Insights into my soaping adventures...and other random things.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Goats Milk Soap
I was in the store looking for Coconut Milk the other day. After checking all the isles (twice) I still couldn't find any. What I found though was a can of Goats Milk. I know I kind of live in the country now, but sorry I don't have any goats running around so the canned milk will have to do for now.
Milk tends to heat up and even scorch & curdle when it meets with lye. I found that if I put it in the freezer and allowd it to turn slushy before adding this can be prevented. I mixed about 1/3 of the liquid portion of my recipe using water. After that cooled (I like to mix at cooler temperatures) I mixed the lye/water with the oils to a medium trace THEN I added the milk. It gets hot and starts to set up pretty quickly so you have to move fast.
This is Toasted Almond & Honey scented. As you can see, it rose up and split like a loaf of bread. I don't know if it helped but I put a fan on it to help cool it down. Eventually the top flattend back out and the split closed back most of the way. I filled the split with more ground almonds. On the sliced soap you really can't tell.