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Making soap can feel intimidating, but it’s really pretty simple if you use this hot process goat milk soap recipe. The part that makes most people nervous is working with lye, but once that skill is mastered, it’s easy to make homemade goat milk soap quickly and easily.
Homesteaders are usually DIYers, often taking responsibility into their own hands to learn the skills they need in order to create the best and healthiest life they can for their families. I know you are that way because you are here, reading this post.
In addition to being hardcore DIYers, natural living is often a common and recurring theme with homesteaders because, let’s face it, if we wanted to rely on others to do everything for us, we probably wouldn’t be homesteaders.
The problem with doing everything for ourselves is usually the shortage of time we have between growing a garden, milking goats, feeding chickens, preserving food, and everything else we need to do on the homestead, including taking care of the family!
Today, the challenge of soapmaking will change for you because this hot process goat milk soap recipe is so quick and easy that you’ll be able to make your soap and be using it on the same day if you need to.
Gone are the days where you have to wait 6 weeks for the soap to cure, which takes so much forethought if your family is reliant on your homemade soap. Forgot to make a batch? No problem, you can do it today.
About Hot Process Soap
You should know that hot process soap doesn’t always end up looking as beautiful as many of the soaps you see online. Once you get this mastered, you can definitely make this recipe your own by making your soaps beautiful, but for now, your soaps will be the simple, rustic type.
Hot process soaps are generally earthy in color, and feel great on your skin, especially when you “superfat” them (more about that later). They don’t burn or dry out your skin like some people believe lye soap will do if you use the proper amount and right type of oils in your recipe.
Hot Process Goat Milk Soap Recipe
The secret weapon to making hot process soap is a crock pot. Don’t use your kitchen crock if you plan on cooking in it again, but rather, have a dedicated unit that is just for soap.
Because this process involves cooking the soap, you are basically curing it quickly which neutralizes the lye for the most part, making your soap available for use much sooner than if you were to use the cold process method like in this recipe.
With the hot process method, you won’t be paying attention to the temperature of the oils and lye mixture at any point. However, keep in mind that if you mix when both the oils and the lye mixture are too hot, your soap can seize and become hard very quickly.
No need to worry, just allow your oils and your lye mixture to cool for 5 or so minutes before mixing the two together. Because all crock pots are different, this method may need to be modified to fit yours, so be prepared for that possibility.
This recipe will make about 2lbs of soap (or 33.25 oz to be exact). This recipe has already be run through a lye calculator, but you should practice that as well with every recipe you are trying for the first time (this one is good). Sometimes recipes you get online are slightly off, and it is important that you use the right amounts of these two items to get a good soap. Getting into the practice of running recipes through a lye calculator will make you a soap superhero.
But Wait, What is Superfatting Soap?
Superfatting sounds complicated, but it’s really not. It’s simply adding more oil or less lye to your soap recipe so that there is more of a moisturizing agent in your soap. Though it isn’t hard to do, it’s best to wait before calculating your own superfatting. Practice using recipes that have some superfatting built into them so you can learn the “feel” you are going for.
This hot process goat milk soap recipe will be 5% superfatted, which just means that 5% of the oils will not turn to soap, but rather, they will be working to moisturize your skin whenever you use it. As you get familiar with soap making, you can adjust the superfatting on a recipe to get your soap just the way your family loves it.
If you’ve tried this hot process goat milk soap recipe and are ready to sink your teeth into soapmaking even more, check out my friend Heidi Villegas’ book on hot process soap making, called Hot Process Soap Making: How to Make & Customize Your Own Natural Soap. Heidi is super knowledgeable on this topic and makes the most beautiful soaps!
If you are more interested in cold process method of soapmaking, Jan Berry’s Soapmaking Success eCourse, or her Natural Soapmaking eBook Collection are fantastic choices. Both of these resources will teach you how to make not only functional, but beautiful, fragrant soaps using the cold process method. Jan teaches on a very easy level how to use colorants, essential oils, fruits and vegetables, grains, and many other ingredients to make soaps that will wow your family and friends, and keep your skin and body healthy!