We don't particularly care for the aroma of sage on its own (it's a bit reminiscent of poultry stuffing), but in this blend, it's delightful. Russian sage blends with Canadian fir needle at the top of this fragrance, leading midnotes of Canadian cedarleaf and bottom notes of Texas cedarwood, oakmoss, fir balsam, and alpine hay. BOTTOM LINE: A terrific, down-to-earth, unisex scent with a touch of the Southwest. Flashpoint: 160º F.
An excellent imitation of the very expensive real thing. A touch of real Indonesian sandalwood is accented by essential oils of cedarwood, patchouli, and amyris, supported by synthetic sandalwood aroma materials. BOTTOM LINE: The best synthetic sandalwood on the planet.
Flashpoint: >200º F.
Sandalwood makes a welcome addition to virtually any blend -- here's an understated but powerfully sexy one:
4 parts Sweet Cakes Sandalwood Fragrance
1 part Sweet Cakes Amber Fragrance
1 part Sweet Cakes Masculine Musk Fragrance
This blend is wonderful for both men and women -- for the romantic in us all. This blend is just asking to be added to soap, lotion, shampoo and shower gel. We found it to lose something in the translation in candles. If you're looking for something to add to your repertoire of romance fragrances beyond the typical floral fragrances, give this one a try. Don't have Sweet Cakes Masculine Musk on hand? Try substituting it with Sweet Cakes Musk Fragrance -- the end result will be softer and more feminine.
Here's another fabulous Sandalwood blend:
4 parts Sweet Cakes Sandalwood Fragrance
3 parts Sweet Cakes Yuzu or Sweet Cakes Grapefruit Fragrance
2 parts Sweet Cakes Osmanthus Fragrance
1 part Sweet Cakes Fig or Citron et Figue Fragrance
This blend takes plain grapefruit to a whole new level -- the Fig adds "WOW!", while the Osmanthus brings a touch of floral mystery, and Sandalwood gives it a sensuous note.
A perfectly balanced unisex blend. It mellows gorgeously in soap -- think Sam Elliott in a faded denim shirt. (Younger customers, replace Sam Elliott with Owen Wilson; international customers, please substitute Jude Law, Russell Crowe, and Deepak Chopra.) NOTE: This is *not* a non-discoloring vanilla -- your cold-process soap *will* turn brown. Flashpoint: >200º F.
Captivating top notes of damask rose and geranium lead to a heart of sweet orange honey. But this fragrance is all about the bottom notes -- a warm, sweet, smoky, comforting accord of vanilla, patchouli, and honeyed pipe tobacco. BOTTOM LINE: A comforting, smooth honey-tobacco blend that's a natural for Christmas, or blend it with patchouli and/or lavender essential oils for year-round use. Flashpoint: 180º F.
A dead-on copy of Aveda's Sapmoss fragrance, which they use in shampoo and conditioner. A very unusual and earthy blend, with top notes of natural petigrain and galbanum, leading to a floral-herbal middle of yellow rose, cyclamen, and green notes. Much of this fragrance's character comes from strong bottom notes of natural olibanum, patchouli, sandalwood, and Virginia cedarwood oil, along with rich musk and Madagascar vanilla. BOTTOM LINE: Extremely earthy and natural smelling -- very much in keeping with Aveda's mission to offer only all-natural or largely natural scents. Far from pretty or perky or sweet; if J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth had an official fragrance, it would be this. Our version has been "iron-fortified" to work in all applications, including even cold-process soap. As always, since it contains vanilla it may discolor. Use it on its own, or add it to single-note florals (rose, jasmine, honeysuckle, etc.) to give them greater depth and mystery. Flashpoint: >200º F.
We've come up with special "his-and-hers" Sapmoss blends:
Day at the SpaFor our feminine blend:
1 part Sweet Cakes Sapmoss (type) Fragrance
1 part Sweet Cakes Hibiscus Fragrance
For our masculine blend:
2 parts Sweet Cakes Sapmoss (type) Fragrance
1 part Sweet Cakes Lavender & Cedar Fragrance
Ooh la la, a day at the spa! These two blends already take a great fragrance and kick it up a notch! The "feminine" blend -- is fairly unisex, and is so delicious in shampoo that it could give the "organic experience" a run for its money! The "masculine" blend -- though you could use our Lavender Breeze or lavender essential oil, Sweet Cakes Lavender & Cedar gives the Sapmoss a cool, woody lift that is very, very masculine. Blending note: The "masculine" version may seem a little strong and too "lavender-y," but the final result in M&P soap, lotion, shampoo or shower gel is a clean, woody, uplifting scent!
A masculine ocean scent sure to please anyone who likes the straightforwardness of fragrances like Bay Rum or Spicy Lime. Fresh top notes of ozone ("fresh air") and citrus lead to a strong middle of sea kelp, champagne, and salty air. This shoreessence is completed with soft notes of driftwood, musk, and just a hint of Indonesian clove oil. BOTTOM LINE: Rugged and smelling of salt air -- like George Clooney in that movie about the fishing boat that got caught in a big storm. Flashpoint: >200º F.
Back by popular demand!
