Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Melt and Pour Soaps: Free Projects

Melt and Pour Soap casting is done by both seasoned and beginner soap makers all over the world. This "soap-making" starts with pre-made soap bases that melt very readily when heat is applied, either on the stove or by using the microwave.
The process is instant gratification as soaps can be ready in as little as 30 minutes. There is no interaction with caustic Sodium Hydroxide, making this craft a perfect one for children.

So, with that grand introduction, here are some projects to try.

What you need:
White Soap Base
Transparent Soap Base
Rubbing Alcohol/Isopropyl Alcohol in a spray bottle
Soap Molds
Fragrance Oils
Soap dyes

Pouring a first, simple soap.

Step 1: Cut the white soap base into smaller pieces so that they melt faster either in the microwave or on the stove. Melt the base.

Tip: Do not allow the soap base to boil or to exceed temperatures of 150 degrees Fahrenheit as it causes excessive sweating in the finished bars.

Step 2. Add soap dye of your choice to melted soap. You will only need a few drops of the dye.

Tip: Food colouring will not work for colouring soaps. In the long term, food colours fade with light and they also run off in the bath.

Step 3:  Allow soap to cool slightly, then add a few drops of fragrance oil to the soap. Stir to incorporate thoroughly.
Tip: Fragrance oils should be cosmetic grade oils. Purchasing any oil is not advised as car oils etc, may not be safe for use on the skin

Step 4.Pour Soap into molds. If there are bubbles on the surface of the newly poured soap, spray rubbing alcohol to eliminate.

Step 5: Allow soap to cool and set in the molds. Cooling and hardening depends on the size and depth of the mold. Soap should be ready in 30 minutes.

Step 6. Remove soap from molds. If they are stubborn, stick the mold in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes and they will release easily.

Step 7. Wrap soaps in airtight packaging.
Tip: Soaps high in glycerin content, as these are, will attract moisture and must therefore be wrapped to avoid the look of "sweating".

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  1. Where would i get the soap bases in Trinidad do you know?

  2. Base is sold by a number of suppliers. You can call Rodco Home Essentials: 775-0365 for transparent and opaque base.