Technique: Melt and Pour Soapmaking
At MADE by DWC, a social enterprise created by the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles, California, women practice a melt and pour soapmaking technique to create bars of soaps by hand in small batches. During this technique, the women melt the ethically sourced soap base, essential oils, fragrance, and all-natural butters. Once the ingredients have blended, they will pour the soap base into a mold. After a few hours, the bars of soaps form and are ready to be packaged. The soaps are packaged in environmentally friendly parchment paper and are then covered by old pages from donated books.
These soaps are known for their skin-softening qualities and soothing scents. The women will make between 60 to 120 bars of soap at one time; to create 120 bars of soap, the process involves one to two women for three to four hours. MADE by DWC is a collaborative and supportive work environment; while one woman stirs the base, another may prepare ingredients for the next batch. MADE by DWC is the only organization in Los Angeles that is focused exclusively on serving and empowering women who are experiencing homelessness and formerly homeless women.