While there are many amazing fragrance oils to use in soapmaking, this list was comprised based on the following factors:
- Popularity with consumers
- Work well in soap (no issues)
- Can work well in a blend
These fragrances represent all of the main scent families, giving a new soapmaker a well-rounded starter fragrance ‘kit’.
One of the most popular fragrance oils. It has a sweet, balsamic, floral aroma. This is an excellent staple fragrance, and blends well with other fragrances or essential oils.
Sandalwood is a very expensive essential oil, but in a fragrance it is quite affordable. It has an intoxicating warm, sweet, rich, balsamic, woody scent.
Citrus (any kind)
Citruses are refreshing and clean, and smells just like the fruit with a zesty, crisp fragrance. Bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, orange, and lime are all popular among consumers and blend well with other scents.
Mint is refreshing, cooling, and uplifting. Its fresh scent can be blended with a variety of fragrance oils to create a vitalizing new fragrance.
Vanilla blends well with other fragrances, such as sandalwood , mint, and lavender. It is creamy and sweet and bring a softness to any soap. Its only issue is that it contains vanillin, which turns brown in soap. You can counteract the problem by using a vanilla stabilizer. It is well worth the effort for such a popular fragrance.
Berries (any kind)
Berries are fruity and fresh and blend well with other fragrances, such as vanilla, mint and lemon. From blueberries and blackberries to strawberries and cranberries, they are refreshing fragrances, any of which are great to have on hand.
Ocean is a fresh, ozone fragrance which can encompass anything from an ocean rain to an ocean breeze. Ocean scents are complex and include anything from a zesty hint of citrus to a floral, such as lilac. It is calming and refreshing.
Verbena is a spreading, flowering plant that has a sweet, musky aroma that can be paired with citruses and/or coconut, such as Coconut Lime Verbena. It is as close to unisex as you can get in a floral.
Patchouli borders on the exotic, and the aroma is earthy, rich, sweet, balsamic, woody and spicy. It is excellent blended with many scents such as orange, lavender, and sandalwood. While consumers either love it or hate it, it is a must have fragrance.
Ginger has an exotic spicy fragrance that has become very popular in blends, such as Ginger Lime or White Tea and Ginger. It is classified as an oriental scent and works with anything from a floral to a fruit, making it a well-rounded fragrance.
Other popular scents to consider are apple, almond, coconut, jasmine, and lilac. Many of the fragrances listed are great on their own but lend themselves well to blending, both of which should be considered whenever you are deciding on a fragrance.