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May
23

What Is Melt and Pour Soap?


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What Is Melt and Pour Soap?What Is Melt and Pour Soap?

Some of our newbie customers have been curious and asking, What Is Melt and Pour Soap? So, we are going to talk a little bit about use, ingredients, and some simple recipes that are perfect for beginners. Melt and pour is the simplest way to have some fun with soap and create beautiful bath and body products that are great for your skin. If you have never tried MP soap, then you are really in for a treat. This product can be used to create anything from fun soaps like the Happy Hippo Soap Crayons Recipe to gorgeous recipes like the scrumptious Chocolate Raspberry Drizzle Rolled Soap Recipe. No matter what recipe or soap mold you start out with, you are sure to have a create time creating something unique and great for your skin.

What Is Melt and Pour Soap?: How Do You Use Melt and Pour Soap?What Is Melt and Pour Soap?: How Do You Use Melt and Pour Soap?

One of the absolute best parts of Melt and Pour Soap is that it is super easy to use! All you need to do is cut and heat. Since the base is perforated, you can easily cut a few squares, each weighing about an ounce, off the block. Then, you can put these in a microwave safe bowl and heat them in thirty second intervals. Just make sure that you stir your soap in between these intervals. After it has been melted you can add about 0.5 to 1 tablespoon of fragrance oil to your soap depending on the usage. Further, you can color you melted base and use soap molds to create exactly what you want!

What Is Melt and Pour Soap?: Melt and Pour Soap KitWhat Is Melt and Pour Soap?: Melt and Pour Soap Kit

If you are just getting into the whole thing of making melt and pour soap, then you may want to try out our Melt and Pour Soap Kit. This kit will come with all of the ingredients that you need to create soap melt and pour soaps. You can choose between Goat’s Milk and Ultra Clear MP soap base. Also, you relieve all four of the following unique fragrance oils; Sweet Pea Fragrance Oil, Best Friends Fragrance Oil, Oatmeal Milk and Honey Fragrance Oil, and a lovely Lavender Fragrance Oil. Plus, you even receive both red and blue soap dyes, which you can use to make red, blue, or even purple soaps! Finally, you will receive two soap molds to choose between, which are the decorative oval and the angel heart molds.

What Is Melt and Pour Soap? What is Melt and Pour Soap Made of?What Is Melt and Pour Soap? What is Melt and Pour Soap Made of?

Melt and Pour Soap is made of 50% soap and 50% solvents to create a luxurious bar of soap that is able to be reshaped and crafted. Although MP soap contains soap and has the same properties, some melt and pour soaps are actually classified as “cosmetic products” by the FDA. This classification change is for MP soap that use detergents to enhance the quality, performance, or clarity of the bars. 

All of the MP soap bases contain a few of the same ingredients, which are Glycerin, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Myristate, Sodium Cocoate, and Coconut oil. The Glycerin is put in to attract moisture to your skin and actually have a higher percentage of glycerin than many store bought soaps that will dry your skin. Also, the Sodium Stearate, Sodium Myristate, and Sodium Cocoate are all cleansing agents in the soap. Then, the coconut oil is added to each soap base to ensure that it has enriching oils that care for the skin. Additionally, all of the white soap bases use some titanium dioxide to maintain the color.

What Is Melt and Pour Soap?: Cocoa Butter Melt and Pour Soap IngredientsWhat Is Melt and Pour Soap?: Cocoa Butter Melt and Pour Soap Ingredients

While there are some ingredients that remain constant in all MP soap bases, the Cocoa Butter Melt and Pour Soap base has a few ingredients that set it apart from the rest. This soap base contains Palm Oil, Sunflower Oil, and Cocoa Butter, which are all wonderful for skin care and keeping your skin feeling refreshed. Plus, this base doesn’t use any detergents, is SLS free, and is gluten free. One fun and simple recipe that you can create using this melt and pour soap base is the Vanilla Sugar Scrub Cubes Recipe. This will exfoliate, cleanse, and moisturize your skin all in one bar!

