Fun Melt and Pour Soap Techniques
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If you are new to soap making, melt and pour soap is a great way to get started.  You'll need less equipment and supplies than you do with lye soap, and it's less expensive to start.  With lye soap, you'll need a lot of butters, oil, and lye, which can get expensive unless you buy in bulk.  Melt and pour soap can also be customized with many different ingredients, so you can make a bar that is perfect for your skin type.

Never made soap before?  Here's an easy to follow tutorial to make soap that I post several months ago.

Once you are comfortable making this easy soap, you can start to get creative by using different techniques!

Embedding Objects

A fun way to make soap for kids is to embed objects inside the soap.  To do this, pour a thin layer of melted soap in to the mold.  Spray the surface with rubbing alcohol to prevent bubbles and let the layer set up.  Add your object (toy, scrubby brush, rubber ducky, etc.) and pour melted soap to the top of the mold.

Don't give embedded soap to children under 3.  Only use plastic or rubber with no sharp edges for children.

Embedding Soap

If you have soap left over from a batch, embed it in a new batch of soap.  Cut leftover soap in to small squares or shapes.

Pour a thin layer of melted soap in to a mold and spray with rubbing alcohol.  Spray the soap you want to embed with rubbing alcohol and insert in to the mold.  Let a thin skin form on top of the soap before filling up the rest of the mold with melted soap.

Layering Soap

Layering soap is a great way to mix scents.  Try fun combinations like orange and vanilla, strawberry and cream, or your favorite combination.

Pour the first layer in to the mold and spray with rubbing alcohol.  Let a skin form on top of the soap.  Spray again with rubbing alcohol.  Pour the next layer.  Repeat until you fill the mold.

Swirling Soap

Swirling soap is very easy, but it looks very pretty.  Melt two colors of soap in separate glass measuring ups.  Add any additives you want to use to the melted soap.  Pour each color of soap in to the mold at the same time and same rate.

Both soaps should be about the same temperature for this to work, so use a thermometer and reheat as needed.

If you pour the soap too hot, the colors will mix together.  Let the soap cool until a skin forms on top before pouring.  Gently pull the skin off with a wood spoon before pouring.

After you pour the soap, create a swirl with a chopstick or wooden spoon.

Have fun experimenting with these melt and pour soap techniques!

Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, and a goat. She loves coffee, Gilmore Girls, her chihuahua, and her kids, but not in that order.