How to Make Goat’s Milk Lotion

I’ve been making lotion for quite a few years now, and this is the basic recipe I have used time and time again.

I wasn’t feeling the best in this video, so my usual comical, chipper self is lacking!  But hey, here it is. This video is a little cheesy, a little imperfect, but the recipe is awesome!


58 comments on “How to Make Goat’s Milk Lotion

  1. 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!

    • Hello!! We loved your lotion recipe . We have had it for about 2 weeks and it now has a sour smell?? Any ideas?? Should we add more preservative next time?

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 Thanks again and God bless. Rebecca

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

    • 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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. 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 flopped
    Please Help

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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?

  15. Hi Susie: I just made my first batch of goats milk lotion. My question is, should it be grainy? The lotion still absorbs in well, but is grainy. Any feedback you could share would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Deannie Barr

  16. Hi, thank you for your post! I just had one question, I found that after I made this recipie, the lotion sat on my skin and I had to rub it in a lot to absorb. Is their anything I can do to solve this ?

  17. Fantastic recipe! Just made some for me and my daughters today. I'm in love with this. So rich and creamy in consistency. I chose Optiphen as my preservative and am happy to read here that it is what your using now too. Fabulous recipe! Thanks so much for sharing it!

  18. I have tried twice to make this lotion. I am using an immersion blender because that is what I have for making soap. Both times my liquid and oils seperated after cooling. I am using bees wax for the emulsifier. We are still using the lotion at home and it is lovely, but I would like to make available with my soaps at local craft sales? Would really appreciate any suggestions you have. Thank you, Teresa

  19. I made fabulous goat milk gave cream that I thought would be fine with only neo defend and it
    Spoiled and got moldy! I use Optiphen now and never have any problem so highly recommend preservative with making goat milk lotion or cream and I truly enjoyed this lotion video too !!!

  20. I am commenting on Teresa Rusch post –

    hi Teresa I am Jan and would like to suggest that you do not use beeswax, that is what is causing your mixture to separate. I use a really nice all natural GMO free emulsifying wax that I buy from Amazon that is non toxic, non GMO, all vegetable, no additives, easy to use- here is the link:

    Beeswax alone cannot produce the emulsifying stage – otherwise you are doing everything perfect. I have made tons of goat milk body butter, face and body cream and lotion. I have my own recipe too if you would like it just let me know. I use an immersion blender too for soap so every time I am preparing to make lotion or cream, always clean it with hot soapy water then clean it with bleach and water to ensure that is not having any effect on your over all mixture.

    This year I will be at our local farmer's market along with my very popular goat milk soap, so know how important it is to get the mixture right. And the lady who wrote this blog is totally correct- if you are going to sell your lotion, using bleach and water is essential !

    ~Jan ~

  21. Does the 9 oz. water and 9 oz. milk go with the original recipe or the times 4 recipe you are making in the video? Thanks

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