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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:

Facebook: Natures Garden
Twitter: ngscents
Instagram: ngscents

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

 

Jun
25

What is a Memory Burn in Candles


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memory burnWhat is a Memory Burn in Candles

The most crucial burn to your new candle is its first one.  This is what is known as a memory burn.  The initial burn is the one that is most vital to a complete melt pool.  And, even more importantly a memory burn in the candle is the one that sets the boundaries and scent throw for every burn after that.

Preparing for your Memory Burn

Never leave a burning candle unattended.  A good rule of thumb to prepare for your memory burn is to know the diameter of your candle.  For every inch in diameter that your candle is wide, you need to gauge one hour of burn time.  So, if your candle is 3 inches wide; you need to be able to burn your candle the first time for at least 3 hours.  So, for the memory burn, it is important to start it when you know that you will be able to keep an eye on it for the allotted time necessary.

Although lighting candles definitely adds to the ambiance of a room, certain precautions do need to be in place for the open flame of a candle.  Never burn a candle where small children or pets are within reach.  The wax of a melting candle is very hot and can cause severe burns.

Before you light your candle, make sure that the wick is no longer than ¼” high.  Be careful not to cut your wick too low, this is a sure fire way to drown your wick out in the melted wax.  This is a key tip to remember each time that you light your candle.  Recalling this simple step each time will lessen the amount of soot and smoking from your candle.

Always keep your candle free of wick trimmings, matches, and any other debris.  Any of these items could be flammable.  Hello Fire Department!

Why a Memory Burn is Important

All candle waxes retain a memory.  In order to have a full melt pool, where liquid wax is touching every side of the container, the candle has to have a memory of that.  If the first time you burn a 4” wide candle, and only get a 2 inch wide melt pool before you extinguish the candle, you have already inhibited your candle.  If you prevent the full memory burn from occurring the result is never being able to achieve a clean, full melt pool all the way down to the bottom.  The melt pool will follow the boundaries already established from the memory burn and will only ever reach 2 inches wide.

Besides getting the most out of your candle time with a full memory burn, there is another reason why memory burns are so important.  With a full melt pool on your candle, you will notice a stronger scent throw from your candle.

Jun
05

For the Love of Candles and Scents


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Fragrance OilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  My name is Melissa Love and my company name is Scandalicious Candle Melts.

I love candles and I just got tired of the same old candle in the jar that you would find at local stores. I wanted candles that not only look different, but they also have to smell awesome. It wasn’t until the summer of last year that I started my research into creating my own candles and I did just that. I started making my own and giving some away to friends and co-worker as a gift. I had such a positive feedback that I decided to turn my love of candles making into a business. So finally in December of 2012, I open my Etsy store. In addition to my online store, I have my products in 3 boutiques and I am a member of the Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs.

I make fun shaped candles tarts and free-standing Shape Candles.

My goal is to have my own store and to have my products in as many homes and offices as possible.

I know with Nature Garden’s awesome products and their fabulous high quality fragrance oils, I will accomplish my goal.

Your Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ScandaliciousCandle

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

Twitter: @candliciousmelt

Blog: http://scandaliciouscandlemelt.blogspot.com

May
25

Scented Pillar Candles with Texture


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Fragrance OilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name: My name is Jennifer McGrath and my company is Burning Tears by Madame Jen.

Just about five years ago I started making candles. I originally started making candles for my own home using combinations of color and fragrances for luck, prosperity and spiritual guidance. As time went by I felt the need to share, so I handed some candles to my family, a few friends & my co-workers, even my loving husband started taking them to work at the tattoo shop. It took about two years later for me to build the confidence and start selling my candles.

The name Burning Tears by Madame Jen came from the candles flame. If you look at a candles flame, it’s in the form of a tear drop. My girlfriends call me “The Madame”, being dark by nature; the two magically came together “Burning Tears by Madame Jen”. I originally started off making candles using paraffin wax, and then I had customers asking if I offered soy. So I dropped the paraffin wax and strictly stuck with soy for a while. Early last year I felt like I needed something new to do. There’s only so much you can do with soy. I had actually considered making soap, but wasn’t sure that I wanted to learn something completely new. There was so much hard work that came with perfecting the perfect candle. I’m a full time paralegal with two children, so I stuck with what I knew. I picked up some slabs of paraffin wax and started to play again. This filled me with joy. I love creating pillar candles with different textures and color combinations. You just never know what is going to come out of the mold in the morning, each candle is so unique. So now I offer both soy and paraffin in my line, just about every shape or form i.e. pillars, tin containers, glass jars, warmers, votives and tea lights.

