How to make Goats Milk Soap Using Farm Fresh Goat’s Milk

Goats milk soap is a very popular soap to make. You can make it with either fresh goat’s milk or you can use goat’s milk powder. The milk adds a creaminess to the soap and the sugars in the milk add to bubbly lather. Here is how to make soap using fresh goat’s milk. You can also use this method using other types of milk including coconut, hemp, almond, soy or even cow milk.

How to make goat milk soap

The main concern with making goats milk soap is overheating of the milk/lye solution or overheating in the mold. When the lye solution overheats you can get scorched milk which means it will darken and even speckle your soap. When the soap in the mold overheats you can get all kinds of issues including mushrooming, separation, cracking or other issues. (Take a look at my troubleshooting page to see what some of these issues look like.)

To keep the lye solution nice and cool I start with frozen goat’s milk. As you sprinkle on the lye…it melts the goat’s milk gently without getting too hot. I also set the lye solution in an ice bath.

Goat Milk Soap Recipe

Coconut oil – 20 oz
Olive oil – 20 oz
Rice bran oil – 5 oz
Avocado oil – 5 oz
Castor oil – 4 oz
Shea butter – 5 oz
Sweet Almond oil – 5 oz

Goat’s milk – 18 oz
Lye – 9 oz

First we create the lye solution. My goat’s milk is frozen in plastic freezer bags.

Take the frozen milk out of the bags and chop into smaller pieces.

Weigh the required amount. I like to put a splash of water with the goat’s milk to start the lye dissolving. You don’t need much; I used about an ounce.

Create an ice water bath by putting ice cubes and water into a bowl big enough to set your lye container into (red bowl above). Sprinkle about 1/4 of your lye and start mixing. One of the cool thing about soaping with milk is that you don’t get the fumes like you do when making a lye solution with water. I have no idea why…but you don’t. Its important to sprinkle your lye while mixing and not dumping it entirely into the goat’s milk. If you just dump it, it can create crusty lye clumps that are hard to dissolve because there is not initially enough liquid to dissolve it all at once. Some of these lye clumps can go without getting dissolved and end up in your finished soap. You don’t want that! So start with sprinkling about 1/4 of the lye and mix mix mix. It will start melting the goat’s milk.

Once it melts a bit, add another 1/4 of the lye and mix some more. Do this until you have completely mixed in the lye.  Please note that your lye solution can turn bright yellow!  This is a bit shocking, but it is normal.

Put your lye solution aside. I keep it in the cold water bath and just set it in the sink.


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Let’s prepare the oils.

Melt the hard oils. This includes the coconut oil and the shea butter.

Add the liquid oils to the melted oils. Adding the liquid oils to the melted oils helps to bring the temperature down. If we were to measure out all of the oils (liquid and solid) and then melt…the temperature of the total mixture would be hot and we’d have to wait to bring the temps down. It is unnecessary to heat the liquid oils along with the solid ones.

Once we have the oils ready…its time to make soap!  You can add your fragrance to the melted oils.  I used a bit of litsea and tea tree essential oils.  The litsea tinted the soap a bit towards yellow.

Give the lye solution a good stir. You can see there are some globs in it. Milk contains fat so this is a bit of that fat turning into soap. I like to give it a good whisk to break the globs up a bit…but I’m sure the stick blender does that as well.

Add the lye solution to the oils.

Bring the mixture to trace.

Pour into your molds. I’m using a couple of Bramble Berry silicone loaf molds and trying out their new sphere mold. You can use any type of molds that you want but realize that larger volume loaf or block molds will hold more heat and can cause your soap to overheat. You can even put your molds in the fridge or freezer to help keep the in-mold temps down but mine were fine as they were.

Un-mold 24 hours later, slice into bars and cure for 4 or more weeks. When you first cut the soap it can have an ammonia type of smell. It should go away after a couple of days. (So don’t think you did something wrong! It’s normal.)

The sphere mold – I was trying this mold out for the first time. The soap did not gel and its a softer recipe so I was a bit concerned with un-molding. Because the inside of the mold is smooth as glass, I had no issues with the soap sticking. It un-molded beautifully and created some super smooth, super cute round soaps! I can’t wait to use it again. I guess if I were concerned enough…I could have put it in the freezer first but I didn’t have any issues. It created 3.6 oz soap balls which will probably cure to be about 3.5 oz. They fit nicely in the hand.

