I tried my hand at soap making as a hobby about a year ago. I found it very engaging and creative. Melt and pour soaps are a good choice for beginners and avoid hassles of dealing with lye, which is used in “cold” and “hot” process soap making. With melt and pour soaps, there is control over additives such as essential oils, herbs, clays, orange rinds, coffee grounds, etc. but not the base soap. It is still possible to make pretty designs and patterns with this technique but I felt that the creativity could be limited when compared to the other methods. As mentioned in the “my organic opinion post“, the ingredient purchase can also be an overkill if you intend to make soaps just for yourself and your family. However, if you have a friend/s who shares your hobby, it may be worth it. I also felt that melt and pour the soaps lathered less and could turn into soft soaps (flexible) if the additive oils or honey were not adjusted properly. So one has to optimize for the additive formulation for a given base. Additionally, there are just a couple of companies that manufacture the melt and pour base soap so you don’t get to choose your desired ingredients in the base soap. I now personally prefer cold process soaps as I find that they are widely available with a large selection of base soap ingredients and the additives. Lots of information of “how to”…. soaps is available online, specifically on youtube. Overall, I enjoyed my soap making experience! Above are some pics of soaps that I made with oatmeal, charcoal and clays. 🙂
Happy soaping 🙂
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