Soap Challenge – Week Two Link-Up

This week’s challenge was to create a milk soap. There are so many different types of milk that can be used to make soap! When I announced the challenge, several participants told me they would be using coconut milk. Some said they would try almond milk or yogurt or kefir. Several participants mentioned this would be their first milk soap, so I will be anxious to hear how it went for everyone!

Here is the video of me cutting the Salted Caramel Brownie soap that I made with buttermilk:

I took some photos so you could see how much the soap has darkened. It still smells incredibly good, and is still softer than my other soaps are by this time. I have set a tentative ready date for the Salted Caramel Brownie soap to be Saturday, April 21st – which is opening day for our local farmer’s market! If it’s not ready by then, I’ll let you know!

Salted Caramel Brownie Soap by Great Cakes Soapworks
Better view of the sides of the soap

Now it’s time for participants to show everyone what you made this week! Since last week was the first time using the link-up, I know we had a few problems. I’ve come up with solutions for most of them so that hopefully everyone can add their links without any issues this time.

Bloggers: Create a post telling us about your soap and show us some photos! Which milk did you use? What does it smell like? How does the soap feel? Talk about what worked, what didn’t work. Please include a link back to my blog in your post (either the home page, or this post should work nicely!).

Facebook business page photos: Upload your photo(s) into a photo album, and write a descriptive caption on the photo you are linking up to this post – be sure to include what kind of milk you used for your soap. To link the photo, click on it, then copy and paste the URL into the “blog post URL” blank at the top. In the next step, it will show your photo, and you will need to select it. (If you press the “crop” button instead, you can adjust what the thumbnail of your photo will look like.)

YouTubers: You can create a link to a YouTube video of your soap! There will be a little frog icon instead of a thumbnail photo of the soap, but anyone who clicks on your link will be able to see your video. Starting on your video page, click the “share” button and copy the URL. You can use this URL for the “blog post URL” blank. Then in the next step, ignore all the tiny blue boxes and click the “direct image URL” tab across the top and paste the URL of your youtube video in the blank again and hit the “submit query” button.

Uploading a photo from your computer: If you don’t have a blog or business page on facebook or a youtube video, you can still upload a photo from your computer. Just put n/a in the “blog post URL” blank and go to the next step. It will give you an error message, but it will still work! Just click the tab across the top that says “upload from computer” and you will be able to browse your files and upload a photo. I will remove the dead link ASAP.

If you have questions or problems with the link-up or with your milk soap, please leave a comment. I’m looking forward to seeing your soaps!!

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  2. Tracey from Santa Barbara. I think your soap is beautiful. I need to learn how to do one of those whipped looking tops.

  3. Amy, I would like to join, please let me know if this is too late.
    I can not guarantee I can make it every week, is this a problem ?( of course,I will try to, but in case…)
    Thank you!

  4. Hello! I just tried to cut my soap but it’s still a bit too soft so will wait until tomorrow and then post a photo. I used coconut milk and did the ITP swirl. It looks pretty good from what I can see. 🙂

  5. Oh, by the way Amy, your brownie soaps look so yummy! They really turned out great and was worth the perseverance!

  6. @Susan – The link-up will still be open, so it’s no problem! Yes, the brownie soaps are VERY yummy!! I’m glad I kept going too. 🙂

  7. Thank you so much for your educational videos! I am so new at soaping and have found your site to be a treasure! I know i’m late for the milk making challenge but still dying to make a first batch.
    So, when measuring the lye and water amount do you fully replace the water with milk of choice? I want to just go about it all right before i use these precious ingredients and your guidence would be so helpful. I read and watched the videos but was still confused about measuring the milk. Thank you so much for making this information available and i’m looking forward to all these soaping good times with all!

  8. @Leeann – There are two different methods. If you replace all of the water with milk, you will need to add the lye to frozen milk cubes or chunks. With the other method, you create a strong lye solution with equal parts water and lye, then add the remaining liquid amount in milk at trace. Let me know if you need further assistance.

  9. These are all gorgeous soaps! I had bought the goats milk with good intentions of making a soap for this week’s challenge, but I got the chance to do a 2 day market at the weekend, so my time was taken up with that. I still intend to try a goats milk soap though.Great challenges Amy xx

  10. Such beautiful soap everyone!!! I am in the process of screwing up my post again :-). Why am I having so much trouble? Would it be easier if I had a blog? That my be just the motivation I need to do it!
    Thank you all for the soapy good visuals!

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