Our Goat's Milk Soap Ingredients and why we Chose Them
As you may know, skin is the bodys' largest organ. It absorbs everything you put on it, especially when you are taking a warm bath or shower, this is when your pores are open/enlarged and more likely to take in what's on your skin.
Artificial and chemical ingredients can cause skin issues and bad reactions. Some ingredients used as preservatives such as Parabens might even be linked to breast cancer.
I like to say, "if you can't put it in your body, it shouldn't go on your skin either". Now, this doesn't really apply to everything, I mean, I really don't like to eat lipstick or blush, but it's nice to know that it wouldn't harm me if I accidentally ingested some.
Our Ingredients and Why we Chose Them
First and foremost, Goat's milk is amazing and years ago, I never ever thought that I would be spreading the word and promoting this white creamy beverage as something to put on your skin.
Goat's milk is delicious and loaded with vitamins, minerals, complete protein, essential fats, pre-biotics and so much more, so why wouldn't it be good for your skin too? It's amazing!
Let's take a look at all the ingredients we use and a quick list of their benefits for the skin:
Raw Goat's Milk: We use only raw goat's milk in our soaps as well as for drinking, making butter, cream and cheese here on the farm, why? Because raw milk contains all of the friendly bacteria and enzymes that are vital for gut health and also benefit the skin's health and the microbiome in so many ways.
Pasteurization of milk will kill off most of these benefits and also give it a nasty smell (if you did a side by side comparison sniff test with pasteurized and unpasteurized milk, it's a big difference, the raw milk smells sweet, fresh and clean while the pasteurized milk smells sour and tastes stale in my opinion) and that's why we make our soaps at very low temperatures (below 95f), to keep all of the ingredients viable. Otherwise, what's the point of using the raw milk?
Raw Milk Cultured Yogurt: This is an amazing addition to a soap as it will contain billions of live friendly bacteria and tons of benefits to the skin just as yogurt taken internally does, just don't eat your soap, it doesn't tastes very good. Side story: I actually did have a customer take a bite of one of my chocolate soaps thinking it was a sample of fudge. I'm sure she'll never recommend our fudge to anyone after that!
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is just an all-around awesome oil. It has excellent skin cleansing properties, helps reduce or prevent acne, removes dirt and dead skin cells and helps to firm and tone the skin among other great benefits. Coconut oil also has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties without being harsh and killing off your little bacterial soldiers like hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps can.
Sunflower oil: Now this one is a bit different as most people are used to cooking with this specific oil instead of putting it on their skin, but there's a few reasons we use it. Sunflower oil is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin E which promotes skin health. These vitamins act as antioxidants. They help in regenerating damaged skin cells and getting rid of the acne causing bacteria. The oil is light and non-greasy and thus, it gets absorbed in the skin easily without clogging your pores.
ZERO Percent Water:
We use full fat, unaltered, raw goat's milk and/or raw goat's milk yogurt as the liquid portion in soap making. We will never add water or cheap fillers and you'll be able to tell the difference of our full milk soaps compared to one that is only a small percentage of milk.
Other Ingredients you Might Find in our Soaps:
Aside from our base ingredients, you will find that our colored and scented soaps have a few extra ingredients such as Rose Clay, Activated Charcoal, Organic Green tea Extract, Grapefruit extract, Organic Cacao, Moringa leaf powder, Kaolin Clay, Coconut Shreds, Colloidal Oatmeal, Vitamin E oil, Essential oils and herbal extracts that we make right here on our farm.
We chose only natural ingredients to color and scent our soaps to minimize skin reactions and toxins entering the bloodstream.
Our soaps are never tested on animals, after all, we're not selling them to animals, we are selling them to humans so we test them on other humans and get feedback from them as animals can't talk anyway and would never be able to tell us what their favorite scents and colors are!
*side note, we do wash our animals with our soaps because they are so mild and gentle.
OMG You Put Lye in Your Soap? Won't it Burn your Skin off?
A short lessen on Lye. Remember back in the old days when Grandma made her Lye soap and it kinda burned your skin and made you itchy, dry, and scratchy? Yeah, that's some harsh soap and it totally wasn't Grandmas fault either. She did the best she could eyeballing the amount of Lye she thought was right for her batch of soap. But guess what? Too much lye equals a harsh soap and Grandma didn't have it as easy as we do, we actually have scientific Lye calculators that help us determine how much lye to put in a batch that will saponify (turn into soap) all the various oils and fats based on their fatty acid profiles. Sounds pretty smart, right?
I can tell you that we always superfat our batches of soap, which means going over the recommended fats and oils to create a mild bar without the chance of any bit of lye being unsaponified (not turned into soap). This means that there is ZERO lye remaining in the final product.
Without Lye, you cannot make soap. Lye is what turns those fats and oils into soap, no matter what anyone says, it's not possible, we checked, I promise.
The only way you wouldn't have to use lye as an ingredient to make soap is if you used a soap base (which was made using lye) , then you can melt it down and add whatever other herbs, scents and additives to it, but we like to make our own from scratch to be sure we have control of what's going in it.
Things you won't find in our soaps:
Borax (sodium borate)
SLS (sodium laurel sulfate)
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
Synthetic perfumes and fragrances
Nothing weird or harmful
We hope that this article has been insightful and has helped you understand our ingredient list and why we use them. Enjoy our soaps!