From homestead to a subsistence farm raising over 90% of our own food to small farm business.
This is our farm journey.
Rare Meishan pigs genetics, developing a milking donkey herd, heritage Pilgrim geese and a few other things that just happen to fit in!
After over 4 yrs making & selling soap.... goat milk soap, lard soaps, tallow soaps,herbal soaps, vegan soaps, sheep milk soap...etc., I have alot of formulas for soaps!
But this formula/recipe right here started it all!
It makes a small 1 lb batch of soap.
Basic Goat Milk Soap
10 ounces Lard
4 ounces Coconut Oil
2 ounces Olive Oil
2.3 ounces lye
3.08 ounces water
3 ounces Goat Milk
1 ounce fragrance/essential oil (optional)
color can also be used, I use natural colorants from herbals or minerals
Basic Cold Process Directions:
1. Wearing rubber gloves/ safety glasses and a surgical mask careful not to breathe in fumes. If weather allows I do this outside.
Measure your goat milk/water into one glass bowl.
Measure lye, Pour lye into the water/goat milk SLOWLY while stirring with a whisk (never pour water into lye) - this will heat up quickly, Set aside to cool
*To keep milk from burning and turning orange I use some ice cubes as part of my water measurement . Lower butterfat milk such as Alpine seems to blend better and not turn as bad.
2. In another pot , Melt oils together
3. When oils are approximately 110 degrees Fahrenheit and lye water/milk is approximately 100 degrees Fahrenheit, gently pour lye into oils (never pour oils into lye) Blend with stick blender...
please have safety glasses and gloves on!!!
4. Mix until soap traces.
5. Add essential/fragrance oil and color (optional)
6. Pour into prepared molds ..I use wood molds, they need to be lined with freezer paper.
7. Cover with plastic wrap.
8. Allow to stand covered and out of drafts for 24 hours
9. Remove form molds, let air dry another 24 hours and cut as desired
10. Allow to age in open air for about 3 to 4 weeks before using
From this point you can take this basic recipe and make it your own... different scents,, colors,, make it with different milks... coconut milk, cow milk... camel milk! ha!
Or no milk.. just use all water... or half water , half cucumber juice makes a wonderful soap!!
If you Do not want to use lard,, replacing it with palm oil works for this recipe too. It will not be as gentle of a soap, but it will still be nicer than anything you can buy at the store!
Happy soaping! If you have any questions just ask :-)