Monday, August 25, 2008

Make It Yourself Monday

Basic Melt and Pour Soap

Melt and Pour Materials Basic Materials


You can melt the base in a double boiler or the microwave. If you choose the microwave, make sure you cover the bowl you are melting the melt and pour (MP) with Saran Wrap to keep the excess moisture from evaporating out. Simply melt the base on high for one minute and stir the remaining, unmelted pieces in.

If you use a double-boiler, simply bring the water to boil, add your melt and pour, cover, turn the heat on low and walk away. Check on the base periodically to see it it's melted.

Adding FragranceAdd fragrance


If you add fragrance oil, add it after the base is fully melted. Stir until the fragrance is fully incorporated and the base doesn't look "cloudy." Start with .25 ounce per pound of base and work up or down from there. You can also use essential oils.

Stir in ColorantStir in colorant


If you wish to add colorant, add the color when the base is melting. Just throw in 1/8 teaspoon to 1/4 teaspoon mica with the melting base and stir it in really well. Spray any "mica bubbles" that form on the top with rubbing alcohol. To use food coloring, simply put in 1 drop at a time to your melted base and color to preference. Too much can stain hands and towels, so be careful!

Pouring into MoldPour into mold


Pour into your molds - and spray the top with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any excess bubbles.

spray with alcoholSpray with rubbing alcohol


Use and enjoy once the soap is hard - which takes a few hours.

The finished product - a beautifully handcrafted bar of soap!

Finished Melt and Pour Soap

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Rambler said...

I've always wanted to try this! Thanks!

I've tagged you for a meme if you are game to play. =)

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Wonderful, wonderful! Is there no end to your talents? This is very informative and practical. We can even use this as a start up business venture. Thanks for the practical post. God bless you and your loved ones always.

Tidbits Of Tammy said...

Rambler thanks so much for the tag I will be posting it soon!

I tell with what going on with my job situation I may just have look into to making this a business adventure!