One of the easiest and most common ways to make herbal soap is to use the Melt and Pour Method. To make an herbal soap this way, soak the herbs you wish to use in boiling water for 15 minutes. While the herbs are boiling, take plain, unscented soap, which you can easily buy from a grocery store or arts and crafts store, and place it in a pot on the stove. Turn the heat to low and slowly melt the soap.

After the soap is melted, drain the herbs that were soaking in the boiling water into a colander and then dump them into the melted soap. Stir well, remove the mixture from the heat, place it in a mold, and allow it to cool. If you allow the soap to cool in the pot before placing it in the mold, the soap may harden in the pot. You will then have to re-melt the soap and quickly place it in its mold if this happens. Once the soap is cool, it is ready to use!

The Melt and Pour Method is recommended for first time soap makers because of its simplicity. It has the advantage that it is easy and can be finished in only 1-2 hours and that the bars of soap can be used immediately. However, since you are using a commercial soap for your base, you will still end up with some artificial chemicals in your soap, which can cause drying and irritation. Many of the moisturizing skin care benefits may be lost also, depending on which commercial base is used.

However, all the benefits that the herbs provide will still be available to you. After you have made a few batches of soap using this method, you may want to move on to the more advanced methods of soap making, such as the Cold Process.

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