Most of my oils come in 5 gallon buckets. I drive down to the Lancaster area to get these.
Some of the oils start out as liquid and some are solid, once into the pot, they all melt together.
Once the oils are on their way to melting, i begin the lye process. I store my goat milk in the freezer in pre-measured amounts. I also label the milk with who it is from, this batch is from Flo, and when I milked her.
I keep the milk in the sink in a cold water bath. This keeps the temperature down so the milk wont scald. This is where it gets tricky with goat milk soap, normally without the GM, I wouldn't really care about temperature, but it is very easy for the milk to curdle and turn all sorts of nasty colors and smells.
Keeping the mixture in the sink is also a safety issue, once I start adding they lye, it becomes very caustic and can be dangerous.
It usually takes between 15-30 minutes to add the lye to the milk. Once this is done and the oil is at the right temp, it is time to mix the two together. This is when the magic happens.
Once these are added, into the mold it goes. I use wooden molds lined with freezer paper.
The soap sets in the mold for 24 hours, it continues to change. After 24 hours, I unmold it and cut it into individual bars.
This allows the moisture to evaporate out, leaving a hard bar of wonderfulness behind.
And that is how I make soap. (well the non secret portions anyway.)