Recipe: Vanilla Verbena Rebatch Soap

Ever since I first tried using rebatch soap base a few weeks ago I have absolutely fallen in love with it! And since my first experiment with rebatch base, I feel like I’ve gotten a lot better at working with it. I’ve broken the process down into 5 easy steps for you below.

But first, if you didn’t catch my earlier post on rebatch base, here?s the scoop in a nutshell:

Rebatch base is the perfect way to bridge the gap between traditional soap making and melt and pour soap.

That?s because rebatch base is made from a batch of cold process soap. All you need to do is grate the soap down, melt it, and add additives of your choosing.

Rebatch base is much thicker than traditional melt and pour soap and will leave you with a more rustic looking bar akin to hot process soap bars. It also dries faster.

Stephenson’s rebatch base is amazing. My favorite soap recipes so far have been made with this base, and it won’t disappoint!

So let’s get started, shall we?

Step 1. Grate your soap base. It might seem like this step will take a while, but the base grates smoothly and quickly. Once I grated through three pounds of base in well under 10 minutes!

Step 2. Melt your base. I recommend doing this in a double boiler, or if you don’t have one (like me), in a bowl over a saucepan of water. The bowl should sit above the boiling water so that just the steam is touching the bottom of the bowl. You don’t want to leave your base unattended or let it overheat, as it can lose moisture or even burn.

Now, the last time I made rebatch soap I didn’t properly store my leftover chunk of base and when I took it out to use for this project, my base felt a little drier than it probably should. If this happens to you, you can add a bit of liquid (such as distilled water) to your melting base to moisten it up and help it melt just a bit faster. I added milk, specifically, and only just a splash. And viola! Good as new!

Step 3. Stir occasionally. Your soap base will turn from this…

to this…

and this…

until it looks like this…

Step 4. Add your additives. In this case I used lemon verbena.

because it is known for it’s crisp, relaxing scent. I paired it with a relaxing fragrance oil that I purchased online that contained notes of French Lavender, Fir Pine, Egyptian Jasmine and a splash of Vanilla. Any one of these scents by themselves would smell great in this soap, and all together they smell amazing!

Step 5. Working quickly, pour your soap base into your loaf mold. I recommend using loaf molds when using rebatch base since the thick base lends itself nicely to sliced bars more so than intricate designs. The thick batter-like melted base will give your soap a rough, rustic look that I just love!

You’ll notice my base is a different color in the below above than in the finished photos. That is because the fragrance oil I used contained vanilla, and fragrance oils containing vanilla can sometimes discolor if you do not also use a color stabilizer. It doesn’t affect the quality or smell of the soap, but is just something to be aware of.

And it’s as simple as that!

 

Gabby is a DIY/craft/lifestyle blogger located in Cambridge, Massachusetts,USA. She blogs over at Essentially Eclectic.

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