Not all Goat Milk Soap is Created Equal


Carrie MillerWe have all heard at one time or another how great goat milk soap is. This statement is amazingly true when produced to high standards.

Each soap maker's recipe is a bit different from one another, therefore there are some major differences in quality. Not all goat milk soap is created equal! The number one ingredient that differs is the goat's milk.

handcrafted soap
Photo by Author — Handcrafted Soap

The differences in goat's milk:

  • Some use powdered milk and water.
  • Others purchase pasteurized milk from the store.
  • A pre-made mix called a "base" may be purchased and used.
  • Some even buy someone else's goat's milk soap, shred it, melt it, add a scent, and then call it their own.
  • Then there is my personal choice. Those who raise their own goats, love them, care for them, and feed them only the best feeds.
  • Last but not least, those who purchase milk from a farmer and hope that the goats have been fed correctly.

The quality of the milk determines a large portion of how amazing the soap is going to be. When possible, Raw Goat's Milk should be used for the best quality. The feed the goats ingest also plays into the quality of the milk. If you want the best, an alfalfa-timothy mixed hay and a quality grain should be fed. Us personally, we drive over an hour away to acquire a soy free goat feed from a small family run feed mill. Why? According to, there is evidence that supports that soy products may turn on cancer causing receptors. This leads us right into the next ingredients that determine quality.

happy healthy goats
Photo by Author — Happy, healthy goats (J.J and Zoey)


Each oil chosen should be carefully hand selected to add quality properties to the soap. Cheap filler oils are just that. If you read the ingredients and spot soybean oil, vegetable oil, corn oil, rapeseed oil, or lard the soap is being produced with substandard oils. Trying to stay GMO free? Well, then you really want to avoid the above-named oils, they are often filled with GMOs. Instead look for olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, palm oil, shea butter, or coco butter. There are so many great oils why choose anything else?

12/2/2018 7:20:14 AM

I have do disagree with you on the subject of lard. Some of the best cleaning soaps I've made are traditional soaps using only lard and tallow. Properly rendered this creates a superior hard soap that will cut through any kind of grease/grime. The goats milk is for the moisturizing and conditioning qualities the milk contains. Using the more expensive oils you recommend is adding unnecessary cost for even more moisturizing/conditioning than you should need (eczema and psoriasis conditions not withstanding), and makes a softer soap that will not last as long. They may create a more "sudsy" soap, but I have found that density of the suds does not equate to a better clean. Proper saponifaction of the oils/fats is the key, and that is determined by how accurately you measure your ingredients and proper curing methods. I do agree with avoiding the other cheaper oil sources though. I have found they do not saponify as readily or reliably as lard/tallow or the better oils. One must consider also the availability of your oil sources. Homesteading means you will have a ready source of lard and/or tallow, while you must order the better oils, and most homesteaders will not be able to self-produce them without giving up valuable acreage or buying special equipment, such as heated greenhouses.

9/14/2018 9:13:34 AM

For Goat Milk Soap I used an old recipe from a book printed in 1876. I added oatmeal, and it was wonderful soap, creamy, gentle, cleansing. We had a Swiss Toggenburg that was a volume producer. So much milk from one goat, I made cheese, yoghourt, oatmeal soap, cooked/baked with the milk, and was still able to share with others. Family loved the rich creamy whole milk, said it was like drinking cream.

7/27/2018 4:30:08 PM

Glad you learned a little something Dave! Have a great weekend!

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