A special thank you to my friend Donna and her sweet goats for the milk.

Happy (Goat’s Milk) Soaping!
-Amanda

Don’t forget to check out my Goat Milk Soapmaking book on Amazon! Thank you for your support! 🙂

About the Author:

I am a soapmaker, author and blogger! I started blogging in 2008, sharing soap recipes, design tutorials and publishing articles on various topics of soapmaking.

141 Comments

  1. Charla Gonzales November 25, 2017 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Shared! I’m pretty sure a few friends would like to read this.

  2. rina May 23, 2017 at 3:07 am - Reply

    Hi sis . Tq for this tutorial. I am from indo. Then may i know this recipi to translate to GRAm . Then if i make 500g oil.is evo oil 300gram 100g palm oil 100g vco then how much for goatmilk n lye sis.

  3. Yawakta April 14, 2017 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Thank you for this wonderful tutorial. We do not have great power supply and getting ice or freezing the milk can be an issue. Is it possible to divide my water amount in 2, mix the lye in one half and allow to cool, then mix powdered goat milk in the other half and add them up after the lye-water solution is cool? Thank you once again.

  4. Julianne January 17, 2017 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    I am sooo happy! This is the first soap recipe I’ve ever tried and it turned out! Suds up, is moisturizing, and works so well! I cut the recipe in half and 12 inch by 12 inch by .5 inch pan, I just made everything into the ounces on the measuring cup since the scale I was using was broken. It didn’t produce any fumes but I did put it in an ice bath when I started adding lye. I’m definitely going to make this again and I’ll play around with coloring it a little. Thank you for the recipe!

  5. Brianna Clesi January 15, 2017 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    Can you add any essential oils to this recipe for scents or because of the sweet almond oil that would be the scent? Love this tutorial and super excited to make this with our fresh goat milk!

  6. Wendi January 2, 2017 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    I had read that you are not supposed to gel goats milk soap because it could discolor from the heat so I always put my soaps in the freezer overnight. I have been a bit leery of experimenting with this. I gather from reading the post that you do gel yours. What are your thoughts on this?

  7. Ebru December 29, 2016 at 12:39 am - Reply

    Hey Amanda,
    Thanks for the recipe!
    I just wonder what is the diameter of your sphere mold?
    I’ve saw them in online shoping sites but always not sure about the size is enough for making about 100 gr soap. Yours seems enough.
    I will appreciate if you can help me. Thanks.

  8. gero December 9, 2016 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Comment…hi Amanda iam really appreciated your recipe my question is to khnow quantity of soap from one litre of goat milk. thank you.

  9. Janis James November 28, 2016 at 6:50 am - Reply

    Help! My goat milk soap turned into mashed potatoes even before I got to use the stick blender. What did I do wrong? Was my lye milk mixture too cool? (I had a tough time getting it up to 70-80 degrees!!) Or were my oils too hot? I think they were closer to 90 degrees.
    This has never happened to me before. I’ve always used defrosted milk, adding lye a little at a time til it reaches 85 degrees. I’ve never before used frozen milk to mix lye in…….Hmmm…..any ideas?

  10. Dan November 26, 2016 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    maybe I missed this but how much soap does this recipe make?

  11. Dan November 26, 2016 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    maybe I missed this but how much does this recipe make?

  12. Lauren Ritz November 3, 2016 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    What is your superfat percentage for this recipe? I wanted to change it to fit the amount of oils for my molds and wanted to run it thru soapcalc. I did a 2:1 water:lye ratio like in your recipe, figured out the percentage for each oil, just wasn’t sure on superfat.

    • Amanda Gail November 4, 2016 at 7:45 am - Reply

      This was so long ago, I can’t remember without entering it into a lye calc. It was probably 5% though. That is what I recommend for goat milk soap these days.

  13. Lisa Pothier November 3, 2016 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    I have just made my first batch of soap, but the lye didn’t completely dissolve. The lye crystals settled to the bottom of the mixture and I only realized it when I was pouring it into molds. Should I throw the soap away? why didn’t the lye dissolve?

