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Melt and Pour Soap Base - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Melt and Pour Soap Base

Why Make Soap with Melt and Pour Soap?

Making soap with Melt and Pour is the easiest and quickest way to make a high-quality and professional looking bar of soap! Melt and Pour Soap Base is great for beginners and experienced crafters alike, because it allows soap makers to focus on the more fun aspects such as scents, colors and designs, without worrying about making soap from scratch. They are also a safer alternative to cold process soap because you don’t have to handle lye.

How to Choose a Specific Melt and Pour Soap Base Type?

The first step to making soap from Melt and Pour is choosing a Soap Base. Pifito offers a wide variety of premium Melt and Pour Soap Bases. All our Melt and Pour Soap Bases primarily consist of coconut oil, palm oil, safflower oil, glycerin, water and sodium hydroxide (lye). From there other natural ingredients are added to make each base special, like goat's milk, shea butter, oatmeal, aloe vera, honey, hemp seed oil, olive oil, cocoa butter and more.

Not Sure Which Melt and Pour Soap Base to Choose?

Not sure which Melt and Pour Soap Base to buy or simply want to try a variety of bases? With so many different options, choosing a Melt and Pour Soap Base can be overwhelming. Since each base consists of different ingredients, it’ll ultimately affect the way it looks and feels! The Pifito Melt and Pour Soap Base Sampler is the perfect solution! Now you can try from a variety of seven popular natural soap bases, to determine which you love best!

Ingredients

What are the ingredients of your Soap Bases?

The ingredients of our soap bases are either found on the image of the soap base itself (place your mouse on the image to enlarge), or it can be found on the listing page, under the Product Details.

Do your products have any chemicals?

Our soap does not have any chemicals, synthetics, parabens, detergents or lathering agents. No SLS are used in any of our soaps.

Do you test your products on animals?

We don't test any of our products on animals.

Are your products Gluten Free?

All our soap bases are Gluten-Free. The only soap base that is not, is our Shaving melt and pour soap base.

Where do you source your palm oil?

All the palm oil that is used in our soaps are sustainable and purchased only from partners that are certified and comply with RSPO.

Does your soap base contain lye?

Our soap base does not contain lye at this current stage. Though lye was added in the beginning to create the soap, as it's impossible to make soap without adding this ingredient. However after the chemical reaction of saponification has occurred, there is no more lye left in the soap base and it's totally safe to handle and use.

Is your soap vegan-free?

All Pifito soap bases are vegan-free, except the Goats Milk which is obviously not vegan-free.

Does your soap contain soy?

All our soap bases are Soy-Free.

Soap Base - Product

How is the Shaving Soap Base different from the other soap bases?

Our Shaving Soap Base is similar to the Clear soap base, but it contains lots of luxurious foam, which is great for shaving or for anyone that loves a great heavy lather.

Do I melt the soap on the stove top or a microwave?

You can either melt the soap base in a microwave, starting with just 30 seconds at a time, or if you prefer not to use a microwave, you can melt the soap base in a double boiler.

Instructions - How to Make Soap with Melt & Pour Soap Base

Instructions:

This is an overview instructions of the basics on how to make your own homemade soap with melt and pour base.

1. Cut 1 lb of Pifito Melt and Pour Soap Base into small chunks and place them into a container.
TIPS: Our Pifito 6 Cavity Soap Mold can hold about 1 - 1 ½ lbs of melt and pour soap base.

2. Melt the soap base in a microwave, starting with just 30 seconds at a time. Remove the soap and stir (It will be thick and chunky). Repeat heating the soap base until all the chunks are gone and the soap is completely melted.
TIPS: Be careful not to overcook your mixture, so not to burn your soap.
Cover the container with Saran Wrap. This will help keep the soap base from drying out while it is being heated.
If you prefer not to use a microwave, you can melt the soap base in a double boiler.

3. Once you've removed the soap from the microwave, wait till the soap cools down a bit. Then slowly add essential oil (scent) to the melted soap base and gently stir.
TIPS: The general usage rate for every 1 lb of melt and pour soap base is .25 fl. oz. of essential oil.

4. Add soap color to the melted soap base and mix well. Lightly spritz Isopropyl (Rubbing) Alcohol to disperse any clumps caused by the colorant powder; they usually float to the top.
TIPS: The general usage rate for every ¼ lb of melt and pour soap is one .15cc scoop of Colorant Powder. Begin by adding a little of color to the soap, stir and gradually add more until you achieve the desired look you want.
Alternatively you can first mix the pigment powder with a bit of rubbing alcohol on its own. Then pour this mixture into your soap, thereby avoiding any clumps.

5. Slowly pour the soap into the mold. Try not to splash the soap or get too many bubbles.
TIPS: If you do get bubbles in the soap, lightly spray the tops of the bars with rubbing alcohol.
Try to aim for the middle of the mold, so it doesn’t overflow when it’s completely filled.

6. The soap should be hard enough to unmold in a few hours. You can hurry this along by putting the mold in the refrigerator (not in the freezer).
TIPS: It will take several hours on the counter or approximately an hour in the refrigerator for the soap to completely cool and harden.

7. When the soap is completely hardened, you should be able to pop the bars out of the mold by gently pressing the bottom. Since the melt and pour soap base is already cured, there's no waiting. You can use your soap right away!
TIPS: If it does not pop out easily, try tapping the mold firmly with the palm of your hand. If that doesn’t work, most likely it’s not cool enough. You can either leave it for another hour, or place the soap in the freezer for 10 minutes.
If you’re not going to use your soap right away, wrap it in plastic to store.

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