I have recently discovered the wonderful world of melt and pour handmade soaps through Youtube tutorials. The simplicity of soap making from a soap-base has taken me by surprise. It barely took me 30 minutes to complete the process and leave the molds for hardening. Today I will be sharing with you a very simple recipe on how to make melt and pour handmade soap. I bought the soap base and silicone molds on eBay.
1/2 Kg Goat Milk Soap base (made 9 medium sized soap)
3 Vitamin E capsules
2 tablespoon honey (I used Manuka Honey)
Papaya essential oil
Microwave safe bowl
- Cut the soap base into small cubes. The soap base is soft so you can use a regular kitchen knife to slice it into smaller pieces.
- Place the cubes into a microwave safe bowl and heat it in a microwave at an increment of 30 seconds. The cubes will start melting. Keep stirring the content every 30 seconds. Do not let it boil. It took about 90 seconds for the cubes to melt. The time may differ depending on the size and quantity of the cubes. (You can also use a double boiler method to melt the soap base)
- Once all the cubes have melted properly, add Vitamin E oil (extracted from the capsule), honey and essential oil. Keep stirring slowly as you pour in the additives.
- Pour the mixture into silicone molds. Lightly spray isopropyl alcohol if bubbles start forming in the molds. I didn’t use any while making mine.
- Allow it to cool and harden for about 2 – 4 hours
I waited overnight to use the soap. Currently, everyone in my house is using these handmade soaps. The papaya oil gives the soap a soothing and beautiful fragrance. You can use any other essential oil of your choice. These handmade soaps give a good lather and are gentle on the skin too.
Step by step photos
Storage – I have packed the soaps in cling wrap to prevent glycerin from sweating. But if you wish to gift them, you can use any other approach to packing.
There you go, easy recipe to make your own handmade soap.
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