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Which Soap Making Method is Right for You? Cold Process vs. Melt and Pour

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Soap making is an ancient craft that has evolved into a popular modern hobby and business opportunity. Among the various methods of soap making, cold process and melt and pour are two of the most prevalent techniques. Both have their unique advantages and challenges, making them suitable for different types of soap makers. Whether you're a beginner looking to create your first soap bar or an experienced artisan aiming to refine your skills, understanding the differences between these methods is essential.

In this blog, we'll delve into the intricacies of cold process versus melt and pour soap making, and help you decide which method aligns best with your soap crafting goals!

And hey, if you're looking for a one-stop shop for all your soap making needs, from soap making supplies to inspiration, and a community that's bubbling with ideas, check out all our soap making supplies here and soap bases here.

 

key takeaways

  • Melt and pour soap making is a quick and accessible method for beginners, with pre-made soap bases that can be easily melted, customized, and poured into molds.
  • Cold process soap making involves creating soap from scratch, offering full control over ingredients and customization, and takes 2 days to cure.
  • Choosing the right soap making method depends on your level of experience, desired level of creativity, and the amount of time you're willing to invest in the process.

 

melt & pour

Melt and pour soap making is like the microwave dinner of the soap world—it's quick, easy, and gets the job done. You start with pre-made soap bases, which are kind of like those frozen lasagna sheets you layer up with your favorite fillings. Except, instead of ricotta and marinara, your melting down these bases and mixing in colors, fragrances oils, and maybe some eco-glitter if you're feeling fancy.

Once you've got your soap base melted, it's a free-for-all of creativity. Pour it into molds of any shape or size—think silicone baking molds, but cooler because you're making soap. No need to wait for your soap to cure; it's ready to pop out of the mold and as soon as it sets.

 

what are the pros of the melt and pour method? 

  • Instant gratification: Your soap is ready to use as soon as it cools down.
  • Creative freedom: Mix and match colors, scents, and add-ins to your heart's content.
  • No lye handling: Say goodbye to the hazards of working with lye.
  • Kid-friendly: A great way to get the little ones involved safely.

With melt and pour, you're not just a soap maker; you're a soap artist. Unleash your creativity without the wait! Check out our step-by-step guide on melt and pour soap making!

 

what about the cons?

While melt and pour soap making is super accessible, it's not without its drawbacks. For starters, you're a bit limited in the customization department. Sure, you can add colors and fragrances, but the base is what it is. And speaking of fragrances, some can cause the base to act up, leading to wonky textures. Make sure to always check the IFRA data sheet of each fragrance you plan on using!

You also miss out on the 'from scratch' bragging rights. There's something about cold process soaps that screams artisan, and if that's the vibe you're going for, melt and pour might leave you feeling a tad underwhelmed.

Here's a quick rundown of the cons:

  • Limited control over the soap's composition
  • Potential issues with additives
  • Less 'artisan' feel compared to cold process

 

our starter kit

Ready to dive into the world of melt and pour soap making? Our starter kit is your perfect companion! It's packed with all the soap making supplies you need to create your very own soap masterpieces right at home. And guess what? You'll get a high-quality soap base that's just waiting for your personal touch of colors, fragrances, and shapes.

No more guesswork or hunting for the right tools. We've got you covered!

Plus, with free domestic shipping on orders over $149, you can stock up on all your soap making essentials without the extra cost. Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned soap artist, our starter kit is designed to make your soap crafting journey as smooth and enjoyable as possible!

 

cold process

Diving into the world of cold process soap making, you'll find it's a craft where precision meets creativity. Cold process soap making is for those who love to experiment and customize. From selecting oils to designing patterns, it's a creative journey. Plus, you get the satisfaction of making soap from scratch. It's a bit more complex and requires safety precautions due to the use of lye, but the end result is a fully customizable bar of soap that has a luxurious feel and is gentle on the skin.

 

pros

You're in control from start to finish, choosing every ingredient to suit your fancy. Whether you're all about natural and organic or you're looking to create a rainbow of colors and scents, cold process has got you covered.

Here's a quick rundown of why it's so awesome:

  • Total ingredient control for those with sensitive skin or allergies
  • Endless possibilities for customization
  • A longer-lasting bar that's super satisfying to use

Remember, with our revolutionary cold process formula, your soap will be safe and ready to use after curing for 48 hours! Utilizing our formula & the trinity blend as your base will create a high quality, long-lasting bar after only a few days cure time. Please note: using a different formula will not yield these same results. 

cons

Alright, let's get real about the downsides of cold process soap making. It's not all bubbles and bliss, folks! First off, cold process soap, take a tiny bit longer to cure— 2 days, versus 2 hours. BUT that is a major breakthrough in the world of cold process soap making! So we will take that as a huge win. But let's talk about the mess; it's like a mini tornado hit your kitchen/studio. Plus, you've got to handle lye, which is no joke. Safety gear is a must, and you'll need to keep pets and kiddos at bay.

While the creative control is a huge plus, the learning curve can be a bit more daunting. You're basically a mad scientist, mixing and measuring, and playing trial and error!


our two different kits - starter vs pro

Ready to dive into the bubbly world of cold process soap making? We've got just the thing for you - two amazing kits that cater to both beginners and seasoned pros. Let's break it down, shall we?

Starter Kit: Perfect for those just getting their hands soapy, our starter kit includes all the essentials. You'll find a selection of delightful soap bases, molds, and fragrances to kickstart your soap-making journey. It's a no-fuss, all-fun way to learn the ropes!

Pro Kit: Now, for the soap-making maestros, our pro kit is the ultimate upgrade. It's packed with a wider variety of soap bases, advanced tools, and exotic ingredients that'll let your creativity run wild. Plus, you'll get access to exclusive recipes that'll set your soaps apart from the rest.

And there you have it! Whether you're a melt and pour maestro or a cold process connoisseur, the world of soap making is your oyster. With our starter kits for beginners and pro kits for the more daring, you're all set to create suds that are uniquely yours. Don't forget to dive into our Bubble Book for tips and tricks, and if you're ready to turn your passion into a business.

So grab your gear, unleash your creativity, and let's make some waves in the soap world!

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For visual learners, check out our youtube video to learn more!

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