Monday, August 13, 2018

Oatmeal, Milk and Honey

 You might have noticed in a previous post that I use milk powders as an additives. They are easier to work with than the liquid form since you don't have to worry about the lye burning them. I make a thick slurry and strain it in at trace which is soap talk for the batter being slightly thickened.

 On the last day of soaping I had a major effort going. I not only wanted to make the Oatmeal, Milk and Honey soap but I wanted to re-do the Honeycrisp. I'll tell you all about that adventure on another post.

Of course, there was drama. Right in the middle of the measuring I discovered with horror I was out of castor oil. You can sub in other oils most of the time but this one is critical. It makes the bubbles. Out to the CVS I ran and paid a whopping $8 for this tiny 4 oz bottle. I pay $4 for a whole pound of it from the soap shop but you gotta do what you gotta do.

 This is a tried and true fragrance so from here on out everything went smoothly. Thank goodness.

 Both pours went perfectly.

 The only hitch was that I saw someone use a chopstick to make a textured top and I tried it. Now I hate it. It's too precious for me. I like a looser look.  Oh, well. It's only soap. That top will be worn down with the first use and no one will know the difference.

The next morning I cut them without an issue. They look good and they smell good so all's well.

The second pour was very interesting. Look at that. It's almost a butterfly effect which is very sought after in the soaping world. I couldn't pull that off if I tried so I'm pretty pleased.



  1. Oh wow! That last picture is amazing. Great job. I can almost smell that soap. Blessings, Betsy

  2. Happy Butterfly effect. You are so good at soaps LADY!!

  3. Both are beautiful! It's magical when you cut to see what kind of design was created. It has been very interesting to see your process on making soap. Thank you for sharing.

  4. How frustrating! But I would have paid the big bucks for an essential ingredient, too.
    That butterfly effect is pretty gorgeous!

  5. I am enjoying your soap factory tours! These turned out beautifully!