The fact that beauty products are wreaking havoc on our skin and bodies is finally getting some attention. The things we put on our bodies is not unlike the things we put in our bodies.
First, anything you put on your body seeps right through your skin — so that’s why I believe in a natural skin care routine, as you really ARE putting it in your body. Second, just like processed foods, beauty products are made to last, often using the cheapest ingredients and chemicals to help them have a longer shelf life. So basically, whatever you rub onto your skin, your face, your hands … it goes right into the body where it can cause cancer and interrupt your endocrine system and more.
Though that may sound like doom and gloom (since we all use beauty products every single day from our shampoo to our lotions and makeup, to the hand and facial soap we have at our bathroom or kitchen sink), it doesn’t have to be so difficult.
Goat milk soap is a great alternative that can offer not only a chemical-free option, but generously provides a few more benefits, including anti-aging. Of course, consuming goat milk can certainly help too, but why not give your skin the thirst-quenching benefits of goat milk, from a well-made quality goat milk soap, right on the surface of the skin? (1)
4 Benefits of Goat Milk Soap
1. Helps You Look Younger
Goat milk has this amazing ability to help provide a youthful appearance and who doesn’t want that? It works because it contains a good amount of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA), such as lactic acid that help break down the dead skin cells. When you remove the dead skin, you immediately gain a glow to the surface of the skin because it smooths it out and that can offer a more youthful appearance.
My wife says this helps her makeup go on much more evenly. Alpha hydroxy acid is nothing new and can be found in tons of products such as body creams, sunscreens, acne products, shampoos and more, but again, it’s the natural chemical-free product that you want. Alpha hydroxy acids are really great at exfoliating and with that process, they increase blood flow to the skin, give your face and skin the much-needed rejuvenation it longs for, and ultimately help minimize fine lines and wrinkles. (2)
2. Is An Anti-inflammatory
Goat milk has the ability to reduce skin inflammation because it contains a fat molecule that not only moisturizes the skin, but possesses anti-inflammatory characteristics. A study was conducted regarding the use of goat milk, in particular because of the numerous reports of digestive issues and allergic reactions to cow milk. (3)
Even though the study focuses on the internal consumption, the external application can greatly benefit, too. The study points out that goat milk is able to provoke a release of anti-inflammatory cytokines, which help signal the cells by providing a stronger immune response. So, even though drinking or eating products that contain goat milk can have a direct effect, when you put it on your skin, the skin soaks up those benefits as well.
3. Can Help Treat Acne-Prone Skin
Goat milk unlike cow’s milk, may help treat acne-prone skin. It contains special properties that can offer a sort of exfoliation for the skin. The exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells, that if not removed can cause your skin pores to clog, causing unwanted acne to surface.
Additionally, goat milk contains antibacterial properties that can eliminate and even prevent acne altogether, and it can even help reduce swelling and itching that acne can cause. (4)
4. Works for Dry Skin
Goat milk offers some hydrating benefits, especially for anyone with dry skin. Because the pH levels of goat milk are the same as the human epidermis, it can moisturize while cleansing and possibly eliminating any acne-causing bacteria. In addition, it contains some beneficial nutrients that offers a supple complexion. Vitamin A is famous for the help it provides to repair damaged skin tissue.
Of course, vitamin A reduces fine lines and wrinkles but can also provide relief to anyone suffering from psoriasis symptoms. A lot of other soaps are water-based and often do not contain the vitamins and natural hydration qualities required for healthy skin. But goat milk soap is chock-full of skin-nourishing goodness like vitamin D, C, B1, B6, B12 and E, all of which are absorbed into the body when applied without the harshness of detergents, alcohol, dyes, petroleum and other chemical-based ingredients. (5)
Now that we have learned why goat milk is so good for your skin, it’s time to give it a try. Soap making does not have to be hard, but it can take some practice, so be patient. Try this nourishing goat milk soap recipe right at home.
How to Make Goat Milk Soap
I recommend measuring out all of your ingredients as a first step, then start with the goat milk and soap base. While you can use goat milk powder, I prefer fresh goat milk. When you purchase it, take it home and freeze it, using 12 ounces per freezer bag.
