How to Make Handmade Soap at Home in Singapore
Soap makers in Singapore! Want to know how to make handmade soap at home without having to purchase lye? Read on to find out more!
Lye is needed in order to make real soap but lye for soap making is a controlled substance in Singapore that can’t be purchased locally from any supermarket or hardware store.
Unlike other countries where lye is somewhat freely available, Singaporean soap makers can’t obtain lye without meddling into grey areas of the law.
Soap makers in Singapore can only get lye by renting a soap-making workshop approved by NEA with a license/permit, like Singapore Soap and using the lye onsite.
Having said that, is there any other way to make handmade soap at home in Singapore? The answer is a definite Yes!
Actually, soap can be made at home in Singapore by using melt and pour soap base or what is also known as glycerin soap bases.
Check out Singapore Soap’s range of glycerin soap bases below and start making your own homemade soap today!
What is a Glycerin Soap Base?
Melt and Pour is the name given to glycerin soap bases, also known as melt and pour soap base.
A melt and pour soap base is in fact real soap that had already undergone the usual soap-making process i.e oils were combined with sodium hydroxide to create a reaction known as saponification.
Melt and pour soap bases are pre-saponified soap that can be used with or without further chemical processing or customization.
Melt and pour soaps bases are ready-made and ready-to-use out of their box.
To make homemade soap, a soap maker can simply melt the base, add additives like colors, essential oils, fragrance oils etc, mix then pour into a mold, and allow them to set. Once hardened, it is ready to use.
Like true soap, melt and pour soap bases (a.k.a. MP soap) are also made through the saponification process.
To make the soap remeltable, additional solvents or humectants e.g. glycerin is added. These humectants also provide added hydrating to the skin.
It also helps produce clear soaps that can be easily colored and shaped and that are gentle on the skin, making mp soap ideal for use on sensitive skin types.
Note: Due to the high humidity in Singapore, handmade soap made with melt and pour soap bases (which contains high amount of humectants) should be wrapped in shrink wrap or clink wrap once it hardens to prevent ‘sweating’ (bead-like water droplets or tiny crystallization forming on your soap).
Where to Buy Melt and Pour Soap Bases
At Singapore Soap, we are a local soap maker in Singapore that produces soap bases in varying sizes and quantities.
Each batch of soap bases is made with our very own unique formulation to ensure that our products are of the highest standards.
We take pride in our soap manufacturing process and sell them at one of the most economical price available in Singapore.
If you are looking for a reputable local soap base manufacturer, you will not go wrong with Singapore Soap!