silly soap scenting question

gavia_immerFebruary 4, 2006

I am assuming there is a good reason for not using vanilla flavoring (the cooking kind) as a vanilla scent in soap, but could someone enighten me as to why, or can it be used?

Thanks!

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sriston

I wasn't aware that you couldn't. I have used other food flavorings like mint, etc., in melt and pour recipes with no problem. Using it in cold process soap could pose a problem- the alcohol in the flavorings could react with the lye, but I am just guessing.
Susan

    Bookmark   February 6, 2006 at 8:02AM
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gavia_immer

Thanks Susan. I'll try it in some melt and pour.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2006 at 7:43PM
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terri_pacnw

My thought was like Susan the alcohol in it, and I'm not sure if the scent would hold up long term in a soap.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2006 at 8:05PM
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terri_pacnw

This has a specific answer.

Here is a link that might be useful: scroll to the bottom question

    Bookmark   February 9, 2006 at 8:07PM
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terri_pacnw

Here's another opinion.

Here is a link that might be useful: Vanilla Extract use

    Bookmark   February 9, 2006 at 8:09PM
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sriston

So the use of extracts in CP soap is basically out. I figured that. However, in M&P it seems to be okay. I have also used cinnamon oil and clove oil in M&P soap, along with vanilla. The fragrance seems to last a long time, or at least as long as most fragrance oils do. It does require more extract to achieve a good fragrance than it does fragrance oil. The mint is especially hard to achieve a good fragrance with, I think, but the cinnamon oil and also ground cinnamon seem to produce a strong fragrance.
Susan

    Bookmark   February 12, 2006 at 10:03PM
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greenfaerie

i would not use extract. it isn't for b&b the scent probably will not last and may go rancid. i would use products specifically for soap making.

be really careful with cinnamon oil, it can cause rashes and/or burns.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2006 at 8:02AM
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Brent

Cinnamon can be an irratant to some women on the tender parts:)

Alcohol is sometimes used in melt and pour for connecting layers of different colours etc. As for the strength of vanilla extract, I don't know. Using EOs is a good bet for a good outcome. For vanilla and cinnamon, about 1/2 of an ounce per pound of oils with no adverse effect or irratation.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2006 at 5:03PM
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