Friday, June 01, 2012

Melt & Pour Soap: How to Use Leftover Soap Base

What's not to love about these multi-stripe loaf slices? These soaps were made from leftover soap base using Mold Market's square loaf mold. Some of the loaf cuts were made using a wavy soap cutter. Other cuts were made with a straight soap cutter.

GoPlanet's custom made miter box is ideal for cutting loaf soaps. If you're looking for a way to use up leftover melt and pour soap, this is an option. I would love to tell you what scent was used, but it was a blend of fragrances from all the leftover soap. It actually smelled quite nice.

You can always override the original scent by adding additional fragrance to each layered batch.

The key to successfully creating a layered loaf soap is timing. Each layer must set up until a soap skin has formed. Then, generously spray the soap skin layer with rubbing alcohol. Pour the next layer at a 130 degree F temp. You don't want to break the soap skin of the previously poured layer. If you pour to hot, the pour will penetrate the previous layer and you won't have nice clean edges to your colored layers.

NEVER, never dispose of your soap scraps. They can always be recycled into new soaps. Keep all leftover soap in a plastic bag and securely tied with a twist tie. Heat sealing the bag is even better as it keeps out any residual moisture and prevents condensation from forming on the surface of the soap scraps.

1 comment:

Moremi Robinson said...

Love the your post. I do exactly the same thing.. I save everything and use the leftovers to make new soap loafs.. Great idea..