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 homemade goats milk soap recipes it still retains that rich creamy texture you would hope to expect.
I have two wonderful goat’s milk soap recipes to share with you, but first let me cover which milks you can use in dairy soaps.
Powdered Milk For Dairy Soap Recipes
Dried (powdered milks) are probably the easiest to use in a milk soap recipe, and in contrast to what you may think, using milk powder doesn’t affect the moisture content in the soap, in fact it often produces a higher concentration of milk in the finished soap than with liquid milk.
The milk powder can be sprinkled straight into the soap mixture at trace or mixed with a little oil and added at trace along with any fragrances or essential oil you may be using.
Creamy Fresh Goats Milk Soap Recipe
Whenever I use fresh milk in my day to day soap making I always chose 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.
Lastly, fresh goat’s milk has a tendency to curdle your homemade milk soap. I avoid this by warming the milk slightly above room temperature and adding it to the water 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.
Another understated dairy soap addition are eggs, they are packed with protein and are an excellent addition to both soap and shampoo bars.
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).
- 8 oz (230g) Shortening (vegetable fat)
- 12 oz (340g) Olive Oil
- 12oz (340g) Sunflower Oil
- 2oz (57g) Bees Wax
- 10oz (283g) Fresh goat’s milk
- 4 1/2 oz (127g) Lye (Sodium Hydroxide/Caustic Soda)
- 1 tablespoon (15ml) Ylang Ylang essential oil or Lavender essential oil
Specifics To This Recipe
Use the method outlined in the cold process tutorial plus the following recipe specific steps:
- As with all soap recipes containing bee’s wax, once trace is reached the soap mixture begins to thicken very quickly so get your molds ready.
- In Step 2 – Bring the milk up to just above room temperature, add the lye to the milk and stir well. Don’t be to alarmed if the lye and milk mix looks a little grainy, continue with your soap making giving it a stir every now and then.
- In Step 4 – Combine oils lye mixture when both temperatures equally reach between 120°f (49c) 140°f (60c)
More Photos From Making Goats Milk Soap:
Next, try this homemade chocolate soap is great fun and because it has such a wonderful rich brown color.
Do you have your own goats milk soap recipes? What do you use in them?