Today I want to talk about butter soap. I tried to search the Internet for more soapers who used dairy butter in their soap, but I couldn’t find many pictures or stories. Then I tried Anne Watson’s recipe for Lemongrass, Coconut and Almond soap.
I added a few ingredients to customise the soap. I only had 220g of almond oil, not 298g like the recipe says. So I used approximately 35g of avocado oil and 43g of grapeseed oil. I didn’t alter the lye amounts.
This soap has sweet almond oil, melted butter, coconut oil, kaolin clay, calendula petals, lemongrass essential oil and coconut milk. If you check out Anne Watson’s website, under her Creative Soapmaking Projects, she has a Citrus project. You will find this soap there.
My friend, Sharr, gave me BPA free, pure coconut milk. The brand name was Honest To Goodness and it was fabulous to work with. It was so thick when mixed with the lye that the liquid wouldn’t go through my strainer, but there were no lumps or anything. I made sure to freeze the coconut milk before hand.
The dairy butter splattered a bit while melting, so next time I might choose a larger container for that job. But the soap batter responded beautifully. The soap unmoulded clean after about 12 hours. You really can’t ask for more than that.
Here are some pics:
Love those clean lines!
So for any other people who want to make their own soap, you can use dairy butter as a fat. I’ll have to wait six weeks to find out what this soap is like in the shower.