One of our customers did a YouTube video on the testing process of about 36 Soapalooza Cheap Thrills. I thought you might like to see how the process went.
Ivy Coreen Bath & Body makes cold process soap, and as such, needs fragrance oils that are manageable in her soap mixture. She needs like to mix her soap fragrance in, and still have time to use color and play with design elements of her unique soapmaking process.
The first video is just a short one, showing how she is setting up her testing process. The second video is pretty long, showing each one of the Cheap Thrills fragrance vials and how they react with her soap mixture. This second 42 minute video is fun to watch and listen to, as her husband helps her, and they have playful banter. Both husband and wife have a running commentary with their thoughts on each fragrance and their thoughts on it, as well as both visual and audio description of the reaction of the fragrance oil in the soap solution. I believe she is using about 1 to 1.6 oz of soap mixture in each paper cup to ensure the same level of fragrance oil to soap mixture ratio as she would use in a full size batch.
Video 1 – Testing Set up
Video 2 – Testing 36 Soapalooza Fragrance oils in CP soap
If you are unfamiliar with what a Cheap Thrill is, it is a small perfume vial size of our fragrance oils. We sell these for $1.00 each. We know that one of the most exciting parts of trying a new fragrance oil suppliers scents is the decision on which ones to try first! And imagining what they smell like after reading their scent descriptions. So, we introduced Cheap Thrills in 2008 to allow you to load up on inexpensive sniffy sized vials of scent … so you could smell them up close and personal before investing in the larger sizes. They are fun and exciting to get, and each one is enough for a 3-4 oz bar of melt & pour soap, or a small cold process soap sample, or a single perfume rollette (mixed with a carrier oil), or even a small single solid perfume tin. Many customers also barter them with others for scents they want to still try.
What Is A Cheap Thrill?
What is a Cheap Thrill, and what can I do with one
- Our Cheap Thrills fragrance vials are an economical way to smell a fragrance before purchasing a larger quantity. This lets you save money and prevents you purchasing fragrance oils you find you really don’t care for. But, what can you scent with a Cheap Thrill? Each small glass perfume vial holds 1/8th of a teaspoon of fragrance oil.
A Cheap Thrill will scent
- A Perfume Roulette filled with jojoba oil, making a wonderful perfumed body oil to dab on pulse points.
- A 4 oz Melt & Pour bar of soap.
- A small wax tart for your wax melter.
- A bath bomb (make mix, scent small portions individually.
- An 8 oz jar of bath salts or sugar scrub.
- A 4 – 8 oz bottle of lotion
- Add to a cotton ball and place in your vacuum cleaner bag.
- A 4 – 8 oz bottle of body wash.
So, even though the Cheap Thrills were designed to just let you sniff before buying, you can still use them for many creative products. Many customers blend a few and create unique fragrance blends.
Kelly Bloom is the owner and Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, located in Williamsburg, VA. She is a former Science Education teacher, and the founder of Southern Soapers. Soapalooza sells Kelly’s formerly Southern Soapers branded fragrance oils now under the Soapalooza brand. Kelly is a 20 year veteran soapmaker and soap business owner, supplying wholesale soap for private label as well as back bar products for local boutique spas.
Good Luck, and Safe Soapmaking from Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, where soapmaking is an Art, a Passion, and an Addiction!
Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!
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