Everyone knows that the creams marketed in retail stores are always presented in a white incipient and certain lotions are sold under the name of “cleansing milk,” “hydrating milk” or “body milk.”
For those more in tune to the world of beauty creams these names sound like products that are sold in the cosmetics industry, but the reality is that all milk and goat’s milk in its composition is rich in lipoproteins.
Goat milk, as all milk contains fat globules that are groups of fat molecules together with proteins that give rise to a larger structure. In the case of goat’s milk this globule is very small because it is not the typical layer of fat when allowed to stand or boiled as cow’s milk does.
This is because the small fat globule is literally “too diluted” in the fluid milk and therefore does not spread easily (being naturally homogenized).
This is one of the great advantages of the digestibility of goat milk for cow’s milk and one of the reasons why goat cheese has its own unique characteristics. However, this feature is what puts goat milk at the head of the pack in raw materials of cosmetics.
How does goat milk soap work on the skin?
Goat Milk contact with the skin directly provides nutrients that are dissolved in it, but this is not its only function – goat milk goes even further. Lipoproteins help the passage of nutrients and water through the membrane epithelial cells that carry nutrients and water within the cells of the skin itself. This is the reason why skin gets so soft after using goat milk soap rather than conventional soaps.
Therefore goat milk cosmetics not only act to nourish the chemical composition of the skin, but rather accompany and introduce nutrients into the cell. This virtue makes it especially effective in damaged skin and allergic reactions that have altered skin physiology and metabolism.
Other important ingredients are the alpha hydroxy acids, minerals and vitamins, which help cellular nutrition. The more fat in the milk the better for extraction purposes of making the soap.
How can I make goat milk soap?
Goat milk soap is commonly used and its action can be felt from the moment it is applied to the skin. It is also a project that requires a very small investment of money and the process is simple.
In reality handmade soaps goat milk are especially recommended for sensitive skin, the allergic, children or those who have a skin condition, helping the recovery or protection against infection, but can be used on a daily basis by anyone wishing to have softer skin.
Goat milk soap presents an important paradox. In the fact of wanting to preserve the maximum amount of milk lipoprotein it goes against the very essence of soap making: the saponification or destruction of the fat molecule.
The process of making soap is no more than taking a fat adding a strong alkali (soda or potash) and to wait for this break down fat in its most primitive form (fatty acid and glycerin).With this perspective it is easy to see that soap based goat milk is a paradox because we have to protect lipoproteins from the action of alkali, but this should act to produce the saponification reaction with the fat base.
This dilemma is resolved by means of temperature control and preparation of pre-milk soap making through simple measures. Therefore we can say that the soap from goat milk can be made easily and successfully, for anyone who wants to diversify the production of dairy products.
What ingredients are needed to make goat milk soap?
The three key ingredients for the manufacture of soap based on goat milk are:
A fat or oil for saponification (olive oil or almond or sunflower oil or margarine, etc)
A strong alkali (soda or potash commercial)
Containers and equipment resistant to heat and corrosion (glass, steel or plastic, particularly resistant to high temperatures)
With these three ingredients we can produce a soap base which can be changed by adding other essential oils, aromas, colors, herbs, … as well as the mass of the soap is thick before maturity, can be introduced into the molds with ways that one wishes to achieve truly attractive presentations.
The starting materials to make goat milk are cheap and do not require much investment.
How long does it take to make goat milk soap?
The goat milk soap making requires a manipulation of a chemical reaction that has to turn fat, through the action of soda or potash, in a fatty acid and glycerin thus cone room temperature factors and fat with what you are working directly affect the working time.
Experience is also a factor that helps reduce the time spent on the development but in general we can say that if we have all ingredients prepared and have the necessary materials in two or three hours we can produce a batch of soap. In the making of goat milk soap bear in mind that the soap cannot be used immediately. You need a maturation period of at least 4-6 weeks to complete its full saponification and inactivation of alkali, which is very corrosive to the skin.
We can therefore conclude that goat milk soap making in its initial step takes a matter of hours, but maturation is a matter of weeks for goat milk soap.
How much time can goat milk soap be stored without any deterioration of the soap?
Well-crafted goat milk soap does not deteriorate over time, and requires a minimum of maturation. If kept covered and in a dry place goat milk soap can last over three years without being altered and retain all the skin nourishing properties.