New Products!

Posted by Symphony Scents on 1/30/2017 to What's New!
We've added a couple of new items to our catalog this week!  These accessories are perfect to complete your gift baskets or spa packages. Or even just for yourself :D

Pumice stones:

These pumice stones are each wrapped in shrink wrap. They measure approximate 3 x 2 inches. $1.00 each.

Waffle Wash Pads

Each pad  is 6" x 4.5".  Waffle pads are perfect for making lots of bubbles with soaps and body washes!  One side has an elastic band to slide your hand through and use as a wash cloth.  Border color is dark green. Only $1.50 each!

You can find these in the accessories section of our website.

We hope you are staying warm and as always, we appreciate your business!

New! Annatto Seeds and Powder

Posted by Symphony Scents on 1/9/2017 to What's New!
Looking for a natural colorant for your soaps? 

Annatto seeds come from the Achiote tree, which is native to South America. It is used in cooking to impart yellow color and also in makeup. The Achiote tree is also known as the "lipstick tree"!

Annatto yields a yellow to orange color depending on the method of infusion and the amount used. There are several ways to infuse for coloring. 

Cold infusion: Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of seeds to a liquid oil and let it sit for a week or two. Strain seeds before use.
Heated infusion: Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of seeds to a liquid oil and heat very, very gently for about 2 hours. Strain seeds before use.
Lye solution:  Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of annatto seeds to your lye solution (the color will appear dark orange). Strain seeds before use.

Replace the infused oil for the same oil in your soap recipe. For example, replace olive oil with infused olive oil. You don't want all of your oils to be infused as the color will be very deep and will tint your lather. Have fun experimenting with the wide range of colors you can get from this seed!

** Note - you can infuse the seeds several times. Each subsequent infusion will be lighter in color.

We also carry the powder, which can be used in the same way. There will be a little bit of texture in the soap from the powder, particularly if you add it at trace. You can also infuse the powder using a coffee filter or tea bag into your oil. 

Cold Weather Shipping

Posted by Symphony Scents on 1/1/2017 to News
Just a note on cold weather and oils. Really cold weather will affect the consistency of some oils, both base and scent oils.
When your box arrives, you may notice the liquid base oils having a cloudy appearance. This is normal - the oils will return to clear once they come up to room temperature.

There are some scents that behave like honey, where they crystalize in cold temperatures. Our Raspberry Cream FO and Anise EO are two that noticeably do this. All you need to do is to warm the oil gently, either by placing in a warm place or running the bottle under warm (not boiling) water. Shake to disperse the crystals until they dissolve.
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