Soap often goes to waste when you get down to the last sliver and it's too small to use in the shower or bath. Rather then toss out your old bar soap pieces and slivers, save them until you've got enough to make new bar soap. One of the fun things about making new bar soap is that you can keep it simple or get creative by adding fragrances of using interesting soap moulds.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Old bar soap pieces
- Cutting board
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Essential oil (optional)
- Soap moulds
- Cling film
Cut your old bar soap pieces into almond-sliver-sized pieces, using your cutting board and knife. Place the old bar soap bits into a saucepan. Pour just enough water over the soap bits to cover, then allow the soap and water to sit overnight.
Stir the watery soap solution with a spoon, then heat to boiling. Turn the heat off and remove the saucepan from the stove.
Add 1 tbsp olive oil per cup of soap solution and stir the oil in. Olive oil is used in many natural soap recipes and is very moisturising to the skin.
Drop two to three drops of an essential oil of your choice into your soap solution if the soap bits didn't already have a fragrance of their own. Even if they did, you can always add an essential oil that would complement the existing fragrance to give it your own signature fragrance.
Pour your soap liquid into your soap moulds. Allow the soap to sit on the counter until it's completely hardened, then pop the soap out of the moulds. Wrap your new bar soaps in cling film until you're ready to use them.
Tips and warnings
- Interesting and creative soap moulds can be purchased at most craft stores.
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