After a long road of development, trials and problem solving, we're pleased to be bringing a brand new range of Hand & Body Wash base to Australia! It's premium quality, cruelty free and unscented, making it the perfect canvas for expanding your range into the world of body and bath. If you've been wondering how to make your own body wash, let's dive in!
- Recommended Fragrance loading starts between 0.25% - 0.5% (this is a different ball game, candle makers!)
- Any bath and body fragrances can be used. Browse them all here.
- 2 Types of available - Hand & Body Wash | Premium Body Wash
- Body wash is Paraben free and derived from 80% coconut
- PH Balanced for sensitive skin
The reason behind the far lower fragrance loading when making your own body wash compared with candle making is due to Hand & Body Wash being water based and Fragrance Oils being oil based (obviously). The reduced loading ensures the fragrance is able to combine well with the Hand & Body Wash base and reduces the risk of the final product becoming too watery or discoloured. If you're finding your end result is a colour that you didn't have in mind, it's probably best to try another fragrance.
How to Add Fragrance to Body Wash
In principle, the process of adding fragrance oil to Hand & Body Wash is similar to candle making:
1. Decide on the total weight of your batch, including fragrance (e.g. 500g)
2. Weigh out fragrance oil according to your desired loading (e.g. 0.25% / 1.25g)
3. Weigh out Hand & Body Wash base after accounting for the weight of your fragrance
4. Combine and stir for 2 minutes to ensure fragrance is fully combined with the base
5. Leave overnight for excess air to reduce (final product quality can only really be seen at this stage)
Tips, Tricks & Best Practices
1. Always conduct batch testing before committing to large scale production!
As with all candles, home fragrance and soap making, it's ALWAYS a good idea to test in small batches first, find a combination you like and works well, then get stuck into making a lot.
2. After stirring, the soap will become very aerated and will increase in volume (kinda like whipped cream)
This is normal. Once your batch is completed, it's important to remember that your final result won't be visible until the mixture has been left to set overnight and the excess air has left the mixture. Excess air will also cause the volume of your mixture to appear greater than it actually is so again, it's certainly a good idea to allow the air to escape the mixture before final bottling.
3. Every fragrance oil is different.
Some will be very strong at a loading of just 0.25% whilst others may need a higher loading to achieve the same effect. If you find that your desired fragrance strength is only achievable at very high loading and the viscosity and/or colour of the final product is affected, it may be worth trying a different fragrance oil or adjusting the viscosity.
4. If needed, you can adjust the viscosity.
OK, so you've found that fragrance that you love and you are set on using it as your scent for Hand & Body Wash but in order to get the strength you want, you need to stretch up to around a 2% load and this is causing your soap to become pretty watery and not how you imagined... Before giving up and moving to another Fragrance, you can actually increase the viscosity (thickness) of your soap by simply adding small amounts of table salt to the mixture. Sodium chloride (salt) is actually a really common ingredient and it's perfectly OK to add to your Hand & Body Wash.