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Cold Process Soap Making Supplies

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Cold Process Soap Making SuppliesCold Process Soap Making Supplies

We at Natures Garden would like to share with you the supplies and materials needed when making cold process soap! We know that the majority of our customers are familiar with the soap and candle making industries. However, we think that it is important to provide educational blogs, videos, and recipes for beginners and anyone looking to learn or expand their knowledge. There are many different classes and recipes on our website that help guide our customers when making homemade projects. One of the main topics that these center around is cold process soap. We will dive into the process, some of our classes, and mention multiple recipes we have. Let’s get started!

Cold Process SoapCold Process Soap

In general, soap crafters consider cold process soap to be one of the most common methods for soap making. This method has been termed “cold process” because there is no outside heating source applied to initiate the process of saponification. Hot process soap uses different types of heating sources, such as the stove or a crock pot. On the other hand, in cold process soap, the lye mixture creates heat and saponifies the oils by itself. The lack of a heat source unfortunately means that this type of soap will take a lot longer to cure. The typical curing time for cold process soap is between 4 and 6 weeks. Although lengthy, this curing time is necessary to allow the soap to harden. The longer cure time will also help your soap to be more tolerable on the skin.

After creating your soap, you can decide whether or not you want to insulate it. A lot of the research we read suggests insulating, but it is mostly up to your personal preference. We have written a blog in the past about how you can insulate soap to promote gel phase. After pouring the soap into your mold, surround it with layers of towels or blankets. The layers will absorb the heat while your soap undergoes saponification. This process is the gel phase, where the fats in your soap become hardened. The key to this process is evenly heating the soap in order to prevent a partial gel from occurring. If you insulate, it will accelerate saponification and the finished look will look slightly shiny. By deciding to put your soap in the fridge instead, saponification will slow down and the finish will look more matte.

Ingredients in Cold Process Soap: LYEIngredients in Cold Process Soap: Lye

Now that we have discussed the process of insulation, we should mention ingredients that are important for cp soap. In order to get your bars of soap to turn out correctly, measuring the ingredients to a tee is very important. Starting with the main ingredient, sodium hydroxide, which is also known as lye. This is completely necessary to make cold process soap. Lye is an emulsifier, which allows oils and butters to mix with water and make soap. Without it, these ingredients would not mix which would prevent any soap being made. By adding too much lye, it can result in your soap having a higher PH level, which may end up causing burns and irritation to the skin. On the other hand, if the lye is not balanced properly with the oils, it can interfere with the reaction, which can lead to greasy and oily bars of soap.

Ingredients in Cold Process Soap: OILSIngredients in Cold Process Soap: Oils

Palm oil, coconut oil, and olive oil pomace are all commonly used when making cold process soap. They contribute different qualities to your soap depending on their main properties. We have a chart on our website that breaks down the soaping oil properties for each type of oil. The properties we looked at are hardness, cleansing, conditioning level, bubbly lather, creamy lather, and sap value. Also included in the chart is some miscellaneous information to provide you with more knowledge about each of the oils. Palm oil is high in its hardness, conditioning, and creamy lathering elements. Coconut oil contributes to hardness, cleansing quality, and bubbly lather. Olive oil pomace is very high in conditioning, which is definitely an ideal quality for soap. The combination of these three oils would create a soap that cleanses thoroughly, lathers nicely, and is gentle on the skin all at the same time.

Ingredients in Cold Process Soap: COLORANTSIngredients in Cold Process Soap: Colorants

Some other ingredients that are commonly added to cold process soap are FUN soap colorants, soap dyes, and mica pigments. We have many different color options to choose from in colorants, dyes, and beautiful diamond dust and 24K gold micas. When it comes to adding colorants or pigments, some may cause color morphing, which could affect the appearance aspect of your soap. To save yourself the frustration of ruining a batch of soap that discolors to something you do not like, you can test this out before hand. This can be done by taking a small amount of soap dye or mica pigment and adding it to a little of the lye mixture. You will be able to see your results quickly.

Cold Process Soap TestingCold Process Soap Testing

We have taken the time to test each of our fragrance oils in cold process soap. This way, our customers are able to see the results before they decide to use them. When we tested them, we were specifically looking for acceleration, discoloration, ricing, separation, and scent retention. We have the results for each of them on the website in video form as well as a chart. These videos can be found when you search by the individual fragrance oils. Over 300 of them did not cause any discoloration. A few included in these are the Aromatherapy Energizing, Blueberry, Egyptian Musk, and Magnolia. Some of the ones that caused discoloration include Absinthe, Blue Cotton Candy, Cream Soda, and Pomegranate Cider. If you would like to see the rest of the criteria we tested like ricing and separation for each fragrance, use our soap testing results chart to find out!

