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Nov
27

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe


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Christmas Coffee Wax Melts RecipeChristmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe

Our next wax melts recipe for Christmas was inspired by our favorite holiday blend coffee.  Not only does our favorite coffee use ground cinnamon and allspice, it also uses cocoa powder and vanilla!  Is your mouth watering just thinking about this delicious coffee?  Go ahead and prepare some Snickerdoodle Coffee, we’ll wait for you!  Are you ready?  Ok!  Now, get ready to make Natures Garden’s Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe.  This wax tart recipe was inspired by the glorious aroma of the actual coffee.  This layered wax melt recipe uses two of Natures Garden’s wonderful fragrance oils, Snickerdoodle Cookies Fragrance Oil and French Vanilla Coffee Fragrance Oil.  Not only are these wax melts scented with two awesome fragrance oils, we also topped them with fresh coffee beans!  This recipe truly was brewed to perfection just for you!  Not only do they smell amazing, but they look totally adorable!

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Let’s Talk About the Ingredients We Are Using

Before we begin creating this recipe, let’s talk about some of the Natures Garden ingredients we are using.  Below, we will talk a little bit about our wax selection, molds, and fragrance oils used in our Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe.

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Natures Garden Snickerdoodle Cookies Fragrance OilChristmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Natures Garden Snickerdoodle Cookies Fragrance Oil

Snickerdoodle cookies are a holiday tradition in my house.  So, trust me when I say that this cookie fragrance oil smells just like the freshly baked cookies!  This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the fresh baked aroma of French vanilla with a touch of cinnamon sticks, gingerbread, and maple syrup.  In fact, one of our customers had this to say about Snickerdoodle Cookies Fragrance Oil, “This is the strongest snickerdoodle scent I have ever used. It is perfect for my soy wax tarts. I highly recommend this cookie fragrance oil.”

 

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Natures Garden French Vanilla Coffee Fragrance OilChristmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Natures Garden French Vanilla Coffee Fragrance Oil

Our French vanilla coffee scent will have you craving the real thing.  This coffee scent is the perfect blend of freshly brewed coffee and warm creamy vanilla.  You will not be disappointed, maybe thirsty, but not disappointed.  This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a sugary, vanilla aroma with just the right amount of fresh brewed coffee. We brew this fragrance oil to perfection just for you!  We were not surprised when one client said this about French Vanilla Coffee Fragrance Oil, “Not an over strong smell of coffee, just the right amount with a touch of vanilla. Will be getting this one again, and again. Favorite with tart ‘melts’, throws very well. Not overpowering, just right….thanks for this one.”

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Natures Garden Pillar of Bliss WaxChristmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Natures Garden Pillar of Bliss Wax

I would like to take a moment to talk about the wax that we will be using today.  We are often asked by our client some of the differences in the waxes that we carry.  Today, I will tell you a little bit about our Pillar of Bliss Candle Wax.  This particular wax is used when creating melts that will be used in your burner, or for pillars and votive candles.

Natures Garden Pillar of Bliss Candle Wax is soy wax and paraffin wax blend.  While many people love natural soy waxes, it can sometimes be difficult to work with.  So, this wax is like the best of both worlds.  Straight soy wax can have a rough finish and naturally frost.  In addition, it can sometimes be difficult to get the absolute best hot scent throw.  Well, this pillar wax also contains paraffin wax.  The benefit of paraffin wax is that it helps give a wonderful scent throw.  Additionally, it gives the wax a nice and smooth creamy finish.

Often we are asked for recommendations on wax for wax tarts.  Well, the Pillar of Bliss wax is the one that I personally use.  Since it is a pillar wax, it will pop out of your molds very nicely.  When you use a container wax for tarts it doesn’t come out of the jars as easily.  This is because container waxes are meant to be softer so that they cling easily to your candle jars, but will do the same when used in candle molds.  So, it can be difficult to remove container waxes from molds.  My personal rule of thumb, if it is going into a mold or clamshell, use a pillar wax.  In addition, the Pillar of Bliss Wax comes in a granulated form, making it very easy to work with.  Finally, it has an amazing scent throw and a nice creamy finish.

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Silicone Mini Muffins MoldsChristmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Silicone Mini Muffins Molds

I absolutely love working with silicone molds.  They are durable and make removing the wax melts a breeze.  In addition, they are actually made for baking so they can handle the heat of the hot candle wax.  Some plastic molds can be a little more difficult to work with, requiring you to pour at a much lower temperature. If you haven’t tried working with silicone molds yet, I highly recommend them.  I love them for candle making, soap making, and cosmetic making.  Now, this candle making recipe will create 24 wax melts for your burner.  You will need a total of two of the mini muffin silicone molds for the Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe.

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Preparations

Now, that we have talked about some of the ingredients we are using, let’s begin.  First, prepare your work area.  You want to make sure you have a clear and also clean area to work in.  Then, you are ready to begin preparing your handmade coffee wax tarts.

