Milled soap is also called French milled or triple milled soap. In this process, you start with a cold process soap you’ve already made, run it through a grater and put the shavings into a pot with a small amount of liquid.
Once the mixture melts you can add color and fragrance. The reason to add color and fragrance after the saponification process has already finished is to keep them from reacting with the lye during the soap making process. Fragrances, colors and other ingredients will be at full strength. It is also easier to use intricate molds to make beautiful soaps.
This recipe makes one bar of soap the same size as the bar you grated up.
- Bar of soap for remilling
- Large Bowl
- Grater with handle
- Boil-Proof Bag
- Soap mold
- Any herbs, essential oils and colorants if you’d like
1. Grate the bar of soap with a grater. It will melt easier if it is in small pieces.
2. Put the grated soap in the plastic bag and zip it up. Put the bag in a pot of boiling water. Cover and wait for 20 to 30 minutes.
3. After the soap has melted, it will look translucent. At this point, add whatever herbs, essential oil or colors you’d like to add. Mix it all up in the bag, but be careful because the soap is hot. If the soap begins to harden, just put the sealed bag back into the water for another 10 to 15 minutes.
4. Once the soap is fully melted, cut off one corner of the bag and squeeze the soap into your mold.
5. Wait for 3 or 4 day s until the soap hardens fully.
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