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Jan
27

15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes


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15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes

Natures Garden Wholesale Candle and Soap Supplies carries 11 melt and pour soap bases. Some of the ones we have are Shea Butter, Diamond Clear, and Mango Butter. We wanted to offer some recipe ideas to those of you out there who are just beginning in this industry! There are free classes on our website that will help you learn more about the products used to make soap and candles. We also have countless free recipes to give our customers and newbies practice and inspiration for their own ideas! In this blog, we want to share 15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes for beginner soap makers. These creative recipes are just the beginning to all the fun you can have making soap!

Natures Garden Melt and Pour Soap BasesNatures Garden Melt and Pour Soap Bases

Before starting, we want to introduce each of our 11 melt and pour bases that we carry and sell at Natures Garden. We have Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Diamond Clear, SLS Free, Honey, Hemp Oil, Yogurt, Goat’s Milk, Soya, and Oatmeal. They are entirely free of sulfates, free of animal fats, are gluten free, contain no added detergents, and they are never tested on animals. They all provide superior lathering qualities and produce many suds and bubbles. We will be mentioning recipes that use the majority of our melt and pour soap bases below.

15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Candied Apple Soap15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Candied Apple Soap

Who doesn’t love to eat delicious sugary candied apples? This tasty treat was the inspiration for this soap we made. These adorable candied apple soaps were made using our SLS Free Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap base. It offers creamy lathering qualities and is highly moisturizing for the skin. We used our red Da BOMB Soap Dye to color our candied apples. The scent we used to scent the soap with is our fragrance oil called Wintery Candy Apple. This is a diverse fragrance oil that has top notes of crisp apple, orange zests, and pineapple. The middle notes are cinnamon and neroli. The base notes of this fragrance are sandalwood, patchouli, musk, and bamboo. You can also use this scent to make cold process soap. Top them off with some rainbow candy sprinkles and your product is complete!

15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Lemon Squares Soap15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Lemon Squares Soap

Our lemon squares soap is made using both our Mango Butter and Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap bases. Mango butter has properties in it that soften, soothe, and cleanse the skin from impurities and clogged pores. Our diamond clear soap provides creamy lather to your products. We scented this product using the Natures Garden Original Lemon Squares fragrance oil. If you love lemons, you will adore this scent! The top notes bring a combination of juicy lemon, strawberry, and coconut milk. Churned butter and coconut make up the middle notes, and the base note gives a warm element of vanilla sugar to this fragrance. Also, there were three colorants added to produce the right shade of yellow. We combined our Neon Yellow, Yelp Yellow, and Yellow Oxide FUN soap colorants for these 24 beautiful lemon squares!

15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Gumdrop Melt and Pour Soap15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Gumdrop Melt and Pour

Next, we are talking about our Gumdrop Melt and Pour Soap. Once again, we used our Diamond Clear base to make this recipe. These look incredibly realistic to actual gumdrops! We used different FUN soap colorants to give a true variety to the candy, including Neon Orange, Neon Green, Neon Pink, Neon Blue, and Ultramarine Violet. This soap recipe is scented with another scent original to Natures Garden, Goodie Goodie Gumdrops. The notes it has are cinnamon, clove, rose, eucalyptus, woods, nutmeg, and cassis. When creating this recipe it will make up to 16 gumdrop soaps to use!

15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Oatmeal Butter Honey Soap15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Oatmeal Butter Honey Soap

This Oatmeal Butter Honey Soap is made using both of our oatmeal and honey melt and pour bases. Some of the other ingredients are cocoa butter, Neon Yellow FUN soap colorant, and Buttered Maple Oats Fragrance Oil. This layered fragrance smells amazing. It contains cinnamon, honey, maple sugar, butter, crushed pecan, brown sugar, and more. There are benefits that come with using oatmeal soap. It can relieve irritation of the skin, exfoliate it, and smooth the skin. Honey is also amazing for the skin, as it can unclog pores, hydrate, and fight off blemishes.