What Is Melt and Pour Soap?: Goat's Milk Melt and Pour Soap IngredientsWhat Is Melt and Pour Soap?: Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap Ingredients

Next, we have the Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap with ingredients that will take great care of your skin. This recipe includes both Sunflower Oil and Palm Oil. Also, this soap base doesn’t use detergents, is SLS free, and is gluten free. Furthermore, this soap base recipe includes goat’s milk, which is known for providing skin with a youthful glow! One simple and effective way to utilize this wonderful soap is our Solid Sugar Scrub Recipe. This recipe is cute, simple, and so much fun to create!

What Is Melt and Pour Soap?: Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap IngredientsWhat Is Melt and Pour Soap?: Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap Ingredients

Another option for soap making is the Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap base. This MP soap base includes some different ingredients that make the bar that much more effective, which include detergents so be sure to label accordingly. Both the Sodium Laureth Sulfate and the Sodium Laurate are used in soaps to increase the lather, so this bar is sure to suds up! The Triethanolamine in this soap base reduces the surface tension of water, emulsifies the oils and water, and balances the PH of the bar. The Propylene Glycol is in the soap base to retain moisture and emulsify the oils and water. One fun recipe that you can create using this soap base is the Salt Water Taffy Soap Recipe, which uses four vibrant colors to create some adorable salt water taffy soaps!

What Is Melt and Pour Soap?: Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap IngredientsWhat Is Melt and Pour Soap?: Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap Ingredients

Also, the lovely Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap has some other skin loving ingredients that not every soap base has. These unique ingredients are Palm Oil, Sunflower Oil, and Hemp Oil, which are added to help moisturize and care for your skin. Plus, this MP soap base doesn’t use detergents, is SLS free, and is gluten free. You can use this soap base in the Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe, which uses two layers of soap and some star anise to create a beautifully rustic soap recipe. This is a simple way to make an elegant design for you soaps.

What Is Melt and Pour Soap?: Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap Melt and Pour Soap IngredientsWhat Is Melt and Pour Soap?: Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap Melt and Pour Soap Ingredients

Another fun soap base that you can try in your own homemade cosmetic recipes is the Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap Melt and Pour Soap. If you are looking for some great melt and pour soap making supplies, then you may want to give this a try. The Mango Butter soap base includes luscious Mango Butter, Palm Oil, and Sunflower Oil along with the typical mp soap ingredients. Further, this soap base doesn’t use any detergents, is SLS free, and is gluten free. Also, you can include this skin loving soap in recipes like the Mango Loofah Melt and Pour Soap Recipe. So, you will be able to create a gorgeous bar of soap quickly and simply!

What Is Melt and Pour Soap?: Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap IngredientsWhat Is Melt and Pour Soap?: Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap Ingredients

Also, you can create some fun soaps with the Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap base. This soap base contains some additional ingredients, like Palm Oil, Sunflower Oil, and Oat Kernal, which care for and are gentle with your skin. Plus, this soap base doesn’t contain any added detergents, no SLS, and is completely gluten free. An easy recipe that you can create with this sensitive soap base is the Pooch Smooch Solid Shampoo Bar Recipe. All you have to do is melt the soap, mix the ingredients, and pour it all into the mold. Then, you will have some soap that is gentle and cleansing enough for your precious pup!

What Is Melt and Pour Soap?: Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap IngredientsWhat Is Melt and Pour Soap?: Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap Ingredients

Additionally, you can use the Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap to create some wonderful bath and body products! This soap base uses Palm Oil, Sunflower Oil, and Shea Butter that are perfect for replenishing the skin. Another bonus is that this base doesn’t use any detergents, is SLS free, and is gluten free. Plus, you can use this soap base to create simple and effective recipes like the Shaving Soap for Sensitive Skin Recipe!

