Consumer behavior has turned a full circle. In the initial stages, people relied on natural products for their daily use. Be it brushing their teeth to using soap for cleaning their bodies to eating healthy food, they used natural ingredients for preparation. Advancement in science and technology weaned them away and chemicals started making their presence felt in all activities. Now, thankfully people have realized the dangers posed by chemicals and are switching back to the natural methods of treatment. Goat milk soap is one such ingredient finding its way back into the fold.
Danger of Using Harmful Chemicals
Natural products take time for preparation whereas synthetic products are easy to manufacture. They are economical too, as far as production costs are concerned. However, the synthetic products are dangerous in the sense that they use harmful chemicals as supplements. These chemicals interfere with the natural mechanism of the human body and cause irreparable harm. They have the capability of causing life-threatening diseases such as cancer. Soap is one item people use on a regular basis. Harsh chemicals used in the preparation of soap can have a direct bearing on the health of the user. Hence, there is a need for switching back to the natural products like preparing soap from goat milk and so on.
Benefits of Using Goat Milk Soap
Natural products do not have many side effects. In addition to being a natural product by itself, the ingredients that go into the preparation of goat milk soap are natural too. There are many benefits of using this natural product. We shall concentrate on at least six such benefits.
Stop Skin Aging
Goat milk soap has a high content of alpha-hydroxy acid such as lactic acid. The alpha-hydroxy acids have a peculiar function. They assist in breaking down of the dead skin cells and remove them from the surface of the skin. This leaves the new cells on the surface making the skin appear youthful and vibrant.
Absence of Chemicals
The usual soap available on the supermarket shelves contains harmful chemicals to break down the dead cells. They can cause a lot of harm to the skin. They induce a condition called chemical burn. Goat milk soap uses alpha hydroxyl acids. These acids work along with the skin and nourish them.
The goat’s milk contains lot of fat molecules. This can reduce skin inflammation largely. The cream in the goat’s milk acts as a moisturizer. It soothes the dry and damaged skin and has an anti-inflammatory effect.
Full of Vitamins
Goat’s milk contains many vitamins such as Vitamin D, C, B1, B6, and E. These vitamins are vital for growth of the skin cells and are absorbed in the body.
Synthetic based soaps can cause various skin allergies because of certain harsh chemicals. Goat milk soap is less allergenic than these chemical soaps. Goat milk contains natural emollients and triglycerides acting as a natural moisturizer.
Effective Cure for Acne
Goat’s milk has anti-bacterial properties. This delays the growth of the microbial organisms. This stops the spread of acne. This milk can treat other skin problems too. The pH level of goat milk is very close to our skin’s pH level. This can protect the skin from invading bacteria.
How is Goat Milk Soap Different from Other Soaps?
Goat milk contains many vitamins, enzymes, minerals, unsaturated fatty acids, and other nutrients required for revitalizing dehydrated skin. The presence of Vitamin A slows down the aging process. It also prevents thickening of the skin. The zinc present in goat’s milk helps in the reconstruction of the collagen fibers. It also helps in maintaining the elasticity of the skin. Goat milk soap is a natural moisturizer. Natural products go into the manufacture of this soap. Hence, there are no side effects in case one uses this soap. Goat milk contains alpha hydroxy acids. These acids neutralize the free radicals and help with keeping the skin wrinkle free and younger.
What Contributes to the Brown Color of the Soap?
The soap making process involves the combination of the lye along with the goat milk fats and proteins. This lye makes the sodium salts made from the organic fatty acids darker in color. This is the natural color of goat milk soap. The process does not use any artificial coloring agent to change the natural color of the soap.
How do You Make Goat Milk Soap?
The manufacturing of this soap is on a small scale as well as on a large-scale basis. We shall have a deep study of the goat’s milk soap recipe and understand its manufacturing process.
You should understand that goat milk has many vitamins and proteins necessary for healthy skin. The soap made from this milk can turn out to be very creamy and lather well.
You need a mold to shape the soap. You can use an acrylic or a wooden mold. However, acrylic molds work the best. Goat milk soap is naturally brown in color. You can use certain material to make it creamy white. You can understand how as the process gets deeper.
You can use the soap making kit to make the soap. The following items form part of the soap making kit. You can make a 5-pound soap cake with these ingredients.
Olive oil – 26.5 ounces
Palm kernel oil – 5.3 ounces
Rice bran oil – 5.3 ounces
Coconut oil – 5.3 ounces
Shea butter – 5.3 ounces
Palm oil – 2.65 ounces
Castor oil – 2.65 ounces
Eucalyptus oil 0.99 – ounces
Spearmint oil – 1.83 ounces
Goat’s milk – 20 ounces
The other main ingredients for soap making, the lye, and distilled water are not available in this kit. These ingredients are available at the local retail store. You should also ensure you get an acrylic mold. You should ensure that the batch remains cool throughout. This explains the use of the acrylic mold in place of the wooden mold. In case the batch heats up, it can result in discoloration.
