My adventures in soap making began only four months ago. Being brand new to this sort of thing, I had no idea why anyone would want goat's milk in their skin care products. Why can't we just use natural, spring-fed mountain water? I learned that although it would be easier and cheaper to make the soap with water, the final product would not have the amazing hydrating and therapeutic benefits it does with goat's milk.
31 December 2011
Unlike water, goat's milk is rich in fat, protein, vitamins and minerals. Its pH level is similar to that of our skin making it easy for us to absorb and benefit from the many properties the milk offers. I learned that goat's milk's naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acids are great for helping to remove the outermost layer of skin, revealing the fresh, soft skin underneath. I admit it all sounds terrific, but really?
I showered daily for the past four months with our goat's milk soap. My arms and legs are not as dry. My skin is softer. My face, which is prone to breakouts, is remarkably clear. As I still each too many potato chips and don't drink enough water each day, it must be the soap that is making such a difference in the feel and appearance of my skin. The goat's milk we use is also organic, so there are no antibiotics or hormones in the soap. This is great because a mustache is not a good look for me.
So keep your spring water for drinking and cooking, but add goat's milk soap to your cleansing regime. It's moisturizing, vitamin-rich and chemical-free. It also makes nice cheese, but I recommend taking that internally. Preferably with a lively French Gamay wine and some crostini.