Melt and pour soap making gives you the creative possibilities of making beautiful decorative soap, like these gorgeous cameo soaps, with no hazardous chemicals – so it’s fun and easy!

We have great natural vegetable glycerin-based melt and pour soap bases,
as well as economical bulk melt and pour soap bases.

Here are some simple step-by-step instructions on how to make your own soap using melt and pour soap bases. (We have some great wholesale natural melt & pour bases!)

  1. Cut the melt and pour soap base into uniform, even chunks and melt either by microwave or double boiler.
    • Microwave: Melt the base in a glass measuring cup on high for 15-20 seconds, then stir well. Use additional time if required in 10 second increments.
    • Double-boiler: Bring the water in the bottom pot to boil, add your melt and pour soap to the pot above, cover, and reduce heat to low. Check frequently and stir occasionally until all soap is melted.
  2. If you want to add colourant to your soap, add it while the base is melted. How much colour you use is your choice – most liquid labcolors are very concentrated, so we recommend starting with a few drops and then slowly adding more by drops at a time until you reach the right shade.
    • Tips: Transfer pipettes can be used to inject coloured soap into certain parts of your mold or in a pattern to create contrast.
    • Try using micas to add a pretty shimmer to your soaps, but experiment and be aware that some of the micas will change colour when they react to the base.
  3. You can also add fragrance oils to your soap after your base is melted. How strong you scent your soap is up to you. Add by drops until you reach your desired scent level. Be aware that different fragrances can be stronger than others. Stir well until fully incorporated.
  4. Pour the melted base into your soap mold. If bubbles occur, spray the top with isopropyl alcohol to get rid of them.
  5. Allow soap to cool and harden for at least 24 hours, release from the molds, use, and enjoy! Keep in mind that the soaps may need to cure (air-dry) for a few days to create a harder soap bar.
  6. If you’re giving your homemade soaps away as gifts, try packaging them with cellophane bags and ribbon.

Check out or great melt & pour soap making ideas to get your creativity going!