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Old 10-31-2017, 11:07 PM   #1
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Default Suggested mint/herbal blends

HI everyone,

I've made pure peppermint, and also pure spearmint eo soaps before. Now I'd like to make a eucalyptus mint, or rosemary mint blend - but I'd like to be able to smell both scents. All of the euc/mint or rosemary/mint all smell like only spearmint to me.

I have all 4 essential oils: rosemary, eucalyptus, spearmint and peppermint. Do you have any recommended ratios?


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I love peppermint with rosemary. I usually do equal parts. I'm a peppermint fan, so I don't like to "ruin" my peppermint with too many other scents.


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I found this from Modern Soapmaking:

http://www.eocalc.com/blends/?ms_oil...ls_operator=OR
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A lot of it is personal preference. I do find that peppermint gets lost a little more easily than rosemary, so I might be inclined to make it 75% peppermint, 25% rosemary, for a blend that will smell nice in 2 to 3 months. On day 1, it's going to hit you in the face with "PEPPERMINT!!!111!!!"

But I also like peppermint and, although I like rosemary, I find it a darker scent that I don't care for as much in larger amounts. You may wish to balance the blend more.
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Personally, I find mint more dominating than rosemary. But it's hard to give a flat recommendation because all EOs are different, as are noses. But once you find that perfect blend of rosemary mint, it is one of the best scents on earth!

I suggest mixing 1/4 of the total fragrance amount as a 1:1 blend and judging that balance. Then you have 3/4 left to inform the remaining amount. Or, you could even continue to do additional 1/4's with adjusted ratios until you figure out more precisely what balance you like. I always mix my fragrances in a small glass so that if I make too much trying to find the right balance, I can cover the leftovers and use it later.
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I make a minty salt soap that is always in my rotation, and my shower .
The ratios on the EOs are:
Eucalyptus 27%
Spearmint 32%
Peppermint 18%
Fir 14%
Rosemary 9%

For what you have, I would sub in rosemary for the fir - so 23% rosemary. But if you want to play up the herbals, lower the mints more, this ones pretty minty.
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I think there are some great suggestions here (and thank you, Seawolfe, for sharing that recipe). I usually have some Rosemary/Mint soap laying around, as it is one of my favorites. I use a ratio of 70% Rosemary (I use organic Spanish Rosemary from ND) to 30% Peppermint (Peppermint Supreme from ND). I just went and smelled the batch I made on Sept. 6th and I can definitely smell both components. The soap has been stored in a plastic clamshell container (after it cured in open air for 4 weeks), which I feel helps soap retain scent for much, much longer.
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Thanks for all the input! One of my biggest problems as a soap maker is indecision. So many scents and colors make a zillion different combinations! It took me 2 days to mix the essential oils into something I liked. I found I didn't like eucalyptus and peppermint, but LOVED anything mixed with rosemary -including eucalyptus! After 2 days I had 10 little bowls of eo combos sitting around waiting to get picked...and since I hated the idea of wasting them and the fact that I was no closer to choosing just one - I mixed them all together and dumped it into the soap! Done! I call it "The Indecision Special"! Guess what? We all love it!
It's a nice balance of mint with herbal. Just a hint of spearmint to sweeten it, but not take over. And yes...I took notes on all those little bowls(which I don't usually do) and have a good idea of what percentage of what is in there so I can repeat it.
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