Interesting! I often buy goat's milk lotion at our farmers' market, but I had absolutely no idea how it was made.
Can't wait to try it myself. Thank you!
Does the preservative allow it to be shelf stable? How long before it goes bad? Could you use raw goat milk or would that be a contamination problem? Thanks :)
Have just added you to the links page at Goat Berries; already following on Twitter & FB :)
Melody, the lotion is shelf stable with the preservative, otherwise, it would have to be refrigerated and only last a week. For that reason, it is best to pasteurize. I know, I know, I am a raw milk gal! You can experiment with raw milk, but because I sell it, I needed it to last longer. I use a formaldehyde/paraben free preservative.Michelle, thank you for putting me on Goat Berries link page!Thanks for sharing, ladies!
I noticed that you use Phenonip as a preservative, but say that you are using a paraben free preservative. Phenonip has Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, and Isobutylparaben in it. I am new to making lotions, and I was just wondering what was the big deal with parabens, being that it was proven to be safe for use. I am probably going to use Phenonip also, so I was just wondering :-)
Hello, J.Tay! I use Optiphen, which is paraben free. Parabens have a bad reputation and there are conflicting studies for and against them. Happy lotion making!
Susie, Do you pasteurize your milk yourself? Do you have to use specific tools to do it? I am anxious to start making lotion with my goat milk. Thanks for all you do!
Thanks so much :)
Love the video! I always make our lotions and soaps and I love finding new recipes! I'm sorry but I must have missed how much milk and water...could you please post?Thanks so much!
It is 9 oz of distilled water and 9 oz of pasteurized goat's milk. If you don't have milk, you can just use 18 oz of distilled water. Thanks for your comments ladies!
If one is using all distilled water, do you still need the preservative?
The recipe used here was originally used with distilled water, and it was still recommended to use a preservative. If you aren't planning on selling it or giving as gifts, try it without and see how long it lasts.
What a hit this video is!! Susie, could you use grapefruit extract (Citricidal)? It is safe and very effective. Just wondering...
Can you use another oil in place of the almond? We have a nut allergy in the family.
Because of the milk, a stronger preservative is needed. I use a formaldehyde/paraben free preservative. It is safer than the other stuff and is effective. I'm sure that grapefruit extract would work for a little while, but it would not last long.Other oils can be used, Heather. I'll get back to you on some other options.
This is really cool. The video tutorial is super helpful...Im' such a visual learner!! Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)
I am so glad to have found your blog and just have to try your goat's milk lotion, thank you!I'm hosting a weekly linky over at Natural Mothers Network and would love it if you popped over and linked this post! It would be great to introduce your blog to my readership! Seasonal Celebration Linky http://naturalmothersnetwork.com/seasonal-celebration-sunday/seasonal-celebration/ Thank you :-). Rebecca x
Hello, Rebecca! Welcome to Our Simple Farm! I'll have to get on over to your blog and check it out!
Thank you so much for this. I can't wait to try it. I have been making all of our soap for 12 years now but didn't want to make a lotion that had to stay in the fridge. Check out my blog at crossedarrowshomestead.blogspot.com. Thanks again and God bless. Rebecca
Thanks for sharing your recipe! I'm confused though because you say you are using a paraben free preservative, but your recipe calls for phenonip which, according to the Bramble Berry site "Phenonip is composed of: Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben and Propylparaben"...since paraben is in the descriptor 4x, I assume its a paraben...am I correct? I'm trying to make my own products, in large part, to get away from the nasty ingredients found in commercial products so I wanted to get clarification on this before trying the recipe out. Thanks!
I do use a paraben free preservative now. But, at the time of making the video, I was using phenonip. Now that Bramble Berry has a new paraben/formaldehyde free preservative, I have switched. Yeah! It is called optiphen. Hope that answers your question!
Perfect, thanks for the update on that!
I just found this and it's great! May I ask, we have goats as well so would "pasturizing" the milk by heating it on the stove be good enough? I do not have a home pasturizer (and don't really want one) ;) but understand the need to pasturize the milk in this application. Thanks so much!
I do not have a home pasteurizer either, too expensive for me right now! I put a pan of milk in a bigger pan of water and heat the water up on the stove. That way, the milk won't burn. Hope this helps!
Do you have all of this written somewhere so I don't have to watch the video and write it all out as I watch?
Great video... thanks for posting!! What is the shelf life of that lotion? I like to make larger batches of stuff but I don't want to make too much and have half of it spoil before we use it. Thanks!
Would this lotion be light enough to use as a face cream?
I cannot wait to try. Can you do it without a micro wave?
Yes, but be careful to heat it very slowly.
The milk in my lotion seems as if it curdled. What caused that?
If it is before you put it in the blender, you should be fine. If it is after, I'm afraid something did not go right. Is it freshly made or has it been sitting for awhile?
I just made my first batch of lotion today. So fun! One question though.. How do you prep your lotion bottles and lids so they are sanitary?
I rinse them in bleach and water. I do not like to use bleach, but because I am selling them, this is the most sanitary way of cleaning them. If you aren't selling the lotion, I would just wash them in hot, soapy water.
Why don't you replace all the water with milk? Wouldn't that make a creamier creamier lotion
You could do this, but the lotion might not last as long and the texture might be a little too creamy to the liking. Try it out and see what you think!
Hi I am just trying to work up the courage to try making goats milk lotion. I am hoping that you can help. Other sites and blogs suggest that you use only 10% milk even with a strong preservative. I want my lotion to be high in milk content, BUT I want it to be safe. Your thoughts?
If I were to use less liquid would I get more of a cream rather than a lotion?
What is the shelf life of this lotion?
What did I do wrong? I made this and it has a curds and whey consistency. did I mix it to long or not long enough or get something to hot or not hot enough..... I was so pumped to make it and it floppedPlease Help
Thanks for the inspiration Susie!! I made it, LOVE IT and blogged about it! http://siloesoap.blogspot.com.es/2013/12/making-goats-milk-lotion.html
Hi Susie, I have been making the lotion for a couple of months now and love it (as do the people that try it). I am having a problem lately with lots of bubbles. I haven't done anything different and I make sure that I stir it after it is blended (which I do in short bursts) . I am wondering if I am getting it a little too thick. What are your thoughts?Thanks, Paula
Hi Susie,I have been making your recipe for a couple of months now with great results, except lately there is a lot of bubbles. I haven't been doing anything different. I make sure the I only do quick bursts in the blender and gently stir in the bowl. Do you think I am getting it too thick and it is harder for the bubbles to come to the top right away? Thanks, Paula
Hi! Thanks for this video. I have a question. Did you notice any difference in the shelf life after you switched from phenonip to optiphen? Also, what prompted the switch?
I would love to hear from you! Your sweet comments are always appreciated!