How to Make Goat Milk Soap

 

 

How to Make Goat Milk Soap *housebarnfarm.com* An easy tutorial for the beginning goat milk soap maker

We have goats..

They are of the dairy variety, Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats to be exact..

We have lots of milk..

We used to drink it, all of it, but I wanted to branch out a bit..

That and the fact that my son had borderline eczema, gave birth to this idea..

I’ll make goat milk soap. That was over 5 years ago, and I am still making soap, so much soap in fact that we have taken to drinking cow milk {raw, from a local farmer}..

Because all the milk now goes to soap.. I know, it’s a little bit sad..

When I first started out, there was a lot of trial and error.. I would try and I would err.. It took awhile to find the perfect balance.

But once I hit upon my perfect combination of fats I was thrilled with the results, a super hard, long lasting, bubbly, lathery bar of soap that makes my skin feel soft and hydrated.

Do you have a desire to learn how to make goat milk soap? Well let’s get to it.. I have outlined below a great beginner’s tutorial for making goat milk soap {This is not the exact way I make mine but it will be a little less tense for a novice goat milk soapmaker}

How to Make Goat Milk Soap

First you are going to want to gather up your supplies:

FATS: There is a huge variety of fats one can use for soapmaking  from the everyday to truly unique for the purposes of this post we will be using lard, coconut oil and safflower oil {high-oleic}.
Lard: I use lard first because it is a traditional fat in soapmaking, it creates a super hard bar that maintains a stable creamy lather. Lard in this country is mostly thought of as a waste product of the pork industry, this should not be so..lard is a beautiful, versatile fat, we enjoy it in  pie crust and other baked goods.. can you say flaky crust…
But I also love what lard does to a bar of soap.

Coconut Oil: I have a love affair with coconut oil {See HERE} and it only makes sense to add its magical qualities to a bar of soap.. CO helps create a hard bar of soap that is tremendously bubbly.. When using CO you do not want it to exceed around 40% of your oils or it may be drying to the skin.. around 30% or less is ideal.

Safflower Oil {High-Oleic}: I use safflower oil for its hydrating properties and mildness.

BASE:  Sodium Hydroxide or you can call it by it’s street name.. Lye.

You can purchase lye in your local home-improvement store in the drain-cleaning section.. just be sure it states on the bottle 100% Sodium Hydroxide.

Liquid: I solely rely upon goat milk as the liquid when creating my soap, but for this post we will be using a combination of water and goat milk, for ease and to ensure you experience a great outcome with out the fear of burning your milk with lye.

Extras: If you would like a fragrant soap the possibilities are endless, from skin safe synthetic fragrance oils to all natural essential oils.. You can choose which best suits you. If yu would like to add color to your soap, there is plenty of options there as well from skin safe dyes to mica’s to plant based colorants, see which one will work for you.

Click the links below to see what I use { If what I use was not available I showed an example that is similar}

Tools:
*Eye Protection
*Rubber gloves
*Stick Blender
*Stainless steel pot
*Stainless Steel Spoon {Large}
*Plastic bowl/cont.
*Plastic cup
*Scale {capable of ounces} (my exact model is no longer available, this is the newer version)
*Glass measuring cup {liquid}
*Silicone/plastic/wood molds
*parchment paper to line plastic or wood molds

Goat Milk Soap for Beginners

16 ounces lard
9 ounces coconut oil
7 ounces safflower oil
9 ounces water
4 ounces goat milk
4.5 ounces sodium hydroxide {lye}

Lard, coconut oil and safflower oil

Lard, coconut oil and safflower oil

1.Weigh out and add your oils to the SS pot.

2. Melt oils {here is where I do things a little different, I prefer what would probably be categorized as the “room temperature method”}

Oils melting on our cookstove

Oils melting on our cookstove

3. Allow oils to cool overnight, you do not want them to be warm, room temperature is ideal.

4. Now that a day has passed and your oils are cool, you may notice the lard and the coconut oil may have become opaque.. this is OK.

Put on your eye protection and rubber gloves and prepare your molds

5. Weigh out your water into the plastic bowl; weigh out your goat milk into the glass measuring cup {if milk is frozen, thaw before using}; weigh out your lye in a plastic cup.

weighing out the sodium hydroxide {lye}

weighing out the sodium hydroxide {lye}

6. Since essential oils and fragrance oils can change the way a batch of soaps react we will keep this batch unscented, if you insist upon adding fragrance now would be the time to measure that out as well.

7. Add your granular lye to the water {NEVER add water to lye, that would be a disaster}. Using the stainless steel spoon stir until water is clear and all of the lye is dissolved.
{Lye is not scary but you must be cautious when using it, once the lye is added to the water it will get very hot and release a vapor, do not breathe this in, open windows or use ventilation if at all possible, once the lye is dissolved the vapor will dissipate, but the lye remains caustic and should be handled with caution}.

