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Rebatch Soap Recipe: A Step by Step Guide
What is rebatching soap?
If you have come this far in your soap making journey, you may already know what rebatching soap consists of, but I'll approach this from the point of view of someone who doesn't. For those who do, I promise, I'll be brief.
In a nutshell, rebatching means taking a cold processed (100 % homemade) soap or pre-made soap base, shredding or cutting it up, and melting it down to re-create it into something new. There are some who would have you believe that this technique should only be used to save soap mistakes made when making cold process soap, or to add light fragrances or additives that won't stand up to the lye used to make soap from scratch. And while those are both true and valid reasons, I think there is a beauty to rebatching soap, as it creates a very rustic, country looking soap... a style I happen to adore! I find it an art form in itself. So on to the fun part... making it!
Prepare to rebatch!
Things that are absolutely necessary to create rebatched soap are:
- A pre-made rebatch base (I use Stephenson's Rebatch base, which can be purchased from Bulk Apothecary or from the Chemistry Store. You could also buy a block of cold processed soap from someone that makes it, if you don't make it yourself.
- A hand shredder or Salad Shooter.
- A crock pot or double boiler. For this guide, I will be using a crock pot.
- Something to stir with, such as a spatula or long handled spoon.
- A soap mold. I prefer the loaf style soap molds, but you could also use a tray mold. Whatever you choose as your mold, keep in mind that you need to be able to get your soap into the mold quickly, and because rebatched soap doesn't get completely liquid, it will be hard to pour into a very detailed design. Other ideas for molds are muffin pans, or square brownie pans. You get the idea.
- Additives! This could be the fragrance oil (FO) or essential oil (EO) of your choice, along with any additional botanicals, oils, or butters (such as shea, cocoa, or mango butters)
For this recipe, I used:
- 2 pounds of Stephenson's Rebatch Base
- 8 ounces of distilled water
- 1 ounce of French Vanilla and Amber fragrance oil
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
Step One: Cut up the base.
Step Two: Shred the base.
Step Three: Add shredded base to crock pot.
Step Four: Wait. And then wait some more!
Step Five: Almost ready!
Step Six: Add fragrance and stir!!
Step Seven: Add cocoa powder for color.
Step Eight: Scoop out base and pour into mold.
Step Nine: Wait for it to set up.
Step Ten: Unmold!!
Step Eleven: Cut!!
Enjoy... in a week or so. Wait... What?
Technically, you could use your soap now, but you may find it a little soft (almost spongy with a gentle squeeze) That's because there is still extra moisture (water) in the bar. If you use it like this, you bar will not last as long. For a harder, longer lasting bar, place your soaps on a drying rack and allow to dry. The longer you wait the harder they will be. You will know when they are ready, they will feel hard just like a store bought soap!
Now you know the basic steps that can be applied to making any rebatch recipe!
Thank you for reading. I hope you found this informative. if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
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