Make your shower routine more luxurious with a bar of homemade milk and honey soap. This easy DIY soap is made without handling lye and is perfect for beginner soap makers. Made with goats milk, honey, kefir, turmeric and plenty of skin soothing essential oils. This rich, creamy soap is fun for all ages to create and makes a unique gift.

DIY Milk and Honey Soap

Summer is a time of bounty. Fresh tomatoes, ripe off the vine. A bounty of blueberries to make jams and crisps. Then there are cumbers, peppers, fresh raspberries to make pie and even an abundance of eggs.

As with most things on our homestead, summer time is the season of plentifulness. It is a time where things grow and thrive. And I’m not just talking about the veggies. Fruits, herbs, animals and insects also prosper during these warm months.

Searching through my shelves the other day, I discovered we needed to replenish our jar of homemade soap. A quick trip to my trunk of natural soap making supplies showed that there were many wonderful ingredients to make a variety of all-natural soaps. I could make my favorite calendula and oatmeal soap but I was in a creative mood and wanted to try something new.

Given it is the season of abundance, I wanted to craft a soap that used seasonal items. And what better way to add in items that abound in the summer like honey, lavender and turmeric.

This easy melt and pour soap recipe is made with a combination of soap bases, including goats milk and shea butter, a dash of oats for exfoliation, a healthy splash of orange essential oil and a few drops of lavender oil. Honey, a lovely product from the beehive, makes an excellent addition to this soap recipe for its antibacterial properties and ability to increase the soap lather. Turmeric is a fantastic herb that is known to reduce inflammation. Added into the melt and pour soap recipe, it gives the soap a beautiful light yellow color.

My favorite ingredient in this milk and honey soap is the kefir. Kefir, well known for its wondrous probiotic qualities and ability to support the gut, is also an excellent choice for skin care. It has been known to rid the skin of toxins, treat skin irritations and reduce redness. However, if you do not have kefir on hand, you can simply swap out the kefir milk for water.

Homemade Goats Milk Soap Recipe

Nourish and hydrate your skin with a bar of handcrafted milk and honey soap. Created with two types of soap bases, kefir, honey and oatmeal, this melt and pour soap recipe is such a fun and useful craft to create. Scented with orange and lavender essential oils.

Makes: 7 bars of soap (depending on the mold you use)

Ingredients

2 tsp kefir milk*
15 oz (425 g) goats milk soap base
3 oz (85 g) shea butter soap base
1 tsp honey
1 tsp finely ground rolled oats
1 tsp orange essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil 
1/8 tsp turmeric powder, optional
Soap mold (I got mine from Hobby Lobby)

How to Make Melt and Pour Soap

To make the melt and pour soap, chop the goat’s milk soap base along with the shea butter soap base into small 1” cubes. In a heatproof glass bowl, add both of the soap bases and set on top of a saucepan with a few inches of water inside the pan. This will be our makeshift double boiler. Turn the stove heat to medium low.

Once the cubes begin to melt, add the turmeric powder, if using. Gently stir powder into soap. Loosely cover the bowl with a plate or heatproof lid. Turn the heat to low and infuse the turmeric powder for 25 minutes to give the soap a light cream color. Stir occasionally.

While the soap is melting, add the oatmeal to a spice or coffee grinder and blend into a fine powder.

Once the soap has melted and the turmeric powder has adequately infused, remove the bowl from heat. Stir in the oatmeal, honey, kefir milk and orange and lavender essential oils.

Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes or until the temperature is around 130° F. This will help prevent the oatmeal mixture from falling to the bottom of the soap.

Pour the soap into your favorite silicone mold. Let settle and cool in a dry place for 1-2 hours or until solidified. 

Unmold and enjoy! Store away extra bars in a cool, dry place. Or wrap tightly and give away as a birthday or Christmas gift!

Tips for Success

*If you don’t have any kefir milk, you can substitute it for water.

Making soap at home is easy! Try out some of my other favorite melt and pour soap recipes:

Sweet Autumn Spice Melt and Pour Soap

Vanilla Mocha Homemade Melt and Pour Soap

Gardener’s Soap

Yield: 7 bars

Milk and Honey Melt & Pour Soap

Milk and Honey Melt & Pour Soap

Make your shower routine more luxurious with a bar of homemade milk and honey soap. This easy DIY soap is made without handling lye and is perfect for beginner soap makers. Made with goats milk, honey, kefir, turmeric and plenty of skin soothing essential oils. This rich creamy soap is fun for all ages to create and makes a unique gift.

Materials

  • 2 tsp kefir milk*
  • 15 oz (425 g) goats milk soap base
  • 3 oz (85 g) shea butter soap base
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp finely ground rolled oats
  • 1 tsp orange essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric powder, optional
  • Soap mold (I got mine from Hobby Lobby)

Instructions

  1. To make the melt and pour soap, chop the goat’s milk soap base along with the shea butter soap base into small 1” cubes. In a heatproof glass bowl, add both of the soap bases and set on top of a saucepan with a few inches of water inside the pan. This will be our makeshift double boiler. Turn the stove heat to medium low.
  2. Once the cubes begin to melt, add the turmeric powder, if using. Gently stir powder into soap. Loosely cover the bowl with a plate or heatproof lid. Turn the heat to low and infuse the turmeric powder for 25 minutes to give the soap a light cream color. Stir occasionally.
  3. While the soap is melting, add the oatmeal to a spice or coffee grinder and blend into a fine powder.
  4. Once the soap has melted and the turmeric powder has adequately infused, remove the bowl from heat. Stir in the oatmeal, honey, kefir milk and orange and lavender essential oils.
  5. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes or until the temperature is around 130° F. This will help prevent the oatmeal mixture from falling to the bottom of the soap.
  6. Pour the soap into your favorite silicone mold. Let settle and cool in a dry place for 1-2 hours or until solidified. 
  7. Unmold and enjoy! Store away extra bars in a cool, dry place. Or wrap tightly and give away as a birthday or Christmas gift!

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