Goat's milk makes a gentle, moisturising soap. Goat's milk has properties that make it a more effective moisturiser than ingredients in other soaps. Adding coconut oil to a goat's milk soap recipe makes the final product even more moisturising. Homemade goat's milk soap has the added benefit of purity.
NewEnglandGrown.com explains that goat milk contains capric-capryllic triglyceride, a highly-regarded moisturising compound. Goat milk soap is gentle and effective for sensitive skin conditions, including eczema. (See References)
You will need the following supplies: Rubber gloves Scale Heavy spoon Electric mixer 2 glass bowls Paper cup Small kitchen towel Large plastic or glass container Stainless steel soup pot Cardboard box for mould (shoe box-size) Small plastic kitchen garbage bag (See References)
Use the scale to weigh the following ingredients accurately: 3 C (709ml) olive oil 295ml coconut oil 887ml lard 709ml frozen goat's milk, once frozen, break into shards 247gr lye You can add colouring or scent. Rosemary, basil or lavender-fresh or organic essential oils are aromatic for soap. Lye is among the drain cleaners at the supermarket. Grocery stores carry lard. Olive oil is with cooking oils. Most super centres carry coconut oil.
Wear rubber gloves the entire time you are in contact with lye. Line the shoebox with the plastic bag. Melt the lard and coconut oil in the soup pot. Do not let the mixture get hotter than 115 degrees. Break the frozen goat's milk into shards in the glass bowl. Place the thermometer in the bowl. Dust about one-third of the lye over the frozen milk. Never add milk to the lye. Stir until completely blended. Repeat with one-third of the lye until all of the lye is in the milk. Do not allow the temperature to exceed 140 degrees. Begin with iced milk. If the milk thaws, add lye slowly. Allow the temperature to dip to 90 degrees before adding more lye.
Once the final mixture is cooler than 90 degrees, carefully and slowly pour the lye mixture into the oils in the soup pot. Add colouring or aroma at this point. Mix with the hand electric mixer. When you can drizzle the soap onto the top of the mixture and the strings take a brief moment to settle into the mix, the soap is ready to pour into the mould. Pour the soap into the mould, smoothing the top of the soap. Cover the mould with a thin cotton towel or cling film. Insulate the entire mould in an old bath towel. Allow the soap to set until solid--up to 48 hours. Cut the soap into bars. Place the bars on a non-metal rack to allow air flow. Cure for three weeks.