  14. Colleen September 16, 2016 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Hi Amanda, Looks like a great recipe. I saw a few comments asking how to use this recipe if using powdered goats milk. Would I do as you suggested with one reply that suggested to just add the powder to the oils (that was with powdered buttermilk) or do I mix the powdered goats milk with water as powder recipes suggests then freeze into cubes and then add the lye? Also in all my teachings on soap makes thus far I have been told to bring both lye mixture and oils to a temperature of between 120-130 degrees. Is it different with goats milk recipe? I don’t see any temperatures stated.
    Thanks so much!!!!

  15. Crystal M. Smith September 4, 2016 at 9:22 am - Reply

    I made some of soap from this recipe, the ones that came out of the molds, I love. My question is, my family gave me some muffins tins to use as molds. I cannot get the soap out of those. It appears I may have to dig it out. My question is, once I get it out can I melt it down again and pour it into the soap molds, I have since purchased? I’m afraid the lye hasn’t cured out of it since it has been in the molds, even though they it has been a couple months since I made the soap. I have asked a friend whom has a friend that also makes soap but haven’t been able to get a answer.
    Thank you,

    C. M. Smith

  16. Jacki April 18, 2016 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Hello! Thank you for the recipe! If you wanted to add dry ingredients ( herbs) or charcoal when would you do that?
    Thank you again!

  17. Monica Dean December 16, 2015 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    When measuring out the oils, is the ounce measurement by weight or by fluid ounce?

    • Amanda Gail December 16, 2015 at 5:44 pm - Reply

      Hello, Monica! You will want to measure the oils by weight using a scale.

      -Amanda

  18. Dom December 5, 2015 at 11:24 am - Reply

    I’ve been making soap for a year, and I must admit as a chemist it’s pretty embarrassing that I’ve never thought of just melting the solid oils and adding the liquid ones AFTER! This will save me so much time!!

    Thanks for your instructions 🙂

  19. Anne-Marie Faiola November 4, 2015 at 11:02 am - Reply

    I love goat’s milk for soap and farm fresh is indeed, fantastic. Here in the ‘ham, there are several farms that I can buy fresh from and it’s a treat to use.

  20. Katie November 1, 2015 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Hi there this looks like a great recipe! I’m just wondering what temperature you would suggest mixing the lye and oils at? Thanks!

  21. Maureen Hall October 7, 2015 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Hi – I ran your goat soap recipe through soap cal. I was told to replace the amount of water exactly with same for milk. But the lye calculator called for 24.32 oz. while your recipe only calls for 18 oz – I was told alway use the calculator version – but sounds like many people have used your exact recipe with no problems. But why is there such a difference? THANK YOU

  22. Toni September 28, 2015 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    If and when could you add coloring to this recipe?

    • Amanda Gail October 1, 2015 at 11:58 am - Reply

      You can add coloring to the oils before adding the lye or you could add coloring to traced soap.

  23. Jeannette September 24, 2015 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    I was wondering when you pour your soap into the molds, do you have to cover it for the next 24 hours? I really don’t want to put the soap in my freezer or fridg. All my soaps I made I would cover it with plastic wrap and towels over that to hold in the heat. I have never made milk soap, so I don’t know if it works the same way.
    Thank you.

  24. Jeannette September 23, 2015 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    I was wondering if I could use something else in stead of rice bran oil as I am having a hard time finding it at all natural store like whole foods and other like that. I really don’t want to wait for shipping as I would like to start making this soap right a way. Thank you for your time.

    Jeannette

    • Amanda Gail September 24, 2015 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Yes, you could just use more olive oil if you wanted… You would have to run the recipe through your lye calc to get the new lye amount.

      • Jeannette September 24, 2015 at 9:55 am - Reply

        Thank you so much.

    • tangodanceredda October 8, 2015 at 8:11 am - Reply

      I use grapeseed oil because I can’t find rice bran oil. It works just as well. When I couldn’t find grapeseed oil, I substituted regular canola oil and it also worked fine.

    • tangodanceredda October 8, 2015 at 8:11 am - Reply

      I use grapeseed oil because I can’t find rice bran oil. It works just as well. When I couldn’t find grapeseed oil, I substituted regular canola oil and it also worked fine.

