Items Needed To Make Goat Milk Soap
- 13 Ounces -Goat Milk Soap – It is best if your goats milk soap is frozen to help prevent it from over heating while adding the lye.
- 15 Ounces – Olive Oil
- 12 Ounces – Coconut Oil
- 13 Ounces – Lard / Shortening
- 6 – Ounces – Lye
- Bowl to mix your soap – we like to use glass or stainless steel since we are using the lye
- Ice for ice bath
- Scale to weigh the ingredients
- Immersion Blender
- Soap Mold
- Pot to melt you oils
- Personal Protective Equipment – Goggles / safety glasses and gloves (It is very important to use safety equipment while using lye. If you find yourself to be sensitive to the fumes you could make your soaps outside.)
Steps To Make Your Own Goat Milk Soap
Measure your goat milk soap and place it in your bowl. Next place your bowl in an ice bath. The ice bath is important because if helps prevent your milk from overheating which will result in off colors.
Measure out your oils. Place them in a pot and begin warm them up in order to melt your hard oils (lard/lye and your coconut oil).
Slowly add and stir the lye to your frozen milk. This tends to be one of the longer parts of this process but it will prevent your milk from overheating and ensuring a nice white soap.
Now we slowly add our warmed up oils to our milk. Once it our milk / lye solution and our oils are together we use our immersion blender.
Continue to use your immersion blender until you are able to some trace of where you spoon moves through the mixture. It should begin to remind you of a thin pudding. For easy pouring you do not want your mixture to get to thick. This is also the point were you can get creative and scent or color your soap.
Pour your mixture into your soap molds. We have used several different molds but like the consistency of the silicone molds. After your soap mixture is in your molds tap in on your working surface in order to get and bubbles out which may be trapped in your soap.
Okay well I lied, this is the longest part of making soap. Now you have to let the soap set in your mold for at least 24 hours. After that remove your soap and place somewhere it will to cure for 4 to 6 weeks. As you can see below we use a wire rack we created to ensure the air circulates all the way around the soap. Ensure you store you soap out of the heat and humidity. It is best to maintain the temperature around 70 degrees.
Some Of Our Soaps
Here are a few pictures of our soaps. We have tried many different scents, molds and even some color. We enjoy experimenting and trying new things. If have any questions, tips for us or you try to make your own goat milk soap from our tutorial here we would love to hear from you. You can either comment below, contact us on our Facebook, or email us through our Contact Us Page.