Fragrances 101

Happy Friday! We hope quarantine is treating you alright, the team at Nature’s Flavors is sending good vibes to you all! Let’s get right into today’s topic, fragrances 101! As you know, Nature’s Flavors not only makes flavors but we also offer fragrances. In fact, we’ve been creating flavors and fragrances for over 35 years! Our menu of fragrances can be overwhelming but we are here to help you break it down.

Nature’s Flavors offers three main types of fragrances. They all cater to different applications, it really just depends on what you are searching for. We offer fragrance oils that are oil soluble, fragrance oils that are alcohol soluble, fragrance powders, and fragrance emulsions. Now, you may be wondering what the heck all these are! Well friends, let’s dive in.

Fragrance Oils (Oil Soluble)

Fragrance oils that are oil soluble are exactly what they sound like. If you use a Nature’s Flavors fragrance oil that is oil soluble, you can expect it to dissolve into your mixture without a hassle. You wouldn’t want to use an oil with a water based product. Oil and water don’t mix! Customers who purchase oil soluble fragrance oils are usually creating oil based beauty products like body butters and moisturizers.

Overview:

  • Use oil soluble fragrance oils with oil based products!

Fragrance Oils (Alcohol Soluble)

Alcohol soluble fragrance oils are used with alcohol based products. You want to match the base of your product with the fragrance that you decide to use. Products like hand sanitizer, perfume, and house cleaner, usually have an alcohol base and use alcohol soluble fragrance oils.

Overview:

  • If your product is alcohol based and you want to add a scent to it, use an alcohol soluble fragrance oil.
fragrances 101

Fragrance Powders

Fragrance powders are used for products like bath bombs, body powders, and powdered body glitter. You wouldn’t want to mix a fragrance powder with oil because your mixture will become paste-like. It’s really all about preference. If you were making a bath bomb, you could add in your fragrance oil/emulsion while your mixture is still wet. But if you prefer to keep your base and your fragrance powder the same, that’s okay too! You’re going to have to experiment to figure out what works best for you and your product.

Overview:

  • Powders are best used with bath bombs, body powders, and powdered body glitter.
fragrances 101

Fragrance Emulsions

Fragrance emulsions are often used with water based products like gel body wash, soap, and diy detergents. You could use an alcohol soluble fragrance oil but some customers want to avoid adding alcohol into their product. If that is the situation, an emulsion is your solution!

Overview:

  • Use emulsions on water based products!
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Things to remember!

  • Our fragrance oils, powders, and emulsions are NOT edible.
  • We always recommend to spot test first!

We hope this Fragrances 101 article helps you throughout your craft! We are always here to help you with any questions you may have, our team is just a phone call or an email away. Happy Friday!

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An Afternoon with The Flavor Guy

Hi friends! Happy Tuesday! We hope everyone is staying safe! The team at Nature’s Flavors has decided to start a new online series. Nature’s Flavors is so excited to introduce, “An Afternoon with The Flavor Guy”! From now on, every Tuesday, Bill The Flavor Guy, will answer a question from one of our customers. We get a high volume of questions and we want to make sure that you know how to use our products! So if you have a question, be sure to email us or leave it on the product page “Ask a question” section. If you’d like us to mention your name, let us know! We’d love to give you credit!

Bill Sabo, Nature’s Flavors’ CEO, is also known as The Flavor Guy! He can tell you everything there is to know about every product we provide. He’s been creating flavors since he was 4! And opened Nature’s Flavors at the age of 17. That’s over 40 YEARS of experience! An Afternoon with The Flavor Guy was created to help you, our customers. We believe in your craft! Whether you’re a soap maker, baker, or a candle maker, we are here for artists like you! Let’s begin!

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Today’s Question

Welcome to An Afternoon with the Flavor Guy! Today we will be discussing Flavor Oils! One of our customers asked,

Are these flavor oils sweetened?(Amaretto Cappuccino Flavor Oil for Lip Balm)

-Nature’s Flavors Customer

The Flavor Guy’s Response

The Flavor Guy discusses Nature’s Flavors Flavor Oils!

Let’s Wrap Things Up!

That’s a wrap folks! We hope you enjoyed this segment! Don’t forget to send us any questions you may have. We’re always up for a challenge! See you next week!

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Spring Water Flavoring Guide

Spring is right around the corner friends! The beginning of spring begins on Thursday, March 19th this year! Today we’ll be going over our Organic and Sugar-free Spring Water Flavors and how to use them. We get a lot of questions regarding how much flavoring and water is needed, citric acid usage, and sweeteners. We get it and we’re here for you! This will be your quick and simple guide on how to use our Spring Water Flavors.

Spring Water Flavoring Guide

We’ll slowly begin to incorporate more spring themed recipes, DIY’s, and how to’s. So make sure to let us know what you’d like to see in the comments below, we want to hear from you! Let’s begin!

