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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!

Oct
31

How Joy Wax Can Be Used


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How Joy Wax Can Be Used

Are you interested in learning about some different methods to create homemade candles, potpourri, wax tarts, and wax melts? We at Natures Garden would like to introduce you to our Joy Wax, which is only available at Natures Garden’s store and on our website! This wax is made from a combination of soy wax, different vegetable waxes, food grade paraffin, and other proprietary ingredients. We test each batch out ourselves using color, fragrance oil, CD candle wicking, and of course, 100% Joy Wax. We sell our Joy Wax in various sizes, depending on the amount you are going to need for your projects. This product of ours is continuously gaining popularity on the market and is rated our number one candle wax. Get ready to hear all about the Natures Garden Joy Wax, what it is, and a variety of ways that it can be used!

The Size Variety of Joy WaxThe Size Variety of Joy Wax

The Natures Garden Joy Wax comes in a few different sizes, all of which we are going to mention. The first and smallest size that we sell is one slab of Joy Wax, which are about 10-12 pounds each. The next size up is one case of Joy Wax, which range from 54-60 pounds each. The largest size that we sell is by the skid-load, made up of 42 cases of Joy Wax, again, 54-60 pounds each. With this variety, you will be able to make as many candles and wax melts as you would like!

More About Joy Wax

As we have mentioned, our Joy Wax consists of soy wax, vegetable waxes, paraffin, and other proprietary ingredients. We decided to create a wax that would work excellently for container candles. With this Joy Wax that we have created, you will be able to get both hot and cold scent throw, without any curing time being necessary.

Since we had container candles in mind when we were creating this, it has been designed to cling nicely to jars. It also has a creamy and smooth finish to it, and no additives need to be added for the wax to perform the way that it should. By using our Joy Wax, you will be able to create candles that are rich in color. Your candles will also have an excellent melt pool, and usually only require one pour in most jars.

Joy Wax Candle Making Kit Joy Wax Candle Making Kit

We believe that the best way to get started making your own candles is to purchase a starter kit, which we have several of. It would be a good idea to start with our Joy Wax Candle Making Kit to get familiar with this product. This candle making kit comes with three pounds of Joy Wax, two color blocks, 4 one ounce fragrances, 25 six inch hemp candle wicks, twelve hexagonal jars with lids, and it includes a complete set of instructions. The fragrances included in this kit are currently fresh linen, spring rain, vanilla silk, and strawberry passion. You will also need to get a metal pouring pot and a candle thermometer, which do not come in the kit. Both of these items are available to buy from Natures Garden. This kit makes it very easy for you to get started and learn how to work with Joy Wax. In addition, you will not need to use all products included in the kit, so you will have a jump start on your next candle making project.

How to Make Joy Wax Container CandlesJoy Wax Container Candles

Now is the fun part! We are going to begin talking about just how you can make container candles using Joy Wax. First, we will introduce to you a recipe to make basic Joy Wax candles. Then we are going to give two specific recipes using Joy Wax: Shimmer Gel Potpourri and Pumpkin Cheesecake Wax Melts. Seeing each of these will allow you to learn the variety that Joy Wax offers in candle making. The first recipe we will be referring to makes four pounds of candles.

Ingredients:

Joy Wax
Coloring (You can use either our Spectrum Liquid Candle Dye or Color Blocks)
Pouring Pot
Scale
13 x 9 pan
Fragrance
Candle wicks
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Heat source
Candy thermometer
Work clothes
Safety glasses

How to Make Joy Wax Container Candles

First, weigh out 4 pounds of Joy Wax on a scale. Turn your oven on 150-200°F. Put your empty glass candle containers on a tray and in the oven to warm them to about 150°F when you will be pouring into them. Pouring hot wax into a cold container will cause your wax to set up too quickly and your candles will develop jump lines or wet spots.

Gathering Your Materials

Put about 1″ of water in your 13 X 9 pan on the stove. Turn the temperature setting on your stove between low and medium. Gather your pouring pot, coloring, additives, fragrance, containers, and wicks to start making your container candles. Put the 4 pounds of Joy Wax into a clean pouring pot and place that inside of your 13 x 9 pan on the stove.

Melt Your Joy Wax

Allow your wax to melt in the pan. It is important that you never melt wax with the pouring pot directly on a heat source. This can quickly become a fire hazard or can result in your wax being scorched. If your wax gets scorched, it will create a burnt smell. If your wax smells like this, it is ruined and wax that becomes scorched cannot be corrected. Periodically check the temperature of your melted wax with your candy thermometer. Heat the Joy Wax up to 200°F. Once again, make sure that it does not get too hot and become scorched.

Adding the Candle Colorant

You should add the candle colorant at the hottest temperature. Add 1-10 drops of liquid candle dye to the melted wax. Stir. Do not use more than ten drops of the liquid candle dye. Liquid candle dyes will make it easy to get a consistent color since you can simply count how many drops you have added. This can be important when marketing you homemade candles to your customers. Alternatively, you can use Natures Garden’s color blocks with the Joy Wax. Color blocks are a good alternative to liquid candle dye if you are looking for more rich, dark colors for your candles. They are great for larger batches. However, if you are creating candles in smaller batches, you will need to make sure you are weighing out just how much of the color block you are adding in grams. This will allow you to get a consistent color.

Preparing the Candle Wicks

While you are waiting for your wax to cool you can prepare your jars. Putting wicks in your candles is much easier when you use either the pretabbed prewaxed wicks. The zinc core or CD type wicks from Natures Garden are the most popular. You have a couple of options when adding candle wicks. Allow your candles to cool a little until you see that the bottom of the container has about one inch of candle setting up. Straighten your wicks and place them in the candle centered and evenly spaced apart.

If you are placing more than one wick into your jars, make sure that the wicks are not too close to the sides of the container because it may create soot. Your wicks will move if you try to wick your candles too soon and they will not be spaced apart properly. However, if you wick your candles too late, your wicks will not migrate to the bottom of the container. This brings us to the second option. It may be helpful for you to use a hot glue gun to center and adhere your wicks to the bottom of your containers if you wish to. If you decide on using the hot glue gun, you will need to put the wicks into your containers prior to pouring in the hot wax.

Adding Fragrance Oil and Pouring the Joy Wax

Remove your warm glass candle containers from the oven and place them on a surface that is heat resistant. Prepare them in a line so that they will be ready for the hot wax to be poured in. You can add your candle wicks now, or later. This will depend on which option you chose. Next, you will need to remove the pouring pot from heat and allow the temperature of the Joy Wax to drop to 170°F. Then, add 1-1.5 ounces of fragrance oil per pound of melted wax to your melted wax mixture. Stir the wax, thoroughly blending the fragrance oil and pour the Joy Wax into your glass containers. Stop pouring the wax at the point when your candle jar starts changing shape. Sink holes may develop if you fill your jars too full.

Cooling the Candles and Finishing Up

For the best results when cooling your candles, allow them to cool at room temperature. Center and straight your wicks before allowing them to set up all of the way. You can place a pencil across the opening of the jar, wrapping the candle wicks around it to keep them in place. We also find that placing a fine tooth comb across the opening, using the space in between teeth of the comb to hold the wicks in place also works well. Condensation can develop if they are put on the jars too soon.

Finally, let’s talk about curing. You can allow your candles to cure for a few days in order for the fragrance to fully bind to the wax before burning it. Cure the candles with their lids on after they have completely set up and cooled down. While we find it isn’t 100% necessary since Joy Wax has a beautiful scent throw without curing, it really kicks the scent throw up a notch.

Shimmer Gel Potpourri RecipeShimmer Gel Potpourri Recipe

Now, we are going to introduce to you one of our homemade room scenting recipes using Joy Wax. Did you know Joy Wax can be used for more than just container candles? For example, although this recipe is made from soy wax, it can easily be substituted with Joy Wax. This is yet another way to show the versatility of Joy Wax. When coloring this recipe, you can also use spectrum candle dyes in place of the gold mica pigment. You will be able to produce one 8 ounce bottle for your oil burner using this recipe.

To create this potpourri, the first thing you do is 60 grams of Joy Wax into your pouring pot. Then, you will use the double boiler method as described above to melt the wax on a low temperature on the stove until the wax is all liquid.

Next, weigh out 30 grams of Natures Garden’s Glitter Fragrance oil. Prepare your gold mica pigment or your spectrum candle dye, whichever you have chosen to use. Once your Joy Wax has been liquefied, it is now time to add the fragrance oil. Stir well and then add the mica pigment or candle dye, and stir again.

Weigh out 142 grams of the Rice Bran Oil that you will be mixing with your wax. Once the wax has been both scented and colored, add the Rice Bran Oil.  Stir well to fully combine. Allow the temperature of your mixture to reach somewhere between 140-150°F. At this temperature, pour the liquid you created into your Boston round bottle slowly. Give it enough time to cool. Add the disc top lids to your bottle once the outside of it is cool to the touch, and you have finished your homemade potpourri!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Wax MeltsPumpkin Cheesecake Wax Melts

Lastly, we want to show you one more product that you can create using Joy Wax. Our wax melt recipes are very popular, and this recipe of ours is also perfect for this time of the year. Pumpkin cheesecake would be a perfect scent to melt and smell around the house this fall. We have linked the ingredients that you will need to create this below.

Since the recipe is linked above that you can follow, we are only going to mention where the Joy Wax is incorporated in this recipe. It comes into play when you are preparing the whipped topping of the pumpkin cheesecake wax melts. After you weigh out 9 ounces of Joy Wax, place it into the pouring pot. Continue melting on your stove on a low setting until the wax is completed melted. Next, weigh out and add 0.9 ounces of Pumpkin Cheesecake Fragrance Oil to the wax and stir.

After the wax has started to set up in the pot, use a spoon to begin whipping the wax until you achieve a whipped topping texture. Simply frost each of your cheesecake bases quickly and  fluff the tops to look like whipped cream. Finally, sprinkle pumpkin pie spice blend powder over each of the melts. Remove them from the molds when they have cooled down. Now, if you are hungry for the real thing, our pumpkin cheesecake wax tarts were inspired by these mini pumpkin Oreo cheesecakes.

