Product Rating: 4.6/5 (As per 36 Customer Reviews)
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Stephenson's Melt and Pour Natural SLS Free Soap Base is free from foam boosters such as SLS and SLES. It won't turn yellow during processing, is odor-free and offers a superior fragrance lift. However, this soap is extremely cloudy and can have a mottled appearance.
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.
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 • Contains no surfactants or Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate or Sodium Laureth Sulphate • Odorless base for a superior fragrance lift • Neutral pH of approximately 8.0 - 9.0 • 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: I just made a batch of this soap and I must say that I'm very disappointed. It takes way too long to melt down and after it has finally all melted down and is ready to pour, there is a massive 1/2 inch soap foam on top of the melted soap and lots of air bubbles. This makes it almost impossible to pour. It is very frustrating as I have purchased a big block of this. I will be returning it for sure.
By:Beatrice, Hamburg, New Jersey
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 22-Oct-2013
Rating: This is my second time ordering this soap and this time it came out even more wonderful than the last time. I'll be buying this again, and again love it to death.
By:Rose, Saint Albans, New York Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 08-May-2013
Rating: I LOVE this M&P.
Allow me to say that I started off making soap from scratch (lye, carrier oils, etc.) a.k.a. cold process. Although I still very much appreciate a good old fashioned hand crafted soap - my guilty pleasure lately has been M&P.
IT'S SO EASY!
Initially, I purchased the clear. It was nice. However, I just finished a batch with this Natural SLS Free and I'm smitten. I have NO IDEA what the "no suds" group of reviewers is doing wrong?
In case anyone is interested I made a face wash batch using the round mini mold (from ND and fantastic). I cut about 1/4 of the 2lb. block (into small squares) and melted it over low heat. To this I added:
1 heaping tablespoon of Colloidal Oatmeal
2 heaping tablespoons of Honey Powder
3 tablespoons of Vegetable Glycerin and...
4 tablespoons of Lavender Hydrosol
adding about 15 drops of Neroli 3% Dilution
My face marvelously clean face GLOWS and this soap (being SLS free) keeps the skins natural acid mantle in tact. You don't want to disrupt your skin's ph level.
P.S. if there is a suds pay-off to the soaps containing SLS - it is not without a price. SLS WILL disrupt the natural ph of your skin. SLS is a detergent. Detergents are great for washing clothes, cleaning oil off your driveway and BUBBLES/LATHER/SUDS. Unfortunately, most people are conditioned into believing that lather and bubbles means clean - NOPE.
Thank You ND for allowing me to "preach" my humble knowledge...I am a devoted customer and open every well-packaged box that arrives at my doorstep like it's Xmas!
By:Emily, Pleasant Hill, California
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 06-Jun-2012
Rating: Maybe I am doing something wrong but I found that this base comes out yellowish/brownish after I add my extracts. It also does not lather well, almost no lather at all.
By:Nicole, Jersey City, New Jersey
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 24-Jan-2013
Rating: Very nice, moisturizing base, takes color and scent well. Love it!
By:Elena, Toronto, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Love this base! It has a great lather to it. I purchased 10lbs to test some new varieties of soaps to offer in my shop and everyone is buying them right up. I mixed up batched with added Shea butter, some with spirulina powder, oats, calendula petals, various EO's...I will definitely be purchasing this again
Rating: Made myself some soap with the sls free and I love it!!! Rinses off clean, holds the scent of EOs perfectly and mixes nicely with my body butters. I feel the lather if fine, if you use it with a puff you even get more lather from it. My family all wants a bar of it now. I am hooked and will be buying more soon.
By:Tara, Etobicoke, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Great price for this SLS base. Not much lather to it, some scents do not hold well in it as others do, but thats pretty much for any base I suppose. I add CG to it after I homogenize it, and lots of lather from a natural base!! Holds botanicals very well, I recommend this base for sure!!
