Melt MP without microwave

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  1. Feb 4, 2018 #1

    Catalyna

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    Hi, I have the hemp and the translucent Stephenson MP base. I do not own a microwave. I tried yesterday to melt around 250 gr in a double boiler and it didn't melt to a liquid. I think the soap didn't reach the right temperature to melt properly and I stirred too much, so there were a lot of bubbles and when poured it was too thick to revel properly the mold shape.
    Can I re batch it?
    I plan also to experiment again; I'll use a bigger pot and I'll cover it with plastic film to prevent moisture lost, and I'll monitor the temperature.
    Can somebody with experience in melting MP in a double boiler give me some more advice?
    Thanks!

    Edited to add: I gave it another try. Covered with plastic and just a gentle stir at the midway. It melted nicely in clear liquid form. I added fragrance and a bit of mica and it looks like the mica was not well mixed. I tried to mix it gently but again bubbles formed. Any help? I found the base at a local store and they couldn't tell me if it's working well with mica or not.
     
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  2. Feb 5, 2018 #2

    IrishLass

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    Hi Catalyna!

    I don't make M&P very often, but when I do I use a covered double boiler, too, (I don't own a microwave either). I pretty much just let mine melt without stirring.....until I add FO and color..... and then I'll stir them in gently.

    If any bubbles kick up, I knock them down by spraying them with isopropyl alcohol that I keep handy in a spray bottle.

    Stephenson is a pretty good M&P base. I've used their bases before with great results.

    RE: mica: Here are some tips from Rustic Escentuals on how to mix micas in M&P: https://library.rusticescentuals.com/how-to-use-mica-colorants-in-soap/


    IrishLass :)
     
  3. Feb 5, 2018 #3

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    If you mix your micas with some alcohol they work fantastically in melt and pour. My daughter always used deli cups so she could put a lid on the containers after she let the alcohol evaporate and the micas go back to powder form. Electric chocolate melters work well for melting m&p or a small crock pot. My daughter used big melters, but would use a little crock-pot and/or chocolate melter for small amounts
     
  4. Feb 5, 2018 #4

    Catalyna

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    Thanks IrishLass and cmzaha!
     
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  5. Feb 24, 2018 at 12:00 AM #5

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    I have only made a few melt and pour soaps but they did not melt well in a Presto Pot. They got a funky skin on them. But when I melted the same base (SFIC white low sweat) in the microwave it turned out great. Soap is so very different from candle making :)
     

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