Long-time customers still bemoan the loss of our original Bitter Almond fragrance (which, it was discovered a tad belatedly, had an extremely low flashpoint). Well, weep no more my lady, because our new Bitter Almond is almost identical to our old one -- but has a perfectly respectable flashpoint of 154º F. I would describe this fragrance thus: Top notes of almond lead to mid-notes of almond, which gracefully trail off into bottom notes of almond, almond, and more almond. BOTTOM LINE: Almondy (ya think?) and super strong, so go 25-50% lighter with it than you would with any other fragrance. Flashpoint: 154º F.
If you like Diptyque Baies (TM), you'll love our Black Currant Rose fragrance!
Paris-based Diptyque is a leader in the world of high-end candles and home scents, and Baies is the best-selling of their 45 candle fragrances. Baies is an amazing blend of black currant, black currant leaf, and Bulgarian rose -- the result is a startlingly fresh and complex accord that strikes the nose as alternately green, spicy, floral, and fruity, as does our interpretation of this fine scent. A 7-oz. Diptyque Baies container candle retails for $45 in a select assortment of high-end boutiques -- if that's not in your budget, please try the Sweet Cakes version (we have no affiliation whatsoever with the Diptyque company or their fragrances) and scent your home, yourself, and your candles to your heart's content! This fragrance *is* CP-soap compatible, causing neither seizing nor discoloration. Flashpoint: >200º F.
A deep, dark, delicious raspberry fragrance -- and one that stays delightfully true in cold-process soap! Top notes of pineapple, plumberry, strawberry, raspberry and peach lead to floral mid-notes of jasmine and rose, with a warm sweet drydown of vanilla, musk and amber. Flashpoint: >200º F.
Note to CP soapers: This fragrance discolors cold-process soap to a pale yellow color. It doesn't look bad or anything -- just giving a heads-up.
The fruity sweetness of blackberry paired with calming, herbal sage -- genius! Wild, fruity-berry top notes of cassis, blackberry, red raspberry, and grape lead to a violet-sage middle, with a soft, earthy, musk base. A brilliant way to enhance and freshen an ever-popular berry scent. Delightful in most every application except CP soap, where it tends to fade. My favorite way to use Blackberry & Sage? A dash of it straight-up into a big old bath -- the blackberry and other fruit notes refresh and revive while the sage soothes and calms. Flashpoint: >200º F.
We sniffed and sampled many a blackberry fragrance before we found one that bore any relationship to the actual berry. This is the truest blackberry scent we've found -- rich and fruity. BLENDING SUGGESTIONS: Use it on its own, or blend it with our Raspberry and Red Currant fragrances to make a "Berry Basket" blend. Flashpoint: >200º F.
Here's a great, simple blackberry blend for summer:
2 parts Sweet Cakes Gin Martini Fragrance
1 part Sweet Cakes Blackberry Fragrance
A martini without the twist, but instead, a dash of plump ripe blackberries! The balance of the sweet, tart Blackberry and the crisp woody juniper in Gin Martini are a perfect marriage. Add any of our berry-seed exfoliants (raspberry seeds, strawberry seeds, etc.) to your bars and call the blend "Blackberry-Juniper Scrub."
Our exclusive fragrance is citrusy and fresh, like a desert oasis. Top notes of apple cassis, black currant, and citrus lead to a lily-rose middle, all atop a bottom of soft woods and oakmoss. Clean, fresh, and muy refrescante!
Flashpoint: 194º F.
If you've only smelled kid-oriented, bubblegum-y blueberry fragrances, this one will amaze you. Why? Because this blend smells uncannily like *real* blueberries. And best of all, it won't turn soaps, candles, and toiletries bright yellow, as most blueberry fragrance oils do. Flashpoint: >200º F.
The perfect blend of sweet summer blueberries and citrusy verbena. Top notes of juicy blueberry, orange, and lemon verbena lead to a fruity-floral middle of strawberry, pear, lilac, and violet. A soft, lasting drydown is provided by vanilla and musk. Bottom Line: Fruity, citrusy, and a bit old-fashioned. Flashpoint: 142º F.
Truly the scent of brown sugar in a bottle, and perfect for sweetening up blends without the intense discoloration a vanilla fragrance would cause. RECIPE SUGGESTION: Brown sugar scrubs are all the rage at spas and in high-end bath and body collections. If you'd like to make your own, add 3-4 tablespoons of any high-quality liquid vegetable oil (like sweet almond, castor, jojoba, etc.) to 1 cup of brown sugar, combining the components until a pastelike consistency is achieved. Then add our Brown Sugar fragrance until the desired scent level is achieved -- the amount is subjective, but 1-2 teaspoons should do the trick. (And in case you've never heard of a sugar scrub, you apply them to your arms, legs, etc., in the shower, rub them into the skin with a washcloth or loofa, rinse them off, and voila -- smooth skin!.) Flashpoint: >200º F.
Uber-successful Japanese couture house Comme des Garcons (which means "like boys" in French) has issued just a handful of fragrances, all of them groundbreaking and stellar.
Our interpretation of their "Calamus" is the greenest, cleanest, most unisex scent in our entire repertoire. Imagine an intense fusion of leaves and grass and bamboo and rain and stems, and you've barely begun to scratch the surface. While this blend may strike some as too "out there" (there's none of the musky or fruity notes that are regularly thrown into everything), for those who want their shower gel, shampoo, and soap to be clean and refreshing (as opposed to musky, floral, sweet, etc.), this is a must-try. Flashpoint: >200º F.
