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Posted on July 07 2022



What Are Essential Oils?

Essential Oils for Soap Making













Most essential oils are concentrated oils that have a strong aroma. They are extracted from plants and have been used for centuries in traditional medicine and aromatherapy.

They're also added to soaps for their natural scent and therapeutic effects. Each essential oil is reputed to have its own benefits for the body and mind.

The phrase "quintessential oil" is abbreviated to "essential oil."The fifth element, quintessence, is regarded to be the fifth in a group of four known elements: earth, air, fire, and water. These are regarded as the fundamental components of value by ancient thought.

Ether or spirit is another name for this oil, which is the plant's life essence.


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 How Are Essential Oils Made?

There are many different plant oils that can be used for soap making, each with its own unique smell and benefits. Some popular oils for soap making include pure lavender essential oil, lemon, peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree.

When choosing oils for soap making, it is important to consider the properties of different essential oils and how they will work together.

Oils are concentrated plant components, and a drop or two is enough in applications like perfume rubbing or oil burning. Just a few ounces of essential oil in soap batter may produce a distinct or blended scent in essential oil soap.

There are many different plant oils that can be used for soap making, each with its own unique smell and benefits. Some popular oils for soap making include pure lavender essential oil, lemon, peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree.

When choosing oils for soap making, it is important to consider the properties of different essential oils and how they will work together.

Oils are highly concentrated plant essences, with just a drop or two required in applications like rubbing perfume or oil burning. In essential oil soap, just a couple of ounces can be added to soap batter to create a specific or combined fragrance.

To isolate the pure essential oil from plants, distillation is used. This method necessitates heating and cooling to extract the oil while separating it from the other plant components. The leaves, roots, blooms, and bark of a variety of plants are frequently distilled to extract residual oil.

In some cases, vast amounts of plant matter are required for the creation of just a tiny amount of oil; in the distillation of rose oil, for example, a ton of petals is required to create a pound of oil.

Fragrance oils are often mistaken for essential oils; the two are not the same, since scent oils are manufactured rather than extracted from a plant. Fragrances can also be added to soaps, but they do not provide the same therapeutic effects as essential oils since they may originate from natural sources.


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What Do You Need To Know About Using Essential Oils For Soap?

There are three main things to consider when using the best essential oils for soap making:

1. The fragrance of the oil

2. The therapeutic properties of the essential oil

3. The saponification value of the essential oil (The term "saponification" refers to the action, technique, or outcome of making soap)


The Fragrance Of Essential Oils

Most essential oils have a concentrated, potent aroma that can be used to scent soaps. Each essential oil has its own unique smell, which can be combined with other essential oils to create a custom scent.

When choosing different essential oils for soap making, it is important to consider their fragrance and how they will work with other oils in your soap recipe. Some oils have a very strong scent that can be overpowering, while others are more subtle and can be easily overpowered.


The Therapeutic Properties Of Essential Oils

Each essential oil has different therapeutic properties, which can be used to target specific skin concerns.

For example, lavender oil is known for its calming and relaxing properties, while citrus oils like lemon essential oil are known for their ability to brighten and refresh the skin.

When choosing a plant oil for soap making, it is important to consider its therapeutic properties and how they will benefit the soap.


The Saponification Value Of Essential Oils

The saponification value of essential oil is the amount of oil required to saponify (turn into soap) a specific amount of lye. If a recipe does not contain lye, the oils in it would remain oils. 

In order to produce soap, a chemical change requiring lye must occur.

Each oil has a different saponification value, which must be considered when deciding how much essential oil to add to the soap mix.

  • For example, olive oil has a high saponification value, which means that it requires more lye to turn it into soap. This can make the soap harsher and more drying on the skin.
  • On the other hand, coconut oil has a low saponification value, which means that less lye is required to turn it into soap. This can make the soap more gentle and moisturizing on the skin.

When choosing an oil for soap making, it is important to consider its saponification value and how it will affect the final product.

With these three things in mind, you can choose the best essential oils for your soap-making needs.


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Why Should You Use Essential Oils For Soap Making?

As well as adding scent to handmade soap, plant-based oils are used in soap making for their reputed health benefits – especially for the skin. Different oils are associated with different benefits.

