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Matching Colors and Scents

Guest Author - Robin Rounds Whittemore

Some colors and fragrances just seem to go together. For example, if you wanted to scent something with an orange scent, you would most likely coordinate it with an orange dye. If you wanted to scent something with raspberry, you might choose a pink or red dye. You could also stretch out to blue for a blue raspberry feel.

If you get too far off the beaten path, it could have a confusing effect and turn people off. No one would expect to find grape fragranced soap dyed yellow or vanilla scented soap with black dye. If it is done as a joke, it might be best to explain that fact.

You can buy colorants, fragrance oils or essential oils on line or in stores.
Researching where to buy online is a good idea before just heading to a store to find that what you are looking for is not in stock. It is best to call before going to a store to avoid disappointment.

Essential oils are more powerful and concentrated than fragrance oils. Usually with essential oils, it is best to use a carrier oil to help diffuse the intensity of the oil. When you purchase the oil, make sure it is acceptable to use it in anything that has contact with the skin. If you are pregnant or nursing a baby, have heart disease, epilepsy, high blood pressure or diabetes, seek the advice of a health professional before using any essential oils.

Here are some possible scents and color combinations. These are just some suggestions and ideas to jog your imagination as you create your own soaps, candles, perfumes, shower gels, and whatever else you would like to make.

Nothing is right or wrong, as it is up to each individual to decide for themselves what they like.

White – vanilla, coconut, pina colada scents, fresh laundry, linen, cotton scents

Red – strawberry, cherry, cinnamon, raspberry, dragon’s blood, apple

Pink – peppermint, raspberry, bubble gum

Blue – blueberry, water fragrances, some berry fragrances

Green – grassy, herbal fragrances, pine, spearmint

Brown – chocolate, cinnamon, manly fragrances

Tan – coffee scents, caramel, sandalwood, patchouli, cedarwood, brown sugar, nutmeg, almond

Purple – lavender, grape, some berry fragrances

Orange – orange, mandarin, mango

Yellow – grapefruit, lemon, banana, pineapple

Black – licorice

Burgundy or Maroon – red wine type scents

With fragrances that have more uncommon names, such as Rain on the Plain, the only way to match it to a color is for you to sniff the scent and decide what color comes to mind. In this example, “Rain”, which is something that brings water to mind, the color may be blue. If you go with the word “Plain”, you may think of the plains area and go with brown or tan. When you inhale it, a whole different color, or color pattern, may spring to light.

There is no law against marbling or swirling color combinations together. That may be a good solution for some fragrances. Take the case of combining strawberry and lemon fragrances in soap. What color would you make the soap, yellow or red? How about marbling the colors for a combination of the two scents? The same question goes for the scent of watermelon. What color or colors would you make a candle or soap with a watermelon scent? Pink and green come to mind immediately with most people.

There is also the addition of exfoliating items, such as oatmeal, that can be added that may make you think about different colors as well. If you add toys or focal treats to soap, try leaving the soap colorless, or add just a few drops to lightly tint the soap.
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This content was written by Robin Rounds Whittemore. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Juliette Samuel for details.

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