The use of milk in soaps has become very popular. The most famous type of milk that soap makers use is goat’s milk. However, coconut milk has always been a favorite in soap making.
Coconut milk soap is very popular since ancient times. It is used by kings and queens because they are proven to have good moisturizing effects to the skin because of its creamy, rich lather. To make your own coconut milk soap you can follow the steps below.
Coconut Milk Soap Recipe
- 5.4 oz. Coconut Milk (half of it frozen and half normal liquid form)
- 30 percent Coconut Oil (5.4 oz.)
- 25 percent Palm Oil (4.6 oz)
- 30 percent Olive Oil (5.7 oz.)
- 5 percent Castor Oil (1 oz.)
- 10 percent Canola Oil (1.9 oz.)
- 2.7 oz. lye
- .8 oz. Natural Fragrance Oil
Instructions in making coconut milk soap:
Make the lye solution. Measure your lye using a lye calculator. Put the lye in a big bowl and then gently pour in your frozen coconut milk followed by the other half which is in normal liquid form. At this point, you will notice a chemical reaction take place. Stir slowly and carefully as the lye heats up the coconut milk.
The lye will turn the coconut milk’s color into light-amber as well produce a foul odor as it burns the sugars found in the milk. The foul odor will go away when the reaction is finished.
You will see that the coconut milk soap base will start to thicken because of the “trace effect” (joining of lye and coconut milk), which is responsible for transforming the mixture into coconut milk soap. The fat present in the coconut milk is just enough to harden the soap mix.
Once the reaction stops, let the lye cool down under room temperature, typically around 80 to 90°.
In a microwave oven, melt all of the oils that you are going to use. Afterwards, put them all in the bowl of lye and coconut milk before the soap mix completely settles. While doing so, continuously stir your coconut milk soap base.
Pour your soap base mix in the molds and cover it with a clean towel. Let it set for at least three days. Remove the soap from the molds, cut them in little bars and wrap your soap using wax papers. Let it cure for another week for best results.
Making your own coconut milk soap is very easy. Once you have mastered the process you can create your own milk soap using other ingredients that are not mentioned above.