Fragrance Testing in Cold Process Soap: Lavender Flowers, Amber Romance, Relaxation, Juniper Breeze, & Lavender Fleur


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 Lavender Flowers. Our catalog notes that “Lavender essential oil can be rather overpowering and almost medicinal in smell. This fragrance oil is not. It has the beautiful, spring fresh scent of lavender without excess. It is a very popular women’s fragrance.” Lavender always puts me in a good mood. This scent is one that I look forward to when walking through my flower gardens. This fragrance is also fabulous in linen sprays.

There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make that purple 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 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Lavender Flower scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Lavender Flower scented soap on the left and control on the right.


Amber Romance scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Amber Romance scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Our second fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Amber Romance. Under the description for Amber Romance our catalog states, “Yet another in the Victoria’s Secret lineup. This rendition has rich amber notes, complimented by fruity top notes of irresistible black currant, plums and juicy pineapple. This fragrance will discolor cold process soap to a marvelous amber. We loved it, very unique! Please note: This fragrance is not manufactured or distributed by Intimate Beauty Corporation (DBA Victoria’s Secret), owner of the registered trademark Amber Romance.” A warm, deep and seductive blend of fruity, sweet and musky fragrance. A great scent to add to your own body sprays and lotions.

There was moderate discoloration of note and this means you get a fabulous milk chocolate hues. 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 Relaxation. According to our catalog, “If there is any way our R&D staff could put together a relaxing fragrance, this is it. A soft fragrance with a hint of carnation spiciness, transparent musk are surrounded by white lilies, hyacinth, jasmine, tuberose and vanilla with a touch of lemon. A gentle scent that would be fabulous in lotions, creams, soaps and room or linen sprays. The art of true relaxation should be learned by all. With this scent, you are one step closer. Enjoy!” A clean and fresh scent, definitely relaxing and enjoyable. A great way to add some extra relaxation into your life.

There was minimal discoloration of note, a creamy pale barely-there yellowed parchment tan color. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2.75%, which is 0.44 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

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

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


Juniper Breeze scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Juniper Breeze scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Our fourth fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Juniper Breeze. According to our catalog,”Juniper Breeze is a Bath and Body Works scent. This is a duplication of their scent. This much requested duplication is very true to the real thing, but our version holds in soap, has staying power, and is suitable for all other cosmetic applications like powder, lotion, shampoo and conditioners. Now you have an improvement of the original with a stronger scent (not related to the just use more oil to get a stronger scent idea of fragrance usage). We wanted you to have the best! Please note: This fragrance is not manufactured or distributed by Bath & Body Works, Inc., owner of the registered trademark Juniper Breeze. Invigorating, fresh evergreen scent of juniper. It is fresh, natural and light a great all time fragrance.

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.


Our fifth and last fragrance for today in Cold Process soap is Lavender Fleur. Lavender Fleur type according to our catalog states that “Lavender Fleur type is “A fun lavender fragrance similar to Victoria’s Secret. This isn’t a purely herbal scent like lavender essential oil. Lavender Fleur is a fruity and floral lavender. Even our lavender haters (oh! did I just say that?) enjoyed this scent enough to make positive comments. Start with lavender then add green cucumber, a twist of orange and a wave of white lily. I know it sounds like a menagerie in a bottle but when the fragrance is this good people really comment.” Soothing and refreshing, what a great way to relax. This lavender fragrance sure has won me over to enjoy this wonderful purple flower.

There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make that purple 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 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

Lavender Fleur scented soap on the left and control on the right.

Lavender Fleur 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!


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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