There is a simple method to get begun if you are expensive yourself a Do-It-Yourself type but discover the job of soap making is complicated. Using melt and pour soap base can prevent lye/sodium hydroxide and other strong ingredients used during the soap making process, while still keeping control of the ingredients in the finished product.
Melt and pour soap bases are simply unscented white or clear blocks of soap if preferred. Select from natural pigments, soap molds, and essential oils to make customized soaps to match any design or taste. Handmade soaps can be a wonderful gift as well.
TOOLS FOR MAKING MELT AND POUR SOAP
Knife or soap cutter
Double boiler (or choose to use the oven)
Melt and pour soap base
Pigment powder (optional)
Glycerin, if using pigment powder
Essential oils (optional)
Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol (optional)
We likewise suggest using an apron to protect your clothes.
- Cutting and utilizing a tidy knife board, cut the soap base into small pieces.
- Place soap portions in a double boiler to melt. Prevent getting too hot.
ADD COLORANT TO SOAP BASE (OPTIONAL)
- While the soap is melting, add desired pigment powder to 2-3 teaspoons glycerin. Mix thoroughly and add to the soap base as it melts, stirring carefully to prevent producing bubbles in the soap.
- Spray gently with rubbing alcohol and bubbles ought to pop instantly if bubbles do form.
- Remove soap mixture from heat.
ADD SCENT (OPTIONAL)
- Add essential oils once the soap is completely melted and slightly cooled. Be cautious that too much fragrance can irritate skin.
POUR SOAP INTO SOAP MOLDS
- Ensure the soap base is not too hot for molds.
- Pour soap into molds. Tap carefully to launch any air bubbles.
- Spray the surface area of soap with alcohol, for a smooth surface.
- Cool 12-24 hours. Do not put soap molds in the freezer to cool.
- When set, remove soap from molds.
- If soap is difficult to remove from soap mold, put soap mold in the freezer briefly before trying to remove again. Do not leave in the freezer for longer than 1 hour.