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A Best-Selling Natural Soap Recipe

Our specialty is milk soap. We've made thousands of bars of soap like this in our kitchen sink. We sold all that soap at craft shows and festivals and through our own catalog. This wasn't the top selling soap recipe but it was in the top few... Though you can make soap using water instead of milk, you'll like the milk version better ... guaranteed!!!



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You can make goat milk soap or use other milk as well. We mostly have made what we called Jersey cream soap, as we were using milk from a Jersey cow. But you can use water in this milk soap recipe in place of the milk.


Lightly Lavender Milk Soap Recipe

  • 11.3 ounces (320 grams) Coconut Oil
  • 11.7 ounces (330 grams) Palm Oil
  • 19.4 ounces (550 grams) Olive Oil
  • 6.1 ounces (175 grams) Sodium Hydroxide
  • 15.5 ounces (440 grams) Whole Milk
  • 2 1/3 Tablespoons Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil ( or almond oil )

Lye and the uncured soap mixture are very caustic. It will burn your skin. It will blind you if it gets in your eyes! You absolutely must wear goggles when you make soap and it's best to wear rubber gloves and long sleeves too.

Soap Making Step-by-Step

1. Weigh oils and combine in stainless steel pan.

2. Heat slowly until everything melts. Cool to about 110 degrees. Do not include the scent oil or the small amount of olive oil.

3. Weigh lye in a plastic container. Remember the gloves and goggles.

4. Weigh milk and pour into a separate stainless steel pan.

5. Put 2-3 inches of water in your sink and add ice cubes. Put your pan with milk into ice water.

6. Slowly pour the lye into the milk. Take twenty minutes to do this, stirring all the while. Monitor the milk temperature and keep it below 150 degrees so it doesn't burn. When all the lye is added, let the mixture cool until it is 110 degrees.

7. Add the lye/milk mixture to the oils, stirring while you do so; now stir the soap mixture until it begins to gel. It's time to stop stirring when a thin stream of soap drizzled on top of the soap mixture lays on top.

This is called tracing. If stirring by hand this may take 45 minutes. To speed things up the trick is to use your hand blender to stir the soap for 30 seconds, let it rest for a minute and repeat until it traces.

8. Add scent oils and the extra olive oil.

9. Pour into prepared soap molds. Let sit for 24 hours. Remove from molds. Cut into bars and set aside to cure for at least 4 weeks.

That's about all there is to it.

People just get too many ingredients in soap and get it so complicated that you can get lost. After all many of the oils that you can use in soap are a lot alike. That's why you can use just a few of the basic oils and end up with good results.

Making Soap Just Isn't That Complicated

These are basic instructions. Lots of soap making books are out there, but most of them make it so complicated that it's tough to get going.

Even if you consult some of those books, you can come back to these instructions for the basics of a best selling bar soap. There really is no reason for homemade soap recipes to be all that complicated. Give this recipe a try. You'll be pleased with the results.

But Why Copy This Milk Soap Recipe?

If you want to sell soap, then copying recipes is not the answer...

This might sound harsh...

Starting a soap making business is very simple. But you have to know what you're doing...

Rounding up some soap business profit takes more than a good recipe...

If you want to sell handmade soap, you want to be making soap that is unique to you.

Anything less dooms your soap selling business to failure.

Because just going around copying recipes shows you don't know what you're doing.

Why Do You Need Your Own Unique Soap?

Because everybody and their brother and sister want to sell soap!

You can start with a recipe you copy from somebody, then you change it around a little.

How do you know whether a recipe you copy is worth making? Do you trust the person who you copied it from?

Maybe they don't know what they're doing?

Why not learn how to make your own soap recipes?

It's not that hard. Then you won't need to copy recipes anymore. If you want to learn how to sell homemade soap, then consider looking into what it takes to build unique soap.



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