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Rosebud Essentials

Rosebud Essentials

 Lemongrass

Lemongrass

Everybody is talking about essential oils  (EO's) in soaps.  Frankly, I'm skeptical.  As a certified aromatherapist, I am aware of and a student of the benefits to be found in the use of EO's.  But in cold process soap?  Hmmmmm.  Here's why.

When you combine a sodium hydroxide (lye) solution with oils to make soap, the temperature rises to well over 180 degrees and the pH goes up to around 14 (the process is called "saponification").  I have not seen any studies which confirm that essential oils stick around under those conditions.  So my theory is that if the aroma of the essential oil remains after saponification I will use the essential oil in soap making.  I haven't found too make EO's that do.

Another consideration is the cost.  EO's are REALLY expensive.  

So the EO's I use are reasonably priced and the aroma of the EO remains after saponification.  I use some citrus oils and Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), Lemongrass, (Cymbopogon flexuosus), and Spearmint (Mentha spicata).

So while I make no claim that the reported health benefits of these EO's can come from my soaps, I know that your skin will love them!