I have been making soap for many years and get pretty creative on occasions. I love milk and honey soap of any kind and have tried several different types of dairy products to make my soap. I find milk soaps hold strong scents well, but light scents can be washed out completely as the milk soap mixture really heats up during the saponification process. Adding herbs, flowers and colorants can add a lot to your finished product also.
Milk soaps are wonderful for people with skin problems as the soap is extremely moisturizing and does not irritate. It is also great for acne and to wash your hair with.
Of course we know about cow milk. Cow milk makes a nice soap, very light in color if unscented. There is no undercurrent of scent except for the honey you use in the recipe. The lather is not as thick as goat’s milk, but creates nice soft bubbles. Goat’s milk is my favorite. The goat’s milk creates a very thick lather that is rich and creamy, leaving your skin moisturized and soft. Goat’s milk can leave a slight scent, but it is not overwhelming. The under scent does not last and again may not occur at all.
Half and Half or real cream creates a soap with a very thick lather and a creamy texture as would be expected from cream. Same with evaporated milk because it is condensed. There is no under scent to these two soaps either.
Coconut milk is another great one. The coconut milk creates a soap that has a very thick lather with the delicate scent of coconut. Although coconut oils used in large amounts can create a soap that dries out the skin, the milk is the opposite. Very moisturizing and wonderful for your skin.
Eggnog. You’ve got to be kidding right? No, it is the truth. Eggnog makes a wonderful soap that has great bubbles and texture. You don’t smell the sweet “Eggnog” scent after the soap cures.
You can also add melted butter to your soap recipe. Add after you have combined the lye/liquid and oils to create a super fated soap.
My favorite way to make a milk soap is to dissolve the lye in a small amount of distilled water. Say 1/4 lb of the total weight of liquid in my recipe, then put the remaining measured milk or dairy product into the freezer until it is slushy. Immediately after you have stirred the distilled water/lye into the melted and cooled oils add the slushy milk and stir real well. I use a stand mixer for my soap making and add the honey while the soap is mixing. I add my fragrance a little at a time while mixing until the desired strength of the scent is reached.
Every soap maker has his or her way to make soap, but I have learned that I don’t want my milk soap to get to a hard trace before I pour it into my mold. When there is a slight but noticeable trace I stop mixing and pour into my mold. Since the milk and honey heats up the soap mixture you do not need to cover or insulate for those first 24 hours. The soap is easier to slice and does not chip or break and best of all I have not have any more honeycombs.
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