Tuesday, February 15, 2011


I have found a source for Goat milk here in Mobridge. Online research brought a vender for soap making supplies and more recipes. So today is the day to mail the order for the supplies, and I'm excited! Lavender is my fragrance of choice, and I'm hopeful that that this endeavor will yield a plethora of gifts for family and friends as well as supplies for our home. Here are some recipes for Soap Making from the supplier's web site:

The Soap Goat Soap Shop's
Tester Batch Recipe

This is the basic recipe we use when we test out the fragrance oil samples our labs send to us. This will make a nice 4 pound batch of long lasting, hard, bubbly soap.

Palm Oil 520 grams
Olive Oil 440 grams
Coconut Oil 400 grams
Lye 210 grams
Distilled Water 500 grams

Heat Oils together....then set aside and let cool down.
While your oils cool down add Lye to Water very slowly - wear protective eye ware and plastic gloves and stir until all the lye is dissolved in the water. Set aside to cool (to 120F)

Using your thermometer, keep checking both oils and lye/water until they both reach approx. 120 deg. F.
Once they're both at approx. 120F, pour lye water into the oils - and stir immediately (by hand or with a hand mixer - at low)
Scrape side of the bowl to insure that all oils are mixed properly in with the lye water.
Once your mixer hits it's "trace" level (trace is when you take your spat Chula and dip it in the oils, and when it drips from the spat Chula it leaves and faint pattern on top of the oils - almost like pudding would).
When "trace" happens it's safe to pour in your fragrance/essential oils.
Make sure you stir this well, in order to incorporate the fragrance in with the other oils (if you don't stir it enough, when the soap is "curing" it will "sweat" out the fragrance).
Once the oils have all been mixed properly, you're ready to pour into molds.
Pour soap, level out so that it's nice and smooth on top.
You can cover the mold with a towel or plastic wrap and then set it aside for 24 to 48 hrs.
Uncover the mold, and remove soap from the mold. Cut soap into bar size if you used a log type mold.
Put soaps on a rack, or in a box, and put in a ventilated room for 3-4 weeks.
Half way though the soaps "curing" time, flip the soaps over so that every side can dry out evenly.
After the curing time has passed, you're all set to use the soaps

Simple 4lb Batch

4 ounces Castor Oil
1 ounce Cocoa Butter
18 ounces Coconut Oil (76 degree)
9 ounces Pomace Olive Oil (virgin or any other olive oil can be substituted)
9 ounces Palm Oil
2 ounces Shea Butter
25 ounces Vegetable Shortening

Filler Ingredient - Oatmeal

10.07 ounces lye
36.12 ounces Semi Frozen Goat Milk

Put bowl in sink of cold ice water.
Add lye into milk very slowly - 3 ounces at a time.
Stir and stir and stir between additions.
Once all lye is in Goat Milk - and Milk and Oil are both at approx. 105 degrees, Stir Stir Stir - use spatula to take soap off sides of bowl to ensure your soap has been evenly mixed together.
Once soap is at a light trace, add oatmeal into soap mixture.
Stir Stir Stir!
Once oatmeal has been fully stirred in, you may either pour into molds for an unscented product, or add in 2 ounces of FO or EO.
If you add in scent, make sure you once again Stir Stir Stir until all fragrance oils have been properly dispatched throughout your soap base. Then pour into molds, add a cover (wax paper, a towel, etc....) and set for 24 hrs, or until properly hardened.
Remove from molds and let sit on a drying rack to cure/dry for at least 4 weeks before use.
We let our soaps set from 6 to 8 weeks.
Then....Enjoy your Goat Milk Soaps!!

How to make Goat Milk Soaps with any recipe:

The recipe you're already using can be switched from water based to milk based.
Take the amount of water you're normally using and substitute that for milk.
Freeze the milk until its very slushy.
Take the milk out of the freezer and put into a glass bowl.
Fill your kitchen sink with ice water (make sure you're not over flowing the GM with water though) and set your milk/bowl in the sink.
At this time make sure you're oils are ready for the lye/gm
Measure out your lye.
Slowly add a little bit of the lye into the cold GM & stir.
Wait until the milk has cooled and add a little bit more lye. Repeat until all your lye is in the goat milk.
Don't add all of the lye at once or you might burn (or curdle) the milk and you'll have to throw it out.
When the GM has reached the same temps as your oils, proceed to mix the lye/milk mixture in with your oils.
And there you go....
you now have goat milk soap.
GM soaps may take a little longer then water based soaps to cure/harden.

