Melt and Pour soap making is an inexpensive, easy way to get started making soap. Some people start with Melt and Pour before moving on to Cold Process soap making, but many are just fine with the ease and safety of this style of soap.
You buy a pre-made base that has already been saponified. You simply chop up and melt the base, and then add fragrance and colour before pouring into various mould shapes.
- This is an easy method for beginners and a fun, safe activity to do with children (under supervision) and you do not need a lot of ingredients or equipment to get started. Soaps can be very vibrant and artistic.
- There is no handling of chemicals as the saponification process has already taken place.
- There are many bases to choose from, including clear soap.
- The soap is ready to use straight away, no need to cure.
There are some very talented soap makers that only do this Melt and Pour method.
- It's not your recipe and you can't take anything out of the base, or add anything substantial in. For example, adding or increasing a base oil. Therefore, you cannot control the soap properties beyond choosing the base that best suits your needs.
- In our experience Melt and Pour does not lather anywhere near what Cold Process soaps do!
- The ingredients are not always natural. Many bases have additives, and often additional glycerin is added.
- You have to wrap the soap airtight (usually cellophane) immediately after the soap sets to prevent what is known as 'glycerin dew'. This is where the soap attacts moisture to it and sweats. It is safe but a little unsightly.