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Jun
20

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions


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Common Melt and Pour Soap QuestionsCommon Melt and Pour Soap Questions

At Natures Garden, we are here to help you succeed! We are going to answer some common melt and pour soap questions that we get asked frequently by customers.  Since these questions are common, its likely that these are the issues most soap makers will come across when making their melt and pours soaps. So, let’s get these soaping issues solved so you can create some gorgeous bars of mp soap!

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Does Natures Garden Offer Melt and Pour Soap Supplies?

Yes, we do! We offer all kinds of melt and pour soap making supplies! Click on the Soap Making Supplies tab on the website and you will find soap base, soap colorants, an mp soap kit, soap additives, and soap molds. Everything that you could need right in one easy place!

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Can I Make Soap Without Using Lye?

Since the mp soap base has already been made, you can create melt and pour soap without worrying about the lye. If you are wondering “What is the difference between melt and pour soap and cold process soap?”, then this is a big difference. While melt and pour is pre-made and can be remelted, cold process soap is made from scratch using lye.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Can Melt and Pour Soap Be Used Right Away?

Since mp soap was already made and the saponification process has already taken place, you don’t have to wait to use your soap. As soon as the melt and pour soaps have hardened in the molds, you can pop them out and use them!

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Where Do I Find the Melt and Pour Soap IngredientsCommon Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Where Do I Find the Melt and Pour Soap Ingredients?

You can find the soap base ingredients in two places. The first place is online, as each mp soap base has the ingredients listed in the description. Also, these ingredients can be found on the label of the base itself.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: What Soap Making Supplies Do I Need to Make Melt and Pour Soap?

Most importantly, you will need a microwave or double boiler and mp soap. Also, you will need a cutting board, knife, a microwave safe dish, spoon, rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle, and a soap mold. If you want fragrance, color, or herbs you will need to have these out, too .

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: How Do I Melt Soap Into a New Bar?

Melt and Pour soap can be melted using a double boiler on a stove top or a bowl in the microwave. Just make sure that you use 30 second intervals to warm the soap int the microwave. Otherwise, it may get too hot and your soap will be ruined. Also, make sure that you are watchful when melting soap on the stove. While a double boiler on medium heat will help to protect your soap, you don’t want to heat it too much longer after it is liquid.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: How Much Soap Will I Need for My Mold?Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: How Much Soap Will I Need for My Mold?

For every ounce by volume that your mold is you will need 31 grams of soap by weight. So, let’s go to the Soap Mold page and pick one. I choose Ollie Octopus,which says it holds 4.5 ounces in the description. So, we are going to take  4.5 times the 31 to give us 139.5 grams

Formula: (Weight Needed Per Ounce) x (Ounces Mold Holds) = Total Weight

Equation: 31 grams per ounce  x  4.5 ounces = 139.5 grams of soap

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: How Do I Get My Melt and Pour Soap Out of the Mold?

Sometimes your soap may get stuck in the mold. You can place the mold in the fridge for a short amount of time. Once the chilled soap mold is removed, the soaps should pop out fairly easily.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: What Temperature Should I Pour Melt and Pour Soap?

Melt and Pour soap should be poured in a liquid state, which should be around 140 degrees Fahrenheit. So, you can pour your soap once it has all completely melted.

 

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Why Do I Have Bubbles in My Melt and Pour Soap?Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Why Do I Have Bubbles in My Melt and Pour Soap?

Although making air bubbles is unavoidable, you can get rid of them by spraying lightly with rubbing alcohol. These are often air bubbles that form when you pour, so you can release them by spraying right after you pour. However, bubbles that are a light-yellow color are fragrance oil and won’t go away by spraying. This is either due to adding too much fragrance oil or not mixing thoroughly.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Why is My Homemade Soap So Oily?

