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Spiced Milk and Honey Soap Recipe - Cold Process

48 ounces shortening
22 ounces coconut oil
16 ounces olive oil
24 oz. cold water
12 oz. lye crystals

Temperatures: around 100 degrees

After incorporating the lye solution with the oils, add:

12 oz. can evaporated milk, warmed (for lighter colored soap with firmer texture, you can use only 6 oz. evaporated milk and increase the water by 2-4 ounces)

1/4 cup honey, dissolved into milk (for a lighter color and less tendency to separate, you can cut this back to 1 T.)

At light trace, mix in:
3/4 oz. cinnamon oil
1/2 oz. clove oil

The essential oils will accelerate trace, so be prepared to quickly pour the soap when it starts to thicken. The milk will turn color as you watch after being added. Maybe if it had been cooler, it wouldn't have gotten quite so dark, but the color goes well with the spices. In the future, I will not insulate a batch like this until it begins to cool after going through the "gel" stage. Rachael had a different method for mixing her milk soap (on the Soaps Using Animal Fats page) and you might prefer to do it that way. Other people have used this method and it has worked fine...not sure what I did, but glad to be able to use the soap in the end. It will take longer to cure than some of the other batches, partly because of the extra water added during remelt and because of the milk content. At least, this is what I've read. Probably only a matter of a couple of weeks more.

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