Out of all the soap making methods, melt and pour soap recipes (MP soap) are probably the simplest of all.
You don’t have to be a skilled soapmaker to have a go at it, In fact with a little supervision you can even get the kids involved with this one.
So what is melt and pour soap?
- Basically, it’s a fun and easy way to make homemade soap into any shape, color or aroma you desire, and all from a ready made base block.
- You don’t need to worry about spending a lot of money on soapmaking equipment. All you need is a bit of imagination and time to create some wonderful unique gifts that will be perfect for friends and family.
- Below I use my basic cinnamon & rose soap recipe to describe the process of a melt and pour soap recipe. You can then have some fun creating some of your own recipes at home and you can take a look at some of my other MP soapmaking recipes.
What You Will Need For Melt and Pour Soap Recipes:
Cinnamon or Rose Soap with Poppy Seeds (makes 1 bar)
- Both of these melt and pour soap recipes have a wonderful scent and are extremely easy to make.
- The cinnamon soap is excellent for men that want to introduce exfoliation into their weekly skincare regime. You can do this by sprinkling the soap with the poppy seeds.
- Of course, you can sprinkle the rose scented bar with poppy seeds too! And remember you can melt this over and over again until you are happy with the shape, color or scent.
- 4oz of Melt & pour Soap Base
- 10 drops of Cinnamon essential oil or Rose essential oil
- 1 drop of red food coloring
- Sprinkling of poppy seeds (optional)
Ingredients for Cinnamon & Rose Melt and Pour Soap
- Usually, one pound of MP soap will give you roughly three or four bars, depending on the size of your mold. To find out how much soap you need, simply fill a mold with water then transfer it into your measuring jug. Measure a little more soap than needed, it won’t go to waste you can always pour any leftovers into a spare mold and reuse next time. In this example, I’m making one bar and using 4oz of soap.
- Chop your chosen base into little pieces and transfer to a heat-proof bowl or jug and microwave on full power for 30 seconds at a time being careful not to overheat it. Avoid stirring the soap whilst it’s melting, just push it about a little once or twice if you must. If using a double boiler fill the bottom half with water and gently melt the chopped soap in the top part without stirring it.
- Once melted you’ll need to work fast or the soap will begin to form a skin and this will ruin the appearance of the finished soap, try to keep stirring it to avoid this happening.
- Now for the fun bit it’s time to add those little extras be as creative as you like but always use cosmetic grade fragrance and colorants, as a guide you’ll need between 1/8 to 1 tablespoon for each cup of soap. Here I am adding the 10 drops of cinnamon (or rose) essential oil and 1 drop of red food coloring then mixing well.
- If using the poppy seeds sprinkle into the melted soap just before pouring it into the molds
- Now fill the mold with the melted soap, giving it a light tap to relieve any air bubbles that could ruin the look of your soap. If the soap still looks bubbly then give it a spray with rubbing alcohol to remove them.
- It is harmless to re-melt your soap base, so If your soap begins to solidify before you are ready to pour it in your mold or start to introduce the additives, simply reheat it to melt it again.
- Leave the soap in the molds until hardened. Putting them in the refrigerator until cool will help them to set quicker. And then pop your soap out of the molds and then wrap or store them in a dry place ready for use.
Now let’s take a look at my favorite melt and pour soap recipes.