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32 Fragrance Blends for Soap


We suggest running a test batch first.

The following formulas can be blended in any quantity. The proportions given should remain approximately the same. The numbers given refer to percentages in the blend, not a specific quantity. These are guidelines only. Fragrancing is a personal, subjective pursuit. Experiment and alter these formulas freely. The figures are ratios, so you can make drops, milliliters, teaspoons, or pound lots. It is prudent to test a blend first, keeping the ratio, and reducing the formulas to small test amounts.

Quantities used will vary. We suggest running a test batch first. Each blend is listed alphabetically to simplify mixing. The blends can then be used at 1-2% strength in the soap recipe.

Alternatively, use the following guidelines:

  • For five bars (three ounces), use one ounce of fragrance.
  • For 21 bars (three ounces), use three ounces of fragrance.
  • For 42 bars (three ounces), use four ounces of fragrance.

These are guidelines only.

Blend 1

  • Anise Pimpinella anisum oil 2.5
  • Cedarwood Atlas Cedrus atlantica oil 1.0
  • Peru balsam Myroxylon balsamum oil 2.0
  • Vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides oil 1.0
  • Bergamot Citrus aurantium var. bergamia oil 1.0
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 1.5
  • Rose Rosa damascena absolute 1.0

Blend 2

  • Bergamot Citrus aurantium var. bergamia oil 1.0
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 1.0
  • Labdanum Cistus ladanifer and Cistus creticus absolute 0.5
  • Sandalwood Santalum album oil 1.0
  • Clary sage Salvia sclarea oil 2.5
  • Immortelle Helichrysum angustifolium absolute 0.5
  • Patchouli Pogostemon cablin oil 1.5
  • Vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides oil 2.0

Blend 3

  • Benzoin Styrax benzoin resinoid 0.5
  • Clove Syzygium aromaticum oil 1.0
  • Patchouli Pogostemon cablin oil 1.5
  • Sandalwood Santalum album oil 1.0
  • Cedarwood Atlas Cedrus atlantica oil 1.5
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 3.0
  • Petitgrain Citrus aurantium oil 1.5

Blend 4

  • Benzoin Styrax benzoin resinoid 0.7
  • Clove Syzygium aromaticum oil 0.9
  • Lavender Lavandula angustifolia oil 2.5
  • Vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides oil 0.1
  • Cedarwood Atlas Cedrus atlantica oil 3.0
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 2.5
  • Oakmoss Evernia prunastri absolute 0.3

Color this soap green for a perfect aroma-color combination. Try using wheatgrass juice, finely powdered dried alfalfa Medicago sativa (L.) herb, or chlorophyll.

Blend 5

  • Benzoin Styrax benzoin resinoid 0.3
  • Citronella Cymbopogon nardus oil 4.0
  • Lavender Lavandula angustifolia oil 3.0
  • Cedarwood Atlas Cedrus atlantica oil 2.0
  • Clove Syzygium aromaticum oil 0.5
  • Thyme Thymus vulgaris oil 0.2
  • Cedarwood Atlas Cedrus atlantica oil 2.0

Blend 6

  • Benzoin Styrax benzoin resinoid 0.2
  • Caraway Carum carvi oil 0.5
  • Cedarwood Atlas Cedrus atlantica oil 1.0
  • Lavender Lavandula angustifolia oil 1.5
  • Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis oil 1.0
  • Bergamot Citrus aurantium var. bergamia oil 1.0
  • Cassia Cinnamomum aromaticum oil 2.0
  • Clove Syzygium aromaticum oil 1.0
  • Petitgrain Citrus aurantium oil 1.5
  • Thyme Thymus vulgaris oil 0.5

Color this soap orange-brown for a perfect aroma-color combination. For color try annatto Bixa orellana (L.) infused in oil, paprika Capsicum annuum (L.) var. annuum, or safflower Carthamus tinctorius (L.) petals.

Blend 7

  • Cedarwood Atlas Cedrus atlantica oil 6.0
  • Sandalwood Santalum album oil 1.0
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 1.0
  • Vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides oil 2.0

Blend 8

  • Black pepper Piper nigrum oil 2.0
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 1.0
  • Ylang ylang Cananga odorata var. genuina oil 5.0
  • Clove Syzygium aromaticum bud oil 1.5
  • Peru balsam Myroxylon balsamum oil 0.5

Color this soap brown for a perfect aroma-color combination. A melted chocolate bar, coffee (finely ground or instant) and ground cinnamon Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Blume) will all impart a brown color.

