Fragrance Profile: Grass Stain

Fragrances make me happy. Well, most of them do, anyway; some give me headaches and some are just way too strong – and to be honest, having control over the strength of scent in the products I use is yet another of the many factors that led me into this business in the first place. Still and all, on balance, things that smell good make me happy! So, I’m adding that to the list of things to talk about on here, and I’m going to start it off with Grass Stain, because in addition to being a fun and very popular fragrance, it’s got a good story to go along with it.

First, the canned description: “This scent is fresh, clean and vibrant. It’s a single note fragrance smelling of … fresh cut grass! Remember your childhood, frolicking in the grass, rolling down grassy hills and playing on the swing set at the park? This is the fragrance to bring it all back. It’s crisp, sweet and green. You’ll love it!”

It’s true, too – it smells like fresh-cut grass. Not quite as sharp, and with some floral hints to it that soften it further, but the overall impression is most definitely that of a just-mown lawn. I jokingly told a customer last weekend that if she bought a bar of this and a bar of Back to the Earth (which smells like dirt!), people would think she’d been out working in the yard all day and smelled much better than people usually do afterward!

The soap now on sale in our store as Grass Stain, which just came out this year, was supposed to be in the store nearly two years ago – it was in the first two dozen soaps I ever made for sale, at least. But when I made the first sale batch, I went to add a new gorgeous, bright, grassy green colorant into a portion of the soap to swirl it, and it instantly turned a murky blue-gray. I went ahead and finished the batch, puzzled by this, and then went to check the description of the colorant I’d used. Sure enough, it said “stable in high pH” right there, but my eyes were telling me differently.

Kansas Spring

Kansas Spring

This is what the soap looked like on slicing. Well, I couldn’t call it “Grass Stain” now, could I? I thought about throwing it out, but decided to embrace circumstance – after all, what the heck, it still *smells* good, I’ll put it out under a different name and see what happens. The blue-gray swirls looked to me like storm clouds, so I named it “Kansas Spring” – looks like thunderstorms, smells like grass! I was actually really proud of this serendipitous soap.

But then it sat, and sat, and sat. I couldn’t understand why it wouldn’t sell! I was on the verge of discontinuing the entire scent line in despair, despite how much I love the fragrance, but decided to try a fresh batch with an updated version of my original vision of green (this time with a bit of brown for accent), and back to the originally-intended name of “Grass Stain”.

Grass Stain

Grass Stain SunSoap

…and now I can hardly keep it in stock.

Just goes to show, really – sometimes “descriptive” is better than “clever” when it comes to product names/descriptions/appearances. I’m just happy the fragrance is finally getting as much love from other people as it gets from me!


About Amy Young

Founder of Foam on the Range soaps. View all posts by Amy Young

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