There's nothing like homemade goodness! All the thought, love, and precious time that goes into it! It really speaks from the heart! These beautiful soap bars make the perfect Mother's Day gift, all-natural DIY beauty products, and the perfect accessories for staging, too!
If you're following along with me onInstagram, I shared in IG stories about making beautiful Lavender and Rosemary goat's milk soap. It was so simple, fun to do with the kids, and left my home absolutely sweet-smelling for the day! It was also fast - the actual soap making process takes about 20 minutes!
1. You'll need to pick up melt and pour style goat's milk soap base. You may have stores near you that sell it, but I opted for finding mine on Amazon. There are other types of bases, like olive oil or Shea, but I've only personally used the goat's milk base. They are sold in 1-2 pound slabs. This recipe calls for 1 pound and makes 4-6 bars (depending on the size of the molds).
2. Choose your molds. There are so many beautiful molds to choose from! All sorts of pretty shapes and florals! They usually come in silicone and plastic styles. Both styles work great! The plastic molds just require a little more tenderness. You can find the molds online or at your local craft store. I used plastic molds for this recipe.
3. Decide what your scents will be and if you'd like to add in herbs. For your scents, I suggest using pure essential oils. I used Young Living Lavender essential oil and you can get it here. A little goes a long way and it keeps your soap bars as natural as possible. You'll use anywhere from 5-15 drops of essential oil. Just remember: LESS IS MORE. I suggest getting your herbs locally and grown organically. For my herbs, I added in dried Lavender buds and crushed Rosemary leaves. I added about 4 tablespoons total of both combined.
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4. You'll need a large, microwaveable bowl. I used a 1.5 quart glass bowl. You'll also need a sharp knife, a cutting board, a wooden spoon, and olive oil to grease up the soap molds. (I reserved all the utensils afterward as my official soap making tools - how crunchy does that sound lol)
5. Have everything prepped to go beforehand! Once your soap is melted, time is really of the essence to get it mixed and poured quickly.
What to do:
1. Cut up your melt and pour goat's milk soap into cubes. This helps the soap to melt quickly and evenly.
2. Grease up your soap molds. Have your herbs and essential oils ready to go. Position everything near by to make this go as smoothly as possible.
3. Place the cubes in the large, microwaveable bowl. Heat the soap in 30 second intervals. Stirring in between each heating session. This took about 4-5 times for it all to be completely melted. Make sure to not overheat the soap.
4. Now add in the flowers, herbs, and essential oils of your choosing! Make sure to remember: LESS IS MORE with the essential oils. Stir gently and quickly.
5. Now it's time to pour! Carefully pour the soap into your pre-greased molds. I also used my spoon to help top off the molds. Place the molds somewhere safe to set. I placed mine in my pantry and let it set overnight. Your soap may set quicker or slower, depending on the humidity of where you live. I suggest just letting it set overnight to be on the safe side.
6. The next day, gently pop out those beauties! If you're using the plastic molds, I suggest placing the molds in the freezer for 10-15 minutes first. Then, gently press on the back of the molds and the soaps will pop out quite easily.
There you go! Now you can whip up your very own homemade goat's milk soap! The options are endless! How cool is that?! Let me know how it goes and I'd love to see pictures of how they've turned out!
I love wrapping mine up in pretty butcher's paper and twine for gift giving. Just make sure to wrap it in a plastic candy sack first to prevent the oils from changing the color of the butcher paper.
I keep my soaps in a dry and cool place, unwrapped for storing.