Fragrance Review-Bramble Berry

IMG_0190The very first fragrances I bought when I began learning to soap came from brambleberry.com and since then I have tried other suppliers but still keep coming back and getting more.I will say that you really need to read the reviews of any fragrance before you buy them because they don’t show any videos on how they perform in cold process soap, so the reviews are helpful in knowing if a fragrance is going to behave nicely or not. I have gotten some that have seized on me although in all fairness it may have been partially because of the temperature of my oils in some cases. I totally love almost all the fragrances I have gotten from Bramble Berry, I am just saying,”do your homework.” As for scents, I have only found one or two that I don’t care for out of all the ones I have either bought or gotten as a sample from them. (you always get a free sample from them when you place an order). One of those was Patchouli and Ginger……yuk! I didn’t like it out of the bottle or in the soap I tried it in. It behaved fine but I did not like the scent at all. On the other hand I have to say that the Oatmeal Milk& Honey is my favorite fragrance from Bramble Berry. I love this fragrance in everything and when I use it in soap it is even better after curing! I know other suppliers sell this fragrance but I will never buy it any place else because I love it so much and have never had a problem with it. It does discolor slightly but I usually just incorporate that color change into my plan so it isn’t an issue for me.Another fragrance which is probably one of the most requested one from family and friends is the Dragon’s Blood. Everyone, especially the guys, love this scent so this is another that I won’t get anywhere else. This one does discolor pretty dark brown and I think sometimes makes the suds brown when using the soap but it does wash away and I have not had anyone complain about that part of this fragrance. Tobbacco & Bay Leaf and Drakkar type are other”Man Cave” soaps I make that have been well received. They have also behaved well in soap. I think the Drakkar type gets scooped up pretty quickly and I will need to order more of that soon. On the woman’s side I have had great response to fragrances such as Neroli & Shea Blossom which is flowery and very girly! I have used it in soaps and lotions and it is lovely! Another is Champagne, which I usually blend with a citrus fragrance and it is very popular.On it’s own Champagne smells just as you would expect, bubbly and kind of like ginger ale lol. White Tea & Ginger is a fragrance I received as a sample and liked it so much that I had to order more. I also had purchased Black Raspberry Vanilla from Bramble Berry, then when I was out ordered from another supplier and did not care for it so I will stick with the original from now on. You also cannot go wrong with Fresh Snow, Crisp Cotton, or Celestial Waters. They are fantastic and what I call Spa fragrances. I can use these in everything from bath bombs to lotions and love them in all. A fragrance that really surprised me was Chipotle Caramel. I was unsure about this one out of the bottle but once cured in soap I really liked it! I also get good feedback from this fragrance as most people are also pleasantly surprised with the scent.

The only issue I have when ordering from Bramble Berry is the shipping costs. They are located on the west coast so shipping tends to be high for me ( Massachusetts) otherwise I would most likely order exclusively from them. They offer fantastic products and great customer service but sometimes I am just looking for a bargain so I wait for a good sale before ordering from them. All in all though I am very happy to purchase fragrances and feel confident that I will like them from this company and would highly recommend giving them a try.

Next up is the newbie…….Mad Oils

Fragrance Review-Be Scented

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The picture only shows a small portion of the fragrances I have bought from Be Scented.I have learned to purchase the 2 oz. size bottles so I can try them in soap before I decide if I like them or not. Sometimes a fragrance smells wonderful out of the bottle and then either doesn’t in soap or doesn’t hold strong through the curing process. Sometimes they just behave badly in the making of the soap so I would not want to be stuck with an 8 oz bottle of one of those. I have not found many of any of those from the Be Scented fragrances I have used so far. I love almost all of them. My favorite one by far is Forever Red type. It is so nice and holds well in soap and I even made solid perfume with it ( which was grabbed up by all my friends and family) My son’s girlfriend said she even took the one I gave her mother lol. I also love the the Candy Apple type fragrance.Very sweet smelling which I think is a hit with the kids too. One of the first fragrances I used from them was Rainbow Sherbet which I have used in a lot of different products and everyone seemed to like that one so that is why I decided to try more fragrances that I thought would be kids friendly.Sweet Berrylicious is one of those but I was on the fence with this one. It is ok but I probably won’t buy this on again.The winter fragrances that I got from Be Scented were Amazing! I got Mistletoe,Winter type,Holly Jolly and Frosted Snow Drop.I loved all of these and they all behaved beautifully. Frosted Snowdrop I think could be an all season fragrance. It is just so nice and fresh and makes me think of the outdoors. Avobath type (zesty lemon) and Pink Grapefruit and really popular citrus fragrances I have used in soaps and bathbombs which also seem to go fast.I don’t think you can go wrong with either of these. I have one friend in particular who wants everything I make in Avobath. For the mens fragrances, I have used Bay Rum which i did not like out of the bottle but once in soap and cured….I Love It! This is why you really need to use a fragrance in soap and let it cure before you can make a final decision. I though this one smelled like clove and was so strong when I first smelled it that I wanted to put it away for later.I am so glad I didn’t. It still smells a bit like cloves but it has mellowed out to a very nice manly fragrance that I think will do well. I have also used the Suit & Tie fragrance which is also very nice and I think the guys will like. Definitely seems to be well received so far.The only “man cave” fragrance I have used so far from Be Scented that is not working for me is Clean N Fresh. It is a perfectly fine fragrance but has almost completely faded in the soap during the curing time. I actually had to go to my notes to see what fragrance was in that particular soap because I couldn’t smell it enough to know. It is a Bramble Berry dupe so I may try it from them sometime in the future but I have a few really great men’s soaps right now so I will probably stick with those.

