How to Make Melt and Pour Soap? – DIY In 7 Easy Steps

By Marsha Harrison

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Learning how to make melt and pour soap at home but have no idea where to start? You’ve come to the right place!

The soap-making journey could be challenging for beginners, but this method is the perfect way to start since it does not require much precision. Besides, the color, fragrance, and shapes are totally up to you. You’ll still get adorable results if you make mistakes!

Melt and pour soap look like cold process soaps but are easier to make. All you need to do is prepare the necessary tools, follow simple steps, and get creative. So let’s begin!

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How to Create Your Melt and Pour Soap

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Make sure you have all your tools and ingredients before you begin. You may have some of these items available at home. If not, there is no need to worry as these materials are easy to find.

Necessary items for this tutorial

  • Chopping board
  • Measuring spoon
  • Whisk or spatula
  • Knife
  • Microwavable bowl/s with lid
  • Microwave
  • Scale
  • Silicone soap molds
  • Microwave gloves
  • Plastic wraps

Also, how else are you going to melt and pour soap without the ingredients! Here are the essential components of the soap:

Now that you have all your materials, you can finally begin making your DIY melt and pour soap.

Steps to make your own melt and pour soap

This recipe is an easy guide for beginners as it is designed with the basics of the melt and pour soap making process.

But don’t forget to try different shapes, colors, and scents for your soap– it is yours anyway!

Step 1: A lot of soap, a little bit of shea.

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This first instruction is essential, so follow closely. Use your chopping board, knife, measuring spoon, bowl, and scale for this step.

  • Make sure to portion enough melt and pour base to fit the size of your chosen soap mold.
  • Then cut the soap base into tiny cubes, with your chopping board and knife, for quicker melting.
  • Put all the cubes of melt and soap base in a bowl.
  • Add shea butter for nourishing properties. However, make sure to add less than a teaspoon for every pound of melt and pour base. Any more may make the soap base oily, which may cause the soap base to be too waxy.

Remember that the most crucial step in this tutorial is to use melt and pour soap base. As the name suggests, it is the fundamental or base ingredient of the soap.

Step 2: Bubble, Bubble, Melt, and Boil

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Now it’s time to make hot process soap pourable! Transfer the ingredients to a microwavable container or bowl and cover it with the lid. Then place this in the microwave to melt it.

From time to time, stir the soap base between 30 seconds or 1 minute of microwaving until the chunks have entirely turned into a liquid.

Make sure not to turn the heat way up as you might end up with burnt soap.

Once it is melted, the base will be pretty hot. Use a mitten or cloth to hold the container while repeating the process.

Step 3: A Spritz of Fragrance!

During the time your soap base is in the microwave, you can pick and portion your chosen scent already.

Using essential oils is recommended for adding scents to melt and pour soaps.

Grab the fragrance you like. Then use your measuring spoon to amount about half an ounce of the fragrance for each pound of melt and pour soap base. Place the amount in a bowl, and set it aside until the soap base is done melting.

Slowly add your preferred essential oil fragrance when your melt and pour base is fully melted.

While pouring the essential oil, lightly stir the whole mixture until you have added every drop of the essential oil into the soap base.

Step 4: An aesthetic touch

When it comes to adding dyes to the soap, it isn’t essential, but it makes your soap pretty.

Here comes the exciting part, you can implement your creative melt and pour soap ideas. Since it showcases the visual creativity, you have to melt and pour soap.

However, always consider the dye you use on the soap base. You will be using this on your skin, so make sure that the dye is soap-safe or skin-safe.

Since soap dyes are not pigmented dyes, add the right amount or even excess dye. Take into consideration the ratio of dye to soap base as well.

Step 5: Stir away!

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At this point, the necessary ingredients are added to the mix. The next step in the instructions is to stir everything together. But do so lightly and slowly to ensure no bubbles are formed in the melt, and pour soap as it’s cooling down.

If bubbles are forming in your soap, you can spray a little Isopropyl or Ethanol alcohol on the bubbles. The alcohol will make them disappear, and it’s safe for the skin too.

Stir until the melt and pour soap base has noticeably cooled down, but not cold enough that the soap base will cling to the bowl.

Step 6: It’s Molding Time!

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You’re just a few steps away from completing your homemade melt and pour soap! In this step, you will be forming your soap into shapes.

Start gently pouring the melt and soap mixture into your chosen soap mold. Make sure to do this step carefully for three reasons:

  • So that no bubbles form in the mold.
  • To prevent spillage of the mixture.
  • To avoid unnecessary mess.

Otherwise, you’ll have an unsatisfactory outcome and more to clean up!

After you have successfully poured all the melt and pour the soap mixture into the mold, cover the top with a plastic wrap.

You have two options for hardening your soap. You can leave your soap on a stable surface and wait a few hours until it sets. Or you can leave your soap in the fridge where it can harden and cool for about an hour.

It’s up to you, whatever suits you best!

Step 7: Finishing Touches.

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Once your soap has entirely solidified, you can now pop your soap out of its mold. Depending on the material you use for your mold, your soap may pop right out. Flexible silicone molds should make this step easier.

But if you have stiffer molds, such as plastic and metal, try some of these techniques:

  • Tap the bottom of the mold with a utensil.
  • Running the bottom of the mold under warm water.
  • Use a hair dryer to warm up the bottom of the soap a little.

When you remove the soap from the mold, you can leave it as is or trim, carve, and cut the soap’s shape to your liking.

Conclusion

And, voila! You now know how to make melt and pour soap, and have your pieces customized to your liking.

Since you know the basics of melt and pour soap making, you can now try soap designs.

You can look up more advanced soap art techniques through other tutorials or experiment with your styles. But this may be your stepping stone to learning other soap-making methods.

The possibilities are endless, so take it slowly, step by step!

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