The thought of making your own goat milk soap is very appealing (and exciting). If you go into it, though, you’ll soon realize that most recipes contain lye. Lye makes things complicated for a beginner. Luckily, you have easy homemade goat milk soap recipes to choose from. Without lye!
In this post, you’ll find out about:
- Common questions and issues about making goat’s milk soap at home. Read them all before starting your own little project.
- After you’ve understood how it all happens, you’ll get the steps and recipes for practice. Practice makes perfect, they say. You’ll be using the melt and pour soap making method. It’s the easiest and it lets you be really creative too. All this experience can give you the confidence needed to try making soap with lye. Even if there are some drawbacks, making soap from scratch has a lot of advantages. For one, it gives you more control over the ingredients you can use and how the soap is going to turn out.
(Beginner’s Guide) How to Make Goat Milk Soap Recipe Without Lye (Qs&As)
This next section of the post contains lots of answers that address some of the most common soap-making issues.
When you’re trying it for the first time or you’re simply looking to cement your expertise, you’ll have questions. Hopefully, my answers will help you clear any doubt and get the best goat milk soap ever.
1) Where to begin?
These days, homemade soap is very much appreciated. Because it’s natural, it’s very popular all over the world. It makes for a very nice gift and it really leaves the skin and hair smooth and clean.
There’s no other personal hygiene product that washes off so fast. Homemade soap leaves your skin smooth and “squeaky clean”. Personally, I love homemade soaps; I’ve had a really nice experience with them.
You’ve already heard about the goat milk soap. Everyone is praising it and that is because the goat milk is fatter than cow milk. Fat in soap contributes to smoother and healthier skin. Fat also contributes to a nice lather.
To keep it really simple and fun for first-timers, I’ve chosen the melt and pour soap-making method. It is the easiest way of personalizing goat milk soaps at home.
And now, it’s time to clear some things up.
2) What is melt and pour soap base?
A melt and pour soap base is a ready-made soap. Someone else dealt with the lye in your soap so you don’t have to anymore.
It is basically a base for all your soap ideas. Whatever new shape and mold you want to try, use melt and pour.
Whatever new oil, butter or other ingredients you want to add, you can use melt and pour. As I said, it lets you be creative and have fun with your soap projects.
The melt and pour soap-making method is so easy because of 2 main reasons:
- You don’t have to work with lye yourself. This lets you get the hang of things without stress.
- It comes in a ready-made soap base, which you can use and find easily.
But what is goat milk melt and pour soap base made of? It’s soap made from scratch. It uses lye, which means all the ingredients will go through a process called saponification.
This is the phase where all living organisms and water evaporate or get burned. Fresh goat milk needs to go through saponification so your soap can last a long time.
This makes the soap safe from mold and bacteria growth. A melt and pour soap base has also already been cured for weeks before you bought it.
Thus, goat milk, melt and pour soap base contains:
- 10% Goat milk. Usually, it’s fresh and whole.
- Glycerin, which results from the chemical reaction between fats and lye.
- A few oil and butter varieties.
- Lard or tallow (sometimes).
- Conditioners from proteins.
These last two are more optional. The more the soap sticks to the basics, the better quality it is.
3) What are the benefits of using a melt & pour goat milk soap base?
There are quite a few perks for those who use the melt and pour soap making method:
- You don’t have to worry about prepping the lye, which is a more complex process.
- It takes a very short time (hours vs. weeks) to get the final product ready to use.
- You don’t have to keep searching for fresh, whole goat milk, and then prep it for the lye.
- It’s safer to use around children, animals, elders, etc. The cold or hot soap making process uses lye and it requires time and space. When you use the melt and pour method, it can turn into a fun family activity.
4) Why goat milk? Why is goat’s milk soap good for the skin?
Goat milk is so nourishing and delicious, especially with cookies 🙂
A goat milk soap is very good for the skin, but why? It’s because goat’s milk is fatter than cow’s milk.
It’s the whole of ingredients that make the soap great for skin. If they are natural and high-quality, the soap will be very gentle for the skin. In a goat milk soap, the milk concentration is usually 10%.
That is enough to:
- Make the skin smooth.
- Not strip it of all its protective oils (sebum).
- Strengthen the defense barrier of the skin.
