I said I wanted to explore rebatching further after surprisingly enjoying the beer soap rebatch, but I really did not expect to be doing it again so soon. The banana soap I made over the weekend seized on me, so I had to rebatch it to give it a second chance.
It was still fresh and soft, so I just sliced it thinly (faster with a bench scraper than a knife). I did not add water, but added a tablespoon of vanilla fragrance when most of the soap had melted.
Here are the step by step photos:
Once the soap is out of the bag and in contact with air, the surface starts to form a skin. If you try to smoothen the top with a spatula, you will get white streaks; the contact and agitation seems to set the soap. For this batch, I just tapped and shook the mold to get the soap to settle a bit, then placed the acrylic panel on the surface and pressed it down. The surface will still come out wrinkly-looking, but flat. Anyone got ideas how to remove the wrinkles? (Bake it??)
I unmolded the soap after about 4 hours. I used the poorly self-designed acrylic panel inserts that I know are NOT suitable for cold process. I just wanted to see if rebatched soap would stick to it too. It did. But at 4 hours, it wasn’t super glue yet. I waited for 12 hours before cutting the soap.