Product Rating: 4.4/5 (As per 43 Customer Reviews)
Stephenson Shea Soap Base is free of all surfactants and propylene glycol. It contains 5% Shea Butter, and is smooth, creamy, and rich with natural emollient properties.
Our Melt & Pour Glycerin Soap base is ALL VEGETABLE OIL and contains no alcohol or harmful products to dry your skin! 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.
Please note that the Shea Butter Soap may not lather as well as other soap bases. This is due to a natural chemical process and it does not undermine the effectiveness of the product.
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 • Opaque in color and provides a creamy luxurious lather • 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.
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Rating: I'm not sure how I feel about this, it seems every Shea butter base I've been buying lately (tried a few different brands) is super clumpy, it get's that skin on top of the mixture before all of it even melts. I don't really like working with this base that much. I found mixing it with some Natural Clear & that helps with the clumping but I don't think I will buy this base again!
Rating: I do like this base though I agree, it does not lather... but I do have extremely sensitive skin, and this works very well with it.
By:Jacqueline, Jackson, New Jersey
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 11-May-2011
Rating: Love the m/p bases, I mix the bases with other oils, I have developed a % rato that works great for me and the climate I live in. I sold out on my Camper Soap last week and made up my second batch - ready for market. I make small batches, 30 oz, it takes a little longer to melt, stir while melting and I add my other oils then and stir, keep the temp down, and stir, turns out great. All my herds I grow and dry, and those go in some of my soaps as well, I'm not into fancy, just good soap that leaves your skin like a baby. Love the bases, thanks so much!
Rating: As many other reviewers have said, this base does not lather well at all. I've purchased their clear base, olive oil base and the shea butter, and I have found the others have wonderful lathers! I think I will try mixing some melted olive oil base with some of this shea butter base, to see if that improves the lather. The price is the cheapest I've found, but I wish it had a better lather.
By:Angela, Rochester, New York
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 18-May-2012
Rating: Didnt lather so well, but did miracles for dry skin !
By:Madeline, Kingston, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: This is a great soap base! I give it 4 stars because I have a hard time getting it to lather, even when I don't add moisturizing oils to it. It does hold scents well and is very moisturizing so I continue to use it and I'm overall very pleased. Thanks again NDA!
Rating: I really like this base holds color and scent very well. The only problem I have with it is that it sweats a LOT. I just wish that you would get in more soap bases, scents and molds so that I didn't have to get them from other company's.
Rating: Once you get past the lack of lather, this is a great soap. My daughter has eczema and can't use any brand of soaps or shampoos so I use this for her baths mixed with vitamin e oil and calendula oil.
By:Amanda, Whitby, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Very nice and able to get a really nice lather once you let the bar get wet enough for a few seconds. It has a creamier type of lather than some of the others and I have also blended this base with others and get nice results. Like mixing equal parts of the Shea Butter base with the Non-Certified Organic or the Clear Base to vary the types of lather. It's wonderful. I also like to make layered bars too that look really nice, like pouring a layer of colored and scented clear base and let set, and then a layer of shea butter base and let set, and then another layer of another blend in a similar color or lighter and let set. All scented of course. It's so much fun to be creative.
By:Naomi, Chatham, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I agree with Melody from Wilmington, North Carolina, this soap base takes to long too melt and hardens quickly before being poured into molds. After I added my oils I had to reheat and melt the soap again. I purchased 50 pounds of this soap and it is best for use in silicone loaf molds or just a small amount mixed with other soaps. I won't purchase this base again.
By:Jean, Pamplico, South Carolina
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 15-Nov-2011
Rating: Very moisturizing! Easy to use and mold. Highly impessed with the quality. Nice white color no discoloration. Will be purchasing more!
By:Megan, Chesterfield, Missouri Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 28-Nov-2011
Rating: wonderful mousterizer terrible lather. good for facial moistorizing.
By:Monique, San Francisco, California
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 12-Mar-2011
Rating: I have tried many different types of Shea Butter M+P bases - this is by far the best! It is very moisturizing and leaves your skin feeling soft.
Rating: This soap is really wonderful. I just love it! It leaves my skin so soft and moiturized. But, for me, nothing will ever beat their olive soap ;)
I would buy this soap again for sure!
By:Christine, North Vancouver, British Columbia Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I think the reason this soap base does not lather as well as say, the glycerin base is that is is also SLS free. My wife and I made some coconut lime soap with this base and my wife absolutely loves it. We think it lathers much better with a luffa, than a synthetic bath pouf. We don't really know why. It leaves the skin silky smooth, without a filmy feeling. We couldn't ask for more.
