That’s right. I really am going to tell you how to make your very own goat milk lotion. But wait… don’t we sell lotion? Well…yes, but not goat milk lotion and there’s a very good reason we don’t. When making cosmetics to be publicly sold, the burden to ensure the product is safe falls on the manufacturer (Me!). Any non-soap substance containing water or milk creates a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and other harmful organisms. The possibility of bacteria growth necessitates the use of some sort of preservative. Currently, all three approved preservatives are known skin irritants and have links to cancer. While goat milk offers many benefits for skin, we felt it defeated the purpose if we needed to add a carcinogen to the lotion in order to use milk in it. For your safety and our peace of mind, we decided to make all natural solid lotions without milk, water, or preservatives.
Many manufacturers use “natural preservatives” but there is NO evidence that they actually stop or control spoilage of water or milk based products. This is a HUGE concern since no one wants to apply moldy or spoiled milk to their skin!
The conversation that decided it for us
The demand for goat milk lotion reached such a point that we actually contacted a product safety lab and asked about goat milk lotions. What we learned shocked us. According to the lab who tests for shelf life, bacterial contamination, product safety etc:
Product Safety Lab: “Goat milk is not shelf stable.”
Free Reign Farm: “Well yes, but many people sell goat milk lotions… what preservative are they using?”
Product Safety Lab: “Here’s the deal. Milk is the PERFECT growing medium for bacteria, mold etc. Those who make it have to use much higher levels of chemical preservatives… even higher than the preservative manufacturer’s recommend, and even then there’s problems. We have tested MANY goat milk lotions and none are clean.”
Free Reign Farm: “What? How can that be?”
Product Safety Lab: “Even when made in a sterile environment, the lotions still pull bacteria out of the air and it grows. The preservatives keep the levels lower–low enough to be “passable” but not clean and shelf life is another problem. According to our tests, the longer it sits the worse it gets. Our recommendation is no more than a 2 week shelf life in the refrigerator.”
Free Reign Farm: “Seriously!?!”
Product Safety Lab: “Yes, Ma’am. Even the preservative manufacturers say they won’t guarantee their product for milk applications. Only water.”
Needless to say, that was enough for us. Goat milk lotion will not be in the cards for sale and production. I couldn’t possibly keep it refrigerated in transit. Not to mention, I would barely get it made and shipped in 2 weeks let alone give you time to use it up.
We Can’t but You Can
This doesn’t mean that goat milk lotion is a lost cause, which is why we are giving you the recipe to make it yourself. Please keep in mind that this lotion has a two week shelf life and should be stored in the refrigerator. Another note: we are writing this recipe using the top performing preservative for milk products according to the lab. However, you should be aware of the health concerns surrounding this product. This preservative does contain both parabens and ethelyne glycol. The potential health side-effects of these are outlined here in detail.
It should be noted that you can choose to omit the preservative, but will be running a higher risk of microbial contaminants and should expect a shorter shelf life, even refrigerated.
DIY Goat Milk Lotion Recipe
Ready to make goat milk lotion?
- 8 oz. Distilled Water
- 8 oz Pasteurized Goat Milk
- 1.2 oz. Shea Butter
- 2.7 oz. Sweet Almond Oil (can also use avocado, jojoba, or other liquid oil)
- 1.2 oz. Emulsifying Wax
- 1.1 oz. Stearic Acid
- .22 oz. Phenonip
- .1 oz. Essential Oils if desired
- Kitchen Scale–with a digital read down to the 100th of an oz
- Stick Blender
- Cooking thermometer
- 16 oz. bowl or wide mouth jar (or larger)
- 32 oz. bowl or wide mouth jar (or larger)
- Double Boiler or crockpot
- Jars or bottles to put your product in (not the kind with a pump)
- The first step is to disinfect EVERYTHING. This can be done by boiling or washing all of your tools and jars in a 5% bleach water solution and allowing them to air dry completely. If you are using food-safe mason jars you can sterilize them in the pressure canner or Instapot. Check your manual for instructions.
- While everything is getting a deep clean or drying after the clean, gather your other materials.
- Weigh out the Sweet Almond oil, Stearic Acid, Shea Butter, and Emulsifying wax and add to the 32 oz container. Set the container in the double boiler or add water to the crock pot and set the jar down in it. You don’t need a lot of water, just equal to the oil level in the jar. Melt the oils together.
- Next, pour the distilled water and pasteurized goat milk into the 16oz container and warm the solution so it won’t shock your oils back into a solid state (not good).
- Add the 16oz container of warmed distilled water and milk mixture to your 32oz oil mixture container.
- Remove the 32oz container from the double boiler/crockpot and stir like a crazy person until it starts to combine then grab the stick blender and finish it off.
- When the lotion is mixed and emulsified (this will take a few minutes) take the temperature of the mixture. You need to make sure that the temperature is BELOW 140 degrees Fahrenheit before you add the final ingredients.
- Once below 140 F, add your phenonip and fragrance. Please note that .1 oz is the max you will want to use for this recipe and some essential oils should even be used at a lower amount (or not at all). Make sure you educate yourself regarding the skin safety of your particular essential oil(s) and safe dilution levels. It’s also good to note that with “leave on” products like lotion, too strong of a scent can actually become annoying–when you can’t smell your coffee over your lavender lotion there’s a problem.
- After adding the final ingredients, blast it again with the stick blender. Then pour into your bottles or jars.
Notes on consistency
The Goat Milk Lotion Alternative