What Is Melt and Pour Soap?: SLS Free Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap IngredientsWhat Is Melt and Pour Soap?: SLS Free Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap Ingredients

Another great option for soap making is the SLS Free Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap. This soap base is perfect for anyone that wants to use diamond clear, but needs something more moisturizing. The Sodium Laurate provides a light lather. The Triethanolamine in this soap base reduces the surface tension of water, emulsifies, and balances the PH. The Propylene Glycol is there to retain moisture and emulsify. Also, the Sorbitol  improves clarity of the soap and m moisturizes. Since this recipe uses detergents to enhance the bar, you need  to label the ingredients on your finished products. We used this skin loving cosmetic product in our fun and simple crayon soap recipe.

What Is Melt and Pour Soap?: Yogurt Melt and Pour Soap IngredientsWhat Is Melt and Pour Soap?: Yogurt Melt and Pour Soap Ingredients

Next, take a look at the Yogurt Melt and Pour Soap base. It includes Palm Oil and Sunflower Oil nourish the skin. Further, this soap base uses real yogurt to pamper your body. Plus, this base doesn’t use any detergents, is SLS free, and is gluten free. You can use this soap base in the delightful Perfectly Pampered Shaving Soap Recipe to create products with quality ingredients that are sure to care for your body and leave you feeling fantastic.

What Is Melt and Pour Soap?: Soya Milk Melt and Pour Soap IngredientsWhat Is Melt and Pour Soap?: Soya Milk Melt and Pour Soap Ingredients

Another good soap base you can use is the Soya Milk Melt and Pour Soap. This recipe includes Sunflower Oil, Palm Oil, and Soya Milk, which are all great for skin care! Furthermore, this base doesn’t use any detergents, is SLS free, and is gluten free. You can include this lovely soap base in the Solid Pink Salt Scrub Recipe.The cleansing power of this soap base combined with the Pink Himalayan Salt and luxurious oils is perfect for a nice soak in the bath. 

What Is Melt and Pour Soap?: Honey Melt and Pour Soap IngredientsWhat Is Melt and Pour Soap?: Honey Melt and Pour Soap Ingredients

The Honey Melt and Pour Soap is another great soap base that has some skin loving ingredients. This MP soap has Palm Oil, Sunflower Oil, and some actual honey added to the typical recipe. You can tell that the ingredient is actual honey because the color of the soap changes. This change is dependent on the types of flowers that are available for the bees, so  this can change based on the season and location. Additionally, this soap base has sorbital, which is used to improve the clarity of the base. Another positive is that this base doesn’t use any detergents, is SLS free, and is gluten free. Also, you can use this wonderful base to create some wonderful homemade recipes with this Melt and Pour Soap, like the Loofah Honey Melt and Pour Soap Recipe. This recipe is a fun, simple way to create some moisturizing and exfoliating soaps!

If you are curious about the color of honey, then check out what the National Honey Board has to say about Honey Color and Flavor.

What Is Melt and Pour Soap?: Talk to UsWhat Is Melt and Pour Soap?: Talk to Us

We hope that all of our new soap makers out there were able to learn something from our MP soap blog. If any of you have questions about things we didn’t cover, then feel free to talk to us. We are always happy to answer a question. You can find us on the Natures Garden Facebook page. Also, we are available on both Instagram and Twitter and you can find us with @ngscents.

Sep
18

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe


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Bamboo Hemp Soap RecipeBamboo Hemp Soap Recipe

Check out a melt and pour soap recipe that is decorative and simple to create! There are so many reasons why this handmade soap recipe is a great choice. The first great part of this handmade soap recipe is that it uses Natures Garden’s melt and pour soap base. So, this layered soap is easy to create and you don’t have to deal with lye. Plus, the whole star anise provides a simple way to decorate your lovely soaps. Together you have a perfect method for creating adorable soaps. Furthermore, the soap smells fantastic! This recipe uses our Bamboo Hemp Fragrance, which is a well-balanced blend of bamboo stalks, vetiver, and patchouli, with undertones of hemp seed and oakmoss. The Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe will also show you how to layer melt and pour soap and add herbal embeds. So, this is wonderful melt and pour soap recipe for homemade soap makers!

