Hand Rebatching Soap
Hand rebatching is a method by which you can take existing soap or soap scraps, melt them down, pour the melted soap into molds and make new soap. Rebatching is a good time to add essential oils, fragrances and other additives such as herb, oatmeal, etc.. that would have been altered if added during the initial soapmaking stage.
The process is simple, however, there are some steps that can be taken to make the process easier and error free. We highly recommend the oven method because of an ovens unique ability to heat evenly and slowly.
Tips: When rebatching the fresher the soap the better. Soap that is a week old reqiures less added liquid than three week old soap. Also, keep the heat as low as possible to avoid burning the soap.
The steps are as follows:
Step One - Cut your soap pieces into small chunks or grate your soap with a kitchen grater.
Step Two - Place the soap chunks or shavings in a stainless steel, enamel coated or glass pot.
Step Three - For most vegetable oil based soap chunks or shavings pour one cup of milk to every pound of soap into the bottom of the pan. For Olive Oil soap shavings use 1/2 cup milk. For animal fat based soap shavings use a half cup of water or milk per pound. For soap that is less than a week old cut these measurements in half.
Step Four - Cover the pot and let the soap sit and soak up the milk or water for an hour or two. Stir every half hour.
Step Five - Heat your oven to its lowest setting. (no more than 170 degrees) Place the pot into the oven and let it heat for an hour or so. Check and stir the mix every 15 minutes.
Step Six - When the soap smooths out you can stir in any essential oils, fragrances, oatmeal, herbs, cocoa butter, etc that you want.
Step Seven - Blend the soap. You can either take the soap out of the oven and blend it with a hand mixer in the pot or you can pour it into a blender and mix it. A hand blender may be the quickest and best method. You want to get it blended before it starts to set up.
Step Eight - Once blended you simply pour it into the molds, let it set up a couple of days, pop it from the molds and let it age a week or two. Thats it.
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