Melt and Pour soap can be as simple as melting butter, or you can become creative and make more in depth formulas with emollients, exfoliants, different shapes and sizes and just so much more.
There are also a variety of melt and pour soap bases available. Some of which are goat milk, clear, oatmeal and also available is SLS and SLES free.
When you make your own soaps, you also have full control over what is going into at least one your families health and well-being items. These can be made with all natural, chemical free products. This is one way to reduce the chemical load being placed on your family by some of these supermarket and other over the counter products. Many of the cosmetic, hygiene and daily cleaning products contain petrochemical derivatives -
SIMPLE MELT AND POUR SOAP
500g melt and our soap
60 drops essential oils of your choice
3-4 tablespoons dehydrated lavender or rose petals, coffee grinds, ground pumice, dehydrated lemon or orange zest etc
Vegetable based soap dye (as per desired colour depth)
Vodka or rubbing alcohol in a small spritzer
- Set up a double boiler method - place a glass bowl on top of a pot with gently simmering water and stir mix regularly while melting.
- Cut up melt and pour soap and place into the glass bowl and begin to melt. Keep on the heat until approximately half of the melt and pour soap has melted. (It is important not to overheat the soap. Do not heat to over 60 degrees Celsius)
- Take off heat and continue to melt until all soap mix has melted.
- Add in essential oils, dye and any other ingredients and combine well.
- If you are using dried flower petal, add a teaspoon (depending on mould size) into each soap mould, before pouring in the soap mixture.
- Pour the soap mixture into the moulds.
- Spray the top of the soap mould with the vodka or rubbing alcohol. This will help to remove any air bubbles. Now allow to set in a cool, dry place for 3-4 hours. It is not advisable to put these in the fridge to set. If needed prior to removing from mould, place in freezer for approximately 5 minutes before this process.
FUN EXTENTION WITH THE KIDS
If you have the kids on hand while making these, make them a bit more fun.
In the pouring process, only fill the moulds half way, then allow to set.
Once set, place a small plastic toy, such as a rubber duck, whale, dolphin etc, then pour in more soap mix to fill the mould. These toys could be big enough to turn into play toys once the soap has been used up. The toy could act as a handle while they are washing.
The mould for these can also be something as simple as a milk carton. Make rainbow soap. Pour in one colour at a time, allow to set and then pour another. When the entire carton has set, remover the outer carton and the soap block can then be cut with a sharp kitchen knife into the size blocks you desire (adult only job)
Have fun, be creative