How to Make Hand Milled Soap (With A Charcoal & Anise Soap Recipe from Amanda Gail Aaron)

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Making hand milled soap is an easy way to learn how to make soap for beginners. Keep reading to learn how to make hand milled soap with an easy charcoal & anise soap recipe from Amanda Gail Aaron’s new book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making. 

Natural Soap Making Book. Is soap making a new hobby you've been wanting to explore? Have you made soap before but want to learn other soap making techniques? Learn a variety of soap making methods and explore easy to follow soap recipes and tutorials in Amanda Gail's book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making. New and beginning soapmakers will learn how to craft natural homemade soaps using five different soap making techniques plus 65 natural soap recipes.

New Natural Soap Making Book

Is soap making a new hobby you’ve been wanting to explore? Have you made soap before but want to learn other soap making techniques? Learn a variety of soap making methods and explore easy to follow soap recipes and tutorials in Amanda Gail’s new book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making.

As we discover in Amanda Gail’s new book, there are many different ways to make soap. New and beginning soapmakers will learn how to craft natural homemade soaps using five different soap making techniques. These natural soap making methods include:

  • Hand Milled Soap Making
  • Melt and Pour Soap Making
  • Liquid Soap Making
  • Hot Process Soap Making
  • Cold Process Soap Making

In addition to comprehensive, easy to follow soap making tutorials, Amanda’s book also contains numerous natural soap recipes. Each of these recipes enable you to explore all of the soap making methods mentioned, then further build on that knowledge. In addition, you’ll also gain insight on essential soap making equipment and ingredients you need to get started. The book also contains insider soap design tricks and soap making techniques that will further guarantee your success.

Regardless of your preferred soap making method, you’ll find that soap making quickly becomes an addictive hobby. Therefore it won’t be long until you’re not only supplying natural soaps for your family, but for friends and coworkers too! You’ll also begin to build the foundation for achieving not just your soap making goals, but for starting a business to sell your natural soaps.

What Is Hand Milled Soap?

Two of the easiest ways for beginners to get started in soap making are through melt and pour soap making and hand milled soap making. While most of you are likely familiar with making melt and pour soap using a glycerin soap base, you may be less familiar with how to make hand milled soap.

If you’re looking for an easy (and affordable) way to learn how to make soap for beginners, then I highly recommend you learn how to make hand milled soap. You’ll find, that if you’re already a fan of handmade soaps, making hand milled soap is a great way to use up leftover soap slivers. It also allows you to customize your natural soaps with ingredients that offer additional benefits for your skin type.

Hand milled soaps are created by rebatching unscented (or leftover) soaps on the stovetop or in an oven. This is done to add scent and color, conditioning skin care ingredients or to salvage a botched cold process soap batch. Typically one makes hand milled soap by grating an existing soap bar, then mixing it will milk or water. Once the soap melts, other ingredients can be added to customize the fragrance, color or other properties of the soap.

Hand milling soap is an easy way to learn how to make custom natural soaps. The process is easier than making soap completely from scratch in which you combine lye and soap making fats. It’s also a safer process for anyone who has pets or small children in the home.

Making hand milled soap is an easy way to learn how to make soap for beginners. Learn how to make hand milled soap with an easy charcoal & anise soap recipe from Amanda Gail Aaron's book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making. If you're looking for an easy way to learn how to make soap for beginners, then learn how to make hand milled soap. Making hand milled soap allows you to customize your natural soaps with ingredients that offer additional benefits for your skin type.

How to Make Hand Milled Soap

I hope that you’re as excited as I was the first time I learned how to make hand milled soap. Amanda was gracious enough to share her charcoal & anise hand milled soap recipe from her new book, which you can find below.

Anise & Charcoal Natural Soap Recipe

This stark black hand milled soap is naturally scented with anise, peppermint and lavender essential oils. Formulated with an easy to use hand milled soap base, this homemade soap recipe also contains activated charcoal. The addition of charcoal makes this hand milled soap perfect for acne prone skin, as charcoal works to draw out impurities, oils and toxins from skin.

Following is Amanda’s recipe for charcoal & anise soap (from her book) along with her instructions on how to make hand milled soap. This recipe yields four hand milled soap bars, each weighing approximately 113 grams. It can be made from start to completion in about an hour. You can use pre-bought soap shreds for this recipe. Alternately, you can also grate your own soap from bars of unscented cold or hot process soap.

Equipment Needed:

Digital scale
Glass container
1 (16-ounce) heatproof glass measuring cup
Silicone spatulas
Measuring spoons
Oval silicone mold (with at least 4 cavities)

Ingredients:

450 grams unscented and uncolored soap shreds
1/2 tablespoon charcoal powder
1 tablespoon dried rose petals
4 grams lavender essential oil
4 grams anise essential oil
2 grams peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

Start by prepping the essential oils for this soap. Do this by weighing out each of the three essential oils called for in the recipe. Then blend together in glass container and set aside.

