Advantages of a Discoloring Fragrance 5

My Finished Soap

My Finished Soap

From the time most of us take our first soap making class, we are taught that fragrances which discolor are to be avoided, boldly colored or left au natural. If left au natural, we are strongly recommended to embrace the simple solidly colored bar. What if there were a way to embrace the natural color provided by the fragrance while still making a soap that is visually appealing and enticing to you AND to your customers? Guess what! There is a way.

Start with a fragrance oil that you know discolors. Today I chose to use Mokalata Fragrance Oil. While it can take a while for it to discolor, it discolors to a beautiful dark brown.

To make this soap, I made two batches of soap. One I left unscented and the other I scented with Mokalata. I poured both of my soaps into the same bucket and then poured that into my mold. That was it. I didn’t use any chopsticks or spoons to get my swirls. I just let the action of pouring the soaps swirl them together.

This is a super easy way to make beautiful soaps without adding colors or being stuck with a visual plain jane. I am really happy with my finished soaps. What discoloring fragrance would you use this technique with?


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About Taylor

I'm a twenty something happy, animal loving, curious experimenter. I love reaching back into history and trying old recipes for cosmetics or foods. I'm constantly asking "Why?" My curiosity has me trying new things. I love taking walks with my dog as well as staying at home to cuddle with the dog and my cats. Some of my favorite scents include Hinoki Wood, Rose Garden, Jasmine and Gladiator.

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5 thoughts on “Advantages of a Discoloring Fragrance

  • Susan Claire

    Amber! Sandalwood! I love both these scents, but coloring them has been a challenge. You have figured out such a simple fix, I’m sure soapers everywhere are smacking their foreheads and crying “DOH!”

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  • Teddi Bechard

    My favorite MMS discoloring fragrance is a blend of Frankincense and Myrrh. This blend discolors to a dark tan. I like to add a little titanium dioxide to about a cup of unfragranced soap and use it as a drop swirl to the Frankincense Myrrh fragranced body of the soap. It doesn’t look like much at first, but in a couple of weeks, it looks really stunning!

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    • Tina


      I think your idea sounds awesome! I can imagine how stunning it appears. Do you have a photo we could share with our readers?


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