All natural fragrance oils

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    jofa

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    Hey guys,

    I've just discovered the existence of natural fragrance oils. Since I have zero experience with US suppliers, could you point me to the reliable ones, or to sites you know sell good all natural fragrance oils?

    I've seen some in BathBody supply.com; from nature with love and Sweet cakes.

    I've bought some in Bulk Apothecary (already here and lovely) and Wholesale (not here yet), but that's as far as I go.

    Help?
    Thank you so much! <3
     
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    Not sure where to start here. It is my understanding that FOs are not considered "natural" but then again the definition of natural when it comes to soap making is quite loose
     
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    Are you able to provide a link to the product you are referring to? It may help people to offer you their advice and experiences and clarify whether it is natural or synthesized.

    As a general rule, fragrance oils are synthetic.

    It is essential oils that are considered natural, as they are extracted directly from the plant material (often by steam distillation).

    Primrose,

    Soap is manufactured, involves a chemical reaction and is not directly extracted. So, even though soap compounds do exist in nature, the soap we make is not.

    The INGREDIENTS used to make that soap can be natural or synthetic or a mixture of both.

    Here in Australia the word natural is defined (in the organic certification standard), so it's a little easier for us (in that the definition is very clear).

     
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    I received and tested several of the plant-based FOs in cp soap from From Nature With Love. https://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/soap/plant-based-fragrance-oils.asp
    While they smell great out of the bottle, my experience of them so far is that they either fade to almost nothing after cure or they morph and do not maintain their original scent. For instance, the cherry ends up smelling floral and clean & not much like cherry at all.
    If you are interested in ones on that site, let me know and I'd be happy to provide my opinion if I've tried it. My reviews are also on the FO review spreadsheet.
    I have tested a few in lotions also & while they still morph a little bit, they stay strong & mostly retain their original scent.
     
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    The fact that they've referred to these as fragrance oils, and in another part of their website refer to blends of essential oils and fragrance oils, suggests to me that they have been synthesized.

    They may be using the loose definition of natural that Primrose was referring to (in that the Fragrance Oil may have originated from botanical origins, but has been chemically manufactured to generate the fragrance oil). This would explain their very specific, yet vague, information. For example, as far as I know, there is no essential, or other natural, oil that smells of pineapple/coconut when it's used in soap making. That, and they've specifically said their fragrances are Phthalate free, which also suggests that they are manufactured (this claim isn't necessary for distilled oils).

    They list a link to an MSDS, but this just leads back to another page, not any MSDS. Perhaps contact them (they do say that you can ask for the up to date version of the MSDS).
     
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    Same here toxicon!
     
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    Salted Fig, can you link me to the definition of natural as it pertains to soap in Australia?
     
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    Sure!
    ACOS 2017 V1, page 4 (of 100)
    http://austorganic.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ACOS_2017_V1.pdf

     
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    Cellador that would be great! Thank you so much!

    Saltedfig I really hope you're wrong haha! But I'm gonna dig deeper. Thank you! :)
     
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    All natural fragrance oils is possible, and it is not the same as pure essential oils. But, the definition of natural varies a lot from person to person, so those fragrance oils are maybe okey for some but not okey for others.

    I don't know what they are made of, but it is most likely a mixture of essential oils and natural isolates, or maybe only natural isolates.

    Natural isolates is made from an all natural source, but made in a synthesized process. Some will say that they are synthetic, but others will say that they are natural, since the source is natural.

    I don't know what to think about those fragrance oils, if they are natural or not. But I think all natural fragrance oils are a good idea, and a good option for many.

    Personally, I think I will use both natural and unnatural fragrance oils. I have not been soaping at all for ages, except from failures. But I will start tomorrow, countertop stick blender hot process oatmeal and honey, or maybe only honey, without fragrance oils, since I don't own one yet. I just hope the honey can give a faint scent to the soap. I might use cypress essential oil, I have not decided yet.
     
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    Honey won't scent your soap, sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
     
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    Yes, I sort of suspected that anyway. Then it will be an unscented soap. Because I'm making soap tomorrow anyway. That is the plan. I have to make some christmas presents. I would have had scents, if it wasn't for me being so unsecure and gets stuck in research all the time. But I hope I come up with an idea until tomorrow. I might use just a little bit cypress. I don't really think it fits an oatmeal, cream and honey soap. Amber would have been ten times better. Or a honey fragrance with nothing but the honey scent in it. Maybe caramel. But cypress, well, maybe a touch can't harm too much.
     
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    Oh, but it will, at least for a few weeks. It gives soap a sort of Graham whafer-y scent.

    Case in point: I made an unscented soap for someone who wanted a baby soap a while back, and, when I gave it to her a few weeks later, she said how much she liked the fragrance. The only thing in there that contributed scent was the honey.

    It's a strong enough scent that I was kicking myself for using honey, since I did a couple of test batches for some EO blends using the same batter. The Graham whafer smell contaminates the EO fragrance, making it hard to judge.
     
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