We use the cold-process method of soap making and begin with fresh goat milk that is supplied by our own herd of dairy goats.
Three months after the does birth their kids, they are milked once a day to allow them to continue to raise their babies as nature intended. When the babies are weaned, the does are milked twice a day. After a period of time, they are encouraged to "dry off" and rest before another breeding season. This schedule, along with a dry barn and free range out in pasture keeps our girls healthy and happy. They are our star employees and we are grateful for their companionship and their contributions!
The milk is then combined with food-grade sodium hydroxide. The soap making process must include a form of lye in order to saponify and create soap. This solution is poured into a mix of organic oils and blended until the soap comes to trace. Once it is at trace, we can then add in things such as pure essential oils, organic herbs or spices, natural colorants, and a small amount of additional moisturizing oils. After these goodies are added in, the soap is poured into molds where the saponification process will continue to heat the soap to a gel phase and then cool.
The soap is then cut into bars within a day or two and brought to our drying rooms to cure for a minimum of five weeks. This time period allows moisture to escape from the bar, as well as finalize the saponification reaction and allow the bar to reach a neutral pH for the skin. Drying this way creates a long-lasting bar of soap that will outlast the softer soaps on the market.
From there our soaps are hand-wrapped and labeled before they are packed for stores, farmers markets, local fairs, and online sales.
This journey from the farmyard to your hands is a labor of love and pure enjoyment for us. Everything we do is centered on a quality product, a respect for the goats, and a dedication to the customer. That's you!