How to Make Homemade Goat Milk Soap the Easy Way

June 29, 2013
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How to Make Homemade Goat Milk Soap - The Easy Way to Make Handmade Cold Process Goat Milk Soaps - A Soapmaking DIYWant 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!

How to Make Handmade Goat Milk Soaps Using Powdered Goat Milk - An Easy Way to Make Your Own DIY Homemade Goat Milk SoapsGoats 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.

DIY Homemade Goats Milk Soap - How to Make Handmade Cold Process Goats Milk Soap the Easy WayYou 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.

For more soapmaking tips and recipes – including my upcoming best ever goat milk soap recipe – be sure to follow Soap Deli News on Blog Lovin’ or sign up to receive the once monthly newsletter. I also share my recipes on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, G+ and my new Google+ community, Soapmaking with Rebecca. And if you’re new to soapmaking also be sure to check out my tutorials on how to make wooden loaf soap molds with an accompanying handmade soap cutter. If you aren’t quite ready for crafting DIY soap molds, then try out a silicone loaf soap mold or a twelve cavity silicone soap mold that creates perfectly uniform bars for either cold process soaps or melt and pour glycerin soaps in a jiffy!


  • Nirvana

    October 3, 2013 at 5:11 am

    Do you insulate or cover your goats milk soap as well?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      October 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      Yes, you insulate all cold process soap recipes per your basic cold process soapmaking instructions.

  • Trace

    November 6, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Can I do this method with hot process? Thanks

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      November 6, 2013 at 9:46 am

      I don’t see why not. Although I generally discount my water so you may want to increase that part slightly.

  • Carol G

    November 16, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I did exactly what you said and everything worked well…..but within 30-45 minutes of putting it in the mold it started to crack down the middle and started to volcano out the top. I’ve read that this is due to overheating and you shouldn’t insulate milk soaps. I put it in the freezer which stopped the process. What temperature do you add the lye-water to your oils? Maybe I mixed too hot? It was 110-115 degrees.

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      November 16, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      The cracks mean it was too hot. Unless I’m making a soap I know won’t react to eo’s and fo’s, I always mix my lye-water into my oils at 95-100 degrees F. That is what I mix this recipe at and I’ve never had any problems.

  • Christine

    March 13, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Did you superfat your basic recipe? Also, can you do a post on other powdered milks such as buttermilk, coconutmilk, etc . Just discovered your site and can’t wait to start exploring!

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      March 13, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      I do have recipe that uses coconut milk here. All of my recipes are superfatted at either 5% (most older ones) or 6% (all of my newer ones.)

  • Christa

    September 29, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I have a newbie question. I am planning to try out this recipe, but am wondering how many pounds of soap this will produce, so I know what size loaf mold to use?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      September 30, 2014 at 8:48 am

      Just add up the oils for the total weight.

  • Frances

    November 8, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    How do I made a large batch of homemade soap? Just double or triple the recipes? Does doing that affect the outcome or quality of the soap, or do the measurements change when the soap quantity is changed?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      November 9, 2014 at 10:12 am

      You would need to adjust for the superfat and depending on the lye calc the water discount then run back through a lye calc to get the proper sap values. It’s more than just doubling or tripling the amounts. This makes a rather large batch though and this one was tweaked with more of some oils being added after running it through the lye calc as it evolved over the years.

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