Soap Making Tips: How to Add Fragrance to Homemade Soaps
While making your very own soap at home, you can add the color and fragrance of your choice to the soap once the Melt and Pour soap that you will be using for this purpose is fully melted. In fact one of the advantages of making your own soap is that it gives you the opportunity to experiment with colors and fragrances, and to add the right type and quantity of these in accordance with your taste. What makes it really special is that you have a truly wide choice of toiletry safe fragrance, and chances are that if you can think of a fragrance, you should be able to get it from the market.
You can melt the glycerin (Melt and Pour) base in a double boiler or a microwave oven. When the base has fully melted, remove it from the microwave or the boiler, pop out the bubbles if there are any, and stir well to ensure that the entire mass is a homogeneous liquid. Once this is done, it is time for you to add the fragrance of your choice. Just add the toiletry safe fragrance that you have bought from the store, stirring the liquid well.
There is no fixed standard for the quantity of fragrance that you need to add. In fact that is one of the attractions and challenges involved in making your own soap. However, you will need to have some rough idea to get going. One rule of thumb could be that you can add two tablespoons of fragrance for every pound of glycerin soap. Depending on which scent you are using you may have to add a little more scent for light fragrances such as orange and lemon since they tend to lose their aroma with time.
Apart from choosing the fragrance itself and determining the quantity of the fragrance that you want to add to the soap, you can also experiment by mixing fragrances. This is a third variable that can give wings to your creative flights and make your soap truly unique.
If you’re wondering whether there could really be much variety in the matter of scents, look at this small and partial list. Some of the easily and widely available scents include Almond, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Lavender, Peppermint, Patchouli, Rose, Jasmine, Honey, Coconut, Vanilla Bean, Apple, Cedar, Orange, Pine, Lemon, and pumpkin. There are many more that are available. Moreover, if you mix fragrances, you get still more so that you will never be at a loss for variety.
How to choose a fragrance for your soap? As we have seen, it’s essentially a matter of taste and your choice, along with your creativity and ingenuity. The time of the day when the soap is likely to be used, the place where it will be used and the person using it will influence the decision so that it is not purely a matter of your taste alone. For example, if you are looking for a soap that could be used at the end of the day, you could select a fragrance that is soothing.
Remember that much of the fun and advantage of making your own soap lies in the way you use your imagination and creativity with these two variables – color and scent. Use your judgment and time will shape you up into an expert. Just imagine what fun it would be to give your friends a homemade soap that has a unique fragrance (and color, if possible) that they cannot get easily in the market.
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