I love trying out new fragrances for my soaps. There is an oil for just about every scent you can imagine. Some of the fragrances are essential oils, which are all natural and extracted from the seeds, roots, bark or berries of a plant. While others are synthetic fragrances oils. Sometimes fragrances are a combination of both essential oils and fragrance oils.
In my soap making thus far, I have relied mostly on fragrance oils, as they are generally less expensive and some fragrances just cannot be created using essential oils. For example, if I wanted to make a banana scented soap, I would have to use a synthetic oil as there is no banana essential oil. I love using fragrance oils in my soap. Not only is there a wide range of fragrance blends to choose from, they ones I buy have already been tested to stay true in the soap making process. In all, the fragrance oil makes up less than 1% of the total recipe and all the aroma chemicals are approved for use in skin care products.
Occasionally, I do get requests for soap scented with only essential oils. Some want a more natural product, while others are looking for the aromatherapy benefits (I will be discussing the actual benefits of using essential oils in upcoming posts). Because there seems to be enough demand for products using essential oils, I decided to try creating my own blends.
|The essential oils ready for blending.|
|A few of the blends, and my notes for each one.|
If the blends make it past the aging round, I will begin testing them in products - especially soap. Fragrances must be able to withstand the high heat and chemical process of soap making.
|Six blends made it on to the next round!|
I will keep you posted on the results of my scenting experiment and the six fragrances from round one will be in the shop if you would like to stop in and give them a sniff. I would also love to know what your favorite scent blends are, as they could end up being used in a future batch of soap!