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Fragrance Oil Talk

Honeysuckle Rainbow Sorcery Soap

Let’s talk about fragrance oils.

For many soap makers scenting soap is a the holy grail. Along the way toward that holy grail, there are lots of tricky business.

Zesty Lemon Sorcery Soap
Zesty Lemon Sorcery Soap

There are so many companies that sell fragrance oils for soap making. Bramble Berry, Nurture Soap Supply, Nature’s Garden, Candle Science, Fillmore Container (True Scents), Aztec International, Wholesale Supplies Plus, just to name a few.

I’ve learned a few things about fragrance oils.

The scent I experience right out of the bottle doesn’t lie. I need to be present to that attraction or repulsion. Being aware of this response doesn’t have to stop me from using the fragrance oil, but being aware that the fragrance oil is helpful.

When  fragrance oil accelerates or discolors doesn’t immediately take it off my roster. I need to take more care with it, treat it more gently and incorporate the behaviors of that particular fragrance oil in the design, if I want to enjoy it. I remember most of those that move fast or discolor. Many of my pies have gone in the trash because I’ve tried fruit scents with them. They were overwhelming and potent. That doesn’t mean you won’t like them, so I don’t list them, but I do not. I honor that about me. If I were to offer something I can’t stomach in my world, how could I stock it?

I have also learned that if I don’t like a fragrance oil in soap I cannot offer it. I can’t get behind the entire soap and say, “yeah, this is awesome.” Which is what I want to say. I want to create something extraordinary, something you can’t live without, at least trying once.

What do you want your soap to smell like? The ocean in winter? Meadow flowers in spring? The scent of fresh hay, leather and the hint of barn wood? How about fresh cut grass the first day of summer vacation?

I look for scents that are either so unique they create new memories, or sincere scents that drum up old pleasant memories. Right behind this desire to create something that makes a series of images in your mind I want you to get present to that moment – ground in that very moment of your present state while experiencing your soap. Yes, all that I ask from my fragrance oils and blends.

The last two companies, I used a lot of them, couldn’t like any but those listed, and love them. I can’t live without them.

This is my cultivated list. All those that have a “Y” means yes I would or have purchased again. Those I have listed are ones I happen to have, like, but not enough to buy again for the following reasons: 1.) I haven’t used it yet, 2.) I haven’t found a soap to use it in yet (like Whiskey) 3.) No answer means I might buy it again, but not soon. Those I have a big Yes to, means I love it so much I will use it for-EVER!

 

Company

Scent

Buy Again?

Fillmore Container – True Scent

Christmas Tree

Y

Freshly Cut Grass

Y

Irish Moss

Y

Leather

Y

Lilac

Y

Love Spell

Y

Sandalwood

Y

Sweet Pea

Y

Willow Blossom

Y

Bramble Berry

Coconut-Lemongrass

Y

Cedar & Amber

Cocoa Butter Cashmere

Y

Vermont Maple

Moroccan Mint

Sparkling Snowdrops

Y

WSP – Crafter’s Choice

Almond & Honey

Y

Honey & Almond

Y

Blood Orange

Y

Orange Sapphire

Y

Honeysuckle Hollow

 Y/N

Blueberry

 Discolored

Sunflowers

Y

Freshly Zested Lemon

Y

Apple Jack & Peel

Y

Santa’s Tree Farm

 Large Bottle

Pink Grapefruit

Y

Candle Science

Ocean Breeze

Y

Day at the Spa

Y

Blue Spruce

 Y

Meadow

Y

Peach Nectar

Y

Rosemary

Y

Coconut

 N

Blueberry Cobbler

Basil & Herb

 N

Apple Harvest

 N

Strawberry Shortcake

 N

Frankincense & Myrrh

 N

Black Sea

Y

Blue berry Cheesecake

 N

Whiskey

 N

Coconut-Lime

 N

Cassis & Amber

 N

Nature’s Garden

Brown Sugar & Fig

Y

Aztec

Barn Wood

Y

 

8 thoughts on “Fragrance Oil Talk

  1. Try mixing Thai Sticky Rice & Velvet Peppercorn. It smells delicious and they compliment each other so well

  2. I will! Thank you! 🙂 It sounds very interesting.

  3. I’m always amazed at your willingness to share your experience and trade secrets with those of us who aim to be like you. This was so amazingly helpful I can’t even describe it. I have a whole new list of scents to try and people to buy them from. You continue to inspire me…. Now if I can just figure out how to sell all the stuff I made so I can make more. I’m out of room in my closet. I’m planning on taking your advise and not making stuff I can’t stomach. My house smells like patchouli right now and I hate it. Great advice.

  4. Melissa, I would never ask you to make me something you couldn’t stand. I honor your choice to make yourself happy first. 🙂

  5. I have found some tried and true fo’s over the years at http://www.thesage.com as well.
    Their “Oatmeal Milk and Honey” always has to be stocked in my oil cupboard.

  6. Thank you, Joan, for the tip! 🙂

  7. I too am really impressed with your openness. You are so strong! It really makes me truly believe that yes it is true and will remain true that we are all extremely individual soapers. Our fingerprints leave very different marks and our energy leaves a very different presence in all our pieces. Let alone all of the visual and general things we think about. Thank you thank you. I needed this reminder. Thank you thank you for sharing your experienced nose and research with us.

  8. Oh I’m interested in barn wood, leather, and hay! Plus a few others I’m thinking.

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