  25. Elsie September 15, 2015 at 8:08 am - Reply

    Hi!!! We run a goat farm and have decided to use some of our excess goat milk to make soap! We tried your recipe, but halved all the ingredients as we didn’t have enough molds for it. We even bought a stick blender to speed up the process! 🙂 Unfortunately, for some reason, we reached a “seize” instead of a “trace.” We were stirring with the stick blender for five minutes onwards and the thing just wouldn’t trace! We took a 5 minute break, went back to stirring and suddenly it was clumping up like mashed potatoes!! 🙁 Any idea where we went wrong? Would really appreciate the help!! 🙂

    xx Elsie

    • Amanda Gail September 18, 2015 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      That sounds like a heat or fragrance issue. Which fragrance did you use? What temperature did you soap at?

      • Katelyn Moses April 19, 2016 at 4:28 pm - Reply

        What can I leave out in the recipe and replace with essential oils for different scents? I can’t wait to get started. I’m so ready

  26. Becky Whaley August 24, 2015 at 11:07 am - Reply

    All of my soaps are made with goat’s milk, I freeze my milk in ice cube trays and transfer them to gallon bags for storage. Each “cube” is about and ounce, and it makes it easy to pull out what you need for different size recipes.
    Having excess goat milk was how I started making soap to begin with!

    • Amanda Gail August 24, 2015 at 11:20 am - Reply

      What a clever idea! Thank you for sharing that tip. 🙂 -Amanda Gail

  27. Christy July 15, 2015 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    I have made two batches of your goat milk soap. I love it and your recipe! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

    • Amanda Gail July 22, 2015 at 7:44 am - Reply

      I’m so glad that you like this recipe! Thank you for the kind comment. 🙂 -Amanda

  28. pugazhendi manivannan May 9, 2015 at 8:40 am - Reply

    May I know where to buy nakesha soap in singapore if possible kindly give me the shop name and address

  29. silvia May 8, 2015 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    Hi Amanda. can you please tell me where I can buy goat milk powder?
    thank you

  30. Chris April 16, 2015 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    What was the temperature of the lye goat milk when you mixed it with the other oils?

  31. Susan April 4, 2015 at 4:49 am - Reply

    HI, just wanted to say that I made this soap yesterday, followed your instructions exactly and have a lovely bar of creamy/yellow (used lemongrass EO) goats milk soap. No erupting or burning. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, I love it!

  32. Maggie April 3, 2015 at 10:33 am - Reply

    How much soap does this make? Is what is in the pictures what you got out of the single recipe?

  33. Debbie Arnold February 23, 2015 at 9:35 am - Reply

    About how long does it take to come to trace. 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes?

  34. Edda Ratliff February 20, 2015 at 9:48 am - Reply

    I loved the tutorial!! Also loved the questions and answers. I have been making goat milk soap for a couple of years but you can still learn from others.

  35. cecil young February 11, 2015 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    I cannot locate rice bran oil !! Can I substite with something else? New to goat soap making. Thankyou for any help.

  36. janie whyman February 10, 2015 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    lye and goat milk at very low temp used frozen ice cubes like 40 degrees and the oils are 90 degrees any problems with this ratio. should I heat up the lye in a hot water bath in the sink. thank you farmer jane

  37. Andrea February 7, 2015 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Amanda I love your tutorial you make it sound so easy. To my advantage we have plenty of goats on the farm so this recipe will definitely come in handy because sometimes I don’t know what to do with the left over milk after making cheese. Anyway I have a question for you though… Once you start mixing the essential oils etc. for how long do you mix and are you actually heating them up on the stove? If so, for how long and at what temperate? During this step is it safe to add in additional items like (color and scent)??? Thanks.

  38. Merrilyn February 5, 2015 at 1:17 am - Reply

    Welcome. You wonder what goes on in some peoples heads!!!! Anyway I LOVE your soap. Don’t know if I can wait a month for it to cure!! Hahaha P.S I am all the way from Australia.

  39. Merrilyn February 3, 2015 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Absolutely love it. Just finished my first batch. Hooked. Do you realise there is a link to a child porn site in your replies? Oct 11 2014.

    • Amanda February 3, 2015 at 8:16 pm - Reply

      Ewww just saw that… Deleted! Thanks for letting me know. Dang spammers.

  40. marcie February 1, 2015 at 1:34 am - Reply

    awesome! can’t wait to make my own! big thanks for the great info.

