After logging in you can close it and return to this page. How does your soap look now? https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=how+much+oatmeal+to+add+to+a+5+lb+soap+batch Hi Jacqueline, Thank you for the tip on where to buy ingredients in France! An excellent substitute for coconut oil is babassu oil. Even if your milk/lye gets on the higher temperature side – the worst that can happen is that your soap may be tanner/browner colored. I hope one of those ways works for you and good luck with your soap! ? Benefit of Goat Milk. Wooden molds should always be lined with parchment or freezer paper. 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. It’s possible that maybe the temperatures were too low and the coconut oil started to solidify too soon, leading to a false trace. (I just always forget to add it or I’d probably put it in most all of my recipes that have a lot of soft oils!) The email will come from honeybeehillfarm @ gmail.com I do realize you mention that this particular soap method was uncertain for crock pot use, but I thought of this question while writing the post…the way my memory is, figured I should ask while it was still an active thought…. I just double checked the math through a lye calculator and you can use the same amount of lye too. Learn how your comment data is processed. Just in case – if you want to know how big of a mold to use, the recipe is If you’re already experienced in adding lye to water, you are aware of the superheating process that takes place, which can raise the temperature of the solution as high as 200 degrees Fahrenheit. 2.) Also with milk soaps, the lower the temperatures, the lighter your soap will turn out. http://www.hobbyfarms.com/how-to-make-winter-rose-soap-2/. I paid through paypal? The first way is easy: mix powdered goat’s milk with some oil (water makes it clump up) and add it at trace. Why Make Soap With Donkey Milk?!? Do you have to use castor oil in this recipe? The donkey milk is also known as the milk which has the closest compound to the human milk. My lye mixture was about 104 and my oils were about 120. 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. :). Thanks! how long do i leave it in the mold? This avoids a circle in the middle of my bars. You’ll notice that it may get darker in the middle and have a gel-like, more translucent look for a while, but that’s all normal. I do use a separate crock pot for soap making, but that’s because I got a new one for Christmas ages back, and so had two to do so. When making soaps without milk, I often cover with a blanket and allow to sit undisturbed for around 24 hours. I haven’t written up an article about it yet (it’s on my list though! My husband said I’m going too far. Jan, Hi again Nikki! I’ll be patient though. If you have any more questions about it, just let me know! I finally built my nerves up to make true homemade soap with lye! And around here mica is a type of rock. I ordered the lye through your affiliate link and it should arrive tomorrow. Related Products. Do you have access to a lighter colored olive oil? Compared to common inexpensive store-bought soaps, soap making isn’t more cost effective. Are you able to order online from places like brambleberry.com? :). We just got our milk cow so I will have plenty of milk to make soap with. Do you have any ideas as to why it turned out grainy? 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. all my soap is gelled with no discoloration, especially if you use TD. Thanks! However, if you make soap the way it’s normally done, you’ll scorch your milk with the high temperatures from the lye. Could this because the bottom part was still soft when I took it out? Step 4: Prepare your mold. Hi! 5lbs? I just realized that I doubled the recipe but didn’t double the milk. If the milk starts to turn orange let it sit a while to cool off. My first thought would be undissolved lye too, except it passed the zap test and feels good on your hands. (But it eventually should!) So, it seems to me it should work just fine! If you used coconut oil in your old soap recipes, then you’re probably okay with the amount in these. Those are good temperatures to aim for. I’ve heard of people that like to put fragrance oils in with the other oils first, so it should be the same thing. Cold process soap making is pretty much hot process minus the cooking step. Keep me posted on how it’s doing! 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! :). Thank you thank you thank you for posting it, Hi Brett! Salt or sodium lactate are both great options though. it’s been in the mold for 5 days. If so, moisture has gotten in somehow and it won’t measure correctly. Each process creates a great soap, so chose the method that fits best with your own personal preferences. So, I’m probably a little over-conservative on how slow I mix it in now. 1st batch of soap ever in the freezer now. Thank you for your assistance, I sincerely appreciate it. Do you check the temperature of lye when it has fully dissolved in the milk? Hi Daniel, I’m so happy that you and your family are enjoying your milk soap! By adding goat’s milk to our soap, we lower the soaps pH which helps to maintain the natural