Fragrance Testing in Cold Process Soap: Alice, Banana Leaf & Acai, Brown Sugar & Spice, Cotton Candy and Cucumber

I’m so excited to announce that this blog post is the beginning of a long series of blog posts that will show the testing of our fragrances in Cold Process Soap. We are testing ALL the fragrances in our catalog at their maximum recommended usage rate for Cold Process Soap and showing you pictures of what the finished soaps look like in a side by side comparison with an unscented control batch. Since these fragrances were tested at their maximum recommended usage rate, I wouldn’t recommend using more fragrance! These soaps are strongly scented and will smell much stronger when wet!

Are you ready to see the first test batches? Let’s go!

Our first fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Alice. According to our catalog, Alice is “super cute and flirty. She is a sparkling orange, lemon and linen. She is delicate with violet jasmine and mimosa. She has a sexy amber, sheer wood and musky side too.” Alice is one of the fragrances that part of our Twilight inspired collection but even if you aren’t a fan of Twilight, this citrus fragrance is wonderful in all soaps, lotions and scrubs. Even in soap, the fragrance maintains the well balanced scent that I find so hard to describe, but has won the hearts (noses?) of so many soapers.

There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make that orange and white swirl you have always been dreaming of without worrying about the fragrance causing discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.75%, which is 0.44 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Alice scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Alice scented soap on the left and control on the right.


Banana Leaf & Acai  scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Banana Leaf & Acai scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Our second fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Banana Leaf & Acai. According to our catalog, Banana Leaf & Acai is a fresh, sweet and authentic banana fragrance that doesn’t smell like a children’s banana candy. This fragrance may not smell like a freshly baked loaf of banana bread, but the banana scent is unmistakable. In the finished soap, the fragrance reminds me of a banana cream pie and yet it isn’t as sticky sweet as a banana cream pie. This is a banana puree type of scent and the Acai gives balance to the scent.

There is moderate discoloration and the soap is a medium tan color or to be more descriptive, the color of a chocolate milk sold in the grocery store. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.40 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.


Our third fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Brown Sugar & Spice. According to our catalog, Brown Sugar & Spice is a blend of brown sugar, spices and vanilla. This soap is reminiscent of a warm hug from a grandma after she had been in the kitchen baking. There isn’t a strong molasses note like a newly opened jar, but the sweet smell of butter, brown sugar, vanilla and spices that has been creamed together in preparation for cookies.

There is mild discoloration and the soap is a light tan color or to be more descriptive, the color of a latte or the crema on the top of a freshly brewed espresso. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.40 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Brown Sugar & Spice  scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Brown Sugar & Spice scented soap on the left and control on the right.


Cotton Candy  scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Cotton Candy scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Our fourth fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Cotton Candy. According to our catalog, Cotton Candy is pink fluff with vanilla and a hint of cherry to top it off. This is a scent that has been well liked by the teens and for a good reason! It smells like a carnival cotton candy machine! In soap the cherry (not almond) is more recognizable, but the vanilla balances it to prevent the soap from smelling like a plasticky cherry scent.

There is moderate discoloration and the soap is a medium tan color or to be more descriptive, the color of a chocolate milk sold in the grocery store. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.40 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.


Our fifth and last fragrance in Cold Process Soap for today is Cucumber. According to our catalog, Cucumber is a green, clean scent that is superbly refreshing. Right out of the bottle, this fragrance really does smell like a fresh cut cucumber and the soap smells the same!

There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make that green and white swirl you have always been dreaming of without worrying about the fragrance causing discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.40 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Cucumber scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Cucumber scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Thank you for joining us today! We will be releasing more pictures as we continue testing soaps. If there is a fragrance you would like to see, let us know and we will put it at the top of our list!

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10 Comments

  • Stacie says:

    Banana Leaf & Acai sounds yummy, may need to give that one a try for summer. :)

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  • Audrey says:

    Love this series! Thank you for testing! How often will you be posting this series?

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    • Tina says:

      Audrey, We are posting at least once per week of these tests. You should see all the soap in our blog kitchen! WHEW! Are there any that you would like us to report about?

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  • Susan LaFrance says:

    I have not used Alice in CP, but it is great in diffuser oil. Made some for my MIL, who is appropriately named Alice. She loved it. It is a nice, light , refreshing fragrance. Nice to know that it doesn’t discolor.
    I like the Banana Leaf and Acai Berry quite a bit. I think it is a very sweet, but rich smell.You can pull the color yellow with a fair amount of yellow oxide and titanium dioxide.
    I was disappointed when my Cotton Candy turned very brown. I haven’t figured out how to overcome that yet. The fragrance is true to the description, very sugary.
    I’ve not used Cucumber or Brown Sugar and Spice.
    Looking forward to seeing all of the results. This will be a great reference in the future.

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  • Barb says:

    Thank you for doing this. Since I only do cp soap this information will be very useful. I hope you also add this info to the fragrance information or add a link to the blog post for future reference when purchasing the fragrances.
    I had a very interesting experience with the Volture fragrance yesterday. It morphed a deep purple color to an instant dusty rose when added at trace. Now that the soap is unmolded it is a medium purple.

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    • Andee says:

      We will be adding pictures of these soaps to the catalog once our photographer has the new photo studio set up!

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  • Nancy Arneson says:

    Could you try the Ocean Rain in Soap? I love the smell, but am afraid to try and you’re one called Pink??? something???

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    • Andee says:

      I can put Ocean Rain on my list to make next. Were you looking for Pink Chiffon, Pink Grapefruit or Pink Sugar?

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  • Kathy R says:

    I agree with Barb, you could use the pics with the FO in your catalog to show what color it might turn out to be.

    I’d also like to see your notes about how the FO reacted in the soap. Like, do I have to move quickly, or do I have time to do a swirl – like that!

    I’d like to see your notes on: Blowing Bubbles, Hinoki Wood and Polynesian Red.
    Thanks Andee!

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    • Andee says:

      I will add Blowing Bubbles, Hinoki Wood and Polynesian Red to my list of next to make!

      So far, I haven’t had any batches significantly accelerate and I will try to make notes of this for future posts.

      We will be adding pictures of these soaps to the catalog once our photographer has the new photo studio set up!

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