Goat Milk Soap with Honey, Oatmeal and Lavender

Is there anything more classic than goat milk, oatmeal and honey soap? This soap uses fresh goat milk, local honey and is scented with lavender essential oil.

Goat Milk Soap with Honey, Oatmeal and Lavender

Photo by Busy Bee Creative – Product Photography


Goat Milk, Oatmeal, Honey and Lavender Soap Recipe

1 lb Palm-free Recipe (Fits in short silicone loaf mold from WSP. Perfect for test batches.)

Coconut Oil – 136 grams (30%)
Castor Oil – 46 grams (10%)
Olive Oil – 204 grams (45%)
Avocado Oil – 68 grams (15%)
Sodium Hydroxide – 63 grams
Frozen Goat Milk – 126 grams
Honey – 1 teaspoon
Oatmeal – 1 teaspoon (use up to 1 tablespoon)
Lavender Essential Oil – 30 grams
Orchid Mica (Bramble Berry) – 1/4 teaspoon

2 lb Palm-free Recipe (Fits high in 8″ silicone loaf mold or just under full in 10″ silicone loaf mold.)

Coconut Oil – 272 grams (30%)
Castor Oil – 92 grams (10%)
Olive Oil – 408 grams (45%)
Avocado Oil – 136 grams (15%)
Sodium Hydroxide – 126 grams
Frozen Goat Milk – 252 grams
Honey – 2 teaspoons
Oatmeal – 2 teaspoons (use up to 2 tablespoons)
Lavender Essential Oil – 60 grams
Orchid Mica (Bramble Berry) – 1/2 teaspoon

Safety Warning: This recipe is for soapmakers who have a basic knowledge of the soapmaking process and know the correct safety procedures to use when handling lye. If you are new to soapmaking, visit our beginner instructions. Be sure to wear safety goggles and gloves while soaping.

Prepare Your Milk

The lactic acid in milk has a tendency to burn and turn orange in goat milk soap. The lower you can keep the temperature of your lye solution, the lighter your soap will turn out. To keep the temperature of your milk lye solution down, you can freeze your goat milk. Use ice trays to freeze (easy way) or hack your milk into pieces using a knife and hammer (not easy way, but seems to be my preference every time – ha!).

Step 1 – Create your lye solution. Weigh out the frozen milk and sodium hydroxide into separate containers.

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Step 2 – In a well-ventilated area, sprinkle the sodium hydroxide into your milk while stirring. The sodium hydroxide will start to melt the frozen goat milk. Stir until dissolved and put to the side to cool down. To help keep your lye solution even cooler, place your milk container in an ice bath while stirring in the lye.

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Step 3 – Weigh out the coconut oil and melt, just until melted.

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Step 4 – Weigh the liquid oils and add to the melted coconut oil.


Step 5 – Add honey, oatmeal and essential oils to the oil mixture.


Step 6 – Bring to light trace.

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Step 7 – Divide the mixture into two containers. 1/3 of the mixture into one container and 2/3 into another container. You can just eyeball it.


Step 8 – Add the purple mica to the 2/3 mixture. Blend using your mini-mixer.

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Step 9 – Prop your mold up as shown. This will allow you to pour a diagonal layer of soap.

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Step 10 – Start spooning on the uncolored soap layer. You’ll have to turn your mold to the flat position, but the purple layer should be nice and thick. Pour on the rest of the uncolored soap to fill the mold.

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Step 11 – You can use a coat hanger or swirling tool from Bramble Berry to swirl the layers a bit. Simply bend it to fit your mold and pull it up and down, running the length of the mold.


Step 12 – Top with oatmeal if you’d like.

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Let sit for 24 hours to saponify and harden. Remove after 48 hours in the mold (this is a softer recipes, but cures out rock-hard). Let cure for 4 weeks.

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Photo by Busy Bee Creative – Product Photgraphy

Happy Soaping!
-Amanda Gail

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.


  1. Sandra Henderson September 30, 2018 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    do you use ground oatmeal or whole oatmeal?

  2. Belle September 25, 2018 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    Hi Amanda, do you put this soap in a freezer? thanks

  3. Marilyn September 12, 2018 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Can you tell me if you are using fresh or canned goat milk? Many recipes call for it but it is never stated. Does it matter?
    Thank you

    • Amanda Gail September 14, 2018 at 9:39 am - Reply

      It doesn’t matter! I usually use fresh, but either will work.

  4. Charlene August 15, 2018 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Hello, I just have a question about the Honey in this recipe. Does it not “burn” the batch? I’m not seeing anywhere that you put your soap in the frig after placing it in the mold. I’m worried about the gel phase and it carmelizing the colors. Any info would be great as I’m planing on making this soap in the next week.

  5. Sophie January 22, 2018 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    I don’t understand, I use the exact recipe but the soap smell like lye. Idea?

  6. Lana Cosgrove March 21, 2017 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    Could any One tell me if they have this problem every time you go to buy lye people look at me like iam trying to make drugs,eye rolls, people assuming I’m doing the wrong thing and when I try to say I making soap they act like liking please email me with suggestions .

  7. Gayle October 12, 2016 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    This was my first soap I made. It turned out fantastic! Now I’m hooked. Not only do I love this soap, my friends do too. I’m making more for the holidays. Thanks for sharing a great soap recipe.

  8. Shari July 3, 2016 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    I made this today. Had huge issues. I could not get it to trace. I doubled your recipe, and made the mistake of not using a lye calculator. Turns out I needed more lye, about 100 g. I mixed the 100g with some of the soap then added it to the rest. I’m not sure it all dissolved. I was kind of in a panic as I’ve never had trouble obtaining trace. I switched immersion blenders after this as well, and it finally, after like 15 more minutes, started to trace.
    How do I know if I will have an issue with the lye and whether or not it dissolved? It’s in my mold. I will leave it for over a day since it took so long to trace and it was mostly soft oils, with on,y the coconut oil as a hard oil (which is t that hard). I’m thinking so few hard butters/fats was part of the issue too? Any ideas or advice?

  9. Adrienne June 17, 2016 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Hello. I love the look of this soap. Can you double the recipe to make a 4 lb batch, or will it not double well? Thanks for all the great recipes and info.

  10. Sarah March 7, 2016 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    Hi Amanda,
    I want to try this recipe, but I was wondering what are the golden yellow specks in the soap? Also, if I don’t swirl the soap w/ the hanger, would it still look similar? I didn’t really see a defined swirling design. Thank you for your help!

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