There are a variety of recipes for making your own homemade soaps. Most of these recipes involve adding milk to your homemade soap mixture. However, soaps made with goat's milk are much more sought-after than those made from traditional cow's milk. The reason for this is that goat's milk has three times more beta casein than the milk from a cow. Casein allows for quick absorption into the skin, resulting in much better hydration. For this reason, it's a great idea to learn to make your own goat milk soaps at home.
The materials you will need to make soap using goat milk are:
- 3 pints of goat milk
- 12 ounces of lye
- 5 1/2 pounds of lard
- 2 ounces of glycerin
- 2 tablespoons borax
- desired colors and fragrances
The biggest difference in using milk in your soap is that it causes the soap to be orange. If you prefer a whiter soap, there are a few ways to minimize the orange tone. The easiest way is to keep the lye solution cool while mixing it. You can do this by placing your lye pitcher into a bowl of ice water.
To get started on making soap with goat milk, first let your goat's milk freeze into a slushy consistency. Next, measure out your desired quantity of goat's milk into a pitcher and stir until it is lightly slushy. Add in the lye gradually, waiting several minutes between adding portions of lye. Don't let the temperature of your mixture exceed 90 degrees. For a normal batch, you will need to keep adding and mixing the lye for 10 to 15 minutes. If mixed too quickly, the mixture may curdle.
Once the lye is mixed with the goat milk, you can make the rest of the soap using any soap recipe. The usual method for creating soap at home starts with weighing out your soap-making oils. Add lard, glycerin, and borax to the mixture and heat them to 110 degrees.
At this point, add your lye and goat milk solution to the pot. Mix all the ingredients completely and stir for 15 to 20 minutes. Now you can add your desired fragrance. Dyes can also be added to the soap at this stage to change the color.
Lastly, pour your soap mixture into a soap mold and allow to dry overnight. Cut your soap using fishing line, and allow curing for up to 6 weeks before use.