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Melt and Pour Soap is Easy to Make

September 24th, 2018 No comments

If you want to get started making your own soap, glycerin melt and pour soap is the easiest to do. It comes out very clear which gives you almost unlimited choices in colors and designs to put into it.

Be sure to choose a manufacturer who makes a top quality melt and pour base. It will preferably contain organic palm and coconut oils. When you make this yourself, you’re probably looking for some type of quality control so this isn’t the place to scrimp on the cheapest product. You want the real saponified oils – not chemicals!

You can put almost any scent into the base product while you have it heated. Combine them into your own favorites. To make a soap with a fragrance that will cling to you after you bathe, use extra essential oils in it. Also, the better the quality of your scents, the longer they will last.

A good glycerin soap base will be clear and smell good even before you add any additional scents. You can find them as transparent or opaque white.

The fun part of M&P soapmaking is creating the shapes. You can pour it into a mold, slice it or even cut it with cookie cutters. Make sure the brand of base you use doesn’t set up really, really quickly. You do need a bit of time to work with it.

How much fun would it be to make soaps like this as gifts or even as decorations for your Christmas tree? There’s just no limit to the ways you can create with this simple method of making natural soap.

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Ingredients in Melt and Pour Soaps

September 24th, 2018 No comments

Melt and pour soap bases are very easy to work with and can be made into very artistic bars of soap. They are much safer to work with than the traditional soap making method that requires you to handle lye.

The melt and pour soaps have a different list of ingredients in them which may look a bit foreign. Here’s some examples of ingredient lists:

Cocoa Butter Soap Base:

Glycerin, Prop. Glycol, Coconut Oil, Triethanolamine, Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Myristate, Sodium Laurate, Sodium Stearate, Titanium Dioxide, Cocoa Butter, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Purified Water

Clear Soap Base:

Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Palmitate, Sodium Myristate, Sodium Starate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerine, Triethanolamine, Sodium Laurate

Aloe Vera Base:

Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Safflower Oil, Glycerine (kosher, of vegetable origin), Aloe Vera Gel, Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide (saponifying agent), Sorbitol (moisturizer), Sorbitan oleate (emulsifer), Soy bean protein (conditioner)

Goat’s Milk Base:

Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Safflower Oil, Glycerine (kosher, of vegetable origin), Goat’s Milk, Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide (saponifying agent), Sorbitol (moisturizer), Sorbitan oleate (emulsifer), Soy bean protein (conditioner) , Titanium Dioxide (mineral whitener used in opaque Soaps)

As you can see, there are many different types of ingredients – some more natural than others. They generally contain a good amount of glycerin which is great for your skin. That’s one of the ingredients that’s removed from commercial soaps. It’s naturally created in the lye/oil saponification process.

You can find different types of these easy to use bases. They’ll contain various types of oils, goat’s milk, shea butter and even oatmeal. They can produce a clear soap or opaque. It just depends.

You can create all different types of beautiful looking bars of soap by adding colorants and also scents. All you have to do is melt the base in a double boiler or your microwave. Pour it into molds and you’ll have your own hand crafted soap in a jiffy.

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Tips For Melt and Pour Soaps

September 24th, 2018 No comments

Melt and pour soaps are easy to make. Here’s a few tips that can make them even better.

How to make M&P Soap Harder

There are a couple of ways to make your melt and pour bars harder.

1) Use bases that contain coconut oil, cocoa butter, lard, tallow,  lanolin, palm kernel oil and shea butter. If the base you’re using makes a bar that’s too soft for you, look for one that contains those types of oils.

2) Finely grate your M&P pieces before you melt them. As long as you didn’t add any softening oils, the finer your grind the base, the harder the final soap product will become.

How to Preserve your M&P Bars

First of all, be sure to wrap them tightly to make them last longer. You can also add some natural preservatives to your mixture. They include:

  • Grapefruit seed extract
  • Vitamin E
  • Benzoin
  • Castor Oil
  • Myrrh

A very conservative shelf life for your soaps is about 18 months.

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