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Topic: Challenge 1: Next Step Baby Soap! (aka infant formula soap)  (Read 7752 times)
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« on: February 09, 2009 08:08:54 AM »

I'll be the first entry, I suppose. Smiley

So I had a sample can of Enfamil’s Next Step formula* which I was never going to use, but I didn’t want it to go to waste, either. So I figured if you can make soap using milk and milk powder, why not formula? The main ingredients of formula are: nonfat milk, vegetable oil (palolein, soy, coconut and high oleic sunflower oils), corn syrup solids, lactose and a slew of vitamins and minerals to make sure a growing toddler gets all the nutrition s/he needs. I searched and searched and searched on the internet to find ANY information on people using infant formula in soap and there was NOTHING! So I figure that made this is a pretty strange ingredient.



Pictures of the process:

I first reconstituted the formula figuring it’d be easier to work with a liquid. (If anyone ever has a child on Nutramigen, as mine was, the Dr. Brown’s formula pitcher is GOLDEN. That stuff is soooo hard to dissolve without it!)





I put it in the fridge for a few hours to get cold and then I measured out my oils. I used beef tallow, shea butter and olive oil to make a gentle yet moisturizing soap that would be good for babies and people with sensitive skin.


Added lye to the formula and it turned the most appetizing orange color! Mmmm! (For anyone who has never made soap with milk, this is exactly what happens with non-frozen milk)



Mixing the lye/formula and oils was a pain. It took a LONG while to trace. I added a touch of SweetCake’s Bedtime Bath type fragrance to give it a nice scent.

The finished product! It has that light caramel color that I adore in milk soaps. I know a lot of folks aren’t crazy about it, but I like how natural and homey it looks. It smells pretty nice (subtle) too. Smiley



The overwhelming consensus on this soap has been “Why?” When I tell people it has formula in it, they give me a straaaaange look. I thought it was neat.

*For those Crafsters who do not yet have children, go to every baby product website and register your name and address. You will get freebies galore!
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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2009 08:38:25 AM »

when you are asked "why?"   is your answer, "why not?"
All those vitamins minerals, protiens etc, have got to do something good for the skin right?  Good way to not waste a freebie can of formula!
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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2009 08:43:28 AM »

All those vitamins minerals, protiens etc, have got to do something good for the skin right? 

I just wonder how many survive the lye...

great looking soap!

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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2009 08:47:07 AM »

yippee...that is super cool looking..

I saw it on your blog and thought..how awesome..

love all the info and photos..
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2009 09:01:45 AM »

I just wonder how many survive the lye...

great looking soap!

JOY

Thank you! Honestly, I'm sure most of the vits & mins are destroyed by the lye but the same is true when you use powdered milk. SO I'm thinking it'll still have the emollient properties...  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2009 09:49:18 AM »

I think it is neat Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2009 11:57:05 AM »

I just wonder how many survive the lye...

great looking soap!

JOY

Thank you! Honestly, I'm sure most of the vits & mins are destroyed by the lye but the same is true when you use powdered milk. SO I'm thinking it'll still have the emollient properties...  Smiley


oh yeah I never thought of that.. but then again I don't make soap so I have no idea......  But I like how it didn't go to waste!
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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2009 10:01:41 PM »

That's a neat idea. How much formula did you mix together? How much soap did it make? There are always people giving away cans of formula on craig's list that they get from WIC.
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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2009 10:45:49 PM »

That looks great! I think it's really light colored for a milk soap, my milk soaps have sometimes turned out pretty dark...
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2009 09:22:28 AM »

It IS very light colored for milk soap. Mine are typically a LOT darker, too. The only thing I can think of is that formula is not pure milk. There are a lot of oils in it, too. You cannot tell from the picture (curse you, Flash!) but the color is actually more like a melted plastic color. It's strange! But my guess is definitely the high concentration of non-milk stuff in it.  Smiley

That's a neat idea. How much formula did you mix together? How much soap did it make? There are always people giving away cans of formula on craig's list that they get from WIC.

I used 8 or 9 scoops? I'll be able to make a BUNCH more. I made a 5lb. batch of soap. However I think I'd not recommend making it if you don't happen to have a can of formula hanging around. The soap smells nice, but it has a slightly formula-ish smell to it. It's not BAD, but when you smell it you think something is off. If you've ever made formula, you know the smell, lol. So I'd not go out of my way to get it. Smiley

oh yeah I never thought of that.. but then again I don't make soap so I have no idea......  But I like how it didn't go to waste!

Yes! We had opened it to try it, decided it was NOT for us (milk intolerance in my daughter that we thought she'd grow out of but didn't), but unfortunately then we couldn't give it away, lol. So yes: waste not, want not, here!  Grin
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