Summer Sunrise – my introduction to bergamot

I made a batch of soap last week that will be swapped next week at The Nova Studio during the Anniversary Party. Check out the details if you are planning on coming and want to join in the fun!
Love the way the swirl looks. It’s not easy doing that without a vertical mold, so I’m really glad that I have one. And the essential oil blend with bergamot is just lovely. Bergamot essential oil is extracted from the peel of the bergamot orange, a member of the citrus family and native to southern Italy. It is used to flavor food like marmalade and Earl Grey tea. It’s also been very commonly used in perfumery all the way back to the 18th century. But be careful when using bergamot oil on any product that stays on your skin (like lotion or cream). Bergamot oil contains chemicals that can increase sun damage in skin.

But in soap, it’s a winner! I’ll definitely be making more of this, but next time I may use some more essential oils. The scent in this batch is a bit light, and I want to smell more of that lovely bergamot!

Do you have a favorite bergamot product or essential oil blend?

2 thoughts on “Summer Sunrise – my introduction to bergamot

  1. Hi Ruth,

    Great looking soap Ruth! The vertical mold clearly made a crucial difference in making this soap. Leslie, my wife and the Soap Maker at Joyful Soaps, regularly creates Chamomile Bergamot soap, and it smells spectacular. What did you notice the first time you smelled the finished soap product using Bergamot essential oil?

    Good job Ruth!

    • Thanks, Michael! Yes, bergamot and chamomile is a classic blend. I think what I like the most about the bergamot is that it is fresh, citrusy and floral at the same time. So versatile!

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