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Mothi

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I am thinking of remilling some soaps, but how fresh does it need to be? A few days old? Can it be done at 3 weeks? My concern is the scent is not as strong as I would like it.

I have an almost 3 week old batch that I originally thought was too strongly scented, but since it has been drying out for almost 3 weeks, the smell of the soap is noticeable when you sniff right up on it. I tested one bar in the shower to see how it scents up, but I didn't notice any smell when lathering it up. Is this normal? I would like it to have a smell when being lathered.

Can soap be remilled when it has stuff in it like petals, etc? Any problems remilling goat's milk soaps? Or is it just best to make a new batch?

The essential oils I used were lemongrass and lavender. I guess for me the hardest part is making sure I don't do overkill on the essential oils, but not make it so faint you can't pick it up. Any tips?
 

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Mothi said:
I am thinking of remilling some soaps, but how fresh does it need to be? A few days old? Can it be done at 3 weeks? My concern is the scent is not as strong as I would like it.

I have an almost 3 week old batch that I originally thought was too strongly scented, but since it has been drying out for almost 3 weeks, the smell of the soap is noticeable when you sniff right up on it. I tested one bar in the shower to see how it scents up, but I didn't notice any smell when lathering it up. Is this normal? I would like it to have a smell when being lathered.

Can soap be remilled when it has stuff in it like petals, etc? Any problems remilling goat's milk soaps? Or is it just best to make a new batch?

The essential oils I used were lemongrass and lavender. I guess for me the hardest part is making sure I don't do overkill on the essential oils, but not make it so faint you can't pick it up. Any tips?
You can rebatch any soap pretty much at any time but the older the soap, the more need for additional liquids added to it. As soap cures, part of that is process is the water evaporating from the soap. It is easier to rebatch a very fresh batch than an older batch because it won't be as hard. And it won't need as much additional liquid. You can also take this time to add any additives that you want and can even add a little more fragrance.

Some fragrances will fade in soap right away and some over time . Other fragrances will remain strong, and will be more noticeable in the shower and will linger on your skin. I think alot of EOs fade faster than an FO. When using citrus EOs, it is best to use a bit of litsea to help anchor it since citrus scents tend to fade.


Here are some reputable suppliers that sell wonderful scents for soaps:

http://www.brambleberry.com/

http://www.the-sage.com/index.html

http://www.oldmillfragrances.com/

http://www.peakcandle.com/

http://store.scent-works.com/index.html

http://www.southernsoapers.com/cart/
 

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