What's up with Goat Milk Soap?
A large majority of people have never used handmade soap before. In fact, most people have never used soap before. Wait....what?
If you take a look at commercial products sold in stores, it's likely you won't find the term "soap" on the package. Commercial soap sold in stores is often made with chemical detergents, hardeners, and synthetic lathering agents. Some of these ingredients can be drying or irritating on the skin. On the other hand, handmade soap is created with rich oils, butters, liquids, and lye and does not contain these harsh ingredients.
Handmade soap also contains glycerin. Glycerin is a humectant that attracts moisture from the air to the skin. It's produced naturally during the soapmaking process. It's one of the things that make handmade soap so amazing! Some commercial soaps remove the glycerin from the bars and sell it to make lotions and creams. Without glycerin, commercially prepared soap isn't nearly as skin-loving and can leave the skin feeling dry.
But what's up with goat milk soap?
When you include goat milk in handmade soap, it adds another layer of skin nourishment. Milk kicks it up a notch so to speak making for a rich creamy lather that your skin just loves.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids - Goat milk has various alpha-hydroxy acids known to aid in removing dead skin cells. The acids, specifically lactic acid, work as a dissolving agent that eliminates the bonds between the cells of dead skin.
Vitamins - Goat milk has several vitamins, including vitamin B12, C, B6, E, and vitamin A. These vitamins are great for repairing damaged skin and for helping protect healthy skin cells. Vitamin A specifically, has been shown to have anti aging properties.
Cream - You probably don't consider cream as being an essential ingredient for natural soaps. The fat in cream acts as a boosted moisturizer, allowing goat milk soap to moisturize your skin better than regular soap.
Low pH - Goat milk soap has a closer pH to our skin than commercially produced soap. Our skin has an average pH of 5.5 but commercially produced soap has an average pH of 9.5-11. Ouch! The higher the pH, the more damaging it can be to your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. That means that commercially produced soaps can be very irritating to your skin. Water has a pH of 7 while goat milk soap has an average pH of 6.4. So what does that mean? Goat milk soap is as easy on your skin as bathing with water making it much more tolerable and less damaging to your skin.
So what makes our goat milk soap special?
Our goat milk is not bought at the grocery store. It's also not pasteurized in any way. Our goat milk is sourced from our very own farm, simply strained, and placed in the fridge. Kept raw and fresh. We have a personal relationship with each of our goats and hand milk each one daily. No mechanical milking machines here! We feed only organic grain, alfalfa pellets, and top-quality hay so they can produce the best milk they possibly can.