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!