8. Using the Stick blender, blend the oils to combine them.

9. While using the stick blender, carefully and slowly add your lye water; continue using your stick blender to combine fats and lye. {I like to alternate between actually using the stick blender and using it like a spoon and just stirring while it is in the off position}

10. With stick blender on slowly add goat milk. {if using fragrance add now}

Adding the milk

Adding the milk

 

11. You will now stir/blend until the soap resembles a cooked custard, this is known as “trace”; if you can lift your blender out of the soap and the trails remain on top without immediately sinking back into the soap you are there.

12. Pour your raw soap into molds.

Soap in molds

Soap in molds

13. wait 12-48 hours by this time you should be able to release your soap from the molds and cut into bars; place bars on a non-reactive surface {I use plastic coated metal racks} and allow your soap to cure for 3-6 weeks, this will allow the saponification process {The process of Acid and Base creating Salt/Soap} to complete and will create a hard bar of soap.

Cut your soap into bars

Cut your soap into bars

14. Once cured.. Hit the showers! You are ready to use your own soap!!

There you did it, so what do you think? Something you can see yourself doing? Give it a shot!

But hey maybe soapmaking is not your thing.. That’s cool. Well your in luck, you can still enjoy a handcrafted bar of goat milk soap, and I will do all the hard work for you..

Just go on over to the SHOP and check out our soaps..

 

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Comments

  1. Hi I have camels and have never made soap. I have a camel getting ready to birth end of March early April.
    So after I get the new baby enough from mom and he or she is safe I want to milk her and save the milk to make a little soap.
    I just learned how to spin camel hair this year and I would love to show how to milk camels and show the soap to the children that come to my little farm. I don’t know if the recipe would be the same as goats so I guess I’ll have to experiment a little. Never done this before a little nervous. Not gonna lie. Some say it’s easy but people scared me on the lye thing. Do you buy chance have a camel mold probably not just thought it might be cool to send the kids home with a small bar shaped like a camel. Thanks for your time. It’s still a ways out but I’m willing to see what I can do.

    • Hi Peg.. You can absolutely use Camel milk! The recipe would be the same.. Lye is dangerous, but when handled properly there is not problem.. You just want to keep the little beads from spilling and keep it from getting wet until you are ready and of course avoid the fumes while stirring… But with goggles and gloves you should be great! If you google Camel Soap Molds you should be able to find some that fit your style.. Good luck.. Let me know how it turns out.. And can I say I am a little jealous that you know how to spin fiber.. That is so on my list :)

  2. wow. that is so cool. thank you . I don’t have goats…yet… can I use store bought goats milk?
    thank you, cant wait to try this out.. I just got chickens today :)
    miek

  3. Hi, we are looking into getting some Nigerian Dwarfs this spring for milk and I am really interested in trying my hand at making the soap, I have been a farmer’s market purchaser for years. You make this sound really easy but I am wondering about just a couple things. How do you know if your mixture has seized (or is there no doubt)? Does the stick blender need to be metal? I have a plastic one. And when you said that you used water in this recipe, what makes using all milk more difficult? I have read about people freezing the milk, does that make a difference?

    We are excited about getting into this! We did a huge amount of research on different goat breeds before settling on the Nigerian Dwarfs and just need to finish our goat barn and fencing before we can purchase some. I love your blog, it’s got great information. Thank you!

    • Hi Lauren, First of all Yay!! for getting NIgerians.. You will love them they are great.. As for making soap.. Seized soap.. there would be no doubt.. it would be thick, grainy and unpourable.. certain scents are more likely to seize so when starting out just try an unscented batch. You do not need to use a metal stick blender, I have used plastic in the past.. It just was not able to hold up to my constant use and cracked. The metal one has lasted 2 years so far.. so for me worth the extra expense. When I make soap for my shop I use all goats milk for the liquid. I use it frozen and then pour the lye onto the milk, which thaws it. If this is your first time working with milk and lye you run the risk of burning your milk or not properly dissolving your lye which is why I suggest to use water until you are comfortable with the process. Let me know how it turns out for you! :)

  4. i noticed that your recipe does not use thermometers. is that because you use the “room temperature” method? if so, can the room temperature method be used for most soap recipes?

  5. Heather says:

    I have a couple of questions. Can you substitute olive oil for the safflower oil? If I want to use all goat milk instead of adding the water, would I use 13 ounces of goat milk, or is there a different ratio? How much essential oil would you recommend for this recipe? Do you happen to know approximately how many pounds of soap this makes.

    I have tried a few goat milk recipes, but I am still searching for the best and easiest recipe to meet my needs. I think I will have to give this one a go.

    Thanks!

  6. Cant wait to try this out!! Will be fun to give my egg buying customers a little sample with their egg purchases. I have some great soap molds on order and am so excited!!

  7. So the oils get melted together first or are they melted separately? And then once combined they are a liquid or semisolid? Thanks.

  8. Karla Smith says:

    I was wondering at what point did you carve your name in the soap and also what fragrance oils are the best? For vanilla, could you just use pure vanilla that you cook with?
    Thank you.

  9. Hi! I’m looking into making soap for my daughter. We just found out she is allergic to all fruit and soy which also included olives and coconuts so I’m just wondering if there is a good sub for cocnut oil in your soap? A non-fruit oil? I was contemplating almond or sesame oil.

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