What Everybody Ought to Know About Scents and Useful Hacks behind
I visited this unique spa the other weekend, and it got me really hooked big time. It’s not your ordinary spa suite, there’s just something in there that brought back so many memories. It was amazing as I have just been there once. What makes it unique? Fragrance oil!
It must be the soaps and scents used during the treatment, which attracted me to get really interested in these fragrances altogether. Why not join me uncover bizarre details of fragrance oil and the many things that we can do with it. Yeah? Because this is something that I badly need to know and so do you. Ready to unlock the secrets?
One distinct smell and scent can definitely remind us of special milestones in our lives! That first dance, first love, first heartbreak and more. The nostalgia of the place drives me nuts.
Go read on, as I will be sharing with you tutorials, bath bomb recipes and so much more as we go along. Discover the wonders and learn how you can earn extra out of it. Seriously, you’ll thank me for it.
Essential Oil and Fragrance Oil
Essentials oils (EOs) and fragrance oils are two different kinds, the first one is natural while the latter is synthetic. These EOs come from pure plant extracts and are mostly used for scenting, health and wellness and of course, for aromatherapy. It works best when used in a diffuser. The fragrance oils on the other hand, are synthetically made and mixed with chemical scent compound. As the name implies, this is basically mixed into solutions to add scent. In terms of the price, EOs can be relatively expensive as compared with fragrance oils.
Though I am sure you will all agree, that both give lovely smell like that. Okay, so this got me wanting to go to the spa, right about now.
All-Natural Fragrance Oils?
Fragrance oils are made of essential oils, synthetic aroma chemicals, and aromatic resins. Imagine that eau-de-toilette that you are using now, the perfumer must have used over hundreds of fragrance ingredients just to achieve that one perfect scent. And hey, I can smell you from here.
These days all things organic, natural and earth-friendly are the way to go because it’s safe and chemical free. You have to be wary because not “all natural” claims can be safe. It is necessary to know the content very well before use and for goodness sake, you got to read the labels. Else, God knows what can possibly happen.
What They Never Told You About Fragrance Oil
While fragrance oils may be artificial, it doesn’t mean it’s bad and harmful. Many natural ingredients if not used properly, may be harmful.
Synthetic ingredients have a long and proven record of being perfectly safe as long as it is within the acceptable volume.
Most of the hair and skin care that we use every day contain fragrance oil. Not convinced? Go check on your shower gel, shampoo, lotion and deodorant you have there.
Is Fragrance Oil Safe for Skin?
It is generally safe to use for the skin BUT keep in mind these two things — choose only those skin safe fragrances and must not exceed over five (5) percent in content. For instance, the acceptable amount of fragrance oil for skin care products like soap and bath bombs ingredients must not be more than 5%.
Oh! And if you are suffering from sensitive and skin allergies, that’s a different kind of story. You have to be extra careful before, using anything to your skin.
Surprising uses of Fragrance Oil
You’ll be stunned to know that fragrance oils were wonderfully created and equally useful in so many ways. It is basically one of the main bath bomb ingredients as well as for soaps, candles, slimes, and perfumes too.
These soaps and scents can be made in the comfort of your homes. You can create them for personal use, as gifts and who knows, something to start a business with. We have compiled some simple recipes for you to try out. So here we go:
DIY Scented Soap with Fragrance Oil
Ever wanted to have a hand in making soap but scared of it? There is actually a lot of simple homemade soap that you can follow. It’s not as complicated as you think. Soap making is a simple craft and art, as the potential mix of ingredients is endless. One of all-time favorite pairing is pumpkin spice fragrance oil with pumpkin pie soap. It’s a cold press soap recipe contributed by our reader Caroline. She didn’t really use fragrance oil in the recipe but cinnamon powder. Since cinnamon powder is just sitting right there at our kitchen shelf and it will not discolor the ingredients, we do like this alternative. Aside from being knowing the exact ingredient you put into your bath product, it’s a whole lot of fun to do.
