Learning to make your own soap is a rewarding and enjoyable experience. When people talk about making soap at home, they may be speaking of one of two things. Some people make their own soap from scratch, mixing some fat or oil with lye and other soap making supplies to facilitate the chemical reaction that forms soap. This is a very rewarding and allows the greatest flexibility in the use of ingredients, color, and other factors. Using soap molds, the soap can be molded to the desired shape.
Some people want to make soap, but aren't interested in the long and sometimes complex processes involved in soapmaking. For these people, there is a way to make custom colored, scented and shaped soaps very simply. "Melt and Pour" soap is a glycerine based soap that can be scented, colored, and molded into desired shapes. It's a great gift idea! The melt and pour soap can be purchased at many craft or hobby stores that carry soap making supplies.