When I first began my soap making adventures and experiments, I really had no clue about anything. I knew I wanted to make “natural” soap, without dangerous chemicals. One thing I discovered fairly early on, before I spent too much money on “fragrance” oils, is that when you are scenting soap, the ONLY natural way to do it is by using essential oils.
Essential oils are real plant oils, unlike fragrance oils, which can contain artificial scents, dangerous chemicals, and many unknowns. The FDA doesn’t require all ingredients in fragrance oils to be listed, so many dangerous toxins can fall under an umbrella ingredient. The bottom line is if you want natural soap, to make or purchase, you’ll have to be sure it’s scented only with essential oils!