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). The resulting substance is allowed to cure for up to four weeks before it’s ready for use.
Contrasted with made-from-scratch cold process soaps, melt and pour soap can be used immediately. All you have to do is melt the base, add fragrance and dye, and place it in a mold. These bases often contain super-nourishing components like shea butter, argan oil, or olive oil that enrich the skin. For detailed instructions on working with a melt and pour soap bases check out our melt and pour soap making for beginners guide.
Melt and pour soap is the easiest and quickest way to make a high-quality, professional bar of soap! Excellent fragrance lift, superior aesthetics, and ease-of-use are all good reasons to use these bases. Their versatility makes them popular with beginners and experienced crafters alike, they present abundant creative options, and they are a safer alternative to cold process soap because you don’t have to handle lye.
We’ve partnered with Stephenson Personal Care to offer a premium line of melt and pour soap bases that are vegetable based and super moisturizing. Soap makers around the world use Stephenson products to create unique and beautiful finished products. Stephenson’s wide variety of soap bases allow you to create any type of soap you want. Simply start with a melt and pour base that already has the primary ingredients and aesthetic you're looking for, and customize it with desired fragrance, color, and additives.