Alkanet Root Powder Milk Soap 14


Do you remember the Milk Soap Comparison Andee did way back when? If you don’t remember, go take a look. It is a great read! It is a great example how the addition of milk to a soap can change its color. I wondered if the addition of cows milk would significantly change the color that the botanicals impart compared to a regular soap. Let’s go find out! 

 

Notes: I will admit. I was not expecting a change to occur between the plain alkanet powder soap and its milk soap counterpart. However, I am surprised and tickled pink to tell you that there is a difference in the color. The milk soap is a lighter, more purple-blue color. The plain soap is much darker and more blue in color.

I did not notice any strange or funky odors coming through the soap. It smells like an unscented milk soap. Milk soaps do have an odor to them but I find it really hard to explain. It is a kind of mildly sweet, clean odor. For those of you who use or make milk soaps, how would you describe the odor? I am at a loss here!

I am thrilled about the color difference! I can’t wait for Christmas to come around again because I want to make this soap with our Mulberry Fragrance Oil. I also have Woodberry,, Crystal Blue, Tassi Lavender and Ocean Rain on my list of soaps to make with Alkanet Powder. What fragrances does this color inspire you to use?

Ingredients
Palm Kernel Oil
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Shea Butter, Regular
Lye
Water
Cows Milk
Alkanet Root Powder
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Immersion Blender
Soap Bucket
Gloves
Soaping Goggles

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
170.1 Palm Kernel Oil
141.75 grams Coconut Oil
113.4 grams Olive Oil
28.35 grams Shea Butter, Regular
69.46 grams Lye
89 mL Water
89 mL Cows Milk
1 tsp Alkanet Root Powder
Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Palm Kernel Oil
5 oz Coconut Oil
4 oz Olive Oil
1 oz Shea Butter, Regular
2.45 oz Lye
3 fl oz Water
3 fl oz Cows Milk
1 tsp Alkanet Root Powder
Recipe in Percentages
38% Palm Kernel Oil
31% Coconut Oil
25% Olive Oil
6% Shea Butter, Regular
Q.S. Lye
Q.S. Water
Q.S. Cows Milk
Q.S. Alkanet Root Powder

Weigh all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Add the Sodium Hydroxide to the water to form a lye solution. Allow the oils and the lye to cool to a lower temperature. We do not want to have the soap overheat and volcano. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until trace is achieved. Add the botanical and milk at this point. Stir well. Pour into a mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Cut the soap. Allow the soap to cure. Longer curing time will result in a harder bar. Enjoy!

Note: Milk soaps can get very hot. Please plan for this by soaping at a little bit of a lower temperature and/or pouring into a shallow mold. We recommend soaping somewhere between 110° F and 130°F. Adjust due to the weather and temperature of your work room. In summer, soap on the lower end of that spectrum. Shallow molds also help by allowing the excess heat to dump into the air. This will prevent the milk sugars from interrupting the saponification reaction.

Taylor

Finished Soap

Finished Soap

Comparing Alkanet Milk Soap and Plain Alkanet Soap

Comparing Alkanet Milk Soap and Plain Alkanet Soap

Melted Oils

Melted Oils

Soap at Trace

Soap at Trace

Measuring Milk

Measuring Milk

Alkanet and Milk Measured Out

Alkanet and Milk Measured Out

Adding Milk and Alkanet Powder

Adding Milk and Alkanet Powder

Soap in Mold

Soap in Mold

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About Taylor

I’m a twenty something happy, animal loving, curious experimenter. I love reaching back into history and trying old recipes for cosmetics or foods. I’m constantly asking “Why?” My curiosity has me trying new things. I love taking walks with my dog as well as staying at home to cuddle with the dog and my cats. Some of my favorite scents include Hinoki Wood, Rose Garden, Jasmine and Gladiator.


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14 thoughts on “Alkanet Root Powder Milk Soap

  • Carrie

    Very surprising color difference! I”m glad you showed them side by side, as it’s helpful to make the visual comparison.

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  • Jenny

    Seems to me that alkanet starts out, blue then cures as lavender, or should.
    Alkanet coloring is pH-dependent… the bluer the color, the more alkaline the soap.

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  • stella brandenburg

    Oh the with the milk added it reminds me of old fashioned milk paint. That would be beautiful in a bathroom with a claw foot tub, old farm house. Hmmm, now I am thinking again.

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  • Janet Schreiner

    I am going to experiment with this one. I love the color blue, and I make all my soaps with Goat Milk Powder (turned into a slushie after the cook)(hot process method)
    Thanks for some fun ideas!
    Janet

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  • Kam

    Lovely soap. I really like the idea of using Tassi Lavender. I was lucky to receive a sample of the Tassi Lavender soap several months ago.It is a great fragrance.

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  • Judith

    Is there any special reason you did a zero, or less than zero, superfat for this soap? Is it to make it more blue than it would be normally? Since alkanet is pH sensitive?

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    • Tina

      This leaves 6% excess fat in the soap. It is not a zero. The recipe contains palm kernel, not palm oil. Does that help?

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  • Karen Harvey

    Question here. I don’t use milk in my soaps. I do like like the “blue-er” color in the milk bar. Is there anything that could be used that would help give it the brighter color?

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    • Andee

      You could use Titanium Dioxide or a smaller amount of Alkanet Root Powder. I would personally add 1 tsp of Alkanet Root Powder and 1/4-1/2 tsp of Titanium Dioxide. I hope this helps!

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