A Guide to Making Goats Milk Soap

For those that enjoy making their own soap at home, add a healthy twist to your recipe and create goat’s milk soap. Your skin will definitely thank you for the surprisingly soft, gentle texture and the vitamins and other beneficial substances every time you wash up. Goats milk soap is pH balanced and contains natural Vitamins A and E making it the best choice for sensitive skin (including babies, children and those with problem skin) because it is gentle, is free of harsh chemicals normally found in skincare products, helps maintain a clear complexion and aids in rebuilding connective tissue which is essential in skin regeneration and anti-aging. Although your homemade process may not have the knowledge of professional suppliers, you can make your own version of the soap at home, almost as easily as making regular handmade soap, because all you need to do is substitute goat’s milk for the water you would otherwise add to the lye.Feel free to find more information at goat milk and oatmeal soap .6937936-3

Before starting the soap recipe, you will need: a stainless steel bowl, regular bowls, stainless steel pot, digital scale, stainless steel spoons, candy thermometer, soap mold, freezer paper, knife, safety glasses and gloves. For a small batch of soap, you need: 9.25 ounces of olive oil, 6 ounces of coconut oil, 4.5 ounces of palm oil, half an ounce of Shea butter, 2.9 ounces of lye (also called sodium hydroxide) and 6.75 ounces of fresh goat milk. The fresher the goat milk is, the better this will be. We do not recommend using frozen goat’s milk, powder or essence.

Warm the solid oils over low heat until melted. After that has melted, keep it on low and turn to the lye. First place the milk in the stainless steel bowl, then stick the bowl in a sink full of ice. Put on your gloves and glasses and carefully add the lye and stir. There will be a strong reaction and the mixture will turn a slightly orange color. The milk reacts with lye slightly different than water, hence the color change. Once you’ve mixed the lye and milk, keep the bowl in the ice, which works to reduce the brightness of the orange.

When that is complete and the solid oils are melted, add the liquid oils to the pot and heat the mixture up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the lye solution has cooled sufficiently, add it to the oils slowly and use the stick blender to mix it until smooth. After about five minutes, the mixture will resemble pancake batter. Pour the mixture into a block mold, loosely cover it with a towel or place it in a box while it cools overnight. You can then cut the soap into bars and let them age for four weeks. Your bars will be somewhat orange in color, as it takes a professional process to remove the orange tint, but your handmade soap will still be beneficial to your own skincare (and even makes a lovely gift)!