Welcome to The Poker Club at West Houston's comprehensive guide on making a truly luxurious and nourishing goat milk soap. In this detailed tutorial, we will walk you through the process of creating a stunning homemade soap that combines the goodness of goat milk, the sweetness of honey, the calming scent of lavender, and the gentle exfoliation of oats. So, let's dive in and learn how to craft this amazing soap!
Before we begin, let's gather all the necessary ingredients:
- 1 cup goat milk
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1 cup shea butter
- 1/4 cup lye (sodium hydroxide)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup dried lavender flowers
- 1/4 cup oats
- Essential oils of your choice (optional)
Step 1: Preparing the Goat Milk
First, ensure that your goat milk is fresh and preferably raw. If you don't have access to raw milk, pasteurized goat milk will also work. Measure 1 cup of goat milk and set it aside.
Step 2: Safety First - Handling Lye
Keep in mind that lye is caustic and should be handled with care. Wear protective gloves, goggles, and a mask before proceeding with this step. Find a well-ventilated area to work in.
Add 1/4 cup of lye to 1 cup of cold water. Never pour water into lye, always pour lye into water. Stir the mixture gently until the lye completely dissolves. Allow it to cool down.
Step 3: Preparing the Oils
Measure 1 cup each of coconut oil, olive oil, and shea butter. Melt these oils together in a double boiler over low heat until they are fully liquid and well combined.
Step 4: Combining the Ingredients
Once the lye solution and oils have cooled down to around 85-90°F (29-32°C), it's time to combine them.
Slowly pour the lye solution into the melted oils while stirring continuously. Be careful as the mixture will momentarily release some heat and fumes. Keep stirring until the mixture reaches a light trace. This means that when you lift the spoon, the mixture should leave a faint trace on the surface before blending back in.
Step 5: Adding Honey, Lavender & Oats
Add 1/4 cup of honey to the soap mixture. Stir well to incorporate the honey throughout the mixture.
Next, add 1/4 cup of dried lavender flowers and 1/4 cup of oats. These will provide a lovely scent and gentle exfoliation to your soap. Mix them into the soap mixture evenly.
Step 6: Pouring and Setting
Once everything is thoroughly mixed, pour the soap mixture into soap molds. Gently tap the molds on the counter to remove any air bubbles.
Allow the soap to set undisturbed for about 24-48 hours. This will give it enough time to fully harden.
Step 7: Unmolding and Curing
Carefully unmold your soap bars from the molds. Place them on a drying rack or a piece of wax paper and let them cure for 4-6 weeks. During this time, the soap will continue to harden and the excess moisture will evaporate, resulting in a longer-lasting bar of soap.
Enjoy Your Homemade Goat Milk Soap!
Once the curing period is complete, your homemade goat milk soap with honey, lavender, and oats is ready to use! Every time you lather up, enjoy the nourishing feel of goat milk, the soothing aroma of lavender, and the gentle exfoliation provided by oats. The addition of honey adds moisture and a touch of sweetness to your skin.
Remember to share these wonderful homemade soaps with your friends and family or consider selling them online or at local markets. There's nothing quite like the feeling of knowing that you created something truly special with your own hands!
Thank you for joining us at The Poker Club at West Houston for this detailed goat milk soap recipe. We hope you enjoyed the process and love the results! Stay tuned for more exciting and informative content on our blog!