Making Honey Oatmeal Goat Milk Soap

I finally got around to making my honey oatmeal goat milk soap (try saying that fast three times).

EDIT Jan 25, 2012:  The link to the recipe no longer works, so here is the recipe from veggiesoaps.com that no longer is there.  I did adjust the amount of oatmeal since I first did this.

42 oz olive oil

28 oz coconut oil

18 oz palm oil

33 oz goat milk

12.7 oz lye

1 cup ground oatmeal

4 Tbsp. honey

I really like the way it turned out.  Since it was a larger batch, it took longer to mix, and I was able to get some pictures of the process.

Time for the disclaimer.  I am fairly new to making soap, so I don’t guarantee that I am using the best techniques, and I’m certain there are parts I could do better.  All you experts feel free to correct my methods or give constructive criticism.  Without further disclaimers, here is my tutorial on making soap.

The first thing is to measure all the additives that you will need.  Unless otherwise specified soap recipes give measurements by weight, not volume.  I weighed my oatmeal.

Then I got out my coffee grinder.  I set it for fine and turned it on.

You want the oatmeal to be ground as fine as you can get it.

Next I weighed my honey.  Again, it is by weight, not volume.

I had my goat’s milk frozen into cubes.  It makes them easy to measure, and they are small enough I can cut them in half to get my measurement exact.  Once measured, I set the milk back in the freezer until I’m ready for it.

Next I weighed my olive oil and poured it into a 5 quart stainless steel pan.  This is the container the soap will be made in.  Be sure to use a spatula and get all of the oil in the pan.

Next I weighed my palm oil.  Because it comes in a solid form, it is a fat rather than an oil.

I measured the coconut oil, also a fat, and added it to my large microwavable measuring bowl.

Then I microwaved it, a minute at a time, until it was just melted.  While it was melting, I got the necessary safety items and put them on.

I also made sure I had my molds lined with parchment paper sitting handy to fill.  I also had that handy dandy little scraper thing ready to smooth the soap.

Then it was time to measure my sodium hydroxide (or lye–make sure it is 100%)  Remember that all items coming into contact need to be stainless steel or plastic.

Once it’s measured out, slowly add the lye to the frozen milk.

Stir carefully.  It’s easier to splash those frozen milk cubes.  Keep stirring until the lye is completely dissolved.

Set the milk/lye mixture aside and retrieve the melted palm and coconut oils from the microwave.  Add it to the olive oil in the large stainless steel pan.

You can check temperatures, but it’s always worked out that the oils have cooled to about 92* F and the lye is around the same temperature.  Carefully add the milk/lye mixture to the oils.

Use the stick blender and mix.  You can see the lye mixture is on the bottom and the oils are all on top.

As you mix, you can see the two are combining.  It’s not just mixing together.  The fats and oils and lye mixed together create a chemical reaction called saponification.

Keep mixing until you have reached trace.  This means that when you move the blender (or turn it off and lift it out) you can see the trace it leaves in the mixture.  If you’re not sure about this, you can mix until your temperature has risen by five degrees.

At this point, you add the oatmeal and the honey.

Mix the oatmeal and honey into the soap.  I must say, this was a bit thick by the time I had it completely mixed in.

Pour the soap into the molds.

Use the scraper to smooth the top.  Because the milk can get dark with the heat produced by the lye, I put the soap in the freezer for 30 minutes and then move it to the refrigerator.  Remove it from the refrigerator after 24 hours.

After 24 hours, the soap can be removed from the tray molds and be cut.

The soap in small decorative molds need to sit for another 24 hours to be solid enough not to lose their shape.

If they don’t easily pop out of the molds, you can put them back in the refrigerator for a little bit and then try again.

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81 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tracy
    Feb 03, 2011 @ 20:47:41

    Your soap looks great Teresa! :D

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  2. Sharon
    Feb 03, 2011 @ 21:04:27

    Looks pretty! Have you tried any of the first soap that you made? How do you like it?

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    • Teresa
      Feb 03, 2011 @ 21:06:02

      I’ve tried and love the first one. It feels so nice and clean, but it doesn’t dry the skin. The lavender needs to cure a little bit longer, and I’ll probably try the sage this weekend.

