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Use Melt and Pour Soap to Make Wedding Favor Soap

Melt and pour soap making is simple! You can make amazing wedding favor soap for a fraction of the cost of regular soap favors and you can choose your scents, colorings, soap base and even the mold it goes in.

For the tutorial below, I choose 3lbs shea butter soap base and 2 tablespoons almond essential oil as the scent. I also added 1 tablespoon natural brown pigment and almond grit for exfoliation. This soap is divine! You can find other melt and pour soap recipes or simply make up your own.

You'll also noticed that I used just one large mold and then cut bars. Alternatively, you can purchase molds in a million different shapes and designs. Have a wedding theme? I'll wager that you'll find a wedding favor soap mold to match. Animals, flowers, trees, many options. Cutting your own rustic shaped bars is lovely too and takes a lot less time and is cheaper.

melt and pour soap

  • Materials for Wedding Favor Soap:
  • Melt and pour soap base
  • Large (think lobster boiling size) pot
  • Molds (OR if you want cut bars you can even use a wax paper lined pizza box)
  • Packaging - fabric bags, cellophane, boxes, organza, tulle circles, pretty papers, ribbon, labels, etc
  • Optional - essential oils
  • Optional - pigments
  • The above image is of 3 lbs of soap. Cut it up into little chunks to speed up the melting process if you like. This is optional though.

    melt and pour soap instructions

    So plunk your soap into your pot and start cooking! Soap will eventually start to melt. Make sure you stir often to break up any clumps that form - this is why cutting it up beforehand pays off. It is harder to stir a huge old block of solid soap.

    Once it is fully melted and liquid, stir in any coloring and then add your essential oils. Finally you pour it into your pre-oiled mold if you are using the plastic molds - we used olive oil. If you are using a wax paper lined box of some sort there is no need to oil, obviously.

    Next...wait. Leave it about 24 hours so you can be sure they are fully hardened. In the meantime your house will smell amazing, assuming you used some sort of essential or fragrance oil for your wedding favor soap.

    wedding favor soap

    If you are cutting bars, use a very sharp knife, not serrated. You can score them lightly and use a ruler to make sure you have uniform bars. I make my guy do this part as it takes some force. Get your labels printed and your packaging ready!

    make-your-own-wedding favor soap

    Here are examples wrapped in parchment paper and natural cotton twine and also in little natural cotton cloth pouches and tied with some wool yarn! Be sure to include "handmade by ...." on your wedding favor soap tags so your guests know you made it yourself!

    melt and pour wedding soap

    I hope you enjoyed this melt and pour soap tutorial! Your guests are sure to love your soaps. PS - make sure you pick a scent you love, even having the soap around may scent your reception area! (which, in my opinion would be lovely) After your wedding, the scent will always remind you of your wedding day too, which is extra sweet.

    It's your wedding, do it the way you want!

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