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    Is the point of melting or shredding soap just to make it fit a particular mug, bowl or container better, or does it serve some other purpose as well? I've mostly been using creams so far but have also acquired a few soaps and I'd like to get this right before I screw them up somehow.

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    You got it, it just simply lets it sit in your personal shaving bowl/mug better and thats about it. I've only shredded with a cheese grater, as I'm worried melting my soap will change it some way. Probably an unfounded fear, but its what I do.

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    If you decide to melt just make sure it's a Glycerin based soap otherwise you will have a mess.
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    Yes you are correct in that it is to fit a bowl or mug -However- grating certain soaps can make them lather much easier... ie: Mitchell's Wool Fat, Williams, TOBS... just to name a few of the Hard Milled soaps that now lather way easier in my collection...

    If you gently and slowly melt the Glycerin based pucks using the double boiler method it is much safer then the microwave... Plus you only have to melt them enough to even out in the bowl they don't have to be completely liqufied..

    Hope that helps...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gssixgun View Post
    Yes you are correct in that it is to fit a bowl or mug -However- grating certain soaps can make them lather much easier... ie: Mitchell's Wool Fat, Williams, TOBS... just to name a few of the Hard Milled soaps that now lather way easier in my collection...
    Do you now why that is, or have any guesses? Do you think the heating changes the chemical composition in any way?

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    How many people do the shredding and melting thing? If you are one, how important is it to you that your soap fits? If someone, hypothetically speaking of course, would take your favorite mugs and make fresh, all natural soap, pouring it into your mug to harden and cure, to make a perfect fit, would it be worth the time and cost to ship the mug here, i mean, there and back?

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    Basically just to fit or use up leftovers. I take my Col. Conk soaps and use a double broiler method to melt them into my Merkur shave bowl...just to make em fit

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    +90% to make it fit into a container.

    Grated hard soaps spritzed with water are softer
    and a little easier for the brush to get to as a result.
    Not a problem in my opinion....

    Grated hard soaps can be blended. A little of this
    a little of that. Add some kaolin clay, add some
    glycerin. Mix or add fragrance... Hard triple
    milled soaps are inexpensive but need a bit of help
    to make a shave soap. Grating can make blending
    your own shave soap possible yet inexpensive.

    Fill a small container for travel.

    Share a bit with a friend. <--- (should be done more often IMO)

    Melting glycerin soap is easy. True soap
    does not melt well at all. Just because glycerin soaps
    melt does not mean that it is a great idea.
    If you over heat the soap it will loose fragrance
    and added oils and other amendments will
    be lost or separate from the bulk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markevens View Post
    Do you now why that is, or have any guesses? Do you think the heating changes the chemical composition in any way?

    I am not heating the grated hard milled soaps, I just grate them and press the grated soaps back into my soap bowls...
    My theory is that basically you are re-milling the soaps again, and that's what makes them lather easier.. just a theory...

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    I just bought two pucks of soap. L'Occtaine and Penhaligons.
    Neither would fit in the bowls I had for them. I could have, and have in the past, grated them. This time I just trimmed them around the edges and molded the pieces back onto the puck, wasting nothing...

    P.S. A hand held cheese grater, the one that gives you a "fine" grate works wonderfully.
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