What soap is best for your skin? Most who have tried it will agree with the opinion of experts - goat milk soap is the heavyweight champion of beneficial skin nourishing soaps.
Jamie Cunningham is the owner and handmade goat milk soap expert at Whitetail Lane Farm in State College. At her farm, she oversees the production of different types of handmade goat milk soap, ranging in varieties from charcoal to exotic blends.
Goat Milk Soap Fact #1: Goat milk soap and goat milk lotion improve your skin’s complexion
“Goat Milk Soap is the best soap that you can use for your skin,” Cunningham says. “Our soaps are made with all natural ingredients and milk from our own herd of goats. It gently cleanses your skin but has no drying detergents like regular store bought soaps. It’s great for dry, acne and problem skin. Unlike commercial soaps that contain detergents and synthetic vitamins, our goat milk soap retains their natural properties throughout the soaping process to pass those benefits into your skin.”
Top benefits of using goats milk soap and lotion include:
• Goat milk is high in Vitamins and minerals
• Gently cleanses the skin
• Keeps your skin healthy and moisturized
• Removes dead unwanted skin and encourages new skin growth
Goat milk soap fact #2: It is a serious weapon in the fight against acne
Yep, goat milk soap contains a huge amount of a nutrient which skin absolutely loves - Vitamin A. These high levels make it a good choice in the fight against acne.
“If you are suffering from acne, goats milk soap could actually be good for you. Its exfoliating properties help to remove the dead skin that’s causing your pores to clog and produce that unwanted acne,” Cunningham says. “Goat milk soap opens up your pores treating acne at the root of the problem, delaying the growth of microbial organisms that cause acne.”
Goat Milk Soap Fact #3: It helps to rid the body of dead skin cells
It’s true - experts believe that the lactic acid naturally found in goats milk give it perfect exfoliating properties.
“Goat Milk contains alpha-hydroxy acids (lactic acids) that help break down dead skin cells. Alpha-hydroxy acids are great at exfoliating and as you exfoliate they increase the blood flow to that area, rejuvenating the skin,” Cunningham notes. “Over time, if dead skin cells are left on the skin they will build up on the surface causing your skin to age. Many of our soap users have told us that their skin feels smoother after using our soap.”
Goat Milk Soap Fact #4: It helps to brighten your skin’s tone
Lactic acid strikes again! This gentle process helps to make your skin look and feel younger. You may even find your need for moisturizers diminishing due to the beneficial aspects of your goat milk soap and lotion.
“Goat Milk has proteins that are known to reduce hyper pigmentation and darkening of the skin. Using goat milk soap on a daily basis will remove those unwanted dead skin cells leaving your skin with that desired youthful appearance,” Cunningham says. Bonus: “Goat's Milk also contains probiotics which are living microorganisms that help protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet light.”
Goat Milk Soap Fact #5: It is one of the best moisturizers you can buy.
“Goat milk soap has natural glycerin and while most soap manufacturers remove the glycerin, we leave it in. Glycerin penetrates the skins surface leaving a thin layer of moisture after use. It also has various fatty acids that are hydrating in nature. Those fatty acids are extremely helpful to those of us that have dry, sensitive skin. As a natural moisturizer, goat milk soap keeps skin moist.”
Goat Milk Soap Fact #6: It is naturally gentle and pH balanced
This means goat milk soap is easy on your skin, making it simpler for you to absorb it’s beneficial elements.
“Goat Milk Soap has a ph similar to your skin’s ph, while it helps reduce your acne it also prevents your skin from becoming rough and scaly in appearance,” says Cunningham. Goat milk lowers the pH of the soap which makes a mild bar that isn’t harsh on your skin.”
Goat Milk Soap Fact #7: Contains minerals that help keep your skin healthy
Goats milk contains skin-nourishing minerals such as selenium and vitamin A.
“Goat milk contains vitamins and other skin nourishing nutrients- Vitamins C, D, B and A, as well as zinc, proteins, fatty acids and iron that are absorbed into the skin. Goat milk soap is high in Vitamin A and E which help to rejuvenate your skin, it reduces lines and wrinkles.”
Goat Milk Soap Fact #8: It is naturally anti-bacterial
“Goat milk does have anti-bacterial properties that can eliminate or reduce acne altogether, also helping to reduce the swelling and itching that acne can cause. Goat milk is also known to have extra proteins that neutralize acne causing bacteria.”
