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SOAP – SILKY, EXFOLIATING, SOOTHING, LUXURIOUS.

Melt & Pour Soap…Basics. By Victoria Hincu

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"What Soap Is To The Body, Laughter Is To The Soul."

SOAP – SILKY, EXFOLIATING, SOOTHING, LUXURIOUS.

Multiple entrepreneur Victoria Hincu writes for Self Starter Magazine

Having a beautiful, silky and glowing skin is very pleasurable, enjoying the envious eyes of others on you. It can be easily achieved by using natural, readily available, unexpansive ingredients, a healthy diet, and an active lifestyle.

My name is Victoria Hincu and I am going to start my journey through the world of beauty

with you, my readers, by bringing you into the secret jungle of the handcrafted soap.

Soap – silky, exfoliating, soothing, luxurious… we all love holding a good soap in our hands. Handcrafted soaps created with natural and organic ingredients are a great part of our daily routine and make a fabulous gift.

Carefully designed and crafted beauty-products create a special ambiance around those who have the luck of using them. The crafter involved in the making process must put their soul into this product to create an unforgettable piece of art and package it in a special way. However, not everyone is aware of how a soap comes to life, how many types there are and what goes into it.

For an artisan handcrafter who wants to make soap, there are two ways of doing it:

  1. Melt & Pour
  2. Cold Processed (CP) or Hot Processed (HP)

I personally prefer CP and HP soaps. In my opinion, CP will go better for hard soaps and HP works better for liquid soaps but there are natural and organic certified Melt & Pour versions which I love working with too. Regarding CP and HP, it is much harder, requires knowledge, patience, and attention to details.

We will talk about this method another time, today we use the Melt & Pour process.

When it comes to Melt & Pour everything depends on the supplier we choose to buy the base from. The best bases, I find, are the Organic certified ones.
Melt & Pour goes well for beginners in my opinion who only start their journey into a handcrafted world of beauty. By doing MP, it is safe, accessible and easier to concentrate on your additives, such as flowers, clays, milk, oatmeal, fresh lavender or other fresh herbs, as well as dry herbs and powders, oils, kinds of butter, charcoal, micas, etc.

Working with your nose by creating the fragrance you desire by using Mother Nature’s gifts such as essential oils, extracts, absolutes or readymade natural fragrances also plays a big role in making the perfect product.
Handmade soaps have really no limits on what you can use in them. It all depends on the designer’s imagination. When you make your own soap, you can personalize it by using only those ingredients which suit your own skin needs and nose.

So, go wild with your imagination.
The technic of MP is very easy and enjoyable: melt the base, add everything you decide to have in your soap, pour into a form and Voila…your soap is ready in about 30 - 40 min and ready to be enjoyed.

Multiple entrepreneur Victoria Hincu writes for Self Starter Magazine

Now, I will guide you through this process in detail.

What we will need to start and deliver our MP soap

Materials and Tools:

  • Double boiler, to melt the MP base and keep it warm for longer to work easier by adding additives
  • Kitchen scale to weigh all ingredients, including the MP base
  • Mortar and Pestle, to grind herbs
  • Mixing spatula or spoon used to mix in additives
  • Spray bottle, for the alcohol
  • Rubbing alcohol, helping to eliminate bubbles and disinfect forms
  • Parchment paper, to cover the working space if needs be
  • Molds, any soap or cooking plastic or silicone
  • Kitchen thermometer, to measure the temperature of the melting base
  • Base of MP
  • Additives: herbs, clays, essential oils, kinds of butter, etc

Before starting your work make sure that your work area and all the tools are clean, dry and disinfected with rubbing alcohol.

Using a knife, cut the base of MP into small pieces, to melt quicker. Weigh the base and additives, if you use butters they will need to be melted on a double boiler too. Prepare your fragrance by creating your own mixture from essential oils, extracts or absolutes or use a readymade fragrance. Do not forget to choose your essential oils, extracts, and absolutes carefully, as these aren’t only fragrance makers but can also add quality to your soap. Once the base of MP melts, you will have to work very fast. For the base not to be burned and to keep all the essential qualities, it is important to be kept at no higher than 100°C. Use the kitchen thermometer to watch the temperature. After the base has melted, remove from the double boiler and add in your additives.

Usually all the powders and clays, micas, I mix in my oils and add them to the whole mixture, plus the herbs. Some crafters prefer to add everything straight into the base. It depends on your preferences. Both ways are correct. I also stir with a hand blender using a slow speed, without making foam and to avoid lumps. But these are my personal preferences and habits of work.

Please note that the base will have to be agitated using a spatula from time to time while cooling down. I do this to avoid creating lumps, sedimentation, to cool down faster and so as not to have a film appearing on the top of the mixture.

As the base of the soap will be too hot will have to wait for the temperature to lower down and after stirring gently add essential oils mix or a readymade fragrance. Carefully pour the soap mix into moulds, spray the surface with rubbing alcohol to avoid bubbles.

Allow the soap to settle and fully harden.

When the soap, ready, it will easily be removed from the mould. It will pop out almost by itself at a small push at the bottom.

In case you make a big loaf of soap, let the soap to settle overnight.

Now, we came to the stage where a recipe will be created. I always use percentage measurements for all the formulas I make. Why I do this? Because it creates an exact recipe which can be easier adjusted for bigger or smaller quantities.

This procedure is relevant for all the beauty products I create and always start as a base for the recipe of 100%.

Multiple entrepreneur Victoria Hincu writes for Self Starter Magazine

Peppermint Chocola Soap

suitable for all skin types

100g of soap equal to 100%

  • 70% Organic base               = 70g
  • 7% Castor oil                        = 7g
  • 2% Coconut oil                     = 2g
  • 5% Evening Primrose oil      = 5g
  • 10% Jojoba oil                      =10g
  • 2% Rhassaul Clay                = 2g
  • 2% Cocao powder                = 2g
  • 2% Essential oils mix            = 2g

or, you can use a ready-made fragrance of your choice

  • a pinch of dry mint
  • 2-3 drops of liquid green colour or mica, if desired

Note: Never use food colouring in skincare products.

It is important to remember that if you start to work in grams, use the same units of measurements throughout the whole recipe through to the final product.

When creating our own fragrance mix, we are calculating a new recipe particularly for this mixture, so we will be starting again with 100%.

Essential Oils Mix:

In our recipe 2% of essential oils mix equals to 2g = 100%

  • 30% Peppermint
  • 20% German Chamomile
  • 5% Neroli
  • 10% Bergamot
  • 15% Lemon
  • 5% Myrrh
  • 5% Patchouli
  • 10% Sweet Orange

Please note: do not ever increase the amounts of essential oils or fragrance higher than 2% in your formula. 

If pregnant use 1% and increase Jojoba oil by 1%, for babies and toddlers use 0.5% by increasing Jojoba oil by 1.5%.

We will be talking about the use and safety of essential oils and basic oils, as well as other additives in the future.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s reading and you’ll be even more pleased when you’ll be using your own creation.

I`m looking forward to your questions, comments, and photos of your work results by creating a Melt and Pour soap.

You can follow the link www.toria.ie to find ingredients for your work in the

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With Love and Best Wishes xxx

TORIA

Soap4Hope.ie

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