Frankincense & Myrrh FOs

SoapMakingForum

Help Support SoapMakingForum:

Cellador

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 5, 2017
Messages
1,000
Reaction score
751
Location
Fort Mill, South Carolina
What is this scent supposed to smell like? I got an FO I recently soaped, and I have no idea if it's an accurate representation of the real thing. It smells smoky, woody, and maybe just a hint of sweetness (like chocolate). Does this sound right? I see some suppliers reference citrus notes, but the one doesn't have any that I can detect.
Honestly, this scent isn't for me...it's kind of headache inducing to me & I have never experienced that with other scents before. :smallshrug:
 

Karmic

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 20, 2019
Messages
82
Reaction score
182
Location
Pennsylvania
Honestly about the best way I know how to describe it is "smells like church". If you're Catholic it's what's often used when they use incense during mass. I know that might not help for some people but scents can be really hard to describe, and that is definitely one of them lol
 

amd

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 31, 2015
Messages
3,438
Reaction score
4,599
Location
South Dakota
I find F&M to be slightly medicinal and green with a sweetness to it, more "powdery" sweet than "vanilla" sweet. If that makes sense. I suppose an FO will change depending on what you use for oils - my recipe uses cocoa butter so all of my scents have a "mysterious" chocolate note underlying everything. Most people don't notice it, lol. I think just from the description of smoky and woodsy, you've probably got a good FO.
 

gloopygloop

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 9, 2017
Messages
257
Reaction score
165
I have not found any FO to be a dupe of the real thing. I have often made soaps from the EOs and they always have the right aroma, yes church like, incense like, smokey but I don’t really get the sweet thing as in vanilla in the EO. All the FOs I have tried ( UK only) and they number many have either a sickly sweet vanilla note which I detest with vengeance or the odd one which smells like smokey creosote the wood preservative or just some invention they have come up with and called it F&M. For me it’s got to be the real deal.
 

Primrose

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 23, 2017
Messages
781
Reaction score
1,251
The BB one was my favourite and they've discontinued it :'(

It smelled dusty to me, musky and dark but sophisticated.

I've tried some others and they are too sweet and bright
 
Top