Many natural soaps are made using water but we use just our raw goats milk as the liquid in our lye solution. This is then combined with unprocessed cold-pressed rapeseed oil and pure essential oils. However, it is the goats milk that makes our soaps just so kind to your skin.
Goats milk has many benefits which make it ideal for use in skin care. It is extremely nourishing, full of essential proteins, fats, acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. It does wonders for dry or sensitive skin and has been consistently reported to aid in the healing of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. But this is nothing new. The Egyptians used cosmetics in 1400 BC, making use of natural ingredients like goats milk, olive oil and pigments. Queen Cleopatra famously took full advantage of goats milk, by bathing in it to give her beautifully soft skin.
Traditionally, goats milk has been recognised as a skin moisturiser and rejuvenator. Its rich butterfat content softens and moisturise’s while the alpha-hydroxy acids help remove dead skin cells and expose the new, healthy skin beneath.
Caprylic and Alpha-hydroxy acids
Caprylic acid is the main active compound in goats milk and is responsible for skin regeneration. Alpha-hydroxy acids also exhibit similar functions and are derived from the sugars naturally present in milk, more specifically lactic acid (a type of alpha-hydroxy acid). They help slough-off dead skin cells through exerting their exfoliating action. In essence, cells of the epidermis become ‘unglued’ and any dead cells are lost, allowing for the regrowth of new skin cells, softening skin and rejuvenating your complexion. This makes caprylic acid and lactic acid a great natural alternative to the chemicals added to commercial water-based soaps which aim to achieve similar effects.
Vitamins and minerals
Our goats browse on the richest of wild chemical free pastures and receive natural supplements like seaweed and rosehips, this ensures their dietary needs are met and their milk is packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Given that your skin is your largest organ and can absorb what you put on it, you can feed it through goats milk to promote healthy skin function. Goats milk is packed with vitamins A, D, C, B1, B6, B12 and E. Vitamin A is found most abundantly, helping to maintain and repair damaged skin. Additionally, selenium is a common mineral, with beneficial skin protecting properties, such as protection against free radicals.
Goats milk is high in cream which is made up of small fat globules. Anglo-Nubian milk is exceptionally high in butterfat and proteins, so it’s very creamy and is naturally homogenised, meaning the fat is dispersed throughout the whole of the milk – so you always get all of the good stuff! The small sized fat globules can easily penetrate the middle skin stratum (dermis), making milk soap extremely moisturising – the skin is nourished, fuller and more youthful. Fat globules also have an anti-inflammatory effect, complimenting the ability of goats milk soap to heal very dry and inflamed skin.
There is conflicting information reported on the importance of pH with regard to goats milk in skin care products, the following information may help you to formulate your own opinion. pH is a measure of how acidic or basic a substance is and the pH of goat milk is naturally around pH 6, compared to pH 7 of water. This means it’s naturally acidic and closer to our skin’s acid mantle pH of 5-6. As a result, goats milk can be absorbed more readily, preventing dryness and locking in nutrients. However, the pH of a natural soap made using traditional cold-process methods is around 9-10 (much lower than commercial soaps at pH 12), so what we know about the interaction between goats milk soap and our skin could be erroneous with regard to pH.
The lower pH of goats milk is also thought to form a protective acidic layer on the skin. This may benefit acne prone skin through neutralising invading microbes and contaminants. Acne can also be improved via action of alpha-hydroxy acids, removing dead skin cells and in turn un-blocking pores.
So why not give our goats milk soap a try today, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed by its magical qualities!
- ‘Speciality products made from goat milk’., A.C Ribeiro., S.D.A Ribeiro., (2010)., Small Ruminant Research., Vol. 89., 225 – 233
- Alpha-hydroxy acids: http://dermatology.about.com/cs/skincareproducts/a/aha.htm