I simply love a good old creamy white bar of soap. Especially a soap make with coconut milk, now that screams nourishing! This coconut flower milk recipe delivers on the nourishing part. Made with organic coconut milk and three butters that do wonders for the skin-shea, cocoa and mango butters. It is also naturally scented with a beautiful floral mixture of lavender, rose and ylang ylang essential oils.
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When formulating this recipe I wanted this soap to be very luxurious so I decided to add in three different butters. Shea, cocoa and mango butters are super emollient adding moisture to your skin and not stripping it of your natural oils. They will also give your soap bar some added hardness that you will need since this is a palm oil free recipe.
Before I get started with the recipe there a few things you should know about soaping with milks. Below are a few helpful tips to have success with using milk in soap.
Soaping With Milks
As a soaper, conquering milk soaps is a must. Don’t get me wrong, you don’t necessarily have to make soap with a milk base but it sure does add some excellent qualities to your soap and not to mention label appeal.
When it comes to milk there are many varieties for you to choose from. Almond, coconut, buttermilk and goat milk are all excellent choices for soaps. Milk adds vitamins and minerals to your soap and a silky, smooth feel. Soaping with milk though requires some modifications.
- Mixing temperatures when using milk need to be much lower than other recipes. The reason being is the natural sugars in milk will scorch if you soap at 120 degrees. I tend to soap below 100 close to 90.
- If you directly mix the lye into the milk, you should do so using frozen milk and keep it in a ice bath to prevent the temperature from climbing too high. Slowly add your lye, mixing well before adding in more.
- Another point to keep in mind is sometimes milk is better added at trace substituting part of your water. What I mean by this is calculate your lye amount and then calculated how much water your recipe needs. You only need to dissolve your lye in an equal amount of water so you therefore can substitute the rest of your water amount as milk. For instance, say your lye amount is 4.75oz and the water amount is 10.45oz. You really only need 4.75oz of water to dissolve your lye. To make it easier though say you measure out 5.45 oz of water and the remaining 5oz would equal your milk amount.
- Use unsweetened milks with little to no additives.
- Milk soaps do not and should not be placed through gel phase. During gel phase your soap will heat up even more and this is not desirable when using milk. After mixing place your soap in refrigerator to prevent gel phase.
Using milk to make up your entire base versus adding it at trace is a decision you must make as a soaper. For me, when I first used coconut milk in soap I tried to dissolve the lye into it but the milk scorched even though it was frozen and in a ice bath. I decided that the sugars in coconut milk and the added thickeners just wasn’t a good mix with the lye. Now when I use almond milk, I add the lye directly into the milk with no problems.
Coconut Flower Milk Soap
12.24oz Olive Oil
9.52oz Coconut Oil
6.36oz Distilled Water
4.71oz Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
4.08oz Castor Oil
4oz Organic Coconut Milk
3.4oz Shea Butter
1.7oz Mango Butter
1.7oz Cocoa Butter
1.36oz Apricot Kernel Oil
- Lavender at 0.75oz
- Ylang Ylang at 0.25oz
- Rose at 0.10 oz
1 tbsp Zinc Oxide dispersed in Olive oil
- Put on your personal protective equipment-gloves, goggles, etc. Measure out lye and water. Slowly pure lye into water-NOT THE OTHER WAY-mixing well. Set aside to cool.
- Measure out all your oils and butters for recipe. The olive oil I like to measure out in a separate container because I then am able to mix the zinc oxide directly into olive oil. Tip: Mixing the zinc into a large amount of oil allows you to use your stick blender to properly mix the powder. After adding zinc to olive oil I don’t heat up this portion of the oil. I add in the olive oil/zinc into the other oils and butters right before I’m ready to mix in lye.
- Measure essential oils, coconut milk and have all your mold and botanticals for topping ready because this soap sets up fast.
- Melt your butters. When both oil/butter mixture and lye mixture are under 100 degrees, you are ready to mix.
- Slowly pure your lye into your oils. Stick blend in pulses for a few seconds at time alternating with hand mixing. At thin trace add in essential oils and then coconut milk. You’ll notice that once the coconut milk is added it’ll start to thicken up quickly.
- Pour into mold, spray with 99% alcohol and put your toppings on if desired. Then place your mold into the refrigerator for 24-48hrs.
- After you take soap out of refrigerator you need to let it come to room temperature before you attempt to cut it or else your soap will be difficult to cut and will crumble.
I hope you enjoy making this soap as much as I have. Should you decide that making soap isn’t your thing but really want to give this a try, head over to my etsy shop TheSoapOtter where I have a variety of soap to offer.
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