Melt and Pour Soap Processing
There are 2 main methods used in melting the soap base i.e. ‘Double Boiler’ and ‘Microwave’ method. Either can be used and it is often a personal preference to which one is chosen.
We offer instructions both methods, for your convenience. Generally the following steps are necessary to sucessfully create you soaps
- Remove soap base from the container.
- Transfer to a suitable vessel for melting and stirring.
- Gently heat the product to the recommended melt temperature. DO NOT EXCEED this temperature.
- Add perfume, dye and other required additives.
- When fully mixed, stop stirring.
- Allow the material to stand for a few minutes (to remove air from the product).
- Pour through a fine mesh filter into suitable moulds.
- Allow product to solidify.
- Do not pack or hand stamp for 24 hours
With both these methods you need to be able to oversee the process at all times so ensure that you have no external distractions occurring (i.e. switch off the Mobile Phone).
Here is a list of items that you may want to have handy before starting
- Heater (Double Boiler or Microwave)
- Scale - weigh soap base
- Heat safe jug / bowl - Clear glass jugs are easiest to see what is happening
- M&P Soap Base
- Soap Colour(s) - ensure they are appropriately diluted and easy to access
- Fragrance oil; Essential Oil; perfume - Suitable for soap & bath products
- Preservative suitable for soaps
- Mould - any mould suitable for soap making or you can even try chocolate food moulds only your imagination can stop you here
- Cutting board - any universal cutting board will do, ensure it is able to withstand the cutting pressure.
- Knife or cutter - normally would prefer cutters to minimise knife injuries
- Stirrers, droppers - long handled stirrers will keep hands away from heat. (Don’t leave metallic items in the microwave!!!)
- Oven mittens, gloves – heat insulation and prevent possible staining of concentrated colours on your hands.
- Wrap - cling film ; cellophane bags
- Inserts - potpourri , lavender twigs, ground eucalyptus leaves, other embellishments