By:Chadwick, Canton De Hatley, Quebec Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I like this soap for use on my face as a daily cleanser although, when I try to melt it down in a soap melting pot that is sitting in a pan full of boiling water, 2 lbs of this soap takes an unbelievable whopping one hour to melt it down!! That to me is way too long for a natural melt and pour soap to melt down at this temperature of stove heat. Also, After it has finally all melted down and is ready to pour, it gets a massive 1/2 inch soap foam on the top of the melted soap which then makes the soap form not turn out quite like it should after it is poured into a soap mold. The way that melt and pour soap should be when it is completely melted & ready to pour is, smooth on top and all of the way through with little or no air bubbles or foam present before pouring.
I just wish that this soap would melt down in 30 minutes or less & not have all of the soap foam that sits & floats on the top after it has been fully melted.
By:Corwin, Sandia Park, New Mexico Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 27-Jun-2011
Rating: Thank you for this great soap base, I got it home about 3 weeks ago, I melted it and added grinded lavendar flowers and essential oil and grinded oatmeal, and the other one grinded chamomile flowers and lemon grass and some essential oils. What a nice soap, my skin is soft and lovely. Everyone loved my soap and all wanted some. Thank you
By:Rachel, Fredericton, New Brunswick Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: My first M&P attempt. Was a hit at my daughter's 11th B-day party. All the girls made soap, lip balm (with NDA's lip balm base) and bath bombs. The soap itself needs a good working up to lather but is easy enough to use. Does 'sweat' quite alot even with no water added. All in all, a good purchase.
By:Farkhanda, Oakville, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: It is good and comes out easily from molds but it does not do much lather. Anyway, natural soaps don't do much foam.
By:Silvia, Toronto, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Love this soap base. Nice lather, non-drying.
By:Stella, Toronto, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Great soap base. Happy to have something that I could make some soaps with for my six year old son. I worked wonderfully with my EO. I made several yellow lemon duckies to give out at Easter. Will order this again.
By:Kathleen, Edmonton, Alberta Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: My first M&P experience was great success!! Make some beautiful soaps with my children and got them hooked. This morning one of my girls said first thing "Mommy I want to make the layered kind of soap today!"
Love that the product is SLS free and take EO and colours beautifully!
Will be needed to get more soon and expand my EO and colours!
By:Lori, Alton, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I can absolutely recommend this soap. The lather is rich and the bubbles are fine. The consistency is just right and it takes EO's very nicely. I will definitely order again soon. Nice product!
By:Katja, North Saanich, British Columbia Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Really pleased with the purchase. Customers like this soap base. Will purchase again.
By:Rita, Scarborough, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I was pleased to see there was SLS free soap base, I have used the sls shampoo before and loved it. I am so glad to be able to tell customers about this product. I really like it.
By:Joyce, Innisfil, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I love this soap. I am new to soapmaking. This soap base was easy to melt and pour, and I love the way my skin feels moisterized after using this soap in the shower. The lather is adequate, not what I'm used to with commercial soaps that use SLS, but this is SLS free. My skin feels soft and silky and I love showering with the scent of my favorite EO's. I will not go back to using commercial soaps.
By:Diane, West Hartford, Connecticut Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 06-Aug-2009
Rating: I am EXTREMELY pleased with this SLS Free formula. Melts great,molds great and retains EO or Fragrance beautifully! Can't wait until the 25lb cases are available in the new year.
By:Laura, Bowmanville, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I made soap two weeks ago with a citrus scent that normally fades. The scent increased by day 2 and still has not faded. Washed with it yesterday and it left my skin soft. Fragrance and a touch of glycerine were all I added. They chemical smell that I normally have problems with in melt and pour soaps was not evident in this formula. I highly recommend this soap and will be ordering more.
By:Tabetha, Oak Harbor, Washington
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 28-Feb-2007
Rating: Love it! And it lathers great!! If you overload it then yes the lather will be reduced, as with ANY MP base. This is a staple in my products arsenal! ;)
By:Kristina, Ile Perrot, Quebec Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Another fantastic soap.I'm changing to all sls free soap bases and I really like this one.
Rating: Great base! I've found that other SLS-free bases made a very soft soap and washed away very quickly, but this makes a long-lasting bar.
