Problems With Melt & Pour Soap

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Problems With Melt & Pour Soap
Glycerine is the main ingredient in melt-and-pour soaps. (Image by, courtesy of Debbie)

Handicrafting melt-and-pour soaps offers opportunities for creativity, but frustration sometimes occurs when crafters encounter unexpected problems. Here's how to troubleshoot potential challenges.

Dirt and Debris

Remove any debris from melt-and-pour soap base by scooping it out with a spoon. Protect your soap base from dirt by storing it inside a container with a tight lid.

Colour Changes

Old melt-and-pour soap base can sometimes take a yellow hue, but the soap quality remains. Use colourant (mica) to cover it. Fragrance oils containing vanilla will cause soap to turn brown, but vanilla and colour stabilisers are available.

Dried, Crumbly Soap Base

High-quality glycerine soap shouldn't crumble, but over time it can dry out if not tightly sealed. Soap base containing too much lye can cause crumbly soap, so purchase supplies from a respected supplier.

Bonding Layers

To get two soap layers to adhere, spray rubbing alcohol on the first--hardened--layer before pouring the next. Rubbing alcohol bonds the layers.

Boosting Lather

If you want more bubbles from glycerine soap, add castor oil or tallow at no more than 3.5 per cent.

Air Bubbles

To remove air bubbles from glycerine soap after pouring into moulds, spritz the layer with rubbing alcohol. The bubbles will dissolve.

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