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« Reply #20 on: December 07, 2009 09:07:23 AM »

You could add a bit of litsea cubeba EO and some finely ground dried orange peel powder. Mix the EO's together and soak the orange peel powder in it. You'll get a little exfoliation too!
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« Reply #21 on: December 07, 2009 09:12:29 AM »

Thanks, Mare Mare, I'll try it.
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« Reply #22 on: December 07, 2009 08:09:07 PM »

Citrus EO's all tend to be pretty fleeting in CP soap. Just seconding what MareMare said about adding litsea cubea to them to really extend the scent. Great stuff! Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: December 23, 2009 04:06:06 PM »

Hi Guys!

I have another question. I've recently made the citrus soap that I mentioned earlier and a lavender scented green tea soap. With each one, however, I've noticed that even though the bar of soap smells good, the scent doesn't transfer to my skin. Is this a common problem? I usually opt for a moderate level of scent, but I'm wondering if I should be more heavy handed with the scent in anticipation of it dissipating.
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« Reply #24 on: December 23, 2009 05:00:31 PM »

Do you remember exactly how much you used? Soap isn't perfume, so it's not like you should really smell it on you after you wash, but usually there is a bit of a scent if you really sniff lol! Can you smell it when you're lathering up?
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« Reply #25 on: December 23, 2009 08:08:37 PM »

Hi Guys!

I have another question. I've recently made the citrus soap that I mentioned earlier and a lavender scented green tea soap. With each one, however, I've noticed that even though the bar of soap smells good, the scent doesn't transfer to my skin. Is this a common problem? I usually opt for a moderate level of scent, but I'm wondering if I should be more heavy handed with the scent in anticipation of it dissipating.

MareMare summed it up pretty well with the perfume analogy. Going heavy handed on the scent might make it a little more perfumey on your skin, but really the purpose of frou-frou smelling soap is to smell good in the shower. The actual soap part should rinse off whatever scent is in it.

You can try increasing the scent, but remember not to go over the max. usage!
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« Reply #26 on: December 23, 2009 08:15:38 PM »

Well, each batch had 30 oz of oil and I used 3.5 teaspoons of lavender eo for the first batch and 3 teaspoons of orange eo & 2 teaspoons litsea cubeba for the second batch.

It does smell a bit as it lathers but not as strongly as it does when the bar is dry.
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« Reply #27 on: December 23, 2009 08:35:56 PM »

What I do when I want to actually smell like whatever FO/EO I'm in love with (BB's White Tea & Ginger is generally my favorite) is make a solid perfume out of it. You can buy an unscented solid perfume base and treat it like M&P and add scent, or you can make your own:

For 3oz. use*:

.6oz beeswax
1oz. soft butter (shea, avocado, mango, vegetable shortening, whatever is on hand!)
1.3oz. oil (typically I use olive or sunflower; quality doesn't really matter here)
.3-.5oz FO/EO

In a small bowl or measuring cup melt the beeswax, butter & oil. Add FO/EO and stir. Pour into any container with a lid. Lip pots work great for this. Apply to pulse points as needed. Smiley

*This is in my soap notebook and I've been using it for a couple years. I have marked in the margin that the the oil content is "different from website" but for the life of me I have no idea where that would be! Basically I'm trying to give credit to from whomever I found this lovely recipe! Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: December 23, 2009 08:53:55 PM »

For a 30 oz oil batch I would use almost 2 ounces of eo's/fo's, so I think at 3.5 and 5 teaspoons you are using much less than I would.  My basic rule of thumb is 1 ounce per pound of base oils, I go lighter on some scents like mints and stuff and heavier on citruses.
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« Reply #29 on: December 23, 2009 09:24:10 PM »

Thank you so much, ladies  Cheesy Grin Cool!!!! This was really bugging me because these soaps have been smelling just fine for the past couple of weeks, but it seemed like as soon as the water hit the soap, it over-powered the scent.  I'll try out your advice on my next batch of soap.

That perfume bar sounds interesting, Nymeria, I think I might try that sometime soon, too.

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