Why use goat milk soap?
If you have never used goat milk soap before, I want you to ask yourself three questions:
o Have you ever noticed a film of residue on your skin after using soap, especially “hydrating” soaps or body washes?
o Does your skin feel intensely dry after a shower? As in, use a bottle of lotion dry.
o Have you ever experienced skin irritation after using store bought soap? Be it in a bottle or a bar.
Hopefully you’ve answered those questions and I’m guessing that you answered yes to at least two of those questions. Two years ago, I asked myself those exact same questions after I noticed that my previously healthy skin seemed to be being absolutely abused by the soaps I had been using. I’m not going to name names, but I have tried nearly every soap on the market. This includes hydrating body washes from the store, all natural glycerol soaps from the local organic market, to beeswax-based soaps and even other milk based soaps.
So, I sat myself down and asked myself why all of these supposedly “moisturizing” soaps were only drying out my skin.
For the mass-produced, store bought soaps and body washes, the answer was quite simple. Nearly all of those products contain sodium lauryl sulfate and/or sodium laureth sulfate. These chemicals are added because they produce large amounts of lather, which is one of the reasons why they are used in detergents like clothes soap. These two compounds can be found to some degree – though they are usually the first ingredients listed – in the soaps, body washes, and even shampoos you will buy at a traditional grocery store.
Now, for the other, natural soaps, the answer was a bit trickier. Those products do not contain synthetics – though it can depend on the product – but they were still drying out my skin. Sometimes even worse than the detergent soaps and they were definitely more irritating to my skin. The only factor that I could surmise was that they did not contain goat milk, especially a high quality goat milk.
So, now back to the original question, why use goat milk soap?
It’s a good question, especially for those who have never tried milk based soaps before. At first, it may seem like a totally strange idea – there’s dairy in my soap?! – but milk contains an abundance of natural fats and vitamins. Just as there are benefits to drinking milk, our skin can also be benefited by the nutrients found naturally in milk.
Goat milk in particular has very high levels of fatty acids that can provide excellent hydration to dry skin. It also contains high levels of fat- and water-soluble vitamins. These would be your A, D and E vitamins (fat-soluble) and several B (B1, B6, B12) vitamins and C vitamins. There are several other components to milk – and particularly goat milk – that can leave skin looking more youthful. Due to antimicrobial properties found in milk, goat milk has also been found to help treat acne as well as several other skin issues. Improvements in eczema have been noted, though a doctor’s input is always important in medical conditions.
What do all of these components add up to? Happier, healthier, and more hydrated skin. The best part, it is all natural! No added chemicals or synthetics.
Even if you are not into natural or organic products, goat milk soaps present an opportunity to treat your skin as the living, vital organ that it is. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it does numerous tasks essential to life – this includes detoxing chemicals and protecting your body from free radicals. Just was you might exercise and eat cleanly to improve the performance of your heart, proper management of your skin is just as vital to health and well-being.
The Soapmaker’s Companion by Susan Miller Cavitch