A few thoughts on how much fragrance oil to use in my formulas…

I’ve been formulating since 2006 and writing this blog since 2009, and fragrance oils have changed a lot during that time, becoming much, much stronger, so we need to use far less. Products into which I would have used 1% are now a bit strong at 0.3%. – so my recommendations are to use 0.1%...

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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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