Using Rebatch Soap Base to Make Swirled Soap

by Rustic Escentuals

This soap making tutorial shows how to make a two-color swirl using Rebatch Soap Base and micas. It is easy to customize the color and fragrance oil choice.

make swirled soap using rebatch soap base

 
Supplies and equipment needed:
Crock pot or Double Boiler
Large spoon
Rubber Gloves
Cheese Grater
Distilled water (optional)
Digital Scale
0.15cc scoop
Rebatch Soap Base (3 pounds)
Purple Passion Mica
Wild Tuberose and Jasmine Fragrance Oïl
Square Loaf Soap Mold (40 oz)

supplies required to make a swirled rebatch soap

 
Step 1
Weigh out 3 pounds of Rebatch Soap Base.

Step 2
Using a cheese grater, grate up the soap for melting. Grating is preferred because the small pieces melt much easier and will give a much smoother consistency.

grate up the soap

 
Step 3
Place the grated soap in a crock-pot or double boiler. Make sure the soap is covered while melting so it doesn’t lose any moisture content.
Note: A microwave is not recommended because the soap bubbles up quickly. A much nicer product will be obtained by gradually melting the soap using a crock-pot or double boiler.

Step 4
Gradually heat the soap on medium until fully melted, heating for approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Time may vary depending on the amount of soap base used. With a large spoon, stir every 5 to 10 minutes. Don’t leave the soap unattended while melting!

Note: If the soap base seems to be taking longer than 1 hour to melt, add 1 tablespoon of distilled water, stir and cover. Do not add more than 1 tablespoon of distilled water per pound.

heat the soap over medium heat

 

stir every 5-10 minutes

 

melted soap will have consistency of creamy mashed potatoes

 
Step 5
The soap base should reach a consistency of smooth mashed potatoes. When completely melted, turn off the crock-pot (or remove the double boiler from the heat source). Work quickly after this step before the soap starts to harden up.

Step 6
Add 1.5 ounces of fragrance oil to the melted soap base and stir in thoroughly.

Note: Add no more than 3% of fragrance oil to the soap. For 1 pound of soap base, 3% is equal to 0.5 ounces of Fragrance Oil.

stir in fragrance oil

 
Step 7
Add approximately 10 scoops of Purple Passion Mica to about 1/3 of the soap. You will be working in the same container that you melted the soap in. It’s not necessary to remove any of the soap to a separate container while adding color.

add 10 scoops of mica

 
Step 8
Stir only that section of the soap until the Mica is fully incorporated.

stir until the mica is fully incorporated

 
Step 9
Once fully mixed, with your spoon, take the purple soap and stir it once or twice into the uncolored soap – not too much stirring. This will create a nice swirl in the finished product.

stir purple soap into uncolored soap

 

don't over stir - just mix slightly

 
Step 10
Quickly scoop the soap into the soap loaf mold. To prevent gaps in the soap, when half way filled, pound the mold gently on a hard surface a couple times to help the soap settle into the mold. Continue scooping soap until completely filled and pound the mold one final time.

scoop soap into mold

 
Step 11
Smooth the top of the soap with a spoon and let set for 24 hours.

let set in mold for 24 hours

 
Step 12
When set, remove from mold and using a miter box soap cutter, cut the soap into bars and allow to harden for an additional 1 – 2 days. Trim as needed.

use miter box soap cutter to slice into bars

 

let harden 1-2 days, trim as needed

 

This tutorial on how to make soap featuring a unique soap recipe with melt & pour soap base has been sponsored by Rustic Escentuals. Rustic Escentuals has been offering wholesale candle making supplies, wholesale soap making supplies, lip balm ingredients, wholesale fragrance oils, and specialty craft supplies since 1999. Learn how to make candles, how to make soap, how to make lip balm, how to make bath bombs and more at Rustic Escentuals. We hope you shop with us for your wholesale candle supplies and soap making needs. Quality ingredients for a quality finished product!
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