One of my best guy friends is that guy that, before it even hits noon, has that 5 o' clock shadow. His girlfriend hates it, haha, and we all affectionately call him the Yeti. He's a old school sort of guy, and I think he'd love the idea of shaving with a brush, hard soap, and a straight razor.
So, for his birthday, I'd love to pick up a mug, soap, and bristle brush! I've heard before that it can be annoying to have the soap spin in the mug while you're trying to use it, and because they probably don't have the chance to get as wet and soppy as a normal bath bar... I was wondering if I can just melt the soap down and pour it into the cup. Is that what you guys call rebatching? Haha.
I ran across MareMare's tutorial on rebatching, and then somewhere I read that using something like yogurt would work as the liquid and would also make it smoother? I just have a few questions on that.
When it shrinks back up, would it be strong enough to damage the mug (ceramic), provided that I use very little liquid?
How melted is "sufficiently" melted? I'm imagining a really viscous liquid, molasses like perhaps?
What sort of essential oils do you think would work well for a guy, and of those, which ones would add any coloration? And normally how much EO would you add for say, 4oz of soap? A few drops? I want to keep it simple, but a little color mottling makes it interesting.
Would it just be easier to shred and melt the soap straight into the mug, so that it'll be smoother and perhaps heat faster because of the ceramic's own high heat capacity? Or would that be dangerous for any reason?
Thanks! Haha. If this works out, I feel like it'll be a fun gift for many a man. It's rather badass in my opinion to use the brush and mug. xD