Since the beginning when I started to learn how to make cold press soap I have wanted to learn to make milk soaps. They are tricky to make, and you need to carefully watch your temperature and process to avoid overheating and scorching of your milk.
To avoid scorching, lately I have been adding powdered goat milk straight to my warm oils. I incorporate it really well so that when I add my lye its mixed in. So far I have found that's the way I like to do it best. Recently I purchased some powdered buttermilk to do the same.
Now here is where my problem lies...I am having the hardest trying to avoid my soap from gelling! I want that nice creamy soap...and all I am getting is creamy outer part and a major gel circle in the middle. This even after sticking the soap in the freezer! Talk about the power of this chemical reaction and the heat this soap is generating.
I am soaping at very cool temperatures so that I can avoid some major misadventures that I suffered in the begging when I first started to soap with milk. Yet still I struggle with the gelling.
Here is a pic:
I have some ash on the top and need to do a little more cleaning up...sorry!
As you can see...the circles are pretty strong. I do love the fragrance...Monkey Farts! LOL
Now here is the interesting part about this fragrance. I purchased the same fragrance from two different vendors. The vendor that I purchased the least amount from had the most wonderful scent of bananas mixed with vanilla! I loved it, and ended up using most of it for wax melts. The second vendor, which I purchased a whopping 12 oz, smelled just like berries and bananas. A very fruity scent. The soap above was made with that particular vendor. While I like it...I am going to go back to the first one and purchase more of that one.
Any suggestions on what to do to avoid these power gel circles?
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