Sunday, February 26, 2012
Goat's Milk Soap
In January I started following the blog, frugallysustainable.com and I can't tell you how many cool ideas there are on this site. One thing she makes a lot of are soaps, so since she made it sound so easy I decided to make my first batch of soap; it was castile (olive oil, coconut oil and Castor oil). I have been using it to make everything like shampoo, body wash and even laundry detergent; its great stuff!
My sweet mother's birthday was Tuesday and I wanted to make her something a little different than the usual perfume or red lobster gift certificate.
Since my friend Katy has Nubian Milk Goats I decided I could make mom some goats milk soap.
I used the same great website, I got the castile recipe off of millersoap.com. They offer tons of information and recipes!
There are some funny conversations I have had with my mom about goat products. Mom refuses to eat goat cheese. She says goat cheese tastes like a billy goat smells and that billy goat taste takes her back to her childhood of working and shearing too many sheep and goats. However mom loves to eat cabrito! Dad and I participate in the 4th of July Top of the Rock Goat Cook-off every summer so we have our recipe and method down pat.
Hopefully the soap doesn't smell like a billy goat so mom will actually use it.
Most of these ingredients I found on clearance in Target or in the oil's section at HEB.
7.5 oz Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 oz Grapeseed Oil
10 oz Coconut Oil
7.5 oz Sweet Almond Oil
2 oz Avocado Oil
4 oz Household 100% Lye ( No lye no soap)
12 oz icy Goat's Milk
I used an old postal scale to weigh everything out.
Milk as we all know can curdle when it gets to hot and let me tell you the first round I just poured all the lye into the milk and I got a curdled orange disgusting mess! So after some Internet troubleshooting I found you have to add small amounts of lye at a time and allow to cool to 85 degrees between each interval. When you add the lye the temperature will spike to around 106 degrees. After my failed first attempt it took me about 15 minutes to get all the lye slowly incorporated into the milk.
I poured the milk into a glass measuring bowl and set it inside a stainless steel bowl. Then I turned the cold water on to run into the stainless bowl. Stirring the milk mixture constantly also helped cool the milk and kept it from curdling and turning that nasty yellow color.
All the pre-measured oils can be combined in a large pot over low heat. You want the oils to reach 110 degrees.
Once the milk/lye solution has cooled it is time to add it to the oils.
If you don't have a stick blender you can use the traditional instructions on the millers web page. Luckily we got one as a wedding gift and I use it for tons of stuff! The traditional method of stirring with a spoon takes 30 minutes or longer and the stick blender takes all the elbow grease out of the process only lasting about 3 to 10 minutes.
Once you have added the lye solution to the oils you need to blend for a minute to incorporate and get a smooth satin consistency.
At this stage I added a cup of rolled oats for fun. The recipe called for pulverized but I figured my stick blender would do the work so I added whole rolled oats. I did a blend and stir routine for about two minutes.
Once the soap starts to "trace" (thicken up) you are ready to pour into molds. These are the only real soap molds I have; I used two plastic organization trays lined with parchment paper for the rest of my batch.
This particular batch has to stay in the mold 24 hours and then it is ready to be cut. Then the bars must rest for 1 month to "cure" properly. After 1 month the soap will harden.
As I have mentioned at the beginning of this post there are very thorough instructions on the miller website and I would encourage you to make a batch of soap from scratch. It's a fun easy hobby that you can make with very easy to find ingredients!
Potato farmer/soap maker. I am really liking the ring of all these new hobbies!