Once you have the ingredients, we can now go into the details of the goat’s milk soap recipe.
Creation of the Lye Solution
You can create your own lye solution. You have to replace the water content with goat milk. Hence, you have to dissolve the lye in the goat’s milk instead of water. The main step is to freeze the goat’s milk for this purpose. Fresh goat milk is better. However, in case the same is not easily available, you can use goat milk powder too.
You should have a bowl filled with ice water ready with you. Measurement is very important. You have to measure the content of goat milk exactly. You can use 20 ounces of frozen goat milk for this purpose. Measure 203 grams of lye and pour it into the goat milk. You have to ensure that you keep the container of goat milk in the ice water to maintain the coolness. The heat produced from the addition of the lye will melt the goat milk.
Use a silicone spatula to stir the mixture. You should measure the temperature of the mixture at regular intervals. You should ensure that the temperature of the mixture does not exceed 100 degrees. Overheating of the milk can cause discoloration and an undesirable smell. You have to add all the measured lye in this manner slowly.
Measuring and Melting the Oils
This forms the second step of the recipe for making goat milk soap. You have to use the exact measurement as indicated above. You should use a stainless steel soap pot for measuring the oils. Once you add all the oils, you should allow the mixture to melt. Hence, you have to set the oven burner at a low temperature. You should ensure not to overheat the oils.
Preparation of Additives
By the time the oil mixture melts, you can have your additives ready. You should measure the exact quantities of the eucalyptus oil and the spearmint oil into a container. Accuracy of weight is very important for the perfect formation of soap. You should add these ingredients to impart a pleasant smell to your goat milk soap.
Cooling the Melted Oils
Once the oils have melted, you should ensure that they cool down to about 80 degrees to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. You should also ensure that the lye solution is also in a similar range of temperature.
Actual Process of Soap Making
This is the main stage of the goat’s milk soap recipe. You should pour the lye solution into the oils stirring the mixture all the time. Ensure an even texture and color before stirring thoroughly. You should keep on stirring until you reach a light trace. Test for the trace by adding a small bit of the soap batter into the mixture. The batter should settle on top for a brief period before settling down into the mixture. Once this happens, your trace is perfect. Now you can add the essential oils to the blend. It will give out a pleasant smell. Keep on stirring until the mixture has an even texture.
Giving Shape to the Mixture
The time is ripe for pouring the mixture into the acrylic mold. You should ensure that the temperature remains cool. You can use ice containers to cool down the mixture in case the temperature rises.
Removing the Solid Soap and Cutting it
This is the final phase of the goat’s milk soap recipe. It will take about twenty-four hours for the soap to solidify. You can then remove the solid goat milk soap from the acrylic mold and cut it into perfect shapes as per your requirement.
Drying the Soap
The soap requires drying for a period of around 6 to 8 weeks. This allows the excess liquid to evaporate and you would have a solid long-lasting bar of goat milk soap in your hands.
Using the Soap
You have manufactured a natural soap cake in your home. You can use this soap and notice the difference between chemical soap and natural soap.
Many Fragrances to Choose from
Goat milk soap is available in about sixty-five different fragrances. You can choose from fruity, floral, or even spicy fragrances. Goat milk has a very long ancient history of use as a skin-cleansing agent. Egyptian folklore has examples of the mythical Cleopatra bathing in pure goat milk to improve her beauty.
The skin is a very sensitive organ in the human body. Pollution can cause skin ailments. The chemicals present in soap accentuate the problem rather than providing relief. The need of the hour is to use soap with natural ingredients. Goat milk has tremendous therapeutic qualities for curing skin ailments. You can cure acne, psoriasis, eczema and various other skin ailments.
Goat milk has lactic acid in good quantities. Lactic acid is very good for the skin. The soaps available in the market use sodium lauryl sulfate. This compound can cause skin irritations and can even corrode the skin. You should use natural products as much as possible. The chemically prepared soaps are no doubt cheap. You should remember that your health should not be subject to any compromise whatsoever.
Scientific research is witness to the therapeutic effects of goat milk as a skin-cleansing agent of high repute. The natural uncontaminated goat milk is the best ingredient for manufacturing of the highest quality of natural soap. You have seen how to prepare the soap from natural ingredients. It is a very simple process. You should see to it that the next time you reach out to buy soap and ensure you select soap made from the richness of goat milk.
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