Why Use Goat Milk Soap

WHY USE HAND MADE G.O.A.T MILK SOAP?

When we make soap, we are only making soap.  Sound obvious?  It isn’t: as we began making goat milk soap, we learned that the term “soap” means a very specific thing.  According to the FDA, soap is “composed mainly of the “alkali salts of fatty acids,” that is, the material you get when you combine fats or oils with an alkali, such as lye.”  This means that soap is a mixture of fats/oils and lye.

So what?  Isn’t that what the bar in my shower is? NO! Here is where we got a pleasant (from our perspective) surprise.  When commercial entities make what you call  soap, they actually chemically remove the fats and oils (known to chemistry geeks as “glycerin”) from the product in order to make lotion, or some other cosmetic application that requires glycerin.  So,  these companies get a “twofer” while you get dry, though clean, skin.  The products sold in stores are better designated as cleansers.  In fact, they can’t call their product soap! Don’t believe me? Walk down the “soap aisle” in your local grocery and you will see facial bars, body bars, face cleansers and so on, but only very few, if any products will be labeled “soap.” According to the FDA, they can’t be unless the fats and oils remain in the product.  To make things more confusing, a company can use synthetic detergents instead of food grade lye, and still call it soap.  So, you don't even really know what you are buying in the stores, even if it says "soap."

We have soap in bar shapes, and may refer to it as a facial “bar,” for example,  out of habit, but you can rest assured that it is actual soap with all the good fats and oils left in to make your skin happy!  We have carefully formulated our recipes to make a soap that is sudsy, smooth and silky soft on your skin.

Now you know why handmade soap is better, let’s learn why G.O.A.T. Milk Soap is even better!

When any soap is made, the lye has to be dissolved into about double the amount of liquid.  Water is fine for this, but when we use goat milk, the skin benefits skyrocket! Goat milk contains proteins that are easily absorbed into your skin, natural alpha hydroxy acids, which can slough away dead skin, and vitamin A and selenium to contribute to your skin’s well being.  Goat milk also adds a great, creamy, silky smooth feeling to the soap that you will love!

Think of it this way: when you make hot chocolate, you can use water or milk.  If you use water, it is pretty good, but when you make hot chocolate with milk, it is smoother, creamier, and more delicious!  Our soap is the same way--just don't eat it!

While we can’t make medical claims, since soap isn’t medicine, many of our clients and friends have been amazed at how our soap has soothed their symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.  We personally have been amazed at how our hands are no longer dry, no matter how often we wash them!

THERE IS NO LYE, AND THAT’S NO LIE!

There is no lye in a finished bar of Quinn Pittman’s G.O.A.T soap.  How is that possible when we MUST make our soap with lye in order for it to be soap?  Enter SAPONIFICATION!  The chemical name of the lye used in hard soap (hard as opposed to liquid soap) is sodium hydroxide.  When you mix the lye/goat milk mixture to fats and oils, the fatty acids bond with the sodium (alkali salts) to form the cleaning part of soap, and the glycerol in the oils bond with the hydroxide to form glycerin--the moisturizing part! The thermodynamic reaction that makes this happen is called “saponification,” which is fun to say.  There is no lye left in any (properly made) soap, just the silky, sudsy G.O.A.T in the shower.

HOW DID QUINN PITTMAN’S G.O.A.T MILK SOAP BEGIN?

Quinn loves his goats, and has since the day he got them. They come when he calls, miss him when he is gone, and follow him like pets--unless the neighbor has some really nice grass on the other side of the fence, of course.  We love Quinn, and like the goats a lot, but we believe that farm animals should benefit the farm.  When we bought Quinn his first goats for his 9th birthday, it was always understood that he would milk them and sell whatever products he made in order to cover some of their costs.  

We didn’t make soap right away because the milk from these little goats is so sweet and delicious. Lots of friends asked us to make some, but It seemed to us that it would be a waste to put this quality food into soap. When our little gals are in milk, we still make cheese, ice cream, yogurt, and, of course, drink the sweet. creamy, farm raised goodness.  

Often though, God leads us where we don’t think we need  to go.  A does produced some early milk that simply didn’t taste good, so soap it was.  The reception we got for our soap was fantastic.  We personally were amazed at just how much better our hand made G.O.A.T soap was, than the commercial bars we had typically used.

Once the gals are out of milk (goats don’t “milk through” like cows--they must be bred every year), our food making activities end, BUT  the soap making doesn’t have to end.  We have great friends and neighbors who breed goats, milk them, and have milk available in our off season.  It is our privilige to buy milk from them to make Quinn Pittman’s G.O.A.T. Milk Soap.