DIY Goat Soap for Beautiful Glowing Skin!
Regular soap can irritate your skin, cause your skin to dry out, or even cause rashes. Introducing DIY goat soap — your hack to smooth, glowing skin!
What you need is a soap that nourishes your skin and what if I told you that you should stop going to the store for soap and start making it yourself! You can create a soap that will take your skin to the next level using one key ingredient, goat’s milk. Yes, you read that correctly. Goat’s milk has nourishing properties that can tame even the most sensitive skin. The best thing about making your soap at home is that you can control what goes in. You can add your favorite essential oils and anything else your heart desires for beautiful glowing skin.
In order to make your own Goat’s Milk soap, you’ll need sodium hydroxide (lye, which will not remain in the end product), coconut oil (to produce lather), olive oil (which makes the soap bar hard), sweet almond oil, goat milk, and your choice of essential oils or fragrance oils for aroma. With essential oils, the aroma won’t last unless you use a lot of it. Fragrance oils are more “sticky” when it comes to smells. The fragrance sticks around for a little while longer. Take a look at this recipe!
DIY Essential Oil Goat Soap
- 12 ounces of coconut oil
- 15 ounces of olive oil
- 13 ounces of sweet almond oil
- 13 ounces of goat milk
- 6 ounces sodium hydroxide (lye)
- 1 ounce of essential oil - You can use lavender for a soothing aroma or orange (citrus) for an energizing aroma for example
- Dried herbs (for texture and/or color, like oatmeal, chamomile, or lavender, even a dried orange rind)
- Make sure your workspace is covered with newspaper, and you are wearing gloves and protective eyewear for the lye.
- On the day before you make this goat milk soap recipe, you need to freeze your goat milk. It needs to be frozen. Each bag can be pre-measured at 13 ounces so it's ready to use.
- Place your frozen goat milk into a stainless steel mixing bowl. Place the bowl into a sink filled with ice water. Measure your lye, making sure you have exactly 6 ounces. Slowly pour the lye into the goat milk, mashing it in the frozen milk with a potato masher until it’s all incorporated. Keep this mixture ice cold. It may turn orange but don’t let it turn brown. That means the milk is scorched and you need to start over. Stand back while you stir to avoid the ammonia smell (it may happen and it’s normal). It will go away.
- In a pint jar, combine coconut, olive, and sweet almond oil. Heat the mixture of oil in the jar in a pot of water on the stove. The temperature should come to between 110 to 125 degrees. Allow the oils to cool to between 95 to 105 degrees.
- Combine the milk-lye mixture and the oil mixture slowly. Mix thoroughly by hand for five minutes until the lye mixture is completely immersed. Use an immersion (stick) blender to stir after five minutes until the color lightens and it becomes thick (called trace). It will look like vanilla pudding when it is done.
- Add the herbs and essential oils at this stage, or any other additions you may want. Pour mixture into silicone molds and cover with plastic wrap, then cover in a towel to keep the heat in starting the saponification process (when it becomes soap).
- Check the soap after 24 hours, if it’s still warm or soft let it sit until it hardens (over the next 12 to 24 hours). When it is cool and firm, pop it out of the mold and set it on a baking rack. Allow the soap to cure (become usable soap) for 4 weeks. Test the ph to make sure it’s ready (ph should be between 8 and 10).
- When it is done keep it in wax paper or an air-tight container to keep it pure and free from debris.
Make sure to clean your equipment, Neutralize the lye with vinegar. Let the equipment sit for 3 or 4 days, then wash it again. The raw ingredients are all fat and lye. After a few days, it becomes soap, and you can wash it easily without burning your skin on residual lye. Once you’re all done, you have your very own homemade Goat’s milk soap!