Simple Milk Soap Recipe
Ready to make goat milk soap? Here is a great, simple goat milk soap recipe from Debbie Shivvers. This goat milk soap recipe should produce two pounds of nice creamy goat milk soap.
Pan of Ice Water
Quart Size Measuring Cup for Lye (Glass, Quality plastic or Stainless Steel)
2 Quart Container for Water/Lye Mixture (Glass, Quality Plastic, or Stainless Steel)
Spoon/Spatula for Mixing (Plastic or Stainless Steel)
Plastic Wrap or Plastic coated freezer paper– For Lining the Mold
Safety Equipment – Read about Lye Safety
Knee Length Rubber Apron
Hair Net – there is nothing worse than finding a hair sticking out of a bar of soap
Vinegar – Vinegar neutralizes lye should you spill some on yourself
Ingredients: When making soap everything is measured by weight not volume.
16 oz. Olive Oil
4 oz. Coconut oil
4 oz. Palm Oil
2 oz. Castor Oil
3.5 oz. Lye
4 oz. distilled water
4 oz. goat milk
1. Using the scale, measure out 3.5 oz of lye and place it to the side. Using the scale, measure out 4.oz of distilled water in your 2 quart container.
2. Place the container with your water in the sink, this way if you have a spill or overflow, all you have to do is rinse it down the drain. Wearing you gloves, goggles, hairnet and breathing mask slowly pour the Sodium Hydroxide into the water. Use a rubber spatula to make sure you get every grain out of the container.
3. Stir until all the particles are dissolved. Lye water gets very hot usually around 180 degrees. Set lye mixture aside in a pan of ice water to cool down. Note: Never pour the water into the Sodium Hydroxide, this will produce more splashing and you don’t want that.
4. Measure out the coconut, palm, olive and castor oil into a microwave safe container. Heat these for one or two minutes until melted. Mix well. Insert a candy thermometer and sit to the side. Note: Palm oil needs to be shaken or stirred in its original container prior to measuring to ensure its consistency.
5. At this point your lye water should be cooled to around 75-80 degrees. Mix the goat milk into the lye water. The lye water will heat up again and will turn a light yellow color. Let the Lye water cool back down to around 80 degrees.
6. Your oils should be around 85 degrees at this point. Once everything has reached the appropriate temperature (85 degrees for oil and 75-80 degrees for the lye water), slowly pour the lye water into the oils with one hand and slowly stir the mixture with the other hand. I use a rubber spatula so that I can scrape out the lye water and make sure I get all of it. Sit the lye water container to the side.
7. Stir your mixture and at this point. I usually use a stick blender and buzz it a couple times while also stirring. You will notice your mixture start to thicken up. This is what they call “trace”. When you run your stirring utensil through it you will see it beginning to look like thin pudding.
8. Pour soap into the prepared mold. You will want your mold to be one that is about 3 inches deep when the soap is poured. If you choose a mold that is too shallow the soap will lose heat too quickly and it will separate.
Note: It is best to line your molds for easy soap removal. I usually use plastic cling wrap but plastic coated freezer paper works well too. (wax paper will melt and stick to your soap) If you are using a mold that comes apart, dissassemble it and wrap each piece with plastic wrap and then put it back together. If you are using freezer paper cut a piece big enough to fill the mold and over lap the edges about 2 inches. Press it evenly down into the mold makeing sure to crease it in the bottom seams and corners of the mold, you may find it necessary to make small folds in order for it to fit in properly fold it over the top edges of the mold walls and secure it with tape. I have also found that a plastic trash bag works well using this method as well.
Note: with most soap recipes you would insulate your mold at this point, but when using milk as a liquid it is best not to insulate since milk heats up more than a non-milk recipe. Because of this, it is important to disperse the heat without overheating. Over-heating can cause problems with your soap. I have actually had soap that got to hot and flowed out of the mold like a volcano. Trust me; you don’t want to have to clean up that kind of mess.
9. Make sure you mold full of raw soap is somewhere out of the way so you don’t risk it being disturbed. Let it sit for 24-48 hours before unmolding.
10. Remove the soap from the molds, cut into bars and lays the bars or stack them in such a way that air can circulate around them. Place them in an out of the way place to age for 4-6 weeks. Turn them a couple of times during the aging process so that they dry evenly.
11. After 4-6 weeks the soap is ready to use and can be packed into storage containers.
Hoegger Farmyard Contributor
Debbie is the owner of Plott Hollow Farm, dedicated to perserving endangered breeds of livestock and poultry. She is an experienced soap maker and member of The Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild. Find her farm and products at www.plotthollowfarm.com