However, there is much more that you can do than this.
There are lots of fun techniques that you can use to create all sorts of designs. You can create layers of different colours. You can use marbling effects. You can even put things inside your bars of soap to create visual effects, such as flowers, petals, seeds, pieces of soap and even small objects such as toys.
The soap base is not expensive and buying in bulk makes it even cheaper. However, you can start with as little as 1 kg if you just want to experiment. The base comes in 2 types: opaque, which is white, and transparent, which is clear. You can usually get your colours, fragrances and moulds from your soap supplier.
Melt and pour soap can be made in your kitchen, using basic kitchen equipment – you don’t need anything fancy and don’t need any protective clothing. The only precautions you need to take are the same as handling any hot liquids in a kitchen. Even children can do this with supervision.
The soap takes from a few minutes to a few hours to set, depending on the size of your mould. Once it is set, it is ready to use or sell, so you can make any product in a matter of hours. No need to cure your soap for a few weeks, as in other types of soap making.
The soap base is a standard recipe and made in huge batches – so it is very easy to replicate your recipes. As long as you add the same amount of colour and fragrance, you will get a consistent result.
The transparent base is very clear, so is excellent for creating lots of fun and eye catching soaps. There are so many fun techniques that you can use and you can unleash your creativity and turn out lots of fabulous soaps, remembering that any mistakes can simply be melted down and turned into something else!! There is virtually nothing that you cannot salvage!
Whether you want to make guest soaps for your bathrooms, soap petals to use when you are out, or big loaves of soap to slice, you can achieve all of this quickly and easily with melt and pour soap making – and best of all it’s FUN!!