Homemade Goat Milk Soap for Acne-Free and Supple Skin

Goat milk soap - Dr. Axe

The fact that beauty products are wreaking havoc on our skin and bodies is finally getting some attention. The things we put on our bodies are not unlike the things we put in our bodies.

First, anything you put on your body seeps right through your skin — so that’s why I believe in a natural skin care routine, as you really ARE putting it in your body. Second, just like processed foods, beauty products are made to last, often using the cheapest ingredients and chemicals to help them have a longer shelf life. So basically, whatever you rub onto your skin, your face, your hands … it goes right into the body where it can cause cancer and interrupt your endocrine system and more.

Though that may sound like doom and gloom (since we all use beauty products every single day from our shampoo to our lotions and makeup, to the hand and facial soap we have at our bathroom or kitchen sink), it doesn’t have to be so difficult.

Goat milk soap is a great alternative that can offer not only a chemical-free option, but generously provides a few more benefits, including anti-aging. Of course, consuming goat milk can certainly help too, but why not give your skin the thirst-quenching benefits of goat milk, from a well-made quality goat milk soap, right on the surface of the skin? (1

4 Benefits of Goat Milk Soap

1. Helps You Look Younger

Goat milk has this amazing ability to help provide a youthful appearance and who doesn’t want that? It works because it contains a good amount of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA), such as lactic acid that help break down the dead skin cells. When you remove the dead skin, you immediately gain a glow to the surface of the skin because it smooths it out and that can offer a more youthful appearance.

My wife says this helps her makeup go on much more evenly. Alpha hydroxy acid is nothing new and can be found in tons of products such as body creams, sunscreens, acne products, shampoos and more, but again, it’s the natural chemical-free product that you want. Alpha hydroxy acids are really great at exfoliating and with that process, they increase blood flow to the skin, give your face and skin the much-needed rejuvenation it longs for, and ultimately help minimize fine lines and wrinkles. (2

2. Is An Anti-inflammatory

Goat milk has the ability to reduce skin inflammation because it contains a fat molecule that not only moisturizes the skin, but possesses anti-inflammatory characteristics. A study was conducted regarding the use of goat milk, in particular because of the numerous reports of digestive issues and allergic reactions to cow milk. (3)

Even though the study focuses on the internal consumption, the external application can greatly benefit, too. The study points out that goat milk is able to provoke a release of anti-inflammatory cytokines, which help signal the cells by providing a stronger immune response. So, even though drinking or eating products that contain goat milk can have a direct effect, when you put it on your skin, the skin soaks up those benefits as well.

3. Can Help Treat Acne-Prone Skin

Goat milk unlike cow’s milk, may help treat acne-prone skin. It contains special properties that can offer a sort of exfoliation for the skin. The exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells, that if not removed can cause your skin pores to clog, causing unwanted acne to surface.

Additionally, goat milk contains antibacterial properties that can eliminate and even prevent acne altogether, and it can even help reduce swelling and itching that acne can cause. (4

4. Works for Dry Skin

Goat milk offers some hydrating benefits, especially for anyone with dry skin. Because the pH levels of goat milk are the same as the human epidermis, it can moisturize while cleansing and possibly eliminating any acne-causing bacteria. In addition, it contains some beneficial nutrients that offers a supple complexion. Vitamin A is famous for the help it provides to repair damaged skin tissue.

Of course, vitamin A reduces fine lines and wrinkles but can also provide relief to anyone suffering from psoriasis symptoms. A lot of other soaps are water-based and often do not contain the vitamins and natural hydration qualities required for healthy skin. But goat milk soap is chock-full of skin-nourishing goodness like vitamin D, C, B1, B6, B12 and E, all of which are absorbed into the body when applied without the harshness of detergents, alcohol, dyes, petroleum and other chemical-based ingredients. (5

Now that we have learned why goat milk is so good for your skin, it’s time to give it a try. Soap making does not have to be hard, but it can take some practice, so be patient. Try this nourishing goat milk soap recipe right at home.

