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.
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For more details on making goat milk soap, check out our eBook Goat Milk Soapmaking! It includes directions for full-milk soapmaking as well as the milk-in-oil method.
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
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.
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.
Step 3 – Weigh out the coconut oil and melt, just until melted.
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.
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.
Step 9 – Prop your mold up as shown. This will allow you to pour a diagonal layer of soap.
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.
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.
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.