I still have a few more of the Be Scented fragrances to try out but all in all I think I have narrowed it down to the ones I know I will be buying more of in the future. I love the products from this company and I like how Jennifer tests all of their fragrances and posts videos so you can see how they react in soap. I have had very little trouble with the fragrances I have bought here which is great, especially for beginners. Trust me,I have had some horror story fragrances already but none of them are from this company. I would recommend watching all of the videos of any fragrance you are interested in because it really helps.

Up next I will review my fragrances from the “Big Girl”……..Bramble Berry 🙂

 

Fragrance Review-Wholesale Supplies Plus

 

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Wholesale Supplies Plus Haul

I was very excited when Wholsale Supplies Plus had a sale on all of their fragrances. I know that a lot of soapers try to stick with a small group of scents when they sell, sticking to what they believe sells the best. I have not gotten to that point in my soaping experience yet so I am trying out different scents from different companies to try to get to a point where I make just a handful of scents…..or that is my plan anyways. I Love getting and trying new fragrances.It is like Christmas Day every time I get a new package of them! I open every one and sniff and sniff and make anyone in the room sniff too. There is something really exciting about the whole thing and some times I can decide on the product I am going to use a fragrance in just by the smell of it. There are just some that scream soap and others that you know would be great in a lotion or body butter.
Sometimes I have bought a fragrance from one company and loved it and then bought the same fragrance from another company and did not like it at all. So I am at the point now of trying each fragrance I have and seeing how they behave in soap first ( do they cause problems, or discolor or not hold their scent) Then, I am seeing how friends and family react to the fragrance and see how many bars of that particular fragrance I have left. Obvioulsy I will still have some left if they weren’t well recieved. I am pretty secure in the recipes I use for the soaps at this point so I think the fragrance is what makes the difference now. I am making notes of which fragrances I get from which company seems to go the fastest and will be adding them to my list of must haves. So far from this order from WSP I already have a couple of those and also a couple of no thank you’s.
Top of the list in this batch of new one is Fruit Loops! Oh my gosh! Everyone loves this fragrance. I used it in bubble bath bars, bath bombs and soap and the kids especially cannot get enough of it. I was compltetely out of products made with this fragrance within a week. Except of course the soap which is still curing. I will be purchasing more of this for sure. It really does smell just like the cereal, all fruity and sweet. It soaped really well and seems to be holding it’s scent in the soap so all in all this is a definite keeper. Another fragrance that I thought was spot on is the English Tea Rose. If you close your eyes and smell it you would think you are smelling a bouquet of roses. My kids said it smells like old lady perfume lol but for sure if you like the smell of roses you will love this fragrance!
It did accelerate a bit in soap but that was not unexpected. All florals tend to do that but it has held strong in scent through the curing process. I probably won’t buy this again unless requested by someone once all the bars I have now are gone. Orchid and Pink Amber is another very nice fragrance although it is very similar to Forever Red type and I love that fragrance so much that I would probably stick with the Forever Red. And speaking of that…..I have used the Forever Red type from Be Scented and love love love it. I have not used the one from WSP yet but it smells pretty close right out of the bottle so I will have to try it in some soap before I decide where I will purchase more of that fragrance which I use in everything! I also used Bella’s Kiss in some soap and while it is a very nice fragrance, a light floral very girly scent but it seems to not be holding well in the soap. It could be that maybe I could have used a little more or maybe it would be very nice in a lotion but it won’t go to the top of my list right now. The only fragrance so far from these that I do not like at all is the Cucumber Melon. I did not like it in the bottle and like it even less in the soap. This is a fragrance that I really want to carry so I will have to try other companies for this one. That is all I have tried from this haul so far but I will be posting more on these soon. Next up will be my Be Scented fragrances…..

Making Soap for Baby

In honor of my first grandchild I decided that I would make a soap that was gentle enough for her. I used the recipe from Amanda at Lovin Soap that Soap Queen used in her video on Soap Queen TV on youtube It included buttermilk and carrot puree. I made the recipe using pure olive oil and not olive oil pomace.I also did not add any essential oils or fragrance oils.I froze the butter milk and added the lye to it very slowly just as the recipe stated and I had no problems with it burning or overheating.The recipe stated that it can be a somewhat soft soap and may require a longer time in the mold but I did not find that to be the case. I believe I unmolded it the following day just as I would any other soap but if you use this recipe you may want to keep that in mind. I did not use any colorants in the soap and also let it cure for over twelve weeks and I think it turned out lovely. My daughter has been using it on the baby since she was two months old( she is now five months old) and her skin is just as soft and smooth as it can be. It is super gentle and I would recommend this recipe to anyone who is interested in making a nice gentle soap.I don’t think it is just for babies either. I think that anyone looking for a soap that is more natural with no artificial additives would like this recipe. This is the video along with the recipe.https://youtu.be/Kerep0O4woM I would suggest using a soap tray in your tub or shower to make sure this soap dries between using,otherwise it does have the tendency to get soft pretty fast. If you want to find some wonderful videos and recipes for not only soaps but all kinds of bath and body products I highly recommend Bramble Berry and Soap Queen TV.