I don’t know why I took so long to do it.
Everyone loves goat milk soap. It is fabulously good for your skin and I won’t use anything else. But it can be hard to find and quite expensive to buy.
I had wondered for a while about making soap. I have the main ingredient, but the array of oils and equipment required seemed a bit daunting. The process of mixing caustic soda with the milk sounded pretty intimidating too. The lye and milk react, making the mixture super hot. So the idea sat in the back of my mind for a while.
Then I found a very basic soap recipe on the AussieGoat forum. The ingredients were readily available at the supermarket and fairly inexpensive. The batch size was very manageable. So I bought a few bits and pieces and gave it a go.
It was easy. So easy that I thought I must have done it wrong. With a couple of plastic containers and some old chocolate moulds I made my first batch. The soaps popped out looking creamy white and perfect. After a week I had to try one out. It had a lather and felt like soap. It worked!
So then I tried adding Manuka honey to my next batch. The caustic soda reacts with the sugar in the milk and in the honey, so that batch was an orangey caramel colour. It took a little longer to cure, and didn’t come out of the moulds as well, but it is amazing. I used it to shave my legs in the shower. Not only did I not get razor rash, I also didn’t even have to moisturise afterwards. It makes the skin on my face baby soft too. I freaking love it. I made another batch with honey tonight, which I managed to keep much cooler, so it is a much better colour.
After starting out with only the bare necessities – a cheap electric mixer specifically for soap making and a digital scale – my successes have encouraged me to expand my equipment with more specialised items. A ladle for scooping the soap mix into the moulds, a silicon loaf mould for making bar soap and a great set of silicon cupcake moulds from my friendly Avon lady Pam. I’ve even cleared some cupboard space to keep it all in.
I have had some rave reviews from the samples I have given out, and sold a few bars as well. The honey soap is 50c a bar more than the plain because the jars of Manuka honey are $10, but it is still great value soap.
So drop me a line if you would like to try some. I am trying to get a decent supply together for the Ballarat Rural Lifestyle Expo which is coming up at the start of April, but I still have plenty of sample pieces to give out.
I’m also preparing lots of 500g bags of milk for the freezer so I can keep making soap all winter.
Honestly, I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner.