Melt and Pour Soap Making for Beginners

Melt and Pour Soap Making for Beginners

Hi, I’m Rose from CandleScience. Today I’m going to show you how easy it
is to make your own handmade soap using Stephenson’s melt and pour soap base. In this video, we’ll
create 8 bars of soap with two layers of color. Let’s go over the items you will need to
make your soap. One 2lb tray of the Stephenson’s High Clarity
Vanilla Stable melt and pour soap base. A 1oz bottle of your favorite fragrance. I’m
using our Blood Orange fragrance oil. Two 1oz bottles of liquid soap dye. I’ve
chosen coral and red. A funnel pouring pitcher. A straight sided soap cutter. You can also
use a standard kitchen knife. A glass container for pre-measuring fragrance. A soap mold. This is an 8-Bar Slab Mold. Rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. You can
pick up these two items at your local drug store. A mixing utensil. I like to use a silicone
spatula. And a digital scale. You’ll also need parchment paper, plastic
wrap, paper towels, a stable surface for cutting, and easy access to a microwave. Before you begin, it’s a good idea to prep
your workspace. You’ll need enough space to prepare your
soap base, mix your fragrance and color, and allow your base to set in the mold. A large
countertop or table works great. It’s a good idea to spray your work space
with rubbing alcohol to sanitize and clean the area.You can also cover your work surface
with parchment paper to keep things sanitary and to make cleanup easier. We also recommend sanitizing your soap mold,
pitcher, and spatula with a little rubbing alcohol before getting started. Now that we’ve prepared our materials and
workspace, let’s begin! First, remove the soap base from the tray,
and cut the 2lb block in half. For easy melting cut the first half of soap base into small
chunks – about 1” in size. This will form the first layer of our soap. Next, place your pitcher on the scale, tare
the scale to zero and measure out 1lb of the soap cubes. After you’ve weighed your soap base, measure
out your fragrance. It’s important to have this step done before heating the soap base,
because once the base is melted you’ll have a short window to add your scent and color
before the soap starts to set. Place the small jar on the scale, tare the
scale, and weigh out .5oz of the fragrance. Then, set the pre-measured fragrance in a
safe spot off to the the side until you’re ready to use it. Cover the funnel pitcher with plastic wrap
and place it in the microwave. Heat for 45 seconds… Be aware that melt and pour soap base can
overheat quickly, so you’ll want to keep a close eye on it while heating…. Once the time is up, remove the pitcher from
the microwave, and give the base a good stir. If some chunks remain after stirring, heat
again for 20 seconds, stir, and repeat until melted. It’s OK if 1 or 2 small chunks remain
after heating. Continue to stir until they melt. Once the soap base has completely melted,
it’s time to add the color. Our coral soap dye is part of our vibrant
collection, so I’ll only need about 2 drops to get the perfect shade of orange. Stir until the color is evenly distributed
in the base. Next, add the pre-measured fragrance to the
soap, and stir slowly for 20-30 seconds. Once the fragrance and color have been added,
the soap is now ready to pour into the mold. Slowly pour the base into the soap mold to
create your first layer. If air bubbles form on the surface, spray
alcohol on them to break them up. You can spray multiple times if it’s needed. After the first layer has been poured, wait
5-10 minutes for it to start setting. This will allow the first layer to partially set,
and will produce two distinct layers by the time the second one is poured. You can check the first layer by lightly touching
the surface. If it holds without breaking or rippling it is ready for the second layer. Repeat the melting process with the remaining
soap base – substituting the coral dye with the red liquid dye. Once the second batch is melted and ready
to pour, quickly apply an even coat of alcohol with the spray bottle. This will ensure that
the two layers will bind together. Then slowly and evenly pour the red color
base across the coral layer. Again, spray the surface of the base with
alcohol to remove any bubbles on the surface. Wait 30 minutes, then cover the mold with
plastic wrap and allow the soap to set for 24 hours to harden. Once the soap has completely hardened, give
each side of the mold a slight tug to allow air in the sides of the mold, slowly turn
the mold over and apply light pressure to the top of the mold until the square slab
of soap comes out. Then, take the soap cutter and cut out the
8 bars by cutting along the grooves in the slab. The soap is now ready to use! Wrap it tightly
with plastic and store it in a cool place. For gifting or selling, add an ingredients
label and a decorative bag or box. I hope you’ll enjoy making your first batch
of soap – Thanks for watching!

87 thoughts on “Melt and Pour Soap Making for Beginners

  1. thanks for the video. I got in my new soap molds from candlescience.i will be doing a youtube review on them soon.i love all your supplies

  2. Its necesary to add any additional product to the glycerin? I saw people adding other  ingredients like vitamine e, etc.

