Milk Soap Challenge – Sheep Milk

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


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.


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
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.


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!


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14 thoughts on “Milk Soap Challenge – Sheep Milk”

  1. Nina,

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



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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Looks good, but I am not sure when you aded the silk fibers. Since they will only dissolve in HOT lye solutions, did you add them with the aloe water? When I use silk fibers I normally do not use milk soap. In milk soap I use the liquid silk. Do please tell if the fibers dissolved fully, it would be much cheaper. Thanks

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    1. I suspect Nina added the silk fibers to her aloe water and then added the lye. My personal experiences with silk fiber is that if the silk is “fluffed”, it will dissolve in a fresh lye solution.

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    1. We generally recommend 5%-6% superfat. You can go as high as 8% but we think that it makes the bar too soft. I hope this helps!

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  5. that soap looks Absolutely Amazing but I can’t make that kind of stuff. Do you sell it I would love to try some.?? Please & Thank You.!!!!

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    1. Stacy,

      At this time, Nina the creator of this soap, is just a hobbyist. I would look for handcrafted soap in your area. It is often available at farmer’s and craft markets. Best of luck to you!


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  6. Sounds like lovely soap. Don’t you have to get the Lye and the oils to be at the same temp before combining?

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  7. Hi, what pretty soap. ..can I ask what the titanium dioxide is for? I am severly allergic to it and wondering if I can leave it out of the recipe.
    Thank you.

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    1. Claudia,

      The titanium dioxide is used for the white color. You can certainly omit it.


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