Milling soap can be done by grating the soap, or breaking it into pieces, adding a little water and melting it together. The mixture will go through the gel stage a second time, thicken like pudding and can be poured into molds. It is softer when it is first released and must cure for several weeks, 2 for sure, so it can harden. French milled soap is made with olive and coconut oils usually, or just olive and grated after curing then melted with a little water and fine ingredients, set to mold and set to cure again. The result is a gentler longer lasting harder bar. It is double the work and costs more to buy. The rose soaps are usually milled because of the expense of rose oil. In milled soap, a much smaller quantity is necessary and the true essence is not lost.
These soaps are milled. The spotted one is a coffee soap designed to help remove odors from the hands. It is especially good for garlic and onion oils on the hands and for fishermen who want to take the human scent from their hands before baiting the hook. The molded soaps are a vanilla based super mild recipe. Vanilla is especially unstable in soap, but in milled soap, it does last longer. Most soap that actually smells strongly is made with artificial fragrances, not natural essential oils, which are much subtler, except Ylang Ylang and Patchouli. Most citrus oils are lost in soap, as is vanilla and floral scents, except lavender.
The soap will be for sale at the Farmer's Market in St. Paul on Tuesday June 4 and every Tuesday thereafter until the fall. The hours of the Centennial Market are 2:30 to 5:30 and an occasional Saturday crafts market will be held this year too. The location is the Giant Tiger/Liquidation World mall, that was the old Co op mall. See you there!