Southern Sass Soap
After extensive research we decided to add a Swiss dairy goat to the farm. After learning about the high nutritional value of goat's milk, we determined it would be useful to have such a source to improve our feeding programs. We found Nellie and she added Oh Hannah, her daughter, to our milking program. Both are providing milk for the family (we've been making cheese) and we even used their milk to implement raw milk fertilization to our fields last summer.
Our goal is to have our farm be healthy and we also want our family, and friends, to live healthier lifestyles - even down to the kind of soap we are using. So we decided to put the girls' milk to work in soap. We have been receiving very positive feedback from people trying our soap around the world - all different skin types and all the same responses. Singapore, Amsterdam, Rio De Janiro, London and Bangkok all love it!
Oh Hannah and her mother, Nellie, the head milk goat
What are the Benefits?
Goat milk soap is frequently recommended by dermatologists and used successfully by people with skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, acne, and general dry, itchy skin. It may be used to relieve rashes from poison ivy or bug bites.
Moisturizing: All milk contains natural emollients, vitamins and triglycerides that moisturize the skin. Fresh goat milk contains even more benefits as it has a pH level closest to that of human skin- this means is gentle to your skin and helps protect against bacteria. The cream present in goat milk act as natural moisturizers and boosts the moisturizing quality in soaps. Goat milk has a short-strand protein structure that allows it to be easily absorbed into the skin. This is important because keeping skin naturally moisturized helps keep skin healthy. As we sassy sisters are seeking to age gracefully, moisturizing is very important!
Minerals: Goat milk contains important minerals for the skin such calcium, potassium, magnesium and selenium. Calcium tones and smoothes skin. Selenium is believed by scientists to have an important role in preventing skin cancer. Selenium can also help prevent damage to the skin from excessive time in the sun.
Vitamins: Goat milk contains many vitamins such as B1, B6, B12, C, E. It is particularly high in Vitamin A, which is necessary to repair damaged skin tissue and maintain healthy skin. There have been several medical studies showing that creams made with Vitamin A reduce lines and wrinkles, control acne, and provide some psoriasis relief.
Nellie and Oh Hannah: The best goat milk soaps are made from fresh goat milk. Nellie and her daughter, Oh Hannah, provide the freshest milk twice a day. Both free ranges with our other goats on mountain pastures of clover, lespedeza, and a variety of grasses. They love milking time as each receives sweet grain and, their favorite reward, one peanut in the shell. Nellie and Oh Hannah are happy, healthy goats and a great addition to our small farm.
Just Keeping It Real!
The soap is made here in the Appalachian Mountains, in a log cabin on our farm. We use fresh mountain water, pure essential oils (for scents) and the most environmentally friendly coconut, palm, and olive oils we can find as these compose the base of our soaps. There is no use of synthetic colors, fragrances or premade bases. We make every batch from scratch.
We employ the traditional method of cold process soap making. This method does not use additional heat to hasten the chemical bonding and thus retains more of the natural glycerin in the final soap. Once the soap cools, it usually rests for four to six weeks to harden properly. This means our soap takes longer to make, but is worth the wait.
We are developing new soaps regularly and if there are ideas or requests, let us know. We are always up for creative challenges. And as always, the soaps will be made with laughs and love by the sassy sisters.
Handcrafted, All Natural Goat Milk Soap
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Why Go To The Trouble To Make Soap?
This is a question we are often asked. During our research, we learned that there are several advantages of handcrafted soap. Soap from the supermarket appears clean and pure. In reality, most big-brand soaps contain harsh chemicals that can irritate the skin, alcohol that dries the skin, and sometimes petroleum products. These may be more appropriate as a detergent rather than soap for cleaning your body.
Handmade soap is made from natural ingredients that don't leave the skin itchy, dry or irritated - and is better for you and the environment.
