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Goats Milk in Soap

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Shea Oatmeal Soap


One of the great conundrums of soap making is how to make a good milk soap with a light colour. Milks add creaminess and gentle cleansing qualities to the finished bar, but can be a bit of a nightmare to get right.

The main thing to consider is the temperature of the milk when you add it to the water, as the lye when added will cause the milk to heat up, and even scorch if the milk is too warm. What is too warm? That depends on a number of things, such as the room temperature and time of year, although even here in the frozen north I have to freeze my goats milk before soaping with it.

Freezing helps to control the temperature of the milk when the sodium hydroxide is added to the lye/water solution, although the finished solution will still be on the yellow/slightly orange side, depending on the time of year. If the kitchen is very cold in the winter, the solution will turn the colour of white chocolate (in my kitchen anyway) and a creamier-looking bar is possible.

The cold process soap above was made at a room temperature of around 10 degrees Celsius with the milk frozen in 90g bars. I've heard of soapers putting the freshly poured soap in the freezer to stop the soap from gelling, which keeps the colour lighter. I usually gel my soap in a preheated slow cooker (my LPG cooker is too hot for CPOP), but I think I'll try freezing this particular soap next time round and post the results here....:)


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