Cold Process Soap Class 101Cold Process Soap Class 101

We have a couple of classes on the website that are good for beginner soap makers. The first one is our Cold Process Soap Class 101. It is easy to follow along with this class, but you will need to get your ingredients ahead of time. As we mentioned before, the most important one you need to create cold process soap is lye. You will also need distilled water, vinegar, some soaping oils, a fragrance oil that is body safe, and colorant(s) that are body safe. There is plenty of equipment you will need to safely make cold process soap, a list of which can be found in our Soaping 101 Class.

Doing your research before making cold process soap for the first time is extremely important. For example, if you have never worked with lye before, you will need to learn about it before hand. Your top priority when making soap should be practicing proper safety because accidents may happen if precautions are not taken. Another thing when it comes to lye is that it cannot be stored in or combined with any containers or other products that are made out of aluminum or tin. The reason for this is that the combination will cause a violent reaction. For these reasons, we implore you to use the safety gear that is provided by Natures Garden including safety goggles, a safety mask, and gloves. One last thing to remember is that the materials and equipment used when making soap should never be used for food again. By keeping these steps in mind and being cautious, making soap can be both easy and fun!

Beginners Cold Process Soap RecipeBeginners Cold Process Soap Recipe

Another one of our cold process classes for beginners makes an easy to follow cold process soap recipe. This is the perfect recipe to start with if you have no experience making this type of soap. Natures Garden sells each of the items featured in this recipe. This makes it possible and convenient to get your products from a single source. This soap uses Rain Barrel Fragrance Oil which is a fragrance oil that is original to this company! It has notes of leafy greens balanced with lavender, cedar, musk, highlights of lemon, and fresh water. You will also need some pieces of equipment including a thermometer, a stainless steel mitre box with a cutter, and disposable pipettes. Also remember to always use your safety glasses, gloves, and a mask when preparing your recipes.

Thirty Free Cold Process Soap RecipesThirty Free Cold Process Soap Recipes

For a blog that we wrote in the past, we created a list of thirty cold process soap recipes. Many of the homemade recipes on our website are for melt and pour soap and cold process soap. We want to share with you some of our favorites for you to try out for yourself! In this list of thirty, we have our Hot Fudge Brownies CP Soap, Caramel Custard Soap, Energized CP Soap, and Peppered Poppy Seed CP Soap. The ones in this compiled list are fun and easy recipes to create, are homemade and original to us. The two classes that we mentioned above are sure to help you get started on making your cold process soap.

Bastille Cold Process Soap RecipeBastille Cold Process Soap Recipe

One specific type of soap that you can make is called bastille. The term “bastille” commonly refers to a type of cold process soap but it can also be made as a hot process soap. There is a very high percentage of olive oil in this soap, 70% or more. We like and prefer to use olive oil pomace in many of our recipes, in addition to other types of oils. Olive oil will increase the lathering quality of your soap and helps it to cure faster. We want to share this recipe for Bastille Soap from Natures Garden, which will make about three pounds of soap. It is an easy to follow recipe and can be made into your own by adding in a soap colorant or mica pigment!

More with Cold Process Soap

If you would like a more in depth description of making this type of soap, check out this blog page about The Cold Process Method to Make Soap. This recipe comes from a business called The Spruce Crafts and was written by David Fisher. This page walks you through a step by step tutorial on how to make your own cold process soap. He explains the ingredients and equipment you will need, how to create your soap mixture, and allowing it to set up and complete saponification. This is another great source you can use in order to learn more about cold process soap!


Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is always the responsibility of our customers. If you plan to resell any of the recipes that we provide, it is also your responsibility to follow all FDA regulations. For any products and ingredients listed in recipes that are not sold by Natures Garden, we can not offer advice on where they can be purchased. When you use Natures Garden recipes and/or raw ingredients, you are agreeing to indemnify Natures Garden against any liability of performance, any lack of performance, or any problems that you encounter with the finished products..


