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Valentines Day Bouquet

Friday, January 6th, 2012

VALENTINE’S DAY BOUQUET

A fragrant assortment of soap on a stick, aroma buds, and aroma bead ornaments on a stick.

INGREDIENTS:
Aroma Buds (2 dozen total)
Aroma Beads (2 lbs)
Natural Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap
Diamond Dust Mica Pigment
Red Liquid Candle Dye
Neon Pink FUN Liquid Soap Colorant
Victorian Heart Soap Mold
NG Angel Type Fragrance Oil
Fresh Cut Roses Fragrance Oil
Dare to be Sexy Fragrance Oil
Transfer Pipettes
Glass Vase
Kabob Skewers
Babies Breath
Heart Shaped and Cupid Cookie Cutters
Metal Baking sheet that you do not plan to cook food on again
Large Glass Pyrex Measuring Cup with spout
Ribbon for Decorating
Small Paint brush for applying mica pigment

1. Prepare the Aroma Bead Ornaments:
A. Pour ¼ cup Angel Type fragrance oil into the Ziploc bag. Add 3 drops of Red Liquid Spectrum Candle dye. Never use food coloring or soap dyes to color aroma beads. Seal the bag. Gently shake.
B. Pour 1 cup Aroma Beads into the Ziploc bag. You will want to shake the bag until all of the liquid is evenly dispersed among all of the beads. Allow aroma beads to thoroughly absorb fragrance oil (this may take days). Add a
pinch of Diamond Dust mica pigment. This will make your heart ornaments look like rubies.
C. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
D. Place 6-7 metal cookie cutters (hearts and cupid) on the cookie sheet.  Take the prepared aroma beads and carefully fill each cookie cutter approximately 1/4 inch. You will want to spread your prepared aroma beads evenly throughout the cookie cutter.
E. If you would like to have a hole in your air fresheners (for hanging purposes), you will need to use screws/nails. Place a ¼ inch diameter screw/nail head-down in the spot where you want the hole to be located. Leave the
screw/nail in during the whole cooking process.
F. Bake aroma beads in oven for about 5-6 minutes (or until the beads have melted together). It is normal to experience some smoking.
G. When the beads are melted together, remove the cookie sheet from the oven.
H. Allow the air fresheners to cool. Remove the cookie cutter and screw/nail from the air freshener.
I. Carefully peel the air freshener off of the cookie sheet.
J. Poke the pointy end of a kabob skewer into the base of each ready made ornament.
2. Prepare the Aroma Buds:
A. Using a transfer pipette, place 2-3 drops of fresh cut roses fragrance oil on the very tips of the aroma buds. Do not spray aroma buds, and do not place fragrance oil close to the base of the bud, or the petals may fall off.
3. Prepare Victorian Heart Soaps on a Stick:
A. Each block of Natures Garden Natural Goat’s Melt and Pour Soap is perforated into 40 cubes. Each cube is approximately 1 oz. Melt a total of 15 cubes of soap in microwave. Heat the base for 30 seconds at a time until it is
completely melted.
B. Once soap is completely melted, add 4 drops of Neon Pink FUN liquid soap color, plus 1 Tablespoon Dare to Be Sexy Fragrance Oil. Stir.
C. Pour mixture into Victorian heart soap molds. Spritz with some alcohol to remove any air bubbles. We allow our soap to set up in the refrigerator or freezer so that it releases more easily from the molds.
D. Once soap is set up, pop out of molds.
E. Using a small paint brush, apply a small amount of diamond dust mica pigment to the detailed areas of the soap. This will give the soap some bling bling!
F. Poke pointy end of kabob skewer into the base of each of these soaps.
4. Add some unscented aroma beads to your vase before adding your arrangement parts.

Add your aroma buds, aroma bead ornaments on sticks, babies breath, and scented soap on sticks to the vase. Decorate vase by adding a bow.

 

Natures Garden Candles and Soaps Supplies

http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/

Success in Bath and Body

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Interview With Susan

From Frog Garden Crafts

What’s your name & Your Company Name (Why Did you choose that name?):

Susan Pagon,  Frog Garden Crafts, I love and collect Frog stuff so I wanted “Frog” in the name.  I went through a lot of name ideas and everyone liked the “Frog Garden” one.

How did you get into this business?:

I went to massage school, and took the Spa option with my courses and they had an “Aromatherapy” course as a part of it.  I loved it!!  We made lotions, salt scrubs, and all kinds of cool body stuff.  I learned the Therapeutic properties of Essential Oils and really enjoyed making my own blends.  I eventually branched out into soaps and Fragrance Oils, and eventually my friends and family told me I should open an Etsy store.  Now I’m having fun making Bath, Body, & Home products for sale.