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Ingredients Found at Natures Garden Candle Making Supplies

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Other Supplies and Equipment You Will Need

Scale
Mixing Spoons
Mixing Bowl
Pot (For Double Boiler)
Whole Coffee Beans

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Prepare the Bottom Layer of the Wax Melts

The bottom layer of your coffee wax tarts will be colored a coffee brown color.  In addition, it will be scented with Snickerdoodle Cookies Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden Candle Making Supplies.  So, we will begin by preparing this brown layer of your wax melts.  You will need to get two of your mini muffins silicone molds ready.

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Preparing the Pillar of Bliss Wax for the Bottom Snickerdoodle LayerChristmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Preparing the Pillar of Bliss Wax for the Bottom Snickerdoodle Layer

We begin by preparing the Pillar of Bliss Wax for the bottom snickerdoodle layer. We will use a double boiler to melt the candle wax.  You will need to put a few inches of water in your pot. Turn your stove top on to heat the water.  Next, weigh out 345 grams of the pillar wax using your pouring pot.  Then, place your pouring pot inside the warmed water.  Finally, melt the candle wax to 195 degrees.

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Color the Wax for the Bottom Snickerdoodle LayerChristmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Color the Wax for the Bottom Snickerdoodle Layer

Next, we will color the wax for the bottom snickerdoodle layer.  You want to color your wax melts at the temperature of 195 degrees Fahrenheit. We will be using two liquid candle dyes, both Natures Garden Spectrum brown and black liquid candle dyes.

To your melted candle wax, add 2 drops of black liquid candle colorant and 3 drops of the brown liquid candle dye.  Then, mix to fully disperse the color.  Once you have finished you will need to wait for the temperature of your candle wax to drop to 185 degrees Fahrenheit before moving on.
Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Adding the Snickerdoodle Fragrance Oil to the Bottom Layer of WaxChristmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Adding the Snickerdoodle Fragrance Oil to the Bottom Layer of Wax

Next, we will be adding the Snickerdoodle Fragrance Oil to the bottom layer of wax.  For this recipe, we will be using 41 grams of Natures Garden’s Snickerdoodle Fragrance Oil.  So, when your wax is at 185 degrees Fahrenheit, go ahead and add the Snickerdoodle scent.  Then, mix with a mixing spoon to completely blend the fragrance oil with the candle wax.  You want to stir for about 30 seconds.

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Pouring the Bottom Snickerdoodle Layer of WaxChristmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Pouring the Bottom Snickerdoodle Layer of Wax
 Now, we will be pouring the bottom snickerdoodle layer of wax.  Before pouring, allow the temperature of the candle wax to drop to about 175 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once the Pillar of Bliss is at the proper temperature, fill the 24 cavities of your silicone mini muffin mold about 3/4 of the way full.  Finally, allow this layer to fully setup before beginning the next layer.

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Prepare the Top Layer of the Wax Melts

The top layer of your wax tarts will be left uncolored.  However, it will be scented with French Vanilla Coffee Fragrance Oil.  So, we will begin preparing this layer of your wax melt.  You will pour this layer directly on top of the brown layer of your melt in your mini muffins silicone mold ready.  It will be the top white layer of your wax melts.

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Preparing the Pillar of Bliss Wax for the Top French Vanilla LayerChristmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Preparing the Pillar of Bliss Wax for the Top French Vanilla Layer

We begin by Preparing the Pillar of Bliss Wax for the top vanilla coffee layer. We will use a double boiler to melt the candle wax.  Again, you will need to put a few inches of water in your pot. Turn your stove top on to heat the water.  Next, weigh out 258 grams of the pillar wax using your pouring pot.  Then, place your pouring pot inside the warmed water.  Finally, melt the candle wax to 185 degrees.

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Adding the French Vanilla Coffee Fragrance Oil to the Top Layer of WaxChristmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Adding the French Vanilla Coffee Fragrance Oil to the Top Layer of Wax

Next, we will be adding the French Vanilla Coffee Fragrance Oil to the Top layer of wax.  For this recipe, we will be using 34 grams of Natures Garden’s French Vanilla Coffee Fragrance Oil.  So, when your wax is at 185 degrees Fahrenheit, go ahead and add the French Vanilla Coffee scent.  Then, mix with a mixing spoon to completely blend the fragrance oil with the candle wax.  You want to stir for about 30 seconds.

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Pouring the Top French Vanilla Coffee Layer of Wax

Now, we will be pouring the top French vanilla coffee layer of wax.  Before pouring the candle wax, allow the temperature of the candle wax to drop to about 150 degrees Fahrenheit this time.  By pouring at a lower temperature, the heated wax will not melt the previous layer.  Once the pillar of bliss is at the proper temperature, fill each of the 24 cavities of your silicone mini muffin mold the rest of the way.

