The 3 Primary Soapmaking Methods: Melt and Pour, Cold Process and Hot Process

Apr 15, 2024Healing Moon Farm and Ranch

Soap making is a fascinating process with a variety of methods to create the final product. Each method results in a unique bar of soap with its own characteristics. Let's explore the three different soap making methods - melt and pour, cold process, and hot process - and how the final bar differs in each case.

What is Melt and Pour Soap Making?

Melt and pour soap (also called glycerin soap) making involves melting pre-made soap base and adding color, fragrance (in our case essential oils), and other additives before pouring the mixture into molds. This method allows for creativity and customization, but be careful to read the ingredients. Many melt and pour soap bases contain sulfates (SLS/SLES)! At Healing Moon, we use all natural and sulfate free bases for our melt and pour soaps. 

How Does Cold Process Soap Making Differ?

Cold process soap making is a traditional method that involves mixing oils and lye to initiate the saponification process. This method requires curing time to allow the soap to harden and become milder. Cold process soap bars are known for their creamy lather and moisturizing properties, making them a popular choice for those with sensitive skin.

Exploring the Hot Process Soap Making Technique

Hot process soap making involves cooking the soap mixture to speed up the saponification process. This method results in a rustic-looking bar of soap with a rough texture. Hot process soap bars tend to be more challenging for creating designs due to the cooking method and are often simplistic looking. 

In conclusion, each soap making method - melt and pour, cold process, and hot process - offers unique advantages and results in a final bar of soap with distinct characteristics. 

At Healing Moon, we make soaps using all 3 methods! You can explore our offerings in our online store anytime. 

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