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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Goat's Milk Soap

So, you want to make Goat’s Milk Soap? Here are a few tips and tricks we have learned while working with Goat’s Milk. Hint: This also works with Coconut Milk!

First, read our post on making Cold Process Soap. The process is essentially the same with two exceptions:

  1. In your recipe, you will be substituting the water in your recipe for Goat’s Milk. You will need to weigh out the Goat’s Milk on your scale and then freeze your Goat’s Milk. You can freeze the Goat’s Milk in an ice cube tray or freeze it in a freezer bag. Because you are adding the extra step of freezing the milk, it is best to start this process the day before you are ready to make soap.
  2. Once you are ready to soap, pull the frozen milk out of the freezer and empty the frozen milk into your plastic pitcher. I like to let my milk thaw a bit at this point until it a chunky slush.
  3. Slowly pour the premeasured lye into the frozen milk and STIR, STIR, STIR. Your iced milk will slowly start to melt. The key is to do this slowly and stir. Your milk may start to turn orange a bit. Continue to stir all the lye into the frozen milk. The lye/milk combination will slowly warm up.
  4. Once you milk is thawed, go ahead and mix your milk/lye mixture into your oils and soap as usual (see the Cold Process Soapmaking instructions).
  5. The other key to making Goat’s Milk soap is once you have poured your soap into the mold and covered the mold with plastic, place your mold into the freezer for the next 12 to 24 hours.