Product Rating: 4.3/5 (As per 42 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.
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 base lathers decently, and takes scent well. It does take a bit more effort to melt than the other NDA bases I've tried, and it sets up very quickly (by the time it gets down to about 135 degrees, it's already starting to film over heavily). It sure makes a nice bar of soap, though!
By:A., Dawson Creek, British Columbia Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 20-Jul-2013
Rating: I found this soap lathers well, sets very quickly and it does have a bit of a scent. I needed to add more EOs to get the scent to come through. It is really great that I was able to try different M&P soaps (because of the great prices). I will keep trying different mixes and see what I can create!
By:Amy, London, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 01-Oct-2016
Rating: I mix this with the M&P goats milk to concoct a wonderfully creamy smooth soap that feels so great on my skin. I have had eczema and excessively dry skin my entire life but the products from ND are absolutely amazing and very therapeutic for these conditions.
By:Cindy, Caledon, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 24-Aug-2016
Rating: Love this soap! I find it super moisturizing and easy to work with.
Rating: I got this base together with goat milk one. I like goat milk better as it's softer and easier to cut. They both don't have scent and take scent very well. I added 1/3 of clear base to make the color less solid, which turned out to be good.
By:Shanel, Ottawa, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 04-Mar-2015
Rating: I found this very easy to work with, does harden quickly, Took fragrant oil well and Labcolors. Lather was very low, much to my disappointment :) I added jojoba beads, peppermint leaves and lavender flower to my soaps. flower and leaves did turn brown, but loved to jojoba beads!
By:Laura, Hazelridge, Manitoba Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Jan-2015
Rating: Bought a case of this base to give it a try. It is certainly easy to work with and feels so nice on the skin. Takes colors and fragrance/eo very well. It does sweat a lot when the humidity is high.
Rating: my favourite melt and pour soap base so far!! it doesnt bubble much when being melted (which is fantastic)! the packaging it comes in makes life so much easier (for the big block). it takes lab colours and fragrance oils well, and its moisturizing. I couldnt ask for anything better!
By:Stefanie, Stanstead, Quebec Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 14-May-2013
Rating: Beautiful Love it I mix half bar olive with half bar shea makes a great bar of soap my husband loves it
By:Danielle, Montreal, Quebec Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 04-Jan-2013
Rating: I just melted in the microwave and it worked well. I had fun experimenting with different essential oils, fruit zests and herbs.
By:Meghan, Cochrane, Alberta
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 24-Apr-2013
Rating: Nice moisturising soap! Had no issues with it.
By:Chantelle, Asquith, Saskatchewan Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 10-Jan-2013
Rating: Feels great on the skin. It is very gentle and keeps in moisture. However, it takes forever to get a good foam going. That annoys a lot of people because they prefer a rich lather.
By:John, London, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 07-Aug-2012
Rating: Initially I was not thrilled with this base. My friend and I had a hard time melting it, and it set so quickly we could hardly pour it into the mold. However - we played around and added 1/5 part olive oil base, and it melted beautifully! Adding some honey helped, and adds to the nice moisturizing feeling.
By:Robin, Edmonton, Alberta
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 17-Oct-2012
Rating: This was my first time ever making any kind of soap, and I was impressed with how easy it was. I did struggle at first with the bubbles/foam that developed as it was melted, but pouring through a sieve helped a lot - and then I'd use a spatula to skim any residual off the poured soap. The soap set well, is easy to cut, and has a nice smooth, hard, rich texture. I added more shea butter to it, and got a wonderfully moisturizing soap. It doesn't lather much, but if I were to choose between bubbles or a mild, moisturizing soap that makes my skin feel soft, I'd go for the shea soap every time! Will definitely order again.
Rating: This soap has NO LATHER, whatsoever. Although, it does rinse clean and leaves no residue. My friends prefer soaps that actually lather! Will not order this one again. Might have better luck with this base if you embedded a loofah sponge or even ground loofah in it.
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.
Rating: As always, very happy with the product I received. Not only is the packing job top notch, my customers LOVE the shea butter soap, they say its great on the hands, very moisturising (leaves hands soft and smooth), and no residue or film where you leave it sitting in a dish or on the sink ledge. I was told not to change, so I will have to go with demand, plus I happen to agree with them! Thanks for the great prices and service, so nice to get that these days.
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: 22-Aug-2011
Rating: This base as a beautiful richness to it, but doesn't seem to lather.
It solidify extremely rapidly, making it a almost impossible to make soaps using molds that needs perfectly clean/straight limits to join to part perfectly after.
It is easy to use in normal shaped molds.
Rating: Although I like the softness of this soap, I find the fact that there is no lather to be a definite disadvantage. If you don't mind not having lather, then by all means, go ahead and buy it - you won't be disappointed - but if it's lather you're looking for, the Goat's Milk is a better option, in my opinion.
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.
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
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 07-Apr-2010
Rating: Great price!!! less than half of what i was paying before. Leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft! Love it!
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: 28-Oct-2008
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: 28-Oct-2008
Rating: What I like about doing business with New Directions isn't just only the good ethical product that they boast of but the beautiful people that work there that makes it all worth while, Vicikie, Romona and all the rest of beautiful people there, past and present, Todd and counting Beau too, and can't forget the boss himself Alex. Love you all, Love and kisses(lol) RAs Emmanuel .
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