15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Solid Sugar Scrubs15 East Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Solid Sugar Scrubs

Next, we are mentioning this Solid Sugar Scrub recipe. This is an adorable recipe to make for Valentine’s Day. It will give you 30 heart shaped sugar scrubs. These are made from the Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour soap base, which contains many benefits. It can reduce acne and wrinkles while providing the skin with many vitamins that help make it healthy. To make these even better, we scented them with our Sweetheart Roses Fragrance Oil. This is another Natures Garden original and combines soft musk, rose petals, and tea leaves.

15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Zebra Print Soap 15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Zebra Print Soap

Our Zebra Print Soap recipe is a combination of the Shea Butter melt and pour soap base and the Diamond Clear soap base. This will moisturize and also create a nice creamy lather on your skin. It is scented with the Bite Me Fragrance Oil, which is another Natures Garden original. Black cherry, strawberry, violet, eucalyptus, and vanilla bean, are some of the notes you will find in this fragrance oil.

15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Banana Pudding Soap 15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipe: Banana Pudding Soap

One of my all time favorite desserts is banana pudding! Like some of our others, this recipe was inspired by food. We decided to create a banana pudding melt and pour soap that perfectly resembled this tasty treat. It is made with our Yogurt base and smells like real bananas. This is a rich soap base that also exfoliates and softens the skin. It is scented with the Old Fashion Banana Pudding Fragrance Oil, which is a Natures Garden Original and a best seller at our company!

15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Watermelon Soap 15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipe: Watermelon Soap

Next, we are mentioning our watermelon soap melt and pour recipe. These came out beautifully when we made them. We made these using a combination of the Diamond Clear soap base and the Goat’s Milk soap base to provide wonderful moisturizing qualities. These mini watermelons are scented with the Pink Watermelon Fragrance Oil. Strawberry and watermelon are the top notes, rose and jasmine are the middle notes, and the base notes have white woods, oak moss, vanilla, and cassis. We use our Tomato Red, Kelly Green, Lime Green, and Black Oxide FUN soap colorants to really make these come to life.

15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Salt Water Taffy Soap 15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Salt Water Taffy Soap

Another one of our fun recipes is these salt water taffy soaps. We named this soap after the traditional salt water taffy candies, which are delicious. This recipe is easy to follow and gives you 12 bars of soap. We colored them with the Neon Blue, Neon Orange, Neon Green, and Neon Pink FUN soap colorants. We also added the perfect scent to this recipe, our Salt Water Taffy Fragrance Oil. This another layered fragrance we carry, with top notes of banana, raspberry, and strawberry. The middle notes are wild berry, bing cherries, and sugar, accompanied by a base note of creamy vanilla taffy.

15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Creme Brulee Body Frosting15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Creme Brulee Body Frosting

Next, we will be talking about our Creme Brulee Body Frosting. This is one of my all time favorite recipes that uses the Diamond Clear soap base. It smells fantastic, and the ingredients used to make it are gentle and moisturizing on the surfaces of the skin. We used our layered Creme Brulee Fragrance Oil, which has top notes of butter, peach, and coconut. It then goes into the middle notes which are heavy cream, brown sugar, and glazed caramel. Finally, the base notes are French vanilla and maple sugar. This sweet combination will truly make you crave creme brulee! This body frosting is a recipe anyone would love to use and it makes enough product for eight 4 ounce jars.

15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Activated Charcoal Soap 15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Activated Charcoal Soap

This activated charcoal soap is one of the nine recipes of ours that uses activated charcoal powder. This powder comes from burned hard woods and adds many benefits to homemade cosmetic products. Activated charcoal powder provides a way to naturally color your soap black. There are other ways to dye soap black, but they are usually artificial. Other benefits it has is that it absorbs odor and is a detoxifying agent in your soap. We used our Diamond Clear melt and pour soap to make this recipe too. Our diamond dust mica pigment makes this soap glisten beautifully, and it is scented with our Blackened Amethyst Fragrance Oil. Lemon, orange, lime, Italian bergamot, jasmine, rose, vanilla, amber, and vetiver make up for most of the layers in this fragrance.