Oct
18

Sandalwood Scented Candle Project


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Sandalwood Scented Candle ProjectSandalwood Scented Candle Project

Finding new recipes to incorporate into your home to create new family traditions, or into your business to invite more customers can be very exciting, especially around this time of year. The season of giving is just around the corner and we know that plenty of people are searching for inventive gift ideas for their family members. Our Sandalwood Scented Candle Project will give you just that! Sure, a book, a coffee mug, or a blanket are cute gifts to give, but why not try out something new and more personalized?! Homemade candles could be just what you are looking for! Being able to create a candle from scratch to give someone as a present around the holidays is special and unique. Plus, who doesn’t love a candle?

In this blog we are going to to be sharing with you the Natures Garden homemade Sandalwood candle recipe! This is one of our chunky candle recipes, which we only have a few of. Chunky candles are a new, exciting and creative way to start making candles. This fun idea is one that we originally came up with in order to ease the process of candle making by eliminating the step of re-pouring when making votive candles. This step can eat up a lot of extra time in the work station, which is not ideal. To see how these chunky votive candles are made, check out the Natures Garden class that explains how to make chunky candles. Without further ado, let’s get started on this Sandalwood scented candle project!

Ingredients Found at Natures Garden

Other Supplies That You Will Need:

16 oz. Glass Apothecary Jar
Scale
Mixing Spoons
Knife
Hot Glue Gun and Stick
Toothpicks
Pot (For Double Boiler)

Pillar of Bliss Wax

Natures Garden Pillar of Bliss Wax is made up of more than 50% soy wax that is blended with paraffin wax. This wax is great to use for poured votive candles, pillar candles, candle wax tarts, and embeds! Our Pillar of Bliss wax comes in a granulated form and also has great fragrance retention. It is a harder wax than our Joy Wax, which makes it an easier wax to work with when making molds. Natures Garden has plenty of fun options when it comes to making candles in molds, such as coffee cups, foods, hearts, animals, and sports! Pillar of Bliss is a great wax to use for these.

Weigh Out the Pillar of Bliss Candle WaxWeigh Out the Pillar of Bliss Candle Wax

For the first step in this project, you will need to use a scale to weigh out 120 grams of the Natures Garden Pillar of Bliss Candle Wax.  After the wax has been weighed out, use a double boiler to melt the wax. Allow it to melt until it reaches a temperature of 195°F, which you can continue checking with the thermometer. 

Color Blocks Dye

After the Pillar of Bliss Wax has melted, we are going to incorporate the chocolate color blocks dye. Natures Garden now carries many new colors in the color blocks! They each weigh between 0.5-1 ounce and are very easy to use in any of our candle waxes. A little goes a long way with these, and depending on the color you are trying to achieve, it can be adjusted by adding more or less of the dye. On our website some of the options you can choose from are red, orange, pink, yellow, white, black, caramel, and chocolate, which we will be using in this recipe.

Add the Chocolate Candle ColorantAdd the Chocolate Candle Colorant

For this Sandalwood recipe, measure out about three grams of the chocolate color block, and make sure to use a scale to ensure accuracy. Add small amounts of the chocolate color in order to reach the desired shade. Add this to the melted Pillar of Bliss Wax. Be sure not to add too much of the chocolate color block to the wax, as it can end up clogging the wick and affecting the way that your candle will burn.

Combine the wax with the colorant by stirring both of them together. To ensure that you are achieving the correct color, there are some ways that you can test it. One way of doing this is by placing a small amount of the wax on a white paper plate using a spoon. You will be able to see the true color of the wax once it has had time to set up. Add more of the color block to your Pillar of Bliss Wax in small amounts if it is needed.

Sandalwood Fragrance OilSandalwood Fragrance Oil

We have over eight hundred fragrance oils to choose from at Natures Garden. All of our fragrances are 100% concentrated, and this one is no different. Our signature Sandalwood fragrance has a very woody scent, which contains hints of both cedar wood and sandalwood.  The scents of jasmine and rose also come out in this fragrance oil, which adds to the distinct softness of sandalwood. The aroma that it gives off is both strong and wonderful. We use this Sandalwood Fragrance Oil in our homemade Sandalwood Bath Bomb and Sandalwood Soap recipes as well.

Adding the Sandalwood Fragrance Oil

Once your candle wax has reached the correct chocolate color, you will need to weigh out 12 grams of the Natures Garden Sandalwood fragrance oil on a scale and add it to the wax. After this has been added, stir the wax once again to fully blend all of the ingredients together before putting the wax into molds.

Molding Your Candle WaxMolding Your Candle Wax

The next step in this recipe is to pull out the 4-loaf silicone mold. Use each of the cavities in the 4-loaf silicone mold to pour some of the melted wax into. Allow enough time for the poured in wax to setup and harden.

Cutting Your Candle ChunksCutting Your Candle Chunks

Once the wax has had time to set, you can then pop each of the loafs out and remove them from the mold.  Then, using a knife, you are going to want to cut the wax into square pieces.  When you are finished, your wax should look like little chocolates. You are going to set these pieces aside for the time being.

What Is Joy Wax?

We are going to begin using the Joy Wax for this next step. This product is only available and sold at Natures Garden! A blend of soy wax, different vegetable waxes, food grade paraffin, and other proprietary ingredients makes up our Joy Wax. This is an excellent product to use for candle making because of the way it holds to containers. It is different than the Pillar of Bliss Wax, as it holds very nicely to the sides of jars and has a glossy finish to it. Our Joy Wax gives off amazing cold and hot scent throw with NO curing time necessary! Joy Wax allows you to create candles with rich colors without having to include any additives.

Melting the Joy Wax for Your Sandalwood CandleMelting the Joy Wax for Your Sandalwood Candle

Now that we have learned more about this product, similarly to what you did with the Pillar of Bliss Candle Wax, you are going to weigh out 300 grams of the Joy Wax. After it is measured out, you are going to melt it using the double boiler once again. Continue melting until it reaches a temperature of approximately 200°F, using the thermometer.

Coloring the Joy WaxColoring the Joy Wax

Now that the Joy Wax is melted, the next step is to add a very small amount of the pink color block. We want the color to be a very light pink, so it is important not to add too much color.  Each one of Natures Garden color blocks can create several different shades for products. This includes the pink color block, which can provide candles with a nice variety of pink shades. Once again, you will probably need less than a gram of this color block because we want it to come out a fairly light shade of pink. Stir to completely blend the colorant with the candle wax.

Adding the Sandalwood Fragrance OilAdding the Sandalwood Fragrance Oil

After the pink color block is thoroughly mixed with the Joy Wax, you will need to measure out and add 30 grams of the Sandalwood Fragrance Oil.  In order to completely incorporate the Sandalwood fragrance oil, stir the mixture together.

Adding the Candle WicksAdding the Candle Wicks

Now that everything has been mixed together evenly, the time has come to add your wicks to the jar!  The CD candle wicks at Natures Garden are precut, prewaxed, and pretabbed. They come in various sizes, including CD 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, and 22. Here is a helpful chart on what size wicks you will need depending on the size of your candle jar or container. In order to get the candle wicks to stick in your jar, you can use a hot glue gun with a hot glue stick to get them to adhere to the candle wax.  Evenly place the candle wicks in the jar and make sure they are centered. We used two CD-12 wicks in our 16 ounce apothecary jar.

Setting Up Your Finished Sandalwood CandleSetting Up Your Finished Sandalwood Candle

Pour the melted wax into the 16 oz. glass apothecary candle jar that you have. Now it is time to retrieve your chocolate colored cubes that were set aside earlier and gently drop them into the jar.  It is important that you make sure to keep the wicks remain straight and centered as you are doing this.

 

Curing the CandleCuring the Candle

Before trimming the wicks that you set up, allow enough time for your candle to fully harden. Also allow enough time for the candle to cure if you choose to do so.

 

Using Your Sandalwood CandleUsing Your Sandalwood Candle

Once your homemade Sandalwood Candle has had enough time to cure, it will be all ready to burn. Simply trim your wicks prior to lighting it. We hope that you enjoyed making this homemade Sandalwood Candle Project as much as we did!

More Fun With Chunky Candles

Just when you thought you couldn’t have anymore fun, you can also make chunky pillar candles! Stay tuned for a recipe on how to make chunky pillar candles soon. In the meantime, check out these fabulous metal candle pillar molds that you can use to make more chunky candles! They come in different shapes including octagonal, circular, and square. You can use these containers to make your Chunky Votive candles, and they can last forever if they are taken care of properly. Besides Sandalwood, another one of our homemade chunky candles is the Apple Dumpling Candle. We also have a recipe for a Chunky Lip Balm which is another one that utilizes the same idea.

More About Sandalwood

You can also check out this article written by Meenakshi Nagdeve about some of the benefits that Sandalwood. She discusses sandalwood as an oil and its properties, as well as talking about its importance in certain cultures and religions. Nagdeve also mentions the health benefits of sandalwood, some of which include that it is an anti-inflammatory, it can help with skin care, and can even aid in memory.

Social Media

We would love to see your results of these creations! Feel free to reach out to us on any of our social media pages:

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For even more fragrance fun, check out all of our free candle making and soap making recipes and classes!

 

Nov
16

9 Soy Candle Recipes


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9 Soy Candle Recipes 9 Soy Candle Recipes

If you are interested in candle making and are new to the craft, creating a candle may seem like an easy process. Well, it is easy, once you have done some research and Nature’s Garden can help you out. We have 9 soy candle recipes that use the three types of soy wax that we carry. These recipes are fun and creative and are easy to follow. Not only will you see that making your own candle can be easy, but making the world smell good is a very important job!

There are many factors that go into making a candle that will not only burn properly but will have a good hot and cold throw. Once you start doing research on candle making, then it can seem a bit overwhelming. What type of wick do you use? Which one burns the best? What type of wax do I want to use? I know I want soy wax, but what kind of soy wax? What does it mean melt point? When do I add the fragrance? How much color do I add? Not to worry, folks! Nature’s Garden is here for you and can answer all those questions for you.

9 Soy Candle Recipes: The Soy Waxes9 Soy Candle Recipes: The Soy Waxes

Not all soy wax is created equal. There are differences in the melt temperatures, hot and cold throws, and in appearances. Before we get started on our soy candle recipes, let me familiarize you with the different soy waxes we have. We have three types that we will discuss: NG 100% Soy Wax, Golden Foods Soy Wax 444 and Golden Foods Soy Wax 464.

As we all know, Soy Wax is produced from soybeans. It is a pure and natural vegetable wax that is considered kosher. Not only is this wax non-toxic, but it is also biodegradable. In fact, soy wax is very environmentally friendly and is made from a renewable resource. Candles made from soy wax are very clean burning. Something that is of importance in this day and age.  There is a reduction in soot, and due to the makeup of soy itself, the burn time of a soy wax increases. Soy Wax candles will burn slower and cooler compared to a straight paraffin wax candle.

