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Why goat milk soap?  What's wrong with grocery-store soap?

          Consider first the definition of soap:  a substance used with water for washing and cleaning, made of a compound of natural oils or fats with sodium hydroxide or another strong alkali, and typically having perfume and coloring added. (Google)

          Soap is made by combining oils and/or fats with an alkali (sodium hydroxide, commonly referred to as lye).  The oils and fats are chemically changed into soap through a chemical process called saponification.   Look at the ingredients listed on a store-bought bar of "soap".  Some ingredients are the scientific name for saponified oils, but there are also other ingredients that are not.     

          How does homemade goat milk soap differ from most soaps sold at grocery stores?  Many commercial soaps contain de-greasing ingredients that are great for cleaning dishes, but are harsh on skin.  They can dry out the skin leaving it itchy and scaly-looking.  In addition, for people with oily skin, drying it out encourages the oil glands to secrete more oil to compensate for the moisture-loss.  So, over-cleaning can actually exacerbate oily skin!

            Our our soap yields a balance between cleansing and moisturizing by including goat milk from our sweet mamas, raw shea butter from Africa, and natural clay.  The goat milk provides butterfat to moisturize.  Raw shea butter forms a creamy, moisturizing lather.  Clay provides color, but more importantly, it adds minerals, boosts the cleansing factor, and yields a slip when shaving with a razor which protects the skin.  Including raw shea butter and clay sets our soap apart from other homemade goat milk soaps.

           Our soaps also contain olive oil (which moisturizes), coconut or palm kernel oil (cleansing oils), and castor oil (for bubbly lather).   Mid-summer, 2016, we revised our recipe by eliminating palm oil and increasing the shea butter.    Most of our soap is scented with pure, undiluted essential oils.  Many people apply essential oils therapeutically and use them for aromatherapy.  So, it is not surprising that people who have skin sensitivities or react negatively to fragrances can often appreciate the subtle and natural scent of essential oils.   For those who prefer a stronger aroma or scents not available as essential oils, we do offer a limited selection of soap scented with fragrance oil.  We use only phthalate-free fragrances.

 

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"Castille" Soap - Honey & Oatmeal

"Castille" Soap - Honey & Oatmeal

$ 5.00

True Castille soap is made using only olive oil which makes a very moisturizing soap.  We add a small amount of castor oil to increase lather and honey and oatmeal for mild exfoliation.  No essential oils are added.   This soap is recommended for extremely sensitive skin.   If you prefer, we now have a Castille soap with Kaolin white clay instea...


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Cedarwood with Ground Oatmeal for Exfoliation

Cedarwood with Ground Oatmeal for Exfoliation

$ 6.00

Cedarwood Atlas essential oil has a sweet, woodsy aroma, similar to a cedar chest.  The cedar scent appeals to men and women alike.   Green clay is added to bring color to the bar and adds minerals, enhances cleansing, and protects your skin when shaving.   Finely ground oatmeal mixed throughout the bar exfoliates when rubbed directly on your sk...


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Chai - Diatomaceous Earth

Chai - Diatomaceous Earth

$ 6.00

Chai (formerly, Medieval essential oil blend) was is inspired by a popular essential oil blend sold by an essential oil company.  The combination is rumored to have protected people from catching the plague in medieval days as the blend of essential oils is thought to have antiviral, antibiotic, and anti-fungal properties.  No one knows if these...


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Cinnamon-Orange-Clove with Coffee Grinds for Exfoliation

$ 6.00

We added orange essential oil to our cinnamon and clove soap which is made with goat milk and extra-strong coffee!  While the coffee smell is squashed during the saponification process, it adds a beautiful tan color.  Coffee grinds are mixed in to exfoliate and deep clean as it removes dead skin cells.  The cinnamon and clove essential oils are ...


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Eucalyptus-Spearmint with Ground Oatmeal

Eucalyptus-Spearmint with Ground Oatmeal

$ 6.00

Our eucalyptus-spearmint essential oil soap smells like it could clear sinus congestion when used in a hot steamy shower!  It is a wake-me-up-in-the-morning kind of scent.  We added yellow and green clay for a minty green color.   All clays are rich in minerals and when added to soap, clay can protect the skin from razors by adding slip.  Finely...


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Frankincense-Myrrh

Soap

$ 6.00
Frankincense-Myrrh

Frankincense-Myrrh

$ 6.00

Frankincense and myrrh remind me of the gifts given to young Jesus by the magi in the Bible.  It is a gender-neutral scent that is sweet, musky, and clean.  We include yellow clay and calendula petals in these bars (the yellow color reminds me of gold, the third maji gift).


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Honey & Oatmeal

Soap

$ 5.00
Honey & Oatmeal

Honey & Oatmeal

$ 5.00

Our honey and oatmeal soap contains no essential oils.  Honey is believed to have antimicrobial and antioxidant benefits, though it is unknown to what extent these properties survive the saponification process.  The sugars in honey definitely add bubble to lather.   Oatmeal is often recommended for dry, itchy skin.  The finely ground oatmeal exf...


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Lavender

Soap

$ 6.00
Lavender

Lavender

$ 6.00

Mmmm, does taking a deep breath in the midst of a field of lavender sound dreamy to you?  If so, the fresh, floral-herbaceous aroma of our lavender soap is divine.  Its not too sweet or flowery for there is an herbal or camphoraceous quality.  We added purple Brazilian clay for color, which adds minerals, enhances cleansing, and protects your sk...


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Lavender & Rosemary - Charcoal Soap

Lavender & Rosemary - Charcoal Soap

$ 6.00

For obvious reasons, we refer to this as one of our “Black Soaps”, as the activated charcoal is the predominant feature.  Activated charcoal is used to detoxify the body when taken internally or applied to a rash or bug bite on the skin because toxins and poisons bind to the charcoal and are removed with the charcoal. Because it is nice to have ...


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Lavender-Tea Tree-Orange

Lavender-Tea Tree-Orange

$ 6.00

The delightful smell of lavender flowers, the fresh, antiseptic aroma of Australian tea tree (melaleuca), with a fague hint of orange.  Both lavender and tea tree are believed to have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, although it is unknown to what extent these properties survive the saponification process of soap-making.  Our bars are ...


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Lavender-Vanilla - Poppy Seeds

Lavender-Vanilla - Poppy Seeds

$ 6.00

The marriage of aromas well known for their ability to relax and comfort:  lavender and vanilla.   The fresh, floral-herbaceous aroma of South African lavender pairs seamlessly with the warm, vanilla aroma of benzoin essential oil.  Mineral-rich purple Brazilian clay boosts cleansing properties and protects skin when shaving with a razor.  Poppy...


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Lemongrass-Clove and Poppy Seeds

$ 6.00

The strong citrus smell of lemongrass paired with the deep scent of clove is refreshing.  The poppy seeds scattered throughout exfoliate when rubbed directly on the skin.    Ingredients:  Goat Milk; Saponified Oils of Olive, Coconut, Shea Butter; Yellow Clay; Poppy Seeds; Lemon, Lemongrass, Clove Bud Essential Oils


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