By P&J Trading

HANDMADE SOAP

There are several types of handmade soaps ranging from melt and pour to milling or cold process to hot process. This may seem overwhelming when choosing which recipe as a first time crafter. Thus, our P&J Family wanted to discuss the easiest way to make a professional, handmade soap. Follow along below to learn all about melt and pour soap and how to make your own!

WHAT IS MELT & POUR 

The beauty of melt and pour are its ready-to-use soap bases. It is the simple process of melting the base, adding your favorite fragrances and dye, and letting it harden in a mold. The bases are typically a combination of glycerin, fatty acids, and other natural ingredients. Melt and pour bases are developed through the saponification process which involves combining alkali or lye and fats. In other words, when working with melt and pour soap, you do not have to worry about saponification and adding fats or lye. Additionally, you do not have to cure the soap which saves an immense amount of time! 

BENEFITS OF MELT & POUR 

Alongside saving time, there are also several benefits to melt and pour soap. This type of handmade soap is extremely easy to work with. Melt and pour holds scent well and gives off a beautiful aroma. As mentioned above, there is no cure time and can be used immediately after the soap completely hardens in the mold. You are also able to focus on beautiful designs without worrying about saponification. Depending on which base you choose, melt and pour also has moisturizing properties such as shea butter or glycerin. 

TIPS FOR MELT & POUR

Here are a few tips for the beginner soap-maker:

Shea Butter Base 

A typical melt and pour base is shea butter. When working with this base, the added colorant will become more of a pastel when finished. The fragrance in shea butter will hold well but is more subtle than other bases. Shea butter also holds soothing and moisturizing properties for sensitive skin types, especially if your skin is dry. However, shea soap may not lather as well as other handmade soaps. 

Glycerin Base 

Another common melt and pour base is glycerin. Glycerin does not contain other moisturizing properties such as shea butter or goat’s milk. Combined with dry air and sensitive skin, sometimes, glycerin can dry out or irritate your skin. However, since this base dries clear, it is perfect for creating beautiful soap with flowers or herbs on the inside. Additionally, glycerin will give you a brighter color once the finished soap is hardened. 

Molds

Molds are a great way to get creative with handmade soap! It is important to find molds that can withstand high temperatures from pouring in hot liquids. We recommend looking for molds that are made of silicone as it is easy to pop out soaps once hardened! 

Colorants 

Colorants are also a great way to have some fun when working with melt and pour soap! There are several colors to choose from and you can always blend two to get the shade you want. We recommend using micas, soap dye, or color blocks. Simply add the colorant when the soap base is fully melted and stir! If you want to go a more natural route, you can always add herbs and spices such as turmeric for yellow or matcha powder for green. 

Fragrance 

Our absolute favorite aspect of handmade soap: fragrance oil! Fragrance oil will leave your hands smelling amazing. Plus, this is always a great way to get your kiddos to wash their little hands with fun scents. Our Premium Grade fragrance oils are safe for your skin and work well with melt and pour soaps. Simply choose a P&J Fragrance you love and stir into your melted soap base. A general usage rate is about 0.3 oz. of fragrance per pound of soap. 

How To

If you want to learn how to make your own melt and pour homemade soap, head to our Melt and Pour Heart Soaps recipe!