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 #4:
M: Chocolate (and I have no idea how to describe the face/sound she made when smelling this one!)
C: It's like the peppermint bark you get at Christmas time
H: ANDES MINTS. (she was very excited!)
With all this in mind, I decided to test it (and all the other scents) in multiple products to see how it worked.
And then after cutting:
I sort of thought this fragrance might discolor, because it smelled so much like chocolate. It seems that I was right about that, but it will be interesting to see exactly how much it discolors through the curing process. Right now it's just a very little bit tan, so it wouldn't interfere too much with colors and designs. It will go on the curing shelf now for the next few weeks. It is smelling very fresh and chocolately. I really like this scent, and I think it would be good for a Christmas soap.
Once again, I modified the lotion recipe I used for Scents #1, #2, and #3 so I can compare various oil/butter combinations. While I like the texture and feel of lotion #3 the best so far, I'm wondering if I can make a lotion that isn't quite so thick. After all, I do want it to come out of the bottle when it is used!
Still bubbly. I've just accepted this as fact by this point. After I've finished testing these mystery fragrances, I will make a bigger batch and see if that alleviates this bubble issue I'm having. Oddly enough, this batch is filling the bottle more than 2 or 3. Yes, all my recipes have been different as far as the oils and butters, but I'm keeping the total ingredient weight the same (100 g). So I'm not really sure what that's about. I'm guessing I mixed 1 and 4 longer than 2 and 3? Maybe I should time the mixing part. As far as the scent goes...oh wow. I've never really understood it when people say "it looks/smells so good I want to eat it." Because it's usually soap, and I always think yuck. But guess who wants to eat this lotion? Yep, I do. Not going to, but I really want to.
Bath bomb time! My 5 little bath bombs are still here and they are awesome. So fresh and minty clean!
The melt and pour soaps are also cute and fresh. These sort of remind me of toothpaste instead of peppermint chocolate, so that's interesting. I still like it though.
The next few weeks will be interesting to see how they develop. My favorite product with this scent is by far the lotion. I open the bottle every time I walk by, and more often than not put some on. I like the feel of the lotion, and it seems a little thinner than my previous attempts, but not by much. I'm not sure I quite like the texture though. More experimentation is needed to get it perfect!