All of Nature’s Garden soy waxes are sold in flake style. Most people find this type easier to work with. Granulated waxes have a tendency to be messier. They are all-natural so you can rest assured that you are going to have a clean burning candle in your home and for your customers. You will also note, that your finished candles may have a rough exterior. They may not look smooth and creamy. Well, it is a natural wax, therefore you will have a more natural finish. If this is not the look you would like it can be easily solved with a few tricks to help give your candles a more professional look!

9 Soy Candle Recipes:  NG 100% Soy Wax (GF 415)9 Soy Candle Recipes:  NG 100% Soy Wax 415

NG 100% Soy Wax 415 is straight soy. There are no additives to enhance the hot or cold throw. Therefore, soy wax is perfect in massage candles or any other type of recipe that is applied to the body. The melt point for 415 Soy is 120-125 degrees Fahrenheit. This higher melt point allows this wax to carry a higher fragrance load. You can also blend this soy wax with other waxes such as beeswax, paraffin or microcrystalline waxes.

9 Soy Candle Recipes: Golden Foods Soy Wax 444 9 Soy Candle Recipes: Golden Foods Soy Wax 444 

Our next wax is our Golden Foods Soy Wax 444. This is a popular seller here at Nature’s Garden. So what makes this wax different? Well, there are soy based additives added to this wax. That still makes it a natural wax, however, these additives help increase pour temperature, helps reduce frosting issues and give a smoother finish to your candle’s appearance. The scent throw, both hot and cold, are improved also. You may also blend this wax with other waxes such as paraffin or microcrystalline waxes. The 444 Soy Wax also has a higher melt point and can hold up to 12% scent per pound, making a stronger scented candle.  However, you should always test as not all fragrance oils can be used at this percentage and may seep.  

9 Soy Candle Recipes: Golden Foods Soy Wax 4649 Soy Candle Recipes: Golden Foods Soy Wax 464

Lastly, we have our Golden Foods Soy Wax 464. This is a very popular candle wax. While this wax is similar to our Golden Foods Soy Wax 444, the main difference will be the melt point. The 464 Soy wax has a lower melt point and this allows for better glass adhesion in the finished candle. Another difference would be the maximum scent load for this wax which is 10-12% of scent per pound of wax. We do suggest keeping the fragrance percent at 10 to reduce the possibility of fragrance oil seepage.

Before you get started on creating any of our recipes, follow this link to How to Make Soy Candles. This is a free candle class that can be downloaded or printed. In this class, you can learn about wicks, pour lines, scenting the wax, pour temps and more. And now that we are familiar with the different types of soy waxes, let’s move on to our soy candle recipes and get you inspired to start candle creating!

9 Soy Candle Recipes: Citronella Candle Recipe9 Soy Candle Recipes: Citronella Candle Recipe

Up first, is our Citronella Candle Recipe. This is an easy recipe and will come in handy during those summer nights that you spend outdoors! Our Citronella Candle Recipe is made with our NG 100% Soy Wax 415. It is perfect for your outdoor activities to help keep the bugs at bay. Of course, we used our Citronella fragrance oil, which smells exactly like the essential oil. Strong notes of chamomile, citronella, jasmine, pine, and lily will help you and your loved ones enjoy some warm summer nights by the campfire!

9 Soy Candle Recipes: Leopard Candle Recipe9 Soy Candle Recipes: Leopard Candle Recipe

This Leopard Candle Recipe is perfect for any wild one in your life! Artfully decorated in bright purple leopard spots that you will create out of beeswax then place around the inside wall of the jar. Next a pale lavender layer of 100% soy wax will be poured in. The whole thing is scented in our wild Aphrodisiac Fragrance Oil. This scent is a lovely unisex fragrance smelling of citrus fruit, green floral with undertones of Eucalyptus. A nice complex blend of fragrances for this candle!

9 Soy Candle Recipes: Massage Candle Recipe9 Soy Candle Recipes: Massage Candle Recipe

Massage candles are incredibly popular these days. Sometimes they are called lotion candles and can have any type of addition made to them. Of course, your main component will be the 100% Soy Wax, but our Massage Candle recipe also incorporates cocoa, shea and mango butter along with some coconut oil. Rub the warmed wax into your skin and feel the difference between regular lotion and warmed lotion! Your skin will feel luxuriously soft and moisture will be locked in! We scented our candle in relaxing NG Cashmere & Silk Type fragrance oil. This fragrance is a blend of French vanilla with sandalwood, patchouli, and musk accented by rose, violet, apricot, and creamy coconut milk. This is a very sensual fragrance for a sensual candle!

9 soy Candle Recipes: Green Beer Candle Recipe

What a fun candle to make for St. Patrick’s Day! This mug of green “beer” was made using Gel Wax for the “beer” and the froth was made with our 100% Soy Wax! You can most certainly whip this wax into a frothy mass! We chose our Green Irish fragrance oil for this tall, frothy Green Beer Candle! I love this fragrance! Bright, crisp, green and fresh is what comes to mind when I smell this oil!

9 Soy Candle Recipes: Football Field Candle9 Soy Candle Recipes: Football Field Candle

Our Football Field candle is perfect to make for the football lovers in your family! Or, this would be a cool centerpiece to have for a table full of snacks for game day! This is truly a unique work of candle art that was made entirely of our 100% Soy Wax. The “dirt” bottom was created by using a square loaf mold while the grass was once created by whipping the soy wax. Sweet little football embeds, made from Pillar of Bliss, decorate the top and can be placed against the candle base. We scented this candle in our Leather Jacket and Fresh Cut Grass. These two scents blend together to smell like the outdoors on a warm, fall day!

9 Soy Candle Recipes: Zebra Candle Recipe9 Soy Candle Recipes: Zebra Candle Recipe

If you know anybody that loves Zebras or the zebra pattern itself, then this is the perfect opportunity to make them something they will love! Our Zebra Candle is made in the same technique that was used for the Leopard Candle we talked about earlier. Using beeswax, you will create pink zebra stripes and stick them to the inner wall of the candle container. Next, you will pour in a creamy white layer of our Golden Foods Soy Wax 444. We chose our feisty Hot Pink Pomegranate fragrance oil for this. It’s a bright blend of ginger, pomegranate, citrus and jasmine!

9 Soy Candle Recipes: Mardi Gras Candle Recipe9 Soy Candle Recipes: Mardi Gras Candle Recipe

Get your glue gun ready, because you’re going to be getting crafty with this candle! This Mardi Gras Candle is a fun themed candle that is perfect for your next Mardi Gras party! To make this candle more than just a plain candle, we created a fun, sparkly Mardi Gras mask to decorate the outside! That’s what Mardi Gras is all about after all! Bright, sparkly and everybody dressed up in costumes and masks! For our wax, we used the Golden Foods Soy Wax 464 and of course, the inspiration behind this candle was our Mardi Gras fragrance oil. A truly unique fragrance blend of citrus, strawberries, rose, ylang-ylang and vetiver.

9 Soy Candle Recipes: St. Patrick’s Day Candle

No matter the holiday, you need a candle to celebrate! At Nature’s Garden we have you covered for any and all holidays! Even ordinary days deserve a candle! St. Patrick’s Day is a perfect time to celebrate your Irish roots and we have a candle to help you out! Our St. Patrick’s Day candle has a cute Shamrock made from beeswax displayed on the side. The rest of the candle uses our Golden Foods Soy Wax 464. We scented this candle in our NG Aloe & White Lilac fragrance oil. This scent is fresh and floral. A definite clean scent for spring time!

9 Soy Candle Recipes: Shimmer Gel Potpourri Recipe9 Soy Candle Recipes: Shimmer Gel Potpourri Recipe

Wait! What? Candle Wax turned gel? Yes, this isn’t your ordinary candle recipe. This is a different take on your normal everyday wax melt! We took our Soy Wax 464, mixed in some Rice Bran Oil, a little color, a little bit of 24K Gold Mica and you have yourself some Shimmer Gel Potpourri for your oil burner to scent your home! We used our Glitter fragrance oil for this recipe. This is a lovely feminine fragrance of floral notes of lily and jasmine and undertones of sandalwood and musk. Glitter is a very alluring fragrance and is a Nature’s Garden original!

Contact Natures Garden

We hope you enjoyed our 9 soy candle recipes. As you can see, once you do a little research and have a little guidance, making candles is a very easy and fun project to do! Using soy wax will always be a personal choice for candle makers.  People will always love candles! They lend a warm and inviting atmosphere to your home. Using different fragrances can either relax you or energize you! Plus, using soy in your candle recipes is a very environmentally conscious choice and many people like to do what they can do to keep the air in their home safe and natural!

If you would like to show us what you have been creating, whether its candles, soap, bath bombs or lip balms, come find us! We are on Facebook, Twitter (@ngscents) and Instagram (@ngscents) We love seeing what our customers have been up too! Plus, you get to show off what you created! It’s always good to toot your own horn once in a while!

 

Nov
15

Handmade Lotion Recipes


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Handmade Lotion RecipesHandmade Lotion Recipes

In today’s world, most people like to make their own soaps, bath and body products and even cosmetics. Generally, creating those things are not hard at all. Not only do you know the ingredients that will go in your product, but you can make the product to fit your needs or the needs of your customers or loved ones. Many people nowadays have skin issues that require skin-sensitive ingredients. That is another reason why many people turn to handmade goods. And like we stated before, it isn’t hard to do. Take a look through some of Nature’s Garden handmade lotion recipes. You will see how really simply and easy it is to make lotion. Also, with only a few ingredients, you can make a perfectly beautiful lotion that could rival the most expensive store brands out there in the market!

 

Handmade Lotion Recipes: Some Key Ingredients

Before we get started on our recipes, let’s familiarize ourselves with some of the key ingredients that you need to make lotion with. Really you can make a lotion with just shea butter and coconut oil whipped together. However, while those things will soften and hydrate your skin, they can separate while sitting when water is added. Another thing, they may not absorb into your skin very well, leaving you feeling greasy and sticky. The following components that we will discuss are key to getting a beautiful emulsified lotion that will not leave your skin feeling tacky and absorb beautifully.