How to Make Goat Milk Soap

The easiest and safest way to make your own goat milk soap at home is using a goat milk melt and pour soap base. It can be hard to find a natural melt and pour soap base in stores, but it is easier online. Look for a base with the purest ingredients possible that fits your budget. If you’re unsure of one or more of the ingredients in a soap base, the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetics Database offers helpful guidance and rates the safety of individual ingredients on a scale of 1 to 10.

If you find a soap base you like that doesn’t already contain goats milk, you can always add a tablespoon of powdered goat milk to the melted base when you add the essential oils. However, using a goat milk soap base definitely saves you money so don’t have to buy a goat milk powder separately.

On a clean cutting board, chop the goat milk soap base into small pieces (about an inch or so in size). Put the chunks into a double boiler on low heat until they are completely melted, but making sure not to overheat. While the base is melting, you can can very lightly grease the molds with coconut oil to make it easier for the soaps to come out. 

Now, let’s add the oils. Let’s start with the coconut oil and olive oil. Coconut oil is an amazing antibacterial ingredient that also offers moisturizing benefits. Olive oil is no different in terms of moisturizing and softening the skin. It also provides vitamin E and other antioxidants that can help speed up the healing of the skin while fighting infection. Add and stir to blend.

Then add the remaining oils: almond and avocado. Almond oil is also rich in vitamin EAvocado oil is excellent for dry skin and can improve psoriasis. Stir the mixture and remove from heat. 

Last but not least, add the essential oils and stir until well-blended. Frankincense oil and lavender oil are two of my favorites for amazing skin, but you can also use tea tree oil, especially if you are acne-prone. If you are adding powdered goat milk, also add that at this point. Once the essential oils are mixed in well, it’s time to pour the mixture into your soap mold. Be very careful since the mixture is very hot. Hot soap can hurt if dripped or splashed on skin. Also, make sure not to let children handle the hot mixture. 

Now, you will need to wait so that it has time to harden. It typically won’t take longer than 24 hours before your bars of homemade soap will be ready for use. To remove the soap from the mold(s), gently pull the mold’s edges away from the soap, turn upside-down and pop the soap out of the mold. Depending on the mold you chose, you can cut the soap into smaller pieces if you like. You can also find soap molds that are already in round or rectangular bar shapes. 

Homemade Goat Milk Soap for Acne-Free and Supple Skin

Total Time: 20–30 minutes
Serves: 4–6 bars, depending on size


  • 1 pound goat milk soap base or 1 pound soap base + 1 tablespoon powdered goat milk
  • 1 teaspoon organic unrefined coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon avocado oil
  • 25 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 25 drops lavender essential oil
  • soap mold


  1. Cut soap base into 1-inch chunks using a clean, sharp knife and a clean cutting board.
  2. Using a double-boiler, slowly melt the pieces of soap base. Meanwhile, lightly grease soap mold with coconut oil.
  3. Once the soap base is fully melted, add the coconut, olive, almond and avocado oils and stir well.
  4. Remove from heat and add the essential oils. Also, add goat milk powder at this point if not using goat milk soap base.
  5. Pour into soap mold.
  6. Allow it to cool and set for 24 hours.
  7. Take soaps out of the mold and cut into smaller pieces if desired.

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  1. haydee on

    hello, on the ingredients list there is “soap base” ( i was hoping for this to be a soap without chemicals) since is not mention on the directions, did you mean different types of molds or soap base as in goat milk soap base?
    thank you

      • Emily on

        I’ve been milking my own goats and making goat milk soap for a few years. It doesn’t,t “go off”. I don’t see any mention of lye so that may be included in soap base.

      • Shari on

        Soap base refers to Melt & pour as this recipe does not call for lye. Either way this recipe is suspect as you can’t add all of the mentioned items and get Melt & pour to thicken. Won’t work.

