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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 3:15 am 
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Hello everyone! I have been making cp soap for at least 5 years now and have always used approx 2oz of EO and 4oz of FO in my 8 pound batches. Recently I noticed that when I smell soaps made by others they have a stronger smell. I know this can be caused by many different things, but I was wondering how much EO and FO per pound most of you use?

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It depends on the strength and the safety % of each scent. I use anywhere between 0.5 to 1 oz. per lb. of oils. Your vendor should be able to supply you with safe fragrance amounts. As far as essential oils, see what you can find online as each one varies.

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Hi, Selena! Fragrance is a personal thing - some folks like more, some like less. Like soapbuddy says, it depends on the strength of the FO or EO. Sometimes vendors note on their website the recommended usage rate. Generally, the usage rate for FOs in CP soap is .5 to 1 oz. per pound of oils. For CP soap, I usually use .8 oz. ppo unless the scent is especially strong or weak. (For M&P soap, the usage rate is generally between .25 to .5 oz. per pound of base. I usually use .35 oz. for M&P, which works out to about 2 tsp. per pound.)

Usage rates of essential oils vary, since some have safety concerns. For EOs with no safety concerns, .5 to 1 oz. ppo is probably a good range. Some of the stronger EOs (like clove, cinnamon, peppermint, etc.) can be skin irritants, and they should be used more sparingly, like .1 to .3 oz. ppo, depending on the EO. You can experiment and adjust from there.

Checking with the vendor is a good idea if you're not sure. Also, BB has a fragrance calculator (http://www.brambleberry.com/Pages/Fragr ... lator.aspx), as does Majestic Mountain Sage (http://www.thesage.com/calcs/fragcalc.html).

Hope that helps! :)

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Thank you both :D

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You're welcome, Selena! :)

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