Handmade Lotion Recipes: BTMS 25 EmulsifierHandmade Lotion Recipes: BTMS 25 Emulsifier

Our first ingredient is Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, or BTMS 25 Emulsifier is a natural, conditioning emulsifier that can be used in hair and skin care. BTMS is naturally derived from Colza oil. Colza oil is a non-drying oil that is obtained from seeds of the rapeseed plant. It isn’t truly rapeseed oil, but a derivative of it. BTMS can be used in creams and lotions to provide a soft, powdery feel to the skin and is very gentle on the skin and hair.

Handmade Lotion Recipes:  Emulsifying Wax, Traditional and SilkyHandmade Lotion Recipes:  Emulsifying Wax, Traditional and Silky

Next ingredient is our two other emulsifying waxes. We have Emulsifying Wax- Traditional and Silky Emulsifying Wax. While these waxes are not 100 percent natural, they are partial plant based and give wonderful structure to any type of lotion, cream, shampoo or conditioner. Both traditional and silky are self-emulsifying, low odor, highly stable, and highly compatible. Low concentrations of these waxes will improve the consistency and stability of emulsions. Which one do you choose for your product? Which ever you want! So, what exactly is the difference? The only difference is silky will give your lotion a lovely, silky-soft feel to you skin long after the lotion or cream has absorbed.  They can be used interchangeably.

Handmade Lotion Recipes: Optiphen PreservativeHandmade Lotion Recipes: Optiphen Preservative

Preservatives are essential to cosmetic formulations because they kill germs that can make you and your customers very sick. Optiphen is a liquid, paraben-free and formaldehyde-free preservative that provides broad spectrum preservation against bacteria, yeast and mold, the presence of caprylyl glycol. It also imparts an exceptional feel to the finished formulation which makes it useful in creams, sunscreens, lotions, cosmetics, body washes and shampoo recipes. This is a definite must have in any of your water based bath and body products that are created from scratch.

Handmade Lotion Recipe: Stearic Acid and Sodium Lactate

Stearic Acid is a plant based ingredient that is widely used in bath and body products, soaps and even in candles. For bath and body products, it is a wonderful addition to thicken up your product. In soaps, it is used to harden your bars of soap and to make them last longer. When used in candles, it also helps harden the wax and is perfect for making pillar candles or any type of mold candle. Another option is sodium lactate. Sodium lactate is a natural moisturizer, humectant, and pH regulator. It is used in handmade soaps, lotions, shampoo, and other bath and body products.

Handmade Lotion Recipe: Distilled Water

Yes, distilled water is an important ingredient to any of your lotions. You will see in any of our lotion recipes, that we ask you to heat your distilled water up to a specific ingredient and hold it there for 20 minutes. This is to ensure that you have destroyed any bacteria that may have been lingering around in the water.

Handmade Lotion Recipe: The Phases

Also you will notice that each recipe is done in phases. You have your Water Phase, which is where you are heating your water up. The Oil Phase. This is where you will heat and melt any of your butters and oils and waxes to a specific temperature. Next will be the Mixing Phase. Your will then mix together your water and butter and oils with a stick blender to emulsify. Lastly, you have your Cool Down Phase where you allow the lotion mixture to cool to a specific temperature before adding your fragrance oil and Optiphen. Then, you will package up your lotion and label if desired and you are ready to gift everybody you love with some handmade love! Now, let’s talk about our recipes!

Handmade Lotion Recipes: Cocoa Dream Cream RecipeHandmade Lotion Recipes: Cocoa Dream Cream Recipe

Our first lotion is our Cocoa Dream Cream!   This is a thick, luscious cream that smells heavenly with our Butter Brickle fragrance oil. A soft, buttery vanilla fragrance that leave you smelling sweet! Sweet almond oil, and cocoa butter will give your skin a reason to be happy! It absorbs beautifully and leaves you feeling soft! This cream is also sold as a kit. It would be a perfect way to start learning how to make lotion since you don’t have to commit to large quantities of ingredients. The Cocoa Dream Cream kit is also perfect as gift for somebody who loves to make their own bath and body products!

Handmade Lotion Recipes: Cucumber Cream RecipeHandmade Lotion Recipes: Cucumber Cream Recipe

Our Cucumber Cream recipe is perfect to quench that dry wintery skin! The ingredients we chose give your lotion a thick, luxurious texture that will absorb beautifully into your skin. Plus, we chose our bright, fresh Cucumber Splash fragrance oil. This is a perfect fragrance for lotion or even soap! It smells like spring!

Handmade Lotion Recipes: Tropical Lotion RecipeHandmade Lotion Recipes: Tropical Lotion Recipe

If you are looking for something more lighter to apply to your skin, try our Tropical Lotion Recipe. This is also our CEO, Deborah’s,  favorite lotion recipe since it has her favorite fragrance oil in it. This lotion was made with mango butter, fractionated coconut oil and rice bran oil, this lotion is light yet creamy, and leaves your skin feeling silky and hydrated. Tropical lotion is definitely a perfect summer-time getaway for you nose! We used our yummy Papaya Dragon Fruit fragrance oil and it smells of a tropical fruit salad made with peaches, pineapple, papaya and of course, Dragon Fruit! You will smell good enough to eat!

Handmade Lotion Recipes: Shea Lotion with Herbal Infusion RecipeHandmade Lotion Recipes: Shea Lotion with Herbal Infusion Recipe

Our Shea Lotion with Herbal Infusion is a beautiful lotion for any skin! Created with infused waters made from hibiscus flower powder and rosehips flower powder, your skin will thank you for the extra attention. Hibiscus is an herb know for being high in antioxidants and amino acids, and also contain oligopeptides that have been shown to have wrinkle-smoothing properties. Rosehips contain high levels of vitamin C, in addition to vitamins E, A, and D. Rosehips are used in skincare for its high level of antioxidants and anti-aging properties. The hibiscus/rosehip infusion will add a lovely natural pink color to your lotion. For the fragrance we chose our Peach Magnolia Raspberry fragrance oil. This scent smells of juicy raspberries and peaches with a light floral background.

Handmade Lotion Recipes: Frappe Mocha Body Cream RecipeHandmade Lotion Recipes: Frappe Mocha Body Cream Recipe

Our Frappe Mocha Body Cream is perfect for those with a coffee addiction! This cream is made with cocoa butter and sweet almond Oil. Both are perfect for making your skin feel soft and silky. As for the water part, however, we created it using a distilled coffee brew. This lotion is not only made with coffee, but the steeped coffee water truly helps punch up the coffee fragrance. For the fragrances, we chose both Fresh Brewed Coffee- World’s Best and our Chocolate Fudge Fragrance oil. If you didn’t want a Frappe Mocha before, you will after you smell this body cream! This body cream also comes in a kit size if you are looking for a Christmas gift to give to somebody special!

Handmade Lotion Recipes: Natural Face Cream RecipeHandmade Lotion Recipes: Natural Face Cream Recipe

This cream recipe is a favorite of mine. Natural Face Cream is made with an infusion of calendula flowers.  Calendula is believed to reduce inflammation, reduce acne, and promote healthy skin, which makes this a perfect addition to a night cream. Also, we have included Avocado Oil and Grapeseed Oil. Grapeseed oil does not clog pores, absorbs easily into the skin, does not leave a greasy feel to the skin, and provides the skin with anti inflammatory properties.  It is high in linoleic acid; providing mosturizing effects to the skin. Avocado Oil is a rich, moisturizing oil that is perfect for those with sensitive skin. This lotion is also available in a kit.

Handmade Lotion Recipes: Rose Lotion RecipeHandmade Lotion Recipes: Rose Lotion Recipe

Back in the 1970s there was a lotion my grandmother used a lot. It was called Rose Milk lotion and our Rose Lotion recipe truly reminds me of her when I use it. We infused our distilled water with our red Rose Buds & Petals. Rose water is the perfect addition to any skin-care regime. Its use dates back to days of Cleopatra and has many incredible benefits to its use. Rose water is perfect for any type of skin. It has antibacterial properties, anti-inflammatory and has a load of antioxidants in it. We also used cocoa butter, fractionated coconut oil and meadowfoam seed oil. Meadowfoam seed oil is a wonderful, light oil that absorbs easily into the skin, leaving you feeling soft and not greasy! We chose our Fresh Cut Roses fragrance oil to scent this beautiful lotion.

Handmade Lotion Recipes: Solid Lotion Bar RecipeHandmade Lotion Recipes: Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

Solid Lotion Bar is a quick and simple lotion that is perfect for those who like to hydrate their skin on the go! Made with shea butter, beeswax and jojoba oil, you have a lotion that absorbs quickly, seals in the moisture and keeps the winter dry skin at bay! This lotion is perfect for gym bags, purses, backpacks. No need to worry about loose caps and possible leakage with this lotion! We scented this lotion bar with our Beautiful Babe fragrance oil. If you are familiar with Estee Lauder’s Beautiful perfume, then you know how good this lotion will smell!  This fragrance is a delicate rose, jasmine and carnations with undertones of sweet melon and plum!

Handmade Lotion Recipes: Wine Lotion RecipeHandmade Lotion Recipes: Wine Lotion Recipe

Even though it says Wine Lotion, we did not use actual wine in the recipe. However, we did use our Resveratrol Extract Powder. Resveratrol is a natural polyphenol found in in the skin of red grapes. This powder is similar in the same properties of red wine, meaning it has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties, and is used in products that fight acne. Also, Resveratrol is used in anti-aging, anti-wrinkle cosmetic products. It will provide anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling.

We also included cocoa butter, grapeseed oil and Jojoba Oil. Both of these oils are wonderful for the skin! Grapeseed oil is light and non-greasy feeling on the skin.  Jojoba oil is considered a “liquid wax” and it will lock in the moisture and keeps your skin hydrated. We chose our Shiraz fragrance oil to help round out our “wine theme”. This is a beautiful, light fruity but robust red wine scent! A must try for wine lovers! 

Handmade Lotion Recipes: Chamomile Lotion Recipe

Our last recipe for today is our Chamomile Lotion Recipe. This is an easy, basic recipe that is perfect for beginners. We used apricot kernel oil and grapeseed oil. Both are light, absorb-able and non-greasy oils and are perfect when you want a light lotion. This would be a perfect summer-time lotion with no heavy oils or butters. The fragrance oil we chose is the delicate Chamomile fragrance oil. Chamomile fragrance oil smells of freshly picked chamomile flowers with hints of fresh green herbs.

