How to Make Goat Milk Soap Without Lye

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    by Julia Michelle

    About the Author

    Julia Michelle has been writing professionally since January 2009. Her specialties include massage therapy, computer tech support, land and aquatic personal training, aquatic group fitness and Reiki. She has an Associate in Applied Science from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in integrative medical massage therapy.

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    Although it is impossible to make fat-based soap without lye, you can make your own soaps using a pre-made melt-and-pour soap base. Melt-and-pour bases are made from glycerin, a byproduct of the soap-making process, and don’t require lye. They also allow you to make your own soaps without the complicated measuring and cooking process. Enhance your homemade soap with aromatic essential oils and now you have a thoughtful, personal gift for a special friend or family member.

    Things You'll Need

    • Goat's milk melt-and-pour soap base (2 lbs)
    • Microwave-safe measuring cup
    • Rubber or silicone spatula
    • Lavender essential oil
    • Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
    • Lavender or purple soap-safe dye
    • Six-bar soap mold (six 5-oz. bars)
    • Paring knife or damp cloth
    • Wax paper

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    Cut the soap base into uniform chunks and put it in the measuring cup. This will ensure even melting.

    Cover the measuring cup in plastic wrap and heat the soap in the microwave in 30-second increments. Stir the soap lightly with the spatula. Do not let the soap simmer or boil.

    Add 1/4-ounce of lavender oil to the soap base. Stir the soap lightly to blend the fragrance. Spray the surface with alcohol if bubbles form.

    Add the lavender or purple soap dye until you reach your desired shade. If you cannot find lavender or purple, add 10 drops of blue dye and five drops of red dye and adjust according to your preference. Gently stir the soap and spray alcohol on any bubbles.

    Pour the soap into the mold and spray any bubbles with alcohol. Put the soap mold into the refrigerator for at least one hour, or until the soap fully sets.

    Remove the bars from the mold. Trim any rough edges with the paring knife or wipe the edges with a damp cloth.

    Wrap the finished bars in wax paper and use them as you would any other soap. Store the soap in a cool, dry place.

    • Simmering and boiling causes moisture to evaporate, making the finished product rubbery or brittle. Only heat the soap enough to evenly melt it.
    • Make sure the dyes are labeled soap-safe. Food and candle dyes might stain or irritate the skin.

    References

    • Melt & Mold Soap Crafting; C. Kaila Westerman
    • The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy; Valerie Ann Worwood