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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.

Dec
14

Allspice Benefits


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Allspice Benefits

There are many Allspice benefits that you can utilize by adding this herb to your handmade cosmetic recipes. Whether you add this herbal powder to your bath and body recipes or include the spice in food, you are sure to enjoy the benefits. First, there are many reasons why this spice is a good idea to add to your diet. Not only does this spice have a great taste, but your body will benefit, too. Also, this is a great one of the natural herbal cosmetics from Natures Garden that will benefit your skin and hair. So, there are quite a few reasons to want to use this cosmetic herb. In this cosmetic blog, we are going to talk about all the different ways that you can use Allspice to benefit you!

Allspice Benefits: Growing ConditionsAllspice Benefits: Growing Conditions

You can create Allspice from a tree that is sometimes referred to the Jamaica Pepper or the Allspice Pimenta. This tree is more common in warm climates, like Central America and Jamaica. So, areas that aren’t tropical or subtropical may have a more difficult time growing this tree. However, anyone living in colder climates can grow these trees in greenhouses. If you plant your tree in a greenhouse, then you will have to water them often enough to match the amount of rainfall these trees would typically receive.

Also, you will need both a female and a male tree close to one another to produce the berries for making this herb. Once these trees are ready, they will pollinate. Later, the female trees will produce the berries for Allspice! Then, you will need to harvest these berries before they fully ripen. Then, you will be able to dry these green berries in the sun. After the berries are completely dry, you can use them as the spice.

Allspice Benefits: Industry Uses

There are many different ways that you can use this wonderful spice in your homemade recipes. This herbal spice can be used in natural remedy for reducing various aches and pains. Plus, Allspice has a delicious and complex taste that is perfect for seasoning food. So, it is easy to bring a bit of this healthy spice into your diet. Additionally, there are some skin and hair benefits for using this spice along with your other bath and body supplies. So, let’s get into the many benefits that you can gain from using Allspice.

Allspice Benefits: Medicinal UsesAllspice Benefits: Medicinal Uses

Although this spice tastes like a blend of a few other beloved spices, it is its a single spice that has its own unique benefits. While today we mostly use this spice to enhance the flavor of food, there are some benefits you can gain for your body. In fact, some folk medicine throughout history has incorporated this herb into their lives for its beneficial properties. Another positive of this beneficial herb is that it tastes good. So, you can easily incorporate more of this botanical herb into your life by eating deliciously seasoned food. Additionally, it is said that you can create a tea with this herb. However, make sure that you drink this herbal tea with a meal. Some medical professionals believe that this herb can interfere with iron absorption. 

First, some people have used this herb as a homemade, herbal remedies for colds. This spice is thought to reduce symptoms that accompany a fever, cold, or flu. Further, this herb has been used to fight certain bacteria and reduce your chances of getting sick. Additionally, allspice has been found to be useful as one of the home remedies for menstrual cramps. Not only is allspice thought to reduce the pain experienced from menstrual cramps, but in some cases, it has shown to reduce heavy bleeding during your period, as well.

Allspice Benefits: More Medicinal Properties

Allspice is said to help promote healthy digestion. First, it can help reduce issues like indigestion, upset stomach, or vomiting. Many people will take this herb to reduce flatulence and help promote regular bowel movements. Also, it is thought to reduce symptoms of certain digestive issues, like dyspepsia and colic. These qualities come from allspice’s antimicrobial properties. Additionally, some people have found that allspice can help improve their appetite.

Also, this spice has some wonderful benefits that promote heart health. Allspice has been known to relax blood vessels and promote blood circulation, which can help reduce the chance of stroke or heart attack. While clotting can be dangerous, it is necessary during emergency situations or during surgeries. So, make sure that you check with your doctor if you are already taking medications that are meant to slow blood clotting. Also, be sure that you avoid Allspice a few weeks before a surgery to reduce your chance of bleeding too much.

Additionally, this botanical herb has been known to help reduce blood sugar. While this herb can’t replace the benefits of eating right and losing weight, it can be useful for helping reduce blood sugar that is too high. Studies have found that there are antioxidants in spices like this one that are able to help prevent the formation of bad components in the blood, which would’ve led to higher blood sugar.

