Goat Week! Making Soap & Shampoo Bars

With kidding season just around the corner, it also means buckets and buckets of milk are too! So today I’m talking about one of the many ways to use up excess goat milk, and supply your family with yet another homemade product.


Goat Week! Making Soap & Shampoo Bars

There isn’t really any difference in the process of making bar soaps or shampoo bars. The very basics are the same and it’s only the recipe that changes. (recipes will be at the end of the post)

If you’re brand new to soaping, first check out this post on safety and lye. This is also a handy post to reference for soaping supplies. If you are more of a visual learner, check out Royalty Soaps and her beginner soap-making videos. (she’s a ton of fun to watch and makes gorgeous soaps)

I purchase supplies from New Directions Aromatics, Voyageur Soap & Candle, Candora, and Windy Point.


Start at the very beginning…

When making goat milk soap, it is very important to freeze your milk after it is been strained. (also, no need to pasteurize it) I freeze it in little 1-3oz silicone moulds, and it works great! Freezing as a solid block in a container is extremely annoying…I know, I did it.

Once you have your milk frozen, you are ready to start making soap!

Pre-weighing everything makes the actual process a lot smoother. Weigh out your oils, melt any hard oils, weigh out any fragrances or essential oils, and finally measure out any colourant, clays, or botanicals you may be using. Get your mould ready.

I like to take my milk out of the freezer at the beginning, that way it starts melting a little bit and makes mixing it with lye easier.

Once everything is ready to go, put your weighed-out milk in your mixing container. Weigh out your lye and add it carefully. ALWAYS add lye to milk, never the other way! Stir carefully. You want your lye completely dissolved and your milk 100% melted.

Once your lye is completely dissolved, take your oils and slowly pour them into your milk/lye mix. It’s best to pour close to an edge so there’s very little chance of splashing. Once it’s all in and you’ve scraped out your oil pan, blend it up! Blending slowly will bring your soap ‘batter’ to trace slowly. Blending faster speeds up the process.

Trace – when your oils and lye/milk are nicely combined and the soap is starting to thicken. A thin trace is where you can barely see a line on the top if you drizzle soap on it. A thick trace is like a really thick pudding. For doing swirls and adding colours, go for a thinner trace. Also, some fragrance oils and essential oils will speed up the trace.

melt your oils
combine your milk and lye
slowly add your oils to your milk/lye mixture

blend!

Now the extra fun part

Adding additives! There is a literal ton of things you can add to soaps. The most common ones are fragrance & essential oils, clays, micas, and some herbs.

Always add these after your soap is well mixed and at a thin trace at the very least. Pro tip: add oil (not additional oil – some from your pot) to your clays or natural colourants to help them blend in better with no air bubbles.

Making two-colour soap is easy. Simply divide your soap batter and use two colours.

add your scent
lots and lots of ingredients 😀
add oil to clays
adding color to the soap

Pouring the Soap

Pour your soap gently into the mould of your choice. If it is pourable. If not, plop it in and tamp it down. Try to get as many air bubbles as possible out.

base color
second color in!
ALWAYS label your soap 😀

This particular mould I purchased from Michaels. I also use silicone loaf moulds. And you can find a myriad of cute moulds online. It goes on and on and on…

No matter how good you think your memory is, ALWAYS label your soaps.

Now let it sit for 12-24 hours to harden up and start curing. I generally make soap in the afternoon and cut it the next morning. Cut or un-mould your soap and let cure for 4-6 weeks. (at the very, very least, wait 2 weeks before use)

Enjoy!


Basic Goat Milk Soap Recipe

Experience level: beginner

  • 18oz Lard
  • 4.8oz Coconut
  • 1.2oz Castor Oil
  • total oil weight: 24oz
  • 3.3oz lye
  • 8.2oz frozen milk
  • total recipe weight: 37.4oz
  • .5oz to 1oz scent (total amount depends on how strong the scent is). Suggested amount for this size of recipe is .7oz
  • 1-2 TBSP clay OR 1-2 tsp mica/natural colorant

Follow standard soaping directions. You can add any fragrance oil, essential oil, clay, mica, scrubby (poppy seeds, pumice stone, etc) to this soap. Let your imagination run wild.


Shampoo Bars

Click here to download a pdf of 7 different goat milk shampoo bar recipes. I’ve made each recipe and tested them as well.

Cheers!

Megan

Goat Week! Making Soap & Shampoo Bars

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