Since Mother's Day is near and I think this is a perfect gift idea - I thought I would bring back one of my all time favorite project - sharing with you how I made homemade goats milk soap.

But first, I have to make a confession.

I am a scent snob.

I try not to be, but it is true.

I bring home all kind of things that smell yummy in the store, but when I get home…, well my sister always gets them.

But there are two scents I love always.

Lemon Verbena and Lavender.

And if they are mixed – even better.

So I decided I would try my hand at making my own soap – in my favorite scents.

And if it is going to smelly yummy, it may as well feel yummy too, so I made it with goats milk soap ingredients.

And it could not have been any easier.

To start with here is what you need:


Goats Milk Soap Suspension formula, soap fragrance of your choice and soap molds.

(Update - I found all of my materials at a major craft retailer - but I am sure they can also be found online)

I chose to also use a soap stamp to make them pretty and added dried lavender for more scent and prettiness.

I found all of my ingredients and supplies at a major craft store.

Step 1:

Cut the soap formula into smaller squares and place it in a microwavable container with a spout. Microwave for about 40 seconds and then keep adding in 10 second increments until it is melted. I used a spoon to mix along the way. (be sure to check the timing on melting on your product as it may differ from mine).

Step 2:

Add a few drops of scented oil and lavender (optional). I kept adding and stirring until it smelled to the level of scent I wanted.


Step 3:

Add a small amount of the mixture into the mold to adhere the stamp to the bottom – with the pattern facing up.


Step 4:

Fill the molds to the desired depth. Make sure you are working on a flat surface to that it will set-up flat.


Step 5:

Wait. In about 40 minutes it should be set up. I put mine in the fridge once it was most of the way set to speed the process. Slowly pull away the sides of the mold from the soap and begin to pry away the bottom. To remove the pattern stamp, I used a knife to cut the edge from the soap and carefully pried it off.

As you can see, the added lavender floats to the top of the mold, which is the bottom of the soap.


And that is it – now you have custom homemade goats milk soap.


Add some twine, some lavender sprigs and place them in a pretty container – and you have a perfect gift.


And if you really want to make it a special gift – you could another bath related item.

Update - I would also wrap the soaps in either paper or a pretty plastic bag to keep it from turning color.

I love the simple and utilitarian design of these wooden toothbrushes. And they are each numbered to remind you when to change or to keep from confusion between family members as to who’s toothbrush is who's.

Thanks so much for reading and happy soap making!



April 30, 2014 — Laura Putnam