DIY Goat Milk Soap

Goat Milk Soap is one of my favorite all time products. I love the way it feels on my skin, I love the way it smells, and I love all the benefits it has for my skin! You’ll love all these goat milk soap recipes & ideas!

 

Ingredients

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  • Coconut oil – 20 oz
  • Olive oil – 20 oz
  • Rice bran oil – 5 oz
  • Avocado oil – 5 oz
  • Castor oil – 4 oz
  • Shea butter – 5 oz
  • Sweet Almond oil – 5 oz
  • Frozen goat’s milk – 18 oz
  • Lye – 9 oz

Supplies

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  • Container to mix goat’s milk and lye in (plastic, glass, or stainless steel only)
  • Spoon to mix goat’s milk and lye (plastic, glass, or stainless steel only)
  • Measuring cups
  • Wire whisk or rubber spatula
  • Stick blender
  • Soap molds
  • Knife (to cut the soap)
  • Kitchen scale
  • Safety Equipment — rubber gloves, safety goggles, and mask

 

Step 1. Chop the frozen goat’s milk into small pieces and weigh the required amount. Place in a container large enough to hold both the goat milk and lye mixture.

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Step 2. Place some  ice cubes and water into a bowl big enough to set your lye container into. your lye container above the ‘ice water bath’.

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Step 3. Pour a small amount of water over the frozen milk to dissolve the lye (an ounce of water will do). Sprinkle lye over the milk and start mixing.

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Note: Do not dump the entire lye solution over the milk. This will only create crusty lye clumps that are hard to dissolve. Once you have mixed all the lye and goat’s milk together, set aside.

 

Step 4. Melt the hard oils.

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Step 5. Add the liquid oils to the completely melted hard oils. Stir a bit. You can add your fragrance to the melted oils.

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Step 6. Stir your lye solution and look for globs of milk in it. You can use a wire whisk to break them up but a stick blender will speed up the process.

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Step 7. Slowly pour the lye solution to the melted oils. Stir as you pour.

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Step 8. Stir, stir and stir some more until the lye solution and oils have reached a ‘trace’.

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How to test for a trace: Periodically lift your wire whisk or stick blender and let the mixture drip back onto the surface. If the drip lines stay on the surface for a few seconds before blending back into the mixture, then you’ve reached trace.

 

Step 9. Pour mixture into soap molds and let it sit for 24-48 hours in a cool, dark place.

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Step 10. Un-mold the soap after 24-48 hours and let it cure for 4 or more weeks.

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The soap will initially have an ammonia kind of smell. It should go away after a couple of days. Enjoy your new soap or give it away as a gift!

That’s all, fellow homesteaders! Did you enjoy our recipe for homemade goat milk soap? Let us know in the comments section below what troubles you had or what you did differently when making your goat milk soap. Do you have a favorite soap recipe that’s a staple on your homestead?

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