Goat Milk has been long regarded through history as the best-in-class Skin Care ingredient and has a reputable ranking for being the most suitable ingredient for soothing, nourishing and moisturizing the skin. Goat milk contains Lactic Acid, which has the innate ability to dissolve dead skin cells, thereby supplementing the skin with active ingredient compounds and helping the skin to acquire the glow.
Goat Milk Soaps are gaining popularity, thereby rising in demand through the skincare industry and just like soap making activities with beeswax and honey, goat milk soap base making at home as a DIY project is a great opportunity to work your creativity.
Benefits of Goat Milk Soap Bar
Goat milk soap bars have definitely proven to be a boon to skincare regimes and their benefits are vast. From nourishing the skin to making it look youthful, the various beneficial properties of goat milk soap base are listed below:
- The exceptionally high quantities of Vitamin A in goat milk soap help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, acne and eczema.
- Rejuvenates skin, thereby promoting healthy skin function and provides protection against free radicals.
- Homemade Soaps made from goat milk soothes skin and alleviates inflammation.
- Helps pack the moisture into the skin, thereby making it supple and soft to touch.
- High quantity of caprylic acid allows gentle removal of dirt and grime from the skin without stripping the natural fatty acids.
DIY Goat Milk Soap Base Ingredients
- 350g Coconut Oil
- 425g Olive Oil
- 369g lard (you can also opt for palm oil or vegetable shortening)
- 385mL goat milk
- 170g lye
- 30mL essential oil of your choice (you can also opt for essential oil blends)
- 25mL fragrance oil of your choice (optional)
- 2 Tablespoons of your favourite dried flowers and/or herbs (optional)
- Stainless steel containers
- Ice and cold water
- Wooden ladle
- Hand blender
- Glass jar
Method of Preparation of Goat Milk Soap at Home
- Preparation Time: 30 minutes
- Activity Time: 30 minutes
- Resting and Curing Time: 25 days
- Total Time: 25 days and 1 hour
Step 1: Freeze Goat Milk for Soap
To make goat milk soap base, freezing the milk is the most important step to ensure a high-quality product. So, 24 hours before you begin preparation of your custom-made goat milk soap, freeze the milk in a stainless-steel container or a zip-lock bag.
Step 2: Crush Frozen Goat Milk
After 24 hours Prepare a larger stainless-steel container and fill it up with cold water and ice, till half of the container has the freezing mixture of cold water and ice. Mash and crush the frozen goat milk till it have a chunky consistency and place the bowl into the larger one.
Step 3: Add lye
Add the lye into the chunky goat milk container very slowly and using the stainless-steel potato masher, fold the icy goat milk and lye together nicely. Slowly, keep adding and mixing lye together till it is all incorporated into the goat milk. Keep replacing the melted ice with frozen ones since milk sugars are very sensitive and need to be kept cold to avoid burning.
The mixture may turn light tan to orange in the process which is fine, but if it turns brown, the mixture is burnt and you'd have to start over. And if you smell pungency or ammonia-like fumes, it is fine and will fade in the Curing Process.
Step 4: Set lye-milk Mixture
Now that the goat milk and lye are fully incorporated and mixed together, the next step is to set the lye-milk mixture, which is done by keeping the container covered and surrounded by ice in a larger container. This step stabilizes the mixture and cools it down to prevent sugar-scorching.
Step 5: Heat the Oil Mixture
Add Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and Lard (or palm oil) in a bigger stainless-steel container and combine them with a wooden ladle. Heat the oil mixture slightly till it reaches 110-125°F temperature and gets fully combined. Cool the mixture slightly before moving on to the next step.
Step 6: Combine lye-milk Mixture with Oil Mixture
This is a very crucial step in the preparation of homemade goat milk soap bases, so proceed with caution. Put on your gloves and slowly pour out the lye-milk mixture into the container containing the combined oils. Combine the Mixture with your hands for the period of first five minutes and then using a hand blender, centrifuge the mixture nicely till the ingredients get incorporated. At this time the mixture starts to thicken and gradually gains a pudding-like consistency, meaning that it is coming to trace.
Step 7: Add in your Favourite Ingredients
When your goat milk soap base mixture comes to trace, that is when you can add your favourite ingredients to customize your goat milk soap bars. Add in the essential oils (those recommended for soap making are Lavender, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Tea tree or blends that you prefer) and mix properly before adding the fragrance oils (those recommended are Spearmint, Rosemary, Rose and such). You can also add your additional ingredients like dried flowers and/or herbs, sparkles and such.
Step 8: Pour and Mould
Now that you've added your favourite additives into the homemade goat milk soap base, the next step is to pour the base into moulds. After pouring it into the mould, let it set for about 24-28 Hours, after which you can release the soap bars from the moulds.
Step 9: Curing Your Goat Milk Soap Bars
After releasing your customized homemade goat milk soap bars from their moulds, let them be exposed to the air for about 24-25 Days before using them. After they're cured, place them in glass jars so that they retain their shape and texture.
Safety Precautions while Preparing Goat Milk Soap Base at Home
- Handling lye should be done with utmost care as it is caustic and can cause burns to your skin.
- Always use gloves while working with the soap making process.
- Do not allow children near you while preparing soaps.
- Always keep vinegar handy, since it helps neutralize any burns which may be caused due to accidental contact with lye.
- Do not let the goat milk heat up in any way, it may burn the milk sugars. Always place milk containers in ice baths.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I make goat milk soap bar without lye?
Ans: Yes, you can make goat milk soap bar without lye by using melt and pour goat milk soap base.
Q: Can I make goat milk soap base without using lard?
Ans: Yes, you can make goat milk soap base without using lard by substituting it with palm oil or vegetable shortening.
Q: Is goat milk soap base natural?
Ans: Yes, goat milk soap base is a very much natural remedy for all kinds of skin ailments and has numerous benefits like reducing wrinkles, fine lines and such.
Q: Which goat milk soap base is the best?
Ans: VedaOils Goat Milk Soap Base is the best in quality for the process of soap making and is available to buy at: Goat Milk Soap Base with Natural Glycerin
Making Goat Milk Soap Bars at home is a great idea to innovate and put your heart into. This recipe takes in account the whole process from scratch, to prepare goat milk soap bars at home and if you want to skip the lye-addition step, do try out soap making using a goat milk melt and pour soap base. Enjoy preparing your own goat milk soap bars with this incredible DIY project.