Handmade soap has another basic advantage: glycerin. All soap is made by combining a fat with an alkali. In most cases, this means oils and sodium hydroxide (lye). During the soap making process, the fat turns into soap and glycerin. In commercial soaps, the glycerin is removed and then used in other, more profitable products. But in handmade soap, the glycerin remains in the soap, providing deep moisturizing benefits. Handmade soaps have clear advantages over commercial soaps.
Our favorite discovery was that goat milk soaps offer even more benefits.
Current varieties of soap:
Mountain Lavender: Our most requested soap. This soap leaves your skin feeling soft as a misty, mountain morning. The fresh lavender from our farm soothes your mind and helps erase the dirt and worries of a busy day.
Gentle Tangerine Scrub (with cornmeal): Gentle exfoliating properties from locally sourced corn meal bring with it a burst of citrus sunshine and leaves you saying, "with skin this smooth, I can do anything!" The moisturizing properties from the goat milk make this soap delightful to the skin and senses alike.
Shepherd's Soap: This is our second most request soap due to the "lift you up and make you want to dance" essential oil combination of Eucalyptus and Spearmint. Lanolin is added for additional moisturizing. So go ahead and dance.
Unscented: For those with ultra-sensitive skin, this soap has been made for you. Just the pure benefits of goat milk and moisturizing oils with no essential oil scent. Some of our hunting friends have told us that this is their preferred soap. But we bet the deer would love to have the smell of lavender out in the woods!
Oatmeal-Honey: With the skin soothing properties of freshly ground oatmeal and organic honey from the bees on our farm, this soap will have your skin gently exfoliated while deeply moisturized. Oatmeal can help soothe itchy rashes, such as poison ivy or other spots of contact dermatitis. It can also soothe the pain of sunburn and stop the irritation of insect bites. Oatmeal soap is said to be a great choice for children because it gently soothes their rashes. Honey is wonderful for your skin as it has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties.
Oatmeal-Honey-Lavender: The only thing we could think of to make out Oatmeal-Honey soap better was to add essence of lavender and fresh organic lavender from our farm. So go ahead, soothe your senses, moisturize your skin and feel the love from our happy, healthy honey bees.
Lemongrass: We thought this would just be a seasonal selection, but it has proven so popular that we are going to keep making it. The general comments we hear are that the smell makes the customers feel "oh so good". Lemongrass essential oil is refreshing, uplifting, calming and restorative. The essential oil of lemongrass contains a high proportion of citral, which is antiseptic, bactericidal, deodorant and antifungal. So not only does it make you feel good and smell good, it is said to treat acne and eczma. As lemongrass is a cousin to citronella, it is also said to help keep away mosquitos.
The Real Deal
Each bar of soap is aprox 4.5 oz, but as we hand cut each bar, the bar may be a bit bigger. The size is aprox 3.5 inches tall by 1.5 inches wide.
The cost per bar is $5.
This does not include shipping - once we have your address, we can determine shipping costs. Just drop us a note.
Old Fashioned Lard and Lye (popular with sportsmen): Mountain men and Grandmothers know that the basics are often the best to get the job done. Here is soap the way it used to be, except we add goat milk in as well. Just because you are working hard doesn't mean you can't take care of your skin! Said to be good for treating poison oak, bug bites, and sunburn. Used by our hunters to eliminate the "human scent". We know from experience it is an excellent degreaser.
Seasonal Selection Contentment Clove For Fall: Nothing smells more like the Holidays than cloves. This is a very popular soap and for good reasons - it smells great and it's good for you! Clove oil is an aphrodisiac in nature and serves as an excellent stress reliever. It has a stimulating effect on the mind and removes mental exhaustion and fatigue. Clove is also known for its antiseptic properties, so it kills germs and helps keep you from getting sick.
No wonder our soap is so sassy - look at these girls at play!
Southern Sass Lotion
Seasonal Selection For Spring - Old Fashion Lilac: That’s right, think Spring, think warmth, think happiness and laughter! The aroma of lilac flowers is said to have a “calming effect that eases anxiety”. Other reported effects include a purifying, soothing sensation that centers the mind to encourage relaxation. We know you get busy - we want you to get clean and happy!