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Whipped handmade soap

*This post was originally done back in 2008 but I did update today, November 07, 2012 with new links inside that have been missing from 2008.  Over the years, bloggers change, links change… life change basically…!

Fragrance oil : none
Shredded soap (1 bar, any soap will do here, either handmade or store one, if you shred a very colorful soap, it will look even nicer)
20 oz of a recipe of the following:
Olive oil
Now here, the quantity for each fats is not given because… it all depends on how much I had on hand, when I did this particular recipe.
To make a whipped soap, the important thing is in the process of making it whipped and not so much in the ingredients used.
For example: lets take those three main fat ingredients and use this site to determine and to build the entire recipe.



For the size of fat batch that you are using, we recommend that you use approximately 5 to 8 fluid ounces of liquid.

WARNING: Always add your solid form lye, sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide, to the liquid. If the liquid were added to the solid form lye a violent reaction could result. This means you could have a “volcano” erupt out of your container.

Fats & Oils

Fat Amount
(oz wt)
% in
Canola Oil 2 10.00
Olive Oil 6 30.00
Lard 12 60.00
Total Weight 20

Lye Table (NaOH)

% excess fat Lye Amount
(oz wt)
0 2.75
1 2.72
2 2.70
3 2.67
4 2.64
5 2.61
6 2.59
7 2.56
8 2.53
9 2.50
10 2.48

So as you can see, it is pretty simple.  I had on hand : 2 oz of canola oil, 6 oz of olive oil and 12 oz of lard (pig lard).  On the first page of the site, I just entered my number in relation to my end result of having a 20 oz recipe.  I used just plain water as liquid.  Then, press on Calculate and the site will build the recipe for you.

Measure your liquid to 5 oz (I always take the small amount given), measure the powder lye, here for example I use 5% so it will be 2.61 oz of lye.


I do that step first, usually outside, wearing appropriate gloves and long sleeves and a face mask with safety glasses.

The lye-water mix will get very hot, be careful here.  Mix well until all is melted.  Get back to your kitchen and proceed in following this process below:

I wanted to create a confetti white soap, with no fragrance what so ever. So this is what I just made a few minutes ago.

Whip the lard into a fluffy cream with a mixer, at room temperature.

Add slowly the canola and olive oil and bring it back to a fluffy cream.

Add the lye-water mix, that was previously made earlier during the day so the mix is no longer hot, but cold. Keep mixing until reaching a cream like mix.

Add the shredded soap, mix slowly.

Cheap plastic containers, anything will do when doing the Cold pressed method

*Here a great youtube video on how to line any mold for cold pressed soap, very easy, very smartly done, the best

Drop half of the mixture into the mold (since I have a 20 oz recipe, take in consideration that you will need a container that can hold 20 oz here, ok?), sprinkle a very thin layer of red oxide if you want and cover the rest with the left over soap mixture.

Place a piece of plastic wrap over the top and let if sleep until hard.

This is a cold process soap because I want the shredded soap to stay in little pieces and not be melted in the oven, like in the process of HPS (Hot Process Soap). I will check this soap before going to bed.

Update : Dec 04, to cut this soap, I had to be patient. It takes from 24 to 36hrs to dry. Even this morning it is still soft but I was able to cut it.

I think if I wait too long to cut it, it would become to dry and I would not get the clean lines. This final product looks like a piece of cake with the icing on top. Very nice.

A different way of making soaps.

Now, to repeat myself here, to know if your soap is ready to be used on your beautiful skins, do the “tongue” test… which is : like if you were tasting the power of a little battery.

Take the soap, cut up, place the tip of your tongue on the soap, very lightly.  If you get like an electric shock, like if you were testing a battery, it means that your soap is not ready to be used and that the lye inside the fresh soap is still maturing, not ready to be used, simple.

The soap will be ready when and only when your tongue, once touching the soap, gets that soapy taste and not that snappy burning taste.  Simple test to do, and pretty safe!  This test never fails… never… lye is a chemical and it burns when it is not cured or ripe or mature enough.  Ok?

One last thing, stop by this site, where this person explains more in detail, on how to make whipped soap.

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Little bubbling away

Rebatched soap done with little pieces of left over soaps

Rebatch soaps

What did I do today?  I re-batched soaps.  Yep, meaning I used all my little left over pieces of used soaps that have been put away in a plastic bag because they were too small to use anymore and today was the day to re-batched them all.

Left over pieces of soaps

Since I have been living in China, I miss greatly my soap making ‘folly’.  For the last 17 months, I accumulated small hotels soaps, little left over soaps from my shower, etc… to end up with about 6 cups of soaps.

The loaf of rebatched soap before cutting

The first step was to cut them all up in smaller pieces the size of a green pea.  Second, the pieces were put in a pan and I drop water over the soaps to wet very well all the small pieces.  I drained them all, leaving just a bit of water at the bottom of the pan, about 1 tablespoon.  With a cover on the pan, it was put in a warm oven of 200F for about two hours.

