Goats milk is not only good to drink but because it is a great source of proteins, amino acids and Vitamin A it is wonderful for your skin and this is one of the main reasons why goat soap making is so popular amongst soap makers. Milk also contains lactic acid which helps to exfoliate, cleanse and soften the skin. Goats milk, itself, has a pH level close to our own skin’s pH, making it very gentle, even on sensitive skin. With all of these fantastic qualities, it is little wonder that goat soap making produces such a gorgeous, moisturising soap with a creamy smooth texture.
Now if you’re looking to make goats milk soap to sell and want to offer a good variety, then it is really easy to add your own unique blend of essential oils to create a lovely and distinctive aroma. You can experiment with different base oils such as coconut oil, peach kernel oil or almond oil, to name but a few and you can easily transform it into a soap that is more suited to men by using more masculine oils such as bergamot, basil, or lemongrass.
I’ve listed the recipe for goat soap making, that I use all the time with great success and, as I discussed earlier, you can vary the essential oils to suit your tastes. It is made using a basic cold process which you can easily find the internet so I won’t go into detail here.
- 8 oz. distilled water (cold)
- 8 oz. goat milk (cold) or (frozen/slushy)
- 6.5 oz. lye (sodium hydroxide)
- 8 oz. palm oil
- 17 oz. coconut 76 degree oil
- 17 oz. olive oil
- 1 oz. grapefruit seed extract
- 2-3 oz. essential oil
- NOTE: You can also use all goat milk (16 oz) and no water
Makes 4 pounds of soap
- Mix the distilled water and goats milk together in a bowl.
- Then add the lye slowly to the water/goat milk mixture and watch as it turns a tan color.
- Stir in all the lye and let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes. Don’t be concerned about the temperature of the lye mixture or oils mixture when making this recipe.
- Combine your oils in another bowl and then stir in the lye/water/goat milk mixture. The mixture will look curdled at this stage, but don’t worry this is normal.
- Using a stick blender mix well and continue through to trace.
- Add grapefruit seed extract as a preservative and any essential oil or combination of oils of your choice.
- Ginger essential oil makes an unusual and quite “manly” soap. Pour into your mold, cover and let set for 20-24 hours.
- Cut the soap into bars immediately after unmolding and let the soap cure for about four weeks.
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