Saturday, September 25, 2010

Goat Milk Soap My First Batch....


Me weighing out all the oils and butters.

Making the goat's milk lye, in the ice water bath.

Very happy that it isn't turning a horrid colour, it is staying the creamy colour yey!! 

Adding the goat's milk lye to the oils and butters.

Blending to a trace, just after this I added the fragrance.

Finished the blending and adding it to the mold.


Since I have started making my own cold pressed soap, I have wanted to try and make goat's milk soap.

I was so worried about using goat milk for soap making. There are so many things that can go wrong that I wasn't sure where to begin. Through lots of googling and reading soapy books for recipes, I think I have found a great way to make it. The majority of the soapy community say if you use the goat's milk cold, or freezing to be precise, it is the secret to keeping it a pale colour as well as not having such an unpleasant odour.

So I bought the fresh goat's milk. Weighed the amount I needed and froze it. Got my oils ready and weighed, and tried my first batch....

It is meant to have the most horrid smell, but I never experienced that. Maybe I did something wrong? Who knows, we shall find out. I fragranced it with vanilla select fragrance, and a vanilla oil that I made from cut up vanilla beans soaked in jojoba oil. I sell the Vanilla Beans on Ebay or my Etsy store if anyone is interested in buying some.
This is Chucky waiting very impatiently for me to stop soaping so he can sit on my lap.

"Ahh that's better now all is right in my little world, sleep now..." Says Chuck.

I have since cut the soap and it smells sweet, but not as vanilla like as I was hoping...

Apparently it takes a good 2-3 weeks for the goat milk smell to die down, till your left with the gorgeous fragrance you want. And it's now a chocolate brown colour, due to the fact that I used vanilla fragrance, and fresh vanilla bean extract.

I made this soap on the 18th September, it is already a much nicer and sweeter smell, than it was to begin with. Can't wait to see what happens over the next couple of weeks! :)

5 comments:

  1. This is so cool! I love seeing the process. And how interesting - goats milk soap! Love the vanilla addition. Thanks for sharing :)
    Heidi xo

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  2. Homemade soap! I'll have to try this!

    Love Grace.

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  3. Aw I love this! I saw on Play School they were making soap and I tried to search online so I could make it with my nieces... but I couldn't find anything =( Great post.

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