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  3. Rich
    Feb 03, 2011 @ 21:20:46

    The soap looks awesome… do you ever sell any of your soap? There is a woman here in Michigan who makes a lot of different Goat Milk Soap “Flavors” and I love them…

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    • Teresa
      Feb 03, 2011 @ 21:24:48

      Glad you think it looks good. I’m practicing right now with the intent to sell soon. I figure I’ll keep playing and try to get some feedback on which ones are recipes/combinations I want to keep making for sale.

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  4. Alica
    Feb 03, 2011 @ 22:44:56

    This looks nice! Someday I will learn to make soap, really I will…it’s one of the many things on my “to do” list. I will never, ever be bored! :)

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    • Teresa
      Feb 03, 2011 @ 22:48:33

      That’s what I say too. I just don’t understand when people are bored. I must say, blogging has spurred me on to do these things I keep saying I want to do. Accountability. That’s what blogging is. The soap really was easier than I thought it might be.

      Reply

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  6. Joani
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 01:10:59

    The soap looks very interesting and has all the right ingredients. Luv the goats also. They R so cute.

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  7. texwisgirl
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 09:37:37

    I bet it’s great! I probably couldn’t wait for it to cure properly before I’d use it. :)

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  8. Chelsey
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 10:58:42

    I stumbled on your website the other day and love it. I have some Nigerian Dwarf goats, so the goat posts make me happy! :) I make soaps as well – but I have never put them in the refrigerator. What exactly does that do? I know some of my soaps tend to overheat – is that what it does? Help to keep it from overheating? I usually put a box over mine and leave it overnight. I wonder what difference it makes in the soap to put it in the refrigerator…

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    • Teresa
      Feb 04, 2011 @ 11:25:48

      When you put it in the refrigerator, it keeps the milk from turning dark due to the high temperatures. I read that in Milk Soapmaking by Anne L. Watson. It’s a really good resource. If you leave it in the refrigerator too long, it can make it a bit crumbly.

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  9. JoyceAnn
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 11:58:58

    I’ve never made soap , but it looks good to me. I have used goat milk soap that Peggy over at ” Hidden Haven Homestead ” made , it was wonderful. Bet , yours will be wonderful too.

    ~ Blessings ~

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  10. Sandy
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 19:11:01

    This looks wonderful! I made soap for the first time over the summer! Not goats milk soap though.. but its lovely soap :O)
    Looks like you did a great job!

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  11. M~
    Feb 05, 2011 @ 10:18:43

    I. Love. Your. Blog!
    I have been wanting to try buttermilk soap… Would I use the buttermilk just as you used goats milk? Freeze it?

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    • Teresa
      Feb 05, 2011 @ 12:46:56

      I am not experienced enough to tell whether the buttermilk would change any of the other measurements. I would use the same process. In fact I have buttermilk cubes in the freezer waiting to be turned into buttermilk castile soap. That one is 30 oz olive oil, 9 oz buttermilk and 3.8 oz lye. That come from Anne L. Watson’s book Milk Soapmaking.

      Reply

  12. Sandy
    Feb 06, 2011 @ 09:06:19

    If you have time when you do your luffa sponges, would love a how to post on that!

    Reply

    • Teresa
      Feb 06, 2011 @ 10:55:21

      I’m working on that today, but the post won’t be up until the Alphabe-Thursday S post (Soapy Sponges). That would be a week from this coming Wednesday.

      Reply

  13. kelly
    Apr 15, 2011 @ 14:49:42

    can you tell us how many pounds of soap this recipe makes? can’t wait to make it :)

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  15. Arlyna
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 13:01:51

    I was wondering if for the Olive Oil, does it matter what type? Like Virgin or Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

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    • Teresa
      Nov 29, 2011 @ 13:03:59

      If you order larger quantities from soapmaking supply stores, they send pomace-less than food grade. I’m not sure that it would make a difference in soap, but it’s going to be way more expensive using olive oil for food use.

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  16. cindy
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 19:32:47

    Where is your recipe ..?

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  17. deb conner
    Jan 25, 2012 @ 10:56:10

    Help! I would like to use your recipe, but when I click on it, it says the url can’t be found. How can I get the recipe? Thanks.

