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Product Rating: 4.6/5 (As per 22 Customer Reviews)
Our Melt and Pour Suspending Soap Base is specially designed to 'suspend' additives such as jojoba beads or loofah. It can be used to create a decorative soap bar (e.g. such as by adding fine glitter) or a functional exfoliating bar. Creative possibilities are endless. Some trial and error is required with this product, as some additives may be too heavy for the suspending properties of the base to work properly. Users should try adding their ingredients at a slightly cooler temperature than normal, as the base will be thicker and more likely to suspend additives. The key ingredient in the Suspending M&P base is Silica. Silica creates a suspending matrix within the formulation, but that very property can also be apt to trap in more air and create a cloudy effect. Therefore, when stirring in additives, it should be done very gently and avoid any abrupt stirring as this can inadvertently welcome air into the formulation and cause unwanted cloudiness of the base.
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 with excellent lather • No artificial colors added • No animal testing • 100% Vegetable base • Biodegradable • Semi-transparent & colorless (off white) for excellent color saturation • Odorless base for superior fragrance lift • Neutral pH of approximately 7.8 • Compatible with wide range of fragrances • Compatible with a wide range of fragrances, Vegetable-based melt and pour soap base, which does not contain any animal by-product • High natural glycerin content and easily released from any mold
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: I am more than dissappointed in this product. I ordered more that 12 cartons and based on the reviews and the description on the specifications, I was expecting clear and transparent. This is so cloudy you cannot see anything in it and it ruins the colors that you try. I cannot use it and will have to trash it and purchase from another source. More than anything I waited over a week for it and now have nothing to put on our web site. What a waste of my time and money.
By:Phillip, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 26-Jul-2012
Rating: LOVE this base!!!! I've tried quite a few on here and this is my personal favorite. Have made soaps for my family using this base and it's always been a hit. I've added mica, sandalwood grains, dried florals from here as well as rose petals from my own garden. The soap pops out of the molds easily, it takes color and a number of scents beautifully. The suspension properties of this base takes my soaps and makes them works of art! Lather is pretty good and the soaps are very long lasting. A+ on this base! Thanks New Directions!
Rating: seems like a pretty good quality suspending soap
By:Marta, Ajax, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I was surprised, I tried it for the first time, I think I might have tried to rush it too much, but the Jojoba oils def. mix everywhere. I made the soap for my husband and he seems to like it! :)
By:Kim, Saint-Henri-De-Levis, Quebec Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Easy to use and mold. Slight fragrance but easily masked with EO. Suspends apricot shell exfoliant and fine pumice for great exfoliating soaps with minimal effort! A must for soap artists! Picture is appropriate in showing it has a clouded color. LOVE IT!!
By:Megan, Chesterfield, Missouri Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 28-Nov-2011
Rating: I tried the base last night for the first time and was happily surprised that it beautifully suspended Coral Jojoba Beads, and blended nicely with Strawberry fragrance. I wouldn't call the color "crystal clear" because it's definitely a bit cloudy. Get's an A grade from me.
By:Natalia, Staten Island, New York
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 31-Aug-2011
Rating: This soap is wonderful for suspending any kind of small additives and not having it float to the bottom or the top!
By:Monique, San Francisco, California
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 12-Mar-2011
Rating: What a fantastic soap. This is the perfect soap to use if you are adding certain ingredients (i.e. oatmeal, rose petals, lavender buds, etc.). The soap helps to suspend the ingredients so that it doesn't float to the bottom or top like it does with the standard glycerin "melt and pour" soaps. I would gladly purchase this again.
By:Alvita, North York, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: This suspended everything that I use! no problems at all with this! I will be buying loads more of this one for sure!
By:Stephanie, Toronto, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Real nice suspending soap! great for suspending ground luffa!
By:Leeann, Grand Valley, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I love this soap. It is easy to work with and makes for an absolutely beautiful bar of soap every time! I will definitely be buying this over and over again!!!
Rating: I love this soap and will definately purchase it again, especially at the low price that it is listed at.
By:Linda, Council Bluffs, Iowa Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 23-Jan-2010
Rating: I had my very first M&P experience with this product, and was very pleased. I was also pleasantly surprised to see how fast and easy it was to use! I tried it with glitter and a bit of fragrance as a gift for three young girls, and the soaps turned out beautifully, the glitter perfectly and homogeneously suspended.
By:France, Gatineau, Quebec Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I love this stuff, it is worth the little extra they charge...give it a try
By:Mark, Sydney, Nova Scotia Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Suspends wonderfully, and as with all of NDA soap bases, it feels great to use. Using only the suspending formula for heavier additives, and blending it with other soap bases for lighter additives. A great base to get creative with and make some very unique soaps.
By:Jennifer, Utica, New York Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 28-Nov-2008
Rating: I was a little skeptical of this product, assuming it was nothing but clear melt and pour, just with a higher price tag. Wrong! It works great, suspended all kinds of things. Its a great product, and I will be buying again.
By:Kaela, Springfield, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I love this soap, really fun for adding to. Really holds up the additives. I love it.
Rating: This made for a fantastic soap making experience - and my friend and I were making soap for the very first time! We had no trouble at all getting the apricot seed to suspend in the mixture, it just stirred right in and looks absolutely beautiful, and hardened in the fridge darn quickly to boot! Rinsing our hands of the excess soap chips as we were making the bars was a joy, and this mixture took to scents fantastically. We recommend this product x10!
By:Lindsay, Mt. Laurel, New Jersey
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 23-Nov-2008
Rating: I was a little worried that this soap would not work because of the description saying you have to do some trial and error. However, it worked great my first time trying it. Rest assured that I will be using this product again.
Rating: The price is right for this essential soap making base. If you want to do botanical soaps and add your organic goodies then this is the soap base to use. Another soap winner here. You can't go wrong with the quality or the price! Highly recommended!
By:Susanne, Newmarket, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: The Suspension Soap is a life-saver when making melt and pour with dry additives. No longer does my oatmeal float to the top or sink to the bottom! You do have to watch the temperature closely as it doesn\'t tolerate \'too hot\', as with stirring it too much. Just a wonderful product! Worth the price of keeping things evenly \"suspended\" throughout the bar.
By:Kim, Leamington, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: This STEPHENSON M&P Suspension base is Fabulous; it melts easily,takes all forms of dyes well, accepts fragrance and Essential oils terrifically, and most of all: It will suspend/float just about any exfoliant you wish.I have used seeds, jojoba spheres, mica, powdered pumice, ground loofah, glitter, small erasers.They all worked acceptionally well. You won't be dissapointed, It finishes off after setting up with an easy to remove from mold soap that is very eye pleaseing. I'll come back for more for sure.
By:Sandra, Stockton, California
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 20-Feb-2006
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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).