  • Many oils have antibacterial or antimicrobial properties
  • Others are reported to help relieve pain and inflammation
  • Ylang-ylang reputedly helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles
  • Lemon and sandalwood are both associated with treating acne
  • Some soothe the senses
  • Other are mood-lifting

As mentioned before, scent oils are added for the scent alone – if you buy an aromatherapy soap, please check the label for fragrance or essential oil.

Essential oils are natural products and fragrance oil is synthetic; this doesn’t mean, however, that common soaps should be avoided if they contain scent oil. As long as the oil is not harsh and constitutes less than one percent of the soap’s ingredients, it should not be detrimental.


Types Of Essential Oils For Soap Making Fragrances

There are all sorts of plant oils and fragrances used in soap making. Soap.Club produces over 70 varieties of handmade soap infused with fragrances from nature, using the best essential oils for the perfect finishing touches.

The quality of plant oil depends on:

  1. The crop it is distilled from
  2. Where the plant was grown
  3. The conditions at the time

For these reasons, oils can be less stable to work with than scent oils. However, for the best results, find a reputable manufacturer and get the best essential oils from them.

Fragrance oils are another good example; once you've found a reputable vendor, stick with them for consistent results, but be wary of phrases like "perfumer's grade" and other terminology that appears official but isn't.


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Combining Essential Oils And Fragrances

Artisan soap makers understand the importance of balancing scents; at Soap.Club we offer single-scented soaps as well as mixtures. In some cases, we combine both vital aromatherapy oils and fragrance oils to achieve the right equilibrium.

Top notes, middle notes, and base notes are used to categorize essential and fragrance oils. Essential oil blends frequently include one scent from each group for a more complex scent.

Citrus essential oils with a top note include sweet orange, lime, and citronella. These scents are strong but fleeting.

The most prominent note oil in this list is ylang-ylang, which has notes of citrus and rosewood (or orange blossom). Sandalwood, vanilla, and musk are all middle-note oils.

Rose, jasmine, tea tree, and neroli are some of the high-note plant oils. They provide the primary component of any fragrance mix and are found in almost every scent.

We use the cold process soapmaking technique at Soap.Club, which means the fragrance or oils are added last; this helps to keep the soap fragrant.

An alternative is to use a fixative, which enables the soap to keep its smell in instances where it would otherwise completely fade.

Our soaps are cured for at least six weeks, which enhances the scent and increases the quality of the bar.


What Are The Benefits Of Essential Oils?

Each plant oil has its own associated benefits. Some people like to use plant-based oil with a carrier oil in massage, while others add a few drops to an oil burner or rub them into pulse points to enjoy the fragrance.

In handmade soap, the essential oil can be used every day to bring about benefits and a lingering fragrance. Some of the most popular oil include lavender, sandalwood, jasmine, and rose.

  • Lavender has relaxing and sleeping qualities, but it also possesses antiseptic and skin- and scalp-clearing properties. Lavender is also known to alleviate pain and increase circulation.
  • Sandalwood has been used since ancient times to heal cuts and wounds, offering antibacterial qualities that help eliminate germs. Sandalwood is anti-inflammatory as well as soothing to the nerves.
  • Jasmine conditions and reduces blemishes, while rose improves skin tone, texture, and elasticity. Each oil has something to offer in terms of maintaining healthy skin.





Tips For Using Essential Oils In Soap Making, Including Cold Process Soap

Essential oils should be added to a soap recipe at a rate of 5-10 drops per pound of base oil. Because the oils are so concentrated, you don't need as much essential oil when you pour soaps.

-Measure essential oils and mix them together to create the desired scent. This can be done by combining equal parts of each oil, or by adding more, or not as much oil in a specific fragrance, to create a different scent.

-Once you have created the desired scent, add the plant oils to your soap base.

-If you are using a melt and pour soap base, melt the base first then add the oil.

-If you are using a cold process soap-making base, mix the oils into the base before adding any other ingredients.

-Add the essential oils to the soap base.

-Stir the oil into the soap base until they are evenly distributed.

-Pour the soap mixture into molds and allow it to harden.

-Once the soap has hardened, remove it from the mold and enjoy your homemade, scented soap!


