More Soaping Here

Well, we are back to making some soap. Our supply from last year has been given away or we’ve used most of it so we’re on to another couple batches. Hubby blogged about it here.

We made our first 100% olive oil soap. Since we need to wait a little while before we try to get them out of the molds, I’ll tell you about the second one we made. It’s a revised version of our  Lavender Goat Milk soap.

Lavender Goat Milk Soap in the mold
Lavender Goat Milk Soap in the mold

The color really darkened two days later when we sliced it.

Lavender Goat Milk Soap ready to cut
Lavender Goat Milk Soap ready to cut

Now to cut it.

Finished soap
Finished soap

Of course, now we need to wait three to four weeks for it to cure. I really liked the way the soap turned out and the smell was much stronger since we added more essential oil.

I have included the updated recipe below. I have updated this again in 2016. This is one of our current soaps.

Happy Acres REVISED 2016 Lavender Goat Milk Soap [print_link]

Mango Butter (5%) 45 grams

Avocado Butter (5%) 45 grams

Shea Butter (5%) 45 grams

Castor Oil (5%) 45 grams

Coconut Oil (30%) 270 grams

Olive Oil (30%) 270 grams

Palm Oil (20%) 180 grams

goat milk – 342 grams (frozen)

lye – 126 grams

1.5 Teaspoons ground lavender buds

2 Tablespoons Lavender Essential Oil

This makes 2 lbs of soap or 10 bars. (We use a 4 lb mold.) As with any recipe you get off of the internet, please run this through one of the calculators. This one is my favorite.

Please refer to the cold process instructions here.  To make the process go a bit smoother, we measured all of the oils ahead of time.

The frozen goat milk is put in the lye container. We then added the lye little by little as it melted the goat milk.

The lavender buds were ground and soaked in the essential oil and then added at trace.

I’ll let you know how it feels in a month!