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How to Make Beautiful Marble Soap by Re-batching

Updated on October 13, 2014

Marble soap is a moisturizing soap.

The combination of multiples soaps add great conditioning properties.
The combination of multiples soaps add great conditioning properties.

Re-batching Soap is Fun

I've been making and selling handmade natural soap for 2 years and I currently have over 30 different types of soaps. I enjoy creating new scents and colors for my line of soaps from natural resources such as carrots, pumpkin and cocoa powder. One of the wonderful things about making soap is that nothing is wasted. I make soap the old fashioned way with lye, either by cold or hot process methods. When I hand cut my soap bars, I make sure to save the shavings and odd size bars to make marble soap with by re-batching the soap scraps in a crock pot.

Handmade soap melting down in crockpot.
Handmade soap melting down in crockpot.

Re-batching Soap is a Fun Activity for Children

Making marble soap by re-batching soap scraps s fun and safe enough for children to help with you with because there is no lye use. My granddaughter loves helping me re-batch soap to turn into marble soap. Children love to put the soap shavings in the crock pot and watch the soap melt down little by little. If you add milks, such as goat, cow, or coconut milk to the soap while it's melting down, the heat will cause the sugars in the milk to caramelize. This changes the color of the soap to a beautiful tan or brown-colored soap.Milk makes the lather extra creamy and moisturizing. If you don't want your soap to turn brown, only add distilled water and some oils or butters for extra moisturizing. I frequently use cocoa butter and shea butter during re-batching soap.

Goat's milk.
Goat's milk.

Ingredients I frequently use when making marble soap

  • New handmade Soap Shavings and scraps
  • Oddly shaped new hand made soap
  • Butters such as Coco butter or Shea butter
  • Oil such as almond or vitamin E
  • Milks such as Coconut, Goat or Whole milk
  • Essential oil


Lavender buds
Lavender buds

Ingredients I used in my newest marble soap

Ingredients for the marble soap I'm making today are:

  • Lavender buds soap cubes
  • Coconut milk lavender buds
  • Lemon burst Soap scraps
  • Distilled Water
  • Vitamin E Oil
  • Grapefruit Soap

Hand made soap shavings and cubes in crock pot

Add your odd shaped handmade soaps, cut ends and ugly soap to a crock pot for rebatching soap.
Add your odd shaped handmade soaps, cut ends and ugly soap to a crock pot for rebatching soap.

Steps for Making Rebatched Soap

  1. Add soap scraps, cubes or oddly shaped soaps to your crock pot.
  2. Add a little distilled water to help get it melting.
  3. Keep your crock pot on medium high heat.
  4. As it starts to melt add your butters and milk (goat's, coconut or whole) if you desire.
  5. Occasionally stir your soap and add dried flowers if desired.
  6. When your soap is melted, pour into a mold and let it cool and harden overnight.

Re-batched soap in a mold.
Re-batched soap in a mold.

Molding and Cutting

When you're soap if finished melting down, pour it into a mold and let is harden. Cut it or with a regular knife or crinkle cutter and allow it dry for at least a week. . Of course you can use it right away, but the longer you let it dry out the longer it will last.

Marble Soap

Coconut lavender marble soap.
Coconut lavender marble soap.
Coco butter
Coco butter

More about Marble Soap

After the soap has hardened overnight, it's ready to be cut in beautiful shapes. The soaps reveals a unique design that resembles marble. You can be as creative as you want with marble soap by adding different ingredients to give it an attractive design. These are some of my best selling soaps. They are full of vegan oils that nourish and protect your skin.

Moisturizing properties

My marble soap contains many of my handmade soaps that already have excellent moisturizing properties. Adding extra butters and oils to the soap while it's melting down in a crock pot makes the soap even more moisturizing. You can be as creative as you want when making marble soap by adding what you want to make your soap as unique as you want.

Chocolate malt  marble soap.
Chocolate malt marble soap.

Other Marble Soaps I've Made

The following are pictures of other marble soaps I've made. Chocolate malt marble soap has natural properties that are soothing for your skin.

Mocha Marble Soap

This mocha marble soap is made with saponified olive, coconut and palm oils and goat milk. Superbly moisturizing and conditioning for your skin.

Chocolate Marble Soap

Chocolate marble soap made with saponified olive, coconut and palm oils. Also has goat's and coconut milk. This is another highly conditioning and soothing bar of soap. Coco powder is actually good for your skin.

