Milk Soap Challenge – Sheep Milk

Nina submitted her milk soaps for our Milk Soap Challenge. She used the Half & Half Method with sheep milk.

Enjoy!

I have a special love for milk soaps! In fact I will no longer do without one in my shower. They are all that I make now.

For this soap challenge I decided to use sheep milk; my new favorite! Sheep milk has a higher fat content than goat and cow milk and is wonderful for dry, sensitive skin types. I wanted to create a very gentle soap and I wanted it light in color, which can be hard to achieve with cold process milk soaps.

For this particular recipe I chose oils which are of a lighter appearance to ensure a whiter looking bar.

Ingredients:

30% – Hydrogenated Soybean oil
25% – Palm kernel oil
20% – Rice Bran oil
10% – Sunflower oil
10% – White refined Shea butter
5% – Castor
Aloe juice
Sheep Milk
Lye
White Kaolin clay
Titanium Dioxide
Fragrance Oil
Silk Fibers

1) I weigh and melt the fats, then set aside to cool until room temp. This is to prevent the soap batter from overheating and seizing which milk soaps are notorious for. I usually weigh and heat the fats before preparing the lye because the fats will take longer than the lye solution to cool.

2) While the fats are cooling, I weigh the first half of the total liquid as aloe vera juice and set aside.

3) Next I weigh the second half of the total liquid as milk into a separate jug. I make sure the milk is very cold.

4) I grab the jug of aloe juice and add the lye slowly to the liquid. I then stir the lye solution gently to ensure the lye has fully dissolved.

5) I add the lye solution to the melted oils and blend until I reach a very light trace.

6) Now it’s time to add the milk to the lightly traced soap mixture. With a few short bursts from the blender the milk is fully incorporated.

7) Next I add the (non-discoloring) fragrance oil. Mmmmm

8) Voila! Now the process is complete and the soap mixture is ready to be poured into the mold.

I decided against insulating the mold because again milk soaps are known to get very hot and I wanted to prevent overheating. This will also help the soap to stay a lighter shade.

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2 weeks later!

I usually allow my soaps to cure for 4 weeks but this week I decided to go ahead and test a bar. Well all I can say is WOW what a dream it was to shower with. The soap is very gentle and moisturizing with a thick creamy lather. YUM!

Hope you enjoyed!

Nina

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4 Comments

  • Zany says:

    Beautiful!

    Zany in CO

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  • atin_co says:

    Nina,

    Your soap looks very nice, and sounds so moisturizing. Do you ever sell it? If so, I would like to try some.

    Thanks,

    Kathy

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  • Bayougirl says:

    Nina,

    I love your soap. I don’t have any sheep running around, but used aloe juice for half of the liquid and a combination 2:1 of half and half and whole milk. It’s only been two weeks and I tried the bar tonight, it was great. It soaped like a dream, too. Thanks for a great recipe

    Lisa in Louisiana

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  • Bayougirl says:

    Nina,

    I meant to say I used 2:1 heavy cream and whole milk. But next time I may use all heavy cream and see how it turns out. They say the mind is the first thing to go! Thanks again.

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