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« Reply #430 on: September 21, 2010 05:49:20 AM »

The trick to using fresh milk is to use it frozen. I freeze my milk flat in ziplock bags, you can also freeze it in ice cube trays and store the cubes in a freezer bag until ready to use.

You'll want to weigh and combine all your oils FIRST. 

Then weigh your frozen milk, then weigh your lye.

Here is where soapers use various methods to combine the lye with the milk.

Some pour the lye over the frozen milk v-e-r-y  s-l-o-w-l-y.

Others will dump all the lye onto the frozen milk all at once.

I take a middle ground.  I dump about 1/3 of my lye onto the frozen milk and stir to get the milk just starting to melt.  I dump 1/2 the remaining lye and stir some more. Dump remaining lye.

I still have frozen milk in my lye pot at this time so I use my stick blender to break up the remaining frozen milk and combine the lye and milk.

This next step is very importantImmediately pour your lye/milk solution into your waiting oils!

You don't want the milk to heat up, causing it to burn the mik sugars and turn a yellow or orange.

You can use the same oils from your normal soap recipe.
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« Reply #431 on: September 21, 2010 06:57:59 AM »


This next step is very importantImmediately pour your lye/milk solution into your waiting oils!

You don't want the milk to heat up, causing it to burn the mik sugars and turn a yellow or orange.

I think this is the step I messed up last time.  I am ready now to try it again, and if anyone is near SW Virginia and needs goat milk for soaping, give me a holler.  Thanks for your help!
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« Reply #432 on: September 23, 2010 09:58:56 AM »

56 lb of soap in the past 2 days.  Already unmolded & beveled 12 lb each of Lavender (purple swirl) and Lily of the Wood (blue & green swirl)

Just checked the 8lb of Stress Relief, 12lb Mother Earth & 12lb of Honeyed Almond.  Put them under wool blankets over 24 hours ago and they're still in the gel stage!

Guess that means I'm free to go check out the new Yarn/Bead/fiber store that just opened up!!
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« Reply #433 on: September 25, 2010 08:22:38 AM »

!!  You're a soaping machine!  I've done 48 pounds in the last month, and I thought I was an overachiever.  I do 3-lb. batches, though... can't imagine soaping on your scale!  What's Lily of the Wood smell like?  It sounds divine.

Unmolded one yesterday I'm really excited about--a pumpkin beer shaving soap with castor, shea butter & kaolin.  Used a beet ale and canned pumpkin and got this gorgeous orange hue (that'll probably darken, as I used a brown sugar FO in it).  Maybe I'll post pics later.  Have a ginger spice loaf with apple cider gelling in the kitchen right now.  Olfactory heaven....
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« Reply #434 on: September 25, 2010 05:52:00 PM »

I have to do it in big batches so I can keep up.  I'm soaping now for the Christmas shopping season.  I'm still a couple weeks later than I normally do it though.  I wanted to put up 40# today, but things came up (like son's Homecoming Dance for his senior year).  Tomorrow will have to do.  12# each of EucaMint and Pepper Zest.  8# each Patchouli and Tea Tree/Lavender/Lemon Grass (or Apple Jack).

Lily of the Wood is my own blend.  LavenderEO, dark Patchouli EO and a touch of Lily of the Valley FO.  Pepper Zest is a combo of Sweet Orange, Lemongrass, Lime and Black Pepper EO, swirled with yellow, orange & green.

The Ginger spice sounds heavenly!!!
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« Reply #435 on: September 26, 2010 08:25:17 AM »

Waa... the ginger spice actually came out funny--it's soft and crumbly.  Not lye-heavy, though (I tongue-tested) (yeah, I know).  I can't figure out what happened--it's my normal recipe, and I did an apple cider batch last year that come out fine.  Gonna rebatch--should I add more oil and pretend that'll stick it all together?  Woe...  Undecided
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« Reply #436 on: November 03, 2010 08:42:57 AM »

This is so incredibly random, seeing as how I'm bumping this topic up after a couple months and have been MIA from the site for much longer. Anyway, I recently moved to Ohio, and even I have been questioning myself as to what is in Ohio. Well, I now live within 30-60 minutes of Nature's Garden and Wholesale Supplies Plus! I stopped a lot of soapmaking because shipping was getting really expensive, but now that I can pick these up...GET READY.
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« Reply #437 on: November 03, 2010 09:16:58 AM »

nice! Cheesy
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« Reply #438 on: November 18, 2010 02:38:35 AM »

Well, I now live within 30-60 minutes of Nature's Garden and Wholesale Supplies Plus! I stopped a lot of soapmaking because shipping was getting really expensive, but now that I can pick these up...GET READY.

I'm jealous! Smiley Finding supplies locally is a pain in my butt, and I don't want wait a week just to get friggin avocado oil or a single scent!  Then again, I would be completely poor from the frequent shopping trips!

Have fun!
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« Reply #439 on: December 08, 2010 08:52:33 PM »

lyes on sale kids...

http://www.essentialdepot.com/servlet/the-2/2-lbs-Food-Grade/Detail

http://www.essentialdepot.com/servlet/the-25/2-lbs-Technical-Grade/Detail

word on the street is that the sale is until Fri!

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