Phytoscents for Bath & Body

What is a phytoscent?  It’s a fragrance from the plant that contains nutrients and beneficial components in the formulation, bringing function to your bath & body care in a way that a standard fragrance or essential oil scent does not.  Formulator Sample Shop carries this line of additives to extend bath & body formulations to a whole new level.  You can find their full list here.

PhytoScent Vanilla

Solution color

I was offered a chance to try out a phytoscent in soap, knowing that I love to play mad scientist  as often as I can, I jumped at this golden opportunity.  I chose to use one that I don’t have in abundance in my regular selections of fragrances, which, as it turns out, is vanilla.  Why don’t I have that one?  Well, as many a soaper will tell you, working with a fragrance that contains vanilla, or vanillin, will discolor your soaps in varying degrees.  They will turn anywhere from a light tan to a very dark brown and if your design doesn’t have that colour in its theme, well, there goes your design.  It’s totally eclipsed by the discoloration.

Going in, I’m assuming it will darken, so I didn’t use any additional colour.  I added more to one portion of the soap batter than the other and the division of the soap wasn’t equal.  It was probably closer to 2/3 : 1/3.

I used a regular 2 lb loaf mold plus a samples silicone mold, my standard regular recipe that contains silk fiber, coconut milk but no micas.  Here are the pics in order of the creation process.  They’re are captioned within the image so you know what you’re looking at.

Oils and milk

Fragrance added
Oops, sorry about the typo – should be ‘mixed’!

Soap Batter Divided

Cut bars

I also added a bit to a small bottle of liquid soap to see what would change other than gaining a really great vanilla scent and here’s the results.  First one is right after adding it in.  the second is the next day, after filtering the solution to a fresh bottle.

Body wash with Phytoscent Vanilla added

Hazy body wash

Today I’ll be adding it into some body lotion since the point of using a phytoscent is to not only scent your product but enhance it with benefits that are far beyond just great scent. In the listing from Formulator Sample Shop’s product listing I gain the following information:

  • prevents and reduces skin damage caused by free radicals, environmental pollutants
  • reduces fine lines, wrinkles, age spots
  • excellent source of B-vitamins niacin, thiamine, B-6 and pantothenic acid

While I’m not saying anything I make and use this as an additive will offer a user this very attractive side benefit, as that would be misleading of me to state such and I’d be in trouble with the FDA if I’d said as much, I will say the scent alone is wonderful enough to enjoy any day of the year!  Of course, our lotions always make the skin find its happy place.  FSS Phytoscent Vanilla just takes it one step further!








2 Replies to “Phytoscents for Bath & Body”

  1. Hello, I was looking around for information on using Phytoscents in soap and ran into your blog; I recently purchased Phytoscent Plum to use in lotion . My question is at what % did you use it in soap? Suggested use levels are between .5 and 2%. I do not want to waste it since they are not cheap, so maybe you can help? Also, did your soap discolor during the cure time, using Phytoscents Vanilla?



    1. I used it at the maximum of 2% and unfortunately it didn’t hold in the high pH of the cold process soap and yes, it did discolour. However, it did go to a lovely soft light brown. Much like wet sand. Not an ugly deep dark sort of shade. It’s still fabulous in lotions and holds up terrifically well in that or body butters, which it really should be kept to if the beneficial aspects of a PhytoScent are to carry through. Just add it right before your formulation is completely cooled or maybe even whip it in after it’s cooled completely. It’s rich and full-bodied in lotions! As you say, it is pricey so it’s best to stick with something that can be left on the skin rather than washed off like soap is. I also tried it in liquid soap at .5% which is all it really needed, though I do tend to go with a light hand on fragrances. It was wonderful in a liquid soap and think it could be equally nice in a cream soap, too, if you do those. However, it turned my liquid soap much darker than it’s original light amber. It was almost a medium brownish-amber. Like a high grade maple syrup colour. They’re truly best used in leave ons, so stick with those and place your price point higher because the benefits will certainly justify the increased price and they’re completely worth it in leave-on applications!That’s where they truly shine anyway!


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