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Nov
08

Popular Christmas Fragrances


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Popular Christmas FragrancesPopular Christmas Fragrances

It’s almost that time of year! Time for Christmas, time for gifts and time for some inspiration to create those gifts. Christmas can sometimes feel overwhelming! From decorating the house, writing out Christmas cards, baking cookies, shopping, Christmas parties, well, the list can go on and on. Plus, trying to think up something fun and unique to give for your friends and family can be intimidating as well. If your a crafter, soaper, candlemaker, then naturally you have the urge to make something for those friends and family. Nature’s Garden has a list of our 10 Popular Christmas Fragrances that we hope will get those creative juices flowing!

Popular Christmas Fragrances: Candy Cane Fragrance OilPopular Christmas Fragrances: Candy Cane Fragrance Oil

First up we have our Candy Cane Fragrance Oil. This is a very popular fragrance at Christmas time! This isn’t just a straight up peppermint scent. This fragrance is peppermint, spearmint, with a touch of strawberries, eucalyptus and a nice soft background of vanilla.

Candy Cane fragrance worked perfectly in our cold process soap testing! There was no ricing, separation, or accelerating! However, we did experience some discoloring to a brown. You can use Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to help prevent the oxidation of the fragrance. Also, the scent retention was strong and true throughout the cure time!

This fragrance oil is body safe and would be perfect in all bath and body products. We have a wonderful recipe that uses our Candy Cane Fragrance Oil. Check out our sweet Candy Cane Candle. This candle has pretty pink, red and white layers with a fluffy white topping and some sweet little swirled wafer embeds sitting atop the fluff!

Popular Christmas Fragrances: Christmas Cabernet Fragrance OilPopular Christmas Fragrances: Christmas Cabernet Fragrance Oil

This next fragrance oil is lovely all year long, not just at Christmas time! Christmas Cabernet fragrance oil has a true Cabernet scent of cherries and oak. With hints of ginger, vanilla and wine, this is a perfect fragrance to get you into the holiday spirit.

Christmas Cabernet is a soaper’s dream! During our cold process soap testing, there was no ricing, accelerating, or separating. Although it did turn a shade of olive brown, using a Vanilla White Color Stabilizer may help prevent this. Also, the scent retention was incredibly strong even after its cure time. This fragrance is also body safe and makes some wonderful smelling bath and body products. It also worked equally well in all soy and vegetable waxes.

If you enjoy making bath and body products, check out our Wine Sugar Scrub recipe. Sugar scrubs are incredibly popular and easy to make. A few simple ingredients such as sugar, olive oil, cocoa butter and grapeseed oil, is all it takes to make up nine 4 oz. jars of this yummy smelling scrub! Your skin will smell amazing and will also feel soft and smooth afterward.

Popular Christmas Fragrances: Christmas Cabin Fragrance OilPopular Christmas Fragrances: Christmas Cabin Fragrance Oil

Nature’s Garden’s Christmas Cabin Fragrance Oil is a true best seller during the holiday season. If Christmas had a smell it would definitely be the scent of bayberries, cranberries, cinnamon and orange zest! With one sniff, you can practically picture a pine tree, decorated with garlands of popcorn, cranberries, twinkling white lights and rustic ornaments adorning the branches, sitting in the corner of a cozy cabin, a warm, crackling fire burning in the stone fireplace. This fragrance is a definite must for your Christmas line-up!

Christmas Cabin did perfectly in our cold process soap testing! There was no ricing, accelerating, separating or discoloring. Also, the scent retention was nice a strong! This fragrance also was perfect in all candle wax testing and room freshening sprays!

Popular Christmas Fragrances: Christmas Thyme Fragrance OilPopular Christmas Fragrances: Christmas Thyme Fragrance Oil

Christmas Thyme fragrance oil is perfect for those that want a pine fragrance that isn’t overwhelming! Definite top notes of cinnamon, bayberries and apples along with the undertones of pine and thyme. A perfect balance that smells fresh and crisp!

Christmas Thyme is one of the few fragrances that is not body safe, therefore we did no cold process soap testing, nor any testing in bath and body products. However, this is a wonderful scent for those looking for candle fragrances that have wonderful cold and hot throws. This fragrance also makes a perfect room freshener or potpourri and incense.

If you are looking for a recipe to create for those that like potpourri, check out our Christmas Liquid Potpourri Recipe. This recipe uses our DPG solvent and of course, Christmas Thyme fragrance oil. When it’s ready to use, simply pour into your potpourri burner or even an oil burner and let your house fill with the fresh, clean scent of an outdoor Christmas.

Popular Christmas Fragrances: Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins Fragrance OilPopular Christmas Fragrances: Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins Fragrance Oil

What in the world is a Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins? This fragrance oil by Natures Garden was inspired by one of our favorite movies of all times – “ELF”.  At one point in the movie, Buddy mentions that he feels like a “Cotton headed ninny muggin”; AKA…an ELF Airhead.  This made us think, “What would a cotton headed ninny muggin smell like?”  Cotton headed ninny muggin fragrance oil begins with sweet, buttery, creamy coconut and vanilla frosting; leading to middle notes of powdery heliotrope and spicy hints; and sits on a powerful vanilla base. A very yummy smelling cotton head you will be!

Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins worked perfectly in our cold process soap testing! With no ricing, accelerating, separating, it soaped beautifully. However, it does discolor to a chocolate brown. The addition of some Vanilla White Color Stabilizer would be perfect to help prevent that. This fragrance oil also tested positive in room fresheners, all candle waxes and in bath and body products!

Have you ever thought of making your own play dough? It’s actually an easy craft that the kids can help out making! With some flour, vegetable oil and warm water, you can have some fun creating when it gets too yucky to play outside! Our Scented Play Dough recipe is made with five different colors and five different Christmas fragrances, one being Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins! This is must try if your kids are looking for something fun to do!

Popular Christmas Fragrances: Country Christmas Fragrance OilPopular Christmas Fragrances: Country Christmas Fragrance Oil

Our Country Christmas fragrance oil is a truly fantastic scent that is a blend of bayberries, cranberries, and apples, with spicy nuances of nutmeg and cloves with a top note of orange zests. This is another fragrance oil that makes me picture an old fashioned Christmas in a warm, cozy farmhouse or cabin. 

Country Christmas fragrance oil was not tested in cold process soap due to the fact that the maximum body safeness level was very low. If you do choose to soap with it, please try to stick to the guideline of the percentage we have allowed for. However, this fragrance is perfect in candles, wax melts, and any type of room freshening recipe!

With a country Christmas comes pictures of rustic decorations, home smells and family gatherings. We developed an easy decoration that uses our Country Christmas fragrance! Our Scented Twine Christmas Ornaments are a fun, easy craft to create! Simply wrap twine around an inflated balloon, coat the twine in scented glue, allow to dry. When the twine has hardened, you can pop the balloon and you’re left with a yummy smelling, rustic ornament that will give your tree a down-home look!

Popular Christmas Fragrances: Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairy Fragrance OilPopular Christmas Fragrances: Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairy Fragrance Oil

This fragrance oil is truly a charming Christmas scent that is filled with surprises to delight all of the senses! Smell the plums, dark cherries and sweet oranges enhanced with peppery woody pine undertones and you will be entranced with the combination!

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy fragrance did very well in our cold process soap testing! There was no accelerating, ricing or separating. It did discolor to a light beige. It also did wonderful in bath and body products, room fresheners and in all candle waxes with strong scent retention all around.

A very unique fragrance oil deserves its very own recipe! Our creative team came up with the Sugar Plum Bath Bomb recipe! This is a perfect creation for the little girls in your life. With its  sweet fragrance and its pretty sparkly, purple color, the kids will want to take a bath to watch the fizzy, bubbly fun!

Popular Christmas Fragrances: Elf Sweat Fragrance OilPopular Christmas Fragrances: Elf Sweat Fragrance Oil

Do elves sweat? I really don’t know, but if they do than it probably smells like this fragrance!  This fragrance oil by Natures Garden was inspired by Santa’s elves.  Magical, happy, and hard-working…the perfect description of the personalities of Santa’s elves!  Are you ready to smell a fragrance that embraces these personality traits?  Elf sweat fragrance is a bubbly, magical blend of candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup, with effervescent spicy soda pop bubbles to provide a unique, magical top note.  This is fun, creative fragrance oil that will make any products pop!

Elf Sweat fragrance oil is a perfect, all around fragrance that works perfectly in all types of products. In our cold process soap testing, it behaved perfectly with no ricing, accelerating or separating. It did discolor to a light beige color, but that can be prevented with so Vanilla White Color Stabilizer. Our customers love this fragrance in everything from candles, to bath bombs to lotion! A good fragrance to keep in stock during the holidays!

Who knew that lumps of coal could smell so good! These Elf Sweat scented bath bombs are perfect for anybody in your family that’s not been very good all year. Just kidding! They are perfect for anybody in your family that deserves a fun treat for bath time! From little kids to big kids, bath bombs are a perfect way to get them into the bath tub with out fussing! Lumps of Coal Bath Bombs will leave your skin soft and hydrated with baking soda and coconut oil! Plus, with the addition of Hawaiian Black Salt and activated charcoal, they are perfect for exfoliating the skin also! 

Popular Christmas Fragrances: Gingersnap Cookies Fragrance OilPopular Christmas Fragrances: Gingersnap Cookies Fragrance Oil

Gingersnap Cookies fragrance oil smells like true gingersnap cookies! The bite of ginger, with base notes of bakery scents is the perfect addition to any line of smell good bath treats you are creating for the holiday season!

When we tested Gingersnap Cookies Fragrance Oil in cold process soap, it performed perfectly! There was no ricing, accelerating, or separating. While it did discolor to a light tan, that seems to be perfect for a gingersnap scented soap if you ask me! The scent retention was strong and yummy through its cure time! It also worked perfectly in all candle waxes and in bath and body products!

I feel that you can never have to many bath bomb recipes or ideas to have in stock, especially when it comes to Christmas time! Bath bombs are really easy to make and kids love them! They truly can make bath time fun time! With skin friendly ingredients, adults love them to. They leave your skin soft and moisturized feeling! These Gingerbread Cookies Bath Bombs are perfect to give in spa bags or gift baskets!  Add in some gingersnap cookies lotion, soap and candle set and you have a truly lovely gift set to give!

Popular Christmas Fragrances: Reindeer Poo Fragrance OilPopular Christmas Fragrances: Reindeer Poo Fragrance Oil

Reindeer Poo? In a fragrance oil? Do people really want to smell that? Well of course they do! If it’s from Nature’s Garden they do! Reindeer Poo fragrance oil is a unique blend of apples and pears; followed by middle notes of eucalyptus, pine, and geranium. Base notes of vanilla and cedarwood balance it all out! This is truly a fun fragrance to have in your collection!

