09-24-2013, 09:15 AM
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Would it be possible for me to add drops of essential oil to a self made puck of palmolive, is it in any way dangerous or hazardous to my skin?

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 09-24-2013, 09:16 AM
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  • Harvey
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try it and report back to us

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 09-24-2013, 09:18 AM
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I will try it tomorrow morning Harvey

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 09-24-2013, 10:25 AM
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You could ask one of the artisan soap makers for their thoughts on the matter. Good luck with it, tomorrow, but you should be careful how many drops you use as essential oil is very potent and could really irritate your skin.

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 09-24-2013, 10:54 AM
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In that case celestino I think I'll leave it.

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 09-24-2013, 10:57 AM
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  • freddy
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I add lavender essential oil to witch hazel and sometimes my bath water and have no problem with it. Normally, one or two drops should not be a problem. However, Celestino is right in suggesting using a bit of caution, particularly if you have overly sensitive skin.

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 09-24-2013, 11:54 AM
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I wouldn't necessarily give up on your initial thought of adding the essential oil to your soap. The only thing is to just be careful how much you add. 1-5 drops may be fine, but you should probably contact one of the artisan soap makers to get their opinion on how much would be appropriate.
Good luck.

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 09-24-2013, 01:50 PM
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I would mix it with a bit of glycerine to cut it...Lavender EO can be very strong stuff, so be carefull.

I recently added Lemon EO to an ASB concoction I made and had to cut it with some Glycerine to make it work well. Not sure how concentrated your Lav EO is but Lemon EO is quite potent...

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 09-25-2013, 04:38 AM
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I added 1 drop of lavender essential oil to a palmolive puck for my morning shave. My skin seems fine and the resulting lather smelled fantastic. I will definitely try this again.

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 09-25-2013, 10:01 PM
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(09-24-2013, 09:15 AM)stanthony Wrote: Would it be possible for me to add drops of essential oil to a self made puck of palmolive, is it in any way dangerous or hazardous to my skin?

You should be fine. Lavender essential oil is one of the most widely used essential oils in shaving soap. If you were a prepubescent boy, there are some (widely debated) studies linking lavender oil with gynomastia, but if you were a prepubescent boy, you probably wouldn't be shaving.

Generally, the guideline is to limit your essential oils to about 0.5-1oz. per lb of base oils in your soap.

TLBiggrinR - A few drops shouldn't be a problem, but obviously, discontinue use if irritation occurs.

(Then buy a bottle of glycerin and stir a few drops of that in as well. Then buy some stearic acid and vegetable oils and potassium hydroxide and before you know it, you're making handmade soap at home.)

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 09-26-2013, 10:45 AM
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Thank you jbla, I used it again this morning with no ill effects. If palmolive brought out scented pucks I'd certainly buy a few.

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 11-17-2014, 07:59 PM
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I think the idea is great. I tried it with the most boring puck I had (Williams) and two drops of sandalwood essential oil. Wow, really nice. I don't have sensitive skin (so far as I know) and I will continue trying this with different combinations. I will, however, keep it to two drops of EO, since my sandalwood oil experiment produced quite strongly scented lather. Maybe some cinnamon sage, or rosemary lemon. The possibilities are endless.
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