More about those scents.

One of the problems with scents, more so with fragrance oils, is that they vary from supplier to supplier.  I used to get this wonderful light Lilac scent that sold well.  That supplier has closed and so I ordered a Lilac fragrance oil from another supplier that I order from.  And this one is no where near as nice.  This one has a chemicalness to it's scent, I think it is bordering on horrible.  Yet some people like it.

Same goes for Sandalwood.  First off, you will never find a natural Sandalwood soap as the essential oil is extremely expensive.  For ecological purposes, you would not want Sandalwood as it is harvested from 30 year old trees, that need to be cut down, where the scent is obtained from the wood and bark.   On any fragrance oil list you may find a dozen Sandalwoods with varying names such as Sandalwood and Amber (again, not real amber), Sandalwood Earthy, etc.   So far I have noticed this with almost every fragrance oil.

Essential Oils tend to have the same concerns.  Lavender is a good example, there are a dozen types again, from light and floral to a more earthy.   Lavender from France tends to be weaker than Lavender from Bulgaria, therefore, you would use less of the Bulgarian Lavender.  If you aren't sure which type to get, stick to a blended Lavender, such as a 40/42.  A friend of mine has noticed that one scent she gets from one supplier A is exactly the same scent from supplier B, but of a much lower strength.   I know that I have had to double my Patchouli fragrance amount from a couple of years ago.

When you find that perfect scent, keep it.  Some suppliers will offer samples, and even if you had to pay for a sample pack, it would be worth it.

1 comment:

  1. there are some recepies where it's specified if it'a a light or a more powerful oil, but indeed this may be a problem sometimes. ty for the post .