Fragrance Testing in Cold Process Soap: Pixie Dust, Awapuhi Seaberry, Moonlight Path, Pluot, and Coconut Lime Verbena


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 Pixie Dust. Our catalog notes that “I thought our R&D staff had lost their minds when this fragrance was presented as a new product. I couldn’t imagine what Pixie Dust would smell like! Would it smell like clothes or toes? Or hair or fresh bathed skin? You would think should I know better by now. Our R&D staff is awesome with their testing of new fragrances, and this scent is no different. Now that I have smelled this scent, here is what it smells like: Pixie Dust is a fresh, clean scent with hints of aloe, greens and a subtle citrus twist. I smell it and think spring. When samples of this fragrance started arriving to our customers in their orders the phone calls said plenty! I didn’t even know our shipping department had samples already! With spring right around the corner you can’t go wrong with Pixie Dust in soaps, lotions and everything in between. My personal favorite is shampoo. MMMMM!”

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.

Pixie Dust fragrance oil on the left and control on the right.

Pixie Dust fragrance oil on the left and control on the right.


Awapuhi Seaberry scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Awapuhi Seaberry scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Our second fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Awapuhi Seaberry. Under the description for Awapuhi Seaberry, our catalog says “Awapuhi is Hawaiian for “White Ginger.” Imagine a fresh ocean breeze with a whisper of floral accompanied with a perfectly mastered blend of melons and berries. This is truly an island sensation. When we are asked what fragrance to use that is clean, fresh, universal for soaps, lotions and the whole product line, this is one of the first fragrances we turn to. This fragrance is a good cornerstone for building a whole fragrance line.” I’m feeling like booking a Hawaiian vacation. What great timing!

There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make that Hawaiian 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 third fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Moonlight Path. According to our catalog, Moonlight Path is “A Bath & Body Works favorite. Our version of BBW Moonlight Path has lavender, rose, violet and musk. Yet, our rendition of this sensual floral is safe for cold process soap, wax candles and more! When we tested this fragrance we were totally unprepared for the staff reaction. We expected that the female side of the staff would oohhh and aaahhhh over the floral/sensual scent but when we gave it to the men we were just shocked! One guy in particular just gushed over the fragrance. We were worried we needed to send him home to collect himself! And I can tell you all the women took note of this reaction!!” A soft, peaceful and relaxing fragrance. Something about this fragrance will make you want to cuddle up and snuggle.

There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make any swirl 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.

Moonlight Path scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Moonlight Path scented soap on the left and control on the right.


Pluot fragrance oil on the left and control on the right.

Pluot fragrance oil on the left and control on the right.

Our fourth fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Pluot. According to our catalog, Pluot “Is it a plum or is it an apricot? A pluot is both! I love these fruits. Have you seen them in your local market? It is almost apricot time here in Northern Utah, and we are drooling for the new fruits to be ready. We have had so much rain this spring, we weren’t sure if the garden would float away or all of our fruits would be super sized. Sweet notes of plum and apricot have a twist of citrus, rich vanilla, sensual sandalwood and the perfect sweetness of a fresh fruit dessert. I am sure you will love this scent as much as our staff has.” This Pluot fragrance has become one of my favorites, the sweet fruity plum and sweetness is a definite winning combination. It’s great in CP soaps, lotions and scrubs.

There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make any swirl 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.


Our fifth and last fragrance for today in Cold Process soap is Coconut Lime Verbena. Coconut Lime Verbena according to our catalog states that it’s “A creamy blend of coconut, tangy lime with hints of verbena, vanilla and musk. You have your favorite soaps, shampoos and other body products so now you can have a popular scent in your favorite formulations! Coconut is one of the most requested fragrances! We have found that coconut can be combined with almost anything! Enjoy!” It’s coconuty, limey, and then changes to a sweet musky scent that is exotic and tropical. Fresh breeze and fun fragrance to try.

There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make that tropical themed 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.

Coconut Lime Verbena fragrance oil on the left and control on the right.

Coconut Lime Verbena fragrance oil 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!


Here are the details about our test batches before we added any fragrances!

Ingredients
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Shea Butter
Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Water
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Immersion Blender
Soap Mold

Recipe:

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)
Q.S. Water

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.

Tonya

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