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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

 

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Soap That Smells like Home

Boo Soap

Soap That Smells like Home

I have a motto I live by, or is that a credo? Either way… I believe that one should avoid usurping another’s power unless that person is striving to have power of the one. Then, removing myself is a good idea.

With that said, this might help when I explain how and why I choose the scents I choose for Sorcery Soap.

As I showered today, I used someone else’s soap. Shocker, I know! I could not recognize the scent. It was a generic name and nothing came to mind, except someone else’s house. You know that smell when you are new to someone else’s house. It’s not a bad smell (generally) but just unfamiliar and not yours, or not a smell you recognize? That was the smell. It was someone else’s house scent in my shower and it wasn’t comfortable.

I asked myself immediately, “Do I push scents on people?” And started naming scents I make, Forest, Christmas Tree, Lemongrass, Leather, Flowers, Sandalwood, Blue Spruce… I like scents that are grounding and easy to understand. Universal scents. Then, you can make your own mind up about the connections.

Scent is one of the primitive senses we have. It strikes at the heart of a memory, or creates a memory, and we ground into scents. If I say, “sugar cookie” you’ll have a memory. Good, bad, no matter… Its your memory. I can’t control this aspect, but I can offer scents that have a better chance of creating a lovely memory then say, vomit.

Scents also anchor memories. If you want to remember a time at the fair for example, drum up the smell of cotton candy and fry bread. There you go! The whole place becomes alive for a split second.

I want my soaps, that become your soaps, to smell like your home. I want you to expect your shower to smell like YOUR lemongrass. When your guests drop over and use a soap in your guest bath, to smell their hands and remember being at your home.

My soap designs are so outside the box, I think its a good idea to anchor my soaps in some familiar scent. So this is a good guide post for me in the future for purchasing new fragrance oils.

I have some Halloween scents coming up in soaps that are so far outside the box, even for me, I’ll be interested in how others view them.

 

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Fillmore Container TruScent Lilac

lilac True Scent Fillmore Container

Fillmore Container TruScent Lilac

I found Fillmore Container TruScent from a soaping group. This company’s scents came recommended by  Karen Tallent Dietrich. I’m truly grateful for that suggestion! lilac True Scent Fillmore Container

I order 1 oz bottle of this fragrance oil and then test them in a tried and true recipe. The first was Lilac. I love lilacs yet am suspect of flowery scents as they have a reputation for acceleration. I used a high olive oil soap recipe since I plan on using these soaps for my own family and friends. I know olive oil has a difficult time accepting color, but any scent that can work with this recipe is a keeper.

I added purple, even though I know, that a yellow base will not produce much true color. I added a lovely Mad Oil mica of purple. The scent did not recipe was not affected negatively in any way by this scent. I didn’t titrate, but just dumped the Lilac scent in after a slight trace.

I poured last night and unmolded today.

It is a true scent like its name, and represents lilacs in flower so beautifully and clearly it brings up memories of childhood spring time. I’m, over-all, well pleased with this TruScent of Lilac from Fillmore Container!