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.
Goat Milk Soap
Patchouli - Ground Oatmeal
This soap has the musky-earthy aroma of patchouli. Patchouli is a scent that divides people: either you love it or you hate it. I LOVE it! We chose to add rhassoul clay, which not only cleans the pores, but is reputed to ease dry skin. Rhassoul clay contains magnesium, silica, potassium, and calcium. The ground oatmeal mixed throughout is...
Patchouli-Lemongrass - Poppy Seeds
While patchouli reminds many people of the 1960’s and hippies, the lemongrass adds a refreshing lemony twist to the musky-earthy aroma of patchouli. The poppy seeds are mildly exfoliating when the soap bar is rubbed directly on skin. For coloring, we added green clay, white kaolin clay, and yellow clay to boost cleansing properties and to prot...
Peppermint - Poppy Seeds
The name says it all. Similar to our eucalyptus soap, this peppermint soap smells like it could open sinuses when used in a hot shower. It is invigorating and refreshing, like an after-dinner candy cane mint. The pink color comes from a rose pink clay which is a kaolin clay recommended for dry skin. As with all clays, the rose clay adds mine...
Our Pumpkin Patch soap could also be named, Pumpkin Pie, or Pumpkin Spice. It seriously smells like the taste of homemade pumpkin pie. The brown color is due to the vanillin content in the fragrance. Ingredients: Goat Milk; Saponified Oils of Olive, Coconut, Shea Butter, Castor; White Kaolin Clay; Ground Tumeric; Fragrance Oil (phthalates-f...
Sandalwood (fragrance oil)
I'd love to say this smells just like true Sandalwood essential oil. But for $83 for half an ounce wholesale, I have to admit I've never smelt true sandalwood essential oil. However, customers have told me this soap smells like the real deal. It is a strong scent which I've seen described as sweet, woodsy, and exotic, and I think that is a go...
Unscented-The Naked Bar
People with skin allergies and irritations often prefer to have no scent and no additives. Our unscented soap is a simply great bar of creamy goat milk soap with raw shea butter and bentonite clay. Bentonite clay is reputed to absorb toxins, while adding slip to protect skin when shaving with a razor. Ingredients: Goat Milk; Saponified Oils...
Walk in the Woods (aka Cypress-Lime with Poppy Seeds)
Formerly named, "Walk in the Woods" because the scent is reminiscent of fresh mountain air. The cypress smells like a forest sweetened by a hint of lime. It really smells fresh! Poppy seeds are a little scratchy when rubbed directly on the skin -- just what you want when washing after a hike in the woods. Ingredients: Goat Milk; Saponified ...