Saturday, March 6, 2010

Tip: Even Distribution of Suspended Ingredients

Are you a melt and pour soapmaker and you are having problems in getting an even distribution of suspended ingridents like oatmeal, etc.; here are some tips from Squidoo:

Ingredients like oatmeal, herbs, spices and dried flowers add texture and decoration to soap. One common problem is that they naturally float up to the top and do not stay distributed throughout the whole bar. There are two options to keep ingredients suspended evenly.

1. Buy a special base. Some melt and pour bases are specifically formulated for suspension. They stay thicker when melted and the ingredients do not float.

2. Use a regular melt and pour base. Add all the ingredients. Let the melted base cool and partially thicken, gently stirring occasionally to keep suspended ingredients distributed. This will only take a few minutes. When it is thick enough that the additives no longer float up, pour the soap into the mold.

Be careful not to let it get too cool and thick or it will not pour well. If it gets too thick, the soap can be warmed up for a few seconds in the microwave.


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