If handling lye isn’t for you, then you’ll love learning how to make goat milk soap using a different method. You’ll still be able to make custom soaps using your favorite scent, and you can include anything you like in them.
So, you might be wondering how to make goat milk soap in your own home without using lye. Learning how to make goat milk soap is easy using a very simple step-by-step process that anyone can master, and while there are many easy soap recipes for beginners, I like to use a melt and pour soap base. In the video below I show you how.
What is a Goat Milk Soap Base?
A goat milk soap base is pre-made, cured, and unscented soap. It still has lye in it, since you cannot make soap without it. But the lye has been neutralized, so all the hard work is done for you. The goat milk soap base is perfectly safe to handle.
Using a melt and pour soap base is the perfect solution if you can’t keep goats or if you live in an apartment. If you have goats, use their wonderful milk for making goat cheese instead, and make soap using a base.
How to Make Goat Milk Soap Using a Base
To make goat milk soap using this method, you will need:
- A melt and pour soap base
- Essential Oils (optional)
- Anything else you want to add (dry flowers, nuts, citrus rinds, etc.)
To begin making your goat milk soap, cut the base into small pieces, about ½ inch to 1-inch cubes. The smaller you cut the cubes, the faster the goat milk soap base will melt. I use a non-serrated kitchen knife dedicated to making soap.
Next, you’ll want to melt the soap base in a double boiler, so grab two pots, one smaller than the other, and add the base to the smaller pot. Fill the bottom pot halfway with water, and rest the smaller pot in it.
Wait for the goat milk soap to completely melt in the double boiler. Be sure to watch the top pot so the soap base doesn’t scorch. In the double boiler, as the water in the bottom pot begins to boil, the base will start to melt.
While you wait for the soap base to melt, gather your molds. The best soap molds to use are silicone molds because they’re easy to flip over and to remove the soap after it’s cured. Silicone molds are also heat-safe.
To make the soap slip out easily, you can brush a little oil on the mold before pouring the soap base in. This step is optional, and not completely necessary, however. Once your soap base is completely melted, pour it into the mold. As soon as you remove it from the heat, it will start to harden, so you want to act fast.
One way to make sure the process goes quickly and cleanly is to use a funnel.
Next, immediately add your essential oils and other additives because the goat milk soap will begin to cool – wait too long and you’ll miss your window. This is where the rubber hits the road, and you’re turning ordinary soap base into a custom, homemade goat milk soap!
Add anything you want – you’re only limited by your imagination. Stir the soap base a bit with a spatula or non-reactive spoon to ensure your additives are mixed. Don’t worry if they’re unevenly distributed throughout, that’s part of the charm of making your own handcrafted goat milk soap.
Once you’ve poured your soap into the mold and added your favorite items, leave it to cool and harden in the mold for 24 hours. While soaps made from scratch with lye require 6 weeks or so to cure, goat milk soap made with a base is ready much sooner.
After your soap is hard, remove it from the mold by just flipping the mold upside down and popping the soap out of it. Cut your soap using a dedicated, non-serrated kitchen knife or a tool made specifically for cutting soap. You can cut the soap to any size you want.
If you’re wondering how to make soap with coconut oil, which is becoming popular when making goat milk soap, you can just add a bit when melting the soap base, making sure the oil fully incorporates with the goat milk soap.
Making goat milk soap without handling lye is an easy way to make custom, homemade soaps in your own kitchen. If you’re still confused or are a visual learner, you can download my cheat sheet that takes you step-by-step through the soap making process! You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel.