Bamboo & Grapefruit Goat's Milk Soap

This recipe is a plant based recipe with goat's milk, cocoa butter, and shea butter. It makes a very moisturizing bar. Good for winter. Mixed with flower petals and a fresh grapefruit fragrance. Good morning - wake up soap.

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Bamboo & Grapefruit Goat's Milk Soap

This is a base recipe of soft plant oils with an invigorating fragrance and the moisturizing qualities of shea, cocoa, and goat's milk.

This recipe will yield 3 lbs. Of soap that can be cut into 11 pieces at 4.5 oz. Bar after curing,

What You Need:

  • 18.24 oz. Distilled Water
  • 5.76 oz. Lye (NaOH)
  • .5 oz. Cocoa Butter
  • 5.76 oz. Coconut Oil
  • 7.20 oz. Olive Oil
  • 24 oz. Palm Oil
  • 9.6 oz. Rice Bran Oil
  • 1 oz. Shea Butter
  • 2 scoops of powdered Goat's Milk
  • 1 tsp. Yellow Mica
  • 1.5 oz. Fragrance Oil
  • ½ cup Dried Calendula Flower Petals

Instructions & Notes:

Step 1: Place the Coconut, Palm, Rice Bran, and Olive oil in a crock pot on high.

Step 2: Carefully, with your safety glasses, gloves, and mask pour the lye crystals into the cold water and stir until the crystals are completely dissolved.

Step 3: When the oils in the crock pot and the lye water solution are within 20 degrees from each other, slowly pour the lye water solution into the crock pot and mix with a stick blender until it is completely emulsified. Cover the crock pot and allow this to cook for 20 minutes.

Step 4: After twenty minutes uncover the soap and remix any separation. Fold the edges into the center and pull the bottom to the top. Add the cocoa butter, and shea butter into the mixture and allow this to melt. Cover and cook for another 20 minutes.

Step 5: Allow the soap to cook through from the first stage that looks like a thick pudding, through the second stage, which looks like a loose apple sauce, and into the third stage. During the third stage the soap will become gelled, and you will see that the texture is glassy like jelly or Vaseline. Make sure the soap is gelling through the entire pot by mixing this well and pulling the bottom up to the top. Remove the heat and leave the cover off the pot. While the soap is cooking add 1 cup of dried yellow flowers into the pot and allow this to slow cook and break down into the soap.

Step 6: While you are waiting for the soap to cool, blend the powdered goat's milk into 3 ounces of water. Whip the powder until it is completely smooth. Once the soap has cooled below 150 degrees pour the milk over the top and mix until it is completely incorporated in to the soap. Add the fragrance oil, and mix well.

Step7: Transfer the soap into a 3 lb. mold by the spoonful in alternating layers. Top the loaf with dried flower petals for decoration. Set this aside to cut after 24 hours.

Tip: This is an exceptionally moisturizing bar. If it feels too soft to your taste after cure time, increase the cocoa butter in replacement of the shea butter.

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.