I love cold processed soap, but sometimes I don’t have time to wait for soap to cure and that’s when I turn to melt and pour. I know, it seems like making cake out of a box, but it’s easy and allows for a few options that don’t work as well in cold process. Specifically, adding botanicals.
In cold process, the lye and/or the heat can do crazy things to colors and additives. With melt and pour (and re-batch) the reaction has already occurred so we are free to add things and get real creative.
Melt and pour comes in different varieties and purists may argue it is not very natural. However, read the ingredient labels and you can usually find one that is pretty close to the ingredients of cold process. I used this Goat’s Milk one from Voyageur Soap. The couple extra ingredients in there are to lower the melting point of the soap.
Lemon poppyseed muffins are delicious and that was my inspiration for this soap bar. Lemon essential oil can lose it’s aroma fairly quickly so I added a touch of lemongrass to add some depth to the lemonyness, and some litsea cubeba as a base note to help fix the scent.
Q & A
Can I make these with just lemon essential oil?
Of course! I am a big fan of using what you have on hand. Just know that the lemon scent may fade a little quicker. Use about 40 drops of essential oil (about 2 ml).
My poppy seeds mostly sank to the bottom?
Yes, so did mine! I used up that side first and considered it an exfoliating bar for the first couple of days 🙂 One way to avoid this is to use a suspension melt and pour base (which is designed for just this sort of thing) or to allow your melted soap to cool a little before adding the poppy seeds (not 100% effective, but it helps).
How much does this make?
8 oz. of base (half a block) made 3 guest sized soap bars for me (about 2 x 3 x 1 inches). You can always double or triple all of the ingredients to make more.