The sweet orange helped a lot. My yucky-smelling soap smells pretty good now. I think that's what I need to do from now on: Just use a few drops of the "heavy" EOs--cedarwood, basil, patchouli, cinnamon--in any blends I create.I was going to suggest orange and will be interested to hear how you think that soap turned out. Blending has changed my opinion of a lot of EOs that I find heavy or otherwise dislike on their own or as anything more than a small percentage of a blend. My list includes Virginia cedarwood, basil, ylang ylang, geranium and probably others than I’m not remembering right now. For basil, I’m down to adding a few drops or less for a blend that totals 25-30 g. That turns out to be enough to give the blend just a hint of basil.