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Soap Recipes – Goats Milk Soap Tutorial

I am sure if you are reading this you have heard how awesome goats milk soap is. It is a more difficult level of soap making because milk burns and the chemical reaction to make soap can get pretty hot. There are a few different tricks though which we will discuss. I suggest familiarizing yourself with Cold Process soap making before starting this Recipe. I will not be going over the entire process just tricks you can do to not scorch your goat’s milk.

The first way is to use the goats milk in place of the distilled water. This works with cold process but not hot process.

  1. Freeze your goat’s milk in little ice-cube trays. I like to pre-measure my goat’s milk so I know how much to freeze.
  2. I put the frozen cubes of goat’s milk in a glass bowl and put the bowl in another bowl that is partly filled with ice water. This way the bowl is kept chilled while not watering down the reaction.
  3. I then mix my lye into the ice cubes a little at a time and thoroughly stir. The ice cubes will melt. Once all the lye is mixed in keep stirring till it is liquid. You will want to keep your oils at a low temp as well. You can use any oil combination but I suggest ones that are liquid at room temp or close to room temp.
  4. Once your lye goats milk mixture is thoroughly mixed you can mix it with your oils and continue with normal cold process soap making. (I do not recommend Hot process with this method.

The second way to do goats milk soap is to add the goat’s milk at the end. This can be used for both hot and cold process.

  1. You start with discounted water. I do about half of what my recipe calls for. The other half will be goat’s milk but not until after trace. You go through all the steps of either cold or hot process just with discounted water.
  2. If you are doing cold process you add in the goat’s milk to recoup the missing water after the soap has come to trace and has cooled to around 80 degrees. If you are doing hot process you will wait to add “the other half” until after you have cooked the soap and reached the vaseline stage. This should also help your soap to be more fluid versus rustic.

Goats milk does turn soap a tan or cream color.img_0142Either way you use to make goat’s milk I recommend putting the soap, mold and all, in the fri

dge after molding the soap. This will help bring the temperature down.

  • In the case of cold process this will help during gel phase when the soap continues to heat up and can still scorch the soap. It should stay in the fridge 24-48 hours and once the soap comes out of the fridge let it get to room temperature before cutting it as it can crumble. Also it needs to cure for the full 6 weeks as refrigerating can draw out saponification.
  • In the case of hot process it is just to get the soap to cool off faster. I pt mine in for 12-24 hours then let it get to room temperature before cutting.

Here is a recipe I use

  • Coconut oil – 18.4 ounces / 521.6 grams
  • Olive Oil – 17.2 ounces / 487.6 grams
  • Palm Oil – 3.3 ounces / 93.6 grams
  • Goat’s Milk – 14.8 ounces / 419.6 grams or with the second method Distilled water 7.4 ounces/ 209.8 grams and Goat’s Milk 7.4 ounces / 209.8 grams
  • Lye – 5.86 ounces / 166.1 grams

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