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Stephenson HCVS Melt and Pour Soap Base
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Product Notice: May 18, 2023: This product was reformulated by the manufacturer without pentasodium pentetate. The change is minimal and will not affect the quality or performance of the soap bases, but the ingredient list on your product labels will need to be updated. 
This change impacts Stephenson M&P soap with batch numbers after 174500. For details on this change, visit Stephenson’s Knowledge Corner: Pentasodium Pentetate

Designed to create transparent soap bars, Stephenson's High Clarity, Vanilla Stable soap base has excellent stability with up to 2% of most fragrances containing vanillin. The nourishing high glycerin content feels fantastic on the skin. Before producing a large batch, we suggest thoroughly testing the base with your fragrance of choice, as you can still experience some discoloring from other raw materials.

Looking for great gift ideas? Here's a tutorial on How to Make Sugar Scrub Bars Using Clear HCVS Melt and Pour Soap Base or How to Make Diamond Soap!

Ingredients labeled with Batch #174500 or lower: Aqua, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Sorbitol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Laurate, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium Thiosulfate, Pentasodium Pentetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate

Ingredients labeled with Batch #174501 or higher: Glycerin, Aqua, Sodium Stearate, Sorbitol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium Thiosulfate, Sodium Citrate, Tetrasodium Iminodisuccinate, Tetrasodium Etidronate

Learn more about these ingredients on our Melt and Pour Soap Ingredients Defined page

Stephenson HCVS Melt and Pour Soap Base Highlights

  • Vegetable based
  • High clarity and transparency, enabling bright colors
  • Good foaming
  • Excellent moisturizing properties
  • PH 9.5-10.5
  • Neutral odor
  • Perfect for slicing or molding

See our complete list of soap colorants.

IMPORTANT - Any time products are used on the skin, it is essential to test for safety. It is your responsibility to test any and all of our products to ensure satisfactory and safe results in your finished product. When adding ingredients to any soap base, do not use candle dye or fragrance oils that are not approved for bath and body use. Please see the individual fragrance page for recommended product usages, and review the IFRA sheets for usage maximums. You can also view soap-safe fragrance changes that have been affected by the IFRA 49 amendment.

Interested in selling your products? Check out a brief overview of labeling guidelines for cosmetics, which includes melt and pour soap, scrubs, whipped bath soaps, and more.

Wholesale Ordering
Check out our wholesale page for more information on ordering soap supplies in bulk or by the pallet.

Made in the UK


Melt Point
129°F (53.9°C)
Sulfate Free
Detergent Free
Skin Types
All Types
Prop 65 Warning

Product Reviews

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5 out of 5 Stars.
Love this base

I love this soap base,everyone loves it,I did a test with the 2lb it came out great I add some herbs and oils to it but it left my skin dry,that’s my only complaints,anything I can add for the dryness please.

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CandleScience responded: 2023-01-23

Hey Farah, thank you so much for your review! A member of our Customer Support team is reaching out via email to assist! We look forward to working alongside you to help relieve some of the dryness you're experiencing.

5 out of 5 Stars.
Seems fine to me

I've purchased this clear base before and it was fine. I'm ordering it again today.... I have no idea why this wouldn't work out for others??

1 out of 5 Stars.
Horrible experience

I bought my first 2lb. batch of Clear Melt Soap Base, in June of 2022 and everything worked out perfectly like the soap tutorial video stated to do.

Fast forward 4 months later (October 2022) and I decided to order a 2ib. Goat's milk, and 2 additional 2lbs. of the clear base. The Goat's milk did not give me a trouble, but the other 2 batches of the clear melt and pour have turned out very disappointing. I was barley able to make even one soap from each batch. The soap became so rubbery I had to try patting the rubbery soaps into the molds. HORRENDOUS LOOKING!!

I tried different ways to heat the soap because I thought that maybe I had done something wrong, the problem seems to be with the batches or I'm not entirely sure what it is, because that did not happen on my very 1st EVER attempt at soap making when I first tried it out back in June. The clear melt and pour doesn't seem to fully melt, then when I trying to reheat for 10 or 15 sec. (which the soap tutorial states you can do) it only makes the soap set quicker as soon as I add the color and fragrance also purchased from Candle Science the hardening of the clear soap is speed up twice as fast and I end up with a rubber consistency which I end up pulling off as a whole hardened piece of plastic straight out of the funnel. It never even makes it into the mold or hardens right at the spout of the funnel and I am luck if I end up with one very distorted and gloopy soap bar.

Luckily, the goat's milk has not given me trouble as of yet. I am very upset that after showing my niece a soap bar from the goat's milk she had asked me to make her one using the clear soap instead so I wanted to have it made for her birthday. Instead I ended up with a dump of clumped not fully melted rubbery plastic mess.

I have now learned it is best to make sure and learn how to make my own clear soap, I will be sure to learn the proper amounts of each ingredient, to keep it as simple as possible so I have control of what goes into my soap bases.


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CandleScience responded: 2022-10-24

Hi there! Thank you for sharing your review. We're terribly sorry to hear you've run into some issues with your recent batch of HCVS, and we'd love to learn more about your experience so that we can best assist you. A member of our Customer Support team is reaching out to you via email to help.

1 out of 5 Stars.
The worse

I was excited to used this base, but it just became goopy and glue like and I could not make anything out of this base. I went by how the instructions said and did not work. I literally wasted the 2lb.

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CandleScience responded: 2022-10-10

Hi Brandy! Thank you for taking the time to leave a product review with us. We're so sorry to hear that you experienced issues with your soap base and we want to help! A member of our Customer Service Team has reached out to you via email to provide further assistance.

5 out of 5 Stars.
Great for 1st time soap makers

Bought this and the donkey milk soap. Both seem to be good quality and do not have a noticable smell which is great for adding own smells to it. Was easy to melt and pour and holds shape really well. Also great price.

5 out of 5 Stars.

I am very pleased with this product. Holds scent of FO very well I'm still working on getting the essential oils to hold fragrance. The lather is amazing from it.

5 out of 5 Stars.

I'm very happy with these products. The prices are right. This is definitely my go to place for everything.

5 out of 5 Stars.
I like this base

I have no complaints with this base, colors come out nicely and smells. Nice lather. Will be purchasing again.

5 out of 5 Stars.

I have a very good recommendation

5 out of 5 Stars.

I am almost finished with my third 25lb block and I have to tell you I love it. The shipping is fast and the soap base is of amazing quality! My soaps always turn out great! Really good buy compared to other companies selling similar product.