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Basic Melt and Pour Soap Recipe for Beginners
Author: Wholesale Supplies Plus
Tuesday, July 2, 2024

What is the Difference Between Melt and Pour Soap and Cold Process Soap?

Melt and pour soap and cold process soap are two popular methods for making homemade soap, each with distinct differences. Melt and pour soap involves using a pre-made soap base that you simply melt, customize with colors, fragrances, and additives, and then pour into molds. This method is quicker and easier, making it ideal for beginners and those looking for a simple and fast way to create soap. On the other hand, cold process soap involves making soap from scratch using oils and lye. This method requires precise measurements and a curing time of 4-6 weeks, allowing the soap to fully saponify and harden. Cold process soap allows for more creativity with textures and intricate designs but demands more time and careful handling of lye?.

Materials List

  • Soap mold
  • M&P soap
  • Scales
  • Body safe fragrance
  • Gloves for sanitary purpose
  • Sharp knife to cut soap into cubes
  • Glass bowl or glass measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Spoon to stir
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
  • Microwave or stove
  • Soap/Body safe dye – optional


Weigh out your soap, depending upon what size mold you are using, and cut your soap base into small cubes. Cutting the soap base into cubes will help melt your soap faster without using a lot of cooking time (heat). Use glass bowls, don’t use plastic bowls. Plastic will leech the fragrance oil, glass is always best!

If you don’t know how much your mold holds, fill the mold with water then dump the water into a measuring cup. I use about 1/2 – 1oz more soap base than what the mold holds. It’s better to have too much ready than not enough.

Cover the glass bowl with plastic wrap and put into the microwave*, using 30 second intervals. It’s very important to not to overheat the soap base – it could ruin the integrity of the soap base.

Covering the bowl will help keep the moisture inside – melt & pour soap is glycerin based, glycerin is what pulls the moisture into your skin.
*You can use a stove using the double boiler method. Boil a pan of water on the stove; place your glass bowl of soap base inside the pan of boiling water until melted.

Stir the soap to make sure it’s completely melted. If any clumps exist, recover with plastic wrap and melt in 30 second intervals.

While the soap base is melting, make sure you have your mold, rubbing alcohol, fragrance oil, soap coloring, measuring spoon, and stirring spoon ready. Once the melt-and-pour soap base is melted, you won’t have time to look for your supplies. You will need to work fast so that your soap base doesn’t cool or form a “skin” on top.

After the soap base is completely melted, you can add your soap color and fragrance oil. Please check with your supplier/manufacturer for the fragrance and color load for your particular soap base.

Depending upon how strong the fragrance, I use 1/2 – 1 tablespoon of fragrance per pound of soap base. I don’t color my soaps, it’s a personal preference.

Working quickly, stir in the fragrance oil and soap coloring, trying not to stir in too many air bubbles into the soap base. Do not use candle dyes for coloring, they will not work!

Pour the soap base into your soap mold then spritz with rubbing alcohol to get rid of the air bubbles on top. Make sure the mold is in a safe place that won’t get bumped BEFORE pouring into the mold. Once the soap base is in the soap mold it needs to stay stationary for about an hour or so.

After an hour, I gently touch the top to see how hard it is, if it’s still soft, I’ll put it in the fridge for 20-30 minutes. You can leave them sit overnight then unmold in the morning. Wrap, label and sell!
After an hour, I gently touch the top to see how hard it is, if it’s still soft, I’ll put it in the fridge for 20-30 minutes. You can leave them sit overnight then unmold in the morning. Wrap, label and sell!

Why Melt and Pour Soap is Good for Beginners

Melt and pour soap is excellent for beginners due to its simplicity and safety. With melt and pour soap recipes, you don't have to handle lye, which can be dangerous if not used properly. The process involves melting a pre-made soap base in a microwave or double boiler, adding your desired colors, fragrances, and other additives, and then pouring it into molds to set. This method allows for immediate use once the soap has cooled and solidified, eliminating the lengthy curing time required for cold process soap. Additionally, homemade melt and pour soap recipes are highly customizable, enabling beginners to experiment with various ingredients and designs without the complexities of traditional soap making. This makes it a perfect entry point for those new to the craft of soap making?.

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