And Another one Down...Mystery Fragrance # 7 was one of my absolute favorites. My first impression out of the bottle was crisp, clean, and earthy. Like fresh snow, mountain air, and pine trees after a hard rain. Exactly like winter in the Pacific Northwest.
I had some curls from a previous soap project that had a similar smell to it, and decided to put them to use. I wanted to go with a more contemporary blue color scheme (Ultramarine Blue from Bramble Berry.com), think fresh, clean, and wintry; a refreshing blue color scheme that doesn't exactly scream holiday. In my area we love our pine tree smells, so this one may work as a year round soap. (plus I am not a huge fan of the traditional holiday colors anyway) I also wanted to do another layered soap...loved the layered soap (see SOAP frag #8) from a few posts ago.
I went with a basic recipe again, but with the addition of yummy Mango Butter that I got on sale a while back from Bramble Berry Recipe is: 30% Olive Oil, 30% Coconut oil, 20% Palm oil, 10% Safflower oil, 5% Castor oil, and 5% Mango Butter. I am loving mango butter!
This fragrance stayed true to it's scent in the soap and did not morph into anything unexpected. I pine notes came through more predominately, but did not overshadow any of the 'brighter' notes that I detected OOB. This fragrance did discolor the base into a yellowish tone, and therefore the non-colored portion ended up a bit on the green side (with the addition of the U.blue). I also indicated a slight acceleration, which of course made layering a breeze as long as your prepared for the acceleration. It probably would have gotten to thick for a good swirl, or something that requires more time for play.
Stay tuned for the next installment of the SOAP testing saga, Fragrance #6, the last fragrance to test.