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Mar
31

Citronella Fragrance Oil


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Citronella Fragrance OilCitronella Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Summertime is almost here, the time of year that we all want to be outside soaking up some warm sunshine.   We all love the gorgeous weather.  Maybe you are having a cookout, bonfire, camping, or just enjoying a peaceful night relaxing on the porch swing .  Then, out of nowhere those pesky mosquitoes come along to ruin your good time.  When the weather gets warm these party crashers come out in droves!  Well, Nature’s Garden has the perfect solution, Citronella Fragrance Oil!  You can put it in a candle, lotion, or even a body spray.  Our citronella scent will be a great addition to any of you homemade craft recipes.

What Does Citronella Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is reminiscent of a wild Indonesian Herb used to keep bugs away.

Top Notes:  chamomile
Mid Notes: citronella, rose, jasmine, lily
Base Notes: pine

How Do Our Customers Use Citronella Fragrance Oil?

There are a variety of craft recipes that can be created using our citronella scent.  First, many of our customers use Citronella Fragrance Oil in their homemade lotions, creams and body sprays.  Our maximum recommended usage rate for these type of products is 5%.  Room scenters can use up to 50% in homemade potpourri, reed diffusers, oil burners, and incense projects.  Of course, strongly scented aroma beads can also be created.

Candle crafters can add up to 10% of our Citronella Fragrance Oil in their homemade candle or wax tart recipes when using a paraffin wax or vegetable wax.  If you would like to color your candles or homemade tarts we suggest dying it green.  You can use two drops of green Spectrum Liquid Candle dye per four pounds.   If color blocks are more up your alley,  you can shred a small amount of a green color block into your melted wax.  Since we are often asked about using crayons as a candle colorant, crayons should not be used as a replacement for candle dyes in your candles.  They will clog your wick.  Gel wax is not compatible with our straight citronella scent.  However, if you are wanting to make a citronella candle using get wax, try our Lime Citronella Fragrance Oil.

Those making soap can use this citronella fragrance oil at a maximum recommendation of 5% to create wonderfully scented handcrafted soaps.  It can be used in cold process soap, hot process, or melt and pour soaps.  Our cold process soap testing results for this citronella scent found no ricing, no acceleration, no separation, and no discoloration after cure.  It maintains a good scent retention.  When making other other bath and body products such as bath oils, bath bombs, and bath gels, we have found our Citronella Fragrance Oil works great when using a maximum recommendation of 5% fragrance oil.  To color body products we recommend that you use green soap colorant in the amount to achieve the shade that satisfies you. Never use candle dye in any body products.

 

Citronella Soy Wax Candle Recipe

How have we at Nature’s Garden used our Citronella Fragrance Oil?  We have created this soy candle recipe just for you!  When you are ready to get started, here is our simple and free Citronella Soy Wax Candle Recipe to help repel those bothersome mosquitoes.

 

Mar
13

Soy Candle Recipe


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how to make a soy candle Soy candles always seem to be the craze.  The soy wax 415 that Natures Garden carries is a 100% all natural vegetable wax.  This also means that this soy wax is biodegradable, and is made from a renewable resource.  When used to make candles; soy wax provides a nice, clean and long burn.

For this recipe, we have figured everything out for you (measurements, temperatures, color, and scent).  We are also presenting it to you in an easy to follow step by step form (with photos).  This recipe will make (1) 16oz apothecary jar candle.

Your finished soy candle will be colored in a light red hue, and scented in with a matching apple orchard fragrance.

We will be double wicking our apothecary jar with (2) CD-10 wicks.  This wicking will provide the candle with a nice hot burn, and allow the scent to travel nicely through the wick; guaranteeing a wonderful hot scent throw.

Besides the ingredients hyper linked above, you will also need some other candle making equipment.  This includes: Thermometer, POURING POT, Warning Labels, Glass Apothecary Jar (16oz), Hot Glue Gun with Gun, Scale, Pot, A cookie sheet, and a Stirring Spoon.

Now, normally prior to making a soy wax candle, you must first check the flashpoint of the scent.  This is important because the flashpoint will indicate the temperature at which you will add the fragrance oil.  However, for this recipe, we have already figured out this information.  Apple Orchard has a flashpoint of 155 degrees Fahrenheit.  What this means is that the temperature at which we will be adding the fragrance oil to the soy wax is 155 degrees Fahrenheit.  Our rule of thumb is:  If a fragrance flash point is below 130F, then add it to wax at 130F.  If the fragrance oil flash point is between 130-185F, then add the fragrance to the wax at its flash point.  If a fragrance oil has a flash point above 185F, then add the fragrance to the wax at 185F.

So now, before we get started making our soy candle; it is important to get all of the supplies and equipment ready that we will be using.  Most of these supplies can be purchased at Natures Garden.  Once you have all of this ready to go; lets get started!

supplies for making a soy candle

Step 1:  Get your pot.  Into the pot, place several inches of tap water.  Next you are going to put the pot on to the stove top and set the heat setting on medium.

prepping for double boiler method

Step 2:  Now get your pouring pot.  Inside the pot, weigh out 440 grams of the 100% soy wax flakes.  Once you have the amount, place the pouring pot into the water pot.  This will be how we melt the soy flakes.  This process is known as the double boiler method.

the double boiler process

Step 3:  Set your oven to 170 degrees Fahrenheit.  Next, place your apothecary jar on your cookie sheet.  Then, place the cookie sheet inside the oven.  Allow the jar to warm for 10-15 minutes, then remove.  Also, plug in your hot glue gun now.

warming your apothecary jar

Step 4:  Now, place your thermometer into the wax.  This is important because you will want to monitor the temperature of the wax while it is melting.  Never let the temperature go higher than 200 degrees Fahrenheit.  This will burn and discolor the wax.  As the wax melts, stir it occasionally.  Also, keeping melting until all the wax is in a liquid state.

melting soy wax

Step 5:  Once the wax is all melted, remove it from heat.  When the temperature reaches 185 degrees Fahrenheit, add the 4 drops of Spectrum Red Candle Dye.  Stir.

coloring soy wax

Step 6:  After the wax has been colored, check your temperature again.  When the temperature reaches 155 degrees Fahrenheit, add your 35 grams of Apple Orchard fragrance oil.  Stir again for a full 2 minutes.  This thorough stir will help the wax, fragrance, and color adhere.  Then, place your thermometer back into the wax.

scenting the soy wax

Step 7:  Next, grab your hot glue gun and place a small amount of glue on the bottom of your wick tabs.  Then, center and secure your candle wicks.

center and secure your wicks

Step 8:  Now, stick your warning label to the bottom of your jar.

applying your warning label

Step 9:  Check the temperature of the wax, you will be looking for it to reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once it does, give your wax one final stir.

checking for the pour temp
Step 10:  Then, slowly start to pour your candle.  You will want to stop your pour once the wax reaches where the jar changes shape.  Then, straighten your wicks.

pouring your soy candle
Step 11: 
Now, allow your candle to fully set up undisturbed.

allowing your candle to set up

Step 12:  Once the candle has hardened, trim your wicks, and lid your jar.  Allow your candle to cure for 24-48 hours.

Congratulations, you just made a soy candle.  Your 100% Soy Wax Candle is now finished and ready to burn.  Enjoy the sweet apple scent that will fill your home and make your house smell good!