- Protect from inflammations and scars. This makes the goat milk soap good for acne skin, as well as for sensitive or dry skin.
- Helps the skin to repair itself by not aggressing it further.
- It’s moisturizing.
- Help with conditions like eczema or psoriasis.
Your soap from goat’s milk will have a smooth texture and the skin will absorb its nutrients faster. Your homemade goat milk soap will have a rich and thick lather.
Goat’s milk soap is considered non-comedogenic. This means it doesn’t clog the pores and cause acne. The oils and butters used in the soap base may also contribute to this aspect.
Other oils, like Wheat germ, can cause breakouts because they’re highly comedogenic.
5) Can you add goat’s milk to melt and pour soap base?
The melt and pour goat milk soap base already has goat milk in its composition. However, you can add a lot of other ingredients in your soap base.
This would also lead you to think you could add more goat milk since it’s so good for the skin.
Unfortunately, you can’t add more goat’s milk to your melt and pour soap base. The reason is simple. The milk needs to go through the saponification process to become stable. This way, your soap base will last for years.
If you add fresh goat’s milk to a melt and pour soap base, it will only spoil faster. When left outside, the milk spoils in a matter of days. You can blame the temperature and oxygen for that.
Adding fresh milk to a ready-made soap base is like leaving the milk outside the fridge.
5.a) How about powdered goat milk?
I’ve seen many homemade soap recipes that suggest adding powdered goat’s milk to the melt & pour soap base.
Usually, the powdered milk is stored in an airtight container (where no oxygen and moisture can spoil it). Once it’s out and exposed, its shelf life is considerably reduced.
Depending on the level of fat in the exposed milk powder, it can last a bit more or less. Usually, the shelf life of exposed milk powder is around 3 months.
The fatter the milk powder, the faster it’ll spoil. That is because fat is less stable. In other words, if you still want to use goat milk powder in goat milk soaps, you need to make small batches. And you’ll need to use it within 3 months.
Also, a goat’s milk soap base that contains glycerin as well (and most do!), will absorb a lot of moisture from the air. That will put your powdered milk in the soap in danger of going bad faster.
It’s best to simply label your soaps so you know when the milk powder can get bad.
In conclusion, if you really want to, you can add some goat powdered milk in your soap recipe.
But you’ll have to use it all up in a short time. Otherwise, it’s best to simply buy a good quality goat milk, melt and pour, soap base. It’s a lot easier to find them online than it is in the stores. This simplifies things for many people.
With all this load of information, it’s time to get real and start practicing. This next section will be only about the steps to follow to make your own goat milk soap recipe.
How to Make Melt and Pour Soap with Goat’s Milk (Beginners’ Steps & Safety Tips)
When you use a melt and pour base, a goat milk soap recipe can be very easy and fast. Every soap maker should try their skills first with this base. So, starting from here on, let’s see what you need to begin soap making.
Ingredients and tools you need for your goat milk soap recipe:
- Goat milk, melt and pour, soap base.
- Other oils, vegetable butter, and essential oils.
- Organic dry material like oat flakes, lavender buds, goji berries, etc.
You’ll also need:
- Chopping board
- Kitchen knife
- A double boiler with a glass bowl to melt the soap base in.
- Some oil to grease the molds with.
DIY Steps to Making a Goat Milk Soap Recipe without Lye
How do you make easy homemade goat soap? You make it with melt and pour!
Of course, your goat milk soap will have already gone through the saponification process.
That is the melt and pour soap base. It is not you who will be dealing with the lye and its toxic fumes though. You will just enjoy the process of mixing it all and being as creative as you like.
1) Prepare your goat milk melt and pour soap base.
How do you melt goat’s milk soap base? Start by chopping your bar of soap in small pieces. Boil some water and place the glass bowl on top of it (double boiler). Add your soap pieces in the bowl and stir until the soap melts on the hot steam. Make sure you don’t overheat the base.
2) Get creative and add all your other ingredients.
Once the soap base is melted, turn off the heat. You can now start adding your other ingredients. They can be:
- Carrier oils,
- Vegetable butter (Cocoa, Shea, etc.)
- Essential oils (for smell or different properties).
- Raw honey.
- More glycerin,
- Lavender buds,
- Oat flakes,
- Goji berries,
- Orange peel,
- Ground coffee,
- Red or green clay,
- Himalayan salt.