 

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Adding the Fresh Coffee BeansChristmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Adding the Fresh Coffee Beans

Finally, you will be adding a decorative touch to your wax melts.  This will be in the form of fresh whole coffee beans.  You will need to quickly add the coffee beans to the top of your wax melts.  We used about seven or eight beans for each wax melt.  You will want to do this as soon as you pour your last tart.  So, after you have poured your white layer, begin adding the coffee beans.  Once you have added coffee beans to each melt, simply allow your melts to setup.

Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts Recipe: Adding the Fresh Coffee BeansOnce your Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts have setup make sure you allow them to cure for a few days before using them.  Finally, after your wax melts have cured, they are ready to use.  To use your wax tarts, simply place one in your wax burner and enjoy the wonderful holiday coffee aroma.

We hope you love these Christmas Coffee Wax Tarts.  We loved creating this recipe, along with many other fragrance fun creations found in our free classes and recipes box.  Make sure you check out all the fun.  Have you created fun holiday recipes that you would like to share?  Show us what you have been up to.  We would love to see all the fragrance fun you are having!  Post your pictures on the Natures Garden Facebook page.  Alternatively, you can tag us on our Instagram page or our Twitter page @ngscents.

Nov
27

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe


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Rustic Wax Melts RecipeRustic Wax Melts Recipe

The Rustic Wax Melts Recipe is a gorgeous way to scent your home for the holidays. Not only is this a perfect scent to lift your spirits for the holidays, but these wax tarts could double as some lovely home decoration. Just pop a wax tart into the warmer and have a few arranged near the warmer or around the house. This Natures Garden creation is festive, rustic, and absolutely perfect for spicing up your decor. Plus, it will be nice to have more of these tarts nearby for you to use later because you are not going to get enough of these delightful room scent products. So, get started and have some fun!

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: The Fragrance BlendRustic Wax Melts Recipe: The Fragrance Blend

You are going to love this aroma for the holidays. The blend of this fragrance oil with the natural herbs added to this product are absolutely amazing! First, the Christmas Wassail Fragrance Oil is an exciting Christmas culinary drink scent. The wonderful aroma of mulled apple cider, fresh pineapple, and orange zests surrounded with spicy cinnamon and cloves. Furthermore, the spice notes in this fragrance oil are amplified by the real herbs that will add to the aroma as they are heated. So, these lovely herbs are not there just to look pretty. The whole clove, orange peel c/s, and the cinnamon sticks add some extra and fresh spice aroma to the fragrance to really kick it up a notch!

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Ingredients Needed From Natures Garden

Pillar of Bliss Wax- 10 Pounds
Christmas Wassail Fragrance Oil
Cloves Whole
Juniper Berries Whole
Orange Peel Cut & Sifted
Cinnamon Sticks 2 3/4 inch
Silicone Soap Mold- 24 Brownie Bites
POURING POT
THERMOMETER

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Other Ingredients You Will Need

Scale
Mixing Spoons
Mixing Bowl
Pot (For Double Boiler)

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Weights and Amounts of Ingredients

345 grams of the Pillar of Bliss Wax
1 ounce of the Whole Cloves
41 grams of the Christmas Wassail Fragrance Oil
1 ounce of the Orange Peel Cut and Sifted
24 pieces of the Cinnamon Sticks
1 ounce of the Juniper Berries

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Clean and Prepare Work Station

Before you get started on this recipe, you should clean and prepare the area that you are going to be working in. This will prevent any specs of dirt from accidentally getting into the recipe and it will make the entire process more enjoyable for you. First, cleaning and sanitizing the equipment you need and tidying the work space will keep your projects clean and beautiful. Nothing is worse than finding a spec in your design that you didn’t catch before your wax cooled. Plus, having everything ready to go will make your experience more enjoyable and stress-free! This way you can just focus on the fun of crafting.

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Creating the Double Boiler

A double boiler is the perfect way to gently heat your ingredients and this method will minimize the risk of scorching your wax. If you don’t know how to create a double boiler, then we will walk you through the simple steps! Since you are melting wax, you can use the pouring pot to hold your melting ingredients. Then, you will want to have a larger pot that the pouring pot can easily fit into with extra room on the sides. Next, add enough water to the larger pot that it touches the pouring pot, but won’t boil over. After, place the pouring pot into the larger pot. Then, add the larger pot to the stove and boil the water.

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe Measure the Necessary HerbsRustic Wax Melts Recipe: Measure the Necessary Herbs

First, you are going to want to prepare the various herbs that this recipe will need. These herbs are perfect for adding to the appearance of these melts. You are going to be working with four different herbs in this recipe.  Not only will you need to prepare a mixture of herbs for the middle of the melts, but you will need to get the cinnamon sticks ready for the top of the melts. So, the two herb preparations will be needed at different steps in the process.

