Last summer I was requested to make scent blend that was masculine, woodsy and clean smelling. After testing several scent blends I finally was able to make a blend that suited the recipient. The blend includes Siberian Fir Needle Essential Oil, Egyptian Musk Fragrance Oil and Lavender Fleur (type) Fragrance Oil. I placed the bottle of the blend in the vast collection of fragrances that we have in the blog kitchen and promptly forgot about it until just a few weeks ago.
Adding the lye solution the the melted oils.
I opened the bottle and gave it a sniff. I decided that I wanted to try making a soap with the blend. I collected my oils, buckets and immersion blender and decided to give it a whirl. (No pun intended.) 🙂
Beginning to blend the oils and lye solution.
After I made the soap I grabbed a bar and wandered around the warehouse asking for opinions about the scent. Responses varied from forest-like, piney, clean, earthy, yummy and even refreshing. This soap wasn’t adored by the fruity-bubble gum fan club, but even they did say that it was reminiscent of a hike by a woodland stream in cool weather. I think you will find the scent blend perfectly refreshing and easily a best seller!
Collect needed items:
Weighing time: 8 minutes
Adding lye to water: 20 seconds, followed by 60 seconds of stirring
Heating of oils time: 2 minutes
Pouring lye solution into the fat mixture: 15 seconds
Using immersion blender to mix soap solution: 3 minutes
Pour into mold: 10 seconds
Allow soap to rest: 24 hours
Mixing the raw soap.
* To make these soaps, I did need to do some work just to prepare the colors I would use. I mixed the Moss Green and Black Onyx colors with Liquid Glycerin and then mixed well. From now on, I will refer to this as Liquid Forest Green Color. I used the amount I desired to color my soap, but you can use more or less as you desire. This item has been marked as q.s. “Quantity Sufficient” for this purpose. In this particular batch, I mixed 1 Tablespoon of Liquid Glycerin with 1 teaspoon of Moss Green and 1/2 teaspoon of Black Onyx.
Adding the fragrance to the raw soap.
Weigh fixed oils on your scale. Warm the fixed oils on the stove or in the microwave. I melted the oils in the microwave. Add sodium hydroxide to the water. Mix well. Combine the scent blend in a beaker and set aside.
Mixing the raw soap with color.
Combine the fixed oils and lye solution. Stir until thin trace. For me, this took almost 2 minutes to reach the thin trace. After the soap reached this point I added the fragrance and Liquid Forest Green Color and mixed well. Once the fragrance was completely mixed into the raw soap, I poured the soap into the 3 inch diameter PVC pipe with an end cap. I allowed the soap to sit until was firm.
Pouring the raw soap into the mold.
The next morning the soap was cut into bars. Stack to allow good air circulation. Allow to cure for several days before using. Longer curing will result in a harder bar.
Soap resting in the mold.
Thanks for joining me on my latest scenting adventure. The Woodland Ice soap samples have been sent to the Shipping Department to send out in orders. I really want to hear your comments about this or any of the other recent soaps. I hope that anyone wanting a sample soap will request one and if we have any samples we will send them to you.