The variety of essential oils that are readily available today is astounding. Their varied scents represent all corners of the planet and are widely used today in aromatheropy to help heal the body and mind.
I don't know about you but I truly enjoy great scents....and with sooo many different types to choose from your bound to find a few that will enhance your soap making experience.
Essential oils are a great, natural way to add fragrance to your homemade soaps.
Use the table below to become familiar with the different oils and their characteristics, then visit the Blending Scents page for ideas on how to create your own calming, soothing, or invigorating scent blends.
Curious as to how much scent to add to cold process soaps? Opinions on this matter vary just as much as each individuals sense of smell. My general rule is to add between 3% - 5% per pound of base oils. For example, for every 1000gr of oil used in a recipe, you can use between 30 - 50 grams of scent.
This rule will vary depending on the oil you use. Anise, cinnamon, clove, patchouli and mint will require far less in your recipe than will lavender, sweet orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime and chamomile. For ideas on blending scents, visit Rainbow Meadow's Blend Recipe Search. It is a unique search tool that gives suggestions and recipes for essential oil scent blends.
|Citronella||Clary Sage||Clove Bud||Eucalyptus|
|Marjoram, Sw||Myrrh||Neroli||Orange, Sw|
|Spearmint||Sweet Birch||Tea Tree||Tangerine|
Cold process soap making can be a harsh environment for essential oils and the curing period can sometimes leave the scent wanting. The use of a fixative can help to remedy this problem.
Fixatives are ingredients that are used in soap making to hold or "fix" a scent to the soap. They are quite useful when you want to make oils like sweet orange or other fleeting top notes last longer.
Benzoin powder or e/o (e/o = essential oil), orris root powder, frankincense e/o, patchouli e/o, oakmoss e/o, cedarwood e/o, myrrh e/o, ylang ylang e/o, vetiver e/o, copaiba balsam e/o and kaolin clay are all examples of fixatives that can be used in soapmaking.
Use caution when handling essential oils. They are very concentrated and some can be irritating to the skin when not diluted.