Sorry……forgot the “tips”!!!!!!! When your batch is in the …
Comment posted What Do You Want to Know? by Vanessa.
Sorry……forgot the “tips”!!!!!!!
When your batch is in the mould, drop it several times onto your table surface (carefully) as this will get any air bubbles out and pack the rebatch down.
When using a smaller basin in a large pot to melt your soap, put a wire cake rack in the bottom of the large pot and sit your small pot/basin on that – this will ensure your rebatch soap doesn’t burn – but a double boiler or crock pot on the low setting is a great tool.
Be patient, sometimes it can take what seems like hours before your soap melts down and other times just a short time – you will see it’s smoother and easier to drop into your mould – if not leave it longer and towards the end of the melting, you can afford to stir more – to stir too much at the beginning will only give you froth and bubbles and you don’t want that to happen.
Vanessa also commented
- Hi Julia,
I always rebatch all of my mishaps, off cuts, mistakes or whatever – I never waste soap and to rebatch is just so easy!!!!!! the larger chunks of soap I grate and the end bits’n'pieces I just break up, put whatever I can fit into a double boiler, get the water bubbling to just a “shiver” stir now and then but I try not to fiddle with it too much – I also top up with more grated soap in the first 10mins – I then add 1/4 cup of water, you may need less or a tad more but you will be able to tell – if you add too much water top up with more grated soap – when consistency is like mashed potatoes I then add my EO’s to match whichever soap I’m rebatching – to make it interesting, when the soap is at that mashed potato stage and before you add the oil, put into the mix a larger size grating of different coloured soap but don’t let this melt all the way down, leaving larger “bits” visible in the soap, depending of how much extra water, milk and/or oils you use in your rebatch will depend on how long you leave your rebatch in the moulds, if unsure for the first try, leave it about 2-3 days “just to be sure”!!!!! – yesterday I rebatched a lavender soap (which originally turned out too “purple”!!!!!) and put larger gratings of a lemon soap in, I’ll take it out of the mould tomorrow because I added more water and Lavender EO – finished product looks good with different colours. Another idea is to melt down a different coloured soap while you’re melting down your main rebatch, when you’ve put the main mix into your mould, get a piping bag and put the other smaller melted down batch into the bag and pipe some dollops/ flowers or whatever on top of you main batch – or on your main batch, get a knife and hit the flat of blade up and down on the top of the main batch – when you take it out of your mould, it looks like topping whip!!!! The main thing is to be careful as the rebatch soap mix gets very hot and have fun!!!!!
- Hi Again Flor,
Type into your search engine “Soap Nuts March 1999″ there a good article called “The FDA And Your Bath Biz”
You can also search for these headings below for your state – I put “for Texas” at the end of each and came up with a wealth of info you may like to read up on yep!!! heaps of reading.
Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act
Fair Product and Labeling Act
Uniform Weights & Measures Law
Uniform Packaging and Labeling Regulations State Laws
- Myself and others I’m sure will disagree with you on the point that there’s enough information on soapmaking – perhaps for advanced soapers that have been soaping all methods and know everything there is to know – but not everyone is that advanced.
I do like the idea of rules and regulations associated with soapmaking/selling/setting up shop etc. for each country/state – OMG!!! I think the Soap Making Fun Team would never sleep if they had to find out all this information for us, this site isn’t just Texas, it’s the World!!! – this “Speak Your Mind” section is great as I’m certain there’s others out there willing to help with this and know where to look.
There is a wealth of information everyone has if only you guys would share, so ‘come on soapers, share some information – and if you want to keep your secret, that’s fine but isn’t there something you could share????
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May 20, 2011 by soapmakerj