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Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

February 20, 2007
10:37 PM

Post #3209367

What are some of your favorite essential oil combinations for adding to soaps?

rosemary e o w/ thyme leaves
is one of mine. I am in the process of switching from fragrance oils to essential oils, but i like to combine the eo's with herbs, and need some ideas? any help would be appreciated

Of course lavender eo with lavender flowers is wonderful.

clary sage eo with ground sage leaves

I love any kind of citrus eo (essential oil)

I also love combining rosemary eo with peppermint eo
and I love
peppermint eo with chopped up peppermint leaves.

Lemon eo with lemon grass dehydrated and ground up

Lemon grass & sage is a good combination. you could use clary sage eo

what are your faves

Interlachen, FL
(Zone 9a)

February 21, 2007
4:39 PM

Post #3211589

I've used Eucalyptus EO with ground thyme and dill weed in soapmaking. It makes a rather masculine scent with a nice green color.

I also like to clean with a mixture of Sweet Orange EO and Eucalyptus EO, i.e., cleaning and disinfecting at the same time, LOL.

Thanks for bringing up this topic!
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

February 21, 2007
5:13 PM

Post #3211679

OH I like the eucalyptus with ground thyme, sounds great, I do the orange eo with ground orange peel.
Redford, MI

April 3, 2007
1:55 PM

Post #3351137

Lemon or bergamot with coriander EOs

My favorite herbs to mix in my soap are dill weed or calendula petals. My sensitive skin doesn't like rough herbs, even my oatmeal has to be super fine!
Los Angeles, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 3, 2007
2:30 PM

Post #3351244

Rosewood & bergamot or rosewood by itself is great! One of my favs and one of my top selling face soaps.

Sultan, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 3, 2007
2:53 PM

Post #3351312

Ginger and Jasmine EO. For this soap, I don't like to add herbs. I mill it for texture and leave it it's natural color.

I love lemon EO with finely ground cornmeal for a gardeners soap. I saw a cute presentation, where the crafter had used sand instead and used a small terracotta pot for the mold (lined of course).

I also love Geranium with Grapefruit. I guess if I was in the habit of adding herbs to my soap (maybe I should try it) I'd use dried and crushed rose petals for the color.

Rosewood and Bergamot sounds divine!

This message was edited Apr 3, 2007 12:01 PM
Los Angeles, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 3, 2007
4:52 PM

Post #3351686

Renwings, the rosewood and bergamot really are a fabulous combination. I anchor it a bit by mixing it into 2oz of castor oil.
Millington, MD

July 16, 2007
6:54 PM

Post #3743026

That rosewood and bergamot does sound great does it have a nice strong scent to a five pound batch of soap cause that what I do at a time and how much of each do you add.
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

July 16, 2007
7:58 PM

Post #3743252

I normally add about 2 oz for a 3 pound batch, but you can go to and there is a fragrance calculator there that can help you better than I can
Los Angeles, CA
(Zone 10a)

July 16, 2007
9:20 PM

Post #3743532

Maria, I only add about 2oz of this combo for the 5lb batch. Rosewood is very fragrant aka strong for some, and since I use this bar as a face soap, I keep it where it smells good but not over powering and bergamot and rosewood are two strong power essential oils.
United Kingdom

November 26, 2008
12:19 AM

Post #5831178

I have seen Essential Oil specialist suppliers in online.They are members of the Aromatherapy Trade Council.I hope this will help u.
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

November 26, 2008
12:47 AM

Post #5831286

Is that your web site? not sure if i'd be wanting to buy eo's from another country or not, shipping would be outragious .

but thanks anyways.
Coal Center, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 1, 2008
3:15 AM

Post #5846163

Lavender .. lavender .. lavender .. lavender ...
just lavender .. LOL
Rock Hill, SC
(Zone 7b)

December 16, 2008
5:43 PM

Post #5898018

It would be a tossup between grapefruit and lavender...
Chariton, IA
(Zone 5b)

January 14, 2009
4:29 AM

Post #6003439

Patchouli and Cloves is a favorite of mine.
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 14, 2009
4:39 AM

Post #6003469

I love clove scent, How are you doing? been a while. Hope your doing fine.

