Easy Homemade Soaps
using Melt and Pour
As a startup in soap making, beginners usually try the Melt and Pour process first. Working
with this process is in a way cutting corners. The name itself will tell you the steps involved. A pre-made soap
based is melted and poured in soap molds. It is by far the easiest and safest way to make soap although one can't
customize or play with soap texture. The soap base is bought easily and will dictate what kind of product the
outcome will be. Since lye isn't used, it is relatively harmless for kids to try it.
To get started, one can buy the blocks of clear soap base in a craft or specialty store. Cut it into blocks or
grate it as it is easier to melt. It is then melted in a double boiler, crock pot or microwave oven. It should be
covered in microwavable plastic wrap in order to not let moisture evaporate unnecessarily and should not reach
boiling point or overheated. It should melt slowly and consistently and is best to stir it once in a while so no
lumps remain in the melted base.
You can now put the base in the molds and let it air dry. So as not to destroy the shape when trying to remove
it, place it in the refrigerator first for about 30 minutes. It will hopefully slide easily off the mold.
Although making soap using this process is relatively easy, here are still a few tips to make the batch as
high-quality as possible:
* Always cool the soap base before pouring in the mold. This will create a smoother texture.
* When air bubbles appear in the soap's upper layer, sprit some rubbing alcohol to make them disappear.
* If fragrance oils or essential oils are added, always add it after the base has completely melted. Add the oil a
bit at a time and stir consistently, so it won't evaporate or turn cloudy.
* Add colorants such as food color or mica when the base is melting to let the color seep in slowly in the mixture.
Add it a drop at a time or a teaspoon at a time. This will help you control the color darkness of your choice.
* If the end result isn't what you had in mind, you may try again by cutting it again in blocks and melting it