As the holidays approach, we’re likely to be at more social gatherings. From work parties to family traditions, autumn and winter holidays involve a lot of togetherness and a lot of food… which can mean a lot of trips to the bathroom. As people host gatherings and get-togethers, guests may be shy about asking for directions to your carefully prepared guest bathroom. After all, no one wants to be the person to make the bathroom stink—or be blamed for someone else’s intestinal woes.

A holiday bathroom spray allows anyone to feel comfortable tending to their personal business amidst a gathering, with the confidence their “number two” doesn’t become topic number one. At Soaps & Scents, our Loo de Toilette is the answer to preventing foul smells from ever reaching your nose. Made in small batches with a high concentration of essential oils, a couple of sprays into the toilet bowl will help trap odors before they can escape. It’s a holiday hosting must-have, and you can pick up your own bottle at our store in El Cajon, CA today.

What’s the science behind the smell?

Everyone uses the bathroom, but when it smells bad, it can be embarrassing. Usually, foul odors are caused by something you ate, and depend on which stool bacteria is present. Depending on the bacteria, different odors are produced.
However, there are some other causes:

Alcohol: Alcohol, a mainstay of holiday social gatherings in many places, can affect your stomach lining and gut bacteria to produce unusual smells. It also contains a significant amount of sulfates, which produce sulfide gas.

Prescriptions and supplements: Certain medications and supplements can wreak havoc on your gut. Prescriptions can cause malabsorption of nutrients, which produces nasty smells, and some supplements like glucosamine, chondroitin and garlic can produce sulfide gases.

Lactose intolerance: If you’re lactose intolerant, you know what’s coming if you indulge in that hunk of Brie—your body is unable to digest the lactose properly, resulting in stinky, loose stool.

Foods with sulfur: Cruciferous vegetables, eggs and dairy, meat and other foods high in sulfur will produce sulfide gas in the gut. You don’t have to avoid them completely, and shouldn’t—sulfur is a necessary part of the diet.

High-fat diets: If you’re eating a high-fat diet, your body may not be able to break it down appropriately, which results in high-fat (smelly) excrement.
Bowel or intestinal disease: Certain disorders—like Crohn’s, IBS and celiac disease—can interfere with your bowels’ productivity, and the effects can be foul.

No matter the cause of your smelly byproducts, a bottle of Loo de Toilette ensures you and your guests will never be embarrassed.

Visit us for your holiday bathroom sprays

At Soaps & Scents, we make all our products by hand and in small batches. You can feel confident that the handmade soaps and bath products you purchase from us will always be made of the highest-quality natural ingredients. Stop by our El Cajon shop to pick up your own Loo de Toilette today!

Candles can be festive or relaxing, practical or luxurious—but choosing paraffin candles can actually be hazardous to your health. Think about the black soot you can see around the tops of jar candles. That soot comes from paraffin smoke. Paraffin is a byproduct of refining oil, and can contain harmful chemicals.

At Soaps & Scents, we offer pure soy candles that are guaranteed to offer a cleaner burn, along with many other benefits. Here’s a quick list of why we will always prefer soy over paraffin:

  • Longer burn time makes for a great value: Soy wax and soy candles cost more than paraffin, but they also burn quite a bit longer. When you factor in the extended burn time, their price is comparable.
  • Better for your health: Paraffin wax contains probable carcinogens and toxic chemicals, including toluene, benzene, methyl ethyl ketone and naphthalene. With 90 percent less soot than paraffin, you’re less likely to inhale toxic substances.
  • Better for your home: The soot from paraffin candles doesn’t just go in your lungs. It can also build up on your walls and penetrate your upholstery. Soy is also 100 percent biodegradable, which actually makes spilled wax much easier to clean up than paraffin.
  • Better for the environment: Since paraffin is an oil byproduct, it’s dependent on nonrenewable resources. Soy, on the other hand, is natural and renewable, making it the environmentally conscious choice. As you know, it’s biodegradable, which means you’re not contributing to toxic waste that can linger for decades. Plus, since the United States is the top producer of soy, you’re helping farmers across the nation. Who knew a candle could be a patriotic choice?
  • Unscented soy candles won’t interfere with your meal: When you burn paraffin candles, even unscented ones, you run the risk of releasing stinky chemicals that can affect the flavor and smell of your meals. Beeswax candles, on the other hand, can release a honey scent into the air. For some meals, that might be tolerable, but for others, you won’t want to risk overpowering the meal you worked so hard to prepare. (As a rule of thumb, always opt for unscented candles on the table, no matter what kind of wax they’re made of.) Additionally, soy is too soft to create taper candles, which is safer—taper candles can easily tip over and start fires.
  • Soy doesn’t produce as much heat: Candlelit rooms look romantic, but when they raise the temperature in the summer, your beautiful haven can turn into an unwanted sauna.

    We think the choice is clear, which is why we only offer soy candles at Soaps & Scents.

Find quality soy candles at Soaps & Scents!

Soaps & Scents offers high quality soy candles with incredible scents. Treat yourself and your loved ones to a gift you can trust. Stop by our store in El Cajon, CA to find out more about our selection and process. We look forward to meeting you soon and pairing you with your perfect scent!

Everyone wants their surroundings to smell good—whether in your home, office, or storefront, having a clean-smelling space is a big part of productivity. Smell is an underrated sense, but science has proven time and time again that certain scents can be inextricably linked to memories—meaning that if your home goods store smells like Grandma’s home-baked cookies, your customers will associate that sense of comfort and nostalgia with your business. It’s a subtle but effective detail that goes a long way in customer outreach.

Linen spray is a great way to freshen up your environment. You might not have time to deep clean, but you can easily spray fabrics for a cleaner, fresher room fast. Made of deionized water or a neutral alcohol, plus essential oils or other perfumes, they’re designed to be sprayed over fabrics, carpets and furniture to keep them smelling great between deep cleans or washing, without staining. You can also use them for aromatherapy purposes.

At Soaps & Scents, you can find the perfect linen sprays. Come test them out! Our line of Room Fresheners is made with PureFresh™ base, which is water soluble and completely alcohol free. You can use it just about anywhere without fear of damaging fabric, clothes or carpet. Here are some of our favorite ways to use linen sprays.

Fabric Furnishings and Carpet

Spritzing your soft fabric furnishings and carpets with linen spray is a great way to keep them fresh between cleanings. Even if you own your own carpet and upholstery cleaner, lugging it out and around your home or store is a pain! On the other hand, tracking in dirt and odor is just a fact of life.

With a quick spray around your home or business, you can help ensure that your space always smells as clean as if you had spent the day scrubbing.

Air Freshener

Company’s coming—or a big client is on the schedule—and you don’t have time to air out the room. What to do? Well, you can actually apply linen sprays right into the air as an air freshener. They’ll help neutralize unpleasant odors and fill the room with your selected fragrance. Pro tip: Pick the scent to complement the reason for company! Food smells are homey and welcoming; citrus scents are uplifting and cheerful. Fresh linen scents make everything smell like cozy clean laundry. Whatever your needs, there’s a spray for that.

Clothing Freshener

Linen sprays can also be used when your clothes aren’t dirty… but they could use a little boost. Maybe you went out to a concert, a club or a bonfire and your favorite jacket now has notes of tobacco or wood smoke—eliminate those smells and save your clothes with a quick blast of linen spray.

When you’re looking for linen sprays, be sure to stop by Soaps & Scents. Our handmade products are made by real people—not machines—in small batches to ensure the highest quality natural ingredients and attention to detail. Contact us today to check out our selection!