Melt & Pour Soaps

Melt and Pour Soap
"Melt & Pour" is a fun, easy, and FAST way to whet your appetite for soapmaking! It's totally different than making the soap from scratch - but it's a way to satisfy your wanting to make soap while you have batches curing!
I ordered 1 lb. of glycerin soap from Pourettes and cut it in half. It cuts very easily. I placed a glass jar in a pan of water on the stove on medium high heat and added the chopped up soap. The smaller the pieces - the easier and faster it melts. The instructions said to take it to 158 degrees - so I used a thermometer the first time - but have since done many more batches and find you don't have to mess with the temperature. When it's totally melted. . . .POUR! :-) I kept the top of the jar covered with plastic wrap most of the time as the directions said to eliminate the amount of oxygen that gets to the soap. You also don't "stir" it as it'll bubble and foam. You just "nudge" it along as it's melting. Then I added coloring - using the wax soap chips from Pourettes. You could use several different things I'm sure. Wal-Mart carries the liquid coloring for the glycerin soap now too. Food coloring would work as well. Then you add the scent in the form of essential or fragrance oils, or you can use perfume too! There's not any "lye" to react to the additives - so you don't have to worry about the scents or colors changing. The soap looks like glass and is beautiful! When I added lemon juice to one batch - it got cloudy and opaque due to the juice - but I like the effect. I added lemon peel too - but it all floated to the top - so as it started to set up like jello - I kept pushing the peel around until I got it where I wanted it! I learned that lesson and started to "layer" things instead. I made a clear bar where I poured a little in the bottom of the mold and then added tiny seashells. I popped it into the fridge for a few minutes and then added another layer of soap and more shells. I poured all my soap into a plastic embroidery floss organizer or into shell molds that I bought at Wal-Mart. After setting up in the refrigerator you just pop it right out! Very easy and simple!
Tammy

Melt and Pour Recipes

Loofa Soap
I have a wonderful recipe that's a loofa and a soap all in one! I've been doing this for years, and one of these days I'll add it to my "things I'm gonna sell at the next craft sale" list, but until then, I'm gonna share my recipe with ya'll :)))
Supplies:
1 frozen OJ container (not a can, because you'll have to peal it away)
1 long loofa sponge to fit the can a few bars of Neutrogena soap (or you could use some glycerine bars, or any other "clear" soap you've made.)
instructions:
Stuff the loofa into the OJ container.
Cut the soaps into small bits (I find grating the soap a faster way to melt it)
After the soap is all melted, pour it into the container. I fill it about 1/3 at a time, giving the soap time to settle and firm up. Continue until the container is almost to the top (I usually leave about 1 inch or so)
After the soap had hardened completely, peel away the paper container and what you have now is a "log" of loofa. You can now slice this into any thickness you like. I usually do 3" pieces, that makes a nice bar of soap. I don't add any EO's becuase I usually use the neutrogena soap.
But you could always add a few drops if your using unscented glycerins.These soaps make a wonderful hostess gift, and I always have a few "guest" bars in the bathroom on a pretty plate with some seashells.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me :)
Bridgie 3/10/99

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Oatmeal Scrub Bar
Grind 1/4 cup oatmeal in the blender to break it up, but don't pulverize it.
Place in soap round, the palm size works great.
Add enough melt and pour to get the oatmeal bound, and let harden.
Fill the rest of the bar (other half) with a touch of yellow and some fresh fragrance

Great gift bar! I'd like to try it with powdered loofa too, but having a problem finding that.
Vanessa Hand 2/18/99

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Earth Clay Soap
1 lb. vegetable glycerine soap
1 Tablespoon Clay
2 Tablespoons Jojoba Oil
1/4 Cup Distilled Water
Colorant and Scent

Be sure to mix the clay separately. I put the tablespoon of clay in a dish and spoon a small amount of the melted soap and mix it into a paste, then add it to the soap. This eliminates lumps of clay and makes a nice smooth soap.
Susan Weiss 5/14/98

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Apple Spice Cake Soap
Double Boiler
Heat resistant pouring pitcher
heat resistant spatula
4 in 1 floating flower mold (#55018)
14 oz soap base (#55036)
2 teaspoons Apple Candle & Soap Scent (#66021)
1/4 teaspoon Spice Candle & Soap Scent (#66036)
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Candle & Soap Scent (#66039)
1 red soap color chip (#55012)

Bring water in the bottom pan of double boiler to a roaring boil. Place top pan over water, add soap base, apple, spice & vanilla scents & color chip.Cover, turn off the heat under the pan. Come back in 15 minutes. Stir a couple of times, pour into the pouring pitcher, then pour into the molds. (if all the soap base is not melted, recover and wait 15 more minutes)

Let sit over night. Pop out of the molds

Copyright 1998 all rights reserved
Designs By AnnaLiese
AnnaLiese M. Moran

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Boysenberry Swirl Soap
2 Double Boilers
2 Heat resistant pouring pitchers
heat resistant spatula
6 in 1 floating rectangle soap mold(#34468)
Pan 1
11 oz soap base (#55036)
1 teaspoon Boysenberry Candle & Soap Scent (#66023)
1/4 teaspoon Spice Candle & Soap Scent (#66036)
1 red soap color chip (#55012)