  41. Kayla Milam January 29, 2015 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    I found this information very helpful
    Thank you!
    Sorry about that first message that was hoops

  42. Kayla Milam January 29, 2015 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Just checking out your bat variety of things

  43. Veronica January 19, 2015 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Great blog

  44. Valerie Antijunti January 2, 2015 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    I am going to use sheep milk. Have you ever tried it? Do you think I need to thing it with water? It has more food solids than goat or cow, Thanks

    • Amanda January 5, 2015 at 9:36 am - Reply

      I’ve never tried it before. I wouldn’t think you need to thin it. Let me know how it goes!

  45. Bobbi January 2, 2015 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    About how much soap does this recipe make??

  46. danielle December 28, 2014 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Hello,

    I accidentally put too little lye in my soap! I realized this when it wouldn’t set. Is it possible to add more lye so I don’t waste the whole batch?

    Thank you,
    Daniele

  47. riens handmade soap December 27, 2014 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Im glad I ran across this. Great job! This was a very good tutorial. I love those round mold soaps. Very neat and I’d love to try that mold for a few of my batches.

  48. Philip December 18, 2014 at 2:43 am - Reply

    Amanda, great posting…. I am interested in developing baby care product in Korea… could you give me your email address then I will send some inquiry!

    Best,
    Philip, Korea

  49. Anh November 10, 2014 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Hello the author
    What is the life time of this soap?
    Because you used fresh goat milk from the farm. It has bacteria and it might get spoiled. Please tell me. Thanks

  50. Emily October 24, 2014 at 11:59 am - Reply

    This may sound silly… but I am completely new to soap making. Can you replace some of the oils (rice bran oil, sweet almon, etc) with essential oils? Or do you have to use essential oils as an additive only?

  51. Tom October 9, 2014 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    I’m new to soap making and need to know if all measurements are by weight or by volume? For instance, 20oz of olive oil. Licquid volume or weight?

    Thanks,
    Tom

    • Amanda October 11, 2014 at 10:45 am - Reply

      Hi Tom! Yes, measurements are by weight.

  52. Amanda September 18, 2014 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    I just bought the sphere mold because i saw this tutorial. I cant wait to use it for my pumpkin honey soap. i might do a little bit of a water reduction in my lye solution so i can add some buttermilk. i like buttermilk more than goats milk because it leaves my skin smoother. i think its because it is creamier than goats milk. I love BB you guys offer such wonderful products! i have to stay away or else i will end up in the poor house.

  53. Susanne August 25, 2014 at 6:45 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this tutorial. I’m very much looking forward to trying my hand at soapmaking. I would like to ask you, if you have any suggestions as to what I can replace the coconut oil with, as I am highly allergic to coconut in any form…?
    Susanne
    Denmark

  54. Lindsay July 24, 2014 at 12:11 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I was wondering how long this soap lasts before it goes rancid vs. soap made from the goat milk powder. Thanks!

  55. Eva July 10, 2014 at 10:49 am - Reply

    Hello, Amanda. Sorry, I do not know English, I used the translator.
    I really like your soap. It is suitable for 11-month grandson? I have all the ingredients, not only rice oil, I do not buy it. What else should I use? Or omitted, which increased? You recommend me, please, a different recipe for a young child?
    Thank you very much, Eva

  56. Ashley May 31, 2014 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Hi there! GREAT tutorial. I have a friend who wants me to use her breast milk in soap. Going to use this recipe. Question…how many pounds of soap does this recipe make? If I use a 5 pound mold…will that be okay?
    Thanks!

  57. Lisa May 27, 2014 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Hi,
    i have a blog on Korean website, called naver.com.
    Since I’m a soaper I love your blog and learn alot.
    While searching for cp soaps on naver.com, I came across a blog that used your images as his own. He even put watermarks on your pictures.
    As soon as I saw the post I recognized your posting.
    Here’s the blog post- http://netcast2050.blog.me/140206696831
    I’ll leave a comment on his blog about copyright infringement.

    Regards,

    Lisa

  58. Merrill May 4, 2014 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Hi! I’m new to soap making. If I wanted to use only coconut oil and olive oil, would that effect the amount of lye/goat milk? Great tutorial btw 🙂

  59. lexy walter May 2, 2014 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    Do you weigh the goats milk before freezing it or after?

  60. Grey Bird Farm April 28, 2014 at 11:17 am - Reply

    How do you keep your soap from gelling? Do you cool or freeze it right after pouring?