What is your favorite part of this business?:

The feedback I get from people who really enjoy my products.  I also love the artistic side of designing different soaps, and I love all the different fragrances to work with out there.  Never ending possibilities.

What’s the most difficult part?

Being able to dedicate enough time to the craft with kids, school, and home life.

What’s your favorite product or aspect of Natures Garden?
The fragrances are so unique and they have an excellent variety to choose from.  I have several NG scents that I couldn’t live without!!  I also love the monthly scent sale.

What are your goals for the coming year for your business?

Of course everyone’s goal is to make a living doing what they love, so I guess my goal would be to reach that level in my business.

 

Company Websites

Website: www.froggardencrafts.etsy.com

Facebook:  Frog Garden Crafts

Soap Company Success Story

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Bonnie Garrity from Good Earth Spa

My name is Bonnie Garrity and my soap company is called Good Earth Spa because I love using natural and organic ingredients from our earth. I also believe in doing good. My soap company donates one bar of soap to charity for each retail bar sold. I specifically chose the word spa because it perfectly describes the type of work that I do. I work with natural botanicals, skin foods, exotic butters and other awesome good earth ingredients to pamper and nourish the skin. Your bath tub should feel like a spa treatment every day because you deserve it.

I’ve always been a crafty girl. When I was a child I met a soap maker. I thought what she did was amazing. I couldn’t believe she made her own soap! Fast forward a few years, I was in the workplace and discovered I was expecting twins. Due to complications with my pregnancy I decided to leave the work world and stay home. I began making candles in my small apartment for
supplemental income. Then it progressed to soap and other bath items. I really wanted to be able to stay home with my children so I put all my focus on my home business. I became an ebay powerseller 90 days after my first sale and networked locally. Fast forward another few years and now I have my own website and live on a beautiful small farm in Washington State where I can now produce a portion of my raw materials including beeswax, herbs and essential oils.

My favorite thing about my business is being able to combine two of my life’s passions: Science and Nature. I love learning about each ingredient and combining them together to make a brand new product. I’ve always been interested in art and science equally. In high school I focused on art and in college I focused on science. I always wanted to work in a field that allowed me to express myself creatively and scientifically. Soap making is both science and art. It is chemistry and art blended carefully with a touch of love.

In December 2010 I restructured my soap company and began using a charitable business model inspired by Toms Shoes Company. For every retail bar of soap that I sell, I donate one bar of soap to a charity or charity fund raiser. When I went into
labor prematurely with my twins, I had to take an emergency flight to another city that was equipped with the resources to care for two premature infants. During that time I stayed at the Ronald McDonald House and used donated soaps. I knew then that I wanted to find a way to give back to people and I am glad that my business in is a position to do this. Thanks to my awesome customers I have been able to make donations to various shelters and organizations and raise money for Tsunami relief, Tornado relief and other good causes.

The most difficult part of my job is time management. I often feel as if I don’t have the time to do all the things I want to do. I have a lot of big ideas so prioritizing my work load is my greatest challenge. I cannot afford to be stressed or frustrated. I absolutely love what I do and I remind myself of that on a regular basis. I try to stay focused on one task until it is complete instead of trying to accomplish 100 things at once. Time management never came natural to me so I work on it daily.

 

I love using Nature’s Garden fragrances in my fragrance items. I’ve shopped around and have not seen any other fragrance supplier that offers such high quality for the price. I really appreciate that as a small business. I also trust their fragrances. Each fragrance description includes usage rates for various applications and even includes cold process soap results. I’ve never had a Nature’s Garden fragrance that didn’t do exactly what I expected it to.

 

In the past I have been very limited on the number of craft shows I could attend with my children being so young. Now that they are getting a little older I hope to attend more craft shows and local markets. I love getting out there and meeting people. I’d like to put a lot more focus on my local markets this upcoming year.

 

Website: http://www.goodearthspa.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Good-Earth-Spa/235357973148329

Blog: http://goodearthbonnie.com/

YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/EdentiaFarms

Ice Candles

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

How to make Ice Candles

You Will Need:

One pound of Nature Garden Pillar of Bliss Wax

One ounce of Natures Garden Fragrance Oil

Natures Garden Spectrum Liquid Candle Dye

Natures Garden Pillar Mold 3 x 4 ½

Thermometer

Pouring Pot

Spooled wicking

Sink

Crushed Ice

 

Instructions:
1. Wick your mold as usual.

