Fragrance Testing in Cold Process Soap: Blowing Bubbles, Honeysuckle, Bay Rum, Polynesian Red, and Apple Jack
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 Blowing Bubbles. Our catalog notes that Blowing Bubbles is “a fruity berry combination of strawberry, blackberry and wild huckleberries touched with a hint of pineapple and soft rose on a sweet caramel bottom. A great scent with mouthwatering berry notes which explode into the sweet realm of fun!” What a fun and playful name for a scent and this scent is definitely joyous and cheerful, very berry and bright!
There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make that pink and white swirl you have always been dreaming of without worrying about the fragrance causing discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 3.0%, which is 0.48 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.
|Our second fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Honeysuckle. Under the description for Honeysuckle, our catalog says “It is here! We know you have been asking for a good honeysuckle and have waited a long time. Well, the wait was worth it! A heavy floral that lingers for a long time, use alone or in blends. A fabulous anchoring aroma.” Now I know why hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers of the honeysuckle plant. It’s fantastic! An intense fragrance strong floral scent that is a perfect addition to our cold process soap.
There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make that floral 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 Bay Rum. According to our catalog, Bay Rum “Well it is finally here! Bay Rum is the much requested fragrance for our R&D staff. After many trials and lots of fragrances we just didn’t like we created this one. One of our staff members too a bar of soap home to her husband. His complete comments we can’t print here but his animalistic growl said a thousand works!” A timeless sexy favorite, warm and exotic fragrance. Blends of citrus, spices and bay leaf give this a woody, sweet and spicy twist. A manly man 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 fourth fragrance in Cold Process Soap is Polynesian Red. According to our catalog, Polynesian Red is “Juicy pomegranates are the core of this fragrance. Hints of pineapple, red grapefruit, green apple, mango and subtle moss make this scent unforgettable. A staff favorite with lotions, soaps and especially hair care products. I like the Leave In Conditioner the most so my hair can have an aromatic uplift any time of day!” A fruity tropical and always a requested scent. Love, love, love this fragrance in everything I make.
There was not any discoloration of note and this means you can make pink and orange 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 Apple Jack. According to our catalog Apple Jack states that it’s “Another new arrival for the holiday. A festive combination of McIntosh red apples, juicy oranges and Madagascar vanilla perfectly complimented with our own special blend of spices. This one has ’tis the season’ written all over it.” Believe it or not, but I have not had the opportunity to try this scent before and I’m absolutely loving it. A great holiday treat, I am really enjoying the combination of apples and spice. I think I will make a room spray and see if the kids will come out of their rooms to see if I’m cooking. Haha!
There was a minute amount of discoloration, a light buttery yellow color. Still very minimal discoloration. We used the maximum suggested usage rate of 2%, which is 0.36 ounces of fragrance in our 1 pound test batch.
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!
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Microwave Safe Container
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)
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.