15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Cancan Type Melt and Pour Soap 15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Cancan Type Melt and Pour Soap

This Cancan Type Melt and Pour Soap recipe makes three bars of soap. We made it using a combination of the Diamond Clear base and Soya Melt and Pour soap. These are also scented with the NG CanCan Type Fragrance Oil, which has floral notes that are accompanied by amber, musk, and berry. We topped them off with our rose bud molds because it makes them even cuter.

15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Cinnabun Melt and Pour Soap15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Cinnabun Melt and Pour Soap

Everyone loves to indulge in scrumptious cinnamon rolls or cinnabuns. This Cinnabun Melt and Pour Soap is perfect for all of you out there who do! It is scented with our Cinnabun Type Fragrance Oil, made with delicious layered notes. The top notes are cassis, cinnamon, and butter. The middle notes are maple, sugar, cream cheese, and a touch of clove. It has base notes of vanilla glaze icing and perfectly baked dough. This soap was also made using our Goat’s milk soap base.

15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Shaving Soap for Sensitive Skin 15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Shaving Soap for Sensitive Skin

Next up is our Shaving Soap for Sensitive Skin. This product is gentle and will make your skin feel silky smooth. The beautiful look of this shaving soap comes from our Victorian brooch mold. We made this soap with our shea butter melt and pour soap base because there are a lot of benefits to using shea butter. We wanted to choose the right soap base that can help people with sensitive skin and different skin conditions. Shea butter is very moisturizing, it can treat acne, restore elasticity of the skin, and can be great for eczema and psoriasis. We finished this product off by dusting it off with our 24K gold mica pigment, which really adds to its beauty.

15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Easter Confetti Soap 15 Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes: Easter Confetti Soap

For our last recipe, we wanted to mention a soap that relates to an upcoming holiday! Easter is not that far away, and we have a few recipes themed for it, including our Easter Confetti Soap. We used the mango butter base to make this recipe. It is scented with the Sweet Pea Fragrance Oil, which is one of our best sellers. Hyacinth, lily of the valley, wild jasmine, and violets make up this wonderful floral scent. This recipe is super fun to create because of all the multicolored confetti. It allows you to experiment with several of our FUN soap colorants, and lets you make it your own!

We hope that you enjoyed learning about our melt and pour soap recipes and the bases used to make them! We have a ton of additional free melt and pour recipes that are all homemade up on our website for you to recreate. Our recipes allow our customers to be fun and creative!

Melt and Pour Soap Comes to Life

We wanted to share some delicious dessert recipes that these soap recipes resemble! There are thousands of homemade recipes on the Betty Crocker website, many of which are for dessert. The yummy ones that we got inspired by include her Easy Lemon Bars, Quick and Tasty Banana Pudding, and Creme Brulee! If you enjoy baking as well as creating, give these dessert recipes a whirl and try them out for yourself!

Jul
20

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits


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Melt and Pour Soap BenefitsMelt and Pour Soap Benefits

We at Natures Garden would like to share some of the melt and pour soap benefits with customers that may not know too much about soaping. There are quite a few different methods one can use to create soaps, so it can be a bit overwhelming for new soapers. Every method has some benefits that you may enjoy, but you must choose the method that will be best for you and the situation you are in.

While many find melt and pour soap to be one of the easier ways to make soap at home, even the most experienced soapmaker may come back to this method. Honestly, it all depends on what the soaps are needed for and the time you have available. So, at one point or another, anyone can benefit from knowing a bit about this method. If you have never used melt and pour soap or are thinking about trying this method again, then we’d like to share with you all of the great things about melt and pour soap. So, here is why melt and pour soap is a great soap making method!