2. Melt one pound of Pillar of Bliss wax to 195 degrees, and add coloring.  Drop melted wax temperature to 180 degrees and add 1 ounce of fragrance.

3. Fill your mold with crushed ice. You want the ice to be about ¾ in.  Leave a little bit of space at the top to ensure the wax will completely cover the ice.

4. Pour the wax over the ice.

5. Allow the wax to cool and the ice to melt completely.

6. Once cooled turn the mold upside down over the sink and pour out the melted ice.

7. Gently, remove the candle from the mold.  Please note it will be very fragile.

8. Trim your wick to ¼ in.  Do not light the candle for approximately 5 days.  You want to ensure that it is completely dry.

 

Project Completed by Melissa at Natures Garden Candle Supplies

Soap Company Interview

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Pocket Full of Sunshine Boutique Interview

My name is Nancy Krainz. I live in Pittsburgh, PA. I have been making soap since 2004. I became interested after seeing a show about soap making on TV. I starting out with traditional Cold Process and worked my way through Hot Process, Rebatch, Whipped and Liquid Soap making but always made my way back to the traditional method. I felt creativity was limited in Cold Process, so, I got into Melt and Pour soap making and discovered that creativity is limited only by ones imagination.

I started my home based company in 2005 and added many products to my line. I named the business LydiaMarie’s Bath and Body Boutique and began selling on consignment through local craft stores. I was able to get a wholesale account with a local, private owned bath and body shop and over the past 7 years have been their sole supplier for lotions, foot cream and lip balm.

I was working towards opening  a brick and mortar store when the economy went on the down swing, and, at the same time, I was diagnosed with cancer. My business was placed on hold for about a year as I obtained treatment for my illness, and, thankfully, today I am healthy and moving forward in life.

 

About a year ago I decided to get into jewelry making, so, to better portray my extended product line, changed the name of my business to Pocket Full of Sunshine Boutique. It is a happy sounding name and makes me smile. I love the sunshine.

The thing I like best about owning this business is  I very much enjoy creating things. The biggest downfall is being a perfectionist. I seldom make something that I am 100% happy with. I always see room for improvement and constantly strive for perfection.

I like Nature’s Garden Candle & Soap Supplies because I very much appreciate nature and all things natural.

My goals for the coming year are to move forward in fulfilling my dream of having a brick and mortar store. 

 

Website: www.pocketfullofsunshineboutique.weebly.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Pocket-Full-of-Sunshine-Boutique/147865018613996

Blog: www.lydiamaries.blogspot.com

How to Apply Perfume

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Obviously, since we are women, we always like to add a little extra element of sexiness to our day.  I can always rely on my perfume to accomplish this.   As I am sure you have already figured out, working at Natures Garden, I have all of the designer duplications at my fingertips daily, so you might say that I have a slight addiction to my perfumes and body sprays.

My mother taught me during my teen years, that it is very easy to over scent yourself.  She always said that “in the realm of perfume, a little squirt will last you all day.  You never want to overuse perfume!  Less is more.  You want to make your statement by leaving a linger.”  We all know someone who is notorious for wearing too much perfume.  Her scent is always so thick in the air that it seems to tattoo the ozone permanently.   I do not want to smoother others, so I learned the tricks of the trade.  Mother always knows best.

I know that when I leave my house in the morning I smell scentsational.  My fragrant appeal lasts all day too.  I am always delighted when people ask me what I am wearing.  It makes my day when I see their expressions as I tell them that I made the perfume myself using Natures Garden products.  In fact, I save my little sister Lana bookoo dollars by showing her how to make her own designer dupe perfume.

I think that my scent ambiance is due to two factors.  First, I have to give mad props to Natures Garden for having such superior quality fragrance oils and bases.  It is a heavenly combo.  Second, I know the secret to wearing perfume the right way, using your pressure points and pheromones to extend the life of your morning scent application.  It does really work, but I must admit that I also consistently carry a small container of solid perfume in my purse, just in case I feel the need to freshen up.  You never know when that will come in handy!

Here is the recipe I use to make my solid perfume – the perfect travel size-  Solid Perfume Recipe

For the fragrance, I vary mine according to how I am feeling that day.  I know that this can be overwhelming since there are so very many different fragrances to choose from.  My suggestion would be to start with a few of these:

http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/candlemaking-soap-supplies/category/326/Designer-Fragrance-Oils.html

Here you will find all of the designer duplications that Natures Garden currently carries… but always be on the lookout for newbies.

