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Goat Milk Soap Recipe – Stunningly Easy To Make It Yourself

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Goat Milk Soap Recipe – Stunningly Easy To Make It Yourself. Make this goat milk soap recipe using ingredients that are easy to find.  Sodium hydroxide (lye) can be found over at Amazon by clicking on this purchase lye link. You can also use canned goat’s milk, powdered goats milk or fresh, in the fridge section of your grocery store. Important information if you don’t have access to raw goat’s milk from your own goats or a friend willing to share. (find the supplies you need to make soap here)

Goat Milk Soap Recipe

  • 18 oz slushy raw goat milk
  • 6 oz water
  • 6 oz lye (sodium hydroxide)
  • 9 oz olive oil
  • 10 oz coconut oil
  • 24 oz vegetable shortening or lard

Directions

Heat the solid oils until they are almost melted. Take the pot off the heat source. Swirl the oil until they melt the rest of the way. Add in the olive oil. Set aside to cool down to 100 degrees.

Mix the lye and water. Mix the lye into the water (Important note for controlling how fast the reaction happens). It will heat up so I like to use a tall container. A plastic pitcher works great even though there isn’t a whole lot of liquid in the bottom. I also like to put the pitcher in a basin of ice water while I am mixing the lye into the water. This get the mixture to cool down to 100 degrees faster.  Because I’m not a patient person myself, to speed up the cooling of the lye/water mixture you can slip a few ice cubes down the side of the pitcher.  When everything is 100 degrees mix the lye/water into the oils, give it a quick stir with a wooden or plastic long handled spoon then add in the raw goat milk.

easy homemade goats milk soap recipe

Mixing to Trace

Mix with your stick blender until trace. Your soap mixture should look like thick vanilla pudding. At this point add in a few drops of what ever flavor essential oil you wish and what ever extra pieces of stuff. Give it another swirl or two. Now you pour your mixture into soap molds or card board soup trays (even ramine boxes work) lined with wax paper. Cover with towels and let sit overnight. After about 24 hours dump out your soap, cut (here is a funny crinkle cut knife article I wrote), then let stand on end for several weeks to dry out. Enjoy!

How to tell if your goat milk soap recipe has reached trace

When using a stick blender to get to the point of trace it is a good idea to start and stop the blender, not run it continuously.  I just use my stick blender as a spoon and turn it on intermittently as I’m waiting for the soap to trace.

If you happen to pour your soap into the mold before it has really traced and it separates you can always pour it back into your pot do this. Heat it up slowly and blend it some more until it reaches a real trace.

The other problem is going past the trace mark right into seized. Again you can recover from this. Grate the soap up then reheat (slowly) and add more goat’s milk (a little at a time) until it is no longer seized. Then just put it in the mold and let it set up.

Your Goat Milk Soap Recipe Has Seized What can you do?

You can prevent it by paying attention to the temperature and water amount. Soap cool and don’t discount your water. When you are using a new fragrance or essential oil and don’t know how it will effect your soap, make a one pound test batch first. If it is happening, don’t panic!

With a light seize, where just where you are stick blending on the bottom of the pot is seizing, stop stick blending and stir to trace by hand.

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With a heavy seize that you can’t save, you’ve got three options!

Hot Process it – Dump it into a crock pot and hot process it. If it goes beyond the point of being able to stir it smooth and pour into a mold, you can hot process it. Simply put it into a crock pot and cook it until the whole mass has gelled (turned translucent) and then glop it into a mold.

Rebatch it – If you managed to get it into a mold but it is UGLY, you can rebatch it. Here are rebatching instructions. If you do it the day after, you usually won’t have to add additional water to it. If you rebatch it weeks later, you can add a bit of water to the shreds before cooking.

Chunk it – You can let your soap sit until solid. Cut it up into little chunks. Make a new batch of soap and add the chunks into the new batch. I’ve come up with some really nice

Why I love Goats Milk Soap

Of course if  you want to use goat milk soap much faster, you can always order it at HartNana’s store.

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Cold Process Soap A Tale Of Re Batching

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DustyFrame Shares with us her experience with re batching cold process soap because it did not turn out the first time around. I have had similar problems and this was my solution also.

 

Here is Dusty’s story About Cold Process Soap Re Batching:

I’m still learning this whole soap making thing. I enjoy it and think I’m getting closer to figuring it out.

This was batch #3 and I didn’t know that citrus essential oils don’t do very well in cold process soap making. I used tangerine essential oil in it as well as grated orange peel for a little bit of “scrubby”.

I used tumeric to color it and while it looked nice as a bar, it didn’t smell like much of anything other than orange peel.

I’m not about to waste a whole pound of soap, so I decided to rebatch it.

Soap disaster? Don't throw it out, rebatch it

Here’s what I did.

1. Grate the soap.

2. I added 1/8 c. of Goat’s Milk and a splash of olive oil.

3. I put it in a warm oven 170 in this enamel pan. I checked it every 15 minutes. It did take a fair amount of time until it melted. I just stirred it every time I checked it. Eventually, it looked like this.