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Prepare the Herb Mixture

You will need to prepare the mixture of herbs that will be added to the wax melts. So, take a bowl and the scale. Then, weigh out about an ounce of juniper berries, orange peel cut and sifted, and whole cloves each. After, mix these herbs together and set this bowl aside. Later, these herbs will be added to the mold cavities with the wax to create your homemade wax tarts.

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Prepare the Cinnamon Sticks

Separate from the bowl of herbs, you are going to want to prepare the cinnamon sticks. You are going to need twenty-four pieces in total. However, you will be breaking each cinnamon stick into smaller bits, so you won’t need a whole lot. You can get about 2-3 pieces from each individual cinnamon stick. You should look at the size of the mold’s cavities and make sure your pieces are small enough to fit on top. Then, set these cinnamon stick pieces aside.

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Melting the Candle WaxRustic Wax Melts Recipe: Melting the Candle Wax

Next, you are going to prepare the Pillar of Bliss Wax for these homemade rustic wax tarts. So, take the pouring pot and weigh out about 345 grams of the wax into it. After, you will need to melt the wax completely. So, create your double boiler and heat the pillar of bliss wax. You will want to set the heat to a make sure that the water is boiling. So, you won’t need to turn the stove temperature all the way up. Also, make sure that you stir the wax to help prevent burning.

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe Adding in the Fragrance OilRustic Wax Melts Recipe: Adding in the Fragrance Oil

Once all of the wax melts, you can remove the pouring pot from the heat. Then, you will add a thermometer to the pouring pot. This is to make sure that the wax isn’t too hot when you add the fragrance oil. If it is too hot, then the wax could burn off notes of your fragrance oil. Obviously, you don’t want to ruin this delightful Christmas spice aroma. So, make sure the thermometer is at about 180 degrees Fahrenheit before you add the fragrance. After you reach the right temperature you can pour in 41 grams of the Christmas Wassail Fragrance Oil and stir the wax to incorporate the scented oil.

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Adding the Herbs to the MoldRustic Wax Melts Recipe: Adding the Herbs to the Mold

Before you are able to pour your melted wax, you are going to add some herbs to the mold. So, you will need to retrieve the small bowl that contains the mixture of juniper berries, orange peel c/s, and whole clove. However, you will not need the cinnamon sticks quite yet. So, leave this fourth herb off to the side. Now add a bit of this mixed herb mixture into each of the twenty-four cavities. We will not need this herb mixture later, so be sure to use it all in this step. You can go back and fill in cavities that don’t have as much as others.

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Pouring the WaxRustic Wax Melts Recipe: Pouring the Wax

Now, you are ready to pour the melted Pillar of Bliss Wax into the mold. So, grab your scented wax and begin pouring your wax over the herbs. You will want to fill each of the twenty-four cavities all of the way up. Be careful not to overflow, but you will want to move to the next step quickly. In the next step you will want the wax to still be liquid in the molds. So, try your best to move quickly on to the next step.

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Adding the Cinnamon SticksRustic Wax Melts Recipe: Adding the Cinnamon Sticks

Now, you are going to add the pieces of cinnamon sticks to the top of the wax melts. You are going to want to move quickly before the tarts begin to set up. If not, you may not be able to get the cinnamon sticks to stay put. Also, we recommend sticking one portion of the herb into the wax melt and have the other part of the cinnamon stick poking out above the wax tart. This way the cinnamon stick can be seen from the top and adds to the rustic charm of this lovely recipe.

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Removing from the MoldRustic Wax Melts Recipe: Removing from the Mold

As your pillar of bliss tarts begin to set up, you will start to see how each wax melt will look. While these tarts all include the same ingredients, each one is unique and special, like a snowflake. Once the wax cools completely the wax won’t be transparent anymore, so only the herbs on top will be seen. This will leave you with just a few of these herbs poking through. This is what gives this recipe the gorgeous rustic appearance. Finally, when the wax has completely solidified you are ready to pop the wax melts out of their molds.

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Curing Before Use

Although you may be anxious and excited to test out your finished product, those extra few days of curing is exactly what your wax tarts need to be at their best. You can technically use your creation immediately, as there is nothing wrong with them. However, the scent isn’t going to be right until it has a chance to cure! While your wax tarts are finished, you won’t get the absolute best results unless you give the product time to cure. It super easy to do and only takes a couple days. Just let your wax melts sit undisturbed as the fragrance oil settles in your creation. After, you will be so glad that you waited!