Reindeer Poo Fragrance Oil did accelerate in our cold process soap testing, so it is strongly suggested to soap at room temperature. However, there was no ricing or separating. It did discolor to a tan, but the scent stayed strong and true through its cure time. This fragrance did perfect in all candle waxes and in room fresheners. It also performed well in bath and body products.

If you are looking for a fun craft to make for somebody special this Christmas, our Reindeer Poo candle is the answer. This pretty candle is made using our Palm Container Wax. This wax has a beautiful crystal effect when it has hardened, which is perfect for winter-themed candles. On top of the whipped, fluffy snow is a little present left by Rudolph! What could it be? Well Reindeer Poo of course! (The good smelling kind!)

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Oct
26

Pecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe


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Pecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe

There is something about Autumn and the holidays that make you want to create a warm, cozy home. I suppose it is similar to hibernating. If you are going to spend most of your time indoors during the cold weather, then making your home a snug place to come home to is your hibernation time. There is nothing better than walking in the front door of your home to warmth, family, pets and good smells to make you feel safe and happy to be there! Nature’s Garden’s Pecan Pie Wax Melts recipe will definitely give your home a wonderful, inviting smell of warm butter, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted pecans.

Pecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: A History of Pecan PiePecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: A History of Pecan Pie

While any information on how the Pecan Pie came to be is a little sketchy, it is for certain, that it started out as one type of dessert similar to the ingredients that were used and then evolved into a true Southern dessert using staple ingredients that were native to the area. The basis of this pie is sugar, butter, syrup (pre-Karo syrup days, it was cane syrup) and eggs. This is the basic recipe for Chess Pie, which has its own origin. However, the addition of pecans and whoever thought of adding it is a mystery that will never be solved, but let’s thank whoever felt like spicing up their dessert! A personal favorite addition to my pecan pie? Chocolate drizzle and a dollop of ice vanilla ice cream! Mmmmm!  However, our inspiration for this project came from these pecan mini pies from Sugar Hero.  While, of course, our wax melts aren’t edible, her mini pecan pies are simply AMAZING! So, if this wax tart recipe, and sent leaves your belly grumbling, give her recipe a try.

Pecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Let’s Talk Ingredients

So before we move onto making our Pecan Pie Wax Melts, let’s familiarize ourselves with some of the ingredients we are using.

Pecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Pillar of Bliss Candle WaxPecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Pillar of Bliss Candle Wax

So anytime a recipe calls for a wax melt,  we will always use our Pillar of Bliss. The reason for that is that Pillar of Bliss is the best wax when we are using a mold for our creation. This wax has an easy release from the mold since it hardens up nicely. Most waxes, such as soy, are often too soft and can often difficult to get out of the mold. Pillar of Bliss is a granulated blend of soy wax (more than 50 percent) and paraffin wax. This wax has excellent scent retention as well as amazing hot and cold throws. 

Pecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Joy Wax Candle WaxPecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Joy Wax Candle Wax

The next wax we will be using is our Joy Wax Candle Wax. This wax is also a blend of soy, veggie waxes, and paraffin. Joy Wax also has wonderful scent retention along with awesome hot and cold throws. Any time you would like to add a fluffy topping to any of your candle creations, this wax is perfect for that! As you will see, it can be whipped up into a puffy cloud of fluff! It’s perfect for use in dessert candles or wax melts!

Pecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Granny’s Pecan Pie Fragrance Oil

This is one of my favorite home scents to use for the fall (or anytime actually). It has a warm aroma of brown sugar, vanilla, butter, and roasted pecans. This fragrance oil does amazing in all candle waxes that were tested. It also did very well when we tested in Cold Process soap. While it did discolor to a chocolate brown (which I think is a perfect color for a soap when using this fragrance) there was no acceleration, or ricing! It did, however, separate, yet it reabsorbed with no problem. I am sure that this would be a perfect fragrance to add to your fall/holiday line of products.

Pecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Ingredients Available at Nature’s Garden

Pecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Other Ingredients and Equipment You will Need

Pecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Before You Get Started

Before you get started on your wax melts, it is always good to prepare your work area. Clean your work area and also your equipment that you will be using. Make sure that you have all your ingredients and utensils handy and within reaching distance. These few steps will help ensure that your creating will run smoothly and uninterrupted. If this is your first time working with candle wax, you might like to familiarize yourself with how to make candles. Follow this link to get a quick rundown on melting and pour temperatures and also proper temperatures for adding fragrances.

Pecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Preparing Your Double Boiler

The first step before starting your wax melts will be to set up your double boiler. If you know the process of setting up a double boiler, you can move on to the next step of prepping your wax. However, if you are unfamiliar with a double boiler, we can explain to you how it is done in a few easy steps.

First, you will need a large pot or even an old cake pan for the outside part of your double boiler. Place this onto your heating element. This can be your stove top or even a hot plate. Next, pour about 3 inches of water into the pot or pan. Then, you will need a smaller pot or a pouring pot, for the inside part of the double boiler. As a side note, it isn’t really necessary, however, it is so much easier pouring melted wax into the molds if your pot has a pouring spout. That is why a pouring pitcher is ideal as the inner part of your double boiler. Next, turn your burner on to medium heat to allow the water to warm up as you are preparing your wax.

Pecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Preparing the  Wax for the BasesPecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Preparing the  Wax for the Bases

First, you will be preparing the bases of the wax melts. For this step, you will need the Pillar of Bliss Wax. On your scale, set your pouring pot and tare out the weight. Weigh out 325 grams of Pillar of Bliss Wax.

Pecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Adding the candle dyes and fragrance oilPecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Adding the candle dyes and fragrance oil

Next, place the pouring pot into the larger part of your double boiler and allow the wax to melt to the proper temperature, stirring occasionally. While you are waiting for the wax to melt, you can weigh out the fragrance oil. To a small dish, weigh out 32 grams of Granny’s Pecan Pie fragrance oil. You can set this aside for the moment. Once your wax has reached the correct melting point, remove the pouring pot from the heat and you can now add in the liquid candle dyes. We are going for a pecan color so you will add in 3 drops of yellow liquid candle dye and 4 drops of brown liquid candle dye. Stir this well to incorporate the color thoroughly.

Once the wax has reached the correct temperature for the fragrance oil, you can now add that, once again stirring well to completely disperse the oil throughout the wax.

Pecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Pouring the WaxPecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Pouring the Wax

Now that your melted wax is colored and scented, you will be pouring the wax into their molds. With the silicone mini muffin mold in front of you, carefully fill each mold to the top with the melted wax. Once these are all filled, allow them to set up completely until they have cooled. Pop them out of the muffin cavities and place them on a piece of wax paper. You can set these aside for the moment.

Pecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Preparing the  Pecan EmbedsPecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Preparing the  Pecan Embeds

Next, you will be preparing the Pecan Embeds. For the embeds, you will notice we are using a mold from Flexible Molds. This company offers many different types of molds to fit any of your soap or candle making needs. They are very durable molds, that will last you a long time! So, to your pouring pot weigh out 50 grams of Pillar of Bliss candle Wax and place it into the larger pot of heated water. Melt this wax down to the proper temperature. While you are waiting for this wax to melt, weigh out 5 grams of Granny’s Pecan Pie fragrance oil into a small bowl and set this aside for the moment.

For the color of the pecans, you will only need a small amount. So, using a toothpick to add the color, swirl in a small amount of yellow and brown liquid candle dye. The pecans do not have to be the same exact shade as the bases of the wax melts. It is okay if they are a bit lighter. Stir the liquid color until it is fully blended. Now you can add in the pre-weighed fragrance oil and stir this well also. Next, you will pour the melted wax into the pecan embeds mold carefully. Once again, you will let these set up until cool before removing them from the mold. Since the mold has only 6 cavities, you will need to remelt any of the wax remaining in the pot to pour the second set of pecans.  Set the pecans aside on a piece of wax paper until later.

Pecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Preparing the Chocolate DrizzlePecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Preparing the Chocolate Drizzle

Next, you will be preparing the chocolate drizzle. For this, you will need the joy wax. In your pouring pot, weigh out 20 grams of Joy wax. Melt the wax completely and then add in 2 grams of Granny’s Pecan Pie fragrance oil. Then, using the toothpick method, add in both black and brown liquid candle dye. Stir this well to fully incorporate the fragrance and color.

Pecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Drizzling the Chocolate

Now, you will drizzle the chocolate wax over the bases of your pecan pies. So, using a spoon, dip it into the wax and holding it above the bases, drizzle the wax back and forth over the pies until you have used all the wax, or until you are satisfied with your drizzle.

Pecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Preparing the Whipped Topping

The next step is preparing the whipped topping of the pies. As a side note, if you are using the same pouring pot as in the previous steps, you will want to clean out the pot completely using paper towels. This is only necessary since the whipped topping will be white with no color. Any leftover colored wax may cause your wax to have a tint. So, in your cleaned out pouring pot, weigh out 120 grams of Joy Wax. Place into the heated water and melt, stirring occasionally.

Pecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Creating the whipped toppingPecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Creating the whipped topping

So once the joy wax has completely melted, remove the pouring pot from the heat source and add in 12 grams of Granny’s Pecan Pie fragrance and stir this well to combine. For this step, you can use a mixer or even just a spoon. As your wax is cooling down, it will begin to thicken. As it begins to thicken, mix the wax to create a whipped topping consistency. Once you have your wax to whipped consistency, place a dollop on top of each cupcake base.

Pecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Adding the Pecan EmbedsPecan Pie Wax Melts Recipe: Adding the Pecan Embeds

Next, place a pecan embed on top of each whip topped pie. Press down so the embed adheres to the top snugly. This recipe creates 12 wax melts. Pecan Pie Wax Melts are ready to use! Simply place one in your wax burner and enjoy the warm, comforting aroma that will fill your home!

 

 

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We hope you enjoyed this fun, new wax melt Nature’s Garden has added to their recipe box! It’s a fun, quick and easy wax tart recipe. We are sure you will have rave reviews when your friends and family smell the warm, homey-ness of your house this holiday season! In fact, come find us on social media and give yourself a rave review for all to hear! We love hearing from our customers! You can find us on Facebook, Twitter (@ngscents) or Instagram (@ngscents) Show us a picture and tell us what you used to create your beautiful products! We will share for all to see! We also have a Show & Tell spot on our web page! Upload a photo and give us the low down on what you made!