What do I need to know?

Nature’s Flavors offers a wide variety of Spring Water Flavors, from passionfruit to apple to mango and many more! Like we’ve mentioned before, we get a ton of questions regarding our spring water flavors. One of the most common questions we get is “how much flavoring is needed to flavor my water?” Because everyone has different taste buds, the answer is never the same! However, we can give you common guidelines to begin with and you can make adjustments based on your preferences.

What do I need?

There are a few simple ingredients and tools that you’ll need to create the perfect spring flavored water.

Spring Water Flavoring Guide

Basic guidelines for flavoring water

We provide our customers a few basic guidelines when it comes to using our spring water flavors.

  • 8 ounces of water
  • ¼ teaspoon of citric acid
  • 4-8 drops of water flavoring
  • sweeten your water with your preferred sweetener

The Flavor Guy shares a few tips:

  • When adding citric acid to your water, remember to taste for proper acidity,
    • orange or apple = more acidic
    • pear or banana = less acidic
  • If your water smells strong or leaves a chemical-like taste in your mouth, you’ve over flavored your water! Reduce your quantities and try again!
Spring Water Flavoring Guide

Let’s wrap things up

We hope this guide on using our spring water flavors helps you out! Remember that our spring water flavorings are very concentrated so a little goes a long way. Start off small and build up as you go! Happy almost Spring!

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How to Flavor your Coffee Beans

ingredient need to flavor your coffee beans

Do you want to learn how to flavor your coffee beans? If so, then you’ve come to the right place! But first, Happy International Coffee Day! A day when coffee lovers can come together and celebrate. It seems that there is a holiday for almost everything but we’re all for an international coffee day!

We love a warm cup of coffee in the morning. It really gives us that extra boost we need to start our day. People all over the world drink coffee and because of that it can be made in a variety of ways. Here at Nature’s Flavors, we love to flavor our beans! There are endless arrays of flavoring concoctions that you can put together to create your ideal cup of coffee.

Coffee & Tea Flavoring

We recommend using our Coffee and Tea Flavorings to flavor your coffee beans. Using our Coffee and Tea Flavorings to flavor whole coffee beans allows the natural oils of the beans to mix with the flavoring. Those oils are then released when the beans are grounded and poured over.

Many customers find it hard to believe that you only need about three teaspoons of our Coffee and Tea Flavoring for every pound of whole beans you flavor. Our flavorings are highly concentrated and very little goes a long way. Over-flavoring your coffee beans can cause your coffee to taste a bit medicinal or “chemical” like.

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How to Flavor Coffee Beans

  1. In a large bowl, dump out Nature’s Flavors Organic French Roast Coffee Beans (1 lb.).
  2. Pour 3 teaspoons of Nature’s Flavors Eggnog Coffee and Tea Flavoring onto the coffee beans. However, you can utilize whatever flavor you’d like, we offer a wide selection of flavors to choose from.
  3. Wearing gloves, mix the Eggnog Coffee Flavoring with the whole coffee beans until the coffee beans have been covered.
  4. Place your flavored coffee beans into a mason jar and make sure that the lid is tightly shut.
  5. Let the flavored beans sit overnight.
  6. Ground your coffee beans.
  7. Brew and prepare your coffee.
  8. Enjoy!

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Bill The Flavor Guy shows you how to flavor your coffee beans!

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How To Flavor Lip Balm

How to flavor Lip Balm. Different homemade lip balms
Homemade Lip Balm

What if we told you that you could flavor your own lip balm with any flavor you wanted, in under thirty minutes, and for pennies on the dollar? Well, that’s what we’re telling you. Using just a few simple ingredients and Natures Flavors lip balm flavors, you won’t have to go through tubes of expensive, unnatural lip balm anymore. The best lip balm out there is the kind you can make on your own. And it’s a lot easier to make than you’d think. 

To hold our lip balm, we picked up small bead containers at the local arts and crafts store. Relatively inexpensive and a convenient size to fit into any pocket or make-up bag, the clear plastic is the perfect way to showcase your do it yourself skills. For another option, you can opt to use a traditional lip balm tube, which can also be found at most arts and craft supply stores. 

We have 161 lip balm flavor oils for you to choose from, because we know you can never have enough lip balms. They’re great to throw in your purse, have in the car, and wherever dry lips may strike. Below we made just four – but you have a world of flavor at your fingertips. (Yes, we do have a cookies and cream flavored lip balm oil, in case you were wondering.)

The Base

Natures Flavors Coconut Oil

Beeswax – pellets or a bar

Flavored Lip Balms

To create the base for your lip balm, you only need two simple ingredients – beeswax and coconut oil.

For every part beeswax you use, pair it with two parts coconut oil. We used one tablespoon of beeswax for every two tablespoons of coconut oil to create a firm finish on our lip balm. 

