Goat milk soap making is becoming a popular hobby, and with good reason. Goat milk is very soothing and gentle to your skin.
Melt and Pour Goat Milk Soap Making
While there are many recipes on the Internet for making goat milk soap by the cold process method, you can also easily make a melt and pour version. This method is perfect for beginners and makes a great craft for children.
What You Will Need
- Goat milk pour and melt soap base
- Additives like oatmeal, herbs, etc.
- Double boiler or microwave safe bowl
First you will need to read through the instructions on the pour and melt base. If they are different from the instructions here, then follow the manufacturer's guidelines for best results. Basically, you will be following these steps:
- Melt the goat milk pour and melt pieces in a double boiler or microwave.
- Add the coloring, fragrance, and any herbs or added ingredients.
- Pour carefully into the molds you have chosen.
- Tap the bottoms to get out air bubbles.
- Let the soap set.
- Unmold your soap by gently popping it out of the mold.
Cold Process Goat Milk Soap
Cold process or no cook goat milk soap making takes a little longer and is a little more complex, but most aspiring soap makers eventually want to try their hand at this technique.
What You Will Need
- A scale that measures ounces and fractions of ounces
- Two stainless steel pots used exclusively for making your soap - label one for lye mixing and the other for heating oils.
- Soap molds
- Rubber gloves
- Goggles or safety glasses
- Paper towel
- Long handled spoon
- 6.5 oz. Lye
- Herbs and additives
- Olive oil
- 17 oz. coconut oil
- 17 oz. olive oil
- 8 oz. palm oil
- Castor oil
- 16 oz. goat milk
If you are not an experienced soap maker, you will want to get a book on soap making and make sure you understand the steps. Working with lye can be dangerous, so be careful.
- Add the lye to the goat milk. It will turn tan. Stir in all the lye carefully, and allow the mixture to stand for ten minutes.
- The lye mixture will look curdled.
- Mix the oils together, and add the lye mixture to the oil mixture.
- Mix well until it begins to trace, or leaves a line on the top of the soap mixture when a little is dribbled on top.
- Add fragrance, colors, or other additives.
- Pour carefully into molds and let it set up for 24 hours.
- Cut the soap carefully, watching for areas of liquid lye. These can splash and burn your skin.
- Cure the soap for four to six weeks.
Where to Find Supplies
Soap making supplies can be found in local hobby and craft stores as well as online. You should be able to get lye at your hardware store or even in the cleaning section of the grocery store. Make sure it is 100% lye.
You can also find supplies on the Internet:
More Recipes and Information
For more recipes you can check the following sites:
Goat milk soap can be made from fresh or dried goat milk, or even melt and pour goat milk soap pieces. It is a beautiful and gentle soap that makes excellent gifts as well as being wonderful for your skin.
Always remember that lye is very caustic and can burn or blind you. Make sure you understand how to mix and use it before making any type of soap that contains this harsh chemical.