How to Make Melt and Pour Soap

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How to Make Melt and Pour Soap- Craft your own soap bars with ease using melt and pour method! Create custom soap bars in a variety of colors and scents, perfect for DIY gifting or indulging in a relaxing self-care routine.

How to Make Melt and Pour Soap

What is Melt and Pour Soap?

Melt and pour soap is a type of soap that is made from a pre-made soap base, which has already undergone the saponification process (the chemical reaction between lye and oils that creates soap). The soap base is typically a combination of oils, glycerin, and other ingredients that have been formulated to create a solid soap that can be melted down and molded into a desired shape.

To make melt and pour soap, the soap base is melted down, typically using a double boiler or the microwave, and any desired fragrance oils, colorants, or other additives are stirred in. The melted mixture is then poured into a soap mold, where it cools and solidifies into a finished soap. This method of soap making is popular due to its ease and versatility, as well as its ability to produce finished soaps quickly without the need to handle lye, a caustic substance that is used in traditional cold process soap making.


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How to Make Melt and Pour Soap

How to Make Melt and Pour Soap

Note: Making melt and pour soap is a simple and easy process and does not require the use of lye, making it a safe option for those who are new to soap making.

To make melt and pour soap, you will need the following ingredients and equipment:
ou can customize this soap recipes with your favorite scents and colors
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  • Melt and pour soap base (I used Shea butter, but you can also use glycerin soap base or goat milk for goat milk soap)
  • Fragrance oils, colorants, and other additives (I used Warm Vanilla Sugar fragrance, soap dye and mica powder) Some other suggestions are: rose petals, lavender buds, aloe vera and lavender essential oil. Add oatmeal for oatmeal soap. Experiment until you find your favorite pour soap recipes!


  • Double boiler or microwave-safe bowl
  • Soap mold (I like silicone molds because the soap pops out easily)
  • Spoon or fork


How to Make Melt and Pour Soap

Cut the soap base into small cubes.

How to Make Melt and Pour Soap

Place the soap base chunks in a double boiler or a microwave-safe bowl. Heat the soap base in the double boiler or in the microwave, using 30-second increments, until it is fully melted. I find the microwave to be faster and easier than the stove.

How to Make Melt and Pour Soap

Stir in fragrance oils, colorants, or other additives as desired. Now is the time to unleash your creativity! I added a warm vanilla fragrance, soap dye (in yellow and pink) and mica powder. I made two kinds of soap- one colored with yellow soap dye and another created by adding drops of pink soap dye and swirling around with a fork. I finished the swirl bars by dusting them with mica powder.

How to Make Melt and Pour Soap

Pour the melted soap mixture into a soap mold and let it cool and solidify for 15-30 minutes.

How to Make Melt and Pour Soap

Once the soap has solidified, remove it from the mold and it is ready to use.

How to Make Melt and Pour Soap

What are some ingredients I can add when making soap?

When making soap, you can add a variety of ingredients to customize the scent, texture, and benefits of your soap bars. Here are some common ingredients that you can add to soap bars:

  1. Essential oils or fragrance oils – to add scent to your soap bars
  2. Natural colorants – such as clays, spices, or herbs – to give your soap bars a natural color
  3. Exfoliants – such as oatmeal, coffee grounds, or poppy seeds – to provide a gentle exfoliation
  4. Milk or dairy products – such as goat milk or yogurt – to add creaminess and moisturizing properties to your soap bars
  5. Honey or beeswax – to provide antibacterial and moisturizing properties
  6. Carrier oils – such as olive oil, coconut oil, or shea butter – to add moisturizing and nourishing properties to your soap bars
  7. Activated charcoal – to provide deep cleansing and detoxifying benefits to your soap bars.
How to Make Melt and Pour Soap

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