- A clean, empty mug – I used a handmade mug from LaPella Pottery
- A 4oz. bar of unscented, handmade soap or soap slivers that weigh a total of 4oz. – I used a bar of Unscented Banana Oatmeal Soap
- 3 Tablespoons milk
- A small amount of essential oil or fragrance oil of your choice – Mountain Rose Herbs is a great source for organic essential oils
- A Shaving Brush
Here’s what you do:
1. Grate your bar of handmade soap or leftover soap slivers into a saucepan.
2. Your grated soap should look like this. There’s no need to grate it as fine as possible. Stir in 3 Tablespoons of milk (alternately you may use distilled water, but I think milk works best) and put on medium heat.
3. Stir the soap occasionally until fully melted. Once melted stir in your choice of essential oils or fragrance oils and mix well. Sandalwood is a great choice for a masculine scented essential oil as is a combination of cedar and sage essential oils. Generally you’ll want to use about 2-4% of essential oil per your total soap weight or 4-8% in fragrance oils. But always refer to manufacturer guidelines on how much fragrance or essential oil should be used. I used a fragrance oil called Edward’s Temptation for this soap that is a blend of Bergamot, Rosemary, Moss, Sandalwood, Mint, and Amber.
4. Spoon the melted soap into your clean mug. Then allow to cool and harden. The soap is ready to be used as soon as it has hardened and all excess liquid has evaporated from the soap.
5. Pair your mug of shaving soap with a Shaving Brush and gift to your favorite man!
Alternately this method of soapmaking – which is commonly referred to as handmilling or rebatching – can be used with any leftover handmade soap to create new soaps with a fresh, new fragrance outside of a mug. Instead of pouring the soap into mugs, simply pour it into molds and remove once hardened. (The soap will shrink slightly as the excess liquid evaporates making them easier to remove from the molds.) Or, wait for the melted soap to cool and roll into soap balls. Gifting can be as easy as wrapping in waxed paper with a ribbon!