    Reply

  18. Susan
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 21:04:58

    Can you tell me how many pounds this recipe makes? I think I have a 5 lb mold

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  19. Christy
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 18:48:49

    I am so excited to make this! I got all the ingredients today and am going to give it a try tomorrow. Does it smell great? I know that in a lot of goat milk oatmeal soup, they identify a “fragrance oil” ingredient. Is that needed or does the soap smell great without it?

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    • Teresa
      Mar 02, 2012 @ 18:55:17

      Mine doesn’t have any scent really other than clean/soapy. I don’t add any fragrance to it, and it’s one of my best selling soaps for people with sensitive skin. Good luck and have fun!

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  20. brandi
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 23:08:41

    hi there, thank you for posting this recipe, i just finished making. I dont know that it will turn out though, it took almost 40 minutes of blending to get it to reach trace. and it was a very weak trace at that. I burned up my stick blender in the process. I reached a point where i tested the trace, it was weak, then i blended more, and it was still the same consistency. that happened about 25 minutes in, and it never thickened more. can you tell me what happened? i did have to replace the palm oil with olive oil, which i read somewhere else that you can do that safely. could that be it? i do realize that there was olive oil already in the ingredients, but i have replaced the palm oil with it in other recipes and it did just fine. although they were not goats milk recipes. thank you for your advice.

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    • Teresa
      Jun 10, 2012 @ 23:12:24

      I’m not sure what would have caused it. I’ve used that recipe successfully many times, and I’ve never had to mix it more than fifteen minutes to reach trace. The different oil would be my guess, but I can’t say for sure.

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      • brandi
        Jun 10, 2012 @ 23:18:25

        i am sure that is what it is then. i will see how this one sets up, and if it doesnt work, then i will buy palm oil and try again! thanks so much for the quick response!

      • Teresa
        Jun 10, 2012 @ 23:26:45

        No problem. It might even be the difference in temperature with not having to melt the palm oil. Hope it turns out.

  21. brandi
    Jun 11, 2012 @ 23:55:12

    its me again! just letting you know i think that the soap will turn out just fine. I am going to let it sit in the mold one more day just in case. I made a different batch of soap the other day, a basic oatmeal soap- but being that i am a beginner, once again i made a mistake. some how the lye didnt mix, and there were lye chunks in the soap. they are small, but still noticeable. is that too dangerous to use? should i throw them away? thank you.

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  22. Laura
    Aug 13, 2012 @ 00:50:43

    If the ingredients are by weight, how much does a tablespoon weigh? I assume that the cup of oatmeal is considered 8 oz, but could you clarify for the honey… Thanks

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  23. Dixie Thielen
    Aug 18, 2012 @ 01:25:18

    i am new to this art also and i was wondering what the cure time was on this soap?

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  24. Heavenly Bliss Farm, Leighton
    Aug 20, 2012 @ 08:04:55

    Why do you have to wait four weeks to use? We made this and it looks and feels great . Thank you for posting the recipe .

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  25. Donna
    Sep 02, 2012 @ 15:29:41

    where do I buy the goats milk

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    • Teresa
      Sep 02, 2012 @ 15:58:26

      I don’t know where you would buy it. I milk my own goats. I do know I’ve seen pictures in books of canned goat milk. You could buy that at Wal-Mart. If you have someone close that milks, I would ask them.

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  26. Dixie Thielen
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 12:25:42

    i see so many recipes that use palm oil. In my small town i can not find it so i was wondering what you could use in its place?

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    • Teresa
      Sep 03, 2012 @ 12:39:58

      I have never done my own recipe or tried substitutions, so I can’t help you with that. There are places to order palm oil online. That’s how I get mine.

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  27. Faith
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 12:28:48

    Love the recipe for the honey oatmeal,, goats-milk soap……I’m new at making soap ( I have a few batches under me)….I do know that if there are chunks of lye in the soap….don’t use it, it will burn the skin.( according to the soap makers companion the lye pockets can be do to insufficinet stirring, to much lye or stirring too slow).
    make sure the recipes are ran through a lye calculator before doing to insure the lye amount is correct)

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  28. Statzfamily
    Sep 13, 2012 @ 18:34:18

    Teresa- Where do you purchase your oils?

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  29. Nia
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 10:13:11

    This recipe, how many bars of soap can you get out of it? and how much does it cost you to make this batch?