As noted in this article, goat milk contains nutrients that replenish the skin with hydration while offering anti-inflammatory properties that help to keep acne at bay. Now, you need a heat-safe bowl that can fit inside a pan of water, or you can use a double boiler. Note: Be extra careful as you heat the soap base. It can get very hot rather quickly.
On a cutting board, chop the goat milk into small pieces — about an inch or so in size. Put your frozen chunks of goat milk into the small bowl and slowly add the soap base and blend it with the chunks of milk using a potato masher. Heat the stove to medium, allowing the soap base and goat milk to melt and blend. (If the milk turns orange or light brown, no need to worry — this is normal, but if it turns dark brown, it is because you have scorched the milk, so be careful not to overheat or heat too quickly. An ammonia-like odor is normal too and will fade as it cures.)
Now, let’s add the oils. Let’s start with the coconut oil and olive oil. Coconut oil is an amazing antibacterial ingredient that also offer moisturizing benefits. Olive oil is no different in terms of moisturizing and softening the skin. And it provides vitamin E and other antioxidants that can help speed up the healing of the skin while fighting infection. Add and stir to blend.
Then add the remaining oils: almond, jojoba and avocado. Almond oil contains antioxidative properties and protects the against skin-damaging UV radiation. Jojoba oil is great for dry skin, and avocado oil contains the ability to help eliminate psoriasis.
Use a thermometer so that you can determine the temperature of the mixture. Heat to 110–125°F. As you mix the ingredients, they may get really thick — this is what you want. In fact, you want it to get to a point that is known as “trace” in the cooking world. To test this, simply dip a spoon into the mixture, then let it drizzle off the spoon back into the mixture. If it leaves a bit of a “trace” for a moment or two, you have reached the desired thickness! A great example is honey, which can leave a trace as it drips off the spoon.
And let’s not forget the essential oils. Add and stir until well-blended. Frankincense and lavender are two of my favorites for amazing skin, but you can use tea tree oil, especially if you are acne prone. Frankincense oil offers skin cell protection and can be used to reduce blemishes and prevent wrinkles while tightening the skin. You can’t go wrong with lavender oil either! It, too, reduces acne while restoring skin complexion, and can even help with psoriasis and eczema. Once the essential oils are well blended, it’s time to pour the mixture into your soap molds.
Now, you will need to wait so that it has time to cure. Give it around 24 hours, then test it. If it is still warm or soft, you will need to wait another 12–24 hours. Once you are sure it has cured, remove from the molds and place the goat soap on parchment paper or a baking rack. One last important step: You have to let it cure for awhile longer. This could take around 4 weeks. The best process is to make sure to turn the bars every couple of days so that airs get to all sides. Again, it will take some time and patience, but it is well worth it!
Once it is fully cured, wrap it in wax paper as it can attract dust due to the moisture from the glycerin that it contains. Want a Christmas goat milk soap? Just replace the lavender essential oil with 5 drops of cinnamon essential oil and 5 drops of clove essential oil. What a great holiday gift. I hope you enjoy the healthy benefits of this goat milk soap!
Homemade Goat Milk Soap for Acne-Free and Supple Skin
- 12 ounces goat milk
- 12 ounces organic unrefined coconut oil
- 8 ounces olive oil
- 4 ounces almond oil
- 2 ounces jojoba oil
- 4 ounces avocado oil
- 20 drops frankincense essential oil
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- soap base
- soap mold
- First, freeze the goat milk the night before using it or sooner.
- Using a double-boiler, slowly heat the goat milk with the oils.
- Add the essential oils.
- Heat until very thick like honey.
- Pour into mold.
- Allow it to cool for 24–48 hours.
- Take it out the mold and cut into smaller pieces if desired, then place on baking rack or wax paper.
- Allow it to cure for 3–4 weeks, turning to frequently so that air gets to all sides.
- Once cured, wrap in wax paper so that dust does not stick to the bar.