The first three ingredients can make the soap more emollient and soften the skin on a superior level. The latter are all ingredients that help to exfoliate the skin.
Some scents are truly refreshing or sweet and feminine. You can scent your melt and pour soaps with Rose, Vanilla, Labdanum, etc.
There’s a very wide range of soap recipes you can make using the melt and pour technique.
Plus, in a goat milk melt and pour soap recipe you can also add colorants and additives. You can create beautiful swirls of color in your soap, which will create a pleasing, eye-catching effect.
- Add all essential oils when the soap is as cool as possible. They all have different flashpoints and could catch fire if the liquid’s temperature is too high. Add essential oils before the soap starts to thicken too much. Stir it all again really well so the scents get well-mixed.
- If you add honey, you have to also make sure the soap base is not too hot. Heated at temperatures beyond 95 F/35 C, honey loses most of its properties. Basically, it starts to degrade and, if it were ingested, it would become toxic.
How do you use powdered goat milk in soap? If you know you’ll be using the soap within 3 months, you can add some goat milk powder now.
Mix the powder with some of the oil that’ll go into the mixture anyway. Make a paste and then add it to the soap base.
3) Pour the goat milk soap recipe in its mold.
Grease your soap mold with some oil (Coconut, Olive, etc.) so you can take it out easier. Once you have everything mixed and ready, pour the liquid soap in it.
If you’re using flower buds, salts or coffee beans, sprinkle some on the bottom first. Then sprinkle some more at the top for that nice final touch.
And, that’s it! Didn’t I tell you it was easy?! Finding and making goat milk soap recipes for beginners can be a lot of fun.
Here are some easy goat milk soap recipes to try:
Goat Milk & Honey Melt and Pour Soap Recipe
- Goat milk soap base: 1.1 lb/500 grams
- Raw honey: 4 tablespoons
- Vanilla extract: 1 – 5 drops
- Yellow colorant: a few drops
Keep in mind that the Vanilla extract has a very rich and strong scent. It’s better to add less at first; otherwise, the honey will not stand out anymore. As for the colorant, you can start with a drop and see how you like the color.
Goat Milk Melt and Pour Hemp Soap Recipe
- Goat milk soap base: 1.1 lb/500 grams
- Hemp oil: 2 tablespoons
- Lavender essential oil: 5 – 10 drops
- Tea Tree essential oil: 5 – 10 drops
This is a great goat milk soap recipe for skin types that get acne, scars, and other types of inflammation. Lavender can speed up the healing process of the skin.
Tea Tree can disinfect and prevent inflammation, and acne formation. Hemp oil has a very good reputation as an anti-inflammatory and soothing emollient.
Good Morning! Goat Milk Soap Recipe
- Goat milk soap base: 1.1 lb/500 grams
- Avocado oil: 1 – 2 tablespoons
- Orange peel: 2 – 4 tablespoons
- Sweet Orange essential oil: 10 drops
- Lemon Verbena essential oil: 10 drops
This goat milk soap is great to use in the mornings, to refresh your senses and wake up properly. The essential oil scents will put you in a good mood almost instantly, and the soap base plus Avocado will nourish the skin.
The orange peel is meant to gently exfoliate and stimulate the microcirculation. The amount you use depends on how much you want it to exfoliate.
When you use melt and pour soap recipes, there is not much you need to be careful about.
- However, using essential oils needs proper testing in advance. Apply it on the skin (diluted!) and check for any allergic reactions.
- Also, if you or your family has health issues, take them into consideration when choosing the essential oil for your soap base.
In short, you need to make sure that none of the ingredients can cause allergies or other reactions.
Of course, you can’t know how other people you don’t know, will react to some of the ingredients. But if you can find out though, do it so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of your soaps.
Making soap from goat’s milk is now a possibility for everyone. It is possible thanks to the ready-made soap bases we can find so easily.
Sure, making your own soap from scratch does give you more options. But that matters only when you’ve got some experience.
Beginners can enjoy a simple and fast goat milk soap recipe anytime. It’ll be ready in a matter of hours instead of weeks like the cold process requires.
Do you have a goat milk recipe of your own or will you go for one of those I gave you? No matter which one you choose, I’d be very glad to know more about your experience. In other words, do come back and leave me a comment when you’ve done your soap.