Making Handmilled Soap

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Hand milled soaps are created by rebatching unscented soaps over the stove or in the oven in order to add scent and color, or to salvage a botched cold process soap batch. This is done by mixing the grated soap with milk or water and heating it until it liquifies. Hand milling is great for beginning soap makers, as the process is simpler than making soap completely from scratch, and still allows the soap to be fully customized. It’s also great for all those soap slivers you have left that are just too small to use for anything.

Here’s an easy recipe to get you started:

Cucumber Loofah Soap:

3 oz. Unscented White Soap
3 Tablespoons Milk
2 Teaspoons Shredded Loofah
1 Tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel
1/4 Teaspoon Cucumber Fragrance Oil
1 Drop Liquid Green Soap Colorant


Shred the soap in a food processor, add food coloring to soap and stir well to distribute the color evenly, set aside. Heat milk in a double boiler over simmering water. Stir in aloe vera gel and fragrance oil. Add soap and allow the soap to soften, stirring occasionally. It might take a while so be patient. When it is a creamy mass, add the loofah and stir well. Spoon the mixture in molds and allow to harden, for about 6 hours.

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