There?s nothing like the scent of cinnamon to warm you up on a chilly day. Pair it with a rebatched soap recipe and you have the perfect project for a day spent inside by the stove, sipping hot cider and wearing warm slippers.
Rebatch soap is a wonderful approach for rustic looking results. Its user friendly, requires minimal experience and turns out great every single time. Today, I mixed up a batch with cinnamon leaf essential oil- a fragrance that immediately makes you feel warm and cozy. Perfect for a cold weather soap.
So gather up your supplies and get to work!
4 Cups Rebatch Soap Base, shredded
? Cup Coconut Oil
1/3 Cup Water
Red Soap Color (optional)
Rebatch soap comes in a block so you?ll need to shred it. It?s soft to cut into chunks and grates easily with a cheese grater. I used 4 cups of grated soap base (packed tightly into the measuring cup) and transferred it into a heat-safe glass bowl.
To start the process, place the bowl of soap base over a double boiler (or similar setup like I did) and heat over medium heat. You want the water in the sauce pan to be just below the bottom of the glass bowl (not touching it). The purpose of this setup is that the steam from the water will melt the soap base evenly without scalding it.
With rebatch soap base, you need to add moisture back in by using oils and liquids. Since I?m using ? cup of Coconut Oil in this recipe, I won?t need much water. You can add up to 1/3 cup, but add it one tablespoon at a time so that you?re only adding what you need. I start the recipe with a tablespoon of water to moisten the soap base and the coconut oil, and then reassess the need for more water later in the process.
Now just be patient (it takes a while) and occasionally give it a stir. The mixture will SLOWLY turn into what looks like mashed potatoes. If you?ve decided to add color to your soap mixture (completely optional) you can do it as the soap starts to melt. I used a few pieces of a color block to get a nice rustic red color. Stir the mixture to distribute the color. Once it looks like the picture above- you?re done!
Carefully remove the mixture from the heat and add in the fragrance oil. I like mine to be very fragrance so I?m a little heavy handed here, but you can adjust the amount to suit your preferences. Cinnamon leaf essential oil is pretty potent so add a small amount first, stir it in, and then assess if you need to add more.
After thoroughly mixing the fragrance oil into the soap mixture, carefully scoop it into the mold. For mine, I used a silicone loaf pan. You don?t have to be precise here- the mold can be heaped up with the mixture and lumpy on top because the look is rustic and not smooth.
Allow the soap to set for 24 hours before unmolding and slicing. You?ll also need to allow the soap to dry on a rack for 3-4 weeks before use (this allows the excess moisture to escape resulting in a nice, hard bar of soap).
Wasn?t that easy?
Recipe: Cinnamon Rebatch Soap