Category Archives: Handmade Goat Milk Soap

Blog, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest

  • I resolve to write on my blog more often (even if it may not be relevant or interesting, or pertain to soap in any way.  Maybe once a week, but not on the same day.
  • I additionally resolve to post “something” on Facebook, even if it’s only interesting to me.
  • Ok, about Instagram, I may or may not post pictures of myself, but I WILL post pictures of soaps since I like doing that.
  • Pinterest, I’ve got no problems with.  I know how to do that.

This is strictly a goal and by making it public, maybe I’ll stick to it.  Let’s not even mention YouTube.  I’m not ready for that, although I dream about filming a soap making video.  But, I think there are already a bunch of those out there.  Maybe I could make a soap making video outside, in the middle of a snowstorm!  Which rarely happens where I am, so I it may be a while.

I could go viral with that.  Chances are, I would just catch a virus while standing in a snowstorm, making a video about soap.

Make Soap

My definition of fun

If you’ve read this far, thanks for that.  I’m off to make soap now, until next time.

Activated Charcoal Soap

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Patchouli Spearmint Goat Milk Soap

Activated Charcoal is messy by itself.  The fine powder tends to float up in the air and coat things it lands on (if one is not careful).  It’s tough, I’ll give it that.  It makes a BEAUTIFUL soap, however, and for that I can forgive it.  Our Patchouli Spearmint soap not only smells good, it contains this activated charcoal that has been obtained from renewable sources and it swirls and eddies in the soap.  Magically, the charcoal in the soap does not stain and the lather is white.  Why?  I have no idea.  Have you ever tried a soap containing activated charcoal?  It’s feels quite wonderful on the skin and additionally, you may feel as if the world is going to change, or not.  IF I can brave the charcoal, I may add it to another soap soon.

Orchid Soap

Years ago, I bought some orchid extract to use in a soap recipe.  I never used it.  I tend to do that (unfortunately) but lately, I’m trying not to buy anything I do not need since it’s so wasteful.  I actually have an orchid that I decided I could keep in a semi sunny spot in my living room.  The sun is very filtered there and it stays cool.  I really don’t know anything about orchids, other than my own, and other plants I tend to over love until they just die.  This one has stayed around and I feel somewhat proud of that!  It’s about to bloom as you can see in the picture.  So, of course I started to think about orchid soap and this led to orchid extract.  I forgot what it was supposed to do, so I looked it up.  It makes sense – it’s an exotic flower and it can beautify the skin.  Makes perfect sense.  I plan on making some orchid soap as soon as I can!  Yeah, orchid soap!

Orchid, about to bloom after over a year of no blooms at all.

Orchid, about to bloom after over a year of no blooms at all.

Olive Oil, Shea Butter, and Goat Milk!

Quick, what could be better than a soap made with Olive Oil, Shea Butter, and Goat Milk (fresh, raw, Nubian)? Nothing!  Just up today, the original Oakmoss soap for men with the same fragrance oil you remember, but in a soap formulation that is over the top in performance.  The fragrance oil is costly and so the soap is a bit more, but oh so worth it!

Complexion Soap

This week, I’ve been working on a new formula for a complexion soap. My skin has changed and I want a soap that will really moisturize and condition. There are many oils out there that are great for that I’ve never used, so it has been fun to research and explore. I already have some soap that is really great for the face – namely, Tea Tree Oil for oily or acne prone skin and Rhassoul Clay for normal to dry skin. So the new one would be for just dry/mature and an anti aging formula. Sometimes, I think going back in time to look would be better than using the next best ingredient. Time tested ingredients that smart women used way back when would be my choice…So, be on the lookout for that soap!

Paleo Soap

The thing is, a few months ago, I didn’t even know what Paleo was.  Even if I had, I never thought that my family would be on this particular adventure.  Still, there are a few grain eaters left, but myself and one of my kids are full force, all in paleo.  He had to and I’m in with him, for support.  What I have found out as a result, is amazing and terrifying.  What’s amazing is I feel better, my knees no longer hurt, and I don’t crave anything.  I eat less, don’t need to eat more, and I’ve lost that pesky 10 pounds I’ve been packing for the last 10 years.  Simple as that.  The food industry is another story.  That’s the terrifying part.

So, I’m wondering what the ingredients would be in a paleo soap?  Coconut oil, olive oil, lard or beef fat, and flowers, berries, herbs, nuts, and seeds.  Just what I’ve been eating, actually!

 

Questions Answered

Sometimes I am asked what the ingredients are in my soap and other products (besides goat milk!).  Today, I will focus on one such ingredient I use in my soap formulation – that of High Oleic Safflower Oil.  Safflower is one of humanities oldest crops, and it is still around which says something.  High oleic means that it is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids and linoleic acid.  Safflower oil is emollient and it useful for soothing bruises or irritations and it is easily absorbed in the skin.  It has a limited shelf life so in my soap I use only a limited percentage.  It is obtained from the seeds of the flower and can be used in cooking.  I will always use it!  I have used it since I started making soap so it has a special 250px-Illustration_Carthamus_tinctorius0place in my soap and on my shelf of ingredients.  

Citronella to the Rescue (Again)

Once again, Citronella has proven to be an invaluable soap.  It doesn’t leave a bug spray smell behind but I believe the way it must work is that it coats the skin and the bugs just aren’t attracted.  I did find out recently that ants and no-see-ums that live in the grass aren’t always deterred so easily.  I made a spray using the essential oils in the soap and sprayed my son’s shoes, which took care of the problem.  Try our Citronella (You Bug Me) goats milk soap and see for yourself!  It has a pleasant smell and for being outdoors, it is invaluable.  Many people use this as a dog soap.  If you have hard water though, soap may not rinse out completely from a dog’s fur, or your hair for that matter.  It isn’t guaranteed to work against all bugs, but it is a great alternative to chemicals.