Last Minute Soap Making Part 2 – Melt & Pour Soap Making
With Christmas approaching fast, the window on creating soap for gifts is closing rapidly. At least it is for one particular method of soap making – the cold process.
While the cold process is my prefered soap making method, it does have a major drawback. Because the cold process requires extra time for curing, it may not be the best option for those of us who have procrastinated on our soap making.
There is, however, still hope!
In Part 1, we talked about the hot process. Now let’s get into melt & pour.
Melt & Pour for Christmas
Many fans of the cold and hot process will argue that melt & pour technically isn’t soap making because the method does not involve saponification. Whether or you agree or disagree no one can deny that melt & pour is definitely a viable option if you are making Christmas presents late in the game.
The melt & pour method involves melting pre-made glycerin so that it can be placed in the molds of your choice and customized with colorants, scents, and other items. Since this method does not involve lye, it is often the first choice for beginners who are concerned about handling lye. Additionally, since saponification does not take place, the soap made with this method is ready to use much fast than either the cold or hot processes.