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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:33 pm 

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Hi All,

I have a beginners question and I hope someone will be able to help me please. I would really like to try cp and I would love to make hand rolled soap balls from cp. Is this just the same recipe as you would normally use up to the point of the mold and then you hand roll the balls or is there something that needs to be added to make the consistency rollable (not sure that is a word but you will know what I mean). Or is cp rollable straight after blending? Obvious I know nothing isnt it?! :D

Here in Australia it is very popular to see handrolled cp soap balls with gorgeous scents and rolled in botannicals or poppy seeds through the ball. I would love to try it and see if I can make them.

Please can anyone point me in the right direction for a recipe? Or tell me if you have to wait for a period of time for the right consistency?


Thanks so much for helping me with this.
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Probably the easiest way to make CP soap balls is to make your soap as you would normally, then when it's still fairly young and soft (a couple of days or so), just take it and smoosh into balls.

Since the siap is still very young and not done saponifying it can be pretty rough on your hands. If you're going to do this, it might be best to wear gloves.

Alternately, I've seen recipes where people rebatch their soap and shape it into balls. Since this is typically done with fully reacted soap, you don't run the risk of chemical burns.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:57 pm 

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Thanks so much cactuscat for your advice. I did wonder whether rebatch might work as previously a member had posted some gorgeous photos of their soap balls. I cant remember who it was but the soap balls looked fantastic.

Thank you also for the tip re the gloves and reminding me that the balls would not be cured properly. I probably wouldnt have thought about that as the really popular soap site that I was looking at (www.est.com.au) shows the people rolling the soap straight from a bowl without gloves! Perhaps theirs is rebatched???

Again thank you for your help, it is much appreciated.
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I have done this with rebatch. I had some left over that would not fit into the mold. It worked great and was pretty fun. :D


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I have done this with rebatch also because you can add more scent and goodies to the balls and get really nice soaps.


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I've done it with leftovers from crockpot HP. Just wear heavy duty gloves, so you don't burn yourself.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 3:40 pm 

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Thank you all of you for making me feel so much better about the soap balls.

I have to admit I am a bit lye shy and I thought I would have a try with rebatch first and see if I could make the balls and yes I would like to add some extra goodies to it!

I just love the look of the soap balls and so rather than spend $9.00 per ball plus postage (185g ball) I might as well try the rebatch and learn something at the same time!

I will remember the gloves I get eczema on my hands so the last thing I need is the burn as well!LOL

Thank you again, you are all so helpful and kind to share your knowledge with me.
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This gave me the idea to try rebatch. I took some unscented soap that noboady likes because it's unscented, grated it, wetted it with some water and ground up fresh aloe vera, added FO and then put in a food processor, formed into smooth balls. Theyr'e drying. Let you know how they turned out. Does anyone know why they burn my hands? Is it the fresh FO?


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Seashell wrote:
This gave me the idea to try rebatch. I took some unscented soap that noboady likes because it's unscented, grated it, wetted it with some water and ground up fresh aloe vera, added FO and then put in a food processor, formed into smooth balls. Theyr'e drying. Let you know how they turned out. Does anyone know why they burn my hands? Is it the fresh FO?


I don't know about the burning, but I wouldn't have used the fresh aloe vera. You could end up with DOS.

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Was the soap cured all the way?
Some FOs at too high of a concentration can burn hands - make sure you didn't put in too much and burn peoples bums! :oops:


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Goodness, DOS and burned bums. I'll have to be careful with these. Thanks for the info!


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http://s341.photobucket.com/albums/o386 ... lls006.jpg

Here is a picture of the aloe vera soap balls. They are still a little squishy from the water, but the FO has mellowed quite a bit. Don't think I will do this again. Food processing the soaked gratings was a RPB...Royal Pain in the B.


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I would suggest next time you make these to get a scale and don't go above the manufacturer's recommendation. :)

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That's for sure. I learned a lot about the strenght of FOs producing these puppies.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 3:43 pm 

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Hi

I am finding this thread really interesting for a couple of reasons.

I wonder seashell what the fresh barley grass will be like in a few days/weeks and if that has contributed to the extra moisture in the soap balls. I would l love to know how they are in a week, will you let us know please?

Pardon my ignorance but what is DOS short for? I know burned bums! YIKES but DOS well I just cant work this one out! :)

I also wondered and I am hoping someone can answer this for me. If rebatching resulting in lumps through the soap why you cant use a stick blender to smooth them out? I have been reading and reading about rebatching and some people mention it will make the soap float because it incorporates air into the mix. Is that right? Also soem people mention they add sugar or salt to the rebatch when it has melted and this seems to smooth the consistency. Any ideas why? I cant quite work out why this would be and of course I couldnt find the answer anywhere.

Thanks for all the input I am learning learning learning on this forum.

Thank you
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