For newbie soap maker like me, the process called “melt and pour” is the easiest method recommended. It’s pretty straightforward, from melting the premade base soap to adding your desired mixture and fragrances to pouring them onto the molds. When hardened, it’s ready for use.
What you will need:
- a pound of melt and pour base (opaque)
- ½ cup of goat or whole milk
- a teaspoon of your chosen oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 20 drops of Vitamin E 250IU
- 1 tablespoon of melted beeswax
- a teaspoon of vanilla fragrance oil
1. Melt and beeswax with the opaque base on the double broiler.
2. Mix the honey, milk, vitamin E, and the extra oil and then stir.
3. Remove from the heat and allow cooling slightly before adding the vanilla fragrance oil.
4. Pour into the molds and unmold when harden.
Ta-dah!!! You now have you’re first ever DIY scented soap. Are you ready to take on another challenge? As I said, the combination and idea of soap making are endless. Fruits like avocado are not only healthy for the tummy, but equally good food for the skin too. Find out the easy-peasy DIY avocado soap recipe here.
Homemade Classic Candle
I am personally fascinated with pretty and unique home decors. However, some decorative pieces can be quite pricey. Enter scented candles. It’s every crafter favorite. It’s customizable, classically gorgeous and easy to make. Add some trinkets and you’ll have a classy and unique decorative centerpiece.
What you will need:
- a pack of candle making soy wax
- 1 pack of candle wicks and candle dye pack
- a bottle of fragrance oil
- a heatproof container
- double broiler
- a pair of chopsticks or pencils
1. Use a clean flat surface to work with. You may cover the area with newspapers or paper towels, whichever is available.
2. Measure how much wax you will need for your container and then double the measurement as that’s how much you need to melt.
3. Pour the wax into the double boiler and let it melt for 10 to 15 minutes max, stir frequently.
4. When the candle wax has melted, add a few drops of fragrance oils. Check the instructions found on your wax package as to how much oil to add.
a. Quick Tip: Fragrance oils mix well with melted wax if used with proper proportion; it won’t affect how the candle wax sets. The common rule of thumb for fragrance oils in soy wax should be one ounce (weight) fragrance oil is up to one pound (16 ounces by weight). This is a whole lot of math, so calculator will come in handy.
5. Secure the wick before pouring in the wax. Simply attach the wick by dipping it in the melting wax and then stick it quickly to the bottom of your container. Wait about five minutes to harden.
6. Let the wax cool for a few minutes. When the temperature is at 140 degrees, it’s okay to pour. Slowly pour the wax into the jar. Hold the wick but be sure not to pull it. Leave some wax in the boiler, as you will have to use that when you top off the candle in a little while.
7. Place the chopsticks across the top of the jar. Put the wick in between so it stays in place while the wax hardens. Now let the wax set for a couple of hours or so at a room temperature. (Go cook and watch Netflix when you can, while waiting.)
8. If the candle hardened with some cracks and holes on top, just reheat and add the remaining wax. Wait until harden.
9. The length of the wick should be less than half an inch. If it flickers or has a tall flame when lit, trim the wick.
Voila! You have your very own classic scented candle. You can also make colored scented candles by adding skin safe colorants. Pair these scented candles with DIY bath bombs, and a glass of wine and you are in for a spa treatment right at home. Is there anything more relaxing than that?
DIY Fluffy Slime with Fragrance Oil
Slime makes a great sensory play for kids and adding up a few drops of fragrance oils make it even better. We made our very own slime and scented with a few drops of Amber Vanilla and Citron yellow skin safe colorant too.
Making the slime from scratch is also a great bonding activity with our kids. My child enjoyed mixing everything together. Forget about the mess, allow your child to help and see their face light up as the slime come to life.
What you will need:
- 2 bottles of clear school glue
- 1 cup of liquid starch
- 3-5 drops of Citron Yellow Skin Safe colorant
- 3-5 drops Fragrance oil (Warning: Make sure it is safe for the child’s skin.)
