Updated: Jan 9
Why Goat Milk Soap?
This is a question we hear over and over again – from friends, family, and new customers! Usually, these people are initially confused, because goat milk sounds like a funny ingredient on the surface. But, once informed of the many benefits of our special ingredient, they are pleasantly surprised and excited to give the soap a try. Because we hear this question so often and want to spread the word about how wonderful goat’s milk soap is, we want to dedicate this blog post to just a few of its many benefits! So why DO we create our soaps with goat’s milk?
1. Goat milk is LOADED with nutrients! Goat milk is full of fatty acids and cholesterol (the good kind!) which makes up a large portion of our skin. Without these fatty acids, our skin can become dry and irritated. Goat milk helps to provide these essential nutrients and gently nourish the skin. Additionally, goat milk is a good source of vitamin A and selenium. Vitamin A has been shown to have anti-aging properties, and selenium helps support the skin membrane. Additionally, some studies have shown that selenium can improve psoriasis symptoms like dry skin. All of these nutrients are contained within the fat content of the milk, commonly referred to as the butterfat content. Goat milk butterfat can typically range from 1 – 10%, dependent on the breed of goat. Here is the best part: the goats we raise, Nigerian Dwarf goats, produce the highest butterfat content of all domestic goats. So, you can be sure soaps produced with our milk are high vitamin content moisturizers!
2. Goat milk has anti-inflammatory properties! Because it contains Alpha-hydroxy acids, goat milk has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the skin, which some research suggests may improve acne and other skin conditions (though we are not doctors, so we suggest speaking with your dermatologist or other healthcare professional). This is because lactic acid, a type of alpha-hydroxy acid that occurs in goat milk, has been shown to gently remove dead skin cells. This gently supports the healthy bacteria on the surface of skin, while removing dirt. Additionally, because lactic acid is one of the gentlest alpha-hydroxy acids, goat milk doesn’t strip your skin of healthy bacteria or natural lipids. This makes goat milk soap a great option for those with sensitive skin! This also protects your skin’s surface from pathogens, creating a barrier to defend your skin from irritants.
3. Free of chemicals! Still not convinced? The icing on the cake is that goat milk soap is free of harsh chemicals or exfoliants. Commercially produced soaps contain chemical surfactants, which clean the skin, but also strip it of natural oils and bacteria. This leaves skin feeling dry (so that you will need to buy a lotion, too!). Additionally, these chemical additives can be too harsh for sensitive, young, or aging skin. Goat milk soap offers a gentle, naturally cleansing alternative that is just as effective!
Of course, all the benefits of goat milk in soap are dependent on just how much milk is included in the soap! That is why we only produce our soap with 100% goat milk. On our labels, you won’t find “goat milk blend”, “milk base”, or other terms which allow for the watering down of milk. We want our customers to experience ALL the benefits of goat milk, so we don’t skimp on quality – and you and your skin will feel the difference!