Working with melt and pour soap is nice and simple. All you have to do is melt the base, mix in additives, and pour into a mold. The bars are ready to enjoy in just a few hours.
Before you get started, you need to choose a base. The one you use depends on the design of your project, your budget, and your personal preference. We'll help you choose the perfect option - find all our melt and pour soap bases here, and learn more about them below.
First, let's go over the difference between cold process and melt and pour. Cold process soap is made by combining oils and sodium hydroxide lye. That causes a chemical reaction called saponification. Melt and pour soap has already gone through that process, which means you don’t have to handle lye or cure the soap. Also, melt and pour has more glycerin added so it melts easily.
SFIC Melt and Pour Bases
These are our house/premium melt and pour bases. They're from SFIC, which has been manufacturing soap since 1967. All the bases are made with high-quality coconut oil, palm oil, safflower oil, glycerin, water, and lye. From there, they have specialty ingredients added. For example, one base has 10% liquid goat milk for a creamy feeling, and another has skin-loving hemp seed oil.
These bases come in 1, 10, and 40 pound options. They come individually wrapped and labeled. Some of the more popular bases also come in 25 pound blocks. These include SFIC Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base, SFIC Goat Milk Melt and Pour Soap Base, and SFIC White Melt and Pour Soap Base. The premium bases don't contain SLS, which is a synthetic lathering agent. That makes them a bit more pricey than the bulk bases.
Bulk Melt and Pour Bases
If you're looking for a more cost-effective option, try these. They're specifically created for Bramble Berry. Bulk bases are made with more glycerin and SLS. They still feel amazing on the skin, but you may prefer the premium bases if you want a more natural recipe.
The bulk bases come in a 25 pound block. To use them, first remove the soap by lifting out the plastic bag or turning it over onto a surface. Remove any bubbles on the top with a sharp knife, then cut the block into smaller pieces. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
Stephenson Melt and Pour Bases
These are created by Stephenson Personal Care. They make a variety of bases including lotion, conditioner, and more. They're cost-effective and great for specialty projects. For instance, we love Stephenson Ultra Clear Soap Base for embed designs.
Once you find the perfect base, you can start experimenting with color, scent, and design. We have plenty of inspiration - find melt and pour soap makingprojects here and kits here.