What are Water White Fragrance Oils?

Welcome to another Q&A session about everything soapy and soap related. Check out our previous information product posts all about Nail PolishLip BalmAll Things LotionPreservativesMelt and Pour Soap or Colorants. This week’s post comes to us from a few questions we’ve received from customers about maintaining clarity in Clear Melt and Pour Soap. Read on to learn more about these awesome scents that you can use in your bath and body products.

Water White Fragrance Oils

What is a water white fragrance oil?

Fragrance oils are comprised of, in some cases, hundreds of different ingredients that come together in perfect harmony to create a treat for your nose. Often, these components affect the color of the final oil, which in turn can affect the final color of your soap. A water white fragrance oil is an oil that is perfectly clear and will not affect the final color of your soap. For melt and pour, this means clear soap base will maintain its clarity, shade and hue. For cold process and melt and pour soap, it’s an assurance that your soap will not be discolored by a lightly tinted fragrance oil. Remember that this is not taking into consideration other discoloring factors such as Vanillan content.

Is there such a thing as water white essential oils?

When it comes to essential oils, their coloration is determined by their state in nature (which means, you’ll never see a water white pure Orange essential oil).

Take a look at these four commonly used fragrance and essential oils. The top one is Red Apple Fragrance Oil, and is water white. Next in line is Dark Rich Chocolate Fragrance Oil, which is a yellowish color out of the bottle and will discolor soap to a dark brown. Following that, Patchouli Fragrance Oil, which gets it’s orangey-yellow color from small amounts of Patchouli Essential Oil used to obtain its authentic scent. And finally, Orange 10x Essential Oil, which is distilled 10 times in order to create a super potent essential oil capable of withstanding the high pH levels in cold process soap (a well-known citrus killer).

Water White FOs

When should I use a water white fragrance oil?

The benefit of using a water white fragrance oil is clarity. If you’re embedding objects in melt and pour and want that first layer to be pristine and clear but still scented, water white is the way to go. Check out a great example in this tutorial! It leaves you with no worries that the fragrance oil will effect the clarity of your soap. Water white fragrances work the same way any other fragrance would in your products. If using water white fragrance oils in cold process, like any other fragrance oil you’ll want to  be sure to check the individual fragrance product pages for any notes about morphing or trace acceleration.

And of course, just because a fragrance oil isn’t water white doesn’t meant you can’t use it to your advantage. Remember when I made the adorable Sunshine Soap? I worked with the natural color of Orange 10x Essential oil, instead of against it, to create a great bar of soap. If you’re making a layering project and need that first layer to be clear but your project calls for a fragrance that isn’t water white, just leave the first layer unscented! Or, even better, create a blend by scenting the first clear layer with a water white fragrance oil and the next layers with your original choice.

Which of Bramble Berry’s fragrances are water white?

Here is a list of perfectly water white fragrance and essential oils: Apricot Freesia, Apple Macintosh,  Baby RoseBlackberry Sage, Champagne, Fresh Snow, Ginger Ale, Green TeaLavender and HerbLavender Chamomile HuggiesMargarita Lip FlavorPearberryPeppermint 2nd Distillation Essential OilPlumeriaRed AppleRiceflower and SheaWatermelonWhite Ginger and Amber, YuzuCherry Blossom, Cedarwood EO, Clary Sage, Cucumber Melon Flavor Oil, Crisp Apple Rose, Cucumber Melon Cybilla, Champagne, Chamomile Cybilla, Cucumber Melon, English Rose,  Sensuous Sandalwood, Sweetgrass, Rise & Shine, Rain Cybilla,  Pink Grapefruit, Ocean Rain, Moroccan Mint, Matcha Tea,  Sage and Lemongrass Candle & Soap, Hungarian Lavender EO, Eden’s Garden, Fresh Bamboo , Fresh Zucchini Flower, Ginger Ale, Sage, Dalmation, Spearmint EO, Rosemary EO, Peppermint 1st Distill, Lavender 40/42, and Bulgarian Lavender.

