Let's talk Soap
Not a whole lot happening on the farm. I thought I would talk about soap making. I am constantly reading up and learning.
We got our first Nigerian dwarf goats in 2013. Bamboo was pregnant and had twins, Prim and Callie. It just grew from there and we now have 18. 9 does, 7 wethers and 2 bucks.
Prim, Callie and Hailey kidded this year, giving us 10 kids. We dam raise unless the mom rejects one of the kids. The babies stay with mom until they are 2-3 weeks, then we separate at night. We milk mom partially in the morning and allow the babies to finish it off and stay with her the rest of the day. Our goats are healthy, happy and well loved.
We drink raw goats milk. If you have the yuk factor with goat milk, fresh milk is nothing like you buy at the store. To us it taste just like cow milk but maybe a bit sweeter.
Goat milk is renowned for its moisturizing and skin healing properties. It contains natural essential fatty acids that have a pH balance very similar to the that of the skin on the human body. It also contains triglicerides and is readily absorbed by our skin and less prone to causing irritation.
Goat milk is packed full of vitamins and minerals that your skin will love including selium, zinc, alpha hydroxy acid and amino acid and vitamins A, C, B1, B6, B12, and E. It also contains lactic acid which breaks down skin cells, aiding the natural skin renewal process.
Our soap uses only a few ingredients and you will be able to pronounce them all. We make our soap with a lye/raw goat milk mixture and a mixture of melted oils (olive oil, coconut oil, lard, shea butter and castor oil) When the two mixture are combined a chemical reaction occurs called saponification and becomes soap. During the curing process, the water evaporates and all the vitamins and minerals from the milk are left in the soap. there are no detergents or preservatives.
Most of our recipes use olive oil, castor oil, lard, coconut oil and shea butter. I have a few soap that also has sunflower oil palm oil, and cocoa butter,
Coconut oil- Abundant lather, large fluffy bubbles, high cleansing, hard bar.
Castor oil- Castor oil is a thick, clear oil that helps increase the lather in soap – a rich, creamy lather. It’s also a humectant (attracts moisture to your skin) oil.
Olive oil- This is a staple in cold process recipes. It’s a thick oil that moisturizes the skin and creates creamy lather. Pure olive oil creates softer bars
Lard- Lard makes a super-hard, with a low, creamy, stable lather that is, believe it or not, nicely moisturizing.
Shea butter- High in vitamin and mineral content. Known to benefit dry skin.
Sunflower oil- Sunflower oil is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E, making it it one of the more cost-effective oils. It produces a lather that is incredibly conditioning on the skin.
Cocoa butter- Thought to reduce skin dryness and improve elasticity
Palm oil- Palm oil is the largest natural source of tocotrienol, part of the Vitamin E family
Essential oils- If you prefer natural scents,essential oils are a great choice. They’re extracted from herbs, flowers, and plants, most often through steam distillation. That involves heating the components until a gas is released, then condensing the gas back into a liquid. It’s a gentle process that ensures the sensitive compounds don’t break down.