Using milk in handmade soaps can be tricky and costly if you don’t know how to handle this special ingredient. In soap making it creates a rich emollient bar of soap.
What makes it special and tricky at the same time is the high fat and sugar content. Many have stressed over how to minimize the scorching that can take place when using milk in handmade soaps as it discolors the soap making it tan or brown. Well have no fear because this weeks #HandmadeChat was co-hosted by Mary Humphrey, owner of Annies Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps. She broke it all down for us into bits and pieces on how to make handmade soaps with milk.
I had a few questions of my own that I wanted Mary to answer. Here are my questions and Mary Humphrey’s answers:
Q. @Anniesgoathill is there a best time of year to buy goats milk from a local dairy? #handmadechat
A. @SoapCoach I suggest purchasing goat milk during the winter and early spring, when many goat farms have more goats “in milk.”#handmadechat
Q. @Anniesgoathill is less pricey if you purchase thd goats milk from a local dairy? #handmadechat
A. @SoapCoach You will definitely get better pricing directly from the dairy or farmer vs. from the grocery store! #handmadechat
Q. @Anniesgoathill should you insulate goats milk #soap while its saponifying? #handmadechat
A. @SoapCoach I insulate goat milk soap only when the room temperature is cool (below 76 degrees). #handmadechat
You can learn more about Annies Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps and see photos of the lovely goats on her farm by reading her blog post featuring some of the questions and answers from the #HandmadeChat here.
For the full conversation and transcripts you can download them here. Enjoy reading and don’t forget to join us for the next #HandmadeChat with co-host Alyssa Middleton, owner of Bath and Body Academy, who will be chatting it up about “How To Approach Retail Stores To Buy Handmade Products.”