We have been busy experimenting with some recipes and techniques to bring into the Lather and Luster line of products. These things take a bit of time to perfect and it has been an exciting journey!
While we were playing “Mad Soapy Scientist”, we were introduced to a local fragrance oil company who was looking for experienced soap makers to test and review their fragrances. We were honored to be chosen as one of the companies to review some of their scents. Pure Fragrance Oils sent along 6 random fragrance oil scents for us to review in any type of product. Since these oils had already been tested in soaps, we decided to kick it up a notch and test them in other bath and body products. We chose our “Whip It Good Soap Balm”, hydrating body spray, and lotion (these products have not been released). After testing on ourselves to experience each scent, and to ensure safety, we recruited our family and friends to try them and give feedback to add to the review.
Here are the results:
“Polo Blue” ***** (5 stars)
Description: “A top note of a citrus/floral blend, with a middle note of aquatic “green” tones on a bed of musky, woody bottom notes.”
This fragrance is DEFINITELY a men’s fragrance. We found it to be very “clean” and not too heavy (we all know that one guy that smells as if he has been fumigated…). Both my husband and grown son agreed that it is a nice scent to wear everyday or to work as it is not offensively strong. If you are looking for something more heavy and more perfume-like, this is not the one. This would make a great men’s cologne, for all of you perfumers out there.
“Amber Romance” ***** (5 stars)
Description: “Complex and haunting with the “comfort scent” of Vanilla and the “exotic mystery” of Amber. When you combine these two time-proven favorites, you expect only good things. Light musk undertones anchor and rounds out this all-time favorite.”
We were expecting this to be a dupe of the fragrance by the same name from that woman with a “secret”. While it is reminiscent of that scent, we found this one to be more “gentle” to the nose. You can definitely pick out the vanilla, but that is tempered nicely with the warmth of Amber and the musk undertone lightens it up so it is not like “grandma’s perfume”. Layering this scent with different products really improves its staying power and keeps you sniffing yourself throughout the day. Surprisingly, this fragrance was accepted by both men and women who tried it and it was interesting to see how the scent changed with the person who wore it.
“Frosted Pink Cupcake” **** (4 stars)
Description: “A deliciously decadent pink cupcake topped with double whipped sugary pink frosting. Perfect for those of you who like to use food fragrances in their bath and body products. Ooh La La!”
Well, not sure how else to describe this scent other than their description, but my nose wants to pick up a hint of musk as well. It is a great scent for those that like sugary sweet candy type scents. You can pick up a passing waft of cake as well as the buttery frosting. Not quite enough to want to lick it to make sure it is not really food, but close. These would be great for those that like to make cupcake soaps or cupcake tarts/bombs.
“Sage” ***** (5 stars)
Description: “This sage fragrance is absolutely fantastic. Its a uni-sex fragrance that is appealing to anyone who smells it. It is also a great blender.”
We try not to look at descriptions when testing so we are not swayed by their interpretation, so imagine our surprise when reading what seemed to be almost what we thought as well. If you are looking for a Clary Sage type imitator, this would not be it. This would be like a distant cousin. It is more fragrant, but still has a nice herbaceous tone. Alone, it is nice, but it really shines when you blend it. We tried blends that included citrus and lavender and it really added that extra bit of complexity that is sometimes lacking with those scents. This would be one of those scents that you would want to keep in your arsenal when you are having trouble with blends.
“Mulberry & Mandarin” **** (4 stars)
Description: “Sweet and fruity with a little spice. A vintage fragrance that lasts a long time.”
This was a difficult scent to review. To be honest, out of the bottle, we immediately thought, “This should be a home fragrance, not bath and body”. That’s not fair, though. Out of the bottle can smell completely different than when processed into product. It smelled nearly the same once in the different bath and body products, but we found that once it was on the body, it did change to more of a warm fragrance with hints of mulberry and citrus. Perhaps the “spice” that is mentioned in the description helps temper the initial bold scent out of the bottle. Having said that, in my opinion, it is a fine fragrance for wash off products. My testers agree that when in the body spray or lotion, it was too much and unpleasant. Perhaps blending it with something would help it not smell so much like a “candle” or “plug in” scent. This would make a really nice fragrance for reed diffusers and room sprays, which is why I gave it the extra star. Finally, this oil is dark and discolored my products slightly to off white rather than snow white that it usually is.
“Tinseled Garland” **** (4 stars)
Description: “This crisp, bright blend of evergreens and birch wood is sure to be a fall and holiday favorite. Snappy notes of pine and juniper blend beautifully and are softened with fresh wild ferns to round out the botanical fragrance.”
If you dislike the scent of evergreen and pine, you will hate this. It is definitely all kinds of woodsy scent. Again, out of the bottle this seemed more appropriate for home fragrances. Again, we made it into bath and body products anyway to test. It still smelled like a forest in the soap balm, but fades quickly to a crisp herbaceous scent afterward. However, layering with lotion and body spray will make you smell like you were lost in the Christmas tree maze in a mall parking lot. A wonderful scent for the holidays in wax tarts, reed diffusers, or room sprays. Unless you like to smell like evergreens and pine, it may be best to blend this. We blended this with “Mulberry & Mandarin” and a touch of Patchouli and came up with a very complex and seductive fragrance.
So there you have it! Of course, these are just our opinion of these fragrance oils and we encourage you to try them yourselves. Get creative and make some awesome blends, make a new type of product, or experiment with different techniques. Having a mini treasure of new oils to experiment with inspired us to try new things. 🙂
Feel free to visit Pure Fragrance Oils at http://purefragranceoils.com/ to see their selection and read more reviews.
As always, blessings to you and yours,
***This is an independent review by Lather and Luster which has not been compensated beyond providing samples of fragrance oils from Pure Fragrance Oils. Neither Soapy Goodness nor Lather and Luster are affiliated with Pure Fragrance Oils and receives no added benefit for this review. This review is purely for information sharing and should not be taken as an endorsement. Please use good judgment when purchasing goods and services from vendors.***