I have more photos for our Fragrance Testing Series! This is a long series of blog posts that shows the testing of our fragrances in Cold Process Soap. We are testing ALL of 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 are all being 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.
|Our first fragrance today in Cold Process Soap is Crystal Blue. Our catalog notes that Crystal Blue has “Tranquil marine notes laced with muguet, sheer musk and orris. A clean scent with a sporty citrus twist. Perfect for the spa products in your line. A real pleaser since all the staff thought it was a must-have!” What a refreshing fragrance, I love the clean citrus and floral musky aromas. This is one of my new top favorites. Smells really similar to my favorite perfume.
There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make that water themed swirl you have always wanted without worrying about the fragrance causing discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.
Our second fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Cool Water. Under the description for Cool Water type, our catalog says “Cool Water has been a much requested item for us. This fragrance is a duplication of the Davidoff scent released in 1996 to rave reviews! While it is not an exact match and certainly not made by the same manufacturer, we feel we have improved on this scent because we have made it soap compatible! Our Cool Water has top notes of citrus, black currant and pineapple. Honeydew, muguet and water lily round out the middle with amber and mulberry base notes to finish this powerful scent. We are sure you will enjoy this trendy blend in any of your cosmetic applications. Please note: This fragrance is not manufactured or distributed by Davidoff Extension S.A., owner of the registered trademark Davidoff Cool Water.” A fresh, clean, mossy and very masculine scent. Can’t go wrong with Cool Water fragrance oil for all the men in your life. The ladies definitely love this fragrance on their men.
There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make that blue & white swirl you have always wanted without worrying about the fragrance causing discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.
|Our third fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Apple Blossom Queen. According to our catalog Apple Blossom Queen is “a succulent, juicy, fruity-floral type with top-notes of d’anjou pear, casaba melon, orange and citron, leading to a floral heart of night blooming jasmine, rose petal, lily of the valley and white apple blossom, and finishing with an ambery-musky, precious woods base-note.his fresh from the orchard scent is a great shower/morning wake-up call. It is almost impossible to get a better morning scent than this. Very green and certainly a vigorous change from the spice or night time fragrances.” A very light and refreshing scent.
Cheyenne wrote to us: The Apple Blossom Queen fragrance is delicious- it’s a very mature fragrance, not overly sweet. I’m going to make a blend of it with Pears & Berries- I put my two samplers together in a bag and when I opened it the mix of the two smelled awesome.
There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make that spring themed swirl you have always wanted without worrying about the fragrance causing discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.
|Our fourth fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Bergamot Tobacco. According to our catalog, Bergamot Tobacco type is “Sultry. Bergamot is an awe-inspiring citrus oil, combined with patchouly and tobacco flowers. Incredible! This fragrance duplication has been made to be body-care safe. You can use this scent in hair care, soap, lotions and more because it is made to be skin-safe. Sometimes candles are perfect for the home, but what happens when the scent is not compatible with our hobby? We must create a new fragrance to smell nearly the same as the original but focus on safety first. If you have a candle from Archipelago, or just enjoyed their diffusers with the same name, then this version of that fragrance is for you.” As soon as I smelled this scent I fell in love with it. A rich, musky smell that is divine!
There was minimal discoloration of note, a very light yellowy pale tan color. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.
|Our fifth and last fragrance for today in Cold Process soap is Coconut. According to our catalog “Coconut is a scent that will take you immediately to the tropics. Combine this fragrance with a touch of Vanilla Creme and you have the popular scent of many tanning lotions. Very seductive!” Just like paradise, this coconut scent will take you to the tropics. Exactly where I’d like to be; summer-time in the tropics. You can pair coconut with just about any fragrance and create your own fruity, citrus, or sweet vanilla blends.
There was deep discoloration which this means you can enjoy the wonderful coconut shell brown color. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.5%, which is 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.
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!
Here are the details about our test batches before we added any fragrances!
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Microwave Safe Container
|Recipe in Grams
170 grams Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
142 grams Coconut Oil
113 grams Olive Oil
29 grams Shea Butter
64 grams Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
177 mL Water
|Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
5 oz Coconut Oil
4 oz Olive Oil
1 oz Shea Butter
2.26 oz Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
6 fl oz Water
|Recipe in Percentages
37.5% Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
31.25% Coconut Oil
25% Olive Oil
6.25% Shea Butter
Q.S. Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Our temperatures for lye and oils are between 125°F and 130°F to handle our currently cool weather. We make our soap with a 6% superfat. All of the batches we make are mixed to light trace and then the fragrance is added. After the fragrance is added we mix until the fragrance is incorporated and then we pour into the mold.