Goat Milk Soap Fact #9: Doesn’t irritate the skin
Goat milk soap is naturally gentle and doesn’t contain harsh industrial chemicals. That makes it an ideal choice for anyone who’d like a gentler soap for their face or skin condition like psoriasis or acne.
“Goat milk soap are free from harmful chemical and have ingredients you can pronounce. Being natural it is soft on the skin,” says Cunningham.
Goat Milk Soap Fact #10: Nourishes the skin with a high vitamin-A level
Vitamin A has been shown to help repair damaged skin, helping to give goat milk soap and lotions anti-aging properties. Goat milk soap has much more than just vitamin A though.
“Goat milk contains vitamins and other skin nourishing nutrients- Vitamins C, D, B and A, as well as zinc, proteins, fatty acids and iron that are absorbed into the skin. Goat milk soap is high in Vitamin A and E which help to rejuvenate your skin, reducing lines and wrinkles.”
Goat Milk Soap Fact #11: Perfect for skin that is dry or sensitive
Because of it’s nourishing qualities, goat milk soap and lotion is used for conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
“People who suffer from dry, sensitive skin and other skin disorders should use goat milk soap daily,” Cunningham says. “It combines nourishing ingredients and that natural exfoliate that works wonders on problem skin.”
Goat Milk Soap Fact #12: Goat milk soap is packed full of fatty acids and triglycerides. Goat milk soap and goat milk lotion contain alpha hydroxy acids, which help give the skin a youthful glow.
Goat Milk Soap Fact #13: Goat milk soap uses all natural ingredients
Goat Milk Soap Fact #14: Naturally occurring anti-inflammatory elements
“Goat milk is unique in that it contains a fat molecule that not only moisturizes your skin but has anti-inflammatory properties,” Cunningham says. “It helps to soothe irritated skin and prevent further swelling. Similar to how goat milk has been linked to reducing stomach issues and reactions, the same properties can be absorbed through the skin soaking up those same benefits.”
Goat Milk Soap Fact #15: Way better than regular factory soap
“Often times factory made soap are made with cheap ingredients that you can’t pronounce, harsh chemicals and detergents that are drying and irritating. They strip the good qualities of soap to use in other more profitable products,” Cunningham says. “On the other hand, our goat milk soaps are created with oils, milk and lye that do not contain these harsh ingredients. Our handmade goat milk soap provides great chemical free options that have many benefits listed above.”
Steps to making goat milk soap
Our recipe combines luxurious oils with goat milk and lye to create a hard, long lasting, and good for your skin bar of soap. Each batch is weighed, hand mixed and hand poured in small batches. We use the cold process method and it involves mixing purified lye and frozen goat milk with our oil mix (We use palm oil, olive oil and coconut oil, Avocado oil, Shea butter and Castor Oil.) Once the soap mixture has been blended to trace we add fragrance oils to lightly scent the goat milk soap. The soap is then poured into molds and let to set overnight. The following day we cut the loaves into 5 ounce bars and it is left to cured for around 5 weeks. Before packing we check each bar to make sure their appearance, pH, scent and weight are up to our standards.
Whitetail Lane Farm’s Suggested Beginner Soap Recipe:
7 oz. Coconut Oil
12 oz. Palm Oil
15 oz. Olive Oil
4.6 oz. Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
11. oz. Frozen Goat Milk
Large mixing bucket
Lye (sodium hydroxide)
Frozen Goat Milk
Mold - Can be as simple as a box lined with parchment paper or a silicone mold.
~ Put on protective clothing – gloves, soap jacket, hair net
~ Weigh out oils in large bucket, set aside. Weigh out frozen goat milk in lye bucket. Weigh out lye in lye container. Add LYE to frozen goat milk and mix well until completely incorporated. Check on back of spatula to make sure all lye is dissolved
~ Add lye mixture to oils. Blend until a light trace
~ Add colorant and fragrance oil, mix until a medium trace. Add in poppy seeds and stir with a spatula.
~ Pour mixture into mold, evenly spreading throughout the mold
~ Spray tops with rubbing alcohol
~ Let sit for 24 hours, un-mold and cut into desired slices