Updated: Aug 11
I have started making and testing this soap again. I did work on this last year but stopped when I could only find Goats milk powder which was combined with cow’s milk powder. Now I’m pleased to say that I have found 100% goats milk powder and I have just made my first test batch.
Making soap with a solution of reconstituted milk powder mixed and NaOH (Sodium Hydroxide) is a little more complicated than soap with a NaOH/water solution. The very high temperatures reached when the NaOH is added to milk means that the milk burns. This is avoided by freezing the milk first and adding the NaOH directly to the ice cubes in a jug sat in ice to keep the temperature as low as possible. Even with this, the gelling process which starts when the soap is poured into a mould means that some burning takes place and the soap may have a brown tinge to it. It can also make the soap smell bad. This is why many soap makers put the setting soap into a freezer to keep the soap cool and stop the gelling process. This helps the soap to remain a natural white colour and there is a better chance of keeping the vitamins and other actives in goats’ milk intact as they are quickly destroyed by heat.
What will Goats Milk Soap do for our skins?
Goats Milk Soap contains vitamins A, D and E - anti-inflammatory, skin soothing and moisturising
It also contains lactic acid, a natural alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) which is said to help slough off old surface skin leaving the skin looking fresher. Milk Soap has a luxurious silky feel on skin – I am looking forward to testing my first batch out!