Sunday, October 7, 2012

Testing New Scents!

Okay I admit I have a thing for scents.  I love scents and many different scents.  It’s fun to be able to use scents that you just don’t find in stores like walmart or target.   But it’s even better using an artisan product in a quality you don’t find there either!  

But let’s get back to the different scents that I ordered.    Now don’t get me wrong I don’t plan on adding all these scents into my store.   But I bought them for a particular reason.  Some were ordered at the request of customers some were chosen because I thought they would be nice, some for men, some for the ladies and some for kids or just want something fun and different.  But it’s also just plain fun to try different things!   I also want to get into selling more bath soaps locally so I want a variety of bath soaps to offer people of all ages!    I do consider myself color challenged so I also bought several new colorants to try out as well as a new vertical soap mold.   I also have a soap making forum that teaches others so I will be doing reviews of the scents and colorants for my members there as well. 

These new scents will be made into bath soaps.  But I also have a plan!   I want to look at the different scents that I currently offer and remove some of the less popular scents as well as the scents that aren’t that strong.   Then in turn I want to add in some new scents that I think will be enjoyed by many and that are strong scents in soaps.  Not all scents have that slap in the face effect as I call it.  Some are just more subtle by nature and I respect that, but I have found that many of my customers want the stronger scents. 

So I purchased a bunch of different scents in small 1 oz bottles to test out.   I’m tired of buying larger bottles only to find out that they aren’t popular with the customers or that I don’t like them.   So they sit and collect dust and don’t get used.   So it just makes sense to buy the smaller bottles to test before buying a bigger bottle.     

These scents will be tested out in small batches of bath soaps as well as pucks of shaving soap.   The soaps will be listed in my store under my Scented Cold Process Bath Soaps or as Specialty Cold Process Soaps.   Specialty Cold Process soaps are other soaps that I make.   They could be gardeners/mechanics soaps that are very exfoliating and cleansing in the recipe used or they could be spa/salt bars.  Spa/salt bars are a unique recipe used that I mostly coconut oil with a high superfat so they aren’t drying to the skin.   But they also contain a high percent of sea salt and kosher salt combination to exfoliate the skin.  These types of soaps have a different lather that is more lotion like and are really nice to use!    The soaps that didn’t turn out how I wanted them to turn out will be listed for sale in my clearance section.   Any remaining scents may be used in other products such as lotions or creams and also sold.   I will be adding a RTS (ready to ship) section just for those items in the area with my lotions and creams.  

The scents that are tested out in shaving soaps will be made into pucks and listed either in my RTS (ready to ship) section or my clearance section depending on how I feel the scent turns out.   I do want to have a larger selection of shaving soaps to offer that are pre-made and are ready to be mailed out. 

Anything that is already pre-made and ready to ship rather than made to order now has RTS in the title of the product.  So you can do a search for all RTS items by using the advance search feature on my website.

Now onto a list of the scents that I have ordered, and be prepared it’s a LONG list!

1) Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Southern baking comes alive! The aroma of sweet fresh strawberries mixed with sour rhubarb marmalade, with a base note of flaky pie crust. Very unique!

2) Mr. Pepper MD.
This smells similar to Dr. Pepper soda that is loved by many of all ages. A blend of spicy orange and cherry notes with hints of toasted almond, clove and cinnamon create a totally unique fragrance.

3) Honey
Our honey aroma is sweet, yet slightly bitter. A fantastic natural aroma

4) Honey Bunny
Opening with sparkling notes of bergamot, sweet orange, and crisp apple; followed by rich, golden honey nectar, toffee bits, and soft white musk mingling together to create a sweet treat as natural as sunshine.

5) Hawaiian Ginger
You will love this refreshing tropical array containing top notes of tangy pineapple, freshly-sliced summer melons, and crisp apple slices.  Middle notes include iris, rose, jasmine, and cyclamen.  Base notes of vanilla and musk make this fragrance a perfect blend.

6) French Vanilla Oak
The sensual scent of creamy vanilla and warm amber mingle with oak moss and sandalwood, anchored by patchouli and musk.

7) Fresh Brewed Coffee - World’s Greatest
The aroma of strong black fresh brewed Arabica coffee beans.

8) Coconut Craze
We're crazy for summertime, and that is just what this fragrance embraces!   Coconut craze fragrance begins with top notes of lemon, orange, pineapple, and lime; rounded-out with middle notes of caramel and coconut, with base notes of buttercream, coconut milk, vanilla bean, and musk. Surfs up!

