Cold Process Soap A Tale Of Re Batching
DustyFrame Shares with us her experience with re batching cold process soap because it did not turn out the first time around. I have had similar problems and this was my solution also.
Here is Dusty’s story:
I’m still learning this whole soap making thing. I enjoy it and 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.
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 because 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 fifty cents.
6. 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.
I 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.