Soaping gone wrong!

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Making soap is a lot like baking.  You measure out your ingredients, mix them together in a specific order and then bake.  However, in the soap recipes, the baking step can be done a few different ways.  I learned recently that temperature matters, just like in baking, and that letting the soap cure at the wrong temperature can be a disaster.  I was so excited about the colors and fragrance I had used (blood orand & goji berry) that I redid the batch right away.  Fortunately, the second batch came out much better!

So, what to do with the first batch?  well, I had heard about "rebatching", which is essentially melting down a batch of soap and trying again.  However, as you may expect, the cool swirls will get lost and the soap will end up a more uniform color.  That is ok because at least the soap would be usable.

Chopped up soap getting ready for for rebatching.
Chopped up soap getting ready for for rebatching.

The standard process for rebatching suggests that you shred the soap with a cheese grater but I was short on time and just chopped it up into small chunks with a knife.

Well, the rebatched soap came out nicely. It certainly is not in the league of what I intended, however, it is usable and the fragrance survived the rebatch process.

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