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Before I plan a full batch of soap, I create a single test soap using a new oil or blend, so I know how it behaves in my cold-process soap recipe. I’m also testing scent retention and how badly the fragrance discolors the soap as it cures. After a two-month cure time, I can decide if this is a scent or blend that I want to move forward with – or not. Some fragrances don’t stick around or morph completely through the saponification process and I'd rather find this out without wasting expensive oils and butter! This means that I have more bars of soap than anyone needs or could use (even with several semi-regular donations to my MIL's church!).

There are two types of "fragrance test" bar soaps here:
1. Single oil from a supplier. I'll try to include the company so you can look up the notes. My blends are mostly created using oils from these suppliers because they are phthalate-free and high-quality. The abbreviations for these companies are:
BB - Bramble Berry
NS - Nurture Soap
SM - Scent Memory
MW - Midwest Fragrance
NG - Nature's Gate
LB - Little Bee Scents

2. One of MY blends. I'll (*) the blends that are my own.

Every bar I’m offering here is a lovely, perfect bar of soap. These bars have NO colorants, as I need to see what happens to the color of the soap during cure-time (can you see how each soap cures to a different color? Crazy!). They are all exactly the same in ingredients (scientific testing!) and size. Obviously, if one of these bars is what I would deem a “failure,” I won’t post it -- it's in the trash. Furthermore, if you really love a scent, please let me know! These bars will be simply packaged in a glassine bag with a handwritten ingredient label.

* Scent Notes:
Each bar is named after the single oil or fragrance blend that I am testing.
(see above)

* Scent Level: Varies Widely!
(Lightly scented soaps often smell stronger during use in a hot bath or shower.)

* Soap Details:
-- A SQUARE Bar --
This bar is 2.5” wide, 2.5” tall, 1” thick
Weight: Approx. 3.75 oz.

* Ingredients:
Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Castor Oil, Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Lactate, Fragrance

* Ingredients in the No-Scent Salt Bar:
Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Castor Oil, Sea Salt, Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Kaolin Clay, Fragrance, Mica

------> Allow this soap to dry completely between uses to preserve the longevity of the bar. A soap dish with drainage holes or a wooden rack-type dish is the best. If you keep handmade soap in a dish with no drainage, it will turn to mush pretty quickly.

------> If you need a proper Soap Rack, I usually have some in my shop.

100% Handmade Soap | Palm and Oil FREE | Vegan & Cruelty-Free

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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