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