Product Rating: 4.6/5 (As per 39 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 used this for my first adventure into M&P soap making. I was attracted by the composition of the soap as an SLS formula. I think that the lahter is comparable to a castille soap, and it wasn't nearly as "suds-less" as I expected. However, this could be to do with the amazing soft water on the West coast, or the fact that I haven't used a conventional soap in a long time... This took scent wonderfully too!
By:Stephanie, Coquitlam, British Columbia Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 13-Nov-2013
Rating: I really appreciate NDAs commitment to providing SLS free soap bases. This base is relatively hard- much harder than the new carrot, cucumber, aloe or olive soap base which I happen to love although they use up much faster, so this one should be great for the bath tub! It is slightly opaque while several of the other bases are really clear but it took colorant and EO very nicely. A slight disadvantage I found while using it was that it was difficult to get rid of the air bubbles.
By:Elizabeth, Holland Landing, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 27-Jan-2006
Rating: I use this base for all of my children's products as well as my Himalayan salt "spa" bars. As other reviewers have noted this base does not produce a high lather but some of my customers prefer the lower lather. For my personal use I add castor oil to the bars and find that this makes a big difference. Overall it is a nice base to work with and makes a long lasting bar of soap.
Rating: This is a wonderful soap for my therapeutic and floral soaps. I cannot have tar, chemicals, or SLS and it's derivatives in my ancient Biblical historical products so this is perfect. It holds the EOs until the end of the bar of soap1
By:J.alexandra, Airdrie, Alberta Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 20-Jun-2006
Rating: Love that it's mostly natural but it doesn't lather very well. Almost no lather at all. Probably due to the sulfates removed. Have to get use to that I guess.
Rating: I bought this to make a shampoo bar because I was too lazy to make a batch of cold process soap. It is my first time making MP soap and it has a totally different feel from CP soap. VERY LITTLE LATHER if you use it on skin but it creates wonderful thick bubbles when you use it on hair.
Cleanses very, very, very well. Excellent stain remover for clothes. A bit too drying for my hair but it is moisturizing for the skin.
By:Jisun, Winnipeg, Manitoba Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 07-Oct-2012
Rating: Very nice, moisturizing base, takes color and scent well. Love it!
Rating: The positive with this base is that it is SLS free and it is inexpensive. It has no smell and makes a hard soap. However, it is not clear enough for embeds and makes very little lather. There are better (and more expensive) SLS free clear bases.
By:Chantal, Vancouver, British Columbia
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 01-Nov-2012
Rating: Lower sudsing for sure - but a beautiful base for those looking for no propylene glycol and no SLES. Rinses clean, feels great, no drying effects. I like it! Can we have it in 25 pounds blocks, please?
By:Kim, Winnipeg, Manitoba Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 07-Dec-2010
Rating: I love this soap base, not as thin as the white bas and able to hold exfoliators well. hard to color without over coloring
Rating: Good price. It would be nice if it was a bit clearer I find it gets very cloudy after sitting a bit. Rinses well without leaving a scum and doesn't over lather.
By:Kyla, Espanola, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 13-Jan-2012
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: 21-Sep-2011
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: 12-Apr-2012
Rating: Gentle and safe ingredients. Moisturizing even without additives. Does not leave a tight dry feel which is nice. Lather reduced but to be expected with SLS / SLES free soap base. You have to work up a good lather if that's important to you. I like it as is.... Cut off a piece and use. Although I just melted a poured one soap. Wow....once melted base becomes crystal clear! Neat! Holds aromatics well. Easy to work with - just cut out along scored lines.....
By:Susan, Whitby, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 17-Feb-2010
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
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 15-May-2011
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: 19-Feb-2010
Rating: Love this soap base. Nice lather, non-drying.
By:Stella, Toronto, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 04-Apr-2011
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: 03-Dec-2008
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
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 16-Jan-2011
Rating: I was very disappointed with this soap base. I was hoping for clear, transparent colour but it is very cloudy. Not what I had hoped. I bought too much and will have to mix with Shea and Goat's Milk to get rid of it all. Will definitely stick with the Clear Glycerin base instead.
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!
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
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 29-Jan-2010
Rating: Really pleased with the purchase. Customers like this soap base. Will purchase again.
Rating: This is the very best M & P soap ever! Completely non-toxic, non-SLS, non-synthetic, non-tar...NON anything that shouldn't be put on the skin. 100% & 5 STARS all the way!
By:Jefa, Calgary, Alberta Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 20-Jun-2006
Rating: This soap has the best lather of an glycerin soaps I've tried! Its easy to use, and makes beautiful soap! I've bought 3 cases of it already and will continue to buy more!
By:Jesi, Winnipeg, Manitoba Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 12-Oct-2007
Rating: I really enjoyed using this product! I've had a chance to be creative with all sorts of essential oils and artificial fragrances, adding ground oatmeal, kaolin, honey, and/or oil, and I recently created a beautiful chai tea soap and found this product held the scent very well and also coloured quite naturally. I've also been very successful using this as a base for shaving cream! A great product, indeed!
Rating: I am so impressed with this soap. I am a first time melt and pour soap maker. I added 10 drops of various essential oils into each individual soap mold. This soap picked up the scents wonderfully, has great lather and feel to it. Love it!!! I'll be buying this again.
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: 28-Oct-2008
Rating: Contrary to other peoples' reviews, I found this soap's lather to be reduced quite a bit, and adding certain essential oils kills the lather even further. I think the benefits outweigh the cons, however. This base has allowed me to create gentle soaps for young children and people with skin issues. (I've been told it doesn't aggravate psoriasis at all.) This was the first Stephenson's soap base I've dabbled with, and I look forward to trying others.
By:Crystal, Port Moody, British Columbia Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Apr-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
Date: Loyal Customer Since: 24-Jan-2008
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: 18-Dec-2007
Rating: Thank you ND for offering an alternative to the toxic products out there! The more people using these types of things the more we can get the word out about what's really in the drugstore.
I really can't tell the difference between this and a "regular" soap. It isn't any less foamy or bubbly. I found if I let the bar of soap harden a little in the air it lasts longer too.
By:Sandi, Vancouver, British Columbia Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
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: 15-Jul-2007
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!
Rating: Lovely SLS free base- still lathers and feels lovely on the skin. A winner!
By:Kate, Hamilton, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 01-Mar-2006
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: 20-Jun-2006
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!!
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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).