Peppermint Snowflake Soap

(Makes 6-8 Snowflakes)
Materials Needed:

- 1/2 cup Ocean Blue coloured Glycerin Soap Chunks
- Peppermint Essential Oils
- 3 cups White Glycerin Soap (melted)
Star Metal Loaf Mold (can find in Michael's or any craft store).


1. Melt White Soap Cubes in the microwave for 30 seconds on high, then 10 second intervals until completely melted. (may vary with microwaves)
2. Add 5-10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oils and then adjust to preference.
3. Ensure base of Metal Loaf Mold is secure. Pour 1/2" of soap into the mold and allow to cool to seal the base of the mold.
4. Stir the soap slowly, allowing the soap to cool and become thicker. This will prevent the cubes from melting and from sinking to the bottom. Add the Ocean Blue Glycerin Soap Cubes and stir.
5. Pour into the Metal Loaf Mold. Leave approx. 1/2" from the top of the mold for easier release. Let cool completely.
6. Placing the soap in the freezer for a few minutes can quicken the process and assist you in removing the soap from the mold.
7. Cut loaf into slices about 1" thick.
8. Using a small craft knife, cut out small diamonds in each point of your star slice. Repeat this step for each soap slice. Enjoy over the holidays!

Coffee Soap
Great for getting rid of nasty odors (onions etc)

2 oz of Beeswax
2 oz of Castor Oil
2 oz of Cocoa Butter
12 oz of Coconut Oil (76 degree)
18 oz of Olive Oil (pomace)
16 oz of Palm Oil
25 oz of Shortening (animal/vegetable)

10.97 oz of lye
28.88 oz of water

Add at light trace
1/2 cup coffee grounds
2 ounces vanilla
2 ounces cafe Vienna fragrance oil

Exclusive Soap Goat Soap Shop Recipe.

Relaxing Milk Bath
Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Add 2 to 4 tablespoons under running water then sit back in your tub and relax.

Liquid Laundry Detergent:

Recipe #1 - makes approx. 18 pounds of liquid laundry soap and costs less than $5.00.

What You Need:
2 pounds 2 ounces of boiling hot water
2 cups of grated Natural Unscented Water Based Soap
2 cups of borax
2 cups of Washing Soda (nope, NOT Baking Soda)

15 pounds of warm water for dilution

Big Bucket or Pail.
If you're a soaper, grate two of your own unscented water based soaps.
If you WANT to be a soapmaker, but don't have a basic recipe, email me ( orders@thesoapgoat.com ) and I'll e-you a recipe - OR - ask a soaper on our page to sell you a few bars.

Borax and WASHING soda can both be found in your local grocery store - generally in the detergent isle.

Boil 2 pounds 2 oz. water. When hot and boiling, add in the graded soap bars.
Turn your heat down to low.
Add in both your borax and Washing Soda (again, baking soda is the wrong soda, make sure you're using WASHING soda or you've just wasted your time)...
Stir up all ingredients until everything is blended and all is dessoved and melted.

Pour your mixture into a very large bucket or pail.
Add your 15 pounds of warm water and stir until mixed well.
Cover pail.

Use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry.
Stir the soap each time you use it (the liquid will gel up).
Since there are no chemicals or preservatives in this recipe, it may be best to keep in a cooler spot.

Info to know:
Soap will be lumpy, goopy and gel-like. This is normal. Just give it a good stir before using. Make sure soap is covered with a lid when not in use. You could also pour the homemade soap in old (and cleaned) laundry detergent bottles and shake well before each use.
You can add between 10 to 15 drops of essential oil (per 2 gallons) to your homemade laundry detergent. Add once the soap has cooled to room temperature. Stir well and cover.

Essential oil ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil, (and my favorite:) orange essential oil.

1 comment:

  1. Nice and detailed recipes. I'm sure every soap maker will find this useful. Thanks for posting!