The soap making process
We breed our goats in the fall and kid them in the spring, which provides an ample supply of fresh goat's milk. We use most of it to hand bottle feed our baby goat kids and use what's left to handcraft our goat milk soap.
The entire process takes about a month from the time I milk the goats to the time I cure the soap. While it is a time-consuming process, it's also very satisfying.
Soap making is actually a chemical reaction, careful attention to the recipe must be taken.
Our soaps contain pure goat milk, olive oil, coconut oil and castor oil in addition to lye. Lye must be used in soap making to form the chemical reaction called "saponification", which is what makes soap.
The oils and milk mix with the lye to form what we know of as soap.
Once this reaction takes place the lye is no longer present -- it has dissipated over the one month curing time. The coconut oil hardens the bar and the castor oil is what causes the soap to lather. The olive oil is added to provide moisture and give the soap a luxurious feel to your skin.
The last step is to fragrance the soaps using either a synthetic-based fragrance oil or a plant-based, pure essential oil. I also make an unscented soap for people looking for a pure, more natural soap.
Meet the production team