Homemade goat milk soap is an excellent alternative to your regular soap. It’s not only luxurious, but also has a ton of benefits, such as:
- Removes dead skin cells
- Makes skin look and feel younger
- Contains vitamins, especially vitamin A, to help repair skin tissues
- Reduces acne, fine lines, and wrinkles
Goat milk itself can help keep your skin smooth and silky. Make your own soap using this type of milk so you get that peace of mind since you know what’s in your soap. Here’s an easy goat milk recipe to follow:
This recipe can make four ounces of soap bar. You will need these ingredients:
- 13 ounces of goat milk
- 15 ounces of olive oil
- 12 ounces of coconut oil
- 13 ounces of lard, palm oil, vegetable shortening, or other similar oil
- Six ounces of lye or 100% sodium hydroxide
You can use an ounce of any essential oil and other additives like lavender flowers or oatmeal. This recipe is quite versatile as you can use this with other milk. Note that some milk products have high fat, so you will need more lye.
With the ingredients ready, here are the directions to follow:
1. Freeze the goat milk on the same day you’ll use the soap.
2. Have a stainless steel bowl or a large glass, which you will put on top of a larger bowl. You can use your sink if you want. Avoid plastic containers since they absorb odors.
3. Place cold water in the top bowl and make it half full. Add ice to make it colder.
4. In the lower bowl, add the frozen milk (should be in chunks now).
5. Add the lye very slowly and squish into the milk as carefully as you can. Use a potato masher if you want as this works quite well.
6. Replace the ice whenever it melts because the mixture has to be very cold. If the milk turns tan, light brown, or orange or the smell turns ammonia-like, don’t worry; this is normal. But if it’s dark brown, you’ll need to begin again.
7. Keep the milk on ice while you get the oils ready. Combine all the oils and heat them in 110-125 F⁰.
8. Pour the milk/lye mixture when the oils are ready. Use your hand to mix them for five minutes and then use an immersion blender to make it thicker like a pudding.
9. Wait at least 24 hours before you remove the molds and cut the soap if you desire. You can use the soap after 3-4 weeks, but make sure you expose all the sides by turning the homemade soap every now and then.
If you have the optional ingredients, add them after the 8th step. Goat milk soap is used to make the skin more youthful, but it is also great for people with psoriasis and dry skin problems.