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Beginner's Soap Making : Melt 'n' Pour Soap for Beginners

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      What is Melt 'n' Pour Soap?


    • 3.

      Soap Bases


    • 4.



    • 5.



    • 6.

      Moulds for Melt 'n' Pour Soap


    • 7.

      How to use Melt 'n' Pour Soap


    • 8.

      Other Helpful Tools


    • 9.

      Adding Herbs in your Soap


    • 10.

      Adding Clays in your Soap


    • 11.

      Adding Milk Powders in your Soap


    • 12.

      Adding Exfoliants in your Soap


    • 13.

      Adding Jojoba Wax Beads in your Soap


    • 14.

      Adding Fruit Seeds & Powders in your Soap


    • 15.

      Adding Grain Powders in your Soap


    • 16.

      Adding Seed Powders & Nut Meals in your Soap


    • 17.

      Honey & Orange Soap


    • 18.

      Holy Basil & Tea Tree Soap


    • 19.

      Aloe Vera & Green Tea Soap


    • 20.

      Oats & Lavender Soap


    • 21.

      Charcoal & Pink Clay Soap


    • 22.

      Pomegranate Soap


    • 23.

      Let's See How They All Turned Out!


    • 24.

      Explaining & Preventing Dew on Soap


    • 25.

      Eco-Friendly Soap Packaging Ideas


    • 26.

      Let's Some Pack Some Soaps!


    • 27.

      Drawbacks of Melt 'n' Pour Soap


    • 28.

      Benefits of Melt 'n' Pour Soap


    • 29.



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You don’t have to work with lye to make soap. In fact you can make homemade soap without lye. While lye is necessary to make true soap, you can work around this by buying a pre-made melt and pour soap base.

There are lots of way to create unique homemade soaps without lye by using a melt 'n' pour soap base.

Discover how to get started making homemade soaps the right way.

