SOAP MAKING PROCESS
If you followed along in our soap making education series, you know we delved into three different types of methods: Melt & Pour, Cold Process, and Hot Process. We are wrapping up our soap making series with the French milled process. Follow along below to learn about French milled soap and its various benefits.
WHAT IS FRENCH MILLED SOAP
French milled soap, also called triple-milled, was developed in the 1800s and is now perfected into a luxurious experience. Unlike other soap making methods, French milled involves a factory process of shredding cold-processed soap. Once the soap is completely shredded and melted with a consistency of oatmeal, it starts to cool. As it cools, the soap is brought through three heavy-duty rollers as it refines, homogenizes, and separates the soap. This method of shredding and pressing removes any impurities in the finished soap bar.
French milled soap is similar to the rebatch process. However, without factory rollers, rebatch soap tends to incorrectly blend and harden with imperfections.
PROS OF FRENCH MILLED SOAP
Learn more about the pros of French milled process:
- The soap will have no impurities.
- This method produces a very smooth bar.
- It has a creamy lather and more luxurious feeling than other soaps.
- Most bars have an excellent scent throw and color, dependent on where you buy it.
- This process can have more natural ingredients than other soaps.
- The bar is harder and will last a long time.
MAKE YOUR OWN VERSION
It is nearly impossible to create a perfect bar like French milled soap if you do not have the proper machinery. However, you can rebatch cold process soap to try and make your own version. Follow along below to learn how to rebatch soap:
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- Soap Molds
- Cheese Grater
- Distilled Water
- Fragrance Oil
- Pre-Made Cold Process Soap
- Completely shred your cold process soap into small pieces.
- Place your double boiler on the stove and set to medium heat.
- Add the shredded soap into the pot as much as you can.
- Pour in at least 4-6oz of distilled water.
- Allow the soap to heat and soften into an oatmeal like consistency.
- Turn off the heat and stir in any additives you want.
- Transfer the soap into a mold and press inside.
- Let harden for about 24 hours or longer and cut into smaller pieces if needed.
- Use & Enjoy!
As we wrap up our soap making series, we want to know what your favorite process is. Let us know in the comments below!