I almost hesitate to add this blend to the mix, because I made a HUGE change to it. But on 10/22/20, I made a batch of soap using the Balance
blend from EOCalc.com. However, a major component of the blend is Tea Tree EO (42% of blend), of which I have none. So I substituted for 42% Peppermint EO, instead. All of the water was subbed for 100% fresh-pressed apple cider (no additives), compliments of our neighbor's orchard. The EO blend was used at 4% of my oil weight.
My notes indicate that while it traced on me faster than my recipe normally does, likely due to either the apple cider or cinnamon leaf EO, or both, I still had a small bit of working time and think I would have had even more had I stick-blended less than I did. As I wasn't adding any colors or doing any designs, I SB it right to a medium trace. Because of the apple cider, I didn't CPOP and instead let it sit right on the counter, where it got very hot and went into gel but didn't volcano or crack.
I love the smell, it reminds me of cinna-mint gum. Spicy with a minty, yet sweet, finish, and my husband immediately said it reminded him of Thanksgiving. Not sure what that means, but it does seem very autumn-like. I suspect the top notes will fade over time, but my experience with cinnamon leaf EO is that it'll stick around a long while, even if faint.