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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.

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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.