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Melted Snowman

One adorable thing that we noticed about this Christmas craft recipe is that it looks like a melted snowman! The cinnamon stick looks like a stick arm. Also, the juniper berries look like the coal for the buttons, mouth, and eyes. Plus, the orange peel looks like the carrot nose! I remember making snowmen with my little brother. We would make our own so we could see which one was better, but we’d end up helping each other anyway. It was always a great way to spend a snow day. While nobody is happy to see their snowman disappear, it’s really all about the fun time that you had creating your snow friend. Just like wax melts, you don’t want to melt your beautiful designs, but they smell too good not too! So, enjoy this super cute wax tart recipe that is perfect for the winter season and the holidays.

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Snowman Building Ideas

Speaking of a melted snowman, it’s almost the perfect time of year for making your very own snow friends! You can create a regular kind of snowman or get creative with your frosty creation. If you are looking to get inspired for your next snow day, then check out 24 Clever Ways to Build a Snowman by Mommy Shorts. These are some different ways to make snow people that are funny or cute. Personally, my favorite snowman was the one with the mailbox for a mouth! These snowman designs are sure to get your excited for this season. All we need now is the perfect packing snow and we are ready to have some fun!

Rustic Wax Melts Recipe: Share With UsRustic Wax Melts Recipe: Share With Us

Now that your creations are complete we would love to hear your thoughts on our Rustic Wax Melts Recipe! Personally, I loved everything about these melts. The adorable rustic design was simple and would perfectly match my living room. Plus, the scent was an amazing blend that was strong and lasted a long time. Whether or not you agree, we hope to hear from you. Also, any snowmen this year would be greatly appreciated! You can talk to us on Twitter or Instagram @ngscents. Also, you can find us on Facebook.

Nov
22

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe


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Pinecone Christmas Ornaments RecipePinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe

The best part of Christmas is family, nothing is better than being together with all your loved ones. One fun way that you can spend this time is by creating fun crafts together! We at Natures Garden have created a holiday recipe that is easy and fun for the whole family. While parent supervision is necessary for the glue gun, the Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe is a simple recipe that kids can help make, too.

When I was younger, my grandma would have each of her grandchildren make and sign an ornament for her Christmas Tree. It was one of my favorite parts of the holidays. Not only is this ornament easy enough for kids, but this elegant, rustic design is perfect for decorating a unique and gorgeous Christmas tree. Plus, you can all enjoy decorating the tree after the pine cone ornaments are complete. Regardless of how you spend your holidays this year, this simple and lovely ornament is perfect for decorating and bringing the family together!

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Ingredients Available at Natures Garden

Disposable Pipettes
Sleigh Ride Fragrance Oil

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe All Ingredients You Will NeedPinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe All Ingredients That You Will Need

Pine cones
Plastic Easter Eggs
Gold Craft Glitter
Sleigh Ride Fragrance Oil
Liquid Craft Glue
Twine or Ribbon
Small Glass bowl
Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue Sticks
Foam Brush or Paint Brush
Disposable Pipettes
Newspaper or Wax Paper
Scale (optional)

 

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Gathering Your Pinecones

Of course, you can try to find some unscented, decorative pine cones at a store. But, it would certainly be more fun to go out and gather this part of the craft on your own. This way you have the chance to find the perfect pine cone for your ornament. This idea is especially great for kids that want to create this craft. Not only is this idea fun for kids, but it can certainly save you money from overpriced, decorative pine cones. That’s one of the beautiful things about creating pine cone ornaments, you can use the same pine cones from your yard!

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Preparing the Work Area

After you have gathered all of your ingredients you can start preparing your work station. All you are going to need is a clean, flat area to create your ornament, but you are going to want to lay down something to catch the mess. So, grab either some wax paper or an old newspaper to cover your counter top. You are going to want to lay this down over your work area before you get started. This will protect the counter top from the glue and the fragrance oil. Another bonus is that laying this down will make clean up so much easier. So, you are not going to want to skip this step.

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Creating the Scented Pinecone

We are going to start off by creating the pine cone portion of this recipe. Not only will this pretty pine cone ornament use the gold glitter, but this part of the holiday craft will be scented with the perfect Christmas scent, Sleigh Ride Fragrance Oil. It is a wonderful blend of pine, apples and cinnamon, bayberry, holly, and a hint of vanilla. So, let’s get started!

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Measuring the Liquid GluePinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Measuring the Liquid Glue

Now, we are ready to begin creating these simple Christmas ornaments. You are going to want to begin by measuring the liquid craft glue. We chose to use Elmer’s glue in our project, but any liquid craft glue that dries clear will be perfect! So, portion out about an ounce of glue into a small, glass bowl. This amount may vary slightly depending on the size of both your pine cones and plastic Easter eggs, but this is a good amount to start off with. If you happen to run out before you finish your pine cones, then you can make more later. 

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Adding the Fragrance OilPinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Adding the Fragrance Oil

Next, you are going to be adding in the wonderful fragrance oil. We chose to use our original Sleigh Ride Fragrance Oil because it is a strong scent that is perfect for Christmas time. Plus, this aroma is amazing for creating homemade room scents, as it is a strong aroma. So, grab this fragrance oil and the ounce of liquid glue. You are going to add about 1-2 mL of Sleigh Ride Fragrance Oil to the glue, which you can measure using a disposable pipette. Then, mix thoroughly to incorporate the scent into the glue.

