Basic Goat Milk Soap Recipe: Soothing and Rejuvenating!

Goat milk as an additive to skin care products has long been used to sooth and solve skin issues.  Raw goat milk in high in vitamins and minerals, in particularly vitamin A, which aids in repairing damaged skin. It is also naturally rich in caprylic acid, which soothes and rejuvenates skin. Lactic acid (an alpha-hydroxy acid) is also present in goat milk which removes dead skin cells and is believed to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. Goat milk soap is very gentle on the skin and is perfect for people who suffer from eczema, delicate, or dry skin. We have our own goat milk and one way of dealing with excess milk is to freeze it and later use it in body products such as this.

Soap-making is a skill everyone should learn.  It is easy, fun, environmentally friendly, economical and practical.  Once I began making soap, I soon discovered that you can replace the water in any recipe with goat milk, 1:1.  This allowed me to use my own goat milk to create recipes and products of high quality for a very low cost.

This recipe is a simple one.  Coconut oil, sustainably-produced palm oil and olive oil are all easy to find ingredients. You can substitute the goat milk for plain distilled water if you wish.

This recipe is meant as an ingredient list and basic directions for experienced soap-makers.  Click here for a complete photo tutorial with explicit directions.

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

•26.5 oz. Olive oil Pomace
•16.5 ounces Coconut oil
•10 oz. Sustainably sourced Palm Kernal oil
•209 grams Lye
•2.7 oz. Essential oils of your choice
•20 oz. goat milk frozen in ice cube sized chunks.

Directions:

  1. Prepare your mold.
  2. Combine and melt olive oil, coconut oil and palm oil to 115F.
  3. VERY slowly, pour measured lye into semi-thawed (slushy) goat milk.  Stir constantly.  Measure temperature constantly.  If milk heats up too fast it will turn orange and scorch, so do this step very slowly.  Ideally you will get your lye mixture up to about 115F.
  4. Combine lye mixture with oils when temperatures are the same (between 105-115F).
  5. Using a stick blender, blend combination until product reaches trace.
  6. Add any essential oils, dried herbs etc at trace.
  7. Pour into mold. Cover mold with either plastic wrap or cardboard.
  8. Cover with towels to prevent cooling too quickly.
  9. 24 hours later, cut into bars.
  10. Set bars on towel in warm, dry location away from direct sunlight.  Let them “saponify” for at least 4 weeks.

Enjoy!

 

*Most ingredients can be found in natural health food stores and/or soap making supply stores.  Alternatively, ingredients can be ordered online from Mountain Rose Herbs: “Exceptional quality certified organic herbs and spices, with a strict emphasis on sustainable agriculture.” By clicking on the links above you can buy directly from Mountain Rose Herbs.  I have an affiliate program with them and make a small percentage of sales made that are re-directed from my site.

This post has been linked to Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways #76, Waste Not, Want Not Wednesdays, Wildcrafting Wednesdays #92, and From The Farm Blog Hop #36.

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Top Posts of 2012: DIY Tutorials Rule The Roost!

After reviewing the most viewed, shared and commented on posts from My Healthy Green Family, it is clear that do-it-yourself tutorials and recipes rule the roost!   Here they are, in order.

#1. Washing My Hair With Baking Soda

#2. Homemade All Natural Deodorant with Men and Women’s Fragrances

#3. Homemade Borax-Free Laundry Detergent with Price and Product Comparisons

#4. Homemade Borax-Free Dishwasher Detergent

#5. 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread That Rises Like White!

#6. Plastic Wrap Alternative: DIY Beeswax Cotton Wraps

#7. Homemade Citrus Vinegar Cleaner

#8. To Can or Not To Can? BPA Is the Question

#9. Whipped Body Butter with 2 Simple Ingredients

#10. DIY Faux Paper Towels: Upcycled, Eco-friendly and Cheap!

For more eco-friendly and economical tutorials check out My Healthy Green Family’s DIY Recipes page.

Thanks for all your encouragement, ideas and support over the year!  Watch for more tutorials coming soon.  See you in 2013!

 

3 Last Minute DIY Body Product Gift Ideas on the Cheap.

Need a last minute gift for someone who enjoys all natural body products? Don’t have a lot of money to spend?  Want to quickly make it yourself?  Check out these three recipes for spa-quality products made from easy to find ingredients, some of which you will already have in your pantry!   They make great stocking stuffers or put them  together in a basket and you’ll have a fantastic gift.

Decadent Whipped Body Butter for thirsty skin

You can easily spend $20 on a 3 oz container of all natural body butter.  Make this one for a fraction of the price!

Chai Spice Body Scrub and more!

A 15 oz. all natural sugar scrub can cost up to $34 for a container.  Make the equivalent product in less than 5 minutes for less than $1.