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Making an Essential Oil Blend Tutorial

An essential oil scent has three primary notes: top, middle, and base. The lightest and freshest notes are found in the top portion, while floral or fruit scents predominate in the middle sections. The heavier notes reside towards the bottom of the fragrance. A well-rounded blend will have one oil from each note.

You will need:

-A selection of oils in different scents (e.g., sweet orange, lime, citronella for top notes; rose, jasmine, neroli for middle notes; ylang-ylang, sandalwood, vanilla for base notes)

-A dark glass bottle with a tight-fitting lid

-Carrier oil (optional)



1. Decide on the ratio of oils you want

2. Measure the oils. Using a glass measuring cup, measure out the oils in the ratio you have decided on.

3. Add the oils to the bottle. Pour the measured oils into the dark glass bottle.

4. Seal the bottle and shake well. Seal the lid tightly and shake the bottle until the oils are well blended.

5. Label your blend. Label your oil blend with the name of the oils and the date it was made. Store in a cool, dark place.

6. Use within 6 months. For best results, use your oil blend within six months. After this time, the fragrance will start to fade.

7. Add to soap at trace. When making cold process soap, add the oil blend at trace. This is the point at which the soap mix starts to thicken and will leave a line on the surface when you drizzle it with a spoon.

8. Add 2-3 drops of essential oil per pound (16 oz) of soap. For example, if you are using a 3 lb mold, add 6-9 drops of oil. If you find that your soap is not as fragrant as you would like, add more essential oil until you reach the desired scent.

9. Experiment and have fun!

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to making oil blends. If you need some additional help, you can use this handy essential oil calculator.


Soap-Making Frequently Asked Questions


Can You Put Too Much Essential Oil In Soap?

Yes, you can put too much essential oil in soap. If you add too much oil to your soap, it can be overpowering and even cause skin irritation.

It is important to find the right balance of essential oils so that your soap smells nice but is not overwhelming. If you're unsure about the amount of oil to add, use the essential oil calculator mentioned above.


What Is The Best Way To Store Essential Oils?

Plant oil should be stored in a cool, dark place. They can also be stored in the refrigerator. Ideally, they should be used within six months for the best results. After this time, the fragrance will start to fade.


Can I Add Essential Oils To Cold Process Soap?

Yes, you can add oils to cold process soap. Simply add the essential oil to the soap batter at trace. Trace is the point at which the soap mix starts to thicken and will leave a line on the surface when you drizzle it with a spoon.


At What Temperature Should I Add The Oils To Soap?

Ideally, essential oils should be added to soap when the soap batter is between 100 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature range will help to preserve the fragrance of the oils.


What Is The Difference Between Cold Process Soap And Melt And Pour Soap?

The main difference between cold process soap and melt and pour soap is that with cold process soap, you are starting with a raw soap base that you then add scent, color, and other additives to.

With melt and pour soap, you are starting with an already-scented and colored soap base. You then pour soap mix into molds to get the desired shape.


What Are The Best Essential Oils For Soap?

There is a wide variety of plant oil that can be used in soap. Some of our favorites include lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, and mint. However, there are many other great options out there. Experiment and find the perfect blend for you!


What Essential Oils Are Good For Men's Soap?

Some great essential oils for men's soap include cedarwood, bergamot, and sandalwood. These oils give the soap a woodsy, masculine scent that is sure to please.

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Can I Make Soap Without Essential Oils?

Yes, you can make soap without oil. However, the soap will not have any fragrance. If you would like your soap to be fragrant, you will need to add plant oils.


What Is The Best Oil For Soap Making?

There are many different types of oil that can be used for soap making. Some of our favorites include olive oil, coconut oil, and palm kernel oil. However, there are many other great options out there. Experiment and find the perfect oil for your soap!


How Do I Make My Soap Last Longer?

There are a few things you can do to make your soap last longer.

  1. First, store your soap in a cool, dark place. This will help to preserve the fragrance of the soap.
  2. Second, cut your soap into smaller pieces. This will help the soap to last longer as you will not be using as much each time you use it.
  3. Finally, consider using a soap saver. A soap saver is a small container that allows you to use up all of the soap in a bar without having to throw any away.

A Final Word

Phew! That was a lot of information on soap making! Remember, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to making soap. So, experiment and have fun!

If you have any other questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below, and don't forget to visit our online soap store, Soap.Club, with lots of fragrances to select from!


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