Last year I took a puck of Van Der Hagen and melted it into a small glass bowl. I used our microwave to do this. I was very careful and only only applied heat/rays until I saw the soap starting to foam. In the end this worked out great and allowed me to bloom the soap with only a small amount of water. I did this last year while my wife was away for a couple days. Today I tried to do the same thing with a Palmolive shave stick with disastrous results. We have a new microwave and I can not see what is happening like in the old microwave, so I had to guess how long to apply heat. Well, after a few short bursts I ended up with a huge pile of foam, a shattered glass bowl and a pissed off wife. I'm now banned from using the microwave or oven to try to melt my soap into another bowl and have endured multiple lectures about the soapy smell still in the microwave. Now how do I melt my soap without the use of a microwave or oven? I have a puck of soap in a glass bowl sitting in the sun, but it does not look like this is going to melt the soap.