I’ve had many questions pop up in the last few weeks about making milk soaps, so today we are going to start a 5 post series for milk soaps using the Half and Half Method.The Half and Half Method is actually very easy to follow. Here are the directions that we will follow in a step by step format.
1) Calculate the amount of lye and liquid needed for the oils you plan to use.2) Measure all of the oils and set aside to heat gently.
3) Measure the lye and set aside.
4) Measure HALF of the needed liquid as water and set aside. Measure HALF of the needed liquid as milk and set aside. Milk should be room temperature, not frozen or heated.5) Add ALL of the lye to the water. Stir well. No crystals should remain on the bottom of your mixing vessel. When the temperature of this lye solution is within 110° F to 130° F, (cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, cooler for large batches and warmer for small batches), add it to the oil mixture. Blend with an immersion blender until you estimate you are halfway through the mixing process. This will happen with most oils in about 1 minute. The mixture should NOT be thick or viscous. The mixture should be very fluid, like water. 6) Now steadily pour the milk into the batch. Use the immersion blender to finish the blending so there is no chance of separation.
7) Add fragrance. Pour into prepared SHALLOW molds (1 inch deep or so). Milk soaps can get very hot and shallow molds help the excess heat dump into the air. This will prevent the milk sugars from interrupting the saponification reaction.
This is called the Half and Half Method, because you use half water, half milk, and add the milk half way through the blending of the batch.
Collect needed items:
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Extra Large Square Tray Mold
Square Tray Mold
Weighing time: 8 minutes
Adding lye to water: 15 seconds, followed by 60 seconds of stirring
Heating of oils time: 3 minutes
Pouring lye solution into the fat mixture: 10 seconds
Using immersion blender to mix soap solution: 90 seconds
Adding milk to the batch: 20 seconds
Using immersion blender to completely mix milk into soap: 40 seconds
Pour into molds: 60 seconds
Allow soap to rest: 24 hours
|Recipe in ounces:
40 ounces weight Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
20 ounces weight Coconut Oil
20 ounces weight Olive Oil
11.1 ounces Sodium Hydroxide
Tomorrow we will make a Goats Milk Soap. Later this week, we will make milk soaps with Buttermilk, Soy Milk, and Almond Milk.
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