I'm using the microwave to melt the melt & pour. Some day I hope to learn to make it from scratch, but I'm a huge klutz and am scared to do it!
Nursing Mother, I bought soap molds but have found that I really like using skinny bread pans the best. It makes a thick 1 1/2 inch x 1 1/2 x 4" bar - quite a handful, I get six bars and two thin end pieces out of each loaf. Plus they are easier to wrap than molded soaps in a variety of shapes! And I hand paint the labels - while I watch television. I spread them all over my living room floor to dry - can you tell I don't have kids yet, lol?
LaLa, I package them like this: after they are sufficiently dried, I wrap them in plastic wrap ala Saran wrap, taping the end like a gift. Then, I wrap the soap bar in a strip of pretty fabric (I've ironed the strip and made sharply creased folded under edges). I tape the inner end to the plastic/bar and use glue stick to connect the other end on top. Then, my hand painted label goes on the top of the soap/wrap and my ingredients/warnings label goes on the bottom, covering up the seam where the wrap is joined.
I use all different fabrics, to match the fragrance of the soap. For a woman who can't sew, I sure own alot of fabric! I think they look nice. Some are very creative and pretty, but some are lame - like my Unscented Goat's Milk - who can paint a goat? Who would want to? I have just drawn/painted a pitcher of milk and a glass on that label for lack of any other idea! Most are good labels, though. Especially Cutting Garden and Jasmine and Gardenia.