Using melt and pour soaps takes much of the fuss and danger of soap making of out the equation. Although there are no dangerous chemical reactions, there are still a few safety considerations to keep in mind when creating melt and pour soaps.
Safely Heating & Pouring the Soap
Heating and pouring the soap is one of the more dangerous aspects of the melt and pour soap process. During the process, it is important to…
- Keep small children and pets away from the double boiler and pouring area.
- Utilize hot pads, protective heat gloves, and an easy-to-pour container in order to prevent burns or accidents.
- Be sure to place soap molds on an even and steady surface. Once the soap is melted, it is quite hot and every precaution should be made to avoid spills or disturbance to the soap mold.
Safely Adding Color & Fragrance
Soap pigments, as with any colorant, can stain surfaces, skin, and clothing. For that reason, it is a good idea to wear older clothing that can be splattered and stained in the case of an accident. Likewise, essential oils are very concentrated and have their own safety considerations.
- Keep out of reach of children.
- Blend carefully into soap so as to avoid splashing.
Treat hot oils with extra caution. These include oils such as cinnamon, cloves, tea tree, and others.
- While these are natural in that they come directly from the plant, they are also very potent and can irritate the skin if used incorrectly.
- Keep in mind who will be using the soap and avoid using hot oils in soap that will be used for face washing or on children.
- Avoid direct contact with the skin or use a carrier oil if directly applying to skin.
Safely Using the Soap
Once the soap is prepared, the most important safety consideration is the user and the application.
- If a soap containing add-ins is being used for a small child, watch them carefully. Herbs, berries, toys, or other add-ins are attractive playthings for very young children who often put interesting objects into their mouths.
- Be conscientious when using strongly-scented soaps. While plants and their oils are natural, certain botanicals and oils can still be irritating to very sensitive skin. As such, it is best to only use very gentle botanicals and fragrances in soaps for young children and those with sensitive skin. Always keep a close eye on children’s usage of your homemade soaps.
- Be aware that any larger add-ins to soaps can clog drains, dirty bath tubs, and mix with dishwater.