Our Soapmaking Process & Ingredients:
Our basic soap recipe
contains only saponified oil (sodium hydroxide, also known as
lye, or water-leached ash, that is reacted with fat or oil), goats'
milk, and water.
To achieve various scents for each
customized batch, we then add the desired essential oil, and/or
fragrance. (Our unscented soaps have nothing added to the basic
The result is then poured into moulds,
and allowed to completely cure.
The milk's lactic acids, which normally
would continue to break down biologically, are chemically bound
up and held immobile by the completed reaction between oil and
lye, becoming available again only when water interacts with the
soap during use.
Because of this, the cured soap will
last indefinitely. After curing, each bar is handcrafted to a
smooth, grit-free finish, and wrapped for sale.
The goat's milk is
filtered but not pasteurized, thus retaining its enzymes and amino
acids. We get it exclusively from our own herd of Swiss (Alpine,
Toggenburg, and Saanen) dairy goats, with whom we share our farm
land here in southern Oregon.
We use filtered, steam-distilled water.
The oil is that of melted vegetable shortening (solid fat of soybean
and cottonseed), allowing a clean, dependable result. Soybean
and cottonseed oils are also mild on the skin.
The quality of any milk, and its potential
odor, are affected by the method of handling it, and also the
type and quality of the animals' feed. Our milk, and consequently
our soap, has no olfactory-detectible, goat-identifiable,
For those concerned about lactose
intolerance: Milk used in soap has no direct relation
to lactose-intolerance. While the milk enzymes and acids are released
into the skin during soap use, these components remain external
to the human digestive system.
In addition, those who cannot digest
cows' milk can often tolerate goats' milk, because of the
difference in lactic acids between the species; therefore, allergic
external skin reactions to goats' milk soap are almost unheard
Using our basic recipe as a
foundation and modifying each batch of soap to achieve a desired
scent allows us to offer three types of soaps:
Scented With Essential Oils: All-natural
soaps scented with pure essential or natural oils only
Scented With Fragrances: Soaps
scented with essential fragrance oils that are derived from
all-natural oils and combined with synthetically formulated
Soaps: Our basic unscented soaps
for those with sensitive skin, allergies, or just a preference
for basic soap.