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How to Make Goat Milk & Honey Soap – No Lye
Crafting your own goat milk and honey soap at home is so easy to do. Handmade products are always special. This homemade goats milk and honey soap is a family favorite – and you don’t have to bother with lye. Promoting clean healthy skin is one of the top ways to use honey.
These natural soaps look so pretty and you can make a lot of them in one afternoon. This is an advantage over traditional lye soap which requires curing time.
There are so many different ways to create beautiful handmade soaps. Some of the recipes can get rather involved.
And a few people may “poo poo” this idea of melt and pour soap. Don’t let them. Melting soap base in the microwave is really easy and doesnt make a big mess.
Each type of soap making process is interesting. And, this easy DIY goat milk and honey soap is a good place to start.
Later, you can experiment with cold or hot process soap making. Those methods produce some beautiful soaps but they can be a mess too.
Success is almost guaranteed in melt and pour soap recipes. So this is why they are a good option for beginners.
Why Add Honey to Soap?
We are all familiar with honey. Honey is made by honey bees and we love to eat it. It is also used in many types of cooking and baking.
In addition to being a sweet, nutritious food product, there are many other ways to use honey. It has been used for centuries in wound care and honey is good for the skin.
So why would you not want to add a little honey to your soap recipe. Raw honey is extremely moisturizing. It is also full of anti-oxidants and has anti-bacterial properties.
All of these qualities are important to healthy skin. This makes adding honey to your goat milk soap recipe a great practice.
But, it must be done in moderation – don’t go over-board or you make end up with gooey pockets of honey in your soap bar – not cool.
You don’t need a lot of things to make this simple milk and honey soap recipe. And, you can substitute things you may already have on hand.
- silicone mold
- 1 - 2 lb goats milk soap base
- 3 Tablespoons raw honey
- fragrance (optional)
- 4 cup measuring cup
- kitchen knife
- stick stirrer
- Cut the cubes of your soap base with a kitchen knife. And place them in your large measuring cup or melting container. The number of cubes needed will depend on the size of your mold. Don't worry you can melt more if you need to.
My mold with 6 cavities required about 1 pound of soap base. Your's may need more or less.
- Place in the microwave and melt for short bursts of 30 seconds. Stir well and repeat until all of the mixture is melted.
- Stir 3 tablespoons of raw honey into the soap mixture (less if making a smaller amount of soap). This would also be the time to add a fragrance if you desire.
- Pour the goat milk soap mixture into the desired molds. Be sure the mold is sitting on a steady level surface. Fill each section of the molds slowly to avoid excess bubbles.
- Let the soap sit and cool. It will become firm when completely cool. This may take a couple of hours if the weather is humid.
Once, the bars are solid, gently remove them from the silicone mold. Wipe off any excess moisture and store the bars in a sealed bag. Wasn't that easy?
- to avoid having air bubbles on the surface of the soap - you may gently mist it with isophly alcholo just after pouring into the mold.
- measure your honey carefully - do not add too much or you will have pockets of honey in the soap.... not a bad thing.. but a bit sticky!
The time required for your soap to firm up will depend on the humidity and temperature. The directions on the package said at least an hour.
Here in humid SC – even 2 hours was not enough and I was concerned. But, I placed the mold in the refrigerator for a hour and everything turned out well.
Storing Your Goat Milk & Honey Soap
After removing the bars from the mold, store them in an airtight container. This is to keep the glycerin in the soap from attracting moisture.
If they feel a bit wet – gently wipe with a paper towel before sealing.
You can seal the in shrink wrap bands, wrap in clear plastic or simply zip them up in a plastic bag.
Your milk and honey soap will last for months if not a year. But plan to use it up well before that time.
Using Honey in Soap Making and More:
Enjoy this project with family, kids, friends, it is a great introduction to make soap with honey – and don’t forget to try other honey project ideas.
There are so many things you can do with products from the beehive.