Perfect Essential Oil Soap Scents

Perfect Essential Oil Soap Scents

I’m always looking for the best essential oil combinations for scenting my soap creations. I’ve looked high and low for a concrete list of suggestions and, quite frankly, have not found much at all.

So I decided to start my own collection of tried and true (that is, I’ve actually tried them AND I like them!) essential oil blends for anyone who wants to try making soap with their essential oils and is not quite sure where to start.

This is going to be a dynamic list of perfect essential oil soap scents that I will update regularly as I explore new essential oil blends in my soap making.

Last updated: April 2020

I want to state that I have tried all the suggested soap scents in this post and can confirm that the aroma of the resulting soap is strong, fragrant and, most importantly, pleasant.

collection of pretty handmade soap

How to use this list

The following essential oil blend suggestions are expressed as ratios.

To work out how many drops of each essential oil you need in total, check the instructions of your melt and pour soap for details about how much fragrance they suggest you add for your chosen soap base.

A general rule of thumb is 10-40 drops of essential oil per 3 1/2oz OR 100g of soap base.

This is quite a large range as the scent strength of different soap bases can vary considerably.

Here’s an example of how I would calculate the number of drops of essential oils to use:

I’m planning on making 7oz (200g) of soap using the Lemon, Lime, Lavender & Rosemary blend (ratio 2:3:2:2 drops respectively) listed below.

My soap base instructions indicate I should use 30-40 drops of essential oil per 3 1/2oz (100g), therefore I would need 60-80 drops of essential oil for 7oz (200g).

I add up all the numbers in my ratio (2+3+2+2) for a total of 9. I make a note of all the numbers between 60 and 80 that are divisible by 9 (63 and 72).

I want my soap to have a strong scent, so I pick the number towards the top end of my range which is 72.

I divide 72 by 9 to get 8. Therefore I need to multiply the numbers in my ratio by 8 to get a new ratio that will equal 72 drops of essential oil.

My new ratio becomes Lemon (8×2=16 drops), Lime (8×3=24 drops), Lavender (8×2=16 drops) and Rosemary (8×2=16 drops).

All together they total 72 drops of essential oil.

Now you know how to calculate the number of drops of essential oil you need based on the ratios I have listed, let’s get started.


Simple Singles

Here is a list of essential oils that can beautifully scent a bar of soap just on their own. These suggestions are perfect for those of you with a small collection of essential oils.

Lemon

Lavender

Vanilla

Spearmint

Grapefruit


Perfect Pairs

Here is a collection of blends that contain two essential oils which perfectly complement each other.

Lavender & Spearmint at a ratio of 5:3

Lemon & Siberian Fir at a ratio of 1:1

Grapefruit & Geranium at a ratio of 1:1

Patchouli & Roman Chamomile at a ratio of 2:3


How do you remember all of your favorite essential oil blends?
I record mine in this beautiful blend recipe book. Want one?

centre page spread of my little book of blends blue wreath
My Little Book of Blends essential oil recipe books are available from my online store.

Fruity Favorites

If you love sunny citrus blends then this collection of soap scent blends is for you.

Lime & Orange at a ratio of 1:1

Orange & Vanilla at a ratio of 1:2

Lemon, Lime, Orange & Peppermint at a ratio of 2:2:2:1

Lime, Clementine & Ylang Ylang at a ratio of 2:2:1


Flower Power

Florals are always a favorite when it comes to scenting soap. Maybe you will find your favorite blend in this collection.

Lavender & Rose Geranium at a ratio of 1:1

Lavender, Litsea (May Chang) & Geranium (not Rose Geranium) at a ratio of 2:1:1

Clary Sage, Roman Chamomile & Myrrh at a ratio of 2:2:3 (I think this one kinda smells like bananas – anyone agree?)

Mandarin, Lavender & Roman Chamomile at a ratio of 5:3:1

Juniper Berry, Geranium (not Rose Geranium) & Jasmine (3% is fine) at a ratio of 4:3:3

emoji soap in the shape of a smiley face
Related Post: Painted Emoji Soap Tutorial

Herbal Heaven

Invigorate the senses with this collection of herbal soap scents. They’re perfect for making gardener’s soap.

Lemon, Lime, Lavender & Rosemary at a ratio of 2:3:2:2

Lemon, Basil & Douglas Fir at a ratio of 2:1:2


Forest Fresh

Here are some woodsy scents to emulate a walk through the forest. Enjoy!

Bergamot, Cedarwood & Patchouli at a ratio of 3:2:2

Cedarwood, Orange & Clary Sage at a ratio of 2:2:3


How do you remember all of your favorite essential oil blends?
I record mine in this beautiful blend recipe book. Want one?

my little book of blends birdie design with orange and purple ombre roller bottles and white and pink hydrangeas
My Little Book of Blends essential oil blend recipe books are available from my online store.

Candy Crush

These fun blends smell like your favorite candy. Try them if you are making soap for kids.

Pink Musk Flavor – Bergamot, Patchouli & Geranium (not Rose Geranium) at a ratio of 3:3:1

Lemondade – Lemon & White Fir (can substitute Douglas Fir) at a ratio of 1:1

Orange Soda – Orange, Douglas Fir & Vanilla at a ratio of 3:2:2

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This Post Has 7 Comments

    1. Samantha

      You’re welcome Gabriela!

  1. Pam

    I have a succulent mold and I was going to go with a eucalyptus and spearmint, the eucalyptus is strong on its own, any tips on what my ratio should be with those oils?

    1. Samantha

      Hi Pam,
      Even a strong Eucalyptus might not be able to hold its own against the strong scent of Spearmint so I would try a ratio of 2:1 (eucalyptus:spearmint). Let me know how it comes out!

  2. Lauren

    This may be a silly question, but if I am to do a recipe where I am adding almond oil and shea butter, would that change with amount of drops of EOs? Since the overall volume of non essential oils are now greater??? I am terrible at this stuff. Haha

    1. Samantha

      Hi Lauren,
      Thanks for getting in touch. Not a silly question at all 😊. You are correct, adding almond oil and shea butter to your soap base would further dilute the essential oils and weaken the scent. Simply weigh out the amount of almond oil and shea butter you wish to use and add it to the weight of your soap base. Use this new ‘total weight’ as the base for calculating the number of drops of essential oil you will need.

  3. JASBIR

    Like the soaps. They BEAUTIFUL

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