Fragrance Oils for Christmas

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Fragrance Oils for ChristmasFragrance Oils for Christmas

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year for a lot of people. I certainly think that it is! From going shopping to pick out the perfect present for each family member and friend while seeing the pretty white snow on the ground, to drinking a cup of hot chocolate and going to see the beautiful Christmas lights hanging on everything in town. I enjoy all of it! We have so many of our fun Christmas fragrances to share with you, plus some recipes that we have created for you to utilize these fragrance oils. Let’s go ahead and get started!

Christmas Cabernet ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Christmas Cabernet Scent

You will really enjoy this fragrance if you like to drink some wine from time to time. Christmas Cabernet Fragrance Oil is a wonderful holiday scent. The top notes are red grape, strawberry, and ginger. The middle notes at the heart of the aroma include cherry, plum, and rose hips. Finally, the base notes contain Cabernet wine, oak, and vanilla. This combination flows together beautifully, which makes this fragrance versatile and beautiful. It can be used in potpourri, incense, candles, soap, lotion, and my favorite, body scrubs. We have a customer recipe on the website for a Wine Sugar Scrub that uses this unique fragrance oil! The texture of this scrub is very soft from the cocoa and shea butters it includes, and it could be great to gift someone this season.

Christmas Cabin ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Christmas Cabin Scent

Christmas Cabin Fragrance Oil is another one of Natures Garden’s original fragrance oils that is also a best seller! The middle note is pure cranberry. The top notes consist of orange zest and fresh cinnamon bark. This scent is centered around middle notes of cranberry. This triple combination really brings the feel of Christmas into this fragrance oil. Finally, at the base of this scent, you will find notes of wood and bayberry, giving the aroma a balsamic scent. It is great to use in incense, handmade candles, handcrafted soap and bath and body products. In fact, this scent performs wonderfully in CP soap. When we tested this when making cold process soap, the results showed that there was no acceleration, no discoloration, no ricing, no separation, and good scent retention.

Christmas Cookies ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Christmas Cookies Scent

Christmas Cookies Fragrance Oil from Natures Garden is the perfect fragrance to bring you right into the kitchen when it is time to bake cookies for Christmas! This bakery fragrance oil begins with the aroma of butter cookies. Then middle notes buttercream follow! Lastly, the scent ends with a vanilla base.

It truly reminds me of baking sugar cookies and other types of treats around the holidays. These three layers may be simple with singular scents in each, but they come together to create a beautiful fragrance that will bring your handcrafted bath and body products to life. One of our holiday favorites here at Natures Garden is the Christmas Bath Cookies recipe. It is a very easy recipe to follow and will show you how to make realistic looking bath cookies topped with a whipped frosting and finished off with sprinkles! This fragrance oil also performs well in cp soap. When this fragrance was tested, the results showed no acceleration, no separation, no ricing, good scent retention, and it discolors to a dark chocolate shade.

Christmas Cravings ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Christmas Cravings Scent

Next on our list of fragrance oils for Christmas is the popular Christmas Cravings Fragrance Oil. This complex aroma combines a wide range of notes to create this unique blend. It is one of Natures Garden’s original fragrances and a best seller all in one! The top notes are refreshing apple along with citrus notes of grapefruit, orange, and lemon. In the midst of this holiday scent, you will find notes of cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, cassia bark, carrot, clove, and cinnamon. The base notes rounding out the aroma are maple, vanilla, and buttercream.  Christmas Cravings Fragrance Oil combines multiple scents together to make create this fresh and unique holiday fragrance.

Like the other oils we have discussed so far, this can be used in many different products that you can make right from your own home. Vegetable wax, paraffin wax, incense, and potpourri use the most of this fragrance. However, it can also be useful in cleaning products, lotions, perfumes, and more! It had strong scent retention, no separation, no ricing, and it discolors to a tan shade when tested with cold process soap.

Christmas Memories ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Christmas Memories Scent

Christmas Memories Fragrance Oil is another one of the original fragrance oils from Natures Garden Candle and Soap Making Supplies and it’s a best selling fragrance oil! At the top of this aroma, you will find notes of orange peel and cranberry. At the center of this scent are spicy notes of cinnamon and clove, while the base notes include crisp notes of pine cones and evergreen.