Now wet the soap shreds.

Heat the moistened soap shreds until they become translucent and resemble mashed potatoes.

Once melted, remove the soap from heat.

Working quickly add the prepared essential oil fragrance blend. Then mix in the essential oils and the charcoal powder until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Now divide the rose petals among each mold cavity.

Quickly spoon the the soap into each mold cavity, covering the rose petals. Then use a spatula to smooth the soap down.

Once the soap has hardened, remove it from the mold.

Allow the finished hand milled soap bars to cure for two weeks prior to use.

To use, massage onto wet facial skin. Allow the soap to sit on your face, as you would a mask, for about one minute. Then rinse off and pat dry.

Natural Soap Making Book. Is soap making a new hobby you've been wanting to explore? Have you made soap before but want to learn other soap making techniques? Learn a variety of soap making methods and explore easy to follow soap recipes and tutorials in Amanda Gail's book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making. New and beginning soapmakers will learn how to craft natural homemade soaps using five different soap making techniques plus 65 natural soap recipes.

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About Rebecca D. Dillon

Rebecca D. Dillon is a soapmaker, DIY-er and blogger whose life is controlled daily by a dachshund. You can learn more about Rebecca by checking out her bio. Or discover more great skin care & beauty recipes by subscribing to Soap Deli News blog via email.

Comments

  1. I love cold process soap with all its nuances and surprises!

  2. Thelma Martinez says

    I would love to learn how to make soap! I think it would be a great hobby!

  3. Theresa C. says

    My favorite soap making method is cold process because you control everything that goes into your soap. Soap making is very addictive and exciting to make.

  4. Kieri-Anne Humphrey says

    I make Cold Process soap and use natural EO and botanicals, many of which I grow at home. I love soaping!

  5. Janice Campos says

    I just started making cold process soap. I actually bought a kit cuz I didn’t know how to start. I loved it! I want to learn more..They fascinate me.

  6. Waad Radhi says

    I have this book on my wish list but it will nice winning it

  7. Karen Surprenant says

    I usually make cold process soap.

  8. Hi! I am an amateur crafter who is dabbling in a bit of everything to find out what my true passion is.
    I think my reason for wanting to try my hand at soap-making is pretty simple and probably a driving force for a lot of others on this site- I am tired of having so many chemicals in and around my body. I am making a concentrated effort to incorporate more natural ingredients into my everyday life. (To the exhaustion of my awesome husband, my efforts range from cleaning supplies to non-Big Pharma remedies to the basic starting point of my day, which is my soap :))
    After consulting many a webpage, I realize that I have a lot of great soap-making ingredients and ideas, but I am really not sure where to start. I think this lovely book will make for a great boost in my confidence in getting started and help steer me in the direction I would like to go.
    Thank you for the time and passion you put into your site, and I appreciate your consideration for this drawing. Cheers!

  9. I’ve never made soap before, but the more I read about it, the more I want to try it!

  10. I really like cp soapmaking. I have done ho, but am interested in starting a bit more melt and pour for the all the fun artistic possibilities.

  11. Sheree Steading says

    I’ve wanted to learn how to make soap for a while. You make it look so simple. I have most of things needed already.

  12. Deanna Nassar says

    I’d love to learn soap making. They’d be great gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

  13. Alicia Mariscal says

    What a Great offer. I started making soap recently and truly enjoy it. The aromas are so beautiful and I love the feel of soap without all the harmful chemicals. This is one book that would get used quite a bit as I plan to make Beauty and Brawny Baskets this year for Christmas gifts. The guys are going to love them as much as the ladies will.

  14. I own an online cosmetic business where I create my own mineral makeup. Although I have never made soap, I’d like to create a facial soap that is so awesome that I can sell it on my website. I do believe, it’s very important to make a facial soap that is safe and effective, yet a pleasurable experience.

  15. Dawn Weintraub says

    I started making cold process soap for my dog who has allergies. Want to learn various methods of soap making.

  16. Cold process soap

  17. Becca Cutruzzula says

    Right now i just make melt and pour but i definitely want to transition into other types.

  18. Lori Flores says

    I am a novice at the moment so I do M&P. Eventually when I have the time and space I would like to learn CP.

  19. Diana Melendez says

    I love cold process because you can design your soap and at the same time pick and use the ingredients you understand are best for your customers and family.

  20. Cold process is the only way for me. Love The “chemistry” and magical process.!

  21. Mary Anne Wolfrey says

    My favorite is hot process. I guess I like it the best because as a kid, I remember my grandmother making lye soap on the wood stove. I loved spending time with her so it only seemed right that when I started making soap, I wanted to cook it like she did.

