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, here's what we had to say about Scent #3:
K: A nice and bright citrus scent, pretty sure I get both orange and grapefruit from it. Love this one.
M: Some sort of fruit, maybe a blossom type? Pear?
C: Love it. Citrus and fresh, maybe grapefruit.
H: That's nice, in a sort of memory causing way. Or some sort of citrus candy.
With all this in mind, I decided to test it (and all the other scents) in multiple products to see how it worked.
I actually at this point decided to reverse my testing order. I did lotions, melt and pour soaps, and bath bombs first, then used the remainder of the fragrance in cold process soap. But for continuity, I'll discuss each in the same order as the previous blog posts. I found it easier to do things in this order because there was less guessing how much fragrance was to be used in the cold process batch. 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 in the mold:
And then after cutting:
It will go on the curing shelf now for the next few weeks. It still smells very citrus-y! Sort of similar to Energy, but but Energy is more lemony and this one is more orange-ish. I really like it a lot! We'll see how it holds up, especially since I don't always have the best luck with citrus scents sticking in cold process soap. This soap is a little more yellow than the last one, which goes well with the citrus scent. Not overly yellow, just tinted very slightly.
I modified the lotion recipe I used for Scents #1 and #2 so I can compare various oil/butter combinations. I want to see what I end up liking best. New product research in addition to mystery testing. I'm all about the multi-tasking!
The lotion is still a little bubbly. I'm pretty sure by now that this is a by product of the batch being very small. Once I figure out the combination I like, I'll try a bigger batch and make sure the bubbles go away. This batch seems to be smaller than the first one too. I'm not really sure what to make of that, since the same total weight was used for all of them. I'm guessing it's some sort of mistake I'm making in the mixing after initial emulsification. Meanwhile, I am really enjoying this scent in lotion. I keep opening the bottle to take a sniff. I also think that this is the recipe I like best so far. I'm not sure if I should call these a lotion or a cream, since they are all a bit on the thick side. I like it though! I'm finding that these are thick enough that it's almost hard to get it to come out of the bottle!
Time for bath bombs. The same 5 little bath bombs, and the scent doesn't seem to be as strong. I'm not sure why this is, but maybe I need to use one to see if it comes back once you toss it in the tub.
Finally, on to the melt and pour soaps. I had colorant mixing problems with this one this time. Oops! I absolutely love these. I keep picking up the little cubes and taking a big whiff. They are just so sunshine-y and make me happy!
Once again, we'll have to see how it all holds up over the next several weeks. I'm really pleased with this scent. So far, it's my absolute favorite of the mystery fragrances. I really love it in all the different ways I've used it.