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Orange Blossom - The fragrant Orange Blossom is the state flower of Florida. It is thought to have come over to the states from Spain back around the time of Columbus. Our blend starts fairly sharp and heavy on the bergamot, and calms to a lovely orange blossom heart with citrus notes and just the right amount of sweetness. It is a sparkling, cheerful, summery blend. Sticks well in cold process soap and discolors to a light tan and does accelerate trace due to the floral notes, so be prepared to work fast.
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Made two batches in cold process soap and the scent was undetectable. I had to re-batch and add LOTS of scent in the re-batch to get a smell. I love this scent, though. I've used it in lotion-making, and it holds up very well in that medium. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, I do add this FO as the very last thing at trace.
Terah from Bramble Berry replies...Hi Margaret! I'm so glad you love this scent and use it in your lotion. Though, I'm sorry you've had problems getting it to stick in cold process soap. We love our Orange Blossom Candle & Soap Fragrance and found it to stick well in CP when used at 0.96 oz per pound of soap for a strong scent using our Handy Dandy Fragrance Calculator.
Being from Phoenix, I absolutely love the month of March because of the fragrant smell of orange blossoms in the air all around. I have frustratingly discovered that most fragrance oil producers think an orange blossom just smells like an orange, which is not the case. Orange blossoms have a very sweet floral scent, which often reminds me of jasmine or hyacinths. This orange blossom fragrance oil is extremely close to real thing, and I absolutely love using it. Every time I smell this fragrance oil, I'm reminded of cool, springtime evenings in the desert, walking through neighborhoods with abundances of orange trees and perfume in the air.
I LOVE this scent, it is EXACTLY like the real thing! However it was almost an INSTANT acceleration! Good thing I was doing an in the pot swirl, the batter was almost too stiff to pour into the mold! Great scent, not to thrilled on the acceleration.
Terah from Bramble Berry replies...Hi Jodie! I'm so glad you love the scent of our Orange Blossom (Candle & Soap) Fragrance! We do too! This fragrance does tend to accelerate in cold process soap due to the floral notes. To help slow this down, take 1 oz. (basically equal amounts of fragrance oil to fixed oil) liquid oil out of your recipe and heat it up to 100 degrees. Then, add your fragrance into this oil. This simply dilutes the fragrance oil’s initial acceleration. You can also add the oil/fragrance mixture earlier than usual. Rather than adding the fragrance at a thick trace, you can add it at the first sign of thin trace. Always hand stir the fragrance/oil mixture in with a fork/ladle and never, ever use a hand blender for problem oils. Lastly, raise your temperatures to about 110 to 115 degrees. This will help to keep your mixture more liquid than at a lower temperature. If it does start to rice you can try using your stick blender to help smooth the soap out as seen in the Soap Behaving Badly blog post. I will email you personally to help troubleshoot!
I love this fragrance and am anxious to see how it sells. I've used it in two cp batches this week with no issues. I have recently found my troubles with florals go away if I soap at 80. I did with both batches of this soap and had zero acceleration. I brought to thin trace and stirred in the fragrance. Both times I would have had plenty of workable time to do a swirl, but I had different plans. It really does smell lovely!
I find the Orange Blossom very strong and floral, similar to real orange blossoms and boy do I love when the orange blossoms are blooming here in Florida. I bought this oil to go with a soy candle I was making with the intentions of mixing it with other scents. Both combinations I made turned out really nice. I find that if I don't put too much of this one in it really adds a delicate accent to my candle fragrances. I wouldn't use this on it's own personally, but mixed I love it.
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