Melt and Pour Soap Base
Is every melt and pour soap base created equal? The answer... absolutely not! Finding the right natural soap base that's actually healthy for your skin is essential when creating your own all natural skin care products.
After all, if it isn't completely natural, synthetic free and filled with all important glycerin, then you won't be experiencing any real skin care benefits by using your homemade soap. In this case, you might as well go out and buy the first bar you see off your supermarket's shelf!
On this page I am going to explain the different types of melt and pour soap bases and let you know what you should be looking for when choosing your own...
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When I first started out making soap, I "committed the crime" of buying what I thought was a natural soap base from a large retailer. I had no clue what was used to create the soap, and couldn't even tell you if it was free of harmful synthetics. Back then, as far as I knew, pretty much all melt and pour soap bases were the same so it didn't matter which one I got. Well... I was wrong!
There are many different types of melt and pour soap bases that you can use. Some incorporate synthetic ingredients and some do not.
Unfortunately, not all soap bases are available to purchase and if you want to use one that is made out of a particular combination of soap making oils, you may need to make the soap yourself using the cold process soap making method. Creating your own base and then melting it down to add extra ingredients is called rebatching.
Buying a pre-made melt and pour soap base, however, is the best option for the beginner and those who want to create intricately designed soaps. Although you won't be able to customize your ingredients, you can purchase wonderful olive oil soap bases, coconut oil soap bases, goat's milk soap bases and many more that you'll fully enjoy!
Keep in mind that no matter what type you decide to use, it must have certain characteristics. Be sure to read the following section to discover what they are so that you can pick yours out successfully...
Glycerin Soap Base
Be absolutely sure that you only buy a glycerin soap base. Glycerin is a byproduct of the soap making process that is usually removed and sold for a profit by most soap manufacturers. This substance is extremely beneficial to this skin as it moisturizes very well and has some healing properties.
Being able to incorporate glycerin into your skin care regimen is one of the main benefits of using homemade soaps.
Natural Soap Base
Also make sure that you use a 100% all natural soap base. Obviously, if your base is full of synthetics and chemicals, your soap will be too! It's very important, if you want a beautiful complexion, to keep these harmful substances off of your skin.
I strongly recommend that you call the manufacturer for an ingredient list before you use any base; even if it's advertised as a natural soap base. If they won't reveal what was used to create their product, don't buy it!