This soap has been curing for eight weeks now– and as the chemical reaction occurs between the acid and the base, a lovely salt is formed. As this happens, the space it is curing within takes on a particular scent– that of saponification!
The color and scent of the soaps are also informed by the different herbs in use. The herbs are either made into a tea, infused into the oil, and/or are added in to the soap mixture when it has reached trace. In some cases, I have added essential oils– though most of the time what you smell is just what it is– soap.