- 2 large stainless-steel bowls (should fit in each other so you can put one on ice in the other –
that’ll make sense soon enough)
- 5-6 large glass measuring cups (2 or 4 cups each)
- Digital scale
- Large whisk
- Several spatulas
- Stick (immersion) blender
- Protective gear: safety glasses, gloves, and a face mask when working with lye– even when there’s not an ongoing pandemic
- Soap molds – you can use any silicone molds. We particularly love these Goat Soap Molds
TIP: Always use stainless steel, glass or plastic. NEVER aluminum as it will react with the lye.
- 8 oz. coconut oil (24%)
- 15 oz. olive oil (44%)
- 11 oz. palm oil (32%)
- 4.8 oz. lye
- 5.6 oz distilled water
- 5.6 oz Summerhill Goat Milk
How to Make Goat Milk Soap:
The process: Cold Process Soapmaking.
Step 1: Prep
- Gather all of your supplies and ingredients to get started.
Step 2: Make the lye mixture
- Measure out the lye, distilled water, and goat milk by weight. Be sure the goat milk is very cold.
- Fill the largest stainless-steel bowl with a layer of ice. Set the smaller bowl inside.
- Mix the distilled water and goat milk together in the smaller bowl.
- Very slowly, very carefully add the lye to the water/milk mixture whisking thoroughly throughout the process. If you mix the lye in too quickly, the milk will scorch. You do not want to experience this!
- Continue whisking until all traces of the lye are gone.
- This process takes a good 10-15 minutes.
Step 3: Measure out all the oils by weight
- If any oils have solidified, be sure to fully melt and mix the entire container before portioning.
- Allow the oils to cool below 130 before moving on to the next step.
Step 4: Saponification
- Combine oils in a large stainless-steel bowl. (We use the bowl that contained the ice in Step 1 – be sure to dry it thoroughly first)
- Slowly begin to add the lye mixture while stick blending the oils. Watch the magic happen as the oil and lye molecules create new soap molecules.
- When the mixture has reached the Trace you desire, you can pour or spoon the soap into the molds.
- Freeze your soap in the molds overnight.
Step 5: Cure
- The next day, carefully remove the soap from the molds and let them cure in a dry, cool place for 4-6 weeks, turning occasionally until they are hard.
We’d love to hear about your soap-making experiences!