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Stephenson Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap Base

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


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

Product Reviews

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2 out of 5 Stars.

Lovely smell, takes a while to melt even when you cut into smaller pieces, and does not lather at all, purchased the regular soap base thinking I received a bad batch and it did not lather at all. This base does hold your fragrance amazing, but the non lather is a downfall.

2 out of 5 Stars.

1 out of 5 Stars.

sad I had heard good comments on this basis ,,, but and bought a lot of 25 pounds I used it with strained two soaps of 120 grams and a complete disappointment would face a second, and melted in Maria bath and in the microwave already imploded, , 25 pounds to go to waste

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CandleScience responded: 2021-06-14

I am so sorry to hear about your experience with this soap base. We'd love to offer some assistance with this! Someone from our team will be reaching out to you shortly via email.

2 out of 5 Stars.
No lather at all

I purchased this to add to my soap line but no impressed at all. Took a long time to get it to melt was concerned about burning it. I tried the first batch as I always do to make sure it held scent and lathers nicely but couldn't get it to lather at all. Not happy since I bought a whole case and now don't know what to do. I normally use the clear M&P base and have no trouble at all with the lather issue. Please help with this situation.

1 out of 5 Stars.

I purchased the shea butter melt and followed CS instructions to a T and I did not use or add any additional products. I made 2 batches and none of the bars lathered. I reached out to CS support advising them of the issue. CS support responded to my email...however the emails back in forth are CS asking questions. To date I have not received a resolution and the matter is still unresolved. I am disappointed that I have a 25 Lb box of soap base that I can not use because it does not lather and is useless. I do not give this soap base any stars and I do not nor would I recommend the shea butter melt.

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CandleScience responded: 2021-02-15

Hi there! Thank you so much for reaching out to our Support Team so we could help troubleshoot with you!

3 out of 5 Stars.
Hard to melt

First time using This soap base. Is takes a lot to melt in my double boiler and while melting is forms a skin on top, and it hardens too quick, is so quick it stars to harden while pouring

2 out of 5 Stars.
Not very impressed

Not impressed at all with Shea Butter. When put in the microwave to melt, it doesn’t melt well at all. Then I have to put it back in the microwave, risking it being “burnt”. After that, while stirring, it forms a skin before being able to pour it at a decent temperature.

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.