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Essential Oil Amounts and Temp?

I am wanting to know the experience of others with appropriate quantities of essential oil per pound of diluted liquid soap.  I have read 1/2 tsp, 2 tsp, 2 oz.  Those are such different quantities.  Essential oils are also supposed to be kept cool to prevent dissipation but the books say to add when still very hot.  Any thoughts on how cool it can be and still blend well with the soap.  (Yes, I know that fragrance oils are easier to work with, but I really want to use essential oils.)

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I have been making quite a

I have been making quite a lot of liquid soap and this works for me.  I neutralize in a double boiler and bring the diluted soap to 180 degrees F.  After I neutralize, I take it off the heat and immediately add the essential oils at a 1% of the total diluted soap batch.  Makes a nice strong scent but not over powering. Hope this helps.

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Still experimenting with

Still experimenting with various fragrance strengths, myself (and probably always will be).  My conclusion so far is to make a small test batch first. With liquid soaps, at least one can addd a small measured amount to a small batch portion of LS & 'scale it up' when it seems right.

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well, I never neutralize my

well, I never neutralize my liquid soap bc Borax is poison and I add the EOs after the soap has cooled off to room temp in the glass jars.

How much depends on what EOs. Once you know the safe hair/skin EOs, I just open the 1/2 gallon mason jars and pour in a little bit of EO straight from the bottle. A dash of this, a dash of that- not too much, fool! Said to myself, of course. Do you own Tisserand's 'Essential Oil Safety'? Well, you should. Use two or three different EOs and mostly base notes bc those are usually the safe ones.