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Stage 2 of Making Your Own Liquid Castile Soap from a Castile Soap Bar

Updated: Jun 27

Did you use Kirk’s or Dr. Bronners bar soap to make Liquid Castile Soap with Emmaline? Were you a few weeks in and wondered …


You are not alone. A wonderful viewer named Ashley W wondered what in the world was going on. She feared her soap was molding.

I’m here to explain what is going on and reassure you that it is NOT mold.

Liquid Castile Soap solidifying inside of a soap dispenser.

Every soap is different, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have similarities between your batches. The more you convert castile bar soap to liquid castile soap the more you will recognize common conversion elements.

If you only made a small batch, or if you do a lot of cleaning and use your soap fast, you may never see any of the following elements. If your soap sits for any length of time you may notice the following things happen.

First of all, about a week after you convert your bar soap to liquid soap it will have a “Scooby” or “Thin Layer” of soap accumulate on the top and/or bottom of your container. That is part of the soap beginning to convert back into a solid. It’s normal and is nothing to worry about. Some people have told me they think this looks like mold, but let me assure you it is fine.

You can leave it, or scoop it off and turn it into a foaming hand cleanser. You do this by blending it smooth and then in a 20% soap and 80% water ratio add it to a foaming hand cleanser soap dispenser and use it.

Or, you can leave the soap scooby layer in your container and just scoop soap out from around it. By leaving the Scooby, the beading in the next step may lessen and the Scooby will get bigger as the soap solidifies onto it.

If you scooped it out, like I generally do, You will definitely see the next step. If you left it, this element happens, but to a lesser degree.

At six weeks my soap was beaded with soft little chunks of solidified castile soap.

I call the next step beading, but I am not really sure what it is supposed to be called. Little chunks of your liquid castile soap will begin to solidify and create little soft beads in your soap mixture.

Now it’s time to mix the soap and get beyond the beading stage to a final solution. This is the perfect stage to use for all of your favorite soap solutions.

Inserting an immersion blended into liquid castile soap that is beginning to solidify.
Fully mixed and blended liquid castile soap.

After a few days, you can check your blend again and it will gel into a gooey substance that easily mixes into your soap blends. One of my favorite soap blends is foaming hand cleanser which I also used as a dish soap.

Liquid Castile Soap converting itself into the gelled stage.

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