A few nights ago my youngest brother Colt came to me asking if I could teach him to make soap. He wants to develop a skill and be able to sell his handcrafted goods on Etsy to make extra money. I made a deal with him and told him that I would teach him with the supplies I had on hand and help him get a bit of inventory built up. I told him to start saving money and that when we do set up shop he can start buying his supplies after we get a start and that he can keep his profits. He was super excited and couldn't wait to get started last night! My younger brother Hayden was also interested in making soap and it was great to have them both down here teaching them something crafty! It was great!
If you've never experimented with Melt & Pour soap, it's super easy and so much fun! The possibilities really are endless. So here are the basics you need to get started:
- Melt & Pour Soap Base (we used 1.5lb each)
- Soap Mold (just about anything will do really)
- Microwave Safe Bowl or Pyrex Measuring Cup
- Color Additive (optional)
- Fragrance Oil/Essential Oil (optional)
- Spray bottle of Rubbing Alcohol
STEP 1: The first thing you want to do is cut your melt & pour soap base into smaller squares. You can use a knife (I certianly wouldn't recommend this with children of course!). You can also use a straight soap cutter like we did. They aren't sharp so in my opinion they're kid friendly with adult supervision.
Step 2: Once you have your pieces cut into squares, you'll put them into your microwave safe container and microwave for 30 seconds at a time. Stir everytime until your soap has all melted.
Step 3: Once your soap has melted completely, you'll add your chosen color and fragrance oil which is optional. Colors and fragrance are what make it so much fun though so I highly recommend it! Hayden chose the color blue and Cotton Candy Twist and Colt chose a dark green and Green Aloe & Clover. The rule of thumb with adding fragrance is that you typically add no more than 1oz per pound of soap.
Step 4: After adding your fragrance and color stir gently to mix evenly before pouring into your chosen mold(s)! We used this one! In my opinion, silicone soap molds are the best because they make it super easy to release your soap when it's ready.
Step 5: After pouring your soap into your mold there will be a few bubbles floating on top. Mist the top of your soap with rubbing alcohol and watch them disappear! Don't worry, you won't smell it after the soap has hardened! We repurposed a used Downy spray bottle for our rubbing alcohol.
I always leave my soap in the mold for 24 hours so that I know for sure it will be ready when I take it out :)
Want to know more about melt and pour soap and get some really cool ideas for shapes and layering? My absolute favorite melt and pour soap book is Soapylove! And you don't have to stop at colors and fragrances; you can add exfoliants too!
One of my favorite melt and pour soaps to make is made with a goats milk melt and pour base. I add an Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey fragrance oil and then I add real oatmeal! I really do love that soap!
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I hope you enjoyed my first ever tutorial and if you decide to make a batch of melt & pour soap I'd love to see what you came up with! If you have questions, you're welcome to email me! Happy soaping!
And a special thank you to Hayden and Colt!