Our Guide to using Transparent Melt & Pour Soap
The Transparent Melt and Pour Soap Base (one of our most popular in our Melt and Pour range) is very versatile and can be used with many colours and fragrances.
*Vegetable based and contains No animal ingredients. *Low in Mush and High in Creamy Lather *Odourless
Sodium Soap of Fatty Acids, Water, Sorbitol, Sucrose, Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Sodium Chloride
Our Step by Step Guide to using Transparent M & P Soap Base:
1. Melt and Pour soap is already reasonably soft, so it doesn't take long to melt, either in a microwave or over a double boiler on the stove. (Remember if you do not have access to a double boiler then a large saucepan part filled with water with a smaller pot resting on some forks in the bottom of the larger pot will suffice).
2. Colour is to be added at this stage. Powders can be premixed with a little oil help dispersion. Liquid Colours are very concentrated so use only a small amount (some make a small bar of concentrated coloured soap and add a chunk during the melting stage) Note: a true red soap is very difficult to achieve.
3. During this step the scent is added. Both Essential Oils and Fragrant Oils can be used according to preference. The ratio can vary according to the potency of the oils and the desired end product (the essential oils being the strongest). We recommend that you try about 1 tablespoon per 500g of Melt and Pour soap. Fragrance Oils will hold a scent for a longer period of time where essential oil smell will fade quickly.
4. At this stage you can customize your soap with various additives. We recommend you experiment with Carrier Oils (such as almond or Jojoba), you can add up to 5%, or Raw Materials such as Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, crushed plant material or ground pumice stone, you can add up to 2%. - let your imagination run wild
5. Pour your mixture into a mould (a mould can be as simple as a tupperware container, milk carton or jelly mould or you can purchase Soap Moulds and Soap Stamps from our Soap Making Catalogue) and leave to set. To remove bubbles you can use a sprayer bottle filled with rubbing alcohol (easily sourced from a chemist), you should also use this between layers of soap to help 'glue' them together when making multiple layers. Mica can be brushed on for full effect after setting.
6. Once your soap has hardened it is ready to use and enjoy