Soap Making FAQ
Melt And Pour Soap Making
Commonly asked questions about our products for soap making.
Q. Can you give me any suggestions on how to remove the scent from a plastic mold from the previous batch of soap, i.e. so that the next batch I make doesn't smell like the first batch? I'm reusing the same mold over and over.
A. There is no way to remove trace scent from a previously used plastic mold. The good news is that this should not pose any problem - the amount of scent involved is normally overpowered by the scant of the next soap poured into the mold. Remember we are talking about a microscopic fraction of the total scent used in the next soap. Unfortunately this does not apply to unscented soap so if you make both scented and unscented soaps, it is a good idea to have molds used only for unscented soaps.
Q. How can the lather be increased in melt and pour glycerin soap?
A. We know of no way to do this at this time.
Q. Can you use chocolate molds for soap?
A. Yes, as long as your soap process does not exceed 160 degrees F. The molds will distort at temperatures higher than that. Our sister site has a huge selection of chocolate molds, see chocomolds.com
Q. What is the best way to melt soap?
A. We prefer to use a double boiler.
Q. Can I melt soap in a microwave?
A. Yes, but care must be taken not to overheat it (that would make a mess and ruin the soap). Place in a Pyrex measuring cup for ease of handling. Microwave on low for 10 seconds, stir. repeat until fully melted. Once melted, stir in dye and scent oil. Be sure to check the temperature if pouring into a plastic mold.
Q. Why are some of your scent oils not safe for soap?
A. The scent oils we have marked as "candles only" contain known skin irritants such as cinnamon.
Q. How much scent oil do I add to soap?
A. This will vary depending on the fragrance, and how strong you want it to smell. One ounce of our scent oils will fragrance from 5 to 20 pounds of soap.
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Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my knowledge and common soap making practices as of the time of this writing. These FAQ's are common questions asked our tech support department starting in 1997 and updated and rewritten in April 2012. The author and the publisher accept no liability for the use or misuse of any of the information presented these pages - they are presented for informational purposes and is used at your own risk.
Author: Bob Sherman
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