When I just started making soap, I gave my mother-in-law some of the stuff I made, and one of them was a chrysanthemum-shaped unscented oatmeal and milk soap. Because she was so enamored by the design, I made a new batch for her, this time with her favorite scent, lavender. I adjusted the recipe by using olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, castor oil, cocoa butter and grapeseed oil. I also used powdered milk to see if it makes a difference from using fresh milk.
I actually wanted to gel this soap (I don’t mind a darker color), so I covered it with a box and draped a thick towel over it. It didn’t happen, but instead, I got a beautiful creamy white color. After 3 days, the soaps would not release cleanly from the silicone mold, so I had to freeze them for an hour before I got to unmold them perfectly.