Anise blend help!

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juicybath

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Hello and hey to anybody who remembers me here! I haven't made soap for a few years. Life got kind of crazy, but I dragged out my supplies a few days ago so I could make some soap for holiday gifting.

My brother loved a soap I made once using Star Anise E/O. Personally, I thought using it straight was a bit intense, so I'd like to make it with a blend. Anybody have a favourite blend I could try? I was thinking about Orange 10X E/O. If I try that. what do you think should be the proportions? 1:1? 1:2? Something else?

Thank you so much for your thoughts on this.

I missed making soap- it's such fun:)
 

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No idea on the blend. I do use anise in a soap at a low rate though. Just too much for me if I go the full rate so I cut down to half.
Still smells like licorice but it's not overwhelming.
 

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lavender, orange, clove and cinnamon and also pine and rosewood are all suggested blends with anise but we like mint and anise combo in our home.
 

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Anise is lovely on its own when used lightly (<3%). It's obnoxious when heavy, I think.

I've tried several blends but never really nailed it. It has come out dark and muddled, even with a light hand on the anise. But it is all in the ratios -- maybe folks will share?

I generally don't like foodie scents, but pure, light, anise is an exception for me. It's a natural at the kitchen sink, but I even like it in the shower. I imagine it helps to like black licorice, which I do.
 

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just wanted to welcome you back after such a long absence , and i came up with the same list of blends as the replys you already receive { lavender , pine , clove , orange , cinnamon , rosewood }
 

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Thank you everyone, and thanks for the welcome back Lion of Judah! I went with a 1:1 Anise and 10X orange e/o. We'll see how it cures out. I can definitely smell mostly anise, but that is good because it's for my brother and he loves it. :)
 

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Like kumudini, I like a "licorice mint" blend: equal parts star anise and a rectified peppermint EO. Sometimes I add a small amount of eucalyptus too. Depending on my EO inventory, I'll sometimes replace some or all of the anise with similarly smelling fennel.
 
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