Goat’s milk soap is one of the most gentle soaps you can use. It is safe for babies and those with sensitive skin. And when it’s hand made using a cold process method, it is also gentle on the environment. Make your own using our proven recipe.
Joybilee Farm makes the world’s best Goat’s Milk Soap. Our customers tell us that. They say don’t ever, ever change your recipe. Its already the best. You can’t improve on it.
Packaging Goat’s Milk Soap
In 2011 we did improve on it, though. We said to ourselves, “Joybilee Farm makes the best goat’s milk soap in the world, so we should package it so that it looks like the best, too. ” We designed a new package.
The package is made of paperboard, so its biodegradable. It protects the soap from being contaminated by unwashed hands in the store. Lots of homemade soap has a cigarband type of packaging that leaves soap open to contamination — the world’s best goat’s milk soap needed to be better.
People need to be able to touch the soap and smell the soap. Our first packaging was cello bags. No one could smell the soap or touch it. It kept the soap clean. But the packaging was plastic. Plastic feels bad, it smells bad and its bad for the environment. We switched to brown candy bags. So now you could smell the soap and the soap stayed clean. But no one could see the soap or touch it.
The new boxes have a window. You can touch the soap, smell the soap and you can see the attention to detail in every bar of Joybilee Farm goat’s milk soap. Every bar is still individually embossed with “Goat’s Milk Soap” or “Hand Made” or our shampoo bar signature — a celtic heart picture.
The soap packaging is a detail that makes Joybilee Farm goat’s milk soap the best in the world. But if the soap itself was crap, no fancy packaging could redeem it. But this soap has centuries of traditional soap making behind it and 29 years of experimental tweaking that makes it the best goat’s milk soap in the world.
What our customers told us about our goat’s milk soap
Our customers tell us some things about our soap to assure us that it is really the best goat’s milk soap in the world:
1. It lasts a long, long time.
“I use your soap everyday, and the last bar that I bought a year ago, I just used the last sliver a week ago. Don’t ever change your recipe.” Most soap makers package their soap right after they make it. They don’t let it age. Soap used before the aging process is harsher on your skin, and it readily absorbs water, making the soap bar dissolve quickly.
Aging soap for weeks costs space and time. But traditional soap was aged for years before it was sold. The world’s best goat’s milk soap needs to be aged and our soap is aged for a minimum of a month and up to two years before we package it.
2. Its mild, nourishing, and moisturizing for your skin.
The best goat’s milk soap in the world is mild, nourishing and moisturizing. It has several natural vegetable oils, each adding their own lathering and moisturizing benefits so that the combination is synergisticly better than any single ingredient alone. The milk adds minerals, vitamins, enzymes and protein to your cleansing regime and your skin absorbs the nourishment.
“I just love the feel of your soap.” people tell us. “I bought some at the Farmer’s Market in Grand Forks when I was visiting and now I only use your soap. I mail order it to New York. I tried others but none are quite as good as yours.”
3. It heals your skin.
While the cheap soap that you buy at the drug store is detergent based and denatures the protein in your skin, damaging it, the World’s best goat’s milk soap heals with natural vegetable oils, glycerin and essential oils.
“My husband had chemo last year. The skin on his hands peeled. Your soap saved his hands.” — Grand Forks.
“My daughter has eczema. It went away when she started using your soap.”
“My hands crack from all the gardening. Using your soap heals the cracks and relieves the pain. I use your Hemp Hand Balm, too.”
4. It makes you feel good.
“I love the smell and the feel. It just makes me happy, ” our customers tell us. The soap smells fresh — like soap should. It doesn’t have any chemical fragrances. We only use essential oils that contribute to the healing benefits of the soap — like lavender, tea tree, peppermint oil or anise. They add antibacterial, antiviral and skin healing virtues to the World’s best goat’s milk soap. So when you hold a bar of this soap in your hand you can’t help but feel good.
Every bar is made with fresh goat’s milk that Robin milks everyday from our small herd of pasture raised Saanen Dairy Goats. The goats are well cared for. Their feed is nonGMO grains that we mix ourselves plus all the grass and browse that they forage while free ranging on our 140 acres.
The goats are contented because they have their babies with them all day, while they graze. They feed their young themselves. Lots of dairy animals are robbed of their young shortly after giving birth, so that all their milk is profit. We believe that contented, nurturing mothers produce the richest, best tasting milk. And that babies raised on their mothers milk — on demand — grow into the strongest, healthiest adults with good mothering instincts for the next generation. We trade higher milk production today for a sustainable, longer living herd in the future. When we see our goats smiling their contentment it makes us happy, too.
And richer milk from contented, pasture raised goats means a richer, more nourishing bar of soap for you and your skin.
5. The Worlds best goat’s milk soap is good for the environment.
Environmental marketing isn’t worth anything if the product is crap or the story isn’t authentic. You can come and visit Joybilee Farm and see our environmental story for yourself.
Our soap is cold processed and has a low fuel input. The minimal fuel that we use in soap production is renewable wood fire stoked with deadfalls. The World’s best goat’s milk soap is made in Boundary Country and shipped by post around the world. You can find it in the local stores — Gallery 2 in Grand Forks, Tomorrow’s Treasure in Greenwood, The Boundary Rail Museum in Midway, and Rags, Relics and Rutabagas in Rock Creek. But we don’t sell it wholesale and we don’t ship it to stores all over the world. If you want it you need to pick it up locally or mail order it from Joybilee Farm. We make mail order easy with our online shopping cart. And we’re working on making that part of getting our soap even better….
