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Pumpkin Spice: Back by popular demand, this is our original Pumpkin Spice. Dark, creamy and rich, with notes of Cinnamon, Cardamom and Nutmeg, this is the quintessential fall fragrance. Not safe for gel candles.
Performance in Cold Process Soap: Accelerates trace but is still very workable in cold process soap. Discolors to dark brown.
Vanilla Content: 6.1%
Reformulated August, 2014 to be phthalate free.
Flash Point: 200°F+
Photo Attribution: © Can Stock Photo
This worked well in my recipe, though I see others who said it did not. The scent stays well so far- 3 weeks into a cure. Glad i purchased.
It smells great - no doubt about that! However, I used it in a batch of soap just recently for my fall lineup and it got weirdly weepy. I figured it would be fine once it set up. No, it got worse. When I unfolded it the bottom has dark brown syrupy liquid and a sandpaper like texture. I'm not a soap professional but have been making regularly for over a year and I've never had a batch do this. The other batches made the same day with my same recipe turned out beautifully, leading me to believe that this fo is the problem. Such a shame since it does smell nice! Now I've wasted the money on it and also the supplies for the batch that I'm not sure what to do with.
Kelsey from Bramble Berry replies...Hi Katie! I'm so glad you think our Pumpkin Spice Fragrance Oil smells great. However, I'm sorry you had trouble working with it. In our tests and recipes, we never experienced any weepiness or separation with this scent, though Pumpkin Spice is known to accelerate trace. I'm wondering if it moved so fast that the fragrance oil did not get blended in all the way, causing the soap to weep. For more information on this and how to deal with separation, check out our Soapy Mess-Up Quick Guide and Soap Behaving Badly blog posts. If it did separate, you can use the Hot Process Hero Method to emulsify the batch.
I love the scent but have two bad batches using it. First batch accelerated to quick and second is weepy and spongy. Both were poured in a box shaped mold rather than a log. Everything run thru a lye calc to verify amts., did not over mix, just a weird result both times. All my other batches for the day using other FOs were fine. What could it b? Suggestions?
Kelsey from Bramble Berry replies...Hi Julie! I'm so glad you love the scent of our Pumpkin Spice Fragrance Oil! I'm sorry you had trouble working with it. Because of the spicy notes, it can accelerate in cold process soap. 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. Get more tips in the Soap Behaving Badly blog post. Customer service has contacted you directly to help troubleshoot :-)
This formulation is not the same as the old one. Not nearly as spicy, and more of a pumpkin pie scent. Smell like a bakery cookie scent now.
I bought this last year for my fall soap line, made the soap with the pumpkin in it, (from Ann-Marie's 1st book), loved it so much, that I made some soy candles to compliment the soap. I was sold out of everything in three days with this scent. Its now spring, & I just had a customer drive for over an hour (one way) to see if I had made this soap again. I had noted that it was a limited edition for fall, but since she's about the 20th customer that has almost begged for more of it, I am thinking of adding it to my line year round! Since I had pumpkin in my soap, I had planned for the dark color & had no issues with this one in that recipe. I also had several customers say they were not "washing" with this soap, they kept out in their best soap dish because it made the room smell so good...I think that's about as good as it gets.
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