Earth and Herbs

Flower and Herb Farm in NE Washington State

Re-batching Handmade Soap

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Re-batching Handmade Soaprebatch1

Our soap making adventures started many years ago, and as a result, we have an overabundance of unused soap laying around. Re-batching is a great way to give these old, tired, scentless soaps a makeover!

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The first step is to grate the soaps. These soaps are anywhere from 4 to 10 years old! They were all homemade by us, and we knew that the ingredients were too good to let them go to waste. Although old, they are still quite usable. The scent on most of them, however, was just about non-existent and giving them new life seemed the right thing to do.

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The next step is to put them in the crock pot with some sort of liquid. We used our own goat’s milk, splashed a bit in there and put the cooker on low. If we were really thinking ahead, I think we would have separated some of the grated soap into same colors or shades, but alas, this was not the case. As a result, our soap color after melting did not look appetizing at all!

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See what we mean! Not the prettiest soap in the world.

After melting the shavings and goat’s milk in the crock pot we added essential and fragrance oils to the batches and came up with some great combinations! Wrebatch101112222e used small soap molds to create bars.

We’ve found over the years that if we used larger molds for re-batch it took too long for the soap to congeal, and we just were not in the mood to wait! After they cooled in the molds they were popped into the freezer, taken out after a few hours and ran under warm water to release.

Here are the finished results!

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They might not be pretty, but they smell delicious!

Green Apple and Cucumber
Frankincense and Myrrh
Sandalwood and Smokey Patchouli
Pina Colada
Carnation and Spiced Plum
Lavender and Mint

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Try out these scents and others at Brambleberry.com!

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Author: earthandherbs

Earth and Herbs is a four-generation, all female run farm in Eastern Washington State. We grow lavender, decorative and edible flowers, and herbs. We make a variety of products from what we grow, such as natural soap and toiletries, lavender sachets and neck pillows, and lots of art. We're on 10 acres in beautiful Chewelah, Washington just south of the Canadian boarder, and strive for sustainability, growing organically, permaculture and enriching the earth. This spring we will be integrating ducks and geese into our farm to help with weed/pest control and fertilization of our 13 varieties of lavender and 1,000 flower bulbs. Contact us for more information.

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