing a very small batch) for your candle, all you have to do to the dye is dilute it using vegetable oil with the ratio of 1:1. Be careful with the amount of dye you use as well. When you use liquid dye, it allows you to create more consistent coloring in your candles since you count how any drops are put in. But be careful not use more than 10 drops per pound of wax, or else your candles may have a chemical smell to them.

For our color block dyes, the colors we offer are red, burgundy, yellow, blue, green, purple, brown, cinnamon, teal, cranberry, and a coral/peach. To use a color block to color your candle, simply shave off the desired amount and place it into your melted wax.  One color block is actually enough to easily deeply dye 15 pounds of wax. When using color blocks, they actually do not produce colors as vibrant as the liquid dyes, so they are better when trying to attain more subtle colors. However, when using color blocks, make sure that the block is fully incorporated before pouring your candle! They can tend to produce little specks of colors on the bottoms of your candles if they are not fully melted and mixed into the wax.

Want to give your pillar some sparkle to bling it up a little bit? Use some of our Gold Pigment Mica or our Diamond Dust Mica to dust the outside of your pillars! This will give your pillars a beautiful shimmer! Have you ever thoughts of using crayons to color your candles? Well, please don’t! Using crayons for coloring can actually cause the candle to start smoking and may even clog your wicks! Crayons are not alone in this predicament. When dying your candles, be sure not to use too much color as this can cause the wick to become clogged and it may cause your candle to smoke more than it should be. It can even inhibit the throw of your chosen scent and reduce the melt pool of the candle. Candle dyes are not for cosmetic use either! Check out all of our free recipes and classes, we offer many free candle recipes, and even a Candle Coloring Class that tells all about our candle coloring products! If you click on candle supplies then candle colorants on our website, that will show you all of the candle colorants we offer. Our Candle Coloring class even tells how to mix your own colors to achieve the colors you want. Enjoy these wonderful products and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

 

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Jun
05

Personalizing Your Pampering Products


This entry was posted in bath and body, bath bombs, bath fizzies, bath products, cosmetic ingredients, Fragrance Oils, Natures Garden, spa product ingredients and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , on by .

fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  Kristin Rosio- Da Bomb Cosmetics

I have always had a love for bath and body products. I would always make gifts and give them to friends and family as Christmas gifts. As a young teen, I took classes on soap and toiletry making. I went to Cosmetology school after I graduated high school. A few years later I was working with children who had disabilities and part time dabbling with bath bombs and selling them at a local flea market. A few months later, I had a lady ask if I did parties, and little did I know, that she would inspire me to go in that direction. I officially started DBC in January 2012. (I started the research in August 2011). The theory behind DBC is that everyone should be able to create their escape by personalizing their pampering products. It has come with it’s share of triumphs and frustrations, but I enjoy the journey none the less. The more I started showing my products at craft and vendor expos the more positive feedback I received. One day, I had a customer tell me she loved it so much that she would like to sell it. And today, that is where I stand now. Starting another exciting business venture in the world of direct sales. I will begin accepting consultants this year while I keep the integrity of manufacturing the products by hand. This has truly been an amazing experience that I cannot wait to see grow into something more. I will also continue to be the main product developer. That is the best part of my job, its fun and I love developing new products. I also love being able to create a product and still allow the freedom for my customers to personalize it for themselves. The one thing I have learned from this all is to follow your dreams and don’t’ give up.

Natures Garden Ingredients used in photo:

Citric Acid and Fragrance Oils (A variety)

Your Website: www.dabombcosmetics.com (will be undergoing a facelift very soon)

Twitter: @dabombcosmetics

May
19

Homemade Candles and Soaps


This entry was posted in Air Fresheners, bath and body, bath products, candle fragrance oils, Fragrance Oils, homemade candles, Natures Garden, soap and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , on by .

fragrance oils1. What’s your name & Your Company Name ?  My names is Leslie Mayes and my company is Leslie Leshay Candles.

2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business?  I decided to get into business because I got tired of wasting my money on regular department store candles that I couldn’t smell. After I first came across Nature’s Gardens’ website and viewed all of the helpful “how to” instructions, I was motivated and I knew that I could create a better candle than the low fragrance candles that I was purchasing at the local department store. I have been in the candle business for 8 years.

3. What products do you make and sell?  I currently make and sell highly fragrant candles, luxury soaps, perfumed body oils, air fresheners, and oil warmers.

4. What are your business goals?  My business goals are to provide my customers with the best products and the best customer service. I also have a goal to one day open up several Leslie Leshay Candles on site store locations across the USA.

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  Two of my absolute favorite fragrance oils from Nature’s Garden that I use are Aphrodisiac and Purple Hooters. These fragrance oils smell amazing! They perform well in my products and my customers just absolutely love them! Another product from Nature’s Garden that I love is the Melt & Pour Goat’s Milk Soap. It is very easy to work with and it’s very nourishing for the skin.

May
18

Cold Process Soap with Fragrance Oils


This entry was posted in bath and body, bath products, cold process soap, Fragrance Oils, handmade soap, homemade, Natures Garden, soap, wholesale fragrance oils and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , on by .

Fragrance Oils1.  What’s your name & Your Company: Lanita Stallings   Five Sisters Soap Co.

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I was buying handmade soaps and decided to try making them myself.  One of my daughters actually had eczema and I wanted to make soaps for her.  I have been making soaps for 13 years and I am addicted!

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I make CP soaps and whipped soaps.

4.  What are your business goals?  I want to have a successful internet business.  I have been working on that diligently for  the past year.  Before that I was mainly doing craft shows and selling in a few shops on consignment.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  I LOVE the fragrance oils.  I ordered my first ones right before Christmas last year.  I see why everybody raves about them now.

Your Website: http://www.fivesisterssoapco.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/www.fivesisterssoapco

YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/floridagirl7000?feature=mhee

May
17

Candles and Wax Dipped Critters


This entry was posted in bath and body, candle fragrance oils, candle making supplies, Fragrance Oils, homemade candles, Natures Garden, wax dipped bears and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , on by .

fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  Creatively Handcrafted

Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I started candle making over 12 years ago as just a hobby.  I love candles and wanted to give it a try.  I enjoyed making candles, however, life got in the way & I ending up taking a hiatus for about 5 years.  Only making candles for certain people.  I recently restarted with a whole new look, new name and all new candles.

What products do you make and sell?  I make all types of candles as well as wax dipped critters.  Recently I have tried my hand at some soap making & bath melts.  Thanks to Natures Garden for the recipes and ideas to try.

What are your business goals?  My new goals are to build my business with regular repeat customers.  I want to provide a quality product that people can enjoy just as much as I did when I created it.  I am currently working full time trying to get my business restarted.

What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  I always get my fragrances from Natures Garden.  I find that they are reasonably priced and always excellent quality.  I recently purchased items for bath melts.  I would have never even thought of trying to make anything else but with the recipes it seemed too easy not to try.  I can’t say that I have a favorite because I have not received anything I didn’t like.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CreativelyHandcrafted?ref=hlcandle making supplies