Now for the application process…

Have you ever noticed that many high end perfume retailers sell their perfume in kits?  This is due to the fact that perfume is longer lasting, and more noticeable if you wear it in layers.  Most kits contain a shower gel, lotion, and perfume.  Some kits may even include an after shower powder.  I always thought that this was some tactic to get women to purchase more.  Although the latter may be true, it is really because high end perfumists know that layering the scent extends its scenting capabilities.  It is like having our very own fragrance super heroine, Ivonna Scentwell, with her fragrant sidekicks Smelly Too Good Gelly and Capt. Set in Motion Lotion.  They’re ready to set the world straight on self scenting.

Here are the laws to live by:

It is always best to apply your perfume to clean skin and before you get dressed.

Apply perfume to some of your pressure point areas:  your wrists, behind your earlobes on your neck, your neckline, the inside of your elbows, behind your knees, and your inner thighs.  This is where the blood flow is closest to the skin.  It also allows for your perfume to naturally diffuse since our skin is warmer in these locations.  A key tip here is to always hit at least one of your lower body pressure points.  You want your perfume to rise up on your body.

If you are using a spray and would rather have an all over disbursement, simply hold the bottle out in front of you (sprayer pointed away) and spritz it 3-4 times.  This creates a mist cloud.  Then, take a step into it.

That is it… once you are ready to apply your perfume, pause and remember “to maximize the scent effect, I must moderate, layer and connect.”

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone
Inspire, Create, and Dominate!
Sparkles!!! Nicole
(Corporate Manager of
Natures Garden Candle Supplies)
www.naturesgardencandles.com

Selling Your Candle & Soap Creations Online

Friday, August 12th, 2011

 

Some of our customers make candles and soaps simply as a hobby, and others do it for a living.

Regardless of which category you fall into, you might be wondering what the best way is to sell your amazing creations over the Internet.

We’ve outlined below a few websites many of our customers use to retail their products online. If you’re eager to start listing and selling your products, you may want to check them out and see which site is the best fit for you.

eBay
The world’s most popular online auction and shopping website is a great spot to buy and sell many things, including candles and soap products. Signing up for eBay is easy, and the site also helps you register your business online. Once you figure out what you’re going to sell, you can list your products on eBay and set up a Paypal account, which facilitates online payments.

Etsy
This e-commerce website has become very popular over the past few years, particularly with art, vintage items and homemade crafts. It is a great spot to retail candle and soap products! Etsy requires an account, but it offers excellent support along the way if you have questions. Don’t forget to include excellent photos and descriptions of your products to make them appealing to potential customers!

Artfire
A smaller website, but focuses specifically on handmade products, fine art, design and supplies from all over the world. Artfire allows you to create a virtual studio, list your items online and ship them around the world. The website also offers a 30-day risk free trial.

Yardsellr
A fairly new site that offers a unique way of buying and selling products online. The site links to your social networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter, and allows you to join “blocks” of people with similar interests. Yardsellr allows you to use Paypal and major credit cards, and best of all, costs nothing to list or sell! (note: instead, the buyer pays a small fee when they checkout).

Your Own Self-Hosted Site
This is for the advanced customers that want their own website to retail their products. It is possible to host your own website with shopping cart capabilities, but this option is often more expensive to set-up and maintain. We encourage you to do lots of research before deciding on a service, but this is a great option for the serious sellers.

If making candles and soaps is something you love (like us), you might consider turning it into your very own business! Do what you love, right? YEAH!! If you have any questions, just let us know on our Facebook page! Good luck to all of you!

– Deborah
www.naturesgardencandles.com

NG Around the World!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

As we celebrate reaching over 20,000 Facebook fans this week, we’ve decided to stop for a moment and try to comprehend it all. All we can say is… THANK YOU!!

While Natures Garden is based in Ohio, we actually have customers that find and order from us from all over the US and all over the world… literally!  How EXCITING!!

Here’s a look at where our customers come to us from in the United States:

And here’s a look at where our customers are around the world! Can you find yourself?

We are so thrilled that Natures Garden has grown over the past decade, and we are SO HAPPY to have you as part of our community. As Natures Garden continues to grow as a company and as your #1 resource for your candle, soap and other creations, we promise to continue providing you with the best individualized service that no one can beat!!

We are honored to be your supplier of choice!

Smiles!!