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Adding the Scented GluePinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Adding the Scented Glue

Now, you are going to take your pine cones and coat the whole thing in the Sleigh Ride scented glue mixture! Although only the edges will have glitter added, you can use the glue everywhere to create a stronger scent for your home this season! The more your add, the stronger the fragrance will be in your home. Just make sure that you create enough to coat the edges and remember that you can mix up more scented glue as you need it. After your pine cone has been covered well, you are ready to move on to the next step of adding the glitter.

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Rolling in the GlitterPinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Rolling in the Glitter

After your liquid glue has dried we are ready for the glitter! Just sprinkle an amount of this gorgeous gold glitter on your protected work area and roll your pine cones in it. The goal for this method is to cover the outer edges of the pine cone and add some lovely shimmer. Although we did add glue to places that don’t have glitter, we didn’t necessarily waste any of the glue. This scented glue will dry clear and add to the aroma of the overall recipe. So, the extra glue will create a stronger room scenting product for your Christmas Tree!

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Preparing the Plastic Easter Eggs

Now, you are ready for the second part of this lovely Christmas craft! While the freshly glittered and scented pine cones are drying, you can prepare the other half of this diy Christmas ornament. You will need to take the smaller halves of the plastic Easter eggs and completely cover them with gold glitter!

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Adding Glue to the Plastic Easter EggsPinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Adding Glue to the Plastic Easter Eggs

Now, you are going to get the plastic Easter eggs ready for the ornament. You are only going to be using the smaller halves of the plastic eggs for these diy pine cone christmas tree ornaments. So, take these halves of the plastic eggs and cover them in unscented glue. You can wipe out and re-add the liquid glue to the same small bowl. Then, just roll or brush the glue onto each of the plastic eggs. After, set these plastic eggs some where that they can be sprinkled with glitter without making a big mess, we chose to use a large glass bowl.

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Pour on the Gold GlitterPinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Pour on the Gold Glitter

Next, you are going to add the gold craft glitter. Make sure that you move fast enough that the liquid glue doesn’t dry before you’re ready, because you are going to want to have a nice, even coat of glitter. Once you are ready, simply pour the gold glitter on the glue-coated plastic eggs until they have a nice layer of sparkles. Later, these beautiful, glittery plastic eggs will be added to the bottom of the pine cones!

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe After the Plastic Easter Eggs DryPinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe After the Plastic Easter Eggs Dry

After the plastic eggs have been coated in glitter, just leave them to dry in their place. You are going to want to wait until both the pine cones and the plastic Easter eggs have dried completely. Depending on how thick your coat of glue was, this could take some time before you are ready to move on to the next step. But, it is worth the wait because nobody wants to smudge their glitter! So, take a break and let the glitter get settled as the glue dries.

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Finishing Up the Ornament

Now that both halves of your homemade Christmas ornaments have been created, it’s time to put it altogether. So, the next part of this blog will be combining the pieces and putting the finishing touches on your gorgeous holiday decorations.

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Gluing the Plastic EggPinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Gluing the Plastic Egg

Once both the plastic Easter eggs and the pine cones have completely dried, you are ready to combine the two finished pieces. You will be hot gluing the plastic Easter eggs to the bottom of each of the pine cones. So, you are going to want to start off by warming up your hot glue gun. After the glue gun is ready, you will add a line of glue to the inner perimeter of one of the plastic eggs. Quickly, move on to the next step before the glue dries.

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Combining the Plastic Easter Eggs with the PineconesPinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Combining the Plastic Easter Eggs with the Pinecones

Finally, you are ready to combine the two pieces of your diy ornament. This step will be pretty simple, but you need to be gentle to make sure your don’t accidentally remove the glitter. So, place your plastic egg half over the bottom of your pine cone. Then, hold the two pieces together for a few moments so the hot glue has an opportunity to dry. Then, repeat the gluing and combining steps with each of the remaining pine cones. Together, the pine cone and the small, plastic egg halves will create a wonderful, sparkly ornament for your Christmas Tree!

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Hanging Your DIY Christmas Tree OrnamentsPinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Hanging Your DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments

Now that your homemade ornament has both its halves put together, you need to get your craft ready to hang up on the Christmas tree! So, grab either the twine or the ribbon and let’s get started. Since we chose to use the twine, we will refer to it as such during this step. Just know that you will be using the hanging device that you chose. Now, you can take your nearly finished ornament and loop the twine around the top of the pine cone. Make sure to secure the twine around the ornament. Then, make a smaller loop at the top of the twine to make sure your new Christmas decorations can be hung up on the tree this year.

Pinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe Sleigh Ride

Not only is creating some homemade Christmas crafts with our Sleigh Ride Fragrance Oil a fun way to celebrate this season, but taking an actual Sleigh Ride would be absolutely perfect. Nothing compares to riding on a horse drawn sleigh through the snow on a gorgeous winter day. Every year my hometown would have a Christmas festival with crafts in the library, lights down main street, hot chocolate, and the beautiful horse-drawn sleigh. There was nothing more magical than a ride in the sleigh with a warm hot chocolate and light, fluffy snow drifting from above. This lovely tradition is just one of the many that makes Christmas so wonderful!

While you can find lovely sleigh rides all throughout the United States, this website has some of the absolute best sleigh rides around. So, you can check out the travel section of Fox News and find the Top 10 Sleigh Rides in North America. Whether  you try out these wonderful sleigh rides or find a lovely sleigh near your home, we hope you find some of the holiday magic this delightful tradition can bring you!

natures gardenPinecone Christmas Ornaments Recipe

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays! We hope that you enjoyed this lovely homemade Christmas recipe. Whether this craft is perfect for decorating your Christmas tree or a great craft for the kids, we would love to hear about your holiday stories. Plus, we would absolutely love to see some or your decorated Christmas trees!  You can find us on the Natures Garden Facebook page or on Instagram with the handle @ngscents. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Dec
29

Alpine Snowdrift Scent


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alpine snowdrift fragrance oilAlpine Snowdrift Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Hello everyone! Brrrr, this cold winter weather is surely upon us! What are your favorite activities for the winter time? Maybe you love to build a snowman with your loved ones, or maybe you take everyone and go on a big ski trip? Or maybe your favorite part of winter is just watching all of the beautiful snow blanket the ground in a layer of white? I know that’s one of my favorite parts! For all you crafty people out there, how do you capture the beauty of winter in your projects? Our Alpine Snowdrift scent is the perfect fragrance to do just that! This fragrance is sure to bring the sting of the cold winter air right into your new creations!

What Does Alpine Snowdrift Smell Like?

Alpine Snowdrift by Nature’s Garden is the ultimate winter fragrance, a fresh blend that will bring instant thoughts of the ski slopes to your mind. It is a wonderful mix of spearmint leaves, menthol, woodland moss, ozonic accord, galbanum, frosted vanilla, winter anise, wet snow, and an accord of frozen air.

How Do Our Customers Use Alpine Snowdrift Fragrance Oil?

Are you ready to take on all of those steep slopes with your skis? Or maybe you’re more comfortable just watching from the warm ski lodge with a cup of delicious hot chocolate. Either way, Alpine Snowdrift is the perfect scent for all of your holiday creations. When you choose to use this fragrance for the candle making process, it works perfectly in wow wax and joy wax, while performing nice and strong in soy wax. This scent also has a 50% maximum usage rate if you want to use it in incense or potpourri recipes! You can even fill your whole house with this winter smell by using it in some nice and strong aroma beads!

For bath and body products, Alpine Snowdrift scent has a maximum usage rate of 5%. Common bath and body products it can be used in are bath oils, bath gels, perfumes, soaps, and lotions. Just be careful though as this scent does have a vanillin content of 1.40%. A vanillin content means that it may discolor your products, so just make sure to test this fragrance out before using it in your final products. Another option would be Vanilla White Color Stabilizer.  This will help with the discoloration.  For all of the cold process soapers out there, this fragrance is just right for you! Our CP findings are: No ricing, accelerates trace, no separation, discolors to a brown orange color and a very strong scent!

The easiest way to get your hands on this wonderful winter fragrance is just by typing “alpine” into the search bar on our website. That will take you right to our Alpine Snowdrift Fragrance Oil page! But be sure to check out all of our amazing free classes and recipes while you’re there as well! You’re sure to find some awesome ones for the holidays that all of your friends, family, and even your customers will love! Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden with any questions or concerns, and make sure to watch for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Dec
11

Christmas Thyme Scent


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christmas thyme fragrance oilChristmas Thyme Scent– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

It’s almost here! Christmas is just weeks away, pretty much right around the corner! Have you finished all your present shopping? Do you have everything wrapped and ready to go? Are all of your decorations up? This is the most wonderful time of the year and definitely the most exciting! Are you looking for some new Christmas fragrances to add to your holiday projects? Have you ever tried our Christmas Thyme Scent? It is the perfect fragrance to add to all of your projects, and it is the perfect scent to use for gifts for all of your loved ones!

What Does Christmas Thyme Scent Smell Like?

Christmas Thyme by Nature’s Garden is the wonderful aroma of apples and bayberries with base notes of thyme and fresh thyme needles. Christmas Thyme also has top notes of cinnamon bark that is freshly ground. This amazing scent is actually a Nature’s Garden original fragrance!

