Single Ingredient Focus: Hydrolyzed Milk Protein


We are very excited to introduce our newest product, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein!

What can this protein do for you? Probably the most exciting thing is it brings all the benefits of milk to your creations without the problems that would occur if you used actual milk! You can make milk lotions without fear of preservation issues!

Several years ago, Andee corresponded with someone wanting to make goat milk lotion. Here are some excerpts from Andee’s response that make clear why using whole milk in body care products is a bad idea and how to properly add milk to products:

Milk is one of those finicky ingredients in the world of cosmetics. This is because milk spoils so quickly. We see this when milk is left on the counter instead of being put back in the refrigerator. Since we don’t want to refrigerate our personal care products and still only have a 10-20 day window of use, using milk in these products is complicated. So, how do people and manufacturers put milk in products without them going bad?

The most common methods of adding milk to a product are separating the milk and then using only the proteins and fats instead of the entire milk. Most countries don’t differentiate between whole milk and a separated milk protein, so labeling can say milk is used even if only the proteins or fats are used. This process removes some extra items (like lactose) that can feed yeast, mold, and/or bacteria, making for a more stable addition to cosmetics.

When I started learning about milk in lotions, I was surprised to learn that the best (and most stable) formulas had less than 2% milk or milk components in the finished lotion. That’s like barely waving the vanilla bottle over a batch of cookies!

Milk proteins are reputed to help improve hydration of skin and hair due to the high level of essential amino acids. Not only does Milk Protein give nourishing and moisturizing benefits with a gentle feel for delicate skin, it also gives peace of mind in formulation stability. If you ever wanted to make milk lotions, creams, or body washes, you will love using Milk Protein.

This form of milk protein is water-soluble, so add it with the water-like ingredients.

I hope you’re as excited about Milk Protein as I am! Check back tomorrow as we craft a lotion with Milk Protein and Thursday as we make a rich hair conditioner featuring Milk Protein!

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About Denise

I'm a crazy goat lady who got into making my own soap with goat milk, found MMS to order supplies, and now I get to combine my love of creating skin care products with a job to pay the feed bill. I live in Alaska and greatly enjoy the unique aspects of my northern home - summer days when it never gets dark and the Northern Lights dancing above in winter. Favorite scents include Wild Mint and Ivy, Rhubarb & Sugar Cane, and Eucalyptus Spearmint.

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