9) Wild Musk
This smells similar to Coty's Wild Musk, a sensual musk that is blended together with exotic jasmine, ylang ylang warmed by sandalwood and amber.

10) Margarita
This is a fresh lime fragrance with hints of lemon rinds and fresh greenery. This fragrance oil has high levels of essential oil of lime for a true-to-name aroma.

11) Frozen Margarita
This begins with top notes of essential oil of Lime and Mandarin Orange; including notes of Southern Valencia, Lemon, and Sea Salt; followed by middle notes of frothy iced Guava Nectar, Strawberries, and Pineapple; all sitting on base notes of Brown Sugar, Vanilla Rum, and Musk.

12) Burberry British
A fresh, modern blend of classic cologne citruses highlight warm, inviting buds, amber, sandalwood and white musk.

13) Sea Salt & Lotus
Sea Salt & Lotus Blossoms fragrance: The scent of fresh air, sea salt, ocean mist and aquatic florals come together to create a sexy, modern twist on this fresh & clean fragrance, complete with tender green notes and a beachy musk.

14) You Sexy Thing You
This is an exotic, floral fantasy temptation. A blend orchid, jasmine and freesia with sensual skin musk and sultry sandalwood create this captivating fragrance.

15)  Alien
This is a magical fragrance that will make you feel like the Princess of the Universe!  Notes of bright melon and sparkling mandarin are mixed with orange blossom, star jasmine, and rose.  A woody base is supplemented by vanilla and musk.

16) Daisy
Our rendition begins with top notes of tangy lemon and jasmine; followed by middle notes of muguet lily, rose petals, African violet, and daylily;  sitting on base notes of cedarwood, patchouli, and musk. 

17 ) New Born Baby
Delicate citrus tones unfold to reveal a blend of soft florals in this innocent fragrance. Rose, geranium and ylang are accented with a hint of orange flower for a classic baby accord, while sandalwood surrounds the bouquet with smooth woody tones. A velvety base of musk and powdery sweetness lingers for a soothing undertone.

18) Keylime Pie
This is a bitter lime and green lemon zests on a dry down of vanilla cream.

19) Almond Macaroon
This luscious almond cookie fragrance is sure to create a sensory delight. Fresh orange sweetens the toasted almond character, as bakery tones of warm cookie and toasted nut add a yummy sensation. Vanilla bean sweetens the cookie tones, completing the gourmand treat.

20) Root Beer
This is very true-to-name fragrance oil. It’s the refreshing aroma of a root beer soda.

21) Sheer Seduction
Absolutely seductive! It’s a sensual floral accord of African violets and lily of the valley, complimented by slight hints of kiwi, lime, and grapefruit.

22) Tobacco
When most people think of the smell of tobacco, they think of cigarette smoke or cigar tobacco.  However, a real tobacco plant smells like neither of these.  Our true tobacco plant fragrance is described as a fresh, citrus top with juniper berries and woodsy notes of vetiver.  This wonderful scent begins with top notes of lemon, orange, and verbena;. Followed by middle notes of juniper berry and hay; all sitting on base notes of labdanum, vetiver, and tobacco.   

23) Satsuma
The Japanese Satsuma is a unique, aromatic citrus fruit.  Our perfumist truly captured this uniqueness in our Satsuma fragrance.  It’s a wonderful blend of orange, mandarin, mango, peach, lime, jasmine, and orange flowers.  Energizing and intoxicating!  We love it! 

24) Yuzu
Yuzu is most likely the most popular scent on the market.  Also referred to as Japanese Grapefruit, Yuzu is not your ordinary grapefruit scent.  Yuzu begins with top notes of mandarin, tangerine, lemon satsuma, and ruby red grapefruit, middle notes of bergamot, and base notes of oakmoss.  

25) Lily of the Valley
This is a very fresh and green muguet de bois; true to name lily of the valley aroma.

26) Creamy Coconut
For those that love the aroma of creamy coconut milk then this is one you don’t want to miss.   It’s not the typical tropical coconut that some look for but the scent of the coconut milk itself.    

27) Hawaiian Suntan
Wisk yourself away to the beach with this fragrance that is reminiscent of Hawaiian Tropics suntan lotion!  This is a fruity paradise containing notes of creamy coconut, passion fruit, guava, pineapple, banana, melon, and grapefruit. You'll feel the tan coming on! 

28) Red Currant
This crisp and tart fragrance begins with top notes of black and red currants, cassis, and strawberries; followed by a sweet deep floral rose; with base notes of oakmoss and musk.  One whiff and you will be Berry happy! 

