Basic Rebatch Soap Base Tutorial

by Rustic Escentuals

This tutorial will show you how easy it is to work with a unique Rebatch Soap Base that is easily customized. The bars will have a more rustic looking texture to them than Melt and Pour soap. This unique soap base allows users to make cold process soap (CP) without the need to handle lye while still offering options for creativity.

learn to make soap with the rebatch soap base

 
Supplies and equipment needed:
Crock Pot or double boiler
Large spoon for stirring soap
Rubber gloves
Cheese grater
Disposable pipette
0.15cc scoop
1 lb. Rebatch Soap Base
Oh La La Mica Colorant for soap
Soap Fragrance Oil
Basic Square Soap Mold

supplies needed to make this soap project

 
Step 1
Weigh out a 1 pound block of Rebatch Soap Base (or amount of your choice).

Step 2
Using a cheese grater, grate up the base for melting. Grating is preferred because the small pieces melt much easier and will give you a much smoother consistency. The base is soft so grating will go quickly.

grate the rebatch soap base

 
Step 3
Place the grated base in a crock pot or double boiler. Make sure the soap is covered so it doesn’t lose any moisture content.

Note: A microwave is not recommended because the base bubbles up quickly. You will get a much nicer product by gradually melting the base using a crock pot or double boiler.

put the grated base into a crockpot

 

make sure the soap is covered

 
Step 4
Gradually heat the Rebatch Base until fully melted. Heat for approximately 40 minutes on medium heat. Time may vary depending on how much base you’re working with. With a large spoon, stir every 5 minutes. Don’t leave the soap unattended while melting! Once melted, the base will be a thick, smooth liquid. It is not necessary to add any additional water to the base when melting.

melting soap in crock pot

 

this will take 40 minutes on medium heat

 
Step 5
When completely melted, the soap will be ready to add additives such as fragrance oils, colorants, or additional vegetable oils. Turn off the crock pot (or remove the double boiler from the heat source). Work quickly to prevent the base from cooling and hardening.

Note: The more water and oils you add to base, the softer the finished soap will be and it will take the final soap longer to set, harden, and cure.

Step 6
Add no more than 3% of fragrance oil to the soap base. For 1 pound of base, 3% is equal to 0.5 ounces of Fragrance oil (If using a disposable pipette, that will be 14.5 mls).

add fragrance oil to the melted base

 
Step 7
Add 4 scoops of Oh La La Mica to the base.

add mica to the melted base

 
Step 8
Stir well until fully incorporated.

stir in mica

 

stir until fully incorporated

 
Step 9
One everything is completely mixed, quickly pour or spoon the base into a mold of your choice. The base sets quickly so you need to move fast here. Pound the mold gently on a hard surface to help the soap settle into the mold nicely.

Note: The Rebatch base is much thicker than Melt and Pour soap base so it may not pick up fine elements from detailed molds.

add soap to mold

 
Step 10
When set, remove from mold and leave the bars to dry and harden for two days.

leave in mold until set and then allow bars to harden for 2 days

 

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