|Melt & Pour|
Melt & Pour
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When you're ready to begin crafting your melt and pour soap, you'll need to gather your equipment and ingredients.
Finding good quality soap base is very important. A lower quality base will not have reliable results, and may not turn out as clear as a high quality one. The base is available in both clear and opaque (white). Some suppliers also sell a pre-colored base.
You can use many things to color Melt & Pour soap. Soap colorant chips and blocks work well. TKB Trading has Gel Tone TM Colorants that work well also. You can also use food coloring, but this may not last as long as the other colorants. Another option is to use natural colorants from herbs/spices.
If you want to add some scent to your soaps, you'll want to get your hands on some fragrance or essential oils. You may find them locally at a health foods store, but there are many places on-line that they can be ordered. Essential oils are pure oils - Fragrance oils are part synthetic, part pure. Both work well and have their purposes - You may find that you favor one over the other. You should not use extracts such as a synthetic vanilla extract or almond extract for scent as these contain alcohol that can be drying to the skin.
You can use just about anything plastic and flexible for a mold. As long as the mold is flexible, you shouldn't need to coat it or line it with anything. You can purchase designer molds, or use Rubbermaid storage containers or drawer dividers. Once you get into soap crafting you'll find yourself looking at everything as a possible soap mold!