29) Angels Whispering
This fragrance begins with top notes of green leafy ferns and sweet florals; followed by jasmine and white floral lily; sitting on a floral musk base note. 

30) Fruity Rings
Compare this scent with the flavor of fruit flavored rings cereal.  Your children will love it and it will be loved by adults as well.  This fragrance begins with top notes of lemon rinds, lime, and grapefruit; middle notes of lemongrass, lily, and verbena; and base notes of vanilla sugar.

31) Tuscan Wine
 If you've ever dined at an Italian restaurant and drank wine from a flask that was wrapped in straw, you've enjoyed Tuscany Chianti wine.  Tuscany is world-renowned for their fine red wines, which like most red wines, are served at room temperature.  Tuscan Wine fragrance is a true luxury fragrance beginning with top notes of black grapes, strawberry, and red wine; followed by middle notes of white flowers and sweet cinnamon; and sits on dry wood notes.

32) Merlot Wine
Velvety nuances of plums, apples, red raspberries and strawberries combine with a light alcoholic and spicy background. It’s the wonderful aroma of red merlot wine.

33) Christmas Cabernet
Cabernet has a classically deep red color and displays a lovely bouquet of berries and oak. A full-bodied wine with good varietal character and power, it offers rich cherry flavors with excellent balance and a long finish. We have combined this lovely aroma with hints of Christmas time, and created our version of Christmas Cabernet.

34) Pleasingly Pumpkin
This is our rendition of the famous sweet pumpkin fragrance.  It’s the sweet, creamy combination of pumpkin puree with warm notes of butter and sweet vanilla cream. 

35) Cashmere & Silk
A soft and sensual bouquet of creamy French vanilla with sandalwood, patchouli, and musk accented by rose, violet, apricot, and creamy coconut milk. 

36) Tomato Leaf
A very unique fragrance composition of sweet green tomato leaves, coriander, galbanum, jasmine, peach, apricot, and base notes of green woods. 

37) Fierce Male
Citrusy top-notes of orange, lemon and lime, leading to middle notes of rosemary, jasmine, lily of the valley, vetiver  and rose and finishing a woody, oakmoss and white musk base note.

38) Knock Out
Compare this to Old Spice Swagger.  A spicy, rich, warm woody fragrance with bright notes of lime, bergamot, and pineapple enhanced with notes of rose, muguet lily, and jasmine; sitting on masculine base notes of green moss, dark musk, cedar, sandalwood, and amber.  Any man wearing this scent is sure to be a KNOCK OUT!

39) Blue Sugar
Fresh citrus creates a shimmering lift for this sensual vanilla based scent.  A romantic floral bouquet at the heart of the fragrance intertwines with fresh green tones and rich patchouli.  The vanilla signature at the base of the scent is balanced with soft musk and warmed by exotic woody tones for lingering sensuality. 

40) Manly Man
Energizing citrus notes mix with subtle touches of clean, classic rose petals, infused with smoldering notes of frankincense and myrrh. Cashmere woods, sandalwood and sensual musk bring this rugged creation to a finish with a soft powdery dry down.

41) Lavender Luxury
This is a tranquil combination of fresh herbs and cool camphor.  Unique and lovely!  Lavender luxury fragrance begins with top notes of Italian bergamot, eucalyptus leaves, citrus zest, and French lavender; followed by middle notes of lily of the valley, and clary sage; sitting on base notes of Nordic pine, cool camphor, and clove buds.

42) Lavender Martini
Gin martini meets lavender in this creative aroma.  We've successfully captured the effervescent carbonation in this unique fragrance.  Lavender martini fragrance begins with top notes of tangy lemon zests, orange, and carbonation; followed by middle notes of spicy bergamot, mint, and lavender; sitting on a base note of rosewood. 

43) China Rain
A truly refreshing, clean aroma with top notes of fresh rose petals, middle notes of wisteria and cyclamen, bottom notes of sandalwood and vanilla.

44) Paradise Reef
Let's get away and go deep-sea diving at Paradise Reef.  A popular vacation get away place.  Paradise Reef is a sparkling fragrance with salt water and fresh air notes.  This fragrance begins with notes of nectarine, bird of paradise, and water lily, followed by middle notes of passion flower, orchid, and hyacinth.  A well-rounded fragrance empowered by fresh air and salt water notes. 

