I almost threw this little Arctic Fox in the trash.
Not even kidding, the fragrance was so strong after I made it had I not had a room to store it in, away from the rest of the house, I might have. I have thrown other soaps out because of the fragrance oil. A Fruit soap pie, Hansel and Gretel Pie, for instance. The entire thing in the trash. Also, an Apple pie soap, although both took a ton of time, I couldn’t tolerate the scent. Out of the bottle it was fine, but as they cured, they were horrible… to me.
How can I offer a soap that I refuse to allow in my home? I can’t truly believe in it.
And, let’s say I do make it available and others love it, I get requests to make more of a scent that is offensive to my olfactory… I will have created the rock and the hard place. I, no one else, will have created that experience.
So, when I un-molded this Harvest Moon (by Nature’s Garden) Arctic Fox I was gravely disappointed. The scent, acceptable out of the bottle, was over powering as it cured. I stuck it in the spare room and let it do what it would do. Now, a month later, and the scent has calmed down I’m fully in love with it. Who knew?
Lesson learned. Now, after all the soaps I’ve offered to the soap gremlins at their altar (the garbage bin) I will be a bit more patient with delicate and moody fragrance oils. After all, I can be similar in nature.
Now you know, any scents or Sorcery Soap fragrance blends I make I love. Truly love them, and use some or all of the fragrances in my own home. When I can create a moment, inspired by a scent, in your private sanctuary (the shower or bath) that can transform, even for a moment, I feel as if I’m doing my job. More then that, I’m living my deep purpose.
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!