One reason that you soaps would be oily is that they contain too much oil. So, you can try reducing the amount of the fragrance oil and/or the carrier oil that you are adding to your soaps. If your bars look like they are sweating, then it could be due to not wrapping the soap soon enough. Since your soap contains an ingredient, vegetable glycerin, that pulls moisture to it, it will pull moisture out of the air to create “sweat”. But, you can lessen your chances of this by wrapping your soaps right after they are out of the mold.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Why is My Melt and Pour Soap Dissolving So Fast?

While a softer bar of soap is great for nourishing the skin, it is more likely to dissolve quickly in water. So, you can add some extra oil to your soap to moisturize. However, adding too much will make your bar very soft and it will dissolve quickly in the shower.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: How Do I Swirl Melt and Pour Soap?Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: How Do I Swirl Melt and Pour Soap?

While it is possible to swirl mp soap, it is a bit trickier to swirl compared to cp soaps. On its own melt and pour soap won’t swirl. Instead, the colors will mix before the soap hardens. So, you need to add a cosmetic powder, like clay, fruit, or veggie powders. This will slightly thicken the soap and create tension between the two colors that are gong to create the swirl. We did this in our own Swirled Melt and Pour Soap Recipe!

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Why Won’t My Melt and Pour Soap Lather?

There are a few possible answers to this question. First off, soap can loose its lather due to an excess of oils and herbs being added to the bar. Also, some types of our soap base use ingredients that naturally lather better.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Why is My Soap Not Hardening?

If your melt and pour soap isn’t hardening, then it could be due to adding too much oil. Whether the culprit is fragrance oil, carrier oil, or both, it is most likely that this excess oil is to blame. Another possibility is that the soap was overheated, which resulted in a break down in the soaps that prevents it from working properly.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Can You Use Essential Oils in Melt and Pour Soap?

Of course! Many essential oils can be used in soap making and the rules for using them safely are just like the ones for fragrance oils. So, you need to check the IFRA sheet to determine usage rates and figure out whether the specific essential oil is body safe. You can find this IFRA statement on the page of each individual essential oil that we carry. Many are body safe scents, but some are not considered safe for prolonged skin contact.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: How Do I Color Melt and Pour Soap?Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: How Do I Color Melt and Pour Soap?

We have soap dye, soap colorants, and powdered herbs that can be used to color your homemade soaps. The soap dyes are great for solid color soaps, but tend to bleed when used in layered soap. Also, the white soap base will provide a more pastel color and the clear soap will give a more true color. The FUN Soap Colorants are vibrant colors that are more true in all soap bases. Lastly, the natural form of coloring soaps is cosmetic herbs, which are perfect for a rustic or natural look. Just be aware that herbs can oxidize over time and cause discoloration of the soap.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Do You Offer Melt and Pour Soap Recipes?

Of course! We have a wide variety of melt and pour soap recipes and soap making ideas. On the top of the website you will see a box with the words “Free Recipes & Classes”. After you click on this fine the melt and pour soap recipes and you will find all of our recipes using mp soap.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Does Natures Garden Offer Soap Making Kits?

Yes! We have the Melt and Pour Soap Kit available with options to choose either Goats Milk MP Soap or Ultra Clear MP Soap.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Why Won’t My Soap Frosting Setup on My Melt and Pour Soap?Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Why Won’t My Soap Frosting Setup on My Melt and Pour Soap?

If you are making cupcake soap wholesale, then the frosting is a pretty big deal. You are going to want to use the whipped soap base, melt and pour soap, and vegetable glycerin. The soap base allows the frosting to harden on the cupcake, while the vegetable glycerin allows for a little flexibility.  If you are curious and thinking, “How do I make melt and pour soap frosting?”, then check out our Soap Frosting Recipe to see how we make the frosting for our soap cupcakes. While the recipe goes into more detail, basically it is equal parts of mp soap base and whipped soap base with 5% of vegetable glycerin and fragrance oil all whipped into a frosting consistency.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: I Would Like to Know If Most Recipes are Showing Oils Measured in Weight Ounces Or in Fluid Ounces?

