Our newest soap scent, Fir & Cedar came about as a result of a customer request. One of our customers had requested a soap that smelled like a Christmas tree. We thought a soap that smelled like a Christmas tree sounded like a good addition to our line so we went to work on it.
First, of course, was the scent blend. After some experimenting we settled on a blend of siberian fir and texas cedarwood essential oils. We even sent a little sample to our customer and she agreed it smelled great. After thinking about the look and feel of the soap we decided we wanted a green swirl in it and decided to use chlorophyll. We then made a small batch of our new Fir & Cedar soap. It looked beautiful and smelled great! After several weeks I used a bar and really liked it. Then as the weeks passed it seemed that the scent was not holding as well as we expect for our soaps. After a little longer it appeared that the shelf life of the soap overall wasn’t as good as we would like. So, back to the drawing board we went.
After analyzing what we had done, I decided to make several changes:
- The chlorophyll was replaced with powdered rosemary
- The percentage of essential oils was increased to help make the scent stronger and last longer
- White cornmeal was added to also aid in creating a longer lasting scent
We then made a test batch of the new and improved Fir & Cedar soap. After letting it sit for several weeks we could see a dramatic improvement from the earlier formulation. We then proceeded with a regular batch of this new soap and now are happy to be able to offer it to our customers. Voila! Fir & Cedar – the natural soap that smells like a Christmas tree.