Photo by Stephanie Staton
Martha Enriquez, of Pine Lane Soaps in Batavia, Ohio, uses this basic soap recipe for her goat’s milk soap. Whenever you make soap at home, follow safety guidelines: Wear long sleeves, an apron and safety goggles, and work in a well-ventilated room. Only use your equipment for soap-making and not for food preparation, and avoid using any equipment made from aluminum.
Yield: 4 pounds
- 2 12-quart stainless-steel pots
- spoon for stirring
- soap mold (You can purchase these from a soap-making supply store or website or use other items found around the house, such as candy molds, drawer organizers and Styrofoam egg cartons.)
- thermometer that ranges 80 to 160 degrees F
- 96 ounces oil (olive, coconut, palm or any combination)
- 32 ounces goat’s milk, frozen
- 10 ounces lye
- 1 to 2 ounces essential oils (your choice)
Photos courtesy Pine Lane Soaps
||Step 1: In a stainless-steel pot, heat oils on the stove to 100 degrees F.
||Step 2: In a separate stainless-steel pot, slowly add lye to frozen milk and heat until it reaches 100 degrees F. (If the mixture exceeds 100 degrees F, allow it to cool or put it in an ice bath.)