After one hour, I mix them all up and return the pan for one more hour or until all the water was absorbed and the soap was turning into a kind of apple sauce looking mix.

After two hours done, I pour in the melted soap, one small bottle of essential oil, any kind, here I used patchouli, and mixed it very well.  The soap was then pour into a lined mold and put aside to cold down.

Here the first slice done

After it is cold, un-mold the soap and cut it into desired size.  The soap is ready to be used right away since the chemical in them is already dead.

Beautiful little pieces of colors inside the rebatched soap

Rebatch soaps is a wonderful way to use up those too small pieces of soap we accumulate over time.  Colors can also be added to the final step if desire.

All cut up now, this loaf of soap should last me for a while until next batch… of rebatched…

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Beautiful calendars of 14 months, one about handmade soaps and the other about cookies, including the recipies for them with colors pictures. 

Click on the images to view/order on line!

Calendar 2010, 14 months of homemade cookies with pictures and recipes

Calendar 2010, 14 months, my handmade soaps

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Cardamom rebatched soap

Fragrance spice : pumpkin

2 tbsp of cardamom

38 oz of leftover cut up handmade soaps

I was able to almost recreate to the ‘T’ the Bum Bandit soap made last November 2008.

It will get darker with age.  People keep on dropping by and taking the rebatched soaps.  I have to follow the fashion here of ‘on the edge’, ‘brownish soap’, ‘spicy smelly soap’, ‘rocky top soap’, ‘unmade bed looking soap’… anyway you get my drift here.  This is the kind of looking handmade soap this country is asking for at the moment…

Cardamom rebatched handmade soap

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Pink petticoat handmade soap

Pink petticoat handmade soap has been perfumed with a winter breeze and a touch of patchouli. 

A rebatched handmade soap, using about 4 hours of time in a 225F oven, this is a very hard piece of work!

The pink stripes in this soap were created by placing a layer of this handmade soap at the bottom of the mold prior to pouring the melted rebatched soap over the stripes.  The look of this beauty  reminds me of a petticoat, that female undergarment!

Many pink petticoats!

Very nice.

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My handmade soap versus Lush soap

My handmade soap versus Lush soap

Lush : ahhhhhhhhhhhh….

I literally run into this store whenever I find myself in the surrounding of one.  They are very easy to spot or rather, to smell.  Just follow the smell of handmade soap and Voilà, I am home…!

Display of Lush Soap in store, downtown Montreal, Canada

Display of Lush Soap in store, downtown Montreal, Canada

What I love about this store is the display of their product.  Simple, not cut for most of them and sold by weight and ingredients, wrapped in an already printed butcher paper… nice…

The simplicity of leaving the log of handmade soap uncut is appreciated only by the soapmaker himself.  What a beauty.

What do people do when they see a handmade soap?  The first thing : they touch it, then they smell it and then only, they look at the price and then they will look at the ingredients, the wrapping, the colors and so on…

Little Lush soap

I have discovered since making soap (2006) that most of the people prefer the simplicity of a handmade soap versus a well-trimmed, well colored and well smelly divine of one.  Why?

Well, it comes down to : HANDMADE, plain and simple.  It is handmade if it looks hand manipulated, mostly dark in color with earthy tones here and there.  Of course the smell of a soap gets our attention so it is the reason you can smell the store from a mile away but still, simplicity is the first to be recognize here in a good handmade soap.

So here you have it, my handmade soap versus the Lush soap.

Little brown soap : Lush one, the log soap : mine

Little brown soap : Lush one, the log soap : mine

In this picture, the little brown soap on the left comes from Lush store.  The smell is earthly and spicy and oh so fine.  Mine has been left uncut, in the form of a log and I just cutted an end piece to show the inside of the log.  The smell is also divine.  The texture of the Lush soap is a bit on the dry side and they left it with rounded edges and all.  This is the kind of look that people buy and prefer over the well-trimmed and pink and beautiful ones we find more and more on the market these days.


Lush soap and my log of handmade soap

Here is a link to one of my posts, where I made 35 handmade soaps at home… crazy idea!

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Dragon blood rebatched soap

Dragon blood rebatched soap

The smell of amber.  This Dragon Blood fragrance oil has a distinctive warm tantalizing blend of amber, patchouli, rose, woods, jasmine and lilac.

The smell of vanilla is also present in this oil, as well as a touch of citrus.

With all the handmade soaps around me these days, I took a bunch of them the other day and made a rebatched recipe.  I like to do that once in a blue moon, specially when a fragrance oil hits me under the nose like this Dragon Blood one.  Any fragrance, perfume etc… that contains patchouli in it gets into me.

The picture speaks for itself : big dark soap, full of little piece of left over morning coffee in it, to scrub the skin of a man.  This Dragon Blood will give a dark soap with amber colors.  Marvelous.

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