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As the general public becomes more aware of what they’re putting on and on their body, goats milk soap and other, more natural, body products have been receiving a lot of attention.
What Goats Milk Does for Your Skin
Our Nigerian Dwarfs have a very high butterfat content to their milk. This excellent fat translates into moisturizing benefits in soap. While many commercial soaps can dry out your skin, the fats in goats milk soap combats dry skin and keeps you well moisturized. This is especially beneficial in the dry winter months
Lactic acid, which is naturally occurring in goats milk, is also great for the skin. This helps to break down dead skin cells and remove them. You’ll see a lot of commercial soaps that add in alpha-hydroxy acid for this benefit, but goats milk has it naturally.
Goats milk is also very high in vitamins and minerals. Vitamin A, which is high in goats milk, has been shown to have a lot of benefits for the skin.
Buying Small Helps Us All
Goats milk soap is sold by a lot of small, home operations. You can find tons of great sellers on Etsy or at your local mom and pop stores. Buying your soap from small sellers can really help a local farm or hard working family directly. It also assures you get a very natural product, generally with no more than 5 ingredients, most of which you can find in your own cupboards.
Make it Yourself
A lot of people find soap making intimidating, especially when it’s cold processes soap involving lye. Let me tell you though, if I can do it, you can do it.
A great place to start is by finding a good Lye Calculator online. This is a great way to play with combining ingredients and seeing the resulting properties of the soap. You can create your very own unique blend without having to waste ingredients.
After you think you a recipe you like, watch some videos and read up on the processes of using lye and the saponification process. Get comfortable with the science of soap making.
Then dive in! Find a local farm that you can connect with to get a steady supply of raw goats milk and go to town. You’ll love the results.
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