By limiting the outlets where you can buy the World’s Best Goat’s Milk Soap, we ensure that our carbon foot print is small, that we don’t overgraze our land, and that the herd of goats remains the size that one family can manage without harming ourselves, our animals or our land.
6. The World’s Best Goat’s Milk Soap is affordable
Our competitors, many of whom package detergent to look like soap, price their bars well above our prices. Or they sell for less but reduce the size of the bar, so that by weight and cost per use their soap actually ends up costing a lot more. Or they make their soaps with extra water so that the soap dissolves quickly as you use it and you have to buy more soap sooner.
We hand cut our bars of soap. The box says its 5 oz. but it can range anywhere from 4.8 ounces to 7 ounces per bar. And it lasts longer than the competition. Bigger bars mean less packaging in the long run — less trips to the store and fewer bars to buy over the long run.
The World’s Best Goat’s Milk Soap is a luxury you can afford. And while we no longer sell goat’s milk soap you can make your own soap using one of our recipes for pennies a bar.
Now YOU can make our Goat’s Milk Soap Recipe, tooPrint
The World’s Best Goat’s Milk Soap
- Prep Time: 1 hour
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 9 x 5 ounce bars 1x
- Category: Soap Making
- Method: Cold Process Soap
This easy goat’s milk soap uses a combination of water and frozen goat’s milk to create a luxurious and skin nourishing soap.
- 100 ml cold water
- 200 ml goat’s milk, frozen
- 150 grams sodium hydroxide (lye)
- 500 grams coconut oil
- 300 grams olive oil
- 200 grams castor oil
Essential oils (2%)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons lavender essential oil
While wearing safety goggles and rubber gloves, weigh lye on paper plate. Add lye to water in glass measuring cup. The lye will heat up the water and release caustic fumes. Do not breathe in the fumes.
Stir the lye in the water with a wooden spoon to completely dissolve all lye crystals. Gently add the frozen goat’s milk. The frozen milk will turn the lye solution yellow as the milk reacts with the lye and some of the milk caramelizes. Stir to dissolve the frozen milk. Allow the lye solution to reduce in temperature to 100°F to 105°F.
Meanwhile, measure the oils in an 8 cup glass measuring cup. Place the glass measuring cup in a warm place or in the microwave to fully melt the oils. Remove the oils from the heat when some of the oils remain solid and are floating on the top of the oil. Stir the oils to melt the remaining oils using residual heat. Allow the oils to cool to 100°F to 105°F.
When both the oil and the lye solution are cooled to 100°F to 105°F, pour the lye solution into the liquid oils. Use a stick blender to blend the lye solution and the oils together. Continue stirring until the mixture reaches thin trace.
At this point, stir in the lavender essential oil. Continue blending with a stick blender until the soap is well blended and a trail of soap dripped on the surface of the soap, remains on the surface. Just a few more minutes after trace.
Pour the soap recipe into a prepared mold. Scrape the sides of the bowl to get as much of the soap as possible into the mold. Cover the soap with plastic wrap or a lid, and allow to set completely.
Keep the soap warm by wrapping the mold in a towel.
The soap will go through a gel phase indicative of saponification.
Leave the soap overnight to complete saponification. In the morning remove the soap from the molds.
Cut into bars. Stack the bars on a flat surface to cure for 3 to 6 weeks before packaging it. The soap needs to fully dry and harden to complete the saponification process. This will transform the soap into a gentle and skin nourishing bar.
Soap will only take about an hour to make, but it requires a minimum of 3 weeks to fully cure before using and before packaging.
Keywords: cold processed soap, handmade soap, goat's milk soap
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Hi, where the best place to buy the soap
Ingredients from? Thanks.
Made this yesterday. I had the opposite problem than the others. My soap never thickened. 20 hours later and it’s still liquid.
Lori Matise says
How many goats did your family find manageable when you were making the soap to market on a small scale? I am in the process of thinking about animals I would like to include in my farm.
Joybilee Farm says
We milked 4 to 6 Saanens. But we milked only once a day (in the morning) and left the babies on their moms during the day. We always hand milk.
Made this exactly as per recipie. It went to trace in a few seconds. Was very difficult to pour so scooped it into the molds. After 24 hours it did unfold but was totally distorted with hundreds of air pockets. It was totally dry and very difficult to cut it. While cutting it crumbled down. Now it is in totally shattered powdered pieces with some big and small lumps.
Can this be mended? Please give me the answer in detail . Thanks
Why do you use grams and ml? I don’t know how to switch it over.
Do you weight the liquids? Water and milk, or are they by volume,
Melissa Dahl says
Where did you get the soap stamp? Thank you!
Robert Roske says
Hi. First time making soap. Batch went from trace to solid in like 30 seconds. Lye was at 100 oil 104. What went wrong?
Joybilee Farm says
It probably has to do with the temperatures of the lye and the oil portions. Oil should be warmer than the lye — 120F.
Just finished making the soap and will unmold it in the morning. I’m a little concerned because it went from thin trace to thick very quickly and it wasn’t pourable, but I was able to get it in the molds. Just hoping there aren’t a ton of air pockets 🙂 #hopeful
Camille Shantell Young says
I’m new to soap making, still doing my research, wanting to start with something simple but good. My daughter’s eczema has me researching all kinds of things during this pandemic and your title definitely got my attention. I’m anxious to try it, my first endeavor.
please tell me how much the price of one goat milk soap.
I reockn you are quite dead on with that.