Just a pinch of rose clay tints these a pale pink color, while exfoliating crushed walnut shells give each bar a pretty mottled texture.

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rose goat milk soap
Olivia Kanaley Inman

This idea comes from our friend Olivia Kanaley Inman. Rich, creamy, and subtly scented with rose water, these goat milk soaps use the approachable melt and pour soapmaking method and come together easily for gifting or stocking the guest bath. Powdered goat's milk, along with almond oil and a creamy soap base create a moisture-rich bar, that we scented with food grade rose water (look for it in the baking aisle at health food stores). Just a pinch of rose clay tints these a pale pink color, while exfoliating, finely crushed walnut shells give each bar a pretty mottled texture.

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What you need

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How to do it

Part 1

rose goat milk soap stir
Step 1

In a small bowl, combine 5 tablespoons rose water, 1/4 teaspoon rose clay and 2 1/2 tablespoons powdered goat milk. Whisk thoroughly until the powdered ingredients are fully dissolved in the rose water. Set aside.

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rose goat milk soap step 2
Step 2

Cut a 1 pound block of soap base into 1-inch square cubes and place in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 15 seconds and stir. Repeat at intervals of 10 seconds until completely melted, making sure that the soap does not boil. Add the mixture from Step 1, along with 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil.

rose goat milk soap process
Step 3

Add 4 teaspoons of crushed walnut shells to the melted mixture, and whisk to combine. Whisk continuously until the mixture cools to between 125 and 135 degrees. It will thicken slightly, and allow the crushed walnut shells to remain evenly suspended in the soap.

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rose goat milk soap mold
Step 4

Immediately pour the mixture into the silicone mold, and spritz the surface of the soap with isopropyl alcohol to remove any air bubbles. Allow the soap to cool and harden completely before removing from mold. Slice into 4 bars.

Comments (3)

How difficult was this project?
Anonymous
July 24, 2021
Difficulty: Kind of Easy
I’m wondering about substitutions you could suggest for Almond Oil and Ground Walnut Shells (for nut allergies). Thanks! I haven’t made the soap, so the required rating is just a guess from me!
Anonymous
May 29, 2021
Difficulty: Kind of Easy
The mixture was still kind of lumpy and I’m not sure how long to wait for it to cool. Do you have a rough estimate?
Anonymous
May 29, 2021
Difficulty: Kind of Easy
The mixture was still kind of lumpy and I’m not sure how long to wait for it to cool. Do you have a rough estimate?

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