Rebatching Soap~Tutorial

by adustyframe ~ March 26th, 2009


I’m still learning this whole soap making thing. I’m really enjoying it and actually think I’m getting closer to figuring it out.

This was batch #3 and I didn’t know that citrus essential oils don’t do very well in cold process soap making. I used tangerine essential oil in it as well as grated orange peel for a little bit of “scrubby”.

I used tumeric to color it and while it looked nice as a bar, it didn’t smell like much of anything other than orange peel.

I’m not about to waste a whole pound of soap, so I decided to rebatch it.

Here’s what I did.

1. Grate the soap. James took over and did a great job.


2. I added 1/8 c. of Goat’s Milk and a splash of olive oil.


3. I put it in a warm oven 170 in this enamel pan. I checked it every 15 minutes. It did take a fair amount of time until it melted. I just stirred it every time I checked it. Eventually, it looked like this.


4. Then I stirred in peppermint essential oil and some more tangerine–ok I should give up the tangerine becasue it really didn’t work. I also added about 1 TB of honey.

5. Pour it into the mold–this one happens to be a Rubbermaid drawer organizer that I found at the thrift store for .50.

soap-46. I unmolded it as soon as it cooled. Since it was a rebatch it didn’t need to set as long as fresh cold process soap does.

rebatchI learned from this batch a few things.

1. Skip the citrus essential oils.

2. I don’t really care for the scent of orange peels but they are a nice scrubby additive.

3. Tumeric makes a really nice pumpkin color and I’ll probably use it again to color some spicey or fall scented soaps.

4. I’d rather get the soap right the 1st time than do rebatching. It’s not really my thing, but it was better than wasting it.

5. Rebatching requires a lot less liquid than I used. The goat’s milk, olive oil, and honey was too much. It required a lot longer time to dry than it should have and it’s still not a super hard bar of soap.


4 Thoughts Shared to Rebatching Soap~Tutorial

  1. Ame

    making soap is one of the things i want to do … s o m e d a y … like, after i can find the floor of my closet again … like after i get a routine cleaning bathrooms again rather than when something crazy happens that requires cleaning … like after i find my sanity (pls send it home if you see it roaming around up north, okay!) 🙂

    aww–skip the cleaning and just make soap;)!

  2. Miss Rachel

    How neat! I wish I knew how to make soap… we have a whole video on how to do it, but I don’t want to do it by myself. Jocelyn tried to, but it didn’t work out, so she doesn’t really want to do it again.

    But your soap looks very good. I love citrus flavours of anything, including soap. I would love to try some of that. And the honey added in, mmm. Its getting better and better. Are you going to sell some of your soap?


  3. Jacque

    SO glad to read this. We -Jocelyn- made soap just once, and it did not turn out very well. I did end up using it in my pump and adding water to make it a hand soap though!

    🙂 Thanks for the tips. They are GREAT!


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