#1

Merchant
Bloomsbury, NJ 08804
Hey guys!  I don't think I have asked this question in quite this way before!  I'm getting ready to go into production of both my shaving soap and my shaving creams which are what I believe are my final formulations!  Out of all the products you have tried over the years, which categories and individual scents to you prefer?  Also, are looking for a particular scent or scent category that you have tried before are scent that you "just had to have"?  Thanks for any input you can provide!

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#2

Geezer
New Brunswick, Canada
(This post was last modified: 05-09-2024, 03:07 AM by John Rose. Edited 3 times in total.)
Since 2016, I keep changing my favourite scents. For a while, my favourite soap and aftershave scent was the Proraso Red version of sandalwood. Now I'm just waiting to finish off the last tub. Also disappointed with the TOBS Sandalwood, too much like a fart, gave it away.
I did not like Proraso Green (the soap), but now I do, and ended up getting the 400 ml bottle of the aftershave to go with it.

I like Noble Otter's RAWR - "Bergamot, Sweet Orange, Neroli, Dandelions, Atlas Cedarwood, Vanilla, Musk" - but I'm still on my first tub and bottle.

Also enjoying RazoRock's "Sicily" - "Fresh bergamot and sweet almonds over a base of vanilla and creamy woods"

I used to like variants of Green Irish Tweed. Now ... meh.
Loved Clubman "Vanilla" at first, but got over it by the time I finished the bottle.
Always hated Aqua-Velva Ice Blue. Still do.
Don't like the clove in Bay Rum.
Hate the scent of the Wilkinson Sword soap that was in the blue bowl. Don't know if the black bowl is any different.
Hate the scent of ARKO.
The Nivea "Deep" scent - what is wrong with people? It's one of the vilest scents I've ever smelled.  Angry

I used to like orangey-citrus-scented soaps, and still like the scent, but I've been finding that many of them slightly irritates my skin. Bergamot is fine though.

I still like the scent of the original Reusel aftershave, which they say has "Notes of Bergamot, Lavender, Orange Blossom & Leather".
Also Mennen Skin Bracer, which is what, a species of fougere with menthol?

There are a few strong scents that I like occasionally, like the almond in RazoRock's "Classic" croap. Not sure I want it all the time. Same goes for their tobacco-scented "Puros" croap.

I like RazoRock's "xXx" - "Top Notes: Bergamot, Orange, Lemon, Orange Blossom / Heart Notes: Lilac, Lavender, Rose, Basil / Base Notes: Hay, Tonka Bean, Patchouli, Musk, Sandalwood, Oakmoss" - not too citrusy for me.

It seems that one note I consistently like is bergamot. To me that says "barbershop".

I would totally buy a chamomile-scented soap. Chamomile takes me back to my childhood. Oddly enough, the Chatillon Lux "Pure Lavender" aftershave came closest to it, and it's discontinued.

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Quote:Out of all the products you have tried over the years, which categories and individual scents to you prefer?
Oops. I hope you weren't asking specifically about Stone Cottage Soapworks products, because I have never tried them.

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#3
(05-09-2024, 12:54 AM)Stone Cottage Shaving Wrote: Hey guys!  I don't think I have asked this question in quite this way before!  I'm getting ready to go into production of both my shaving soap and my shaving creams which are what I believe are my final formulations!  Out of all the products you have tried over the years, which categories and individual scents to you prefer?  Also, are looking for a particular scent or scent category that you have tried before are scent that you "just had to have"?  Thanks for any input you can provide!

This is a tough one! Having a large variety of soaps, and really thinking about the ones I come back to - strictly for scent - are: 1) a good lavender & 2) complex scents that are a mixture of fresh and darker scents like Zingari Man’s No. 1, Amir, and Seaforth Black Watch.  These are the ones I find myself cracking the lid on just to get another sniff Smile

Thanks for asking for the input and best of luck deciding!

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#4

Merchant
Bloomsbury, NJ 08804
(This post was last modified: 05-09-2024, 03:41 AM by Stone Cottage Shaving. Edited 1 time in total.)
John, Thanks for taking the time and effort to give us an overview of scents you like and scents that are currently available!  It is nice to see that there are those who are aware of the base, middle and tops notes of a formula and how they go together!  As a soapmaker for 22 years and having a company that has made shaving soap and shaving cream for quite a number of years, I have had the opportunity to create 2600+ fragrance formulas which I can use in all of these projects and it is really helpful to see the desires of those who are familiar with what is available and what is out there for the shaving community!  I'm going to take a search of all the fragrances you mentioned and see what I find and if you think of more, feel free to add them here!  I welcome others to feel free to post things like John has and I am interested in your observations and your desires too!  Thanks!

