Saturday, June 02, 2012

The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting by Lisa Maliga

My non-fiction Saturdays continue with a lovely book by Lisa Maliga. I was especially interested in this book because a friend recently gave me 2 bars of her home-made soap and I LOVE it. The one I'm using now is lemon-grass and I feel so clean afterwards. 

The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting
Lisa Maliga

By handcrafting your own bath & body products, you will be in charge of quality control! You can make your soap as natural as you like, if that’s your concern. Maybe you’ve always just loved being around soap and trying new kinds. Or you’re a do-it-yourself sort of person. Perhaps you’ve seen someone demonstrate soap crafting and wanted to try it. Other reasons include being able to make gifts for Christmas, birthdays, Chanukah, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, Valentine’s Day, graduation, wedding and baby showers, and any other occasion. You might even be able to sell your bubbly creations.

Teaching children how to craft melt and pour soap is a great way to keep them entertained and educate them in the value of making something they use. Perhaps you’re comfortable in the world of crafts and can already knit, sew, quilt, weave baskets, craft polymer clay, etc.

Making your own soap will prove to be satisfying for your creative side and also for that resident scientist just waiting to mix things up. You'll discover that the vegetable oils in your kitchen cupboard can be used to create a moisturizing soap. Dried herbs make your soap smell wonderful and are beneficial for your skin. Natural colorants can be found in your spice rack or at your local health food store. Scenting your soap is a joy to do – and the combinations are limited only by your imagination. And did you know that adding milk to soap won’t spoil – but you will become spoiled after using it and will always want some on hand.

The benefits of making your own soap will pay off financially as well. You'll save money by making soap and won’t have to pay retail prices anymore. If you choose to go into soap crafting for you and your family, you can always buy your soap and other ingredients wholesale. It’s easy to find a quality melt and pour base for around two to three dollars per pound. Most shops sell a 3 ounce bar of soap for more than that!

Also, there happens to be a large variety of soap bases available to the soap crafter. The standard types, transparent, ultra transparent, and opaque are the most common, but you can also find goat milk, honey, coconut, olive oil, palm oil, aloe vera, rose hip extract, pansy extract, orange oil, colored transparent base [in several different colors], marbleized, hemp seed oil, avocado and cucumber, shea butter, cocoa butter, and organic melt and pour soap bases.

After more than a decade of crafting soap, and later selling it online, I finally found the time to sit down and write about my soaping adventures and share them with you. There are 40 original recipes and most of them are easy to make. Accompanying photos show the finished product. And the reader will find many companies that sell all the necessary ingredients.

Happy Soaping!


  1. Love making soap and I do it sometimes, makes great gifts! Thanks :)

  2. Thanks for sharing this on your blog, Kathleen.

    Melissa -- glad to meet another soapmaker! You're so right about making soap to give away as gifts! :)

    P.S. 6/17 is Father's Day!


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