Tag Archives: melt & pour

Moisturizing Shaving Cream



To keep skin moisturized for the winter I have adapted my usual recipe slightly.


Large Mixing bowl


spoons/butter knives

spray bottle of isopropyl alcohol

digital kitchen scale

measuring cup

double boiler (makeshift with a pan of water on the stove works just fine)



paper towels

latex gloves

containers for your final product



2 oz Stearic Acid

1 oz Avocado Oil

.5 oz Shea Butter

.5 oz Emulsifying Wax

8 oz Distilled Water, heated

1 oz Melt & Pour Shaving Soap, grated

10 ml Aloe Vera Extract (It can be used up to roughly 15% of the total weight if you want more.)

Fragrance, optional. I only used 6 drops for this entire batch, you don’t want to over scent something that will be used on someones face. (mine is Lavender and Cedar scented this time.)

Preservative of your choice, not optional


Use the Isopropyl Alcohol to disinfect all of your equipment. It is important to take note that even though a measuring cup is part of the tools it will not be used for measuring anything, all measurements will be done by weight. A measuring cup is just easier to hold and pour with.

In a double boiler melt the Stearic Acid, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter and Emulsifying Wax.

Meanwhile, In a large mixing bowl add 8 oz of distilled water and microwave until steaming hot.

When the oils in the double boiler have completely melted whisk it slowly into the hot water, followed by the grated soap. Mix until creamy and smooth.

Using pippets add the Fragrance, Aloe Vera Extract and Preservative.

Spoon into container, leave without lid for a few hours to prevent condensation on the inside of the lid as it cools.


Recent Soap Creations

(I’m out of batteries for my camera so I took these with my phone sorry for the potato quality.)

Vanilla Cinnamon with suspended Pink Himilayan Salt. I used vanilla stable soap for this one and dusted cinnamon in the mold and then poured the first layer carefully on top of it.



Lemon and Lavender. This smells wonderful, I am now out of Lavender E.O.(again).  I learned a little bit of shimmer goes a LONG way. I used Turmeric for the yellow, the gold shimmer made it very vibrant.



This one was more of a visual experiment with colorants and I will be giving these away to the ladies I have tea with, I scented them with winter gardenia. My favorite combination was putting gold flecks in charcoal, I will have to make something interesting with that combination later.





Lemongrass Turmeric Soap With Calendula

I like variety so I generally make soaps one bar at a time, each one with unique ingredients. The lavender used here makes the lemongrass scent slightly floral.



Lemongrass Turmeric Soap With Calendula

glass measuring cup

digital scale

soap mold (4 oz)

2 oz honey melt & pour base

2 oz shea butter melt & pour base

1 teaspoon dried calendula

.1 oz turmeric powder

.1 oz gold shimmer block(optional)

10 drops lemongrass essential oil

5 drops ginkgo extract

4 drops lavender essential oil


Melt honey soap in the microwave 10 seconds at a time, add calendula petals and mix, then add 5 drops lemongrass and 2 drops lavender essential oil. Stir and pour into your soap mold, spray with alcohol and move to fridgerator carefully.

Melt shea soap in microwave 10 seconds at a time, add turmeric powder and gold shimmer and mix well. Add 5 drops of lemongrass and two drops of lavender essential oil. Add 5 drops ginkgo extract and mix. Remove honey calendula layer from fridge and spray with alcohol, pour shea turmeric layer on top, spray with alcohol. Let sit until cooled and hardened before removing from mold.



Bay Rum Espresso Soap


This is a single bar melt & pour project.

Tools needed for this project: 2 measuring cups, spray bottle of isopropyl alcohol, 2 teaspoons, 1 measure or dropper for ml, 4 oz soap mold, scale.

4 oz goats milk melt & pour soap

1 tsp powdered espresso

1/4 tsp kaolin clay

1 ml bay rum fragrance

Chop goats milk soap into small chunks and reserve 1\3 for second layer.
Place 2\3rd’s of soap in measuring cup and microwave in 10 second intervals until melted.
While microwaving soap measure espresso and reserve a pinch, add the rest to the melted soap and mix well.
Pour into mold and spray with isopropyl alcohol to remove bubbles, sprinkle powdered espresso on top evenly as possible and place mold carefully in freezer.
In the second measuring cup place the remaining melt & pour soap and kaolin clay, microwave in 10 second intervals until melted, mix well. Stir a moment to dissipate heat then add the bay rum fragrance, mix well.
Remove mold from freezer and spray the top of the soap with isopropyl alcohol before pouring the second layer. Spray top of soap with alcohol to remove bubbles and let cool completely before unmolding.

If you forget to spray alcohol between the layers or if you add too much espresso in between, your layers will not bond together.


Variations: If you wish to swirl your layers together don’t add the first layer to the freezer after pouring and apply second layer when the first layer has only cooled enough to have a thin skin. Use a toothpick or utensil to gently mix the layers after pouring, do it gently but quickly, it cools and hardens pretty fast.
You could also use a clear melt & pour for the espresso layer for a bigger contrast.
Add a few whole coffee beans for decoration.
A speck of vanilla bean seeds would be a great addition to the clay layer or used instead of the pinch of espresso.
If you do not have bay rum fragrance you could use pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon.

Geranium Rose Soap with Rose Clay, Melt & Pour Recipe



3.2 oz white melt and pour soap (I used the shea butter variety)

1/4 tsp Rose Clay

1/8 tsp Stearic Acid

1/8 tsp Oatmeal (ground to a fine powder with a blender or coffee grinder)

2 drops geranium Rose Essential Oil



Chop soap into rough chunks and place into a microwave safe container with the Rose Clay, Stearic Acid and Colloidal Oatmeal. Microwave in bursts of 15 seconds until it is mostly all melted. Remove and mix thoroughly until all soap has melted and is smooth. Add Essential Oil and pour into mold.