Baby Bastille Goat's Milk & Chamomile Soap

This soap is gentile enough for baby and still has the same rich creamy luxury feel. This Bastille is made with an olive and coconut combination, but still includes our cup of goat's milk. No colorant or fragrance at all is included, but instead you can smell a hint of pleasant slow cooked chamomile flowers infused as its slowly cooked into the soap.

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Baby Bastille Goat's Milk & Chamomile Soap

A Bastille soap is simple and known to be made with gentile oils. Made with 70% olive and and other combination of your choice, this recipe s made with 70% olive oil and a traditional 30% coconut oil. It feature's the rich creamy goat's milk and has just a light hint of chamomile flowers making the soap smell like soothing sleepy time tea.

This recipe makes 3 lbs. of soap that can be cut into 11 pieces at 4.5 oz. after cure time.

What you need:

1.24 oz. Distilled Water

6.83 oz. Lye (NaOH)

33.60 oz. Olive Oil

14.40 oz. Coconut Oil

1 cup of dried Chamomile Flowers

2 scoops of powdered Goat's Milk

Instructions & Notes:

Step 1: Place the oils in the crock pot on high.

Step 2: With safety glasses and gloves, slowly pour the lye crystals into the the cold distilled water. Mix until the crystals are completely dissolved.

Step 3: When the lye water solution and oils are within 20 degrees apart, slowly mix them together with a stick blender. Mix until completely emulsified. Cover the soap and allow this to cook for about 20 – 30 minutes. Make sure to keep an eye on the crock pot to make sure it doesn't expand and spill over the top.

Step 4: Check the soap and mix any oils and water that may have separated back together. Allow this to cook into the second stage. This will change from a pudding texture to a loose apple sauce texture. Add 1 cup of chamomile flowers into the soap and mix well.

Step 5: Slow cook the flowers into the next stage of soap, mixing frequently. Cook until the soap becomes gelled and takes on a gelled Vaseline look all the way through the pot.

Step 6: Remove the heat and cover, and allow the soap to begin cooling. Mix two scoops of goat's milk powder into three ounces of water. Blend the powder into a smooth cream, and pour it over the top of the soap once the soap has cooled to below 150 degrees. Mix well.

Step 7: Once the milk is completely incorporate into the soap transfer it into a mold and allow it to set for 24 hours. After 24 hours the soap is ready to cut into pieces and use. Since this is still a Bastille soap, it will be at its best after it has had time to cure for 4 – 6 weeks.

Note on Goat's Milk : I write my recipes using powdered goat's milk knowing full well that most people don't have goats or access to fresh goat's milk. In my opinion, making soap with powdered goat's milk is much easier to incorporate into the recipe because adding it in at the end will ensure that the fatty globules and lactic acid will not get eaten up by the lye and there is a greater chance it will end up floating in the bar. It's also easier to control the risk of burnt milk. Some people do have goat's and would like to incorporate their own products into their hand made soap. In the recipe above 2 scoops of powdered goat's milk will make 1 cup of liquid. This means if you want to use liquid goat's milk into this recipe you will need 1 cup of liquid goat's milk.

You can do this in 2 ways. The first way is to remove 8 oz. of water from the water content when you make your lye water solution. Add 8 oz. of goat's milk to the water and freeze this into a slurry before you add the lye. When you add the lye crystals do it slowly and stir consistently. When you add the lye water to the oils in the crock pot cook everything on low. This will need more supervision and take longer in the crock pot. You may still run the risk of burning the milk through this process and it may take some practice until you get the hang of how your crock pot heats up.

Another way to do this, is to combine 10.24 oz. of water with the full amount of lye. This will get the lye to bond with the oils first, so that it won't do as much damage by eating up the milk as the lye and oils saponify. The soap may be thicker in the first stage, but if you keep it broken up with a spoon it will loosen up as it moves into the second and third stage. You can then add the 8 oz. of liquid goat's milk at the end of the process as the soap is cooling.