Ask A Jonas – Jim’s Thoughts On Choosing Scents

We get asked lots of questions when we’re doing farm toursselling soap at craft fairs, or simply running errands.  Since most of those answers are heard only by the person who asked, we decided to share some of the common questions here on the blog.  And of course you can ask a question of your own!

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Jim, how do you decide what scents you use as far as soaps and lotions? Do you pick your favorite or mix it up? Every month I can’t wait to place my order for the limited edition soap. ~Angie

Over the years of doing craft shows, reading comments on our social media pages, and fueling customer requests, we’ve learned what seasons certain scents are very popular. We try to have our limited edition fragrances line up pretty well with the seasons, but sometimes that can be tricky. Not all fragrances are created equal, so Colter and I spend a lot of time researching and testing fragrances from suppliers who have high quality oils.

We’re always careful to only use fragrances that are body safe and phthalate free. That’s the research part. Testing involves making many small batches to see how the fragrance performs in our soaps and lotions. Many fragrances can morph, or completely disappear in soap. They can also accelerate the saponification process and ruin a batch, or completely change it’s color.

Once we find the perfect fragrance, then we can put it into our product line. Ultimately, it’s PJ and our customers who decide if it will stay there or not.


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  • sandra mcgeough

    Yogurt sounds great and sourdough bread is great.

    • goatmilkstuff

      I’m hoping you were talking about some of the other posts – not sure that a yogurt smelling soap would be very good. LOL PJ

  • Natasha

    Have you ever considered a Jasmine Scented Soap? Like the Flower?

    • Yes, but we can’t find a good fragrance that stays true. People ask us all the time for it – if we can ever find a good scent, we’ll do a batch of it!

    • goatmilkstuff

      Yes – we add jasmine to the honeysuckle soap. Haven’t found one we like yet in goat milk soap all by itself. PJ