Blend 9

  • Bergamot Citrus aurantium var. bergamia oil 2.0
  • Cinnamon Cinnamomum zeylanicum oil 3.0
  • Jasmine Jasminum grandiflorum or Jasminum officinale absolute 0.20
  • Oakmoss Evernia prunastri absolute 0.20
  • Peru Balsam Myroxylon balsamum oil 0.20
  • Sassafras Sassafras albidum oil 0.10
  • Benzoin Styrax benzoin resinoid 0.20
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 1.5
  • Labdanum Cistus ladanifer and Cistus creticus oil 0.10
  • Patchouli Pogostemon cablin oil 2.0
  • Sandalwood Santalum album oil 1.0

Blend 10

  • Bergamot Citrus aurantium var. bergamia oil 1.0
  • Cassia Cinnamomum aromaticum oil 0.50
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 2.5
  • Peppermint Mentha ×piperita oil 0.50
  • Caraway Carum carvi oil 1.00
  • Citronella Cymbopogon nardus oil 3.0
  • Lemon Citrus limonum oil 1.5

Blend 11

  • Bergamot Citrus aurantium var. bergamia oil 1.5
  • Lavender Lavandula angustifolia oil 2.0
  • Petitgrain Citrus aurantium oil 2.0
  • Sweet orange Citrus sinensis oil 0.5
  • Clary sage Salvia sclarea oil 0.2
  • Lemon Citrus limonum oil 3.0
  • Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis oil 0.5
  • Thyme Thymus vulgaris oil 0.3

Blend 12

  • Lavender Lavandula angustifolia oil 1.00
  • Patchouli Pogostemon cablin oil 3.0
  • Vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides oil 0.5
  • Oakmoss Evernia prunastri absolute 0.5
  • Ylang ylang Cananga odorata var. genuina oil 5.0

Blend 13

  • Bergamot Citrus aurantium var. bergamia oil 3.5
  • Peru balsam Myroxylon balsamum oil 1.0
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 3.5
  • Sandalwood Santalum album oil 2.0

Blend 14

  • Anise Pimpinella anisum oil 0.5
  • Lavender Lavandula angustifolia oil 3.0
  • Oakmoss Evernia prunastri absolute 0.2
  • Vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides oil 0.1
  • Lemon Citrus limonum oil 5.0
  • Cedarwood Atlas Cedrus atlantica oil 1.0
  • Patchouli Pogostemon cablin oil 0.2

Blend 15

  • Benzoin Styrax benzoin resinoid 0.3
  • Clove Syzygium aromaticum oil 1.0
  • Palmarosa Cymbopogon martini oil 1.0
  • Peru balsam Myroxylon balsamum oil 0.3
  • Rose Rosa damascena absolute 0.5
  • Bergamot Citrus aurantium var. bergamia oil 4.00
  • Jasmine Jasminum grandiflorum or Jasminum officinale absolute .0.5
  • Patchouli Pogostemon cablin oil 0.1
  • Petitgrain Citrus aurantium oil 2.5

Color this soap green for a perfect aroma-color combination. Try using wheatgrass juice, finely powdered dried alfalfa M. sativa herb, or chlorophyll.

Blend 16

  • Cassia Cinnamomum aromaticum oil 0.5
  • Clove Syzygium aromaticum oil 1.0
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 3.0
  • Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis oil 1.0
  • Thyme Thymus vulgaris oil 1.0
  • Chamomile German Matricaria recutita or Roman Chamaemelum nobile oil 0.5
  • Fennel Foeniculum vulgare oil 0.5
  • Lavender Lavandula angustifolia oil 2.0
  • Spearmint Mentha spicata oil 0.5

Color this soap brown for a perfect aroma-color combination. A melted chocolate bar, coffee (finely ground or instant) and ground cinnamon C. zeylanicum will all impart a brown color

Blend 17

  • Bay Laurus nobilis leaf oil 0.5
  • Citronella Cymbopogon nardus oil 4.5
  • Lemon Citrus limonum oil 2.0
  • Cinnamon Cinnamomum zeylanicum leaf oil 1.0
  • Elemi Canarium luzonicum oil 2.0

Blend 18

  • Bergamot Citrus aurantium var. bergamia oil 1.0
  • Lavender Lavandula angustifolia oil 3.0
  • Oakmoss Evernia prunastri absolute 0.1
  • Petitgrain Citrus aurantium oil 1.5
  • Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis oil 1.0
  • Thyme Thymus vulgaris oil 0.2
  • Labdanum Cistus ladanifer and Cistus creticus oil 0.1
  • Lavandin Lavandula intermedia oil 1.0
  • Patchouli Pogostemon cablin oil 0.5
  • Peppermint Mentha ×piperita oil 0.1
  • Sandalwood Santalum album oil 0.6
  • Vanilla extract 10% 0.5

Color this soap a purple for a perfect aroma-color combination. For the color try elder Sambucus nigra (L.) berries.

