I have always wanted to learn soap-making but have been intimidated by the recipes and working with lye. This year I tried an even more basic soap-making process with Melt & Pour soap base. I completed two batches using this easy method. It was an excellent start and required only a short list of supplies.
I ordered the Honey Melt & Pour Soap Base, a silicone soap mold, and a mixing cup with a pour spout. I already had essential oil, inexpensive mixing spoons, a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol, a cutting board and a knife. The only other thing needed is a heat source. Most people use their microwaves for this process and some use a double boiler pan on the stove.
The shortened version of melt & pour soap-making is:
- purchase a melt & pour soap base
- cut that base into small chunks and melt in the microwave using very short bursts of time
- once melted, add in a very small amount of essential oil
- stir very gently (in order to avoid making bubbles)
- pour into a soap mold
- spritz the top of the soaps with alcohol (this removes the bubbles and is not a required step)
- allow soaps to dry before removing from the molds
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