This fragrance came about when two women in marketing at a fragrance oil company were lunching with the senior perfumer, also a woman. The marketers challenged the perfumer to come up with a scent that captured the essence of a sexy man. I'm happy to report that the perfumer rose to the challenge, and luckily for us all, her ideal man is understated, soft-spoken, and a bit of an outdoorsman if her choice of perfumery notes -- citrus, hay, musk, green, fresh air, musk, oakmoss, and patchouli -- is any indication. (More specifically, the perfumer told me she closed her eyes and thought of George Clooney the whole time she was dreaming up this formula . . .)
Important note for CP soapers: In our tests of this fragrance in cold-process soap, the finished soap at cure time was a gorgeous deep plum-purple color. Your mileage may vary, but definitely expect a color change anywhere from pale tan to deep purple. Flashpoint: 184º F.
Ready for a super-feminine floral blend that will jumpstart your grrrrl power? Then give our right-on re-creation of Origins' hugely popular Shedonism a try. Luscious, tropical tiare flower celebrates the "she-centered" culture of Polynesia. Indulge yourself in this girly, feminine, irresistible tribute to the Power of She!
Flashpoint: 153º F.
A heavenly harmony of musky, soft, powdery notes. Top notes of sweet honey blend with a floral middle of carnation, lily, and jasmine. A soft, delicate bottom is created with touches of vanilla, sandalwood, violet, and balsamic musk. BOTTOM LINE: As soft, fresh, and clean as new-fallen snow. Flashpoint: 192º F.
An irresistibly cool and clean blend. Top notes of Siberian fir needle meld with tart Granny Smith apple, lemon zest, and pineapple. A floral middle of lily of the valley and frosted jasmine petals leads down a big snowy slope to bottom notes of glacial woods and rich patchouli. BOTTOM LINE: Sure to be a best-seller for you during the holidays, but consider working with it year-round, as it truly is one of the most interesting and likable fragrances we've come across in a long time. Flashpoint: 195º F.
Quite simply the richest, most buttery vanilla in the entire universe, and always a top seller here at Sweet Cakes. Like virtually all vanilla fragrances, this one turns cold-process soap dark brown as it cures (for nondiscoloring vanillas, please see our White Vanilla and Vanilla, Fruity fragrances) and may darken melt-and-pour soap and lotion as well. Flashpoint: >200º F.
An amazing duplication of Bath & Body Works' popular blend, with a healthy helping of natural essential oils. Top notes of peppermint and spearmint are believed to reduce fatigue and increase mental alertness. Essential oils of lavender, clary sage,and juniperberry are considered to be calming and uplifting to the spirit. Additional accent notes include laurel leaf, coriander, mandarin, and menthol. A warm and woody drydown is created from amber, sandalwood, jasmine, clove, pine needle, and opoponax resin. BOTTOM LINE: A perennial best-seller here at Sweet Cakes. Flashpoint: >200º F.
Wonderfully realistic and peachy, which means tart, sweet, and juicy -- with none of that icky chemical smell found in most synthetic peach oils. If you're looking for our "truest," most realistic peach scent, this is it. Flashpoint: 151º F.
Perfect for spring! This sweet, simple floral begins with green, water-caressed top notes of lily of the valley, summer melon, and apple. A fruity-floral middle of jasmine and rose blended with orange and lemon oils leads to a drydown of white musk and vetiver. BOTTOM LINE: This is one of Bath & Body Works' best-selling fragrances -- irresistibly simple, old-fashioned, and sweet. Flashpoint: >200º F.
A most unusual rain fragrance, one that sparkles with dancing, upscale florals.
Sparkling top notes of fresh citrus, peach, and plum are balanced by a sweet floral bouquet of jasmine, rose, heliotrope, violet, and iris. Warm vanilla notes and precious woods round out the fragrance. NOTE: Smells very much like Crabtree & Evelyn's "MayFlowers" fragrance. Flashpoint: >200º F.
We went through samples of 20 yellow-pear fragrances before we found one that didn't mutate in soap and develop a nasty, chemical smell. This one's gorgeous! Sweet and complex -- an instant favorite with our customers. (If you're a pear lover, please check out our versions of PEARBERRY, and PEAR GLACE as well.) Flashpoint: 172º F.
A complex, fresh, grassy fragrance with a bit of a sweet note. In Europe, the dried herb was often used to sweeten stored clothes and linens, and a combination of sweetgrass and sage is used in American Indian purification rituals. One Southwestern soapmaker who purchases it assures me it smells just like the sweetgrass braid she purchased at a pow-wow and has hanging in her home. There's something irresistible about this scent . . . Flashpoint: >200º F.
The Tahitian "tiare" flower is world-renowned for its heavy, white, tropical fragrance (the luxurious Monoi de Tahiti oil is scented with the "tiare" flower). Our version begins with notes of sultry ylang-ylang from Madagascar and neroli, leading to a floral middle of jasmine, lilac, and tuberose, with a clean, long-lasting drydown provided by vanilla absolute, musk, and orange flower. Now tighten the knot in that sarong and go make some soap, candles, and toiletries with this tropical beauty! Flashpoint: >200º F.
For the adventurous -- try this exotic floral blend:
3 parts Sweet Cakes Coconut Lemongrass Fragrance
1 part Sweet Cakes Tahitian Petals Fragrance
This is an odd blend perhaps, but with a wonderful result! The Tahitian Petals lends an exotic floral note to the already lush "Thai" blend of coconut and lemongrass. Very exotic, this blend takes me away to the warm breezes of distant Thailand!