People have been making soap for thousands of years. In fact, a soap-like material found in clay cylinders during the excavation of ancient Babylon has shown evidence that soapmaking was known as early as 2800 B.C! Soapmaking has definitely come a long way since then.
If you’re new to soaping, or even if you consider yourself a seasoned soap maker, Melt + Pour soaps are an amazing way to make gorgeous, eco-friendly soap products without dealing with tricky formulas or handling lye used in traditional hot and cold processed soaps.
We’ve created two 100% natural and eco-friendly soap bases to make this process as easy - and clean for you as possible! Here’s the low-down on everything you need to make your own squeaky clean Melt + Pour soaps:
CHOOSE YOUR SOAP BASE
We’ve created two custom Melt and Pour soap bases with all your eco-chic and all-natural vibes in mind.
Our Coco Mango Butter Melt + Pour Base is a custom blend of skin brightening mango butter, made with deeply hydrating and exotic jojoba oil, and cleansing coconut oil made from 100% sustainably sourced and natural ingredients. This is without a doubt the highest quality melt & pour base available. It’s even formulated to remain extra hard use after use. Nobody likes a soggy soap bar!
Shea Goat Milk Melt + Pour Base in an exceptionally creamy, moisturizing, and enriching custom blend of Goat Milk, Shea Butter, and Coconut Oil made from 100% sustainably sourced and natural ingredients. It’s our go-to formula for those with dry or sensitive skin types!
NEXT, CHOOSE YOUR FRAGRANCE
We love making soaps with our collection of 100% Pure Essential Oils or our Naturals Collection fragrances. You can use virtually any fragrance to make your soap, just be sure to reference the Skin Safe percentage for use in soaps prior to creating. One of our favorite combos is Blood Orange mixed with French Lavender essential oil.
THEN ADD SOME FLAIR WITH SOAP ADDITIVES
Additives are a unique way to make your soaps stand out. You can add Micas for color pigments and dried botanicals for texture and color additions to you soaps. Let your imagination run wild! We love using our Pearl Mica and Lavender Buds together for a beautiful shimmering white and purple soap.
AND DON’T FORGET YOUR SOAP MOLD!
This is an essential part of your soap making process to ensure that your soap, well - becomes soap! Choose from a variety of different shapes and sizes. A classic rectangle is always on trend and ovals are a gorgeous softer look.
Once you have your supplies, now it’s time to have some good clean fun!
HOW TO MAKE MELT AND POUR SOAP
STEP 1: Heat your soap base in the microwave or on a double boiler until completely melted. If you’re using the microwave, make sure to only heat in 30 second intervals. Once the base has melted completely, transfer into a large glass pouring pitcher or measuring cup to begin adding fragrance and any additives.
STEP 2: Measure your fragrance to your desired fragrance load. You’ll always want to refer to your fragrance Skin Safe percentages as recommended for Soaps to ensure best results. The range for each fragrance will vary so it’s very important to have this number in mind. Then pour and stir into your base for 2 minutes.
STEP 3: Add in any final touches. This is the time when you can get really creative! Add Mica powders to add natural color or dried botanicals into the soap itself. Remember, less is more. If using Micas a little goes a long way so you won’t want to use more than around 1/32 teaspoon for 8oz base. If you’d like to decorate after pouring, you can rub the mica directly into the molds and pour on top for a shimmery top shein. You can also sprinkle in dried botanicals to the mold before pouring as well!
STEP 4: Let your soap cure! One of the nicest things about Melt + Pour soap is that the cure time is significantly shorter than with the traditional soap making processes. We recommend letting yours cure for at least 12 hours.
STEP 5: Lather up! Now your soap is ready to use or sell!
New to all this squeaky clean fun? Try out our new Melt + Pour Discovery Kit for even easier creating!
And don’t forget to share your gorgeous creations with us for a chance to be featured at @woodenwick