In soap making, timing is essential. If you whisk too long, then your soap will begin to get in the measuring cup to the point where you won’t be able to pour it. If this occurs, it must be re-melted before pouring. Re-melting soap with fragrance can destroy the integrity of the aroma. Expect to make a few mistakes when first learning to make your own soaps; however, you will quickly get the feel of this super-simple process! Goat’s milk, coconut and shea butter bases do not have good suspension and require that you whisk your formulas until they thicken but are still warm enough to pour.
Basic Melt-and-Pour Soap-Making Instructions
Heat your soap base as indicated by manufacturer. (Be careful not to overheat or you will destroy the integrity of the soap based.)
Add color per manufacturer’s instruction.
Add fragrance or essential oils per manufacturer’s instructions. Hint: For every pound of soap use three teaspoons of fragrance (this does not apply for essential oils).
Add any other inclusions-water for handmilled, jojoba carrier or other oils; vitamin E (a preservative), etc.
Whisk mixture until it begins to thicken.
Pour into molds.
Spritz each soap while still warm with alcohol to remove bubbles.
Allow to cool completely in mold.
Remove from mold.
Air-dry (length of time depends on what type of base you are using). Glycerin can be packaged after one hour.