 

Oct
01

Witches Brew Candle Recipe


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Witches Brew CandleWitches Brew Candle Recipe

Today, Nature’s Garden has a brand new candle recipe that is just in time for Halloween! This Witches Brew Candle recipe is sure to get your friends excited for the upcoming spooky season! The candle is black and purple striped just like a witch’s stockings would be and poking out of the top is her pointed hat!. Did she melt into the candle and all that is left is her hat? Looks like it to me!

This candle is simple to make! We chose to use Joy Wax, for the base of the candle and Pillar of Bliss for her hat and the fluffy purple top! The whole candle is scented in our fun Halloween fragrance, Witches Brew fragrance oil. This candle would surely be the center of attention at your next party or on Beggar’s Night to help light the way for some candy-hungry trick or treaters.

Witches Brew Candle Recipe: Ingredients Used

Before we get started, let’s talk about some the components that are used for this sweet candle.

Witches Brew Candle Recipe: Joy WaxWitches Brew Candle Recipe: Joy Wax

If you are familiar with making candles or familiar with Nature’s Garden candle waxes, then you will know how wonderful using Joy Wax for your candles really is. Exclusively sold at Nature’s Garden! Joy wax is a blend of just the right amount of vegetable waxes, food grade paraffin, and other proprietary ingredients. This wax allows candles to smell stronger, both hot and cold. Also, Joy Wax has a wonderfully creamy, smooth texture to the candle once it has set up.

Witches Brew Candle Recipe: Pillar of BlissWitches Brew Candle Recipe: Pillar of Bliss

Pillar of Bliss is also a blend of soy wax (more than 50%) and paraffin wax used for poured votive and pillar candles. Pillar of Bliss Wax has excellent fragrance retention with good cold and hot throw characteristics. This wax has a nice hard finish to it. Therefore, when used in molds for wax melts or tarts, Pillar of Bliss has an easy release from the mold.

 

 

Witches Brew Candle Recipe: Witches Brew Fragrance Oil

Last, but not least, is our Witches Brew Fragrance Oil that inspired our creation. This scent is a unique combination of secret ingredients. However, there are notes of freshly brewed coffee and something spicy that you just can’t quite place! This fragrance oil isn’t your ordinary fall fragrance!

Witches Brew Candle Recipe: Ingredients You will Need and Available at Nature’s Garden

Witches Brew Candle Recipe: Other Ingredients and Equipment You’ll Need

  • Mixing Bowls
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Scale
  • Apothecary Jar
  • Pot (for double boiler)
  • Pencil (used to curl your candle wicks)
  • Witch Had Mold (From Flexible Molds www.flexiblemolds.com)

Witches Brew Candle Recipe: Before You Get Started

Before you get started on your candle creating, it is best to familiarize yourself with how to make a candle. Check out our class on how to make Joy Wax Candles and our Candle Wick Chart to help you find the correct size wick for the container that you will be using! 

Also, before you start on your candle, you will want to clean and organize your work space. Make sure you have enough space to work on your candle. Give all your equipment and your work space a good wipe down. Now you can gather your supplies and your candle making equipment. Once you have everything cleaned and prepared, you are ready to move on to creating!

Witches Brew Candle Recipe: Prepare the Double BoilerWitches Brew Candle Recipe: Prepare the Double Boiler

As with all candle making, you will need to have a double boiler. If you are familiar with this step then you can move on with the recipe. If not, we can give a quick tutorial. Since you will need a pouring pot, this will act as the inner portion of your double boiler. This will also hold your melting wax and it will go inside the larger portion of your double boiler. The larger pot (you can even use an old cake pan) will hold at least 3 inches of water. You can place the larger pot onto your heat source, and go ahead and add the water.

Witches Brew Candle Recipe: Prepping the Pillar of Bliss

Our first step will be preparing the witch hat. For this, you will need the Witch Hat Mold from Flexible Molds. These molds are wonderful for soap making and for candle making. They are, of course, flexible which means releasing your product is easier than a regular hard mold. Also, they are durable, last a long time and clean up easily. So place your pouring pot on the scale, tare out its weight and weigh in 2 ounces of Pillar of Bliss Candle Wax. Place your pouring pot into the larger pot with the heating water. Stir the wax occasionally until the wax is melted and has reached the correct temperature. 

Witches Brew Candle Recipe: Adding the Black Candle DyeWitches Brew Candle Recipe: Adding the Black Candle Dye

Now that your wax has melted completely you can now add the black candle dye. So go ahead and add in 4 drops of the dye. Give this a nice stir to incorporate the dye completely.

 

 

 

 

Witches Brew Candle Recipe: Adding the Fragrance OilWitches Brew Candle Recipe: Adding the Fragrance Oil

Once the wax has reached the correct temperature, it is ready for the fragrance oil. So go ahead and weigh in 0.2 ounces of the Witches Brew and stir this well to completely combine the fragrance.

 

 

 

Witches Brew Candle Recipe: Pouring The HatWitches Brew Candle Recipe: Pouring The Hat

Now that you have your fragrance oil and black candle dye added and combined, your next step will be pouring the hat. Go ahead and carefully pour the wax into the Witch Hat mold. Allow this to set and cool completely before removing. Once it has, you can pop the witch hat out and set it aside for the time being.

 

 

Witches Brew Candle Recipe: Preparing the Candle JarWitches Brew Candle Recipe: Preparing the Candle Jar

Next, you will want to get your container ready. You will be using 2 wicks for this candle. Go ahead and adhere both wicks to the bottom of your jar using a glue gun. Once this is done, you can set it aside for the moment.

Witches Brew Candle Recipe: Preparing the Purple LayerWitches Brew Candle Recipe: Preparing the Purple Layer

You are now ready to start on the purple layer of your candle. In your pouring pot, weigh out 2 ounces of the Joy Wax. Place the pouring pot in your double boiler. Stir this wax occasionally until the wax is fully melted and has reached its correct melting temperature. Now you can add 2 drops of purple Spectrum Liquid Candle dye, stirring well. Next, add in 0.2 ounces of Witches Brew fragrance oil and stir this well also.

Witches Brew Candle Recipe: Pouring the Purple LayerWitches Brew Candle Recipe: Pouring the Purple Layer

Now that your wax is scented and colored, the next step is to pour into your container. Slowly pour this layer into your prepared candle jar. Allow this layer to set up before moving on to the next step.

Witches Brew Candle Recipe: Prepping the Black Layer

Next, you will be working on the black layer of the candle. In your pouring pot, weigh out 2 ounces of Joy Wax. Melt this wax, as before, stirring occasionally until the wax has completely melted. You can add in 4 drops of black candle dye now, stirring well. Then you can add in 0.2 ounces of the Witches Brew fragrance oil.

Witches Brew Candle Recipe: Pouring the Black LayerWitches Brew Candle Recipe: Pouring the Black Layer

Now that your wax is scented and colored, slowly pour this layer on top of the purple layer. Allow this to set up before moving on to the next step.

Witches Brew Candle Recipe: Prepping and Pouring the Next LayersWitches Brew Candle Recipe: Prepping and Pouring the Next Layers

Next, you will repeat the process of the black layer and the purple layer, two more times. Always make sure your wicks are straight up, adjusting them, if necessary, as the wax cools.  The last layer being the black layer. You should have 6 layers total before moving onto the next step. Once you have completed the last layer and have allowed it to set up, you can move onto the last layer of your candle.

Witches Brew Candle Recipe: Preparing the Whipped Wax

Now that your layers are done, you can move on to the whipped wax topping! In your pouring pot, weigh out 4 ounces of Joy Wax. Melt this in your double boiler, stirring occasionally until it has melted completely. Once your wax has melted, you can add in 1 drop of the purple liquid candle dye. Next, add in 0.4 ounces of Witches Brew fragrance oil. Stir well to completely incorporate the fragrance.

Witches Brew Candle Recipe: Whipping the Wax

You will want your wax to thicken before you start to whip it. When it has started to set up, you can begin whipping it with either a spoon, a whisk or even a fork.  Once you have your Joy Wax well whipped and fluffy, add dollops of it to the top of your candle, creating soft peaks with your utensil of choice.

Witches Brew Candle Recipe: Adding the Witch's HatWitches Brew Candle Recipe: Adding the Witch’s Hat

Next, you will be adding your prepared witch hat to the whipped topping. You will want to do this before the topping is set up, so go ahead and place the hat gently, but firmly into the topping, centering it in front of your wicks. We chose to tilt our hat slightly.  However, you can lay yours standing straight up, if you choose. Lastly, taking a pencil, curl your wicks around the pencil to complete the candle.

Witches Brew Candle Recipe: Letting Your Candle Set Up

Your candle is now complete and looking beautiful! However, let your candle set and cure for at least 24-48 hours before using it. This will help the fragrance and waxes to fully bond together allowing the candle to have a better scent throw. The only thing left to do?  Trim your wicks to about 1/4″ before burning your candle.  You can even remove the witch hat and use it in your wax melter.

Witches Brew Candle Recipe: The EndWitches Brew Candle Recipe: Even More Fragrance Fun

We hope you enjoyed Nature’s Garden newest recipe! It’s the perfect addition to anybody’s Halloween decor. Whether you want to keep it for yourself or give it as a gift, it will be the center of attention!

Are you looking for some more fun Halloween goodies to make? Nature’s Garden has you covered! Check out our fun Berry Bewitching Bath Brew recipe! A fun bath melt that smells of our Berry Bewitching fragrance oil. We also have a super “scary” Monster Bath cookie that turns your kid’s bubble bath into a bubbling, fizzing cauldron of fun. Another fun Halloween recipe is our Pumpkin Puke Soap Jelly Recipe. This is a great recipe for the kids to help make! This soap is made with our SLS Free Glycerin Soap Base and a yummy fall Pumpkin Roll fragrance oil. Simple, quick and easy since there is no lye involved!  There are a few more spooky fun recipes in our recipe box to help make Halloween a spooktacular time for your customers or your family!

Come find us on Facebook, Twitter (@ngscents) or Instagram (@ngscents) and show us what you have been creating for the upcoming holiday season! We love seeing what our customers make with Nature’s Garden products! You can also share your creations on our Show & Tell Creations page of our website! It’s another great way to show off what you have made.

