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Goat Tallow Soap Recipe

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I've decided to share my goat tallow soap recipe because the batch I made with it is finished curing and I have been using it for a few weeks now and loving it.

I've put the recipe in percentages so that you can put it in a lye calculator and adjust it to your mold.

50% Rendered Goat tallow. I use the wet method of rendering as seen in this video
20% Olive Oil
10% Sweet Almond Oil
8% Coconut Oil
7% Castor Oil
5% Shea Butter

33% Lye concentration
2% Superfat (since using a home rendered animal fat, a low superfat will help the bar not to spoil.)

I also use citric acid in the recipe at 2% of the oil weight to act as a preservative. When using citric acid, it's important to properly account for the amount of lye it will neutralize so adjust accordingly if your lye calculator doesn't do it for you. The one I linked above does. Here's a link to using citric acid in soap.

I generally do a complete water replacement with frozen goat milk, but water would work fine too.

I add Kaolin clay to all my recipes at a rate of two tsps. per pound of soap.

I have found this bar to be wonderfully hard, bubbles with a foamy, creamy lather, and is not drying to my hands.

If you make this recipe, I would love to hear your honest feedback on it, be it positive or negative! 馃槉
Wood Rectangle Art Bar soap Font

The light part of this soap is uncolored so you can see what it looks like without pigment.
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Still looks really nice
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Very interesting! I may try this down the road with beef tallow since goat tallow isn鈥檛 something I鈥檓 going to have available for awhile.
My son wanted some tallow shaving soap so for his birthday, so I got him all the ingredients and we made it together. I have leftover ingredients that I could make into some soap for myself. No reason I couldn鈥檛 use store bought goats鈥 milk, right?
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Very interesting! I may try this down the road with beef tallow since goat tallow isn鈥檛 something I鈥檓 going to have available for awhile.
My son wanted some tallow shaving soap so for his birthday, so I got him all the ingredients and we made it together. I have leftover ingredients that I could make into some soap for myself. No reason I couldn鈥檛 use store bought goats鈥 milk, right?
Just know that the properties of the soap may be very different with beef tallow. The fatty acid profile for beef fat is actually very different than a goats. ;) I don't see why you couldn't use store bought milk.
Ugh. Ya ever notice how many rules there are in soap making???
My granny used to tell me stories about her mother cooking soap in a kettle in their back yard. When it was cured and cut my granny would take it all over town and sell slices of it. I鈥檓 going to guess that my great grandmother didn鈥檛 concern herself with percentages, but people were probably blown up on a regular basis back then as well. 馃槵
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That bar looks good, Mellon! I want to make got milk soap sometime in the future. That鈥檚 gonna be a year or two. I may have to try your recipe.
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Ugh. Ya ever notice how many rules there are in soap making???
My granny used to tell me stories about her mother cooking soap in a kettle in their back yard. When it was cured and cut my granny would take it all over town and sell slices of it. I鈥檓 going to guess that my great grandmother didn鈥檛 concern herself with percentages, but people were probably blown up on a regular basis back then as well. 馃槵
Oh I know. There are so many things to consider! Switching out for beef tallow might still make a very nice bar, and it will certainly make soap, but it probably won't be the same as my bar and there may be recipes formulated for beef tallow that would be better. ;) Really cool that you had a great grandmother that did that kind of soap making!
Nice. :)
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