The Secret Power of an Ordinary Soap

Even though soap’s invention dates back to the times of the Babylonians, it’s use and form has changed over the centuries to suit the times. Additions of certain oils, either animal or plant, infusions of herbs and teas, and even grinding it down to flakes to make it multi-purpose, soap is a very versatile substance. Since ancient times, variations of soap have been deployed for cleaning everything from cooking pots to statues, but at its most basic foundation today, soap is a cleanser for the skin.

Ask any small batch soap-maker today, and they’ll offer you a litany of reasons why theirs is the one you need. The truth is, most will do the job, and that is, to clean off dirt and rid the skin of the germs and microbes that might be there. Left unfettered on an unwitting human host, these germs and microbes can blossom into full-blown disease, which can harm not just the individual, but for those with which they come into contact. But here’s the good news: according to the CDC , washing the hands with soap is one of THE most effective ways to remove these harmful residues from the body.

Lathering and scrubbing hands creates friction, which helps lift dirt, grease, and microbes from skin.  Microbes are present on all surfaces of the hand, often in particularly high concentration under the nails, so the entire hand should be scrubbed . – CDC

Given it’s such a simple thing to do, why not wash regularly and often? Some will complain of drying of the skin when washing frequently, and that’s where a good quality soap stands apart from the regular bars. A simple soap, with recognizable, pure ingredients can be your skin’s best defense, not only against harmful germs and microbes, but can possibly decrease the drying and cracking of over-washed skin. Follow your washing with a high quality lotion or cream, and your skin will be kept healthy and soft in between cleanings.

And just a sidenote: there is quite a bit of misinformation about “anti-bacterial” soaps. The CDC ruled several years ago that that term could not be applied to household soaps, and could be only relegated to true healthcare-grade soaps and cleansers, as well as sanitizers of that nature. If you’re unable to get an actual hand-washing done, hand-sanitizers are a fine interim method for keeping germs in check, but are still no replacement for a thorough hand-washing, as sanitizers still don’t lift the grime from your body.

Need help with a good technique for hand-washing? Soap enthusiast Alton Brown provides a great and fun video on its finer points, in addition to discussing why bringing your own soap on the road is a good idea!

 

Goatie Goodness in Small Batches

When you mention the term “goat milk”, some people are quick to come to conclusions related to a goat cheese or goat milk they’ve tasted before. Some are standoff-ish about goat milk, while others are plain goat milk crazy! Where ever you fall on the use of goat milk in skin products, we hope this post helps you learn about some of the reasons why goat milk is both a beneficial and revered ingredient in soaps and lotions, and why it’s so kind to human skin.

What’s Goat (Milk) Got to Do With It?

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Fresh goat milk at our farm

Goat milk in skincare products is really nothing new, its use dating back to the days of Cleopatra (1400 B.C.), who is purported to have used goat milk as a beauty aid, both in skincare routines and bathing. She was definitely on to something, because as it turns out goat milk, is packed with a lot of things naturally, including anti-inflammatory properties, emollient properties, and vitamins A, B6 & B12, lactic acid, fatty acids, and alpha hydroxides. Goat Milk has been used in curtailing acne, helping with eczema, and reducing puffiness and redness in tender skin. Without getting too technical, goat milk just does some things with ease, including raising moisture levels in dry skin, acting as an anti-inflammatory for troubled complexions, and because it’s rich in lactic acid (which is an alpha hydroxy acid), it aids in extremely gentle skin cell exfoliation. Another fun fact? Goat milk is scientifically proven to be closer to human milk.

Is it any wonder we thought it would be a worthwhile ingredient in our own products?

While we can’t make claims for curing what ails you with our soaps and lotions, we do know there are many that use ours (and other’s products made in the same way) because they know it feels terrific on their skin, and they’ve seen a difference in these goat milk products, versus commercial products. And even though some will not be able to tell you about the science behind it, they’ll tell you whether they use their soap in the shower or goat milk lotion for some moisturizing, it is like no other stuff they’ve used, and they’re committed fans of goat milk.

Small Batch Versus Factory-Made

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Baby Bella in our clover field

More than a passing fancy or some skincare trend, so just like any special nichè, the Big Companies want a slice. There are plenty goat milk products on store shelves now,

but with commercially-available items, it’s increasingly hard to tell what you’re getting. What kind of care was taken to make a product that is pure as possible, and that the goats were treated well, or even have a life worth living? There’s concern because some products on the shelves say “goat milk”, but contain little, if any, or worse, the milk has been handled in such a manner that it’s benefits are actually gone, to say nothing about where the “milk” has come from, and the conditions the goats lived in, what they ate, and if they were healthy. If you’re concerned about the treatment of animal-derived ingredients, you should also be concerned with the lifestyle of those goats. It’s doubtful mega-commercial products have any real idea of how the goat milk arrived at their facility, much less the way the goats were treated. Add to that the fact that many commercial soaps contain myriad detergents and preservatives. And don’t even get me started on “anti-bacterial” soaps.

Just like anything out there, it truly is buyer beware.

The FDA says there are very few “pure” soaps even in today’s marketplace, and most actually fall under the category of cosmetic, meaning nearly anything goes as far as ingredients and claims for “fantastic results”. Big budgets for commercial products are spent to woo consumers into believing they are getting the best stuff for their skin, but are they? Read the labels and see for yourself just how many ingredients there are in a lab-produced soap, then compare it to a true artisanal soap; there is a huge difference, and while small batch soap might seem pricey, consider what you’re putting on your family’s skin, and what it takes to help them (or you!) get relief from a cheap “beauty” bar or creams and lotions loaded with petroleum-based and more. Harsh detergents and a litany of other ingredients could be causing far more harm than good for you and your family.

Know Your Maker

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The boys: our first 3 rescues, “drunk” on mama’s milk!

Even if it’s not ours, true artisan, small batch goat milk products might give you the kind of gentle cleansing and moisturizing benefits you’ve been missing in your skin care routine. Ask them (or us!) about the ingredients and where their goat milk comes from. I can tell you there are many people who have been looking for something that was kinder to their skin and gentler for their family. We have heard from people who have sensitive skin, rashes, dry or itchy skin, and they’ve told us goat milk in their soap and lotion is the G.O.A.T. , and we believe them, because we have the same experience!

Whether they’re from our farm or someone else’s, give goat milk soaps and lotions a try. Goat milk could be yours and your skin’s new BFF. It’s pretty much the closest thing to having your own goat!