Friday, February 28, 2014

Room Spray For Kids!

Marketing to Mom has been the norm but when marketing to kids you find yourself faced with a whole new set of rules! Kids are not going to go for the scent, they are going to go for the packaging which is what makes making these room sprays so much fun! Don't get me wrong, the scent is still everything once the package is perfect!

To make these the list is quite simple you will need:
Bottles. I find the 4 oz clear bottles PERFECT for this project.
Caps. Black, Clear, White. Does not matter just look at what looks best with your finished product!
Labels. Again, it doesn't matter what color but make sure it all looks good together. I prefer white
MICA. This item is KEY! It is the color, the sparkle and all the fun!
Fragrance. Again here is where you can get fun! Here are some ideas! Because a lot of parents only buy Phthalate Free, all of the scents are Phthalate Free that I have chosen.

Cyclomethicone can be used in a variety of ways. This clear liquid is a silicone with absolutely no odor, unlike alcohol based sprays! It mixes with FO’s or EO’s beautifully with no clouding or separation! It has a silky smooth feel and is dry, not greasy. It is commonly used in personal care products such as lotions, creams, deodorants, conditioners, make-up, hair sprays, etc. Can safely be used in PET or HDPE plastic bottles. PVC is not recommended. Small bottles with fine mist sprayers are recommended (this product goes a long way and a small bottle will last awhile!). This stuff is truly amazing, once you try it you’ll be hooked!

Instructions for use:

Mix in FO or EO at any dilution depending on desired strength and recommended usage levels of FO or EO. Common dilution rates are 1 part FO/6 parts cyclo up to 1 part FO/3 parts cyclo. For these sprays I used about a 20% dilution rate or about 4 parts cyclo to 1 part fragrance.
Green Monster Spray: Scented in Gummy Bears colored using Pearl Green mica
Lavender Monster Spray: Scented in Spiced Gum Drops using Pearl Violet Mica
Yellow Monster Spray: Scented in Banana with Pearl Yellow Mica
Pink Monster Spray: Scented in Bubble Gum with Pearl Pink Mica
White Monster Spray: Scented in Vanilla Bean Supreme with Pearl White Mica

Blue Monster Spray: Scented in Monkey Farts and colored with Pearl Blue Mica

White Angel/Princess Spray: Scented in Baby FCC and colored with Pearl White Mica
Gold Angel/Princess Spray: Scented in Tutti Fruity and colored with 24 Karat Gold Mica
Pink Angel/Princess Spray: Scented in Fruity Loops and colored with Pearl Pink Mica
Yellow Angel/Princess Spray: Scented in Banana and colored with Pearl Yellow Mica
Blue Angel/Princess Spray: Scented in Blackberry and colored with Blue Pearl Mica

Use your imagination. On the monster sprays consider a label that has a cute monster graphic, nothing scary of course with a saying like Monsters, Monsters go away, don't come back another day. Or a simple label that says NO MORE MONSTERS! On the Angel Spray look at the label above or use something simple like Angel Spray makes for special angel dreams. You could call it Good Dreams Fairy Spray etc. Use your imagination! Kids love things that are geared toward their imaginations!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Springtime Votives!

Spring is fast approaching (or at least I hope)! With spring comes the fresh scents of the cool spring breeze, grass, flowers and blossoming trees! I LOVE this season more than I can possibly express! It means that summer will soon be here!

This month I am going to show how to lightly bring those scents into your home (I say light because to me spring scents aren't heavy) and enjoy the scents of the season using votive candles! Why votive candles you ask? Votive candles are great to lightly scent an area. They are smaller so you can light more than one for more scent or you can scatter them around the house for beautiful lighting effects. Don't have a votive mold? Afraid to make a molded candle? No problem, you can also pour them right into the votive cups! A ready made votive candle!

A great way to sell votive candles, especially poured into the containers this time of year is to Brides to use at their wedding receptions! I find for that especially if food will be served, stick to unscented or a very light scent like a bit of the Vanilla Extract. But a lot of Brides also LOVE to give a simple gift as a reminder of their special day. A poured Flower Pot Votive scented in Champagne and Roses or Dogwood, etc. makes a beautiful impression on guests. The scent can be as individual as the bride herself! 

Supplies List:
Wax: For a molded votive *can also be poured in the cup* use the IGI 4794.

Wick: For a votive made from 4794 a 44-24-18z wick will work great. This is also true if pouring the 4794 into a standard votive cup. For a Flower Pot the 44-32-18z works best.
Dye: Either Liquid or Block Dye will work great in this wax.
Fragrance: Think Spring! The votives I made, poured in the cup are Citrus Splash the molded is made from Cucumber Melon! Dogwood, Texas Bluebonnet, Magnolia etc. are all awesome spring choices!
Container: Flower Pot Container or other Votive Glass

Heat wax to 180-190*. Once wax reaches desired temp, add your dye, blend well then add fragrance and again blend well. This wax should be poured between 175-185* into heated molds/containers to minimize skip lines. It is advisable to poke relief holes around the wick of the candle once the wax has become solid but is still pliable.
After the first pour has cooled, reheat your reserved wax from your first pour and refill the void (sink hole) in the candle until you reach the level of the first pour. You will want your second pour to be 10* hotter than your first pour to minimize lines from the second pour. Repeat the re-pour process as necessary.

Candle making can be both a fun and profitable venture! Take your time to test your candles for burn and scent throw and of course, safety! Putting a quality product into the market place is the biggest challenge in this business. If you have a quality product, good product marketing and a drive to sell, you can be quite successful! 

Happy Candlemaking!