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1. Introduction: Welcome. When we talk about soap, there are a few different types that we could be talking about. There is called process, which is a method that involves melting and combining oils and live water and allowing the SOC to go through the saponification process over a certain period of time. Then there is hot process, which is when a soap maker combines melted oils and live water in the heat safe container and cooks the batter through the SAP on education process, allowing for a vastly reduced cure time. Then there is mental board. And that's the process we will be discussing. I love me some homemade soap around your Over the years I've made almost every kind of soap I can think of. That's because melting poor soap takes the pain out of soap making and lets you focus on the most creative aspects, like choosing colors, sense, shapes and more. This guy is a limit. But despite its simplicity, I've picked up a few tips and tricks along the way that make melting poor soap even easier. Let's get started. 2. What is Melt 'n' Pour Soap?: Maintained for is a soap making method, whereas soap maker takes an already SAP on if I base melts it and combines it with fragrances, colorants exfoliate, and more of their choosing, then pause it in a mold. This is a great option for the beginner soap maker and has the potential for advanced artistry to base, also known as melting pour salt, is simply pre-made so that you can melt down at sent and colored and x2 and let harden using your own molds. It's an easy way to make customized soap at home without handling some of the most caustic chemicals like lye or purchasing safety gear because it's already been through the full SAP unification process. That is the chemical reaction that makes LiveSafe for skin. You can enjoy your soap immediately rather than waiting four to six weeks for the book, you're completely melted pour soap is especially great for a novice soap maker because it allows them to focus on more fun aspects such as sense, colors, and designs. Without worrying about making this up from scratch. 3. Soap Bases: The first step to using maintained for soap is choosing the base. All melted pour soaps primarily consists of coconut oil, palm oil, safflower oil, bliss it in water and sodium hydroxide, which is like from there, things like goat milk, shear butter, and other natural ingredients are added to make the different basis. Glycerin soap base. Glycerin Merton for soap, Is it clear, so base that doesn't contain any of the other adjectives like Xia buttons or goat's milk, because it dries clear, it's perfect for coloring and for embedding of objects such as flower petals, hubs, other kinds of social share buttons. So pace, Moshe butter, so basis contains about 5% Shia butter, which gives it a smooth creamy consistency and an off-white color. Because it's so creamy, it doesn't always ladder as well as the other basis. But it's still just as effective. It holds colors and sense when. But I've found that it's naturally soft, so adding too much additional oil, even essential oils can make it dissolve more quickly. Goat's milk soap base. Goat milk soap is a soft white so paste that has been infused with real goat's milk. Although it melts the same as glycerin soap, it's opaque color can make it more difficult to achieve a deep, rich tissue using natural colors. Finally, specialty, so paces. Jaime oaths allo hemp oil and olive oil. Considered more specialty forms of glycerin soap base that easy enough to make yourself simply by adding those ingredients directly to domestic glycerin soap base. Or you can save a step and maybe some money by buying a base with it already included, it's updating. 4. Colorants: Collisions for momentum for soap, there are plenty of options for coloring met impulse soap. My cousin hopes it easy-to-use and they look great in the finished. So there are also natural, so you don't have to worry about toxins or skin irritation when using your soul. While there are artificial colorants available to choose strong, they may irritate skin and aren't recommended for button body products. My favorite natural options or hopes in ****** that you can add directly to your MQTT it so base, because they've powders, they sometimes sink to the bottom as a soup. And don't always give you a uniform color to walk. That doesn't bother me even when I'm giving soap as gifts. I much prefer it to artificial colors. Here's what I use most often. Many powder for a yellow color, powder for a pink or a slightly light red color. Much about her fill in light green color. Spirulina powder for a dark green color, iron oxide powder for a rusty red color, and mica powders, there are lots of different colors to choose from. You should never use crayons or food coloring for your soap. Not only are they toxic and shouldn't be applied directly to skin, but they're not color fast, so they may fade quickly. 5. Fragrances: Agencies for men tend for soap. Fragrances aren't a necessity, but they can make yourself more enjoyable to use. My personal favorite essential oils. They give your soap, skin suiting anonymous therapy benefits. Choose your oils based on your particular skin type or the aroma therapy benefits you'd like to enjoy it. If you're giving your soap as a gift, tailor the favorites to your recipes. Some of my favorite essential oils are lavender, the tree, virtually peppermint and sweet orange. A good rule of thumb is to use above two teaspoons of cent per pound of soap base. If using essential oils, make sure to let your base code slightly before adding your oil. Or you might degrade the pre-exists. Fragrant oils or skin safe frequencies made specifically for use in bath and body products. I prefer to stick with essential oils since it's easier to tell exactly what's in them. Note that portray craft or candle frequency should never be used in soap. 6. Moulds for Melt 'n' Pour Soap: You'll need to choose a mold that can withstand higher temperatures so it doesn't melt from the heat of your soap base. Metal, baking tins, muffin pan, silicon moles, and wooden soap molds are the types most often used in soap making. I prefer silicon moles with individual buyer sized cavities because they're flexible, meaning you can easily perform the code bars. They also come in fun shapes and sizes that are perfect for storing in a glass jar in the bathroom or giving us gifts during the holidays. Wildly doom have silicone soap molds. I often look for silicon baking or ice moles as well. You can also use large wooden on metal soap moles, if you would like to create bars of soap with layers, marbling, or patterns. 