My soap does not smell good.
(Newhall, CA, U.S.)
It was my Second time I made soap and asked people to give me honest feedback.
I used avocado, coconut, olive, palm, walnut and 2 oz grape and almond oils for super fatty purpose and 11 teaspoon rosewood therapeutic grade essential oil* but it does not have strong smell of rosewood.
It smells like bunch of oils and a little bit rosewood. I don't want people get allergic reaction but they are not happy with its smell.
What can I do?
*Can I add alcohol based perfume in it? I am thinking alcohol isn't good in soap but I read a book about soap making where they added alcohol and made clear soap .
*Do you think in case one day I want to sell my soap people really care about E.O or fragrance oil because it's cheap and artificial?
Thank you for your advice
You may not have used enough rosewood essential oil for the recipe. You can use up to 5% by weight of the base oils. For example, if you have 500 grams of base oils in your recipe, you can use up to 25 grams of essential oil.
You still have to be careful since some oils are sensitizing and should be limited in a recipe.
Most essential oils are best used in combination with other essential oils. For some reason a blend of scents is more effective and pleasing to the senses. I like rosewood myself but it is a bit expensive to use all by itself.
Alcohol based perfumes are not a good idea to use in soap making since the alcohol can cause a reaction that can sieze the soap base. Transparent soap does contain alcohol but that type of soap making, though similar, is still quite different. The alcohol is added after the soap has reached trace and then been cooked. The alcohol is used as a solvent to dissolve the soap paste.
You ask if people care if the scent used is a fragrance or an essential oil. Some people do and some people don't. Just like everything else in life, people have varying opinions.
Be aware that though some fragrance oils are fairly cheap, not all of them are. Many can be even more expensive than essential oils. It depends on the quality of the fragrance oils you purchase.