Goat's milk soap is nourishing to your skin and feels good on your body. Making it at home using a cold process method, however, can be difficult if you are not an experienced soap maker. Lye is typically used to make goat's milk soap and it can be dangerous if mishandled. Using the melt and pour method of soap making does not require special equipment or extra precautions. It's an easy way to make your own goat's milk soap at home.
You will need to purchase a slab of goat's milk soap base. You can find this at a number of online soap suppliers. You will also need access to a microwave, a large microwave-safe bowl, a spoon, essential oil or fragrance oil, colouring (if desired), cooking spray and soap moulds. The essential oils, colouring and soap moulds are available at most craft stores, as well as at online suppliers.
Before you start melting the soap, spray your soap mould with cooking spray. This will make it easier to remove the soap once it is cooled. Set the moulds aside. Cut the slab of soap base into chunks. Place the chunks into your microwave-safe bowl and melt them in the microwave at 30-second intervals. Be sure to stir the soap every time the microwave stops. It doesn't heat evenly, so stirring the soap base will help disperse the heat. When it s completely melted, add 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of fragrance oil per pound of soap, if desired. You may also leave it unscented. Then add in soap colouring if you do not wish to leave it the natural colour. Stir the soap again and pour it into your prepared soap moulds. Let the soap cool at room temperature. It will harden as it cools. Then carefully pop the soap out of the moulds. Your soap is ready to be wrapped for gifts or stored in a container for your own personal use.
Goat's milk soap is not inexpensive, but it does not dry out your skin like many cheaper commercial soaps that contain chemicals. Goat's milk is moisturising and rinses clean off your body. It can help lessen the problems associated with psoriasis, eczema and other dry skin ailments. The pH level of goat's milk is similar to the pH of your own skin. It acts as a neutraliser, helping to ward off bacteria and other contaminants.
Melt and pour soap bases contain water as part of the formula. It is not recommended that soap bars be left out unwrapped after they have been cooled and unfolded. Wrapping the entire bar of soap in cling film will help avoid shrinkage caused by evaporating water.