If you want a softer feel, experiment with adding more coconut oil to the mixture. Beeswax acts as the hardening agent for the lip balm, so you can play with the ratios until you get your desired consistency. Our coconut oil has a light coconut aroma, which is good to keep in mind if adding more or less coconut oil to the lip balm. 

When heating the beeswax, the wax should be hot – but not boiling – in order to avoid bubbles. When the wax is fully fluid after melting, add the coconut oil to the beeswax. If the mixture hardens too quickly, it’s possible your beeswax was not hot enough. The two ingredients should blend together without hardening immediately. If it does harden, then it’s not the end of the world. You can throw the mix back onto the stove to warm it for several seconds.

Don’t fear if your lip balm mixture is sitting in its bead container completely fluid for a few minutes. It will begin to solidify over time. If you’re using the two to one ratio of coconut oil to beeswax that we used, it should take a little under ten minutes. Be sure to pour carefully – the mixture will be hot.

Once you’ve got your base prepared, you’re ready for the fun part: choosing your flavor. As always, flex your creative muscles as much as you’d like. We created these few guidelines to get you started with some ideas on the way to making your own lip balm. 

Steps:

1. Melt 1 TBSP of beeswax
2. Pour 2 TBSPs of coconut oil into beeswax mixture
3. Stir
4. Add flavor oil
5. Add any extra ingredients (oranges, petals, coffee beans)
6. Pour
7. Allow to cool

Lavender

How to make Lavender Flavored Lip Balm

Natures Flavors Lavender Flavor Oil For Lip Balm

Multiple Lavender Flavored Lip Balms
 Homemade Lavender Lip Balm


There’s nothing quite like the refreshing scent of lavender. We wanted to bottle it up and take it with us wherever we go – this lavender lip balm oil was the solution. 

We picked a few sprigs of lavender and gently removed some of the petals to decorate our lip balm. Since the flowers are delicate, don’t add them directly to the hot base mixture to prevent them from wilting. Arrange the flowers in the lip balm container in any pattern you’d like to appear in your finished lip balm product.

Pour about one teaspoon into the base mix of two tablespoons of coconut oil and one tablespoon of beeswax. The lavender scent is fairly strong, so add slowly to preference. Then pour the wax mixture into the lip balm container and allow to cool.

Coffee
Natures Flavors Coffee Flavor Oil For Lip Balm

Coffee Flavored Lip Balm

We can never get enough coffee, so it seemed like a pretty good idea to put it into a lip balm. Get your morning pick-me-up anytime your lips need a little TLC with this caffeine studded blend.

Coconut Oil and Coffee Nut Lip Balm
Lip Balm in Coffee Beans

We ground up coffee beans and placed the coffee grounds directly into the base mixture of coconut oil and beeswax. Once that was mixed together, we added the coffee flavor oil. We used about one teaspoon, but the strength of the scent is up to your preference. 

Before we added the flavor oil, coconut oil, coffee, and beeswax mixture to the lip balm containers, we placed a few whole beans in the containers for show. You can choose to add the beans or leave them out.

Orange Creamsicle

Orange Flavored Lip Balms

Natures Flavors Orange Cream Flavor Oil For Lip Balm

Keep your lips happy and healthy and smell like an orange creamsicle. It’s basically allowing yourself to have dessert all the time, and there’s nothing better out there than that.

We took the peel of an orange and cut it into thin slices. We then added the slices directly into the base mixture while it was still hot. If your orange mix starts to harden before you’re able to pour, you can put it back on the stove for a few seconds, but be careful. Overheating will cause the oranges to wilt. 

Next, we incorporated the flavor oil to the mixture. We added about two teaspoons of the oil, as the orange is more of a subtle note. If you want a stronger scent, gradually add more flavor oil until you reach the desired strength.

When the lip balm flavor oil, coconut oil, oranges, and beeswax have all been combined, it’s time to pour the combination into the container. Carefully pour the mix into the storage containers. For variety, you can add a small orange slice to the jar already before you pour. 

Lip Balm on Orange product shot
How to flavor Lip Balm. Orange Creamsicle Flavor Oil for Making Lip Balm

Rose

Rose Flavored Lip Balm

Natures Flavors Rose Flavor Oil For Lip Balm

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How to make Rose Flavored Lip Balm product top down shot

We picked the freshest flavors to bring you anything but a garden variety lip balm. The subtle floral notes will make sure you’re stopping to smell the roses all day long. 

We picked the smaller inner petals out of a rose. Just like the lavendar, don’t put the delicate petals directly into the base wax mixture. Settle the petals into the bottom of the lip balm containers in the arrangement you’d like, then pour the mix. 

To add scent to the mix, add about a teaspoon of rose flavor oil. You can add more or less depending on the desired strength. Allow to cool.