Unlike peppermint essential oil (which we also carry), this version has a touch of sweetness to it, like those ever-popular round red-and-white candies. NOTE: Mint, as it turns out, is quite a good little blender -- try combining Candy Cane with other scents to make your own Apple Mint, Rose Mint, or Pineapple Mint. Flashpoint: >200º F.
If the sky-high price of chamomile essential oil puts it out of reach, consider our partially synthetic version -- which gloriously enough contains essential oils of chamomile, lavender, sandalwood, and geranium. BOTTOM LINE: We searched for a chamomile fragrance for over two years, and this is the only one that we feel could stand in for chamomile essential oil. NOTE: Chamomile is considered a relaxing, calming scent and blends well with lavender. Flashpoint: 141º F.
The freshness of bamboo combined with creamy tropical white flowers makes this a head-spinning, ultra-green fragrance.
Top notes of cool green bamboo are softened and sweetened with a mid-section of jasmine, hyacinth, and champaca (champaca is a white flower from the magnolia family and has been used for centuries in fine perfumes). Bottom notes of amber, clove, and oakmoss help to anchor the blend while providing just a hint of spicy intrigue. Bottom Line: Clean-smelling fragrances with unusual botanical notes (in this case champaca and bamboo) are all the rage right now. This new twist on that segment of the fragrance market is a doozy -- powerful, green, and fresh!
Our faithful interpretation of this super-popular Bath & Body Works fragrance makes every day feel like the first day of spring!
Light, fresh, floral top notes of cherry blossom and green apple lead to a middle of lilies and violets, atop a sweet base of musk, soft woods, and vanilla. Give this fragrance a try in bath products, soap, and candles -- it makes a terrific personal scent as well a room fragrance.
Flashpoint: >200º F
China Rain (type) is very perfumey and intense, with melon and cucumber notes, and many CP soapers find it turns their cold-process soaps some shade of mauve or purple. A Sweet Cakes customer favorite since Day One, and still going strong. Flashpoint: 102º F.
Special Shipping Note: Due to shipping restrictions, this fragrance may ship via UPS Ground *only*. Please do not select an expedited method of shipping (Next Day Air, 2nd Day Air, or 3-Day Select); your order will automatically be downgraded to UPS Ground at time of processing.
Enjoy the smooth balance of sweet chocolate and deep, rich amber in our interpretation of this new B&BW favorite!
This unisex fragrance begins with fresh green top notes that quickly lead to a succulent middle of milk chocolate and mild spice, all atop a warm, sweet, resinous base of amber, musk, vanilla, and precious woods. Imagine all the uses for this scent blend -- shampoo, soap, shower gel, candles -- the amber adds a fresh twist to a tried-and-true favorite! BOTTOM LINE: Quite possibly the most harmonious pairing since Bob and Carol were introduced to Ted and Alice.
Flashpoint: >200º F
Chocolate fragrance oils can be pretty dicey -- either wan and weak like a Tootsie Roll, or flat and harsh. This chocolate fragrance is the exception -- very full-bodied and rich. Please note: This oil turns cold-process soap dark brown over time, as all chocolate fragrances do. Not necessarily an undesirable thing, but just FYI. Flashpoint: >200º F.
If you like Crabtree & Evelyn's "Noel," you'll love our Christmas Forest!
A perfect re-creation of the wintery, woodsy splendor of a Christmas tree forest -- notes of northern spruce, holiday pine, and natural fir needle atop clean, herbal mid-notes and balsamic-woody base notes. BOTTOM LINE: Sharpen that axe and get ready to swing, swing, swing! Flashpoint: 170º F.
The quintessential scent for Christmas here at Sweet Cakes (no matter how many other Christmas fragrances we bring in, Christmas Spice outsells them 10-1). This seasonal standout is an irresistible blend of Yuletide spice, woods, and sweet notes. At the top, ripe strawberry melds with touches of green apple and pineapple. Next, holiday spices of clove, cinnamon, pimento, and cardamom blend with a hint of rose, leading to a long-lasting drydown of sweet vanilla and balsam fir.
POINT OF INTEREST: Many of our customers don't want to give this one up come January, so they rename it -- "Stacey's Spice," "Yakimaw Valley Spice," etc., so they can keep it in their lines. Flashpoint: 187º F.
Due to current market/industry shortages, we've found it necessary to slightly modify this product to keep it active. While this modification is very close to our original version, and has tested well, if you've used this product in large batches in the past, we highly recommend creating a test batch to make sure it performs to your expectations in your process.
A perfect fusion of green, herbal thyme and soaring red-berry notes so reminiscent of the holiday. This fragrance begins with notes of natural thyme oil, sea kelp, crisp green melon, and pure Italian lemon oil. Mid-notes of red and black currant, lavender, lily of the valley, and peach-infused cassis lead to a sweet, smoky bottom of musk, vetiver, raisins, and sun-dried tobacco leaves. We've tested this rigorously in cold-process soap and give it two big lye-scarred thumbs-up. Terrific for all other applications as well. Bottom Line: A new Christmas classic in the making. Flashpoint: 162º F