Got Milk. . . Soap?

Do you make milk soaps?  If so, what kind and what do they add to your soaps that you like?  Both animal and vegetable milks count, for the sake of this discussion.

I love my milk soaps, although my experience has been limited to goat’s milk or coconut milk.  I feel that they add to the creaminess of the lather and add a richer feel to the soap, making it more moisturizing.

Goat’s milk has some exfoliant value, as well as vitamins A and D.  Coconut milk is rich in minerals and Vitamin C, Niacin, Folate and phytosterols.  Both are chock full of skin-loving fatty acids.  Good stuff!

I haven’t researched cow’s milk or used it in soap, but I’m beginning to think I should.  Of course, it also contains minerals, vitamins, and essential fatty acids, so why not?  The only factors that have held me back are the fact that cow’s milk is so common and that organic cow’s milk is so expensive.

Along those lines, I know of others who have used sour cream, yogurt, and butter, among animal choices.  I have even seen milk made from human breast milk!  Vegetable sources include almond milk, soy milk, and rice, most commonly.  I have heard high praise for the animal products mentioned, but not much regarding the vegetable milks.  If you have tried them, please share your experience!  We’d love to know.

One very good book on this topic is, “Milk Soapmaking,” by Anne L. Watson.  A review of it is in a past issue of the magazine in case you’d like to know more.

I hope this short discussion has motivated you to get out your soap pot and create!