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Stephenson Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap Base is now 10% off the listed price while supplies last. The discount will be reflected in your shopping cart.

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

Who doesn’t love the nourishing benefits of shea butter? Derived from a naturally occurring plant-based substance, shea butter moisturizes, soothes, and protects skin. This product from Stephenson perfectly combines shea butter’s many benefits into a single package. Add a touch of luxury to your soap line with this top-notch soap base.

Need a little inspiration? Try out Stephenson Honey Melt and Pour Soap Base with our How to Make Loofa Soap tutorial

Ingredients labeled with Batch #174500 or lower: Glycerin, Aqua, Sodium Stearate, Sorbitol, Sodium Oleate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sodium Laurate, Sodium Myristate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Titanium Dioxide, Pentasodium Pentetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate

Ingredients labeled with Batch #174501 or higher: Glycerin, Aqua, Sodium Stearate, Sorbitol, Sodium Oleate, Sodium Shea Butterate, Sodium Laurate, Sodium Myristate, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acidm Sodium Citrate, Titanium Dioxide, Tetrasodium Iminodisuccinate, Tetrasodium Etidronate

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

Stephenson Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap Base Highlights

  • Vegetable-based
  • Sulfate-Free
  • Good foaming
  • Excellent moisturizing properties
  • Neutral odor
  • Produces opaque soap bars

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.


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Made in the UK


Sulfate Free
Detergent Free
Skin Types
All Types
Melt Point
142°F (61.1°C)
White Opaque
Prop 65 Warning

Product Reviews

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3 out of 5 Stars.
17 reviews

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5 out of 5 Stars.
I'll buy again!

Great for the cost! It's soft to the touch but still a hard, nice looking bar. It didn't have a bad/overpowering scent out of the plastic box like other commenters had. It was easy to remove and to cut. Melted just fine.
I added a colorblock, mica, clay and an extract as well as a scent. (I made facial bars) It took well to the color and scent. Of course it's white, so adding these colors required extra product. Turned out just fine! I'll be ordering more in the future.

4 out of 5 Stars.
Decent Soap

My only complaint with this soap is that its not very lathering. I made Shea Butter with Oats, honey and peppermint soap and I also made Shea Butter with Oats, Coffee and honey both are great. Formed nicely within my silicone mold.

4 out of 5 Stars.
★★★★★+++ for CS, but ★★★ for this base.

I think I already wrote through my complete satisfaction with CS's service and shipping speeds for the Goats Milk base, so I won't repeat it here.

Not at all thrilled with this base.
— Out of box, the soap has a really strong bodily odor. Smell can't really be masked without dumping a whole into the base; odor cuts right through citrus formulations and makes for fatty florals. This is the kind of base for the maker of soap who dreams in the fatty nuttiness of shea butter (obvs not me).
— 142d melt point is accurate and the soap will take and requires a high temp to fully melt. When I take this down to a temp that seems suitable for adding eos, additives, etc., film started to form quickly, despite carefully monitored workable temps. Tried again, same issue despite a revised formulation of additives. Was able to produce some bars, just enough to convince me out of using this.
— Bars this produced were harder than those made with other Stephenson bases, which is a plus, but there's the smell of the base creeping up again. Leaving shea out of soaps bc of this base. There's always lotion lol.

Am glad CS had this at a reasonable price to try, get the idea out, and move right along.

5 out of 5 Stars.
Love It

This is my favorite base to use. It holds fragrance well, and creates a hard, long lasting bar of soap. I’ve played around with adding all kinds of things to this base - mica, dead sea mud, ground oatmeal, poppy seeds - and I’m always pleasantly surprised with how the bar turns out. I wish Candlescience carried more soap making products like these so I could shop for everything in one place, but I’m a happy repeat customer.

4 out of 5 Stars.
Good Purchase

I use this base for 3 of my soaps and everyone loves it. It does dry quickly, and I wish it was a littler harder. I mix it with activated charcoal, turmeric, oatmeal & honey, essential oils and even some fragrance oils. I have no problem with it.

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