How It Began
It’s all my big sister’s fault! She did it …she gave me my first bar of goat’s milk soap ~ and it was ‘wicked good!’
She’d been making soap in the Adirondacks and gave me some samples. The soap she said was especially gentle and moisturizing due to the goats’ milk in the recipe. And she was so right! I immediately noticed that these wonderful bars of soap with their rich, creamy lather were unlike anything I’d ever used and I loved it. And of course wanted more!
Somewhere between swearing off store bought soap and nagging my sister for hers, she taught me her craft. She also gave me some basic equipment to get started. That was over 8 years ago and since then I’ve crafted soap for friends and family while developing new recipes and combinations.
During that time I also learned more of the benefits of goat’s milk and what makes home crafted soaps so special. Soap is made by combining oils or fat with an alkali, which during the saponification process turns it into soap and glycerin. Glycerin is a natural byproduct of this process and is extremely moisturizing which is why some commercial soap companies remove the glycerin and use it to make moisturizers, while other commercial soaps can contain harsh chemicals or alcohol that can irritate or dry the skin. But handmade soap is awesome because it has no harsh chemicals and the glycerin remains in the soap, providing deep moisturizing benefits.
Soap is made by combining a fat with an alkali which during the saponification process, turns into soap and glycerin. Now I believe this process has been over complicated by mass production. In some commercial soaps the glycerin is removed and used elsewhere. And others can contain harsh chemicals or alcohol that can irritate or dry the skin. But in handmade soap, there are no harsh chemicals and the glycerin remains in the soap, providing deep moisturizing benefits.
Goat’s Milk Rocks!
Now Add Goat’s milk ~ it’s amazing! It contains alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid which help skin cells. Goat’s milk also contains vitamins A, C, E and some B vitamins, along with amino acids, citric acid, enzymes, unsaturated fatty acids and zinc ~ all of which nourish skin. And goat’s milk contains caprylic acid, making goat’s milk soap an alkaline product with a low pH, close to that of human skin. This allows better delivery of moisture and nutrients from the soap to your skin and prevents dryness.
Sisters Wicked Good Soap makes a fragrance/pigment-free bar as well a variety of fragrances derived from essential and fragrance oils that include seasonal scents and year round favorites from airy florals to earthy musks. We also love blending and swirling natural pigments and botanical in to our soaps always trying new ideas and methods to craft a unique bar that you are sure to enjoy ~ Just add water!