Friday, January 25, 2013

Germs Be Gone!

Bitter Creek North is offering Hand Sanitizer Gel as part of the monthly newsletter special for February. With a major outbreak in Influenza right now, this is the perfect time to add the Sanitizer Gels to your existing candle, soap or body care line! Finally, a leave on hand sanitizer gel that not only kills germs but smells and feels GREAT! This product does not leave a sticky or tacky feeling on the skin. Our hand sanitizer even conditions the skin with glycerin and aloe!

The Sanitizer Gel is probably the easiest product to make, market and sell. This outlines two simple gels you can easily make and add to your line in no time at all. A great product that can be tailored to your clientele. Excellent for a purse/bag size gel for school age kids and adults too! Your customers will LOVE this product!

Supplies list:
Hand Sanitizer Gel

Holographic Gitter
Bright Red Gel Tone Colorant 

Fruity Loops Fragrance
4 oz Clear Boston Round Bottles
Black 20/410 Squeeze Caps 

For two bottles I measured 8 oz of the base. This is by fluid measure, 1 Cup. Pyrex measuring cups work GREAT to mix and pour body care products. Glass also does not absorb fragrance oils nor is it degraded by their use. Glass can be easily washed in the dishwasher as well.


Next add your fragrance based on the chart, and your glitter. For this I used about 1/16 tsp glitter. Blend well using a stainless steel spoon.
Now you can pour half of the mix into a bottle. Using a funnel makes this MUCH easier.
After that, mix in one drop of  the red dye and blend well.  
Pour the second half into the bottle. Once that you have poured the second bottle, cap the bottles and go ahead and label with your company label and be sure to label as shown below with the ingredients and warnings etc. Protection from Influenza has simply never smelled better!

Instructions for use:
Add 1/2 to no more than 1oz. of soap safe fragrance oil to 1 gallon of base. Add liquid Bath & Body dye in drops until desired color is achieved. Stir thoroughly but gently. Pour into bottles with a funnel, or use our gallon jug pump.
*Caution: Adding too much fragrance oil can cause gel to become thinner! Do not heat this product. Some fragrance oils can cause clouding in clear bases. Always make a small test batch to determine which fragrances work well in each formula.
Fragrance Measuring Chart: Click here for our handy measuring chart when doing less than gallon quantity. Chart is based on fragrance use of 1 oz. per gallon.
Storage: Store this product in it's original container tightly closed at room temperature.
Colorants: The best color choices for this product are the FD&C Liquid Dyes or the Cosmetic Grade Gel Tone Colorants. Mica Powders and Cosmetic Grade Glitter also work well in this base.
Packaging: PET or HDPE plastic packaging is recommended for your finished product.
Best Used By: One year from your date of purchase.
We recommend using a sharpie marker to date your stock once your receive it. Also be sure to rotate your stock with every shipment to use the oldest stock first.
Shelf Life Once Used in Manufacturing: One year from your manufacturing date.

Flash Point:
Flash Point °F/°C (PMCC method) 74°F/23°C

Below is an example of how to label this product :
Kills 99.9% of Many Common Germs Without Water.

  • Kills 99.9% of many common germs that may cause illness.
  • Use anytime, anywhere, without water or towels.
  • Leaves hands feeling refreshed & moisturized with Vitamin E, Chamomile & Aloe!
Hand sanitizer to help reduce bacteria on the skin that could cause disease. Recommended for repeated use.
Put a dime size amount in your palm and briskly rub hands together until dry.
Active Ingredients: Ethyl Alcohol 62% (Purpose: Antimicrobial)
Inactive Ingredients: Aqua (Deionized Water), Tocopheryl Acetate, Matricaria Chamomilla, Aloe Barbadensis, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Aminoethyl Propanol, Carbomer, Fragrance.
Flammable. Keep away from heat and flame. For external use only - Hands.
Keep out of eyes. In case of contact with eyes, flush thoroughly with water and contact a doctor. Avoid contact with broken skin. If skin irritation develops, discontinue use and contact a doctor. In case of accidental ingestion, seek professional assistance or contact a Poison Control Center immediately. Keep out of reach of children. For children under 6, use only under adult supervision. Not recommended for infants. May discolor some fabrics. Harmful to wood finishes and plastics.
Do not store above 105°F.

*This product can only ship to the lower 48 states via UPS and Fed Ex Ground. This product CAN NOT BE SHIPPED PRIORITY METHODS
(this includes USPS Priority Mail, USPS Flat Rate, UPS & FedEx Express methods)!
Shipments to Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico & Alaska can only be sent USPS Mail.*

*For use in the food service industry, do not add fragrance oils. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Gulf Tides

Whew! We made it through the Holiday season once again! What does that mean? It means summer is peeking at us just around the corner! For those of you that wholesale, that means picking out and testing along with launching new items for summer! Always my favorite season!

The beach, the sun, the sand and surf! I can't wait to sink my feet in every year! This months project brings a little bit of the beach home.

What you will need:

IGI 6006
Roly Poly jar or other container of your choosing (I got this from a major discount store in the craft area)
Wick, I used a CD 18 for this jar which is about 3 1/8"
Wick Stickum
Wick Holder Clip
Fragrance (I used Gulf Tides™ Reminiscent of salty air skimming over ocean swells to kiss the sandy dunes.)
Brown Dye (I used brown block)
Blue Dye (I used Blue Liquid)

Green Dye (I used Green Liquid)

First wick your clean jar and attach the wick rod.

Now pour your first layer, the sand....wait until it is a bit cool and tilt the container just a bit so it's not a straight line. I tilted right, left, top bottom just slightly. I used 1.5 weight oz of wax for this layer.

Now it's time for the ocean. Pour 2 oz into a pot with 2 drops green and repeat in the second pot with blue this time. Allow the wax to cool until its cool enough to begin sticking to the pot as it's swirled around. At the same time take one pot on one side and the other on the other and pour them together to create a swirling effect.


For the last layer, I will use 1 oz of wax with the slightest hint of blue. I just used my last pot with the blue residue for this for the sky. I poured at about 175*.

I used a heat gun right after pouring the last layer to smooth over the ocean and blend it into the sky but I left the sand. This step is optional.

This can be modified to alter the colors or container to your likings. I hope this brings you all feelings of warmth and sunshine!

Happy Candlemaking!