I love these scents because it truly does bring back Christmas memories. The evergreen and pine cones really remind me of picking out our family Christmas tree when I was growing up. We picked out a Christmas together every year. We also spent time together baking cookies. Christmas Memories fragrance oil takes me back to those Christmas traditions every time I smell it. This scent can also be incorporated into handcrafted cp soap. The results from cold process soap testing revealed slight acceleration, no ricing, no separation, a strong scent retention, and it discolors to a tan shade.

Christmas Splendor ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Christmas Splendor Scent

Some interesting, unique, and very seasonal notes are contained in the diverse Christmas Splendor fragrance oil. This Christmas aroma begins with fruity notes of peach, apple, and orange. Spicy middle notes follow include nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and poinsettia. At the base of the scent, you will find notes of oak, balsam, fir, pine, musk, and juniper berries. Within this complex scent, you will find layers, which allows for this fragrance to be so diverse and unique. It is a wonderful scent in homemade candles and other types of room scenting recipes.

Christmas Thyme ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Christmas Thyme Scent

Christmas Thyme fragrance oil is another one of Natures Garden’s original fragrances! It gives off the aroma of bayberries mixed with apples and Christmas trees! This fragrance is consists of a top note of spicy cinnamon bark, middle notes are apple and bayberry, and the base notes are thyme and pine needles. It is amazing when used for incense, making candles, and potpourri.

One of the recipes that we at Nature Garden love to use this scent for is the Christmas Potpourri Recipe, which will show you how to create a wonderful recipe of Christmas Thyme scented potpourri! This is a very simple recipe to follow along with and after you are finished, just pour some of it into a potpourri burner and you are all set.

Christmas Tree ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Christmas Tree Scent

Our next fragrance oil for Christmas is Christmas Tree Fragrance Oil. This is one of our best sellers and a Natures Garden original fragrance oil. With top notes of pine and lime, you can immediately experience the sensation of Christmas time. The middle notes are cardamom and pepper, bringing a little bit of spice to the scent. Finally, the base note smells of Scotch pine, which adds a fresh woodsy scent to it. At Natures Garden we consider this aroma a must-have!

This can be used to make incense, potpourri, and candles. We do have a fun and unique recipe idea on our website that uses this fragrance. It is a Scented Twig Centerpiece, which takes no time at all to make and can make a great additional decoration to the house at this time of year. A fun idea that you could also do with this fragrance would be to make tiny candles or potpourri tarts using our Christmas Trees and Bulbs Embed Molds.

Christmas Wassail ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Christmas Wassail Scent

Next, we want to introduce you to another Natures Garden original aroma, Christmas Wassail Fragrance Oil. This holiday scent starts off with notes of pineapple and orange zest. Then, you will find a middle note of mulled apple cider. Finishing this scent are spicy notes of cinnamon and clove. We have linked how to make actual Christmas Wassail, which uses apple cider, cloves, cinnamon sticks, pineapple juice, and frozen orange juice concentrate. We also provide you with our recipe for Rustic Wax Melts, using this fragrance oil. It is a fun holiday wax tart recipe to make with anyone and can quickly put you right in the Christmas spirit.

Christmas Wreath ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Christmas Wreath Type Scent

The Christmas Wreath Type Fragrance Oil at Natures Garden Candle and Soap Making Supplies will be sending old holiday memories straight to you. It smells just like a real Christmas wreath, as the name indicates. The top notes in this one are bergamot, holly berry, and orange pomander. The middle notes follow including cinnamon bark, Christmas lily, and eucalyptus leaves. The base notes finishing this Christmas scent are pine cones and fir balsam, which really bring this scent together. With cold process soap, we found no discoloration, no separation, no ricing, no acceleration, and strong retention with this scent. Our recipe for Christmas Wreath Fire Starters Recipe will provide you with a great project that will make it easier for lighting your fireplaces! It will also make your house smell great!

Country Christmas ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Country Christmas Scent

Next, Country Christmas Fragrance Oil from Natures Garden is one of our best sellers! It has hints of cranberry, bayberry, apples, orange zest, clove, and nutmeg. This is a wonderful holiday combination to put you right in the Christmas setting! This fragrance oil can be used in a variety of handmade candle projects and room scenting recipes. It is our Scented Twine Christmas Ornaments and it uses this Country Christmas fragrance oil. This is a wonderful project to use for those wanting to scent their Christmas tree. This is also an easy gift to make for someone or to turn it into a fun craft for the whole family to try!

