More shea butter soap scented with essential oils of Benzoin, Peru Balsam, Sweet Orange, and Cinnamon Bark. Benzoin and Peru Balsam are both warm sweet heavy scents that give the impression of a vanilla fragrance. The quality of the Benzoin isn’t the best, but sometimes you take what you can get. If I were selling this soap I wouldn’t call it vanilla, because it isn’t, and I tend to be a stickler about such things. Not everybody cares so much. Essential oils like Vanilla and Rose are expensive. Companies use oils that have similar chemical compounds to stretch or even replace the expensive oil. But that’s a whole other post.
This fragrance of this soap is not as strong as I would like. I used less essential oil this time because my Thai Ylang soap seemed too fragrant. In this recipe I used 5ml fragrance to 12 oz. fats. For the Ylang soap I used about 7ml for 12 oz. of fats. But Ylang is intense and doesn’t behave the same as the warm and spicy oils. I should have realized this when mixing. It would have been hard to overdo this particular blend.
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