So what’s all the rage about goat milk and honey soap? What’s so special about goat’s milk compared to cow’s milk? And what does honey do for a soap? These are the questions I’m going to answer for you. Plus, I have a fabulous recipe that you’ve got to try!
So, why is goat’s milk even better than cow’s milk in soap? After all, cow’s milk definitely makes a smooth, creamy, nourishing soap (One reason why I LOVE my Raw Milk and Honey Shampoo Bar).
- Moisturizing – Goat’s milk is even more moisturizing than cow’s milk because of its high beta-casein (fat content). This ups the super-fat content of your soap and moisturizes.
- Anti-Aging – Goat’s milk has alpha-hydroxy acids. Alpha-Hydroxy acids soften skin by helping to break the bond between dead skin cells. This helps to remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin while you wash, making your skin look younger and more healthy.
- Vitamins and Minerals – Goat’s milk also has Vitamins A, B6, B12, E as well as minerals like magnesium, potassium, and selenium.
- Anti-Bacterial – goat’s milk is naturally anti-bacterial. This, combined with the honey makes this an amazing soap for sensitive skin or acne prone people.
Don’t have a goat? You can get goat milk at most grocery stores now beside the powdered or canned cow’s milk. You can also buy powdered goat’s milk in bulk. You can add it to drinks, etc. so it’s well worth it and much better for you than cow’s milk. Here’s Goat Whey Protein from one good company.
Raw Honey also has a number of wonderful benefits:
- Humectant or Hygroscopic – absorbs moisture from the air. Humectants are used in cosmetic products to help moisturize and smooth the skin. Honey does that naturally.
- Antioxidant – by destroying free radicals, antioxidants on the skin will help protect the skin from sun damage and help it look younger longer.
- Dry or Damaged Skin – because of its antioxidant and humectant properties, honey soap is great for dry or damaged skin.
- Antimicrobial – prevents the growth of certain bacteria, making this a great acne soap addition.
- Acne – because of its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, raw honey helps kill bacteria that may cause acne and will help skin heal faster.
- Soap Benefits: Honey adds to the lather, giving you a nice bubbly soap bar.
Goat Milk and Honey Soap Recipe
This is my go to recipe that I modify for different purposes. In this instance I change out all or part of the water with goat’s milk, and add beeswax to help seal and protect the hair. This will make a 2 pound batch, but can be doubled.
- Weigh the coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, olive oil, castor oil, and jojoba oil in a large stainless steel pot.
- Heat until contents in pot are melted, then cool to 100 degrees F.
- Partially freeze goat's milk until it is slushy in a plastic or stainless steel container (the lye added later will eat aluminum).
- Weigh lye into a disposable zip close bag. Over a period of 20 minutes and while outside in a well ventilated area wearing protective hand and eye gear, little by little add the lye to the goat's milk (not the other way around).
- Once the lye milk is also at 95-100 degrees F (you may have to put one or the other pot in an ice bath to make sure they reach this temp. at the same time), pour the lye milk into the melted oils.
- Use a stick blender or hand mixer to mix on and off until trace (it starts to thicken like pudding).
- Before it gets too thick, add your essential oils and honey. Mix very well so you don't end up with any pockets of honey in your soap!
- Quickly scrape into your lined mold (I line mine with wax paper) and insulate for 24 hours.
As for essential oils, use what you love! You can try:
- Lavender and Lemongrass
- Orange and Patchouli
- Peppermint and Eucalyptus
- Basil and Peppermint
- Cinnamon Leaf
- Clary Sage and Frankincense
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