How to Make Homemade Goat Milk Soap the Easy Way
Want to make your own natural homemade goat milk soaps but confused – and maybe a little freaked out – about how exactly to go about it? There is a simple way to make handmade cold process goat milk soaps without having to worry about prepping your goat milk in the freezer first to get it to that slushy ice stage, worrying about it curdling or freaking out over the smell wondering if it will all turn out okay. This method is super easy and there’s no guesswork!
Goats milk makes a fabulous addition to your handmade soap bars as it is a natural emollient. It contains protein and triglycerides as well as vitamin A, B6, B12, E and beta-casein which in combination help to hydrate and nourish dry skin. I also find it especially nice on sunburned skin and useful for those who suffer from various skin conditions such as eczema.
Ready to make your own homemade goat milk soaps? Rather than using fresh or canned goat milk for your homemade soaps, you’ll instead use goats milk powder. Goat milk powder retains all of the nutrients of liquid goat milk, but comes in a dry, powdered form. It is easily dispersal in both oil and water. While many recipes calling for goats milk instruct you to first reconstitute the goat milk powder in water then proceed with getting it slushy cold the same as regular, liquid goat milk, there is an easier way.
You can use this method with any handmade cold process soap recipe. Simply follow your natural cold process soapmaking instructions, preparing your lye-water as usual and melting your fats – oils and butters – into a non-aluminum pot then removing from heat to cool. Now determine the amount of goats milk powder you’ll need based on the amount of distilled water you used. (There are generally instructions on how much powdered goats milk is needed to reconstitute it into a liquid. If you can’t find instructions, I recommending using 1/2 cups of goats milk powder to 36 oz. of distilled water.) Once you’ve determined the amount of goats milk powder you’ll need, measure it out then set aside in a small bowl.
You will add your goats milk into the soapmaking process once your lye-water and soapmaking oils have cooled to the desired temperature to begin mixing. BEFORE you add your lye-water to your soapmaking oils, you will first add the goats milk powder to the cooled oils. Then using your immersion stick blender, mix the powdered goats milk soap into the oils until it is thoroughly incorporated into the oils and free of any clumps. Next, add your lye-water to the oils you’ve just mixed the goats milk powder into and proceed with the soapmaking process as usual. Simple as that. The results are beautiful dark tan goats milk soap bars with all the benefits of a traditionally made homemade goats milk soap but without all the fuss.
This technique for making your homemade goats milk soaps can also be applied to other powdered milk bases as well including coconut milk powder, soy milk powder, buttermilk powder and regular powdered cows milk.
Not yet ready to delve into cold process soapmaking making? You can instead use a natural goats milk melt and pour soap base. The goat milk is already mixed in as part of the product, so all you need to do is add your fragrance if desired.
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