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For basic melt-and-pour (MAP) soap making, and for most of the more advanced projects, you will need the following:

[1] melt-and-pour soap base

[2] colorants

[3] fragrances

[4] molds and/or cookie cutters

[5] microwave-safe, glass measuring cup

[6] craft sticks (for stirring melted soap)

[7] freezer space & microwave oven

[8] spritz/spray bottle of rubbing alcohol

[9] timer or clock

[10] sharp knife

[11] cutting board or cut-safe work surface

[12] glass eyedroppers

[13] measuring spoons (from 1/8 tsp on up)

[14] sturdy ice cube trays

[15] zippered plastic storage bags

[1] **MELT-AND-POUR (MAP) SOAP BASE**

To determine the amount of melted soap base it will take to fill your mold, fill your one-cup measuring cup to the one-cup mark, then pour water into the mold until filled. Now, look at the measuring cup: one cup = 8 ounces. Subtract the amount of water still in the measuring cup from 8 ounces. The volume of the MISSING water is equivalent to the amount of MAP soap base you will need. Most measuring cups have ounce-level markings.

Many MAP soap bases are sold in scored blocks. To determine the volume of each scored cube, take the total number of cubes and divide it into the total number of ounces in the block. A two-pound block (as shown in the photograph above) has 32 cube sections: 32 cubes and 32 ounces (16 ounces per pound) means each cube is approximately one ounce of MAP soap.

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TWO-POUND SOAP BLOCK