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      L M Reid 2 years ago from Ireland

      Wow what an interesting article on making marble soap. I have never tried this before but will certainly give it a try soon

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 2 years ago from Maine

      Hi Rachel,

      I'm so happy you found this hub interesting and hope you enjoy making soap some day. Once you get started you may not want to stop. Handmade soap is the best.

      Blessings to you too!

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Carrie, I love hand made soaps. Whenever we go somewhere like the Amish country, I look for them. Now you showed us how to make it. Something interesting to do in those long winter months when we are shut in. Thanks for sharing. I voted up and interesting.

      Blessings to you.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 2 years ago from Maine

      Hi peachpurple,

      LOL, A lot of people think my soap looks like food. I so understand. Thank you for your comment!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i should mix up a few old cake bars and marble them, i thought that was a cake!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 2 years ago from Maine

      Hi DzyMsLizzy,

      Thank you for your comments. That is an economical way to reuse soap within the family. LOL - but definitely not to sell.

      Blessings to you!

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      We used to use just a hot-water soak in the washbasin to soften commercial soap scraps, and then press them into a small mold.

      I've lost that mold, and am quite disappointed, as this was an economical way to use up those bits that just shrink down too much from use.

      Since it's 'all in the family,' there's no worry about an 'eeeww' factor; it's not something you'd make to sell, for sure!

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 2 years ago from Maine

      Thank you for your comment Ron, I re-batch the ends of new cut soap loaves and odd shaped soaps I've made - into beautiful new ones - so nothing goes to waste.

      Blessings to you!

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      Ronald E Franklin 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      This is great. I've often looked at all those leftover soap bars and thought there ought to be a way to melt them all down into a new bar. I never knew that's called re-batching, and that there's an established process for it. Although I'm sure I'll never actually do it, it's fascinating to see how it's done.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 3 years ago from Maine

      Thank you very much CrisSp for your comment, I know you and your daughter will have a great time with this project.

      Blessings to you!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      This is great considering the fact that you know what's in your soap and that you're using all natural ingredients. Ingredients that you can actually pronounce. :)

      Very creative and useful. Will try making it this summer with my daughter. Pinning and sharing.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 3 years ago from Maine

      Thank you very much, I know you can do it!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very creative and attractive. Wish I could make them as well.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      Thank you for your comments DDE. The best to you!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      How to Make Beautiful Marble Soap incredibly displayed and so useful to many readers. marble soap looks so different a great idea to try.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      Hi Torrilynn,

      Yes, you can make all kinds of marble soaps. Thank you for your comments and thank you for sharing!

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      I didnt know you could make marble soap. I find that cool and unique. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      I don't see why not, it's soap. I use soap I've made previously. The ends I cut off from a block and trimmings from soap. As long as it's soap, I'm sure it will work out fine. Thank you for visiting and for your comments. The best to you!

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      Jay Dickens 4 years ago

      These are so pretty! Do you think this process would work with the mini soaps that hotels hand out? We have tons of them but most tend to be too drying. Yet we still always take them with us...

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      Hi Nell,

      I hear that all the time LOL! Soap making is a lot of fun, I think you would like it. Thank you for visiting!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      They look good enough to eat! lol! what a great idea, I have never made soap but I really would like to try, thanks for the great info, nell

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      Thank you very much livewithrichard, I'm going to have to watch Fight Club since I don't get the reference :) I hope you get to make soap one day. It's very relaxing and rewarding. Thank you very much for checking out my soaps, I really appreciate that. The best to you!

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      Richard Bivins 4 years ago from Charleston, SC

      Very interesting. I've always wanted to give this a try, ever since I first watched Fight Club... If you don't get the reference, I guess you will have to watch Fight Club :) I checked out your soap store too... awesome job!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      Thank you Alicia for stopping by, I hope you get to try it this summer! The best to you!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The soaps look so beautiful! Thank you very much for the instructions. The recipe sounds fun and easy. I'll try it this summer.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      You are welcome wabash annie, it is very easy to make!

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      wabash annie 4 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      I bookmarked this Hub so that I can try making some soap this summer. Great Hub and topic. Thanks much ... Annie

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      Hi Suzie HQ,

      So many people tell me that all the time LOL. Thank you for visiting and pinning!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carrie,

      These soaps you have made look good enough to eat! Love the ingredients and definitely keen to give these a go! Thanks so much for posting this, voted up, useful, interesting, pinned!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      It is fun faythef,

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      This sounds like fun..I will have to try it