Soap making really isn’t as scary as I once thought. While I did try my hand at making soap from scratch once (with lye, goggles and everything), I much prefer to leave that to the pros. These days it’s all about the melt and pour soap base.
After cleaning out my stash the other day, I came across several soap base remnants from past projects. Rather than throw them out I decided to turn them into this super hydrating goat milk soap. Perfect for things like eczema, sensitive skin, or just plain ol’ seasonal dryness, goat milk nourishes skin and replenishes critical vitamins and nutrients so your skin stays soft and supple.
Benefits of Goat Milk Soap
I first tried goat milk soap years ago and immediately fell in love. If you have sensitive skin like I do, you need all the help you can get when it comes to keeping irritation at bay.
Goat milk contains minerals such as selenium and vitamin A, which are critical for healthy skin.
It’s loaded with alpha-hydroxy acids which help slough away dead skin cells and minimize skin inflammation and help to even out skin discoloration and reduce appearance of scars. And thanks to an abundance of essential fatty acids, goat milk creates a moisture barrier that traps moisture in the skin and prevents it from drying out.
But even you don’t suffer from eczema, psoriasis or other sensitive skin issues, goat milk soap can still work magic. It does everything from balancing skin pH and fighting infections to preventing premature aging and soothing sunburns.
Seriously, it does it all.
For a little extra healing power, I also added raw honey and almond oil to this soap. Raw honey is antibacterial and full of antioxidants while almond oil is loaded with vitamin E and essential fatty acids.
Last but not least, a few drops of carrot seed and myrrh oils help reduce inflammation and promote healing.
How to Make Goat Milk Soap
Because it’s so gentle, this one bar of soap can be used as body wash, face wash, shampoo, bubble bath, even shaving cream. I love making a big batch and storing the extra bars in my bathroom so I always have some handy. I’ve also been known to give it to friends and family during the colder months so they can reap the benefits too.
- 2 pounds melt and pour soap any kind will do but I combined shea butter and oatmeal soap base
- ½ cup powdered goat milk
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1 tablespoon almond oil
- 30 drops carrot seed essential oil
- 30 drops myrrh essential oil
- Soap Mold
- Double boiler or microwave save bowl
1. Chop the soap base into small cubes and place in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals until completely melted.
2. Add the powdered goat milk, honey and oils. Whisk well to get rid of any clumps.
3. Pour the soap into your mold and set aside to cool. Once it’s solidified, use a sharp knife to cut the soap into bars.
Goat Milk Soap FAQ
Can I use goat milk glycerin soap instead of adding powdered goat milk?
Yes, you definitely can! It will save you a step, too, so it’s great if you’re in a hurry.
Can this be made with fresh goat milk?
I don’t recommend it. Food products, like a fresh goat milk, will grow mold and cause your soap to go bad quickly.
Can I use maple syrup in place of the honey?
Yes, not only is maple syrup a humectant, which draws in moisture and locks it in, but it makes an awesome vegan alternative to honey.
How To Make Goat Milk Soap
- Large bowl
- Soap mold
- Double boiler or microwave
- Chop the soap base into small cubes and place in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals until completely melted.
- Add the powdered goat milk, honey and oils. Whisk well to get rid of any clumps.
- Pour the soap into your mold and set aside to cool. Once it’s solidified, use a sharp knife to cut the soap into bars.
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Rina Mary Allawh, M.D., a dermatologist who performs adult and pediatric medical dermatology, skin cancer treatment and cosmetic dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical reviewers here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.96