How Do Our Customers Use Christmas Thyme Fragrance Oil?

Do you see that little red light in the sky? Rudolph gets closer and closer every day, leading Santa’s sleigh filled with presents! For all of the candle makers out there, this fragrance is absolutely perfect for you! When used in the candle making process, it is nice and strong in soy wax, while performing perfectly in wow wax and joy wax! If you would like to have your whole house enveloped in this lovely scent, Christmas Thyme can be used in some nice and strong aroma beads! There is also a 50% maximum usage rate for this fragrance if used in incense and potpourri recipes!

For bath and body products however, Christmas Thyme scent is not body safe. So please, do not attempt to use it in any soaps, lotions, perfumes, creams, or any other type of bath and body product. It is best to stick with just filling your house with this amazing scent!

Although, this fragrance is not body safe, please don’t hesitate to use it in candles or potpourri recipes! Here at Nature’s Garden, we actually offer many free recipes and classes, and our free recipe for our Christmas Liquid Potpourri is actually made with our Christmas Thyme Fragrance Oil! Make sure to try out this amazing recipe! It would be the perfect stocking stuffer or new unique gift to give to all of your friends and family, and even your customers! But make sure to check out all the rest of our free Christmas recipes as well!

Are you wondering how to get your hands on this wonderful scent as soon as possible? All you have to do is type “chris thyme” into the search bar on our website. That will take you directly to our Christmas Thyme Fragrance Oil. On top of the fragrance picture, there is a little green box that says “Recipe.” If you click on that tab, you will see the name and picture of our Christmas Liquid Potpourri recipe. That is a direct link to the actual free recipe. Make sure to check out this awesome product as soon as possible!! Please contact us with any thoughts, questions, or concerns you may have, and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

 

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Dec
05

Uses for Anise


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Uses for AniseUses for Anise

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

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

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

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

 

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Nov
19

Candy Cane Facial Mask


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candy cane face maskCandy Cane Facial Mask

It’s almost here! That awesome day of the year when there are presents everywhere and all kinds of yummy delicious food…yes Christmas! Snow and cold…but all leading up to that gloriously wonderfully fantastic day! But before it actually gets here, are you in need of a great holiday project to try before the holidays? Maybe a good new recipe for you and your friends and family to try out to show your Christmas spirit? Or maybe you’re just looking for something new and exciting to give to all of your loved ones? Well, we would like to introduce our Candy Cane Facial Mask! It is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season!

 

Ingredients:

32 grams Rose Clay Powder

9 grams Hibiscus Flower Powder

7 grams Beet Root Powder

6 drops Vitamin E Oil

1 drop Peppermint Essential Oil

6 grams Vanilla Powder

25 grams Kaolin White Clay

2 grams Safflower Oil Powder

2 grams Arrowroot Powder

4 oz. PET Jar

White Straight Smooth Lid 58/400

3 grams Vegetable Glycerin

Distilled Water

Mixing Bowl(s)

Scale

Mixing Spoon

 

Directions:

1. To prepare the pink part, combine and mix 7 grams of Beet Root Powder, 1 drop of Peppermint Oil, 32 grams of Rose Clay Powder, 3 drops of Vitamin E Oil and 9 grams of Hibiscus Flower Powder. Once it is all mixed together, set it aside to use for later.

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2. Now to prepare the white part, combine and mix 6 grams of Vanilla Powder, 2 grams of Safflower Oil Powder, 25 grams of Kaolin White Clay, 3 drops of Vitamin E Oil, and 2 grams of Arrowroot Powder.

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3. Next take the 4 oz. PET jar and begin to carefully layer the pink and white powders. You can more easily keep the layer separate by packaging them down. Then when the jar is completely filled, you can go ahead and put the lid on top.

candy cane facial

 

candy cane facial

4. Now your Candy Cane Facial Mask is ready to enjoy! To use it, all you need to do is put about one tablespoon of the powder into a mixing bowl. Make sure to get white and pink into the bowl! Then add about 3 grams of Vegetable Glycerin and 6 grams of distilled to the bowl as well and mix it all together. Once it is all mixed up, go ahead and put the mask all over your face! Enjoy! (Take the mask off once it is fully hardened.)

candy cane facial

 

candy cane facial

 

candy cane facial

 

candy cane facial

Remember how we added Hibiscus Flower Powder to the Candy Cane Facial Masks? Well, did you know that hibiscus has actually been called “the natural Botox plant?” No, I’m not kidding! Hibiscus is actually amazing for your skin! It helps to soften and smooth it out and also is a great cleanser that helps to even out the textures and tones of your skin! Go check out our free Hibiscus Class and learn even more about this awesome plant! And while you’re at it, check out all the rest of our free classes and recipes as well! But this Candy Cane Facial Mask is a Christmas project that you simply cannot turn down! Everyone you know is sure to love it! Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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