How Goat Milk Soap is made
I have a lot of people ask "How on earth do you make soap out of GOAT MILK??!!"
I have to say, the first time making soap I was very scared about screwing something up. I mean, I'd be working with lye!
And, Yes, you have to use lye (sodium hydroxide) to make soap or it's not really soap.
Yes, lye is dangerous, I wear goggles while making soap (don't want any splatters in my eyeballs while stick blending!)
I know what your thinking. "Why are you telling me this, it will scare me from using natural homemade soap?!" "How can this be safe to use?"
Well, in your finished soap there is NO lye. When you mix lye with a liquid, then blend with melted oils, it goes through a chemical process called saponification. That chemical process changes the oil into soap and glycerin. So no lye is present in the final product.
Your next question. "Why is it better for my skin than soap at the store?"
- Is Natural - the way our ancestors made soap.
- It contains glycerin naturally, which attracts moisture from the air to the skin.
- Goat milk makes the soap even more moisturizing.
- Contains good-for-you oils.
We have families that have rid themselves of rashes & eczema using goat milk soap!!
Some commercial soaps remove the glycerin from the bars and sell it for use in making lotions and creams.
The oils I use can vary depending on what outcome I need in the finished bar. Like my Facial Bar has more coconut oil for a more cleansing bar, and Butter Bar has more butters & olive oil to make it great for dry winter skin. (like now)
It really is a science, wait, didn't I say I'd never need that in school??
All the oils are melted together in a glass bowl (no metal, and no plastic unless you want your plastic to taste like soap). Lye is added to frozen goat milk and completely dissolved before adding to the oils. Once the lye/milk mixture is added to the oils you stick blend until it just starts to get thick. That's when I add essential oils, fragrance oils, colors or none of the above, and pour into a 5 pound mold.
The soap loaf then goes into our freezer for 6-8 hrs., or a day if I forget about it. This is because the goat milk causes the soap to heat up, you wouldn't believe how hot it really gets. I started out not doing this step and would get huge cracks in the top of the soap from the heat trying to escape. So into the freezer it goes.
A couple days later it can be unmolded and sliced.
But, it's not ready to be used yet! This natural soap has to cure for 4-6 weeks to make a hard long lasting bar of luxurious skin loving soap. For impatient people like us, it's hard to do, but necessary.
Ready to pamper yourself with soft moisturized skin for the winter? Stop in our farm store to pick up a bar or five!