Soap, Soap, & More Soap!

All the deodorant soaps were left after i made that big batch of facial soaps.  So it’s been super cold, windy, and rainy – time to finish up that project.  I found plenty more soaps around at my father-in-law’s house – hopefully, these are the last of the old, old hotel soaps.

I found some more suitably sized pots and managed to guess the right amount that would fit in each of the blocks. This amount was MUCH easier for me to stir.  You can adjust the amounts, but these are the percentages.

  • 4 cups ground soap
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups of oils (i used olive oil, coconut oil, bits of glycerin and castor oils, & shea butter)
the deodorant soaps melted nicely
Bottles of old glycerin – might as well – not any good sitting in a bottle
First batch was that bit of glycerin, 1/2 cup shea butter, and about 1 1/4 cup coconut oil


Facial Soap Upcycling
Oddly, the facial soaps were really hard to break down to melting – lots of stirring. I started with my big spatula, then finally able to whisk it slowly.
Facial Soap finally smooth
Patience finally paid off on that lumpy facial soap batch.  To this facial soap batch, i added 1 cup coconut oil and 1 cup shea butter.  Just using up extra supplies.
Wrapped up to slowly cool for 24 hours.
Soap block
Soap molds from Essential Depot.
Three batches cut and laid out to cure.  Basically just to dry out.  No lye is involved in upcycling since the soap is already saponified.