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David Fisher

A Super Smelly Saturday

By August 3, 2013

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Well...I had hoped to make some soap today with a couple of marvelous new fragrance oils I just got from Bramble Berry. But that plan was cut woefully, and smellingly short when the dog walked in, just as I was having my first cup of coffee, and we realized she had had a tangle with a skunk. I remembered the old "tomato juice" bath solution, but naturally didn't have any. I didn't even have any dog soap bars on hand either. What to do? I thought of recent batches that I had made that might have essential oils in them that would help with the smell. The first one we bathed her with was a melt and pour star soap that had lavender and spearmint essential oils in it. It worked pretty well...but the scent was still there. Then I remembered I still had a few bars of pine tar soap which had tea tree and eucalyptus essential oils in it...as well as the pine tar. It worked even better!

There's still a little bit of residual scent, though, so we may still resort to making up a batch of the classic Paul Krebaum recipe for skunk dog deodorizer - it contains peroxide, baking soda and liquid soap. I hope to get to some non-dog or skunk smelling soap making done tomorrow!

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