Product Rating: 4.8/5 (As per 53 Customer Reviews)
Crystal St Clear Soap / Crystal ST
Our Melt and Pour Clear Soap Base sets a new standard for "standard" glycerin soap base. It is crystal clear with no odor and is made from ALL VEGETABLE OIL. Glycerin, a natural emollient, is included to draw moisture from the air to benefit skin. It cleanses without stripping or upsetting the delicate natural pH balance necessary for soft, healthy looking skin. And, since we don't use animal oils, our soap rinses clean and leaves no soapy film behind. All our soap bases are produced with high-quality raw materials to form a luxurious lather and sparkling clarity.
Usage: A two pound brick can make between 10 - 20 soaps, depending on the size of the soap you’re trying to make.
Features: • Highly moisturizing formula • No artificial colors added • No animal testing • 100% Vegetable base • Biodegradable • Very clear and transparent • Colorless for excellent color saturation. Wide temperature ranges, from 140 F to 180 F • Odorless base for a superior fragrance lift • Neutral pH of approximately 7.8 • Compatible with wide range of fragrances
Caution: When making soaps it is good to remember that the Melt & Pour Bases contain water as part of the formula. So if they are left exposed to the atmosphere, the water will evaporate and the bar of soap will shrink. We would recommend fully wrapping the ENTIRE soap bar as soon as it is poured and cooled--this should minimize/eliminate any shrinkage.
IMPORTANT: All New Directions Aromatics (NDA) products are for external use only unless otherwise indicated. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and it should not be used by anyone who is pregnant or under the care of a medical practitioner. Please refer to our policies for further details, and our disclaimer below.
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Rating: This is a great product but ---- in humid weather the soaps sweat badly. I contacted NDA and Stevenson in the UK and neither were helpful. I ruined about 30 bars of soap, boxes and wrapping paper last summer. Now, I wrap in cling film immediately out of the molds. Doesn't look nice but the only way.
By:John, Frenchtown, New Jersey
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 30-Sep-2009
Rating: This is my go to M&P soap base. I enjoy others as well, but the clear appearance makes this one a winner. Skin feel great after too! I have encountered a couple of people who felt a dryness after, but some people don't react great to glycerin. I find 95% love it, including myself!
Rating: I have found no comparison. The price is great compared to other companies. It is great for suspension, for lather and it stays clear long term. I'm very happy with this base and will continue to purchase it.
By:Louise, Leamington, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Love this soap base holds color and scent nicely, my customers love it also. Will keep buying this product.
Rating: I use this one the most, as I love the clarity and it's rich lather. It's so beautiful when you color it or suspend pieces of other colored soaps in it! A keeper.
By:Naomi, Chatham, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I love the individual bricks, I bought the block this last time and it has been a mess to cut, plus it melted a little somewhere and there was soap all over inside the box and the bag it is wrapped in was stuck inside the soap. Great product tho will continue to buy.
By:Megan, Chesterfield, Missouri Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 28-Nov-2011
Rating: Awesome base very clear, easy to work with
By:Crystal, Guelph, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Great soap base. Clear and easy to work with. Hardens very fast. Love it!
By:Marina, Calgary, Alberta Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: This soap stays firm right to the end. A fantastic product, very easy to use and oh so versatile too!!!
By:Susanne, Newmarket, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: This soap base is excellent. My customers rave about this product. It's easy to work with and it has lot of lather. You can add fragrance oil, essential oil, color, dried flowers, exfoliants and you will always get an excellent result.
By:Tina, Miramichi, New Brunswick Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: This is a really great soap. I made some bars using pure honey and no fragrance. It turned out really well. The soap remains clear and has a beautiful honey color. Althought it is not an abundant suds maker, it's nice on the skin. And it sells very well.
By:Marie, Bronx, New York Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 26-Jun-2009
Rating: This soap base is one of the best if not the best on the market. I've tried some other m&p soap bases and this one is untouchable. It takes additatives well-I added some of the Australian pastel pink clay and some of the Australian Ivory clay and they both made absolutely beautiful bars, especially when poured into a decorative mold. I only bought a little because it was the first time that I had ever used it and now I wish I had bought more!
