.A question I get asked quite a bit when I'm at festivals is "why do you use goat's milk in your soaps?" We own a small herd of dairy goats that produce more milk than we can consume each day. When we first bought our goats from a wonderful couple who we've become great friends with, we had no intention of making soap. The woman, Mrs. Louise, had a small soaping business and gifted us a few bars of her soap. Once we tried it, we were hooked. It made our skin feel so wonderful and it helped a few skin problems my sons were experiencing. A short time later, she decided to retire from soap-making for health reasons, so I asked her if she would teach me to make soap. She graciously agreed and even shared her recipe with me. After learning the basics, I developed the recipe that I use now. So, what is so special about goat milk soap? Well, goat milk is naturally high in alpha-hydroxys. This means that it has the ability to gently slough off dead skin. Also, goat milk is high in selenium, which is wonderful for the skin. It also is loaded with various vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin k, and more. The natural sugars in the milk help the soap to create a great lather and the fat in the milk add creaminess to the soap. All of these things put together make for a luxurious skin treat. When we make soap, we use raw goat milk. This milk has been hand-milked from one of our beautiful goats, filtered to remove any debris, and frozen so as not to scorch the milk when we add the lye to it. We make sure to keep our temperatures as low as possible when we make soap to help keep the integrity of the milk and other ingredients intact. To the milk and lye mixture, we add a proprietary blend of olive, coconut, rice bran, lard, cocoa butter and castor oil to make the soaps that we have come to love. We add amazing fragrances, essential oils, and colorants to give our soaps a unique look to match the unique feel you will get when using a bar. Making soap has become a passion and I strive to make the best soaps I can for my family as well as yours.