With deeply moisturizing half & half, this turmeric soap recipe offers a plethora of skincare benefits due to the additional fat content and the alpha hydroxy acids naturally present in milk.
Why Use Homemade Milk Soap over Traditional Soap?
Milk soaps are wonderful for dry or troubled skin for a variety of reasons. Not only do the triglycerides, vitamins, minerals and fat content present in milk help to hydrate, soothe and nourish skin, but homemade milk soap is also closer to our body’s own PH level. This makes milk soap especially suited for sensitive skin. And because milk soaps are naturally gentler than traditional non-milk soaps, if they are left unscented, they can be used on baby’s delicate skin as well as provide relief for anyone who suffers from eczema.
As a woman in my forties, I personally love milk soaps for the alpha hydroxy acids they contain. I’ve noticed that as my skin ages, it’s not only drier than it was in my youth, but things like age spots and wrinkles are both becoming a concern.
The alpha hydroxy acids naturally available in my half and half milk soap recipe work to help fight aging. They do so by gently sloughing off dead skin cells and encouraging the growth of new cells. This in turn helps to slow and prevent the development of wrinkles. Additionally, alpha hydroxy acids also help to reduce the appearance of age spots and hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage. The result is younger looking skin.
Because milk soaps also moisturize and nourish skin, they are a great choice for fall and winter when the air is drier. However, milk soap is also a wonderful staple for summer months too.
I inevitably end up with a sunburn from time to time once warm weather hits. Even if I try to take extra care to cover my skin as well as wear sunscreen. And as I’m sure you know, sunburns can range from uncomfortable to downright painful. So in addition to slathering on lotion, I also turn to milk soap in the shower.
Milk soap has anti-inflammatory properties that instantly help to soothe sunburns while also moisturizing skin. I was so surprised the first time I used milk soap after getting a sunburn because it worked so well. Now I always use milk soaps after spending too much time in the sun to hasten healing.
About This Half & Half Turmeric Soap Recipe
As a coffee drinker I always have half and half – a combination of half cream and half milk – on hand. Therefore, I chose to formulate this milk soap recipe with half and half rather than milk for the extra fat content. I also added turmeric to my half and half milk soap recipe.
Turmeric, much like milk, has natural anti-inflammatory properties. It can also help to to lighten and brighten skin, even out skin tone and lighten pigmentation and dark spots. Because it’s also an antiseptic with antibacterial properties, this turmeric soap recipe also helps to fight acne.
Much like homemade soaps with vanilla content, milk soaps will turn a tan color as they cure. So in addition to using turmeric for its skin care benefits, I also used turmeric to keep my soap from turning brown. Used in combination with a bit of titanium dioxide, your cured milk soaps will have a much prettier appearance than they would otherwise.
To make my half and half milk soap recipe extra nourishing, I included several other beneficial ingredients. These ingredients include black cumin seed oil and walnut oil. Both of these carrier oils are highly moisturizing. In addition they are also both rich in antioxidants and possess anti-inflammatory properties.
If you’ve never made cold process soap, I encourage you to read through my cold process soapmaking tutorial before you begin.
Half & Half w/ Turmeric Soap Recipe
4.8 fl. oz. half and half
2.15 oz. food grade lye/sodium hydroxide
Measure out the half and half called for in this turmeric soap recipe in fluid ounces. Place into the freezer until the half and half is icy cold and somewhat slushy. Then remove the container of half and half from the freezer and set aside.
Using a digital scale weigh out the carrier oils into a non-aluminum heat safe container. Heat at 50% power in the microwave, in a double boiler or in a stainless steel pot over medium heat on the stove until the coconut oil has melted. Then remove the container from your heat source and set aside.
While wearing gloves, eye protection and a ventilation mask, weigh out the lye called for in the recipe. Slowly pour the lye into the cold half and half and stir until all the lye has dissolved.
Once the temperature of the carrier oils has cooled to around 90°F, measure out and add the turmeric and titanium dioxide. Mix briefly using an immersion blender to incorporate the powders throughout the oils.
Now pour the lye and milk solution into the container of carrier oils. Mix using an immersion blender until you reach a light trace.
Add the drops of essential oils and stir into the soap batter. Continue mixing with the immersion blender until you reach a medium trace.
Set your mold on a cutting board. (I use this chrysanthemum silicone mold.) Then pour the soap batter into all six of the molds cavities. Pick up the cutting board with the mold and gently tap it onto the countertop several times to remove any air bubbles. Then lightly cover the mold with parchment paper, a piece of cardboard or foodservice film.
Leave your half and half milk soap in the mold for two to three days. Then unmold your soaps and allow them to cure for four to six weeks prior to use.
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