  2. carol on

    Recipe does not seem complete. You have “soap base” listed in the recipe ingredients, but no mention is made of how much to add to the other ingredients, or when. I have “organic liquid castile soap” (bought a gallon), but it seems using this would not allow the goat milk soap to harden. Please clarify. One of the other comments asks how long before it goes “off” (spoils). I, too, wonder if you might have to refrigerate this soap.

  3. Kathy on

    What is ‘soap base’ and why is it listed in the ingredients but never mentioned in the directions? Id love to try this recipe but im confused by this.

  4. Kim on

    Glad to see I’m not the only one confused about the base. I assume the base is all the ingredients mixed together. I don’t think I will try it until we get clarification.

    • Dena on

      “soap base” appears to refer to melt and pour soap. It is basically pre-made meltable soap that you purchase, so you can add things to “make” your own.
      I make soap from scratch, with lye (if lye isn’t involved in the process it isn’t soap)… but that’s not for the faint hearted.
      Unless you’re crafty and think making your own soap sounds like a good use of several hours, I suggest buying a natural goat milk bar soap. You should be able to find it at any local health food store.

      • Patricia Alvarado R on

        Hi, do you have any experience adding natural ingredients to the glycerin melt and pour soap, like stephenson base without losing consistence? Thanks in advance.

  5. Jo Anna on

    Jst to give an idea of what a soap base is, This is one of many soap bases for sale online.
    Soap Base Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Sodium Stearate, Sorbitol, Sodium Laurate, Goats Milk, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Titanium Dioxide, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Pentasodium Pentetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate. It’s A Melt and Pour Soap Base.
    My ex-husband and I used to make handmade soap from scatch, I hate melt and pour because they are full of things I don’t want in my soaps, the whole idea is to get away from the unwanted chemicals, do yourselves a favor and learn to make real soap the proper old fashion way, google handmade soap recipes for real soap.

  6. Fern on

    This is not a complete soap recipe. You need lye to turn the oils into soap.
    Even if you added all this oil to melt and poor soap it would get rancid. The three to four week cure time is necessary for curing soap made with lye and oil.

  7. Barbara on

    I’m an experienced soap maker and that formula looks really good except it doesn’t tel the amount of,lye to use, but millers soap page has a wonderful calculater that will give you the exact amount.

  8. Reena on

    Hi l just wanted to now the best goats milk soap which l can buy to prevent fine lines and wrinkles also mild acne. Am very keen to try the soap l am just looking for a good brand soup with good anti ageing ingredients

  9. Donna Ahrenholtz on

    I made this goat milk soap and I would not recommend it until Dr. Axe can clarify how much soap base to put in. I guessed and it came out terrible. Its unfortunate because now I’m going to have to re-melt it and try something else and of course …hope it works. I’m curious as to why there are no replies to all the questions about this recipe?

  10. Sara on

    Curious what the estimated cost to make is? (For all supplies, to make the 3-4 bars)

    They would last quite awhile, I’m sure, but I think it’s a fairly expensive project.

  11. Jennifer Caldwell on

    Dr. Axe, I am looking for a good soap base to make this recipe. Yes, I thought about making my own, then I looked at the ingredients of making my own soap base. I don’t have that kind of time. I have looked on Amazon for SLS free soap bases and there are several. Do you have a recommendation? I will be hosting an EO class centered around make your own soap this spring and I need to do a trial run to make sure I can direct the class. Some how I have become the DIY leader in my community… Please help… Thank you in advance! Merry Christmas!!!

  12. Juliana on

    I tried this recipe a couple of times. Both times it took 8+ weeks and it didn’t completely cure. Only about 50% of each soap bar cured and I didn’t make thick soap. I used 1 lb of soap base as the recipe didn’t say how much to use. If anyone was able to make this successfully I’d love to hear what you did to make it work.

  13. Brenda on

    I make my own goat milk soap and body butters ..Just a good tip…freeze your goat milk in ice cubes before adding to hot ingredients.

  14. Suwimon on

    Thank for good knowledge sharing. I have tried goat milk soap and like it very much therefore seek to see its benefit. Greatful and enjoy to learn.


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