Easy Goat Milk Soap Recipe
This is a very simple goat milk soap recipe. You can make it using ingredients that are easy to find. You can even purchase sodium hydroxide (lye) over at Amazon by clicking on this purchase lye link. You can also use canned goat’s milk, powdered goats milk or fresh, in the fridge section of your grocery store if you don’t have access to raw goat’s milk from your own goats or a friend who is willing to share. (find the supplies you need to make soap here)
Goat Milk Soap Recipe
- 18 oz slushy raw goat milk
- 6 oz water
- 6 oz lye (sodium hydroxide)
- 9 oz olive oil
- 10 oz coconut oil
- 24 oz vegetable shortening or lard
Heat the sold oils until they are almost melted. Swirl the oil until they melt the rest of the way. Add in the olive oil. Set aside to cool down to 100 degrees.
Mix the lye and water. Mix the lye into the water (this is important to control how fast the reaction happens). It will heat up so I like to use a tall container like a plastic pitcher even though there isn’t a whole lot of liquid in the bottom. I also like to put the pitcher in a basin of ice water while I am mixing the lye into the water and getting the mixture to cool down to 100 degrees. Not being a patient person myself, if you want to speed up the cooling of the lye/water mixture you can slip a few ice cubes down the side of the pitcher. When everything is 100 degrees mix the lye/water into the oils, give it a quick stir with a wooden or plastic long handled spoon then add in the raw goat milk.
Mix with your stick blender until trace. Your soap mixture should look like thick vanilla pudding. At this point add in a few drops of what ever flavor essential oil you wish and what ever extra pieces of stuff. Give it another swirl or two. Now you pour your mixture into soap molds or card board soup trays (even ramine boxes work) lined with wax paper. Cover with towels and let sit overnight. After about 24 hours dump out your soap, cut (here is a funny crinkle cut knife article I wrote), then let stand on end for several weeks to dry out. Enjoy!
How to tell if your goat milk soap recipe has reached trace
When using a stick blender to get to the point of trace it is a good idea to start and stop the blender, not run it continuously. I just use my stick blender as a spoon and turn it on intermittently as I’m waiting for the soap to trace.
If you happen to pour your soap into the mold before it has really traced and it separates you can always pour it back into your pot, heat it up slowly and blend it some more until it reaches a real trace.
The other problem is going past the trace mark right into seized. Again you can recover from this. Grate the soap up then reheat (slowly) and add more goat’s milk (a little at a time) until it is no longer seized. Then just put it in the mold and let it set up.
You can prevent it by paying attention to the temperature and water amount. Soap cool and don’t discount your water. If you are using a new fragrance or essential oil and don’t know how it will effect your soap, make a one pound test batch first. If it is happening, don’t panic!
If it is a light seize, where just where you are stickblending on the bottom of the pot is seizing, stop stickblending and stir to trace by hand.
If it is a heavy seize and you can’t save it, you’ve got three options!
Hot Process it – Dump it into a crockpot and hot process it. If it goes beyond the point of being able to stir it smooth and pour into a mold, you can hot process it. Simply put it into a crockpot and cook it until the whole mass has gelled (turned translucent) and then glop it into a mold.
Rebatch it – If you managed to get it into a mold but it is UGLY, you can rebatch it. Here are rebatching instructions. If you do it the day after, you usually won’t have to add additional water to it. If you rebatch it weeks later, you can add a bit of water to the shreds before cooking.
Chunk it – You can let your soap sit until solid. Cut it up into little chunks. Make a new batch of soap and add the chunks into the new batch. I’ve come up with some really nice
Of course if you want to use goat milk soap much faster, you can always order it at HartNana’s store.
Don’t forget to pick up your goat milk soap recipe making supplies: