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TTouch Homestead



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 12 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Resurrecting this thread.
I am stupidly proud of my first batch of soap, made with milk from our goat Cocoa...



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gil
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 12 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

That looks really good ! Every reason to be proud of it.

gil
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 12 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

BTW, what recipe did you use, and how much goat's milk ?
Would other kinds of milk work ?

I've just returned from giving a talk and demonstration on soap-making to the local WRI. Hopefully some of them will give it a go.

The lemon curd / custard (cold process) and stewed apple (hot process) analogies went down well, and made it less alien.

Thank you, Sally, for explaining it here so clearly, and inspiring us to make soap.

TTouch Homestead



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 12 10:50 pm    Post subject: goats milk soap Reply with quote
    

I used a simple recipe I found online- for a small amount in case I mucked it up! I checked it through a calculator

4 ounces weight Coconut Oil
5 ounces weight Olive Oil
5 ounces weight Palm Oil
2 ounces weight any emollient oil (like Sweet Almond Oil, Golden Jojoba Oil, etc.)
2.2 ounces weight Lye (sodium hydroxide)
7 fluid ounces Goat Milk

I used jojoba oil where it gives you a choice.

BTW There is an amazing set of vids on youtube called the 12 days of soap- she uses some funky things in making soap.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a205zu8G38E&feature=related

gil
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 12 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thank you for posting the recipe, and that link !

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 12 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Its lovely to see the soap variations

I'm working on a project at the moment that has me trying some quite odd mixtures for a chemist friend doing some analysis on historic soap samples, currently on clarified butter and olive oil mixes, normally butter is a bit blurgh is soap, the whey and solids tends to caramelize and you get a nasty cheesy smell, but clarified butter (ghee essentially) works much better, though I don't think it will have a good shelf life. In the short term though, its made a pleasant enough soap

Haze



Joined: 24 May 2011
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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 12 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I made my first batch ever last week
I added honey, oats and lavender flowers and it smells wonderful! The very next day I made another batch using up the rest of the oils which wasn't enough really so I used that lye calculator. This time I added a lot of homegrown mint that I dried out. It does smell nice and minty but not as strong as the honey one.
My airing cupboard smells great
I'm addicted now... ordered essential oils which should be here any day!

Thanks Sally!

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 12 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Well done you! Its very satisfying to have a stock of your own soap in

mochyn



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 12 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Must do some soap soon. When I've finished the socks, made the pincushion and the tie, finished the shirt, made the nightie... You get the idea.

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 12 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

My first batch is now setting in two old tomato cartons

Followed the recipe on DS, but when compared with the lye calculator here https://www.thesage.com/calcs/lyecalc2.php I'm beyond the red zone (they suggest 100-105g solid lye, I used 112g) - do I need to worry or compensate in some way for that?

I used home-rendered lard, will let you know how it turns out!

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 12 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

You might find that the finished soap is a bit lye heavy- ideally you would recrunch the numbers and adjust the lye to suit the specific fat you are using. You might find its still ok as a laundry soap- a bit of excess lye can be helpful there, or you may need to add a little fat and rebatch if it is still too harsh.

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 12 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Nice, thanks.

I'm now chewing a wedge of lemon, turns out some lye residue can make it to the keyboard, and you only notice when you scratch your lip and OHMYGODTHATHURTS

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 12 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

ouch! Lye is nasty stuff and you really do notice it.

jamanda
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 12 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Ouch - having had both I reckon hydroxide burns are worse than acid!

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 12 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

sally_in_wales wrote:
You might find that the finished soap is a bit lye heavy- ideally you would recrunch the numbers and adjust the lye to suit the specific fat you are using. You might find its still ok as a laundry soap- a bit of excess lye can be helpful there, or you may need to add a little fat and rebatch if it is still too harsh.



So...to do this would I just melt the soap, melt in some more fat, and find some more moulds to set it in?

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