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Goat’s Milk Soap Trend Sweeps the U.S.

November 27th, 2011

We have all seen images of Cleopatra the Egyptian beauty slathering herself with goat’s milk. Milk-based soaps have been around a long time; however the milk-based products including goat’s milk soap have been rediscovered, mainly because of all the recent research about milk proteins.

A number of scientists have found out that our skin can benefit from lactic acid and whey protein. It is the lactic acid that helps smooth skin via exfoliation, while milk, which? contains Vitamins A and D, and this is what gives skin its suppleness and strength. Goat milk soap has a pH level similar to human skin; therefore, goat milk soap benefits the skin by protecting skin from daily bacterial and chemical invasions. Furthermore, the goat’s milk in goat’s milk soap has the same ph as human skin.

If you drink goat’s milk, it has a high fat content and is creamy milk that’s more easily digested. Why? The reason is because goat’s milk is made up of molecules that are smaller than those of cow’s milk. So it stands to reason that this is another reason why the skin benefits from goat’s milk soap. Also, the protein profile of goat’s milk more closely resembles human milk. People who cannot drink cow’s milk can usually drink goat milk because it is easier to digest.

Another environmental reason to use goats’ milk in products like goat’s milk soap is because goats are easily farmed – more so than sheep or cows – plus they forage on all kinds of feed, are providers of wool, milk and meat, and are far more resistant to disease.

Goat’s milk soap is delicate and light, and a big favorite among many health care providers. It is ideal for chemically sensitive skin, because it is not sticky like other hand ( or bar) soaps.

Other ingredients could include natural oils from seeds, nuts, and vegetables, such as soybeans or coconuts. You cannot make soap from milk alone. Soap has two main ingredients; lye and fat. When lye combines with fat, a chemical interaction hardens the oils, creating a bar of hard soap. When our great-grandmothers made their all natural soap, they used wood ashes and lard: the ashes were soaked in water, which leached out lye. Cooking lard with lye created soap. Original lye soaps were unscented and very harsh. They were also used for scrubbing laundry and floors, so their harshness helped pioneers get their clothes and homes—as well as their families—clean.

Many manufacturers add ingredients like goat’s milk to a soap base as a liquid ingredient which allows the beneficial properties of the milk to become part of the cleanser.

The moisturizing benefits of goat’s milk soap are also far greater than that of commercial soaps due to the natural creams in goat’s milk. Handmade goat milk soap benefits people with sensitive skin because it doesn’t contain additives like alcohol, petroleum and preservatives. This reduces the risk of allergic reactions and irritation to the skin.

Goat’s milk soap also benefits people, especially teenagers, with acne-prone skin because the proteins in goat’s milk kill acne-causing bacteria. Eczema, a skin condition caused by red, itchy skin patches, also benefits from goat’s milk soap since the natural nutrients in goat milk moisturizes skin and reduces itchiness and redness in your skin.