30 September 2015

Pumpkin Spice Rebatched Fall Soap Recipe Without Lye

My pumpkin spice rebatched fall soap recipe is third in a five part series of pumpkin bath and beauty recipes.  All of the other recipes have pumpkin puree, but not this one.  There are soap  recipes that have pumpkin puree, but they are hot or cold process recipes with lye.  I was originally going to make this recipe with melt and pour soap, but I really need to use up some of the products in my cabinet.  Keep reading for the easy recipe.

Pumpkin Spice Rebatched Fall Soap Recipe

A while ago, I made a chocolate covered strawberry rebatched soap that was insanely popular.  A friend of mine travels and comes home with several hotel samples.  He's single, so he can't use them all.  He has asked the staff to stop leaving them, but when you live in a hotel for months at at time, you accumulate some samples!  I donated a box of samples to a church, but I still had a lot left, and we do use them.  I decided to turn several of them into this rebatched soap recipe.

 Rebatching is also called french milling.  It's when you take soap and grate it, remelt it, and repour it.  If you've just made a batch of soap and the color is off or you want to add another additive, this is a great way to save the batch.  This method is also useful when you want to repurpose the soap in to something prettier like I did.

A note about the water content before we get started.  If your soap is only a few days old or has been stored properly, you may not need to add any water.  If your soap is dry, you probably will have to add water.  This soap was stored in cardboard boxes in a shoebox, so it's pretty dry.  That's why I added so much water.  You might not need to add any water, or you might need to add a few tablespoons.  You really have to just watch the soap and see as it melts.  If you add too much water, it will take longer to dry, but it shouldn't ruin the batch.

Pumpkin Spice Rebatched Fall Soap Recipe

  • 1 cup soap flakes from any bar of soap
  • distilled water  (I used 1/2 cup because my soap was very dry.  See note above)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 drop red soap coloring
  • 2 drops yellow soap coloring  
  • 20 drops Pumpkin Spice essential oil blend
  • Saucepan
  • Canning ring
  • Pyrex measuring cup
I started by filling a saucepan half way and placing a canning jar ring on the bottom.  When I place the Pyrex measuring inside, the ring will keep it off of the bottom of the pan.  

Then I chopped up my soap.  Remember, my soap was really dry, so I just cut it with a knife.  If your soap has more water, you will probably want to grate it.

Then I transferred the soap into my Pyrex measuring up and added the water.  If you aren't sure how much water to use, you can add it when the soap melts.  

It took about 10-15 minutes for the soap to start to melt.  It won't be a liquid, but it will start to get really soft.  I like the little bits of white in my soap for texture, so I didn't melt it completely.  If you stir it in the double boiler, be sure to use oven mitts!  

Use oven mitts to remove the Pyrex from the saucepan and place on a heat proof surface.  I added the pumpkin pie spice and the essential oils for a nice fall scent.

Then add the food coloring.  Stir very well.

If it's too thick or some hasn't melted, return it to the double boiler until melted.

Spoon into your soap mold.  By now, mine was pretty cool, so I used my finger to clean the edges.  Do not touch the soap when it is hot.  I got a 4-ounce bar and a 3-ounce bar from one cup of soap flakes.  

Let the soap cool completely and put in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes.  It should pop right out of the mold.  Let it dry on a wire rack until fully hard before using.  The time it takes to dry out depends on how much water you added.

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