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  1. spiritpots

    Curing soaps and essential oil scents

    I have what is perhaps an unusual question regarding the smell of essential oils as my soap cures. I cure my soaps on a bakers rack in my office in my house and generally make a couple batches (two dozen bars) every month or so and have never found the scent of the curing soap to be an issue...
  2. MysPhoenix

    Question about Hot Process, EO & carrier oil?

    Hi! I'm quite new to soap making and I have a recipe for a hot process soap I want to try. It is a cold process soap recipe, however, she says that this recipe works as Hot Process as well. For cold process, she adds her colorant (it's a botannical infusion) and EO at the same time with all the...
  3. R

    EO in Hot Process vs Cold Process

    I've read in a few places that EO's last longer in hot process soap because they don't come in contact with any lye that can break them down, leaving only the scent and none of the benefits. Is there any truth to this? Is this something that could actually be tested (or has been) or is it...
  4. D

    Essential Oils for Clays

    What essential oils do you think will suit clay soaps? Im trying to make a collection of clay soap (french pink, red, green, blue, kaolin and bentonite) and im trying to match it with different scents but im not well informed about essential oils and i’m trying to buy it online. So if you guys...
  5. B

    EO in dog soap

    Hi, I have recently started making soap and made a recipe for a dog shampoo. When it is slightly more cured, I am going to test the pH to make sure it is right for dogs but until then, I was wondering about the dosage of essential oils. I've made a lavender scented loaf, where I steeped dried...
  6. cmzaha

    Destashing Fragrances

    DISCLAIMER: SMF is not responsible for any sale, trade, co-op, pre-buy, fast buy, garage sale, ad or other transactions between members. All parties enter into transactions at their own will/risk. @ Relle I did it right this time. :nodding: A few fragrances for sale as usual shipping is...
  7. Persnickety

    Scents and essential oils that do and do not seize

    Does someone know of a grand chart of scent extracts and essential oils that tells whether they do or do not seize? Can everyone please tell me essential oils that do and do not seize, in your personal experience? Thank you
  8. MissChris

    How Can I Get Soap fragrances - Scents to stay?

    First made soap over 40 yrs ago. Much has changed in homemade soaps. Today, Suppliers are marketing products by teaching all types of basics, teaching techniques, but also teaching soap makers to add in everything and anything that's profitable to THEM, where the real profit seems to be...
  9. DessertGuru

    Formula Help Request

    Hi... Total newbie here and need some direction on making bar soap formula using the following ingredients. We're currently making a lip balm using these ingredients and I would like help to translate them into a workable formula to make a bar soap. Can someone offer any suggestions on a...
  10. KarenDK

    Help getting a scent to stick in CP soap

    I have a hard time finding scents i really like, and have finally found a scent, that give me that nice uhhhhm feeling, when i smell it. Now the problem is, getting it to stay in soap. The scent is made as an equal mixture og bergamot EO and rosewood EO. Both should be able to stay, but the...
  11. Kila

    Additive Timing Preference

    As I was studying how to make CP soap, I noted than a woman on Youtube preferred to add her extra ingredients such as kaolin clay and coloring powder to the oil before mixing it with the lye solution. However, she waited until after emulsion to add FO/EO. What do you guys prefer? What order do...
  12. S

    Essential Oils w Flower Essences: preservatives yes or no?

    Hello everybody! I'm working on a roll on product that has essential oils diluted in a carrier oil. To this I'd like to add a few drops of a flower essence. So my question is: would I need to put a preservative in it, or is brandy contained in the essences enough for the whole formulation to be...
  13. T

    Essential Oils and CA Prop 65

    It seems as though most essential oils now have a Prop 65 warning which states that they contain chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer or reproductive harm. IF I include these same essential oils in my soap will I also have to include a Prop 65 warning? I've noticed and...
  14. Sarah82

    My CP liquid Castile soap has a "soapy smell"

    Hi Everyone I'm new to soap making and I recently made my first batch of CP liquid Castile soap and it turned out great. However, although I have added orange essential oil to it, it has a "soapy" after smell I don't know exactly how to describe it. I want to ask it is natural or my essential...
  15. Saffron

    Lavender and Tea Tree - Endocryne Disrupters?

    I thought the theory that Lavender and Tea Tree EOs caused hormonal problems in boys was proved to be false (can't find the reference now), but here is an article again in today's news confirming the link...
  16. cmzaha

    Gemlite Soap & Candle Supply

    What nice people to work with. I placed an online order last night and forgot to add in the sample size of Oakmoss. I called them this morning to see if they could possibly add it to my order so I would not have to pay additional shipping. There was absolutely no problem. I am real curious about...
  17. C

    Fragrance Calculator Gone Awry

    So I just completed my 2nd batch of CP soap and both times I used Brambleberry's Fragrance calculator and both times the hallway outside of the room where I cure my soap is permeated with the EO scent. My first recipe I used peppermint EO at the recommended "medium" weight and my second recipe I...
  18. C

    Fabulous Frannie EO

    I bought a set of EO on Amazon from this Fabulous Frannie brand and I am not at all happy with it. I used it in my soap, but the scent does not carry into the soap at all no matter how much I put in. I compared the lavender from the set with a better, more expensive brand of lavender and there...
  19. T

    Sensitive skin and eo's and fragrances

    Hello, I always seem to have to make everything unscented for my home since we are sensitive. Has anyone found an alternative to give some kind of scent to the product. In creams or lotions= I am sick of the raw shea butter and coconut scent.. I have used Lavender eo's and Chamomile but thought...
  20. joy.

    Can you help me troubleshoot?

    I made my first candle today, and it started out great, but after an hour or so of burning, the flame started to dwindle and it's just barely lit now. The wax and wicks did not come with instructions, so I'm not sure where I went wrong. The wax is 100% natural soy wax from hobby lobby, and...
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