Pan 2
10 oz soap base (#55036)
1 teaspoon Boysenberry Candle & Soap Scent (#66023)
1 blue soap color chip (#55013)

Bring water in the bottom pan of both double boiler to a roaring boil. Place top pan over water, add 10 oz soap base, Boysenberry scent & blue color chip to pan 1. To pan 2 add 11 oz soap base, Boysenberry scent & red color chip. Cover, turn off the heat under the pan. Come back in 15 minutes. Stir a couple of times, pour the contents of pan 1 into the pouring pitcher, then pour into the molds. (if all the soap base is not melted, recover and wait 15 more minutes) The pour the contents of pan 2 into the pouring pitcher, gently pour in the molds, moving the pitcher back and forth. If it doens't "swirl" enough then gently stir a few times in the molds with a knife.

Let sit over night. Pop out of the molds

Copyright 1998 all rights reserved
Designs By AnnaLiese
AnnaLiese M. Moran

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Caffe Italiano
6 in 1 round soap mold (#55034)
15 oZ soap base (#55036)
1 1/4 teaspoons Coffee Candle & Soap Scent (#66027)
3/4 teaspoon Amaretto Candle & Soap Scent (#66020)
1/2 red soap color chip (#55012)
1/2 blue soap color chip (55013)
1/2 yellow soap color chip (#55037)

Bring water in the bottom pan of double boiler to a roaring boil. Place top pan over water, add soap base, scents & color chips. Cover, turn off the heat under the pan. Come back in 15 minutes. Stir a couple of times, pour into the pouring pitcher, then pour into the molds. (if all the soap base is not melted, recover and wait 15 more minutes)

Let sit over night. Pop out of the molds

Copyright 1998 all rights reserved
Designs By AnnaLiese
AnnaLiese M. Moran

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Lavender Flowers
Used a combination of opaque and clear base, and add lavender EO and red and purple colors. Then fill a mold 3/4 full with this, and let it harden.

Once it hardens, Pop it out of the mold. Then, put into the mold a couple of dozen lavender buds (edible lavender buds, from the gourmet store ...), and a few drops more lavender EO. Fill the mold about 1/4 full of clear M&P, and put the previously-made soap into it.

The result is a purple opaque lavender soap encased in a clear soap studded with lavender buds. (The lavender buds retain their lovely purple color in clear M&P). You might try making another one just like this, but with just a *touch* of gold mica in the clear coating.
Ela Heyn 5/9/98

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Soap

Ingredients:

Loaf style bar soap mold
Unscented glycerin soap
1/2 cup of peanuts shelled
1/4 cup of oats
1 teaspoon of peanut butter
1 teaspoon of shea or cocoa butter
pinch of cinnomon

Directions:

Melt soap in microwave or double boiler until completely softened. In the meantime grind the peanuts in a food processer or blender. Stir all ingredients together and pour into loaf mold. let cool and slice into pieces or give whole loaf as gift.
Anna Klenk 11/8/02

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Soap

Melt your MP Soap. The quantity of soap doesnt matter - I just make cookies out of whatever amount I melt. Melt one small batch and one larger.

Add a little brown color. If its clear you need to add brown liquid color or powder. For white, which is what I use, I just stir in a little cocoa powder. We want this chocolatey, and the cocoa powder works surprisingly well for the color. We want a very light brown. The cocoa may work with the clear also, havent tried it.

With the second small batch darken well to dark brown with the cocoa powder. Let harden slightly till a little tacky.

Pour the liquid larger batch into small round molds. As it's in the tacky stage, add the little dark brown soaps as little lumps ( these are the chips ). Do all around the top.

You could probably put some in the bottom of the mold as well, and pour the soap base over it, then add the chips at the top as it is setting. The pouring soap would need to be a little cool as not to blur the chips youre pouring over!

You can add some chocolate FO - I dont own any. I try to use as much natural ingredients as possible and since I have so many other things to buy I havent really been able to afford FO's.

I did add a little cocoa butter to my soap for smell and hardening.

These are really cute and make a soft light brown lather!
Erin Williams 11/9/02

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Eucomint
Clear M&P Soap
1T. dried Eucalyptus leaves
1 tsp. Mint Tea
1T. Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 tsp. Peppermint EO (or FO)

Melt soap in double boiler or in Microwave-safe container. Make sure that soap doesn't begin to bubble. This will cause soap to have a bad odor.
Separate half of the Eucolyptus leaves. Set one half aside and steep the other half in 1-2 T. of boiling water to infuse. Grind the remaining half of the leaves with a pestle, or I personally like putting the leaves into a bag and rolling over it with a rolling pin.
Once soap is completely melted, add the Olive oil, stirring slowly and let cool slightly. Once container is warm to the touch, add your dry ingredients, stirring constantly. This enables the herbs to stay suspended in the soap. Quickly pour into available molds. We used sea-shell molds, but whichever type of mold that you prefer to use is fine as the finished product makes an awesome display.
Kami N Rel 12/10/02

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