Water White FO

Do you have any questions about Water White Fragrance Oils? If so, ask in the comments below!

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  1. D.J. Binczik says

    Newbie on the loose

    Re: Bergamot Pure Essential Oil
    I cannot find any information on discoloration or trace acceleration. Do you have any info regarding this EO IN CP

    Re: discoloration
    I am using electric bubblegum and merlot to make a valentines day red. – is there any way I can account for for fragrances that discolor to cream or yellow or tan so that I can still end up with a great red in my CP- or maybe you can recommend a different colorant.

    I tried to post this on another thread but the system didn’t want to. sorry if this appears twice.

  2. maryam shaibu says

    i like brown colour soap but did not know how to get brown colour but today am able to get something i will try at home that is vanilla content thank you very much for the information

  3. says

    wonderful put up, very informative. I wonder why
    the other specialists of this sector don’t understand this.
    You must proceed your writing. I’m sure, you’ve a huge readers’ base

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Jan!

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you liked this post. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  4. Sarah Pruiett says


    what a great list — thanks!
    Is this list kept up-to-date as you test new fragrance oils?

    I like Hanako’s suggestion above, putting this on the info page of the individual FOs, in addition to keeping this master list.


    • says

      Good morning, Sarah!

      We are doing our best to keep this list updated and have actually listed the vanilla content on all the individual fragrance pages seen above. Thank you so much for your suggestion. We can’t wait wait to hear more bout your soapy adventures, and if you get any photos of your soap, we’d love for you to share them on Bramble Berry’s Facebook page.


      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • Sarah Pruiett says

        Thanks, Becky!

        And the more I think about this list….

        You know on your web site under the Fragrance Oils link, there are sub-categories/links of Alphabetical, Best Sellers, ….., Masculine, Sweet?

        How about adding another sub-category/link of ‘Water White’, when clicked on will bring up all the water white FOs. Probably a little more work for your web person, but really handy.

        Thanks for letting me ramble.


        • says

          Hi Sarah!

          What a great idea — I’ll pass it onto our IT team. We appreciate you being an amazing part of our soapmaking community and love the new ideas that you and other customers share with us. =) Happy Soaping!

          -Becky with Bramble Berry

  5. Nancy Arneson says

    Could you come up with a list of fragrances and essential oils that DON’T accelerate trace? I’m a beginner soaper and I need HELP

    • says

      Hi Nancy!

      We typically list what each fragrance oil does on the product pages on Bramble Berry’s website, but I will pass this idea onto our team. Are there any particular fragrance or essential oils you are looking at? :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  6. Hanako says

    Can each of these scents be labels as “water white” on their info page? The list here is great, but referring back and forth can be a pain. It would be a great help when trying to do a quick buy! Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Hanako!

      Thanks for the suggestion, I will pass it onto the team! In the meantime, you can always bookmark this page so that you can have easy access to the list of water white fragrances! =)

      Happy Soaping!
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  7. Kokolele says

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…I want all of them!!!!…LOVE IT!!!….♥…Yeeeeeepeeeeeeeeeee..:)

      • Kokolele says

        I was reading and I already have some of them, I love them!!! and I need more…:)…OMG!!! If you say ..”Maria you will just love them”…it means it is a “super-great stuff”…always when you told me that..it is true!!…hehehehhee…I am preparing my Wish List, I will make my order pretty soon…thanks!!!….xoxo~

  8. says

    What a great list! Thank you so much. This is a great help to me as I do a lot of embedding. By the way, Bramble Berry’s Yuzu makes my mouth water. Yummy!

  9. Patricia says

    Wow! Very informative! Thank you!

