How to make goat milk soap plus three homemade goat milk soap recipes you can craft using the cold process soap making method. Want to make your own natural homemade goat milk soaps but confused about how to go about it? There is a simple way to make a cold process goat milk soap recipe without having to worry about prepping your goat milk in the freezer or worrying about it curdling. This simple soap making method will teach you how to make goat milk soap in an easy way so there's no guesswork!

How to Make Goat Milk Soap the Easy Way Plus Goat Milk Soap Recipes

June 29, 2013
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Want to learn how to make goat milk soap? There’s an easy way to make goat milk soap using the cold process soap making method. These easy goat milk soap recipes prevent your from accidentally scorching the goat milk. They can also be made without having to freeze your milk first. Keep reading to learn how to make goat milk soap the easy way. Plus discover three homemade goat milk soap recipes you can make at home for your natural skin care routine.

How to make goat milk soap plus three homemade goat milk soap recipes you can craft using the cold process soap making method. Want to make your own natural homemade goat milk soaps but confused about how to go about it? There is a simple way to make a cold process goat milk soap recipe without having to worry about prepping your goat milk in the freezer or worrying about it curdling. This simple soap making method will teach you how to make goat milk soap in an easy way so there's no guesswork!

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. Plus there’s no worrying about it curdling or freaking out over the smell wondering if it will all turn out okay. This simple soap making method will teach you how to make goat milk soap in a super easy way so 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.

goat milk powder to use in a goat milk soap recipe

How to Make Goat Milk Soap the Easy Way

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. Many goat milk soap recipes instruct you to first reconstitute the goat milk powder in water. Then you would proceed with getting it slushy cold the same as regular, liquid goat milk. However, there is an easier way.

You can use this method with any handmade cold process soap recipe. Simply follow these cold process soap making tutorial, 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 goat 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. However, you can include less or more as desired.) 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 goat 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.

How to make goat milk soap plus three homemade goat milk soap recipes you can craft using the cold process soap making method. Want to make your own natural homemade goat milk soaps but confused about how to go about it? There is a simple way to make a cold process goat milk soap recipe without having to worry about prepping your goat milk in the freezer or worrying about it curdling. This simple soap making method will teach you how to make goat milk soap in an easy way so there's no guesswork!

Goat Milk Soap Recipes Using Goat Milk Powder

Following are three cold process soap recipes you can easily make using goat milk powder. These are easy ways to make goat milk soap from scratch. The first two recipes are palm free, and were more recently added upon revising this post after a special request from a reader for a palm free soap recipe. While the third cold process soap recipe does contain palm kernel flakes as well as palm oil. Keep reading to learn how to make these easy cold process soaps for your natural skin care routine.

Goat Milk Soap Recipe #1

This easy goat milk soap recipe shows you how to make goat milk soap with high conditioning skin care properties. It contains shea butter and cocoa butter as well, making it the perfect homemade soap for dry skin relief or eczema. While colloidal oats help to soothe dry, irritated skin. (Alternately, also be sure to try my Brazilian triple butter soap recipe for dry skin and eczema.)

Ingredients:

3.2 oz. castor oil (10%)
3.2 oz. cocoa butter (10%)
6.4 oz. coconut oil (20%)
12.8 oz. olive oil (40%)
3.2 oz. shea butter (10%)
3.2 oz. sunflower oil (10%)

10.5 fl.oz. distilled water (33% of oil weight)
4.3 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide (6% superfat)

1/4 cup goat milk powder
1/8 cup colloidal oatmeal
1.6 oz. fragrance oil, optional (5%) 

Directions:

Make your goat milk soap the same way you would any other cold process soap recipe. (Here’s a refresher on how to make cold process soap if you need it.)

Add the goat milk and colloidal oatmeal to the cooled soap making oils and mix with a stick or immersion blender BEFORE you add the lye-water.

Then add the lye-water and mix as usual, adding the fragrance oil at trace.

Goat Milk Soap Recipe #2

This cold process goat milk soap recipe is a spin off the first recipe. It contains the same ingredients, but in different quantities. This goat milk soap recipe will have slightly higher cleansing properties and a slightly more robust lather. As with my previous goat milk soap recipe, both the colloidal oatmeal and the fragrance oil are optional. If desired, you can also scent your goat milk soap with essential oils.

Ingredients:

3.2 oz. castor oil (10%)
3.2 oz. cocoa butter (10%)
8 oz. coconut oil (25%)
11.2 oz. olive oil (35%)
3.2 oz. shea butter (10%)
3.2 oz. sunflower oil (10%)

10.5 fl.oz. distilled water (33% of oil weight)
4.4 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide (6% superfat)

1/4 cup goat milk powder
1/8 cup colloidal oatmeal
1.6 oz. fragrance oil, optional (5%)

Directions:

Make your goat milk soap the same way you would any other cold process soap recipe. (Here’s a refresher on how to make cold process soap if you need it.)

Add the goat milk and colloidal oatmeal to the cooled soap making oils and mix with a stick or immersion blender BEFORE you add the lye-water.

Then add the lye-water and mix as usual, adding the fragrance oil at trace.

Goat Milk Soap Recipe #3

My third goat milk soap recipe was the first soap I made when learning how to make goat milk soap. As it’s an older soap recipe from my collection — I’ve since revised this post — it does contain palm oil. Palm kernel flakes are used in lieu of coconut oil for lather in this recipe. While palm oil is used to create a hard bar of soap. This recipe also yields a conditioning soap bar. However, it is a much larger recipe and uses a lower concentration of goat milk powder. This recipe is unscented.

Ingredients:

5 oz. cocoa butter
5 oz. shea butter
2 lb. 7 oz. palm kernel flakes
1 lb. 2 oz. sustainable palm oil
1 lb. 6 oz. olive oil
1 lb. 6 oz. rice bran oil

36 fluid oz. distilled water
15 oz. lye (sodium hydroxide)

1/2 cup goat milk powder
1/2 cup colloidal oatmeal

Directions:

This recipe uses three of my wooden soap molds and will yield 30-36 bars depending on how you cut them.

To make this soap you will need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions, taking all necessary safety precautions and weighing your ingredients – soapmaking oils, butters and lye.

Once your melted soapmaking oils and lye-water have cooled, you will measure out and add the goats milk powder and colloidal oatmeal to your cooled oils BEFORE you add the lye-water. Use your stick (immersion) blender to mix thoroughly. Once these ingredients have dissolved, then you can mix in the lye-water.

At trace, pour the soap into your lined molds, then cover and insulate for 24 hours. If you wish to use a fragrance, you can add up to 6 oz. of fragrance oil or up to 3 oz. of essential oils at trace. Once you unmold your soaps, cut into bars, and allow soaps to cure for a minimum of three weeks before using.

Alternate Ways to Make Goat Milk Soap

Not yet ready to delve into cold process soapmaking making and learning how to make goat milk soap from scratch? 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.

You can use a melt and pour goat milk soap base in any of my melt and pour soap recipes. Just keep in mind that this soap base will be opaque in color. Therefore, you won’t be able to see through the soap if you embed other soaps inside the bars. In addition, any colorant you add this this soap base will be muted in color as white and a color will yield pastels.

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. Not quite ready for crafting DIY soap molds? Then try out a silicone loaf soap mold or a twelve cavity silicone soap mold. These silicone soap molds create perfectly uniform bars for either cold process soaps or melt and pour glycerin soaps in a jiffy!

For more soapmaking tips and recipes be sure to follow Soap Deli News on Blog Lovin’. I also share my recipes on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

12 Comments

  • 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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