By:Judith, Reisterstown, Maryland Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 26-Mar-2006
Rating: I love this soap! I actually use it to make liquid soap. It dissolves well and foams great for an SLS free soap. It is very difficult to find good SLS free soap, and NDA makes the best!! It also has a pleasant smell.
By:Leslie, Jamestown, North Carolina
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 15-Mar-2008
Rating: This soap is more than great it is EXCELLENT!! Any person I have given a small bar to has come back for more. One lady who has skin problems emailed me and said finally after one year her face is healing in only 10 days of using my soap. I would love to take all the credit for this but I can\'t. The SLS Free Soap Base is the greatest of all. All I did was add essential oils. Thanks so much. Good News Travels Fast
By:Myrna, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: This soap is absolutely fabulous. It's a huge hit with my client base, simply because it's SLS and SLES free. Even though these additives are not present, the soap still has a beautiful lather!!! It's extremely easy to work with, cuts cleanly and melts nicely in a double boiler. I also find that this soap blends nicely and holds lemongrass EO very well!
By:Clories, Petawawa, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Love this soap!
It has very "glidy" texture.
By:Kristina, Los Angeles, California
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 14-Jan-2008
Rating: I just made my first M& P batch with this base and the soaps all came out just fantastic! It was easily to cut and use and the end result was amazing. Its nice to have less chemical options available at such affordable prices. I have super sensitive skin so I am always looking for the least chemical ingredients as possible in my cosmetics which gives me less chances on reacting to something. So I will always chose the more environmental and healthy choices whenever I can and now I can do so afforadably with this high quality product. I am hooked and I will be back for more.
By:Susanne, Newmarket, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: SLS free options are becoming more and more important, and as someone who creates products for pregnant women, this is a great option. It's easy to use, packaged in a way that you can easily make use of the base, without having to use the whole block unnecessarily. Excellent!
By:Marcie, Brampton, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: This is a wonderful base to work with. With no SLS in it it's perfect for the most sensitive skin. I'll be back for more!
By:Edith, Hurricane, Utah Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 14-Jan-2007
Rating: Wow! Tried just a few blocks to test, what a beautiful result. I use only SLS free or organic oils bases & this has now made it to the top of my list of faves. Beautiful suspension of oatmeal & ground vanilla bean, gorgeous color, glossy finish, great fragrance & EO incorporation, with excellent texture and creamy lather. Will buy ALOT more of this. Thanks, you have a very happy customer here.
By:Christine, Auburn, California
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 06-Dec-2006
Rating: Lovely SLS free base- still lathers and feels lovely on the skin. A winner!
By:Kate, Hamilton, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: This is, hands down, the most fabulous SLS Free base I have ever used. I've tried several, but have always had to compensate for the natural "smell" of the base by adding more fragrance or essential oil, not exactly economical. This base is totally scent-free in its pure state. Takes additives beautifully, gorgeous lather, very gentle on the skin. My customers have noticed a big difference too in terms of longevity as well -- the finished product dissolves much less quickly. I've always told my customers not to let their soap sit in a puddle, but with this one, the lifespan is almost double of the other bases I've used. The packaging is brilliant, I love the fact that the 2 lb container is pre-scored into 4 separate pieces. Makes working with it a heck of a lot easier. I'm totally sold on this product. Two thumbs up!!
By:Margaret, Montreal, Quebec Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I cannot tell you how thrilled I was with the results of using this SLS Free Soap! It is white in the block, but when melted and infused with my Aromatics & Flowers, it came out CRYSTAL CLEAR...gently colored only by the Ess. Oils.
In addition, the 24Kt. Gold Mica that I used in my first Amber prototype soap, actually distributed evenly throughout the soap...no settling at the bottom! This amazing SLS Free soap registers 1000% on my scale!
By:Jefa, Calgary, Alberta Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: This soap base is great for people who are sensitive to Lauryl Sulfates. It produces great suds without the addition of SLS and leaves your skin silky soft. I use ONLY the Stephenson bases in my soap products, and my customers love them!
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