If you want a simple way to make homemade soap, try these easy melt and pour soap recipes. Whether you’re looking to make soaps for yourself, as gifts, or to sell, these soap recipes come together quickly. Plus, using a melt and pour base is a fun way to make lovely soaps, without using chemicals like lye. And it’s so easy to work with, that you can focus more on creating fragrant, pretty soaps, as this base works well with a number of ingredients. Here are the types of melt and pour soap bases available, and some of the ingredients you can add to your homemade soap recipes:
- Essential oils
- Spiced teas
- Dried flowers
- Coffee grinds
Plus there is no end to the style of soap molds that are available, including flowers, succulents, roses, butterflies, dragonflies, birds, and so many more!
Making Melt and Pour Soaps
I like making melt-and-pour soaps around the holidays because it’s such an easy gift to make and people seem to appreciate that it’s homemade. For the soaps shown here, I used my silicone fairy mold and snowflake molds, (see links below).
How to Add Color to Melt and Pour Soaps Recipes
Mica powder is made from a natural mineral found in rocks worldwide, and the shiny flakes from the rocks are ground to form mica powder. Mico power is a natural mineral dust that is glittery and comes in many colors, making it an ideal coloring element for cosmetics and soaps.
And while it’s skin-safe and non-toxic, it’s so fine, that you need to be careful not to breathe it in if you spill it. Since mica powder is a component used widely in cosmetics like blush and eyeshadow, it offers the benefit of being non-irritating to the skin and non-toxic. Another benefit to using mica is the shimmery finish it adds to homemade soaps.
Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes to Try Today
Looking for a fun and easy DIY project to try at home? Why not give melt and pour soap making a go? With just a few simple ingredients and some creative inspiration, you can whip up your own homemade soaps in no time. Whether you’re looking to make gifts for friends and family or just want to indulge in some self-care, these five easy melt and pour soap recipes are sure to inspire.
First up, I have a recipe for lavender oatmeal soap. This soap is perfect for winding down after a long day, with its calming lavender scent and gentle exfoliating properties. Then I have a soothing shea butter soap with Ylang Ylang for a relaxing sleep.
Next, I have a citrus soap and a peppermint soap recipe that’s perfect for waking up in the morning. Then I’m sharing a honey oatmeal soap for sensitive skin. With so many recipes to choose from, you’re sure to find a melt and pour soap recipe that suits your needs.
Understanding Melt and Pour Soap Making
If you’re new to soap making, melt and pour soap is a great place to start. It’s an easy way to make your own soap without having to worry about handling lye. Melt and Pour soap is made by melting pre-made soap base and adding your own ingredients, such as color, fragrances, and exfoliants. The melted soap is then poured into molds and left to harden.
One of the best things about melt and pour soap making is that it allows you to be creative and experiment with different ingredients. You can use different types of soap bases, such as goat’s milk, shea butter, or glycerin. You can also add essential oils, dried herbs, and other natural ingredients to customize your soap.
To get started with Melt and Pour soap making, you’ll need a few basic supplies, including a soap base, a heat-safe container, a microwave or double boiler, molds, and any additional ingredients you want to add to your soap.
Essential Tools and Ingredients
Before diving into making your own melt and pour soap, there are a few essential tools and ingredients that you’ll need to have on hand. Here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll need
- Microwave or double boiler: You’ll need a way to melt your soap base, and a microwave or double boiler will do the job. If you’re using a microwave, make sure to use a microwave-safe container and heat the soap in short intervals to prevent it from overheating.
- Soap molds: You can find soap molds in a variety of shapes and sizes, from basic rectangles to fun shapes like flowers and animals. Look for molds made of silicone as they’re easy to use and clean.
- Microplane zester: A simple kitchen zester for lemons or oranges will easily let you add little bits of zest to your soaps for added color and scent.
- Cutting tools: If you’re not using molds, you’ll need a way to cut the soap into bars. A sharp knife or soap cutter will do the trick.
- Melt and pour soap base: This is the foundation of your soap recipe. Look for a high-quality soap base made with natural ingredients, like shea butter or goat’s milk.
- Fragrance or essential oils: Adding fragrance or essential oils will give your soap a lovely scent. Make sure to use oils that are safe for use in soap making.
- Colorants: If you want to add some color to your soap, you can use natural colorants like mica powder or clay, or you can use soap dyes.
- Additives: You can add fun additives to your soap, like dried herbs, oatmeal, tea, or coffee grounds. Just make sure to choose additives that are safe for use in soap.
Melt and Pour Soap Recipes
Making soap at home is easier than you think, and with melt and pour soap bases, you can have fun creating your own soap bars without worrying about lye or other harsh chemicals. Here are five easy melt and pour soap recipes that you can try at home:
If you’re looking for a relaxing soap, this lavender bliss recipe is perfect for you. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 pound of goat milk melt and pour soap base
- 1 tablespoon of dried lavender buds
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil
Melt the soap base in a double boiler, add the lavender buds and essential oil, and pour into a soap mold. Let it cool and harden for a few hours before removing it from the mold.
This soap recipe is perfect for those who want to moisturize their skin, and then indulge in relaxing sleep. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 pound of shea butter melt and pour soap base
- 1 Tablespoon pulverized quick oats
- 10 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil
Melt the soap base in a double boiler or bowl in the microwave. Add the oats and essential oil and stir. Pour into a soap mold. Let it cool and harden for a few hours before removing it from the mold.
This soap recipe is perfect for those who love the refreshing scent of citrus. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 pound of clear glycerin or white melt and pour soap base
- 1 tablespoon of dried orange peel
- 10 drops of orange essential oil
- 5 to 10 drops of lemon essential oil
Melt the soap base in a double boiler, add the orange peel and essential oils, and pour into a soap mold. Let it cool and harden for a few hours before removing it from the mold.
This soap recipe is perfect for those who love the invigorating scent of peppermint. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 pound of clear glycerin melt and pour soap base
- 1 tablespoon of dried peppermint leaves
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
Melt the soap base in a double boiler, or bowl in the microwave. Add the peppermint leaves and essential oil, and stir. Pour into a soap mold. Let it cool and harden for a few hours before removing it from the mold.
This soap recipe is perfect for those with sensitive skin. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 pound of goat milk melt and pour soap base
- 1 Tablespoon pulverized quick oats
- 1 tablespoon of honey
Melt the soap base in a double boiler, or bowl in the microwave. Add the oats and honey, and stir. Pour into a soap mold. Let it cool and harden for a few hours before removing it from the mold.
Tips for Perfect Soap Making
Making melt-and-pour soap is a fun way to make unique homemade soap. Here are a few tips to help you get you started.
- Use a high-quality melt-and-pour soap base. Look for bases that are made with natural ingredients and don’t contain any harsh chemicals or additives.
- Choose the right molds. Silicone molds are the best choice because they’re flexible and easy to remove the soap from.
- Add color and fragrance gradually as a little goes a long way. Use high-quality soap dyes and essential oils, and be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for how much to use.
- Work quickly but carefully. Melt and pour soap can set up quickly, so be sure to work efficiently but also take your time to avoid making mistakes or spilling the soap.
- Let the soap cool and harden completely before removing it from the mold. This will help the soap keep its shape so it doesn’t break when you try to remove it.
With these melt-and-pour soap-making tips, you can create beautiful and fragrant soaps that are perfect for gift-giving or just pampering yourself.