Rose Garden & Goat's Milk Soap

Rose Garden Goat's Milk is a rich moisturizing bar. It is a plant based recipe with the floating fats of shea, cocoa, and goat's milk to create a creamy milk bar. The rose fragrance suggestions in this recipe are our favorite two on the fragrance market.

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Rose Garden Goat's Milk Bar

Updated: Slight difference from video recipe above are modifications that made the bar a bit smoother. Either recipe (video or printable version) is good.

This goat's milk bar uses our favorite fragrance oil (of which we consistently use 2 varieties when we make rose fragrance soap)

  1. Victorian Rose from Natures Garden

  2. Rose Garden Fragrance Oil 211 from Crafter's Choice

*See below if you want a essential oil combination for a pleasant rose fragrance.

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. Red Mica
  • 1 tsp. Titanium Dioxide
  • 1.5 oz. Fragrance Oil
  • ½ cup Dried Rose 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.

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 : Separate the soap into two bowls and add ½ tsp. of red mica (Soapberry red mica will give you the shade you see in the photo.) If you want a very strong red that colors definitively use one of the Lake Red colorants. With Soapberry Red, you can ease into your color by adding tiny amounts until you get the shade you like. In the second bowl add titanium dioxide. Unlike the mica, you will need to dissolve your titanium dioxide in either oils or water before dding it into the soap. The package of titanium dioxide will tell you weather or not you will use oil or water.

Step8: Transfer the soap into a 3 lb. mold by the spoonful in alternating layers. Top the loaf with dried rose petals for decoration. Set this aside to cut after 24 hours.

Note on Dried Flowers: You may be tempted to cook your rose petals into the soap during the hot process method to get an infused rose aspect to your product. If you decide to do this your entire batch with turn muddy brown and the roses will not be distinguishable. Only cook down your rose petals if this is the look you want. If this is the case you ill not need the other colorants.

* For an essential oil combination that will create a pleasant smell as a replacement to fragrance oil use 5 drops of Geranium oil, 3 drops of Rosemary, 2 drops of Cedarwood

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.