Melt and pour soap is an excellent option for new soap makers! It's as simple as melting the base, adding colour and scent, then pouring it into your chosen mould. You can add your own creative touch with the moulds, colours and embellishments you choose.
In contrast to the melt and pour method, cold process soap making is far more complicated and is made by combining oils with lye, which results in a chemical reaction called ‘saponification'. Melt and pour soap has already gone through that process so there is no working with lye or starting from scratch.
Melt and pour soap making is the ideal way for a beginner to start making soap. It is so easy! It's even suitable to make with children under parental supervision. Melt and pour soap also hardens quickly and does not need any time to cure.
We sell the translucent, vegan Stephenson Crystal RC Palm Oil free melt and pour soap base
What You Will Need:
Scale for measuring soap
Cutting board for slicing soap
Large knife or soap cutter
Small jug for measuring fragrance oil
Heat proof glass Measuring jug to melt soap base in microwave
Rubbing alcohol/ isopropyl in spray bottle to eradicate bubbles from the surface of your soap.
Paper towels for cleaning
Fragrance or essential oil
- Double boiler set up or microwave to melt soap
Step : 1:
Ensure Equipment Is Clean And Lay Out Your Ingredients
Select a melt and pour soap base. The base already has oils and butters in it, as listed on the ingredients list, so there is no need to add any of those.
Select your skin safe fragrance oil or essential oils. (Note: Fragrance oils do not cause seizing in melt and pour soap like can happen in cold process soap making. If you are not using soap dye and are concerned about discolouration by the fragrance oil, you can opt for a vanillin free one).
Select your soap colour
Spray your work space with rubbing alcohol to sanitise the area.
Cut & Weigh Your Soap Base
Using your scale, weigh your soap base in cut chunks. Ensure your scale is set to zero with the measuring cup on it, so that you are not including the weight of the container.
You will need to end up with the accurate amount of soap to fill your chosen mould. If one soap mould cavity holds 200 grams, for example, and you have 12 mould cavities across one large mould, you will then need 200g x 12.
Cutting the soap down further into smaller cubes further, before melting may ensure that the soap melts faster in the next step.
Melt The Melt & Pour Soap Base
Melt the melt and pour soap base in a microwave microwave safe container, and as per manufacturers instructions. 30 second bursts is generally best. Be sure to cover the container with cling wrap prior, to avoid the base getting too dehydrated. Each microwave is different, so be sure to keep a close eye on it.
Stir after each thirty second burst until all chunks have completely dissolved. You may choose to use a double boiler instead of a microwave for better heat control.
Add The Fragrance
Weigh your skin safe fragrance on a digital scale. Then add the fragrance to the melted soap base and mix thoroughly. Be sure to press the scale to zero to remove the weight of the jug prior. Check your chosen fragrance oil for instructions on how much fragrance can be safely added to soap.
Step 5 :
Add Colour & Any Other Additives You Have Chosen
Ensure that what ever you add is skin safe. Stir.
Remove The Bubbles
Ensure that you haven’t created bubbles on the surface during mixing, and use rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle to remove them. After spritzing, they will simply pop.
Pour Melted Soap Mix Into The Mould
Slowly pour the melted soap into the mould, filling each cavity individually.
(Note: Pop the mould on a cutting board before pouring if you know you'll need to move it to another location undisturbed.)
Pouring slowly will minimise the chance of bubbles forming in the soap. If bubbles do form on the surface, you can simply spritz them with the alcohol spray again and they will pop.
Cover Your Soap Moulds and Wait
Cover the soap mould with plastic wrap and clean up. Leave the soap mould for at least eight hours on the counter. You can place it in the fridge it you want it to harden quicker - 1 hour. (But not the freezer.)
It is best not to move the mould during this stage, as it may cause visual imperfections. Place the mould on a cutting board prior to pouring if you know you'll need to carefully transport it away from kids or cats.
Un-mould and Use Your Soap
Once your soap is cool and hard, un-mould it gently and use the soap straight away - no curing time is required. Enjoy!
Wasn't that super easy and fun?
You can now make melt and pour soaps for your family and friends as gifts!
(If you want to store your soap for later, package it in airtight plastic as soon as possible to avoid moisture droplets forming on the soap surface.)
If you're not totally thrilled with how your soaps look, you can easily melt them again in a microwave container in short bursts and re-pour your same fragranced, dyed mixture into your moulds.
Soap Making Workshops:
Still not feeling 100% confident about making melt and pour soap?
You can always join us for an engaging, hands-on virtual melt and pour soap making workshop.
We'll ship a melt and pour soap making kit to you before the Zoom class.