7. How to use Melt 'n' Pour Soap: As the name suggests, it's as simple as just melting your soap base, importing it into a morning. But they're out a few basic supplies you might need. For example, a microwave safe ball knife. So base, essential loins, Hobbes, pigment, and a mold of your choosing. The first step is to cut yourself base into small chunks and place them in a microwave safe board, auto microwave safe measured in cups. Second microbial base in 32nd intervals until meant it toward, let it cool for a couple of minutes before adding your fragrances and colorants, start to combine for the soap into your mold of choice and let cool completely. This takes about four to six hours. It could also take up to 24 hours. And finally, when the soap is hardened, pop it out of your mold and enjoy the week. 8. Other Helpful Tools: Other helpful tools that you may require for maintenance for making include measuring scale for measuring the exact amount of soap, cutting board and knife for cutting your soap base into manageable cubes. Measuring spoons for adding oils or Calvin's metal whisk. Mixing your additives, mixing bowls in various sizes for keeping bases and colors separate. Rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle, a light split skin help keep bubbles from forming in your soap spatula to get the last little bit of soap out of your mixing board. And try and meet lots and paper towels for cleaning up spins. 9. Adding Herbs in your Soap: Many hubs have the potential to change dramatically when added to melt and pour soap. Often these changes are not apparent immediately, but appear within days or weeks after point the soap. The most infamous for this behavior is lavender buds. Lavender buds look and smelly, create fresh out of a package and can even be pretty when you first add them to your soap. However, after a week or so, they take on a brownish yellow tinge and can bleed that color into the entire bar of soap. Rose buds and petals also have a hard time retaining their beauty, went fully immersed into melting polar soap. When you are dealing with these tricky hubs, try using them as toppings instead of embedding them completely inside your soap bars. For example, rose buds and safranin look very cute, peeking out of the top of the soap. Other hubs such as parsley powder or calendar lab petals, retain their color beautifully when added to maintain post-op. These hubs can be added at a rate of one teaspoon to two tablespoons, bird pounds of soap depending on the appearance desired. Experiment with small batches to get comfortable with how individual hubs behave. Natural ingredients such as hertz often have unique quirks. Some hubs that work well in melting for our alkyne natural powder and not two seeds, B2B powdered character powder, straw powder, sandalwood powder, sea vegetables like spirulina, and many mode. 10. Adding Clays in your Soap: Leak and lend the extra cleansing ability, exfoliation and color to your mountain pose soaps. Make sure to choose your clay carefully taking into consideration each glaze, strength, kaolin, and rows clay at the gentlest of all clays while bentonite can be too harsh for sensitive skin, click can be added to maintain for soap at a rate of one to two tablespoons book bound. The easiest way to add clay to yourself is to wet it with the small amount of distinct water diode to adding it to so please, creating a smooth faced with the clay and water will help keep the clay from clumping. When you add it to the solve. By clays can help lend color to solve. Keep in mind that the resulting colors will be slightly different than the dry cleaner. Expect. The dusky tones from the adequately. 11. Adding Milk Powders in your Soap: Make and honey powders can be added to maintain core soaps for this skin conditioning properties. Keep in mind that the addition of these ingredients may shorten the shelf life of your soaps. Like most additives, milk powders can be added to melt impose so pace at a rate of one to two tablespoons per pounds of soap to add the milk powder, mix it with a small amount of warm water to farmers slurry or paste at the pace to your melted for base and stirred well, to make sure it is fully dispersed. 12. Adding Exfoliants in your Soap: There are many different types of exponents that can be added to melt and for soap. To choose the right one, consider the texture and behavior of each exfoliate. The biggest challenge you're likely to encounter when working with these export is that habit of either floating, sinking in soaps, using suspension megaton course of base can sometimes help alleviate this issue. Explore links are generally added at around one to two tablespoons, bird pounds of soap. But you may want to add more or less to achieve the texture you are looking for. 13. Adding Jojoba Wax Beads in your Soap: Georgia, VAX beads come in wide range of bright, beautiful colors and provide gentle exfoliation. They are very tempting to use in melting polar soap, but they can also be very tricky to work with if Georgia Bar VAX speeds and added directly to hot, so base they're likely to meant changing the color of the soap, as well as making it much harder with less ladder. In order to add Georgia bar back speeds to maintain for soap, they must either be added at a very low temperature, which can be quite challenging, or they must be used as a topping on soap bars and logs. 14. Adding Fruit Seeds & Powders in your Soap: Seeds in fibers provide gentle exfoliation, but can alter the appearance of your soap. Fruit fibers will lend settling color to melt him for soaps, but not always the color that you expect. For example, blueberry fluid fiber tends to make opaque, so pay slightly gray while cranberry fruit fiber, it adds a gentle pink tinge. Seeds can look adorable in mountain poor soaps, but they are particularly prone to floating or sinking when added to mountain pose. So base. 15. Adding Grain Powders in your Soap: Green powders such as outflow, oatmeal, raisin bran powder. To keep been prouder, provide a range of gentle exfoliation. It may be helpful to mix the very fine powders such as odd fly or add to keep bringing powder, small amount of water before adding them to the base as they can have a hard time dispersing when added directly. 