How to Make Marbled Melt and Pour Soaps

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There are so many options with melt and pour soap. From unique color combinations to beautiful scents, and many different types of melt and pour soap from shea butter to goat’s milk. Learn how to obtain a marbled look in melt and pour soaps with this simple tutorial.

This is Suzy from SuzysSitcom.com. I’m a huge fan of melt and pour soap making. It can be a fun and simple project and there are so many different ways to work with it. One thing to keep in mind is that melt and pour soap cools and hardens quickly. This means some swirls that can be made with cold process soap are not possible with melt and pour. 

So I did a bit of experimentation and came up with a simple way to create the look of marbled soap with melt and pour!

How to make marbled melt and pour soaps.

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This particular tutorial features orange-scented melt and pour soap and added orange zest, however, you can use any type of scent or coloring to get the same effect. This simple method takes a small amount of time, but has huge rewards!

How to Make Marbled Melt and Pour Soaps

Choose the colors scheme that you would like. Be sure to choose a couple of colors that have good contrast so that you can see the marbled results better. For my tutorial, I chose to go with a citrus scent, orange coloring, and orange zest.

The entire tutorial is in a printable card at the bottom of this post. But first, here is a little bit of info about the tools and supplies you’ll need.

The supplies you need to make marbled melt and pour soap

Supplies or Ingredients Needed: 

Cutting soap base into cubes

Melt the first batch of soap

Divide the 2 lbs of melt and pour the soap into three units. We will use each unit to create three different layers in the soap.

Cut up 1/3 of the soap into 1″ cubes. Place the cubes in a microwave-safe bowl and set the microwave on high for 20 seconds. Stir and then replace the bowl in the microwave for an additional 20 seconds or until fully melted.

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Adding dye to melted soap base

Add Scent and Coloring to the melt and pour soap base

Add a few drops of scent (optional ) and enough coloring to achieve the desired color. Stir until thoroughly mixed and then pour into the soap mold.

Spritzing top of soap with rubbing alcohol

Spritz the top of the poured soap with a few sprays of alcohol. (This will prevent bubbles from forming).

Mixing orange soap

create the first layer of soap

As the soap begins to harden (about 10-15 minutes), stir the soap in the mold as it cools and starts to thicken. Add texture, dips, and divots in the soap until it’s too hard to manipulate any longer. 

A second bowl of melted soap base

Create the second layer of soap

Cut up the second batch of soap into 1″ cubes and microwave as in the first step. For this layer, I chose not to add color in order to get a good contrast with the first layer. I did add a few drops of scent. Allow this batch to cool for about 5 minutes before pouring over the top of the first layer. Spritz with alcohol.

Mixing the white melted soap as a second layer on the orange soap

When the second layer begins to cool, stir and manipulate this layer (not going into the bottom layer) until it is too hard to manipulate.

Mixing orange coloring and orange zest into a third bowl of melted soap base

create the third layer of soap

Cut up the final batch of melt and pour the soap into 1″ cubes. Melt in the microwave as in step one. For this final batch, I chose to add coloring, scent, and orange zest. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes and then pour over the other two layers. Spritz with alcohol.

Melt and pour soap cooling in a container

I chose to sprinkle a bit more orange zest over the top layer. (optional). Allow all three layers of soap to harden before trying to remove from the mold. (About 3 hours of hardening time should be sufficient).

Orange and white soap with orange zest pieces.

Cut the Soap

When the soap is hard, it should easily pop out of the silicone mold. Cut the soap on a cutting board, using a soap cutter or sharp knife. You will be rewarded with fun wavy, marbled layers of colored soap!

How to make marbled melt and pour soaps.

These are the ingredients you’ll need. All the exact amounts are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.

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How to Make Marbled Melt and Pour Soaps

There are so many options with melt and pour soap. From unique color combinations to beautiful scents, and many different types of melt and pour soap from shea butter to goats milk. Learn how to obtain a marbled look in melt and pour soaps with this simple tutorial.
Work Time20 mins
Hardening time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 20 mins
Author: Suzy Myers
Cost: 30

Equipment

Supplies

  • 2 lbs. Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap
  • 1 ea Soap Scent in Orange
  • 1 ea Soap Coloring in Orange
  • 1 pk Orange Zest
  • 1 bottle Rubbing Alcohol

Instructions

  • Melt 1/3 of the melt and pour soap in the microwave until just melted
  • Add scent and coloring as desired and pour into silicone mold.
  • Spritz with alcohol.
  • As soap begins to harden, stir with spoon to cause peaks and valleys.
  • Melt 1/3 of melt and pour soap in microwave until just melted.
  • Add scent. Allow to cool about 5 minutes and then pour over the first layer in the mold. Spritz with alcohol.
  • As soap begins to harden, stir with spoon to cause peaks and valleys. (Do not stir into the first layer).
  • Melt 1/3 of melt and pour soap in microwave until just melted.
  • Add scent, zest and coloring as desired and pour into silicone mold. Spritz with alcohol.
  • Allow to harden about three hours before removing soap from mold
  • Cut into bars and enjoy.
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