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Awards for our 2GOATsoap:
- 2nd Place at the 2015 North Idaho Fair (Fragranced Soap Category) in Coeur d'Alene, ID - Pursuit of Sunshine Bar
- 1st Place at the 2015 Bath Care Products Competition held at the ADGA National Convention in Boise, ID (Unscented Bar Soap Category) - Udderly Naked Bar
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Our 2GOATsoap is made with natural oils, goat milk, lye (aka sodium hydroxide), colorants, and fragrance. We use the cold process method to make soap. This means that, after we have added the sodium hydroxide mixture (which is lye, water, and the goat milk) to the oils, no external heat is added to complete the saponification reaction. The heat generated by the ingredients reacting is enough to drive the reaction to completion.
Lye is an integral part of making soap. In fact, without it, you cannot make soap, as saponification is an acid-base reaction. The sodium hydroxide is alkaline, acting as the base in the reaction, while the added oils/fats act as the acid.
Currently, we are making small batches of soap (roughly 2 lbs per batch), though that may change in the future. Right now, we enjoy making the smaller batches, since it allows us to make a greater diversity of bars based on color and fragrance. We hand blend all of our oils, choosing to do so rather than purchasing a mix to keep our product quality higher - and managed by us.
All of the products that go into our batches of soap - oils, fragrances, essential oils, colorants, and natural goat milk - are designed to be used in soap and are perfectly safe for nearly every skin type. How much do we believe in our soap? We use our soap, our friends use our soap, our family uses our soap - they all love it. If you're not sure about buying a bar of soap, we also offer sampler packages.
The oils we use:
o Avocado Oil:
We use this oil in nearly all of our soaps. This oil is extracted from the pulp of the avocado and it is, perhaps, one of the most beneficial oils you can use. It contains a large proportion of unsaponifiables, which are components that do not interact with sodium hydroxide to form soap. These unsaponifiables include amino acids, lipids, and large amounts of vitamins A, D, and E. It can be used to create moisturizing soaps that can be healing to sensitive skin types.
o Coconut Oil:
We use coconut oil as part of our base oil blend. It has several moisturizing properties, but can resist rancidity and helps to make a hard bar that can produce lots of – natural – suds.
o Olive Oil:
This is another oil used in our base oil blend. We use a pomace olive oil, which is produced from the final pressings of olives and will often include the olive pits. This oil is a lovely moisturizer because it naturally attracts water and helps lock it internally, preventing excess moisture from being lost. Olive oil helps improve skin hydration without blocking the essential functions of the skin.
o Palm Oil:
Primarily, we use this oil in our base oil blend to help stabilize coconut oil. It helps produce a harder bar that can withstand exposure to water. It produces small suds that, in combination with the coconut suds, give our soaps a lovely lather.
The milk we use:
All the milk we use in our soaps is goat milk. We milk our does during the summer season and store the milk for future batches of soap. We do not process our milk (be it pasteurizing, or any other form of treatment), leaving all of the healthy components that occur naturally intact. We raise Nigerian Dwarf Goats, a breed which has been noted for its higher percentage of fatty acids in their milk. A trait that helps us produce the skin-loving bars that we use daily.
The colorants we use:
We use a mix of colorants in our soaps. Some of our soaps, like our Apple Harvest Bar, have pigments and oxides in them. These are inorganic sorts of dyes that were previously mined, but are now manufactured in labs to produce stable, vibrant colors. Micas – which add a nice sparkle – would also fall into this category, but they are still mined. Currently, very few of our soaps use micas. Our other main colorants are FD&C colorants. These are synthetic dyes that work well to create soft hues in some of our bars, like our Pacific Northwest Bar.
All of the dyes/colorants/pigments that we use in our soaps are safe. They are designed to be used in soap and have been tested and verified as to their safety by the U.S. FDA.
The fragrances we use:
Just like everything else, our fragrances are a blend. Many of the, I use the word, stronger scents are synthetic fragrance blends. These are scents purchased from a 3rd party supplier, whom we also use to purchase most of our other ingredients. They are designed to be used in soaps and, as such, as safe for skin contact, etc. We do sometimes use essential oils. This is partly for the natural smells they offer, as well as for the homeopathic benefits they can have. While we are using them at very low levels, they still may be beneficial to certain skin types and conditions.