This is a great way to make ‘home made’ soap as presents for friends and family. I enjoyed it so much I continued learning and experimenting, and decided to share it to you.
Just a note: Melt and pour soap could be considered a ‘cheat’s’ way of making soap, as you purchase pre-made soap base, melt it and add things to it. I like it because it is ideal for a small kitchen, very forgiving and easy to be creative with. It would be an ideal project for kids, though under supervision only – the molten soap can get very hot, and before melting it usually needs to be cut up with a knife, so please be careful!
You will need:
- Melt and pour soap base, either clear or opaque, or both (Soap Base )
- Soap coloring (If you want to color) (Soap Colorant )
- Cosmetic grade scent or essential oils (Essencial Oil )
- A microwave
- Microwave safe container to melt the soap (Glass Container )
- Something to stir with (Long Mixing Spoon )
- A mold (soap mold )
- Cling film
- A chopping board and knife, or a grater (Chopping Board )
Optional – Things you might want to add to your soap to make it look pretty
- Glitter (Soap pearl pigment )
- Gold or silver powder (Gold color )
- Fake flowers
Step 2: Preparation
Decide what mold, color and scent you want to use and put them somewhere convenient near your microwave.
Measure the volume of your mold in milliliters using water and a measuring jug if you have one. You will need a similar weight of soap base in grams. I tend to measure by eye.
Chop up your soap and weigh it, then place in your microwave proof container.
Step 3: Melt It!
Depending on the volume of soap, microwave it for 30-50 seconds before stirring well. Continue to microwave in 10 – 20 second blasts, stirring in between until the soap base is mostly melted. If you have just one or two small lumps left, stir until they melt rather than microwaving more. This stuff can get too hot and go funny, so be a bit careful here. You are aiming for just melted rather than very hot.
Add coloring and scent and stir it in. The amount of coloring will depend on the depth of color you are trying to achieve. I didn´t want to color, but I wanted to add oats. I ground oatmeal and added to the soap mass.
Pour your colored, scented soap into your mold. If you have some very small, foam-like bubbles around the edge your soap was probably a little too hot. Don’t worry, it will still work as soap, just try not to over-heat it next time! Bubbles are not really a functional problem, but tend to spoil the aesthetics of the finished bar.
After pouring, leave the soap where it is to set. Try not to bump it for at least half an hour, as the soap forms a custard-like skin on top which will wrinkle if you bump it. Again, it will still work, but looks a bit odd.
Step 5: Finishing Up
After about 30 – 60 minutes, depending on volume, your soap will have set enough to move it around. Do not try to take it out of the mold yet, it needs to be completely cool. This can take several hours at room temperature – ideally leave it overnight.
Admire your soap, then wrap it in cling film. You don’t need to do this immediately, but certainly within a day or two, as the soap can ‘sweat’ if left out for too long. If you like, you can make a fancy label for it.