Goat milk contains over fifty vitamins and nutrients. A stand out is how high in Vitamin A it is, containing up to 47% more than cow's milk, which is connected to skin health and cell rejuvenation. It naturally contains alpha hydroxy acids that help slough away dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. The antioxidants that are found in both goat milk and many of the plant based oils we use in our soaps also have skin-related health benefits to note. But I think one of the best reasons to use goats milk is the “superfatting” that occurs thanks to the high butterfat content of the goat milk we use. Part of our herd are Nigerian Dwarfs—they produce less milk than standard size dairy goats, but they are a dairy goat breed and with the highest butterfat content of all the breeds to boot! We also have Nubians for that reason as well. This extra rich creamy milk helps produce a mild and moisturizing soap for you.
Cold Process soapmaking is a lengthy process. It might be made in a morning—but it takes four to six weeks for the saponification process to complete and the soap to completely cure. Given this time frame, many large scale companies do not produce soap, but a synthetic knock-off, using harsh chemicals to mimic both the soapmaking process as well as cheaper substitues to some of the more expensive ingredients used in soapmaking. Oftentimes what you are using is actually detergent, not soap. A few things to look out for (and avoid) when buying soap are parabens, sulfates and triclosan.
And you have to watch not only what is added to your soap, but what is taken out. Glycerin, which is a natural byproduct of soapmaking, is prized for its moisturizing and humectant properties. So much so that some large scale businesses extract the glycerin from their “soaps” to use for more expensive cosmetics such as facial creams. Purchasing your soap from a person or business that handcrafts cold process soap ensures that glycerin and its wonderful benefits stay in your soap!
Thank you for allowing me this moment on my, well, my soapbox! If you have any questions about our soaps, out goats, our farm, or even starting a small business, please feel free to send me an email. I always love “talking shop” with friends.