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Great for Beginning Soap MakersMelt and Pour Soap Benefits Great for Beginning Soap Makers

Due to a few different aspects of this soap making method, beginning soap makers may want to start with this method. This is an easy way to introduce soap making into your crafting. This method won’t have you working with lye right out of the gate. This can help prevent you from feeling overwhelmed with everything all at once. Instead, a new soap maker can get used to the time sensitive nature of cooling soap, adding fragrance oils, and coloring soap. Plus, this method skips right to the fun of creating to let you experience all the fun. Melt and pour soap allows you to have fun trying out soap making before jumping into more complex methods. You can create very simple soaps that are still cute with this method without taking too much time or skill to complete.

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Creativity and Additional Ingredients

There is so much that you can do with melt and pour soap! As long as you have some molds, additives, and a creative mind you can make anything you want. Further, you can look to our Melt & Pour Soap Recipes page for soap making inspiration and ideas. In addition, you can print out the step by step soap making tutorials for each project on that page. While melting soap and pouring it into molds may sound like it is simple and boring, we can show you that there is so much that you can create with this method of soap making.

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Manipulating the Shape of the SoapMelt and Pour Soap Benefits Manipulating the Shape of the Soap

Since melt and pour soap will take on the shape of whatever it sets up in, it is pretty easy to shape the soap into whatever you’d like. For example, our Lollipop Soap Recipe used a flat shaped soap layer and cut it into strips that we curled to create a lollipop appearance. Also, the Fresh Fallen Leaves Soap Recipe used straws to have soap shaped like a tree trunk. This along with the melt and pour soap leaves created a very pretty soap! Plus, you can make more simple soaps that are super cute like the Neapolitan Cupcake Soap Recipe, which uses a layered cupcake base and whipped frosting on top.

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Adding Herbs and MicaMelt and Pour Soap Benefits Adding Herbs and Mica

Also, you can incorporate micas and even herbs into your soap! You can take your chosen additives and include it right into your melted soap. We have done this with our Blarney Stone Soap Recipe. Gold mica was added to the clear melt and pour soap base and can be seen incorporated right into the soap bar. So, you can use this technique to create a prettier appearance for your soaps. Additionally, you can add herbs or powders to provide your soap with certain properties. For example, we created the Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe with activated charcoal powder to provide a more cleansing bar of soap that provides a deep pore clean. Regardless of why you want to add herbs, mica, or other powders, the best part is that you have the option to if you need it!

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Making Embed SoapMelt and Pour Soap Benefits Making Embed Soap

Additionally, you can add soap embeds to your melt and pour soap bars. This technique gives you the freedom to create even more creative kinds of soap. This would have you create a smaller soap prior to creating your soap bar so that you can add shapes into the soap bar itself.

While it will all be melt and pour soap, you will be able to use the embedded soap to create designs or certain effects. For example, creating the swirl for the Cinnabun Melt and Pour Soap Recipe. We wanted to add a swirl to make the soap bar look more like a cinnamon roll and less plain after we cut our soap loaf. Plus, it just looks so cute! Also, we used this embed soap idea to make the seeds for our Watermelon Soap Recipe. Otherwise, our soap wouldn’t have looked like a slice of watermelon! Sometimes the embed soap really pulls your soap idea together!

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Option to Make Clear Soap

Another creative option unique to melt and pour soap is creating a bar that you can see straight into. We all know that we can see embed soaps by cutting a loaf of soap into a few individual bars. However, diamond clear melt and pour soap offers another way to get creative with embed soaps. You can create a bar of soap with solid shapes and colors inside that you will be able to see without cutting.

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Mango Loofah Melt and Pour Soap RecipeSimply add a layer of diamond clear soap, place your solid object or colored soap inside, and add your top layer. This leaves you with a solid bar of soap with a fun design inside. We have used this method to create the Mango Loofah Melt and Pour Soap Recipe, where you can see the loofah inside the soap bar. Another idea is to use this soap technique to create kids toys with fun little toys inside. 

