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Beginners Guide To Soap Making with Melt and Pour Soap Base

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Homemade Soap With Organic Melt And Pour Soap Base

Hopefully, you will find everything you need and need to know in this beginners guide to soap making.  Now let's get to the good stuff; a good place for beginner soap makers to start is Melt and Pour soap bases because you don't have to work with Lye directly.   This easy to make soap is made with an organic melt and pour soap base.  If this is your first time making homemade soap, you can start with this beginner bar soap recipe.

First, you must melt the premade base, customize it with your favorite essential oil for scent and healing properties, carrier oil, Vitamin E, and colors, and then pour it into a silicone mold.  Also, getting your soap out of a silicone mold is much easier.  Once you are comfortable with the process, you can advance to more detailed techniques like layers and swirls.

Benefits Of Handmade Soap with Organic melt and pour soap base

Those who suffer from skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and sensitive skin, as well as those who are hypoallergenic, more often than not find immediate relief by switching to handmade soap.  Also, handmade soap is very mild compared to store-bought bars.  Additionally, handmade soaps are usually made from vegetable-based oils, such as palm, coconut, and olive, and do not contain potentially harmful chemicals found in commercial bar soap.  I use a soap calculator when making my soaps.

Make the switch today!  This beginners guide to soap making will get you started.  If you have any questions, reach out to us.

Soap Base

When making soap for the first time, an excellent place to start is with Clear and White Melt and Pour.  In addition, they're ready for customization, simple to work with, and cleansing.  Also, the clear base will have brighter colors, while the white will have more pastel colors.  Finally, some bases can also be customized with safe additives like Shea Butter, Oat Meal, Goat Milk, or Aloe Vera.

Soap Making Mold

Fragrance

Although there are synthetic fragrances you can add to your soap base, I prefer to use essential oils for all their natural properties.  Also, you can combine essential oils to create a custom scent.

Glycerin 

In soap-based making, glycerin is a natural byproduct of the saponification process.  Glycerin is a colorless, odorless, viscous liquid that is sweet-tasting and non-toxic.  Therefore, it is one of the reasons handmade soap feels fantastic;  it draws moisture to the skin and keeps it hydrated.  Finally, glycerin is added during the manufacturing process to make melt and pour bases easier to work with.

Molds

When I make melt-and-pour soaps, I prefer to use silicone or plastic molds.  Also, the mold needs to withstand high temperatures so it won't melt when hot soap is poured into it.

Colorants

There are plenty of options for coloring melt and pour soap.  For example, you can use natural colorants like turmeric; they are easy to use and look great in the finished bars.  On the other hand, avoid products like food coloring or crayons because they haven't been tested or approved for use in soap, and they tend to morph, fade, or bleed.

Safety

Extra caution should be taken when working with these soap bases because they start to melt around 120F.  Use heat-safe tools and handle with care – melted soap can burn you if it drips or splashes on your skin or eyes.

Tips: Cut your soap base into small cubes; they will melt faster and more evenly.
Ensure all the utensils you use in your soap making are clean, dust-free, and disinfected.  You don't want to contaminate your soaps.

One pound of soap base makes 2 large bars or 4.5 small bars, but they last a long time.  They don't melt and get all sticky when they get wet.

Beginners Guide To Soap Making

Are you interested in making soap at home with melt and pour base? Here's a beginners guide to soap making to get you started!

First, gather all your ingredients and tools. You'll need to melt and pour soap base, a double boiler or microwave, a fragrance of your choice (such as an essential oil), and any additives you'd like to use, such as dried herbs or flowers.

Next, melt the base in your double boiler or microwave. Be sure to follow your soap base packaging instructions for melting instructions. Once the base is melted, add your desired scents and additives and mix everything.

Then, pour the soap mixture into your molds. You can use any mold, such as silicone molds or muffin tins. Let the soap cool and harden completely before removing it from the molds.

That's it! Making melt and pour soap is a fun and fulfilling DIY project that makes great gifts for friends and family. Give it a try and see how easy it can be!

With these basic steps, anyone can create their homemade soap. So why not give it a try and see what kind of unique creations you can come up with?

Soapmaking may be intimidating, but it gets easier as you go.

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