16. Adding Seed Powders & Nut Meals in your Soap: Seed powders and that means I generally the harshest explore the ends. These mode intense explore lesions are great for gardeners solve mechanics, soaps and Bendigo soaps. Use these exfoliate with good do much exfoliation can cause this to be too hard to use by two little exfoliation can cause them to feel harsh and scratchy. 17. Honey & Orange Soap: Before starting the procedure, I'm just going to spray some rubbing alcohol on a tissue paper. And this claim the container a little bit. This is one we do sanitize your equipment. Now I'm going to add some honey base, which is a specialty. So base, you could also use glycerin, so base and add honey. If you like. Now I'm just going to melt it for 15 seconds. As you can see, it's already started to melt, but I don't need to melt it again for another 15 seconds. Thirty-seconds was the good Act amount of time that they needed to manage my base. Again, sanitizing retinal risk. Just give it a nice door so that we can also, it'll also help him cooling down your soap base before you add your centroid. If I'm adding audience, essentially, you can also add sweep oranges internode. Just a few drops because it is a photo sensitive. Give it to another whisk. Here's my honeycomb. Again. Amazing. Work with rubbing alcohol. For the spray, some rubbing alcohol to remove the bubbles. 18. Holy Basil & Tea Tree Soap: Alright, let's make our only basal and decrease soap. First step is to add a holy basal so base into our microwave safe container. Microwave it for 30 seconds. Using our meter risk. This would also help in the cooling down of our mentored base. Now I'm adding the three essential oil. Do I meant it to base? I feel like polytheism, empty tree is a very good combination to have in yourself. You can always experiment. Another way to make this S2 use any base like glycerin or Shia or GoToMeeting or any of the other specialty. So basis and add a few dried holy busy leaves and add Italy bacillus enter loyal to it. You can skip the Holy Basin essential oil and add the three essential oil. I personally don't like the fragrance of holy basic essential oil. Some people find it too strong. You can always experiment with making this up in that way as well. 19. Aloe Vera & Green Tea Soap: Now let's make our aloe Vera and deemed the soap goes in this microwave it for about 30 seconds. It delight whisk. I'm adding some dried green tea leaves. I'm not going to be adding any essential oil to the soap. Having green tea leaves in your soap, it's going to give a nice scrub be feeling when you take a shower with it. And not the domain, the soap is to use one couple of listening or bys. One needs cut fresh elevator gen. Of course, you add the animator after you've managed at the glycerin. So abyss. 20. Oats & Lavender Soap: All right, let's make our oats and lavender. I'm using some goods MNC, So I used to add lavender buds to this song. But after a week, the colors which is fed and I didn't really like it anymore. So now I just add the essential law into it. I think the soap base. You can also add what's bound to it. But I liked this crappy. Presuming that this will gives me There it goes in my lab under the central noise. Then using some alcohol free coloring just to do it. Nice lilac, lavender touch to it. You can also use appropriate resilience. 21. Charcoal & Pink Clay Soap: Let's make charcoal and pink least soap for this and we're going to add some chocolate. So base, you can also use goat's milk, so base or share button, base and add activated charcoal powder to it. I think some put Julie essential oil to the benefits of this. When you're adding activated chuck old soap to share better, Goetzmann. So make sure that it's after you've mentioned this or base. Added it to my more than one. Let it cool for a bit. For this second part of the soap, Pinckney. So I have them full of water and then adding some pink clay through it. You want to make sure that has dissolved in the water completely. Before adding it to the matrix, solve this. I feel like a watered is too much in this. I'm adding some more to this. You shouldn't add the clay directly to the method so it can form lumps and that we want look very nice. Whenever you would add includes any powder based additive, make sure that it's always mixed with some water before adding it to the base. Again, I've used the same as centroid, but you will be asked in here. You can add or reduce the amount of clean, the color that you're looking for. It's completely up to you. You can experiment with different delays. Hello. 22. Pomegranate Soap: Here's my mentor, pomegranate. So this, I'm going to be adding CI process in general, I do this. Another way to make is to use some Shia butter. So based or gods mix or base, deliver a bit of pomegranate seed oil at some French pink clay and add some farmer goodness. So fragrance or essential oils. You can also add a little bit of drama renewed flower petals, but that is completely optional. 23. Let's See How They All Turned Out!: Let's unmoored and soaps first step in this canyon or in soap. Shake it out. It's so pretty and so cute. It's been some amazing nodding. Just definitely a good combination. I love it. Next up is Holy Basin and the Tree. Soap. Smooth. It's friends, amazing. Aloe Vera and green tea. Green tea is obviously dispersed some colors into the soap. You can get slightly brownish. That's what D does, doesn't it? Pomegranate soap. So pretty absolutely stunning. Like I explained, the odds has sunk to the bottom of the soap. That's what adjectives do to your soap. That's my charcoal in pink is pretty. You can also get half and half. 24. Explaining & Preventing Dew on Soap: Explaining and preventing glycerin do beats of liquid on your maintenance or soap or to the words look powdery. They slipped and vet to the touch. This is a common reaction referred to as sweating or glycerin. Do mountain pose soap has extra glycerin added