Hi everyone! In Shine & Shimmer, Riley learned how to make soap. We’re going to make homemade soap today! It makes great Christmas gifts, and since we’re doing rebatch, you don’t have to work with lye. This project is perfect for beginners. Let’s get started!
Rustic Orange Rebatch Soap
- 3 lb Grated Rebatch Soap* (you can make your own by shredding your favorite basic cold process recipe, or you can buy it ready to go here)
- 5 TBSP Distilled Water
- 1 TBSP Dried, Grated Orange or Lemon Zest
- 1.2 oz Orange Essential Oil (measured by weight)
- Soap-grade Gold Mica (Optional)
*Don’t confuse rebatch soap with melt and pour! They aren’t the same.
- 10″ Silicone Soap Mold (A bread pan will work well too, just make sure you line it with freezer paper. You might need a few other little plastic containers in case you have extra soap.)
- Slow cooker
- Large Spoon/Rubber Spatula
- Add your shredded soap and water to the slow cooker. Turn the heat on high. As the mixture begins to heat up, the soap will soften. Stir occasionally.
- When the soap resembles glossy mashed potatoes, and all the soap shreds are melted down, turn the heat off. Add your orange essential oil and dried zest. Stir well.
- Transfer the hot soap to the soap mold. You might have to knock it against the counter a few times to get rid of air pockets. Optional: Lightly dust the top of the soap with gold mica.
- Let the soap sit overnight. The next day, you can slice it. It’s safe to use right away, but it’s best to let it cure for at least 3 – 4 weeks.
That’s all there is to it! You made soap! If you make the project, I would love to see how it turns out. Tag me on Instagram (@shariltapscott) or share your picture on my Facebook page.