:). All recipes are made and used at your own risk. Please could u tell me where I have gone wrong as it’s my first time. http://www.brambleberry.com/Sodium-Lactate-P5127.aspx I made the soap on Tuesday pulled it out for room temp Wednesday night. Sometimes—if I'm feeling a little extravagant—I substitute rose water for the water portion of the recipe. I accidentally put the essential oils in with the other oils before mixing the milk/lye mixture, do I need to throw this mixture away? Coconut milk makes a wonderful soap, so that was a great choice! Family are very impressed with the results so far. I’m having some really dry skin issues. Soap oils should be around 90 to 100 degrees F. Step 9: Drizzle the lye mixture into the oils. Hi. You can make a soap with 100% coconut oil, but in that case it can be incredibly drying, so the superfat needs to be adjusted much higher – more in the 15 to 20% range. Note: High olive oil soaps like this one sometimes take a little longer to set up and cure. BTW- love you blog. All content © The Nerdy Farm Wife - All Rights Reserved. Good luck with your batch of soap – let me know how it goes! I’m so happy that you enjoy the blog! Good luck with your soap making! There are a couple of ideas I can think of – first, some people are sensitive to anything but a small amount of coconut oil in their soap. Sorry if this was covered. That’s wonderful to hear! Each spring, I go on a goat milk soap making frenzy! Just wanted to drop you a note and say THANK YOU! I learned this from the lady I bought my first goats from several years ago. The oils used, coconut oil and castor oil, are readily available (at Walmart), and you probably have the molds and colorants I've suggested in your kitchen. Sorry if this was already asked and answered… Does hand made soap have antibiotic qualities? Do I need to cover the mould when I refrigerate it? Now that the taxes are off to the accountant (yay!) With a cutting board under your mold, gently pick up the cutting board and the mold together and tap lightly on the counter several times. Hi, Jan. Found your milk soap recipe and had to try it. Thank you for sharing your experience with canned goat milk & no discoloration with gel – that’s very helpful to know! ), but here’s two sites with some tips on hot processing with milk: Then mix briefly until slushy. Just want to know if i use fruit puree do i need to reduce the amount of water? One thing you could do, is pop the mold back in the freezer just long enough to firm back up the soap, then carefully unmold it so that it can cure/firm up faster in the open air. Oils that are green or yellow-green (like extra virgin olive oil, unrefined hemp or avocado oil) will affect the final color of your soaps, so for a whiter bar, then you’d want to use light colored refined olive oil instead. Maybe someone more experienced with HP will see this and answer for us! (needed for Brambleberry fragrance calculator) Sorry if I just missed this! (And I just guessed on 5 lb batch since those are more common than my 2 1/2 lb batches but you could half the amount, if needed. I add it because it helps boost lather in soap, but so does milk. Place your lye pitcher inside of a roasting pan or in the sink to mix it. 1st batch of soap ever in the freezer now. :), After weeks of researching and preparing I finally made soap for the first time last night using this recipe and your tutorial to walk me through it! Good luck making your soap! I added some pink colorant – not knowing it will turn into orange when mixed with BM.. Hope the color remains the same after it cured.. Hi Angel! I found that making goat’s milk soap, my soap begins gel phase if I don’t put my silicone loaf pan in the freezer before molding. What is the best way to use glass bread pans? I have made this recipe twice this week and it has taken me approx 2 hours to get a faint trace using a hand mixer. Don’t run the stick blender the entire time or you risk lots of air bubbles and possibly a too-fast or false trace. Thanks for linking this on Homestead Blog Hop. In the interim, measure out the Himalayan pink salt and purple mica (for color if desired) and weigh out the essential oils. Hi Jan If you’d like more in-depth cold process soap making information, tips on coloring soaps naturally and lots of palm-free recipes, check out my complete Natural Soap Making package. Hi Jan. Love your website and very keen to start to making my first goat milk soap batch, but … have read myself silly regarding raw milk and hope you may have the answer!!! Would canned goats milk be ok to use? Thanks so much for this tutorial! That didn’t help. This process is primarily to melt the coconut oil, if solid, as well as to warm up any oils that may be cold. Just finished making our second batch. Now though there are so many great resources out there and so many wonderful soap makers sharing their hard earned knowledge online. You sure can rescue your soap using a crock pot – here’s a great link to tell you how: If your soap went ahead and firmed up nicely, then you should be good to go. All posts and photos on this blog are original content and may not be copied or paraphrased or otherwise used without permission. Breastmilk reportedly makes a really nice soap. These recipes include the following: Alternately, I also offer several other coconut milk recipes that you can try. Liquid soap uses different recipes and oil ratios and potassium hydroxide instead of sodium hydroxide, so this recipe probably won’t work well for that purpose. (If your soap does not gel it's possible you'll need wait a few days prior to unmolding.). 