4. Then I stirred in peppermint essential oil and some more tangerine–ok I should give up the tangerine because it really didn’t work. I also added about 1 TB of honey.

5. Pour it into the mold–this one happens to be a Rubbermaid drawer organizer that I found at the thrift store for fifty cents.

6. I unmolded it as soon as it cooled. Since it was a rebatch it didn’t need to set as long as fresh cold process soap does.

I learned from this batch a few things.

1. Skip the citrus essential oils.

2. I don’t really care for the scent of orange peels but they are a nice scrubby additive.

3. Tumeric makes a really nice pumpkin color and I’ll probably use it again to color some spicey or fall scented soaps.

4. I’d rather get the soap right the 1st time than do rebatching. It’s not really my thing, but it was better than wasting it.

5. Rebatching requires a lot less liquid than I used. The goat’s milk, olive oil, and honey was too much. It required a lot longer time to dry than it should have and it’s still not a super hard bar of soap.

 

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Soap Molds – Which One Is For You?

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When it comes to making homemade soap, once you get past the actually making the soap phase, you need to have a soap mold to pour your lovely creation into.  The sky is the limit when it come to molding your soap, you just need to follow a few simple rules. NEVER USE ALUMINUM. Okay that was pretty loud. Also, Pringles chip cans don’t work so well either. I know, I’ve tried.

Methods of Making Your Own Soap Molds:

 

Soap Mold Made Out Of PVC

 

soap moldsYes, you can use PVC pipe to make a soap mold.  They make beautiful circular soaps. First you go and purchase the diameter pipe that makes the diameter of the soaps you intend for your finished product. Look at the hole in the center, not the measurement of the pipe.  You will need about a one foot section per mold. Slice the pipe length wise in half, all the way through so you end up with two troughs.

Then you need to purchase end caps and rubber bands (strong rubber bands). Velcro strips might work too. The object is to fashion the two pieces of PVC together with one end cap on it, pour your soap into the mold, put the other cap on, let rest standing up, then when you are ready to un-mold the soap, you simple undo the rubber bands pull on side off, dump the other side out and slice.

Another method for this is to push the soap out once it has hardened. You can avoid the need to cut the soap mold first.

 

Here is the PVC pipe soap mold concept with cardboard mailer tubes:

For you wood soap mold fans here are a couple videos on how to make a wood soap mold. In the last video he gives a list of the supplies you need to build this soap mold. Keith also has a nifty little twist he adds at the end so be sure to watch these videos!

Cool Soap Mold Idea!!!

In my wanderings I discovered using a loofa scrubber incorporated into a soap mold! You end up with a loofa/soap bar. How cool would this be to add to a spa basket gift? Or even to box up nicely for holiday giving?

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Loofa Soap Mold Ideas:

This is easy to do with this sort of mold. The method I would employ:

  1. Cut your loofa pieces into 1/2 inch sections.
  2. Pour in a small amount of soap at the bottom of the mold.
  3. Press your loofa piece into the soap.
  4. Fill the rest of the soap mold with soap.

For this type of mold – which I think could be super cute I would follow these directions:

  1. Cut your loofa pieces into 1/2 inch sections.
  2. Fill the mold most of the way up with soap.
  3. Press your loofa piece into the soap trying not to let it over flow the mold. (It is okay if the loofa piece is raised above the soap mold.)

 

And finally:

There is always the stand by cardboard box with wax paper that I talk about frequently, just line them with wax paper and you’re good to go. Catch up with us over on facebook and let us know what you use for soap molds, how your soap making adventures are going and help when things go array.

Here are a few items available through Amazon that you might find helpful for soap molds or just making soap in general.


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Soap Cutting Knife With Cool Crinkle Edge

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I have an admission to make. I have been coveting a really cool crinkle edged soap cutting knife for a long time. Those wavy ends on bars of home made soap are just so attractive.

For the longest time I thought this little soap cutting knife was going to be outlandishly expensive, I’m not too sure why, but turns out they are fairly cheap! So watch out world, Hart Nana’s Goat Milk Soap isn’t going to have just any old edge it will now have the beautiful, more professional looking wavy edge, now that I have my very own Dezine Black Handled Crinkle Cut Soap Cutting Knife.

Can you just see it now? You are dumping out your fresh made lovely batch of handcrafted soap from its mold, you reach over and instead of the regular straight edged knife or wire that  you have been using, you reach for your very own black handled crinkle cut soap cutting knife. It is fairly light in your hand as you move over toward the pristine soap. You press the crinkled blade against the smooth soap applying an even amount of pressure,the knife slides through the soap like hot steel through butter. Setting your soap up to finish curing you are smugly struck with the thought, I made those professional looking bars of soap and know that any one who receives such a piece of art from you will remark how clever you are.

The amazing Dezine Black Handled Crinkle Cut Soap Cutting Knife could be in your soap making tool kit as soon as tomorrow if you order yours today.

soap cutting knife

  • Heavy gauge aluminum
  • A smooth, easy-to-grasp black handle
  • This stainless steel wave slicer with black handle has a wavy blade for extra special cutting of vegetables and other items
  • Use to trim the edges of hand-made ravioli, make crinkle cut French fries, wave cut vegetables like carrots and zucchini or if you’re got a steady hand, make potato gaufrettes
  • Easy and fun to use

Who knew you could have so much fun for under $10!

