Two Homemade Goats Milk Soap Recipes

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homemade goats milk soap

The thought of a warm bath full of rich and creamy goat’s milk sounds wonderful! Thankfully when it’s used as an ingredient in my goats milk soap recipe it still retains that rich creamy texture you would hope to expect.

I have two wonderful goat’s milk soaps to share with you, a creamy goats milk soap and a chocolate goats milk soap.

Creamy Goats Milk Soap Recipe

Whenever I use fresh milk in my cold process soapmaking I always choose goats milk, it’s a lot easier to use than cow’s milk and I’ve always had great success with it. However, if this is the first time you’re using fresh milk in soap there are a couple of things you may wish to consider.

First of all, fresh goat’s milk will change the color of the soap to a deep honey color, so it’s not very suitable for use with any pigments. Secondly, it does tend to have a strong smell; thankfully this doesn’t stay with the finished soap!

Fresh goat’s milk has a tendency to curdle your soap. I avoid this by freezing the milk before adding it to the water and before adding the lye. If the soap still curdles and you are using a stick blender you should be able to continue blending until the mixture becomes smooth.

diy goats milk soap

Ingredients

This is a creamy medium to soft homemade milk soap with lots of bubble lather and the beautiful aroma of ylang ylang essential oil. This goat milk soap recipe leaves your skin feeling so soft and smooth, it’s a must make for all soap makers.

Makes around 12 bars (I’ve used a cutlery bin to make a nice half moon soap shape, you can find an example of this bin here Soap Making Supplies).

Method

If You’ve Not Made Soap Before

Start by watching the short video below & take a look at the cold process tutorial here.

  1. A few hours or the day before making the soap, weigh the goat’s milk and pour it into ice cube trays for freezing.
  2. Gather your soap making equipment and ingredients, and put on your protective gear, rubber gloves, face mask, and goggles. Weigh the distilled water and place it into a good-sized heavy-duty plastic or Pyrex jug. Add the frozen milk to the water then Place the jug into a safe place such as a sink and add the Lye/ caustic soda and stir until the lye has fully dissolved. Set aside and leave to cool to around 140f (60c) to 120f (49c).
  3. Meanwhile; gently melt the shortening, beeswax, and olive oil in a stainless steel pan on the stove or in a heatproof glass jug in the microwave using 30-second bursts. Once melted add the sunflower oil. Adding the sunflower oil at room temperature rather than warming it will help the oils to cool to quicker. You are aiming for the oils to cool to around 140f (60c) to 120f (49) to match the lye solution.
  4. When both the lye and oils are between 140f (60c) to 120f (49) they are ready to combine. When adding the lye to the oils I always prefer to start mixing them manually with a spatula before moving on to an electric hand blender. This is just a personal preference and I only give it a few stirs before switching. The important thing here is to add the lye to the oils rather than adding the oils to the lye.
  5. Before putting the stick blender into the soap batter give it a quick blitz just to make sure there are no hidden air bubbles trapped in the blender. Blend the batter using 30-second bursts, stirring and checking for trace between each burst. Trace is when you can trickle a little of the soap back into the batter and it leaves behind a trace before disappearing back into the batter.
  6. Once the batter has reached trace, go back to using a spatula and stir in the ylang-ylang essential oil.
  7. As soon as the essential oil has been mixed into the soap batter, get it into the mold. The soap can thicken quickly when things are added to it, so you don’t want to hang around here. If the soap does become too thick to pour, use a spoon to transfer it and then give the mold a couple of taps on the counter to level it out a bit. You may also need to smooth the surface of the soap with the spatula or the flat part of the spoon.
  8. Cover the mold with a piece of cardboard and leave to harden for around 24 hours before removing it from the mold.
  9. Once the soap has hardened, remove it from the mold and cut it into bars. The bars will need to cure for four weeks before they will be mild enough to use. To cure them stand the bars upright with around a ¼ inch between them, they will also need to be turned once a week.

Photos From Making Goats Milk Soap

how to make goat's milk soap

Yummy Homemade Chocolate Soap

This homemade chocolate soap recipe contains fresh goats milk, it’s great fun and has such a wonderful rich brown color. It’s a perfect soap for cubing up and adding to other white based soaps (see vanilla choc chip soap).

On its own this soap does have a mild milky chocolate scent, but personally if I’m going to make a rich looking chocolate soap I want a rich chocolatey smell. Adding a teaspoon or two of chocolate fragrance oil gives this soap just the scent I like.

homemade chocolate soap with goats milk

Ingredients

This recipe produces a hard soap with lots of creamy bubbles and makes about 12 bars

  • 375g (13.2oz) Shortening (vegetable fat)
  • 250g (8.8oz) Tallow (dripping)
  • 375g (13.2oz) Coconut Oil
  • 15g (0.5oz) Plain dark cooking chocolate (semi-sweet)
  • 200g (7oz) Distilled water
  • 100g (3.5oz) Fresh goats milk
  • 150g (5.2oz) Lye (Sodium Hydroxide/Caustic Soda)
  • 30g (1oz) Chocolate fragrance oil (optional)

Method

Follow the steps below using the cold process method.