  22. I’ve not tried soap making yet but would love to have your book!!

  23. I am fairly new to soapmaking and I am completely hooked! So far, I have worked with M&P and cold process. I haven’t tried my hand at hot process yet. I’d love to win your new book!

  24. I like hot process and I have learned to make soaps for purpose I have helped my family with skin conditions and I enjoy making soap to help others

  25. The charcoal and anise soap is such an interesting combination! The rose petals add a very pretty touch too.

  26. Robert Schloss says

    I’ve been making CP soap for 8 years and enjoy each and every day! I do not sell the soaps I just use them and donate most of it to many homeless shelters in the western NC area,hoping to bring some joy to people. I would really like this book!

  27. Niccole Holmes says

    I love making cold process soap. The hard part about cold process for me is wait the 6 weeks for the soap to cure. I look forward to reading your new book to learn new processes. Thank you so much and have a wonderful evening.

  28. Gretchen Arnold says

    Just getting into making soap. Have made hot process and cold process. Would love to learn more.

  29. julie songaila says

    Hello! I’m relatively new to soapmaking (about 1 year). But so far my favorite way to make soap is Cold Process. I’m enjoying making the colorful designs in my soaps and it allows me more time to do so.

  30. I love making cold process soap. I took a class and loved it. I love trying new scents And colors!

  31. Terry Olsen says

    I MAKE COLD PROCESS SOPA BUT AM ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW THINGS TO TRY

  32. Denise Ekstam says

    Fell in Love with soap making when I made my first M&P soap for my son’s eczema. Now just getting into CP and can’t learn enogh… Love it so much, and would love it even more to have a buisness in it one day!

  33. Nancy Gullette says

    I love making HP soap because your results are immediate (almost).

  34. My favorite method is CPOP. Gets you a harder bar faster and reduces the time for curing.
    I would love to learn liquid soap making and hot process.

  35. I would have to say CP soap, I love the scents and colors and how creative you can be.

  36. Deb Knott says

    I’ve never made soap. But I really want to learn how to. I already make some of my own skincare/haircare products. I enjoy using essential oils to get just the right fragrance. Keeping my fingers crossed for this giveaway!

  37. I love making melt and pour soap because you can really get creative with additives. Thanks for the great recipe and giveaway!

  38. Margie Riley says

    I haven’t made soap in 40 years, there are so many new recipes. I’d love to start making soap again now that I’m retired, teach my family & give some away.

  39. Jennifer Schnell says

    I am new to soap making. I started by making melt and pour soaps as gifts for my student’s parents this Christmas. I was hooked and I have now made several batches of cold process soap. It absolutely fascinates me that lye and water and some kitchen oils can combine to make soap!!! Just fascinating!!!

  40. Alberto Paredes says

    I have been making melt and pour soaps for about 12 years and every time is a challenge and enjoinment . People I give them to, love them and complement them. I have a number of books but I have been following your page and the articles are very good and informative.
    I could use some advise in regard to marketing over the internet, and product qualities to make the soaps, such as whole sellers of bases and essential oils. The ones I use are form Michael’s and Hobby Lobby’s bases, and essential oils from a variety of suppliers.
    I would like to enter the opportunity to get your free book.
    Thanks,

  41. Kathy woods says

    I’m still on the melt and poor soap

  42. i would love to make my own soap.

  43. TJ Brown says

    My favorite shampoo bar is discontinued and the alternatives are expensive trials, so I found you in researching the possibility of making my own. I have most of the supplies already through my extensive love of crafting, and you make it seem approachable.

  44. Jill Traxler says

    I’d love to see cp soapmaking recipes for pine tar and salt bar soaps, please. Would also enjoy your version of a syndet shampoo bar, please. Thanks much!

  45. Recently took an intro to soap making class that used the cold process method. Since then, I have been scouring the internet looking for the perfect first recipe for me to try! Amanda Gail’s new book The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making would be a great resource. I enjoy the information on your website!.

  46. Hi! I’m so interested to learn how to make all types of soap. We just moved the Rocky Mountain area and when man I tell you everyone’s hair, skin and nails are super dry, it’s dry. It’s a daily struggle. Not only is it the desert like climate but i think it’s the altitude that contributes to the lack of moisture. And of course, since it’s so beautiful where we live one can’t help but stay outside and enjoy the view. So I’ve decided to make our own skin care products that nourish our skin and it starts simply with our soap. Looking forward to reading your book.

  47. I would love to learn to make soap so that, just like my food, I know what is in it is good for me inside as well as out.

  48. Congrats to Susan T. of Brunswick, GA! She won the giveaway for this book!

  49. Thank you so much for sharing, Rebecca! I am so grateful. I just love your blog.

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