I've made a horrible beginner's business mistake and did not take account of my supply inventory - I'm out of lye!! I figured that while I wait for it to arrive, I will clean up what I have from my first obsessive round of soap-making and take stock of what I need going forward. The good news is... I still got to make soap! I had a ton of scraps leftover from bits and pieces of my previous creations. I'm like a survivor of the great depression, or like some sort of pioneer (people call me Melissa Crockett). Waste not, want not - that's my motto! Why toss out perfectly fine bits of brand new soap? It's easy and fun to melt and remake your soaps - to create something entirely new again.
This was my first time ever attempting a "rebatch". Luckily, Google is mostly my friend, and I found there were multiple methods for doing this (You can use a double-boiler method, a crockpot, the oven, etc.). I've seen pictures of others who have successfully created soap masterpieces from their leftovers - beautiful pure clean sculptures. I'm an awesome multi-tasker (or I have a short attention span), and decided to try both the double-boiler and crockpot methods concurrently (remember, it's science!).
I cut my soap into little pieces and threw them in my two cooking devices - Waited 10 mins... Waited 20 mins...sooooo slow. After checking the Google again, of course I realized I didn't entirely follow all the directions (that's the number 1 rule of Soap Club!). I proceeded to add water and/or oils to my soap bits, and watched as the soap finally melted before my very eyes. I put my melted (mashed-potato-like) soap into some individual molds and large soap molds. And I kinda smooshed everything together to make bars of soap.
Like magic, I've created new from the old - like an ugly phoenix reborn from the ashes. My rebatches aren't gorgeous, but they aren't half bad either. I've decided to just turn them into mini hand soaps. I think they'll serve a great purpose in that respect. It took several hours to clean up my stock, and now I have to wait again for them to cure. But my lye should be coming in soon (fingers-crossed) so I can begin making pretty new soaps again! Until next time...in the adventures of....Melissa Crockett.