Discussion: I’m peachy keen about fragrances! (Groan…) What are you using this summer?

I’m testing out a few batches of a super fluffy body wash with protein based surfactants thickened with gellan gum and carageenan – thanks to Shannon at IMCD for sending these to me! – and I couldn’t resist fragrancing it with market peach from Windy Point Soap Making Supplies to give it that fresh summer…...

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Experiments in the workshop: Fragrance and essential oils with Iselux Ultra Mild

Just a few of the many many samples I’ve created for the Iselux Ultra Mild surfactant – which I bought from Windy Point Soap Making Supplies. It takes ages to test out different ways it might thicken, what might thin it, how it clears up, and how stable it is over time. I have at…...

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Happy National Sense of Smell Day!

My lovely colleague and future columnist for the blog, the amazing Ginger of Neos Skin Care, brought to my attention that it’s National Sense of Smell Day! (Click to see her Facebook page!) I’m always a huge fan of Yuzu or white chocolate from Voyageur Soap & Candle Company, and blood orange & goji and…...

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Q&A: Why did my products using Amber Romance type fragrance oil smell like rotten eggs?

In the October Q&A post, Amy asked, So here’s a stinky question! I’ve used Amber Romance (amazing scent) fragrance oil by fragrance buddy, in a batch of shampoo bars and a lotion bars, and a few days later they started smelling like rotten eggs 🤮. WHY?? Maybe because they’re heated? I haven’t had any other fragrances do…...

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Discussion: What are your favourite fragrance oils right now? Which ones do you want to try?

I can’t stop buying fragrances as there are just so many lovely ones! I’m definitely a foodie, but I’m trying to get out of my comfort zone by trying new ones. These are some of my newest ones. I thought I’d get a few opinions, so here’s who I had test them out! Raymond, my…...

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Questions from Patreon: How to make fragrances last longer?

On my Patreon site, there’s a section for questions and answers each month. Since Patreon is a massive pain in the bum to navigate sometimes, I’m posting the questions and answers here for everyone to read. I hope you enjoy these over the next few days! In May, Catherine asked: What is the best “fixative”…...

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Weekday Wonderings: Did my oil turn my lovely body butter brown?

I’m slowly working my way through the comments you’ve left me over the last few months, and I’ll be posting those I think would appeal to a larger audience over the next little while. If you have a question, please comment on a relevant post, regardless of how old it might be, and I’ll do…...

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Weekday Wonderings: Can I use a solubilizer after making something with oils?

Thanks so much for supporting the blog by visiting! I can see a rise in the stats and comments already, and I appreciate it! Also, thank you for supporting us on Patreon! This month’s e-zine for subscribers will be about gels – carbomers, EMT 10, ZEN, xanthan gum, and more! I’ve been having great fun…...

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Surfactants and fragrances…

I realize these posts are a real blast from the past – they’re some of the first ones I wrote in 2009 – but I think it’s worth a re-visit to learn more about how fragrance and essential oils will impact your surfactant blends, including shampoos, bubble baths, and body washes. Fragrances and viscosityFragrances and…...

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What do you want to know? Why can fragrance or essential oil be added to emulsified products after it’s cooled? Can we add perfume to our products? How to make a jelly-like salve?

In the What do you want to know? post, Marjo took the opportunity to ask a bunch of great questions. Let’s take a look at a few of them here. WHY CAN WE ADD FRAGRANCE TO LOTIONS AFTER THEY HAVE COOLED?Why can fragrance oil be added later on.. does it not ‘ sweat’ out of…...

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