The book that came with the kit is very good thoroughly covers actual soap making - and clearly lets one know that is for the detail oriented, rule following type - which I am not but I DO like fancy soaps and getting a little crafty once in a while - so melt & pour is ideal for me - the book didn't have much on melt & pour - probably because it is so freaking easy!!! you can read about it here -> An introduction to Melt and Pour soapmaking.....
I went a bit basic on my recipes & used what seemed like a good combination - here are some more involved & complex Recipes: Melt and Pour Soap to feed the creativity... If you are wanting to make your soap therapeutic, as I did check this out -> Medicinal Properties of Herbs the book was helpful to - I recommend a book of you can find a good one second hand... if you have any books on herbal remedies or natural cures - you might find ideas fro additives in there as well. I was not able to find any particularly good & thorough websites on melt and pour - but I will be on the the lookout for a blog or 2 on the subject!
so with ideas in my mind, I gathered all the necessities and started my makeshift double boiler. I cut the soap into 1/2 - 1 inch chunks and melted it in my 'double boiler" (a pot in a larger pot) - -that's one more another thing to add to my wish list = small double boiler!
My first batch - Soothing Lavender Oatmeal Rosemary. I used about 4 oz of the creamy coconut oil melt & pour soap base, added about 1 teaspoon oatmeal, 1/2 teaspoon lavender flowers, a generous pinch of fresh rosemary - ground and add to melted soap - pour into mold.
* I do not recommend using oatmeal on you first try - maybe needs water added? It took a bit more mix in it & it was kinda chunky.. not the prettiest soap - but i'm it smells lovely.
** If using your coffee grinder like I did - add about 1/4 cup instant white rice and grind it up to clean out the coffee residue - this also allegedly sharpens the blades - IDK sure doesn't hurt)
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Second batch - (soon to be famous) Coffee Cinnamon Clove Scrubby!! loosely based one this COFFEE SCRUBBY SOAP recipe...Nom nom nom =) again I used about 4 oz of creamy coconut oil melt & pour soap and took 2 tablespoons coffee beams, 7 cloves and a dash of cinnamon - grind and add to melted soap and pour into mold.... so pretty! I can not wait to try this ... and luckily I do not have to - another wonderful about melt & pour - no cure time needed - that sure was $5 well spent =)
oh, my! something about cranberries just popped into my head... would it be wrong to add cranberry to soap and what about adding nuts to the cranberry sauce???