Since I have spent most of my life as an outdoor photographer, I make no great claims to step-by-step pictorial instructions for making much of anything. Below, however, I've stepped through the process we use for creating our goat milk soap. Nothing fancy. Just the basics.
For the purpose of soap-making, I freeze our goat milk in ice cube trays then bag the cubes or use them right away.
Oils are measured in ounces. Olive oil, castor oil, coconut oil, palm oil, grapeseed oil, and sweet almond oil are our most commonly used.
After hardening for twenty-four to forty-eight hours, the individual bars of soap are loosened from their molds and spread to dry. The hardening process generally takes four to six weeks until all moisture has evaporated and the soap is ready for personal use.
With temperatures in the teens, our Jacob sheep sported a cool coat of frost atop their wool this morning before the sunshine reached their pasture.
Except for our sire ram who perhaps is generating enough heat to stay frostproof.
Somehow our young ram Rex (aged nine months) managed to appear as if he rolled in forest debris this morning. And then there is little Emma (aged five months), his betrothed ...
Ty was due for combing and plucking this afternoon, as evidenced by this fur ball pic.
He is the sire for our litter of angora rabbits and his soft and luxurious angora fiber is available for spinners and knitters here.
And the after shot ...
floating through our veins, we braved the abrupt change in temperatures Saturday afternoon and the twenty-mile-an-hour wind gusts to join the Christmas market in Huntingdon. Thanks to all who made an appearance with us!
Milk production is slowing now as Heebs (photo below) hooks up with our girls to sire spring kids. We have plenty of milk, however, frozen for winter soap-making so keep watch for your favorite varieties with new offerings coming as well.
A couple of quick shots of Maisey and Maggie from early fall, hopefully now growing little ones for spring lambing.
Join us this Saturday, December 6th, from 2 to 6 pm for the Christmas market on the square in Huntingdon.
We will bring our goat milk soap varieties, lip balms, all-natural woolen cat toys, jalapeno jellies, and other sundry items for unique Christmas gift ideas.
Our Nigerian Dwarf goats produce milk high in butterfat content which, in turn, creates a creamy bar of soap with rich lather. All natural oils such as olive, coconut, grapeseed, sweet almond, and palm add moisturizing qualities for healthy, soft skin.
Explore our soap offerings here on our website or through our Etsy shop.
My current favorite? Winter Cranberry - to celebrate the Christmas season!
This is our story, in real time and in photos. It is neither unique nor unusual nor extraordinary. But it is our story.