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
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.
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.
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.
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 ½ tbsp pine, 1 tbsp lavender, 1 ½ tbsp eucalyptus, ½ 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)
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").