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I'm really interested in making soaps and am just beginning the learning process. I think milk based soaps sound wonderfully luxurious but, I'm a complete novice so I'm wondering if anyone has made them?<br><br>
Also, for all you soapmakers, could I ask a couple questions?<br><br>
Are the melt & pour soups the clear (glycerine type) or are they the opaque type?<br><br>
Also, I read somewhere that adding beeswax will make for a more mousturizing soap. Has anyone tried this and how do you add it?
 

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Milk-based soaps are very hard to perfect becuase the lye has a tendency to burn the milk and them you get a smelly, icky mess. I've had good like doing goat's milk soap, replacing the water usually recommended with the same amount of goat's milk (i twinds up beng a bit superfatted that way from teh goat's milk so it's nice and luscious) but the key is to freeze the goat's milk flat in a ziploc bag. Then you break up the pieces, add the lye to the goat's milk (In a pyrex glass) and the heat from teh dry lye will melt the milk. Then continue onw ith the recipe as normal.<br><br>
I have never done melt and pour, so can't say either way which is which.<br><br>
adding beeswax makes a nice, hard soap, which alsts longer. I don't knwo that it makes it any more moisturinzing, but definitely makes it last longer inthe shower. honey makes a very moisturizing soap when it's added as a superfat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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The EASIEST way to make milk soaps is to use 1/2 the recommended water when mixing it with the lye. Then when the soap traces you add the other 1/2 of the water in the milk you want. I use this method and it works great. No problems with discoloring or anything. I use coconut milk a lot and I know CYnthia has said she got good results with this method using heavy cream.<br><br>
Using 100% milk is tricky but I have heard of people getting good results with the method knittin' in the shade recommended it is a little more advanced of a technique than the 1/2 and 1/2 method but it seems to work well for a lot of people. You can also freeze the milk into ice cube trays.<br><br>
Melt and pour can be both opaque and clear.<br><br>
I don't think adding beezwax makes it more moisturizing but it adds hardness which is why some people use it. Like knittin' in the shade said it also makes it last longer. You add it like any other oil, a lot of recipe writers have beezwax included in the list of oils. Soapcrafters.com has a recipe writer with beezwax in it as well as majestic mountain sage.<br><br>
Just melt it down with the other oils and make sure you stir the soap a little extra as beezwax has a different melting point than most oils.<br><br>
If you use honey and milk don't insulate the soap, honey and milk cause it to overheat resulting in some weird looking soap!
 
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