Why is Goat Milk Soap better for my skin?
After days of no showering with a new baby you may be thinking it's time for one (a shower that is..) But, your baby remembers you by that special scent, right?
It's OK!! There is soap that's even gentle enough to use on that brand new bundle of joy. When you can't even take a shower or bath by yourself anymore, bring 'em on in. Trust me, I've been there... 4 times. And that's nothin' compared to my mom that had 8 (babies that is..)!
There are so many things that you can use goat milk for, but soap??!!
Yes! It makes the best soap.
I used to have cracks on my hands & knuckles every winter. Like, bad. Seriously bad. It took awhile, but after using goat milk soap for a few weeks, no more cracks. That totally sounds like an infomercial, but we have other testimonials from real customers!
We have families that have rid themselves of rashes or eczema, and can't believe how soft their skin is after using goat milk soap!!
Now, for the title of the blog...
"Why is your soap better for my skin than soap at the store?"
Is natural - the way our ancestors made soap.
It contains glycerin naturally, which attracts moisture from the air to the skin.
Goat milk makes the soap even more moisturizing.
Contains good-for-you oils.
Has naturally occurring vitamins if made with goat milk
The oils I use can vary depending on what outcome I need in the finished bar. Like my Facial Bar has more coconut oil for more cleansing, and Butter Bar has more butters & olive oil to make it great for dry winter skin.
"So what's so bad about store bought soap?"
Strips your skin of moisture (instead of adding it back)
Sometimes the glycerin is removed to resell for use in making lotions & creams.
Contains chemicals that you can't pronounce.
Is more like detergent
Now, if you stick a bar of soap in your eye, it's gonna burn whether it's handmade or the "turtledove" soap at the store. But my kids claim it doesn't burn (I think it does, but if it makes them take a shower, my work here is done!)
I have a lot of people ask "How on earth do you make soap out of GOAT MILK??!!"
I have to say, the first time making soap I was very scared about screwing something up. I mean, I'd be working with lye!
And, Yes, you have to use lye (sodium hydroxide) to make soap or it's not really soap.
Yes, lye is dangerous, I wear goggles while making soap (don't want any splatters in my eyeballs while stick blending!)
"OK, so, why are you telling me this, it will scare me from using natural homemade soap?!" "How can this be safe to use?"
Well, in your finished soap there is NO lye. When you mix lye with a liquid (goat milk, beer, coffee, water) then blend with melted oils, it goes through a chemical process called saponification. That chemical process changes the oil into soap and glycerin. So no lye is present in the final product.
It really is a science, wait, didn't I say I'd never need that after school??
All the oils are melted together in a glass bowl (no metal, and no plastic unless you want your plastic to taste like soap). Lye is added to frozen goat milk and completely dissolved before adding to the oils. Once the lye/milk mixture is added to the oils you stick blend until it just starts to get thick. That's when I add essential oils, fragrance oils, colors or none of the above, and pour into a 5 pound mold.
The soap loaf then goes into our freezer for 6-8 hrs. (or a day if I forget about it). This is because the goat milk causes the soap to heat up, you wouldn't believe how hot it really gets. I started out not doing this step and would get huge cracks in the top of the soap from the heat trying to escape. So into the freezer it goes.
A couple days later it can be unmolded and sliced.
But, it's not ready to be used yet! This natural soap has to cure for 4-6 weeks to make a hard, long-lasting bar of luxurious skin loving soap. For impatient people like us, it's hard to do, but necessary.
Ready to pamper yourself with soft moisturized skin?