Monday, June 24, 2013

Soap Tutorial: How to make Rebatched Milk Soap

About a week ago, I was reading on a parenting community that a member wanted to make some milk soap, but she was not comfortable with handling lye. On the surface, this would limit soap making to melt and pour varieties. However, there is another option: rebatched soap, or french milled soap!

To make french milled soap, you will need:

  • a double boiler (I use a candle pouring pot that sits in a pot of water on my stove)
  • 1 pound (4-5 bars) of cold process or hot process soap
  • Up to one ounce of milk (any kind of milk will work. I have great success with goat's milk and butter milk)
  • Any scents, fragrances, or essential oils that you want to use
  • A mold
  • A spatula
  • A knife or cheese grater
1. Start off with cutting your soap up into small chunks or grating your soap with a cheese grater. 
2. Put your soap chunks into your double boiler and warm the water on medium heat.
3. As your chunks are warming, slowly stir in your milk one tablespoonful at a time. You may not need the full ounce of milk. Look for a chunky-mashed potatoes-type of consistency in your soap. If the soap is not 100% smooth, it is okay. 
4. Now is the time to add any color, fragrance, or essential oil that you like. I made my rebatched milk soap with ginger essential oil and orange essential oil.
5. Using your spatula, carefully pour your soap into your mold. Let it cool overnight before unmolding and cutting. Put your soap in a cool, dry place to "cure", or harden. The harder your soap, the longer it will last!

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