How To Make Goats Milk Soap
Sally of Plush Folly shows how to easily make moisturizing goat's milk soap from simple ingredients including palm and coconut oils, shea butter, and of course, goat's milk.
Today, I'm going to tell you how to make goat's milk soap. For goat's milk soap, you need three sets of ingredients. We have our lovely selection of oils and butters, we have our water and sodium hydroxide that's going to create a lye, and then, of course, we have our goat's milk.
I've got the powdered variety here but you could just as easily use the liquid variety as well. Now, first of all, let's have a look at our sodium hydroxide and water. When we mix these together, we get an ingredient called lye and you need lye in order to be able to make soap, because it reacts with the oils and the fats.
The fats I've chosen are coconut oils because this gives a lovely big bubble to your soap and a lovely, rich lather, the Shea Butter which is a lovely, rich moisturizing ingredient; your skin will feel lovely afterward. Palm oil changes the texture of our soap a little bit and creates the most creamy, waxy bar. And finally, of course, good old olive oil, which creates a beautifully moisturizing bar.
We boost that moisturizing property with some goat's milk which will moisturize and soften your skin as well. The water I have here is just water from my tap, although you could use bottled water, water from the tap will make just as good soap. I'm going to weigh the water because I need a hundred and seventy six grams.
Now, a hundred and seventy six grams is exactly the same as a hundred and seventy six milliliters but if I'm looking at the display, the display on the scales and it's easier for me to be absolutely accurate. A hundred and seventy eight, a little bit too far. There we are, perfect.
But trying to work out where a hundred and seventy six is using the scale would be very difficult for me, and I need to be accurate. Put that to one side while I work on the sodium hydroxide. For this recipe, I need seventy grams of sodium hydroxide, and I'm going to weigh it into my little bowl.
It's a fairly innocuous looking white powder, it looks pretty much like salts that you might sprinkle onto your food but it's not the same. There we are, seventy grams. Now, very carefully, without breathing the fumes, I'm going to pour my sodium hydroxide into the water.
Now, technically at this point, this is now called lye, because it is an alkali solution. I stir it round to make sure it's fully dissolved, and there are no gritty bits at the bottom, and as I'm doing this, the temperature of the water is increasing. It will get very, very hot and it will let off some fumes, and they're not very pleasant, and you shouldn't swallow them.
So I always recommend that once you've made your lye, you just put it to one side while you work on the oils. That's getting too hot to touch underneath. Now, it's time to weigh the oils and butters and get them into our saucepan to melt.
I'm going to add them in any order, but palm oil is going in first. Palm oil is our ingredient that adds that lovely, waxy hardness to our soap, and for this recipe, I need eighty five grams of palm oil. We're making about six bars of soap here, so I need roughly six hundred grams in total, so, eighty five into our saucepan.
Our coconut oil, very moisturizing, but I use it because it creates big rich foaming soap with lovely lather. We need more coconut oil than we use palm oil and we are going to be using a hundred and twenty eight of coconut oil. A hundred and twenty two - add it to the pan and then finally, the lovely Shea Butter.
Shea Butter, this soap will be very moisturizing anyway, but Shea Butter is like pouring a bottle of moisturizer into your soap, very, very creamy. Your skin will love it, and we only need to add thirty to make a big difference, okay, not quite that much, thirty. Just a small bit of Shea Butter, pop that into our saucepan.
And now I need our lovely solid oils to melt. So I'm just going to pop it on to a low heat, just so that they turn liquid. So that's all the hard oils melted, so the coconut, the Shea Bu