It began from a customer request.
Fir & Cedar Soap came about as a result of a customer request. One of my customers had requested a soap that smelled like a Christmas tree. I 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, I 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.
Started strong, but things went downhill.
After thinking about the look and feel of the soap I decided I wanted a green swirl in it and opted to use chlorophyll. I 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. But as several more weeks passed it seemed that the scent was not holding as well as I expect for my soaps. After a little longer, it appeared that the shelf life of the soap overall wasn’t as good as I would like. So, back to the drawing board, I went.
All good in the end!
After analyzing what had been 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
So I made a test batch of the new and improved Fir & Cedar soap and after letting it sit for several weeks could see a dramatic improvement from the earlier formulation. I then proceeded with a regular batch of this new soap and am now happy to have it in my line of soaps. Voila!
Fir & Cedar – the natural soap that smells like a Christmas tree.