Hand Made Goats Milk Soap

What could be nicer for a wedding or baby shower favor than receiving handmade soap. Its full of natural ingredients found at the local grocery store (and hardware store), that moisturize while you wash. Its a real shame you can’s smell how wonderful these are…. warm milk and honey.

Finshed Soap

You can style these guest sized soaps up or down to suit your theme. Here is an easy pictorial to help you make goats milk soap at home

Soap making is one of those crafts that can terrify people once all the safety instructions are read and understood. Using Lye (Sodium hydroxide) is dangerous and will burn if not handled correctly. Make sure you understand all safety precautions before starting.

However, if approached in a calm manner, removing all pets and children from the area, taking precautions, then making your own soap can be a cost-saving activity, creating personalized soaps for you and your family.

Here is the equipment you will need:

  • Large mixing vessel (glass jug or pot depending on the batch size)
  • Immersion blender
  • Silicone spatula
  • Scale
  • Various jugs (plastic and glass)
  • Thermometer

Equipment 1 Supplies 2

All equipment must be kept for non-food use, don’t use anything again for food used for soap.

You’ll need something to mold the soap with. There are some different options from a brownie silicone mold, a plastic mold specifically for soap, or what about a cardboard box lined with a trash bag? The mold will determine the batch size. No math here although those less mentally challenged could work out the mass. Simply fill the mold with water and use a jug to measure the volume.

And of course the Ingredients: The only thing missing here is the essential oil used for scenting your soap. You can leave this out if anyone is sensitive, or you can choose your favorite oil. See the great selection at www.wholesalesoapsupplies.com

Ingredients 1

Recipe: (this batch was 1.03Kg, so around 2.2 pounds) I use grams, as they are smaller it’s easier to get precision in the weights

Coconut Oil 30% (210g)

Olive Oil 45% (315g)

Castor Oil 5% (35g)

Lard 20% (140g)

Lye (AKA “Sodium hydroxide”, available as drain cleaner in the hardware store – but check the label for details)

Using the lye calculator at Brambleberry.com, I need 234 g of goat’s milk (liquid) and 101.5g lye (Sodium Hydroxide).

If not using an established recipe that you’ve used before, always use a lye calculator to determine the sodium hydroxide as the saponification values of oils do differ.

Sodium hydroxide is exothermic. It causes a temperature raise when mixed with liquid. Using frozen goats milk helps keep everything on the cooler side.

Wear gloves, long sleeves and if you have them – safety glasses.

Weigh out all your ingredients, this is where the collection of yogurt pots and plastic sour cream tubs comes in handy. Having everything ready to go helps you focus on making the soap.

Very slowly, and I mean slowly…… add the lye to the frozen milk. The heat generated will slowly melt the milk, keep stirring. This combination can give off an ammonia smell, this is natural.

Melting frozen milk

Keep measuring the temperature of the milk/lye mixture, use and in an ice-bath if it starts creeping up near 1000F.

Melt the oils & lard gently (either in the microwave or on top of the stove). Keep the temperature as low as possible, you’re not frying chicken!

Melting oils

You want both the lye/milk mixture and the oils to be within 10 degrees of each other and less than 1000F.

Add the milk/lye mixture to the oils mix with the immersion blender until trace is achieved. Use small bursts, so to keep the blender from overheating.

Trace looks like “pudding”, the mixture leaves trails on its self if swirled over its surface.


Once trace is achieved, add the fragrance oil quickly and blend again. Pour into the mold.

Soap in tray

Soap normally gets wrapped up and kept warm and goes through a “gel stage”. Goat’s milk doesn’t like going through this stage and can cause cracking. Keep the soap cool so to prevent this happening.

24 hours later, turn the soap out of the mold and cut into the required bar size. Allow to sit, turning slowly for at least 6 weeks. The chemical reaction will continue for a while and may have residual sodium hydroxide.

Demolded and cut

You’ll notice that the soap gets darker as it cures. it shouldn’t get any darker than this.

Keeping the milk as cool as possible keeps the soap pale in color.

Wrapping suggestions coming soon!!!…


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