Island Christmas ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Island Christmas Scent

Not everyone lives in an area where it is cold and snowing around Christmas time, so we have created this Natures Garden original fragrance oil to appeal to all of you out there with a warm Christmas or those dreaming of a warm Christmas! The scents included in Island Christmas Fragrance Oil are tropical guava, mango, papaya, strawberries, and a hint of freshly picked peppermint leaf. Bath gels, soap, lotion, perfume, and other body products are perfect to utilize this fragrance. Cleaning products, potpourri, and incense can also be created with this. Our cold process soap testing of this had results of no ricing, no separation, no acceleration, a strong scent retention, and it discolors to a brown shade.

Fragrance Oils for Christmas: Santa Snacks ScentFragrance Oils for Christmas: Santa Snacks Scent

Santa Snacks Scent is a Natures Garden Candle and Soap Making Supplies original fragrance oil. We thought that this would be such a cute name because everyone remembers putting out cookies with milk and other fun Christmas goods for Santa Claus!  This bakery fragrance smells like sugar mixed with some spice, which makes it useful not just at Christmas time, but all year round, which many of our customers do. This is a fabulous Christmas fragrance oil to use in homemade candles, wax tarts, and other room scenting recipes. Our Santa Hat Candle Recipe is a really fun homemade candle to make and can be a great craft idea or a present for the upcoming holiday season! Also, if you are looking for an actual snack after using this fragrance oil, try the Santa snacks recipe from Taste of Home.

We hope that you loved hearing all about some of our favorite holiday and Christmas fragrance oils today! Check out the rest of our Christmas craft recipes! Also, if you are looking for other fragrance oils for Christmas, check out all of our Christmas fragrance oils!


Coconut Coast Fragrance Oil

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Coconut Coast FragranceCoconut Coast Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Coconut Coast Fragrance Oil is a tropical scent used for homemade craft projects.  This tropical combination of tropical fruits and fresh air make Coconut Coast scent a great summer addition to your bath and body products.  Our customers love this fragrance oil in their electric burners, candles, soaps and more.  One customer stated, “I used this in some of my shave bars (cp soap) looking for a mellow scent that as unisex and this is it! It’s not suntan lotion coconut sweet and yet it’s not too airy or musky. I really do love it and it works perfect for in the bath.”

What Does Coconut Coast Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Kick back and enjoy the summertime sensation of creamy coconut enhanced by fresh fruits and island air.

Top Notes: Creamy Coconut Milk, Tangelo, Pineapple
Middle Notes: Mango, Nectarine, Island Fresh Air
Base Notes: Vanilla Extract, White Musk, Sea Moss

How Do Our Customers Use Coconut Coast Fragrance Oil?

Handcrafted candles can be made using a maximum of 10% Coconut Coast Fragrance Oil.  This coconut fragrance oil performs perfectly in Natures Garden’s Pillar of Bliss Wax, Palm Wax, and it is also very strong in Joy Wax, WOW Wax, and soy wax.  With this wonderful tropical aroma we recommend leaving it uncolored.  This fragrance oil will leave your tarts and candles perfect without any candle dye.

Soap makers can use Coconut Coast Fragrance Oil in homemade soap recipes at a maximum usage rate of 5%.  It can be used in both melt and pour soap and cold process soap.  Our suggestion for coloring, no color.  However, if you choose to color your soap, never use candle dye in any handmade bath and body products, they can color your body.  How does this tropical aroma perform in cp soap?  No ricing, no acceleration, no separation, it discolors to a milk chocolate, and maintains a very strong scent that stays true to form in cp.  If you would like to view the results for yourself, click here to view our soap testing video using our Coconut Coast Fragrance Oil.  Since Natures Garden’s Coconut Coast Fragrance Oil will discolor to a milk chocolate, it is likely due to an 8.2% vanillin content.  The discoloration may be lessened by adding vanilla white color stabilizer. However, there are more than 40 ingredients used when fragrance oils are manufactured that may cause bath and body products to discolor.  For this reason, you will want make sure you test all of these types of products.  Homemade lotions, creams, and perfumes can be created using a maximum of 5%. This coconut scent performs perfectly in these types of products. Homemade cleaning products can utilize a maximum of 5% of this tropical aroma.

Room scenting projects can even be created using Coconut Coast scent.  Handcrafted incense recipes and potpourri projects can be made to scent a room with a maximum usage percentage of 50%.  Also, this aroma can be used in homemade room sprays and scented aroma beads.