- Wooden Spoon
1. Pour two bottles of glue into the bowl.
2. Add 3-5 drops of fragrance oil and citron yellow skin safe colorant and then mix together with the spoon.
3. Add the cup of liquid starch and stir. It won’t look like slime right away so no need to worry.
4. Stir until everything is fully mixed and becomes a ball. Let it sit for a few minutes and allow it to gel.
5. Knead it using your hands until you get your desired consistency.
My kids loved it and they spent a good two hours of fun play. That’s two solid hours of rest time for the tired Momma, added a warm cup of coffee and my favorite book. Try it, Man it works big time!
Use Fragrance Oil on Bath Bombs
Have you ever imagine diving in a bathtub filled with a frothy cappuccino? Yeah, I mean bath really, and not just a cup of it. Sounds crazy but it’s not. I will help you achieve that frothy, rather fizzy and yummy smelling bath bombs. Intrigued? Go on and read some more.
These DIY bath bombs are the hard packed combination of dry ingredients that fizz when wet. They are a lot fancier and more expensive version of bubble bath. Little did you know that just like soap, we can also DIY it. The materials and procedure are really simple. It’s pricey these days, and my frugal self -encourages me to create my own soaps and scents at a fraction of the cost. Coz why not?
What you will need:
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1 cup baking soda
- ¼ cup Epsom salt
- 1 cup citric acid
- Any fragrance oil scent
- Cherry red skin safe colorant
- Water in a spray bottle
- Soap Mold
1. Pour all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix.
2. Add few drops of fragrance oil and mix.
3. Add several drops of cherry red skin safe colorant.
4. Spray water into the mixture and stir until moist. (Do not spray too much water as it will take the fizz off the bomb)
5. Press into the soap mold firmly.
6. Allow to dry for several hours or even overnight.
Bath bomb recipes are fun and easy to make. It’s a nice gift for moms, neighbors, loved ones or anyone who loves bathe! I also discovered how easy it is to make rose bath bombs, you can find how to here.
Essential Oils for Bath Bombs
Alternatively, there are essential oil bath bombs recipes available for you to go. Here are a few of the best essential oils that can be added to your bath bomb recipe. The procedure is the same as the one I shared above except that we used essential oils instead of fragrance oils.
Rosemary –invigorates and energizes.
Peppermint – stimulates and uplifts.
Lavender – relaxes and calms.
Green Tea – relaxes and contains antioxidant.
Lemon Balm – calms and relaxes
Homemade Perfume and Fragrance Oil
Homemade perfume recipes can get you a wonderful product that is simple and affordable. When you get the hang of making your own, you will never want to shop for perfume from department stores again. It’s quite easy to make, although if you intend to pursue this as a hobby or a business you might want to invest in special equipment. Wouldn’t it be great to be your own Jo Malone? I do fancy the scent: The English Pear and Freesia cologne.
Here’s a simple perfume recipe that you can start with.
What you will need:
- Glass Measuring Cups
- Plastic funnels
- Glass droppers
- Bottle for perfume
- Glass rod
- Essential Oils – 8 drops bergamot, 4 drops frankincense, 3 drops Sandalwood and 2 drops clove bud
- Fragrance Oils- 14 drops rose absolute
- Vodka – 100 proof
Word of caution: Vodka will be needed for this one. Friendly reminder, this is not meant to be consumed, friends. You do not want to be tipsy while mixing. Okay? Maybe you can indulge a little, right after!
1. Put 1/8 of 1 ounce of vodka in the glass bottle.
2. Mix all the essential oils and fragrance oils and shake well.
3. Let it mature for two weeks before using.
A word of caution – never place essential oils directly on to your skin. You must dilute these oils with the carrier oil, like sweet almond oil or jojoba oil. Dilute the perfume mixtures with oil or alcohol. Keep the essential oils and your mixtures in a cool, dark place as heat and light may damage them.
