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 #6:
M: Salted caramel
C: I want to eat it. Like an almond cookie
H: Chocolate brownies, maybe with a little orange
It turned a little pinkish about 30 minutes after pouring into the mold. And then after cutting:
This was another fragrance that I thought might discolor. This one got much darker than Fragrance #4 at this same stage, and I anticipate it getting fully chocolate colored. It seems to have lost the more chocolate-y scents I noticed at first, instead smelling more vanilla and almond. The chocolate isn't completely gone, but it's more in the background now.
Yet again, I modified the lotion recipe I have been using so I can compare various oil/butter combinations. I still like the combination that I used for #3 the best, but it's a fun journey to be on.
I'm not sure if it's apparent in this picture, but the lotion is just a little bit more yellow than the previous batches. I'm not certain if this is due to the fragrance or the fact that I happened to use Avocado Oil in this batch, which is a little more yellow than some of the other ones I've used. It's not something that is overly visible unless you really compare it to one of the previous batches. I guess I'll have to use Avocado Oil in another batch and try to pinpoint if it was the fragrance or oil that caused the slight yellowing.
The bath bombs aren't ugly and warty like the last batch, so that's good. I didn't use any color in these, so no ugly gray. You can't see it in the picture, but there are little tiny spots of brown in them. I didn't color these at all, so I'm guessing it a reaction with the fragrance. Since it is turning the soap brown, it seems like a reasonable assumption.
The melt and pour soaps discolored as well. This isn't unexpected since the fragrance discolored the cold process soap too. I didn't add color to any of these products since I thought they would discolor.
The next few weeks will be interesting to see how they develop. We'll have to wait and see exactly how dark the soaps get, both the melt and pour and the cold process. I'm having a blast playing around with these mystery fragrances!