As you can see, Coconut Coast scent can be used in a variety of homemade craft recipes, including candles, bath and body products, cleaners, and room scents.  You can begin creating whatever type of scented home or bath and body product your heart desires.



Clean Type Fragrance Oil

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Clean Type Fragrance OilClean Type Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Clean Type Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden is a strong fresh aroma used in a variety of craft recipes.  Our customers love this fragrance oil in homemade candles and cosmetics like candle wax melts, linen sprays, soy wax, laundry detergents, lotions and more.  In fact one customer states, “This is really such an excellent scent, we use it alone and mix it with others for wonderful custom scents. It works perfectly in CP, Body Powder, Lotions, Sprays, etc. Really holds its scent well and is not overpowering. This is our go to FO when we’re making custom scents and need that fresh, clean extra something.”

What does Clean Type Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This refreshing scent by Natures Garden combines the fragrance notes of litsea cubeba, orange, sweet lime, pink grapefruit, passion lily, rose geranium, and white musk. A clean, sweet layer combines the fragrance notes of sweet orange, grapefruit, lime, neroli, and rose to add a sweet feminine layer to the scent while maintaining the soapy, clean essence.  A Best Seller!  

Top Notes:  fresh air, sweet orange, lime, grapefruit
Mid Notes:  rose geranium, neroli, violet, passion lily, litsea cubeba
Base Notes:  cyclamen, sandalwood, musk

How Do Our Customers Use Clean Type Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters, our clean type fragrance oil can be used in a variety homemade candle projects.  Customers have used Clean Type scent and found it to have excellent cold and hot scent throw.  They have used it in Joy wax, soy wax, Pillar of Bliss Wax, Palm wax, and WOW Wax.  The maximum recommended usage rate is 10% is candles.  Coloring recommendations for this fragrance oil are to use 2 drops of blue spectrum liquid candle dye plus a small amount of black liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax or shred a small amount of a blue color block into your melted wax. Never use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

For those of you who like creating other types of home room scents, Clean Type Fragrance Oil works great in aroma beads, odor eliminator sprays, and hanging air fresheners.  The maximum recommended usage amount in products like reed diffusers and potpourri is 50%.

Those of you who make homemade bath and body products for this fragrance oil has endless possibilities!  The maximum recommended usage percentage for Clean Type is 5%.  This fresh fragrance oil can be used in homemade lotions and creams, scrubs, body sprays, melt and pour soap, and shampoos. For anyone that is using this wonderful fragrance can also be used in homemade melt and pour soap or cold process soap.  In fact, this scent performed very well in cold process soap.  Here are the cp soap testing results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, no separation, no discoloration, a very clean and crisp scent, just beautiful with a good scent retention. Our coloring recommendations for Clean Type scent in body products are to use blue soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you. Never use candle dye in any body products.


Chance of a Lifetime Fragrance

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Chance of a Lifetime FragranceChance of a Lifetime Fragrance– Fragrance Spotlight

Chance of a Lifetime Fragrance Oil is an elegant duplicate of a gorgeous fragrance. This Natures Garden dupe captures all sorts of feminine beauty in a scent that is sure to impress. So, why not take a chance on this upscale fragrance oil? It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.

What does Chance of a Lifetime Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden embraces the aroma of a successful, ambitious woman who loves the finer things in life.  This fragrance is a blend of citron, water hyacinth, jasmine, iris, teakwood, vetiver, patchouli, amber, and white musk.

Top Notes:  bergamot, orange, pineapple, fresh air, citron
Mid Notes:  jasmine, lily, water hyacinth, iris
Base Notes:  vanilla, patchouli, white musk, teakwood, vetiver, amber

How Do Our Customers Use Chance Of a Lifetime Fragrance Oil?

Great room scents can be created with Chance of a Lifetime Fragrance Oil. Homemade candle makers may use up to 10% of this scent in vegetable waxes and paraffin wax. It performs perfectly in joy wax, wow wax, and soy wax. Also, the fragrance is nice and strong in soy wax products. For coloring, we recommend two drops of red liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax. However, you can shred a small amount of red color block into your melted wax instead.  Still, never use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick. Further, homemade room scents, such as incense or potpourri, can use up to 50% of this scent. Also, the scent is nice and strong in homemade aroma beads.

