Soap Making Fragrances

Fragrances are the most expensive ingredients that you'll need for soap making, as well as the most important. If you scrimp on the fragrances, the chances are you'll be unhappy with the finished product. As a result you'll want to learn everything you can about the two main types of scents, essential oils and fragrance oils.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are natural scents made from flowers and herbs. Essential oils are extremly concentrated and will need to be diluted to around 1% by volume or less so that they are safe for soap making. If you have allergies, you'll want to be very carefully about using too much essential oils in your soap.

Fragrance Oils

Fragrance oils, on the other hand, do not come from natural sources; they are synthetically produced. As a result, they are less expensive than essential oils. Since they don't come from things in nature, you can find fragrance oils in just about any kind of scent you could dream of.

Fragrance Tips

  • Fragrance oils should be added to your melted soap just before you're ready to pour the soap into your mold so that they fragrance oil doesn't have time to evaporate in the hot soap.
  • You will only need a few drops of fragrance per batch of soap. In general, you should always make the scent slightly stronger than you want it to be since some of it will dissipate as your soap hardens and cures.


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