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Some Choice with the Ingredients

While you aren’t in complete control of the ingredients that are in your soap base, there are some things that you can do. First of all, you can choose your type of soap base. There are a lot of different melt and pour soap bases to choose from that all have different ingredients. For example, you can choose the SLS FREE Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap if you are looking for soap base without SLS. We have a lot of different types that may suit your individual soaping needs on Natures Garden’s Melt and Pour Soap page. Some of my favorites are our Shea Butter MP Soap Base and the Honey MP Base. Whether you are looking for a with a little extra of something, soap without a certain ingredient, or a base with a certain appearance, you can find all our soap bases on our site.

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Controlling Certain IngredientsMelt and Pour Soap Benefits Controlling the Ingredients

Not only can you choose different types of soap base to control the ingredients, but you are in control of scenting and coloring. If you have sensitive skin or allergies, then you can create melt and pour soaps that agree with your skin. First, those with sensitivities to fragrances and essential oils can leave the bar unscented. Also, those that would rather not use liquid soap dye can use natural herbs to color the soap or leave the soap it’s natural color. Thus, you do have some control over the content of your soap bars.

Furthermore, you can add a little bit more of your favorite oils of butters to the soap base you choose. If you find a soap base that has all the ingredients you like, but you wish that it included another ingredient, you have the freedom to add something else. However, you need to be careful not to add too much as this can change the bar and could lose its lather. So, we would not recommend introducing more than a tablespoon of your added oils or butters per pound of mp soap. But, you can play with your recipe to find the right proportion for your soap bars.

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Convenience of this Method

Another great reason to work with melt and pour soap is that it is super easy to create soaps! This soap making method is very simple in every way from prepping to create the soap to the clean up process. So, let’s go over all the ways that melt and pour soap making saves you time and effort.

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Can Use the Soap Immediately

Also, you can use your soaps immediately after you make them. Obviously, the melt and pour soap base has been previously created and gone through saponification before you buy the melt and pour soap base. While you don’t have to worry about the lye, the soap already has it in the soap. But, the lye that was used to make the soap has already had time to fully react before the soap bases were sold. This means that the curing process has already completely finished before you even open the soap package. So, no need to wait after you form your masterpieces! As soon as your soaps are colored, scented, and out of their molds it can go straight into the bath tub! This is wonderful because you don’t have to worry about waiting long enough to prevent irritation and you can use the soap right away with no waiting.

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Quick, Easy, and Fun

Furthermore, this soap making method is perfect for those that are in a hurry to have their soaps done. If you need to get your soaps ready quick for a gathering, a gift, or just excited to use it yourself, then this is a good soaping choice. Everything about this soaping method is quicker. In the beginning, there are fewer preparations and after you finish there is no curing time before using the soap. So, you will have your finished soaps ready as soon as everything has set up and popped out of the molds.

Also, melt and pour soap making is perfect for those that are in the mood to skip right to the creative part of soap making. Since melt and pour soap already has the first few steps of the soaping process complete, you don’t need to worry about these. So, you will have more time and energy to focus on creating super cute soap! You are left with the coloring, scenting, and shaping of your soaps. Simply melt the soap, fill your molds, and get creative.  This soap method is an easy way to get right to the fun part of soap making!

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits No Need to Deal with LyeMelt and Pour Soap Benefits No Need to Deal with Lye

While lye is safe with the necessary safety precautions, sometimes it is just easier to let somebody else do all the leg work. In this case, our melt and pour soap base lets you buy your slabs of soap after they have cured. Thus, there is a lot less to prepare when working with melt and pour soap. For example, you won’t need to take as many safety precautions or wear as much protective clothing during the creation of your soap. Also, you won’t have to deal with making the lye water solution or combining the oils at the right temperature. So, no need to have vinegar handy because lye burns won’t ever happen with this soaping method. Thus, melt and pour soap making is just that much easier to work with!

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Clean Up Is Easy

Further, the clean up for this method is very easy. Since this the melt and pour soap base is already completed soap, all you really need to do is wash your utensils with water. No need to worry about unreacted lye and no intense scrubbing or vinegar required. Just like soap, your left over base will rinse right out of your bowl.