In Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) there is a great basic soap recipe.
Goat’s milk soap is a great way to use up the excess milk from your backyard farm… A simple bar of soap with a good blend of oils and rich, fresh goat’s milk will be rich and healthful. Likely, there will be times when that is all you need. As with all art forms, however, this is not likely to be the case every time. ~ page 357, 362
But basic is just that, basic. So here are some of my favorite soap making recipes that will help you break out of the mold (ha!) and explore some creative alternatives for your soap making adventures. All these recipes use goat’s milk but have unique ingredients that will change up their scent, benefits, and healthful effects.
1. Nana’s Lavendar Goat’s Milk Soap – One of the things I love about this soap-making recipe is that it remains simple while adding the healthy herbal influences of lavender through the use of lavender powder and lavender essential oils. Palm kernel oil in addition to the goat’s milk make it a moisturizing soap as well.
2. Oatmeal and Cocoa Butter Soap – This recipe from P.S. I Love Soap uses both luxurious cocoa butter and heaping tablespoons of oatmeal, creating an exfolliant and moisturizing effect. This would be a perfect recipe for people with dry or rough skin.
3. Our Crazy Farm Soap Recipes – I love how this soap maker showed not only a base recipe, but also three different variations: cucumber, honey oatmeal, and cinnamon swirl. Like a variety of spa treatments right in your own kitchen with these goat’s milk soap recipe variations!
4. Ponte Verde Soap – Ginger essential oil is the unique ingredient here to make a spicy, meditative scent in the moisturizing goat’s milk soap recipe.
5. Jennifer Soap – Cinnamon, clove, lemon and other spices come together to create a spicy, deep orange colored goat’s milk soap recipe that would be fabulous for the fall season.
6. Orange and Spice Soap – This recipe from North Country Mercantile shows how you can combine essential oils with dried herbs and floral materials to create a unique and one-of-a-kind goat’s milk soap. (Photo by Sonia Scommegna)
7. Coffee Lait Soap – Another North Country Mercantile soap, this goat’s milk soap uses coffee grounds for exfoliation and that amazing coffee house scent. (Photo by Sonia Scommegna)
8. Savvy Homemade Soap Recipe – Creamy chocolate goat’s milk soap looks amazing and this recipe uses plain cooking chocolate right in the recipe for a light chocolate scent. For increased fragrance you’d want to add fragrant oils.
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