Handmade bath and body products can be crafted using this feminine fragrance. Also, these bath and body product have shown to perform well with Chance of a Lifetime Fragrance Oil. Bath gels and bath oils can be created with this fragrance, but we recommend no more than 5%. Soap makers can easily use this fragrance in either melt and pour soaps or cold process soaps. The maximum recommended usage rate for soap is 5% of this fragrance. Our cold process soap results show this fragrance as a perfect pour! Also, there is no ricing, no acceleration, and no separation. This bar should have zero discoloration and a good scent retention. Also, there is a vanillin content of 0.1%. We suggest coloring with pink soap colorant in the amount that satisfies you.  Remember not to use candle dye in any body products.

Lotions, perfumes and homemade cleaning products can be made using this floral fragrance as well. Lotions should be created with no more than 5% of this scent added. Perfumes will perform perfectly as long as the fragrance is at or below the maximum recommendation of 5%. Any all natural cleaning products can utilize up to 4.4% of this fragrance.

Our customers use Nature’s Garden fragrances in various products and craft recipes. Although we have listed many of the creations that are possible for this fragrance, don’t feel limited to these projects. Virtually anything you can imagine can be scented with a gorgeous Nature’s Garden fragrance oil!


Celestial Fragrance

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Celestial FragranceCelestial Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Spotlight

Celestial Fragrance Oil from Natures Garden scents is an aroma that is as warm and inviting as a bright blue sky, yet is as illusive as the utter vastness and beauty of the heavens above. All throughout history human beings have been in awe over our great atmosphere. Why not attempt to capture your own piece of wonderment and inspiration through this fragrance oil?


What does Celestial Fragrance Oil smell like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the infusion of warm sandalwood, vetiver, cedar and musk, with enlightening spicy notes of sage and thyme to combine with bright citrus notes that inspire both mind and soul.

Top Notes:  pineapple, orange, eucalyptus
Mid Notes: jasmine, lily, violet, sage, thyme
Base Notes: patchouli, sandalwood, cedar, oakmoss, musk, vetiver

How Do Our Customers Use Celestial Fragrance Oil?

Our customers can use this earthy fragrance to create homemade soap as well as a variety of other bath and body products. Any homemade soap maker can use this scent in their recipes at a maximum recommendation of 5%. Our cold process soap results revealed that this fragrance has no acceleration, no ricing, and no separation. Also, this scent has a strong scent retention. Adding this fragrance will discolor a bar of soap to either a light tan lavender color. Since the vanillin content is at 0%, vanilla white stabilizer will most likely not influence the soap’s color at all. Although the bar will slightly discolor, this is due to one of forty other ingredients that could contribute to discoloration in bath and body products. On another note, Celestial Fragrance Oil works well in bath and body products. The most that we recommend using in these types of products is 5% of the entire recipe. For coloring, we suggest that you use the blue soap colorant in an amount that creates the best shade for you. Make sure to only use soap colorants in any body products and never use candle dye.

Celestial Fragrance Oil can be used in many other products such as perfumes, lotions, and cleaners. This scent will perform perfectly in perfumes when no more than 5% of the fragrance is applied. Both homemade lotions and cleaners will contain a maximum of 5% as well.

Our customers use this earth scent in their candles as well as homemade room scents. Candle crafters may use Celestial Fragrance Oil at a maximum of 10% in their craft recipes containing vegetable waxes or paraffin wax. Additionally, this scent will perform perfectly in joy wax, wow wax, and soy wax. In soy wax the scent is nice and strong.  We recommend four drops of blue liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax. However, one could shred a small amount of blue color block into the melted wax.  Either way, remember to never use crayons as a candle colorant substitute as they will clog your wick. Other room scents, such as potpourri and incense, can be made with this fragrance at a maximum of 50% for the total weight of the recipe. In addition, this fragrance is nice and strong in aroma beads.


Fragrance Testing in CP Soap

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fragrance testing in CP soapFragrance Testing in CP Soap

Hello everyone! Do you have any questions about what happens when we test our fragrances? Specifically with fragrance testing in CP soap? Well, we actually go through this process with all of our fragrances and there are quite a few specific things we look for throughout.

To start off, when making a normal soap recipe, we recommend soaping at room temperature (72 degrees Fahrenheit). However, for fragrance testing, we soap at 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Using this temperature will give you less time to “play” with the soap, and will basically force the fragrance to show any problems it may have more quickly.