pH mantle of your skin and allows your skin to fully absorb its benefits. :). (Or try using babassu oil as a substitute) Second idea: it may be the milk itself. I just tried to make this recipe and i couldnt get it to trace. Just the fresh goat milk have a bit problem. Thanks Jenna! Is fresh goat milk too much fats ? What about Donkey Welfare? Calendula is one of the rare ones that will hold the yellow color well. Then add the lye solution and make the soap as normal. If you’ve made cold process soap successfully before though, I think you’ll find milk soap just as flexible and easy. Hi Jan, I read through your recipe and I’m eager to try it, but I’m curious about how many bars of soap you’d get out of this recipe. I’m still new in making soap but I make few batch already. Also make sure that it’s completely dissolved into the milk and none is left on the bottom of the container. I’m glad you found the tutorial helpful! I made the soap on Tuesday pulled it out for room temp Wednesday night. Hi Christine! The container/pot you mix the soap batter in and the stick blender can both be wiped out with rags/paper towels and washed well with something that cuts grease, like Dawn. Thanks. Thanks so much! HumbleBeeandMe.com Check out the beginner’s guide to soap making supplies for more info. Thank you Jan for one of the most comprehensive soap making blogs I have ever read. There’s some investment up-front in getting the equipment and ingredients. Good evening Jen and i do apologize for replying so late. Would borax serve the same function as salt or sodium lactate? You can add salt to the hot lye solution & stir until dissolved. Hi Erica! Gearing up to do this for the first time. Some people aim for even lower temperatures, like in this post: Found you over on Fresh Eggs Daily!!! Found out if I unmolded them and let them set for 3-4 days, they cut without drag marks and no crumbs. If you already weighed and have a solidly frozen amount of milk in your pitcher, then move on to step 6. Hi Mona! You just need to take a little different approach to make sure you don’t scorch the milk or overheat your soap. I’m not planning to use a colorant, at least not on my first soap-making trial. Hi Conni, Somewhere here in the comments on the blog, someone mentioned using canned goat’s milk in all of their soaps. Etcetera, etcetera. One thing though that works really well as a substitute for coconut is babassu oil (you can find it on Amazon), but it’s a lot costlier. I use 1 tsp salt for batches with around 28 to 30 ounces of oil in them. Or will a few runs through the dish washer be okay for future food use? Another alternative is to reconstitute the powdered milk so it’s a liquid milk, freeze it and proceed with the recipe as normal, using the frozen milk to make your lye solution. Is there anyway that you can tell me the old recipe so that I can stick with that? I’ve heard the longer you let it “sit” the better…? Hi Tanya, Hooray for making your first batch of soap! But, it should be fine the way you did it too! On other sites, I saw Borax in some soap recipes. This is good for just about any soap. She markets her products on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AlthaeaSoaps/) and her Althaea Soaps website (https://squareup.com/market/althaea-soaps). The same is true for milk. :). Salt is often added to increase the hardness and longevity of a bar of soap, and while salt can successfully be added to a milk bar, keep the amounts small — 1 tablespoon per pound of oils is typical to avoid a reduction in the lathering quality. Thank you. Then, make sure it’s fully firmed before cutting. Glass bread pans must be lined with parchment or freezer paper before use, just like a wooden mold. That’s great to hear Mary! With milk soap, remember: mold at room temperature = browner soap; mold in freezer = whiter soap. 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. :). I read wrongly and somehow used 45% of Castor Oil instead of just 1%. https://thenerdyfarmwife.com/milk-and-honey-soap-recipe-cold-or-hot-process/ Handmade soap isn’t antibacterial in the sense of the antibacterial soaps you can buy in stores. (Of course, a browned soap is still useful, and the burnt sugar smell dissipates quickly, leaving no bad odors behind.). 45% castor oil is quite a lot for soap. This soap posted sounded pretty good. Thanks Shelia and I’m glad you found reassurance on your milk & lye reaction! Thanks so much for your help. What percentage of superfat are you using? It is so nice of you to share ,I’m really motivated to do this. Hi, may I know can I use electric mixer instead of stick blender? Hi Nikki, I’m so sorry about that! Thanks for your help. I’ve made your goat milk soap recipe many times before and I am getting to ready to make it again. To get a darker orange color, use 4 tsp. I have a bunch of soap recipes here: Bramble Berry has a wonderful tool for figuring out how much to use: I would like to do another batch today but only have 18.8 oz of olive oil left. This milk soap recipe is calculated to be used with sodium hydroxide, so I’m just not sure how it will work with a homemade lye. Or can I use the wooden molds and not cover them with blankets? Milk increases the moisturizing qualities of your soap. Will do that, I live in a high humidity area in the summer. You don’t need to pasteurize the milk first. Can I use crockpot to rescue my soap ??? And, would I need a 2lb wooded soap mold, or 5lb, or neither? For sodium lactate, add to the cooled lye solution, stir well, then add the lye solution to the oils. Your recipes seem to have that little something that appeals to me as I keep coming back to try another one when I want a new soap. I add it because it helps boost lather in soap, but so does milk. Today was my first attempt at making goats milk soap, and am not sure how it’s going to turn out as of yet. I’ve been freezing milk fresh goat milk in 24 oz bags for months so that I can continue to make double batches. 