Updated: Nov 14
Imagine a civilization without soap. No clean clothes, no clean wounds, and no clean bodies. Soap has been around since the 3rd millennium BC from Mesopotamian. Romans, Germans, and Egyptians all had a calling for soap; at first, it was mainly for laundry use and keeping the body clean; however nice the soap was, it was expensive. Then in the early 1800s, soaping underwent a few changes and became affordable. As a result, more people begin using soap because of the price and less invasive uses.
Soap changed the world because it's no longer a luxury item as it was a necessity and a way of fighting infection in everyday life. However, soap is neither a trend nor a fad; "It's our future rooted in the past." Goat Milk Soap is just one more vessel with different strips.
An Awesome Discovery
In 1811, food scientist Nichols Appert invented the process of evaporation of cow milk. Twenty years later, John P. Meyenberg of Meyenberg Milk Products Company in California patented the evaporation process, but used goats, which led to the successful creation of milk soap.
Thanks to the evaporation process, when making goat milk soap, a mixture of half water and half evaporated milk is needed to dissolve the lye solution, primarily the water portion; this helps to keep the milk from burning and overheating. Sodium hydroxide has a temperate upwards of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, once the milk burns, it must be discarded.
The evaporation process was the only way to make milk soap; however, today, we can freeze milk and work with it frozen. Soaps Creams & Things believe frozen goat milk has more benefits than evaporated milk. Rather than adding water, we use the frozen milk to dissolve the sodium hydroxide one tablespoon at a time. We are careful that the temperature does not exceed 65 degrees, and using an ice bath keeps the goat milk and lye cool. Once the temperature gauge starts to climb, the milk is allowed to cool until it is at or below 65 degrees Without the use of sodium hydroxide, there is no way oils can turn into soap; this is true for all types of soap making because when an acid (lye) and a base (oils) combine, they neutralize each other and make a salt called "Soap."
Soaps Creams & Things has Milk Soaps
Through evaporation, making milk soaps became possible. However, there are many ways to make milk soap today, and not all methods are created equal.
With ultra pasteurization, the natural bacteria become altered when heated. But since goat milk is for soap making, pasteurization is not beneficial. Raw goat milk is 100 percent fat, has nutrients, good bacteria, and natural water that evaporated milk does not have. What matters is that nutrients and immune-enhancing components get weakened when exposed to high heat during the evaporation process. Many soap makers buy inexpensive goat milk because it's easier to find. Locating a lactating goat for fresh milk can be challenging but not impossible. Soaps Creams & Things sources its raw goat milk from local goat herders.
Others still use evaporated goat milk, possibly because they have not mastered the art of not burning the milk, which can get expensive. Plus, evaporation has gone through so many processes that it's not the same as a hundred years ago. Still, others use water and pour a small amount of goat milk and call it Goat Milk Soap.
Synthetic soaps have ingredients that are harmful to the skin, for example, titanium dioxide. Titanium dioxide is a filler that some soap makers use to whiten their soap; this ingredient is banned in the UK as a cancer agent. Soaps Creams & things do not use synthetic fragrances; all of our fragrances are essential oils sourced from their natural origin because synthetic skin care products have failed us. Instead, we have chapped, cracking, itchy, irritated skin or developed psoriasis.
Soaps Creams & Things have a short and natural ingredient list that is safe, conditioning, and moisturizing. We do not use fillers. Instead, we use ingredients clays like China White (Kaolin). Kaolin Clay improves acne, manages dry skin, and absorbs excess oils. In addition, Kaolin clay is the mildest and most gentle clay used in skin care.
Soaps Creams & Things do not use dyes to color soap; dyes are harmful to the skin because they get absorbed into our bloodstream through our pores. Turmeric is one of many herbs we use in coloring soap due to its beautiful and different shades of bronze to yellow. Turmeric is an herb that has been used for hundreds of years; it's native to southern India and Indonesia. Although modern science is just now studying turmeric, with hundreds of years in use, modern science should have no problem gathering its data quickly. Healthline gives turmeric credit for healing wounds because the curcumin decreases inflammation and oxidation. Treats psoriasis by controlling flare ups due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities. Turmeric also treats acne scarring and scabies.
Feeling and looking fabulous benefits
A gentle cleanser, harsh additives, and preservatives can cause people to have allergic reactions and develop psoriasis, irritations, or dry skin. It's no secret that surfactants get added and strip skin of natural moisture. The fat level in goat milk is high; one cup has 10 grams of fat with 7 grams of saturated fat and Caprylic acid. That is one creamy soap bar.
The skin membranes need rich nutrients, fatty acids, selenium, and cholesterol. Without these nutrients, dryness and irritation will happen.
Goat Milk improves dry skin because a lack of moisture causes dry skin; goat milk soap is a hydrating soap. Medications cause lipid damage, causing more dryness. Using goat milk soap supports and rehydrates the skin's moisture level.
Goat Milk Soap is a natural exfoliant. Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) are the exfoliant that gently removes dead skin cells and helps new ones resurface. Alpha-hydroxy acids provide a more youthful complexion because when skin is healthy, we look healthy.
Goat milk soap supports the skin microbiome; this is the amount of healthy bacteria on our skin's surface. Over-pasteurization of goat milk affects this.
Acne prevention, lactic acid helps control acne because it cleans pores out. When a pore becomes infected, it becomes red and inflamed, and finally, it collects pus and needs to be removed or squeezed. Lactic acid keeps pores free of dirt, oil, and excess sebum. Keeping pores clean helps them breathe and prevention of acne.
In summary, raw goat milk is rich in minerals and vitamin A and has natural barrier protection, that increases lipid defense for healthy skin.
Soap is neither a trend nor a fad; "It's our future rooted in the past." Goat Milk Soap is just one more vessel toward healthy skin.