Easy Homemade Melt and Pour Goat Milk Soap makes a fabulous “little something” to have on hand when you need a nice gift!
It’s super simple and can easily be made in a variety of shapes, sizes and types to suit your own personal style and taste.
The packaging can be as simple as wrapping a bar of oatmeal encrusted soap with brown craft paper and twine. I created some beautiful hang tags you can use with your packaging.
Or, you can slip a handful of Pink Himalayan salt “soap stars” into a pretty filmy drawstring pouch. Then embellish it with a ribbon and a sprig of holly or pine bough.
Around the time the leaves start falling I start “Jonesing” to get busy making some homemade gifts. I’ve got to plan for both our personal and business holiday gift-giving lists.
I even make some for my Mom to give her friends at the senior community where she lives.
It’s one of the holiday traditions I began when H.H. and I were first married back in college. We had no money, but lots of friends and family that we wanted to be able to give a “little something” during the holiday season.
I was influenced throughout my youth by a Mom who was raised on a ranch in Oregon. Her life was one of making your own “everything”, including root beer that was home-bottled and stored in the cool “root cellar”.
Making things from scratch was just the way my Mom did things when I was growing up. I remember her patiently cutting fat “kluski” noodles to toss into our chicken soup that simmered on the stovetop. That’s the way she learned, and so that’s the gift she gave me.
Once you have the realization that you don’t have to run to the store every time you need something, see if you can make it yourself first. (Yes, I buy convenience foods, I’m not a martyr!)
Actually, I have some real “soap making” experience under my belt. I owned a gourmet gift basket company and had a line of soaps I developed for my personal care product baskets.
Now I don’t want to freak you out too much, but when I got ready to make soap back then I needed to don a pair of goggles and rubber gloves. One of the main ingredients in soap making is LYE.
Yes, I said lye. And do you know just how a regular consumer like us gets our hands on some of this scary toxic stuff?
You go to the cleaning aisle at the Wal-Mart and buy a container of drain cleaner crystals. (Drano!) I know, it’s a fact that you probably could have gone your whole life without knowing. But, you should know, that if you aren’t buying organic or all-natural ingredient soap, it probably was made with lye.
When doing my research for this post, I discovered that even the most “natural” of soaps use a small amount of lye. Otherwise, the bars would not set-up and harden properly, winding up being a mushy mess in your soap dish.
Another step in professional soap-making is the “curing” process. Once a bar of soap is produced and cut into it’s final shape, it should cure for a minimum of 6 weeks.
Soap actually gets better as it ages, as it will last longer and lather more. However, you may find that the scent starts to fade after a year.
The soap-making process is not overly complicated in general. But you do need to follow some basic rules that make the process a bit daunting to most people.
Most of you just want to make some nice and inexpensive homemade goat milk soap for holiday gifts. In that case, I’m going to show you how to do it with NO mess and NO lye!
But, first let me tell you about the many benefits of using this homemade goat milk soap recipe in your own cleansing routine.
“Why goat milk?” When making soap, you need a liquid. Some soapmakers use water, some use fruit juice, vegetable juice, or even beer.
I chose to use goat milk. The cream and the proteins that are present in the goat milk add a moisturizing effect to soap that is above and beyond what water can achieve.
Goat milk contains alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid which help remove dead skin cells from your skin’s surface. This leaves new cells on the surface of your skin that are smoother and younger looking. The alpha-hydroxy acids are effective because they break down the bonds that hold the dead skin cells together. Removing dead skin cells will help many skin conditions by removing irritation. Water-based soaps may use harsh chemical acids to accomplish this, frequently with skin-damaging results.
Goat milk contains many vitamins, but is particularly high in Vitamin A. Vitamin A is necessary to repair damaged skin tissue and maintain healthy skin. There are medical studies showing that creams made with Vitamin A reduce lines and wrinkles, control acne, and provide some psoriasis relief. Water-based soaps can be artificially fortified with vitamins, but most aren’t.
Fat molecules are an important part of making good soap. The cream that is present in goat milk helps boost the moisturizing quality of goat milk soaps. Since many people suffer from dry skin, this is an important quality for any soap you use. Goat milk soap will not dry your skin out like many other soaps. This is important because keeping skin naturally moisturized helps keep skin healthy.
Goat milk contains important minerals for the skin such as selenium. Selenium is believed by scientists to have an important role in preventing skin cancer. Selenium can also help prevent damage to the skin from excessive time in the sun. Although the water used in other soaps may contain minerals such as calcium, sodium, or iron, that’s not much help when it comes to your skin. Some goat farms regularly supplement their goats’ diets with selenium to ensure proper levels as their goats grow and produce milk.
