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Advanced Melt & Pour Soap Making

Layering

Melt your first ½ pound of soap. Add color and fragrance. Pour into molds. Let cool completely at room temperature. Do not freeze.

Melt your second ½ pound of soap. Add a different color and the same Fragrance. Let soap cool until a light skin forms. Spritz first layer of soap in the molds with rubbing alcohol. Peel back the thin layer of skin on your second soap and pour over the first layer. Allow to set completely before removing bars from the molds.

Embedding

Melt 1 pound of soap. Add your fragrance and dye. Pour ¼" of soap in your mold. Let set until completely cool.

Place your object(s) as desired over the hardened soap. Remelt remaining soap and add another ¼" of soap to the first layer. Let set up until completely cooled. This step "anchors" your objects into the soap.

Remelt remaining soap and fill the rest of your molds. Let set until completely cooled before removing from molds.

*If you just pour your soap and then place the objects in, they will likely float or sink in your bars rather than stay suspended in the middle of the bar.

Jeweled Soap

Melt ½ lb. of transparent soap base. Add fragrance and dye and let cool completely. Remove from mold and cut into chunks. Place these chunks in your soap mold.

Melt ½ lb. of  white soap base. Add fragrance. Wait for a slight skin to form over the top of your soap. Peel back and pour over the chunks of soap in your molds.

Let cool completely before removing from mold.

*To make long rectangles of soap that can be sliced, you can do this same technique using long rectangular trays or drawer liners manufactured by Rubbermaid. Once the soap is cooled remove from the mold and cut into 1" slices. If you find that your soap crumbles when cutting, chances are it is too cold. Be sure it is at room temperature before slicing into bars. If transparent soap pieces breakaway from the white soap, the white soap was probably too cold when it was poured over the transparent. Do not freeze the transparent soap pieces before pouring the white soap base over them. Also, if you find that your transparent soap pieces were melted when the white was poured over them, the white soap base was too warm.

Fun With Additives

The following ingredients can be added to one pound of melted glycerine soap in the quantities listed. Be sure to blend thoroughly. Avoid exceeding the recommended amounts as doing so will affect the hardness of your soap. Also, adding various ingredients to clear melt and pour soap may affect the transparency of your bars. Some of the effects can be quite attractive.

 Milk

Mix 1 tablespoon of powdered milk with 2 teaspoons of water until well blended. Add to 1 lb. of soap.

Cream

Add 1 tablespoon of fresh cream to 1 lb. of soap.

Honey

Add 1 tablespoon of honey to 1 lb. of soap.

Cocoa Butter, Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil

Add 1 tablespoon of anyone of these oils to 1 lb. of soap. Using too much will make for a "slick" bar.

Oatmeal

Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of regular uncooked ground oatmeal to 1 lb. of soap.

Poppyseed or Cornmeal

Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of either. Using too much will either float or sink in the bar.

Dried Tea Leaves

Add a small pinch of crushed dry herbal tea to 1 lb. of soap.


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