By:Gabrielle, Kansas City, Kansas
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 16-Sep-2010
Rating: This base is great! I love that a block fits perfectly in NDA rectangular mold and I find it lathers really well and takes fragrance well too. Great product. I like it better than the Goats milk and I was a goats milk fan for a long time!
By:Caroline, Mississauga, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I usually order the big block, but now find it easier to order more of the smaller blocks. easy to melt!
By:Melynda, New Bedford, Massachusetts
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 23-Dec-2009
Rating: I ordered the 25lb block - which is very large and a little cumbersome to chop. This base is amazingthough. I was a first time soap maker and I had no issues whatsoever. Everyone loves the soap. Thanks for a great product at an amazing price!
By:Georgia, Amsterdam, New York Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 10-Jan-2010
Rating: Won't buy it anywhere else! can't beat the price!
By:Leeann, Grand Valley, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I must say! Another fine quality product from NDA! This soap base is very easy to work with and holds color and frangrance well. Lathers nice too! Will be back for more! Thanks again.
Rating: I searched a long time before I found a soap base with glycerin as one of the first 2 or three ingredients and also sold at a reasonable price. NDA has it. This base is super easy to work with and takes color and fragrance well. It's also great for the skin--I have many customers who won't go back to commercial soaps and many of them are men.
Rating: I was very pleased with the clear M&P base. It was the best deal I could find, listing the ingredient I wanted most (coconut oil). I've only used it for one application: shaving soap. My stepfather has used shaving soap for decades and I blended him a batch with the soap base, some bentonite clay and a touch of NDA cedar oil for a manly scent. He won't use the stuff he bought from the supermarket any more; he says this recipe give him faster lather and gets rid of razor drag (that's what the bentonite is for). He loves the smell.
I love making soap from scratch and I've tried making my own shaving soaps to equal the results from NDA's melt & pour, but so far I haven't, even if it's just the fact that my own recipes leave my lips tasting ... well, soapy. The clear soap base tastes sweet. Considering the cost and time savings, I may just end up buying a lot of M&P and making my shaving soaps the easy way, though I'll probably buy the white kind because the bentonite makes the clear soap an unattractive gray.
Rating: My soap turned out great! I used some Australian red reef clay to give some color- you don't need much. The soap molds I purchased turned out very professional looking and everything went smoothly as I followed the directions. Don't forget to pour over a washcloth or something disposable as soap tends to stick to wood and countertop . I had fun using the product and hope to do so again-
By:Todd, Bad Axe, Michigan
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 21-Mar-2009
Everyone says the base is great and all... and that's because it is "great."
I don't use too much of my product (I sell instead). According to my customers, the soap is brilliant for those who suffer from skin conditions. I s'pose it's 'cause it's a natural base. The base is clear too, if you don't use too much FO.
I'm not a huge fan of the smell of the soap when you're working with it - then again I've always been sensitive to strong smells. The smell isn't nearly as strong when the soap solidifies.
The lather isn't as other soaps (like soap from the Bodyshop, for example), but it quickly washes off, which I really like.
I don't like how long it lasts. A bar lasts (in our house) for perhaps 5 days whereas an equal weight bodyshop bar lasts ~14 days
- Great for those who have sensitive skin
- The lather rinses off real quick and clean
- CHEAP (well, at NDA it is)
- Melts Quick
- Takes most FO's easily
- Bad work smell
- Not a thick lather (well, i like thick lather - if you don't, consider it a pro)
- Some FO's don't blend
- Does not last long at all.
Overall, the customers and family are happy with the product. Go buy it.
By:Alexander, Markham, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Great quality. Works well with essential oil and liquid coloring and all of our customers love it.
Rating: Great product very easy to work with, mixes with many things very well, foams wonderfully looks great with color and feels great to wash with highly recomended. I will deffanately purchase again looking forward to it being back in stock.
