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Melt & Pour to CP

Melt and Pour                                                                                                                                                                part 2

Many kinds of soap base can be purchased in large blocks to be melted down, colored and fragranced molds (or used to make loaves of soap to be sliced). This type of soap is called “Melt and Pour” and the artistry of melt and pour is called “Soap Casting.” Melt and Pour is gaining in popularity because of its ease of use. There are no significant safety measures (other than basic common sense – don’t put your hand in the hot soap, don’t cut your finger off with the knife, etc…) needed for soapcasting. Children can do it. It’s a great outlet for creative types.

CP~Cold Press

Hi! I’m Rita and I’ve been making soap for years. Most of us are aware that most commercially produced soaps are filled with chemicals. And I found that many of the offerings in the health food stores were often too expensive to use on a regular basis.

So I turned to making my own soaps and bath and beauty products at a fraction of the cost. I’m not a control freak–but it’s lovely being able to control what goes onto your body!

So which is better? Cold or hot process soap made from scratch or melt and pour bases? Most people agree that made from scratch soap is best. I’ve never made hot process, but do make cold process. But sometimes I’m busy and sometimes I don’t like dealing with the lye even though with proper precautions it is safe.

In my opinion melt and pour bases are a decent alternative when it’s not practical to make soap from scratch. BUT I was disheartened when I went to several craft stores, natural product web sites and other places to find a more natural M & P soap base.

Recently I discovered a local manufacturer of melt and pour soap bases. I was allowed to tour the small facility and ask questions. I had no idea that there are only a handful of melt and pour soap manufacturers in the USA.

According to the soap facility owner, most melt and pour is imported. And I was appalled to find that many of the bases contain sodium laureth sulfate–a harsh detergent that some consider unhealthy.The place I toured refuses to use SLS and uses organic ingredients when possible.

If you’re like me you use melt and pour because of the relative ease and versitility–but you also want the natural benefits. I suggest you read the ingredients of every M & P soap base you are considering using. None of them will be totally organic or natural due to the ability to melt and pour. But not all M & P’s are created equal.

Look for ones that contain organic and/or wildcrafted ingredients. That’s hard to find. But I think it’s worth the search. I want even my M & P soap to be as natural and organic as possible whether I’m using it for me and my own family or selling soap to others. And the great thing is–the base I found it actually less costly than going to the craft store and buying the imported, chemical-laden stuff!

Join me in the following months as I share my journey of making natural soap and bath and beauty products. I’ll be discussing ways to color soap naturally and some fun and easy recipes to whip up at home.

I’ll also caution you to be aware of the chemicals in a lot of the natural products even produced by home business people.

I’m not a chemist, but I have spent considerable time researching and experimenting on the ways the get the convenient products we all enjoy with a minimum of harmful additives and chemicals.

I started on my journey not only because I wanted the healthiest products possible at reasonable prices–but also because I have a few chemical sensitivities to fragrances in particular. Yes! I mainly blend and sell perfume oils on Ebay and local fairs. How do I do that? I’ll get into that in a later guide.

And while I am not totally vegan in practice, I agree with the principles and carry that into most of my products. I do use beeswax and goat milk, but stay away from animal oils.

Feel free to share your best tips for incorporating the most natural bath and beauty products into your life with minimal time and investment.

We all learn from each other. And the best way to learn is to know what is in the product. If a seller doesn’t reveal what’s in their products, I’d steer clear. I have my proprietary or “secret” blends and recipes. But I am always willing to reveal what ingredients are being used. And many soap manufacturers and other producers of “natural” products are banking on the fact you don’t know what some of the terms mean.

Recently I was browsing a large web site dedicated to hand crafted and “natural” products and was surprised at the chemicals being used. I suspect most folks who run bath and beauty products businesses at home don’t quite realize what some of these chemicals are. I didn’t really at first. But that’s a subject for another guide–when I reveal my trials and errors over creating some pretty scary “natural” products!

Rita
(PS I attempted to contact Rita, she no longer makes soap… This is a Repost from years ago, )

Primary Goal

My Goal…

One of my primary goals is not only to provide the public with sound and useful information to help them reach their goals quickly, but also to debunk a lot of the outlandish claims, myths and down right lies that pop up in the handmade soap industry. Oddly enough, the vast majority of these claims, myths and lies come from the very same companies who the public turn to for help these days, the soap companies.

So many companies…

Soap companies are a dime a dozen right now and each is fighting for its own claim to fame. Among them all it is common practice to provide some sort of product for their claims. It increases their credibility and it makes it look like they didn’t just copy every other product out there, but rather researched their product and constructed it from the ground up.

I write a weekly community Newsletter since 2004…

Because of a lot of the work I have done, things I have written and so on, I am always asked to review and critique soap companies products by friends and regular customers at flea markets . The companies I am reviewing are up and coming the movers and shakers in the industry.

I will say their name only if they allow out of respect for their privacy.

I sent tweets to a number of companies asking to critique their business and products. I feel that this information should be known by all, so let’s begin.
The following is a copy of an tweet I sent in various soap companies. If they reply great. With thousands of handmade soap companies the response may be overwhelming…

I critique soap co/review your Biz RSVP via email

Finding my niche in the soap world…

Do I fit in where I can get in

I was not sure when I started this blog a few days ago where to take it, I have many loves gardening, crochet,  I can’t knit a stitch family, my daughter’s dog (she’s away at school)  my son, business and soap making, many more  to many to list here.

Where is our niche

Vegan and Natural soapmaking are my forte, I have been making soap for four years come November,  I never sold  the soap I made I always gave it away to anybody, and everybody, my daughter wanted to start her own business and like the average 21 year old liked everything money, social media, telling all her friends,  hanging at swap meets, except the wait for the loaves we made to cure did I say she liked the money…

Thinking

I would like to explore the World of Soap, there are so many people making soap you wonder what makes  each person unique, what makes each soap different,, why do people buy this soap as opposed to buying that soap, Soap is Soap right?  Wrong… I was being nosey, on a recent  handmade soap search  Etsy list 78,153, Ebay, 17,012, Amazon 23,211 and Google show’s 561,000 handmade soap listing’s.  Picture 221Dollar Tree soap $1.08 with tax…I bought especially for this post.

I want to investigate, Soap, Soap makers designs and ingredients, cost you get the idea, I will make it honest and straightforward.  I might write a book when I am finished.

I would like your comments and feedback every step of the way, as I delve into the World of Soap.  Come along for the ride stay for the soap…

PS I am working on a Valentine’s Box  soon as I make the scent I like…