While I love the idea of creating my own unique scent blends, I really don't know much about the science of it all. Amy did a great job of explaining things, and provided some links to some great information on the subject. So I took a look at my stash and it seems I like citrus. So Citrus Bliss it is!
~ 3 parts orange ~ 1 part lime
~ 1 part litsea ~ 1 part ylang ylang
|Batch was split in 2. The first part was coloured with paprika infused oil and orange peel granules; to the second part I added annatto infused oil and ground calendula petals.|
|Sometimes I can embrace soda ash, but not this time - it was kinda splotchy, so I washed it off. Hence, the shiny tops.|
Colours aren't as vibrant as I had hope for, but I really like the texture. As for the scent - I like it. The orange is the first thing you smell, but I can detect the lime as well. Instead of a sweet orange it's more of a tart orange, which I prefer.
While I was making soap my daughter called; she is just finishing up the current semester at university in another city. I told her I was making a citrus blend for my weekly soap challenge and she suggested that I make a creamsicle soap. Hmmm. Orange and vanilla - I've got that. I don't think I have ever mixed an essential oil with a fragrance oil but hey, why not? Because vanilla, even 'non-darkening' vanilla turns brown, that's why not. But the point here is to experiment, right? So let's experiment....
There was no science involved in this formulation. I had exactly .5 oz of non-darkening vanilla fragrance oil, so to that I added 1 oz 5-fold orange essential oil and added this my 34 oz of oils.
|Two-thirds of the batch got the rest of my paprika infused oil, the remaining 1/3 got a dose of titanium dioxide.|
|The ash is embracable in this one.|
|Dreamsicle - with goats milk and greek yogurt.|
I cut these yesterday and today the orange is a little orangier and the ivory hasn't really darkened. That was a surprise. As was the partial gel. With both goats milk and yogurt I thought it best to pop this puppy in the freezer right away, but I still got a partial gel. Oh well, you really have to look to see it. And the smell - oh WOW - this is a keeper for sure! I love it. When I put it under hubby's nose he said "hey, that smells just like a creamsicle!" Yes it does! But I remember that delectable treat as a 'dreamsicle'; am I the only one?? I will definately be making this one again.
Be sure to check out Amy's blog for the other participants' results!