We all must start somewhere when it comes to picking up a new hobby or side hustle, and we are here to go over the basics of what Melt & Pour Soap base is and how you can utilize it to make your own soaps. Melt & 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). The resulting substance can cure for up to four weeks before it’s ready for use.
There are many veterans in the soap making world, but most soap ‘rookies’ really have no idea where will be the best place to start. When most people first think about making their own handmade soaps, they assume just melting down a normal bar of soap is a good place to start. They see other artisans at craft shows selling beautifully made natural soaps, and immediately think of starting their own line. You really need to start by looking at what is in your ingredients, most commercial soaps have a lot of additives that don’t allow them to be melted down or reused. Instead, you really need to buy a block of melt & pour soap base that is specifically designed to allow additional additives. These melt and pour soap bases are widely available from companies, like Bulk Apothecary and a hundred other soap making supply websites on the web.
One quick tip: Each of these bases have drastically different properties, so the best advice is to try a few out before making a large purchase. SFIC and Crafter’s Choice are the largest names for melt and pour bases in the industry, so they’re usually a good choice for any beginner. Don’t forget your soap supplies: molds, cutters and loaves etc. These tools are really a vital part of starting your own product line. If you forget to get them, you will find yourself with plenty of soap, and no way to mold it into the shape you want.