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Recipes Using Melt and Pour Soap Base

Cut the base into small cubes. Melt it in a double boiler. Add colorants and scent. Make a layered soap, a soap with inner flowers, or a soap that looks like a beach. This is exactly what you need to do to make soap by Melt and Pour: the term is English and it’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s also what makes this method so simple to use and therefore, so widespread around handmade soap makers, especially beginners. You don’t have to use lye in it, it was already done for you.

Melt and Pour can even be a fun DIY project for kids, with some adult supervision (as the soap base needs to melt and one needs to deal with heat sources).

In this article, I am going to walk you through some concepts and then use a recipe to learn how to make soap bars by Melt and Pour.

Soap Base

This is soap already made for you so that you only need melt and decorate as you wish. No need to fear the usage of lye as you don’t need to. But don’t be mistaken: soap bases ALWAYS use lye, no matter what method you choose.

Technically, there is no such thing as “soap without lye”. In this case, the lye was used previously by a manufacturing company, along with oils and other ingredients, to produce a pre-made soap base. Pretty much like a pre-made pie base you now only need to do the filling and decorate.

There are several options to choose from when selecting a base, including bases with additives like shea butter, goat milk, or aloe vera. But clear or white melt and pour are the best options to start.

You wish to learn how to do them yourself?

Needless to say that you also can learn in this blog how to make your own soap bases!! Check out the category How To Make Homemade Glycerin Soap Base, showing you tutorials on how to make natural, crystal clear or white glycerin soap bases, very good to use in “Melt and Pour”.

Colorants and Fragrances

Soap colorants and fragrances for cold process may also be used in Melt and Pour. As I prefer natural ingredients for soap, I am going to encourage to use essential oils as fragrance and natural colorants like clays or spices, or even the mineral cosmetic colorants (oxides and ultramarines). Nevertheless, you can use whatever fragrance or colorant you prefer, as long as it’s cosmetic grade and adequate for soap.

Oils and Extracts

You can add oils or plant extracts to Melt and Pour. Adding noble oils like jojoba, or argan oil, or butters like shea butter or cocoa butter, will enrich your soap and turn it from good to awesome, giving it extra conditioning properties (or even some extra ones such as anti-inflammatory).

Plant extracts, bought or handmade, also add plants’ medicinal properties, like anti-oxidants, anti-bacterial/anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, etc. to your soap. As the saponification has occurred at this point, there is no danger of chemically altering plants properties. 

Silvana Liviero, a brazilian cosmetologist, has a wonderful toturial on how to make plant extracts at home and she was kind enough to allow me to publish her video on my blog. She also owns a YouTube channel.

Equipment

If you already have equipment for soap making, you’re ready for this. Otherwise, you will be good to go with a heat resistant bowl, soap molds, a digital scale, a spoon and a spatula. A small electric stove, or a slow cooker, and a double boiler would be preffered to make melt and pour soap but they are not mandatory.

You don’t really need safety equipment, and the soap base should never be scalding hot to caus eserious burns, but it’s best if you use gloves to prevent getting burned. Better safe than sorry!

Recipes With Melt And Pour Soap Base

Tutorial Soap Recipe

Homemade Exfoliating Melt And Pour Soap Recipe
An exfoliating melt and pour soap made with conditioning argan melt and pour base and a wonderful aroma of lemongrass and rosemary. Exfoliation is given by natural chia seeds.
Check out this recipe
Yellow melt and pour soap with chia seeds

Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes

Soap With Toys Inside
Want to surprise your kids or their friends with these so-very-cute soaps? They are very easy to make! They're visually stunning, really fun to use and totally costumizeable. Learn how to make them with this recipe!
Weight: 1000g
Difficulty: Easy
Check out this recipe

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6 thoughts on “Recipes Using Melt and Pour Soap Base”

  1. from the soap recipe i can tell its really easy to make, i am glad you made it so easy, i found the article very useful , and i hope to try this one of these days when i have friends around , these kind of tasks needs a helping hand, i have a question, this soup color on your picture , hhow do i get that particular color ? it looks really calm and lovely

    Reply
    • Hello Babakes, thanks for your comment and your interest in my recipe!

      That particular tone is achieved with an yellow iron oxide mineral pigment (CI 77492), considered a natural colorant. You can use the Amazon link above in my recipe (section SHOP) to find out such pigment at Amazon. Just look for “yellow iron oxide – CI 77492”.

      Cheers,

      Sofia

      Reply
  2. Its always a huge delight coming across your articles because I like being creative and making things myself so I always get happy anytime I come across your page. It was amazing learning how to make soap from melt and pour today. is there anyway I can subscribe to your site so I can keep seeing more posts like this?

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    • Hello Collinsss, you made me a happy blogger now 🙂

      Of course you can subscribe! You can use this link, or go to my website and use the sign up form (if you use a mobile, just scroll down in my website).

      You will receive in your email a notification everytime I post a new article, so that you keep track of everything I post. 

      Thanks a lot for your comment and for making this blog something meaningful.

      Cheers,

      Sofia

      Reply

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