45% castor oil is quite a lot for soap. Found out if I unmolded them and let them set for 3-4 days, they cut without drag marks and no crumbs. Always do your own research and ask your doctor for medical advice. Thanks for the kind words Kathy & good luck with your soap making! ich in essential fatty acids, powerful antioxidants and phytonutrients that are prized in anti-aging skin care products, chia seed oil really helps to create a luxe soap that's suitable both for both your face and body. If this question is answered somewhere in here already, I apologize for being repetitive, I missed it. (Forums are great sources of info!) Any liquid carrier oil will do (olive, vegetable or sunflower, almond ect….). It sounds like you had the ingredients all right. Step 1: If you use a different recipe (or even one from this site), run it through a lye calculator to make sure the lye and oil amounts were typed in correctly. I love your blog… gives me lots of info! One site you could check out that has lots of melt & pour information is SoapQueen.com. Add the potatoes, coconut milk, and broth. Modern Soapmaking has a recipe: Add one 13.5-ounce can of coconut milk, then fill the can with water and add that, too. I followed your recipe but a adjusted it to fit a 3 lbs silicone mold. It’s such a dependable recipe, now I’m hooked. thanks for all your lovely ideas and recipes. Here’s a thread in a soap forum I found: How does your soap look now? :) To make soap from scratch, you need a caustic substance (lye) that will transform the oils into soap. Love this recipe. Coconut milk's natural antibacterial properties mean it's also useful at preventing or treating acne. You are so generous with your knowledge!! Hi Amber! Thx for answering. Store in fridge until ready to use. It is dedicated- picked it up during the holidays for $13. If you replace the olive oil with coconut oil, then you’ll have an almost pure coconut oil soap. If we are going to let the soap go through gel phase, then do we have to add the lye slowly to the milk? I have been making cold process soaps. It would seem that it is all going to heat up anyway. While the high concentration of vitamin C and copper lend their anti-aging properties. I use whole milk – sometimes raw and sometimes pasteurized, since that’s what we drink, but you can use lower fat versions as well. That is very helpful. 1) can I just add any essential oils to this recipe or do I need to tweak the other oils at all?? Or will a few runs through the dish washer be okay for future food use? It’s so hard to see when you’re dealing with milk, because of its cloudiness, but sometimes some lye gets left on the bottom and doesn’t react with the liquid. The long cure & less liquid all sound like good ideas too. Some types can cause soap to do strange things sometimes. Note: Because this soap is highly superfatted it can create a very dense lather when rubbed directly on skin. Pour the lye into the cold coconut milk and then stir until all the lye has dissolved. I was mixing on and off with my hand blender for 40 minutes. You can still mix this or that in with it though. 2 tsp bright pink mica + 1 tbsp oil for blending it with. But, either 12 ounce or 10 ounces will work, just keep the lye and oil amounts as is. I’ll have to add that to my to-do list. I haven’t received my download that I ordered. Hi Jolene! Pulse the stick blender only a few seconds at a time, then stop and stir with the motor off. :). Tonight I put my pot in an ice bath to cool the mixture down and it still hasn’t thickened beyond a very faint trace. I’m just not sure. To get a darker orange color, use 4 tsp. Thanks. Hi. And, would I need a 2lb wooded soap mold, or 5lb, or neither? I bought your book, looking forward to making some of the recipes. However, I have heard that you can make soap with low amounts of butter. Soap looks excellent now. I can play a little bit. Hi i like the recipe and am glad to inform you that i have made two batches and now my family are enjoying the milk soap. My mother and I have just started making soap using your recipe. This way, if it does bubble over, the lye solution won’t go onto the counter or floor. 5. pH-balanced shampoo. Thank u. Jan, Within 3 weeks, I have soap! Are you using an immersion (stick) blender that looks pretty much like this: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31MDJZQP5XL._SY355_.jpg Canola oil tends to slow down trace, are you using any in your recipes? It’s alcohol based (which isn’t usually recommended unless you’re doing advanced transparent soap recipes) and the scent burns completely off in the soap making process. I’ll let you know how it goes. Cold process soap making is pretty much hot process minus the cooking step. Even then, most botanicals will turn brown or black when mixed in the soap batter. It’s not really more cost effective for us to do so, but it’s leaps ahead in quality of anything we can buy in the store and we can be 100% sure of what we’re exposing our family to. Your milk soap sounds amazing! Only in the last few years have I been able to use these products, but I still like the feel of non-milk soap on my skin more. I been using