So I have decided to try my luck with homemade soap. I made a few bars and gave them to my family and friends to try out… and they loved them!!!
I was doing some reading on the different types of homemade soap – and there were 2 main ways to make it: with Lye and without Lye. Lye is a chemical that actually stripes your natural oils which is something that I did not want to do. It is not safe to work with and can cause burns to your skin if you are not careful when mixing it into soap.
I was actually a little hesitant to try to make soap because whenever I have used bar soap in the past, it always left my skin feeling dry or filmy or rough. I have always used the pretty smelling liquid soaps from beauty stores, but this soap I made not only smelled amazing, it left my skin feeling soft and clean! It was actually interesting reading about the history of soap and how the common soap that we find in the stores today lack all the ingredients that keep your skin moist and soft – which then takes us to the next isle in the market for lotion and other moisturizers – which brought me to today… why can’t a soap do both?… well I feel like mine does!
So for anyone who has never used goat milk soap before, let me share what I discovered. I know what you’re thinking… the same thing I initially thought… eww 🤭. But it actually doesn’t smell!
Benefits to goats milk:
- Contains alpha hydroxal acid, which helps remove dead skin cells
- Is high in Vitamin A, which is great for repairing skin tissue = healthy skin
- It contains selenium, which is a mineral that many scientists to help prevent skin cancer
- Contains properties that are anti-inflammatory, because of the high fat content in the cream of the milk, it helps reduce skin inflammation
- Lastly, goats milk has antibacterial properties that help with fighting acne
I’ve already sold 50 bars just by word-of-mouth… and I have been experimenting with different styles and combinations over the last few weeks. There are a couple of different soaps and designs I have available on my etsy shop now…
Calendula, Lavender or Oatmeal Bars
These were my test bars… after some trial and error with the lavender, finally got it figured out 😊! Why flowers in my soap? There are actually many benefits to adding flower petals to soap – aside from the added fragrance.
Lavender as most people are aware helps relax babies, that is why they like to market Lavender Baby Bath and Soap to help “calm and relax” your baby before bed time. I don’t know if it is just my babies, but the over the counter lavender soaps never worked with getting them to relax, but did make my kids smell great!
When I made this soap, my daughter was the first to try it out. She loved the rich creamy lather that the soap gave her, and the scent was not too overpowering. Now I will not say it made her calm and relaxed, but she did seem more attentive to me when I said it was bed time, and curled up into bed and fell asleep quicker than most nights. In additional to adding the lavender buds to the soap I also added lavender essential oil to add that extra little health benefit. Lavender oil contains strong antibacterial properties that help to heal cuts and abrasions on the skin. It also is a powerful antiseptic that is capable of killing disease-causing pathogens that inhabit your skin.
**** side note, my kid is 5, she goes to school and for all I know comes into contact with all kinds of pathogens thru out her day… so this is why I was very receptive to adding lavender oil to her soap as I discovered this information ***
When I use the name Calendula, a lot of people ask “What is that?” Calendula is flower from the Mediterranean – also called “pot marigold”. Ancient cultures recognized and used the healing properties of calendula for many things both medicinal and non-medicinal ~ however I am not here to recommend eating this flower ~ but I do use it in my soaps… Some benefits of this flower for your skin include:
- be very soothing and moisturizing to the skin
- help decrease inflammation to 99%
- works as an antiseptic and improve blood flow
- stimulates wound healing
- treats many types of dermatitis such as eczema
- helps sooth and treat sunburns
- kills bacteria that cause acne
- also helps in healing red marks
Oatmeal has been used in bath products for centuries, as a way to soothe skin. Oatmeal, and its natural oil coats, moisturizes, protects and gently cleanses, while correcting the pH of itchy or inflamed skin. When added to baths, colloidal oatmeal soap doesn’t clump; it spreads out and melts into a cloudy treatment that can relieve skin irritations. I add just a little honey to mine as well, and it smells delicious… BUT DON’T EAT IT!
Winter shaped soaps
There is something nostalgic about winter, remembering my childhood, drinking hot chocolate after playing outside in the snow… seeing the evergreen trees covered in snow like the branches were wearing blankets… oh to be a child again!!!
I made these adorable gingerbread man, snowflake and evergreen tree soaps; in remembrance of those magical days! The gingerbread man is of course scented like gingerbread, the snowflakes are a winter mint or peppermint scent, and the trees are scented with winter wreath or warmth of the holidays ~ all the scented oils are phthalate free fragrance oil. And just to say my house smells amazing when I am making these soaps!
Adding natural clay to soap is both safe and healthy for your skin. For centuries, people have been using clay in their soaps, facial masks, baths, to wash their hair…. etc. There are several types of clay – however I am just using 3 different ones to start with. These clay bars come in the colors available due to the coloring of the clay – but upon request, I can also add fragrance oil to them…
Bentonite Clay (a.k.a. Indian Healing Clay)
– this one is an odorless grey colored clay that is added to the soap – it is great for oily skin and acne. Bentonite Clay has a very strong absorbing capability that helps to clean and detoxify the skin with helps to shrink pores and erase fine wrinkles.
French Green Clay
– this is just as is sounds… the clay gives the soap a greenish tint. It comes from France and is said to have extraordinary mineral content, including but not limited to calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, silicon, selenium, iron, copper and cobalt. This particular clay is not recommended for someone with dry or normal types of skin. However if you have Oily skin, they do recommend this clay as it helps to draw out impurities from the pores and remove debris from under the skin, decrease pore size and improve skin tone.
Ghassoul/Rhassoul Clay (a.k.a Moroccan Red Clay)
– is a clay used in many day spa’s around the world – as it is known to smoothen, relax and rejuvenate the skin. It is an excellent moisturizing and cleansing facial clay! It deep cleans your pores, add nutrients, stimulates and tones the skin while drawing out the toxins and impurities that tend to age the skin.
*** DISCLAIMER *** I am not stating that my soaps treat or cure skin disorders – the comments in this post are clearly stated from information that I pulled during my research into the ingredients that I use. While these items have been studied and show to help with skin disorders, my soaps are homemade, and not to be substituted for any medical treatment that your physician may prescribe you! If you are pregnant, nursing, or have a skin disorder of any type, you should always seek professional medical advise before trying a new product. ***
Sales & Offers
Now thru the end of the year I am holding a sale on all these soap items. If you purchase 30 or more soaps, you receive $1 off each soap, plus free shipping. For more information, on these soaps or this special offer, please feel free to email me directly. If you would like to try a sample of all or any of the soaps or lotions I have been making, I am working on a sample bag for $6 ~ which will include 6 bars of your choice! Can be all 6 lotion, all 6 soap, or mix and match! Just email me for a sample order… I am now set up for secure online payments thru squareup, as well as Venmo… I can also ship internationally for a flat rate of $10!!!