Time for adventures in Mystery Fragrance soap making! In case you haven't been following along, I am testing 8 mystery fragrances for Bramble Berry, as a part of their Summer 2015 S.O.A.P. Panel. I have absolutely nothing to go on for these fragrances, other than they come in little amber bottles. It's up to me and the other panelists to test them out and see what happens.
If you remember from last week, here's what we had to say about Scent #2:
K: Yuck. Patchouli, lots of patchouli. Not a fan.
M: This one smells like a new age store, like the incense or whatever they have in them. Or hippies.
C: I don't know what to think about this one. Food-like, but not. Cocoa? Maybe caramel.
H: familiar, but I'm not sure. Bourbon? Amaretto?
With all this in mind, I decided to test it (and all the other scents) in multiple products to see how it worked.
First up was cold process soap again. I used 0.5 ounces of fragrance in my standard cold process recipe. No color was added to the batch, except for a mica swirl on top. Here's what it looked like freshly poured:
And then after cutting:
It will go on the curing shelf now for the next few weeks. It still smells very patchouli-ish, but I don't seem to mind it as much. We'll see how it holds up! This one did not seem to discolor at all. The whole bar is still nice and creamy white. It did get quite the case of soda ash though.
I modified the lotion recipe I used for Scent #1 so I can compare various oil/butter combinations and see what I end up liking best. New product research in addition to mystery testing!
Still a little bubbly, but it doesn't seem to be as bad as the first batch. I seem to have a little less than the previous batch. Interesting. This scent is actually really nice in lotion! I'm enjoying it much more than I thought I would. Perhaps this is one of those fragrances that mellows out and changes some as it is used.
On to bath bomb testing! I managed to get my colorant mixed in better this time. Still 5 little bath bombs, and the scent isn't as strong in these. The more I use this fragrance, the more I am finding I like it.
Finally, on to the melt and pour base. The fragrance seems to have faded in these, or maybe it's just that I've smelled so much of it in these other products that I'm sort of desensitized to it. I'll have to come back later and smell these first to make sure.
Once again, we'll have to see how it all holds up over the next several weeks. I'm really pleased with this scent, and that's sort of a surprise to me. I don't generally like patchouli-ish scents, so to be enjoying this one is a pleasant surprise. I would have bet money that this one would have probably been my least favorite. Instead, of the two I've tested so far, I like it the best!