Another known benefit of Allspice is reducing pain from a toothache. This pain numbing property can be useful for helping reduce pain until your next doctors visit. Also, properties in Allspice are known to be able to help kill bacteria in the mouth. So, this spice is occasionally used in toothpaste. In fact, some dentists use eugenol, which is in Allspice, to kill bad bacteria on teeth.

Allspice Benefits: Bath and Body UsesAllspice Benefits: Bath and Body Uses

Not only does this spice have beneficial properties for inside the body, but this herb will nourish both the skin and hair, too. You can easily include this botanical herb in your homemade bath and body recipes or your cosmetic recipes. These finished products will provide your skin and hair with all kinds of amazing properties. So, let’s look at all the benefits of adding Allspice to your bath and body making supplies.

Allspice Benefits: Bath and Body Benefits

Some people believe that this herb can be beneficial for relieving pain. It is said that this herb has warming effects for the skin that will help to reduce muscle soreness, joint pain, bruises. So, you can perfectly add this herb to homemade lotions to provide aches with the care it deserves. Additionally, you can add this spice to various bath and body products. This allows you to soak in the tub and benefits for these fantastic qualities.

Also, these warming properties have more benefits. First, you can use this herb to help with chest infections. Second, the herb will help to stimulate sweating, which helps to remove toxins and leaving skin clear and healthy.

Also, this herb has antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties that are useful for homemade soap making. So, allspice can help reduce a variety of skin conditions caused by bacteria or fungi. Further, this spice has anti-inflammatory properties that can be useful for reducing issues like eczema, rashes, and other skin conditions involving inflammation.

Also, Allspice can be useful for the hair! This spice is thought to help promote hair growth and reduce hair loss simultaneously, which is amazing for growing long, perfect hair. First, you can help prevent hair loss with this herb by reducing hair damage on the scalp. Since the herb contains various minerals, it is able to help keep the roots strong. The allspice herb will help to open any blocked pores down and reduce pressure on the hair roots. Further, this herb can promote faster hair growth that is both softer and silkier.

Allspice Benefits: Food and BeveragesAllspice Benefits: Food and Beverages

Allspice got its name because it tastes like a blend of cloves, cinnamon, juniper berries, and pepper. You can buy the dried berries whole, which look similar to whole, dried peppercorns. These whole allspice berries can be used to freshly grind into your dishes. If you don’t want to grind your spice at home, then you can buy it in its powder form. You can use this spice in many different recipes to kick things up a notch. Also, you may recognize this flavor in various foods like Jamaican Jerk seasoning or other savory dishes. Another benefit of this spice is creating delicious desserts, like the Allspice Cream Cheese Frosting by Family Oven. Also, you can create yummy dinner recipes, like Roasted Chicken with Allspice and Citrus. So, there are many ways that you can incorporate this spice into your diet.

Allspice Benefits: Other BenefitsAllspice Benefits: Other Benefits

Another way that you can use Allspice is in homemade potpourri. If you like spice scents, then this aromatic spice would make a perfect addition to your potpourri recipe. You may want to use whole allspice herb, but you can sprinkle the powdered herb wholesale into your recipe. If you decide to use the powdered herb, then make sure that your container doesn’t have small holes or leak. So, the powder will likely be best in a decorative bowl rather than a perforated sachet recipe.

Additionally, you can use this herbal spice to help prevent cancer. Some people believe that the eugenol and other elements in this herb can be useful for cancer prevention. In fact, a study had been done on the natural components of in this herb and many have shown that they can be useful for preventing cancer. The herb has shown to prevent tumor formation and reduce a cancer cell’s ability to spread to other parts of the body. While you shouldn’t use this herb as a cancer treatment, some believe the herb can still be useful for reducing your chances of getting cancer.

Allspice Benefits: Interesting History of Allspice

In the past, some people around the Caribbean islands would use the Allspice herb to cure meats. This was especially common with the local pirates, who needed to store meat for their long sea journeys. Although it was more common for people in other areas to preserve meat using salt, the Allspice worked just as well! Due to this difference in the curing process, the French referred to the process of curing with allspice as Boucan. This name lead to many people calling these Caribbean pirates Boucainers, or Buccaneers. If you are interested in learning more interesting facts about this herb as well as others, then check out Spicy Stories: History of Spices by Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader.

Allspice Benefits: Ask Us You QuestionsAllspice Benefits: Ask Us Your Questions

We hope that you learned something in this blog that you can use to benefit your homemade products. If you have any other questions, we are here to answer anything you may be wondering about this herb or any other of our Herbs and Spice. We are available in the store, on the phone, and online. If you want to talk to us online, then you may want to find us on social media. We have a Facebook page. Also, you can use our handle, which is @ngscents, to find us on either Twitter or Instagram. Hope to hear from you soon!

Allspice Benefits: A Reminder About Our Herbs

Note: We at Natures Garden sell our Allspice Ground Jamaican herb for external use only. Although you can use a food grade spices for cooking, we do not sell any of our herbs or spices as food items. The information that we provide on our herbs is for educational purposes only. We do not intend for this information to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated the information we have provided. Make sure that you keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets. Also, pregnant and/or lactating women should take special care when handling any of our herbs. Natures Garden accepts no responsibility (written or implied) for any products that you make with our herbs. Further, all testing is the responsibility of the customer.

Dec
16

Cafe Mocha Fragrance


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Cafe Mocha FragranceCafe Mocha Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Spotlight

Cafe Mocha Fragrance Oil available at Natures Garden has been described by our customers as “a very strong scent of coffee and dark sweet chocolate”.

What Does Cafe Mocha Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Cafe Mocha Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden is the perfect arrangement of fragrance notes reminiscent of fresh brewed coffee, chocolate syrup, creamy vanilla, and marshmallows.

Top Notes: fresh brewed coffee
Mid Notes:  chocolate syrup, heavy cream
Base Notes: vanilla, marshmallows

How Do Our Customers Use Cafe Mocha Fragrance Oil?

Did you know that not only do we carry the finest products, but here at Nature’s Garden we have our own recipes?  You can click “recipes and classes” located on the top of Natures Garden’s web site and find all of our unique recipes.  Some recipes may be found on a specific fragrance oil’s page by clicking the “recipes” tab located above the image for that fragrance oil.  Once you click it, a recipe using that exact fragrance oil will open up.  This is where you will find free recipes like our Coffee Butter Scrub Recipe, using our wonderful Cafe Mocha fragrance.

Home scenting, when making such projects as reed diffuserspotpourri and incense, please remember that the maximum usage amount is 50%.  When used to make aroma beads, Cafe Mocha Fragrance Oil is a delicious scent that is nice and strong.  Please note that when making homemade cleaning products, the maximum usage of 5%. for this fragrance oil.

For those who make soap, show off your creativity by making homemade cp soap.  Our cold process soap testing results shows that it is a perfect pour with no ricing, no acceleration,  and no separation with a wonderful coffee scent.  Cafe Mocha Fragrance Oil discolors to a perfect milk chocolate.  The vanillin content is 7% for this fragrance oil.  Vanilla White Color stabilizer may help prevent discoloration due to vanilla.  However, there are more than 40 ingredients used in fragrance manufacturing that may contribute to discoloration of products.  When making soap and other bath and body products such as scrubs, bath oils, bath gels, lotions, and perfumes, the maximum usage is 5%.  For your homemade body products, the suggested coloring options are to use brown soap colorant in the amount that you are satisfied with.  Never use candle dye in any homemade bath and body products.

For homemade candle crafters, the maximum usage for Cafe Mocha Fragrance Oil is 10% and it is nice and strong in strong in soy wax while performing perfectly in joy wax, and wow wax.  Try using Natures Garden’s pillar of bliss wax to create your own homemade candle wax melts.  Some suggestions to add some color to your beautiful candles include using 4 drops of brown liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax or shred an ample amount of a brown color block into your melted wax.  Just a reminder, using crayons to color your homemade candles will clog your wick, we never recommend it.

Is your coffee poured?  Are you ready to get started to by placing your order today?  Using the search bar on Natures Garden’s web site, type in “cafe mocha fragrance oil” and hit enter.  It will then lead you directly to the ordering page where you can started.