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« on: January 29, 2009 03:02:00 PM »

So I would like to try some very simple M&P soap and massage oil for My Guy for V-Day. Beyond reading a book on Melt & Pour, I don't have any experience with this craft.

He's kind of picky with what scents he likes, like most men probably. He likes sandalwood, but loves vanilla and cinnamon. Sandalwood and vanilla aren't very hard to find, bath accessory-wise, so I thought I would make some cinnamon-scented swag.

My question is this: is cinnamon something that doesn't mix well with skin? Will using a Fragrance oil instead of Essential oil avoid any problems with the strength of cinnamon? Should I look for an oil that has another scent/herb blended with the cinnamon?

And since I haven't really found any info in the book that covers this, what is different from an Essential oil and an Extract, that makes EO's usable in soap/etc, but extracts not?
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2009 06:03:13 PM »

Cinnamon EO can be irritating on skin, but an FO should be fine as long as it's approved for use in soap.
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2009 06:50:44 PM »

Essential oil is a product that is pure plant essence. They are oil based and they are pretty close to being pure which-ever-plant you choose. The book definition is: "An oil is 'essential' in the sense that it carries a distinctive scent, or essence, of the plant." It you believe in alternative medicine or aromatherapy, they have the healing properties of that plant. (Lavender = calming, anti-inflammatory, etc.)

By extracts, I assume you're meaning the stuff you buy in the baking section at the store? That CANNOT be used in soap because it is alcohol based. If you go and grab your vanilla, orange, almond or whatever extract out of your cabinet, you'll see a large portion of it is alcohol, water and maybe some sugar and colorant. Alcohol and soap are NOT friends!!! Do NOT use extracts! (as your trivia fact of the evening, vanilla extract was initially produced with bourbon and vanilla, PERIOD. Nummy, huh? Smiley )

I would use cinnamon FO, as gigiallin said because cinnamon EO is very irritating to the skin. (Cinnamon and peppermint are the EOs you want to be careful with as one is irritating, and the other can be burning.)

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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2009 08:52:27 PM »

Excellent, thank you both!

The book I have, while interesting, is pretty spare on the "why" of it all. It mentions that extracts and baking sources Can't be used, just doesn't go into the reasoning. Thank you for satisfying my curiosity!
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