Goat's milk soap is, just that, soap made using goat's milk. Natural soap is usually made with a mixture of lye and water. With goat's milk soap you replace some or all of the water with the milk of a goat. Making soap this way is more difficult because you have to regulate the temperature of the milk. If the temperature gets too high, you will cook out the nutrients contained in the milk. So, when you add your lye, instead of adding it all at once, you have to add it in small amounts over time. This takes longer, but, the benefits are well worth the wait.
When making soap, you want to include a high mixture of saturated and unsaturated fats. Saturated fats are good for a soap's lather and bubble production. Unsaturated fats are good for moisturizing and conditioning the skin. Goat milk is rich in both saturated and unsaturated fats, making it ideal for soap production.
Most store bought soaps contain harsh surfactants that can dry your skin by stripping it of it's natural oils. What’s more, many commercially made soaps aren’t real soap. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), only a few soaps on the market are true soaps, while the majority of cleansers are synthetic detergent products. Detergent's are popular because they make suds easily in water. Some of these detergent products are actually marketed as "soap" but are not true soap according to the regulatory definition of the word.
Goat's milk soap is growing in popularity because of it's soothing properties and small ingredient list. Goat milk has many benefits that can help to improve your skin.
Goat milk has a high concentration of fats, like caprylic acid, which gently removes dirt without removing the natural fatty acids of your skin.
Goat's milk soap may help with acne. Goat milk is full of vitamins and minerals that can help with redness and irritation. The pH of goat milk is closer the the pH of your skin that water is. This can help to further soothe your skin.
Goat milk contains alpha-hydroxy acids (such as lactic acid). This can help to break down dead skin cells. Many commercial skincare products use glycolic and salicylic acid, which comes with the warning of "beware of dryness and inflammation." The lactic acid in healthy goat milk does not have these side effects.
Goat milk contains vitamin A which repairs skin tissues and reduces wrinkles. So goat's milk soap can contribute to healthier, younger looking skin.
Finally, recent research suggests goat's milk soap may help to support a healthy microbiome (healthy bacteria) on the surface of your skin.
Goat's milk is obviously not vegan. So, if you're vegan then this is not the soap for you. But, otherwise, you need to try out this soap! We believe you'll love it.