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. But be aware that liquids other than water can and do react differently, and nowhere is this more true than soaping with milk. I found it today and intend to get started. The soap on the left sat in a mold, uncovered and at room temperature for 24 hours while the soap on the right was immediately placed in the freezer for 24 hours. Yes, you can use this for hot process. it look great with my design on top but it’s not coming out of that mold. Also, after many batches of soap, my crockpot has a lot of visible wear from the stick blender, so I’d not use food in that either. Kudos to you!!!! 24 hours later, i take it out, let it thaw, cut it up, and let it cure. Thanks for your help. I have a milk & honey soap recipe here you might like: (“Trace” means that soap batter is thick enough to hold an outline, or “tracing” when drizzled across the surface of itself.). For the “Milk In Lye” method, milk is used in place of some or all of the water in the lye solution. This allows the soap to go through gel phase. I have saved this wonderful tutorial since we will be making soap next year with goats milk! you have been an inspiration to me. Some soap makers like to work with temperatures that I would consider hot (around 120 to 130 degrees F) while I like to work cooler, with temperatures somewhere in the ballpark area around 90 to 110 degrees F (lye & oil). Originally published in the May/June 2018 issue of Goat Journal and regularly vetted for accuracy. I bought your book, looking forward to making some of the recipes. You do not add goats milk into the lye calculator at all when making the recipe, you will simply be replacing a portion of the water with the goat's milk. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/412uEM8BvLL._SY606_.jpg It will start off very soft though and you’ll need to let it cure longer (6 weeks or more). Great website and very informative. The smell usually comes when the milk gets too hot. Hi Tan, Yes – you’re exactly right! But, either 12 ounce or 10 ounces will work, just keep the lye and oil amounts as is. hello, just getting into making goat milk soap.. my questiion is, can one use goat milk that is still sort of tasty..but has separated a little due to first freezing in a frost free freezer??? Hi Nel, You sure can use wooden molds for milk soap. Quick view. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I was wondering if you can use dried lavender in milk soaps. You can still use 12 ounces of milk, especially if you’ve been happy with it. 10 oz milk + 4 oz lye (you can round) + 31 oz oil = 45 oz total which will = 2 lbs and 13 oz. Family are very impressed with the results so far. :). The high alkalinity of the bars keeps the milk from spoiling or molding. Here’s one recipe: http://www.bulkherbstore.com/blog/2015/07/how-to-make-easy-cold-processed-lavender-soap/ and you could just use frozen milk in place of water (for this and most any other recipe you find online that you like.) Hello I’ve been saving this formula to try, goat milk soap is my absolute favorite (yogurt soap a close second) and when springtime arrives and the goats in my area start kidding, there is a lot of great milk available (I don’t have my own goats – yet). I buy and recommend Essential Depot’s food grade lye from, optional: 1 1/2 tsp sodium lactate (to help harden soap). It turned out great and I am so excited! Do you sell it? You are an excellent mentor! All recipes are made and used at your own risk. Can’t get fresh here. You can work at your normal soaping temperatures if browning is not an issue. I’m letting it sit another day or two, out of the mold. more of a mustard colour, Hi J! Can I cover it in a box and put in the fridge ? We have a chambre d’hôte/B&B here in SW France and I have been making soaps for my guests to try and buy along with selling at the Xmas markets. The sunflower oil I do for a couple of reasons. I wish I could attach a picture. Thank you for the recipe too. Hi John, It shouldn’t matter too much – you want to avoid those kinds with many chemical additives, since anything extra could throw a monkey wrench in the works. Hi Marti, That’s a great question! Coconut oil is really helpful for adding hardness to your bars and also great lather, so if you’re not directly allergic to it, it’s recommended to use at least some in almost all soap recipes. 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