by CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
You simply melt the base mix and add extra ingredients to make luxurious home made soaps. This project shows you the basics of this method of soap making.
What you need
Melt and Pour base Soap (found in all good craft stores)
Melt and Pour Soap can be bought from all good craft supply stores in the form of “melt and pour” soap mix or base.
Alternatively you can use pure soap flakes available in the laundry section of your supermarket but I would recommend using a recipe that contains some moisturizing oils as pure soap flakes can be a little harsh on the skin.
But using soap flakes is a great inexpensive way to try your hand at soap making before embarking on a well blended soap mix.
You can melt the base soap in a double boiler or the microwave.
Add your chunks of soap to a large microwave bowl. Cover the bowl with cling wrap to prevent moisture loss. Melt the base soap on high for one minute and then stir in any un-melted pieces.
Double Boiler method:
This is where a double boiler pan is used or a pan of water with a bowl over the top is used.
Double boiler method is the same method used for melting chocolate on the stove top.
Bring the water to the boil, place the top pan or bowl on top and add chunks of the base soap. It may take 10-15mins to melt the wax down. Do not leave it unattended.
There are so many things that can be added to base soap from milk, oils, chocolate and even spices. Check out our soap making recipes for full instructions on how to add these extras.
Add any scents after the base is fully melted or it will evaporate.
Add any essential oils just before pouring to prevent evaporation.
There are different types of colors and dyes. Choose one that is suitable for your project. Mica and soap making dyes well give the best result, but if you are just wanting to have a go at soap making than the candle dye and food color are great substitutes for a home batch of soap.
Add 1/8 teaspoon to 1/4 teaspoon mica with the melting base and stir it in really well. Spray any “mica bubbles” that form on the top with rubbing alcohol.
Shave a few shards into the melted soap base until a desired color is reached. Only use a small amount of candle dye or it may temporarily dye your skin and is not recommended for sensitive skin types.
Add a few drops of food coloring to the melted mix until a desired color is reached.
You can use anything from ice cube trays to muffin tins.
Simply pour your melted soap into the mold. Allow it to cool before popping it out of the mold. Allow it to dry for 2-3 days to harden.