As I mentioned in a previous post I made another batch of goats milk soap a few days ago and this time I used the calendula soap recipe from 2013 when I was experimenting (as usual) with trying to produce a yellow soap. I had noticed that a friend had made a batch with the colour I liked so she gave me the recipe and I was quite pleased with the result. The only problem is that it has Carotino oil in it or palm oil which is quite controversial in soap making circles from what I gather.
In the link to Carotino oil it says that oil palms were grown in the plantations in Malaysia in the 1960s and 1970s in an area which has never been an orangutan habitat. Yet some people say they still wouldn't buy it. Would you? I really don't know what to believe. I do know though that it makes yellow soap :-)
I have a mind like a sieve these days so I need to record what I did for future reference. Once again I used frozen goats milk which was broken up and then allowed to get a little slushy before adding the lye very slowly. The container I had the milk in was sitting in ice cubes. I had already cut up the copha and melted it by putting the container in a saucepan of hot water and also didn't heat up the other oils at all. The melted copha wasn't hot when it was added to the other oils and the lye hadn't heated up much at all so I just poured the lye mixture into the oils and stirred slowly then added the fragrance before dividing the mixture. I put one half into a jug to which I added some ultramarine (too much...oops) colour as I am trying to use it up.
Then I brought the two mixtures to trace with the stick blender, poured the blue into the base of the moulds and topped it off with the uncoloured one. After this I put the soap into the fridge for a few hours which is something I haven't done before but seems to be common practice with some soapmakers to stop the mixture from heating up as it has goats milk in it. When it came out of the fridge it looked off-white like in the second photo and as time wore on it became yellow then more yellow ;-)
This was a small batch and filled up one of my tray moulds from Aussie Soap Supplies and three heart shaped soaps. They don't seem to have the thistle mould anymore but the Gothic one I also have is still for sale if anyone is interested. These moulds cost $13 and I bought them when I first started soapmaking as I didn't realise you could use the cheaper silicone ones. They are not flexible so I put mine in the freezer for a little while before unmoulding the soap otherwise you can do damage if you try to bend it too much. They do make a nice shaped though I must say.
As I only made a small batch I will be able to make another one in a few weeks time as I still have a few other experiments to make with aloe vera, etc.
I think goats milk soap gets darker even without the addition of palm oil as this was my last batch the day after it was made....
If anyone is interested this is the recipe I used. When I made the calendula soap I used calendula infused olive oil and also added calendula petals. This time I simply replaced the water with goats milk.
Goats milk soap with Carotino oil.
175g Rice Bran Oil
175g Carotino Oil
250g Calendula infused Olive Oil
1T Castor Oil
105g Caustic Soda
290g Water (I replaced the water with goats milk)
23g fragrance (I used Patchouli and Lavender Essential Oils)
How about you? Have you made soap lately? If you have do you enjoy the process?