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Star Anise and Potential Skin Benefits

Whole star anise is a great cosmetic herb for nourishing your skin. There are many that have found that star anise is great for keeping your skin healthy and glowing, as it is known to soften and nourish your skin. This makes this herb perfect for the addition of melt and pour soap. Plus, this cosmetic herb has been said to be wonderful for reducing wrinkles. Also, some have found that this wonderful herb is great for reducing acne or dry skin related issues. So, this ingredient may be as beneficial to your skin as it is pretty for the top layer of your soap!

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Ingredients Available at Natures Garden

Bamboo Hemp Fragrance Oil
Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap
Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap
Star Anise Whole
Small Square Tray Mold
Cutter for Mitre Box
Natures Garden Soap Apron
1 oz. Black Bullet Bottles
Black Fine Mist Sprayer 20/410

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Other Necessary Ingredients and Equipment You Will Need

Two Microwave Safe Mixing Bowls 
Mixing Spoons
Microwave
Scale 
Knife 
Rubbing Alcohol
Cutting Board

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Weights and Amounts of Your Ingredients

400 grams Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap
590 grams Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap
29 grams Bamboo Hemp Fragrance Oil
16 Whole Star Anise

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Necessary Preparations Prior to Starting

First of all, you are going to want to clean all of your equipment and your work station. This will make sure that your finished product is clean and free of contaminants. This process isn’t difficult and will absolutely benefit your homemade products. So, sanitize the counter top or the table that you are going to work on. In addition, clean and sanitize all of the equipment you will be using.

Also, you may want to get all of your supplies together and within reach of your work space. This way you will have all the equipment ready to use for creating the melt and pour soap. You will also want to fill your spray bottle with rubbing alcohol so that you can spray the freshly poured melt and pour soap quickly. This will release any air bubble that pop up when pouring your mp soap base.  In addition, rubbing alcohol will help the layers adhere to each other.

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Getting the Whole Star Anise ReadyBamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Getting the Whole Star Anise Ready

First, you are going to get your whole star anise herb ready for later use in the homemade soap recipe. Since you are going to need this cosmetic herb for your clear layer of melt and pour, it will help to have the stars ready. Since it will save you time to get this herb ready, you should pick out your Star Anise before you begin the recipe. So, look through your bag of Whole Star Anise to find some whole pieces of the Star Anise that you would like to use in the soap. Although you can use broken pieces as long as you don’t mind that ascetic in your final bars of soap. Regardless of your preference, you will need to get together 16 individual whole star anise pieces for this melt and pour soap recipe.

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Preparing the Clear Layer of SoapBamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Preparing the Clear Layer of Soap

Next, you are going to get the clear melt and pour soap ready to use for your first layer. So, grab your scale and weigh out 200 grams of your Natures Garden Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap into a microwave safe bowl. After, you will need to use your microwave to melt your clear soap base. Melting your soap base should be done in short bursts. You want to use thirty second busts in the microwave until all of the soap is completely melted. This method of melting your soap will prevent you from accidentally over heating your mp soap base.

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe After the Soap has Melted

Now, that your melt and pour soap has finished melting you are going to be ready to pour the soap into your mold. You don’t need to add any color to this layer because you will need to see the Star Anise Whole through the melt and pour soap. Further, we don’t need to add fragrance oil to this layer. But, don’t worry about your soap because the bottom layer will be scented. We just can’t scent this clear layer or the fragrance would add a yellow tint to the layer. This is because the soap doesn’t have a color and the Bamboo Hemp Fragrance Oil has a slight yellow tint. So, this layer of your soap should remain unscented and uncolored.

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Pouring Your First Soap LayerBamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Pouring Your First Soap Layer

After your clear, unscented melt and pour soap has entirely melted, you are ready to pour your melted soap. Be sure to move quickly as you pour your soap as you are going to need to place in the herbs before your soap sets up. So, retrieve the soap mold and the star anise that you have chosen for the top layer of your melt and pour soap. Now, pour your melt and pour soap into your soap mold.

