Everything About Goat’s Milk Soap

A variety of luxury goat's milk soap bars.

The most common thing heard at market tables on a warm sunny morning is, “Do any of these have goat’s milk?” At least half my market table is covered in goat’s milk soap, because I know that’s what my country market folks want when they treat themselves to one of the pretty little soaps spread out across the colorful table. Not only is it most commonly asked for, but the search queries in google for goat’s milk out number every other soap by over 100 times. N fact, over a million people look for goat’s milk soap on the internet every month. That’s a lot of people looking for goat’s milk soap. So what does everyone else seem to know that you’re missing out on? It turns out, goat’s milk soap feels amazing and it’s said have a dozen reason’s to be good for you.

A variety of luxury goat’s milk soap bars.

First, let’s cover the obvious properties. Goat’s milk is smooth, creamy, and rich. It has a silkier texture than the milk from some other other farm animals. The cream has a rich moisturizing texture to it. When people are looking for a moisturizing soap they will often be happy with a goat’s milk variety.
So what is it that gives goat’s milk the smooth rich texture that is preferred to regular cow milk?
Fats – Like many moisturizing products, its fat. The fat globules found in goat’s milk are smaller than those in cow milk. The fat in goat’s milk is more evenly dispersed through out the liquid making it more creamy on a whole. Since the fat globules are smaller it is easier to break them down during the soap making process, so the result ends up being a more even and consistent product. There is also less sugar and lactose in goat’s milk than in cow milk, and this helps to keep your soap recipe more stable. When you start to add sugars into your soap recipes they become more complicated and need more attention. Goat’s milk gives you a texture during the soap making process that is smooth and easy to process.
Remember, soap is primarily made of fat through the oils you use in your recipe. This is what is combing with the lye to saponify. The fats and triglycerides that you add from your goat’s milk will be added in at the end of your recipe and will not saponify, but will remain floating in the bar so that you can experience its creamy texture.
Acids – Lactic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid. Acid can help break down dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. This leaves the newer younger cells on the surface of your skin making you look fresh. The alpha-hydroxy acids are so effective because they break down the bonds that hold the dead skin cells together. Removing dead skin cells can help reduce irritation and in some cases reduce sensitivity.
Vitamins – Goat milk contains many vitamins, but is particularly high in Vitamin A, which is necessary to repair damaged skin tissue, and maintain healthy skin. There have been several medical studies showing that creams made with Vitamin A reduce lines and wrinkles. Goat’s milk isn’t limited to just vitamin A. You will also find ;D, B1, B6, B12, C, and E.
Minerals – Goat milk contains important minerals for the skin such as selenium. Selenium is believed by scientists to have an important role in preventing skin cancer. Selenium can also help prevent damage to the skin from excessive time in the sun. There are other minerals found in goat’s milk such as calcium and copper. These have more impact within nutritional details rather than in a soap recipe. Vitamins and minerals can be consumed naturally by the goat or can be given to them as a nutritional supplement. Either way these are transferred into the fresh milk as a result.

Perceived Benefits
So now that you have an idea of what is in the goat’s milk , what does it do that makes people want it and what are goat’s milk soap benefits?

  1. Acne, Psoriasis, and Mild Troubled Skin Maintenance – Dermatologists often recommend goat milk products for natural acne treatment and promotion of healthier skin. Why? The properties that promote healthy skin in goat’s milk also compliment soap in general. When you combine a product that naturally exfoliates, moisturizes, nourishes, and is antibacterial it works well when the over all goal is cleanliness.This happens when the delicate enzymes (only found in non-pasteurized goat milk) help break down the bonds between dead skin cells and allow them to naturally slough off. This natural exfoliation is the key to maintaining youthful skin! As this happens,  the healing and regeneration process can continue.
  1. Anti – inflammatory – The fat protein content in goat’s milk helps reduce redness and skin irritation, while the cream is a soothing moisturizer. So this works as a double fold. It soothes redness, while pampering a dry or damaged skin surface.
  2. Exfoliating – You already know that the lactic acid helps dissolve and break apart the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. When you put that into a soap, you have a natural exfoliate. This helps to make your skin feel smoother and more even when that layer of old skin is washed away.
  1. Moisturizing – Probably the most obvious benefit o goat’s milk is its moisturizing quality. You only need to hold two bars in your hand to feel the difference, one with goat’s milk and one without. Goat milk soap has natural glycerin and while most soap manufacturers remove the glycerin, we leave it in. Glycerin penetrates the skins surface leaving a thin layer of moisture after use. It also has various fatty acids that are hydrating in nature. Those fatty acids are extremely helpful to those of us that have dry, sensitive skin. As a natural moisturizer, goat milk soap keeps skin moist.” according to Jamie Cunningham, the owner and handmade goat milk soap expert at Whitetail Lane Farm in State College.
  1. Anti Aging – Goat milk is known for healing and rejuvenating skin. Goat milk is rich in Caprylic Acid, Lactic Acid, an Alpha-Hydroxy Acid. Alpha-Hydroxy Acid penetrates in to the top layer of the epidermis of the skin, removes dead skin cells, and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, creating new, younger, brighter Skin.  Goat milk soap is packed full of fatty acids and triglycerides. Goat milk soap and goat milk lotion contain alpha hydroxy acids, which help give the skin a youthful glow. It helps to brighten your skin’s tone. Lactic acid strikes again! This gentle process helps to make your skin look and feel younger. You may even find your need for moisturizers diminishing due to the beneficial aspects of your goat milk soap and lotion.Goat Milk has proteins that are known to reduce hyper pigmentation and darkening of the skin. Using goat milk soap on a daily basis will remove those unwanted dead skin cells leaving your skin with that desired youthful appearance,” Cunningham says. Bonus: “Goat’s Milk also contains probiotics which are living microorganisms that help protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet light.”
  1. Anti Bacterial – It is naturally anti-bacterial.Goat milk does have anti-bacterial properties that can eliminate or reduce acne altogether, also helping to reduce the swelling and itching that acne can cause. Goat milk is also known to have extra proteins that neutralize acne causing bacteria.”
  1. No Chemicals & Detergents – Doesn’t irritate the skin. Goat milk soap is naturally gentle and doesn’t contain harsh industrial chemicals. That makes it an ideal choice for anyone who’d like a gentler soap for their face or skin condition like psoriasis or acne.

“Goat milk soap are free from harmful chemical and have ingredients you can pronounce. Being natural it is soft on the skin,” says Cunningham.  Goat milk soap uses all natural ingredients. Way better than regular factory soap
Often times factory made soap are made with cheap ingredients that you can’t pronounce, harsh chemicals and detergents that are drying and irritating. They strip the good qualities of soap to use in other more profitable products,” Cunningham says. “On the other hand, our goat milk soaps are created with oils, milk and lye that do not contain these harsh ingredients. Our handmade goat milk soap provides great chemical free options that have many benefits listed above.”
The closest thing to pure goat’s milk soap is our Baby Bastille recipe you can find here.
All of our recipes in goat’s milk soap are hand made and crafted by the family at Thermal Mermaid. If you would like your own copy of

20 Goat’s Milk Recipes for Soap Makers: Thermal Mermaid (Splash Collection Book 1)

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