P.S. John, having made no purchases from us is not an issue! I am very happy to have your reply!

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#5

Merchant
Bloomsbury, NJ 08804
(This post was last modified: 05-10-2024, 12:46 AM by Stone Cottage Shaving. Edited 1 time in total.)
Thanks for joining in, Mthammer11!  It is an interesting point mentioning the "depth of the scent" and I appreciate your thought of this and it is something worth taking into consideration when choosing a new scent to add to the collection!  

I have created many scents, made a total of about 50 that I sold as sample packs and got some responses from a few but many of the large amount of sample packs got no feedback!  Feel free to add more scents and ideas as you think of them!  I am happy to have had two responses so quickly and I welcome your input!  Thanks for posting, Mthammer11!

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#6
Hmmm........well, I don't think that scent is that important in a soap. I want it to be gone by the final rinse so it does not interfere with my aftershave. It is nice when you first open the tub but other than that, and maybe to cover up the odor of tallow, it isn't important.


With that said, I guess that anything mild will work, like sandalwood, etc. The Italian soaps use Almond oil. Some people love it, and some hate it. Same with lime, pineapple and bay rum. So, my advice would be to go with something safe and light. One last thought. Most soap makers are very poor perfumers. I have had some "artisan" soaps with very strong aromas that frankly were awful.

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#7

Merchant
Bloomsbury, NJ 08804
Tedolph, I understand what you are saying about your desire of a less strong scent but in my experience, scent strength has been very important and most guys and customers prefer a product with a strong scent.  As a soap maker beginning in the year 2000, I have had lots of experience with fragrances and often I create my own scents that use essential oils, high quality fragrance oils in formulas that are based upon the use of base, middle and top notes in perfumery in the appropriate quantities creating a scent that is unique.  

I also have created types of scents that are often used in the industry like a "Fougère" made of several essential oils like lavender, geranium essential oils, oakmoss, some coumarin based fragrance oils that work quite well and have gotten very good responses from knowledgeable guys who quite like it!  Many of my fragrances are based from essential oils and fragrance oils combinations that create scents that are unique and very well received!  Some of my scents are from old books in the last couple of centuries which I have either used exactly as originally written or I've used them as a base for inspiration and added my own ideas to them!  Essential oils can be very expensive but My "Spiced Bay" soap is a good example of one that is made completely from essential oils that are all fairly inexpensive which has made it a success and relatively inexpensive to create!  

Today, I had a very lovely young lady come into my retail store again and looked through all the soaps we have available and selected quite a few that she loved and a couple were from the Men's section!  I had a scent for men that I thought she might like which she loved so I showed her all of the Men's handcrafted soaps I made and she was so amazed at these unique scents and wanted to buy even more!  I explained how each scent creation was made and she thoroughly understood the technique and was happy to learn about how my scents were created!  I didn't try and push her but after hearing about all the scents that I had created, and sniffing all the soaps, I know that she will be back again and purchase many of these scents!  The problem with some soapmakers is that many of the soapmakers out there will buy single scents to use with each batch and make no attempts at creating their own unique fragrance but I was lucky from the beginning and learned how to "mix and match" to create something unique that you only find with my creations!  

Thanks for your input.  I like hearing about the many viewpoints that are out there!

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#8
I like a strong scent as my nose doesnt work well.
Castle Forbe Lime is one I will never be without. Simple scents are great for me. Scent that smells so good you want to lick it is what I enjoy.

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#9
(This post was last modified: 05-12-2024, 05:40 AM by Mthammer11. Edited 1 time in total.)
Can’t believe I forgot to mention one of my favorites: Ethos Dragonsbeard. Such a great scent!

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#10

Soap Fiend
Cowtown
(This post was last modified: 05-11-2024, 02:57 PM by swellcat. Edited 1 time in total.)
Greens.

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Greens - 10 May 2024



Tobaccos - Dry, and hold the dominating vanilla, please ('cause sweets are what most everyone else is doing).  For me, to date, the reference tobacco is Tobacconist by House of Mammoth.



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Thanks for asking for our input.

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