Essential oils

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  1. Aug 9, 2019 #1

    Chris Walport

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    New to soap making I spend alot of time in the great Outdoors. I was wondering if
    Anyone knows if anyone makes a earth/dirt
    Smelling oil? I've see pine cedar etc.. any help appreciated..
     
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    Unfortunately you won’t find an EO that smells like dirt. There are FO’s that do though. I’ve purchased Natures Garden dirt fo and it smells like dirt. Haven’t used it yet though.
     
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    I dunno, I've got a Cedar Atlas EO that to me is a lotta dirt and I've seen a number of Ginger EO reviews that say "smells like dirt to me". But you're right, likely no dirt-guaranteed EO....
     
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    OMG, is there any scent that doesn't exist in FO? I love the idea of a soap that smells like dirt
     
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    Neem and clay.....
     
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    Neem and clay!!! I will have to .....maybe try that out in a very small amt. There was a post not long ago where dirt fo was mentioned...I think the person said it was awful...
     
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    Try Vetiver EO or a blend of it with Sweet Marjoram 1:1. This is my opinion gets you pretty close to a very earthy scent.
     
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    but why.…………………………:)
     
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    I love vetiver...and all the conifers, cedars, my favorites. Vetiver is not a conifer, its a grass, I believe.
     
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    A high neem oil soap with cedarwood and a pinch of black pepper comes close to dirt. I have a soap like that. When the neem mellows down though, it won't be dirt anymore lol
     
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    I am now having a problem figuring out exactly what dirt smells like...dog poop? creosote? June bug larvae?...
     
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    Dirt smell is the odor released by atinomycetes organisms that live in the soil. If you dig a scoop of dirt from some place with reasonably healthy, productive soil and take a big whiff, that's the smell that you smell.

    Some hunters want to concoct a dirt smell with the idea that this odor will mask their human scent and make them smell more "natural." I'm not at all sure that works, because any blend of EOs or an FO that smells like dirt to our limited human noses might smell entirely different to animals' noses.

    I suggest using ingredients with strong scents that aren't formulated by humans. One example is pine tar soap. I'm still not sure something like pine tar soap really masks human scent, but at least it's a step in the right direction of using smells that are direct from nature (burnt wood).
     
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    Had a look and noticed that there's some Petrichor FO's out there, which may suit you?
     
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    Jatamansi is earthy smelling.
     
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    I'm pretty sure it depends on where the dirt you identify as smelling like dirt comes from. To me, not all dirt smells the same. I believe it depends on the content of the dirt, which minerals and so forth are in it. For example, a rich garden soil vs. the dirt you find at a construction site. Or the soil on the floor of a rain fores vs. the soil in an arid climate.

    And of course, as you mention, is it 'clean' dirt like potting soil, or 'contaminated' dirt, like where the cat buries it's waste?
     
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