In our soap recipes we will use weight ounces. We do this because weight ounces are more accurate than fluid ounces. So, we highly recommend weighing your ingredients using a gram scale. This will allow you to be precise in your measurements and prevent accidental mix ups.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: What is the Best Way to Wrap Melt and Pour Soap?

There are a few different ways that you can package your finished soaps. We prefer to use shrink wrap, but you can use ziplock bags, or a decorative box.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: How Should Soap Be Stored?

After your soap is wrapped, you can store it in a cool, dry place for later use.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Does Natures Garden Offer Any Melt and Pour Soap Recipes with Shea Butter?Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Does Natures Garden Offer Any Melt and Pour Soap Recipes with Shea Butter?

We sure do! If you go to the Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap page of the website and click on the Recipe tab, you will see all kinds of melt and pour soap recipes. For example, we have the Zebra Print Soap Recipe and the Graffiti Melt and Pour Soap Recipe that both use shea butter mp soap.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: History of Soap

Today, there are all kinds of different types of soap from melt and pour soap recipes to commercially made soaps. However, the first soaps ever made weren’t too fancy. In fact, the first known use of soap was by ancient Babylonians that used animal fats and ashes as their ingredients. If you want to learn more interesting  soap facts, then check out History of Soap and Soap Interesting Facts by Soap History.

Common Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Ask Us Your QuestionsCommon Melt and Pour Soap Questions: Ask Us Your Questions

Hopefully, this blog was helpful in learning a bit more about melt and pour soap. If you have anything else that you aren’t sure of, then please ask us your questions. One easy way to reach out and talk to us is social media. We have an account on Facebook, Twitter (@ngscents), and Instagram (@ngscents).

Mar
13

Peeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe


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Peeps Cupcake Soaps RecipePeeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe

Check out an easy way to create some deliciously scented Melt and Pour Soap cupcakes! This Peeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe is a formulation by Natures Garden that is perfect for spring. Not only do these cupcakes have soft, springtime colors, but they both have little bunny peep soaps on top. We all know that these little bunnies are made just for the Easter Sunday and are a perfect reminder of spring. These cupcake soaps would look super cute next to the sink as a decorative soap this holiday. Not only are they absolutely adorable, but they smell delicious. So, try out a cute melt and pour soap recipe and see how cute they really are!

Peeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe Ingredients From Natures Garden

Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap

Whipped Soap Base

Lemon Fragrance Oil

Vegetable Glycerin

Cupcake Mold Market Mold

Peeps Bunny Silicone Soap Mold

FUN Soap Colorant Neon Pink

FUN Soap Colorant Neon Yellow

8 oz. Clear PET Bullet Bottles

Black Fine Mist Sprayers 24/410

Peeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe Other Equipment and Ingredients

Microwave safe-Mixing Bowls (4)

Stirring Spoons

Knife

Microwave

Scale

Spatula

Decorating Sprinkles

Rubbing Alcohol

Sugar

Hand Mixer

Peeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe Weights and Amounts of Ingredients

521 grams of Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap

215 grams of Whipped Soap Base

35 grams of Lemon Fragrance Oil

21 grams of Vegetable Glycerin

2 grams of FUN Soap Colorant Neon Pink

1 gram of FUN Soap Colorant Neon Yellow

Peeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe Clean and Sanitize

Before you get started on creating your cupcake soaps, make sure that your supplies and workspace is ready to work with. First, make sure your equipment is cleaned to prevent contamination. Second, clear away objects not necessary for the project and wash down your workspace to make sure your soaps don’t get dirty. Once this has been done gather your ingredients and get started.

Peeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe Melting the Oatmeal SoapPeeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe Melting the Oatmeal Soap

First, we are going to melt our first portion of your melt and pour soap. Take your scale and one of your mixing bowls. Tare the weight of your bowl and weigh 153 grams of the Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap. Use a microwave to melt the soap in 30-second intervals. Once it is entirely melted we are ready for the next step.

Peeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe Creating the Yellow Soap

Next, we are going to color your melted soap. Take your melted soap and place it on your scale. Tare the weight of the bowl. Weigh out 2 grams of Neon Yellow FUN Soap Colorant and 7 grams of Lemon Fragrance Oil. Mix these ingredients together until the color is evenly dispersed.

Peeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe Pouring the Yellow SoapPeeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe Pouring the Yellow Soap

Now, we are going to create the solid soap bottom of the yellow cupcake. Take your bowl with the yellow soap and pour it into one of the cavities in the cupcake mold. Spray the freshly poured soap with rubbing alcohol, so that the bubbles are removed from the soap. After, pour your remaining yellow soap into a cavity of the peeps silicone soap mold. Remember to spray this soap with alcohol as well.

Peeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe Melting More Oatmeal Soap

Second, you are going to melt more Oatmeal Soap into a new bowl. So, take a clean bowl and tare its weight from your scale. Weigh 153 grams of the Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap into the bowl. Next, use the microwave to melt this second batch of soap. Again, use 30 second increments to avoid boiling.

Peeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe Creating the Soap PinkPeeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe Creating the Pink Soap

Now, we are going to color this second batch of soap pink. Take your freshly melted batch of soap and tare its weight from the scale. Weigh 1 gram of Neon Pink FUN Soap Colorant and 7 grams of the Lemon Fragrance Oil into the soap. Stir the ingredients thoroughly to achieve an even color and scent.

Peeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe Pouring the Pink SoapPeeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe Pouring the Pink Soap

Finally, we are going to use this yellow soap to create the other cupcake bottom. Take the mold with the pink soap still inside. Pour the yellow soap into the remaining cavity of the cupcake mold. Then, spray the top of this soap immediately to release air bubbles. Also, pour the remaining melted soap into another of the Peeps Bunny Silicone Soap Mold cavities. Spray this soap as well.

Peeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe Preparing the Peep BunniesPeeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe Preparing the Peep Bunnies

After the soaps in the Peeps Bunny Silicone Soap Mold have completely set up, remove the two peep bunnies from the mold. Spray them both lightly with some rubbing alcohol and sprinkle them with sugar. Make sure that you cover the entire peep well. Now, set these both aside for later use.

Peeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe Preparing Whipped Soap Base

Next, we are going to get the Whipped Soap Base ready to use in a later step. Take a bowl you haven’t used yet and a scale. Tare the weight of your bowl and weigh 215 grams of the Whipped Soap Base into the bowl. Now, use the hand mixer to make this soap nice and fluffy. Once you’re done, set this aside for later use.

Peeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe Preparing Soap for the Topping

Now, you are going to get some of the Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap ready for the cupcake topping. Take a new bowl and your scale. Tare the weight of the bowl and weigh in 215 grams of the Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap. Melt this soap in 30 second increments. Once this is entirely melted, weigh in 21 grams of vegetable glycerin and 21 grams of the Lemon Fragrance Oil. Mix these ingredients well.

Peeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe Combining the Melted and Whipped Soaps

Next, you will mix the Melt and Pour Soap and the Whipped Soap together. Retrieve the bowl of fluffed Whipped Soap Base and pour the melt and pour soap into it. Then, use the hand mixture to blend the soaps together and create a fluffy frosting appearance.

Peeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe Frosting the CupcakesPeeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe Frosting the Cupcakes

After the topping is well fluffed you are going to add it to the cupcake bases. First, take the pink and yellow soaps that are still inside their mold. Spray the tops with a bit of rubbing alcohol. Then, use a spoon or spatula to put the whipped topping on the soaps. Try your best to make the frosting look like an actual cupcake! Once the cupcakes have been frosted, place your peep bunny soaps on top. You can either put the same color bunny on the base or switch the colors.

Peeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe Adding the Finishing TouchesPeeps Cupcake Soaps Recipe Adding the Finishing Touches

Finally, you will add the decorating sprinkles to finish off your cupcakes. First, sprinkle the tops of your cupcakes with some decorative sprinkles. Second, remove the soaps from the molds once the topping is fully set up. Now, your cupcakes are finally ready to use!