How to Make Melt and Pour Soap: Honeybee Glitter Recipe
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In this article, you will learn how to make melt and pour soap! Melt and pour soap is a great choice for beginners because it requires no lye or other caustic materials. It also has many benefits which we’ll discuss in more detail in a second.
Melt and pour soap is a great way to make your own personalized soaps for friends, family, or just yourself. You can even add glitter to the melted soap before it hardens! It’s a fun craft that you can do with kids as well.
How to Make Melt and Pour Soap
Making soap can be a fun hobby. You also have the pride and satisfaction of making your own soap, controlling exactly what’s in it, and wowing your friends and family with your handmade soap creations.
The melt and pour process is an easy way to make your own soap. Melt and pour soap comes in ready-made blocks of uncolored and unscented soap. Basically, you melt the blocks, add your own color, fragrance, fun additives (optional) and pour it into molds. Once it’s set, it is ready to use!
Here are ten top tips for melt and pour soap making:
- Use a good recipe. Even though it’s easy to make soap this way, you still need a recipe to ensure the color, fragrance and optional additives are in the right amounts.
- Make sure you wear the appropriate safety equipment. I like to wear protective clothing, shoes, gloves, and safety goggles. Melted soap is very hot! You don’t want to get burned if you accidentally splash yourself.
You need suitable soap-making equipment. You can melt the block of soap in the microwave, but you need a sturdy microwave-safe bowl or jug for doing this. If melting on the stove, you need a double boiler. You also need rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle, measuring spoons, and a metal whisk or spoon.
Ensure you make soap in a well-ventilated area (eg, with window/s open).
Don’t be disturbed by children or pets when making soap. You don’t want them (or you) to be accidentally splashed, which can happen when you’re distracted by an interruption.
Ensure you’re using a good quality melt and pour soap base with colors and fragrances suitable for soap making.
Have fun choosing the molds you’re going to use. You can use shell molds, flower molds, heart molds, or whatever kind of molds take your fancy.
Allow enough time for the soap to set. It usually takes a few hours to set in the open or about one hour in the refrigerator. Never place it in the freezer to set.
If you have trouble unmolding your soap, run some warm water over the base of the mold. The soap should pop right out. I rarely have this as an issue when using a silicone mold – they are so flexible that the soap is very easy to pop out.
Enjoy using your sensational handmade soap! Once it’s set, you can use it right away! You will absolutely LOVE how your skin reacts to this recipe! But even better? It makes for one heck of a great presentation when looking at making these for gifts.
Melt and pour soap designs
Of all the melt and pour soap designs, we wanted something whimsical this time, and before you knew it, our Honey Bee Glitter Soap Recipe was created!
Melt and pour soap mold
There are several different kinds of molds you can choose from, I just fell in love with this one on Amazon and thought it would be kind of fun for a honey soap. It has 19 cavities in it so you can make a LOT of bars of soap in one go with this gem of a silicone soap mold. I really think that this is essential when looking at How to Make Melt and Pour Soap. A good silicone mold makes it SUPER easy to get your finished product out of it!
Melt and pour soap base ingredients:
• 1/2 lb. goat’s milk soap base
• 2 tablespoons Shea butter
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 1 teaspoon coconut oil
• Soap coloring (optional)
• Spritz bottle filled with rubbing alcohol
Why do we use a goat’s milk soap base?
We use a goat’s milk soap base because it has natural cleansing properties, is gentle on the skin, and leaves your hands feeling soft. The brand we use is also an Amazon favorite – this soap is so moisturizing and hydrating. It’s perfect for winter dry skin. The best part is that it is all-natural. My skin has become so sensitive that I can’t use synthetic soaps anymore. That’s what lead me to research making soaps. I am very very picky about my melt and pour bases. I usually ONLY use SFIC. I’ve tried bases from other companies in goat’s milk, but wasn’t happy as they were all so drying despite some being detergent-free. I saw this for the price and have prime so figured why not? I’m glad I did. I’m very happy with it. As for the Shea butter, it not only provides a creamy lather but also helps to moisturize your skin.
How to Make Melt and Pour Soap in our Honeybee Glitter design
Step 1: Cut the goat’s milk soap base and place it into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds.
Step 2: Add Shea butter to the bowl and microwave at 30-second intervals until the mixture is melted.
Step 3: Add coconut oil to the bowl
Step 4: Add honey
Step 5: Add coloring to the soap mixture
Step 6: Add glitter to the bowl and mix everything together.
Step 7: Gently pour or spoon soap mixture into the mold.
Step 8: Spray the top of the soap with the rubbing alcohol. Allow to harden for at least an hour. Gently pop out and store in an airtight container or ziplock bag until ready to use.
Just look at how amazing this melt and pour soap design turns out!