I love how easy this melt and pour soap is! I WAS going to sell this in my shop and may very well still. If you would like to follow this tutorial to make your own to sell, go for it! I don't mind sharing! Every person has a different take! Just remember me!
Buy your melt in pour in bulk amounts. This not only saves you big money, but helps prevent excessive waste. I was lucky enough to find a seller that did not use palm oil AND was willing to sell me this melt and pour package free! I don’t often use melt and pour, I’m more of a cold process girl myself. I just thought this tutorial would be a good gateway for everyone!
Now, if you haven't read my previous posts (tisk tisk) you will need to know something about me... I do NOT measure. This often leads to failures or try agains until I find my signature groove. If you ask me what measurements, I probably won't have any better measurements than posted here. I am just not that kinda gal.
On to the fun we all came here for!
I used more natural pigments that I could get package free. So if you would not like the hassle of using or acquiring these things, cool. Do your thang. No judgement. Just be Sure to get SKIN SAFE PIGMENTS.
Also, I shaped these into gems as you see by the first one. Why? Heck, idk. Because I can? It was fun and makes REALLY fun gifts to a VERY special someone or great in bathrooms. My gems weigh about 7oz
Grab a big ole (or whatever size you want) chunk of your melt and pour soap. I did not like the results of my local store bought 'clear', it was yellow. So spring for quality clear as you can get melt and pour! I use a silicone mold I use for my cold and hot process soaps but really M&P is so forgiving you can use almost anything as long as it can withstand heat. Just be sure it has some give and flex, otherwise you will have yourself a hell of a time getting it out.
Now, melt it and pour it... Package directions can help here as each M&P is different.
Once it's "all" (read below) melted, FUN begins!
I used Activated Coconut Hull Charoal, teal mica soap pigment, turmeric blended with plain white titanium dioxide and plain natural mica mineral for all over shimmer.
I love using new colors! This would be so prerty with gold, pink, purple and so many more color combos! Even adding sea salt and other exfoliants would be SO awesome.
On this one, IMO, I used far too much Activated Charcoal. Just stay with me for the steps. This is more important than how MUCH of each color you use.
In your mold, add the lighter colors BEFORE ADDING ANY SOAP! Or add very little. For instance, I added the blue and turmeric mix in swirly bits while adding some plain mica to the rest M&P base, this gives loads of sparkles throughout! Can add scent here if you like but it may be too hot still. There's another chance later!
You will pour your M&P over this SLOWLY, hopefully keeping as much of the lighter colored micas (or whatever skin safe pigments you choose to use) front and center. If you chose to use a bit of M&P with your first pigments, let it cool a bit before adding the rest of the soap.
Once it's poured, you can:
Add tiny bits of activated charcoal and gently stir
Wait for it to cool a bit to add a bit and stir.
BTW this gets hot so if you burn yourself, totally on you.
Why wait for it to cool? Well, You can control how far the Activated Charcoal goes better when its a bit less liquid AND your scent 'sticks' better. BUT risk having a not so pretty back of your bar. If you notice my soap has some lighter bits. Nah nah I didn't wait and let it harden, I just didn't melt it all ;) but same concept! Leaving some bits solid can give some seriously impressive dimensions! Those unmelted bits will be unscented (unless you melt, scent and let cool again) so keep that in mind.
Add in scents now too, prior to the stirring bit. Any skin safe fragrance oil or essential oil. Not all fragrance oils are safe, just as some essential oils are not safe for some people. The amount depends on the quailty of the fragrance being used, amount of M&P and safe diluation recommendations (easily found onnline for various oils). Always allergy test. Remember to stir so gently as to not disturb the front colors!!!
Let it cool (and if you are SUPER impatient, like myself, pop in the fridge) and when TOTALLY solid, remove from mold. I did actually find that freezing them helps get it out of the mold so easy. Not like I forgot I put one in the freezer... It was in the name of science? Yah! ;)
Boom. Look who just made some amazing soap!
To cut them like gems, look online for some inspiration! I used a butter knife and it cut like, Well, butter actually. I should have trimmed the back too but I was just happy it looked super cool! BTW, Don't chop your fingers off and ruin your amazing soap with your inside juice. That's gross and hurts.
If you make this, leave me a picture in the comments! If you make this and sell it, please leave your shop info so people may find you!
Thank you for reading and I can not wait to bring you more fun tuts!
Galaxy of Love,
The Smart Girl in Pants
The Smart Girl in Pants