8.26.2013

orange patchouli

I've been making sweeter, fruity scented soaps lately and thought I'd change it up a little by doing a patchouli blend.   I have lavender and peppermint, but wasn't sure if I would like it, so decided to keep it simple and just go with sweet orange essential oil.  It seemed "safer" to me, since I prefer sweeter scents.  I went with 70/30 (orange/patch) and so glad I did!  I hope the orange hangs on too, because right now the soap smells really nice.  You can definitely smell the patchouli, but it's not overpowering at all...it's a nice balance. 



I didn't use a colorant...just wanted to see what color it would turn from the fragrance, essential oil, and the small amount of honey (there's ground oats in there, too).  They turned out a light tan. 

I was surprised that the soap didn't gel.  The only thing I didn't do was put a towel over the mold when I "put it to bed" because I thought with the honey being in there, it would gel no problem.  But it didn't, so I had to wait about three days before I could even touch the bars.  I don't know how you non-gellers do it, lol...I don't have that kind of patience!



I've been favoring my small slab molds...can you tell?!  There's another reason too...I just started selling my soaps in a new gift store in town, so I've been trying to be consistent with the look of my bars.  We'll see how it goes...I really hope it works out! 

22 comments:

  1. A very simple and beautiful soap. That is the soap I like best. I have to try that EO blend. It sounds so good.

    I very seldom gel my soaps. They are softer in the beginning, but in a week I can´t notice any difference. I also use sodium lactate and sour goat milk makes so hard and wonderful bars.

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    1. Thanks Marika! It's actually both an EO (orange) and FO (Patchouli) blend. I didn't want to spend the money on Patch EO just yet, lol...the FO is actually really nice. I read that this one (from Peak) is best to use in blends.

      That's right...I remember you use sour goat milk. I didn't know it helped with bar hardness. Good to know!

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  2. Congratulations on your retail sales! I'm sure they'll do great! I haven't yet tried any patchouli - I'm often really put off by that fragrance. I need to try some soft blends to get used to it, I think :)

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    1. Thanks Chrissy! I hope the owner's new store does well..it's focus is on handmade, and I hope my soaps go over well, too.

      LOL...I wasn't the biggest Patch fan either, especially on it's own, but it's not bad blended. Right now when I smell a bar, the orange hits me the same time as the Patchouli...that's why I hope the orange hangs on because I like the sweetness in there! :)

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  3. I love the creamy look of your soap! I too prefer not to gel...the colors are softer and creamer looking, but it is tough to wait LOL! Good luck on your new adventure!

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    1. Thank you Gloria...I knew you were one that prefers to not gel, the colors of your soaps are always so pretty! It WAS tough to wait, lol...I just wanted to get my hands on the bars and clean them up, but they were super soft. I do not have the patience! :D

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  4. Beautiful, Kalla! I love orange and patchouli together. The honey and ground oats will make it super luxurious. And congrats on selling your soaps in a shop! Good luck, and best wishes to you!

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    1. Thanks Jenny (on both the soap and selling)! Part of me wanted to be adventurous and experiment blending with lavender or peppermint, but I played it safe and went with the sweet orange. I agree, it's a really nice blend! :)

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  5. Your your soap looks perfect, as always, and the scent combo sounds really good. Congratulations on starting to sell in a shop! I hope you sell lots and lots, especially with the coming holidays. :-)

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  6. Gorgeous, creamy looking soap Kalla! The fragrance blend sounds amazing too. Good luck with selling in the shop, I know you'll do well! :)

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    1. Thanks Christine...and thanks for the encouragement!

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  7. I love this OE blend, too and is quite stable in soap.
    GOOD LUCK on your new adventure!

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    1. Thanks! Good to hear the blend it stable...I really want the orange to stay. :)

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  8. Congrats on your deal,Kalla and good luck!The soap looks so creamy and silky and huge. In fact,all your soaps look huge,are they?

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    1. Thanks Maja! They fit nicely in my hand..the bars are approximately 3.25" long x 2.25" wide, and depends on how thick I pour them. These ones are really thick, and after just being cut, they are around 5 oz.

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  9. I have already tried this EO blend and I really liked it!
    Your soap turned out simple very beautiful, Kalla!

    Cogratulation on your deal, Kalla!

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  10. Just gorgeous! I always love simple soaps that can express so much without having a design in them. Nicely done! =)

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    1. Aw, thanks Anne-Marie :) I should probably be a little more adventurous with colors and techniques, lol...but simple soaps are what I like to do best!

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  11. Very pretty and creamy!

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    1. Thank you! It is still smelling great!

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