Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Banana Milk Soap - Hot Processed


Last night I made banana milk; I stickblended equal parts banana and milk, and froze the banana milk (into cubes) in preparation for my banana soap tonight. For my lye solution I used equal parts frozen banana milk and frozen water, and I was careful to add the lye very slowly so that it didn’t overheat the banana milk (thank you soaping101 and newt + fig!). I hot processed this soap, and couldn’t believe how divine it smelled when I pulled it out of the oven…like banana bread! This would make a great unscented soap; however, I know how the lye monster likes to eat natural fragrances, so I ended up adding some Honey Pear and Praline fragrance oil….I cannot tell you how good this smells! The discoloration of the soap is natural from the bananas:


9 comments:

  1. Do you think the banana adds extra moisture so the soap is more gentle? Have you used this soap already? I have to say that I just love your soap. I can never make soaps nice if I hot process it.

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  2. Thanks Kirppu, I really enjoy making hot process soaps :) I think the banana adds a really nice quality to this soap, I have used it and the lather is amazing! It seems to be a very gentle soap, and I think that it really helps to blend the bananas (which are slightly acidic) with milk and use it with equal parts water for your lye liquid - this really helps keep the pH level neutral. Soaping101 did an excellent video explaining why and how to make banana milk soap here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBogNZ7BjoE (you'll have to copy + paste, I'm not sure how to make it clickable!) Bonus - the video also shows the hanger swirl technique! Happy Soaping!

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  3. Thanks for the advise. Now I have watched almost every Soaping 101-video. I tend to put too much vegetables or fruit in my soaps and they get really soft. My cucumber-honey soap is still soft after 4 days, but at least it's green :D

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  4. You're most welcome! Aren't those videos great?! Your cucumber-honey soap sounds so nice, did you incorporate the cucumber at trace or as part of the lye water?

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    1. I did put the finely chopped cucumber peel at trace and mixed even smaller with my stick blender. I usually put honey in the water before I ad lye and I´m glad that it has never overheated.
      I´ve been only making soap for 7 months now, but it´s so addicting. If you want to see what I´ve made you can check it out at kotikemistinpienipaja.blogspot.fi It´s in finnish, but there is pictures of all the soaps.

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  5. Thanks so much for posting your blog Kirppu, I hope I added it right! Wow - you have been very busy and creative in just 7 months, good for you! I see some tooth and shampoo soap and lovely hair conditioner too! I'll have to translate your posts so I can try some of your recipes! That's what I love about soap making, you can never learn enough...always something new to try :)

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    1. If you want some help with the translations, I will be glad to help :)

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  6. Thank you, I might take you up on that!

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