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Opulence
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« on: October 16, 2011, 06:07:00 PM »

On this forum I heard people mention using Benzoin as a way to "fix" or "hold" fragrances to soap.  I did a little research and found that Benzoin Gum Powder is natural and can also help with skin challenges.

I just wanted to share and see what you thought!

Facts About Benzoin Gum Powder

Benzoin powder is an organic compound commonly used as a fixative in soap for fragrance. This means that the powder reduces the evaporation of fragrance from the soap. Additionally, benzoin powder has several purported medical uses.

According to "The New Holistic Herb," you can use benzoin powder to treat minor canker skin wounds and sores. Additionally, you can use benzoin powder to protect your skin from irritation and infections. Further, benzoin powder can soothe irritation in your nose and throat as well as treat respiratory problems such as croup and laryngitis.

There are no serious known side effects regarding the using benzoin powder. However, certain individuals do have allergies to benzoin.

For more information go to:  http://www.aromatherapybible.com/benzoin.php
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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2011, 07:54:46 AM »

Thanks for posting this. I recently purchased some Benzoin Powder to help fix scents in my soaps. In her book "The Complete Soapmaker", Norma Coney recommends Benzoin powder in her handmilled or rebatched soaps for holding essential oils scent. I've yet to get the nerve to try it. Perhaps it is time!
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2011, 08:42:14 AM »

Would you share the concentration of benzoin to be added, in other words how many teaspoons or tablespoons per batch or pound of oil, etc.?

I did some research about benzoin gum some time ago and I found that in high concentrations may sensitize the skin. There was no reference as if used in soaps or lotions.

From Brambleberry site:
Benzoin Powder - This additive has historically been used as a fixative in soap for fragrance and fresh fruits (though whether it works is open to some heated debate). It is a known sensitizer and you should use this product sparingly in your products.

or this link:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/450423-facts-about-benzoin-powder/

I did use benzoin powder, and if I remember well, I used a tablespoon for 5 lbs oils.
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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2011, 11:15:07 AM »

Yes Velvet, it's time!
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2011, 06:55:41 AM »

She recommends 2 teaspoons of Benzoin powder for a batch of hand-milled or rebatched soap per 340 grams of grated basic soap and 255 grams of water. In addition to these ingredients you'll add your dried herbs, additives, and scent. I'll be trying some this weekend and will post back later on the outcome.
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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2011, 02:51:40 PM »

I also read 1 to 2 teaspoons of Benzoin per pound of oils. 

On my next batch containing fragrance I will mix the benzoin and fragrance the night before and seal it tight in a plastic container.  I hope the benzoin will leech or absorb the fragrance and hold it tight until the last use of the bar. 

I am currently using .5 to .75 oz of fragrance per pound of oil; I may up the fragrance to 1 oz per pound.

What do you think?
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