What is melt and pour soap base made of?
Melt and pour soap is a ready-made soap base composed of fatty acids, glycerin, and other natural ingredients. The base is produced through the “saponification” process, which involves mixing fats and an alkali (such as lye).
What are the ingredients in soap base?
The basic ingredients of soap are:
- animal fat or vegetable oil.
- 100 percent pure lye.
- distilled water.
- essential or skin-safe fragrance oils (optional)
- colorants (optional)
What should not be added to melt and pour soap?
DO NOT add butters or oils to melt and pour soap. They compromise lather, cause separation, and prevent the soap from fully hardening.
Are melt and pour soap bases natural?
Made from 99% Natural Ingredients, this soap base is glycerin rich and vegetable based to provide an naturally high foaming formulation, free from synthetic surfactants and MPGs.
Do you need preservative for melt and pour soap?
Preservatives do not need to be added to your soap unless you are using milk, fruit or other fragile ingredients.
What does propylene glycol do in melt and pour soap?
Propylene Glycol- Propylene glycol is a colorless, odorless liquid which is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). PG is used in melt and pour soap as a humectant. It is a wetting agent that helps oil based materials mix with water.
How do I make melt and pour soap harder?
How to harden melt and pour soap? To make your soap a bit harder you can add up to 1 tablespoon of beeswax, cocoa butter, or shea butter per pound of melt and pour soap you’re making. Cocoa butter and shea butter contain stearic acid which aids in creating a firm soap.
Is glycerin soap base natural?
Unlike many OTC soaps, pure glycerin soap is all-natural. It doesn’t contain alcohol, fragrances, or other chemical-based ingredients that could irritate your skin. This makes glycerin soap vegan-friendly and a great option for people with sensitive skin.
How do you make clear melt and pour soap base?
Can you put honey in melt and pour soap?
I recommend 1/2 teaspoon per pound when adding honey to melt and pour soap base. Too much honey in melt and pour will cause the soap to become soft, increase glycerin dew, or the honey may separate from the base. The Honey Melt and Pour Soap Base is an easy way to incorporate honey into your melt and pour projects.
Can I sell melt and pour soap?
Melt and pour soap is a handmade product that you can sell! A crafter can create great products and research the best base to use for their bars of soap. Be sure to research and label the ingredients in your base to satisfy the FDA or Fair Packaging and Labeling act requirements.
Can I put coconut oil in melt and pour soap?
You can add coconut oil to a melt and pour soap base. However, you may want to know how much coconut oil you can add to melt and pour soap. You can use up to 1 teaspoon of coconut oil per pound of soap in a melt and pour soap recipe. If you add more coconut oil than recommend, the bar of soap can get soft.
Does melt and pour soap base contains lye?
All melt and pour soap bases contain lye, water, glycerin, and oil. You may see sodium hydroxide listed as an ingredient – that is lye.
Can soap be made without lye?
NO, chemically-speaking, soap itself cannot be made without lye. Soap is made by blending oils (like olive oil or coconut oil), a liquid (water, goat’s milk, etc.), and an alkali (lye). Lye is needed to convert oils into soap.
How do you add additives to melt and pour soap?
Generally, you should add a tablespoon of melt and pour additives for each pound of soap. You may need more or less for different recipes, so you will have to experiment. If you want to add two things, use a half of a tablespoon for each one. Adding too much can prevent your soap from setting up.
Which preservative is best for soap making?
Rosemary extract (Rosmarinus officinalis) is the main natural preservative we use. As a natural antioxidant, Rosemary Extract helps extends the shelf life of our bars, preventing those unsightly brown spots that can form over time on bar soap as a result of oxidation.
Is glycerin a preservative?
Vegetable Glycerin is soluble in water and alcohol, so should be used in the water phase of formulas. It can also replace alcohol in herbal and botanical tinctures. Although it can be used as a preservative at 50% or higher, it makes any product very sticky at this level.
Does vitamin E oil act as a preservative?
Vitamin E instead prevents oxidation of oils, which is why its called an antioxidant! Keep in mind Vitamin E is NOT an actual preservative and cannot be used as one in products containing water.