Goats' Milk Soap
Goats' milk is documented to have been used for millennia to restore dry and sensitive skin, due to its many beneficial vitamins and minerals.
370g St Helen’s Farm Goats’ Milk
170g lye – also called sodium hydroxide
340g coconut oil
425g olive oil
370g sustainably sourced palm oil
30ml essential oils
Lavender or oats (optional)
Freeze the goats’ milk overnight in a zip lock bag.
Fill a sink with ice and place a large bowl in it. In the bowl break up the frozen goats’ milk into chunks. Add the lye and gently work the mixture together until the lye is dissolved. If the ice in the outside bowl melts, replace it.
The natural sugars in goats’ milk will turn a golden brown as it reacts with the lye. Make sure the mixture stays cold; if it doesn’t and the mixture turns dark brown, you will need to start again. Leave on ice whilst you prepare the oils.
Place all the oils in a pan and heat to 45°C - 50°C. When the oils are heated, slowly pour in the milk mixture. Mix by hand for the first 5 minutes and then continue with a hand blender until the mixture begins to thicken. Add the essential oils and your preferred optional ingredients and mix well.
Pour the mixture into soap moulds. Wait at least 24 hours before removing from moulds.
Allow the soap to cure for 3-4 weeks by ensuring all surfaces are exposed to air. You can test the pH level of the soap using test strips. The ideal pH is between 8-10. Once air cured set aside until you’re ready to nourish your skin.