Vanilla Stabilizers 5

Vanilla stabilizers….. do they work?

The answer is yes, sort of. Vanilla stabilizers do not fully stop all browning of a soap. While they make slow the progression (long enough for your customer to take home the soap) they will not stop all browning. Check out this soap.

This soap was made on March 19th. I will show you the progression on this soap for then next several weeks. Is a vanilla stabilizer perfect? Not at all! Will it prevent browning? Nope. It will just slow the browning. Is it worth the extra money? In our opinion – no.

Browning of a soap isn’t bad. The scent is richer and more rounded than a scent that doesn’t turn brown. Is the browning desirable in all products? Not at all. But we feel it is best to choose a fragrance based on how it reacts with the product in the first few days, and long term. We don’t expect Sweet Almond Oil to be the “everything” oil. We blend to get the best from all the oils available. The same should hold true for scenting.

So, now you know why you won’t find one of these so called “stabilizers” in the MMS product catalog. If it worked without any browning, we would consider it. But, this isn’t good enough in our opinion.

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Soap with the Vanilla Stabilizer.

Batch on the left with the Vanilla Stabilizer and the batch on the right without.

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About Andee

Director of Happiness. I'm a thirty-something soap snob. I've grown up with handmade soaps, and I love them! I really like making lotions, soaps, and perfumes. I adore mixing scents to come up with something new. My favorite scent is either Wicked or Cotton Candy. I tend to hoard fragrances, I even have an Earl Grey Tea from the MMS catalog. I won't tell you how old it is, but it sure is good!

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5 thoughts on “Vanilla Stabilizers

  • mwsoap

    Hi Andee. Thank you for the information. The pictures almost look like burnt soap! In your post you mention the soap was made on April 19. Is this typical of the browning you get with and without a stabilizer after a year? Thank you.

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    • Andee Post author

      Whoops! I meant March 19th. This browning occurs very quickly, usually within two weeks!

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  • Taylor

    It is an attempt to make vanilla scents remain clear. Vanilla scents often oxidize and turn brown. The parts that make this happen are the parts of the oil that make vanilla smell like vanilla. We don’t recommend this type of add-on product. We do recommend using a vanilla-like scent that doesn’t turn brown when this coloration is a problem.


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