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This homemade body lotion is great for all skin types and is super moisturizing and creamy. Not only is it cost-effective, but it also allows you to control the quality of the ingredients and avoid harmful chemicals that may be present in store-bought lotions.
Say goodbye to dull and lifeless skin and hello to a natural, healthy glow. Let’s dive into the recipe and discover the wonders of goat milk for your skin.
Benefits of using goat milk in skincare
Goat milk has long been known for its moisturizing and nourishing properties. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fats, making it great for the skin. Vitamin A, for example, can reduce wrinkles and fine lines and improve discoloration. In a lotion recipe, goat milk can help soothe dry and irritated skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin texture.
Goat milk contains alpha-hydroxy acids, which help remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin smoother and more radiant. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that calm and soothe irritated skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. The high-fat content in goat milk helps moisturize the skin and prevent moisture loss, making it an excellent choice for dry or sensitive skin.
What do you need to make this goat milk lotion recipe?
This goat milk lotion recipe is perfect for protecting the skin during the wintertime. It contains coconut oil and shea butter to nourish the skin, goat milk, and sodium lactate to keep your skin moisturized, and beeswax to form a protective layer on the skin. Essential oils of lavender and bergamot will have a soothing and energizing effect on the skin.
Sodium lactate could be replaced with glycerin (another humectant). You could substitute another carrier of your choice for the coconut oil and use different essential oils. If you want to use a different emulsifier, you must experiment to find the right amount.
Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Storing lotions in airless pump dispensers minimizes the risk of contamination. Apply with clean hands.
Approximate shelf life: six months. Body lotions can have a much longer shelf life, but you will need microbiological and stability testing to determine the shelf life.
- Goat’s milk (solvent, active ingredient)
- Distilled water (solvent)
- Sodium lactate (humectant)
- Xanthan gum (thickener)
- Coconut oil (emollient)
- Shea butter (emollient)
- Beeswax (thickener, occlusive)
- Xyliance (emulsifier)
- Cetyl alcohol (thickener, stabilizer)
- Essential Oils (fragrance, active ingredients)
- Vitamin E oil (antioxidant)
- Preservative (preservative)
- Double boiler or a saucepan with a glass bowl
- Digitale scale
- Mixing bowl or half-gallon mason jar
- Immersion blender
- Kitchen thermometer
- I use a lotion dispenser with a pump for storage jars, or you can use wide-mouth mason jars with airtight lids.
Goat milk lotion benefits
Making your lotion allows you to control the quality of the ingredients. Many store-bought lotions contain synthetic additives, preservatives, and fragrances that can irritate the skin. You can choose organic, high-quality ingredients free from potentially harmful chemicals.
Another benefit of DIY skincare products is cost-effectiveness. Store-bought lotions can be expensive, especially if you’re looking for natural and organic options.
You can use raw or any goat milk to make goat lotion. You will also need distilled water. I always use distilled or filtered water for my DIYs because the minerals found in tap water can throw the recipe off, causing it to spoil quicker. You will need fat such as butter or oil for this recipe. I am using shea butter and coconut oil. Other options include sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, mango butter, or cocoa butter.
To make this goat’s milk lotion recipe work with a lotion pump, we must thin it out with water. As a result, we will also need a preservative and an emulsifier. I like using Geogard ECT from Voyageur Soap and Candle Company (USA).
Is it difficult to make goat milk lotion?
Lotions are emulsions – a combination of water and oil. Oil and water do not naturally mix. Therefore to make a cream or lotion, an emulsifier is needed.
Emulsifiers bind the oil phase and water phase of an emulsion together. They contain hydrophilic (water-loving) and lipophilic (oil-loving) elements. This means they are attractive to oil and water, allowing them to bind the two together in a stable mixture.
As creams and lotions contain water, you must use a broad-spectrum preservative from a specialist skincare supplier. The preservative we use is Preservative Eco (INCI: Benzyl Alcohol (and) Salicylic Acid (and) Glycerin (and) Sorbic Acid) from Aromantic (UK), sold as Geogard ECT in the USA and Plantaserv M in Australia, as it is permitted in Ecocert-certified organic products.
