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I've noticed that some unscented natural soaps smell so much better than others, yet they seem to use the same ingredients - olive, palm, coconut, castor, shea etc.? Has anyone noticed this and would anyone know why?
 

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Well, my unscented soap cures close to scented soaps and while you can't discern what they are, they do take on a whisper of scent.

When I made a bastille soap, I had used just bought olive oil from Costco and I was easy to smell a hint of that in the finished soap.

I love plain jane soaps. With all of my other soaps - I give myself the end or broken pieces to use in the shower and that doesn't bother me. But when I crave a new bar of soap - I reach for full size perfect plain janes because simplicity just smells wonderful.
 

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I've noticed that some unscented natural soaps smell so much better than others, yet they seem to use the same ingredients - olive, palm, coconut, castor, shea etc.? Has anyone noticed this and would anyone know why?
I noticed that my first self-designed soap I made without saving the recipe (boy do I regret that) and was fragrance-free smelled great. I wish I could re-create it. I have tried, but since given up. I thought I save the recipe in SoapCalc, but I learned that I had not, or that I over-wrote it accidentally. I have never been able to re-create that particular smell in soap since.

I think it's the combination and percentages of the oils, not just the oils themselves. Do you get what I mean? I mean if you take 4 oils and use 25% of each you end up with a different fragrance that if you use unequal percentages of the same oils. And I believe the lye concentration, or the amount of water in the initial batter could play a part as well in the scent of the soap. Just my impressions.
 

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I cure them far away from scented and every time I sniff on them i am surprised, The scent is so clean and fresh, like freshly washed sheets and dried outside, on windy day, this is the only way i can describe the scent of unscented soaps
Hi Dahila, could you share your formula, how to make unscented soap smell good? I bought un unscented soap, the smell seems like what you described, so fresh, like some herb well dried under the sun. Tks
 

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Hi Dahila, could you share your formula, how to make unscented soap smell good? I bought un unscented soap, the smell seems like what you described, so fresh, like some herb well dried under the sun. Tks
Use fresh oils, I do not share my formulas, sorry
 

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I make a Bastille soap olive oil, castor oil, and coconut oil and add in oatmeal, and honey. I use goat milk in place of the water and I never add scent to it. It smells nice with a bit of oat and honey with a sweet scent to it. I can say that if I use fresh new oils it smells better than if I use older oils. The older oils tend to leave a heavy oily scent on the bars.
 

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Use fresh oils, I do not share my formulas, sorry
Thanks a lot for your sharing. I just tested with 50% of fresh oil. So far no smell yet, but i hope after unmold, the smell will come out. Is there anything I'm missing or I must use 100% fresh? Thank you again for your time and valuable feedback!
 

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