Chariton, IA
(Zone 5b)

January 14, 2009
3:33 PM

Post #6004374

Doing pretty good. Have MIL in the hospital right now and going today to see Jim's oncologist for the results of his last lung scan. It's cold. Going down to -14 tonight. Burrrr...
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 14, 2009
4:38 PM

Post #6004695

we're suppose to get l5 I think tomorrow night. Hope that lung scan give s you guys the results you are looking for.

Glad t o hear your doing well.
Chariton, IA
(Zone 5b)

January 14, 2009
5:03 PM

Post #6004798

Thanks Kathy...we would love to have even your 15 degrees. It would feel like a heat wave.

This isn't an essential oil, but a fragrance oil that is suitable for soap. I love it and it's called Sleeptime. My girls made me a batch of soap for Christmas using it and for me, it ranks right up there with Patchoulli/Cloves for a soap fragrance.
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 14, 2009
7:58 PM

Post #6005443

Sounds divine
Central, VA
(Zone 7b)

January 15, 2009
9:57 PM

Post #6009731

1. Lavender
2. Lemon Verbena
3. Rose Geranium
4. Bergamot
5. Vetiver
6. Sweet Annie
7. Thyme
8. Clove
9. Patchoulli
10. Violet

Maybe not in that order, but always Lavender first.
Coal Center, PA
(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2009
2:29 PM

Post #6011940

It's -4 actual here right now, not counting wind chill which is supposed to go on all day )-;
Maybe I will make some soap :-)
I agree with Pamgarden. Lavender is always first, but others can be nice, too.
Shirley, hoping your tests turn out good.

This message was edited Jan 16, 2009 9:30 AM
Dammeron Valley, UT
(Zone 6b)

August 18, 2009
7:17 PM

Post #6961553

Obviously, it's been a while since the last post, but...

Kathy_Ann, most herbs will turn brown in soap, but still have an appealing look to them. Parsley is excellent for a green color with green flakes and it usually keeps it's color. Other herbs that I've used (almost always powdered) include turmeric, rose hip seed, rosemary, rose petals, lavender buds, clay (red, white, or green can be used), cocoa powder, pumice, corn meal, beet root, cinnamon, and coffee (used as the liquid in the recipe). Some EOs lend their own color to the soap as well. I've used EOs ever since I started making soap over 5 years ago and just recently tried a couple of FOs (then I felt like I was cheating). :)

I've found a few combinations that are really nice. For about 5 lbs of soap:

"Tension Tamer" 6 tsp orange, 4 tsp nugmeg, 4 tsp lavender, and 2 tsp lemongrass and I usually color it with cocoa powder - about 3 Tbsp mixed into 1.5 oz cocoa butter and added at light trace.

"Forest Fresh" 1 tbsp pine, 1 tbsp lavender, 1 tbsp eucalyptus, tbsp + 1 tsp cedarwood (really nice in winter)

"Enlighten" 5 tsp lime, 3 tsp rosemary, 3 tsp spearmint, 3 tsp lemon, 2 tsp peppermint colored with parsley mixed with cocoa butter (This is also one of my better sellers at Farmers Market)

"Citrus Grove" 8 tsp orange, 4 tsp lemon, 4 tsp grapefruit, 2 tsp cedarwood colored with 2 Tbsp turmeric mixed with cocoa butter

A great source for EO combinations is the book "500 Formulas for Aromatherapy" by Carol and David Schiller. I just adapt their combinations for use in soap. That's where all of the above combos came from, but the 'names' have been changed (they don't really name their combinations, they have sections with several ideas - i.e. "premenstrual syndrome" or "refreshing").

Have fun and enjoy the journey!
Tacoma, WA

May 20, 2010
11:12 AM

Post #7810879

A few good companies I have used before are:

For Oils - Camden Grey
-I felt they had good pricing and a good selection.

For Medicinal & Culinary Herb Seeds - Backyard Heirloom Seeds & Herbs
- Affordable Herb Garden Sets -

I perfer fresh herbs in my soaps! LOVE comfrey , chickweed, plantain, calendula and lemon grass!
Interesting ideas though...I may try the parsley, coco powder and the rosewood/ berg. combo. :0)
Saint Charles, MO

June 1, 2010
11:14 AM

Post #7848864

I recently made a soap with lavender, patchouli and orange valencia eo's. It smells really good! A new favorite.
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

June 1, 2010
1:53 PM

Post #7849356

This message was edited Jun 1, 2010 4:11 PM

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