Next, take your whole star anise and place each individual star anise into the center of each cavity in the soap mold. After all of the star anise has been placed, spray the top of your soap layer with the rubbing alcohol. This will release bubbles in the melted soap and help your layers to stick together better. Now, make sure that your layer is completely set up before moving on to the next step.

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe After the Clear Soap Layer is Completely Set UpBamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Pouring the Second Clear Soap Layer

Now, you will see that your first clear layer has not completely covered the entire whole star anise. This amount of melt and pour soap was intentional, as it will help with the placement of the star anise. Next, we will be pouring the second half of the clear layer to completely cover the star anise whole. The thought process behind this method of embedding the herb was that this will help to hold the herb in place. So, this means that your stars will be less likely to be crooked or start to float. So, your star anise will be better at staying where you put it, in the center and top of your bars of soap.

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Pouring the Second Clear LayerBamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Pouring the Second Clear Layer

Next, you are going to pour the second half of the clear melt and pour soap layer. So, melt another portion of 200 grams of clear melt and pour soap. You are going to want to melt this batch the same way that you did before to prevent burning the soap. So, use your microwave in 30 second increments. Before you pour this portion of clear melt and pour soap make sure to spray the previous layer with rubbing alcohol. After, pour the second clear layer onto your previously set up soap layer. Then, spray the top of the melt and pour soap layer with the rubbing alcohol.  Allow the final clear layer to completely setup before moving to the next step.

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Preparing the Second Layer of Your SoapBamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Preparing the White Layer of Your Soap

Next, you are going to be preparing the white layer of your melt and pour soap bars. So, grab your scale and weigh out 590 grams of the Natures Garden’s Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap Base. Next, you will need to melt your soap base with a microwave. Again, we recommend that you use 30 second increments until the soap is entirely liquid. After your soap is entirely melted you are ready to add the fragrance oil. So, weigh out 29 grams of Natures Garden’s Bamboo Hemp Fragrance Oil. Then, you are going to add this refreshing fragrance oil to your melted soap base. Stir in the fragrance evenly to make sure that all of the scent has been incorporated. After, you are ready to move on to the next step.

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Pouring the White Layer of Your SoapBamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Pouring the White Layer of Your Soap

Now, you are ready to pour your white layer of Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap Base into your soap mold. This white melt and pour soap will be the bottom layer for your finished soap bars. After this final layer is poured, you will want to spray the top with some of the rubbing alcohol. This will help to remove the air bubbles that may be trapped under the surface of this soap layer. Once you spray the soap, wait for this layer to entirely set up. After this white soap layer is entirely hardened, you will be ready for the next step in this process.

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Slice Your Finished SoapBamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Slice Your Finished Soap

Next, you are going to want to slice your finished slab of soap into individual bars. First, remove the melt and pour soap from your mold. Place the mold on the table or counter top, flip it over, and gently press to release the bamboo hemp soap from the mold. Then, turn the soap over so you can see the top clear layer. You will notice, the mold that you have used will provide you with a single slab of soap, but there are indented portions that are designed for easy cutting. Before you cut, you are going to want to set your slab of layered soap onto the cutting board. Now, you can cut your soap using a knife, or the soap cutter typically used with a mitre box for soap making. So, use your chosen cutting implement to slice along the lower sections of the melt and pour soap slab. Once you cut along each line you will end up with 16 individual soap bars that each soap embedded with a whole star anise. Now, you have completed your melt and pour soaps and are ready to use your finished soap!

Bamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Share Your CreationsBamboo Hemp Soap Recipe Share Your Creations

Finally, your melt and pour soap creation is ready for you to use. We hope that you enjoy your finished products! This finished soap is great for use as lovely decoration or a wonderful skin loving soap recipe. If you would love to share your experience, we would love to see your finished products! If you would like to share pictures, share stories of your experience, or even ask some questions, then you can find us on our Instagram and Twitter @ngscents or you can follow us on our Facebook page! Also, you can easily find our Facebook page by clicking here. We would love to hear from you and see your handmade candle, soap, and cosmetic creations!

 

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