A quick word of warning; when cutting into the soap you may find the inside of the soap much lighter than its outer shell, this will darken within a couple of days so don’t panic. You may also notice a strong goats milk odor in the soap, once again don’t panic this will fade away.

  1. A few hours or the day before making the soap, weigh the goat’s milk and pour it into ice cube trays for freezing.
  2. Gather your soap making equipment and ingredients, and put on your protective gear, rubber gloves, face mask, and goggles. Weigh the distilled water and place it into a good-sized heavy-duty plastic or Pyrex jug. Add the frozen milk to the water then Place the jug into a safe place such as a sink and add the Lye/ caustic soda and stir until the lye has fully dissolved. Set aside and leave to cool to around 140f (60c) to 120f (49c).
  3. Meanwhile; gently melt the shortening, tallow, coconut oil, and chocolate in a stainless steel pan on the stove or in a heatproof glass jug in the microwave using 30-second bursts. Once melted add the sunflower oil. Adding the sunflower oil at room temperature rather than warming it will help the oils to cool to quicker. You are aiming for the oils to cool to around 140f (60c) to 120f (49) to match the lye solution.
  4. When both the lye and oils are between 140f (60c) to 120f (49) they are ready to combine. When adding the lye to the oils I always prefer to start mixing them manually with a spatula before moving on to an electric hand blender. This is just a personal preference and I only give it a few stirs before switching. The important thing here is to add the lye to the oils rather than adding the oils to the lye.
  5. Before putting the stick blender into the soap batter give it a quick blitz just to make sure there are no hidden air bubbles trapped in the blender. Blend the batter using 30-second bursts, stirring and checking for trace between each burst. Trace is when you can trickle a little of the soap back into the batter and it leaves behind a trace before disappearing back into the batter.
  6. Once the batter has reached trace, go back to using a spatula and stir in the chocolate fragrance oil if using.
  7. As soon as the fragrance oil has been mixed into the soap batter, get it into the mold. The soap can thicken quickly when things are added to it, so you don’t want to hang around here. If the soap does become too thick to pour, use a spoon to transfer it and then give the mold a couple of taps on the counter to level it out a bit. You may also need to smooth the surface of the soap with the spatula or the flat part of the spoon.
  8. Cover the mold with a piece of cardboard, and place a towel over it to keep it warm. This will allow the soap to gel creating a darker rich color. The soap will need to harden for around 24 hours before removing it from the mold.
  9. Once the soap has hardened, remove it from the mold and cut it into bars. The bars will need to cure for four weeks before they will be mild enough to use. To cure them stand the bars upright with around a ¼ inch between them, they will also need to be turned once a week.

Photos From Making Homemade Chocolate Soap

making chocolate bar soap with goats milk
homemade chocolate soap with goats milk

So there we have it, two great ways to incorporate goats milk into your soaps! I love to play around with different ingredients in my soap formulations, and goats milk can make a bar of soap so much more luxurious.

Another great ingredient to try is coconut milk! My coconut and lime soap uses coconut milk in a similar way to the goats milk soap recipes, and it feels amazing on your skin. Definitely take a look at it if you’re interested in using different types of milk in your soaps.

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Discussion (4 Comments)

  1. I thank you for your recipe and have been using the same ingredients and recipe for my 3 lb. loaf of cp soap. I added 1.25 oz of goat milk powder to about 3 oz. of my oils and blended with stick blender to smooth any lumps and added at trace. The soap was used mainly in a slab mold as well in a few oval molds. It is still curing but seems crumbled and especially when cutting slab into bars it didn’t go well!
    I am not sure what went wrong?

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  2. Hi Angela, First of all let me say that your website is a gold mine of ideas and inspiration, so congratulations!
    Then I was wondering if this recipe can be made with fresh donkey milk too. Here in my area I’ve found a farm that produce organic donkey milk, so I’m willing to give it a try…
    I have noticed that some people also freeze the milk before adding to the lye solution (http://www.lovinsoap.com/2012/10/how-to-make-goats-milk-soap-using-farm-fresh-goats-milk/) in order to preserve the milk properties….what do you think, this could be the case?
    I would also ask what do you mean by “Shortening (vegetable fat)”? Any vegetable fat would do the job? Could I use for example sustainable harvested Palm Oil or organic Coconut Oil? Or is there a specific ingredient I have to use instead?
    Thank you so much!

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  3. Do you put anything in the cutlery mold to make the soap come out easily? I got one of those molds and I can’t get the soap out without a lot of banging it on the floor?

    Yours looks so smooth.

    Thanks,
    KK

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    • Hi Karen, welcome to Savvyhomemade!

      A quick grease round with a little solid oil from any of your soap recipes should do the trick. Check out the full cold process for more detailed info and complete steps from start to finish.

      Reply

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