How to make glycerin soap. Learning how to make soap using melt and pour soaps is a great place to start if you are new to soapmaking or are looking for a fun project to do with your kids.
These "melt and pour" soaps are easy and convenient to use. Best of all, they don't require using lye.
You will need to purchase a glycerin soap base. You can either purchase this from your local hobby shop or buy it online (find it here.)
Once you have purchased your glycerin base, the first thing you will
have to do to learn how to make glycerin soap is cut your chosen soap
base into smaller chunks.
Never melt your glycerin soap in a microwave. Glycerin soaps have
gentle ingredients that can be damaged in a microwave, and your end bars
won't be as likely to produce any lather.
Instead, heat your glycerin soap base in a double boiler. Put a couple of inches of water in the bottom pot of your double boiler and bring it to boiling. Then reduce the heat to a simmer.
Add the cut-up chunks of glycerin soap base in the top part of the boiler. Stir the chunks frequently it your base has completely melted. Then remove the melted base from the heat, and allow it to cool slightly. Continue stirring as your soap base cools.
Once your soap base has cooled slightly, add fragrance, or better still, essential oils to your soap base. Stir for a couple of minutes to make sure your oil or fragrance is well blended. You will need either one half to one ounce of fragrance or half an ounce of essential oil for every pound of glycerin soap you make. Then pour your soap into plastic molds. You can find a variety of molds either at your local craft shop or online.
You will not need to add preservatives to your glycerin soap unless you plan to add fruit, milk or other ingredients to your soap that might spoil. If you want to add a little color to your soaps, you can purchase cosmetic clays or other natural colorants online or at your local craft store. If you want to add other dry ingredients, such as herbs or oatmeal, add about one tablespoon for every pound of soap base you use.
If you are planning on selling these soaps or giving them away as gifts, you will need to wrap them in paper or other packaging as soon as they are completely cool. This will keep your bars from "sweating." Remove fingerprints from your bars by rubbing them with a bit of alcohol.