Homemade Goat Milk Soap
There are many delicious products to make from goat milk. We have tried cheesecake, ice cream, and caramels. But have you ever wondered how to make homemade goat milk soap? Here at packgoats.com, we like many other homesteaders and farmers know the abundance of milk. In this article, you will learn how to make homemade goat milk soap. Although we have never made any ourselves, we teamed up with Nichole, at LoveAFehr Essentials. We brought our very own herd queen, Cinder’s milk to make a batch. Catch this article in our next volume of Goat People Magazine!
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Meet Soap Maker Nichole at LoveAFehr.com
Meet soap maker Nichole, at LoveAFehr Essentials, where every day is spa day. Where one day she realized the love she has for creating all-natural skin-loving products. We found that reaching out to someone confident and skilled with making soap will be better to get a hands-on learning experience. If the thought of using lye with goggles and gloves feels daunting don’t let it stop you. Although we used her own recipe to make Cinder’s milk, she would like to suggest the recipe below for just starting out. Check out Nichole’s tips and let’s make goat milk soap.
Here is what Nicole had to say about our goat milk soap making:
This is the perfect combination of goat milk + honey with a hint of rustic beauty. This is made with goat milk from @pack.goats and fragranced with goat milk + honey. It’s so creamy and smooth but don’t take my word for it!
How to Make Goat Milk Soap
- 2 stainless-steel bowls (one smaller to fit inside larger of ice)
- large glass measuring cups (4-6)
- Digital thermometer
- Digital scale
- Large whisk
- Blender mixer stick
- Protective gear: safety glasses, gloves, long sleeve shirt
- Soap mold
- 5.3 oz. Apricot Kernel Oil(15%)
- 8.8 oz. Coconut Oil (25%)
- 11.5 oz. Olive Oil Pomace (33%)
- 2.5 oz. Cocoa Butter Cubes (7%)
- 7 oz. Palm Oil (20%)
- 4.9 oz. Sodium Hydroxide Lye
- 11.6 oz. Goat Milk
- 2 oz. Oatmeal Milk and Honey Fragrance Oil
- Titanium Dioxide & Colorant
- Get supplies at wholesale supplies plus, Costco, Big Lots.
- Lye from a hardware store MUST be 100% lye
- Fragrances look at the IFRA report, figure out how much to use. If using essential oils, do extensive research on each oil.
- Always wear gloves, goggles, and mask for beginners weighing lye
- Beginners start out with a small batch
- Bars last 1 year on the shelf
- The process takes about 1.5 hours
- Freeze the goat milk in ice cubes or in a Ziploc and lay flat.
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Goat Milk Soap Recipe Cold Process Method
- Supplies and Ingredients in soaping space
- Goggles, gloves, long sleeves, and mask
- No distractions, pets, or kids in the working space
- Well ventilated area
- Dispense 3 teaspoons of titanium dioxide into 2 tablespoons of lightweight liquid oil, like sweet almond oil or sunflower oil.
Step 1: Mixing Lye and Goat Milk
- Frozen goat milk prevents scorching
- Slowly add lye to the frozen goat milk.
- Stir between each pour of lye in the milk.
- Mix until fully combined.
- This is now called the lye solution.
Step 2: Melt and Combine Oils
- Fully melt and combine the coconut oil, olive oil pomace, cocoa butter, apricot kernel oil, and palm oil. Mix your entire container of palm oil before portioning.
- Once the oils have cooled to 130 degrees or below.
- Add the Oatmeal Milk and Honey Fragrance Oil directly to the oils. Usually, fragrance oils are added at trace, we know this fragrance behaves so well and thin trace is not a concern, it can be added first.
Step 3: Saponification- making soap
- Add the lye solution to melted oils.
- Stick blend the lye solution and oils until you reach light to medium trace (get a spatula and lift some batter up. Let it fall back down. If it sits on top for a moment, that is light to medium trace.)
- Add Color: add all the dispersed titanium dioxide, and use the stick blender to stir and blend the colorant into the batter using short bursts.
- Pour in the mold.
- Tap it firmly on the counter to eliminate air bubbles, and use a spoon or spatula to spread the soap evenly into the mold.
Step 4: Cure Process
- Milk soap has a tendency to heat up due to the sugar in the milk. Place in the freezer overnight.
- Allow it to sit in the mold for about 3-4 days until it pulls away from the sides of the mold.
- Remove the soap from the dividers and allow the bars to cure for 4-6 weeks. Enjoy!
The Benefits of Goat Milk
We love our goats and the benefits of goat milk. We hope you enjoyed this recipe and tips from Nichole. If you loved this article and want to learn more about milk goats, keep reading. Did you know, they produce a superfood that’s packed full of nutrients and minerals to keep your body healthier. Which prevents illnesses and keeps your skin smooth and nourished. How cool is that? However, if you haven’t got yourself a milk goat yet and need a boost, click on this article to learn more about why homesteading with goats is the best. If you are ready to learn the goat milking process check out our A-Z Milk Goats course. Want to get in-depth more hands-on experiences? Come join the GOAT Club and become a member.
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