Getting patchouli EO to "stick" in CP soap

Soapmaking Forum - Soap & Candle Forums

Help Support Soapmaking Forum - Soap & Candle Forums:

Joined
Mar 27, 2021
Messages
11
Reaction score
16
Location
Colorado
Hello,
I have been trying to make a nice strong patchouli cp soap. I have tried using A LOT of patchouli EO, using different company's versions of patchouli, using synthetic patchouli to get it to stick, using bentonite clay in the recipe to get the scent to stick, using different bottom notes along with it, like sandalwood and cedar, to get it to stick and NOTHING WORKS! Anyone have any idea how to make a strong patchouli scent cp soap????
 

Peachy Clean Soap

Supporting Member
Joined
Aug 29, 2020
Messages
1,430
Reaction score
2,141
Location
Southern California
Hi Candace.
Maybe try using a kaolin clay & Patchouli EO as a pre soak, then add to soap. some soapers found this gives EO a lasting effect. Also try using maximum amount allowed. Use Real Patchouli EO.
 
Joined
Mar 27, 2021
Messages
11
Reaction score
16
Location
Colorado
Okay, those are things I have not tried yet. So does kaolin clay help scents stick better than bentonite clay? I have not tried mixing the two together to presoak before adding. I really like that. I usually use real patchouli EO but thought trying synthetic might also help, but it didn't. Okay, something else to try is encouraging!
 

Peachy Clean Soap

Supporting Member
Joined
Aug 29, 2020
Messages
1,430
Reaction score
2,141
Location
Southern California
Okay, those are things I have not tried yet. So does kaolin clay help scents stick better than bentonite clay? I have not tried mixing the two together to presoak before adding. I really like that. I usually use real patchouli EO but thought trying synthetic might also help, but it didn't. Okay, something else to try is encouraging!
Some say it helps w/ scent retention. use 1 tea ppo clay then add your EO & let it soak, some have it soak for a day or longer. Ive done a pre-soak just prior to use. Yes defiantly try the FO' may work out better for you. Good luck.
 

Krn

Member
Joined
Mar 29, 2021
Messages
6
Reaction score
3
Location
Kansas City KS
I have used kaolin clay in HP, and it helped. Also after cutting the soap, curing for one week, I placed the already scented bars in a large zip lock bag with a cotton ball with a few drops of patchouli oil for a week. The soap absorbed the scent making it stronger. It has been 2 months and the scent is still very strong.
 

ResolvableOwl

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 14, 2021
Messages
708
Reaction score
1,708
Location
Germany
I placed the already scented bars in a large zip lock bag with a cotton ball with a few drops of patchouli oil for a week. The soap absorbed the scent making it stronger.
Clever! That's how I make Earl Grey tea from black tea and bergamot EO.
 

AliOop

Lifetime Supporter
Joined
Nov 15, 2018
Messages
4,210
Reaction score
6,978
Location
US
Hello,
I have been trying to make a nice strong patchouli cp soap. I have tried using A LOT of patchouli EO, using different company's versions of patchouli, using synthetic patchouli to get it to stick, using bentonite clay in the recipe to get the scent to stick, using different bottom notes along with it, like sandalwood and cedar, to get it to stick and NOTHING WORKS! Anyone have any idea how to make a strong patchouli scent cp soap????
Is it possible that you are desensitized to the smell of patchouli? Normally it is a very, very long-lasting scent. If you haven't done so already, you might ask others to smell the bars and make sure. You might also try wetting the bars to see if the smell "blooms" when the soap gets wet.
 

KiwiMoose

Supporting Member
Joined
Nov 16, 2018
Messages
3,544
Reaction score
7,699
Location
Hamilton, New Zealand
Patchouli EO is the strongest scent I've ever used. It lasts and lasts. I went to my friend's house the other day who loves my patchouli soap, and i could smell the patchouli as soon as I opened the bathroom door. The soap was made before Christmas 2020.
@ResolvableOwl - I use Soy Wax at 20% in every batch but never knew it supposedly helped scent anchoring.

Oh and @Relle - I wonder if this should be moved to a more suitable forum? The OP might get more responses.

Moved
 

Latest posts

Top