For fragrance testing, we use our free recipe for our Shea Butter Soap; a recipe that includes Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, and Palm Oil.

Step 1:  Determining if a fragrance sample designed by our perfumist smells good enough for us to soap test.  We call this stage “Test Stripping”.  We start by putting a little bit of each fragrance onto a test strip (blotter paper) and smell them.  The initial smell of scent on a test strip allows us to see how strong the “top notes” of a fragrance is.  Then we let the test strips sit for about half an hour, then check to see if the scent has stayed, lessened, or gotten stronger. During this stage of smelling, we are able to notice more of the middle notes and base notes of the scent.  You see, at Natures Garden, we typically reject hundreds of scents each year during the test stripping alone.  For scents that do make the cut, we move on to step number 2.

Step 2:  Testing the fragrance in soap.  Once we have made our recipe and have added the correct amount of fragrance (typically 5% fragrance per batch unless IFRA is less), there are quite a few things we look for. We look for and record if there is any acceleration.  Acceleration is when a fragrance oil causes the soap to trace at a faster rate than soap without fragrance would.  When a fragrance oil causes accelerated trace, a soap maker must move faster when working with the soap.  This can also make it more difficult to create colored swirls in your soap.

We also look for ricing, (soap batter that looks like rice pellets).  Typically soap that rices can be beat into submission with a stick blender.  We look for separation (fragrance will not mix with the soap, oils keep separating from the soap).

Sometimes fragrance oil will separate out of the soap batter.  Usually fragrance oil will absorb back into the soap during cure, but if the oil separation is full-blown, it may cause even cured soap to be oily.

We also look for seizing (fragrance causes the soap to set up as soon as it as added).  Soapers refer to this as “Soap on a stick”.  Sometimes soapers are able to beat the batter back into submission with a stick blender, and other times it is impossible.  Seized soap is not ruined soap, it is just soap that is no longer pliable.  If allowed to cure, seized soap can be used just like soap that you had no problems making.

While cold process soap normally should cure for about 6 weeks, we oven-process soap for our fragrance testing. Oven-processing the soap in molds for about 2 1/2 hours on a temperature of about 170 degrees Fahrenheit will help the soap to cure faster, and you will only need to let it cure for about 4 weeks. When oven-processing the soap, you may see some separation. The fragrance may rise to the top of the soap and separate, but most of the time, the soap will reabsorb the oil.  Oven processing also allows us to see some discoloration (if the soap is going to discolor).  Typically, if a soap shows discoloration after oven processing, it will continue to discolor more during the cure phase.

After the soaps have finished their oven-process time, they can be unmolded 24 hours later. If any of the fragrances have separated during this process, wait until they reabsorb to unmold the soap. If they never reabsorb, you will know that that fragrance has a separation problem.

There are a few other things that we look for once we have taken them from the oven. We check for if the scent of each fragrance has changed or morphed throughout the saponification process. However, always remember not to judge the scent right away. Even if it has changed throughout the saponification process, wait to judge until after it has had enough time to fully cure, as it may change back.

We also look to see if there is any fragrance burn off that occurs during saponification, meaning that the fragrance may not smell as strong anymore or the notes you noticed in the beginning no longer exist. Usually, fragrance oils will not have a  major burn off problem as they contain fixatives that help to anchor the scent. However, lower flash point scents have a higher chance of some burn-off than higher flash point scents.  Some soapers add clay to their soap batter to help anchor their scents.  Essential oils do not contain fixatives, so if you are testing essential oils, you will have more of a chance of burn-off than you would with fragrance oils.

Another thing we check for after unmolding is for discoloration. Fragrances that contain vanillin can cause discoloration, but it is mainly with fragrances that have a content of above .5%.





Oven Processing




Soaps for fragrance testing should sit and cure for about 4 weeks. Throughout that time period, we check to see if the scent of each fragrance sticks and stays strong throughout the whole time. Once in a while, a fragrance may come along that will not work in cold process soap and never will. Make sure to remember that if you come across a fragrance like this, it will work in hot process soaps! Once the 4 weeks has passed, we check again to see if any final discoloration or separation has happened and how well the fragrance has stuck. Make sure to check out our free class for our Fragrances Tested in Cold Process Soap. This class gives a full list of all of our fragrances that we have tested, as well as the recipe for our Shea Butter Soap that we use for testing.

Make sure to check out all the rest of our free classes and recipes as well! Keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!