This may be the wrong place to post this, its sort of two topics in one; however here goes!
Does anyone on this forum make soap from goat milk? What I'm trying to figure out is if I want to get a goat and try to learn. How many goats do you need to make soap for your family? What if you wanted to sell it?
Post by Sister Penny on Jun 6, 2012 18:46:11 GMT -5
Hello Sisters, I have been making my own soap for over 25 years. Goats Milk soaps are by far soothing and are great if someone has allergies as it has the closest ph to human skin.
You need to realize, however, goats milk is milk and there is a way to make it easily and safely. I make it all the time for special orders, as well as coconut and oat milk soaps.
First you must BE EDUCATED on how to make soap safely, a good electronic scale that has grams and ounces is a must. I would like to recommend you go to www.soapnuts.com and watch their tutorials on making soap.
When you get a few batches done and feel you are preparing it safely, then I would say go for the goats milk, I only freeze mine first in a ziploc bag, for the amount of liquid my recipe needs, this is weight not fluid ounces ok? Everything must be weighed and your container must be tare weighted first. www.soap-making-resource.com is a great site too. If you want to color it, do not use any thing other than cosmetic grade colorants or natural colorants, I do both, I just made a melon scented soap with infused annatto seeds, to give it an orangey melon color :-) There are many suppliers out there also who sell oils. I use www.soaperschoice.com, they are in Chicago, close, and sell in bulk reasonably. Gordon Food Service has the best prices on Pomace Olive Oil, you do want your soap to be 50% Olive Oil for a nice conditioning bar and you can go 25% Palm Kernel and 25% Coconut 76 degree..it is all about your personal choices. You can use animal fat, such as lard or tallow also. The Soapmaking Resource site has a lot of GREAT information and tutorials and you get $5.00 off your first order. For fragrances, watch out, some essential oils are sold at such high prices its outrageous, the shipping is very high also.
Please feel free to email me privately, off list at Peaceflheart@yahoo.com if you would like some of my recommendations on where to buy products :-) without losing your money..
God bless and SAFETY FIRST in soapmaking.. Sister Penny
You can buy goats milk in Walmart's refrigerated section also..or use powdered..I would not buy a goat just for soapmaking :-)