Best essential oils for homemade lotion
Adding essential oils to your goat milk lotion recipe enhances the fragrance and provides additional skincare benefits. Lavender essential oil, for example, has calming properties that can help soothe and relax the skin. Tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties, making it a great choice for acne-prone skin. Rosemary essential oil is known for its antioxidant properties and can help improve the appearance of aging skin.
When using essential oils in your lotion, it’s important to dilute them properly. Essential oils are highly concentrated and can cause skin irritation if used undiluted. A safe guideline is to use around 10 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce of lotion. However, a patch test before applying new skincare products to your face or body is always recommended.
A few of my favorite oils to add to lotion or whipped body butter are lavender, frankincense, chamomile, and geranium.
I’m using the lavender essential oil and bergamot essential oil for this goat milk lotion recipe.
Lavender essential oil is wonderful for all skin types and mature skin as it has powerful skin-preserving qualities. The soothing and anti-inflammatory action of lavender oil will also balance the skin and can be used for dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and acne. It helps the skin heal faster and with less scarring. Avoid in the first trimester of pregnancy.
Bergamot is an excellent skincare oil. It promotes healthy skin growth, regenerates skin cells, promotes healing by forming scar tissue, and heals wounds, cuts, and sores. Uplifting, antidepressant and useful for treating emotional conditions which may be the root cause of eczema.
How to make goat milk lotion at home
Now that you understand the benefits of goat milk lotion and the role of each ingredient, let’s dive into the step-by-step guide to making your lotion at home.
To make goat milk lotion, you will need the following ingredients:
- 52.4 g / 2.096 oz Purified water
- 10 g / 0.4 oz Goat milk
- 2 g / 0.09 oz Sodium lactate
- 0.5 g / 0.02 oz Hanthan gum
- 17 g / 0.68 oz Coconut oil
- 6 g / 0.24 oz Shea butter
- 2 g / 0.08 oz Beeswax
- 6 g / 0.24 oz Xyliance
- 2 g / 0.08 oz Cetylo alcohol
- 1 g / 0.04 oz Preservative
- 0.5 g / 0.02 oz / approximately 15 drops of Lavender essential oil
- 0.5 g / 0.02 oz / approximately 15 drops of Bergamot essential oil
- 0.1 g / 0.004 oz / approximately 3 drops of Vitamin E oil
- Weigh all the ingredients in separate containers if needed.
- Heat water, goat milk, and sodium lactate in a water bath to 70°C and keep this temperature for 20 minutes. To account for water evaporation during heating, weigh the container before heating and take a note of the weight. After the time has passed, weigh the container again to see how much water evaporated. Add the appropriate amount of distilled/deionized water to compensate for any water lost during heating. At the same time, heat xanthan g7um, coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, xylanase, and cetyl alcohol.
- Mix the phases and emulsify using a stick blender.
- Cool the emulsion in a cold water bath, and stir during cooling down.
- When the temperature reaches 40°C add preservative, essential oils, and Vitamin E oil, and mix thoroughly.
Where to buy goat milk for homemade skincare products
If you don’t have access to fresh goat milk, don’t worry. Several online retailers offer goat milk powder, which can be reconstituted with water and used in homemade skincare products. Look for reputable suppliers that prioritize quality and sustainability.
Making goat milk lotion is a wonderful way to nourish your skin naturally and achieve a healthy glow. By understanding the benefits of goat milk, choosing high-quality ingredients, and following a simple recipe, you can create a luxurious lotion that rivals expensive store-bought options.
Not only does homemade lotion allow you to control the ingredients and avoid harmful chemicals, but it also saves you money in the long run. Experiment with different essential oils and find the perfect combination that suits your skin’s needs.
So why not give it a try? Say goodbye to dull and lifeless skin and hello to a natural, healthy glow with DIY goat milk lotion. Your skin will thank you for it.
Remember, skincare is a journey, and what works for one person may not work for another. It’s important to listen to your skin’s needs and adjust accordingly. With the power of goat milk and natural ingredients, you can nourish your skin from the inside out and achieve the radiant complexion you’ve always desired.
Happy lotion making!