While there are many amazing essential oils to use in soapmaking creating endless possibilities, this list was comprised based on the following factors:
- Popularity with consumers
- Ability to blend well with other EOs
- Work well in soap
By far one of the most popular essential oils. It has a sweet, balsamic, floral aroma which combines well with many oils including citrus, clove, patchouli, rosemary, clary sage and pine. Aromatherapy benefits: balancing, soothing, calming, relaxing, healing.
More sweet orange oil is produced than any other citrus oil. It has a lively, fruity, sweet aroma. It blends well with patchouli, citruses, clove, and spearmint. Aromatherapy benefits: cheering, refreshing, uplifting.
Lemon is refreshing and clean. Lemon essential oil smells just like the fruit. It blends well with lavender, citruses, and palmarosa. Aromatherapy benefits: uplifting, refreshing, cheering.
Aromatherapists use spearmint to energize the mind and body. It has a minty refreshing scent. It is a great anchor and enhancer in fresh blends. Aromtherapy benefits: refreshing, cooling, vitalizing.
Peppermint has a powerful, sweet, menthol aroma. Blending with spearmint will cut the strength of the scent down.
Aromatherapy benefits: vitalizing, refreshing, cooling.
Rosemary is known as the herb of remembrance. The plant produces an almost colorless essential oil with a strong, fresh, camphor aroma. It blends nicely with citruses, as well as spruce and amyris. Aromatherapy benefits: clarifying, invigorating.
This essential oil has a heavy, sweet citrus scent. It works as an anchor in citrus blends and works well with rosemary, tea tree, cypress, eucalyptus, and palmarosa. Aromatherapy benefits: refreshing, uplifting, cheering.
Amyris is also known as West Indian sandalwood, although it is unrelated to the true Indian sandalwood. It has a woody, slightly sweet, balsamic aroma, very similar to sandalwood and is an excellent, less expensive, more sustainable alternative. Amyris is a great anchor and blends well with cedarwood, jasmine and rose scents. Aromatherapy benefits: strengthening, centering.
Patchouli borders on the exotic, and the aroma earthy, rich, sweet, balsamic, woody and spicy. Patchouli oil is one of the few essential oils that improve with age. It is an excellent anchor and can be blended with many scents such as orange, amyris, frankincense and spices, such as clove. Aromatherapy benefits: romantic, soothing, sensual.
The leaf of the tea tree has a long history of use in Australia. The aroma is warm, spicy and medicinal. It blends well with lavandin, rosemary and nutmeg oils. Aromatherapy benefits: cleansing, purifying, uplifting.