Oh my goodness you guys! This rosemary-mint goat milk soap smells divine, and that creamy milk-based soap just can’t be beat!
I have a whole list of our favorite essential oil blends for soap making, and this particular blend isn’t on the list – because this is the first time I’ve ever tried it. I love all of those blends, but to be honest, at least 50% of the soap I make, I’m always trying new things. That’s what makes life interesting!
Another thing that was a first for me with this batch, is that I used canned goat milk that I bought from our local grocery store. much to my surprise, canned goat milk is brown! Always before, I’ve used either fresh, or frozen goat milk either from our own goats, or my sister-in-law’s goats, and of course, it’s the brightest shade of white. Even better, if you get it icy before you add it to the lye for making soap, it stays a beautiful creamy white.
I was interested to see that this brown, canned goat milk stayed the same color of brown after mixing the lye into it, and resulted in a creamy, caramel colored bar of soap. Still beautiful, just different. 🙂
If you’ve never made goat milk soap, I highly recommend either picking up a can of goat milk in the baking aisle of your grocery store, or visiting a local goat dairy to pick some up.
It’s not expensive, and it’s totally worth that milky, soft, creamy bar of soap you’ll get because of it, to say nothing of the fact that goat milk is one of the best things you can use to nourish and moisturize your skin. (Go here to read more about who good goat milk is for your skin!)
This is a small batch of soap, which is perfect for most families – especially if you like to make multiple batches so you can change up the scents frequently like I do. 🙂
A note about clean up: When you’re cleaning up the bowls and utensils you used for making soap, you’re basically cleaning up grease. Yuck! So use the strong dish soap and vinegar that you normally use for cleaning up greasy dishes. The main thing you need to be sure about is that you clean up anything that might have raw lye on it right away to keep anybody from getting accidental chemical burns!
Homemade Rosemary-Mint Goat Milk Soap
- 6 oz. ice cold goat milk
- 2 oz. granulated lye
- 4 oz. coconut oil (expeller pressed coconut oil is often cheaper and just as effective for soap)
- 4 oz. olive oil
- 8 oz. vegetable/soybean oil
- 2 teaspoons rosemary essential oil
- 3 teaspoons peppermint essential oil
*Note: For information on the results of each type of oil in your soap, I highly recommend the book The Soap Maker’s Companion.
- Measure out your ingredients carefully. I highly recommend not opening your lye until you’re ready to measure, and immediately mix it in with your goat milk – especially if you live in a humid area where your lye will absorb moisture and stick to, or lump up in your measuring device.
- In a well ventilated place – preferably outside, pour goat milk into a large, non-reactive bowl – either glass or high-quality stainless steel.
- sprinkle lye granules on top of milk, and stir with a non-reactive spoon or spatula until lye is dissolved.
- Let mixture site and cool until it reaches about 100 degrees.
- In the mean time, melt oil, and cool to 100 degrees. I like to use an instant infrared thermometer, but a candy thermometer will work as well.
- When the temperatures match, gently pour the oil into the milk/lye mixture.
- Mix with an immersion blender for 5-15 minutes until your soap mixture reaches a trace. If you’re not sure what a trace is, read this article with descriptive pictures.
- Stir in essential oils and mix well.
- Pour soap mixture into a prepared mold. The mold used for the soap in these pictures was a plastic half-log mold from Hobby Lobby, making six, five ounce bars.
- Carefully move your full mold to a place where it can sit undisturbed for at least 24 hours.
- Cover with a cardboard or plastic box, and then with a towel or blanket to insulate.
- After 24-48 hours, you can remove your soap from the molds
- Place soap back in a place where it won’t be disturbed, and let cure for at least three weeks before using to complete the saponification process, sweat, and become harder.
Have fun with your homemade soap!
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