Soap Challenge – Week 5 Link-Up

Oh, how I wish we could smell through our monitors into all the wonderful soap photos of this week’s challenge! I hope everyone was able to come up with at least one scent blend that they are over-the-moon excited about!

I told you about my project – to create an all-natural scent blend for my Oatmeal, Milk & Honey soap, and I’m pretty pleased with the results! I did deviate just a bit from my test batch when I made the full-sized batch this week, which was both good and bad. Here is my video update:

Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Soap by Great Cakes Soapworks

I still have some of the previous batch of Oatmeal, Milk & Honey available. (Click the photo to order.) It has more of a Honey Almond scent, which was supposed to be all-natural, but now the supplier is saying it could have some synthetic fragrance in it. So that’s why I had to do the challenge! I figure if I make the blend myself, I know what’s in it!

I also promised to provide a few more scent blend ideas for you today.
Here is a guest post by Lori Nova on the Soap Queen blog about her top 10 essential oils and how she likes to blend them.

When I come across scent blend ideas, I copy them into my “Scent Blend” document and pull it out when I need a little inspiration. Here are a few essential oil blends I’ve collected that others recommended to me:

6 parts lavender
4 parts lime
2 parts peppermint

2 parts pink grapefruit
1 part cedarwood

2 parts rose geranium
2 parts lavender
1 part ylang-ylang

3 parts pine
2 parts peppermint
2 parts eucalyptus

Thieves blend: equal amounts of eucalyptus, rosemary, cinnamon, clove and lemon.

Dreamcatcher blend:
2 parts 5x orange
1 part clary sage
1 part lemongrass

Sensual blend (adjust as needed):
7 parts patchouli
2 parts bergamot
2 parts orange
2 parts geranium
2 parts ylang ylang

Now we are ready to see (wish we could SMELL) what you’ve been up to this week! Remember, since we can’t actually smell your soap, I asked you to at least share what you put in your blend. It is up to you whether you want to share amounts.

Bloggers: Create a post telling us about your scent blending adventures and show us some photos! Please include a link back to my blog in your post (either the home page, or this post should work nicely!).

Facebook business page photos: Upload your photo(s) into a photo album, and write a descriptive caption on the photo you are linking up to this post – including what you put in your scent blend! To link the photo, click on it, then copy and paste the URL into the “blog post URL” blank at the top. In the next step, it will show your photo, and you will need to select it. (If you press the “crop” button instead, you can adjust what the thumbnail of your photo will look like.)

YouTubers: You can create a link to a YouTube video of your soap! There will be a little frog icon instead of a thumbnail photo of the soap, but anyone who clicks on your link will be able to see your video. Starting on your video page, click the “share” button and copy the URL. You can use this URL for the “blog post URL” blank. Then in the next step, ignore all the tiny blue boxes and click the “direct image URL” tab across the top and paste the URL of your youtube video in the blank again and hit the “submit query” button.

Uploading a photo from your computer: If you don’t have a blog or business page on facebook or a youtube video, you can still upload a photo from your computer. Just put n/a in the “blog post URL” blank and go to the next step. It will give you an error message, but it will still work! Just click the tab across the top that says “upload from computer” and you will be able to browse your files and upload a photo. I will remove the dead link ASAP.


11 thoughts on “Soap Challenge – Week 5 Link-Up

  1. says:

    I really like the look of your OMH. It’s always a comforting looking soap. I decided to sit out the challenge this week but I’m already planning my faux funnel!

  2. says:

    I have to say I’m really enjoying reading everyone’s stories about their blending and soaping experiences this week! I’ve only read a few so far, but you’re all great! You are inspiring me to finally start a blog so I can write about my soaping experiences in more detail then a paragraph accompanying a photo on my FB page. I still have to cut my soap and take pictures. I want to let my soap set up a while longer so will post my photo tomorrow.

  3. says:

    I have just stumbled onto this challenge, and have looked up some of the bloggers doing it. Amazing. I am just wondering if it is too late to join, I really don’t mind if it is, I’ll just keep reading what everybody else is doing and get inspired.

  4. says:

    I really love the looks of your oatmeal, milk, and honey! I love the wholesomeness (hope I spelled it right) of this kind of soap. I also want to thank you for your paper towel trick for blending scents. It beats the heck out of toothpicks or cotton swabs. Very nice!!!

    Diana

  5. says:

    Your OMH looks so yummy your customers are very lucky indeed. I like how ypou use the paper toweling for the experimental blends. I did the q tip way in baby jars. Yours if far superior in my opinion. I take the standard OMH from a few different suppliers and then add things also. Using EO’s is very scary to me! Your video is so thorough and we are pretty blessed to have you mentoring these challenges, the good, the lumpy, the bumpy and the smooth!

  6. says:

    Thanks again, Amy, for a wonderful tutorial and challenge! Everyone’s blends sound delicious and soaps (as always) look divine! My blend description didn’t come through with the picture. Santa Barbara Soaps blend: ruby red grapefruit (eo) + neroli orange blossom (fo) + ginger CO2 (eo) + litsea (eo) + bergamot (eo) + ylang ylang (eo).

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