3 Quick Soap Making Methods

There’s nothing better than something quick and simple. And no, I’m not talking about food. 

Let’s face it; we live in a world that’s fast-paced and most of us doesn’t have time for complicated, long soap recipes.

So, today we’re going to talk about three of the fastest soap making methods -

1. Melt and Pour

What all these methods have in common (my favorite thing by the way) – is we don’t have to use the lye water method. We don’t have to fuss with chemicals and toxic fumes, we just do it simply, and fast.

So about melt and pour – the most common is the one based on a glycerin base. You can get it in different colors, but if you want to make your very original soap, I recommend using the transparent one, and adding colors the way you like them. 

You can also get – goat’s milk melt and pour, olive oil melt and pour, shea butter melt and pour, avocado melt and pour…you get the picture. 

With these specific melt and pour bases you don’t even have to add oils – for example – if you buy Olive Oil Melt And Pour, and you’re making castile soap – you don’t have to add the olive oil in, just the rest of the ingredients, and voila, you’re done!

2. Rebatching

So, you’ve made a mistake while making your soap. You know what you can do now? Rebatch it!

Basically rebatching means – to reprocess a previously made batch of soap. 

If you think your soap turned out ugly – shape, color, or it’s a bit oily on the top – you can easily cut it into little pieces, melt it down again, and re-use it with different color and other ingredients.

Okay, so the truth – as this is one of the fastest way ways to make soap (you literally just heat up the soap and mix in what you want), it’s also the messiest one, and it can go wrong. 

If you don’t like the shape of color of your soap – try to rebatch it, you’ll probably succeed, but if the soap you’re trying to rebatch was previously oily or foamy, or squishy – the chances are something is wrong with the ingredients.  

Now, you can try to fix that but this doesn't always work well. If the soap is too oily it could be that the oils didn’t incorporate well into the mixture and even if you rebatch it all now, it’s a possibility it will come out exactly the same.

Tiny hint – try slightly heating up the oils before adding them into the mixture

When soap goes wrong, is really hard to know what exactly went wrong. Sometimes it’s just the wrong ingredient, or an ingredient is past-due, or simply too much or too little of something.

My advice, if you do rebatch your soap, is to add a little bit of water or milk, or goat’s milk or coconut milk, into the soap while you’re melting it so it doesn’t scorch. And when it’s melted, just add in your color, essential oils and other ingredients all at once, stir, and you’re done!

3. Hand Milled Soap

This is very similar to rebatching – but with this one you don’t use a previous batch gone wrong, you use little things like some leftover soap you find around your house, or those tiny soaps you get in a hotel. 

I always take all those little white soaps – they’re usually pretty great actually – yes they’re the cheapest soaps you can buy, but they’re also most natural of all soap, and usually plant based.

The best soaps for this process are – Castile or other pure soaps.

What you do now is take a grater and grate all the tiny pieces of soap you’ve found. With this process you also need something liquid so you won’t burn the soap – water, coconut milk, usual cow's milk…Anything you’d like, but make sure it’s liquid.

And stay by the stove because sometimes the water will evaporate, and the soap will burn – if you see that happening just add additional liquid. Melt it until the entire mixture is liquid, and now add in your dried herbs, oils, and colors. And you’re done! 

Honestly – this method isn’t only the fastest, it’s also the most eco-friendly because you use the soap that you would otherwise throw away, and nothing is left to throw into the trash! Go eco you!

Happy Soapy to You....

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