Recipe: Rustic Rebatch Soap
So, I’ve kind of fallen in love with rebatch soap.
Have you tried it?
Let me begin by saying that I’m a melt & pour kinda gal. I love the ease, the simplicity, the tiny amount of time it takes to create a beautiful handmade product but I really like the look of cold and hot process soaps. All organic and rustic looking- they’re beautiful.
Enter rebatch soap base.
It’s like the middle ground between a melt & pour base and full-on, safety gear-wearing, lye handling soap. What I mean is, it’s a way to get the look and feel of standard processed soaps with the ease of a melt & pour.
Today I made:
Jasmine Chamomile Rebatch Soap
3 cups Stephenson Rebatch Soap Base
1 Tablespoon Sweet Almond Oil
1 Teaspoon Jasmine Essential Oil
1 cup Chamomile Flowers
1 cup Water
Start by grating the soap base using a standard kitchen cheese grater. To be clear, I used 3 cups of grated soap base for the recipe. Stephenson rebatch base grates effortlessly. It’s so smooth and silky!
Heat the grated soap base using a double boiler, or similar set-up (like I did: a Pyrex bowl over a saucepan with a few inches of water in it) over medium heat. This will take some time, so be patient.
Add in the water. Start off using 1 cup and stir the meting soap base occasionally over the heat source. If you notice that the base still seems dry, you can add in additional water 1 tablespoon at a time. I ended up adding in one additional tablespoon.
Continue stirring the soap until it starts to look like mashed potatoes. When you stir it around it will also feel kind of sticky.
Now it’s time for the additives. Pour in each oil.
and the dried flowers
and stir it all up!
Carefully scoop the soap mixture into your molds and allow to cool and harden.
I like the rustic look so I leave my soap lumpy and imperfect on top. Using rebatch base is perfect for soap with textural detail and interest. I love it.
Is this soap pretty or what!
Aside from melting it stovetop rather than in the microwave, rebatch is just as easy as melt & pour! If you’ve mastered MP soaps but aren’t quite ready to dive into cold or hot process, give rebatch a try.
I promise, you won’t be sorry!