Learn How to Make Great Goat Milk Soap At Home (2022)

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This goat milk soap recipe yields soap that is great for your skin! It works with other milk types too so follow the recipe and get started.

Goat Milk Soap Recipe

Since I’ve written other articles on soap making, I’ve been asked many times, “How do you make milk-based soaps?” While there are a few shortcuts, milk-based soap is a bit more difficult than most other cold process soaps, but the end result is well worth the extra effort.

(Video) How to make handmade, natural Goats Milk Soap

For Beginners

If you haven’t made soap before, we recommend you take a look at our otherarticles on soap making to familiarize yourself with the process before tackling this goat milk soap recipe. Here are some great recipes to help you learn:

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  • 12ouncescoconut oil
  • 15ouncesolive oil
  • 13ounceslard(you can also use sustainably-sourced palm oil, tallow, vegetable shortening, or another comparable oil: see "Additional Notes" section)
  • 13ouncesgoat milk
  • 6ounceslye(100% sodium hydroxide – also find at local hardware store)
  • 1ounceessential oils
  • additives such as oatmeal or lavender flowers(optional)

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  1. On the day before you make this goat milk soap recipe, you need to freeze your goat milk. Getting it very cold isn't good enough, it needs to be frozen. I put mine in zip-top bags in the freezer and keep it there until I need it. Each bag is pre-measured at 13 ounces soit's ready to use.

  2. Then, you need a large glass or stainless steel bowl. (Avoid using plastic, as it may absorb odors.) Put this in a larger bowl or the sink and fill the outside bowl about half full with cold waterand ice so it’s very cold. In the inside bowl, place your frozen chunks of milk.

    (Video) How to make a simple handmade and natural cold process Goats milk soap: Tutorial with recipe

  3. Very slowly, add your lye andcarefullysquish it into the milk. A stainless steel potato masher works quite well for this step. Keep adding the lye until it is all incorporated. It will probably not get hot or even warm. Don’t worry about that, it doesn’t need to. If the ice in the outside bowl melts, keep replacing it. It needs to stay very cold. The milk may turn orange or even tan to light brown. This is normal. If it turns dark brown, you’ll need to start over. The milk is scorched at this point. The sugars in the milk are very sensitive and need to be kept very cold to keep them from scorching. And if you smell an ammonia-like smell, that is normal too – just keep going. This smellwill fade while it is curing.

  4. When your lye/milk is ready, keep it on ice while you get the oils ready. Measure your oils using akitchen scale. Combine oils and heatthem slightly until they are about 110° – 125°F.

  5. When the oils are ready, slowly pour the lye/milk mixture into the oils. Mix by hand for the first 5 minutes and then use astick (immersion) blenderto bring it to trace. If you've never made soap before, this is where it gets quite thick, much like pudding. When it comes to a trace, add your essential oils and any additives and pour it into molds.

  6. Wait 24 hours or more, remove from molds,and cut if desired. Wait 3-4 weeks, turning it every so often so all sides have been exposed to air. You can test the pH with test strips to make sure it’s cured (the desired pH is between 8-10), or use the old “touch your tongue to it” method. If you get any kind of tingle on your tongue, it’s not ready yet and will be too harsh on yourskin if used at this point. (I’ve been doing this since 1995 and that tiny bit of lye on an uncured bar will not hurt you.)Wrap when completely cured.

You could substitute milk for water in any soap making recipe, but certain types of milk are higher in fat, necessitating the use of more lye to make it work. I’ve used the following goat milk soap recipe and it works great. Depending on what kind of milk you use though, you may need to use a bit of additional lye. I made a goat milk soap recipe, and that has about the same amount of fat as whole cow’s milk. Others, such as buffalo, sheep, or yak (yes, yak!) have more fat. Increase your lye to 6.5 ounces for these milk types.

Goat Milk Soap Recipe Tips

  • Always keep your milk frozen and the lye/milk mixture cold. This is extremely important to prevent scorching.
  • Lye should be handled with extreme care as it is caustic and can burn your skin. Keep vinegar handy as it will neutralize any lye burns. I got burned yesterday by reaching for a paper towel. I brushed my arm across the lye jar and didn’t think I actually hit it until later when it started to itch. I wiped it with vinegar, put some ointment on, and it’s not even red today.
  • Use only stainless steel or glass as plastic can pick up smells from the milk as it’s “working.”
  • Your other oil can be any oil with a comparable SAP value. The SAP value is the amount of lye that it takes to make that oil into soap. (Actually, it’s more than that, but that’s the short version.) I tend to stick with oils like palmandgrapeseed, which have benefits for the skin.
  • Palm oil is a controversial subject. I have found that Spectrum Foods is the only company that produces sustainably harvested palm oil. (Find it here.) It comes from farmers and is not involved with the rainforest at all. They also make an organic vegetable shortening that works very well in soap.
  • To make goat milk soap with a whiter color either use all clear oils or add small amounts of titanium dioxide. Read our article on how to make goat milk soap white.
  • If your soap mixture doesn’t trace, don’t worry. As long as it is blended well, it will be fine. There have beena few times when my soap didn’t trace and it worked out despite this.
  • It’s very common for your soap to turn gelatinous duringthe first part of thecuring stage. (It’s actually a good thing.) If this happens, do not stiror you’ll upset the balance. Allow it to sit untouched and it will be fine.
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Alternative Milk Soap Method

When I’m teaching a class, it’s hard enough to keep everyone together without throwing frozen milk into the equation. So I give them an alternative. Prepare your soap as you normally would using a cold process soap recipe. Then, at the trace, add a few teaspoons of powdered goat milk mixed with a bit of oil. I use oil, not water because it smooths out well and doesn’t get lumpy like it does when mixed with water. You may still get the orange color and some ammonia smell – remember that it’s normal for that to happen. You can still add whatever you want. The color will fade and become a nice creamy color.