By:Jessica, Montreal, Quebec Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: This is a high quality soap base with no graininess and very little smell. It's exactly what I was looking for!
Rating: Thank you ! Thank you ! my name is Emily, from Hong Kong, the soaps base are really with good & high quaility, the pirce are reasonable, though I need to trouble my friends to send the soap base from me from US to Hong Kong, however, it was worth to do so !
I will still keep ordering the soap base by next time !
Thanks a lot !
By:Kenny, Usa, Texas
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 26-Aug-2008
Rating: This company will continue to be my supplier by choice because I have been most pleased with timely customer service & the consistent quality of the products. I have tried both the clear & white base glycerin melt & pour soaps. My customers are extremely pleased with the finished product. Keep up the great work!
By:Constance, Weddington, North Carolina
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 28-May-2008
Rating: I just am very impressed with the Stephenson's superb quality and unbeatable price. By way of a quick comparison: Life of the Party makes a pretty good clear soap but the price is four times as much at Michaels for the exact same quantity and I will also say the same superb quality too.
By:Susanne, Newmarket, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: high quality soap. very good price. will buy again.
By:Julie, Menominee, Michigan Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 30-Mar-2008
Rating: Melts great, hold fragrance and colors nicely. Fun to 'experiment ' with!
By:Debra, Menominee, Michigan Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 05-Apr-2008
Rating: The clear gycerin soap base is the best! I have tried a couple other brands but am sold on this one. I have extremely dry skin but after using this soap I never feel dried out. Not only are they a terrific product - the prices are the best I have come across - and I have searched many suppliers. I am so glad I found New Directions. Now I am eager to try all the soap bases.
By:Lynn, Petrolia, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Great product and wonderful packaging.
By:Leann, Yelm, Washington
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 14-May-2007
Rating: I found this soap base to be very high-quality, easy to make, and pleasant to use. My whole family enjoys the benefits of my new hobby. I have ordered from this site twice and will certainly do so again.
Rating: Awesome, awesome product. You can't beat the price of a bulk block of this base in Canada! Thank you for offering such a wide selection of bases at such unbeatable prices! I will be back for more!
By:Susanne, Newmarket, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Its true - price can not be beat nor can the quality.
Very easy to use and blends well with all EOs, fragrance oils and colors!
By:Joely, Topeka, Kansas Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 15-Nov-2006
Rating: This is a beautiful M&P base !! Fabulous quality and price ! You will not beat this price anywhere !
I run soapmaking classes for kids and the parents always comment on the excellent quality of the soap ! It is non drying and gentle on the most sensitive skin.
By:Karen, Fonthill, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Hey! I'm the new kid on the block. I love your prices. Your fragrance oils are awesome. Love the packaging! You carry so many wonderful things at such reasonable prices. I'm so glad I stumbled into your website. As Arnold says "I'll be back".
By:Brenda, Dorchester, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: A very nice soap base. Easy to work with and crystal clear.
By:Beth, Brampton, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Lovely base. No smell and takes colour and fragrance beautifully.
Great lather and non drying.
By:Marilynn, Powell River, British Columbia Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: This is a lovely M&P base!!! Melts nicely, even faster than other bases I have tried. No nasty odors, and takes scents very well. Colours nicely, too. And, something I REALLY love is that this base has the most natural ingredients of any clear M&P base I have come across thus far. This will be my one and only clear M&P base from now on!! .... I do, however, recommend buying the smaller blocks instead of the bulk bag. Although the soap was easy to cut, I would personally pay the extra few dollars for the smaller blocks, and avoid the time-consumption that comes with cutting it myself, because it took a really long time!!
By:Elizabeth, Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, Newfoundland Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
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Please note, the International Federation of Aromatherapists do not recommend that Essential Oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a Medical Doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy. In addition, Essential Oils must be properly diluted before use in order to avoid any damages to property or adverse physical effects (including injury or bodily harm).