 

 

Sep
20

Aloe Body Cream Recipe


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Aloe Body Cream RecipeAloe Body Cream Recipe

This Aloe Body Cream recipe is not only easy to create but would be a perfect gift to make for those you love! This lotion would also be a wonderful addition to your line of bath and body products! With skin loving ingredients such as Argan Oil, Mango Butter and Fractionated Coconut Oil.

In this day and age of products containing chemicals and people suffering from many types of skin conditions, this lotion is perfect! You might thing that making lotion would be a complicated thing to create, but the ingredients are simple and natural as well as the process!  Nothing complicated or intimidating in this recipe! This lotion is incredibly silky with no greasy after-feeling. Your skin will feel soft, supple and hydrated! Perfect for the upcoming winter months!

Aloe Body Cream: What Exactly is AloeAloe Body Cream: What Exactly is Aloe

So what is Aloe exactly? Well, most of us know it is a plant, and the gel that you squeeze from the plant is a must have to help soothe a summer sunburn. However, there are so many other uses and benefits from this spiky looking plant. Aloe barbadensis miller, or Aloe Vera, is a succulent plant that is native to the Mediterranean region as well as East and South Africa area. It is an incredibly adaptable plant and can now be found on just about any continent! Aloe Vera is one of the oldest known plants that has been used medicinally and can be traced back over 6,000 years to ancient Egypt. Ancient carvings contain images of the aloe plant, which they referred to as the “plant of immortality.” It was supposedly given as a gift to deceased pharaohs.

There is more to this plant than the use of its gel for sunburn, though. It contains many nutrients and minerals that are important to the body. Manganese, potassium, magnesium, zinc, copper, calcium, sodium, iron and chromium. Along with these nutrients are many body-healthy vitamins such as niacin, folic acid, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and B12 plus, vitamin C and E. That is a lot of nutrients for such an unpretentious looking plant to have!

Aloe Body Cream Recipe: Aloe Vera UsesAloe Body Cream Recipe: Aloe Vera Uses

What can Aloe Vera be used for? Well, there are many uses for this plant! Most know that it is a wonderful anti-inflammatory and antibiotic. The range for medical treatment has widened profoundly in the past ten years. Since it has been developed into a capsule form, Aloe can be used to help treat respiratory disorders such as bronchitis, diabetes, ulcerative colitis, or hepatitis. Studies have been done on how Aloe Vera can even be used as a possible treatment for breast cancer!

Topically, Aloe Vera is amazing! Since it is best known for is skin care properties, you can find aloe in all types of bath and body products. It’s rich nutrients and vitamins are perfect to help keep your skin healthy and glowing! Since it is an anti-inflammatory and an anti-fungal, it is perfect for those who suffer from acne or psoriasis. Aloe can even make the skin firmer as well as keeping it hydrated and reducing any wrinkles or fine lines.

Another amazing benefit Aloe Vera has to offer: it is also wonderful to use in hair products. It can help control frizz, add luster and strength to the hair. It also works as a great rinse for oily hair. Aloe is also good to help prevent dandruff or by rejuvenating the hair follicles which helps reduce hair loss. 

Aloe Body Cream Recipe: Other Uses for Aloe VeraAloe Body Cream Recipe: Other Uses for Aloe Vera

One last thing before we get started on our recipe: Nature’s Garden sells Aloe Vera Powder for external use only. We do not sell it as a food item. The information above is for educational purposes only and is not to be used as medical advice. Now let’s talk about some of the ingredients we will be using in the lotion!

Aloe Body Cream Recipe: Argan OilAloe Body Cream Recipe: Argan Oil

Argan oil absorbs beautifully into the skin, making it a fantastic oil to include in your haircare and skincare formulations. This luxurious oil allows the skin to breathe and is used in many acne-fighting formulas. It is a perfect addition to this lotion!

 

 

 

Aloe Body Cream Recipe: Mango ButterAloe Body Cream Recipe: Mango Butter

Mango Butter is a rich, intensive moisturizer that helps protect the skin from UV rays and is perfect for those who want to help prevent aging skin. It will help soften wrinkles, smooth fine lines and help improve the look of your skin.

 

 

 

Aloe Body Cream Recipe: Stearic AcidAloe Body Cream Recipe: Stearic Acid

Stearic Acid is used in all types of bath and body products. When it is used in lotions or creams it acts as a thickener. If we had chosen to not use stearic acid in this recipe, it would not have that thick, creamy texture to it.

 

 

 

Aloe Body Cream Recipe: Fractionated Coconut OilAloe Body Cream Recipe: Fractionated Coconut Oil

This lovely oil looks different from the regular Coconut Oil, it has the same benefits. The only difference is that the whole coconut oil has had certain components of the oil removed leaving a clear, shelf-stable oil that can be used for many things such as medical, cosmetics or even industrial. Fractionated Coconut Oil also makes a very good carrier oil.

 

 

Aloe Body Cream Recipe: Orchid Rain Fragrance OilAloe Body Cream Recipe: Orchid Rain Fragrance Oil

We chose this fragrance for it’s lovely, fresh spa-like scent! This fragrance oil is a unique combination of fresh orchids, peony, water lily, watercress, aloe vera, and bamboo. Very fresh and clean! The perfect fragrance for this light, moisturizing lotion!

 

 

 

Aloe Body Cream Recipe: Ingredients Available at Nature’s Garden

Aloe Body Cream Recipe: Other Ingredients and Equipment You’ll Need

  • Distilled Water
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Stainless Steel Spoon
  • Stovetop
  • (2) Pots
  • Stick Blender
  • Scale

Aloe Body Cream Recipe: Total Recipe Weights

  • 706 grams of Distilled Water
  • 80 grams Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 36 grams Argan Oil
  • 48 grams Silky Emulsifying Wax
  • 20 grams Mango Butter
  • 16 grams Stearic Acid
  • 10 grams Vitamin E Oil
  • 14 grams Optiphen Preservative
  • 12 grams Orchid Rain Fragrance Oil
  • 25 grams Aloe Leaf Powder

Aloe Body Cream Recipe: Before You Get Started

Before you get started on preparing your lotion, it’s always best to take a moment to prep your work area. Go ahead and clean and sanitize your work area, equipment and packaging supplies. Also, have your ingredients at an easy reach. This will help streamline your process of making the lotion without having any interruptions. Also, always use cooking equipment that is no longer used for cooking.

 

Aloe Body Cream Recipe: The Water Phase

Making any type of body butter, lotion or cream is done in four phases. The first phase is the water phase. You will be preparing your water. We suggest using distilled water. So using a pot that you no longer will be using for food, weigh out 850 grams of distilled water. While you will not need quite this much, some of the water will evaporate. It is always better to have too much water than not enough. Place the pot of water on your stove top. Now heat your water to at least 180 degrees Fahrenheit. You will want to keep the water at this temperature for 20 minutes. This ensures that the heat will destroy any bacteria that may be in the water.

Aloe Body Cream Recipe: The Aloe Leaf Powder

While you are waiting for the water to heat up, you can prepare the aloe leaf powder. Go ahead and take a tea bag. Add in the 25 grams of the Aloe Leaf Powder.

Aloe Body Cream Recipe: Adding the Aloe Leaf PowderAloe Body Cream Recipe: Adding the Aloe Leaf Powder

Next, when your water has reached the correct temperature and has been held for the 20 minutes, go ahead and remove the pot from the stove. In a bowl, weigh out 706 grams of the distilled water and add the aloe tea bag to it. You can go ahead and set this bowl aside for the time being. Your water will turn a shade similar to Apple Cider Vinegar.

 

Aloe Body Cream Recipe: The Oil Phase

The next phase is the Oil Phase. We will be using the double boiler method for this step. Have 2 pots ready to use. One pot should be able to fit into a larger pot. In the small pot, go ahead and weigh out all the following ingredients: 36 grams Argan Oil, 80 grams of Fractionated Coconut Oil, 16 grams of Stearic Acid, 48 grams of Silky Emulsifying Wax and 20 grams of Mango Butter.

To the second pot, add just a few inches worth of tap water and place it on your stove top. Turn your heat to medium and place the smaller pot inside the larger pot. Next, you will heat the oils and butter to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring occasionally until all the ingredients are melted. Once these ingredients have reached the correct temperature, you can remove the smaller pot from the double boiler and turn off your heat. 

Aloe Body Cream Recipe: The Mixing PhaseAloe Body Cream Recipe: The Mixing Phase

Before you get started on the third phase, the mixing phase, you will want to make sure the distilled water you heated earlier is at 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Both the water and the oils need to be at the same temperature before you start mixing. If your water has cooled too much go ahead and heat it back to 140 degrees. (Before you combine the ingredients together, you can remove the aloe tea bag from the water.) So once both water and oils are at the same temperature, add them both to a large deep mixing bowl. Next, you will take your stick blender and mix the ingredients together. As you are mixing, you will notice that the mixture is turning white in color. This simply means that your lotion is starting to emulsify

Aloe Body Cream Recipe: The Cool Down PhaseAloe Body Cream Recipe: The Cool Down Phase

Now you need to check the temperature of the mixture. It should be cooled to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Since you will be adding the Optiphen in, the temperature needs to be below 140 degrees. If Optiphen is added at too high a temperature, the preserving qualities of the preservative may be destroyed.  Now once the temperature of the cream has cooled to the 120 degrees, you can now weigh in 14 grams of Optiphen, 10 grams of vitamin E and 12 grams of Orchid Rain fragrance oil. Then, once again using your stick blender, mix these additions into your emulsified water and oil mixture.

Aloe Body Cream Recipe: Packaging Up Your ProductAloe Body Cream Recipe: Packaging Up Your Product

As the cream is cooling, stick blend occasionally to ensure that it is emulsifying properly. Also, as your lotion cools, it will thicken up. Finally, after your cream has cooled and reached room temperature, you can place the cream in your jars and place the lids on top! This recipe makes five 8 ounce jars of body cream!

 

 

Aloe Body Cream Recipe: That’s All For Now

We hope you enjoyed this new recipe from us at Nature’s Garden. This cream is thick, luscious and leaves your skin feeling silky and soft with absolutely no greasy after feeling! These would make perfect gifts to make for your friends, family or to add to your line of bath and body products. It’s also a perfect time since the winter winds will be blowing soon leaving you with some dry, itchy winter skin!

If you are interested in learning more about Aloe Vera, check out our downloadable class we have on our website. It is chock full of helpful information on this versatile plant and all the qualities it has to offer!

 

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