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How To Customize Melt and Pour Soap
You Will Need
  • A lb. or two of soap base
  • A cutting board
  • A serrated knife
  • A microwave-safe glass bowl or measuring cup
  • Some plastic wrap
  • A microwave
  • A whisk
  • A spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
  • Soap molds
  • The soap dye or colorant of your choice
  • The scented oil of your choice
  • And the exfoliants of your choice
step 1Cut base into cubes
Cut your base into 1-inch cubes to allow for easier melting. You can approximate the amount to melt by seeing how many chunks fit into each mold. In general, a pound of soap base will make about 3 medium-sized bars of soap, or numerous smaller ones.
step 2Heat soap
Place your soap base into the glass bowl or measuring cup, cover the top with plastic wrap, and heat it in the microwave on high for 30 seconds. If the base isnít completely melted, remove it, stir it with a whisk, and re-heat it at 10-second intervals, stirring in between, until it is. Donít forget to replace the plastic wrap each time.
step 3Gently stir
Remove the melted base from the microwave and gently stir it with the whisk.
step 4 Stir in dye
To add color, stir the soap dye or colorant of your choice into the melted soap base.
spacer tip Synthetic soap dyes create the brightest colors, but natural ingredients—like curry or cocoa powder, pureed pumpkin, spinach, carrots, or beets—offer subtler shades.
step 5Add scent
To add scent, stir a few drops of scented oil into the melted soap base. Popular scent choices include everything from almond or vanilla, to green tea or watermelon.
step 6Add texture
To add texture, stir in an exfoliating ingredient. Popular choices include dried strawberry seeds, thick coffee grinds, or oatmeal.
spacer tip Heavier exfoliants may sink to the bottom of your mix. To avoid this, let your soap base cool a little before stirring them in.
step 7Pour into molds
Pour your soap base into the soap molds.
step 8Spray alcohol
Spray the top of each mold with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any excess bubbles.
step 9Let molds sit
Let the molds sit for several hours at room temperatureóor in the refrigerator for about one hour.
step 10Remove & enjoy
Remove the soap from the molds, and enjoy.
spacer Some people’s skin is sensitive to certain dyes, oils, or exfoliates—research your choices first before using them.
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