Madagascar, Goat’s Milk, & Clay Soap
This is a hot process soap. It contains three lbs. of oils and yields 11 bars of soap at 5 oz. A piece. I have filed this recipe as an intermediate hot process soap recipe, because there are a few notes added to this recipe that are specific to the needs of the ingredients as they work with the properties of the soap as it cools. This means it needs a little more attention than a simple hot process where you can cook it and come back later to add the fragrance and be done. Madagascar Spice is a strong unisex fragrance with a heavy orange and clove scent. If you prefer not to use a fragrance oil then you can substitute orange essential oil to match the all natural look to this bar.
For this recipe you will need:
- Cold Distilled. Water
- Lye (NaOH)
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil
- Rice Bran Oil
- Cocoa Butter
- NG Madagascar Spice Type FO
- Bentonite Clay
- 3 scoops of Goat’s Milk
ONE – Gently dissolve the lye crystals into the water and set the water in the freezer to chill. This only needs to be brought to room temperature.
TWO – Add all the oils to the crock pot and turn it on high. Allow the hard oils to melt and watch the temperature of both the lye water and oils. Add the lye water to the oils when both liquids are withing 15 degrees from each other. This is typically warmer than room temperature because the oils will heat faster than the lye will cool. Blend this together well with a stick blender and give it plenty of time to emulsify and even continue to blend into a light trace. Place the cover on the top of the crock pot and allow this to cook for 30 minutes.
THREE – Mix the soap after 30 minute. Make sure any water that has separated from the oils gets mixed back together. The first mix is usually the first stage of cooked soap, which looks like a thick pudding. Replace the cover and let this cook for another 30 minutes.
FOUR – After 30 minutes take a look at the soap and it will have expanded and turned into an apple sauce texture. Mix this again, and allow it to cook more. Continue to remix and liquids that have separated. Now, allow this to cook just to the beginning of the third stage.
FIVE – The third stage will look like slick Vaseline, but don't cook to far into the third stage for this recipe. We need this soap to cool significantly in order to add the fragrance oil and goat's milk. If the soap is cooked too far into the third stage it is continuing to loose water and it will become thicker and harder as the temperature drops, but we need this soap to stay soft while it is cooling so that we can get the additional additives incorporated and keep their properties intact. So, when the soap is just starting to look slick turn the heat off and remove the lid.
SIX – Now while waiting for the soap to cool, it's time to prepare the additives. Measure out 1.5 oz. of bentonite clay and set it aside. Mix 3 scoops of powdered goat's milk into a bowl of three ounces of water. Blend this down and add 1.5 tbsp. of powdered paprika. Blend this completely and allow the paprika dissolve into the goats milk for a smooth look. The paprika has been dehydrated so it will need a few minutes to soften in the goat's milk. This is not like a fine mica. It doesn't want to dissolve easily, so give it plenty of time to be mixed into the milk until it looks like a golden orange cream. During this time keep your eye on the soap and stir. Watch that it is not becoming stiff and stir to release the heat. The soap at this time is about 180 – 200 degrees, and we need to wait until it drops below 130 degrees until we add the fragrance and milk. If you add the milk when the soap is hot it will immediately burn, turn yellow, and smell bad. If you add the fragrance over 130 degrees it will burn off, and you won't smell it in the soap.
SEVEN – Separate the soap into two bowls. Keep mixing to watch that the soap is not setting up while it cools. As soon as you do this you can add the clay in one bowl. Mix this well. Pour the orange goat's milk into the other bowl once the soap has cooled blow 130 degrees. Add ¾ of an ounce of fragrance to each side, and mix each bowl as well as possible.
EIGHT – Begin transferring the soap by large spoonful layering each color on top of the other. This recipe will not swirl easily. The best look is a layered and chunky look. Once finished set this aside for 24 hours before cutting. This soap is ready to use in 24 hour.
Note: Waiting for the soap to cool to the correct temperature (130 degrees) is essential for the milk and fragrance to work in this soap bar. This means you need to watch the soap during the cooling stage to keep it from hardening too fast. If you have this problem with this recipe then you have cooked it too far into the third stage and lost water. The milk will loosen the soap once you begin to mix it in. The clay will only thicken it, but you can add the clay at any time without worrying abut the temperature.
Note: One way to tell if the soap is beginning to firm to quickly is if the soap on the edges of the bowl are getting too hard and don't completely mix in. Pay attention to these pieces if they don't incorporate into the colorants. You can mix these pieces back into the loaf if you want to, and you may get little white chucks in your bar. (I do this. I like to get ALL the soap in my mold.) However, if you don't like this pay attention to these edge pieces.