    I just ordered 6 of your E-Books a couple of days ago & I’m starting what appears will be a MASSIVE wish list! I mean, I’ve got a list of 25 items and I’ve only covered 7 recipes in one of your “Lotions, Scrubs, Salts & More” books! =) Have you ever considered doing an E-Book on EO’s and FO’s? Seems to me there’s so much to learn about the sniffy stuff all by itself.

    • says

      Thanks for the feedback, Patricia! We are so happy to hear that you are enjoying the Lotions, Scrubs, Salts & More e-book, it is actually one of my favorites. =) I love your idea about having an e-book just on EO’s and FO’s, I’ll pass it onto the Anne-Marie and the team. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      P.S. In the meantime, here are a few great books on using essential oils in aromatherapy.

      Advanced Aromatherapy Book: http://www.brambleberry.com/Advanced-Aromatherapy-Book-1-Book-P3721.aspx

      Aromatherapy And Massage For Mom And Baby: http://www.brambleberry.com/Aromatherapy-And-Massage-For-Mom-And-Baby-1-Book-P3744.aspx

      Aromatherapy Companion Book: http://www.brambleberry.com/Aromatherapy-Companion-Book-1-Book-P3734.aspx

      Aromatherapy For Women Book: http://www.brambleberry.com/Aromatherapy-For-Women-Book-1-Book-P3722.aspx

      Aromatherapy Handbook for Beauty, Hair, and Skin Care: http://www.brambleberry.com/Aromatherapy-Handbook-for-Beauty-Hair-and-Skin-Care-P5346.aspx

      Aromatherapy Workbook: http://www.brambleberry.com/Aromatherapy-Workbook-1-Book-P3745.aspx

      The Art, Science and Business of Aromatherapy: http://www.brambleberry.com/The-Art-Science-and-Business-of-Aromatherapy-P5241.aspx

      • Patricia says

        Oh, I have a couple of aromatherapy books, but those books don’t cover such cool facts like these in relation to soap making that A-M provides. And there’s a ton of info on the web, too. I just really appreciate A-M’s perspective as a soap maker and her thoughtful attention to details like these. As another example, while perusing the Milk Soaps e-book, I learned that the coconut milk I bought several months back from a local grocery store can’t be used to make soap because of the addition of guar gum. That kind of knowledge won’t be coming from the grocer, know what I mean? =)

        And while I’m on the subject of the Milk Soaps e-book, I want to thank A-M for her clarity in explaining SAP values on page 5. I’ve read this info before, but not in such a digestible way – to the point where once I know the particular SAP value of each of my oils, I can actually figure it out manually without the use of a lye calculator. Why is this important to me? I’ve heard that online lye calculators sometimes differ in their numbers and I’ve come to also believe that SAP values on any particular oil can also vary a bit, depending on their source. And surely the local grocer isn’t going to know their SAP values either. So unless I’m wrong about this, it’s important to get the SAP value from the vendor at the time of purchase for a particular oil, then use THAT number and calculate it manually for the most accurate calculation. I imagine that Bramble Berry’s calculator matches the SAP values of they oils they buy and sell; that would make perfect sense. But given that I prefer to buy my oils, as heavy as they are, from a vendor in closer proximity to lower shipping costs, and if they don’t have a lye calculator, I can still figure it out manually using THEIR SAP values. It’s a “greener, shop local” conscientious way to do business, but beyond the oils, Bramble Berry will always be my number one trusted source for the many other goodies I will be buying (as funds permit!) Anne-Marie and the BrambleTeam are more than worthy of such loyalty as I know I am buying top quality products. Everything I have bought from your company so far, I have loved, loved, loved! =)

        • says

          Thank you for your amazing comment, Patricia. I am definitely going to forward this on to Anne-Marie and the rest of the team. We are always so inspired by our customers who are trying new things and we love the feedback that you give us. Thank you so much for your business and Happy Soaping! =)
          -Becky with Bramble Berry

          • Patricia says

            Of course, then again, my local oils supplier doesn’t carry most of those groovy exotic oils and butters, so I’ll be throwing that business your way!