As a former massage therapist, I have used arnica oil for massages, but am curious if it can be used in a melt and pour base, and if so how much may I use per pound of soap? - Anonymous Plugoo User
Thanks for your question! You can certainly incorporate the properties of Arnica into Melt & Pour Soap. There are two different ingredients that you can use. I'll go over each of them to help you pick.
Arnica Oil - This Arnica Infused Soybean Oil will add a bonus of moisturizing power to your Melt & Pour Soap, however, it can reduce the lather. Add Arnica Oil at a rate of 1 tablespoon per pound of soap to your recipes.
Arnica CO2 Extract - This super concentrated Arnica Extract can be added at a much smaller rate than Arnica Oil. Add just 1 - 2% to your Melt & Pour Soap to infuse the base with Arnica properties.
Personally, I would probably use the Arnica CO2 Extract over the Arnica Oil in a Melt & Pour Soap. Melt & Pour Soap needs all the lather it can get, so I would be hesitant to risk reducing it by adding Arnica Oil.
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