  3. hello thank you for your tutorial. I melted the soap in the microwave but it ended up with clumps on the sides. any advice

  4. I don't know if you are still answering questions on this video, but I am hoping someone will answer.
    I want to make a glycerin soap, Melt and Pour is, I guess what this is…for my son, who has very bad cystic acne,
    on his face and very severe on his back and upper legs.
    He is currently on strong antibiotics, and the Doctor says once the acne clears up, it should not return.
    I hope this is true, but I want to make sure he has a cleansing product that will help to prevent it's return.
    I have recently seen a lovely young Indian woman, who showed some "before and after" photos of her skin
    when it was erupting with rather bad acne.
    Her solution was to combine dry ingredients of "Multani Mitti", or "Fuller's Earth Clay",
    with whole grain or Graham Flour in equal parts.
    This she simply stored in a dry container. She would wet her fingers in some warm water,
    dip them in the dry mixture and basically rub it over her face for a few minutes.
    You could see it starting to dry in the places where she started, by the time she was working on another part of her face.
    She rinsed and wiped off the clay, rinsing her face thoroughly, and patting it dry.
    This "old" Indian method of cleansing oily and acne prone skin seems to work very well.
    She has amazing looking skin!
    My son can't use this method to wash his back though, so he needs a bar of solid soap.
    What I want to do, is use a Melt and Pour soap base that I can add the Fuller's Earth to,
    along with some essential oils that would also benefit sensitive skin.
    I DO NOT want to us fragrances or dyes at all if that's possible, as I would also have a reaction to them.
    What I need to know is first, if a dry ingredient like Fuller's Earth can be added to Melt and Pour,
    and maybe someone could give me the ratios to try?
    And I would assume I could add drops of Chamomile Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Frankincense Oil, Peppermint Oil,
    instead of fragrances because fragrances would be an irritant, and Essential Oils also can be healing and soothing.
    Frankincense for instance, heals skin, reduces inflammation, and calms the nervous system…
    as does Tea Tree Oil, which is known to fight acne.
    I will have to figure out the quantities I guess, but I will use the instructions on the bottles,
    as well as just substituting the amounts of other oils I see being added to Melt and Pour in the videos I have watched.
    I guess what I would like to know is if adding dry ingredients in the quantities that would be needed to make such
    a soap effective, is even possible, (and not just adding a teaspoon of clay and saying it is "Fuller's Earth Soap")
    when it's mostly glycerin.
    I really can't afford to throw away batch after batch, and I am NOT planning on selling any of this,
    I just want to help my son.
    So I would really appreciate any advise anyone can give me, and if it works, I will be sure to let everyone know,
    as no one should have to live with cystic acne, or take antibiotics for months at a time,
    the drugs can be very hard on the liver, I am sure it's not good at all for a person's immune system!
    Again, thanks to anyone who reads this and especially Thank You to anyone who helps!

  5. Hello. Great video btw. I just want to ask what should be the temperature used in melting the melt and pour base. Thanks!

  6. This video was great! I've been wanting to make some soap but I've had no idea where to start. This video really helped me! Keep it up.

  7. You do not add additives to the soap, why? I make mine and they dont make lather, its like taking a bath with nothing (I meant the lather they suppose to have) thanks

  8. Double boiler method is safest and better. Iv been doing it for 5yrs and prefer it this way. I put some water in a pot then use a metal mixing bowl over it and that’s what I put my base in, I clean it before I use it to use for my candle wax and the safest Candle wax to use is Ecosoya Q210 as you can use this wax in number of body products as it’s the only one that’s been dermatology tested safe
    If you want more tips then message me at or [email protected]
    I’m based in Finley, NSW Australia ??

  9. Excellent video/demonstration. It was so easy to follow and understand. On the other note, I just wished marriage was as easy as this video to comprehend/follow ?

  10. HELLO , whats wrong with this video, ( Does she Even no how to make Melt and pour soap recipe ???? Title sais how to make it ( where is it ?????????????????????????????????? What a waste ;o(((((((((

  11. I agree with Nancy Torres why do you claim to show use how to make something that you're not making and bought from the store?

  12. Hello, can't we add oils? Like olive or coconut…if yes please tell us the exact amount depending on soap amount. Thank u.

  13. I’m convinced that many of you commenting and complaining about this video are extremely slow. This video shows exactly what the title says- how to make melt and pour soap, and that’s exactly what I was expecting and that’s exactly what she did. Those who were expecting something else are daft.

  14. This is the process of melt and pour soap. You buy premade bases. You don't make the base that would be COLD PROCESS SOAP. Which involves lye. This is a good method for beginners or if you don't want to mess with lye water. The title is not misleading. This is how you make "melt and pour soap". She didn't say how to make melt and pour BASE

  15. Hi. Great video. Thank u so much. Just one question. Can i not cover the bowl with that plastic wrap while microwaving?? Is that mandatory??

  16. May try this I just receive mine but it's late I may do it tomorrow if the lord say the same thank you much..

  17. What are the settings on your microwave? As in watts.
    I tried making my first m&p soap, but my base ended up being very bubbly, once i stirred it 🙁
    It also didn't stay liquid and stuck to my spoon and sides of the bowl with the first stir….

  18. I'm loving it!!!! Im leaving my soap to set for 24 hours before using ?? thank you for the tutorial for soap making ?

  19. Can I use a substitute rubbing alcohol for something else as have a friend who is allergic to ethanol please can you help?

  20. This is an awesome video, thank you very much for sharing!! It's important for beginners (aka, Me), and there are elements I didn't know, like spraying alcohol helps pops bubbles. Going to check out your products, as I've decided handmade soap is going to be the perfect gift this year for Christmas! Thanks 🙂

  21. Why can we cannot use electronic shop rubbing alcohol???
    Is there is any difference between chemist shop rubbing alcohol and electronic shop rubbing alcohol.

  22. Great tutorial thanks very much ?… Can I just ask if would use the same amount of essential oil as you are using of fragrance oil? I'm thinking probably less… X

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