Soap Making Fragrance Oil: Another Source of Scents
If you have ever been to a store or craft booth that specializes in homemade soap, what is the first thing you do when you come across a bar that peaks your interest? You smell it! Fragrance is one of the most attractive things that can be found in soap. As such, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with soap making fragrance oils.
What is Soap Making Fragrance Oil?
Soap making fragrance oil is a synthetic material created to replicate scents for different uses. These synthetic materials are used because of the difficulty that exists in fully capturing some scents that are found in nature. One such scent is that of the strawberry. If you find an oil that claims to provide a strawberry scent to your soap, you know that it is, in fact, a synthetic fragrance oil.
Aren’t Soap Making Fragrance Oils the Same as Essential Oils?
No, they are not. Soap making fragrance oils can be a combination of essential oils and synthetic materials. However, essential oils contain only extracts from botanical sources with no additional additives.
Many soapmakers choose not to use fragrance oils because they are not completely natural. Instead, they choose to scent their soap with pure essential oils. Whether or not you choose to employ fragrance oils in your soap making endeavors is up to you. However, be aware that the artificial nature of these oils sometime cause problems with the saponification process. This can lead to your soap mixture seizing before you can pour it into the mold. To avoid this situation, be sure that the fragrance oil you choose is rated for soap making.
It should also be noted that not all of the fragrances out there are suitable for all types of skin. This is true for essential oils as well as fragrance oils. It goes without saying that if you or the other users of your soap have sensitive skin, you should research the ingredients of the soap making fragrance oil to ensure that it does not contain anything that will act as an irritant. You may even want to consult your dermatologist.