By:Joshua, Town Creek, Alabama
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 27-Sep-2010
Rating: this one is my favorite, it very soapy and hold fo nicely, i use this all the time.
By:Sheila, Murrieta, California
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 29-Mar-2010
Rating: I have not been happy with this shea butter base. It takes too long to melt (and it leaves lumps) and hardens too quickly while trying to mix in essential oils and colorants (it gets lumpy as you pour). I was also told by someone using my final product that it did not lather. I won't purchase this base again.
I did, however, like the organic glycerin and suspending bases. I will buy them again.
By:Melody, Wilmington, North Carolina
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 20-Sep-2010
Rating: The shea butter base is wonderful.
Leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft
By:Diane, Québec, Quebec Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: This absolutely surprised me. I have not been a big fan of Melt and Pour Soap up until NOW that is. I got a really decent lather, and my dry skin felt soft and wonderful. My next purchase will be a case!!!! you can't beat that price. AWSOME.
By:Charlene, Brampton, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Totally satisfying. My clients love them. Mix well with EO and colors.
It's moisturizing, soft and geltle. And, yes, great price!
By:Jiyun, South Hackensack, New Jersey
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 06-Jan-2010
Rating: it take eo's very well it dosn't lather well but it conditions great so i sell my bars with that in mind i call them conditioner bars!! my custies loves it and its alway on demand and this is a great price!
Rating: I like the price but does not lather very well.
By:Sherry, Wilmington Nc, North Carolina
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 29-Apr-2010
Rating: Great price, good packaging, good quality.
Anybody has suggestions on how to get any lather with this base ?
By:Sylvain, Drummondville, Quebec Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: The shea butter base moisturizes quite well when using to wash your hands. The soap is fragile, because if it is heated in a double boiler more than once it hardens up and is not open to melting again. Amazing foaming content with Shea and my friends and I really like the fact that it comes nothing short of perfect Shea!!
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By:Arm, Mississauga, Prince Edward Island Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: This is a lovely soap, but I do agree with the other reviewer that it doesn't lather as well as I had hoped.
By:Linda, Council Bluffs, Iowa Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 23-Jan-2010
Rating: Great price!!! less than half of what i was paying before. Leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft! Love it!
By:Maxine, Ottawa, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I think this soap is great and my customers think so too. They keep coming back for more. It's nice and creamy and lathers fairly well. The EO I used held strong and stable and it leaves the skin feeling very clean with no residue. Just ordered another batch today. Good stuff ND :-)
By:Chassidy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 15-Apr-2009
Rating: I really loved how moisturizing this soap is and it has a soft buttery feel to it when its dry. My only complaint is that it doesn't lather much :(
Rating: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE bring this back soon!! I am going crazy waiting for it to be back in stock!! I really love it, and need more for my shop!! :)
By:Kristina, Ile Perrot, Quebec Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: This is my favorite MP base. The bars of soap even have a buttery feel to them when dry. Leaves the skin so soft without any residue feeling. Makes a great facial soap as well. Will be ordering lots of this product in the future. If you have not tried the Shea Butter MP base you are missing out.
By:Jennifer, Utica, New York Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 28-Nov-2008
Rating: This is the best soap base I have found! I can't keep my soap in stock, customers love it.
Rating: Ok, ND is awesome!! I used to buy this soap base elsewhere on-line and it was double the price! Now I can get a lot more for my money and the quality is amazing!!! THANK YOU!!!! :)
By:Kris, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Creamy and smooth, no soapy residue. Love it!
By:Debra, Menominee, Michigan Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 05-Apr-2008
Rating: I love this soap base! Definitely a personal favorite.
By:Leann, Yelm, Washington
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 14-May-2007
Rating: Terrifically creamy and moisturizing! I have used this base several times now as well as the organic soap base (also through ND) and my family is thrilled! The soaps I make with this base pleases my family so much (many of them were cynics) that they don't want to use anything else! The base is easy to work with and holds scents well in addition to scrubs! Thanks ND for making it easy to provide access to these wonderful products at such terrific prices!!!!
By:Elinor, Herndon, Virginia
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 05-May-2007
Rating: This base is wonderful. I use it very often in my products, and have always been very happy with the results. It is creamy and unscented, which makes adding my own natural additives a breeze!
By:Marcie, Brampton, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: This soap base is GREAT! Very soft with a creamy but not oily sensation. It partially hydrated the skin, leaving it smooth and soft. Really a excellent product.
By:Carole, Rosemère, Quebec Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Shea butter is an excellent addition to my soap making set. Deffinitely something to try!
Rating: Another high quality excellent product. This Shea Butter base makes a beautiful moisturizing bar of soap. It leaves the skin soft, smooth and clean0without a soapy residue. A wonderful addition to my line!
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