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The Hall of Flames

Color looks great! Smell is a little interesting. I used half a teaspoon per pound for light color. I'm a first time cp soaper and I accidentally used kelp powder instead of olive leaf powder (I haven't gotten around to labeling my jars yet 😅) my kitchen smells like seaweed right now. I hope the smell of ocean fades and lets the patchouli shine through or else I'll have to call it "Sailor" 😂

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sea kelp powder

this has a very fishy scent but can be masked by other fragrances. great additive to my mp soap

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Lovely Sea Smell Once it Mellows

You must use caution and use SMALL amounts as recommended! I used 2 tbs for 52 oz of soap (water + oils) and I LOVE the results (but that it on the heavier side). Mixed with ginger lime and wasabi fragrance oils, it gives a nice fresh ocean scent. I highly recommend doing a test batch to use more or less. A little goes a really long way. I would say do a test batch of a pound with a teaspoon or less as I did. You can get great results if you test it out first and use it sparingly.

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The scent is overpowering

I just made my first batch of soap...ever! After weeks of research, prep, and shopping, I landed on a gardener soap recipe here on Brambleberry. My husband requested that my first batch be a gardener soap so that he could use it to clean up after dirty days working in the yard. I purchased several different scents for him to try, as well as the men's sampler set. After a good amount of time deciding on which scent he wanted, he chose Spiced Mahogany. Oh boy it does smell good! Unfortunately, it would not have mattered what scent he chose because the sea kelp aroma overpowers all of the beauty that is the Spice Mahogany. I'm crossing my fingers that, after the soap has aged properly, the scent of the sea kelp will dissipate and allow the Spiced Mahogany to shine through. Right now, though, I don't have much hope because my kitchen smells like bad seaweed. I'm so disappointed!

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Hi Barbara!  I'm sorry this product isn't your favorite.  We love the mellow ocean air smell it gives soap after curing, as seen in our Handmade Soap for the Gardener.  Though, the seaweed smell can be a bit overpowering when you first use it!  It takes a full cure time of 4-6 weeks to dissipate.  I will email you personally to discuss this further. 

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I like it.

I'm not sure what the recommended usage rate is, so I went pretty light to be on the safe side. I ended up with a nice light sage green which has darkened a little after one day out of the mold. I can't detect a fishy smell and when I do it is extremely faint. The fishy smell that others have mentioned may be due to a higher concentration.