Rebatched Lavender Green Tea Soap

I love learning new crafts and picking up new hobbies. Making soap is my new obsession, thanks to inspiration from Tiffany and her awesome tutorial. After following a few soap recipes with success, I decided it was time to venture off and create my own recipe. I was inspired by some green tea I had at my house and decided to add lavender essential oil. I loved the combination!

The next day, I went to cut my soap and…failure. It was still as soft as when I had originally poured it in the mold. I thought I’d just wait another day to see what would happen. No change. I waited another day. Nothing. At this point, I was really frustrated but determined that these soap ingredients would not go to waste.

My soaping solution came in the form of rebatching. Rebatching involves taking soap that has already been made, melting it, adding any necessary ingredients and then letting it cure as usual. Before starting the rebatching process, I checked my recipe to find my mistake and realized I probably poured the soap into the mold before it truly reached trace. Just in case my ingredients were also off a little, I’ll wait to share my recipe until I try it again and make sure it’s 100% correct.

If you’ve tried making soap and it hasn’t gone quite as planned, have no fear! You can almost always rescue your ingredients through rebatching. For detailed instructions, check out “How to Rebatch Soap” and “Troubleshooting Your Botched Batch“. I followed the instructions to rebatch using a crock-pot and found everything else I needed in those articles to fix my lavender green tea soap.

Have you had any DIY mistakes you were able to fix? How did you find a solution?

7 responses

  1. Yes my 5th HP. I had used my oven until I ran across a cheap crock pot at my local Salvation Army store. I bought it getting home so excited about making a batch in it vice the oven. Well something horrible has gone wrong. The oils and lye separated and never came together so I took a bar of some soap I had made grated it threw it in and wamp it thicken to much. Determined not to waste the ingredients I’ve tried some water and few other things in it, poured it and now I’m afraid to even look at it. 😩 Tomorrow I’ll look tomorrow.

    • So sorry to hear you’ve had soaping frustrations! I don’t have much experience with HP soap. The articles I linked above (“How to Rebatch Soap” and “Troubleshooting Your Botched Batch“) were really helpful when I was trying to fix my batch. I hope you’re able to find a solution!

  2. Hi I know most soapers use the CP methods but I find HP is a little quicker. I still allow my soaps to cure for a mimim of 4 weeks before I sell them. I feel it makes a better quality bar. Thanks for the links they help much

      • Tiffany, no it actually doesn’t weaken the fragrance. Once it has cured for 2 to 3 weeks the fragrance is very nice and I use about half what is recommended per pound. After I take the pot out of the oven I give it a couple of minutes to cool a bit then add my additives. You should give it a try it is very rewarding indeed. I have many customers who love the light fragrance (which is what I strive for) and the creamy texture of my HP soaps. Thanks for your input I am enjoying this conversation. You are the reason I started my own blog, you all inspired to to step out of my comfort zone. Be Blessed.

      • Aww that’s so nice to hear!! I definitely don’t mean to imply that the fragrance is not good from hot process soap. It is definitely very good, but compared to cold process, the prolonged exposure to heat can alter and/or weaken the original scent. Both processes are very high quality though and most people do want a more subtle scent in their soaps so it’s only a drawback if you are picky about having a stronger fragrance without having to compensate by adding more EO. 🙂

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