Goat Milk Soap

by Mary
(Florida)

I recently tried to make a 1 lb batch of goats milk soap using frozen goats milk to mix the lye. Wanted to keep to a small batch at first attempt. Kept all temps, (oil and lye milk mixture), between 85 and 90 degrees. All looked fine thru trace and pour - nice light tan. Used individual molds, (4.5 ounces per mold), and placed in the fridge for 4 hours. Looked good. Unmolded 24 hours later and all bars were a VERY dark brown. Ph is within range, no odor. Any ideas why so very brown? No F/O or E/O used.

Thanks so much for your assistance!

ANSWER:

Hi Mary,

Thank you for your question. It sounds like your soap should have been a lighter tan color with no F/O or E/O used. Maybe it was the milk used. If it was not fresh milk, but evaporated or powdered, there might have been sugars in it. Also, an extremely high fat content might have had some effect. If your scale was not extremely accurate, with such small amount of ingredients, it could have been lye heavy. In this case, though, I would have expected problems prior to trace.

I hope this information was helpful, Mary!

Best Regards,
Susan

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