    • Amanda May 1, 2014 at 10:30 am - Reply

      I don’t usually mind gel, but if you don’t want it to gel, then yes – put it in the fridge or freezer.

  61. Brigette April 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Can you add swirls to this soap? If so how would that change the recipe at all?
    Making soap for the first time this week with this recipe- can’t wait!

  62. Janet Kiessling February 25, 2014 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    Good Afternoon, I have a couple of questions. Awesome post – btw! We are definitely trying this recipe! Question: I have read other posts & they say that you can not use your cooking supplies that you used to make the soap – for anything else. Is this true? Or can’t you just put them in the dishwasher?…:) How much do you usually get from one batch?
    Thank you so much – in advance! Have a Blessed day – the Kiessling family

  63. Caroline February 8, 2014 at 2:12 pm - Reply

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  64. Lisa February 1, 2014 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Have you ever made goats milk lotion?

  65. Marjorie December 26, 2013 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Amazing looking soaps. Can you tell me how hot was the LYE and goat’s milk and how hot were the oils????? Merry Christmas.

  66. Atihcnoc December 26, 2013 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing, love the way your soap looks. The powdered milk do not need to be hydrated before adding to the oils? as oil do not hydrate I will think it is important to add water to the powdered milk before added this to the oils, in your experience …is this necessary? Love your blog I found it very inspirational. Thank you.

  67. Marjorie December 25, 2013 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Fantastic oap explanations, loved it, but could you tell me how hot you have the oils and then how hot is the lye solution to achieve such good looking soap. ?
    many thanks

  68. Amirah December 24, 2013 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    hello…. i’m a novice in soap making and willing to try out this interesting recipe although i couldn’t find goats milk at present i have sheeps’ milk instead… was wandering if it could be substituted also can i add mashed fruit in it? or will it have any negetive effect. pls do kindly give substitions for the oils it seems difficult to get some at hand. i truly admire your blog, keep up the good work 🙂

  69. Marjorie December 15, 2013 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Fantastic tutorial, thank you for sharing. Can you tell me the temps of the oils and the lye mix before you put them together.
    Did you put the molds after poring in the fridge? Looking forward to your reply.
    regards Marjorie

  70. karen December 15, 2013 at 6:36 am - Reply

    I am loving my new venture into soap making and love this site. All the questions I had are answered above. Thanks so much.

  71. Sheri November 12, 2013 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    How is the hardness of this soap? Will it be used up faster than others? I’m dying to try this goat’s milk soap recipe.

  72. Anna October 30, 2013 at 9:38 am - Reply

    How many pounds does this make? I need to know so I know what size mold to use. Thanks!

    • Amanda October 30, 2013 at 9:50 am - Reply

      This recipe makes about 5.6 pounds of soap. (add up the oils, lye and water and divide by 16) -Amanda

  73. Doug October 11, 2013 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Is the goat’s milk raw or pasteurized? Does it make any difference in the outcome?

  74. Doug October 11, 2013 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    When you say bring the mixture to trace, apparently using a stick blender, what does that mean? How long do you blend it or what do you look for?

  75. Anita Joy October 2, 2013 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much! I made goats cheese on our farm as well as spun the cashmere, but never thought to make the soap. 🙂 Amazing tutorial. Please let me know if I have the understanding of Trace right. It is bringing the temp of the mixture of the lye and the oils to a temp of 122 degree f. by way of simply letting the lye build its natural heat? I first bring the solid and liquid oils to that temp on stove top? Trace is sort of confusing me. Just like Flash did in cheese making.

    Thanks so much for any information. I can’t wait to try it!

    • Erin November 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      Sorry I meant to reply to your comment, what I wrote is above this one.

  76. katreece September 23, 2013 at 8:55 am - Reply

    With the above recipe and loaf molds you use, how many bars does it make? Thanks. I have never made soap, but I am.gonna give it a try with this recipe. Thanks for the helpful info.

    • Erin November 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm - Reply

      Trace is where you mix or use a stick blender and blend all the ingredients together until it becomes the consistency where you are able to trace a line through the mixture and it stays. Be carefull though, trace can come very fast sometimes, it is safer to stop blending as soon as you see a line trace in the liquid.