fresh goat milk and fresh herbs, my soap look darker. Thank you so much Jan! You can use breastmilk in pretty much any milk soap recipe & treat it the same way as regular cow or goat’s milk. I followed your recipe and made my 1st batch last night. Cause afraid the smell in the fridge will influence the bm soap. That depends on which mold you use. (Lye and oil both need to be measured very precisely by weight for soap making.) Very new to soap making…Goats Milk is my favorite soap so I tried your recipe today!! I got a great tip from a lady that keeps her homemade soaps in the freezer to extend freshness in her high humidity area. You could try cooking your soap to make it mix together better. Hi Jan, Do you have any ideas on making my soap last longer than two weeks? ~How many ounces does this soap recipe make? I have to hop off and cook dinner, but if I think of another idea/solution, I’ll pop back on and let you know! Hi Carolyn! When I Unmold it, my soap a bit oily . I have a milk & honey soap recipe here you might like: You don’t want that with milk soap as it causes a small volcano. I hope you have wonderful luck with your soap making adventures! I feel though that you probably measured your lye accurately, so this one is pretty unlikely. But I got one question. Hi Amanda! :). Thanks! If the ends got messed up and you had to trim a bit off, then cut 1 inch bars, you’d get 7 bars of soap. :). Learn how to make a coconut milk soap recipe for homemade Christmas gifts for friends and family this holiday season. These two links have more information: http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/MilkSoapRecipeCollection/ss/Making-Soap-With-Butterfat.htm and http://www.soapmakingforum.com/showthread.php?t=29625 Good luck with your soap making! Hi Sonja! If you’re using the right equipment though, my next thought is to check your lye. It’s possible that maybe the temperatures were too low and the coconut oil started to solidify too soon, leading to a false trace. Hi! I’ve tweaked it and used it for just about every soap I make with essential oil leaving out the mint of course. If you use anything with vanilla in it, be aware that it turns soap various shades of tan to dark brown and plan accordingly for that. Thank you so much for your fast reply!! Thank you. I wrote an article about it for Hobby Farms that you may be interested in reading: However, we all do well with it in the amounts that I list in my soap recipes. Soap is usually good and won’t expire for around 1 year. (Remember, all measurements are by weight.) If you’re using a hand mixer instead of stick blender, then you may need to stir more. instead of adding fresh milk, since it’s more likely to spoil. Here’s an interesting story of a mom that custom makes it for other ladies, using their own milk: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/09/03/breast-milk-soap/15020677/. Thank you Jan for one of the most comprehensive soap making blogs I have ever read. Lathering Skin Bar (20% superfat) Makes approximately 44 oz. All rights reserved. As the water goes away, the bar gets harder and more gentle on your skin. Did it have any lumps or clumps in it at all? My mold is in the refrigerator right now and I can’t wait to take it out. Could this because the bottom part was still soft when I took it out? As an Amazon Asssociate we earn from qualifiying purchases. For more detail on using lye calculators, read up on my post How To Make Any Soap Recipe Palm Free. Copyright © Cari Dunn 2020. You could try soaping at a little bit higher temperature. Thank you in advance for your time, Hi Melissa! 1 teaspoon vitamin e oil. Just in case – if you want to know how big of a mold to use, the recipe is Gel phase is when the soap heats itself up to a higher temperature. Lye is readily available at many hardware stores, in the drain-cleaner section, but be sure to get a drain cleaner that is labeled \"100% lye.\" Several brands of drain cleaner are 100% lye, but most are not. It’s not as critical to add it slowly to prevent overheating, but it’s still a good idea to make sure it’s really dissolved. Hi Jan Hi Mona! Hi Nel, You sure can use wooden molds for milk soap. Thanks again, You can add essential oil to any soap recipe. Hi San! I just double checked the math through a lye calculator and you can use the same amount of lye too. Hi Erica! Hi Jan. more of a mustard colour, Hi J! http://www.soaperschoice.com/cgi-soaperschoice/Web_store/web_store.cgi?keywords=Olive+Oil+Refined+A Reducing liquid is also helpful when using silicone molds. I’ve had some feedback from a few people that used an electric mixer instead and it always seems like they don’t ever reach trace so their soap doesn’t set up in the mold. It seems as though you have changed your recipe from 12 oz of milk to 10 ounces of milk. It starts off causing the soap to be on the softer side, but once it cures for an extended time, the bar will grow very hard, yet extremely gentle on your skin. If so, that can sometimes affect color too. That takes some special care because it can be extremely drying unless you superfat it really high. I also have her soap making book which is really great! I do have a question about my batch though, because when I sliced it, it was grainy (look and feel) in the middle. Is lye an absolute, or do you have a recipe without it? 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