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« on: August 05, 2011 05:00:43 PM »

I love making and using cold process milk soap because milk can boost creamy lather and nourish my really dry skin.  I usually use between coconut milk and fresh cow milk depending on what I have in hand.  I rarely make 100% milk (meaning no water) soap because for some reason 50% of the time I do make I failed.  About 3 weeks ago I don't know what got into me, I attempted 100% milk soap again, and I failed... double size batch too.  It was late at night, I was tired and cranky.  I had to roll into plan B and hot process it to save the whole pot.  It's a good save at least.
I split it into 2, one is unscented and uncolored, naked soap.

The other one is scented with Honey Almond EO blend and colored with oatmeal flour and cocoa powder.

Then look at the lather going!


Days later, I redeemed myself, make other batches of milk soap the way I usually do, half water half milk.  There were no disaster, no need to go plan B, plain smooth and beautiful.
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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2011 05:29:58 PM »

They all look beautiful! I'm in awe, I'm not great with milk soaps. I do best when I use powdered goat milk lol! For some reason I have trouble with coconut milk. When you do 50% do you freeze it first?
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2011 06:23:53 PM »

Those are so beautiful & inspiring!
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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2011 06:39:38 PM »

Ok, how did you do the piping on the one bar?!  That's so beautiful, it just blew my mind 0_o

Nice job, those are all beautiful!
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2011 07:58:31 PM »

totally want to try this. what is your soap recipe? this is so intriguing
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2011 10:14:26 AM »

They all look beautiful! I'm in awe, I'm not great with milk soaps. I do best when I use powdered goat milk lol! For some reason I have trouble with coconut milk. When you do 50% do you freeze it first?

No need to freeze, not when doing 50% milk, but I do keep it cold in the fridge right before I make soap.  So what you do is dissolving your lye with 50% water, lower the temperature down to below 40C (around 100F) then mix into your oil/butter (melted of course), then pour in the 50% milk from the fridge.  I like coconut milk because it produces fairly white soap to allow your fancy coloration!  Still, if you don't want overheat, put your mold in the fridge for 24 hrs. after pour.
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2011 10:17:38 AM »

Ok, how did you do the piping on the one bar?!  That's so beautiful, it just blew my mind 0_o

Nice job, those are all beautiful!

I pipe my soap just like a cupcake or regular cake.  You can buy tips and pastry bags from any crafty store or cookware store.  The trick is to pour the majority first, wait for the remaining soap to come to heavy trace, like thick icing, then pipe it like you would ice a cupcake.
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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2011 10:55:17 AM »

They all look beautiful! I'm in awe, I'm not great with milk soaps. I do best when I use powdered goat milk lol! For some reason I have trouble with coconut milk. When you do 50% do you freeze it first?

No need to freeze, not when doing 50% milk, but I do keep it cold in the fridge right before I make soap.  So what you do is dissolving your lye with 50% water, lower the temperature down to below 40C (around 100F) then mix into your oil/butter (melted of course), then pour in the 50% milk from the fridge.  I like coconut milk because it produces fairly white soap to allow your fancy coloration!  Still, if you don't want overheat, put your mold in the fridge for 24 hrs. after pour.

Oh thanks! I'm probably too attached to my room temp method lol!
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« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2011 04:04:53 PM »


Oh my goodness. I never thought when I woke up this morning that at some time today I'd be tempted to eat soap, but these are delicious looking! You can see from the lather that they would do their job well but you've gone the extra mile and made them into works of art too. Well done!
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« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2011 01:53:48 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2011 01:35:42 PM »

I have wanted to get into soap making, and I heard one of the best soaps for your skin is milk soap. Do you have an advice/ tips for a beginner like me?

Also, how scary is it to work with lye? I heard it's pretty intimidating...
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« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2011 01:37:10 PM »

I definitely wouldn't do a first or second batch with milk since there are so many changes. Defintely do a few batches with water first. Look around here and there is some good info stickied in the top sections and read up on everything you can get your hands on!
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« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2012 01:44:17 PM »

Hey, I tried your coconut milk idea and it worked great!  I'm going to use it every time now..  I put the can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight, added half the amount of water to the lye, and mixed in the coconut milk after I added the lye to the oils.  I didn't have a single problem, and I think the bars feel really soft.  Here's the link, thanks so much for the great idea!

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« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2012 04:31:33 PM »

Wonderful soap. They all look great.
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« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2012 10:29:06 AM »

they look gorgeous. I'm in awe of anyone who can make soap from scratch.
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« Reply #15 on: September 22, 2012 07:59:35 AM »

Awesome!
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« Reply #16 on: September 26, 2012 11:19:44 AM »

These are beautiful!  I'll have to try the piping on top sometime.
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