Fragrance Testing in Cold Process Soap: Angel, Pink Chiffon, Enchanted Apple, Apricot Freesia & White Sage

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 Angel type. Angel type is stated in our catalog that “It is a pathetic sight to see the staff stack up at the door to our research team and grovel! They begged for this fragrance prior to us ever testing it. They said “I could just bathe in Angel, please get it!” Well, now the fragrance has been approved and ready for sale. Of course the best thing about our version of Angel by Thierry Mugler is you can make soaps, lotions and whatever else you want. Even bubble bath, so you can literally bathe in it! Enjoy! Please note: This fragrance is not manufactured or distributed by Thierry Mugler Parfums S.A.S., owner of the registered trademark Angel.” An intriguing fragrance that is perfect for your upcoming day on the town event.

There was minimal discoloration of note, a light 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.

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

 


Pink Chiffon scented soap on the left and control on the right.
Pink Chiffon scented soap on the left and control on the right.
Our second fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Pink Chiffon. Under the description for Pink Chiffon, our catalog says “Oh! Fragrances like this are some of my favorite. Fresh lilies, soft jasmine, apples, red pear, white peach, with musk and powdery amber. Yum! Join us for a new scent that is beautiful to use and beautiful to wear!” This is very feminine, with a bit of powder and musk. Not overwhelming girlish, a soft floral and a favorite among all the girls in my home.

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 third fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Enchanted Apple. The catalog description for Enchanted Apple states, “In our search for a new apple scent we were excited by the test results of this fragrance. The clean apple top notes make for a delicious treat. Apple opens the way for green, juicy pear notes and jasmine overtones and a lightly musk note. Fabulous in cold process soap! Bountiful and fruity with the obvious notes being green apple.” A great combination of fruity, sweet and floral. It like being in a secret garden full of sweet apples. Already picked, freshly cut and ready to enjoy. All I need is a pie crust and I’ll be in paradise.

There was minimal discoloration of note, a very creamy light 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.

Enchanted Apple scented soap on the left and control on the right.
Enchanted Apple scented soap on the left and control on the right.

 


Apricot Freesia scented soap on the left and control on the right.
Apricot Freesia scented soap on the left and control on the right.
Our fourth fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Apricot Freesia. According to our catalog, “Apricot Freesia, this is the freshest spring fruity fragrance ever! Apricots are multidimensional and we add to this the spicy floral of freesia. It is so amazing we think it will knock your socks off! This has been a staff favorite for lotions and hair care. There is nothing like an Apricot Freesia shampoo and conditioner hair-do followed up by periodic doses of body lotion. Yumm!” An upbeat fruity and floral blend. Not overwhelmingly sweet just a perfect balance that you will love.

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 fifth and last fragrance for today in Cold Process soap is White Sage. White Sage according to our catalog states that “We have had many requests for a sage scent. Clean, fresh, nice and light are the words used most to describe this scent during our testing. A must to order!” What a great way to enjoy this fragrance in your CP soaps. The best of both worlds; great soap and you also get to cleanse away all the bad mojo.

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 0.4 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.

White Sage scented soap on the left and control on the right.
White Sage 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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2 thoughts on “Fragrance Testing in Cold Process Soap: Angel, Pink Chiffon, Enchanted Apple, Apricot Freesia & White Sage”

  1. These tests have been great in regards to discoloration in CP. But have there been any issues with accelleration of trace or ricing or fragrance morphing, etc? Or are we to assume that there has been none of that and you are only testing the discoloration factor?

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    1. At this time, we have not had any notes of acceleration, ricing or morphing. This being said, our testing does not omit the testing you should do as our recipe and techniques may vary from yours. If we find any issues, we will report them.

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