rebatching soap making

Rebatching soap making can be an interesting alternative for those who do not wish to handle lye.

Soap makers state that this method requires less scent (essential or fragrance oils) and that additives retain more of their beneficial properties.

The rebatching soap making method is also referred to as hand-milled soap making.

It begins with soap noodles or soap shavings that have been procured at a soap making supplier.

The soap making noodles are heated with some water. Soap noodles or soap shavings are usually not fully cured and you will need to use safety precautions by wearing goggles and gloves.

Certain soap makers will make their own noodles or shavings and store them until they are ready to create their customized soaps.

What you will need

  • Sharp knife
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Mixing spoons and wood stirrers
  • Spray bottle (small) with rubbing alcohol
  • Rubber spatula
  • Mold(s) (soap mold. silicone bakeware, metal baking pans, candy or candle molds, plastic containers)
  • Plastic wrap or container.

You will be heating your soap noodles or soap shavings in a:

  • double-boiler,
  • crockpot or,
  • microwave.

rebatching soap making instructions

It is best to have all you soap making equipment and ingredients ready.

Your workspace should be covered.

Mold(s) are prepared and set out.

Print out a copy of the your recipe for a quick reference.

  • Measure and set aside your essential oils or fragrances and any additives you will be adding to your soap recipe.
  • Follow the appropriate heat setting and amount of liquid required on the soap making instructions of the soap noodles or soap shavings.
  • Heat in double-boiler, crockpot on low or microwave (60 second increments) until a thick soap mixture has been reached.
  • Stir in scents, color and additives.
  • Scoop into mold(s).
  • Spray the top of soap with rubbing alcohol to remove air bubbles.
  • Allow the soap to harden. It can take 6 to 12 hours.
  • Pop the soap out of the mold(s). You might want to put the molds into the freezer for 30 minutes to make this easier.
  • Wrap soaps in plastic wrap or place in airtight container.


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