Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Essential Oil Blend

I have been interested for some time to soap with Essential Oils.  All of my soaping is done with fragrance oils and I have yet to try Essential Oils.

Why?  Well for one they are bit more costly and while I have gained more experience and started to feel more comfortable with my soaping, I still do have my occasional "oops".  It's bad enough that I may compromise precious oils (Peacock Swirl...), but even fragrances I am sad to waste as well (Peacock Swirl...). 

I think I found myself finally ready to give it a try.  Now, I am a little lost when it comes to Essential Oils.  Aside from Lavender and Lemongrass, it's all pretty foreign to me.  Browsing Bramble Berry's site it was a little tough to come to a final decision.  I knew I did not want to try Lavender so instead I decided to give Karma a try. 

Here is Bramble Berry's description of Karma Essential Oil Blend:
blend comprised of: Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon Cablin), Orange Oil (Citrus Dulcis), Lavendin Oil (Lavendula Hybrida), Pine Oil (Pinus), Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogan Flexuosus), Elemi Oil (Canarium Commune), and Gardenia Extract (Gardenia Jasminoides).

I would call this a sexy scent.  Very alluring and spicy :)

Now I had recently shopped my local Trader Joe's and stocked up on some Goat Milk.  This was going to be my special soap.  I also used my 9 bar slab mold.  I just recently recalculated the volume of how much soap to make and I must say I got a little too ambitious.  My bars turned out pretty huge!  I had to cut them in half.



Since I was feeling the spicy I decided to try some "Fall" like colors.  Now I did got a little carried away with the black and next time, "less is best!"




Let me tell you, after my peacock swirl "challenges" I was VERY happy with my swirls.  I am in love with this look!!! Reminds me of rich caramel in some ways.




Do you have any Essential Oils that you would recommend I use? 

Thanks for checking out my blog!
 
HAPPY SOAPING!!!
ROXANA
 
 

12 comments:

  1. Now you nailed it. It is an amazing soap! And the essential oil blend is my favorite one.
    I`m also new with essential oils. Mainly because they are very expensive in Finland and you can only get a few of them.

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    1. Thank you! I am quite happy with this one for sure.

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  2. I love it,Roxana, it's gorgeous! But, I must disagree about adding black- 1. it's perfect, 2. if you go with less, you end up with gray! So, stick to your amount!
    I don't use much e.o-s mostly for the same reasons as Marika. And furthemore, I don't believe they retain their benefitial properties after going through saponification process. So, why waste them, then? These are only my thoughts. I use them just in case I don't have an apropriate f.o. for the design I'm going for, or when making 100% natural soap!
    But, I understand and respect others' commitment to making only 100% natural soaps!

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    1. Thanks Maja! You know, It did not occur to me that it would turn gray. I guess the deep black is ok after all!

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  3. A fall soap, how forward thinking of you! I can see the caramel apples and apple cider in your soap and it's making me crave fall, even though we really haven't had summer here yet. :) It's beautiful and delicious looking.

    I bought Litsea EO from Otion but I haven't tried using it yet for the same reason as you. I don't want to flub it in something I'm not happy with.

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  4. Love, love, love this soap! The Karma Essential Oil blend fits perfectly with the color combination you chose and I know it smells absolutely fabulous. Thanks for sharing. =)

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    1. Thank you Anne-Marie! I am very happy with this design for sure.

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  5. That is a perfect fall soap Roxana and the swirl is to die for! That essential oil blend sounds amazing, I love anything with Patchouli!

    One of the recent EO blends that I tried and really liked was Palmarosa + Geranium, it's a very soft blend. The EOs I use most often are Peppermint, Tea Tree, Lavender and Sweet Orange. I also like Rosewood. I have to admit that I usually save my EOs to use in HP soap - that way I can get away with using less!

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  6. Beautiful color choices! I love how the design turned out - you continue to make such gorgeous soaps!

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  7. Wow, what a gorgeous soap, Roxana! I love those fall colors. They make me think of a bonfire. The essential oils blend sounds amazing!

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  8. Your soaps are amazing! They are beautiful, and the smell must be gorgeous!

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