Soap making has been an art form for many years. Numerous talented crafty folk frequently turn their home into a soap making chemistry lab. They use many steps to curate high-quality beautiful bars of soap.
Me?? Well, I’m way too lazy for that.
I just want to use good “clean” soap that is free from of parabens, fragrances, and nasty potentially cancerous chemicals. Now, I can’t say that I came up with the PERFECT solution, but I sure did find what I think to be a better than store-bought option. If not better, at least it’s more fun and helps to keep creativity alive in my home.
Plus, this allows me to design my own soap in just a few easy steps. Best of all….No lye needed!!
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Steps to create your own Melt and Pour Soap
Disclosure: I’m not a person that likes to measure in my recipes. I am more of a little this/little that kinda girl. If you are a person who measures, I assume my steps will make you want to pull your hair out and I apologize ahead of time for any hair loss you may suffer.
Melt Soap Base
For this step, if you bought the large block as pictured above, you can use a knife to cut down the soap to a more manageable size. When I make melt and pour soap, I cut it into the size of usual soap bars for melting as pictured below.
Using the stovetop or microwave, you can easily melt your soap base. Myself, I like to use a glass pyrex measuring cup and microwave until it becomes liquid. Usually, it takes around 45 seconds for a small single cut bar. I set my microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and add 15 seconds until it’s fully melted and ready to pour.
Add Oils and Coloring
This is a super fun step and in my opinion the most exciting part of the creative soap making process. I love choosing essential oils and fun coloring to my soap. How much oil and how much coloring, if purely up to you!!
My favorite oils for soap are Tea Tree, Lavender, and Geranium. All of these oils have excellent skin properties and smell lovely together. For one soap bar, I use about 4 drops of each oil.
I ONLY use Young Living Essential Oils. In my opinion, they are the best and the most quality-controlled oils available. To get yours and learn more about starter kits with oil bundles, see “Get Started with Essential Oils”.
To add the color, I use a very small amount of mica powder. Just simply put a pinch of mica into a small bowl and add around 1/8 tsp of alcohol. Okay, as I said before…I don’t really measure. In all honesty, I really don’t know if use a 1/8 tsp of alcohol. I simply use one squirt of alcohol spray.
So, to make this process easier on you, get the spray bottle of isopropyl alcohol, as pictured below.
Once you have the liquid color, just pour it into the melted soap base and blend. When it’s mixed to your satisfaction, add your oils.
The oil combinations you can use are endless. I usually use around 4-5 drops of each oil. If you want to add more or less, that’s fine too!!
Here are a few of my favorite combinations.
- Tea Tree + Geranium
- Lemongrass + Lavender
- Frankincense + Lemon
- Peppermint + Eucalyptus
Pour into Your Mold
Yep, it’s that simple. You just pour it into your mold and let it be.
For the best results, you will need to have the isopropyl alcohol nearby. (Hint: be sure to get the 99% isopropyl alcohol. It works the best.) A spritz of alcohol will help to smooth any bubbles that may form on the top (or maybe I suppose you can call it the bottom)
The time for it to solidify depends on the size of the mold. It can be removed from the mold once it’s fully solid. Usually, that takes around 30 minutes to an hour. It simply depends on the size of the mold. The thicker the soap bar, the longer it will take to be ready for removal. But, once it’s out of the mold….take a photo and share it with me and your friends. YES, your soap is Instagram and Facebook-worthy regardless how it turns out.
This tutorial is very basic. If you want to get fancy, you can practice these techniques above and then learn to layer colors or swirl them. Of course, you can use a variety of molds to change the appearance of your soaps too!! I shared a few of my favorites at the bottom of this post.
Anyone’s life truly lived consists of work, sunshine, exercise, soap, plenty of fresh air, and a happy contented spirit.
What are your favorite melt and pour soap bases, oil blends, and/or molds.
I love to hear about what you have made!!!!