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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:30 pm 

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I got a sample from SS.net: Caribbean Coconut. It smells nice, but is not a pure coconut - it has a fruity bit added to it. Still...nice tho.
I soaped much cooler than I normally do - about 90. It is supposed to turn a light tan, so I added a bit of TD, because I'd like it to be white.
I was warned that it would heat up, so into the fridge it went. It still got to 133 on the surface - even in the fridge!
It did not overheat or crakc, though. Looks great, smells coconuty/fruity tropical. I will post updates when/if it changes.

I am still on my quest for the holy grail - a pure coconut that does not turn into a plastic icky scent and does not go to a dark enough brown that I cannot combat it with TD.


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Fresh Coconut fragrance that stays true, doesn't morph and doesn't discolor is my holy grail. So far, I haven't found one.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2015 1:34 pm 

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The problem I find is the conflicting reviews on scent and performance. Vastly different experiences and opinions on the same FO. That makes it a lot harder.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 6:25 am 

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I know it is still early , not quite 2 weeks, - but so far I am very happy with this new FO. I think it smells like coconut... any fruity notes have gone, even though the description included them.
I will be chopping some coconuts from the yard later this week, and can do a direct comparison then.

I used a tsp of TD PPO - and so far the bars are bright white. I have used that much and more with other coconut FOs, and they still discolor to some extent.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:59 am 

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4 weeks - the soap looks great and smells, at least to me, like coconut. No fruity smell.

However, I know how easy it is to be influence but what I hope and expect to smell. SO I am going to take sample to my market tonight and ask several other vendors what they think it smells like, without telling them it is supposed to be coconut.

fingers crossed!


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 10:15 am 

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I asked several people - nobody guessed coconut. One said it just smells "tropical", another said they could detect the fruity notes ( I don't smell those), and another said "vanilla".
When I told them it was supposed to be coconut, nobody thought they detected any coconut.
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They can send people into outer space, they can clone animals....but a stable, realistic coconut fo is truly the Holy Grail.


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The weird thing is...it smells more like coconut than any of the others I have tried. And I was always able to sell those, and quite easily. I find that if they are labelled coconut, then, through the power of suggestion, people are already predisposed to believe that it is coconut.

So I could use this FO, label them coconut, and I am certain they will sell well.

But I would really rather have one that actually DOES smell like coconut.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:53 am 

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So my experiment continues - I labelled them as "coconut" at a show this last weekend, and they completely sold out in an hour or so.
I expected that... people often believe what they're told to believe - the guiding hallmark of the entire advertising industry.


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