Ombre Rebatch Layers

I’m revisiting rebatch this week with a fun take on the popular look of ombre. A delicious blend of earthy, herby and citrus essential oils come together to complete this warm-hued and fun-textured soap. Plus, read on about a new addition to the Bramble Berry product line and how you can get one of your own!

Ombre Rebatch

Recipe and Tools:

3 pounds Grated Luxury Rebatch

2-4 Tablespoons Distilled Water

Diluted Red LabColor

0.9 oz  Orange Valencia Essential Oil

0.2 oz Star Anise Essential Oil

0.1 oz Patchouli Essential Oil

2 Pound Wood Log Mold

Droppers with Suction Bulb

Plastic Food Wrap

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Essential Oil Blend

MOLD PREP: Line the 2 Pound Wood Log Mold with Freezer Paper, shiny side up. Coming soon! Save time lining molds with Bramble Berry’s brand new silicone liner for the 2 Pound Wood Log Mold.

ONE: In a crock pot or double boiler, heat the Luxury Rebatch and Distilled Water over medium heat until it reaches the consistency of mashed potatoes. In this technique, you’ll want to pay special attention to consistency and temperature – rebatch that is too dry or cool won’t adhere to itself very well.

TIP: First time making rebatch soap? Check out this Soap Queen TV video for all the basics!

Mashed Potatoes

TWO: Add the Orange Valencia, Star Anise, and Patchouli Essential oils to the rebatch and stir until incorporated. Color the soap with 6 mL diluted Red LabColor.

Adding Color and Essential Oils

THREE: Fill the 2 Pound Wood Log Mold about 1/3 of the way with the rebatch soap. Tap the mold on your work surface to flatten the rebatch and fill in any gaps. If necessary, use some plastic food wrap to cover the surface of the soap and push on out the layer to smooth it out as best as possible.

Plastic Wrap Forming Soap

 

FOUR: Color the remaining soap with an additional 9 mL diluted Red LabColor. Fill the second third of the mold with the darker-red colored soap, again tapping the mold on the table to fill in gaps and using plastic food wrap to smooth out the top of the layer.

FIVE: Color the remaining soap with an additional 12 mL diluted Red LabColor. Fill the rest of the mold with the remaining soap. There should be enough soap left for a high mounded and elaborate top, so pile it on! Use plastic food wrap to manipulate the top of the soap any way you’d like.

TIP: Depending on how high your top layer gets, you may have some extra soap. Any leftovers can be rolled into adorable soap balls, or placed into a second mold for additional soaps.

Finishing Soap

SIX: Allow the soap to fully harden. This can take 2-4 days depending on how much liquid was added to the rebatch at the beginning. Once cut, this soap is ready to use right away. Enjoy!

Stacked Soap

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11 Comments

  1. Nicole says

    I have personally found that if I rebatch soap in layers – the layers break tend to break apart and separate after the soap has cooled.
    If you aren’t really really quick when you add the second layer, in my experience, it won’t turn out nicely.
    Any other tips?

    • says

      Good morning, Nicole!

      In the past when we’ve had our rebatch layers separate it is because our rebatch is a little to dry. I’d suggest adding a bit more water to make sure your layers can stick together. I hope this helps! :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • Xien says

        Becky would it work if I let one layer cool down first before adding a second layer but making sure the 2nd layer is very hot? I like to cook the layers separately with different ingredients.

        • Kelsey says

          Hi Xien!

          Adding different ingredients to your rebatch layers will make them dry at a different rate, which can cause them to separate.

          I’d recommend using the same ingredients in all the layers and plopping them in the mold while they’re still hot. That should keep them together nicely. :)

          -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  2. says

    Silly question. I’ve never made rebatch but I got your mini kit last month with my order and I have no idea what to do with it. I have a 2qt crock-pot would that work? How much distilled water would I add the 6oz of rebatch? How much soap would that make once everything is finished, meaning would it fit and a loaf mold? Sorry to ask soo many questions. Thanks

    • says

      Good morning, Mindy!

      We are totally hear to help answer your questions, and I can guarantee that if you had a question, someone else will have it too! With fresh rebatch, we typically suggest starting out with adding 1 ounce of distilled water per pound of rebatch base. Remember that you are also adding in liquids with your EO/FO as well. The wetter your soap is the longer it is going to take to dry and the stickier it is to come out of the mold.

      Have you had a chance to check out our Soap Queen TV episode on rebatch yet? I think it could answer some of your questions as well as give you a hands-on look about how to make it.

      How to Make Rebatch Soap: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/cold-process-soap/soap-queen-tv-presents-how-to-make-rebatch-soap-2/

      I hope this helps! If you have any other questions, please let us know. :)
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      P.S. All you need to do to figure out how big of a mold you would need would be to see how much base you have. You wouldn’t include the water because it eventually evaporates out. Just make sure to fill that mold as much as possible when you are putting it in because your soap will shrink as it hardens.

  3. says

    Hello Brambleberry crew!

    Have you done a tutorial for lining these dang molds. I get so stressed trying to line the wooden molds I could just throw it out the door. (JK’ING) If you haven’t done one is there one planned for the future or are y’all going to push the liners, which by the way are a wonderful idea. The only problem is money is too short to order everything I need to make the soaps y’all show us how to make. One day, one day, one day!

    God Bless and rest Anne Marie the baby will be here before you know it.