Basic-Soap-Rebatching-InstructionsBasic Soap Rebatching Instructions
Rebatching is another form of cold process soapmaking. You can make
your cold process soap from scratch or use a rebatch soap base.
Rebatching is often used to preserve the scent or the healing
properties of some essential oils.
To start you'll need the following: Rebatch soap base, a bowl, a
grater with a handle, a boil-proof bag. Optional items: molds,
fragrance and colorants
Grate the soap into smaller shreds (yes, if you have a salad
shooter or automatic cheese grater, you can use this as well). This
will help the soap melt better.
Put the grated soap into a boil-proof bag. Prepare a pot of boiling
water. Add the bagged (and sealed) soap to the boiling water, cover and
wait for 20-30 minutes.
Once the soap is melted, it will take on a translucent, mashed
potatoes consistency. At this point, add your herbs, fragrance and/or
color. Be sure to wear oven mitts when handling the soap - it's hot!
Mix the soap with the additives, in the bag. If any of the soap seems
to harden up, or you see any non-melted strands, just put the sealed
bag back in the boiling water for another 10 to 15 minutes.
Once the soap is fully melted, cut the edge off of one of the
corners of the bag and use the bag as a piping tool. Squeeze the hot
soap into the molds and wait 3 to 4 days for the soap to harden fully.
Hint: If your soap isn't the constancy you want it to be, next
time, add 1 tsp. of water or liquid oil to the melting soap. This will
help thin it down. Be careful though, too much liquid will make for a
very soft bar.