The wonderful thing about making homemade melt and pour goat milk soap is that you can buy the “soap base” ready to go right at your craft store or online.
I purchased Our Earth’s Secrets 2 Lbs Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap Base on Amazon. Here are it’s stats:
Don’t worry that it only has a 10% goat milk content. The organic goat milk industry has determined that this is the correct percentage to use for the best final product results for soapmaking. Even this small percentage gives you all the benefits of goat milk soap listed above.
Silicone soap molds kit – 6 cavities biscuits rectangular holes cylinder DIY Handmade Soap Loaf Mold and comes with wood box holder and both wavy and straight scrapers
NOTE: I already owned the silicone “star” molds that I used in this project. I use it for all kinds of kitchen/craft projects.
The other three ingredients in making this recipe are:
This is my favorite part of making homemade goat milk soap for holiday gifts.
Now you’ll want to decide if you’ll add any, what I like to call “goodies” to your bar and specialty shaped soaps. Here is a list of fabulous additions you can use to customize your soaps:
*NOTE: A printable How-To Card for making Homemade Goat Milk Soap is at the end of this post.
Much of my research information is from a fabulous website called Goat Milk Stuff.
It’s a goat milk farm in Indiana run by the extended members of the Jonas family. They’ve got all the kids working in the business with them and make it a real “family affair”. I was extremely impressed with both their personal and business philosophy and how they run their humane animal operation.
I couldn’t resist giving you a glimpse of their “LIFE GOAT CAMS”, go check this out if you want to get a big fat grin on your face!
Here’s a gallery of ideas for packaging your homemade goat milk soap for holiday gifts. These are just some ideas to help you unleash your creativity with the supplies that you might have on hand.
I always check out my supplies from other craft or holiday projects so I can see my starting point. Then all h-ll breaks loose!
Easy Melt & Pour Goat Milk Soap is just one of the Perfectly Pampered Presents I’ve created to give your gal pals and family! Whether it’s for a holiday, birthday or Mother’s Day, these Perfectly Pampered Presents make glamorous and thoughtful gifts.
Here’s all the simple and fun beauty recipes/project in this “Perfectly Pampered Presents” Bundle:
Wow! Which one of your friends or family members wouldn’t love to receive a specially-made package filled with these fabulous DIY beauty recipes?
They all take just a few minutes to make, and how much embellishing you do on the packaging is entirely up to you. Feel free to choose exactly which recipes you’ll be giving, and just make those. Or, if you’re feeling especially inspired, gift all 8 Perfectly Pampered Presents!
I’ve created special matching hang tags for all 8 items, and even designed some label stickers to help make your gifts extra special! I’ll tell you how to get your own set of hang tags and labels at the bottom of this post.
COME CHECK OUT ALL THESE FABULOUS DIY GIFTS YOU CAN MAKE IN ONE FUN AFTERNOON!
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1. Have all your supplies ready and your "add ins" prepared for insertion into the soap bars or shapes. The soap base SETS UP VERY FAST, so you'll need to work quickly once you pour your melted soap into the mold.
2. Cut the soap base into small chunks for easier and more even melting.
3. Place the soap chunks into the top portion of a double boiler (I use a low skillet for the water and a medium saucepan for the soap) over low heat.
4. Stir occasionally as the soap starts to melt. Once 2/3 of the mixture is melted, remove pan from water and continue stirring for one minute.
5. Return pan to water bath and continue stirring until completely melted.
6. Remove pan from heat and add 2-3 Tbs. essential oil of your choice and 2 tsp. any fragrance oil and a drop or two of coloring as desired. Stir well to combine. (I really love sweet almond oil myself)
7. If you want to have two different colors, or various add-ins, divide the soap base into two saucepans at this stage of the process.
8. Add oatmeal or salts, etc. to the saucepan, stirring well to combine and quickly pour into your silicone molds.
9. If you wish to embed a loofah on one side of your bar soap molds, cut a loofah slightly shorter than your bar mold size. Cut in half lengthwise. Push gently into soap surface to embed about 1/3 of the loofah.
10. If you see bubbles forming on top of your bar soap mold, lightly spray with alcohol.
11. Let soap set up and harden at least 12 hours before unmolding. (gently push the back of the bar or shape and peel the mold away from the soap to unmold)
12. Ideally your soap should "cure" for up to 6 weeks in a dry, darkened environment with some white paper toweling covering to protect it from dust accumulation. Make sure your bars or shapes are in a single layer and are not touching. (colors can transfer)
Because I like to make sure my soap is at least partially "cured" when it is given as a gift, I'll schedule making my goat milk soap gifts at least a month before I intend to wrap them and give them away.