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Melt and Pour Soap

Homemade soap is one of the easiest DIY projects that creates a simple and personalized final product. Choose your favorite ingredients and scents, and then all you have to do is melt and pour.



  1. Cut soap base into 1' square blocks and melt in a double boiler or the microwave (if you use the microwave, heat in 30-second increments, mixing between heating sessions).
  2.  Remove from heat and add skin-safe essential oil or fragrance oil to your liking. A good rule of thumb is to start with 1 tsp of fragrance/essential oil for every 16 oz of soap base you use, and go from there. Be careful not to over-use fragrance, or the soap won't solidify properly.
  3.  Add a few drops of gel tone colorant* and mix; add more drops until you achieve the desired level of color.
  4.  Pour into molds and let cool. After a few hours, the soap should be ready to pop out of the molds!

*You can also get creative by adding spices, seeds, etc to the soap. For the dark reddish soaps, we use Aunt Patty’s Turmeric Powder!


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7 thoughts on “Melt and Pour Soap”

  • Gail Weatherford
    Gail Weatherford March 3, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Thank you very much for these videos. They were very informative. I did learn from them even though I have been making soap for a while. She is very good.

  • Carol Theis

    how much honey, butters, oils can be added to a pundits of base? in addition to adding these items, I will be adding essential oils

  • Candy Conrad

    My last batch of melt and pour soap, made with the goats milk soap base, turned brown after a while. Did I burn it when melting it? The only additions were dried lavender buds and lavender essential oil.

    • GloryBee

      Thanks for reaching out! Did the soap turn brown while your were melting it or after it was finished. It's possible that the lavender buds caused it to turn brown. We've had lavender buds THEMSELVES turn brown in soap.

  • Jen

    Can you make swirls and such using a couple different colors and pour into a block mold (similar to cold press soaps) with a base soap? Thank you!

    • GloryBee

      We haven't been all that successful making swirls. We've found that the soap bases behave a bit differently and need to be more liquid when poured; for effective swirling, soap needs to be a bit thicker. However, we always encourage experimentation! If you wants to make multicolored soaps with soap base, layering is also fun!


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