Now that you have the basics down for making hand milled goats' milk soap, you may want to be more creative with your soap mixtures. To follow are my favorite recipes for making goats' milk soap.
Use these recipes as a guide for making an unlimited number of different types of hand milled soaps. Your basic staples for each recipe is a pound of hand milled soap shreds, one cup goats' milk and one cup carrier oil. Enjoy!
Peppermint - Lavender Soap: Two tablespoons of ground peppermint leaf (use a mortar and pestle if necessary to finely grind the leaf) and a few drops of lavender and peppermint essential oil. This is a great wake up soap for your morning shower or bath.
Oily Skin Healing Soap: Two tablespoons of ground lemon peel and eucalyptus leaf and a few drops of lemon essential oil. Lemon is a wonderful essential oil for oily skin. Lemon and eucalyptus both have anti-fungal and antiviral properties - good for controlling surface bacteria.
Aphrodisiac Soap: One tablespoon of ground jasmine flowers, one quarter teaspoon of very VERY finely ground almonds and a few drops of jasmine essential oil. Jasmine has long been considered an aphrodisiac. In Ancient Egypt women rolled jasmine flowers in their hair prior to retiring for the evening.
Remembrance Soap: One tablespoon of thyme, one tablespoon of ground chamomile flowers and a few drops of rosemary essential oil. Rosemary is the essential oil of Remembrance and is widely used at weddings. Chamomile is consecrated to St. Anne - the mother of the Virgin. Thyme is added for its antiseptic properties.
Flower of Flowers Soap: One tablespoon ground rose buds and a few drops each of ylang ylang, lavender and sandalwood essential oils. Ylang ylang translates to Flower of Flowers - hence the name of this soap! The combination of the essential oils provides a light, floral feminine soap. Ylang ylang is traditionally known as a love drawing oil.
Dry Skin Soap: One tablespoon rolled oats, one teaspoon lavender flowers, 1/4 cup of rosewater, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (reduce the amount of milk and almond oil you use in the same amount) and a few drops each of lavender and geranium essential oils. Lavender and geranium are great essential oils for skin irritations. The addition of rolled oats, rosewater and coconut oil are additionally soothing.
Sea Kelp Soap: Two tablespoons of sea kelp. Sea kelp is rich in vitamins and minerals. A vitamin powerhouse, it contains iodine, iron, sodium, calcium, potassium, Vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E. Sea Kelp is classified as a brown algae. Depending on how fond you are of the smell of sea weed you might want to add Peppermint or Eucalyptus essential oil.
Soothe your Emotions: One tablespoon ground hibiscus flowers and a few drops each of lavender and geranium essential oils. Lavender is a wonderful anti-depression essential oil. Geranium balances the production of sebum, which makes it valuable for skin that is excessively oily or dry. Hibiscus flowers are well known for their soothing properties.
Protective Soap:Two tablespoons of ground juniper berries, one teaspoon of ground eucalyptus leaf and a few drops each of lemon and lavender essential oils. Juniper berries are said to banish all things injurious to good health. The addition of the eucalyptus, lemon and lavender provide calming and healing balancing properties.
Tea Tree Soap: My favorite soap to take with me when traveling, use one teaspoon each of mint, cilantro and green tea with a few drops of tea tree essential oil. Tea tree is a extremely efficient antifungal, antiseptic and antiviral essential oil. This is my most used essential oil. I use the soap and I keep a spray bottle of tea tree infused water in my bathroom to clean the sink area after getting ready each morning.
Venus Soap: One tablespoon of ground raspberry leaf and a few drops of clary sage essential oil. Raspberry is the flower of Venus. Clary sage essential oil, which has a musk-like scent is relaxing.
Disclaimer:If you are under the care of a physician or have sensitive skin, check with your health care provider before using any of the soap recipes on this page.
Also, remember that while essential oils are natural, it doesn't mean that based on your physical health and situation they can't be harmful to you. Essential oils should normally never be used undiluted and should NEVER be ingested. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from the use of any essential or carrier oil.