Step 1: Each 2 pound block of Natures Garden's Melt and Pour Soap is perforated into 40 cubes. Cut along all the perforations of the 2 pound block. Each cube of the block is approximately 1 ounce in weight (28 grams).
Step 2: In your microwave safe glass container, place your desired amount of cubes and melt them in the microwave 30 seconds at a time. Stir gently in between each 30 second round. Keep melting until all soap is in a liquid state.
Step 3: Next, add your soap colorant and stir. Please Note: If using a white soap base, you may have to use extra colorant drops in order to achieve your desired color.
Step 4: Now, it is time to scent! The suggested total amount of body safe fragrance oil that can be used in soap is 3-5% of the entire mixture. Example: If you are using 1 pound of melt and pour soap, that equals 454 grams of soap. If you desire to use a 5% fragrance load for this soap you would take 454 and multiply it by .05. The result is approximately 23 grams of fragrance oil that needs to be added to the soap. When using essential oil, you will likely have to use less scent. So for a 3% scent load, you would follow the same equation. Example: 1 pound of soap equals 454 grams. 454 multiplied by .03 equals approximately 14 grams of essential oil that needs to be added.
Step 5: Once the scent has been added to the soap, it is time to stir again.
Step 6: Next, grab your soap mold and place it on a flat surface where it will be undisturbed until the soap firmly sets up. Carefully fill each mold cavity. Gently spritz the soap with alcohol. This will eliminate any bubbles and allow the back of your soaps to have a smooth finish.
Step 7: Allow your soap to fully set up. Please Note: While it is best to allow your soap to fully set up at room temperature; you may speed up the process by placing your filled molds into the refrigerator. However, do not move your soaps until you notice the soap is starting to harden. This hardening is the best indicator to show that the soap mold is safe to be moved.
Step 8: Once the soap has set up, place the mold upside down. Using your thumbs, apply gentle pressure to each of the mold cavities. When the soap releases, trim off any soap over pours.
Your melt and pour soap is now ready to use. Enjoy!
Please note: When using Natures Garden's melt and pour soap, you do need to be ready to move quickly. Melt and pour soap does set up fast. However, one great advantage to melt and pour soap is that it is very forgiving. If your soap starts to set up in the middle of your steps, you are able to remelt it in the microwave (in 30 second increments) to get it back into a liquid and workable state.