Blend 19

  • Benzoin Styrax benzoin resinoid 0.5
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 3.0
  • Sweet orange Citrus sinensis oil 1.0
  • Cardamom Elettaria cardamomum oil 1.0
  • Jasmine Jasminum grandiflorum or Jasminum officinale absolute 0.5
  • Ylang ylang Cananga odorata var. genuina oil 4.0

Blend 20

  • Bergamot Citrus aurantium var. bergamia oil 3.0
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 5.0
  • Vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides oil 0.5
  • Cassia Cinnamomum aromaticum oil 0.5
  • Sandalwood Santalum album oil 1.0

Blend 21

  • Cassia Cinnamomum aromaticum oil 0.5
  • Clove Syzygium aromaticum oil 0.5
  • Lavender Lavandula angustifolia oil 2.0
  • Petitgrain Citrus aurantium oil 1.5
  • Cedarwood Atlas Cedrus atlantica oil 2.5
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 2.5
  • Patchouli Pogostemon cablin oil 0.5

Blend 22

  • Bergamot Citrus aurantium var. bergamia oil 3.0
  • Clove Syzygium aromaticum oil 0.5
  • Lavender Lavandula angustifolia oil 3.5
  • Petitgrain Citrus aurantium oil 0.5
  • Cassia Cinnamomum aromaticum oil 0.4
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 2.00
  • Patchouli Pogostemon cablin oil 0.1

Blend 23

  • Clove Syzygium aromaticum oil 1.0
  • Palmarosa Cymbopogon martini oil 0.6
  • Peru balsam Myroxylon balsamum oil 0.4
  • Sandalwood Santalum album oil 0.7
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 4.5
  • Patchouli Pogostemon cablin oil 2.5
  • Rose Rosa damascena absolute 0.3

Blend 24

  • Clove Syzygium aromaticum oil 0.5
  • Ginger Zingiber officinale oil 3.0
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 1.5
  • Palmarosa Cymbopogon martini oil 5.0

Blend 25

  • Bergamot Citrus aurantium var. bergamia oil 0.5
  • Cedarwood Atlas Cedrus atlantica oil: 3.0
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 1.5
  • Patchouli Pogostemon cablin oil 0.5
  • Ylang ylang Cananga odorata var. genuina oil 0.5
  • Cinnamon Cinnamomum zeylanicum oil 0.3
  • Clove Syzygium aromaticum oil 0.5
  • Oakmoss Evernia prunastri absolute 0.2
  • Sandalwood Santalum album oil 3.0

Color this soap a yellowish-orange for a perfect aroma-color combination. For color try ground raw carrots or turmeric Curcuma longa (L.).

Blend 26

  • Benzoin Styrax benzoin resinoid 1.4
  • Clove Syzygium aromaticum oil 0.5
  • Neroli Citrus aurantium var. amara oil 0.1
  • Citronella Cymbopogon nardus oil 2.0
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 1.0
  • Petitgrain Citrus aurantium oil 5.0

Blend 27

  • Caraway Carum carvi oil 0.2
  • Clove Syzygium aromaticum oil 1.0
  • Lavender Lavandula angustifolia oil 1.0
  • Vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides oil 0.1
  • Cassia Cinnamomum aromaticum oil 0.2
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 4.5
  • Patchouli Pogostemon cablin oil 3.0

Blend 28

  • Cassia Cinnamomum aromaticum oil 0.5
  • Citronella Cymbopogon nardus oil 1.0
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 2.0
  • Sassafras Sassafras albidum oil 0.5
  • Cedarwood Atlas Cedrus atlantica oil 1.5
  • Clove Syzygium aromaticum oil 0.5
  • Lavender Lavandula angustifolia oil 2.5
  • Thyme Thymus vulgaris oil 1.5

Blend 29

  • Citronella Cymbopogon nardus oil 1.0
  • Lemongrass Cymbopogon citratus oil 1.0
  • Sandalwood Santalum album oil 0.4
  • Vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides oil 0.1
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 2.0
  • Petitgrain Citrus aurantium oil 0.5
  • Verbena Verbena officinalis absolute 5.0

Blend 30

  • Citronella Cymbopogon nardus oil 3.0
  • Ginger Zingiber officinale oil 1.0
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 1.0
  • Lemongrass Cymbopogon citratus oil 5.0

Blend 31

  • Benzoin Styrax benzoin resinoid 0.4
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 7.0
  • Vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides oil 0.3
  • Cedarwood Atlas Cedrus atlantica oil 1.0
  • Peru balsam Myroxylon balsamum oil 0.6
  • Ylang ylang Cananga odorata var. genuina oil 0.7

Blend 32

  • Cassia Cinnamomum aromaticum oil 0.5
  • Eucalyptus Eucalyptus globulus oil 0.5
  • Lemon Citrus limonum oil 2.0
  • Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis oil 0.8
  • Vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides oil 0.2
  • Clove Syzygium aromaticum oil 0.5
  • Lavender Lavandula angustifolia oil 1.0
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 0.5
  • Thyme Thymus vulgaris oil 4.0

Wrapping Blend

When wrapping or packaging soaps in boxes, you can spray the paper, cloth, or box with oils. The following blend is suitable for this:

  • Benzoin Styrax benzoin tincture 10% 0.5
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens oil 4.0
  • Oakmoss Evernia prunastri absolute 0.5
  • Tuberose Polianthes tuberosa absolute 0.5
  • Bergamot Citrus aurantium var. bergamia oil 3.0
  • Jasmine Jasminum grandiflorum or Jasminum officinale absolute 0.2
  • Rose Rosa damascena absolute 0.3

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