What makes Fragrance Oils Fragrant?
Fragrance oils are composed of various artificial and natural aroma components. These are grouped into top, middle and bottom notes. These notes describe the fragrances which are based on the evaporation rate of the oils. These fragrance oils are beautiful and unique on their own, but the complexity increases when they are combined with other scents.
- Blending fragrance oils is tricky. Some do not smell good when mixed. Though there is no right or wrong way to blend them but note that every scent is a personal preference. What works for you, may not work for me. Below are some helpful tips:
- The type of scent: there are general categories of fragrances, from floral, clean, masculine, sweet and fruity. The best way to start when combining fragrances is to define the fragrance oil you wish to blend. Arrange your oil collection according to a scent. This way when mixing it is easier to identify the scent profile the fragrance oil contains.
- All the Notes of each fragrance: those fragrances with larger categories have plenty of sub-categories. For instance, citrus scents are categorized as fruity. But citrus takes many forms, which can be “clean fresh” and “zesty citrus”
- Consider How Strong the fragrance: there are some fragrance oils that have stronger notes than the rest. When mixing fragrances, the ones with strong notes tend to override fragrance with subtle notes. As you work with fragrance oils that are extremely strong, mix less in order to keep the integrity of the weaker scent. What’s the point of putting fragrances together when one covers the other!
- Record it down: mixing these oils can be trial and error, be sure to have paper and pen with you to take note of the scent that you find good for you. Imagine mixing that exact kind of scent that you want, but will not be able to replicate it. Epic fail!
Fragrance Oil Blends Cheat Sheet!
I looked up on some list of fragrance oils that tend to smell really good when mixed with other scents; this can be your go-to blends too:
- Vanilla Fragrance Oil ( sweet, masculine and fruity )
- Champagne Fragrance Oil (fruity, clean, sweet and some floral)
- Baby rose Fragrance Oil (floral, fruity and some sweet)
- Green Tea Fragrance Oil ( clean, fruity, floral, and masculine)
- 10x Orange Essential Oil( fruity, clean, sweet, floral and masculine)
- Sandalwood Fragrance Oil (sweet, masculine and some floral)
Let’s add a little snippet of history here. A perfumer, named Michael Edwards came up with a fragrance wheel in 1983 to simplify the relationship across each fragrance category. Hence below:
- The side by side fragrances on the wheel blends well.
- Choosing the opposite are complimentary.
- Selecting three (3) fragrances that form a triangle while looking at the wheel complement each pleasantly.
Maybe it will be more helpful if someone can also create a periodic table of fragrances too. Remember the ones we use in our Chemistry class before?
Do not be afraid to mix and match. Go and experiment with different fragrances until you discover the scent that suits you. Just be creative and have fun, you will definitely end up with something wonderful.
Business Opportunities and Fragrance Oils
See, a lot can be done with fragrance oils. That’s why it’s stapled oil for every crafters and momma who find happiness with DIYs crafts. These DIY bath bombs, soaps, and perfumes make lovely giveaways for birthdays, weddings and more.
I am not a fan of souvenirs for display, as they only collect dust from the shelves. That’s just me though, how about you? I love those useful goodies.
One more thing, these can also help you start your own business. No worries as the ingredients and materials are easy and cheap. Maybe starting a bath bomb business is something that you can explore today; I promise you will never regret it. And when it flies, you can expand your product line with selling soap and then some. Start small, dream big!
Among the amazing things that we can do with Fragrance Oils, Shaved Cream, DIY Bath Bombs or Salt Bar and scented soap are my best bet. Make sure you read these tips and tricks before making the batch of the soaps too.
What about you? If you have tried out something with fragrance oils not listed above, do let us know loves by adding a comment down below. We’ll definitely try them out. Feel free to share this article with your friends too so we multiply the fun with DIY soaps and scents.