  77. Monique C. M. August 30, 2013 at 8:05 am - Reply

    Great tutorial!!! Thank you for posting!
    Question: how do you know if you need to put them in the fridge? And wouldn’t doing so hinder the saponification process? (I’m new to this)
    Thank you!

  78. becky August 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Great tutorial! Thanks for the info.
    So does it not matter what temps the oils and lye/milk solution are at when I combine them? Usually I try to get them both at ~110 degree before mixing.

  79. Angie August 15, 2013 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Love your blog! Question for you, how do you prevent soap ash? I spray with alcohol and insulate it really well and still get soap ash on every batch.

    Thanks!
    Angie

  80. May a July 9, 2013 at 9:58 am - Reply

    The amount of liquid called for in a recipe would be the same. Unless you are an advanced soap maker that knows about discounting liquids and lye which I’m not , but I do know whatever liquid you decide to use in a recipe usually stays the same. Hope this helps

  81. Sara Wing July 6, 2013 at 7:38 am - Reply

    You said you can use different milk instead of goats milk. Is it the same amount?

  82. Sara Wing July 6, 2013 at 7:36 am - Reply

    Hi Amanda, I would love to make my own soap. I’ve been buying locally made soaps for about 6 months now. Where do you buy your soap making supplies? I noticed in one of your pictures you had big jugs if oils. Also, wonderful tutorial, thanks!

    • Myava July 6, 2013 at 2:50 pm - Reply

      Yes the amount of liquid called for would be the same

  83. Myava June 12, 2013 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    I’m new to soapmaking but for some reason I just seem passionate to find the perfect goat milk soap recipe! Lol I have tried 3recipes so far and they have only cured for about a week but they seem too soft. When I push with my thumb the soap gives. Will they harden with more time or have I just not found the right recipe yet? I have read hundreds of recipes online and now am so confused as which one to use. Maybe this one will be the one!

  84. paddy May 26, 2013 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Hi how much soap does this recipe make and where could I get Shea butter in Ireland.

  85. Kristi Y May 22, 2013 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Love the tutorial! At what temps are you adding the two mixtures together? It seems like everyone has a different theory. Some say mix them when there at the same temp, but the cooler the lye/milk solution is, the whiter the soap stays.

    • Myava June 12, 2013 at 11:21 pm - Reply

      Kristi by the way she keeps the lye mixture cool I would imagine about room temp for both would be right

  86. Silleon February 19, 2013 at 6:34 am - Reply

    Great blog! I’m Going to try very soon. My question is, when people mention ‘hard oils’, there are included , lard and tallow? I still can’t see the big mystery . It is. Because is less quality ,or better quality. Also I never saw in any soap ingredients tallow, lard or shortening.

  87. valli February 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    We make our soaps with coconut milk – Thanx for the tutorial! We make soap using the same process! Always glad for more information.

    Valli

  88. Carol February 7, 2013 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    Approx. What is the total cost of ingredients and amount of bars per 10 oz mold? Would love to try this.

  89. Liz December 30, 2012 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    I just found a farmer that sells goat’s milk. Do I have to boil it or anything to get it ready for use in this recipe or can I just freeze it straight from the farm and use it right away? (I’m also very new to soap making)

    • Amanda December 31, 2012 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      No need to boil. Just freeze fresh from the farm.

      • Liz January 1, 2013 at 12:34 am - Reply

        thank you so much, that makes life a lot easier!

        Love your blog!!

  90. Carol December 25, 2012 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Merry Christmas Amanda! My goat milk soap turn out wonderful thanks to you! I love all your recipes. Wish I could show you a picture. Have a nice day! 🙂

  91. Carol J Weeks December 18, 2012 at 7:59 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for everything! 🙂

  92. Karen December 9, 2012 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    Hi Amanda-

    Thank you so much for this fabulous tutorial! Same question as Rachelle. How can I use a powdered buttermilk in my soap instead of liquid?

    Thanks again!

    Karen

    • Amanda December 14, 2012 at 11:12 am - Reply

      Absolutely, You would just use the water amount as specified by a lye calc. Add 1 tablespoon PPO powdered buttermilk to your melted oils.

      So if you are soaping with a 32 oz (oils) recipe add 2 tablespoons of powdered milk to melted oils. Stickblend, then add your lye solution.