Chocolate Chip Mint, Honey Vanilla, or Sweet Almond Lip Balm

You can buy 1 tube of organic lip balm for $8.  You can make 3 of them for much less than that!!

Need more convincing?  Check out 100% Pure products to see the price comparisons.  They have delicious products, but you can make products of equal quality and effectiveness for a fraction of the price.  And who doesn’t love homemade gifts!  Merry Christmas!

 This post has been shared on Homestead Barn Hop 92., Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways#58, Waste Not, Want Not #10, Homestead Abundance #2, Farm Girl Blog Fest #14 and Wildcrafting Wednesday #68.

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Plastic Wrap Alternative: DIY Beeswax Cotton Wraps

Plastic Wrap Alternative: DIY Beeswax Cotton Wraps

I was first introduced to beeswax-coated cotton wraps when someone gave me one made locally They quickly became an important part of our food storage regime. They are beautiful, functional, reusable, economical and eco-friendly.  And, as I soon discovered, not difficult to make.

I have been trying to cut back our kitchen plastic usage for years.  I don’t trust plastic especially when it is holding food, and it is simply NOT sustainable.  I replaced all my plastic storage containers and zip lock bags with glass or stainless steel ones.  Other than the cost, those weren’t too difficult to switch over to.  The item that I had a greater challenge replacing was plastic wrap.  The convenience is difficult to replace.  These beeswax wraps, however, have single handedly eliminated plastic wrap from my kitchen.  They are great for wrapping cheese, covering dishes, or folding into snack bags.  They can even be sewn into small snack bags to be used at school or work if desired.

Plastic wrap (I used Saran wrap) is a wasteful, single-use, petroleum product that I am convinced is not an acceptable part of natural living.  When used to store or heat food, plastic leaches toxins into our food that we then consume.  Many studies have now proven that BPA, a chemical that is in many plastics, causes a number of unacceptable health issues in those who consume food products in contact with it.  All plastics contain chemicals, and some are not well-studied to prove their safety. Plastic wrap is no exception.  Beeswax cotton wraps provide a safe and effective alternative.

We have beeswax available all the time since we keep honey bees.  Beeswax is 100% natural, non-toxic, and relatively inexpensive.  I use it in my body product recipes such as hand lotions, body butters, deodorant and balms.  It is water-repellent and has natural antibacterial properties.  When applied to cotton, it renders the cotton “unbreathable” which helps maintain the proper moisture content when storing food.  These qualities make it a great candidate for a plastic wrap alternative.

When choosing your fabric, use 100% cotton (organic is preferable).  The ideal thickness is a sheeting cotton.  (Think, your bed sheets or pillow case).  You can reuse old sheets or pillow cases, or you can choose beautiful fabrics for fun.

If you would rather purchase these wraps made in North America by a sustainable company and priced reasonably, click here.

Materials

  • beeswax, grated (or pellets).  I use about 0.5 oz. of beeswax per wrap
  • 100% cotton fabric, cut to appropriate size (12×12 in. or 8×8 in. works for us)
  • old cookie sheet (that will be used for this purpose only, forever after)
  • paintbrush (that will be used for this purpose only, forever after)
  • chop stick for stirring the wax as it melts
  • cheese grater (used exclusively for beeswax)
  • a make-shift clothesline and clothes pins
  • oven

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 185F.  (Higher will burn the wax.  I know from experience…)
  2. Place pre cut fabric on cookie sheet.
  3. Sprinkle evenly and lightly with grated beeswax.  You don’t need a lot!
  4. Place in preheated oven.  Watch carefully!  This should take 5 minutes or less.
  5. As soon as the beeswax is just melted, remove from oven.
  6. Spread wax evenly with paintbrush to cover over any spots that are not yet coated.
  7. Hang on makeshift clothes line with clothes pegs, to dry.  Once cooled, you can use it!

Notes

  • If your wax starts to harden before you have evenly spread it, simply reheat it in the oven and try again.
  • This recipe uses less than 1 oz. of beeswax per sheet.
  • If you have a lot of wax left on the cookie sheet, place another piece of fabric on empty cookie sheet and it will absorb the extra wax.
  • All of the supplies except the beeswax can be purchased cheaply at thrift stores and can be used again for other DIY projects involving beeswax.  Purchase the beeswax through Mountain Rose Herbs, a trusted company carrying all sorts of ingredients for body products.
  • Wash in cool water with a mild soap.  I use liquid castile soap.
  • Each wrap will last several months or more depending on usage.

This post has been linked to Frugally Sustainable’s Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways #54, Fresh Eggs Daily: Farm Girl Blog Hop #10, Homestead Revivial’s Barn Hop # 89, 116th Wildcrafting Wednesday and Real Food Forager’s Fat Tuesday November 20th.