Bar Soap

Goat Milk Soap (any store bought milk or water can be used)

This is a wonderful quick recipe that is done by measurement not
weight. I use an 8 cup class measuring cup to make this in and because
I just don’t have the time to stir and stir and stir to trace (trace is when you
mix and it thickens so it leaves behind the space the mixer was), I did
go out and buy a stick blender (about $14.00)

The problem with milk based soaps is the milk will curdle if it isn’t
cold enough which is why it is frozen. If it is not cold enough, when
the lye is added to the milk, the milk boils. If the soap turns yellow
that is a natural Characteristic of the sugars in the milk that have
cooked. Of course the trick is to get a white bar!

Freeze milk to a slushy stage, use half water and half milk. Put the water in
first then after it has boiled, add the milk.

You can substitute any oil (see Oil Characteristics below recipe) for
what you have on hand. Olive oil, canola oil, or combination of oils.
If you want to add fragrance it is done at trace as is any coloring.

Vinegar Neutralizes Lye! always wear protective glasses, gloves, long
sleeves, and cover your work area. Liquids can splash no matter how
careful you are!

Goat Milk Soap
(by measurements, not weight)
1 cup lard, melted
1 cup coconut oil, melted
1 cup goat (or other) milk (or water)
1/4 cup Red Devil lye granules (not flakes or crystals from other
sources)
1/4 cup water

Dissolve the lye in the water.
Ingredients near 110 to 120 degrees F. (need a thermometer)
Add the lye/water to the fat. Stir in the milk.
Tracing time about 1 hour 15 minutes.
Leave in molds 2 days
Place in freezer 3 hours to help remove soap from molds
Remove soap from molds (or cut if in a large mold)
Age 3 weeks.

recipe by Elaine C. White

Oil Characteristics

Almond– gives fairly good lather and is good to condition the skin
Apricot kernel—same as almond
Borage–same as almond
Canola–same as almond
Castor oil–same as almond but speeds up trace
Cocoa butter–Gives a hard bar fairly good lather and is good for skin
conditioning and speeds tace slightly
Coconut oil–Gives a hard bar, good cleansing qualities, fluffy
lather, and speeds trace slightly
Corn oil–Same as almond
Cottonseed–Fairly good lather
Hazelnut–Fair lather and good skin conditioning properties
Hemp seed–same as hazelnut
Jojoba–same as hazelnut
Kukui nut–same as hazelnut
Lanolin–Give a hard bar that has fair lather is fair to good for skin
conditioning if not allergic and speeds trace slightly
Lard–Gives a hard bar that has fairly good lather good for skin and
speeds trace slightly
Macadamia nut–same as hazelnut
Neem oil–same as hazelnut with healing properties
Olive–same as hazelnut and gives a fairly hard bar
Palm Kernel–Give a hard bar with good cleansing properties, fluffy
lather and speeds trace slightly
Palm oil–Give a hard bar with fair lather and speeds trace slightly
Peanut–fair lather with good skin conditioning
Safflower–same as hazelnut
Sesame–same as hazelnut
Shea butter–Gives a hard bar with fair lather and good skin
conditioning and speeds trace slightly
Soybean–same as hazelnut
Soybean (Crisco type)–fair lather and skin conditioning
Sunflower–same as hazelnut
Tallow–gives hard bar with fair lather and good skin conditioning and
speeds trace slightly
Wheat germ–same as hazelnut

Molds can be a shoe box lined with a plastic bag. Soap molds can be found at
Micheal’s or Joann’s. Candy molds can also be used. If using metal pans, be sure
to cover as the lye will ruin the pans and soap.

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3 Responses

  1. do you have to use lard? Can you use vegetable shortening instead?

    • Yes, you sure can use vegetable shortening. Take at the Oil Characteristics that are listed. You can substitute any of the oils or combination of oils to create the perfect bar.

  2. Ok, this may be a dumb question, bit does the milk provide benefits or what is the purpose of using it? thanks, Kitty

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