Soap Queen TV Episode 1: Fragrance and Essential oils

The first video in our Melt & Pour soapmaking series features Anne-Marie demonstrating the basics of making soap. In this episode the Soap Queen explains the difference between fragrance and essential oils and demonstrates the fundamental components of making a bar of melt & pour soap. Are you a blog ger? Please feel free to embed this video on your blog . If you need any help just let us know! Anne-Marie Faiola is the owner of Bramble Berry, author of Soap Queen Blog http and developer of Teach Soap Music is by the PsyWoofers and the song title is Dancing 4 Joy All of the supplies used can be purchased at http

17 Comments/Reviews

  • cherrybomb134 says:

    Does the temperature of the soap matter when adding EO/FO?

  • soapqueentv says:

    Hi! Our best selling floral scents are Lavender, Lilac and Plumeria. All of which come across really well in M&P soap. I usually start with 1 tablespoon of fragrance or essential oil per pound of melt and pour base, but you can go a little higher then that if you are finding that the scent is too light.

  • soapqueentv says:

    Hi! The nature of melt and pour soap is to harden quite quick like that.

    How long are you heating in in microwave for? I put mine in for short burst of 30 seconds and I make sure that I stir it to get the clumps out.

    If you are still having problems with it, it might be the brand or quality of the melt and pour base. I’ve used all of Bramble Berry’s bases and never had a problem with any of them!

    If you have any questions feel free to email at info(at)brambleberry(dot)com =)

  • D.E.P.R marks says:

    Hi I’m a new at soap making and I didn’t want to wait to make soap so I just bought some at hobby lobby but every time I make my soap I melt it and it drys really quickly I didnt know If I was the brand or if I just have to work more quickly can u give me a tip on preventing that?

  • preetipkashyap says:

    Hi Anne,

    Thanks a lot for the info. I did make my first batch of m&p soap. It did come out well. Just that I prefer soaps with strong floral scents. The one I used hardly smelt!!! Can you suggest some good strong lasting scents so that I will be confident ordering from brambleberry. Is plumeria good? It is one of your top sellers!! Thanks!

  • CraftyGirl485 says:

    I LOVE THIS CHANNEL! I ran out of soap so ordering some more! These tips are amazing! And also your hair suits you so so well in this video!!

  • soapqueentv says:

    Congrats! I bet they were absolutely fabulous! =)

  • happynewyork1 says:

    I love your bath bomb video I made some bath bombs at Home!!!!

  • happynewyork1 says:

    I love your videos

  • soapqueentv says:

    You can definitely use fragrances that are cut with alcohol, if that is what you are asking. But, we do have fragrances at Bramble Berry that have beer, ale and wine scents to them!

  • ashagirl108 says:

    can you use scents made with alcohol in melt and poor soap?

  • soapqueentv says:

    You definitely want your total amount of fragrance oil to be at the total recomended usage rate. The Bramble Berry calculator does have a range of amounts depending on if you prefer a strong scent or a light scent. So I would take that amount and divide it in half and see how you like it.

  • soapqueentv says:

    Try covering the container you aren’t using (plastic wrap works well) I find it helps to keep a skin from forming and helps to keep the heat in. If you are making a bunch of soaps then a crockpot is a great way to keep your melted soap liquid for a long time.

  • TheAmyLester says:

    I’ve made a few soaps, but when i’m using two different soaps my soap hardens while the other soap is melting. Any advice?

  • LatestTrendz says:

    Hi, I am trying to make some lotion from different oils and butters and I had a qn about essential and fragrance oils. How much do I use if I Want to mix different ones to create a personal scent? If the calculator says use 1% of lavender for ex. and then vanilla 2% do i add them separately or will that be too much?

  • soapqueentv says:

    Really any microwave will work. The higher the wattage the faster it will melt your soap (at least that’s how it has worked in my experience). Happy Soaping!

  • sunnymajors says:

    Thanks for this self reliant info. I love being able to make things at home rather than the possible harmful and toxic soaps in the stores.

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