February 3, 2017 at 8:42 pm #19659
Well, I seem to love my version of,”Winter Wonderland” soap (made with apricot kernel oil and rice bran oil) but it seems to be glitchy. Out of the ten batches I’ve made with this recipe, four batches didn’t turn out right.
So decided to try my hand at rebatching.
The method I’m going to try out is the oven bag in hot water for many many many hours. Here are the steps I’m going to take:
1) chopity chopity gratity gratity the messed up soap
2) soap into the oven bag and into the crock pot filled with simmering water
3) leave for many hours until all the soap is melted down
4) add some essential oil for scents
6) batch into loaf molds and cut up a few days later.
So that’s my “plan”, who knows how it is going to turn out!
Has anyone rebatched soap before? Hints? Suggestions?February 4, 2017 at 7:23 am #19673SimplySheParticipant
I rebatched for the first time over Christmas. It was super easy and quick. I sure liked the soap better after. Honestly I googled how to do it, lol.
I think you just reheat the works and repour. No lovely colour definition and fun swirls, it all went to the same colour. My soap hadn’t completely come to trace, so never set right. After the rebatch it was a lovely soft soap. I did it on the stovetop at low temp until it melted and poured it.February 4, 2017 at 10:44 am #19686
I had a batch of failed soap that I tried to rebatch and failed at the rebatch as well. I think it was doomed from the start. I screwed up something in the original recipe with an addition of sodium lactate at the wrong time, best I can figure.
What you’re doing sounds about right, though, Barb, so let us know how it turns out. Like Connie said, some rebatched soaps turn out lovelier than the original soap. Mine did not, however, it just turned into goo and stayed that way until I threw if out. It was very sad.😢February 4, 2017 at 2:20 pm #19700CynnaraParticipant
*blinks* That’s all I’m saying. I had no clue.February 4, 2017 at 6:58 pm #19731
Well, had to turn the pot off, had everything almost all melted down but it was wicked late so had to start again this morning. What I noticed, the colour is gross! I had a creamy base with some cranberry swirls going on, and the information I read about rebatching is the colour gets gross especially if you use shades of red.February 4, 2017 at 8:02 pm #19734CynnaraParticipant
Can you add colour to help it out? Or will it not take? I have no clue because, well, this is just new. I never knew about rebatching. This sounds cool, yet scary if it doesn’t go right.February 6, 2017 at 8:09 am #19834
Rebatching update just over 24 hours into the mold:
Still a little soft, not going to unmold yet.
Most of the bars I grated were nice and hard, so not sure why the soap is so soft. Maybe water got into the bag?
Will share pictures of the process once I’ve chopped it up!February 6, 2017 at 10:07 am #19841
My one time rebatching…melted down really nice, I even put a bit of color in half and swirled, put in mold, and waited. The top part hardened up OK but underneath it was just goo. Left it for a week, two weeks, still goo. That’s when I chucked it.
I had read you may need to keep in the mold a bit longer than you would for CP soap. But, for me, after two weeks, I was pretty sure it was a bust.February 6, 2017 at 6:49 pm #19848
I have no problems keeping it in the mold for a bit. My fingers are crossed! If I have to chuck it, I will. Gave it a good try to save it, but was prepared as soon as I saw the batch wasn’t perfect, to chuck it.April 3, 2017 at 12:10 pm #21516
Barb, did your rebatching work? I’ve only done it once. I just threw it in the crockpot. It seemed like it took a long time. The color was gross. I didn’t try adding additional scent so the smell was kind of “meh” too. After I unmolded it – (I used a round PVC mold) it seemed okay but when I used a bar it seemed kind of slimy to me. After I let the bars “cure” for a couple of weeks it seemed fine.April 3, 2017 at 1:16 pm #21517
Welcome bluedog04!April 4, 2017 at 4:44 am #21547
Thanks, Belinda. And I’m Kelly btw. 🙂April 5, 2017 at 8:49 am #21557
😀Welcome Kelly!!April 5, 2017 at 9:36 am #21559
Haha! Thanks again, Belinda.April 13, 2017 at 1:41 am #21734
Nope. Ended up chucking the whole loaf. I molded it, then cut it up and even a few weeks later was still redonducklously soft.
Learning curve! Rebatching doesn’t always work!
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