Our Process & Ingredients
People have made soap for thousands of years. The process is still the same, but technology has made the job easier and safer.
Why use Goat’s milk?
We raise dairy goats. We try to use the abundant volume of milk our ladies produce in many ways, as we are so grateful for their providence.
Soap making was a natural extension of our homesteading ideals, and it just so happens the goats milk adds an additional layer of decadence to the fabulous properties of homemade soap!
The fats, sugars, protein, vitamins, and minerals in the raw milk enhance the lather and skin nurturing benefits of the finished product, while contributing to the sustainability goals we have set for our little farm. We can’t abide by wasting a precious drop!
Unlike other soap makers, we use 100% goats milk as the liquid in our soap, except in our wine and beer soaps.
Along with this fresh, raw goats milk from our own LaMancha dairy goats, we use Food Quality oils, herbs, and botanicals in our soap recipes.
We use essential oils and/or skin-safe fragrance oils to fragramce our soaps. We source these from reputable manufacturers that provide batch information and safety tested usage rates for them.
We use several methods to color our soaps. Clays, herbs, spices, and botanicals – either infused in olive oil or added directly to the soap, impart their soft, natural hues. Skin-safe mica colorants are used in some of our soaps, to provide a more fun palette than can be produced otherwise.
We make several soaps that are uncolored and unscented, for those with sensitive skin and noses.
We hand make our soaps in small batches, so each bar is unique and one-of-a-kind.
Our products are clearly labeled so you can decide which of our soaps is best for you and your family.
Traditionally, lye was produced by running water through hardwood ashes. The fats of choice (whatever was native and available – lard at hog processing season, olive oil in southern Europe, etc.) were combined in a big kettle over an open fire with the lye solution. It took lots of heat, stirring and time to create the soap. This is why soap making was often done only once a year, and they made enough to do a year’s worth of bathing, laundry, and dishwashing. You may have had elderly relatives share stories of how difficult it was to make, and how harsh the soap was until it aged. Everything was more difficult back then!
We now can purchase pure lye of known concentration, and have mathematical calculations to determine exact measurements to make sure the soap is gentle, safe – and no open fire kettle is required!
Clean & Simple
Essential Oils + Goat Milk Soap
We use essential oils and/or skin-safe fragrance oils to scent our fragranced soaps, sourced from reputable manufacturers that provide batch information and safety tested usage rates for them.