Watch as she uses a crinkle cut knife to cut her soap.  You can find these type of soap loaf cutting trays here

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Making Goats Milk Soap For The First Time

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Memories of “you’re gonna shoot your eye out” come to mind when I think about making goats milk soap for the first time. Or really making any homemade soap.  I knew almost twenty years ago now that I wanted to make homemade soap. It was while standing in “Summers Past“.  A wonderful little garden shop on the outskirts of San Diego that I made the decision that I really wanted to live a country life. Making soap, baking bread, playing in the garden and canning my produce was the life I wanted.

My last trip to San Diego,  my daughter, grand children and I went back to Summers Past for a Fairy Festival.

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Such a wonderful, magical place. Being there brought back the memories of the stirring to live a more simple life.

Making goats milk soap for the first time

That first Christmas after telling my husband that I wanted to make my own soap; he bought me a big stainless steel stock pot.   Now I would have something to make the soap in. That was all I really knew that I needed. A big pot and something about using a paint paddle to stir the ingredients. In my mind I was going to be making vats of soap. (I laugh when I think back on how the process appeared to me at the time.)

My grandmother (who was an immigrant from Czechoslovakia, and whom my mother swears was a gypsy) used to make lye soap for washing clothes.  I am pretty sure she made it by running water through ash and then adding fat she rendered from the meat she cooked. My mother tells stories about the big vat my grandmother used in the yard to make the soap. We were never to touch “grandma’s lye soap” for fear (mostly on my mom’s part) that we would get burned by the lye.

I tell you this story so that you will understand, that my fear of lye and working with lye stemmed from hearing this story as a young girl. So that pot sat for many years before I actually worked up the nerve to buy some lye to make soap.  First I fiddled around with melt and pour soap. Also melting down bars of soap that were scraps and reforming them.

Making Goats Milk Soap – Just Go For It!

Then one day several years ago I decided that I was “going for it”. Armed with safety goggles, rubber gloves and stern warnings to the children and pets that no one, and I meant no one, was to come anywhere near the kitchen while I was working.  Carefully, I laid out newspaper every where, got all of my supplies out. I was ready!

I measured every ingredient exactly. Mixed everything together the way the instructions called for. And except for the fact that I did not have a stick blender while using a recipe that was heavy on the olive oil my first adventure went alright. I did have to stir my soap for five or six HOURS to get it to trace. So, when I suggest to people to get a stick blender if they are going to make soap, it is with that experience in mind that I recommend them.  A good friend of mine uses an old plastic bucket and a paint paddle hooked to his drill to make soap.

Making Goats Milk Soap From Start To Finish

The time it takes me to make homemade goats milk soap has gone down considerably. I can usually make two batches from start to finish including clean up in an hour and a half. Though I am still respectful of lye, I have discovered that keeping vinegar on hand will neutralize any mishap.  Always mix your lye into your liquid and then the liquid/lye into the oils, so it is not necessary to be fearful of it.

Making homemade soap and cooking — just different forms of the same thing. Once you get the hang of the basics, the sky is the limit when it comes to expressing creativity.  It is my hope that you will enjoy your soap making adventures too.  Feel free to leave comments below. I love connecting with other soap makers and want to be soap makers.

 

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4H Making Goats Milk Lotion With The Girls

What a great experience we had last night making goats milk lotion with the 4H gals here in town.  Such a fun group of young girls who love and adore goats and making stuff out of goats milk.

We haven’t had any goat stuff going on at the Franklin Country Fair in many  years (maybe never) because Cache Valley is primarily a Dairy Producing community.  I used to wonder about the production of milk and cheese then I moved here. Wow, there are dairies every where!

When I first got my goats, Marsha and Fadra, I didn’t know that much about goats or anyone who actually had goats.  I relied heavily on the internet to answer all of my questions, especially when it came time for the babies to be born. Man, I was a wreck. Not only had I not had that much experience with birth in general, well except for having my own five children, but I really didn’t know that much about goats!
I remember going out to the goat shed in the wee hours of the morning in March (a day or so before Easter that year), it was cool and damp out, but not incredible cold as it has been some years when goat birthing happened. Seeing the 3 babies, Faith, Grace and Billy; it was the most wonder gift I had ever experienced. Brings tears to my eyes just remembering that morning, it was magical.  Fadra actually had 4 babies that night, one of them was born dead. That was my first experience with goats and birthing.
Fadra went on to have problems often giving birth, I think because she usually had 3 or 4 babies at a time. Over the years I have learned to deal with her quirky birthing process. She died last year. It was a pretty sad day for me.
We are going to go see spider goats in a couple weeks! Apparently the University has injected some goats with spider DNA so that they can spin silk from the goat milk.  We will have more details once we investigate and will be sharing the whole experience with you! Until then enjoy your goat’s milk soap making experiences this summer while there is an abundance of goat’s milk to be had, everywhere, it seems to me.

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