  93. Rachelle December 6, 2012 at 12:44 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for the recipes, I have been researching for the past 2 weeks to have palm free recipes, Amanda, where did you get does beautiful gorgeous round soap mold, I want some of those for sure.

    Second, I have just bought powered goat milk, how do you measure, is it 50% water 50% powder.

    Again thank you

  94. Kelsey December 4, 2012 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    This looks like so much fun! I am starting to do some research on soapmaking- I haven’t tackled my first batch yet but I’m really excited. I bet you could freeze the goat milk in ice cube trays. Might be convenient both for measuring and for storage! Thanks for all the great tutorials and resources!

  95. Karry October 22, 2012 at 12:01 am - Reply

    Well, if talking about goat’s milk I have heard about its use in the kitchen as it’s very good for health. And if used in making soaps, I am sure it will prove excellent for skin. I will definitely try this soap out.

  96. Anna October 20, 2012 at 1:35 am - Reply

    Can you use goats milk in hot process soap making or does it the heat from the crock pot destroy the integrity of the milk?

  97. Jen October 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Really love the color and how creamy the soap looks. I especially love how the round balls came out.

  98. Mala Ann October 16, 2012 at 7:34 am - Reply

    Gorgeous!!! No more, no less…

  99. Mary Jean October 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Amanda, Finally someone who knows about the “spots” in CP soap. I assumed it was fat, but didn’t know. Could you answer specifically about my recipe.

    5.65 lye with 8 oz. water-add this to hard oils

    When all the oils, hard and liquid, are in the “pot”, I add 4 oz. of goat milk just before blending.

    Makes great soap, but would love to eliminate the “spots”. I make a 40oz recipe.

    Will you answer to the above email?

    Here’s is hoping that you are my knowledgeable one. Mary Jean

  100. Jocelynn October 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    I’m new to soap making, but very excited to try this recipe. My question is can u half this recipe or does it mess up the formula? How can you tell by a recipe how big your loaf will turn out ( oz = lbs)

  101. Alexandra October 10, 2012 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Sorry for the questions. If your lye and goatmilk solution goes bad or wrong. What do you do with it?

  102. Christy October 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    So glad to see this! Question. I’m seeing some who use half water/half goat milk and add cold milk to the oils rather than frozen to the lye mixture. Almost everyone I see uses the frozen milk. Is it personal preference?

    • Amanda October 10, 2012 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Yes! I know many soapers that do it that way. If you are making milk soap and end up with the spots (from fat in the lye solution) this is a great way to avoid that. Make a 50:50 lye:water solution and then add the same amount of milk to the oils. So if you lye solution is 8 oz lye and 8 oz water…you would add 8 oz of milk to the oils.

  103. AlexandraT October 9, 2012 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Where did you get the larger silicone mold. I only see the 10″ one.

    • Amanda October 9, 2012 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      One is the old 8 or 9″ that they had and the other is the new 10″. The got rid of the smaller one for the 10″ size.

      • Alexandra October 10, 2012 at 9:23 am - Reply

        How do you insulate silicone liner molds? I have wooden ones But want to purchase silicones. Also what is your absolute favorite mold to use?

        • Amanda October 10, 2012 at 9:47 am - Reply

          Well, I don’t usually insulate silicone molds but sometimes I will cpop them to force gel. So I will turn the oven on to about 170, turn it off and then leave the soap in it until it gels. My absolute favorite mold is Bramble Berry’s 10″ silicone loaf mold. It is super easy to use and unmold.

  104. Jennifer October 9, 2012 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Good job Amanda! Love the comments on the BB sphere- enough to make me go shop for it now! 🙂

    • Amanda October 9, 2012 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      You will love it!

  105. Jaime October 9, 2012 at 9:11 am - Reply

    Those are just gorgeous! I can’t wait to try this out 🙂

    • Jaime October 9, 2012 at 9:20 am - Reply

      Oh I also wanted to ask you about your EO/FO, do you ever have an issue with acceleration by adding it directly to the oils? Thanks!

      • Amanda October 9, 2012 at 9:43 am - Reply

        I don’t have any issues with adding an EO or FO to the oils.

  106. Donna OShaughnessy October 9, 2012 at 8:06 am - Reply

    That was a FANTASTIC tutorial! I make my milk soap with cows milk but do it the same way. Nice job

    • Amanda October 9, 2012 at 9:43 am - Reply

      Thank you!

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