I love making this goat milk soap recipe because it is so goodfor your skin. And it helps justify my love for mygoats!

Do you have a favorite goat milk soap recipe? Share in the comments section below!


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How do you make goats milk soap for beginners? ›

How to Make All-Natural Goat Milk Cold Process Soap ... - YouTube

What supplies do you need to make goat milk soap? ›

Ingredients: Palm oil, 4.6 oz; coconut oil, 8 oz; olive oil, 12.8 oz; castor oil, 4.6 oz; sodium hydroxide, 4.15 oz; distilled water, 6 oz.; goat milk, 6 oz. Optional: 1.5 – 2 oz. fragrance or essential oils.

Is making goat milk soap easy? ›

It's a simple and nourishing soap recipe that's especially great for sensitive skin. Includes guidance on temperatures, equipment, and ingredients. When you make goat milk soap, you can substitute some of the water used to make the lye solution with milk. Easier said than done though!

How long does it take to make goat milk soap? ›

Goats milk contains natural vitamins that help to nourish skin and honey is a natural antimicrobial that helps to make a creamy, bubbly soap. What is this? It should take you about 2 hours to prepare, followed by 24 hours of curing in the mold and then 4 to 6 weeks of curing time before use.

Does goat milk soap expire? ›

So, in a nutshell, properly made goat milk soap, will not spoil, go bad or expire. Soap can last for 10 – 20 years if kept in a dry, cool spot in the home. If high quality fragrance oils are used, the scent can last for years as well.

How do you make goat milk soap without lye from scratch? ›

If you have goat milk to use but you prefer soap making without lye, adding milk – no more than one tablespoon per pound of melt and pour base – is simple and easy. You can also add powdered or condensed goat milk at the same rate – one tablespoon per pound of base.

How do you add color to goats milk soap? ›

How to add colorant to your goat's milk soap - YouTube

How much does it cost to make goat milk soap? ›

This recipe uses common oils and canned goat's milk from the grocery store to make a wonderfully creamy soap that costs around $1.50 per bar to make!

Can you make goats milk soap without lye? ›

That's right, there is no such thing as true soap-making without lye. Other cleaning products, like detergent, can be made without lye. Even goat milk liquid soap uses potassium hydroxide (a form of lye) instead of the sodium hydroxide (lye) that is used to make bar-soap.

Is goats milk soap good for face? ›

Goat milk soap is a gentle cleanser rich in fatty acids that can help support a healthy skin barrier to keep skin nourished and moisturized. Moreover, its high lactic acid content may help exfoliate the skin, which may benefit those with acne.

What can I use instead of lye in soap making? ›

The main way that you can make soap without handling lye is by using melt-and-pour soap. The part of it that's real soap has already been through saponification (oils reacting with lye) and is safe to use and handle straight out of the package.

How do you store goat milk soap? ›

Keep your soaps in a dry, ventilated area when not in use. Place it on a soap dish that drains for remove it from your shower area. If left wet you will not get many uses out of it. How long does your goat milk soap stay fresh?

Does goat milk soap lather? ›

One of the big questions we are often asked is does goat milk soap lathers well? Yes, yes it does lather well. All of our goat milk soaps have been created to have a rich fluffy and creamy lather. Milk contains natural sugars which work to increase and enhance the formation of bubbles and "lather".

How much does it cost to make a loaf of soap? ›

Homemade soap, in contrast, is about $7 per loaf to make. This accounts for the cost of the oils and lye needed. This can vary wildly, but I calculated the cost of one of my favorite recipes, which includes a good amount of more expensive oils and butters. To add fragrance and color, add about a dollar per loaf.

How is goat milk soap base made? ›

  • Step 1: Freeze Goat Milk for Soap. ...
  • Step 2: Crush Frozen Goat Milk. ...
  • Step 3: Add lye. ...
  • Step 4: Set lye-milk Mixture. ...
  • Step 5: Heat the Oil Mixture. ...
  • Step 6: Combine lye-milk Mixture with Oil Mixture. ...
  • Step 7: Add in your Favourite Ingredients. ...
  • Step 8: Pour and Mould.

Can you make goats milk soap without lye? ›

That's right, there is no such thing as true soap-making without lye. Other cleaning products, like detergent, can be made without lye. Even goat milk liquid soap uses potassium hydroxide (a form of lye) instead of the sodium hydroxide (lye) that is used to make bar-soap.

Can I use goats milk soap on my face? ›

Moreover, goat milk soap is gentle and may help maintain the skin's moisture. This is unlike many face cleansers containing harsh ingredients that can dry out the skin, potentially leading to excess oil production and clogged pores ( 22 ).

How do you make goat milk body wash? ›

How to Make Creamy Goat Milk Body Wash {Make It Handmade} - YouTube

How do you make goat milk soap bars? ›

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