Brambleberry S.O.A.P. Panel
Aside from the obvious requirement of actually testing the fragrances in a bath and body product is to share the results via social media or a blog entry. Like I wouldn't have done that anyway! This was tons of fun to do and I would’ve shouted my results out from the roof tops anyhow.
*Please Note: I will be using all kinds of technical soaping terms to describe my process. Sorry about that but I gotta in order to share the information with the supplier. Feel free to ask questions in the comment sections if you'd like to know more.
Let's get started, shall we?
I used premixed oils and pre-mixed lye/water. I got everything correctly measured out and ready to go except the lye/water, I will pour that when I am ready to use it. As always, when dealing with lye it is important to use every safety precaution available. Lye/water sitting in an open container is an accident waiting to happen.
It looks like everything is ready to go! Let the soap making commence.
Always, always, ALWAYS add lye/water to your soap oils. NEVER add your oil to your lye/water.
Mix, mix, mix!
We are ready to pour our soap into the mold.
I just did a simple modified zebra swirl with an occasional drop swirl. In a test batch I’m just looking for how the soapbatter behaves or discolors.
The initial fragrance is strong eucalyptus. No acceleration, lots of time for a swirl. In fact, I couldn’t zebra swirl it very well because it was such a light trace. As you can see, there was no initial discoloration.
Initial fragrance was fruity. Citrus and something more. Maybe watermelon? Maybe raspberry? Whatever it was...I would like MORE please! Very good fragrance. No acceleration and no discoloration.
Initial sniff test was lemongrass or something. Not my favorite at all. Strong, bitter? I don't know. Just not a good match for my nose. It soaped well, with zero discoloration.
As you can see it discolored to a medium tan. A light powdery fragrance with a little hint of cherry in it? Unique and fun. And while mixing, the trace accelerated a bit. Not enough to require a slap-dash into the mold but enough to get me to hustle.
This fragrance discolored the batch when it the batter. Kind of a yellowy color but then it went to a medium tan while in the mold. It continued to get a little darker as it cured. Not much more but a little more. It's got a grapey-soda fragrance too it. Not one of my favorites in the bunch.
YUM! I loved this fragrance. It soaped well, no acceleration and no discoloration. In fact it slowed the trace down a little. Lots of time to play around. A tart citrus fragrance that stayed strong and true.
Well, this one was....different. A strong smokey fragrance. Would be great to blend with another fragrance. I doubt I would ever use it as a stand alone fragrance though. It soaped up well, didn't have any acceleration but did discolor a little to a light tan.
Wheee! This one moved fast for me. Mixed it up and got it in the mold quick. Again, a little discoloration to a medium tan. A fabulous fragrance though. I would definitely buy it again. It reminded me a little of Clinque's Happy Fragrance. But this was better. Girly without being too perfumey and cloy. In fact, when it's hit it's 6 week cure mark, this will be the first soap to land in the shower with me.
Keep your eyes peeled to see these test soaps go up for sale on the website in a couple of weeks when they've finished curing. I'll be offering them at a group price. Get yours and try them out yourself and share your thoughts on the fragrance here. What does it smell like to you? Do you like it? Do you not like it? Why or why not? Let's compare notes.
Thanks for sticking with me through this uber long post. I hope you enjoyed your inside glimpse into the world of handcrafted soapmaking!
In the meantime, stay sudsy my friends. Stay sudsy!