Using Fragrances in CP Soap on Soap Queen TV

Finally! I share a recipe in this, the 3rd episode in my ‘How to Make Cold Process Soap’ series. I really wanted to emphasize the need for safety and understanding the ingredients and process before showing a complete recipe in my video series. Thanks for being patient. (Can’t see the video because you’re using a blog reader or get SoapQueen delivered to your email? Click through to the blog to see the video).

How to Make Cold Process Soap: Using Fragrances, Episode 3 from Soap Queen on Vimeo.

7.9 oz distilled water
3.4 oz Sodium Hydroxide, Lye
8 oz Coconut Oil
8 oz Palm Oil
8 oz Olive Oil
2 oz Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey fragrance oil

I used our 2 pound wooden mold – so cute!

Be Safe! Watch the first video in this series “Lye Safety and Ingredients” Before attempting to make the soap demonstrated in this video.

While you’re at it – maybe you should watch the second video “Basic Terms” so you are fully prepared to make a successful batch of CP soap.

In this episode of Soap Queen TV learn what terms like Ricing, Seizing and Acceleration mean. This is the third episode in my How to Make Cold Process Soap series and it’s all about how to use fragrances and essential oils in your CP soap and what to watch out for.

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Music: PsyWoofers’ “Dancing 4 Joy”


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  1. Jimmy says

    this may be a silly question, but how many pounds of soap does the above recipe yield? With that said, how would you calculate the weight of a recipe?

    Finally, when using essential or fragrance oils whats a good way to calculate the amount of FO or EO to use? I know it is subjective, but what are your guidelines?

    • Anne-Marie says

      All you need to do is add up the total recipe, oils, lye + water and divide by 16 to get what the yield is. 37 ounces or so for this recipe.

      Essential Oils and Fragrance Oils – I start at .5 to .7 ounces of fragrance or essential oil per pound of finished soap. The exceptions are some extremely strong essential oils like Peppermint, Spearmint, Rosemary, Clove, and Cinnamon. For those I start at .2-.3 ounces per pound. Of course, always do a test batch to make sure that you’re getting the scent you want. Also, we have this handy calculator that you might find helpful:

  2. Janblair says

    if you don’t have palm oil on hand, what can you replace it with olive oil or coconut oil?

  3. Anne-Marie says

    Yes, you can easily fit the 7 pound bags on their side in the microwave. I do all the time (and am so happy with how easy they are to work with) =)

  4. Nina says

    Great tutorial! I’ve only used e oils in my CP soaps but after looking through some of your fragrance oils I’d love to try them – they sound great. Question about Episode 1 – what are the sizes of the Coconut Oil & Palm Oil bags – 7 lb? I’ve been thinking of getting some but I’m wondering if the 7 lb will fit in my microwave. Can’t wait for the last video!

  5. Anne-Marie says

    You could add up to 5% honey in the thin trace phase but it tends to superheat up so keep those temps low and don’t insulate if you’re going to use honey.

  6. Chatti says

    can you add honey into this or is it a no no? and if it is a yes YES! then how much and when? thank you!