A couple of days ago l posted this pic on facebook. New soap with a new Magnolia fragrance oil that l hadn’t tried before. I was quite excited, because it looked soooooo pretty, and l was hoping it wouldn’t be one of those fragrances that turned the soap brown like vanilla does.
A quick aside – l always buy my new fragrances in 100ml bottles – there are smaller 15ml or 25ml ones available, but l figure l just can’t be bothered – most of them work out fine once you’ve learned the initial fragrance temperaments and how they behave in soap, so l am usually willing to ‘risk it for a biscuit’ so to speak. Because the odds are if that l only bought a small bottle the tiny batch of soap it was used in would turn out fabulous and then l’d be wishing l had just bought the bigger bottle and made a huge batch to start with. It’s a bit hard getting excited about the design possibilities of three bars of soap LOL.
So l used a good 30 mls of fragrance in this 1kg soap loaf, as well as some pretty blue and pink colours and some red soap bits on top. lt turned out lovely if l do say so myself.
Here’s another pic with my Peppermint Rose christmas soap on the right hand side. The middle loaf is a lemon shampoo soap, and there is a log of Snow Candy on the left of the pic.
So can you imagine my horror when l sniffed it after cutting the bars, and it smells like NOTHING. Nothing whatsoever. Nothingy nothingly nothingness.
If l had to hazard a guess, it has a slightly ‘play doh’ kind of smell, not even a whiff of the nice soapiness you get from an unscented soap. lt’s like the Magnolia smell just morphed into a fragrance sucking monster and took all of the nice bits out of my soap and left it with a sort of rubbery dull after smell.
Not happy Jan!
This one will be going in the grater *sighs* or maybe l will have a go at making some of those little soap balls l see everyone using these days.
You live and learn hey. l will be paying much more attention to those 15ml bottles from now on.