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    • Teresa
      Sep 20, 2012 @ 10:20:08

      I get 24 approximately 4 oz. bars. The cost is going to vary widely depending on where you get your supplies and the quantities you buy them in. I really wouldn’t be able to break it down that way.

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  30. Susan Jones
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 15:59:10

    Just finished making Goat’s Milk Honey Oatmeal Soap from you instructions/recipe and it was a blast! I considered it a success because it reached trace and I did it without burning myself with the lye (a major concern since my father once burned himself severely using lye). I did add lavender fragrance oil and I believe it will turn out beautifully. Thanks for your blog and your experience with this. I plan to make more for our church bazaar next year and possibly to sell as I become more adept at doing it.

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  32. Kat
    Jan 11, 2013 @ 15:24:05

    I was wondering what source you use for your soap making supplies; molds, scraper ect…
    I am brand new to this but would love to give it a go…
    Thanks!

    Reply

  33. Penny
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 23:48:03

    I like your recipe and will try. I have made goats milk soap but have never tried freezing the milk. I would caution your readers that when making other cold process soaps you should never add the lye to the water or other liquid. Always add the liquid slowly to the lye. This is a very important safety rule; you never want the lye to splash.
    Also to your reader with small lye granules in the finished product… This is due to it quite stirring your lye mixture well enough. Try stirring a bit longer to ensure the lye is totally dissolved.
    Happy soap making and thanks for teaching me a new method and recipe to try!

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  34. fibromom1
    Mar 30, 2013 @ 20:48:39

    Dito to Alicia’s comment, ” Someday I will learn to make soap, really I will…it’s one of the many things on my “to do” list.” I APPLAUD YOUR WORK. Everything is so pretty… the final mixture looks yummy like white chocolate! I LOVE your molds!

    I want to try to milk one goat once a day and let the babe/babes nurse the rest of the time… will they get enough nourishment? I would guess that my extra milking will just help stimulate more milk production, yes? I really want to have milk to drink, cream to make cheese from and I also want to make hypoallergenic, herb-free soap. With milking only once a day, how can I store the milk? Freeze it until I have enough to play with?

    Beautiful post. Thanks so much.

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    • Teresa
      Mar 30, 2013 @ 20:53:44

      I let my girls raise their kids, but I know some people shut the moms and kids apart overnight and milk in the morning. I’m not sure if they milk them partially out and leave the rest for the kids or what. Can’t help a lot on that one. The milk freezes well. I have an entire freezer for milk just for bottle kids if I have them. I also freeze a bunch in ice cube trays for making soap. I do have several soaps for sale in my market if you don’t have access to any close by.

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  35. Jessica
    Apr 04, 2013 @ 09:46:00

    How many lbs. of soap do your molds each hold? I have a 5lb. mold so I’m trying to figure out how to divide your recipe. Thanks.

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    • Teresa
      Apr 04, 2013 @ 09:48:44

      My tray molds each hold two pounds. If you do this in the larger mold, it will turn brown in the center. I recommend smaller molds. Even the two pound loaf mold will turn the center brown.

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  36. Jill DZines
    Aug 31, 2013 @ 23:57:27

    I just made your oatmeal-honey-goatmilk soap… it looks gorgeous and smells amazing (oatmeal-milk-honey fragrance oil). I’ll NEVER be able to wait the full 4 weeks to use it!! LOL! Thanks for your excellent instructions! Now I just wish I lived somewhere where I could have goats!! :)

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  37. Heather
    Oct 17, 2013 @ 13:30:06

    If I wanted to add frangrance oil or essential oil to this recipe how much should I add?

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    • Teresa
      Oct 17, 2013 @ 13:40:54

      That would depend on the fragrance and how strong you wanted it. Most recipes recommend .7 – 1 oz per pound of soap. That’s just a general guide.

      Reply

  38. Aida Lough
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 20:01:13

    Is your recipe the same if I want to do the hot process?
    Thanks, I’m ready to start!

    Reply

  39. Kim Vander Helm
    Sep 17, 2014 @ 07:35:08

    I do hot process in a crock pot. Can this recipe be done that way. if so when would be a good time to add the oatmeal and honey?

    Reply

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