Now, just about every month I’m doing a new craft market/festival. I even have a baby shower and three weddings under my belt. My candles are also sold at a handful of boutiques here in Atlanta. I have always been a crafty person and love creating, but candle making is the one thing that really stuck to me. I not only love making candles for myself , but it makes me very happy and love to hear when my customers tell me how much they are enjoying them too.

I tried to combine a photograph of a handful of my candle creations using Natures Garden’s fragrance oils. Top left is Sweet Grass, 4×6 pillar I made using paraffin wax, very natural crisp and clean scent; Top right is Lily of the Valley using soy in a recycled salsa jar. I’ve never smelled Lily of the Valley before, I’m more of a earthy fragrance kinda gal and this is just a beautiful floral scent!; Bottom left is Lemon Grass using soy in a clamshell which is so clean and refreshing; Bottom right is Dragons Blood which is my ABSOLUTE favorite of my NG oils. Right along with my other top fave is Frankincense & Myrrh (not depicted  here, but totally worth the shout out).Fragrance Oils

Your Website: www.burningtearsbymadamejen.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BurningTearsByMadameJen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/madame_jen

Pinterest Page: http://pinterest.com/themadamejen/

Apr
05

Candle Making and Soap Making


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fragrance-oils-6 1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Valerie Ann King, Sea Maiden’s Creations

 2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  In 2001 my husband and I lived in Upstate NY where I was born and raised. That summer we had decided to take a much-needed, long weekend to the Amish country in Pennsylvania, the beautiful state where my husband was born and raised. We went to a Country Candle store where in the basement we watched Amish women make taper candles using large vats of melted wax and other equipment. I was fascinated. What was just as appealing were the grubby style molded candles on the first floor. I spent a small fortune. That was the beginning of my obsession. When we came home, before even unpacking, I got on my computer to search and research candle making. The Very first site to come up in my Google search was Natures Gardens Candle Supply, where I placed my first order. The very first thing I ordered was the votive making kit and fragrance oils samples. My first love was molded candles. What was your motivation? My love for crafting, the Amish trip and Natures Garden. At the time, NG had a forum and it was amazing to be a part of. Tons of information to be had. I quickly branched out to learn mp and cp soap making and also I have my own line of silicone molds, as during that time of researching decided to start making them as well. At this time I concentrate on CP soap, but love making it all!! My passion for crafting comes from generations of crafters in my family. How long have you been in business? Since Oct. 2001. My husband made my very first website featuring all of my creations. It was and still is very exciting!

3.  What products do you make and sell? I make and sell CP soap, MP soap, Soy Container candles, and Paraffin Pillar candles, and Melts. I adore piping cold process soap, so I offer a lot of cupcake soaps, cake soaps, and loaf soaps. I make anything from the plainest unscented lard and castile soap to very elegant cakes. I will be wholesaling all of my products very soon!

4.  What are your business goals? My business goals are to of course, just keep growing. It’s not easy as the candle and soap making markets are saturated from when I started in 2001. But when there is a will, a passion and love for it, there is a way! Although, my website does not reflect all that I do at this time, because I haven’t the time to update it as much as I should, I am always testing for as close to perfection as I can get with every attention to detail.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden? I use a ton of their fragrance oils. I have too many to list that are my favorites and the list keeps growing. Because we live in Florida, I take advantage of the wonderful FO’s, soaping oils, powders, molds, wicking, packaging and the list is always growing, as they continue to grow. They were my first supplier and I will always be a customer!

Your Website:  www.seamaidenscreations.com

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sea-Maidens-Creations/148235281936128

Twitter:  In process.

Blog:  http://seamaidenscreations.blogspot.com/

 

Mar
27

Scented Homemade Candles


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peake

1. My name is Jennifer Peake, and my business is Scented Sensations.

2. I decided to turn my hobby into a business because I needed to make some extra money on the side to pay for a few things that had come up. I realized I might be able to take it further than just making candles and selling them on eBay so I had a friend help me make a website and set it up so people could purchase from my site. I have been in business for one year.

3. I make and sell candles. I make votives (round and square), pillar candles, glass jar candles (heart and star shaped glass and also Mason jars) and tart melts in fun shapes, such as puppy paw prints, hearts, roses and flip flop sandals.

4. My business goals are to expand a little bit more than I have so far. I have a full time job and I make candles as my “second job.” But I would love for it to become a steady income. I also would like to start selling accessories for candles, such as candleholders, plates, sconces, etc. But I need to find a source of getting those products, either through a vendor or wholesale. heart and star candles

5. The products I have used from Nature’s Garden have been mainly the fragrance oils and candle wicks for my candles, but I have also purchased and used candle molds as well. I really enjoy the fragrances you have and so do my customers!

My website is www.scentedsensationsplus.com