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ghengis151

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Generally speaking, how much fragrance oil should I add for a 5 lb batch of soap? I added about 3oz fo to a 4-5 lb batch and I got an off smell that was similar to olive oil.
 

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I suppose it would depend on the fragrance and how strong it is. But using .7 oz ppo would put you at 3.5 oz for a 5 lb batch. I have used a little more than that depending on the fragrance.

HTH, Laurie
 

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it depends on your method hp because you add later after the cook you don't need so much.

if it is a light fragrance and you gel depending on the flashpoint you could lose the fragrance all together.

i do cp and i use 1 oz. ppo and .5 oz. ppo of strong essential oils. some of the lighter one i use .7

most books recommend .5 to .7 for essential oils and .7 to 1 ppo for fragrance oils.

with the fragrance oils it depends on which supplier they came from, some are better then others.
 

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Thanks for the input. I do cp. I have 4oz of verbena eo. I'm afraid of not using enough so I don't want all that eo to have been wasted. With one of my earlier batches, I used an expensive fo from the body shop (oceanus). What a huge mistake. The second the fo made contact with the solution, my entire batch turned into cement. I was trying to do a swirl pattern of ultramarine blue and titanium dioxide. After another second had passed, my soap had the consistency of cottage cheese. None of the fo was transferred after gelling. I was so disappointed with that batch. Oh well, you learn from your mistakes.
-Rick
 

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