– Deborah

Mother’s Day Fragrance Oils

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
Mothers Day Fragrances

Mothers Day Fragrances

 

Mother’s Day Fragrance Oils

Mother’s Day is not until May, but at Natures Garden Wholesale Candle Making Supplies, we are ready for that special day!  We have created an entire Mother’s Day Fragrance Promo that highlights fragrance oils that nicely compliment Mother’s Day products!  You can use these fragrance oils to make homemade soap, homemade candles, homemade incense, bath and body products, and home fragrance products.  Whether you own your own candle or soap business, or you just want to make homemade products for Mother’s Day, Natures Garden is happy to help you!

View All of  Natures Garden’s Mother’s Day Fragrances

Mom and son

Love you Mom!

 

A Mother

A Mother is one who
understands the things
you say and do

Who always overlooks
your faults and sees the
best in you

A Mother is one whose
special love inspires you
day by day.

Who fills your heart with
gladness in her warm
and thoughtful way.

A Mother is all these things
and more – the greatest
treasure known.

And the dearest Mother in
all of the world is the one I
call my own

Easter 2011 Fragrance Oils

Monday, February 21st, 2011
Easter Fragrance Oils

Easter Fragrances 2011

Easter Fragrance Oils

Easter is just around the corner!  Do you need some help choosing Easter Fragrances for Easter?  Natures Garden can help!  We have reviewed all of our fragrance oils, and have carefully selected the perfect fragrances for your Easter products.NG April Clean Fragrance Oil  is reminiscent of  Downy April Fresh.  The aroma of fresh powder, light musk, and just a hint of fresh spring flowers of lavender, jasmine, and tulips.

Jelly Bean Fragrance Oil  is a burst of luscious fruity tones teases the senses with this gourmand confection. Wild cherry balances with ripe peach and tangy strawberry for the candy sensation at the fragrance heart. Hints of cinnamon boost the cherry, as a smooth combination of vanilla and musk creates sugary undertones.

Lily of the Valley Fragrance Oil:  A Best Seller! A very fresh and green muguet de bois; true to name lily of the valley aroma.

Hyacinth Fragrance Oil:  The floral fresh aroma of real hyacinth flowers.

Heavenly Fragrance Oil:  An enticing romantic blend of juicy McIntosh apples enhanced and sweetened by rich French jasmine, cyclamen, and fresh rose petals. Very Complex!

Heaven Fragrance Oil:  An NG Original Fragrance! An ozony aroma combining the softness of baby powder with base notes of sweet pears and peaches.

Natures Garden Guardian Angel Fragrance Oil:  An NG Original Fragrance!  The innocent and loving blend of soft rose petals, baby breath, and white flowers, with perfect accents of clove, nutmeg, patchouli, sandalwood, and Madagascar vanilla.

God’s Love Fragrance Oil:  An NG Original Fragrance! The ozony aroma of soft baby powder with just the right amount of ripened sweet mulberries.

Floral Bouquet Fragrance Oil:  A Best Seller! This fragrance smells just like a Floral Shoppe; a unique combination of carnation, tulips, roses, and the ozony base note of fresh greenery.

Easter Bunny Burps Fragrance Oil:  An NG Original Fragrance! We worked on this fragrance for a long time; testing more than 20 scents before we found The One!  Numerous perfumists kept trying to sell us scents that smelled like an Easter basket. Oh, this was fun!  This vibrant blend of shimmering garden greens is highlighted with a hint of mint for a fresh sensation. A blend of spring flowers is tucked away among the green tones for added texture, while sandalwood creates glowing warmth for the blend. Hints of musk finish the fragrance.

Natures Garden Carrot Cupcake Fragrance Oil- An NG Original Fragrance!  Juicy bursts of citrus spiced with clove, carrot, nutmeg, cinnamon and bay leaf and comforting vanilla extract.

Vanda Orchid Fragrance Oil:  An NG Original Scent! Wild berries and blooming flowers combine to create romance with this fruity floral creation. Sparkling citrus tones lead to a wild blueberry accord as the scent unfolds. A bouquet of delicate white Vanda orchids is laced with fresh green accents to balance the fruit accord. Generous musky undertones and rich warm woods add clear sweet softness to complete the luxurious fragrance.

View all of our Easter Fragrance Oils

View Natures Garden’s Easter 2011 Fragrance Oils Promo

Thank you for your continued support & patronage!
We love what we do because of YOU!

Deborah Ward
CEO Natures Garden
www.naturesgardencandles.com