I was so excited to learn how to make goat milk soap! For years, I have wanted to make homemade soap – but the idea of using lye greatly intimidated me. Recently, I learned of an simple way to make homemade soap without handling lye – it’s called melt and pour soap. You get the fun of making your own pretty soaps, choosing the scent, and any add-ins, without worrying about handling lye. So I decided that was the perfect way to get my feet wet with soap making.
To make goat milk soap, all you need are a few supplies and the following ingredients: goat milk melt and pour soap base, and dry and wet additives of your choice! This is a simple, enjoyable way to make homemade soap. And it’s safe, so you can even let children join in the fun! Now that you’re ready to make your own goat milk soap, here is a step by step tutorial to be your guide in this fun and simple project.
Supplies Needed to Make Goat Milk Soap:
Ingredients for Goat Milk Soap:
- 1 pound of Our Earth’s Secret melt and pour goat milk soap
- 2 teaspoons of honey
- 2 tablespoons of beeswax beads
- 10 drops of *Young Living lavender essential oil (learn about the skin benefits of lavender in my post here)
- 20 drops of *Young Living orange essential oil (learn about the skin benefits of orange in my post here)
- Dry flowers (optional, but pretty! You could also add dry orange peel for a more masculine look.)
*To learn why I only use and recommend Young Living Essential Oils, check out my blog post here.
Feel free to change the essential oil combination above if you want to change the scent! You can also choose a single essential oil if you prefer a single scent. Be sure to use the same ratio as the recipe calls for – 30 drops. (Adding too much liquid can cause your soap to not solidify correctly.) And of course, you can leave the essential oils out completely for a simple unscented soap.
Soap Making Tips:
While researching how to make goat milk soap, I came across what I found to be some pertinent and helpful tips to make the soap turn out nicely. Here are what seemed to be the top tips:
- Dry additives – like herbs, clay, milk powders, or exfoliants – can be added at a rate of 1-2 tablespoons per pound of melt and pour soap.
- Wet additives – like honey, aloe vera, butters, oils, anything that melts down – can be added at a rate of 1-2 teaspoons per pound of melt and pour soap.
- The total combined amount of additives should be no more than 2-3 tablespoons per pound of melt and pour soap.
- When adding in the essential oils, it should be done after the soap is completely melted and right before pouring. Adding in the essential oils too soon, can cause the scent to change and become unpleasant.
- Spray a little rubbing alcohol on the back of the poured soap to eliminate air bubbles and give a clean finished look.
How to Make Goat Milk Soap:
Now that you’ve read the tips and gathered your supplies, you can make your soap! Below I will share my process step-by-step for how to make goat milk soap. I will share a few popular essential oil scent combinations for you to choose from, or you can choose to make your soap unscented. In this recipe, I am adding honey, beeswax, dried lavender, orange and lavender essential oils to the goat milk soap melt and pour base. This recipe will yield four bars of 4 ounce soap.
1: Gather all tools and ingredients needed.
2: Cut 1 pound of goat milk soap melt and pour base into small 1 inch cubes.
3: Set out silicone molds. Sprinkle a little dry flowers inside if desired.
4: Prepare the double boiler.
5: Add goat milk soap cubes and melt completely.
6: Whisk in beeswax beads and honey just until melted in and smooth.
7: Turn off burner, remove from heat. Add essential oils and whisk to completely incorporate.
8: Pour into prepared silicone molds. (Remember, you can remove any air bubbles by spritzing rubbing alcohol on them.)
9: Allow to sit and cure overnight; then slowly and carefully remove from the molds.
TIP: Allow to sit for 1-3 weeks for the soap to harden. This will allow more moisture to evaporate and give the soap a longer life.