during the manufacturing process. It makes us off easy to work with and also acts as a human actin. When you wash with mountain for soap, a thin layer of glycerin is left behind that draws moisture from the air onto your skin. As mountain for soaps sits on the counter. Glycerin draws moisture onto the bars and forms glycerin do. It's more common in humid climates. The good news is that it's easy to prevent with the following tips. The like cold process and CP cleared and NCP wide basis have less listening, which means there's little to no sweating. They're a good option for extremely humid climates. I also recommend the LCP basis if you're embedding melt import in cold process soap because they don't morph or sweat as the bars cure. Let us hope hardened and cool at room temperature. If it's placed in the fridge or the freezer for long periods of time, it's more likely to sweat. Chapter bars tightly with plastic wrap and use a heap come to shrink it on tightly. No fan over the slope once it's out of the mold. This is a good option for moderately humid climates, but likely won't work for extremely humid climate by a dehumidifier and use it anymore sloping space, it's a good investment because it creates, creates a dry environment for other products like cold processor and but bombs. You can also place the rapt bias in an airtight container with a dice or silica packets. 25. Eco-Friendly Soap Packaging Ideas: You've spent the time, effort and money on making homemade soaps. How you package the finished product and presented to the world says a lot about you and your values. Here are some Eco-friendly soap packaging ideas that you can try. First, craft paper, the OG of sustainable packaging. Brown craft paper is a mainstay for several reasons. It's affordable, easy to use, and provides a drastic look. Many people love. Second, parchment paper if you're having so Bohr's parchment paper, aka baking paper, maybe a good choice for you by two. And paper is a grease proof paper. So you won't need to worry about midday or messy or sweat the soap bars. Third, tissue paper. Tissue paper will make every bar of soap feel like a gift. Look for tissue paper made of recycled materials and harvested from sustainably sourced trees. If you're planning on making custom printed tissue paper with your own logo or unique design. Look for things that are water-based or plant-based, such as soybean, rather than the traditional petroleum-based inks. Many types of tissue paper are recyclable. Those that are made of natural materials and dyes are prime candidates for composting. Avoid tissue papers would lift a metallic or plastic finishes or other synthetic add-ins which may not be composted. Here's a death. Some colors on tissue papers may bleed onto salt. Be careful, especially if you're so busy and fight or light-colored. Fourth, plane recycled of his paper. Sometimes simple and unpretentious materials work when a standard sheet of office paper can be great for wrapping individual bars of soap. Fifth, paper board or cardboard boxes. Boxes come in bed idea of sizes, great for individual bars are buttons. Some also have cutout windows that let you pick and sniff the soap. Look for paper boxes made of recycled content and that are bleached. Paper board and cardboard boxes is something that I use for my soap back in. Sixth, metal tins. These metal tins, or a brilliant choice for gifts. Aluminum or steel tens are reusable and recyclable. They're also great for packing your soap bars when traveling or campaigns. Finally, Shattuck bags. What can be easier than slipping a bar of soap into a small fabric pouch. Most fabric bags come with the drawstring, making it easy to slip in and close. Try to choose fabrics that are natural and sustainable. The great thing about fabric bags is that they provide beautiful packaging that's easy to reuse. You can use fabrics such as burlap bags, Muslim bags, and at any other fabric bags. If there are any other kinds of Eco-friendly soap packaging that you can think of? Duchenne. 26. Let's Some Pack Some Soaps!: So here's small demonstration of how I package myself in an eco-friendly. And I've got my supplies. This is baking paper or parchment paper. On the edges. Put my slope here. Stick this. Stickers. Important online is a *** it up. Today. This is a very cute way of packaging your soul. If you want, you can cover the entire so the parchment paper. I like it this way It's less work. Adult person, the recipient of this soap, gets to see what's actually inside without having to unwrap the whole soap. Back your drug, the other soaps as well. It's only haven't really figured out how to adapt my honey. So if you have any ideas, do ****. 27. Drawbacks of Melt 'n' Pour Soap: The drawbacks of melt important. There are drawbacks to using mentoring board, though they are very few. One major drawback is the durability of the product. If you are showing outdoors, you will need to take care to keep your soap out of direct sunlight to prevent melting and feeling. Along the same vein maintained for will not last quite as long as cold or hot process bars in the shower. The same attitude that helps the base to melt easily can also contribute to a quick feeding by design wise, it is also more difficult to attain this world in maintain board. 28. Benefits of Melt 'n' Pour Soap: The benefits of maintain poured molten pool can be every bit as beneficent as cold or hot process bias. The time saved by not having to melt oils and combine them with light water is a big benefit in itself. The ability to use shimmering colors also expands your design potential exponentially. Also, if you're looking for a great project to do with older kids, melting board is this safest of the three methods to use. And let's not forget that once the bug hardens, it's ready to go. New feuding, no waiting. 29. Conclusion: Meant and board is a great way for beginners to get into soap making. Especially there is a concern about handling of caustic chemical like sodium hydroxide. That is a lot of potential for beautiful designs and attitudes. Gravel base and try your hand at this fool proof method. You can recreate one of the recipes that we use in our class, or you can use it as a be provided in the resources section. Thank you. And looking forward to your projects.