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Please Note: This fragrance was reformulated December, 2015 and is now phthalate free.
Bonsai: This fragrance is a Floral Fresh with Citrus and Pine accords, having some Tropical Fruits and Wood tones on background. This is an excellent zen like fragrance that will be excellent with our Asian inspired molds. Use this fragrance whenever you're feeling particularly stressed and just need a relaxing respite in your day.
This fragrance is phthalate free as of December, 2015.
Flashpoint: 200ºF +
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OOB is a bit strong but when CP soap is cured, WOW!! Its like generic smelling. You cant go wrong with this scent. Its fresh and green and smells amazing! A tiny but goes a long way! Whoever says it rices or accelerates must be doing something wrong with oils or temperature. Im about to order a huge bottle soon. I made a mostly almond oil, milk and castor bar for a soft but hard shave bar and i put a tiny bit of it. The batter was so smooth and i have over 10% castor in it so it accelerated a tiny bit because of that but my overall soap is creamy white and fresh smelling! Im so happy it is now phthalate free. the one i mustve gotten in the sample pack a few weeks ago wasnt then. So for sure it gets 5 stars now! yay!
Pros: It smells fantastic. Not really green like you'd expect, but a nice fresh and mildly citrusy scent. This is my personal favorite masculine scent. Cons: This accelerates and sometimes rices. It fights dirty with oxides. If I am using an oxide colorant, that is pretty much assured to make it rice. It also seems to delay the saponification. 95% of my soaps test at a pH of 7.5 - 8 within 48 hours of creation. Bonsai was over 10 in both batches, and stayed there for about 5 days. Eventually, it mellowed to an 8. Maybe it would perform differently in hot process? I'm willing to buy more because I love the scent so much and try again.
Terah from Bramble Berry replies...Hi Nicholas! I'm so glad you think our Bonsai Fragrance Oil smells fantastic! Though, I'm sorry you're having trouble working with it. In our tests and recipes this fragrance did not accelerate or rice. I will email you personally to help troubleshoot!
DH raises bonsai trees, so I HAD to try this. I did not find it to be a generic soap scent. It is green, and fresh, but it a Muir Woods sort of way, not Irish Spring. It is more leaf than trunk. The cowboys around here don't like perfume smells unless it's on a woman, and they all like the "freshness" of this one. So do the ladies. Used recommended percentage in CPOP and the strength dipped, then rebounded after a 4 week cure. A keeper.
First, I would like to say, I wish I could give this 3.5 stars because it's so close to being a great scent! OOB this FO has an almost overwhelming zesty lemon scent, not bad, just not the scent I expected. I decided to try it in a small batch of lotion. The citrus notes did settle a bit once the lotion was bottled and had cooled. I feel like all this FO needs to be a 5 star scent is more of the wood tones, or just a deeper base note to round it out. It seems to be all top and middle notes without the deep notes you would expect to find in a masculine scent. I found an FO called Dirt (it literally smells like fresh, wet dirt that a real bonsai tree would be planted in :D). I'm really looking forward to trying it with this scent. I'm also going to try it in some M&P soap this time too. I'll let you know my findings!
Reply from Bramble Berry
Hi there! I'm sorry to hear that this fragrance was not your favorite. If you are looking to mix with the another to give it more depth, you may enjoy our
Tobacco & Bay Leaf Fragrance Oil,
Cedar and Saffron Fragrance Oil!
Strong, lasting scent. Both men and women have liked this scent in CP soap. A teenage son of a friend of mine told me to rename it "Chick magnet" after the girls at school kept asking what cologne he was wearing.
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