How to Make Melt and Pour Soap – Lisa Maliga’s The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting

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Learn how to make melt and pour soap for the first time without the mistakes that waste both time and money!

Learn how to make melt and pour soap for the first time without the mistakes that waste both time and money with Lisa Maliga's book, The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting! This helpful book teaches you how to make melt and pour soaps successfully the first time without typical beginner mistakes.

Learning a new craft for the first time can be a daunting task sometimes filled with a lot of trial and error – especially if it’s a craft you are teaching yourself. Making handmade soap, especially, can be confusing and sometimes unsuccessful your first try if you don’t have the proper knowledge or someone knowledgeable in the field to lend a hand.

When I first started making soaps, I made melt and pour soaps. While chemically simpler than making cold process soaps, they can still provide a unique challenge as far as the ingredients you may wish to include in your soaps and the coloring, design and even the unmolding of your creations. Fortunately, if you’re giving melt and pour soapmaking a first time try there are many valuable resources available to you.

One of my favorite resources for learning how to make melt and pour soap is the book, The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting by Lisa Maliga. Had this book existed the first time I melted cubes of soap, color and fragrance in my microwave, I definitely would have had more successful trials and less error. But now that it’s been written, this is one soapmaking book you’re must add to your collection for future reference and research into this exciting craft.

What I like best about this book on how to make make melt and pour soap is how comprehensive it is overall. It starts small with many of the basics some instructional guides tend to skip over or breeze through, and expands on the information as you progress. It includes soapmaking instructions on not only the best way to make your melt and pour soaps, but what equipment to use for the greatest product results.

This helpful book on how to make melt and pour soap covers everything from choosing your soap base and molds to adding fragrances, herbs, and color. There’s also information for labeling and packaging your soaps for those wanting to give their end product as gifts or those considering starting their own business.

Learn how to make melt and pour soap for the first time without the mistakes that waste both time and money with Lisa Maliga's book, The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting! This helpful book teaches you how to make melt and pour soaps successfully the first time without typical beginner mistakes.

I was extra excited that Lisa shares her soap secrets in this soapmaking book. There are a few tips that she offers that I learned the hard way on my own. This of course resulted in some rather disappointing soap. While still usable, it wasn’t pretty.

Had I known that lavender buds in melt and pour soaps will discolor the entire bar of soap brown before I made my first lavender scented melt and pour soap, I would have not ended up with some very ugly soap bars.

Luckily, Lisa shares her tips on what not to add to melt and pour soaps due to the unflattering results as well as what additives you can use and the results you can expect.

Additionally she also provides very thorough information on buying fragrance and essential oils, the differences between various methods used to obtain essential oils, and blending tips for creating your own unique scents.

There’s also an explanation of the benefits of the various oils, herbs and other additives you may choose to use in your melt and pour soap and a how to on colorants. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also find over 85 melt and pour soap recipes you can try out for yourself – from a simple one color-one fragrance recipe to more advanced soap recipes with multiple colors, soap embeds and additional, creative ingredients.

Lisa’s book definitely makes melt and pour soapmaking a rewarding experience for the novice soapmaker. So if you want to learn how to make melt and pour soap or you just need a little extra help getting to where you need to be, definitely invest in the book The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting by Lisa Maliga. This one hundred and thirty-four page melt and pour soapmaking book is filled with information you’ll reference time and again. It even includes a list of melt and pour soap suppliers.

Buy it now and you’ll be making Lisa’s Lentil Bliss Shampoo Bars and Vanilla Bean Speckles Soaps in no time. And not long after, you’re sure to have your own unique melt and pour soap recipes under you belt! Get it here.

You can also check out a collection of my own melt and pour soap recipes on Soap Deli News blog here.

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Chocolate Lover’s Silky Exfoliating Soap Recipe

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By Brandie of Canaan, NH
Deliciously scented and convincingly colored luxury soaps with a chocolatey twist!

Ingredients:

2 lb Melt & Pour Soap Base
1/2 cup Goat’s Milk Powder
1 tsp powdered Kola Nut (or other brown herb)
1 tsp Macadamia Nut Oil
1/2 tsp Cocoa Butter
1/2 tsp Mango Butter
1/2 tsp Silk Amino Acids
Chocolate Fragrance Oil

Instructions:

Melt the butters and glycerine soap gently over a double boiler. When liquid, blend in macadamia oil and silk. Let it cool slightly. Pour about 1 cup of soap into a separate dish and blend very well with Goat’s Milk powder, making sure to eliminate all lumps. Combine with rest of melted soap, mix in fragrance oil and Kola Nut Powder to achieve desired chocolately color and scent. Pour into molds.
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Pumpkin Souffle Hand Soap

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Here’s a simple melt and pour soap recipe for making your own Pumpkin Souffle Hand Soap. This would make a fun gift for your little tricksters.
Pumpkin Pie Soap

Ingredients:

4 Ounces unscented, clear Glycerin Soap
1/4 Tsp. Pumpkin Fragrance Oil
5 drops Oil of Cloves
1/4 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
Orange Food Color

 

Instructions:

Cut the melt and pour soap into chunks and put in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted. Add oil of clove, pumpkin souffle fragrance oil, ground cinnamon and food color. Stir well. Pour into molds and allow to set. You can hurry up this process by popping the molds briefly in the freezer. Unmold, then wrap the finished soap in cellophane or plastic wrap and decorate with a cinnamon stick and raffia.
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Vanilla Kitchen Soap – Cold Process Soap Recipe

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The coffee in this soap is great for removing tough kitchen odors like onions and garlic from hands. The cocoa butters adds extra moisturizing properties.
Ingredients:
28oz olive oil
16 of palm oil
16 oz coconut oil
4oz cocoa butter

26oz triple strength brewed coffee, chilled
9.1 oz lye

1oz vanilla fragrance oil, at trace

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Buttery Vanilla Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

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Ingredients:
4oz goats milk melt and pour base
1 Tbsp powdered whole milk
1/2 tsp of hydrolyzed silk amino acid
8 drops of Buttercream Fragrance Oil
8 drops of vanilla Fragrance Oil
Instructions:
Gently melt the soap base over a double boiler until liquid and then allow it to cool slightly. Stir in the powdered milk and silk amino acid. Lastly, add fragrance oils and pour into a soap mold of your choice. This is an excellent face and body bar.
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