45) Vanda Orchid
Wild berries and blooming flowers combine to create romance with this fruity floral creation. Sparkling citrus tones lead to a wild blueberry accord as the scent unfolds. A bouquet of delicate white Vanda orchids is laced with fresh green accents to balance the fruit accord. Generous musky undertones and rich warm woods add clear sweet softness to complete the luxurious fragrance.

46) Peach Margarita
Fresh and sweet succulent Peaches combined with sparkling notes of lime, lemon, and orange rinds makes this the perfect Party Drink!

47) Sap Moss type
Sap Moss products from Aveda are blended with Iceland moss, quillaja, yucca, olibanum and galbanum. This is a soothing fragrance with a fresh marine-green appeal.

48) Crystal Blue
Tranquil marine notes laced with muguet, sheer musk and orris.  This is a clean scent with a sporty citrus twist.

49) Toasted Coconut
Need a fragrance that smells like sunshine and sun tans? Toasted Coconut is it! Need a fragrance for warm bodies on the beach? Toasted Coconut is it!

50) Endless Love type
Endless Love is a blend of pomegranate, apple blossom, with peach and ylang ylang. It’s a sensual yet fruity, playful yet romantic.

51) Hinoki Wood
Here is the low down on what this scent is like: warm essences of blonde wood, cedar and patchouli are enhanced with vanilla musk, cinnamon, clove and uplifted with notes of fresh eucalyptus, lavender, orange blossom, jasmine and rose.

52) Coconut Milk
This version of coconut has a milky note to it. Don't think milk shake, think of this scent as a freshly cut coconut with a slightly sweetened vanilla milk.   Does this mean the new Coconut Milk fragrance makes me think of relaxing on the beach with an umbrella drink? Hmmmmmmmm.  Either way, this scent is summery, warm and comforting.

53) Emmett
This is a very masculine scent of bay, rum, lime, mahogany, amber, vanilla and bergamot.

54) Jacob
Jacob is a blend of evergreen woods, moss, patchouli and sensual musk. It is a deep, yet fresh scent and entirely masculine.

55) Tassi Lavender
I did buy a pound of this scent because it comes recommended from many soapers that I know.  Tassi Lavender is a fragrance oil rendition of the Tasmanian Lavender Essential Oil. A clean lavender scent with a very floral profile. While there are undertones of herbs and wood, the primary notes are sweet, soft florals. Fine lavender can be somewhat ozone-like in a clean sense, certainly not medicinal or camphoric. You may know these types of scents as flower garden duplications.    A beautiful lavender scent.

56) Woodland Ice
Woodland Ice is a refreshing, outdoors kind of scent. Think evergreen and ozone, moss and musk, wildflower and herb. This masculine scent is easily crossed over for a unisex scent. I suspect that most women will want their man to wear this because it is sexy, clean and masculine.

57) Coconut
Coconut is a scent that will take you immediately to the tropics.

58) Huckleberry Fragrance
I bought 8 oz of this scent because it's so awesome!   This is a powerful berry blend that will always be reminiscent of Grandma's homemade preserves.   * Caution: Be careful using this one in bear country.

59) Pumpkin & Vanilla
Rich pumpkin pie with whipped vanilla topping

60) Pumpkin Creme Brulee
Cardamom, ground cinnamon, vermont maple, pumpkin puree, carrot, whipped cream, rum, caramelized sugar, french vanilla

61) Lavender Vanilla
Lavender fields with smooth vanilla notes

62) Lavender Sage
Italian bergamot, eucalyptus leaves, citrus zests, french lavender, lily of the valley, clary sage, Nordic pine, cool camphor & clove buds

63) Carrot Cake
You will love the buttery spice blend with hints of peach, coconut, carrots, cinnamon and warm vanilla that make up carrot cake!

64) Black Raspberry & Vanilla
Smooth blend of raspberry with a touch of vanilla

65) Midnight Rose
Fresh Rose bouquet with masculine spice notes

66) Sleigh Ride
A warm woodsy bouquet mixed with pine needle, bay leaf & cinnamon

67) Strawberry Shortcake
The aroma of buttery vanilla cake with notes of freshly sliced strawberries, with base notes of rich vanilla cream.

68) Strawberries & Champagne
Duplicate from Victoria Secrets.  This is a sweet blend of red fruits boosted by lily of the valley and apple cider.

69) Black Cherry
This is an extremely strong aroma of ripened sweet black cherries.  It makes you want to take a bite!

All these go with the collection of other 1 oz bottles that I have bought or got as free gifts with purchase from other suppliers!   So watch out for some awesome treats from PC!!!  

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