Looking to upgrade your soap stash for fall? This Fall Spice Goat Milk Soap Recipe is perfect!
I don’t know about you, but I’m always a little disappointed when I find a beautiful looking soap recipe on Pinterest, click over, and it starts with “go to Hobby Lobby and buy melt and pour soap base”.
Honey, I’m not looking at homemade soap recipes so I can go buy a perfectly good block of soap and melt it down.
I don’t have time to prettify perfectly functional soap.
I make my own soap so I can control what’s in it. The oils and essential oil it’s made of, and the liquid that dissolved the lye, and how they all affect my skin.
I’ll never forget my first experience with homemade soap – while most soap dries my skin out, and I immediately reach of the lotion bottle after washing my hands, the homemade soap didn’t.
I later found out that part of this homemade soap’s moisturizing power came from the goat milk in it, another part came from being super fatted – that is, there was slightly more fat in the soap than the lye could saponify, and the rest was because homemade soap isn’t separated from the glycerin it produces.
See, most cheap commercial soap is actually a detergent – all the glycerin has been removed for other purposes, and you’re left only with the harsh cleaning component.
That’s why I make homemade soap, and it’s probably why I’m not very good at making it pretty.
for the most part, I don’t bother with making photogenic soap – no ultramarine colors or intricate layers and swirls. Maybe some day, but for now, that kind of thing isn’t my jam.
I do like to add botanicals – lavender buds if I’m making lavender soap, oatmeal, obviously for oatmeal bars, dried orange peel for orange soap, and coffee grounds for coffee scrub soap – that kind of thing.
But no, I’m not really in the business of making pretty soap.
I am however in the business of making soap that smells amazing, and fall scents are some of the best.
Making amazing smelling soap is as simple as having a few quality essential oils. For the most part, I use Young Living essential oils exclusively, however, in applications where expensive oils are getting saponified, I sometimes also use Now brand essential oils.
I realize there is controversy surrounding which essential oils are really the real deal, and which ones are junk.
I know for sure that Young Living is the only company that grows their own and can guarantee purity, but I also know that Now brand is very careful about sourcing quality oils as well, so while I wouldn’t put them directly on my skin, or for sure use them internally, I’m okay with using them in soap making.
So anyhoo… This fall spice goat milk soap recipe – I couldn’t call it pumpkin pie, or pumpkin spice soap, because it doesn’t have any actual pumpkin in it.
What it has is all the spices you would find in a pumpkin pie.
All the warm, spice scents of fall.
When making soap, always do it in a well ventilated place – windows open or on a porch is great.
Always wear gloves, and goggles in case of splashes – lye can give you serious burns!
Fall Spice Goat Milk Soap Recipe
- 2.29 oz/65 grams. lye
- 5.28 oz/150 grams goat milk
- 2 oz/56 grams avocado oil
- 6 oz/170 grams coconut oil
- 4 oz/114 grams soybean oil
- 1 milliliter each cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and ginger essential oil
- 1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (optional)
- Freeze goat milk until icy, but not solid. The colder it is, the lighter the color of your finished soap will be
- Remove goat milk from freezer and add lye
- Stir until lye is dissolved and set aside in a safe place away from children
- Combine oils in a sauce pan and heat to 100º Fahrenheit (or use a glass bowl and the microwave)
- Transfer to a large glass bowl
- Stir in lye mixture being careful not to splash
- Continue stirring until soap reaches a trace. This process is best done with a stick/immersion blender to speed the process up.
- When soap is at a trace, stir in essential oils and pumpkin pie spice
- Fill molds with soap mixture (This recipe will fill all six cavities in this mold)
- Set soap in a place where it won’t be disturbed for several hours or a few days until it has hardened
- Remove soap from molds once hard, and let cure for three weeks before using.